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UAAP volleyball: Faith Nisperos stars as Ateneo dominates FEU
MANILA, Philippines--Faith Nisperos dazzled with 19 points as Ateneo drubbed Far Eastern University, 25-22, 25-13, 25-23, on Thursday to open the second round with a victory in the UAAP Season 84 women's volleyball at Mall of Asia Arena. The Blue Eagles only encountered a semblance of opposition in the first set and waited until the young, untested Lady Tamaraws gave in down the stretch. Yet even then, Ateneo was attacking at will, out-gunning FEU, 14-6, in that opening frame. Ateneo upped their record to 4-4, tying Adamson, while inflicting FEU its fifth straight defeat for a 1-7 slate. RELATED STORIES UAAP: Faith Nisperos, other Season 82 rookies eligible for Rookie ...Keep on reading: UAAP volleyball: Faith Nisperos stars as Ateneo dominates FEU
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Senate panel: If next admin revives e-sabong, limit operations to Sundays, holidays
  MANILA, Philippines --- If e-sabong operations will be allowed by the next administration, a Senate panel recommended the crafting of a law that would allow its operations only during Sundays and legal holidays. Under Committee Report No. 646, the Senate public order committee stressed the need to craft a law to regulate the e-sabong industry. "In case the next administration decides to allow the operation of e-sabong, there is a need to craft a law regulating the e-sabong industry which includes, among others, limiting e-sabong operations to Sundays and legal holidays, almost similar to that provided in Presidential Decree No. 449 or the 'Cockfighting Law of 1974'," ...Keep on reading: Senate panel: If next admin revives e-sabong, limit operations to Sundays, holidays
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Veteran journalist in Bohol dies
TAGBILARAN CITY---A former councilor and veteran journalist in this city died early Thursday morning. The death of lawyer Danilo "Dandan" Bantugan was confirmed by his family and friends. Bantugan, 57, began his writing and radio career in media outfits such as the Bohol Chronicle-dyRD and Bohol Sunday Post as a columnist and host of commentary radio programs. He was elected councilor in this city from 2004 to 2007 and 2007 to 2010. He also taught law at the Holy Name University-College of Law. Before his death, Bantugan served as executive vice president of the Bohol Tri-Media Association and editor-publisher of Bohol Sunday News. He also served as a member of the transit...Keep on reading: Veteran journalist in Bohol dies
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Marcos camp denies media exclusion after granting interview to just 3 networks
https://youtu.be/D65o8ZcEh34 MANILA, Philippines --- The camp of incoming president Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Thursday said it has no policy of excluding some media networks in the coverage of the incoming chief executive. Marcos spokesperson Vic Rodriguez made the assertion after the camp only granted three media networks access to a sit-down interview with the president-elect, who even during the campaign had admitted to his preference to "talk directly" to the people, rather than grant interviews or attend debates. READ: Bongbong Marcos: I am the victim of fake news He explained that the earlier sit-down interview of Marcos with SMNI News, Net25, and GMA was an ea...Keep on reading: Marcos camp denies media exclusion after granting interview to just 3 networks
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17 hurt in bus malfunction in Bohol town
TAGBILARAN CITY---At least 17 persons on board a bus were injured Thursday when it fell on its side at the national highway in Loboc town, Bohol. Lt. Camilo Estrera Jr, chief of the Loboc Police Station, said the passenger bus was on the way to Ubay town when the accident happened at 10:45 a.m. in Barangay Jimilian, Loboc. Bus driver Nick Lubiano, 44, said he lost control of the bus when its brakes suddenly malfunctioned. The glass windows of the bus were shattered, while the passengers were thrown out of their seats. Lubiano suffered minor injuries. and was treated at the Loboc rural health unit. The other passengers who sustained serious injuries were brought to a hospital ...Keep on reading: 17 hurt in bus malfunction in Bohol town
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Iya Villania, 9 months into pregnancy, continues working: ‘Laban!’
Iya Villania admitted that she has been thinking about her due date as she takes on a slight change from her usual pregnancy routine. The actress-TV host showed herself in the studio of the GMA news show "24 Oras" where she hosts the "Chikaminute" segment, as seen on her Instagram page today, May 26. "First time to still be working at 37 [weeks]! I normally take my maternity leave starting on my 37th week and deliver 2 [weeks] after so this time I'm gonna try to work until my 38th," she said. "Laban! Getting so anxious about how labor and delivery will unfold this time around." Despite the feelings of unease, Villania was still able to give fans a "fun fact" about the outfit...Keep on reading: Iya Villania, 9 months into pregnancy, continues working: ‘Laban!’
