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News Article | November 29, 2016
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The Council on Occupational Education (COE) recognized National Aviation Academy (NAA) for completing twenty-five years of accredited status at the Council’s Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, November 2-4, 2016. COE, originally the Commission on Occupational Education Institutions (COEI), formed in 1971, was a regional accrediting agency and was part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). NAA first became accredited with this is agency in 1991. In 1995, COEI changed to COE when the agency left SACS to become an independent national accrediting agency. The award of accreditation is based on an evaluation to demonstrate that the institution meets not only the standards of quality of the Council, but also the needs of students, the community, and employers. “NAA is extremely proud of this significant achievement and to be among such a prestigious group of fellow educators who hold the standards of career education at the highest level. At NAA we strive to be exemplary stewards of the COE mission by ensuring quality and integrity with all that we do.”, stated Mac Elliott, NAA CEO. The Commission’s evaluation process includes an extensive self-study by the institution and an intensive review by a visiting team of professional educators representing the Commission’s member institutions from other states. The Council on Occupational Education, based in Atlanta, Georgia, offers quality assurance services to postsecondary career and technical education providers across the nation. Organized as a non-profit corporation, the mission of the Council is to assure quality and integrity in career and technical education. Services offered include institutional accreditation (recognized by the U.S. Department of Education), program quality reviews for states and workforce education providers, and informational services. Most of the Council’s work is carried out by qualified professional volunteers who are experts in workforce education. About National Aviation Academy: National Aviation Academy (NAA) has been training aviation maintenance professionals since 1932. NAA is dedicated to building a quality aviation maintenance workforce through curriculum developed using industry standards, hands-on training and a forward-thinking sensibility. NAA offers training in aviation maintenance and advanced aircraft systems. Years of industry experience across all maintenance levels in addition to producing quality graduates with exceptional skills has cultivated NAA a worldwide reputation in the aviation maintenance training field. Companies that hire NAA graduates offer long-term and viable careers with great earning and growth potential. NAA trains individuals from across the globe with campuses located at 6225 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, FL 33760 and 130 Baker Avenue Ext., Concord, MA 01742. For more information call 800-659-2080 or visit http://naa.edu. COE accreditation only applies to the Clearwater, FL location of NAA.


News Article | October 28, 2016
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PRG Real Estate, a leading multifamily real estate investment and management firm, announced today the acquisition of 98 East McBee Apartments, located in Greenville, SC. 98 East McBee is a 55-unit luxury apartment community situated in the heart of downtown Greenville, South Carolina. With a main-and-main address and condo-grade finishes, 98 East McBee is the pinnacle of luxury apartment living in Greenville. Proximity to major employers such as BMW, Michelin, and Fluor along with regional attractions such as Falls Park on the Reedy, the Swamp Rabbit Trail, and the Bon Secours Wellness Arena appoints the property as the Live-Work-Play community in the region. Completed in 2014, 98 East McBee has some of the largest floor plans found in the urban core of the city with the apartment homes averaging 1,028 square feet. Unit interiors are of condominium-level quality and feature luxury amenities such as 10 foot ceilings, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, walk in closets, washers and dryers and door-less walk-in showers. The property’s leasing office and community room will undergo the most substantial updates, with new flooring, furniture and fixtures. “98 East McBee will be our 3rd property currently in the Greenville market,” states COO Kathleen Betz. “We are excited to take on the management of a luxury apartment community that possesses one of the most desirable addresses in the downtown Greenville market.” About PRG Real Estate: Founded in 1985 by Steven Berger and Jon Goodman, PRG Real Estate is a Philadelphia based real estate firm that acquires and manages quality apartment communities throughout the eastern half of the United States. Since its founding PRG has acquired well over 50 communities and 13,000 apartment units. PRG also has been designated as an Accredited Management Organization by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and holds membership in the National Apartment Association (NAA) as well as the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC). For more information please visit http://www.prgrealestate.com


News Article | February 15, 2017
