US, Japan agree on BSE precautions for beef trade

first_imgOct 26, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – US and Japanese negotiators have reached general agreement on steps for resuming their beef trade after a 10-month interruption caused by the discovery of a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Washington state last December. Transcript of Oct 23 press conferencehttp://www.usda.gov/documents/NewsReleases/2004/10/0466.doc USDA question-and-answer bulletinhttp://www.usda.gov/documents/NewsReleases/2004/10/qa0465.doc “We have agreed that we will use all of these production records, and we will augment that with determination of livestock age by physiological means, meaning by a grading system which looks at the particular characteristics of the carcass and determines the animal’s age,” Penn said, as quoted in the news conference transcript. Penn expressed hope that the scheduled review of the agreement next July will lead to further easing of restrictions on beef exports. He said the animal health experts to be involved in the review, including officials from the World Health Organization and the World Animal Organization for Animal Health (OIE), will consider new research findings and the results of expanded BSE surveillance in the United States. Other elements of the new agreement, according to the USDA, are as follows: “We think this review in July 2004 will be very important and then we hope, following that, we can eventually return to the normal trade patterns that we had before BSE was first discovered” in the United States, Penn said. The age of US cattle will be determined by production records, birth records, and the USDA’s physiologic grading system. The United States will resume importing Japanese specialty beef. (That trade, involving a very expensive, high-quality type of beef, amounted to about $250,000 in 2001.) BSE experts say the incubation period for BSE is such that the disease is very unlikely to be found in cattle younger than 30 months old. But two cases in animals 21 and 23 months old reportedly were discovered in Japan, the USDA said, and Japan has been testing all its cattle for BSE before releasing the meat for sale. Recently the Japanese decided to stop testing cattle less than 21 months old, because BSE has not been found in cattle that young. Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura called the agreement “a very good step toward the final resolution in reopening the beef trade,” according to an Oct 24 Agence France-Presse report. US Secretary of State Colin Powell said the situation “is not resolved” but called the agreement “a major step forward.” Lambert said the USDA, working with Japanese officials, will develop a study “to show the relationship between physiological and chronological age,” with the aim of ensuring that only carcasses of cattle younger than 21 months will be used for export. Penn said plans call for completing the study within 45 days. Verifying the age of cattle was reported to be a major issue in the negotiations. At a news conference, J. B. Penn, USDA under secretary for farm and foreign agricultural services, explained that it’s not possible to have a birth certificate for every calf born in the United States, with its large cattle herds spread over wide areas. But there are individual birth records for some animals, while herd records and artificial insemination records provide approximate birth dates for others, he said. See also: “Trade between the two countries will resume following completion of regulatory processes in both countries,” the USDA said in a news release. “Japan now is revising domestic regulations to alter its BSE cattle testing requirements and other procedures. The United States will initiate rulemaking procedures relating to importation of Japanese specialty beef.” To define the criteria for the grading system, the USDA will conduct a study of the relationship between the age and physiologic characteristics of cattle. Under the agreement announced Oct 23, Japan will import US beef only from cattle younger than 21 months of age as a precaution against BSE, or mad cow disease, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The agency estimated it will take several weeks to iron out details and restart trade. Specified risk materials—tissues most likely to harbor the BSE agent in infected animals—will be removed from all carcasses to be used for export. Japan was the largest importer of US beef before the BSE case, buying about $1.7 billion worth in 2003, according to the USDA. About 10% of American beef is exported. USDA estimates that at least 70% of the 35 million US cattle slaughtered each year are less than 21 months old. Oct 23 USDA news releasehttp://www.usda.gov/documents/NewsReleases/2004/10/0465.doc Dr. Charles Lambert, USDA deputy under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs, said the taste and tenderness of beef are related to physiologic maturity, and physiologic maturity was incorporated in the USDA’s beef grading system in 1965 for that reason. Penn said 81% of US beef cattle are no more than 20 months old at slaughter, with most of them 16 to 18 months old. The grading system will be used as “added insurance to make sure that no animal 20 months or older would be shipped to the Japanese market,” he said. The two countries and a group of international animal health experts will review the agreement next July and consider modifications.last_img read more

