February 17, 2020

It’s now Sir Tony McCoy

first_imgLONDON (AP): Jockey Tony McCoy, former Manchester United striker Denis Law, two-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, and five-time world snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan are among United Kingdom sporting figures honoured by Queen Elizabeth in her New Year list. McCoy, who retired this year after winning 20 straight British champion jockey titles and a record 4,358 races in a 23-year career, was knighted in recognition of his services to horse racing. He is only the second jockey to be made a Sir, after Gordon Richards in 1953. The 75-year-old Law, who played for United from 1962-73 and was part of the club’s so-called ‘Holy Trinity’ with George Best and Bobby Charlton, was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to football and charity. Froome was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) after becoming the first Briton to win a second Tour de France in July. O’Sullivan also was awarded an OBE in recognition for his services to snooker, having won the world championship five times most recently in 2013 and become the sport’s box-office name. The success of the England women’s football team in finishing third at the World Cup in Canada this year was recognised as captain Steph Houghton and teammate Fara Williams were both made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). John Surtees, the only man to win world championships on two and four wheels, was made a CBE. The 81-year-old Surtees won seven world motorcycling championships before switching to four wheels and winning the 1964 Formula One title. Heather Rabbatts, a director at England’s Football Association who became the organisation’s first female board member in 2012, was awarded a damehood for services to football and equality. As a campaigner on behalf of women in sport, she recently spoke out in support of former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro in her dispute with the club. Former Manchester City striker and chairman Francis Lee received a CBE, while ex-England rugby winger Mark Cueto and IBF super-bantamweight boxing champion Carl Frampton were awarded MBEs.last_img read more

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‘Education Sector is Fixable’

first_imgPCC’s teacher training seminar lead facilitator, Elaine Saba-Veteran educator says at PCC’s teacher training seminarOne of the most critical but contentious areas of the current development drive of the country is how to mend the present state of the country’s education sector, which a veteran Liberian educator, based in the United states, has said “is fixable.”Madam Elaine Saba said what is needed is all hands on deck and bringing on board committed people who have the requisite experiences that would help rebrand the sector.“And this problem is fixable. We just need a little bit of time to work, because this will not be overnight,” she said.Madam Saba spoke at the start of a two-week intensive “Train Teacher” seminar, which is being hosted by the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) where she is serving as a lead facilitator.The training brought together over 60 teachers from across Paynesville and other parts of Monrovia.Madam Saba is a retired educator. She holds a lifetime license from the State of Texas to teach primary and secondary education; instructing students in Creative Writing, English as a Second Language, and the Gifted and Talented programs.She taught in the state of Texas for over 27 years, and is retired. She is currently training teachers, while at the same time having a small after-school business where she prepares school kids to be successful in state exams.Despite the huge challenges the Liberian education sector faces, Madam Saba said it is fixable and can be one of the best in the region if the appropriate investments are made with the right people in charge.According to her, the compassion in her heart is too huge for “us to fix this problem. The crisis in the sector did not just happen overnight, it will take some time. But we [have] to do some proper planning and bring in people who know what they are doing. This is a case that deals with experience and people who have been in the classrooms.” Madam Saba in a session with participants on MondayThe PCC’s seminar will be held from Monday to Friday, July 23 thru August 3. It will not only entail formal discussions but will be a place where professional skills training programs are developed, taking into account context specifics, transfer-ability and operational issues.“Learning is an interactive process. We are here to teach with the overarching aim of bettering our children in the education sector,” she said.“The lesson plans must be in line with the national curriculum. You cannot stray from the curriculum, which should be the bible of every teacher. So I am teaching the participants how to write lesson plans to go along with the curriculum and keep the students on course,” Madam Saba said.Some of the participants at the teacher training seminar hosted by Paynesville City CorporationPaynesville Mayor E. Pam Belcher-Taylor, said that the seminar is the municipal government’s effort to adequately prepare teachers within the city limits and beyond for the next academic school year.She organized the seminar as part of PCC’s Independence Day celebration, saying, “when you impact someone with knowledge, you have given that person lifetime independence, and this is what we thought to do this year. We want to make our young people independent when it comes to education.”The Mayor also said that the PCC and the facilitator will shortly begin a tutorial program for high school students, to enable students prepare for standardized exams, such as the West African Senior School Certificate Exam and others,” Mayor Taylor said.Share 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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School board race too close to call

