The Procter & Gamble Company has issued a nationwide voluntary recall for several varieties of Old Spice and Secret aerosol sprays with expiration dates running through September 2023 after the known carcinogen benzene was discovered in some of their products.“The affected products are used as antiperspirants and hygiene products and are packaged in aerosol cans,” the company said in a statement that details which products have been recalled. If you or a loved one uses any of the affected products, throw them away and visit www.oldspice.com or www.secret.com for information on how to get a refund. Benzene is created both naturally and by human activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s formed in fires and volcanoes and occurs within gasoline, cigarette smoke, and crude oil. But it’s also widely used in industrial processes—it’s one of the top 20 chemicals used by production volume—when manufacturing plastics, resin, synthetic fibers, lubricants, rubbers, dyes, detergents, drugs, and pesticides. This means that you probably have some benzene exposure in your regular day-to-day lives regardless of whether a product you use is on this recall list.Benzene is a known carcinogen, but that doesn’t mean that using one of these products automatically means you’ll get cancer (or even have a markedly higher risk of developing the disease). “Based on exposure modeling and the cancer risk assessments published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (IRIS database), daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products at the levels detected in our testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences,” according to The Procter & Gamble Company’s statement. “To date, The Procter & Gamble Company has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall and is conducting this recall out of an abundance of caution.”The concerns about benzene are mainly about exposure to large amounts of it. In the short term, people who inhale large quantities of benzene can experience drowsiness and dizziness, changes to their heartbeat, headaches, tremors, confusion, and even death when it’s inhaled in extremely high amounts, the CDC explains. If a large amount of benzene is ingested (through eating or drinking contaminated food or beverages), it can lead to vomiting, convulsions, irregular heartbeat, or death (again, at very high levels).Over time, benzene can make it difficult for bone marrow to produce red blood cells, and it can damage the immune system, increase bleeding, and increase infection rates. Long-term exposure to high amounts of benzene in the air is known to cause leukemia.The chemical was found in the Procter & Gamble Company products by an independent pharmaceutical testing company, Valisure, which made a Citizen’s Petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to have the products recalled. During their testing, they found benzene in rates as high as 17.7 parts per million (ppm)—much higher than the FDA’s limit of 2 ppm.Valisure found other products that contained benzene in rates higher than 2 ppm too, including sprays from Tag, Suave, Equate, Sure, Right Guard, and Brut, though rates were highest among specific Secret and Old Spice batches. So far, recalls have not been issued for the other brands.It’s not the first time benzene has shown up in topical products. As SELF previously reported, Neutrogena and Aveeno recalled several batches of sunscreen in July.Related:
Mercedes-Benz is honoring Virgil Abloh by sharing its final collaboration with late design visionary.
The German automaker unveiled Project Maybach, a zero-emission show car dreamt up by Abloh, at Art Basel Miami Beach on Wednesday, just days after his death at the age of 41 following a private battle with cancer. The striking vehicle—his second collaboration with the brand, following the G-Wagen race car—is a battery-powered two-seater designed to tackle the great outdoors.
First announced in October, Project Maybach is a true concept vehicle unlikely to ever go into production. That doesn’t make it any less intriguing, though. Abloh worked directly with Mercedes design boss Gorden Wagener on the commanding grand tourer, which manages to look futuristic while still drawing on the automaker’s past.
The gold and gloss black coupé spans nearly 20 feet from front to back. Much of that impressive length comes courtesy of a gargantuan nose lined with integrated solar cells. As you would expect, Maybach’s trademark barred grille headlines the front, alongside an array of safari-style lights. Moving back, a sloped and transparent roof line blends into a rear end that looks like the back of a spaceship. Atop the car is a roof rack fitted with similar lights to those on the front fascia.
Abloh’s influence can also be felt inside the car. Done up almost entirely in tan leather, matching the exterior, the spartan setup look more like the bridge of the Starship Enterprise than the cabin of a car. Abloh and Wagener may have gone for a minimalist approach, but they still found room for a cinematic infotainment screen situated in the center of the dashboard. From the pictures, it appears the screen might even fold back into the dash when not in use.
