The Crownsmen Podcast

The Crownsmen Podcast

By Crownsmen Partners
The Crownsmen Podcast highlights the huge benefit that Mining, Energy, Construction, Forestry, and Transportation have on the economy. Watch on YouTube youtube.com/crownsmenpartners We highlight these industries by interviewing guests from First Nations Entrepreneurs, business owners, and top level executives from leading companies who all feel the effects from new projects that are approved or shut down. Join us as we promote industry and combat anti-business policies.
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Ep 35: GEKKO Mining, Energy Efficiency, & Innovation with Greg Rasmussen
Energy efficiency and innovation is a crucial part of producing profitable mining operations. Greg Rasmussen joins The Crownsmen Podcast to give us a window into how companies like Gekko are able to continually provide innovative equipment to the mining industry around the world. He also walks us through how equipment suppliers work as both partners and competitors with the industry. We also examine modular processing plants, how GEKKO partners with universities to spur new ideas, and how mining technology has changed over the last 20 years. Watch Episode Here: https://youtu.be/crOainTFTr8
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September 17, 2019
Ep 34. The Future of LNG and the Energy Industry | Guest, Bryan Cox with BCLNGA
CEO of BC LNG Alliance, Bryan Cox joins The Crownsmen Podcast to discuss the global demand of Liquefied Natural Gas and British Columbia’s expansion into new markets with LNG. Bryan also discusses how BCLNGA provides value to its members and stakeholders including the public. This podcast digs deep into the LNG industry, investments in processing terminals and pipelines made by companies like LNG Canada, and relationships between the energy industry and First Nations People. Watch Episode 34. Here: https://youtu.be/LcRJx7yO1qk
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August 27, 2019
Ep 33. Cementation - Underground Mining, Mine Contracting, & Engineering with Roy Slack
Cementation is an underground mine contracting and engineering company that has worked on major mining projects around the world. Roy Slack, Founder, former President, and now Directors of Cementation Americas joins The Crownsmen Podcast to talk major project, safety, and how the mining industry has changed. Roy also serves as the current president of The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and laid out their future approach for supporting bother their members and the mining industry.  Roy explains that from the moment the Cementation started profits were not the primary focus. He wanted to remove the typical adversarial relationship between mine operators and mine contractors, he wanted safety to be at the forefront, and he wanted design-build to integrate input from all stakeholders. This in-depth interview unpacks one of the most challenging parts of the mining industry… building the mine! Watch Episode Here: https://youtu.be/xLdorkmJlbU
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August 21, 2019
Ep 32. Inland Ports, Train Tracks & Transportation
In the small village of Ashcroft with a population of about 1600 sits British Columbia's largest inland terminal that is responsible for importing and exporting goods and natural resources to and from the BC interior to the United States and around the world. This massive 320 acre terminal has both CP and CN railway lines passing through and access to  major highways into the province. Kleo Landucci joins us to talk about the history, current news, and the future of Ashcroft Terminal. She also gives her outlook on developing long term partnerships and maintaining them and how that strategy lead to the acquisition made by PSA International. Watch Ep 32. Here: https://youtu.be/Nq0Dp4QdT7s
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August 6, 2019
Ep 31. Designing and Engineering Custom Fabric Buildings with Legacy Building Solutions
Millions of square feet around the world is covered by fabric buildings. What we wanted to know is how much has the technology has evolved? Fabric buildings were at one time typically used for equipment or product storage but are now being constructed for sport facilities and even housing. The reason is in no small part thanks to innovations within the industry that have made fabric more durable and airtight, designs being more customized and the steel frames stronger while minimizing steel waste. Watch Ep 31. Here: https://youtu.be/IWNAt7wTguk Visit The Crownsmen Podcast Website: https://www.crownsmen.com/podcast/
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July 30, 2019
EP 30. Harvesting & Processing Hemp on an Industrial Scale
According to a US Hemp Corp, in 2017 23,343 acres of hemp were cultivated that year across the United States. In 2018, that sum swelled to 77,000 acres. There are few (if any) agriculture sectors that are growing at a comparable rate and farmers have a new opportunity to grow a renewable crop with high returns. As the industry grows the stigma of hemp also is beginning to disappear and uses for hemp products continue to be explored. With rapid growth there is a demand for industrial scale harvesting and production equipment. Corbett Hefner - Vice President R&D for Formation Ag joined us to explore the industry, the machinery they have developed, and the product itself.
