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Fixed timelines needed on CCJ orders

By on January 17, 2020

first_imgDear Editor,The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has finally rendered its long-awaited ruling on the two critical constitutional matters pertaining to Guyana and these must be honoured without delay. The CCJ ruled that the No-Confidence Motion was validly passed and elections must be held within ninety days, and the unilateral appointment of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chair was flawed. The court asked (ordered) the lawyers for the two contending parties (really President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo) to meet and suggest a solution on a way forward to honour the rulings and return to court on Monday, June 24, with their recommendations. If the two opposing sides can’t agree, then the court said it is prepared to impose a solution on appointing a GECOM Chair. The key aspect of the ruling is if the two sides can’t agree, the court will impose a ruling. This means for sure, Patterson will be replaced by the CCJ, and quickly, so within a few days of June 24. It also means that the CCJ will fix a date for elections within three months.Since the No-Confidence Motion was validly passed, then the ninety days rule must kick in. Parliament must be considered to be dissolved as of today and the President must announce a date for elections, latest by September 24 (the date the court issues a final declaration on its judgment if not September 18, the date of judgment). The Government acts as caretakers until the results of the next elections. There can be no new business transactions.Since the appointment of James Patterson as Chair of GECOM was flawed and illegal, then he must do the honourable thing (as a former Judge would do) and resign and the President must appoint someone from the lists submitted by Jagdeo. Failing to do so, the President must revoke his appointment. The CCJ mandates there must be consultation between the President and Opposition Leader on an appointee or a list of prospective nominees from which the President appoints one as Chair. The Opposition Leader (OL) and the President should immediately meet (consultation as required by the Constitution) on resolving this issue. The OL should submit a list of six names or have them ready to submit to the court. Since there was consultation before on the last two lists (12 names) submitted by Jagdeo, the OL can choose six names from those lists for the President to appoint one as Chair. Patterson was not among the nominees on any list. He must, therefore, go. His failure to leave will be seen as defying the court and a moral defeat for those who brought the case against his flawed appointment. Besides those legal and moral points, very few Guyanese have confidence in Patterson to supervise free and fair elections. His replacement must be done urgently by the time the CCJ reconvenes on Monday. When the lawyers return to court on Monday, they must have a fixed timeline – when the GECOM Chair will be replaced and the date for elections. If they can’t agree on timelines, then the lawyers should ask the court to impose timelines on replacing Patterson and on a date for elections.Yours truly,Dr Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

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Argentina, Chile stumble, Uruguay on brink in World Cup qualifiers

