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50 people quarantined after new Ebola death in S Leone

first_img Share Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AFP) – Fifty people have been placed in quarantine in northern Sierra Leone after the death of a middle-aged woman from the Ebola virus, medical officials said Tuesday, in a setback for the country’s bid to gain Ebola-free status.“We are conducting an epidemiological investigation to trace the extent of the transmission” as the woman who died was sick for 5-10 days without the authorities being alerted, Ibrahim Sesay of the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) told a local radio station.Given the 50 people identified as at high-risk “we should not be surprised if we see new cases coming out,” from the new caseidentified in the village of Sella Kafta in the northern district of Kambia, he said.“Ebola is like the main actor in an horror film. Defeat the actor and he is likely to get up again,” Sesay added.There had been celebratory scenes last week when the country’s last known Ebola patient was released from hospital in the central city of Makeni after being cured of the virus, raising hopes the west African nation may finally have beaten the devastating epidemic.The latest victim had not travelled to either Liberia or Guinea, two other countries also blindsided by the worst outbreak of Ebola in history, which has killed some 11,300 people since first emerging in December 2013 in Guinea.News of the new Ebola death came as a new school year got underway Monday, with measures in place to try prevent the spread of the virus.Children’s temperatures were being checked at many schools, and students were directed towards buckets of chlorine to wash their hands.Schools were closed for more than eight months at the height of the Ebola outbreak.Reports from Kambia said community leaders and residents remained “in a state of shock” over the news.An elder and long time resident in Sella Kafta, Sampha Mansaray told AFP by phone that “the community is in mourning over the death.”“We have been thorough in observing all restrictions to keep Ebola out of our community but we have now failed the rest of the country by being the place that has halted the countdown” towards Ebola-free status, the 60-year-old farmer lamented. 84 Views   no discussions HealthInternationalLifestylePrint 50 people quarantined after new Ebola death in S Leone by: Associated Free Press – September 1, 2015last_img read more

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Holcomb announces significant interest in Next Level Trails grant program

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb says the first round of the Next Level Trails grant program has received 82 applications requesting a total of nearly $144 million in funding.The applicants are from 42 of the state’s 92 counties and their requests total more than 240 potential miles of hiking, biking and riding trails.“The number of applications in the first round far surpassed our expectations and shows Indiana’s enthusiasm for trails,” Gov. Holcomb said. “This sends a big message that Hoosiers are invested in improving quality of life across the state.”The Next Level Trails grant program is the largest infusion of trail funding in state history, dedicating $90 million to connect communities. The grant program is part of Next Level Connections, Gov. Holcomb’s $1 billion statewide infrastructure program. Up to $20 million in regional projects and up to $5 million in local projects will be granted in this opening round. Next Level Trail funds will be awarded in rounds until all funds have been allocated.The grant program is divided into two components: a $70 million fund for regional projects and a $20 million fund for local projects. Each fund will require a 20 percent project match, which can include monetary contributions, land value, and in-kind donations of materials and labor. Projects funded through this program must be open to the public. Eligible applicants include units of government or 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will review the applications to ensure they met requirements and then a multi-agency committee will evaluate the proposals. The first awards are expected to be announced in early spring.More information regarding Next Level Trails is online here.last_img read more

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Dhanraj joins as spin bowling consultant

first_imgTHE West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced that Rajindra Dhanraj has joined the West Indies men’s team coaching staff as Spin Bowling Consultant.Dhanraj, 48, was one of the leading bowlers in regional cricket in the late 1980s and 1990s. He took 295 wickets in 78 first-class matches and also played four Tests and six ODIs for the West Indies between 1994 and 1996.The former West Indies leg-break and googly bowler will work with the team in the build-up to the Brighto Paints presents the Q Mobile Cup ODI series against Pakistan in Guyana. He will return ahead of the start of the Brighto Paints presents the Q Mobile Cup Test Series in Jamaica later this month.Jimmy Adams, the WICB Director of Cricket said: “We welcome Rajindra to the West Indies team group. We’re delighted he has agreed to come and work with our players. He has a wealth of knowledge on the game and we know he will make a great contribution.”Adams added: “He will be spending time with our slow bowlers prior to both the One-Day Series in Guyana and start of the Test series in Jamaica as we look to improve and enhance their skills.”last_img read more

