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Meet Tony-Nominated Skylight Star Matthew Beard!

first_imgMatthew Beard photographed by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2015 Related Showscenter_img Age: 26Hometown: Sheffield, EnglandCurrent Role: A Tony-nominated Broadway debut as 18-year-old Edward Sergeant, who begins and ends David Hare’s Skylight sharing scenes with Carey Mulligan as the ex-lover of his character’s grieving dad (Bill Nighy).Stage & Screen Cred: Beard made his stage debut in the London and Broadway revivals of Skylight. On screen, he played the youngest code-breaker in the Oscar-nominated film The Imitation Game and has appeared with Mulligan in two movies, When Did You Last See Your Father? in 2007 and An Education in 2009.“The best thing about being a Tony nominee is that it’s not just me: It’s Carey and Bill and Stephen [Daldry], our director; Bob Crowley, who did the set; and Natasha [Katz], who did the lighting. When the whole team gets recognized, it’s extra special. But for me, it was a total surprise.”“I knew from the first time I worked with Carey Mulligan [on the film When Did You Last See Your Father?] that she had this mystical element of charisma. Even when she was just sitting in the green room with a cup of tea, you wanted to watch her and talk to her. I have no idea what that quality is, but I’d like some of it!”“I got my first TV job when I was four. My mom looked at me and thought, ‘How do I deal with all this energy?’ and put me in a drama club for an hour a week. A casting director came looking for kids to be in TV dramas shot in Yorkshire, and I just kept doing it.”“Where I’m from, nobody is an actor and I always thought I would eventually get a proper job. I did stop for three years to study English [at the University of York]. It felt like my last opportunity to figure out exactly what I wanted to do. Inevitably, I found myself pulled back into acting.”“There’s a pulse to New York that I really key into. I’m living in the East Village, and when I come offstage and can’t sleep, I like walking by the various cafes and bars that are open 24 hours. It feels like the city whizzes by your window, and all you have to do is step out your front door to join the wave.”“Having gone through awards stuff [with The Imitation Game] the whole experience is wonderful and strange, because it has nothing to do with your actual job. You put on a beautiful suit that’s been lent to you and talk to people with a glass of champagne in your hand. It’s not a terrible way to spend a night!” Skylightlast_img read more

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Maritime Patrols between Honduras and Guatemala Continue Successfully

