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A Issues Warning about Marketing Company

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a warning that a marketing company is using two toll-free numbers that are very similar to toll-free numbers used by the Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA). The marketer is trying to get callers to sign up to receive a Walmart gift card and is asking for personal data, including credit card information. When asked if they are the VA, they reply vaguely and explain that the VA is very busy and the call was directed to them. They don’t say they are the VA, but they say they can help with VA benefits, if asked. In addition, they even offer to transfer the call to the VA, after the caller provides the credit card information to get the free Walmart gift card.

This issue has been reported to the Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Trade Commission for review. The two numbers identified in this alert are:

• 1-800-872-1000, which is very close to VBA main number of 1-800-827-1000; and
• 1-888-442-4511, which is very close to the GI-Bill number of 1-888-442-4551.

The VA recommends that veterans who feel they have disclosed personal information to an unauthorized individual should immediately contact their credit card companies to advise them of the situation, review transactions, and request that a new card number be issued. Veterans can request a free credit report from credit reporting agencies. In addition, the VA requests that veterans contact the FTC at 1-877-382-4357 and file a complaint.

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Atlantic City Electric Warns Customers of Fake Invoices

Media Relations Manager
Atlantic City Electric
Office: 609-625-5567
Cell: 609-480-0071

MAYS LANDING, NJ. – Atlantic City Electric has recently been advised by the NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU) that scammers posing as third party energy suppliers are sending fake utility bills via email to some NJ utility customers. The email asks that customers click on a link contained within the email. It is suspected that, by clicking the link, the customer’s computer could become infected with a virus or malware.

Atlantic City Electric asks customers to only pay their utility bill by visiting atlanticcityelectric.com or by sending the hard copy of the remittance portion of the invoice through the mail. Customers should not open any email asking that payment be made on their utility bill unless sent by Atlantic City Electric or by the customers’ respective third party energy supplier.

Many companies, including Atlantic City Electric, contact customers in person or via phone for various reasons. If someone claims to represent a company, whether the company is Atlantic City Electric or another entity, it is important that customers take precautions to verify that the person is affiliated with the company, especially if that person is requesting an immediate monetary payment.

When addressing past due accounts, Atlantic City Electric never endorses a specific form of payment. Instead, multiple payment options are always given to the customer.

Atlantic City Electric advises customers to ask for official photo identification from any person who shows up at their door. Employees from reputable companies, such as Atlantic City Electric, will carry official company identification cards. If proper identification cannot be produced, customers should notify police and the company with whom the individual claims to be associated.

Similarly, if someone calls saying they represent a certain company, customers should ask them to verify their identity and affiliation. If customers have any doubt about the validity of a person’s claim to represent Atlantic City Electric, they should call the company immediately at 1-800-642-3780.

For more information about Atlantic City Electric, visit www.atlanticcityelectric.com.Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticcityelectric and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/acelecconnect. Our mobile app is available at www.atlanticcityelectric.com/mobileapp.

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CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION URGES RESIDENTS TO RECYCLE USED ELECTRONIC DEVICES DURING THE HOLIDAY GIFT SEASON

MANY CONVENIENT DROPOFF POINTS ACROSS THE STATE
 
(13/P117) TRENTON – The Department of Environmental Protection is reminding state residents that televisions, computers, electronic tablets, e-book readers, printers and monitors that have been replaced by new electronic holiday gifts cannot be tossed into the trash but must be taken to designated recycling collection points as mandated by state law.

“Recycling of e-waste is an increasingly important and easy-to-accomplish effort, one that is making an impact on reducing trash tonnage across our state,” DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said. “These electronic devices can no longer be placed at the curb for trash pickup. They can be taken to specially designated e-waste recycling drop-off points conveniently located in our cities and towns or to retailers that accept these materials.”