By on January 10, 2020

first_imgThe results left 2014 World Cup finalists Argentina and reigning Copa America champions Chile outside of the automatic qualifying places and sets up a nail-biting final two rounds of matches next month.Argentina are fifth in the standings with 24 points from 16 games while Chile are sixth with 23 points.The Argentinians — who would face a playoff against New Zealand if they remain fifth — host fourth-placed Peru next month in Buenos Aires before an awkward final game at altitude against Ecuador.Chile meanwhile will face Ecuador in Santiago on October 5, before heading to Brazil for their final qualifier five days later.At the top of the table, Brazil have already qualified and assured themselves of first place. The Brazilians picked up another point on Tuesday with a 1-1 draw against third-placed Colombia in Barranquilla.A spectacular volleyed goal from Willian gave the Brazilians the lead on the stroke of half-time before Colombia clawed back a share of the points with a battling second-half display capped by a headed equaliser from Radamel Falcao.– ‘We must fight’ –Brazil’s Willian (R) celebrates after scoring against Colombia during their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier match in Barranquilla, on September 5, 2017 © AFP / Raul ARBOLEDAIn Buenos Aires, Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli admitted his team had blown a golden opportunity to force themselves into the automatic qualifying places following Chile’s defeat earlier in the day.Sampaoli blamed poor first-half finishing for his side’s failure to take all three points against the Venezuelans.“We have two games left against Peru and Ecuador and we need to win both of them,” Sampaoli said. “We had three chances to score in the first half and everything could have been settled.”“We must continue to fight in attack and give strength to the players.”Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi echoed Sampaoli’s sentiments after watching his side slide to a dispiriting loss in La Paz.“We will fight, we will make the greatest effort possible, we believe that we have the ability to compete with the best and we will try to obtain the results that allow us to qualify,” said Pizzi.Although Chile have a difficult run-in against Ecuador and Brazil, Pizzi said his side had not lost hope.“There are two matches left, I’m going to fight and my players are going to fight, with all the force we have,” Pizzi said.– Uruguay on brink –Uruguay’s Federico Valverde (L) celebrates with teammate Carlos Sanchez after scoring against Paraguay during their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier match in Asuncion, on September 5, 2017 © AFP / DANIEL DUARTEUruguay meanwhile moved to the brink of qualification with a typically combative 2-1 win over Paraguay in Asuncion.Paraguay, riding high after a brilliant 3-0 win over Chile in Santiago last month, were left stunned by two opportunistic Uruguay goals.Federico Valverde fired Uruguay into the lead with a deflected shot on 76 minutes before Luis Suarez then broke clear to set up the visitors second.The Barcelona superstar rounded goalkeeper Anthony Silva and then saw his shot hit the woodwork only to rebound into the net off Gustavo Gomez.Angel Romero pulled a goal back for Paraguay but hopes of a dramatic late fightback came to nothing.The result leaves Uruguay second in the standings with 27 points from 16 games. A win in Venezuela in their next game would see them through to the finals.Seventh-placed Paraguay still have an outside chance of qualification but will probably need to beat Colombia in their next game before wrapping up their campaign against Venezuela.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Venezuela’s Rolf Feltscher (R) argues with Argentina’s Javier Mascherano during their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier match in Buenos Aires, on September 5, 2017 © AFP / ALEJANDRO PAGNIMONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Sep 6 – Argentina and Chile’s World Cup qualification hopes were left on a knife edge Tuesday after the South American heavyweights slipped up once again on the road to next year’s finals in Russia.Argentina needed a second-half own goal to help them snatch a 1-1 draw against already-eliminated Venezuela in Buenos Aires while Chile crashed to a 1-0 defeat against Bolivia in La Paz.last_img read more

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DONEGAL COUPLE CANCELLED DREAM CRUISE ON DOOMED SHIP

By on December 26, 2019

first_imgA Donegal couple who were due to be on the stricken cruise-liner which sank at the weekend cancelled at the last minute.Geraldine and Eamon Crossan from Manorcunningham had due to be on the Costa Concordia when it hit rocks killing at least five people.Geraldine revealed how the couple were due to be boarding the liner in Barcelona today for a dream cruise. However Geraldine told the Shaun Doherty Show on Highland Radio that they had originally planned to travel last week on husband Eamon’s birthday – on Friday the 13th!She said they were left shocked and shaken when contacted on Saturday morning last by their travel agent telling them about the doomed ship.“We had our suitcases packed and we were ready to go. And then on Saturday morning our travel agent contacted us and asked us if we had heard anything about the boat.“We hadn’t and she told us and we couldn’t believe it. We were straight onto the internet to see what had happened and we were shocked,” she said. Mum-of-two Geraldine revealed how the couple aren’t superstitious but had decided not to travel on Friday the 13th.“We were due to travel last week originally because we liked to be away for Eamon’s birthday but we didn’t to put it back a week.“We had a few things on including Eamon’s birthday and we were doing up the house so we didn’t travel. We aren’t superstitious but we might be now,” laughed a relieved Geraldine.The Donegal woman said she was very sad to see what had happened and her thoughts were with all those who had lost loved ones on the boat.However Geraldine said the tragedy would certainly not put her off travelling on cruise ships in future. “We travelled on a cruise last year and we really enjoyed it. You see so many places.“We found it cheap and cheerful and it’s real value for money.“Last weekend’s tragedy certainly wouldn’t put us off but I think it will certainly put some people off,” she said.DONEGAL COUPLE CANCELLED DREAM CRUISE ON DOOMED SHIP was last modified: January 16th, 2012 by StephenShare 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)Tags:Costa ConcordiacruiseGeraldine and Eamon Crossanmanorcunninghamlast_img read more

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Softball Set for Final Week of Regular Season

