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Gregg Wallace fears for overweight men as he shares thoughts on Covid-19 link

Gregg Wallace has admitted he is fearful for overweight men because of higher risks linked to Covid-19.

The 56-year-old MasterChef star – who has lost over four stone over the past few years – admitted that the link between coronavirus and being overweight had been concerning, and he was relieved to have shed so much weight.

Speaking recently to The Telegraph, Gregg opened up about facing another wake-up call in light of the ongoing pandemic.

“I remember thinking, “Oh God, what if I was still fat? I could have been really ill,” Gregg told the publication.

The television “I felt incredibly relieved that if I caught it I’d probably be OK. It’s made me fearful for other men.”

Gregg Wallace has lost over four stone

According to the NHS, people that are obese are considered at greater risk of Covid-19, as well as a host of other health problems.

Gregg decided to slim down from 16 stone to 12 stone after doctors warned him he was at risk of having a heart attack.

He was also inspired by his 34-year-old wife and wanting to be healthy to play with and look after their son Sid.

Gregg’s weight loss journey began in 2017, and since then the presenter has been able to cut out unhealthy takeaways and pints at the pub.

The television star spoke of his concern for overweight men amid the pandemic

Gregg Wallace

The TV host was also able to focus even further on his health as a result of the lockdown because he wasn’t working on cookery shows.

He has also maintained that the key to getting into shape was filling up on lots of healthy meals.

“Lockdown was the first time ever in nearly 20 years that I had complete and utter control over everything that I ate. It was amazing,” Gregg said on social media.

Gregg Wallace is married to Anne-Marie Sterpini and the couple share a young son

“Because normally… you can walk in on MasterChef and the directors go, ‘Right, we’ve got a pudding challenge today’. And you go, But there’s eight of them?”‘

He also added: “What I’ve realised is, the healthier and healthier your food choices become, eventually they’re habits your body and mind has picked up and that’s then what your body starts craving.

“So, it no longer craves a chocolate doughnut, what it craves is a ripe pear.”

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Twinkle Khanna’s most sassy comments: Why she didn’t change her name to Kumar to her thoughts on mom’s cooking


Actor-turned-author Twinkle Khanna is not known as Mrs Funnybones without reason. She is among the wittiest and sassiest celebrities in the country who can make an important statement and also tickle every bone in your body.

As she turns 47 on Tuesday, we have compiled some of her best comments that left her haters clean bold and her admirers rolling with laughter. Check them out:

When she revealed why she never changed her name

Twinkle, who is the daughter of late superstar Rajesh Khanna and actor Dimple Kapadia, is often asked why she didn’t change her name to Kumar after marrying actor Akshay Kumar. In an interview, she put the question to rest for good. “Why I didn’t change my last name from Khanna to Kumar. My answer has always been the same- I am married not branded. I am not a tiny company that a big firm like Godrej has taken over and now I have to change my brand name as well,” she said.

On her film Mela

Twinkle has accepted it many times that she had no talent for acting and that writing was always her passion. Therefore, when someone makes fun of her films such as Mela, she, too, joins them. Earlier this year, Twinkle responded to a tweet by historian and writer Ramchandra Guha, in which he’d written that a planned Ram Navami mela in Ayodhya ‘must be stopped’ amid the coronavirus pandemic. “To go ahead with this Mela now is to trifle with the health of millions of Indians. It must be stopped,” Guha had written, to which Twinkle had responded, “Melas, by and large, can be hazardous to health- I would know :)”

On her mother’s cooking abilities

Twinkle is also one sassy daughter who doesn’t spare even her mother. Twinkle recently shared a picture of how her mother made her fried rice in lockdown, writing, “It has only taken 46 years, a pandemic and an extended lockdown for my mother to make me my first meal-fried rice. Now I also know what people mean when they say ‘Maa Ke Haath Ka Khana’ #MamaMia.”

