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LEGO Club builds community through creativity, events

first_imgWhen the LEGO Club at Notre Dame talks about building community, they mean it literally.With over 35,000 plastic bricks and a group of students passionate about constructing sculptures of all shapes and sizes, the club allows for students to combine creativity with engineering and architectural skills.Junior Colleen O’Leary discovered the LEGO Club at Notre Dame during the activities fair her freshman year.“During the club fair, I saw a video of some students building a mural of the Notre Dame leprechaun,” O’Leary said in an email. “I thought that I absolutely had to be a part of it and signed up.”Now O’Leary is serving as secretary of the club for her third year in a row, and the LEGO Club is still constantly growing. O’Leary said her favorite part of being in the club is meeting new people and making friends from different backgrounds and interests.“The club has been a great outlet to meet people of different majors and years and throughout the greater Notre Dame community,” O’Leary said. Courtesy of Colleen O The Notre Dame LEGO Club was founded four years ago, and serves to engage Notre Dame students with kids from the greater South Bend area to engage in a creative and fun activity.The LEGO Club was founded four years ago by senior Colin Whelpley and his friends in Stanford Hall. A mechanical engineering major, Whelpley said LEGOs were the reason he decided to pursue a career as an engineer, but recognized that a LEGO Club would be popular for students in a variety of different majors and programs. The only LEGO pieces the club had at first were the ones that Whelpley had brought from home.“When I came to ND, I was surprised that with the diversity of clubs available, there was not already a LEGO Club on campus,” Whelpley said in an email.Although the LEGO Club had humble beginnings, in the last four years it has grown substantially.“The primary goals of the club were to unite LEGO fans and promote LEGO as a creative medium across campus and to the broader South Bend community,” Whelpley said.The club shares its love of LEGO through its events for both Notre Dame students and children living in the greater South Bend area. This past weekend, the LEGO Club hosted one of its largest events of the year in Duncan Student Center.“We teamed up with TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) at Notre Dame for our second annual LEGO Theme Park Build,” O’Leary said. ”We spent the entire day working with students and kids to create seven different ‘parks’ which included Saint Mary’s Boardwalk, Galaxy’s Rim and God Quad.”With the Theme Park Build over, the LEGO Club is already planning its next big event. On their annual service trip, club members will spend an afternoon building LEGOs with second and third graders at local elementary schools.“It is so much fun to play with the kids and be creative,” O’Leary said. “It is by far my favorite event we plan each year.”The LEGO Club offers members stress relief in the form of building new and exciting creations, and allows students to spend time with their friends while participating in a fun and inventive activity.“My favorite part of the club was being able to share my love of LEGOs with others and build things I would otherwise not be able to such as the LEGO Disney Castle, or a roller coaster,” Whelpley said.The challenging builds and creative processes that are shared in the LEGO Club also help to form friendships among members.“If I had to sum up the club in a word, it would definitely be community,” O’Leary said. “The community we’ve built has been absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to see where the club will go.”Tags: LEGO, LEGO Club, tea, Themed Entertainment Associationlast_img read more