first_imgBy Iris Amador/Diálogo August 31, 2017 In accordance with established plans that are updated twice a year, the Honduran and Guatemalan armed forces are meeting the stipulated timelines for their joint maritime patrol program goals in the Caribbean and along the Motagua River sandbar that runs into the Gulf of Honduras. The border and its problems, regardless of their origin, must be a shared responsibility, both nations affirm. “For the last three years we have been doing binational patrols in this sector, whose maritime and land section is overseen by the Puerto Cortés Naval Base,” Honduran Navy Lieutenant Commander Jairo Enrique Laínez Ordoñez, the commander of the Puerto Cortés Naval Base on Honduras’s Atlantic coast, told Diálogo. The monthly patrols are the responsibility of the border units and incorporate strategies agreed by the two nations to counter threats that plague the region. “We’ve confirmed that the threats are the same. These are joint operations that sometimes include other branches of our armed forces for the purpose of neutralizing a single target,” Lt. Cmdr. Lainez added. “It’s an effective response.” Two flags united at sea Honduran and Guatemalan naval forces are seeking to combat organized crime in all its manifestations: drugs, arms, and human trafficking as well as any type of smuggling. Officials from both countries have found that by joining forces they multiply their effectiveness. “No nation can survive on its own. The exchange of information and experience bolsters our ability to tackle the scourges that harm us and that bring death, destruction, and a lack of security to our region,” Lt. Cmdr. Laínez said. “We’re meeting those objectives,” Brigadier General Pedro Antonio Reina Caro, the commander of the Guatemalan Navy’s Marine Brigade, added. “Sharing tactical intelligence to confront transnational crime has served to help us support our communities, and we can confirm that our presence at sea is a deterrent to criminal groups.” Brig. Gen. Reina Caro said that operating in a coordinated way is one factor that has forced drug traffickers to change their usual routes. “But whether it’s on the Atlantic or the Pacific, our guys are waiting for them,” he noted. “We’re making it harder for them to get through.” In a recent operation in early August, the Guatemalan Navy seized the equivalent of $135,000 in illegal merchandise originating from Honduras. “We communicated with each other. Honduras alerted us. All we had to do was wait for them to come. And they arrived around midnight. There was some crossfire near Santo Tomás de Castilla, adjacent to Puerto Barrios,” Brig. Gen. Reina Caro recounted. “Timely information allowed us to act.” “That kind of information exchange, regardless of which country carries out the seizure, is a success for all of us,” Lt. Cmdr. Laínez added. “No one wants to rest on his laurels. The important thing is to form a bloc to neutralize these threats. One nation’s success is a success for the entire region.” Coordination and agreement The commanders of these border naval units are committed to not only sharing intelligence but also to periodically reviewing their procedures, communications, and results. There has also been integration in some aspects of training. In the monthly patrols, large vessels suitable for the open sea, as well as smaller fast boats capable of entering sandbars, lakes, and lagoons, and better suited to chasing, are used. “Some people think deterrence isn’t enough but it does, in fact, maintain a climate of security for our neighbors in these areas, as well as for people who legally transit from one country to another,” Brig. Gen. Reina Caro affirmed. The Honduran and Guatemalan authorities also support each other in operations directed at environmental protection, such as the cleaning of beaches to keep large quantities of plastic from ending up in the water, and the prevention of illegal fishing. “We have an interest in protecting these natural resources,” Lt. Cmdr. Laínez said. “These patrols are done in compliance with the agreements of the Central American Armed Forces Conference in order to pool our potential and strengthen our bonds of brotherhood.” “They’re bonds of friendship that have existed for a long time,” Brig. Gen. Reina Caro added. “Historically, this is how we’ve worked. We have a shared history. We’ve supported each other. We present ourselves to the world as a single coordinated and harmonious force. We’ve accomplished a lot of things together and that’s how we’ll keep doing it moving forward,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Uruguay Dismantles Narcotrafficking Organization

first_imgBy Juan Delgado/Diálogo December 10, 2020 On October 22, the Uruguayan National Police, with the support of the Uruguayan Air Force (FAU, in Spanish), dismantled a criminal group engaging in narcotrafficking  that planned to smuggle cocaine from Bolivia by air, Uruguay’s Ministry of the Interior said in a statement. Nine people, seven Uruguayans, a Bolivian, and a Brazilian national, were captured under Operation Gallego. Authorities also seized nearly half a ton of cocaine.“We have the enormous satisfaction to report that we dealt a new and important blow to narcotrafficking,” Uruguayan Minister of the Interior Jorge Larrañaga said during a press conference.For his part, Uruguayan National Police Chief Diego Fernández considered the operation a milestone. “We understand that this volume of 459 kilograms and 969 grams of cocaine is very important; it is a signal for the country and for those abroad that we are seriously fighting against narcotrafficking,” he said.The operation began in July, when intelligence from the Ministry of the Interior’s General Directorate for the Control of Illicit Drug Trafficking identified a Uruguayan national who was in charge of the logistics to receive a cocaine shipment, and was in contact with foreigners for that purpose, the Uruguayan newspaper La Diaria reported. Once law enforcement agencies confirmed the narco-plane’s landing site, some 60 police officers carried out a surveillance operation, taking turns day and night to observe how the criminals were preparing a field in the Salto area, in northwestern Uruguay, so that the aircraft could land.When the plane landed, police units detained the people who were unloading the cocaine and seized the drugs, but they were unable to intercept the aircraft before it took off, the Uruguayan newspaper El Observador reported. A FAU helicopter followed the aircraft until it crossed the border into Brazil, and authorities notified the Brazilian forces so they could track the aircraft in their country, the Uruguayan newspaper El País reported. Agents captured other criminals in 12 raids carried out in the departments of Montevideo, Flores, and Tacuarembó, El Observador reported.In an interview with the Uruguayan newspaper La República, Uruguayan Air Force General Luis De León, FAU commander, said that each semester the FAU detects an average of 15,000 irregular flights, about 55 of which are “really irregular, they are [manned by] people that did not intend to be detected.”“Today the enemy that we have, narcotrafficking, has many resources,” Gen. De León said. “[…] We are auxiliaries of the judiciary. So we have an enormous activity.”last_img read more

