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Ebola Task Force Gets US$10,000 from LBDI

first_imgThe Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) has contributed US$10,000 to the government of Liberia’s Ebola Task Force (ETF) to help with the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the country.LBDI also made a separate contribution of US$1,500 to complement the efforts of Montserrado County District #13 Representative, Saah Joseph, who is using his personal ambulance and logistics to transport Ebola patients and victims to hospitals and burial sites.  The bank’s donation is to buy fuel. “The donation is intended to awaken the interest of everyone to join the government in the fight against Ebola. Ebola has no cure and so it is the responsibility of all Liberians to join and support the fight against this deadly menace,” said LBDI president and chief executive officer Mr. John B. S. Davies, III when he presented the checks to the Task Force and Rep. Saah Joseph at the Bank’s 9th Street Corporate office in Sinkor yesterday.Mr. Davies acknowledged the efforts of the government and international partners in containing the virus and called on all Liberians to help in whatever way they can.  The Deputy Minister for  Fiscal Affairs at Finance and Development Planning (MFDP),  Dr. James Kollie, received the US$10,000 check on behalf of the government, while Rep. Saah Joseph was on hand to take delivery of the US$1,500 check. The LBDI CEO used the ceremony to applaud Rep. Saah Joseph for his ‘heroic’ efforts in using his personal resources [ambulances and cash) to fight the Ebola epidemic in Monrovia and its environs.  “You will agree with me that Rep. Saah Joseph is making a  very great impact in helping with the fight against the EVD,” Davies said. The LBDI boss observed how the Montserrado County legislator is using his personal resources to help save lives and also educating a number of Liberian children in his district at no cost.“I am a living testament of the efforts you’re applying in your district,” said the LBDI CEO. “You made us proud, Rep. Joseph.” The LBDI president disclosed that his bank, in collaboration with other banks under the umbrella of the Liberia Bankers Association (LBA) of which he is the current president, recently made available US$9,000 to the ETF to help fight the Ebola virus. “That contribution shows how much interest we have in making sure that the Ebola epidemic is defeated.”The LBDI CEO also disclosed that as a Liberian-own bank, LBDI is helping the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOSW) in many ways in the form of services which include providing free of charge services for all bank-related services on all Ebola-related accounts owned  by the Ministry of Health. “No bank service charge, no overdraft interest, no monthly service charge, no payment for manager’s checks for venders and no instrument charge at LBDI on MOHSW Ebola accounts,” he declared. “Ebola is a very difficult and troublesome disease that has plagued our nation,” Davies said. “And so we must ensure that this virus is put under control.”He expressed the hope that the Ministry of Health will continue to make gains with the meager help being provided by LBDI.“We know that Ebola is here; it is real and we know that it will take gargantuan efforts from the side of the government and international partners, but most critically, from the side of ordinary Liberians with regard to our attitudes to eradicate the EVD from Liberia.”    Receiving the check, Deputy Finance Minister for Fiscal Affairs Dr. James Kollie thanked LBDI Management for the donation.“I see that LBDI has been a true partner to the government of Liberia in many ways,” he said. The Deputy Finance Minister also expressed gratitude to the Board of Directors of LBDI, shareholders and customers as he took delivery of the check. “I am aware that someone somewhere is going to pay for this amount and so I just want to express how gratified I am to see LBDI doing it again,” Kollie added. He admonished people of faith to continue to pray for Liberia as the Ebola virus is dealing a deadly toll on the people of Liberia and the country’s economy. He also stressed the need for people to follow strictly all the rules of hygiene and other measures which the MOH has put in place, as cure for the deadly disease is yet to be found.“The way we break in transmission is to not come in contact with infected people. Each neighborhood must be able to fight Ebola. When strange people come to our neighborhoods and we don’t know where they’re coming from, we have to be on alert,” he said. The Deputy Finance Minister challenged the public to be on the watch for themselves, their families and the communities they live in. “This disease cannot come to an end if transmission is not broken,” Kollie added.For his part, District #13 Rep. Saah Joseph commended LBDI for the surprise donation and said it will serve as an impetus for him to continue to help save the lives of ordinary people. Rep. Joseph noted that helping the people of Liberia is a duty for him as a lawmaker. “It is not easy out there right now,” said Rep. Joseph, “especially to fuel and service the ambulances I am using to help my people 24 hours around the clock.” Rep. Joseph, who is Co-chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Banking and Currency, recalled how LBDI continued to help the Liberian people through various means. “LBDI has always been there for the Liberian people, even at the level of the Banking and Currency Committee on which I serve as Co-chair,” he said. Present at the ceremony were  LBDI Comptroller Mrs. Clavenda O. Payman and Acting General Manager, Mr. Johnson Baysawala.Also present were LBDI’s senior vice president for finance Mr. Reginald A. Bropleh, and other executives of the Bank,  including Lawrence George.        According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ebola virus has claimed the lives of about 1,900 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria with Senegal reporting its first Ebola case. 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Hughes hails Stoke striker’s ‘outstanding’ winner against Man City