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Wilted Plants

first_imgAs summer slowly melts into fall, temperatures are still reaching the high 90s and many plants wilt in the afternoon sun.Plants with big leaves, such as hydrangeas and angel trumpets, are often the first to get a little droopy in the hotter part of the day. It’s very tempting to water plants that are wilted at the end of the day, but late afternoon is not the best time of day to determine whether your landscape plants need water.There are two problems with watering in the afternoon. First, water that remains on the leaves of plants throughout the evening is more likely to invite disease problems. For example, hydrangeas and roses are highly susceptible to leaf spot diseases such as Cercospora, anthracnose or black spot.Watering in the morning as the sun rises allows leaves to dry more quickly and minimizes these disease problems. It is even better to avoid wetting the leaves at all and just water the roots with a drip irrigation system. If you hand-water your plants, invest in a watering wand with a water breaker nozzle that can be used to apply water directly to the roots. Remember, don’t water the leaves.The second problem with watering in the afternoon is that people have a tendency to water plants that don’t actually need watering. Although many plants appear wilted in the afternoon, that doesn’t always mean they need water. Wilting is an adaption that many plants use to reduce water loss during the hottest part of the day. A wilted leaf has less surface area exposed to sunlight and therefore will not lose water as quickly.Plants that are wilted in the afternoon will often perk back up at night and look perfectly happy by morning. If the plants’ leaves do not appear stressed in the morning, they can probably go another day or two before needing water.    In some situations, plants that are watered every afternoon may get too much water from their well-intentioned caretaker. Georgia red clay soil can hold water for several days after a good soaking rain.  One inch of rain or irrigation will soak clay soil several inches deep. Established landscape plants and mature trees can extract this water and maintain their water needs without needing any additional rain or irrigation for seven to 10 days. Newly planted trees and shrubs may need supplemental water more often for the first couple of years until their roots grow deep enough to seek out water in the subsoil. Let the plants tell you when they need water. Even new trees and shrubs can go a couple of days without being watered. When you do water, soak the soil deeply to encourage deeper rooting — this will pay off in the long run as the plant acclimates to its new environment and is able to take care of itself for extended periods of time without rain.Adding a few inches of mulch around trees and shrubs will conserve soil moisture and help reduce extreme temperatures and drying of surface roots.Permanent wilt may happen if plants remain wilted even after you water them. There are certain soilborne diseases — such as Fusarium wilt, bacterial wilt, and Phytophthora — that can infect the stems or roots of plants and literally stop the flow of water. This is a common problem in vegetables like tomatoes and certain landscape plants such as rhododendrons. The plants might start out with one or two branches that wilt and then eventually the entire plant wilts. Unfortunately, there are no effective treatment options for plants infected with one of these permanent wilt diseases. Ironically, infected plants often wilt more dramatically in the early stages of the disease, especially in the afternoon. This causes people to water them more often. Excessive watering actually helps these diseases spread. To remove the fungal disease, dead or dying plants, along with the soil around the roots, should be completely removed. The spores of these diseases can survive in the soil for many years and infect the next plants you try to grow there. Sometimes, these diseases hitchhike on infected plants bought from nurseries. It’s always a good idea to inspect the roots before you buy a plant.Gently slip the plant out of the nursery pot and examine the roots all the way to the bottom. A healthy plant will have white, healthy roots throughout the soil. An unhealthy plant will often have black or brown roots on the lower third of the root ball. This could indicate the plant was overwatered at the nursery or may already be infected with a root disease.For more information on growing healthy plants and other agriculture topics, see the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publications at extension.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

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Yu Darvish responds to MLB punishment of Astros: When’s the parade?

