Tom Herman Haters Gonna HateTom Herman may now the head coach at Houston, but he certainly hasn’t forgotten his roots with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Friday night, Herman, who coached at OSU under Urban Meyer from 2012 to 2014, came to the defense of his former colleague Zach Smith, who was portrayed negatively in a recent Michigan recruiting pamphlet. He wasn’t messing around either.In the pamphlet, which you can check out here, Michigan lists a number of statistics meant to prove that its assistant coach, Jedd Fisch, is a better alternative to Smith when it comes to player development. Smith responded on Twitter with a number of tweets, trashing the Wolverines program. Herman chimed in with some tweets trashing Fisch. Check this out:Gloves are off. I’d be proud to have @CoachZachSmith coach TD or Maverick. How many Gold Pants does that guy have? https://t.co/5cnV2mLV9H— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015.@CoachZachSmith #TheChampIsHere pic.twitter.com/YbIRjQHfKN— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015.@CoachZachSmith pic.twitter.com/hlrLQyGHOl— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015.@CoachZachSmith, 5 yrs full-time=52-14. TTUN guy, 6 yrs=41-60. I want my son to play 4 a winner & Nat. Champ #Facts pic.twitter.com/o8n2YrJamA— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015If you’re wondering, Fisch’s 41-60 record is a combination of the years he’s put in with the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Hurricanes and Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s an odd stat.Forget Ohio State vs. Michigan. Can we get a Houston vs. Michigan game sometime soon?
OTTAWA – Some police forces are implementing nonsensical and downright offensive policies that prohibit or severely limit off-duty cannabis use, says a national association that represents front-line officers.The critical comments come as the RCMP and the Toronto police service both eye a rule that would bar cannabis use by members within 28 days of a shift.The Calgary police service’s policy is even stricter, forbidding the vast majority of officers from consuming marijuana during their down time once recreational use of the drug becomes legal Oct. 17.Tom Stamatakis, president of the Canadian Police Association, wonders why certain forces are treating cannabis differently than other legal products — such as alcohol and prescription drugs — that can cause impairment.“Effectively what they’re saying is, we don’t trust police officers to make the right decision when it comes to reporting for work fit for duty,” Stamatakis said in an interview. “And I just find that to be an offensive approach.”There has been no meaningful consultation on the drafting and implementation of cannabis policies for officers, which vary drastically from force to force, Stamatakis said.“You want to create policies that are relevant and effective and that apply to the vast majority of your members, not policies that are designed to cater to the exception rather than the rule.”The Ottawa and Vancouver police services are among those with permissive policies that will allow off-duty cannabis use with no time restrictions, as long as officers show up ready and able to do their jobs.In contrast, the national police association has been told the RCMP policy would forbid cannabis use by officers 28 days before work.“It’s effectively an outright prohibition,” Stamatakis said.The Mounties said as recently as last week they were still working on a policy. The force had no additional comment Tuesday.The Toronto Police Association, which represents officers in Canada’s largest city, says while it is aware the municipal police service has drafted a cannabis-use policy, it has not yet seen a copy.“We are aware the draft policy may contain a 28-day waiting period before a member can report for duty after consuming cannabis,” association president Mike McCormack said Tuesday in a statement.“Once the TPA receives an official version of the policy dealing with this topic we will perform a legal analysis of its content for compliance with our collective agreements, legislation, human rights, case law, etc. and make a decision about any further action we may take at that point in time.”Workplaces across the country — particularly those with a role in ensuring public safety — are grappling with rules on cannabis use as legalization looms.Impairment, including impairment as a result of alcohol, opioids, cannabis or any other legal or illegal drug, is prohibited in all federal workplaces, the government says. The Treasury Board Secretariat has asked federal departments and agencies to update their codes of conduct and related policies to reflect cannabis legalization.Like the RCMP, other federal public-safety agencies are scrambling to get their pot-use policies in place. Both the Correctional Service of Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency said they were finalizing rules for employees.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter
Prince Harry, Patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, cheered the winners of the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon as they crossed the line during the weekend.Prince Harry with winners of the 2016 Virgin Money London MarathonPrince Harry made the presentations to the winners of the mini marathon, the elite men, women, wheelchair and IPC races, and the John Disley Lifetime Achievement Award.His Royal Highness also met with a selection of volunteers in the administration of the race and members of the St. John Ambulance.Prince Harry has been Patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust since 2012.Since its inception in 1981, The London Marathon Charitable Trust has awarded grants totalling more than £57.7 million to over 1000 organisations in London, Surrey, Silverstone, Birmingham and Liverpool.Source:Royal.UK
“Are we going home, or are we planning to exodus the place? That’s really the million-dollar question,” said Pardy.He said that the message he’d gotten from the geologists is that the situation is improving, meaning residents could be able to return to their homes in the near future.In contrast, he said that many residents became angry on Sunday upon learning that the Regional District had contracted R&R Rentals to help organize giving residents temporary access to their homes to retrieve belongings.“It really upset people when they started talking about coming in, organizing this evacuation, a bunch of strangers coming into our houses and packing up our stuff.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though some residents of Old Fort are once again allowed to temporarily return to their homes to winterize structures and retrieve valuables, many residents are frustrated with the uncertainty that has been caused by the landslide that cut off road access to the community over two weeks ago.Old Fort resident Gord Pardy said that while residents did hear some good news at Sunday’s meeting hosted by the Peace River Regional District, she said that many residents have taken issue with the way the PRRD has dealt with the situation.He explained that the Regional District has not made it clear to residents of Old Fort whether they will eventually be allowed to return to their homes or if the landslide will make the community too dangerous for human habitation in the future.
