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A slim volume of the National Tender Bulletin turns out to have much to offer the ICT industry. Like last week, the issue gets much of its bulk from the placement of multiple advertisements, this time from the Council for Geoscience and Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife, which have posted three notices a piece.

Software dominates the bulletin with 17 advertisements, with the nature of these requirements favouring a variety of enterprise solutions, rather than requests for licensing renewals. While financial management, customer relationship management and HR solutions get a mention, demand for information management solutions is highest.

State Information Technology Agency
The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) is advertising for the supply of an enterprise backup and data management solution for a period of sixty (60) months.
Tender no: RFB 1876-2018
Information: Bongi Mochalatjie, (012) 482 2034, bongi.mochalatjie@sita.co.za
Closing date: 15 February, 2019
Tags: Hardware, Software, Data management, Security, Backup

The agency is also looking for a service provider to supply and implement a security incident and event monitoring solution with maintenance and support for Statistics South Africa for a period of thirty-six (36) months.
Tender no: RFB 1878-2018
Information: Bongani April, (012) 482 2546, bongani.april@sita.co.za
Closing date: 15 February, 2019
Tags: Software, Services, Support and Maintenance

National Research Foundation
The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) requires supply, delivery and support of 17 SKARAB units and cabling required to integrate with the Dish Verification System.
Compulsory briefing: 5 February, 2019
Tender no: NRF SARAO SCBF001 2018
Information: Technical: P Kotze, (021) 506 7300, pkotze@ska.ac.za General: R Arnold, (021) 506 7300, fax (021) 506 7375, rarnold@ska.ac.za
Closing date: 18 February, 2019
Tags: Hardware, Software, Networking

SARAO is also looking for the supply and delivery of a Phase Noise Analyser.
Tender no: NRF SARAO STFR005 2018
Information: Technical: R Siebrits, (021) 506 7300, renier@ska.ac.za General: R Arnold, (021) 506 7300, fax (021) 506 7375, rarnold@ska.ac.za
Closing date: 20 February, 2019
Tags: Hardware, Software

Department of Health, Western Cape
The Department of Health in the Western Cape is advertising for the supply, delivery, installation, commissioning, support and maintenance of Video Conferencing Mobile Trolleys for the Western Cape College of Nursing Metro West Campus (Athlone), Metro East Campus (Stikland), Boland Campus (Worcester) and Southern Cape Karoo Campus (George) for a one (1) year period.
Note: Bid documents will be available electronically. Please send written request for documents with full company details to rukmini.jacobs@westerncape.gov.za or fax 086 516 1517. Payment in cash must be deposited into the Department of Health’s account. Internet transfers (EFTs) are also acceptable. Proof of payment must be submitted on request of documents.
Tender no: WCGHSC0177/2018
Information: Technical: Clinton Brown or Jerome Brandreth, (021) 684 1215/1280, Clinton.Brown2@westerncape.gov.zaor jerome.brandreth@westerncape.gov.za General: R Jacobs, (021) 483 4515, fax (021) 483 2530, rukmini.jacobs@westerncape.gov.za
Closing date: 22 February, 2019
Tags: Hardware, Services, Telecommunications, Video Conferencing, Support and Maintenance

Council for Geoscience
The council is looking for a service provider for the upgrade/replacement and ongoing support of its server, storage and backup infrastructure.
Compulsory briefing: 12 February, 2019
Tender no: CGS-2018-046K
Information: Kakaretso Phiri or Asanda Nase, (012) 841 1487/1537, kphiri@geoscience.org.za
Closing date: 25 February, 2019
Tags: Hardware, Services, Servers, Storage, Backup, Support and Maintenance

A service provider is also required for the supply, implementation, support and maintenance of an enterprise resource planning system for a period of three (3) years.
Compulsory briefing: 13 February, 2019
Tender no: CGS-2018-050A
Information: Asanda Nase, (012) 841 1537, fax 086 679 3267, anase@geoscience.org.za
Closing date: 25 February, 2019
Tags: Software, Services, Enterprise Resource Planning, Support and maintenance