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Incoming press chief Trixie Angeles brushes off old social med posts vs Imelda Marcos
https://youtu.be/q2fzjEejQfE MANILA, Philippines --- Designated press secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles on Thursday brushed off the revival of her previous social media posts against Imelda Marcos, mother of President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. who she would soon serve as member of his Cabinet. During a briefing with the media, the lawyer and vloggerwas asked about her old tweets that sought the arrest and detention of the Marcos matriarch which has been going around social media anew following the announcement of her appointment. "Aren't people entitled to change their minds? I think we are 'di ba," Angeles responded. "I think that evolution is a natural thing, even among our co...Keep on reading: Incoming press chief Trixie Angeles brushes off old social med posts vs Imelda Marcos
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Cops scan 4 areas in Cebu City for bomb threat
CEBU CITY---Policemen on Thursday afternoon checked at least four prominent places in this city after receiving a bomb threat. Capt. Renz Talosig, the chief of the Mabolo Police Station, said an employee at the Qimonda IT Center, which houses the Cebu City trial courts, received at 1:57 p.m. a text message regarding explosive devices allegedly set up at the building. Aside from Qimonda, the suspect said three other places in the city were also planted with explosives. These were the Cebu City Hall, Cebu Cordova Link Expressway, and Carbon Market. The Police Regional Office in Central Visayas immediately sent bomb squads and K9 units to these places to validate the threat. ...Keep on reading: Cops scan 4 areas in Cebu City for bomb threat
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Denmark hits streaming services with levy to support local TV
COPENHAGEN --- Lawmakers in Denmark have agreed global TV streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon and Disney must pay a levy of 6% of their revenue in the country to support local TV production. The bill, which was agreed on Saturday, comes as governments across Europe try to secure support for local TV and film production following the rapid rise in the popularity of streaming services. "Denmark must go as far as possible in providing good public service to children and young people, which can serve as a real alternative to the tech giants' platforms and foreign content," the Ministry of Culture said in a statement on Saturday. It added the fragmented media landscape fol...Keep on reading: Denmark hits streaming services with levy to support local TV
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Gilas Pilipinas to tap UAAP, NCAA players for upcoming Fiba tournaments
MANILA, Philippines --- Chot Reyes plans to tap UAAP and NCAA players forthe Gilas Pilipinas' composition in the upcoming Fiba tournaments in July. Coming off an underwhelming silver medal finish in the 31st Southeast Asian Games, the Philippine men's basketball team coach bared his plans for the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers and the FIBA Asia Cup 2022 in July during his guesting on Play It Right TV. Reyes said the PBA players will not be available for the national team's busy July due to the 47th season Philippine Cup, which opens on June 5. "Our plan, it's going to be composed mostly of the UAAP and NCAA players because the PBA is gonna be ongoing at that time," Reyes to...Keep on reading: Gilas Pilipinas to tap UAAP, NCAA players for upcoming Fiba tournaments
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Protests and dispersals: What to know
MANILA, Philippines---"Essential and vital to the strength and stability of the State".   This was how Batas Pambansa (BP) Bilang 880 described the constitutional right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances, stressing that the State shall make certain the free exercise of this right without prejudice to the rights of others to life, liberty and equal protection of the law.   However, last Wednesday (May 25), a protest within the compound of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Diliman, Quezon City was dispersed by police using water cannons.   READ: Anti-Marcos rally inside CHR compound turns violen...Keep on reading: Protests and dispersals: What to know
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Father shoots drunk son in Batangas
LUCENA CITY ---- A drunken son nearly died after his father shot him before midnight Wednesday, May 25, in Calatagan, Batangas province. Batangas police reported Thursday that a drunken Manny Manalo, 23, at 11:20 p.m., went to the house of his father, Eduardo, 56, in Barangay Biga. The father and son had a heated argument for a still unknown reason until Eduardo took a short firearm of unknown caliber and shot his son. The victim suffered bullet wounds on his left arm and stomach. His relatives took Manalo to the Metro Balayan Medical Center in Balayan town, and survived. The father remained at large. lzb...Keep on reading: Father shoots drunk son in Batangas
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Bataan farmers get P33.6M aid from DA
