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The improvement of the city of Pazardzhik

The Republic of Bulgaria together with five countries of the European Union is participating in the international project “Our Green European City”. Prospects and proposals for the improvement and landscaping of Pazardzhik, existing problems and ways to solve them were discussed at the meetings of the Mayor of the Pazardzhik Community, the Deputy Governor and the head of the education department of the Pazardzhik region with the youth activists of the sister city.

The implementation of the environmental project

Since November 2017 the City Hall of Beziers together with the organization «Don’t harm» is implementing a project aimed at making the municipal theater 
as an “environmentally responsible institution”. Within this project a selection of biologically pure seasonal products for a buffet from local producers are being carried out. Theater programs in Braille are posted on the websites of the City Hall and the theater, according to the audience survey the necessary measures are taken. During the second phase of the project, it is planned to work with employees of the theater on the need to save water, electricity, and rationally use paper. The project will be implemented before the end of 2019.

An investing in developing companies

Business meetings for potential investors «Best of the Midwest event» were organized in the sister city of Des Moines in the autumn of 2018. The purpose of these annual events is to provide information on the most promising areas of investment, familiarization with existing start-up projects, as well as enterprises with high growth potential. According to the results of 2018, nine developing companies received funding. The achieved results illustrate the favorable conditions for the development of business in the city of Des Moines.

The reconstruction of the transport highway

On December 25, 2018 the large-scale reconstruction of the Jiangbin road – the second most important in the city for organizing the main traffic flow – was completed in the sister city of Zhenjiang. Repair work on straightening the roadway was carried out for three months.

The development of a geographic information system

The base geographical information system of the capital of the Republic of Armenia and the project of cadastral zoning are being developed in the city of Yerevan. Within the framework of new programs using modern technologies, it is supposed to create a complete information base of real estate, as well as ground and underground communications in the city, which will contribute to ensuring transparency and improving the efficiency of the relevant departments and structures.

The development of health tourism

In recent years a large part of the population of China is motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle, so visiting the spa centers is becoming increasingly popular. In 2018 the sister city of Changzhou was included in the list of the best health local tourist destinations during the New Year holidays. Modern Changzhou offers opportunities not only to treat the hot springs, but also to get acquainted with numerous cultural and historical monuments as well as visiting modern entertainment centers.


The awards in the field of sports and science

On the eve of the New Year, the 4th awards ceremony for achievements in the field of sports, science and programming was held in Pazardzhik. The event was organized by the Association “Hope of the city of Pazardzhik”. Within the framework of the official ceremony, fourteen students of the sister city were awarded certificates and cash prizes.

The events dedicated to the celebration of Christmas and New Year

The citywide events, dedicated to the celebration of Christmas and New Year is being continued in the city of Beziers. Commercial pavilions offering confectionery and souvenirs, Christmas-tree decorations and various gifts to the residents and guests of the sister city have been opened. Theater performances have been prepared at city venues, fair chalets are located, and there is also an ice rink. More than 100 participants and 7 festively decorated moving platforms will pass through the streets in the framework of the Christmas parade. The new city light and music fountain will demonstrate a special Christmas program, a “mini-farm”, operating as a contact zoo is opened for children. 

A grant for the development of Des Moines transport infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced an $11 million Transportation Grant for the Des Moines Transload Facility. The Transload Facility situated at a site in southeast of the sister city with access to three railroads that span the country, is needed to transfer raw goods from trucks to trains, which can ship goods at a lower cost. The logistics company is expected to be commissioned in 2019 year and will significantly expand the region’s international trade opportunities.

The transportation of asphalt to the cities of China

In order to support the construction of the northwest part of China freight trains from Zhenjiang loaded with "container asphalt" rushed to Xinjiang, Tibet. This new "asphalt cold transport technology" was officially put into operation in May 2018, achieved excellent socio-economic indicators and is the main project for the development of the transport infrastructure of the province.

Charity Christmas marathon in Yerevan

The annual charity marathon "new year's good run" will be organized in the Central streets of Yerevan on 23 December, 2018. The event is organized by the municipality of Yerevan jointly with "Yerevan half marathon" and "Triglav". Participants in Santa suits have to cover a distance of 5 kilometers. All proceeds for the participation in the marathon will be aimed at implementation of charitable programs.

The industrial development of Changzhou

Recently, the German specialty chemicals company Lanxess said that will invest up to 250 million Euros in the Asia-Pacific region in the next five years. In this regard in March 2018 in Changzhou, the company started the construction of a high-performance plastics compounding plant for the automotive sector and the electrical and electronics industries. The volume of investment in production is 20 million Euros.
It should be noted, that now the company has nine production sites, and nine centers for research and development as well as five sales offices including the headquarters in Shanghai. Currently, more than 1,900 employees are working for Lanxess in China, nearly three times as many as when the company started operating in the country in 2005.
During the 13 years since its establishment, the company has been recognized six times as "Top Employer China".


Awarding the artists of the city of Pazardzhik

The Mayor of the Community of Pazardzhik Todor Popov will participate in the annual solemn ceremony of awarding members of the Association of artists of Pazardzhik on December 19, 2018. Awards to representatives of art will be presented in the following categories: painting, drawing and sculpture. The famous artist of the city of Pazardzhik Boris Rezov, who made a great contribution to the development of the sister-city, will be awarded with a personal award.

The improvement of Beziers campus

In the city of Beziers the work on the reconstruction of a dormitory for students and young workers built in 1963 has begun. In accordance with the new requirements for residential premises, the area of rooms will be increased. It is planned to build 100 new premises with a total area of 2223 sq.m. Two new dormitory buildings will be constructed, it is expected the improvement of surrounding area. 

The annual corporate games in the city of Des Moines

The registration of companies for the participation in the IV Annual corporate games, organized under the "Iowa Games" program was started in the beginning of December this year in the city of Des Moines. The participation of 80 teams is expected, which will be able to prove themselves in different kinds of sports in June-July of the following year. It is assumed that the competition will contribute to team cohesion, attracting employees to lead a healthy lifestyle and go in for sports. Winners will be awarded the Corporate Cup of the Games during the annual Iowa Fair. 

The competition on scientific and technological modeling

The youth competition on scientific and technological modeling was held in the city of Zhenjiang on December 9, 2018. The event was attended by over 500 students of primary and secondary educational organizations of the sister city. The winners were awarded in the following nominations: "Aerospace model", "Vehicle model" and "Robotics".

