Victoria records eighth day of no new cases, awaits Sunday decisions; United States continues record case numbers; Australia’s death toll remains at 907


“It is community-spread everywhere,” said Jaline Gerardin, an epidemiologist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

In part, the greater numbers are the result of the increased availability of testing, she said.

But the main problem was allowing the virus to simmer at fairly high levels throughout the summer, particularly among young people who congregated in bars and restaurants against expert advice.

“I think it ended up busting out of their own age group,” she said.

“It spread out from there, and what we’re seeing now is it’s in every age group . . . It’s just everywhere.”

The current case totals are an echo of late March, when according to epidemiologist Ali Mokdad, the first surge probably peaked at more than 283,000 cases per day.

But there was no way to know at the time, because the US testing regime was so inadequate, said Mokdad, chief strategy officer of population health for the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

With those limitations, the United States did not record its 120,000th infection overall until March 28, more than two months after the first case was identified in Snohomish County, Wash., records show.

On Friday, the nation registered more cases than that in a single day.

To date, the virus has killed nearly 236,000 people in the United States and infected more than 9.7 million, according to data analysed by The Washington Post.

Friday’s alarming case load may soon seem quaint. Without a coordinated national strategy for containing the virus, Mokdad’s institute is forecasting more than 305,000 cases a day by December 31 and more than 686,000 a day if all restrictions are relaxed.

Universal mask-wearing and other steps could bring that down to 172,000, the models show.

At current infection rates, there is only a short time left to prevent overwhelming the nation’s hospital system, Mokdad said.

That will require a national mask mandate, or some way of forcing states to adopt mandatory mask-wearing, and a coordinated plan to move staff and patients from hospitals with capacity to others that lack it, if necessary, he said.

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Victoria records eighth day of no new cases, awaits Sunday decisions; United States continues record case numbers; Australia’s death toll remains at 907


“It is community-spread everywhere,” said Jaline Gerardin, an epidemiologist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

In part, the greater numbers are the result of the increased availability of testing, she said.

But the main problem was allowing the virus to simmer at fairly high levels throughout the summer, particularly among young people who congregated in bars and restaurants against expert advice.

“I think it ended up busting out of their own age group,” she said.

“It spread out from there, and what we’re seeing now is it’s in every age group . . . It’s just everywhere.”

The current case totals are an echo of late March, when according to epidemiologist Ali Mokdad, the first surge probably peaked at more than 283,000 cases per day.

But there was no way to know at the time, because the US testing regime was so inadequate, said Mokdad, chief strategy officer of population health for the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

With those limitations, the United States did not record its 120,000th infection overall until March 28, more than two months after the first case was identified in Snohomish County, Wash., records show.

On Friday, the nation registered more cases than that in a single day.

To date, the virus has killed nearly 236,000 people in the United States and infected more than 9.7 million, according to data analysed by The Washington Post.

Friday’s alarming case load may soon seem quaint. Without a coordinated national strategy for containing the virus, Mokdad’s institute is forecasting more than 305,000 cases a day by December 31 and more than 686,000 a day if all restrictions are relaxed.

Universal mask-wearing and other steps could bring that down to 172,000, the models show.

At current infection rates, there is only a short time left to prevent overwhelming the nation’s hospital system, Mokdad said.

That will require a national mask mandate, or some way of forcing states to adopt mandatory mask-wearing, and a coordinated plan to move staff and patients from hospitals with capacity to others that lack it, if necessary, he said.

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Smith wins Storm top gong for eighth time


Captain Cameron Smith has been named Melbourne’s NRL player of the year for an incredible eighth time, capping the Storm’s premiership success.

The ageless hooker first won the award 15 years ago with his seventh coming in 2017.

But his consistency in 2020, which resulted in him finishing fourth in the Dally M medal despite missing four matches, was rewarded with another individual honour.

Smith, 37, is still to announce whether he will play on for a 20th season next year.

