CFOA MEMBERS VOTING EARLY
PLEASE ONLY USE THE AMENDED BALLOT THE FIRST E-MAIL LEFT A NAME OFF SO PLEASE ONLY USE THE AMENDED BALLOT IF YOU ARE USING THE BALLOT E-MAILED TO YOU
YOU CAN USE THE BALLOT AT CFOA.COM (below). JUST HIT THE GREEN "BALLOT" BUTTON AND CUT AND PASTE IT AND FOLLOW THE SAME VOTING INSTRUCTIONS.....
REMEMBER YOU CANNOT VOTE BEFORE 11:59 PM SATURDAY MAY 11TH 2013.
CFOA Early Voting Procedure & Ballots:
IN PREPARATION OF THE ANNUAL MEETING EARLY VOTING WILL BEGIN SATURDAY MAY 11TH AT 11:59 PM AND END THURSDAY, MAY 16TH AT 5 PM .
YOU MAY REVIEW THE EARLY BALLOT RULES ON YOUR OWN (below). LOOK FOR THE BY-LAWS TAB ON THE LEFT...EARLY VOTING IS IN SECTION 1 AND BEGINNING IN PART A.
THERE ARE CHANGES TO THE ORIGINAL BALLOT POSTED ON CFOA.COM :
MIKE GOODSPEED HAS REMOVED HIS NAME FROM CONSIDERATION FOR PRESIDENT.
CHUCK BAUMANN HAS REMOVED HIS NAME FROM CONSIDERATION FOR FLAG FOOTBALL V.P.
ED COLLYER HAS REMOVED HIS NAME FROM CONSIDERATION FOR BASKETBALL VP.
AS ALWAYS NOMINATIONS MAY BE ACCEPTED AT THE MEETING FOR EVERY OFFICE WHETHER OR NOT THE NAME APPEARS FOR PURPOSES OF EARLY VOTING OR NOT.
TO VOTE FOR THE BY-LAW AMENDMENTS YOU MUST REVIEW THEIR CONTENT AND REFER TO THEM BY NUMBER ON THE BALLOT. HEADINGS ARE FOR REFERENCE ONLY AND DO NOT DESCRIBE PROPOSED CHANGE OR ACTUAL CONTENT.
SOME RULES FOR EARLY VOTING: THIS IS ONLY SOME OF IT. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REVIEW THE BY-LAW .YOU ALONE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN BALLOT.
- YOUR E-MAIL MUST HAVE BEEN VERIFIED THE SAME AS THE ONE ON FILE IN ARBITER 90 DAYS PRIOR TO THE ELECTION ...ONLY THAT E-MAIL WILL BE VERIFIED...IF YOU USE A DIFFERENT ONE YOUR BALLOT WILL NOT BE COUNTED.
- YOU MUST PUT YOUR NAME WITH YOUR BALLOT. IT IS NOT ANONYMOUS.
- YOU MUST ACTUALLY PUT THE SPORT(S) FOR WHICH YOU ARE ALLOWED TO VOTE IN ON THE BALLOT.
- THE BALLOT MUST CONTAIN THE CERTIFICATION.
- NO BALLOT WILL BE ACCEPTED BEFORE 11:59 PM SATURDAY, MAY 11TH OR AFTER 5 PM THURSDAY, MAY 16TH
THE ONLY PLACE YOU CAN SEND YOUR E-MAILED BALLOT TO IS :
IF YOU SEND IT ANYWHERE ELSE IT WILL NOT BE COUNTED.
SUGGESTED YOU CUT AND PASTE THE BALLOT AND ADD THE INFORMATION REQUIRED AS OUTLINED ABOVE:
The following proposed amendments to the CFOA By Laws and/or the CFOA Constitution have been submitted for approval by the CFOA membership at the 2013 Annual Business Meeting.
BY LAW and/or CONSTITUTION Amendment submitted by Frank Reindl:
Amendment #1 to Section III – Election of Officers
- With respect to the office of Vice-President of CFOA Football, Basketball and Flag Football, the amendment to be adopted that limits the number of consecutive terms in office to a maximum of four (4) calendar years/terms. At the conclusion of four consecutive terms in office and at the annual election meeting, if there is no candidate nominated for the office of Vice President of that respective sport or a nominated candidate is considered ineligible, the current Vice President of that respective sport shall remain in office for one remaining term or calendar year.
