Premier League Preview: Blackburn Vs Tottenham

It will be Premier League match time at Ewood Park, when Blackburn host Tottenham, on Wednesday, February 2, in match week 25.

This is a second leg match between sides that have already met earlier this season on November 13. That game saw a goal-glut, with Redknapp’s side prevailing 4-2, after leading 4-0, with about 15 minutes to go.

Gareth Bale put Spurs ahead on 16 minutes, and Pavlyuchenko increased the lead with 3 minutes to go to the interval. Crouch, playing as a second half substitute made it 3-0 in Tottenham’s favour, and when Bale got a second goal, six minutes later, it seemed like it was all over.

Blackburn mounted a late challenge and their efforts paid dividends when first Nelsen scored on 80 minutes, and Givet followed up with a second strike 10 minutes later.

For Tottenham, Jenas was brilliant in midfield, while Pavlyuchenko worked hard. Bale was simply outstanding even as Salgado struggled in Blackburn’s back-line to cope with Bale’s pace.

Overall, it was a tale of shoddy defending by the Rovers, in an error strewn game on both sides. To be fair to Allardyce, he was willing to try, and the Blackburn manager even switched formations in a bid to counter Bale.

Robinson was outstanding in Rovers’ goal, though the score-line does not reveal it. Blackburn’s forwards were woefully ineffective and the January transfer window is just what the doctor ordered, though it’s left to be seen whether the patient adheres to the prescription.

Head to head, Tottenham have enjoyed a 9-5 advantage over Blackburn, in the last 20 league games between the sides.

In their last 10 league matches, Blackburn have won 4, lost 5 and drawn the remaining game. Tottenham have won 5 of their last 10, while losing 1 and drawing the remaining 4. Blackburn have won 6 of 12 games hosted at Ewood park this season, while losing and drawing 3 each. Tottenham have won 4 of 11 games on the road, while losing 4 and drawing the remaining 3.

In match week 24, Blackburn beat West Brom 2-0, while Tottenham played out a 1-1 stalemate against Newcastle.

On current form, Blackburn can be expected touse home advantage to good effect against Tottenham’s rampaging forward line.

Blackburn’s starting eleven against West Brom had Robinson, Salgado, Givet, Olsson, Dunn, Jones, Pedersen, Hoilett, Kalinic and Santa Cruz. Roberts, Nzonzi and Hanley played as substitutes.

Tottenham had the following players in their starting eleven against Newcastle: Cudicini, Hutton, Dawson, Gallas, Bale, Lennon, Modric, Jenas, Pienaar, Van der Vaart and Defoe. crouch, Kranjcar and Bassong were used as substitutes.

Toshacks Talents – The Future of Welsh Football

Long starved of any relative success at International Football Welsh fans have not seen actions at major finals since a John Charles inspired Wales shocked many at the 1958 World cup. Play off heart break, missed penalties and contentious “hand ball” decisions later and the wait continues. However, after some more than creditable wins at under 21 level does the current crop of youngsters mean there is finally some signs of hope on the horizon? We have a look at five great hopes of Welsh Football.

1) – Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey is a midfield player who is also comfortable in a second striker role or operating on either flank. Having turned down a career in professional rugby union to join the Cardiff City academy, Aaron progressed quickly through the ranks to become Cardiff’s youngest ever player at 16 years and 124 days, an FA Cup Final appearance later and Aaron was off to Arsenal where he has scored 3 goals in 27 appearances and is closely pressing Cesc Fabregas for a regular starting spot. Precocious skills, deft passing and an eye for goal have meant Aaron has stood out as a player of real international potential in his 11 welsh caps and is hotly tipped to be the nations finest player since Ryan Giggs.

2) – Gareth Bale
Despite being born in the Welsh Capital, Gareth began his football schooling at Southampton where he was a youth team mate of Arsenal and England forward Theo Walcott. The Spurs player is at home in the left back or left wing positions and has performed with excellence in both roles in the Premier League netting some notable goals along the way, particularly the latter part of the 2009/10 season as he helped Spurs qualify for the Champions League. Internationally speaking Gareth is Wales’ youngest ever international (16 years 315 days) also it’s youngest ever goal scorer. In 2009 Gareth was rumoured to be subject to a 10million bid from Italian giants Juventus that was turned down. Pace, skill, crossing and a free kick specialist make Gareth a real player to watch for years to come.