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PRG Real Estate, a leading multifamily real estate investment and management firm, announced today the acquisition of The Resort at Lake Crossing Apartments, located in Lexington, KY. The Resort at Lake Crossing is a 208-unit garden-style apartment community located along the major thoroughfare of Richmond Road. The community’s location provides proximity to major employers such as IBM, Lexmark, and Trane along with regional attractions such as The University of Kentucky, Jacobson Park, and the Keeneland Horse Racing Track. Built in 1999, The Resort at Lake Crossing provides a favorable mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units with spacious floorplans averaging over 1,000 square feet. Unit interiors are well-appointed with oversized bathtubs, wood burning fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and large patios or balconies. The property also has a wide variety of unique amenities to offer residents such as a saltwater pool and sundeck, 24-hour health and fitness center and a full-service coffee bar and picnic area. PRG plans to further enhance the community by redecorating the clubhouse and upgrading the apartment homes with new appliances, flooring and fixtures. “PRG is excited to assume ownership and management of Resort At Lake Crossing which will be our 4th acquisition in the Lexington market,” states CEO Sam Foster. “We have found that hands on management and focused customer service is the key to success. Our planned capital improvements will enhance both the apartment interiors as well as common area amenity space, improving the resident living experience and increasing the value of the property.” Founded in 1985 by Steven Berger and Jon Goodman, PRG Real Estate is a Philadelphia based real estate firm that acquires and manages quality apartment communities throughout the eastern half of the United States. Since its founding, PRG has acquired well over 50 communities and 13,000 apartment units. PRG also has been designated as an Accredited Management Organization by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and holds membership in the National Apartment Association (NAA) as well as the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC). For more information please visit http://www.prgrealestate.com


News Article | November 5, 2016
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Continuing to celebrate the hard work, determination and success of Year Up graduates, Year Up’s National Alumni Association (NAA) held the Fifth Annual National Alumni Summit at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, MD on November 3 – 5, 2016. DeRay Mckesson, a civil rights activist and educator known for his role in Campaign Zero and Black Lives Matter, delivered a keynote address at the event. More than 150 Year Up graduates representing 13 cities from across the United States gathered to build deeper relationships, continue development of their professional skills, and generate ideas to bring back to their local alumni boards and communities. “This summit demonstrates Year Up’s commitment to supporting graduates throughout their careers,” said Gerald Chertavian, Year Up Founder and CEO. “Our theme this year is ‘Advancing Together,’ and we’re focusing on all three dimensions of Year Up’s alumni strategy: advancing in careers and education; contributing to Year’s Up success; and taking action in the Opportunity Movement.” Year Up provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with six months of technical and professional skills training followed by a six-month corporate internship at companies like Johns Hopkins and Symantec. Eighty-five percent of graduates are employed or attending college full-time within four months of completing the program, with average starting salaries of $36,000/year. As part of the summit, Year Up Professional Resources (YUPRO) held micro-coaching sessions and professional development workshops. YUPRO is a talent acquisition firm that exclusively represents Year Up graduates and works with companies seeking skilled, motivated talent. Alumni board members hosted a panel about how graduates can get involved with their local alumni boards, with current Year Up Baltimore students having attended some of Friday’s events to gain a sense of the alumni experience. The summit also featured a dialogue with young nonprofit leaders in Baltimore and Baltimore alumni on how the Baltimore community has come together following social and political unrest. DeRay Mckesson discussed his experiences engaging in movements and leading change, with an eye to the work of the alumni movement. The summit’s results and key insights will be shared with the nearly 9500 individuals who have graduated from Year Up since the program’s launch in 2000. About Year Up Inc. Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up achieves this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits. Its holistic approach focuses on students' professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency. Year Up currently serves more than 3,000 students a year at sites in Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Jacksonville, the National Capital Region, New York City, Philadelphia, Providence, Puget Sound, San Francisco Bay Area, and South Florida. To learn more, visit http://www.yearup.org or http://www.youtube.com/yearupinc.


