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| Rest In Peace Jim Considine. I know that this isn’t news to many of you but before the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) was SWANA, it was the Governmental Refuse Collection and Disposal Association (GRCDA). The GRCDA was born in a meeting on December 12, 1961, at the Huddle Restaurant in West Covina, ... READ MORE

Mighty Microorganisms

| One of my guilty pleasures is a multi-media biology project called “Pondlife,” which features images and video footage of some of New York City’s tiniest inhabitants—unicellular organisms that reside in the city’s fountains, reservoirs, and waterways. The digital storytelling is produced by biology post-doc Sally Warring, who offers a window beneath the surface into the ... READ MORE

Artificially Speaking

| I’m really trying my best to not be so obsessed with the advancements scientists and researchers are making into developing artificial intelligence (AI). But when I see headlines like this on websites like IFLScience, “This AI Tool Is So Terrifying, Its Creators Don’t Want To Release It,” it’s difficult not to be concerned. I’ve blogged ... READ MORE

Squeezing Out the Competition

| Of all the problems plaguing the Florida Everglades—a century and a half of altered drainage patterns, nutrient-laden waters from sugar cane and other crops, political battles over restoration efforts—one stands out in the public’s imagination: snakes. The Everglades is infested with pythons. As this article (titled “Snakes on a Plain”) explains, giant Burmese pythons can ... READ MORE

Charging Ahead

| Three archeological objects—a ceramic pot, a copper tube, and an iron rod—are considered by some to be the earliest energy storage technology. These artifacts, together called the Baghdad Battery, were first described by Wilhelm Konig, a curator at the National Museum of Iraq, in a 1938 paper. They are believed to date to the Parthian ... READ MORE

This Should Really Bug You

| You might think insects are one of the things you wouldn’t miss too much if they suddenly disappeared. A recent paper, though, says you’d be wrong. Scientists say that we’re losing insects at an unprecedented rate; 40% of the world’s insect species are declining, some up to eight times faster than birds, reptiles, and mammals. ... READ MORE

The Intelligent Water Systems Challenge

| The water industry is notorious for being risk-averse when it comes to implementing innovation. The Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT), founded by The Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), is a multi-pronged initiative to help bring new water technologies and practices to the field quickly and efficiently. Last year LIFT ... READ MORE

“You Think You’re Helping, But You’re Not”

| Snow and ice storms have recently hit the Midwest. When I scan through the pictures of snow on front lawns and roads and highways, I remember when I was growing up and became old enough to shovel snow off the driveway. I did it for a couple of years by myself until my little brother ... READ MORE

“The Lesser of Two Evils”

| When faced with a difficult choice, there’s ancient wisdom that advises us to “choose the lesser of two evils.” What if you’re having trouble deciding which choice is less evil than the other? While we’re having a difficult time trying how to fund the repair and/or replacement of our infrastructure, there’s never really been a ... READ MORE

Spider Sense

| As we’ve discussed many times here and in our sister publications, more cities, states, and countries are banning or restricting single-use plastic items—bags, straws, eating utensils, even plastic water bottles. Those efforts, intended to reduce plastic waste in waterways and landfills, are gaining momentum, but they beg the question “What are we going to use ... READ MORE

A Shell Game

| Predicting when global economies will reach peak oil demand has become something of a sport in recent weeks. While most predictions fall within the 2030s, new reports indicate that peak oil demand may take place as early as 2023, far sooner than many energy analysts and oil companies had previously imagined. A report by the Carbon Tracker ... READ MORE

Leaf Canopy and Drought

| It’s the chicken and the egg all over again. We know the importance of rainforests in sequestering carbon; an average tree in a tropical rainforest pulls in and stores about 50 pounds of carbon from the atmosphere each year. New growth and rapidly growing trees tend to absorb more carbon. However, changing weather patterns are ... READ MORE

Plastic Straw Police

| The first step is sometimes the hardest. It can often feel like the ultimate goal is so far away, it’ll take an eternity to get there. But all journeys start with that first step. Banning plastic straws may sound silly and trivial to people who don’t know what we know. We know where those straws ... READ MORE

