Good for bauxite workers: good for sugar workers

first_imgDear Editor,Please grant me the opportunity to flag for the attention and consideration of all my fellow Guyanese, the article in the State newspaper of Wednesday, September 10, 2018, entitled, “Task force works out severance pact for RUSAL workers.”In these times of rapid evolution in technologies and capabilities, taste and fashions, and in the relationships across a world trending to be more and more interdependent and more and more one, and at the same time, activating and encountering social and political forces aiming at resisting and reversing such trends, we must all be concerned that there might be great and rapid changes in the work we do and by which we earn our living. These do seem to be turbulent times and for more of us than ever before, the job we now have may leave us and for some time we may be seeking another.Workers in our traditional bauxite and sugar sectors have been facing such turbulence, more or less intensely from time to time, at least since the 1970s, starting with the nationalisation of those sectors at that time. It has been a rough ride since then for most of our citizens working in bauxite and sugar, and every one of us would be aware of what is ongoing presently.We cannot but be sympathetic to the workers of RUSAL’s bauxite operations in the Berbice River, whose jobs seem to be about to be ended through events in the world at large. And, therefore, I am supportive of and urge support to those workers: in particular what has been revealed in the article of the recommendations of the Task Force headed by the Honourable Minister Simona Broomes and including the General Secretary of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union, Lincoln Lewis (also formerly President and General Secretary of the Guyana Trades Union Council, and my bauxite colleague of five decades).The article states that the Task Force recommends that these RUSAL bauxite workers facing termination be paid “a similar package that was applied in the case of LINMINE in 1993 and onwards, BERMINE in 2002 and onwards and OMAI Gold Mines in 2004, which means that the minimum (severance) pay for each year of service shall be equivalent to six weeks for each year of service to the maximum of two years’ pay in benefits”.Allow me to say that this is roughly twice what is required in the “Termination of Employment” law which we the PPP/C Administration enacted around 1997 as the consensus between Unions, Employers and the Government.The PPP/C person that I am, allow me the indulgence to flag that the recommendation quoted above acknowledge how favourably the PPP/C Administration treated with bauxite workers from 1993 onwards, through 2004 onwards: from 1993 when there was no law, and twice as well in 2004 and onward as the consensus law required.I call on all my fellow Guyanese to at least question the impression which was so often given and which they may have entertained, that we PPP/C have been heartless when it came to bauxite, bauxite workers and bauxite communities. Further, join the demand for similar, equitable treatment for all sugar workers, who are no more or no less Guyanese than bauxite workers and whose communities are just as much Guyanese communities. Prompt payment of severance is not haemorrhaging of our nation but our law and the humane and fair thing to do.The PPP/C in much more difficult times, empathising with bauxite workers, losing their jobs paid promptly twice what the law required. So, today we support the call for RUSAL workers to be treated similarly and with no question, no hesitation, we call for similar equitable treatment for sugar workers and sugar communities.We appreciate the acknowledgement of Mr Lincoln Lewis of the generous severance payment of the PPP/C Administration to bauxite workers. We expect the support of Mr Lincoln Lewis in our struggle for similar treatment for sugar workers; what is good for bauxite workers must be good for sugar workers also.Yours sincerely,Samuel AA HindsFormer Ministerresponsible for minesand minerals includingbauxiteFormer PrimeMinister andPresidentlast_img read more

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Rio Hotel strippers fined for overstaying in Guyana

first_imgSix Dominican women, all strippers at the popular Rio Hotel, Queenstown, were on Monday charged with overstaying in Guyana and fraud when they appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The women were also fined for fraudThe women were also fined for fraudAll six women, accompanied by a translator, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Adriana Rodriquez, Yosenia Holigan, Hope Perez, Estafania Yoroko, Elizabeth Rosario and Shakira Alsantana all pleaded guilty to the charges, which stated that between May 8, 2016 and July 14, 2016 at Georgetown, they all failed to comply with the condition of their permit to stay in Guyana.The second charge stated that the six women with intent to defraud forged an extension of stay in their Dominican passports, reporting that same was issued by the Central Immigration and Passport Office.Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones told the Court that on April 8, 2016 via the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), the defendants were all granted one month’s stay in Guyana.During their stay, they were all lodged at the Rio Hotel located in Queenstown, Georgetown.On July 14, 2016, the Prosecutor said, a raid was carried out by the Social Protection Ministry and the women were all arrested.Upon investigation, it was discovered that the women were all in receipt of forged extensions on their passports; as such, they were all taken to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters.The women pleaded guilty to the offences; however, their Attorney, Mark Waldron told the Magistrate that the women had already bought their airline tickets and would be ready to depart Guyana as soon as today.They were all fined $20,000 each for overstaying and $30,000 each for fraud.last_img read more

