Track season gets out of the blocks with JC/WATA meet

first_imgThe local track and field season opens this weekend with the 23rd staging of the PUREWATER/JC development meet at the schools’ Old Hope Road campus this Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m.The event is one of the qualifying meets for the annual Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championship and organisers expect the usually well-organised and well-run meet to maintain its high standards.The meet is primarily for high schools, but an open invitation has been extended to teams from all schools, athletic clubs and other institutions across the island.Individual and teams will compete under two categories – schools and mixed clubs and institutions or as unattached competitors.clubs and institutionsSchoolboys will compete in classes one to three, while their female counterparts will compete in classes one to four. Mixed clubs and institutions will compete separately as male and female.Competitors of the various categories will vie for honours in 70m, 80m, 100m, 800m, 3000m (F), 5000m(M), 110m hurdles (M). Field events this year will include long jump, discus, high jump, shot put and pole vault.No more than four contestants per class, per team, per event will be allowed and teams are reminded to wear their regular competition colours.The most outstanding athlete in each class and category at the end of the meet will receive individual trophies. No entries will be accepted on the day of the event.Meanwhile, the school will also honour one of its old boys on the day. They will recognise Andrew McCrae for his tireless efforts, commitment and contribution to the development of track and field at JC.last_img read more

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Che’Lu Bar Stuns Akari in D-League semis

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Banking on its veterans, Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian pulled off a 70-60 stunner over Akari-Adamson to draw first blood in their 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup best-of-three semifinal series on Tuesday at Pasig Sports Center.Cedrick Ablaza poured in 12 of his 22 points in the third quarter turnaround for the Revellers, to go with his four rebounds and three steals, while Jeff Viernes had 16 points and eight boards.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ View commentscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Cocolife nips Cignal, gains semis Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Earlier, Zark’s Burger-Lyceum clawed its way from a 16-point deficit and hacked out a 90-87 overtime victory over Marinerong Pilipino for a similar 1-0 lead.Mike Nzeusseu punctuated Zark’s Burger win with a dunk in the last 5.5 seconds of the extra period, elating team manager Bernard Yang.  —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

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Land Commission, FAO Conduct 3-Day Workshop

first_imgThe Land Commission and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are conducting a 3-day awareness workshop on responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests in the context of national food security.Speaking at the official opening of the workshop on Tuesday, June 17, at the S. Trowen Nagbe United Methodist Church, the FAO Country Director to Liberia, Jean-Alexandre Scaglia, said this is the beginning of tangible national and international efforts on the voluntary guidelines on the governance of tenure of land, fishery and forests for the country.Mr. Scaglia said the mission is to promote responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests with emphasis on all tenure of private, public communal, indigenous, customary and informal land.Mr. Scaglia said, the goals of the guidelines are to achieve food security for all and support the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security in Liberia.   “This is the effort towards the eradication of hunger and poverty, and also intended to contribute to achieving sustainable livelihoods, social stability, housing security, rural development, environmental protection and sustainable social and economic development for the people.”According to the FAO Country Representative, the guidelines cover three key areas that are crucial for the attainment of food security, rural development and social and economic development as well as cross cutting issues.Mr. Scaglia said, Liberia stands to attract more investments in agriculture, fishery and forestry if farmers, community people, and ordinary citizens are supported in getting not only access but also right to land, and fishery and forestry they need.The three areas includes land, that allow families and other citizens to produce food for consumption and increase income through the sale of produce from their farms, fisheries, the secure the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on marine and inland fisheries, and forestry, that improved governance such as effective law enforcement, reduced corruption, and greater transparency to promote sustainable forest management.Also speaking at the workshop, Dr. C. Othello Brandy, Chairman, Land Commission, said this was an opportunity for people of national concern to discuss the way forward of food and security to Liberia.“We hope that the results of the workshop will have the practical measures put into place to increase the issue of access to land by women and men including children both in the rural and urban areas in the country,” Chairman Brandy hoped.Dr. Brandy said the issue of funding was one of the problems, stating that there is a need for government to create the necessary condition that will empower farmers in their production.The program brought together over 100 persons, including members of civil society organizations, staffs of Land Commission, FAO representatives other government officials.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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Suarez is 100 per cent a Barcelona player! Spanish giants confirm deal for Liverpool striker

