Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A third track for the LIRR, a deepwater port for Shoreham, a refurbished Penn Station, a new Jacob Javits Convention Center, an international customs station at MacArthur Airport, and a serious study of putting a tunnel under the Sound to connect Long Island to Connecticut.Apparently the Empire State’s policymakers have realized that Downstate New York needs more funding for things other than public education.January has been a busy month for Gov. Andrew Cuomo—and it’s hardly halfway through. He gave his State of the State speech in Albany to highlight his ambitious $154.5 billion spending plan for 2016-17. Last week he went on a whirlwind tour that took him to Long Island as he hit all the right notes for local business groups, with countless men and women in suits applauding that the state government finally had a vision for our sagging infrastructure.The relatively quiet Long Island Regional Planning Council sent out a celebratory email thanking Cuomo: “The LIRPC, as Long Island’s Chief Planner and one of the Region’s leading advocates, is outspoken in soliciting support from State and Federal leaders in addressing our Region’s needs. It is therefore appropriate that we salute the Governor and his leadership in addressing long-standing problems that adversely affect the Island’s sustainability. The LIRPC looks forward to continuing to work with the Governor, his administration and the State Legislature in helping to make Long Island strong, vibrant and livable for generations to come. Bravo, Governor Cuomo!”The Long Island Clean Water Partnership implored their members: “Please take a moment to send a message to Governor Cuomo to thank him for his unprecedented investment in our environment and communities.”Nancy Rauch Douzinas of The Rauch Foundation, which handles the annual Long Island Index project, expressed her encouragement: “This is a remarkable opportunity for the region and one on which we should capitalize.” Rauch went on to say: “Governor Cuomo’s vision is an exciting one that offers a dynamic future for Long Island. I urge Long Islanders to seize the momentum that his vision conveys and work together to achieve its extraordinary potential.”Not to be a party pooper, but aren’t the tasks of investing in our infrastructure and protecting our environment some of the fundamental functions of government? Especially if the transportation networks that residents—and taxpayers—use daily are inadequate?If Long Islanders are for some reason compelled to say “thanks” to policymakers for doing their jobs, it should be when these projects are completed.Gov. Cuomo’s initiatives would amount to a hearty expenditure of money. Planning for the LIRR’s 9.8-mile third track along the Main Line in Nassau would cost $7 million, while the project itself is estimated to cost another $1 billion. A new Penn Station would run $3 billion, but Cuomo says that private bidders who profit from the retail options there would shoulder “nearly all” of the hearty price tag. Adding 1.2 million-square-feet to the Javits Center in Manhattan would require $1 billion. These large, bombastic proposals make spending $5 million to study the feasibility of a tunnel under the Sound seem paltry by comparison. All of these big ideas carry hefty price tags. Although we can’t be curmudgeons and let cost impede our ability to think in transformative terms, the timing of these billion-dollar hits in rapid succession may be more than the economy can absorb. Pairing these charges with the exorbitant expense of overhauling La Guardia, factoring in potential cost overruns for the other MTA projects in the pipeline, as well as the sweeping programs intended elsewhere in the state, and the fiscal picture gets ever and ever murkier.Our skepticism doesn’t mean that the project proposals aren’t exciting, but we cannot let our judgement be skewed because we are salivating over pretty renderings. As exciting as these “new” reinvigorated proposals are, the reality is that much-needed projects already in the pipeline like East Side Access, the Second Avenue Subway and the LIRR’s double-track between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma have been long delayed, and the capital funding to complete them are in jeopardy.Although the third track for the LIRR is the most realistic proposal Cuomo has floated, other ideas, like the Sound tunnel, are essentially non-starters at this point in time. Despite this, few are questioning why New York State is spending $5 million dollars to explore a question that most know the answer to, and why Suffolk County is spending its own hard-earned and scarce dollars on asking the same question, which inevitably would lead to the same conclusion?Considering the astronomical costs that these projects surely would carry, it is almost Quixotic to propose them without addressing a critical component of long-term regional planning: implementation.We welcome big thinking. But doing so without properly addressing how to build or how to pay for them is the reason why so many of these projects have languished for so long.All too often, critics use the concept of cost to torpedo any notion of big thinking. It’s an effective argument, but it usually is intended to stymie the exploration of ideas that could truly transform a region. In this instance, cost is not merely a go-to, knee-jerk reaction; it’s a legitimate concern. State Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset), co-chair of the state Senate’s transportation committee, is skeptical that New York can afford the price tag of Cuomo’s big ideas.