 

On her son Aarav’s hilarious name for her

Twinkle has revealed that her son, Aarav has saved her name as ‘police’ on his phone. Sharing a picture of herself, posing in front a police vehicle, she wrote, “Considering my son has saved my number as ‘Police’ on his phone I suppose this is rather apt :).”

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On her father Rajesh Khanna

Twinkle has revealed how her father Rajesh Khanna was the original cool dad. On Father’s Day, she shared an old article revealing how the father-daughter duo used to exchange dating advice. Sharing what he once said as a joke, she wrote, “‘Don’t have one boyfriend,’ he once said to me, ‘always have four at a time, that way your heart will never be broken’.” Twinkle has written that he treated her like an equal, and revealed, “He was the one who gave me my first sip of alcohol, Scotch on the rocks in a glass too heavy for my hand.”

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Mauricio Pochettino’s thoughts on PSG return as Thomas Tuchel sacked

Mauricio Pochettino is the man Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi wants to replace sacked boss Thomas Tuchel.

And for the ex-Tottenham Hotspur manager, a return to the Parc des Princes, where he spent two years as a player. would be a dream come true.

The Argentine, 48, has been sidelined for 13 months since his dismissal by Spurs.

But he looks set to return to management in Paris after Tuchel was ruthlessly axed by PSG on Christmas Eve.

Just four months after leading the French side to the Champions League Final – ultimately going down to Bayern Munich – the 47 year-old has been dismissed.

That’s despite the former Borussia Dortmund boss having won six trophies with Les Parisiens, including back-to-back Ligue 1 crowns.

Tuchel has been sacked and Pochettino looks set to take over

Wednesday night’s 4-0 win over Strasbourg was the end of the road, despite PSG being third in the French league, just one point off top spot.

Sporting director Leonardo informed Tuchel of the decision in the hours after the game.

Now Pochettino, who admitted in November his readiness to return to management – “I am always ready to go again and be involved in the game” – is the man being lined up to lead the club in 2021.

In 2016, while still at the helm at White Hart Lane, he spoke to RMC Sport about the possibility of leading PSG as a manager.

Is Pochettino the man for PSG?

He admitted: “One day I would like to train PSG. It’s one of my dreams. It’s a club that I follow a lot.

“I try to see all the matches. Especially in the Champions League.”

He added: “Come back to Paris one day – why not?”

That opportunity looks set to come his way now.

Mauricio Pochettino during his time at PSG
Mauricio Pochettino during his time at PSG

One added caveat for Pochettino to sink his teeth into will be the Champions League last 16 showdown with Barcelona.

PSG will be seeking revenge for the infamous ‘Remontada’ in 2017, while Pochettino has his own history with the Blaugrana, as a former Espanyol player and manager.

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We didn’t have a courtship but when he proposed, there were no second thoughts: Gauahar Khan


After months of speculation, and having dropped many hints, Gauahar Khan and Zaid Darbar announced their engagement last month. The couple who has been often spotted together and posts their pics on social media regularly, will tie the knot on December 25.

The bride-to-be is over the moon and reveals that over a month of knowing him well, they got engaged. “I was averse to the idea of being with anyone when I met him. Yet, I felt this was something different because I had never met someone like him. I felt this is my kind of human being. He is like me in many ways in thoughts, behaviour, history and characteristics. So, I knew we would have a great friendship. We didn’t have a courtship. I met him, we hit it off and he didn’t think he would propose to someone, marriage was not on his mind. When he asked me, it wasn’t planned. It was in a flow and after meeting me, in literally over a month, he proposed to me. There were no second thoughts,” she gushes about Zaid, son of music director Ismail Darbar, who proposed to her in July.

 

Having been in relationships in the past, some of which she spoke about, Khan admits she was in a happy space and wasn’t looking for a relationship. “Especially during the lockdown, I was seeing life from a different perspective. I wasn’t looking for love and when I met him, it wasn’t like I had butterflies in my stomach instead it was more that I met my human. I could connect to him, he can handle me, understand and take care of me, love me and be my best friend. It is a little unbelievable when people hear our story. Our families know that this was meant to be,” she shares, adding he is too cute.

