Education ministry – The Education Store http://the-education-store.com/ Mon, 03 Oct 2022 17:57:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://the-education-store.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/profile.png Education ministry – The Education Store http://the-education-store.com/ 32 32 Agriculture Department calls on states to develop action plan https://the-education-store.com/agriculture-department-calls-on-states-to-develop-action-plan/ Mon, 03 Oct 2022 17:57:04 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/agriculture-department-calls-on-states-to-develop-action-plan/ The Union Ministry of Agriculture has called on state officials to develop a comprehensive micro-level action plan for effective control of paddy stubble burning in the coming season. Abhilaksh Likhi, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, attended an agricultural demonstration on crop residue management at Rangian village in Kharar tehsil, Distt SAS Nagar, […]]]>

The Union Ministry of Agriculture has called on state officials to develop a comprehensive micro-level action plan for effective control of paddy stubble burning in the coming season. Abhilaksh Likhi, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, attended an agricultural demonstration on crop residue management at Rangian village in Kharar tehsil, Distt SAS Nagar, Punjab and interacted with Farmers.

The goals of the crop residue management (CRM) system include protecting the environment from air pollution and preventing the loss of nutrients and soil microorganisms caused by the burning of crop residues , according to a government press release. It also included the promotion of crop residue management by retention/incorporation into soil or collection for later use through the use of appropriate mechanization inputs; promote agricultural machinery banks for the tailor-made rental of crop residue management machinery to offset the negative economies of scale resulting from small land ownership and high cost of individual ownership.

Another objective was to raise awareness among stakeholders through demonstration activities, capacity building and differentiated information, education and communication strategies for effective use and management of crop residues. To support the efforts of the governments of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and NCT Delhi to combat air pollution caused by stubble burning and to subsidize machinery needed for tailings management a central sector program on crop residue management (CRM) was introduced starting in 2018-19.

Under this program, financial assistance of 50% is provided to farmers for the purchase of crop residue management machinery and 80% is provided to Cooperative Societies, FPOs and Panchayats for the establishment of crop residue management centers. Personalized Hiring (CHC). The program encourages the use of machinery such as Super Straw Management Systems, Happy Seeder, Super Seeder, Smart Seeder, No-Till Fertilizer Seeder, Mulcher, Paddy Straw Chopper, Hydraulically Reversible Moldboard Plow, Reaper Harvesters and Binders for in – the in situ management of crop residues and the presses and rakes which are used for the collection of straw in the form of bales for other ex situ uses of the straw. During the period of 2018-19 to 2021-22, Rs. 2440.07 crores (Punjab – Rs. 1147.62 crores, Haryana – Rs. 693.25 crores, Uttar Pradesh – Rs. 533.67 crores, NCT of Delhi – Rs. 4.52 Crores and ICAR – Rs. 61.01 Crores) were released.

During the current year, so far, a number of rupees. 240.00 crores, Rs. 191.53 crores, Rs. 154.29 crores and rupees. 14.18 crores have already been released in the states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and ICAR respectively. The total funds available from the States and ICAR for use in 2022-23, including the unspent balance from last year, is Rs. 916 Crores. Over the past 4 years, the states have distributed over 2.07 lakh machines to individual farmers and over 38,000 CSCs in these 4 states, which also include over 3,243 balers and rakes which are in use for the ex situ collection of straw.

Pusa Decomposer, a microbial consortium of fungal species (both liquid and capsule form) developed by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has been shown to be effective in the rapid in situ decomposition of straw from paddy, the press release adds. In the year 2021, the decomposer has been used in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and NCT Delhi on an area of ​​about 5.7 lakh hectare which is equivalent to approximately 3.5 million tonnes of straw managed. Through imagery and satellite monitoring, it was observed that 92% of the surface of the decomposer pulverized plots was managed by decomposition and only 8% of the surface of these plots was burned.