News Article | March 2, 2017
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WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Statement from the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and National Apartment Association (NAA) following Dr. Ben Carson’s confirmation as the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): “NMHC and NAA congratulate Secretary Carson on his confirmation and as an industry, we look forward to working with him and his team to develop a balanced housing policy that recognizes the importance of a strong housing market for both rental and home ownership. “President Trump’s recent comments before Congress and Secretary Carson’s confirmation are encouraging signs that the new administration is committed to working with the apartment industry to reduce burdensome regulations that create compliance uncertainty and result in costly mandates that divert resources from the production and operation of multifamily housing. “With the number of households renting apartments standing at an all-time high of almost 19 million, it has never been more important that private industry and lawmakers come together in support of pro-growth policies that make it easier for American residents and families to find housing that fits their unique needs and circumstances and that helps them contribute to their communities. A modern, comprehensive housing policy will create millions of jobs and align housing supply with demand.” More information about apartments is available at www.weareapartments.org. For more than 20 years, the National Apartment Association (NAA) and the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) have partnered on behalf of America’s apartment industry. Drawing on the knowledge and policy expertise of staff in Washington, D.C., as well as the advocacy power of 170 NAA state and local affiliated associations, NAA and NMHC provide a single voice for developers, owners and operators of multifamily rental housing. Apartments and their 39 million residents support more than 12 million jobs and contribute $1.3 trillion to the economy.


News Article | March 1, 2017
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WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Statement from the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) and National Apartment Association (NAA) following President Trump’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress: “We support President Trump’s efforts to strengthen economic growth and expand job creation. As the industry that houses 39 million residents, supports over 12 million jobs and contributes $1.3 trillion to the economy, the President’s direct focus on issues of critical importance to the apartment industry such as tax reform, infrastructure investment and rolling back burdensome regulations is commendable. “Today, there are over 43 million renter households and Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies believes that demand for renter households could increase by as much as 4.4 million by 2025. The multifamily sector is under increasing pressure to meet that booming demand across the country, yet, excessive regulation and compliance uncertainty results in costly mandates that make it impossible to develop and operate multifamily housing. “NMHC/NAA applaud the Administration’s efforts to overhaul the federal regulatory landscape. To that end, we look forward to working with the Trump Administration and leaders in Congress to develop policies that drive investment, spark development and remove barriers and remove burdens on current operators, supporting the future growth of the apartment industry.” More information about apartments is available at www.weareapartments.org. For more than 20 years, the National Apartment Association (NAA) and the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) have partnered on behalf of America’s apartment industry. Drawing on the knowledge and policy expertise of staff in Washington, D.C., as well as the advocacy power of 170 NAA state and local affiliated associations, NAA and NMHC provide a single voice for developers, owners and operators of multifamily rental housing. Apartments and their 39 million residents support more than 12 million jobs and contribute $1.3 trillion to the economy.