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Steve Kerr explains why DeMarcus Cousins’ rehab is ‘tricky’

first_imgOAKLAND — If only the Warriors had to evaluate DeMarcus Cousins solely on the strength of his left quadricep muscle. Instead, the Warriors have listed DeMarcus Cousins as questionable when the Warriors play the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday for other reasons, too.“DeMarcus is making good progress. But the timing of this whole thing is tricky because he misses two months,” Warriors coach … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img

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South Africa’s Formula One great

first_img30 November 2005Ferraris, designed by South African Rory Byrne, have dominated the sport of Formula One in recent years, winning five consecutive World Driver’s and Constructor’s Championships.A former student, Byrne was awarded an honourary doctorate by the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg on Tuesday night.He was honoured for his contribution to the sport of motor racing, and for putting South Africa on the world motor-racing map.A lifetime in motor racingDespite not having an engineering background, Pretoria-born Byrne has been one of the most successful designers of Formula One racing cars ever, having won six World Constructor’s Championships, including five consecutively.He has spent a lifetime in motor racing, starting a company called “Auto Racing and Speed Den” not long after graduating with a BSc in chemistry and applied mathematics in 1964.“It took me, from the time I started in motor racing to the time I started designing for Ferrari, about 31 years,” he said, speaking to the media before the award.Those years saw him rise through the ranks of South Africa’s Formula Ford Championship before joining Britain’s Royale company, where he designed the 1974 Super Vee cars.First world championshipHe made the step up to Formula One in 1982, when Toleman racing moved into the premier motor sports league. The company was bought out by Bennetton in 1985. Here he began working with a technical director, Ross Brawn, and a promising young driver, Michael Schumacher.It was with this team that Byrne won his first Formula One world championship, the 1994 Driver’s Championship. They repeated the feat in 1995, this time winning the Constructor’s Championship too.Ferrari’s yearsIt has been with Ferrari, however, that Byrne has won the most recognition and acclaim. Schumacher and Brawn moved to Ferrari, then struggling in the middle of the pack, in 1996. Byrne joined them the following year.Reunited, they went on to completely dominate the sport of Formula One in the last few years. Ferrari won both the Driver’s and Constructor’s Championships for five successive years between 2000 and 2004.In 2002, Ferrari won all but two of the 17 races in the season.‘Engineering exercise’At Ferrari Byrne leads a team of over 100 engineers, all highly specialised at fine-tuning all areas of the cars. Byrne is ultimately responsible for thousands of decisions that all help to shave hundredths of a second off the lap times, and keep them ahead on the opposition.“Motor racing is, essentially, an engineering exercise,” Byrne said.His lack of an engineering background has certainly not been a handicap, although he said he’s “had to pick up along the way.”Byrne’s contract with the Ferrari team will expire in February 2007, when he expects he will retire. Perhaps then, he said, he will be able to visit South Africa more frequently. He plans to settle with his wife and son in Phuket, Thailand, where they are building a holiday resort.“Motor racing is just like life,” said Byrne, “Only it happens 10 times faster.” Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Shooting shuts down Paris airport

first_imgAbout 3000 people were evacuated from Orly airport in Paris after a terror suspect was shot dead early Saturday.The Guardian reported that the attacker had assaulted a patrol of three air force soldiers and tried to take a gun from one.He wrestled the officer to the floor abut she held on to her weapon.French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the two other soldiers then opened fire to protect their colleague and other passengers at the airport.The attacker is believed to be a radicalised Muslim who was on a security watch list, officials said.Police warned people to stay away from the airport and all flights in and out of the facility were suspended.Other passengers were unable to disembark from flights which had landed and aircraft were diverted to Charles de Gaulle airport.”We were sitting in Hall Three when all of a sudden people started running and telling us to run with them,” Ellie Guttetter, 18, from the US told the BBC. “The people running were passengers and flight attendants. It was pretty chaotic and everyone was panicking – it was scary.”The bomb squad was called in but did not find explosives.last_img read more

