Kyrgios Stuns #1Nadal at Wimbledon

first_imgLONDON — For the third year in a row, Rafael Nadal made an early exit from Wimbledon after a stunning loss to a player ranked 100th or lower.Nick Kyrgios, a 19-year-old wild card from Australia with a world ranking of 144, served 37 aces and used a fearless go-for-broke style — he even hit a winning between-the-legs shot — on July 1 to beat the No. 1-ranked Nadal 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 and reach the quarterfinals.“I was in a bit of a zone out there,” Kyrgios said. “I played some extraordinary tennis.”On a day when former champion Maria Sharapova was eliminated in the fourth round and Serena Williams could barely hit a ball and had to pull out of a doubles match with a viral illness, Krygios made the biggest splash of all.Playing in his first Wimbledon and fifth major, Kyrgios is the first player outside the top 100 to defeat a No. 1 at a Grand Slam since No. 193 Andrei Olhovskiy downed Jim Courier in the third round at Wimbledon in 1992.Kyrgios served out the match against two-time champion Nadal at love, hitting an ace on match point. He dropped his racket to the Centre Court turf and held his head in his hands in amazement. He did a little dance to celebrate.“That’s the biggest win of my career obviously, and that’s something I’m never going to forget,” he said. “I’m going to draw so much confidence out of that no matter where I play now.”Kyrgios is the first man to get to the quarterfinals in his Wimbledon debut in 10 years, the first teenager to defeat a No. 1 at a Grand Slam since a 19-year-old Nadal beat Federer at the 2005 French Open, and the lowest-ranked player to defeat Nadal at any Slam.For Nadal, a two-time Wimbledon champion and 14-time major winner, it marked another shocking loss at the All England Club. In 2012, he was ousted in the second round by 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol. Last year, he fell to No. 135 Steve Darcis.“The thing is this surface, when you have an opponent who decides to serve and to hit every ball very strong, you are in trouble,” Nadal said. “In the second and the third set I was better than him, but I was not able to convert opportunities. And for the rest, he played better than me.”Kyrgios, who saved nine match points in a second-round win over Richard Gasquet, looked like a star in the making, showing no nerves, flashing winners from all over the court, and dictating the play.The 6-foot-4 (1.93-meter) Australian struck 70 winners, compared to 44 for Nadal. He dominated with his serve, with a fastest delivery of 133 mph (215 kph). He hit a casual winner between his legs from the baseline in the second set.Kyrgios will next face eighth-seeded Milos Raonic, the first Canadian man to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals since Robert Powell in 1912. He beat No. 10 Kei Nishikori of Japan 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4) 6-3.Federer kept up his bid for a record eighth Wimbledon title, beating Tommy Robredo 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals without the loss of a set.Federer’s win set up an all-Swiss duel with Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka, who beat Feliciano Lopez in straight sets.Sharapova, the 2004 champion, saved six match points before falling to Germany’s Angelique Kerber 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4 in a fourth-round match that lasted 2 hours, 37 minutes.Kerber will next face Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard, the only woman to reach the semifinals this year at both the Australian Open and French Open.Serena Williams and sister Venus pulled out after only three games of a doubles match against Kristina Barrois and Stefanie Voegele.“I thought I could rally this morning, because I really wanted to compete, but this bug just got the best of me,” Serena said in a statement a few hours later.During the warmup, Serena had trouble collecting tennis balls and missed completely on some practice strokes.In the match, she hit serves which bounced before reaching the net. Umpire Kader Nouni climbed down from his chair and walked over to speak to Serena. When the match was stopped, Serena wiped away tears as she left the court.Another former champion, 2011 winner Petra Kvitova, beat fellow Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-1, 7-5. That set up an all-Czech semifinal against Lucie Safarova.French Open runner-up Simona Halep and 2013 Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki won fourth-round matches and will face each other in the quarterfinals.(STEPHEN WILSON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Barcelona Beats Juventus 3-1

first_imgBERLIN — Barcelona won the Champions League for the fourth time in a decade on Saturday, with Luis Suarez grabbing the crucial goal in a 3-1 victory over  Juventus at the end of a season that began with the Uruguay striker serving a ban for biting.The $110-million recruit from Liverpool scored Barcelona’s second in the 68th minute after Lionel Messi’s shot was palmed away by goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.Neymar had a goal disallowed for handball but, with the final going into a seventh minute of stoppage time, the Brazil striker found time to score again. This time it counted.Ivan Rakitic had sent Barcelona into a fourth-minute lead, but the Spanish champions failed to build on their early dominance before Juventus leveled 10 minutes into the second half through Alvaro Morata.Juventus, though, couldn’t prevent Barcelona from collecting the European Cup for the fifth time as the formidable Messi-Neymar-Suarez front three took their goal tally to 122 this season.The triumph comes after four years without success in European competition and ensures both coach Luis Enrique and Suarez end their first season with the club with a treble.Juventus initially looked like it could cause an upset against the most dominant team in Europe in the modern era. Assertive from kick off, Juventus made Barcelona look anxious initially. It didn’t last long — just four minutes, in fact.In a move that involved all 10 outfield players touching the ball, starting with Jordi Alba’s throw in, Barcelona took the lead.So often the provider of goals, Messi delivered a precise cross-field pass in the goalward advance. It landed at the feet of Jordi Alba, who played in Neymar and the ball was then slipped through to Andres Iniesta.With a flick, Iniesta squared for Rakitic to power into the net from close range past Buffon.The expectation was that Barcelona would take a stranglehold on the final.Had it not been for Buffon’s stretching save at the start of the second half to deny Suarez, Juventus would have been two behind. Messi, for once, also couldn’t find the target after a one-two with Suarez.It proved costly. A back-heel from Claudio Marchisio began the move that led to Juve’s equalizer.An initial shot from Carlos Tevez was parried by Marc-Andre ter Stegen. But Morata, who scored in both legs of the semifinal against former club Real Madrid, sent the follow-up into the net with ease.Juve didn’t use the opportunity to swing the final in its favor, and Barca was back in front 13 minutes later after launching an electrifying counterattack.Within five minutes of Suarez’s goal, Barca was celebrating again — but the joy was short-lived. Neymar was spotted to have headed the ball onto his arm before it went past Buffon.But Neymar did have the final say in this final with the late, late goal.ROB HARRIS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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I will be fit before the Indian Premier League, says Prithvi Shaw

