Experience paying dividends for UWI in Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgUWI edges closer to a semi-final berth in their debut Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) campaign, following a 2-0 win over champion, Arnett Gardens at the UWI Bowl yesterday. Inspired by their experienced team leaders in Girvon Brown upfront and Nicholas McMorris in defence, the newcomers took the lead through Brown, who tied his best tally of 12 goals for a season, when he netted a penalty after 23 minutes. They extended their lead five minutes into the second-half when McMorris assisted Anthony Greenland, after a brilliant counter attack led by the defender. Both players agreed the win was a big statement of their growth since the start of the season, when they went down 3-1 to the said Arnett team. Yesterday’s result also put them in pole position to advance to the last four. “It was a very important win. We have a couple of teams challenging us for that fourth spot so we need to keep winning. We have three games left and we are fourth. But it’s great to beat Arnett, they beat us bad in our introduction to the league so this is a promising turn around as we are not just here to participate, we are here to be a strong part of the league,” McMorris stated afterwards. Brown said: “This (win) was important. We want to get to the semi-final so it was important to come out and play good football and get the victory.” The former Boys’ Town defender, McMorris, is also pleased they are keeping clean sheets again, with the game against Arnett being the second straight after a 4-3 loss to Rivoli. “The Rivoli game was an anomaly. The field was very bad and soaked; we scored three goals and lost. But again we are keeping clean sheets and it shows the quality of the team and the defending.” He added: “Experience is always needed at the back and I am certainly one of the more experienced players in this team, so just keeping the team together as a unit, being able to read the game and do a lot of talking are the strong points I bring to the team.” Brown has put away all his five penalty attempts — among his 12 goals — and believes the expertise of the senior players in their ranks is making a massive difference. “You have experienced players like (Jamie) Robinson, (Kemar Flemming), McMorris and myself just coming through at the end of the season, so we are just working hard. The leading scorer is just three ahead and I want to get the leading scorer,” he said. UWI are fourth on 42 points, one more than Humble Lion, while Harbour View (39) and Boys’ Town are also in the race for a top four-spot. Yesterday’s Results UWI F C 2 Arnett 0 Humble Lion 2 Waterhouse 0 Boys’ Town 2 Harbour View 1 Reno FC 3 Tivoli Gardens FC 3 Rivoli FC 3 Cavalier 1 Today’s game 8:40 p.m. Montego Bay United vs Portmore United at Montego Bay Sports Complexlast_img read more

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Bolt the best of them all

first_imgHad the World Championships started in 1973 and not 1983, Jamaica would have a bigger footprint in the men’s 200 metres. As things stand, our medal tally in the event began in 2001 and now stands at three gold and three silver medals. It goes without saying that all three of those gold medals were won by the incomparable Usain Bolt. In 2001, Chris Williams out-leaned Kim Collins, Shawn Crawford and Christian Malcolm to edge into second place behind Greek sprinter Konstantinos Keteris. That opened the Jamaican account. Bolt finished eighth in the 2005 final, behind a 1-2-3-4 USA sweep led by Justin Gatlin, returned for a silver behind Tyson Gay in 2007, before running into history in the next three World Championships. In 2009, he closed off a mind-blowing sprint double with a staggering world record of 19.19 seconds. In 2011, he redeemed himself after a false start in the 100m with a win in a blinking quick 19.40 and in 2013, he won with a routine-for-him time of 19.66 seconds. Warren Weir added to his 2012 Olympic bronze with a runner-up finish. Before Bolt, American Calvin Smith was the only repeat champion in the meet’s history after his memorable triumphs in 1983 and 1987. In Beijing, during the 2015 World Championships, Bolt will race for his fourth win in a row. Add his repeat Olympic wins and his world records, and it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that Bolt is the best 200 metre sprinter ever. Had the World Championships started in 1973, Donald Quarrie would almost certainly have preceded Williams, Bolt and Weir as a medal winner. DQ was the best sprinter of the 1970s with world records, Olympic, Commonwealth and Pan-Am titles to prove it. As things stand, he only went to one World Championship as an active athlete and that was in 1983. – Hubert Lawrence has scrutinised track and field since 1980.last_img read more

