Kolkata Mayor resigns from Cabinet

first_imgSovan Chatterjee, one of the key Ministers of the West Bengal government and a close confidant of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Tuesday tendered his resignation from the portfolios of Housing Department and Department of Fire and Emergency Services. Mr. Chatterjee, who is also the Mayor of Kolkata, is also expected to relinquish the post. “He [Mr. Chatterjee] had earlier expressed his will to resign four-five times… He resigned today and we have accepted it. He has also been asked to quit the post of city Mayor,” the Chief Minister told journalists. Ms.Banerjee said the portfolios held by Mr. Chatterjee would be handed over to Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister Firhad Hakim. On the issue of managing the city civic body, she said Kolkata Municipal Corporation Commissioner Khalil Ahmed has been asked to look after operations of the civic body. Relations between Mr. Chatterjee and the Chief Minister had started turning sour about a year ago when the Mayor’s private life became the focus of public attention. “We thought that he would realise [his mistakes],” the Chief Minister said. The Mayor’s wife said the Chief Minister had tried to make her husband mend his ways but he apparently remained adamant.last_img read more

Mutts R Us!

first_imgIn his first post-election press conference, President-Elect Barack Obama mused that his family is looking for the puppy he famously promised his daughters in his victory speech in Chicago on Nov. 4, 2008. The problem, he noted, is that his younger daughter is allergic to dogs so they have to find one that is hypoallergenic. Their own preference is to pick a dog from a shelter (the good Democrat that he is!), but unfortunately, “obviously, a lot of shelter dogs are ‘mutts’ like me.” That is, they are not purebred. Apparently, purebreds are less hypoallergenic.So begins the search for the First Dog of the new First Family in the United States. Needless to say, that important dilemma has pre-occupied the country. Web sites have sprung up advising the family on the right choice of dog. Radio programs are abuzz with experts and tales about dogs and allergies. Everyone is chiming in. The energy generated here could well fuel the sputtering economy.But this is all at the literal level. Given the country’s mindset, a literal discussion of anything, from the film you watched to the most significant political and cultural events, dominates. In their search for dogs, and the need to avoid mutts like the President-Elect, everyone seems to have lost sight of his eloquence. He offered a gold mine of insight into how he sees the world and we should too.The columnist Patricia Williams noted that the remark has sparked a conversation about our own “muddled notions of race.” We are all mutts: “As humans, we descended from a common African ancestor and have been mixing up ever since,” she says. Williams offers a sharp classification of how we name mutts. The hypodescendents are assigned the race of the parent with a lower social standing. Thus, the saying in the South: “One drop and you are Black.” The hyperdescendents, on the other hand, claim identity from the parent of the dominant social group. Thus, Williams says, Jennifer Lopez is identified as White or Latina, but never Black or biracial.All of this is intriguing and requires us to think about where our labels come from. If we have been mutts all along, then what is the impulse to embrace claims of purity? Somehow, the purists want to return to the original scene of the crime and claim a purity that is only in the eye of the beholder. To be a purist is to cling to a mythical reality that does not exist. Now that we have the most famous and significant mutt on the world stage in the President-Elect, perhaps a real conversation about race and identity can begin.In an increasingly multicultural and multiracial world, it is impossible to retain claims of purity and perhaps we can wake up to a new reality, not just in theory, but also in practice, one that is so close to our skin. If you remember Warren Beatty’s brilliant film, Bulworth (very prescient about the current political scene and election), you may recall the exasperation of the senator as he struggles over the issue of race in this country. Translating into the mutt language of today, he says, the only way we can solve the race problem is by mutting ourselves constantly, all over the place, until “everyone looks like everyone else.” We ought to become mutts. Who knows this better than us, immigrants. Like the President-Elect’s father, we are also of another nation and another race. We arrived here, in part to become bigger, deeper mutts. India offers diverse opportunities to produce mutts. Some of us crossed the caste lines, some jumped over the fence of race, even as the British arrived. We have a whole generation of mutts in Anglo Indians, who themselves faced issues about their identity and assimilation, because we did not know what to do with such obvious mutts. Although this notion of mutting across caste-lines has been difficult, it is one of the distinct marks of our social advancement, that we are overcoming older boundaries and mutting into a mixed caste people. Some arrived in this country to produce more mutts. Face it!Some of us became proud parents of lovely mutts and we can see before our own eyes that their future is different. They will continue to mutt as they grow older and have their own lineages. Languages will struggle to give them names, but we will have followed the senator in Bulworth to a better and different future.Reading the blogs on this issue is instructive. Mutt is a derogatory term, even though the Mutt-in-Chief pronounced it on national stage. Many mothers say they do not like the term and would “choke” someone if their kids were ever called mutts. We hardly hear of the term as a compliment, so Obama’s remark shows we have come a long way, indeed.We can imagine how dogs must feel. Does their loyalty come from being mutts? We know now that all domestic dogs are intentional mutts, descending from the wolf and his various mates. Yet, there are still newer breeds of dogs. Just take a walk on any street in this country. The fancy of owners knows no bounds as they amuse themselves creating new mutts. And, let us not even talk about national resources and money expended ($40 billion a year) on these pets. The day the grocery aisles for dog food shrink, you can be sure the depression has really arrived. Domestic dogs are here to stay and reward us for their abuse and pampering by the mess they leave on our sidewalks.But let us return to the wonderful ironies in the President-Elect’s remarks. The mutt honcho of the land does not want mutts in the White House. And that too, for his daughters who are even more mutty than he is. What kind of example does he set for others? Did we not elect him as a mutt? Did we not just cross a major historical threshold by not electing purebreds by voting for a mutt? This is surely inconsistent policy.This was his first presidential decision, even before he rolled out his cabinet. It simply did not say much about his acumen other than affirm his identity as a Democrat and a liberal by choosing heart over hard policy by refusing to say no to domestic lobbyists.We need to wonder also about his facile comment about mutts in animal shelters. Are most dogs in shelters mutts? Is that some kind of metaphor, a systemic failure of our attempts to socialize and naturalize mutts? Do we really know if purebreds do not end up in shelters?Are Republicans right after all? There is something wrong about our social structures if only mutts are inclined to take handouts in shelters. No purebred would ever be seen there!As president he also needs look into the pervasive allergies in this country. Every kid seems to have allergies of some kind. Is it because of pollution or is nuclear waste the culprit? Have we killed the major defenses of our immune system? Wouldn’t you think that these pressing issues are a serious component of the HealthCare debate in this country? Instead, Obama caves in to kids who whine about this or that allergy.Should we stop designing mutts because the First Family has allergies? In one fell swoop, his pronouncement at the press conference has roused a national conversation on different dog breeds and allergies. It is time we stop designing drugs for every allergy and take a good look at the environment to understand why these allergies are so prevalent.And please, stop disparaging mutts. Every presidential pronouncement is important, they say. Who knew this is the way we find out? Related Itemslast_img read more

