Calls for Donegal to go poster-free this election season

first_imgA campaign with the aim of going poster-free during the forthcoming elections across the country has been launched by a Donegal councillor. Independent councillor Seamus Maguire co-started the campaign alongside with David Weitbrecht of Zerowaste.ie to reduce the use of plastic in the county.In 2014, 2038 candidates ran for 750 seats erecting an estimated 600,000+ posters, covering the equivalent area of 23 Croke Parks. Since the campaign launched, 101 towns have gone poster free including Donegal Town and Glenties.Cllr Maguire said: “Less than 20 days ago, a national campaign PosterFree.ie was launched, encouraging all candidates to go poster free, successfully securing 101 poster free areas.“This number equates to over 11% of 2018 Tidy Town entrants. PosterFree.ie is now calling for a national voluntary ban to ensure a poster free election. It is clear that both the environment and the electorate want a poster free election.” Calls for Donegal to go poster-free this election season was last modified: March 10th, 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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A Taste of Donegal Food Festival opening night – Picture Special

first_imgA Taste of Donegal Food Festival got off to a fun start this Friday evening in Donegal Town.Crowds flooded into the foodie village from 4pm to see what’s new on the menu for the festival’s 11th year.The demonstrations began straight away, with some of Donegal and Ireland’s best chefs cooking up delights and sharing top tips. And the ‘A Passion to Inspire’ awards were announced, with Daniel Mullarkey from Tara Hotel Killybegs taking the best chef award. Farad Murshad from Chandpur Indian Restaurant Donegal Town won the Gerard M Molloy Memorial Trophy – in recognition of the Best Newcomer of the festival.The party was in full swing (thanks to The Dean Martin Tribute Show) by 8pm and attendees enjoyed browsing the tents and demos before the fireworks display closed the night.See some of the photos from the day below. It all kicks off again tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am. We’ll see you there on the Donegal Daily Live Festival Blog: https://www.donegaldaily.com/2019/08/20/live-the-full-menu-a-taste-of-donegal-food-festival-2019/Miss Donegal Holly McCrea and Chef Chris McMenamin from Harvey’s PointLinda McClean – Mallow MiaEoin Murphy, Chef Gary O’Hanlon and Chef Brian McDermottThe Gerard M Molloy Memorial Trophy is awarded to Farhad Murhsad, Chandpur Indian Restaurant (not pictured)Daniel Mullarkey wins A Passion to Inspire 2019Noel Cunningham and friends enjoying the launch nightDean Martin Tribute ShowFireworks display at A Taste of Donegal 2019Visitors from Seattle with friends from Ardara enjoying the fireworksFestival Committee member Maeve Carbin and her family enjoying the fireworksPat the Cope Gallagher TD at the launch of A Taste of DonegalA Taste of Donegal launch nightA Taste of Donegal launch nightChef Brian McDermott promoting Donegal produce in his cookery demoA Taste of Donegal launch nightA Passion to Inspire and Gerard M Molloy Memorial awardsMayor of Donegal Town Pauric Kennedy travelled from Tralee for the launch night, as his daughter Chloe Kennedy is competing as the Donegal Rose in the Rose of Tralee International CompetitionHead of Donegal Tourism Barney McLaughlin and Irish Food Guide blogger Zack GallagherA Taste of Donegal launch nightA Taste of Donegal launch nightA Taste of Donegal launch nightCathaoirleach Nicholas Crossan, Rosemary Crossan, Cllr Barry Sweeny, John Sweeny and Mary Crossan.A Taste of Donegal launch nightA Taste of Donegal launch nightA Taste of Donegal launch nightA Taste of Donegal Food Festival opening night – Picture Special was last modified: August 24th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:a taste of donegal food festivallast_img read more

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A loss for Ohio agriculture after Fledderjohann killed in automobile accident

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest According to troopers from the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Jordan Fledderjohann, 26, died at Mercer Health in Coldwater on Sept. 11 after an automobile accident at the intersection of U.S. Route 127 and Cover Four Road in Mercer County.Fledderjohann, from Botkins, will be remembered by many for his incredible success showing market goats at the Ohio State Fair and nationally. He had the Grand Champion Market Goat in 2011, the first year a market goat was sold in the Sale of Champions. Both before and after that, he was a staple at the Ohio State Fair and other goat shows as he worked with many exhibitors to help them succeed. Here is a clip with Fledderjohann from the 2011 Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions.last_img read more

