An elite performance

first_imgMeralco import Gani Lawal. PBA IMAGESRookie Ray Parks Jr. caught fire in the extra period, knocking down 10 points to power Blackwater to a 108-107 squeaker over defending champion Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Parks finished with 28 points, the same output by import Alex Stepheson, as the Elite carved out a second straight victory and vaulted to the top by surviving a 44-point output by Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee.ADVERTISEMENT Parks had two triples and a layup off a Ginebra turnover as the Elite took a 106-99 lead under three minutes remaining, but Blackwater still needed to hold its breath in a wild sequence in the end before emerging a surprise early leader in the conference.“For a rookie to have that [take-charge] mentality says so much about how much of a winner he is,” Blackwater coach Aris Dimaunahan said of Parks, who was also one of the heroes in the team’s conference-opening win over Meralco last weekend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIn that loss to the Elite, Meralco coach Norman Black rued his charges’ lack of teamwork and promptly made adjustments.This time, the Bolts drew balanced scoring from its core to hold off Columbian, 101-92, in the earlier game. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thurman details fresh dangers for Pacquiao “I think our team worked on our offense. Everybody was sharing the basketball and everybody was being a part of the offense—that really helped us in this game. And that’s what we look to continue for our remaining games—which is to spread the wealth, so to speak,” Black said.The Bolts opened the game with eight unanswered points and steadily built on that cushion the rest of the way.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan votingcenter_img Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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Canelo Alvarez moves up to take on big puncher Sergey Kovalev in Las Vegas

first_imgView comments Sergey Kovalev, right, and Canelo Alvarez pose for photographers during a news conference Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a WBO light heavyweight title bout Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez didn’t have to take the risk. Not at light heavyweight, and not against a puncher like Sergey Kovalev.A third fight with Gennadiy Golovkin was there for the asking. There were other fights against lesser opponents that would have given Alvarez the same kind of payday he’s grown used to collecting every time he puts on the gloves for real.ADVERTISEMENT Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study “We know what he has and what this challenge represents,” Alvarez said. “We know he has long arms, his jab is really strong, and he knows how to move, but we’ve trained for this. He’s my strongest opponent without a doubt and it’s a huge risk for me but we’re ready.”Kovalev says he’s ready, too, and not just to collect the reported $12 million purse that is the largest of his career. He fought just 10 weeks ago in his native Russia and was in trouble against Anthony Yarde before finally stopping him, and says he feels reinvigorated under new trainer Buddy McGirt.To win, Kovalev must be able to make Alvarez feel the power that led to 29 knockouts in 38 fights — and must prove he won’t fade in the late rounds as he did in his draw in the first fight with Ward. But he’s been in big fights before and shouldn’t be overwhelmed by the moment.“Canelo is really talented and really famous, so this is a lot of pressure to me,” Kovalev said. “But believe me, I’m in boxing already since I was 11 years old and I should be fine. It’s nothing for me. I should just get inside the ring and do my best job.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown ‘Gago’ 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘People evacuated on their own’ While Alvarez will be noticeably smaller in the ring, he brings hand speed, body punching prowess and the unmistakable confidence of a fighter who has been there before into the fight at the MGM Grand Garden.“I’m entering his zone of comfort but we’re ready for this,” Alvarez said. “We have the intelligence and skill to beat Kovalev and win the fight.”The bout is the third for Alvarez under an 11-fight deal he signed with streaming service DAZN that will pay him a staggering $365 million over five years. At 29 he’s in his prime and arguably the biggest attraction in boxing — not to mention Mexico’s most high-profile athlete.Alvarez has lost only once, a 2013 defeat to Floyd Mayweather Jr. that he blames on inexperience and would become a champion in four weight divisions should he defeat Kovalev. He’s at or near the top of most pound-for-pound lists, a fighter with hand speed and power but also the ring smarts gathered over a pro career that began in Mexico when he was just 15.The only real question against Kovalev is if he can take punches from a bigger fighter and make Kovalev respect his punching power.ADVERTISEMENT DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist But on Saturday night the Mexican middleweight champion will go into the ring looking for a title in his fourth weight class, this time at 175 pounds. He’ll do it against Kovalev, who packs a lot of power in his punches even if some suspect he’s been in the ring a bit too long for his own good.And while Alvarez is a big favorite, even he doesn’t know how he’ll react to being hit by a full-fledged light heavyweight. That’s the intrigue that sells the fight — but it potentially also makes for a risky evening for Alvarez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“You don’t know until you get in the ring,” Alvarez said through an interpreter. “Going up two divisions is a big challenge in itself.”It’s a challenge Alvarez believes he can handle, one that might be easier since Kovalev is 36 and has struggled in recent fights. The Russian once ruled the light heavyweight division, knocking out almost everyone he got in the ring with, but now chases what could be his last big payday. The Rock, Trump headline UFC card without a title fight LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Van Gaal ‘frustrated’ by Man United’s failure to see off Spurs

