They Herded Us into the Aircraft Like Cattle

first_imgI thought I’d become immune to the indignities of travelling with an African passport, but an encounter last month proved me wrong. After a series of meetings in Dakar, I travelled back to London via Madrid on a red-eye Iberia Airlines flight. Disembarking from the plane in Madrid in the early morning hours, I got separated from my white male European colleagues—an Austrian and Brit—and was directed by a stern-looking Spanish security agent to the ‘RSU’ section of the airport to await a connecting flight to the UK. The flashing information screens designated ‘HJK’ as the lounge area for my departure, however, so I resolved to go there. In the surprisingly empty ‘All Other Passports/Non-EU Citizens’ line, I approached two immigration officials dressed in dark uniforms wearing looks of disapproval. One of the officers, a bearded man with a cropped haircut, directed me to the ‘RSU’ section of the airport. It was way too early in the morning for mishaps, so I tried to explain in my very broken, secondary school Spanish that according to the departure screens mounted in the air like flying saucers, I was supposed to be at the ‘HJK’ gates instead. Visibly annoyed, the bearded man flipped through the pages of my passport and informed me that I was clearly in the wrong place. He scribbled ‘RSU’ at the bottom of my boarding pass and motioned for me to go back from whence I’d come. Confused, I felt like a child who had been unfairly scolded. This man had no doubt seen the blue Schengen visa in my passport, which was valid for another seven months. By law, I was not only authorised to transit through Madrid but I could have gallivanted around Spain if I so chose. Nothing should have stopped me from passing through that immigration threshold undeterred. Yet bigotry did. I walked through the winding airport corridors to ‘RSU’, found an information counter and asked the cheerful woman at the booth which gates generally served London flights. She directed me to S48, but I was still unconvinced. When I received an e-mail alert from Iberia announcing H8 as my departure gate, I finally felt vindicated. Moments later, however, the gate changed to S48, where I observed that the dozen or so passengers milling around were all black, all African. Suddenly, a petite woman barked at us aggressively, “Hurry, because you are going to delay our flight!!!” We had been sitting patiently for at least 15 minutes waiting to board the plane, so her outburst seemed misplaced. We were led down a nondescript stairwell to a bus, and the driver meandered through the airport tarmac with a succession of sharp turns. The whole thing felt eerie and clandestine at the crack of dawn, as if we were smuggled contraband. The next few minutes were a whirlwind of clumsy movement and activity. The flight attendants herded us into the aircraft like cattle, insisting that we quickly prepare for departure. Confronted with limited overhead storage and a cramped aisle passage, we struggled to stash our luggage and find assigned seats swiftly. I caught a glimpse of my British colleague, and whispered that I had no idea what was going on. I also noticed the sea of mostly white faces staring back at me in confusion. Then it hit me like a forceful blow to the head. The Spanish authorities had deliberately erected two access points to the aircraft at diametrically opposite ends of the airport: one for people who looked like me (S48), and the other for people who looked like my colleague (H8). I felt rage and sadness first, followed by amusement. It seemed both appalling and laughable that they would go to such lengths to demean us, especially when Europeans generally travel effortlessly to and through Africa with their humanity intact.Novelist Taiye Selasi gave an interesting TED talk about how our nationalities should not define how we engage with the world and how the world engages with us. Nina Glick-Schiller, a prominent migration scholar, previously took the argument further by arguing that academics should refrain from practicing what she calls ‘methodological nationalism’ by privileging the Westphalian nation-state as the sole unit of critical analysis. But no matter how much we believe nationalities are social constructs that keep certain people in their place, we can’t escape migration regimes sanctioned by nation states. We can’t ignore geo-politics that rank countries along tiers of importance, in which the unconscionable actions of some nations appear more legitimate simply because they have economic and military might. We can’t dismiss mobility restrictions that deliberately humiliate one group while honouring another. Truth be told, the age-old desire for movement is under threat more than ever before for Africans and some non-Africans alike. Muslims across the globe have understood for decades that even a Western passport does not shield one from explicit profiling or proposed bans. And as much as I’d like to be considered a ‘human being’ first, inside and outside of international travel, my Liberian passport and all the social qualifiers that come with it—my race, gender, class—will continue to determine how I experience the world. Yet, I neither pledge allegiance to the 50 stars of the United States nor genuflect to the queen of England, so the world must also engage with me on my own terms. Call me impractically defiant or defiantly impractical, but I don’t think I should have to change my nationality to travel with dignity. I simply will not. Instead, it’s the built-in biases of international migration that must be interrogated. Not my passport. Mobility is my birthright. Robtel Neajai Pailey is a Liberian academic, activist and author of the anti-corruption children’s book, Gbagba. She currently serves as a senior researcher at the University of Oxford’s International Migration Institute. This piece was originally published on the Africa Is a Country blog, as part of a new series of commentaries, articles, and artwork about the vicissitudes of carrying an African passport—inside and outside Africa. Our hashtag is #TravelAfrican. Send your visual and written reflections of no more than 750 words to travelafrican@africasacountry.comShare 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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QPR chairman insists sacking rumours are ‘nonsense’, reveals under-fire Redknapp

