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Morgan Freeman turns his 124-acre ranch into giant ‘Bee Sanctuary’ to save honey bees

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Morgan Freeman is becoming one of the most respected actors in Hollywood and is also known for his participation and support with environmental conservationist group One Earth.

But it has also become apparent that the beloved actor also has a heart of gold–especially now that he has devoted his ranch to helping save honeybees. The Academy Award winner has now tuned beekeeper, turned his home over to the fight to preserve honeybees.

The 81-year-old, Shawshank Redemption star began his journey as a beekeeper in 2014, and has been working to feed the bees sugar and water to help them. He has converted his 124-acre ranch in Charleston, Mississippi into a giant bee sanctuary.

Doing his part: The 81-year-old actor has imported 26 bee hives into his ranch from Arkansas and has been growing bee-friendly magnolia trees and lavender to encourage them to visit

Bees contribute hugely to the production of our fruit and vegetables crops. According to the Honey Bee Conservancy they also help increase the improve the quality and amount we grow.

However over the last 50 years honeybees are mysteriously vanishing, leaving farms with fewer pollinators for crops. The honeybee populations has declined by 44 percent in the U.S., between 2015 and 2016 alone, according to Livekindly. CEO Jodi Monelle.

More than a decade ago, US beekeepers began finding their hives decimated by what became known as colony collapse disorder. Explanations for the phenomenon have included exposure to pesticides or antibiotics, habitat loss and bacterial infections.

Bees’ natural habitats are being threatened by the use of pesticides and man-made changes to the range of plant species found in the environment.

Bees may be small but they are extremely hard-working creatures and if that tiny two percent is lost, 80 percent of our food from crop cultivation will also disappear,” Monelle states

Morgan enjoys beekeeping and hopes to increase bee numbers he also plans on having a good time in the process.

The actor and director said he had shipped in 26 hives full of bees from Arkansas to his ranch and feeds them sugar water.

Morgan told Jimmy Fallon in an interview on “The Tonight Show”, that he doesn’t even wear protective clothing and has never been stung, something that may have to do with him not harvesting honey from them.

There is a concerted effort for bringing bees back onto the planet … We do not realize that they are the foundation, I think, of the growth of the planet, the vegetation,” he told chat show host and comedian Jimmy Fallon.

Apparently he also has a gardener who helps him with the bees and growing different types of plants like clover and lavender which the bees love.

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Let’s pay tribute to the 23-yr-old Airman shot after trying to stop armed robbers in gas station

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Tributes are pouring in for the U.S. Air Force member who was fatally shot while trying to prevent a robbery at a gas station in North Little Rock, Arkansas. According to reports, Shawn Mckeough Jr. was in a Valero Big Red store when two gun-wielding men entered.

An argument arose thereafter, resulting in the assailants opening fire and fatally wounding Mckeough, who had served in nations including counties South Korea, Germany and Kuwait having joined the Air Force prior college.

From reports, Mckeough and Sarah Terrano his girlfriend, Sarah Terrano, went for a meal together on the 15 March. Later on that even they were invited to a friend’s house for drinks, before running out of beer and deciding to go to a local store via a ridesharing service.

Not long after Mckeough had went into the store, though, two men with operating guns came along. The airman was fatally wounded in the ensuing ordeal, before the men left the scene.

Girlfriend Sarah didn’t see her boyfriend shot, but she heard the guns going off. After the attackers fled the store she went in, only to find Mckeough’s body.She said: “I really think he tried to get the robbers’ attention so that no one else would get hurt. That’s just who he was.”

Sgt. Amy Cooper of the North Little Rock police said: “It’s just overwhelmingly emotional, especially when you involve a member of our armed services, someone who has stepped up and made the decision to defend their nation and take on that role. And to deal with the tragic death of a member such as Shawn Mckeough has just been difficult.

Thankfully police were able to get a good followup on the men. CCTV footage clearly showed them in the act, whilst authorities offered a $1,000 for information.

They promised to get them,” Terrano said.“I want those two people to sit in jail the rest of their lives. I want them to think about this every day.”

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Keeping a jasmine plant in your room reduces anxiety, depression and panic attacks, study says

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If your a fan of outside or not,you cant deny that being surrounded by nature gives you with a different sense of calm. As well as that ,multiple of health benefits have been associated with various plants and trees in the past, such as it having a positive impact on your general well-being.

Those who live in cities, such as capitals – can often miss out on goodness when being surrounded by tower blocks and traffic. What’s more, high levels of toxicity in the air are linked to higher stress and anxiety levels.

