Unattached Youth Programme to Be Absorbed Under Hope – 12,600 to Be Engaged

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has announced that the National Unattached Youth Programme will now be absorbed under the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) project, targeting a total of 12,600 youth across Jamaica in the 2018/2019 fiscal year.Making his contribution to the 2018/2019 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (March 20), Mr. Holness said the move will double the number of young people engaged.“We will engage 200 per constituency, targeting a total of 12,600 young people to be now attached and contributing to the productivity of our nation,” he noted.Also under HOPE, 500 young people will be placed at the Ministry of Health in the Vector Control Corps and Medical Assistant Corps and 6,000 placed across ministries, departments and agencies in the Documentation and Digitisation Corps in keeping with the policy of digitising government.In addition, 1,000 interns will be placed at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries as part of the Verification and Audit Corps, to conduct surveys and registration and to ensure the accuracy of the farmer and agriculture database; and over 1,000 young people will be deployed in the Hospitality Service Corps and the Transportation Cadet Corps across various projects.“All ministries are on board and budgetary allocations made accordingly to ensure that adequate funding is in place. In addition, HOPE has secured $60 million through the Development Bank of Jamaica to increase training and placement islandwide,” Mr. Holness said.He noted, further, that the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) has benefited from more than $28 million from the CHASE Fund to digitise its archives, which contain video footage, photographs and audio files compiled over decades.This project will employ persons from the HOPE programme, who will be trained in media archive management skills and intellectual property management.“The exposure given to young people under the HOPE project allows them to build life skills and the positive attitudes of good citizens. We want to maximise the potential of all our young people and provide opportunities for them to self-actualise,” Mr. Holness said.He added, “It is the intention of the Government to provide more opportunities to set our young people on the path to achieving prosperity. Now, more than ever, more unattached youth are being engaged in meaningful ways and increasing their productivity.”HOPE is the flagship social intervention and support programme of the Government.It focuses on targeted assistance with housing, education, training and economic opportunities, support for persons in productive activities in communities and engagement towards sustained employment.A critical strategy of the HOPE programme is the engagement of unattached youth through a system of apprenticeship and national service called LEGS, which involves learning and earning while giving service and saving. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has announced that the National Unattached Youth Programme will now be absorbed under the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) project, targeting a total of 12,600 youth across Jamaica in the 2018/2019 fiscal year. “We will engage 200 per constituency, targeting a total of 12,600 young people to be now attached and contributing to the productivity of our nation,” he noted. Story Highlights Also under HOPE, 500 young people will be placed at the Ministry of Health in the Vector Control Corps and Medical Assistant Corps and 6,000 placed across ministries, departments and agencies in the Documentation and Digitisation Corps in keeping with the policy of digitising government.last_img read more

Commerce ministry may create dept for logistics

first_imgNew Delhi: The commerce ministry has proposed the creation of a separate department for trade facilitation and logistics for better coordination among different government units, an official said.Currently, there is no single department to look at all the aspects related to logistics covering various modes of shipment such as sea, roads and railways. The proposal is part of a 100-day action plan prepared by the ministry for the new government, which will take office on May 30. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist”Creation of a separate department for trade facilitation and logistics will lead to better coordination,” the official said. At present, a logistics division is functioning under the department of commerce and headed by a special secretary-level officer. Logistics is a key component for increasing the competitiveness of exporters and domestic traders by reducing transport cost and time and expediting the smooth movement of goods. The official said that the sector needs a lot of coordination among different ministries and departments including railways, road and shipping. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceIn January this year, the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) has suggested setting up a separate logistics department to boost the transport sector and improve ease of doing business. The ten-point action plan has also proposed rolling out of national logistics policy, multi-modal logistic policy, integrated national logistics action plan, and logistics planning and performance management tool. As per the plan, a Multi-Modal Transportation of Goods (MMTG) bill will be introduced in Parliament, which will replace the existing MMTG Act, 1993. The new bill would introduce new concepts like regulation of self-regulatory agencies and facilitate smooth movement of products for domestic consumption as also foreign trade. Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu has taken a series of steps to cut logistics time and cost to push both domestic and foreign trade. “A detailed Integrated National Logistics Action Plan will be rolled out covering over 60 interventions, focused on driving logistics development and logistics efficiency in the country,” the official said, adding that the identified interventions have the potential to reduce the logistics cost in the country by Rs 20,000 crore.last_img read more

Chinese soldiers enter Demchok sector in Ladakh go back later

first_imgNew Delhi: Chinese soldiers crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh division of Jammu and Kashmir last week after some Tibetans hoisted Tibetan flags on the occasion of Dalai Lama’s birthday, security officials said on Friday.The officials in the know said several PLA personnel drove in their SUV’s into Koyul village in Demchok sector, located close to the LAC, on July 6 and lodged a protest over hoisting of the Tibetan flags by the refugees settled there. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!They, however, said since the LAC was not demarcated properly for decades, this has led to differing perceptions of it by India and China. There was another version of the incident on the LAC with South Block sources saying the Chinese personnel, who were in “civilian clothes”, did not cross the LAC but showed banners that read “Ban all activities to split Tibet”. “On July 6, some 11 Chinese in civilian clothes arrived in two vehicles when the Ladakhi villagers were celebrating Dalai Lama’s birthday. They then showed them banners and waited there for 30-40 minutes but did not cross the Line of Actual Control,” the sources said. The Tibetans were celebrating the 84th birthday of the Dalai Lama. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedIndia and China share a disputed border and the armies of the two countries were engaged in a stand-off for 73 days in 2017 in Doklam. Security officials said that the officers on both sides decided to resolve the matter amicably. Indian army personnel were also present at the spot and did not allow the Chinese soldiers to proceed any further, the officials said. The PLA personnel entered 1.5 km into the Indian territory, they said. Earlier, the officials claimed that the Chinese soldiers had entered 5 km. After a couple of hours, the Chinese troops returned to their side following an assurance by Indian army officials that they would look into the action by the refugees. There have been also reports of Chinese soldiers stopping the shepherds from grazing their sheeps in Demchok sector.last_img read more

