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DPP drops attempted murder charge

THE Director of Public Prosecutions has dropped attempted murder charges against a Tamworth woman, who stabbed a teenage girl earlier this year.
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Chloe Galbraith appeared in the dock of Tamworth Local Court yesterday after she was flown by Corrective Services to Tamworth from a Sydney women’s jail, where she is being held. The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm after she stabbed a 17-year-old girl in the abdomen with a 30cm knife on March 30.

Following the plea, DPP solicitor Gosia Wasilewicz withdrew two charges against Galbraith and said one count of malicious damage would be dealt with in the district court.

“You are committed for sentence to the district court of NSW at Tamworth, that is the charge of wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm,” Magistrate Michael Holmes told Galbraith.

“Sequence two of attempted murder and sequence three wound with intent to murder are withdrawn by the Crown.”

Galbraith was arrested at the scene of the late night stabbing at a block of units on Queen St, Tamworth, and the 17-year-old victim was rushed to Tamworth hospital and underwent emergency surgery.

Following her arrest, detectives had claimed Galbraith said “I stabbed her, I stabbed her, I’m sorry”.

She was initially charged with attempted murder after police alleged she told the victim if she was “going away”, she was “going away for murder”.

Yesterday, Galbraith was not required to say anything during the brief proceedings, but smiled and blew a kiss to several family and friends seated in court.

Solicitor Fiona Hadlington said a pre-sentence report was not required, but asked for a sentence date in the next sitting of the district court in Tamworth.

“I’m asking for the sittings commencing November 30,” she said.

Galbraith did not make any application for bail and remains incustody.

She is due to appear in the supreme court later this month for a bail hearing after her application was adjourned in August.

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Gambling on bills

EXPENSIVE electricity bills are often the trigger for problem gamblers to contact ­support services and seek help, according to Mildura support workers.
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Gearing up MDAS Mob Movie Night are Kay Tulloch, with Charles Charles and Raelene Stephens. Picture: Louise Donges

Financial and gambling counsellors from Mallee District Aboriginal Services and St Luke’s Anglicare hope an event in Mildura tonight will help spread awareness about problem gambling in the community and the support options available.

The counsellors will make presentations about problem gambling at a movie night organised as part of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week.

They said problem gamblers typically only volunteered to share their addiction with counsellors once their electricity or water was cut off because of an unpaid bill – a situation MDAS trainee financial counsellor Charles Charles has seen all too often.

“Some people come to us at the eleventh hour and say ‘I have this bill, they’re going to cut off my power’,” he said.

MDAS social and financial wellbeing manager Raelene Stephens said problem gamblers often did not recognise their problem was shared by many others, including high- profile sportspeople.

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TRC in strongposition to ‘go forward’

AS AN announcement on a fresh round of local government amalgamations looms, Tamworth Regional Council is feeling confident about its future after a one-on-one meeting with minister Paul Toole this week.
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Deputy mayor Russell Webb was among a council delegation that attended the annual conference of Local Government NSW, which wrapped up in Sydney yesterday.

The state’s Fit for the Future reforms, which IPART is due to report back on this month, was obviously the main focus of discussion.

In a meeting with the local government minister, Cr Webb said he had emphasised the strength of the region and Mr Toole agreed the council was “in a good position to go forward into the future”.

“I’m confident he’s across all the issues that are likely to impact where we are at the moment,” Cr Webb said.

“Moving forward it’s only going to be positive.”

Cr Webb said the forced merger Tamworth Regional Council underwent in 2004 had left it in a “fairly strong position” compared to other councils in the state.

“While Tamworth feels comfortable, there is a fair degree of nervousness among councils, both regional and metro, about the future,” he said.

“Fit for the Future has really made local governments have a good look at themselves as individual entities.”

The conference also called on NSW Premier Mike Baird to appoint a Minister for Rural and Regional NSW.

Local Government NSW president Keith Rhoades said the people of rural and regional NSW expected nothing less than the state government’s best efforts to understand the challenges and issues they face.