Since taking effect in 2010, with collection points established in 2011, the state’s Electronic Waste Management Act has dramatically increased the amount of recycled e-waste, keeping potentially hazardous materials out of landfills and incinerators. Through the third quarter of 2013, more than 100 million pounds of e-waste has been diverted from the regular waste stream.
The law covers televisions and all personal or portable computers, including desktop, notebook and laptop computers, tablets, iPads and eReaders, as well as computer monitors. Manufacturers of these devices now fund the collection of e-waste so that it is free for consumers.

The law does not require recycling of cell phones, DVD players, VCRs, game consoles, or other electronic devices, although retailers and service organizations provide drop-off opportunities for recycling of these items.


Discarded TVs, computers and computer monitors contain lead, mercury, cadmium, nickel, zinc, brominated flame retardants, and other potentially hazardous materials, while Cathode Ray Tubes, or CRTs, contain large amounts of lead that is used to shield consumers from radiation.


Electronic waste makes up 2 percent of the solid waste disposed in New Jersey. But as a result of consumer demand for new technologies, and subsequent disposal of old devices, e-waste is growing faster than any other component of the solid waste stream.
 
Devices covered by the law must be taken to a drop-off point, such as a county or municipal collection center or a participating electronics retail store. Most municipal and county drop-off points require proof of residency. Many electronics retailers, including Best Buy, Staples, and Target, and community-based service programs, most notably Goodwill Industries and the Salvation Army, also accept these materials at no cost.

“The DEP is working hard to improve the public’s understanding of proper disposal of e-waste and to make it easy to do,” said DEP Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Management Jane Kozinski. “Please help spread the word on proper disposal of old electronics to family and friends, to keep those old televisions, computers or iPads out of the trash.
 
Residents should contact their county solid waste agency or municipal recycling coordinator for e-waste recycling options currently available in their cities and towns.
 
For more information on New Jersey’s E-Cycle program, including a list of e-waste recycling locations statewide, a connection to all 21 county recycling web sites, and  information for consumers on “front door’’ pickup service to deal with extra heavy televisions or for people with special needs, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/ewaste/index.html
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Top 10 Digital Preparedness Tips

  1. Tell your friends & family you are OK via text, email, Twitter, Facebook and other social media.
  2. Learn how to send updates via text and internet from your mobile phone to your contacts and social channels in case voice communications are not available. Avoid calling by phone.
  3. If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1. Remember that you cannot currently text 9-1-1. If you are not experiencing an emergency, do not call 9-1-1.
  4. Save important phone numbers to your phone.
  5. Keep charged batteries and car-phone chargers available as back-up power for your cell phone.
  6. Conserve your cell phone battery by reducing the brightness of your screen, placing your phone in airplane mode, and closing apps you are not using that draw power.
  7. Immediately following a disaster, resist using your mobile device to watch streaming videos, download music or videos, or play video games, all of which can add to network congestion. Limiting use of these services can help potentially life-saving emergency calls get through to 9-1-1.
  8. If you do not have a cell phone, keep a prepaid phone card to use if needed during or after a disaster.
  9. Charge your digital camera or buy batteries for your film camera if you need to document storm damage afterwards.
  10. Get connected with us through the tools listed on this page: texts, Twitter and more.

Other emergency services and tips throughout the storm will be available through the following sites and social media:

City of Brigantine –  www.bb-nj.com

City of Brigantine FACEBOOK- https://www.facebook.com/brigantinebeachnj

City of Brigantine TWITTER-  @Brigantinenj

Brigantine Police – FACEBOOK-  https://www.facebook.com/brigantinepolice

Brigantine Police -TWITTER-   @Brigantinepd

Brigantine on NIXLE-  http://local.nixle.com/brigantine-police-department/

Brigantine Office of Emergency Management ” OEM” – http://brigantinepolice.org/oem

National Weather Service — www.erh.noaa.gov/er/phi/

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management — www.ready.nj.gov

ReadyNJ Alerts and Updates Blog — www.readynj.wordpress.com

NJOEM on Facebook — www.facebook.com/READYNEWJERSEY

NJOEM on Twitter — www.twitter.com/ReadyNJ

NJ State Police on Facebook — www.facebook.com/NewJerseyStatePolice

NJ State Police on Twitter — www.twitter.com/NJSP

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Winter: Alternative Heating Source Safety

Families use alternative heating sources during the cold weather (it’s a good idea to have one available in case the furnace fails), please take the following precautions:

Be sure to allow proper ventilation and place it in a safe location away from flammable objects. You should have at least 3 feet of clearance between your alternative heat source and anything that could burn.