Inside the Project Maybach
Project Maybach was always supposed to debut this week, but at Abloh’s family behest the vehicle will now be exhibited for more people than initially planned. Originally, the car was set to be unveiled during an intimate press gathering, but it will now be displayed to the public at the Rubell Museum until Thursday evening.
“Mercedes-Benz is devastated to hear of the passing of Virgil Abloh,” the marque said in a statement on Wednesday. “Our sincere thoughts are with Virgil’s family and teams. Now opening the world of our collaboration, and Virgil’s unique vision, to the public, we want to respectfully celebrate the work of a truly unique design talent, who created endless possibilities for collaboration through his unbridled imagination and inspired all that knew his work.”
The Project Maybach unveiling is just one of what are sure to be many tributes to Abloh during Art Basel Miami. On Tuesday, Louis Vuitton dedicated its Spring Summer 2022 show to his life and legacy. Abloh had worked at the fashion house since 2018, when he became the first Black artistic director of a major French luxury label.
Check out more photos of the Project Maybach below:
Hard workouts and sedentary days combine to make our muscles feel tight. And that’s where a lengthening yoga flow comes in—by incorporating certain yoga poses and combinations into your routine, you can loosen up tight muscles throughout your body and boost your mobility.In the third installment of Sweat With SELF’s Yoga for Beginners series, yoga instructor Rita Murjani—the chief of staff at mindful living brand Aduri who teaches at NYC-based studios SkyTing and Equinox—demonstrates a yoga flow that’s designed to stretch out your tight muscles, particularly those along the sides of your body. Throughout the course of this nearly 40-minute video, Murjani will take you through poses, variations, and flows that will help stretch the tight obliques along your side, as well as tight hamstrings, back, quads, hip flexors, and glutes.In this beginner yoga video, you’ll start with a bridge pose variation, where you’ll focus on your breath and centering your mind and body. Then you’ll get into the flow: You’ll recognize a bunch of the yoga poses here—especially the cat cow, downward dog, crescent lunge, sphinx, forward fold, and child’s pose—but you’ll build on several of them with different variations. (Say, for instance, the cat cow: Rather than taking this pose super slow, you’ll up the tempo here, and then switch in a different form that’ll really stretch out your hands, arms, and wrists.) You’ll also learn a few new poses too, like the lion’s breath, undulating cobra, and modified side plank. To end the yoga flow, you’ll hit a bridge pose variation once again, which will culminate in a heart-opening wheel pose.Like in all of the Yoga for Beginners videos, Murjani will guide you through modifications with the use of props like yoga blocks for any of the poses that may be too challenging. That way, you can practice this lengthening yoga flow at your own pace—and feel confident about the poses and ready to come back for the fourth installment next week!Related:
Here at SELF, we’re big believers in the power of wellness products to help us feel a little better—whether it’s skin care to add to our self-care routine, tech that helps us do the things we love (but more easily), a healthy snack that gets us through the day, or fitness gear that keeps us moving. This is especially true right now as we reenter the world while still being conscious of how our lifestyles and routines have changed since the beginning of the pandemic. So, much as always, October’s installment of our Best of Wellness series (in which we recap all of our wellness favorites month to month) focuses on products that gave us some much-needed relief at the beginning of a busy holiday season.(Note: This list includes a mix of samples sent to us for free for testing and stuff we purchased recently, but everything listed is only here because we actually really like it.)All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Nearly four months since revealing the news of her lung cancer diagnosis, comedian Kathy Griffin shared a happy update during her Tuesday appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live: “I’m cancer-free!” She also explained the medical process that has gotten her to this point—including the removal of part of her left lung.Griffin was energetic as she began talking with Kimmel and quickly launched into why her trademark voice sounded different. “So, I have to explain my voice. You guys, listen to my voice,” she started. “I had surgery, you’re not going to believe this—so, I’ve never smoked but I got lung cancer. In August, I had half of my left lung removed, I’m not even kidding.”Surgery alone wouldn’t necessarily affect her voice, but Griffin said the intubation process had temporarily affected her vocal cords. “Now I’m like Minnie Mouse meets Marilyn Monroe,” she joked. (She then imitated Marilyn Monroe’s famous version of the Happy Birthday song, in true Griffin fashion.)