- With respect to the office of President of the amendment to be adopted that limits the number of consecutive terms in office to a maximum of five (5) calendar years/terms. At the conclusion of five (5) consecutive terms and at annual election meeting, if there is no candidate nominated for the office of President or a nominated candidate is considered ineligible, the current CFOA President shall remain in office for one remaining term or calendar year.
BY LAW and/or CONSTITUTION Amendment submitted by Tom Britt:
Amendment #2 to Section IB - Membership
- Only those CFOA members in good standing that attend the yearly meeting will be allowed to vote on Board Members for the coming year.
BY LAW and/or CONSTITUTION Amendment submitted by Brian Saxon:
Amendment #3 to add to By Laws and/or Constitution
- No qualified member in the CFOA shall seek or accept a playoff crew assignment if he/she serves on the Recommendation Committee for that school year.
Rationale- Elimination of any perceived preferential treatment or conflict of interest.
Amendment #4: to add to By Laws and/or Constitution
REMOVED FROM BALLOT
Amendment #5 to add to By Laws and/or Constitution
- All non-officiating/non-elected paid positions (i.e. basketball office support, Arbiter data entry, Arbiter administration etc.) within CFOA be disclosed and open for membership to apply each season.
Rationale - Transparency. The membership should be aware that these positions exist, the salary known and given an opportunity to apply.
Amendment #6 to add to By Laws and/or Constitution
- All services provided to the CFOA, (i.e. website, financial/accounting services, scheduling programs, etc.) be put out to bid and awarded on a three year contract.
Rationale- Rumors that board members family members are employed by agencies, that agencies are former college roommates, website being maintained by someone in Montana are destroying morale of the membership. In addition, by bidding out the service, we will ensure we are getting competitive pricing for our needs.
Amendment #7 to Section VIII - Dues
- Waiver of membership dues and education deductions for any member that receives government assistance.( i.e. unemployment, WIC, etc.).
Amendment #8 to add to By Laws and/or Constitution
- Pay periods for the season; all sports be established and put on the website by beach weekend.
Rationale- Schedules and most monies have been received/collected by beach weekend. The membership deserves to know when they are to be compensated for their game fees. As earlier noted, the current economic times has moved officiating from avocation to vocation for many. Not knowing when a pay check is coming creates a needless hardship.
Amendment #9 to add to By Laws and/or Constitution
- Assignors must allow membership to accept/decline assignment electronically with scheduling software.
Rationale- Under current system, if member logs in to find a phone number, close a date, etc., the assignments are automatically accepted. The membership has the right to accept/decline the assignment, and in turn the assignment officer has the right to charge a fine for excessive turnbacks. The membership has complained about the system scheduling over blocked dates, to no avail. This amendment would remedy that issue.
The Nominating Committee met and recommended the following for CFOA board positions:
President: Mike Goodspeed
Vice president Football: Mitch Fazzio
Vice President Basketball: James Boyd
Vice President Flag Football: Chuck Baumann
Treasurer: Greg Vanatta
Football Assignor: Don Trawick
Basketball Assignor: Kim Fessler
Secretary: Roland Taylor
Football at Large: Larry Wages
Commissioner: Al Garza
No one was nominated for Basketball at large and will remain open until the annual meeting.
The nomination committee will be meeting THURSDAY APRIL 11 2013 AT MY OFFICE... ADDRESS BELOW.....
YOU MAY ATTEND IN PERSON OR APPEAR BY CONFERENCE CALL.
ONLY THOSE IN CONTESTED RACES NEED TO APPEAR. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO ADVANTAGE EITHER WAY AND YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO STAY AND LISTEN. SORRY.
IF YOU WANT TO CALL IN PLEASE GIVE ME A PHONE NUMBER THAT WE CAN CALL YOU BETWEEN 7PM AND 8:30PM .
1.IF YOU ARE NOT READY FOR THE CALL WE WON'T KEEP TRYING SO TRY TO BE AVAILABLE, PLEASE....
