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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Greece win in vain, go into play-offs

Greece had to settle for a place in the FIFA World Cup™ qualifying play-offs as their bid to overhaul Bosnia-Herzegovina at the top of Group G ended in disappointment, despite a 2-0 victory at home to Liechtenstein on Tuesday. Greece claimed a ...

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Greece finish second after Liechtenstein win

Greece will feature in the FIFA World Cup qualifying play-offs after a 2-0 victory at home to Liechtenstein proved insufficient to overhaul group winners Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dimitris Salpingidis set the home side on their way by scoring after seven ...

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Bosnia reaches first World Cup; Greece in playoff

KAUNAS, Lithuania (AP) - Bosnia-Herzegovina qualified for its first World Cup after Vedad Ibisevic scored in the second half to secure a 1-0 win over Lithuania Tuesday and top spot in Group G, pushing Greece into the playoffs. Some of the ...

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Bosnia-Herzegovina, Russia qualify for World Cup; Greece, Portugal in playoffs

Bosnia-Herzegovina qualified for its first World Cup as an independent nation and Russia also won its group Tuesday night to earn a spot in next year’s 32-nation field in Brazil. England and defending champion Spain were in position to clinch ...

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Athens History Museum Remains Closed

The staff of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens History Museum, released a letter to the media informing the public, that the museum will remain closed because of the employees strike against lay-offs. They also made it clear that if the imminent measure of availability will be applied by the Greek government, there is the […]

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Fourth Industrial Informatics Fest- i2fest 2013

The Centre of Technological Research (CTR), the Region of Eastern Macedonia; the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology and the Department of Business Administration, are going to hold the fourth festival of Industrial Informatics (www.i2fest.gr) which is going to take place in the venue of the TEI from October 15 to October 20, 2013. […]

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Crown appeals sentence of Vernon lawyer convicted of helping Greeks gangsters

Vernon lawyer William Mastop leaves Vancouver’s Supreme Court on March 4th. The Crown is appealing Mastrop’s one-year sentence for aiding The ...

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Greece charges French tennis players with 'gang-rape'

Greece charges French tennis players with 'gang-rape'GlobalPostTwo French tennis professionals were among five men charged Tuesday with the gang-rape of an American woman player during a tournament in Greece, a police source said. The woman told police she had consensual sex with a Romanian youth, but was ...

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NY-based diaspora charity makes large donation for struggling Greeks

New York-based charity The Hellenic Initiative has selected three Greek non-governmental organizations through which to distribute a donation worth $650,000 (481,000 euros) to struggling Greek families. The group, which was founded in 2012 by prominent me... ...

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Patriarch in northern Greece for Mount Athos celebration

Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios, the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians, arrived in Thessaloniki on Tuesday and headed to Mount Athos, where he is to lead a service on Wednesday to mark 100 years since the semi-autonomous monastic community became... ...

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Fires burn less land this year

The expanse of land razed by wildfires this year is more than 50 percent smaller than that charred by blazes last summer according to figures from the Greek fire service made public on Tuesday. A total of 4,248 wildfires were reported between June and Aug... ...

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Fire service data show big drop in land destroyed by fire in 2013

The expanse of land razed by wildfires this year is more than 50 percent smaller than that charred by blazes last summer according to figures from the Greek fire service made public on Tuesday. A total of 4,248 wildfires were reported between June and Aug... ...

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Church to draft three-year plan to curb debt, exploit assets

The Church of Greece is drawing up a three-year financial plan in a bid to determine the size of its debt and to exploit its assets to secure its autonomy, Archbishop Ieronymos told a session of the Holy Synod on Tuesday. “The situation today is dire,” Ie... ...

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Municipal police's former officers face tests for places in national force

Greece’s municipal police officers, who found themselves without jobs this summer when their force was disbanded, are to have the chance of joining the police if they can prove that they are at least 1.70 meters tall and can pass a psychometric test. The ... ...