DINALUPIHAN, Bataan ---- More than 6,700 farmers and 26 farmer cooperatives received Tuesday assistance under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund-Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RCEF-RFFA) program of the Department of Agriculture. The program gave P33.66 million to Bataan's 6,732 rice farmers, who received P5,000 cash aid each. At least 26 corn farmers and fisherfolk in the province received P3,000 worth of fuel discount vouchers each under the DA's fuel discount program. Twenty-six farmer cooperatives and associations in Bataan received farm machinery worth P32.7 million from the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization under RCEF's mechaniza...Keep on reading: Bataan farmers get P33.6M aid from DA
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Twitter to pay $150 million to settle with US over privacy, security violations
WASHINGTON --- Twitter Inc has agreed to pay $150 million to settle allegations it misused private information, like phone numbers, to target advertising after telling users the information would be used for security reasons, according to court documents filed on Wednesday. Twitter's settlement covers allegations that it misrepresented the "security and privacy" of user data between May 2013 and September 2019, according to the court documents. The company will pay $150 million as part of the settlement announced by the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In addition to the monetary settlement, the agreement requires Twitter to improve its compliance prac...Keep on reading: Twitter to pay $150 million to settle with US over privacy, security violations
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Dominguez: Closing Naia, selling its land an option for Bongbong Marcos
MANILA, Philippines---The incoming administration of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. may consider closing down the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) and then selling the vast tract of land it sits on to raise more government revenues, President Rodrigo Duterte's chief economic manager said. In an interview, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said proposed fiscal consolidation and resource mobilization plan aimed at generating more tax revenues to repay ballooning COVID-19 debts was not heavy on privatization because "the assets that we have left are not that much anymore." Dominguez said that besides at least a couple of idle mines, only the state-run Philippine Dep...Keep on reading: Dominguez: Closing Naia, selling its land an option for Bongbong Marcos
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Senate panel wants further probe of Atong Ang’s e-sabong firm over missing ‘sabungeros’
MANILA, Philippines --- A Senate panel has wrapped up its inquiry on e-sabong (online cockfighting) operations, but it wanted further investigation of Atong Ang's firm over the case of "missing sabungeros." Under Committee Report No. 646, the Senate public order committee, chaired by Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, listed its recommendations after it conducted hearings into the cases of cockfighting enthusiasts who suddenly disappeared. Among its recommendations was for the authorities to further look into officers and staff of Lucky 8 Star Quest Inc., an e-sabong company operated and owned by Ang. The Senate panel also said Ang should be included in the deeper probe. "For ...Keep on reading: Senate panel wants further probe of Atong Ang’s e-sabong firm over missing ‘sabungeros’
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Man facing 38 counts of theft nabbed in Pampanga
ANGELES CITY ---- Policemen arrested on Tuesday the most wanted person charged with 38 counts of qualified theft in Porac town, Pampanga. In a statement Thursday, acting Pampanga police director Col. Alvin Consolacion said Jonathan De Mesa, 34, of Sta. Cruz village had a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Benigno Abila of the Angeles City Regional Trial Court Branch 117 for 38 counts of qualified theft with a recommended bail of P1,520,000. Earlier, Porac police arrested three suspects in the theft of 14 fighting roosters. Consolacion identified the trio as Jerry Albao, 52; Antonio Alejo, 63; and Jefferson David, 39. Police allegedly confiscated from the suspects a replica...Keep on reading: Man facing 38 counts of theft nabbed in Pampanga
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After Texas massacre, US senators discuss options against ‘very slim’ odds
WASHINGTON --- Democrats and some Republicans in the U.S. Senate discussed tightening reviews of gun buyers following the deadliest school shooting in nearly a decade, although members of both parties acknowledged action was unlikely. There is a wide gap between the two parties with Republicans arguing that new limits on legal gun purchases will do nothing to deter crime, despite impassioned pleas by Democratic President Joe Biden and some of his Senate colleagues to act. "My Republican colleagues can work with us now. I know this is a slim prospect, very slim, all too slim," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a floor speech a day after a gunman killed 19 young childr...Keep on reading: After Texas massacre, US senators discuss options against ‘very slim’ odds
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Vico to 399 couples whose weddings he officiated: ‘Sana hindi pa kayo naghihiwalay’