3) – Wayne Hennessey
Born on the isle of Angelsey in North Wales, Wayne began life at Manchester City before transferring to Wolverhampton Wanderers to sign professional forms. When sent on loan for first team experience to Stockport County, Wayne made his professional debut and opened his account with six consecutive clean sheets, rightfully earning him the League Two player of the month award. The young stoppers debut for his parent club was very much a case of “into the fire” as he starred in a Championship play off Semi Final. Soon after he established himself as the Wolves number one and progressed quickly to become his country’s top stopper. His performances in 24 caps earning comparisons to Welsh legend Neville Southall is due to his excellent shot stopping and his authoritative communication with his defence.

4) – Jack Collison
Born in Watford, England; Jack qualifies for Wales through his Welsh grandfather who played International Rugby for Wales. Jack was recommended to the Wales coaching set up by his then Welsh West ham colleagues Craig Bellamy and Danny Gabbidon. At that time Jack was a reserve team player who slotted straight into a prosperous Wales under 21 team. Jack’s career has progressed some what since then as he has made a permanent step up to Premiership (45 appearances, 5 goals) and International football (7 appearances). Jack prefers to use his mobility, vision and range of passing from a central position but his dominant left foot mean he is oft utilised on that wing.

5) – Adam Matthews
Very much a wild choice in this list as Adam is yet to play International football for Wales and is in just his first professional season with Cardiff City. Adam transferred from the Swansea City youth set up having previously been a prominent member of the Ospreys Rugby Union academy. The 18 year old right back shot to fame with a goal from his own half early in the 2009/10 and has featured 32 times in the first team. Adam’s abilities on the pitch have led to highly flamed rumours that he is a target of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool, he is also very firmly in the sights of Wales manager John Toshack having been included in the squad to face Scotland at just 17 years old.

“The El Clasico With Nothing to Play for” or So They Said

The match ended with 4 goals, 8 yellow cards, a red card and lots of controversies. Pretty explosive for an El Clasico with no stakes.

The El Clasico has always been one of the most awaited football matches that features FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, two of the biggest football clubs on the planet. The clash is not just limited to the contrasting football styles of the clubs as it is also seen as a clash between Spain and Catalunia. With such importance attached to the match, it has always lived up to the expectation of football fans. Emotions run high on the field as tempers flare and controversies and fights ensue. This Sunday’s El Clasico had been described as a damp affair even before its start as Barcelona had already won the league while Real Madrid were being cautious in preparation for the Champions League Finals. The fact that this was Iniesta’s last Clasico was the only reason most fans looked forward to the football match. There were others who reminded the fact that Barcelona had remained unbeaten during the league and cup season so far and a defeat would mean they would fail to go the full season unbeaten.

But all of that damp El Clasico talk turned into dust as Barcelona took an early lead through Luis Suarez who perfectly connected with a Sergio Roberto cross. Real Madrid soon equalized as Cristiano Ronaldo connected with Benzema’s headed pass that was set up by Toni Kroos. Both teams continued to threaten each other’s goals as chances were being created left and right. Ronaldo also picked up an injury that saw him hobbling during the rest of the half. By the end of the 40th minute, two of Real Madrid’s defenders were shown yellow cards and so were Barcelona’s Messi and Saurez. But the real controversy started when the referee failed to notice Gareth Bale’s horrible challenge on Samuel Umtiti that should have earned him a straight red card.

Things soon started getting heated up as half-time approached. A Real Madrid attack on the left flank saw a clash between Marcelo and Sergio Roberto. The latter lost as cool and threw his fist into Marcelo’s face. The referee had a clear view of this clash and showed a straight red to Roberto just at the half-time break. This meant that Barcelona had to play the entire second half, one man down.

