Thursday, 31 December 2015

Breaking news: Asia welcomes year 2016

Following the variations in global time zone, some countries have welcomed year 2016 while others are still expecting.

Samoa and Kiribati were the first countries to usher in 2016 followed by New Zealand which put up an impressive fireworks display, reported to be the biggest in the city’s history.
Nigeria and some other African countries will welcome year 2016 at exactly 12:00 midnight.

FG will create 1m jobs in 2016 – Osinbajo

The Federal Government will create no fewer than one million direct jobs in 2016, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said A statement issued by Laolu Akande, his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media and Publicity, quoted Osinbajo as saying that another one million poor Nigerians would benefit from the first phase of the Conditional Cash Transfer Scheme.

The statement, released to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja, said that the VP made the remark during an interactive session with a cross section of Nigerian Community in Burkina Faso. Osinbajo was in Burkina Faso to represent President Muhammadu Buhari at the inauguration of the newly elected president of that country Roch Marc Christian Kabore.

Quick Reminder: 15 Ways To Be The Change You Want To See In Nigeria.

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I picked up my favorite quote in the world and have made it my blog slogan. It's a quote by Mahatma Gandhi - "Be The Change You Want To See In The World." I have added a little twist to that and have highlighted 15 ways to be the change you want to see in Nigeria. Published them on this blog, and it's being my major drive for 2015. As the year ends, thought to do a reminder so we could all be inspired to be a better citizen as we step into the new year. Read them after the cut.....:

Hilarious: Teen Sisters raise $10 million in 10 years for military families.

Ten years ago, 10-year-old Rachel Okun and her sister Kelsi, 8, told their parents they had a big idea, they wanted to say thank you to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan by offering scholarships to their spouses and children.

With some parental assistance, the precocious girls created their own charity called ThanksUSA, and soon they were online asking for money.

In 2009, when CBS News paid a visit, ThanksUSA had raised a stunning $5 million.

Nigerian's reaction to Presidential Media Chat.

Nigerians and even Ghanaians reacted to the Presidential chat yesterday. Most Nigerians said the president answered truthfully and want to give his administration a chance. Ghanianas wished he could be their president after watching the media chat. Read the tweets after the cut...

Adele, Catilyn Jenner among CNN's top 7 women who changed the world in 2015.

The majority of the world's most powerful and influential positions remain in men's hands. But the imbalance is gradually tilting -- and it shows. In 2015, some of the biggest news and successes resulted from the actions of women. See them after the cut........

21 injured in an Air Canada flight turbulence, passengers narrate the ordeal.

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A Canada-bound airliner was forced to make an emergency landing after severe turbulence injured 21 passengers, including three children, officials said.

The Air Canada flight from Shanghai to Toronto was diverted to Calgary after the turbulence hit.

Eight passengers suffered neck and back injuries and 13 more were taken to hospital for observation.

How would you spend last day of the year? Here are some ideas.

December 31 is a day where most people want to have a memorable end to the current year and lasting memories of the start of another. Here are some ideas on how you can make it memorable:
  1. Make it a day of gratitude to God and to people who were part of making the year a good one for you.
  2. Spend a good amount of time in solitude, reflecting on 2015 and your new dreams for 2016.
  3. Do something memorable and fun to close the year - Take yourself out, hang out with loved ones, etc.
  4. Get rid of every regret, and get optimistic about the new year
  5. Talk with a mentor about your new year plan and aspirations
  6. Attend a crossover service especially if you are a Christian.
  7. Personally have a prayer session committing 2016 into God's hand to help you have a great year.
  8. Whatever you do, ensure you have a fantastic last day of the year. 
Thank you my wonderful viewers for being a part of my year. For everyone who followed me on Twitter, Facebook page, Instagram and all my friends and family on Facebook, I say a huge thank you.

Nigerian restaurant allegedly 'served human flesh to customers'

Nigerian restaurant served human flesh to customers 
A viral story have emerged yesterday and it was reported on Yahoo News, about a Nigerian restaurant in Anambra State that sells human flesh as meat to customers. The restaurant have been shut down, and the story could be hoax according to the report.

