Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi part ways again, another comeback looks bleak

first_imgMahesh Bhupathi and Leander PaesThousands of miles away, the tenor of both voices on the telephone is the same, so are the tone and the words they can bring themselves to speak, uniformly low and sad.To Indian tennis, it’s almost like a death in the family. Like death, it appears,Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander PaesThousands of miles away, the tenor of both voices on the telephone is the same, so are the tone and the words they can bring themselves to speak, uniformly low and sad.To Indian tennis, it’s almost like a death in the family. Like death, it appears now that the professional parting between Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes turned out, unfortunately, to be inevitable.The two were living in the same hotel in Indian Wells, California, separated by one floor and hours and days of unspoken resentment, answering the same questions about the reasons why they will play with different partners on the professional tour-in all probability, for the rest of their working lives.As they discuss their futures, Paes says he is looking for commitment and communication, so does Bhupathi. But it is clear that they are not looking to each other any more.They will play with others because they can no longer play together. On the endless weeks of the professional tennis tour, Team Bhupathi-Paes has failed to make it beyond the second round in their last three events.In the last six Grand Slam events, stretching back to the US Open of 2000, they have won one, but lost in the first round four times and once in the second. Their troubles are more than six Grand Slams old.Their first acrimonious break-up-blamed on the interference from support teams who instigated a personal rivalry for a share of the limelight-did deeper damage than was feared. Everything that has happened since has stemmed and festered from there.advertisementIn the past two years they have hardly had much to say to each other off court and in their last match together in Delray Beach, Florida, they barely exchanged a word on court either. Outgoing coach Bob Carmichael was their medium, but following his departure in search of a younger replacement, everything has come unglued, including, most critically, the way their peers look at them. A friend says, “They had an aura on court. Now, it’s like someone has taken a pin and burst it-pop.”At their fiercest, they could be trailing 2-5 in a final set and the opponents would worry because man, those Indian guys could rise from the grave and send you there. Today, up 5-2, anything could give. “It has hurt us both,” Paes says.”Those guys we lost to in the US Open,” Bhupathi says, “we didn’t know who they were.” While they would not be mobbed walking down the street when compared to the 12th man of the cricket team (Paes was once asked if he played table tennis), to the average Indian Bhupathi-Paes were Indian tennis.To the global game, they were Indian tennis too. Beyond the immediacy of daily headlines and the seeming relevance of who started it and who finished it, former Davis Cup captain Naresh Kumar recognises the moment for what it is-the end of an era. “They are without doubt India’s greatest doubles team of all time. I don’t think we will get an Indian world No. 1 team again.”Bhupathi and Paes know that too, which is why turning their backs on the second wind will be doubly painful. Their partnership was founded on a mix that was more heart than head: two boys who knew each other from age 14, played complementary styles and liked corny Hindi songs (so much that they picked Alisha Chinai’s tinny Made In India as the ditty to introduce them by during their first appearance at the World Doubles Championships in 1997).Emotion melted their first freeze-out as the clamour for the boys to get back together “for the country’s sake” was overpowering. Paes saw the Sydney Olympics like a beacon that beckoned and Bhupathi, who had all but signed up to play with Australian Todd Woodbridge for two years at the time, also responded to the powerful pull of that light.Once the moment was gone, so was the emotion, but not the differences. This then is another way to handle the fact that the last few years of both men’s careers are too precious to be awash with bitterness and bad memories.They will not defend their French Open title, but will turn out for India in the Davis Cup, where they have won 10 out of 12 matches played together, last losing in 1996. It may seem all seething emotion today, but this parting is Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi’s age of reason.last_img read more

Hyundai steps up security at parking yard

first_imgChennai, June 24 (PTI): Hyundai Motor India, the subsidiary of Korean auto maker Hyundai, has stepped up security at its parking yard here in the wake of recent theft of seven luxury Sports Utility Vehicles, which were later recovered. “Further to the recovery of seven stolen cars, HMIL has strengthened its security systems at the newly acquired Manapakkam yard. The yard is fully equipped with five security cameras, increased round the clock security personnel, modern control and a crisis management system”, a company spokesperson said in a statement. The yard has been levelled, spruced up and clearly demarcated for different models, he said, adding a team trained on crisis management has been set up. Seven brand new SUVs were stolen early June, from the parking yard by a gang after attacking a security guard, but five of the vehicles were traced within hours and two later. Seven men barged into a parking facility and picked up a quarrel with the security guard. After attacking him, the men drove away the SUVs in quick succession. PTI VIJ VSlast_img read more

Lindblad Expeditions & National Geographic Society Send 45 Educators on Global Expeditions

first_imgLINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY TO SEND 45 EDUCATORS ON GLOBAL EXPEDITIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME In recognition of their commitment to geographic education, 45 highly respected educators have been selected as the 13th group of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. The 2019 Fellows will embark on expeditions to locations including the High Arctic, Alaska, Central America, Antarctica and the Galápagos Islands on board Lindblad Expedition ships to enhance their geographic knowledge with hands-on, field-based experiences that they will bring back to their pre-K–12 classrooms, communities and professional networks. “When this program launched in 2006 as a tribute to Gil Grosvenor, chairman emeritus of the National Geographic Society, we had high hopes for it. We are thrilled that it has evolved to support 265 Fellows over the course of the program’s history. These exemplary educators are vital to educating and inspiring the future stewards of our planet, and our mission remains to provide them impactful experiences in the world’s remote places to stimulate their knowledge and passion to help shape their students,” said Sven Lindblad, CEO & President, Lindblad Expeditions. The 2019 class of Grosvenor Teacher Fellows is the largest ever selected in the program’s 13-year history. This diverse group of formal and informal educators, representing an array of grade levels and subject areas including social studies, STEM, second-language programs and art, are from across the United States and Canada as well as a U.S. Department of Defense Activity School in Japan. “We are immensely proud to support Grosvenor Teacher Fellows — extraordinary individuals who share our passion and commitment to inspiring the next generation of planetary stewards,” said National Geographic Society Executive Vice President and Chief Education Officer Vicki Phillips. “At the Society, we’re dedicated to providing educators with unparalleled resources and transformative experiences so they can advance students’ understanding of the world and empower them to generate solutions for a more sustainable future.” The Fellowship is open to pre-K–12 educators. Eligible applicants first had to complete National Geographic Educator Certification, a no-cost professional development program for educators committed to inspiring the next generation of scientists, explorers, educators and storytellers. Starting later this year, the 2019 Fellows will begin their 10- to 23-day expeditions on Lindblad Expedition ships National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endeavour II, National Geographic Orion and National Geographic Quest to locations across the globe. The Fellows will experience landscapes, cultures and wildlife unique to their regions of exploration. They will be accompanied by Lindblad-National Geographic expedition experts, including undersea specialists and National Geographic photographers. To prepare for their voyages, the new class of Fellows just completed a multiday, hands-on, pre-expedition workshop at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., where they learned a range of skills from photography and video editing to outreach planning and public speaking. Lindblad Expeditions’ staff and naturalists as well as past Fellows also participate in the workshop, serving as mentors to the new class now and when the new Fellows return to their classrooms and communities after their expeditions.last_img read more

