The Safe House Project 2009 for Displaced & Homeless MSM/Transgender reviewed & more

In response to numerous requests for more information on the defunct Safe House Pilot Project that was to address the growing numbers of displaced and homeless LGBTQ Youth in New Kingston in 2007/8/9, a review of the relevance of the project as a solution, the possible avoidance of present issues with some of its previous residents if it were kept open.
Recorded June 12, 2013; also see from the former Executive Director named in the podcast more background on the project: HERE also see the beginning of the issues from the closure of the project: The Quietus ……… The Safe House Project Closes and The Ultimatum on December 30, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Line in the sand for the PNP part 4 ........ Pryce is out

Raymond Pryce will not continue as a candidate in the selection process to represent the People's National Party in the St Elizabeth North Eastern constituency in the next general elections.

In a statement issued by Team PNP on behalf of the first-time member of Parliament, Pryce said he took the decision to withdraw his name from the selection process.

This he said was because of "recent developments within the political organisation of the constituency of North Eastern St Elizabeth and the serious implications that have arisen".

"I will therefore not be available to stand as a candidate for the People's National Party when the next general elections are called," Pryce said in the statement.

However, he also said that he remains loyal to the People's National Party and subscribes to its principles and ideals.

"I thank the people of North East St Elizabeth for their support and will continue my strident representation on their behalf and in their interest until a new representative is elected," the statement read.

The incumbent Pryce was facing a challenge for leadership of the constituency from Santa Cruz businessman Evon Redman.

Last week, an injunction was secured by former Mayor of Black River Daphne Holmes, a Pryce supporter, barring the party from holding a conference to select a candidate in the constituency.

Just yesterday, an OBSERVER ONLINE source disclosed that Mayor of Black River and chairman of the St Elizabeth Parish Council, Everton Fisher, has been tipped to become the PNP's standard bearer in the constituency.

This election cycle look so iffy as to who will win as so many distractions and sideshows seem to cloud the view. Will the silent majority finally rise to vote on issues?

This entry has been sitting in draft as the weather changes rapidly. So I'll still keep aspects of my original post for historical tracking.

Wow it getting hard to keep up with the developments in the PNP I had prepared another draft for this part in terms of the economy but since part two of the series where I zoomed in on the Pryce factor Mr Raymond Pryce’s court action may have damaged the very People’s National Party, PNP image as he is well liked by no other than the President of the party Mrs Simpson Miller, he writes her speeches, assists her with some administrative issues and he is a key chair of the party machinery in St Elizabeth.

this video from the last election campaign online has resurfaced mocking and labeling Pryce as gay

The loudest voice for the change of the buggery law or at best some more discussion thus far in the PNP administration is finding himself by his own actions or lack thereof dependent on who one talks to the centre of heated debate and sheer anger from the delegates who feel that Pryce was foisted on them by the executive in Kingston to include the issues of ageism, out of touch leadership and a non active party president in this and other matters which is linked to a national concern of Mrs Simpson Miller is not granting interviews or speaking publicly and her ability to do same has been questioned sometimes to the point of ridicule. The perception also had for years that the PNP has far less internal fighting has been smashed but then again we have short memories as the bitter leadership race with Mrs Simpson Miller and now Finance Minister Peter Phillips played out horribly publicly.

Supporters of the challenger Devon Redman illegally blocked the main road in the area in protest of the postponement of the selection process even though the seat is considered a safe seat for the PNP no matter who sits there but will the JLP get it as what happened in South East St Ann. Or even nearby Tufton vs Buchanan South Elizabeth which was considered a safe seat for the JLP then but was lost to the PNP by 12 votes suddenly the seat looks attractive to the PNP. This is the third time that the selection process has been postponed and with threats to switch or revenge voting. Why the headquarters or the heads of the PNP has have not said much yet? Even NEC members of the party on the ground in the area are up in arms. After what happened to the JLP in the 2011 polls with them thinking they would win with sheer arrogance got a surprise. Lest we forget the Trinidad elections also showed us that; opposition parties seem to be overturning incumbents as the People’s Partnership also may have thought they were safe.

