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Council rates to rise 6% if budget draft is adopted

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Mayor Damien Ryan (pictured) this morning announced the town council is proposing a rate rise of 6% which would increase the minimum annual rate by $68. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Night patrols to converge on Alice for footy weekend

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There’s a flurry of activity to avoid a repetition around the weekend’s AFL game of the anti-social behaviour that followed the Easter Carnival. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Mayor sought to stifle debate: Councillor

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Mayor Damien Ryan (pictured) wanted to make an embargoed release earlier today of the town council budget although it is still open for debate by elected members tonight. By ERWIN CHLANDA.

 

UPDATE, May 26. 2015, 10am: Councillor Jade Kudrenko last night tried to get Cr Eli Melky that he was the anonymous “council source” for this story. FULL STORY »

Music from the old country celebrated in the new

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What brings the popular musical tradition of Yiddish-speaking peoples from Eastern Europe into a recording studio in Alice Springs? Quite a journey, it turns out, writes KIERAN FINNANE.

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Former St Philip’s student gets prestigious scholarship

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Alice Springs student Nina Miers (pictured) gets $60,000 C. A. S. Hawker Scholarship.

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Steve to strive for Finke flag in trophy truck

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Steve Sanderson has the Finke in his DNA. He is pictured mechanic Darren Boots (at right) with the massive front spring and shock absorber assembly of the trophy truck vying to take out the desert race next month.

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Council asked to take stand on rural area ‘industrialisation’

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Rural area resident Ross Copland took his campaign against “industrialisation” of the rural area to the Town Council last night. FULL STORY »

ALEC digging in, setting up community centre in the Gap

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The Arid Lands Environment Centre is relocating in response to the savage cuts to the environment sector in the 2014-15 Federal and Territory Government budgets which left the organisation with no operational funding and limited project opportunities, writes its director, Jimmy Cocking.

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Albrecht Oval not the best park for Larapinta

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Albrecht Oval (Google Earth image at left) may be the biggest open space in the Larapinta area but not necessarily the best to develop as a “destination park”, says Cr Chansey Paech. FULL STORY »

Uranium mining would help to save Alice: Businessmen

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Uranium mining near Alice Springs needs to be back on the table, says a group of about 40 business operators, wanting to drag the town out of its current slump. Tony Bandiera, Samih Habib-Bitar and Darren Burton (pictured from left) spoke with ERWIN CHLANDA on behalf of the group.

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Housing, urban drift, dole on Gunner’s Alice agenda

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Problems fueling anti-social behaviour, housing shortage, urban drift, work for the dole and grog, were on the agenda of new Opposition Leader, Michael Gunner (pictured), in town this week for his fortnightly visit. He spoke with editor ERWIN CHLANDA.

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Invitation to a dance

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The latest foray by Ngurratjtua artists is “still landscape painting”, but in being printed on circular skirts it is alluringly transformed, as sculpture and wearable art, writes Kieran Finnane.

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11-year-old girl missing since Monday

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Police are concerned for the welfare of an 11-year-old girl, Melanie Giles, who was last seen Monday visiting relatives in the Alice Springs Hospital.

UPDATE: Melanie Giles has been found alive and well, police have announced.

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World Rogaining championships for Ross River

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The world’s best cross-country navigators will descend on Central Australia next year ready, writes Sport and Recreation Minister Gary Higgins (pictured).
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Minister confirms defects in tender winner’s previous job

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Minister Peter Chandler has confirmed there were defects in the emergency department built by Sydney-based Lahey Constructions which has just been awarded a $30m tender for more work at the hospital. PHOTO: A dance by traditional healers (nangkaris) opened the $25m department in June 2013. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Australia through Bilby eyes …

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Kaye Kessing’s Bilby’s Ring trilogy takes readers on a delightful, if frightening journey, said TED EGAN speaking at the launch on Sunday. FULL STORY »

Police confiscate drugs, weapons in Sadadeen

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Police found drugs, weapons and fireworks at an Alice Springs address in Sadadeen yesterday afternoon.

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Ted Egan: Saluting heroes, not the war

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Ted Egan has chosen a place for young people, St Philip’s College, for the Alice Springs launch of his latest book, The Anzacs, 100 Years On. He salutes heroes, beginning with the Man With the Donkey. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Brrrr!

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There was ice on our bird bath this morning, in the Rangeview Estate farm area. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Chandler explains why outside company got $30m tender

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Minister for Infrastructure, Peter Chandler (pictured), has explained why a $29.6m Alice Springs hospital tender has been awarded by the NT Government to Sydney firm Lahey Constructions Pty Ltd instead of a local company. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Opposition outrage over tender going east

A well placed barb … but read on! FULL STORY »

Melanka: 8 storeys done deal, but still questions

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The topic most people at this morning’s Melanka hearing wanted to talk about wasn’t on the agenda of the Development Consent Authority: The eight storeys. But quite a few other points were raised by about 20 “submittors”. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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‘My brown skin baby’ composer passes away

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Both Territory Senators paid tribute to Bob “Uncle” Randall who died at Mutitjulu on Tuesday. PHOTO: Mr Randall performing his famous song in the Bungalow play at the Mbantua Festival in Alice Springs in 2013.