News Article | March 28, 2016
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Endangerment of certain cacti species is caused by multiple factors, most notably illicit extraction. In an effort to curb this endangerment and plan for repopulation of threatened species, scientists have been researching the most efficient methods of cloning. Recently, tests on Turbinicarpus valdezianus (Möller) Glass & Foster (Cactaceae), a species of cactus endemic to Northern Mexico suffering from habitat loss, proved very successful at inducing shoot proliferation and roots through in vitro cloning. Raúl Cárdenas Navarro, in an article published in HortScience (January 2016), says that the successful tests prove to be a good option for rescuing wild populations of the species that are suffering from habitat loss. Over the past few decades, many successful cloning tests have been documented for threatened species of wild cactus, and the same methods were applied to the T. valdezianus experiments. Clones of T. valdezianus seedlings were germinated in vitro in a Murashige and Skoog (MS) basal medium, and after 20 weeks of incubation, the medium was supplemented with varying amounts of 6-furfurylaminopurine (KIN) and ∝-napthalenacetic (NAA). Tests showed that T. valdezianus proved especially reactive to KIN supplementation in the basal medium, resulting in a relatively higher shoot proliferation than the seedling supplemented with NAA. "A contrariwise effect was registered for NAA," said Navarro. "The average number of shoots decreased." While the shoots treated with KIN were slow to root compared to the control seedlings with no supplementation, they soon caught up, with both controlled and KIN treated seedlings showing 98% root development. The authors said that preservation of endangered plant species is important, and with this propagation system, T. valdezianus can be cloned and extinction can be prevented. "It has great potential for cloning genotypes of threatened populations," Navarro added, "and can be used to alleviate illicit extraction of wild individuals from their natural habitat." The authors said that the results of this study, and other studies from the past few decades, will greatly impact the ability to preserve endangered cacti species. Explore further: Illegal trade contributes to placing cacti among world's most threatened species


News Article | February 15, 2017
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ManagInc is pleased to announce that Jen Piccotti is joining the company. Jen will serve as Chief Operating Officer and partner at the multifamily industry’s first Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) planning platform and consulting service. Jen rejoins her former SatisFacts partners Doug Miller (ManagInc founder and CEO) and Joe Summers (Chief Revenue Officer, partner). In her new role, Jen will oversee the company’s Everyone Can Win® CSR planning platform, as well as client training, support programs, and industry education. She will work closely with Joanna Naszlin, ManagInc’s Director of Marketing. Prior to joining ManagInc, Jen was SatisFacts’ SVP of Education and Marketing for nearly a decade. In that role, Jen led client support and brand management for SatisFacts and ApartmentRatings.com, and provided client resources through resident retention programs, customer service education, action planning, reputation management coaching, and content development. Jen has established herself as a multifamily industry authority on resident and employee engagement and retention. A noted author and highly followed blogger, she has spoken at such industry events as NAA, AIM, Multifamily Social Media Summit and Canada's Landlord WebCon. “I’m so excited to be working with Jen again after nearly a decade together at SatisFacts,” stated Doug Miller, founder and CEO of ManagInc. Continuing, Miller shared, “Jen’s DNA and expertise are a perfect fit with ManagInc’s mission of helping companies become more socially conscious and responsible – empowering clients to increase their focus on those who make their success possible. That includes improving the satisfaction, engagement and retention of their employees and residents, creating even more loyal service providers, as well as giving back to society in a meaningful way.” “This is such an incredible opportunity to join Doug and Joe in being champions of change in our industry. Doug has always preached the power of putting people first, and I’ve seen his philosophy work first hand. I’m looking forward to working with our clients to educate and empower their employees, customers and vendors to set each other and their communities up for success.” About ManagInc Baltimore-based ManagInc, multifamily’s first-ever Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) planning and consulting platform, was created by industry innovator Doug Miller. ManagInc’s Everyone Can Win® platform helps property management companies focus on their commitment to their three most important constituencies: their residents, their employees, and the communities they conduct business in. The Everyone Can Win® platform helps clients evaluate, measure, manage and enhance its three pillared CSR program. The focus on employee engagement and retention, resident satisfaction and retention, and giving back to society in a meaningful way creates a win-win for all involved – including a significant bottom line impact due to reduced employee and resident turnover. In addition, the ability to leverage a Socially Responsible Management Company Award positively impacts both employee and resident recruitment due to the importance of CSR to Millennials and others. http://www.ManagInc.com (business-to-business site), http://www.EveryoneCanWinAward.com (consumer-facing site). #csrmatters #csrtalk #everyonecanwin


