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Message in a bottle

20.03.11

 

A series of success stories, of which we are proud to be a part of, is recounted in this article for Emirates Airlines Magazine - incluing the Bundanoon bottled water ban, the University of Canberra's installation of bottle-refilling station, and Manly council's introduction of bubblers.
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Bottled water ban inevitable

21.01.11

 

Environmental campaigners, such as our founder Jon Dee, have called on local governments to ban bottled water within their communities and council facilities.
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Bottled water banished from uni

21.01.11

 

THE University of Canberra has become the first Australian campus to ban the sale of bottled water, setting what environmentalists hope will prove a template for the rest of the country.
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University to ban bottled water sales

21.01.11

 

The University of Canberra will become the first Australian campus to ban the sale of bottled water. Assuming it is successful in encouraging students to use refillable bottles, the ban - starting on March 22 - could reduce bottled water sales by 140,000 a year.
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G-online reports on Monte launch

29.07.10

 

A Sydney school has become the first in Australia to ban the sale of bottled water in a student-led initiative. Jon Dee congratulated Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College for "ridding the school of bottled water", reports G-online.
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Channel 9 Morning News does live cross to Monte

28.07.10

 

Channel 9 Morning News talks live to Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College Environment Captain Claudia Saunders about the school becoming the first high school in NSW to ban bottled water and offer free tap-water refills to cut down on plastic waste.
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ABC News reports on the bottled water ban at Monte

28.07.10

 

ABC TV News reports on the Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College ban on bottled water and the launch of their new water stations.
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ABCNews24 Consumer Quarter reports on the Monte bottled water ban

28.07.10

 

ABCNews24 reports on the Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College ban on bottled water and the launch of their new water stations.
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Fran Kelly on ABC Radio National talks to Jon Dee about the Monte launch

28.07.10

 

ABC Radio National's Fran Kelly spoke to Do Something MD Jon Dee about Monte Sant' Angelo's ban on bottled water and the launch of their new water stations.
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Adam Spencer on ABC 702 talks to Jon Dee about the Monte launch

28.07.10

 

ABC 702's Adam Spencer spoke to Do Something MD Jon Dee about Monte Sant' Angelo's ban on bottled water and the launch of the water stations that helped Bundanoon go bottled water free a year ago.
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Channel 10 covers Monte launch

28.07.10

 

Channel 10 reports on Monte Sant' Angelo's ban on bottled water and the launch of the water stations that helped Bundanoon go bottled water free a year ago.
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Sale of water is banned, and that's just lubbly bubbly

28.07.10

 

The Sydney Morning Herald reports on Monte Sant' Angelo school, North Sydney, which is believed to have become the first high school in NSW to ban bottled water and offer free tap-water refills to cut down on plastic waste.
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Monte Sant' Angelo first high school to ban bottled water

28.07.10

 

The Mosman Daily reports on the launch of the bottled water ban and the new water fountains that helped Bundanoon go bottled water free last year at Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College.
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Water bottles banned at Monte

28.07.10

 

The North Shore Times reports on the launch of the bottled water ban and the new water fountains that helped Bundanoon go bottled water free last year at Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College.
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Campaign seeks Australia's most expensive bottled water

26.07.10

 

The Courier Mail reports on Do Something's campaign to find the highest bottled water prices after finding that people are buying bottled water at up to 10 times the price of petrol.
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It's water torture at $13 a litre

03.07.10

 

The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, The Advertiser and other News Limited mastheads cover Do Something's search for Australia's most expensive bottled water.
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Designer drop or eau de tap?

03.07.10

 

The Sydney Morning Herald's Ben Cubby compares the price of tap water to bottled water and announces Do Something's campaign to find Australia's most expensive bottled water.
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Water fountains a 'right, not luxury'

17.06.10

 

The Manly Daily reports on Go Tap's disappointment at Manly Council's decision to block the installation of drinking fountains as part of a scheme to curb plastic bottle landfill.
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Manly Daily on Warringah's Council's delay

26.02.10

 

An ambitious plan, supported by Do Something, to see 380 unfiltered bubbler and water bottle refill stations installed across Warringah at a cost of more than $1.2 million has suffered another setback, writes the Manly Daily.
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The Guardian on plastic bottles

05.11.09

 

One Australian town has banned bottled water, but we could return to the glorious days of glass bottles if we reused them, writes David Spencer in the Guardian.
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Sky News UK Feature on Bundanoon's Ban

28.09.09

 

Sky News UK gives the Bundanoon story a feature run, reporting that the small Australian town of Bundanoon has become the first in the world to ban bottled water.
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SMH Online's The Goanna