The Council for Geoscience wishes to appoint a service provider for the development, implementation and maintenance of an Integrated Geoscience Data Management Solution for a period of three (3) years.
Compulsory briefing: 14 February, 2019
Tender no: CGS-2018-048L
Information: Lungile Moeketsi, (012) 841 1251, fax 086 679 3267, lmoeketsi@geoscience.org.za
Closing date: 25 February, 2019
Tags: Software, Services, Data management, Software development, Support and maintenance

Agricultural Research Council
Proposals are invited for the leasing, supplying and maintenance of ICT desktop equipment for all ARC offices for three (3) years.
Compulsory briefing: 6 February, 2019
Tender no: ARC/26/11/18
Information: Musa Zondo, (012) 427 9733, zondomp@arc.agric.za
Closing date: 25 February, 2019
Tags: Hardware, Services, Computing, Support and maintenance

Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, KwaZulu-Natal
The department requires a service provider to supply, deliver and install an automated biometric identification system.
Note: Bidders should ensure that bid documents are delivered timeously to the correct address. Late bids will not be accepted for consideration.
Compulsory briefing: 12 February, 2019
Tender no: ZNT 1925/2018 LG
Information: Technical: Dumisani Mnyandu, (033) 897 3860, dumisani.mnyandu@kzncogta.gov.za. General: Lindiwe Madlala, (033) 395 2174, fax 086 642 8873 or (033) 342 8330, lindiwe.madlala@kzncogta.gov.za
Closing date: 6 March, 2019
Tags: Hardware, Software, Biometrics, Security

Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Limpopo
The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism in Limpopo requires the supply, installation and configuration of network equipment, as well as the installation of a fibre backbone link, which includes network equipment. Warranty for thirty-six (36) months.
Tender no: RFB 1875-2018
Information: Technical: Pitsi Mashamaite, (012) 482 2588, Pitsi.Mashamaite@sita.co.za. General: Mametsi Raphala, (012) 482 2588, Pitsi.Mashamaite@sita.co.za
Closing date: 15 February, 2019
Tags: Hardware, Telecommunications, Networking, Fibre

Department of Public Enterprises
The Department of Public Enterprises invites services providers to submit proposals to assist it with the development and implementation of a governance, risk and compliance management information system.
Tender no: DPE 13/2018-2019
Information: Abel Makhafola, (012) 431 1005, abel.makhafola@dpe.gov.za
Closing date: 22 February, 2019
Tags: Software, Software development

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform
The province invites bids for the supply and delivery of communication infrastructure services to the Chief Directorate: National Geo-Spatial Information, Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray, Cape Town.
Note: Only bidders registered as B-BBEE Status Level 1 to 8 will be considered for this bid, as per the Preferential Procurement Regulations 2017. Bidders that do not meet these prequalification criteria will be disqualified from further evaluation. Bidders are required to submit proof of B-BBEE Status Level or a sworn affidavit in terms of the codes of good practice.
Compulsory briefing: 5 February, 2019
Tender no: SSC WC 24 (2018/2019) DRDLR
Information: Technical: Patrick Vorster, (021) 658 4312, Patrick.Vorster@drdlr.gov.za. General: Busisiwe Sondishe, (021) 409 0526, Busisiwe.Sondishe@drdlr.gov.za
Closing date: 15 February, 2019
Tags: Telecommunications

Estate Agency Affairs Board
The board is advertising for a customer relationship management solution.
Tender no: EAAB RFP-CRM 2018/005
Information: Technical: Thokozani Khumalo, (011) 731 5657, thokozani.khumalo@eaab.org.za. General: Bhekisane Maseko, (011) 731 5657, bheki@eaab.org.za
Closing date: 20 February, 2019
Tags: Software, Customer relationship management, CRM

Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife
The Supply Chain Management Unit is looking for a financial budgeting and reporting SAP integrated solution for period of five (5) years.
Compulsory briefing: 4 February, 2019
Tender no: EKZNW 12/2019
Information: Technical: Ebrahim Mullar, (033) 845 1999, fax 086 532 9990, ebrahim.mulla@kznwildlife.com. General: Sbonelo Ngubelanga, (033) 845 1450, fax 086 532 9990, ngubelas@kznwildlife.com
Closing date: 22 February, 2019
Tags: Software, Enterprise Resource Planning, ERP

The organisation is also looking for an integrated human resources management system for the period of five (5) years.
Compulsory briefing: 6 February, 2019
Tender no: EKZNW 13/2019
Information: Technical: Buhle Ndunakazi, (033) 845 1714, fax 086 532 9990, buhle.ndunakazi@kznwildlife.com. General: Sbonelo Ngubelanga, (033) 845 1450, fax 086 532 9990, ngubelas@kznwildlife.com
Closing date: 22 February, 2019
Tags: Software, HR management

A non-financial performance reporting and information management system is also required for a period of five (5) years.
Compulsory briefing: 4 February, 2019
Tender no: EKZNW 11/2019
Information: Technical: Pravin Pillay, (033) 845 1999, fax 086 532 9990, pravin.pillay@kznwildlife.com General: Sbonelo Ngubelanga, (033) 845 1450, fax 086 532 9990, ngubelas@kznwildlife.com
Closing date: 22 February, 2019
Tags: Software

Department of Social Development
A service provider is required to assist the department in aligning the organisational structure to the business strategy; inclusive of work load measurement as well as business process mapping and re-engineering.
Compulsory site inspection: 5 February, 2019
Tender no: SD06/2018
Information: Technical: K Watson, (012) 312 7566, kobusw@dsd.gov.za. General: S Mabina, (012) 312 7447, ShamaM@dsd.gov.za
Closing date: 15 February, 2019
Tags: Services, Consulting, Business Process Optimisation

Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority (SASSETA)
Bids are invited for the provision and implementation of an integrated management information system to support SASSETA’s core business.
Tender no: RFP/SASSETA/201819128/1
Information: Musa Mazibuko, scm01@sasseta.org.za
Closing date: 8 February, 2019
Tags: Software, Business Intelligence

Small Enterprise Development Agency
The Small Enterprise Development Agency is looking for a South African service provider to provide it with a fully rentable IP-based security system solution for a period of twelve (12) months.
Tender no: T011-2018/19
Information: S Wright, (012) 441 1218, fax (012) 441 2218, swright@seda.org.za
Closing date: 18 February, 2019
Tags: Software, Security, Cloud computing

Department of Health, Eastern Cape
Expressions of interest are invited for the digitisation and archiving of clinical records for a period of three (3) years.
Tender no: SCMU3-18/19-0445-HO
Information: Z Manyela, (040) 608 9665, zukile.manyela@echealth.gov.za
Closing date: 22 February, 2019
Tags: Software, Services, Data Management, Scanning, Storage

Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority
The provision and implementation of integrated management information system to support SASSETA core business.
Tender no: RFP/SASSETA/201819128/1

Department of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, KwaZulu-Natal
The appointment of a service provider to supply, deliver and install an automated biometric identification system.
Tender no: ZNT 1925/2018 LG

Department of Tourism
The appointment of service providers to manage the implementation of data collectors/capturers project for the development of the National Tourism Information and Monitoring System (Cluster 1: Eastern Cape).
Tender no: NDT0011/18
Successful bidder: Amathemba Skills (Pty) Ltd
Value: R3 445 694

The appointment of service providers to manage the implementation of data collectors/capturers project for the development of the National Tourism Information and Monitoring System (Cluster 5: Free State and Northern Cape).
Tender no: NDT0011/18
Successful bidder: Mothusi Management Consultants T/A MMS Business Solutions
Value: R2 998 962