JK An uncomfortable peace

first_imgEveryone seems to have a story about Jammu and Kashmir. I have none. My only first-hand understanding of the state is through its people—some who were dispossessed of their land, others who still call it home but work or study outside of it. After the decision on Article 370, a slew of J&K experts has surfaced. I can neither boast of being an expert nor can I call it home. But every time I think of that (once) state, I am filled with melancholy. There are very few places in the world like J&K where paradise and hell coexist, where picture-perfect sceneries have been marred by violence and bloodshed. Also Read – A special kind of bondIt is strange for me that of all the states that I have travelled to, J&K remains unchartered. Never have I travelled there for work, not for leisure either. But I have longed to experience the mysterious Dal Lake, the enviable snowy slopes of Gulmarg, the delectable Kashmiri Wazwan, the warmth of kahwa consumed not in Delhi or Kolkata, but in Kashmir. After the disempowerment of Article 370, I frankly can’t tell when it will be safe for tourists to go to the valley. Also Read – Insider threat managementPerhaps it was time for Article 370 and Article 35A to go and it would take an autocratic government to do so, but the manner in which it was done is frightening. In a democracy and with Parliament in session, the move was made without much debate. The worst decision perhaps was to not take the mainstream political leaders into confidence. Most disastrous is the silence that engulfed J&K after the announcement. People unable to reach their families since communication lines are shut down, normal life is thrown out of balance, and an entire population forcibly silenced. While the situation is easing now, the first few days were discomforting. To be under complete shutdown was unimaginable to me. Again, I must clarify, that I believe J&K is an integral part of India, its people are my people, my brothers and sisters. I want J&K to be accessible to the rest of the nation equally as the rest of the nation is accessible to the Kashmiris. The decades of strife and losses that are borne by the common people of Kashmir need to end. We can’t overlook the unfair exodus of Kashmiri Pandits either. But there must be the heralding of a new dawn where the past gives way to a reality where industry and tourism thrive. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown us all that dream in his address to the nation but can he achieve it? We were shown dreams of economic development too but today, we are staring at a domestic slowdown with sluggish growth and massive job cuts. So, I remain guardedly optimistic. What other choice do we have? This bold decision by Modi 2.0 must also ensure that J&K returns to normalcy soon. A suffocating environment kept safe by heavy deployment of troops is not a long-term solution. The PM’s promise that the people will vote in the Assembly elections must happen soon. Allow a democratically-elected government to take the reins and return statehood to J&K in a time-bound manner. The Central government needs to heal the trust deficit that it is creating in the minds of the people in India, especially where there have been demands for statehood. Can the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration be dissolved and Gorkhaland announced as a separate state at the cost of West Bengal? J&K and Ladakh were bifurcated, will other north-eastern states have similar hopes? Historically, BJP has been in favour of smaller states but can it bypass the Constitution and democratic means to bulldoze its agenda? With J&K and Ladakh, it already has. (The writer is an author and media entrepreneur. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Truth or dairy Expert says Food Guide changes long overdue

first_imgMONTREAL (NEWS 1130) – The latest incarnation of the Canada Food Guide is now out, and it has some major changes, doing away with those traditional food groups and even portion sizes.The guide is being updated for the first time in a decade, to reflect a new approach by Health Canada aimed at promoting healthier eating and lifestyle choice.It’s a move Dalhousie University’s Dr. Sarah Kirk says is long overdue.“Probably the most unique change, if you’d like, is the more plant-based recommendations in the guide. Yes, it does mean that we would be looking at reducing intakes of animal food products, be they meat or dairy foods, and really recommending the increase in more plant-based foods.”The professor of health promotions says unhealthy food are “very prevalent” in Canadians’ food environment, as well as culture. She hopes this guide will help tackle that.“What I think is going to come out of the Food Guide is this real focus on recognizing the complexity of the food environment in which we’re making decisions, and recognizing ways we can support people to be able to achieve and health the foods that they’re eating.”The new Food Guide has less of an emphasis on red meat, and more on plant-based proteins. It also de-emphasizes the daily-recommended intake of dairy, even subbing water as the drink of choice replacing milk.Kirk says she’s also heartened that Health Canada did not take input from industries when making its recommendations.“Personally speaking… there’s a lot of research that supports what’s coming out in the recommendations, and I’m really pleased to see that the Government of Canada is actually being informed by that evidence,” she explains.The new Food Guide was developed with input from science and health experts, and excluded the input of industry to avoid past concerns about political interference.In response to what the beef and dairy industries may think, Kirk points out the recommendations aren’t necessarily saying to cut these items out of your diet completely.“I think they also have to recognize you can’t eat these things, it’s just saying that the balance that we’re having in our diet needs to shift. We want to reduce chronic diseases — and chronic disease account for approximately a third of the direct health care costs that Canadians face.”She points to rates of obesity, diabetes, and cardiac disease increasing, as well as rates of cancer.“Rates of cancer are increasing, and they’re very strongly related to the food that we eat,” Kirk adds. “So we have to start recognizing these complex factors that are actually making us sick.”‘Food insecurity’ is a concert: KirkHowever, following a healthy diet may not come easy to everyone. Kirk points to “food insecurity” as an obstacle.“Healthier food tends to be more expensive, and it’s less available,” she explains. “I think we have to recognize that there are a number of Canadians who cannot afford to eat according to Canada’s Food Guide — the previous version or the new version.”The new guide also says to cut back on processed foods, saturated fat and sugary drinks, and increase vegetable, fruit and whole grains intake.“Dietary risks are one of the top three leading risk factors for chronic disease burden in Canada, however nutrition science is complex and often results in conflicting messages. This is why Canadians need credible healthy-eating information to guide their food choices,” Hasan Hutchinson director-general of nutritional policy and promotion at Health Canada, says. “These are the reasons for which it was necessary to revise Canada’s Food Guide.”New messages are also included in the new guide that promote healthy behaviours involving food, such as reminding people to be mindful while eating and to eat meals with others.last_img read more