The stay of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to the Republic of Armenia in the city of Yerevan

In early December of this year the mayor of Yerevan Hayk Marutyan met with the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia in the Republic of Armenia. The mayor of the sister city congratulated the ambassador on the beginning of the diplomatic mission and noted that the capital of Latvia - Riga and Yerevan are sister cities that connect not only warm friendly relations, but also the implementation of joint programs and projects. The prospects for the further development of international inter-municipal cooperation between Yerevan and Riga were also discussed during the meeting. 

The expanding of pharmaceuticals production in the city of Changzhou

In order to expand the production of polysaccharides and enzymes drugs Changzhou Qianhong Bio-pharma Co., Ltd. started construction of the phase two of pharmaceuticals production facility at Changzhou National Hi-Tech District (CND). The investments into creation a new production is 1 billion yuan. A major manufacturer of pancreatic kininogenase, heparin sodium and low molecular weight heparin, as well as compound digestive enzyme preparations and asparaginase, Qianhong Bio-pharma Co., Ltd. manufactures products that meet international standards, sells them in more than 20 provinces and cities in China, as well as exports to foreign markets.


Awarding the best entrepreneurs of the year in Pazardzhik

On November 30 this year, an awarding ceremony of the best entrepreneurs of the year was held in the city of Pazardzhik. The event was organized by the Association of entrepreneurs of the sister city. The ceremony was attended by the Governor of Pazardzhik, Mayor of Pazardzhik and representatives of the business of Bulgaria. The awards were presented in the following categories: "Entrepreneur of the year", "High-developing company" and "Significant contribution to the development of Pazardzhik". 

Youth program 

Bézier city hall invited the youth of the city to participate in the program "La casa des Euros". The program is intended for young people aged 14 to 25 years. Participants of this program can place their projects for life improvement in the city on a dedicated page of the official website of the city hall. The winner, who will be determined by the residents of Beziers by voting, will receive 100,000 Euros for the implementation of his project. 

Training business meetings 

On December 7 this year De Moine hosted First Fridays training business meetings, organized by the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Iowa Women's Business Center. The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for first-time entrepreneurs and citizens to get acquainted with the experience of business owners who have made a certain contribution to the development of the sister city. During the talks, representatives of the business community, the creators of regional and national brands, heads of local firms and shop owners shared the secrets of success, answered the questions of the participants. 

Annual competition of couples

The final and official closing ceremony of the annual contest of married couples who have lived in marriage for more than a decade took place in the sister city of Zhenjiang on December 02. This year the competition was attended by more than 200 couples who celebrated the "gold" and "silver" wedding. As a result of the performances, the best couple of the year was chosen; the finalists were awarded with memorable prizes. 

Implementation of the energy efficiency program

The sister city of Yerevan is implementing the program "Yerevan-solar community". Within the framework of the program, it is planned to install photovoltaic systems on the roofs of 90 multi-apartment residential buildings, which will provide the generation of electricity necessary for the power supply of common premises (lighting of stairwells and yard areas, as well as elevators). The aim of the project is to reduce energy consumption and related greenhouse gas emissions through the use of renewable energy sources and the implementation of energy efficiency measures in multi-apartment buildings in Yerevan.

Establishment of the research and development center 

On November 28 this year, the leading automotive company of the sister city of Changzhou "Dorcen Auto" and Shanghai Jiaotong University signed an agreement on the establishment of the research and development center. The new center of automotive technologies will be engaged in research in the field of mechanical engineering, testing of innovative developments, modernization of products, providing technical support. It will also become a practical basis for the training of young professionals.


The contest "The best sportsmen of the city of Pazardzhik"

A traditional contest of the best ten sportsmen of the city of Pazardzhik is held annually. Profiles of participants – representatives of sixteen city sports clubs will be reviewed by a competition commission consisting of experts and journalists working in the sports field. The individual achievements of the athlete, participation and awards in international, European and national competitions will be taken into account during summing up the results of the contest. The official award ceremony will be held on December 11, 2018.

The performance of the gymnasts

The tenth annual report performance of the athletes of the rhythmic gymnastics club of the city of Beziers «ASB Gym» will take place on December 1, 2018. This performance is very bright and has a great success with the audience: the last show was presented during a round trip to 25,000 people. 70 gymnasts will take part in the reporting performance of the club "ASB Gym" 

The first Book Festival

The first annual Book Festival «DSM Book Festival» will take place in the sister city of Des Moines in March 2019. A diverse program was prepared for visitors, meetings with famous authors, literary discussions in the Book Club, educational workshops for children and adults, performances of musicians will be organized. The festival is currently accepting applications for the participation of local authors, illustrators, publishers and non-profit organizations.

The measures on improving the security in educational institutions

The measures on improving the security in educational institutions are being implemented in the sister city of Zhenjiang. Representatives of the police conducted preventive discussions on combating terrorism and disturbing public order, met with teachers and students to observe safety precautions as well as organized training for security officers. Interactive safety education is being introduced in the city’s educational institutions. 

The postcard dedicated the 2800th anniversary of Yerevan

The ceremony of presentation the postcard "History of Armenia: 2800th anniversary of the founding of Yerevan" was held in Yerevan City Hall. Cards with 4 stamps were printed in a French printing house with a circulation of 15,000 copies. The postcard presents stamps with the plan of the city of Erebuni, Amiryan Street of the 1920s, as well as Yerevan Railway Station and the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater named after A. Spendiaryan. In addition, modern night Yerevan at the background of Mount Ararat.

The construction of a new plant

The official groundbreaking ceremony for the new BOMAG (Changzhou) Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. plant took place in the sister city of Changzhou.  BOMAG is the world's leading and largest manufacturer of road rollers.
The new 30,000-square-meter plant will be specialized in the production of compactors for asphalt, soil and waste, as well as machines for creating coatings from stabilized soil and restoring asphalt coatings. The opening of the new plant will contribute to the further development of the Changzhou economy.


Exhibition in Pazardzhik
22 November 2018 at the Boev Art gallery of Pazardzhik, the exhibition of the famous artist and sculptor, a native of sister-city Stephen Lyutakova was opened. The exhibition presents creative works which were not exhibited before -18 sculptures made of bronze, marble and wood, as well as 19 paintings. Today it is already organized thirty solo exhibitions of Stefan Lyutakov. 

