Clippers’ Owner Ballmer Debuts

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Sweating, clapping and shouting until he was nearly hoarse, Steve Ballmer introduced himself to Los Angeles Clippers fans at a rally on Aug. 18 celebrating his new ownership of the NBA team.The former Microsoft CEO made his way through the crowd inside Staples Center to Eminem’s song Lose Yourself, exchanging high-fives and chest-bumping as he took the stage in front of 4,500 fans.Ballmer paid a record $2 billion for the team in a sale that was confirmed by a judge last week. The name of disgraced former owner Donald Sterling, who controlled the team for 33 years before being banned for life by the NBA for racist remarks, was never uttered during the rally.“We’re looking forward,” Ballmer proclaimed, having removed his blue Clippers hat. “Everything is about looking forward.”Ballmer’s fervor was in stark contrast to Sterling, who never spoke to the media and was famously frugal when it came to spending on the team during decades of losing — despite having amassed a fortune through real estate.“Today is about this other guy who just happened to have two billion dollars in his pocket,” coach Doc Rivers joked on stage. “I asked him are you sure it went through and he said, ‘I know my bank account is minus two billion so I know something went through.’”Ballmer gave out his email address during the televised rally and was quick to assure fans he won’t move the team to Seattle, where he’s lived for 34 years.He was nearly an NBA owner last year before league owners chose to keep the Kings in Sacramento, rather than allow them to be sold to a group that included Ballmer and moved to Seattle.“I love Los Angeles,” he said. “Yes, I live in Seattle. We’re not moving the Clippers to Seattle for a hundred reasons.”Ballmer used a microphone, but his booming voice easily filled the arena without it. He prowled the stage and gestured to make his points in the enthusiastic style he was known for among Microsoft employees.“We’re going to be bold. Bold means taking chances,” he said. “We’re going to be optimistic. We’re going to be hard-core. Nothing gets in our way, boom! The hard-core Clippers, that’s us.”Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan were among eight players on hand, along with Rivers, who guided the Clippers to 57 wins last season, his first with the team.“When he came through the crowd, I literally had goose bumps,” Griffin said afterward. “I don’t know if there’s one good word to describe him. I know all our guys are excited about the energy he brings. It’s completely different.”Ballmer took a few emailed questions from season ticketholders, including a 26-year fan who asked how the next 26 years of the franchise would be different.“I’ll boldly say the Clippers will win many, many more Larrys in the next 26 years than they did in the last 26,” he said, referring to the Larry O’Brien trophy that goes to the NBA champion.Rivers clearly got a kick out of Ballmer’s passionate display, cracking up at his new boss’ proclamations after having previously seen him only on YouTube. “I love energy,” Rivers said later. “You get caught up in that and that’s good. That was great for our fans.”Interim CEO Dick Parsons testified during the court battle over the team’s sale that Rivers would quit if Sterling was the owner going into next season.“Sometimes you do have to take a stand,” Rivers said. “I didn’t think I was going to have to (quit), but a lot of us were willing to for sure.” He added, “You always have to move on. I have.”Ballmer gave the title “owner emeritus” to Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly, who negotiated the deal. She will receive two floor seats, 10 other seats and parking at Staples Center for games.“Without her this deal does not get done,” Rivers said afterward. “She wants to be a fan. She’s no longer the owner. I’m fine with that.”Ballmer shared dinner with Rivers and some of the players a night earlier, when the discussion focused on where he’ll sit during games. Sterling sat at mid-court within earshot of the players.When someone suggested behind the Clippers’ bench, like Dallas owner Mark Cuban does, Rivers said, “I don’t know if I could deal with that energy.” TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

No racism in German team: Manuel Neuer reacts to Mesut Ozil’s retirement

first_imgGermany captain Manuel Neuer said Mesut Ozil was not a victim of racism within the German FA.Ozil, who played 92 matches for Germany, retired from international football after 2018 World Cup citing racism related issues. “When we win, I am a German, when we lose I am a migrant,” Ozil wrote in his retirement statement.Ozil announced he will no longer play for Germany after being criticised for his meeting with the controversial Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a month before the World Cup and for his performances in Russia.The 29-year-old accused the country’s media of making him solely responsible for the Germany’s exit at the group stage in Russia. Though like many other players in the team, he played poorly; his Turkish roots were seen as being the real reason for the disastrous display.Mesut Ozil, upset with racist abuse, declares he will no longer play for GermanyHis “two hearts in his chest” are continually being ignored Ozil said. During his international career, Ozil refused to sing the German national anthem before games. The midfielder says he does not sing because he wants to pay respect to his Turkish roots. In Russia, Ozil was the only German player who refused to attend media meetings.Reacting to Ozil’s decison, Neuer said “there has never been any racism in the team.”Mesut Ozil does not deserve to be in German team, says Bayern Munich bossThe German captain also added that there was no ill-feeling amongst the team towards Ozil.advertisement”We have always done everything to integrate everyone into the team. We have given everything for all our team mates to make them feel at ease in the squad and start games with faith and team spirit,” Neuer commented.”We have to respect the decision of every player when retiring. He obviously has his reasons,” Neuer added.German government defends Turkish integration after Ozil’s racism chargeNeuer said the German national team requires major changes if they are to recover quickly from the disappointment of its early exit from the World Cup.”It has to be the main aim of officials and coaches to select players that are truly proud to play for their country and give their all. It’s necessary if success is to return,” said the 32-year-old at a pre-season training camp with Bayern Munich.”We need changes because we are still ambitious and have big goals. It won’t be easy to produce a new spirit, it will take time, but without changes we can’t be successful,” Neuer said.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Self-confidence got me through in winning Youth Olympics medal: Jeremy Lalrinnunga