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The Wright View – Sports took massive beating in 2015

first_imgThe year 2015 is over. Whew! Good news. I am of the opinion that sports in general took a massive beating, with scandals and corruption allegations taking away headlines from the ones who make sports exciting and entertaining – the athletes themselves.That is not to say that the athletes who excited and entertained us were ‘saints’. What last year’s headlines revealed was that those who were supposed to administer the competitions and ensure fairness were there only to enrich themselves and their ‘pardeees’.I view all evidence of malfeasance and corruption as equally abhorrent. Therefore, there is no scandal worse than another. The multiple arrests, allegations, and confessions of the administration of world football, FIFA, take the lead position mainly because of the extent of the problem. But the revelations in athletics, WADA, and the IAAF should not be viewed as any less than what is going on in FIFA. Corruption is corruption, and as Dick Pound is quoted as saying: “In the old days, sport was well outside of anything that governments had focused on. They were all private organisations, and they were run kind of informally like clubs, and so on, and they have tried to pretend that they can do that even in 2015 … and they can’t.”It simply won’t work in this day and age; you have to be more transparent, which doesn’t mean that you have to run around buck naked, but people have to understand how a decision was reached, and by whom, and for what reasons, and that sort of thing never used to happen. There was a code of silence. Sport has got to change, or it’s going to be changed.”The world, now really a global village, means that Jamaica is not immune from the stain of the revelations.In football, the local administrators have steadfastly continued to use a formula for a return to the World Cup that has failed repeatedly, but in the past, such failures were pooh-poohed by a confident president, who knew that he could rely on his contacts and ‘pardees’ in FIFA to arrange international games, tours, and invitations to international tournaments to keep our football relevant.GLOOMY 2016?Now, with a business partner with FIFA clout under house arrest and other ‘friends of Caribbean football’ constantly looking over their shoulders at moves and statements by the female attorney general of the United States, things do not look good for 2016.The hiring of a German coach with a salary package that could not be supported by local financing, coupled with the inability to compensate ‘foreign’ Jamaicans who are used to ’nuff’ money when playing for Jamaica, will end with the failure (again) of this nation to qualify for another World Cup.In cricket, the present regional administrators of the sport have rubbished a report prepared by a CARICOM subcommittee on cricket – that they initiated and for which they handpicked some of the members – determined to continue on their merry way, owing millions of US dollars to the Indian cricket board, antagonising and alienating our best cricketers, and insulting island prime ministers, regardless of what the fans and the other cricketing nations think of West Indian cricket.In track and field, the present administrators have steadfastly refused to answer the reasonable questions raised by colleague columnist Laurie Foster re ‘peculiar’ occurrences regarding tickets bought and used for athletes who did not travel to a particular meet.Dick Pound’s quote in the first paragraph rings true.”There was a code of silence. Sport has got to change, or it is going to be changed.”May 2016 be the year when sport rids itself of corruption! The first salvo in the fight for change is term limits for ‘volunteers’ in administration! Then, 2016 can be better than 2015.It must be better for sports’ sake.last_img read more

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#JaVotes2016: ‘PNP time’ – Peter Phillips

first_imgDr Peter Phillips sported a Wittnauer wrist watch with the emblem of the People’s National Party (PNP) stamped on the face. “A constituent of mine gave me this and I take it to mean PNP time,” Phillips said. Phillips is the PNP campaign director for this the country’s 17th general election and he said of all the campaigns in which he has participated, “this one feels like one of the best.” The PNP has won nine of the previous 16 general elections, and is seeking a second term in office having won 42-21 of the 63-seat House of Representatives in 2011. “The team tells me that they are where they ought to be and ahead of that,” Phillips said.last_img read more