“There is no doubt that we need a significant infrastructure investment here on Long Island,” Marcellino said this week. “The question is, are these ideas the best way to use these funds. Many of the proposals are not new and have, in fact, been around for quite some time. The problems that have existed with these projects still exist and the solutions, to date, have not been sufficiently laid out. There’s a multitude of questions that demand answers. Logistics, property rights, traffic, community input, noise, parking and, of course, cost just to name a few.”With so many projects in the pipeline, but few nearing completion, we should focus our regional efforts on amassing good will to build the LIRR’s third track, and the third track alone. This project has the most compelling reason for expediting it. It would eliminate a critical bottleneck for commuters and accentuate the effectiveness of the Farmingdale-Ronkonkoma double track as well as the East Side Access. They’re both already underway. Giving Penn Station a makeover, on the other hand, has been a work in progress for decades. It could be a worthy investment in the long run, but it’s not as critical today as ensuring that the entire system is able to meet current and future demands.Any policymaker or elected official can take to a stage and make promises. The exceptional ones are those who can get things done. Until these projects so crucial for Long Island’s economy are actually underway, let’s hold the applause.(Photo: Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers “state of the state” address on Jan. 13, 2016. Photo courtesy New York State Governor’s Office/Flickr)
15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Details The universal use of technology has upended business ecosystems, increasing competition for the member’s attention, time and money, and causing structural changes in consumer behavior. Market power is shifting from organizations to members. What motivates someone to act is growing increasingly complicated due to multiple causes including ready access to information, increasing numbers of choices, and demographic changes in the types and timing of personal decisions. This means credit union leaders have more challenges and opportunities. The chance of navigating successfully increases when you have an organizational culture that is committed to understanding the new member and incorporates new business models and strategies that benefit from technology. Technology allows us to be more interconnected and many daily human interactions are digital. Actions and choices are more transparent than ever before as people generate data about themselves that can help formulate predictions and trends about the individual. Data analytics is a powerful tool to help organizations understand their members better. Organizations can effectively consider this abundant information to get to the heart of what makes a member act. It allows the credit union to know its members better and it puts better tools at the organization’s disposal to serve them more effectively.Knowledge of your member is a competitive advantage, particularly when technology brings credit unions additional challenges. For example, fintech start-ups attempt to cherry-pick profitable business lines from credit unions. Sufficient capital, another challenge, may not be available to take advantage of what could be an expensive investment in technology, especially at smaller credit unions. Credit union size is less significant when a third-party vendor allows a small credit union or a start-up to access the same technology as a large one. Moreover, well-capitalized credit unions may discover that their investment in technology has been superseded by the next great app that simplifies the member experience, giving them what they want when they want it. Regardless of size, using available tools to enhance your in-depth knowledge of your member to serve them better, communicate with them more effectively and strengthen the relationship. Establishing an organizational culture of respect and caring helps to generates the loyalty that will keep members close.Relationships are important with your employees as well. Technology can bridge the gaps between senior leaders and staff that size can bring. It can serve to let employees feel the presence of leadership — what they believe in and what the strategies are and why. This is especially important when organizations reach a scale where “managing by walking around” is impossible. One of our clients has effectively used podcasts for its president to regularly communicate with employees in multiple locations. These sessions allow the employees to get a good sense of the leader as a person. Smartphone apps allow for spot surveys and real time questions that can shrink large meetings, making them feel more intimate and interactive, engaging employees, and valuing their time spent.Strategic thinking should evolve to meet the challenge that this complexity brings. The art and science of maximizing the benefit of technology’s tools, expands leadership’s capacity in new and creative ways to strengthen your culture and improve your relationships with both your internal and external customers – both your members and your employees.