When police raided the restaurant they discovered human heads that were still bleeding.

According to the story, a priest who ate at the restaurant was presented with a bill of 700 Naira, or around $4.40, which is a considerable amount of money with millions survive on less than a $1 a day.

Check out photos from yesterday's presidential media chat

President Buhari had his maiden presidential media chat yesterday  December 30th. See more photos after the cut...

Davido and Baby Mama Saga, Dele Momodu narrates his side of the story.

Nigerian singer David Adeleke aka Davido and Sophie Davido's baby mama are having a huge issue on who takes parental possesion of their 7 months baby. After series of incidences, Coco Davido's sister was apprehended at the airport while attempting to travel out of the country with the baby. The Immigration was able to stop them from making the trip on the allegations of exporting the baby without mother's concept after Coco had false fully claimed the baby was hers. Apparently Sophie is Dele Momodu's cousin, so he is fully aware of some details about the story. Read what he said after the cut.......

A-Ibom Assembly elects first female Deputy Speaker

The lawmaker representing Okobo state constituency and Chair Person, House Committee on Women Affairs and Social Welfare Matters, Mrs. Felicia Bassey, has been elected the Deputy Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.  

In a statement in Uyo, yesterday, the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Mr. Kufre Okon, said Bassey emerged the first female Deputy Speaker during Tuesday’s plenary, to replace the former Deputy Speaker, Mr. Effiong Bassey, representing Oron/Udung Uko state constituency, whose election was nullified last week by the Appeal Court in Abuja.

It added that the Speaker, Mr. Onofiok Luke, who administered the oath of office on the new Deputy Speaker charged her to live up to the expectation of the sixth Assembly while discharging her legislative duties.

The statement added that other members who spoke after the plenary described her new office as well deserved, and expressed confidence in her ability to discharge the functions of the office optimally.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

#Presidentialmediachat: Notable quotes from Buhari

“I cannot see the #NASS spending N45billion to buy cars on top of the transport allowance they collect”

We have documents showing that Nigerian crude oil was diverted and proceeds from the oil were diverted to private individuals

The cost of petrol is so low, you don’t have to subsidize it

You can not manage the country if you can not secure it

445000 BPD can be refined at home to meet 60% of our requirement and the other 40% via swap

When I say the war has been technically won, I meant their capacity to carry out conventional attack has weakened

Presidential media chat: Buhari speaks on oil subsidy, chiibok girls, Army/Shiite clash, DasukiGate, others

President Buhari this evening hosted his maiden Presidential Media Chat since assuming office on May 29 this year. The journalists that interviewed are: Kayode Akintemi (Channels TV), Munir Dan Ali (Daily Trust), Ngozi Anyaegbulam (Media World International), and Ibanga Isine (Premium Times). During the chat, he spoke on many issues.

How are we doing with the fight against corruption?
"Thirty years ago as Head of State, we collected those we perceived to be corrupt and put them in protective custody, until they prove they were not guilty. At present, those suspected of being corrupt are innocent until they are proven guilty.

#NewYearNewThings - Check out what's new for Jude Okoye.

The father of one shared the good news on instagram saying another one is on its way.

"Got myself 1st new year goodies. 2nd one in a bit. #cls #mercedes #blessed," Jude wrote. We say big congrats to him. Hard work really pays!

Photos of Bobbi Kristina Brown's house that's up for sale at $500,000.

Bobbi Kristina Brown's condo up for sale at $500,000

This is the same condo where late singer, Whitney Houston's late daughter, had been found unconscious and face down in her bathtub. 
People magazine reports that, the condo had first been listed for sale two weeks ago for almost $470,000, but is yet to be sold.
 More photos after the cut..........

