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Personal Details Of World Leaders Accidentally Revealed By G20 Organisers

 

 

 

 

 

” The personal details of world leaders at the last G20 summit were accidentally disclosed by the Australian immigration department, which did not consider it necessary to inform those world leaders of the privacy breach.

  The Guardian can reveal an employee of the agency inadvertently sent the passport numbers, visa details and other personal identifiers of all world leaders attending the summit to the organisers of the Asian Cup football tournament.

  The United States president, Barack Obama, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, the Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, and the British prime minister, David Cameron, were among those who attended the Brisbane summit in November and whose details were exposed.

  The Australian privacy commissioner was contacted by the director of the visa services division of Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection to inform them of the data breach on 7 November 2014 and seek urgent advice.

  In an email sent to the commissioner’s office, obtained under Australia’s freedom of information laws, the breach is attributed to an employee who mistakenly emailed a member of the local organising committee of the Asian Cup – held in Australia in January – with the personal information.”

 

But of course we can trust the State with our personal data … read more from The Guardian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother Used One-Year-Old Baby As Weapon In Alice Springs Street Fight

 

 

 

 

 

” A mother used her one-year-old baby as a weapon during a shocking street fight in Alice Springs.

  The child has been hospitalised and placed under the care of the NT Department of Children and Families. The mother is under arrest and assisting police with inquiries reports the NT News.

  It is understood the baby was grabbed by the ankles and swung at a man during the brawl on Smith St, Alice Springs, about 9.45am ­yesterday.

The distressing example of family violence comes amid efforts to highlight the extent of the problem in the NT.”

 

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Abbott: Australia ‘Sick Of Being Lectured’ On Migration

 

 

 

” Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said the country is “sick of being lectured” by the UN over its treatment of asylum seekers. It comes after the special rapporteur on torture said some aspects violated the convention against torture.

  Australia detains all asylum seekers who arrive by boat, holding them in offshore processing camps. Rights groups have criticized conditions on Manus Island, where asylum-seekers are held.

  In a new report to be tabled to the UN Human Rights Council on Monday, the rapporteur, Juan Mendez, investigated allegations of torture and abuse in more than 60 countries.

  In Australia, he highlighted some cases where the authorities had failed to provide adequate detention conditions, end the detention of children, or prevent escalating violence and tension at Manus Island.

  This meant Australia had violated the right of the asylum-seeker to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, the report said.

  The Australian government has rejected the report.”

 

Good on ya , Mates … Eff the UN More here from the ever UN-friendly BBC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Violent Scenes At ‘Safe’ Underage Festival

 

 

 

 

 

‘ Alcohol was prohibited and parents were promised police would protect their kids, but dramatic vision from the weekend’s under-18 Good Life music festival in Sydney tells a frighteningly different story.

  A festival-goer at the underage festival at Randwick can be seen to be lifted up and slammed into the ground by an older boy during an altercation at the teen-friendly festival.

  The boy lands on his neck after being thrown to the ground and pushed by two much bigger apparently older guys.

  When he gets up, another boy intervenes halting the fight.

  At the same festival, another amateur video shows another young man tackled by police as the crowd of teenagers gathers around, some yelling in horror and others cheering.”

 

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Australian Woman Shocked By Balance Of $10 Million On Bank Receipt

 

 

 

 

 

” An Australian woman discovered an available balance of $10 million on her bank receipt on Sunday, after withdrawing cash from an ATM.

  49-year-old Sue Lamb from the Gold Coast was shocked when she saw an available balance of $9,990,420 on her business credit card and posted a photo of the receipt on Facebook. “Just checked my credit card which has a limit of $50k and guess what! I’m a millionaire!” Lamb wrote.

  On Monday, the ANZ bank removed the extra cash from her account and dropped in overdraft fees of $7,500, which came after Lamb tried to resolve the issue over the course of two days.”

 

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Gunman Knocked Down In Attempted Car-Jacking

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Footage has been revealed of an armed man trying to escape a high-speed police chase by hijacking a car on a busy motorway.

  Two men had been tracked by police from Queensland, Australia, on a 93-mile (150km) police chase from near Brisbane through to New South Wales.

  Police halted the blue Mitsubishi Lancer with road spikes at Tweed Heads before one of the men fired his semi-automatic handgun at police.

  He then tried to shoot at a passing car, forcing it to stop suddenly and the car behind it to plough into its back, sending belongings across the busy Pacific Motorway.

  Both drivers appeared unhurt.

  Apparently trying to hijack another car, the 32-year-old pointed his gun at another vehicle, which struck him, knocking the gun from his hand.”

