UEFA and UN to stage ‘Match for Solidarity’ in April
“As players, it is great that we can give something back to society and help create a better world.”
“I am honoured to participate in this global event. As the most popular sport in the world, football is uniquely placed to bring people together and to be a force for good,” said Figo, who is currently a UEFA football advisor.
The coaches and captains will select their teams in the coming months. Former international referee Pierluigi Collina will officiate the contest.
Two star-studded teams, managed by Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti and France coach Didier Deschamps and captained by Luis Figo and Ronaldinho, will take to the field at the Stade de Geneve in a match whose proceeds UEFA says will help “finance international humanitarian and development projects”.
UEFA and the United Nations will team up to stage a charity match in Geneva on April 21 next year, European football’s governing body said on Tuesday.
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Magnitude 6.2 quake hits southeastern Iran
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Iran’s southeastern province of Kerman on Tuesday, the Iranian seismological centre reported, though minimal damage was reported. Eighteen people were wounded in the quake, which struck in the villages of Hejdak and Ravar in Kerman province, the national emergency service told state broadcaster IRIB. Officials said old houses were damaged in […]
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Iran’s southeastern province of Kerman on Tuesday, the Iranian seismological centre reported, though minimal damage was reported.
Eighteen people were wounded in the quake, which struck in the villages of Hejdak and Ravar in Kerman province, the national emergency service told state broadcaster IRIB.
In 1990, a 7.4-magnitude quake in northern Iran killed 40,000 people, injured 300,000 and left half a million homeless, reducing dozens of towns and nearly 2,000 villages to rubble.
Iran has experienced at least two other major disasters in recent years — one in 2005 that killed more than 600 people and another in 2012 that left some 300 dead.
Iran sits atop several faultlines, and Tuesday’s quake comes less than a day after a 6.0-magnitude tremor struck the western province of Kermanshah along the border with Iraq.
Iran’s worst quake in recent years was a 6.6-magnitude tremor that struck near Bam in 2003, decimating the ancient city and killing at least 31,000 people.
It was measured as magnitude 5.9 by the US Geological Survey and several smaller aftershocks were reported.
Officials said old houses were damaged in six villages, and classes at schools and universities were cancelled.
On November 12, Kermanshah was hit by a major 7.3-magnitude quake that killed 620 people according to the latest toll provided Monday by Tasnim news agency.
The quake struck at 12:13 pm (0843 GMT) with the epicentre around 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the provincial capital of Kerman and about 800 kilometres from Tehran.
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I have commenced reconciliation moves – Secondus
“Power belongs to God. It is Almighty God who put us here and we have to be fair and just”,he said .
“We are here to congratulate the chairman and the new leadership. We appeal that all aggrieved members should be reintegrate to ensure a united front for the party ahead of 2019”, he said.
A statement by Secondus’ media aide, Bisi Ezekiel quoted the chairman as saying that he remains committed to the implementation of his three Rs namely rebuild, reposition and regain power.
By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor
He told the Governor and his delegation that he has commenced reconciliation efforts with his visit to Chief Olabode George, assuring that he will ensure a united front with justice and internal democracy within the party.
Secondus made the assertion when he received Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State in his office at the national secretariat of the party. Dickson is also chairman of the PDP’s trouble shooting committee constituted to calm the frayed nerves that arose from jostling before and during the recent national convention.
Speaking earlier, Governor Dickson urged the chairman not to relent in his reconciliation efforts, noting that most Nigerians are looking towards PDP for salvation from the claws of the APC
The newly elected chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus has reinstated his commitment to full reconciliation and inclusion of all aggrieved members in his efforts to reposition the party, saying his visit to party elder, Chief Bode George was indicative of that fact.
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World Bank to stop financing oil, gas projects from 2019
The World Bank will stop financing oil and gas exploration and extraction from 2019, it announced Tuesday at a climate summit seeking to boost the global economy’s shift to cleaner energy. “The World Bank Group will no longer finance upstream oil and gas, after 2019,” it said in a statement in Paris, where world leaders […]
“The World Bank Group will no longer finance upstream oil and gas, after 2019,” it said in a statement in Paris, where world leaders sought to unlock more money for the shift away from Earth-warming fossil fuels.