“It will heal, but I’m sort of enjoying it. I’m a good two octaves higher, I think,” she said. “It’s higher than Mariah Carey, I know that.”At one point, Kimmel asked whether doctors had removed all of the cancer, which is when Griffin shared the good news that she’s now cancer-free.Griffin revealed she had lung cancer back in August, as SELF previously reported. “The doctors are very optimistic as it is stage I and contained to my left lung,” Griffin, 61, wrote on Twitter at the time. “Hopefully no chemo or radiation after this and I should have normal function with my breathing. I should be up and running around as usual in a month or less.” Her team later updated fans that surgery had gone well and Griffin was recovering.Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S., but it kills a higher percentage of those diagnosed than any other cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer. But about 10 to 20% of all lung cancers in the U.S. occur in people who have never smoked, as in Griffin’s case, although some people in that situation might have been exposed to second-hand smoke or other carcinogens, like radon.Lung cancer symptoms can include a new, persistent cough, coughing up any amount of blood, wheezing, hoarseness, recurring infections, and chest pain that worsens with coughing or laughing. But early stages of the illness often don’t have symptoms, so cases are usually discovered when lung cancer is advanced enough to cause symptoms, or when a chest imaging study reveals something abnormal, as the Cleveland Clinic explains.That seems to have been what happened to Griffin. “They found [the tumor] on another scan,” she told Kimmel.Treatment depends on the stage of cancer and the patient’s health and preferences, according to the Mayo Clinic. It may include surgery, radiation treatment, chemotherapy, stereotactic body radiotherapy (an intense treatment where radiation is aimed at cancer from several angles), targeted drug therapy (which may be able to kill cancer cells by blocking their specific abnormalities), immunotherapy, and palliative care.
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage is getting one last run out, and we can already here it in the distance.
The British marque confirmed and teased the release of the final variant of its high-performance grand tourer on Tuesday. The announcement was brief, consisting of little more than a release window and an audio recording of the purr of the vehicle’s brawny V-12.
“You’ve heard about it. You will certainly hear it coming. V12 Vantage. It’s not just a Limited Edition, it’s a Final Edition,” the company said in a concise statement. “Returning in 2022.”
Once you listen to the clip it becomes clear why Aston Martin let the V12 Vantage, which hasn’t been heard from since 2018, speak for itself. The recording runs just 14 seconds and consists of the engine being started and revved. With each successive rev, the roar emanating from the mill grows louder. The clip ends with a simple message: “Never leave quietly.”
Aston Martin has not been forthcoming with details, but there’s been plenty of reporting (and speculation) about what we can expect from the final V12 Vantage. The hand-built grand tourer, which made its bow way back in 2008, will have a lot in common with last year’s windshield-less V12 Speedster, according to the The Drive. This likely includes the same twin-turbo 5.2-liter V-12 found in the current-generation DBS Superleggera. In that car, the mill is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels and is capable of producing up to 715 horses and 663 ft lbs of twist.
Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600
Although nothing has been confirmed, there’s also speculation that the final V12 Vantage won’t just be Aston Martin’s goodbye to the nameplate but to the V-12 engine as well. In the summer, the marque’s CEO Tobias Moers told Car and Driver that the current version of the mill would likely be retired soon because of increasingly tough emission standards in Europe.
If that turns out to be true, it appears the automaker intends to give the engine a sendoff few will forget.
Accessories brand By Far has been circulating on the arms and feet of young starlets since its launch in 2016. So it makes sense that the brand has now collaborated with the stylist responsible for the wardrobes of Gigi Hadid, Ariana Grande, Normani, Iris Law and others.Mimi Cuttrell, stylist to a slew of young celebrities, has teamed with the Bulgarian brand on a range of bags and shoes. The line will exclusively hit Net-a-porter on Dec. 15 and will be priced from $415 to $665. Select styles will also be available on By Far’s website.