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Heritage Day to celebrate World Cup

first_imgSouth Africans supported the 2010 Fifa World Cup and national team Bafana Bafana as a nation united. (Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library)On 24 September 2010, South Africa celebrates its national Heritage Day, which aims to highlight and promote the country’s diverse cultural expressions – such as music, languages, food, and craft – and heritage. These important factors together contribute significantly to nation building.During this year’s Heritage Month, the South African government will celebrate the successes of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and the contribution of all South Africans in making the tournament the triumph that it was.While events will take place all around the country under the theme Celebrating 2010 Fifa World Cup successes: our heritage, the main gathering will be held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on 24 September, with President Jacob Zuma in attendance.South Africa’s globally acclaimed hosting of the World Cup has instilled a spirit of hope and the belief that the country can achieve even greater things.“The successful hosting of the tournament has become part of our legacy and national heritage, and will always be a source of inspiration and hope to future generations,” said government spokesperson Themba Maseko.‘Keep the spirit of ubuntu going’Earlier in September, Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana urged South Africans to use Heritage Month to deepen the country’s humanity and unity, as they did during the World Cup.Let us work together to sustain the spirit of ubuntu and patriotism that prevailed during the global event,” Xingwana said.She urged South Africans to celebrate their collective achievements during the Fifa World Cup, from the building of infrastructure to the feeling of goodwill and exuberance that pervaded the country. The hard work and sacrifices of the various sectors of society during the World Cup is just cause for celebration this Heritage Day.“We believe that it is important to sustain the positive memory [of the World Cup], and mobilise all the sectors of our society in the celebration of this distinctive period in the history of our country,” Xingwana said.She added that it was important to keep the World Cup momentum going, and to commit as a nation to strive towards social cohesion.• Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Dental Marathon to take on Mount Kilimanjaro for free oral healthcare