To promote the use of biodecomposer technology, the CRM Program Operational Guidelines were revised in August 2022 and provision was made to conduct large-scale demonstrations of biodecomposers on farmers’ fields using flexible funds in the framework of the scheme. A total of 82,533 burning events were detected across the three states between September 15, 2021 and November 30, 2021, broken down into 71,304, 6,987 and 4,242 in Punjab, Haryana and UP respectively. The total number of recorded burning events in these three states is 7.71% lower than in 2020. Punjab recorded a reduction of 9.85pc, Haryana recorded an increase of 23.05pc and the UP recorded a reduction of 8.95 pc.

Likhi pointed out that for effective control of paddy stubble burning in the next season, states should develop a comprehensive micro-level action plan, establish a mechanism to ensure efficient use of machinery, promote the use of the bio-decomposer in complementary mode with CRM machines, promote the ex-situ use of straw by mapping the demand of neighboring industries such as biomass-based power plants, bioethanol plants, etc. /written press, social media as well as through Kisan Melas, publications, seminars and opinions with the involvement of all players in this sector. He further added that if all measures are taken at the state level holistically, stubble burning can be effectively controlled in the coming season. (ANI)

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Defense Ministry apologizes to ex-SDF member for sexual assault https://the-education-store.com/defense-ministry-apologizes-to-ex-sdf-member-for-sexual-assault/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 06:45:00 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/defense-ministry-apologizes-to-ex-sdf-member-for-sexual-assault/ The Ministry of Defense has apologized to a former member of the Ground Self-Defense Force after an internal investigation confirmed she was sexually assaulted by members of her unit. “I hope fundamental improvements will be made so that nothing like this happens again,” said Rina Gonoi, 23, a former member of the SDF. She made […]]]>

The Ministry of Defense has apologized to a former member of the Ground Self-Defense Force after an internal investigation confirmed she was sexually assaulted by members of her unit.

“I hope fundamental improvements will be made so that nothing like this happens again,” said Rina Gonoi, 23, a former member of the SDF.

She made the comment after receiving an apology from Kazuhito Machida, the head of the Ministry’s Personnel and Education Bureau.

Gonoi went public with her claim last month that she was harassed and sexually assaulted by three SDF members during training in August 2021, while stationed at the GSDF Koriyama camp in Fukushima prefecture.

She said the men pushed her down and repeatedly pressed their crotch against her.

According to the Ministry of Defense, which announced on September 29 that its internal investigation had confirmed its claims, members of its unit made sexual remarks or physical contact on a daily basis.

Testimonies from several members confirmed several instances of such conduct in Gonoi. Members of her unit had sexual contact with her at a guard post in the fall of 2020 and also had sexual contact and remarks with her in a camp at a training site in June 2021.

They pushed her down and had sexual contact in accommodation at a training site in August 2021 and warned her not to say anything about the incident.

The company commander did not report his complaints to the senior officer, the battalion commander, nor did he investigate the facts.

She submitted a petition to the Department of Defense on August 31 bearing more than 100,000 signatures calling for an investigation.

Following this, the ministry launched an extensive investigation into the sexual harassment of all FDS personnel.

The internal investigation also confirmed that other women had also been victims of sexual abuse. The ministry said it would punish those involved.

GSDF Chief of Staff Yoshihide Yoshida bowed his head in apology during a press conference on the afternoon of September 29.

“We offer our sincere apologies to (Ms Gonoi), who has suffered for a long time,” he said.

When asked why the SDF was unable to confirm her harassment until she left the service, Yoshida said, “We are ashamed. We are really sorry.”

That same evening, Gonoi received an apology at the Diet.

“I think it’s really late (to acknowledge it),” she said, “I think the initial investigation was overlooked.”

She demanded that the unit members who had sexually harassed her apologize.

She also claimed that she was forced to write a consent letter and a written undertaking not to press charges when she resigned from the GSDF.

