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Dynamo Kiev 0-0 Chelsea: Blues take a vital point in Ukraine stalemate

first_img1 Eden Hazard returned to Chelsea’s starting eleven Chelsea kept their Champions League hopes alive when they took home a hard-earned point at Dynamo Kiev in a 0-0 draw. It was the first meeting between the two sides and the visitors were the better side in the opening 30 minutes. Kiev grew into the game and both sides went close in total, Eden Hazard and Willian rattling the post in either half respectively, while Jose Mourinho’s side showed a good, patient performance in the second period as they withstood an increased amount of pressure. The draw leaves the Blues third in Group G, one point behind Kiev and three behind leaders Porto. Jose Mourinho made three changes for the trip to Kiev to face the joint-group leaders and the Portuguese manager was unable to choose from Pedro and Loic Remy, as the pair did not travel to Ukraine due to minor injuries.As a result of Pedro’s absence, Belgian Eden Hazard returned to the starting line-up after he was dropped to the bench for Chelsea’s weekend win over Aston Villa. Abdul Baba-Rahman also made way as Mourinho reshuffled his defence, with Cesar Azpilicueta replacing him at left-back and Kurt Zouma shifting to right-back, as Gary Cahill came into the centre of defence to partner John Terry.  Mourinho took off 19-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek at half-time against Villa and he was not included in the squad on Tuesday evening. Nemanja Matic came in to start and Oscar continues to settle for a place on the bench with Willian impressing.Mourinho said Radamel Falcao had to ‘give more’ and Diego Costa kept his place ahead of the Colombian.Kiev, meanwhile, started dangerman Andriy Yarmolenko, a reported target for many English clubs despite signing a new deal recently, and he was watched by the Chelsea boss whilst playing for his country against Spain last week. Willian had the first real effort of the game, a low drilled shot down the middle into the hands of Oleksandr Shovkovskiy but Hazard soon came closer to finding the back of the net after nine minutes.The Belgian playmaker struck the outside of the post when he got the ball out of his feet and curled an effort across goal, with the sprawling Shovkovskiy managing to get a decisive touch to push it onto the post.  Kiev, who are joint-top in the Ukrainian Premier League, continued to test the Premier League side, this time Vitaliy Buyalsky whipped a first-time shot from 20 yards, but it was easy for Asmir Begovic.Chelsea had a penalty claim after 16 minutes, following Serhiy Rybalka’s swipe on Cesc Fabregas after missing the ball in the box, but the referee waved away his claims.Willian sent a well-crafted free-kick across goal but three Chelsea players failed to get a touch, moments before Matic attacked through the middle, with players stepping off him, and his toe-poked effort went past the wrong side of the post.Buyalsky nearly gave the home side the lead as he pulled a shot wide from around 20 yards, while Cahill had a header saved at the other end as the Blues could not find a breakthrough in the first half.Less than two minutes into the second period, Brazilian playmaker Willan whipped a superb 25-yard free-kick over the wall and across goal, rattling the underside of the crossbar as the Blues were quick out of the blocks, cranking up the pressure on the Ukrainian champions.Chelsea continued to look spritely, Hazard combining with his team-mates well with neat touches, drawing a foul. After Willian’s poor free-kick, Kiev countered quickly and Begovic saved an effort from Derlis Gonzalez before commanding his box well by punching clear the following corner.The home side grew into the contest as Domagoj Vida squandered a chance from 12 yards, firing over the target, as the Blues continued to defend well. The dangerous-looking Gonzalez tried his luck from 20 yards, with Begovic saving comfortably. A poor clearance by Terry put Chelsea on the backfoot, as Begovic again blocked Junior Moraes’ close-range effort. Chelsea countered down field and Willian curled an effort wide at the far post as Chelsea saw out the draw in Ukraine.Elsewhere in Group G, Porto completed a straightforward 2-0 win over basement side Maccabi Tel-Aviv.last_img read more

