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Russell hearing postponed, resumes today

first_imgThe anti-doping whereabouts clause violation hearing for West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell will resume today at the Jamaica Conference Centre at 10:30 a.m. Yesterday’s scheduled sitting was postponed after independent panel member, Dr Majorie Vassell, failed to show. When the hearing resumes, Russell’s lawyers will continue their cross-examination of witness Nadia Vassell. The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission’s executive director, Carey Brown, will also be cross-examined. In explaining yesterday’s postponement, panel chairman Hugh Faulkner said the hearing could have continued under Rule 8.3.4, which states that a hearing can proceed if a member is ill or unable to continue. However, he noted, in this case, that Vassell was inexplicably absent and all effort to contact her proved futile, thus the need for a postponement.last_img read more

Kings’ best yet to come

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ginebra became the first team to clinch a quarterfinals berth after Sunday’s 111-105 win over Meralco in Santa Rosa City in Laguna.The loss was the Bolts’ fifth straight. But Chris Newsome would rather take a positive approach than dwell on their continuing struggles. He believes the Bolts can still turn things around.“It seems like a hard hill to climb now,” said Newsome. “But in our locker room, everyone’s positive, trying to keep their heads up.”With reigning Best Import Allen Durham back for a third tour of duty, the Bolts began the conference with a 109-106 win over the Columbian Dyip.On Friday, Meralco blew a 10-point fourth quarter lead in a 91-94 loss to Blackwater.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Slaughter has not played since early September due to a sprained ankle while Mercado had surgery on his meniscus.Dela Cruz, on the other hand, has yet to make his Ginebra debut due to an Achilles tendon injury he sustained while training for the National team last year.There is also the probability that Joe Devance, who is recovering from a stress fracture in his left foot, may be available for the Oct. 13 duel at Quezon Convention Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Kings’ succeeding game will be on Oct. 28 when they face the Magnolia Hotshots at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The impending return of Slaughter and company should provide the league leaders, currently toting a 7-1 card, a boost in their campaign now that the PBA Governors’ Cup is entering the playoffs phase. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Part 2: Assessing PH women’s volleyball “Whenever we have some lapses, that causes us the game,” Newsome said. “We just have to be aware of those lapses.” —PBA.PHSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption PBA IMAGESHelp is coming for Barangay Ginebra.Greg Slaughter, Sol Mercado and Art dela Cruz may return from injuries this Saturday when the Gin Kings head to Lucena City, Quezon, to face the winless Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

PPP fires back at President over security comments

first_imgPresident David Granger found him on the receiving end of additional criticisms by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo over comments he made during Thursday’s handing over of the Security Sector Reform Programme report, done with support from the United Kingdom.Granger stated that the former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government was insincere about wanting to reform the security sector and that the PPP/C was “all a bluff” in this area.Jagdeo, at a news conference held at his Church Street office, fired back at the President on the issue. Jagdeo noted that it is shameful for a President to condemn the work of the previous Administration, when under Granger’s Government the largest security initiative is the Citizens’ Security Programme, which the PPP/C negotiated. “This is their biggest crime-fighting tool right now… and he says the PPP is all bluff,” he said.Currently the Government is rolling out the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) negotiated Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Citizen Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP), he noted.He added that President Granger is “all about ceremony” and the public handover of the report of the Security Sector Reform Project is quite likely because he is “acutely” aware that his Government is failing in the security sector.Taking another jab at Granger’s Government, the Opposition Leader noted that the members of the coalition Government seem to have an “inferiority complex” when it comes to foreigners. “Does it not seem strange or apparent to Guyanese now that this Government has a chip on its shoulder, an inferiority complex for foreigners – one will solve corruption and one will solve crime,” Jagdeo said.UK advisorReferring to the blitz surrounding Sam Sittlington, the UK advisor to SOCU, the Opposition Leader charged that the moves seem deliberate on the part of the Government. “Every time they are on the back-foot, they resurrect SOCU…and true to form, he (Sittlington) seems to have taken over the Government PR (public relations) campaign (in this regard),” Jagdeo said.According to him, the PPP/C is supportive of “any work done properly and objectively” to address corruption, but will oppose witch-hunts and public relations campaigns as seen in the last few weeks.last_img read more