We must remember rural folk do not really engage authority as authority really does not engage them. The slated selection process in Pryce’s constituency on September 12 was thwarted by Pryce himself via a court injunction successfully gained for twenty eight days until thus delaying the date for the perceived announcement of the elections, some were saying November or December but if this matter and others that are still not settled drag out we may very well rule out an polls for this year again. The aforementioned ageism issue combined with the so called labourization of the party as complained by Dr Dayton Campbell at a function in the embattled Lisa Hanna who is also youth minister. Those who have crossed from the Jamaica Labour Party, JLP either as supporters or power houses (Mrs Gordon Webley) have had a hard time but the history of politics in Jamaica is frothed with crossing more so from the JLP to PNP, Madame Rose Leon comes to mind from way back in the days and even the founder of the JLP itself was a former PNP member when he left to start his own outfit. The very Bustamante trade union was a staunch PNP backer prior to sojourning to the new entity. How people relate to politicians and real social issues in rural Jamaica especially has become so skewed that it plays out the way it does with this matter clearly shows. Lloyd B Smith who also ran a JLP ticket lost his bid to run for his current seat.

Some have said only a losing candidate would have launched a court injunction and all the time doing so Pryce is not engaging either the delegates who really are the ones who decide who runs and even who holds the seat of President of the PNP itself but there seems to be a bypassing of their votes so much so that delegates openly have said they will vote JLP; a call comrades do not make so easily. The buggery law is almost nowhere in sight in this election campaign and side shows thus far. However Mr Pryce has been the subject of snide remarks laced with homophobic undertones however both on social media most disgustingly and in his constituency from the supporters of the challenger; the usual battyman worded comments come flowing and even at a street dance the disc jocks on a sound system were very deliberate in spinning the usual ‘bun out’ murder music tracks while not naming Pryce directly throw words at the ‘MP’ and that he must go. The other minister who has direct responsibility to the law reform needed via the sexual offences bill under its four year review has basically said he will not cross it and the joint select committee report is not out yet. Speaking at a function in another parish he said it would be foolish to vote otherwise than the PNP but will the LGBT vote respond to this when it sees hardly any signs of change in the law?

Word has come that neither Pryce or his challenger Redman maybe around if said word on the ground materialises but one Wentworth Skeffrey who would be parachuted in as the PNP President evoke powers to overrule the machinery and delegates wishes as what was done with Raymond Pryce himself when he was parachuted in as well much to the unease of the delegates. Pryce in effect sealed his doom via the court action. He has alienated powerful factions and he has not endeared the constituency population. If Pryce is well established in the seat why has not Pryce engage the delegates he should say to them bring it on and ones work would speak for itself.

Something else that struck me in that while the JLP was ahead in the last three polls with some clear 11 percentage points yet the gap was closed in by the PNP by some 8 points despite Mrs Simpson Miller and the PNP campaign machinery not yet active, what will happen when she actually starts despite the small lead within the margin of error in the last poll? Mrs Miller excels at campaigning but her lack of presence on matters publicly, the perception of her lack of public engagement skills, seen as missing in action on party matters and what appears to be little substance to campaign on as achievements apart from the IMF tests passing, the much heralded logistics hub buckling under the perceived failure of Minister Anthony Hylton, low or no growth, some increase in business confidence but manufacturers complain of little incentive.

Is the PNP on the international front trying to present a more neo-liberal front to gain the benefits had chiefly the grant aid from the likes of the EU and the US but has a challenge of the political realities on the ground, politicians literally dread being sent into the wilderness or desert if they touch the buggery law to decriminalize or repeal the sections in the articles. The JLP in the meantime is clinging to a more conservative agenda namely responding positively to a call from the religious right on a referendum on the buggery law but reticent on the Caribbean Court of Justice, CCJ which the PNP has some support in having the court as our final court. Only this week the three bills were tabled for voting in the upper house, what perfect timing some say as clearly it will be an election issue as the JLP is viewed as wanting to hold on to some old colonial elements and the twinning of the old issue of the JLP’s non support of federation choosing independence instead and their present stance on CARICOM claiming it was not beneficial to small island states in any real tangible forms.