first_imgRecovering from an ankle injury that forced him out of the Australia tour, Prithvi Shaw revealed he will be fit in time for the 12th season of Indian Premier League. Prithvi Shaw, 19, suffered the injury in Australia before the start of the four-match Test series.”I will be fit before the Indian Premier League and I am trying hard to reach full fitness. I am working on my ankle as well as on my upper body,” Shaw told India TV.Shaw has been retained by Delhi Capitals for what will be his second season.He had twisted his ankle while fielding in the deep during India’s practice match ahead of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide.Having stayed on with the team hoping to be fit for the second Test in Perth, Shaw was eventually ruled out of the remainder of the series and sent back home for an extensive rehabilitation programme.Recalling the injury, he said, “We were playing the practice match in Sydney ahead of the first Test. I was standing at deep mid-wicket and Ash bhai [R Ashwin] was bowling and a catch came towards me. I caught the ball while jumping backwards in the air and my body weight fell on my left foot when I landed.”It was a bit uneven there and my ankle got twisted 90 degrees and the entire body-weight fell on that. That’s how it happened.”Efforts were then on to get the batsman fit for the series but the severity of the injury dashed his hopes.advertisement”I was trying hard to play in the second Test and the physios too were trying to get me fit for the match. However, the more they tried, the swelling increased and it got more painful.”It was an unfortunate incident and you can’t really do anything about that. It was my wish to play in the challenging conditions in Australia. I love the bounce there. But unfortunately, I suffered a leg injury. But that’s okay, I am very happy that India won the Test series. It can’t get better than this.”I got full support of the team at that time because I was very disappointed with the injury. I had practised hard for the tour and had many things in my mind that I thought I would do there. So, it was disheartening. But yeah, now I am happy that we won the series.”Shaw has had a record-breaking start to his Test career as he aggregated 237 runs in three innings at an average of 118.50 against the West Indies.Also Read | Virat Kohli, India stay No.1 in Test rankings, Rishabh Pant breaks into top-20Also Read | Virat Kohli’s India no different to what the West Indies were in the 80s: Dean JonesAlso Read | Virat Kohli not New Zealand’s only concern: Ross Taylor wary of Rohit and DhawanAlso Read | MS Dhoni eyes Sachin Tendulkar’s record in New Zealand after hitting form in Australialast_img read more

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India end Intercontinental Cup with 1-1 draw vs Syria

first_imgIndia were held to a 1-1 draw by Syria in their final Intercontinental Cup match in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. Narinder Gahlot (18) scored in the 51st minute while Syria struck back with skipper Firas Al-Khatib converting a penalty in the 78th minute.Having lost both their previous matches to Tajikistan and North Korea, India were already out of contention for a spot in the final while Syria needed a win to get there.India played much of the game with more cohesion than they showed in the previous two matches, both of which exposed defensive frailties for new coach Igor Stimac to solve. The two sides traded blows for what turned out to be a goalless first half.In the 51st minute, Anirudh Thapa sent in a corner kick from the right. Gahlot rose above the rest and headed the ball in and scored his first goal in his second international outing.India looked to be on top after that. While chances were few and far in between, India dominated possession in midfield and kept the pressure on the Syrians. However, this changed after a rather rash tackle by Jerry Lalrinzuala, who had replaced Mandaro Rao Desai only a few minutes earlier, forced the referee to give Syria a penalty. Firas stepped up and made no mistake with the spot-kick.India lived dangerously after that and saw off waves of Syrian attack to win a point at the end of the game.Also See:last_img read more

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It is very unfortunate: Chief selector MSK Prasad on Sunil Gavaskar’s ‘lame duck’ comment