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FIFA Clears Bordeaux Star for Algeria

first_img* Top star, Abeid, laments uncertainty in UyoOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaAlgeria was yesterday boosted in its bid to outshine Nigeria on November 12 in a Russia 2018 qualifying fixture in Uyo, after FIFA cleared Bordeaux player Adam Ounas to switch nationality to Algeria.The 19-year old attacking midfielder had already represented France at U-20 level and was keen to bolster the ranks of the Fennec Foxes by switching his allegiance to his parents’ country of origin.Bordeaux announced the switch Tuesday via its official Twitter account. The development would inspire Algeria from the prevailing gloom as Ounas became the third player to join them in nationality switch after Yassine Benzia (Lille, France) and Smain Benaceur (Arsenal, England).The North- Africans are presently blowing cold after the abrupt resignation of coach Milovan Rajevac following the shock triggered by the 0-0 draw at home against Cameroun, which has put added pressure on the team after Nigeria beat Zambia 2-1 in Ndola to top Group B.Milovan, who was employed six months ago, resigned after only two games in charge, prompting Algerian FA President, Mohamed Roauraoua, to install caretaker coaches and intensify the search for a foreign gaffer.It is this growing uncertainty that has also made another Algerian player, Mehdi Abeid, to voice concern by acknowledging the effect changing the coaching staff could have on the team.The Dijon midfielder told French FF News TV that it was difficult to adjust to tactics under a new coach, especially in the middle of a World Cup qualifying testThe former Newcastle player, who has already been invited for the trip to Nigeria, however, noted that he would have to adjust by proving to the new coaches that he is up to the task. “It is difficult to constantly change coaches, but we have to readjust, to prove to the other coach that you have a place in the team. It is particularly difficult for the team to have changes like that, especially during qualification for the World Cup. This is not something that is easy, It will be tough,’’ Abeid echoed.However, he said that Algeria would remain focused by taking one game after the other as they know that Russia is still within a touching distance.‘’We have a good team with great players. For us to do the job, we will have to fight to the end. “Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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CAF’s May 5 Deadline Leaves Nigerian Officials with Four Options

