Mother's Day gift ideas 2019 – This is how you can get a £15 Yankee Candle for FREE

MOTHER'S Day is just a week away, so it might be time to start thinking about what you are going to get your mum to make her feel special.

With that in mind, Quidco has rustled up an offer which gives every new member a free Yankee Candle worth up to £15.

The candles come in a range of fragrances from fresh to sugary and will fill your mother's home with an inviting aroma.

To redeem the offer simply click here.

All you'll need to do is sign up on Quidco and then visit Temptations Gifts.

Click "shop Yankee Candles", and then buy any candle worth £10 or above – excluding delivery.

As a new member you'll get a bonus £15 transferred directly into your account within two weeks.

The offer will be available until Sunday March 31 included. You can read the full terms and conditions here.

Bear in mind, that Yankee Candles vary in prize depending on their size and the collection.

For example, the Cherry Blossom and Baby Powder medium jars are currently available from the website for £14.99, which means that you'll get them for free with the Quidco offer.

Temptations Gifts is also selling Yankee Candle's 2019 collection for a reduced £15.99 – including the Sunday Brunch Belgian Waffle scent- so it would only cost you 99p.

  • Get £15 cashback on Yankee Candles when you join Quidco – click here

Looking for a more traditional gift? Quidco is also offering its new members £15 off flowers.

Finding gifts on a limited budget in time for Mother's Day on Sunday March 31 budget can be hard – but there are ways to cut the costs.

We've scoured the shops to find a selection of presents for every mum – and the best part is, they start from as little as £2.50.

You can also turn your head to timeless jewellery.

It can be easily customised and, with so many options available, it will be easy to find something for every budget. Check our Mother's Day jewellery gift guide here.

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‘Rape Day’ video game raises serious questions about regulation

A graphic new video game called Rape Day, set to launch in April, triggered a swift and widespread public outcry.

Created by an independent developer, Rape Day is a set in a zombie apocalypse, where the player controls a protagonist described as a “menacing serial killer rapist”.

Rape Day allowed players to enter the post-apocalyptic world of a serial killer/rapist.Credit:Clement Sabourin

Rape Day is a “visual novel” – players choose from a variety of sequences of still images that contain written dialogue options and prewritten story choices.

And the rape of women is encouraged to progress the plot.

Crossing the line

But why do we consider depictions of rape in video games to cross the line, but not other forms of violence?

Sexual violence is connected to a complex interplay of societal attitudes and inequality.

For too long, society’s reaction to sexual violence was to ignore the issue. It is a well-established fact that most incidences of sexual assault remain undetected, whereas homicides are commonly uncovered and perpetrators brought to the attention of the authorities.

Violent video games where sexual assault is the explicit goal should never be allowed.

And some studies found playing video games with sexually violent content was associated with rape myth acceptance: “she asked for it” and “no means yes”.

It is important, however, not to fall into the trap of assuming a definitive cause-effect relationship. Video games like Rape Day contribute to rape culture, but it joins a raft of other cultural influences.

But we’re seeing a global, cultural shift.

The global #MeToo movement resulted in many victims of sexual harassment and violence coming forward. They used a collective voice to speak out against gendered violence, sharing their experiences of unacceptable masculine sexual domination, and continues to be empowering.

‘Rape Day’ was taken down by its host platform after significant public pressure, but how did this game get up at all?

Sexual violence has also led to national strategies to influence societal and individual attitudes, including engaging men in the process of changing gender norms and assumptions.

And we see this cultural shift reflected in the widespread public outrage against Rape Day.

Public reaction

The game went online on March 6, sparking a petition on change.org, which garnered almost 8,000 signatures. It is likely to have contributed to the decision to pull Rape Day from the gaming distribution service Steam Direct.

Steam, owned by a US private company Valve, released a statement on their decision to not distribute Rape Day, saying:

“Much of our policy around what we distribute is, and must be, reactionary – we simply have to wait and see what comes to us via Steam Direct. We then have to make a judgement call about any risk it puts to Valve, our developer partners, or our customers. After significant fact-finding and discussion, we think ‘Rape Day’ poses unknown costs and risks and therefore won’t be on Steam.”