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Dr. Jones: ‘Right Leadership Will Motivate, Challenge Liberia for Success’

first_imgFormer Central Bank Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones has called on Liberians to welcome the train, identified as the Movement for Economic Empowerment that has already left the station and is on its way filled with hope, endurance, justice, opportunity, unity and inclusiveness.Speaking at the induction ceremony of the Cuttington University Students Union last weekend, Dr. Jones said “Change is coming and I have a simple appeal to Liberians: Get on board.”The man described as “poverty doctor,” told a large body of students “You don’t need any baggage, only a ticket of patriotism written on a paper called Liberia,” to get on board and be part of the movement.He spoke about a better tomorrow from God, “If only we are prepared to pursue it with the right leadership; a leadership that will effectively lead and motivate us, work to create an enabling environment for all Liberians and will challenge us to climb the ladder of success and prosperity.”Dr. Jones said Liberians need a leadership that will work tirelessly to ensure that Liberians have their basic needs met after 169 years as an independent nation that must have better healthcare, safe drinking water, improved access to electricity, a good educational system, and the opportunity to continuously raise their standard of living.“That’s what we mean when we talk about the new Liberia, a nation on the path of inclusive development which is within our grasp and the future of our children,” he stated.Describing 2017 as another critical hour of decision, Dr. Jones said “It is not about who steps into the shoes of the presidency; but about the type of leadership we want at the helm of the nation.”He said it matters for a country that for so long seems unable to extricate itself from the scourge of widespread poverty and underdevelopment. “Since independence we have had our share of the leadership letdown, leadership that had eyes but did not see, ears but did not hear, leadership charged with the primary responsibility to care for the people but did not care much.”Dr. Jones said around the world people are tired of the same-old politicians, and while commending United States President-elect Donald Trump, who defied conventional wisdom and got elected without the blessing of the status quo, said it is clear that “When you speak to the needs of the poor and act accordingly, the people will listen.”He explained at least five important areas that his administration, if elected, would work to complete the change he said is coming. Firstly, Dr. Jones said Liberia spends US$200m annually on the importation of rice and technology, which should change as Liberia has the climate to become self-sufficient in food.Secondly, he said his administration will ensure that over 3,000 carpenters are mobilized to produce furniture and other products from Liberian wood, including rubber wood, at reasonable cost, along with jobs and its multiplier effects of generating and saving foreign exchange for the country.Thirdly, Dr. Jones said his administration will invest in both the public and private sectors to provide low cost housing for the people, and this comes with direct and indirect job creation.Fourthly, he said research has indicated that access to finance is critical for building a domestic entrepreneurial class and while the so-called free market is unlikely to bring about the desired allocation of financing, Liberians can no longer wait; and so his administration will give priority to financial inclusion and expand access to finance for Liberian businesses, including ‘little businesses’ in rural areas.The final area of change, he said, is strengthening the National Investment Commission (NIC) by changing it into a Private Sector Development Authority that would revise investment incentives and broaden beneficiaries. “Attention should also be given to policies that will encourage Liberians in theDiaspora to invest in the country including, possibly, through Diaspora Bonds.”Dr. Jones also mentioned mobilizing domestic resources to improve the country’s financial landscape, along with investment in infrastructure and prioritizing the original mandate of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI).“We want to be clear that a vibrant, inclusive and diversified economy is key to stability and to creating conditions for Liberia being at peace with itself. And when it comes to the economy, Liberia needs a leadership that is prepared to hit the ground running,” Dr. Jones said, adding that “Voting is the weapon to bring the change that is in our interest and the interest of the country.” Therefore, he wants Liberians to “register to vote and then go to the polls on Election Day. Don’t vote for tribe, or county, or just for party, but for the person who has shown you that they care for you and for our country, Liberia.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Guyana to revive coconut industry