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI wonder how much longer this country has to suffer the embarrassment of a president named Donald Trump. Even the people who actually voted for him have got to be disgusted. I don’t understand how the Republicans and Democrats can’t put their heads together and get rid of a man who has no humility or common sense leadership. He is supposed to be a man of the people. He does not paint the picture of the United States I know. We are a country of immigrants. That is how we became citizens of the United States. We left our homelands to get away from all the ideals and oppression that Trump represents. Come on elected politicians, do the job we are paying you for and impeach Mr. Trump.Marty ShantyCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
September 28, 2017 Wolf Administration and Team Pennsylvania Announce Career Readiness Mini-Grants to 64 School Districts SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Education, Press Release, Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf, the Department of Labor & Industry (L&I), and Team Pennsylvania today announced that $270,000 in Career Readiness Mini-Grants have been awarded to 64 school districts from across the commonwealth. The grants support an assortment of activities for students to learn about career opportunities, and to build stronger connections between schools and employers.“These grants will enhance the collaborative efforts between the Pennsylvania education and workforce development systems, and help to create the bridge between school and real-world workplace experiences,” Governor Wolf said. “We need to allow our students to explore their career options early, so that they are prepared and informed as they transition into the workforce and post-secondary education.”L&I awarded a grant to Team Pennsylvania in June to fund career-readiness projects of up to $10,000 each.“Labor & Industry is proud to fund and support these education-oriented career readiness projects,” said L&I Acting Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “These grants allow students to experience different industries in Pennsylvania, including high-demand industries with good, family-sustaining wages. Preparing our students for jobs that pay is a win-win for Pennsylvania’s economy.”Team Pennsylvania partnered with the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU) and Intermediate Units (IUs) across the state to review applications and select grantees, awarding $30,000 in each of the nine regions in the commonwealth.“This project perfectly aligns with our organizational principles of partnership and ensuring Pennsylvania’s economic prosperity,” said Ryan C. Unger, President & CEO of Team Pennsylvania.“Pennsylvania’s 29 Intermediate Units are positioned to facilitate partnerships and connect schools throughout Pennsylvania to the programs and resources needed to support robust Career Awareness and Readiness activities that will engage students in developing meaningful career dreams that can become a reality,” said Dr. Linda Hippert, Executive Director of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit.The project will work to promote collaboration between the K-12 system and the workforce system on a micro-level. Successful applicants are required to work with their local Workforce Development Boards and base their work on regional labor market needs.The career readiness activities funded by the mini-grants include:Placing students in work-based learning experiences, apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships, and other opportunities that help students see the connection between the classroom and their future workplaces;Furthering career awareness and exploration programs for students at all grade levels;Designing classroom instruction that will ensure students are prepared to pursue careers in high-demand, well-paying occupations; andBuilding partnerships between schools and businesses to create future career readiness opportunities for more students.These career-readiness activities were created in support of the Department of Education’s initiative of expanding options for students to demonstrate their readiness for college, high-demand industries, or the military. The career readiness mini-grant project will identify best practices to share and replicate throughout the commonwealth.Team Pennsylvania is a non-partisan, charitable, non-profit created in 1997 to bring government and private sector leaders together for the betterment of Pennsylvania.The Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units works to ensure the strength of individual intermediate units, and to strengthen the system of intermediate units. IUs serve as liaisons between local schools and the Department of Education. Every year, more than 175,000 students and 75,000 educators and adults receive services from one of Pennsylvania’s twenty-nine intermediate units.A complete list of school districts that were awarded the mini-grant can be found on the Team Pennsylvania website at www.teampa.com/minigrantawardees.