Cuttrell started out as the stylist to both Hadid sisters and in the past four years has had a significant impact on the way young women want to dress. Recently Cuttrell has been getting attention for her work on Grande’s looks as a judge on “The Voice,” namely a viral outfit last month involving the same Versus Versace dress worn by Jennifer Garner in the early Aughts rom-com, “13 Going On 30.” Cuttrell has also been a longtime proponent of By Far, and in many ways is responsible for putting the brand on the viral map.
“I have always loved By Far as a brand, we’ve collaborated on countless occasions with my clients. By Far pieces are the perfect modern staple, and it was a privilege to work with them on this design collaboration,” Cuttrell said. “Growing up, my mother always wore elegant vintage pieces. I inherited that love for timeless clothing from her and I drew inspiration from that. I love its classic versatility. I wanted this collection to be comfortable, wearable and chic.”
Mimi Cuttrell for By Far.
The collection includes nine new designs — two shoe styles and seven bags — that are an ode to modern red carpet dressing, striking a balance between what’s casual and glitzy. Smooth Italian leather in tangerine, black and lime green color ways is applied to sling back heels and metal top-handle clutches.
“We love being motivated by another kind of energy, and with Mimi it felt so natural as we all share the same values and aesthetics — a joint passion for craftsmanship and a strong sense of what women crave. Our approach to design and quality merges with Mimi’s unparalleled perspective on identifying trends and promoting confidence,” said By Far cofounder Valentina Ignatova.
This is the first product collaboration for By Far, which is currently sold by 300 retailers worldwide.
“Partnerships make sense when both parties merge their brand identifies uplifting each other. We believe artistic and design creativity should come naturally as a part of an extension of an organic relationship. We will continue fostering partnerships that feel inspiring and natural,” said Ignatova.
Just in time for the holiday season, Nomos adds new touches of silver and gold to its Orion collection.
The Nomos Orion 38 Silver, with gold-plated hands and indexes on a silvered dial.
Look for the new members of this minimalist Glashütte classic, namely the new Orion 33 Gold and the Orion 38 Silver, to inject a less-than minimal hint of luxury (or seasonal cheer) to the less-is-more collection.
On the Orion 33 Gold you’ll see gilded small seconds dial and applied indexes. The dial is galvanized and gold-plated.
While both Orion models will still be made with a hand-polished dial and applied indexes, the smaller model is now available with a steel case (instead of silver) and a gold-plated dial. The larger model, also cased in steel, will gleam with a silver-plated domed dial and gold-plated indexes and hands.
Both new Orion debuts are powered by the excellent Nomos Alpha manual-wind caliber, which boasts a 43-hour power reserve. And either watch can ordered with a custom engraving. Price: SEE WEBSITE
My eyes are fixed on the distance markers fast approaching at the tail end of the 2,100-foot straightaway, foot ready to take action the moment I get the signal in my headset . . . but there’s silence. Past the second marker, an ever-so-calmly articulated command finally rings in my ear; “brake.” The BMW M2 CS race car responds like a Kentucky Derby thoroughbred that’s had it reigns pulled hard, scrubbing speed with immediacy and control to navigate the ensuing double apex and soon trace the ideal line through a pair of deceptively challenging corners aptly dubbed “Frustration and Temptation.”
Pulling into pit lane after just a few laps at the Concours Club in Opa Locka, Fla., I’m approached by Rod MacLeod, the voice that’s been guiding me remotely. The former Formula 3 champion, and one-time mechanic for the late Ayrton Senna, is precise in his analysis: “Brake later and harder.”
The Concours Club private racetrack in Opa Locka, Fla.
Photo: Courtesy of the Concours Club.
The simple but astute instruction shaves copious amounts of time off subsequent laps as the confidence level in both myself and the machine grows exponentially, something that the exclusive list of members experience daily at this 80-acre motorsport haven fast becoming a frontrunner in the private-racetrack field. The level of coaching, the hi-tech circuit—with the latest safety features—and top-tier dining and event amenities are also what make the Concours Club the chosen venue for the East Coast segment of Robb Report’s Car of Year contest, with drive days taking place December 1 through 5.