first_imgQueens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes has said rumours suggesting Harry Redknapp is facing the sack are “a load of nonsense”, according to the Loftus Road manager.Pressure on the R’s boss increased on Saturday following a 2-0 home defeat to an out-of-form Manchester United, with the side still sitting in the bottom-three.Marouane Fellaini and James Wilson scored at Loftus Road to spare Radamel Falcao’s blushes as the Colombia star fluffed four gilt-edged chances.Former Tottenham boss Redknapp again claimed the full backing of owner Fernandes, however, suggesting the QPR chairman laughed off threats to his future over the phone.“I’m not worried at all,” said Redknapp, whose side are just one point from safety.“That’s the owner’s choice isn’t it, if they want to make a change.“I spoke to Tony Fernandes this week, five times, and he’s never mentioned anything to me, he’s just said, ‘What a load of nonsense’.“So I don’t know.”The manager this week claimed a club insider is trying to force him out of the club by leaking rumours of his axe to the press.On the reports, he added: “Who do you believe, the insider, whoever may be, who’s trying to cause a problem, or do you believe the chairman?“I don’t worry. What will be will be.“It’s up to them, it’s their club. Tony’s the chairman, I can only keep going.“We’re still in amongst it to be fair. Okay today was a setback, but there’s nothing in it between the bottom seven teams.“From Everton downwards it’s going to be extremely close and we’ve got as good a chance as anybody.”last_img read more

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Job Vacancy: Part-time store assistant required

first_imgJob Vacancy: A well-established shop in Letterkenny is now recruiting for a part-time retail assistant.The position will be for two days or more a week.Requirements and duties: –          Must have at least 2 years retail/customer services experience–          Have good communication and people skills with ability to provide a superior level of customer service.–          Be capable of working on own and in a team and build relationships with customers–          Be of good physical health and well being as job will require some lifting and carrying of goods. –          Be dependable hard working with a positive attitude–          Be flexible as hours vary and will include daily and weekend workTo apply for this role, please send a CV to donegaldailyjobs@gmail.com with RETAIL ASSISTANT 301 in the email subject line.Closing date for applications: Sunday 18th August 2019.Job Vacancy: Part-time store assistant required was last modified: August 13th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Customer Serviceletterkenny jobspart time jobsretailshop assistantStorelast_img read more

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West Ham appoint new director of football to work with Manuel Pellegrini

first_img How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Latest Premier League news Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? crackers NEW ERA who plays? possible xi Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics predicted ALTERED West Ham have announced the appointment of Mario Husillos as their new director of football.The 59-year-old will link up once more with Manuel Pellegrini, who was appointed as the Hammers’ new manager last month.The duo previously operated in similar roles together at Malaga.West Ham are looking to build a management structure that can help them avoid the sort of trouble which led to a fight against Premier League relegation for much of last season.Husillos has signed a three-year deal at the London Stadium.“I am very excited,” he said. “West Ham United is a club with huge ambition. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? smart causal How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? “The challenge to help deliver that ambition is what really attracted me to the role.“I know the manager well and know he wants to deliver an exciting brand of attacking football. It will be my job to supply him with the tools to do just that.”Co-owner David Sullivan is pleased to have the Argentinian on board.“He has worked in six or seven different countries and it’s that global experience we hope will serve us well as we scout the world to bring West Ham United some exciting new talent,” Sullivan said.“He is also highly experienced at helping young players fulfil their potential and we believe we have an exciting crop of emerging players here.”last_img read more

