Summer is well underway and credit union lending—like the weather—is heating up.Credit union loan portfolios are up 2.7% through April and are on track to grow at a double-digit rate in 2016.If that happens, it will be the first time in nearly 30 years that the movement recorded three consecutive years of double-digit gains in loans outstanding.The driving force behind big credit union loan gains will almost certainly be automobile loans. Modest inflation pressures will keep market interest rates low through the end of 2017.That, combined with continuing improvement in labor markets (more hiring and higher wage gains), will buoy consumer confidence and will keep auto sales—both new and used—chugging along for the foreseeable future. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Related Articles Submit CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach August 27, 2020 After a £160 million pound overhaul of their squad, the odds on seven time European champions, AC Milan winning next season’s Scudetto have been slashed. At the culmination of last season, the Rossoneri were a massive 16/1 to end Juventus’ reign of domination in Italy. However, their lavish summer of spending means that their price has been shortened to just 6/1. With the help of their new Chinese ownership, Milan have acquired a wealth of talent from all over Europe; Franck Kessié, Ricardo Rodriguez, André Silva, Hakan Calhanoglu, Andrea Conti and Lucas Biglia are just some of the players that make up their list of new signings. Nonetheless, their biggest coup is undoubtedly capturing highly regarded defender, Leonardo Bonucci from Italian champions Juventus. Selling one of their most sought after defenders to Milan, suggests that Juventus resonate with the bookmakers, who despite shortening the price of Milan, continue to rank them as outsiders for the title.The Rossoneri are currently third favourites for the Serie A glory, with Juventus odds on to win an unprecedented seventh consecutive Scudetto and Napoli 5/1 outsiders for their first title since the Maradona era.Alan Alger, BetwayAlan Alger of Betway spoke to SBC about Milan’s chances this season: “They have shortened up from 16/1 at the start of June to their current price (6/1). I would say most of these signings come under the promising category rather than the proven one in terms of Championship winners or challengers.“They’ve finished on average over 30 points behind Juventus the last 3 seasons so have enormous ground to make up on them and also have to participate in the Europa League.”The Italian football season begins on 20 August, AC Milan travel to Crotone on the opening weekend.
Leicestershire’s Helen Lowe staged a superb fightback to become the new English senior women’s amateur champion at Woodall Spa.She’d been trailing Julie Brown – the defending champion – since the turn and was three down after 14 holes of the final. But then she turned the tide. She produced a pair of birdies to launch a charge and won four holes in a row to snatch victory on the 18th.“That was when I started pinching myself and thinking ‘Is it really me that has done this?’ It’s absolutely fantastic, I couldn’t happier,” she said.Lowe (image © Leaderboard Photography), who has twice been the Leicestershire county champion, was playing in this event for only the second time. On her debut last year she qualified for the second flight match play; this time she played her way comfortably into the championship match play and proceeded to despatch a series of high quality opponents.First to fall was former champion Caroline Berry (Bromborough), followed by international Lulu Housman (Highgate) and then, in the semi-final, the number two seed Lindsey Shaw (Chevin).The final brought her up against Staffordshire’s Brown, who was not only the defending champion, but also the top seed and an international who last year helped England become European and Home International champions.The first few holes were closely contested, but Lowe (Scraptoft) hit a wobble in the middle, lost her putting touch for a few holes and was three down after 14. But then her feel on the greens returned and she started an unbeatable charge, with birdies on the 15th and 16th, followed by a solid par on 17 to get back to all square.On the 18th Lowe’s birdie putt stayed out, but finished stone dead, while Brown (Trentham) missed a three-foot par putt to keep the match alive.The title belonged to Lowe and she said: “It’s been great, senior golf has opened up a whole new world.” As well as playing in England events, she also finished sixth in last year’s British senior championships.The Flight Two matchplay was won by Debbie Warren (King’s Norton) on her debut appearance in this event, beating former international Roz Adams (Royal Blackheath) by 5/3 in the final.“It was a really good match,” said Warren, who has been Staffordshire county champion three times. “It was nip and tuck at the beginning, and Roz holed some very good putts, but over the last five or six holes I went up a gear.“My long game was fantastic and I hit some iron shots close and had a couple of birdies.”On her way to the final Warren defeated past senior champion Sue Dye (Delamere Forest), Airlie Dyson (Batchworth Park), and former British senior champion Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest).“I played really good golf over the two days and I’m certainly level par for the four rounds, or under par,” said Warren.She described the match play rounds as a “fresh start” after the two days of stroke play qualifying, played in brutal conditions of strong winds and rain.Click here for full scores 8 May 2015 Helen charges back to win English senior title
