PV Sindhu surges to third spot, Sai Praneeth achieves career-best ranking

first_imgOlympic silver medallist PV Sindhu climbed up two places to achieve third spot in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday.Sindhu’s upward move in rankings came after she made a quarter-final finish at the Singapore Open Superseries, where she went down 11-21, 15-21 at the hands of World No.3 and long-time arch-rival Carolina Marin of Spain.Earlier this month, Sindhu had attained her career-best world number two ranking after clinching her maiden India Open Super Series title.However, she once again dropped to World No 5 following a first round exit at the Malaysian Open.Meanwhile, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, who is still struggling to find her feet after a knee injury post the Rio Olympics, has moved up one place to the eighth spot despite not playing the Singapore Open.In the men’s singles rankings, B. Sai Praneeth has jumped up eight places to achieve his career-best ranking of World No. 22 after clinching Singapore Open title following a three-setter win over Kidambi Srikanth.While Ajay Jayaram stands at the 13th spot having climbed one place, Srikanth moved eight places to rank 21st in the world.The women’s singles chart is led by Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei with 93721 points, while Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia is leading the men’s singles chart with 81703 points.last_img read more

Real Madrid January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Real Madrid January transfer news LIVE: Los Blancos make move for Sterling Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:15 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Transfers Real Madrid Primera División Goal summarises the biggest transfer talk involving Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane considers his January transfer window options Real Madrid move for Man City’s SterlingReal Madrid president Florentino Perez is in talks with Manchester City over the possible signing of Raheem Sterling, claims Don Balon.Sterling has seen marked improvement in his game since coming under the wing of Pep Guardiola. And that upturn in form has not escaped the attention of Perez, who sees him as a possible successor to Gareth Bale at the Bernabeu. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Man Utd ready €500m Neymar bidNeymar Paris Saint-GermainManchester United are readying a record-breaking €500 million offer for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, according to Le 10 Sport .Real Madrid were reported to be leading the chase for the Brazilian, but they can only go as high as €400m.That has left the door open for Jose Mourinho to join the chase and agree to meet an eye-watering buyout clause.Liverpool offered Ceballos hopeDani Ceballos Real Madrid 2017Liverpool have been made aware that they will be cleared to move for Dani Ceballos if Real Madrid can land a replacement.Diario Gol report that the Reds are looking at the 21-year-old as a possible replacement for Philippe Coutinho.Real plot triple Spurs raidDele Alli Harry Kane TottenhamReal Madrid have Tottenham trio Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Mauricio Pochettino in their sights, claims Don Balon.The Blancos are readying themselves for a summer refresh, with changes being planned on and off the field.England internationals Kane and Alli have been linked with Real for some time, while Pochettino is now considered to be a possible successor to Zinedine Zidane in the Santiago Bernabeu managerial hot-seat.Chelsea warned Hazard could leaveEden Hazard Chelsea Arsenal 03012018Eden Hazard is a “top player” but may have to leave Chelsea for one of the “great teams in Europe” to become the best, says Claude Puel.The Blues star continues to be linked with Real Madrid and a man who previously worked with him at Lille feels he is deserving of such a stage.Read the full story on Goal.Real Madrid turn to Roma’s AlissonAlisson RomaReal Madrid have turned to Roma goalkeeper Alisson as a possible new No.1 at the Bernabeu, reports Gianluca Di Marzio.  With Keylor Navas’s place between the posts coming under scrutiny, a number of shot-stoppers have been linked with a Madrid move. Among those is the Brazil star, who has gained many fans with his fine performances in Serie A.Madrid would’ve paid €250m Messi release clauseLionel Messi BarcelonaReal Madrid were willing to activate Lionel Messi’s release clause back in 2013, reports El Mundo.  The Barcelona talisman has been linked with Manchester City in the past, but apparently the Catalan club’s fierce rivals were willing to pay the fee that would’ve allowed them to enter contract talks with the Argentine.Emery plays down Neymar to Madrid rumoursNeymar PSG Troyes Ligue 1 29112017Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insisted the Ligue 1 giants would not be shaken by rumours that Neymar is set to join Real Madrid.”The players are smart and the club have gained experience. I also have experience and I know that people from outside can disrupt us… some people who may have some interest in doing so,” he said.”For example, if you read today the first sport newspaper in Spain, the cover is that Neymar is going to Real Madrid. These things don’t shake us.Get the full story right here on Goal! Man Utd to make De Gea highest-paid playerDavid de Gea Manchester UnitedManchester United are ready to give David de Gea a massive raise in an attempt to fend off interest from Real Madrid, according to The Sun. Madrid are still circling for the 27-year-old and with De Gea’s contract set to expire in 2019, the Red Devils want to offer a new deal to lock down their goalkeeper. United reportedly plan to up De Gea’s £210,000-a-week wages to £300,000-a-week, making him the club’s joint highest-paid player along with Paul Pogba. Did Benzema snub Arsenal & Chelsea?Karim Benzema Real MadridKarim Benzema turned down two offers to leave Real Madrid in the summer, with Arsenal and Chelsea having been interested, according to Don Balon.The Frenchman apparently has no interest in moving to England and wants to remain with the Liga giants, despite frequent links with Tottenham striker Harry Kane.Low lined up to replace ZidaneJoachim Low GermanyJoachim Low has been lined up by Real Madrid to take over as coach, if Zinedine Zidane is sacked at the end of the season, claims La Stampa, via AS.Zidane’s future is coming under increasing scrutiny, with Madrid trailing arch-rivals Barcelona by 16 points in La Liga.Failure to progress in the Champions League could cost Zidane his job and Germany coach Low is the man wanted to take charge after the World Cup finals this summer.Hazard: I’ll sign new deal after CourtoisEden Hazard ChelseaEden Hazard has shot down rumours that he’s leaving Chelsea by saying that he will sign a new contract after Thibaut Courtois signs his extension. Both players have been linked with moves to Madrid, with Hazard rumoured to be among the main targets for Los Blancos this winter. Read the full story on Goal!last_img read more

