Megatron, Dr Banner for Mercury Sprint

first_imgThe three-year-old campaign leading up to the season’s first classic continues at Caymanas Park today, with the Mercury Sprint for native bred maiden three-year-old colts and geldings over the straight taking the spotlight. The race, which has been divided into two sections, follows on the heels of the Eight Thirty Sprint for the fillies last Saturday, which saw the highly-fancied debutante DANCING QUEEN and odds on favourite POISON GAS winning their respective divisions in contrasting fashion. Division one of the Mercury Sprint has attracted 12 starters and indications are that first-time runners MEGATRON and BOLD SYMPHONY, to be ridden by champion jockey Shane Ellis and Orlando Foster, respectively, will fight out the finish. Both have looked well forward at exercise in preparation for the race, especially the Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes-trained MEGATRON. The roan colt by Seeking The Gold out of the Slick Trick mare Chikiney looked real sharp at exercise last Saturday morning, galloping from the gates in 1:00.0, the last three in 46.1, beating stable-companion LITTLEMISSEMMY, who is no slouch, quite easily. A week before that he clocked 1;00.1 and with his preparation complete, gets the nod over the Philip Feanny-trained BOLD SYMPHONY, a bay colt by Image Maker out of Tejano Symphony, who galloped from the gates in 1:00.4 last Saturday morning as well, the last three in 46.1. So it’s MEGATRON to win from BOLD SYMPHONY and the Wayne DaCosta-trained LITTLE BIG HORN, who has shown promise in two of his three starts to date. Division two looks tailored for the Feanny-trained newcomer DR BANNER, with Oneil Mullings aboard. The chestnut colt by Adore The Gold out of the Schism mare Deja Vu caught the eye at exercise recently when clocking 1:01.0 out of the straight. Having secured a favourable high number draw in another 12-horse field, DR BANNER should lead home Gary Subratie’s NOLAN HILL, who ran well on his recent debut over the round course when chasing home CRUISING MOTION, and returns with Lasix administered. Other firm fancies on the 10-race card are SOUTHERN CRUISE in the opening race over 1400 metres, NUCLEAR AFFAIR in the third, EL CLIENTE in the fourth, TURBO MACHINE CAT in the fifth and STORMING in the ninth.last_img read more

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Video of horrified pilots won’t be aired in court

first_imgThe Pentagon previously had said the video was classified and could not be shown, but changed its position last week after a copy of the video was leaked to a British newspaper and broadcast. The lawyer representing Hull’s family called the American conditions “unprecedented and wholly artificial,” but said she accepted because a private screening would move the investigation forward. “It’s not just to avoid delay,” Geraldine McCool said after the hearing. “We want to get on to the video.” The family was eager to examine the two-hour-long tape in its entirety, and McCool said the previously unseen footage might provide new insight into the incident. A widely circulated excerpt from the tape, shot from the gun camera of A-10 jet, captures the pilots’ horror as they realize they had hit coalition forces. “I’m going to be sick,” one says, before adding, “We’re in jail, dude.” OXFORD, England – A British coroner reluctantly agreed Friday to a U.S. request not to show in open court a cockpit video capturing the horrified reaction of two American pilots in Iraq after they fired on British troops. But Oxfordshire Assistant Deputy Coroner Andrew Walker made clear he was doing so only in the interest of speeding up the inquest into the death of Lance Cpl. Matty Hull, who was killed when his convoy was strafed by a U.S. warplane in southern Iraq on March 28, 2003. Four others were wounded in the attack, “If it were not for potential delay and distress this would cause the family, I would not be willing to be bound by an agreement between the U.S. and the U.K. on the use of evidence I consider crucial,” Walker said. Walker said that, despite his own reservations, lawyers representing Hull’s family did not object to U.S. demands that the inquest only play video behind closed doors. It will be shown to the coroner, select witnesses and lawyers representing the family and Britain’s Defense Ministry. Walker also asked to be supplied with additional evidence during the hearing, including the pilots’ training records and an uncensored version of the U.S. military’s investigation into the incident. “The time has come where I should be entitled to see all the evidence,” he said. “I just want to know, and I’m sure the family want to know, why this happened, in as much detail as possible.” McCool appealed to the United States to hand over the evidence quickly. “If (the Americans) don’t cooperate, they will give the impression there is something they wish to conceal,” she said. “That’s an unhelpful impression to give allies.” The inquest is due to resume on March 12.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Bale due for crunch talks with Real as soon as celebrations finish