DUs admission process delayed due to installation of new features

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi University, which was expected to commence its admission process from May 24, has delayed it by few more days, according to an official. Last year, DU admission forms were released by May 15 but this year no date has been confirmed yet. However, officail says that admission process has been postponed due to the Lok Sabha election results and installation of new features.Earlier, it was expected to begin by April-end, then it was postponed by May 21 and lastly there were assumptions that the DU application would begin from May 27, 2019, but that too could not start. When Millennium Post approached the DU academic council, the officials said that the confirmed date is yet to be announced. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarDigging about the reasons for the delay, the DU official said that they are trying to incorporate new tech-based initiatives for making the varsity admission process smoother for students. That’s why, it is causing a delay. He also said, “We will add an online calculator in the DU admission portal and mobile- application which will calculate and inform students about their best four scores for the subjects they are applying for, through this way student will avert the confusion for selection of the best four subjects marks.” “National Testing Agency has been asked to conduct the online entrance exam for the admission to the varsity,” the official added. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe official also said, “From this year, many new rules are being enforced for DU admission, in which, the varsity is planning to give extra benefits to students belonging to rural areas. These are likely to be in terms of a pass percentage relaxation, however, the final decision on the same is yet to be announced.” “The process is delayed this year in comparison to last few years. The main reason for this could be rectification of problems and deficiency in the system. Another reason is upgradation of the software. Timely and hassle-free completion of admission process is as important as its opening. For this, a dedicated admission branch which works round the year just like examination branch, is required in such a big university,” Dr Rasal Singh, Member, Academic Council, said. “Direction from CBSE to DU to align admission process with its results especially revaluation could be another important reason,” he added.last_img read more

Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index is down 55.91 points to 15,210.13.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 10.72 points to 21,518.27.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index shed 7.75 points to 2,445.71.The Nasdaq composite index lost 7.62 points to 6,231.39.The Canadian dollar was trading at 75.33 cents US, down from Monday’s average price of 75.64 cents US.

A New Picture Emerges for Cable Cellular

apple_cable.jpg Playing in the cable companies’ favor is the fact that enterprises are under relentless pressure to cut costs, and these services are cheap! Comcast and Charter offer unlimited voice/data/text for $45 per line, per month; AT&T and Verizon unlimited plans start at $70 to $80 per month. The cable companies also offer usage plans at $12 or $14 per gigabyte. Now Altice, which acquired the Cablevision and Suddenlink properties, is planning to offer unlimited plans for $20 to $30 per month. Given changing economics of the cellular business, it’s now feasible for cable companies to support Apple iPhones natively with their new generation of WiFi-cellular wireless services. This means the decision regarding whether these services are a good fit for businesses is on the table for enterprise buyers. After all, given the prevalence of iPhones in corporate use, any service that would require iPhone users to switch to Androids would be a nonstarter in enterprise environments. The cable companies have now checked the iPhone box, but the majority of enterprises — and certainly those with 100 or more phones — still prefer to deal with the operator directly rather than buying through mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), including cable companies. While the cable companies will make use of their Wi-Fi assets for these offerings, they’ll need to depend on reselling a cellular carrier’s network service in order to provide uninterrupted coverage. Over the past several years, cable companies have advanced numerous attempts, plans, announcements, and pilot offerings of mobile wireless service. Little has come of these efforts. Now, cable companies like Comcast, Charter, and Altice are focusing on adding cellular to the TV and Internet services they provide – and these offerings seem to be gaining traction. As reported in The Wall Street Journal, for example, Comcast had signed up 1.4 million wireless subscribers as of March. For now, these plans (and prices) are only available to subscribers of those companies’ Internet services. The shrinking cable TV market has already spurred the cable companies to refocus on selling Internet, UCaaS, and other services to business customers. If these wireless initiatives are successful, they could be expanded to include businesses as well. When voice was a more significant portion of wireless traffic, the strategy of depending on Wi-Fi was more problematic. iPhones default to cellular for voice calls, so the cable company would be paying the cellular carrier for virtually all voice calls. Android devices usually default to cellular for voice, though the OS allows a user to select Wi-Fi as the default for voice either in Settings or with a downloaded app. As a result, any Wi-Fi-first or Wi-Fi-only service that looked to save money by shifting voice traffic to voice over Wi-Fi supported Android devices only. It turns out that routing customer data onto Wi-Fi is pretty easy, as both iPhone and Android devices default to Wi-Fi (over cellular) for data traffic. If there’s an accessible Wi-Fi network within range, that’s where the data is going. Mobile Voice, Data, Text: Unlimited for $20 a Month?! Michael Finneran September 19, 2019 Calling itself an ‘infrastructure-based MVNO,’ cable operator Altice sets new price point for cellular service. Dissecting Microsoft’s ‘Discovery’ of Firstline Workers Michael Finneran September 24, 2019 The mobile field is rife with meaningful examples of business process automation. Can Microsoft be a factor? CBRS: A Threat to Wi-Fi? Gary Audin September 27, 2019 Have enterprises unjustly dismissed Citizens Broadband Radio Service in favor of Wi-Fi? Click below to continue readingTags:News & ViewsCable CellularCable companieswirelessCellular ServicesMobilityAnalyst InsightDeployment ModelsEnterprise NetworkingIndustry NewsNews & Views12nextlast Articles You Might Like 5G Insights: IoT Opportunities, Vulnerabilities Gary Audin August 13, 2019 5G will provide an opportunity to connect IoT devices across the enterprise, but security vulnerabilities may follow. With unlimited talk and text (UT&T) plans, voice service has essentially become a giveaway. Since the requirement to route voice calls to Wi-Fi is no longer an issue, the cable companies no longer have to restrict customers to Android devices. Habits of the ‘Always’ Connected Worker Gary Audin September 20, 2019 How connected are we? Wilson Electronics tries to find out in their latest survey. See All in Mobility » All the major cable companies have deployed extensive Wi-Fi networks to provide mobile access to Internet customers from public gathering places. A few years ago, several of the cable companies got together to deploy Cable WiFi, which, in essence, is a plan to allow their subscribers to roam onto other partners’ Wi-Fi networks. According to Comcast, the Cable WiFi consortium now has an estimated 18 million hotspots nationwide. iPhone Is In Because Voice Is a GiveawayKey to the cable operators’ pricing strategy is the plan to carry as much of their customers’ data traffic on their Wi-Fi networks as they can. That will minimize how much they have to pay to the underlying carrier for use of its cellular network services. Log in or register to post comments read more