Always turn off alternative heat sources before leaving or going to bed and do not leave children or pets unattended around any heating source. This includes extinguishing the embers in the fireplace – and never leave a fire burning unattended in the fireplace.

Use generators only as independent power sources. Keep them outside and run a cord inside. Don’t connect generators to main service panels. This could injure or kill utility workers trying to restore power.

Fireplace Safety

Use a sturdy screen in front of the fireplace to avoid sparks from flying out and igniting nearby objects and burn only clean wood.

The immediate area in front of a fireplace (approximately 3 feet) should not have a rug, carpet or exposed wood flooring.

Allow enough clearance between a wood-burning stove and combustible materials such as walls, floors and ceilings.

Make sure the flue is open before lighting a fire.

Never close the flue while a fire is still smoldering.

Never use gasoline or lighter fluid to start a fire.

When lighting a gas fireplace, strike the match first, then turn on the gas.

Burn only dry, seasoned wood and dispose of the cooled ashes in a closed metal container outside of your home.

Portable / Kerosene Heater

Don’t use an extension cord with a portable heater. The current from the heater could melt the cord and cause a fire.

Make sure the room has proper ventilation before using a kerosene heater.

Since a kerosene heater has a constant open flame, it should not be used in a room where there are flammable solvents, aerosol sprays, gasoline or any type of oil.

Do not use a fluid that is not recommended for your heater. Refuel outside and only after the heater has cooled down.

 

Check the heater’s wick every couple of weeks during the heating season. If the wick is dirty, clean it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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Winter: Freezing Pipes & Plumbing

Water freezing in your cold and hot water pipes can cause serious problems. While this freezing takes place, the pipe begins to swell and may burst. In most cases, the actual break doesn’t appear until the water begins to thaw.

A little bit of planning can make for a dryer, happier winter. Brigantine Water Department encourages residents to take the following preventative actions to protect home plumbing:

Locate and mark the main water cutoff valve for your home. This cutoff valve is usually found near where the waterline comes into your house. Damage from running water can be minimized if you can turn off this valve quickly.

Make sure the waterline to outside faucets is turned off and the line is drained. Consider wrapping or insulating your water pipes, especially those pipes near outside walls, under the house or in the attic. Insulation supplies are available at local home improvement or hardware stores.

Eliminate drafts. Check around the home for areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas and take measures to prevent the flow of cold air in these areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated. A hot water supply line can freeze just as a cold water supply line can if water is not running through the pipe and the water temperature becomes cold.

If a water pipe freezes, never try to thaw it with an open flame or torch. You can use a hair dryer or portable heater, but always be careful of the potential for electric shock in and around standing water.

If you will be away from your home, keep the thermostat at a reasonable temperature to make sure all areas with water pipes are kept above freezing.

If you suspect you have a frozen water meter, call Brigantine Water Department for help.

Business hours: 609-266-7800

After hours Emergency : 609-266-7414 or 911

If you are vacating your home because you have lost your heat source, locate and turn off your main water cutoff valve.

After the valve is turned off, open a faucet on each level of your home to allow for expansion should the undrained water freeze.

If you are staying in your home or will be monitoring your home frequently, allow a faucet to drip cold water slowly. At a minimum, the dripping faucet should be the one that is the greatest distance from your main water cutoff valve.

Consider allowing a slow drip in areas that are least protected from the cold (basements, crawl spaces, attics and garages).

Getting Help

If the pipe breaks, quickly shut off the water valve, if you haven’t already done so. Then call a plumber. They have the know-how to correctly fix the break.