first_imgBut the 28-year-old said after the match he will consider his options this summer because of a lack of playing time under coach Zinedine Zidane.Sources close to the player told AFP that Bale and his agent want to sit down with Perez as soon as the celebrations in Madrid are over and that Zidane’s selection decisions will be top of the agenda.Bale has not given up hope of mending his relationship with Zidane and his first choice is still to stay at Real, but only if he is offered firm assurances regarding a more prominent role next season.Zidane started Bale in only one of Real’s seven Champions League knock-out games and the pair were barely even on speaking terms during a particularly tense period in April.Manchester United, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham have all been credited with an interest, although a return to north London is understood to be unlikely due to the expected finances involved.“I need to be playing week-in, week-out and that hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another,” Bale told BT Sport.“I have to sit down in the summer and discuss my future with my agent and take it from there.”Bale, whose contract expires in 2022, is likely to be listened to by Perez, with whom he enjoys a good relationship.But Zidane remains the president’s personal project and, after clinching a third consecutive European crown, his status has never been higher.Ultimately, it will be the Frenchman’s opinion that carries most weight.“It’s complicated but everyone looks at their own situation, I get it,” Zidane said. “I try to do what’s best for the team and every once in a while it’s true, that he deserved to play more.“Bale has made the difference. It’s normal to want more playing time, I understand.”Bale only discovered he had been left out of Zidane’s starting line-up against Liverpool an hour and a half before kick-off, despite believing his excellent form had earned him a place.Training sessions during the week and his inclusion in the strong side that played Villarreal the weekend before had both led him to think he would be given the nod in Kiev.Instead, he was the only outfield player that started against Villarreal not to start the final.Bale missed the warm-up with the rest of Real’s substitutes although suggestions this was due to his disappointment are wide of the mark.When not in the starting line-up, Bale has his own specific warm-up routine, which he often completes indoors.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000After winning the Champions League for Real Madrid, Gareth Bale is now focused on deciding whether his future lies with the Spanish giants © AFP / Paul ELLISMADRID, Spain, May 27 – Gareth Bale will hold talks with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez as early as next week as he is eager to make a decision on his future at the club.Bale inspired Real to a 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the Champions League final on Saturday by coming off the bench to score twice, the first a stunning bicycle kick that will go down as one of the tournament’s greatest ever goals.last_img read more

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‘John Stones is the BEST ball-playing defender in Europe’ – Roberto Martinez EXCLUSIVE

first_imgEverton boss has hailed John Stones as ‘the best footballing centre-half in European football’ and reiterated that the club will NOT sell the England starlet purely for financial gain.Stones has emerged as one of the country’s most promising talents since moving to Goodison Park from Barnsley in 2013, with the 21-year-old now an England regular and approaching 80 club appearances.The youngster has been praised for his ball-playing ability from the back, though it has also proved his downfall at times this season having found himself under fire after a string of costly defensive mistakes.Stones has been out of the spotlight in recent weeks, missing the Toffees’ last three matches with a niggling hamstring injury.And the boss has no doubt Stones will prove his quality on his return.“You’re talking about a group of young players who have the potential to become something very special, but they need space, they need time, they need to play games and they need to be able to makes mistakes on the pitch, that’s very clear,” Martinez exclusively told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“John Stones will be a great player. But he’s a young man, he’s only 21, he’s only played 78 games in the Premier League and sometimes we’re so quick to judge a footballer and that’s unfair.“A young man deserves to play 100 games before he can be judged.“I’ve been managing him now for three seasons and I think John Stones is, without a doubt, the best footballing centre-half I’ve seen in European football.”Stones was the subject of three rejected bids from Chelsea last summer, with the final offer thought to be around £30million, but the Toffees resisted the temptation and kept hold of their man.And Martinez again insisted the club will NOT be tempted to part ways with any of their players unless doing so would help the team move forward.The Spaniard added: “Any bid that comes in which is not in the benefit of the team [will not be accepted]…we will never be making decisions purely for financial reasons.“That doesn’t mean that we’ll never sell players, but that if we do sell a player, it will be in the benefit of the team and being able to move it forward.”last_img read more