As Because of this, we encourage for anyone who isn’t surrounded by nature to use other alternatives to get their ‘fix’ – namely plants that they can keep inside their home. In this respect jasmine plants are one of the best around, and this is why …

There are so many of reasons as to why having a jasmine plant in your home is good for your overall health, but particularly if you’re living in an environment such as a big city.

Researchers have figured there’s a link between breathing in jasmine and an improvement to your mood in general.Professor Hanns Hatt of the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, stated the findings of the study in question “can be seen as evidence of a scientific basis for aromatherapy.”

Scientists observed mice who had been exposed to the aroma of a jasmine plant, in addition to jasmine essential oil. They noticed that said mice were notably calmer than they had been previously, and did not appear stressed or flustered in any way.

The transition prompted scientists to further gather evidence on the positive effects of jasmine, and whether or not it could efficiently be used as a stress reliever.Following brain scans of the mice revealed that there had certainly been a change at a chemical level.

Professor Hatt explained: “We have discovered a new class of GABA receptor modulator which can be administered parentally and through the respiratory air. Applications in sedation, anxiety, excitement, and aggression relieving treatment and sleep induction therapy are all imaginable.”

It’s believed jasmine can aid in reducing anxiety and nervous levels, as well as balancing hormones and increasing libido, improving sleep quality and improving known performances and much more

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Yes, it would appear that having the aroma of jasmine – or else using jasmine essential oil – can produce significant benefits in the pursuit of minimal stress in your day to day life.

The plant is easy to maintain and a cheap and natural way of giving your body a boost.

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Veteran orders breakfast at restaurant but manager kicks him out – turns out to be a big mistake

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When one of our soldiers has came home from war, it’s important that people help them to settle in again. This is more relevant than ever when it comes to those serving men and women who are suffering from PTSD. The condition can affect anyone who experienced traumatic experiences.

This can take time to recover from. Unfortunately, Major Diggs Brown wasn’t given the concession he needed when he sat down to have breakfast in a restaurant in Chicago. A 30-year veteran of the Army, he suffered from PTSD upon returning from Afghanistan. At one Cochon Volant on West Monroe Street, however, he was given a somewhat rude ordeal …

As a result of his PTSD, Major Brown’s service dog Arthur has been his close companion for years. It’s no surprise then that Arthur was present when Major Brown went to have breakfast one day.

While coming into the restaurant, a waitress greeted him and who then showed him to his table. “When my service dog and I walked in, the hostess took us to the table, and the young lady named Hannah, she said you can’t have a dog in the restaurant,” Brown said.

Keeping his cool, Brown told her that Arthur was a service dog, and that the Americans with Disabilities Act states he can go wherever Brown goes.

After some time he was seated and placed his order, but it wasn’t long before Hannah returned. She asked him to leave the establishment again, to which he repeated that she would be violating the law by kicking him out simply because of Arthur’s presence.

Hannah then said: “I don’t care, you need to leave, we don’t have dogs in the restaurant.”

Arthur felt embarrassed, but nevertheless acquiesced and left, heading back to Fort Collins by way of a plane. “He does a lot of things,” Brown said of Arthur. “He wakes me up from nightmares when I have them. When I have anxiety attacks, he calms me down. He saved my life and I’m even off the drugs.

When I got home, I posted to my Facebook page, this is what happened to me and it went viral,” he explained. Unsurprisingly, Brown’s story went viral quickly, with thousands agreeing that he was completely in the right.

As per the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, service dogs are permitted in all places where a member of the public can go, with very few, special exceptions.Sadly,obviously not everyone is aware of this – or at the least not prepared to respect it.

Thankfully, Brown’s story had a sort of a happy ending. The manager of the restaurant called Brown personally and emailed him an apology. Taking to Facebook, they said: “The Cochon Volant family is both saddened and disappointed to hear this account of a veteran’s experience.

“Not only are we 100% aware of and in compliance with all ADA regulations regarding service dogs, we also have an acute appreciation for the service of veterans and we are happy to welcome staff members and employees who have honorably served this country.”

As for the employee who asked Brown to leave, he also shared his thoughts on her.I really hope this young lady isn’t fired for this, she just needed to be educated,” Brown said.

It’s essential that this story gets a good reach, so that more people are aware of the laws relating service dogs. It’s our hope that no veteran is again wrongfully removed from an establishment!

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Father from Ohio fires back after experts taunt him for daughter’s ‘cruel’ and terrible punishment

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At some stage, you will need to take action and have a chat with your child about this. 39-year-old father, Matt Cox, from Swanton, Ohio, was unhappy with his 10-year-old daughter Kirsten when she got kicked off the bus for the second time in a short space of time.