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DONEGAL WORKER SUFFERS SEVERE BURNS IN LONDON BUILDING SITE ACCIDENT

first_imgA CO DONEGAL man has suffered serious injuries in an industrial accident in London.High Holborn was cordoned off by police yesterday afternoon after the incident at a construction site for London’s Crossrail project involving a worker from Ardara cutting through an electrical cable and sustaining burns.Three fire engines and 15 firefighters, along with ambulances and police were called to the scene.The incident is reported to have caused a gas explosion near Shaftesbury Avenue. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Police were called at approximately 12.45 yesterday following reports of an electrical explosion on a building site on a building site at the junction of High Holborn and Drury Lane.“Officers, London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service are in attendance. One man believed to be in his 20s is being treated at the scene.“The Health and Safety Executive will be notified in due course”A spokesman for Crossrail said: “A construction worker engaged on the Crossrail project undertaking utility excavation in the High Holborn area struck a below ground electrical cable. “London Ambulance Service, London Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police all attended the scene and the worker was taken to hospital.“The Health and Safety Executive has been informed.”The London Fire Brigade said: “Firefighters were called to reports of a minor explosion, believed to have been caused by a workman cutting through an electrical cable, on High Holborn, close to Museum Street in WC1 today. One man sustained burns and was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service.“The Brigade was called at 1243 and the Brigade’s involvement was over by 1314. There were three fire engines and 15 firefighters from Euston, Soho, and Clerkenwell fire stations at the scene.”DONEGAL WORKER SUFFERS SEVERE BURNS IN LONDON BUILDING SITE ACCIDENT was last modified: December 13th, 2012 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)last_img read more

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DONEGAL LGFA: SENIOR LADIES DEFEAT ARMAGH IN CHALLENGE MATCH

first_imgBy Donal O Searcaigh: Senior Ladies Challenge Match played this Evening in Armagh.Donegal Ladies 8-06 Armagh Ladies 3-13.Donegal led by 2pts at the break and after a tough battle in the second half pushed on to win by an 8pt margin at the end! Good result for our ladies and management team who are putting in a huge effort to be ready from the All-Ireland Qualifier match coming up! Date,Venue & Opponents yet to be confirmed. DONEGAL LGFA: SENIOR LADIES DEFEAT ARMAGH IN CHALLENGE MATCH was last modified: July 24th, 2014 by John2Share 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:armaghdonegalLGFASenior Ladieslast_img read more

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VOODOO VENUE PREVIEW – FREE COCKTAILS FOR ALL THE LADIES BEFORE 12.30AM TONIGHT

first_imgAll the management and staff at Voodoo Venue would like to wish Jim Mc Guinness and his fantastic team all the best against Dublin at the weekend. Tipped as the main ENTERTAINMENT HQ for the North West, Voodoo Venue Letterkenny really has everything to offer this weekend.This week there is another super line-up of entertainment for people of all genres to enjoy. Friday we welcome back the great band the big easy from 11pm to 1am followed by Dj Kevin Lennon till late, he loves music, what you request WILL BE PLAYED.Voodoo Venue also presents DJ Paddy Friel in Main Club from 11.30pm admission €5 with a free cocktail to all ladies before 12.30 am.SATURDAY in Voodoo Lounge it’s one of the best bands local bands The Humble Earth Worms with lead singer Paul Ward.Club Voodoo presents Local DJ Ronan Lennon, he will be spinning his tunes on the main floor of Voodoo Club. And if you wanna feel like you haven’t left your sitting room Vintage presents DJ Daithi.If you want to book a table contact the Facebook page, email emermcglynn@hotmail.com or text Emer on 0868696943Vintage is open from 9pm and is FREE until 11pm.Sunday we have Honky Tonk Heroes in Voodoo lounge from 5pm with Hard Road Band on stage from 10.30pmVoodoo Venue -something for everyone this weekend check or Facebook for special promos and deals Have you all checked out our new Guestlist/Cheaplist app called Glistrr.Simply go to the following link to get into Club Voodoo cheaper every Tuesday/ Friday or Saturdayhttp://glist.me/voodooVOODOO VENUE PREVIEW – FREE COCKTAILS FOR ALL THE LADIES BEFORE 12.30AM TONIGHT was last modified: August 29th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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)last_img read more