The 2019 Favorites And Breakout Picks For The American League

TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series How Elo is forecasting the AL East race Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series Orioles142160102-198<1<1<1 Indians15539567+13382%73%8% Based on 100,000 simulations of the 2019 MLB seasonSources: Baseball prospectus, Fangraphs, Clay Davenport Yankees15699765+14782%47%13% Blue Jays14827587-5592<1 Royals14517092-10342<1 The division race: The New York Yankees didn’t sign Manny Machado or Bryce Harper. But they didn’t need to: They have Aaron Hicks (4.8 wins above replacement1According a mix of Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs’ competing versions of the metric. last season) and young, burgeoning stars Gleyber Torres (2.4) and Miguel Andujar (2.5). While they will be without staff ace Luis Severino (5.1) for some time, our forecast likes them just a bit more than the defending World Series champion Red Sox. The Yankees’ position players set the single-season record for home runs last year and could threaten their own mark this year. And in a game increasingly decided by bullpens, the Yankees might have the best ever. The Boston Red Sox have the reigning AL MVP in Mookie Betts (10.6) and another MVP-caliber bat in J.D. Martinez (6.1), leading a lineup that could pass for an All-Star team. If David Price (3.4) picks up where he left off in the World Series (1.98 ERA in 13 innings) and returns to levels he pitched earlier in his career, he could give the Red Sox another dominant ace alongside annual Cy Young contender Chris Sale (6.5). Fellow starter Nathan Eovaldi (who had 1.9 WAR and his best season in the underlying skills) gives the Red Sox another high-ceiling arm. The Red Sox have had success getting more out of pitchers like Eovaldi, Joe Kelly and Matt Barnes, which gives reason to believe they can overcome the losses of Kelly and Craig Kimbrel to free agency. Not only do the Tampa Bay Rays have the top farm system in the American League, according to Baseball America, but they won 90 games a year ago with the second-youngest position player group (27.1 years) in the league and the youngest pitching staff (27.1). The Rays have quietly put together one of the more talented rosters in the game that includes reigning AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell (6.2) and underrated star Tommy Pham (3.7). The Rays are a postseason sleeper team.The difference-makers: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. There’s nothing left for Vlad’s son to prove in the minor leagues. He hit .402 in Double-A last season and .381 across all levels. Most rate him as the game’s top prospect with elite bat-to-ball and power ability. The only thing that could slow him down is injury — and maybe the Blue Jays’ front office. He and fellow top 20 prospect Bo Bichette should be franchise cornerstones for an up-and-coming Blue Jays team. Once a highly touted prospect in Pittsburgh, Tyler Glasnow (0.8 WAR in 2018) came over to Tampa in the second half of last season in the Chris Archer deal. He’s always had command trouble but trimmed his walk rate in August while retaining his high strikeout rates. He has breakout potential if the Rays can help him optimize and harness his stuff. The Rays actually paid (gasp) for a talented free agent in Charlie Morton (3.2), who has an elite spin breaking ball and a high-velocity fastball. Morton, when healthy, has quietly emerged as a top-of-rotation talent. Top Rays pitching prospect Brent Honeywell, and his diverse pitch mix that includes a screwball, could be ready to help early in the season. New York landed the top arm available this winter in trading for James Paxton (3.3). Since his breakout 2017 season, Paxton ranks ranks sixth in the majors in strikeouts per nine innings (11.1)2Among pitchers who have thrown at least 150 innings. and 13th in wins above replacement per 200 innings (5.0). The Yankees also added elite reliever Adam Ottavino (2.3) — who actually began his dominant 2018 campaign in a Manhattan storefront — to an absolutely dominant bullpen that averaged 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings last season, a record.Gone tanking: The Baltimore Orioles The Orioles could be historically poor, but take solace in this, Orioles fans: Your club would still probably win the International League. Rays15258676+4642123 Angels15068082-72271 Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… How Elo is forecasting the AL West race Based on 100,000 simulations of the 2019 MLB seasonSources: Baseball prospectus, Fangraphs, Clay Davenport TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series How Elo is forecasting the AL Central race Based on 100,000 simulations of the 2019 MLB seasonSources: Baseball prospectus, Fangraphs, Clay Davenport The division race: Because of an elite starting rotation, because Francisco Lindor (7.7 WAR) and Jose Ramirez (7.9) — if they can stay healthy — have become superstars by tapping into their pull-side power, because they reside in one of the weakest divisions ever … the Cleveland Indians are still heavy favorites in the AL Central despite one of the more disappointing offseasons in baseball. Only the Orioles and Reds spent less than the Indians’ $2.5 million in free agency. While the Indians can perhaps do nothing and still win the AL Central, they’ve been outclassed in the ALDS in each of the last two years — and the gap between the Indians and the Houston/New York/Boston super teams is perhaps growing. While the Indians are still slated to finish with the fifth-best record in baseball and 11 games ahead of the Twins in our projections, there are questions about their lineup after trading catcher Yan Gomes (2.5) and losing left fielder Michaely Brantley (3.5) to Houston in free agency. The Minnesota Twins are trying to close the gap with the Indians. Byron Buxton’s (-0.4) spring