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Join in 'mediation' with Greece over Elgin Marbles, Unesco urges Britain

Greece's culture minister, Panos Panayiotopoulos ... Parliament by an international group that is campaigning for the sculptures' return to Athens, Greek centre-right MEP Rodi Kratsa said his country had a "moral claim" to them, adding ...

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Greece return to form with Malta triumph

Malta 0-4 Greece The visitors bounced back from Friday's Group 7 defeat away to Turkey to return to winning ways with an emphatic victory in Ta' Qali.

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Eight Out of Ten Greeks Slash Heating Expenses

According to a new survey, published today, eight out of ten Greeks have reduced the heating expenses compared to last year’s data. In Greece the distribution of heating oil began on Tuesday, priced at 1.30 per liter which means it is 5% lower than last year. Even though, the winter in Greece will be the […]

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France Honors Greek Artist Alekos Fassianos

Acclaimed Greek artist Alekos Fassianos, who has studied in Paris for 35 years, received one of the greatest honors of the French Republic a few days ago at the French Embassy in Athens. In his brief greeting after receiving the award of the “Celebrities of the Officer of the Legion of Honor” by the French […]

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Erdogan Uses Halki To Push Mosques

(Photo/Reuters) Metropolitan Apostolos Daniilidis, an Orthodox bishop at the monastery attached to the Halki school, is seen at Tracing Istanbul, an exhibition of works by Greek artists, at the Greek Orthodox seminary on Heybeliada island near Istanbul, Sept. 4, 2010. On March 25, 2012, US President Barack Obama congratulated Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for his decision to ...

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Greece: Back to the Future

Greece: Back to the FutureActon Institute (blog)Around 400,000 Greeks migrated to America at that time, primarily from the Peloponnese and the rest of southern Greece. Three quarters of the immigrants settled permanently in America, in large urban centers such as Chicago, New York and tens of ...

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Greek digital artist takes home prestigious Lumen prize

London-based Greek filmmaker, and animation and digital artist Katerina Athanasopoulou has been awarded the prestigious Lumen Prize, worth 3,000 euros, for her Athens-based film “Apodemy.” “Apodemy” is an experimental piece on emigration created by Athana... ...

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Greece outclass Malta U-21

Malta Independent OnlineGreece outclass Malta U-21Times of MaltaMalta tried to force a reaction with their best chance falling to Jurgen Pisani on 29 minutes when he was put through by Bjorn Kristensen but the Malta winger saw his low shot pushed away by Greece goalkeeper Sokratis Diodis. Greece grabbed a second ...Farrugia confident his boys can upstage Greece this afternoonMalta Independent Onlineall 3 news articles »

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Above & Beyond Go Acoustic at LA's Legendary Greek Theatre

Neon TommyAbove & Beyond Go Acoustic at LA's Legendary Greek TheatreHuffington PostFor vocalist Alex Vargas, singing in front of the sold out Greek Theatre in Los Angeles Sunday night had gone well -- he was composed, he was smooth, he weathered the adoration of the doe-eyed fans, performing note-perfect acoustic renditions of many ...Above & Beyond At The Greek Theatre: ReviewNeon Tommyall 2 news articles »

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Greek Cypriot President concerned over property sales ahead of talks

Hurriyet Daily NewsGreek Cypriot President concerned over property sales ahead of talksHurriyet Daily NewsGreek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has expressed his concerns over the transfer of a significant number of properties to Turkish Cypriots on the island, calling on the Greek Cypriots to stop selling their property to Turks. Before recent talks ...Morphou residents stage 33d anti-occupation rallyFamagusta GazettePreparing the ground for UN talksInCyprus (blog)all 6 news articles »

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Greek government and troika clash over budget deficit

The battle is in part one of statements made at a distance between Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras and the ECB Executive Council member Joerg Asmussen over whether or not there even is a 2014 budget deficit. The IMF-EU-ECB troika insist that ...

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Samaras: Europe has 'no choice' but to unite

by  Cillan Donnelly

Greece expects solidarity from its European neighbours as it continues to struggle through its current economic and social hardships, the prime minister has said.