In response, the department promised it would take corrective action.

(This article was written by Kaigo Narisawa and Nobuhiko Tajima.)

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Teacher-student ratio in 9, 10 classes: the ministry interferes | Career and Campus https://the-education-store.com/teacher-student-ratio-in-9-10-classes-the-ministry-interferes-career-and-campus/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 12:16:20 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/teacher-student-ratio-in-9-10-classes-the-ministry-interferes-career-and-campus/ Even as fear of losing jobs looms over some of the teaching faculties, the Kerala ministry is expected to step in to restore the easing given to the teacher-student ratio in grades 9 and 10. The file submitted to restore the relaxation reached the Ministry of Finance from the Ministry of Education 4 days ago. […]]]>

Even as fear of losing jobs looms over some of the teaching faculties, the Kerala ministry is expected to step in to restore the easing given to the teacher-student ratio in grades 9 and 10. The file submitted to restore the relaxation reached the Ministry of Finance from the Ministry of Education 4 days ago.

The Ministry of Finance will probably oppose it citing the financial crisis. If so, they may need to resort to politics to restore the relaxed ratio. And later, submit the case to the ministry and get permission for the relaxation. If the decision is contrary, the jobs of at least 4,000 teachers will be threatened.

According to the education rule of Kerala, the teacher-student ratio for 9.10 classes is 1:45. But since 1997 they follow the 1:40 ratio. In 2018-2019, the state government ordered a ratio of 1:45 for 9.10 classes. But due to Covid the rule was never implemented. Thus, currently, the Ministry of Education is considering saving teachers’ jobs by reintroducing the 1:40 ratio.

They send the file to the finance department because such a decision will cause a heavy financial burden. Although they have not made a decision on the file, sources in the finance department reject any discussion of the blocking of the file which was sent 4 days ago.

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The MIA and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will host the “Safar” exhibition from October 6 https://the-education-store.com/the-mia-and-the-ministry-of-foreign-affairs-will-host-the-safar-exhibition-from-october-6/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 20:02:00 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/the-mia-and-the-ministry-of-foreign-affairs-will-host-the-safar-exhibition-from-october-6/ Doha: The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), will host an exhibition highlighting the experiences of Afghan refugees after their evacuation in 2021. The exhibition, titled “Safar”, is open to the public and will be held at MIA Park from October 6 to December 31, 2022. Safar […]]]>

Doha: The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), will host an exhibition highlighting the experiences of Afghan refugees after their evacuation in 2021.

The exhibition, titled “Safar”, is open to the public and will be held at MIA Park from October 6 to December 31, 2022.

Safar sheds light on the experiences and stories of Afghan refugees through a collection of videos, photographs and illustrated stories, beginning with a look at Afghanistan’s history, the importance of its geographical position at the crossroads ancient trade routes, its wealth and natural resources, as well as being among the most important and largest empires, and the basis of civilization since the Bronze Age.

Qatar Museums President, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani said, “The story of the Afghan people is one of resilience in the face of the extreme challenges they faced during the evacuation. It is an honor to partner with the Department of Foreign Affairs to shine the spotlight on these moving and inspiring stories, while celebrating Afghanistan’s rich culture and abundant history.

The exhibition highlights the importance of Afghanistan as a center of intellectual debate and artistic excellence for thousands of years and discusses Qatar’s support and bilateral relations with Afghanistan over the past thirty years, as well as its role during the evacuation process in 2021.

For her part, HE Deputy Foreign Minister Lolwah Al Khater said: “This powerful exhibit vividly illustrates, through first-hand stories, what refugees are capable of if given the opportunity and the tools. Qatar is proud of its role in facilitating the evacuation of over 80,000 Afghans. and other Afghan nationals.