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July 22, 2019
Ep 29. Skilled Worker & Trades Shortage and Job Security with Tradesmen International
Tradesmen International serves industries that include construction, manufacturing, power, heavy industry, mining, and skilled workers in both the United States and Canadian markets. Since 1992 when Joseph O. Wesley, an electrical contractor from Northeast Ohio, recognized first-hand the vast need for a new construction staffing paradigm to deliver superior construction labour to the contractor’s workforce they have expanded to 200 offices in the United States and now have an office in Canada which David hopes will increase to eight or nine. Labour is always a major cost on any project and efficiency to maximize profits is always the goal. The type of service Tradesmen International provides leads to the question…do we truly have a labour shortage for skilled workers and trades or do we have an efficiency shortage that leads to employment volatility? 
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July 15, 2019
Ep 28. R&D Incentives & Innovation Superclusters for Canadian Businesses with KPMG
Not many people would dispute innovation needs investment and that R&D is as necessary, as it can be challenging, for companies trying to compete on a global scale. Governments have long developed programs to help incentivize companies to invest in updating and advancing their technology. However, even for large companies understanding where they fit into incentive categories, what type they are eligible for, and even when to apply is complex. Jacqueline Gustafson with KPMG helps us explore different options by explaining the categories of R&D incentive programs and highlighting various bodies that make the final decisions of who gets funded. Here is some basic incentive information and government targets that every business should know. Watch Podcast Here: https://youtu.be/nVsUyIZlqZU
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June 14, 2019
Ep 27. Wainbee: Motion & Control, Industrial Filtration and Automation
From Formula One Championship, Site C to LNG Canada and all the way over to aerospace, not many companies cover as much ground as Wainbee. We sat down with their Regional Sales manager John Lamb to understand their company, their customers and their offerings.  Wainbee Limited provides engineered systems, products and services for motion & control, industrial filtration and automation solutions. They partner with manufacturers and sell directly to customers, as well as, provide engineered solutions depending on the clients needs. The supply side is for customers who know what they need to have an internal team install or update their equipment. Their specialized offerings are clients who either have pre engineered systems and need Wainbee to build the system or have an end result they require and Wainbee builds a custom solution to achieve the customers goal.
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June 7, 2019
Ep 26. Junior Mining Companies - Exploration to Production
J. Paul Stevenson is the CEO of Sego Resources Inc. and has lived and breathed exploration and mining since he was 15 years old when his uncle helped get him his first job. Sitting down with Paul was an opportunity to understand the exploration process step by step. The process of getting a mining claim from the exploration stage to a full production mine often takes years and hinges on so many factors including the economy, current markets, government, and local communities. Here are some common events and steps that are involved for making a junior mining company successful.
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May 24, 2019
Ep 25. Robotics in Agriculture and Horticulture - AI & IoT Technology
Welcome to the world of robotics in the industrial sectors! Today on the show Afshin Doust the CEO of AIS (Advanced Intelligent Systems) joins The Crownsmen Podcast to give incredible insight into how they have developed both an IoT platform and used AI technology to fulfill labour shortages and optimize efficiency challenges in agriculture and more specifically in horticulture. In the interview Afshin explains how the IoT platform helps AIS robots learn from each other and make decisions about the behavior required through its artificial intelligence capabilities. He lays out how the company has evolved its products and their business model. AIS now has two products ready for market including robots fully  equipped for moving and spacing plants. They have another ten in the works including pruning and shelf moving robots. This is all built off a subscription based business model so customers up front cost is minimal and they essentially only pay based on usage.  With rising labour costs in both North America and Europe and a decrease in willingness to do repetitive and labour intensive jobs, robotics companies provide a strategy for industry to offer higher skill level jobs without the physical demand. But what is the risk of robots replacing humans? Afshin points out that at one time you hit zero and a live operator came on the line. Now with all the automation telecommunications employees more people than ever before.  Partnerships have been key for AIS. Their manufacturer, Valid Manufacturing, and distributor, Agrinomix, are both also investors. Afshin outline how those partnerships developed and what each brings to the table. He offers his own outlook on how to maintain partners and resolves resolve conflicts. In many ways this episode is as much about leadership and successful collaboration as it is about technology and innovation. Watch Ep 25. https://youtu.be/rYl9puHt6B8
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May 17, 2019
Ep 24. Special 1 Year Celebration! The Crownsmen Podcast