Tea association counters Oxfam report on labour rights violation in Assam

first_imgThe Indian Tea Association (ITA) has countered an Oxfam report on plantation labour rights violation, saying it left out the share of the price paid to a producer providing employment to the workers as well as the non-cash component of their wages.Oxfam, a confederation of 20 NGOs focussing on the alleviation of global poverty, a week ago published a report on “Addressing the human cost of Assam Tea – an agenda for change to respect, protect and fulfil human rights on Assam tea plantations”.The study by Oxfam India and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, based on interviews with 510 plantation labourers in 50 tea estates across Assam, said that the workers earned ₹137-167 despite working for over 13 hours a day.The study also said supermarkets and tea brands in India “typically capture over two-thirds of the price paid by consumers for Assam tea in India – with just 7.2% remaining for workers on tea estates”.In a letter to Oxfam India CEO Amitabh Behar on Wednesday, ITA secretary general Arijit Raha said Oxfam’s study came to conclusions on issues based on findings in some tea gardens that did not reflect the true picture of the industry.“The study has drawn reference through an illustration on how much of the price consumers pay for tea is received by the worker. The analysis, regrettably, has left out the share of the price being paid to the producer organisations providing employment to the workers,” Mr. Raha said.The Oxfam report, the ITA added, ought to have addressed critical concerns of the tea producers such as institutionalising the norm for sustainable sourcing for teas above the cost of production.Mr. Raha said the ITA gardens adhered to the recommendations of the International Labour Organisation and that of the Ministry of Labour’s Inter-Ministerial Committee (2003) for bearing 50% of the social and infrastructural cost under the Plantation Labour Act.The ITA pointed out several errors in the study. “Your researcher has erred in mentioning (that the management provides) 5kg (of food grains to the workers) per family. It is actually 5 kg per person per family per month,” the letter said, adding that this was in addition to what the government provided under the National Food Security Act.The ITA said Oxfam exaggerated the working hours of plantation workers by saying they slogged for 13 hours or more. None in plucking worked more than seven hours a day, it said.The tea body also countered the Oxfam report on the health and education fronts. Most tea garden managements have hospitals offering free medicines and ambulance services to workers within an estate while tea garden primary schools cover 83% of the children.“Generalising based on such facts harms the reputation of the industry and its workers and also tarnishes the image of Indian tea, which has a pride of place in the world,” Mr. Raha said.last_img read more

Mumbai cricket has lost its sheen

first_imgMany years ago, it was said that when Mumbai cricket sneezes, the country gets a fever. The recent happenings in Mumbai cricket have not been great for the city, considered the cradle of Indian cricket. The team that once dominated the landscape with more than half the members of the national team being Mumbaikars is, today, struggling to maintain its stronghold.Apart from maestro Sachin Tendulkar and pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, the current Test team is devoid of cricketers who sport the lion crested cap in domestic cricket. Yes, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are on the brink of wearing India colours in Tests, but the era of Mumbai’s secondstring side giving the rest of the country a run for its money is all but over.One has to hark back to April 1971 to see how a second-string Bombay (as Mumbai was known then) pulled the rug under the feet of their arch-rivals Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy final at the historic Brabourne Stadium. More than half the regular Bombay side was away on national duty and the team, led by young Sudhir Naik, consisted of those who sat in the reserves for most of the season. With Ajit Wadekar, Dilip Sardesai, Sunil Gavaskar, Eknath Solkar and Ashok Mankad away, Bombay beat the Chandu Borde-led Maharashtra by 48 runs to retain the Ranji Trophy.The situation was similar in 1976 when a strong Hyderabad, led by the charismatic ML Jaisimha and which had titans like Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Abbas Ali Baig, Abid Ali and Kenia Jayantilal in their ranks, took on Bombay in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final at the Wankhede Stadium. After having taken a 59- run first innings lead, all the Hyderabadis needed was to bat out part of the fourth day to qualify for the semi-finals.advertisementBombay skipper Ashok Mankad, batting on 89 runs overnight, sought the advice of his father, Vinoo Mankad, on how his team could claw its way to the semis. An eyewitness recalls that Mankad Sr advised his son to stick to the straight and simple path: get quick runs and declare the innings. His final word was that Bombay needn’t try something different, Jaisimha will “win it for you”.The legendary allrounder had correctly predicted that Hyderabad will go on the defensive to try and bat out the day. That is exactly what happened. Bombay won that match by a margin of 70 runs.Incidents like these just go to show that the Bombay cricketer had tremendous self-belief in himself and to top it all, the opposition never imagined that they could beat Bombay in the Ranji Trophy.One has been reading a lot of articles about how the lack of planning and systems are a few of the reasons that have caused a decline in furthering the game of cricket in Mumbai. One does agree, to a point, that the present Mumbai cricket system needs a makeover and a huge dose of adrenalin. Iconic Mumbai cricket tournaments like the Kanga League – played during the monsoons – are not throwing up the talent like they did in the past.The amount of cricket that a young Mumbaikar plays throughout the year deters him from feeling enthusiastic about donning his kit to play the league on a wet August Sunday. This, coupled with Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) state-of-the art indoor nets lying unused (lack of funds is the reason given) is not a good sign for a city that prided itself on having the best cricket system in India.One remembers the time when at any given moment, the Mumbai cricketer could always count on the guidance and advice of former cricket heroes. One would always find greats like Sardesai and Hanumant Singh watching all games in the city from Ranji Trophy to club and inter-office tournaments. The former cricketers thought – and rightly so – it was their duty to pass on their experience to Generation Next, and it worked.The Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) of the MCA has recently appointed former India captain Nari Contractor as its chief, which augurs well for cricket in Mumbai. Contractor is a product of the Bombay school of cricket – though he never played first-class cricket for the city. The elegant left-handed opener has the credentials in unearthing talent – he was the force behind the famous BCA Mafatlal scheme to find fast bowlers.Contractor is faced with a tough job – to put the Mumbai cricket juggernaut back on track and unearth talent that exists in the gullies and by-lanes of Maximum City. To achieve this, amid factionalism and petty politicking, is not going to be easy. One just hopes that his no- nonsense approach will help Mumbai grow, slowly but steadily to take cricket in the city – and the country – to the pink of health.advertisement(The writer is a former Cricket Club of India captain and Bombay University cricketer)last_img read more