The appointment of a service provider to design, develop and test the national tourism information and monitoring system for a period not longer than four (4) months.
Tender no: NDT0014/18
Successful bidder: Flow Communications
Value: R672 000

Fibre Processing Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority
The provision of enterprise resource planning system.
Tender no: ERP/FPM/06-18
Successful bidder: Solugrowth (Pty) Ltd
Value: R4 082 081

Electoral Commission
Software audit for results systems 2019.
Tender no: IEC/ ICT- 01/2018
Successful bidder: Big Business Innovations Group (Pty) Ltd
Value: R1 207 000

National Nuclear Regulator
The appointment of a service provider for the maintenance and support of database and NDR application for a period of twenty-four (24) months.
Tender no: NNRSCM-03/2018
Successful bidder: Fuse IT (Pty) Ltd
Value: R587 535

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Riot police squads intervene as pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters clash in Montreal

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People wave flags atop cars in traffic during a demonstration to voice support for the people of Palestine, at Toronto City Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 15 May 2021.


People wave flags atop cars in traffic during a demonstration to voice support for the people of Palestine, at Toronto City Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 15 May 2021.

  • Violence
    between pro-Israel and pro-Palestine protesters in Montreal was condemned by
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
  • Montreal’s
    city police force intervened and declared the protests illegal after tensions
    heightened and clashes broke out.
  • Israeli
    strikes killed 42 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the worst daily
    toll in almost a week of clashes.

Montreal
– Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday condemned the violence and
“despicable rhetoric” that marked several weekend protests throughout
the country, after clashes between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters in
Montreal.

The
worst violence in years, sparked by unrest in Jerusalem, is raging between the
Jewish state and Islamist militants.

Israeli
strikes killed 42 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the worst daily
toll in almost a week of deadly clashes.

Speaking
after protests in Montreal, Trudeau condemned what he said was “despicable
rhetoric and violence we saw on display in some protests this weekend”.

While
insisting on the “right to assemble peacefully and express themselves
freely in Canada”, Trudeau stressed in a tweet that there was no tolerance
for “antisemitism, Islamophobia, or hate of any kind”.

Earlier
on Sunday, Montreal police used tear gas following clashes between pro-Israel
and pro-Palestinian protesters.

Several
hundred demonstrators, draped in Israeli flags, had gathered in a central
Montreal square to express solidarity with the Jewish state.

‘Protesting is a right’

Although
the protest started peacefully, tensions ratcheted up with the arrival of
pro-Palestinian demonstrators and clashes soon broke out.

The
SPVM, Montreal’s city police force, declared the protests illegal, and squads
of riot police intervened, using tear gas to separate and disperse the two
groups, according to an AFP journalist at the scene.

The
police spent much of the afternoon in pursuit of the pro-Palestinian
protesters, who spread out and regrouped in commercial streets in the city centre.

Following
the clashes, Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said on Twitter that
“protesting is a right”, but that “intolerance, violence and
anti-Semitism have no place here”.

She said:

Montreal is a city of peace.

Several
thousand pro-Palestinian demonstrators had gathered on Saturday in central
Montreal to denounce what they said were Israeli repression and “war
crimes” in Gaza.

“Terrorist
Israel”, some protesters chanted, while others held up a banner that read,
“Stop the genocide of Palestinian children”.

Pro-Palestinian
protests happened the same day in multiple Canadian cities, including Toronto,
Ottawa and Vancouver.


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Peter Thiel Helps Fund an App That Tells You What to Do

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“How would you feel about being able to pay to control multiple aspects of another person’s life?” asks the BBC.

“A new app is offering you the chance to do just that.”