#PresidentialMediaChat:I turned down a N400m car proposal for the presidency, NASS members can't spend N4.5bn to buy cars- Buhari

President Buhari says he will be exploring the possibility of stopping National Assembly members from spending N4.5 billion on car purchase when they still collect transportation allowances. He said he turned down a N400 million car proposal for the presidency

"I turned down a N400million car proposal for the presidency. I said the cars I have are good enough for 10 years. We are having problem with the National Assembly regarding TSA. I have to holding a closed-door meeting with the National Assembly regarding the cars they are trying to buy. I hope they haven't bought them yet.

#MustRead: Top 7 Patriotic Strides of 2015 in Nigeria.(2)

This is part two, part one of this article which featured the first three Patriotic Strides of 2015 was published yesterday. Read it HERE

Quoting from my previous post, Patriotism have remained an essential but scarce commodity in Nigeria. With Change on our mind and with the dire need to save our land from its colossal challenges, the demand for patriotic citizens is on the increase. Nigeria is in demand of Men and Women who will fight for a better and great Nigeria, a breed of people who will refuse to play partisan politics with every venture and embrace a new phenomenon called "Patriotic Strides."

Here we will be looking at the remaining four top Patriotic Strides of 2015. These are events and people whose action or in-action contributed in no small way in making a huge positive difference for the country in the cause of the very eventful and critical year, 2015. Continue......

Biafran Leader, Nnamdi Kanu Apologises To President Buhari

Reports credited to The Punch have it that Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and founder of Radio Biafra, has apologised to President Muhammadu Buhari for referring to him (Buhari) as a terrorist, evil and a paedophile in his radio broadcasts.
Kanu, who has been in DSS custody over charges of treason and other ancillary offences, it was gathered, will also write a private letter of apology to the president.
This apology was contained in a statement which the 48-year-old pro-Biafran agitator made available to the DSS on October 23.

In the statement, Kanu, whose trial recently suffered a set back on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, after the court refused to sit over his case, also apologized to former president Goodluck Jonathan and Igbo elders for “some uncomplimentary things” he said about them.

Stone Us If Buhari Does Not Perform - Tony Momoh

Former Minister of Information, Prince Tony Momoh, have staked his life on Buhari delivering on his campaign and change promises. He said President Muhammadu Buhari is capable of tackling headlong the myriad of problems confronting Nigeria, he added that Buhari is the only Nigeria President who had the ambition of becoming a President, diligently sought it and got it. The others he said, were only victor of circumstance.

Momoh, during his speech in Auchi, Etsako West Local Council of Edo, stressed that the agitations notwithstanding, the South East geo-political zone stood to be the biggest beneficiary of the current administration.

The Auchi prince thundered: “At the end of the day if Buhari doesn’t perform, stone us because he is going to perform.”

CHAN 2016: Eagles to drop two players before South Africa trip

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According to Eagles Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, the number of players in home based Eagles camp currently preparing for the CHAN 2016 billed for Rwanda in January 2016 will reduce to 23 before their departure to South Africa.

He noted that a total of 25 players are currently in camp under the watchful eyes of the technical crew and they would have to make the decision on those to drop.

“We have 25 players in camp now with Salami the only player yet to rejoin the camp, it’s likely he is working on a transfer abroad,” a team official disclosed yesterday.

Benue South Re-run: CAN Endorses Mark


Ahead of the Benue South senatorial district re-run election, the immediate past Senate President, Senator David Mark has received the endorsement of the Benue State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

The CAN led by its Benue South chairman, Reverend Father Emmanuel Odufu (who led the delegation) on a solidarity visit to Senator Mark’s Otukpo country home yesterday, said the endorsement is the unanimous decision of their followers.

#MustRead: Africans need another 100years of recolonisation - Donald Trump

Read the nauseating but thougt provoking article below:
Once again, Donald Trump, the Republican top contender for the presidency of the United States of America, has dropped another divisive bombshell when, in Indianapolis, he lashed out at Africans, saying that they need another 100 years of recolonisation because they know nothing about leadership and self-governance.