Here are some things that daze and amaze me. Aren’t you amazed that the Pittsburgh Public Schools lowered the G.P.A for athletic participation when the levels of academic achievement are already appalling, atrocious, mind boggling, and all of the other definitions of negativity that we can think of. We can’t blame John Thompson or Mark Roosevelt for this garbage pickin’ academic achievement plan. They should have hired a surgeon instead of a new superintendent to stop the internal bleeding and the fiscal, social, and educational bloodletting that our student-athletes are experiencing. Forget about a syllabus, what they are creating is a “sillybus.” Busing kids all around the freakin’ city for what? Just to create the illusion that they are being educated.Hey, you can’t blame athletic director Mike Gavlik for this nonsense of an education plan. Now the WPIAL will have some real live “blocking dummies” to practice on while getting “their” student athletes ready to earn scholarships to attend some of most illustrious institutions of higher learning in the US. All our kids have is the “Pittsburgh Promise” which basically will have a surplus of funding for the next couple of decades or so because most of our “great athletes” possibly will not even be equipped to pass their SATs to even get into college, well except the college that I attended and truly love, CCAC (Community College of Allegheny County). Going to CCAC is fine but future student athletes will be held to standards of pseudo and diluted achievement or in this case being told that you don’t have to be smart but you can play anyway and there is no penalty for non-achievement. The best reward for failure is hey, more failure. The thing that stands out to me is that parents will make it over to Cupples Stadium or the individual schools to see their children compete, yet will not get up off of their “rusty dusty’s” at home to demand that homework assignments be completed or mosey on up to the schools demanding excellence and achievement for their children. It is not “kosher” seeing Dick and Jane run as a part of the course catalog for our seniors. Are you amazed or dazed?The city of Canton, Ohio not only has to be amazed and dazed, they have to be flat out K’Od in regards to the NFL Hall-of-Fame game being cancelled for 2011. The entire population of Canton is almost directly or indirectly connected with the yearly NFL “spectacle.” Although only an exhibition, it is one of the few events that endear all of us to the game of American professional football. Over five years ago I wrote a column titled; ‘Christmas in Canton’ where I talked about the social and economic impact that one event has on the population of Canton annually. When you look at New York in November, you generally think of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day mega parade. In December it’s the Mt. Everest-like Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center or ‘Junkanoo’ if you have ever lived or traveled in the Bahamas. When one thinks of the beginning of the yearly football wars, Canton always springs to the front of my mind.Robert Wang of CantonRep.com wrote a prophetic article titled; Hall of Fame means money, jobs for county on Aug 02, 2010. In it he says; “The city of Cleveland lost one of its greatest economic assets: LeBron James. The impact is estimated to be losses in the tens to hundreds of millions of dollars for the region. Now, on top of the demise here of several thousand local manufacturing jobs during the last decade, imagine what the economic damage might be if Stark County were without its crown jewel: The Pro Football Hall of Fame. Roughly 200,000 people a year who go through the Hall of Fame’s turnstiles would not be visiting the county and spending money at local hotels, restaurants and shops. Without the annual Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, Stark County would have a million fewer visitors per year, and at least $27 million less would be spent locally during late July and early August. Without the Hall and the Festival, Stark County would offer roughly 300 fewer full-time jobs, according to a 2005 study.See lads and lassies, the NFL and the NFLPA are playing a serious “game” with the lives of common folk. People are running across the “economic” middle with no helmets leaping up to catch errantly thrown “paychecks” with no protection and with the telephone number of the local unemployment office stitched across the back of their “uniforms.” There will be no “unnecessary” roughness calls against the NFL powers-that-be or the NFLPA because with “real” jobs there is no “instant replay” and as we all know in the “real” workplace, only the strong survive.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.)