The Storm troops gathered on Tuesday night at the Sunshine Coast Convention Centre at Twin Waters, where players and coaching staff celebrated their latest premiership victory.

Isaac Lumelume was awarded the Cooper Cronk feeder player of the year award, recognising his efforts on the training track which earned him his NRL debut in round 16.

The Fiji international switched from Cronulla to Melbourne midway through 2019 and played on the wing in three first-grade games this year.

Young prop Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, who is headed to Gold Coast, won the Billy Slater rookie of the year award, which came on top of his Queensland State of Origin squad selection.

Other award winners included centre Justin Olam as most improved, Brandon Smith the best forward, while Clive Churchill Medallist and NSW Origin selection Ryan Papenhuyzen was named as best back and members player of the year.

The Storm’s Origin players will leave the club’s Sunshine Coast hub on Wednesday to go into their respective state team camps.





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Lumelume earned three first-grade games and looks a leading prospect to replace either Suliasi Vunivalu (Rugby Australia) or Josh Addo-Carr (going home to Sydney) who are leaving the club.

Storm fullback and Clive Churchill Medal winner Ryan Papenhuyzen won the members’ player of the year while centre Justin Olam was named most improved player at the club awards ceremony which they hosted at their Sunshine Coast resort on Tuesday night.

Young prop Tino Fa’asuamaleaui was rewarded for his rise into the Queensland state of origin squad by being named Billy Slater rookie of the year after playing every game bar one while utility forward Brandon Smith won the best forward award.

Strength coach Dan Di Pasqua won the Mick Moore club person of the year award, a highly-prized honour within the Storm.



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France’s Peters wins eighth stage as Pinot slumps


Loudenvielle: Nans Peters won the eighth stage of the Tour de France, a 141km mountainous trek from Cazeres-sur-Garonne on Saturday as fellow Frenchman Thibaut Pinot effectively lost all hope of becoming the first local winner of the race since 1985.

Pinot was dropped on the second ascent on a day that also saw Dutchman Tom Dumoulin crack, while defending champion Egan Bernal struggled.

France’s Nans Peters celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the eighth stage of the Tour de France.Credit:

Briton Adam Yates hung on to the overall leader’s yellow jersey, managing to cross the line with the main contenders despite being dropped several times on the ascent of the Col de Peyresourde.

He leads pre-race favourite Primoz Roglic, who looked in control throughout, by three seconds and France’s Guillaume Martin by nine.

Roglic’s fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, who had lost time on a stage fraught with crosswinds on Friday, was the most successful attacker of the day, regaining 40 seconds to move up to ninth place overall, 48 seconds off the pace.

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West Coast Eagles beat GWS Giants for eighth win in a row


Callan Ward comes from the field after fracturing a finger.

Callan Ward comes from the field after fracturing a finger.Credit:Getty

“I can’t question the boys effort,” said Cameron. “[But our] concentration levels need to be spot on, especially when you play a side like the Eagles. Effort good, execution got better as the game got on, but cost us early.”

Not even the return of talisman Toby Greene was enough to put things right, with GWS held goalless in the first quarter for the third consecutive game. It would have been the entire first half were it not for a late effort from Brent Daniels, just minutes before the long break.

By that stage, West Coast had already booted five unanswered majors – the first four coming in an utterly dominant opening term. Naitanui kicked one himself, to go with his eight possessions (seven contested) and six clearances for the quarter, while Jack Darling booted two of his three goals for the night.

The Giants were better in the second but had nothing to show for it until Daniels struck. When they returned from the sheds, Daniels set up first-gamer Jake Riccardi for his debut AFL goal, which sparked their best sequence of the match.

Stephen Coniglio chimed in next, and all of a sudden a 31-point deficit had been trimmed back to just 10. That’s as close as they got, with Xavier O’Neill and Brendon Ah Chee giving the Eagles back their breathing space.

