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Caribbean Airlines seeks to improve service to Guyana

first_imgNewly appointed Chief Executive officer of the regional carrier Caribbean Airlines, Garvin Madera, says the airline hoped to improve its service to Guyana.Madera, who on Wednesday met with officials of the Private Sector Commission (PSC),  and the Tourism and Hospitality Association said his company will be working to improve its service and relationship with Guyana.The CEO said the airline is looking to fill many of the gaps that remain in regional travel and is seeking to become a bigger partner for Guyana. According to Madera, the airline wants to understand the needs of the Guyana market and see how best it will be able to meet those needs.Meanwhile, PSC Chairman, Desmond Sears, said the Commission looks forward to having regular engagements with the management of Caribbean Airlines.Captain Gerry Gouveia of the National Air Transportation Association, said that despite complaints over the years, Caribbean Airlines has remained with the Guyana and continues to offer a service even when many others have pulled out of the market.Madera who was appointed CEO earlier this month,  has been offering his vision for the airline.Caribbean Airlines has been plying the Guyana market for several years.last_img read more

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The curse of Atlético

first_imgBefore these two, there were others three batches against Madrid in the Cup. In 1980 it was in the semifinals. The return in the Bernabéu finished 1-1 and in the penalties they failed blond, who sent his to the post, and Guzman, which ran into the crossbar. For more misfortune, Dirceu He had missed another in extra time. Garcia Remón stopped him, the same hero a year earlier, because in 1979 they went back to the Madrid and Atleti penalties in a controversial second leg (3rd round) that ended 2-2 with two goals annulled and doubtful to the rojiblancos. The Madrid goal repelled the releases of Rubén Cano and Leivinha. Atlético and Real Madrid took the dispute over the Spanish Super Cup to the limit and the penalty shootout dropped the title for the white side. Those of Simeone were denied (two failures and zero stops) and they extended a historical curse, especially against the neighboring rival. Memory goes fast to the 2016 Champions League final, but there were others before. The five times he has arrived with Madrid on penalties have ended in defeat. If in derbis the balance of batches wins is 0 of 5, in general it remains that He has won 5 of 14. In the Simeone era there are two and two, because the PSV (2016) and the Leverkusen (2015) were beaten in Calderón. In Milan, in May 2016, the penalty of Juanfran drove the team away from glory, in addition to the Griezmann to the crossbar in the second part; this Sunday in Jeddah only Trippier He succeeded with his release. The penalties do not smile at Atlético. In 1975, as in Jeddah, the batch decided the title. The Cup final was played at Calderón and, after 0-0 (and a Becerra’s phantom goal Y other voided Benegas, both from Atleti), the penalties arrived. Michelangelo the first one stopped Irureta and then Salcedo sent another one out. Madrid was champion.Leaving aside the white team, the last round that Atlético lost was before Villarreal in 2004. It was in the end of Intertoto, a sign that they were other times. García Calvo, Nano and Arizmendi their pitches failed and, on top of that, Jorge had missed another in the second half. In 2006, for example, the Atleti imposed on the Levant, After losing in the Calderón (0-1), match it in Valencia (Agüero in the 90 ‘) and win the batch.Before that, he only won on penalties for Elche (sixteenth of the 1987-88 Cup) and Athletic (eighth of the 1977-78 Cup). On the contrary, he missed another three. Against Fiorentina, in UEFA 1989-90 (they missed Futre, Marina and Manolo); against Real Sociedad, in the final of the Copa del Rey 1986-87 in Zaragoza (Da Silva and Quique failed before Arconada) and against Derby County in the second round UEFA 1974-75: Luis scored a penalty (and another goal) for 2-2 that led the match to the goal, where Capon and Eusebio they didn’t succeed. The first of nine defeats from 11 meters for Atleti …last_img read more

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MOA, FAO Launch Vegetable, Poultry Project