With social media having far more say in what affects politics and the galvanizing of same since the snide remarks made by the PNP’s party Chairman and Minister of Water Bobby Pickersgill calling persons who use social media the “articulate minority” but said minority has been able to sway some of the what was considered the silent majority who in times gone by were docile politically. The unravelling of the constituency races in so many PNP seats is unprecedented and leaves many pondering are we seeing a sweeping change in how we do business or a an awakening of the said silent majority via the local levels with objections to non performing members of parliament who think it is a smooth ride once in the seat. After all nationally the two terms or multiple terms in for the incumbent died in the last elections where the JLP in arrogance thought they would win have learnt from that round and are out selling their achievements from the one term 2007 – 11 in the present campaign. This election seems so iffy as the eligible voters position is unclear despite the polls suggesting that cohort is still disillusioned by general malaise and lack of national improvement in their lives from policies or lack thereof to effectively make growth impactful.

The Lloyd B Smith race and claims of a flawed delegates list has come as he has lost to the challenger and he has now threatened to go public with the details he says he has in his possession if the party machinery does not act, sigh, what is this? Lloyd B is also one of those voices on the fringes when it comes to some sort of buggery review although his newspaper the Western Mirror via an editorial and letters etc reflect otherwise, he has also hinted at some referendum of sorts on the law as well but now he is out of the representational leagues after this administration’s life ends what will happen when he departs his position also as deputy speaker of the house?

The apparent settling of the JLP seems calming thus far but will that be enough for them to win and will the PNP get over their infighting whilst convincing a embattled hold strain nation? The Minister of Education Reverend Ronald Thwaites spoke to the ism and schisms in the party as it it spoiling the image of the party, speaking at a PNP meeting in Mrs Simpson Miller’s constituency he also blasted Bruce Golding for lying to Jamaica and supporting Dudus Coke, the obvious twinning of the issues to make the PNP look good has been pulled off there.

also see:

No Time For Tricks - Crawford Downplays Controversial Platform Comment



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APJ Website Launch & Link

Aphrodite's P.R.I.D.E Jamaica, APJ launched their website on December 1 2015 on World AIDS Day where they hosted a docu-film and after discussions on the film Human Vol 1

audience members interacting during a break in the event

film in progress

visit the new APJ website HERE

See posts on APJ's work: HERE (newer entries will appear first so scroll to see older ones)

The Hypocrisy of Jamaican Anti Gay Groups & Selective Actions of Societal Ills

The selectivity of the anti gay religious voices on so called societal ills is examined in this podcast as other major issues that require the "church" to have spoken up including sexual abuse by pastors in recent times yet mere silence on those matters is highlighted.

Why are these groups and so called child rights activists creating mass hysteria and have so much strength for HOMOSEXUALITY but are quiet on corruption in government, missing children, crime in the country and so much more but want to stop same gender loving persons from enjoying peace of mind and PRIVACY?

Also is the disturbing tactic of deliberately conflating paedophilia with same gender sex as if to suggest reforming the buggery law will cause an influx of buggered children when we know that is NOT TRUE.

MSM/Trans homeless - From gully to graveyard

When are lives interrupted be allowed a real honest chance to move from interruption to independence and stability? I just cannot tell you friends.

An article appeared in the gleaner today that just sent me into sadness mode again with this ugly business of LGBTQI homelessness. The author of the piece needs an intervention too as he (Ryon Jones) uses terms such as cross dressers and or homeless men which if transgender persons are present they cannot be described or seen as such, sigh another clear display of the lack of impact and reach of so called advocacies and advocates who are more interested in parading as working but really aint having much impact as they ought to or claim.

We are told of houses being put together from time in memorial; the Dwayne’s House project seems dead in the water, the Larry Chang (named after a JFLAG cofounder) seems stuck in the mud and Colour Pink’s so called Rainbow House seems insignificant in relation to the size and scope of the national problem. JFLAG as presented on this blog is obviously not interested in getting their hands dirty really on homelessness save and except for using the populations as cannon fodder and delegating same; as far as I am concerned presenting them as victims of homophobia which is true but where are the programs and the perceived millions donated or granted since President Obama’s visit to address LGBTQ matters?


Dr Shelly Ann Weeks on Homophobia - What are we afraid of?

Former host of Dr Sexy Live on Nationwide radio and Sexologist tackles in a simplistic but to the point style homophobia and asks the poignant question of the age, What really are we as a nation afraid of?

