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  • Thai MP says licenced BROTHELS will reduce RAPE

    Thai Civilized party leader, and member of the House committee studying ways to reduce rape and other sexual violations, Mongkolkit Suksintharanont, has proposed that #Thailand should permit regulated and licenced brothels and sex toy shops as a way to address the problem. The controversial government MP said in his Facebook post on Wednesday that he […]

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    Thai Civilized party leader, and member of the House committee studying ways to reduce rape and other sexual violations, Mongkolkit Suksintharanont, has proposed that #Thailand should permit regulated and licenced brothels and sex toy shops as a way to address the problem.

    The controversial government MP said in his Facebook post on Wednesday that he would raise his proposal with committee members at their first meeting, scheduled to take place yesterday.

    Explaining the logic behind his idea, Mongkolkit said that it must be understood that humans, by nature, are born to reproduce.

    Any laws and cultural norms about sexual activity came later, making humans different from other animals.

    He claimed that most rape cases are perpetrated by men to release their sexual tension, noting that the offences are committed in families, in work places among colleagues and in schools among classmates.

    Rapes reported to the police are just a fraction of those actually committed, said Mongkolkit.

    He claimed that his idea of state-sanctioned brothels and sex shops followed the Swiss model, adding that it would help reduce rape and corruption among officials for their oversight of the lucrative illegal sex trade. – ThaiPBS

    Mongkolkit Suksintharanont



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  • Thai media threatens tourists with the ‘GODFATHER’

    #Thai media reported that the mayor of Saen Suk district responsible for Bang Saen district had blown a fuse on social media after vandals damaged a number of tables and seats at the beach.  He is part of an ‘influential’ family well known in Thailand. Narongchai Khunpluem said that the people responsible were probably drunk […]

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    #Thai media reported that the mayor of Saen Suk district responsible for Bang Saen district had blown a fuse on social media after vandals damaged a number of tables and seats at the beach. 

    He is part of an ‘influential’ family well known in Thailand.

    Narongchai Khunpluem said that the people responsible were probably drunk and lamented the fact that CCTV was not installed there yet.

    77kaoded suggested that tourists were responsible and went to the scene to investigate.

    Some repairs had been made and some damaged items had been taken away as evidence.

    Thai tourism industry and how the Thais are ruining it

    Local seafood seller Patchamon, 44, reckoned those responsible had been drinking there at night. She had never seen the like of it.

    There were bottles of Lao Khao (a Thai white spirit) found smashed at the scene.

    However, the presence of Lao Khao suggests drunk Thais are responsible as it is not something any non-local or self-respecting tourist would ever drink.

    77 Kaoeded also suggested the people responsible may have angered the wrong person.

    Mayor Narongchai is part of the family of former Saen Suk mayor Somchai Khunpluem known as “Kamnan Poh” or the “Godfather of Chonburi” who died last year.

    He was convicted in 2004 of having a man shot and later jumped bail.

    Another member of the family is Sontaya Khunpluem, the mayor of Pattaya since 2018 and a political adviser of Thai prime minister Prayut Chan-ocha. – Source: 77kaoeded



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  • HIV/AIDS is still a BIG DANGER in Thailand

    #Thailand remains a favorite destination for sex tourists regardless of the high risk of HIV/AIDS. Thai nationals are often careless about the risks of infection as many simply believe it ‘can’t happen to them.’ Thai culture encourages young people not to have any sexual experience before they are married. But most male teenagers reaching puberty […]

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    #Thailand remains a favorite destination for sex tourists regardless of the high risk of HIV/AIDS.

    Thai nationals are often careless about the risks of infection as many simply believe it ‘can’t happen to them.’

    Thai culture encourages young people not to have any sexual experience before they are married.

    But most male teenagers reaching puberty ignore social warnings or a way of life that is considered old fashioned.

    According to immunologist Vicham Vithayasai, 60 percent of 15-year-olds and 80 percent of 18-year-olds already have visited prostitutes.

