WIPA hails Chanderpaul

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC):Regional players union West Indies Players Association (WIPA) has hailed Shiv Chanderpaul as a “consummate professional” who made a “priceless” contribution to the sport.The West Indies Cricket Board announced Friday that the 41-year-old Chanderpaul had called time on his 22-year international career after he wrote to indicate he would no longer be available for selection.WIPA president and chief executive, Wavell Hinds, said he had been fortunate enough to play with Chanderpaul throughout his career and had seen his qualities up close.PRICELESS CONTRIBUTION”As a fan, to witness him play was to see a player of grit and determination. Having the honour of playing alongside him, I certainly saw a consummate professional who gave his all for West Indies cricket,” said Hinds, a former Windies player.”Shiv’s contribution to the game has been priceless and we wish him the utmost success in his future endeavours.”Chanderpaul played a record 164 Tests, piling up 11,867 runs with an average of 51 to be second on the all-time West Indies run-scorers list behind Brian Lara with 11 953 runs.He also managed 30 hundreds.Chanderpaul also played in 268 ODI matches, scoring 8,778 runs with an average of 41.60.He was axed last May ahead of Australia’s tour of the Caribbean, following a run of low scores in three Test series against South Africa and England.last_img read more

Sail with Southern Cruise

first_img SOUTHERN CRUISE can expect worthwhile opposition from his own stable companion HOUDINI’S MAGIC, who bids for a hat-trick of wins, along with BRAWN, now back in good form, and Saturday’s scorer, ORIGINAL TRAIN. Nunes holds a particularly strong hand with SOUTHERN CRUISE and HOUDINI’S MAGIC, both of whom have won over this trip in the past. HOUDINI’S MAGIC is much improved, and while I fancy SOUTHERN CRUISE, the dark bay colt by Performing Magic out of Milestone looks his principal danger. BRAWN, ORIGINAL TRAIN and STAR NEW VISTA should complete the hi-five in a 12-horse field. Elsewhere on the card, FRANFIELD, now pretty light with 50.5kg by virtue of apprentice’s Bebeto Harvey’s 4.0kg claiming allowance, should win the knotty open-allowance race over 1200 metres to be contested by 12 starters. The Richard Azan-trained four-year-old colt ran creditably when finishing third to UNCLE TAF in the fast-run Fontainbleu Trophy over 1500 metres on October 3. With the shorter trip not an obstacle and nicely drawn on the outside, UNCLE TAF gets the nod over TRADITIONAL PRINCE and ALL CORRECT. I also like DOOLAHIN to win the third race for maiden tree-year-olds, BRAVE PROSPERCT in the fourth, BLACK THORN in the seventh, and XQUISITE CHOICE over CHIEF SECRETARIAT in the eighth. WORTHWHILE OPPOSITION Having finished a good third to SUPERLUMINAL in the July 4 Jamaica St Leger over 2000 metres, SOUTHERN CRUISE will prove hard to beat when he lines up for today’s Royal Dad Trophy Restricted Stakes for three-year-olds and up over 1820 metres at Caymanas Park. Trained by in-form Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, SOUTHERN CRUISE has won four races from seven starts this season, including his first two, to be considered a live classic contender. However, he flopped in the Lotto Classic (Governor’s Cup) and also the Derby in June, before showing his mettle with a late flourish in the St Leger, finishing just on the heels of Derby hero SEEKING MY DREAM, who was second and just ahead of the 2000 Guineas winner, ALI BABA, in fourth. To say that SOUTHERN CRUISE represents classic form would be an understatement. And strengthened by the fact that he beat BRAWN in decisive fashion over 1500 metres on August 29, suggests he is on song for this race. Owned and bred by Member of Parliament Karl Samuda, the three-year-old bay gelding by Weekend Cruise out of Honeytonkville still has scope for improvement. Being lightly raced and having worked well in preparation for this trophy, SOUTHERN CRUISE looks the right choice with leading jockey Shane Ellis riding him from the convenient mark of 54.0kg.last_img read more