first_imgLouis van Gaal felt ‘frustrated’ by Manchester United’s performance against Tottenham, with the Dutchman claiming his side should have been out of sight at half-time.United missed numerous chances in the first half but struggled to create much after the break as they were forced to settle for a point at White Hart Lane.“We played the best match of Manchester United in the first half,” said Van Gaal, whose side are unbeaten in nine matches and remain third in the Premier League.“We created a lot of opportunities, we could have scored, but we were not as effective as usual. It is a pity.“In the second half it was more of a struggle. There was no football. Tottenham won the second ball more and they also created three chances.“Van Persie, Mata and Falcao also had big chances. It is frustrating that you cannot win when you are the better team.”last_img read more

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Major blow for Stoke as key man ruled out for TWO MONTHS

first_img1 Ryan Shawcross Stoke have suffered a major blow on the eve of the new Premier League season with the news captain Ryan Shawcross is facing at least two months on the sidelines.The defender has suffered a recurrence of a back injury and is to undergo an operation this week.The 27-year-old, who made 33 Premier League appearances for Mark Hughes’ side last season, is now expected to be out of action until October.A Potters statement read: “Stoke City can confirm that Club captain Ryan Shawcross is to undergo a back operation.“Shawcross is to have the surgery next week and will be unavailable for first team selection for at least two months.“The central defender has suffered a recurrence of a back problem that troubled him last season. The Club had hoped surgery would not be necessary and that the summer break would provide a solution.“That initially appeared to be the case but the harder Shawcross pushed himself in pre-season the more discomfort he found himself in, leaving no alternative but for him to undergo the operation.last_img read more

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NOT FOR SALE! Liverpool and Leicester target Leandro Paredes to stay at Roma

first_img Leandro Paredes in action against Liverpool in pre-season 1 Leicester and Liverpool target Leandro Paredes will not be sold by Roma this summer, according to AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani.The Rossoneri have enquired with Roma about the availability of the talented Argentinean this summer but Galliani says they were knocked back by Roma’s director of football Walter Sabatini.And that could come as bad news for both Leicester and Liverpool, who are both said to be keeping close tabs on the Paredes’ situation in Rome.Galliani told Mediaset Premium: “I asked Roma for Paredes, but I got a clear ‘no’ from Sabatini.“[Manager Luciano] Spalletti considers him indispensable and I don’t think we’ll pull it off this summer, unlike last year when we landed Romagnoli.”last_img read more

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VIDEO: Dries Mertens scores one of the goals of the season with perfect lob

first_img Watch Mertens’ goal below… 1 Dries Mertens has developed into one of Europe’s best goalscorers, and he showed his talents once again on Wednesday night.Napoli came from behind to beat Lazio 4-1, with three of their goals coming in a five minute spell that started with Kalidou Koulibaly’s 54th minute equalise.Jose Callejon added a second on 56 minutes, before Mertens sent an exquisite lob into the back of the net just before the hour.Mertens’ goal was truly a joy to behold, and you can check it out below…last_img

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Aging agency wants seniors to take survey

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ Helen Zollo, who declined to say exactly how old she is, said the wait for affordable housing is too long for most seniors. “There’s never enough apartments. By the time you get to the top of the list, you’re pushing up daisies,” she said. Other seniors also said more facilities are needed. “The biggest need we have are bigger facilities,” said Jerry Donnelly, 71. “The senior population is growing, and one (senior center) just isn’t enough.” Transportation also is a growing issue. NEWHALL – Santa Clarita has been named one of the most “senior friendly” communities in the nation, but the needs of its aging population are growing faster than some agencies can keep up. So, as part of an effort to better serve the community, seniors across Los Angeles County are being asked to complete a survey from the county’s Area Agency on Aging. The survey will assess social, transportation, in-home services, housing, legal, health and caregiver needs of the region’s 1.7 million residents who are 60 and older. Last year, the agency already identified affordable housing as a glaring need, a sentiment echoed by many in the senior community. center_img “Transportation and housing,” said Ginny Carter, 85, who works the front desk at the senior center and hears all the buzz. “And the frustration that as you get older, you can’t do all the things you could do before.” Carter, who uses a walker and has limited mobility, receives in-home assistance from the county; a woman visits her every day to help with housekeeping or take her to the grocery store. “When your license gets taken because you’re too old, then transportation becomes a problem,” said Lorna Ostroski, a volunteer who runs the trips and tours desk at the center. The center contracts with three housing complexes to provide low- to median-income rents at facilities in Saugus, Castaic and Canyon Country. Together, the complexes have 614 apartments, and the waiting list is at least two years long. Other complexes in the area have some apartments with rents adjusted for older adults, but the need has quickly outstripped availability. Brad Berens, executive director of the Santa Clarita Senior Center, said he plans to get the county needs survey to as many of the center’s 8,000 clients as he can. It is the first time the county has taken a direct survey of seniors, relying in the past on public hearings to gather data. “We do needs assessments all the time, and seniors are welcome to come to the meetings and comment,” said Patricia Senette-Holt, who heads the Area Agency on Aging. Senette-Holt said the county offers in-home personal care and homemaking services to seniors who are impaired or have low to moderate incomes. Surveys will be available at the SCV Senior Center, 24900 Market St., Newhall, or online at www.ladcss.org. carol.rock@dailynews.com (661) 257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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‘They were so poor’ – Neville defends himself after blasting ‘joke’ United trio