first_img Press Trust of India MumbaiJuly 30, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 17:08 IST MSK Prasad said that his committee is very clear on the selection policy (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSSunil Gavaskar had recently called Indian selection committee as lame ducksPrasad also reacted to jibes on his stature and allegations that Indian team management bullies himThe MSK Prasad-led five-member panel has a combined experience of 13 Test matchesNational chairman of selectors MSK Prasad on Tuesday said that he doesn’t believe “you know more when you have played more”, hitting back at his detractors for constantly demeaning his panel owing to its modest international record.In an exclusive interview with PTI, the chairman of the selection committee spoke on a variety of issues ranging from the jibes on his stature (his Test record is six matches), allegations that the Indian team management bullies him, lack of vision and the ‘lame duck’ jibe by none other than the legendary Sunil Gavaskar. The five-member panel has a combined experience of 13 Test matches.Following are the excerpts from a two-part interview:Q. A lot has been said about the stature and experience of this selection committee. Does it hurt you??A. Let me tell you that all the selection committee members have played for Indian team in different formats which is the basic criterion to be in selection committee at the time of our appointments. Apart from international cricket together, we have played 477 first class games. Together we have watched more than 200 first-class matches during our tenure.Don’t you think our experience as players and as selectors after watching those number of games are good enough to pick the right talent?Q. This combined 13 Test statistic that’s often brought up to hit you people…A. If one is talking about stature and international experience, Ed Smith, who is the current chairman for Engand and Wales Cricket Board has played only one Test. Trevor Hohns, who is the chairman of Cricket Australia’s selection committee for over a decade and half with a couple of years break in between, has played only seven Tests. And Oh yes, Mark Waugh, who played 128 Test matches and 244 ODIs, worked under Trevor.advertisementLegendary Australian player and captain Greg Chappell, who played 87 Test matches and 74 ODIs for his country, is also working under Trevor now.When stature and international experience doesn’t come into picture in those countries, how will it come in the way in our country? The point that I am driving here is that every job has its own demands.If vast International experience is the question then our beloved late Sri Raj Singh Dungarpur wouldn’t have been the chairman of the senior selection committee as he never played international cricket. Maybe a diamond called Sachin Tendulkar wouldn’t have been unearthed at only 16 years.If International experience is the case, then many ex-cricketers, who have played lot of first-class matches can never ever dream to become India selectors. How far is it right and justifiable to comment on stature and international experience of the selection committee when the job actually demands a different expertise to spot talent?Q. Do you get angry at times that comments like “lame duck” is thrown at you?A. It is very unfortunate. We have utmost respect for the legendary cricketers. Every opinion expressed by them is taken in right earnest. They have their viewpoints which is well-received. In fact, more than getting hurt by this kind of comments, it only makes this selection committee stronger, committed and united.Q. When the committee has differed with coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli on decisions, how have things ended? Did they (Kohli and Shastri) ever try to bully the panel?A. Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli are the coach and captain of our senior team and Rahul Dravid looks after India A team. They have their roles and responsibilities cut out. We as selection committee have our roles and responsibilities.Working in tandem and in solidarity with Ravi, Virat and Rahul cannot be taken as being bullied. There were several occasions we had difference of opinions which we may not bring into the public domain. What happens within the four walls has to remain there. At the end of the day, we move on in the larger interest of the Indian team and the country.It is a common misconception that people think players who have played more cricket have more knowledge or more power and can bully anybody but it is not the fact. If that is the case then the entire coaching unit, selection committee and all other relevant fields should be filled with only those people who have had vast international careers as players. I don’t think this is right.Q. How do you rate this selection committee’s performance over the last three years ?A. Our committee has travelled across the length and breadth of the country to identify fresh talent from domestic cricket and groomed the selected bunch through a systematic process and inducted the deserving players into the India A and further into the senior Indian teams.advertisementa) Our Test team won 11 out of 13 Test series and we are now ranked no.1 Test team in ICC for last 3 years.b) We have had 80-85 per cent success rate in ODIs. We were no.1 in ODI rankings till the semi-final loss in the World Cup. We have reached finals in the Champions Trophy. We have won 2 Asia Cups (2016 and 18).c) We won 11 out of 11 India A ODI series which include 4 quadrangular series, we had won 8 out of 9 India A Test series.d) We have groomed around 35 new players and inducted them into the senior Indian teams across 3 formats and we have developed sufficient bench strengths in all departments of the game. We are more than happy to pass on the baton to the next committee with pride of preparing an excellent succession chart.Also Read | MSK Prasad’s stance on Ambati Rayudu doesn’t go down well with BCCIAlso Read | Sanjay Manjrekar disagrees with Sunil Gavaskar view on selectors and Virat Kohli captaincyAlso Read | BCCI wants selectors to throw light on ‘no.4’ fiasco after World Cup exitFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow MSK PrasadFollow Sunil GavaskarFollow BCCIFollow BCCI selection committee It is very unfortunate: Chief selector MSK Prasad on Sunil Gavaskar’s ‘lame duck’ commentChairman of the selection committee of the BCCI, MSK Prasad reacted to the recent ‘lame duck’ jibe by Sunil Gavaskar.advertisementlast_img read more

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PHOTOS: G-G and 10,000 Men March

first_imgGovernor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (right), in conversation with Chairman of non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Spanish Town Revival Secretariat, Bishop Dr. Rowan Edwards, when he visited King’s House with members of the Secretariat on February 15, to give an update on this year’s ‘10,000 Men and Their Families March’, to be held on March 10, under the theme ‘We Use What is Right to Correct What is Wrong’. The aim of the march is to encourage residents to rebuild their communities in partnership with the church and business community.last_img read more

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Hanjin to Sell Its Asia to US Route Network

first_imgzoom South Korea’s container carrier Hanjin Shipping could sell its entire Asia to US route network, as well as some of its other major businesses, according to Reuters.Assets which are currently on sale include the company’s operations on the routes, such as manpower systems, five container ships, and ten overseas businesses, a spokesman for the Seoul Central District Court told Reuters.The shipper received approval for the sale of its assets in order to pay back creditors, who now have until October 25 to make claims.The sale comes on the back of the company’s move to file for court receivership in late August, due to the prolonged depression in the shipping market.Hanjin’s filing resulted in parts of its fleet having been stranded at sea as some ports refused to unload the cargo out of concern that they will not be paid for their services.Earlier reports suggested that cash held by the company, coupled with commitments from its leading shareholder, the leading creditor, and the parent group’s CEO, should be enough to cover the costs of unloading cargo from Hanjin’s container ships stranded offshore.Some 97 of Hanjin’s container ships, carrying cargo worth around USD 14 billion, were left stranded across the globe and unable to load or offload containers.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Voluntary Planning Seeks Community Development Task Force Members