Details soon.
The World Bank will stop financing oil and gas exploration and extraction from 2019, it announced Tuesday at a climate summit seeking to boost the global economy’s shift to cleaner energy.
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2018 CAF : Nigeria put faith in Fire and Miracles club
AC Leopards of Congo Brazzaville, Al Merrikh of Sudan, Gor Mahia of Kenya, Horoya of Guinea and Stade Malien of Mali have won second-tier CAF competitions.
Ahly and five-time title-holders Mazembe are among the 58 entrants in a competition won for a second time by Wydad Casablanca of Morocco this year.
Alongside record eight-time champions Al Ahly of Egypt and TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo, they are the only three clubs to win back-to-back Champions League titles.
Enyimba are the only Nigerian club to win the Champions League, lifting the trophy in 2003 and staging a successful defence the following year.
Esperance and Etoile Sahel of Tunisia, Entente Setif and Mouloudia Alger of Algeria, ASEC of the Ivory Coast, Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa and V Club of DR Congo are other former champions in the field.
It requires 14 or 16 matches to become African champions with the rewards including a $2.5 million (about 2.1 million euro) prize and qualification for the FIFA Club World Cup.
Known as MFM FC in football circles, the Lagos-based team are funded by the popular pentecostal christian organisation Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries.
Last year, Enugu Rangers and Rivers United failed to get past the first round and into the group phase with the latter surrendering a three-goal first-leg advantage.
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Football Club from Nigeria are unlikely to win the 2018 CAF Champions League, but they boast the most eye-catching name among the 58 contenders.
Mountain of Fire and Miracles, who play in a modest 5,200-seat stadium, boast one of the most striking football club names in Africa.
Nigeria are allocated two places on merit in the elite African club competition and they will be filled by national champions Plateau United and runners-up MFM.
Nigerians hope Plateau and MFM can go far in a competition where many clubs from the African football powerhouse have made embarrassingly early exits.
Others include 11 Men in Flight of Swaziland, Mysterious Dwarfs of Ghana, Chicken Inn of Zimbabwe, Invincible XI of Liberia and Naughty Boys of Botswana.
The draw for the preliminary and first rounds of the Champions League will be made in Cairo on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Confederation of African Football.
The two-leg preliminary round ties are scheduled for February and the first round for March with the opening group games during May.
They edged Ahly 1-0 in the second leg of the final in Casablanca after exceeding expectations in Alexandria by forcing a 1-1 draw.
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UI orders payment of N1.6bn allowance to academic staff
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan The Governing Council of the University of Ibadan has directed the bursar of the school, Michael Alatise, to pay the earned academic allowances released by the Federal Government to beneficiaries immediately. Hundreds of non-academic staff of the university recently paralysed academic and administrative activities in the school as they expressed their displeasure […]
At a meeting of the council, which was presided over by the chairman, Nde Waklek, a three-man committee was raised to decide on how the N105m belonging to the non-teaching staff would be shared.
Hundreds of non-academic staff of the university recently paralysed academic and administrative activities in the school as they expressed their displeasure over the sharing formula of the N1.7bn earned allowance paid to the school by the Federal Government.
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan
The council appealed to the striking workers to go back to work while negotiation would continue at the national level between leaders of the Joint Action Congress and the FG.
The council resolved that appropriate sanctions would be taken against any of the school’s employee that infringed on the extant guidelines and rules of the university, while also warning against harassment of people and locking of gates during protests and strikes by the staff.
The Governing Council of the University of Ibadan has directed the bursar of the school, Michael Alatise, to pay the earned academic allowances released by the Federal Government to beneficiaries immediately.
The workers locked the gates leading to the school premises, which caused a gridlock on Sango-Ojoo road, with thousands of motorists trapped in the gridlock while others were forced to take alternative routes to their destinations.
