Japan Assures Support to Liberia’s Development

first_imgThe Charge d’Affaires of the Japanese Embassy, Mr. Shigeru Umetsu, said Japan intends to continue supporting Liberia in the energy and infrastructure sectors. His country is not only focusing its support to Liberia on the Ebola Virus Disease.Speaking at the official handing over ceremony of the seven ambulances and 48 beds at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Mr. Umetsu expressed his deepest condolences to the people of Liberia.The Japanese Charge d’ Affaires recalled that Japan was fast in responding to the Liberian people through financial and material assistance during the early outbreak of the virus.He promised that Japan will not stop supporting Liberia in the fight against Ebola but also lead Liberia back on the development track and continue to stand side by side with Liberia.The Japanese Diplomat stressed that despite the distance between Liberia and Japan, the Japanese people are very determined to support the Liberian people in the fight against Ebola, as the fight against Ebola is an international fight which includes Japan.Representing the Government of Liberia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sylvester Grigsby, expressed appreciation to the Japanese government for the donation.  He recognized that it hailed not just from government to government but also from people to people.Mr. Grigsby recalled that since the beginning of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led administration, Japan has been there for the Liberian people. The partnership between both countries has seen projects including the reopening of the Japan-Liberia Friendship Hospital, the ground breaking for the four-lane Somalia Drive project, and the Japan Food Aid under the “KR Two” program.Speaking at the Health Ministry, where the handing over ceremony took place, the Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister mentioned that the Liberian Ambassador in Tokyo had also been receiving phone calls and held meetings with students, members of Japan’s Parliament and ordinary Japanese willing to contribute to the fight against Ebola in Liberia. The Liberian Ambassador said there is currently a container at the Embassy in Japan with more than 1000 students’ footwear, gloves, PPEs and body bags awaiting shipment to Liberia.On behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan and the Government and People of Liberia, Mr. Grigsby thanked the Government and People of Japan for the solidarity that has not only been expressed but demonstrated.For His part, the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Axel Addy recalled the launching of Liberia’s transformation  agenda and Japan’s focused assistance on the infrastructure segment of the agenda.Minister Addy stated that Japan and Liberia were in the process of building the Somalia Drive before the outbreak of Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Public Infrastructure Ministry says Agri Ministry responsible for issue

first_imgParika road ruptureIn light of concerns shared over drainage works which has caused a rupture along the Parika access road, the Public Infrastructure Ministry has responded by saying that the area is not within their jurisdiction.After Guyana Times published an article highlighting the situation at Parika, the Public Infrastructure Ministry subsequently stated that the area falls under the responsibility of the Agriculture Ministry and the drainage works were being done by the Regional Democratic Council (RDC).It later noted that this slippage should be fixed at the earliest and instructed the Agriculture Ministry and the RDC to look into the matter.Speaking with Guyana Times on Thursday, Chairman of the Parika-Mora Neighbourhood Democratic Council, Jaideo Sookhoo had explained that works were carried out to fix the main drainage system.He noted that it is the main access road to some communities and while the roadway was not obstructed, the crack can cause the road to collapse due to the absence of a support mechanism. Adding to that, it is dangerous to motor vehicles in the night and can cause serious accidents.This publication was told that the road was recently upgraded and paved with asphalt. However, the rupture expanded and wooden planks were used to signal drivers.“A construction company was doing work at the main drain and they machine cause the land to pull and cause that. People are using the same road but it is dangerous and can erode. They need to fix it because it is dangerous. It is the only main access road for Parika back, Naamryck and that area,” the Chairman stated.Meanwhile, one individual would have related that she was driving on the street a few days ago when she almost lost control from driving onto the fissure. At that time, the gap was just a few inches wide but it has been expanding after several observations were made.last_img read more