first_imgThe Voluntary Planning Board is looking for Nova Scotians interested in the future of all the province’s communities. Volunteers are needed to participate on Voluntary Planning’s Community Development Task Force. The task force will seek public participation to build a common vision for the future of Nova Scotia communities that will provide a framework for future development. The vision and policy recommendations will be presented to cabinet, the premier, and the public. “Nova Scotia needs to develop a common vision for its many communities,” said Ron Smith, chair of Voluntary Planning’s board of directors. “This is a chance for Nova Scotians to tell us their vision for the future of our communities, and to develop policy recommendations on how to achieve that vision.” Potential volunteers must be willing to invest time and energy over an 18-month period, beginning in October. Individuals interested in becoming a part of the Community Development Task Force should forward an expression of interest by Friday, Oct. 6. Submissions can be made by e-mail to volplan@gov.ns.ca, by fax to 902-424-0580, or by mail to Voluntary Planning, Suite 600, Joseph Howe Building, 1690 Hollis St., Halifax, N.S. B3J 3J9. For more information on the Community Development Task Force call 902-424-5682, toll free at 1-866-858-5850, or see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/vp . Voluntary Planning is Nova Scotia’s citizens’ policy forum. It is an arm’s length board of the government mandated to engage citizens on important policy issues for the future.last_img read more

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Third phase concludes without major incidents

first_imgKolkata: The third phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections concluded peacefully in Bengal, barring a few stray incidents in some places.A middle-aged person from Bhagwangola in Murshidabad, identified as Tiyarul Seikh, was killed after he was caught in a clash that broke out between the supporters of Congress and Trinamool Congress. The Election Commission is yet to ascertain if it was a poll related incident or not. Abu Hena, the Congress candidate from Murshidabad constituency, claimed the victim was their party worker while senior Trinamool Congress leader Firhad Hakim termed the incident the result of a family dispute. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSeikh was going to cast his vote on Tuesday morning, along with his family members at Ranitala area. He was suddenly caught in a clash between the two parties and received several injuries in his body. He was declared brought dead after being taken to Lalbagh Sub-Divisional Hospital. Three others, including his son, sustained injuries in the incident as well. Ariz Aftab, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the state, said: “One person was killed in a clash between two groups outside the polling premise of Baligram Primary School. On the basis of the complaint registered by the victim’s daughter, police have started a specific case against six persons, three of whom have already been arrested. We are yet to confirm if it was a poll related incident.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAftab also said that the election was peaceful, barring a few stray incidents. The CEO’s office has sought a report from the District Election Officer of Murshidabad in this regard. Elections were conducted in five Lok Sabha constituencies of Bengal, namely Balurghat, Malda North, Malda South, Jangipur and Murshidabad on Tuesday and the overall polling percentage in these constituencies remained at 78.97 till 5 pm. The polling began at 6 am and ended at 6 pm. Enthusiastic voters queued up outside polling booths in all the constituencies, braving the scorching summer heat. According to an EC official, Balurghat recorded 80.98 voting percentage till 5 pm, with Malda North registering 76.43, Malda South 77.45, Jangipur 78.58 and Murshidabad 81.41. As the day progressed, some incidents of violence were reported from some places. The voting process was suspended in various polling stations at Malda North, Malda South, Murshidabad and Balurghat, due to malfunctioning of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM). Within 20 minutes of the election starting, miscreants beat up a Trinamool Congress councillor and hurled a bomb at her husband, around 300 meters away from a booth in ward 7 at Domkal. In a separate incident, miscreants hurled bombs outside booths 47 and 48 at Raninagar in Murshidabad. A presiding officer at a polling booth in Malda North’s Ratua was removed after some complaints of booth jamming surfaced. Trinamool Congress and Congress activists attacked each other with bamboo sticks outside booth number 188 in the Bhagwangola Assembly segment of Murshidabad constituency. A Trinamool Congress Panchayat member and a few Congress workers were injured in the incident. Altogether, 324 companies of Central Forces were deployed for the third phase, covering over 92 percent of the polling stations across the five constituencies. Siddh Nath Gupta, ADG (Law and order), said around 232 persons have been arrested for creating trouble. Two bombs were recovered from Domkal. A total of 4 FIRs have been started for poll related violence.last_img read more

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Top UN official calls for bolstered global governance system for world food

6 June 2009A strengthened global governance system is crucial to ensure world food security, the head of the United Nations agriculture arm said today, calling for changes to be made to the parts of the international trade system that led to increased hunger and poverty. “What is important today is to realize that the time of talk has long past,” Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization FAO), said at the opening session of the World Grain Forum, which opened today in St. Petersburg, Russia. “Now is the time for action. The food crisis has taught us that to defeat hunger, we have to deal with its root causes and not to continue coping with the consequences of past mistakes,” he added. The two-day gathering on global food security and the world’s grain market, first proposed by Russia at last year’s meeting of the Group of Eight (G-8) industrialized countries, has drawn agriculture ministers and officials from over 50 countries. Mr. Diouf pointed out today that between 2006 and 2008, international prices of basic food commodities surged some 60 per cent, while the price of grain doubled. At present, average food prices are still 17 per cent higher than they were in 2006 and 24 per cent higher in 2005. Soaring prices have driven an additional 115 million people into hunger, and the FAO chief cautioned that the current financial turmoil is exacerbating the situation and could push over 100 million people into food insecurity. FAO’s most recent report on food insecurity, released last December, estimated that the number of undernourished people worldwide is close to the 1 billion mark. As of last month, 31 countries – 20 in Africa, nine in Asia and the Near East and two in Central America and the Caribbean – in are facing a food crisis and need emergency help, according to the agency. “This cannot be acceptable. How can we explain to people of good sense and good faith this dramatic situation in a state of abundance of international resources and when trillions of US dollars are being spent to stimulate the world economy?” Mr. Diouf asked, calling for increasing funding to help developing countries boost their agricultural output through investment in rural infrastructure and ensuring access to modern inputs. read more