has offered hope that he could begin to tap into his offensive potential, and Eddie Rosario (3.5) is quietly emerging as a star. But third-year general manager Derek Falvey prides himself on developing pitchers, and that’s where the Twins are attempting to make up the most ground. The Twins’ starting pitchers ranked ninth last season in AL ERA (4.48) and fielding-independent pitching (4.54). (The top four AL teams in ERA and FIP all reached the postseason.)The difference-makers: The Twins signed Michael Pineda in December 2017 to a two-year deal despite knowing that he would miss all of 2018 as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. They hoped the wait would be worth it to enjoy his bat-missing ability: He ranked seventh in swinging strike percentage in 2015-17. Martin Perez and his velocity spike and new cutter also looks like a find for the Twins, and the club signed free-agent Marwin Gonzalez (2.0) to a favorable deal. White Sox uber prospect Eloy Jimenez was the best bat in the minors last year not named Guerrero. He slashed .355/.399/.597 in Triple-A 55 games as a 21-year-old. The 6-foot-4, right-handed hitting outfielder will likely begin the season in the majors after agreeing to a seven-year contract last week, ensuring that the White Sox don’t suppress his service time. Jimenez was acquired from the north side in the Jose Quintana deal; the Chicago Cubs could regret the deal for years.Gone tanking: The Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox. While the White Sox’s collection of young talent might pay off down the road, they are unlikely to contend this season. The Royals have an even longer road ahead with no top 100 prospects, according to some analysts. The Tigers are also far from being relevant, but they hope they drafted a new ace and face of the franchise in Casey Mize, the No. 1 overall pick last June. The Houston Astros remain the model franchise in MLB entering 2019. They are on the cutting edge of player development and have built a club that won the 2017 World Series, won 103 games a year ago and project to win 98 games this season, according to our model, all while maintaining a farm system that has ranked fifth or better by Baseball America in three of the past four years. The Astros might be the best team in the game, and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon: They’ve locked up Alex Bregman (7.2 WAR) to a long-term deal, they feature a young core of Carlos Correa (1.7) and Jose Altuve (5.0) in their primes, and they have more riches on the way in outfield prospect Kyle “Ted” Tucker. They’ve become masters of acquiring pitchers, often high-spin-rate arms, and getting more out of them than other teams, including Justin Verlander (6.5), Gerrit Cole (5.5) and Ryan Pressly (2.0). The Los Angeles Angels and Mike Trout (10.0) essentially agreed to a lifetime contract earlier in March. While Trout has never won a playoff game, the second act of the Trout era in Anaheim is looking more promising. The Angels’ farm system is improving, and Shohei Ohtani (3.9) gives the club a second legit superstar if and when he can pitch and hit again. There’s work to do, but the Angels might have the most enviable pair of players in the game. You may not have heard of Oakland A’s third baseman Matt Chapman (7.3), but the two-way star was sixth in WAR for all batters last season. The A’s had the fourth-most efficient offense in part because no team hit fewer ground balls. Getting the ball off the ground is the A’s latest hidden edge. The big question for the A’s is what kind of production they’ll get from a rotation that lacks dominant, ace-type arms. In their bullpen, they have one of the most impressive arms in baseball in Blake Treinen (3.9).The difference-makers: Astros pitching prospect Josh James wasn’t even on prospect radars last spring, but by the end of the season, he had taken his 100-mph fastball and wipeout changeup to the majors. James is one reason that the Astros were probably comfortable in allowing starters Dallas Kuechel and Charlie Morton to depart. James will begin the year in the bullpen, but he could become an important part of the rotation. The Mariners might hasten their rebuild with the offseason signing of Yusei Kikuchi, one of the best pitchers in Japan over the past several seasons. Kikuchi has a swing-and-miss slider, and his fastball sits at 93 mph but can reach 98. The A’s acquired Jurickson Profar (2.5 WAR) from Texas, one of a number of lower-profile but potentially useful additions. Profar was once the top prospect in the game, but he has dealt with a number of injuries. Still, he’s been effective when on the field, posting a .793 on-base plus slugging last season.Gone tanking: The Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. Seattle GM Jerry Dipoto restocked a weak farm system with the trades of Paxton, Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz this offseason, but the Mariners have a long way to go to compete with the Astros. While the Rangers are exploring some innovative practices with Driveline Baseball, they have a team that will be challenged at the major league level and a system that lacks a prospect that projects to be a future difference-maker. It’s a long road from the bottom of the AL West to the top. Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… White Sox14577191-9153<1 Welcome to our two-part guide to the 2019 MLB season through the lens of our MLB prediction model. In each division, we’ll outline the key teams in the division race, discuss the incoming players who will make the biggest difference and classify the tanking teams you should ignore on principle. Here is our preview of the American League (click here for the National League): Astros15779864+16286%74%16% Tigers14436894-11942<1 Twins15088478+2636202 Mariners14937983-23186<1 Rangers14597092-1033<1<1 Red Sox15629567+13176399 Athletics15188379+2632112 read more

