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July 23, 2018

US director James Gunn fired from Marvel Studios for decade-old offensive tweets

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On Friday, US director and screenwriter James Gunn was fired from work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for Marvel Studios reportedly for his offensive tweets from 2008 to 2011 about, amongst other things, rape and paedophilia.

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In a statement, Walt Disney Studios‘ Chairman Alan Horn said, “The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him”.

The Walt Disney Company owns Marvel Studios. James Gunn wrote the screenplay and directed Marvel movies Guardians of the Galaxy, released in 2014, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, released in 2017. Based on the comic book characters in the Marvel Comics, the movie franchise featured Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillian as well as Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel as voice cast for CGI characters. The two movies earned a worldwide box office revenue of about USD 773 million and USD 864 million per Box Office Mojo‘s statistics. Gunn had been writing the third movie in the franchise reportedly to be released in 2020.

Responding to his firing, James Gunn said, “My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative. I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time. Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then.”

In one of the old tweets, Gunn wrote, “The best thing about being raped is when you’re done being raped and it’s like ‘whew this feels great, not being raped!'”

Dave Bautista, who portrays Drax the Destroyer in Gunn’s Marvel movies, tweeted about Gunn’s dismissal saying, “James Gunn is one of the most loving, caring, good natured people I have ever met. He’s gentle and kind and cares deeply for people and animals. He’s made mistakes. We all have. I’m NOT ok with what’s happening to him”.

After Gunn was fired, David Dastmalchian, an actor in the latest Marvel Studios movie Ant-Man and the Wasp wrote on Instagram, “i’ve been saying this FOR YEARS! @jamesgunn is one of the most amazing people I’ve ever known – both professionally & personally. there are so many people in our lives that we would never have known without the incredible magnet of talent & goodness that is James […] thanks for making us a part of your family, buddy.”


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July 20, 2018

Hindi poet and songwriter Gopal Das Neeraj dies, aged 93

Hindi poet and songwriter Gopal Das Neeraj dies, aged 93

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Yesterday, Hindi poet and songwriter Gopal Das Neeraj died at the AIIMS trauma centre in Delhi, India. The poet was 93-years-old.

According to reports, Gopal Das had a head injury at his home in Agra and was taken to Aligarh for treatment. The chief of AIIMS trauma centre of New Delhi, Dr Rajesh Malhotra, said, “He was shifted to the trauma centre here [the night before he died] in a critical condition. He had suffered from kidney failure, had infection all over his body and head injury”.

Born in the Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh on January 4, 1925, Gopal Das was a resident of Agra and taught Hindi literature at the Dharma Samaj College in Aligarh. Gopal Das had received some of the highest Indian civilian honourary awards, receiving Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2007.

Gopal Das also wrote songs for Bollywood movies and won the Filmfare Best Lyrics award on three occasions for his songs Kaal Ka Pahiya ((hi))Hindi language: ‍काल का पहिया, Bas Yehi Apradh Main Har Baar ((hi))Hindi language: ‍बस यही अपराध मैं हर बार and Ae Bhai Jara Dekh Ke Chalo ((hi))Hindi language: ‍ए भाई! ज़रा देख के चलो. He also wrote the songs Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe ((hi))Hindi language: ‍लिखे जो खत तुझे, Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya ((hi))Hindi language: ‍दिल ने फिर याद किया and Dil Aaj Shayar Hai ((hi))Hindi language: ‍दिल आज शायर है.

Gopal Das’s body was reportedly to be taken to Aligarh today.



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August 2, 2016

Debut from Booker-winner, final Canadian appearance of Stan Lee among announced Fan Expo programming

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Toronto, Ontario‘s 2016 Fan Expo Canada, scheduled for September 1–4, includes farewells to some US icons, and the debut of a new work by a Canadian icon. The first batch of programming was announced in a media release late last week.

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Saturday, September 3, acclaimed Canadian author Margaret Atwood is to launch her graphic novel Angel Catbird, with illustrator Johnnie Christmas. The panel includes a question and answer session and an opportunity to purchase the book before its general release date. Other recent firsts from the 76-year-old Booker Award-winning Atwood include a chamber opera that debuted in 2014, participating in the Twitter Fiction Festival in 2015, and being the first writer included in the Future Library project, her Scribbler Moon not to be read until 2114.