Dhaka: Jailed former prime minister Khaleda Zia is trapped between life and death as her health has massively deteriorated over the last week due to unhealthy environment, according to her Bangladesh Nationalist Party. Demanding the immediate release of the 73-year-old three-time former prime minister, the BNP standing committee member Jamiruddin Sircar said that due to the loneliness and lack of proper treatment, Zia is suffering from various ailments including heart disease. She is lodged in a 200-year-old prison in Dhaka since February last year, serving a 10-year jail term in two graft cases. “Khaleda Zia is trapped between life and death. Keeping Khaleda in jail, depriving her of bail, is contrary to the Constitution and human rights, since her conviction in any of the case had not been finally disposed off by the Supreme Court,” Sircar was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune. The former parliament speaker asked the government to allow her to receive proper treatment at a hospital of her choice. “The government had assured it would make proper arrangement for Khaleda Zia’s treatment, but not enough initiatives were taken yet. “It is a bad sign that they are not letting Zia out for treatment, even in this worsening condition,” Sircar said, adding that she is at a serious risk of sudden cardiac arrest. He also claimed that the cases against Zia are “politically motivated”. BNP Vice Chairman and one of Zia’s personal physicians AZM Zahid Hossain, said: “Zia is suffering from high blood sugar… and always needs to be on insulin. She has a sore tongue, which is not healing due to the high blood sugar. Her left shoulder and elbow joint have become insensitive. “According to her doctors, Zia is a special care patient. It is important to ensure all the facilities needed for her personal care”. The committee claimed that the government has decided to hold trials of the pending cases against her at Dhaka Central Jail in order to prevent her release from jail.
The fleeting public outrage was enough to force the NFL to reconsider its personal conduct policy, but the league hasn’t yet codified many policies. Public pressure to do so, meanwhile, along with the media spotlight, has largely disappeared. In early September, the story of Ray Rice assaulting his then-fiancée in an Atlantic City casino exploded in the media, sparking a debate about how to prevent — and respond to — domestic violence in the NFL and society at large. But why September? The actual assault happened in February, and yet it took almost seven months for media coverage to reach its height, according to a search of Lexis-Nexis.The answer is simple: On Sept. 8, TMZ released the video of the assault, which brought the story back into the news. But even then, our attention spans — perhaps unsurprisingly — are short. Here’s a more detailed look at the media coverage that Rice, as well as the overall issue of domestic violence in the NFL, has received since the beginning of September.For the week following the video’s release, articles mentioning “Ray Rice” averaged about 1,900 per day, according to Lexis-Nexis; articles mentioning both “domestic violence” and “NFL” averaged nearly 1,120 per day. The past week, however, pales in comparison: “Ray Rice” has been written about 37 times per day, and “domestic violence” and “NFL” have been mentioned in 44 articles per day. This is despite news that Rice could be reinstated as soon as next month.Rather, NFL news is back to covering on-the-field events. For example, Google Trends shows news about Peyton Manning has been chugging along at about the same rate (not including the recent surge in coverage of his breaking the career touchdown record) and has overtaken headlines about Rice.
A four-star recruit coming out of Coldwater High School, senior co-captain Ross Homan was highly touted coming to Ohio State in 2006. Entering a program in Columbus with a long tradition of great linebackers, Homan said he embraced the challenge. “At Ohio State you always have great expectations, it comes with great challenges,” Homan said. “But I think every person here, all the seniors, we want to be challenged everyday. I think it is a matter of stepping up to those challenges and meeting those expectations.” Now halfway through his senior campaign and with more than 250 career tackles to his name, Homan has certainly lived up to the hype and met, if not exceeded, those expectations. A three-year starter, Homan made an impact right away, appearing in all 13 games his freshman year. Collecting 28 tackles in his first year at OSU, Homan said having premiere linebackers such as James Laurinaitis to learn from definitely helped his transition from high school to college. “When I first came in, the person who hosted me on my recruiting visit was James (Laurinaitis) and he really was my older brother here, which was a huge asset to me,” Homan said. “I saw how he watched film, how he worked out, how he approached the game overall … It just really helped me out playing with James.” With Laurinaitis gone, Homan began to gain fame in 2009 when he led the Rose Bowl-champion Buckeye squad in tackles with 108. Despite now being a focal point on the defense and a captain on this year’s team, the 2009 second-team All-Big Ten selection’s production has stayed strong, once again leading the Bucks in tackles. Recognizing his role as a leader on the team, Homan has taken his job as captain to heart and hopes his all-out playing style rubs off on his teammates. “Now I have to be a leader,” he said. “I’m not a real vocal leader, but I’m more of a by-example leader, so I have to lead this team anyway I can, get on the younger guys and just try to get better at that everyday.” As his Buckeye career comes to a close, Homan continues to cement his name in OSU history. Defensive tackle Dexter Larimore believes, as far as linebackers go, he may be one of the tops this university has ever seen. “I think once you look back on his lifetime here and what he has done here, I think he will be up there,” Larimore said. “If you look at the film and you watch him move side to side and do the things that he has done … I personally think he will be one of the top five guys that have come out of here.”
When athletes on the Ohio State baseball team step up to the plate next season, they’ll be gripping a new and relatively unfamiliar type of bat. Beginning Jan. 1, all NCAA teams must use bats that are aluminum — like the bats they have used in the past — but are designed to knock the ball slower, at the same speeds as wooden bats. “It’s definitely going to change our game,” OSU coach Greg Beals said. “It’s not going to be as offensive.” The new regulation is a response to rising offensive statistics by college baseball teams. Some say the aluminum bats are to blame for the offensive outburst and hope the new bats will level the playing field. “The teams that are going to be successful are teams that get ahead of the curve,” Beals said. “You don’t want to play 15 to 20 games and realize, ‘Oh hey, the games are going to be different.’“ Players also have to adjust to using the new bat. “A well-struck ball that sometimes might go for a double or even a home run, stays in the yard or is cut down to a single,” senior infielder Tyler Engle said. Although teams aren’t required to use the new bats until January, OSU has been practicing with them all fall. “We’ve seen enough in our scrimmage games here in the fall that we know the games are going to be different,” Beals said. “We’ve got to value each base runner and each base that we can get.” Athletes said the Jan. 1 deadline to switch over to new bats won’t be a problem. “Nike is our bat manufacturer and Nike has supplied us with a full line of the new bats for our guys to use,” Beals said. The new regulation also aims to protect pitchers, who have taken more hits from fast-flying balls in recent years. But Engle said he doesn’t think pitchers will be much safer. “They are such a short distance away and the force (of the ball) coming off the bat, I don’t think they have enough time to react anyway,” he said. Some athletes have said the new bats have a smaller “sweet spot,” but the bats aren’t expected to stump batters who have been successful in the past. “Good hitters are still going to get hits, and good teams are still going to score runs,” Beals said. Using an aluminum bat similar to their wooden counterparts might help college players prepare for using wooden bats at the professional level. “It definitely will prepare our guys a little bit more for playing at the professional level,” Beals said. The Buckeyes won’t be the only ones getting used to the new bats, but Engle said to expect lower-scoring games next spring. “I think everybody in the country is going to have to (change) because the balls aren’t leaving the yard,” Engle said. “You won’t see too many double-digit run games.”