 

Sky News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surfer Killed After Shark Bites Off Legs In Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A man was killed Monday after a shark tore off his legs while he was surfing off Australia’s east coast, not far from the area where another surfer was mauled by a shark a day earlier, officials said. 

  The 41-year-old Japanese national was sitting on his board waiting for a wave when the shark came up behind him and grabbed the back of the board and the man’s legs in its mouth, said David Wright, mayor of the New South Wales town of Ballina, where the attack occurred. The man’s friends, who had been surfing alongside him, rushed him to shore, where they tried to stop the bleeding with tourniquets and performed CPR.”

 

The victim has now been identified as Tadashi Nakahar 

Yahoo News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rare And Terrifying Frilled Shark Caught Off The Coast Of Victoria

 

 

 

 

” A frightening-looking and rarely-sighted frilled shark has been caught by fishermen off south-eastern Victoria.

  The pre-historic creature has over 300 needle-like teeth in 25 rows, with a head and fins similar to an eel along with a long shark-like tail.

  The frilled shark, which is believed to have existed for 80 million years and could be responsible for some ancient sea monster myths, is well known to the scientific community but rarely seen.

A trawler working in the waters near Lakes Entrance in Victoria’s Gippsland region pulled the shark from 700m deep even though the creature normally lives at a depth of about 1500m. “

 

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Inside The Inferno: Adelaide Hills Ablaze, A Firefighter’s Perspective

 

 

 

 

Published on Jan 5, 2015

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” This footage clearly shows just how crazy a Bushfire can get, and even with the aid of a fire truck and 5 well trained crew it is a struggle to keep up with all the spot fires and the harsh conditions. I want this video to educate people who live in bushfire risk areas all over the world to know that a little preparation can go a long way, by clearing out 20m around your house, putting in sprinklers and making sure you have enough water to last you the whole job are just a few small things that will give you a much better fighting chance in saving your house.

  For all of those who have been wondering We are all CFS Volunteers and do this job not for the money but because our hearts are in it and we just want to help were we can.

  Please do not hesitate to Donate to the CFS Foundation every single dollar is a great help: To assist in the relief of suffering, disability, distress or misfortune of CFS volunteers resulting from their community service activities.
https://www.cfsfoundation.org.au/Howt…

  This footage was shot by volunteer firefighter: Ben Wilson aka Bilson Photography on Friday the 2nd of January 2015 with a Gopro hero 3 Black edition.
As seen on South Australian News channels.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mystery Cosmic Radio Burst Caught In Real-Time For The First Time Ever

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A huge, short burst of radio waves tearing through space has been caught in real time for the first time ever—and it could help scientists work out where these mysterious cosmic bursts come from. Until now, we only knew of these bursts from historical data.

  A team of scientists from Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia, has identified the first ever fast radio burst, sometimes known as a blitzar, as it happened. These bursts last around one millisecond and give off as much energy as the sun does in a million years. Zing.”

” This blitzar’s origin is a mystery, but whatever caused it “must be huge, cataclysmic and up to 5.5 billion light years away,” according to researcher Emily Petroff when she spoke to New Scientist. It could be a flare from a giant magnetized neutron star, the collapse of an oversized neutron star, or something else altogether.”

Gizmodo has more

Netanyahu Lauds US, Australia For Efforts To Reject Palestinian UN Bid

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday lauded the US and Australia for voting against the Palestinian UN Security Council draft resolution on Tuesday, and praised Rwanda and Nigeria for abstaining.

I want to express appreciation and gratitude to the United States and Australia, as well as special appreciation to the President of Rwanda, my friend Paul Kagame, and to the President of Nigeria, my friend Goodluck Jonathan,” Netanyahu said when he arrived Wednesday morning to vote in the Likud primary.

“ I spoke with both of them, they promised me personally that they would not support this decision, and they stood by their words. That is what tipped the scales,” he added.

  The Palestinian resolution calling for a full Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines by 2017, and the establishment of a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital, did not muster the necessary nine votes Tuesday in the Security Council.

  Earlier Wednesday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said the Palestinian failure to get their statehood resolution passed Wednesday in the UN Security Council should teach them that provocations and attempts to unilaterally impose conditions on Israel will lead them nowhere.

“ The Palestinian disregard for important countries in the international arena, first and foremost the US, stems from the backing they get form some of the states in Europe,” he said, in an obvious reference to the “for” votes cast by France and Luxembourg.