It got uglier: former GWS skipper Callan Ward, in a routine contest, landed awkwardly on his finger, sustaining a gruesome compound fracture that ended his evening.

Oscar Allen and Shane Mumford compete during the Eagles' 12-point AFL win over GWS in Perth on Sunday.

Oscar Allen and Shane Mumford compete during the Eagles’ 12-point AFL win over GWS in Perth on Sunday.Credit:Getty

“It doesn’t look good, clearly, I think there’s probably some photos around of that finger being out of whack,” Cameron said. “He’s a tough player … he’s had a wretched run of luck the last year and a half with all the injuries he’s had but if they have to operate and he’s out for a while, that’s [an] opportunity for someone else to come in.”

The Eagles took their foot off the pedal in the final term when the game looked well and truly won, permitting a late flurry from GWS which allowed the final margin to flatter them to a degree. Even as they celebrated their third goal in a row from Harry Himmelberg, closing the gap to two straight kicks with two minutes left, the Giants didn’t appear to be a team that felt like they could win.

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“Nic set us up and Gov probably saved us,” said Eagles coach Adam Simpson. “Between that we had some really good performances – probably didn’t handle the run-on as well as we would have liked in the last 15 minutes, but apart from that I thought we played a quality side on the rebound, almost full strength. To get the win we’re really happy with our players but we’ve got the Tigers this week and we’ve got to go up another level to compete with them.”

There were certainly for GWS. Riccardi presented as the kind of key forward target they have been sorely missing and finished with two goals (although he should have had three), while usual suspects Harry Perryman, Josh Kelly and Lachie Whitfield all were lively.

The pieces are all there; they’re just not coming together particularly well at the moment. In the end, West Coast did it too easy.

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West Coast Eagles beat GWS for eighth AFL win in a row, Brisbane Lions and Geelong score victories


Nic Naitanui and Jeremy McGovern have produced standout displays to lead West Coast to a 12-point win over Greater Western Sydney in their Sir Doug Nicholls Round encounter in Perth.

Naitanui tallied seven clearances, 14 disposals, 28 hitouts and a goal in the 9.7 (61) to 7.7 (49) win in front of a crowd of 27,339.

McGovern was a force in defence, snaring 10 marks — including five contested — among his 18 possessions.

Earlier on Sunday, Brisbane squeezed out a two-point win over St Kilda at the Gabba, and Geelong was given a scare by the winless Crows before triumphing by 28 points at Adelaide Oval.

In Perth, major alarm bells were ringing for GWS after the Eagles skipped out to a 33-1 lead early in the second quarter.

The Giants closed the margin to 10 points in the third term, but the match looked over when West Coast extended the margin to 37 points early in the final quarter.

GWS made one final push with four unanswered goals to finish the match but ultimately ran out of time.

West Coast’s eighth win in a row keeps the club in fourth spot on the ladder with a 9-3 win-loss record, while the Giants (6-6) are 11th and face a battle to make the finals.

The Giants copped heavy criticism after their 41-point loss to Sydney in their last start, but they produced far more fight against West Coast.

They were dealt a huge blow when veteran Callan Ward suffered a compound fracture to a finger in the third quarter.

GWS staff were busy during the second half attempting to book Ward in for surgery on Sunday night.

Naitanui dominated proceedings in the opening term, with six clearances and booting a goal in an awesome display.

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The star ruckman had a hand in five of West Coast’s seven scores, with the Eagles booting four unanswered goals to take a 26-point lead into quarter-time.

The Giants blew a series of chances in the second term, but they finally broke through for their first goal of the match with less than two minutes to go in the half.

McGovern provided the highlight of the term when he climbed onto the shoulders of Harry Himmelberg to take a spectacular mark.

Quick goals to GWS debutant Jake Riccardi and captain Stephen Coniglio to start the third quarter cut the margin to 10 points but it was as close as the Giants could get.

Riccardi booted two goals from 16 disposals in a promising display, while midfielder Josh Kelly (26 disposals) and Jacob Hopper (seven clearances) worked hard.

