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Old November 17th, 2014, 06:10 PM   #301
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The New Caledonian statistical office (ISEE) has released today the population tallies from the August 2014 census for New Caledonia (population tallies for the communes/municipalities will probably be released tomorrow).

On August 26, 2014, the population of New Caledonia stood at 268,767. This is higher than what ISEE expected (basically, New Caledonia should have reached 268,000 inhabitants in January 2015 according to their estimates, not in August 2014).

Population growth in New Caledonia has accelerated. Between the 1996 and 2009 censuses, population growth had been +1.68% per year (+3,671 inhabitants per year), but between the 2009 and 2014 censuses it was +1.79% per year (+4,562 inhabitants per year).

Of all the departments and overseas communities of France, New Caledonia is the 3rd fastest growing.

Latest intercensal population growth:
- French Guiana: +2.90% per year (between the 2006 and 2011 censuses)
- Mayotte: +2.63% per year (between 2007 & 2012)
- New Caledonia: +1.79% per year (between 2009 & 2014)
- St Barth: +1.69% per year (between 2007 & 2011)
- Tarn-et-Garonne (commuter belt of Toulouse): +1.51% per year (between 2006 & 2011)
- Southern Corsica: +1.45% per year (between 2006 & 2011)
- Vendée: +1.45% per year (between 2006 & 2011)
- Haute-Savoie (suburbs of Geneva): +1.42% per year (between 2006 & 2011)
- Corsica (entire island): +1.35% per year (between 2006 & 2011)
- Landes: +1.35% per year (between 2006 & 2011)
- Ain (suburbs of Lyon and Geneva): +1.28% per year (between 2006 & 2011)
- Upper Corsica: +1.26% per year (between 2006 & 2011)
- Haute-Garonne (Toulouse metro area): +1.22% per year (between 2006 & 2011)
- Hérault: +1.19% per year (between 2006 & 2011)
- Hautes-Alpes: +1.17% per year (between 2006 & 2011)
- La Réunion: +1.16% per year (between 2006 & 2011)
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- Saint-Pierre & Miquelon: -0.15% per year (between 2006 & 2011)
- Ardennes: -0.18% per year (between 2006 & 2011)
- Cher: -0.19% per year (between 2006 & 2011)
- Indre: -0.24% per year (between 2006 & 2011)
- Martinique: -0.28% per year (between 2006 & 2011)
- Cantal: -0.28% per year (between 2006 & 2011)
- Nièvre: -0.35% per year (between 2006 & 2011)
- Haute-Marne: -0.57% per year (between 2006 & 2011)
- Wallis & Futuna: -1.93% per year (between 2008 & 2013)

On a side note, Wallis & Futuna is losing population because its youth is leaving the islands and migrating to New Caledonia.
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The New Caledonian office ISEE has published the population tallies from the August 2014 census for all the communes (municipalities) of New Caledonia.

Here is the map showing population growth in each commune between the 2009 and 2014 censuses. Some significant changes compared to the 1996-2009 intercensal period (2nd map below).

Note that the maps show the average yearly population growth. Anything above +1% would be considered high in Europe. Also, for an idea of dimensions, the distance from the southern tip to the northern tip of the main island is the same as between Strasbourg and Ghent (Belgium). New Caledonian communes are very large.



In a nutshell: the Loyalty Islands have stopped losing population, the western coast (predominantly inhabited by Melanesian Kanaks) has also recovered demographically (less outmigration), and on the eastern coast (where most people of European ancestry live), a new urban area centered on Voh-Koné-Pouembout is now emerging in the North Province (a stronghold of the pro-independence Kanak parties), challenging the utter domination of Nouméa.

The Greater Nouméa metropolitan area (communes of Nouméa, Le Mont-Dore, Dumbéa, and Païta) reached a population of 179,509 inhabitants at the 2014 census, up from 163,723 inhabitants at the 2009 census. That's a population growth of +1.83% per year (+3,106 inhabitants per year) between 2009 and 2014.