UN emergency teams on the ground in the Caribbean to help respond

Help respond to Hurricane Matthew In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean region Brazilian Marines with the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) clearing the roads is Haiti ‹ › Further, in the statement from his office, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his solidarity with the people and Governments of Haiti, Cuba and other countries in the hurricane affected region. It added said that the UN chief lauded the preparedness efforts of the Cuban authorities, media, and civil society to protect people’s lives and economic assets. In Cuba, more than 377,000 people were evacuated, 1,640 metric tonnes of food was pre-positioned in safe areas, and measures were taken to protect communities and infrastructure threatened by strong winds, rains, storm surge and floods. In a separate statement today, President of the General Assembly Peter Thomson also expressed deep concern for the people of Haiti, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Bahamas and other countries in the Caribbean as they struggle to cope with the effects of the hurricane and offered his condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives as a result of the storm. “As a Fijian who has witnessed first hand the power and devastation of such destructive tropical cyclones, I fully empathise with those facing up to the damage,” he said, adding: “The world must stand with the victims at this time as people of goodwill everywhere recognise their suffering and stand ready to offer a helping hand.” According to a statement issued by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson, though the full extent of the impact remains unclear, the Haitian Government has reported that a number of lives have been lost and at least 350,000 people need immediate assistance. The statement also noted that the UN is in contact with the authorities across the region and stands ready to assist with response and recovery if required. Also today at a regular briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, a UN spokesperson told journalists that the entire southern part of the country, including capital Port-au-Prince have been affected and the south-east tip of the island suffered the brunt of the hurricane. A main bridge connecting the capital to the south was also swept away this afternoon cutting off access. The teams have been deployed from the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC), which is managed by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). On the ground, they are logistically supported by the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). UNDAC is part of the international emergency response system for acute emergencies. It was created in 1993 to help the UN and governments of disaster-affected countries during the first phase of a sudden-onset emergency. read more

The Garth Brooks ship leaves tonight but city manager wont budge on

first_imgUpdated 22.45pmTHERE IS STILL no sign that the Dublin city manager will renege on his decision not to grant a license for two out of five Garth Brooks concerts.However, councillors this evening still voted narrowly in favour of all five concerts going ahead.Speaking at the start of the council’s meeting, Owen Keegan again stressed “an event licence decision made under the Planning & Development Act cannot be amended or appealed”.“Dublin City Council hopes that Garth Brooks will avail of the licence that has been granted and plays the three shows,” he said.“Of course the City Council has sympathy for those ticket holders who purchased tickets for the shows on Monday and Tuesday and would hope that these two shows could be facilitated at some stage in the future.”Lord Mayor Christy Burke noted that “the ship leaves tonight with the material for the stage”, but if all five nights are not going ahead, Garth Brooks will stick to his guns and pull out of the remaining three nights.Burke stressed that he had attempted to find another venue for the concerts, but that it is not possible for ‘logistical reasons’, and that he worked over the weekend “not whining or moaning” in an attempt to find a resolution to the issue.‘As Lord Mayor, if I sit back and do nothing, I am hung out to dry, if I propose something, I am hung out to dry,’ he said.He said that he raised the issue with the government ministers but that their “hands are tied under law”. Burke speaking this evening. Source: Dublin City CouncilBurke called for a revision of the current planning laws, calling them “old fashioned, outdated, and unfair”, something which the council agreed to be looked at in future.He also handed to Keegan a petition from Ballybough residents who are calling for the gigs to go ahead.Many councillors this evening said that the decision should be upheld.John Lyons of the People Before Profit Alliance pleaded his fellow councillors to get “some perspective”.“We can’t be bullied in any way, shape, or form,” he told the chamber, “and by Garth Brooks? Seriously?”He highlighted that the council has other issues to deal with – “there are six people being made homeless a day in this city”.Labour’s Rebecca Moynihan echoed Lyons’ call for councillors not to be “bullied”, and said that the council had “made a very fair and balanced decision that facilitated both the residents and the promoters”.She claimed there would have been no argument if a similar decision had been made on an act like Swedish House Mafia.“Astronomical” damageHowever, independent Mannix Flynn warned that the damage to Ireland’s reputation could be “astronomical” if the gigs do not go ahead.“For a country that prides itself globally on our love of music, it sends out a detrimental signal,” he said, and while noting that the decision on the gigs will have to be upheld, that the “promoters gambled away the reputation of the country.”This was echoed by Sinn Féin’s Jonathan Dowdall, who said that Ireland’s “international reputation is at stake”. He added that he has been indicated with calls from concerned local businesses who have put extra staff on to accommodated the extra concerts.Fine Gael councillors called on Garth Brooks to “get off his high horse” and to play the three concerts “if he’s serious about his Irish fans”.Earlier today, representatives of Dublin’s hospitality sector today called on the residents of areas around Croke Park to “put their country first” and drop their objections to the five Garth Brooks gigs.Councillors voted on a range of emergency motions on the issue of licensing this evening, including passing one to ask for the conditions of the licensing to be reconsidered.Read: ‘Put your country first, let Garth Brooks play’ >More: Garth Brooks concert debacle has “major impact on Ireland’s reputation” >last_img read more