AS Monaco have announced the signing of midfielder Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA Moscow in a €30m dealThe Russia international impressed at the World Cup this summer and proved to be an important member of the side that reached the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time in 48 years.Golovin has been linked with a move to Chelsea over the past couple of months, but he has instead opted for the French Riviera with Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev suggesting that they could offer the 22-year-old something their rivals could not – regular playing time.“Monaco and CSKA this afternoon finally agreed on the transfer of Golovin,” said Vasilyev, according to Metro.“They really were complicated. Honestly, until the last moment I was not sure that I would be able to coordinate this transfer.’Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“In addition to Chelsea, there was Juventus for Golovin. In early May this year I heard from one the leaders of the Turin club that Aleksandr’s transfer to their team was a done deal.“However, our main competitor was Chelsea. I believe Monaco offered more favourable conditions for the club and a more understandable sports project for Golovin. Chelsea – this is a top club, which I treat with great respect. However, the midfield in the English team is overloaded.“In my opinion, Golovin will definitely play in any of the leading clubs in the world. But it will him some time, a transition stage.”Golovin is expected to sign a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 club.
Currently BBA is critical for two blood types, O Negative and O Positive due to current use at local area hospitals. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Blood Bank of Alaska will have their mobile team in Kenai on Thursday and Friday this week. BBA reminds you to:Eat wellDrink plenty of fluids before donatingBring photo ID (with Birthday or SSN) The LIFEmobile will be at located between the Kenai Library and the Kenai Fire Department on Thursday, March 22, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. The will also be here on Friday, March 23, at the Kenai Peninsula College Kenai River Campus from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. In a statement from BBA: “BBA remains focused on supporting local area hospitals in Alaska. On average 100 donations are required every day to assist and save the lives of patients in the local area.” Schedule to save a life: 907-222-5630 or www.bloodbankofalaska.org
Representational image of digital mapping.PixabayMapmyIndia, a digital mapping firm, on Monday announced the launch of eLoc, a facility to locate addresses digitally. eLoc is a six-character, free-to-use tool that can be used by people and enterprises, especially those in logistics. Read: Moneyfront claims to have 1,100 MF investors using its robo advisory”eLoc of any place, be it a building/flat/office/business/city/village/locality/road and so on, is a short, 6 character code (for e.g. 8GDTYX, or MMI000), which is easy to remember, share, type and provide,” the Delhi-based mapping firm said in a statement.There are multiple benefits to users, according to the firm. “eLoc will help Indian travellers and commuters search, share and navigate to destinations’ exact doorstep far more easily and quickly. It will also reduce time, money, fuel wastage and expenses for businesses in the ecommerce, transportation, logistics and field operations domains,” MapmyIndia said.MapmyIndia currently has about 2 crore eLocs on its digital address database encompassing about 7,000 urban locations and more than six lakh village addresses. Users who are currently availing of eLoc include individuals, companies and government organisations.Flipkart, Qualcomm Ventures and Zenrin are investors in CE Info Systems Pvt. Ltd., the owner of MapmyIndia. The company was co-founded by Rakesh Verma and Rashmi Verma.The other tools of the company include SafeMate, a personal GPS safety device for women, children, and families, and DriveMate, a plug and play device that connects users to their cars.
In picture: Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley (centre) addresses a press conference in New Delhi on October 24, 2017. Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa and Principal Director General (M&C), Press Information Bureau, AP Frank Noronha are also seen.Press Information BureauThe Finance Ministry has extended the last date for filing annual GST return forms by three months until March 31, 2019.The annual returns form in which businesses registered under the GST have to provide consolidated details of sales, purchases and input tax credit (ITC) benefits accrued to them during 2017-18 fiscal was notified in September.The last date for filing was set at December 31, 2018. In a statement, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) said, “the competent authority has decided to extend the due date for filing Form GSTR-9, GSTR-9A and GSTR-9C till March 31, 2019.The requisite Forms shall be made available on the GST common portal shortly”. GSTR-9 is the annual return form for normal taxpayers, GSTR-9A is composition taxpayers, while GSTR-9C is a reconciliation statement Trade and industry players have been seeking an extension of the deadline for filing the annual returns.EY Tax Partner Abhishek Jain said industry players have been struggling to collate the information required to be disclosed in GSTR-9 and GSTR-9C. PwC Partner and Leader (Indirect Tax) Pratik Jain said, “Industry, as well as consultants, were struggling with December 31 deadline, given the volume of work involved including preparing a virtual P&L at a State level”.