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Student loan debt: America’s next big crisis

first_imgThe Federal Reserve Bank of New York released its latest Report on Household Debt and Credit Developments, and the news isn’t good for student-borrowers.As of the second calendar quarter ending June 30, seriously delinquent student loans (which the FRBNY describes as those whose payments are 90 or more days past due), increased to 11.5% of the $1.19 trillion dollars’ worth of education loans, versus 11.1% in the first quarter.Before you dismiss four-tenths of one percent as decimal dust, consider this: Although student loans make up only 10% of all consumer debt, the amount of seriously past due student loan payments total nearly one-third of all seriously past-due debt payments. What’s more, of the total $1.19 trillion in outstanding education-related loans, only about half that amount is actually in repayment at this time (the balance is deferred because the borrowers are still in school).So instead of 11.5% being seriously delinquent, it’s actually twice that amount: 23%. continue reading » 91SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Mikel Arteta identifies three new Arsenal signings after Thomas Partey deal

first_imgMikel Arteta identifies three new Arsenal signings after Thomas Partey deal Mikel Arteta remains keen to strengthen his squad (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was happy with his side’s transfer business this summer but remains keen to strengthen with the addition of at least two players in January.The Gunners signed promising Brazilian centre-back Gabriel, Chelsea winger Willian and Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey in the summer transfer window.The club spent £67.5million but recouped £20m through the sale of Emi Martinez to Aston Villa, while they also tied Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang down to a new long-term deal.With such strong financial limitations on Arteta this summer, the Spaniard still has areas of his squad which he wants to strengthen in the short-term.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to Football.London, Arteta wants to sign a back-up centre forward and a flexible forward that could play across the front. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Oct 2020 11:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.6kShares Odsonne Edouard is valued at around £30m by Celtic (Picture: Getty)Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard has caught the eye of clubs across Europe but the Bhoys’ £30m price tag has put suitors off in a pandemic-affected transfer market.The Frenchman is open to leaving Parkhead but the Bhoys drive a hard bargain, as Arsenal discovered in their negotiations for Kieran Tierney in 2019. It’s likely that Arteta would have to sell again in January if he wants to make additional signings, otherwise the Spaniard will have to wait until the end of the season before the club bolster his budget again.MORE: Manchester United star Eric Bailly suffers injury on international duty with Ivory Coast Tottenham have scouted Patson Daka (Picture: Getty)Arteta was open to selling Alexandre Lacazette last summer, wary that the Frenchman could fetch a decent figure in the market compared to much of the Arsenal squad.Eddie Nketiah has provided good competition for Lacazette but Arteta wants another back-up. Advertisement Dominik Szoboszlai is a leading target for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Red Bull Salzburg Dominik Szoboszlai has been watched by the club for over a year and though he predominantly plays on the left flank he can play centrally, which appeals to Arsenal. While scouting the Hungarian, Arsenal discovered striker Patson Daka.The Zambian replaced Erling Haaland at the Austrian club and he’s caught the eye by scoring 38 goals and providing 16 assists in 52 appearances for the club. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Printing industry fund PGB returns insufficient for indexation

