6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Holness steers clear of calls for sanctions against Venezuela
  2. Nathaniel Stone wins Spelling Bee
  3. Water bill increase likely
  4. 1,000 lbs of ganja seized, Costa Ricans arrested
  5. PM urged to confirm Sykes quickly
  6. US Secretary of State arrives

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

1. Holness steers clear of calls for sanctions against Venezuela

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has stated that Jamaica is no longer getting oil from Venezuela but has avoided saying whether his administration supports the economic isolation of the South American country in the international community. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Nathaniel Stone wins Spelling Bee

It was persistence that delivered the thrills this year for Clarendon’s Nathaniel Stone — the 2018 Gleaner’s Children’s Own Spelling Bee Champion. Stone, a three-time parish finalist, took the title after he spelt the championship word OROTUND. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Water bill increase likely

National Water Commission (NWC) customers could see an increase in their water bills as a result of the introduction of water abstraction fees by the Water Resources Authority (WRA). The fee structure, which takes effect on April 1, applies to entities with domestic, industrial, agriculture and hydropower/recreational licences. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. 1000 lbs of ganja seized, Costa Ricans arrested

Eleven people including four Costa Ricans have been arrested and approximately 1,000 pounds of ganja and two motor cars seized in Sweet River district, Westmoreland. The Westmoreland police report that about 11 o’clock yesterday morning, a makeshift shed was discovered in bushes by cops on an operation in the community. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. PM urged to confirm Sykes quickly

Retired President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Seymour Panton, has urged Prime Minister Andrew Holness to “move with haste” in confirming Justice Bryan Sykes as Chief Justice. Panton, the longest-serving appeal court president, contends that there is no need to leave open the possibility of a constitutional challenge to the acting appointment. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. US Secretary of State arrives

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is now in Jamaica for a three-hour working visit. Tillerson landed around midday at the Norman Manley International Airport. During his trip, he is expected to seek Jamaica’s support for America’s position against Venezuela in the international community. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Bank bill battle as debate is delayed
  2. US Sectretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives today
  3. Police probing video of man donning police garb
  4. House passes new road traffic bill
  5. Budget to be tabled next Thursday
  6. Garbage impact lasting

1. Bank bill battle as debate is delayed

Amid sharp exchanges, sometimes descending into a shouting match, Government lawmakers used their superior numbers yesterday to crush an attempt by the parliamentary Opposition to have a bill, piloted by St Catherine South Member of Parliament Fitz Jackson, taken through all its stages. The bill seeks to amend the Banking Services Act to regulate bank fees. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives today

United States (US) Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to arrive today for a working three-hour visit, where he is expected to hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Andrew Holness on important matters, including national security. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Police probing video of man donning police garb

The Inspectorate of the Constabulary (IOC), the arm of the police force that enforces standards, is probing an incident in which a man was videotaped entering into a patrol car and removing a police-issued bullet proof vest and hat. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. House passes new road traffic bill

The new road traffic bill is now one step closer to becoming law. Transport and Mining Minister, Lester ‘Mike’ Henry closed the debate on the Road Traffic Bill 2016 in the Lower House of Parliament on Tuesday and it was passed with 131 amendments. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Budget to be tabled next Thursday

The 2018-19 budget is to be tabled in the House of Representatives next week Thursday. The Estimates of Expenditure, to be tabled by finance minister, Audley Shaw, will provide details of how much the Government intends to spend on recurrent business and capital projects. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Garbage impact lasting

Far beyond its most obvious uses as a nesting ground for numerous birds and nursery for many species of fish, Refuge Cay also provides a multiplicity of other important services to which the majority of beneficiaries, Jamaicans, are for the most part oblivious. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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Timeline: Bryan Sykes’ Appointment As Acting Chief Justice

Background to the Issue

After naming Bryan Sykes as Jamaica’s new ‘acting’ chief justice, following the retirement of former chief justice Zaila McCalla, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has come under fire and heavy criticism. The controversy is over the appointment of Sykes as “acting” chief justice, instead of a full permanent appointment. In defense of his decision, Holness asserted that Sykes’ permanent appointment would depend on his performance.