This ban elicited positive comments on the Steam website among gamers. One comment noted:

“Rape is one of the most serious problems in our society and it needs to stop. We cannot normalize gender violence or rape.”

Comments such as these acknowledge the difference between making a game from sexual violence that objectifies women and reinforces sexism, and other violent content commonly present in video games.

There were strong reactions around the world. Not only was Rape Day banned in European countries such as Germany, but politicians in Austria and the UK became involved, calling for more restrictive legislation.

For example, Hannah Bardell, a British member of parliament, described the video game as “utterly perverted”.

Censorship and regulation

When it comes to regulation, Australia uses the Guidelines for the Classification of Computer Games. It indicates that games depicting “actual sexual violence” or where “incentives and rewards” are associated with sexual violence will be restricted.

Given Rape Day’s content, we can anticipate the game will be banned from sale in Australia if the developer submits an application. Consumers can also make complaints to the Classification Review Board about video game ratings or other decisions about games under the National Classification Code.

Censorship is typically not valued among gamers, and according to Kotaku editor Alex Walker, Australia is “famous” for banning games.

Japanese game Omega Labyrinth Z, for instance, is situated within a school setting where players can control a number of young girls battling evil forces. The Classification Board banned the game because of the gratuitous, exploitative depictions of sexual activity with characters appearing under 18 years of age, violating classification rules.

When Rape Day was pulled from Steam, the developer, Desk Plant, acknowledged that the game could be seen as problematic.

“I might agree with Steam that my game is not the right fit for a distribution site that is marketed at the general masses and children… My next move is to sell the game on my own site. Maybe that would have been a better move for me from the start.”

But still, the game will be available to any player choosing to purchase it in some countries around the world, even though restrictions are currently being discussed.

Navigating this space requires sensitive decision-making, not only among overseeing bodies but also video game players. And the widespread statements approving Valve’s decision to distance the company from the game, the petitions, and the global reactions shows us that cultural change around sexual assault can, and does, happen.

Dr Marika Guggisberg is Research and Teaching Academic in Domestic and Family Violence, CQUniversity Australia

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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Three-O Walcott day arrives at last for Peep Show fans – cheque's in post, Jez

THE day Peep Show fans have been eagerly awaiting for years is finally here… happy birthday Three-O Walcott!

Yes, the Everton man will celebrate his 30th birthday today, meaning, Jez, your cheque is in the post.

The Peep Show legend famously said he always planned to make "millions" and get Mark off his back by selling the headline to The Sun.

And, now the day has finally come, we're more than happy to oblige.

Here's how the exchange went in series eight of the hit Channel 4 show.

  • Jez: I've always got the Three-O Walcott millions.
  • Mark: Jeremy's planning to sell the headline 'Three-O Walcott' to a tabloid newspaper when Theo Walcott turns 30, and we've agreed not to argue whether that's a good plan.
  • Jez: It is a good plan.
  • Mark: I know.

Peep Show fans have been waiting for this day since series eight was aired in 2012.

Bethnal Green Working Men's Club even hosted a special themed event on Friday to celebrate Three-O Walcott.

They took to social media in their droves to wish a happy birthday to the Everton star and remind Jez to cash in.

Big day tomorrow. Three-0 Walcott! pic.twitter.com/Fl4u3DsQqe

happy three-0 walcott day from me and all my friends

If you start watching the first episode of Series 8 of Peep Show at roughly 11:53 this evening, Mark will say "Jeremy is planning to sell the headline 'THREE-O WALCOTT' to a tabloid newspaper when Theo Walcott turns 30" at exactly the same moment as Theo Walcott turns 30.

