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GOVERNOR GENERAL OPENS THE 8TH PLG SUMMIT IN TUVALU

(L-R): The Prime Minister, Rt Hon Enele S. Sopoaga, the Governor General, His Excellency, Iakoba T. Italeli and the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, Ms Patricia Espinosa during the opening

(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)
The 8th Polynesia Leaders’ Group Summit was opened on Tuesday afternoon, 26 June 2016 at the Kainakai II Felakaupule. The summit was opened by Tuvalu’s Governor General, His Excellency Iakoba Italelei Taeia. The opening Ceremony began with a gospel message and then a prayer by the President of the Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu, Rev Penitusi Taeia and then the Governor General delivered the opening address.

After the Governor General delivered the opening remarks, then Ms Espinosa delivered her remarks.

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The delegates and guests

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Police officers providing security at the venue of the Summit

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Staff of the Environment Policy and Disaster Coordination Unit supporting the meeting

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The delegates and guests attending the opening ceremony

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The new fence at the Southern side of the Kainaki II Falekaupule

In the evening, there was dinner at the new extension at the government’s main office building followed by live dancing entertainment provided by two island communities, Nanumaga and Vaitupu.

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The Nanumaga Community

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The Vaituou Community

A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT OF THE OPENING REMARKS BY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL AND OTHER PROCEEDINGS WILL APPEAR IN THE NEXT ISSUE OF KMT NEWS
ON MONDAY, 02 JULY 2018

REST OF PLG DELEGATES ARRIVE IN TUVALU

(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)
The rest of the delegates to the Polynesia Leaders Group Summit finally arrived in Tuvalu on Tuesday, 26 June 2018. In all there were 9 Polynesian countries who were represented at this meeting.

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Nauti Primary School students waiting to welcome the delegates

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Delegates arriving at the airport

After they were being met by government liaison officers at the airport, the delegates were escorted to the Vaiaku Falekaupule for the formal welcome ceremony.
In te Falekaupule, government dignitaries were already present including His Excellency, the Governor General and his wife, the Hon Prime Minister and his wife, the Speaker of the House of Parliament, Cabinet Ministers, Miss Tuvalu, EKT President and the Funafuti Island Community’s dancing group and others.

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Miss Tuvalu 2017 and EKT President, Rev Penitusi Taeia

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Funafiti community dancing group waiting to perform

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Overseas delegates who arrived on Tuesday’s flight in the welcome ceremony in te Vaiaku Falekaupulee

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Some of the dances performed by the Funafuti community’s dancing group

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Guests and delegates watching the dancing

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Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade, Tourism, Environment and Labour, Hon. MacKenzie Kiritome formally welcomed the delegates from overseas

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The backstage of the dancing group

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The guests and delegates

TUVALU HOSTS THE 8TH PLG SUMMIT 2018

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The 8th PLG Summit Banner in-front of the government’s main office building

(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)

9 Polynesian countries gathered in Funafuti, Tuvalu’s capital to discuss issues that are pertinent to the well-beings of their region. This gathering is the 8th Polynesian leaders group and this meeting started on 26 June and ends today, Friday, 29 June 2018.

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Students of the Nauti Primary School waiting to welcome the first arrivals on the flight from Fiji

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Staff of the ministry of Education and Nauti Primary School teachers to support the the students

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Civil servants as liaison officers waiting for the arrival of the flight from Fiji

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Senior Nauti Primary School students also waiting to receive the delegates

Overseas delegates including representatives from other Pacific agencies including the Ambassadors of New Zealand, Australia and Japan to Tuvalu were also in attendance and started arriving in Tuvalu on Saturday, 23 June 2018.