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Will the NT also stop funding outstations?

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Federal Government and the CLP will walk away from continuing to fund outstations and remote bush communities, writes Opposition Leader Michael Gunner (pictured).

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Certainty for remote homelands in the NT

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Claims that the Federal Government wants to close some communities in the NT are wrong and nothing more than deliberate scare-mongering, writes Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs (pictured).

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Budget to encourage new businesses in Alice – Chamber

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Budget measures will be particularly well received in regional Northern Territory where unemployment is at its highest and job opportunities are limited, says Chamber of Commerce EO Kay Eade (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Budget boost for northern development: Giles

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The Territory Government has welcomed the down-payment in the Budget on the development of a sustainable Northern Australia with the creation of a multi-billion dollar concessional loan scheme for infrastructure, writes Chief Minister Adam Giles.

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Better ‘destination’ parks and none will be sold

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The Town Council will make a long term commitment to improving its network of parks without selling any. KIERAN FINNANE reports.

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Council parks – what opportunities?

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Reinvesting Alice parks as community hubs and shared spaces was one of the issues that originally motivated me to stand as a Councillor, writes Chansey Paech (pictured).

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Bonding on a tough trek in magnificent country

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Out there company hierarchy doesn’t count for anything. We were all equals. Some very junior staff were leading executives: Bonding, Larapinta Trail style. ERWIN CHLANDA talked to the trekkers.

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Time for a date?

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The potential of the date industry is huge, announced Primary Industries Minister. Provided you have a lot of time, he should have added – and water. PHOTO: Mr van Holthe (at right in the picture) with AZRI technician Glen Oliver. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Looking for love and meaning on the road

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The “poetry and song of the road” is the stuff of Russell Guy’s novel Dry Crossing for its first thirteen chapters. KIERAN FINNANE  reviews.

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Desert imprints: artists’ new ventures

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Desert artists are using a range of print-making techniques to reinterpret, more than simply reproduce, original art works. The results are showing in two new exhibitions, one in Alice Springs, the other in Sydney, writes KIERAN FINNANE.

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At last: paper recycling for Alice

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Alice Springs is set to get paper recycling, adding to the ‘green’ repertoire of the Town Council’s Regional Waste Management Facility.
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Rowley Hill’s family says thank you

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Rowley Hill’s family – Richard, Jane, Samual, Asta and Jasmine – would like to thank the wonderful community of Alice Springs and beyond, for your love, support and overwhelming generosity since we lost our Rowley in the Todd River the evening of 8 January, 2015. FULL STORY »

Hall dropped from community Facebook site

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The spokesman for a paramilitary group in Alice Springs, Gary Hall, seems to have suffered a blow to his public acceptance. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: One of the remaining references to Hall on a community FB site.

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Has paramilitary spokesman broken law?

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“That depends on how he said it and what steps he has taken to go down that path,” says Attorney-General and Minister for Justice John Elferink (pictured). Meanwhile police chief won’t answer questions. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Shot kneecaps, smashed legs: Threat to crims

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There is a paramilitary group in Alice Springs ready to shoot offenders in the knees or smash their legs with baseball bats, says its spokesman, Gary Hall (pictured)ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Blockies fight planning bid: Town could be next

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Rural residents have banded together to fight an application to turn a rural residential block into an industrial site, with serious implications for the amenity of the area. This could be your neighbour’s yard, they say in an advertisement. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Rosalie Kunoth-Monks ‘not welcome’ in her community

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Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, adored by national TV audiences, is apparently no longer welcome in her own community of Utopia. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Self help not part of the welfare mantra

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s “lifestyle choices” remark has focussed the debate about who should be doing what for Aboriginal people. Self-help is not on the agenda for some. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Last week’s rally in Alice Springs.

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Leaving their tribal lands to avoid more work for dole

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People in remote communities would rather leave their tribal homelands than working for the dole there, for longer than they would need to in an urban centre. So says Central Desert Regional Council president, Adrian Dixon (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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A day in the sun for Alice Springs

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Mayday Monday in The Alice was all about being out there and having fun in our brilliant autumn weather. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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School of the Air: Show and tell or being there

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The School of the Air in Alice Springs goes the extra mile in its contacts with tourists: There’s always “a real person” for them to talk to, and who will answer questions, says Bill Newman, Middle Years Team Leader. But the real buzz would be to join a student like Ziggy Solczaniuk in his classroom at Ross River Resort, in the magnificent East MacDonnells. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Land grab, but no dying pillow

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It was fire and brimstone at noon today when a crowd of 200 listened to prominent Aboriginal activists on the council lawns, thundering about the possible closure of remote communities in Western Australia. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Monitoring devices to be extended to youths

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Electronic monitoring devices could soon be used on youth offenders, writes John Elferink, Minister for Correctional Services (pictured).