first_imgFormer Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, who absorbed much of the blame for the team’s failure to win the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros, had some lighthearted fun on Twitter Monday after the Astros were hit with severe punishment from Major League baseball for devising and engaging in a sophisticated scheme to steal their opponents’ signs.Darvish, who lasted just five outs and 47 pitches and left the Dodgers with a five-run deficit in his dreadful Game 7 start against Houston, tweeted that he would “love to join” if the Dodgers were planning a parade to celebrate a World Series win some would suggest they were cheated out of by the Astros.Whicker: MLB’s punishment of Astros was the least it could doIn what’s been called the sport’s largest scandal since the Biogenesis drug suspensions in 2013, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday that Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were suspended by Major League Baseball for the team’s sign-stealing during Houston’s run to the 2017 World Series title and during the 2018 season. Hinch and Luhnow were both fired by the Astros within hours of Manfred’s announcement, and the Astros were fined $5 million and will forfeit their next two first- and second-round draft picks. Darvish’s wife Seiko, a four-time World Champion wrestler for Japan while known as Seiko Yamamoto, also chimed in: The Dodgers issued a statement Monday night essentially saying they would have nothing to say on the matter, indicating that MLB has asked the club “not to comment on any wrongdoing during the 2017 World Series and will have no further comment at this time.”There are no parade plans, of course, but if there were … So let me get this right. You steal signs and get fired, but you do steroids and get millions of dollars in contracts and inducted into the Hall of Fame? #makesnosense— Roy Oswalt (@royoswalt44net) January 13, 2020 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Manfred indicated that Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora— the Astros bench coach in 2017 and a former Dodgers player — will face equal or more severe punishment. Manfred said Cora developed the sign-stealing system used by the Astros. The Red Sox are under investigation for sign stealing in Cora’s first season as manager in 2018, when the Red Sox beat the Dodgers to win the World Series.Reaction to the news was swift, and the prevailing sentiment is that the Astros are getting what they deserve. A sampling:center_img I’d like my career numbers against Altuve, Springer, and Correa erased from the record books. Seriously though, it’s bad. Can they do that?— Phil Hughes (@PJHughes45) January 13, 2020The Associated Press contributed to this report.  I’m all for stealing signs… I use to love watching coaches trying to pick up patterns from opposing coaches…zooming in on catchers fingers w a camera 👎🏻 get a guy on second and do it the old fashion way!— Jered Weaver (@Weave1036) January 13, 2020 I’ve been told Astros 2017 title was worth about an extra $60M. Not just extra gear sold, but ticket price increase, larger crowds next season, higher prices to sponsors for being associated with the champs, price of commercials for radio and TV broadcasts spike, etc.— Pedro Gomez (@pedrogomezESPN) January 14, 2020 Didn’t really expect the punishments to be this harsh. Good for MLB stepping up. Still don’t know what’s more frustrating tho, an ex teammate of the WS title team talking publicly about his team cheating or so many guys being down to use a damn trash can lol. Should take the ring— David Freese (@david23freese) January 13, 2020last_img read more

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QPR v Cardiff line-ups: One change for Rangers, Bluebirds trio out

first_imgCharlie Austin starts for QPR against Cardiff at Loftus Road, where summer signing Ben Gladwin makes his league debut for the hosts.Gladwin, who missed the opening-day defeat at Charlton last weekend, comes in for the injured Jamie Mackie – Rangers’ only change from the side that lost at The Valley.There are home debuts for James Perch, Massimo Luongo, Paul Konchesky and Tjaronn Chery. Alejandro Faurlin is again among the substitutes.Cardiff, meanwhile, are without the injured Federico Macheda, Bruno Manga and Ben Turner.QPR: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Hill Konchesky, Phillips, Henry, Luongo, Gladwin, Chery, Austin. Subs: Lumley, Hall, Doughty, Kpekawa, Faurlin, Polter, Emmanuel-Thomas.Cardiff: Moore, Peltier, Malone, Connolly, Morrison, Whittingham, Dikgacoi, Ralls, Pilkington, Mason, Revell. Subs: Wilson, Fabio, Gunnarsson, Noone, Ameobi, Doyle, Jones.Follow West London Sport on Twitter Find us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Live playoff updates: Sharks lose to Blues in Game 6, ending their season

first_imgGet live NHL Stanley Cup playoff updates, news and analysis during Game 6 of the Sharks’ Western Conference Finals series against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Enterprise Center.The Sharks have lost two straight games, most recently Sunday’s 5-0 shellacking at home, and now must battle to stay alive while down 3-2 in the best-of-7 series. It will be tougher than ever for San Jose to be resilient as it will be without stars Tomas Hertl and Erik Karlsson, and perhaps, …last_img read more

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Raiders corner Lawson faces four-game suspension

first_imgNAPA — Cornerback Nevin Lawson, signed as a unrestricted free agent in the off-season, announced on Twitter Monday night he will be suspended for the first four games of the season for being in violation of the NFL policy on performance enhancing drugs.Lawson, 28, signed a one-year deal with the Raiders on March 20 worth up to $3.05 million and with $1.55 million guaranteed after spending his first five seasons with the Detroit Lions. Although he has no career interceptions, Lawson started …last_img read more