first_img“Vahe should’ve done better,” Field said. “I think it’s part of this same situation. (Rodriguez) was essentially of the college and the union, and she came close.” At Glendale Unified, Nahabedian, who is Armenian-American, appeared qualified. She teaches social work at Cal State L.A., finished fourth in the same race two years ago and was endorsed by retiring board member Pam Ellis and other civic leaders. She had a war chest of more than $33,000. “We were a very active campaign,” she said. “… We were all about getting our message out about preparing all kids to be successful at Glendale Unified.” Meanwhile, Hunt, who filed to run just before the deadline, raised about $14,000. The father of four had two endorsements – from former Assemblyman Dario Frommer, a personal friend, and former U.S. Rep. Carlos Moorhead, who attends his church. “I’m just a hometown boy doing this on a shoestring,” he said. “I would hope to think that people connected with me and what I was talking about.” Asked whether ethnic differences affected the school board election, Nahabedian said: “If that was the case, then it would be a sad commentary for our city.” Hunt said ethnicity “may have been some small component. I feel as a community, we’ve got to try to work past that,” he added. “… We have to work with all the children regardless of their background.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Incumbent Mary Boger retained her seat with 11,011 votes. But with 2,078 provisional ballots still to be verified, the final results for the second seat won’t be ready until next week. The new board members will take office April 16. “I’m actually confident as more of the provisional ballots are counted, I would have a larger lead,” Nahabedian said. Besides the drama of such a close race, the school and Glendale College board races left some pundits wondering if the divisions between Armenian-American and non-Armenian voters in the City Council race – which might have cost incumbent Councilman Rafi Manoukian his seat while Mayor Dave Weaver kept his – had spilled over. Mona Field, a Glendale College political scientist, pointed to the college board race, where Vahe Peroomian, an incumbent of Armenian descent who campaigned with another incumbent, failed to capture as many votes as his partner. In fact, Peroomian, who has served two years, took second in the balloting, with 30.9 percent of the votes to incumbent Tony Tartaglia’s 38.7 percent. The third candidate, Christine Rodriguez, a former Glendale College instructor endorsed by the college guild, finished with 30.3 percent – just 172 votes behind Peroomian. GLENDALE – The race for the second open seat on the Glendale Unified School District board remained too close to call Thursday, with just 29 votes separating the two contenders. Nayiri Nahabedian, a California State University, Los Angeles, faculty member favored to win one of two open seats, has so far finished second with 7,575 votes, or 21.5 percent. But the biggest surprise was Todd Hunt, a local business owner and first-time candidate, who apparently took third with 7,546 votes, or 21.4 percent. “The results were certainly a very pleasant surprise,” he said. “… It was pretty cool to see that we did as well as we did.” last_img read more

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World Cup big guns limber up in Russia as atmosphere builds