First edition of WWE Smackdown Live draws a 317 million viewers on

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Elias, Chad Gable advance to the Semifinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournament Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next Velvet Sky The 7/19 first edition of WWE Smackdown Live drew an average of 3.17 million viewers on the USA Network on Tuesday night according to Showbuzzdaily.com.It was expected to be up from last week’s final Thursday show that drew 2.07 million viewers. Smackdown was the No. 1 rated show on cable on Tuesday night.Smackdown Live, headlined by a rematch for the WWE Championship between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, drew a 1.18 rating among adults 18-49 on Tuesday night.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Let the burying of Finn Balor begin. Videos Articles Streaming Is Taking Big Position in Media Landscape, Koplovitz Says Roman Reigns is in Remission Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Big changes reportedly made to WWE RAW and Smackdown Live writing teams FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Now Playing Up Next Google+ Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed. TheCyberZon July 21, 2016 at 1:36 am Facebook 1 COMMENTlast_img read more

Convicted Ridgefield child rapist faces new charges

first_imgA Ridgefield man previously convicted of raping a young girl made a first court appearance Monday in a new child molestation case.Juan Gabriel Fregoso Uribe, 45, appeared in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of two counts of first-degree child molestation, as well as indecent liberties with forcible compulsion. His bail was set at $150,000 by Judge Daniel Stahnke.The victim in the new case was interviewed in January after her mother reported the crimes. The girl, 11, said Fregoso Uribe forced her to touch him inappropriately on multiple occasions in 2016 while they were at his house, according to an affidavit of probable cause.“He told me, ‘Don’t tell no one or I will go to jail,’ ” the girl told investigators, according to the affidavit.In May 2018, Fregoso Uribe was convicted by a Clark County Superior Court jury of first-degree rape of a child, three counts of first-degree child molestation and indecent liberties with forcible compulsion in a case involving an 8-year-old girl in 2017. He was sentenced by Stahnke to 26 1/2 years in prison.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office filed an order March 20 to transport Fregoso Uribe from the Airway Heights Corrections Center for this latest court case.His arraignment hearing is set for Friday.last_img read more

The Kenai Dipnet Season Is One Week Away No Retention Of King

first_imgDipnetting on the Kenai River is allowed from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. each day, from July 10 through July 31, 2019. An Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use permit and a 2019 Resident Sport Fishing license are required to participate. Only Alaska residents can participate Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享July on the Kenai is synonymous with dip net fishing. The City of Kenai City personal use dip net fishery is just over a week away from the official opening day of July 10.  Any king salmon caught incidentally during the fishery may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately unharmed to the water. Beech: “Here, in Kenai, we have the dip netting season, which is July 10th to the 31st, so we’ll see a huge increase of numbers here in the Kenai area. But there are some places that their tourism peaks in the first part of July and they’re tapered off and already starting to close by Labor Day. We have a pretty nice shoulder season, especially with the winter being so mild. We were starting to see RV traffic in the first part of May.” The personal-use dipnet fishery in the Kenai is set to open on July 10. This opening follows the Kasilof dipnet fishery which began on June 25.center_img The 2019 Kenai River late-run king salmon preseason forecasts is for a below average run, resulting in restrictions of inriver sport fisheries. ADF&G will continue to monitor the Kenai River run as it develops and additional actions may be taken depending on the run strength. Johna Beech, Executive Director of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce said although the fishery has its challenges, the annual influx of fishermen extends Kenai’s profitable tourist season.last_img read more

US columnist accuses President Donald Trump of sexual assault

first_imgUS President has denied the allegations and said that he had never met her.A US magazine columnist has accused President Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her at a New York luxury department store in the late 1990s.An excerpt from E Jean Caroll’s book titled ‘What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal’ was published in New York Magazine on Friday. It divulged details about her experience of sexual assault by “real estate tycoon” in first person account headlined ‘Hideous Men: Donald Trump assaulted me in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room 23 years ago. But he’s not alone on the list of awful men in my life’.Caroll revealed that she had met Trump at the store when she was 52 and helped to suggest a gift for ‘a girl’ after he sought her advice.She claimed that between 1995 and 1996, he ‘lunged’ at her at the upscale Bergdorf store’s lingerie section, and pushed her against the wall while attempting to kiss her.  “I am so shocked I shove him back and start laughing again. He seizes both my arms and pushes me up against the wall a second time, and, as I become aware of how large he is, he holds me against the wall with his shoulder and jams his hand under my coat dress and pulls down my tights” she wrote.While she had confided to two friends about the assault, where one said that she should report to the police while the advised Caroll to not reveal anything because “he’ll bury her with 200 lawyers”, she had decided to not lodge a criminal case. New York reported that both the women had confirmed their accounts on the incident.However, Donald Trump has denied all allegations and claimed that he had never met her and called the publication a “crooked newspaper”.Just revealed that the Failing and Desperate New York Times was feeding false stories about me, & those associated with me, to the FBI. This shows the kind of unprecedented hatred I have been putting up with for years with this Crooked newspaper. Is what they have done legal?…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2019He accused the Democratic party to be behind the recent controversy in a statement, “If anyone has information that the Democratic Party is working with Ms Carroll or New York Magazine, please notify us as soon as possible. The world should know what’s really going on. It is a disgrace and people should pay dearly for such false accusations.”The White House has also denied the accusations and stated, “This is a completely false and unrealistic story surfacing 25 years after allegedly taking place and was created simply to make the president look bad.”Regarding evidence, Caroll claimed that the department store no longer had security footages of the time the incident took place.She described that the reason she didn’t lodge a formal complaint was that he will deny the allegations like the way he denied the accounts of two dozen women who had confided about his unwanted sexual advance before. She also said, “I run the risk of making him more popular by revealing what he did”.Trump was under fire after 15 women alleged Trump of gross sexual misconduct before he became the president.A video of an Access Hollywood footage had emerged during his 2016 presidential election campaigns in which he controversially stated of having the liberty of grabbing women by her vagina because of his popularity,He had apologised for the statement and said that it was “locker room” talk.last_img read more