‘Higuain injury not serious’ – Allegri

first_imgJuventus Allegri allays Higuain injury fears ahead of key fixtures Iain Strachan 00:41 2/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gonzalo Higuain - cropped Getty Images Juventus Tottenham Hotspur v Juventus Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Champions League Torino v Juventus Torino Serie A The Argentina international was withdrawn early on during the Bianconeri’s derby win over Torino, but his manager insists his problem is not serious Juventus star Gonzalo Higuain was substituted just 15 minutes into a 1-0 win over Torino on Sunday, but did not suffer a serious injury, according to coach Massimiliano Allegri.Higuain was replaced by Federico Bernardeschi early in the Derby della Mole at Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, an apparent ankle problem prompting fears over the future availability of the Argentina striker.Bernardeschi was also withdrawn in injury time, but Allegri does not expect either player to spend a significant period of time on the sidelines.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Higuain received a bruise and we’ll evaluate him,” he said.”Bernardeschi left in the final stretch but there shouldn’t be any problems. “Starting Wednesday we’ll regroup with everyone available, but in any event the team is feeling well and they showed it today.”Juve host Atalanta in successive Serie A and Coppa Italia matches before visiting Lazio in the league, as they build towards the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie against Tottenham on 7 March.Spurs rallied from falling 2-0 down within nine minutes at Juventus Stadium on Tuesday to earn a 2-2 draw, leaving the Scudetto holders with a tough task to progress to the quarter-finals when they visit Wembley next month.last_img read more

Woodford Reserve Debuts New Malt Whiskey Expression

first_img Woodford Reserve Adds a Wheat Whiskey to the Distillery’s Core Range American malt whiskeys are a big deal these days and one of the bigger plays on the whiskey scene—Woodford Reserve—has officially joined the fray with their newest release, Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey.The recipe for the new whiskey was based on historical recipes and influenced by Woodford Reserve Bourbon. When the US (thankfully) exited Prohibition, malt whiskey was one of the four approved categories of whiskey, proving that it was being created and consumed pre-Prohibition. Using these recipes as a launching point, Master Distiller Chris Morris then worked to create his own iteration.“Inspired by history and a distinct flavor profile, Woodford Reserve is charting its own unique path with this new malt whiskey based on historical precedence and our commitment to flavor, something that’s ingrained in everything we do,” Morris said in a statement.This is the fourth addition to the brand’s permanent portfolio (the previous three being Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, and Woodford Reserve Rye). Woodford Reserve also produces a number of limited runs of special whiskeys, which have included bourbons finished in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir barrels, among a wide variety of other specialties. (They also do limited edition Kentucky Derby bottles every year.)The grain bill of the new whiskey, as you might expect, is 51-percent malted barley. The rest is made of 47-percent corn and 2-percent rye. (If you’re playing along at home, that means this is not a bourbon, no matter how hard the guy at the bottle shop argues with you about it. It doesn’t matter how many whiskey Facebook groups he belongs to, he’s wrong. Let him be wrong.)On the nose, Malt is nutty, with hints of caramel and milk chocolate shading light tropical notes. On the palate, you’ll find more chocolate—darker this time—and more caramel. Some toasted coconut and oak present themselves in addition to some baking spices. A medium long finish comes last, bringing sweet malt notes to the very end.If you’re a fan of Scotch or Irish whisk(e)y, the malted barley flavors will be appealing and immediately recognizable. If you’re not, well, time to dive in to the exciting category of American malt whiskeys!Woodford Reserve Malt comes in at 90.4 proof and retails for $34.99. It is available nationwide. The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less Editors’ Recommendations The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sourlast_img read more

Sempra Energy Unit Gets DOE Approval to Export US LNG

first_imgzoomIllustration, Image Courtesy: LNG Carrier/ Flickr-Kees Torn under CC BY-SA 2.0 license Sempra Energy’s subsidiary Energía Costa Azul (ECA) LNG received two authorizations from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to export US produced natural gas to Mexico and to re-export LNG to countries that do not have a free-trade agreement (non-FTA) with the US.Natural gas will be sourced from the company’s Phase 1 and Phase 2 liquefaction-export facilities in development in Baja California, Mexico.“ECA LNG will source natural gas from some of the fastest-growing production regions in the U.S. and provide our customers with a competitive advantage in accessing world markets, especially Asia,” Joseph A. Householder, president and chief operating officer for Sempra Energy, commented.“The authorizations are another step forward in the development of this project that could bring many benefits for Mexico, U.S. natural gas producers and our customers and partners in greater Asia,” Carlos Ruiz Sacristán, chairman and CEO of Sempra North American Infrastructure, said. “We are pleased to continue to advance the development of ECA LNG, which can … meet the energy needs of isolated markets in Mexico and customers in Asia,” he added.ECA LNG Phase 1 is a single train LNG facility to be located adjacent to the existing LNG receipt terminal. It is expected to utilize current LNG storage tanks, marine berth and associated facilities. Phase 2 of the project will include the addition of two trains and one LNG storage tank.The DOE authorizations allow the export of 636 billion cubic feet (Bcf) a year of US-sourced LNG from these infrastructure projects. Phase 2 of the project will require additional DOE approval in order to export its full expected capacity.The existing ECA receipt terminal was the first LNG receipt terminal constructed on North America’s West Coast. Located about 15 miles north of Ensenada, Baja California, it began commercial operations in 2008 and is capable of processing up to 1 Bcf of natural gas per day.Last November, Sempra Energy announced that its subsidiaries IEnova and Sempra LNG had signed Heads of Agreements (HOAs) with affiliates of Total, Mitsui & Co., and Tokyo Gas for Phase 1 of the ECA LNG project, subject to reaching definitive agreements. TechnipFMC and Kiewit were selected as the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPC) contractors for the project, subject to reaching a definitive agreement on the EPC contract.Development of the ECA LNG liquefaction project is subject to relevant conditions and financing agreements.last_img read more

