Why your cat licks you—it's not just a sign of affection- VyWhy

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There are many reasons why your cat is covering you in friendly licks. We spoke to some experts to find out what these are...

Cats are enigmatic creatures. While they make wonderful pets, their behavior can often leave us baffled.

For instance, have you ever wondered why your cat licks you? Why do they run their little rough sandpaper-like tongue across your arm or face?

Well, as it turns out this action can be for a myriad of reasons. We spoke to some experts to find out...

Sign of Affection

If your cat "starts licking you while you're cuddled up together, it could be that they're trying to show affection and make friends with you," Cats Protection behavior officer Daniel Cummings told Newsweek.

The expert added: "Cats are usually quite happy to just groom themselves, using their rough tongue to remove any dirt and excess fur from their body.

"However, if they're in the same social group as another cat, they may lend a helping tongue and groom each other. This helps them to form a close bond, and it can sometimes happen across species too."

Felines can also show affection in many other ways, such as through eye contact, body language and making sounds such as purring.

Gather Scent

"Cats lick to wash themselves but they also can lick us to gather scent from us", Anita Kelsey, cat behaviorist and author of Let's Talk About Cats, told Newsweek.

"Our body scent or sweat can excite cats also, which is why some nuzzle up under our armpits."

Cats have a very good sense of smell, 14 times stronger than humans.

It is the primary way they identify people and objects; they have more than 200 million odor sensors in their nose, in comparison with the 5 million that humans have.

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A stock image of a cat with its tongue out. Cats lick their owners for a variety of reasons including to show affection and to gather scent. iStock

Cummings went on to add that another reason for licking is to share their own scent.

"This helps them tell, with a simple sniff, that the other cat is part of their social group and can therefore be trusted," he said. "By licking you, your cat could simply be marking you as safe and letting you know you're part of the family."

To Feel Good

As well as gathering scent, grooming and showing affection, cats also gain pleasure from licking.

Cummings revealed this releases "'feel good' hormones, called endorphins, in their brains."

"This gives them a natural 'high' so it's understandable that they may want to do it at every opportunity, even if that means licking you instead of themselves."

When Cats Lick Too Much

Although licking is normal and largely a positive thing, when your feline begins licking too much it can be a bad sign.

Due to the release of endorphins when a cat is stressed it may turn to licking to release anxiety.

This could manifest as compulsive grooming, known as psychogenic alopecia, which could be triggered by a change of routine or environment.

Cummings warns: "If they're licking you, or themselves, excessively then they could be feeling stressed or anxious, so take them to a vet to see if they can help identify a cause."

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A stock image of a cat licking a finger. If your feline is licking you excessively it could be a sign of anxiety. iStock
'Go Little Rockstar': Lyrics Used in Over 2.5M Viral Videos Have …

08-01-2022 · Culture Music Tiktok Viral Trend. The internet is sharing inspirational and emotional videos in a new trend featuring the lyrics of a song that goes "Go Little Rockstar." The song by the duo SALES ...

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The internet is sharing inspirational and emotional videos in a new trend featuring the lyrics of a song that goes "Go Little Rockstar." The song by the duo SALES is featured in videos that have generated 2.5 million views.

The video sharing app TikTok, where the viral song is featured, revealed in 2021 they reached 1 billion monthly users. "We're honored to be a home for our immensely diverse community of families, small businesses, and creators who transform into our favorite stars," Tiktok said in their statement.

However, many haven't heard the lyrics to "Pope Is A Rockstar" exactly the way the song's been written. "Pope Is A Rockstar" are the original lyrics but in the viral trend, users know it as "Go Little Rockstar."

Last December, the song reached peak popularity as many used it to showcase emotional and inspirational videos. Some of those include adorable pets, people going through personal challenges, and celebrations.

"We love that folks are enjoying the music we love making," SALES told Newsweek. "As an independent band with no pr and no management, we're totally floored by the attention our songs have received on Tiktok. And go little rockstar is a great lyric — happy to see all the wholesome memes."

Hailing from Orlando, Florida, Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih created SALES in 2013 and released their first self-titled EP which includes the infamous song. The two soon realized their song was rising in the ranks. Still, many didn't know the actual lyrics — until now.

"i LIKE the new lyrics to "pope is a rockstar" why didn't I think of that," the tweet was posted to the official SALES Twitter account.

@Zoe replied to their tweet with a heartfelt message, "The sound/videos on tiktok make my heart happy and my eyes a bit wet"

Currently, the song is at #45 on the Spotify Viral 50 Global Chart. It also has over 66 million streams.