Teenage ‘baller’ wants to be a Reggae Girl

first_imgKimberley Hamilton was the lone female at the FLOW Ultimate Experience football skills competition leg in Jamaica last weekend, and she has described it as being very “scary”. The Immaculate High schoolgirl defender was among 68 footballers that participated at the event held at Ballaz Park, Devon Road in St Andrew. At the end of the over two-hour session the 14-year-old third-former was not selected as one of two winners to represent Jamaica in Trinidad and Tobago on May 7, but it was a valuable experience for her. “It’s scary being among so many boys, but I have three brothers who also play football and they were also there,” she told The Gleaner. She knew about the event because of her membership with Ballaz. “I like playing among boys, so I am used to that. My ambition is to represent Jamaica at the junior and senior levels,” she added. Hamilton started playing football 10 years ago after being encouraged by her father, Paul Hamilton. She has represented Immaculate since first form, and this season helped her team to the ISSA schoolgirls’ competition second round for the first time. Immaculate were eliminated at that stage last week. Hamilton’s father says he is fully aware of the importance of having the right balance between education and sports. “I encourage my kids to play sports because it helps you to be accepted. I try to instill in my kids to balance education and sports,” Paul said.last_img read more

The ball is rolling at Poly

first_imgBut the only thing of note in the basketball record books came way back in 1961 when future Hall of Famer Gail Goodrich played through a broken ankle in the championship game to lead the Parrots to a City title. “I never expected anything like this,” senior guard Andy Guerra said. “My older brother played here and won the Invitational title. “We didn’t even know there was a City title.” The big game every year was the Sunset Six game against neighborhood rival North Hollywood. “Basically, there were no expectations,” Katz said. “I could go 0-24, but if the kids played hard and didn’t get in trouble, I’d still have a job.” That’s about what happened in Katz’s first two seasons. Poly went 5-15 in league play and 16-32 overall. “But I wasn’t satisfied with 16-32,” he said. “I wanted to build something.” For this to work, Katz thought, basketball couldn’t just be an after-school activity, it had to be a lifestyle. Weightlifting, academic counseling, summer ball, fund raising and all the stuff the big-boy programs do. Every summer, the team would pitch tables outside the school and sell lemonade. Katz hit up the faculty to buy basketball T-shirts and sweaters. He started running promotions at games to draw fan support. “I gave away yearbooks, tickets to prom, whatever I could to get people to come out,” he said. The real heavy lifting though, was in turning athletes into basketball players. Starting forward Santiago Moreno showed up as a freshman wanting to play football. His basketball experience consisted of a few pick-up games in middle school. But he was 6-foot-3 – taller than all but one player on the team – so he went straight to varsity. “They’d say, `Run to the baseline,’ and I was like, `Which line is that?”‘ Moreno said. “I didn’t know anything. I spent that whole freshman year figuring out the game. “The first day of practice, they asked if I could dunk. I just grabbed the ball and did it. I didn’t realize that was a big deal. But only one other guy on the team could dunk at the time.” Then there was the challenge of accommodating kids with financial or family pressures. Last season, one of Poly’s top players was Ever Lopez. At one point, Lopez had to drop out of high school to get a job to help out his family. Katz tracked him down, talked him into coming back to school, then appealed to the City Section to get Lopez a fifth year of eligibility. Lopez is now playing basketball at Pierce College. “A lot of these