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The project is being funded by FAO and will benefit 1,500 urban and peri-urban women and youth farmers in rural Montserrado and Margibi Counties.The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) yesterday launched a vegetable and poultry project valued at US$438,000 at the MOA’s sub office outside Monrovia.The project is being funded by FAO and will benefit 1,500 urban and peri-urban women and youth farmers in rural Montserrado and Margibi Counties.It seeks to provide valuable vegetable production and address the issues of storage and simple irrigation that impedes maximum profit making for vegetable growers during the dry season. It will also address the issue of poultry health and feed production to reduce the mortality of chicks.The FAO initiative will provide both technical and material support to women’s groups to locally produce fresh and valuable vegetables, and will ensure access and availability of local chickens and fresh eggs.It can be recalled that in 2016, the MOA requested funding from the FAO to support the Division of Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture at the Ministry in sustainable home-grown vegetable garden project for women and youth.Speaking during the launch of the project, FAO country representative, Mr. Marc Abdala, expressed optimism that the project will improve production and empowers women and youth to become sustainable producers in the vegetable and poultry value chains.“The Ministry of Agriculture identified support to urban and peri-urban farmers in vegetable and poultry as areas of priority and our institution accepted to provide support. This project is important as it will improve nutrition, create jobs and reduce malnutrition in the lives of the beneficiaries. But to make the project a success, beneficiaries must take ownership”, he said.He asked the beneficiaries to work harder for the sustainability of the project, adding that his institution remain committed to supporting the country’s strides to achieve food security.The Deputy Minister for Administration at the MOA, Atty. Philomena Williams said that her ministry was pleased about the level of support the FAO continues to provide in helping Liberia to eliminate hunger.“We are hopeful that this program will succeed at creating sustainable jobs for the beneficiaries to reduce poverty and produce enough food. The goal to end hunger is both supported by the government and the FAO.She challenge the beneficiaries of the project to make maximum use of the opportunity to improve their lives.For her part, the National Coordinator of Urban and peri-urban program at the MOA, Mai Yuan said that the MOA seeks to empower more farmers in urban settlements to produce vegetables for livelihood but mention that there are lot of challenges still facing urban agriculture.“There are lot of challenges facing urban farming in Liberia but we are sure that this project will help address these challenges to improve lives. Under this project farmers will be link with supermarkets and restaurants to sell produce for attractive prices. The project will also help to improve the nutrition status of beneficiaries as they chickens raise by beneficiaries will likewise be used for household consumption”, she mention.last_img read more

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MoE to Construct Seven TVET Schools

first_imgMinister Ansu Sonil (far right) and other officials and experts that attended the review.…Establishes TVET Research Center in KakataAuthorities at the Ministry of Education (MoE) have disclosed the construction of seven TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) institutions as part the ministry’s 2020 plan.TVET’s education and training provides knowledge and skills for employment, because it uses formal, non-formal and informal learning. It is also recognized to be a crucial vehicle for social equity, inclusion and sustainable development.The disclosure was made through a presentation at the just-ended Joint Education Section Review (JESR) in Ganta, Nimba County, where the department responsible for technical and vocation education at the Ministry spoke of the construction of seven fully equipped TVET schools.Though the MoE did not state where the facility would be constructed, it was however explained that all mechanisms leading to the construction have been put in place.Part of the mechanisms, according to the MoE, is to train 61 TVET teachers in Zambia and Kenya, respectively, and the establishment of TVET research center in Kakata, Margibi Cointy.The Ministry said it has also commenced the training of 120 science laboratory technicians, as well as develop a science policy to standardize the science courses.The MoE officials and all education stakeholders and partners, including representatives of the World Bank, European Union, the United States Agency for International Development, Save the Children, and UNICEF  assembled in Ganta for a week-long conference, reviewing the country’s education section.The gathering focused on county education perspectives, solicit recommendations and solidify action to strengthen county education system, assess progress made in 2018/2019; identify challenges and make recommendations to ensure implementation, plan for 2019/2020 calendar for inclusion in revised education sector, and operational plan for 2020/2021, and to collectively address key issues emerging as a result of the JESR, and outline key priorities for the sector.At the review, the new national curriculum was meanwhile introduced. It is expected to be placed on the Ministry’s website to benefit students and stakeholders.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Shaky Cummingsburg Accord being undermined by APNU/PNC – Jagdeo