By on December 24, 2019

first_imgDrake, which is coming off a sweep of Missouri State in a weather-shortened series last weekend, is currently in eighth place in the league standings. Depending on their series outcome and other MVC games this weekend, the Bulldogs can climb as high as sixth place for the tournament. Ahead of Drake currently are the Bears (10-13 MVC) and the Ramblers while Indiana State and Bradley are tied for ninth place with 6-17 records in MVC action. Drake holds final tiebreakers over Bradley, Indiana State and Missouri State. The Braves and the Sycamores will play each other in Peoria, Ill. this weekend while the Bears must travel to Southern Illinois. The Bulldogs then welcome Loyola (26-22, 9-14 MVC) on Saturday for a 12 p.m. doubleheader and then the season-finale and senior day is scheduled for Sunday at 11 a.m. The weekend series is critical for Drake as it fights for one of the final spots to next week’s MVC Tournament to be held in Normal, Ill., May 11-13. The winner of the eight-team tournament earns the MVC’s automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. Prior to Sunday’s game, Drake will honor three seniors for their careers in the Blue and the White. Kaitlyn Finneran (Morrison, Ill.), Maddie Hooyman (Trenton, Mo.) and Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) will play their final home games on Sunday. Finneran has played in 188 career games, was selected to the 2016 MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team and was awarded the MVC’s Elite 18 award at the 2016 MVC Tournament title game. Hooyman has played in 120 career games, swiped 13 stolen bases and scored 35 runs. Sowa is a three-time All-MVC selection, including being named to the 2016 and 2014 All-MVC First Team. She will leave Drake in the top-five of several all-time career offensive statistical categories, including batting average (.328), doubles (39), hits (200), runs (123), runs batted in (104) and walks (82). DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team enters the final week of the regular season with four scheduled games left to play, including a key three-game Missouri Valley Conference home series versus Loyola this weekend, May 6-7. Drake (25-25, 8-15 MVC) starts the week with an in-state contest against Iowa (17-29) on Tuesday night at Buel Field with first pitch against the Hawkeyes set for 6 p.m. Drake and Iowa have already played once this season back on March 12 at the KU Invitational in a game the Bulldogs won 11-1. Drake won two games against Loyola in 2016 in a weather-shortened series in Chicago.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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SINN FEIN DONEGAL CALL ON MINISTER TO VISIT JOBSBRIDGE WEBSITE ‘FARCE’

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first_imgSinn Fein in Donegal has called on Minister Joan Burton to view the Jobsbridge website which they have described as a “farce.”Sinn Fein has called on Minister Joan Burton to visit Jobsbridge website.Local Sinn Féin Youth representative Lauren Walsh said the website provides a situation whereby so-called opportunities are being promoted by the Government under the guise of internships.The West Donegal woman said “The Jobsbridge website offers nothing but dressed-up discrimination as a means by which vacancies can be cheaply filled at the expense of qualified and hardworking young people.” “There are currently 49 positions advertised under the internship scheme in Donegal, including solicitors, office administrators and IT managers.”She said it is clear that these are not designed as work experience opportunities but replacements for full time jobs.“This Government is insulting young people by asking us to work for an extra €50 on top of a social welfare payment which has been slashed for under-25’s in the latest austerity budget. How do they expect young people to survive, never mind prosper in their own community?”“I have watched many of my friends emigrate to Australia, England and Canada, because there is no meaningful way for them to make a decent living at home. Jobbridge is not the answer to this crisis. Real, meaningful jobs for young people are.” Ms Walsh said quickly scrolling through the vacancies on offer under this scheme in Donegal, it is clear to anyone that the scheme is not fit for purpose.“For example an advertisement for an Administrative Clerk position based in Bundoran offers the intern formal/informal training in the use of MS Excel & Spreadsheets among other things. However, in order to qualify for the internship a prospective intern must have completed an ECDL course, of which MS Excel and Spreadsheets are a central component. What is there to learn then? Where then is the 30 hours a week training going?“Some employers are using the JobBridge scheme to avoid paying people to undertake the standard functions on which their business and profits depend. And the design of the scheme facilitates this outrageous exploitation.“The JobsBridge scheme is a giant disincentive to job creation. Why would an employer create a real job when they can exploit cheap labour courtesy of the government? The young people of Donegal deserve better than this joke of a scheme. It is high time this Government put an end to the tokenist gestures and engaged in some real action to address youth unemployment.” SINN FEIN DONEGAL CALL ON MINISTER TO VISIT JOBSBRIDGE WEBSITE ‘FARCE’ was last modified: January 17th, 2014 by StephenShare 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) Tags:donegalJoan BurtonJOBSBRIDGESinn Feinlast_img read more