News Article | January 26, 2016
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"A very big capability at Oak Ridge exists for nuclear analytics, all the way from helping commercial production of nuclear power to making sure the world's nuclear materials are properly accounted for," said ORNL's Joseph Giaquinto, leader of the Nuclear Analytical Chemistry and Isotopics Laboratories, or NACIL. "My group is a specialized analytical group. We focus in the nuclear arena, from nuclear fuels R&D to nuclear forensics and safeguarding nonproliferation." From the Manhattan Project in the 1940s to the High Flux Isotope Reactor's 50th anniversary and its selection as an American Nuclear Society Nuclear Historic Landmark, ORNL has been the preeminent destination for nuclear R&D. Now NACIL researchers are bringing attention once again to ORNL's nuclear capabilities. Equipped with the world's best elemental mass spectrometers, superb cleanrooms and unmatched experience, the ORNL scientists are in high demand. For instance, within the NACIL group are the analytical laboratories which were the first to be approved for as a network analytical laboratory for the United Nation's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), assisting the "Atoms for Peace" organization's goal of safeguarding nuclear nonproliferation with global tests to detect illicit uranium enrichment activity. In 2011 ORNL invested in its nuclear analytical chemistry group, converting the Mouse House, an underused facility that once held the national lab's groundbreaking genetics program, into the state-of-the-art Ultra-Trace Forensics Science Facility. Over the last two years the U.S. Department of State provided NACIL investments totaling more than $1.5 million to replace aging mass spectrometers with state-of-the-art instruments with capabilities unmatched in sensitivity and precision. Under Giaquinto's six-year leadership, the group's funding for nuclear forensics work has skyrocketed, increasing nearly 10-fold over previous years. With growing project requests coming from myriad sources like the State Department, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, NASA and IAEA, the ORNL scientists are applying seventy-plus years of nuclear know-how to tackle some of the world's most pressing nuclear security problems. NACIL scientists have examined numerous nuclear "crime scenes." They unraveled the mysteries behind President John F. Kennedy's assassination and President Zachary Taylor's sudden death using mere hair strands, fingernail shards and bullet fragments. They analyzed ratios of elements in mixed-oxide fuel for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, profiling the alternative fuel source's safety and effectiveness. And they reached even higher, helping in the development of a production process to create the source materials for NASA's deep-space battery for the next era of interplanetary exploration. NACIL's twenty-plus researchers collaborate from several sites throughout the national laboratory's campus. The team's ingenuity and experience are invoked on a variety of global projects, such as teaching analytical practices at international Centers of Excellence for safeguards and, in the case of NACIL's Rob Smith, co-patenting a chemical detector that can "sniff out" secret graves. The team often works with radioactive materials, assisting in development of methods for extracting high-purity isotopes for medical use and performing detailed chemical extractions and isolations. Measurements like these enable improved simulations for irradiation of the material, providing a radiochemical template for better understanding nuclear materials. Examinations to find remnants of trace-level radioactive material are a cornerstone of NACIL efforts. A large portion of the group's trace-level forensic work began as a pilot project two years ago—and was so successful that the program is now an ORNL mainstay. The development of rapid techniques for separating elements and their isotopes and methods for detecting trace "fingerprints" in nuclear materials now benefit their multiple national sponsors in the arena of nuclear forensics. To assure smear kits are not contaminated prior to sample collection, chemists screen them in HFIR's irradiation facilities before the kits are deployed in the field. The IAEA, the world's nuclear watchdog, can then use the approved kits to swipe nuclear facilities to detect if a nation has broken promises to abate enrichment and violated nonproliferation agreements. But it is neutron activation analysis, or NAA, that gives this team its unique capabilities. Access to the world's highest continuous thermal neutron flux enables the lowest detection limits for uranium and plutonium of any global NAA facility. ORNL scientists use it to characterize nuclear