first_imgBy Samuel SukhnandanAmid concerns that the Alliance For Change (AFC) has still not managed to get a fair share of governance in the coalition Administration, there is now new worry over the fact that AFC Ministers have been given lucrative Ministries to handle, something that is not sitting too well with members of the People’s National Congress (PNC), the largest party within the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo drew this conclusion while addressing a media conference at his Church Street, Georgetown office on Thursday, when he highlighted that the move taken by President David Granger to strip Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman of responsibility for the oil and gas sector was not the first decision that proved that the AFC Ministers’ responsibilities were slowly being taken away from them.But more so, Jagdeo hinted that this could undermine the Cummingsburg Accord,Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeothe sweetheart deal that was signed between the AFC and APNU when they agreed to form a coalition to contest the 2015 General Election in Guyana. However, as of recent, the issue regarding this Accord has been discussed more widely and there have been calls within the AFC’s executive and central committee to have the agreement revised as soon as possible.Speaking about Trotman’s announcement that in a few months’ time, he would no longer have responsibility for the oil and gas sector, one of the largest natural resources sector Guyana is about to have, Jagdeo said, “I say he was stripped of his responsibility, because no matter how many press releases they issue, can they deny the fact that he was stripped? … How stupid do they think we are? TheyMinister Cathy Hughestook it away from him.”The Opposition Leader said he did not believe the “silly excuse” given by Trotman, whereby he has claimed that he recommended to President Granger that the Department of Energy be established without having it placed under his watch. “He was recommending the Department of Energy to be created within his Ministry and with him being the Minister. That is what he was recommending. Not that the Department be created in the Office of the President and him being stripped of theMinister Raphael Trotmanministerial responsibility,” Jagdeo posited.Warning signsResponsibility for the environment was first taken away from Trotman when a decision was made to establish the Department of Environment that is now housed in the Ministry of the Presidency.According to the Opposition Leader, this came as no surprise to him, because he saw that moves were being made to implement certain major changes, but not just specific to Trotman’s perceived demotion. The first sign, he said, was when President Granger did not show up to deliver the feature address at the inaugural Oil and Gas Summit (GIPEX 2018). Instead, Trotman delivered the address and Minister Carl Greenidge also delivered remarks.“That was a precursor. But before that, I had spoken to the media about an investigation and the conflict within APNU … that tensions would rise within their structure because I pointed out that a lot of people had taken information to Granger about Trotman, particularly AFC members,” he alleged.Given the fact that the Government has said little about this issue, Jagdeo believesMinister Khemraj Ramjattanthat the Administration would “keep circling the wagons”. He said, “Trust me in circling the wagons, you would see for the next few days, they will talk up Trotman, they will say he is the greatest thing since ice-cream. They may give him a few more useless designations… something of that nature will manifest itself.”A persistent Jagdeo told the press, however, “we need to know why he was removed. Is it because they found something or a lot of things that are adverse? My information is that they found quite a bit. They know quite a bit. And my information also is that the PNC people are saying that the AFC people making all the money, because they have lucrative Ministries. So it’s their turn now.”Now that plans are being made for the Department of Energy to be placed under the Ministry of the Presidency that responsibility will now fall directly under Minister of State, Joseph Harmon. But this is not the first move made by President Granger to lessen the responsibility of AFC Ministers.Undermining AFC MinistersIn fact, the first move he made was directed at the Working People’s AllianceMinister Noel Holder(WPA), whereby its leader, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine was removed as Education Minister and appointed Minister responsible for Public Service. That Ministry again falls under the direct responsibility of the Ministry of the Presidency, with Harmon as the head.Another AFC executive, Minister Cathy Hughes was first appointed as Minister of Tourism in 2015 when the coalition Government first took office. Her stint as Tourism Minister was short-lived, and she was reassigned a relatively unknown ministry which has fewer responsibilities, the Public Telecommunications Ministry. The Tourism Ministry now falls under another AFC executive and son-in-law of the President, Dominic Gaskin, who also is in charge of the Business Ministry, a lesser known ministry.Only recently, a decision was taken by Government to also transfer the responsibility of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the sugar industry to the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) that has been set up under the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL). NICIL falls under the Finance Ministry, which is headed by Winston Jordan. One can only conclude that another AFC Minister, Noel Holder has also been stripped of his responsibility of the sugar sector.Although AFC’s Khemraj Ramjattan has responsibility for national security, the Department of Citizenship was created for PNC member Winston Felix who heads that department.At present, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, also an AFC member, performs a ceremonial role as a senior Government functionary. His major responsibility is for the public information sector. Entities such as the State-owned Guyana Chronicle newspaper, the National Communications Network, and the Department of Public Information, formerly the Government Information Agency, fall under his charge.last_img read more

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Huskies using first round bye to heal up, stay sharp

first_imgThe post-season begins on Wednesday as Sexsmith is in Dawson while the Blades travel to Peace River. Both games get underway at 8:00 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies will be resting while the rest of the NWJHL teams duke it out in the first round of the post-season.The Huskies swept their last two games on the weekend, a 6-5 overtime win over the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks and a 5-1 win over the Sexsmith Vipers. It’s the first time they have claimed the one seed in over a decade as well as clinching home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.“I feel as though the bye is a good thing,” said General Manager Jeremy Clothier. “It lets us get healthy going into the playoffs which is a grind. I think it has been ten plus years since the organization finished in first place so it feels really good to be back in that spot.”- Advertisement -The matchups in the first round of the playoffs are the #2 seeded North Peace Navigators clashing with the #7 Beaverlodge Blades, while the third-ranked Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks battles the #6 seed Sexsmith Vipers. The Grande Prairie JDA Kings and Fairview Flyers drop the puck in a meeting of the #4 and #5 seeds. All higher seeds will have home-ice advantage with each team looking for three wins in the best-of-five format. The Huskies will play the winner of the JDA Kings and Flyers matchup in a best-of-seven semi-final, which will begin towards the end of February.Clothier added,” We Still have to work at keeping sharp with the time off though, so we are going to pick up a few more ice times. For example, on Friday we are going to practise out in Buick Creek, a homecoming for some of the boys. Might even get a few fans for that.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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Probe of prosecutor firings intensifies