AFC must make ‘hard decisions’, supports firing of workers – Ramjattan

first_img– says AFC must make ‘hard decisions’, supports firing of workers– admits Government cannot fix sectorThe passivity of the Alliance For Change (AFC) in the face of the move to close sugar estates and issue redundancy letters to workers was vigorously defended by that party’s co-founder, Khemraj Ramjattan, who has insisted that Guyana’s sugar sector has a terminal illness that the Government cannot cure.He made this statement during his opening contribution to the 2018 budget debates in the National Assembly on Thursday.Despite a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the sugar industry having recommended that no estates be closed, Ramjattan invoked that very CoI toParty’s co-founder Khemraj Ramjattansupport his contention.“This party must make hard decisions in relation to sugar. And so it is important that when you do the analysis, as the Commission of Inquiry had done — when you did the consultation with NAACIE and GAWU, and when you have all the facts; like a good judge you, have to make a decision as to where it will go from there,” Ramjattan said.“And we have made the decision that we are going to ensure that we lighten the transition, knowing that we cannot continue to pour money into that industry. It is important that all of them will be better for it in the long term. It is a terminal illness, in relation to sugar today; it is not (attracting) the price it used to have internationally. If you win the elections in 2020, you can bring back sugar. And you want bet me you can’t bring it back?” In May 2017, Government announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall sugar estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, had said at a post-Cabinet press briefing that closure of the sugar estates would be pushed back to 2018. Harmon had said that closure of the Rose Hall Estate in East Canje, Berbice would occur sometime next year. With regard to the Skeldon and Enmore estates, he had said that the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) would have to conduct evaluations, surveys and inventory assessments before any steps are taken to actually sell those estates.Recently, the minister had also stated that before GuySuCo had moved to issue redundancy letters to the affected sugar workers, such a major decision should have at least been discussed with the other Cabinet members, so as to plan accordingly. He said he believes that at least some kind of notification ought to have been given to the workers who are being made redundant.It was recently reported that the Private Sector Commission (PSC) has submitted a proposal for the acquisition of the East Coast Demerara Estate.A statement from Head of the SPU, Colvin Heath-London, last month detailed that an international accounting firm would be recruited to evaluate GuySuCo’s assets for privatisation and divestment.Last month, GuySuCo announced plans to retrench 2500 workers by the end of this year. GAWU says the downsizing and subsequent closure of sugar estates would lead to the loss of more than 15,000 jobs, and the potential threat of poverty for between 50,000 and 100,000 people.AFC’s relevanceRamjattan was also subjected to resounding heckles from the parliamentary Opposition regarding the AFC’s relevance as a coalition partner. This is after months of being sidelined from major decisions by APNU, but the minister was adamant that the AFC still has a purpose in the coalition party.“I want to say that our country took a turn for the better in 2015 because of certain decisions made by (us). We started talks with the APNU. And today we are here. Your remarks that we are being chewed up is not true,” Ramjattan stated.In an effort to bolster the AFC’s relevance, Ramjattan pointed to Minister of Public Infrastructure, former AFC General Secretary David Patterson. He also referred to Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who was consistently heckled and referred to as a “rubber stamp” by Opposition members, was also held up by Ramjattan as an example of the AFC’s vibrancy and involvement in Government.“We are doing (things) with our coalition partner that will (benefit) Guyana. Greater things will come with the oil sector. And so I wish to make that point.”Over the past months since the coalition Government has been in power, the AFC has been repeatedly sidelined by the APNU. The most recent incident was the sidelining of the AFC nominee for the post of Commissioner on the Guyana Elections Commission in favour of a WPA member.last_img read more