The workers were unhappy because while the institution’s branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities got N1.6bn of the money, the three unions which the non academic staff belong to got only N105m.
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Baby products: Consumers’ apathy leads to reformulation
…Unilever, PZ, P&G battle for supremacy
“Our focus is not to counter competition, our focus is on consumers, because they want a better looking product and we have answered to their demand, so we are not bothered    about competition, we are focused on our consumers, what our  consumers  want is  what  we are giving them.”
A baby product distributor located along LASU- Isheri expressway, Lagos, who refused to disclose his identity, confirmed to  C&M  from his ledger that there has been a battle between  Johnson’s  and  Milton  baby products, withPears  in close run-up due to its recent re-launch.
A distributor in Ogun state, Anuoluwa Ventures, who gave her name simply as Mrs Amuda, said preference of the brands has to do with choice of the customers, not the price, because parents want the best for their children, but stated that the brands are battling seriously to control the market in the state.
A herb seller located at Iyana Isasi, Lagos-Badagry expressway, Iya Mulika, advised that to avoid the problems mentioned above, nursing mothers should use natural products such as  Coconut oil, Olive oil, Shea butter  and native soaps.  “That is what our  fathers used for us, the white man  has came with    his education and technology and we lost are traditional heritage,” she stated.
A marketing expert, who did not want his name in print, and who claims to work for one of the brands, said, “most marketers do not know the composition of the products, but just market them.”  He suggested that if the products contain such chemicals there should be a warning on the pack and container of the brands, television commercials, billboards etc to inform consumers of the presence of those chemicals, just like in the tobacco ads.  Dr.    Adeyeye Taiwo, Consultant Gynecologist/Director of Clinical Services, representing the Medical Director of Maternal and Child Centre, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos, during the unveiling of the new  Pears  baby range,  agreed that  “a bad product may manifest as a reaction in a baby, a situation that shows the baby is allergic. Seek medical advice, and with time those reactions will go away.”
A number of distributors indicated that  Pears  may be losing its market share, and this, they say, may have formed the recent reformulation and re-launch of    its product range. However, some were  not comfortable with the price of the product, which they say is on the high side.
Also some imported products have helped to heighten the battle for dominance and control of market share. They include  Sebamed, Dr Bronner’s, Pigeon, Chicco,  Erbavira  baby products among others.
An Industrial Chemist, Jude Emegide, explaining some of the chemical components of these products said:    “Children  are exposed to 27 dangerous chemicals each day through personal care products alone.”
Another distributor, Mags Merchants, who plies her trade at Oke-Arin market, also in Lagos, pointed out that demand for baby products is on the rise due to increased number of child births, but    noted that of all the products    Johnson’s, Milton  and  Pears,  are leading, with pockets of foreign products making in-roads into the market.
By Princewill Ekwujuru
Consequently, to remain relevant in their positions, the manufacturers are    beginning to adopt critical marketing measures such as repackaging, re-designing of their products shape and size, both    in lotion and    shampoo containers, especially soaps which comes in different colours, different shapes, including additional fragrance to attract customers.
Consumers’ reaction
Determining the level of patronage in  the  market, findings by  C&M show that of the  number of consumers and distributors spoken to, majority preferred  Johnson’s,  Cussons,  Milton  and  Pears  baby products, with marginal use of imported baby products.    A    visit to an ante-natal session(s)  in several mother and child centres in the states of Lagos, Ogun, Enugu and Imo revealed that  Johnson’s,  Cussons    and  Milton  lead the pack . In Imo state  Pears  is doing better, though   some parts of the market are controlled by  Johnson’s  and Milton.
Distributors’ reactions
Experts speak
For example,  fragrance,  he said:  “You may  love the smell of a given  baby lotion, but fragrance is linked to allergies, skin irritation and eczema, and can be toxic to various organs in the body. Avoid products that lists  fragrance, perfume or parfum.”