Should you call the fire department? Only if the water gets in or near electrical outlets or panels, or if the water threatens a pilot light or power to a water heater or furnace.

Heating emergency numbers

• Atlantic Electric 1-800-833-7476  http://www.atlanticcityelectric.com

• South Jersey Gas: 609-561-9000.  http://southjerseygas.com/

We are only a phone call away …If  you need help  please call us..

Non -Emergency  Dial  266-7414

Emergency Dial  911

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Cold weather survival guide: What you need to know when temperatures plummet in Brigantine

HEALTH

Hypothermia

When exposed to low temperatures, your body loses heat faster than it can produce it. Prolonged exposure expends stored energy. Abnormally low body temperature diminishes clarity of thought and motor skills. Victims are often unaware of their danger.

WARNING SIGNS

Adults: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, drowsiness.

Infants: Bright red, cold skin, very low energy.

WHAT TO DO

Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas – most often the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes.

Take the person’s temperature. If it is below 95°, the situation is an emergency. Get medical attention immediately. If medical care is not available, begin warming the person, as follows:

• Get the victim to warm shelter.

• Remove any wet clothing.

• Warm the center of the body first – chest, neck, head and groin – using an electric blanket, if available. Or use skin-to-skin contact under loose, dry layers of blankets, towels or sheets.

• Warm beverages can help increase the body temperature. Do not give alcoholic beverages.

• After body temperature has increased, keep the person dry and wrapped in a warm blanket, including the head and neck.

• Get medical attention as soon as possible.

Frostbite

Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas – most often the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation. Risk of frostbite is increased in people with reduced blood circulation and among people who are not dressed properly for extremely low temperatures.

RECOGNIZING FROSTBITE

Any of the following signs may indicate frostbite:

• A white or grayish-yellow skin area.

• Skin that feels unusually firm or waxy.• Numbness. A victim is often unaware of frostbite until someone else points it out because the frozen tissues are numb.

WHAT TO DO

If there is frostbite but no sign of hypothermia and immediate medical care is not available:

• Get warm shelter.

• Unless absolutely necessary, do not walk on frostbitten feet or toes – this increases the damage.

• Immerse the affected area in warm – not hot – water (the temperature should be comfortable to the touch for unaffected parts of the body). Or warm the affected area using body heat.

• Do not rub or massage the affected area. This can cause more damage.

• Don’t use a heating pad, stove, fireplace or radiator. Numb areas can be easily burned.

• Because frostbite and hypothermia both result from exposure, first determine whether the victim also shows signs of hypothermia, as described previously. Hypothermia is a more serious medical condition and requires emergency medical assistance.

EXERCISE

• Dress in layers. Several thin layers are warmer than one heavy layer. The goal is to keep the body warm and minimize sweating and avoid shivering.

• Health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease can significantly decrease a person’s ability to exercise outdoors in the cold.

• Cover your head. Heat loss from the head and neck may be as much as 50 percent of the total heat being lost by your body.

• Cover your mouth. To warm the air before you breathe it, use a scarf or mask. Do this especially if breathing cold air causes angina (chest pain) or you are prone to upper respiratory problems.

• Stay dry. Wet or damp clothing, whether from perspiration or precipitation, significantly increases heat loss.

• Stay hydrated. Dehydration reduces your body’s ability to regulate body heat and increases the risk of frostbite. Avoid consuming alcohol or beverages containing caffeine, because these items are dehydrating.

• If you develop chest pain when you exercise in cold weather, and not when you exercise in warm weather, check with your doctor.  

THERMOSTAT

The ability to feel temperature changes decreases with age. If you are older than 65, place an easy-to-read thermometer in an indoor location where you will see it frequently, and check the temperature of your home often during the winter months.

 ARTHRITIS

Cold weather can make arthritic joints feel even stiffer.

• Try taking a warm bath every evening before bed.

• Exercise indoors.

• Consult your doctor about newer, more effective medications available.