While in Qatar, the Afghan refugees received support from the Ministry of Public Health, NGOs, members of civil society and the private sector, including the Qatar Foundation, Generation Amazing, the Olympic Committee and others. sports federations, to ensure their mental health, well-being and education needs have been met. Children of all ages and adults were also introduced to various artistic and cultural experiences, during which they were able to acquire various new skills.

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VC want President Ruto to create ministry to save university education https://the-education-store.com/vc-want-president-ruto-to-create-ministry-to-save-university-education/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 21:30:15 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/vc-want-president-ruto-to-create-ministry-to-save-university-education/ University Council President Masinde Muliro talks with Dedan Kimathi University Council President Dr. Jane Nyakango during the First International Conference of Public Universities on September 21, 2022. [Omondi Onyango,Standard] The vice-chancellors of public universities asked President William Ruto to establish the Ministry of University Education to lead the higher education sector in the country. Speaking […]]]>
University Council President Masinde Muliro talks with Dedan Kimathi University Council President Dr. Jane Nyakango during the First International Conference of Public Universities on September 21, 2022. [Omondi Onyango,Standard]

The vice-chancellors of public universities asked President William Ruto to establish the Ministry of University Education to lead the higher education sector in the country.

Speaking in Mombasa on Wednesday, the VCs and heads of various university colleges said the new administration should also form a task force to look at the issues that are hampering higher education in the country.

They said university education is not getting the attention it used to get from the government when the president ceased to be the chancellor of all public universities.

University leaders also discussed how to motivate researchers to commercialize their innovations.

Principal Secretary for University Education and Research, Simon Nabkwesi, said the ministry was discussing how to ensure graduates get jobs after completing their studies.

“We want to make sure that what is offered in universities is adapted to the market. Graduates shouldn’t stay long after graduation,” he said.

The PS said that the VC and the directors will draft a document to be presented to President Ruto, which will outline the proposals to improve university education in the country.

On funding, Nabkwesi said universities should be encouraged to find innovative ways to generate revenue to supplement what they receive from government.

The Vice Chancellor of the Technical University of Kenya, Prof. Francis Aduol, and his counterpart at the University of Eldoret, Prof. Teresia Akenga, said yesterday that there was a need for a ministry dealing directly with the academic institutions to stop their micromanagement.

They were speaking at the first annual international conference of chairpersons of public university boards, vice-chancellors and directors of constituent universities.

Nabukwesi, who opened the guest of honor, said one of the goals of the conference was to review the education system.

He said faculty are discussing how to ensure students have access to a quality education and are also proposing renovations to deal with emerging changes.

The PS added that the conference will help dons develop and share their vision in areas of governance, legislation and other regulations that can support public university education.

He asked them to also establish strategies to reduce debt and ensure sustainability and compare themselves to best practices around the world in terms of human resources and income generation.

Professor Akenga pointed out that when the president was chancellor of universities, their problems were solved very quickly.

Current law allows each university to have its own chancellor appointed by the president.

“When the president was chancellor of universities, we used to get serious attention unlike now where getting such attention is a problem,” Prof Akenga said.

Professor Aduol suggested that professors should sit down and review the laws governing universities, but for now they must wait for the working groups to investigate and make recommendations.

“We should sit down and form a working group that will look at some policies and laws governing universities in the country,” Professor Aduol said.

He claimed that there is too much interest in controlling what universities are doing that are not good for the education of the country’s children.

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Coastal wetlands remained high and dry under ministry proposals https://the-education-store.com/coastal-wetlands-remained-high-and-dry-under-ministry-proposals/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 05:44:00 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/coastal-wetlands-remained-high-and-dry-under-ministry-proposals/ Thursday, September 22, 2022, 5:44 p.m.Press release: Society for the Defense of the Environment The Environmental Defense Society has filed its brief on the Department of the Environment’s regulations on coastal wetlands and says the Department’s approach undermines the original intent of the regulations and leaves coastal wetlands vulnerable to future degradation. . “The Resource […]]]>

The Environmental Defense Society has filed its brief on the Department of the Environment’s regulations on coastal wetlands and says the Department’s approach undermines the original intent of the regulations and leaves coastal wetlands vulnerable to future degradation. .