ANNAPOLIS – The debate over Maryland’s marijuana laws took the state capital by storm this legislative session, and the issue seems poised to linger there into the future and during the governor’s race.Gov. Martin O’Malley recently signed into law a measure that will make possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil rather than criminal offense starting Oct. 1.The signing marked a shift in opinion by the governor, who had expressed opposition to decriminalization at the January start of the session.A separate measure to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana died in committee.While O’Malley has spoken out against legalizing marijuana for recreational use, the seven major candidates vying to replace him in 2015 expressed a broad range of views in response to a Capital News Service candidates’ questionnaire.The only major candidate currently in support of legalization, Del. Heather Mizeur, D-Montgomery, has touted her plan to regulate and tax marijuana and use the revenue to fund universal prekindergarten.Mizeur also proposed legislation this session that would decriminalize small amounts of the drug, but said legalization would be a “top priority” for her administration if elected governor.“In order to make our communities safer, keep marijuana out of the hands of children, and generate much needed revenue, we must expose this underground industry to the light of day by legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana,” she said.Mizeur backed the legalization measure that was introduced this session by Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery, and Del. Curt Anderson, D-Baltimore.But most of the focus this session remained on the decriminalization bill sponsored by Sen. Robert Zirkin, D-Baltimore County, and Sen. Allan Kittleman, R-Howard.Democratic candidates Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Attorney General Doug Gansler both said they support decriminalization, citing the disproportionate number of marijuana-related arrests among minorities and the high costs for law enforcement and the state.Gansler called the enforcement of Maryland’s marijuana possession laws “racially biased, ineffective, and a serious drain on state resources.”“Our policy on simple marijuana possession costs Maryland millions to arrest, process, prosecute and imprison offenders,” he said. “Millions of dollars are being diverted to enforce [illegal] possession of marijuana when it would be a better use of public dollars if law enforcement could focus on violent crimes and preserving public safety.”Brown, who also said those resources would be better spent on combating violent crime, added that he supports decriminalization because a criminal conviction for minor marijuana possession typically impairs a person’s ability to secure employment or affordable housing.But Brown said that he does not support the legalization of marijuana at this time, as two western states have done.“Colorado and Washington will provide an example of the socio-economic challenges and pitfalls to marijuana legalization,” he said. “We will learn from their experiences and assess whether additional changes to Maryland’s law are warranted.”Gansler, who did not say directly whether he supported or opposed legalization, said that any decision on the matter should be based on the “the health and security” of Marylanders and “not on a rush to tax a new source of income to address budget pressures.”All four major GOP candidates for governor expressed opposition to the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes, but not all said they were fully closed off to the idea of decriminalization in responses submitted before the General Assembly passed the decriminalization measure on April 7.Larry Hogan, an Anne Arundel County real estate broker and leader of the conservative advocacy group Change Maryland, echoed the sentiment that Maryland should look closely at other states’ experiences with decriminalization and legalization before moving to change any existing laws.But Hogan said that he would “keep an open mind” on the state’s laws despite being currently opposed to legalization.“Destroying someone’s chances of employment and exposing them to violent offenders because they possessed a small amount of marijuana seems unjust,” he said.Gubernatorial candidate Delegate Ron George, R-Anne Arundel, said he would be open to measures that impose civil fines or diversion programs instead of “strict legal methods” for nonviolent drug offenders.But he said he does not believe full legalization is the right course.“I have a master’s degree in clinical psychology and am aware of the effects on the developing brain,” he said.George added that he is concerned marijuana use would increase among young people.Harford County Executive and Republican candidate David Craig expressed concerns about the message any changes would send about the “dangers of marijuana use.”“We also have to consider the way it impacts our state as we attempt to poise ourselves as a cybersecurity, biotech, and defense mecca where top security clearances are required,” Craig said.He questioned how health care issues would be affected if marijuana were legalized and said he does not support legalization or “full decriminalization” of the drug.Charles County businessman and gubernatorial candidate Charles Lollar, a Republican, expressed concern about what he called “the widespread recreational use” of marijuana and the effects it has on users and their families.Lollar, like O’Malley, said he considers marijuana a gateway drug and is against its legalization for recreational purposes.
Kolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation will soon float a fresh tender for procurement of hot mix from outside and using it for road repair”After National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned the use of hot mix plants in the city, we are unable to operate our two hot mix plants located at Palmer Bazar and Goragacha Road near Taratala. Hence, we have to procure hot mix from outside for road repair. We will float a tender and select an agency from whom we will be getting the hot mix,” Mayor Firhad Hakim said after a high-level meeting at KMC headquarters on Friday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe civic body will also float a tender for selecting consultant for construction of a pollution free hot mix plant or similar alternative infrastructure. “We will float the tender after seeking advice from experts and then will ask time for around six months from the court to set up the infrastructure,” Hakim said. The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority as well as the state Public Works Department procure hot mix from outside through tendering process. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe meeting between the Member Mayor-in-Councils (MMiC) was held at KMC where a few councillors gave the proposal of shifting the hot mix plant situated on Goragacha Road to Bhangar in South 24-Parganas. The decision in this regard is yet to be taken. Sources at KMC said they will appeal to NGT for relaxation in operating two plants for a certain period and will inform in detail about the steps they are taking to switch over to other alternatives for curbing pollution. The matter is scheduled to be heard again by NGT on December 18. In the last month, a private company had demonstrated before KMC on how cold mix technology can be used for road repair. The KMC engineers are analysing the pros and cons of the technology. KMC has also written to its mother organization PWD regarding their idea of using coal mix for road repair.
First witnesses is a phrase that carries a variety of connotations. In the realm of the ancient and the spiritual, it refers to the select few who witnessed the birth of a new faith with its slain founder rising from the dead, filling them with renewed hope. In the realm of the present and the material, it has come to denote those present at the scene of a crime. Their testimony – sometimes the only hope in the subsequent battle for justice. In some ways, the people appearing in this photography exhibition by Vijay S. Jodha at the Kamaldevi Complex of India International Centre (IIC), New Delhi, represent all of the above scenarios. Each woman, a first-hand witness to a personal tragedy involving her own husband or sometimes her father. She is thus a victim as well as the closest observer in a large-scale and ongoing agrarian crisis in India that has claimed over 300,000 lives by way of farmer suicides since 1995. A failure to arrest this trend ensures that the number of such first witnesses grows by the day. Yet few seek them out, much less ensure justice for them. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe presence of these women in these photo panels is a small attempt at highlighting such anomalies. A shared desire to have their grievances heard. Maybe in some roundabout way, putting faces to the numbers will eventually help ensure that even the weakest member of India’s farming community is not left without means or dignity. In that sense, their participation here is also an act of renewed hope. Vijay is a writer, photographer and filmmaker based in Gurgaon. He has produced five books and his projects have been showcased in galleries, museums and film festivals worldwide. He studied filmmaking at New York University and has worked with directors Ang Lee and Mira Nair. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveVijay’s projects have received over seventy honours in 24 countries including grants from premier cinematic institutions. Two of his books and three of his films have been selected for archiving in the U.S. Library of Congress. Indian Confederation of Non-Government Organisations has honoured Vijay with Media Citizen Award for using media to facilitate social change. This exhibition is sponsored by IIC, in collaboration with UNESCO. You can catch the first glimpse of all the first witnesses on March 7 at 6:30 pm sharp and relive the experience till March 18.
