WGE Commissioner slams bias in GDF ‘male only’ recruitment

first_img– cites previous “responsible pregnancy” comments of Chief of StaffA recent advertisement by the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) specifically inviting only suitable males to enlist in its officer training course has raised concerns about that institution possibly practising bias in its gender policy.In an interview with this publication, veteran social and women’s rights activist Nicole Cole expressed concern that the advertisement was in fact discriminatory in nature. According to Cole, a member of the Women and Gender Equality Commission, the act raises suspicions of implicit bias within the upper echelons ofWomen’s rights activist Nicole Colethe GDF.“It’s wholly discriminatory because it seeks suitable males only!” Cole stressed. “To place such an ad is a gross violation of the CEDAW Convention (Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women) which is enshrined in the Constitution.”“The Ad also violates women’s right to work without being discriminated against based on their sex, hence it also violates the ILO (International Labour Organisation) Convention as well as the Prevention of Discrimination Act of 1997.”Cole, moreover, pointed to remarks made by GDF Chief of Staff, Brigadier Patrick West, at a Thanksgiving ceremony that marked the 50th anniversary of the Women’s Army Corps, on February 6.West was then quoted by an online media outfit as saying, “We want responsible behaviour, that it must be planned, we don’t want every year a female soldier to become pregnant. It adds to her own social burdens and it creates challenges for the Force and in the morale of the female ranks too.”West had also said at that ceremony that the “situation” of a pregnant female soldier could result in an “off spill of all the issues she’s having to other female(s).” At the same time, he then went on to say that he was not advocating the stopping of any pregnancy, but rather “responsible” pregnancies.Cole, however, reminded that family planning falls on the shoulders of both sexes.This publication made contact with Brigadier West on Saturday in an effort to ascertain the reasoning behind the policy. However, he declined to speak to theChief of Staff Brigadier Patrick Westmedia outside of the army’s Public Affairs Unit and the ambits of the working week. Efforts to contact head of that unit, Colonel Michael Shahoud, were unsuccessful.The lawThe laws of Guyana are clear on the illegality of discrimination. Part two of the Prevention of Discrimination Act of 1997 states thus: “For the purposes or this Act, a person discriminates against another person if the first mentioned person makes, on any or the grounds mentioned in subsection (2), any distinction, exclusion or preference, the intent or effect of which is to nullify or impair equality of opportunity or treatment in any employment or occupation.”It further specifies that discrimination can occur on the grounds of sex, race, religion, colour, ethnic origin, indigenous population, national extraction, social origin, economic status, political opinion, disability, family responsibilities, pregnancy, marital status or age, except for purposes of retirement and restrictions on work and employment of minors.The Act goes on to say that discrimination cannot occur based on any characteristic which “appertains generally, or is generally imputed to persons of aThe Advertisement in questionparticular race, sex, religion, colour, ethnic origin, indigenous population, national extraction, social origin, political opinion, disability, family responsibility, pregnant state, marital status, or age, except for the purpose of retirement and restriction on work and employment of minors.”  According to the Act, any omission, practice or policy that directly or indirectly results in discrimination against a person on the grounds referred to in subsection (2) is an act of discrimination, regardless of whether the person responsible for the act or omission or the practice or policy had intended to discriminate.The Act does make a few exceptions for perceived bias. For instance, Part VII (19,1) “Nothing in Parts III and IV shall affect (a) a provision of a deed, will or other document, whether made before or after the coming into operation of this Act, that confers charitable benefits or enables charitable benefits to be conferred on persons on the basis of the grounds set out in subsection 4. (2) of this Act; or (b) an act that is done in other to give effect to such a provision.”The Act goes on to state that, on a religious basis, the Act exempts the ordination of priests, ministers of religion or members of that body; as well as the training or education of persons seeking ordination or appointment as priests, ministers of religion or members of a religious order.last_img read more

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Weekly MP Report from Jay Hill