Some aerial views showing urbanization in the metro area:







Greater Nouméa is now barely growing above New Caledonia's average (+1.83% per year for Greater Nouméa vs +1.79% per year for New Caledonia). This is a significantly lower growth rate than during the 1996-2009 intercensal period. In fact +1.83% per year is the lowest relative growth rate experienced by Greater Nouméa since the 1956 census.

The reason for that is probably in a large measure the end of the great migration of Kanak people from the Loyalty Islands and the mainland's west coast to Nouméa. Kanak youths from these rural areas swelled the population of Nouméa till the late 2000s, but this movement has apparently been halted to some degree, which explains why the Loyalty Islands are growing again, and the western coast is also recovering.

Another reason that explains the lower growth rate of Nouméa is of course the emergence of a new urban area around Voh-Koné-Pouembout, in the North Province. Koné was selected as the capital of the North Province created in 1989 to appease the pro-independence Kanak parties. The pro-independence Kanak parties are a minority in the Congress of New Caledonia (a majority of New Caledonia's population is neither Kanak nor in favor of independence), and have no chance to be in power in Nouméa. The North Province was carved especially for them, with essentially Kanak-inhabited communes, so they could win a majority of votes there and rule the province. Basically, the pro-independence Kanak parties have accepted European rule in Nouméa in exchange for Kanak rule in the North Province + the promise of an independence referendum in the late 2010s.

In the past 10 years, Koné and its neighboring communes Pouembout and Voh have become more and more the focus of Kanak politics and economy (some nickel mines in the area were ceded to the Kanak provincial authorities), replacing the west coast as the main focus of Kanak politics. These 3 communes (known as VKP in New Caledonia) have sort of become a showcase for the pro-independence cause. Between the 2009 and 2014 censuses, the three communes of VKP registered a population growth of +6.11% per year (+670 inhabitants per year), and their population at the 2014 census reached 13,091 inhabitants.

This is the first time a city emerges in New Caledonia outside of Nouméa. Don't know how big it can grow. Probably if the independence referendums fail (as they probably will), the Kanak parties will keep pouring money and people in VKP to establish it as a rival of Nouméa. If, on the other hand, New Caledonia becomes an independent Kanak Republic (very unlikely), VKP will probably fall into oblivion as the Kanak politicians resettle in Nouméa.

Some aerial views of the emerging VKP conurbation:





The nearby nickel mines transferred to the Kanak authorities of the North Province:

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This has received close to no attention from the national French media, but a new city district called Soula is currently under construction in the suburbs of Cayenne, on the other side of the large Cayenne River. As far as I know, it's the largest city district currently under construction in France.

At the moment there is only one bridge crossing the Cayenne River, but a second one is planned, running parallel to the Larivot Bridge.



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Soula will be a so-called "eco-city", and intends to become the first sustainable Amazonian city (they will pioneer the concept of sustainable tropical city).

2,600 dwellings are planned to be built in this new urban district spread over 4 km² (1.5 mi²). They will house approximately 10,000 people. Stores, shops, banks, restaurants, and one large supermarket are also planned. Various crèches (kindergarten), 5 primary schools and 2 high schools are planned, as well as parks and leisure grounds (sports fields). A business park close to the road linking Cayenne to Kourou is also planned. Finally a Catholic church is also planned for this new urban district.

Some satellite views of the area:







And this is what's planned:



A close-up view of the Coeur de Soula ("Heart of Soula"):



This is the exact administrative limits of this new city district:



And this is how it looked on the ground in 2010 (viewed from the north towards the south):



And now:





Below, the mid-rise buildings under construction at Coeur de Soula ("Heart of Soula"). Coeur de Soula will concentrate most mid-rise buildings and social housing, as well as most stores and shops.







Below, this is what's planned at Rives de Soula ("Soula's Riverbanks"). Rives de Soula will be a more residential area, with smaller buildings and individual houses owned by their inhabitants.