UPDATE Houston Joins Litigation Against Texas Over Sanctuary Cities Law

first_imgSB4, which allows local police to ask for proof of legal status when detaining someone and demands cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, has raised fear in the immigrant community and hasn’t been welcomed in the law enforcement community because of its many implications, as explained by the two top local chiefs,  Houston Police Department’s Art Acevedo, and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.  The Houston City Council passed a Resolution today to join the litigation against Texas over the Constitutionality of the State law about so-called sanctuary cities, commonly known as SB4. UH Associate Professor in Political Science, Jerónimo Cortina, said about the vote: “On the one hand, it is a clear signal to the state that cities and municipalities want the same autonomy to run their cities in the same terms that the State claims when there is real or perceived intervention of the federal government on State matters. Houston is a welcoming city and thus it needs to backup those claims through actions.” With this decision, Houston joins six other jurisdictions challenging the SB4, which are Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Bexar, Travis, El Cenizo, and El Paso. Share Human rights, public safety and the welfare of Houston’s business community were some of the arguments presented by the Council Members who supported the Resolution to sue. Karla Cisneros, who represents District H, referred to Acevedo’s concerns about SB Four during the debate about the Resolution. Al OrtizThe Houston City Council voted on joining the litigation against SB4 during its June 21st meeting. The vote tally was 10 to 6, with Mayor Sylvester Turner voting in favor of the Resolution and At-Large Position 5 Council Member Jack Christie being absent during the vote.center_img On the other hand, the Council Members who voted against the lawsuit alluded to not seeing a clear reason to join the litigation and also voiced their concern about the possibility the City could lose State and Federal funding because of fighting SB4 in the courts. Cortina goes on to analyze the law itself stating: “SB4 has a lot of potential economic and public safety consequences that need to be clarified by the courts. At the end it is not the State nor the City who are going to end up paying the costs of implementing SB4 it is going to be the tax payer and for some this constitutes an unfunded mandate from the State to Cities.” Council Member Travis was the most vocal and at one point he stressed: “I’m talking about the quarter billion dollars we stand to lose that will affect everybody’s district in here.” Some activists who support the City’s upcoming lawsuit were in the Council’s chamber and celebrated the outcome of the vote. “I think his comments are alarming and I want to read just a few of the things he has said. He says we don’t have the resources, nor do we have the bandwidth to be ICE agents,” said Cisneros while she addressed her colleagues. “Houstonians are expecting us to stand up and protect their interests, not to defer to somebody else,” Mayor Turner commented in this regard during the customary press conference held after the City Council meeting. Council Members Brenda Stardig, Steve Le, Greg Travis, Dave Martin, Mike Knox and Michael Kubosh voted against the City suing the State because of the law.last_img read more

DC VA Hospital Gets Mixed Reviews

first_imgThe recent concerns voiced about the Washington, D.C. Veteran Affairs Medical Center (DCVAMC) in an inspector general’s report are echoed by some veterans. However, staff members say they are committed to providing top-notch service to the nation’s warriors.The Washington, D.C. Veteran Affairs Medical Center is located in the northwest quadrant of the District of Columbia. (Courtesy Photo)On April 12, the Veteran Affairs Office of the Inspector General issued an interim summary report citing management practices and staffing deficiencies that were present at the facility located near the Washington Hospital Center in the northwest quadrant of D.C. The backlash from the report prompted U.S. Sens. Mark Warner, Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Jon Testor (D-Mont.) to write Veteran Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin demanding immediate action.Since the report’s release, retired Army Col. Lawrence Connell has been named the acting director.A spokesman for D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) told the AFRO that she is aware of the situation at the center and will respond appropriately in due time.Veterans receive free treatment at VA hospitals. Health professionals who work at VA hospitals tend to specialize in diseases and ailments that are unique to veterans. Dental and mental health services are also available.Jacque Patterson, retired Air Force veteran and president of the Ward 8 Democrats, told the AFRO that he is not a fan of veterans’ hospitals. “I try to avoid them if I can,” Patterson said. “If I had medical needs or had to have medical attention, I would not go to a VA hospital. The service is poor and it is hard to get an appointment.”Stanley Ray served in the Army and Navy and has visited the D.C. VA Hospital. He wasn’t impressed, either. “They need to improve,” Ray told the AFRO. “They don’t treat veterans with the type of respect that they deserve.”Ray is aware of the inspector general’s report critical of the way the D.C. VA hospital was run. However, he said, the Trump administration is likely to enhance VA hospitals financially, but the D.C. hospital has issues that need addressing. “There needs to be a strong emphasis on customer service,” Ray said. “It seems like when you are visiting there, they are doing you a favor when you they serve you. That’s not the case. This is a service that you have earned.”Ray made it clear he was so turned-off by the service at the D.C. VA hospital that he pledged “never to go back there.”That hasn’t been the experience of the Rev. Scott Bostic, youth pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in the District. “My experience at the DC VAMC has been good overall,” Bostic, a 2005 graduate of the United States Military Academy West Point, told the AFRO. “I am seen there for my primary care but not for much else since overall I’m in good health. When I first moved to D.C., I had a routine surgery done at the VAMC and that went very well, and my follow-up was also handled well.”Bostic did cite a problem seeing a physical therapist and said that experience “was disappointing.” Nevertheless, Bostic, who served in Iraq as a health care administrator from 2009-2010, is upbeat about the center. “I have recommended and referred people to go to the D.C. VAMC because they have a lot of resources there which can make a significant difference to veterans in need of care,” he said. “However, I do warn people that they will need to be persistent and advocate for their care, so as to make sure they don’t fall into one of those cracks and get forgotten about.”Despite a few positive reviews, any unhappy veteran concerns Gloria Hairston, director of public affairs at the D.C. VA Hospital. “We are committed to caring for all veterans,” Hairston told the AFRO. “I don’t want veterans leaving the hospital feeling that our customer service wasn’t satisfactory. We are not looking to be rude to people.”last_img read more