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Chelsea line up v West Brom – shock favourite returns but £53m pair missing

first_imgChelsea are looking to maintain their sure-footed start to life under interim manager Guus Hiddink as they welcome West Bromwich Albion to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.The exit of Jose Mourinho seems to have sparked a number of players into life, with the Blues yet to suffer defeat since Hiddink’s arrival.But with a hectic seven days of fixtures, will Hiddink make any changes to his side?Nemanja Matic or John Obi Mikel? John Terry or Gary Cahill?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Chelsea line up by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 11 2. Branislav Ivanovic (right back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 5. Kurt Zouma (centre back) 12. John Obi Mikel (centre midfield) 11 11 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (left back) 26. John Terry (centre back) 11 4. Cesc Fabregas (centre midfield) 11 11 11 11 11 19. Diego Costa (striker) 17. Pedro (left wing) 8. Oscar (attacking midfield) 11 13. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) 11 22. Willian (right wing) last_img read more

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Serra’s offense refuses to let up

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But Altenberg had nothing to worry about. Serra scored on nine of its 13 possessions on its way to a 65-6 drubbing of Bosco Tech at St. Matthias on Friday night. Serra (6-1) was led by running back Carl Winston, who had 223 yards on 21 carries. Serra accumulated 300 yards on the ground and had five different running backs score. “The offensive line did a hell of a job tonight,” Winston said. “It seemed like we were unstoppable out there.” Serra scored on its first series on 25-yard pass from Ted Landers to Robert Woods, who was wide open in the end zone. Landers completed 6 of 14 passes for 112 yards and a TD. Woods had 171 all-purpose yards and Malcolm Murray had a game-high 83 yards on four catches. DEL REY LEAGUE: Cavaliers run their record to 6-1 behind Winston’s three TDs. By Geoffrey Nielsen CORRESPONDENT Serra Coach Scott Altenberg was worried his team might overlook this week’s opponent, Bosco Tech, . Serra then converted an onside kick that was recovered by Chris Lee. Serra drove the field behind Winston, who capped the drive with a 6-yard run to put Serra ahead, 14-0, and the rout was on. A 55-yard punt return by Woods put Serra deep in Bosco Tech territory, setting up another 6-yard TD run by Winston that put Serra ahead, 21-0. On Serra’s next possession, it inserted Anthony Carpenter in at quarterback for Landers. Carpenter found a wide-open Murray in the end zone for a 48-yard touchdown pass putting Serra up, 28-0. because of a game against Harvard-Westlake next week and three touchdowns Serra’s defense was stifling, allowing just 21 yards rushing and 86 total yards. Serra forced Bosco Tech to punt on 12 out of 14 possessions and had one interception and a safety. The second half was much the same as the first. Serra got the ball first and scored on a 58-yard run by Winston for a 35-6 lead. Serra then inserted much of its junior varsity team but suffered no let up as it scored four more times.160Want 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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Horse killed by truck, four horsemen flee

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SYLMAR – A riderless horse was killed tonight after getting hit by a truck, reportedly as four other riders were pursuing it, authorities said. The collision occurred in the 15000 block of Roxford Street near Borden Avenue about 7:40 p.m., said Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles City Fire Department. According to witnesses, the horse had lost its rider and bolted between two cars into the roadway when it was hit by a late-model, full-size truck, Humphrey said. The driver of the truck, who was wearing his seat belt and whose air bag deployed, was not injured, but his truck sustained significant front-end and windshield damage. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The four horsemen left the scene before emergency personnel arrived, Humphrey said. last_img read more

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Galaxy hires former Dutch soccer star Ruud Gullit

first_imgThe Galaxy has hired former Dutch soccer star Ruud Gullit as its next coach, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. Terms of the deal are still being finalized. Gullit, the 1987 European Footballer of the Year who 10 years ago led Chelsea to the F.A. Cup title as a player-manager, will be introduced at a news conference Friday. Gullit was one of two candidates the Galaxy set out after to replace Frank Yallop, who resigned to take an expansion job with San Jose. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The other was Juergen Klinsmann, who was not interested in the position, according to a source close to the former German star and national team coach. —————————————————last_img read more