Stan Lee, now 93, is in the midst of what he claims to be his final convention tour. As first announced in February, the Spider-Man, Iron-Man, and X-Men creator is to make his final Canadian convention appearance at Fan Expo. Also bidding adieu to the convention circuit are Adam West and Burt Ward, from the original Batman television series, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The remainder of the announced schedule includes various programs for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, including appearances by actors William Shatner, George Takei, and Nichelle Nichols, the four day long Geekfest Film Festival, and a live script reading of Ghostbusters by voice acting legends Rob Paulsen, Bill Farmer, Maurice LaMarche, and David Hayter. Panels include The Dark Knight III team, including a rare appearance by Frank Miller, the cast of Sailor Moon, and an exclusive panel of Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes.

The 750,000 square foot event projects “over 140,000” attendees this year to Toronto’s Metro Toronto Convention Centre.



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Debut from Booker-winner, final Canadian appearance of Stan Lee among announced Fan Expo Canada programming

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Toronto, Ontario‘s 2016 Fan Expo Canada, scheduled for September 1–4, includes farewells to some US icons, and the debut of a new work by a Canadian icon. The first batch of programming was announced in a media release late last week.

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Saturday, September 3, acclaimed Canadian author Margaret Atwood is to launch her graphic novel Angel Catbird, with illustrator Johnnie Christmas. The panel includes a question and answer session and an opportunity to purchase the book before its general release date. Other recent firsts from the 76-year-old Booker Award-winning Atwood include a chamber opera that debuted in 2014, participating in the Twitter Fiction Festival in 2015, and being the first writer included in the Future Library project, her Scribbler Moon not to be read until 2114.

Stan Lee, now 93, is in the midst of what he claims to be his final convention tour. As first announced in February, the Spider-Man, Iron-Man, and X-Men creator is to make his final Canadian convention appearance at Fan Expo. Also bidding adieu to the convention circuit are Adam West and Burt Ward, from the original Batman television series, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The remainder of the announced schedule includes various programs for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, including appearances by actors William Shatner, George Takei, and Nichelle Nichols, the four day long Geekfest Film Festival, and a live script reading of Ghostbusters by voice acting legends Rob Paulsen, Bill Farmer, Maurice LaMarche, and David Hayter. Panels include The Dark Knight III team, including a rare appearance by Frank Miller, the cast of Sailor Moon, and an exclusive panel of Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes.

The 750,000 square foot event projects “over 140,000” attendees this year to Toronto’s Metro Toronto Convention Centre.



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July 30, 2016

Pokémon Go champion declared in United Kingdom

Pokémon Go champion declared in United Kingdom

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A UK family man named Sam Clark has become the first UK Pokémon Go contender to catch all 142 Pokémon species, which lately have been lurking and hiding all around different areas of Britain.

The Challenge took the 32-year-old a fortnight to complete and in those 14 days Clark has walked an astonishing 225 Kilometres and with that exercise, he has managed to lose a heavy 12 kilos.

Clark stated that after a car accident in 2008, which caused him to suffer a fractured neck, he has since experienced weight issues. However, after being introduced to today’s latest Craze Pokémon Go, he has been encouraged to step outside and challenge himself mentally and also physically to start living a healthier lifestyle.

Having now reached level 24 in the game, the married dad of four says he plans to continue on with the game Pokémon Go, even though he has completed all levels attributed to the games aim as he is determined to continue on losing those kilos through the games designed active quests.



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June 3, 2016

Autopsy report shows Prince died of opioid overdose

Autopsy report shows Prince died of opioid overdose

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The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed on Thursday that Prince, who was found dead in his Minnesota home April 21st, died from an accidental overdose of self-administered opioid, fentanyl.

The news comes after weeks of speculation surrounding the circumstances of the 57 year old’s sudden death. Among this speculation was information relating to the artist’s alleged abuse of prescription drugs. Prince was known for suffering with debilitating hip pain and a concerned friend reportedly reached out to Californian-based doctor, Howard Kornfeld, who specialises in treating opioid addictions, just hours before his death.

The office told CNN they will not be releasing the full autopsy and toxicology reports. The report came in a press release from the office that doesn’t state whether or not the drugs were prescribed. Authorities are yet to discuss how the singer came into possession of the painkiller.