28.09.09

 

The Goanna column thinks the UN Climate Change talks in Copenhagen and the Australian Department of Immigration can learn a lot from Bundanoon.
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NZ Herald on Bundanoon's Ban

28.09.09

 

The New Zealand Herald picked up the Bundanoon story today, quoting Jon Dee’s comment that “while politicians grapple with climate change, Bundanoon shows that at the local level we can bring about real and measurable change".
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Canberra Times on Bundanoon's Ban

27.09.09

 

Today’s Canberra Times reports on the Bundanoon bottled water ban, as Jon Dee comments that, “refillable bottles save the environment and also people's wallets”.
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Fox Chicago

27.09.09

 

Fox Chicago feature the Bundanoon ban, stating that the town has been the first in Australia, and possibly the world, to ban commercially bottled water.
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SMH reports that Bundy Dumps Bottled Water

26.09.09

 

SMH ran a news feature on the Bundanoon bottled water ban today, quoting Jon Dee’s comments that, “bottled water is a menace and a marketing con that's been visited on Australians by the bottled water industry. What we are trying to do is expose that con for what it is”. It was also picked up in SMH’s environment section. The SMH furthered their coverage of the Bundanoon by picking up the AFP story as well.
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Kazakhstan News Net

26.09.09

 

Kazakhstan News Net covers the Bundanoon ban, detailing the damaging environmental effects of bottled water. This news piece indicates the widespread interest of the ban.

News.com.au

26.09.09

 

Popular online news site news.com.au reports that Bundanoon is the world's first town to ban bottled water.
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TopNews talks Bundanoon Ban

26.09.09

 

Online news site TopNews writes about the Bundanoon ban. The story quotes Jon saying, "Huge amounts of resources are used to extract, bottle and transport that bottled water, and much of the packaging ends up as litter or landfill".
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Westender - Brisbane's Urban Voice

26.09.09

 

The Westender, Brisbane's oldest independent online news source, details the launch of the Bundanoon bottled water ban and the different measures put into place in the town for this historic decision.
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Times of the Internet on Bundanoon

26.09.09

 

Times of the Internet picks up United Press International's Bundanoon story, quoting Jon Dee's comments that, "empty water bottles clog landfills and the bottles require large amounts of oil to create; the bottles are also trucked and flown across Australia and overseas, creating greenhouse gases".

Bloomberg Runs with Bundanoon

26.09.09

 

Leading US-based business website Bloomberg runs the story on Bundanoon's bottled water ban.
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The Australian Covers Bundanoon Ban

26.09.09

 

Australia’s national broadsheet covered the Bundanoon ban today, quoting Jon Dee saying that, "Every bottle was taken off the shelf and out of the fridges so you can now only buy refillable bottles. In the process the local people became educated about the environmental impact of bottled water”.
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ABC News Website cover Bundy's Ban on Bottled Water

26.09.09

 

The ABC News website reports today that Bundanoon has become the first Australian town to ban bottled water, with reusable plastic bottles now being sold in shops and public water stations installed.
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AFP Reports on Bundanoon's Bottled Water Ban

25.09.09

 

International newswire AFP took the Bundanoon ban global today. AFP cited Jon Dee’s remarks that the campaign is doing so well because people can save money and the environment at the same time by moving from bottled water to tap water and refillable bottles.
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ABC 702 Jon Dee Interview with Deborah Cameron

25.09.09

 

Jon is interviewed by ABC 702's Deborah Cameron about the Bundanoon bottled water ban. Audio file courtesy of the ABC.
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ABC News Radio talks to Jon Dee about Bundanoon initiative

25.09.09

 

ABC News Radio's Anna Hipsley talks to Jon about Bundanoon, and the process of going from an idea to a reality. Audio file courtesy of ABC News Radio
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4BC Breakfast with Jamie Dunn interviews Jon Dee

25.09.09

 

Jon talks with 4BC's Jamie Dunn about Bundanoon. Audio file courtesy of 4BC.
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ABC Radio Australia Today talks with Jon about Bundanoon

25.09.09

 

Jon talks to ABC Radio Australia Today about the bottled water ban at Bundanoon. Audio file courtesy of ABC Radio Australia.
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Jon talks with ABC Hobart's Tim Cox

21.09.09

 

Jon is interviewed by ABC Local Radio Hobart's Tim Cox on the Statewide Mornings program about the Bundanoon ban. Audio file courtesy of ABC Hobart.
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ABC 'Australia Talks' covers the bottled water debate