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CJIA’s value for money audit on hold

first_img…as AG awaits documents from Infrastructure MinistryThe Audit Office of Guyana (AOG) probe of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) and whether the modifications to the design are bringing value for money, is presently awaiting documents from the Government in order to even start the audit.Auditor General Deodat SharmaThis was explained by Auditor General Deodat Sharma in an interview with this publication on Saturday. According to Sharma, the office needs the documents from the Ministry of Public Infrastructure in order to properly plan the audit.“CJIA, we’re still awaiting documents so that we can commence. We have not gotten the vouchers and documents as yet. So I can’t determine a timeline for that, until we get the documents and copies of the vouchers, I’ll be able to plan the audit,” Sharma said.According to the Auditor General, they are awaiting these items from the Public Infrastructure Ministry. He noted that among other things, they have to check the building specifications for the airport.“We have to get that from the actual vouchers. The (Permanent Secretary) PS had written me and said he would submit it shortly, but I have not gotten it as yet,” Sharma added.The Permanent Secretary in question is Kenneth Jordan, who has a history when it comes to the Ministry providing documents to the AG. The Audit Office has previously had to complain over documents for its probe into D’Urban Park not being handed over.It was Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Irfaan Ali who had requested further probing be done by the Auditor General into specific projects. Among those projects was the D’Urban Park Project, for which the AG in his 2015 report listed some $36.5 million in Lotto funds being used for rehabilitative works.Ali had stated that these requests were in relation to follow-ups from the findings that had been included in the AG’s 2015 Report. In his 2015 report, the Auditor General had said that from following checks on the accounts, it was found that while Government transferred $1 billion of the Lotto money to the Consolidated Fund in 2015, it held onto just over half a billion dollars to remain under the control of the Ministry of the Presidency and it spent $305 million on various activities.But the audit into the D’Urban Park Project has always been hindered by a lack of access to pertinent information, with the Audit Office being forced to write to the Public Infrastructure Ministry requesting documents. It was this year that the Ministry claimed that vouchers were delivered to the Audit Office since 2017.CJIAIn 2012, under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, Guyana secured a US$138 million loan from the China Exim (Export-Import) Bank to fund the expansion and modernisation project, for which the Guyana Government was slated to inject some US$12 million.Upon completion, the airport is expected to have four air passenger boarding bridges for arrivals and departures, a 450-seat departure area, escalators and elevators, in addition to an extended runway catering for larger categories of aircraft.But the parliamentary Opposition has always contended, and documents showed, that the airport expansion has been downsized. In addition, the former administration has contended that for a fixed price contract, the airport specifications should have remained the same.In a public post this year responding to assertions from his successor, former Public Works Minister Robeson Benn had denied claims that the project was not supervised in its early stages and had thrown his support behind calls for “a full-fledged public investigation” into the project.Benn had also questioned how a fixed price contract was allowed to deviate to such an extent. He had pointed out that there have been extensive modifications to the project, with the plans for a new stand-alone New Terminal Building being changed to an Arrival Hall addition to the old Terminal Building.He had also noted that instead of eight bridges, Guyana was only getting four. Benn had also observed that the mezzanine floor with escalators to a Viewing Gallery had been cut out from the construction, and the building’s footprint and actual total square footage are now less than what was contracted for.last_img read more

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PPP rejects “desperate” bribery allegations