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Curbing disaster risk is everybodys business Ban says

Words such as “biggest, deadliest, [and] worst ever” have been prevalent in headlines this year on earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and other disasters, Mr. Ban said in his message on the International Day for Disaster Reduction.“Those words are likely to be heard for years to come, as the climate changes and hazards multiply,” he added.According to figures cited by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), more than 236,000 people have been killed by disasters, with more than 250 million others affected by earthquakes, floods, tropical storms and landslides.Changes in weather patterns have coincided with shifts in human society, as more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities. “If earthquakes, floods or storm surges were deadly in the past, they are deadlier still in an increasingly urbanized world,” the Secretary-General stressed.He pointed out that many of the world’s cities lie along coasts, making them vulnerable to storms, inundation and sea level rise. More than one billion people in Asia live within 100 kilometres of the coast, while two-thirds of the population of the Latin America and the Caribbean reside within 200 kilometres of the sea.With many living on flood plains, above earthquake fault lines or downstream from treeless areas, “the risk of disaster quietly accumulates,” making the poorest people most vulnerable, Mr. Ban noted.“On the positive side, we are learning to cope,” he said, with the International Day providing an opportunity to recognize the efforts made by local governments and communities to protect themselves while simultaneously building more sustainable towns and cities.“Reducing disaster risk is everybody’s business, and needs everyone’s participation and investment – civil society, professional networks as well as municipal and national governments,” the Secretary-General said, commending those cities that are acting to bolster their resilience to disaster.This year’s Day comes as the ISDR’s campaign to bolster cities’ resilience against natural hazards is well under way, with more than 100 cities – home to more than 100 million people – having signed on.The two-year Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready scheme focuses on a checklist of so-called Ten Essentials, including reinforcing drainage systems to reduce the likelihood of floods, installing early warning systems and carrying out public preparedness drills to make communities safer from disasters.Marking the Day, Margareta Wahlström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, called on world leaders, policy-makers, corporate titans, civil society, international financial institutions and donors to join the world’s mayors and citizens make their cities safer against disasters.“Today’s urban planning demands foresight and much more attention to disaster risk,” she emphasized, noting that poorly-built buildings on floodplains, above quake faults and along fragile slopes expose millions to disasters.According to the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), more than one billion people currently reside in slums and are particularly at risk of hazards.By 2030, it is predicted that this figure will double and that 60 per cent of the world’s population will live in urban areas.“We cannot stop cities growing but we can start planning them in a more sustainable way,” Ms. Wahlström said. “It does not require huge amounts of new resources, but different ways of using existing resources. It requires better coordination between all actors and use of good practices that have already been tested.”ISDR pointed out that poor regulations in shanty towns compounded the catastrophic January earthquake in Haiti, where one in every 15 people affected was killed in the disaster.In comparison, the magnitude of the February quake in Chile was 500 times less than that of the one in Haiti, but only claimed the lives of one out of every 595 affected.Disasters this year also damaged hundreds of hospitals and clinics, underscoring the threats faced by health services in urban areas and the need to ensure that these facilities can continue providing much needed care during emergencies, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO).“Hospitals, clinics and other health facilities are the foundation of any health response to be launched to save the lives of people injured when their city is struck by a disaster,” said Eric Laroche, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Action in Crises.“But we see to often that when disasters happen, health facilities and the staff who work in them count among the casualties.”To protect these sites, WHO recommends that new hospitals be located in safe areas not prone to disasters and that they be built in compliance with building standards. The agency also underlines the importance of emergency preparedness programmes and the development of response plans.For its part, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) spotlighted the need to step up efforts to mitigate the impacts of disasters on children, who typically represent up to 60 per cent of those affected by disasters, be it through death or diseases related to malnutrition and poor water.Further, the agency warned, disasters disrupt education and can cause psychological distress. They can also lead to child exploitation.UNICEF urged education, public awareness, community-based preparedness, life skills and the erection of disaster-resilient buildings as ways to curb disaster risk for children.Events to commemorate the Day are being held around the world. In Shanghai, a panel discussion drawing experts, including a television reporter who covered the deadly Sichuan earthquake of 2008, will be held, while in Syria, the Making Cities Resilient campaign will be launched.In the Asia-Pacific, a drawing competition to commemorate the Day was held. “Disaster risk reduction is about saving people’s lives,” stressed Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), which helped to organize the event, together with ISDR, Thailand’s Interior Ministry and the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN). 13 October 2010With the world’s cities never having been so at risk of disruption by disasters as they are now, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the need for wide participation in bolstering the resilience of urban areas to hazards. read more

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Lowprofile linear lighting solution now meets CE standards

first_imgThe latest low-profile linear from Dialight is ideal for indoor and outdoor industrial applications. Dialight’s  new low-profile linear lighting product, DuroSite CE Low Profile Linear, now meets CE compliance requirements. The energy efficient, low maintenance luminaire delivers up to 7,000 lumens at 106 lumens per watt and is designed to replace conventional fluorescent fittings in industrial applications. Available in both 33 and 66 W, the DuroSite CE Low Profile Linear excels in the most demanding environments. It not only offers full protection from water, salt and dust ingress but can also be installed in environments with ambient temperatures ranging from -40oC to 65oC.“The CE Low Profile Linear is an exciting new product for our international markets,” said Roy Burton, Dialight’s Group Chief Executive. “With its rugged low profile housing and five-year full performance warranty, it offers our customers increased energy efficiency and guaranteed savings over the extended lifetime of the fixture.With a low profile housing and lightweight design, the new linear is easier to install in limited spaces compared to traditional luminaires, and it also allows for through wiring and mounting versatility, as well as ease of installation for a variety of lighting applications. Dialight designed the DuroSite CE Low Profile Linear as a more compact model in response to customer demand for smaller lighting options.last_img read more