CNN reports that fentanyl is 25 to 50 times more potent than heroin and 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. The painkiller drug is blamed for the rise in overdoses in the United States. Online publication Quartz reports that the number of opioid-related deaths in the U.S has nearly quadrupled since 1999.



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May 27, 2016

Manchester United appoints José Mourinho as new manager

Manchester United appoints José Mourinho as new manager

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Today, association football club Manchester United F.C. announced they appointed Portuguese José Mourinho as their new manager for the next three seasons with an option to stay at the club until 2020. Mourinho’s predecessor Louis van Gaal was fired on Monday after two-years of service at Old Trafford.

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Cquote1.svg Jose is quite simply the best manager in the game today. He has won trophies and inspired players in countries across Europe Cquote2.svg

—Ed Woodward, Manchester United Vice-Chairman

Manchester United finished in fifth position in the Premier League this season under Dutchman Louis van Gaal and missed out on UEFA Champions League qualification, but won the FA Cup 2–1 against Crystal Palace.

Mourinho previously served London-based club Chelsea in two spells and won the Premier League with them three times, lastly in the 2014–15 season. He also worked with Spain’s capital club Real Madrid winning one La Liga title with Los Blancos, Champions League and domestic league titles with Portuguese club FC Porto and Italian club Internazionale.

Mourinho has a 66% win record and 2.19 points-per-match ratio in the Premier League, the best in the league. In his first season (2004-05) at Chelsea, The Blues won the title with a record high 95 points.

Ed Woodward, Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman, praised Mourinho saying “Jose is quite simply the best manager in the game today. He has won trophies and inspired players in countries across Europe and, of course, he knows the Premier League very well, having won three titles here”. Mourinho said, “It is a club known and admired throughout the world. There is a mystique and a romance about it which no other club can match”.

Mourinho has won trophies in four different countries. His team is to face German side Borussia Dortmund and local rivals Manchester City in club friendlies during July.


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May 15, 2016

Small to medium arts organisations biggest losers from funding cuts

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Cuts to the Australia Council for the Artsl budget, have resulted in arts companies losing their funding, Over 60 small to medium arts organisations who previously relied on funding from the arts council have had their most recent grant applications rejected.

The council received a total of 262 applications from small to medium arts organisations for a 4-year funding program. It was announced on Friday that 128 of those organisations applications have been successful and they will receive a share of $28 million a year over a 4-year period beginning in 2017. Over 40 of the successful applications come from new organisations while the remaining will continue to receive funding.

The over 60 organisations that have not received any funding, will face financial difficulty and some will struggle to remain operational, as they rely on the funding to keep their doors open. With no funding available to some of these organisations which includes art galleries, dance companies and theatres there is major concerns from the industry, that there will be vast numbers of job losses and a creative and technical talent drain as people seek employment opportunities offshore.



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May 8, 2016

2016 British Academy Television Awards

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

The 2016 British Academy Television Awards (63rd ceremony), organized by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, was held on 8 May 2016 in London’s Royal Festival Hall and hosted by Graham Norton. It rewards programmes broadcasted on the UK television in 2015-2016, and actors playing in these programmes. The nominations were announced on 30 March.

Only two shows won several awards: the historical TV seris Wolf Hall and Peter Kay’s Car Share. The BBC won more than half the awards. The evening was surprisingly political, with the acceptance speech of Peter Kosminsky (director of Wolf Hall and the first to receive his award) which attacked the government about their try to “eviscerate” the BBC. He received a standing ovation for his speech.