first_imgThe scheme’s matching portfolio – consisting 50% of its assets, invested in high grade euro-denominated government bonds and credit – generated 5.1%, the pension fund said.It added that government paper had already yielded 20.3% during the first nine months, thanks to declining interest rates.PGB’s 30% equity portfolio produced a quarterly result of 4.4%, while its 20% alternatives holdings returned 3%. With a return of 8.3%, emerging market credit delivered the best result.Property, infrastructure and inflation-linked bonds returned 1.3%, 4.3% and 0.2% respectively, PGB reported.During the past three months, the pension fund saw its funding decrease by 1.8 percentage points to 104.8%.In this period, its assets rose by €600m as a result from returns on investments and €900m due to schemes joining PGB, which has branched out to pension plans from the sectors process industry, paper, rubber and financial services.Following the addition of 8 new contracts, PGB’s total number of participants and pensioners increased by 4,000 to 108,223 during the last quarter, the pension fund said. PGB will not be able to provide its members with indexation under the new financial assessment framework (FTK), as returns on its equity and government bond holdings are not sufficently boosting its coverage ratio, the €17.8bn fund has said. In a note on its third quarter results, it said that the interest rate on Dutch government bonds with a 10-year duration had slumped to 1.1% at September-end, while expected returns on equity were no more than 6%.The pension fund for the printing industry reported a net quarterly result of 3.8%, taking its year-to-date performance to 12.9%.However, it said that the combined effect of its currency risk hedge and the 50% hedge of interest rate risk had lowered quarterly returns by 0.7 percentage points.last_img read more

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Consultancies expect Dutch schemes to endure ‘wave of drastic measures’

first_imgWichert Hoekert at Willis Towers WatsonHoekert said underfunded pension funds sometimes applied a combination of accrual reduction and premium increase, but that no scheme had only raised its contribution.According to the consultant, many pension funds had set a premium level based on expected returns – and often for a five-year period – when the new financial assessment framework (nFTK) was introduced in 2015.“As a consequence, decisions about changes must be made next year. And the current low interest rates must improve significantly to prevent drastic measures,” said Hoekert. “Moreover, pension funds must also start factoring in lower assumptions for future returns.”Heemskerk predicted that the funding of schemes that have postponed a necessary contribution increase or accrual reduction would drop further next year if interest rates and returns fail to improve.He also highlighted the fact that the decreased discount rate for liabilities will be introduced in 2021.Heemskerk estimated that, at the current interest rate level, this would reduce pension funds’ coverage ratio by five percentage points on average. “Schemes with a young participant population could lose up to seven percentage points,” In the wake of the pensions agreement in June, social affairs’ minister Wouter Koolmees called on pension funds to refrain from raising contributions or reducing accrual next year, in order to create stability during the process of pensions reform.Wichert Hoekert, senior consultant retirement solutions at Willis Towers Watson, however, believes pension funds should actually start taking measures to increase their ‘premium coverage ratio’ to 100% in 2022, as agreed in the pensions accord.The premium funding ratio indicates to what extent the paid in contributions in a given year are sufficient to finance new pension claims. At some large sector schemes the premium coverage is no more than 60%. Marc Heemskerk at MercerHe expects pension funds will most likely reduce accrual as current premiums of up to 20% of the salary were almost at their maximum level.He said the degree of future recovery measures would depend on the premium coverage ratio of a pension fund.Hoekert added that the accrual reduction would increase a pension fund’s indexation potential, as it improved the scheme’s financial position, but said this would never fully compensate the negative effect.“The participants won’t be able to recoup the lost accrual, as pension funds can only start granting indexation when their funding is at least 110%.”Referring to four of the largest Dutch schemes’ decision to keep both contributions and accrual at virtually the same level, Heemskerk said that, as a consequence, their funding would further drop by up to two percentage points.He concluded that, for underfunded schemes, this would lead to additional cuts of a similar scale in 2021, adding that older pensioners in particular would miss out on later recovery.“The target of current annual pensions accrual can only be achieved through sufficient returns, let alone surplus returns for indexation,” the actuary said.He echoed the conclusion of Jaap van Dam, PGGM’s chief investment strategist, who – at IPE’s recent Pension Awards in Copenhagen – contended that pension funds’ biggest risk is the lack of long-term returns.The Dutch Pensions Federation said it expected that more pension funds would decide to decrease their annual accrual rate.“Employes and trade unions don’t see any margin for a contribution rise, whereas pension funds’ financial position requires them to take one of these measures,” said Gert Kloosterboer, the spokesman for the industry organisation.He said it was difficult to estimate the extent of any measures as this would depende on a pension fund’s financial position.center_img The emerging trend of Dutch pension schemes reducing their annual pensions accrual for 2020 to improve their financial position is likely to bring a wave of much more drastic measures in the year ahead, pension consultants have predicted.Several consultancies have noted that only a limited number of pension funds had started taking measures to improve their funding, which has been hit hard by the current low interest rates environment.If interest rates remain at the current low level, the minimum required contribution could rise by up to 40%, Willis Towers Watson foresees.Marc Heemskerk, actuarial consultant at Mercer, warned that underfunded pension funds clinging on to a too high accrual, risked larger rights cuts in the future.last_img read more