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Seamus OConnor 16yearold snowboarding prodigy honoured to fly Irish flag in Sochi

first_imgHIS GRANDFATHER FROM Dublin, his grandmother from Drogheda, neither a snowboarding stronghold.Well, not yet anyway.Even the name Seamus O’Connor would sound more at home in Salthill or Shanagarry than in sunny San Diego or on the slopes of Utah.But now it’s time to wake up to what the world of winter sports has known for years: one of snowboarding’s most exciting young talents is going places and he’s doing it all while flying the Irish flag.O’Connor is one of five athletes on a team drawn completely from the diaspora, spanning Birmingham, Utah, Vancouver and Ontario.“If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough,” his website says, a proud but far too modest message in this case. There’s not a huge amount in his meteoric rise that has been left up to chance.Yesterday he flew out to Sochi where he will be one of the youngest athletes at the Winter Olympics, competing in the half-pipe and slopestyle. Among those standing in his way is the double Olympic champion — and the global face of the sport — Shaun White.It seems like a steep learning curve for a 16-year-old but this path has been planned out for a long time, not quite since the day that Kevin O’Connor put his eighteen-month old son into a pair of skiis but not far off it either.Born to Irish parents and raised in England, Kevin settled in America more than 30 years ago. Seamus’s mother, Elena, is originally from Maykop, less than 100 miles away from Sochi.“It was about seven years ago when Sochi was nominated for the 2014 Games,” O’Connor explains in his West coast tone, “and my dad thought it would be quite poetic if an American-born athlete could represent Ireland competing in my mother’s homeland.“It all kind of came together and I thought it was a good idea.” Sky’s the limit: O’Connor in action at the US Grand Prix in December (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)When Kevin floated the idea with the Snowsports Association of Ireland nearly four years ago, he had plenty of evidence to argue his case.Snow is a rare sight in San Diego where Seamus grew up, but Kevin’s work with brain injury patients meant regular trips north to ski in Colorado. O’Connor first stood on a snowboard at the age of four and from there, things gathered momentum.“After a few years I started doing regional contests and I actually won all of them in one season and thought wow, this is great.Then I went to the nationals and was able to win that. At that point I realised that it was maybe going to become a bit more serious.No matter how prodigious the talent, there’s only so much an eight-year-old can do by himself. The family moved to Park City, Utah, giving him access to some of the best snowboarding facilities in the world as he chased his dream.And as he continued to rack up competition wins, including two European Junior Half-Pipe titles, word spread. A highlight reel filmed in 2009/2010, showcasing all manner of flips, spins and slides, got rave reviews on YouTube and it was no surprise when Nike, Oakley and more major players came knocking, sponsorship agreements in hand.YouTube Credit: illthinking This week he stopped off in Ireland en route to Russia. His grandfather is no longer alive and his grandmother lives in England but O’Connor still feels a strong connection to his roots. Childhood trips on the Shannon and cousins in Clogherhead have kept him in touch, and when all is said and done in Sochi, he plans to return with his girlfriend for a holiday in the summer.“I’m honoured to compete for Ireland,” he stresses. “It’s going to be a blast.”But before the nation channels the memory of Lord Clifton Wrottesley’s fourth-place finish in the skeleton in 2002 and hitches its hopes of a rare Olympic triumph to one of snowboarding’s bright young things, O’Connor sounds a note of caution.“These games are just an experience really. I’m just going there to experience it and obviously do my best.“A medal? Potentially in future games but this one is really just to see what it’s all about.”No rush, Seamus. Time is on your side.Watch Guinness’s Winter Olympics ad now (because it could be pulled at any second)Olympians come out against Russia anti-gay lawscenter_img A strong half-pipe season, including a fifth-place finish at the USASA National Championships, guaranteed his place on the plane to Sochi but it was only with a good result in Canada last month that he also qualified for the slopestyle’s Winter Olympic debut.Ranked 37th in the world, the decision to turn professional and dedicate himself to training full-time has paid off.“It’s kind of shocking for my parents I think because one minute I’m a little kid and the next minute I’m flying around the world on my own.“They come on a lot of trips but now as I’m 16, I’m starting to do things more on my own and with my coach. My parents are releasing the reins a little bit.I never had a normal childhood. I didn’t really attend a normal school, never really had school friends and never really had that kind of atmosphere. It’s different.It definitely made me grow up a lot quicker than I normally would have had to but I’m glad the way it all worked out. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my background in snowboarding.last_img read more

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Man sentenced to minimum 9 years in prison for murder of Syrian