Feds mull further changes to carbon tax plan amid US tax changes

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal carbon pricing system for heavy emitters, softened last week to ease the impact on Canadian industry, could be amended even further this fall as Ottawa looks to address competitiveness fears in corporate Canada fuelled by U.S. tax cuts, tariffs and environmental policy roll backs.Environment Canada also now has to consult on the proposed plan with more than a dozen industrial sectors specific to Ontario that weren’t originally expected to be affected by the federal carbon pricing program because Ontario had its own system — now scrapped by Doug Ford’s new provincial government.That includes the auto sector, which is the next possible target for President Donald Trump’s tariffs, and breweries, who are paying more for their cans from the aluminum tariffs Trump has already imposed.Steel, which also had tariffs imposed by the U.S. in June, was one of the industries given the biggest break by Ottawa last week when Environment Minister Catherine McKenna increased the amount of emissions companies can produce before they have to start paying the carbon price. Those changes came after six months of consultations with affected industries who warned the government the proposed system was too onerous and could compel some of them to consider leaving Canada altogether.Manufacturers of steel, iron, lime, cement and nitrogen fertilizer will now have to pay the carbon price only on emissions that exceed 90 per cent of the average emissions in their sector. Other companies that produce more than 50,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year, will pay the carbon price on anything over 80 per cent.The original proposal McKenna made in January was to set that cap at 70 per cent for all industry.John Moffet, the associate assistant deputy minister at Environment and Climate Change Canada, said Thursday those changes may not be the last, and that economic pressures facing companies from things like U.S. tariffs are among the factors being looked at.“I would say the government is open to further changes across the board,” said Moffet.Environment Canada officials met with representatives from more than a dozen Ontario industries, including auto and auto parts manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and a number of chemical firms, last week to begin the process of assessing how their competitiveness might be affected by the carbon price. The federal system will only be applicable in provinces without a federally approved carbon price system of their own.Although Ottawa won’t be assessing which provinces have such plans until September, Moffet said when the original consultations took place, the federal government analysed and consulted industries only in provinces that were expected to use the federal pricing program.The changes to the system have become political fodder for carbon price opponents — particularly the federal Conservatives and their provincial counterparts in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta — who argue that scaling back the program to reduce the impact on business is an admission the carbon pricing system is bad for the economy. They want Ottawa to scrap the entire carbon pricing plan.The government says the plan all along was to set an initial target and then amend it after more specific review, and that the changes made will not have a material impact on the amount of greenhouse gases that will be cut from Canada’s total annual emissions. Moffet said the incentives to reduce emissions remain, even with a higher cap.Corporate Canada may also get help this fall from Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who is spending the summer listening to a wide range of perspectives on Canada’s competitiveness challenges. For months now Canadian businesses have been firing off warnings that Canada is at a deep disadvantage after recent changes like U.S. corporate tax reforms.Business associations want Ottawa to cut corporate taxes in Canada, arguing the U.S. tax changes could end up inflicting more damage on the Canadian economy than the possible termination of the North American Free Trade Agreement.A spokeswoman for Morneau said if he is to make any adjustments, they would be announced in his fall economic statement.The draft regulations finalizing the industrial component of Canada’s carbon pricing scheme are also expected this fall, with the final regulations not expected until the summer of 2019.last_img read more

896 lakh jobs created in Jan 7648 lakh in last 17 months

first_imgNew Delhi: Net employment generation in the formal sector touched a 17-month high of 8.96 lakh in January, according to the latest EPFO payroll data. The EPFO has been releasing payroll data from April 2018, covering the period starting September 2017. The addition in January was 131 per cent higher as compared with 3.87 lakh EPFO subscribers added in the year-ago month. In September 2017, a net of 2,75,609 jobs were created. Around 76.48 lakh new subscribers were added to social security schemes of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) from September 2017 to January 2019, the data showed. This indicates that these many jobs were created in the formal sector over the past 17 months. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The net EPFO enrolment in January 2019 stood at 8,96,516, which is the highest since September 2017. The EPFO, however, revised slightly downwards its payroll data for December 2018 by 1.8 per cent to 7.03 lakh, against the earlier estimate of 7.16 lakh released last month. It also revised the cumulative job addition data for the September 2017-December 2018 period downwards 6.6 per cent to 67.52 lakh, from the earlier forecast of 72.32 lakh. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The sharpest revision was for March 2018 in the latest report which showed contraction or exit of 29,023 members from the EPFO subscriptions whereas last month’s estimated addition of 5,498 members. The EPFO data showed that the March 2018 figure is negative due to large number of exits reported in March, in view of it being the closing month of the financial year. During January 2019, the highest number of 2.44 lakh jobs were created in the 22-25 years age group, followed by 2.24 lakh in the 18-21 years age bracket. The data of the exited members is based on the claims submitted by the individuals and establishments and the exit data uploaded by employers, whereas the number of new subscribers is based on the Universal Account Number (UAN) generated in the system and those who have received non-zero subscription. The EPFO said the data is provisional as updation of employee records is a continuous process and gets updated in subsequent months. This is age-band wise data of new members registered under the EPFO where the first non-zero contribution received during particular month. For each age-wise band, the estimates are net of the members newly enrolled, exited and rejoined during the month as per records of the EPFO, it added. The estimates may include temporary employees whose contributions may not be continuous for the entire year. Members’ data are linked to unique Aadhaar Identity, it added. The EPFO manages social security funds of workers in the organised/semi organised sector in India and has more than 6 crore active members (with at least one-month contribution during the year).last_img read more

