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Business & Politics

Stock markets rise as investors warm to idea of Trump U.S. presidency

By Linda Nguyen
Canadian Press in Canadian Business
November 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

TORONTO – Canada’s biggest stock market rose while Wall Street hovered around record levels Wednesday, as investors warmed to the idea that the victory of U.S. president-elect Donald Trump will be good news to business on both sides of the border. …Among the biggest losers were forestry and manufacturing companies, including several B.C. lumber producers and Ontario-based auto parts manufacturers, as questions were raised about whether the president-elect will make changes to free-trade agreements. “It’s uncertain going forward how the market will interpret this president-elect,” she said. “The road map to the future will depend on Trump’s transition team, who he appoints to top cabinet positions… and whether his message is going to be one that focuses on fiscal easing, deregulation and tax reform. That type of dialogue and platform will be very positive for the marketplace.”

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B.C. optimistic for softwood lumber deal with Trump presidency

By Richard Zussman
CBC News
November 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

Despite the U.S. president-elect’s vocal disdain for trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), B.C. Premier Christy Clark is optimistic a softwood lumber deal can still be negotiated with a Donald Trump presidency. “There are still a lot of free traders in the United States who know that free trade for Canada has been great for their economy too. It has created thousands and thousands of jobs in B.C. and Canada and it has done the same on the other side of the border,” said Clark. …Clark said she has not seen any change of focus at the softwood lumber negotiating table, despite Tuesday’s astonishing election victory for Trump.

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Future of Canada’s softwood lumber industry tied to Trump’s agenda

By Justine Hunter
Globe and Mail
November 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

When the Toronto Stock Exchange opened Wednesday, Western Forest Products Inc. stock plunged on the uncertain future of Canada’s softwood lumber industry with the incoming, stoutly protectionist president of the United States. The fortunes of British Columbia’s largest coastal forest company will be tied to how president-elect Donald Trump will change trade relations, just as the hard-fought 2006 agreement between the Canada and the United States on softwood lumber has expired. Mr. Trump campaigned on a protectionist trade agenda, saying he would renegotiate or break the North American free-trade agreement – one of several related commitments that could disrupt global trading patterns.

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Canadian Chamber Prepared to Show Benefits of Trade to President Trump

By Guillaum (Will) Dubreuil
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
November 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce congratulates President-elect Donald J. Trump on his historic win tonight, and welcomes the opportunity to work with him and his administration on enhancing trade between the two countries. “The United States of America remains Canada’s most important economic partner, but our shared interests go much deeper than that. It will be important for our government to build a solid relationship with the new administration and to demonstrate the benefits both our countries receive from our common ties,” said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. …“Measures that improve Canada-U.S. trade should be our priority with this new administration, but there is a long list of topics we will need to address, from softwood lumber to NAFTA to pipelines. Most important is to open a dialogue that will benefit both countries,” said Mr. Beatty.

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Trump election casts shadow on softwood lumber trade

by Tom Fletcher
BC Local News
November 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States


Negotiators for B.C.’s now-expired softwood lumber deal with the U.S. now know who they’re facing in an effort to find an acceptable quota for Canadian wood exports – anti-trade crusader Donald Trump. Trump’s campaign speeches focused on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), characterizing it as the worst trade deal the country has ever made and promising to renegotiate it. NAFTA allows a partner to withdraw with six months notice, but it does not cover Canadian lumber exports, more than half of which come from B.C. …UBC forestry professor Harry Nelson says the U.S. Lumber Coalition is seeking a quota this time, to restrict supply and keep prices higher for American customers. And Canadian or B.C. government efforts to develop the industry, from technology to replanting, could also be targets of U.S. lumber interests.

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Will Trump’s presidency impact the B.C. softwood lumber industry?

CKNW News
November 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The head of the BC Council of Forest Industries says she hopes a need for B.C. lumber products south of the border will lead the new administration to keeping softwood lumber deals in place. The Canada-U.S. softwood lumber dispute has been ongoing since the 1980s, and is based around complaints from American industry that Canadian producers are unfairly subsidized by the “stumpage fees” charged by provincial governments. A deal was initially struck in 2006 with the Softwood Lumber Agreement, but it expired in October 2015. Since then, the two countries have been involved in ongoing negotiations. But what will a Donald Trump presidency mean for this issue moving forward? Susan Yurkovich says the U.S. simply can’t supply what they need on their own.