Two men stood together, utilizing the worldwide platform that only the Olympics can provide, to call attention to the struggle they shared with fellow Americans during a divisive, seemingly intractable period in their country’s history.In 1968, sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their black-gloved fists on the medals stand.In 2018, skier Gus Kenworthy and his boyfriend, Matt Wilkas, made their own calculated statement when they kissed at the bottom of a ski slope . And so, even though the Olympics have morphed into a mass-media extravaganza beyond what anyone could’ve imagined when Smith and Carlos raised their fists 50 years ago, on Oct. 16, 1968, it’s hard to envision anything replacing that as the most significant protest in the history of the Olympics, and sports in general.In this Oct. 16, 1968, file photo, Australian silver medalist Peter Norman, left, stands on the podium as Americans Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos raise their gloved fists in a human rights protest. Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) awarded on Saturday, April 28, 2018, a posthumous Order of Merit to Norman. AOC President John Coates said that Norman’s achievements as an athlete – his silver-medal winning time of 20.06 seconds at Mexico City remains an Australian record 50 years after he set the mark – were dwarfed by his support for the gold and bronze medalists who raised their gloved fists and bowed their heads during the American national anthem. (AP Photo, File)“Back then, Carlos and Smith were ‘The Story’ and you couldn’t really avoid it,” says Washington State professor Scott Jedlicka, who recently gave a lecture to a group of sports historians about the complexities of the Mexico City Games. “Today, not only would it perhaps be forgotten a lot more quickly, but it would also be spun up in so many different ways to drive up meaning and message about the protest’s significance.”As true back then as it is today, very few people tune in to a sporting event expecting, or particularly interested in, a lesson about civics or social inequality. Many would prefer for athletes to stay inside the lines.As images of their defiantly raised fists slowly filtered across the globe, Smith and Carlos were widely vilified, and kicked out of the Olympics by their own country’s federation. Both men suffered personally and professionally upon their return to the United States. Neither has expressed regret about what they did.“Yes, indeed, it was worth it,” Smith said in an interview aired on BBC this month.Carlos’ words from 50 years ago still resonate in many corners today: “White America would not understand,” he said that night. “They recognize me only when I do something bad, and they call me ‘Negro.’”If the reaction to the sprinters, over weeks, and months and then years, was a slow-moving tsunami, the reaction to Kenworthy and Wilkas was more like a fast-moving, then quickly extinguished, wildfire.Though their kiss was picked up by TV cameras, it didn’t start trending until the images were redistributed via social media. It was a purposeful and powerful gambit by Kenworthy, who used his Twitter and Instagram accounts throughout the Pyeongchang Games to help bring LGBT issues to the fore.Images of the kiss went viral, but the nature of 2018-style social media made the episode a juicy morsel for a news cycle. It was quickly overrun by outrage over Korean dog meat farms and politically charged rants about Ivanka Trump’s visit to Pyeongchang.Part of this might be a sign of progress — the image of gay athletes kissing doesn’t evoke the same response now as it would have 20, or 50, years ago, Jedlicka says.But another part “speaks to the fact that you don’t have the media gatekeepers you had in 1968,” said John Koch, who teaches a course called ‘Rhetoric, Sports and Society’ at Vanderbilt.“It used to be the media had the sole responsibility of what was salient, worthy of seeing,” Koch said. “Twitter users have that same ability now.”In this Sept. 25, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick kneels during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, in Seattle. Kaepernick has a new deal with Nike, even though the NFL does not want him. Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos, made the announcement on Twitter, calling the former 49ers quarterback an “All American Icon” and crediting attorney Ben Meiselas for getting the deal done. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)That’s what has helped Kaepernick, in many ways, become this generation’s Smith and Carlos.When the quarterback first kneeled to protest racial and social injustice during the national anthem, it went completely unnoticed during a preseason NFL game and only gained traction through the powers of social media. From there, his message has been filtered and re-filtered through everything from tweets by President Donald Trump to ads run by his corporate supporter, Nike.Most poignantly, sports has become a central part of the (hashtag)MeToo movement in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal, which exposed the physician as the molester of hundreds of young female athletes, including members of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team.The hashtag in ”(hashtag)MeToo” says all we need to know about the medium through which some of the most heart-wrenching calls to action have come.It reinforces the words of Marshall McLuhan, the renowned intellectual who famously declared “The medium is the message” — a nod to the idea that the way information is disseminated is every bit as important as the information itself.In 1968, Smith and Carlos felt the sting of social injustice and knew they could draw attention to it on the Olympic medals stand.Fifty years later, athletes have more outlets at their disposal to point out similar problems of inequality. But once they use them, the myriad of platforms can help turn one story into a slow-moving Kaepernick tsunami and relegate another to a Kenworthy-Wilkas news minute.___AP Sports Writer Pat Graham contributed to this report. Smith and Carlos had a captive global audience of hundreds of millions to create international headlines thanks to limited choices in a growing TV culture. Today’s athletes — even when armed with a powerful message of inclusion or social injustice, a la Kenworthy or the polarizing Colin Kaepernick — face different obstacles. They are communicating to groups fragmented by cable TV, social media and the various echo chambers that define today’s public discourse. In this Sept. 28, 2016, file photo, John Carlos, left, and Tommie Smith pose for a portrait at Georgetown University in Washington. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz, File)
Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier MIKE PELAIAThere’s a new roller coaster going into Kennywood Park in 2019 called the Steel Curtain. Perhaps they should name the coaster “Steelers 2018 Season” instead because that’s exactly what this past year was, a roller coaster.From the season-opening tie to the Browns, to the six-game winning streak, to the finish to the season that saw them fall from a 7-2-1 record…a near lock to win the division, to out of the playoffs, the Steelers season couldn’t have been a crazier ride.It’s a season that started with incredible expectations of winning the Super Bowl. The thing is, those expectations were not unrealistic. As this team sits at home this offseason, they have to look at what could have been. They are easily as talented as any other team that made the playoffs.Yet, the Black and Gold sit at home, on their couches, pondering what went wrong and hopefully, what they need to do to get better in 2019 while this Super Bowl window may still be slightly ajar.This season they had their issues in many facets of the game. Offensively, they turned the ball over quite a bit, especially in the oppositions end of the field. Ben Roethlisberger was responsible for 20 turnovers this season, 16 of those interceptions, a few of which were in the opposition’s red zone, most notably in Denver, when going in for a TD at the final seconds.A quarterback of Ben’s caliber should not be turning the ball over 20 times in a season. I understand he’s one of the best in the league and he passed for over 5,000 yards to win the passing title—I don’t think there is any other quarterback worthy of taking his place but I do think his turnovers cost them a game or two and had they won that game, or two, they’d have made the playoffs.Yet, it can’t be all on Ben. It starts with Randy Fichtner. The new offensive coordinator did a good job but down the stretch, he seemed to abandon the run in favor of the pass. Quite frankly, it’s unacceptable that this was allowed to continue over the last month of the year when it was very evident that the rushing attack was more than capable of handling its own. James Conner and Jaylen Samuels more than filled in for the missing Le’Veon Bell this season, proving the Steelers didn’t need Bell. Fichtner did not appropriately use his running backs and because of that, the Steelers sit at home.Special teams didn’t do their job, either. Chris Boswell was the worst kicker in football. He shouldn’t have been allowed to kick for as many games as he did but his salary and the fact that he was a Pro Bowl player last year got in the way of just releasing him. Because of that, the Steelers missed