Lions scrape past St Kilda

Wayward kicking was not enough to deny Brisbane victory over St Kilda, with the Lions moving back to second place on the ladder.

The Lions triumphed 6.14 (50) to 7.6 (48), despite scoring just one point in a tense final term in front of 13,750 nervous spectators.

Eric Hipwood took eight marks but let himself down with the boot, opting to go short with his first set-shot in a preference that appeared to set the tone for the afternoon.

He finished with three behinds and another set-shot that fell short, a worrying trend that allowed St Kilda to close within 10 points at the final change.

A Brisbane Lions AFL player moves both his hands as he celebrates kicking a goal against St Kilda.
Charlie Cameron only had the chance to celebrate kicking a goal once against the Saints.(AAP: Darren England)

Saints forward Jack Billings squeezed a goal from close range to make it a three-point match, with Zak Jones’s behind being the final score of the match as the Lions’ defence scrambled well in the closing minutes.

Zac Bailey and Jarrod Berry (20 disposals, two goals) did the heavy lifting early with Lachie Neale and Dayne Zorko kept quiet.

Seb Ross did the job on Neale, who still finished with 19 touches, and Jack Steele (25 touches, 17 contested, 10 tackles) was allowed to run his own race for St Kilda.

Ryan Lester, Brandon Starcevich and Harris Andrews were solid in Brisbane’s backline, while Jones, Brad Hill and Dan Butler (two goals) threatened for St Kilda.

The win keeps the Saints on the outside of the top four ahead of their clash with Melbourne next Saturday, while the Lions — second on percentage behind Port Adelaide — do not play again until September 4.

Geelong survives stern test

The Cats entered the match against the winless Crows as heavy favourites.

But it took a final-quarter goal from Tom Hawkins and two more in the dying stages from Mitch Duncan for the visitors to finally break clear in a 9.11 (65) to 5.7 (37) victory.

In the wake of Brisbane’s win, the Cats are placed third on the ladder, four points adrift of the top two teams.

Coleman Medal leader Hawkins finished with three goals, taking his tally to 33 in 13 matches this season.

Midfield stars Cam Guthrie (33 disposals), Patrick Dangerfield (27), Jack Steven and Sam Menegola (both 24) were all prominent in the Cats’ fourth consecutive victory.

Rhys Stanley kicked two goals while splitting ruck duties with Mark Blicavs and Esava Ratugolea.

Two Geelong AFL players give each other a high five as they celebrate a goal against the Adelaide Crows.
Tom Hawkins (left) produced a three-goal effort in the Cats’ triumph over the Crows.(AAP: David Mariuz)

Former Adelaide captain Taylor Walker provided early energy for the Crows in his 200th AFL match but finished with just three disposals amid lingering questions over his playing future beyond this season.

Geelong led for most of the first half but were unable to break clear of an Adelaide side on a 15-match losing streak and still searching for its first win under coach Matthew Nicks.

Soon after half time, goal sneak Shane McAdam beat three Cats opponents inside the forward 50 to scramble through his first AFL goal and drag the Crows to within two points.

Scores were level moments later but Cats speedster Gary Rohan wrested back momentum for the visitors with a goal on the run and Hawkins soon made it a 15-point buffer.

David Mackay’s goal after the three-quarter time siren gave Adelaide a sniff but the Cats withstood the challenge with three goals to none in the final term.

Matt Crouch was the Crows’ best with 22 disposals and 14 tackles, while Rory Laird (28 possessions) and Brodie Smith (21) were busy around the ball.

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Lewis Hamilton takes pole position for British F1 grand prix, Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo to start from eighth


6-moments Components Just one entire world winner Lewis Hamilton shattered the Silverstone track document with a blistering lap to put dominant Mercedes on pole posture for his house British Grand Prix on Saturday.

