Johnson, Fudadin put Jaguars on top

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Out-of-favour West Indies left-hander Leon Johnson missed out on a hundred but another Test discard, Assad Fudadin, was within reach of triple figures, as leaders Guyana Jaguars dominated day two of their fourth-round contest against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force here yesterday.At the close at Queen’s Park Oval, the visitors were 233 for three, a lead of only 23 runs but with seven wickets still intact heading into the pivotal day three.Fudadin was unbeaten on 94 while Johnson struck 90 and veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul 22 not out, as Jaguars batted the entire day to consolidate their position in the Regional First Class Championship game.Resuming the day on nine without loss in reply to Red Force’s 210, Jaguars had the worst possible start when they lost Shimron Hetmyer in the day’s third over without adding to his overnight seven, leg before wicket to seamer Marlon Richards at 10 for one.However, that was the end of the immediate success for Red Force as Fudadin and Johnson combined in a 138-run, second-wicket stand to put Jaguars in control.AT GRENADA NATIONAL STADIUM: Barbados Pride, leading Windward Islands Volcanoes by 117 runs on first innings, were 30 for two at the close.ScoresPRIDE 296 (Kyle Corbin 68, Shamarh Brooks 51, Kemar Brathwaite 46, Roston Chase 35; Liam Sebastien 4-68, Dalton Polius 3-30, Shane Shillingford 3-94) and 30 for two.VOLCANOES 179 (Liam Sebastien 40; Alston Bobb 40; Kevin Stoute 4-30, Miguel Cummins 3-42, Ashey Nurse 2-31).last_img read more

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Deputy Karl Dimaculangan named new Lady Warriors head coach

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Athletic director Rod Roque, who served as the team’s interim head coach midway through the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, said Saturday that assistant coach Karl Dimaculangan will be take over the team for Season 81.Roque said school management wanted him to stay as the team’s permanent head coach but he opted to push for Dimaculangan’s promotion while he stayed as the Lady Warriors and the Red Warriors’ consultant.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“The management didn’t want me to leave the team altogether and they wanted me to be the permanent head coach,” said Roque in Filipino after UE played its last game in Season 80, a four-set loss to University of the Philippines, 14-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-23 at Blue Eagle Gym.“I told them that I will think about it so I opted to become the consultant.” Racela believes Romeo more than just scoring: ‘He’s one of best passers in the PBA’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments University of the East is ushering a new era for the Lady Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Roque, who led the Lady Warriors to their two victories this season to finish with a 2-11 record, added that the current players won’t have the strength of tenure as UE will have a new slate starting May 1.“I told them that they will all try out after April 30 because their stay with the team, for this season, is until April 30 only,” said Roque. “They will try out for their new system and for their new head coach.”“They have to do their best because there might be some new players who will arrive to the team that will be better than them. If they want to stay with the team they will have to prove that they belong with the team.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Pathologist gives evidence

first_img“Picture Boy’s” trialAs the trial for “Picture Boy” continued in the High Court, Government Forensic Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh and Deputy SuperintendentDead: Ray “Sugar” WalcottMichael Kingston took to the witness stand on Friday to give evidence.Cyon “Picture Boy” Collier is accused of killing two brothers – Ray Walcott, also known as “Sugar”, and Carl Andrews, also known asAccused Cyon “Picture Boy” Collier“Alo”; both of Victoria Village, East Coast Demerara (ECD) in 2006.Dr Singh in his testimony described what he found and submitted in his medical report for Walcott and Andrews.According to the Pathologist, Walcott would have succumbed as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. “The body had a large open wound to the forehead causing loss of brain matter,” Dr Singh told the court, pointing out all of the bones in the head were fractured.A second hole was discovered in the abdomen where a bullet entered and exited through the left side of the chest while another wound was visible at the base of the skull and exited through the back of the neck.In addition to those gunshot wounds, Dr Singh pointed out two parallel wounds entering from the elbow and leaving through the wrists with a number of grazed marks about the body, some of which could be caused by pebbles on the road or broken glass.Dr Singh said he was not a ballistic specialist and it was no way he could have determined the type of weapon used but from his knowledge, the injuries had to be caused by a rifle and not a shotgun.Defence Counsel Lyndon Amsterdam questioned the Pathologist about the possibility of a person being shot in the arm at a reasonable distance and not have any broken bones based on the fact that Walcott was shot in the elbow and no bones were broken in the arm; however Dr Singh deemed it a possibility.Upon examination of Carl Andrews, Dr Singh discovered three bullet wounds and several abrasions about the body caused by bullets.Dead: Carl AndrewsThe external examination showed a wound to the right cheek near the eye while a second showed an entrance from the lower right back and a third to the face.The bullet entering the back, according to Dr Singh, would have travelled upwards and pierced the right lung and fracturing the first rib before lodging in the chest cavity where he discovered it during the autopsy examination.The fractured rib, in Dr Singh’s opinion may have been the cause of the exit hole below the neck with a fragment of bone coming through the opening.This is the third trial Collier stands accused of murdering the two brothers in Victoria Village, ECD on September 23, 2006. Reports are a group of young men were playing dominoes at the Victoria four-corner when the two brothers were allegedly shot by the accused, who rode up on a motorcycle.The brothers were rushed to hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival. The trial continues on Monday.last_img read more