ZEBRAS TO COLOGNE Kiel storm over Skopje

CologneKielRK MetalurgSkopje THW Kiel showed how strong German champions can be when they have to, in Skopje against RK Metalurg 31:21 (14:9) at the first match of the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 8! Strong performance by Aron Palmarsson, Marko Vujin and Johan Sjostrand, strong defense and fantastic finish of both half-times, made the +10 before the second match in Kiel next Sunday, which will be a “friendly” match, because the team who will compete for the EHF CL trophy at “Lanxess Arena” is already known.Metalurg had the last chance to catch the rival in 49th minute (19:22), but Kiel ended match with 9:2 series…METALURG – KIEL 21:31 (9:14)SkopljeHall “Boris Trajkovski”Spectators – 7000METALURG: Stanić 10 saves, Vugrinec 3(1)/10, Atman 4/9, Dimovski 2/3, Mirkulovski 0/1, Cindric 3/6, Manaskov 6/7, Mijatović one save, Georgievski 0/1, Mojsoski 3/3, Mandić 0/1KIL: Sjostrand 12 saves, Palicka 3 saves, Palmarsson 7/10, Vujin 8/10, Ekberg 5(1)/7, Vinczek 5/5, Jicha 2/7, Sigurdsson 1/3, Zeitz 1/2, Jallouz 2/2.RESULTS: 0:3 (5.) 2:3 (7.) 4:4 (11.) 4:8 (16.) 8:8 (21.) 9:10 (25.) 9:13 (29.) 10:16 (36.) 13:18 (38.) 15:19 (41.) 16:22 (45.) 19:22 (48.) 20:24 (52.) 20:28 (57.) ← Previous Story Vezprem with +2 from Paris! Next Story → Laszlo Nagy warns after Paris: It’s not over yet! read more

Cream of the crop The top 10 Irish comedians

first_imgARE YOU FUNNY haha or funny peculiar? Or how about both? Well, Simon Cowell’s cyber talent search, the You Generation, wants to hear from you. This week it’s time for some laughs – the powers that be are on the hunt for the best comedians around.Irish people are famous for their funnybones. Perhaps there’s something in the water, but whatever it is, we’re all gas.Do you fancy yourself as a bit of an aul comedian? See how you measure up to our top picks in Irish comedy…1. Tommy TiernanTommy Tiernan is the grand-master of Irish comedy. Almost all of us will have one of his DVDs somewhere around the house, or a ticket stub from one of his many Vicar St dates.Image: via Irish CountryTiernan has been dogged by some controversy in recent years, but he claims his  comedy has no malice in it. We still love you, Tommy.2. Dylan MoranOur little wine-swilling misanthrope. Moran starred in Black Books, co-written by Graham Linehan, and appeared in films  Shaun of the Dead and A Film With Me In It.BUT his stand-up is our favourite.YouTube/Justin Davis3. David O’DohertyDavid is the master of what he has termed “very low energy musical whimsy”. Armed with his trusty Casio and a boat-load of wordplay and abstract thinking, his niceness and charm conquered the hearts of not only us Irish, but Edinburgh judges and UK panel shows alike.Image: via TumblrHe has also turned his hand to writing comedy books, children’s plays and a one-man show.4. Deirdre O’KaneO’Kane got into comedy in the mid-90s and has been a staple of the Irish scene ever since.Image: via Rotten TomatoesShe recently landed the gig playing Debra Moone in Sky comedy Moone Boy, alongside other Irish funnyman Chris O’Dowd. Good on you, D!5. Tara FlynnTara was a founder-member of the singing trio The Nualas, and has appeared on The Panel, IFTA-winning sketch show Stew, and Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle.Recently, Tara has turned heads with her YouTube comedy songs.  Here’s CUSTARD, featuring other Irish comedy head Ed Byrne:6. Des BishopDes Bishop might have been born in America, but we’re definitely going to claim him as our own. Initially, his comedy was based around his observations on Irish society as somewhat of an outsider.However, in recent years he has tackled social issues in his comedy – including alcoholism, poverty, his experiences with testicular cancer and the fate of the Irish language.Image: via City WeekendNo easy feat – but Des pulls it off.7. Maeve HigginsMaeve Higgins first caught our attention on RTE hidden camera show Naked Camera alongside PJ Gallagher, which she followed up with a successful stand-up career.Image: via Edinburgh FestivalMaeve then made the move into her own show, with Maeve Higgins’ Fancy Vittles, and nowadays you’re more likely to catch her on the radio or writing columns. She’s definitely the biggest dote on the comedy circuit.8. Aisling BeaIn 2012, Aisling Bea became the second woman ever to have won the coveted So You Think You’re Funny award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, following in the steps of three other comedy luminaries on our list (Tommy Tiernan, Dylan Moran and David O’Doherty).Image: via What’s Up What’s OnDefinitely one to watch.9. Katherine LynchKatherine started her comedy success winning Alternative Miss Ireland in 1998, playing a character dubbed Tampy Lillette. She went on to bring out other characters such as Busty Lycra, Sheila Sheik, Bernie Walsh and Liz Hurley, later adapting them for TV in shows such as Katherine Lynch’s Working Girls, Katherine Lynch’s Wonderwomen and An Audience with Katherine Lynch.Here she is pranking the Maury Povich Show – she fooled the programme into believing herself and Panti Bar owner Panti Bliss were siblings!YouTube/thisispopbabyThis woman is a gas ticket.10. Dermot MorganThe late, great actor known and loved by all for his role as Father Ted. Originally a schoolteacher, Dermot Morgan quit his full-time job when his stand-up and character comedy career started to take off with RTE. Image: Graham Hughes/Photocall IrelandMorgan was responsible for the sheer brilliance of Scrap Saturday in the late 80s, a radio show that mocked Irish society of the day. After RTE axed the show, Father Ted started in 1995 and the rest is history.The list goes on and on. We’re falling down with great comedians in this country. Just take a look at the likes of Jarlath Regan, Ardal O’Hanlon, Dave McSavage, Carol Tobin, Neil Delamere, Brendan O’Carroll, Pauline McLynn, Dara O’Briain…And you could be next!The only rules are your video must be under 3 minutes, contain a hair flip and an animal noise.  Submissions close on the 25th May. Get entering!Read: 9 stylists that give us fashion envy>Read: When upcycling goes horribly wrong>last_img read more