The 35-calendar year-aged, who will be chasing a document seventh earn at Silverstone on Sunday, was joined on the front row by Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas, with Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen qualifying third.

The pole was the 91st of Hamilton’s career and seventh at Silverstone and he created confident of it with a lap of a person moment 24.303 seconds soon after Bottas had led the opening two classes on a gusty afternoon.

Hamilton had spun at Luffield at the start off of the 2nd phase of qualifying without the need of damaging his car, but brought out purple flags owing to the sum of gravel scattered throughout the observe.

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“It was a authentic struggle out there,” he instructed 2009 planet champion and compatriot Jenson Button in an job interview after stepping out of the black auto.

“This observe is just awesome. With a gust of wind, you have a headwind, a tailwind, a crosswind at diverse sections of the circuit.

The winner, the 1st driver to consider 7 poles at his home grand prix, retained calm and carried on to safe his 100th front row start off for Mercedes.

“Qualifying is a whole lot about self esteem building and … I was presently down and I was having difficulties through the initial sector in each individual lap,” Hamilton extra.

“I do not know how, but with some deep breaths, I managed to compose myself.”

It was a career very well finished for Mercedes, as Lewis Hamilton (left) and Valtteri Bottas locked up the entrance row at Silverstone.(AP/Pool: Will Oliver)

Bottas, 5 factors adrift of his teammate in the championship right after three races, could only take care of a very best hard work of 1:24.616.

Mercedes ended up however so dominant that they nailed pole with a time .7 seconds quicker than past yr, when Bottas defeat Hamilton to the top slot but shed out on race day.

Purple Bull and Ferrari have been both equally slower than in 2019.

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Verstappen was a lot more than a 2nd off Hamilton’s speed as the most effective of the rest, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc signing up for him on the second row, though his four-moments champion teammate Sebastian Vettel qualified 10th.

“I feel the lap at the conclude of Q3 was actually very excellent but you could just see really early on in qualifying they were just way as well fast, as they have been in the very last a few races,” Verstappen reported.

The Dutch driver’s Thai teammate, Alexander Albon, continued a operate of bad Saturday sort by qualifying 12th.

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That put him together with AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly, the Frenchman who occupied the Crimson Bull seat ahead of him.

Gasly skipped out on the remaining prime 10 shootout by the slimmest of margins, location the very same time as Racing Point’s Canadian Lance Stroll, who went through because he did his lap 1st.

McLaren’s British driver Lando Norris will line up in fifth place, ahead of Stroll in sixth, with teammate Carlos Sainz seventh and Renault’s Australian Daniel Ricciardo eighth.

“I’m content with eighth location right now, particularly in pretty tough ailments,” Ricciardo explained later on.

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Williams’ George Russell built the 2nd section for the next race in a row but gathered a five-place grid penalty for failing to respect yellow flags — triggered by teammate Nicholas Latifi spinning — and dropped to the back of the grid.

Nico Hulkenberg, standing in for Mexican Sergio Perez immediately after the Racing Point driver contracted the new coronavirus, will line up 13th.

Qualifying was held with no spectators because of to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Normally, you have the sirens likely off, you see the flags almost everywhere, you see smoke and the environment is buzzing. You usually get out of the automobile and you can find a various power,” Hamilton mentioned.

“We undoubtedly miss them (the enthusiasts) but hopefully they were being content with that turnaround.”

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Lewis Hamilton sets F1 record with at Hungarian Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo eighth


Lewis Hamilton has won the Hungarian Grand Prix for the eighth time to equal Michael Schumacher’s one-location report and move to major location in the Formulation 1 world championship table.

The British driver after once more called for extra to be accomplished in regards to racism and inequality in the activity after another chaotic protest.

Hamilton and other people, these as his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, took a knee when other people appeared to be hurriedly arriving late and just before extended, the national anthem had began and Hamilton and these kneeling experienced to quickly stand up out of respect for the host state.

“I assume there are possibly persons who have not developed up all-around [the issue of racism] and never recognize it.