first_img1 Stoke manager Mark Hughes has hailed Mame Biram Diouf’s sensational winning goal that led the Potters to a shock victory at Manchester City.The former Manchester United forward netted a stunning solo strike – running from deep inside his own half, beating two men and then nutmegging Joe Hart – to hand the visitors a 1-0 win over the defending Premier League champions.The goal marks a glorious start for the 26-year-old’s Stoke career, having joined the club on a free transfer from German outfit Hannover this summer.Hughes said: “We are really pleased for Mame. He is a striker and when you come to a new club you want to make an impression as quickly as possible and that means scoring goals.“We could see he was going to give us something we didn’t have last year, which was pace and power on the break.“It was an outstanding goal and I hadn’t realised until I saw it again how deep he picked the ball up.“He kept on going and you always sensed he was going to go all the way and get a shot off. Thankfully there was enough power on it to beat Joe. It was fantastic goal to win any game.”The victory was Stoke’s first of the season and Hughes expects it to lift their campaign.He added: “It was important. Either way, I always sensed this was a game that was going to kickstart our season.” Stoke hero Mame Biram Diouf last_img read more

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Drug lord pleads guilty, gets life

first_imgFrancisco Javier Arellano Felix, who led a cartel that emerged as a drug powerhouse in the 1980s, was captured last year when the Coast Guard found him deep-sea fishing off Mexico. Arellano Felix, 39, pleaded guilty to running a continuing criminal enterprise and conspiracy to launder money. He agreed to forfeit $50 million and the yacht on which he was captured. The plea agreement came after officials in Washington, D.C., agreed Saturday to not pursue the death penalty. Also Monday, a top lieutenant to Arellano Felix, Manuel Arturo Villarreal Heredia, pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy to invest illicit drug profits. Prosecutors plan to seek the maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. The Arellano Felix cartel, based across the border from San Diego in Tijuana, Mexico, is well-known for its ruthlessness, and was blamed in a 2003 U.S. indictment for 20 murders in the U.S. and Mexico. COURTS: Deal ensures member of the Arellano Felix cartel won’t be executed for at least 20 murders. By Elliot Spagat THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN DIEGO – A notorious Mexican drug lord pleaded guilty Monday to federal crimes that carry a mandatory life sentence, reaching a deal that spares him execution. In December, prosecutors included as evidence of a criminal enterprise allegations that Arellano Felix ordered the killing of Tijuana’s deputy police chief and the beheadings of three police officers. Arellano Felix sat in court Monday wearing an orange jumpsuit and answered procedural questions calmly in Spanish. He was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs. According to the agreement read in court, Arellano Felix helped run the cartel, which brought into the United States hundreds of tons of cocaine and hundreds of tons of marijuana and laundered hundreds of millions of dollars. Under the plea agreement all other charges were dropped. The cartel was once led by seven brothers and four sisters, but Francisco Javier’s brother Ramon was killed in a shootout with police in 2002, his brother Benjamin is in a Mexican prison and brother Eduardo is at large. The U.S. Coast Guard captured Arellano Felix as he was deep-sea fishing aboard his yacht, the Dock Holiday, in international waters off Mexico’s Baja California coast in August 2006. 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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Cooking up education