So psyched for three-o walcott

Wow, Jeremy is finally going to get his Three-O Walcott millions

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‘One Day At A Time’ Was Canceled By Netflix & Twitter Is Now In Mourning

Today isn’t a good day for fans of One Day At A Time. On Thursday, March 14, Netflix officially announced that One Day At A Time has been canceled, and will not be renewed for Season 4. Netflix announced the news on social media, and Twitter reacted to the One Day At A Time cancellation with sadness, anger, and a lot of GIFs.

"We’ve made the very difficult decision not to renew One Day At A Time for a fourth season," Netflix tweeted. "The choice did not come easily — we spent several weeks trying to find a way to make another season work but in the end simply not enough people watched to justify another season."

The news followed a push by fans on Twitter to keep the reboot of the ’70s sitcom alive, but ultimately, it didn’t work. In a series of tweets, Netflix thanked creator Norman Lear, the cast, and the show’s executive producers Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce "for always making us laugh and never shying away from bravely and beautifully tackling tough subject matter in a meaningful way."

Netflix ended this sad note with a message to fans who found a kinship with this Cuban-American family. "And to anyone who felt seen or represented — possibly for the first time — by ODAAT," Netflix tweeted, "please don’t take this as an indication your story is not important. The outpouring of love for this show is a firm reminder to us that we must continue finding ways to tell these stories."

Still, fans were sad to hear that the show they loved would not be returning for another season.

More to come…

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Cheltenham 2019 day 1: Racecard, schedule, and TV coverage guide for Champion Day at the Festival

The crowd will send off the runners for the first race with the famous 'Cheltenham roar' as months of waiting comes to an end.

There are four Grade 1 contests and a couple of cracking handicaps to get stuck into on Champion Day.

Here's all you need to know ahead of the Festival opener. 

Champion Day race card

Champion Day plays host to some of the Festival highlights, including the Champion Hurdle and Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

Here's the races you'll be able to enjoy on day one of this year's Festival.

  • 13.30 The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
  • 14.10 The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase
  • 14.50 The Ultima Handicap Steeple Chase
  • 15.30 The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy
  • 16.10 The OLBG Mares’ Hurdle
  • 16.50 The Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase
  • 17.30 The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase)

Download the new Sun Racing app today

The brilliant new app, which is free to download ahead of the Cheltenham Festival, features:

  1. Best Odds – our odds comparison tool keeps the bookies honest
  2. Predictor – rank the field by 18 different categories, such as weight, draw, career prize money and jockey wins
  3. Tips & news – get a steer from the best tipsters in the business in our news tab

Head over to the App Store to download it for free.

Which channel can I watch it on?

YOU will be able to watch the first five races live on ITV Racing.

Coverage will run throughout each of the four days, starting in the morning and finishing after the fifth race each day at 4.10pm.


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What is the Cheltenham 2019 schedule?

EACH day gets underway at 1.30pm.

There are seven races throughout the afternoon, each starting 40 minutes after the next. Click here for the full race-by-race guide for this year's Festival.

 

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International Women's Day 2019 is TODAY, but how is it being celebrated?

But what is the day, why is it celebrated and how do people mark it? Here's what we know.

When is International Women's Day 2019 and what is it?

International Women’s Day is held each year on March 8 – TODAY.

It is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements and calls for gender equality.

The day has been observed since the early 1900s and aims to bring together governments, women's organisations and charities.

In 2019, Berlin has become the first region within the European Union to mark Women's Day with a public holiday.

How is International Women's Day celebrated?

Women have been encouraged to celebrate the event by taking the day off work to demonstrate how valuable they are to the economy.

Both women and men celebrate the occasion by speaking out for equality, sharing information and support online, and making their voice heard.

Large numbers of women take part in marches on International Women's Day.

Some years women have even gone on strike.

Marches and strikes take place for multiple causes: ending gender violence, reproductive justice, body autonomy and freedom of choice for all women, labour rights and equal pay for equal work, environmental justice and recognition of its links with social inequality, ending racism and police brutality.