Hallmark of trolls! Don’t read the story, read the headline and spew venom

first_imgindiatoday.in did a story analysing the high-profile India-Pakistan World Twenty20 match at the Eden Gardens. The preview titled “Golden chance for Pakistan to humiliate India ” merely looked at Pakistan’s chances of upsetting MS Dhoni’s men in their own den.But social media was up in arms against the HEADLINE! Mind you, the headline and not the content of the story. We were called anti-national, the author was bombarded with abusive messages on Facebook and somebody even sent him an email, calling him ‘a non residential Pakistani Journalist’.Reactions on social media are fine. You either agree with a story or you don’t. But there’s the problem. Very few people actually read the STORY! For if they had, they would have realised it was not anti-national at all. There was nothing anti-India in the preview.The stated article talked of India’s superior batting line-up and their wily bowlers, who could stand out even if the Eden Gardens pitch turned out to be a belter.Humiliation, we believe, is a word that should be used with great caution in sports. That logic was spoken of right at the start of the article. But there is absolutely zero understanding of what is being talked about. It was a simpleBut here’s the problem!Haters will hate. And that is what certain people do on social media. Journalists do not spread hate. The media no not spread hate. You now who spreads hate? It is people who decide to go after the media like a pack of hyenas. They are the ones to spread hate.advertisementIs it wrong to say that Pakistan are favourites to win this one? No it is not. We do not need lessons on patriotism from people who only want to abuse and overlook logic. A sports journalist needs to be neutral. Personally, if India smash Pakistan in Kolkata, I would be as delighted and proud as any other Indian.If India lose, I would be humiliated. Losing to Pakistan is never an option.People, read the story. React to the content. The headline was not provocative, it did not spread hate. But that is the thing with haters. They have such weak characters that a mere misinterpretation of a news headline can stir them up. The India Today article said Pakistan have happy memories at the Eden Gardens. They have never lost an ODI against India there. India and Pakistan have never played a T20 there before.We love India. We do not hate. We report the news, we report the truth and we do that without fear. And oh, if India win tonight, I would certainly celebrate and cheer. But then if Pakistan win, I will heap praise on our guests for a job well done.last_img read more

Davis Cup: India face tough task against mighty Spain

first_imgThe Indian Davis Cup team is set for a battle of gigantic proportions as it takes on five-time champions Spain, who have packed the side with world class performers headlined by the legendary Rafael Nadal in their desperation to reclaim a spot in the elite World Group.The World Group Play-off tie seems a classic David vs Goliath contest in which the Spaniards are not expected to be pushed much.The tie, however, is a great opportunity for India’s singles players Saketh Myneni (4) and Ramkumar Ramanathan (1), who together have experience of playing just five ties in their fledgling Davis Cup careers, to not only test themselves against the best but also learn from them.It also is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Indian tennis fans to get to watch 14-time Grand Slam champion Nadal in action in a competitive match. The celebrated player has been struggling for a while but can never be discounted even in his worst phase. (Also read: Rafael Nadal in focus as Spain gear up for Davis Cup tie against India)After all, India do not have many ATP tournaments where stars like him, David Ferrer (world number 13), and French Open champions Feliciano Lopez (world number 26) and Marc Lopez (world number 15 in doubles) can come and play.Now world number four Nadal has been pivotal in Spain’s four (2004, 2008, 2009 2011) of the five Davis Cup title wins and Ferrer too has played a significant role in three of those title triumphs (2008, 2009, 2011).Together, all four Spanish players – Nadal (16), Ferrer (18), Feliciano Lopez (22) and Marc Lopez (9) – have an experience of 65 Davis Cup ties between them.advertisementIndia’s singles players have just five with Ramkumar making his debut only two months back in Chandigarh against Korea.It will be baptism by fire for Sumit Nagal, if he gets a game, and India will look to Leander Paes, a veteran of 53 ties, to shepherd the inexperienced players. (Also read: Leander Paes wants to learn from Rafael Nadal)While playing against such world class players, nobody will question the defeat but the manner in which the Indian players will fight it out will surely be watched.As Paes put it “they have nothing to lose”, Myneni and Ramumkar will have to put their heart and soul in the contest.The 28-year-old Myneni is coming to the tie after a good US Open where he qualified for the main draw and almost won his first round against Jiri Vesely.He possesses a solid serve and decent ground-strokes even as his fitness remains a concern. His body loses fluid very quickly, making him prone to cramps.Ramkumar had promised a lot initially but has not taken off as expected. His trademark inside-out forehand is one of the best in the country but he needs to put together all aspects of the game to emerge winner.Paes is just one win shy of becoming the most successful doubles players in the history of Davis Cup as he is tied with Italian great Nicola Pietrangeli on 42 doubles victory. (Also read: Doubles still our best shot, says India’s Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj)Although he and Rohan Bopanna do not gel well, the latter’s presence in this tie would have made India’s doubles combination better and would have given the veteran a good shot at the record he is eyeing.He is likely to with play Myneni if the Vizag lad remains good enough to compete in the doubles after Friday’s contest.Despite not having a single player in top-100, India have established themselves as a force in the Asia zone and consistently reach the Play-off stage but to make the World Group and stay there, the side needs to find better singles players. Otherwise they will continue playing in Asia/Oceania zone only.As Nadal put it, Spain is a team that belongs to the World Group and not in zonal Group competition. They are in the Europe/Africa Group after losing the World Group first round to Germany in January 2014.Since then they are struggling in the zonal competition, suffering a 1-3 reversal against Brazil and 2-3 defeat against Russia in absence of both Nadal and Ferrer.They did not want to take any chance on tough conditions in India and have come with their best line up. (Also read: Spain not taking India lightly in Davis Cup tie: Rafael Nadal)The last time India and Spain competed against each other was in 1965 when Spain beat India 3-2 in a home tie.Spain lead the Head-to-Head record 2-1 with India managing to beat them, way back in 1927 in an away tie.advertisementThe first tie between the two nations was on a neutral venue i.e in Great Britain, where Spain beat India in the World Group Quarterfinal 4-1.There was debate about the evening timing of the tie with the Indian team itself divided over the subject but that would hardly be a factor given that the Spaniards are known marathoners.last_img read more