kids have a lot more than basketball to worry about,” Katz said. “But that’s what I’m most proud of. Because we were able to create a program that was more than just basketball and school. I wanted to create a family atmosphere. “Last year, we went on one of our trips and a kid said to me that it was his first time ever staying in a hotel.” At first sight, Katz seems an odd choice for the leader of this team. He’s a white, 6-foot-10 guy with a shaved head coaching at a school that’s more than 90 percent Hispanic. But the more you watch him interact with the team, the more you realize he’s just a big kid. “Brad’s put his heart and soul into the program. He lives for basketball and he lives for the kids,” Schwal said. “It’s been a beautiful thing to watch them this year. I went to as many games as I could because a team like that doesn’t come around here that often. It was special.” A few years ago, Katz realized that this group of players was going to be special when they got to be seniors, so he put them out there as sophomores and let them gain experience. The rest of the school seemed to sense it too. Industrial technology teacher Glen Lamos was all smiles Friday afternoon when asked about the team’s playoff run. “We’ve had good teams here before, but there was something special about this team,” Lamos said. “It was an amazing run. The alumni showed up, the community showed up. We always talk about Poly being a community school and this showed that it really is. “The football team was at their games. The girls’ soccer and girls’ basketball teams were there. There was a real camaraderie there. “It was fun. And it made a difference. All that hard work they put in really made a difference. You want to sell your school to the parents in the neighborhood. The more kids see success like this, the more they want to be a part of it. Maybe in a few years, we’ll be up there with Taft’s in the Valley. You never know. It just takes one ball to start rolling. This one happened to be a basketball.” Poly has got at least one more game this year. They’ll play in the state championship tournament beginning March 6. Already, people around campus are asking the team about going to the game. Nobody is quite ready to talk about next year yet. No hurry. The glow from this year’s run is going to last for very long time. ramona.shelburne@dailynews.com (818) 713-3617 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Along the way, the Parrots pulled in busloads of fans. Two buses full made the trek down to Westchester on Thursday night and packed the visiting stands. Home games at Poly were packed all season long. Star point guard DJ Gay and his distinctive mohawk became so popular in the community, he started getting recognized at the supermarket. “I think the guy recognized me because of my hair,” Gay joked. “But that was pretty cool. … That’s something I’ll remember when I’m old and gray.” Poly has had good sports teams in the past. Chuck Schwal’s baseball program made it to the City championship game at Dodger Stadium in 1996 and 1999. The softball team won the Invitational championship last year. Little old Poly High School, with a roster full of homegrown kids who’d barely even picked up a basketball before they stepped on campus as freshmen, nearly took down the big boys in City basketball this year. “After the game, I said to (Westchester) coach Ed Azzam, `Did we make you nervous?’ and he was like, `No, you had me scared,”‘ Poly coach Brad Katz said Friday afternoon. “When I first came here, I never thought we’d be able to compete with the elite teams in the City. Not just play. Compete. But we did that this year.” center_img SUN VALLEY – There were a lot of grins around Poly High in Sun Valley on Friday afternoon. Yeah, the Parrots remarkable run in the City Section boys’ basketball playoffs came to an end with a loss to perennial power Westchester on Thursday night in the semifinals, but it left a pretty sweet aftertaste. last_img