first_imgThe Dental Marathon team will set off in June to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. The goal is to help get free oral healthcare and education to African children.Play Your Part ambassador Thobile Mushwana wants to change the narrative that there are more smart phones than toothbrushes in Africa. He is the founder of the Dental Marathon. (Images: Dental Marathon, Facebook)Melissa JavanPlay Your Part ambassador Thobile Mushwana says he has always had the desire to make a long-term impact on society that will leave a lasting legacy. The founder of the Dental Marathon makes sure that all schoolchildren in the Free State learn about oral health.The Dental Marathon team gives lessons in oral health to schoolchildren; each child in the more than 800 schools also gets a free dental pack that includes a toothbrush and toothpaste.Play Your Part ambassadors promote active citizenship to help overcome South Africa’s challenges.“There are painful stories. It baffles me when I hear that an eight- or nine-year-old has never brushed their teeth,” says Mushwana, who comes from Limpopo. He’s been living in Bloemfontein for eight years. “There is a lot to be done, not just in South Africa but throughout Africa.”To make sure more children get free oral healthcare and education, the Dental Marathon plans to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in June 2017.More than 180,000 schoolchildren benefit from the Dental Marathon initiative in Bloemfontein.Mushwana is the founder and chief executive officer of the Dental Marathon. He says he wants to change the narrative that there are more smart phones than toothbrushes in Africa.This is why the Dental Marathon is establishing a global footprint. To build awareness, Mushwana recorded videos of people all over the world saying they supported the Dental Marathon. He started this #50Different campaign during a visit in Europe.In the videos, people first introduce themselves in their native language; each ends their video saying they support the Dental Marathon. In his video, Mushwana spoke in his native language, Xitsonga. He said: “Avuxeni, vito ra mina hi mina Thobile Mushwana. Ni huma Africa-dzonga ni seketela Dental Marathon.” (In English this means “hi, I’m Thobile Mushwana from South Africa and I support the Dental Marathon.”)The videos are uploaded onto the group’s Facebook page.Watch #50Different campaign videos:How the Dental Marathon worksOnce a week the Dental Marathon team visits a school in Bloemfontein, explains Mushwana. “During the week we do an analysis of the needs of the school we are going to on that particular Friday.”The programme runs throughout the year. On the school visits, the team teaches the children what healthy foods you should eat, how to keep your teeth clean and how to floss.Thereafter, the children leave their toothbrushes at school. In the morning before class starts, the teachers make sure they brush their teeth.Climbing Mount KilimanjaroMushwana says the team will leave Johannesburg for Tanzania on 3 June 2017. He and others will climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, to raise funds.Kili, as it is affectionately known, rises about 4,900 metres from its base to 5,895 metres above sea level.The group aims to raise R10-million to build a Dental Marathon House in Bloemfontein.“Before we leave for Tanzania, we will have a press conference to show what the Dental Marathon House will look like,” says Mushwana.The Dental Marathon HouseAt the Dental Marathon House, children will get free oral healthcare and education, such as free check-ups, explains Mushwana.“We are going to open a head office in Johannesburg. The Dental Marathon House will be established in Bloemfontein.”In addition, the group plans to set up two mobile clinics that will travel throughout South Africa. “We will set up the first mobile clinic with a truck, which will have two dental chairs at the back.”One such mobile clinic will cost R2.2-million.Setting up a global footprintFollowing the Dental Marathon House in Bloemfontein, the organisation wants to establish a Dental Marathon House in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape. Once these are complete, the Dental Marathon team has their eye on building houses across the continent.Anyone can partner with the organisation. “We’re not looking for hand outs. We’re looking for a hand to partner with,” says Mushwana. “This brand will continue to grow.”Mushwana says Africa needs more problem solvers. “Most challenges are going to be solved by young people… Within each of us we have the solutions.”The Dental Marathon team consists of an executive board and volunteers. “The young people who serve as volunteers learn things such as how to serve and also to build relationships.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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Spa Bath Shower Make Up Wash Face Cosmetic Headband Hair Band Pink, A tad short but just ok

first_imgWill do the task it was supposed to do.I like it it fits good the only thing was the time it took to occur.Fantastic quialty get there on time great valuenice thick velcro sticker on the band.Key specs for Spa Bath Shower Make Up Wash Face Cosmetic Headband Hair Band Pink:Product Name : Spa Headband;Main Material : Cotton BlendsColor : Pink;Flat Size : 52 x 8cm/ 20.5″ x 3.1″(Girth*W)Fir for Head Girth : 45-48cm/ 17.7″-18.9”Net Weight : 33gPackage Content : 1 x Spa HeadbandComments from buyers“It was really good and helped me a lot, Great product :), A tad short but just ok, Bargain of the century, great quality. Thank you, Good quality for the price”It was genuinely very good and aided me a lot. I purchased only 1 at 1st. It took far more than three months to appear, alright i knew that. It was actually superior and helped me a whole lot. Then i purchased three much more and they were being not the similar with the 1st a single, it was not the exact same excellent, that’s why i have set four stars. But they are okay for the cost.Attractive pastel cosmetic band – velcro extremely safe, wonderful high-quality.Took a long time to arrive but does what it really is meant to and is relaxed to wear.Love this merchandise but it is just a bit massive on my head.Ok the packing was not very excellent so it got marked in the article.It really is really delicate and essay to wore on.Failed to acquire that long to get there when purchased also retains my hair out of the way when washing my face or implementing my make-up good fit on head also.I can’t quite fully grasp how this kind of a good item can price so little. This is a pretty neat tiny headband. My second one particular – cannot have also lots of.Gained this merchandise for my attractiveness aspect occupation functions perfect for facials or any facial treatments. Very straightforward to wash and will come up brand new. Came with in three months of purchasing which was only down slide.Pleasantly surprised with the high-quality of the product or service.Does what is states on the tin.A bit short but does the job. Would be excellent if current in white and with a couple centimetres excess. My head measures 56-57cm which is an regular measurement and it is somewhat limited.Relatively smaller – as other reviewers have explained, if it experienced been an inch bigger it would have been wonderful.last_img read more