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India’s golden shooting spree

first_imgOmkar, Vijay bag gold; Gagan and Imran join the party too It appears India’s record of 16 shooting gold at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games will obliterated soon. On Friday, Omkar Singh and Vijay Kumar clinched gold in 10m air pistol and 25m rapid fire pistol events respectively. This was Omkar’s third gold of the Delhi games; for Vijay, it was his second.Another gold came through the men’s 50m rifle 3 position pair of Gagan Narang and Imran Hassan Khan. In the men’s trap pairs, Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Mansher Singh combined to shoot an unprecedented 197 birds, only for Australia to pip them to the gold by one bird.Add to this a bronze won by Gurpreet Singh in rapid fire, and India’s tally after Day 4 of the nine- day shooting event stands at 10 gold, seven silver and a bronze.Narang, who is targeting six gold medals, won his third in as many events, thanks to an outstanding 397/ 400 in the prone round. He then shot identical 385s in the standing and kneeling rounds, while Khan shot 395, 381 and 382 to help India break the 16- year- old Games record of 2,300 points with 2,325.In the meantime, Vijay had broken his own record of 581 by shooting 583 in qualification for rapid fire. Gurpreet shot 569 to lie third, heading into the final. Vijay then shot an excellent 204.5 to beat his final record from Melbourne as well, setting 787.5 as the new benchmark.Despite one off- target shot, Malaysia’s Amir Hasan held on for silver, ahead of a surging Gurpreet.advertisementNavy’s Omkar equalled Samaresh Jung’s qualification record of 584 in 10m air pistol to be four points clear of Singapore’s Bin Gai and then shot 97.8 in the final to finish with three gold and a silver in his four events. Gurpreet finished fifth.There was disappointment for India in women’s trap pairs as they could only finish fifth. Australia won the gold, England got the silver and Canada took bronze.But the real battle of the day was in the men’s trap pairs where Australia’s Michael Diamond and Adam Vella, touted as the best trap team in the world, took on India’s vastly experienced Manavjit and Mansher.Mansher shot a brilliant 99 while Manavjit, who had shot 23 in his first round, went perfect over the next three series to finish with 98 and help India get to 197, a Games record.Vella also finished with 98, but two- time Olympic champion Diamond made it a perfect 100/ 100 to help Australia edge ahead.After the match, Mansher paid rich tribute to Diamond’s performance.”It had to be someone like Michael to beat us because nobody else in the world manages to do what he does regularly. This is what happens in shooting – you do so well and yet lose because somebody else has had a stellar day,” Mansher told Mail Today. The shooter, backed by the National Sports Development Fund, defended his teammate Manavjit, saying his was no mean score either.”Yes he did shoot 23 in the first round but then again, he shot 75 straight thereafter. It was a heavy load to carry and he did magnificently,” Mansher said.last_img read more

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Bajaj Pulsar 200NS takes on KTM Duke 200 and Honda CBR 150R

first_imgBajaj’s latest release, Pulsar 200NS goes up against the KTM’s Duke 200 and Honda’s CBR 150R to determine which motorcycle trumps the other two. Even though the three of them are worlds apart, they go head-to-head against each other as premium offerings on the Indian market, say reports.LooksThe Bajaj Pulsar 200NS has been given a bit of a different look than the earlier Bajaj Pulsar bikes. The bike features predator-like headlamps, broad fuel tank and high tail light. The bike has been given a sportier touch with the ‘triple-spark’ sticker on the engine.On the other hand, the Honda CBR 150R is way too slimmer and lighter than CBR 250R.The bike features telescopic forks in the front and a tube type monoshock at the rear. The bike features a Y-shaped headlight, layered fairing and contrasting tail section panel accompanied by a deep set tail lamp. It has a smaller exhaust and matte black alloy wheels.The handlebars of KTM Duke 200 have been tapered the same way as it has been done in Pulsars. Apart from the handlebars, the bike includes many Pulsar-inspired features, including cast alloy swing arms and blackened trellis frame too.The bike features upside down forks, unlike telescopic forks that are found in abundance in almost all bikes. Moreover, radiant and bright graphics make the look sportier.Performance and HandlingThe Bajaj Pulsar 200NS has a 199cc engine featuring SOHC liquid cooled cylinder and triple-spark technology for better combustion. The engine churns out maximum power of 23.1bhp and a peak torque of 18.3Nm.advertisementPulsar 200NS does a 0-60kmph sprint in 3.8 seconds.The 138kg Honda CBR 150R has an engine with an approximate displacement of 150cc. The bike features fuel-injected and liquid cooled engine.Honda CBR 250R makes peak power of 17.5bhp and the peak torque of 1.29kgm.The bike features upside down forks, unlike the usual telescopic forks. The bike has a tube type mono shock in the rear.KTM Duke 200 is powered by a 199.50cc DOHC 4 valve per cylinder engine. The motor of the bike develops peak power of 25bhp and maximum torque of 19Nm. It has a top speed of 136 kmph.VerdictThe Honda CBR 150R is certainly ideal for beginners and sports touring, but the pricing of the bike (Rs 1.17 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi) can certainly discourage many of the enthusiasts.Pulsar 200NS edges out the others in terms of styling and looks.The Bajaj KTM Duke 200 is certainly more powerful than both the two bikes. The Honda CBR 150R already lags in terms of its price tag.The Pulsar 200NS has a sub one lakh rupees price tag, while the Bajaj KTM Duke 200 has an ex-showroom price of Rs 1.18 lakh.KTM Duke 200 has an edge over the two as it justifies its price with its performance. Hence, it is the winner among the three.last_img read more