When writer Brandon Wong recently couldn’t decide what takeaway to order one evening, he asked his followers on social media app NewNew to choose for him. Those that wanted to get involved in the 24-year-old’s dinner dilemma paid $5 (£3.50) to vote in a poll, and the majority verdict was that he should go for Korean food, so that was what he bought…

NewNew is the brainchild of Los Angeles-based entrepreneur Courtne Smith. The app, which is still in its “beta” or pre-full release stage, describes itself as “a human stock market where you buy shares in the lives of real people, in order to control their decisions and watch the outcome”. For many of us that sounds a bit ominous, but the reality is actually far less alarming. It is aimed at what it calls “creators” — writers, painters, musicians, fashion designers, bloggers etc. It is designed as a way for them to connect far more closely with their fans or followers than on other social media services and, importantly, monetise that connection…

Whenever a vote is cast the creator gets the money minus NewNew’s undisclosed commission… In addition to voting, followers can also pay extra — from $20 — to ask a NewNew creator to do something of their choosing, such as naming a character in a book after them. But the creator can reject all of these “bids”, and if they do so then the follower doesn’t have to part with the money…

Co-founder and chief executive Ms Smith, a 33-year-old Canadian, has big plans for NewNew, and has some heavyweight backers. Investors include Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal, and the first outside person to put money into Facebook. Others with a stake in the business include leading US tech investment fund Andreessen Horowitz, and Hollywood actor Will Smith (no relation to Courtne). Snapchat has also given technical support.

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Sandpapergate will haunt Australia cricket forever: ex-bowling coach

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Cameron Bancroft. (Photo by Brenton Geach - Gallo Images/Getty Images)


Cameron Bancroft. (Photo by Brenton Geach – Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The 2018 ball-tampering scandal will haunt Australian cricket forever, much like the infamous underarm delivery of 40 years ago, the team’s former bowling coach David Saker said on Monday.

Saker was responding to opening batsman Cameron Bancroft suggesting that Australia’s bowlers knew about the plan in Cape Town to alter the ball which earned him a nine-month ban and rocked the game.

Saker was Australia’s bowling coach when Bancroft was caught trying to rough up the ball with sandpaper during the third Test against South Africa.

While refusing to be drawn on who knew what, Saker said “the finger-pointing is going to go on and on and on”.

“It’s like the underarm, it’s never going to go away,” he told Fairfax Media, referring to a 1981 incident when Trevor Chappell bowled underarm to ensure New Zealand lost a one-day match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The notorious delivery is still cited in New Zealand and in cricketing circles as a prime example of unsporting conduct.

However, the ball-tampering scandal – dubbed “sandpapergate” – had a greater impact on Australian cricket, with the then-captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner suspended for a year from all cricket and stripped of their leadership roles.

Darren Lehmann also quit as coach and all the top brass from Cricket Australia left after a scathing review blasted their “arrogant and controlling” win-at-all-costs culture.

No one else among the team or coaching staff was held to account but Bancroft’s remarks in an interview with The Guardian newspaper hinted that the team’s bowlers at least knew about the plan.

“Obviously what I did benefits bowlers and the awareness around that, probably, is self-explanatory,” he said.

Saker added: “There was a lot of people to blame. It could have been me to blame, it could have been someone else. It could have been stopped and it wasn’t, which is unfortunate.

“Cameron’s a very nice guy. He’s just doing it to get something off his chest … He’s not going to be the last.”

In response, Cricket Australia said that if anyone had new information, they would look into it.

Saker said he was not opposed to a fresh investigation but added “I just don’t know what they’re going to find out.”