What the actor loves the most about Darbar is that she can be a goof ball with him. She reveals that when her dad was hospitalised and she was in Pune taking care of him, she met Darbar three times in six weeks. “I had to go to Pune right after he proposed and I got to know much better over the phone than meeting. I had a deeper understanding of life during the pandemic. What got further emphasises is that time with family and loved ones matters the most. To meet a man who believed the same, made me think he is my kind of person,” says Khan, adding she is unfazed that she is seven years older to Darbar. “I can be a goof ball with him and also find the maturity and balance in the relationship. The age difference isn’t much and it doesn’t bother me,” she says with a smile.

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Andy Robertson’s post-game reaction makes clear his thoughts on VAR


Andy Robertson has become the latest Liverpool player to question VAR in it’s current form after he conceded a stoppage-time penalty against Brighton.

The champions had already seen two goals disallowed for offside, before the Seagulls were handed a last-gasp chance from 12 yards.

Robertson was adjudged to have fouled Danny Welbeck, in an incident that required referee Stuart Attwell to take a look at the pitchside monitor.

Liverpool players were left furious after the decision was overturned, with Pascal Gross converting in the 1-1 draw.

Jurgen Klopp looks on as Suart Attwell awards a penalty to Brighton

Reds skipper Jordan Henderson labelled the decision “baffling” and admitted he would rather play games without the use of the technology.

He told BBC Sport: “I can’t really speak about it because I’ll get myself in trouble. If they’re offside, you do the line thing, then what can you do?

“The third one, I don’t know, it’s not a penalty. You can think I’m biased but if you ask four or five or their lads they will say the same thing. They said it walking off the pitch.

“You feel as though there are a lot of decisions that go against you but that decision for me today is baffling.

Andy Robertson talks to the officials following the controversial 1-1 draw

“I saw Kevin De Bruyne saying in an interview they have changed so many rules we don’t know what they are anymore. That for me is a big problem.

“We are talking about instances all the time and not the football. In my opinion I would rather play without it, yeah.”

Following the game, Robertson took to Twitter, suggesting former players should be involved in the decision making process.

He posted on his personal social media account: “Wonder when the people playing the game will have a say!

“Very frustrating day but credit to Brighton, really tough opponent!”

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Michael Owen labelled the awarding of Brighton’s penalty as “soft” – an assessment Robertson agreed with

Clearly annoyed by the decision, Robertson also liked a tweet from former Liverpool striker Michael Owen that criticised Attwell overtuning his initial call.

“These penalties are getting softer by the day,” Owen’s post reads. “Salah got given one against West Ham a few weeks ago so at least there’s consistency.

“In real time it’s never a pen. I thought VAR were meant to watch in real time. Slowing the replays down are making every challenge look a foul.”

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Solskjaer provides his thoughts on Bruno Fernandes giving up penalty duties


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Bruno Fernandes can hand out penalties if he wants, after the Portuguese let Marcus Rashford take a spot-kick on Tuesday.

Fernandes was on a hat-trick when Manchester United won a penalty against Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League.

The midfielder is the club’s dedicated penalty taker, but Fernandes opted against taking the spot-kick and instead handed the ball to Rashford.

The England international tucked his penalty away to put United 3-0 in front, but Fernandes’ decision left Paul Scholes baffled.

At the half time, Scholes said on BT Sport: “I don’t get it,” said Scholes. “Fernandes has taken all the penalties when he’s played. He’s on the chance of a hat-trick on a European night, I don’t understand it.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Bruno Fernandes can hand out penalties if he wants

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“But ultimately we get the same result so there’s not too much damage done.”

Fernandes was asked to explain his decision after the match, and revealed he let Rashford take the penalty for the betterment of the team.

“That’s not the point [scoring a hat-trick]. Of course, every player wants to score a hat-trick,” said Fernandes. “But after the game in the Premier League I told Rashford he would take the next one.