    ‘Young kids who haven’t had sex yet are teased by their friends,’ Vithayasai said. It was always possible to find a reason to have sex, whether you are taking the boss out, or visiting a new city, he said.

    ‘The attitude is that if you haven’t had sex there, you haven’t really been there,’ he said.

    Women suffer the consequences

    As in most societies Thai men believe they should be sowing their wild oats whislt their women are expected to be virgins when they marry.

    For a woman to have sex before marriage is seen as an unforgivable slur on the family’s honor and reputation.

    If the husbands have affairs or visit prostitutes, women often bear it silently and accept the situation.

    It was too late when Karuna, a 26-year-old mother of two, realized that her husband’s affair would be fatal for her.

    “I trusted him – and so I didn’t use protection,” Karuna said. Now she is HIV-positive.

    STDs increasing in Thailand, because condoms mean ‘mistrust’

    In contrast to the West, AIDS in Thailand is transmitted 95 percent by heterosexuals. Thai men often infect their partners and then blame the westernization of their society for the problem.

    They complain that traditional values and behavioral patterns are being eroded. The fact that it is mostly the men contributing to the spread of HIV is simply ignored.

    Equal rights for men and women?

    The Thai constitution guarantees men and women equal rights. Still, many of the country’s laws contradict the 1997 constitutional amendment, said Virada Somswadi, who teaches social sciences at the University of Chiang Mai. Equality in everyday life does not exist, she said.

    ‘Her whole life, the Thai woman has to fight her way in a blatantly patriarchal macho system,’ said Somswadi, who has been fighting for women’s rights for more than 20 years. ‘It’s a system that denies her the same rights as the men.

    More education necessary

    The first official AIDS-related illness was recorded in Thailand in 1984. In reality, the virus was already widespread in the country by then.

    A nurse places a hot compress onto the shoulder of a Thai Buddhist monk
    AIDS is more widespread in Thailand than many people would like you to believe

    In 1992, Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun started the ‘100-percent condoms’ initiative.

    But the government’s condom promotion was only a short-term solution to try to reduce infection rates.

    They failed to back it up with programs that would properly educate men on the dangers of unprotected sexual promiscuity and, therefore, failed to convince Thai men to change their sexual lifestyles.

    As long as wives continue to blindly trust their husbands, they run the risk of getting infected. Mostly they don’t understand that they are in any danger, or that using a condom considerably reduces any risk of infection.

    Since HIV/AIDS was first reported, 1,115,415 adults had been infected by 2008 and 585,830 of those had died.

    Pattaya girls ‘using FAKE certificates’ saying they’re HIV free

    By 2008 650,000 Thai people were living with HIV/AIDS and in 2009 1.3% of the population had been infected. This is a Thai statistic so the reality of the epidemic is likely to be very much higher than that.

    By 2010 Thailand had, by far, the worst HIV/AIDS problem in Asia.

    An estimated 1.3 million people in Thailand are thought to currently be HIV-positive. Half of the recent cases are women who were infected by their husbands or their partners.

    Although there has been some decline in reported cases of HIV/AIDS in Thailand, this is more likely to be statistical manipulation than it is an improvement.

    In fact the epidemic has moved to the general population and there is a greater need to match prevention efforts throughout the country than ever before.

    Despite the efforts going into education and anti-HIV strategies, it is estimated condom use remains very low.

    Recently the Department of Disease Control (DDC) estimated that 60% of sexually active teenagers and over 50% of the countries sex-workers still do not regularly use condoms.

    A 2011 report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) identified Thailand among the eleven countries in the Asia-Pacific with a majority of the world’s HIV-infected people.

    Home HIV test kits now available in Thailand

    There were 6,400 new HIV infections in Thailand in 2016. Most will have occurred through unprotected sex, which is estimated to account for 90% of all new HIV infections. Unsafe injecting drug use is the second biggest transmission route.

