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Women’s M____: it’s not a Month; it’s a Mindset

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What would the world look like without women’s tenacity and unique abilities? It would be even more chaotic and conflicting than it already is.  

March 8 was International Women’s Day and the month of March is recognized as Women’s History (Appreciation) Month. Although there was a lot of talk about this topic, the truth is that they deserve more than just one special-day-a-year or even a month to celebrate the accomplishments, perseverance and nature of women. Because, sometimes, all the nice things that are done or said on that special occasion are not in sync with everyday life as much as they should. 

We purposefully post this article in the middle of April to show that International Women’s History (Appreciation) M_____ is not a month, yet a mindset. And it is a mindset that should last all year long!

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The first thing that must be done to celebrate women with dignity is to make them feel safe and protected, assuring them that they have someone to turn to when their rights are violated. Day after day we see many cases of disrespect, inequality and abuse that, although may achieve a certain level of media coverage and generate indignation, end up going unpunished, leading to an almost endless cycle.  

Women must have the same opportunities as men do, and they cannot be discriminated for due to their human nature: the unique and beautiful gift of giving birth. If we think about it, women have that incredible ability of being capable to perfectly balance and master their family and professional life… way more than men! After all, they are innate managers, educators, leaders, nurses, storytellers… 

The third thing is that our education system teaches children that people are equally talented, regardless of their gender, and that they deserve the same rights and opportunities at a personal and professional level. And yes, there have been positive outcomes, but women are still struggling to succeed in some fields, especially in male-dominated industries. 

Therefore, it is worth reviewing some key points to make sure that all the progress society has made won’t lose momentum, particularly within the complex corporate world.  

Hereinafter, we summarize the 8 major challenges women face in business, according to Forbes.

1. Limited Funding: Women businesses are among the leading ventures that lack financial support. It is common for women to be denied loans because of gender and cultural biases—many institutions tend to fund male-owned businesses. At A&P, we have partnered with a non-profit organization that can help women owned businesses get access to capital easier and faster. Learn more.

2. Balancing Responsibilities: Many women are not just entrepreneurs or career people—they have families, spouses, and other responsibilities. Demands from personal and professional commitments can pressure a woman to abandon either her business or family. Although men also have these other responsibilities, it has become clear that in most instances women will prioritize their family, while men prioritize their jobs. 

3. Fear of Failure: Fear of the known and the unknown is a major issue for women. They dread failing, especially if the people surrounding them were skeptical of their capability in business. This fear is toxic and perilous, because women may end up operating from a place of fear instead of confidence.  However, when women are fired and driven with confidence, there is nothing that can keep them from reaching their dreams.

4. Inadequate Support System: Women tend to face the greatest challenges in getting support, from lacking the relevant connections, needing financial access, or emotional support. Business coaching has helped business grow despite inadequate support from peers and community initiatives. Coaching focuses on the needs of that one individual rather than an initiative that keeps compliance.

5. Gender Inequality: In many industries, women have to work harder than men to reach certain leadership positions and aspirations, while facing stigma and discrimination. Although laws and policies have been put in place to create a favorable business environment for everyone, the reality is that not all efforts and initiatives are working in alignment to create a culture of equality across Corporate America.

6. Limited Knowledge: Empowering a woman with knowledge is just the beginning of a long journey to business success. Unfortunately, women’s access to this information and emerging knowledge has been and in many areas continue to be limited.  This is why we must work together to provide the necessary education and business best practices for women to have what they need to succeed.

7. Unfavorable Business Environment: Among the challenges that women experience are less-established business networks, and social and traditional constraints that restrict women’s participation in business. In some countries, women may be required to have a male partner that will handle deals, negotiations, and be the public face of the business.  Fortunately, there are more and more opportunities for women in business to connect, learn and grow their 100% women-owned business.

8. Timidity: Women who strive and succeed are often shy about sharing their accomplishments. They are afraid of being labeled as proud or boastful people when they should have people who will celebrate them and lift them up for the hard work they put in to reach their goals.

In conclusion, celebrating women means assuring them that they can feel at ease and fulfill their dreams; that there is justice and opportunities for them; and, that they are supported and respected. This is not just a month long “initiative”, but must be a mindset for all people. We are all people with something to give. We should have access to the tools and resources to make the most out of our gifts. And our accomplishments should be celebrated always, together. Not separated, yet united.

Celebrate Women All Year Round. It is a Mindset!

Source:

8 Major Challenges Women Face In Business by Marguerita Cheng CLICK HERE

Juan Pablo Benítez Quintero
Translation Services Coordinator

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Comenzar de nuevo: ¡un llamado a la acción!