We would like to think that our children are angels, sadly we often find out that this isn’t always the case. If you have just found out or suspect your child has been bullying others, it may be a shock and you could feel confused on what steps to take.

He was informed that his ten-year-old daughter had been bullying another student and that bullying was so bad she was suspended from the school bus for three days.Her excuse only made matters worse – that’s when the dad decided to teach his daughter a lesson.

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Kirsten was kicked off the bus for namecalling and blocking another student from getting off the bus, according to Daily Mail.

This was the second time his daughter had gotten in trouble for bullying students on the bus.When Kirsten got home and handed her dad the bus suspension.It wasnt long before Matt realized she had an entitlement issue in addition to being a bully.

Kirsten nonchalantly told her dad that he would have to take her to school while she was suspended from the bus. “I realized she took privilege in riding the bus or car rides to and from school as a right and not a privilege,” Matt said.

But, instead Matt decided that for three days he would force his daughter walk the five miles to school. Dad Matt sat in the car and drove slowly behind his daughter to make sure she was safe.

Today, my beautiful daughter is going to walk 5 miles to school in 36-degree weather,” Matt Cox says.

”I know a lot of you parents are not going to agree with this, but that is all right. Because I am doing what I feel is right to teach my daughter a lesson and stop her from bullying.”

But since the video emerged, parenting experts have weighed in on Cox’s punishment.Many weren’t impressed with his punishment at all, calling it ‘public humiliation’. While Matt got a much support from other parents, many think he went too far. Parenting advocate, Sue Scheff, explains:

‘The internet can be so unforgiving, and your child will watch it over and over again online. It’s like salt in an emotional wound, and the sting can take a long time to heal – especially when it’s a parent that did the shaming.”

“What are you trying to prove?” Parents on Facebook condemned the father and accused him of being the bully:

“Matt, do yourself and your daughter a big favor, seek counseling from a qualified family psychologist/psychiatrist who understands bullying as well as the adverse impact/implications when one goes ‘public’ on social media in a big way about their child,” one Facebook user wrote.

What are you trying to prove?” Dr. Laura Markham, a parenting expert and the author of “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids,” asked.

But, Matt Cox is still standing firm, adamant that parents should hold their children accountable for their actions. If he had to do it all over again Cox says he ‘wouldn’t do one thing differently’.

”Am I a bully for making my daughter walk to school? No me holding my child accountable for her own actions and giving her a punishment does not mean I am a bully.

”It means I am a being a parent, a father trying to teach his daughter that life has consequences for our actions and that we have to be accountable for them.

”Im a dad trying to teacher his daughter it’s not ok to be mean to others because words and actions can have life long effects and sometimes life-ending effects on others.

”Lastly I’m a father trying to teach his daughter not everything is just a right there are a lot of privileges in life and that we need to be grateful for them. None of that makes me a bully,’ he added.

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In the end, Kirsten didn’t walk all 5 miles in one morning. After completing about a mile and a half, Matt realized she would be late for school if they continued, so he had her get in his truck.

The next morning, they picked up where they left off. In all, the 5-mile trip was divided into the three days Kirsten was suspended.Matt is now hoping that other parents will do the same since, according to the dad, the punishment had the desired effect.

Kirsten now picks up on bad behaviour she sees on TV and tells her dad: “That’s bullying that’s going to hurt somebody’s feelings,” Matt revealed. Kirsten has also apologized to the other student involved.

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Texas teen complains of stomach ache at school – dies just two hours later

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It’s every parent’s nightmare, to send their children to school and have something happen to them unexpectedly .Parents of 17-year-old Josh Gray, who went to the nurse’s office after experiencing a stomach ache at Dawson High School in Pearland, Texas.

Only two hours later, who was an active, healthy young man, was dead …When 17-year-old Josh Gray began to develop a stomach ache that left him feeling unwell at school, he did the responsible thing and headed straight for the school nurse.

Tragically, just two hours later he was dead. Doctors say the artery running to Josh’s pancreas ruptured, with his pancreas following suit shortly after. The bleeding couldn’t be stemmed or stopped in the aftermath, and the teen died.

He went from going to school yesterday morning — normal day, happy — to having a stomach ache, to within two hours not being with us anymore,”Josh’s mother, Laurie Gray, , told KHOU.

Before his untimely death, Josh was planning on a mission trip. In the wake of the tragedy, however, his friends planned to participate in his memory. “Josh loved everyone for who they were,” said his friend Austin Hurst.

I’m loud and obnoxious; he loved that about me. I mean, he loved all of us for exactly who we were. And that was the best part about being with Josh; you could be you.