first_img1 Luis Suarez is now ‘100 per cent’ a Barcelona player, the club’s sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has confirmed.Liverpool announced last week they had accepted an offer, understood to be £75million, from the Spanish giants.Now he has put the finishing touches to his switch, which has been complicated by the four-month ban he received for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.The terms of the suspension meant he could not be formally unveiled at the Nou Camp on Wednesday morning, but Zubizarreta announced the deal has been finalised.“He’s 100 per cent a member of the club,” he said.Suarez will be ineligible to play for Barcelona or even train with his teammates until the end of October, unless any appeal lodged with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is successful.And Zubizarreta remained tightlipped when asked whether Barca were making moves to reduce the length of the ban.“Luis Suarez is a Barcelona player for all purposes but the recommendation from our lawyers has been to remain discreet,” he said.“Our lawyers tell us that we should be very prudent with what we say and your question is asking about something that could only happen after certain verdicts have been reached. Then we’ll be able to explain things better.“But it’s fact, it’s true. He’s 100 per cent a member of the club.“We’re speaking to our lawyers to find out the best way of defending his rights but at the moment there’s nothing I can say about that.” Luis Suarez last_img read more

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Southampton confirm £5.1m capture of Malaga and Spain striker

first_imgSouthampton have completed the signing of Malaga and Spain striker Juanmi for a reported £5.1m.The Saints met the 22-year-old’s buy-out clause on Sunday after weeks of negotiations and it is understood he passed a medical on Tuesday ahead of agreeing a four-year contract.Juanmi, whose full name is Juan Miguel Jimenez Lopez, was also attracting interest from Aston Villa and Real Sociedad, but he will join Southampton’s attacking ranks which currently boasts the likes of Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane.The forward became Malaga’s youngest ever goalscorer in 2010, and was rewarded for his fine form over the last 12 months with his international debut against the Netherlands in March.Juanmi becomes the Saints’ first signing of the summer as they look to bolster their squad ahead of their Europa League commitments next season. Juanmi 1last_img read more

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Hornaday’s crew chief is dismissed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHornaday, a former Saugus Speedway champ from Palmdale, is the winningest driver in Truck Series history with 27 victories. “This deal is all about chemistry, and we felt like we needed to go in a different direction,” Harvick said. “We appreciate all of Chris’ efforts and wish him the best of luck in the future.” The next race is April 29 at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill. No replacement for Rice was announced. Indy Racing League: Valencia’s Bryan Herta took advantage of a late-race collision between Tomas Scheckter and Buddy Rice to post a fourth-place finish Sunday in the Indy Racing League Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Fla.). Herta moved up to second place during the race, using a alternate pit strategy, but fell to sixth when he had to make a stop late in the race. He climbed a couple of spots when Scheckter and Rice crashed on lap 97 of the 100-lapper around the streets of St. Petersburg. “It was a tough race out there,” said Herta, a Hart High graduate and driver of the No. 7 Honda-powered entry for Andretti Green Racing. “It was good, though. We had a lot of green-flag racing, and it was an exciting event.” Helio Castroneves won the St. Petersburg race, followed by Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan, Herta’s teammate. The race ended under caution. “The car was really good, the traffic just didn’t play out right for us,” Herta said. “But it was important for the team to come out and get some points, and that’s something we can build on.” The next race is the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi on April 22. Herta and his teammates went from St. Petersburg to Indianapolis for a day of testing in preparation for next month’s Indianapolis 500. Herta tested on Wednesday in the car his boss and team owner Michael Andretti will drive in the Indy 500. Herta turned 55 laps and posted the ninth fastest time during the test session. “We work very hard at Andretti Green Racing to make the cars all the same, so it feels like I am in my car,” Herta said. “Everything transfers over. When we’re here in April and it’s really cool, like it is today, we’re really looking at the big picture, trying some different concepts so we know where we want to begin when we come back for the start of May.” Dixon, a driver for Chip Ganassi’s Team Target, was the fastest driver in the test. His best lap was at 226.012 mph. Herta was the fastest of the Andretti Green Racing drivers. His best lap was at 222.986 mph. Kanaan was 13th fastest at 220.917 mph and Dario Franchitti was 14th at 220.379 mph. The 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for May 28. Irwindale Speedway: Rain washed out another slate of races at Irwindale Speedway last Saturday night. Weather permitting, the track will try again tonight to get the season rolling. The first evening will feature NASCAR Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, Super Trucks and figure eights. Todd Southwell, a Canyon High graduate, leads the Super Late Model standings after one race, and Pat Mintey Jr. of Quartz Hill is second in the Super Truck standings. Gates open at 4 p.m. Races start at 6. Tim Haddock covers motor sports for the Daily News. timothy.haddock@dailynews.com (818) 713-3715160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Chris Rice, the crew chief for Ron Hornaday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team, was fired Wednesday, team owner Kevin Harvick said. Hornaday, driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado for Kevin Harvick Inc., is 19th in points and has not recorded a top-10 finish in the first four races of the year. His best finish was 14th place April 1 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. “This was a difficult decision,” Harvick said. “While we feel like we’ve got a driver and a crew chief capable of running up front, the combination of the two has not produced the results that we expected.” last_img read more