2. PLEASE E-MAIL TO ME THE NUMBER YOU WOULD LIKE US TO CALL WHEN WE ARE READY FOR YOU.
THANKS EVERYONE AND GOOD LUCK
BELOW IS THE LIST OF THOSE SEEKING OFFICE ON THE EARLY BALLOT:
1. Alan Cramer
2. Mike Goodspeed
3. Gary Washam
1. Greg Vanatta
1. Mitch Fazzio
2. Rob Price
1. Kim Fessler
1. James Boyd
2. Ed Collier
3. Joe Waesco
1. Al Garza
2. Jemal Taylor
1. Don Trawick
2. Jim Taylor
Football At Large:
1. Tom Britt
2. Larry wages
1. Roland Taylor
Flag football VP:
1. Chuck Baumann
There are no nominations for basketball at large.
Jeffrey D. Deen,
Office of Criminal Conflict
and Civil Regional Counsel, 5th District
101 Sunnytown Road
Casselberry, Florida 32707
Per Bill's wishes, I am heart broken to inform you that he passed away yesterday, April, 2nd at his home following a short battle with cancer. He is no longer suffering and one day David and I will be able to accept that part, but right now we find ourselves in grief and sadness. Bill was a tremendous man, husband, friend and dad. He had one of the kindest hearts of anyone I've ever known.
We will be having his Celebration of Life Service back in his hometown of Salem, IL on April 20, 2013 at the Rankin Funeral Home.
Please pray for myself, David and everyone who cared and loved this wonderful man. He will always be missed and never forgotten.
Thank you to each of you for any part you played in being part of Bill's life.
Chris and David Henry
The deadline for submitting your name for consideration by the nomination committee FOR CFOA BOARD POSITIONS and if you want your name on the ballot for early voting is Wednesday March 27,2013.
The nominating committee will meet Saturday March 30, at 10am at the address below to consider nominees for recommendation. The committee will call you or you may be invited to appear in person at that time...
You don't have to submit your name ...anyone can be nominated from the floor at the annual meeting but that person will not be included on early voting ballots... Please submit your name BY EMAIL ONLY TO: WEBTU@AOL.COM
FHSAA Sanctioned Football Field Clinic
The Central Florida Officials Association will be holding a FHSAA sanctioned football field clinic May 10th and 11th at Apopka High School. Officials must complete a field clinic every 4 years to be able to work football playoffs. We normally incorporate the field clinic with our Beach Weekend, but this year we will be having it in May, so we can use Beach Weekend for our own training.
We will have meetings on Friday night starting at 6:30pm – 9:30. On Saturday we will start at 8:00 am with a scrimmage with at least 2 fields and then we will provide lunch. In the afternoon we will have break out meetings until 4:00pm.
You must sign up on the FHSAA website just like you would be signing up for a sport. Just click on field clinic. The cost of this clinic is $50.00 if you sign up before April 26, 2013. After that, you must sign up at the clinic and the fee goes up to $65.00.
More information will follow in the next couple weeks, so please sign up ASAP so we can get a count of how many officials will be attending.
If you sign up for a field clinic, FHSAA will take $5.00 off your registration next year for 1 sport.
Looking forward to seeing you there,
CFOA Annual Meeting & Elections
CFOA Annual meeting with elections will be held Saturday, May 18th at 2:00pm at Lyman High School.
Members that qualify for offices that are interested in being considered by the nominations committee should begin now to notify Jeff Deen BY E-MAIL ONLY....that they wish to be considered and for what office they are seeking .....
Nominations are not required to go through the nominations committee but if you want to be on the ballot before the annual meeting you should let the committee know your interested...
Nominations are always allowed from the floor but will not be able to be voted on in early voting....please send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jeffrey D. Deen
Hall of Fame Banquet
The Central Florida Officials Association will host its Hall of Fame Banquet Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Altamonte Hilton. Happy hour is from 5:00 to 6:00pm with dinner to follow. Please save the date!
Alan Buky Night
Orange Baseball Association hosted an Alan Buky night as part of the 1st Pitch Classic at Lake Mary High School Thursday Feb 7th. There was a double hitter and the ceremony took place prior to the start of the 7pm game. Lake Mary coach Alan Tuttle provided a BBQ chicken dinner with a portion of the proceeds going to the Buky family as well as the Diabetes Foundation. Orange Baseball Umpires DONATED their time and should be commended. Photos are from the ceremony.