first_imgBefore his departure to Buenos Aires for the Youth Olympics Games (YOG), Jeremy Lalrinnunga was sitting obediently, along with co-weightlifter Sneha Sheoran, at the send-off ceremony in New Delhi 10 days back.Since the shooting trio – Saurabh Chaudhary, Manu Bhaker and Mehuli Ghosh – was the centre of attraction at the Indian Olympic Committee event, very few paid attention to this teenager from Aizawl, who didn’t utter a word until national coach Vijay Sharma gave him permission to do so.As soon as he was allowed to talk, one could see the nonchalant character of Jeremy coming out. Being silver medallist at the Asian Youth Championship in Bangkok earlier this year, the 62kg category weightlifter was self-assured of making a major impact despite not knowing who all are going to be his competitor at the YOG.Jeremy Lalrinnunga wins India’s first-ever gold medal at Youth Olympics”I don’t know anything about who all are going to be my competitor; I am yet to see their video on YouTube. But I know if I give my best performance, I will surely win a medal. I have prepared really hard and I know I will lift more weight than I have so far. (250kg back then),” Jeremy told Mail Today then.Keeping his promise, the Mizo teen went on to lift a total of 274 kg (124kg in snatch + 150kg in clean and jerk) to grab the top spot ahead of runner-up Caner Toptas, who lifted 263 kg.After his triumph, Jeremy explained how his confidence in his ability helped him not choke at the big event.advertisement”I was nervous before the event honestly, but before entering the stage I reminded myself how I performed well at such events before and I just need to keep doing that. My self-confidence got me through in winning this medal,” said the gold medallist from Buenos Aires on Tuesday.Sports run in the family of the teen weightlifter as his father Lalneihtluanga is a seven-time national level gold medallist in boxing.Jeremy started with boxing at the nascent age of seven but soon developed an interest in weightlifting after seeing all his friends taking up the sport.”I started with boxing but all my friends got into weightlifting. So I decided to join my friends too at the Army Sports Institute in 2011. Soon I got hooked into the game as I liked the used of power involved in the game. My coach (Malsawma) made me realise my capability to excel in it,” he recalled.When asked about his future plans, he made his intentions clear to find himself a spot in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in the 67kg category.”I will be going straight to Patiala from here on 21st October where I will start preparing for Tokyo Olympics. I will be changing to the 67kg category for that, which is going to require a lot of hard work,” he concluded.last_img read more

Yuvraj Singh reveals why MS Dhoni is crucial to India at 2019 World Cup

first_imgVeteran Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh Friday said Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s presence is crucial to the country’s World Cup chances as he is a “guiding” force for current captain Virat Kohli and “important” in decision-making.Dhoni’s place in the side has been a subject of debate owing to his inconsistent form but many, including former captain Sunil Gavaskar, have said that his tremendous grasp of match situations makes him invaluable.Yuvraj, the 2011 World Cup’s player of the tournament, echoed the sentiment when asked about the Dhoni factor here at an interaction.”I think Mahi (Dhoni) has a great cricket brain. And as a wicket-keeper, you are in the best position to monitor the game and he has done that fantastically over the years. He has been a great captain. (He is) with the young players and guiding Virat (Kohli) all the time,” Yuvraj said.”So, I feel his presence is very important in decision-making. He had a fantastic tournament in Australia and it is good to see him hit the ball how he used to do, and I wish him all the best,” added the batsman, who had hit six sixes in an over during the World T20 in 2007.”You to ask Dhoni that”But Yuvraj steered clear of queries on which batting position Dhoni should come in.”That you have to ask Dhoni, which number he has to bat,” he said.I am fired up for IPL 2019: YuvrajYuvraj will be competing for Mumbai Indians in the IPL and said he will look to ease the pressure on skipper Rohit Sharma.advertisement”I think, if I can contribute in the middle-order, it will just take some weight off him (Rohit) and he can just go and play his natural game, while opening. (We will) see how the combinations (go),” Yuvraj told reporters here.The 37-year-old left-hander found a buyer quite late at the IPL players’ auction held in Jaipur last December for his base price of Rs one crore after going unsold initially.”I’m very fired up boss, I have been training in the nets everyday,” said Yuvraj.He also lauded fellow Punjab player Shubman Gill, who recently made his India One Day debut in New Zealand, saying his progress over the last one year has been amazing.”I was excited to see him (Shubman) play for India. It is amazing, how he has improved so much. He came back from the (India) A tour, scored lot of runs in domestic cricket, straightaway got an opportunity,” said Yuvraj.Impressed with how domestic cricket is improving: YuvrajYuvraj also was pleased with rise of teams like Vidarbha, Gujarat, and Saurashtra in the domestic circuit.”Very impressed with Vidarbha, they have got some great players. They have got an outstanding coach — Chandrakant Pandit — who’s definitely got the best out of the team.”Also impressed with how domestic cricket is improving, the other teams are improving…Saurashtra are playing well, Gujarat has also been playing very well, so it is good to see that in domestic cricket,” he signed off.Vidarbha Thursday lifted their second successive Ranji Trophy title with a comfortable 78-run win over Saurashtra in the final.Also Read | Azharuddin on India’s World Cup chances: Would be very disappointed if India don’t winAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s helped Rishabh Pant bat well in Auckland: Harbhajan SinghAlso See:last_img read more