first_imgAngola, Liberia, Kenya, Guinea end seasonDuro IkhazuagbeWith most leagues around the world plotting how to either end their 2019/2020 football season abruptly or play the rest matches behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has entered into dialogues with its affiliate members on the matter.According to the letter dated April 26, and signed by CAF’s interim Secretary General, Abdelmounaïm Bah, the football governing body in the continent gave up to next week Tuesday, May 05, 2020, as deadline for all its national federation affiliate members to present their plans of finalizing the current 2019/2020 season to its secretariat in Cairo, Egypt. CAF insisted that this action plan will enable it come out with an organization plan for the inter clubs competitions for next season.Already, Angola, Liberia, Kenya and Guinea have cancelled their 2019/20 football seasons.THISDAY checks with Nigerian football authorities however revealed that they are waiting for further directives from the government before taking a definitive decision on the 2019/2020 Football season and the 2020 AITEO Cup competitions.President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick said on his Instagram page yesterday that resuming playing football is not as important as life and public health.“So we will be having consultations with the health ministry and FIFA, and more importantly, wait for the go ahead from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development before any sort of football will be played,” concludes the NFF Chief.Already, several meetings have already held in-house between the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Sports Minister, Mr. Sunday Dare while the League Management Company (LMC) and NPFL clubs have had teleconference meeting on the way forward from the current lockdown precipitated by the Covid-19 pandemic.Last week, the NFF executive committee also had a teleconference meeting on how to handle pressing matters concerning the country’s football. One of the major decision taken was how to prune Nigeria’s 11 national teams from all FIFA competitions in the face of dwindling resources.A board member of the NFF told THISDAY that the board have an idea of how to end the 2019/2020 season and even the AITEO Cup that is yet to kick off in the states before the lockdown.“We have a fair idea of our options and possible and probable directions and we will communicate same to CAF before the May 5, 2020 deadline,” observed the influential board members on telephone yesterday.Another NPFL club Chairman who participated in the LMC teleconference but would not want his name in print hinted that they all agreed on the four-option proposal by the LMC leadership.“It is the wish of every body to complete the 2019/2020 NPFL season once the pandemic subsides but as things stand now, if that becomes impossible there are other options that we have all agreed to us to decide the season,” without elaborating on what are those options open to the League body.According to the latest directive from the federal government, a gradual easing of the lockdown in Lagos, FCT and Ogun is scheduled to begin on Monday but with laid down health directives still in force like wearing of mask, social distancing, no handshakes and no inter-State movements.The Angolan Football Federation set the pace by declaring its 2019/20 Girabola Zap Season “null and void” due to the Covid-19 outbreak earlier yesterday.It further ruled that there is “No league winners, No relegation and no promotion.”Angola football authorities also ruled that a new football league season will begin as soon as situation returns to normalcy with the pandemic.It also applies the same decision to the lower tiers of their leagues.In Monrovia, the Liberian Football Association has proposed making the national leagues null and void as there is seemingly no date that football can recommence.And in response, clubs in the country have asked that the cash prize for the winner be shared equally.Similarly, Gor Mahia have been declared 2019-20 Kenya Premier League Champions.Gor Mahia were on top of the log table with 54 points and with just five matches to the end of the season.The 2019/20 Ligue Guinéenne de Football Professional has also been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemicShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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In Photos: USC defeats Colorado, 56-28

first_imgUSC’s football team welcomed alumni back for Homecoming with an impressive rout over Colorado on Saturday. The No. 22 Trojans (5-2, 4-1 Pac-12) put up 28 points in the first quarter on their way to a 56-28 win. Read our coverage of the game for more details.Photos by Tony Zhou.last_img

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Men’s hockey: High-flying offenses square off in pursuit of spot atop the Big Ten

first_imgWisconsin hits the road after a pivotal weekend at the Kohl Center, where the Badgers split with the No. 6 Minnesota, proving themselves as serious contenders for the Big Ten crown.Despite convincing wins against highly ranked opponents including Minnesota and Boston College, the Badgers (11-8-1, 4-2 Big Ten) still have not cracked the Top 20 in the NCAA rankings.“For us if we want to be in that top elite we know we have to be more consistent in our games,” junior forward Cameron Hughes said, when asked about not being ranked.Men’s basketball: Koenig’s 20 points open the flood gates in 82-55 win over Penn StateThe University of Wisconsin ended the second half of Tuesday’s game against Pennsylvania State University with a 24-point advantage in Read…If Wisconsin wants to prove themselves as not only an elite team in the Big Ten, but also the country, this weekend provides the perfect opportunity as they battle No. 8 Ohio State.OSU features an arguably more explosive offense than Minnesota as the Buckeyes are scoring the nation’s second-most goals per game (4.2) and converting on more than 26 percent of their power-play chances.“We prepare for every team somewhat differently, you know, it’s kinda similar to Minnesota but mostly we focus on the things we do,” Hughes said, regarding preparation against explosive offenses like Ohio State.The Buckeyes offense consists of four players with at least 23 points on the season, including the team leader, sophomore forward Mason Jobst, who has 28 points.OSU is 12-4-6 overall and sits at the fourth spot in the conference with 11 points behind Wisconsin’s 12. The Buckeyes are 3-2-1 in their last six games, but those results are far from an accurate portrayal of their talent.OSU took down No. 4 Penn State twice in that span and the Buckeyes are eager to make the jump over Wisconsin in the Big Ten this weekend.The stakes will be high in Columbus, Ohio and then New York Friday as both teams hope to make a push for the top of the conference. With a sweep of the Buckeyes, the Badgers can jump from the No. 3 spot in the Big Ten to a tie at the top.To do that, the Badgers will rely on their potent offense, which leads the Big Ten with 4.33 goals per conference matchup.Men’s basketball: Badgers look to extend win streak to five against RutgersThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team gets back on the road Wednesday as they head to one of the Read…Sophomore captain Luke Kunin led the charge last weekend against Minnesota with three points, and now ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 14 goals.Aside from the Badgers’ high-powered offense, their play in the defensive zone and in front of the net has improved by leaps and bounds since the start of the season.“Coach says five work as one, he’s kinda saying stay as a group and staying tight and that’s something we focus on and it’s gotten a lot better,” Hughes said on the team’s defensive growth.Wisconsin will need solid performances on both ends of the ice if they hope to take down yet another high-flying offense in the Ohio State Buckeyes.last_img read more

