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Martin Dorville is new Chamber of Commerce president

PRESS RELEASE – Martin Dorville Managing Director of Massy Stores (SLU) Ltd. is the New President of the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture. Mr. Dorville was elected unopposed at the 132nd Annual General Meeting of the Chamber held at the Royal St. Lucian Hotel on Wednesday 16th November, 2016. Mr. Dorville takes over the Presidency at a ...

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Education Ministry praises Courts OECS Reading Competition winner

Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education Marcus Edward on Thursday applauded Keyshawn Alphonse of Soufriere Primary School for her outstanding achievement in this year’s OECS Courts Reading competition. “The Ministry of Education is extremely delighted and excited as a matter of fact upon receiving the news of young Keyshawan Alphonse who was declared the winner of the 8th ...

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Private sector relief takes focus at Chamber of Commerce AGM

PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce membership had some major questions for Minister in the Minister of Finance Honourable Dr. Ubaldus Raymond after he addressed the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 16th November 2016 at the Royal St. Lucian Hotel. Held under the theme “Making it Easier to Do Business” members of The Chamber of Commerce, Industry ...

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Consultation on draft planning guidelines for Laborie

PRESS RELEASE – The Laborie Development Foundation (LDF) is currently implementing a project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) entitled Creating Sustainable Communities – Building Local Capacity for Adaptation to Climate Change and for Managing Related Issues in the village of Laborie. The project was designed as an initial step towards building greater resilience of ...

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Security arrangements at SALCC being reviewed following alleged rape attempt

The Ministry of Education has condemned the recent incident involving a security personnel accused of allegedly attempting to rape a female student at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. Chief Education Officer Marcus Edward said the ministry is “utterly disturbed” by the event and said it expects that the college will review it’s security arrangements. The alleged perpetrator in question may ...

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New approach to mental health sensitization

PRESS RELEASE – The World Health Organisation’s constitution states: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” This is the core philosophy driving a new initiative of the St. Lucia National Mental Wellness Centre to spur interest, continue the dialog and motive individual, families and the community to ...

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Keyshawn Alphonse wins Courts OECS Reading Competition 2016

PRESS RELEASE – Soufriere Primary School Student, Miss Keyshawn Alphonse, has won the Eighth Annual Courts OECS Reading Competition for 2016. The competition which was held on November 16th 2016 in Saint Kitts and Nevis saw national champions from Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines competing for an additional ...

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SALCC security guard arrested for allegedly attempting to rape student

A security personnel at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) is now in police custody following an alleged rape attempt on a female student. It is reported that a group of students, including the said victim, were playing a game of hide and seek when the incident occurred sometime around 6.p.m. Wednesday. It is alleged that the 18-year-old woman ...

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PM calls for acceleration of action for developing nations at COP 22

PRESS RELEASE – The devastating impact that natural disasters have on the Caribbean was underscored by Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet as he addressed the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech, Morocco on Tuesday November 15th 2016. During The High Level Meeting, Prime Minister ...

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St. Lucia finishes in 1st runner up position in Miss International Elegance Mother’s Pageant, takes 3 awards

St. Lucia performed quite well in the just concluded Miss International Elegance Mother’s Pageant, finishing in 1st runner up position. The pageant, which saw mothers in the Caribbean compete in several areas, was won by Miss St. Maarten. The host country for the pageant was St. Maarten. Miss St. Lucia also took home three awards, becoming the top performer in three ...

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Gov’t yet to decide whether to reduce VAT exemption list

One of the recommendations coming out of a joint Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) report which looked at Saint Lucia’s overall economic performance, was to reduce the number of items on the Value Added Tax (VAT) exemption list. But Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, a minister within the Ministry of Finance has said that the government is ...

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“I don’t want to go back there,” says teenage mother released from jail

After weeks of mounting pressure on the authorities to release a teenage mother from jail, officials from the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) have finally decided to let her free. The teenager was released on Wednesday morning and the first words she uttered to the local press was, “I don’t want to go back there. I made mistakes, but I learnt from my mistakes.” ...

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Local banks on high alert for credit card scammers

Local banks across the island have been put on alert by the Major Crimes Unit of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) following an increase in credit card scams. This was disclosed by Acting Corporal Calious Dantes on Police Insight on MBC Television. The police official said that criminals are now in possession of devices that can read the magnetic strip of ...

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St. Lucia listed in top 5 best countries for secondary citizenship

An investor advise blog targeted at millionaires have listed St. Lucia in the top 5 countries for secondary citizenship. The blog, based at the www.barrons.com website, placed St. Lucia at number 3 on the list. The blog claims that there has been a five-fold increase in searches for secondary citizenship locations since Donald Trump was elected president of the United ...