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Mexico’s Andrea Meza crowned Miss Universe

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Miss Universe Andrea Meza


Miss Universe Andrea Meza

UPDATE:

MISS UNIVERSE 2020/2021 IS ANDREA MEZA FROM MEXICO:


UPDATE:

THE MISS UNIVERSE 2020/2021 TOP 5:

1. Mexico

2. India

3. Brazil

4. Dominican Republic

5. Peru


UPDATE:

HERE ARE THE MISS UNIVERSE 2020/2021 TOP 10 CONTESTANTS:

1. Jamaica 

2. Dominican Republic 

3. India

4. Peru 

5. Australia 

6. Puerto Rico

7. Thailand

8. Costa Rica

9. Mexico

10. Brazil


UPDATE:

MISS UNIVERSE TOP 21 IN SWIMWEAR:


UPDATE:

MISS UNIVERSE TOP 21: 

1. Columbia

2. Peru 

3. Australia 

4. France

5. Myanmar

6. Jamaica 

7. Mexico 

8. Dominican Republic 

9. USA

10. Indonesia 

11. Argentina 

12. India

13. Curaçao

14. Puerto Rico

15. Phillipines 

16. Brazil

17. Great Britain

18. Nicaragua

19. Thailand 

20. Costa Rica

21. Vietnam


 UPDATE:

MISS UNIVERSE SOUTH AFRICA NATASHA JOUBERT WALKS THE STAGE AT MISS UNIVERSE 2020/2021:


74 contestants will compete for the title of Miss Universe on 16 May in Hollywood, Florida. 

The Miss Universe pageant takes place on 16 May in the US (02:00 to 05:00 on 17 May SA time). The show will be broadcast live on 1 Magic (DStv Channel 103) with a repeat at 21:30. 

Reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa will crown her successor at the end of the event.

Representing South Africa is Natasha Joubert, and South Africans are hoping for the “magic double” – back-to-back consecutive wins, which has only happened once before in the pageant’s history.

Natasha wowed crowds at the national costume competition last week and on Friday impressed during the preliminary round

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Washington – Miss Mexico was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday in Florida, after fellow contestant Miss Myanmar used her stage time to draw attention to the bloody military coup in her country.

Sunday night marked the Miss Universe competition’s return to television, after the pageant was cancelled in 2020 for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Andrea Meza, 26, finished first ahead of the Brazilian and Peruvian finalists in a flashy televised event, hosted by American actor Mario Lopez and television personality Olivia Culpo.

Former Miss Universe contestants Cheslie Kryst, Paulina Vega and Demi-Leigh Tebow (who won the title in 2017) served as competition analysts and commentators, and a panel of eight women determined the winner.

Dressed in a sparkling red evening gown, Meza tearfully walked the catwalk as Miss Universe for the first time, before rushing back for a group hug with the other competitors.

Meza beat more than 70 contestants from around the globe in the 69th installment of Miss Universe, which was held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

In the days leading up to the final competition, Miss Myanmar Thuzar Wint Lwin, who made the top 21, made waves when she used her time in the spotlight to bring attention to the coup in her country.

“Our people are dying and being shot by the military every day,” she said during her biographical video, which showed photos of her taking part in the anti-coup protests. “Therefore I would like to urge everyone to speak out about Myanmar.”

Natasha Joubert, Miss Universe South Africa 2020 competes on stage in Ema Savahl swimwear during the MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Competition.

She also won the award for best national costume: during that competition segment on Thursday, she wore an outfit beaded in traditional Burmese patterns and held up a sign that said, “Pray for Myanmar.”

Myanmar has been in uproar since February 1, when the army ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

At least 796 people have been killed by security forces since then, according to a local monitoring group, while nearly 4 000 people are behind bars.

Miss Singapore Bernadette Belle Ong – who did not make the top 21 – also used the national costume portion to make a political statement.

Dressed in a glittering red bodysuit and matching thigh-high boots, she turned around to reveal her cape – in the colours of the Singaporean flag – was painted with the words “Stop Asian Hate.”

“What is this platform for if I can’t use it to send a strong message of resistance against prejudice and violence?” she wrote on Instagram alongside pictures of her outfit.

The United States in particular has seen a surge in anti-Asian violence in the past year, which activists have blamed on former president Donald Trump’s rhetoric, especially his repeated description of Covid-19 as the “China virus.”

The pageant has also drawn criticism in the past for objectifying the contestants.

In recent years, the competition has shifted image, focusing more on female empowerment and activism.

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