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Cross Country Returns To Action At Bradley Pink Classic

first_imgFriday’s meet will be the Bulldogs’ final tune-up and competition before the MVC Championship, Oct. 27.Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs’ full roster last competed Sept. 27 at Missouri’s Gans Creek where the men’s team finished third overall and the women’s squad recorded a ninth-place finish against a field of teams from across the nation.  Meet Central Women’s Course Map Last year at the Bradley Pink Classic, Drake’s men finished 12th in the deep field with Kyle Brandt leading the way in 25th place. Story Linkscenter_img The Bulldogs will face more than 20 other teams from across the midwest in the event that starts for Drake at 2:30 p.m. with the men’s ‘Red’ 8-kilometer race. Drake’s women’s team follows at 3:15 p.m. in the women’s ‘Red’ 6-kilometer race. Men’s Course Map Live Results PEORIA, Ill. — Following two weeks of intense training, the Drake University cross country teams return to competition Friday at the annual Bradley Pink Classic in Peoria, Ill.last_img read more

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Week 10 football preview: Los Molinos begins playoffs at home; Corning hosts senior night

first_imgLos Molinos >> The final week of the regular season and opening round of the Northern Section 8-man football playoffs are here. Los Molinos High will represent the area small schools with a home first-round game against Weed beginning at 7 p.m. Friday night. Rain is expected in the area so weather gear and winter clothing is appropriate attire for the night. For the Bulldogs, they bring their 7-2 record and second-place finish in the California South League front and center, trying to knock …last_img read more

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The Evolution of Screaming and Other Darwin Absurdities