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Parliament approves Christmas barrel concessions for 2016

PRESS RELEASE – The much anticipated concessions on Christmas barrels are on again for the festive season. Government has announced a 100 percent waiver of import duty on barrels imported between December 1, 2016 and February 15, 2017. By Cabinet Conclusion No. 295 of October 24, 2016, Government approved the following concessions with regard to the Christmas Barrel Trade: 100 ...

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Trinidadian investor to submit proposal to reopen Forensic Lab

National Security Minister Hermangild Francis has disclosed that a Trinidadian-based company is looking to assist government with reopening the Forensic Lab. While the minster did not disclose the name of the company nor the individual in charge, he said the owner is expected to submit a proposal to the government shortly. “We are in discussion with a businessman in Trinidad and ...

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Government continues to improve the justice system

PRESS RELEASE – After several recent strides in improving the justice system, including the appointment of a Director of Public Prosecution, the appointment of a new Attorney General and new Director of the Forensic Lab, the Government of Saint Lucia continues to work to bring about incremental improvements and changes in the overall performance of the Justice System. Speaking at ...

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Candle light vigil in memory of nurse Suzanna Jolie

PRESS RELEASE – The Community Nursing Service invites all nurses, family and friends to a candlelight vigil at the Mental Wellness Centre Auditorium on Wednesday 16th November from 6pm – 9pm as the nursing fraternity celebrates the life of our dearly departed Nurse, Suzanna Julie. Transportation will be available from the Dennery Hospital from 5pm and Ministry of Health Car ...

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Francis says Caribbean leaders will meet to discuss Trump’s deportation plans

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America (USA) has seen some expressing concerns, since he has committed to deporting all illegal migrants from that country when he officially takes office. National Security Minister Hermangild Francis speaking on this issue expressed some concern, stating that it will be an important juncture in Caribbean ...

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Bandits break into District 2 Education Office

Burglars have broken into the District 2 Education Office at Sans Souci, stealing some items. The discovery was made by staff on Tuesday (Nov.15) on their arrival for work. A projector and a computer were missing and the entire office ransacked. It is believed that the bandits may have used a ladder to gain entry through a window. A report ...

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Royal Commonwealth Ex- Service League focused on passing of the baton as membership dwindles

PRESS RELEASE – The observance of Remembrance Day culminated on Sunday, November 14, 2016 with the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Service League Reunion. The event which took place at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence at Vigie was attended by Patron of the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Service League Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy. Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural ...

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NOTICE: Water supply interruption in the North

PRESS RELEASE – The Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) wishes to advise its customers in the North of a temporary interruption in water supply on Thursday, 17th November, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. This is to facilitate maintenance works on the water distribution system. As a result the entire North upwards from Marisule will be without a supply of water, this ...

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The King takes a Queen: Former Calypso monarch ‘Ashanti’ marries

The people’s calypso king Herman ‘Ashanti’ Hippolyte over the weekend married the love of his life. The ceremony was held on Saturday at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries. In an exclusive interview with St. Lucia News Online (SNO) just before he tied the knot, Hippolyte said, “I am very very, very happy today. This is the ...

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Motorcyclist shot in chase with police

A motorcyclist was shot by police on Monday morning after the motorcycle operator fled from an off duty police officer, who went after him for hitting his vehicle. The incident happened at Paix Bouche, Babonneau around 11:45 a.m Monday (Nov.14). The motorcyclist has been identified as a Babonneau resident by the name of Rick Sebastien. Reports are that Sebastien refused to stop ...

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Keyshawn Alphonse to represent St. Lucia at Courts OECS Schools Reading Competition

PRESS RELEASE – Local Furniture and Electrical superstore Courts will be hosting the eighth annual Schools Reading competition on Wednesday November 16th 2106 in St. Kitts and Nevis. The company hosted the National level of the competition on October 14th 2016 and saw eight finalists from the districts across the island competing for $2000 in cash plus $2000 for their ...

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Fuel prices rise

PRESS RELEASE – The Public is hereby notified that in keeping with changes in international oil prices and Government’s application of the modified market pass-through petroleum pricing mechanism, the retail prices of gasoline (unleaded), Diesel per gallon and the LPG 20, 22, and 100 lb cylinders have been changed. The price of diesel per litre and kerosene remains unchanged. Please ...

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Caribbean govts urged to prepare for more criminal deportees under Trump

NAN – Caribbean governments are being warned to prepare for more criminal deportees to the region under the Donald Trump administration. The warning comes from Irwine G. Clare, Sr. O.D., head of the Caribbean Immigrant Services in New York on the heels of the President-elect’s vow in a 60 Minutes interview aired Sunday, that he will deport 2-3 million criminal ...