first_img…coordinator dubs prospects “good so far”Stakeholders recently participated in a discussion to tackle the challenges of the coconut industry as well as lay out their plans to revitalise same with the aim of earning additional revenues. A formal stakeholder platform meeting was conducted among the various persons and entities who plant and export coconuts, whereby future plans for the industry were discussed.Regional Coordinator Maurice Wilson highlighted that the project constituted four components – market development, financing and additional funding, niche product development, and production intensification – which will be executed in phases. As the sector develops, other mechanisms will be put in place to expand the horizons of the products.“We have some positive feedbacks that if we are successful in accessing some additional resources, we could defy some more details later on as we get formal communication from the European Union and CARIFORUM,” Wilson stated.“We’re anxious to address the matter of financing for all small and medium-scale entities and we’re anxious to address, to some extent, the broader representation of the issues related to risk management and mitigation,” he added.Wilson further explained that national stakeholder platforms were created from the inception when the project was founded with the aim of coordinating and accelerating the pace of the developmental phase.However, there will be some modifications as the sector progresses.“Over time, we understand that there will be some transitioning issues to improve the maturity and effectiveness of the management and coordination of the project.”Many stakeholders were given a chance to share their views on the way forward for Guyana’s emerging coconut industry and their experiences during production and exportation.As part of the Coconut Project, Guyana will be assisted, along with 10 other countries who share an interest in coconut production. The project was started in 2013 at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture and is funded by the European Union (EU) and the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).There are also plans to further establish a formal body by appointing a Coconut Board.last_img read more

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Hamilton dismisses ‘silly’ Formula One title talk

first_img0Shares0000Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 19, 2017 in Austin, Texas © Getty/AFP / CLIVE MASONAUSTIN, United States, Oct 19 – Lewis Hamilton dismissed talk of him wrapping up a fourth world title at the United States Grand Prix this weekend as “silly”.The 32-year-old Briton can claim the 2017 crown if he is triumphant for Mercedes and nearest rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari fails to finish in the top five in Sunday’s race at the Circuit of the Americas. “Honestly, I don’t know, all of the talk of a championship win here is silly really –- Sebastian won’t have the same difficulties and he will be very quick.“For me, it (the title) will be done in the last four races so my focus here is on winning.“I don’t mind if it is done here or at the last race, but the most important thing here is to win, in the midst of all that is going on in the country and that is a priority for me -– and you know what I am talking about.”Hamilton declined to elaborate on his plans or the significance of his comments about why winning is such a priority for him. He suggested that a member of the media audience understood, without explaining.When he was asked directly if he intended to take a knee in support of the protests by NFL players against racial injustice and police brutality, he distanced himself from some of his earlier comments on the subject.“I’ve not given that much thought,” he said, adding that when he had referred to a “gentleman at the front” who understood his thinking he was not considering the protest action.“I’ve worked hard to be here today and I have feelings about the whole situation, but at the moment I have no plans to do anything.”He added that if he was not to win the title in the United States, he would be happy to win it in Mexico, Brazil or Abu Dhabi.“I’m looking forward to going to Mexico as you can always feel the love and the support there and it is an awesome event to go to and it is growing every year.“Winning is the goal and all my drive and energy goes on that mission. I don’t mind where it happens –- here or in Mexico of Abu Dhabi. In Mexico, they know how to celebrate and so I’ll get a sombrero and party if it happens there.”Given a chance to talk about his likely duel with Vettel, he said he was planning to continue in the same concentrated mode as he has all year.“I am anticipating he will be strong in the last four races, as he has been strong all year,” he said.“So, nothing changes for me -– there is no backing out and I’ll just keep pushing forwards.”In earlier comments, he had revealed his feelings and respect for the protest.“I know a lot of people in America so I get to speak to a lot of black and white people that live here,” he said.“I get quite a good view of what’s happening here in the States and I get opinions from the Americans here about the movement, which I think is pretty huge.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Van Gaal admits frustration at Red Devils throwing away lead against West Ham