Air Fiji flight on Saturday bringing in the first delegate to arrive was delayed by about 30 minutes and Cabinet ministers and government and local dignitaries were already assembled in the Vaiaku Falekaupule to await the arrival of the overseas delegates.
Also in the Vaiaku Falekaupule were the dancing group from the Funafuti Island Community who were also waiting for the arrival of the overseas delegates as they will be providing the welcome entertainment of local dancing. The group was really anticipating the arrival of the delegates and were more than ready to perform.
Also outside the Vaiaku Falekaupule were members of the public who would like also to witness the welcoming ceremony and police were all around the hall to provide the security.
As the final moment has now arrived, the Fiji Air plane touched down about just after 12 noon and government officers who had been assigned to meet them outside the plane proceeded to the plane.

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Fiji Air flight has just landed

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Delegates being welcomed and escorted to the hall

The first arrival were escorted to the Vaiaku Falekaupule where they were traditionally received and welcomed by government officials including His Excellency the Governor-General and his spouse, the Rt. Hon Prime Minister and his good lady and the dancing group from the Funafuti Island community.
In the falekaupule, they were welcomed with local dancing performed by the Funafuti Dancing Group.

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The girls took the front line as well as the second line and men took the third line

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The young men in the front line and the girls right behind

After e performance of three items, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade, Tourism, Environment and Labour, Hon MacKenzie Kiritome formally welcomed the first arrivals of delegates to Tuvalu and that was the end of the welcoming ceremony.
In the evening, there was no programme and the delegates had a free evening.
The next day, Sunday, there was also no programme but in the afternoon there was lunch at the te Niu Fakamauganiu and the delegates were joined in by the Head of State and his spouse and Cabinet Ministers, MPs and government dignitaries.
The Vaiaku Choir was invited to provide hymn entertainment while lunch was on.

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The Vaiaku Church Choir entertaining the PLG delegates at the Te Niu Fakamauganiu Mini Bar

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The Prime Minister, Rt Hon Enele S. Sopoaga and wife and some of the delegates

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His Excellency Governor General, Sir Iakoba Italeli Taeia and Hon Minister, Monise Laafai and wife And a delegate

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Guests and delegates taking lunch at Te Niu Fakamauganiu

TUVALUANS WILL NOT LEAVE TUVALU DESPITE CLIMATE CHANGE THREATS

Participants to the TANGO Forum on Climate Change Induced Migration

(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)
The Prime Minister, Rt Hon. Enele Sosene Sopoaga has confirmed to the nation through his statement addressing the participants to TANGO’s Climate Induced Migration Forum which was held in Funafuti on 12 – 13 June 2018 which was broadcasted live on Radio Tuvalu. He said ‘Tuvalu has no plan to be relocated in the case of climate change, but we have to continue working and develop Tuvalu to ensure that our people live in great prosperity and in security and peace.”

Tuvalu is in the forefront in the fight against the impacts of climate change taking into accounts its smallness and vulnerability.

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Rt Hon Prime Minister answering questions from the forum participants. On his left is Emele Duituturaga, Executive Director of PIANGO and on his left is Former President of Kiribati, Anote Tong

Rt Hon Sopoaga and Mr Tong are called twin brothers and champion in advocacy works on climate change.
The title of the forum was ‘Climate – Induced Migration Forum and the Rt Hon Sopoaga suggested a change to include change after climate thus, the name is now “Climate Change-Induced Migration Forum” which will make the forum more relevant to the current issue of climate change.
The forum was made possible by the Tuvalu Association of Non-Governmental Organization (TANGO) who also coordinated the forum’s programme. Rt. Hon Sopoaga commented that ‘this forum is like a warming up meeting before the Polynesian Leaders Group Summit which will also have climate change as its main issue for dialogue.
There were presentations delivered by presenters on respective topics. H.E. Anote Tong delivered the keynote address. Emele Duituturaga, PIANGO’s Executive Director presented on ‘Climate-Induced Migration from a CSO Perspective. The Senior Magistrate, Simon Kofe delved on the topic of “Implications of Climate Change of Statehood”. USP Centre Director, Dr. Rosiana Lagi talked on “The Future of Traditional Knowledge.
Ms Peptua Latasi, the Director of ‘Climate Change Policy and Disaster Coordination Unit’ presented a paper on the “Loss and Damage – From UNFCCC to Tuvalu and TANGO Coordinator, Maina Talia talked on the ‘Non-Economic Loss and Damage. Netani Rika, Programme Secretary for Communications of the Pacific Conference of Churches presented a paper on “Migration from an Ecumenical Perspective”
The General Secretary of EKT, Rev Tafue Lusama presented a paper on “The Role of the Church/Migration” while Dr Tapugao Falefou, the Secretary for the Ministry of Communication and Transport, presented the issue of “Identity and Sovereignty”.