Speaking in the European Parliament on 15 October, Antonis Samaras said that greater integration and solidarity is needed amongst European Union member states, particularly as many countries are suffering through the crisis unequally, such as Greece.

Samaras said that during the current crisis, there have been “unbelievable sacrifices” made by the Greek people, however, he said that despite that, the majority of the population “believe in solidarity” with their European partners.

He said that “Europe has no choice but to unite” in the face of its current problems.

He said that more integration at an EU level was needed to combat the crisis. “We need more Europe, not less,” he said. “More integration, not less.” He said that initiatives such as a single energy market, a single tax structure and stronger border controls were examples of what was needed from European co-operation. However, he said that integration “does not mean a super bureaucracy.”

Historical and cultural binds, the need to be competitiveness and a sense of solidarity and responsibility were what should lead Europe going forward.

Earlier Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament had made reference to the rise of extremist and populist parties in Europe, such as Golden Dawn in Greece, as potentially making heavy inroads at next years European Parliament elections, saying that disillusionment at with the EU at national level has seen them continue to win many recent elections. Samaras also alluded to the problem briefly, saying, and without naming any particular party of organisation, that the current economic situation has “allowed extremist and populist parties to appear.”

Despite, this, he said, there needs to be a push form the mainstream political establishment to create “a more balanced, social and competitive Europe.”


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Weather service warns of storms ahead

The Hellenic National Meteorological Service (www.hnms.gr) on Tuesday issued a warning of a sudden shift in predominantly warm and sunny weather, starting in the early hours of Wednesday in the northwest of the country and gradually spreading south and east.The first heavy showers will be experienced in the northern Ionian, in Epirus and western parts of the Greek mainland on Wednesday morning. ...

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Letter From Athens: Re-jailing the Messenger

You'd think that between trying to save the sinking ship of the economy and keep the crazies of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn from turning Greece into the Fourth Reich, a disgrace for the country that created democracy and had the German Army running scared with ferocious resistance in WWII that Prime Minister Antonis Samaras would have something better to do than suppressing media freedom. And once you've been licked, you should have the dignity to walk away licking your wounds but Greece is persecuting whistleblower journalist Kostas Vaxevanis again after he was acquitted on charges of violating the privacy of 2,062 Greeks ? including tax cheats ? with $1.95 billion in secret Swiss bank accounts. Greece hasn't acted to vet the list for tax evaders since 2010 when then finance minister George Papaconstantinou was handed it by his French counterpart Christine Lagarde, now head of the International Monetary Fund, one of Greece's Troika of owners.

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Russia Eyes Privatization Deals in Greece

Russian investors are pursuing deals to help cash-strapped Greece privatize its economy and pay off its huge debt. Russian Railways RZD may take a 100 percent state in Greek?s TRAINOSE, and Gazprom has renewed talks with state-owned gas company DEPA. Valentina Matviyenko, the Speaker of the upper house of Russia's Parliament has expressed her government's vested interest in the Greek economy. She's traveling with a group of Russian investors looking to get a slice of Greece's privatization. 'Our position is that would not be an acquisition of assets, but rather a support for friendly Greece at the complicated economic stage,' Matvienko said.

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Israelis Unhappy Samaras Refused Skullcap

An embarrassing incident happened at Yad Vashem last week during a visit by the Prime Minister of Greece, Antonis Samaras. Like every state leader who visits Israel for the first time, Samaras took a tour there ? and surprised his hosts by refusing to cover his head with a skullcap. His hosts chose to let it go, but their reservations and humiliation at the act were evident. The Greek Prime Minister?s refusal to wear a skullcap at Yad Vashem was seen as a show of contempt for the honor, or the sanctity, of the place and for the Holocaust in general. Israeli officials responded the same way in 2005 to the absolute refusal of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Only the significance of the relations between Israel and Turkey prevented a scandal then, as well.

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Greek-Australian Children Educated on Greek Crisis

Thanks to the generosity of many people, the thousands of dollars collected, were spent on the purchase of medical and pharmaceutical supplies for patients who have no access to the Greek health system. It is also interesting to note ...