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In a viral video using the sound by SALES, user @fourlokococoa, explained how she lost her friend to suicide when she was younger. She imagines that her friend is painting the sky for her every day. In the video, she shows pictures of the sky with beautiful colors and clouds. The video has 2.1M likes and has been seen over 11M times.

Tiktok users were quick to post a comment sharing their thoughts.

"this made me smile," @Kai exclaimed.

"The last one broke me. I know she's watching u and she's proud of how far u've come in life. She'll always be by ur side and I wish the best for u," @Matteo wrote.

@Maddie commented, "i just lost my best friend to a school shooting. she was an amazing artist, and i imagine the same thing. i hope they are best friends up there."

Correction (1/10/2022, 5:30 p.m.): An earlier version of this article omitted comment from SALES. They have since responded and the articles now reflects that.

What is the Kaaba? A brief history of Islam's holiest site

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The faith of up to 1.8 billion people, roughly a quarter of the world's population, dictates each one of them pray five times a day in the direction of a small, cubic building in Saudi Arabia. This sacred structure situated in the center of Islam's holiest site is called the Kaaba, and its long, rich history predates the religion itself.

The Kaaba, meaning "cube" in Arabic, is considered by Muslims to be the house of God; it rests within the Grand Mosque of Mecca. Beginning Wednesday, nearly 1.5 million people will flock to the sacred city in order to pray toward and touch the structure as part of the annual Islamic pilgrimage known as Hajj. The patterns of this spiritual journey are based on a visit to the site by Islamic Prophet Muhammad in 632, but like the Kaaba itself, the rituals themselves can be traced far back to the time of Abraham, whose tradition is the basis for Islam, Christianity and Judaism and who is believed to have built the Kaaba on a site originally founded by Adam and Eve.

Related: Hajj "war" reignites over Qatar's access to Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim sites

"The Kaaba was a sanctuary in pre-Islamic times. Muslims believe that Abraham—known as Ibrahim in the Islamic tradition—and his son, Ismail, constructed the Kaaba. Tradition holds that it was originally a simple unroofed rectangular structure," according to the Khan Academy.

"The Quraysh tribe, who ruled Mecca, rebuilt the pre-Islamic Kaaba circa 608 CE with alternating courses of masonry and wood. A door was raised above ground level to protect the shrine from intruders and flood waters."

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Muslim worshipers pray at the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca, June 23, during the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan. According to Islamic tradition, the cube-shaped structure was originally built by Abraham and is considered by Muslims to be the house of God. BANDAR ALDANDANI/AFP/Getty Images

According to Islamic tradition, the Archangel Gabriel first revealed to Muhammad the first of what would become the Quran around 610. While performing daily prayers, Muslims then faced Jerusalem. About a year and a half after being driven from his hometown of Mecca to the city of Medina, however, Muhammad redirected his followers to face the Kaaba, saying it was the will of God. Muhammad later gathered a Muslim army and re-entered Mecca, ultimately destroying the pagan idols that adorned the Kaaba around 630. Two years later, Muhammad performed his only Hajj, prophesizing his own death later that year, according to Islamic scholarship.

Since Muhammad's time, the Kaaba has remained quite literally a cornerstone of the faith, but it has gone through some major changes over the centuries. It was damaged in two seventh century sieges of Mecca. During the Hajj of 930, a rebellious Isamaili Shiite Muslim group known as the Qarmatians sacked the Kaaba and stole from it the Black Stone, a revered, potentially extraterrestrial relic believed by Muslims to have been given to Adam and Eve by God himself. The Black Stone was ultimately returned some years later. The Kaaba continued to see extensive makeovers over the ages, including one that took place after heavy rains in the 17th century.

With technological advancements of the modern era, the unprecedented number of pilgrims coming to Hajj prompted the Saudi government to begin major renovations to the surrounding complex in the 1950s with the Saudi Binladin Group, a multinational construction conglomerate founded in 1931 by the father of infamous Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. A second project was ongoing during Hajj 1979 when violence struck the sacred site once again.

Hundreds of militants disguised as pilgrims seized the compound, demanding the fall of the Saudi royal family and recognition of one of their leaders, Mohammed Abdullah al-Qahtani, as the Mehdi, or savior of Islam. Authorities managed to recapture the Kaaba and surrounding mosque some two weeks later after vicious gun battles and heavy casualties. The group's chief, Juhayman al-Otaybi, was arrested and put to death.

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Crowds gathered on a pilgrimage at the Kaaba in the holy city of Mecca, the birthplace of the Islamic Prophet Muhammed, July 18, 1889. Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Other clashes, bombs, fires and stampedes have killed hundreds more over the years and, as the region continues to be beset by unrest, threats to the Kaaba remain today. In June, Saudi security forces raided a house near the Grand Mosque where they suspected militants were planning ultimately to enter the compound and blow themselves up. Amid a firefight with the suspected insurgents, one man exploded, injuring several foreigners and members of the security forces, according to the Associated Press. Five more, including a woman, were arrested.