materials by scrutinizing their ratio of major, minor and trace chemical elements. Researchers bombard an unknown sample (say, a swipe from an IAEA test) with neutrons from HFIR until a gamma ray is released, creating a unique and detectable "fingerprint" of the sample's fissile material. Matching the evidence to established reference standards identifies the sample's contents. Currently ORNL's David Glasgow is developing a method to further improve the fingerprint of nuclear isotopes. "The Neutron Activation Analysis Lab [located at HFIR] provides high-fidelity irradiated nuclear forensics materials to the research community," Glasgow said. "In addition, we use specialized nuclear methods that yield bulk and isotopic data of fissile traces to analyze materials of interest to the nuclear forensics and nonproliferation missions." Meanwhile, NACIL's latest experiment involves advancing procedures for expanded characterizations of spent nuclear fuel. Accurate and comprehensive analyses are vital at all stages of the fuel cycle, and the researchers are developing standards and methods for testing materials based on this work. ORNL computational scientist Ian Gauld, for example, models nuclear fuels and irradiated test materials. He works closely with NACIL scientists examining aging spent nuclear fuel to compare experiment with theory-based calculations to improve predictive models of fuel behavior. Such validation efforts may also help ORNL's radiochemical detectives support future forensics activities. With the advent of the Ultra-Trace Forensics Science Facility and a multi-sponsored mass spectrometry center at ORNL—complete with strict cleanrooms, a small energy footprint, new protective glove boxes and a walk-in hood for forensic analysis—there is undeniable potential for a NACIL future that honors its past.


News Article | March 31, 2016
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The human brain needs a large amount of energy to function properly, and researchers at the University of Illinois have reported in a new study that the health of brain metabolism in young adults may predict fluid intelligence – the capacity to solve unusual logic-based problems in novel situations. Study author Ryan Larsen, a research scientist at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, told Bioscience Technology that using magnetic resonance spectroscopy measurements are one of several ways to better understand the complicated relationships between energy production and intelligence. The findings were published online in Cerebral Cortex. For the study, the team, led by Larsen, University of Illinois Ph.D. candidate Aki Nikolaidis, and Beckman Institute director Arthur Kramer, analyzed data from 71 young adults.  The researchers measured the amount of N—acetyl aspartate (NAA), a biochemical marker of neural energy production and efficiency, in the brains using MR spectroscopy.   The subjects in the study were given computerized standard tests of fluid intelligence that required problem solving, reasoning and spatial visualization, Larsen said. The scientists then looked at the relationship between NAA concentrations in different areas of the brain and the results of the fluid intelligence scores. According to Larsen, the connection between NAA concentration and multiple facets of intelligence has been shown previously, but most of those studies did not use spectroscopic imaging and therefore were limited in the spatial coverage of the brain. “Our approach used spectroscopic imaging techniques to cover several areas of the brain known to be important for intelligence,” Larsen said. The current study also wanted to address other inconsistencies in previous research that may not have accounted for all relevant factors, such as brain size, in their analysis of cognition.  This study was able to image the brain’s capacity to produce energy and showed concentrations of NAA in the brain in a more detailed way than previous studies. The team found that distribution of NAA in the frontal and parietal lobes, an area of the brain associated with motor abilities, was specifically linked to fluid intelligence, independent of brain size. Interestingly, it was not linked to other closely related cognitive abilities. Brain metabolism and health, along with brain size, are significant predictors of fluid intelligence, the researchers concluded. According to the researchers, the findings suggest “that the left motor regions play a key role in visualization and planning” that is needed for spatial cognition and reasoning. So while overall, brain size is not changeable, Larsen said he is interested in understanding the potential relationships between NAA levels and health interventions, such as aerobic fitness and nutrition, which are things that can be improved and changed. Larsen said that while literature indicates that NAA is relatively stable over much of the adult lifespan, making it a useful marker of brain health, more research needs to be conducted as to whether or not changes in NAA may occur with lifestyle changes. Establish your company as a technology leader! For more than 50 years, the R&D 100 Awards have showcased new products of technological significance. You can join this exclusive community! Learn more.

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