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KC surges with Hamilton’s leap

first_imgDesperate to regain the title they last won in 2009, Kingston College (KC) have surged to the top of the hill in the early race for the Mortimer Geddes Trophy at the 2016 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships inside the National Stadium.With two finals scored, the purple-hearted unit were leading the points standings with 23 points ahead of Jamaica College (JC), 19, with defending champions Calabar High, which must overcome a testing day on the track, third on 10. They are followed by Excelsior (nine), St Jago (seven) and Campion College (four).KC got off to a strong start yesterday evening, with Yashawn Hamilton securing the first points for the North Street-based school with a 7.01-metre win in the Class Two boys’ long jump event.Excelsior’s Joel Morgan, 6.95m, won the silver medal ahead of Calabar’s Kristoffe Clifford, 6.87m.O’Brien Wasome of JC’s 7.50m mark in the Class One boys’ long jump was enough to give him the win and nine valuable points for his school, with St Jago’s Shawn-d Thompson, 7.27m, claiming second place ahead of third-place finisher Shammawi Wellington (KC), 7.23m.Earlier, in the half lap event, Calabar’s titan, Christopher Taylor, showed no signs of wear after last night’s 400m-record run and was comfortable in winning his heat and posting the fastest time in the Class Two boys’ 200m heats, 21.13.His teammate, Dejour Russell, got in on the action, stopping the clock at 21.14 in the very next heat as St Jago pair Gary Gordon (22.01) and Javad Black (22.12), JC’s Chislon Gordon 22.16 and KC’s Yashawn Hamilton, 22.17, will all be looking to upset the Calabar duo.Class One favourite, Nigel Ellis, is determined to leave Kingston with the sprint double, and the early signs are positive.EASY WINThe in-form sprinter was easy in winning his 200m heat in 21.24 seconds, to lead all qualifiers into the next round of the event.With no Jhevaughn Matherson registered for the event, KC fans were relieved to see Tyreke Bryan, who had the second-fastest qualifying time of 21.33 and seventh fastest qualifier Shivnarine Smalling, 21.47 both securing lanes in the next round.Thiea Shea (Wolmer’s) won his Class Three boys’ 200m heat in a time of 22.42 – the best clocking among all qualifiers – as he beat Clarendon College’s Rahyme Christian, 22.80, into second place.Event favourite Sachin Dennis (STETHS), 22.76, is also safely through to the next round, so, too, is his teammate, Tyrone Barnes, 23.32; Petersfield’s Antonio Watson, 22.90, and Papine’s Shemar Willis, 22.91 – the top qualifiers.Calabar suffered a major setback in the Class Three boys’ 800m heats, with Kevroy Venson, who was expected to bring in maximum points in both the 800m and 1500m, struggling to last place in his two-lap preliminary-round race after battling with flu symptoms.The second Calabar athlete in the event, Rivaldo Marshall, also failed to book a spot in the next round, with St Jago’s medal favourite, Jevana Edwards, leading all qualifiers to the semi-finals with a 2:06.23 time. Shanthamoi Brown (KC), 2:06.51, was the next best qualifier in the event, followed by Donald Quarrie’s Jordan Anderson, 2:08.44 and JC’s Malik Ricketts, 2:08.85, also securing semi-final lanes.The Calabar coaching staff, which outlined that Venson was cleared to compete, has indicated that the athlete will line up in the 1500m heats this morning.St Jago’s Keenan Lawrence is expected to push for the Class Two boys’ 800m record of 1:52.27 and it’s about time. Aldwyn Sappleton’s (Edwin Allen) mark of 1:52.27 has been on the books since 1997, and with Lawrence already clocking 1:53.82 this season, there are strong signs that he will be able to carve his name in history.Lawrence was comfortable in qualifying from his heat, clocking 1:58.21 for the win as Dwight Mason (STETHS), 1:57.40 – his fastest time this season, was responsible for the fastest time in the preliminary round.Bellefield’s Shevan Parks, who cruised to 1:56.09 in the heats and STETHS’ Jauavney James, 1:56.79, should take their Class Two rivalry into the Class One 800m and could push each other to special performances in what is a keenly anticipated clash at this year’s championships.It was, however, Rogay Granston (Holmwood), 1:55.29, who posted the fastest time in yesterday’s heats, with St Jago’s Leon Clarke next best with 1:55.30 and Nathan Brown (Excelsior), 1:55.80, also making a statement in qualifying.Warren Barrett Jr (Calabar) 49.25m was the best effort in the boys’ Class One discus qualifiers, with Munro’s Kino Dunkley, reminding all that this will be one of the closest events at these championships with a 48.53m qualifying mark of his own.Petersfield’s Kevin Nedrick, 46.29m and Munro’s Vikarie Elliott, 46.13m, also placed their names in the conversation, along with JC’s Vashon McCarthy, 44.45m and Hydel’s Derrick Spencer, 44.05m, also among the top qualifiers to the final.last_img read more