Pep facing left-back dilemma despite Salah’s poor form

first_imgManchester City usually cope without Benjamin Mendy. After all, they won the Premier League in record-breaking fashion in his absence last season, and in the past month they have won six of their seven games.Pep Guardiola has simply converted Fabian Delph into a very capable deputy and even when the England man is unavailable, the City boss has been able to call on Oleksandr Zinchenko (if there’s not much defending to be done) or Danilo (if there is). Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! There’s even the option of Aymeric Laporte, who has not only played as a traditional left-back but has occasionally shuffled across from a back three to occupy the space left by Mendy’s forward runs.City, then, have plenty of options, and plainly they are usually enough to get by, whether we’re talking one-off games or entire campaigns. Yet Sunday is a different prospect as City travel to Anfield, where they have won just once since 1981. Last season, despite Guardiola’s best-laid plans, they lost twice to Liverpool, conceding three goals in short bursts in both games. Liverpool Man City statMendy has missed the last month with a bruised metatarsal and has angered his bosses with a string of off-field misdemeanours. Were it not for something of a left-back dilemma heading into the game at Anfield, it is unlikely he would be rushed back into the team; he only returned to training on Friday, after all.Mohamed Salah has so far failed to replicate last season’s top form but his enduring threat, Liverpool’s general set-up in these games and the scars of last season’s defeats mean Guardiola could be tempted to turn to the Frenchman.And his decision making could be influenced by a lack of viable replacement options.Delph would of course be the go-to guy, but he has been ruled out through injury. Laporte has been City’s best centre-back so far this season but when deployed at left-back in Hoffenheim in midweek he was considerably less convincing, making a string of uncharacteristic errors. He also played on the left at Anfield in April and was caught out by Liverpool’s pace.If not Laporte, then, there is Zinchenko or Danilo. The former has generally been started only in City’s most winnable games; Newcastle, West Brom, Leicester, Chelsea, Stoke and Brighton twice. Only the Stoke game was away from home, and even Chelsea let City do all the attacking; Guardiola’s side enjoyed 80 per cent possession and broke a number of passing records.The Ukrainian improved as he went along last season but he was often left out when Guardiola expected his defence to come under real scrutiny, and that will surely be the case on Sunday.Danilo was the man for City’s bigger games. The Brazilian played away at Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Burnley and Arsenal, and also faced the Gunners in the Carabao Cup final, probably his best performance while standing in as a left-back.Yet he has only played against Oxford this season and in general he has proven an underwhelming option at left-back. Mendy he is not; Danilo can be solid at the back but adds little to the attack. That is not entirely his fault – he is a right-back after all – but that does not make him any more appealing an option for Sunday.Liverpool Man City statGuardiola and his staff are at their wit’s end with Mendy. They have been left exasperated as he turned up late for training and recovery sessions, and felt he has not put in enough effort in general in recent weeks. There is a genuine feeling that they do not know what to do with him.His situation is complicated. As much as anything, he provides as many positives on the pitch as he does negatives off it.That is not usually enough for Guardiola, who demands complete focus from his squad, but Mendy, if motivated for the game, would bring so much to the team on Sunday.If he is fit, Guardiola could be tempted to use him – despite everything – not just because he is a potent attacking weapon but because he would enable the City boss to try something radically different as he bids to break the club’s Anfield hoodoo.What that could be exactly is anybody’s guess; with Mendy in the team this season City played completely different formations from one week to the next.For example, against Huddersfield Guardiola played a host of central players and kept his speedy wingers on the bench, while against Newcastle he emptied the midfield – for the first time since he took charge – and played something like a four-man attack.Without Mendy it has been the regular 4-3-3 with a string of different stand-ins, and while that will get the job done nine times out of 10, it might not be enough at Anfield.The Frenchman is surely City’s best bet – but even then, he is capable of defensive lapses that would need to be covered by his team-mates, or left unpunished by the opposition.And even if Guardiola is able to mix up his tactics once again, he did try that without Mendy in April – bringing in Ilkay Gundogan for Raheem Sterling in a search for even more passes and control – and it back-fired anyway.Put simply, there are no guarantees for City at Anfield. Liverpool away is the biggest test the Blues will come up against in the Premier League this season, but their task will be made somewhat easier if Mendy, for all his flaws, is available. 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West Ham & Spurs charged after derby clash