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McQuin Baron caps strong season with Cutino Award

first_imgWarren Poh | Daily TrojanBest of the best · Goalie McQuin Baron will enter his senior year as the reigning top player in college water polo after his stalwart 2016 campaign.Goalie McQuin Baron won the Peter J. Cutino Award on June 4, becoming the fifth Trojan in program history to win college water polo’s highest honor. Baron was a stalwart in cage throughout the men’s water polo team’s 2016 run to the NCAA title game, tallying 247 saves on the season and finishing the year second all-time on USC’s career saves list.Baron thanked his friends, coaches and family as he accepted the award. He also remembered former high school teammate and standout Trojan 2-meter Jon Walters, who passed away in 2014.“I accept this award with a huge hole in my heart, knowing that Jon Walters would have been here receiving this honor instead of me,” Baron said.The Cutino Award caps a strong year of water polo for Baron. The goalie entered his junior season in 2016 after representing Team USA at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and he anchored the Trojans in net upon his return from Brazil, as the team advanced to its 12th consecutive NCAA final.Baron averaged 11.62 saves per game versus only 4.47 goals-against per game, including a career-high 19 saves against Cal in the title match. Baron’s performances earned him MPSF Tournament MVP honors as well as a spot on the All-MPSF First Team and NCAA All-Tournament Second Team.As Baron gears up for his final season in cardinal and gold, he sits just 38 saves shy of matching Joel Dennerley’s all-time program record. Dennerley was also a Cutino Award winner (2011), alongside Kostas Genidounias (2014), J.W. Krumpholtz (2008 and 2009) and Juraj Zatovic (2005). All winners — and the Trojans’ nine finalists — have played under current head coach Jovan Vavic, who was named Pac-12 Coach of the Century in 2015.One day after Baron received his award, five players from the record-setting women’s water polo team earned All-American selections. Senior driver Stephania Haralabidis headlined the pack, as she was named to the All-American First Team for the second consecutive year. After leading the MPSF in scoring last season. Haralabidis finished her Trojan career with 269 goals — second-most in program history.While Haralabidis became just the eighth Trojan to graduate as a four-time All-American, freshman utility Maud Megens started along the senior’s path, earning a spot on the second team in her debut collegiate campaign. Megens led USC in goals last season and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team in addition to a host of conference honors. Her 58 scores were the third-most ever by a Trojan true freshman. Senior 2-meter Brigitta Games and sophomore goalie Amanda Longan were named to the All-American Third Team. Longan secured her second straight All-American selection after earning a spot on the first team following last season’s championship run. She saved 221 shots and averaged 10.91 saves per game. Games wrapped up her three-year career at USC with a strong final campaign during which she netted 57 goals. Games was also a Cutino Award finalist in 2016. Finally, junior driver andsecond-year captain Brianna Daboub rounded out this year’s group of All-American Trojans. Daboub chipped in 20 goals, including a key hat trick in the NCAA semifinal match against Michigan, en route to her second straightAll-American Honorable Mention. The women’s water polo team now looks forward to the 2018 season after setting a national-record 52-game win streak in 2017, only to lose the streak and berths to both the MPSF and NCAA championship games to Pac-12 rival Stanford. The men’s team, on the other hand, gets set to kick off a new year in September, as the Trojans look to avenge their loss to Cal in the 2016 title game.last_img read more