Swiss bank UBS reports 54 per cent drop in net profit for

by News Staff Posted May 2, 2012 5:26 am MDT Swiss bank UBS reports 54 per cent drop in net profit for 1st quarter of 2012 GENEVA – Switzerland’s biggest bank UBS AG on Wednesday reported a 54 per cent drop in first-quarter net profit for 2012, mostly due to an accounting loss on its own debts as well as difficult market conditions.But the bank reported a “partial recovery” in client activity levels, including investment from the wealthy, that has helped it come back from a scandal last September, when a trader was arrested on charges of committing fraud that cost the bank over $2 billion.Shares of UBS stock shot up 6 per cent in mid-morning trading, to 12.01 francs ($13.22).A more detailed look at the figures shows that the company’s net profit in the January-March quarter fell to 827 million francs ($910 million) from 1.81 billion francs compared with the same period last year. Revenue also fell 22 per cent to 6.53 billion francs, down from 8.34 billion francs.The company said its first-quarter profit was saddled by a 1.16 billion francs ($1.28 billion) accounting charge on the bank’s own credit due to the rising value of the bank’s own bonds.That contributed to a pretax loss of 373 million francs from its investment banking. Profit from UBS wealth management rose 24 per cent to 803 million francs, in part due to a cut in expenses in the company’s Swiss pension plan.UBS offered a somewhat grim outlook for the second quarter of 2012, however, owing to Europe’s sovereign debt crisis, the U.S. federal deficit and continuing global uncertainties.“Failure to make progress on these key issues would make further improvements in prevailing market conditions unlikely and would have the potential to continue the headwinds for revenue growth, net interest margins and net new money,” the bank reported.It was just the second quarter for the bank under the leadership of Chief Executive Office Sergio P. Ermotti, who took over in September with the aim of restoring clients’ trust following a case of alleged rogue trading in its investment bank that cost UBS $2 billion.Former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli has pleaded not guilty to two counts of fraud and two counts of false accounting between 2008 and 2011. Ermotti has pledged to tighten oversight at UBS and restructure the ailing investment banking unit where the trading scandal occurred.Last month, the spectre of a damaging tax evasion case rose again. After resolving a long-running tax probe in the United States with a $780 million fine and the handover of thousands of client files, UBS now faces allegations by former staff in France that it also helped French clients cheat on their taxes.The bank strenuously denies the allegations and says it will defend itself using “appropriate legal means.”Ermotti said Thursday that despite the “challenging market conditions,” the bank had performed well.“We improved operational performance across all our businesses, strengthened our leading capital ratios further, reduced risk-weighted assets and remained vigilant on costs,” he said in a statement. “The strong net new money inflows in our wealth management businesses provide further clear evidence of the trust our clients place in UBS.”The first-quarter results for 2012 marked a turnaround from the last quarter of 2011 when the bank, Switzerland’s biggest by market capitalization, posted a net profit of 319 million francs.Rival Credit Suisse reported a 95 per cent drop in first-quarter net profit last week due to writedowns, staff severance costs, bonus payments and the strong Swiss franc. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Venezuela demands end to policies of exclusion denounces hawks of war

Rejecting unjust policies that he said contravened the United Nations Charter and wider international law, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Venezuela today urged United Nations Member States to take a stand against the interventionist actions of the “leaders of the United States and those that follow blindly behind them.” Elias Jaua Milano told the Assembly that his country’s President, Nicolas Maduro, could not address the United Nations because of “a whole range of delays, obstacles and lack of guarantees imposed by the Government of the United States,” in flagrant violation of the obligations incumbent upon it by the host country agreement.He warned delegations that such actions are only the latest example of Washington flouting international law. Indeed, the Security Council has been hijacked by “hawks of war” who, when delegations stand against them, will “simply bang on the table and do whatever they want, which is exactly what will happen when they later declare bombings in Syria,” Mr. Jaua Milano said. While the United States and its allies disregarded the UN Charter and social justice for others, Venezuela aimed to promote social progress and combat injustice. He rejected policies of exclusion as well as neo-fascist and neo liberal models. Venezuela follows a socialist system and practices “real democracy,” which has enabled it to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), he said.Acting in the opposite manner, the President of the United States “threatens to bomb this or that country if it does not comply with its demands, even to remove any Government from power in a country he does not like.” Mr. Jaua Milano recalled that in his address to the Assembly, US President Barack Obama said that ‘America is exceptional.’ Did the use of that word mean that the US is not bound by the same laws as other countries? Mr. Jaua Milano asked. Did it mean that the US can openly violate the UN Charter? That it can operate a detention centre in “occupied Cuban territory” where it is carrying out torture? In the face of such actions, he urged the international community to consider imposing sanctions against the US. Sanctions should also be considered for the role playes by Washington’s allies in the “criminal” US-led blockade against Cuba. Mr. Jaua Milano went on to say that instead of such acts a truly “exceptional” country would help build a more peaceful world. It would take “exceptional” decisions to help promote social inclusion and economic development, as Venezuela has. “We are here to report a kidnapping,” he said, telling the Assembly that he United Nations has been kidnapped by the US and its allies. Member States should consider moving the Organization’s Headquarters to a place where they would all be respected. “The United Nations should be a place not to justify war but to put a stop it,” he declared. read more

Unseen footage of London Bridge attack shows terrorists confronting unarmed officers just