first_imgWorld champions Germany, seeking to equal Brazil’s record of five World Cup wins, will land in Russia on Tuesday, along with Gareth Southgate’s youthful England side.Brazil and Neymar arrived in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in the early hours in buoyant mood after hammering Austria 3-0 in their final warm-up match on Sunday.Argentina’s Lionel Messi has cast doubt over his international future © AFP / Vasily MAXIMOVNeymar, who broke a bone in his foot in February, marked his first start in more than three months by scoring in Sunday’s easy victory in Vienna.– Disputed choice –Russia was a disputed choice when it was handed the World Cup in a closely watched 2010 vote that has since been tainted by bribery charges, and the 2018 tournament takes place against a background of international tensions.Russia and the West have engaged in a major wave of tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions since London accused Moscow of being behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in Britain in March.But as the clock ticks down to the opener in Moscow’s imposing 80,000-capacity Luzhniki stadium, the tournament is beginning to catch the public mood, with about 3,500 fans attending Australia’s training session in the central city of Kazan.Russian supporters, enjoying a holiday, shouted “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, go, go, go”.Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan speaks at a press conference in Kazan © AFP / Saeed KHANSocceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan warned France that a new, improved Australia team are plotting an early World Cup shock when the sides meet in Kazan on Saturday.“Come the France game, we’re going to be ready… and giving ourselves opportunities to win this game,” the stopper who plays for Premier League side Brighton warned. “We can’t wait for Saturday.”France, who boast “world-class” attacking talent, according to Australia midfielder Massimo Luongo, are among the tournament favourites in Russia alongside Brazil, Germany and Spain.The atmosphere also went up a notch in Red Square in Moscow, where dozens of Argentinian, Colombian and Mexican fans sang and played drums in support of their teams as darkness fell.– Salah trains –Mohamed Salah trained with his Egypt teammates, still nursing a shoulder injury © AFP / KARIM JAAFARA big question mark hangs over the participation of Egypt and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah, who is still receiving treatment for the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final.Team doctor Mohamed Abou al-Ela admitted the striker, who scored 44 goals for Liverpool this season, was unlikely to play in Egypt’s opening Group A match against Uruguay on Friday.But Salah did some light running in Grozny on Monday, monitored by medical staff, as the other Egypt players took part in a group warm-up.Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera said he hoped Salah would be fit to line up when the two countries clash.“I like the best players to play, I train with the best and I want the best players to play,” Muslera said.Argentina captain Messi said his international future will be determined by his country’s performance at the World Cup.“It will depend on how far we go, how we’re going to finish” at the finals, Messi told Spanish daily Sport.“We’ve just lost three finals in a row, which has led to us going through some difficult moments with the press,” the Barcelona forward said.Argentina lost the 2014 World Cup final 1-0 to Germany after extra time, before suffering successive defeats by Chile on penalties at the Copa America in 2015 and 2016.Even before the tournament gets under way, FIFA has the major task on Wednesday of choosing the host of the 2026 World Cup — a straight fight between a joint bid featuring the United States, Canada and Mexico and Morocco.A long-awaited report from FIFA inspectors left the North American bid as the front-runner in the race to host the first 48-team World Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The World Cup kicks off on June 14 © AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACEMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 10 – The World Cup big guns limbered up on Monday ahead of the tournament opener in Russia while brash underdogs Australia warned Euro 2016 finalists France to brace for an early shock.As the atmosphere built before Thursday’s curtainraiser between the hosts and Saudi Arabia, Argentina star Lionel Messi and his teammates and France’s talent-studded squad including Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe were put through their paces.last_img read more

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DONEGAL ATLANTIC COASTAL TRAIL TO BE LAUNCHED NEXT WEEK

first_imgA new tourism project that will help local marine leisure activity providers including restaurants and pubs to work together to bundle their offering and create packages that can be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, will be launched on Tuesday next.The project will be unveiled in the LYIT School of Tourism in Killybegs by Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey.The project, known as Donegal’s Atlantic Coastal Trail, aims to promote County Donegal as a world-class marine leisure and seafood destination and will incorporate a unique training programme, which has been developed to assist business owners and employees of all types of tourism enterprises. Barney McLaughlin, Donegal County Council said the project provides businesses in the marine tourism and food sector with an opportunity to look at news ways to add value to their existing product offering.“This is about looking at how we can further promote the opportunities that exist for this sector along the coast of Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way. Research shows that visitors to the Wild Atlantic Way are looking for something different and want to explore the uniqueness of the area they are visiting. They want to enjoy the unique food and marine experiences along our coastline and this project will help businesses work together to bundle their offering and create experiential packages that can be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike”.He added “the inclusion of the islands adds an additional unique element to this project where visitors can experience something different and unexplored. The goal of this project is to raise awareness of the excellent marine leisure and seafood opportunities on the Donegal coast and islands and to encourage local communities to experience our own marine leisure activities and seafood coast that is right on our doorstep and perhaps unexplored.”This course will be offered as a Level 6 Special Purpose Award by LYIT’s School of Tourism in collaboration with Donegal County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta. It will be beneficial for those interested in seafood and marine/coastal tourism and wish to gain a greater understanding of these areas. The programme which will be delivered at LYIT’s the School of Tourism, Killybegs Campus over 13 weeks, 1 day per week, commencing this September is fully funded with no cost to the applicant.The modules will be delivered by LYIT staff, in conjunction with a panel of guest lecturers and will include lectures, seminars, workshops familiarisation visits and excursions. More information on this course is available from LYIT on (074) 91 86600.This project will be launched on Tuesday 5 July at 4pm in the LYIT School of Tourism in Killybegs by Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence SloweyDONEGAL ATLANTIC COASTAL TRAIL TO BE LAUNCHED NEXT WEEK was last modified: July 1st, 2016 by StephenShare 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:Donegal’s Coastal Atlantic Traillast_img read more