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$ Development < $ Underdevelopment

first_imgNot to confuse our readers, the meaning of our title is that development is less expensive than underdevelopment. In other words, underdevelopment is in fact more costly than development. Take the private sector, for example. Company X earned gross revenues of US$100,000 in the year ending December 31, 2014. This company is owned by Liberians who are not sitting around waiting for government jobs, but have taken the entrepreneurial risk to go into business. Cost of goods sold and services rendered amounted to US$90,000. That means Company X only realized profits of US$10,000 in 2014. Company X is very efficiently run; but one solitary cost item sucks its profit margin dry. Fuel, used to generate electricity. This accounts for US$30,000 of the company’s budget per annum. The country in which it operates does not produce electricity. Home and business owners use what they can afford – anything from candles to diesel. Had affordable electricity been available, Company X projects that it could be doing at least 20% more business, which means hiring more workers (creating more jobs) and widening its profit margins. Multiply that by 10,000 Liberian businesses, and this amounts to tangible economic growth that does not require the manipulation of the numbers. A Liberian banking official recently told the Daily Observer that his bank is presently caught between a rock and a hard place, as are most banks operating in the country. In order to compete in the banking sector, his bank wants to begin offering debit cards. However, the servers that will keep the system operational 24/7 will need to be powered 24/7. In the absence of affordable electricity, that would be a major expenditure that the bank may not be able to afford. In business, the logical thing to do would be to pass the cost on to the customer; but if said cost is too high, customers may opt for a competitor who offers the same service for less. So if Bank X charges customers US$5 per debit card transaction while Bank Z charges US$4, customers may opt for Bank Z unless Bank X offers other services that offset the cost and appeal to customers, causing them to stay. This banking official said that even foreign based banks operating here in Liberia are feeling the pinch of high energy costs; but for them, high profit margins in other markets absorb the losses incurred in Liberia. Unfortunately for small and medium-sized Liberian businesses, they do not have the luxury of subsidiaries that can absorb losses. As such, SMEs and large corporations alike struggle despite their best efforts to stay afloat.It applies across the board. Bad roads (underdevelopment) make business and private cars much more expensive to maintain and own. Bad roads also make transportation much more difficult, hence expensive. Business owners then have to pass the cost on to customers and the price of food skyrockets. How does this relate to development? If an enabling environment is created to enable businesses to thrive, they will. If, due to the availability of affordable electricity, the cost of doing business is lower, the prices of goods and services, especially essentials such as food and water, will also be lower for consumers, who may then opt buy more. Businesses will themselves be empowered to expand and pay taxes into government coffers. In this way, development (affordable electricity) is less expensive and more profitable than underdevelopment for businesses, consumers and government alike.Underdevelopment becomes even more unprofitable for governments from a legacy standpoint and from a stability standpoint. An administration that leaves a country underdeveloped will be judged very harshly in the annals of history. Every cabinet minister and executive who worked in that administration will be judged accordingly. Stability-wise, it is no secret in underdeveloped nations that when the level of underdevelopment reaches the critical point where it threatens citizen’s ability to feed their families, the perception of corruption takes over and anger sets in. The rest is effectively what we call history.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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“I took my first step in 9 years” – Uttamkumar Isurdeen