In 2018 at one of the largest mining shows in North America CIM Vancouver, Crownsmen Partners launched The Crownsmen Show & Podcast designed to explore the technology, environmental challenges, public relations, and even the politics of heavy industry. In 1 year we have done just that. For this special episode we have our first official interview of The Crownsmen Podcast that features former Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum President Michael Winship. Then we show highlights of some of our favorite episodes over the last year.  Since we started our show has unpacked new mining technology with engineers and CEOs whose companies are leading the way for mining to become more efficient, safer, and better for our environment. We drove through the world of transportation to explore incredible systems to manage everything from monitoring technology for braking systems in heavy trucks to booking commercial shipping online . We drilled down into IoT and sensor technology used on modern day drills. We have looked at business models, growth strategies, finances, and the future of automation.  It is our hope that you, our audience, have learned as much as we have and that we have opened your eyes to the world of heavy industry in a whole new way. We provide the platform, our guests provide the expertise, sponsors provide funding, and our audience gives us every reason in the world to make our show better every week… together we are “The Voice of Industry. Watch Ep 24. Here: https://youtu.be/ua3-9InigDE THANK-YOU FROM ALL OF US AT CROWNSMEN PARTNERS! Jerrod Downey - President 
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May 10, 2019
Ep 23. Kinder Morgan Pipeline Negotiations with Indigenous Peoples
In 1951 Kinder Morgan began laying a pipeline across the Simpcw First Nation’s land. How was the deal negotiated? By a government official that spoke on behalf of the Simpcw people and Chief and Council was only symbolic. This was during a time when residential schools were considered the norm, and the Indian act controlled almost every aspect of Indigenous People’s lives. This history is where we started our interview with Keith Matthew who is a former Chief and Council of the Simpcw First Nation, a successful businessman, and member and founder of multiple organizations that are working to build economic opportunity for Indigenous People across BC. Fast forward from 1951 to today and Keith’s community is now a power house of industry, negotiating with Kinder Morgan to secure maintenance and safety contracts for hundreds of kilometers of pipeline, partnering on a 7 million heli ski lodge investment, building up their forestry sector, and working with Canadian hydro developers. Keith has played many key roles along the way and offers deep insight into how deals get done and why so often disputes end up in court. Watch episode here: https://youtu.be/IjsksJg-WTg
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May 3, 2019
Ep 22. Environmental Impact of Industrial Sectors with Peter Krahn
Where do we go from here? This question is being asked across almost every spectrum of society. It is not easy to answer but a good place to start is by hearing what true experts in their perspective fields have to say. A major topic within major industrial sectors like mining, energy, and forestry is these industries responsibility to the environment. For those who work in heavy industry the question is also how can we responsibly manage the environment  while keeping major industrial sectors competitive on a global scale? Peter Krahn who is currently running a Nomination Candidate - North Vancouver for the Conservative Party of Canada has served as a Sr. Enforcement Engineer and National Operational Adviser for Environment Canada for over 35 years and to say he is an expert on industrial environment responsibly and enforcement would be an understatement considering her literally helped write the book on environmental forensics to support Canadian and global enforcement of environmental laws.  Peter talks about early memories of being a kid  fishing and pulling garbage out of the river, in one case finding a twenty dollar bill. Coming from an immigrant family without much extra cash that was not a small amount of money for a young boy to find. In some ways it seems to still represent his view of what it means to be a conservative. To conserve, not just for the bottom line but for our environment. Over 35 years Peter has worked with saw mills to reduce their environmental impact, he has made recommendations to the fracking industry to ease environmental damages, he has been part of the team responsible for dealing with oil and chemical spills into waterways, and he has dealt with mines to raise their environmental standards… all while wanting industry to move forward. Internationally he was a project leader to develop an international environmental forensic investigation manual specifically targeted for developing economies on behalf of INTERPOL. Peter has also worked as an independent environmental consultant through Genesis Environmental Sciences. This all comes with a BSc in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from Lakehead University and Undergraduate from University of British Columbia in Biology and Chemistry. This impressive resume makes Peter the perfect expert to really dig in and help us understand how industry and environmental concerns can collaborate and even thrive. Watch Episode Here: https://youtu.be/w8nn4YNvibY
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April 26, 2019
Ep 21. Commercial Real Estate - Heavy Industry, Small Business & Investors
Watch Full Episodes:  https://www.crownsmen.com/podcast/  In December of 2018 Global News released an article stating that  total national Caandian wealth hit $11.415 trillion in the third quarter, and at $8.752 trillion, real estate made up a 76-per-cent share of that figure. This staggering statistic made it clear to us that we need to have episodes that are focused on real estate, and being that we are a heavy industry show, we need to zero in on commercial real estate. Cory Wright, Founder and CEO of William Wright (a boutique style commercial real estate company) laid out in a clear way the reality of how commercial real estate works, the challenges, and the misconceptions people have.  Commercial Real Estate Topics Industrial & Commercial Real Estate Phase 1 & 2 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) Small Businesses Buying Commercial Real Estate - Operations Vs Investment Property William Wright - Developing a Commercial Real Estate Company Rental Rates, Rental Inventory Shortage, & Real Estate Investment Incentive Cory Wright has spent years in the real estate business, working for other firms and now for 6 years running his own. Like many experts he can unpackage complex issues and make them easy to understand and help us realize that what we thought were simple can be complex and may have a hidden downside. Perhaps at times real estate becomes such a normal part of our lives that we only rely on news headlines and quick google searches to inform us. But if you run a business, rent a home, or want to invest in property this episode will give you in depth information to help you take advantage of the opportunities and avoid the pitfalls. 