first_imgAnd speaking of our economy, Statistics Canada announced that GDP in Canada increased 2.0% in the second quarter of 2010. This increase demonstrates once again that our economy is on the right track.And finally, in a proud moment for Canada, Ministers Gary Goodyear and Josée Verner announced that veteran astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield will be the first-ever Canadian to command the International Space Station.Canada was the third nation in space.  Canada’s astronauts have participated in 15 space missions, more than any country other than the US and Russia.  The world-famous Canadarm was designed, developed and built in Canada.  Canadians are understandably proud of our accomplishments in space.Space exploration and development is a strategic asset for Canada and absolutely critical to the delivery of the Government’s key goals related to sovereignty, safety and security, sustainable management and the development of our natural resources.We‘ll continue to invest in space exploration and development because it drives cutting-edge research, promotes technological excellence and strengthens our economy.  For more information on this exciting news for Canada’s space program, go to www.asc-csa.gc.ca. Advertisement MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.“From Aid, Trade and Jobs to Outer Space … Canada Leads the Way”As “official summer” in Canada draws to a close, it’s time to catch up on several recent news items and initiatives of significance to our nation, both on the World Stage and here at home.- Advertisement -The first is especially important to note due to an approaching deadline this weekend.  Last month our Conservative Government established a fund to match contributions by private Canadian citizens to the ongoing humanitarian relief, recovery and reconstruction efforts in the wake of the devastating floods in Pakistan.Pakistan has experienced the worst monsoon floods in 80 years, killing over 1,500 people and leaving millions in need of emergency assistance.When added to the $33 million in aid our Government previously announced, this places Canada among the world’s top donor countries responding to the urgent need of millions of Pakistani people ravaged by this natural disaster.The deadline for Canadians to have their eligible contributions matched by the government is this coming Sunday, September 12th.  For more information, go to:  www.cida.gc.ca.Advertisement Also in international news, our Conservative Government announced its intention to introduce legislation to implement a free trade agreement with Panama.  In less than four years, we have opened doors for Canadian business by also concluding free trade agreements with Colombia, Peru, Jordan and the European Free Trade Association states.We’ve also launched discussions on economic partnerships with two of the world’s largest economies: the European Union and India.  The goal is to open borders and new markets to expand free trade, an essential driver of jobs and growth for Canadian businesses and communities.And our perseverance in pressing our trading partners to lift ongoing bans on Canadian beef and cattle, and to seek improved access for Canada pork, has paid off yet again.Canadian breeding cattle are back in Columbia after 10 years of restrictions.  Sixty Canadian heifers will be exported to Colombia for breeding purposes and milk production. Once implemented, the recently finalized Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement will further help our agriculture industry and will pay great dividends for our entire economy year after yearAdvertisementlast_img read more

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Former Pico Rivera Mayor Patronite dies

first_imgPICO RIVERA – Former Pico Rivera mayor and City Councilman James Patronite has died, his family has announced. Patronite, who was part of a committee of residents that pushed for Pico Rivera’s incorporation as a city, died Tuesday, his family said. Last week, another member of the city-incorporation committee, former Mayor Gil de la Rosa, died. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Wanted Garda killer McDermott appears in court on motoring charges

first_imgDonegal Garda killer Martin McDermott has appeared in court again on motoring offences.The Raphoe man was jailed for eight years in 2011 for the manslaughter of Garda Gary McLoughlin after he drove his car into a Garda car in Burt. Gardai in Donegal are still looking to interview the 31 year old after he was allegedly involved in a car smash outside Letterkenny last year.He was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital with back injuries but fled the hospital and cross the border to live in Derry.McDermott, with an address at Meehan’s Terrace, Derry, admitted driving without a license or insurance in November last.He was fined £500 and disqualified from driving for 12 months.Wanted Garda killer McDermott appears in court on motoring charges was last modified: January 29th, 2017 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:GardaGarda Gary McLoughlinkillerMartin McDermottmotoring offenceslast_img read more

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Burnley confirm fan was stabbed in Athens ahead of Olympiakos clash

first_imgA Burnley fan was stabbed in the leg and four others were injured at Thursday night’s Europa League defeat to Olympiakos in Greece.More than 900 Clarets fans were in attendance for qualifying play-off first leg at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Athens, as the visitors fell to a 3-1 defeat. 1 The tie was marred by off-field incidents which led to one Burnley fan needing medical attention after suffering a stab wound in the leg and also saw 22 others detained before the match before later being released without charge.A Burnley statement on Friday morning read: “A group of 22 supporters were detained by police ahead of the game for offences relating to drunkenness, in breach of Greek legislation.“They were detained, rather than arrested, and released later on Thursday night without charge.”An earlier club statement had read: “Just over 900 supporters were inside the away end of the George Karaiskakis Stadium for Burnley’s Europa League tie at Olympiakos.“The vast majority were once again impeccably behaved, with the coaching operation to transport supporters to the ground put in place by the club again a great success, as it was in the previous round in Istanbul.“However, five of our supporters were unfortunately injured – including a person who received a stab wound to the leg – and received medical attention at the stadium.“Those injured all travelled independently to the stadium, outside the organised travel operation.”Burnley said they were working closely with Olympiakos and local police to investigate the incidents.last_img read more