Ah, the life of a quarterback. For some reason, in a game featuring 22 players taking the field at any particular time, so much focus is directed on the one guy under center.In fact, quarterback may be the only position in sports where a player can lead his team to victory and still draw criticism from the public eye. Sure, a pitcher in baseball can get knocked around a bit, somehow still get the win and take a little heat. Ditto for a goaltender in hockey. But that hardly compares to the weekly microscope the field general on a football team battles throughout the season.Now, any quarterback this side of Tim Couch knows that simply shrugging off the scorn, regardless of how hard that may be, is far easier than getting into a heated war of words with the general public. Just ask Wisconsin signal-caller John Stocco.“Well, I think that just kind of comes with the territory of playing quarterback,” Stocco said. “You’ve got the ball in your hands every play. You’re going to get the credit when you win and the blame when you lose. That’s just the way it goes. You can’t really do anything about it.”But does that old adage of quarterback public-relations speak really hold true in Stocco’s case?Let’s see … once upon a time, the Badgers began the 2004 season 9-0. Remember? Now, according to the classic theory, John Stocco must have gotten a regular old ticker-tape parade thrown for him. Call me crazy, but I don’t recall the festivities.Yes, the UW defense gave Stocco and the offense a seeming cakewalk to victory in some contests. But what about Wisconsin’s victory at Ohio State? Stocco tossed two touchdown passes and rallied UW from an early 10-0 deficit to knock off the Buckeyes in the Horse Shoe.And what about the Badgers’ upending of the then-No. 5-ranked Purdue Boilermakers in West Lafayette? Everyone will always remember cornerback Scott Starks’ 40-yard scamper to give the cardinal and white the victory. But it was Stocco who led Wisconsin on a touchdown drive immediately following a Purdue score that put the Boilermakers up 17-7. Without Stocco’s clutch play, Starks’ late heroics would have gone for naught.But Wisconsin’s 0-3 swoon to close out the year, in which it dropped from a national-title contender to an Outback Bowl loser? Stocco sure took plenty of blame for that debacle. Never mind the defensive meltdown at Michigan State or the complete and utter lack of a running game at Iowa. And forget that David Pollack had a permanent home in the Wisconsin backfield in Georgia’s New Year’s Day win.Granted, Stocco endured his fair of struggles. No one mistook him for Drew Brees. Hell, no one mistook him for Bobby Hoying. It may not have been pretty, but Stocco directed Wisconsin to nine wins. The point is simply that Stocco deserved some of the credit for the positives in UW’s season rather than absorbing most of the blame for the negatives.Even so, the starting job was not completely his until the spring season revealed the deficiencies of challengers Tyler Donovan and Bryan Savage further outnumbered Stocco’s. And the calls for Donovan will begin this season as soon as Stocco tosses his first interception or first misses an open receiver in the end zone. Brooks Bollinger, the school’s all-time winningest quarterback, endured similar criticisms. Now, Stocco’s credentials thus far don’t hold a candle to Bollinger’s. And Wisconsin will depend on Stocco to have improved his form from last season with the loss of running back Anthony Davis and a young revamped defense.But maybe, just maybe, the junior signal caller deserves the same open-minded chance that a hotshot recruit would get under center. Or maybe he deserves the same chance that any normal returning starter coming off a nine-win season would get.