Oxymoronic Infrastructure

| I have a love-hate relationship with oxymorons. I know exactly what they mean even though they defy the tenets of logic. “I’ll have an order of your jumbo shrimp, please.” I’ve seen almost all of the obvious oxymorons, but in a search for new examples of infrastructure around the world, I came across one that ... READ MORE

Global Growth

| The energy industry is amidst a historic transformation as it moves from a traditional grid framework to decentralized, decarbonized, and digitized systems. Energy storage has emerged as a critical component of these dynamic energy architectures. In November, global stakeholders gathered at Energy Storage North America (ESNA) to discuss this transition, its influence on emerging markets, ... READ MORE

Stream of Waste

| As the waste and recycling industry continues efforts to innovate in order to deal with new realities, National Geographic is embarking on a scientific endeavor to understand the flow of plastic from its source to the world’s oceans. The two co-leaders of the National Geographic Society’s “Source to Sea” plastic initiative are Jenna Jambeck and ... READ MORE

“A Water Sandwich”

| A group of students in New England is tackling a problem more and more of us will be dealing with—water from too many directions. Graduate students at the Conway School in Northampton, MA, are studying solutions for the coastal town of Mystic, CT, which is experiencing both higher-than-usual rainfall and a rate of sea level ... READ MORE

A Not-So-Fine Kettle of Fish

| We’ve seen many results of drought in the US over the last several years, from dwindling water supplies to more frequent and intense wildfires to dust problems. In Australia, drought seems to be the cause, at least indirectly, of another type of problem: eutrophication and lots and lots of dead fish. In the Darling River ... READ MORE

New Lightweight, Rugged Trimble T7 Tablet Elevates Productivity on the Construction Site

| SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 21, 2019—Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today the Trimble® T7 Tablet, a rugged, lightweight and versatile device for construction surveying applications. Using Trimble Siteworks Software for construction surveying, the Trimble T7 provides real-time data to visualize cut/fill levels, calculate material volumes, check grade and communicate work orders to increase productivity and enable better decision ... READ MORE

Slimline Manufacturing: Profiles In Innovation

| How a Landfill managed by a not-for-profit Association exemplifies progressive fiscal, environmental and community values. “Everything that comes here, stays here.” While it may sound a like a reference to Hotel California, our story comes from a place far north of Todos Santos, the small town on Mexico’s Baja peninsula, home to the hotel made ... READ MORE

HPS Loadbanks Expands National Load Bank Sales and Service Team

| HPS Loadbanks, the leading authorized distributor of Crestchic load banks in North America, is proud to announce the expansion of the San Diego sales team with the addition of Mark Hawblitzel as the National Load Bank Sales Manager, and Serafin Gutierrez Jr. as the Advanced Load Bank Project Manager. SAN DIEGO, Feb. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ ... READ MORE

In New Green Initiative, City of San Francisco Brings Waste Collection into 21st Century

| In partnership with Nordsense Technology, 1,000 Internet-Connected AI Powered Sensors to be Installed in Trash Bins along Major Commercial Corridors San Francisco, CA — February 20, 2019—Nordsense, an AI-based waste management technology company, today announced it has secured a contract with the City of San Francisco to optimize waste collection across the city. Beginning this spring, Nordsense will ... READ MORE

MSS Receives Patent for PrecisionFlow™ Eject Hood Design

| Patented hood for optical sorters works in combination with air-assist systems for precise material handling. NASHVILLE, TN (February 2019) – MSS, Inc., the optical sorting division of CP Group, announced they received a patent for their PrecisionFlow™ eject hood for optical sorters. When processing lightweight materials such as flexible plastic packaging or single sheets of ... READ MORE

SWANA CEO Appointed as ETTAC Rep

| Silver Spring, MD – The CEO and Executive Director of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), David Biderman, has been appointed again to the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC), representing the waste management and recycling segment of the U.S. environmental technology industry. ETTAC works with the Department of Commerce to promote environmental trade. ... READ MORE