first_imgThe attack for 70 mins were so poor. I watched it back again yesterday on and they have to do a lot more than that. Nowhere near enough penetrating runs / movements into pockets and you must contribute when the team is not playing well in other ways. But the Last 20 ❤️ https://t.co/rjKzUxyY8I— Gary Neville (@GNev2) November 26, 2019 Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this weekReading vs Leeds (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Valencia vs Chelsea (Wednesday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2West Brom vs Bristol City (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Astana vs Manchester United (Thursday, 3:50pm) – talkSPORT 2Braga vs Wolves (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Swansea vs Fulham (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Newcastle vs Manchester City (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Sheffield Wednesday (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Watford (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Neville was critical of United’s attack but Daniel James was involved in the fightback 1 LIVE on talkSPORT Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 17.21%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreencenter_img Getty Images – Getty Gary Neville has explained why he called Manchester United’s attack a ‘joke’ during Sunday’s 3-3 draw at Sheffield United.Neville was critical of United trio Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Daniel James as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side battled back from 2-0 down before being denied victory in stoppage-time. Neville’s words came back to haunt him with Rashford, Martial and James playing an integral part in United’s comeback.James’ cross was headed into the path of Brandon Williams, who halved the deficit, before Rashford’s cross was turned in by substitute Mason Greenwood for the equaliser.Despite Neville’s criticism, one fan came out in support of the front three, particularly Martial, and created a thread on Twitter to highlight his performance.Having seen this, Neville, the former Red Devils right-back, defended his initial comments.“The attack for 70 mins were so poor,” he wrote in reply. “I watched it back again yesterday on and they have to do a lot more than that.“Nowhere near enough penetrating runs / movements into pockets and you must contribute when the team is not playing well in other ways.”He added, ‘but the last 20’, before posting a heart emoji. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts to Man United’s draw with Sheffield UnitedDespite Rashford netting in the 79th minute to give United the lead for the first time at Bramall Lane, Neville was far from impressed with visitors front three.“The lack of from movement from Martial, Rashford and James is a joke,” Neville said on Sky Sports’ commentary. “It really is an absolute joke. All game. Nothing at all from them.“Manchester United’s midfield is poor but you expect better from that front three. “If you asked Chris Wilder to swap McGoldrick and Mousset for Martial and Rashford, he would say no.“I felt they could have done a lot more for the team.”last_img read more

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South Africans upbeat about 2010