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals With millions of choices available across the various mobile app stores, discovery is a massive challenge for both consumers and developers. As of this past summer, Android’s Google Play Store had 2.2 million apps to choose from, while Apple’s App Store, the second-largest app store in terms of product diversity, had 2 million choices. That’s quite an array.Just seven years prior, back in the summer of 2009, the Google Play Store listed some 70,000 apps, while the Apple App Store had 65,000. So, we’re looking at inventory growth on both platforms of around 3,100 percent. But, consumer struggles when looking for apps don’t end with a massive amount of choice. There’s also plenty of unreliable information and questionably authentic user reviews.Related: The Top 5 Myths of Mobile Apps — And Why Believing Them Will Hurt Your BusinessRetention rates aren’t great either — to the point of calling it a “mobile engagement crisis.” The average app abandonment rate is nearly 25 percent after one use. This is where Appnext can be of help. The company tripled its year-over-year revenue in 2016. Much of this growth came as a result of its self-serve technology, which connects app providers with ad partners, effectively boosting monetization and discovery for app publishers. It’s clearly working. Today its network of participating apps encompasses some 650 million unique audience members.I spoke with Appnext CEO Elad Natanson to learn more about his take on the mobile app economy.Do you believe you can sustain that kind of growth?Natanson: Last year was the third year in a row that Appnext achieved triple-digit growth. Looking into the future, we are aiming even higher. The ecosystem is changing, and we are on the verge of the next mobile revolution. The smartphone era as we know it has barely changed since 2007, when the first iPhone was introduced. Apps have become better, but the overall mobile experience hasn’t. We’ll see a big change in this regard in the next one to two years.Up until recently, app growth was considered one of the major challenges for successful app businesses. Today, app usage has become the new “growth hacking” goal, with vast majority of apps opened only once after being installed. Users are tired; they are overwhelmed. App developers, platforms and operating systems will have to adjust to this reality. App streaming, introduced by Google in 2015, hints at the direction the industry is likely to be taking.Related: How Being App-Happy Undermines Your BusinessIn-app monetization is notoriously tricky stuff for many app developers. What’s the best way to monetizing an app?In general, I believe that every product change or feature release should be geared towards engagement. The same holds true when you are aiming for monetization.If you have an in-app purchase (IAP) strategy, your goal is to build a habit rather than push an incremental sale. This ongoing engagement is just as important — maybe even more so — for the ad-based monetization used by 80 percent of developers.App abandonment is rife in this industry. How do you find the sweet spot between ad revenue and user engagement?I agree app abandonment and fast fading user interest are definitely among the top challenges for app developers. However, app abandonment is not exclusively correlated to ad-based monetization. There are tons of apps that don’t monetize at all, focusing instead on growth, but they’re still facing high churn ratios.As users, we want to have a great experience, enjoy great content and be entertained. Interestingly, only 3 percent of users are willing to pay for the mobile content they consume, although I believe we’ll see this trend changing in the coming years. In this regard, apps must follow basic business logic — making sure their average revenue per user (ARPU) exceeds effective acquisition cost (in the case of apps, effective cost per install or eCPI).Developers should not be bombarding users with ads, intruding on the user experience. They should definitely be paying much more attention to ad relevance.Related: 5 Thing Developers Don’t Share About Making Successful AppsIn the past few years, many developers embraced ad formats entwined with the app or game experience, blending naturally into the UI and product context; formats like native ads, video and rewarded video in particular. I think this trend is still rising, and we will see more and more native experience formats, optimized dynamically to reflect changing user interests. For example, audio ads can be an interesting fit for the so-called background apps we use for music, podcasts and the like.The bigger wave, though, I believe, will unite technology and usage, triggering mass adoption of app-as-a-platform phenomena. WeChat is a great example of this: Millions of users leverage WeChat for a variety of daily actions, like ordering a taxi, food delivery, paying bills, shopping and much more. Their recent introduction of “mini-programs” sheds light on what mobile will look a few years from now, both in terms of experience and monetization.What’s next for the app discovery market?As I mentioned above, the coming trends will be much wider, not limited to app discovery as we think of it today. The major trends lay in hacking app usage, and here new models will emerge, with re-engagement definitely being a major focus and outpacing new user acquisition.Over the next few years, we’ll see our phones becoming even more personalized, with real-life context becoming the new king on mobile. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 5, 2017 Register Now » 5 min read
Dear Reader, I’m on my way home from the just-concluded, first-ever Sprott Natural Resource Symposium. The show was well attended, which I expected, given the stature of the Sprott organization, but what really struck me was the very upbeat mood of most of the attendees. Given that gold’s two rallies thus far this year have fizzled, and there’s much uncertainty about the next near-term move—and given how bearish so many gold investors have become over the last three years—this was a very pleasant surprise. You can see the same bullishness in our stock prices, many of which are up over 100% from their December 2013 lows, while gold is currently up less than 10% over the same time period. That’s important because, in our sector, the stocks often lead the metals. But for a more fundamental look at what makes our investments tick, Casey Research Analyst Laurynas Vegys has a look at the rallies and corrections thus far in this metals cycle. The “so what?” of it all is quite compelling. Before I turn the show over to Laurynas, however, I want to remind readers that it’s not too late to sign up for our Casey Summit coming up in September, in San Antonio, Texas. These things really are a lot of fun, and the amount of knowledge and insight transmitted is huge. I look forward to seeing many of you there. Sincerely, Silver 20.72 21.12 20.15 Silver Stocks (SIL) 14.13 13.91 13.53 Rock & Stock Stats Last Copper 3.23 3.17 3.19 Gold 1,306.73 1,322.60 1,328.80 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 42.89 41.19 42.68 One Year Ago Oil 102.09 106.50 105.49 Gold Producers (GDX) 26.82 25.76 27.21 TSX Venture 1,017.24 1,015.04 924.17 One Month Ago TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 15,455.00 14,974.65 12,669.14 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research