Summa Health Taps Ohio Cat, Caterpillar for Standby Power Solutions

| DEERFIELD, IL – Caterpillar Inc. today announced that Summa Health, one of the largest healthcare provider systems in Ohio, has selected Ohio Cat to supply standby power solutions from Caterpillar that will support expanded operations across its network, including the new 343,000-square-foot, seven-story Patient Tower Addition under construction at its Akron Campus. Summa Health recently ... READ MORE

Double Coin Makes Organizational Changes

| MONROVIA, Calif., February 20, 2019 – Double Coin and CMA, a leading tire manufacturer and marketer is pleased to announce three organizational changes, effective January 1, 2019. The changes were made to streamline operations and improve CMA’s overall customer experience. Teresa Galvan has been promoted to a new position within Marketing and Operations as CMA’s ... READ MORE

ENGCON INTRODUCES POWERFUL DETACHABLE GRAB CASSETTE

| Designed for the largest tiltrotator Strömsund, Sweden, February 20, 2019 – Engcon announces it has launched production of the GRD70 grab cassette. Engcon is the world’s leading manufacturer of tiltrotators weighing 1.5-33 metric tons. A tiltrotator is a kind of tilting and rotating quick coupler for excavators. Engcon has for some time been alone in ... READ MORE

Lisa Bailey Named HDR’s Major Campaigns Leader for Water

| (February 19, 2019) – HDR is pleased to welcome Lisa Bailey to the firm’s water practice as major campaigns leader. Based in the firm’s Atlanta, Georgia, office, Bailey will focus on supporting growth and client development by collaborating with technical and local resources to position for and secure the most complex, high-value projects across North ... READ MORE

Saft Energy Storage System to Support Bermuda’s Future Electricity Plans

| Turnkey project will deliver a 10 MW power energy storage system (ESS) comprising lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, power conversion and ancillary equipment. Paris, February 18th, 2019 – Saft is delivering a turnkey order to supply an Energy Storage System to Bermuda Electric Light Company (BELCO). The system will provide up to 10 MW power for spinning ... READ MORE

Enphase Energy Microinverters Comply with New Rule 21 Requirements

| FREMONT, Calif., Feb. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENPH), a global energy technology company and the world’s leading supplier of solar microinverters, today announced its microinverters’ compliance with California Rule 21 requirements by the February 22, 2019, regulatory deadline. Leading California installers continue to choose Enphase Energy microinverters for their timely compliance ... READ MORE

Aircuity Partners with Wistar Institute to Save Energy, Create a Better Environment for Occupants and Provide Access to New Data

| Ventilation in the lab and vivarium spaces is now being monitored and optimized 24 hours a day NEWTON, Mass., USA – Aircuity, (www.aircuity.com), creator of measurably better environments, announced the installation of its platform in the Wistar Institute’s lab and vivarium areas. As a result the Wistar Institute, an international leader in biomedical science, is ... READ MORE

Trackunit launches Eliminate Downtime 2025 Movement at ARA

| The construction industry is invited to sign up to change  Chicago, IL and Anaheim, CA – February 18, 2019 – Trackunit, a leading global innovator of telematics technology, has announced the launch of an industry-wide mission to eliminate downtime. The ambition of the movement is not only to recover the billions lost through budget and schedule ... READ MORE

Iyer Named President of LiuGong Construction Machinery NA

| February 18, 2019 – Katy, Texas – LiuGong North America (LGNA) has announced Mani Iyer as its new president, effective February 1, 2019. LGNA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of LiuGong Machinery which is a global leader in heavy construction equipment. Kevin Thieneman, LGNA Chairman, said “Mani Iyer’s track record in the equipment industry and his ... READ MORE

Siemens Showcases Smart Solutions for Industry-Specific Implementation of Industrie 4.0

| Integrated energy solutions for digital enterprises Siemens will be placing smart solutions for the industry-specific implementation of Industrie 4.0 at the heart of its Hannover Messe 2019 presentation under the banner “Digital Enterprise – Thinking industry further!”. Over an exhibition space of around 4,000 square meters in Hall 9, Siemens will be showcasing these solutions ... READ MORE