EXERTION

Avoid overexertion. Cold weather puts an added strain on the heart. Unaccustomed exercise can bring on a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse.

KIDS

 DRESS THEM PROPERLY

Layering clothing allows children to work up a sweat without becoming overheated. The ability to remove layers allows children to maintain proper body temperature while increasing endurance and decreasing the possibility of dehydration from overheating.

WATER AND SNACKS

• Your child’s body needs to be properly hydrated. Children may succumb to heat exhaustion in the cold. Pack bottled water or a thermos of warm fluids.

• If walking to school, children should wear appropriate shoes or boots to maintain footing.

 PETS

Experts advise pet owners to bring their animals inside during frigid temperatures.

SHELTER

• Consider bringing outdoor pets inside, particularly young or elderly pets, small animals or animals with short hair.

• Doghouses should be positioned in a sunny, sheltered location during cold weather. Raise the house off the ground several inches and put a flap (car doormat) over the door to keep out cold drafts. Use dry straw or cedar shavings for bedding – rugs and blankets can hold moisture and freeze.

PET SAFETY

• Cats sometimes climb up under the hoods of cars to be near warm engines and are killed or injured when the car is started.

• Buy antifreeze made with propylene glycol (brands include Sierra and Prestone Lowtox) instead of ethylene glycol, which is a deadly poison even in small doses. Animals are attracted to antifreeze because of its sweet taste. Clean spills promptly.

 GROOMING

Clean off your dog’s or cat’s legs, feet and stomach after coming in from the snow. Salt and other chemicals can make an animal sick if they are ingested while the animal grooms itself.

 FOOD AND WATER

Increase food rations during winter (animals burn more calories to keep warm).

Provide water for outdoor animals. Consider heating water dishes.

SPACE HEATERS

Instruct children to stay away from heaters. If you have small children or small pets, consider placing a protective barrier around the heater. Turn off heater when you sleep or leave the room.

KEROSENE

• Kerosene heaters are legal only in single-family and two-family homes in New Jersey. Many communities ban kerosene heaters. Check local regulations.

• Use only clear (1-K) kerosene. Never use gasoline or other substitute fuels.

Be sure the wick is at the proper height.

• Fill heaters outdoors.

• Allow heater to cool before filling. The heat could cause the fuel to ignite.

• Do not move the heater when in use.

• Do not use heater to dry clothing.

 ELECTRIC

• Do not buy an electric heater unless it bears the label of an independent testing laboratory.

• Heaters should have tipover switches, which will shut off electric current if the unit is knocked over.

• Heaters should have wire grilles to keep fingers and flammable objects away from the heating element.

• Position heater away from flammable materials, such as curtains or drapes, newspapers or furniture.

• Be sure the plug fits snugly in the outlet. Loose plugs can overheat. Electric heaters draw a lot of power. Feel plugs and cords for heat. If they are hot, unplug heater.

HOME

• Check insulation. Add extra insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Excessive heat loss through the attic can cause snow or ice to melt on the roof. Refreezing and buildup can result in a collapsed roof. It also can contribute to ice damming. Ideally, the attic should be five to 10 degrees warmer than the outside air.

• Maintain pipes. Wrap pipes with heating tape and insulate unfinished rooms such as garages that frequently have exposed pipes.

 CARBON MONOXIDE

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that interferes with the delivery of oxygen in the blood to the rest of the body. It is produced by the incomplete burning of some fuels, such as coal, wood, charcoal, natural gas and fuel oil.

• Symptoms are sometimes mistaken for the flu or food poisoning. Fetuses, infants, the elderly and people with heart and respiratory illnesses are particularly at risk.

• Make sure appliances are working properly.

• Obtain annual inspections for heating systems, chimneys and flues.

• Open flues when fireplaces are in use.

• Use proper fuel in kerosene space heaters.

• Do not use ovens or gas ranges to heat your home.

• Do not burn charcoal indoors.

• Do not use unvented gas or kerosene space heaters in enclosed spaces.

• Never leave a car running in a garage.