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Rosiana Lagi, Emele Duitutulaga, H.E. Anote Tong, Simon Kofe responding to questions from the floor.

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Dr Tapugo Falefou

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Rev Tafue Lusama

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Mr Simon Kofe

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Mrs Pepetua Latasi

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Mr Maina Talia

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Mr Ghazari Ohorella

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Maina Talia, Ian Fry, Emele Duituturaga, Netani Rika

The participants to the forum were island community leaders, representatives from members of TANGO, CSO, the private sectors and governments.

KMT NEWS WILL PUBLISH SPECIAL ISSUES ON SATURDAY, 23 JUNE, MONDAY 25 – FRIDAY, 29 JUNE 2018 SPECIALLY TO COVER THE POLYNESIAN LEADERS’ GROUP SUMMIT

USP TUVALU CAMPUS HOLDS A TALANOA SESSION

(Ms Afasene Iosefa)
It was in the evening of Tuesday, 21 June when Tuvalu saw the ‘talanoa session’ in the Marketing Programme of the Tuvalu USP Campus.
USP Campus Director Dr. Lagi said, “this special session had the school leavers from all the island communities attended.

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USP Tuvalu Centre Director, Dr Rosiana Lagi in her office

The USP Tuvalu Centre requested our students’ leaders to go to their communities and invite at least five school leavers or more to come to the session.
During this session. There were presentations on courses and programmes and their alignment with whatever their future career they intend to do. Students were able to discuss on their respective options for studies with USP staff.
Dr. Lagi said it is the USP’s responsibilities to market its program and courses to provide encouragement to Tuvaluans to educate themselves in order to have a well-educated and marketable workforce.

TOFAGA RANGERS DECLARED WINNER OF 2018 QUEEN’s BIRTHDAY 7’s RUGBY TOURNAMENT

(Ms Afaene Iosefa)

Vaitupu 7’s rugby team, Tofaga Rangers, declared winner of the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Rugby Tournament after winning the grand-final against Lakena Knights of Nanumea, that was held yesterday afternoon at the Tuvalu Sportsground.

The tournament was proudly sponsored by Edwin Food City Store owned by Mr. Mohammad Abdullah.

Less than five minutes into the first half of the game Waisea from Tofaga Rangers touched the ground for the first try of the match with 5 points on the board for his team with unsuccessful conversion from Lofeagai Bici.

Not long after the first try, Mr. Bici, again from Tofaga Rangers added another try and this time conversion was successful from Mr. Bici. The score was then 12 points in favour of Tofaga Rangers.

Lakena Knights tried its very best to score a try but Tofaga Rangers never gave up, its defence was very strong leaving its opponent nil in the first half.

Both teams entered the second half of the game and Tofaga Rangers scored another try from Joe Willy and converted again by Mr. Bici with 7 points.

Few minutes left into full time, Lutelu from Tofaga Rangers managed to score the last try of the match and conversion was unlucky from Mr. Bici with 5 points.

The score at full time was 24 points in favour of Tofaga Rangers and nil for Lakena Knights.

Lakena Knights did its very best but because of so many handling errors and plus the lack of fitness among the players resulted its defeat in the grand-final of the game.