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Todo el tiempo estamos oyendo que vivimos en una época llena de incertidumbre. Pero, en realidad, esto no es algo nuevo. De hecho, esa es una de las únicas certezas que nos ha demostrado la historia de la humanidad: la incertidumbre constante. ¿Por qué? Porque el mundo no se detiene; simplemente sigue su curso natural, mezclando épocas prósperas con eventos catastróficos e inesperados que nos ponen en jaque.  

Sí, el mundo, por más hermoso que sea, es un lugar difícil, eso ya lo sabemos, y los medios de comunicación refuerzan a diario esa idea con información desalentadora, que fácilmente puede contagiarnos de negativismo y llevarnos a creer que no es posible construir un mejor mañana. Sin embargo, y a pesar de las circunstancias y de sí mismo, la historia también nos ha demostrado que el hombre puede salir airoso de los reveses utilizando su ingenio, las herramientas que tiene a su disposición y su instinto de supervivencia.  

Somos una creación magnífica de Dios y, afortunadamente, Él nos da la oportunidad de comenzar de nuevo cada día, perdonando nuestras faltas y llevándonos a aprender de los errores del pasado, sin la necesidad de quedarnos estancados en él. Es por eso que, al comenzar un nuevo año, vale la pena reflexionar por un momento en lo que significa tener la oportunidad de contar con una nueva página en blanco en nuestras vidas, para asumir una actitud distinta, para preguntarnos ¿por qué seguir permitiendo que la materia prima de nuestros pensamientos sea el bombardeo de desesperanza que nos inunda a diario?  

¿Por qué no ser sensatos y pensar qué podemos hacer, en la medida de nuestras posibilidades, para llevar una vida más amable y hacérsela más amable a los demás? Es bien sabido que no tenemos un control absoluto sobre los eventos que ocurren a nuestro alrededor, pero tenemos el control sobre la forma en que respondemos ante ellos. Con esto en mente, es imperativo no quedarnos cruzados de brazos, lamentándonos por el pasado, y entrar en acción dando pequeños pasos que poco a poco generen un impulso que le aporte un bien a nuestra sociedad. Podemos empezar por perdonarnos a sí mismos y a los demás, por resolver nuestras diferencias y por poner nuestras habilidades al servicio de un bien común que, en últimas, tenga un efecto dominó que beneficie de igual forma a los menos favorecidos y a las generaciones venideras. 

Gran parte del cambio está en nosotros, en nuestra actitud.

Muchos de los personajes más significativos, de los inventos más grandes, de los movimientos más importantes y de las obras de arte más sublimes de la historia han surgido en los momentos más oscuros de esta.

Este es nuestro momento de brillar, de demostrar de qué estamos hechos y de empezar a proyectarnos al futuro mejorando lo único que tenemos a la mano: EL PRESENTE.  

Juan Pablo Benítez Quintero
Translation Services Coordinator

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The Symphony of Diversity

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A symphony orchestra consists of several instruments with unique shapes, colors, and sounds. Each instrument has been carefully crafted and designed with a specific purpose – to make sound. These instruments are divided into four main families: Strings (violin, viola, cello, and double bass); Woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon); Brass (horn, trumpet, trombone, and tuba); and Percussion (timpani, snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, triangle).

When creating a piece of music, the composer must have an expert knowledge of all the characteristics, qualities, possibilities, and limitations of each instrument. He or she must individually assign them their role within the developing masterpiece, and then, piece them together by carefully uniting their differences so that they do not clash with each other yet grow together to achieve a coherent harmony that translates into a sublime work of art.

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This is also our case as human beings. We were individually designed and crafted by God, the composer, to fulfill a purpose in this world – an individual purpose; a purpose that will also echo for eternity. He knows us better than anybody else. He knows our strengths, as well as our weaknesses, and that is why we were created in such a diverse way: to complement each other and work harmoniously to attain a common good.

Although an instrument in an orchestra may have a particular role and a specific sound, it is the beautiful mix between them all and their differences that turns one instrument’s sound into a legendary symphony.

So, as 2022 begins -with the typical uncertainty and challenges of a new year- we have a blank sheet to write and play together a beautiful symphony, one that resonates in all fields of society.

To do that, we must tune up our lives, reflect on our flaws, forgive ourselves and others, learn from the mistakes of the past, and work together with a fresh attitude in which our differences become the chords that keep us together and not the dissonances that break our bond as human beings.

BE PART OF THE SYMPHONY OF DIVERSITY; THE SYMPHONY OF LIFE.