Today, the Kaaba stands about 43 feet high and is about 36 by 42 feet around. Three of its corners are named after majority-Muslim countries or regions, with the north being named after Iraq, the west being named after Syria (or the historic Levantine region) and the south being named after Yemen. The fourth, eastern corner contains the sacred Black Stone, which pilgrims often kiss, or they wave at if they are unable to make it through the crowd. A November 2016 view of the interior captured by Google can be seen here.

The Kaaba is washed twice a year, once about a month prior to the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, and again about a month before the beginning of Hajj. In both cases the outside walls of the Kaaba are cleaned with a special blend of roses from the city of Taif, oud perfume, water from the holy well of Zamzam and other scents, according to Al Arabiya. The Kaaba is also opened and its interior wiped with rose and other perfumes.

McDonald's still open in Russia despite suspension, video shows

18-03-2022 · A McDonald's employee told Moscow-based Russian-language news outlet Lenta.ru that a branch of the fast-food restaurant continues to operate at Moskovsky railway …

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Multiple McDonald's restaurants remain open in Russia, despite the company officially shutting all locations throughout the country in response to President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

McDonald's Corporation announced on March 8 that it would temporarily close all 847 of its restaurants in Russia—nearly two weeks after the country's forces invaded Ukraine. Chris Kempczinski, chief executive of McDonald's, said the company "cannot ignore the needless human suffering unfolding in Ukraine."

McDonald's Russia also issued a statement on March 11 saying that it would temporarily suspend services in the country from March 14 "due to operational, technical and logistical difficulties."

However, the fast-food chain still appears to be operating in a number of locations, according to reports.

The press service of the company told state-run Russian news outlet RIA Novosti on Friday that some McDonald's restaurants operating in Moscow on a franchising basis continue to remain open.

"A number of McDonald's restaurants operating in Moscow on a franchising basis continue to provide services to visitors. In particular, restaurants have been opened at airports and at Leningradsky railway station, as well as MakExpress windows near Moscow metro stations," the company said.

Burger King isn’t the only fast-food chain in Russia trying to shut down but facing resistance from its local franchises. The McDonald’s at Moscow’s Leningradsky train station remains open, defying the corporate head office. https://t.co/fy27yT1SzY pic.twitter.com/Wb4D5api2x

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Moscow24 also reported that branches in Moscow remain open. The outlet cited eyewitnesses as saying that employees could be seen unloading fresh burger buns in the city's Novokosino District.

A McDonald's employee told Moscow-based Russian-language news outlet Lenta.ru that a branch of the fast-food restaurant continues to operate at Moskovsky railway station in the Russian port city of Saint Petersburg.

The employee told the news outlet that customers were queuing outside the restaurant, and that the full menu was available.

Newsweek has been unable to independently verify the claims.

Elsewhere, in the Siberia province, McDonald's restaurants under Russian franchisee GiD Llc also remain in operation, the press service for the Russian company told TASS, Russia's largest and most prominent state-owned news agency.

McDonald's signed a deal with the company in 2015 to open fast-food restaurants in the region in the wake of the 2014 annexation of Crimea by Russia.

"McDonald's Enterprises in Siberia under the management of GID LLC continue their work. All employees work unchanged. We are open to our guests. All McDonald's in Siberia work normally. We don't create a new brand," the company's press service told TASS.

The company manages 25 McDonald's restaurants in Kemerovo, Novosibirsk, Tomsk regions, the Altai Republic, Altai and Krasnoyarsk Krai.

Newsweek has reached out to McDonald's for comment.

McDonald's was one of the first major restaurant chains to announce that it would suspend operations in Russia. Burger King, KFC, Starbucks, and Papa John's have also announced plans to pull out of the country.

Follow our live blog for updates on the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

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People sit on the terrace of a closed McDonald's restaurant, the first to be opened in the Soviet Union in 1990, in Moscow on August 21, 2014. Multiple McDonald’s restaurants remain open in Russia, despite the company officially shutting all locations throughout the country amid the Ukraine invasion. ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images
Safe and Secure Transportation Systems

18-05-2022 · 21 hours ago · Safe and Secure Transportation Systems The continuous introduction and reliance on communication, sensing and automation technologies within a vehicle make cybersecurity …

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Cybersecurity executives in the automotive sector must embrace new organizational and product security standards that drive collaboration across the supply chain. Vehicle communication networks such as the controller area network (CAN) are not designed to authenticate message traffic. Now, rapid shifts in technology have introduced hyper-connectivity and automation that must be securely integrated into vehicles.