“Essentially it’s about ensuring rural and regional NSW are given the same consideration and have the same voice at the Cabinet table as Sydneysiders,” Mr Rhoades said.

“In April 2015 Premier Baird scrapped the role of Minister for Western NSW, then held by Kevin Humphries, as well as other regional minister roles – yet at the same time he retained a Minister for Western Sydney, which happens to be the premier himself.

“Why do the people of Western Sydney deserve better representation in Cabinet than those people who live in the rest of the state?”

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Single track bid for Coastal carnivals derailedpoll

A MOTION proposing the consolidation of North-West carnivals to a single location at Devonport was likened to “holding the Melbourne Cup in Adelaide” by the state’s peak sports carnival body at Monday’s Latrobe Council meeting.
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The notice of motion, submitted by Cr John Perkins, identified the Devonport club as hosting the “most progressive and popular” carnival and proposed that the Latrobe bike track be removed by 2020.

Cr Perkins moved the council request the Cradle Coast Authority to investigate the potential for a single regional venue for cycling and athletic events.

The motion did not pass and only Cr Perkins voted in favour.

“I believe it would almost be the end of the carnivals as we know them, and to think that the council wouldn’t ask or consult the Latrobe Bicycle Club, I find that really quite disconcerting – I really find that strange,” Sports Carnival Association Tasmania president Mike Gunston said.

“Can you image Burnie Athletic Club saying, ‘We’ll run the Burnie Athletic Carnival at Devonport’? It’s just not logical.”

The Latrobe Bicycle RaceClub had been notified once the motion was included in the agenda earlier this month, general manager Gerald Monson said.

WHEELS IN MOTION: Cr John Perkins moved at Monday’s Latrobe Council meeting that North-West carnivals be centralised at Devonport and that the Latrobe bike track be removed. His motion was defeated. Picture: Katrina Docking.

The club’s vice-president Noel Pearce said the motion was “not dissimilar” to statewide football chief executive Scott Wade’s proposal last year for Burnie and Devonport to remove their bike tracks or risk losing the TSL grand final.

Cr Perkins defended the motion and said the investigation would be an extension of existing resource sharing arrangements, and was only in the preliminary stages.

The notice of motion cited the cost of impending changes to cycle track requirements (estimated at $500,000 if upgraded to the proposed track accreditation system), which Cr Perkins said he did not believe individual councils could afford for the tracks’ use of one or two days a year.

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Servies group bowls up new record

THE greens of the North Tamworth Bowling Club were alive with colour and plenty of laughs on the weekend as the staff and friends of the Servies Group Tamworth celebrated the club’s 20th annual charity bowls day.
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COLOURFUL FUNDRAISERS: Tamworth Services Club staff members, from left, Rohan Smyth, Chris Clarke, Brooke Leary and Angela Smith. Photo: Barry Smith 111015BSE03

Twenty years ago Duncan Martin started the event to raise funds for Tamworth’s Riding for the Disabled group.

Mr Martin couldn’t be at the event on Sunday as he’s seriously ill in Tamworth hospital, but he would be proud to know a record $14,000 was raised for the cause so close to his heart.

Event co-ordinator Irma McKenzie said it was a fabulous family day out, with perfect weather and big numbers.

“This year was extra good, as a few of us got on board and walked the streets, seeking donations, and signed up business houses to sponsor rinks,” Mrs McKenzie said.

The day began early with breakfast, followed by bowls and then lunch for 140 people.

With its Hawaiian theme, it was certainly a colourful event, and the running of the inaugural Duncan Martin Gold Cup was one of the day’s highlights.

“It took the form of a horse race, with 12 Bart Cummings-named horses,” Mrs McKenzie said.

“Every horse was a person and every jockey was a person, and the ‘horses’ had to run from one end of the green to the other, piggy-backing their jockey.

“Kevin Anderson was on hand to present the winner with the Gold Cup to Let’s Elope (Chris Walker) and jockey Danny Daley.”

Mrs McKenzie said each year funds had gone to the Tamworth RDA branch as it was a volunteer-run group without any government assistance.