Josh’s loved ones, meanwhile, have set up a GoFundMe Page to help cover the expenses of his sudden death. Part of their fundraising will go towards finding and curing rare underlying diseases. The page in question has already managed to raise in excess of $35,000.

  The page reads: “It is with a heavy heart and in complete shock that the friends and family of Josh try and process his passing. The Gray family is always the first to intercede and offer support the second someone they love is in need. Well, now it’s our turn.” “While there is nothing that anyone can say or do to make this hurt any less, we would like to open this account for people to give anything they can so that this family has one less thing to think about during this time.”

The abrupt loss of Josh has no doubt, hugely affected his family and companions, and all we can do to pray for them at this most troublesome of times. In the case of nothing else, let his passing be a reminder to all that life is short and unpredictable.

Live each day as if it might be your last. You never know when you might not get another chance. You never know what could happen.

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Single social worker lives quiet life, only to pass away and rattle community with truth he’d kept

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A large portion of us can have a perception about people when we see them. You know the ones; those individuals that you never truly discover much about, who mind their own business.

In spite of the fact that Alan Naiman was a social worker –  a job that includes meeting various individuals – outside of work he rathered his own company.

He never married or had kids.The few people who did know him were nevertheless still unaware of the big secret he managed to keep unknown for decades.

The few people who did know Alan noticed he was very conservative with his money, choosing to mend his shoes with duct tape,instead of buying new ones, always looking for the best deals at grocery stores and dining out at fast food restaurants in place of costlier alternatives.

It wasn’t until after Alan’s death that everyone understood why he had lived such a sensible life.

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According to CTV News, Alan worked as a social worker and earned an annual salary of $67,234. But he also took on many side jobs to earn extra cash, investing his money wisely and inheriting money when his parents passed. Sometimes he held down three jobs at the same time.

The social worker from Washington state saw firsthand how tough life was for many children but he also grew up with an older brother who had a developmental disability, and devoted his life to helping his brother.

Alan rarely spoke about his brother, and people didn’t know that he was a foster parent years ago. It wasn’t until Alan’s brother died in 2013 that he decided to treat himself to a sports car.

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When Alan died in December 2018 from cancer, his great secret was revealed: in his will, Alan had left $11 m to children’s charities.

He also made clear how much each charity would get with $2.5 million going to the Pediatric Interim Care Center which helps those babies born to mothers who abuse drugs. He also left money to the Tree house foster care organization.

Most of the organizations he left money to had no personal relationship with Alan including the Pediatric Interim Care Center. Alan had called the organization once a few years before because he needed help placing a child but those in charge had never met him.

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Toni Harris Makes History As The First Woman To Play College Football On A Full Scholarship

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Toni Harris just became the first female football player to sign a letter of intent, accepting a full college scholarship to Central Methodist University in Missouri.

Toni is a 22-year-old standing at 5-foot-seven-inch, 164-pound safety, who has been studying playing at East Los Angeles College in California for the past two seasons. She was also offered a football scholarship to attend Bethany College in West Virginia.

Her sports career has already made history — she was the first woman in the school’s history to play football on the team.

The Detroit native fell in love with the contact sport at 6 years old, going on to play wide receiver and cornerback in high school. Soon Toni will head to Central Methodist University in Missouri to play defense.

Toni Harris has shown great resolve in her journey and quest to be a college football player,” her coach at East LA College, Bobby Godinez, said in a statement. “She has shown herself to be a great teammate at East Los Angeles College and a great member of this community. We all wish her the best in her journey beyond ELAC.”

Toni’s ambitions are aimed towards the NFL as it is her ultimate goal. She wants to continue to break boundaries as the first woman player in the NFL however she’s content with allowing God to order her steps.

During the Superbowl Toni appeared in an ad for Toyota. “I always try to push myself every single day and keep my faith in God to let me go as far as I want to go,” Toni said before the commercial.

This tough young woman has also beaten ovarian cancer after being diagnosis at the age of 18. Following her recovery she became the first person in her family to go to college.

Though coaches advised Toni not to aim too high with her football career, this impressive athlete never gave up.

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Teenager makes teacher’s life hell every day, so dad shows to school to teach him a lesson

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During your teenage years it doesn’t get more embarrassing than having to hang out with your parents. When out in public with my folks I remember walking a few paces behind my parents as if there was something wrong with them.

The moment this Texas father discovered his 17-year-old son was misbehaving at school, he thought about the worse punishment he could dish out.

He considered grounding him but then had an outrageous idea that parents all over the world are congratulating him on.

On several occasions the teacher informed the family that their teenage son Brad spoke far too often during lessons. That’s when his father Bradley decided to give his talkative son an ultimatum.

