first_imgDNV GL’s artificial intelligence (AI) research center signed a joint development project (JDP) with Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited (GSI) Image: The strategic cooperation agreement was signed by Mr. Qian Jianping, Vice President of CSSC, and Norbert Kray, Regional Manager for Greater China at DNV GL – Maritime. Photo: Courtesy of DNV GL. CSSC, the largest shipbuilding group in the world, has entered into a new strategic partnership with DNV GL. A framework agreement between both parties was signed during Marintec China trade fair last week by Mr. Qian Jianping, Vice President of CSSC, and Norbert Kray, Regional Manager for Greater China at DNV GL – Maritime. The ceremony was witnessed by Remi Eriksen, Group President & CEO of DNV GL, CSSC Chairman Mr. Lei Fanpei, and CSSC Group President Mr. Yang Jincheng.The strategic partnership will focus on developing future-proof solutions and competencies for shipping in a variety of fields including alternative fuels and environmentally friendly technologies, new vessel designs to meet the IMO greenhouse gas targets, digitalization and cyber security. Other areas of research and exchange are the design and building of large offshore floating structures, deep sea mining and agriculture, and ocean research activities. Under the agreement, DNV GL will support CSSC in their project engineering, construction and installation process by offering classification, certification, verification, consultancy, software and joint development services to the shipbuilding group.“This agreement further strengthens the excellent relationship between CSSC and DNV GL,” said Remi Eriksen, Group President & CEO of DNV GL. “We have worked together on a number of state-of-the-art projects already this year, and with the merger of CSSC and CSIC I am confident the strategic agreement now signed will create even more joint opportunities in our targeted markets.”“CSSC and DNV GL have been long-standing friends. The new strategic agreement will further strengthen our cooperation and expand its scope. When the largest shipbuilding group in the world and the leading classification society are joining forces to promote smart manufacturing, new ship research and development, and clean energy utilization, then this is of benefit for the whole maritime industry,” said CSSC Chairman Mr. Lei Fanpei.During the trade fair, DNV GL and CSSC group shipyards had already announced several joint projects, including an Approval in Principal (AIP) to Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard for the design of a gas-fuelled 25,000 TEU container vessel, which would be the largest ship of its type to date, and a JDP with Huangpu-Wenchong Shipbuilding Company for a new energy-efficient 5,000 TEU Panamax container ship for the fast-growing intra-Asia trades.AIPs were also presented to CSSC’s ship design consultancy SDARI for the design of a 93,000/135,000 cbm very large ethane carrier (VLEC), as well as to Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. for a concept design of a box-type self-elevating offshore fish farming unit.In addition, DNV GL’s artificial intelligence (AI) research center signed a joint development project (JDP) with Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited (GSI). The project looks to improve welding non-destructive testing (NDT) efficiency through the use of AI technology for the automatic detection and assessment of radiography testing (RT) digital images.DNV GL has a long history of working closely with CSSC and other Chinese customers to support them in managing the changes brought about through the tectonic shifts in markets, environmental regulations and technology. DNV GL has had a presence in China for 131 years with currently more than 350 experts across the region, a specialized approval hub, and a new research centre focused on artificial intelligence, based in Shanghai. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

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first_imgThe system is expected to go into test operation within the 2020 cruise ship season Siemens develops power outlet for ships for Port of Kiel. (Credit: Siemens) The Port of Kiel commissioned Siemens to build Germany’s largest shore power system to date. With a power of 16 megavolt amperes (MVA), the Siharbor solution will supply two ships simultaneously with certified eco-power, for the first time. This will reduce annual CO2 emissions by more than 8,000 tons. The system is expected to go into test operation within the 2020 cruise ship season. Maritime shipping plays a special role in Kiel. The port is the point of departure for cruises and has ferry connections to the Baltic states and Scandinavia. 32 different cruise ships stopped in 174 times at the port facilities in 2018.