    Increased access to prevention services has resulted in new infections decreasing among some groups, however they are rising among others.

    For example, while the rate of new infections through injecting drug use steadily decreased between 1995 and 2015, the rate of new infections through male-to-male sex dramatically increased over the same period.



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  • Pattaya girls ‘using FAKE certificates’ saying they’re HIV free

    World’s #sex capital timebomb: #Pattaya #hookers ‘using FAKE certificates’ saying they’re #HIV free. Thousands of lads flock to the Thai beach city of Pattaya for cheap and easy sex each year. Hordes of men have flocked to the resort with the promise of beautiful women, cheap luxury property, warm weather and cold beer on tap. […]

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    World’s #sex capital timebomb: #Pattaya #hookers ‘using FAKE certificates’ saying they’re #HIV free.

    Thousands of lads flock to the Thai beach city of Pattaya for cheap and easy sex each year.

    Hordes of men have flocked to the resort with the promise of beautiful women, cheap luxury property, warm weather and cold beer on tap.

    But hookers working in “Sin City” have been accused of using fake certificates saying they’re HIV free in a country where rates of infection are among some of the highest in the world.

    HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that damages the cells in your immune system and weakens your ability to fight everyday infections and disease.

    There’s currently no cure for HIV, but there are very effective drug treatments that enable most people with the virus to live a long and healthy life.

    In a country where it was estimated 450,000 people were living with HIV in 2016, some escorts have taken measures to reassure punters they’re safe for a hook up.

    Some prostitutes even post pictures of their “HIV-free” certificates on websites where they advertise their services.

    MODELS: Some of the escorts who work in Pattaya (Pic: NC)

    But HIV experts aren’t convinced. Brigette Bard, Founder and CEO of BioSure HIV Self Test exclusively told Daily Star Online: “I’m not sure I would trust that.“I’m not sure how reliant that is at all.“

    I guess having it on a website does show an awareness and it might be a conversation generator but I’m not sure I would actually trust that – particularly with it being uploaded online.

    “Someone adverting they are HIV free suggests they are very open to having unprotected sex with clients,” which Brigette says is very dangerous.

    HIV-FREE: Some prostitutes even post pictures of their “HIV-free” certificates (Pic: NC)

    Thailand’s HIV epidemic is concentrated among certain key populations.

    Those most affected are men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people and people who inject drugs.

    Of all new infections in 2016, around 10% occurred among sex workers and their clients.

    Truth about Thai prostitutes, TEN things you should know


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  • Concern as the mentally ill roam the streets of Thailand

    Concern as the mentally ill roam the streets of #Thailand after nearly 30,000 people have been hospitalised for violence related to mental disorder, a recent study shows. The National Institute of Emergency Medicine (NIEM) disclosed yesterday that 28,604 people were hospitalised with symptoms of delirium in 2018. “Call the 1669 hotline if you believe a […]

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    Concern as the mentally ill roam the streets of #Thailand after nearly 30,000 people have been hospitalised for violence related to mental disorder, a recent study shows.

    The National Institute of Emergency Medicine (NIEM) disclosed yesterday that 28,604 people were hospitalised with symptoms of delirium in 2018.

    “Call the 1669 hotline if you believe a person is suffering from delirium and needs medical help,” NIEM secretary-general Flight Lieutenant Atchariya Pangma said yesterday.

    He was speaking a few days after a video clip of a woman attacking another on a Bangkok street went viral and whipped up a storm of criticism.

    The attacker was later found to be suffering from a mental disorder.

    Adchara Saravari of the Issarachon Foundation, which has been actively helping the homeless, said this case underlined two issues – public safety and mentally ill patients’ need for help.

    “There are many people with mental problems on the street because psychiatric facilities are overwhelmed. We need to communicate that people with mental |disorders need help and everybody in society should lend a hand,” she said.

    Adchara explained that her foundation had taken doctors to areas frequented by the homeless and mentally affected people.