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) – The probe into the Bush administration’s firings of U.S. attorneys intensified Monday as lawmakers ordered two more ousted officials to tell their stories and the Justice Department said Republican Sen. Pete Domenici had complained repeatedly to the attorney general about one prosecutor. A second lawmaker from New Mexico, GOP Rep. Heather Wilson, acknowledged that she, too, had complained to the same prosecutor about the slow pace of an investigation. Like Domenici, she denied pressuring the U.S. attorney in her state. The administration has said eight prosecutors were told to leave, all but one for performance-related reasons. However, Democrats have suggested ever more pointedly that politics was behind many of the dismissals, and the Domenici revelation fueled that idea. Six of those fired, meanwhile, issued a stiff defense of their conduct and implied that they had had differences with Justice Department officials in Washington. “We leave with no regrets, because we served well and upheld the best traditions of the Department of Justice,” the group said in a joint statement released in advance of a Tuesday hearing by a House subcommittee. The Justice Department, besieged by charges of cronyism, acknowledged that lawmakers – both Republican and Democratic – had complained about several of the eight. One, David Iglesias of New Mexico, was the subject of four phone calls from Domenici to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and his deputy questioning whether the prosecutor was “up to the job,” department spokesman Brian Roehrkasse said. It’s unclear whether Iglesias was aware of the senator’s calls to the Justice Department, but he knew of Domenici’s interest in his work. Domenici said over the weekend that he had called the prosecutor in October 2006 to ask about the progress of a probe into an alleged Democratic kickback scheme. Iglesias has said he received calls from two lawmakers – he has not named them publicly – who inquired about the case. He said that he felt pressured by them to rush indictments before the November elections. Domenici has apologized for the call while denying he put any pressure on Iglesias. The Senate ethics manual advises lawmakers to refrain from speaking to court officers about specific proceedings until after they are resolved. Wilson said Monday she contacted Iglesias but did not put pressure on him to speed up the investigation. In a statement released to The Washington Post, Wilson said: “I did not ask about the timing of any indictments and I did not tell Mr. Iglesias what course of action I thought he should take or pressure him in any way. The conversation was brief and professional.” She said the department dismissed Iglesias “without input from me.” During a briefing that Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty gave senators last month about the firings, McNulty singled out two U.S. attorneys, Iglesias and Carol Lam of California, who had generated “extensive congressional concern,” according to a senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak on the record about that briefing. The Justice Department released letters from Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Darrell Issa of California to Gonzales and Lam complaining about Lam’s prosecution record with illegal immigrants, and other matters. Lam’s and Iglesias’ accounts are just two of the stories expected to receive public airings on Capitol Hill Tuesday. The Justice Department has said Iglesias was among those dismissed for performance-related issues. U.S. attorneys are political appointees and can be fired for any reason, or none at all. But these firings have become a stress point of a power struggle between the Republican Bush administration and newly ascendant Democrats in Congress. Separately on Monday, the Justice Department said that Michael Battle – a senior official who directed the department’s Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and had personally informed the ousted prosecutors of their removal – would leave his post March 16. Battle was not involved in the decision-making that led to the prosecutors’ ouster, the department said. “His departure is not connected to the U.S. attorney controversy whatsoever,” Roehrkasse said. Democrats scoffed. “The wheels seem to be coming off the Bush administration’s increasingly hollow defense of its decision to fire eight U.S. attorneys,” said Rep. Linda Snchez, D-Calif., who planned to lead the House hearing. Her panel subpoenaed two more fired prosecutors, Daniel Bogden of Nevada and Paul Charlton of Arizona. They are the fifth and sixth ordered to testify. The others – Iglesias, Lam, H.E. “Bud” Cummins of Arkansas and John McKay of Washington – were expected to testify before both the House panel and the Senate Judiciary Committee. The six attorneys said in a statement released ahead of the proceedings that they were given “little or no information about the reason” for their firings. “When we had new ideas or differing opinions, we assumed that such thoughts would always be welcomed by the department and could be freely and openly debated within the halls of that great institution,” they said. Domenici said Sunday he had had a brief conversation with Iglesias last year and asked “if he could tell me what was going on in that investigation and give me an idea of what time frame we were looking at.” “In retrospect, I regret making that call and I apologize,” Domenici said, adding, “I have never pressured him nor threatened him in any way.” Associated Press writers Hope Yen, Jennifer Talhelm and Larry Margasak contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Musa Mohammed joins Zambia’s Nkana