Community foundation leaves lasting legacy project

first_imgThe columbarium – a structure used to store urns that hold cremated remains – was donated to the village by the Pouce Coupe Community Foundation, a group of local volunteers who undertake projects for the betterment of their community. Larry Fynn, president of the foundation and a sitting village councillor, said the project will leave a lasting legacy for the village and its residents.“It’s nice to see some of these things come to fruition that will leave some history. It’s a great project,” he said.The columbarium is designed with 120 niches that can hold up to two urns each, for a total capacity to store 240 urns. Fynn said the doors of each niche can be engraved with the names of the deceased, and there is also room on the side of the structure to include engraved plaques.- Advertisement -The interior shell of the structure is built from aircraft aluminum, and then finished with granite and marble on the top and bottom, so he said the structure will be durable and will require very little maintenance.He said it was his late colleague, councillor Peter Kut, who originally came up with idea for a columbarium before he passed away earlier this year, and the foundation continued on with the project with the intention of gifting it back to the village. Fittingly, the foundation has offered Kut’s family the first choice of a niche.The structure cost about $50,000 to build was paid for by proceeds from the Canada Day barbeque at Pouce Park and other fundraisers, said Fynn. He said they are still working to secure the necessary permits, but the columbarium will begin accepting remains early next month, and there are already about six families interested in purchasing a niche.Advertisement Each niche will sell for about $900 and the money raised will go into a fund that will be set aside for the construction of new columbariums as needed, so that the legacy of the project will be perpetual, said Fynn.He said the columbarium makes sense from the viewpoint of efficiency as well, as space is limited at the cemetery to add many more gravesites. He said cremation appears to be a growing preference as well to preserve the remains of loved ones.“It will save us having to expand the graveyard I expect, in the immediate future, anyway,” he said.He said anyone interested in purchasing a niche can make arrangements through the Village Office, or through the funeral home they are dealing with.Advertisementlast_img read more