It seems like homosexuality is on everyone's tongue. From articles in the newspapers to countless news stories and commentaries, it seems like everyone is talking about the gays. Since Jamaica identifies as a Christian nation, the obvious thought about homosexuality is that it is wrong but only male homosexuality seems to influence the more passionate responses. It seems we are more open to accepting lesbianism but gay men are greeted with much disapproval.

Dancehall has certainly been very clear where it stands when it comes to this issue with various songs voicing clear condemnation of this lifestyle. Currently, quite a few artistes are facing continuous protests because of their anti-gay lyrics. Even the law makers are involved in the gayness as there have been several calls for the repeal of the buggery law. Recently Parliament announced plans to review the Sexual Offences Act which, I am sure, will no doubt address homosexuality.

Jamaica has been described as a homophobic nation. The question I want to ask is: What are we afraid of? There are usually many reasons why homosexuality is such a pain in the a@. Here are some of the more popular arguments MORE HERE

also see:
Dr Shelly Ann Weeks on Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation

Sexuality - What is yours?

The Deliberate Misuse of the “Sexual Grooming” Term by Antigay Fanatics to Promote Their Hysteria

Just as I researched on-line in NOT EVEN five minutes and found a plethora of information and FACTS on Sexual Grooming (and thanks to Dr Karen Carpenter for some valuable insight I found out what Sexual Grooming was) so too must these fanatics go and do the same and stop creating panic in the country.

The hysteria continues from the Professor Bain so called protests to protect freedom of speech and bites at the credibility of the LGBT lobby collectively continues via Duppies Dupe UWI articles when the bigger principle of the conflict of interest in regards to the greater imperative of removing/preserving archaic buggery laws in the Caribbean dependent on which side one sits is of greater import when the professor’s court testimony in Belize went against the imperative of CHART/PANCAP goals is the more germane matter of which he was former head now temporarily reinstated via a court ex-parte injunction. The unnecessary uproar and shouting from the same hysterical uninformed quarters claiming moral concerns ....... MORE CLICK HERE

also see if you can

JFLAG Excludes Homeless MSM from IDAHOT Symposium on Homelessness


In a shocking move JFLAG decided not to invite or include homeless MSM in their IDAHO activity for 2013 thus leaving many in wonderment as to the reason for their existence or if the symposium was for "experts" only while offering mere tokenism to homeless persons in the reported feeding program. LISTEN TO THE AUDIO ENTRY HERE sad that the activity was also named in honour of one of JFLAG's founders who joined the event via Skype only to realize the issue he held so dear in his time was treated with such disrespect and dishonor. Have LGBT NGOs lost their way and are so mainstream they have forgotten their true calling?

also see a flashback to some of the issues with the populations and the descending relationships between JASL, JFLAG and the displaced/homeless LGBT youth in New Kingston: Rowdy Gays Strike - J-FLAG Abandons Raucous Homosexuals Misbehaving In New Kingston

also see all the posts in chronological order by date from Gay Jamaica Watch HERE and GLBTQ Jamaica HERE


see previous entries on LGBT Homelessness from the Wordpress Blog HERE

Steps to take when confronted by the police & your rights compromised:

a) Ask to see a lawyer or Duty Council

b) Only give name and address and no other information until a lawyer is present to assist

c) Try to be polite even if the scenario is tense

d) Don’t do anything to aggravate the situation

e) Every complaint lodged at a police station should be filed and a receipt produced, this is not a legal requirement but an administrative one for the police to track reports

f) Never sign to a statement other than the one produced by you in the presence of the officer(s)

g) Try to capture a recording of the exchange or incident or call someone so they can hear what occurs, place on speed dial important numbers or text someone as soon as possible

h) File a civil suit if you feel your rights have been violated

i) When making a statement to the police have all or most of the facts and details together for e.g. "a car" vs. "the car" represents two different descriptions

j) Avoid having the police writing the statement on your behalf except incases of injuries, make sure what you want to say is recorded carefully, ask for a copy if it means that you have to return for it

Vacant at Last! ShoemakerGully: Displaced MSM/Trans Persons were is cleared December 2014

CVM TV carried a raid and subsequent temporary blockade exercise of the Shoemaker Gully in the New Kingston district as the authorities respond to the bad eggs in the group of homeless/displaced or idling MSM/Trans persons who loiter there for years.