15.07.09

 

Jon Dee and Geoff Parker, CEO of the Australasian Bottled Water Institute, speak to 'Australia Talks' presenter Paul Barclay about the many dimensions of the bottled water debate. This was broadcast nationally on ABC Radio National.
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ABC AM covers the vote in Bundanoon to ban bottled water

08.07.09

 

ABC AM environmental reporter Shane McLeod speaks to Do Something chair Jon Dee about Bundanoon's vote to ban bottled water. The audio and story can both be found here.
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Bundy votes on bottled water ban

08.07.09

 

Appearing on the front page of The Sydney Morning Herald, Ben Cubby reports on Bundanoon's vote to ban bottled water. Supported by Jon Dee, this Southern Highlands town is poised to become the first in Australia to ban bottled water. This story was also covered on page 3 of The Age.
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Liquid Gold - 60 Minutes feature on bottled water

12.04.09

 

Our campaign featured on Channel 9's ’60 Minutes’ on 12 April. In his special report, Charles Woolley examines the profitable bottled water industry and how Australians pay through the nose for bottled water. Go Tap's Jon Dee exposes the impact that bottled water has on the environment. He also shows Charles the Manly Council filtered water bubblers that dispense free filtered water to the public.
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Liquid Gold Web Chat

12.04.09

 

After the ’60 Minutes’ program, Go Tap's Jon Dee answered viewers' questions about bottled water. Over 500 questions were submitted in the post-show web chat.
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A conversation with Brooke Satchwell

08.04.09

 

In the April 2009 edition of Women’s Health magazine, Go Tap ambassador Brooke Satchwell talks about how she uses her profile to support Go Tap.
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Ballina Shire council briefs

28.03.09

 

The Northern Star reports that Ballina Shire Council has joined Go Tap, as well as voting to install new drinking fountains throughout the shire.
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Green shopping list - eggs, bread - oh and a carton of water

31.03.09

 

Green Pages Australia has reported about the launch of filtered water stations at Manly beach.
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Bubblers move in to bottle territory

12.02.09

 

The Mosman Daily has reported that Mosman Council has approved the installation of 20 water bubblers. Do Something’s Jon Dee spoke about the Go Tap bubbler campaign at this council meeting and asked councillors to pass the motion to implement more bubblers in the community.
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"Pay-off" in the pipeline

11.02.09

 

The Manly Daily reported that Manly Council is expanding its free filtered water plan across the Manly area. This will include the installation of new filtered water stations at Manly Beach, Manly Cove and Clontarf Reserve. Do Something founders Pat Cash, Tina Jackson and Jon Dee met up with Mayor Jean Hay to celebrate the occasion. Jon was also interviewed by the paper about the plan – an initiative of the Do Something Go Tap campaign and Manly Council.
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Bubbler, where art thou?

22.01.09

 

The Canberra City News quoted Jon Dee as saying that the lack of public water bubblers is a key reason why Australians spend half a billion dollars on bottled water every year. The paper also looked at the sad state of their local water bubblers.
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Suddenly relevant - more quality bubblers kinder to environment

21.01.09

 

The Rouse Hill Times has reported on Go Tap's push to get councils installing more water bubblers. They also wrote that two-thirds of Australians would drink less bottled water if more quality bubblers were made available.
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Water bubblers: praise the purge on plastic packaging

21.01.09

 

The Sydney-Central newspaper reported on our national poll which found that 79% of Aussies said there weren’t enough water bubblers in their local area. Within the article, Do Something’s Jon Dee encouraged Australians to drink from the tap instead of a bottle.
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'Ethical' bottled water takes a playful turn

15.01.09

 

Go Tap co-founder Jon Dee has been in discussions with One Water to find ways to reduce usage of bottled water, Nine MSN reports.
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Drinking fountains - too few available

15.01.09

 

The Adelaide Advertiser reported today, a national poll commissioned by Go Tap found that 79% of Aussies said there weren’t enough water bubblers in their area. Jon Dee, co-founder Do Something, encourages Australians to drink from the tap instead buying water in a bottle.
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Women's Weekly December '08 issue

12.12.08

 

The Australian Women’s Weekly Christmas issue had a double page feature where, Brooke Satchwell talked about Go Tap and the problems associated with bottled water.
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Bottled Water

28.10.08

 

ABC TV’s Behind the News reported on the showdown between bottled and tap water. Featuring an interview with Go Tap’s Jon Dee, the program highlighted our aim of reducing bottled water sales by 20%.
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Bottled water scourge countered by Manly Council's free filtered water