first_imgJanine ErasmusThe eyes of the world will be on South Africa in June and July 2010 when the country hosts the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Findings of the third annual survey conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) reveal that South Africans are still upbeat about the anticipated success of the event.Since the moment in May 2004 when Fifa president Sepp Blatter announced that South Africa had been chosen to host the World Cup in 2010, the country has been alive with expectation. After disappointment following a controversial loss in the race to host the 2006 event, celebrations broke out in South Africa and across the continent at the news that the event would take place in Africa for the first time.The Olympics are yet to be held in Africa, so the World Cup will be the largest sporting event ever held on the continent. Teams from 32 countries will be cheered by an estimated 2.7-million local spectators and a global television audience of billions. According to Fifa, the total cumulative television audience for the 2006 World Cup was 26.3-billion (24.2-billion in-home and 2.1-billion out-of-home viewers). Assessed in terms of the number of global viewers, the World Cup is the world’s largest sporting event.Refurbishment of existing stadiums and building of new ones continues in South Africa, as well as upgrades to infrastructure such as airports. Meanwhile, many smaller enterprises, such as guesthouses and restaurants, are preparing to host the world.Leaving a lasting legacyPublic expectations have not changed by much when compared to the previous two surveys, held in 2005 and 2006. The most widespread belief was that the event would bring economic benefits to the country as a whole, and to specific regions where games were to take place.While opinion in 2005 was divided almost equally between whether benefits would be of a long- or short-term nature (47% against 44%), in 2006 a greater number of people (50%) foresaw long-term benefits, while 39% thought benefits would be short-term. The most recent survey reveals a steady 50% believing in long-term benefits and 41% in short-term.According to the HSRC, this indicates that many people are not aware of the full scope of the legacy that the World Cup would leave behind. This legacy includes greater credibility for South Africa and Africa, increased urban development, and more participation from outside in the form of tourism and investment.South Africa is working on the African Legacy Programme together with partners Fifa, the African Union, and the Confederation of African Football. An initiative of the Local Organising Committee and the government, the programme aims to maximise African participation in 2010, develop African football, and improve Africa’s image globally, well as support existing African development programmes such as the New Partnership for Africa’s Development.This will ensure that the benefits of hosting the World Cup are spread across the continent. Areas of focus are peace and nation-building, football development, culture and heritage, communication, telecommunications, and continental security co-operation.The World Cup is one of the world’s biggest sporting stages and, said Local Organising Committee CEO Dr Danny Jordaan, it was important that visitors to South Africa experience everything the country has to offer, and to ensure they want to return.Economic growth and moreEconomic growth and job creation are believed to be the biggest advantages. In 2005 62% looked forward to more jobs and a boost to the economy. In 2006 this number fell to 51%. In the most recent survey 74% of respondents perceive economic growth, job creation and putting South Africa on the international map as the three main benefits.A substantial 81% of South Africans in all three surveys felt that small business would benefit. With regard to black economic empowerment, there has been a slight but steady decline in the numbers who felt that this sector would grow – 76% in 2007 down from 78% in 2006 and 82% in 2005.Faith in the organising committee and local authorities remains firm. The 2007 survey shows that a substantial 80% of South Africans believe that the country will be ready to host the World Cup. Here 82% were of this opinion in the first survey and 72% in the second.Faith in the abilities of their local authorities to cope with the demands of the event was significantly less, at 56%. This compared consistently with 57% in 2006 survey but reflected a drop from 62% in the 2005 survey.Respondents were also firm about their perceived disadvantages. Taking rate, food and petrol price hikes into account, the most commonly expressed disadvantage is the fear of price rises, they said. These figures have risen and fallen – 30% in the latest survey, a marked increase from 22% in 2006 and 25% in 2005. The number of respondents who see a rise in crime because of 2010 has also fluctuated between 2005 and 2007, from 20% to 29% to 27%.Additionally, there has been a slight fall in the number of South Africans who believe that the country’s cities will become more competitive on the global stage. In 2005 the proportion was 85%, compared to 82% and 79% in 2006 and 2007 respectively.According to Dr Udesh Pillay, head of the HSRC’s 2010 World Cup Research Project, the downward trend in these two categories could signify a growing sense of realism regarding 2010, but this can be addressed by policy-makers and government.Continuing to monitor trendsPillay said the HSRC will continue to track and analyse changing attitudes, providing policy-makers and practitioners with decisive planning information in the run-up to the event, and creating a space for public debate and dialogue.The HSRC’s World Cup project extends beyond the annual survey. In addition to the survey, there are three other components to the 2010 research project. The HSRC is collaborating with the Centre for Urban and Built Environment Studies of the University of the Witwatersrand on a better understanding of effect that mega-events have on cities and their residents.In addition, it is conducting further research on other aspects of the World Cup such as governance, and it engages with the public through platforms such as a fortnightly column in Business Day, and conferences and seminars.Related articles2010 World Cup: fast factsUseful linksHuman Sciences Research CouncilSouth Africa 2010NepadConfederation of African FootballAfrican Response 2010 poll resultslast_img read more

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Should you still be using an SEO enterprise platform?

first_imgEnterprise SEO platforms such as Searchmetrics, Linkdex and BrightEdge are used by a large number of brands and agencies. As the landscape and industry has evolved, are these tools still worth investing in?Recently, I’ve noticed clients challenging whether these enterprise platforms are truly necessary. Could the budget being spent on them be diverted elsewhere to drive greater performance gains?Most of the platforms’ capabilities can broadly be broken down into the following categories:Performance and insightsTechnical optimizationForecastingContent marketingCampaign managementProbably the biggest factor which determines their usefulness is simply their usage. Teams need to be fully trained in the platform’s capabilities and using them on a daily basis to get the best value. Assuming usage is good, let’s take a look at each of their core capabilities and discuss whether enterprise SEO platforms are still relevant.[Read the full article on Search Engine Land.]From our sponsors: Should you still be using an SEO enterprise platform? Posted on 9th September 2016Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Should you still be using an SEO enterprise platform?You are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 HomeDigital MarketingShould you still be using an SEO enterprise platform?last_img read more

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