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MET EIREANN ISSUE YELLOW WEATHER ALERT FOR BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY

By on December 22, 2019

first_imgIf you’re planning a picnic or even a nice stroll along Donegal’s coastline on Bank Holiday Monday, you may want to think again.Rain is forecast for all this week.Met Eireann has issued a weather alert for Donegal and other western counties including Galway, Mayo and Sligo.Gale force winds are expected across western counties on Monday with gusts of up to 100km/h in coastal areas. A Status Yellow warning has been issued and people are asked to be careful while out and about.Strong southerly winds will develop during the day, with mean winds of 45-55 km/h along the western seaboard.Along the west coast average wind speed will reach 55-65 km/h in the afternoon with gusts between 100 and 110 km/h and strong gales at sea.And forecasters are wanting that the weather will remain unsettled for “at least a week.” The strongest winds will be in the afternoon and will be followed by more rain.Rain is forecast on Tuesday and Wednesday and only Thursday looks like giving any respite.The long-term forecast is for heavy showery rain next weekend.Some parts of the country had more than twice the monthly average rainfall during July though June was dry almost everywhere.MET EIREANN ISSUE YELLOW WEATHER ALERT FOR BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY was last modified: August 3rd, 2015 by StephenShare 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) Tags:donegalrainweather alertlast_img read more

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The Counter Deli reopens after smash and grab ‘blip’

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first_imgLetterkenny’s popular wine shop, artisan food store and cafe The Counter Deli is back in business after a weekend break-in.Thieves smashed into the shop at Canal Road last Saturday night and made away with the till and its contents.Damage caused in the smash and grab at The Counter DeliThe scene of the raid at The Counter in Letterkenny which was burgled overnight. Pic copyright Donegal Daily.Thankfully, after a quick clean-up and glass replacement, the shop has opened its doors this morning (Monday) and is welcoming customers as normal. Owner Richard Finney has said he was relieved that the store was not trashed in the raid.“Thankfully there wasn’t a huge amount of clearing up to be done, it was more cosmetic damage,” he told Donegal Daily.Richard Finney, The Counter DeliWine lovers need not worry either, as Richard said that none of this top-quality stock was taken in the raid.“They weren’t wine connoisseurs anyway!,” he said. A big community effort got underway to help Richard following the burglary.“I had loads and loads of offers of help and assistance. I was very surprised and very touched,” he said.Gardai carried out a forensic examination at the scene of the theft on Sunday.“From my understanding, the guards may have a couple of suspects,” Richard said.For now, Richard is looking on the bright side and will be welcoming all customers to the cafe to enjoy cool iced coffees in the sunshine. The Counter Deli reopens after smash and grab ‘blip’ was last modified: July 18th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)Tags:burglaryletterkennyThe Counter Deliwinelast_img read more

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What Apple’s 5-Million-iPhone Weekend Really Means