But this stance has been sharply rebuked by other political pontiffs in the island. Former Prime Minister and respected attorney-at-law, P.J. Patterson, in an interview on Nationwide Radio, argued that the acting appointment has “placed Sykes in an unpleasant position, as the Chief Justice should not be fettered and the separation of powers must be maintained”, thus, “security of tenure is an important element for the discharge of judicial function by the Chief Justice.”

The Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC) added their voice to the mix, stating that “the appointment of Jamaica’s chief justice should never be clothed in any garb that even remotely suggests a catering to the personal pleasure of any member of the Executive”.

See the timeline of headlines as the story unfolds below.

Tues, Jan 30, 2018


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Sun, Feb 4, 2018
Mon, Feb 5, 2018

Tues, Feb 6, 2018

Thursday, Feb 8, 2018

Senior Opposition lawmaker Senator K.D. Knight has suggested that those close to Prime Minister Andrew Holness who do not have the fortitude to tell him he is wrong in the controversial decision to appoint Bryan Sykes as acting chief justice are “yes-men and lackeys”.


Mon, Feb 12, 2018

Judges from across the island gather at the Supreme Court for a meeting to discuss the continued refusal of Prime Minister Andrew Holness to permanently appoint Bryan Sykes as chief justice.

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Former PM Patterson tells Holness to reconsider position on chief justice
  2. Gov’t proposes 16% increase over 4 years for doctors
  3. Ja set for Athletics World Cup in summer
  4. Churches join call for chief justice appointment
  5. Man sentenced to 4 years for killing wife
  6. Grange optimistic about Winter Olympics medal

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

1. Former PM Patterson tells Holness to reconsider position on chief justice

Former Prime Minister P.J Patterson says Prime Minister Andrew Holness should reconsider his position and appoint Bryan Sykes to act as Chief Justice. Prime Minister Holness has been blasted by critics for the appointment the jurist to act instead of a permanent post saying it amounts to putting the judge on probation which interferes with the principle of separation of powers. But the head of government has maintained his position saying he is from a new age with a new way of thinking. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Gov’t proposes 16% increase over 4 years for doctors

The Government has offered the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association a 16 per cent salary increase over four years. The offer was presented by government negotiators at a meeting yesterday. The government had previously offered a six percent increase over two years, with three per cent in year one and another three per cent in year two. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Ja set for Athletics World Cup in summer

Jamaica’s senior track and field athletes can look forward to another opportunity to represent the country in what is considered as a down year in track and field, as British Athletics has announced yesterday that eight of the world’s top track and field nations will compete in their inaugural Athletics World Cup this summer in London. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Churches join call for chief justice to be appointed immediately

The Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC) has added its voice to concerns about the appointment of an acting chief justice, saying Prime Minister Andrew Holness should find more effective ways of establishing systems of accountability for the office if he thinks it’s lacking. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Man sentenced to 4 years for killing wife

A St Catherine man, who chopped his common-law wife to death two years ago, was sentenced to four years in prison when he appeared in the St Catherine Circuit Court last Friday. Errol Morrison of Pointhill St Catherine, was charged with the murder of Hermalin Bell 42-year-old labourer also of Pointhill. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Grange optimistic about winter Olympics medal

Sports minister Olivia Grange said she is confident of a podium finish for Jamaica in the bobsleigh competition at the Winter Olympic Games, which will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from February 9 to 25. “I feel that the girls will make the podium” was the minister’s optimistic assessment after her videoconference on Sunday with Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, Carrie Russell and Audra Segree, who are the first Jamaican women to qualify for the bobsleigh competition at the Games. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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Dr Janice Simmonds-Fisher: Pioneering Stem Cell Therapy in the Caribbean

Dr Janice Simmonds-Fisher

Ever heard of stem cell therapy? It is the use of stem cells to treat or even prevent disease. While fairly new and still in its experimental phase, stem cell therapy has progressed greatly over the years. And now, Jamaica has been identified as hte place where the first successful case worldwide using stem cells to restore vision took place. The Jamaican making this claim is Dr Janice Simmonds-Fisher. She made the revelation during her presentation at the 2018 Jamaica Stock Exchange Conference. The cells were used to restore vision in a Canadian patient.

The slide from Dr Simmonds-Fisher’s presentation stating that the first successful case using stem cells to restore vision worldwide was performed in Jamaica. See the full presentation on the JSE’s website.