Fernandes was on a hat-trick when he gave up his penalty duties

“So I remembered that, and also because Rashford is one of the top scorers in the Champions League. I think it will be important for him to keep going there and take that confidence.

“But as I say, it doesn’t matter who takes the penalties, the most important thing is scoring. The team scores. When the team scores, I score too.”

Marcus Rashford took the penalty and put it away for United

United boss Solskjaer was then asked for his opinion on Fernandes giving up his penalty duties, and revealed he isn’t too concerned by the midfielder’s decision.

“Marcus is a very good penalty taker as well,” said Solskjaer. “If Bruno feels he wants to give it to him then he can do.

“Anthony [Martial] scored one against Leipzig, so why not? They can share them.”

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Philosopher Michel Onfray shares his thoughts on the pandemic


Challenged by a virus that has “brought the world to its knees,” French writer and philosopher Michel Onfray looked into the coronavirus crisis. Analyzing day after day what was happening in the news, he shares the fruit of his reflections, his criticisms of the company and the accounts of his interviews in the media in his new book, The pangolin’s revenge.

Michel Onfray communicates his ideas with conviction, without concession, in his book. For him, COVID-19 reveals, “in the photographic sense of the term”, the follies and excesses of our time. So he denounces “the weakness of politicians, the cacophony of scientists, the emergence of media medicine”, and more.

He saw the danger

Did people have their heads in the sand, in January and February 2020? “It seemed obvious to me that if in China they were able to confine a city of 15 million people, there was a danger,” he said in a telephone interview.

What followed proved he was right to be concerned. “Macron did anything and everything and we could have avoided a situation like this if, from the start, if he had taken the measure of the situation, if he had started by closing the borders,” said -he. Banning Chinese planes from landing in France for several weeks would also have helped, he adds. “He wasted three months.”

For the economy, the impact has been enormous, he observes. “We have banned all French economic activity. There are still people who are at home and who do not work. What are we going to do with this? That is to say, we are going to end up with people who are going to go bankrupt, people who are going to kill themselves, people who are going to close shop. “

Containment

What was he thinking about during the lockdown? “It hasn’t changed my life much because writing is a lonely job, so you can really stay home and work without difficulty,” he comments.

“But there is still a moment when you want to go out to go out, to see people. There are people who are depressed and we can see that the psychic structures have been damaged. We don’t talk about it because it’s not measurable, but there are probably people who have gone into neuroses or psychoses. “

A lesson in vitalism

In the book, he talks about zoonoses, the environment, death. “I think it brings to our eyes the fact that we are mortal, that life and death are intimately linked and that for decades, since Christianity collapsed, the question of dead. “

The coronavirus, in short, is doing its virus job. “It’s just a lesson in vitalism, in terms of philosophy. The great power is life, and for the great power to be, there must be death, too. ”

  • Michel Onfray has a doctorate in philosophy.
  • He is the author of more than 100 books translated in more than 25 countries.
  • His website: michelonfray.com
  • He launched Popular Front, a review of reflections and debates on how to rebuild the world and think “the days after”. The website: Frontpopulaire.fr



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Sanjay Dutt’s wife Maanayata celebrates World Children’s Day with her twins and thoughts of love and grace


Actor Sanjay Dutt’s wife Maanayata on Friday shared a picture with her twins – Iqra and Shahraan – on the occasion of World Children’s Day. She mentioned how everyday was a new day and it was for us to shape it.

She wrote: “Today’s a new day… it’s your day….You shape it!! Don’t let it be shaped by someone else’s ignorance or fear….grow stronger….wiser and humble #worldschildrensday #love #grace #positivity #dutts #beautifullife #thankyougod.” The picture showed her children hugging her from either side.

 

Maanayata has emerged as a pillar of strength after Sanjay was diagnosed with lung cancer in August this year. She has rallied around him and together they have fought the dreaded disease.On Dussehra, she posted a video of a special havan done by Sanjay after he beat cancer.

