INEC Issues Timetable For Outstanding FCT Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has issued a timetable and schedule of activities for outstanding councillorship election in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) scheduled for Dec. 3.

The notice of the timetable was issued in a statement signed by the Secretary to the Commission, Mrs Augusta Ogakwu, on Thursday in Abuja.

The timetable showed that the conduct of primaries by political parties for the Garki Council Ward election of the Abuja Municipal Area Council ended on Nov. 14.

The commission scheduled Thursday, Nov. 17 as the last day for the submission of nomination form while the publication of the list of nominated candidates is Nov. 21.

It also fixes Nov. 23 as the last day for the submission of names and addresses of party while the last day for campaigns stands at Dec. 1.

Speed Limiting Device: FRSC Issues Citations To 21,744 Motorists

The Federal Road Safety Corps has issued citations to 21,744 commercial motorists between October 1-6, 2016 for their failure to instal speed limiting device in their vehicles.

The corps described the citations as an advisory enforcement, which did not attract any penalty or fines.

The Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, who disclosed this during an interactive media chat on Friday in Abuja, said that 1,164 vehicles had so far installed the device.

He explained that the corps was engaging in advisory enforcement on account of the prevailing economic situation in the country, noting that the FRSC is encouraging motorists to instal the speed limiting device between now and December.

“We believe that before December, we should be able to have total compliance. The essence is to bring down road traffic crashes and reduce fatalities on our roads. Use of speed limiting device is not new in Nigeria; the major oil marketers have been using it in their tankers before now,” the FRSC boss said.

He added that full enforcement of the installation of speed limiting device in inter-city commercial buses and trucks would start in January 2017.

Oyeyemi, while lauding motorists for the increasing compliance with the directive, expressed appreciation to the various transport unions for supporting the FRSC’s efforts to reduce road crash and fatalities.

The Corps Marshal said his agency would continue to sustain its advocacy and enlightenment programmes on road safety, in particularly, the installation of speed limiting device to cut crashes associated with speeding.

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INEC Issues Certificate Of Return To Obaseki

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has issue a Certificate of Return to the Edo State Governor-elect, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, who won the September 28 governorship election in the state.

In his address, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Edo State, Mr. Sam Olumekun, described the election as historic in the history of the commission and Edo people, noting that an inconclusive election would have violated the constitution, which was the reason why the election was postponed.

Olumekun said: “It is a historic day not only in the lives of our new leaders but also in the lives of the people of Edo State. It is the dawn of a new era.

“An inconclusive election would have pushed us to an electoral crisis with barely two weeks to the 30 days before handover, Edo people will appreciate why we had the election on September 28. That is why the commission left no stone unturned in conducting the September 28 election which was conclusive.

He also thanked INEC officials, security agencies and other stakeholders who worked tirelessly to ensure a successful outcome, noting that “of course you are aware that we did not lose any lives.”
He added that the job of “conducting an election is the joint duty of all stakeholders who play their part in ensuring a peaceful and credible election takes place, urging Obaseki to “kindly remember that the people’s interest and welfare is paramount.”

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Turkey Detains Brother Of Cleric Gulen, Issues Arrest Warrants For 115

Turkish authorities have detained a brother of Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based cleric they accuse of orchestrating a coup attempt in July, and issued arrest warrants for 115 other people as part of nationwide investigations into the abortive putsch.

Kudbettin Gulen was taken into custody on Sunday by Turkish counter-terrorism police in the Gaziemir district of the Aegean province of Izmir following intelligence that he was staying at a relative’s house, state-run Anadolu Agency said.

The daily Hurriyet reported that Kudbettin Gulen had been abroad recently but that security services learned he had returned to Turkey and he was then detained.

Several of Gulen’s relatives, including a nephew, niece and cousins, have been arrested since the July 15 coup.

A chief prosecutor’s office in Sakarya province, 150 km (93 miles) east of Istanbul, has opened an investigation into 148 people over their suspected links to Gulen’s movement, Anadolu said. A court issued arrest warrants for 115 of them.