Best Actor
  • Mark Rylance – Wolf Hall (BBC Two)
    • Ben Whishaw – London Spy (BBC Two)
    • Idris Elba – Luther (BBC One)
    • Stephen Graham – This Is England ’90 (Channel 4)
Best Actress
  • Suranne Jones – Doctor Foster (BBC One)
    • Claire Foy – Wolf Hall (BBC Two)
    • Ruth Madeley – Don’t Take My Baby (BBC Three)
    • Sheridan Smith – The C-Word (BBC One)
Best Supporting Actor
  • Tom Courtenay – Unforgotten (ITV)
    • Anton Lesser – Wolf Hall (BBC Two)
    • Cyril Nri – Cucumber (Channel 4)
    • Ian McKellen – The Dresser (BBC Two)
Best Supporting Actress
  • Chanel Cresswell – This Is England ’90 (Channel 4)
    • Eleanor Worthington Cox – The Enfield Haunting (Sky Living)
    • Lesley Manville – River (BBC One)
    • Michelle Gomez – Doctor Who (BBC One)
Best Entertainment Performance
  • Leigh Francis – Celebrity Juice (ITV2)
    • Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show (BBC One)
    • Romesh Ranganathan – Asian Provocateur (BBC Three)
    • Stephen Fry – Quite Interesting (BBC Two)
Best Male Comedy Performance
  • Peter Kay – Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC iPlayer)
    • Hugh Bonneville]] – W1A (BBC Two)
    • Javone Prince – The Javone Prince Show (BBC Two)
    • Toby Jones – Detectorists (BBC 4)
Best Female Comedy Performance
  • Michaela Coel – Chewing Gum (Channel 4)
    • Miranda Hart – Miranda (BBC One)
    • Sian Gibson – Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC iPlayer)
    • Sharon Horgan – Catastrophe (Channel 4)
Best Drama Series
  • Wolf Hall (BBC Two)
    • Humans (Channel 4)
    • The Last Panthers (Sky Atlantic)
    • No Offence (Channel 4)
Best Single Drama
  • Don’t Take My Baby (BBC Three)
    • The C-Word (BBC One)
    • Cyberbully (Channel 4)
    • The Go-Between (BBC One)
Best Mini-Series
  • This Is England ’90 (Channel 4)
    • Doctor Foster (BBC One)
    • The Enfield Haunting (Sky Living)
    • London Spy (BBC Two)
Best Soap and Continuing Drama
  • EastEnders (BBC One)
    • Coronation Street (ITV)
    • Emmerdale (ITV)
    • Holby City (BBC One)
Best Scripted Comedy
  • Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC iPlayer)
    • Chewing Gum (E4)
    • Peep Show (Channel 4)
    • People Just Do Nothing (BBC Three)
Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme
  • Have I Got News for You (BBC One)
    • Charlie Brooker’s Election Wipe (BBC Two)
    • Quite Interesting (BBC Two)
    • Would I Lie to You? (BBC One)
Best International Programme
  • Transparent (Amazon Prime)
    • The Good Wife (More4)
    • Narcos (Netflix)
    • Spiral (BBC Four)
Radio Times Audience Award
  • Poldark
    • Doctor Foster
    • The Great British Bake Off
    • Humans
    • Making a Murderer
    • Peter Kay’s Car Share
Best Feature
  • The Great British Bake Off (BBC One)
    • Back in Time for Dinner (BBC Two)
    • Kevin McCloud: Escape to the Wild (Channel 4)
    • Travel Man (Channel 4)
Best News Coverage
  • Channel 4 News: Paris Massacre (Channel 4)
    • BBC News at Six: Paris Attacks Special (BBC One)
    • ITV News at Ten: Refugee Crisis (ITV)
    • Sky News: From Turkey to Greece (Sky News)
Best Current Affairs
  • Outbreak: The Truth About Ebola (BBC Two)
    • Children of the Gaza War (BBC Two)
    • Escape from Isis – Dispatches (Channel 4)
    • Jihad: A British Story (ITV)
Best Factual Series or Strand
  • The Murder Detectives (Channel 4)
    • The Detectives (BBC Two)
    • Great Ormond Street (BBC Two)
    • The Tribe (Channel 4)
Best Reality and Constructed Factual
  • First Dates (Channel 4)
    • Gogglebox (Channel 4)
    • I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here (ITV)
    • The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds (Channel 4)
Best Entertainment Programme
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One)
    • Adele at the BBC (BBC One)
    • Britain’s Got Talent (ITV)
    • TFI Friday (Channel 4)
Best Sport
  • The Ashes (Sky Sports)
    • The Grand National (Channel 4)
    • Match of the Day Live: FA Cup Final (BBC One)
    • Six Nations – Final Day (BBC One)
Huw Wheldon Award for Specialist Factual
  • Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (BBC Two)
    • Grayson Perry’s Dream House (Channel 4)
    • The Hunt (BBC One)
    • Rudolf Nureyev – Dance to Freedom (BBC Two)
Flaherty Award for Single Documentary
  • My Son the Jihadi (Channel 4)
    • Bitter Lake (BBC iPlayer)
    • Life After Suicide (BBC One)
    • Louis Theroux: Transgender Kids (BBC Two)
Best Live Event
  • Big Blue Live (BBC One)
    • The Sound of Music Live! (ITV)
    • Stargazing Live: Brit In Space, Tim Peake Special (BBC)
    • The Vote (More4)
BAFTA Fellowship
  • Ray Galton and Alan Simpson



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April 26, 2016

Reactions to the death of Prince

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Since the announcement of the death of Prince, many famous online music and other areas, they have expressed with regret of the American musician’s death on April 21, 2016. Were many, including widespread coverage about the many reactions from notable people. Below are some artists who have demonstrated.