Sharing the video clip, Maanayata wrote: “Dedicating this Dusshera to someone who has been such an inspiration not only to me, but to so many others. Life has thrown many difficulties at him, but he has always fought back with patience, grace and love. And when we thought we finally had peace, life threw yet another challenge. Today he has once again proven that a positive mind can win and conquer the worst situation with resilience and courage! There is truly no one like you Sanju, you taught me when the going gets tough, only the tough gets going. You are my strength, my pride, My Ram!! #vijayadashami bhava!! Wishing everyone peace and prosperity #love #grace #positivity #dutts #beautifullife #thankyougod.”

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Sanjay himself has been rather forthright about his illness. On beating cancer, he wrote on Instagram: “The last few weeks were very difficult time for my family and me. But like they say, God gives the hardest battles to his strongest soldiers. And today, on the occasion of my kids’ birthday, I am happy to come out victorious from this battle and be able to give them the best gift I can–the health and well-being of our family.”

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Kenny Dalglish provides his thoughts on Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk replacements


Sir Kenny Dalglish reckons Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams are ready to step up to the plate for Liverpool amid the club’s current injury crisis.

Jurgen Klopp has lost Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez to injury, and is having to turn to the academy to get him out of a hole.

Phillips made his Premier League debut against West Ham two weeks ago, while Williams turned out for the Reds against Atalanta in the Champions League.

Both showed Klopp they are ready for the responsibility of more minutes at the highest level, and former Liverpool manager Dalglish has backed the duo to get the Reds through this turbulent time.

Sir Kenny Dalglish reckons Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams are ready to step up to the plate

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“It’s difficult for anybody to step in, but at 19 years of age Williams didn’t do too badly against Atalanta,” Dalglish told the Liverpool Echo.

“He was there and stood up, the first header he cleared everybody out and made sure it was his and Nat Phillips did well in the game at Anfield as well.

Nathaniel Phillips in action for the Reds against West Ham

“Whether they’re ready long-term it remains to be seen, but Nat was over in Germany on loan last season and did really well so maybe he is a little bit more experienced.

“As I say though, you’ve got a couple of choices there – they’ll want to play. It might not be perfect timing for them because the next game is difficult against Leicester but Jurgen gets most of his decisions right and I have no doubt he’ll get this one right too.”

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One in ten people suffered suicidal thoughts during Britain’s lockdown


One in ten people had suicidal thoughts by the end of the first six weeks of Britain’s lockdown, research has found.

University of Glasgow academics found the pandemic and being confined to home had a major impact on the mental health of people across the UK.

The researchers surveyed 3,000 adults and found that the number of people having thoughts about taking their own life rose by two percentage points between March and May.

Although it is a small rise, it is significant given the short amount of time it occurred over, the researchers said. 

Young people, women and individuals from socially disadvantaged backgrounds were more likely to report worsened mental health during the lockdown. 

One in seven (14 per cent) of young adults had suicidal thoughts in mid-May, the study revealed.

One in ten people had suicidal thoughts by the end of the first six weeks of Britain’s lockdown, research has found. Rates were even higher in those under 30 (stock photo)

The study, which is published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, was funded by mental health charities the Samaritans, the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), and the Mindstep Foundation. 

Three waves of participants between March and May were asked about pre-existing mental health problems, suicide attempts and self-harm, suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, feelings of defeat, feelings of entrapment, mental wellbeing and loneliness. 

ONE IN TEN AMBULANCE CALLS FOR MENTAL HEALTH IN LOCKDOWN 

Around one in 10 incidents attended by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) during the coronavirus pandemic involved mental health, figures show.

Of a total of 826,396 incidents attended between January and September, 81,644 (10%) had a mental health element.

Mental health incidents have increased each month since March, when the Covid-19 lockdown measures were introduced.

June saw the highest proportion of attended call-outs involving mental  health, making up 12 per cent of the total, or one in eight calls.