 

Juan Pablo Benítez Quintero
Translation Services Coordinator

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The Heart of a Hispanic

Heart of a Hispanic

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To honor Hispanic Heritage Month (from September 15 – October 15, 2021), we hosted a special broadcast with community leaders that serve our ever-growing Hispanic community. We discussed with our panel what it means to have and succeed with the beating heart of a Hispanic! Watch the video below to key into what has been accomplished by the Hispanic population and how we can grow even more as a united community!
 
 

Our Panel

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Jeanette Mora

Managing Attorney
Law Office of Jeanette Mora

maria cherjovsky

Maria Cherjovsky

President
Florida Abilities & Inclusion Network

susan schramm

Susan Schramm

Founder & Principal
Go to Market Impact, LLC

rafael pratts

Rafael E. M. Pratts

Business Consultant
SBDC at UCF

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Samuel Lowry
Marketing & Communications Manager

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OBJ Announces Ramski & Co as Fast 50

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Congratulations Ramski & Co for your accomplishment!

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Ramski & Company has evidenced the power of client-centered design practiced in a highly collaborative environment. Whether in studio or within an interdisciplinary team, Ramski and Company brings its combined resources and experience to each project solution. As the built environment team constantly evolves, they feel commitment to continuing education imperative. They continually research business, codes, products, materials, methods of installation, construction details, and the cultural and sustainable issues that affect the way they design. They are recognized for their quality service, strong relationships both in studio and out, and excellent design solutions. 

Their team believes in giving back to the community and the world in which we live and work. They, as a group, donate their time, talents and resources to many worthy local events, organizations and institutions.

Ramksi & Company is led by Jennifer Ramski. She established Ramski & Company in 1989 and over the past 30+ years has worked diligently to build the solid commercial interior design firm that they are today.

Ramski states, “It is a challenge and a pleasure to build and grow, certainly never dull.  Our interior design philosophy “good design affects change for good” shapes worthy goals and a meaningful legacy.”

 

Again congratulation to the amazing team at RAMKI & COMPANY!

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The Difference Between the Terms Latino and Hispanic, and How They Overlap | The Oprah Magazine

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Believe it or not, there is a difference between the words  Latino and Hispanic, according to the Associate Pres (AP) Stylebook. Not only do the words have their own definition, but each word can be used in a different way. According to the AP’s distinction, when it comes to the Hispanic culture in particular, to debate Latino vs Hispanic is to barely skim the surface of the centuries that led up on how we have come to define these terms today.

David Bowles, a writer, translator, and professor at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley, tells us that the definitions are primarily concerned with geography/location. To be considered Latino/Latina/Latinx, you must have come from a Latin American country.

On the other hand, “Latinx is an ethnic and cultural category whereas Hispanic is a linguistic division,” according to Dr. Luisa Ortiz Pérez, Executive Director of Vita-Activa.org. People who live in or are descended from a Spanish-speaking culture can define themselves as Hispanic. For example, Spanish people (people from Spain) could be described as Hispanic, but not Latino/Latina/Latinx.

So, how do you identify? Latino or Hispanic? Both?    

Click Here: The Difference Between The Terms Latino and Hispanic, and How They Overlap by The Oprah Magazine

 

Source

Vincenty, S. (2020, August 4). The Difference Between the Terms Latino and Hispanic, and How They Overlap. Retrieved from The Oprah Magazine: https://www.oprahmag.com/life/a33395013/latino-vs-hispanic-meaning/

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How To Make Work Fun, Develop Creativity

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Work culture is an intangible ecosystem that makes some places wonderful or toxic to work. The essence of an organization is what constitutes its work culture. Entrepreneur informs us that it affects or defines the ability of the leadership and employees to relate to each other for the common good of the organization. It operates within a mutually agreed and acceptable boundary of cultural values and emotional interface. It is widely understood that a positive ambience can make or break your performance in the workplace. No matter how talented or smart your employees are, they can only work to the best of their capabilities and creative skills when they are surrounded by an encouraging environment that values its personnel. This is why work culture is so important in bringing out the best from your employees even in adverse circumstances. Negativity not only kills creativity and will to perform but also does not allow an employee to develop a sense of affection and ownership with the organization.

How can you encourage your staff to develop camaraderie, friendship, and team building? First, it’s important to understand that you can’t force it. This is a matter of building a culture, so it needs to happen organically. Your organization culture is built and developed by the people within the organization. It is initiated by leaders but formed and developed by all the employees of a business. LifeSpeak affirms that leaders can plant the seeds by demonstrating interactive behavior. Employees are more likely to embrace the chance to bond with their colleagues if they see that it’s accepted and encouraged by their leadership.