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indicee: Leveraging the Cloud To Mashup Data and Answer Questions

first_imgTags:#enterprise#news#Products 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair In their demo video, indicee refers to “accounting’s ERP black box,” a not so subtle remark about the challenges facing the average business user when trying to draw knowledge from a traditional enterprise technology such as ERP software.indicee is one of a growing number of companies that has developed methods for providing a layer of usability to existing enterprise technologies to draw intelligence. indicee uses the power of the cloud to allow the business user to do their own data mining and subsequent collaboration.In the past few weeks we have written posts about companies offering services that allow for more flexibility in editing spreadsheets and collaborating to draw knowledge.These include companies such as:CubeTree, which has a feature for adding comments to a spreadsheet and other documents.DocVerse, which installs a plug-in so multiple users may make updates to a document, add comments and sync changes that have been made while a user is offline.Socialtext, which has developed SocialCalc, a spreadsheet application that provides the ability for users to collaborate across a number of spreadsheets.The indicee approach is a bit different. It provides the ability to create mashup environments so users can make reports faster without having to cut and paste information, deal with software they do not really understand or wait in line for an expert to do the heavy lifting. It handles multiple types of data and integrates with the leading ERP applications. alex williams The indicee service uses the computational power of the cloud to quickly provide the information the user needs.Ahh – this is where the true power lies with cloud computing. In this regard, indicee reminds us of how data mining is becoming far more accessible than ever before. We expect this is a trend we will see more of in the coming months as more and more tasks get handled by business users without the need for IT to do the work.indicee charges on a per user basis. They offer a 30-day free trial. A single sharing license is $69 per month and goes up from there based on storage capacity and the number of users.center_img Here’s indicee’s amusing demo showing how the application works: Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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Over 50 “DroidDream” Malware Apps Removed from Android Market