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Reading sack manager Brian McDermott

first_imgReading have sacked manager Brian McDermott, the Championship club have announced.McDermott returned to the Madejski Stadium for a second spell in charge in December 2015, but was unable to repeat the success of his initial stint at the helm when he led the club to promotion to the Barclays Premier League.Reading finished 17th in the Championship this season and ended the campaign with a seven-game winless run which included six defeats.A statement on the club’s official website, readingfc.co.uk, said: “After careful consideration, the board of Reading Football Club have taken the difficult decision to relieve manager Brian McDermott of his duties.“We would like to sincerely thank Brian for all his hard work since his return to the club in December 2015 and wish him well in his future career.“The board of Reading Football Club will now undertake a rigorous recruitment process over the next few weeks to identify the right man to lead this club forward and into the 2016-17 season.“The club will make a further announcement to our supporters in due course.”After managerial roles at non-league Slough and Woking, McDermott joined Reading in 2000 as chief scout where he worked under then-manager Alan Pardew.He has a spell as caretaker boss during the 2009-10 season following the departure of Brendan Rodgers before getting the job on a permanent basis and steering the club to a ninth-place finish in the Championship that year.In his first full season in charge he took Reading to the play-off final where they were beaten by Swansea but the Royals immediately bounced back from that Wembley disappointment by winning promotion as champions in 2011-12.Reading lasted just one season in the Premier League and McDermott was sacked in March 2013 following a run of four successive defeats.He returned to Reading after a brief spell at Leeds and won just nine of his 30 games in charge, culminating in his dismissal – for the second time – on Friday morning.Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam has already been linked with the Reading job. The 43-year-old has most recently been working as assistant coach at Dutch club Ajax. 1 Reading finished 17th under Brian McDermott last_img read more

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MEDIA BOX BLOG: ALL GO-GO MOJO AT APPRENTICE HQ

first_imgIt’s all (Mojo) go go this fine Monday in the Media Box HQ. We are busy planning, prepping and getting ready for JSB’s reappearance on the big screen tonight on TV3’s Irish Apprentice at 9pm.Surviving the first boardroom task, “The Hard Sell” which involved selling sandwiches and vitamin drink Vit Hit on Grafton Street, JSB sailed through week one, receiving recognition for her sales skills by her Project Manager and Bill himself. Keeping a low profile, yet providing lots of giggles, our Donegal girl has left a positive and lasting impression that has the nation looking forward to seeing her take to the screens tonight for round two of the Boardroom.However there will be no low profile for Donegal tonight as the county is strongly represented by JSB who will step up as Team Zest’s Project Manager leading an exciting music task that will also feature local talent from Donegal Town, Killybegs and Dungloe – band Mojo Gogo. Tonight’s task sponsored by the Irish Daily Mail challenges both Team Spirit and Team Zest to create a compilation CD, showcasing ten of Ireland’s unique and unsigned talents trying to break into the music industry. Both teams must compliment the CD with an originally designed CD cover, a full-page newspaper ad and full marketing strategy, to be distributed in next week’s Irish Daily Mail.With an overwhelming amount of entries from bands throughout the country, both teams have a choice from the final forty selected by the panel of judges. With the pressure on we look forward to seeing JSB and Team Zest take to Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin tonight to showcase their chosen bands.So will JSB withstand the pressure of being the second Project Manager at Team Zest? Can she bring a bit of edge to team experience and what will Bill say to her in the Boardroom?It seems JSB’s one liners are quickly gathering momentum as this week we hear her motivate her team, declaring “I’m sprinting, are you?” So which team will sing out of tune tonight and meet the wrath of Bill in the Boardroom?Don’t miss out…tune in at 9pm on TV3 to see JSB running in those heels and full of zest.  You can now also watch a repeat of the show on TV3’s newly launched 3Player on www.tv3.ie –so no excuse for not catching up!The Media Box team look forward to keeping you updated on all out upcoming office antics and we would like to wish Joanne the very best of luck tonight!Until next week, keep running in heelsThe Media Box Team xx MEDIA BOX BLOG: ALL GO-GO MOJO AT APPRENTICE HQ was last modified: October 10th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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TIME TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE! ROCK ‘N’ ROAM IN GAOTH DOBHAIR THIS WEEKEND