first_imgPremier League West Ham and Tottenham charged after derby clash Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 23:35 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) WestHamTottenham - cropped Getty Images Premier League West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur West Ham United Tottenham Hotspur Both clubs are facing FA punishment after their players clashed in the 95th minute of Saturday’s tense encounter West Ham and Tottenham have been charged by the Football Association for failing to control their players in Saturday’s hot-tempered London derby.Spurs ran out 3-2 winners at London Stadium but they almost blew a three-goal lead, hampered by Serge Aurier’s second-half red card.Tottenham to win & Kane to score first 3/1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. With West Ham netting their second of a failed fightback three minutes from the end of normal time, tempers flared as Michael Oliver showed five yellow cards in stoppage time after players from both sides went nose to nose.Andre Ayew, Winston Reid, Fernando Llorente, Andy Carroll and Eric Dier all went into the book, with both sides now charged.FULL-TIME: A nervy finish but we hold on for a big three points at the London Stadium. GET IN! #COYS pic.twitter.com/mpMup6HbQ5— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 23, 2017″West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur have been charged by The FA following their fixture on Saturday [23 September 2017],” read a statement.”It is alleged that in or around the 95th minute of the game, both clubs failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.”They have until 6pm on 28 September 2017 to respond to the charge.”Spurs lie fourth in the Premier League table after the victory, while West Ham are in the bottom three. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

ESPN Releases Prediction For Penn State vs. Kent State

first_imgJames Franklin high fives his players as they come off the field.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin reacts on the sideline during the first half against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Penn State vs. Kent State is part of this Saturday’s afternoon slate. The Nittany Lions are looking to advanced to 3-0, while the Golden Flashes sit at 1-1 under new head coach Sean Lewis.PSU bounced back nicely from a near-loss to Appalachian State to open the year, blowing out rival Pitt on the road last weekend, 51-6.Kent State, one of the worst teams in college football last year, nearly picked off another Big Ten opponent in Week 1, falling at Illinois 31-24. Last week, it blew out Howard.ESPN’s FPI prediction for Penn State vs. Kent State is out.As you’d expect, Penn State is a heavy favorite against the Golden Flashes. FPI gives the Nittany Lions a 99.3-percent chance to win.Via ESPN:ESPN's FPI prediction for Penn State vs. Kent State.Penn State vs. Kent State will kick off at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday from Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pa.FS1 will broadcast the contest.[ESPN]last_img read more

Celebrate the Newly Designated Bears Ears and Gold Butte National Monuments with Patagonia

first_imgOn December 28, 2016, President Barack Obama announced the designation of two new National Monuments in the American West: Bears Ears and Gold Butte.Bears Ears, a distinctive pair of twin buttes in Southeastern Utah that rise 2,000 feet above the surrounding desert plateau, are home to over 100,000 archaeological sites (the majority of which have never been inventoried or studied), including 3,500 year old Puebloan dwellings and other locations held sacred by the area’s local Native American Tribes. For years, this area has faced looting of archaeological and sacred sites, un-managed off-road vehicle usage, and several fierce attempts from oil and gas companies to develop and exploit the land for the fossil fuels that lie below its surface.Gold Butte, located in Southeastern Nevada, has faced many of the same destructive environmental encroachments that Bears Ears has, which, if left unchecked, would have proved disastrous for the habitats of the endangered desert tortoise, desert bighorn sheep, Joshua trees, and the Mojave yucca forest that call Gold Butte home. Much like Bears Ears, Gold Butte is also home to numerous Native American artifacts and petroglyphs (rock art). Community Cider Programs Make Cider and Benefit Charity 1. Prehistoric Granary overlooks Cedar Mesa. Photographer: Josh Ewing 2. The Bears Ears Buttes framed with summer wild flowers. Photographer: Tim Peterson 3. Joshua Trees at Gold Butte National Monument. 4. Native American petroglyphs at Nevada’s Gold Butte National Monument 5. Mushroom Rock at Gold Butte National Monument. These two stunning and valuable landscapes have been added to Obama’s previous roster of newly declared national monuments including the Stonewall Inn, Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, Honouliuli in Hawaii, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland.But before Obama designated Bears Ears a National Monument, Patagonia, the iconic outdoor outfitter, worked for two years with the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition (made up of members of the Hopi, Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, Pueblo of Zuni, and Ute tribes), Friends of Cedar Mesa, and Utah Dine Bikeyah to support the eventual designation of the area as a national Monument. The campaign to preserve Bears Ears began with Patagonia’s film Defined by the Line, a documentary about conservation activist Josh Ewing who transformed his love for climbing into a passion for environmental protection.But Patagonia wanted to do more. So, in an effort to expand awareness of this beautiful and sacred landscape, Patagonia began extending environmental grants to local activist groups and communities, and used its own brand clout to call for the state of Utah to further protect the wilderness area. And thanks in no small part to Patagonia and its coalition of land-protectors, that work has finally paid off with President Obama’s recent designation.“In protecting Bears Ears, the president recognizes the leadership and historyic vision of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coaltiion reprsenting five tribes, and the strong grassroots support from climbers and conservation groups,” said Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario. “We are witnessing the power of community activism, and we thank President Obama for listening and taking action.”“People ahve been scaling rocks in Bears ears for 12,000 years, ” said Patagonia’s Access Fund Executive Director Brady Robinson. “We modern climbers are simply following the routes of those who cared for this sacred land for generations until outsiders brought new threats. Now, Bears Ears is being returned tot hose who treasure it so we can all enjoy this incredible place forever.” 7 Mountain Bike Destinations to Put On Your Bucket List The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention Editors’ Recommendations Why You Should Make Plans to Visit Greenland Nowlast_img read more

Norden’s Vessel Write-Down Drives Its Operating Loss

first_imgzoom The Danish shipping company Norden expects an increased operating loss in 2015 after writing down the value of its dry cargo fleet and making provision with no cash flow effect of USD 340 million.The company now predicts an operating loss of USD 297 to 277 million, compared to the previously expected USD 43 to 63 million.Norden said that the write-down includes USD 180 million in the carrying amount of owned dry cargo vessels and a provision of USD 160 million on losses from long term dry cargo charters, which will be distributed over four years, leading to a positive EBIT impact of a similar amount over that period. About one-third of the provision will be reversed in 2016.“On this basis, management expects continued weak rates on a level with the current FFA rates for the coming 2 years.“After this period, the rates are expected to improve gradually,” Norden added.Neither the write-down nor the provision has any impact on cash flows or loan agreements, and Norden said that it continues to be financially strong.At the end of 2015, cash and securities amounted to USD 355 million, with undrawn loan of USD 296 million.last_img read more