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Greece tries rolling over bonds to shore up deficit

Greece tries rolling over bonds to shore up deficitEl EstándarATHENS, Greece -- Greece's finance minister says the debt-hobbled country can cover a shortfall in its short-term financing needs by rolling over bonds held by European central banks and domestic lenders. Yannis Stournaras says the 11 billion-euro ($15 ...

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Çiğdem Aslan – review

Vortex, LondonThis Turkish Kurd singer's three-night residency made her sound like one of the year's best new discoveries

Just occasionally, a new artist emerges to throw old music styles into an intriguing contemporary perspective. Çiğdem Aslan is a young Turkish Kurd who was born in Istanbul, lives in London, and until now has been best known for her work with She'koyokh, the upbeat British klezmer band. Her first solo album, Mortissa, concentrates on rebetika, the bravely outspoken "Balkan blues" that flourished back in the early 1920s, the era of enforced mass population movements between Greece and Turkey. Performing these songs at the Vortex, where she gave three shows, she sounds like one of the best British-based discoveries of the year.

Her success is down to her reworking of the old songs with a blend of delicate soulful vocals, subtle theatrics and a stage persona that could switch from stately to slinky and flirtatious. Backed by a nine-piece band that included the bağlama, bouzouki and kanun along with clarinet, she switched between songs in Greek and Turkish (including one with a Turkish title but Greek lyrics) that explained the historic connection between the two communities. These were sturdy, often sentimental songs that used to be sung in the bars or hash houses of Istanbul and Athens, and they were interspersed with well-chosen readings by the actor Philip Arditti, dealing with anything from druggy musicians to the Anatolian wars.

Aslan started with Greek songs, then brought on the excellent She'koyokh band to show how the material might sound with a klezmer/Balkan backing, and ended with a furious Turkish singalong, which led to excited demands for songs in Kurdish from many of her supporters.

This was an emotional musical history of the eastern Mediterranean as seen by a mortissa - an independent woman determined to throw off her veil and have fun.

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Rating: 4/5

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Greece and Russia: Framework Agreement On Tourism

Greek Minister of Tourism Olga Kefalogianni visited Russia, which is now developing into a main tourist market for Greece and stated that the Russian tourist flow to our country is completely satisfactory. The agreement will aim to further ...

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Anonymous Hack Into Greek Foreign Ministry

The activist group Anonymous hacked into the data of the Greek Foreign Ministry in order to gain access to material exchanged via email. The foreign ministry issued a statement regarding the internet violation, confirming that an investigation on the exact circumstances and extent of the breach which includes exchanges via email, as well as many […]

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Judge hears voting suit involving UA Greeks

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A Tuscaloosa judge is considering allegations of election misconduct by sororities and fraternities at the University of Alabama. A judge has set a hearing for Tuesday on an election challenge filed by Kelly Horwitz, who lost a Tuscaloosa city school board election in August. Horwitz claims members of Greek-letter social groups got free drinks and other incentives to ...

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Greeks using police guards for security to pay 2,000 euros a month to the state

Greeks who hire police officers for their personal security and who have an annual income in excess of 100,000 euros will be asked to pay a monthly fee of 2,000 euros to the Greek state, according to a new ministerial decision made public on Tuesday. The ... ...

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Greece's middle class feels the pain

British police have published new details in the case of Madeleine McCann, saying that evidence suggests her kidnapping was planned. The youngster disappeared while on holiday with her parents in Portugal six years ago. Chancellor Angela Merkel's ...

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More austerity could tip Greece 'over the edge': Economist

More spending cuts could tip Greece over the edge and out of the euro zone, economist and business analyst Vicky Pryce told CNBC on Tuesday. "If you look at what Greece is going through now, more cuts and more austerity will tip them over the edge I think ...