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Seeking input on Metro project

first_imgWHITTIER – Residents spoke almost unanimously in favor of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s second phase of its eastside extension, which will go right through Whittier, Montebello and other area cities. About 75 residents Thursday attended the first in a series of four meetings by Metro to present and gather information on the project, which could link downtown Los Angeles to Whittier and its environs. Most said they were against Metro’s possible plan to have the light rail line travel along Beverly Boulevard, but favored it for Whittier Boulevard. They objected to Beverly Boulevard because of the impact it would have on the huge pine trees lining the street near the city’s entrance. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre There was an overwhelming preference for Whittier and Washington boulevards. The project is an expansion of the first phase currently under construction, connecting the Metro Gold Line to Pasadena without passengers having to transfer, and extends the Metro Gold Line from downtown to East Los Angeles. This portion, which ends with a station and park-and-ride lot at Atlantic and Pomona boulevards in East L.A., is expected to be completed by 2009 with a budget of $898 million. “We are here to get your input on our plans,” said Dave Monks, community relations manager. “We will take what we hear tonight, come up with a plan and then present it to you at a later time.” He estimates that won’t be until February. The scoping meetings are the first step in defining the project. “Our goal is to provide mobility and plan for projected growth,” said project manager Kimberly Yu, by providing a direct link from Union Station to the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway. The information gathered at the meetings also are meant to determine the impact on the communities, which includes all of Whittier, Montebello, Pico Rivera, Monterey Park, Industry, Downey, Commerce, Rosemead, South El Monte, South San Gabriel and Santa Fe Springs. Yu estimated construction would not begin until seven to 10 years from now. Despite the long wait, residents who spoke said they are excited about the possibility. “We need mass transit,” said Devin Iimoto. Darrell Jay Furlough said the project is in keeping with the city’s planned redevelopment projects. He called ridiculous one person’s worry that the plan would bring “riffraff” from Los Angeles into the city. Meetings are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon today at the Senior Center at City Park, 115 S. Taylor Ave, Montebello; from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Potrero Heights Elementary School, 8026 E. Hill St., Rosemead; and from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at North Park Middle School cafeteria, 4450 Durfee Ave., Pico Rivera. Those unable to attend the meetings may also submit input by phone, fax, mail or e-mail to Kimberly Yu, project manager for Metro, Mail Stop 99-22-02, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012. She can also be reached at (213) 922-7910 or at yuki@metro.net. Written comments may be submitted at the meeting or no later than Nov. 30. For information, call (213) 922-3012 or visit www.metro.net/eastsidephase2. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want 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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Court: Fuel rules too weak on SUV

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Charles Miller, a Justice Department spokesman, said the administration was in the process of reviewing the decision. “We will consider all of our options,” he said. California and 10 other states, two cities and four environmental groups sued the administration after it announced the new fuel-economy standards last year. “It’s a stunning rebuke to the Bush administration and its failed energy policy,” California Attorney General Jerry Brown said. The court ordered the administration to draw up new rules as soon as possible, but automakers complained they’re already deep into developing light trucks through 2011 based on the new standards. “Any further changes to the program would only delay the progress that manufacturers have made toward increasing fleetwide fuel economy,” said Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. McCurdy said the industry is developing more fuel-efficient automobiles, “but adequate lead time is necessary in order to fully integrate these technologies into the marketplace.” SAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court sharply rejected the Bush administration’s new pollution standards for most sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks and vans and ordered regulators Thursday to draft a new plan that’s tougher on auto emissions. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration failed to address why the so-called light trucks are allowed to pollute more than passenger cars and didn’t properly assess greenhouse-gas emissions when it set new minimum miles-per-gallon requirements for models in 2008 to 2011. The court also found several other deficiencies – among them, administration failure to include in the new rules heavier trucks driven as commuter vehicles. Judge Betty Fletcher wrote that the administration “cannot put a thumb on the scale by undervaluing the benefits and overvaluing the costs of more stringent standards.” Former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta announced the new rules in March 2006, proclaiming they were the “most ambitious fuel economy goals” yet for SUVs and their ilk. Mineta called the plan pragmatic, balancing fuel conservation against industry costs and jobs. The standards required most passenger trucks to boost fuel economy from 22.5 mpg in 2008 to at least 23.5 mpg by 2010. Passenger cars are required to meet a 27.5 mpg average. The court ordered the administration to examine why it considers light trucks and cars differently. Regulators made a distinction between cars and light trucks decades ago when most trucks were used for commercial purposes. The administration had argued that it considered the intent of the manufacturer in making light trucks, rather than their actual highway use. “But this overlooks the fact that many light trucks today are manufactured primarily for transporting passengers,” Fletcher wrote. Fletcher also wrote that the administration failed to consider the benefit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. “It did, however, include an analysis of the employment and sales impacts of more stringent standards on manufacturers,” Fletcher wrote.160Want 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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CHECKS FIND COMPLIANCE WITH SECURITY LAWS IN NORTH DONEGAL