Police carried out simultaneous raids across 27 provinces to detain the suspects, it added.

Turkey has dismissed or suspended more than 100,000 people in the military, civil service, police and judiciary over their alleged role in the attempted coup. Some 32,000 people, including soldiers and journalists, have been arrested.

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7 Most Ignored Relationship Issues, According To Therapists

Couples often come into therapy complaining of communication problems, meddling in-laws, sex and money issues ? but those are just the most obvious problems counselors hear about.

Below, marriage therapists share seven of the most overlooked reasons couples come to therapy and how to avoid each in your own relationship.

1. They’re way too dependent on each other.

It’s humanly impossible for your S.O. to fulfill your every need. You can’t expect one woman or man to be your sounding board, your bestie, your lover, your personal accountant and everything else in between, said Kristin Zeising, a San Diego-based psychologist.

“It’s taxing on the relationship and a burden for your S.O. to play so many roles,” she said. “This dynamic can also can deaden your sexual desire for each other.”

To curb this kind of dependency, Zeising tells her clients to create some distance and focus on outside relationships.

“For the couples who do everything together, concentrate on spending time with friends separately, create separate hobbies and interests,” she said. “Becoming a more well-rounded, less dependent individual makes your relationship more fulfilling.”

2. They don’t realize what housework represents.

Many couples struggle with how to balance their careers and home life but few recognize the emotional charge behind housework, said Susan Pease Gadoua, a marriage therapist and the co-author of The New I Do, Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists and Rebel.

“For decades, women have been in charge of domestic responsibilities because the tasks were considered too ‘lowly’ for men,” she said. “Unfortunately, most of the housework still falls on modern women but men have stepped up and they are doing far more around the house these days.”

Couples struggling to split housework need to adopt a “we’re in this together” mentality, Pease Gadoua said. (And know that there’s research-backed benefits to divvying up the chores: A recent study found that couples who share housework report having better and more frequent sex.)

3. They underestimate the need for personal space.

In the early days, you spent every last waking hour together. That was intoxicating back then but chances are, it might be a little stifling for one of you as time goes on. The good news is, there’s nothing wrong with a little “me time” in a relationship, said Liz Higgins, a Dallas, Texas-based couples therapist who works primarily with millennials.

“People often ‘lose themselves’ in their relationship and forget to harness their independence,” she said. “When you’re in love, you just can’t give up on your hobbies or disengage from self-care activities; these things are actually incredibly important to maintaining your relationship.”

To avoid a codependent dynamic, couples must learn the balance of interdependence: “It’s about thriving together yet also separately,” Higgins said.

4. They don’t love themselves enough.

The old platitude is true: You can’t love anyone else unless you love yourself first. Going into a relationship with a low opinion of yourself “trickles down negatively to almost every aspect of marriage,” said Becky Whetstone, a marriage and family therapist in Little Rock, Arkansas.

“I’ve seen it lead to so much dysfunctional behavior, from adultery and addiction to being dependent, or a boundary-less control freak,” she said. “A person who is shame-filled cannot have a healthy relationship with another person. I really do believe that shame is the number-one cause of divorce.”

A more solid, healthy relationship starts with bringing your best, most positive self to the table, Whetstone said.

“Work to maintain that, find a mate who is dedicated to doing the same and you have a fighting chance at having a healthy relationship,” she said.

5. They’re vindictive during fights and rarely apologize.

In the heat of an argument, couples all too often go for the low blows. Unfortunately, they rarely apologize for the momentary lapse in judgement, Zeising said.

“We’re all human and have a dark side but if you don’t acknowledge it and own up to it, you can’t learn to control it and are more likely to keep acting it out,” she said. “When you can own these feelings, you can approach relationship issues from a place of integrity.”

6. They assume they know everything about each other.

To keep the love alive, you have to maintain a little mystery. When you think you have your spouse all figured out, you deny yourself the chance to discover new, loveable qualities about them, Higgins said.