After the conclusion of the hearing, the courage of the officers and other members of the public who intervened were recognised by both the Prime Minister and senior police officers. Theresa May’s official spokesman said: “Had it not been for the professionalism, speed and bravery of those who responded and defended themselves and others, many more could have suffered.”Karen Baxter, the commander of the City of London Police, said the armed officers took 10 seconds to stop the attackers, displaying “unflinching courage that is, without question, remarkable”. Her words were echoed by Cressida Dick, the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, who said the atrocity showed “the very worst” and “the very best” of humanity.She added: “Without their extraordinary efforts, so many more people would have been injured or have died.”Jurors deliberated for three-and-a-half hours to conclude that all three attackers were lawfully killed by police. Chief coroner Mark Lucraft QC had directed them that was the only “safe” conclusion in the circumstances. Unseen footage of the London Bridge attack released for the first time showed the terrorists advancing on unarmed officers and hitting one in the face with a bottle.The three knife-wielding attackers, with mock suicide belts clearly visible, can be seen charging through Borough Market yelling “Allahu Akbar” just seconds before they were shot dead.They were in the final moments of a 10-minute rampage on June 3 2017, which claimed eight innocent lives and only ended when police unleashed a hail of gunfire at 10.16pm.A jury concluded the three marksmen from the City of London Police lawfully killed the terrorists, who “ignored clear warning shouts” to confront the officers.The firearms officers, named only as BX44, BX45 and BX46, were praised for their “unflinching courage” during the 10-second confrontation on Stoney Street.In a narrative conclusion, jurors said the men “feared for their lives” as Khuram Butt, 27, Rachid Redouane 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, ran towards them with knives. A video captured by witness Paul Clarke, which has been played at both inquests into the atrocity at the Old Bailey, captured the closing stages of the attack in unparalleled detail. Butt and Zaghba are seen more clearly than in any images published before, wearing an Arsenal shirt and black hooded jumper respectively, while brandishing their 12-inch ceramic knives.  Further shots were then fired whenever the grounded men moved amid fears they were about to detonate their devices. A bomb disposal expert told the court he only realised the suicide belts were fake after he cut them off the dead bodies and held them up. The footage, published by the BBC, was filmed on Middle Road in Borough Market as the terrorists swarmed towards several unarmed police officers. Butt is shown viciously launching a glass bottle into the face of PC Bartek Tchorzewski, before the two attackers are joined by Redouane as they give chase and yell “Allahu Akbar”. The officers regroup on nearby Cathedral Street and run back through the market, this time joined by two bakers armed with brooms and empty bread baskets. As they reach Stoney Street, however, they are forced to scatter as an explosion of police gunfire finally brings the marauding attack to a halt. Several bystanders were injured in the confrontation, including Neil McLelland, who was struck in the head by a stray bullet while watching through the window of the Wheatsheaf pub. He survived his injuries. With all three attackers down, the armed unit quickly retreated at the sight of the suicide belts and were joined by firearms officers from the Metropolitan Police.  Around their waists are the imitation suicide belts which would later confuse police, made from empty plastic bottles and duct tape.  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. read more

After 34 years Voyager 2 will switch to unused backup thrusters

first_imgNASA has had many successful missions in space, but the Voyager program has to come near the top of the pile. Two identical unmanned probes called Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 were launched in 1977 to study Jupiter and Saturn. But both have continued their flights through space, still functioning after 34 years and regularly communicate back information to Earth.In those years both probes have been traveling away from Earth. Voyager 2 is now over 9 billion miles away in the heliosheath and will eventually leave our solar system completely. But to do that, and continue operating, NASA has to carry out a switch to a backup set of thrusters that have not been used in flight before.Voyager 1 and 2 in the heli0sheath (artist’s impression)The switch is necessary in order to save power in the region of 12 watts. In saving that power, Voyager 2 will go from requiring 270 watts to 258 watts. It may not seem like much, but as the power reserves on the probe diminish every little helps, and that saving could mean an extra decade of operation.The 12 watts of power is currently being used up by a heater keeping the fuel line to primary thrusters warm. Switching to the backup thrusters used for roll motion means that fuel line is no longer required. The one concern being that these thrusters have never been used before in flight, so will they function after all this time?Reassurance comes from the fact that Voyager 1 made the same switch in 2004 without issue, and had fired its main thrusters more times (353,000) than Voyager 2 (318,000).NASA issued the command to switch on November 4th, but won’t know if it has been successful until November 14 when it receives communication from the probe as to what happened. Hopefully it will go without a hitch and we’ll still be hearing from Voyager 2 in 2021.Read more at NASAlast_img read more

Labor responds to family violence

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With family violence a growing concern across Australia, the Labor government has promised to deliver a $23.9 million investment in a bid to overhaul the way the justice system responds to the issue.The announcement was made as part of the family violence package in the 2016/17 Victorian Budget, and comes after the release of a report by the Royal Commission into Family Violence.“The Andrews Labor government is overhauling how we respond to family violence, putting victims first and ensuring perpetrators are rightly held to account,” said Attorney General Martin Pakula. “Extra support for victims and greater resources for courts will change the way the justice system deals with family violence.”As part of the pitch, Labor says the funding will help to expand legal assistance, and give agencies the resources they need to address issues and begin reforming the system from the ground up.Part of the funding will be allocated to specialist family violence responses specifically for culturally and linguistically diverse victims and perpetrators in the corrections system, while the bulk of the money will be put towards reviewing and expanding men’s behaviourial change programs.Under the budget, police will also gain access to greater resources to be able to promptly respond to family violence; Victoria’s police force will soon undergo a trial with body-worn cameras.last_img read more