Many workplaces celebrate the day in the office with a themed morning tea or lunch, possibly with women speakers or a film screening on women's issues.

Another way to celebrate the day by yourself is to read a compelling book by a female author, or watch a film directed by and starring women.

You could even watch TED talk by an inspiring woman.

Other ways include: attending a women's networking event, donating to a local women's refuge, or simply do something kind for a woman you love.

If you want to organise your own event for International Women's Day you can order a kit from the official website.

What is the 2019 theme?

The International Women's Day website has the theme for 2019 as #BalanceforBetter.

In 2018 the official UN theme was Time is Now: Rural and urban activists changing women's lives.

But in 2019 there are three focuses to the UN theme: Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.

How did International Women's Day begin?

The day can be traced back to 1908 when 15,000 women marched through New York City calling for voting rights, shorter working hours and better pay.

On March 8, 1914, there was a march from Bow to Trafalgar Square in support of women's suffrage.

Suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst was notoriously arrested in front of Charing Cross station, on her way to speak in the central London square.

In the following years, a form of women’s day was held on varying dates in different countries, but by 1913 it was decided that March 8 would officially be International Women’s Day – and it has been that way ever since.



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Gender equality, rights on agenda on International Women's Day

(Reuters) – Campaigners for gender equality marked International Women’s Day on Friday with protests, discussion panels and celebrations.

In one of the first protests of the day, several hundred women gathered in central Madrid around midnight to bang pots and pans and demand more rights for women in a society they say is still dominated by men.

Gender inequality has become a deeply divisive issue in Spain ahead of its April 28 parliamentary election. A new far-right party, Vox, which opinion polls show winning seats, has called for the scrapping of a landmark law on gender violence.

The Spanish capital saw another protest against gender violence and patriarchy later on Friday morning involving around 200 women cyclists.

Before getting on their bikes to demonstrate outside the headquarters of the conservative People’s Party (PP), the women read a manifesto and performed a choreographed dance, singing: “Without violence they can’t control us”.

Many wore purple – on jackets, trousers and bags – a symbolic color used by women’s rights activists.

“I can’t imagine not being here, I’m a woman and this concerns me directly,” said 40-year-old Lucía Sánchez, who came by bike with other friends.

In Paris, demonstrators from Amnesty International gathered outside Saudi Arabia’s embassy to wave placards that read “Honk for women’s rights” and calling for the release of jailed women activists, including those who campaigned for the right to drive in the deeply conservative kingdom.

In London, Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, was due to join singer Annie Lennox, model Adwoa Aboah, former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard and others in a panel discussion about issues affecting women today.

The session was convened by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, an organization of which Meghan was announced vice-president on Friday.

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Mother's Day gifts 2019 – Here's how to get a Yankee Candle worth £15 for FREE

For those still looking for inspiration, Quidco has rustled up an offer which gives every new member a free Yankee Candle worth up to £15.

The candles come in a range of fragrances from fresh to sugary and will fill your mother's home with an inviting aroma.

To redeem the offer simply click here.

All you'll need to do is sign up on Quidco and then visit Temptations Gifts.

Click "shop Yankee Candles", and then buy any candle worth £10 or above – excluding delivery.

As a new member you'll get a bonus £15 transferred directly into your account within two weeks.

The offer will be available until Sunday March 31 included. You can read the full terms and conditions here.

Bear in mind, that Yankee Candles vary in prize depending on their size and the collection.

For example, the Cherry Blossom and Baby Powder medium jars are currently available from the website for £14.99, which means that you'll get them for free with the Quidco offer.

Temptations Gifts is also selling Yankee Candle's 2019 collection for a reduced £15.99 – including the Sunday Brunch Belgian Waffle scent- so it would only cost you 99p.

  • Get £15 cashback on Yankee Candles when you join Quidco – click here

Looking for a more traditional gift? Quidco is also offering its new members £15 off flowers.

Finding gifts on a limited budget in time for Mother's Day on Sunday March 31 budget can be hard – but there are ways to cut the costs.