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Butland signs new Stoke deal

first_img Press Association The 22-year-old – who will be England’s third-choice keeper for this month’s games against Lithuania and Italy – has committed until the summer of 2019. Asmir Begovic remains Stoke number one but Butland, who joined the Potters from Birmingham for £4million two years ago, is a key part of manager Mark Hughes’ plans. Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland has signed a contract extension at the Britannia Stadium, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.center_img Chief executive Tony Scholes told the club’s website, stokecityfc.com: “I’m delighted that Jack has decided to extend his contract with us. He’s a player that Mark Hughes holds in very high regard and (England manager) Roy Hodgson’s decision underlines his standing in the English game. “Jack is a very ambitious young man and wants to play first-team football on a regular basis for Stoke City. “There’s genuine competition for the goalkeeping spot at the club with Asmir Begovic, Jack and Thomas Sorensen, and Jack has made no secret of his desire to be our number one.” Butland will link up with England Under-21s during the forthcoming international break but will be elevated to the senior squad if Joe Hart or Fraser Forster suffer injury. Butland has made just seven senior first-team appearances for Stoke, with five this season in domestic cups. He also had a loan spell at Derby earlier in the campaign while he spent time at Barnsley and Leeds last season. last_img read more

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Arter sought Parker’s advice

first_imgHarry Arter had only to turn to his brother-in-law for advice as he prepared to embark upon his senior international career with the Republic of Ireland. The Bournemouth midfielder arrived at the Republic’s Portmarnock base on Monday to meet up with Martin O’Neill’s squad for the first time ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland, but he did so having quizzed Fulham’s former England international Scott Parker about life on the big stage. Parker is married to Arter’s sister, Carly, and sent the 25-year-old on his way telling him just to do what he has been doing for the Cherries this season to help leave them within striking distance of the Barclays Premier League. Asked what the former Charlton, Chelsea, Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham midfielder’s advice had been, Arter said: “Just ‘be yourself’, really, I think that’s all you can do. “You have been picked for a reason and I have been picked because the manager was impressed with the way I play, so if I come here any different and not confident, then I would not show the best of my ability. “He just said, ‘be yourself, that’s what you are picked for’. “I’m pleased with my form. I am part of a team that’s top of the league and things are going well. My main goal when I play is to be a positive influence on the team and try to be part of a successful team, and at the moment, we are so all in all, good.” Arter, who qualifies for the Republic through his grandmother, has fought his way back in his career after having to prove himself all over again in non-league football with Woking after being released by Charlton. However, he never lost belief in his own ability and has worked his way back to where he believes he belongs, ready to make his mark in international football and hopefully, in the Premier League. He said: “I was playing non-league and international football is far from that. I was obviously only a young boy then. My main focus then was just to work as hard as I could to get back to a level I thought I could play at. “I am confident in my own ability and the level I feel I am capable of playing at. The key to that is just working hard and not resting on your laurels. “From the age of 19 up until now, I haven’t done that.” O’Neill has been to see the player, who has represented Ireland at Under-17 and Under- 19 level, on several occasions this season, but did not inform him of his impending elevation. Arter said: “I didn’t realise. It was a Thursday and I was just in the gym, and one of the lads just popped in and said ‘congratulations, you got called up’. Obviously, I wasn’t aware of anything, so it was a nice surprise. “It was a different way of finding out, but one that was exciting. I spoke to Martin maybe a few days after that and he told me his thoughts, and I just couldn’t wait to get over here.” Arter was one of several new faces at the training ground on Tuesday with skipper Robbie Keane and Stoke striker Jonathan Walters also now in harness, although there was an addition to a casualty list which includes Burnley defender Stephen Ward when winger James McClean limped off. He was immediately sent for a scan on his left ankle, leaving O’Neill fretting over one of his regular starters. The manager said: “James has got a sore ankle. He’s gone for a scan – precautionary, I hope – but he was just feeling it a little bit. We’ll see how he is. “It didn’t happen in training. He felt a little bit sore after yesterday. He thought it might go away, but it’s just a bit of a pain across the ankle. “James has played exceptionally well for us in most of the games since I have been in charge. Obviously I know him quite well – very well, in fact – and yes, he’s a good player for us.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Amid pandemic, Trump administration asks Supreme Court to overturn Obamacare