Construction at the Rives de Soula started in August 2013:



Some other residential dwellings under construction throughout Soula:




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An interesting article in Le Figaro about the economic potential of St Pierre & Miquelon, by Arctic researcher Mikå Mered.
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François Hollande à Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon : la France à la conquête de l'Arctique

Par Mikå Mered
Le Figaro
23 décembre 2014

Mikå Mered est Chercheur spécialiste de la géopolitique de l'Arctique, co-fondateur du Cluster Polaire Français.



[...]

Ce séjour présidentiel, c'est l'occasion de réussir là où Michel Rocard et Jacques Chirac ont échoué en 1989, 1992 et 1999: donner un cap économique innovant pour les vingt prochaines années et enrayer le déclin de l'archipel entamé il y a plus de 20 ans. Mais ce ne sera pas le cas, faute à une inertie stratégique et au manque de confiance des élus locaux dans leur “nordicité”.

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Une économie sous perfusion depuis 20 ans

L'archipel n'échappe pas à l'opposition entre la vision statique et juridique du politique d'un côté, et la vision dynamique de l'économie que les français réclament. A SPM, les grands travaux qui maintenaient l'économie de l'île sous perfusion arrivent à leur fin: aéroport, centrale EDF, nouvel hôpital... Le nouveau Grand Port soutenu par le MEDEF, permettra de créer 100 à 200 nouveaux emplois ; une bonne nouvelle issue du privé qui cache la stratégie inexistante du public.

Le Schéma de Développement Stratégique (SDS) 2014 du Conseil Territorial inclura des perspectives de développement Arctique. A Paris, ni la commission «Innovation 2030», ni la Banque Publique d'Investissement, ni le Commissariat Général à la Stratégie et à la Prospective (CGSP) ne se sont prononcés sur l'Arctique ou Saint-Pierre et Miquelon.

Or, SPM se situe aux carrefour des routes maritimes arctiques et atlantiques Nord et à la sortie du Saint-Laurent. Les grands ports voisins de Halifax (Canada) et Portland (USA) orientent désormais leur stratégie économique vers l'Arctique et obtiennent déjà des résultats sous la forme d'investissements et de créations d'emplois.

Penser avec 20 ans d'avance: 2035 plutôt que 2017!

Dit autrement, depuis 20 ans, Saint-Pierre et Miquelon a perdu l'occasion d'avoir un coup d'avance sur ses voisins par pur attentisme et par la négligence de Paris... Paradoxalement, l'actuelle ministre du développement et de la francophonie, Annick Girardin, est le député de l'archipel.

À l'horizon 2035, qu'inventer pour créer de l'emploi? Cette question, François Hollande n'y répondra pas plus durant son déplacement que Jacques Chirac et Michel Rocard en leur temps. Il s'exprimera sur l'histoire de l'archipel, sa culture et fera des annonces quasi-exclusivement sur le social.

Les cailloux français du bout du monde peuvent eux aussi être des territoires d'innovation à part entière! SPM pourrait, à l'horizon 2035, être le porte-avion de la France dans l'Arctique américain. Alors que le PIB de l'Arctique pourrait tripler à la faveur des bouleversements climatiques, la France pourrait s'y positionner comme un outsider crédible de par sa capacité de projection géoéconomique et son excellence technologique en milieu polaire.

Au-delà de son potentiel touristique, Saint-Pierre doit se vendre comme le poste avancé arctique des régies portuaires de Portland, Boston ou New York, qui développent toutes trois actuellement une stratégie commerciale arctique.

Saint-Pierre: l'île des Polartechs

Saint-Pierre peut être l'île des “Polartechs” — ces solutions technologiques développées en milieu polaire qui débouchent sur des innovations de très haute valeur ajoutée en milieux tempérés. Elle pourrait accueillir le premier incubateur de start-ups polaire au monde pour créer des passerelles entre recherche fondamentale et applications industrielles issues du polaire.