India vs New Zealand: MS Dhoni has done a lot for India, says Vijay Shankar

first_img Asian News International HamiltonFebruary 10, 2019UPDATED: February 10, 2019 20:11 IST MS Dhoni could not win the match for India as he scored only 2 off 5 deliveries (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni played his 300th Twenty20 match in Hamilton on SundayDhoni affected a stumping and a catch in his 300th T20 match but scored only 2 runsVijay Shankar who top scored but India lost the match by 4 runs and the series 1-2Indian all-rounder Vijay Shankar looks up to former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as he believes the wicketkeeper has done a lot for the team.”For someone like me, I try and learn from watching each and every player we have in our team because everyone has done something in the past and they have won matches for the team especially Dhoni, who has done a lot for the team. I definitely look upto him,” Shankar told reporters after India lost the three-match T20I series 1-2 against New Zealand on Sunday.India had levelled the series in the second match but the touring side fell short by four runs in the series-decider match at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.Shankar, who injected some momentum with Rohit Sharma for India during the run-chase, top-scored with his 43 off 28 balls.”Every tour, every game is very important for me. In the matches that I have played in so far, I think I have reasonably done quite well but I could have done a lot better. It is a great learning for me. I am just looking to get better everyday,” he said.”The most important thing for us is to be really consistent and adapt ourselves to different conditions and keep performing. I think this is the only thing which can keep pushing us. T20 is such a format where we need to be flexible, as batsman we need to know the situation and be aware of what is happening around. I look to be flexible and give my best to my team,” Shankar said.advertisementIndia will next play home series against Australia. The series will comprise two T20Is followed by five-match ODIs, beginning February 24.Also Read | MS Dhoni falls for 2 in 300th T20 match as India lose narrowly to New ZealandAlso Read | Lightning quick MS Dhoni stumps Tim Seifert in less than a secondAlso Read | MS Dhoni ensures Indian flag doesn’t touch the ground as fan rushes out to touch his feetFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow India vs New ZealandFollow 3rd T20IFollow Vijay Shankar India vs New Zealand: MS Dhoni has done a lot for India, says Vijay ShankarIndia vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I: Vijay Shankar who top scored in India’s failed attempt to chase down New Zealand’s total, was full of praise for former India skipper MS Dhoni.advertisementlast_img read more

40 Teachers to Receive PM’s Medal of Appreciation

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, will award the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for service to education to 40 teachers, who have contributed more than 1,500 years of combined service to Jamaica’s development.The ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 9 at Jamaica House starting at 5:00 p.m.Instituted in 2005, the award is given to an educator, who has served for a minimum of 15 years; displayed exceptional service in the teaching profession; and has shown evidence of community involvement, innovation and creativity in service.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen, will head the list of dignitaries at the function, to include the Minister of Education, the Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, who will address the awardees.The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) band will provide fanfare and background music with performances by Vaz Preparatory School, Salvation Army School for the Blind Choir, and Kailla Kamila Grant of Lyssons Primary School in St. Thomas.Radio personality, Andrew Lawrence, will guide the evening’s proceedings, while President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Clayton Hall, will give the closing remarks. Guests are asked to be seated by 4:30 p.m.Recipients for this year’s award are: Diana Leoline Allen, Dr. Margaret Henrietta Bailey, Timothy Adolphus Bailey, Laurel Josephine Brent-Harris, Mistelle Corine Brown-West, Malleter Patricia Burton, Dr. Claudette Clarke, Precious V. Clarke, Dennis Valin Daley, Daslyn Downer, Merna Loy Farquharson-Hart, Hillary Dawn Foster, Lascelles Mark Gardner, Valda Fay Gayle, Vincent Lloyd Guthrie, Norma June Henry, Beverley Onamadge Henry-Isaacs, Beverly Rebecca Jobson Grant, and Dr. Beverley Icilda Johnson.Also to be recognized are: Colonel Errol Vaughn Johnson, Hilory Pamela Kelly, Cyril Constantine Lebert, Constance Louise Lemoth-Graham, Joycinth Clover Malcolm, Leroy Ezekiel Marshall, Glascine Lynette McCormack Lazarus, Carlette Venice McKenzie, Lorna Eugenie Rampassard, Claude Rattray, Lydia Richards, Norma Elise Ricketts, Eugena Leadora Robinson, Devon Emanuel Ruddock, Lileth Ruth Sewell, Eann Edward Singh, Patrick Roy Smith, Joan Juliet Spencer-Ernandez, Aldith Hope Patricia Stephens, Minna Elizabeth Thompson, and Vernal Segismund Thompson.Contact: Judith A. Hunterlast_img read more

BJP woman leader her son shot at

first_imgNew Delhi: A 60-year-old BJP Mahila Morcha leader and her 35 year old son received gunshot injuries in Delhi on Friday when a relative allegedly opened fire at them.The incident took place on Friday morning around 6:30 am at Delhi Kanjhawala’s Jaunti village area. While Rajrani was hit by a bullet in her leg, her son received injuries on his hand and stomach. Both of them underwent surgeries. “Both victims are undergoing treatment at a hospital in Rohini. While the mother is stable, her son is in a critical condition. The perpetrator was a relative and attacked them due to a property dispute.” DCP Rohini, SD Mishra, said. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkAccording to police, personal enmity over some property-related matter may have led to the attack. Relatives say that the dispute is over 250 gaj plot in Kanjhawala for which the assailants also lay a claim. “The attackers came in a Scorpio early morning and then shot my mother in law. We have been receiving threats for a long time and we have also informed the same to the local police station. The accused has a shady past and has been involved in many criminal activities too,” said Jyoti, daughter in law of Rajrani. “I received a phone call about the firing and immediately rushed to their house. I saw that both mother and son were badly injured and had bullet wounds. I rushed them immediately to the hospital, where they are undergoing treatment. We had told about the threat to the police earlier too,” said another relative. Police has started a hunt for the accused who is on the run.last_img read more

Join Steve Nash For The Ultimate Soccer Experience In Rio

first_imgA new online auction is giving you the chance to experience the beauty of Brazil and the thrill of “Joga Bonito” with the ultimate Steve Nash Soccer Experience!Start in Búzios with Steve and others for the ultimate waterman adventure hosted by big wave surf legend Garrett “GMAC” McNamara. Known for riding the larges wave ever surfed (100 feet at Nazare, Portugal), GMAC will offer daily surf and stand-up paddleboard lessons. After catching some waves and hanging out with an NBA All Star on the beautiful beaches of Búzios, head to Rio deJaneiro’s legendary Marcanã Stadium and join Steve at the Spain vs. Chile match on June 18th. Experience the action unfold in total comfort from a Bossa Nova Studio including food prepared by an internationally renowned chef and premium beverages throughout the match.This incredible package includes: • Full experience of the FIFA 2014 World Cup with NBA Legend Steve Nash • Surf Lessons with Garrett McNamara • 7 night stay in a picturesque Buzios Villa • Official MATCH Hospitality ticket-inclusive hospitality package for Spain vs. Chile • Private dinner with Steve Nash and McNamara at Rocka restaurant in Buzios • Ground transportation and complementary access to armored vehicle transfers • Concierge services for the duration of your stay through on site Valet solution • Onside protective agents • Complementary visa ProxyThe auction benefits Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and runs until June 3. It can be accessed via read more