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April 12, 2019
Ep 20. Indigenous Peoples Pipelines, Mining, and Forestry with Frank Antoine
Watch the Show!  https://www.crownsmen.com/podcast/  Our goal in this episode was to have an honest conversation about both the past and future of heavy industry’s relationship with Indigenous peoples. Our guest Frank Antoine breaks down  how mines affect local communities, individual support and opposition to pipelines, and negotiations for harvesting timber on traditional land. In this unique show Frank gives new insight into leadership, Indigenous heritage, and how we build culture as a country.  
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April 5, 2019
Ep 19. Drilling & Blasting in Mines Using IoT & AI
Watch The Show! https://www.crownsmen.com/podcast/ How well do mines “know the rock” they are drilling and blasting? The Internet of Things is changing the mining landscape and automation continuously to integrate into systems across all sectors. We sat down with a company who has integrated autonomous solutions, IOT (Internet Of Things), cloud data technology, and digital high resolution imaging into a system that accurately provides rock characterization in iron ore and next bench down predictions for base coal. In other words the technology informs the mine operator in real time how to maximize their drilling and blasting. CEO of Data Cloud https://datacloud.com,Thor Kallestad https://datacloud.com/company/ joined The Crownsmen Podcast to talk about how they pivoted into mining from oil and gas and how their company has delivered a new technology into the complex world of mining. 
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March 23, 2019
Ep 18. Telematics & Vehicle Automation Technology with Streamline
Fleet management systems continue to evolve and as electronic logbooks and vehicle tracking become mandatory, small to large fleets will be required to implement telematics into their fleets.  Telematics encompasses telecommunications, vehicular technologies, for instance, road transportation, road safety, electrical engineering (sensors, instrumentation, wireless communications, etc.), and computer science (multimedia, Internet, etc.). When delivered correctly the technology makes a driver's life easier, their vehicles safer, and helps transportation companies operate more efficiently and become more profitable. Dan De Palma - VP of Sales & Marketing at Streamline sat with us to unpackage the scope of what telematics covers in modern day transportation. 
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March 15, 2019
Ep 17. Booking Freight Online & Lowering Transportation Emissions
Founder and CEO Eric Beckwitt joins the show to not only talk about his company but the bigger picture of how electrification in the freight industry will lower emissions. If you ever worked in logistics you know the process of organizing commercial shipping is finding the best rates (based on your required shipping schedule) and after multiple inquiries choosing the best carrier… time consuming and expensive. If you are environmentally conscience you know transportation and specifically freight makes up a large percentage of global emissions. The issue becomes a network of carriers with high emissions trying to compete against each other but ending up with about 30% of their loads empty. In many ways it was only a matter of time before someone tackled both issues and through an online platform Freightera has in a big way! Watch this episode here: https://youtu.be/tykMB5O5piQ
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March 8, 2019
Ep 16. The Future of Copper and Green Energy
What is the future of copper? How closely linked is the future of oil and copper? And...is car sharing the inevitable future that has already arrived? This episode we tackle big questions with our guest Gianni Kovacevic, a public speaker, the CEO of CopperBank and author of “My Electrician Drives A Porsche?”. 