“By building this new shore power system we will actively support the climate objectives of the Schleswig-Holstein state capital,” said Dr. Dirk Claus, managing director with the Port of Kiel. “The shore connection system lets us draw electricity from renewable energy sources, both for cruise ships docked at the Ostseekai and for the ferry at the Schwedenkai. We thereby take on a leading role and consistently implement our Blue Port concept for a sustainable and future-oriented development of the Port of Kiel. In future 60 percent of the energy demand required by the ships entering Kiel will be covered by climate-friendly shore power as diesel generators will be shut down while they are berthed.”The Siemens installation consists of one substation with four Geafol cast resin transformers, four air-insulated medium-voltage Nxair switchgears as well as one 16-MVA frequency converter. The cast resin transformers with a rated power of six and 16 MVA are especially suited for challenging environmental conditions, such as the salty air present at the port. The switchgear is robust and has a compact design, making it suitable for this application.For an uninterrupted and efficient power supply of the mooring ships the Siemens converter system “Siplink” is used. It features a frequency converter and a software for central controlling of the two berths. With the system, two medium-voltage networks with different frequencies can be connected. In this case the local distribution grid with 50 Hz and the ship’s onboard electrical system with 60 Hz. Siplink synchronizes both networks and takes over the power supply automatically within a few minutes. In addition, it coordinates the energy supply of the ships’ two networks so that power can be supplied to both simultaneously.“With this set up, we are able for the first time to supply two ships simultaneously with the necessary 60-Hz onboard frequency by means of one shore power system,” said Axel Mohr, head of sales for Distribution Systems, Region North, at Siemens Smart Infrastructure. “We’re excited to support the Port of Kiel with this sustainable solution, thereby taking on a leading role in Europe together. Such systems will become increasingly important in the future, also outside of Germany, as climate protection goals are implemented.With its “Master Plan for 100% Climate Protection”, the City of Kiel has an ambitious roadmap to be CO2-neutral by 2050. The new shore power system at the Port of Kiel aims to support this goal with the reduction in CO2 emissions it will bring. The shoreside power supply installed by Siemens in the spring of 2019 at the Norwegenkai has already started operations. To date, it has helped slash CO2 emissions by about 1,000 tons. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

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first_img ConocoPhillips currently holds 295,000 net acres in the Montney acreage. (Credit: Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.) ConocoPhillips, an exploration and production company, has completed the acquisition of the Montney acreage from a Canadian oil and gas company, Kelt Exploration for about $390m.The transaction follows an agreement signed by the company to acquire the liquids-rich Montney acreage last month.The acquisition includes Inga/Fireweed/Stoddart division assets located in British Columbia.As part of the transaction, ConocoPhillips has assumed financing obligations of nearly $30m for the acquisition of the associated partially owned infrastructure.ConocoPhillips executive vice president and chief operating officer Matt Fox said: “The liquids-rich Montney represents an attractive low cost of supply resource within our portfolio.“By nearly doubling our net acreage position, this acquisition provides us with the scale to optimize development in an area where we are already seeing encouraging early results.”ConocoPhillips currently holds 295,000 net acres in the Montney acreageWith completion of the acquisition, ConocoPhillips currently holds 295,000 net acres in the Montney acreage with 100% working interest.In the second quarter of 2020, production associated with the acquired asset was nearly 15 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (Mboed).Recently, the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency within the United States Department of the Interior has approved ConocoPhillips’ plans to drill in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.The company has also secured a final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Willow Master Development Plan (MDP) project.The Willow project is expected to produce more than 160,000 barrels of oil per day, with a processing capacity of 200,000 barrels of oil per day for over 30 years. Production associated with the acquired asset was nearly 15Mboed in the second quarter of 2020last_img read more

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first_imgThe biorefinery will produce 200,000 tpy (tons per year) of High-Quality Renewable Diesel from advanced bio-feedstocks non in competition with food Maire Tecnimont Group and Essential Energy USA sign agreement for new renewable diesel biorefinery in South America. (Credit: Thomas H. from Pixabay) Maire Tecnimont S.p.A., through its subsidiary NextChem and Essential Energy USA Corp. today have executed a Front-End Engineering Design contract as well as a Memorandum of Understanding for the construction of a new biorefinery in South America for the production of Renewable Diesel. Essential Energy USA Corp is one of the leading biofuels producers in South America.Subject to the client’s Final Investment Decision, the biorefinery will produce 200,000 tpy (tons per year) of High-Quality Renewable Diesel from advanced bio-feedstocks non in competition with food. NextChem will be the exclusive EPC contractor. The project is expected to be operational in 2023.The biorefinery will transform natural oil, waste vegetables oils and tallow into HVO (Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils) also known in the market