Ian Gallagher as Gay Jesus on Shameless was everything

first_imgSeason 8 of popular Showtime dramedy Shameless aired its season finale on 28 January. ‘My God’s a f*ggot. My God’s a d*ke. My God is trans, a junkie, a whore,’ Ian declares before the car the boy’s family was trying to kidnap him in explodes behind him. ‘We will not be victims.’Ian’s following gets bigger, and soon he’s speaking in front of a huge crowd as ‘Gay Jesus.’[embedded content]‘God hates haters,’ Ian declares. A round of applause and cheering follows.How it endsAnd finally, during yet another demonstration, the police show up with a warrant for Ian’s arrest. Because blowing up a car is illegal, of course. With the help of his followers, he is not alone.[embedded content]‘We are gay and we love you,’ Ian says into a megaphone. ‘We are trans and we love you.’‘We are lesbian and we love you,’ Ian continues. ‘We are the city of Chicago and we love you, we are queer and we love you, we are bisexual and we love you.’‘He’s not Ian Gallagher. I’m Ian Gallagher,’ one of his followers tells the cop.More of his followers declared that they, too, were Ian Gallagher. This leads to all the demonstrators getting arrested.‘Have a blessed day,’ Ian says with a smile as he’s put into the back of a police car.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Cameron Monaghan as Ian Gallagher on Shameless GAYSTARNEWS-center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Warning: spoilers aheadOne storyline this season was Ian Gallagher (Cameron Monaghan), a gay bipolar paramedic, becoming something of a gay icon. In fact, LGBTI kids believe him to be ‘Gay Jesus.’It started when Ian, along with his ex-boyfriend Trevor (played by trans actor Elliot Fletcher), sneak into a church performing conversion therapy on LGBTI teens.Ian, curious on if the Bible actually says the things the pastor believes, begins to do his own research.And after preparing Bible quotes that contradict the pastor, he interrupts the sermon to confront the pastor and liberate the LGBTI teens.[embedded content]Ian’s confrontation gets recorded and soon goes viral. Ian’s seen as even more of a hero when he uses CRT to save a homophobic pastor when he has a heart attack during another protest.[embedded content]Ian and Trevor, working together to set up a shelter for homeless and runaway LGBTI youth, direct the teens to the location. Soon, people are swarming the area, hoping to get a look at ‘Gay Jesus.’[embedded content]In trying to protect a young LGBTI boy from being kidnapped by his relatives, Ian makes another spectacle that soon goes viral and makes the news.[embedded content] Ian McKellen: It’s ‘un-American’ for Trump not to protect LGBTI rightsMeet Becca Blackwell, the nonbinary comedian behind They, Themself and SchmermMeet the guy who went to Ian McKellen’s for brunch and then made a film on his lifeRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/ian-gallagher-gay-jesus-shameless-everything/last_img read more

Save Over 4000 on 42 Hours of Elite CompTIA IT Certification

first_img Share Tweet Submit Today we bring you a deal that saves you over $4,000 while helping you break into the field of Information Technology! Make a break into the industry and choose among the myriad of opportunities that open up to you once you take the right courses. Tagged with the trusted name of CompTIA, this IT Certification Career Advancement Bundle trains you in all the required facets of the industry, helping you reach the new horizons and advance in the competitive field of technology.CompTIA IT Certification Career Advancement Bundle:This bundle includes courses on Network, Security and cloud essentials. If you want to start an IT career, you wouldn’t see any other better bundle giving you a good grasp on several important topics. Polish your IT skills with this CompTIA IT Certification bundle and save over $4000. This bundle includes a five part training preparing you for the CompTIA A+ exam, which has become an essential benchmark for entry-level employees. Moving forward, you will learn master concepts passing Network+, Security+, Cloud Essentials, and Cloud+ exams, making you a well-rounded IT professional.As you can see, this bundle covers various topics ranging from networks to security and cloud, opening up different types of career options. With 98% OFF on the bundle today, you won’t find a better time than to start making the right move in the right industry. As the holidays begin, make sure that you invest some of your off time in learning new skills, starting the new year with more opportunities knocking on your doors. Dive into 42 hours of CompTIA-accredited course contentKeep your career options open w/ this vendor neutral trainingTake an initial leap into the IT vertical w/ the CompTIA A+ certificationGet recognized globally for your capabilities w/ the CompTIA Network+ certificationScore jobs w/ top organizations like Hitachi Information Systems & Northrop Grumman w/ the CompTIA Security+ certificationGain knowledge of the cloud from a business & technical perspective w/ the CompTIA Cloud Essentials certificationGet your best chance at passing exams—98.6% of students pass!With over 98% off, start your IT training today only for $59. Break into the field with an elite training from CompTIA.last_img read more