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Mosquito Fossil Found With Intact Heme from Blood

first_imgA blood-gorged mosquito said to be 46 million years old has been found in Montana shale, retaining hemoglobin from its last blood meal.Calling this an “extremely improbable event,” a female mosquito was fossilized in shale, preserving the red color of its blood-gorged abdomen.  Greenwalt et al. from Washington DC and Europe, publishing in PNAS, tested the reddish impressions and found porphyrins derived from hemoglobin, proving the molecules came from blood.  A male specimen, which does not engorge blood, was used as a control.The preservation of fossil female mosquito USNM 559050 was an extremely improbable event. The insect had to take a blood meal, be blown to the water’s surface, and sink to the bottom of a pond or similar lacustrine structure to be quickly embedded in fine anaerobic sediment, all without disruption of its fragile distended blood-filled abdomen. This fossil has provided a unique opportunity to ask whether or not a portion of the hemoglobin molecule could be preserved after tens of millions of years; heme was the most obvious target for our analysis. Detection of heme-derived porphyrins in the female specimen confirms that it is indeed a blood-engorged mosquito and provides direct evidence of hematophagy in the fossil record.About porphyrins, the authors state that “Porphyrins are energetically very stable molecules and have been shown to be preserved through geological time as common components of many oil shales.”  The authors were sure they had ruled out porphyrins from other sources. They detected heme itself is present, although in a degraded condition.As support for the longevity of these molecules, the authors referred to the findings of Mary Schweitzer of soft tissue in dinosaur bones:Blood vessels isolated from trabecular bone of the dinosaur Brachylophosaurus canadensis bound hemoglobin-specific antiserum in an immunosorbant assay, albeit with a signal only twice that of background levels. In immunoblot assays, antiserum raised against extracts of Tyrannosaurus rex trabecular bone reacted with purified hemoglobin but antiserum against hemoglobin did not react with extracts of B. canadensis bone. Both NMR and Raman spectroscopy have been applied to extracts of T. rex trabecular bone tissue, and data from both techniques were suggestive of the presence of heme and/or porphyrin.If heme could survive in dinosaur bone, it certainly could in a fossil considered half that age.  “The data reported herein provide incontrovertible documentation of the presence of heme– and arguably hemoglobin-derived porphyrins in a 46-million-year-old compression fossil and localize the porphyrins to a specific anatomical structure within that fossil.”PhysOrg summarized the paper, and included an opinion from Mary Schweitzer herself.  “Outside expert Mary Schweitzer of North Carolina State University said while the study is exciting and significant, it is preliminary and she thinks Greenwalt’s team didn’t prove their conclusion that it is blood by ruling out all other possibilities.”  Most of the PhysOrg article was concerned whether the find supports the Jurassic Park movie scenario of isolating blood DNA from a Jurassic mosquito.  Greenwalt et al. stated their opinion on that: “Although large and fragile molecules such as DNA cannot survive fossilization, other complex organic molecules, in this case iron-stabilized heme, can survive intact and provide information relative to the mechanisms of the fossilization process.”Nature News said the find supports Schweitzer’s claim that hemoglobin was found in dinosaur bone.  The chance of finding a blood-gorged abdomen of a mosquito was “infinitesimally small,” the article said, likening the “very fragile” insect part “like a balloon ready to burst.”This finding, interesting while not spectacular, adds to the long list of evidence of remarkable preservation of original tissue in fossils thought to be tens of millions of years old.  Enough of this evidence could tip opinion away from the dogma of long ages.  We offer it not as proof, but as support for a growing body of evidence against millions of years.  It was not that long ago when fossil-hunters taught that all primordial biological material would have been replaced by stone in just thousands of years.  Each of these falsifications of that notion has come as a surprise.  From this paper, we have the evolutionists’ word that DNA cannot last long enough to be found in dinosaur bone.  Time to look for what the experts consider impossible. (Visited 97 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Malawi health workers help fill gap