first_imgRock n Roam“Téigh amach faoin Aer”Step outside and feel alive Dé Sathairn & Dé Domhnaigh 28 & 29 Nollaig 2014Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th Decembermng are delighted to present an extra special Rock n Roam package where you can join native speaking experts in a guided adventure through the Donegal Gaeltacht. Tá lúchair ar mng pacaistí speisialta “Rock n Roam” a thairiscint dóibh súid ar mian leo blas de Gaeltachta Dhún na nGall a fháil, faoi threoir cainteoirí dúchais GaeilgeSaturday the 28th @ 11am. Bloody Foreland Coastal Walk.This very special trip will allow you to join local experts on a stunning coastal walk in search of Minke whales, bottle nose dolphins, harbour seals and porpoise. Not forgetting resident birds including Gannets, Chough, Peregrins Falcons and Brent geese. Our guide will take you to all the best spots and tell you all about the marine life and bird along the Donegal coastline. Walk will take approx 4 hours, suitable for all levels and children. Local pick up and drop off and refreshments will be provided. Cost: €30.Sunday the 29th @ 11am. Sea-Cliff Rock ClimbingJoin one of Irelands most renowned professional rock-climbers in an exhilarating session of climbing and abseiling on beautiful Cruit Island. This is a once in a lifetime experience that is guaranteed to make you see things from a different perspective! All equipment provided, all you need is a pair of trainers and you will be guided through the rest. The climb will be tailored to suit abilities, absolutely anyone can do this.mng create unique, bi-lingual activity experiences which allow you to feel the wind on your face and the earth beneath your feet. We provide local refreshments, plenty of craic and the chance to practise your cúpla focal. Transport can be arranged; all you might want to bring is a pair of binoculars! Cuireann mng , pacaistí faoi léith ar fail a thugann deis an chré agus an ghaoth a mhothú, trí imeachtaí spreagúil ,dá- theangach. Tugtar blas de shólaistí agus tairgí áitiúla , go leor craic agus deis do “chúpla focal” a chleachtadh!Rock n Roam 2 Day Package Deal – €65Further Information / Booking T: +353 83 123 0529**Booking essential** TIME TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE! ROCK ‘N’ ROAM IN GAOTH DOBHAIR THIS WEEKEND was last modified: December 27th, 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:donegalrock n roamlast_img read more

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Australians ready to pitch at Tent City

first_img30 April 2010 In 2006, Australian soccer fan Steven Barnes camped in Munich for the Fifa World Cup, and in 2010 he will be one of over a thousand Australian soccer lovers who will call Durban’s Sahara Stadium home. Barnes, together with two friends, who will be staying in Durban for Africa’s first ever World Cup, said he was looking forward to the soccer frenzy that will grip South Africa in June. Australia will take on Germany at the Moses Mabhida stadium on 13 June, a clash that Barnes says he is looking forward to. And their fans have already marked their territory in Durban, famous for its warm weather throughout the year. Australian tour group Fanatics, responsible for the organisation of the tour, will be based at the Sahara Stadium, Kingsmead, where a camping village will be set up. The camp will open on 8 June and close on 30 June, and is close enough for a leisurely stroll to the new soccer venue. Transport options have also been included in the travel package, which includes match tickets. Getting to know the country Barnes said he chose the camping experience due to his phenomenal experience in Germany. “Munich was just brilliant. It was such a great atmosphere. There were just so many people around and it was fun,” he said. The Australian, who now lives in London, said he has only been to South Africa on a very short visit, but enjoyed it and is looking forward to coming back in June. Barnes has several friends in the country and, although he is keen to see them, he is equally enthusiastic about what Durban and the rest of South Africa has to offer. “I will be there for the football. But I am also looking forward to the game parks, Zulu battlefield tours and getting to know the country’s history and culture,” Barnes said. ‘Every eventuality catered for’ Thousands of Australian supporters will camp in tents, equipped with beds and eco-friendly lamps, and will use the stadium’s existing toilet facilities. Mobile units will be installed in the stadium for showering. Travel company Edusport will set up the infrastructure and manage the operations at the stadium, using expert companies to set up the camp sites and tents. Fanatics said all tents with their contents will be donated to local businesses after the tournament, which will aid the development of local tourism in KwaZulu-Natal. “Sahara Stadium Kingsmead is excited to be associated with this venture,” said stadium manager Brett Proctor. “The Fifa World cup in our country has provided diverse opportunity for many South Africans, and we at KwaZulu-Natal cricket are delighted to be hosting nearly 1 000 Australian soccer fans in this novel facility. “Logistically, every eventuality has been catered for, from ablutions, catering, entertainment, transport, security and garnering the necessary support from local authorities to give the stadium a clean bill when it comes to safety factors,” Proctor said. “Also, the support and approval from the Australian high commission has been appreciated.” Warren Livingstone, Fanatics tour organiser, confirmed that 1 200 Australians have already booked and “all the logistics have indeed been sorted out.” ‘Looking forward to the parties’ “With just under 56 days to go, the anticipation at the moment is massive. We are looking forward to the parties and mixing with the Durbanites,” Livingstone said from Australia. Livingstone added that the detailed planning was made easier by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Local Government. “The support we received was great. Working with the KwaZulu-Natal government and the council was just great. We are very happy with everything”. Only those registered with Fanatics will be allowed onto the stadium. Other security features include patrolled perimeters on a 24-hour basis and security sweeps with sniffer dogs daily. There will be controlled access for cleaning and catering staff, and a safe deposit area for passports, laptops and other valuables will be provided. Subtle security in unmarked vehicles and plain clothes will be on guard, and the premises will be fenced off. “There is much available to these fans by way of food courts, concerts and big screen marquees, so that a party atmosphere will prevail for the duration of their visit. Probably many sleepless nights await us, but it should be a hugely gratifying three weeks,” Proctor said. According to Fanatics, Australians fans will be entertained by international music acts such as Powderfinger, Fatboy Slim and Electric Mary on the non-match days. Barnes, impressed with the Moses Mabhida Stadium, will be there to watch Australia lock horns with Germany. And, although having been in the United Kingdom for nine years, he joked that he would support any team against England. “I read a feature article about the Moses Mabhida Stadium while on a flight to Australia, and it looks amazing. The cable car and bungee jumping makes it all very exciting. I will be here cheering on my team and any team that plays against England,” Barnes said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Inzamam-ul-Haq wants Pakistan to improve quality of pitches in domestic cricket