first_img Short URL A MAN HAS BEEN sentenced to at least nine years in prison for the murder of a Syrian man in Belfast in June 2017. Callin Wilson (20), currently of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to the murder of Hazem Ahmed Ghreir on the night of 4 June 2017 on the Dublin Road in Belfast. Wilson was also sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for the charges regarding the indecent images, which is to run concurrently.Hazem – was a 30-year-old fast food delivery driver – was near the outlet where he worked when he was stabbed in the chest as he interrupted Wilson, who was tampering with a bicycle.Members of the public tried to administer first aid at the scene until emergency services arrived, but Hazem died shortly after arriving at hospital. Commenting on the sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Pete Montgomery, from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team, said his thoughts were with Hazem’s parents – who lived in Turkey – and his brother Rami – who he lived with in Carrickfergus after the pair travelled to Northern Ireland together to build a new life.“His murder was pointless and we still don’t fully understand what motivated Mr Wilson to kill him. He has shown little remorse,” Montgomery said. “Callin Wilson, who was unemployed and living in Belfast at the time, was tampering with a bicycle at the back of  a hotel in the area when he was disturbed by Hazem.“I suspect this public-spirited Syrian man was trying to prevent a crime from taking place when he was stabbed in the chest with a knife. Tuesday 26 Mar 2019, 5:59 PM Image: PSNI Man sentenced to minimum 9 years in prison for murder of Syrian national Callin Wilson (20), currently of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to the murder of Hazem Ahmed Ghreir. 16 Comments Mar 26th 2019, 5:59 PM https://jrnl.ie/4562079 By Cormac Fitzgeraldcenter_img 15,260 Views Photo of Hazem Ahmed Ghrier Image: PSNI As Hazem lay on the ground dying, Callin Wilson then rifled through his pockets and stole his mobile phone before fleeing the scene.   Share16 Tweet Email1 Montgomery said that police arrested Wilson a short distance away at a local shop just a few minutes after he had murdered Hazem. He had both the murder weapon and Hazem’s mobile phone in his possession. CCTV footage from the scene shows officers apprehending Wilson outside the shop. Source: Psni SocialMedia/YouTube“Hard to comprehend”“To stab someone in the chest for no obvious reason and then steal their belongings as they lie dying in the street is something that most of us will find hard to comprehend,” Montgomery said. Callin Wilson’s actions display an abhorrent lack of respect for the life of another human being and today I welcome that someone who is assessed as dangerous has been put behind bars.Montgomery went on to say that Hazem’s brave actions had cost him his life. He was originally from Syria, but had moved to Northern Ireland to “hoping for a better life where he could feel safe”.“Sadly, it was in Northern Ireland that his life was cruelly cut short by a single stab wound to the heart,” Montgomery said.He said he hoped that the sentencing brought his family “some degree of comfort that this dangerous man is now behind bars”.In a statement, Hazem’s brother Rami said that he was “kind, generous, hard-working, well-educated and he made friends wherever he went – people were drawn to him like a magnet”.“Hazem thought we could have a good life here. It was hard being away from our family and Hazem missed our parents but he kept smiling everyday and looked forward to talking to them,” he said.I am so sad Hazem is not here and it’s hard without him, especially after spending every day with him. My parents are very upset but they are thankful to the investigation team for everything they have done.   Photo of Hazem Ahmed Ghrier Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Another bluff collapse by the train tracks in Del Mar

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter December 13, 2018 Another bluff collapse by the train tracks in Del Mar KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 13, 2018center_img Updated: 12:13 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDEL MAR (KUSI)- Another dangerous cliff collapse in Del Mar has created a new sense of urgency in the area. Officials are now looking for some long term solutions for a potentially catastrophic situation.KUSI’s Dan Plante is there to tell us more. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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Confirmed 111 Newsweek Staffers Take Buyouts

first_imgIn a dramatic move, 111 staffers have accepted buyouts and are leaving Newsweek. The magazine had offered nearly 150 employee buyouts, according to a report on Radaronline.com. A Newsweek spokesperson confirmed the buyouts, but did notimmediately return a request for comment. [RELATED: Newsweek’s statement] The buyout is said to have included as much as two years salary, certain pension bonuses and the option to continue healthcare packages until age 65. In 2007, Newsweek pulled in $474 million in ad revenues, down nearly 2 percent from $483 million in 2006, according to the most recent Publishers Information Bureau figures. Ad pages last year were down nearly 7 percent, slipping to 1,857 from 1,991 the previous year.It is not clear what the magazine will do without such a largecontingent of its senior staffers. Some top writers and editors—including David Gates, David Ansen and George Hacket—are among those who are leaving before the end of the year. Political writers Jonathan Alter and Howard Fineman declined the offer.Some business-side staffers who accepted the offer include tech expert Rebecca Pratt and Ray Pavlik, who worked in human resources.last_img read more

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Heard this Ranbir Kapoor Alia Bhatt Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone to

first_imgRanbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone at Filmfare Awards 2019.InstagramHeard this? Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone to travel together. Yes, that’s right! The two couples who showed some extraordinary camaraderie at the recently held Zee Cine Awards 2019, where they were not only sitting side-by-side but also cheering each other on. Deepika Padukone is the ex-girlfriend of Ranbir Kapoor and yet, there was no awkwardness. Ranveer Singh is now married to Deepika Padukone, while Ranbir Kapoor is now dating Alia Bhatt.In fact, Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone make a fantastic onscreen pair and continued to work with each other post their break-up, in films like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Tamasha, as also their recent advertisement. Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh were seen in the recent popular movie Gully Boy as a great coming-of-age couple. Their chemistry in the MakeMyTrip television commercials is also enviable.So, it seems this quartet of actors is quite a fun lot. Not surprising then that the two couples were offered a deal to travel together and document their vacay on social media and they have said ‘yes’. Mumbai Mirror’s The Informer reports that Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone are all set to take a trip together to the US.The Mumbai tabloid reports that the “Fabulous Foursome are all set to travel together. The superstars have been offered (and have said yes to) a US showcase tour that will take them to New York, New Jersey, Chicago and some other American cities next year.” Imagine how crazy this is for their fans! [ALSO SEE: Video: Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt dance to Ishq Wala Love, set hearts racing!]Ranbir Kapoor was cordial with another ex-girlfriend at the Filmfare Awards 2019 – Katrina Kaif, with whom he had a live-in for over a year. Even as Ranbir Kapoor hugged Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt was also cordial with Katrina, them being gym buddies. Well, this is the age of modern relationships!last_img read more