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FAMILY OF TRAGIC PENSIONER GIVEN FURTHER ADJOURNMENT IN CRASH CASE

first_imgThe son and daughter of the late Mrs Maura Porter, Brendan and Davina Porter, leaving yesterday’s sitting of Carndonagh District Court. Pic by Northwest Newspix.The family of a woman killed in a road tragedy have pleaded with a Judge to allow the Director of Public Prosecutions more time to review the case against the man who knocked her down.Austin Stewart, 64, appeared at Carndonagh District Court charged with a number of motoring offences yesterday. Austin Stewart leaving court in Carndonagh yesterday. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Pensioner Maura Porter was killed when she was struck by Mr Stewart’s car while walking home from mass on December 30th, 2013.The case received widespread publicity after it took an ambulance more than 50 minutes to attend to the scene of the accident.Mr Stewart, of Ballinahone, Fahan, has been charged with not having an NCT, not displaying an NCT, having no front headlamp and also a bald tyre.However the family of Mrs Porter have sought a review of the case to the DPP.Garda Inspector David Murphy said the DPP had sought more time and were seeking to review the case.However solicitor for the accused, Mr Ciaran McLaughlin, said there was no reason why the current charges before the court could not be dealt with.Davina Porter, daughter of the dead woman of Churchtown, Carndonagh, addressed the court from the public gallery.She said “Just remember that my mother is dead and this vehicle collided with her.“We are completely devastated and it’s up to you to see that justice is carried out. I’m begging you to please give the DPP time to deal with this. I’m sorry for interrupting.”Solicitor for the accused, Mr Ciaran McLaughlin said this had been hanging over his client’s head for some time.He said he saw no reason why these charges could be dealt with and the DPP revisit any further issue at a later stage.Ms Porter replied that it will be hanging over their heads forever.Mr McLaughlin then revealed that his client had received threatening late-night phone calls and letters in the post telling him he had blood on his hands.Judge Kelly said he fully accepted what had happened to Ms Porter’s mother but that the court had found itself in a difficult situation.He asked Inspector Murphy to contact the DPP to determine how long it will take for the directions in the case.Inspector Murphy returned after lunch and said that he expected an adjournment of two months would be required.Judge Kelly said he appreciated there are very high emotions on both sides of the case but that he was granting an adjournment until June 16th.He also warned that if there were any further delays, it could result in the charges against Mr Stewart being reconsidered.“I’m not happy that it has dragged on in the way it has – it is placing everyone in a difficult situation,” he said.FAMILY OF TRAGIC PENSIONER GIVEN FURTHER ADJOURNMENT IN CRASH CASE was last modified: April 22nd, 2015 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:Austin StewartCarndonaghcourtcrashdonegalJudge Paul KellyMaura Portertragedylast_img read more

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Will the surging A’s be buyers? If so, here are their likely trade partners

first_imgThe American League is riddled with postseason contenders. The A’s are in a tight sprint for two available Wild Card spots with at least four other teams — the Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers.But a quick pitstop looms: the trade deadline. And the A’s will surely be looking primarily at the starting pitching and bullpen options.What’s to give up? Oakland has a bit of an infielder glut in their farm. Jorge Mateo and Franklin Barreto crowd a middle infield …last_img read more

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Africa’s first biofuel flights take off in South Africa