Renewable Natural Gas Now Flowing into SoCalGas Pipelines from Calgren Dairy Digester Pipeline Cluster

| Calgren Dairy Fuels dairy digester pipeline cluster–California’s first–captures methane from cow manure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide a carbon-negative fuel Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and biogas producer Calgren Dairy Fuels (Calgren) today announced that renewable natural gas produced at Calgren’s dairy digester facility in Pixley, California is being injected into SoCalGas pipelines. ... READ MORE

NEW CAT® SAFETY VR MODULE CREATES AN IMMERSIVE SAFETY TRAINING EXPERIENCE FOR EMPLOYEES

| Caterpillar Safety Services announces the development of Cat® Safety VR, a new virtual reality (VR) safety training module. Customized for paving applications, the new VR safety training solution immerses the trainee into a virtual four-lane rural highway construction site, so the employee learns to interact with coworkers and identify hazards in a safe and controlled environment. ... READ MORE

WaterSmart Software Launches Integration-as-a-Service Offering to Unlock Data Insights for Water Suppliers

| WaterSmart Software, the self-service and customer engagement platform leader for the water utility industry, today announced the introduction of an innovative new service offering known as Integration-as-a-Service (IaaS). Water utilities make substantial investments in data systems that run their operations. Unfortunately these systems often don’t share information, creating data silos that leave various departments without ... READ MORE

BRIGGS & STRATTON INTRODUCES NEW 12KW, 17KW, 20KW STANDBY GENERATORS AT INTERNATIONAL BUILDERS SHOW

| New units are equipped with InfoHub™ and Amplify™ power management technology for improved control, streamlined diagnostics Briggs & Stratton Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of three new 12kW*, 17kW* and 20kW* standby generator units at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, February 19-21. The new units are enhanced with an improved controller ... READ MORE

CAT® M SERIES WHEEL LOADER (950M – 982M) PRODUCT UPDATE

| The 2019 product update package for Cat® M Series Medium Wheel Loaders (950M – 982M) includes technology advances that provide: lower operating costs via extended service intervals; enhanced operator comfort with new seats and suspensions; emissions control strategies to meet EU Stage V standards (EU only); added machine configurations (982M Forestry Machine and 982M High Lift); ... READ MORE

Volvo CE names Alta Equipment 2018 Dealer of the Year

| Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) North America has named Alta Equipment Company (Alta Equipment) the 2018 Dealer of the Year. The Detroit, Michigan-based company demonstrated outstanding performance over the last year, when it intensified its efforts to improve customers’ experiences and entered a new market, Illinois, reinforcing Volvo CE’s presence in the Midwest. Volvo CE ... READ MORE

CleanSpark Announces First International Contract Award for Microgrid Planning

| CleanSpark, Inc. (CLSK), a microgrid company with advanced engineering, software and controls for innovative distributed energy resource (DER) and microgrid deployments today announced its first contract executed outside of the United States. Costa Rica – Technical Consultant and Microgrid Control Vendor CleanSpark has been awarded a contract to serve as the technical consultant for a large industrial ... READ MORE

Johnson Controls Awards YORK® Product Distribution Rights for Western Canada to The Master Group

| The Master Group to become the exclusive distributor of YORK residential ducted systems and commercial rooftops for all of Canada  Johnson Controls announced today that The Master Group was awarded distribution rights throughout Western Canada for YORK brand residential and commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) products. Already the exclusive authorized distributor of the YORK ... READ MORE

Natural Power Appoints Drone Specialist

| Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy Natural Power, has appointed Andre Louis Ferdinand as a Senior Engineer in the inspections service team, based in North America. Andre joins from Ascent Technologies, a Texas-based firm specialising in developing software for commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Ascent Technologies was acquired by Natural Power earlier this month. Craig ... READ MORE