Naufrage de la Kolskaya les recherches se poursuivent

first_imgNaufrage de la Kolskaya : les recherches se poursuiventQuelques heures après le naufrage d’une plate-forme pétrolière en mer d’Okhotsk, les circonstances du drames restent encore floues. 14 marins auraient été sauvés mais 2 se trouveraient dans un état critique. Suite au naufrage d’une plate-forme pétrolière survenu dans les eaux glacées de la mer d’Okhotsk (Extrême-Orient russe) dimanche dernier (à 01H45 GMT), les recherches se poursuivent. Mais l’espoir de retrouver des survivants est très mince. 14 marins ont été sauvés sur 67 après cette nouvelle catastrophe maritime sur les côtes russes.D’après l’antenne régionale du ministère des Situations d’urgence, les membres d’équipage avaient enfilé leur combinaison de survie en attendant d’être hélitreuillés, lorsque la plate-forme pétrolière Kolskaya a chaviré. Sergueï Graouman, l’un des survivants a confié à la chaîne de télévision russe NTV : “tous disaient que l’hélicoptère ne viendrait pas et qu’il fallait monter dans les canots. Et c’est tout. A ce moment-là, ça a chaviré. Comme dans un film! Tout le monde s’est dirigé vers la proue pour sauter dans l’eau.”La plate-forme Kolskaya a fait naufrage alors qu’elle était remorquée vers l’île de Sakhaline (Extrême-Orient russe) malgré une forte tempête et une température extérieure de -7 degrés Celsius. Lundi, les familles des victimes ont déploré le non-respect des règles de sécurité. Lioudmila Kozlova, la femme du capitaine de la plate-forme, a déclaré à l’agence Ria Novosti : “mon mari (…) a écrit des rapports à toutes les instances pour leur dire que le remorquage en période d’hiver était interdit. Il est même allé jusqu’à écrire une lettre de démission”.Selon le Comité d’enquête russe, “la principale cause de ce drame est la violation des règles de sécurité”. Cette piste est démentie par le directeur d’AMNGR, Iouri Melikhov, qui a affirmé à Ria Novosti que toutes les autorisations pour le remorquage avaient été obtenues et que la plate-forme était en bon état.Le président russe Dmitri Medvedev a ordonné que le nécessaire soit fait pour venir en aide aux victimes et avait ordonné une enquête sur les circonstances de ce drame. Le 20 décembre 2011 à 12:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Slattery talks about Southamptons academy

first_imgAccording to the midfielder, the Southampton academy is giving a lot of results, after eight of the 18 players on Saturday’s match were part of the academy.Southampton FC midfielder Callum Slattery spoke to the team’s official website about the club’s academy.“Everyone one works so hard to get to this stage, it’s never easy,” he said.“When you get this moment, you’ve got to grab it with both hands. I’ve had to work extremely hard to make the chance and now I’ve got to take it.”Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“I found out the day before in training but managed to keep it quiet and just prepared in my head as I normally would for any game,” he commented.“I felt good, the lads were fantastic helping me through and made me feel comfortable. I played it simple and it felt good to be out there.”“The confidence it gives us to do this and the belief that he shows in us is fantastic, so for us to get that chance is great from his part,” he added.“The way he deals with us in training and speaks to us is great as well.”last_img read more

Army Seeks Savings Improved Service from Dining Facilities

first_imgThe Army is rethinking the food service options it offers personnel as the service contends with force reductions and increasing competition from restaurants located inside and outside an installation’s gates.The goals for the Army’s effort are saving money and offering healthier food, while making its dining facilities more attractive to soldiers, reports Southern California Public Radio.“Garrison food service operations have not been updated or modernized to account for changing soldier demographics, satisfy soldier desire for selection/taste or nutritional requirements (to support soldier mission performance), or meet commander requirements,” states an order sent to installation commanders in August outlining the service’s plans to refashion its dining facilities (DFACs).“As a result DFAC utilization has declined sharply and DFAC costs are now the major installation logistics cost driver,” the order said. Commanders were to send feedback to the Pentagon in November, with changes not expected for several months.The service estimates that at least 14 of the 190 Army dining facilities worldwide would close, and at least 45 more would shrink. The plan most likely would call for new options such as grab-and-go stores, kiosks and food trucks in an attempt to make food available when and where soldiers need it, according to the story. At the same time, officials also want to provide personnel an alternative to fast food. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Duterte facing crimes against humanity charges for drugs war