“When couples have been together for a long time, they often lose sight of the fact that their partner is still an entire world of their own thoughts, feelings and experiences,” she said. “Desire and excitement thrive in the unknown; continuing to explore the otherness of your partner will actually deepen your connection.”

7. They’re closed off to their spouse’s feelings.

There’s little room for growth in a relationship when one partner overreacts and doesn’t want to hear feedback from the other, Zeising said.

“Instead of blaming the messenger or avoiding expressing your true feelings, it’s important to soothe your own anxieties,” she said. “You can’t guarantee that your partner won’t have challenging things to say to you but you can decide how you want to handle that information.”

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Avengers Issues ‘Last Warning’ To 7 Nigerian Governors

The Niger Delta Avengers has issued what it called “last warning’ to seven state governors to free pro-Biafran activists being held in police and military custodies in their states.

This is contained in a statement signed by the group’s spokesperson, Mudoch Agbinibo.

The new militant group, which has vowed to bring Nigeria’s oil production to zero, has given 72 hours to the governors to free Biafran agitators.

Some of the governors threatened by the group are Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Willie Obiano of Anambra, Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa and Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta.

Others are Dave Umahi of Ebonyi, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, and Rochas Okorocha of Imo State.

“We request the immediate release of all pro-Biafrans activist held in your various Police/Military Custody, you are hereby given 72 hours to release them or risk your convoys, police station, military base and government offices being attacked,” the group stated.

“We are not negotiating with anybody and nobody is representing us.
In 48 hours we will release a video clip showing our arms and the targeted areas.

“All strike team already in position awaiting command.

We are ready for war and we have nothing to lose!!!”

IGP Issues Strict Warning To Pro Biafra Protesters

“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase has issued a stern warning to MASSOB and IPOB activists to stop threatening public peace or face the full weight of the law. The warning followed the observation by the Nigeria Police Force leadership of the increasing resort to acts of brigandage by sets of misguided individuals who apparently are hiding under the cloak of Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to threaten national security and public peace in parts of South East geopolitical Zone and some other conterminous States.

“The latest manifestation of this threat is the attempt to blockade the Onitsha end of Niger Bridge on 1st December, 2015, an action that caused major hardship to innocent and law abiding motorists, and citizens. The act also occasioned serious dislocation of business activities.

“The Inspector-General of Police notes that the increasing resort to acts of brigandage of this nature is pointing to a clear attempt by the brains behind these protests to test the will of security agencies to restore order and guarantee internal cohesion.

“For the avoidance of doubts, the IGP further notes, the restoration and maintenance of law and public order, and protection of lives and property remain sacred and statutory Mandate of the Nigeria Police. This Mandate, according to him, shall be fully executed in the overriding interests of the nation and vast majority of citizens and residents of the South East geopolitical Zone.

“Consequently, the Inspector-General of Police has directed the mobilisation and deployment of Police Mobile Force (PMF) across the country to reinforce security in the State Commands that MASSOB and IPOB are currently attempting to utilise as launching pad for their sinister intentions.

“The Assistant Inspectors – General of Police Zone 5, (Benin); Zone 6, (Calabar) and Zone 9 (Umuahia) as well as all Commissioners of Police in the affected States in the South East and neigbouring States have also been directed to henceforth maximally exercise their statutory Mandate in relation to prevention and disruption of any gathering that threatens public order and national cohesion.

“Any person or group of persons so arrested in furtherance to the enforcement of this order will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

To this end, the Inspector-General of Police advises parents and guardians to call their children and wards to order as the patience of the Force is being stretched to the limit. He firmly affirmed that no individual or group interest can override the interest of the nation and that democratic values provide for exploration of rule of law to advance any concern, not the resort to endless and misguided acts of brigandage, unless there is an ulterior motive as the extant instance tends to dictate.

“He concluded by asserting that the Nigeria Police Force will not fold its law enforcement arms to allow few misguided elements to continually force hardships on fellow Nigerians either in the South East or any other part of the nation for that matter.