the playoffs, and Boswell is a huge reason why.Special teams came in ranked 29th out of 32 teams this year as well. Danny Smith has to be fired for that, doesn’t he? I say bring in somebody new, they can’t possibly do much worse!But missing the playoffs isn’t just on the offense or special teams; it is also heavily on the defense led by Keith Butler. Butler’s defense ranked sixth overall in total yards allowed but that in no way truly depicts the story of their season. They flat out stunk. They had no ability to create turnovers, at all. They did nothing on third downs but give up big plays.So the Steelers and Mike Tomlin decided to let Joey Porter go after the season ended. OK, that’s fine, I think the linebackers could have done more, I’ll buy that but if they don’t fire Butler, they are making Porter the scapegoat. Butler should have been fired last offseason. The fact that we are still talking about him having to be let go is mind-boggling. His defenses are bad. He can’t scheme. He can’t motivate, he get’s outcoached consistently and he’s in over his head.Butler. Must. Go.There are some players that need to go as well, namely Bud Dupree, especially on a $9.2 million salary. If they can renegotiate a deal and cut that in half, then I’ll listen. If not, he has to follow former teammate Jarvis Jones out of town.Artie Burns should just flat out be cut. He’s a bust. Can’t play. It’s best for all parties if he’s let go, he can blow coverages for another team.They should extend Roethlisberger another three years, build around Conner and young and budding superstar JuJu Smith-Schuster. Conner and Smith-Schuster are team-first guys and guys you can win with, they are the new core of this team.And you can bet they will have a strong opinion on the most polarizing decision the team has to make this offseason, that of what to do with Antonio Brown. Brown quit on his team, there’s no arguing that. I don’t care to get into the he said she said reasons as to why he didn’t play, he just didn’t and that’s a problem.If it were up to me, I’d shop him and I’d trade him, if—and this is a big if—I got a lot in return, and that would require a top-tier cornerback or inside linebacker and a first-round pick. If they can’t get that, then Tomlin and the team must find a way to work things out with Brown and move forward. If he plays like he’s capable of, he’s a weapon who can’t be covered.
By Muriel J. SmithAs sure as she is that Super Pac funds had an influence in Democrat candidates Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey taking two seats in the Assembly’s 11th district from the Republican incumbents, State Senator Jennifer Beck is just as sure the newcomers will work well together with her for the good of the people of the district.The upset victory by the Democrats over incumbents Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande was one of the largest surprises in the lighter than usual voter turnout last Tuesday. In spite of Democrats having more registered voters than Republicans in the district, it has traditionally voted for Republicans at the Senate and Assembly level.Beck, the state senator representing the district, told The Two River Times this week that the lower turnout also was an asset for the Democrats, noting that Neptune Township, where Houghtaling was raised, still lives and serves on the Township Committee, had a higher percentage of voters at the polls than the county in general. Beck attributed the lower turnout to people being disgusted with the negative campaigning that occurred and voters were simply turned off with voting at all.The NJ State Election Commission noted that more than $8.5 million from outside groups was spent on state contests last week, the highest ever recorded in the state’s history. A considerable portion of that money backed Houghtaling and Downey as well as other Democrat assembly hopefuls in South Jersey contested districts.With Angelini and Casagrande out in Trenton, Beck said she fully expects the new assembly members “will work together with me. That’s what we’re all elected to do, work for the people we represent, that’s why they sent us to Trenton in the first place.” The senator said the three officials will coordinate ideas and noted that she already knows Houghtaling is a hard worker and has been tireless for Neptune Township. Although she does not know Downey as well, she said she is anxious to work with her, knows her reputation as an attorney, and feels she is very bright and eager to do her best in the Assembly for the 11th district. “I look forward to working with both of them. At the end of the day, it’s all about being good representatives for all the people in our district.” Beck said.