as Renewable Diesel. The Renewable Diesel is a fuel which is chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel with the advantage of improved performance. It is used worldwide as a drop-in biofuel in diesel vehicles with no engine modifications. Furthermore, the Renewable Diesel allows a Carbon Intensity reduction, for greenhouse gas emissions, above 80 percent compared with petroleum-based diesel.Maire Tecnimont Group has exhaustive experience in EPC contracting in Energy Services including in South America. Additionally, NextChem has been active in energy transition projects with a focus on deploying solutions in carbon footprint reduction, through the development of new technologies for the production of biofuels and biochemicals from biobased feedstock and circular chemicals from waste.Pierroberto Folgiero, Maire Tecnimont Group and NextChem Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Our business in the biofuels sector and in particular on the Renewable Diesel segment is gradually growing and South America is a very interesting area for us. Low carbon mandates in North America and Europe will drive strong demand and premium pricing: this, together with the availability of proven technologies and solid EPC capabilities opens a path of market success for such investments. We are proud to be the partner of a sector- leader company such as Essential Energy USA Corp. in this world scale industrial initiative which enhances the EPC capabilities of Maire Tecnimont Group in green chemistry and the biofuels market.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

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first_imgThe inaugural meeting of all the founder and regional members of the Charter for Independent Estate Agents (CIELA) is taking place in the Oxfordshire town of Bicester today.The organisation says the meeting will be a forum discuss how independent agents can unite their “potential firepower” and unite their resources and data to create a force greater than any “corporate in the industry”.Independent agentsCIELA clearly thinks one failing of independent agents is that they do not share their data in the same way corporate branch networks do.David Butler (pictured, left), CEO of software firm ResiAnalytics and a former senior team member at both the Hometrack and CBRE, is to speak to them today to explain the power of the “combined data that independents currently hold between them, but do not currently use”, the organisation says.CIELA, which has been formed to represent the collective voice of independents and also communicate to the public what independents “actually do”.It has been busy in recent weeks. It’s website has been updated and it has hired a PR team that in the past has worked with Zoopla and Tepilo.CIELA, which was founded by tech firm owner Charlile Wright, is now being led by a founder team of 11 agents from around the UK and is due to formally launch on 1st October this year.Today’s proceedings in Oxfordshire will be filmed and the footage uploaded to the CEILA website afterwards. The organisation is currently offering a six-month pre-launch membership of £35 a month plus VAT.CIELA dAVID BUTLER April 12, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » CIELA members gather to plan data blitz that will rival corporates previous nextAssociations & BodiesCIELA members gather to plan data blitz that will rival corporatesMeeting in Oxfordshire today is first of all founder and regional members prior to October public launch.Nigel Lewis12th April 20170896 Viewslast_img read more

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first_imgWinning the Rising Star of the year at the The Negotiator Awards last year was a really proud moment for me.I’d worked hard over the years to try and promote property auctions not just to savvy investors and experienced landlords but also as a feasible means of buying a home.Having bought my first property under the hammer when I was 22 years old, I knew how daunting it could be but I also knew the many advantages it can bring too, if you’re brave and take the right advice.From that point onwards I made a point of encouraging suitable home buyers to come along and consider auctions as well as their traditional estate agent. While there is still a long way to go with bringing property auctions into the mainstream, they’ve certainly come a long way in those eight or nine years when I first bought my house.Out of the blueIn truth, on the night of the bash I hadn’t given the awards a great deal of thought prior to the night starting as the whole thing came a bit out of the blue, with me only realising I’d been nominated when I received an email to say I was on the shortlist.Things couldn’t be more different since winning, though. The ceremony itself was a great night with a buzzing room filled with top property professionals and red wine!The morning after The Negotiator Awards I woke in my hotel room to the sound of my phone bleeping away and for the next few weeks my social media was awash with industry well wishes and other auction companies checking out my profile.The award really did put me on a higher platform for people to recognise the work I was doing and fast-forward nine months and I’ve recently taken up a position at SDL Auctions – who sponsored the award on the night – one of the biggest property auction networks in the country, as part of their ambitious expansion into Manchester and the North West.Manchester-based Andy Thompson started his career at Edward Mellor in 2005 initially as a sales negotiator and then moving on to be a valuer for the company’s auctions business and then a buying consultant. As he mentions in his piece, he moved to SDL Auctions in May 2017, where he is a residential auction valuer.Would you like to nominate someone for an award or enter yourself or your company for an award? Find out more here.  