Vehicles now include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, satellite, cellular, NFC and other communication stacks that enable vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure and personal connectivity. Hardware is integrated in support of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) in order to automate functions and safeguard drivers. Without a holistic approach to cybersecurity across the OEMs and myriad tier suppliers, these integrations cannot happen securely.

The automotive industry is now moving toward the adoption of cybersecurity standards that enable OEMs and suppliers to better understand and evaluate customer goals and supplier cybersecurity capabilities. ISO/SAE 21434 defines a set of requirements and associated work products that collectively enable an organization to implement a cybersecurity management system (CSMS). Organization-specific requirements ensure proper policies, procedures and technologies are in place to secure a company's development environment. Product lifecycle requirements ensure that cybersecurity is taken into account during product design all the way through decommissioning. Additionally, UNECE World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations WP.29 R156 provides details on the development of a secure software update management system (SUMS) to support post-development updates of components within vehicles.

Enhanced supply chain security capabilities will play a pivotal role in enabling OEMs and suppliers to meet these new requirements. Many organizations today rely on processes that are static and that lack the ability to jointly track and manage cybersecurity threats and mitigations across a customer and a supplier. Automotive cybersecurity executives should begin to explore new methods for transforming these existing supply chain processes into new dynamic and continuous supplier collaboration capabilities.

The first step in this process is the introduction of a software bill of materials (SBOM) and hardware bill of materials (HBOM). SBOM/HBOM allows a supplier to document the software or hardware makeup of a component. A customer can then use it to track and map vulnerabilities to these components at a later time. SBOM/HBOM can be communicated in a number of ways, although machine-readable formats include Software Identification Tagging (SWID) and Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX).

OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers must also be able to clearly communicate their cybersecurity goals and requirements to their supplier base, tailored to the specific component being procured. Goals and requirements are based on the operational context in which the component will operate. Suppliers must be able to understand these goals and communicate the product cybersecurity features that will help their customers meet these goals. Customers and suppliers must also be able to identify cybersecurity gaps and jointly track those gaps to closure. Both customers and suppliers must be able to manage participation in these distributed cybersecurity activities.

Standards such as ISO/SAE 21434 drive the need for enhanced visibility of not only product-specific cybersecurity threats and mitigations but also of the general organizational processes employed by the supplier. This includes maintaining an understanding of the supplier's secure development lifecycle processes, the ability to identify threats using a standardized threat modeling process and the ability to support cybersecurity for post-development activities. Supplier cybersecurity posture can provide insight into the ability of the supplier to guard against sophisticated supply chain attacks such as side-channel attacks targeting embedded chips or backdoors in open-source software.

Automobiles are complex systems that integrate thousands of parts across an ecosystem of tier suppliers. Different components/parts introduce different levels of risk. Customers must be able to differentiate risk levels across their supplier base in order to effectively scale these new supply chain cybersecurity capabilities. For example, Tier 1/2 suppliers of infotainment systems, telemetry control units (TCUs), ADAS equipment and other computational systems should be evaluated to a higher standard than Tier 3 suppliers.

The continuous introduction and reliance on communication, sensing and automation technologies within a vehicle make cybersecurity much more than simply a compliance problem. Passenger safety is paramount. This requires that all participants in the automotive ecosystem invest in increasing their cybersecurity capabilities both internally and in collaboration with their suppliers. OEMs and suppliers should begin now to implement the requirements and processes detailed in ISO/SAE 21434 with the goal of transforming their cybersecurity processes and enabling continuous supplier collaboration.

'On My Block' Season 4: Everything We Know About What Will …

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After the current season of On My Block ended with a time jump that showed the Core Four going their separate ways, fans are desperate for news about Season 4 and what will happen in it. Netflix has not confirmed another season of the show yet, but its creators are core cast members have been dropping hints in interviews about some of the plot points that will be covered if there is another season of On My Block.

More flashbacks

Though Season 3 ended with a two-year time-jump, the creators have said that Season 4 will fill in this time and reveal what happened to break up the Core Four. Speaking to HollywoodLife, for example, co-creator Jeremy Haft said: " If we [get] to season 4, we definitely would have some flashbacks to help fill in what happened to the Core Four. With Jasmine, the Core Five. And with Spooky, the Core Six."

Co-creator Eddie Gonzalez added in an AV Club piece, "Hopefully a majority of our audience will say, 'No way! How the hell did they get to that point?' That's the question to answer if there's a season four: I want to know what happened in those two years that broke these people apart."