    “Constant care will help their lives return to normal and they will learn to co-exist with others,” she added.

    According to Atchariya, NIEM and the Mental Health Department have signed a memorandum of understanding on responding to medical emergencies involving mentally ill people.

    According to the agreement, a panel has been set up to identify patients suffering from mental illness, while NIEM is planning to provide training to help the mentally ill and deliver first aid.

    “For instance, responders in such cases must be able to evaluate the situation to ensure that the actions taken will be safe for both the patients and themselves,” Atchariya said.

    He said responders should first inform patients that they are there to help, and this way the patient will respond.

    “Sit down and talk. If the patient holds any weapons, make sure they are disarmed before first aid is granted,” he said.

    He added that first aid providers should also know how to protect themselves and have protective gear such as gloves and face masks. – TheNation



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  • Thailand to track down tourists who skip hospital bills

    FOREIGN TOURISTS in #Thailand failed to pay a combined Bt300 million in medical bills after receiving treatment in state hospitals last year, prompting the government to set up “claim centres” to collect what’s due. “These problems mostly hit tourist cities,” Health Service Support Department (HSSD) director-general Dr Nattawuth Prasertsiripong said last week. He said the […]

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    FOREIGN TOURISTS in #Thailand failed to pay a combined Bt300 million in medical bills after receiving treatment in state hospitals last year, prompting the government to set up “claim centres” to collect what’s due.

    “These problems mostly hit tourist cities,” Health Service Support Department (HSSD) director-general Dr Nattawuth Prasertsiripong said last week.

    He said the HSSD had established claim centres in Chon Buri, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Phang Nga and Surat Thani to help state hospitals collect what’s owed them by foreigners they treated.

    “The centres will work with relevant parties and follow up on payments,” Nattawuth said.

    A public-health official speaking on condition of anonymity said foreigners often run out of cash during long stays in Thailand. “And when they need medical services, they simply don’t pay.”

    In some cases, the official said, foreigners have been hospitalised for months without paying a single baht.

    Debt collection a problem

    “We’ve tried asking their consulates and embassies for help, but not all cases can be solved this way,” he said.

    Natthawuth said he had heard about hospitals requiring foreign tourists to sign agreements to pay later, but it was difficult to collect after they had left hospital.

    “This is partly because state hospitals don’t have expertise in debt collection. So we hope the claim centres will be the solution.”

    The HSSD aims to establish “many” more claim centres this year, he said.

    It has also discussed with various organisations about offering foreign visitors cheap travel insurance.

    Natthawuth said he hoped travel insurance would become mandatory for all foreign visitors to save state hospitals from having to shoulder the extra burden.

    “For now, at least we believe all tour operators bringing people into Thailand should require that their customers have travel insurance,” he said.

    In the longer term, he would like to see long-stay tourists be required to buy life insurance, accident insurance and health insurance.

    “We’re also thinking about making insurance mandatory for elderly foreigners who retire to Thailand. Otherwise the state hospitals will again be carrying the burden.”

    Because health naturally declines as people age and seniors require more medical help.

    “So we need to address the fact there are many foreign retirees in Chiang Mai. We have to prepare proper measures to ensure they do not become a burden on the public healthcare system,” Nattawuth said.

    Thailand’s medical-hub committee last year approved in principle a plan to require newly arrived long-stay immigrants to purchase health insurance for their first year here.

    They and other foreigners planning to stay in Thailand for one year would be able to buy up to Bt40,000 worth of outpatient coverage and Bt400,000 of inpatient coverage.

    A source in Chiang Mai suggested the authorities also consider the medical costs of stateless people and migrants from neighbouring nations. They often can’t pay for treatment received at state hospitals.