Religious Events Calendar

first_img Holy Week services: Palm procession and Palm Sunday service, 10a.m. Sunday and Maundy Thursday, 7:30p.m. Thursday, preceded by a soup supper, 6:30p.m. at Kirk O’ the Valley Presbyterian Church, 19620 Vanowen St., Reseda. Call (818) 345-2535 or see www.kirkval.org. Easter Week services: Palm procession and Palm Sunday service, 10:30a.m. Sunday; Maundy Thursday, 7p.m. Thursday and joint Good Friday service with Sherman Oaks United Methodist Church, 12:15p.m. Friday at Sherman Oaks Presbyterian Church, 4445 Noble Ave. Call (818) 788-3330 or see www.sopchurch.org. Holy Week services: Lenten Reconciliation service, 7p.m. Tuesday; Holy Thursday, 7p.m. Thursday; Stations of the Cross, 12:30p.m. Friday; Holy Saturday, 7:30p.m. April 7; Easter services, 7 and 11a.m. and 5p.m. April 8 at St. Finbar Roman Catholic Church, 2010 W. Olive Ave., Burbank. Call (818) 846-6251 or see www.stfinbarburbank.org. Catholic Community meeting, 11:30a.m. Wednesday, Smoke House restaurant, 4420 Lakeside Drive, Burbank. “Stories of Hope” will be the topic of guest speaker, Moira Noonan. Lunch reservations required: $22. Call (818) 846-3271 or (323) 656-0955. “Bloodbath” will be the message of the Rev. Travis Guse at a Maundy Thursday service, 7p.m. Thursday; “A Rich Burial” will be the message for Good Friday, 7p.m. Friday and Easter, 8:30 and 11a.m. April 8 at Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7357 Jordan Ave. Call (818) 348-5714. Palm Sunday service with organ dedication, 9a.m. Sunday, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 23838 Kittridge St., West Hills. Call (818) 348-8343 or see www.sovlc.org. Holy Week services: Palm Sunday, 9a.m. Sunday and Good Friday service, 7:30p.m. Friday at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, 10725 Penrose St., Sun Valley. Call (818) 767-4488. Holy Week events: “Why Did Jesus Do Street Theater in Jerusalem?” will be the topic of biblical scholar, S. Scott Bartchy, at an “Adult Forum,” 9:30a.m. Sunday; Stations of the Cross, 6:30p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; Maundy Thursday, 7:30p.m. Thursday, preceded by a 6:30p.m. soup supper; Good Friday and Stations of the Cross, noonFriday; Holy Saturday, 7:30p.m. April 7 at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 3646 Coldwater Canyon Ave., Studio City. Call (818) 763-9193 or see www.stmikessc.org. Holy Week services: Palm procession and Palm Sunday service, 10a.m. Sunday; Philippine Independent Church will host Holy Tuesday, 7:30p.m. Tuesday; Tenebrae, 6:30p.m. followed by a soup supper; Maundy Thursday, 7p.m. Thursday; Good Friday, noon-1p.m., meditation from 1-3p.m. and Stations of the Cross, 7p.m. Friday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 14646 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. Call (818) 785-4251. Holy Week services: Maundy Thursday, 7p.m. Thursday; Good Friday, 7p.m. Friday; Easter, 8:30 and 11a.m. April 8 at Our Savior’s First Lutheran Church, 16603 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Granada Hills. Call (818) 363-9505. Good Friday service, 7p.m. Friday, Calvary Church, 7115 Shoup Ave., West Hills. Call (818) 348-3483 or see www.calvarywesthills.org. Holy Week events: Good Friday, 7:30p.m. Friday; Children’s Easter party, 10:30a.m. April 7; Easter, 9 and 10:30a.m. April 8 at First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood, 4832 Tujunga Ave.. Call (818) 763-8231. Easter egg hunt, 10a.m. April 7, Faith Presbyterian Church, 5000 Colfax Ave., Valley Village. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call (818) 766-8103. Easter egg hunt and Easter crafting, for children age 2 to sixth grade, 10:30a.m. April 7, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 8520 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka. Call (818) 341-3460. Easter pageant services, presented by the Alliance of Churches of Agua Dulce and Acton, 3:30p.m. April 7 and 5a.m. April 8 at Vasquez Rocks, Antelope Valley Freeway to Agua Dulce Canyon Road, north to stop sign, continue straight to Vasquez Rocks entrance. Call (661) 268-1488. Philippine Independent Church’s Easter sunrise service and procession, 6:30a.m. April 8, meeting at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 14646 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. Call (818) 361-3311. Sunrise service in English and Spanish, 6:30a.m. April 8, Bethel Christian Reformed Church, 10725 Penrose St., Sun Valley. Breakfast, 8a.m., followed by a 9a.m. service. Call (818) 767-4488. Easter sunrise service, led by the Rev. John Moll, 7a.m. April 8, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 6220 Corbin Ave., Tarzana. Call (818) 342-6934. “The Power of Boldness” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Thomas E. Witherspoon, 10a.m. Sunday, Unity Church of the Valley, 2817 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta. Call (818) 249-4396. “The Secret of Contentment” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Jim Lee, 9:15a.m. Sunday, Bethel Lutheran Church, 17500 Burbank Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 788-2653. “God is Everywhere” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Carrie Lauer, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Center of Spiritual Awakening, meeting at the Radisson Hotel, 9777 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. Call (818) 709-1451. “Thomas Starr King” will be the topic of Sally Carroll and the Rev. Bob McDill, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Call (818) 894-9251. “The Law of Reciprocity” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Maureen Hoyt, 10a.m. Sunday, Granada Hills Church of Religious Science, 17622 Chatsworth St. “The April Fool Effect” will be the message delivered by Ken Gray, 7 p.m. Call (818) 788-2653. “Suffering and the Will of God” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dave Wilkinson, 8:15 and 10:45a.m. Sunday, Moorpark Presbyterian Church, 13950 Peach Hill Road, Moorpark. Call (805) 363-8136. “The Blessings of a Well-Taught Tongue” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Joey K. McDonald, 10:30a.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood, 4832 Tujunga Ave. Call (818) 763-8231. “Walk This Way” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Marilyn Jensen-Johnson, 10 a.m.a.m. Sunday, Religious Science Church of Glendale, meeting at the Glendale Masonic Lodge, 244 N. Maryland Ave. Call (818) 244-1404. “Thy Will Be Done” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Glenn Kirby, 8:45, 10:15 and 11:45a.m. Sunday, West Valley Christian Church, 22450 Sherman Way, West Hills. “His Death Saved It” will be the messageby the Rev. Rob Denton, 5p.m. Call (818) 884-6480. Religion events are compiled by Staff Writer Holly Andres. Notices must reach the Daily News two weeks before the Saturday on which they are to run. Mail entries, with time, date, location and contact number, to Daily News Religion Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax 713-0058; e-mail holly.andres@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Infantino deplores ‘idiots’ who ruined Copa Libertadores party

first_img“I was here last Saturday,” Infantino said at a press conference at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires. “It was a sad moment for everyone. It is a football match. It is not a war, not even a battle.”“We have to work to find out who are the people to blame. You have to identify them and get them out (of football),” said Infantino.“I hope this does not happen any longer,” he said. “This story must mark the end of one chapter and the start of a new one.”South American football’s governing body Conmebol on Thursday confirmed that the match would be played on December 9 at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium.“All the leaders of G20 are interested in football and they see the potential of football,” Infantino said. “Football is the only truly global sport.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gianni Infantino wants the people to blame for the violence that prevented the Libertadores Cup final second leg being played to be kicked out of football © AFP / ALEJANDRO PAGNIBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Dec 1 – FIFA President Gianni Infantino lamented that “idiots ruined the party” for everyone after the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final was moved to Madrid following fan violence.The match between Buenos Aires arch-rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate was originally scheduled for November 24 at River’s Monumental stadium but was postponed after Boca players were injured when their team bus was attacked by home fans throwing projectiles.last_img read more