Nepali woman deported from Sri Lanka reported missing

Although Air India’s passenger list shows Malati as a passenger, she wasn’t found at the TIA immigration, raising a serious question about the security systems deployed by the TIA and Air India.The immigration officers at TIA have sent her passport and ticket’s copy to the Department of Immigration (DoI) for further investigation. The case has completely astounded the immigration officers at the DoI. According to the airlines staff, Malati ran away while she was being brought to the immigration counter from the flight. “The case looks very funny but is extremely serious one. It raises questions about the security systems at our immigration and of Air India,” said an official in a condition of anonymity.The source hinted at the role of agents who take girls and women to Gulf and other destination countries. “There are high chances that Malati was sneaked out with the help of agents who are hand in gloves with immigration officers,” added the source.Air India staff, who handed Malati’s passport to the TIA Immigration Officers, have said that she was in the flight from Delhi to Kathmandu and provided a copy of the record of passengers who boarded the flight to back their claim. Once Nepali citizens are deported from any foreign countries, they are brought to the DoI for investigation. The DoI can even detain the deportees for a certain period of time for investigation.The DoI has formed a three-member committee to look into the case. “We are investigating the case of Malati to find her out through a committee. As of now, we can’t say whether she had boarded the flight from Delhi or fled after landing at the TIA,” said Director General at the DoI Kedar Neupane.Sri Lanka has emerged as one of the new transit points to traffic Nepali girls into Gulf and many other destination countries like Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. (Colombo Gazette) After the flight arrived in Kathmandu, the staff of Air India handed over Malati’s passport and a copy of her ticket to the immigration officers at the TIA, but she was not with them. A Nepali woman deported from Sri Lanka has been reported missing as she was not on the flight which reached Nepal.Malati BK, 38, was refused entry by the Sri Lankan immigration authorities and was deported from the country on February 7, myrepublica.com reported. She was placed on a Colombo-Kathmandu flight of Air India that was set to land at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) via New Delhi. read more

Death toll in Ballapana busvan road accident rises to seven

The death toll in the Ballapana road accident involving a bus and a van rose to seven today. Three people were killed yesterday and several others sustained injuries following the accident in Ballapana.Of the injured admitted to hospital four succumbed to their injuries while receiving treatment in hospital. The accident took place along the Kandy – Colombo main road. (Colombo Gazette)

Effective dust control in largescale mine conveying

first_imgSandvik’s HX410 electrostatic dust suppression system will take on the challenge of transfer point dust suppression for RWE Power in Germany. The customer will evaluate the HX410 on a conveyor that transports lignite and overburden in the Garzweiler open-pit mine. The conveyor has a capacity up to 37,500 t/h at a belt speed of 7.5 m/s (25 ft/s) and a belt width of 2,800 mm.Until now, RWE Power AG has used primarily water-sprinklers to reduce the dust to acceptable levels. At a transfer point, RWE Power cannot use water because of the coal-online analysis system installed there. One double HX410 will be installed on the upstream conveyor and a second double HX410 on the downstream conveyor. As the Sandvik HX410 has already proven its effectiveness and reliability in more than 200 applications, RWE Power decided to give it a chance to prove its abilities in the most demanding environment.The system is ionisation-based and has been designed to bind dust where it is formed. It is a simple system with very low operating and maintenance costs, offering many benefits in comparison to conventional ‘suction-through-filter’ or water-based systems. It is suitable for retrofits or installations on new conveyor systems. The HX410 ensures that chutes, loading points and transfer points don’t generate unacceptable dust emissions. Without proper dust control, each transfer point could generate more air-borne dust that eventually spreads all over the conveyor area. In most applications, a single HX410 is installed right after the chute on top of the belt.Basically there are two different standard sizes available. The first is for belt widths 400 to 650 mm and the second for belt widths 800 to 1,400 mm. For wider belts, custom-made constructions can be offered by Sandvik. The power requirement for a standard system is below 500 W and maintenance time is less than 1 hour/month. The system picks up particles in the range of 0.01 to 100 µm. The efficiency for an average particle size of 5 µm is always above 90%.last_img read more