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B.C. premier congratulates Trump, but glad ‘ugly’ election is over

Canadian Press in 680 News
November 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

RICHMOND, B.C. – British Columbia’s premier is congratulating incoming American president Donald Trump, but says she’s glad the “ugly, terrible affair” of the election campaign is over. Christy Clark said the United States is a close friend and partner of the province and her job is to work with Trump to get the best deal for the province on issues such as the softwood lumber agreement. The softwood deal reached by the federal government in 2006 expired more than a year ago and negotiations to renew it are continuing as B.C., one of the world’s largest exporters of softwood lumber, tries to promote its wood products globally.

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Donald Trump’s election win fuels export anxiety in New Brunswick

By Jacques Poitras
CBC News
November 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

New Brunswick politicians were as stunned as anyone else by Donald Trump’s win in the U.S. presidential election. But the Republican victory was particularly bracing in a province where 92 per cent of exports go to the United States, thanks to Trump’s campaign condemnation of free trade. … Canada’s been trying for more than a year to negotiate a new softwood lumber agreement with the U.S. The previous version of the deal exempted Maritime lumber from any American trade penalties. …Progressive Conservative Leader Blaine Higgs said he is also worried about the softwood lumber issue and trade in general.

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Timber Report

By Rick Sohn – retired from a forest management career at Sun Studs and Lone Rock Timber
The News-Review
November 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Housing starts are down, mortgage rates are trending up and wood products markets are in a holding pattern caused by the elections and the trade dispute between Canada and the United States. Recent trends of lumber, logs, home construction and housing markets are compared to 2009 and 2005. Product prices are falling, as indicated by the 2×4 96-inch stud price shown. Random Lengths bases the gradual dip on the unresolved trade dispute with Canada (see below), as well as the presidential election. Log prices are steady, within a $15 range that started last January, but will likely end this month.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Inside T3, the first mass timber building in the US

Construction Drive
November 10, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: US East, United States

Wood buildings are popping up all over the place, and plans for future structures run the gamut from doable to conceptual. Currently, the tallest wood building in the world is the $39-million, 18-story Brock Commons residence hall at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Cananda, which is scheduled to open in September 2017. The tower will be able to accommodate 400 students. Meanwhile, Perkins+Will has proposed an 80-story all-wood tower along the Chicago River. River Beech Tower would feature a center atrium and an aluminum veneer over a lattice of wood beams. If built, it would be the tallest wood building in the world.

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MPP proposes bill honouring fallen North Perth firefighters

By Andrew Smith
Our Perth
November 8, 2016
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The names of Ray Walter and Ken Rea already hold a special place among North Perth residents, but MPP Randy Pettapiece hopes their legacy will go on to protect firefighters across the province. Pettapiece spoke to North Perth council on Monday night, outlining his plan to introduce a private member’s bill on Truss and Lightweight Construction, dubbed the Rea and Walter Bill in honour of the fallen North Perth firefighters. …Pettapiece said that lightweight construction has become very common in recent construction, which refers to buildings that use a minimum amount of material to bear the weight of the roof. “The problem is not in Truss and Lightweight Construction, it’s what happens when it’s exposed to fire,” Pettapiece said. “High heat can melt the glue and make it unstable, even when it’s not on fire.”

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Forestry

Council buckles to Comox Valley Development and Construction Association regarding tree bylaw

By Scott Stansfield
Comox Valley Record
November 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Comox Valley Development and Construction Association feels Courtenay council is trying to push through an updated tree protection/management bylaw before properly consulting with the community. It would first like to see an Urban Forest Management Strategy in place to develop a framework to manage the city’s tree canopy cover and its green space. Such a strategy would take about a year to develop, according to city staff. The CVDCA feels the proposed bylaw prioritizes tree retention without considering financial impacts on property owners with different levels of native tree cover. “That’s clearly the risk,” Richard Cook, of Jorden Cook Associates, said on behalf of the CVDCA at Monday’s meeting before an overflowing crowd at council chambers. “We are very concerned about those costs to homeowners.”