Last year, LAS staff and volunteers attended more than 105,000 incidents where patients were experiencing mental ill-health – roughly nine per cent of the total attended.

The LAS’s ‘mental health joint response car”’scheme involves six teams of a registered mental health nurse and paramedic being sent to patients in a mental health crisis.

The extended pilot saw an 80 per cent reduction in unnecessary trips to emergency departments in favour of more appropriate mental health care or referrals between January 19 and April 12.

LAS crews operating outside of the scheme discharged 41 per cent of patients at the scene with care or a more suitable referral, the LAS evaluation found.

Mental health nurses also work in LAS control rooms, offering advice on symptoms and helping decide whether a mental health car needs to be dispatched.

The rising number of mental health incidents is examined in the BBC One documentary Ambulance, which will air on Wednesday at 9pm.

In the episode, crews respond to a call about a suicidal patient pulled out of the River Thames by a passer-by, and help calm down a teenager who has been self-harming.

Keith, a paramedic, said: ‘Life can be difficult and overwhelming sometimes – that’s why it’s so important for people to reach out and talk to someone they trust.

‘Sometimes one conversation is all it takes for someone to get the help they need when they are struggling.’

On the March 23, a nationwide lockdown was announced by the UK government with the public instructed to stay at home to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Eight per cent of people in the first wave of the study, between March 31 and April 9, reported suicidal thoughts. 

This raised to 9.8 per cent by the end of May, once the lockdown had kicked in.

The figure was 14 per cent among young adults aged 19 to 29, up from 12.5 per cent.

The researchers said that even though the increases are relatively small, they are significant because of the short period of time they happened over. 

They said it is not possible to make direct comparisons with pre-Covid-19 rates.

But the average rate of suicidal ideation among young adults is higher than the 11 per cent reported by young adults in a British study published two years ago.

Suicidal thoughts in the whole sample are higher than those reported elsewhere, with 2.8 per cent reporting suicide ideation in one national study of adults in 2009. 

The research is considered one of the most detailed to date on mental health in the UK during the pandemic.

Professor Rory O’Connor, Chair in Health Psychology at the university’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing, who led the study, said: ‘While public health measures, such as lockdown, have been necessary to protect the general population, we know the effects of Covid-19 on the population’s mental health and wellbeing are likely to be profound and long-lasting.

‘The findings from our study, showing in particular the increasing rates of suicidal thoughts, especially among young adults, is concerning, and show that we must be vigilant to this at-risk group.’ 

Younger adults were more likely to report suicidal thoughts and higher levels of depressive symptoms than those aged 30-59 years and over 60.

Those aged 30-59 years reported higher rates than those over 60.

People from lower socio-economic backgrounds were more likely to experience suicidal thoughts compared to those in higher socio-economic groups.

And those with pre-existing mental health conditions were found to report suicidal thoughts more than those without.

More than one in four respondents, 26.1 per cent, experienced at least moderate levels of depressive symptoms. 

Despite the increase in suicidal thoughts and depression, other factors related to suicide risk such as symptoms of anxiety decreased across the same period.

Participants have been followed up throughout the pandemic, and further results will be published in the coming months.

Professor O’Connor said: ‘As we move through this pandemic, investigating the trajectory of mental health and wellbeing is crucial to giving us a better understanding of the challenges people face during this difficult time.

‘By having such analysis and information, we can formulate targeted mental health measures and interventions for those most in need as this pandemic continues, as well as being prepared for future.’  

Dr Liz Scowcroft, Samaritans Head of Research and Evaluation, said: ‘The findings from this study are stark and leave us with no doubt that Covid-19 has had a detrimental impact on the nation’s mental health.

‘However, it is important to remember that a rise in suicides is not inevitable. Suicide is preventable and these results demonstrate that it’s more important than ever that effective support is available for those who need it most.

‘As we continue to navigate our way through the pandemic, it is a priority for us to reach those struggling to cope and encourage them to seek help before they reach crisis point.’ 

For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116123.   



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