France Gave Algerians Fewer Visas in 2018 than 2017

Rabat – France granted fewer visas to Algerians in 2018 than in 2017, according to a report of the General Directorate of Foreigners in France (DGEF) published on January 15.The French Consul General in Algeria, Marc Sedille, told Algerian state news agency TSA in November that the drop is due to the change of service providers at the beginning of the year and service stopping for almost a month; the introduction of France-Visas, a stricter application system; and the tightening of border controls because of the influx of migrants.Read Also: France to Begin New Schengen Visa Application ProcedureThe number of visas France granted to Algerian nationals fell from 413,976 in 2017 to 297,104 in 2018, a decrease of 28 percent. In contrast, France granted more visas to Moroccans and Tunisians in 2018 than in 2017, according to the French interior ministry. Moroccan visa approvals increased by 3 percent and Tunisian approvals by 13 percent.France visa approvals by NationalityThe French Ambassador to Algeria Xavier Driencourt told TSA that President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit in 2018 had been cancelled due to the “yellow vests” protests since November.Driencourt also said that French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe also cancelled a visit to Algeria scheduled for December 2018. “In December, the government had a number of emergencies to deal with.” read more

Government denies reports on navy attack

“The External Affairs Ministry said that it was revealed that naval vessels had not entered Indian waters at any time either on 6 or 7 March, as alleged. It was further revealed that no Sri Lankan Naval craft had opened fire at any fishing vessel or any other object on 6 or 7 March in the area,” the External Affairs Ministry said. The navy had arrested 16 fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters off the north-western coast on 3 March, the External Affairs Ministry said.“The Sri Lanka Navy reiterates its commitment to not use force under any circumstances and extend humane treatment to all fishermen at all times,” the External Affairs Ministry added. The navy expresses concern over the large number of fishermen from Southern India crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) and fishing in Sri Lankan waters on a regular basis. The Hindu newspaper had reported earlier that a fisherman from Karaikal was injured when he was fired upon allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy, about 11 nautical miles off the Kodiakarai coast.Shenbagam (40) of Kilinjamedu was shot in the back while steering one of two mechanised boats in which a group of fishermen ventured into the sea last Saturday. A few others escaped, the fishermen said in a police complaint later, the Hindu newspaper report said.Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa voiced serious concern over such incidents and demanded that the Union government take firm action. The government has denied reports that the navy had attacked Indian fishermen off the Kodiakarai coast yesterday.A statement by the External Affairs Ministry said that on seeing reports in the media on an incident of alleged firing at Indian fishermen by the Sri Lanka Navy off the Kodiakarai coast, an investigation had been carried out. In a letter to the Prime Minister, she said the latest incident was an attempt to intimidate India and “browbeat” it into not raising its voice against Sri Lankan authorities in international forums. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Princess Diana and Winston Churchills mental health experiences to be used to

first_imgThose on the list include Winston Churchill, who suffered from periods of depression which he referred to as ‘black dogs’; the novelist Virginia Woolf, who was thought to be bipolar and the Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain, who was also bipolar and was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder as a child.The module also lists Abraham Lincoln, who battled clinical depression; Charles Darwin, who suffered from agoraphobia – a fear of open spaces; singers Janet Jackson (depression) and Britney Spears (who has spoken in the past about being bipolar); and actors Robin Williams (depression and dementia) and Jim Carrey (bipolar).The trial follows a pledge by Prime Minister Theresa May to “transform” attitudes to mental health, and calls by Sir Anthony Seldon, former headmaster of Wellington College, for schools to boost children’s wellbeing.  Winston ChurchillCredit:H. F. Davis /GettyImages In a separate trial, children in secondary schools will have classes from teachers trained to deliver The Mental Health And High School Curriculum Guide in a UK first.The guide, which was developed in Canada, claims to have shown “significant and substantial positive impacts on improvement in teachers’ and students’ knowledge and a decrease in stigma”.The curriculum’s first module is on famous people who have lived with a mental health illness in which students research one person from a list of prominent figures. Diana’s friend Rosa Monckton said she welcomed the scheme. “There is no doubt that mental health is a huge issue with the youth of today, and it was in the public domain that Diana had these problems,” she told the Mail on Sunday.”To have overcome them in the way she did while being in the public eye was fairly extraordinary.”Former England captain Beckham has also spoken publicly about his obsessive compulsive disorder which leaves him addicted to arranging things in straight lines or pairs.”I’ll go into a hotel room and before I can relax, I have to move all the leaflets and all the books and put them in a drawer. Everything has to be perfect,” he revealed in a 2006 interview with ITV.The Department for Education are hoping to trial the scheme in around 135 schools, with children as young as eight being taught mindfulness and relaxation techniques.    Princess Diana Winston Churchill  Princess DianaCredit:VINCENT ALMAVY center_img Princess Diana and Winston Churchill’s mental health experiences are to be used to teach children how to avoid ‘the black dog’ of depression in school lessons.They are among a number of figures who have spoken out about their own struggles and feature in a scheme aimed at reducing the stigma around mental health. Princess Diana spoke candidly about her depression, her struggles with the eating disorder bulimia and self-harming in a 1995 interview with the BBC’s Panorama programme. The princess is among a number of well known figures, including former footballer David Beckham and the late Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, who may be discussed on the scheme. The Royal Family have also championed mental health causes, with princes William and Harry both speaking publicly of the importance to remove stigma from mental health sufferers.A Department for Education spokesman said: “‎It is vital that all children and young people get the help and support they need and deserve. It is up to schools how and whether to measure the wellbeing of pupils.  “We know that schools often want to provide specific interventions to promote the mental wellbeing of their pupils but sometimes struggle to know what approaches to use. That is why we have announced plans to do further research trials in schools on what interventions work best.“We also want to strengthen the links between schools and local NHS mental health staff, backed by an additional £1.4 billion government investment.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Whats new at Hillhead 2018