“From a driver’s issue of perspective, well lots of individuals seem to be to be of the view they have [taken a knee] when and [are] not likely to do it all over again.

“I feel ultimately it is nevertheless people today contemplating it is not critical.”

Hamilton’s most recent victory from pole place was as relaxed as the just about 9-second margin more than 2nd-spot Max Verstappen prompt.

The British driver’s 86th Grand Prix gain moved him just five powering the German great Schumacher’s F1 document of 91.

“I remember observing Michael on Tv set earn all his races,” Hamilton explained.

“Now I’m acquiring nearer to the volume of wins he has, it just reminds me of the dominance and excellence he showed for so prolonged. I can realize the placement he was in and I can comprehend the pressures he experienced. It’s really exceptional.”

Schumacher won the French GP eight instances when it was held at Magny-Cours. Hamilton initially received below in 2007 and his 1st success with Mercedes also came at the Hungaroring track in 2013, the yr just after replacing Schumacher on the Silver Arrows team.

Verstappen thrilled with 2nd immediately after pre-race crash

Hamilton made a clear get started but teammate Bottas, from 2nd place, appeared to go early ahead of stopping and plummeting down the running get as Lance Stroll, the Ferraris of Vettel and Charles Leclerc and Verstappen from seventh all flew past.

Max Verstappen experienced much more reason than normal to thank his pit team in Hungary.(Pool by means of AP: Mark Thompson)

“It was a seriously lousy race for me to be straightforward,” Bottas claimed.

“I missing it at the start off, a light-weight on my dash went off. I don’t know what it was.”

“I lost places and it created the race really complicated. It was incredibly complicated with Max.”

Verstappen drove superbly to keep off Bottas, who concluded less than one particular second behind him in 3rd to relinquish the championship lead just after three races.

Next was a sizeable posture for Verstappen after Purple Bull was compelled into frantic repairs of the Dutchman’s car on the grid ahead of the race.

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About 20 minutes before the commence, Verstappen damaged the entrance wing when heading around a kerb and sliding into the barriers on a warm-up lap.

Team principal Christian Horner seemed on anxiously as mechanics replaced it and repaired the suspension, operating frantically to get his car ready with the clock ticking.

“The mechanics did an astounding job. I don’t know how they did it but they ended up incredible … Just on time,” a jubilant Verstappen explained.

“To be in a position to break up the two Mercedes autos was great for us.

Ricciardo eighth, Renault re-challenge grievance about ‘Pink Mercedes’

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Daniel Ricciardo completed in eighth place for the next weekend in a row.(AP: Darko Bandic)

In a demoralising indicator of the occasions for Ferrari, both of those cars were being lapped by Hamilton.

Racing Point’s Stroll positioned fourth in advance of Crimson Bull’s Alexander Albon, with Vettel sixth and Leclerc out of the factors in 11th.

Daniel Ricciardo finished a lap down in eighth location, just at the rear of the Racing Place of Sergio Perez.

“General, I am joyful with how it went,” Ricciardo advised F1.com right after the race.

“We’ve experienced eighth in each individual race so much. It truly is not bad, but I do truly feel we have the pace for additional from the to start with three races.

“We are not considerably from major-six finishes, it really is coming, and we know bigger points are around the corner.”

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Ricciardo’s Renault workforce protested the legality of the Racing Point automobile for the second weekend in a row, professing the vehicle has the very same brake ducts as final year’s championship successful Mercedes workforce, which is illegal.

F1 principles state that specific facets of cars should be made fully by the group and not borrowed from other constructors’ autos.

The stewards are still to rule on Renault’s initial protest, with Renault anticipated to lodge the identical protest till a ruling is made.

Immediately after a few races in as several weeks, the F1 paddock has a week off prior to going to Silverstone for a double header of races on August 2.

Silverstone is yet another of Hamilton’s finest tracks, wherever he retains the document with six wins.

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