Prior to the grand-final was the play-off between Tamanuku Eagles and Nauti in which the Tamanuku Eagles won by 20 points to nil.

The Sportsground was fully packed with fans and spectators cheering for their favourites teams.

The presentation of prizes to the winners commenced straight after the grand-final which were presented by Satar on behalf of the sponsor.

The 2018 Champ of the Queen’s Birthday 7’s Rugby Tournament, Tofaga Rangers, was presented with a golden trophy and a cash prize of five hundred dollars which were received by its captain, Mr. Joe Willy.

The first runner up, Lakena Knights, was presented with a silver trophy and a cash prize of three hundred dollars and were received by its captain.

The prize for the second runner up went to the Tamanuku Eagles of Nukufetau with two hundred dollar-cash prize and was received by its captain Mr. Binesh Ielemia.

The top try scorer went to Waisea of Tofaga Rangers who scored ten tries and he received a fifty-dollar prize money.

Joe Willy also from Tofaga Rangers was named man of the match and he received a small trophy and a cash prize of fifty dollars.

Representing on behalf of the Tuvalu Rugby Union, Mr. Peteli Paulo firstly conveyed a very big thank you to the sponsor ‘Edwin Food City Store’, for fully supporting the one-day tournament which ended successfully.

He also thanked every participating team who took part in the game, hoping to write up a report on this tournament and present it to all the teams in the near future.

Mr. Paulo said, “The report will be based on what they have learnt from this tournament. Another tournament will be coming up shortly after the Polynesian Leaders Group Summit, and this will be announced so that every team would be aware of.”

Before they dispersed, Melei Telavi stood up on behalf of Lakena Knights to congratulate its opponent Tofaga Blues for its victory and also wished them good luck in games ahead.

Beside that Mr. Telavi also made an appeal to the committee to make sure every team is aware of any tournaments.

“Let every team knows the tournament at one time and not just announced to one or two teams only leaving the others to know at the very last minute. Like our defeat this time, I am sure we were not fit because we had not enough time to train for this tournament, and I truly appeal to the TRU Committee to treat the teams fairly in announcements of future games.”

In return, Mr. Paulo again thanked all the participants and said the TRU committee will look into the appeal brought up by the Lakena Knights for the betterment of all rugby tournaments in the future.

The presentation ceremony ended up with three cheers from all the participating teams and those present at the scene.

BUNGALOWS NAMED BY ISLAND COMMUNITIES

(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)
Government has given the opportunity for island communities to name the bungalows.
During yesterday’s dedication of the bungalows, the Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Public Utilities and Industries, Mrs Siemai N. Apinelu announced the names of the bungalows according to the names submitted by island communities here on the capital, and as follow:
Nanumea: “Tefolaha Tou Hoa”
Nanumaga: “Vai o Toa”
Niutao: Te Kaufa ,
Nui: “Terikiai”,
Vaitupu: “Tofaga”,
Nukufetau: “Fou o Toa,
Funafuti: “Malefatuga Malae o Toa”,
Nukulaelae: “Telupe o Laeva”.

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Four of the nine bungalows

EKT PRESIDENT DEDICATES BUNGALOWS AND TE NIU-FAKAMAUGANIU

(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)
The President of the Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu dedicated the 9 bungalows and Te Niu Fakamauganiu Mini Bar yesterday evening, Friday, 22 June 2018.

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Te Niu Fakamauganiu Bar a few minutes after its dedication

It is normal in Tuvalu customs for any new building before commissioning to be dedicated to God and always by an EKT minister. Tuvalu is a Christian country and believes in God as the Source of Life, the Source of Blessings and Well-beings. Tuvalu’s national motto “Tuvalu for God” is a response to that belief.
That was why we had the EKT President, Rev Penitusi Taeia to dedicate and bless the buildings to ensure that they receive divine protection and also to ensure that whoever uses or occupies them can benefit from.