first_imgNext month Tarmac’s Hillhead Quarry, near Buxton, in Derbyshire, England, will once again host the world’s biggest working quarry exhibition, and with no fewer than 525 UK and overseas companies booked into Hillhead 2018, this year’s event will be 10% larger than ever before, easily surpassing the 476 exhibitors that attended in 2016. Show director Richard Bradbury explained: “Growth has come from additional outdoor space created at the top end of the site and the Registration Pavilion, which has doubled in size and will host 90 companies this year. A record number of demonstrations are also being planned and we are looking forward to opening our doors to the industry from 26–28 June.”The following selection provides a sneak peek of just some of the new companies, plant, equipment, systems and services that visitors will be able to see on display at Hillhead 2018.Bell Equipment says it will be showcasing the largest range of articulated dump trucks on the market at this year’s Hillhead show. The company’s evolved E-series line-up now comprises machines ranging from the compact B20E to the heavyweight B60E. Visitors to the Bell stand will also be able to discover more about the new B30E 4×4. With its shorter wheelbase, this new machine is more manoeuvrable than its six-wheeled counterpart, and with the absence of a third axle tyre wear is reduced, making it a cost-effective yet efficient machine.Celebrating 40 years since the launch of the company’s construction equipment range, Doosan will be showing its latest generation of excavators, wheel loaders and articulated dump trucks, with Hillhead 2018 providing the platform for the UK launch of several new product developments, including a new version of the company’s 30-t DA30 ADT. The company has also announced a number of new safety and ergonomic features on all six of its large wheel loaders, and has implemented a restyling of all models in the range, with a modified colour scheme and more dynamic curved lines designed to reinforce the robustness and power of Doosan loaders.Lined up on static display on Hitachi Construction Machinery’s stand at Hillhead 2018 we will be the new Hitachi ZW330-6 wheel loader alongside the ZX530LCH-6 and ZX690LCR-6BE crawler excavators, whilst the company’s heavyweight ZX890LCR-6BE tracked excavator will be put through its paces in the face demonstration area.JCB will highlight its brand new 20-t 220X tracked excavator. Over a four-year development period, the company has undertaken an intensive programme of X-series component and product testing to achieve increased levels of build quality and provide maximum operator comfort, durability and reliability in operation. Several variants of the machine will be shown on the stand and in the demonstration area, including models in demolition specification. The new X-Series excavators will feature alongside other machines from the company’s extensive product range, including: the JCB 7T-1 front-tip, hi-viz site dumper; the Hydradig 110W; and the JCB Pilingmaster backhoe loader.MIT, suppliers of industrial driveline components, will be displaying the new HP500 wet clutch power take-off (PTO) system from Twin Disc and HTV700 hybrid electric driveline system, designed and manufactured by Transfluid Italy. Launched earlier this year, the heavy-duty HP500 PTO delivers 500hp at 1,800 rev/min and is well suited to driving pumps, grinders, crushers, dredgers, chippers, shredders and heavy-duty drilling. Showcasing the green credentials of hybrid technology, the Transfluid HT700 system allows the end-user to operate in three modes – electric propulsion; engine propulsion; and booster. In electric mode, the unit operates with zero emissions and minimal vibration, while booster mode delivers extra torque by increasing acceleration via the electric motor.First-time exhibitors OKO will be showing its strongest tyre sealant to date – Mining X-tra Heavy Duty – which has been successfully tested to –52°C in Siberia and is officially approved by Norilsk, one of the world’s largest mining companies, in tyres as large as 62in. The sealant is sold to heavy-duty vehicle fleets in over 80 countries. The company will also be launching OKO LifeLong, a free-flowing wheel and tyre life extender liquid. It uses state-of-the-art nanotechnology to actively clean and prolong wheel rims by coating them with a molecular film at all times. The bright green UV LifeLong product also alerts operators to sidewall tyre cracks and bead/rim/O-ring leaks so that these can be repaired before they cause problems. It is available in 25- to 220-litre drums as well as 1,000-litre intermediate bulk containers.Pioneer Pump, one of the world leaders in the design and supply of high-performance, portable and permanently installed pumps, will be showing its brand new 150SMS dewatering pump and the new compact and lightweight 300SLC. Featuring Pioneer’s high-flow 12in pump, built into a redesigned canopy with reduced footprint and improved accessibility, the new 300SLC is designed to work under the most challenging applications.SMT GB, the exclusive distributors for Volvo Construction Equipment products in Great Britain, will be showing the new L260H wheel loader, ECR355E excavator, EWR170E and EW220E wheeled excavators for the first time in Great Britain, while Volvo CE’s largest machines – the A60H ADT and EC750E excavator – will be at work in the demonstration area. In addition, the Volvo-powered Man Engine will be making a special guest appearance at this year’s show. Standing at 10 m tall, this giant mechanical puppet is not to be missed!On display for the first time at a UK show will be the new Terex Finlay J-960, J-1160, I-120RS mobile crushers, whilst from the screening range Terex Finlay will be showcasing its 674 inclined screener and 883+ heavy-duty screener. In addition, the TC-65, TC-80 and TC-100 tracked conveyors from the company’s expanding line of mobile conveyors will be on display. Terex Finlay will also be previewing four brand new products in advance of their global market launches during 2018, while, in the working demonstration area the new I-120 impact crusher and 883+ triple-shaft impact screener will be working in tandem in conjunction with the new TF75HL high-level conveyor.Visitor registration is open for Hillhead 2018, which takes place June 26–28 at Hillhead Quarry, near Buxton, in Derbyshire, England. Put the dates in your diary and pre-register for your free entry at: www.hillhead.comlast_img read more