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BC Timber Sales Passes Audit

BC Forest Practices Board
BC Forest Practices Board
November 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA – An audit of BC Timber Sales (BCTS) and timber sale licence holders (TSL holders) in the Stuart Nechako business area in the Vanderhoof Natural Resource District found compliance with B.C.’s forestry legislation, according to a report released today. “BCTS and TSL holders fully complied with requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and complied with almost all requirements of the Wildfire Act,” said Tim Ryan, board chair. “Auditors did find that the TSL holders did not conduct required fire hazard assessments after logging. However, they removed all slash that could pose a fire hazard as a standard operating practice and so the finding is not considered significant. This is an area of improvement for the future.”

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Compliance report shows oversight is ensuring environmental protection

Government of BC
November 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Ministry of Environment’s first-ever compliance report of industrial and commercial operations in British Columbia suggests the vast majority are abiding by provincial environmental regulatory requirements.  In 2015, ministry staff completed 632 inspections under the Environmental Management Act. Results show 95% were either in full compliance or required only an advisory or warning to address minor non-compliances. Examples of operations inspected include pulp and paper, oil and gas, mining, agriculture, wood processing, hazardous waste and others.

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Letter: Make city forester a management job

Letter by Vince Rutter, registered professional forester and certified arborist in Thunder Bay.
Chronicle Journal
November 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

…The job of city forester in any municipality is excruciatingly difficult. You have to balance the professional obligation of management of public tree assets, the opinions (by opinions I mean ignorant complaints) of some of the citizenry as well as the constantly changing budgets. Tree planting and tree care repeatedly see their funding cut before other non-essential services. Shelley Vescio (former city forester), for 20-plus years, navigated these pitfalls with perseverance, tenacity and grace. Make no mistake, Shelley deserves the credit for the fact that Thunder Bay, despite it’s comparably low operating budgets for trees, has one of Canada’s more advanced urban forest management programs. Over my career in Thunder Bay I’ve seen Shelley work very long hours driven by strong ethics and a passion to see our urban forest thrive. Thunder Bay’s proactive management of our EAB infestation is just one of the fruits of her labour.

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USDA releases funds to help some forest landowners remove bug-killed trees

Calaveras Enterprise
November 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service announced Monday that it has allocated $4 million to assist private property owners in California to remove dead and dying trees. Calaveras County Super-visor Michael Oliveira, who is on tree mortality task forces for both the county and the state, on Tuesday urged owners of large forest properties to review the rules for tapping into that funding. Oliveira said there is still no assistance source to help homeowners overwhelmed by the cost of removing dead trees from yards. The funding program is intended primarily for lands used for timber production or production of other forest products. It can also be used on land that is not managed for resource production but is “associated with” nearby production or conservation lands.

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As logging disappears, rural Oregon struggles to put its financial house in order

By T.J. Raphael
KeraNews.org
November 8, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

About an hour south of Eugene, Oregon, you find the town of Roseburg. This rural community — once known as the Timber Capital of America — is located in the Umpqua River Valley in Douglas County. Though the county still tops the list of logging communities in The Beaver State, Roseburg and the neighboring town of Oakland are facing a number of challenges as timber harvests decline. “There tends to be this … attitude [that] we’re a logging community and we will stay a logging community,” says 59-year-old Dancer Davis. …“We don’t have a diversified local economy,” Davis continues. “Our economy was dependent on natural resources. In this area, it was logging and that’s not been economically sustainable.”

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Misconceptions About Wildfires

November 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I want to respond to misinformation about wildfire by Nick Smith’s editorial on the proposed East Reservoir Project which appeared in the Nov. 2 Flathead Beacon (“Federal Forest Management is Broken”). In that piece, Smith promotes many misconceptions about wildfire. I do not expect Smith to be an expert on wildfire. Most people engaged in collaboratives, including the timber industry, conservation groups, and even within the Forest Service ranks are not up to date on the latest fire science. And what we are learning about wildfire and forest health are counter-intuitive to many common assumptions about wildfire and forest health. First, the idea that fuels drive large wildfire is erroneous. Large wildfires are driven by rare extreme climate/weather conditions. To get a large fire, you need drought, combined with high temperatures, low humidity and most importantly high winds. If you do not have these ingredients you may not even get an ignition, and certainly won’t get rapid fire spread.