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Troika Asks for New Measures of 3 Billion Euros

In the papers exchanged between those who observed the Greek program in 2014, there is currently a gap of 2.5 billion euros, according to the most conservative estimation. The gap touched the 4 billion mark based on other estimations, while for most observers it is no less than 3 billion euros. Opinions are oceans apart, […]

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Great Lavra Monastery after Family Taverna in Skopelos

A crowd gathered outside the tavern of the Kosmas family, which was filled with policemen, court bailiffs and representatives of the Monastery of Great Lavra on Mount Athos. The tension on the island of Skopelos, in the western Aegean Sea, Greece, has intensified, particularly exploding at the beach of Glisterio. Representatives of the Monastery of […]

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Greece: Ivan Savvidis (PAOK) buys historic Makedonia Palace

(ANSAmed) - ATHENS, OCTOBER 15 - The historic hotel Makedonia Palace in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, will be under the management of the company LLC Atlantis Pak (led by Greek-Russian Ivan Savvidis, the majority shareholder of PAOK FC soccer club) and ...

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Undue criticism

It seems we have a motley crew of politicians that never miss a chance to lash out against Greece’s Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras and, by extension, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. Ironically, the politicians who are now criticizing Stournaras in the... ...

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Samaras due to speak at European Parliament

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is due in Brussels on Tuesday in the wake of Monday’s Eurogroup meeting, where Greece was told it would have to produce more savings over the next few years. Samaras is due to speak at the European Parliament on “The N... ...

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Greece backs Albania's European integration: minister

Albeu.comGreece backs Albania's European integration: ministerXinhuaThe support for EU enlargement to the Balkans would be one of Greece's priorities when it takes over the rotating EU presidency next year, Greek Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos told Albanian President Bujar Nishani.Greece to increase cooperation with Albania, help EU integration processAPAAlbania asks Greece to declare war finally overAlbeu.comall 6 news articles »

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The Greek Prime Minister Should Explain the Links Between His Party and ...

The Greek Prime Minister Should Explain the Links Between His Party and ...Truth-OutPresident Barack Obama meets with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras of Greece in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, August 8, 2013. According to the White House, the meeting will "highlight the strength of the US-Greek relationship and ...Samaras on offense as third Greek bailout talks emergesThe Borneo PostGreek Government Denies Problems between Samaras and StournarasGreek Reporterall 3 news articles »

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Eurozone tells Greece it needs 2bln more in savings next year

KathimeriniEurozone tells Greece it needs 2bln more in savings next yearKathimeriniGreece's lenders are demanding that it will have to produce an extra 2 billion euros in savings in 2014 following a Eurogroup meeting in Luxembourg on Monday. Kathimerini understands that Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras was told he will have to take ...Too early to "pin any number" on Greece's fiscal gap: Eurogroup chiefEastDay.comEurogroup Preps Ireland, Spain Exits; Mum on Greece Fin NeedsMNI NewsEurogroup Undecided On Greece's Funding Gap; Downplays Talks Of Debt ...RTT NewsEnetEnglishall 6 news articles »

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Greek economic crisis: Homeless artist warns of 'lost generation'

BBC NewsGreek economic crisis: Homeless artist warns of 'lost generation'BBC NewsMore and more middle class people are being affected by the economic crisis in Greece. The country has had to borrow 240bn euros (£206bn) from international lenders over the past six years of recession. Leo is a homeless artist who has been living in a ...

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Stournaras Debt Rollοver Would Solve Greece’s Funding Gap

Greek debt they are holding. As ekathimerini reports, an amount of 19 billion euros in Greek bonds is being held by ECB and the central banks. This sum will mature by 2016, with 10 billion euros payable in 2014. While speaking to Naftemporiki, Stournaras suggested that rolling over some of this debt would solve Greece's funding problem. So far, the ECB has ruled out any debt rollovers as ...

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Greek island shows community spirit to migrants

Please support our site by enabling javascript to view ads. Beautiful beaches, olive groves and green mountains long summed up Greece's third-largest island Lesbos, but this corner of the Aegean Sea also faces an ever-rising tide of migrants reaching its ...

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