Ireland buys back €500 million of its own bonds

first_imgIRELAND HAS BOUGHT back €500 million of its own national debt, erasing the need to repay it when it fell due next month.The NTMA this afternoon said it was cancelling €500 million of a treasury bond which was supposed to be repaid on April 18.The agency had been due to repay €5.125 billion next month, having raised the money in an auction in January 2012.Because the NTMA has now bought some of the bonds itself, however, it would only end up repaying the money to itself – meaning it cuts down on administrative costs to simply cancel the bonds entirely.The agency had already announced a similar move in late December, after buying another €500 million tranche.The moves are likely to have been part-funded by the issue of new 10-year bonds worth €5 billion last week, and help to ease a ‘funding cliff’ where Ireland was due to make significant repayments of its national debt over the coming 12 months.Last week’s auction ensured that Ireland had enough cash in hand to make nearly €12.9 billion in scheduled repayments, between the activities next month and in January 2014.Those repayments will also include a €22 million repayment on its bailout loans, the first time that Ireland will have repaid some of the €56.5 billion it has borrowed so far from the EU, IMF, Britain, Denmark and Sweden.Read: Ireland to auction €500 million in T-Bills tomorrowlast_img read more

Heres why your next TV binge should be Rick and Morty

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 28 Comments Friday 24 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM Your Next TV Binge is’s new Friday feature, recommending a box set for you to get stuck into over the weekend. This week: Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. THINK OF THE weirdest show on TV. Multiply it by… infinity. Now you’re getting close to the weirdness levels on show within Rick and Morty, the cult-iest of cult shows imaginable.Based on a very twisted take of Back To The Future – Doc and Marty have become Rick and Morty, kind of – it tells the story of an alcoholic genius and his easily-led grandson (both voiced by show creator Justin Roiland), and their adventures in this and every other dimension of the multiverse.On top of that, the pair have to cope with everything going on in the home they share with Morty’s parents Jerry and Beth , and his older sister Summer (30 Rock’s Chris Parnell, Scrubs’ Sarah Chalke, and Spencer – daughter of Kelsey – Grammer). Source: jorthak/YouTubeWhile that might sound like a middle ground between The Simpsons and Futurama, this show is sooooo much more than that. And most of that comes down to Rick. He is the most singular, original, offensive, intelligent and layered animated character to come along in, well, forever. His apathy for the lives of others – he often forgets the word for “human” – means that he drinks and swears and kills indiscriminately. But he also has a major soft spot for his grandson. And that’s usually how the duo end up in doo-doo.Over the course of the two seasons so far, they’ve tackled The Devil himself in a haunted charity shop, witnessed an interdimensional version of The X Factor in which the losers have their home planets destroyed (Google “Get Schwifty” to hear Earth’s entry), found a love potion that accidentally turns everyone around the globe into “a bunch of Cronenbergs”, and while trying to train their dog, they make it too smart and their little Snowball ends up enslaving the entire planet. Short URL By Rory Cashin Here’s why your next TV binge should be… Rick and Morty Where high-concept science fiction meets really, really funny jokes. Share Tweet Email1 Source: Giphy The show was co-created by Dan Harmon (the genius behind the equally smart and funny Community). He and Justin Roiland have made an animated comedy that tackles some major issues in a way no other show can. When the duo accidentally crash-land on a Purge planet, the story pretty much becomes about how rich people are backing the space equivalent of the NRA. When Rick and Summer are imprisoned on a female-ruled planet after Rick lets out a fart in public, the entire episode descends into an argument about men vs women as leaders.Coupled to the intense funny-bone hits are a bevy of high-concept science fiction ideas. Would you want to use special goggles that allow you to see through the eyes of parallel universe versions of yourself? What if they’re rich and famous and doing a much better job of being you than you are? Every episode sets up a concept like that one to fill your brain with What Ifs? Source: U³/YouTubeBarely thirty seconds will go by without an indelible catchphrase or eye-popping sight gag (once the Meeseeks are introduced, it becomes a game of Willy Wonka trying to find them again in the following episodes).And then there’s the fourth-wall breaking Interdimensional Cable Box episodes, in which the family sit down to watch TV shows from all around the universe. So there’s a violent Antique’s Roadshow, or the cop show where all the characters are made out of sweetcorn, or Ball Fondlers, perhaps the greatest TV show never made. Source: GRAVY TheGrimRapper/YouTubeAfter only two seasons, it’s already being hailed as one of the funniest animated shows of all time. Stephen Colbert, Christina Hendricks, Alfred Molina, Key & Peele, Patton Oswalt, Werner Herzog, Alan Tudyk, Jemaine Clement and loads more have lent their voices to supporting characters.And with a third season due for release later in 2017, now is the perfect time to catch up on the space-based madness. If only so that you can keep up with the quotes all your coolest friends have been repeating for the past few months.So where can I watch it? Both seasons of Rick and Morty are currently available on Netflix.Read all our TV binge recommendations here>Why your next TV binge should be… Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD> Feb 24th 2017, 8:00 PM 17,443 Views last_img read more

High court allows use of Pentagon funds for border wall

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Supreme Court cleared the way Friday for the Trump administration to tap billions of dollars in Pentagon funds to build sections of a border wall with Mexico.The court’s five conservative justices gave the administration the greenlight to begin work on four contracts it has awarded using Defense Department money. Funding for the projects had been frozen by lower courts. The court’s four liberal justices wouldn’t have allowed construction to start.The justices’ decision to lift the freeze on the money allows Trump to make progress on a major 2016 campaign promise heading into his race for a second term. Trump tweeted after the announcement: “Wow! Big VICTORY on the Wall. The United States Supreme Court overturns lower court injunction, allows Southern Border Wall to proceed. Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!”A trial court initially froze the funds in May and an appeals court kept that freeze in place earlier this month. The freeze had prevented the government from tapping approximately $2.5 billion in Defense Department money to replace existing sections of barrier in Arizona, California and New Mexico with more robust fencing.The case the Supreme Court ruled on began after the 35-day partial government shutdown that started in December of last year. Trump ended the shutdown in February after Congress gave him approximately $1.4 billion in border wall funding. But the amount was far less than the $5.7 billion he was seeking, and Trump then declared a national emergency to take cash from other government accounts to use to construct sections of wall.last_img read more