Woman Forgives Her Mum For Stealing Her Man, But Won’t Attend Their Wedding

A woman has forgiven her mother for having stealing her man .However, Danni can’t bring herself to watch as her mum,Marie weds Anthony Key ,the man she stole from her.
The affair between Danni’s cheating ex and her mum, 44, nearly tore the family apart.Yet the young mum has forgiven Marie for the ultimate betrayal.
She says:

“I won’t be going to the wedding because it would be awkward for us all.I can’t forget what happened, but I have forgiven my mum and I’m happy for her.The affair broke my heart and had a huge impact on me, but I’ve learnt the true meaning of the saying ‘blood is thicker than water’.You only get one mum. I never thought she would hurt me like that but I had a choice: get over it or lose her. I wasn’t ready to let her go.”

Danni, who is happy with new partner Damion Airth, split from Anthony after he confessed to having sex with her mum.
Devastated, she cut the pair off and left the town where she grew up. But the couple remained together and recently got engaged.
The man who was once her lover will soon be her stepfather, but Danni has let her mum back into her life.

 People might think I’m mad for forgiving her, but she’s my mum and I love her.
“Nothing will change that. I thought it was just sex or a cheap affair, but they are in love and Anthony isn’t going anywhere, so I have to deal with that.”

Source: UK Mirror 

NNPC Issues Guidelines For Sale, Purchase Of Nigeria’s Crude

In its renewed bid to ensure transparency in all commercial activities relating to petroleum operations in Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has released the guidelines for the participation of local and foreign companies in the sale and purchase of the various grades of Nigerian crude oil.

The release of the guidelines is coming a few weeks after the corporation initiated measures to make the yearly Offshore Processing Agreements (OPAs) between it and oil traders more transparent.

But while the latest guidelines are in relation to the sale and purchase of Nigeria’s crude oil, OPAs and oil swap agreements are only in respect of the 445,000 barrels of crude oil per day allocated to the NNPC for the country’s refineries.

Details of the guidelines for the sale of the country’s crude, which were published monday, requires companies that wish to participate to show evidence of yearly turnover of $750 million; a minimum net worth of $300 million; ability to establish an irrevocable Letter of Credit for the payment of any allocated crude oil, subject to the terms of the contract; and ability to pay an initial deposit of $2.5 million, representing three lifting deposits upon signing of the contract agreement.

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FAAN Issues 7-day Ultimatum To Debtor Airlines, Concessionaires

Taking a cue from the two weeks ultimatum issued debtor airlines recently by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN also issued a seven-day ultimatum to all its debtors.

The agency stated that the ultimatum was the Final Demand Notice, which would expire on Monday, August 24, 2015.

A statement by the spokesman of FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati stated that all affected debtors had earlier been communicated with details of their respective indebtedness to the agency.

Information gathered revealed that among the debtors were airlines, concessionaires and other service providers, at all airports across the country.

Dati did not however mention the amount involved, but a source close to FAAN said that the total debts may be around N22bn.

The source said the management had exhausted the entire avenues to recover the debts, adding that after the seven days ultimatum, the management might be forced to involve anti-graft agencies.

Dati emphasised that if the affected debtors where in doubt, they should liaise with the authority’s Credit Control Department at its headquarters in Lagos for reconciliation of their accounts within the period of the notice.

The statement added: “At the expiration of this notice, the authority would, pursuant to a Presidential directive, be compelled to take necessary measures to recover these debts. FAAN is self-sustaining and cannot meet its responsibilities within the burden of these huge debts.”

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Adebayor’s Kinsmen In Nigeria Sad Over Family Crisis

The family crisis tearing apart Emmanuel Adebayor’s family has turned out to be a source of sadness for the Tottenham Hotspur player’s relations and kinsmen in Igbaye, Odo Otin Local Government Area of Osun State. The kinsmen in Adebayor’s hometown spoke to PUNCH on the burning issue.

A visit to the sleepy town by their correspondent revealed that the youths and some elderly persons, who are football fans in the town, are not oblivious of the quarrel tearing the family apart.