MANILA, Philippines --- Re-elected Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto reached another milestone in his political career when he officiated the wedding of his 400th couple on Thursday. But it seemed that the local chief executive who is well-known for his humorous antics on social media just can't let the occasion pass without blurting a witticism. As he let his followers know about his latest achievement, he also sent a message to the 399 couples whose weddings he officiated before. But the timing was that funny, netizens were dispatching laughing emojis. "I just officiated the wedding of my 400th couple," the 32-year-old bachelor Pasig City mayor wrote on Twitter. "Sa unang 399 [c...Keep on reading: Vico to 399 couples whose weddings he officiated: ‘Sana hindi pa kayo naghihiwalay’
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PH to sink P250B deeper in debt in last days of Duterte presidency
MANILA, Philippines ------ At a time of rising yields due to high inflation plus interest rate hikes here and abroad, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) plans to borrow P250 billion from local creditors in June. Next month's domestic borrowings, contained in a May 25 memorandum to government securities eligible dealers (GSEDs) issued by National Treasurer Rosalia de Leon, was higher than this month's P200-billion program. The bigger volume was mainly due to treasury bills and bonds auctions scheduled for the five weeks of June, while May only had four weeks. Similar to previous months, the weekly auction of short-dated T-bills on Mondays starting May 30 (and to be issued two days...Keep on reading: PH to sink P250B deeper in debt in last days of Duterte presidency
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LOOK: Paolo Ballesteros channels ‘power of drag’ in digital magazine cover
Paolo Ballesteros stunned fans with his transformation into a pearl-like queen as the first cover star of a drag magazine. The actor and longtime "Eat Bulaga" host, known for his makeup transformations, donned a pearl-encrusted corset over an ethereal silk organza skirt for his cover shoot with Mega Drag, as seen on the magazine and photographer Dookie Ducay's Instagram pages yesterday, May 25. "For Paolo Ballesteros, the power of drag goes beyond the wigs, clothing, onstage performances and all that meets the eye," Ducay said. "From conceptual performances to stunning makeup transformations, this beautiful form of art has branched out from being a 16th-century theatrical neces...Keep on reading: LOOK: Paolo Ballesteros channels ‘power of drag’ in digital magazine cover
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Biden signs police order on second anniversary of George Floyd’s death
WASHINGTON --- U.S. President Joe Biden sought to reform federal and local policing with a broad executive order on Wednesday, the second anniversary of the death of George Floyd, while goading a seemingly immovable Congress to act on police and gun reform. The order directs all federal agencies to revise their use-of-force policies, creates a national registry of officers fired for misconduct and will use grants to encourage state and local police to restrict the use of chokeholds and neck restraints. "It's a measure of what we can do together to heal the very soul of this nation, to address the profound fear trauma, exhaustion particularly Black Americans have experienced for...Keep on reading: Biden signs police order on second anniversary of George Floyd’s death
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French Open: Carlos Alcaraz wins in 4 1/2-hour marathon
Teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz of Spain outlasted countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a match that lasted more than 4 hours on Wednesday at the French Open in Paris. The sixth-seeded Alcaraz, 19, took the match 6-1, 6-7 (7), 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-4 in four hours, 34 minutes on the clay at Roland Garros. Alcaraz finished with 74 winners and 74 unforced errors. Alcaraz converted just eight of 31 break-point opportunities. "I feel tired but it has been a great battle against Albert," Alcaraz said. "I knew it was going to be a great match, a tough match. We both fought until the last point. I'm so happy with the performance today. "I feel like being at home. ... The support from the...Keep on reading: French Open: Carlos Alcaraz wins in 4 1/2-hour marathon
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Susan Roces refused family’s wish to see doctor before passing: ‘This time, I’ll think of me’
Susan Roces chose not to go to the hospital or see a doctor before she passed away as she is "ready" for her time, her daughter Sen. Grace Poe disclosed. Poe spoke about the request she asked from her mother, in her eulogy at the last night of the wake, as seen on Poe's Facebook page yesterday, May 25. "Nung malapit na siyang mamayapa, hindi pa namin alam din pero kinausap ko siya (Before she passed away, we do not know at the time but I talked to her)," Poe recalled. "Sabi ko (I said), 'Ma, can you please see the doctor or go to the hospital? If not for yourself, at least for us.' Ang sabi niya, 'I've been considering --- I've been putting the feelings of other people before m...Keep on reading: Susan Roces refused family’s wish to see doctor before passing: ‘This time, I’ll think of me’