For some reason I said, ‘Hey, if we get another call I’m going to show up in school and sit beside you in class,’” said Brad’s dad.

Of course his son didn’t think he was serious and carried on disrupting his physics class continuing to disturb the teacher and pupils.

Once Dad Brad received yet another call about his son’s disruptive behavior it was time to take action. ‘I didn’t even notice him’. It wasn’t something dad Brad wanted to do but he had to shock his son into behaving.

“Friday is my only day off, so my wife wakes me up and says, ‘Brad, it’s time for you to go to school.’ I thought, Oh no, what have I done?” the dad said. The following day student Brad walked into his physics class as usual and to his horror noticed his dad waiting for him by his desk.

“I didn’t even notice him until after I had said hi to all of my friends, but I was super shocked,” the teen said. The other teenagers in the classroom enjoyed seeing Brad suffer with his dad sitting next to him and had a good laugh at his expense.

Brad’s sister Mollie, also had a good laugh at her dad showing up in Brad’s class and shared the story on social media. Even his mother Denise Howard posted about her husband’s actions.

“The Howard men are famous,” said Bradley’s mom. “We’ve had a great time with this but more than anything we hope we don’t get any more calls about Bradley interrupting in physics class!”

Like his wife Brad senior hopes this is a one off as he wasn’t quite ready to enter a high school classroom. Dad said the physics teacher was grateful but added, “I pray it was a one-time thing,” he said. “I don’t think I’d ever do it again.”

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Mom Bans ‘Heavy’ Smoking MIL from Touching Baby — Unless She Showers & Changes First Each Time

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A letter written to an advice column by an anonymous mom-to-be expressed that she was already concerned about what will happen when her in-laws visit her soon-to-be born baby.

“I’m not worried about her smoking in front of my child,” the woman explained, “but after researching thirdhand smoke, I am very concerned about her holding the baby after she has had a cigarette.”

Well according to the Mayo Clinic , thirdhand smoke is the residual nicotine and chemicals left on indoor surfaces from tobacco smoke.

People are exposed to these chemicals by touching contaminated surfaces or breathing in the off-gassing from these surfaces,” the Mayo Clinic explained. “This residue is thought to react with common indoor pollutants to create a toxic mix including cancer causing compounds, posing a potential health hazard to nonsmokers — especially children.”

To combat thirdhand smoke, the woman and her husband decided to ask her MIL, whom she describes as a “heavy smoker,” to shower and change her clothes every time she touches the baby if she smokes. But they don’t know how to broach the topic without upsetting her.”

We don’t want my mother-in-law to feel ostracized, and we don’t want to hurt her feelings, but obviously, those are likely potential outcomes,” she wrote. “How can we still be welcoming and let her know we are excited to have her around while still setting these boundaries? Also, how long should we remain this strict about the issue? How should we handle this when we are visiting my in-laws?” she asked.

“To insist on a full shower and complete change of clothes strikes me as extreme, obsessive and ultimately perhaps punitive — a passive aggressive comment on a practice of which the daughter-in-law disapproves,” one person wrote. 

Someone also agreed that this would only drive a wedge between the grandmother and her grandchildren. “I’m super against smoking, I think it’s a little extreme to request clothing changes and showers from someone who will be a pretty rare visitor,” the user wrote. “If your goal is for your MIL to never see your kid, go ahead with this.”

Another person told the mom to ask her doctor for some advice. “I am not sure what your exact plan is, fresh clothes and shower after every cigarette?  Grandma is going to feel shamed and unhappy, and what a sad start that will be to their relationship.  If you don’t trust internet randos, ask a pediatrician to weigh in on what the risk is and how to mitigate it,” the person commented.He argued that if she felt strongly about her MIL’s thirdhand smoke, she needs to set boundaries stat.

I know you don’t want your mother-in-law to feel ostracized, and I know that’s a likely outcome of stating what your needs are here, but I would take this opportunity to remind you that you are perfectly within your rights to ask for what you want; her response to that is her business, not yours,” he added.

When her MIL comes to visit, Wallace advised that she be strict about her request. “When you are visiting them, I think you have to, for necessity’s sake, be less so. It’s not possible for them to clear all residual smoke and nicotine off of everything in their home,” he wrote.

You may want to stay in a hotel for that reason.”But that doesn’t mean that the mom shouldn’t make it a point of setting her intention with love. “It’s important for her to know that you welcome her and love her as part of your family, so be sure to say in clear and explicit language that you welcome her and love her,” he added.

“Her hurt feelings may interfere with her ability to hear it, but that’s fine. She can just deal with it.”

Perhaps knowing that her habit is affecting her relationship with her grandchild, might just help her kick the habit. 

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