Grâce à une certaine autonomie fiscale, elle pourrait également développer un centre financier spécialisé sur les enjeux arctiques et environnementaux. À l'heure où seuls 25 % des coûts climatiques sont assurés, SPM pourrait devenir la nouvelle vitrine assurantielle française, plutôt que de laisser ce marché à Londres ou Zurich.

http://www.lefigaro.fr/vox/politique...l-arctique.php
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Would be cool if these islands started developing large economies with skyscrapers etc..
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Two very interesting videos about two great infrastructure projects currently going on in Overseas France.

The first one was shot at the beginning of the month (February 2016) by Réunion 1ère tv station. It shows the advancement of the Nouvelle Route du Littoral ("New Coastal Highway") project. The Nouvelle Route du Littoral will be built over the ocean (with a viaduct) to bypass the dangerous cliffs of that stretch of the coast, and is the most colossal road project in the EU at the moment.





After the regional elections in December last year confirmed that the Réunionese wanted to see this project completed (the Left-wing opposition wanted to shelve it), work is now going full speed, and the motorway is scheduled to open in 2020.

You can see the video here: http://reunion.la1ere.fr/2016/02/01/...9h-327449.html

Then, some news from French Guiana. The bridge over the Comté River, which is the last substandard part of the road between Cayenne and the Brazilian border (old bridge with only one lane and unable to carry heavy trucks), is going to be replaced with a 2-lane bridge able to carry 90-100-tonne loads. Work is due to start soon, and the bridge should be completed by early 2017 according to the video (that seems quite fast to me!).

That way, heavy trucks from Brazil should be able to reach Cayenne when the international bridge over the Oyapock River opens this year or next (and when the Brazilians finally finish to pave the road to the French border on their side of the border!!).

The video, shot by Guyane 1ère tv station, can be found here: http://guyane.la1ere.fr/2016/01/13/p...ne-321905.html

The current bridge (hazardous!):





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Google Street View has finally arrived in La Réunion !!!

It's the first overseas region of France covered by Google Street View, after the locals complained for years about not being included in the French coverage of Google Street View.

Here are a few screen captures I've made during my little exploration. It's absolutely fascinating. Europe in the tropics. The Réunionese complain all the time (like all French people), but after looking at the top-notch infrastructure they have, one has to wonder how they can whine so much. What I've seen is paradise compared to the rest of Africa or even compared to neighboring Mauritius. Spoiled people really.

It's also crazy how the urbanization goes up and up and up, never seeming to end. The climate way up there at 1,500 meters above sea-level must be absolutely lovely. Quite different from the coast.



















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Clement Arts Center / museum - Contemporary arts center Martinique, Caribbean


La Fondation Clément vient d'inaugurer de nouveaux bâtiments et confirme que cette ancienne habitation du même nom s'est imposée comme le plus important centre d'art contemporain des Antilles.






























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Some news of the €1.6 bn ($1.8 bn) Nouvelle Route du Littoral ("New Coastal Highway") project in Réunion. The Nouvelle Route du Littoral will be built over the ocean (with a viaduct) to bypass the dangerous cliffs of that stretch of the coast, and is the biggest road project in the EU at the moment.





Construction of the overseas viaduct started in June and will last 2 years. Starting next month, enormous trucks will transport prefabricated upper segments (called 'voussoirs') of the viaduct on the current 4-lane coastal freeway at the bottom of the cliff: they will close its 2 ocean-side lanes every night for 2 years starting next month so the trucks can use it.

This video shows the construction of the plant at Le Port (by the eastern dock of Réunion's seaport) in 2015 where the voussoirs are prefabricated. The viaducts will be made of 1,386 voussoirs!



The trucks will then carry the voussoirs each night from Le Port to the viaduct:



The voussoirs will rest over 50 piers, 48 of which will be sitting on the seabed. Each pier is made up of two enormous segments also prefabricated by a plant located by the eastern dock of Réunion's seaport at Le Port next to the plant making the voussoirs.