“Tamworth people have been so very generous,” she said.

“On the day we took about $8000.

“Even non-bowlers turned up to support the cause.”

HAWAIIAN STYLE: The Pipelines Pools team, from left, Michael Roberts, Tim and Daryl Smith and Jarrod Chester. 111015BSE06

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January hearing for former bikie boss

MARK BUDDLEFORMER bikie boss Mark Buddle and his partner will face a hearing next year after they were charged with trying to leave Australia with $60,000 in undeclared cash.
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Neither Mr Buddle nor Melanie Jayne Ter Wisscha faced Raymond Terrace Local Court on Tuesday when the hearing date was set for January 27.

Mr Buddle, a former president of the Comancheros bikie gang, had also intended to apply for bail, but that application was withdrawn.

He and Ms Ter Wisscha were stopped at Newcastle Airport on July 28 after they had flown from Essendon en route to Noumea where Mr Buddle intended to propose.

The flight itself cost tens of thousands of dollars and when Australian Border Force officers searched the plane and its passengers they uncovered $60,000 cash.

Mr Buddle, 30, was charged with dealing with the proceeds of crime and attempting to remove more than $10,000 from Australia without declaring it.

He has pleaded not guilty and was previously refused bail.

Ms Ter Wisscha was allowed to leave Newcastle at the time of Mr Buddle’s arrest, but was later issued with a court attendance notice for the same charges.

Former soldier jailed for drug offences: Serious criminal

A MILDURA man recruited by the Comanchero motorcycle club to head up a brutal and authoritarian drug trafficking syndicate has been jailed for more than nine years.
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Joshua Faulkhead

Joshua Faulkhead – who was also a former elite Austrlaian army soldier – will spend at least six years in prison before being eligible for parole after County Court Judge Michael Bourke yesterday described his offending as “serious criminality”.

However, Judge Bourke also noted that despite the large scale, organised enterprise which lasted for about eight months, Faulkhead, right, was remorseful, had shown qualities “above the normal” and was capable of rehabilitation.

The County Court sitting in Melbourne was told Faulkhead used violence and intimidation to take over and run an existing Mildura-based drug trafficking operation after he was sent back to his home town in March 2013 by the Comancheros.

Judge Bourke said under the leadership of Faulkhead, the syndicate moved hundreds of thousands of dollars between Mildura and Sydney in exchange for drugs.

He said people were allowed to purchase drugs on credit but were harassed and assaulted to repay money owed to the syndicate.

The court was told a man who owed the syndicate was punched and kicked by Faulkhead at a Mildura cafe on a Sunday afternoon in front of customers including children.

Another syndicate member who ran up a large debt was assaulted in Seventh Street before he agreed to make a drug run to Sydney with another man just days later in December 2013.

That pair was subsequently arrested on their return to Mildura in possession of methylamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy and steroids, resulting in a series of raids a month later, including the arrest of Faulkhead, who has been in custody since.

Faulkhead pleaded guilty to commercial drug trafficking, ­affray, intentionally causing injury, theft and blackmail.

Judge Bourke said expert witnesses had described Faulkhead as suffering post-traumatic stress disorder with paranoid and psychotic features after serving six years in the army in East Timor as an elite forward scout and four years working in private security in war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I find that your illness played a role in your involvement (in the criminal offending) … I accept that imprisonment will be more difficult because of your illness.”

Judge Bourke said an appropriate sentence for Faulkhead was “difficult” given his personal circumstances which presented “an unusual picture of a man who has committed serious crimes which would and should appal; but also one who has, in his life, shown fine qualities, above the normal”.

“I, and no doubt others, feel genuine sympathy for your situation, however I must also sentence you in a way that tends to reflect the serious criminality of the offending.”

The sentencing, in the County Court sitting in Melbourne, was video-linked to the Mildura Courthouse yesterday.

The names of Faulkhead’s co-accused have been suppressed by order of the court.