first_imgUttamkumar Isurdeen walking with orthosis support which has restored his mobilityThirty-four-year-old, father of one, Uttamkumar Isurdeen is a person living with a disability after he was involved in a vehicular accident in 2010. He suffered tremendous damaged to his spinal cord and has been using a wheelchair ever since to assist with his mobility.On April 12, 2019, Isurdeen confidently testified that he took his first step in nine years. This was after an intervention was made through the collaboration of the Public Health Ministry with PAHO/WHO and ProsthetiKa, an international agency with the mission of restoring mobility to persons without it.Collaborators started work at the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre to provide orthotics by utilising multidisciplinary measures to address spinal injuries and abnormalities.A prosthetic brace was made to support Isurdeen’s hips, knees, ankles and feet to assist with relative moment. He remarked that the intervention has changed his life and “it is only the beginning.’Isurdeen in an interview with Department of Public Information (DPI) recalled the accident when he was in the front passenger seat of a minibus which was being driven at a reckless rate, causing the vehicle to flip several times seriously injuring the passengers on board.“Since then, up until now, I thought it was a huge setback. However, I didn’t think about giving up despite there was no advanced technology which would help me to walk again. But, today is the day after nine years I took my first set of steps. It was a breakthrough for me to get a brace, to stand up,” he said.Jon Batzdorff, President of ProsthetiKa said, “we made this HKAFO, Hip, Knee, Ankle, Foot Orthosis and it was a big job, everybody worked on this job. So, he put it on and was ready to try it to stand up independently. He stood and waved… that was another victory.”According to Batzdorff, the project changes people’s lives, and they are happy to have given Isurdeen the opportunity to be mobile again. This service offered by ProsthetiKa is provided free of charge to beneficiaries. These braces could amount to hundreds of thousands of Guyana dollars.The ProsthetiKa’s President said he never expected for Isurdeen to be walking on the very first day after trying the brace. He noted that minor adjustments would be made which will allow him to walk more ably with support from the orthosis.Isurdeen said that he is soon to begin a new job in an administrative capacity and is quite excited to be working again since the orthosis will play a major role in his new job. He shared that while using the wheelchair for mobility, he kept himself active by being heavily involved in sports, particularly in 5k and 10k races that are hosted around the country, along with other athletic activities. Isurdeen said that his wife and his nine-year-old son remain his source of support and motivation.“I want others who might have been injured, to be able to join this programme and be more improved than I am,” Isrudeen said.last_img read more

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Govt “not threatened” by new political parties – PNC

first_imgIn light of the establishment of several new political parties, one of the two largest traditional parties, People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) is claiming that it is not threatened by these new entries into the political scene.The PNCR is the largest party in the five-member A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) alliance, which has managed to pull in the Alliance For Change (AFC), which it coalesced with in 2015 to get into office.“You have to look at the fact that we’re a mass-based party. Some of the emerging parties are small-based parties, might be middle-class to upper-class parties and we believe that is a combat divider. We don’t see them as a major threat,” PNCR’s executive member retired Rear Admiral Gary Best said at the party’s weekly press conference on Friday.He was at the time responding to questions on the implications these small parties can have on the traditional voting patterns in Guyana.According to the PNCR executive, the formation of these new parties emerging in communities is not only necessary and good for local democracy but can also work in favour of the APNU in the future.“The President [David Granger] has made it very clear – and that’s the leader of our party – that coalition politics is here to stay. So the extent to which other parties are being formed is the extent to which the David Granger-led party would be concerned but not from a negative perspective. But to see how broad the coalitions can be in the future. We don’t see them as a negative or combat divider. We see them as a combat multiplier once the platform they’re on is similar to the platform of the APNU/AFC. We see that as progress within the country,” Best stressed.He went on to point out that these new parties entering the scene brings nothing new to the table that has not been raised before.“There is no track record on these new groups that have emerged… Because when you look at the platform of the CI party [Citizenship Initiative which was launched on Thursday], it has nothing there that are[nt] already core principles of the PNCR. So they haven’t invented anything new,” the PNCR executive contended.The PNCR-led APNU also comprises of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Justice For All Party (JFAP), National Front Alliance (NFA) and the Guyana Action Party (GAP).Earlier this week it was revealed by APNU Leader, President David Granger, that the partnership is in talks with one of the new small parties – Liberty and Justice Party (LJP) which was founded by former Indigenous leader, Lenox Shuman.The former Toshao of St Cuthbert’s Mission and former Vice Chair of the National Toshaos Council said he has approached the various political parties for discussions.Granger told reporters on Wednesday that “We’re looking for common ground, we’re looking for areas of convergence… Mr Shuman has given me the assurance that, you know, there’re areas of convergence between the Liberty and Justice Party (LJP) and what he thinks the APNU stands for”.Nevertheless, no actual agreement has been made by the two sides but they are expected to have another meeting sometime this month.According to reports, Shuman said he will be doing a final analysis before making any decision on possibly coalescing with other parties.However, the PNCR executive said at Friday’s press conference that the partnership is open to more members who share the same policy vision.last_img read more