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Man sought after aggravated assault on woman

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Police are seeking a man of Aboriginal appearance, about 175cm tall and medium build following an aggravated assault in Alice Springs over the weekend.

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Discount fuel 8 cents cheaper

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Automobile Association deal for members from May 15. UPDATE 1pm Saturday: The discounts are already in place. The Alice Springs News Online this morning bought premium unleaded fuel for $1.50 a litre at the Indervon service station (pictured) in Gap Road.

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Pre-paid return tickets for footy fans?

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Requiring payment in advance for the return trip from the Easter Football carnival in Alice Springs, for supporters as well players, is one measure under consideration to avoid the spate of criminal damage in the wake of this year’s fixture, says Assistant Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker (pictured). ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Budget gets thumbs up from interest groups

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New Opposition Leader Michael Gunner (pictured) attacks the Budget’s spending on health in his reply speech today, but makes no mention of the Central Australian Health Service being allocated $38m for capital works, including $34m to be spent in Alice Springs. Local Labor branch president Chansey Paech declines to be interviewed.

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Big capital works budget for Centre

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The NT Budget announced this morning provides for a capital works expenditure in Central Australia of a whopping $174m, including $102.8m worth of new works. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Ormiston Gorge. The completing of the inner loop road will trigger a boom in the Western MacDonnells.

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Council: Lightning Carnival should stay

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Town councillors spoke as one last night: the Lightning Carnival should stay, but associated problems should be fixed. And From Steve Brown to Jade Kudrenko they rejected the “racist” commentary on the issues in social media.   KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Majority stick to ‘no’ on fracking moratorium

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Impassioned pleas from the public gallery, an eloquent speech from Councillor Jade Kudrenko, a certain volume of letters and emails, and a second small petition – adding 96 signatures to a previous 165 – were not enough to persuade the blockers on the Town Council to impose a moratorium on fracking in the municipality. KIERAN FINNANE reports. FULL STORY »

Tourism recovery? The proof will be in this year’s pudding.

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Making the most of what we’ve got is Tourism Central Australia’s strategy. The second report in a series by ERWIN CHLANDA. PHOTO: Ellery Bighole marketing image from Tourism NT.

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Needed youth services missing from Budget: Councillor

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I had hoped the NT Government would prioritise in the Budget after hours services given the recent focus on issues around young people on the streets at night, writes Chansey Paech, Alice Springs Town Councillor (pictured).

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Playing race relations for laughs

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During the opening scene of the first episode of 8MMM an Aboriginal staff member falls into an open grave and dies. The scene is played for laughs. There couldn’t be a clearer signal that no sensitivities will be spared in this comedy series out of Alice Springs which will start going to air on ABC television this Wednesday. KIERAN FINNANE was at yesterday’s free public screening of the first two episodes.

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Furore over hospital tender

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Builders in Alice Springs are incensed about the NT Government letting a tender worth $30m for work on the hospital to a company that has apparently no presence in the town. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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What’s in this edition?

POLITICS and SOCIETY

Council rates to rise 6% if budget draft is adopted.

Mayor sought to stifle debate: Councillor.

Housing, urban drift, dole on Gunner’s Alice agenda.

Uranium mining would help to save Alice: Businessmen.

World Rogaining championships for Ross River, writes Sport Minister Gary Higgins.

Minister confirms defects in hospital tender winner’s previous job.

 

CULTURE and PEOPLE

Night patrols to converge on Alice for footy weekend.

Former St Philip’s student, Nina Miers, gets prestigious scholarship.

LETTER: ALEC digging in, setting up community centre in the Gap.

Steve to strive for Finke flag in trophy truck.

Kaye Kessing’s trilogy: Australia through Bilby eyes.

Police confiscate drugs, weapons in Sadadeen.

Ted Egan: Saluting heroes, not the war.

Budget to encourage new businesses in Alice – Chamber’s Kay Eade.

Time for a date?

Desert imprints: artists’ new ventures.

Hall dropped from community Facebook site.

Has paramilitary spokesman broken law? It depends, says Elferink.

Leaving their tribal lands to avoid more work for dole: Adrian Dixon.

Shot kneecaps, smashed legs: Threat to crims.

 

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Blockies fight planning bid: Town could be next.

Self help not part of the welfare mantra.

 

LETTERS

 

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