first_imgJPecha/iStockBy DEVIN DWYER, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — In the midst of a pandemic and without an alternative health plan of its own, the Trump administration formally called on the U.S. Supreme Court to completely strike down the Affordable Care Act.The administration makes the case in a legal brief filed Thursday in the case brought by 20 Republican-led states that want to completely invalidate the law. The justices will hear oral arguments as soon as October, which is just weeks before the general election.Two lower federal courts have ruled that the ACA’s individual mandate is unconstitutional after the GOP Congress in 2017 zeroed out the penalty for going without health insurance. Both courts called into question the viability of the entire law without the mandate.“The individual mandate cannot be severed from the remainder of the ACA,” writes Trump solicitor general Noel Francisco. “The entire ACA thus must fall with the individual mandate.”California and 19 other Democrat-led states are defending the law.Former Vice President Joe Biden defended Obamacare Thursday at a campaign stop focused on health care, saying doing away with the ACA during a pandemic could be particularly harmful to many that need health care the most.“I think it’s cruel. It’s heartless. It’s callous. And it’s all because, in my view, he can’t abide the thought of letting stand on one of President Obama’s greatest achievements, the Affordable Care Act,” Biden said of the administrations’ lawsuit.Biden warned those who have survived COVID-19 and have subsequent health issues could be especially at-risk.“They would live their lives caught in a vise between Donald Trump’s twin legacies: his failure to protect the American people from the coronavirus and his heartless crusade to take health care protections away from American families,” Biden said.The ACA has sharply reduced the number of uninsured Americans since 2010, covering 20 million more people than if the law had not taken effect, according to the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi issued a statement late Thursday night, calling the Trump administration’s decision “unfathomably cruelty” to “rip away the protections and benefits of the Affordable Care Act in the middle of the coronavirus crisis.”“There is no legal justification and no moral excuse for the Trump Administration’s disastrous efforts to take away Americans’ health care,” she said.Industry groups and independent health care analysts say abruptly wiping out Obamacare would mean a highly disruptive shift in the health care of millions of Americans.An estimated 52 million Americans have preexisting health conditions that insurers could have denied coverage to under pre-ACA rules in most states, the foundation said.Preexisting condition protections and Obamacare insurance subsidies remain in place, for now, as the case continues, but could be at risk.The case marks the third time the justices will consider the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act since it was signed by President Barack Obama in 2010. Chief Justice John Roberts in 2012 famously cast the decisive vote, siding with the court’s liberal justices to uphold the law. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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