However, Gonzalez added in the HollywoodLife article that there's unlikely to be one big thing that broke up the friendship group. He said; "I don't think there is an acute thing, some incident that broke everybody up...multiple things that break up people — be it time, be it some specific incident, or just the idea of growing up."

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The 'On My Block' creators have teased a darker plot for Cesar if they get a Season 4 Netflix

Lil' Ricky's identity revealed

Some fans of On My Block were disappointed when Season 3 did not reveal the identity of Lil' Ricky despite the whole series of episodes seeming to be building up to that point. However, Gonzalez hinted that Season 4 would be where the mystery paid off.

He said: "I know that there are some people who are probably unsatisfied that we didn't solve it, but I think that at the end of the day, we're looking at the big picture. If we're fortunate enough to have a Season 4, I think that people will be satisfied at some point."

A darker plot for Cesar

On My Block already saw a lot of changes for Cesar (Diego Tinoco), who has joined the Santos and in the time jump has a tattoo of a broken heart.

In Season 4, exactly why he has that tattoo will be revealed according to an interview with Lauren Iungerich in AV Club where she said, "When I was shooting it, I was like, 'Ooh, let's pan down and make sure we get that tattoo.' That would leave a little bit of a cliffhanger: We're seeing he's hardened, he's a leader of the Santos, and then on top of it, holy s***, why is his heart broken?"

Gonzalez added to HollywoodLife: "I think you probably would see a little bit of a darker shade to Cesar given what he's seen."

Cesar actor Diego Tinoco, meanwhile, told The Hollywood Reporter, "I'm excited for Cesar to explore just the darker side of everything, because he's been through so much traumatic experiences and for him to turn at the end, it really shows what life has done to him. But in the end, I want him to end up with the lovely Monse."

Cuchillos alive?

Though this may have only been a joke, Haft responded to a question about whether Cuchillos (Ada Luz Ola) really died in Season 3 by saying, "I thought she was dead, but now my brain is moving really, really fast for another idea for season 4 that we hadn't thought of."

On My Block Seasons 1 to 3 are streaming now on Netflix.

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Russia's Dmitry Medvedev Predicts 'Collapse of…U.S.

13-05-2022 · 1 day ago · Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, wrote on Telegram on Friday that he believed there would be global consequences to sanctions on Russia. Pictured, Medvedev with ...

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This week, former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev predicted that there would be a number of global consequences to the sanctions imposed on his country.

Russia faces an uncertain economic future due to measures that followed Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine which has isolated the country from the world's financial system.

But Medvedev, who is deputy chairman of Russia's Security Council, wrote on his Telegram social media channel on Friday that he believed the effects of the sanctions will be felt internationally.

In a post titled, What will happen next, or the world after anti-Russian sanctions (not a forecast at all), Medvedev outlined in 10 bullet points how supply chains could collapse, inflation could spike and food and financial crises would ensue.

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Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, wrote on Telegram on Friday that he believed there would be global consequences to sanctions on Russia. Pictured, Medvedev with members of the Security Council in Moscow on February 21, 2022. ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/Getty Images

He said that energy sanctions on Russia will cause higher fossil fuel prices and slow down the development of the digital economy. He also believed there could be a "full-fledged international food crisis" in which some countries face "starvation."

He said unresolved military conflicts will flare up, new epidemics will emerge and international institutions that have not been able to settle "the situation in Ukraine", such as the Council of Europe will lose relevance.

However, he also suggested that the sanctions could be the spur to a new world order which Moscow has previously said it would welcome.

In it, he wrote how "new international alliances of countries based on pragmatic rather than ideological Anglo-Saxon criteria will be formed."

"As a result, a new security architecture will be created," he said. This would highlight, "the weakness of the Westernized concepts of international relations such as 'order based on rules'," Medvedev also predicted "the collapse of the idea of ​​an American-centric world."

While seven of the 10 bullet points Medvedev made painted a gloomy future, a pivot away from the post-Cold War international order was invoked by Putin three days before he invaded Ukraine.

In a speech from the Kremlin on February 21, Putin accused the U.S. and NATO of the "shameless development of the territory of Ukraine as a theater of military operations."

Medvedev's post comes as British foreign secretary Liz Truss said that there should be no immediate end in sight to global sanctions imposed on Russia.

She said Friday that such measures should only be lifted when all Russian troops have left Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the U.K. has announced new sanctions on Friday against Putin's financial network and his inner circle, including his ex-wife and cousins. These include Alina Kabaeva who is alleged to be Putin's girlfriend, and Lyudmila Ocheretnaya, Putin's ex-wife.

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