Mourinho takes dig at Conte

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (left) shakes hands with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge on October 23, 2016LONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 6 – Jose Mourinho has claimed that his title-winning Chelsea side was far more entertaining to watch than Antonio Conte’s record breakers of last season.Jose Mourinho has claimed that his title-winning Chelsea side was far more entertaining to watch than Antonio Conte’s record breakers. Mourinho lifted his third trophy with the Blues in 2014/15 as they finished eight points clear of second-placed Manchester City, having set a new record for the longest consecutive spell (274 days) at the Premier League summit.But a poor title defence led to the Portuguese coach’s sacking in December 2015, with Conte arriving at Stamford Bridge as his permanent replacement eight months later.The Italian went on to the league in his debut season at the west London club, just as Mourinho did, while also rewriting the history books after becoming the first team to win 30 games in the Premier League era.Manchester United boss Mourinho, though, is of the opinion that his team played the better football of the two.“For me, let’s be honest and objective,” he told the Times. “The last three Premier League champions, Chelsea with Mourinho, Leicester with Ranieri, Chelsea with Conte, which of these teams was the most offensive one?“Which played more quality football? It was mine. But nobody says.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: COCKHILL AND DRUMKEEN ON COURSE FOR TITLE SHOWDOWN

first_imgUSL Results & Reports 08.09.134 Lanterns USLLetterkenny Rovers 1 6 Cockhill Celtic Swilly Rovers 0 7 Drumkeen Utd.Kildrum Tigers 0 3 Finn Harps Res. (Thurs)Letterkenny Rovers 4 4 Derry City Res. (Wed.) ReportsCockhill and Drumkeen Remain on course for Title ShowdownCockhill Celtic and Drumkeen Utd remain on course for a winner takes all title showdown after both teams registered comfortable wins on Sunday over Letterkenny Rovers and Swilly Rovers respectively. Both teams were away from home but avoided any potential banana skins as they romped to easy wins over the two Rovers who are battling for 3rd place in the final standings. Both teams registered early goals to ensure they would not be under pressure late in the game and though both games were still delicately poised at half time and though the Letterkenny men registered an early second half score to put the Inishowen lads under some pressure, they both added to their goals for tallies in impressive second period performances that leaves just two points between the two sides with two games remaining including a mouth watering showdown at The Charlie O’Donnell Sports Grounds.Letterkenny Rovers 1Cockhill Celtic 6Cockhill Celtic travelled to Leckview Park on Sunday and collected all three points in a comprehensive 6-1 victory over Letterkenny Rovers. Celtic took an early lead when Aidan O’Donnell fired past Quinn in the Rovers goals in the 10th minute. They increased their lead on 17 minutes when the powerful Garbhain Friel hammered home a low drive from just inside the 18 yard box. Gerry Gill and Friel came close to increasing their lead before half time, but the score stood at 2-0 going in at the interval.To Rovers credit they started the second half well and made it 2-1 when Steve Okakpu scored from close range and Jonathan Minnock rattled the crossbar with a free kick., but their good start was to no avail as Cockhill won lead the Ulster Senior lead by 2 points added 4 more goals in the second half through a second from O’Donnell, two from Jimmy Bradley and Malachy McDermott.Up next for the League leaders in a Cup Final against their title rivals Drumkeen United next Sunday afternoon in Bonagee.Referee: Packie Coll Swilly Rovers 0Drumkeen Utd. 7An emphatic victory for the Drumkeen men in a very one-sided affair at Swilly Park. Goals from Conor Carlin, Chris McBride (2), Eunan Kelly (2), Seimi Nanny Friel, Ronan Coyle sealed the win for Drumkeen. Drumkeen led two-nil at the break and strolled to a very comfortable victory in the second half. Swilly were minus regular goalkeeper Gareth Wade, while Ronan Curtis and Jordan Toland were transferred to Derry City U19s during the week. They also have been ravaged by injuries in recent weeks, with several regulars out injured. However on this display, Drumkeen deserve to be title contenders and will fight Cockhill every inch of the way for the title. Despite Swilly being depleted, this was a very impressive display