Au regard de Fukushima lEPR est plus sûr mais pas inaltérable

first_imgAu regard de Fukushima, l’EPR est plus sûr mais pas inaltérableBien que présentant de nouvelles normes en matière de sécurité, les réacteurs EPR ne sont pas infaillibles au regard des catastrophes de Tchernobyl et Fukushima. L’audit qui sera effectué sur les centrales françaises pourrait exiger le renforcement de la sûreté de ces réacteurs troisième génération.Depuis la catastrophe qui sévit à la centrale de Fukushima, des contrôles sur les paramètres de sûreté ont été exigés sur l’ensemble du parc nucléaire français. Et les nouveaux réacteurs EPR (“Evolutionary Pressurised water Reactor”) n’échappent pas à la règle. Bien que construits sur des normes plus exigeantes en matière de sécurité, il n’est pas encore sûr que ceux-ci puissent résister à des catastrophes naturelles comme celles qui ont frappé le Japon. En effet, le 11 mars, les côtes nord-est du territoire nippon ont subi les dommages d’un violent séisme de magnitude 9 suivi d’un puissant tsunami. À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylActuellement, les réacteurs EPR sont équipés de quatre “trains” de secours. Un seul d’entre eux contient tous les systèmes permettant de refroidir le réacteur en cas d’endommagement de la centrale. Bertrand Barré, conseiller scientifique auprès d’Areva, explique à l’AFP que les groupes électrogènes de ces réacteurs troisième génération sont situés à une hauteur de 12 mètres. Cependant, l’ingénieur estime que la faiblesse de l’EPR réside dans le fait que ces installations ne prennent pas en compte le scénario de la centrale Fukushima à savoir une “perte totale d’alimentation électrique”. Il rappelle également que dans le cas d’un arrêt des réacteurs EPR pendant un mois, ceux-ci continueraient à dégager une énergie de plus de 7 mégawatts. Il tempère toutefois en précisant que la double enceinte en béton, d’une largeur de 2,6 mètres, devraient permettre à ces centrales de résister à une explosion d’hydrogène.Une nouvelle réplique au JaponPour l’heure, les efforts continuent sur le site de la centrale de Fukushima pour tenter de stabiliser la crise nucléaire. Les répliques du séisme du 11 mars continuent de frapper le Japon. Aujourd’hui, un tremblement de terre de magnitude 5,8 a de nouveau secoué le nord-est du Japon. Selon l’Agence japonaise de météorologie, l’épicentre du séisme a été enregistré dans la préfecture de Fukushima. Toutefois, la nouvelle réplique n’a pas interrompu ni perturbé le travail des techniciens de la centrale selon l’opérateur Tepco. Le 13 avril 2011 à 09:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Northern lights may put on show Friday Saturday nights

first_imgThe Pacific Northwest may get a rare view of the northern lights this weekend as two solar flares expand the light display farther south than usual, space-weather forecasters say.There is a strong chance the Aurora borealis, or northern lights, will be visible across the northern United States on Friday and Saturday nights, according to the NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center. The lights are more typically seen in northwest Canada, Alaska and Scandinavia, but sun flares this week are expected to affect the magnetic poles, bringing the lights south.Predicting the exact timing is difficult, but “the chances are really good” for Friday and Saturday nights, said Bob Rutledge of the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colo. According to the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which monitors Auroral activity, the lights will be visible low on the horizon from Seattle.Seattle’s weather forecast for the weekend will likely provide prime viewing conditions. Friday and Saturday nights will be “clear as a bell” with no clouds in the sky, National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Schneider said. However, it must be dark to see the lights, so the best viewing areas are far away from the city.The best time to view the lights is usually around midnight, but the weather, brightness of the moon and dusk and dawn times are also factors in determining the ideal time, according to the Geophysical Institute.last_img read more

WHS GIRLS TENNIS Wildcats Keep Rolling Defeat Billerica 50

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA —The WHS Girls Varsity Tennis Team defeated Billerica High, 5-0, on Tuesday, May 1 in Wilmington.Wilmington junior Emily Hill defeated Sarah Bojsen, 6-0, 6-0.Wilmington junior Lia Kourkoutas defeated Katelyn Sullivan, 6-4, 6-0.Wilmington sophomore Carolyn Roney defeated Makayla Threhane, 6-0, 6-0.Wilmington junior Jessica D’Arco and senior Krista Brown defeated Madhu Velmurugan and Lany Waytt, 6-0, 6-1.Wilmington seniors Jill Roche and Lauren Field defeated Jen Machatelo and Anya Lavalle, 6-0, 6-2.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Win Third Matchup In Three DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Defeat Stoneham & Wakefield On Back-To-Back DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wilmington Sweeps MelroseIn “Sports”last_img read more