first_imgCommunity treatment schemes, run by health assistants, are helping manage child malnutrition in Malawi, and reduce the need for hospitalisation. (Image: Cindy House blog) MEDIA CONTACTS • College of Medicine University of Malawi +265 1 871 911RELATED ARTICLES • African path labs under the spotlight • Malawi: Africa’s warm heart • Scientist abuzz over mosquito • School to empower Malawian girlsThe scope of Malawi’s health assistants is being broadened to help treat child malnutrition and compensate for a lack of medical skills in the country.Rudi Thetard of Management Sciences for Health – an NGO working to strengthen public healthcare across the world – says that since 2008, about 1 000 health surveillance assistants (HSAs) had completed the several-week-long training course.After an additional six days of training on top of their basic module, many were conducting “village clinics”, enabling more communities to access treatment for malaria, fever, pneumonia and diarrhoea. Access to treatment is up by a quarter in the areas in which the assistants were deployed, he said.The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates there are about two doctors and 59 nurses for every 100 000 people in Malawi. In 2006 the vacancy rate for nurses stood at about 65%.It is also estimated that about 59% of Malawi-born physicians are practising outside the country.Donors contribute about 60% of the country’s total health expenditure, according to the WHO.After basic training, the low-skilled health practitioners initially work with clinical officers – medical personnel who have completed a three-year course – who are used as substitutes for physicians.The idea of using health assistants in Malawi first came about in the 1960s as a way to help eradicate smallpox.Simple approachesHSAs with additional training travel to remote and isolated communities by bicycle, providing medical services that were previously unavailable.“Simple approaches allow for the expansion of services. Even Malawi’s scale-up of antiretrovirals, which has been very successful, is based on very simple approaches and standard treatment regimens,” Thetard said.About 11.9% of Malawians aged 15 to 49 are HIV-positive.Thetard added some medicines, especially anti-malarials, were being overused and this could be corrected by equipping HSAs with on-site diagnostic tools, such as rapid malaria testing.Learning from the severe droughts of the late 1990s, where community management of acute malnutrition was first employed, HSAs were now playing a crucial role in treating this among children, Thetard said. Seasonal or cyclical hunger means about 47% of Malawian children are classified as stunted, he added.Nowadays a nurse or clinical officer determines the severity of a child’s condition and whether the case merits hospitalisation or management by HSAs at their homes.Relying less on clinicsUntil recently children requiring nutritional rehabilitation were routinely admitted to hospital for up to three weeks, removing them from the home environment, and burdening poor families with additional transport costs to visit their children.Thetard said the drought experience had shown that as many as 80% of acutely malnourished children can be treated as outpatients and that through the establishment of community nutritional services, almost double the number of paediatric malnutrition cases can be identified.“In child survival this kind of simplicity is so important, and moving away from a heavily clinic-based approach is possible,” Thetard said.Source: Irin Newslast_img read more

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Egypt’s Facebook Police Target Protesters Facebook Page