Question is what will happen to the population now as they struggle for a roof over their heads and food etc. The Superintendent who proposed a shelter idea (that seemingly has been ignored by JFLAG et al) was the one who led the raid/eviction.

Also see:

the CVM NEWS Story HERE on the eviction/raid taken by the police

also see a flashback to some of the troubling issues with the populations and the descending relationships between JASL, JFLAG and the displaced/homeless GBT youth in New Kingston: Rowdy Gays Strike - J-FLAG Abandons Raucous Homosexuals Misbehaving In New Kingston

also see all the posts in chronological order by date from Gay Jamaica Watch HERE and GLBTQ Jamaica HERE


see previous entries on LGBT Homelessness from the Wordpress Blog HERE

May 22, 2015, see: MP Seeks Solutions For Homeless Gay Youth In New Kingston

New Kingston Cop Proposes Shelter for Shoemaker Gully LGBT Homeless Population

Superintendent Murdock

The same cop who has factored in so many run-ins with the youngsters in the Shoemaker Gully (often described as a sewer by some activists) has delivered on a promise of his powerpoint presentation on a solution to the issue in New Kingston, problem is it is the same folks who abandoned the men (their predecessors) from the powerful cogs of LGBT/HIV that are in earshot of his plan.

This ugly business of LGBTQ homelessness and displacements or self imposed exile by persons has had several solutions put forth, problem is the non state actors in particular do not want to get their hands dirty as the more combative and political issues to do with buggery's decriminalization or repeal have risen to the level of importance more so than this. Let us also remember this is like the umpteenth meeting with the cops, some of the LGBT homeless persons and the advocacy structure.

Remember JFLAG's exclusion of the group from that IDAHO symposium on LGBT homelessess? See HERE, how can we ask the same people who only want to academise and editorialise the issue to also try to address their own when they do not want to get their hands dirty but publish wonderful reports as was done earlier this month, see HERE: (re)Presenting and Redressing LGBT Homelessness in Jamaica: Towards a Multifaceted Approach to Addressing Anti-Gay Related Displacement also LGBT homelessness has always been with us from the records of Gay Freedom Movement(1974) to present but the current issues started from 2009, see: The Quietus ……… The Safe House Project Closes and The Ultimatum on December 30, 2009 as carried on sister blog Gay Jamaica Watch. CLICK HERE for FULL post of this story.

Gender Identity/Transgederism Radio discussion Jamaica March 2014

Radio program Everywoman on Nationwide Radio 90FM March 20th 2014 with Dr Karen Carpenter as stand-in host with a transgender activist and co-founder of Aphrodite's P.R.I.D.E Jamaica and a gender non conforming/lesbian guest as well on the matters of identity, sex reassignment surgery and transexuality.

CLICK HERE for a recording of the show


As promised here is another periodical update on an income generating/diligence building project now in effect for some now seven former homeless and displaced MSM in St Catherine, it originally had twelve persons but some have gotten jobs elsewhere, others have simply walked away and one has relocated to another parish, to date their weed whacking earning business capacity has been struggling as previous posts on the subject has brought to bear.

Although some LGBT persons residing in the parish have been approached by yours truly and others to increase client count for the men costs such as gas and maintenance of the four machines that are rotated between the enrolled men are rising weekly literally while the demand is instead decreasing due to various reasons.

Newstalk 93FM's Issues On Fire: Polygamy Should Be Legalized In Jamaica 08.04.14

debate by hosts and UWI students on the weekly program Issues on Fire on legalizing polygamy with Jamaica's multiple partner cultural norms this debate is timely.

Also with recent public discourse on polyamorous relationships, threesomes (FAME FM Uncensored) and on social.