Let’s get to know Dr Simmonds-Fisher and her work.

A physician for more than 10 years and operator of BIO-regeneration Integrated Medical Center in Montego Bay, St James, Simmonds-Fisher got involved in stem cell therapy through her involvement in the anti-ageing industry. A year ago, BIO-regeneration started focusing on adult stem cell therapy for lung disease, arthritis, and diabetes. She has received a Merit of Special Service for missionary work and the Order of Excellence from the World Association of Natural Medicine Practitioners. She is also an active member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

Her company has already done more than 80 successful cases, 60 of which were referrals from Bioheart in the United States in Miami, Florida, a regenerative medicine company, which sends patients to Jamaica for the treatment. Dr Simmonds-Fisher’s organisation has also assisted in some of the FDA [US Food and Drug Administration] clinical trials that have allowed several conditions to be fully approved in the United States.

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Jamaica Stock Exchange Presentation PDF
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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Not interfering with judicial independence – PM
  2. March 5 by-election for St Andrew North-West
  3. St James Police release list of eight wanted persons
  4. One of St James’ most wanted charged
  5. St Mary restaurant operator shot, killed
  6. Murder-accused McLean demands INDECOM intervention

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

1. Not interfering with judicial independence – PM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has scoffed at claims that his decision to appoint Bryan Sykes to act as the country’s chief justice is an attempt to overstep the bounds into the affairs of the judiciary. “The notion that the acting appointment is for me to interfere with the freedom of the judiciary is far-fetched. In my two years as prime minister, I have never communicated with judges on legal matters or their roles,” declared Holness in response to questions from The Sunday Gleaner. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. March 5 by-election for St Andrew North-West

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced March 5 as the date for the by-election in St Andrew North West for constituents to elect a replacement for Derrick Smith who has resigned after 29 years. Nomination Day is February 12. Businessman Dr Nigel Clarke of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will ‎be challenged by Padmore Primary School Principal Keisha Hayle of the People’s National Party. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. St James Police release list of eight wanted persons

The St James police have compiled and released a new list of persons that they say are wanted for various crimes committed in the western parish. A female is included among the eight persons police are urging to report to the nearest police station by mid-day tomorrow. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. One of St James’ most wanted charged

The St James police say one of Area One’s most wanted men was charged with two counts of murder and one count of wounding with intent on Saturday. He is 27-year-old Kirk Stevens, otherwise called ‘Wanka’ or ‘Shattam’,  a music producer of Flankers or Guango Crescent, in St James. The charges were laid after Stevens reported to the police about 6 o’ clock on Saturday morning in the company of his lawyer.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. St Mary restaurant operator shot, killed

A restaurant operator became the fourth person to be killed in St Mary on Saturday night. He has been identified as 41-year-old Miguel Pottinger, of Bottom Bay in Annotto Bay. Police reports are that about 10:30, Pottinger and his common-law wife and 17-year-old son were at home when an armed man kicked off the front door to their house. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Mclean demands INDECOM intervention

A judge this morning ordered police personnel to remove murder accused Michael McLean from the courtroom after he again became boisterous. McLean’s latest outburst came after doctors from the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) revealed, in  court, that he was evaluated over the weekend and they saw nothing that would prevent his trial from continuing. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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5 Facts : Reggae

 

Did you know these five facts about Reggae?

  1. February was selected to commemorate Reggae Month as both the King (Bob Marley) and the Prince (Dennis Brown) of Reggae were born during the month. The first Reggae Month was celebrated in 2010.
  2. Reggae originated in downtown Kingston, where the major studios like Studio One and Treasure Isle were located. Think of any major name in Reggae’s history and, ten to one, they were either born, raised or got their big break in a downtown Kingston community – Bob and The Wailers, the I-Three (Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffith), Dennis Brown, John Holt, Bob Andy, Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd and many more.
  3. Dennis Brown, hailed as the Crown Prince of Reggae, released some 84 studio albums, seven live productions and countless singles over the course of his 30-year career. Talk about prolific!
  4. Despite his iconic status, Bob Marley never won a Grammy award – the Best Reggae Recording category was added in 1984, three years after his death.
  5. The first Reggae Grammy was won by Black Uhuru for the album Anthem.