first_imgIn an earlier post, our French editor, Fabrice Epelboin, detailed his discovery that the crew that had harassed our French edition‘s Facebook page, was in fact a squad of Tunisian Internet cops. These days, official groups and allied militia, frequently attack dissidents. It has now happened in Egypt. The most important Facebook page for the protests is being flooded with abusive comments and criticism. In September, we wrote about the creation and activity of the Egyptian government’s Facebook cops. They were created because Egypt’s young people have frequently used Facebook as an organizing and informational tool. The 6th of April Youth Movement grew on Facebook and the current uprising was organized in part by the We Are Khaled Said Facebook page. As Evgeny Morozov points out in his new book The Net Delusion (review upcoming) tyrannical regimes – well any regime actually – have come to utilize social media as a tool of oppression as much as the oppressed use it as a tool for liberty. Egypt is no exception to this rule. In fact, one wonders if the Egyptian government turned the Internet back on specifically to allow its online security forces to operate. The “Facebook cops” have targeted the We Are Khaled Said page – one of the best resources for information on the protests. It has both an Arabic and an English version, giving it tremendous reach inside and outside the country. Most of the trolling has happened on the Arabic version. It is, I admit, surmise that this special security department is behind the flooding of the page with filth, violent comments and faux hand-wringing. But it seems pretty likely. No doubt the online version of the “militia” types that Tahrir Square has seen beating protesters and journalists are among the commenters. Wired listed these as some of the comments, a lot of which come from accounts with virtually no personal information. “God forgive (the administrator, probably) he spread fitna [division] and wants to burn the country, God is my refuge. We are all against him. Send it to each other so we can rid ourselves of him and his poisons.”“This motherfucking group wants to ruin the country.”“You ruined Egypt you dogs and enemies of Egypt. All your lives you have felt inadequate when compared to us… Egypt is above you all and that is God’s promise. Long live Pharaonic Egypt.”Facebook Should Stand with the Protesters and Against the Facebook CopsDespite the fact that dissidents and concerned citizens in general in a host of countries, many in North Africa, have used Facebook as a way to register their hopes, fears, hurt and anger at their leaders, Facebook itself has remained unmoved. In another life, I suggested that Facebook has a responsibility to its users, those who put that “cool” billion dollars in their pockets, to stand with them. By this I do not mean that Facebook, a private company, should take partisan political stances or that it should even take sides in a conflict like that which happened in Tunisia or is currently working itself out in Egypt. If I owned such a company I would do no such thing. But taking a stand on behalf of its users to say that they should be free to speak to each other, to speak their conscience, to speak their loves and sorrows, without winding up on the wrong end of a hose or a lead pipe or broken broom handle or even just a locked door is not a “political” stance, it is a human one, just as free speech itself is not a cultural or political right, but a human one. Facebook has a tremendously loud voice. It could make a world of difference. Let Mr. Zuckerberg stand up and say, “We stand with our users. We insist that the marketplace of ideas be allowed to work with as little interference as the financial marketplace in which Facebook makes its money.” What would such a stance cost Facebook? Money? I think not. As intelligent as Mr. Zuckerberg is, he is young. When a cadre of severe attorneys who look like your mom and dad tell you to quiet down or you’ll ruin everything, perhaps your knees bend from sheer sense-memory. But Mr. Zuckerberg is a grown-up now; a very wealthy, very influential grown up. Should he get up off his knees it could give a second wind to those who seek merely to speak without paying the ultimate price. Tags:#international#politics#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts curt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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MFLNMC Webinar: Financial Planning for Military Caregivers

first_imgMark your calendars for our upcoming MFLN Military Caregiving professional development webinar on Financial Planning for Military Caregivers.Time: 11:00 a.m. EasternDate: Wednesday, December 9, 2015Event Location: Financial Planning for Military CaregiversWorries about finances may be a source of great stress for caregivers and their families. For military family caregivers, finances may have a big impact on their ability to manage day-to-day and, eventually, retire. As the holidays approach we begin to take an especially hard look at our budget and financial responsibilities and challenges.  In this webinar military helping professionals will learn about practical resources to help caregivers better manage their finances, ensuring  families and service members live more comfortably while planning for the future.Our presenter for this webinar is Nancy Granovsky, a professor and extension family economics specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. We are honored to have her present on the topic of Financial Planning for Military Caregivers.Registration is required to join the webinar, but can be completed on the day of the event. Also, we will be offering Certificates of Completion for those that may be interested in receiving training hours for attending the event.Interested in Joining the Webinar?To join the webinar, simply click on Financial Planning for Military Caregivers. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense Connect System (DCS), but is open to the public. It is strongly suggested that when using the DCS system to open the webinar on Google Chrome for both PC and MAC connections. If this is not an option, Internet Explorer may be used if connecting via PC. Safari and Firefox are not compatible with this DCS platform.For those who cannot connect to the DCS site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on Ustream.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on November 27, 2015.last_img read more

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