    “We hope the relevant organisations will provide funds to take care of these people,” the source said. – The Nation



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  • Video: Six Killed as Sinkhole Swallows Bus and Pedestrians

    At least six people were killed and 16 were injured on Monday after an enormous sinkhole swallowed a bus and nearby pedestrians in Xining, the capital of China’s Qinghai province. The incident took place on Monday evening. CCTV footage showed an explosion within the sinkhole after the bus and pedestrians had fallen into it. Footage from before […]

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    At least six people were killed and 16 were injured on Monday after an enormous sinkhole swallowed a bus and nearby pedestrians in Xining, the capital of China’s Qinghai province.

    The incident took place on Monday evening. CCTV footage showed an explosion within the sinkhole after the bus and pedestrians had fallen into it.

    Footage from before the explosion shows people waiting at a bus stop attempting to flee as the road beneath the bus begins to cave in, swallowing the front end of the vehicle, a lamppost, and nearby pedestrians.

    Witnesses attempted to rescue some of the bus passengers but soon found themselves engulfed by the sinkhole as it began to widen.

    At one point, a young man is seen rescuing a baby from the edge of the sinkhole and taking it to safety.

    He then comes back with several others to help a woman hanging on the edge, but as he tries to pull her up, the ground beneath him gives way.

    Over 1,000 emergency workers and 30 rescue vehicles were called to the scene, with search and rescue operations still underway by Tuesday evening.

    Passerby Sun Wanhong, a retired armed police officer who also fell into the hole after trying to help the woman, described the incident to the state-run news magazine China Newsweek.

    “I heard someone shouting ‘Help! Help!’ and ran over. I saw a person hanging on the edge, so I reached out my hand to grab her. As soon as I reached her, (the road) collapsed again and there was nothing at the bottom, and several people who were helping out with me fell through,” he explained.

    “There was water running above, and an explosion took off due to the electricity cable. The sound was huge … a water pipe broke, and water poured in,” he said.



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  • Ubol Ratana Dam at lowest level in 40 years

    Ubol Ratana Dam in Khon Kaen province was at 19 per cent of capacity on Friday (January 17) with 472 million cubic metres in the reservoir – its lowest level in 40 years. Concern is rising over the impact on surrounding farmland and fish habitats. Rice farmer and fisherman Sawang NuayKiao said the water level […]

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    Ubol Ratana Dam in Khon Kaen province was at 19 per cent of capacity on Friday (January 17) with 472 million cubic metres in the reservoir – its lowest level in 40 years.

    Concern is rising over the impact on surrounding farmland and fish habitats.

    Rice farmer and fisherman Sawang NuayKiao said the water level at the dam, which opened in 1966, has steadily dropped, as has the number of fish he can catch every day.

    “I used to sell Bt200-Bt300 worth of fish a day. Now I’m only catching Bt100-Bt200 worth.”

    Nor is he able to grow as much rice as he once did, he said, due to limitations in irrigation.

    Tips for saving water as DROUGHT looms in Thailand



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  • Thailand finds second case of DEADLY Chinese virus

    #Thailand has found a second case of a new Chinese #coronavirus, authorities said on Friday, as they ramped up checks on Chinese visitors, nearly a million of whom are expected for Lunar New Year holidays next week. The latest patient is from China’s central city of Wuhan, which has reported 41 cases of pneumonia potentially […]

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    #Thailand has found a second case of a new Chinese #coronavirus, authorities said on Friday, as they ramped up checks on Chinese visitors, nearly a million of whom are expected for Lunar New Year holidays next week.

    The latest patient is from China’s central city of Wuhan, which has reported 41 cases of pneumonia potentially linked to the new type of virus, with two deaths, as hospitals worldwide scramble to guard against any spread.

    The 74-year-old woman, quarantined since arriving in Thailand on Monday, was found to be infected, health officials said.

    “We’re very confident that we can control the spread of this kind of diseases,” Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told reporters, adding that the situation was under control and there was no outbreak in Thailand. “We’re fully alert.”

    The two Chinese patients were now safe but needed to go through a few more procedures before Thai authorities could let them return home, he added.