While Barcelona were down to 10-men, Real Madrid had to substitute Ronaldo due to his first-half injury that caused a swollen ankle. Real Madrid dominated the half but were not able to create many chances. Barcelona once again took the lead as Messi scored from Suarez’s pass. There was a fierce protest from Real Madrid players as Saurez had fouled Varane in the lead up to the goal but got away with it. Real Madrid struggled to find the equalizer against a 10-man Barcelona and it was Gareth Bale who curled it in the 72nd minute to level the scoreline.

Barcelona continued to attack as a super effort from Lionel Messi was beautifully saved by Navas. Messi once again ended up close to scoring as a curling shot from him ended just wide from the post. Real Madrid too were starting to take advantage of 10-man Barcelona. Marcelo was brought down inside Barcelona’s box but the referee once again made a controversial call as Real Madrid were denied a clear penalty. Barcelona, having given a clear lifeline, continued to resist all advances from Real Madrid and hang on to dear life. Nelson Semedo brought on for Coutinho to take up Roberto’s position in defense, impressed with his speed and stamina. Finally, Semedo cleared the ball with a header as the referee blew the final whistle.

Andres Iniesta’s final El Clasico had exploded into life early on and lived up to the billing. There was applause all around has the Maestro took his one last bow.

Despite all the controversies and bad refereeing decisions, everyone was satisfied with the result. Barcelona’s manager Ernesto Valverde later exclaimed that it would have hurt if the unbeaten streak had been broken by Real Madrid, so a draw was a fair and acceptable result. As they say, even a draw means unbeaten. Everyone who saw Sunday’s El Clasico will agree that the players took to field as if everything was at stake, contrary to the belief that nothing was.

Premier League Golden Boot Leaders As On January 2

The big news of the New Year’s first match week is that Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney has scored his first goal from open play since March 2010. This could be the beginning of a barrage of goals and that is an ominous sign for rival teams as Manchester United have consolidated their position as league leaders.

While Rooney’s teammate Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov continued to lead the list of goal scorers in the Premier League, Man City’s Carlos Tevez, who is the nearest to him, just two goals adrift with 12 to his name, missed three goals, for the asking, against Blackpool.

Players who went up the list in comparison with their positions after match week 20 are Chelsea’s Didier Drogba, Sunderland’s Darren Bent, Tottenham’s Gareth Bale and Arsenal Samir Nasri.

Another player in close contention to overwhelm Dimitar Berbatov at the top of the list is Newcastle’s Andy Carroll. The prolific striker failed to add to his tally of 12 goals, as his side triumphed over Wigan by a solitary goal scored by Shola Ameobi.

In good news for Chelsea fans, Lampard is back to his goal scoring ways, along with Drogba and Terry, helped himself to a strike against Aston Villa.

Here’s the list of scorers with seven or more goals as on January 2. This list is due to change when the next set of matches take place, on New Year’s Day, January 1:

14 goals: Dimitar Berbatov

12 goals: Carlos Tevez

11 goals: Andy Carroll

9 goals: Didier Drogba, Tim Cahill

8 goals: Darren Bent, Florent Malouda, Kevin Nolan, Rafael Van der Vaart

7 goals: Gareth Bale, Marouane Chamakh, Samir Nasri,

What Is Tort Law Exactly?

Have you ever done something that was against the rules? Well, torts are something like that; but much more serious. Torts are civil wrong-doings; immoral behaviors and actions against civilians. The law identifies a tort as immoral, and approves it as grounds for a lawsuit. Most often, torts come with severe consequences, like serious injuries and death. These consequences establish a civilian’s right to file a personal injury claim against a wrongful party.

Torts that result in serious injury or death can be punishable by imprisonment; however, the objective of tort law is to acquire compensation for damages incurred by victims and families of victims. In addition, and equally important, intent is to prevent similar wrongdoings from occurring in the future. In fact, victims of tort can take legal action for an injunction in order to inhibit further torturous conduct of the opposing party.

Explaining Torts and Tort Law

Victims of tort can pursue fair compensation for damages incurred as a result of the offence. Exemplary damages include everything from pain and suffering to loss of companionship, and much more; such as lost wages, hospital bills, medical expenses, scarring or disfigurement, funeral expenses, prolonged rehabilitation, permanent disabilities, and much more. Injured victims can also pursue compensation for damages like diminished quality of life and loss of benefits from loved one’s death. Tort law is established to protect injured victims that were wrongfully hurt by a negligent party. Negligent parties can include people, companies, individuals, organizations, products, and much more.