Vital Images Showcases Image Management Business Intelligence Solutions in Australia

first_img Related Content Sponsored Content | Case Study | Enterprise Imaging | July 02, 2019 Reducing Complexity and Cost at CarolinaEast Health System — A Transformative Approach Quality care matters deeply to CarolinaEast Health Syst… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more August 10, 2015 — Vital Images Inc. introduced VioSuite Image Management and Vitality Solutions Business Intelligence product families, which provide healthcare administrators with a robust set of tools to improve system-wide image access and image data analytics. VioSuite and Vitality Solutions, as well as the company’s flagship products VitreaAdvanced and VitreaView software, were showcased at the annual RADaim conference, July 31-August 2, in Queensland, Australia, within the Toshiba Australia Pty Limited booth.VioSuite Image Management is a portfolio of flexible products supporting a variety of image management strategies. VioSuite software includes VioArchive, a vendor neutral archive (VNA) for unified storage and management of all imaging data created across all care operations; and VioStream software, which grants federated access to images residing in disparate Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) and non DICOM archives.Utilizing VioSuite products along with VitreaView software enables uniform access to patient imaging and improves workflow and support communication between clinicians, referring physicians and patients.Vitality Solutions Business Intelligence products and services deliver operational insight into existing clinical data across different modalities, information systems and locations. The Vitality Solutions tools allow healthcare providers to enhance informed decision making and quality. Vitality IQ software delivers real-time access to critical business intelligence across an imaging department’s existing manufacturers, modalities, information systems and locations. By implementing Vitality IQ software, health administrators are able to improve management of quality, productivity and resource utilization.For more information: www.vitalimages.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Building the Right Team for Success in the Consolidated Enterprise – Part 2Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:52Loaded: 1.65%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals went through their final practice before the preseason opener Saturday against the Houston Texans. It was a pretty lively one with plenty of plays being made.Of Note– Though a couple guys were given the day off, only center Lyle Sendlein (calf) will be unavailable for Saturday’s game.– You can expect to see the starters play up to 15 plays or so, depending of course on how the drives go. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “I was in pain watching him try to make it through those practices. You could tell it was getting worse instead of better. He had a nice few OTAs where it looked like it was going to get better, but the last MRI he was bone on bone, and there’s nothing he can do about it as his age. You hate to see it because he has such a passion for the game, and that’s the type of guy you want to make it and you pull for him. But it was the right move.” – Coach Bruce Arians on Jake Ballard’s decision to retire“Our defense is so good: They’re so physical; they’re so talented. I mean you’re playing against so many gifted players. Just to be able to go against some guys you’re kind of unfamiliar with, it’s fun. You’re playing against Houston, who arguably could be the best — talent-wise — in the game: J.J. Watt and (Jadeveon) Clowney and (Johnathan) Joseph and Brian Cushing. They have a wealth of talent.” – Receiver Larry Fitzgerald on facing a different defense than the one that opposes him in practice every day – / 11 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling – The fans got pretty loud when Carson Palmer hit Larry Fitzgerald for a deep touchdown in an 11-on-11 drill. – At one point, Teddy Williams, who is looking to convert from a receiver to a cornerback, made a nice leaping interception of a Drew Stanton pass. – Chandler Catanzaro, who will handle all of the kicking duties Saturday, had a nice day when it came to field goals. – It appeared the offense got the better of the defense overall. John Brown, as usual, was open often and made a few nice plays. Fellow receiver Jaron Brown also made his presence felt, catching at least one deep ball and another touchdown pass after a nice move freed him up in the corner of the end zone.Stat of the DaySince 2006, Antonio Cromartie has picked off 28 passes, fifth most in the NFL over that span.Quotes of the Day“I think with the group that I’ll be in with, it’s a matter of getting out there and being productive, moving the ball. The biggest that we try and do is accomplish goals in situational football — third down and red zone — and not turn the ball over. And that’s what we try to do. And a lot of the guys that I’ll be in there with are trying to fight for a roster spot, so I want to give them the best opportunity to go out there and be successful, and make plays, and get up there and score points.” – QB Drew Stanton on what his goal is in preseason game one Top Stories last_img read more