first_imgAt Monroe High School in North Hills, students master cooking skills in a unique culinary arts program that integrates other subjects, such as geography, as they study the origins of their cuisine. Throughout San Fernando Valley middle and high schools, hundreds of students are organizing youth summits to reduce teen violence and emphasize good citizenship. And districtwide, Los Angeles Unified offers a long list of affordable career programs through the Division of Adult and Career Education for those who have obtained their GED or have a high school diploma. These programs are among scores in the Valley that prepare students academically and professionally. Teaching Monroe High School students about cuisine is more than produce talk, teacher Eleanor Schuster says it’s about “the business world.” Photo by Evan Yee / Staff Photographer AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “All the skills they learn in this class can be applied to anything they want to pursue,” said Monroe’s culinary arts instructor, Eleanor Schuster. “This teaches students to go out into the business world.” Some of her students have become line cooks at some of the region’s finest restaurants, such as the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles or Spago. One current student, Yvonne Guerra, 17, aspires to become an executive chef or a restaurant owner. In Schuster’s class, Guerra learns all about Germany while perfecting a recipe for German chocolate cake. And she also gets lessons in math with her careful measurements. “When we’re in the kitchen, we’re learning a lot more than cooking. You have to learn how to cooperate with people. We’re learning how to survive in the business working,” said Guerra, who after school routinely cooks for her two working parents.center_img In another Valley program, more than 500 students plan to attend a youth summit in June. “Their mission is to keep the peace on their campus and to promote tolerance,” said Barbara Garry, coordinator of high school programs for Local District 1, which includes the West and Northwest San Fernando Valley. Students in the program include about 25 to 50 kids from each campus, Barry said. The program comprises the schools’ student government leaders and other “influential kids,” from club officers to gang members. Throughout the year, awareness activities are planned to address prejudice and violence – with inspirational speakers, multicultural events and food fairs. Administrators are seeing results, with student leaders quelling fights. “Usually, we adults think we have all the answers,” said John Gamboa, an administrator in Local District 2, which includes the east San Fernando Valley. “The kids know what the issues are. They are the liaisons with administrators.” School board member Jon Lauritzen praised the youth program. “I’m really pleased with the way kids are responding and I’m hoping this brings an era of peace and tranquillity and an anti-violent sentiment in the Valley. Hopefully, this will spread throughout the city.”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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County budget fat with tax cash

first_imgLos Angeles County is expected to bring in $557 million in new revenue in the 2006-2007 fiscal year, $392 million of which is from property taxes. Although there was an assumed growth of 8.5 percent in property tax revenue, 6.1 percent in vehicle license fees and 3.5 percent in sales tax revenue, Janssen halved those estimates when he set spending projections to continue what he called the county’s conservative spending plans. Still, taxpayer advocates said the county needs to look for every opportunity to save money. “Given the fact revenues are up, we would like to see more cost-saving put into place in case the economy does turn down,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. But Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said that’s exactly what county officials have been working to do. “This is a financially sound budget. Our ability to invest more to respond to the crisis in jails, the homeless, at the Probation Department, the health (department) and Department of Children and Family Services … is a product of a decade of fiscal discipline,” Yaroslavsky said. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich hoped that even more money would be allocated to reopening jails and beefing up the Sheriff’s Department. “The proposed budget ignores the sheriff’s request for funding to fill positions at sheriff’s stations, $1.9 million dollars for additional positions in the homicide bureau and funding to increase the staff-to-inmate ratio at Men’s Central Jail,” he said. An aide to Sheriff Lee Baca said the department was pleased with the budget proposal. “This is encouraging and it’s a step in the right direction in making our jails more secure, even safer,” said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The Department of Health Services will get a $156 million boost to cover operational costs that include hiring more than 800 employees, half of them nurses. But the department still faces looming financial problems. “We are still in a crisis mode but this is a step in the right direction,” said Efrain Munoz, the health department controller. The budget is actually 2.5 percent less than the $19.9 billion budget for the current fiscal year, Janssen said. He said the drop is the result of one-time expenditures this year, and most county departments will actually see spending increases next year. The budget will be presented to the Board of Supervisors today, with public hearings scheduled to begin May 1. (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bolstered by a property tax windfall in a surging housing market, Los Angeles County officials on Monday unveiled a $19.3 billion budget proposal designed to boost public safety and homeless services and improve nursing care at public hospitals. Skyrocketing home prices have allowed the county to restore some of the services it slashed during the state budget crisis that also hammered local governments. But officials cautioned that they plan to take a conservative approach to growth so as not to be overextended if the economy heads downward. “We have a strong, stable local economy, but we are still recovering from having to make critical service cuts in recent years, including closing jails and not hiring new deputies,” said David Janssen, the county’s chief administrative officer, as he unveiled the proposed budget for fiscal 2006-07. “We have been dependent on the (housing) market. It’s both negative and positive in a good market, and it’s scary as hell if you look at what happened in 1991.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventJanssen said executives focused on improving four areas – public safety, health, children’s programs and homeless services – as they set priorities for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Among the big-ticket programs is more than $40 million to reopen jails and $25 million to increase jail security. The plan also includes $12 million for a radio system to streamline communications between fire and law enforcement personnel and $19.4 million to fulfill a federal mandate to beef up staffing at the county’s juvenile halls. The budget would fund nearly 3,000 employees in the critical areas of health, police and child-welfare services – areas that advocates have long said face severe shortages. Janssen noted that one of the county’s most ambitious projects – a $100 million program to create five regional homeless facilities – isn’t included in the plan released Monday. Approved April 4 – after the document had been prepared – the homeless plan will be among the changes made before the Board of Supervisors finalizes the budget in June. Under the proposal, the Department of Children and Family Services, which is responsible for 38,000 children, would receive $16.6 million to hire 466 people who would spend more time with the youngsters. last_img read more