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#news#NYT#security#web sarah perez Over 50 applications found to contain malware were removed from the Android Market yesterday, after being downloaded approximately 50,000 times. The apps contained a type of malware called “DroidDream,” which was able to use exploit code to root (take administrative control over) the phones where it was installed and steal sensitive data from the devices. In addition, a second APK (an Android application file) was also found hidden inside the code, which could steal additional data.Dozens of Malware Apps Discovered on Android Market Related Posts center_img The takeaway from this incident for Android end users is this: you can’t trust that any given application is safe. Read the permissions before installing apps, and if you can’t be bothered with that, use an additional security program from a firm like Lookout or one of its competitors instead.Image credits & sources: Lookout, Android Police, Reddit The malware was initially reported via the social news site Reddit, where it was later picked up by the blog Android Police. The blog had their “resident hacker” Justin Case further analyze the malware-infected applications for details. He found that the apps root the device after installation, which means they give the malware creator complete administrative control over the device. Although disguised as popular games and utilities, the infected apps actually enabled the creator to retrieve sensitive data from the phones. Case was able to confirm that the apps stole product ID, model, partner/provider, language, country and userID, but he also discovered that the additional, hidden app had the ability to download more code.“There’s no way to know what the app does after it’s installed,” wrote Aaron Gringrich on Android Police, in reference to what that functionality could mean, “but the possibilities are endless.”Over 50 Apps, Not 21, Found to be InfectedAccording to security firm Lookout, makers of a malware-prevention application for Android phones, the original report of 21 applications by Reddit and Android Police was somewhat incomplete. To date, more than 50 applications have been found to be infected with this new malware called DroidDream, it reported.After analyzing the 21 apps reported by Reddit user Lompolo, the firm found a large number of applications from other developers that also contained the same malware. Lookout shared its findings with Google and are now reporting that the apps have been pulled from the Android Market.However, Google has not yet activated its remote removal system to wipe the malware-laden apps off of end users’ devices, says Lookout. That means that many of the estimated 50,000 to 200,000 installations of these apps are still out there on users’ phones. Lookout notes that it has also updated its security software programs via an over-the-air update to remove all known instances of DroidDream and has implemented a specific signature that should block other variants of these apps in the future.What Were the Malware Apps?According to Lookout, the following application publishers and apps were found to contain the malware (see below). You’ll note that many of the application names are similar to other popular and more well-known Android applications.Full list of infected applications published by “Myournet”:Falling DownSuper Guitar SoloSuper History EraserPhoto EditorSuper Ringtone MakerSuper Sex PositionsHot Sexy VideosChess????_FalldownHilton Sex SoundScreaming Sexy Japanese GirlsFalling Ball DodgeScientific CalculatorDice Roller????Advanced Currency ConverterApp Uninstaller????_PewPewFunny PaintSpider Man???Full list of infected applications published by “Kingmall2010?:Bowling TimeAdvanced Barcode ScannerSupre Bluetooth TransferTask Killer ProMusic BoxSexy Girls: JapaneseSexy LegsAdvanced File ManagerMagic Strobe Light??????????Panzer Panic????Mr. Runner??????Advanced App to SDSuper Stopwatch & TimerAdvanced Compass LevelerBest password safe???????Full list of infected apps under the developer name “we20090202?:Finger RacePianoBubble ShootAdvanced Sound ManagerMagic Hypnotic SpiralFunny FaceColor Blindness TestTie a TieQuick NotesBasketball Shot NowQuick Delete ContactsOmok Five in a RowSuper Sexy Ringtones??????????????Questions About Google’s Response Time and Reporting ResourcesOn the one hand, Google acted quickly after Case reached out to a contact at Google about the apps in question. In less than five minutes after his report, the apps were pulled from the Market. Unfortunately, an application developer attempting to reach out to Google through more official channels had worse luck.According to reddit user codingcaveman, the developer of Guitar Solo Lite, whose app was ripped off as “Super Guitar Solo” by the malware creator, he had reached out to Google about this same issue over a week ago. “I notified Google about this through all the channels I could think of: DCMA notice, malicious app reporting, Android Market Help…they have yet to respond,” he wrote.This raises concerns that Google’s mechanisms for protecting Android users from threats such as these simply aren’t good enough at the present time. While it’s commendable that Google jumped quickly when a personal contact of Case’s was notified of the threat, the official channels should be just as responsive – especially if the developer doing the reporting is one whose own business is being directly affected by the malware’s continued existence. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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10 months agoCrystal Palace striker Ayew delighted to be off mark for Wolves win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace striker Ayew delighted to be off mark for Wolves winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew was delighted to get his first goal for the club in victory over Wolves.The result was capped by a late penalty from Luka Milivojevic in a 2-0 win.Ayew said, “It’s a big win and good for our confidence after losing at home, it was important for us to bounce back and improve our league position so congratulations to all the lads.“I’m pleased for myself, my family, for our fans and my fans in Ghana and I would like to thank the coach for giving me the opportunity. I was waiting for this moment and now it has come at the start of the New Year means new things, positives and three points so it’s good.”The striker produced a fine touch to control Patrick van Aanholt’s shot on goal before making no mistake to beat Wolves ‘keeper Rui Patrício to break the deadlock. “It is important to be opportunist, making things happen and scoring goals, this is what I try and do and luckily today I was successful. I thank God and will just keep on working hard.” last_img read more

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