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War-of-words to grudge match to war-of-words again: Mary Kom-Zareen feud still not over?

first_img First Published: 28th December, 2019 15:41 IST Written By Jitesh Vachhatani FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 28th December, 2019 15:41 IST War-of-words To Grudge Match To War-of-words Again: Mary Kom-Zareen Feud Still Not Over? Mary Kom defeated Nikhat Zareen 9-1 in the finals of the trials on Saturday; however, Telangana Boxing Association cried foul once the result was declaredcenter_img LIVE TV When it all boiled down to one day, one bout, one last round, it was the six-time world champion Mary Kom who came out on top of a budding boxer demanding ‘fair trial’ as she beat Nikhat Zareen 9-1 to claim her spot in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic qualifiers.The intense bout which was preceded by a war of words between Kom and Zareen outside the ring was to determine who would represent India in the prestigious 2020 Olympic games’ qualifiers in China. However, while one would have expected the matter to have been settled with Kom’s victory on Saturday, the drama rather intensified as Zareen and her home state Telangana’s Boxing Association cried foul once the result was declared in favour of Mary Kom. READ | Mary Kom Beats Zareen To Make Indian Team For Olympic QualifiersMary Kom grabs eighth medal at World ChampionshipsBack in October, 36-year-old Mary Kom grabbed her eight medal at the World Boxing Championships as she had to settle for a bronze after her semi-final defeat against Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey. Soon after her victory, speculations arose that Kom might skip the trials and earn a direct qualification for the 2020 Olympic qualifiers. However, according to the announcement by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) earlier, only gold and silver medallists were to be exempted from the qualification.This invited the ire of Nikhat Zareen, who had made her mark in several tournaments, as she alleged that when she had arrived in Delhi for the World Boxing Championships selection, the selection was cancelled and Mary Kom was sent without any prior explanation.Nikhat Zareen writes to Sports MinisterZareen then strongly demanded a ‘fair trial’ against the veteran boxer to decide who would represent India in the Olympic qualifiers in 51 kg Boxing. The 23-year-old shot to the spotlight as she even wrote to Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijuju demanding ‘fair trails.’ The Minister was swift in his response as he assured Zareen that the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) would take a fair decision.READ | Kiren Rijiju Assures Nikhat Zareen That BFI Will Take A Fair DecisionWhile Zareen alleged that the six-time world champion was being favoured, Mary Kom did not mince her words at all, as while speaking to Republic TV, she questioned who is Zareen to demand trials in a tweet. “Who is she? I am really shocked by all this. I have won eight World Championship medals, including six gold. Let the Boxing Federation of India decide whom they want. How can she cry like this? She cannot lobby to get a place in the Indian team. This is not done,” Mary Kom told Republic TV. Nikhat Zareen had also demanded a fair Olympic selection trial and asked the national federation (BFI) to telecast live the fight after her much-anticipated showdown against MC Mary Kom in the Indian Boxing League was cancelled. “I wanted to play the league just because everyone would have seen the bout on TV and know me. Now I have to prepare for the trails but I want the trials to be televised live on TV and not in close doors so that people can know what happened in the bout,” she had added.READ | Mary Kom: Motivate Women To Learn Something To Protect ThemselvesKom-Zareen Face-offAfter an intense off-ring feud, the BFI on December 21 finally announced a  “quadrangular trial” in the women’s 51 kg category for the Tokyo Olympics qualifier in Delhi on December 27-28. Apart from Zareen and Mary Kom, Jyoti of Railways and Haryana’s Ritu Grehwal were the two names mentioned in the trial. Zareen, defeated Jyoti Gulia, a youth world gold-medallist and the reigning national champion in a unanimous verdict while Mary Kom claimed victory over Ritu Grehwal for Kom and Zareen to lock horns in the finals on Saturday, which ended 9-1 in Mary Kom’s favour.READ | Nikhat Zareen On Bout Against Mary Kom: I Am Excited And I Will Give My Best SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENTlast_img read more