“ Every state that truly wants to move an arrangement forward needs to act responsibly and make clear to the Palestinians that decisions are only made around the negotiating table,” Liberman said.

  While France and Luxembourg voted for the Palestinian resolution, two other EU countries – Britain and Lithuania – abstained, illustrating the wide differences on the Mideast that exist inside the 28-state EU.

  Liberman praised his ministry for the work it did to thwart the resolution, the second time in three years that Israel dodged a bullet on this issue in the Security Council, and cited Israel’s concentrated diplomatic efforts in Africa, the far East and central Europe. In 2011 the Palestinians failed in their attempt to win full UN statehood recognition in the UN.

  In addition to the United States, Australia voted against the resolution on Tuesday. Britain, Lithuania, South Korea, and two of the three African states on the Security Council – Rwanda and Nigeria – all abstained, depriving the Palestinians of their nine votes needed to pass the resolution and force a US veto.”

 

Story continues at Jerusalem Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATM Theft Backfires As Explosion Knocks Down Robber

 

 

 

 

 

” Police in Australia have released CCTV footage in search of a man who tried to rob an ATM by blowing it up.

  The man planted explosives on a cash machine in the city of Darwin, however, his plan went wrong when he was knocked off his feet by the blast.

  The ATM was left in a mangled mess, but all the cash remained safely inside. Police are linking the botched raid with a similar incident on Christmas Eve.”

 

Thanks to BBC News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eight Children Stabbed To Death In Cairns

 

 

 

 

 

” A candlelit vigil has been held after eight children were found stabbed to death at a house in Cairns, Australia.

  The children are reportedly aged between 18 months and 15 years old. Police were called to a property in the suburb of Manoora following reports of a woman with serious injuries.”

 

 

Murray Street Manoora Cairns

 

 

” During the search of the house the bodies of the children were discovered. The 34-year-old woman is reportedly the mother of seven of the children. The eighth child is thought to be a family member.

  The mother is said to be in a stable condition at a hospital where she is being questioned by police. “

 

Sky News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney Hostage Situation Ends After 16 Hours At Australia Lindt Chocolat Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The standoff ended when a loud bang was heard from the Lindt Chocolat Cafe and five people ran out. Then police swooped into the building, and there was a flurry of loud bangs.

  The gunman was identified by local media as Man Haron Monis, who is facing charges including sexual assault and accessory to murder in separate cases. A police official said “you wouldn’t be wrong” in identifying the 50-year-old Monis as the gunman. Under department rules, officials do not identify themselves unless speaking at a formal news conference.

  Monis has long been on officials’ radar. Last year, he was sentenced to 300 hours of community service for writing offensive letters to families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan. He was later charged with being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife. Earlier this year, he was charged with the sexual assault of a woman in 2002. He has been out on bail on the charges.

” This is a one-off random individual. It’s not a concerted terrorism event or act. It’s a damaged goods individual who’s done something outrageous,” his former lawyer, Manny Conditsis, told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

” His ideology is just so strong and so powerful that it clouds his vision for common sense and objectiveness,” Conditsis said. “

 

 

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Two killed as Australian police storm siege cafe

Sydney siege live: Loud explosions heard as police storm

Sydney siege: Police storm Lindt cafe where hostages were being held

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney Siege: What We Know, What We Don’t

 

 

 

 

 

” Australia has been rocked by a possible terrorist attack, with staff and customers taken hostage in a cafe in Sydney’s centre.

As rumour and speculation swirls around the incident, here’s a breakdown of what we know and what we don’t.

WHAT WE KNOW

● An unknown number of hostages are being held by an armed man in the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place

● Police were alerted to the incident about 9.45am when a woman saw a man outside the cafe with a blue sports bag that appeared to contain a gun

● Five hostages have escaped the cafe, three of whom appeared to be Lindt employees. One male hostage has been treated at St Vincent’s Hospital. A spokesman would not comment on his condition but said “he is fine”

● NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said tonight officers were focused only on Martin Place: “We’re not concerned at this stage with any other (location)”

● The hostages held a flag up to the window known as The Black Standard, which has been used as a symbol by Islamic extremists

● At least one gunman is involved, a bearded man wearing a headband

● The police have made direct contact with the hostage-taker. Police have asked news.com.au not to reveal details of the phone calls they have had with him

● Police said workers outside of the exclusion zone bordered by Hunter, Pitt, King and Elizabeth streets in the Sydney CBD were OK to travel home via public transport as usual. Martin Place railway station remains closed

● Nobody is believed to have been harmed

● Police have erected a large black shield to cover the corner of the Lindt store from view; at least 100 police and tactical units are stationed in Martin Place

● Airspace in Sydney is open but some flights are being diverted around the CBD, according to Qantas

● Police handcuffed a man 200m from the cafe siege but a police statement has since clarified the arrest was not related to the siege. “

 

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Brutal Police Beating Of Model Shocks Australia (VIDEO)

 

 

 

 

 

” A video showing three Sydney police officers brutally beating a young woman has gone viral, with over 750,000 views on Facebook. During the clip, the victim is repeatedly hit with a police baton and appears to be kicked in the head by a male officer.