Memorial Service for Don McLendon's Mother
Miriam H. Smith:
Friday, February 22, 2013
Location: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 988 Father Donlan Drive, New Smyrna Beach FL 32168 - The Catholic Church is actually on A1A, US Hwy. 1, N. Dixie Fwy.
Please keep the McLendon family in your prayers.
Flag Football Officials Online Rules Exam Available February 5-14, 2013
Dear Flag Football Officials and Association Officers:
This is to make you aware that the 2012-13 Flag Football Officials Rules Exam becomes available online on Tuesday, February 5th through Thursday, February 14, 2013. Testing ends at midnight (EST) on February 14th, so you must have it completed and submitted BEFORE midnight when the testing program shuts down. There will also be an online make-up exam available after the initial testing completion. The make-up exam schedule is February 27 -March 5.
You may begin the exam by logging in to your official account at: https://officials.fhsaa.org. To begin the exam, you will click on the "Testing" link on the left side menu.
The FHSAA Officials Exam consists of 50 questions. You must select the BEST answer for each question. You will have 75 minutes for ALL exams to complete and review these questions.
During this exam, if you navigate away, or shutdown your computer, the clock will still be running, and will complete your exam after the set time limit.
You may answer each question or <SKIP> a question and go back to it later. After you complete your exam and click <SUBMIT QUESTION> you will have an opportunity to see those questions you skipped and answer them at that time. You will also have the opportunity to review and change your submitted answers. Once you click <COMPLETE TEST>, your exam is tentatively scored, which may be adjusted if a question is either thrown out or the system has the wrong answer encoded. PLEASE DO NOT CLICK ON THE <COMPLETE TEST> BUTTON UNTIL YOU ARE COMPLETELY FINISHED WITH THE EXAM.
After you click on <BEGIN EXAM> below, your exam will be generated for you. The timer will start once the exam is generated. As you proceed through the exam, you will be reminded how much time is remaining. Good Luck! If you have questions or need assistance, please email email@example.com.
Thank you, FHSAA
Basketball Districts - 15 Minute Warmup
|6:38 p.m.||15:00||Set game clock to 15 minutes. Sound horn to open floor for pre-game warm-up period. Officials report to floor.|
|6:41 p.m.||12:00||Coaches/captains meeting with officiating crew.|
|6:43 p.m.||10:00||Referee checks official scorebook.|
|6:52 p.m.||1:00||Horn sounds to end pre-game warm-up period. Teams report to their respective benches.|
|6:53 p.m.||0:00||Public address announcer begins pre-game script. Player and coach introductions, followed by National Anthem.|
|7:00 p.m.||8:00||Reset game clock to 8 minutes. Opening tip.|
Please adhere to this schedule. Dress properly and enjoy--remember to wear the new shirts, be early. Thanks for a great year, it is a pleasure representing you and the CFOA (there are still some middle school games.)
- Kim, Chap and the rest of the staff
Girls Flag Football Meeting
Date: February 16, 2013 (please note this date change)
Time:11:30 Registration and Lunch
12:00-1:30 Classroom Instruction
2:00-3:00 Field Work
Location: UCF Wellness and Rec. Bldg. Room #206
Special guests to be announced.
Contact: Chuck Baumann 407-529-6481
Earl Weaver 1931-2013
He added: “If an umpire misses a called third strike and the other side ends up scoring because of it, I’m not going to forget it. If there are runners on second and third and two out, and if the umpire has just given the hitter an extra strike and the next pitch goes into the hole and both runs score, I’ve got to say something to the guy. With that one call, he’s keeping my kid from going to school!”
End of the Season CFOA Basketball Meeting
CFOA basketball officials will have a 2013 "end-of-the-season" meeting Sunday 1/20/2013 at Lyman HS from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Basketball Playoff Crews of Officials will be voted upon, announcements by VP and Assignor, plus "years-of-service" award plaques presented.
Congratulations on a terrific season! Compliments about CFOA basketball officials have been shared by coaches and AD's with your Board Members.