Charitable aid to victims of floods 
In order to provide assistance and solidarity, representatives of the city of Beziers voted to collect money in favor of the flood victims on the Od River. The amount of 16,000 euros was transferred to the Association of mayors of French cities. Also the town hall of Béziers sent to the Trab Commune, victim of flooding, a group of workers to participate in elimination of results of natural disasters and humanitarian aid.

Implementation of the creative project
A new joint project "The Creative Economy Initiative" developed by the public organizations "Festival of arts De Moines" and "Bravo" is being implemented in the sister city of Des Moines. The project involves activities aimed at promoting professional development and career growth of representatives of various creative professions. The implementation of the project will also contribute to the expansion of opportunities for representatives of culture and art of the sister city to participate in the development of the city's economy and improve the quality of life of the population. 

Opening of a new grocery market 
On November 18, 2017, the opening of a new market of farm products was held in the sister city of Zhenjiang. The total area of the pavilions is 3,600 sq. m. the volume of investments is more than 15 RMB. Here buyers will be able to buy fresh meat and fish products of local producers, vegetables and fruits, semi-finished products and ready meals. The opening of the new market contributes to the formation of a more comfortable trading environment for the residents of the city. 

Program for the prevention of diseases 
The screening program "assessment of the efficiency of management of patients with impaired carbohydrate metabolism and high cardiovascular risks" was implemented for the first time on the initiative of Yerevan municipality. The aim of the project is early detection and prevention of diseases. More than 2000 citizens took part in the program during the year. Beneficiaries were also provided with special devices for measuring blood pressure and blood sugar, data from which were automatically transmitted online to doctors. In fact, citizens were under the round-the-clock supervision of specialists. The initiative is implemented jointly with the Yerevan urban endocrine dispensary and the Association of cardiologists of Armenia 

Competition to determine the best tourist destination 
In East China, a competition was held to determine the High-quality Popular Tourist Destinations, to participate in which the most picturesque places of the country were presented. The results of the competition were announced on November 9 this year at the Global Tourism Brand Innovation Development Summit. According to the results of on-line voting and expert evaluation of the jury the finalists included three tourist places of the sister city of Changzhou: Oriental Salt Lake City, Jiangnan Global Harbor and Yancheng Amusement Park.


The music contest in the city of Pazardzhik

In the period from November 09 to 11, 2018 the music contest “Note for Note” was held with the financial support of the Community of Pazardzhik. The jury consisted of famous Bulgarian musicians-teachers. The professional workshops, lessons on acting skills were also held for participants of the event. The main musical event and the creative outcome of the contest was the final gala concert.

The project on reconstruction building spaces to garages

In recent years an outflow of employable population from the city to the countryside has been observed in France. Most commonly representatives of the middle class have left the city - dynamic, family and financially reliable. In order to further development of trade and catering, the Beziers municipality is working out the project to return citizens to permanent residency in the city center. Whereas it is necessary to have cars garages in walking distance, one of the ways to solve the problem was a specially developed project on reconstruction residential and commercial spaces into garages. There is a subsidy for owners of vacant premises – 3,000 euros. The assistance in the free preparation of documentation will be provided. 

The opening of a medical clinic

The official opening of the new clinic of the medical center “Mercy Medical Center” in the sister city of Des Moines, specializing in labor protection was held on November 14th of this year. The health care institution provides comprehensive services for businesses on medical care for employees. There are opportunities to receive treatment for industrial injuries, to undergo a diagnostic examination or physical examination, testing the workplace hygiene standards, audiometry, x-rays and many others. The opening of the clinic, located in the central part of the city, will help preserve the health of the working social groups.

The sales day

November 11 in China and around the world is known as the day of the biggest sales, especially in online stores. So, in 2018 year the logistics company of the China Post in the sister city of Zhenjiang had to attract additional staff to sort the shipments during this period. More than 35,000 online purchases were made on 11th November of this year in the sister city. The peak of consumer activity was observed in the next three days too.

The meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan

An official meeting with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Armenia took place in the City Hall of the sister city of Yerevan. The issues of the development of Armenian-Japanese cooperation were discussed during the reception. It was noted that, despite the fact that direct partnerships between Yerevan and the major cities of Japan have not yet been established, there are great opportunities for cooperation in various spheres of the urban economy. It was also noted that the Japanese tourist traffic to Armenia has recently increased.

Development of cooperation in the vehicle manufacturing industry

The general manager of China FAW Group Co., Ltd. which has leading positions in the Chinese vehicle manufacturing industry visited Changzhou on November 8th of this year. The prospects for cooperation in the vehicle manufacturing industry were discussed during the meetings with the leadership of the sister city. The achievements of Changzhou in the development of the machine-building industry, as well as the manufacture of components and repair parts were noted. Representatives of the company also noted favorable conditions for business in the city of Changzhou.


Development of Pazardzhik

In the sister city of Pazardzhik the Program of city development is successfully implemented, during which arrangement of territories with a total area more than 10 thousand sq.m. has been already completed. Within realization of this program on November 09 of this year the start is given to the new project "Development of city space in the Maritsa-Hospital area of Pazardzhik". The general financing of the program makes more than 3,5 million Euros  fr om means of the state budget and the European Regional Development Fund.

Reconstruction of Mediterranee stadium

The sister city of Bezier is going to welcome professional sport teams in 2019 for the first time in its history. That is why the full reconstruction of the stadium is planned, approximate cost of these works is 1,2 million Euros. The replacement of a lawn of Mediterranee stadium which had been in a bad condition because of numerous sports events the last season was carried out in the period from October 15 to October 25 of this year. 

New season of Brenton Skating Plaza

On November 16 of this year in the sister city of Des Moines the thirteenth season of the ice rink of "Brenton Skating Plaza" will be opened. This is the first facility in the Iowa State giving an opportunity for rest and sports to citizens on the fresh air everyday from November to March. During holidays visitors are  also able to participate in various interactive entertainment programs. 

Tourism development

Opening in October of this year in the sister city of Zhenjiang of the new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge promotes the further development of tourist branch and growth of consumer activity of the population. A wide choice of products and low prices attract tourists and visitors from China and other countries. Besides among Zhenjiang's youth trips to Japan and on Russian ski resorts enjoy the increasing popularity. 