Cyprus should speed up debt reduction IMF says

first_imgΤhe International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that a year after completing its adjustment programme, Cyprus still needed to reduce both private and public debt to strengthen economic growth and confidence.The IMF, whose delegation was in Cyprus last week in a post-programme surveillance mission in coordination with the European Commission and the European Central Bank, said on Monday “a decisive upfront reduction in public and private debt is needed to rebuild policy buffers, cement confidence in macroeconomic fundamentals and policy commitments, deliver balanced, sustainable growth, and support balance sheet repair”.IMF, which participated in Cyprus’s 2013 bailout with €1bn, was commenting in a statement on its website.The economy, which expanded 2.8 per cent in 2016 is expected to grow 2.5 per cent this year with growth stabilising above 2 per cent until 2020, helping reduce private sector debt, the IMF said.“Under these conditions, capacity to repay the (International Monetary) Fund is expected to be satisfactory, supported by sizable fiscal primary surpluses, the back-loaded maturity profile of official debt and possible further operations to smooth redemptions of market-based debt. However, repayment capacity would be weakened in the event of a new boom-bust growth cycle, if fiscal discipline is eroded or if risks in banks’ balance sheets materialise”.The government should seek to accelerate the reduction of public debt, 106 per cent of economic output last year, by relaunching privatisations and resuming its attempt to reform the public sector, the IMF said.“Accelerating public debt reduction would help to create a prudent buffer and safeguard the downward trajectory of debt in the event of adverse shocks,” the IMF said. Generating a primary fiscal surplus of 3 per cent of GDP on a cash basis over the next years could help the process.Last year, the government posted a primary surplus of €473.8m on a cash basis, which accounts for 2.6 per cent of GDP.“Guarding against fiscal slippages, including from the envisaged national health service as well as from wage and social benefit spending, will also be essential,” the IMF warned, weeks after the government, which faces re-election in February, decided to give in to the nurses’ demand for upgrading their pay-scales to match their academic qualification, prompting other groups to raise similar demands.It added that amid improved liquidity in the banking system, its non-performing loan stock (roughly half of the banks’ loan portfolio) remained “very high,” undermining the banks’ profitability and while loan restructurings have pickup in momentum, a portion of restructured loans re-default.“Restructuring progress across banks has been uneven, reflecting differences in the structure of their loan portfolios, the intensity with which various legal and other tools have been used, as well as in banks’ capacities to manage non-performing loans,” the IMF said in an obvious reference to significant progress in tackling large corporate bad debt as opposed to that of households and small and medium size enterprises. “Banks should be further encouraged not to defer restructuring in the expectation that future increases in output and property prices would autonomously improve recovery rates. Instead, they should focus on durable and sustainable loan work-outs, including through solutions that reduce a borrower’s debt to affordable levels”.Cyprus should remove “operational barriers” to the resolution of non-performing loans which include incentives encouraging banks to delay the recognition of losses or dispose collateral, and address remaining impediments in the legal framework, modernised in 2015 with the enactment of the new foreclosure and insolvency legislation, the IMF said. “It is important that newly-issued bank lending, which is providing welcome support to the economy, is underpinned by robust lending policies, strong business plans from borrowers and close monitoring of credit risk”.The IMF said Cyprus should resume with structural reforms in order to improve conditions on the labour market — with the unemployment remaining at 13 per cent last year — improve business environment and bolster against external shocks.“Focus should be on expediting judicial reform to strengthen legal enforcement of commercial claims and speed up court procedures, restarting the privatisation program to increase economic efficiency and competition, and streamlining business procedures to attract new service sectors,” it said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Glenn tours hydro facility in Sanford

first_imgFrom left: Lee Mueller, Rep. Glenn, and facilities operators Ron Heilig of Sanford and Dave Kovacevich of Midland.Lee Mueller, owner of Boyce Hydro and the Sanford Lake Dam, recently hosted Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, vice chair of the state House Energy Policy Committee, on a tour of the 92-year-old facility, which has a total generating capacity of 3.6 megawatts of electricity using three water-driven turbine generators. Boyce Hydro sells the electricity generated by the dam to both Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison, the state’s two publicly-regulated electrical utilities. Rep. Glenn said the tour was a valuable source of information in advance of an April 13 hearing before the Energy Policy Committee in Lansing. The Legislature is preparing to rewrite state energy policy in response to the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s threatened shutdown this year of up to nine coal-fired electricity-generating plants in Michigan’s lower peninsula. Major area employers and taxpayers such as Dow Chemical, Dow Corning, Hemlock Semiconductors and Midland Cogeneration Venture will be significantly impacted by the rewrite, Rep. Glenn said. Categories: Glenn News,Glenn Photos Sanford Lake Dam owner Lee Mueller, right, explains the history and operation of the facility to Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, vice chair of the state House Energy Policy Committee.center_img 30Mar Rep. Glenn tours hydro facility in Sanfordlast_img read more

LaSata Pagel bills closing tax loophole for outofstate homeowners signed into law

first_img Categories: LaSata News,News,Pagel News ###The legislation: House Bills 4335-6. 05Oct LaSata, Pagel bills closing tax loophole for out-of-state homeowners signed into lawcenter_img A new law – sponsored by state Reps. Kim LaSata and Dave Pagel — will prevent out-of-state residents from improperly claiming property tax exemptions when they buy second homes in Michigan.The bills signed into law today by Gov. Rick Snyder address a key issue affecting school funding in the southwest part of the state near Lake Michigan, including the regions represented by LaSata of Bainbridge Township and Pagel of Berrien Springs.“This change in state law will close a costly tax loophole that was potentially costing our local school districts millions of dollars,” LaSata said. “I am proud to sponsor this legislation that will aid school funding in southwest Michigan, and likely other areas of the state as well.”Pagel agreed.“We are fixing a problem that existed for far too long in Michigan,” Pagel said. “This new law prevents an improper practice that was taking money away from our schools for years.”The legislation was introduced because some property owners intentionally declare a homestead property tax exemption on their second home in Michigan, while at the same time claiming a similar exemption on their primary residence in another state. The new Michigan law will crack down on that practice and make sure the 18-mill non-homestead levy is collected on a second home.That money is allocated to local K-12 schools, meaning that when people exploited this loophole, schools lost potential tax revenue.The new law makes it clear that if a property owner has claimed a principal residence exemption in Michigan while claiming a similar exemption in another state, the Michigan exemption would be rescinded. A claim for a Michigan homestead tax exemption could be denied and enforced retroactively if it is discovered the property owner had claimed a similar exemption in another state.Intentional violators could face a misdemeanor criminal charge.The measure is the first public act – a bill signed into law – for LaSata, who is in her first term in the Michigan House.Pagel is in his third term in the Michigan House.last_img read more