Reebok and mc10 team up to build CheckLight, a head impact indicator to help diagnose concussions (hands-on) Hands-on
By Michael Gorman posted Jan 11th, 2013 at 8:04 AM0
Concussions have always been a concern for those who play contact sports. However, there's been a renewed focus in recent years by the sports community -- the NFL in particular -- to learn more about concussions in the interests of promoting player safety. Pro leagues aren't the only folks tackling the problem, though. Verizon, Intel and Ridell are all building systems to help identify concussed players. Reebok and mc10 have collaborated to create CheckLight, a head impact indicator meant to make it easy to see when an athlete has taken a dangerous blow to the head. The CheckLight itself is comprised of two parts: a sensor device built by mc10 and skull-cap made by Reebok.
The sensor itself is a strip of plastic filled with flexible sensors connected to a small microcontroller module with three indicator LEDs and a micro-USB port. One LED serves as a battery level indicator, one flashes yellow after moderate impacts and a third flashes red for severe blows. mc10 wasn't willing to share the exact hardware inside, but we know that it's got a rechargeable battery and has rotational acceleration, multi-directional acceleration, impact location and impact duration. Data from those sensors is then run through the company's proprietary algorithm to determine when to fire the LEDs. We got to chat with Isaiah Kacyvenski -- mc10's Director of Licensing and Business development and ex-NFL player -- about the CheckLight and the role it has to play in keeping athletes safe, so join us after the break for more.
There are two key features that separate CheckLight apart from previous athletic impact sensors. First, its flexible design measures the impact on a wearer's head, as opposed to the impact on a helmet, which -- according to Kacyvenski -- means that the data it provides is more relevant and accurate than competing systems. And, it means that the CheckLight can be used with multiple helmets.
CheckLight's second value proposition lies is its ability to provide simple, actionable information to both athletes and medical personnel. The simplicity of its yellow light/red light warning cues makes it easy to understand by the players themselves which removes the pride and shame factor that prevents many players from reporting concussion symptoms. That may be where the real genius of the CheckLight lies -- by giving players a means to easily see when a teammate may have a concussion, they police each other. This addresses what may be the biggest difficulty in diagnosing concussions: the failure to report symptoms. CheckLight does the reporting for you, thereby removing the human element from the equation.
It's important to note that CheckLight isn't just for pro and college athletes, either. In fact, Reebok and mc10 want the device to become de rigueur in youth athletics as well. When asked if CheckLight will be priced low enough to make it affordable for Pop Warner parents, Kacyvenski would only say that it'll be affordable and comparable to the cost of other sporting equipment. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until CheckLight goes on sale sometime in the first half of this year to know what constitutes affordable. In the meantime, feel free to gaze at our gallery and head on over to mc10's website for more.
The CFOA Recommendations Committee for the upcoming 2013 FHSAA State Series (playoffs) for basketball is no longer accepting availability form submissions. The deadline was January 5. All form submissions have been submitted to the committee. Thank you to those that sent in their availability.
Congratulations to our #1 play off crew as we just got word they will be working the 1:00pm game Gainesville vs. Miami Central at the Citrus Bowl. We know they will be making the CFOA proud.
Last night (11-27-12) after I posted the notice about Joe Addonizio, I got another phone call from his son Bob that his dad had just passed away. Joe is a 35 year official with CFOA. Joe will be missed. Please keep his family in you prayers as they get through this sad time.
There will be a memorial sevice for Joe Addonizio on December 8th at 10:00 am at the Pembrook Fairways Grand Hall, 501 St. Rd. 44 Leesburg, FL. When you get to the gate tell the guard that you are going to a memorial service at the Grand Hall.
Horrace Cannady had back sugery 3 weeks ago and is now at home rehabing. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Bill Henry Update
Hey there fellow CFOA members. Bill Henry here, the guy who transferred from Iowa and then developed a hip problem the first week of the season. I wanted to let you know particularly those of you I worked with at either the varsity or jv level, what has developed. I started having this pain in my right hip bone the week before my first game at Harmony with TFA...I was able to run a little that night....but not very well. It got worse the next week at Lake Nona and worse and worse until the night at Poinciana with Henry Hamm as WH...I had to be replaced at the end of the first quarter.