from Drumkeen. They even had a rich array of talent on the substitutes’ bench.Match Referee: Vincent McLaughlinROVERS FIGHTBACK TO EARN POINTLetterkenny Rovers 4Derry City Res. 4Letterkenny Rovers staged a dramatic second half comeback to earn a 4-4 draw with Derry City in a pulsating encounter at Leckview Park last Wednesday evening.The home side trailed 4-1 with less than 20 minutes to go but a stirring late fight back – which included two goals from top marksman Darren McElwaine – ensured the home side a share of the spoils as the visitors were left stunned by their late collapse.This was a match full of entertainment with some outstanding goals on view and the point earned at the conclusion may prove crucial for Trevor Scanlon’s men in their bid to secure a third place finish. The defending league champions looked well course to continue their recent run of form but the manner in which they threw away their winning position will upset team boss John Quigg.The visitors led 2-0 at the break courtesy of a brace from Nathan Boyle. The lively winger opened the scoring as early as the sixth minute combining with Tony McNamee to steer his shot beyond Jason Quinn in the Rovers goal. Kevin McGrath drew an excellent save from Seamus Houghton midway through the first half before Boyle doubled Derry’s advantage with another clinical finish just before the half-time interval. Derry appeared to wrap up the contest ten minutes into the second half when substitute Conal Kelly headed home a Conor Harkin cross. However the home side showed renewed vigour in the second half and when Aaron Scanlon’s long range shot was diverted home by substitute Anthony Doherty it reduced the deficit to 3-1. Darren McElwaine produced an outstanding point blank save from Seamus Houghton and the visitors went straight up the other end to restore their three goal adavantage courtesy of another Kelly goal. But the Rovers revivial really took off in the final half an hour. Oisin McMenamin showed some wonderful individual skill to hold off the challenge of several defenders before steering a low drive beyound Houghton to make it 4-2.The comeback really looked on the cards when substititute Kieran Gorman headed down for McElwaine who turned and shot inside the six yard box to make 4-3 with less than ten minutes remaining. And with Rovers pilling on the pressure they grabbed a dramatic equalsiser when Gorman again caused mayhem inside the Derry box before releasing McElwaine who thumped home a superb equaliser form an acute angle.Letterkenny Rovers – Jason Quinn, Kieran Doherty (Anthony Doherty 65 mins), Jonathan Minnock, Ruair Kelly, Glenn Gallagher, Jason Doherty, Gareth Doherty (Oisin Grant 48 mins), Darren McElwaine, Kevin McGrath (Kieran Gorman 78 mins), Oisin McMenamin.Derry City – Seamus Houghton, Michael Barr, Shaun Curran, Caolan McLaughlin, Dylan McCallion (Conal Kelly 45 mins), Conor Harkin, Ryan Doherty, Raymond Foy, Aidan McCauley, Tony McNamee, Nathan Boyle.Referee – Tommy McAree.FixturesThursday, September 12th at 6:30pmKildrum Tigers v Swilly RoversRef. V. McLaughlinSunday, September 15th4 Lanterns USL at 1:30pmBonagee Utd. v Letterkenny RoversRef. T. McAreeDonegal News League Cup FinalAt Bonagee kick-ff 5:30pmCockhill Celtic v Drumkeen Utd.Ref. C. McLaughlin; Assts. P. Coll & P. DuddyUSL Inter Provincial Squad NewsThe USL Squad for the Inter Pros Tournament at the end of the month will hold another training session this Tuesday, September 12th in the Aura at 6:45pm. The Schedule of fixtures and venues for the weekend have been announced. They will open their campaign against Leinster on Friday night at Strand Celtic Community Park with an 8pm kick-off. On Saturday they will take on hosts Connacht at Forthill with a 1pm kick-off before taking on holders, Munster on Sunday morning again at Strand Celtic Community Park, kicking off at 10:30am.Intemediate Cup Draw below……Intermediate Cup DrawThe 1st round draw for the 2013/14 Umbro FAI Intermediate Cup was made in Dublin during the week. Two time winners Fanad Utd. will host bottom of the table Bonagee Utd. in the first round with all other USL teams receiving a bye into round 2. The tie will take place on Sunday, September 22nd. The 2nd Round is set for the weekend of October 27th.ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: COCKHILL AND DRUMKEEN ON COURSE FOR TITLE SHOWDOWN was last modified: September 8th, 2013 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:ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: COCKHILL AND DRUMKEEN ON COURSE FOR TITLE SHOWDOWNlast_img read more