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Deadline looming for property assessment appeals

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — 2016 has started with confirmation of the shock many B.C. property owners received at the close of 2015: a massive increase in property value assessments.However, spokesman Jason Grant has issued BC Assessment’s annual caution that dramatic changes in assessment value don’t necessarily translate into the same percentage increases in property taxes.- Advertisement -In this jurisdiction, Fort St. John has seen an average change of six per cent, but Mayor Lori Ackerman notes that’s for single family dwelling assessed values only, and she also notes:As for impact on tax rates, the Mayor says that’s still the subject of City Council deliberations, and public consultation and again we note a public meeting on the 2016 Operating Budget has been set for next Monday, Jan. 11, beginning at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers.Meantime, again this year, a BC Assessment representative will make a presentation to Council, and that’s scheduled for the Jan. 25 regular meeting.last_img read more

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Snowfall record hit on May long weekend

first_imgHowever, when you now add to the total, the 44.7 millimetres posted so far this month, and the 37.1e recorded in March, it leaves the amount for the first five months of the year, only six millimetres below the norm.In addition, local airport records show a precedent for much more, since Friday is the 37th anniversary of the areas’ heaviest ever one day May rainfall post, of 49.8 millimeters, in 1979. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The month of May has again lived up to its weather reputation in this region with record one day snowfall and precipitation amounts on Friday pushing monthly totals well past the norms.The local airport weather station posted 19.4 centimetres of snow on Friday, and along with 1.2 millimetres of rain, that lifted the precipitation total to 20.6 millimetres.The previous May 20th records were 18.8 millimetres of precipitation and only 1.6 centimetres of snow.- Advertisement -In addition when the Friday numbers were added to those posted Thursday, it resulted in two day snowfall and precipitation totals of 20.2 centimetres and 33.2 millimetres.The latter was more than three and half times the amount of precipitation recorded at the airport station in the previous 18 days of this month, and it left the year-to-date total at 44.7 millimetres, nearly seven more than the May norm of 37.9. Three of the first four months of 2016, have resulted in below average precipitation amounts, which together are 25 millimetres less than their collective average.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Boat family finds benefactors years later