We've scoured the shops to find a selection of presents for every mum – and the best part is, they start from as little as £2.50.

You can also turn your head to timeless jewellery.

It can be easily customised and, with so many options available, it will be easy to find something for every budget. Check our Mother's Day jewellery gift guide here.

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Enjoy a fantastic Pancake Day with Mrs Crunch's tasty recipes and deals

Shrove Tuesday’s next week, so make sure you have the essentials to make it special.

 

 

 

From ingredients to ready-made treats, as well as the essential utensils to make perfect pancakes, here are some of the tastiest deals.

And enjoy my great recipes. You can find these, and many more, at morrisons.com.

Basic pancake mix

YOU NEED:

  • 125g plain flour;
  • pinch salt;
  • 1 egg;
  • 250ml semi-skimmed milk;
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted then slightly cooled;
  • 1 splash vegetable or sunflower oil, for frying

METHOD: Sift the flour and salt into a bowl. Create a well in the centre and add the egg with about a third of the milk and all of the melted butter.

Combine everything with a whisk , it’s easier with an electric one.

Once all the flour is incorporated, add the remaining milk and, using your whisk, combine it all.

Transfer to a jug and rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. To make a classic pancake, heat a tiny bit of oil in a non-stick frying pan, just to coat the pan. The pan must get very hot (you’ll start to see smoke) before you add any batter.

Add about a ladleful of pancake batter and swirl it about to cover the bottom of the pan. Turn the heat down slightly and cook through on both sides until golden.

Use a spatula to turn it, or flip it gently with a flick of your wrist if you’re feeling lucky. Repeat with the rest of the batter. Serve immediately with your favourite topping.

Make them yourself

WHETHER starting from scratch or using a mixture, get your pan ready for these hot buys.

At ICELAND, you can buy a pancake pan for £5 and get all your pancake essentials free, including Antonelli Plain Pancake Shaker 155g, £1, or Aunt Bessie’s Family Pancake Mix, 480g, £1, Frylight Sunflower Oil or Butter cooking spray, 190ml, £1.50, and Gusto Agro Sicilian Lemon Juice, 200ml, 50p, or Bobby’s Maple Flavour Syrup 250ml, £1.

At TESCO a 1.5kg bag of plain flour is 60p.

MORRISONS has a cracking deal for 12 large free-range eggs for £1.70, down from £2, while Aunt Bessie’s Family Size Pancake Mix, 480g, is now £1, saving you 50p.

SAINSBURY’S Pancake Shaker Batter Mix, 155g, is £1. For allergy sufferers, ASDA’S Free From Pancake Shaker is £1.20.

Banana & cinnamon pancakes

 

YOU NEED:

  • Ingredients for basic pancake mix;
  • 1 tsp baking powder;
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon, plus extra to serve;
  • 6 tsp golden caster sugar;
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract;
  • 2 large bananas, sliced, plus extra to serve;
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil, for frying;
  • 6 tbsp low-fat Greek-style yoghurt

METHOD: When making the basic pancake mix recipe (left), leave out the salt and add the baking powder, cinnamon and sugar to the flour, then add only 100ml milk as well as the vanilla extract. Rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Mash the banana into the batter and stir through the mix. Heat a little oil in a frying pan then add 2 tbsp of the batter. Cook the pancakes on both sides.

Once cooked, set aside and keep warm then continue with the rest of the pancake batter.

Serve immediately with banana slices and 1 tbsp Greek-style yogurt and a sprinkling of ground cinnamon.

Ready made

THESE are great for instant yumminess.

WAITROSE has eight buttermilk pancakes for £2.

If you’ve got a packed table, get 12 Ma Raeburn’s sweetened or traditional pancakes for £2 at ICELAND or currently two packs for £3.

MORRISONS’ six sweet pancakes are down from £1.63 to £1. While at TESCO, eight Scotch pancakes are 75p.

Ooh la la! ALDI’S Bon Appetit! strawberry-filled crepes are 99p for a pack of eight.