first_imgPakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has slammed the quality of pitches being used during the ongoing domestic one-day tournament — Pakistan Cup — in Faisalabad.”I don’t think the pitches presently in use generally in domestic cricket or in the Pakistan Cup will help produce quality cricketers. It is not my domain to speak on pitches but they play an important role in producing quality players in every format,” the former Pakistan captain said.The Pakistan Cup, into its fifth day, has so far failed to produce high-scoring matches, and bowlers and batsmen have both struggled on slow, low and sluggish pitches.Inzamam said pitches for one-day cricket should encourage players to not only play their strokes and teams to get big totals but also some encouragement to bowlers.He said the new selection committee would lay lots of emphasis on picking players who could perform under pressure and in tough conditions.He said all players, including seniors like Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal, just have to perform well in domestic cricket to keep the selectors on their toes.The Pakistan Cup, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board, will serve as a platform for the selectors to pick probables for the national conditioning camp that will be set up in Abbotabad from next month to prepare for the tour to England in July-August.The PCB has allowed the team captains and coaches to pick their players but made it mandatory for teams to have at least two under-19 players in their squads.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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‘We agreed to disagree far too often’: Agassi speaks over Djokovic split

first_imgAndre Agassi, eight-time Gland Slam champion, finally spoke about his split with Novak Djokovic for the first time since the duo split in March.Agassi’s debut coaching role was with Djokovic began last May. He joined Djokovic’s team as head coach but with the Serbian unable to recover after the elbow surgery, the two soon split.The American former world number one, who retired in 2006, said his first steps into coaching were “challenging, interesting and educational”.”I only knew him with a hurt elbow, so it was always plasters and big problems,” his former coach Agassi said. “I think there was a real hope his elbow could heal naturally, holistically. I personally wasn’t a fan of that choice. You can’t force someone when it comes to their own body, you have to understand their hesitations, but health is a function of taking care of your body, making the hard decisions, giving yourself the time and then moving forward methodically. Rest wasn’t going to do it in my estimation.Also read – Wimbledon: Thiem, Goffin depart while Nadal, Djokovic advance”When I saw the results of his MRIs in August, I was very clear with him: I advocated surgery right away, because that could end the issue once and for all,” Agassi told Guardian.Agassi, who himself benefitted from gaining bulk in the later stages of his career believed that Djokovic could reap benefits from the same. Agassi threw in some ideas of conditioning and nutrition changes to Djokovic but the former world No.1 was slow to embrace them.advertisement”I think his learning curves could be quicker but they have to be his,” Agassi said. “He’s just that kind of guy he needs ownership over his own process. So if he’s not having the energy or the strength, that’s something he’ll figure out on his own. I’ve always believed in strength training, I’ve always believed in eating a healthy range and a quantity of protein. But for years, he did it his own way.Also read – Wimbledon: Roger Federer, Marin Cilic storm to easy Round 1 wins”You get to a point where if you’re not part of the solution you’re part of the problem. We agreed to disagree far too often for me to feel like I was helping him, and I cared too much about him to just watch him go through something I felt I could help him with.””As a coach you have to make sure you’re saying the right thing at the right time or not saying the wrong thing at the wrong time – there was a lot of pressure to it,” Agassi told Britain’s The Telegraph newspaper.The 48-year-old did not rule out working with Djokovic again despite the Serb reuniting with his long-time coach Marian Vajda.Also read – Rafael Nadal criticises Wimbledon’s 25-second shot clock plan”If there are ways that I could help him (Novak Djokovic), he’d have to let me know,” Agassi added.Agassi, a Wimbledon champion in 1992, expressed his willingness to coach anyone who needed it but was unsure about Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios.”Would I help someone if I could help someone? Of course I would,” Agassi said.”What I think of him (Kyrgios) and his ability and upsides are different to saying you could work with him. You don’t know if somebody wants to be worked with.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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