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Melbourne, St Thomas on top in Senior Cup semis

first_img Left-arm spinner Chris Lamont, eight for 87, including a hat-trick, was Melbourne’s top bowler, with captain Nikita Miller, two for 49, as next best. Over at the Goodyear Oval, St Thomas are 178 for eight in response to the 163 posted by Kingston Cricket Club. Captain Carlton Baugh Jr, with an unbeaten 53, has led the way so far for St Thomas, with Jamie Trenchfield, 33, providing support. In-form left-arm spinner Paul Harrison, five for 33, has claimed most wickets for Kingston. Earlier, fast bowler Keno Wallace, three for 35, did most damage for St Thomas against Dennis McGarvey, 49, and Garth Garvey, 40. Unbeaten Melbourne and St Thomas are in pole position at the end of day one of their two-day Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup semi-final clashes against the University of the West Indies (UWI) and Kingston Cricket Club, respectively. The Melbourne versus UWI clash, which is being played at the Sir Frank Worrell Oval, UWI, has the former in command at 145 for one, 103 runs behind UWI first-innings score of 242. Steven Taylor and Trevon Griffith, both on 63 not out, will resume batting today for the visitors. Playing in his fourth match for the club, Taylor has hit five fours and a six, with Griffith also scoring an identical amount of boundaries. Earlier, the UWI were led by an entertaining 88 from national all-rounder Rovman Powell. The 22-year-old, who is set to represent the Jamaica Tallawahs in the upcoming Caribbean Premier League Twenty20, struck nine sixes and three fours and took UWI from a testing position of 15 for four. Jevaughn Buchanan, 53, also provided support, with national captain Paul Palmer Jr falling for zero.last_img read more

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Harris Dreams of College Golf

first_imgWhile confident of making the national team for a sixth-consecutive time, junior female golfer Kei Harris, also has her sights firmly set on playing golf overseas in college, and hopefully transitioning to the professional circuit. The 17-year-old has represented Jamaica in regional tournaments a number of times, as well as on the international stage. Harris is ranked third by the Jamaica Golf Association (JGA) in the 2016-17 season so far, at 290 points courtesy of two wins, and one runner-up finish from three local tournaments. “It’s a game I have loved since nine years old. I want to live my dreams, play college golf, and professional golf after,” the former Campion College student said. She considers herself a determined person, passionate and committed to the game of golf. “I don’t expect it to be easy, but I intend to work hard at it, and practice makes perfect,” she continued. Though not playing all five matches in the recently completed JGA Juniors series last weekend, Harris finished runner-up in the White Tees category behind Luke Chin. She was the only female player in her class, and said competing against boys helps to push her game. This August, Harris will be looking to enrol in a university on a full golf scholarship in the United States. Her preferred choice is Alabama State University, with the aim of continuing her golf development there. “I am aiming to shoot around the same scores my friends in Puerto Rico and other parts of the region are shooting so I can reach and maintain a certain level of competition,” she told The Gleaner. She will be looking to head back to the range for an upcoming charity game, and national trials in March.last_img read more

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Wilson excited for Digicel Grand Prix Final