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Riordan opens Polwarth office

Polwarth Liberal Party candidate Richard Riordan and State Opposition Leader Matthew Guy at Mr Riordan’s new office.
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STATE Opposition Leader Matthew Guyopened Polwarth Liberal candidate Richard Riordan’s office on Tuesday night with the party faithful lending their support.

More than 60 people attended the opening of theMurray Street office, situated near Memorial Square.

Mr Guy said the Colac businessman was an outstanding candidate who had strong local connections.

“Richard has already shown he has what it takes to represent Polwarth,” the Opposition Leader said. “A local businessman fighting for the region, he is an outstanding candidate and if elected, will make an outstanding MP.”

Mr Riordan said the Liberal Party did not take the electorate for granted. The major Coalition party has held the seat since 1949 with retiring MP Terry Mulder securing a safe margin of more than 10 per cent at the last state election.

“Polwarth is a great electorate and with plenty of effort, we can make it even greater,” Mr Riordan said.

Polwarth Liberal Party candidate Richard Riordan and former Corangamite MP Stewart McArthur.

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Sustainable house sold

Sustainable house sold SOLD: Bathurst Regional Council’s sustainable lifestyle house has finally sold after four months on the market.
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SOLD: Bathurst Regional Council’s sustainable lifestyle house has finally sold after four months on the market.

SOLD: Bathurst Regional Council’s sustainable lifestyle house has finally sold after four months on the market.

SOLD: Bathurst Regional Council’s sustainable lifestyle house has finally sold after four months on the market.

SOLD: Bathurst Regional Council’s sustainable lifestyle house has finally sold after four months on the market.

SOLD: Bathurst Regional Council’s sustainable lifestyle house has finally sold after four months on the market.

SOLD: Bathurst Regional Council’s sustainable lifestyle house has finally sold after four months on the market.

SOLD: Bathurst Regional Council’s sustainable lifestyle house has finally sold after four months on the market.

SOLD: Bathurst Regional Council’s sustainable lifestyle house has finally sold after four months on the market.

SOLD: Bathurst Regional Council’s sustainable lifestyle house has finally sold after four months on the market.

SOLD: Bathurst Regional Council’s sustainable lifestyle house has finally sold after four months on the market.

SOLD: Bathurst Regional Council’s sustainable lifestyle house has finally sold after four months on the market.

SOLD: Bathurst Regional Council’s sustainable lifestyle house has finally sold after four months on the market.

SOLD: Bathurst Regional Council’s sustainable lifestyle house has finally sold after four months on the market.

SOLD: Bathurst Regional Council’s sustainable lifestyle house has finally sold after four months on the market.

TweetFacebookWestern Advocate reported the lack of buyer interest, council reduced the price by $59,000 to $440,000 – an 11.8 per cent drop.

Raine and Horne Bathurst was another real estate agency to list the house, and director Michelle Mackay said when it first hit the market it was very overpriced.

“It was way too high, we went in at $440,000,” she said of her sale price estimate.

She added that council was right to cut its losses and drop the price for the property.

“They lost money on it. There were no tenants in there,” she said.

As the house is under contract, the sale price can not be released to the public until contracts have been exchanged.

The sustainable lifestyle was built as a showcase for a range of sustainable construction techniques, materials and design features.

The home incorporates passive design techniques which include the house’s orientation, zones, thermal mass, shading, insulation, ventilation and glazing.

It has a 50,000-litre underground rainwater tank, as well as a grey water treatment system and double glazed windows. All plumbing fixtures meet a five-star standard of water efficiency.

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Crash turns truck into fireball on highway

Crash turns truck into fireball on highway BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER
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BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

BURNING: Firefighters attempt to bring the fire under control. The front end of the truck collapsed under the heat of the blaze on the side of the Hume Highway on Tuesday afternoon. Picture: MARK JESSER

TweetFacebookThe man had travelled in a straight line off the road and about 40 firefighters were needed to bring the blaze under control.

It took at least an hour to stop the goods inside the truck from burning.

Police are investigating the cause and whether fatigue was a factor, and want to speak to witnesses.

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