Financial management laws good financial systems questionable for TCI

first_img Related Items:anand heeraman, audit general, financial system, tci audit committee Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Feb 2016 – Although the Turks and Caicos is performing well financially, the released Auditor General’s report for 2014-2015 exposed that good laws need to be supported now by good systems. A battery of documents were made public during House of Assembly debate in December and Magnetic Media can report that the auditor, Anand Heeraman, found some of the accounting favorable, but cited – in the main – that issues with the last financial audit of government spending were repeated. In the conclusion of the audit, Heeraman says the way things are currently set up, it is impossible for the country to get a true sense of where the government is as a whole fiscally and if the country is getting true value for money in whatever spending is taking place. The Auditor said and I quote, “…there still remains a gap between the intention of the finance laws and their implementation…” Heeraman also said, “Some of these weaknesses identified by the TCI Audit Committee included absence of a risk management process, inadequate asset and liability management, no controls in place to ensure the reliability of financial information being reported, absence of documented policies and procedures to guide the operations, inadequate filing and storage of financial records and transaction documents, absence of supervisory review and management approval for transactions, inadequate documentation and inaccurate recording of inventory items and no systems in place to ensure compliance with applicable Ordinances and Regulations.”The risk of stealing is high, the instance of wrong reporting is high and regular and accountability within TCIG is sorely lacking. Of the four final opinions the Auditor General is required to give, only one was qualified or satisfactory; the other three were adverse or non-satisfactory.last_img read more

Travel Agent Star Awards Press Release 2016

first_img Related Items: Nancy Finn, Island GetawaysEileen Nason, Discerning JourneysElizabeth Jones, Vacations To GoRyan Speakman, Got 2 Go Travel, WiganChairman’s AwardCindy McCabe, Bethany Travel, USALois Barbour, Travel Time, TPI, Canada Lifetime Achievement AwardJackie Friedman, Nexion Inc.Julie Lanham, Vacations To RememberNaomi Kalata, Everafter TravelJim Ehehalt, Brookside TravelVeronica Kastukevich, Custom TravelSally Jane Smith, TravelsmithsKim Hartlen, Tripcentral.Ca, BedfordDanielle Sotera, Travel3000Tony Sotera, Travel3000Monica Mckay, 510 TravelSandals Hall of Fame InductionDean Smith. – Flight Centre Travel GroupTop Beaches Travel Agency ChainLiberty TravelTop Sandals Travel Agency ChainLiberty TravelTop Host and Home Based Travel AgenciesNexion Inc.Cruise Planners/American ExpressTravel Professionals InternationalTop Ten Travel AgenciesVIP Vacations Inc.Royal TravelTwinsburg Travel & Cruise, Inc.Travel QuestEnchanted HoneymoonsIsland GetawaysDream Makers Vacation ServicesEscapes Unlimited Az, LLC.Avoya Travel/ American ExpressLoyaltyone Travel ServicesThe event was also made possible by its sponsors, American Airlines, Air Canada Vacations, TravelWeek Canada, Island Routes Caribbean Adventures, Sandals Foundation, Logistical Outsourcing Inc. and Travel Agent Magazine. To learn more about how to become a STAR agent of Sandals Resorts through the exclusive CSS (Certified Sandals Specialist) program, contact your local Sandals Business Development Manager or visit for additional details. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBeaches and Sandals Resorts celebrated The 15th Annual Sandals Travel Agency Recognition (S.T.A.R.) Awards December 1-4, 2016 at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa.   Over 500 travel agents, guests, VIPs and media from North America, UK, Canada and Latin America was in on island last to be recognized for their diligence and fortitude in selling destination Turk & Caicos as well as the Caribbean .Spear headed by Resort Sales Manager Tanya Swann, the weekend’s activities celebrated and honored the hard work of agents with a number of special events including a “Wete Fete” water party, a foam party at the resort’s waterpark, and a Gala followed by a performance from Grammy nominated singer Taylor Dayne.“It’s always a pleasure for us here at Beaches Turks & Caicos to Host the Sandals Resorts International Star Awards.” Said Tanya Swann, “ This year it was the 15th Annual Star Awards and it was for over three hundred Travel Agents & their Spouses.  The hype and the enthusiasm of the Agents for been chosen as the top sellers was just magnificent as well as they were all glad that it was at Beaches Turks, the Resort that they all love to come to.”Sandals Resorts International CEO Adam Stewart addressed the agents thanking them for their dedication and providing them with insight on future developments.   Sandals Resorts created the S.T.A.R. Awards in 2002 as a way to recognize top travel agents and their agencies as well as showcase the latest resort products and on-island attractions.  Among the impressive awards taken home this year, the distinguished group of winners included the following:“Making preparations for this event is such a wonderful experience for us all, has it’s up to us to show them exactly what we at Beaches Turks have to offer, from the Arrivals to the settings of each function to just going out on the boat and relaxing while basking in the beauty of our “Beautiful by Nature” Islands.”  She continued, “Our aim each time we host one of these Star Awards we present something to the Agents that is breath taking and not only for them but also something that they can sell to their Guests.”Winners includes:Worldwide Contribution to the Sandals FoundationMaria Snyzik, The Vacation Van, Beavercreek, OhioOutstanding Sales Achievement – WeddingsVIP Vacations Inc.Royal TravelDiscerning JourneysWedding VibeIsland GetawaysCEO Award – Social Media Maria Snyzik, The Vacation Van, Beavercreek, OhioMary Fowler, Riverside Tours And TravelCEO Award of ExcellenceWanda Keefer, All Seasons Vacations LLC.Renee Cannon, Marlin TravelKaren Lippett, Lattitudes Plus Smart TravelChairman’s Royal Club Elite 2017Jennifer Doncsecz, VIP Vacations, Inc.Terri Flood, Escapes Unlimited #MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Texas House Passes Bill To Spend More Than 3 Billion To Help