• Make sure your furnace has adequate intake of outside air.

WATER PIPES

When the temperature drops below 20 degrees, pipes in homes without adequate insulation may freeze and break.

• In extremely cold weather, turn your faucets on just enough to allow slow, constant dripping. This will not necessarily prevent freezing, but it can prevent the pipe from bursting. Leaving a faucet open provides relief from excessive pressure.

• Keep the house warm. Keeping your home at 65 degrees or warmer will reduce the potential for freezing pipes.

• If pipes burst, the first thing to do is turn off the main water shutoff valve. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the shutoff valve is and how to open and close it. A crack that is an eighth of an inch wide can release 250 gallons of water in one day.

 CARS & DRIVING

PREPARATION

• Have the radiator system serviced, or check the antifreeze level yourself.

• Replace wiper fluid with a wintertime mixture.

• Check the air pressure in tires. Replace worn tires.

• Keep the gas tank nearly full to help avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.

WINTER SURVIVAL KIT FOR YOUR CAR

– Blankets

– First aid kit

– Waterproof matches

– Windshield scraper

– Booster cables

– Road maps

– Compass

– Tool kit

– Paper towels

– Bag of sand or cat litter

(to pour on ice or snow for added traction) – Small or collapsible shovel

– High-calorie or dried foods

– Can opener

– Flashlight and extra batteries

– Canned compressed air with sealant (for emergency tire repair)

– Brightly colored cloth

 TIRES

• Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions.

• Tire pressure. When outside temperature drops 10 degrees, air pressure inside your tires goes down about one or two pounds per square inch. Check your tire pressure frequently and add air to keep tires at recommended levels of inflation.

• Never reduce tire pressure in an attempt to increase traction on snow or ice. It does not work and your tires will be damaged.

 HOME HEATING

• Seal up openings that let in cold air around and under doors and windows.

• Lower thermostats serving unused rooms (as long as the walls in those rooms do not contain water pipes).

• Close dampers in unused fireplaces.

• Move furniture and drapes away from heating registers, radiators and baseboard heat covers.

• Open any register or baseboard damper found in the closed position.

• Replace dirty or clogged air filters.

• For more heating tips

• If your furnace doesn’t seem to be working, following these steps may restart the furnace:

 – Make sure the thermostat is set above room temperature.

– Make sure the heater’s switch is on.

– Make sure the fuses are OK and the circuit breaker is on.

– Shut off power for five minutes. When you turn the power back on, the furnace may restart.

– Note: Experts do not recommend trying to relight the pilot light.

– If your heater still doesn’t work, call your local utility or a heating contractor.

 Heating emergency numbers

• Atlantic Electric 1-800-833-7476  http://www.atlanticcityelectric.com

• South Jersey Gas: 609-561-9000.  http://southjerseygas.com/

The City of Brigantine . Brigantine Police & Fire Departments and Office of Emergency Management “OEM” is here to help .

We are only a phone call away …If  you need help  please call us..

Non -Emergency  Dial  266-7414

Emergency Dial  911

OEM -Lieutenant Jim Bennett, Director 266-7600 extension 285

Lieutenant Jim Bennett, Director 266-7600 extension 285 – See more at: http://brigantinepolice.org/oem/#sthash.lqjpWRJ2.dpuf

Brigantine Police is here to help…

We are only a phone call away …

If  you need help  please call us..

Non -Emergency  Dial  266-7414

Emergency Dial  911

– See more at: http://brigantinepolice.org/2013/12/cold-weather-survival-guide-what-you-need-to-know-when-temperatures-plummet-in-brigantine/#sthash.ie9mDKRX.dpuf

rigantine Police is here to help…

We are only a phone call away …

If  you need help  please call us..

Non -Emergency  Dial  266-7414

Emergency Dial  911

– See more at: http://brigantinepolice.org/2013/12/cold-weather-survival-guide-what-you-need-to-know-when-temperatures-plummet-in-brigantine/#sthash.ie9mDKRX.dpuf

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