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Car recovered after plunging into Castries Harbor

Divers recovered a vehicle Sunday afternoon that had plunged into the Castries Harbor. St. Lucia News Online (SNO) was told by one of the divers, former Police Press Officer Maryanna Leonce, that no one was found in the red Honda vehicle. Reports are that the vehicle plunged into the harbor early Saturday morning. It is not clear how it ended ...

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Caribbean declared measles free

PRESS RELEASE – The Caribbean, and countries of the Americas, are first in the world to be declared free of local measles transmission. This historic announcement was recently made by the International Expert Committee for Documenting and Verifying Measles, Rubella, and Congenital Rubella Syndrome Elimination in the Americas at the 55th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health ...

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Bail granted to suspect in 2011 murder of former St. Lucia Carnival Queen contestant

The man accused of murdering Alisha Hunte, a former St. Lucia Carnival Queen contestant, was granted bail in the sum of $100,000, when he made an appearance at the Criminal Court on Friday. Tristan Francis, the boyfriend of the deceased, who was represented by Attorney-at-Law Leslie Mondesir was charged with the capital offense. He appeared before Justice Francis Cumberbatch. Francis is expected to ...

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Gov’t reassures Choiseul Secondary School students

PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia has given assurances that efforts to address the deplorable conditions at the Choiseul Secondary School are being fast tracked. Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation on Tuesday, November 8, made a statement in Parliament on the “Reconstruction of the Choiseul Secondary School”. Minister Joseph reiterated that funding ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Tourists robbed, culprit arrested

Police officers arrested a man after he was caught robbing a tourist couple at St Louis Street, Castries on Friday morning. The incident occurred sometime around 9:30.a.m. Eyewitness told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the couple were walking along the busy Castries street, when the alleged robber confronted them and snatched a chain off the woman’s neck. In an attempt ...

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Minister Fedee addresses mismanagement at SLTB

PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Tourist Board is now entering a period of significant transition. Minister for Tourism Honourable Dominic Fedee on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 spoke at length in Parliament to explain why Government was compelled to make some pivotal moves to restore the viability of the island’s main economic driver and foreign exchange earner – Tourism. He ...

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Missing St. Lucian woman found

25-y-o Talia Hippolyte, a girl reported missing last Saturday, has been found according to a relative. Hippolyte was located thanks to the help of SNO readers who made contact with her. Hippolyte was reportedly in a depressive state. She was reportedly found in Babonneau. The relative is thanking everyone who assisted in locating her. (36)(0)

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LIAT says passenger travel woes to continue

CNS – LIAT, on Wednesday, blamed its latest round of flights delays and cancellations on the weather and warned that its disruptions are far from over. “Passengers can expect to experience some further delays, and some disruption is expected for the coming days as we work to improve the situation.” In a new release, management said it is working to restore ...

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Agriculture ministry launches feed the poor project

GIS – The Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with the Government of Taiwan and the CARITAS Antilles will undertake a feed the poor project that will benefit a total of 60 primary and secondary schools on the island. The activity involves the planting of fruit trees and vegetable gardens; and the construction of green houses. The Grand Riviere Primary School ...

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Ambassador of France presents credentials

GIS – Newly appointed Ambassador of France to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Philipe Ardanaz, has stated that he hopes to build on the good relations and common history that the two islands share. Ambassador Ardanaz presented his Letters of Credence to Saint Lucia’s Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy on Nov. 9. He stated that Saint Lucia and France ...

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Woman allegedly attacked by abusive ex, cautions other women

A 22-y-o woman from Dennery is today warning fellow women after she was allegedly assaulted by her ex boyfriend. The incident reportedly occurred yesterday after the woman ended the relationship with the man. The relationship was reportedly ended after the woman found out that the man has a history of being abusive. The man, a 33-y-o from Castries, allegedly drove all the ...

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Guy Joseph claims some civil servants trying to undermine Government

According to Social Economic Development Minister Guy Joseph, there are persons in the civil service that are trying to undermine the sitting St. Lucian Government. Joseph was speaking in response to the protests by 5th form students at the Choiseul Secondary School last week. The minister claimed that plans for the rehabilitation of the fifth form block were already in ...

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17-y-o St. Lucia just a few steps away from becoming Caribbean’s youngest commercial pilot

17-y-o Claire Daisy Charra is currently very close to becoming the youngest commercial pilot in the Caribbean. The young woman, who attended the International School of St. Lucia, is currently training at Cirrus Aviatio, a small flight school in Florida. Charra, who was being interviewed by The Caribbean Scoop, said that persons will not have to worry about such a young pilot ...