first_imgA woman displays a picture of her son, a drug war victim, and a placard during a protest against the war on drugs by President Rodrigo Duterte in Quezon city, Metro Manila in Philippines on 28 August. Photo: ReutersActivists and families of eight victims of the Philippines’ “war on drugs” filed a complaint on Tuesday with the International Criminal Court (ICC), a second petition accusing president Rodrigo Duterte of murder and crimes against humanity.The 50-page complaint calls for Duterte’s indictment for what it describes as thousands of extrajudicial killings, which include “brazen” executions by police acting with impunity.Critics of Duterte’s fierce anti-narcotics campaign were being “persecuted”, it said, and cases filed by the victims’ families had gone nowhere.The ICC petition, formally referred to as a communication, follows a similar complaint filed in April 2017 by a Filipino lawyer, into which the ICC in February started a preliminary examination.The latest move is led by a network of activists, priests and members of the urban poor communities that have borne the brunt of Duterte’s crackdown. The complaint includes testimony from six relatives of eight people killed by police.“Duterte is personally liable for ordering state police to undertake mass killings,” Neri Colmenares, a lawyer representing the group, told reporters, moments after he said the complaint had been sent to the ICC.Duterte says he has told police to kill only if their lives were in danger. In his annual address to the nation last month, he said the drugs war would be as “relentless and chilling” as its first two years.Police say the more than 4,400 killed over that time were dealers who had all resisted arrest, and deny activists’ allegations of cover-ups and executions of drug users.Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said on Tuesday the latest ICC petition was “doomed”, and “would not prosper”, because the Philippines’ had pulled out of the Rome Statute.The ICC prosecutor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment and could not be reached out of normal office hours.Duterte unilaterally withdrew from the ICC’s founding treaty in March, saying the court had not followed due process and presumption of his innocence, in actions that were compounded by “baseless, unprecedented and outrageous attacks” by UN officials.It was a stark contrast from the previous 18 months, when the popular former mayor had repeatedly dared the ICC to investigate him and expressed his readiness to go on trial in The Hague.The Supreme Court was due to hear oral arguments later on Tuesday in a separate complaint by some opposition lawmakers challenging the legality of Duterte’s withdrawal, which was done without Senate approval. The government’s lawyer will argue that is not required.Jurist groups say Duterte is not protected from indictment, because the ICC’s jurisdiction covers the period of membership, which in the Philippines’ case is from 2011 to March 2019, when the withdrawal takes effect.The ICC is a court of last resort that can exercise jurisdiction if states are unable or unwilling to investigate crimes. The Philippines government says domestic courts are capable and independent.Benigno Durana, a national police spokesman, said on Tuesday that the only order Duterte gave to police was “to wage war on drugs and criminality within the bounds of the law”.last_img read more

MHA reverses decision declaring Arunachal districts disturbed

first_imgBuckling under pressure, the Home Ministry has withdrawn its recent order declaring all districts of Arunachal Pradesh bordering Assam as “disturbed areas” under controversial AFSPA and issued a fresh one restricting it to a few police stations, apart from the three districts covered earlier.”In supersession of the notification dated March 27, 2015, the area falling within the jurisdiction of following police stations in districts of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering Assam are declared as ‘disturbed area’ under section 3 of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958 upto six months,” the latest Home Ministry notification said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIOn March 27, the Centre had declared 12 districts bordering Assam that include the highly sensitive Tirap, Changlang and Longding, as ‘disturbed area’ as six banned militant groups like NDFB, NSCN and ULFA have their presence, according to the old notification.The fresh decision came after Chief Minister Nabam Tuki hit out at the Centre for declaring 12 districts of his state as ‘disturbed’ under AFSPA without any consultation. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindTuki had said such a move was nothing but attack on the federal structure of the country.”There was no discussion, no consultation. It was a unilateral decision by the central government to declare 12 districts as disturbed area. All these districts are completely peaceful,” he had said.There was opposition to the Home Ministry order from various students and social organisations too.Under the latest order, areas falling under four Police Stations (PS) in Papumpare district, one PS in West Siang district, three PS in East Siang district, one PS in Lower Dibang Valley district, two PS in Bhalukpung district, two PS in Namsai district, one PS in Lohit district and one police station on Lower Subansiri district were declared ‘disturbed area’.last_img read more

Update Broken pump leaves areas waterless

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite center_img uThukela District Municipality has warned that Acaciavale and Ezakheni will suffer water shortages.This is because a pump at Aasvoelkop clean water station is broken and will take some time to fix.uThukela have stated that they are doing their best to supply water to these areas in the morning. It is suggested that residents save water for the afternoons, as they will not be able to supply water the whole day.The district municipality apologies for any inconvenience caused.last_img read more

Ticos salvage 22 tie with Panama after Pemberton save

first_imgIt wasn’t pretty, but Costa Rica’s national men’s football team scraped out a 2-2 tie Sunday against Panama, in Group B’s battle to the Central America Cup final on Sept. 13 in Los Angeles, California, in the United States.Panama nearly won the match at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, with a 90th-minute penalty called on La Sele, giving Panama’s Gabriel Gómez a free shot on goal with little time remaining. But Costa Rica’s Alajuelense goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton guessed correctly, diving right and swatting the shot wide of the goal.Panama always is a tough rival for the Ticos, and Pemberton said going into the match that his squad wouldn’t underestimate their southeastern neighbors. However, the Canaleros had beaten La Sele only once in 10 previous Central America Cup matches.Both teams held each other scoreless in the first half, but Panama came on strong in the second, blasting in two goals past a disorganized Costa Rican defense in minutes 50 and 69.Costa Rica waited until the last 10 minutes of the match to mount its comeback, with La Sele newcomer Johan Venegas scoring at minute 81 and World Cup player Celso Borges nailing a penalty shot five minutes later.Costa Rica now leads Group B with four points, followed by Panama with one. Panama will need a high-scoring game on Wednesday, when it takes on the group’s last-place team Nicaragua, whom the Ticos beat 3-0 last week.All seven countries in Central America compete in the cup, which is taking place in the United States for the first time. The top two teams in each group secure an automatic berth to next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. Group A contains the remaining sides: Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador.AFP contributed to this report. Facebook Comments Related posts:Jamaica Part II: Will Costa Rica’s La Sele find its killer instinct? PHOTOS: Costa Ricans go wild celebrating World Cup upset over Uruguay World Cup upsets focus fans on football instead of protests In Costa Rica, one big party following spectacular World Cup winlast_img read more