SDL Auctions ANDY THOMPSON July 13, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Why being a Rising Star at The Negotiator Awards changed everything previous nextAgencies & PeopleWhy being a Rising Star at The Negotiator Awards changed everythingAuctioneer Andy Thompson recounts how winning the award last year changed the course of his career – and set his social media alight.Andy Thompson , SDL Auctions13th July 201701,287 Viewslast_img read more

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first_imgIt was announced today that adding rental payments to tenant credit histories is to be debated in the House of Commons, signalling a U-turn on the subject by parliament.A debate had been scheduled in March after a petition raised by Plymouth construction worker Jamie Pogson (pictured, below) was signed by 147,307 people, well over the 100,000 required to force a debate in parliament.But the snap General Election on May 5th meant all outstanding petitions were closed and, it was announced, a debate on the subject in parliament kicked into the long grass.The HM Treasury also posted a reply to the petition rejecting the idea, saying “lenders must consider a range of factors when assessing a mortgage application. Meeting rental payments is not sufficient in itself to demonstrate affordability over the lifetime of a ban”.But the newly reformed Petitions Committee headed up by Helen Jones, MP has announced that Jamie’s petition is to be revived and debated on 23rd October.“The Petitions Committee will check and challenge the Government’s responses to petitioners and ensure that petitioners’ voices are taken seriously and valued,” says Helen.“I look forward to working with the new Petitions Committee to ensure that petitions make a difference.”Landlord supportThe Residential Landlords Association recently pitched into the debate after canvassing 3,000 of its landlord members, 61% of whom said they supported rental payments being added to tenants’ credit histories in the same way mortgage payments are.“This shows the government is serious about getting more tenants on to the property ladder,” says Sheraz Dar, CEO of CreditLadder.co.uk.“Millions of UK tenants pay billions of pounds in rent every year and yet it doesn’t count towards their credit history unless they’ve signed up with a service like ours.“The government said in their General Election manifesto that they wanted to make the UK a nation of homeowners again, and this is clearly part of that commitment.”  Jamie Pogson Helen Jones September 14, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Parliament to debate rent being added to tenant credit histories after all previous nextRegulation & LawParliament to debate rent being added to tenant credit histories after allIt has been announced that a petition signed by over 147,000 people earlier this year will now get debated next month despite originally being ditched.Nigel Lewis14th September 201701,233 Viewslast_img read more

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first_imgHome » News » Referral fees come under scrutiny by Government previous nextRegulationReferral fees come under scrutiny by GovernmentNAEA Propertymark says the industry’s been given the opportunity to improve the practice by increasing transparency – rather than suffer an outright ban.Sheila Manchester20th March 201901,789 Views Coming on yet another wave, washing up on your doorstep, is yet another edict from Government – this time it is, yes you guessed it, referral fees. One estate agent said to me yesterday, “There will, fairly soon, be no way to make a living out of estate agency or, indeed, lettings.”Managing a barrage of research, consultations, bans and regulations, the industry bodies seem compelled to agree with what is described as ‘guidance’.It is true that most long established agencies are supportive of action to get rid of ‘rogue agents’ and ‘rogue landlords’ but some are themselves feeling battered rather than supported.Mark HaywardMark Hayward, Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark said, “We’re hugely supportive of the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team’s (NTSEAT) new guidance for agents on referral fees, issued last month. The guidance will improve transparency and provide greater clarity for consumers at a time when markets across all regions need support to boost consumer confidence.