The singers solo’s carrier Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Toni Braxton, Billy Idol, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, Lionel Richie, Madonna, Elton John, Stevie Nicks, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and John Cale, expressed with lamentable a death on April 21 and 22 in social network.

Cquote1.svg Isn’t it amazing Prince shared his soul with us so deeply before his death? And now after, we will be replenished endlessly by both his legacy and all that he still has to give from the beyond. Cquote2.svg

—Lady Gaga

Cquote1.svg We lost a legend. RIP Prince. Cquote2.svg

—Beyoncé

Cquote1.svg I will miss him so much. He was as special of a friend as he was a brilliant talent. My condolences to his family. Good night, sweet Prince. Cquote2.svg

—Toni Braxton

Cquote1.svg Oh my god I can’t believe that Prince has died…he was a great great talent…RIP Cquote2.svg

—Billy Idol

Cquote1.svg Genius, legend, inspiration, friend. The world will miss you. I’ll never get over it. Cquote2.svg

—Mariah Carey

Cquote1.svg Numb. Stunned. This can’t be real. Cquote2.svg

—Justin Timberlake

Cquote1.svg My friend is gone…This is what it sounds like, when doves cry. He was my dove… Cquote2.svg

—Stevie Nicks

Cquote1.svg I can’t believe it, I’m in total shock. So many wonderful memories, I will miss him. Cquote2.svg

—Lionel Richie

Cquote1.svg He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I’m Devastated. This is Not A Love Song. Cquote2.svg

—Madonna

Cquote1.svg This is truly devastating news. The greatest performer I have ever seen. A true genius. Musically way ahead of any of us. Sang with him twice on stage. What an honour. Rest in peace you purple warrior. Cquote2.svg

—Elton John

Cquote1.svg I am so sad and shocked to hear the tragic news about Prince. He was the most incredibly talented artist. A man in complete control of his work from writer and musician to producer and director. He was such an inspiration. Playful and mind-blowingly gifted. He was the most inventive and extraordinary live act I’ve seen. The world has lost someone truly magical. Goodnight dear Prince. Cquote2.svg

—Kate Bush

Cquote1.svg Saddened by Prince’s death. Proud to have seen in the New Year with him. He seemed fine and played brilliantly funky music. God bless this creative giant. Thanks Prince. Love X Paul Cquote2.svg

—Paul McCartney

Cquote1.svg God bless prince we will all miss him I still have my Purple whistle. I will blow it tonight peace and love Cquote2.svg

—Ringo Starr

Cquote1.svg I’m shocked to hear that Prince passed at such a young age. Musically, he could do it all: sing, play, arrange and produce. Love & Mercy. Cquote2.svg

—Brian Wilson

The singers in musical groups, Magne Furuholmen (A-ha) say: “oh no, another genius has passed away. what a sad year for music it has been. we were signed to the same label around the same time and met briefly while recording at paisley park. loved your imaginative and innovative work, mr!”; Boyz II Men: influenced by Prince, say: “Without Prince there wouldn’t have been Boyz II Men”.

Also they expressed who was not music business. The baskett man Kevin Garnett: “”He was super confident, but humble in how he spoke to you. He was always very inviting and the one takeaway you got from every time you talked to him was how he was just so super cool. Lost for words… Truly was an honor to know and will be sadly missed. RESPECT/LOVED.. Forever in our Hearts….”; TV presenter Oprah Winfrey: “Prince, the doves really are crying now.”. The director and actor Spike Lee: “I miss my brother.”. The actress Dita Von Teese: “I refused to accept this until just now. I got to know Prince a little bit thanks to @fatima_noir and I’ll never forget those times. He was so gorgeous, and I was always super shy, in awe of his talent and beauty! I can’t believe he’s gone so soon.”, in Instagram.


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