“The Resource Management (National Environmental Standards for Freshwater) (NES-F) Regulations 2020 sets national direction to protect and enhance wetlands and halt the loss of their values,” said the EDS COO Shay Schlaepfer.

“The NES-F was clearly intended to apply to inland and coastal wetlands. The ministry is now proposing a policy reversal and wants to exclude coastal wetlands from regulation.

“This approach is totally unjustified. Coastal wetlands can be mapped, so there is no reason not to include them. The ESS-F is a framework of rules that integrates national wetland policy and provides a consistent approach to wetland management across all areas.

“Removing coastal wetlands from the NES-F will leave a void in their management and protection at the national level and leave too much latitude to regional councils.

“The department is also seeking to exempt certain activities from the consent pathways set out in the NES-F. These activities can negatively affect coastal wetlands and should be subject to regulation.

“Wetlands are one of the country’s most valuable ecosystems. They have suffered great losses with over 90% of them destroyed since human occupation. Many of those remaining are in seriously degraded condition. The approach proposed by the department will only continue this decline.

“This cannot happen and we urge the department to think again,” Ms Schlaepfer concluded.

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Headmaster of Christchurch school furious, threatens Department of Education with legal action over decision to scrap scroll https://the-education-store.com/headmaster-of-christchurch-school-furious-threatens-department-of-education-with-legal-action-over-decision-to-scrap-scroll/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 20:16:06 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/headmaster-of-christchurch-school-furious-threatens-department-of-education-with-legal-action-over-decision-to-scrap-scroll/ The headmaster of a Christchurch school has said he will take legal action against the Ministry of Education (MoE) over its decision to cut pupil numbers to 200. A recent decision by the Department of Education will see the role of Chisnallwood Middle School by 2025 – a decision that does not sit well with […]]]>

The headmaster of a Christchurch school has said he will take legal action against the Ministry of Education (MoE) over its decision to cut pupil numbers to 200.

A recent decision by the Department of Education will see the role of Chisnallwood Middle School by 2025 – a decision that does not sit well with the school community.

Hundreds of people attended a public meeting on Monday evening in a bid to challenge the Department of Education’s plan, but the school principal said officials could not answer many questions.

“Our community really had a lot of questions that the ministry really couldn’t answer last night,” Principal Justin Fields told AM Tuesday.

Fields also claimed to have found “a few holes” in the Education Act that would challenge the Department of Education’s decision.

While Fields doesn’t detail what the school’s legal action would look like, the holes in the education law are the legal grounds the school will pursue.

“We believe the decision is ultimately illegal,” he said. “No one is willing to compromise with us the moment we see it’s the only way.”

Teaching jobs and school pursuits would likely disappear too, Fields said, something he’s not ready to give up.

“I can’t sit idly by and let these people lose their jobs. Our community made it clear last night that they want me to fight this decision.”

Fields said AM MoE’s plan was to “strengthen” other schools in the community, but at the expense of Chisnallwood Intermediate.

He said he was in Wellington next week and invited the Minister and the Associate Minister for Education to meet.

Newshub has contacted the ministers for comment.

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Ministry of Health seeks to strengthen health care for children https://the-education-store.com/ministry-of-health-seeks-to-strengthen-health-care-for-children/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/ministry-of-health-seeks-to-strengthen-health-care-for-children/ LIMITS: If pediatrics are not improved, very sick children may have to travel abroad for treatment, making it a national security issue, the health minister said. By Lee I-chia / Staff Reporter The Ministry of Health and Welfare is seeking to bolster Taiwan’s pediatric care network after the COVID-19 pandemic showed many hospitals have limited […]]]>

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If pediatrics are not improved, very sick children may have to travel abroad for treatment, making it a national security issue, the health minister said.