New recreation areas 

In the sister city of Yerevan two new recreational parks are opened wh ere all necessary for the organization of good rest of inhabitants and guests of the capital have been created. Special attention at arrangement of parks is paid to use of the latest technologies and smart solutions: solar panels for day and night-time lighting are installed, artificial pools, modern playgrounds are built, and free Wi-Fi is provided. It is supposed to make use of positive experience of reconstruction further for equipment of city recreation areas. 
Autumn Canton Fair 2018

In the city of Guangzhou there was the largest Chinese fair of export and import of "Autumn Canton Fair 2018" in which about 250 exhibitors from Changzhou have participated. Stands in more than 40 areas have been presented: power and technical equipment, the latest technologies, auto parts, consumer electronics, construction materials, textiles, medicine, tourist services, sports, household goods, gardening, and many other things. Annually about 20000 sellers and 200000 buyers take part in it. Participation in this exhibition will promote positive image of the enterprises of Changzhou in China and abroad.


Day of national heroes 
Annually on November 1 in Bulgaria the national holiday of National Buditel – participants of liberation movement fr om an Ottoman yoke is celebrated. In the sister city of Pazardzhik there were festive events, torch processions, flower-laying to monuments of national heroes. Within this holiday the ceremony of opening of the monument to the famous Bulgarian revolutionary, writer Zachariy Stoyanov was held. Festive actions were ended with a concert of performance groups of the sister city. 

Actions devoted to the end of World War I 
On November 11, 2018 the actions devoted to century of the end of World War I will take place in the city of Bezier. The solemn procession of the veterans living in Bezier and citizens will pass across the central streets to the monument of memory of the dead wh ere the official ceremony and flower-laying to the monument will be organized. It is planned to open the bust of Frederik Pra, the poet, the native Bezier who has died in the war at the age of 20 years. Pupils of the city will honor memory of the poet with reading his verses. 

Educational program for the working population 
Since January, 2019 in the sister city of Des Moines the new training courses in the field of programming and graphic editors «Code DSM» for working adults begin to work. Need of the program is caused by demand of experts in the sphere of information technologies in labor market of the sister city. The curriculum is developed in the way to allow studying the course on the main job. Classes will be given within 15 weeks. 

Cultural events 
At the end of October of this year in the sister city of Zhenjiang a number of cultural events of national value was organized. The performance of an opera star of Mr. Li Zhengcheng with the known show transferring features of national opera art took place. Also the new picture of the famous artist Mr. Kang Shunwei "The collection of Zhenjiang scenic spots " created in the national manner which is non-material cultural heritage of China was presented to inhabitants and guests of the sister city. 

End of the VII season of the tourist program "Yerevan City Tour" 
The department of tourism of municipality of Yerevan summed up the results of the VII season of the official city tourist program "Yerevan City Tour". For March-October, 2018 about 6500 people took part in the program. Socially important programs for school students, students, elderly people and persons with limited opportunities were developed. The organization of excursions will be renewed in the spring of 2019.

China International small and medium enterprises fair 
Eleven companies of the sister city of Changzhou participated In the 15th China International small and medium enterprises fair "CISMEF", organized in the city of Guangzhou in October of this year. A main objective of the action is assistance to establishment business contacts, to trade and cooperate with small and medium enterprises of China and foreign countries. This year much attention was paid to issues of smart manufacturing and energy conservation. During the fair a number of forums, business meetings, seminars, presentations of foreign companies were organized. Enterprises signed significant business contracts. 


Russian culture promotion in the city of Pazardzhik
On October 24, 2018 within the European Capital of Culture program the meeting of Russian associates in the city of Pazardzhik has taken place. The organizer of the event is the "Union of Independent Creative Communication. During the meeting the issues of promoting of Russian language and literature, the importance of history and the culture of Russia studying were discussed. For participants culinary master classes in Russian cuisine were held. 

Ecological action
The mayor's office of the sister city of Bezier implements an action for drawing attention of citizens to inadmissibility of ejection of garbage out of specially allotted places and organization of unauthorized dumps. In addition to the appeals placed on banners on one of the central streets an evident installation. Now the penalty imposed by Bezier city administration on the persons leaving garbage in public places has increased up to 180 Euros. For organizers of unauthorized dumps by means of vehicles is up to 1500 Euros.

End of Farmers’ market 
On October 27 of this year the Farmers’ market will be closed in the sister city of Des Moines. Local producers will present 2018 harvest, fresh meat, dairy and bakery products. Gardeners will also be able to buy saplings of trees and bushes, seeds of plants and flowers. As the action is organized on the eve of Halloween pavilions will be decorated with thematic attributes of this holiday, competitions and games for children will take place.

International sister cities conference 
On October 23 of this year the Zhenjiang  International Sister Cities conference on low-carbon economy was organized in the sister city, in which the Chinese and international experts, representatives of the sister cities of Zhenjiang, including delegation of Stavropol took part. Within the program of the conference issues of development of the eco-industry and energy saving methods, implementation of environmentally safe innovations were considered. Exchange of experience of work in the sphere low-carbon productions took place. 

Festive events on the 2800 anniversary of Yerevan
On October 21 of this year in the sister city of Yerevan the festive events devoted to anniversary of the capital of Armenia were held. For inhabitants and guests of the city the rich program. "Yerevan: from a bronze age – to the capital from a pink tufa" exhibition was opened. Exhibits from archaeological collections of the museums and also the exhibits found during recent excavation were presented. The main part of rarities is presented to the public for the first time. Festive actions were ended with a gala concert and colorful fireworks. 

Annual international half marathon 
In the twin-city of Changzhou the international half marathon which annually unites more than 20 000 athletes from around the world has taken place. Within the competitions three different distances have been organized. The time result of the sportsmen- winners from Ethiopia and Kenya became the best for all history of existence of the Changzhou half marathon.


Sports achievements of the city of Pazardzhik
During the period from October 12 to October 14, 2018 in the city of Chisinau (Republic of Moldova) the XXVI International championship on karate "SKDUN" was held. More than 1800 athletes from thirty countries of the world, including Europe, Russia, India, the USA, Syria, Venezuela, Gabon, Dominican Republic, Nepal participated in  the event. During the competitions representatives of sports club "Tonus-Sport" of the city of Pazardzhik acted successfully. Participants of the sister city won two gold and one silver medals. 