Another Raiders breakdown: 3 plays that sealed their fate in loss to Dolphins

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.MIAMI — Marshawn Lynch spoke to Bay Area media for the first time in 372 days, and he brought a trash can with him.The Raiders’ running back placed the bin in between himself and reporters and told them, “don’t cross my barrier.”While symbolic of Lynch’s desire to keep recorders and cameras and hands as far away as possible, it’s impossible to ignore the “trash” puns after the Raiders fell to 0-3 with a 28-20 loss …last_img read more

Why Kevin Durant not impressed with Knicks billboards

first_imgNEW YORK – The sign will greet Kevin Durant when the Warriors’ star enters a building that he holds dear. Just outside of Madison Square Garden, which will hold Friday’s game the Warriors (4-1) playing the New York Knicks (1-4), a billboard features a likeness of Durant along with a plea.“Can you make NY Sports Great again?” the sign reads along with Durant and Kristaps Porzingis wearing Knicks-colored jerseys and holding a Larry O’Brien trophy. Durant admitted he has seen the sign. But …last_img read more

OLC launches new environmental website for farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) announced the launch of the Livestock Environmental Assurance Program (LEAP) website — a voluntary program to help Ohio’s livestock farms take a proactive approach in protecting the land, air and water on and around their farms. The website, available at www.ohleap.org, helps farmers identify and address key management issues affecting environmental quality by providing helpful evaluation tools and resources.“In recent years, consumers have voiced concerns about the impact of farming on the environment, which is why all farmers must do their part to make sure they are educated on what needs to be done to protect the state’s streams and waterways,” said Bryan Humphreys, OLC representative. “This program creates a win-win situation for both farmers and consumers, and now farmers across Ohio have easy access to it.”On the website, viewers can learn:Best farm management practices for issues, including water quality management, manure and nutrient management and storage, odor management and air quality, pest control, facility management, and more.Current state and federal regulations for Ohio livestock farms.Environmental assessment and evaluation tools and other related resources.The program was founded in 1997, and previously existed only in print. The Ohio Livestock Coalition created and launched the program online to make information more easily accessible to farmers throughout the state of Ohio.LEAP is coordinated by OLC in cooperation with The Ohio State University (OSU) Extension, Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and various commodity and farm organizations.LEAP is a voluntary program available to all Ohio livestock farmers who are looking to take a proactive approach in protecting Ohio farm lands and creating an environment in which Ohio’s farm community can prosper and grow.For more information about the LEAP program, visit the website at www.ohleap.org.last_img read more

Google Rolls Out New Format for Image Results

first_imgAccording to an announcement on the Official Google Blog, the search engine giant is rolling out a new format for their universal image results. Set to go live over the next 24 hours, the updated format will now feature one larger image alongside multiple smaller images. Because of this new layout, you’ll be able to see “more pictures than before,” writes Google Software Engineer Alex Petcherski in the blog post. The New Image ResultsTo be clear, this update is for universal image results only – not Google Image search itself. “Universal” results refer to the search results you receive when doing a traditional search on www.google.com. Introduced back in 2007, the term refers to the combined search results from multiple verticals, including image search, news, video search, and the other specialized engines linked from the top of Google’s homepage. With universal search, you only have to refer to one set search results page to see all the relevant information on a particular topic. The page serves as the jumping off point for whatever knowledge you’re after – whether that’s a photo, a video, the latest news, or just good ol’ fashioned information. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The updated image search results represent a minor change to Google’s interface and one that many mainstream users may not have even noticed. But every little tweak that Google makes is only done after extensive testing. In this case, the update allows for one more image to appear in the universal image results box. One image may not seem like a major improvement, but it could mean the difference between a user clicking through to see more or abandoning their Google Search altogether. (You would be surprised how quickly some users give up on a non-productive search. Forget refining queries, they just go elsewhere or stop their search entirely!). Google Announcement’s Timing Aimed to Deflate Interest in BingIt’s also notable that Google is announcing this change around the same time as Microsoft plans to make another announcement regarding updated features for Bing, the company’s new search engine. Since its launch earlier this year, the Bing Search Team at Microsoft has been busy rolling out updates that have included things like a revamped mobile search, improvements to maps, integration with math engine Wolfram Alpha, Twitter integration, and a new visual search interface. As most of these announcements were made, Google would make an announcement of their own – for example, how they were planning on adding Twitter to their results, too. And when Bing announced Visual Search, Google posted to their blog about a Google Experiment called “Fast Flip” which lets you visually peruse print articles online. There’s no doubt that the timing of this latest, albeit minor, news about Image Search improvements has to do at least partially with the upcoming Bing announcement. Clearly, we have entered a new era of “search wars.” As angel investor Ron Conway noted earlier this fall at the TC50 conference, this time war is a good thing: “I think the huge winner here will be consumers because competition breeds innovation, and this nice little battle between Google and Microsoft is fantastic for consumers.”Disclosure: Sarah Perez also freelances for Microsoft’s Channel 10. She is not a Microsoft employee. Related Posts sarah perez Tags:#Google#news#NYT#search#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more