Shawsheen Tech Students Earn 70 Medals At SkillsUSA Competition with PHOTOS

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — On Thursday, March 14, 2019  Shawsheen Tech sent 189 students to compete at the SkillsUSA District Competition at Greater Lowell Regional Technical High School. The students competed against schools in their technical areas, challenging their knowledge, in hopes of qualifying for State Competition held this April. Shawsheen students took a written assessment in their technical/trade, an additional test for employability and SkillsUSA Knowledge, as well as an OSHA test in safety. At the end of the day, Shawsheen brought home a total of 70 medals. Gold Medal Winners:Brooke MacInnes, Grade 12, Billerica, Architectural DraftingAmaan Shaikh, Grade 12, Billerica, Automated Manual Technician – DrafterCorrina Jarzynka, Grade 12, Billerica, Culinary ArtsElaina Cobb, Grade 12, Billerica, Health Knowledge BowlSkylar McGarry, Grade 12, Billerica, Medical AssistingCaitlyn Tsoukalas, Grade 12, Billerica, Medical MathFancis O’Connor, Grade  10, Billerica, Power Equipment TechnicianMohammadali Khalifa, Grade 10, Billerica, Robotics & Automation TechnicianJoshua Cabral, Grade 11, Billerica, Team Works – ElectricianTroy Tamis, Grade 12, Billerica, Team Works – PlumberGrace Clark, Grade 11, Bedford, State Officer CandidateAshley Pergamo, Grade 12, Burlington, Automotive Refinishing TechnologyCameron Hudson, Grade 12, Burlington, MechatronicsThomas Vincent, Grade  12, Burlington, Mobile Robotic TechnologyJasin Hensley, Grade 10, Burlington, Robotics & Automation TechnicianMadison Shipka, Grade 12, Burlington, Urban Search & RescueJason Elias, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Automated Manual Technician -MachinistKevin Realejo, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Automated Manual Technician -MachinistJodi Bagrowski, Grade 11, Tewksbury, EstheticsSarah Molander, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Graphic CommunicationsLeah Veloz, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Health Knowledge BowlAllyson Haley, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Health Knowledge BowlMichael Reppucci, Grade 12, Tewksbury, Industrial Motor ControlBrooke Gerry, Grade 11, Tewksbury, MasonryJohn Nowell IV, Grade 12, Tewksbury, MechatronicsDylan Melanson, Grade 12, Tewksbury, PlumbingZachary Kelly, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Team Works – CarpenterJames MacKenzie, Grade 12, Tewksbury, Team Works – MasonAnnalea Martins, Grade  11, Wilmington, Basic Health Care SkillsZachary Dancewicz, Grade 12, Wilmington, CarpentryNathan Helmar, Grade 12, Wilmington, Diesel Equipment TechnicianJuila Messina, Grade 11, Wilmington, Graphic Imaging SublimationOlivia Sanchez, Grade 10, Wilmington, Health Knowledge BowlAndrew Miller, Grade 12, Wilmington, Mobile Robotic TechnologyCelina Barczak, Grade 11, Wilmington, Nursing AssistingAmanda Howell, Grade 10, Wilmington, Technical DraftingJames Ward, Grade 12, Wilmington, Urban Search & RescueSilver Medals Winners:Connor Rich, Grade 11, Billerica, Architectural DraftingEmily Morris, Grade 12, Billerica, Dental AssistantDaniel Matarazzo, Grade 12, Billerica, Diesel Equipment TechnicianCassidy Bulmer, Grade 12, Billerica, Health Knowledge BowlBrayden Taylor, Grade 11, Billerica, Mobile Robotic TechnologyMatthew Canadas, Grade 11, Billerica, Mobile Robotic TechnologyMackenzie Cassidy, Grade 12, Billerica, Nursing AssistingShaunna Ford, Grade 12, Billerica, Screen Print TechnologyTaylor Sacco, Grade 11, Bedford, Health Knowledge BowlAntavious Nordquist, Grade 10, Bedford, Technical DraftingChristina Paras, Grade 11, Burlington, Graphic Imaging SublimationJenna Hensley, Grade 11, Burlington, Health Knowledge BowlJames Sweeney, Grade 11, Burlington, PlumbingAnthony Prezioso, Grade 10, Tewksbury, CarpentryRachel Conway, Grade 12, Tewksbury, MasonryMichael Rosa, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Team Works – CarpenterDavid Williams III, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Team Works – ElectricianBrendan Gray, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Team Works – T2 PlumberCole Privetera, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Health Knowledge BowlMadison Musto, Grade 12, Wilmington, Team Works – MasonJessica Stevens, Grade 11, Wilmington, Technical Computer ApplicationsBronze Medal Winners:Taylor Thurell, Grade 12, Billerica, Basic Health Care SkillsZachary Langlois, Grade 11, Billerica, CarpentrySamantha Collins, Grade 12, Billerica, Health Knowledge BowlBrooke Amato, Grade 12, Billerica, Health Knowledge BowlShawn Powderly, Grade 12, Billerica, PlumbingMichael Cremens, Grade 11, Billerica, Sheet MetalVeronika Bazzinotti, Grade 12, Tewksbury, Dental AssistantCameron Loder, Grade 10, Tewksbury, Diesel Equipment TechnicianAlexa Krogstie, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Health Knowledge BowlMadison Gray, Grade 12, Tewksbury, Health Knowledge BowlTaryn King, Grade 12, Wilmington, Graphic CommunicationsAmanda Ramsdell, Grade 11, Wilmington, MasonryGold and silver medal winners have earned their ticket to the annual State Leadership & Skills Conference.At that Conference, more than 2,500 students will compete in 86 occupational and leadership skill areas. Shawsheen students will compete in the practical skills portion of each contest to become a Gold medalist from Massachusetts, earning the opportunity to join more than 6,000 students to compete in the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships.Photos:Sweeping in Carpentry: Tewksbury sophomore Anthony Preziso (silver), Wilmington senior Zachary Dancewicz (gold), & Billerica junior Zachary Langlois (bronze)Winning the gold medal in culinary arts was Billerica senior Corrina JarzynkaTaking gold in the Health Knowledge Bowl were Tewksbury junior Leah Veloz, Wilmington sophomore Olivia Sanchez, Billerica senior Elaina Cobb, and Tewksbury junior Allyson Haley. Elaina and Leah are hoping to lead another team to nationals this year.Sweeping the Masonry contest: Tewksbury senior Rachel Conway (silver), Tewksbury junior Brooke Gerry (gold), & Wilmington junior Amanda Ramsdell (bronze)Sweeping in the Plumbing contest: Burlington junior James Sweeney (silver), Tewksbury senior Dylan Melanson (gold), and Billerica senior Shawn Powderly (bronze)Winning the silver medals in screening was Billerica senior Shaunna Ford. Shaunna is hoping for another chance to attend the National Conference and better her 4th place standing in the nation.Winning gold in Team Works: Back — Tewksbury senior James MacKenzie, Left to Right: Tewksbury junior Zachary Kelley, Billerica senior Troy Tamis, & Billerica junior Joshua CabralBring home medals in Technical Drafting were Wilmington sophomore Amanda Howell (gold) and Bedford sophomore Antavious Nordquist (silver)(NOTE: The above press release is from the Shawsheen Tech.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedShawsheen Tech Students Win 30 Medals At SkillsUSA State ConferenceIn “Education”Shawsheen Tech Celebrates SkillsUSA National MedalistsIn “Education”4 Wilmington Students Earn SkillsUSA Medals At Shawsheen TechIn “Education”last_img read more