first_imgNo-confidence resolution– as AG fumbles to explain holes in 34 argument theoryThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has rejected allegations that former Alliance For Change (AFC) parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud was bribed to vote against the Government at the recent no-confidence motion.Opposition leader Bharrat JagdeoAccording to the Party in a statement on Monday, the allegations have all been manufactured by coalition politicians intent on not stepping down, something which the Constitution of Guyana says a Government must do after losing a no-confidence motion.“These allegations are being hatched and spewed by a desperate group of power-drunk and semi-crazed politicians, who wants to hold on to the reins of Government at all costs, so that they can continue to pillage the treasury,” the Party said.“We urge our members, supporters and indeed, every right-thinking Guyanese to ignore these paranoid and baseless outpourings,” the Party added in its statement, which came shortly after statements from the Public Security Minister announcing that Police were investigating Persaud.AG fumblesAt a press conference called on Monday to defend the Government’s attempts to reinterpret Guyana’s Constitution, Attorney General Basil Williams revealed that a legal memorandum containing six arguments was submitted to the National Assembly.Government is hoping that upon House Speaker Dr Barton Scotland reviewing this document, he will reverse the no-confidence motion which was already passed. According to the AG, a no-confidence motion is different from other motions in that an “absolute majority” of 34 out of 65 members is needed rather than 33, which Government is claiming is a “simple majority”.Attorney General Basil WilliamsWhen asked, Williams admitted that the Constitution of Guyana makes no distinction between when an absolute majority and when a simple majority is used to vote in the National Assembly. Instead, the Government is using legal precedents from other jurisdictions.There are immediate holes in this explanation, however, since it indicates that Government would then have needed 34 votes to defeat the motion. Asked about this discrepancy, a not so clear Williams had this to say:“If they said it (motion) was (defeated by 33), it could have been challenged that it should have been 34. Look, I wasn’t going to tell the PPP how many people they needed to steal from the Government,” Williams said.It was pointed out to Williams that all 32 members of the Opposition side had already voted for the motion and that going by its own arguments, Government would have needed at least one Opposition member to defect in order to defeat the motion. Williams shied away from this question.“You’re saying I should have gone and done that (poach a PPP MP’s vote)? Why are you encouraging me to go and do mischief? I’m saying to you that to get 34 you have to steal from the other side, any party. It wasn’t my decision to (steal from PPP)… I’m not addressing this again. I’ve explained this already,” the AG added.But President David Granger had already committed to following the provisions outlined in the Constitution, facilitating early elections and engaging in dialogue with the Leader of the Opposition, upon his return from Cuba where he departed for treatment.Since the passage of the motion on December 21, however, persons aligned with the coalition party have sought to question the motion’s validity even as the vote has already been certified.The original proponent of the 34-vote argument is Attorney Nigel Hughes, a former AFC Chairman, who is the husband of Government Minister, Cathy Hughes, who told State media that half of 65 is 32.5 but when rounded to the nearest whole number this would be 33 as there is no half member.Since then, Government has held on to this explanation and has included it in its arguments it plans to present to Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland; in an effort to get him to reverse the no-confidence motion.When asked about the Government ‘switching its mouth’ after promising to respect the results of the no-confidence vote, Williams claimed that President Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said what they had to say at the time to “keep the peace.”last_img read more

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Hesperia, Sultana wrestlers show Masterful day

first_imgSeven of the Sultana eight went 2-0 to remain in the winner’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament, including 135-pounder Erik Baker, 140-pounder Cody Bollinger and 145-pounder Jarrod Brocksher. “I think those guys are on a mission,” Humphrey said. “They didn’t make hardly any mistakes.” The 130-pounder was leading Park 8-7 after two periods, but Cougars head coach Rangi Smart said Eagleson, as usual, simply had more strength than his opponent in the third. “He’s got a lot of offense,” Smart said of Eagleson. “He’s got the conditioning, and that only comes from working your butt off.” Victoria Anthony and Carter High were the other notable winners Friday. Anthony, a sophomore from Huntington Beach Marina, is the first female to compete in the CIF-SS Masters meet since its inception in 1983. After dropping her first match 13-0, she came back for a 22-10 win in the consolation bracket and will be back on the mat today. Carter, which supplanted Fountain Valley as tournament host this year, orchestrated a smooth day of competition that ended ahead of schedule. “I don’t think there were any drawbacks,” Humphrey said. “I like it better because it’s a lot closer to home, too.” Third-round competition begins at 9 a.m. today, and Carter athletic director Joe Paluba expects winners to be crowned by 7 p.m. Temecula Valley’s 44.5 points led the team standings. Behind Sultana (36.5) and Hesperia (30.5), ninth-place Barstow (20) was the only county school among the top 20. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RIALTO – Of the 1,000-plus wrestlers, coaches, fans and staff inside the Carter High School gymnasium Friday, it was harder to find two happier men than Dave Stidham and Rocky Humphrey. Stidham, the Hesperia coach, and Humphrey, his Sultana counterpart, had seven and eight wrestlers, respectively, qualify for the CIF-Southern Section Masters meet. All 15 are coming back to Carter today after advancing through the first two rounds, putting Hesperia fifth and Sultana second in the team standings. center_img Ray Bowen (125), Eli McWatters (160), David Moore (189) and Zac Sweeney (215) also went 2-0 for the Sultans, while Ryan Fillingame (119) lost his first match, but won his second to stay alive in the consolation bracket. For Hesperia, heavyweight Ryan Hoover improved to a nifty 50-0 on the season with a first-round pin and a technical-fall win in Round 2. “He’s on a roll right now,” Stidham said of Hoover, who is ranked first in the state and 12th in the nation. “He’s peaking at the right time.” Dominick Reyes (171) and Justin Correa (215) enjoyed first-round byes and second-round wins for the Scorpions, while Daniel Gudino (130), Andrew Collins (140), Julius Culpepper (152) and Danny Reyes (215) each went 1-1. Rancho Cucamonga senior Ryan Eagleson extended his undefeated season to 42-0, beating Orange Lutheran’s Danny Salazar by technical fall and pulling out a 14-9 win over Sunny Hills’ Joseph Park. last_img read more