Its a no DUP statement means Brexit deal less likely to pass

first_imgIt’s a ‘no’: DUP statement means Brexit deal less likely to pass in House of Commons tonight A second vote on May’s Brexit deal is to take place later today. There are 650 seats in the House of Commons; Theresa May needs 320 votes to pass her deal tonight. If the deal fails again this evening, parliament will vote on a no-deal Brexit tomorrow, or an extension to Article 50 on Thursday which could delay Brexit if the EU is amenable. The DUP’s statement in full reads: “The Prime Minister set out a clear objective for legally binding change which would command a majority in the House of Commons in line with the Brady amendment.  We recognise that the Prime Minister has made limited progress in her discussions with the European Union.  “Having carefully considered the published material as well as measuring what has been achieved against our own fundamental tests, namely the impact of the backstop on the constitutional and economic integrity of the Union of the United Kingdom, it is clear that the risks remain that the UK would be unable to lawfully exit the backstop were it to be activated.“The Attorney General’s legal advice is clear in his last paragraph “the legal risk remains unchanged that if through no such demonstrable failure of either party, but simply because of intractable differences, that situation does arise, the United Kingdom would have, at least while the fundamental circumstances remained the same, no internationally lawful means of exiting the protocol’s arrangements, save by agreement.”We want to see a deal which works for every part of the United Kingdom.  We will support the right deal which respects the referendum result and Northern Ireland’s place as an integral part of the United Kingdom.“The European Union has been intransigent. It is possible to reach a sensible deal which works for the United Kingdom and the European Union but it will require all sides to be reasonable and in deal making mode.”The European Research Group (or the ERG), made up of hardline-Tory Brexiteers – has also advised its 110 members not to support the government’s motion, describing the new assurances as offering only “faint and remote prospects of escaping” from the backstop.The House of Commons is due to vote on May’s Withdrawal Agreement at 7pm. Related Read 58,368 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha 105 Comments Share1269 Tweet Email1 https://jrnl.ie/4536984 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Arlene Foster/Twitter Short URLcenter_img Latest ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/YLmnPcEI24— Arlene Foster (@DUPleader) March 12, 2019 Image: Dominic Lipinski 12.03.19 Deal in jeopardy as UK’s Attorney General says there is still a legal risk of being trapped in backstop Mar 12th 2019, 2:16 PM DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds and DUP Leader Arlene Foster in Downing Street. Image: Dominic Lipinski Tuesday 12 Mar 2019, 2:16 PM However in our view sufficient progress has not been achieved at this time. DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds and DUP Leader Arlene Foster in Downing Street. THE DUP HAS said that it cannot support Prime Minister Theresa May’s latest Brexit deal tonight, making it less likely that the Withdrawal Agreement will pass in the House of Commons. MPs are due to vote once again on the Brexit deal, in the wake of last-minute measures announced last night by May and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.However, advice from attorney general Geoffrey Cox published this morning put hopes of the deal passing in doubt. Deputy leader and MP, Nigel Dodds tweeted the party’s current position, adding: “Sufficient progress has NOT been achieved at this time.”However, the party added that it does want to back an agreement but does not believe May’s deal passes its “fundamental tests” on the “constitutional and economic integrity” of the Union.  As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox:last_img read more

Lunique outil de voyage du papillon Monarque sa boussole interne

first_imgL’unique outil de voyage du papillon Monarque : sa boussole interneChaque année, le Monarque d’Amérique du Nord, migre sur des milliers de kilomètres depuis le Mexique jusqu’aux Grands Lacs du Canada. Le tout aller-retour sans “carte interne”, ont découvert les scientifiques. Selon les chercheurs, les migrations du Monarque d’Amérique du Nord sont effectuées uniquement à l’aide d’une boussole interne. Le papillon se base ainsi sur la position du Soleil, qui lui indique la direction à suivre en fonction de la période de l’année, rapporte l’Independent. Cela faisait déjà un certain temps que les scientifiques se demandaient comment le Monarque réussissait à s’orienter. Auparavant, certains experts estimaient que les papillons utilisaient une “carte” interne, génétiquement codée, qui leur permettait de localiser leur position. Cette faculté aurait alors été complétée par une boussole interne capable d’indiquer la direction à suivre. Mais la dernière étude montre que les Monarques s’en sortent en fait uniquement avec une simple boussole. Ces travaux expliquent ainsi comment le papillon, qui pèse environ un demi gramme, est capable de survivre au voyage de retour vers les forêts des montagnes mexicaines pour l’hiver. Sans cette boussole, les plus jeunes, nés vers la fin de l’été, ne pourraient pas effectuer le voyage.Un système de navigation simple”Pour se diriger correctement, normalement une boussole et une carte sont nécessaires. Nous savions déjà que le Monarque utilisait des signaux extérieurs, comme le soleil ou les champs magnétiques, comme boussole pour repérer la latitude. Mais une carte interne requière la connaissance de la longitude et de la latitude”, analyse le professeur Ryan Norris, entomologiste à l’Université de Guelph à Ontario.Pour en arriver à cette conclusion, le scientifique a étudié des Monarques de la région d’Ontario, au Canada. Il a ainsi pu tester leurs schémas de vol grâce à des expériences menées à 2.500 kilomètres à l’ouest de Calgary. Il a découvert que le papillon essayait toujours de voler dans la même direction, sans compenser le déplacement géographique. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Les Monarques que nous avons étudiés à Guelph ont volé vers le Sud-Ouest, dans la direction générale du Mexique. Lors des expérimentations, à Calgary, les papillons ont volé dans la même direction, comme s’ils partaient d’Ontario, suggérant qu’ils ignoraient leur déplacement de 2.500 km”, explique Rachel Derbyshire, auteur de l’article publié dans la revue The Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences.Un repérage du relief Mais les Monarques utiliseraient également des points de repère terrestres, comme les montagnes, pour se diriger. Selon les auteurs de l’étude, il est même possible qu’ils soient capable de “flairer” leur destination, lorsqu’ils sont sur le point d’atteindre les forêts de conifères mexicaines.Ces lépidoptères se regroupent par centaines dans cette région pour y passer l’hiver. Ils effectuent plus de 4.000 km, deux fois par an, entre août et octobre vers le Mexique et au printemps vers le Canada.  Le 10 avril 2013 à 19:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Battle Ground changes include new principal at Laurin campus

first_imgBattle Ground Public Schools has shuffled several of its administrators, citing what it termed “challenges” at the growing Laurin Middle School campus.Matt Kesler, a first-time principal who was at Laurin Middle School, will move to River HomeLink to be an administrator for River Online Learning, the district’s online program. Travis Drake, Prairie High School’s longtime principal, will head to Laurin to fill Kesler’s position. Prairie Assistant Principal Stephanie Watts will step into Drake’s position on an interim basis.Area districts typically wait until the end of the school year to announce administrative changes, but district spokeswoman Rita Sanders said the district wanted to make changes now rather than wait. She said Laurin is growing, and the campus is one of the older buildings in the district. That creates an environment that requires “an experienced leader,” she said.“It’s just we needed more experience, pure and simple,” Sanders said.Superintendent Mark Ross also alerted district staff of the changes in an email Wednesday.“In this case, we felt that it was critical to have an experienced administrative team immediately begin working at Laurin to help them with the challenges they face as a campus in one of the highest student growth areas of the district,” Ross said.Neither Sanders’ nor Ross’ email offered many details in terms of what “challenges” the campus faces. Sanders pointed to growing pains like not enough parking or office space.“It’s everything,” Sanders said.Other administrators will also be affected by the shifts. Eric Sakshaug, the former dean for students at Battle Ground High School, is heading to Laurin as its assistant principal. Erin Thompson, who was assistant principal at Laurin, will hold the same job on an interim basis at Prairie. Ben Ziegler, an administrative intern, was named the interim dean for students at Prairie High School.last_img read more