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Breidenthal flies in anti-monument consultant on his own dime

By Vickie Aldous
Mail Tribune
November 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Jackson County Commissioner Doug Breidenthal said he is paying about $1,500 out of his own pocket to fly in a consultant who could help county officials fight a proposed expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument east of Ashland. “To me, it’s a small price to pay to have the facts and the real information,” Breidenthal said on Wednesday. He said he will pay for airfare, meals and lodging. James Carlson of the Kansas Natural Resource Coalition and Stillwater Technical Solutions will meet with commissioners at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Jackson Room of the Jackson County Courthouse, 10 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Breidenthal said he would like the county to hire Carlson to prepare a study examining a range of potential impacts from an expansion — from access restrictions affecting the pu

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Feds and state work together in North Idaho

By JUDD WILSON
Bonner County Daily Bee
November 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PRIEST LAKE — The Idaho Department of Lands and U.S. Forest Service have entered into an agreement to do work at Hanna Flats based on the Good Neighbor Authority program, said District Ranger Timothy Knight Nov. 7. Knight is responsible for the Priest Lake Ranger District of the Kaniksu National Forest, which is part of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. Mick Schanilec, Priest Lake supervisory area manager for IDL in Coolin, said “The goal of the GNA in Idaho is to increase the pace and scale of forest and watershed restoration activities on federal forests.” The project will affect approximately 2,000 acres, he said, and will result in “fire hazard reduction, an improved species mix of forest regeneration, forest products for local mills, and other forest contract work.

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Misconceptions About Wildfires

November 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

I want to respond to misinformation about wildfire by Nick Smith’s editorial on the proposed East Reservoir Project which appeared in the Nov. 2 Flathead Beacon (“Federal Forest Management is Broken”). In that piece, Smith promotes many misconceptions about wildfire. I do not expect Smith to be an expert on wildfire. Most people engaged in collaboratives, including the timber industry, conservation groups, and even within the Forest Service ranks are not up to date on the latest fire science. And what we are learning about wildfire and forest health are counter-intuitive to many common assumptions about wildfire and forest health. First, the idea that fuels drive large wildfire is erroneous. Large wildfires are driven by rare extreme climate/weather conditions. To get a large fire, you need drought, combined with high temperatures, low humidity and most importantly high winds. If you do not have these ingredients you may not even get an ignition, and certainly won’t get rapid fire spread.

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About 100 homes evacuated in North Carolina due to wildfire

By George Franco
FOX 5 Atlanta
November 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

CLAY COUNTY, N.C. – Some families were forced from their homes in Clay County, North Carolina where one over more than a dozen wildfires is burning. About 100 homes were evacuated in the Hayesville, North Carolina area as firefighters battle what they are calling the Boteler fire. Firefighters said one abandoned building was destroyed by the blaze and they are working hard to keep that number down. “This team has management responsibilities for 17 fires that comprehends the Tusquitee Ranger District and the Nantahala Ranger District on the national forest,” said Stephen Weaver, U.S. Forest Service.

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Risk of wildfire worsens

Wilkes Journal Patriot
November 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The N.C. Forest Service has issued a warning about high fire risks in Wilkes County due to continued dry weather. In addition, said Wilkes County Forester Nathan Gatlin, fire risks will worsen this week with low humidity and wind in the weather forecast. Gatlin said a ban on outside burning is in effect in Watauga County and all other counties west of Wilkes due to dry conditions, but not in Wilkes. He still recommended against outside burning in Wilkes. Late Wednesday morning, the Boomer Fire Department and four members of the forest service Fire Attack Support Team in Wilkes were sent to assist with a forest fire off Zach’s Fork Road, which is off Grandin Road in Caldwell County near the Wilkes line.