He went on to say that  “phthalates and parabens are chemicals linked to endocrine disruption, which can cause allergies, asthma and cancer. This also depends on skin type.  “
However, C&M findings also revealed that  baby soaps, lotions and shampoos sometimes labelled ‘natural’ or ‘gentle’ could be filled with toxic chemicals which are  dangerous to child’s health, yet the manufacturers advertise them without warning.
On why she wants to switch allegiance she said: “I only  wanted to know if the price is right and see if it will be of same quality”  Another consumer in the same hospital said she has not been using  Pears, but signified her allegiance to  Johnson’s  baby products.
Quest to satisfy consumers’ demand for more value in baby bath products, such as soaps, lotions and shampoos may have forced leading baby products manufacturers into dynamic product changes.
Reacting, Category Manager for Unilever Nigeria Plc, Adetoun Adegbite, who spoke to  C&M  denied that the product is losing its market share and stated that, that did not inform the re-launch, but said that the new oil bottle is transparent unlike the old container.
Speaking with  C&M, Mrs. Okeke Praise, a pregnant mother, who was at the mother and child hospital in Festac Town,    Lagos,  during  the introduction of the repackaged and re-labelled  Pears  baby products, said she uses  Milton, adding, however,  “this is  the first time I will want to try  Pears.”
The manufacturers have also begun to reformulate and add more skin friendly chemicals to the products.
These developments however has narrowed top contenders to four brands of    Johnson’s  baby products, produced by Johnson and Johnson Consumer Company,  Cussons  baby products, made by    PZ  Cussons Nigeria Plc,  Milton  baby products,    manufactured by    Procter and Gamble,  Pears  baby products,    produced by Unilever Nigeria Plc.
This is at the backdrop of market insight that showed a sustained rise in child birth, and increased demand for baby products which has continued to rise despite the economic hardship.
This quest has led baby bath product manufacturers to intensify their marketing strategies into winning back consumers’ unstable loyalty to their various brands.
Unilever’s response
Vanguard  Companies and Markets (C&M)  look into the competition show that consumers  differ widely on their preferences  for the baby bath products. Some prefer the soaps for their foaming, while others go for fragrance or colour. Also some are stuck to brand loyalty.
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[ICYMI] PDP: Jonathan leads reconciliation team, Wike, Secondus visit George
Olusola Fabiyi, Chukwudi, Akasike, Eniola Akinkuotu, Theophilus Onojeghen, and Enyioha Opara Former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday, in Abuja, began a subtle move to douse tension generated among members of the Peoples Democratic Party over the outcome of last Saturday’s national convention in Abuja. The former President assembled a team of his loyalists, who it […]
“As I walked in through the gate, it was symbolic. I asked that the gate be thrown open.
“Chief George received them warmly and advised them. He criticised Wike for making such disparaging comments about the Yoruba. Wike said he was sorry if anyone felt slighted but he meant no harm.
“Chief George told him to find a way of assuaging the Yoruba who feel very bad with the way they have been treated. He told Wike that the APC is already exploiting the Yoruba issue and that if it is not addressed properly, it could affect the PDP’s electoral chances in the South-West in 2019.
“I am particularly glad that you have chosen to rebuild, reposition and regain power for our great party. I firmly believe that our party will continue to increase in number as we expect more of our previous members to come back to our dynamic party.”
“I hereby declare the gate to this party open to all our people irrespective of their religious beliefs, their class. They are free to come into the party especially those who left for one reason or the other.”
“It was the same way the deportation of Igbo by Governor Babatunde Fashola was exploited and caused the APC to lose every Igbo-dominated area in Lagos in 2015. He explained that it was the inability of the PDP to give the South-West a major position that caused them to reject the PDP at the polls in 2015. Wike and Secondus thanked Chief George and said they would find a way of appeasing the South-West.”
“Jonathan was full of praises for Sulaiman, who he admitted apparently remains the most qualified person for the job.
“Now that the national convention is over, the new leadership should use the new spirit in the party to start the preparations for the next general election,” Beji added.