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars captain Musa Mohammed walks into the pitch before Kenya’s match against Rwanda in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on December 3, 2017 in Kakamega. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 2- Harambee Stars defender Musa Mohammed has penned a two-year contract with Zambian Club Nkana FC, barely two months after leaving Albanian second tier side KF Tirana.Mohammed penned the deal after a series of talks and looks set to begin life at his new address. The defender had been a prime target for Kenyan Premier League side Sofapaka FC while his former employers Gor Mahia were also interested in getting him back. “It is a new chapter in my career and I am very pleased to join this club. It has been a tough last few months for me but all that is in the past and I am looking forward to this new challenge and doing my best,” the defender told Capital Sport.“What happened at Tirana was tough for me but I took the lessons and now I want to put all that energy to succeed here at Nkana. It is a great club with a great vision and hopefully I help them achieve their targets,” he added.The defender has already trained with the side who were held to a 1-1 draw by Buildcon on Sunday. They are placed sixth in the standings with 34 points, 17 behind leaders Zesco and with 16 matches left before the season ends.Mohammed joins a legion of Kenyan players currently in Zambia with the trio of Jesse Were, David Owino and Jesse Were turning out for champions Zesco while John Mark Makwatta and Clifton Miheso play at Buildcon.Andrew Tololwa and Ian Otieno play for Red Arrows while Ismail Dunga turns out for Napsa Stars. Sources also indicate that KPL top scorer Elvis Rupia and former Tusker FC defender Eugene Asike might also make the move to Zambia.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Wilfried Zaha given special praise by Crystal Palace boss

first_imgCrystal Palace boss Alan Pardew praised Wilfried Zaha’s reaction to being dropped after the winger came off the bench to help the Eagles beat Watford on Sunday.Zaha won the penalty which Yohan Cabaye converted to secure Palace their third win on the road this season and move them up to sixth in the Premier League.Pardew hauled Zaha off at half-time in last weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Tottenham but was pleased with the way the 20-year-old acquitted himself after telling him he wouldn’t be starting against the Hornets.“This is a lesson learned for him,” said Pardew. “He can’t let his standards slip, especially with Sako and (Yannick) Bolasie. I can’t play them all and competition is fierce.“I thought his reaction in the week was very good, I told him on Thursday he wouldn’t start despite playing well on Wednesday. He took that well and has reacted in the right way.”Palace have won admirers for their attacking brand of football so far this season but were forced to grind out a scrappy win at Vicarage Road and Pardew was relieved to avoid a third straight league defeat.“From a manger’s perspective it was a great day for me and my team,” he said.“The concentration levels were really high today. There was some really good wide play and in the end that won us the game.“I don’t smile often but I do smile today because I was really pleased, it wasn’t our greatest performance but it was a good, professional performance and as manager of the team that makes me happy.”last_img read more

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Crystal Palace v Watford: Confirmed team news and live stream details

first_imgCLICK HERE FOR A LIVE STREAM OF CRYSTAL PALACE V WATFORD IN THE FA CUP SEMI-FINALCrystal Palace take on Watford in the second FA Cup semi-final, a game which is live on talkSPORT (kick-off 16:00BST).It is a rematch of the 2013 Championship Play-Off Final, which Palace won 1-0 thanks to a Kevin Phillips penalty.The two Premier League clubs are facing off to reach the final, and an encounter with Manchester United, who secured their place competing for silverware after defeating Everton on Saturday.Neither side has ever won the FA Cup, Watford losing in the 1984 final, and the Eagles going the same way six years later.Confirmed team news:Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Puncheon, Cabaye, Jedinak, Zaha; Bolasie; WickhamSubstitutes: Speroni, Kelly, McArthur, Ledley, Sako, Gayle, AdebayorWatford XI: Pantilimon; Nyom, Britos, Cathcart, Ake; Abdi, Capoue, Watson, Jurado; Deeney, IghaloSubstitutes: Gomes, Prodl, Suarez, Behrami, Guedioura, Anya, BerghuisIf you’re in the UK, you can tune in on AM radio, via DAB, or your television. Click here for information.Outside of the UK, listen via talkSPORT.com 1 The FA Cup semi-final is live on talkSPORT last_img read more

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