Trump’s latest diatribe against African countries is that Africa is led by kleptocrats who are stealing from their own governments and investing the money in foreign countries. From the government to opposition, he added, African countries only qualify to be used as a case study whenever bad examples are required. He lambasted Africans for lacking the productive capacity to make finished goods and still importing trivial products like matchsticks! 

Badagry: Girl narrates how she escaped been used for rituals by her iman lover.

Mowo 11, a suburb of Olorunda Local Council Development Area of Badagry area in Lagos State, was yesterday thrown into pandemonium, as an Islamic cleric, Mallam Shehu, popularly referred to as Alhaji Sambo, attempted to use his 20-year-old lover, Busayo Amdalat, for money ritual.
According to Vanguard, the victim, who resides in Ibeju-Lekki, was said to have visited the cleric at Mowo Phase 2 in Badagry to spend the Christmas holidays.

It was gathered that in the early hours of yesterday, the cleric had a visitor known as Ifa and they asked the victim to put on a white cloth and when she did, the cleric and his accomplice hit Busayo with an iron rod on her head.

Funmi Iyanda's annual TV show hosts Ibukun Awosika & Lai Mohammed on Jan 1st 2016

On January 1st 2016, Change-A-Life Foundation Nigeria presents its special annual talk show hosted by Funmi Iyanda on NTA with two special guests, Mrs Ibukun Awosika, Chairman, Board of Directors, First bank PLC and Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

Through segmented spotlights on peculiar human stories and hard talk bordering on security, poverty, education, governance, empowerment and Change - A - Life addresses matters at the core of human behaviours in Nigeria and the world in general.

Kenye West wins GQ most stylish man of the year

It pays to be stylish!

Ogun Plans Free Phone Calls For Workers In 2016

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The Ogun Government has concluded arrangements to connect civil servants to Free Voice Over Internet Protocol to enhance productivity and hitch-free communication in the discharge of their official duties.

Government is also set to establish a data centre across the three senatorial districts in the state to give room for rural participation in governance.

How we’ll fund N5,000 welfare scheme —Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government, yesterday, explained how it would fund the N5,000 monthly welfare payment to vulnerable Nigerians just as it reaffirmed that the Boko Haram insurgency had been technically suppressed.

Mohammed, who was accompanied by his Special Assistant, Mr. Segun Adeyemi, was received by Vanguard’s Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Gbenga Adefaye and Acting Editor, Mr. Eze Anaba, said beneficiaries of the N5,000 monthly payment would be required to meet conditions, including enrolment into the country’s development agenda.

The minister also disclosed that the insurgents had been restricted into two local government areas of the 30 local government areas they controlled at the onset of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Funding of N5,000 welfare scheme
On how the funding of the N5,000 welfare scheme would be achieved, Mohammed said: “What we want to achieve by our social intervention of which the conditional transfer is just one part, is to move out millions of Nigerians from poverty. That is why we have this half a trillion naira social intervention.

“Part of what we intend to do with the half a trillion naira is to train market women, artisans and unemployed graduates in the art of management and also give them loans to start their own businesses. Part of our social intervention also includes the transfer of N5,000 to the most vulnerable people.

Pres. Buhari holds first media chat 7pm today.

President Muhammadu Buhari will host his first Presidential Media Chat today (Wednesday, December 30, 2015).

In the course of the programme, which will be broadcast live on the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), President Buhari will answer questions from a panel of journalists on a broad range of current national issues.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Mr. Femi Adesina, said the Presidential Media Chat will begin at 7.00pm.

The statement said other television and radio stations in the country may hook-up to NTA and FRCN to relay the programme to their viewers and listeners.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Quote Of The Day!

“Our head is bloody but remains unbowed. We believe that the worst is over and by God’s willing, we shall strive to give hope to the hopeless; and a cause of joy to the down trodden.

“That will not deter us; we will continue to preach for peace, dialogue, tolerance and understanding. But these lunatics by the grace of God, their days are numbered. They can inflict pains on us certainly, but our spirit remains high.” - Governor Shettima

Burna Boy has signed an endorsement deal with Martell Cognac.