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Research Department to Be Established at eGov Jamaica Limited

first_img A Research, Innovation and Product Development Department is be established at eGov Jamaica Limited to explore new technologies and methodologies for e-government services.eGov is the entity responsible for implementing information and communications technology (ICT) projects across ministries, departments and agencies of the Government of Jamaica.Its Chief Executive Officer, Maurice Barnes, informed that the new department, slated to come on stream in March, will also be responsible for prototyping new technologies, developing partnerships with educational institutions, tech companies, think thanks and also executing the first Government of Jamaica Hackathon.A hackathon is a design event in which software developers, graphic designers, project managers, non-programmers and other subject-matter experts collaborate intensively to create ICT solutions.“The Department will also be charged with developing blockchain and artificial intelligent solutions for Government. Ideas will be implemented, which will see increased efficiencies, transparency and trust in government operations and service delivery,” Mr. Barnes outlined.He was speaking at an eGov Jamaica Limited two-day hackathon, staged in collaboration with IBM World Trade Corporation. The event was held at eGov’s Old Hope Road offices in St. Andrew on February 15.Meanwhile, Senior Advisor in the Science, Energy and Technology Ministry, Trevor Forrest, said the hackathon represents an outlet for building a knowledge-based digital society where Jamaicans become the innovators and creators of technology.Mr. Forrest, who represented Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, urged participants to move their innovation from a “minimum viable product” to an actual product, “which is what we want to achieve”.For her part, Innovation Advisor of IBM World Trade Corporation Jamaica, Dr. Kala Fleming, hailed eGov Jamaica Limited’s management for staging the hackathon.She said the initiative is the culmination of a journey that began several months ago, adding that “as eGov looks to become the digital innovation centre of excellence for the Government of Jamaica, surely the foundation has been laid”.“As Jamaicans have done in many other areas, let us push the envelope on this one to demonstrate to other governments across the region what digital innovation is all about,” she added.The eGov Jamaica Limited hackathon, now under way, consists of nine teams comprising employees within the entity competing for prizes to develop solutions such as websites, applications and other innovations to address the issues of national security, national disaster preparedness and traffic management using movement data.It is expected that following the development of these innovations, eGov will seek to engage the requisite agencies or entities of Government to enhance the products for market.Other outcomes include greater networking with like-minded people, such as mentors, and lessons learnt to host more hackathons involving a wider stakeholder group.Event sponsors included IBM, Digicel Jamaica Limited, Eden Gardens Wellness Resort and Spa, Royal Computers, Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records and Bascho Trading Company Limited. A Research, Innovation and Product Development Department is be established at eGov Jamaica Limited to explore new technologies and methodologies for e-government services. Its Chief Executive Officer, Maurice Barnes, informed that the new department, slated to come on stream in March, will also be responsible for prototyping new technologies, developing partnerships with educational institutions, tech companies, think thanks and also executing the first Government of Jamaica Hackathon. Story Highlights “The Department will also be charged with developing blockchain and artificial intelligent solutions for Government. Ideas will be implemented, which will see increased efficiencies, transparency and trust in government operations and service delivery,” Mr. Barnes outlined. last_img read more

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The Eagles Offense Needed To Be Virtually Flawless And It Was