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The Prime Minister on the left and the Governor General on the Right cutting the ribbon

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The Prime Minister, Governor General and Former President of Kiribati (H.E Anote Tong)

After the dedication and the opening of the bungalows and the mini bar, quests were invited to tour the bungalows. The photos below were some of those who had the opportunity to get in into one of the two units in a bungalow. The photo on the left is the wife of the Rt. Hon Prime Minister, Salilo Sopoaga, in the centre is the Taiwan Ambassador, Marc Su and on the right were few overseas guests.
The overseas guests were very impressed with the standard of the units.

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In his speech to open the bungalows, the Rt Hon Prime Minister, Enele S. Sopoaga thanked the Public Works Department and all its employees for the hard work. He said “the bungalows are for the purpose of providing accommodation for Polynesian leaders who are coming for the Polynesian Leaders Group Summit to be held in Funafuti next week.
Former President of Kiribati, H.E Anote Tong was also given the opportunity to make a speech and he was also very impressed with this development.
All this developments, the 9 bungalows and the mini public bar are being built on the reclaimed land to the lagoon side of the government building, the Funafuti Lagoon Hotel and the Vaiaku Church and this reclaimed land has been named ‘Queen Elizabeth II Park’.

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Te Niu Fakamauganiu Mini Bar at day time

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The area between the bungalows and the mini bar has been beautified with plant

YOGA COMES TO TUVALU

(Rev Dr. Kitiona Tausi)

More than a hundred people, young and old took part in a Yoga session conducted by a Yoga Teacher, Renuka Pala from the ART OF LIVING Organization of India. Ms Pala was here in Tuvalu this week as part of the celebration of the Yoga’s International Day.

Ms Pala was sponsored by the Indian High Commission in Fiji and she is also based in Fiji.

Last Wednesday evening, she conducted a yoga session for anybody that was interested in, and more than hundred Tuvaluans, young and old participated in the session which was held at the Vaiaku Falekaupule. She was very impressed with the attendance she could feel the enthusiasm of those who participated. She said this was her first visit to Tuvalu and she hopes she can get another opportunity to come back.

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Participants at the yoga session at the Vaiaku Falekaupule

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The ultimate goal of Yoga is moksha (liberation), although the exact definition of what form this takes depends on the philosophical or theological system with which it is conjugated.

According to Jacobsen, “Yoga has five principal meanings: Yoga, as a disciplined method for attaining a goal;

  1. Yoga, as techniques of controlling the body and the mind;
  2. Yoga, as a name of one of the schools or systems of philosophy (darśana);
  3. Yoga, in connection with other words, such as “hatha-, mantra-, and laya-,” referring to traditions specializing in particular techniques of yoga;
  4. Yoga, as the goal of Yoga practice.” according to David Gordon White, from the 5th century CE onward, the core principles of “yoga” were more or less in place, and variations of these principles developed in various forms over time.
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Yoga Teacher, Ms Renuka Pala

TUVALU IS MORE THAN READY FOR THE PLG SUMMIT

Tuvalu’s final preparation for the Polynesian Leaders’ Group Summit is on course and in this morning, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development made a last go at planting lily plants on some parts of the road at Tekavatoetoe.

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Ministry of Finance staff planting the side of the road with lilies

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Some of the staff of the Ministry of Finance at work on the road, and were really enjoying themselves

The Public Works Department, however, worked this week in creating a public park at the end of the southern end of the airfield and to the lagoon side. This site used to be a desalinator plant installation but has been removed to make room for a mini public park.

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Last week

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Yesterday

There were also improvements to the road to the lagoon side of the main office building and this has been completed by PWD.

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The road to the Vaiaku side

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The road running north to the hotel

Instead of planting lily plants on the road, one family has decided to put up a fence of painted brown coconuts.

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Atabi and Puanita Ewekia’s home

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Outside the Tuvalu Post Limited Office

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