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The small fee Liverpool and other top clubs could have signed Alisson for

first_img RANKED How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence 1 gameday cracker silverware Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury But there were no takers and Alisson joined Roma a year later where his already growing reputation increased dramatically.And even more astounding is the revelation from the player himself that he was a reluctant goalkeeper when he was growing up.“The real reason I began in goal was my brother,” he wrote in theplayerstribune.“I was playing with his friends, and they were all older and bigger than me.“So when it came to picking teams … well, of course, the short kid had to go in goal. It wasn’t even up for discussion, you know?” Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade REVEALED Alisson is now the Brazil no.1 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade smart causal Liverpool spent £67million on Alisson, but could have got him for as little as £4m in 2015.The 25-year-old Brazil international is now the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, but three years ago the Reds were one of several Premier League and Championship clubs sent a detailed scouting dossier on him.Back then, Alisson was playing for Internacional in Brazil and the Sunday Mirror report a deal would have seen interested clubs pay £3.1m up front with £900,000 in add-ons.Apparently, UK-based intermediaries worked on behalf of the player’s agent, Ze Maria Neis, in an attempt to secure a move to England and the dossier is said to have included a written testimonial from former Brazil goalkeeper Claudio Taffarel, talking up the nation’s rising star. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? predicted shining LIVERPOOL NEWS REVEALED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more

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JASON BLACK SENDS HIS THANKS AND DECLARES: ‘GREAT TO HAVE A SHOWER AFTER 30 DAYS’

first_imgADVENTURER Jason Black has sent his thanks for all the messages of support he has received after pulling out of his bid to climb of Mt McKinley in Alaska.Snow storms and ice forced him to abandon the final climb to the summit.Tonight he sent this message – filled with his usual humour – and this snap! “Hi all – just back in Talkeetna town in Alaska long decent of the mountain but finally a SHOWER in 30 days …humbled with the fantastic positive messages of support THANK YOU .. Had the greatest expedition battle and Arctic weather kicks serious ass. Gutted I didn’t top out but I gave it everything from every approach possible but for nature’s weather. So looking forward to seeing the hills of Donegal & my family.. Love 2all cu soon Jason. The messages are very appreciated.”  JASON BLACK SENDS HIS THANKS AND DECLARES: ‘GREAT TO HAVE A SHOWER AFTER 30 DAYS’ was last modified: June 11th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Jason BlackMt McKinleylast_img read more