Categories of Tort

There are several individual capacities of tort law that all depend on the type of injury or accident that harms a person. Types of tort include motor vehicle accidents, product liability, assault and battery, sexual harassment, drunk driving accidents, wrongful death, slip and falls, head or brain injuries, dog bites, nursing home neglect, motorcycle accidents, and several other types of deliberate inflictions of emotional or physical trauma.

Every type of tort can be grouped into three separate categories of tort law; these categories are Intentional Torts, Negligent Torts, and Strict Liability Torts. Intentional torts are deliberate, premeditated, and purposeful. Assault and battery, sexual misconducts, and nursing home neglect are some examples of intentional tort. Negligent tort occurs as a result of carelessness and disregard. Disobeying traffic signals and causing an accident that harms another person is an example of negligent tort. Other examples include pedestrian accidents, hit-and-run accidents, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, and slip and fall accidents. Strict liability torts, on the other hand, occur when a particular action causes harm or damage to another person; such as liability for making and selling defective products that are hazardous.

If you are a victim of tort, or was recently injured in an accident caused by the negligence or misconduct of another party, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Contact a licensed personal injury law firm for professional guidance and counsel. It is important to take immediate action following a serious injury before the State’s statutes of limitation runs out. An experienced tort lawyer will substantially increase your chances and likelihood of winning your personal injury claim recovering compensation for your damages.

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Common Benefits Received From Workers’ Compensation

It is common for people who are injured on the job to collect workers’ compensation benefits. The amount of compensation and degree of benefits received by injured workers largely depends on the extent of their injuries or damages. Damages can include but are not limited to pain, suffering, prolonged rehabilitation or illness, diminished quality of life, lost wages, medical expenses, hospital bills, mental trauma, PTSD, and much more.

It is wise to hire a personal injury attorney that specializes in workers’ compensation law to recover the full and fair recompense deserved. Continue reading to learn what type of benefits to expect, or that is possible, to receive after being injured while on the clock.

Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Not all workers’ compensation claims are for physical injuries. Although most involve some sort of bodily harm, mental anguish or trauma can be just as damaging. Sometimes, personal injury cases can involve sexual harassment, discrimination, assault or battery, contracting a work-related illness or disease, experiencing an armed robbery, and more. Either way, the common coverages and benefits received from workers’ compensation claims are as follows:

Paid Hospital Bills, Medical Expenses, Physical Therapy, Medical and Vocational Rehabilitation, Doctor Visits, Counseling, Prescriptions, Etc.

Paid Weekly Earnings for Time Off Work Longer than One Week (2/3 of Average Weekly Pay-400 Week Maximum)

Benefits for Dependents in the Case of a Wrongful Death at Work

Punitive Damages in Cases of Malicious Intent or Blatant Disregard

Compensation for Excessive Pain, Suffering, Loss of Companionship, Mental Anguish, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Diminished Quality of Life, Etc.

Travel Expenses (If Applicable)

There are several other types of benefits available to those injured on the job, however, they vary depending on the company’s policies, insurance coverage, the extent of injury, and much more. It is strongly encouraged to discuss your recent work injury with a licensed Indianapolis workers’ compensation lawyer for accurate case assessment and legal guidance. They retain the proper resources, experience, and knowledge to navigate your workers’ compensation claim.

In order to recover the full and fair remuneration deserved to an injured victim and their family, a personal injury lawyer is the path to take. Be sure your personal injury law firm employs attorneys with extensive trial and litigation experience in workers’ compensation cases. This will further ensure you are choosing a lawyer that can successfully navigate your claim and have a better chance of recovering for your damages and losses.

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Who’s Liable for Injuries Sustained in Public Transportation Accidents?

Public transportation is a wonderful asset for thousands of Americans all across the country. Buses, trains, subways, limousines, metros, taxi cabs, and more are just a few examples of the variety we have to choose from when it comes to public transport. As customers and clients, we generally trust that these choices are safe and reliable; but sometimes unexpected accidents happen.