Music star Burna Boy is now the brand ambassador of Martell Cognac. The ‘Soke’ singer revealed his new deal today (December 29) on his Instagram account.

“715 We The Martell Cartel!! Say hello to your official Martell Ambassador. #caractere #OAS #MARTELL. 2016 has already begun!!!” wrote the singer.
  Congrats to him. #NewYearNewThings

Sahara Reporters practice baseless and shameless journalism- Obanikoro reacts to Sahara reporters hiding allegation against him.

Ex-Minister Musiliu Obanikoro has reacted to a report by Sahara Reporters that he is hiding from Nigerian investigators abroad. According to the New York based news agency, Obanikoro is in hiding in a Gwinnnet Count, Georgia home he allegedly purchased in 2014, after the EFCC received evidence linking him to the $2.1 billion arms scandal involving the Office of the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

In a statement released on Facebook, the former minister described the reports as baseless and shameful. Read it after the cut...

"Ordinarily, I wouldn't dignify SaharaReporters with a response to the baseless and shameful journalism it practices, but there is a limit even to new media madness.

FG ‘still tracking’ Chibok girls - Lai Mohammed

FG 'still tracking' Chibok girls
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has restated commitment of the Federal Government to tracking the location of the missing Chibok girls.

Mohammed said it was important for the military to adopt less lethal procedures compared with the drastic measures employed by neigbouring countries along the Sambisa Forest.

He said the public should commend the military and provide needed information to further decapitate the insurgents.

Photos:Ini Edo, Kenneth Okonkwo and other nollywood actors at Calabar Carnival.

 Actors Ini Edo, Patience Ozokwo, Osita Iheme, Kenneth Okonkwo Chinedu Ikedieze, Joseph Benjamin, Shan George, others are all participating in the ongoing Calabar Carnival. Continue to see more photos...

#MustRead: Top 7 Patriotic Strides of 2015 in Nigeria.


Patriotism have remained an essential but scarce commodity in Nigeria. With Change on our mind and with the dire need to save our land from it' s colossal challenges, the demand for patriotic citizens is on the increase. Nigeria is in demand of Men and Women who will fight for a better and great Nigeria, a breed of people who will refuse to play partisan politics with every venture and embrace a new phenomenon called "Patriotic Strides."

Patriotism is an emotional attachment to a nation which an individual recognizes as their homeland. This attachment, also known as national feeling or national pride, can be viewed in terms of different features relating to one's own nation, including ethnic, cultural, political or historical aspects.

Hence, Patriotic Strides are steps taken by an individual or group for the good of the country and it's people. For 2015 our top 7 Patriotic Strides have been drown from activities of the year and individual's who played major role via their action or in action to ensure a peaceful and better Nigeria. Read them below after the cut........

China unveils two-child policy

It's official. From January 1, 2016 China will allow two children for every couple.

Chinese lawmakers rubber-stamped the new legislation Sunday during a session of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, which governs the country's laws, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

"The state advocates that one couple shall be allowed to have two children," according to the newly revised Law on Population and Family Planning.

This effectively dismantles the remnants of the country's infamous one-child policy that had been eased in recent years.
Read more on CNN

WHO to declare Guinea Ebola free, Guineans to celebrate with concerts & fireworks.

Guinea is to be declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization (WHO), two years after the epidemic began there.

Guineans are expected to celebrate the landmark with concerts and fireworks.

The disease killed more than 2,500 people in the country and a further 9,000 in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

PMB, Jonathan, Adesina, Elumelu, Others Among 100 Most Influential Africans

President Muhammadu Buhari, former president Goodluck Jonathan, AFDB president Akinwumi Adesina and Tony Elumelu, chairman, Board of Directors, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, have been named among the 100 most influential Africans of 2015.

The list published by New African, a London-based pan-African magazine with over 2.6 million readers across 100 countries of the world, presents Africa’s definitive power list and profiles the continent’s top game changers in eight different fields: Politics (22), Public Office (4), Arts and Culture (21), Business (21), Civil Society (11), Technology (9), Media (7), and Sports (5).