While most people, generally, would rather spend time with their friends and family than be at work, there’s no need for workdays to be miserable. Investing time and effort into making your workplace a more enjoyable place to be can have tangible positive benefits for employees, teams, and your wider organization.  Here are seven reasons, from CIPHR, why fun should be part of your HR strategy.

  • HAPPY EMPLOYEES ARE HEALTHIER – Content employees who have fun at work are more likely to avoid the negative effects of stress and anxiety that have even been shown to lower heart rate variability (the time interval between beats).
  • HAVING FUN IMPROVES COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION – Nearly two-thirds (65%) of knowledge workers collaborate multiple times a day with their colleagues, so encouraging an effective way to improve cohesion within your organization should be a priority.
  • FUN GENERATES CREATIVITY – Individuals’ ability to learn improves when the task at hand is enjoyable and they’re in a relaxed mood. Play can also stimulate imagination, helping people adapt and problem solve. Creative environments have a natural and green atmosphere and activity that is easily distinguishable. There’s a buzz in the air, colleagues are enthusiastic and energetic, and there are lots of conversations happening. Leaders, make the work environment fun and creative.
  • HAVING FUN ENCOURAGES ADVOCACY – Advocates act as a powerful force in shaping the public perception of an organization. Employees that have fun, enjoy what they do, and are engaged will naturally share stories and act as advocates for your brand – on and offline. If every one of your employees shared news and updates about your brand to their own social groups, then your audience will increase exponentially – and for free.
  • HAVING FUN MAKES EMPLOYEES MORE PRODUCTIVE – A 2015 study by the University of Warwick’s Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy found that happier employees are more productive by an average of 12% and, in some cases, up to 20% more than a control group.
  • PROMOTING FUN ATTRACTS AN AUDIENCE – The opportunity that having fun at work provides an organization is substantial. Sharing stories about enjoyable atmosphere in your workplace can be a crucial part of a compelling employer branding story and can help to garner attention on social media. Providing a window for people to find out about daily life at your organization increases familiarity and trust. Whether a potential customer or passive talent, if that individual feels that they ‘know’ your company and can see your ‘human’, fun side then they’ll be more likely to engage with you.

It is crucial to incorporate creativity, greenery, interaction, etc. into the workplace to make it exciting for employees and clients to desire to come to the workplace.

August is Family Fun Month. While you spend time having fun with your family at home, remember the importance of developing your work family by creating a corporate culture that is exciting, engaging, and generating creativity!

The following sources were used to compile the information and hints to create this article on the importance of developing fun in a work culture:

Bhardwaj, R. (2016, February 03). Why it’s Important to Build a Good Work Culture. Retrieved from Entrepreneur: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/270338

Chignell, B. (2018, May 22nd). Six reasons why fun in the office is the future of work. Retrieved from CIPHR: https://www.ciphr.com/advice/fun-in-the-office/

LifeSpeak. (n.d.). The importance of having fun at work. Retrieved from LifeSpeak

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What Innovation Looks Like for Black and Latin Female Founders | BRIT+CO

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Women of color are leading entrepreneurship and innovation. They are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the United States. Although they are growing, they are still facing obstacles and difficulties in reaching their maximum potential due to a lack of capital. With this capital, a right combination of resources and community, can develop an innovative space created for a pioneer.

Women demonstrate, not only they have the potential to be leaders, yet that they are leaders. They are leaders all over our communities – in businesses, in schools, in politics, in hospitals, in homes, and so many other places where women are leading their arenas to excellence. Many have had to achieve these levels of success without the right combinations of support. Just imagine what could happen when women receive all the financial and staffing support they need to reach their visions.

Inclusion in entrepreneurship is a must because through diversity, inclusion, and equality, we can engage the world, Through incorporating an intercultural contextualized marketing strategy in entrepreneurship, we can properly engage our target markets and reach our maximum potential.

Click Here: What Innovation Looks Like for Black and Latinx Women by BRIT+CO

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Maillian, L. (2020, July 27). What Innovation Looks Like for Black and Latinx Female Founders. Retrieved from BRIT+CO: https://www.brit.co/digitalundivided-innovation/

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Lessons on Diversity From a Century Ago Still Resonate | CSUF NEWS SERVICE

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What is Patriotism?