If someone is injured while using public transportation, who is at-fault for their damages? There can be several outcomes when determining who is liable for accidents such as these. Continue reading to understand all the possible parties that might be liable, under law, for injuries sustained to public transient customers.

Public Transportation Traffic Accidents

When it comes to public transportation, buses are one of the most popular. Tickets are inexpensive, and some buses are complementary to individuals in the community. School buses are also widely used for public school transportation. With the rising popularity of public buses, more and more are on the roads every day. As a result, the number of bus accidents continue to increase each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 300 bus accidents happen every year, all of which resulting in fatalities.

Bus crashes, and other public transport cases, are complicated to litigate. Determining the at-fault party is a bus crash can be tricky because it may be more than one, or none at all. It requires the professional litigation skills and trial experience of a licensed car accident attorney to effectively pursue a bus accident injury lawsuit or claim. If you or someone you loved has recently been injured in a public transportation accident, like buses or taxis, contact a local personal injury lawyer to learn your rights.

Possible At-Fault Parties:

  • The Driver
  • Management Company
  • Other Negligent Vehicles
  • Government Entities (If Public)
  • Equipment Manufacturers
  • City Traffic Management (If Defective Light or Sign)

Common Causes:

  • Drunk Driving
  • Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
  • Defective Stop Light or Traffic Sign
  • Hazardous Weather Conditions
  • Reckless or Careless Driving
  • Poor Equipment Maintenance
  • Treacherous Roads
  • Defective Equipment
  • Obstruction of Views
  • Other Negligent Vehicles on the Road

Traffic accidents, public or not, can happen very suddenly, and usually result in serious injuries and damages to innocent bystanders and drivers. If a person is injured using public transportation as a result of another carelessness or negligence, they are entitled to legal compensation for their pain, suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and more. 

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A Myth Regarding Personal Injury Protection

I often get told by my clients that they “do not want to make any claims on their own insurance policy” because “it will raise their rates.” Like many things, this is an insurance tactic meant to scare people from claiming what is rightfully theirs. Let me elaborate further.

Under Texas law, every person in the State must carry Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) coverage on their auto insurance policy, unless you expressly sign a rejection or “opt-out” of this coverage. The State minimum requirement is $2,500, although many people carry $5,000 or $10,000 in coverage (or sometimes even more, depending on what their auto insurance carrier offers). Importantly, under the Texas Insurance Code, it is illegal for your insurance company to raise your insurance rates, drop your coverage, affect your credit, etc. for making these claims. Therefore, if you have this coverage, you always want to use it.

PIP coverage is meant to reimburse you for two things: (1) medical bills you have already incurred or (2) lost wages (although it will only cover 80% of your lost wages). Additionally, Texas allows “stacking” of insurance benefits. For example, let’s say you get into an accident and you are taken to the emergency room where you incur a $10,000.00 bill. Let’s also say that you have the standard $2,500 PIP policy through your insurance company. After you are finished treating, we send that same $10,000 bill to both the Defendant’s insurance company and to your own. We get you paid $10,000 from this insurance company plus $2,500 from your own PIP coverage for a total reimbursement of $12,500. That’s right, you get paid $12,500 for a bill that was originally $10,000.

I always tell my clients the same thing: If you pay for this coverage every month in your premium, and if your insurance company cannot raise your rates for using it, then why wouldn’t you use it? It is free money falling out of the sky. However, because it’s free money falling out of the sky, many insurance companies (and their agents) will deliberately try to convince you that you do not need it because “it cost more.” Again, this cannot be further from the truth. The cost of this coverage is literally pennies on the dollar for what you get in return should you need to use it. Further, the best part is that this coverage is no-fault, meaning you are entitled to these benefits whether you caused the accident or if someone else hit you.

For these reasons, it is a no-brainer not only to have this coverage, but also to use it once you need it.