 "Chocolate feriya" event
During the period from October 20 to October 21, 2018 in Congress Palace of the city of Bezier a city event "Chocolate feriya" will be organized. The art will be shown by chokolatiers and confectioners of the city and Ayrault region. About 80 exhibitions, displays, master classes will take place to make something of chocolate and right there to enjoy taste. Within the action the competition for citizens and city visitors on production of the best chocolate cake will be organized. Winners will win prizes.

New art project "Mental banquet: painting with lights"
In the sister city of Des Moines the new art project “Mental banquet: painting with lights” is implemented, it is based on use of 3D-mapping technology, creating effect of visual borders spreading. Within the project on a facade of buildings taking into account architectural features the animated images changing to the sound of music are projected. The innovative show will allow not only emphasizing architecture, transferring the atmosphere of the building, but also seeing its history. 

Autumn job fai
On October 17 of this year in the sister city of Zhenjiang the autumn job fair for graduates of colleges and universities took place. About 300 enterprises participated in the action. About 3 000 jobs more than in dozen spheres were presented: finance, management, equipment, marketing, etc. The annual fair gives a unique opportunity for talented representatives of youth to find work with decent salaries. 

Run competition "The Yerevan marathon"
On October 21 of this year in the capital of Armenia the annual sport event "The Yerevan marathon" will be held. The run competition is a successor of the "Yerevan semi-marathon" organized in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The start will be given to a marathon in the center of Yerevan. The route will pass on beautiful central streets of the sister city, the gorge of the Hrazdan River and will return to the place of start. A large number of athletes and other fans of sport become participants of a sports running annually. 

Organization of the committee on standardization of robots and robotics 
In the sister city of Changzhou the committee on standardization of robots and robotics of the Province of Jiangsu will be created. In Changzhou in recent years a special attention is paid to researches in the field of robotics and to introduction of scientific developments with use of the latest technologies in manufacturing industry and by production of the equipment. Intellectual manufacturing industry became the landmark of the city.


Day of the Bulgarian communities in the city of Pazardzhik
On October 12, 2018 in the city of Pazardzhik celebration of the Day of the Bulgarian communities was held devoted to activity of local governments. During the ceremonial meeting of City Council the Mayor of Pazardzhik addressed inhabitants and guests of the sister city with a welcoming speech in which the important role of local authorities in ensuring activity of the city was noted. Deputies of the State Counsil and the Governor also participated in the meeting. 

Tours of St. Petersburg Theatre for Young Audience
During the period from October 24 to October 27, 2018 tours of known in Russia A.A. Bryantsev Theatre for Young Audience from St. Petersburg will take place in the city of Bezier. This theater exists since 1922, has more than 30 performances in the repertoire and is actively on tour in the cities of the different countries of the world and also participates in the international festivals, having invariable success.

Accelerator Global Insurance project
On October 02 of this year in the city of Atlanta the project of Des Moines Partnership «Accelerator Global Insurance» received a prestigious international award – the Silver prize of the International Economic Development Council. "Accelerator Global Insurance" is the program aimed at the development of business activity, introduction of innovations and support of startups in insurance industry. For its lifetime 26 companies of the city of Des Moines took part in the hundred-day program of the accelerator. 

Socially important actions 
Within the celebration of National Day of the People's Republic of China in the city of Zhenjiang a number of socially important actions are organized. Visit of the rehabilitation centers for elderly took place, culinary master classes in joint preparation of national dishes are held. Actions are prepared with active participation of volunteers and students of the sister city.

Summit of International Organization of Francophonie
In the sister city of Yerevan the 17th summit of the International Organization of Francophonie (IOF) took place. In honor of this significant event at Azatutyan Square the Town of Francophonie "Live and create together" has been opened with pavilions representing 38 member countries of MOF. Special pavilions are devoted to Armenia and Yerevan. Guests and residents have an opportunity to get acquainted with cultural and historical heritage, tourist sights of various countries of the world. The capital of Armenia is a member of the international association for thirty years within cooperation with it a number of large cultural and educational projects are implemented.

Project on delivery of fresh Yangcheng crabs 
On the Yangcheng Lake near the city of Changzhou one of the best productions of freshwater crabs which are delivered to more than 170 cities of China is located. For improvement of quality of production at the enterprise a number of actions are realized: production modernization is carried out, a new system of logistics is introduced, interaction at all stages - from cultivation and processing till realization in retail trade is provided. New approach will allow fresh crabs delivering to the buyer within 1-2 days.


Best municipal practice in the sphere of youth policy 
The joint project of Council of youth policy of the city of Pazardzhik and the mayor's office of Pazardzhik was among the best ten practice of Europe in the nomination “Public”. The organizer of a competition is "The European institute of innovations and policy". The official awards ceremony will be held in November in Vienna city administration (Austria). Cooperation between Council of youth policy and the mayor's office of Community Pazardzhik has been developing since 2016. For this period more than eighty youth actions, seminars and actions are organized. 

Preservation of historical heritage 
For preservation of historical and architectural heritage the city administration of Bezier has made the decision to redeem the house of family of Shapp, known in the city. The house built in 1890 which facade is decorated with the figures of caryatids and Atlases created by the famous sculptor Inzhalber has staid thrown within several decades. It is planned to restore the ancient building in the nearest future. 

Downtown Farmers’ Market 
In the sister city of Des Moines opening of the next Farmer market has taken place. Every Saturday of October there will be presented seasonal production of local producers: fresh vegetables and fruit, bakery and confectionery, landing material for garden and kitchen gardens. Annually about 300 farmers and businessmen from 50 cities of Iowa participate the market. On October 27 within closing of the Farmer market, the festive program for children devoted to Hallooing will be organized. 

Day of the People's Republic of China 
China has celebrated on October 1 the main public holiday - Day of the People's Republic of China. It was proclaimed on October 1, 1949. In honor of a celebration in the sister city of Zhenjiang festive actions have taken place, streets are decorated by national flags and fresh with flowers, there are colorful fireworks. Because of ling holidays many residents have an opportunity to visit the family and friends living in other cities. 