By on December 15, 2019

first_imgApple sold 5 million iPhone 5s in its first weekend – a company record. But some people expected more, and now have to explain why Apple didn’t top their predictions. In reality, this isn’t that big a deal. The rest of the year matters a lot more. Compared to last year’s iPhone 4S launch, when Apple sold 4 million phones, 25% growth may seem disappointing. This is Apple, after all, and Wall Street is used to seeing the company blow past expectations, not come up short. (The iPhone 4S launch, if you recall, was more than twice as big as the iPhone 4 launch.) This number isn’t 10 million or even 8 million or 6 million, so some are saying that it’s “WORSE THAN EXPECTED” or “very disappointing”.So, yes, 5 million sales is below some estimates. But that really doesn’t mean much in the long run. Why not?First, for the real story, you need to think about supply and demand, and once again, demand surpassed supply. Apple stopped taking launch weekend pre-orders after only a short period of time, and many stores were sold out of various iPhone models throughout the weekend. We still don’t know how many iPhones Apple could have sold over the first weekend if it had unlimited supply, and we may never.Next, mobile is a complicated industry, where 2-year contracts often dictate purchase decisions. Apple sold almost twice as many phones over the past four quarters than it did the four quarters before that. Few of those people are already eligible to buy an iPhone 5 at a subsidized rate — it’ll be months before they can justify buying iPhone 5s. Anecdotally, I’ve also seen mentions that AT&T was being stingier about early upgrades this year than last year.Further, first-weekend sales just aren’t that important relative to an iPhone’s lifetime sales. For example, the 4 million iPhone 4Ss Apple sold on launch weekend last year represent just 3.5% of all iPhone shipments over the past four quarters. The 1.7 million iPhone 4s Apple sold opening weekend represented just 2.2% of the phones it would sell over five quarters before launching the iPhone 4S. It’s nice for Apple to sell 5 million iPhones in a weekend, but it’ll be more impressive if it can sell 200 million phones over the next year.Long story short: It’s a fun press release to see from Apple every year, but the iPhone 5’s real sales performance will be measured in months, quarters, and maybe even years, not weekends. It’s still crucial for Apple to sell a lot of them, but late-December sales will be a lot more important than mid-September sales.iPhone 5 line photo (cc) Blake Patterson via Flickr. Portions of this article were originally posted at SplatF. Tags:#Analysis#Apple#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img dan frommer Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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In her last year, Jerrili Malabanan proud to see Lady Tamaraws fighting until the end

By on November 27, 2019

first_imgThat all changed, though, when head coach George Pascua named Malabanan captain at the start of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.Even without longtime star Bernadeth Pons, the Lady Tamaraws were still able to get back to the Final Four under Malabanan’s captaincy, which is something she can call her legacy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I think in my last year we learned how to play with heart, you can see in our team that we played with a lot of heart,” said the graduating Malabanan Wednesday.Malabanan played her last game in green and gold after the Lady Tamaraws crashed out of the Final Four with a  25-20, 21-25, 25-23, 25-14 loss to Ateneo in the rubber match of the Final Four. MANILA, Philippines—For most of her stay in Far Easter University, Jerrili Malabanan has made her game do much of the talking.ADVERTISEMENT Almadro credits ‘heart, resiliency’ in Ateneo’s finals return: ‘Sometimes it’s not about stats’ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIEScenter_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Despite the early exit, this was no losing season for FEU, which showed tremendous grit throughout the season–a perfect example of which is its impressive 7-1 record in grueling five-set matches.And that show of courage is something Malabanan and the Lady Tamaraws are proud of.“We played a lot of five-set games so I think that’s something that all of us learned this season and that is to keep playing until the end,” said Malabanan who had 18 points in her final UAAP game.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

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Indian Premier League 2016: Fans to turn umpires. Here’s how

By on November 26, 2019

first_imgIndian Premier League chairman Rajiv Shukla on Wednesday said that in this season of the popular T20 tournament, the viewers too would get a chance to air their views on decisions referred to the third umpire.”They will be given a placard, and whatever they say, out or not out, that will be caught by the camera and shown on the screen….but the decision of the third umpire will be final,” he added.”This opinion will not matter to the third umpire, he will go as per whatever he sees on the (TV) screen,” he said, speaking to reporters at a function in Mumbai.”This will increase the involvement of the viewers. Bollywood stars Ranveer Singh, Katrina Kaif and the singer Yo Yo Honey Singh, among others, would be performing in the IPL opening ceremony on April 8 at Worli in Mumbai,” Shukla said.”To strengthen (anti-corruption measures) BCCI President has spoken to Maharashtra Chief Minister to ask if the services of Mumbai police can be availed of; then anti-corruption unit, ICC anti-corruption unit, Mumbai police can together seek information and act on it,” he added.Asked if too much cricket was being played these days, Shukla said the season will culminate with IPL.last_img read more

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