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How to Complete a Self-Health Assessment Following a Car Accident

As soon as you are involved in a car accident, the first priority is to have your health and over-all condition assessed by a professional emergency medical technician on-site or at the hospital. For less serious car accidents, it is still important to assess your own health to be sure you are not suffering from a head, spine, or neck injury. The issue with these kinds of injuries is that they can become evident or worse as time passes. So you might seem fine after a car wreck, but can then start to develop symptoms later on that point toward neck and back injuries.

There are signs and symptoms to look for, as well as, tips to learn how to identify the difference between vague soreness and tenderness of muscles, and an actual serious injury. Continue reading for a post-accident health assessment guide and information about filing a car accident injury claim for injuries and damages sustained in a serious collision.

Checking On Your Health

Once you have been involved in a car accident, whether it was your own fault or not, is to seek immediate medical attention. As a car accidents happens, authorities are usually alerted almost immediately; either by someone involved in the wreck or a bystander. Police will ask if you or your passengers need to go to the hospital if it is not obvious or evident that someone is hurt. You can make this assessment yourself, or you can simply have an EMT check you out at the scene of the accident or at the hospital.

You can choose to ride in an ambulance for a faster commute to the hospital for emergencies, but for less serious and less evident injuries, you may choose to take yourself or have a loved one drive you. In other cases, you might feel like you are not injured enough for professional medical care, and pass up the opportunity to go to the hospital altogether. Once you are familiar with how to assess your own condition after an accident, you will be able to responsibly make the choice of seeking further medical assistance, or to care for yourself.

Here are some symptoms to look for immediately after, as well as, the days following a motor vehicle accident:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Soreness or Tenderness of Neck
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Mental Confusion
  • Pain or Tenderness in Lower Back
  • Pain in Neck or Spine
  • Difficulty Standing
  • Pain When in the Seated Position
  • Swelling of Neck, Back, or Head
  • Redness or Abrasions on Body
  • Nausea or Dizziness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Slurred Speech
  • Bleeding
  • Broken Bones
  • Immobility

Any of these symptoms could be a sign of a more serious injury or internal damage. If you are experiencing more than three of the above symptoms, it is strongly encouraged to go to the hospital or to request an EMT at the sight of an accident. Concussions are one of the most common and overlooked head injuries that results from car accidents. And the problem with this type of injury is that a person can seem fine at first, only to later suffer serious consequences and health decline as a result of a neglected head, brain, or spine injury.

Filing a Car Accident Injury Claim
Contact a licensed personal injury lawyer for information about filing a car accident injury claim against a negligent party that caused you or a loved one serious harm following a traffic accident or collision. You may be entitled to compensation.
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Personal Injury Should Be Well Taken Care Of

If there is ever a situation where a person is suffering terribly from an injury, disability or in worse case scenarios, even death, mostly due to a careless negligence of an individual, in such cases, the personal injury law covers these instances and extends its hand for help.

A severe injury can cost an individual to shell out a lot of money, sometimes an amount that the individual might not even be capable of paying, if you opt for a personal injury claim in such desperate moments then you are eligible to seek some compensation for the injury you have faced and the payment gets taken care of because of the claim.

Mostly this law covers all the kinds of injury that can possibly take place, these injuries can be of any type. It can either be something that can cause a lot of harm to your body or it can make you face some kind of emotional trauma as well. It can be anything and at anytime and having a claim especially for these kinds of injuries will help you in emergencies.

Be alert and be careful of every step you take.

Let us have a look at some of the tips that can help you get this claim:


The first and foremost step that you need to take when you get an injury is to seek out for medical help immediately and instantly. Do not under any circumstances delay that step because the more you delay it, the more serious it can get, therefore seek out for some medical help as soon as you find yourself in such a situation.


Be absolutely confident and clear in what you say in the accident scene. Do not say anything that might make the situation much more complicated than it already is or give rise to some kind of a conflict. Be clear in what you have to say and keep it straight when asked about it. This will help in dealing with the process much quickly.


This would include all the bills in the hospital. Be it expense bills; diagnose bills, medical bills or any other tests that you might have undergone. Have a record of all the expenses because it might be asked for when you go to claim for compensation. You can also keep a record of some lost wages that you might have faced due to missing work. Keep a track of everything.

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