Along with these activities, students can contact USC Student Health to request and organize campus workshops that emphasize mental health awareness and well-being. Crisp and Van Orman also acknowledged the impact that recent campus deaths have had on the community, and encouraged those seeking help to reach out to Student Affairs and USC Student Health. “If you’re hurting for any reason, we want to meet with you. Please know that no one has to struggle alone; we are here for you,” they wrote. “Reaching out for support shows a person’s tremendous strength and courage.” The initiative encourages the community to engage in these efforts to aid in suicide prevention and build a better understanding of mental health issues, the letter read. The letter also introduced the #BeThe1To campaign as another source of mental health education. Created by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the #BeThe1To campaign is a five-step approach students can use to reach out and assist others contemplating suicide. The campaign stresses interpersonal contact, support of others and connection to external mental health resources. The Office of Student Affairs announced a mental health awareness initiative to provide wellness and self-harm education and prevention methods. The announcement sent to the University community Monday comes at the start of National Suicide Prevention Week. “This is an important time to remember those affected by suicide, raise awareness, and offer hope,” it read. The initiative also incorporates weekly on-campus mental health activities to promote well-being. One of these activities includes Trousdale Outreach and Awareness, a joint effort between Outreach and Mental Health Services and Undergraduate Student Government to provide mental health information and a space for students to connect with others dealing with trauma. The week includes discussions with clinical professionals and opportunities for students to participate in stress-reduction activities and personal skill-building. The letter was signed by Vice President of Student Affairs Winston Crisp and USC Student Health Chief Health Office Sarah Van Orman. (Daily Trojan file photo) The letter, signed by Vice President of Student Affairs Winston Crisp and Student Health Chief Health Officer Sarah Van Orman, presents on-campus mental health awareness activities. It comes shortly after two students died by suicide last week and one student died following a vehicle collision during Welcome Week. “While suicide impacts far too many people, evidence shows that taking steps such as providing support services, talking about suicide, reducing access to means of self-harm, and following up with loved ones works,” the letter read. Students dealing with mental health concerns can walk in to USC Student Health centers or contact the 24/7 phone line (213) 740-9355 for professional assistance. Faculty and staff members can reach out to the Center for Work and Family Life at (213) 821-0800. Students, faculty and staff members concerned about a fellow Trojan can notify Trojans Care 4 Trojans online or by calling (213) 740-0411.
For a USC wrestling team that did not exist a year ago, the 2013 season has been full of milestones.To begin the season, the Trojans were officially recognized by the National Collegiate Wrestling Association, allowing them to compete at the National Junior College Athletic Association, NCAA, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and National Collegiate Wrestling Association levels.Practice makes perfect · The USC wrestling team was only able to practice twice a week as per Recreation Club Council restrictions. – Photo courtesy of USC wrestling And in its first year competing at a higher level, the team made history by sending two wrestlers to nationals, one of whom became the first NCWA All-American winner from USC.At the beginning of the month, the Trojans sent six wrestlers to Riverside, Calif. to compete in the West Coast Conference Championships. The team fared well, placing fourth overall among teams from the WCC, which includes Sacramento State, UC Santa Barbara, Utah, Utah State and 2013 NCWA champion, Cal Baptist.Four of the six Trojans who competed in the tournament qualified for nationals: freshman Nick Cegelski at the 149-pound weight class, sophomore Armand Farrokh at 157, freshman Dennis Ruan at 197 and freshman Kevin Kang at 285.Though all four made history by becoming the first USC wrestlers to ever compete in the postseason, USC was only able to send Cegelski and Farrokh to the national championships in Allen, Texas, because of budget constraints.“For Nick and I to be going alone to Texas as the first two national competitors in USC history was a daunting thought, but it felt amazing,” Farrokh said. “I finally felt that I had some attachment to USC and that I was representing the Trojan family.”Cegelski and Farrokh led USC to 45th place out of 90 teams at the NCWA Championships. Farrokh had an explosive start to open up the tournament, pinning his first opponent, Moises Lopez of the University of Texas-Pan American, in just one minute and 32 seconds to advance to the next round. Next, he fell in a hard-fought match to Danny Apgar of Northwest Missouri State. In the consolation round, Farrokh was defeated by Hunter Allen of Mercer.Cegelski also had an impressive tournament, placing sixth out of 38 wrestlers in his weight class and earning NCWA All-American honors, to become the first Trojan in history to do so. In the first round, Cegelski defeated Mason Macfarlane of Eastern Washington University 5-2. Then, he was defeated 3-2 in overtime by Peter Crawford of Liberty University. Cegelski bounced back in the consolation rounds by overtaking Evan Burchette of Mercer 7-1, then Vincent Camps of Slippery Rock 4-2. Next, he bested Max Becks of Central Florida 11-9 to clinch All-American status. He went on to win a 6-5 overtime decision over Air Force Prep’s Gerald McGinty before falling to Jesse Freise of Lindenwood and Kyle Spruill of The Apprentice School.“A year ago, I wouldn’t have believed you if you’d told me I’d be wrestling, let alone be gaining All-American status in the NCWA nationals,” Cegelski said. “My accomplishment is a result of thousands of hours of incredibly hard work by my coaches, my teammates, the team managers and my parents. At the end of the day, I could not be prouder to represent USC to the abilities I did.”The team’s success might surprise some people, as it seems the odds were stacked against the Trojans this season. Though some of the schools they competed against have full varsity programs that practice daily under a full-time coaching staff, the Trojans are only allowed to practice on mats two days a week because of Recreation Club Council restrictions for club teams. Additionally, the wrestlers themselves are responsible for scheduling their matches and arranging for transportation and lodging. Unlike athletes from varsity programs, USC’s wrestlers are not able to focus on wrestling all the time.The Trojans overcame these obstacles this season and hope to continue to make progress in the upcoming seasons and eventually become a premier NCWA team.“It’s easy to be timid and think that we could never be anything but a club, but that’s not the route we’ve taken,” USC head coach Wes Fulkerson said. “We’re building and we want to be able to compete with the best.”