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Wildfire Response in Western NC

By Michelle Ruigrok, Franklin
Smoky Mountain News
November 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

I live by Standing Indian Campground on West Old Murphy Road. Last Wednesday I watched the helicopters going to the Boteler Peak fire from my home. That afternoon, however, a U.S. Forest Service truck drove past my house, going the wrong direction from Boteler Peak. A first responder and West Macon Fire Truck came next, followed soon after by the smell of smoke, confirming that there was indeed another wildfire: The Buck Knob Fire. What ensued was an impressive procession of Forest Service vehicles, wildland fire trucks, local fire trucks, first responders, a dozer, and then of course the helicopters. I was awestruck. …Finally, speak up in support of the men and women who work for the Forest Service. Write to your representatives in Congress and ask them to seek dedicated funding for wildfire response, so that the Forest Service may take care of our national forests for the benefit of us all.

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County prohibits peeling aspen in logging contracts

by Brian WIlson
The Star News
November 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The Taylor County Forestry and Recreation Committee voted at its Nov. 4 meeting to make changes to the wording in timber sale contracts to prohibit sap peeling of aspen in county forests. County forest administrator Russ Aszmann told the committee the mill in Brokaw near Wausau was a large market for peeled aspen, but the mill shut down eight to 10 years ago. He said the only mill in the area taking the peeled aspen is in Rice Lake, which buys its peeled aspen from the northwestern part of the state. As a result, Aszmann said the county has only had one peeled aspen sale in the past eight to 10 years. “What we decided to do was basically prohibit sap peeled aspen on the Taylor County forests due to the heavy wet soils we have here,” Aszmann said.

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Here’s why you smelled smoke in metro Atlanta today

11alive.com
November 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

The smoky skies across much of metro Atlanta are thanks to northerly winds driving smoke from wildfires in the north Georgia mountains southward. The National Weather Service in Peachtree City says reduced visibility, smoky smells and some breathing sensitivity is possible across metro Atlanta as the smoke continues to funnel across the area. Yesterday, Chief Meteorologist Chris Holcomb explained during our newscasts that as the winds shift and come from the north, that smoke from the north Ga, Tennessee and North Caroline wildfires could make it into metro Atlanta.

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‘An increase in timber production requires a trained workforce’

by Conor Finnerty
Agriland
November 10, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

A new training course for forestry machine operators at the Teagasc Agricultural College in Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan is set to be developed. The news was announced by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry Andrew Doyle. A new harvester/forwarder simulator, which will form an important element in the training, was also unveiled by the Minister. The development of this new training course will help the forestry sector in Ireland to grow while also providing a trained workforce to manage it, according to Minister Doyle.

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Millions of new trees to be planted

By the Honourable Jo Goodhew, Associate Minister for Primary Industries
New Zealand Scoop
November 9, 2016
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Associate Primary Industries Minister Jo Goodhew has today announced that over 5.5 million new seedlings will be planted during winter 2017, as a result of the latest funding round for the Government’s Afforestation Grant Scheme (AGS). “The approval of 4,818 hectares to be planted across the country next winter means that an estimated 5,533,200 seedlings will go in the ground, which is a fantastic result for forestry in New Zealand,” says Mrs Goodhew. “The AGS is now in the second year of a five year programme, with the goal of planting 15,000ha of trees by 2020.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Trudeau set to lose environmental ally with Trump in White House

By Jordan Press and Bruce Cheadle
Canadian Press in Canadian Business
November 9, 2016
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to face an incoming American president who could kill continental climate-change plans, and threaten the Liberals’ domestic agenda that binds environmental gains to economic growth. Trudeau said he plans to work with Donald Trump on shared interests, but missing from the list of interests was mention of climate change or the environment. Trump has called global warming a hoax and vowed to “cancel” the Paris climate accord. The president-elect’s platform commitments to roll back environmental programs and corporate taxes and take a hard stance on trade to reduce the cost of doing business in the United States could force the Liberals to rethink their own agenda, including a promised carbon pricing scheme that the Opposition Conservatives argue would drive up the cost of goods and doing business in Canada.

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