To transport the pier segments, an enormous barge built in Poland will be used. This barge left Poland on March 30 of this year and arrived in Réunion on May 18. It was christened Zourite, and started operation in June.

Arrival in Réunion on May 18:



The barge is as large as a football field. It is 55-meter high. It can carry loads as heavy as 4,650 tonnes. It took the Gdynia shipyard 16 months to build it.

This is a timelapse showing the construction of the mega-barge in Gdynia:



At its christening ceremony in Réunion in late May. The barge was due to start transporting and installing the first pier on the seabed in June. One pier will emerge from the surface of the ocean every 2 weeks during 2 years.





This little video explains how the various elements of the viaducts are manufactured, transported, and assembled, how the barge works, etc:



An amateur video from last May showing the barge at the eastern dock of Réunion's seaport with some big elements of the piers prefabricated there and waiting to be transported:



The same place last Saturday (July 16), with more views of the prefabricated parts of the piers:



This video from July 12 shows the beginning of the viaduct with the first piers already set up (2nd half of the video):



A technical article in English. Apparently the barge is mounted with the largest overhead crane in the world. French media say this barge has the biggest lifting capacity ever installed on a floating vessel in the world.

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One of the most complex aspects of the work is the construction of the 5.4km viaduct on columns rising out from the Indian Ocean. This is being built so that it will be able to withstand 144km/h hurricane winds as well as waves of up to 10m in height. The project is being carried out by French consortium Bouygues Travaux Publics, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, Dodin Campenon Bernard and Demathieu Bard Construction. Once complete, this will be the most expensive road/km funded by France.

The crane fleet in use on the project comprises two Potain MD 485B M20s, two MDT 368 As, one MD 560 B, a Potain k5-50C, a Manitowoc 12000E-1 crawler crane, seven Grove all-terrain cranes and two Grove rough-terrain cranes. Installation of the Potain cranes was completed in September of 2015, including setting up and erecting the jibs. The 16 cranes were supplied by contractors Vinci Construction Grands Projets and Bouygues TP which own some of the units and Grues Levages Investissements (GLI) which also provided cranes for this high-profile project on rental contracts. GLI is Manitowoc’s official French dealer for Reunion Island, Mayotte and Mauritius and has invested heavily in supplying the cranes for this project.


A wide array of cranes is being used on road construction work

The colossal project faces many challenges as the structure is being built on a maritime site, explained Christophe Simoncelli, Manitowoc vice president of sales for Western Europe and French speaking Africa, “Manitowoc has provided exceptional crane solutions as well as a proactive approach to managing this project,” he said.

The Potain MD 485B M20 is a 20tonne capacity top-slewing tower crane, with an 80m jib. It has been fitted with a 60m boom and is working at a height of 45m. The MDT 368 A is the largest of the topless MDT range with a maximum jib length of 75m while the MD 560 B is a 25tonne capacity tower crane and can lift up to 5.4tonnes at jib end. The Potain k5-50C is a 20tonne capacity tower crane with a 60m jib length.

The Manitowoc 12000E-1 is a 110tonne capacity crawler crane and is fitted with a 70m boom. The Grove all-terrain cranes on the project include a GMK2035, a GMK3060, a GMK4080-1, a GMK 5130-2, a GMK4100L, a GMK3055 and a GMK5220 – these cranes range in lifting capacity from 35tonnes to 220tonnes. The two rough-terrain cranes on the jobsite are an RT540E and an RT760E. The RT540E comes equipped with a 9.8-31m four-section full power boom while the RT760E offers a 55tonne maximum capacity.

The project is also using the world’s largest offshore overhead travel crane. This unit has been developed and manufactured by Enerpac and has been mounted on the Zourite jack-up barge. The Enerpac Over Head Travel Crane (OHTC) comprises two pairs of lifting beams, with an overall width of 30m, and a lifting capacity of 4,800tonnes for lifting, moving and lowering the concrete blocks for the offshore highway.