Siemens Introduces On-demand Mobile Resilience Transformer Leasing for Fast Outage Response

| Power generation companies can now lease an on-demand generator step-up transformer across numerous voltage ratings and configurations Siemens is introducing the company’s first U.S. offering that allows utilities and generation owners to lease a PRETACT® Plug & Play GSU Resilience Transformer when needed for outage or emergency response. With this on-demand access, asset owners can ... READ MORE

FHWA Awards More Than $10 Million to Seven States to Test New Ways to Fund Highways

| WASHINGTON — The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced $10.2 million in Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) grants to seven states to test new ways to finance highway and bridge projects.  The program’s goal is to allow states to test user-based alternatives to support the Highway Trust Fund, which relies primarily on the federal ... READ MORE

SPX Cooling Technologies Introduces New Cooling Tower Control Panels for Efficient Operations

| SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of evaporative cooling towers and air-cooled heat exchangers, announces the availability of various control panels and monitoring equipment, which simplifies cooling tower installation, operation and data collection. Marley® control panels enable building management systems to conveniently communicate cooling tower conditions through ... READ MORE

ASV Debuts New Brand Strategy and Improves Customer Experience with New Website

| GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (Feb. 12, 2019) — ASV Holdings Inc., an industry-leading manufacturer of all-purpose and all-season compact track loaders and skid steers, has introduced a new brand strategy highlighting the product features and qualities that make ASV an industry leader and allow customers to get more done in more places. The company also launched ... READ MORE

Intelligent Water Systems Challenge Launches for Second Year

| The Intelligent Water Systems Challenge is back for a second year to encourage participants to use innovation and data to help solve some of the most difficult issues facing water and wastewater utilities. The goal is to demonstrate the value of intelligent water systems to utilities and foster adoption of smart water technologies, as well ... READ MORE

Wastequip Honors Waste Equipment Inventors on National Inventor’s Day

| CHARLOTTE, N.C. [February 11, 2018] – Leading North American manufacturer of waste handling equipment, Wastequip, celebrated National Inventor’s Day by honoring its more than 40 patents and its employees’ achievements to the industry. Founded in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, National Inventor’s Day recognizes the contributions that U.S. inventors make to the nation and the ... READ MORE

Volvo CE expands ActiveCare Direct™ to pavers

| Owners of select models can now benefit from the 24/7 machine monitoring and reporting service that provides all the benefits of telematics without the burden of sorting through data and alarm codes. Originally launched in 2017 for excavators, articulated haulers and wheel loaders, ActiveCare Direct™ is now available on select Volvo asphalt pavers. Starting February ... READ MORE

H/Cell Energy Commended By Australian Energy Minister

| H/Cell Energy Corporation (OTCQB-HCCC) (“HCCC”), a company that designs and implements clean energy solutions featuring hydrogen and fuel cell technology, announced that through its Australian subsidiary, The Pride Group www.thepridegroup.com.au it has been commended on a solar and battery installation by the Queensland Australia Energy Minister, the Honorable Dr. Anthony Lynham. The installation takes advantages ... READ MORE

REHAU Expands and Improves MUNICIPEX® Municipal Water and Wastewater Line

| REHAU, a global supplier of polymer-based solutions and leading North American PEXa manufacturing company, is offering two additional crosslinked polyethylene PEXa pipes in their municipal piping program. In addition to MUNICIPEX water service line, the expanded product range now includes MUNICIPEX pre-insulated for cold-weather applications and MUNICIPEX force main for wastewater applications. From new construction ... READ MORE

Global Wind Service selected as preassembly partner for East Anglia ONE

| Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has contracted wind turbine installation and service company Global Wind Service (GWS) to assemble all 102 towers for East Anglia ONE Offshore Wind Farm in the UK. The towers will be assembled at the Norfolk port of Great Yarmouth, only half an hour drive from GWS’ office in Lowestoft, ahead ... READ MORE

HPS Loadbanks Expands National Load Bank Sales and Service Team

| HPS Loadbanks, the leading authorized distributor of Crestchic load banks in North America, is proud to announce the expansion of the San Diego sales team with the addition of Mark Hawblitzel as the National Load Bank Sales Manager, and Serafin Gutierrez Jr. as the Advanced Load Bank Project Manager. SAN DIEGO, Feb. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ ... READ MORE