09.10.08

 

Warren McLaren wrote in Treehugger today about Manly Council’s partnership with Go Tap. He described our innovative push to provide free filtered water bubblers as a way of reducing bottled water use.
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Hope Springs Eternal

21.09.08

 

ABC's Landline program reported today that the booming bottled water industry is under growing scrutiny by environmental campaigners like Do Something’s Jon Dee and Go Tap.
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Upstream downstream

01.10.08

 

Writing in Strobos magazine’s October 08 issue, high school students in the Blue Mountains report on Jon Dee’s work in reducing the use of bottled water and switching the community on to tap water.
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Breaking the bottled water habit

07.09.08

 

How do we break the bottled water habit? This was the question asked by Sue White in a great bottled water feature in the September 2008 edition of G Magazine. You can read it here.
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Can new-look fountains beat the plastic bottle?

23.08.08

 

Our work with Manly Council in launching filtered water fountains featured in this Age newspaper report by Annabelle Stafford.
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Manly Council offers free filtered water to combat litter

10.08.08

 

The ABC picked up on the launch of the Go Tap/Manly Council filtered water fountain initiative.
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Recycling Used Oil - Why?

01.08.08

 

Service Station Australia magazine reports (in an article sourced from Green Pages Australia), one of the reasons that Go Tap are working to reduce the consumption of bottled water is that close to 500,000 barrels of oil per year are used in its manufacture in Australia.
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Water World

19.07.08

 

Why do we spend millions every year on bottled water when clean drinking water is available on tap? That’s the question asked by Deborah Bogle from the Adelaide Advertiser in her feature piece about the issue. Go Tap (formerly Bottled Water Alliance) were referred to in Deborah’s article.
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...And here's how to bottle water

28.06.08

 

Writing in The Age, Sushi Das asks why Australians are such keen supporters of the booming bottled water industry. She trots out the old Evian joke and refers to our campaign to “wake up” consumers.
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Bottled Guilt

25.05.08

 

Sunday Magazine’s Nick Dent canvasses the environmental menace of bottled water as Go Tap point out that Australians continue to spend half a billion per annum on it. And that’s despite our access to clean, safe tap water — a necessity which a billion people around the world lack.
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What's in your tap water?

09.06.08

 

As Jon Dee explained on Channel 9’s Today show, tap water in Australia is clean, safe to drink and better for the environment. And at less than 1c a litre, it’s a cost effective alternative to bottled water that can cost up to $2.50 a litre or more.
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Counting the cost in battle of the bottle

11.05.08

 

Following a letter from Jon Dee to councils that asked them to reduce bottled water use, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Ashfield Council has joined Manly and Blacktown councils in banning bottled water from functions.
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Deposit on drink bottles may help

17.04.08

 

In this SMH article by Ben Cubby and Marian Wilkinson, Jon Dee comments on mooted plans to introduce container deposit legislation.
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Bottled Water

09.03.08

 

Jon Dee labels bottled water “environmental vandalism”, as the Victorian Government declares war on the product, reports Shannon Deery in the Sunday Herald Sun.
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Message on a bottle labelled as greenwash

27.02.08

 

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age ran an article about the deal between Mt Franklin bottled water and Landcare. Jon’s Dee expressed his concern about the deal in comments within the article.
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Mount Franklin in deep water over Landcare logo

23.02.08

 

Jon Dee highlights the climate, waste and litter impact of bottled water in today’s Age article by Julian Lee which explores how Landcare has landed in hot water over its branding on Coca-Cola Amatil’s Mt Franklin bottles.
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Bottles in hot water

20.02.08

 

The Herald Sun reports that a BBC documentary found that producing bottled water generates up to 600 times more CO2 than tap water. Jon Dee commented on the issue for the article.
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Industry attacks bottled water critics

27.11.07

 

Neil Merrett writes in Beverage Daily that the International Bottled Water Association is charging critics of bottled water with spreading misinformation. Jon Dee and Go Tap set the record straight with alarming facts about the environmental costs of the product.
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Bottled water in green groups' sight

22.11.07

 

The ABC news website reported on the launch of Go Tap, quoting Jon Dee on the damage that bottled water causes to the planet and our wallets.
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Bottled water banned to save environment

22.11.07

 

The Daily Telegraph’s Saffron Howden reported that thousands of NSW public servants are to stop drinking bottled water. She also refers to plans by Go Tap to write to every council asking them to eradicate bottled water from council buildings and functions.
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