The Zourite jack-up barge has been transported to Reunion Island aboard the Offshore Heavy Transport’s Hawk semi-submersible vessel. The Over Head Travel Crane (OHTC) comprises two pairs of lifting beams, with an overall width of 30m, and a lifting capacity of 4,800 tonnes for lifting, moving and lowering the concrete blocks for the offshore highway.

The Enerpac OHTC will be used on the Zourite jack-up barge. Lifting and lowering is accomplished with a reeved winch system, based on eight grooved drum winches.

Longitudinal travelling of the gantry uses a trolley arrangement comprising two trolleys per lifting beam. Each trolley is propelled with hydraulic drive motors and planetary gearboxes. The wheels run on two parallel rails bolted onto the barge’s runway beams. Side shifting of the gantry hoists in a continuous movement is achieved using long stroke cylinders.

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hello minato ku ! is it possible to build such a New Coastal Highway on the island la Réunion ?
because in continental France in Europe with our "loi du littoral" coastal law it's not possible !
and what about the protection of the nature the environment ?
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Some news from the Médipôle of Koutio, which is the huge new hospital of Nouméa, New Caledonia, and one of the largest hospitals in the Pacific. It is now almost completed! These pictures are from last January.







The Médipôle should open to the public in December 2016.

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Some news from the Médipôle of Koutio, in the northwestern suburbs of Nouméa, of which Brisavoine talked last year (see a copy of his post below). It is the largest and most modern hospital in New Caledonia (and in the Pacific east of Australia).

The structures have risen nicely since last year. This (small) picture is the most recent one. The Médipôle looks pretty impressive. It is possibly (?) the largest building in the French Pacific.



Some pictures from earlier this year:







This is how it will look when completed:





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Some news of the Médipôle of Koutio, in the northwestern suburbs of Nouméa, which I already talked about in post #235 and post #236. The Médipôle of Koutio will be the largest and most modern hospital in New Caledonia (and in the Pacific east of Australia).

Construction of the Médipôle will cost 49.7 billion Pacific francs (€416 million; US$545 million). 100,000 m² (1.1 million sq feet) of floor surfaces are being built, requiring 40,000 m³ (52,000 cubic yards) of concrete, 15,000 tonnes (16,500 US tons) of cement, 22,000 m² (237,000 sq feet) of seal (joints), 30,000 m² (323,000 sq feet) of metal roofing, 78 km (49 miles) of pipes.

Leveling of the 12 hectares (29 acres) of land over which the Médipôle will stand took 17 months and have been completed. It required moving around 243,000 m³ (318,000 cubic yards) of earth. The buildings are now starting to rise above ground as you can see in the picture below. 8 cranes and 230 workers are on site (with 50 more overseeing the construction from offices), and the number of workers on site will be brought to 600 at its peak (15 cranes would be needed to build all parts of the Médipôle simultaneously, but it's not possible to have so many cranes on site for technical reasons).

Construction is on schedule, and bar a hurricane, huge tropical storm, or earthquake, construction of the Médipôle should be completed in January 2016, and the hospital should open in July 2016 after all hospital services of Nouméa have been transfered there. The Médipôle is built by Vinci Construction (the same company that is building the Royal Amazonia Hotel & Resort in Cayenne, see post #244). Vinci has hired 98% of their workers locally, which is meant to boost construction skills in New Caledonia (part of the national plan to help usher the native Melanesian Kanaks into the modern economy and bring them economically equal to European New Caledonians). In particular, the Médipôle will be the first large structure in New Caledonia to be built using earthquake-resistant techniques. The skills taught by Vinci to the local workers will advance their careers by 5 years, says the company.

When opened, the Médipôle will offer up to 716 hospital beds. It will be able to deliver health care to 60,000 emergency patients, 40,000 patients requiring hospitalization, and 300,000 ambulatory patients per year.
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This picture taken during construction shows the Médipôle in relation to the rest of the urban area (see previous post). To the left the motorway/freeway
leading to Nouméa. Across the bay you can see the city of Nouméa (only the northernmost districts are visible).

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