— Recommended Link Staged RevengeBut let’s turn to our familiar beat—the world of money. Or, more particularly, the world of deceit and delusion known as “economics.” Unromantic. Tawdry. But fascinating.Last week, we were looking at fake wars. As you know, these are wars that no one wants to win, since their real purpose is to shift wealth from the public to the war-fighting industries.Our point was that even fake wars sometimes spin out of control—when people forget what kind of war they’re fighting, for example.Early last week, U.S. President Donald J. Trump was taking the trade war far too seriously. Then, his Deep State handlers must have straightened him out on that; before the week was over, he declared that he wanted to get back into the Trans-Pacific Partnership!Then, he went off message again… this time, on the war on terrorism. A gas attack against civilians in Syria had been alleged; the president wanted to retaliate.As you know, no sparrow can fall anywhere on the planet without inviting a U.S. counterattack against the starlings. Observers wondered why the president didn’t wait to find out who had actually perpetrated the attack… if anyone. But they failed to understand the nature of fake war.It didn’t really matter whether any atrocities had been committed… or who had committed them. As it turned out, the gas attack was most likely fake. Perfect; the U.S. could stage a fake revenge attack, too!Russia was notified in advance of where and when the U.S. would attack, allowing time for the “enemy”—whoever they are—to make themselves scarce.The Donald had an opportunity to show what a tough, decisive leader he is without doing any real harm. It was all for the benefit of the fans… and, of course, the Deep State.So far, so good. Deep State WarThen, no sooner had we all relaxed when, on Sunday, a new war flared up—the war between Donald J. Trump and the Deep State itself.Many people think this war is real. Donald J. Trump, they believe, is fighting for “the people”… and the Deep State is trying to stop him. He really wants to drain the swamp, they say; it’s not his fault the water is getting deeper.Anything is possible.Mr. Trump’s instincts are clearly “populist”—he certainly understands the showbiz side much better than most politicians. But he is no fool.Hardly had the sun set on the polling stations in November 2016 when he invited the Wall Street insiders from Goldman Sachs… and a trio of retired generals… to join him in the White House.But there are many different factions in the Deep State. Like sows at a feeding trough, they bump into each other trying to get at the swill. And the winners are usually those that are most heavily armed.Leaping ahead, we notice that whenever there is a “populist” movement in politics, it almost always leads to the military wing of the Deep State taking control.Caesar, Lenin, Mao, Mussolini, Hitler, Perón, Castro—revolutions begun in the name of the “people” tend to degrade into military dictatorships.Why? Because government is always a way for the few to take advantage of the many… and the fraud is easier to pull off when you can invoke those atavistic “us versus them” emotions.The lumpen naturally rally ‘round the flag and support the military—no matter how absurd the situation.And if they don’t, you shoot them.Regards,Bill BonnerChairman, Bonner & PartnersJustin’s note: For years, Bill has warned about the “Deep State,” America’s unelected shadow government. But who is the Deep State? And how far does their reach extend? In this urgent video briefing, Bill shows you precisely what America’s shadowy insiders have planned… Watch it here.Reader MailbagToday, a reader shares his thoughts on Doug Casey’s interview on the coming comfortable dystopia…This is already being done in Canada. A person who refused to pay moving traffic violations and drove for five years without another one was pulled over for moving cats from his old address to his new address while one cat sat on his lap (he had 4 cats in the car—none of them in cages). Thus, his license to drive has been revoked until he pays the fines. Further, any moving traffic violation automatically increases his car insurance.I find it fiendishly clever for the rich and powerful to enshrine themselves confidentially into our political structure, which is currently destroying our Society. When communication and distance were major impediments to slavery, Society could survive. Such is no longer the case. This is why no matter what the government does, it will fail. Entropy has taken over. Further, China, doing what it is doing, is, in reality, preparing for the inevitable War.—PeterAs always, if you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here.In Case You Missed It…Bill Bonner’s top technology expert, Jeff Brown, just said something shocking…Right now, a technology is being tested that has the potential to permanently cure thousands of diseases. It could even guarantee America’s energy independence for decades to come. It sounded too good to be true. But then we watched this presentation. Recommended Link — Nothing on earth is growing faster than the market for legal marijuana. If you want to make a fortune from the pot bull market of 2018, you’re invited to join Nick Giambruno and special guest Doug Casey in this free training event. To discover how Doug became a marijuana millionaire, and 5 pot stocks set to soar this year, Reserve your spot today. Justin’s note: Over the past few months, we’ve shared a handful of essays from Doug Casey’s longtime friend and business partner Bill Bonner on what’s really going on behind the scenes with Donald Trump and the “Deep State.”In Bill’s new essay below, he shares the latest update… By Bill Bonner, chairman, Bonner & Partners South Beach…Last week, we were sitting in the hotel restaurant in Miami Beach having breakfast…A man—about 30—was leaning on the counter. His dirty pants were falling down. He wore a black t-shirt with a skeleton on it. He put his head down on the counter… and said something incomprehensible.He got a cup of coffee… and staggered over to a chair and flopped down, talking to himself.After a few minutes, he got up. He clutched his pants, which were almost around his knees. He wobbled. He lurched. He headed for the door and disappeared out through it.Then, a woman… voluptuous… pretty… dressed in white jeans, with a very low-cut t-shirt came in the same door.She looked in our direction. She said something. We couldn’t make it out… Was she asking the time of day? Directions? We smiled.She came towards us and sat down next to us on the couch.She whispered…“Would you like a massage?”Two young men came in. Shorts. T-shirts. Almost identical outfits. But one wore his baseball cap backwards. They held hands. Smiled at each other. They got cappuccinos.They left.South Beach. FREE Training Event:How to Become a Pot Stock Millionaire in the Biggest Pot Boom in History Silicon Valley Rocket Scientist’s Prediction Could Lead to 35,000% GrowthJeff Brown is a real-life rocket scientist and one of the most tuned-in angel investors in Silicon Valley. Not only has Jeff been an executive for companies like Qualcomm and NXP Semiconductors, but he’s also completed 89 private deals. Right now, he’s predicting that a new biotech breakthrough could skyrocket this market niche 35,000%… All because of a little-known FDA anomaly happening in November. To see him lay out his bold prediction in full detail, Click here.