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Medicare fraud added to county task force agenda

first_img Search and arrest warrants for 19 businesses and residences resulted in 10 arrests and five medical clinic closures. The team also seized $420,000 in cash, $1 million in jewelry and 41 firearms – including high-caliber assault weapons, Marquez said. “We were a little surprised by all the guns,” Ryzak said. “I don’t think they expected to find all that money either.” The team is working with the newly formed Fraud Interdiction Program in the District Attorney’s Office to prosecute suspects on fraud, tax evasion, money laundering and assault weapons charges. Seizures of assets, including cash, automobiles, jewelry and homes, is expected soon, Marquez said. “We have saved thousands of lives and have saved taxpayers millions of dollars in several of the programs – Medicare and Medi-Cal,” said Sachi Hamai, director of the Administrative Services Division in the county health department. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Many operators of illegal pharmaceuticals are selling outdated, substandard drugs and are providing a space for unlicensed doctors to practice,” Supervisor Gloria Molina said. “So far, our HALT team has successfully identified over $25 million in questionable Medi-Cal billings but the word is out and now illegal pharmaceutical operators are resorting to Medicare fraud. “These operators simply pick up their ‘practice’ and move elsewhere. They prey on largely immigrant communities and jeopardize people’s safety under the guise of protecting their health.” Since beginning undercover operations in 1999, the team has conducted more than 1,000 investigations, made 743 arrests, closed more than 70 businesses, confiscated more than $15 million worth of illegal pharmaceuticals, identified more than $25 million in Medi-Cal fraud and $3 million in fraudulent Medicare billing. “I think we are making a pretty big dent, but there is still a significant amount of fraud out there and we are doing our best to get it,” said Sharon Ryzak, chief of the Audit Compliance Division in the county health department. In a recent case, the team investigated five unlicensed medical clinics in Glendale and Burbank. The operators were suspected of stealing more than $25 million from the Medicare program, said Molina’s spokeswoman, Roxane Marquez. A health care fraud task force that saves taxpayers $27 million annually will be expanded to investigate Medicare fraud, Los Angeles County supervisors decided Tuesday. The supervisors established a new agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services so that Los Angeles County’s Health Authority Law Enforcement Task Force can add Medicare fraud to its list of illegal activities it can investigate. The federal Office of Inspector General will add one special agent to the task force on a part-time basis specifically to assist in Medicare fraud investigations. The board created the HALT team in 1998 to crack down on Medi-Cal fraud, unlicensed doctors and clinics illegally practicing medicine and dispensing pharmaceuticals. last_img read more

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LAX settlement gets initial OK by panel