“We’ve long called for guidance which is easy for both agents and consumers to understand and comply with. Buying a home is no mean feat, and it’s probably the most expensive type of transaction we engage in – so transparent and fair fees are essential. It’s therefore important all agents take the time to understand the guidance and ensure they are compliant.”Within the new guidelines, agents now need to disclose in writing, at the earliest opportunity:The price of its services, including any “compulsory” extrasWhere a referral arrangement exists, that it exists, and with whomWhere a transaction-specific referral fee is to be paid, its amountWhere a referral retainer exists, an estimate of the annual value of that retainer to the estate agent or its value per transactionWhere the referral is rewarded other than by payment, an assessment of the annual value of the reward or the value of the reward per transaction.Mark Hayward continued: “NTSEAT has given the industry an olive branch. Rather than an outright ban, we’ve been given the opportunity to improve the practice of charging referral fees by increasing transparency. But if the guidance isn’t taken seriously, referral fees could be banned when the guidance is reviewed next year.”Mark Hayward is running a live webinar on Thursday 21st March 2019. You can join at https://www.naea.co.uk/events/webinars/ and submit questions [email protected] Propertymark Mark Hayward referral fees referral fees guidance Sheila Manchester March 20, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » London new homes specialist joins Sq. One Real Estate previous nextAgencies & PeopleLondon new homes specialist joins Sq. One Real EstateNew homes specialist, Matt Cobb, has moved to the mixed-use and residential consultancy, as a partner.Sheila Manchester9th May 20190946 Views Matthew CobbMatt, previously a Director with Currell Residential – which was acquired by Savills in December 2018 – has 14 years’ experience of working on developments in the capital.Sq. One Real Estate Founding Partner, Jamie Gunning, said, “Matt has tremendous experience particularly in the North and East London new homes and land market. His expertise complements our existing strengths in West Central and South London. His broad knowledge and proven track record in both residential and commercial transactions is perfect for our mixed use business, and he will be given the freedom and autonomy to service our existing and future clients in exactly the way they request.“His primary role with us will be to launch our new homes agency presence and also work with clients on bringing schemes forward to market. As a consultancy, our specialism is advising on the entire pipeline of projects from servicing land and providing development consultancy through to sales agency. On that basis, Matt is the perfect fit and we can’t wait to get started together.”CLEAN SLATE APPROACHSq. One Real Estate, launched last year by Jamie Gunning, Guy Passey and Charlie Philip, is targeting opportunities created by mixed-use and residential development predominantly in London. The firm was set up as a development consultancy with a clean slate approach, one that aligns to clients, listens and advises, and remains at all times totally connected to this ever changing market.The trio has four decades of experience through working with EA Shaw, CBRE and Kier Developments. They have advised on more than £4bn of development in London alone for clients including Legal & General, Shaftesbury, Aviva, Great Marlborough Estates, Capital & Counties, GFZ Holdings and Proma.The business is an active joint venture partnership with the commercial property advisers, Farebrother, Tuckerman and Union Street Partners, which are respectively specialists in the Midtown, Victoria and South Bank markets – locations where mixed-use development has proliferated.Matt Cobb, said, “My specialism is being involved in the entire new homes development and agency process so I was drawn to the scope of Sq. One’s strategy and also to the potential created by the business’s active JV partners.“Having worked with Jamie, Guy and Charlie previously at CBRE, we’re very much on the same wavelength and already know the team dynamics work brilliantly. The buzz that the new business has created is tremendous.”Square One Matthew Cobb Sq. One Real Estate May 9, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Fine & Country opens in St Albans previous nextAgencies & PeopleFine & Country opens in St AlbansThe Negotiator24th July 20190578 Views Fine & Country St Albans opened on 28th May, operated by Tom Smith, who has owned and run the JW&Co Langleys office in St Albans since acquiring it in 2014.“We have established ourselves as one of Hertfordshire leading independent estate agents and have a long and successful record of providing a comprehensive service to our customers in both residential sales and lettings,” says Tom. “We are consistently trying to find ways to take our business to new heights and better our customer experience.“I feel the St Albans property market is very well positioned to maximize the exposure and marketing Fine and Country can offer. I believe Fine and Country will be a success in the area.”Fine & Country St Albans will have three full-time sales staff, Mark Saville, Catherine Grimer and Tom Smith. There are also two lettings staff, co-owner Jack Smith and Lauren King, who will be growing the Fine & Country Lettings.David Lindley, CEO of Fine & Country, said, “We welcome Tom and his team to the Fine & Country family and are eager to see the St Albans office grow from strength to strength. The combination of the years of experience and area knowledge within the St Albans office, coupled with the award-winning marketing tools and services that the Fine & Country brings to the table should be an unstoppable formula.”Hertfordshire St Albans David Lindley fine & country July 24, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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