first_imgHistory was made in mid-July. Africa’s first sustainable biofuel powered flights successfully flew between Johannesburg and Cape Town.The South African Airways (SAA) and Mango Boeing 737-800s used biofuel to power their engines on 15 July 2016. The fuel is made from a tobacco plant cultivated in Limpopo. Under Project Solaris, the plant, also named Solaris, produces small leaves, flowers and seeds which are crushed to extract a vegetable crude oil. It is a nicotine-free, hybridised tobacco plant.Growing the crops locally had contributed to the country’s National Development Plan of economic and rural development, said Musa Zwane, SAA’s acting CEO. He also noted that the project had established a regional bio jet fuel supply chain, something of which we could be proud.Nico Bezuidenhout, Mango CEO, echoed Zwane’s pride. “The project also shows how, when various role players come together and collaborate, success is imminent,” he said.Environmental impactThe World Wildlife Fund South Africa (WWF-SA) said the aviation industry was one of the fastest growing sectors but it was also responsible for much of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.Biofuels could play a key role in the move of the aviation industry from using hydrocarbon fuels.“These are fuels manufactured from oils, sugars and biomass from plants, rather than from fossil fuels,” the organisation said of biofuels. “Because plants remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere biofuels typically can reduce the emissions from flights by between 25% and 75%.”It noted a study from the Stockholm Environmental Institute which estimated that “biofuels could feasibly reduce aviation’s emissions by as much as 9% between 2020 and 2035, while still being produced in a responsible manner”.While the biofuel industry is tiny at present, concerns have been raised about the land used to harvest these plants, water consumption and other agricultural impacts. WWF-SA and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) are studying the sustainability of biofuel crops.“This means factoring in the population growth and agricultural demand within the region [since the displacement of food crops has been a key concern of first-generation biofuels], the protection of endangered species and critical ecosystems, and the securing of essential water resources as the climate changes.”Project Solaris has RSB certification.WWF-SA’s James Reeler said: “By using RSB-certified feedstock, SAA has demonstrated its concern with not only reducing its carbon footprint, but also ensuring that the biofuel supply chain reduces other social and environmental risks.”Project Solaris received RSB certification in September 2015 for producing the crop in line with the RSBs global standard. It is a GMO-free plant that yields significant amounts of sustainable oil.RSB is an independent global multi-stakeholder coalition that works to promote the sustainability of biomaterials. Its certification scheme verifies that biomaterials are ethical, sustainable and credibly sourced.South Africa.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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Who’s the rabbit now?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Early this year Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that it would be shutting down with the final installment of the “Greatest Show on Earth” this May. This is at least partially a result of one final trick from the wildly popular Barnum & Bailey performing elephants — they disappeared.Tickets sales for the circus really slumped after the touring elephants were retired in mid-2016 to the point that, when paired with high operating costs, the business became unsustainable. Of course, animal rights activist organizations, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), were behind the push to pull elephants from the circus.The event attracts roughly 10 million visitors a year who will now have to seek new venues to get their fix of exotic animals and human oddities galore. There is no doubt that the circus that ran for nearly 150 years will be missed by many, but as the legendary  Barnum & Bailey fades from our memories in the name of “progress,” will the thought of performing elephants one day be as foreign as phones with cords that hang on the wall and 8-track players?The circus is just one more victim in a long line of animal-human relationships no longer a part of our society. Human-animal relationships have changed in recent generations in ways that were once fairly common and accepted, but nearly unimaginable today. Here are a couple of examples. The FFA pest huntMy father recently relayed to me that back in his high school days, he would gather a bunch of buddies after school multiple days a week to visit pest-infested barns in the tri-county area to shoot rats, pigeons and starlings. He fondly reminisced about going into the barns, shutting off the lights and listening as the rats crawled out from their hiding spots before turning the lights back on and blasting away with their .22s and doing their best to avoid putting holes in the barn siding. He spent many hours engaged in this pursuit that was both enjoyable and a very valuable service for the area farmers in the days before grain bins and extensive grain handling systems. Rats and birds could do extensive damage to a crop stored in a corncrib.This is the part that really gets me though. After each successful hunt, my father and his friends would cut off the rat tales and bird heads from their quarry to fill garbage sacks that they would take to school. There the pest parts were carefully tallied and a running score was kept to earn extra credit for class. The competition was countywide and the top pest hunters were invited to an end-of-year banquet to recognize their success. This story of the FFA pest hunt (which I had never heard of) led to several questions.1. How much property damage was done to the barns and did it offset the value of the service being provided? Dad claimed that the benefits outweighed the costs for the farmers.2. Can you imagine what would happen to a student who showed up to school today carrying a bag stuffed full of chopped-off rat tails? I would guess at the very least there would be some extensive counseling.3. Whose incredibly unpleasant job was it to count the rat-tails and bird heads after they had been sitting in a trash bag since the previous day? The FFA advisor?4. What did they do with the animal parts after they were tallied?5. What did they serve for dinner at the Pest Hunt Banquet?One question that did not come up was “Why don’t they do this anymore?” Rabbit testAround 1925 it was discovered that significant amounts of human chorionic gonadotropin hormone were only found in pregnant women. This meant that early pregnancy could be detected by testing for this hormone. To do this, a woman’s urine was injected into female rabbits, mice or rats and the animal’s ovaries would be examined a couple days later through a surgery that would typically end the animal’s life. If the ovaries were enlarged it would mean that the woman was pregnant. It was a common misconception that the injected mammal would die only if the woman was pregnant and this led to the somewhat misleading phrase “the rabbit died” for a positive pregnancy test. In the harsh reality of the rabbit test, the rabbit would die either way in most cases.Think for a moment about a modern PETA response to an animal life sacrificing pregnancy test. Wow. I can’t imagine that the “rabbit test” for pregnancy was all that common, but it was used enough that references to it found their way into popular culture. Though I never heard of this until a recent Sunday school class (you never know what kinds of interesting stuff comes up in Sunday school), there was a MASH episode that covered the subject when “Hot Lips” Houlihan wondered if she was pregnant and Radar’s cherished rabbit was the only testing option available. The top-notch M*A*S*H docs solved the dilemma with careful surgery to do the test and spare the bunny’s life.Aerosmith also referenced the “rabbit test” topic in the popular rock song “Sweet Emotion” in one of the verses: “You’re telling me things but your girlfriend lied. You can’t catch me ’cause the rabbit done died.”In the end, as a society we are probably better off without the “rabbit test” and barn siding, school boards and FFA students are probably all a bit safer in the absence of school-sanctioned Pest Hunts. But, I often marvel at how the extreme views of a few have the incredible power to shape life and society for the rest of us. While the disappearance of elephants from the circus does nothing to impact my daily reality, there are people out there who had their lives drastically altered for the worse with the end of the incredible era of Barnum & Bailey. Parts of their lives were destroyed based on the whims of a few people with a misguided agenda. It makes me wonder in a society such as ours where animal rights sometimes seem to trump those of humans, who’s the rabbit now?last_img read more