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FIGURES ON HOUSEHOLD CHARGE COMPLIANCE ARE DUD – DONEGAL COUNCILLOR

first_imgDonegal County Councillor John Campbell has claimed that council officials are over-estimating compliance levels with the household charge by up to 20%.Cllr Campbell claims figures produced by Minister Phil Hogan’s office are simply “a farce.”The Mountcharles based Independent Councillor maintains the council’s estimates of those liable to pay the household charge are intentionally flawed, claiming that upwards of 59% of people in Donegal still have not paid. ‘It’s just another part of this government’s ongoing campaign of intimidation; they’re trying to bully people into paying.“If this inaccuracy has been repeated in every county then the majority of people across Ireland still have not paid, despite what the LGMA propagandist Paul McSweeney has been saying on radio all last week,” blasted Campbell.‘Using the census the LGMA are counting all vacant properties, apart from holiday homes in the county as being exempt from the charge, but this doesn’t match the legislation or their own website. Their figure for exemptions is out by nearly 12,000’ explained Cllr Campbell.He continued saying, ‘this is more than just a simple error or oversight; it’s deliberately false. There are seven categories of properties listed on the website as being exempt, using CSO and Census data available on the Department’s own website I have come up with a more accurate figure without much hassle. “This is proof if proof was needed that we can’t trust this government and that people have nothing to fear from the threatening letters being sent out. They are grossly incompetent.’Ind. Cllr. Campbell finished by issuing a challenge to Paul McSweeney of the LGMA to publicly debate the figures with him. FIGURES ON HOUSEHOLD CHARGE COMPLIANCE ARE DUD – DONEGAL COUNCILLOR was last modified: August 21st, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Cllr John CampbellHOUSEHOLD CHARGElast_img read more

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Tottenham Hotspur eyeing move for France starlet Diouf

first_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LIVING THE DREAM LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January IN DEMAND Tottenham Hotspur are currently weighing up a bid for teen star Yehvann Diouf, according to reports in France.An athletic goalkeeper, Diouf is currently playing for France’s under-19s at the Under-19 European Championships in Finland. Aller de l’avant pic.twitter.com/2CI11UHGhE— Yéhvann Diouf (@yehvann40) July 18, 2018The 18-year-old was in goal for the side’s opening game defeat to Ukraine and he is expected to be their number one for the tournament.And that should give Spurs plenty of time to see him in action as, according to France Football, they are scouting Diouf.Tottenham want to add to their youth ranks this summer and a goalkeeper is on their shortlist.center_img REVEALED RANKED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest Transfer stories from talkSPORT.com targets Diouf is currently contracted to French club Troyes, but he has just one year left on his present deal.The teenager is in no rush to agree fresh terms, though, as he wants to assess all options available to him.last_img read more

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BLIND DONEGAL SCHOOLGIRL GIVEN CHANCE TO SEE AS PUBLIC RAISE €30,000 FOR HER OPERATION