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Cycling made fun as PruRide Accra delivers world-class experience for riders

first_imgCycling in Ghana can be a frustrating experience for those who aspire to great things in the sport.From a lack of government support where public infrastructure is concerned to a dearth of awareness from mainstream media and limited private sector participation, the dream to go professional can die quickly.This weekend, over 239 riders felt the wind in their faces, the thrill of top prizes at stake, and the feel of a world-class professional race when the PruRide Accra came around.Put together by Prudential Life Insurance Ghana, the race covered a distance of 99.7km and was given its massive media push by Joy FM and the Multimedia Group.“The idea for this came from a desire to see a healthier population, and it’s just our way of contributing to that,” Frances Ofori, head of marketing at Prudential Life, tells Joy Sports. The headquarters of Prudential Life is in London, where it is the power behind the annual, world-famous Ride London racing event. Proceeds from this race go to the Ghana Heart Foundation.It is that UK race that has birthed smaller versions in African nations such as Zambia and Ghana. “For us, PruRide Accra is to show our commitment to excellence and make cycling more accessible to Ghanaians. That’s why we invested in races for both amateurs and professionals,” chimed Mokobi Aryee, CEO of Prudential Life. Sunday morning came.At 11am, the amateurs hit the road. Theirs was a 30km race which the participating British High Commissioner, Iain Walker, noted in his distinctive Scottish twang, was “definitely not an amateur distance”. But the aching muscles of the riders may have been assuaged by the scenic route taken: starting from the Black Star Square, through the 28th February Road, Liberia Road, Independence Avenue, Accra, the African Union Monument, Independence Avenue, Castle Road, Starlets 91 Road and then back to Black Star Square.There were nine loops, and by the fifth, several of the racers were begging for air. Proving to be a hardy athlete, however, was Alexander Allotey, who averaged a speed of 40 km/h to win the amateur event. His performance earns him a ticket to participate in next year’s prestigious Prudential RideLondon race. Allotey crossed the finish after 44:56.03.Bismark Aryeetey, Mark Twum, Joseph Neequaye and Michael Randolf finished second to fifth and got themselves some consolation prizes ranging from cash to trophies.  The race for the professionals was incredibly heated. Through the same route of iconic national symbols and streets, the pumped, huffed and groaned. This time, it was live on radio (Joy FM) and television (JoyNews) and streaming live on Facebook.99.7km meant 30 loops, and in the end Frank Akuffo (pictured in main image with Mokobi Aryee), an unemployed young man, rode his way to the second ticket on offer for to next year’s RideLondon. “I’m so happy. So happy. I have been riding for a long time, but this is one of the best days of my life because I’ve won in my own backyard, among my own people!” he said to an adoring crowd.When he said ‘in my own backyard’, the emotional Akuffo was referencing his locale, Osu, where he has lived all his life. “This was a tough race, but I did it. I am a champion, and I am very happy. Honestly, this is one of the best-organised races I’ve seen.”From second to fifth were Lawrence Adjei, Anthony Boakye Dankwah, Newton Coffie and Isaac Sackey, who left with prizes ranging from hotel stays to cash offerings and trophies.  Will there be another PruRide Accra?“Never say never,” said Cherise Ige, Chief Financial Officer.We’ll take that as a yes.—The Multimedia Group is the official media partner for PruRide Accra, Ghana’s biggest urban cycling race.last_img read more

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