Saturday is the celebration of our nation’s Independence. It is a day that for many means fireworks and BBQs. However, for others, it is a memory of the incredible fight, the lives that were taken, in order for all that would inhabit the land to live freely and no longer be owned by another; that we would have the freedom and liberty to rule ourselves. This article, written by CSUF News Service, details the long road individuals from diverse backgrounds have had since the birth of our nation.

This is historical diversity.

The article begins with a quote from Ralph Ellison in 1972, “I believe in diversity, and I think the real death of the United States will be when everyone is just alike.” Undoubtedly, a powerful statement. Real death of an entire nation could result from similarities and clones. What will keep the country moving forward, as it has, is the development and integration of our differences into creative strategies for continuous growth.

The reality is cultural diversity is vital today, just as much as it was a century ago. This overview of the work and platform of philosopher Horace Kallen details his stance on cultural pluralism during the 1900s. Besides being a time when “Americanism” and the demonizing of people of color erupted, this philosopher published articles and a book to demonstrate the power and beauty of diversity in America. Kallen, a Caucasian male born in Boston, knew the importance of diversity and how it would revolutionize our world. He became friends with fellow cultural diversity enthusiast, Alain Locke – an African American male. Together, they formed a friendship that would intensify and defy all stereotypical bonds. Despite the color of their skins and the origins of their ethnicity, their friendship empowered others to celebrate cultural differences and embrace pluralism as the highest form of patriotism.

How will you demonstrate your patriotism on Saturday, as you celebrate Independence Day?

Click the link below to read the article:

Lessons on Diversity From a Century Ago Still Resonate from CSUF News Center.

Source:

CSUF News Service. (2020, June 22). Lessons on Diversity From a Century Ago Still Resonate. Retrieved from CSUF News Center: http://news.fullerton.edu/2020sp/Diversity-Lessons-Philosopher-Kallen.aspx

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Business Development Combo Training Scholarship Program

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The main objective of the Business Development Combo Training Program  is to empower Senior Leadership Staff of Diverse Business Enterprises and Women Business Owned, with the knowledge and experience recommended for C Suit Level in the areas of
Leadership, Customer Service, Marketing and Sales, Cross Cultural Communications, and Diversity & Inclusion recommended in today’s market.

The training program lasts 6 months. Each month compromises of a 3 hour session that will discuss an area of business listed above. Those eligible for this scholarship are business owners or key business leaders that own or belong to a business that is currently certified as either a small or diverse business by a recognized national or state diversity certifying agency, including, but not limited to, the following diversity classifications:

  • Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • Women Business Enterprise (WBE)
  • Disabled Person-Owned
  • US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAAC)
  • Veteran-Owned
  • LGBT-Owned
  • HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zones

For more information, please select whether to send an email to our Global Connections Coordinator, Damaris Perez requesting more information, or, if you are ready to begin the application process, book a meeting with her.

Watch our video below of our 2020 Program Graduates! Then, see what our graduates have to say about this program.

 

A&P International provides training that typically benefits Fortune 500 companies, and to have the opportunity to experience this training has been wonderful. As a small business, we do not have the resources to afford this type of training and A&P really does a great job throughout the entire set of classes they offer to expose and explain many great business topics that will benefit Albu & Associates for years to come.

JASON ALBU

CEO - ALBU & ASSOCIATES, INC.

 

 

I am grateful to everyone at A&P International for all their effort and work they put into the curriculum for this program. It was relevant, personal and will benefit our business for years to come!

JANE BLANKENSHIP

OWNER - HOSANNA BUILDING CONTRACTORS, INC.

 

The A&P team delivered a powerful training class entitled, Business Development Training Combo. This self-development business course analyzed me as a person and a leader. It helped me understand where my management team stood and how to have better interactions and attain a higher production from them. Knowing the difference between Customer Satisfaction and Customer Loyalty enabled me to have the proper technique to sell and brand. The material covered a lot of ground, however, Ana Maria, Renee, and the rest of the A&P team made it very impactful in there deliverance. It was very interactive and personal. They aligned each of our businesses to the material being taught. All of the training will be put to good use. Great job, A&P team!

DARRELL GAJADHAR

COO - HNM GLOBAL LOGISTICS

 

I have really enjoyed this program, it is not just a refresher or course, but it challenges the participants to look deep into themselves and recognize areas of opportunity to improve. The fact that Ana Maria and Renee are brutally honest with you when going over your own self assessments and characteristics, truly motivates you to be better, embrace changes and be honest with yourself. I recommend this course to anybody who wants to take a hard look in the mirror, is willing to take the mirror’s feedback and apply it to your life and business. Thanks!

JORGE FIGUEROA

OWNER, PRESIDENT & CEO - JF MEDIA, LLC.

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