The footballer’s late father, Shadrach Adebayo Adeyi, hailed from Eesa compound, one of the largest families in Igbaye.

Residents of the town said they were up to date with the family’s misunderstanding on Facebook,

expressing dismay at the manner in which it had gone public.

The house built by Adebayor’s father in Igbaye, Osun State

The famous footballer had reportedly accused his mother of witchcraft and claimed his siblings had wanted his downfall on Facebook despite helping them. His brothers and sister had also fired back through various media, slamming him for selfishness and neglect.

Relations said Emmanuel and his siblings were born and raised in Togo after their father left Ghana, when former Ghana President Jerry Rawlings drove illegal Nigerian immigrants out of the country. They said Shadrach chose to settle in Togo rather than return to Nigeria. Shadrach, according to them, married a young lady from Ekusa, a community not far from Igbaye.

The couple raised their family in Togo and Emmanuel rose to stardom, but they said the recent daily postings on Facebook by the Tottenham player had become an issue of concern to them.

The head of the Eesa family, Pa Nathaniel Okunlola, said that he and other members of the family wanted the siblings to reunite and move on with their lives.

Okunlola, who estimated his age to be around 103, said the player’s father died some years back and was buried in Togo. He said the family had cut their ties with their kinsmen in Igbaye but added that he would love to see them re-unite and return home.

Another elderly person in the family, Pa Ahmed Oyetayo, who is second in rank to the monarch of the town, said he was disturbed by the news of quarrels which had turned the family members to sworn enemies. He said:

 “We are not happy about the development and we are appealing to them to stop the show of shame. I am sure their father, Shadrach, will not be happy in his grave. It is disturbing when siblings engage in this kind of dirty fight.

There is no family where there are no issues but such issues are not made public. I believe it is the handiwork of the devil. The devil will always want to cause division where there is unity and they just have to realise this and forgive one another. They can still come together and forget the past.

We do not know how their quarrel started and we won’t apportion blames but we are using this medium to reach out to them to stop this fight.

Our family here in Igbaye wants them to come home and do something (to re-establish their father’s legacy). They can rebuild their father’s house. Their father, Shadrach, built a house here when he was living in Ghana. They can rebuild it or build their own. We are proud of them and even if they will not come, they should stop the fight. We are begging them in the name of God.”

The house built by Adebayor’s father in Igbaye, Osun State

Oyetayo, who retired as a Chief Nursing Officer at General Hospital, Osogbo, Osun State, said Adebayor’s kinsmen did not have the player’s contact because their father, who used to visit Igbaye before his death, never brought home his children.

While conducting Punch’s correspondent round the bungalow built by Shadrach, Oyetayo said the man built the house when he was in Ghana but his children buried him in Togo.

One of Adebayor’s cousins, John Odesola, who is now residing at Igbaye, said he was not happy with the development among his cousins and their mother. He attributed the rift to the devil, who he said would always want to cause disaffection in any peaceful relationship. But he added that the crisis was not beyond what they could settle amicably. Odesola said:

“The crisis among the siblings is disturbing. If I could, I would visit them to see how the crisis could be solved. I will like to advise them to stop the fight, and I want to beg them to put an end to the daily accusations which is just like washing their dirty linen in the public.

There is bound to be misunderstanding even between husband and wife but making it public is not a solution to such. My brothers should think twice and discontinue their quarrel.”

Some residents concurred with Adebayor’s relations, calling on the warring siblings to end their quarrels and live peacefully together again.

Some of the residents, who said they had been following the ‘Internet war’, also blamed the devil for the crisis. But they said the mother should intensify her prayers to regain the trust of her son, who labelled her a witch.

However, some of the residents differed on the personality of Adebayor’s mother. While some said the mother might have caused the crisis by supporting one of the children against another, those who claimed that the mother was the cause of the crisis failed to provide any proof to sustain their claim.

However, a resident, who identified himself as Kunle, said he believed the story as it was told by Adebayor. But he would want the family members to end the rift.