  Police brutality has been hitting the headlines in the US, but now it seems the unfortunate trend has made its way to Australia. The woman in question, Claire Helen, who works as a model and actress and was on the receiving end of recurring blows from a police officer, said: “It was the most frightening and humiliating experience of my life.”

  Law enforcement officers allege that Helen punched a policewoman in the mouth, as well as resisting arrest – an action that the model stringently denies. “They pushed me down. They hit me and kicked me. They pulled my dress over my head,” she said, speaking to Channel Nine. Onlookers could be heard shouting, “Let her go,” and, “She’s not resisting arrest.” 

Helen, who is 1 meter, 60 centimeters tall and weighs 55 kilograms, insists she was just enjoying a quiet night out when she was accosted by law enforcement officers, who were much bigger than her.

” We weren’t drunk. We’d been with people playing soccer and went out to have a few drinks. I’m not the sort of person who goes out getting pissed on a Wednesday night. I’m trying to make it as a model and actress. I can’t go out every night getting wasted. I definitely don’t ever get in circumstances like this,” she told Channel Nine news.

  The incident happened in the Kings Cross area of Sydney, which is home to a number of bars and nightclubs, after Helen and a group of friends haggled over a taxi fare, according to police. The law enforcement agency also added that a male member of the group punched the taxi driver in the stomach.

  However, Helen alleges that the taxi driver had charged the group the wrong amount, which led to the trouble starting. “

 

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Australian Lawyer Breaks World Record For Christmas Light Display

 

 

 

 

 

” They say everything’s bigger in America. Bigger, maybe, but not biggest — at least when it comes to Christmas lights. That superlative belongs to Australian lawyer David Richards, who recently assembled a holiday light display featuring more than 1.2 million bulbs at a shopping mall in Canberra.

  Richards didn’t hang the entire installation himself; he had plenty of volunteers. The massive Christmas light display was assembled as a way to raise money for SIDS and Kids ACT (Australian Capital Territory), a local charity offering sudden infant death syndrome counseling and support services.

  Though visitors to the display will be welcomed free of charge through the New Year, donations will be encouraged. The lights will be powered using electricity donated from a local energy company.

  Richards is no stranger to outdoing the competition when it comes to holiday decorations. Last year, he set the Guinness World Record for largest residential Christmas light display, outfitting his house and yard with more than half a million bulbs.

  This year, Richards took his talents to a commercial space. “I couldn’t do it again to my neighbours or my family,” he told The Guardian. “

 

Thanks to UPI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sinkhole Swallows Australian Woman Hanging Up Washing

 

 

 

 

 

 

” An Australian woman has been rescued by firefighters after falling into a ten-foot sinkhole in a Melbourne garden.

  The woman, in her early 50s, was hanging out washing in the Springvale garden when she fell into the two-foot wide hole, a Country Fire Authority spokesman said.

  It took approximately 20 minutes for neighbours to hear her cries for help and call emergency services.

  Paramedic Stephanie Palamberis told the ABC in Australia that at one point the woman’s head was under water.

” The woman told us she was hanging washing out in the backyard at about 11.30am when the ground gave way,” she said.

” She fell with the dirt and mud, dropping about three metres and landing in waist deep water.”

 

Telegraph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Boy Found Alive At Bottom Of Drain

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A newborn baby has been found 2.5 metres down a drain in Sydney after cyclists passing by heard crying.

  After pulling away the concrete drain cover they found the baby, thought to be two or three days old, lying at the bottom wrapped in a hospital blanket.

  The child’s mother, aged 30, has now been identified following hospital record checks and house-to-house enquiries in the Sydney suburb of Quakers Hill.

 Police say she is assisting them with their investigation.

  The alarm was raised by a group of cyclists riding along the bike track beside the M7 highway. They heard cries from the drain at around 7.30am on Sunday.

”  It was disturbing (to see) how the child was placed in the drain,” Quakers Hill duty officer Inspector David Lagats said.