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LT gets ready for hostile bid on Mindtree amid talks for Siddharthas

first_imgA man waits at a bus stop with an advertisement of Larsen & Toubro outside the company’s manufacturing unit in Mumbai. L&T may make a hostile takeover bid for Mindtree if its talks to buy CCD founder VG Siddhartha’s stake concludes successfully.Engineering and construction major Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T) is preparing the ground for a hostile takeover of Bengaluru-based IT services company Mindtree, according to media reports. L&T is set to sign a deal to buy up the more than 20 per cent stake that Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha controls in Mindtree Ltd, the reports say. Once signed, the deal could trigger a hostile takeover bid, with an open offer by L&T, which would have an opportunity to increase its stake to 51 per cent.A successful L&T takeover could lead to Mindtree’s current management losing control of the company and L&T Infotech moving in. Siddhartha was one of Mindtree’s early investors having bought a 6 per cent stake when it was founded in 1999. He increased his holdings through the stake that CCD’s parent company Coffee Day Enterprises bought up including from Mindtree’s former chairman, Ashok Soota, in 2011.Though Siddhartha has not commented on the talks, sources in the know of the developments, told Mint that Siddhartha had in several tranches pledged almost his entire holding and his two affiliate firms in Mindtree to several domestic and foreign lenders to borrow close to Rs 3,000 crore equivalent to the current value of his 20.4 per cent stake in Mindtree.”He (Siddhartha) is, however, behind schedule on repayments for several of these loan facilities taken by pledging shares,” Mint said quoting an unidentified source. “If he is unable to regularize the accounts, it could lead to the invocation of the share pledge by the lenders.” Office of Mindtree Ltd.WikimediaThe report said citing another source that L&T was closely working with the lenders and Siddhartha to work out a solution and “offered a letter of comfort for a two-month moratorium on invocation of share pledges by the lenders”. “L&T is seeking a moratorium because it hopes to obtain antitrust approvals in key markets such as India, Europe and the US, where both Mindtree and L&T Infotech (a unit of L&T) are currently present,” the Mint report said. L&T is trying to prevent the lenders’ invocation of the share pledge that could dampen L&T’s chances of taking control of Mindtree.Media reports last month said private equity firm KKR and Co was in talks to buy Siddhartha’s stake and was backing a competing bid by Mindtree promoters, who owned 13.32 per cent stake and wanted to retain control. Mindtree’s promoter group includes co-founders Krishnakumar N (3.72 per cent), Subroto Bagchi (3.11 per cent), NS Parthasarathy (1.43 per cent), and Rostow Ravanan (0.71 per cent).last_img read more

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Kenya bans first Kenyan film to premiere at Cannes over lesbian theme

first_imgHowever, the film – which centres on the attraction two young women feel for one another – has just suffered a blow. Film censors in Kenya announced a ban on the movie screening in the country.News of the censoring comes just days before it receives its world premiere as part of the Cannes Film Festival in France.The Kenya Film Classification Board confirmed the decision on Twitter. It said: ‘The Board has RESTRICTED a local film titled ‘Rafiki’ produced by Awali Entertainment Ltd. Its homosexual theme and clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya is contrary to the law.’The Board has RESTRICTED a local film titled ‘Rafiki’ produced by Awali Entertainment Ltd. Its homosexual theme and clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya is contrary to the law.#KFCBbansLesbianFilmDr. @EzekielMutua@WilliamsRuto@CSRashidEchesa@NellyMuluka@KibetBenard_ pic.twitter.com/3zqvoZFy3D— KFCB (@InfoKfcb) April 27, 2018Rafiki is directed and co-written by Wanuri Kahiu. She said during an appearance on Kenyan breakfast show Morning Express on KTN she was ‘incredibly disappointed’ at the decision.She told the BBC, ‘I really had hoped that the classification board would classify it as an 18. Because we feel the Kenyan audience is a mature, discerning enough audience. ‘I feel like the banning of the film does not allow the Kenyan audience to have a conversation about the film, and doesn’t allow the Kenyan audience to even watch it and as adults decide what they think.’‘Perverts’The head of the Kenya Film Classification Board is Ezekiel Mutua – who has a reputation for rallying against material he views as morally questionable. He took to Twitter himself yesterday to denounce the film and answer criticism of the board’s decision.‘It’s a fallacy to claim that KFCB creates publicity for homosexual content when we ban it. If some perverts will want to watch the illegal content, it’s not because we’ve banned it; it’s because perverts and social deviants have a knack for self destruction. #KFCBbansLesbianFilmIt’s a fallacy to claim that KFCB creates publicity for homosexual content when we ban it. If some perverts will want to watch the illegal content, it’s not because we’ve banned it; it’s because perverts and social deviants have a knack for self destruction. #KFCBbansLesbianFilm pic.twitter.com/jtJnHLpbrs— Dr. Ezekiel Mutua (@EzekielMutua) April 27, 2018Many Kenyans have picked up on the #KFCBbansLesbianFilm hashtag to voice their approval or criticism of the decision.Rafiki is adapted from the short story Jambula Tree by Uganda’s Monica Arac de Nyko. The story won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2007. It tells the story of two teenage girls, Kena and Ziki, who fall in love with one another despite the opposition of their families.Rafiki will screen as part of the Cannes Un Certain Regard strand, where it hopes to pick up international distribution deals.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… A scene from the film Rafiki (Photo: Awali Entertainment Ltd) eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Kenya-set lesbian love drama Rafiki looks set to join the ranks of one of the most talked-about same-sex movies of recent years. GAYSTARNEWS- Kenya judge lifts ban and rules lesbian film can be submitted to the OscarsDirector sues Kenyan government to lift the ban on her lesbian movieLesbian film vying for Oscars glory is a sold out hit after Kenya lifts banRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/kenya-bans-rafiki-cannes/last_img read more

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