Celebration of the Teachers' Day 
In the capital of Armenia a number of the festive events devoted to the celebration of the Teachers' Day are organized. Leaders of the mayor’s office of the city have congratulated teachers on a professional holiday, having wished them good health, professional achievements and success. The awards ceremony to winners of a competition for the best director, teacher and tutor of year of Yerevan was held. All winners have been handed certificates of honor of the mayor of Yerevan and gifts.

Changzhou International Forum on Sci-Tech & Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation 
On September 28 of this year in Changzhou International Forum on Sci-Tech & Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation has been opened. In thirteen years of work within the forum agreements on realization more than 250 large programs are signed and more than 1200 projects in the sphere of construction and production are reached. In 2018 within the business program more than 60 actions, including exhibitions, seminars, and business meetings have taken place. The reached agreements contributes to social and economic development of the city of Changzhou 


Participation in the international competition on ceramics 
The sculptors of the sister city of Pazardzhik took part in the international competitions on ceramics "Fire Flowers", which took place in Yalta from 4 to 17 September this year. Teams from Russia, Bulgaria, India, Uzbekistan and Ukraine were represented in the competition. The best competitive works from ceramics are in Nikitsky botanical garden of the city-resort of Yalta. The Sculpture of participants from the city of Pazardzhik "Tree of Knowledge" based on biblical legends won a prestigious prize. 

City-developing plans 
The city administration of Bezier published plans for development of the city for the next three years. By 2021 in the downtown the new land parking on 300 places will be built. Builders promise to create the building which will become one of modern symbols of the city. Also there will appear a new hotel complex on 27 numbers, a campus which will unite four educational institutions and a hostel on 200 places and also a house for elderly people. The embankment near city port expects restoration. Besides, two "tourist" places of Bezier – the Southern channel and the Acropolis will be connected by an "easy sheaf". The system of elevators which provides access to historical and cultural monuments for all will be built. 

Manufacturing Day 
October 5, 2018 in the sister city of Des Moines a number of actions devoted to Manufacturing Day will be organized. The main objective is to attract attention of the population to manufacturing profession, to inform on the possible prospects of career development at the industrial enterprises. The organization of presentations of large plants and companies, excursions with demonstration of hi-tech production, professional focused master classes is supposed. Large manufacturing enterprises will open their doors for pupils of schools and students of professional and higher educational institutions. 

Holiday of the middle fall 
On September 24 in the sister city of Zhenjiang the Holiday of the middle fall (Lunar festival) took place, it promotes maintaining traditions of national culture. Public organizations of the sister city prepared the charity events directed to involvement of physically disabled people. Within the holiday culinary master classes in production of the Chinese cookies traditionally prepared during the Lunar festival were held. 

Acquaintance with the Smart City program 
From September 10 to September 16 the official delegation of the Republic of Armenia with the representative of Centre of management technologies of Erevan in it visited the city of Hangzhu, People's Republic of China. The visit purpose was the acquaintance with the modern decisions of the concept Smart City developed by the Dahua Technologies Company. Representatives of the Armenian delegation visited production of the company, the centers of the municipal government in which the systems created by the company function and got acquainted with the principles of their work. The agreement on implementation of pilot projects in Yerevan in certain directions of the Smart City program was reached. 

Participation in the National trade fair of agricultural production and technologies 
There was the National trade fair of agricultural production and technologies in the city of Nanjing in September, 2018. Twelve enterprises of the sister city of Changzhou participated in it. In exhibition halls more than 30 types of the food of the highest standards to qualities and made according to modern technologies in the city of Changzhou were presented. Production of the companies of the sister city was in great demand. Participation promoted public awareness of local producers, sales market expansion and also establishment of business contacts.


Victory in the Majorette Sport World Cup
On September 11, 2018 the press conference devoted to a victory of representatives of Misteriya club of the sister city in the Majorette Sport World Cup was organized in the mayor's office of Community Pazardzhik. The international competitions took place during the period from August 21 to August 25 in the city of Prague (the Czech Republic). The mayor of Pazardzhik congratulated participants on a deserved victory and noted the work and achievements of youth of the sister city. 

Pictures - optical illusions on Bezier's streets
For attraction of tourists and for decoration of the city 14 anamorphosis drawings are placed in the territory of Bezier. These optical illusions located on pavements, sidewalks and squares are drawn in such a way that creates illusory prospect and also draws special attention of inhabitants and tourists. Anamorphosis is created by on-stage performance group from the city of Montpellier. Creation of the drawings borrows the master artist from one to two days.

Projects on offenses prevention 
On September 17 of this year in the art gallery of the sister city of Des Moines public hearings at which programs and projects on prevention of violence and improvement of interaction with law enforcement agencies were submitted for discussion of the public. Participants of the event had an opportunity to discuss each idea, express the opinion and choose the best. The Bridging the Gap project assuming an integrated approach to the solution of problems at interaction of the management of the city, representatives of business community and the public was submitted. The projects with the maximum number of votes will be submitted for consideration of Des Moines City Council.

Military trainings at the universities 
Since the beginning of the academic year the program for military training of freshmen has started at the universities of the sister city of Zhenjiang. Studies will be continued within two weeks. During this time students will get acquainted with many aspects of military science and issues of national defense, will be engaged in sports trainings. Participation in actions will promote integration of pupils in public life of the university. 

Anniversary festival "Rural Life and Traditions" 
In the capital of Armenia there has taken place the 5th anniversary festival "Rural Life and Traditions". Within the program of actions the wide range of farmer products of more than 200 local and foreign producers has been presented to inhabitants and guests of Yerevan. This year representatives of Georgia, Iran, Lebanon participated in the festival. The "Organic Armenia" pavilions presenting organic agriculture of Armenia were of particular interest. The festival promoted not only new business contacts and exchange of work experience, but also further development of tourism.

Visit of students from South Korea
Since 1999 twinning relations of the cities of Namyangdzhu, South Korea, and Changzhou in the sphere of economy, trade, culture and education have been successfully developing. Interaction in the sphere of youth educational exchanges is effectively carried out. In September of this year Changzhou was visited by group of 16 pupils of the city of Namyangdzhu. Within the visit school students have examined educational process in educational institutions, have participated in a flag raising ceremony, master classes in calligraphy and national dishes cooking, and have visited local sights and the museums. The leaders of the sister city of Changzhou paid special attention to the importance of establishment of friendly contacts among younger generation as future messengers of friendship.