first_imgTHE Private Security Authority has revealed that it has carried out spot checks in three towns in the county – and found almost 100% compliance with laws on doorstaff.The PSA said it had carried out a number of inspections of door supervisor (licensed premises) services in Ballybofey, Letterkenny & Buncrana.Its staff were accompanied by gardai during the checks, it said. A spokeswoman told donegaldaily.com: “The purpose of these inspections is to ensure that only those licensed by the PSA are operating and that individuals are wearing a clearly visible identity badge as legally required.“The PSA found that 100% of contractors providing door supervisor (licensed premises) were licensed. It was also found that 98% of individuals operating as door supervisor (licensed premises) were licensed and 100% of those licensed were wearing their Identity Badge as legally required.”Ms Geraldine Larkin, Chief Executive of the PSA welcomed the findings in North Donegal, and added that these visits undertaken with An Garda Síochána, demonstrate a multi- agency approach ensuring that checks against a range of legislation can be undertaken.Ms. Larkin said that liaison with other State Agencies will continue to play an important role in PSA day to day operations. The Private Security Authority is the statutory body with responsibility for licensing and regulating the private security industry in Ireland. The Authority is an independent body under the aegis of the Department of Justice and Equality.CHECKS FIND COMPLIANCE WITH SECURITY LAWS IN NORTH DONEGAL was last modified: September 7th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeybuncranaletterkennyPSAsecuritulast_img read more

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Law restricts smoking in vehicle occupied by minor

first_imgStarting Tuesday, adult drivers or passengers can be cited in California for smoking inside cars if a minor is present, officials said. While health-care professionals said the law is an important part of protecting children from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke, some say it’s another sign of an encroaching “nanny state.” The 2006 Surgeon General’s report said children are especially vulnerable to chemicals in cigarette smoke because they are still developing. Youngsters exposed to second-hand smoke, doctors said, can suffer a myriad of serious medical complications, including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, bronchitis, pneumonia and ear infections. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonSarah Kissell, public information officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, said the new law would be enforced as a secondary offense. “The cop can’t just pull somebody over for smoking,” she said. But if an officer pulls a driver over for another offense and notices someone smoking with a minor in the car, she added, an additional citation with a fine of up to $100 could be applied. Kissell said the Environmental Protection Agency reported toxicity levels in enclosed spaces, such as cars, are far higher than in open areas. “I think it’s an excellent law,” said Dr. John Mangoni, pediatrician at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena. “We’re talking about something that can absolutely increase the number of illnesses children have.” But Dan Fernandes, regional representative for the Los Angeles County Libertarian Party’s East San Gabriel Valley chapter, said the new law invades privacy. “This is one more step in the never-ending process to control everybody’s behavior and be politically correct,” he said. “When you pass laws that try to control people’s personal behavior, you have to look inside their personal space. The next step might be inside the house.” Mangoni, who wrote the book, “Avoiding the 15 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make, a Pediatrician’s Perspective,” disagreed. “The message for (parents) is to be aware of what they’re doing to their children,” he said. “You’re not only hurting yourself, you’re hurting other people. Does a person have the right to do this to kids? I don’t think so.” bethania.palma@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236160Want 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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Bhutto’s 19-year-old son to lead her party