Strange new kiosks showing up in 11 states?Officials are expected to deploy strange new kiosks in 11 states… with 21 more states coming onboard. It’s not a new type of ATM, voting machine, or bitcoin exchange station. Instead, it’s part of something we call The Greatest Day in Stock Market History. Click here for the full story By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch“How many people have thought about buying Greek stocks?”I heard Peter Boockvar ask this question two weeks ago. He was speaking at the New Orleans Investment Conference.Boockvar is the chief investment officer at Bleakley Advisory Group, a $3.5 billion wealth management firm. He’s also the editor of The Boock Report, a macro investment letter.When he asked the question, maybe one out of a hundred or so people in the ballroom raised a hand.And why would anyone? Greek stocks have been obliterated.The Athens Stock Exchange is down 20% since the start of the year… and down 85% since 2008, when the country was absolutely rocked by the last global financial crisis.Greece’s economy is also a mess. It’s shrunk 26% since 2008. And unemployment is running at 20%. That’s five times the U.S. unemployment rate.This is why most investors want nothing to do with Greek stocks. And that’s exactly why you should give them a look… — Recommended Link Recommended Link • As regular readers know, we’re contrarians at Casey Research… We believe it pays to buy stocks other investors have left for dead.This is how legendary investors like Warren Buffett, Stan Druckenmiller, and Jim Rogers made billions. It’s also how Doug Casey built his fortune.Of course, Doug would be the first to tell you that you shouldn’t buy something just because it’s been beaten down. You should also have a reason why that asset will appreciate in value.And we have that with Greek stocks.I’ll tell you about the safest way to speculate on Greek stocks in a second. But first, let me tell you why Boockvar thinks Greek stocks could soon rip higher. • Kyriakos Mitsotakis could be Greece’s next prime minister… Mitsotakis is a Harvard-educated politician and the leader of the New Democracy party.But unlike most Greek politicians, Mitsotakis has different plans for Greece. He doesn’t want to turn the country into a welfare state. Instead, he wants to spur investment.And he plans to do this in a few ways. Number one, he wants to green light several major projects, including a gold mine in northern Greece and the development of the former international airport at Elliniko.These projects haven’t gotten off the ground because the amount of legal and bureaucratic red tape in Greece is suffocating.That’s something Mitsotakis wants to change.Together, these projects are worth about €11 billion ($12.7 billion). That might not sound like much money. But that kind of investment would have a huge impact on Greece’s $200 billion economy.Mitsotakis also wants to cut corporate taxes from 29% to 20%. And he wants to reduce property taxes by 30% to offset measures imposed by the Greek government during the last financial crisis.Mitsotakis believes these measures will restore confidence in Greece’s economy and attract outside capital:This is our biggest bet – to convince everyone, the markets, the creditors, investors and of course the Greek people; to build confidence in the country and the new government.And that’s exactly the sort of thing Greece needs.Unfortunately, there’s no way to know if Mitsotakis will come out on top when Greece holds elections next October.But his New Democracy party is currently leading in the polls. Do NOT let them place a big ‘Aerial Tower’ outside your bedroom windowMillions of weird-looking cell phone towers are springing up like MUSHROOMS. Estimates range from a few hundred thousand… to a few million nationwide within seven years. Why are so many people concerned? • If this continues, we could soon see investors “price in” a Mitsotakis win in Greek stocks… And that’s something you’d obviously want to get in front of. And sooner rather than later…As I mentioned, the Greek elections are not scheduled until October 2019. But government officials have said they could start as early as May.So consider betting on Greek stocks if you’re looking for an under-the-radar speculation with huge upside potential and little downside.You can easily do this by buying the Global X MSCI Greece ETF (GREK). This fund invests in 15 of the largest and most liquid companies in Greece.Just be sure to treat any investment in Greek stocks as a speculation. As always, don’t bet more money than you can afford to lose.Regards,Justin Spittler New Orleans, LA November 14, 2018Reader MailbagToday, readers respond to yesterday’s Dispatch: “Sessions Is Gone… Outright Marijuana Legalization to Come?”Promotion of legalized marijuana as an investment in the entertainment business is just flat-out wrong. Like anything else that appeals to people’s interests in pleasure, they will reach a point of wanting something a little more powerful, then a little more, then a little more. They will not be satisfied.There will come a day when auto injuries and deaths will skyrocket because of this investment opportunity. I, for one, maybe the only one, will not have blood on my hands from investing in and promoting this appeal to people’s weaknesses.– Gary You failed to mention that all pot gains were given back plus more losses in days subsequent to Sessions’ firing. – AnonymousAs always, please send in your thoughts, along with any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, to email@example.com.In Case You Missed It…Strange new kiosks are expected to be deployed by officials in 11 states…And no… it’s not a new type of ATM, voting machine, or bitcoin exchange station. Rather, it’s part of something we call “The Greatest Day in Stock Market History”…You can get the full story here. — It would seem to me that if I wanted to set myself up as drug dealer, the last thing I would want is for it to become legal.– Owen
A porn director worries that young adults think sex is what they’ve seen on-screen.A young man worries that the ubiquity of porn creates unrealistic expectations for everyone.A porn performer worries that young viewers might think her videos are instructional.They all wish people talked about it more. Millions of people in the United States watch pornography, thanks largely in part to the Internet and free sites like Pornhub. A majority of those people are under 34 years old. They’ve grown up in a world where online porn is free and, with the rise of smartphones, where viewers can watch it pretty much whenever — and wherever — they want. But while porn may be easy to view, it’s still hard to discuss — even for those with the easiest access to it — and it creates a host of worries and misconceptions.”My students are often immersed in it but don’t often have an opportunity to … learn about it with tools for critical analysis,” says Shira Tarrant, a professor at California State University, Long Beach.NPR is exploring how people talk about sex — or don’t — and why it matters. And regardless of whether you think it’s good or bad, pornography is everywhere and it’s shaping the way people, especially young people, think about sex.As part of the series, NPR visited a porn film set to hear the conversations that happen behind the scenes. (Listen to the audio story above for more on that.) On set, it’s clear that pornography is performance — like a TV