So, there you have it. Five fast facts about Reggae to share with your friends and fellow music lovers. ‘Dig’ through our special Reggae Month page to find out more.

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Shaggy Meets $100m Target For Bustamante Hospital
  2. ‘Unfortunate’ – DPP Defends Cops, Warns Harriott Over ‘Toxic’ JCF Claim
  3. An Honour For All – Final Group Of RJRGLEANER Awardees Receive Citations Ahead Of Feb 13 Ceremony
  4. Private Sector Support For Whitmore? … JFF Boss Welcomes Discussions
  5. The Jamaican Government Is To Blame For High Cost Funding – JSDA
  6. The Third World Voice With A Solo Career

1. Shaggy Meets $100m Target For Bustamante Hospital 

The Bustamante Hospital For Children (BHC) yesterday received $100 million from the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation, meeting the target that conceptualiser and founder, Orville ‘Shaggy’ Burrell, announced last year. See full story on The Gleaner’s website. 

2. ‘Unfortunate’ – DPP Defends Cops, Warns Harriott Over ‘Toxic’ JCF Claim

Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn is taking issue with sociologist Professor Anthony Harriott’s labelling of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) as “toxic” when he, last week, called for Government to move swiftly with a bill to separate the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) from it. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. An Honour For All – Final Group Of RJRGLEANER Awardees Receive Citations Ahead Of Feb 13 Ceremony  

One of 13 awardees will this year be named the RJRGLEANER ‘Man of the Year’ on February 13 during a ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Yesterday, the final group of four was presented with their individual citations in three categories – Business, Education, and Public Service – during an awards presentation luncheon at The Gleaner’s North Street offices. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Private Sector Support For Whitmore? … JFF Boss Welcomes Discussions

Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) president Howard Mitchell says that while he is not aware of its members meeting to discuss a package to assist the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) in providing a competitive salary for national head coach Theodore Whitmore, he is sure that they would not be opposed to the idea. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. The Jamaican Government Is To Blame For High Cost Funding – JSDA

Steven Gooden, president of the Jamaica Security Dealers Association, JSDA, says that while the Government of Jamaica has been asking for lower interest rates and more flexible financing terms for business, its own regulatory hurdles are standing in the way. See full story on The Gleaner’s website. 

6. The Third World Voice With A Solo Career

While Bob Marley’s and Dennis Brown’s birthdays on February 1 and 6 respectively dominate Reggae Month, there are some standout creators in Jamaican popular music who also died in the month. One of them is former Third World band lead singer, William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke, who died on February 2, 2014. He was 65 years old, and only a few days shy of the birthday he shares with Bob Marley. Selector, producer, and sound-system operator Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake died on February 27, 2016, and singer Wayne ‘Sleng Teng’ Smith died on February 17, 2014. On Fridays in Reggae Month 2018, The Gleaner will focus on these contributors to Jamaican music, starting with Bunny Rugs. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Regular Heroes – Even Children Gave Their Mite To Walker’s Place Of Safety
  2. UPDATED: Not True! – INDECOM Denies Phillips’ Claim That It Disarms Police
  3. Earth Today | Drowning In Rubbish
  4. New, Improved Home For Molynes United
  5. Portmore’s Binns Off The Mark
  6. Soca-Singing Cab Driver Hopes To Pursue Music

1. Regular Heroes – Even Children Gave Their Mite To Walker’s Place Of Safety 

There was no handing over of mock cheques, let alone media, on hand for publicity. However, the contributions made by many ordinary Jamaicans in the aftermath of the inferno that swallowed the Walker’s Place of Safety is just as significant as the big bucks forked out by corporate Jamaica and wealthy citizens, the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) has asserted. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. UPDATED: Not True! – INDECOM Denies Phillips’ Claim That It Disarms Police

Head of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Terrence Williams has dismissed as false, claims by Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips that personnel from the oversight body has disarmed members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Earth Today | Drowning In Rubbish 

A RECORD 160,628 pounds of garbage was collected from beaches across the island, including nearly 300,000 plastic beverage bottles, during International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) last year. This is according to the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), which has revealed, too, that the efforts of volunteers in its Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Cleanup Network had resulted in 5,431 pounds of garbage being collected, including 15,517 plastic bottles, also in 2017.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. New, Improved Home For Molynes United

Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Super League outfit Molynes United Football Club are moving to a new home. The club, which has been training and hosting games at Chalmers Avenue for a number of years, will now be relocated to Jacisera Park, off the Molynes Road. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Portmore’s Binns Off The Mark

Michael Binns, playing in a unusual left-back role, scored his first goal of the Red Stripe Premier League season to give league leaders Portmore United a hard-fought 2-1 win over hosts Tivoli Gardens and stretch the St Catherine club’s lead at the top of the table to 12 points, at the Edward Seaga Complex yesterday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website. 

6. Soca-Singing Cab Driver Hopes To Pursue Music

Based in the Manor Park area, 53-years-old taxi driver Kenneth George Harris has decided to follow his once latent dream of becoming a recording artiste. With the carnival season around the corner, the career driver hopes to make a memorable debut with bashment soca song, Sweet Soca. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. One Voice Against Crime – 51 MPs Vote To Extend State Of Emergency
  2. ‘Greatest Insult!’ – JLP Squabble Over NW St Andrew Intensifies
  3. RJRGLEANER Honour Awards | For Business (Special Award): Gloria Henry – Driven To Improve Business In Ja
  4. Port Industrial Park Ready To Roll – Project Tackles Warehousing First; Investment Partners To Be Sought For Other Phases
  5. Money In Ja’s Pocket – TEF Dedicates $15 Million To Reggae Month Execution
  6. ‘Stony Hill’ Gets Four-Place Post-Grammy Boost – ‘Chronology’ Also Goes Up A Spot

1. One Voice Against Crime – 51 MPs Vote To Extend State Of Emergency 

Lawmakers yesterday voted unanimously to extend the state of public emergency in St James by three months, sending a strong signal to the criminal underworld that legislators were in unison as they approved a resolution to cramp the record murder rate in the parish.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. ‘Greatest Insult!’ – JLP Squabble Over NW St Andrew Intensifies

Former member of parliament and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) veteran, Derrick Smith, has accused the party’s general secretary, Dr Horace Chang, of issuing to him the “greatest disrespect of his political career” as the squabble over who should take over as caretaker of North West St Andrew constituency escalates.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. RJRGLEANER Honour Awards | For Business (Special Award): Gloria Henry – Driven To Improve Business In Ja 

Despite her service to the region over the years, Gloria Henry, the Port Authority of Jamaica’s assistant vice-president in charge of operations and customer relations at the Montego Bay Free Zone (MBFZ), never expected her work could ever make her a recipient of a Gleaner Honour Award.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Port Industrial Park Ready To Roll – Project Tackles Warehousing First; Investment Partners To Be Sought For Other Phases

Construction of a modern warehouse constituting the first of a multiphase development of an industrial park by Port Authority of Jamaica is to begin by March at a cost of US$25.8 million ($3.2 billion). Vice-president for business development at the Port Authority, Edmond Marsh, said the warehouse is to be constructed adjacent to the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) – now being operated by Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited – in an area called the old zinc factory. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Money In Ja’s Pocket – TEF Dedicates $15 Million To Reggae Month Execution

In previous years, the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has given financial support for Reggae Month which, according to its executive director, Dr Carey Wallace, amounts to over $8 million. Dr Wallace explained that according to records the TEF has provided funding for events within in Reggae Month. These include the Dennis Emanuel Trust Concert in 2013, Dennis Emanuel Brown Tribute and Reggae Month ‘Its Kingston for February’ initiative in 2014, and other activities in 2016 such as the Dennis Brown Concert, Reggae Wednesdays, and the Trench Town Festival. See full story on The Gleaner’s website. 

6. ‘Stony Hill’ Gets Four-Place Post-Grammy Boost – ‘Chronology’ Also Goes Up A Spot

In the aftermath of the 2018 Grammy Awards, at which it took home the prize for Best Reggae Album, Stony Hill has gained four places on the Billboard chart of top reggae albums. The Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley set has now crossed the half-year mark on the listing, as its number-two ranking on the chart valid up to February 3 marks its 27th week on the ranking. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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