Summa Health Taps Ohio Cat, Caterpillar for Standby Power Solutions

| DEERFIELD, IL – Caterpillar Inc. today announced that Summa Health, one of the largest healthcare provider systems in Ohio, has selected Ohio Cat to supply standby power solutions from Caterpillar that will support expanded operations across its network, including the new 343,000-square-foot, seven-story Patient Tower Addition under construction at its Akron Campus. Summa Health recently ... READ MORE

Saft Energy Storage System to Support Bermuda’s Future Electricity Plans

| Turnkey project will deliver a 10 MW power energy storage system (ESS) comprising lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, power conversion and ancillary equipment. Paris, February 18th, 2019 – Saft is delivering a turnkey order to supply an Energy Storage System to Bermuda Electric Light Company (BELCO). The system will provide up to 10 MW power for spinning ... READ MORE

Enphase Energy Microinverters Comply with New Rule 21 Requirements

| FREMONT, Calif., Feb. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENPH), a global energy technology company and the world’s leading supplier of solar microinverters, today announced its microinverters’ compliance with California Rule 21 requirements by the February 22, 2019, regulatory deadline. Leading California installers continue to choose Enphase Energy microinverters for their timely compliance ... READ MORE

Aircuity Partners with Wistar Institute to Save Energy, Create a Better Environment for Occupants and Provide Access to New Data

| Ventilation in the lab and vivarium spaces is now being monitored and optimized 24 hours a day NEWTON, Mass., USA – Aircuity, (www.aircuity.com), creator of measurably better environments, announced the installation of its platform in the Wistar Institute’s lab and vivarium areas. As a result the Wistar Institute, an international leader in biomedical science, is ... READ MORE

Siemens Showcases Smart Solutions for Industry-Specific Implementation of Industrie 4.0

| Integrated energy solutions for digital enterprises Siemens will be placing smart solutions for the industry-specific implementation of Industrie 4.0 at the heart of its Hannover Messe 2019 presentation under the banner “Digital Enterprise – Thinking industry further!”. Over an exhibition space of around 4,000 square meters in Hall 9, Siemens will be showcasing these solutions ... READ MORE

Renewable Natural Gas Now Flowing into SoCalGas Pipelines from Calgren Dairy Digester Pipeline Cluster

| Calgren Dairy Fuels dairy digester pipeline cluster–California’s first–captures methane from cow manure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide a carbon-negative fuel Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and biogas producer Calgren Dairy Fuels (Calgren) today announced that renewable natural gas produced at Calgren’s dairy digester facility in Pixley, California is being injected into SoCalGas pipelines. ... READ MORE

BRIGGS & STRATTON INTRODUCES NEW 12KW, 17KW, 20KW STANDBY GENERATORS AT INTERNATIONAL BUILDERS SHOW

| New units are equipped with InfoHub™ and Amplify™ power management technology for improved control, streamlined diagnostics Briggs & Stratton Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of three new 12kW*, 17kW* and 20kW* standby generator units at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, February 19-21. The new units are enhanced with an improved controller ... READ MORE

CleanSpark Announces First International Contract Award for Microgrid Planning

| CleanSpark, Inc. (CLSK), a microgrid company with advanced engineering, software and controls for innovative distributed energy resource (DER) and microgrid deployments today announced its first contract executed outside of the United States. Costa Rica – Technical Consultant and Microgrid Control Vendor CleanSpark has been awarded a contract to serve as the technical consultant for a large industrial ... READ MORE

Johnson Controls Awards YORK® Product Distribution Rights for Western Canada to The Master Group

| The Master Group to become the exclusive distributor of YORK residential ducted systems and commercial rooftops for all of Canada  Johnson Controls announced today that The Master Group was awarded distribution rights throughout Western Canada for YORK brand residential and commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) products. Already the exclusive authorized distributor of the YORK ... READ MORE

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