first_imgAsked about his most immediate challenge, he said, “First to finish my degree.” That would appear to rule out any possibility that Benazir Bhutto’s son could become the new leader of Pakistan until he was significantly older. Nonetheless, the elder Zardari said in an interview, “As her son, he will become a uniting force.” The younger Zardari is a student of history at Christ Church College at Oxford University, his mother’s alma mater. The elder Zardari said that his wife had expressed the wish in her will that he be left in charge of the party, but that he had decided, with the consent of the executive committee, which met Sunday afternoon at the close of a three-day mourning period, to pass the baton to his son. He said the will was written on Oct. 16, two days before her return to Pakistan, and given to him after her death, which is when he learned that she had chosen him to succeed her. “It’s not an easy chair to sit on,” he said in the interview. “A, she leaves me. B, she ties me in this. To say the least, it’s overbearing.” Senior party officials said too that the younger Zardari would be a far less controversial titular head than his father, who had been accused of a raft of corruption charges, jailed for a total of 11 years, and blamed in some quarters for some of Bhutto’s political woes. It could not be a more difficult time for the party. Bhutto had held together a large and diverse organization, and even if, on the back of public grief, it were to win the coming elections, it would be likely to be under great pressure to bring a semblance of stability to a nation racked by a wave of extremist violence. At the news conference, the elder Zardari said he would not run in the election and therefore would not be the party’s prime ministerial candidate. That job, he said, would probably go to the party vice president, the veteran party leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim, but that was a decision, he added, that would have to be made by party leaders. Zardari went on to say later in the interview that it would be “very difficult” for the party to survive without Bhutto. “My biggest job is to keep it from falling apart.” Bhutto, 54, was killed Thursday evening as she left a party rally in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, when her car was struck by gunfire and a suicide bombing. Bhutto’s party and family insist that she was shot in the head. The government disputes it, saying that she struck her head fatally on the sunroof of her car. Her party appealed Sunday for an international inquiry into her death, along the lines of the investigation into the killing of Rafik Hariri, the former prime minister of Lebanon. The younger Zardari’s rise echoes the chilling, emotionally resonant path of his mother, who was also thrust into public life after her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was hanged by the military ruler at the time, Gen. Mohammad Zia ul-Haq, in 1979. Shortly before the official announcement of his ascension at a crowded news conference,his newly constructed name was pinned to the back of a high-backed red chair, which was then adorned with a cushion and placed at the center of a long table. He promised to carry on his mother’s legacy as “a symbol of the federation.” Rehman Malik, a senior party official, said Bhutto had asked him to coach her son in the basic workings of politics and government, from teaching him how to assess others to taking him to the halls of Parliament. “She has groomed up her husband,” he said. “She was grooming her son also. She was telling me many times he will grow up and take over the party.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NAUDERO, Pakistan – Three days after the violent killing of its leader, Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan’s largest political party on Sunday named her 19-year-old son to succeed her as chairman and vowed to forge ahead with elections next week, immediately creating a new quandary for the government about whether to delay the vote. The moves by Bhutto’s opposition party, the Pakistan Peoples Party, were clearly aimed at marshaling an outpouring of grief and anger to electoral advantage in the Jan.8 parliamentary election. The other main opposition party, led by Nawaz Sharif, also a former prime minister, also decided Sunday to forgo his previously announced boycott of the vote. Aides to President Pervez Musharraf have suggested the election could be postponed, perhaps for months, because of the chaos that has engulfed the country since Bhutto, the former prime minister who returned from exile, was killed while campaigning Thursday. But now the prospect of a delay could further infuriate Bhutto’s supporters and allies, pressuring Musharraf to hold the vote and risk a huge defeat at the polls. The announcement that Bhutto’s first-born son, Bilawal, an Oxford undergraduate with no political experience, would lead her party was made at a chaotic news conference at the family’s ancestral home here in a southern Pakistan village. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe decision to place the burden of blood and history on him reflects not only an abiding dynastic streak in South Asian politics – three generations of the Nehru-Gandhi family have dominated politics in India, and hereditary politics pervade Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as well – but also how much the Pakistan Peoples Party relies on the Bhutto family name and legacy to bind its supporters. In keeping with his new mantle, the new chairman took a new name, embracing his mother’s maiden name as the newly anointed Bhutto scion. “My mother always said democracy is the best revenge,” he said in a brief address. His father, Asif Ali Zardari, said his son would henceforth be known as Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and that his father would manage the chairmanship on his behalf until he finishes his university degree, for a minimum of three years. His father instructed reporters not to ask him any further questions, saying he was “of a tender age.” Later, in the backyard of the family’s house, the younger Zardari said in an interview that he had been tutored by his mother to play a role in Pakistani politics, but only after he completes his university education. “There was always a sense of fear I wouldn’t be able to live up to her expectations,” he said. “I hope I will.” last_img read more

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