first_imgA blind schoolgirl who needed to raise €30,000 for a revolutionary treatment in China to help restore her sight has been given a date for the procedure – after getting the cash in just a few short weeks.Little Keri Kelly, 9, has been blind since birth but was given hope by doctors using groundbreaking stem-cell treatment.Keri’s mum Tracey decided money wasn’t going to stand in her way and in June she started a campaign to help raise the money needed to give her eldest daughter a chance to see. Now just a few weeks later, the Keri Kelly Appeal has €45,000 siting in its account and Keri is set to fly to China for her procedure on October 7th.Mum Tracey, from Buncrana, said she simply can’t believe how generous people have been.“We had penciled in next August as Keri’s procedure date when we started the campaign in the hope that we would have the money.“But the money has just been rolling in. People have done all sorts of great things to help Keri. I never even knew a lot of the people who helped. ‘It’s hard to believe that people can be so generous considering there is a recession going on and everyone is struggling,” she said.Keri has never been able to see after being born with optic nerve hypoplasia which means her optic nerves have never grown.As well as charity football matches and quizzes, Buncrana man Tony Porter took it upon himself to undertake a one day street collection for Keri and raised an amazing €9,000.And Tracey has also revealed that she is planning to donate the extra cash raised so it can go and help another blind Irish child go to China and get a similar chance to Keri.“There are still events planned and we will raise more money. We only need €30,000 so the rest will be donated to another child. ‘None of this would have been possible without the generosity of people,” she added.Doctors in China do not guarantee Keri will be able to see after the treatment.However having studied her medical history and researched all her medical files sent over by mum Tracey, they are confident they can restore Keri’s sight.‘She is a little worried about the needles but we just keep telling her she is going on holidays. “Herself and her sister Zoe, 5, talk about it all the time and it’s hard to believe it’s only a matter of weeks away now.“We are anxious about going but we have been given this wonderful opportunity and it’s only possible because the people of Donegal took Keri to their hearts,” she said.Keri, who is a pupil at Scoil Iasagain in Buncrana, has already revealed how the first things she wants to see are mum Tracey’s face – and a rainbow!EndsBLIND DONEGAL SCHOOLGIRL GIVEN CHANCE TO SEE AS PUBLIC RAISE €30,000 FOR HER OPERATION was last modified: August 13th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:buncranaChinadonegalKeri Kellystem cell treatmentlast_img read more

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BOOK LAUNCH TO TURN FICTION INTO REALITY FOR NEW AUTHOR TONIGHT

first_imgA fictional book about a fictional girl is set to come to life at a very real book launch in Letterkenny tonight.Princess Alexandra Rose of No Fixed Abode’ is a fictional girl with a majestic title who resides amongst us.Being about a Princess, it is only fitting that the book launch for the first publication from New York author, Sheila Clancy O’Donnell, be set at the impressive “Castle on the Hill” known as St. Eunan’s College. With the approval of Principal Chris Darby and help from The Saint Eunan’s Parents Committee, this story will come to life tonight, October 23rd from 7:00-8:30pm.This special, feel good book follows this Irish & American Princess on adventures near (Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Donegal GAA matches) and far (an upstate New York bakery, A Chocolate Park), causing her heart to long to be in several places at once…thus the title “of No Fixed Abode.” It is what lies within her castle, which is like no other, that will capture your heart.Sheila admits she would have never had gotten to this point without the support of many people, most importantly from her husband, who sent her to Spain for a week to write, to which she did and then rewrote & rewrote again.As for the illustrations, it was a chance meeting with Sofie Di Bartomoleo, a talented Italian design student who stumbled upon Letterkenny to master her English. In need of a home and with an interest in fashion, LYIT Fashion Lecturer Sheila took Sofie under her wing, with the result not only being this book, but the entire O’Donnell family gaining a friend and new family member for life. Utilizing the brilliant resources around her, the Author called on local teacher Anne Gillespie, to provide the initial critique while Annraoi Cheevers, Local Primary School Principal gave invaluable and much appreciated editing advice.A portion of the proceeds from the book will go to help the stellar work of the Marie Keating Foundation & The Michaela Foundation, making this book all the more worthwhile.This local book will be available for sale at retail outlets from Friday: Eason’s Courtyard Letterkenny, Eason’s Letterkenny Shopping Centre, Mourne Antiques & Gifts Letterkenny, MucknMuffins Dunfanaghy, Macs Newsagent & Bookstore Buncrana, and The Donegal Shop Dublin.For more information or to order online (international shipping available) please go to: www.princessalexandrarose.com or like us on Facebook: Princess Alexandra Rose of No Fixed Abode. BOOK LAUNCH TO TURN FICTION INTO REALITY FOR NEW AUTHOR TONIGHT was last modified: October 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:book launchletterkennyPrincess Alexandra RoseSHEILA CLANCY/O’DONNELLlast_img read more

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As Dodgers make their presence felt, Giants circle back on Madison Bumgarner

first_imgSAN DIEGO — The moment that news of Gerrit Cole’s record-setting, nine-year, $324 million contract arrived at the Winter Meetings, jaws hit the floor in the lobby of the Manchester Grand Hyatt.The words “Madison Bumgarner” and “Los Angeles Dodgers” kept them there for quite some time.Immediately after Cole and the New York Yankees agreed to the biggest contract any pitcher has ever signed, word trickled out the Dodgers would be shifting their focus from the former Houston Astros ace to the …last_img read more

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