“Our first assignment will be to bring all and sundry together, that is reconciliation. We reassure leaders of our party, especially those who contested this election; we have already started work and by the grace of God, it will be productive.
“This is because he cannot cooperate with the governor. Our experience has always been that if you vote in a chairman from a state that has a (PDP) governor and they don’t work together, then that party will be in trouble in that state.
“Those in his entourage were Turaki, Yuguda, Usman and Turner.”
“We promise to rebuild the party to regain the lost grounds. That will start today.
“Yes, we met. Chief Bode George remains my boss and I will always cherish him. I have tremendous respect for him and I will need him in the task ahead,” he added.
“Your victory as the new national chairman of our party is a reward for your steadfastness, loyalty and dedication to the party before, during and after the crisis that engulfed our party especially when some enemies of the party and democracy tried to derail us.”
“Your victory is also an endorsement of your leadership capability and belief that you possess all that it takes to move our party to greater heights.
A source at the meeting said the former President asked him to sheathe his sword and let bygones be bygones.
Also, the Chairman of Niger State Chapter of the PDP, Tanko Beji,  on Monday, said last Saturday’s election of Secondus, as the new national chairman of the party, marked the beginning of a new dawn for the party.
Among those in Jonathan’s team are his former Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki (SAN); a former Minister of State for Finance, Amb. Bashir Yuguda; a former Minister of Finance, Nanadi Usman; and his (Jonathan’s) bosom friend, King Turner.
An impeccable source told The PUNCH that Secondus told George that he would work with everyone and nobody would feel marginalised in the party.
But the Rivers State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike, said though he was not aware if Wike visited George, it was not impossible for the governor to reach out to the party chieftain.
Confirming the visit, Suleiman said he thanked the former President and promised not to go to court.
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Efforts to reach the Rivers State governor to confirm if he visited George on Sunday proved futile.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday, in Abuja, began a subtle move to douse tension generated among members of the Peoples Democratic Party over the outcome of last Saturday’s national convention in Abuja.
George, who was one of the chairmanship aspirants, had stepped down less than 24 hours to the convention, describing the event as a charade.
He added that he would decentralise power from the centre so that he and members of the NWC would be less busy to enable them (NWC members) to focus on the mission to reclaim power in 2019.
He advised the new national chairman to be wary of sycophants who could derail his plans for the party.
He described the governor as a peace-loving man who wanted the party to be more united in no distant time.
He had also lambasted the Rivers State governor for saying the people of the South-West did not deserve to produce the chairman of the party.
He had told The PUNCH on Sunday that he would go to court to challenge the outcome of the election into the position he wanted to occupy.
He lauded the efforts of Makarfi, who headed the National Caretaker Committee of the party, for leading the party out of its turbulent times.
He said there was no way the party would alienate any section, appealing to the new leaders of the party to embark on a process that he said would heal the wounds.
He said, “Yes, it was true they visited me. I thanked him for the visit and his compassionate posture, that indeed he is a consummate leader worthy of emulation and that he has indeed inspired me more and I promised I would take to his advice.”
He spoke at the national headquarters of the party in Abuja on Monday when he and members of the NWC assumed office.
He stated, “By the special grace of God, elections have come and gone and I declare to you that there is no victor, no vanquished.
He stated, “There is no doubt that your overwhelming victory with 2,000 votes, out of a total of 2,396 delegates at the convention, was a testimony to your acceptability by all delegates at the convention and the PDP members at home and in the Diaspora.
He told the gathering, which included all members of the former National Caretaker Committee, led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, that the old order was gone.
He warned the party to “avoid the pitfalls of the previous executives which caused us the 2015 elections.”
He, therefore, stated that it would be unwise to concede the chairmanship position to the South-West in order to woo the zone.
In a related development, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Leo Ogor, on Monday, said the choice of Secondus as the new National Chairman of the PDP would propel the party to victory in the 2019 general election.
In his remarks, Makarfi said it was wrong to assume that a section of the country had lost out in the party.