Thurles Sarsfields reward for eventually overcoming Nenagh Éire Óg is a last four clash with Templederry Kenyons.The defending champions Loughmore-Castleiney will take on the South champions Mullinahone in their semi-final.The semi-finals will be played next weekend. Meanwhile, the draw for the County Intermediate Hurling Championships was also made; Thurles Sarsfields will take on St. Marys, with Moyne/Templetuohy playing Clonakenny.
Noting the U.S. women’s Olympic hockey team’s fight for higher pay, Feinstein and Murray also introduced a separate bill last month mandating equal pay for women’s national and Olympic teams.Buethe wrote in an email to Politico that the lobbyists hired by U.S. Soccer aren’t trying to derail any of the legislation, only to provide accurate information about how much the men’s and women’s teams are paid.However, according to Politico, U.S. Soccer attorneys and lobbyists have met with lawmakers and raised the question of whether the pending legislation might threaten the U.S.’s ability to co-host the men’s 2026 World Cup because it threatens to withdraw federal dollars if pay equity isn’t achieved. U.S. Soccer, aiming to push back against claims of an unfair pay disparity by U.S. women’s national team players, has hired two Washington lobbying firms, Politico reported Wednesday.The players claimed in a lawsuit filed in March that under their previous contract a player on the USWNT earned in a year as little as 38 percent of what a men’s national team player made. In the immediate aftermath of the U.S. women winning their second consecutive World Cup last month, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) cited that statistic while introducing legislation requiring U.S. Soccer to pay the men’s and women’s teams equally.U.S. Soccer has disputed that there’s a gap between what it pays and now has hired lobbying firms FBB Federal Relations and Van Ness Feldman to work on persuading lawmakers the women’s claims aren’t accurate.“Due to the large number of requests we’ve received from policymakers since the Women’s World Cup, we are taking the proper steps to make sure that those leaders have accurate information and factual numbers that will inform them about the unmatched support and investment the U.S. Soccer Federation has provided as a leader in women’s football across the world,” U.S. Soccer spokesman Neil Buethe wrote in an email to Politico.A spokeswoman for the players, Molly Levinson, said in a statement that they were “stunned and disappointed” U.S. Soccer “would spend sponsor dollars and revenue to advocate against laws that ensure that women are paid equally to men.”The men’s national team also weighed in against U.S. Soccer’s lobbying efforts, calling them “disappointing but not surprising.”Neither lobbying firm has registered to lobby for U.S. Soccer, as required by law within 45 days of being hired, but Buethe said they would be doing so.Meantime, Politico obtained a presentation it said was circulated “in meetings late last month” that put an emphasis on the non-monetary compensation female players receive beyond a guaranteed salary, such as maternity leave, a nanny subsidy, health benefits, retirement perks and injury protection that players on the men’s team don’t get.The presentation states that U.S. women’s team players were paid far more last year than men’s team players, earning $275,478 in average cash compensation per player compared with $57,283 for the men’s team.However, both the women’s and men’s team players say it’s difficult to compare compensation because of a variety of factors, including how many games each team plays, and characterized as misleading U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro’s assertion in a recent open letter that U.S. Soccer had paid the women’s team more than the men’s team over the past decade.
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