In Super Bowl LII on Sunday night, the New England Patriots racked up 613 yards, the most ever for a team in the Super Bowl. Tom Brady threw for 505 yards, which was the most by a quarterback in playoff history. The Patriots didn’t punt once in the entire game. It was a masterclass in offensive execution, and it was all for naught.The Philadelphia Eagles’ 41-33 win over New England will be rightly remembered for the triumph of backup quarterback Nick Foles over a Super Bowl legend. But perhaps more remarkable was that the Eagles needed to be virtually flawless on offense to keep pace with New England, and they succeeded.Defensive coordinators Matt Patricia and Jim Schwartz, who both received heavy head-coaching buzz this hiring cycle, watched helplessly on the sidelines as the offenses combined for 1,151 yards. Forget Super Bowl records or even playoff records, that’s most total yards in any game in NFL history.Between Foles’ downfield passing and the inside/outside power-running combo of LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi, the Eagles piled up 538 (hey, FiveThirtyEight!) total yards themselves and were able to counter the league’s most prolific offense each time it landed a punch. After averaging just 5.3 yards per pass attempt across six regular-season appearances1Not counting an appearance in Week 8, when he entered the game with a minute left so that he could kneel twice and run out the clock. and three starts in relief of starter Carson Wentz, Foles burned the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship for 352 yards at a 10.7 yards-per-attempt clip. Whatever changed in Foles — or whatever magic spell head coach Doug Pederson cast — was still in force Sunday when Foles threw for 373 yards against the Patriots defense, averaging 8.7 yards per attempt. He also showed a willingness to test the Patriots defense downfield, connecting on 11 of 19 throws of 10 air yards or more.After the teams traded red-zone stops on the first two drives, Blount set the tone with a bruising 36-yard run. On the very next play, Foles went for the jugular with a 34-yard touchdown strike to receiver Alshon Jeffery. It was one of five passes — and two scores — where Foles connected for 20 more yards. To put his development this past month in perspective, he only had three such passes in the regular season. The effectiveness of the Eagles’ run game set the table for Foles’s downfield feast. Repeated zone runs and outside stretches kept the Pats defense honest — and running horizontally — while Foles attacked vertically. Four Eagles combined to gain 164 yards on 27 carries, averaging 6.1 yards per attempt, while Foles completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and a 88.6 Raw QBR. Pederson’s creativity shows up in the box score; five Eagles had at least seven touches — and two others had at least 70 yards, a receiving touchdown or both. Yes, that includes Foles: Pederson’s balance and aggression broke the Patriots’ bend-but-don’t-break defense. As expected, the Patriots still made halftime adjustments; the Eagles averaged over 2 yards more per play in the first half than in the second half. But they were still devastating on third and fourth down, keeping drives alive by converting 12 of 18 tries. Per ESPN Stats & Information Group, Foles was practically perfect in conversion situations, posting an 11.4 yards-per-attempt average, two touchdowns and 99.9 Raw QBR on 15 attempts.Yet it was a sloppily played game. Mistakes — including three missed first-half kicks, two failed two-point conversions, Brady’s dropped QB throwback and a host of blown coverages — took some of the shine off what was otherwise a sterling offensive performance by both teams.Besides his dropped pass on the option — which, to be fair, was not a good throw from Danny Amendola — it’s hard to put any blame on Brady, who put up his best statistical effort in eight Super Bowls. In fact, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group, he became the first quarterback in NFL history to lose any game while posting 500+ passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. No Super Bowl-losing quarterback has played better.Yet Brady raised the ire of the entire footballing internet after the game, when he was quoted as saying the Eagles made “one good play”: As the full context of the quote reveals, though, Brady was spot-on: Brandon Graham’s fourth-quarter strip sack of Brady was the only consequential defensive play of the game, and it came at the perfect time to short-circuit Brady’s now-routine postseason heroics. Fittingly, it was also the only sack by either team in the game, which tied a Super Bowl low mark.Pederson has to be credited for his amazing coaching performance, winning it all after completely remaking his offense to suit his backup quarterback. The same is true of general manager Howie Roseman, who not only survived his power struggle with deposed head coach Chip Kelly but also won the Super Bowl two years later.But most of the credit should go to Foles, who deservedly won the Super Bowl MVP award after getting jerked around by Kelly, the Eagles and the rest of the NFL. Despite contemplating retirement after being cut by the Rams in 2016, Foles stayed humble and hungry and returned the team that drafted him in 2012.His patience, and theirs, resulted in a Super Bowl payoff for a fan base that desperately needed a championship.CORRECTION (Feb. 5, 2017, 2:25 p.m.): A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the number of Eagles who had fewer than seven touches but who had at least 70 yards or a receiving touchdown — it was two, not three. read more

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Football Joshua Norwood transfers out of Ohio State