first_imgWhen Darwinism is the only game in town, you’re likely to see some fumbles good for laughs.Remember the BAH! Fest? (see 9 Oct 2013). It was an annual laugh-in something like the IgNobel Prizes, where Darwinians could award the worst “Bad Ad-Hoc” hypotheses. We’d like to nominate some contenders from recent news stories, if the event comes back from it’s current hiatus.Scream for DarwinI am human; hear me roar (Science Daily). Researchers at the University of Sussex asked some men and women to “roar” for Darwin – all for scientific progress, of course. The journal iScience published it, so this is serious business. In respectable jargon, they call this “Judging formidability from human vocalizations,” which, being interpreted, means that the evolutionary biologists wanted to know if other human mammals could judge a person’s height and strength by their screams. No kidding. They claimed 88% success. Hey, if it works for “sea lions, red deer and dogs,” it must be good for humans, too. Remember this, young men, when you’re serenading a date: roar at her so she can judge your evolutionary fitness for mating.Even more curious is how men are supposed to be attracted to the best girl screamers. New Scientist shows a female participant looking like she’s having fun screaming at the top of her lungs. No men are visible running toward her, though. Jordan Raine at The Conversation, by contrast, uses an intimidating photo of roaring wrestler Triple H for his article, “Humans roar: Now we know why.” Funny; nobody seems to be counting the kids of the best screamers. Isn’t that what Darwinism is all about? The experiment may not be completely useless, though. Given the political climate these days, it might help explain whether Democrats or Republicans are more fit.Berra’s Blunder Again!Similarities in the evolution of plants and cars (PLoS One). Four evolutionists never heard the laughter coming from the Discovery Institute about Tim Berra’s comparison of Darwinian evolution with the evolution of Corvettes back in 1990 (Evolution News). Did this crop of Darwinians ever consider that car designers might take umbrage at the suggestion that they use random mutations and natural selection in their work? Did they walk into an auto plant and tell the designers, ‘You guys are just like plants’? Apparently not; they begin, “While one system is animate and the other inanimate, both plants and cars are powered by a highly successful process which has evolved in a changing environment.” They proceed to write a whole paper about the similarities, saying, “The parallels in the evolution of these very different energy production systems provide interesting insight as to how such complex systems are modified over time.”Neither Were Thankful, But Became Vain in Their ImaginationsThe ‘Perfect’ Human Body Is Not What You Think (Live Science). Evolutionists have a long history of complaining about bad design (dysteology) in the human body. Anatomist Alice Roberts, prompted by an evolutionist, decided to have her body remade in Darwin’s image. Her remake includes pointy ears, bulging octopus eyes, ostrich legs, and a kangaroo pouch.“The project originated as a three-month challenge issued to Roberts by the director of the Science Museum Group in London, Roger Highfield, to ‘iron out’ problematic details in human anatomy shaped by our evolutionary past and replace them with structures that were more durable, more efficient or less ‘untidy,’” writes Live Science reporter Mindy Weisberger cheerfully.Over at Evolution News, Jonathan Wells expresses doubts that the ‘improved’ features are really improvements at all. Roberts smiles by the model of her remade body, but we don’t see men running up as suitors. We just see them laughing and gawking in the unveiling ceremony shown in a BBC News video, as the narrator tries to explain why Alice 2.0 is a much better design. This means the evolutionist’s design would most likely go extinct in one generation.Ulterior Motives?What nipple size means for evolutionary biology (Science Daily). Evolutionists at the University of Queensland must have had fun collecting data for this study. They measured nipple sizes in “63 consenting Australian undergraduate students,” both men and women – all for Darwin. The evolutionists also measured everyone’s height and chest circumference, which must have been somewhat subjective for the females. But the experiment did have redeeming social value, they claim, advancing Darwinian “understanding.”A major goal in evolutionary biology has been to understand whether specific features of the body have adapted to serve a purpose, or have merely developed randomly, and to what degree these features are functional. Some evolutionary researchers say that little variety in the size of specific biological features are an indication that these have a very specific purpose or are the result of strong evolutionary selection. Features that are highly variable, therefore, result from weak evolutionary selection.Unfortunately, Darwin would have been displeased with the results. The article’s subtitle reads, “Researchers show that female nipples are more diverse in size than male nipples – going against assumptions from evolutionary biology.” Oh no. This is going to require all the other evolutionary sex measurement studies to have to be re-done!“Female nipples are functional as they are used in breastfeeding,” explains Kelly. “Therefore, the finding that females nipples are highly variable discredits previous studies that indicate variation in a specific feature indicates a lack of functionality.”Other researchers have, for instance, claimed that the greater variation in the length of clitorises compared to penises means that the female orgasm is a non-functional by-product of the male orgasm. Based on the current findings, Kelly says that this evidence should be disregarded because the analogy of male and female nipples shows the opposite effect.Who was that researcher who came under fire recently for asking men to send in pictures of their privates for science? (Breitbart News)Dropping the BallDescended testicles: DNA study drops new hints on secrets of low hanging glands (The Conversation). There’s no need to linger at the photo of a bulldog’s rear end, but the full screen photo is a bit much. To be sure, external male genitalia in mammals is a fact of nature that every man, pet owner and farmer knows about. This subject, as well as nipples, is a worthy scientific study, not only to satisfy our curiosity about human anatomy and physiology, but especially for medical doctor training classes. But for Darwin? The whole intent of Neil Adams’ article about a Max Planck research project was to figure out when some mammals dropped the ball. Some males in some mammal groups, particularly aardvarks and elephants, lack external scrota and descended testicles. The researchers rigged a phylogenetic tree to explain the exceptions, but had to conclude that “this trait was reversed at least four separate times throughout the evolution of certain afrotherian animals.” The Max Planck press release begins, “The loss of anatomical features is a frequent evolutionary event.” Darwin won’t get very far building his tree that way. The paper in PLoS Biology tries to be very serious, but it attracted women who had fun retweeting the post, “Elephant DNA Reveals The Evolutionary Reason Mammal Balls Drop.” Men just get no respect.Design advocates know that these organs and glands are exquisitely functional, if not particularly lovely to look at, and function in most males for a lifetime despite their softness, motility and apparent vulnerability. The processes of meiosis in sperm and egg, fertilization and embryonic development are among the most astonishing in all of nature. Perhaps a focus on their design, rather than their evolution, would reduce prurience and joking about them, and increase our gratitude and awe. Some evolutionists point to male genitalia as an example of bad design, but how can you find fault with a system that worked to generate 7 billion people, to say nothing of all the other mammals?Counter-current heat exchange “miraculous web” in whale tail fluke (Illustra Media).Notably, Adams failed to address the question of internal testes in cetaceans (whales). As Illustra Media portrayed in Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth, the whale’s testes are only able to produce sperm through an elaborate cooling system that envelops the organs with cool blood coming from the fins and tail. The blood traverses a “miraculous web” of meshed arteries and veins designed to transfer heat from the one to the other. As the film explains, such an arrangement challenges Darwinism, because they believe that whales evolved from a four-legged mammal with external testes, which (along with all the other modifications) would have had to migrate inside, where they reside between heat-producing muscles and would overheat except for the cooling system. Without both complex systems operating simultaneously, sperm could not be produced and the whales would go extinct. And yet, as Dr. Richard Sternberg shows, the probability of getting just two coordinated beneficial mutations (and you would need a LOT more), exceeds the longest time estimate that Darwinians believe whales evolved from a land animal. Isn’t that a subject you would rather read about in PLoS Biology? But no; in the secular literature, you get three choices: Darwin, Darwin, and Darwin. (See DIDO, DIGO and GIDO in the Darwin Dictionary; it’s like GIGO).(Visited 491 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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