Facebooks Portal Smart Display Gets ABC News CNN Web Browser Instant Games

first_imgFacebook is expanding the content available to users of is Portal smart display slash video calling device: The company is bringing news content from ABC News and CNN to the device, which can now also be used to browse the web.The launch of a new web browser to Portal will enable users to visit their favorite sites, check out recipes, and even play videos from YouTube. Facebook is also adding its web-based casual Instant Games to the device, allowing users to play “Words with Friends,” “Draw Something,” “Sudoku” and a handful of other titles.Facebook launched Portal in October with an emphasis on video calling: The device, which is available with two screen sizes, comes with an integrated smart camera that automatically focuses on users as they move through the room — something that is supposed to enable more natural video calls. But from day one, Facebook also added apps from a number of content partners, including Food Network, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and Newsy. The company also tightly integrated Portal with its own Facebook Watch video service.With Friday’s additions, Portal users will be able to consume additional news content, and also have access to CNN’s Great Big Story video offering. And the company also added a few more video calling features, including additional AR effects. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Suitable options to pair with your wine

first_imgWine and food pairing is not that difficult as it sounds. One just needs to keep in mind that the selection of wine must compliment the taste of food ordered, say experts. Experts share tips on most suitable options to pair with your wine. -One can pair their favourite wine with other delicious food too. The most common food items that you can pair your wine with is pizzas, pastas, salads, burgers, pies, seafoods to name a few. These are some of the food items that we eat on any normal day, so we should also be thinking of pairing our wines with them. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-One must remember the thumb rule for wine and food pairing; white wine compliments white meat and red wine is great with red meat. -Cabernet Sauvignon is indeed the undisputed King of red wines. France, Italy and Napa Valley are the best producers. You can pair your spicy meat pizza with a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Pinotage and is also best paired with red meats like black peppered tenderloin and lamb chops in five spices. -Veg pizza would brilliantly go with Merlot. The idea is to not overpower the wine but to blend in. One can also try pork loin, slow cooked lamb stew and shepherd’s pie with a good Merlot. Merlots are normally light to medium bodied and often are blended with other grapes. France and Italy are top producers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Pinot Noir, one of the most versatile red grapes, best produced in France, United States and Germany. It is generally paired with food having strong earthy flavours. Try it with mushroom and greens with tofu in soya sauce, spaghetti bolognaise or a grilled salmon. -Similarly, you could have your red sauce pasta with a Shiraz, medium bodied grape with a hint of tannin is best produced in France, Australia and Spain. This can also be paired with roast lamb, grilled beef and lamb chops. -Sauvignon Blanc or Rose would go well with salads and also with mussels, char grilled lobsters, tajine and creamy tuscan chicken. -If seafood is your soul food, then the go to wine is Chardonnay, one of the most popular white grapes, or a riesling or a sparkling. -Another favourite food and wine pairing is the Indian street food. Try a pani puri with a Chenin Blanc or a samosa with Riesling. Try the quintessential tikki chat with a Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir.-Chenin Blanc has floral aromas, mostly young wines are produced in Loire Valley. Have it with shish taouk or risotto with chicken and scallions.last_img read more

CrowdCall App Revolutionizes Conference Calling

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free March 5, 2013 No assembly required: Randy Adams’ CrowdCall streamlines group calling.Photo © David Fentoncenter_img SocialDial was a simple idea: an app that would call contacts through their LinkedIn profiles, without users having to know the phone number. But a few months and 50,000 downloads after the app’s 2011 launch, SocialDial co-founder Randy Adams and his partners realized that a group-calling option that was “buried under two or three layers of menus” was being used far more than any other feature.The popularity of that feature led the team to ditch the original service and launch CrowdCall, a specialized conference-calling app available for iOS and Android smartphones and the web. Instead of scheduling a dial-in line, e-mailing all parties involved and then hoping everyone calls at the appointed time, CrowdCall’s interface lets users choose up to 20 participants from their contacts list and LinkedIn connections and dial them immediately (assuming the contacts have added their phone number to their LinkedIn profiles). When participants answer, they simply push “1” to enter the conference–they don’t even need to have the app to participate.The pivot worked. Approximately three months after the mobile launch last spring, roughly 100,000 people were using the app on a weekly basis. The majority of users were taking advantage of the free version (limited to 500 minutes per month). Revenue from sales of premium versions–priced at $9.99 for 1,000 minutes per month; $49.99 for 10,000 minutes; or $99.99 for unlimited calling–reached nearly $100,000 about four months after launch. Adams’ CrowdCall is now used for some 30,000 calls in the U.S. per month.The app has a mix of commercial and consumer users, but one feature in particular makes it attractive to small businesses. Because the call originator controls invitations, unauthorized participants can’t use dial-in information to access the call, providing a measure of security when discussing sensitive information.Word-of-mouth has been the app’s growth driver–each time someone receives a CrowdCall, that person become a potential customer. “We haven’t spent a dime trying to acquire users,” Adams says.So far the company has raised more than $1 million to launch the app and is working on acquiring $5 million in venture funding, which it hopes to close by the end of the year. That money will be used to build out infrastructure, including an investment in servers to better handle overwhelming demand.Sounds like a good call. 2 min read This story appears in the February 2013 issue of . Subscribe »last_img read more