9 June 2014Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer declared himself pleased with his team’s performance after they defeated a strong World XV 47-13 at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.The match proved to be ideal preparation for the international season for the Boks as Meyer was able to give his full squad a run-out.Made to work hardDespite the big margin of victory, they were made to work hard for the win by a team laden with big names. It was only after the break that the men in green and gold managed to take charge of the contest.They scored six tries in total and picked up a lot of momentum in the second half of the match after leading only 18-13 at the break.Meyer, however, warned that the first of two tests against Wales, to be played in Durban on Saturday, will be another big step-up for his team, as the Welsh are a settled team.‘Wales will be well prepared’“Wales will be well prepared,” Meyer said. “They are a quality side with big backs, which will give them go-forward ball. They also played together in the Six Nations, while we are just starting out.”The coach said he was happy with a number of aspects of his team’s play and feels they will be much better prepared with another week of training.“This match was important to us, because we have to play together as a team to become better. I believe we are a very dangerous team when we play with quick ball and that was something that I was unhappy about at the break. I had some harsh words for the players about the penalties conceded in the first half.“In the second half, we applied ourselves better at the breakdown and we scored some very good tries. To score six, seven tries against a side with the quality of this World XV is very pleasing,” he reckoned.No injuriesThe Springboks departed for Durban on Sunday with no immediate injury concerns.“There are no injuries, and that is great news for us,” said the coach, who had a large number of players unavailable for selection for the World XV match because of injuries.“We also scored some great tries with a number of them coming from the training fields, so I am happy. We knew it was going to be tough and we came though well.”Matfield satisfiedSpringbok captain Victor Matfield, who returned to team for the first time since 2011, said the side’s play improved pleasingly as the game progressed.“In the beginning, we did not execute well, but once we managed to get into their half, we played well,” said Matfield. “It was a very good World XV, which gave us a lot of problems in the beginning.“On a personal level, it was good to be back playing for the Springboks again. It always remains a massive honour.”SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While some would say people are the problem behind Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms, Jay Martin will say they’re the solution.Martin was recently chosen to lead Field to Faucet, a water quality program launched by The Ohio State University to ensure safe drinking water while maintaining an economically productive agricultural sector.“It became obvious, when I was working in Louisiana on a project to manage Delta land loss and salinity, that working with the people was the key to success,” Martin said. Martin did his PhD dissertation at Louisiana State University on the interdisciplinary nature of protecting coastal areas via engineering, social sciences and marine biology.Now, Martin is an ecological engineer in Ohio State’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. For the past 10 years, he has focused on the Lake Erie basin, again in concert with researchers from a variety of disciplines.Field to Faucet was conceived and funded by Bruce McPheron, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and dean for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, which put $1 million toward the effort after dangerous microcystin levels in Lake Erie shut down Toledo’s water supply for two days in August 2014. Microcystin is a toxin made by some algae.“Jay’s interdisciplinary approach in Louisiana and here in Ohio made him the ideal leader for Field to Faucet,” McPheron said. “Solving the water quality problem in Ohio will take many minds. Jay has the ability to bring people together to solve this complicated issue.”Field to Faucet involves researchers from multiple Ohio State colleges and other regional universities. Already, five projects have launched, Martin said.1. One app under development will allow farmers to record nutrient application rates and methods. Future plans include developing further apps geared toward nutrient stewardship.2. Another project will develop a geospatial data warehouse with controlled access that will allow producers and researchers to secure and share publicly available data. It is likely the project will later serve as a model approach for a national program.3. Another focus is removing phosphorus and nitrogen from manure and from anaerobic digester discharge before these materials are applied to fields. This effort would especially benefit the watershed around Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio, where there are a large number of livestock farms.4. Unmanned aerial vehicles will be used in another project to provide real-time concentrations of microcystin in Lake Erie’s waters.5. The final project will develop a sensor to detect real-time concentrations of microcystin in Lake Erie’s waters.Martin also will serve as the faculty leader of the university’s Global Water Initiative, an umbrella effort from the Office of Research that encompasses Field to Faucet along with Wells to Wellness, a water supply endeavor starting in Tanzania, and Coastal Resiliency, an international disaster preparedness effort.In addition, Martin will be working with Ohio Sea Grant, which is housed at Ohio State, which is managing the funding and reporting of related water quality projects recently funded by $2 million from the Ohio Board of Regents and matched by Ohio State and other universities across Ohio to address harmful algal blooms.
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