Deconstruction Helps Army Reduce Waste from Aging Facilities

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In a pilot project conducted at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., the Army found that deconstructing, rather than demolishing, three buildings allowed it to increase the percentage of material that could be diverted from a landfill.In a standard demolition, a building is quickly torn down using mechanical equipment, with the primary goals being cost reduction and reducing the amount of materials sent to a landfill, reported the Army Corp of Engineers’ Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville. The Corps’ goal is to divert 60 percent of the materials following a demolition; the salvaged materials are either reuse or recycled.During a deconstruction, a contractor removes the greatest amount of materials that are intact and suitable to reuse or recycle. Not all buildings are good candidates for deconstruction, however. Engineers must consider the type of construction, contents and condition and their suitability for reuse, as well as the project itself, project schedule, and markets and industry capabilities, according to the story.The Fort Leonard Wood pilot involved three buildings — a chapel, laundry and warehouse. The contractor reused or recycled more than 250 tons of material from the chapel, for an 85 percent diversion rate; nearly 700 tons of material was reused or recycled from the laundry, for a 73 percent diversion rate.During the contractor’s deconstruction of the warehouse, though, the building became unstable due to excessive rotting of the wooden structure. As a result, the deconstruction effort was stopped and the Army decided to demolish the building. Despite the snag, the contractor was able to reuse or recycle 297 tons of material, diverting more than 63 percent from a landfill.Overall, the contractor reused or recycled 1,246 of the three buildings’ 1,717 tons of material, making the project a success, according to the Corps.“Deconstruction is one of those valuable nuances in the demolition arena that may allow us to increase our diversion percentages without significant cost in time or dollars,” said Dave Shockley, chief of the Corps’ facilities division branch.last_img read more

Thai government is going DIY and building its own converted EVs report

first_img 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus: A positive spin on an old favorite 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 48 Photos More From Roadshow Post a comment Enlarge ImageThis is the Honda Fit EV. It didn’t get sold in Thailand but that’s not going to stop the Thai government from making its own version. Honda Converting older cars into electric vehicles was once one of the only ways to get an EV in your driveway, but it’s gone somewhat out of fashion as commercially available, purpose-built EVs have become common.But the government of Thailand reportedly plans to develop its own electric vehicles. Specifically, the state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) isn’t content for makers of electric cars to bring their wares to the country, so it’s going the way of Fugazi and doing it itself, according to a report Thursday by PaulTan.org.Now, the government isn’t going to just go all willy-nilly, modifying whatever is lying around. It’s going to focus its efforts on three specific models that are commonly available used in Thailand. Those are the Toyota Vios, Honda Jazz and Nissan Almera, which we know as the Toyota Yaris sedan, Honda Fit and Nissan Versa.EGAT is targeting a price of around 300,000 Thai baht (or approximately $9,470) to complete the conversion. This would include lithium-ion batteries, an electric motor and all the associated electronic gubbins necessary to make the thing work.Whether these converted EVs are any good remains to be seen, and since more are becoming available through more traditional means — Hyundai sells the Ioniq and Kona Electric in Thailand now, Nissan sells the Leaf and has for a year — we’ll be curious to see if anyone actually buys one. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 0 Share your voice Electric Cars Car Culture Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Honda Nissan Toyotalast_img read more

UN might make peacekeeping operations more costeffective

first_imgUN secretary general António Guterres has said the UN is working hard to make all peacekeeping operations cost-effective and is constantly finding ways to reform, restructure and drive costs down.  “At the same time, UN peacekeepers are relentless in searching for new ways to build sustainable peace,” he said in a message marking the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers being observed today (Monday). Looking forward, the secretary general said they are aiming to do more to end operations that have achieved their goals. “We’re also reforming and adapting our peacekeeping missions to improve their effectiveness in the increasingly challenging environments in which they work.” The UN chief said peacekeeping operations have evolved from simply monitoring ceasefires to protecting civilians, disarming ex-combatants, protecting human rights, promoting the rule of law, supporting free and fair elections, minimising the risk of landmines and much more. He said they also work to ensure that women are fully represented in peace processes, political life, and in branches of government. “All these investments are fundamental to building lasting peace.” The UN secretary general paid tributes to more than 113,000 ‘Blue Helmets’, UN Police and civilian personnel deployed to 16 missions, according to the message received here from UN Information Centre here. “We acknowledge the contribution made by an ever-growing number of Member States to our operations,” said the UN chief in his message laying emphasis on investment in peace around the world. More than one million women and men who have served under the UN flag with professionalism, dedication and courage throughout our history. “And we honour the memory of more than 3,500 peacekeepers who lost their lives while serving,” said Guterres. Last year, he said, 117 peacekeepers paid the ultimate price and they included military, police, international civil servants, UN Volunteers and national staff from 43 countries. “So far in 2017, twelve peacekeepers have been killed.” “Our partnership is central to the success of peacekeeping missions, since Member States decide where troops go, what they will do, and what resources will support them,” said the UN chief. He said close cooperation from Member States is vital if they are to deliver on the promise of lasting peace, while peacekeepers create conditions on the ground to enable solutions to emerge and take root. “I’ve also prioritised ensuring that women play a far more active role in peace operations, as troops, police and civilian staff. Gender parity is essential for its own sake, and the presence of women increases the chances of sustained peace while reducing incidences of sexual abuse and exploitation,” the UN chief mentioned. The secretary general said for nearly 70 years, UN peacekeeping has proven to be one of the international community’s most effective investments in peace, security and prosperity. The demand for UN peacekeepers has risen steadily over the years, and deployment is now near an all-time high, said Guterres adding that peacekeeping has had a positive impact on the lives of millions of people around the world.last_img read more