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Romualdez to public: Support newly elected leaders
  MANILA, Philippines -- House Majority Leader and Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin G. Romualdez urged the public to put political divisiveness behind and support the newly proclaimed President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Vice President-elect Sara Duterte. Romualdez made the appeal on Wednesday in the course of reporting the results of official canvass of votes for president and vice president. The canvass was conducted by a joint House-Senate committee he co-chaired with Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri. "Senator Marcos Jr. received 31,629,783 votes, or a lead of more than 16,594,010 votes over his nearest rival, Vice President Maria Leonor Gerona ...Keep on reading: Romualdez to public: Support newly elected leaders
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Comelec proclaims winning party-list groups
  MANILA, Philippines --- Party-list groups that won in the recently-concluded polls were proclaimed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday. The Comelec, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, proclaimed the party-lists at the Philippine International Convention Center, where the senators were earlier proclaimed. With 2,111,091 votes, ACT-CIS (Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support) topped the party-list race, receiving three seats in Congress. Party-lists 1-Rider (Ang Buklod ng mga Motorista ng Pilipinas) and Tingog placed second and third with 1,001,243 and 886,959 votes respectively. Each of them got two seats. Ranking fo...Keep on reading: Comelec proclaims winning party-list groups
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Romualdez thanks colleagues, candidates for speedy, transparent canvass
  MANILA, Philippines -- House Majority leader and Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin Romualdez thanked his colleages for the speedy and transparent canvass of votes for president and vice president. The tandem of former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Davao Coty Mayor Sara Duterte won a landslide victory with a strong majority vote of the electorate in recent history. Congress proclaimed Marcos Jr. as president-elect and Duterte as vice-president-elect after two days of counting, the fastest in Philippine electoral history. The official canvass showed Marcos with 31,629,783 votes, while his closest opponent, Vice President Leni Robredo, had 15,035,773. In th...Keep on reading: Romualdez thanks colleagues, candidates for speedy, transparent canvass
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Russia prepares to seize western firms looking to leave
Russia is advancing a new law allowing it to take control of the local businesses of western companies that decide to leave in the wake of Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, raising the stakes for multinationals trying to exit. The law, which could be in place within weeks, will give Russia sweeping powers to intervene where there is a threat to local jobs or industry, making it more difficult for western companies to disentangle themselves quickly unless they are prepared to take a big financial hit. The law to seize the property of foreign investors follows an exodus of western companies, such as Starbucks, McDonald's and brewer AB InBev, and increases pressure on those still ther...Keep on reading: Russia prepares to seize western firms looking to leave
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‘Elections were not perfect,’ says Comelec chair
MANILA, Philippines --- The recently held national and local elections were "not perfect," admitted Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Saidamen Pangarungan on Thursday as he stressed that the polls were "extremely difficult operations to manage." Pangarungan said this during his welcoming speech in the proclamation of the 55 party-list groups at the Philippine International Convention Center Forum Tent in Pasay City, where he also thanked the support given by the Comelec's staff, partner agencies and non-governmental organizations. "Having said all of these, I will say also that this election is not perfect. For the Comelec in particular, we still have a big room for im...Keep on reading: ‘Elections were not perfect,’ says Comelec chair
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Punk hits red carpet at premiere of Danny Boyle’s Sex Pistols miniseries
LONDON --- The Sex Pistols grabbed the limelight in London 45 years after they first convulsed Britain, as members Steve Jones and Paul Cook joined director Danny Boyle on the red carpet for the premiere of a drama tracking the punk band's rise and fall. The cast of young up-and-coming actors who play the band in the miniseries "Pistol" also posed for pictures at the ritzy event in the capital's Leicester Square on Monday. But in keeping with the controversy that has been the band's trademark, singer John Lydon, known as Johnny Rotten at the time, was absent, having been scathingly critical of the project in interviews and even filing a lawsuit in a failed attempt to block use ...Keep on reading: Punk hits red carpet at premiere of Danny Boyle’s Sex Pistols miniseries
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