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6 Tips on Finding and Hiring Freelancers for Your Small Business

first_imgWhen you own a small business, you may not always be able to afford to hire a full-time staff, this is where hiring outside help in the form of freelancers can help. With freelancers, you only pay them for the time they work or for the services they offer. Often times this is the more affordable way to service more customers. However, not all freelancers are the same, some are skilled and some are not. Below are six tips that will help you hire the best one for your business needs. 1. Know what you need.For many, this means identifying the projects you are less excited to work on. Maybe you don’t have the needed knowledge in a certain field or rather spend your time working on something else. For example, not everyone wants to do their small business bookkeeping, so why not outsource by hiring someone else to do it for you. 2. Know what you can pay for.Don’t expect to hire freelancers for pennies. Sure you can find overseas writers who will write a $5 article, but don’t expect to get anything good out of them. Remember the saying, you get what you pay for. To get more professional results, never choose the cheapest options. If you have a large volume of work that you need to outsource, the freelancer may be willing to lower their rate to get it. 3. Look at your network.Examine your network first before posting a job online. Begin with the people you already know and see if they can recommend any freelancers they previously worked with. You can even ask your clients or business networking groups if you participate in any. If you don’t get any results from this, try out social media. Tweet or make a post on LinkedIn describing what you’re looking for and asking if anyone has any referrals. Sometimes this can provide surprising results. 4. Make a post on job boards.There are many freelance job boards like Freelance Writing Jobs and Craigslist Gigs section. You won’t find freelancers on CareerBuilder or Monster, so you can avoid those. Specify the project in the description and how long you expect the project to take. Then either ask people to include their rate in their cover letters or specify what you’re willing to pay. Be detailed and specify the creative experience that you are seeking. 5. Sort through the applicants. Now prepare to get flooded with applications. First, begin taking out the people who don’t have any of the experience you requested. Then you can either conduct a video or phone interview or simply ask them to do a paid test assignment. Give them a firm deadline along with instructions on what you need to be done. If they can’t follow instructions or make the deadline, then they probably won’t be a good candidate. 6. Be picky.Never settle for a freelancer that doesn’t meet your expectations. Sure you might have a project that needed to get done yesterday and may decide you will deal with a sub-par freelancer. But this might come back to bite you. For example, freelancers who turn their work in late, usually do so when you have a deadline with a client. A freelancer that needs their hand to be held will require extra attention from you when you don’t have the time to do give it. It may take longer but it’s best to wait for the perfect freelancer in order to set up your business for success. Sometimes it’s also a good idea to hire more than one person just to make sure you have a more diverse set of skills. And remember, there are many talented freelancers out there, so long as you’re willing to invest the time looking for them. Tags:#Freelancers#small business AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Reasons to Outsource General Counsel Services f… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos I am Amelia Grant, journalist, and blogger. I think that information is a great force that is able to change people’s lives for the better. That is why I feel a strong intention to share useful and important things about health self-care, wellness and other advice that may be helpful for people. Being an enthusiast of a healthy lifestyle that keeps improving my life, I wish the same for everyone.Our attention to ourselves, to our daily routine and habits, is very important. Things that may seem insignificant, are pieces of a big puzzle called life. I want to encourage people to be more attentive to their well-being, improve every little item of it and become healthier, happier, stronger. All of us deserve that. And I really hope that my work helps to make the world better. Amelia Grant Related Posts last_img read more

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