first_imgLouis van Gaal has admitted he was frustrated at how Manchester United threw away a lead against West Ham on Tuesday, which has meant their chances of qualifying for the Champions League remain out of their own hands.A 3-2 loss to the Hammers meant the Red Devils wasted the chance to wrest fourth spot from local rivals Manchester City, which would have made them favourites for a top four finish.United now need to win against Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Sunday, whilst also hoping City fall at Swansea, with the far superior goal difference of Manuel Pellegrini’s side meaning a draw would be enough for the Blues.Considering Van Gaal’s men were leading the game at Upton Park, he is understandably frustrated that his players failed to see out a win.The Dutchman said: “We are dependent on Manchester City, that’s the difference and that’s also frustrating when you had the chance two matches before the end to keep that advantage.“We were 2-1 ahead with 15 minutes to play and then we gave it away (against West Ham).“That is frustrating and now we are dependent (on what City do), but still it is possible so we will fight until the end.”Van Gaal’s position will come under increased scrutiny should United fail in their task of reaching the top four, and the Dutchman has questioned how he could have improved his team to guarantee Champions League football.“Still, I have to remind you that we can qualify ourselves,” he added.“Okay, so we are speaking ‘if’ and I don’t like ‘if’ – it has to be facts.“But I can say what we have to improve still, because I don’t think we have to improve defensive organisation too much because we are doing well.“We have to score more in our attacking organisation. That is what I have said before this season – that we need creative, fast players in attack.“We have to change that and that is very important.” 1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal last_img read more

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Health care bill loses steam in Senate

first_img“It’s ironic because he’s long been a supporter of health-care reform,” Barbara O’Connor, director of Sacramento State’s Institute for the Study of Politics and Media. “Here is the opportunity to get it done and he’s putting the brakes on.” O’Connor added that she understands Perata’s desire not to rush something through, but “the longer you wait, the harder it gets,” she said. “I think it has a much better chance of succeeding if everyone gets on the bandwagon and starts campaigning for it.” The bill, AB X1, would extend insurance to more than two-thirds of the state’s uninsured with new requirements on businesses and a hefty tax increase on cigarettes. Most individuals would be required to carry insurance, and insurance companies would be barred from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Because the proposal involves raising taxes, a ballot initiative containing financing for the reforms would have to be approved by voters, probably in November. Supporters say they would need to collect more than 1 million signatures in a matter of months in order to meet election deadlines; the longer the Senate postpones the vote, the more money it will cost to ensure enough signatures can be gathered in time. But a bigger risk of waiting may be that by the time the Senate debates it, presumably sometime next month, the political climate will be much more treacherous. Schwarzenegger plans to call the Legislature into a special session to grapple with a projected $14 billion deficit, and Perata himself is stoking doubts about whether the sprawling health-care proposal would widen that gap. Perata, for his part, insists he’s committed to passing health-care reform; he just wants to do it right. The only hearing on the bill passed by the Assembly this week was held the morning of the vote. Perata believes it needs a fuller vetting to avoid a mistake like energy deregulation in the mid-’90s, which received little legislative scrutiny and came back to haunt the state years later. “We cannot make decisions in the dark,” Perata said in a letter to his supporters last week. But it also seemed clear that Perata wants assurances that the governor won’t move to slash health programs for the poor in upcoming budget talks. The senator is also trying to muster support for a water conservation and infrastructure plan. Holding up the health-care proposal, which the governor wants badly, gives him a huge bargaining chip. In the end, even Republicans expect Perata will scare up the votes to pass the bill sometime in January. But they have enjoyed hearing the senator talk their talk. “I love it,” said Assembly Minority Leader Mike Villines, R-Fresno. “I’d love to see it happen throughout the year.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Despite a last-gasp effort in the Assembly this week, the Legislature is about to finish the “year of health-care reform” without passing a health-care plan. While that outcome had become expected, what was surprising to many observers was the person responsible for blocking action: Don Perata, the Senate leader and a liberal Democrat from Oakland who co-authored the bill. Perata announced he would not allow the Senate to vote on the Assembly-approved bill – not until he knows more about how the $14 billion measure would affect existing health programs and the state’s overall finances. But hearing Perata question a measure that bears his own name has left Capitol observers wondering what exactly he’s up to. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIs he seeking leverage on some other issue? Exacting revenge on his Assembly counterpart and occasional rival, Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles? Or simply taking more time to vet a proposal with far-reaching and potentially unintended consequences? The best answer might be all of the above. Still, by pushing Senate consideration of the bill into next year, some proponents privately fret that Perata may stall its momentum and kill the measure’s already slim chances of being enacted. At one point this week, the blunt-spoken Perata said in a TV interview that the health plan was “DOA” – a remark his office quickly said he didn’t mean literally. But at the same time, Perata is raising some of the same arguments Republicans have used to cast doubt on the proposal – and providing ammunition to opponents rallying to defeat it. last_img read more