show or choreographed dance. But that’s not obvious for many people, especially for those who’ve never had sex before. Here are six perspectives on how the fantasy of pornography affects our attitudes toward the reality of sex. The DirectorJacky St. James is a pornography director and writer who has hundred of credits to her name. She has been in the business since 2011, when, on a whim, she wrote a script for a porn-writing contest — and won. When her script was made into a film, she was blown away by how professional the process was, and she left her job in online advertising to join the industry full time.St. James, 42, says she thinks there’s a lot of good that comes from porn — for example, creating sex positivity and normalizing a healthy sex life. But she hates the thought of minors viewing her work and recognizes there are downsides to the easy access so many young people — even those over 18 — have to porn these days.”I think where it’s a disservice is that a lot of people … that are growing up on porn somehow feel that what they’re seeing is what they should be doing, instead of really discovering what they want,” she says. “When I grew up, you know, porn was so hard to get — I mean, I saw porn, but I couldn’t watch it every day if I wanted to.”She says she worries about how that could affect young people.”Pornography is not sex education, and it should never be looked at that way. … And I don’t think the onus of responsibility is on us to educate the public — I think that should be done in the school system and with parents, but certainly it’s not our responsibility. And I don’t think a lot of people are willing to accept that,” she says. “They want to blame us for everything, and I’m not going to be blamed, because it’s a fantasy — that’s what we’re creating at the end of the day.” The StudentsDavid Cruz has tried to talk to friends about porn but has had little success.”That’s maybe the appeal that porn has, is the fact that it’s supposed to be a secret, it’s supposed to be something that we don’t talk about,” the 26-year-old college student says. Like many others, Cruz assumed that what he saw in pornography reflected reality and had to recalibrate his expectations once he started having sex.”As a male, you see the performer acting a certain way, and giving pleasure a certain way, and you absorb that, and you expect that, and you want that from your partner,” Cruz says. “But I quickly learned that it takes connection-building and all kinds of other factors that lead into what works for specific people and certain couples.”Porn definitely affects how a person interacts with the world, Cruz says, adding that it is only going to get easier and easier to access. “This conversation is long overdue. Because there’s no going back, it’s only getting bigger, and we have to adapt.”Millennials may be talking about sex more, Danielle Brinkley says, but she doesn’t think they’re talking about porn more — and that can lead to miscommunication and unspoken expectations.”It means when they watch porn, they’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, that girl is doing all these circus tricks,’ then when they go to the bedroom with their boyfriend or girlfriend [and] they’re expected, or they expect themselves to be able to do that, and I don’t think that’s necessarily fair,” she says.Brinkley, 23, says she hasn’t watched porn much herself and she wasn’t sure if her boyfriend had, but she did feel like he might have been bringing unrealistic expectations into the bedroom. She says she was nervous to ask him about it, mainly because she was worried the conversation might make her feel inadequate. After she spoke with NPR, Brinkley brought up the subject with her boyfriend, and they ended up having a long discussion about it. “Once we started talking about it, I was wanting to ask him more and more questions,” she says. “It actually reassured me in our relationship.” The AcademicShira Tarrant, a 56-year-old professor, has given a lecture on pornography for 12 years as part of her class on pop culture, gender and media, and is the author of The Pornography Industry: What Everyone Needs to Know. She says her students are at least exposed to — and often immersed in — pornography, but have never really thought about how to analyze it critically. She refers to it as “porn literacy” — understanding how porn is made, where it comes from and how it shapes society’s views on sex and sexuality. “When people are watching stunt performers, they know it’s a stunt. When you go to the movies, you know that the movie was edited,” she says. But people tend to not make the same connections when they watch pornography.”It gets into our private desires, and people don’t want to talk about that out loud, even though it’s so important if we’re concerned about both sexual pleasure and sexual safety,” she says.Tarrant is neither pro- nor anti-porn but thinks that we should recognize that it’s here to stay — and then figure out how to talk about it. “We’re not going to get rid of porn any more than we’re going to get rid of Disneyland even if we don’t like the princess trope and the happily-ever-after motif,” she says.The PerformersNow 30, Isiah Maxwell began performing in porn films in his 20s, and sex off camera, he says, is very different from the sex he has on camera.”The better male performers are great at having sex uncomfortably,” Maxwell says. “You need to get yourself in uncomfortable positions, because it disconnects you from the scene. And it allows the audience to put themselves in.”Creating that disconnect, he says, often means leaning back, physically distancing himself from his partner and opening out toward the camera — which is not how ordinary people have sex. And he worries that less sexually experienced viewers don’t understand how manufactured the final product is and think that’s how they’re supposed to act.Maxwell thinks a lot about peeling back the mystique around the content the porn industry produces, even though his job depends on the fantasy.”For me, I see the conundrum,” he says. “Porn magic is what makes porn great. But an open dialogue instead of being closed off about it would help bring more of an understanding how much actually goes into this product. I mean, I could see how it kills the fantasy, but I think it would be beneficial.”Lisey Sweet, 29, was a research scientist before she got into the pornography industry. She says she has found it freeing — but she also worries that some viewers don’t understand it’s not reality.”What they don’t see is that we laid out all of positions, and anytime something didn’t look natural, we would cut it out. So it really is like a perfectly choreographed dance,” she says. “It’s not a reflection of what they should be doing in their bedroom — it’s supposed to be entertainment.”She thinks that’s why the conversation about porn should start early — because as much as she doesn’t want minors to see pornography, she also realizes it’s inevitable.”I know that our society is not quite there yet, but the discussion about pornography should be part of sex ed in high schools and in middle schools,” Sweet says. “What do you think is more likely, that they’re going to come across porn first or they’re going to come across actual sex first? And it’s probably more likely porn.”The audio story was edited by Jolie Myers; the Web story was edited by Maureen Pao. 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