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Prime Minister announces VAT reduction

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet last night announced the VAT reduction which has been eagerly awaited by St. Lucians since it was promised in the elections earlier this year. The reduction, which will take effect on February 1, 2017, will pump $52.5 million into the hands of St. Lucians according to the PM. The VAT reduction will see a cut from the ...

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Drunk man attacks, attempts to rape 93-y-o woman

A man is reported to have attacked his 93-y-o aunt in an apparent rape attempt in Desruisseaux early last week. The incident, which occur during a spate of rapes in St. Lucia, occurred after the man reportedly became intoxicated. The elderly woman was able to fight off the man when he made sexual advances towards her. The nephew, believed to be ...

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Former police officer shot in the buttocks

A former St. Lucian police officer was shot in the buttocks in unknown circumstances yesterday afternoon. The former officer, identified as Julius Hippolyte, was shot on George Charles Boulevard in Marchand. The ex police is being treated at hospital. The police are currently investigating. (9)(5)

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BREAKING: Man charge in sexual abuse of 6-y-o girl

A  man in his 20s has been charged for the alleged sexual abuse of a 6-y-o girl. The incident, which is said to have occurred in Dennery, is now being investigated by the police. St. Lucia has been rocked by recent reports of a pregnant 12-y-o who was allegedly impregnated by someone living close to a relative whom she had visited. ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Student protest erupts at Choiseul Secondary

Fifth form students today staged a massive protest at the Choiseul Secondary School. The protest was over what many describes as the poor condition of the school after recent heavy rains. The students complain of broken partitions, flooded classrooms and other issues affecting the 5th form block. Approximately 120 students were involved in the protests, some bearing placards. The problems ...

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Woman involved in alleged job, visa scam released

A woman who is at the height of a massive alleged job and visa scam involving dozens of victims have been released by police. The release occurred yesterday after her 72 hours under arrest had passed. Reports are that the police lack sufficient evidence to pursue charges at this time and are still conducting investigations on the wide-reaching case. SNO ...

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NEMO issues flood advisory for St. Lucia

PRESS RELEASE – A trough system is currently producing moderate to heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms over the Lesser Antilles.   Due to the recent rains over the weekend, the soil moisture in some parts of the island is relatively high and as a result the possibility of flash flooding is heightened.   Residents in areas prone to flooding and ...

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St. Lucian woman arrested for visa, job scam

A  woman has reportedly been arrested for an elaborate scam involving the issuance of visas and the procurement of jobs overseas. The woman reportedly fleeced St. Lucians of their money by claiming that she is able to get jobs for them in Martinique and France. She also reportedly claimed that she can get birth certificates and passports renewed. More to ...

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Former RSLPF policeman graduates from UWI with a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice

PRESS RELEASE – On Friday, 21st October 2016, Leonard Johnny, a retired policeman from the Royal St. Lucia Police Force residing in Choiseul, graduated from the University of the West indies with a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. His doctoral thesis entitled, “An Evaluation of the Causes of Delinquency and Violence Displayed by Secondary School Students: ...

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Zouks new owner facing fraud charges in the US

The new owner of the St. Lucia Zouks is currently facing charges of fraud in the US. Jignesh “Jay” Pandya, the owner of Royal Sports Club, based in Philadelphia, is currently facing charges of fraud and operating a ponzi scheme in the US. The charge of fraud was brought to the US courts by plaintiff Jagdish Patel against Pandya and another ...

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Windies not in a ‘happy mood’ with Simmons gone, says Sammy

JAMAICA OBSERVER – Discarded Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy has supported the view of two of his former teammates that the sacking of head coach Phil Simmons has negatively impacted West Indies’ performance in the ongoing series against Pakistan. Speaking here this week, the 32-year-old criticised the West Indies Cricket Board’s decision, noting such actions had now become a trend, and ...

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Father Lambert St. Rose warns cutting religion from schools could set ‘dangerous precedent’

University of the West Indies Mona Campus’ lecturer Dr. Tennyson Joseph’s statement on the removal of religious items from the curriculum of schools has been rebuffed by Father Lambert St. Rose. Josephs, who was speaking at a session of Barbados Senor Parliament on home schooling, said that a universally accepted secular curriculum would eradicate any conflicts which may exist for ...

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PM “dead serious” about getting IMPACS matter resolved

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said he is “dead serious” about ensuring a resolution to the issues raised in the IMPACS report are addressed. While explaining that he wants to see that the case is dealt with quickly, Chastanet also stated that he will do all that is within his legal right to do, without interfering in the case. “That ...

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