In the message by Beji, a copy of which was made available to journalists in Minna, the party said it was confident that the national chairman would bring about progress and unity in the party.
It was learnt that a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and former Governor Olusegun Mimiko also visited George over the issue and asked him to let bygones be bygones.
It was learnt that George told Wike to apologise to the Yoruba for his comments last Friday, arguing that refusing to do so would make it very difficult for them to campaign in Yorubaland in 2019.
It was learnt that the governor and the PDP chairman visited George at his Maitama home, Abuja, to seek his cooperation following the rancour that followed the PDP convention that held last Saturday, where Secondus emerged as the new party chairman.
Jonathan, on Monday, led his team to the house of a former Minister of National Planning, Prof. Suleiman Abubakar, in Abuja.
Meanwhile, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Uche Secondus, on Sunday night, met with a former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Chief Bode George, The PUNCH has learnt.
Meanwhile, Secondus has appealed to all those that contested and lost at the convention not to feel bad, saying there was no victor and no vanquished.
Ogor added, “I am confident that the trust placed in you by the delegates of our great party will inspire you to continue important efforts in promoting the unity of our party, leading it on the path of prosperity, further well-being and success for our people during the 2019 general election.
Ogor noted that Secondus deserved to presently lead the party to overcome its 2015 failure, urging him to unite warring factions in the party for future elections.
Olusola Fabiyi, Chukwudi, Akasike, Eniola Akinkuotu, Theophilus Onojeghen, and Enyioha Opara
Secondus commended Makarfi for holding what he described as the best national convention in the history of political parties in the country.
Secondus confirmed the meeting with George in an interview with one of our correspondents on Monday, stating that the former deputy national chairman of the party remained his boss.
Secondus will lead PDP to victory in 2019 –Ogor
Suleiman had threatened to challenge the outcome of the convention in court, saying his name was technically omitted among those contesting the position of the National Publicity Secretary.
The former President assembled a team of his loyalists, who it was gathered, would visit aggrieved aspirants with a view to appealling to them to forget about their grievances and work with the Uche Secondus-led members of the National Working Committee.
The governor had said, “The problem that the PDP has today arose from the South-West. Look at the crisis! Mention one chairman that you will vote today in the South-West that will stabilise the party. Take for example, Tunde Adeniran. If you vote him in, then that will be the beginning of the crisis of the PDP in Ekiti State.
The lawmaker in a statement by his Press Secretary, Akpodhoma Michael, congratulated the PDP chairman and other new national executive members on their victory during the Saturday convention.
The member, representing Isoko Federal Constituency, appealed to former chieftains of the party, who left due to the crisis in the party, to return home as the party under Secondus would provide a level playing field for all members ahead of 2019.
The new party chairman promised to bring everyone on board in the running of the party.
The party also believed the election of Secondus was “the end of imposition and impunity in the party.”
The Reps minority leader also commended the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa-led National Convention Planning Committee for organising a transparent, successful and hitch-free convention.
The source added, “Governor Wike and Prince Secondus visited Chief George late on Sunday as part of efforts to reconcile aggrieved parties in the PDP. Prince Secondus asked George not to feel aggrieved as everything was mere politics and they should not lose sight of the most important thing, which is to unseat the All Progressives Congress.
The source added, “Jonathan appealed for restraint. He thanked the candidate for his doggedness and passion for the party and pleaded with him to accept the outcome of the election as the wish of God.
The visit, which was described as unscheduled, was said to have taken Suleiman by surprise as he was said not to have been informed that the former President was visiting.
These were contained in a message the party sent to the new PDP chairman and other members of the new NWC.
Those in his entourage were Turaki and Turner.
Though the party has a standing committee on reconciliation, headed by the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, it was gathered that the former President decided to assemble his team as the Leader of the party.
Wike had, during a programme on Channels Television, titled ‘Sunrise Daily’, on Friday, said the South-West PDP lacked leaders that could head the party.
Wike said even when Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was President, the South-West still did not vote for the PDP.
Wike, Secondus visit Bode George
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