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Council gets first look at Fort St. John 2015 Operating Budget

first_imgSo will there be a tax increase in 2015?Council will wait until early 2015 before approving the proposed operating budget.  Staff still need the latest assessed values for properties in the City before deciding if there is a need to increase property taxes.In 2014 Council was able to keep the tax rate the same as previous years because the value of homes and properties in Fort St. John increased.  They hope they can accomplish that again in 2015 once the final assessed property values are known.  Council and staff also believe that due to the dramatic increase in construction in 2014, those new properties will also help offset any increase in the operating budget.Attached is a copy of the presentation staff made to Council at Monday’s Committee of the Whole. The budget uses numbers from the 2014 B.C. Assessment to help calculate the total revenue the City will receive. Even without the final assessment numbers the budget gave Council the scope of funds needed to operate the city in 2015.According to a PowerPoint presentation by the finance department, the goal of the city’s operating budget is to build a community that is fiscally sound, committed to public safety; with a focus on high quality services, including a vibrant city centre.Some of the challenges presented to council when considering the operating budget are increases in B.C. Hydro rates, political pressures (i.e. the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and the Canadian Taxpayers Association), and community expectations for better or expanded services to name a few.- Advertisement -In addition, below is a chart of proposed operating projects.  These projects are separate from any improvements they City has already planed in the 2015 capital budget.  (Council and City staff will hold an open house on the capital budget Tuesday night, get more information on that meeting here).project chartWhen Councilor Bryon Stewart asked City Manager Dianne Hunter whether or not staff has created a priority list, she responded, “In presenting these plans to council, we did take a step back and really assessed whether we can deliver on them or not.Hunter adds, “We took a look at this and we’ve all made a commitment to do our part in these plans, and that we can deliver on them; if not 100 per cent, they’re certainly going to be well under way.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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Injured Bendtner in race to be fit for World Cup

first_img“If a player is injured at the moment we leave for the World Cup, he’s not coming to Russia,” Hareide told a press conference.“He (Bendtner) is being examined,” Hareide said. “It’s never good to fight the clock. We do not have much time.”Bendtner hobbled off the pitch in in tears with 20 minutes remaining as Rosenborg lost to Brann.The 30-year-old former Arsenal, Juventus and Wolfsburg player has appeared 79 times for his country since making his debut at the age of 18 in 2006.Bendtner has scored 30 goals for the Danes, including one at their last World Cup appearance, in 2010.Denmark play warm-up games against Sweden in Stockholm on June 2 and Mexico in Copenhagen on June 9.Featured in Group C, Denmark kick off their campaign against Peru on June 16, then face Australia and France.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nicklas Bendtner came off the bench to play the last 18 minutes in Denmark’s last match, a friendly win over Panama, in March © Scanpix/AFP/File / Liselotte SabroeSTOCKHOLM, Sweden, May 28 – Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner has been warned he will not be going to the World Cup in Russia if he fails to recover in time from a thigh injury suffered while playing for Rosenborg in the Norwegian league.Bendtner limped off with a thigh injury on Sunday and on Monday was warned by Denmark coach Age Hareide that only fit players would be travelling to the finals.last_img read more

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SAM’S HOME: VIDEO OF JIM AND DANIEL SINGING ‘DESTINATION DONEGAL’

first_imgTHIS Jimmy McGuinness boy’s talents know no bounds! We all know Michael Murphy can sing – and sing well.And his rendition of Jimmy’s Winning Matches in Pettigo was X Factor stuff.But here’s Jimmy Singing Songs – with Daniel O’Donnell.Click to play   SAM’S HOME: VIDEO OF JIM AND DANIEL SINGING ‘DESTINATION DONEGAL’ was last modified: September 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SAM’S HOME: VIDEO OF JIM AND DANIEL SINGING ‘DESTINATION DONEGAL’last_img read more

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Mourinho hammered Pogba in the changing room after Wolves draw