    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause infections ranging from the common cold to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

    Chinese tourist with mystery virus quarantined in Thailand

    Thailand, which is on high alert ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays, said on Monday it had found a 61-year-old Chinese woman carrying a strain of the coronavirus, the first time it was detected outside China.

    Japan reported its first case of the infection on Thursday, after a Japanese man returned from visiting Wuhan, known for picturesque lakes.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has said the virus could spread and warned hospitals against it..

    Thai health officials have stepped up monitoring at four airports receiving daily flights from Wuhan – Suvarnabhumi, Don Muang, Chiang Mai and Phuket – and others that receive charter flights from the Chinese city.

    Since Jan. 3, Thailand has screened 13,624 passengers.

    Health officials also asked Thai AirAsia and China Southern Airlines, which run direct daily flights from Wuhan, to halt boarding by those suffering from high fever and respiratory symptoms, and reschedule their flights. – Reuters



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  • Sheer INCOMPETENCE confirmed at Phuket Immigration Dept

    A married #American expat has had his Family Visa renewal REFUSED and been given 30-DAYS to leave #Thailand after incompetence at Phuket immigration. The reason given is that the American Embassy have not provided him with an income reference, something most embassy’s stopped issuing over 12 months ago. With his application refused, the man had […]

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    A married #American expat has had his Family Visa renewal REFUSED and been given 30-DAYS to leave #Thailand after incompetence at Phuket immigration.

    The reason given is that the American Embassy have not provided him with an income reference, something most embassy’s stopped issuing over 12 months ago.

    With his application refused, the man had been given until the end of his current permit to stay – effectively less than 30 days – to leave the country.

    That is after many years of staying in the country on 12-month permits as he is married to a Thai.

    The American pointed out that the letter is no longer noted on the list of documentary requirements for “family visas” as posted on the Royal Thai Police Immigration Bureau website.

    The letters were not even included on a second checklist he was handed at the Phuket Immigration Office when he went to file his perm-to-stay application.

    After months of warnings, the US embassy stopped issuing such letters on Jan 1 last year.

    Even by Nov 2018, Lt Col Archeep Jaroensuntisuk, Deputy Chief at Phuket Immigration at the time, confirmed to The Phuket News, “Of course this letter is no longer needed if the embassy no longer issues it.”

    Lt Col Udom Thongchin, Deputy Chief of the Phuket Immigration Office in Phuket Town, today said he had no idea why the foreigner would have been refused his application on the basis of not having an “income verification” letter from the US embassy.

    “These letters from embassies are not needed if the relevant embassy no longer issues them,” he said plainly.

    “I don’t know what happened. I am not sure who is concerned with this case, but please come to the second floor of the Phuket Immigration Office to discuss this directly with the correct immigration officers,” Lt Col Udom said.

    Lt Col Udom assured that officers at Phuket Immigration have been reminded that the income verification letters are no longer needed for some nationalities.

    “I told them today to be careful about the details of this part,” he said.

    “As for this [American] man, and anyone else who has had this problem, please come back to the Phuket Immigration Office so we can resolve this.

    “Under this type of visa, all that is required to prove your income are bank statements and your bankbooks [plus copies of the relevant pages to file with the application].

    “This is fine to prove your income,” Lt Col Udom said.

    Regarding the “second checklist” handed to the American man at the Phuket Immigration Office in Phuket Town, Lt Col Udom admitted, “This document is an English version [of the full list in Thai] that is handed out to foreigners, but it is just a brief version.

    “This document is used only by volunteers here to explain to foreigners what is required. It is not an official document. It is just only a brief translation,” he repeated.

    “This [English version] can easily lead to misunderstandings. We will find better translation soon,” Lt Col Udom assured.

    The English version does not include any extra requirements not included in the full list in Thai, Lt Col Udom also assured.

    “We can’t change or add anything new to the requirements for visa extensions,” he said. – Source – Phuket News



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