Kunle said he believed that the family problem contributed to the loss in form, which the player struggled to cope with in the just ended season. He said:

 “I think their mum knows something about the family crisis. They said she is a witch but it may be so or she may be doing something to make them believe that she is fetish. But Adebayor should beg her because the woman is his mother. No matter what has happened, he should beg her and I think his career will pick up again.”


Senate Presidency: APC Moves To Resolve Issues

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is making moves to resolve the rift caused by the tussle over leadership of the upper and lower chambers of the National Assembly.

In a statement in Abuja on Tuesday by the APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party explained that it would meet with the federal lawmakers on Thursday.

“The All Progressives Congress (APC) will hold a crucial meeting with all its senators-elect and House of Representatives members-elect on Thursday, June 4 at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.

“The party will meet with its senators-elect at 10 a.m. while the meeting with its elected members of the House of Representatives is scheduled for 2 p.m. on the same day at the same venue”.

It urged all the elected APC federal lawmakers to be punctual for the meetings. The party, in preparing the lawmakers for the 8th Assembly, held a retreat for the lawmakers on May 22 and May 25.

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Issues Buhari Must Now Focus On By Hygienus Nwagwu

Part of the game plan of the ruling People’s Democratic Party in the presidential election campaign is to distract the opposition APC who look set for a sweeping victory at the polls come FeBuhari 14. A clear indication of this fact is the way and manner the PDP has been playing to the gallery while tactically dodging issues of monumental official corruption, a bastardized economy, acute insecurity, epileptic power supply, poverty and youth unemployment.

The woeful performance of the PDP candidate and incumbent president in these areas simply means that in saner climes, it would take a miracle of biblical proportions for him to pick the 10th slot among the contenders to the office of president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Assisted by ethnic and religious bigotry which will ultimately determine how most uninformed folks vote, the often abused power of incumbency and a band of political demagogues as well as right wing business and financial emperors hell-bent on maintaining their stranglehold on a traumatized populace, the president still struggles to come to terms with the ever increasing popularity of his main challenger, General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC, a man the PDP had written off as being incapable of mustering the political muscle and clout across the huge political landscape outside his traditional stronghold of Northern Nigeria.

Unlike in past elections where Buhari rode on the back of his popularity in the North but without a strong political structure to market his candidacy in the South, coupled with the deliberate act of selling the electorate lies which the General made little or no effort to counter or debunk, Buhari today commands impressive following in Southern Nigeria with his party boasting of about seven governors and hundreds of lawmakers from that region all working for him.

General Buhari has also been able to turn the political godfather of the president and former president Olusegun Obasanjo to his side while putting himself in a good position to secure a sizeable portion of Christian votes by picking from one of the largest Christian denominations in Nigeria his running mate in the person of Professor Yemi Osinbajo. That choice also carries the added advantage of securing South West votes for the former General.

Faced with these harsh realities, the PDP has devised a means of raising a plethora of issues that are not germane to the electioneering campaign. The certificate saga is one in a line of so many mundane arguments the PDP hopes will prevent the issues of corruption, power, unemployment and security from being brought to the fore. There is no gainsaying the fact that anti-corruption forms the major plank of the Buhari candidacy, an issue many Nigerians believe he can effectively deal with if voted into power.

The state of insecurity, power, economy and unemployment which, in the eyes of many Nigerians, the incumbent has embarrassingly failed to deal with means that many undecided voters can easily be swayed to the Buhari camp with proper marketing. This should now be the focus of the Buhari campaign team in the final days of the presidential campaign. They must ignore the distractions of the PDP and continue bringing these matters to the fore. An incumbent running for reelection is supposed to give

account of his stewardship and Jonathan has little or nothing to show Nigerians, little wonder he has resorted to the outdated strategy of promising roads and bridges.

Nigerians want to know how these hydra-headed national problems will be solved and they want to hear it from the APC since the incumbent has shown gross inability to deal with them. They can only do this effectively if they ignore the distractive antics of Jonathan and the PDP. Buhari and the APC must seize this moment for this election is theirs to lose. KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL.

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