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho was not happy with Paul Pogba’s role in Wolves’ equaliser on the weekend and let him know it.Pogba had a mixed afternoon at Old Trafford where Sir Alex Ferguson was back in the stands for the first time since his emergency surgery in May.The midfielder’s delicate touch brilliantly set up Fred, but he was at fault in the build-up to Joao Moutinho’s equaliser, having carelessly given the ball away.And in a show of strength, Mourinho gave his £89m player a dressing down for the error, according to The Sun. He is reported to have told the 25-year-old his concentration wasn’t up to scratch and silly mistakes like that were continuing to ensure the spotlight is fixed firmly on the team. RANKED impact REVEALED BEST OF Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Speaking to talkSPORT, former Bolton, Newcastle and West Ham manager Sam Allardyce said he thinks the attitude among some players is not right.“What I saw of United on Saturday, how many times they gave the ball away and particularly Pogba for Wolves’ goal, it was just not Man United for me.“I saw a lot of players actually not living up to their potential. They let Wolves back into the game, eventually they scored and on occasions I thought Man United were perhaps lucky to get away with a draw.” Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 2 REVEALED silverware The manager was equally scathing in public following the 1-1 draw.“[Wolves] play like I like to play which is like the World Cup final,” he said in his post-match interview. “That’s the attitude I like my teams to have every match. We didn’t have that, they did.“They play every ball with every second with the maximum intensity and desire and we didn’t.”Of United’s six Premier League games so far, they have won three, drawn one and lost twice to leave them seventh, eight points behind north west rivals Liverpool, who top the table with an 100 per cent record. ADVICE silverware MONEY boost Pogba was not happy with Man United’s tactics against Wolves targets Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND center_img REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Most popular football news Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Most popular Man United news Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Mourinho was at all happy with his player’s performances against Wolves Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Equally, Pogba didn’t hold back in his views on the team’s tactics.“When we are at home we should attack, attack, attack. That’s Old Trafford,” he said.“We are at home and we should play much better against Wolves. We are here to attack. I think teams are scared when they see Manchester United attacking and attacking. That was our mistake.“Maybe the attitude should be better and we should play better because, again, we are at Old Trafford and we should just attack and press like we did against Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal last season.“When we play like this it’s easier for us.”Asked about what is stopping the team from playing the way fans are often crying out for at Old Trafford, he said: “I can’t tell you because I’m a player. It’s not me.“I’m not the manager, I cannot, like, say that, but obviously we should show more options of playing.“But I cannot say that, because I’m a player. That’s my way of thinking – we should move better. We should move more, yeah.” Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won FAREWELL Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January deals England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move gameday cracker no dice Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland last_img read more

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WARNING TO DONEGAL CONSUMERS AS ‘BEEF LASAGNE’ FOUND TO BE 100% HORSE MEAT

first_imgFINDUS SURPRISE: Horse meat has been found in their lasagnes, with up to 100% in some casesTHE horse meat in beef scandal has escalated tonight with more products withdrawn from sale.The latest product hit is the Findus brand beef lasagne.The Food Safety Authority of Ireland told Donegal Daily that anyone who has bought the product should not eat it and return it to the store they bought it in for a refund. Authorities in Britain said Findus tested 18 of its beef lasagne products and found 11 meals containing between 60% and 100% horsemeat.Findus withdrew the beef lasagne products after its French supplier, Comigel, raised concerns about the type of meat used in the product.Retail giant Tesco and discount chain Aldi withdrew a range of ready meals produced by Comigel over fears they contained contaminated horse meat.The British authorities say it had no evidence to suggest it was a food safety risk, but ordered the company to test the lasagne for the veterinary drug phenylbutazone, or “bute”. Animals treated with that drug are not allowed to enter the food chain as it may pose a risk to human health.Findus said in a statement: “We understand this it is a very sensitive subject for consumers and we would like to reassure you we have reacted immediately. We do not believe this to be a food safety issue.“We are confident that we have fully resolved this supply chain issue. Fully compliant beef lasagne will be in stores again soon.“Consumers who have purchased the product should call our Findus UK Customer Care Line on UK 0800 132584, ROI 1800 800500 or email careline@findus.co.uk for a full refund.”  WARNING TO DONEGAL CONSUMERS AS ‘BEEF LASAGNE’ FOUND TO BE 100% HORSE MEAT was last modified: February 7th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Findus lasagnehorse meatWARNING TO DONEGAL CONSUMERS AS ‘BEEF LASAGNE’ FOUND TO BE 100% HORSE MEATlast_img read more

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