Large ecological action

On September 15 of this year the ecological action in collecting of garbage "Clean Bulgaria together" started in the sister city of Pazardzhik. It is one of the largest volunteer projects in Bulgaria directed to improvement of an ecological situation in the country. Just in the region of Pazardzhik 80 objects for cleaning are defined: historical and cultural monuments, forest territories, stadiums, resort areas, squares, playgrounds, etc. 

European days of historical heritage

In the sister city of Bezier the European days of historical heritage will take place from September 15 to September 16, 2018. In this regard free visit of public historical buildings, parks, theaters, museums, libraries is provided. The eventful program of city actions is planned including meetings with the famous writers, artists and sculptors, and thematic conferences. In cathedrals and churches excursions, concerts of classical music and church singing, a photo exhibit will be organized. 

Junior Olympic Games of the Union of amateur athletes

In the sister city of Des Moines the Junior Olympic Games-2018 organized by the Union of amateur athletes came to the end. This year about 14000 young athletes from all the USA took part in fifteen sports competitions: track and field athletics, rope jumping, fight, swimming, field hockey, tae kwon do, karate, etc. Competitions were followed by a multidimensional entertainment program. The action is organized in the capital of the State of Iowa for the fifth time and enjoys interest of inhabitants, and city visitors.

Celebration of the Teachers' Day

September 10 of this year in China is traditionally celebrated in honor of all educators. As the public holiday the Teachers' Day was recognized in 1985. In Zhenjiang festive events were held, awards ceremonies of the best representatives of this profession were organized. Pupils thanked teachers and prepared creative congratulations. the most interesting was  "The most beautiful teacher" competition with its winner Zhenjiang pupils took pictures with pleasure.

Photo exhibition "Yerevan from the eyes of residents" 

At the beginning of September of this year in the foyer of the mayor's office of the sister city of Yerevan the photo exhibition "Yerevan from the eyes of residents" devoted to 2800-year anniversary of foundation of the capital of Armenia was opened. At a ceremony of opening there were city leaders and famous artists, photographers and the invited guests. The pictures of Yerevan taken at different times are presented at an exhibition. 

Best demonstration platforms of production services

The commission on development and reforms of the Province of Jiangsu announced the best demonstration platforms of production services which had included four industrial parks of the city of Changzhou. On the basis of innovative industrial zones the continuous process  with various production phases and further product sales including design, testing, certification, research and development, production, management, financing, logistics, sale and also training of professionals is created. More than one thousand companies of various fields of activity are involved in clusters.


Exhibition in the city of Pazardzhik

In Nicol Furnadzhiyev regional library of the sister city of Pazardzhik there was an opening of the exhibition devoted to the 85 anniversary of the famous Bulgarian historian, the Honorable Pazardzhik Citizen Alexander Arnaudov at which scientific works and articles of the author were presented. Throughout a long time the local historian worked in the Regional historical museum, researched cultural heritage of the region. A. Arnaudov is a coauthor of the encyclopedia "Pazardzhik", awarded with the order of Kirill and Mefodiy of Republic of Bulgaria.

Events of "Avenues of Associations of the City of Bezier"

The annual city-wide campaign of "Avenues of associations of the city of Bezier" will take place on September 8 of this year on Paul's Avenues Rick. This year representatives of 270 associations of the city of Bezier will show the achievements in the welfare sphere and also in the field of environment protection. In the program of actions there will be the speech of the mayor Bezier, acquaintance with information placed at stands of associations and also various performances and the presentations. Also in the city hall "Zinga Zanga" a concert of orchestra of John Seyntbor will be held. 

Graduation Walk program

In the sister city of Des Moines the socially oriented program "Graduation Walk" directed to motivation of graduates of schools and pupils who dropped schools to receiving further education is implemented. During the project meetings with members of Des Moines City council, representatives of municipality and business communities with pupils of middle and high school are organized within which they will discuss need of further education and possible ways of support, for example, granting soft loans on training. Also about 300 volunteers and 150 pupils of Des Moines public schools will visit families of students for holding preventive talks.

"Great Process" photo exhibition

At the end of August of this year in the main library of the sister city of Zhenjiang the photo exhibition "Great Process" devoted to the 40 anniversary of reforms and openness in People's Republic of China was opened. On the exposition there are achievements of China, in economy and culture, public affairs for the last forty years. Special attention is paid to the prospects of further development and also influence of reforms on the Chinese society.  

Events devoted to the beginning of school year 

On Knowledge Day at all municipal schools of the sister city of Yerevan festive actions were organized. On the occasion of the 1st of September the mayor's office of Yerevan prepared an excursion on sights of the capital of Armenia. there was also an entertainment music and sport program.
Participation in the competition "WorldSkills"

At the end of August of this year in the sister city of Changzhou two colleges were selected as national educational bases for preparation for 45 World Championship on professional skill "WorldSkills". Only 7 students from Changzhou are in National training team of China. In Changzhou Technician College the industrial machinery assembly project will be made. On the basis of Jiangsu Urban and Rural Construction College concrete construction projects will be developed. The international competition in which young professionals from around the world participate will take place in Kazan in 2019.


The sports achievements of the sister city of Pazardzhik

The World Championship on majorettes sport took place in the period from 21 to 25 August, 2018 in the city of Prague (Czech Republic). Representatives from Bulgaria, Russia, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Poland and other countries took part in the competition. More than a thousand numbers of the contest program were presented to the jury. The performance of the sportsmen of the club "Mystery" of the city of Pazardzhik was at the very high level. Despite the great competition the representatives of the sister city became world champions on majorettes sport. The winners of the competitions were awarded with diplomas and memorable souvenirs.

Cultural and sport events in Beziers

The sport and cultural life of the sister city of Beziers is dynamic and diverse.
The famous group of bikers "Brescoudos" will visit the city and perform with a motor show on the Alleys of Paul Riquet on September 1, 2018.
The exhibition of the artist Henri Tevio will open in Beziers in the period from 03 to 15 September during which the artist will present his own concept of creativity.

The implementation of the project on creation safe, comfortable living environment

The project «Connect Downtown East Grand Avenue Pilot Project» aimed at creating a safer, more comfortable and affordable living environment is being implemented on the initiative of the City Hall of the sister city of Des Moines. The main objectives of the project are optimization the routes for all kind of transport, improving roads and sidewalks, creating new parking spaces. A special attention is paid to the safety of cyclists and pedestrians as well as to the reduction of transit time through the city center.