For Concours Club founder Neil Gehani, a commercial real estate developer and entrepreneur, the plan to develop his motorsport concept was driven by passion. “I loved cars growing up, but never had a family that could afford buying sports cars or being immersed in car culture,” says Gehani. “When I had my first success in business, the first thing I did was go to a Porsche dealership and buy a beautiful 911,” he continues, adding that “the general manager of that dealership was a gentleman racer and started a driving series at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill. I had this embedded addiction to cars, and he basically just poured fuel on the fire. When I got to Miami, my wife looked me in the eyes, and asked what I was thinking?” Gehani’s response was resolute: “I’m going to build an auto country club in Miami; it has to happen down here.”
The circuit can be presented in over seven different configurations.
Photo: Courtesy of the Concours Club.
While such private courses are becoming more common Stateside, few, if any, provide the caliber of testing ground on offer here. “This is the only racetrack club I’ve joined,” says Hélio Castroneves, four-time Indy 500 champion and founding member of the Concours Club, in a conversation with Robb Report back in 2019. “I joke sometimes that IndyCar should learn from this course because it has a lot of challenges but is 40 feet wide and has many built-in safety aspects, so it’s good for all experience levels.”
The more than 2-mile circuit, able to transform into over seven different track configurations, is a benchmark in design and measurement of performance metrics. While many members bring their own machines, or keep them in lavish on-site garages tended to by a team of specialists, the club maintains a fleet of race cars at the ready, including the aforementioned BMW M2 CS. And all course monitoring is done by electronic marshalls via closed-circuit cameras and state-of-the art data processing. But what truly stands out is the world-class mentoring.
Concours Club founder Neil Gehani (left) and four-time Indy 500 champion Hélio Castroneves.
Photo by Erik Schneider, courtesy of the Concours Club.
“Some of the most fantastic experiences I’ve had here at this club are with people that almost needed to be shoehorned in the car; they were not interested in driving,” admits MacLeod, who counts Formula 1 star Sergio “Checo” Pérez as a protégé. “Then you see the smile on their face after 10 laps working with them and, now, you can’t get them out of the car. That’s really what I live and work for.”
Concours Club fixtures like MacLeod and Castroneves aren’t the only magnets to membership, however, nor is the drive component in general. A lynchpin of the 28,000-square-foot complex is Verge, the dining enclave piloted by renowned chef Brad Kilgore—previously with three-Michelin-starred restaurant Alinea—and complemented by master sommelier Dan Pikey.
When it comes to his epicurean vision, Kilgore is clear. “We want to be seen as a team of private chefs,” he says, regarding the perception of members. “We’re logging all their preferences, not only dietary restrictions, but likes and dislikes.” When asked to define his own culinary style, he is equally quick to respond. “I’ve been trying to put it into words for some time,” he states, “and it’s really ‘food with no borders,’ I’ve always been a guy that breaks the rules.”
Chef Brad Kilgore in a rare moment of rest.
Photo: Courtesy of the Concours Club.
The menu offerings range from a heart of palm salad with lemongrass, ginger, cardamom and habanero to pizza featuring a crust made from sourdough starter that’s more than 50 years old. Then there’s the staples: “I’ve been told my burger was worth landing a plane for, so we call it the ‘$10,000 burger,’” says Kilgore. “That’s my job, right there.”
Confectionary artisanship on display at Verge.
Photo: Courtesy of the Concours Club.
Unlike other membership-driven racetracks, the Concours Club doesn’t offer a residential component, but will be developing Auto Lofts; basically, condos for your car that are also suitable for entertaining. And a soon-to-be-built event structure, designed by Pininfarina, will further add to corporate allure.
The Verge lounge.
Photo: Courtesy of the Concours Club.