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Woese Slays Darwin

first_imgThe king is dead!  Long live the king!  Such were the oxymoronic cries of olden times when royal succession took place.  Has Charles Darwin been dethroned?  One would think so, after reading Mark Buchanan’s article, “Horizontal and vertical: the evolution of evolution” in New Scientist.  Buchanan sets the stage:Just suppose that Darwin’s ideas were only a part of the story of evolution.  Suppose that a process he never wrote about, and never even imagined, has been controlling the evolution of life throughout most of the Earth’s history.  It may sound preposterous, but this is exactly what microbiologist Carl Woese and physicist Nigel Goldenfeld, both at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, believe.  Darwin’s explanation of evolution, they argue, even in its sophisticated modern form, applies only to a recent phase of life on Earth.Woese and Goldenfeld champion horizontal gene transfer as the overriding process that led to the genetic code and established biology as we know it.  The Darwinian part is like a footnote, acting on the last episodes of biological history.  Subsequent quotes show even more how far and deep this coup goes:Earth for most of the time that life has existed – billions of years, in fact – the most ancient and prevalent form of evolution probably wasn’t Darwinian at all, Woese and Goldenfeld say.“Biology built up a facade of mathematics around the juxtaposition of Mendelian genetics with Darwinism,” he [Woese] says.  “And as a result it neglected to study the most important problem in science – the nature of the evolutionary process.”This is all very different from evolution as described by Darwin.Darwinian evolution simply cannot explain how such a [genetic] code could arise.“With vertical, Darwinian evolution,” says Goldenfeld, “we found that the code evolution gets stuck and does not find the true optimum.”“In some sense,” says Woese, “the genetic code is a fossil or perhaps an echo of the origin of life, just as the cosmic microwave background is a sort of echo of the big bang.  And its form points to a process very different from today’s Darwinian evolution.”Today, at least in multicellular organisms, Darwinian evolution is dominant but we may still be in for some surprises.  “Most of life – the microbial world – is still strongly taking advantage of horizontal gene transfer, but we also know, from studies in the past year, that multicellular organisms do this too,” says Goldenfeld.If a paradigm shift is pending, [Norman] Pace [U of Colorado] says it will be in good hands.  “I think Woese has done more for biology writ large than any biologist in history, including Darwin,” he says.  “There’s a lot more to learn, and he’s been interpreting the emerging story brilliantly.”Will this be a Kuhn-style paradigm shift of epic proportions as these excerpts make it seem?  If so, will the Darwin Bicentennial be the last hurrah of a dying paradigm?  Will future scientists be celebrating the Woese Bicentennial some day?    Any replacement paradigm in a scientific revolution needs to explain anomalies better than the old paradigm.  On page 2 of the article, Buchanan writes, “Darwinian evolution simply cannot explain how such a [genetic] code could arise.  But horizontal gene transfer can, say Woese and Goldenfeld.”  There’s the gauntlet.  OK, how?  First, they point to the universality of the code.  Then, they point to its degeneracy – the fact that multiple codons in DNA can translate to the same protein in amino acids, giving the code redundancy, and thus, some tolerance to mutation.  Third, they point to the remarkable error tolerance of the code:In 1991, geneticists David Haig and Lawrence Hurst at the University of Oxford went further, showing that the code’s level of error tolerance is truly remarkable.  They studied the error tolerance of an enormous number of hypothetical genetic codes, all built from the same base pairs but with codons associated randomly with amino acids.  They found that the actual code is around one in a million in terms of how good it is at error mitigation.  “The actual genetic code,” says Goldenfeld, “stands out like a sore thumb as being the best possible.” That would seem to demand some evolutionary explanation.  Yet, until now, no one has found one.  The reason, say Woese and Goldenfeld, is that everyone has been thinking in terms of the wrong kind of evolution.So far, it sounds like they have discovered evidence for intelligent design.  It’s not like followers of the Darwinian paradigm were ignorant of these properties, even if they thought little about them.  Woese has challenged them to explain the emergence of an optimal code by Darwinian means, and claims they can’t.  So what is his new explanation in terms of another naturalistic, evolutionary processes?  Here is the key paragraph:Goldenfeld admits that pinning down the details of that early process remains a difficult task.  However the simulations suggest that horizontal gene transfer allowed life in general to acquire a unified genetic machinery, thereby making the sharing of innovations easier.  Hence, the researchers now suspect that early evolution may have proceeded through a series of stages before the Darwinian form emerged, with the first stage leading to the emergence of a universal genetic code.  “It would have acted as an innovation-sharing protocol,” says Goldenfeld, “greatly enhancing the ability of organisms to share genetic innovations that were beneficial.”  Following this, a second stage of evolution would have involved rampant horizontal gene transfer, made possible by the shared genetic machinery, and leading to a rapid, exponential rise in the complexity of organisms.  This, in turn, would eventually have given way to a third stage of evolution in which genetic transfer became mostly vertical, perhaps because the complexity of organisms reached a threshold requiring a more circumscribed flow of genes to preserve correct function.  Woese can’t put a date on when the transition to Darwinian evolution happened, but he suspects it occurred at different times in each of the three main branches of the tree of life, with bacteria likely to have changed first.In sum, horizontal gene transfer made the sharing of innovations easier.  But where did the innovations come from?  The answer: emergence: “the emergence of a universal genetic code” that just happened to be optimal.  Don’t ask how; just believe.  After all, believing the Darwinian alternative is no longer credible, so what else is there?If you are reading this explanation in utter disbelief, good.  There’s hope for you.  Surprised?  Not if you have been reading Creation-Evolution Headlines for long.  This is another in a long series of articles on evolutionary theory, from within the secular, naturalist camp, that might be titled, “Everything you know about Darwinian evolution is wrong, and our only replacement for it is to tell you that miraculous Stuff Happens sometimes.”  Example: 01/22/2009: For His Birthday, Darwin Loses His Tree.    You may be thinking that Woese’s conquest only applies to microbes.  King Charles gets to keep all his multicellular icons (finches, horses, whales, humans) which evolved under his reign, so he still maintains a large territory.  Consider, though, that the article quoted Jan Sapp [York U, Canada] saying, “The microbial world holds the greatest biomass on Earth, but for most evolutionists it’s a case of ‘out of sight, out of mind’.  They tend to focus on visible plants and animals.”  Consider, secondly, that horizontal gene transfer essentially scrambles genetic signals between species and makes the construction of phylogenetic trees impossible.  Consider, finally, that invoking the emergence miracle-word at the beginning of life effectively pulls the rug out from any credible naturalistic explanation of life at all.  Adding “then a miracle happens” to a derivation undermines the whole derivation.  We shouldn’t see Woese as a conqueror, therefore, but as a traitor, selling out the Darwin Party’s dirty little secrets to the Intelligent Design conquerors.  He has revealed their basal vulnerability: they cannot account for the origin of the genetic code.  That is, without miracles.  Read that last blockquote and count the miracle words like emerged, arose, innovation-sharing protocol, etc.  They’re pervasive.    It should be obvious now that everyone believes in miracles: i.e., instances where information became intruded into nature that was not subject itself to nature running its own undirected course.  The intelligent design conquerors are very open and transparent about this.  The Darwinists deceive themselves and their listeners by couching their miracles in euphemisms like it emerged, it arose, it evolved, without a clue as to how that could happen without a mind.  So pay them no mind; let their bankruptcy become self-evident.(Visited 43 times, 1 visits 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Western bean cutworm monitoring continues in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Amy Raudenbush, John Schoenhals, CCA, Mark Badertscher, Lee Beers, CCA, Amanda Bennett, Bruce Clevenger, CCA, Sam Custer, Tom Dehass, Mike Gastier, CCA, Jason Hartschuh, CCA, Ed Lentz, CCA, Rory Lewandowski, CCA, Cecilia Lokai-Minnich, David Marrison, Eric Richer, CCA, Garth Ruff, Jeff Stachler, Curtis Young, CCA, Chris Zoller, Andy Michel, Kelley Tilmon, Ohio State University ExtensionAnother season of Western bean cutworm (WBC) trapping has officially begun! Bucket traps placed along the edge of a corn field with a lure were set between June 17th through 23rd and our first trap count is for WBC adults captured for week ending June 30th. Last week, 18 counties monitored 66 traps across Ohio for WBC adults. Overall, 76 WBC adults were captured and average moth per trap was 1.2 (Figure 1).Figure 1. Average Western bean cutworm adult per trap followed by total number of traps monitored in parentheses for week ending June 30, 2018.The adults begin to emerge in late June and peak flight occurs anytime between the 2nd through 4th week of July (Figure 2). Monitoring for the adults allows us to pinpoint the optimal time to begin scouting for egg masses as well as know when peak flight is across the state. It is important to note that WBC prefers to lay eggs in pre-tassel corn— and since the rain delayed planting in many parts of the state this year, Ohio has a lot of late planted corn. Therefore, a good scouting program is important!last_img read more

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