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The Ministry of Health and Welfare is seeking to bolster Taiwan’s pediatric care network after the COVID-19 pandemic showed many hospitals have limited resources devoted to children’s health, the minister said yesterday. of Health and Welfare Hsueh Jui-yuan (薛瑞元).

The minister made the remarks at a Child Health Alliance Taiwan forum in Taipei on the effects of COVID-19 on children and their families.

Although the pandemic seems to be coming to an end, challenges remain, such as post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2, health complications in children and how to manage remote learning, which must be resolved. by experts, Hsueh said.

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Among the problems is the reduction in health care resources for children, he said.

“During the pandemic, we found that many regional hospitals had abandoned their pediatric divisions or reduced them as much as possible,” he said.

Many hospitals offer only minimal pediatric outpatient services, with barely enough capacity for hospitalizations of children or to treat children with serious illnesses, especially if several emergencies were to occur simultaneously, which raises concerns about the fragility of the country’s pediatric healthcare network, he said.

The ministry had allocated NT$1.1 billion ($35.15 million) to improve the country’s pediatric care network, but Hsueh said the funding should be increased because the problem is too big.

“I fear that if the problem is not solved, in 10 years children who develop certain serious illnesses will have to be transported abroad to receive appropriate treatment,” he said. “It’s a matter of national security.”

Although the Taiwan Pediatric Association has helped a lot throughout the pandemic by sharing doctors’ clinical experience through online courses, saving the lives of many children, the same method might not be practical for d other types of severe outbreaks, he said.

After becoming minister in July, Hsueh said he proposed to improve the national pediatric healthcare network.

Taiwan should establish basic pediatric hospitals that can treat difficult illnesses in children and train pediatricians to treat serious illnesses, he said.

Each administrative region should have at least one designated pediatric emergency hospital capable of handling pediatric emergencies, to reduce the risk of delay in treatment caused by referral of critical cases to other hospitals, he added.

Primary care clinics should also have pediatric systems that designate specific doctors to care for infants from birth, he said, adding that doctors can track a child’s health, as well as their progress. in terms of vaccination.

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MSJ takes credit for Ministry of Education e-book initiative https://the-education-store.com/msj-takes-credit-for-ministry-of-education-e-book-initiative/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 07:29:32 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/msj-takes-credit-for-ministry-of-education-e-book-initiative/ New Narissa Fraser 3 hours ago David Abdullah – The Social Justice Movement (MSJ) claimed responsibility for the Ministry of Education‘s recent decision on textbooks. On Monday, the ministry said new textbooks should not be added or editions should not be changed on schools’ book lists for the next school year. Additionally, he said an […]]]>

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The Social Justice Movement (MSJ) claimed responsibility for the Ministry of Education‘s recent decision on textbooks.

On Monday, the ministry said new textbooks should not be added or editions should not be changed on schools’ book lists for the next school year.

Additionally, he said an e-book platform is under consideration.

But in a press release on Tuesday, SYM chief David Abdulah said the ministry decided to “roll out digital textbooks after SYM’s call to do so.”

He said SYM offered e-books for elementary and middle school students — not for the first time — at a September 4 press conference.

“The MSJ has therefore led the way on this file.”

He called the government’s announcement “late in view of the economic and social impacts of the covid19 pandemic”.

He said thousands of people have lost their jobs and “several thousand others have had no income for long periods of time”.

“The government should have taken proactive measures to ease the burden on parents who had to prepare their children for the new school year. This preparation included the purchase of textbooks, notebooks and/or notebooks, other stationery , schoolbags, uniforms, sneakers and also… money to pay for the transport of their children.”

He said revised/new editions of textbooks should have been banned by 2022 and that a process set up by students “through their school, returned the books to be used by other students and received the books of those who were in the year above them”.

But, he said, “the government has nothing in place to help parents and especially the thousands of people who are struggling financially.”

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