first_img X Share Tomas Gonzalez for The Texas TribuneDamage from Hurricane Harvey near the Texas Gulf Coast on Aug. 27, 2017. 00:00 /00:47 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Nearly two years after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas coast, the Texas House approved legislation Thursday that would pull more than $3 billion from the state’s rainy day fund to help pay for flood control projects statewide.The House version of Senate Bill 7 is one of three disaster relief bills Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick declared a top priority earlier in the legislative session. Sponsored by state Rep. Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, it combines the Senate version with a House alternative, creating two funds that would provide grants and loans for flood control and mitigation projects.The first is the Flood Infrastructure Fund, which would draw nearly $3.3 billion from the state’s savings account, the Economic Stabilization Fund. The second is the Texas Infrastructure Resiliency Fund, outlined in the Senate version authored by state Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe. That fund would allow cities, counties and other political subdivisions to apply for grants and low- or zero-interest loans for specific projects through the Texas Water Development Board.“It is a great product of two different ideas that I think will serve this state really well for the coming years,” Phelan said Thursday. The resiliency fund would comprise four accounts. The Hurricane Harvey Account would help draw down federal dollars for flood projects related to Hurricane Harvey. The Federal Matching Account would use state money to help local communities with the matching funds required for projects that are eligible for partial federal funding.Another account would help finance projects included in the statewide flood plan, created under Senate Bill 8 by state Sen. Charles Perry, a Lubbock Republican. Similar to the water development board’s State Water Plan, the state flood plan would allow representatives from each of the state flood planning regions to craft a plan and submit it to the water development board for consideration. High priority projects would be considered first for funding, Perry’s office told the Tribune in January.SB 8 also received approval in the House on Thursday, with only a third reading — usually a formality — remaining.“Today, the Texas House passed historic flood mitigation legislation that will benefit the state for generations,” Creighton said in a statement after the House version passed. “Hurricane Harvey was the worst storm in U.S. history and exposed serious weaknesses in our infrastructure, and this bill is a strong step forward to ensuring a more resilient Texas.”This article was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Additional audio reporting by Houston Public Media’s Andrew Schneider. Listenlast_img read more

Burundi president Nkurunziza sworn in for third term

first_imgBurundian President Pierre Nkurunziza was sworn in for a controversial third term in power on Thursday, the presidency said, following elections last month, weeks of protests and a failed coup.Nkurunziza took the “oath for a new term of five years”, the presidency said in a statement, in a surprise ceremony on Thursday, announced only a few hours in advance.In his oath, the Nkurunziza swore loyalty to the constitution and “to dedicate all my forces to the defence of the best interests of the nation, to assure national unity and the cohesion of the Burundian people, social peace and justice.”  Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortHis third term has been condemned as unconstitutional by the opposition and provoked months of protests. There have been a string of killings since his reelection, including of a top general, killed in a rocket attack last month.No foreign head of state was present, and only South Africa was represented at ministerial level. Several African countries, as well as China and Russia, sent their ambassadors.The ambassadors of European Union nations and the United States did not attend, but were represented by lower ranking officials. Nkurunziza won 69.41 percent of the vote, an immediate first round victory.  Also Read – Pakistan Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanBut the United Nations observer mission said the vote last month was not “inclusive free and credible” and was held “in an environment of profound mistrust” between political rivals. Burundi’s constitution only allows a president to be elected twice – for a total of 10 years in power – but before these polls Nkurunziza argued he had only been directly elected by the people once. In power since 2005, when he was selected by parliament, he was re-elected in 2010. Nkurunziza, a 51-year-old former sports teacher and born-again Christian, was a Hutu rebel leader during the central African country’s 13-year civil war, when at least 300,000 people were killed.The opposition and international community claimed a third term violated the Arusha accords that had brought that conflict, which raged between 1993 and 2006, to an end.That war pitted rebels from the majority Hutu people against an army dominated by the minority Tutsi.Top international envoys from the United Nations, African Union, European Union, Belgium and United States have called on all sides to “recommit to a transparent, inclusive, and comprehensive political dialogue”.last_img read more

Spokesman US citizen Puracal leaves Nicaragua

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Puracal left the prison Thursday afternoon hunched down in the back seat of a car being driven by his lawyer without talking to reporters waiting outside.Fabbrith Gomez, Puracal’s attorney, briefly stopped the car and said that Puracal needed a shower and some rest, and wouldn’t be speaking to the news media.Puracal’s team then said officials weren’t letting him leave the country, although Nicaragua’s immigration chief, Maria Antonieta Novoa, said she was unaware of any government actions to keep the U.S. man there.Janis Puracal, the American’s sister, said the family was anxiously waiting for him to be released so he could fly back to the United States.“The fight is not over until Jason actually is walking out of the prison and comes to the United States,” his sister said by telephone before his release.A three-judge appeals panel vacated three charges against Jason Puracal in a decision announced Wednesday. He had been convicted in August 2011 and sentenced to 22 years in prison in September.Nicaragua’s chief of organized crime prosecutors, Javier Morazan, said he was studying the ruling of the appeals court to decide which steps to take. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-889-0130 ErrorOKcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) – A U.S. man imprisoned for two years by Nicaraguan authorities on drug and money-laundering charges left the country Friday in an apparent end to a case that U.S. lawmakers and human rights advocates called an example of unjust prosecution.Jason Puracal is out of Nicaragua but his family will not for the time being release any information about how he left or where he is, said Brad Chase, a spokesman for the David House Agency, a crisis-management firm that has been helping Puracal’s family. Sponsored Stories The appeals panel ruled that the sentencing judge failed to carefully examine the evidence and explain the reasons for convicting Puracal and 10 others. Also, the court agreed the judge had violated the defendants’ rights by not allowing the defense to introduce evidence.The case has drawn the scrutiny of lawmakers and rights advocates who considered the judicial process marred with inconsistencies.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more