Leicester midfielder signs new contract

first_img Dean Hammond 1 Leicester midfielder Dean Hammond has signed a new contract with the club after his previous deal expired.The 32-year-old made just 12 appearances in the club’s Premier League survival battle last season and was out of contract at the end of June but will stay on for another 12 months.“Dean, whose previous deal expired on Tuesday, has agreed terms on a one-year extension and will report for pre-season training with the squad next week,” said a statement on Leicester’s official website.Hammond joins Marcin Wasilewski and Jeffrey Schlupp among those players to agree new contracts with the club, who are now searching for a manager after sacking Nigel Pearson earlier this week.last_img read more

Man United line-up v Newcastle: Summer signing finally ready to start?

first_imgManchester United have made a steady, if unspectacular, start to the season and will want to continue racking up the wins against Newcastle United on Saturday.Two wins in the Premier League without conceding a goal, combined with a 3-1 win against Club Brugge in the Champions League, have given United a perfect opening record.Despite the wins, there have been questions about the performances so far with the Red Devils yet to put in a dominant showing.There will also be increased scrutiny on Louis van Gaal’s selections with the failure to capture some big signings in the last week. With an away tie against Brugge coming up, Van Gaal may look to ring the changes against the Magpies.Wayne Rooney’s form has come in for criticism, but with a lack of back-up option,s will the England striker continue to lead the line?talkSPORT examines van Gaal’s options and looks at who might start…Goalkeeper: You’d have had long odds on Sergio Romero being United’s first choice goalkeeper a couple of months ago, but the Argentine has impressed since joining on a free transfer. Yet to concede a Premier League goal, his place in the starting line-up is assured.Defence: United’s defence is yet to breached by the opposition this season, having only conceded from a Michael Carrick own goal.Phil Jones is out with illness and Marcos Rojo is working his way back to full fitness, so expect Daley Blind to keep his place in central defence alongside the imperious Chris Smalling.Midfield: Missing out on Pedro has placed greater scrutiny on United’s stable of attacking midfielders but with Memphis Depay and Adnan Januzaj proving to be match winners in the last two outings, as well as Juan Mata’s undoubted class and Ander Herrera in reserve, the Red Devils may feel they didn’t need the Spaniard.Morgan Schneiderlin has impressed in the centre of the park but his midfield partner Carrick was hauled off at half-time on Tuesday. Bastian Schweinsteiger may get the nod against Newcastle having built up his fitness in recent games.Attack: Wayne Rooney’s start to life as United’s main striker hasn’t been a roaring success so far, but with Javier Hernandez and James Wilson providing the only competition you would imagine he will start against the Magpies.Marouane Fellaini came off the bench and made an immediate impact against Club Brugge, grabbing the decisive third goal, but Van Gaal will keep the giant Belgian as a plan B option from the bench. 1 Man United players last_img read more

A STORY THAT WON’T SHOCK ANYONE – HOUSE PRICES FALL AGAIN

first_imgIT WON’T exactly come as a shock to most people, but figures released today show that house prices in the county continue to crash.Property websites daft.ie and myhome.ie show prices have now fallen 34.6% since the peak in 2006.Myhome.ie says the average price of a four bed semi detached house in Co Donegal was €185,588 in the last quarter of 2010, down 9.04% from the previous quarter, and down 10.4% in the last 12 months. The average price of a three bed semi in the county was €165,000 down 3.8% from the last quarter, and down 7.6% from the previous 12 months.Daft.ie says the average house price in Donegal in the final quarter of 2010 was €172k – a drop of €97k.A STORY THAT WON’T SHOCK ANYONE – HOUSE PRICES FALL AGAIN was last modified: January 5th, 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