”  We all thought the worst but the baby was still alive.” “

 

The baby’s mother has been charged with attempted murder . Read more at Sky News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mt Martha Woman Snapped Sunbaking In G-String By Real Estate Drone

 

 

 

” A BOARD showing a G-string-clad woman has been removed after she became the accidental attraction in a real estate advertising campaign for a house sale in Mt Martha.

  An ambitious agent enlisted a drone to take an aerial photograph of the property, which includes a sweeping image of the beach.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” But the picture also captured small business owner Mandy Lingard, a mother of three and grandmother of one, sunbaking topless in the privacy of her back yard.

  The image, which includes Ms Lingard lying face down wearing just a G-string, was on the display advertising board outside her neighbour’s house before being removed today.

“I heard a noise and then I saw this odd thing flying around and thought it was a kid’s toy. It hovered around and luckily I was face down at the time,” Ms Lingard said.”

 

 

Read more at Perth Now

Lame Duck Swims To Asia

 

 

 

” If President Barack Obama expects to escape the spate of brutal post-election news by traveling 6,000 miles and 12 time zones to Asia, he’s in for a surprise.

  Regional players are taking stock of whether the U.S. president once seen as a global rock star will now have diminished heft on the world stage, and some are delivering their verdict well ahead of his arrival Monday for an eight-day trip to China, Burma and Australia.

  Global Times, an English-language newspaper published by China’s state-run People’s Daily, has carried two withering editorials in recent days.

“ The lame-duck president will be further crippled” in the wake of a GOP victory, the newspaper warned in one before the voting was complete. “He has done an insipid job, offering nearly nothing to his supporters. US society has grown tired of his banality.”

“ This will be the most recent manifestation of America’s weakness and they will figure that into their deliberation,” said Jon Hunstman, a Republican who served as U.S. Ambassador to China under Obama and pointed to Chinese adeptness at sizing up power. “They will see it through that prism and consider whether this president still has the swat to actually get anything done.” “

 

Politico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cream Puff Corps: Australia, Belgium, Britain And France – Not Just The Netherlands

 

 

 

” If trains and buss are no longer safe places for soldiers on their way to work, surely they are no longer safe for ordinary citizens either.

” The best thing you can do is to make an effort to kill any infidel, French, American, or any of their allies… Smash his head with a rock, slaughter him with a knife, run him over with a car throw him from a high place, choke him or poison him.” — Mohammed al-Adnani, ISIS spokesman, September 2014.

  Instead of telling their soldiers to hide themselves, Western governments should tell their soldiers to show themselves to make clear to the jihadists, and to frightened citizens, that we in the West are not afraid of terrorists. On the contrary, we will root them out and come down on them with all our military might.

  Earlier this week, Timon Dias wrote on these pages that the Dutch authorities have ordered Dutch soldiers not to wear their uniforms when they are using public transport on their way to the barracks. But the Dutch are not the only cowards in the West. Unfortunately, the Netherlands is not the only country that, for fear of attacks by Muslim extremists, has advised its military to no longer wear their uniforms in public. Apparently, Australia, Belgium, Britain and France have done the same. “

 

 

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Terror Raids: AFP, ASIO Move On Suspected Terrorists In Biggest Counterterrorism Raid In Australia’s History

 

 

 

Where the raids happened.

 

 

 

” Police backed up by armoured cars arrested at least 15 people of people in 12 separate pre-dawn operations in NSW, plus three more in Brisbane.

  The combined effort amounted to the largest anti-terrorism operation in Australian history — and senior officers revealed the attack by a suspected terrorist cell was imminent.

  It is believed police intercepted a phone call outlining a plan to kidnap a random member of the public and murder them by beheading, while filming the act to post on social media.

It is also understood the group had planned to target a tourist, possibly in Martin Place in the CBD.”

 

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Australian Planes To Deliver Weapons For Kurds Fighting Islamic State

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Australia will help deliver weapons to Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq in an attempt to counter the threat posed by Islamic State militants, while participating in further humanitarian air drops.

Tony Abbott said the US government had requested that Australia help to transport stores of military equipment, including arms and munitions, as part of a multinational effort.

“Royal Australian Air Force C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster aircraft will join aircraft from other nations including Canada, Italy, France, the United Kingdom and the United States to conduct this important task,” the prime minister said in a statement on Sunday.

“Australia’s contribution will continue to be coordinated with the government of Iraq and regional countries.”

The Labor opposition signaled its support for the decision, saying the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were the only effective barrier to Isis slaughtering civilian populations while advancing through northern Iraq.”

 

The Guardian 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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