Then on October 20th a Saturday morning I was awakened with a severe pain in my left rib cage under my left arm. I went to the ER that afternoon and after five hours of scans.....tests....and blood work.....the doctor said they needed to admit me. Why I wanted to know....and then the doctor dropped those three words no one wants to hear...."YOU HAVE CANCER." Yes I had a tumor on my right hip bone which was eating away into the bone it's about the size of a softball. After more tests and a change of hospitals from Celebration to MD Anderson, it was determined I have a very rare and aggressive cancer. It has metastasized on my hip...my liver...my left rib cage...and the airway near my esophagus. On Monday before Thanksgiving I started my first aggressive and intensive chemo therapy treatment lasting 3 days....I was released from MD Anderson Thanksgiving morning. I will be going through this regiment every 2 weeks for the next 6 weeks...and then they will do new scans to see if it's working.
The prognosis for this cancer is not good even with treatment...1-2 years. But again one thing dealing with my wife's Stage 4 Melanoma cancer has told us....(she was given 6-18 months)....God is the only one who can determine the final outcome when our life comes to an end. She should have already been dead according to statistics...but she's still here fighting...and so will I be also.
I want to thank you for welcoming be into the association....I just wish I would have made a better showing. I am going to be fighting hard and plan to be back with you next Fall.
I wish you and all of your families a Very Merry Christmas....
Sincerely, Bill Henry
2012/2013 Basketball Rules Exam!!
Oct. 17-26, 2012
Nov. 13-19, 2012
In order for an FHSAA official to officiate varsity level contests, the official must receive a grade of 75 or higher on the current year FHSAA online rules examination.
To obtain or retain a Rank 1 Status The official must score a 90 or better on the FHSAA rules examination for that year.
To obtain or retain a Rank 2 Status The official must score an 80 or better on the FHSAA rules examination for that year.
Sunday, October 7th, 1:30 pm
Mmeeting at Lyman High School for election of football play off crews.
CFOA Day with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Letter of Thanks
Dear Mr. Fields,
I am writing this letter to thank you and the Central Florida Officials Association for the assistance provided to me during my recent hardship. The Organization’s support helped to defray so much worry about how I was going to get through this tough time financially. Additionally, the knowledge that there are people such as yourselves that come through when needed has provided me with the inspiration to help others during their time of need.
I have been a member of the CFOA for eleven years and, at that time I had no idea what I was getting into. I have since come to realize that while I am a member of such a prestigious organization, I am also a member of the CFOA family.
Thank you for your generosity. I look forward to the time that I can help others as you have helped me.
|David Henry’s 1st Annual Playing For A Cure Pro-Am Golf Tournament
October 20, 2012 10:00am
Proceeds go to Melanoma Research and Awareness
Shotgun 4 – Person Scramble with a pro in each group at Reunion Resort’s Tom Watson Course Entry Fee: $200 per person or $800 per team Entry Includes: Gift bag, Tee gift from Reunion, Range balls, Box lunch in cooler bag and Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams. On Course Contests with Prizes Include: Closest to the Pin, Long Drive, Hole in One- $5,000 Cash, Beat the Pro Silent auction provided by Grandstand Sports Memorabilia. 50/50 Raffle More information, details and sign up information are on this download/PDF.
CFOA Evaluation Program
Below is a 5 step process on getting to the evaluations in Arbiter. The power point presentation which was shown 8/19/12 can be downloaded as a Power Point Presentaion or a Portable Document Format (PDF). We would like to start with varsity games of 8-30/8-31.
STEPS TO FOLLOW FOR USING THE NEW EVALUATION PROCESS ON THE ARBITER
This should display all of the game reports so that you can begin entering in your evaluations for that game:
August 23, 2012
It is with broken heart and deepest sorrow that I tell you that Frances died last night at 11:55 PM. - Morris Middleton
A Memorial Service will be held at Colonial Chapel (Cary Hand) 2811 East Curry Ford Road on 8 September at 1:00 PM. A celebration of life will be held immediately after the service at 1940 Conway Gardens Road. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 378 Center Pointe Circle Suite 1280, Altamonte Springs, Fl 32791-3442
August 18, 2012
Veteran Football and Basketball Official, Kirk Stanley, passed away after a lengthy illness.
Jim Payne Fearless 5k
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