The measures on evacuation abandoned vehicles

A number of measures on solving important for China problem of abandoned vehicles which hamper traffic, clutter streets and parking spaces, impair the ecology and image of the city were realized in the sister city of Zhenjiang. To solve this problem in Zhenjiang the evacuation of unclaimed cars from traffic areas was organized and parking spaces were inspected. Some cars will be sold at auction.

The gift of the Japanese artist on the occasion of 2800th anniversary of Yerevan 

According to the request of the representatives of Yerevan a well-known Japanese professor, artist Kunito Nagaoka, who arrived on the occasion of the 2800th anniversary of the capital of Armenia, made a copy of the Urartian cuneiform. This cuneiform is a "passport" of Yerevan and is kept in the historical and archaeological museum "Erebuni". A copy of one of the ancient khachkars (a stone stela with a carved cross image) which are kept in the museum of the history of Yerevan was also made with the use of traditional Chinese techniques, in addition to cuneiform. The Japanese art critic noted that the ancient values of Yerevan are unique works of art. The professor presented copies of cuneiform and khachkar to the Yerevan history museum and the historical and archaeological museum "Erebuni".

The Harvest Festival

The Chinese government announced the Harvest Festival, which will be held on the Day of Autumn Equinox (September 23). A lot of events and exhibitions will be organized in the sister city of Changzhou within the framework of which it is planned to demonstrate the harvest of agricultural products, the last achievements in the field of agriculture as well as the creativity of modern farmers. It is expected that the agricultural event will attract great attention to the conduct of agricultural work, accelerate the implementation of the strategy of agricultural development in China and will contribute to strengthening the viability of rural areas.


Music festival in Pazardzhik

With the financial support of the municipality of the Pazardzhik Community in the period from September 7 to September 9, 2018  the V music festival "Plus Festival" will be held in the sister city, in which famous musicians of Bulgaria will take part. During the existence of the festival more than 100 foreign and Bulgarian performers participated in it. 250 volunteers took part in the preparation and organization. Concerts were attended by more than 20 thousand residents and guests of the sister city.

Festive events devoted to Bezier's freedom from fascist troops

In the city of Bezier the festive events devoted to freedom of the city from fascist troops in the years of the II World War were organized on August 22, 2018. In the city park "Plateau of Poets" there was a wreath-laying ceremony to the stele to the civil victims of war. For inhabitants and city visitors festivities were organized. There were salutes in the evening sky.

International Food and Music Festival 

During the period from September 14 to September 16, 2018 in the sister city of Des Moines there will be the XIV annual international festival which unites producers of food and musicians from 25 countries of the world and regions of the country. More than 50 suppliers of food products will participate in an action. Shows of the famous musicians and also concerts of the popular local groups and ensembles presenting authentic music will take place. Within the charity event participants of the festival will prepare more than 60 000 sets of products to be transferred to the families in difficult life situations.

Reconstruction of educational institutions 

In the sister city of Zhenjiang large-scale reconstruction of educational institutions is carried out. The territory of elementary and high schools is improved. Much attention is paid to gardening, arrangement of sports grounds and stadiums, re-equipment of creative workshops. Also office buildings and educational classes are repaired. All repair work is planned to finish by September, 2018. 

The Best Sports Family competition 2018

In the sister city of Yerevan at the main stadium of Tsakhkadzorsky Olympic sport center the Best Sports Family competition 2018 was held, in which victory was won the seventh year in a row by team of the capital of Armenia. When summing up competitions the importance of participation of athletes with limited capacities was emphasized. Participants of competitions from the different cities of the country were awarded by certificates of honor and souvenirs. The cup of the winner was transferred to storage to the museum of history of Yerevan.

"Root Seeking" Summer Camp 

In the sister city of Changzhou the 11-day-long "Root Seeking" Summer Camp came to the end. A main objective of the project is attraction to national culture as the basis of education of younger generation in China. For the last eight years the international summer camp has accepted more than 600 foreign teenagers of the Chinese origin. Participants of the program get acquainted with history of the people and cultural traditions, visit local sights, the museums, exhibitions and theaters.


International Badminton Tournament

In the period from 09 to 12 August of this year in the sister city of Pazardzhik the 11th International Badminton Tournament was held. The organizers of the event were the municipality of the Pazardzhik Community, the National Badminton Federation and the sister city badminton sports club. More than 160 athletes from twenty-five countries took part in the competition. The greatest number of medals was won by athletes from Russia.

Sunday organ concerts

‘Friends of Organ Music’ Association of the sister city of Beziers organized weekly Sunday organ concerts in the cathedral of Saint Nazaire. Famous French organists from Paris, Toulouse, Montpellier and Bézier are taking part in the concerts of this event. They have proved themselves at the national and international levels. Organ compositions will be accompanied by a clarinet and a trumpet.

Farm Market Week
In order to develop small business in the city of Des Moines, the traditional opening of the "week of farming markets" took place. This event allows the novice entrepreneurs to establish connection with farms, and the farm owners to find new suppliers for the sale of products. The increase in demand for products of this type of production allows supporting more than 165 thousand small and medium-sized farms throughout the country.

Road route Guangtan reconstruction is over

In the sister city of Zhenjiang, the reconstruction of the road route of Guangtan, connecting the cities of Shanghai and Zhenjiang, is completed. The length of the route about 5 km and it has eight lanes in both directions. The design of the road does not provide for the establishment of traffic lights what and the traffic is high-speed. In order to safely move in the dark, the roadside is brightly lit.

International Youth Day celebration

Within the framework of the program "Yerevan Summer 2018" in the sister city of Yerevan, the International Youth Day was celebrated. The City Hall administration organized a disco "Young Yerevan", as well as a contest-festival in which famous pop singers and dance ensembles from Georgia, Russia and Iran took part. For spectators who took part in the event games there were offered some tours to famous resorts of Armenia.

Innovative technology introduction

In order to ensure safety in the sister city of Changzhou, an innovative face recognition system was installed at railway stations. This advanced system allows police units to receive alerts about wanted persons within 10 minutes after they hit the camera lens. Innovative technology significantly contributes to the work of local authorities, as well as the police.

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