first_imgThe Airport Commission gave initial approval Monday to a legal settlement allowing the $4 billion LAX modernization plan to proceed and also recommended paying a Sylmar firm $241 million to complete the first major project. The settlement, worked out last month, ends a decade-long legal battle at Los Angeles International Airport. The deal allows badly needed upgrades to proceed while essentially killing more controversial provisions, including an off-site passenger- and baggage-screening area. And in a separate vote, the board recommended hiring Tutor-Saliba Corp. to replace the airport’s south runway despite questions about the firm’s performance on previous projects, including the long-delayed parking garage at the Van Nuys FlyAway terminal. The 5-2 vote came after owner Ron Tutor offered his personal assurances that the project will be built to specifications. He blamed the FlyAway problems on a subcontractor, and promised that would not be an issue on the runway project. Deputy Airport General Manager Mark Massman said the runway project will be closely monitored by officials from Los Angeles World Airports and the Federal Aviation Administration, which is paying for the project. Relocating the south runway is designed to accommodate larger jets and reduce the number of near misses by airplanes. The deal must still be approved by the City Council, which will get its first look at environmental studies this week. Representatives of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 11, protested awarding the contract to Tutor-Saliba and, in particular, the use of a subcontractor, Helix Electric Co. Union executive Bob Oedy said his members have had difficulties with the firm on other jobs and are concerned that Tutor-Saliba could drive up the price of the project through change orders. Airport officials said it was appropriate to award the contract to Tutor-Saliba, noting the firm’s bid was $50 million under that of the only other bidder, Kiewet-Pacific Corp. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “I will be involved every step of the way,” Tutor told the panel during an hourlong inquiry. “I believe, once this is over, you will be pleased with what you have.” Commission President Alan Rothenberg warned Tutor that the city would be paying close attention to the project. “You have a chance here to redeem your firm’s reputation,” Rothenberg said. Despite Tutor’s assurances, Commissioners Joe Aredas and Walter Zifkin voted against the contract. “I went out there myself and saw the problems there,” said Zifkin, who was on the Airport Commission when the FlyAway terminal was under construction. “I want some assurances we won’t have the same problems here.” last_img read more

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Loreto Letterkenny Christmas Trade Fair a huge success – Pic Special

first_imgThe annual Loreto Letterkenny Christmas Trade Fair was a tremendous success for all those involved. There was no lack of creativity in the school gym on Tuesday morning!The tables were transformed into tills were business exchanges occurred between students. Decorations lined the walls and Christmas music played in the background. Stalls were crowded with colourful Christmas cards, baked goods and homemade designs.At nine o’clock, the hall was flooded with 1st year students eager to buy gifts and treats for themselves and their friends. The sales began!Companies raced for customers and began with a whole range of sales techniques, including giving out samples, chatting about their products to the teachers and creating special offers.Bank of Ireland were present to begin the judging at ten. The young entrepreneurs stood up straight and explained their business models confidently to the judges.It was a tight call with all the innovation and hard work that had taken place, but in the end 2nd year students Akshata & Akshara Joha won Best Salespeople on the day.‘Nook & Cranny’ ran by TY students Anna Leadley & Orlaith Bennis and ’C&C A to Z’ by Caoimhe Teape and Chloe Murray won Best Product.After the excitement of the hall, coffee and tea was available to adults in the Constance Centre. Mince pies were laid out, ready for eating. A company began to sell delicious crepes, much to the delight of hordes of students, judging by the queues!Sixth class children from Woodland National School and Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál were ushered in to get their raffle ticket and their glass of orange juice and candy canes. Teachers received a well-earned cup of tea and biscuits for their efforts from the TY students. At the end of the day students began to close up their companies and return to class. New skills were learnt and the pupils, now seasoned salespeople, will take these skills out into the world.The experience they have received here is something that will help them as they prepare for exams and in life.The opportunity to hold this event could not have been possible without the dedication of teacher Ms. Mairead Boyle, business teachers and the wider staff at Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny. Of course, a huge congratulation to all students involved in the organisation and the companies in the trade fair.Loreto teachers tell Santa want they want for Christmas!rpt Loreto Letterkenny Christmas Trade Fair a huge success – Pic Special was last modified: December 12th, 2019 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:CHristmasdonegalFairLoretolast_img read more

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Wolves star Jarvis trying to force move to West Ham – report

first_imgMatt Jarvis has handed in a transfer request at Wolves and is keen to join West Ham rather than Fulham, the Daily Mirror suggest.Fulham have shown an interest in the winger and are said to have had a £5m bid for him rejected.It is claimed that Wolves want £10m for Jarvis and that the Hammers are ready to pay £6m up front with another £3m in add-ons.The Mirror also say Chelsea are set to sign Victor Moses from Wigan for £9m and that QPR’s Joey Barton is on the verge of joining Blackpool on a season-long loan.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Anthony York, son of San Francisco 49ers owners, dies at age 35

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Anthony John York, the son of the San Francisco 49ers owners and younger brother of team CEO Jed York, died Friday at the age of 35, according to a brief statement posted to the team’s website and social media Saturday afternoon. “With deep sadness, we mourn the passing of our beloved son and brother, Tony. Although our hearts are quite heavy at this time, we have so many special memories shared with him to carry us forward,” according to the statement released Saturday. “Tony …last_img

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