China a massive opportunity for Aus TTF

first_imgThe Chinese market is a “massive opportunity” for Australian tourism, according to Tourism Transport Forum (TTF) head John Lee after arrivals from the region shot up by 27.4 percent in January 2012 compared to the same month last year.Australian Bureau of Statistic research found that for the entire month international arrivals shot up by 4.8 percent during the first month of this year, a figure driven by visitors from Asia visiting during the Chinese New Year.Hong Kong arrivals also saw a steady growth of 22 percent, Taiwan increased by 19 percent while Indonesian visitors shot up by 13.7 percent.Mr Lee said while Australia has enjoyed an 11 percent increase in Chinese visitation per annum since 2001, the challenge is now arising to keep them coming after competing destinations commence advertising to attract the growing market.“It is critical we continue to build on that momentum and capitalise on the competitive advantage of our proximity to Asia,” Mr Lee said.“However, China’s potential is also recognised by our competitors, who are making substantial investments to attract Chinese tourists.”He explained that annual figures demonstrated that the US had experienced a 36.2 percent increase in arrivals while the UK and Canada also saw increases of 32 percent and 24.4 percent over 2011 compared to 2010.“These figures clearly demonstrate the urgency of increasing the support for Tourism Australia’s activities in China and better leveraging the presence of other Australian departments and agencies in China to promote Australia as a destination for business, leisure, investment and study.”Meanwhile ABS figures also showed that short-term departures from Australia increased by 0.2 percent in January this year when compared to December last year but 7.2 percent higher than January 2011.Popular destinations for Australian travellers included China, India and Thailand with 17.3 percent, 13.7 percent and 13.9 percent increase in Australian arrivals. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Scottish budget airline Flyglobespan has started s

first_imgScottish budget airline Flyglobespan has started selling tickets for its new winter routes, opting to lure customers to sunny Mediterranean locations from Glasgow and Edinburgh.One of two Egypt routes for the winter will be a new link between Glasgow and Hurghada, a route for which the airline hopes to attract “families, couples and dive enthusiasts”, while flights from Edinburgh to the Portuguese islands of Madeira are also going on the market. Flyglobespan’s existing Egyptian route to Sharm El Sheikh was launched last year – and after proving popular has now been put on sale for winter 2008.While operating principally out of Scotland, Flyglobespan’s operations at Durham Airport – from where it flies to Alicante, Malaga, Palma, Lanzarote and Tenerife – were this week cited as one of the reasons behind the north-eastern hub’s increased passenger numbers over the last 12 months.Flyglobespan chairman Tom Dalrymple said: “We are delighted to be launching another direct flight from Scotland to Egypt. The success of the Sharm el Sheikh, which began as a winter destination only but proved so popular that it soon became one of our year-round destinations, was definitely a contributing factor in this decision to launch the Glasgow Hurghada flight.”ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlyglobespan announces new Glasgow-Hurghada flightsFlyglobespan has announced a new route between Glasgow and the Egyptian resort town of Hurghada,Skyscanner traffic spikes 283% as Flyglobespan collapsesPassengers scramble to find replacement flights on SkyscannerFlyglobespan adds Ibiza flights at AberdeenScottish cheap flights airline Flyglobespan has announced a new service connecting Aberdeen to the Balearic island of Ibiza.last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles judge has ruled that grand jury transcripts in the killing of rapper Nipsey Hussle will remain sealed, for now.Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry in a hearing Wednesday ordered that the documents will remain sealed for at least three more weeks while defendant Eric Ronald Holder’s lawyer expands her argument that they should be kept secret.The grand jury returned an indictment May 9 charging holder with Hussle’s murder. He has denied the allegations.The transcripts under California law would have become public May 31, but Holder’s lawyer Lowynn Young argued that their release could unfairly prejudice the public against Holder.An attorney for The Los Angeles Times argued that the public has a right to the information and the transcripts should be unsealed immediately.Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press Judge says Nipsey Hussle documents will stay sealed for now FILE – This March 29, 2018 file photo shows rapper Nipsey Hussle at an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks in Oakland, Calif. A Los Angeles judge has ruled that grand jury transcripts in the killing of rapper Nipsey Hussle will remain sealed, for now. Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry in a hearing Wednesday, June 5, 2019, ordered that the documents will remain sealed for at least three more weeks while defendant Eric Ronald Holder’s lawyer expands her argument that they should be kept secret. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) by Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press Posted Jun 5, 2019 12:03 pm PDTlast_img read more

October 20 2006 This continues the 1011 report o

first_imgOctober 20, 2006 This continues the 10/11 report on the exhibit “PAOLO SOLERI – Green Aesthetics/Green Ethics” at the Bannister Gallery at This continues the 10/11 report on the exhibit “PAOLO SOLERI – Green Aesthetics/Green Ethics” at the Bannister Gallery at Part of the exhibition consists of a selection of panels with images of silt cast techniques used in the construction of Cosanti and Arcosanti. Cosanti Foundation staff member Roger Tomalty taught a siltcast workshop to Rhode Island College students. On Exhibit is also a set of 17 panels of SOLARE, LEAN LINEAR CITY, Paolo Soleri’s latest arcology design.[Photo: Roger Tomalty & text: sa] Arcosanti alumnus Jeff Stein gave the opening talk. Jeff Stein is the Director of Architecture at the Boston Architectural Center, which had a Soleri exhibition in April this year. The Bannister has events planned in the gallery to support Soleri’s ideas throughout the month of October: film showings, lectures, poetry readings; alumnus Jeff Stein joined for a panel discussion on Soleri’s work with the Dean of Rhode Island College, the Head of RISD’s Architecture Department, and an environmental design Professor from Brown, and their students. Paolo Soleri lectures at RISD, Rhode Island School of Design, on October 24. at 7pm. He will meet with students and public at the Bannister Gallery on October 25. at 11am. The exhibit is open until October 27. 2006. Paolo Soleri East-Coast tour: Thursday, October 19. 2006, New York City: Paolo Soleri accepted the NATIONAL DESIGN AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT from Smithonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. [photos and separate report to come] Friday, October 20. 2006, New York City: 11am interview with Bill Menking from Architect’s Newspaper 4pm Alumni reunion at the Lemongrass Grill, ( East 13th St) phone 646-486-7313 6:30pm Presentation at Parson’s School of Design Monday, October 23. 2006, Washington, DC: 5:30pm Meeting with students at the National Design Museum 6:30pm Soleri presentation at the National Design Museum[Photo: Roger Tomalty & text: sa]last_img read more