What to Do .....

a. Make a phone call: to a lawyer or relative or anyone

b. Ask to see a lawyer immediately: if you don’t have the money ask for a Duty Council

c. A Duty Council is a lawyer provided by the state

d. Talk to a lawyer before you talk to the police

e. Tell your lawyer if anyone hits you and identify who did so by name and number

f. Give no explanations excuses or stories: you can make your defense later in court based on what you and your lawyer decided

g. Ask the sub officer in charge of the station to grant bail once you are charged with an offence

h. Ask to be taken before a justice of The Peace immediately if the sub officer refuses you bail

i. Demand to be brought before a Resident Magistrate and have your lawyer ask the judge for bail

j. Ask that any property taken from you be listed and sealed in your presence

Cases of Assault:An assault is an apprehension that someone is about to hit you

The following may apply:

1) Call 119 or go to the station or the police arrives depending on the severity of the injuries

2) The report must be about the incident as it happened, once the report is admitted as evidence it becomes the basis for the trial

3) Critical evidence must be gathered as to the injuries received which may include a Doctor’s report of the injuries.

4) The description must be clearly stated; describing injuries directly and identifying them clearly, show the doctor the injuries clearly upon the visit it must be able to stand up under cross examination in court.

5) Misguided evidence threatens the credibility of the witness during a trial; avoid the questioning of the witnesses credibility, the tribunal of fact must be able to rely on the witness’s word in presenting evidence

6) The court is guided by credible evidence on which it will make it’s finding of facts

7) Bolster the credibility of a case by a report from an independent disinterested party.

Notes on Bail & Court Appearance issues

If in doubt speak to your attorney

Bail and its importance -

If one is locked up then the following may apply:
Locked up over a weekend - Arrested pursuant to being charged or detained There must be reasonable suspicion i.e. about to commit a crime, committing a crime or have committed a crime.

There are two standards that must be met:

1). Subjective standard: what the officer(s) believed to have happened

2). Objective standard: proper and diligent collection of evidence that implicates the accused To remove or restrain a citizen’s liberty it cannot be done on mere suspicion and must have the above two standards

 Police officers can offer bail with exceptions for murder, treason and alleged gun offences, under the Justice of the Peace Act a JP can also come to the police station and bail a person, this provision as incorporated into the bail act in the late nineties

 Once a citizen is arrested bail must be considered within twelve hours of entering the station – the agents of the state must give consideration as to whether or not the circumstances of the case requires that bail be given

 The accused can ask that a Justice of the Peace be brought to the station any time of the day. By virtue of taking the office excluding health and age they are obliged to assist in securing bail

"Bail is not a matter for daylight

Locked up and appearing in court

 Bail is offered at the courts office provided it was extended by the court; it is the court that has the jurisdiction over the police with persons in custody is concerned.

 Bail can still be offered if you were arrested and charged without being taken to court a JP can still intervene and assist with the bail process.

Other Points of Interest

 The accused has a right to know of the exact allegation

 The detainee could protect himself, he must be careful not to be exposed to any potential witness

 Avoid being viewed as police may deliberately expose detainees

 Bail is not offered to persons allegedly with gun charges

 Persons who allegedly interfere with minors do not get bail

 If over a long period without charge a writ of habeas corpus however be careful of the police doing last minute charges so as to avoid an error

 Every instance that a matter is brought before the court and bail was refused before the accused can apply for bail as it is set out in the bail act as every court appearance is a chance to ask for bail

 Each case is determined by its own merit – questions to be considered for bail:

a) Is the accused a flight risk?

b) Are there any other charges that the police may place against the accused?

c) Is the accused likely to interfere with any witnesses?

d) What is the strength of the crown’s/prosecution’s case?

 Poor performing judges can be dealt with at the Judicial Review Court level or a letter to the Chief Justice can start the process

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Battle Lines Javed Jaghai versus the state & the Jamaica Buggery Law

Originally aired on CVM TV December 8th 2013, apologies for some of the glitches as the source feed was not so hot and it kept dropping from source or via the ISP, NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED and is solely for educational and not for profit use and review. The issue of the pending legal challenge in the Constitutional Court in Jamaica as filed by Javed Jaghai an outspoken activist who happens also to be openly aetheist.

The opposing sides are covered as well such as
The Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society
The Love March
Movement Jamaica

The feature seems destined for persons who are just catching up to the issues and repositioning JFLAG in particular in the public domain as their image has taken a beating in some respects especially on the matter of the homeless MSM front. They need to be careful that an elitist perception is not held after this after some comments above simplistic discourse, the use of public agitation as beneath some folks and the obvious overlooking of the ordinary citizen who are realy the ones who need convincing to effect the mindset change needed and the national psyche's responses to homosexuality in general.

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