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DONEGAL WOMAN SCOOPS €45,000 ON WINNING STREAK

first_imgAgnes McLaughlin from Carndonagh, will certainly have a very happy Easter after she won €45,000, including a car, on the National Lottery Winning Streak Game Show on RTE, on Saturday night last.Agnes is pictured with Marty Whelan, game show co-host; Peter Plunkett, Head of IT, The National Lottery and Sinead Kennedy, game show co-host. The winning ticket was bought from Canny & Doherty’s Supermarket, Main Street, Carndonagh.DONEGAL WOMAN SCOOPS €45,000 ON WINNING STREAK was last modified: April 14th, 2014 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:Agnes McLaughlinWinning Streaklast_img read more

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Barcelona could include player in deal to sign Chelsea ace

first_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Barcelona want to sign Willian this summer Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? targets Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing TOP WORK Submitting such an offer is beyond Barca’s capabilities right now, and they have started to assess how they could do a deal for Willian without spending so much.And, according to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have reached the decision to offer one of their players in a part-exchange deal for Willian, in an attempt to lower the actual cash they will have to spend on the 29-year-old.It is stated that three players are in the running to be offered to the Blues, with midfielders Andre Gomes, Rafinha and Paulinho all named in the report. 2 targets Latest transfer news IN DEMAND Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Gomes and Rafinha are actively looking to leave Camp Nou this summer – the latter spent the second half of last season on loan at Internazionale – as they search for guaranteed first-team football next season.Paulinho’s situation is slightly different, as he established himself as one of Barca’s key players last term after arriving from Guangzhou Evergrande of China’s Super League in the summer of 2016. However, an unnamed club have submitted an offer for Paulinho, and Barca are considering selling him. The Brazil midfielder has experience of English football, having spent two largely dreadful years at Tottenham. 2 RANKED moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Barcelona are prepared to offer a player to Chelsea in exchange for Willian, as they attempt to complete a deal for the Brazil ace.The Camp Nou club want to bring Willian to Catalonia this summer, but they are put off by the £70million (€80m) price tag put on the winger by Chelsea. three-way race Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LATEST Barcelona could offer Paulinho to Chelsea LIVING THE DREAM last_img read more

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Conference on space to be held

first_imgThe California Space Authority’s “Transforming Space: California Innovation, Infrastructure and Intellectual Capital” conference will highlight California’s accomplishments in civil, defense and commercial spaceflight as well as space-related education. Civil space accomplishments will be showcased by the three NASA centers located in California – the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA Ames Research Center and NASA Dryden Flight Center. Together, the centers contribute more than $4 billion to the state’s economy each year and employ more than 7,000 people in high-tech, high-wage jobs. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin will be featured as one of the speakers at the conference. In addition, center directors Dr. Charles Elachi of JPL, Scott Hubbard of Ames and Kevin Petersen of Dryden will be present, along with astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. Defense space accomplishments will be showcased upon the state’s seven military bases with significant space assets, including Los Angeles Air Force Base’s Space and Missile Systems Center, Vandenberg Air Force Base and Edwards Air Force Base. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The Space and Missile Systems Center procures all of the Air Force’s space hardware, processing annually $9 billion worth of contracts providing more than 40,000 jobs in both government and industry. General Lance Lord, commander of Air Force Space Command, will provide one of the luncheon keynote addresses. Other commanders present at the conference will include Col. Jack Weinstein of Vandenberg, Capt. Mack Insch of the Naval Satellite Operations Center and Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel of Los Angeles Air Force Base. Commercial space accomplishments will be showcased by the recent success of companies such as Scaled Composites in Mojave and Space Dev in San Diego, which together won the Ansari X Prize. It is estimated that commercial space companies contribute more than $83 billion to the state’s economy and provide about 250,000 jobs. California Business, Housing and Transportation Agency Secretary Sunne Wright McPeak, Scaled test pilot Brian Binnie, Dr. Peter Diamandis of the X Prize Foundation and entrepreneur Elon Musk of Space Exploration Technologies will be featured. Space-related education will be showcased by the contributions of nonprofit organizations such as the Chabot Science Center in Oakland, the Aerospace Institute in Los Angeles, and colleges and universities. Highlighted will be the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns School of Engineering and the CubeSat Program, which includes students from Stanford University and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, who have designed, built and launched payloads into orbit. Co-chaired by U.S. Reps. Ken Calvert and Jane Harman, the conference will be held at the Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday and Friday. For additional information or to register, go to: www.californiaspaceauthority.org/html/spotbeam_conf_2005/index.html. 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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