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March 2, 2019
Ep 15. Commercial Financing 101 - Banks & Raising Capital
In episode 15 we are joined by Brad Kiendl who is the founder of Ashdown Capital. They specialize in assisting business owners and developers that seek financing for their business and projects. Watch this episode here: https://youtu.be/nI0PZ_e7LzQ
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February 22, 2019
Ep 14. How Cooperative Businesses Operate
If you want to know how something works, talk to someone who has experience. If you want to know where something is going, talk to to someone who is passionate and high energy. Greg Hallett is all the above, with 40 years working in Co-op business model and serving multiple positions spanning from Gas Bar Manager with Calgary Co-op to now Project and Facilities Manager with Otter Co-op. During the interview Greg unpacks and simplifies Otter Co-op’s bulk petroleum division, how members benefit, how purchasing decisions are made, and how executives manage one of the most economically resilient business structure developed in modern history. Watch this episode here:  https://youtu.be/DbV7_A6NfUA 
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February 15, 2019
Ep 13. Engineering Industrial Pumping Systems
Complex systems are designed to manage fluid handling operations during the oil and gas extraction process including Oilfield Water Management and Drilling Waste Management. Power Zone Equipment President and Founder Don Toews has a long history of supplying equipment to the energy sector and shared how he built up a company that provides industrial pump engineering for fluid handling solutions for oil and gas, mining, and even agriculture. Watch this Episode Here: https://youtu.be/g4Lnu-GV3Sw
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February 9, 2019
Ep 12. Sensor Technology for Bulk & Particle Sorting in Ore Processing Plants
Our interview with Brent Hilscher covered everything from how mines used sensor technology to make floundering mine profitable to why Russia leads the way with this technology. We outline industry terminology allowing listeners to have a practical understanding of the various types of sensors available. We talk the challenges, the future, and of course some of the companies leading the way in both bulk and particle sensor based processing. View Episode Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v62Rtkidak
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February 1, 2019
Ep 11. Drilling Technology for Mining and Oil & Gas Around the World
This episode explores how drilling has evolved in the recent years and how drilling impacts local communities around the world. We look at the responsibility of drilling companies have to the communities, the environment, and to the industry itself. Our guest is Energold Drilling Corp.s CEO Fred Davidson. Energold is a diversified global drilling solutions provider serving mining, oil/gas, water, and geotechnical clients. During the show we explore their own specialized drilling rig that is highly mobile and leaves a minimal environmental footprint in order to meet the challenges of that particular operating environment.
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November 30, 2018
Ep 10. Getting Mines off The Ground
In this episode we examine some of the most challenging questions mines are asking today. How can mines compete against tech companies to raise capital? How do you navigate the social and environmental red tape to get a mine to production? How does mining gain public and investors trust? Our guest Mauro Chiesa is a long time advisor with 36 years of financing and advisory services in the fields of extractive and infrastructure projects. True to his style, he gave us both in-depth and straightforward information about how modern day operators need to approach the complex and challenging world of starting new mines. Watch Ep. 10 Here: https://www.crownsmen.com/ep-10-getting-mines-off-the-ground/
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November 1, 2018
Ep. 9 Supplying Mines in Canada
Our most packed show to date featuring some of the top Canadian Suppliers in Canada and North America along with a leading transformer manufacturer based out of Germany. We explore large-scale mining projects in Canada, unique challenges suppliers are facing, and new technology being used to increase efficiency and profits. Watch The Crownsmen Podcast https://www.youtube.com/user/crownsmenpartners
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October 1, 2018
Ep 8: Understanding Sensor Based Ore Processing
Sensor based ore sorting technologies are increasingly being adopted by mines across Canada but how accurate are they? Using sorting technologies which ensure higher accuracy in mining operations results in higher productivity. Jerrod Downey and Gaudy Molina talk to industry experts at CIM Vancouver to understand how sensor based ore sorting technologies are helping mine operators to reduce wastage and ensure high accuracy in their operations. Watch More Podcasts on our YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/crownsmenpartners
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June 14, 2018
Ep 6. Autonomous, VR. & Remote Mining Technology
Experts in the mining industry are increasingly promoting the fact that automation leads to increased productivity and profitability in mines. Crownsmen Partners President Jerrod Downey and Director of Management & Training Gaudy Molina interview industry experts at the CIM Vancouver 2018 to find out their opinions. Watch More Podcasts on our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/crownsmenpartners
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May 31, 2018
Ep. 7 New vs. Used Mining Equipment
In the midst of the ongoing debate between new and used mining and processing equipment, Crownsmen Partners President Jerrod Downey and Director of Management & Training Gaudy Molina interview industry experts at the CIM Vancouver 2018 to find out their opinions. Watch More Podcasts on our YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/user/crownsmenpartners
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May 18, 2018
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