Tip-top toppings

SQUIRT, spoon and spread these delicious additions on your pancakes.

Go large with a kilo of Nutella, £3.99 at LIDL and keep it simple with its own brand lemon juice, 26p.

Go nuts for ASDA Hazelnut Chocolate Spread, £1.19. Save 50p on MORRISONS The Best Maple Syrup, 189ml, now £3.

Also at MORRISONS you can save 85p on Rowse Pure and Natural Squeezy Honey, 340g, now £2.

The same store’s Lyle’s Golden Syrup 600ml baking bottle is down in price from £1.90 to £1.

Save on Buckwud 100% Pure Canadian Maple Syrup, 250g, at WAITROSE, down from £6 to £4.50.

SAINSBURY’S Chocolate Caramel Spread, 400g, is £1.60.

Chocolate orange

 

YOU NEED:

  • Ingredients for basic pancake mix;
  • 3 oranges, peeled and sliced into rings;
  • 50g pistachio kernels, chopped;
  • 150ml crème fraiche;
  • 150ml chocolate sauce

METHOD: Cook the pancake batter as directed in the basic pancake mix, far left, stack the cooked pancakes and keep warm.

To assemble, take a pancake from the pile, arrange a few slices of orange over the base and fold into quarters.

Top with a few more orange slices, scatter with pistachios if using, then add a dollop of crème fraîche and finally drizzle with chocolate sauce.

Kitchen kit

IF you’re making your own pancakes, make sure you have all the kit to hand.

For out-of-this-world flippers, Tefal Unicorn pancake pan is £15 from ASDA.

ALDI’s non-stick pancake pan, £7.99, will make a batch of mini pancakes that kids will love. While stocks last.

Get to ALDI for a £14.99 crêpe maker, complete with adjustable temperature control, wooden spreader and spatula.

MORRISONS Primaregera 25cm mixing bowl, £5, is the perfect size for whisking.

Spoon out your mixture with a nylon ladle from TESCO for £4.50.

LIDL’s pancake pan is just £3.99, while stocks last.

Whip up a batch with M&S 12cm stainless steel balloon whisk, £4, and the same store’s lemon squeezer, which is £7.50.

 

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World Refugee Day 2019 – what is the theme and what are the best quotes and little known facts?

We explain when it is, how its marked and some facts about the holiday.

When is World Refugee Day 2019?

World Refugee Day is on June 20 every year and this year it falls on a Thursday.

On December 4 2000, the United Nations General Assembly decided that June 17 would be celebrated as World Refugee Day in Resolution 55/76.

The General Assembly noted that in 2001 it would mark the 50 th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.

The dated was later moved to June 20.

How is the date marked?

The United Nations Refugee Agency and thousands of civic groups around the globe host events to raise awareness of the plight of refugees.

It is observed in more than 100 countries and involves government officials, humanitarian workers, celebrities, civilians and refugees.

The UNCHR encourages people to mark the day by attending local World Refugee Day events, watching and sharing videos and by raising awareness on social media.

This year, World Refugee Day will also mark a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee.

This year’s theme is Global Compact on Refugees.

It calls for investment in communities that host refugees to help ease the pressure on the host and to help refugees become self-reliant.

What are some powerful quotes about refugees?

  • Albert Einstein: “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything”
  • Kofi Annan: “I urge you to celebrate the extraordinary courage and contributions of refugees past and present.”
  • Anne Frank: “How wonderful it is that no one has to wait, but can start right now to gradually change the world! How wonderful it is that everyone, great and small, can immediately help bring about justice by giving of themselves.”
  • Martin Luther King Jr: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

What are some facts about Refugees?

Every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror

86 per cent of the world’s refugees are hosting by developing countries

The largest refugee camp is in Dadaab, Kenya and is home to more than 329,000 people

51 per cent of refugees are under the age of 18

The first-ever Refugee Team competed in the 2016 Olympics in Rio

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