All of the lavish touches, however, are mere garnish for the raison d’être of membership; driving on a closed course with the freedom to, as MacLeod exhorts, brake later and harder than one’s comfort level would normally allow. For the next few days, a cadre from Robb Report’s own membership club, RR1, will do just that as they test a field of the world’s top production models and proffer their ballots for the 19th edition of our Car of the Year contest. Regardless of each judge’s respective choice for ultimate honors, the highlight of the day will likely come from the passenger seat as Hélio gives hot laps—at least he has my vote.
Learn more about Robb Report’s 2022 Car of the Year event taking place in Boca Raton here.
Words by HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, the “Mother of the Nation”. Calligraphy by Diaa Allam
Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, the “Mother of the Nation,” has penned an exclusive essay for the December 2021 issue of Vogue Arabia, marking the 50th anniversary of the nation. “Tangible success was made possible by investing in the UAE’s citizens and building their capacities and capabilities to realize our shared ambitions in the pursuit of a progressive nation and compassionate humanity,” she writes. “As we draw on the UAE’s achievements in supporting and empowering women, we remember the historic moment, 50 years ago, on the rise of the morning sun on December 2, 1971, and the declaration of the Union. Our citizens woke to our late founding father’s voice as he said, ‘The state gives priority to building mankind and caring for its citizens in every way, that is the real wealth of this land, and it is the most valuable asset in this country.’” Some of her words are reproduced on the publication’s main cover, illustrated by UAE calligraphy artist Diaa Allam.
Guardians of Heritage at the General Women’s Union. Photographed by Francesco Scotti
Editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut remarks, “It is a veritable honor to work on this issue, bursting with incredible profiles of Emiratis, leaders, and UAE residents who all co-exist in this country that promotes happiness and greatness. This was a special year for Vogue, where the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee started early, initially with the cover of HH Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and in September, with the cover story featuring HH Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.”
Also in this celebratory issue, HE Hend Al Otaiba gives her first in-depth interview in the region since her appointment as the UAE’s first female ambassador to France this past summer. She underscores that she intends to help evolve the view of Arab women abroad, stating, “Women empowerment has always been a key issue for me.” Another inspiring Emirati featured in this month’s pages is Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, the first woman from the Middle East and the second one to lead the International Publisher’s Association since its founding in 1896. “The fact that I am only the second woman to be appointed to this post, and an Arab woman at that, speaks volumes about how the organization is changing – it reflects a more diverse industry and one that is more inclusive,” she says.
As part of Vogue Arabia’s Golden Jubilee edition, we explore fashion through the lens of culture with a visit to the Guardians of Heritage in Abu Dhabi, who share the secrets to their ancient crafts of Al-Tali crafting, sadu, sewing, and henna engraving. In another exclusive, HH Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan reveals the second chapter of her collaboration with Bulgari, with a line that aims to share the values of her grandfather, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Father of the Nation.
The Seddiqi family photographed by David Wang for Vogue Arabia December 2021
In regional fashion, Salama Alabbar, the founder of Symphony boutique, gives new insight into her beginnings, sharing, “Growing up, we lived a simple life, as many Nineties kids did, while watching my father [Mohamed Alabbar founder of Emaar Properties] work hard and sacrifice a lot to get to where he is today.” Another family making a global impact from the UAE and abroad is the Seddiqi family, who started their jewelry business 70 years ago, even before the country was unified. Abdul Hamied Ahmed Seddiqi, Chairman at Seddiqi Holding, divulges on his family business, a veritable powerhouse group that includes Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, Seddiqi Properties, Swiss Watch Services, Dubai Watch Week, and Mizzen. Hind Abdul Hamied Seddiqi, Director General of Dubai Watch Week, also speaks on creating and leading a top tier platform for knowledge and networking.
Salama Mohamed photographed by Greg Adamski for Vogue Arabia December 2021
Showing Dubai is a land of opportunities for both local and foreigners, the Dubai-based couturiers behind Michael Cinco, Amato, and Ezra Couture opens up about building their respective fashion empires in the UAE, having arrived in the Emirates in the Nineties, and becoming leaders on the regional fashion scene with an international celebrity following. All this and more in the December 2021 issue of Vogue Arabia.
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