first_imgThe G.C. Foster Classics/Digicel Grand Prix meet, to be held inside the National Stadium on Saturday, had its launch yesterday at The G.C. Foster College, where representatives from the sponsors, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association and Jamaica Olympic Association were in attendance. Competition director Maurice Wilson expects massive support. The meet will be the culmination of the Digicel Grand Prix series, with the qualifiers from the four regions set for competition, starting at 5:20pm “We expect great competition, and a large number of athletes are expected. We are planning to have a great meet and some of our elite athletes will also be competing,” Wilson said. Kamal Powell, senior marketing manager of Digicel, said that the Digicel Grand Prix series has grown immensely since its inception three years ago. “The concept is for development of the athletes and we are doing that. As a sponsor, we are very proud, and the viewership is great, as it is being aired in 27 countries, along with the Tri State area,” Powell said. He also spoke about the entertainment package where the likes of Ding Dong, Chi Ching Ching and Bounty Killer will be involved. Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Secretary Garth Gayle brought greetings from his body. “It gives us pleasure to sanction this meet as the GC Foster College has played a great role in the development of athletes in the country, and the institution has also produced outstanding coaches, and administrators. I must commend Digicel for its role in sponsoring this meet,” he said. Jamaica Olympic Association President Mike Fennell said that he was pleased with the development of track and field in the country. Support vital “We must not only celebrate at the end product, but we must ensure that we give support in the early stages and give a lot of credit to the volunteers at the various meets who are now qualified, as they have certificates and diplomas,” he said. Also speaking at the launch yesterday were Sports Development Foundation General Manager Denzil Wilks and MVP Track Club President Bruce James, who will serve as meet director on Saturday. The opening event at the meet will be the 2000m Steeplechase for girls, starting at 8:30am. That will be followed by the boys’ equivalent, ten minutes later. Other events include the 100m, 400m, 200m and all sprint hurdles races. In the field, there will be the javelin, discus, and shot put events, along with the long, high and triple jump events. The Grand Prix events are 100m 200m 400m, 800m 4x400m relay, long jump, high jump and the discus.last_img read more

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Ambohot ready to fill the gap for the Knights

first_imgLIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cardona takes another step in rebuilding his life as he returns to basketball LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “It’s due to our teamwork. We worked on our defense (on Laminou). They helped me and I helped them, and that’s the reason why we limited him in his points,” the Compostela Valley native said in Filipino.Ambohot acknowledges that expectations are bound to get higher after he churned this standout performance but he’s taking the challenge of defending the paint for the Knights against bigger and stronger foes head on.“I have to fill the losses with the graduations of Jom Sollano and Felix Apreku. We know we really have to step up, and though we’re undersized, we know that we can’t do anything but to fight,” he said.Letran springs back to action on Friday against JRU.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleetcenter_img Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “It’s a given that all of my players will step up. It’s really just a matter of time on when they can compliment, especially that Rey (Nambatac) is being guarded heavily,” the mentor said.Showing that he’s an able finisher for Nambatac’s pick-and-roll plays, Ambohot impressed in the game as he fired a team-best 15 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks in the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’More importantly, the 6-foot-5 big man limited the Generals’ towering Hamadou Laminou to just seven points in the tiff, negating the latter’s presence down low.But the 20-year-old center deflected the credit. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Jeo Ambohot vs Sidney Onwubere. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter missing the Final Four last year, Letran coach Jeff Napa has stressed that this time the load could not be carried by the veterans alone.That’s why he was satisfied when role players like Jeo Ambohot produced huge contributions on Tuesday when the Knights fended off Emilio Aguinaldo College, 83-80, and lock down their first win of NCAA Season 93.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Malacañang open to creating Taal Commissionlast_img read more

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Irving trade demand surprises former Cavs teammate Dellavedova

first_imgMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Dellavedova was an instrumental part in the Cavs’ 2016 championship run where he was the primary defender on two-time MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.READ: Dellavedova ‘lucky’ to have played with LeBron, Giannis“I woke up around 5:30 in the morning due to jet lag and when I checked my phone, I was a bit surprised to see the news,” said Dellavedova.The Australian point guard signed with the Milwaukee Bucks at the start of the 2016-2017 season but he left such an impact that he was still presented with the Cavaliers’ championship ring in his return to Cleveland.“Let’s see where this goes,” said Dellavedova of the Irving situation.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere were impending signs that there would be a shakeup within the Cleveland Cavaliers team when point guard Kyrie Irving told Sports Illustrated that they’re “in a peculiar situation.”Even centerpiece LeBron James said that he’s disappointed with movement, or lack thereof, of the Cavs front office in the NBA offseason.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES OKC has ‘to play together’ to make things easier for ‘freak’ Westbrook The movement eventually happened Saturday when Irving demanded he be traded away from the Cavaliers.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Though trade demands are not that surprising in the league, it still resonated with former Cavalier Matthew Dellavedova.“I was surprised,” said Dellavedova, who watched the PBA Governors’ Cup at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday night. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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