first_img“The government finally set up a refugee camp for us, and that’s where we lived for nine months until the Red Cross came and told us we had sponsors in America.” Their sponsors were families in a Havurah – friendship group – from Temple Judea in Tarzana. Jerry and Melba Nedler, Barbara and Jack Turk, Caroline and Arthur Lieber, and others. They watched the evening TV news and read newspaper stories about the poor boat people trying to escape a certain death. They knew they had to do more than just shake their heads and say, what a shame. “They stayed with us for about two months,” Jerry Nedler said Friday. “With the other families in our Havurah, we helped them adjust to their new country and become acclimated to a life of freedom and hope. “My wife, Melba, found Phuong a job, and Barrie, my oldest daughter, took the boys to see their first swimming pool on the CSUN campus, where she was a student. “Lee, our son, took them to the mall to show them what that was like, and Beth, my youngest daughter, helped them learn English watching TV with them. “After about two months, they decided they wanted to move closer to other Vietnamese families living in the North Hills area. Melba and Carolyn Lieber helped them find a new place to live, and we went back to a normal existence.” Until two weeks ago. After failing to find the Nedler home on Shoup – it was actually on Bessemer Street, just off Shoup – Peter thought his search had come to a dead end. He had already hired an immigration attorney to help find the family, but that had failed. So had requests to the U.S. State Department to get information under the new Patriot Act about their sponsorship to America. Then something that has kept the Khai family in good stead since they escaped their homeland on that crowded, small boat 28 years ago stepped in again. Luck. “About two weeks ago, I was at a party with some friends who were also boat people, and had been sponsored by a family to come to this country,” Peter said. “One of them had brought their sponsor with them, and I was talking to her about trying to find the people who had sponsored my family so I could thank them personally. “She told me it had been a special program sponsored by two temples in the Valley – Temple Judea and Valley Beth Shalom. That was a Saturday. On Monday, I was on the phone calling them.” Leslie Zimmer didn’t have a clue who Peter Khai was or anything about a woman named Melba. But the secretary to the rabbi at Temple Judea knew a heart-wrenching story when she heard one. She promised the man calling that she would look into the matter. Peter hung up the phone, thinking she didn’t sound too convincing, but 15 minutes later his phone rang. It was Leslie. “I did some research and found out that the only Melba it could have been was Melba Nedler, who passed away three years ago,” Leslie said Friday. “I called Jerry to let him know about Peter’s call and to see if I had the right Melba. He said Melba only helped a woman and her two boys so many years ago, and it couldn’t have been the gentleman who called me. “I called up Peter, a little deflated, and explained what Jerry had said. He became emotional as he said, `Yes, that was my mom and I am one of the two children. I was 9 years old at the time.”‘ When Peter called him a few minutes later, Jerry Nedler said he started to cry. “I’ve missed my wife terribly. She had done most of the work to give this family a chance at a new life. That she wasn’t here to see how they had succeeded broke my heart.” Last Sunday, in an emotional reunion, Peter, his wife, Linda, and their four children, along with his brother, Jerry – an LAUSD teacher – returned to the home on Bessemer Street that had welcomed them to America 28 years ago. Their mother was in San Jose visiting family and could not make it. But she will reunite with the sponsor families at the temple later this month. The Turks and the Liebers were there last Sunday, and so was Leslie Zimmer, the rabbi’s secretary who knew a great story when she heard one. “You know you always hear the stories of people helping others through terrible times, but you never hear the follow-up,” she said. Now you have. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityHis name was Tuan Khai back then, and he was 9. His brother, Trung, was 6. Like Peter, he would also take an American first name, Jerry, when he became a U.S. citizen in 1989. It made it easier going through school and assimilating in their new country now that their old country was gone for them. They were Vietnamese boat people. For two weeks, the boys and their mother survived choppy seas with 200 refugees in a boat built for 50 to escape the wrath of the victorious Viet Cong. “We eluded pirates and all sorts of dangerous circumstances before we found land in Malaysia,” says Peter, now a successful Canoga Park business executive. “Malaysian officials didn’t want to take in any more refugees from Vietnam, so they used force to keep us out. But the adults on the boat, beaten and hurt, knew the terror of the open seas, and forced their way onto land. Peter Khai drove up and down Shoup Avenue in Woodland Hills trying to find the home of the family who had taken him in 28 years ago when no one else would. All he had was a first name, Melba, and a street name his Vietnamese mother, Phuong, remembered as Soup Street. It had to be Shoup, Peter knew, hoping one of the homes along the busy street would jog his memory, and he could finally say thank you after all these years. “They opened their family and hearts to a widowed mother and two little boys in 1979,” Peter says. “They didn’t have to do that. That memory always stuck with me.” last_img
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FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: ETIC SOLUTIONS GOES INTO LIQUIDATION

first_imgCROOK FRANCOIS DE Dietrich’s company has officially gone bust.Accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers is now asking anyone who had dealings with ETIC Solutions, which had offices Ballybofey in Donegal and in Derry, or Mr de Dietrich, to contact them after appointing liquidators to the firm.Last month the Financial Services Authority (FSA) was granted permission to appoint provisional receivers in the High Court in a bid to protect investors. The FSA earlier obtained court orders to stop any unauthorised activity, freeze £20m and prevent ETIC from making payments. An application to have ETIC Solutions wound up is due to be heard on April 14. In January, de Dietrich was ordered to serve an 18-month prison sentence after he failed to comply with a court order insisting he reveal where his assets were held.He dodged court and police were unable to trace him since, although he released a statement claiming the firm was above board and he would repay all cash owed.The FSA said: “ETIC and Francois de Dietrich were performing activity without our authorisation. If the court finds they were offering financial services without our authorisation, people that invested money with ETIC and/or de Dietrich will not be able to take a complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service or have access to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.”MORE TO FOLLOW FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: ETIC SOLUTIONS GOES INTO LIQUIDATION was last modified: April 3rd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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