Also on the list are Nigerian Diasporan and UK Member of Parliament (MP), Chuka Umunna; World Bank vice president and treasurer, Arumah Oteh, as well as minister of environment, Amina J. Mohammed.

What Chris Brown and Scott Disick have in common + they are now sobriety partners.

Chris Brown and Scott Disick have been hanging out, but they claim they've actually become each other's support system. They are now partners, helping each other to stay sober.

We're told the 2 have become fast friends and have bonded over water ... and lots of it. Scott and Chris both insist that's all they drank when they went clubbing together a few days back at 1OAK.

How We Prevented 14 Female Suicide Bombers From Entering Maiduguri – Army

Sunday massive attack on Maiduguri by the extremist could have wreaked more havoc, but thanks to the Nigerian army who were able to intercept about 14 female suicide bombers from getting to their targets. This was made known yesterday by Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Yushau Abubakar.

General Abubakar said Maiduguri would have witnessed another major disaster had the 14 female suicide bombers found their ways into the heart of the city.

Ribadu Moves To Join APC, Meets Akande

In politics, friendship or enemity status is not permanent. It changes to reflect politicians interest and ambition. According to reports on Leadership, the wind of mass defection into the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may soon blow the former pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Huhu Ribadu, to the party.

Indications to this effect emerged at the weekend with the meeting of Ribadu and the former pioneer chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande, at his country home in Ila Orangun, Osun State.

Forte Oil fined N4.2 million for hoarding petrol in Kano

A committee set up by Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, to prevent hoarding of petrol and selling above official rate, has fined a Forte Oil filling station in the state the sum of N4.2million.

The state commissioner for ​c​ommerce, Rabiu Bako, who is the chairman of the committee, told Premium Times correspondent ​by phone that the station was fined for both hoarding of the product and selling above pump price at night.

New year, New things - Mocheddah set to launch her clothing line in 2016.

Celebrities are revealing what's new for them for the new year 2016. You should have your own plans too. 
Don Jazzy plans to leave singing, now Mocheddah has disclosed that her ready to wear outfits will soon be out. Mocheddah says she has been working on this for a while and can’t keep quiet any more. She revealed that her clothing line; ‘Mocheddah Clothing’ will be launched early next year and posted two photos (above) of what people should expect. Already her fans have started saying she should not forget those of them who are plus size. Good market huh?

What's your new year plan?

Check out stunning photos from Calabar Carnival.

See stunning photos from the largest street party in Africa, Calabar Carnival which is ongoing in Cross River State. More photos after the cut.........

Minister of Labour & Employment Chris Ngige speaks on those that will benefit from FG's N5k stipend

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige says unemployed graduates, market women and the Civilian Joint Task Force in the north-east are those that have been targeted to be beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s N5,000 stipend.

Ngige gave further clarifications in Abuja during an interview with journalists today December 28th. He explained that the N5,000 stipend would be disbursed through a social security scheme.

Monday, 28 December 2015

We’ll defeat Boko Haram as planned, FG insists

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has expressed optimism that despite the recent attacks by insurgent, the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari’s would technically defeat Boko Haram before the end of this December deadline.

Meantime, he also assured Nigerians that the National Art Theatre will not be sold for whatever reason as been speculated in some quarters. continue........

Photos of victims of Maiduguri bomb blast

Over 35 people were reportedly killed in two bomb blast scenes that rocked Maiduguri earlier today. Continue to see photos...

Bishop TD Jakes attacked on twitter for looking trendy on a ripped jeans and the Bishop was not quiet about it, read his response.

 What's wrong with looking trendy Bishop? Bishop TD Jakes wore this heaven-loving ripped jeans and some over sabi fans think he was trying to follow a worldly trend and asked him not to repeat it another time telling him he is supposed to be a role model. Like I said, the Bishop saw the message and he was not quiet about it. Read the twitter episode after the cut........

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