OSU Gray redshirt sophomore Joshua Norwood (28) breaks up a pass intended for OSU Scarlet senior wide receiver Austin Mack (11) during the Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 15th, 2017. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Social Media EditorOhio State redshirt sophomore cornerback Joshua Norwood is transferring from the football program, a team spokesman confirmed to The Lantern. Norwood’s departure was originally reported by Tim May of the Dispatch.Norwood is the eighth Buckeye to leave the program since the end of the 2016 season, joining transfers offensive linemen Evan Lisle, Tyler Gerald and Kyle Trout, and wide receivers James Clark, Torrance Gibson and Alex Stump. Quarterback Stephen Collier announced his retirement from football in January, as well.A member of the 2015 recruiting class, the Valdosta, Georgia, native redshirted his first season in Columbus, then played limited minutes in 11 games in 2016, accumulating eight tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass breakup.He has three years of eligibility remaining.Norwood’s transfer brings the Buckeyes down to the NCAA’s 85 scholarship limit for the 2017 season. read more

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Football Dwayne Haskins learns how to respond to adversity

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) walks up to the field prior to the the start of the Ohio State-Penn State game on Sept. 29. Ohio State won 27-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins walked into Beaver Stadium like a heavyweight boxer walking into a ring. With a camera in front of his face, Ohio State’s redshirt sophomore quarterback threw punches, hyping himself up, displaying confidence. Ohio State hadn’t really seen this before from its starter, as Haskins carried himself in the same way Penn State redshirt senior quarterback Trace McSorley has done his entire career, and did against the Buckeyes on Saturday. After lining up for the first time in a shotgun set, Haskins showed that confidence, rolling out to the right and finding junior wide receiver Austin Mack on an outside curl route, giving him a quick first down and, seemingly, momentum. Haskins sped up the pace, getting to the 30-yard line for the second play. The ball was snapped and he quickly fired one towards redshirt senior Parris Campbell on the left side for a screen pass. The ball was dropped. The momentum was gone. Haskins started to slump.For the first time in his Ohio State career, Haskins faced adversity. He had the opportunity to define what his response to that adversity would be, what play-calling he would lean to in those times of high pressure. Against Penn State, the adversity did not begin because of Haskins. Reminiscent of Mack’s performance against TCU, Ohio State receivers dropped three passes in the first quarter, including a ball off the hands of redshirt junior tight end Rashod Berry that ended up being Haskins’ second interception of the season. With the combination of mistakes from Ohio State receivers and a consistent pass rush by the Penn State defensive line, a unit averaging 3.2 sacks per game, the confidence that Haskins came into the stadium with was not there. From there, Ohio State recorded five three-and-outs on its first eight drives. Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day said he had to encourage Haskins as he struggled in the first half. “It’s his first time going through it. Just talking to him, ‘Hey, you are playing good.’ I thought the ball to Rashod [Berry] was a good throw,” Day said. “I thought he was managing the game well even though it didn’t feel like it at the time.” Going into his final drive of the first half, Haskins completed 6-of-13 pass attempts for 36 yards and an interception.WIth a deficit to make up, Haskins was not going to go the route of former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett: running the ball for an average of 5.6 yards per carry in last year’s win over the Nittany Lions. Instead, with what Day described as poise and maturity, Haskins threw a screen pass to J.K. Dobbins, watching as the sophomore running back ran 26 yards into the end zone for Ohio State’s first score of the game. This was the major part of the offensive adjustments made in the locker room during halftime. Haskins’ goal, Day said, was to take advantage of the blitzing front and use his accuracy and blockers, either from the offensive line or the wide receivers on the outside, to continue to move the ball downfield. That’s exactly what Haskins did. In the second half, he completed 15-of-23 pass attempts for 208 yards and two touchdowns, both coming off screens. After leading Ohio State to a 27-26 win over then-No. 9 Penn State, Haskins earned his second-straight Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award and his third of the season. Haskins found his niche for moving the ball downfield when playing from behind: getting the ball into the hands of playmakers as quickly and as often as he could. “I know one thing that seems very comfortable is seeing those screens coming out of his hands so fast and seeing his pinpoint accuracy,” head coach Urban Meyer said. Day said Haskins’ confidence returned as skill players on the outside, like junior receiver Binjimen Victor and redshirt junior receiver K.J. Hill, got the ball, taking advantage of the open space and blockers down field to score. Victor and Hill both scored touchdowns for the Buckeyes in the fourth quarter to give Ohio State the win.Ohio State will not be facing as consistent of a pass rush on Saturday. Haskins will face an Indiana defense that has averaged two sacks per game, ranked No. 9 in the Big Ten. However, when playing from behind and under pressure, Haskins did not rely on himself. He brought in his supporting cast, involving everyone in what Meyer considered “the greatest drive in Ohio State history.” Moving forward, this is the formula that Meyer sees Haskins using when facing adversity. “We are throwing for 340 a game or something like that and we are winning games. That’s our job,” Meyer said. “We are taking care of the football and we are throwing the ball. We are utilizing some very good players and he’s a very good player.” read more

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