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Jaguars win on dramatic day in WICB Regional Four-Day Championship

first_imgGROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC):Leaders Guyana Jaguars remained on course for a title repeat when they trounced Windward Islands Volcanoes by six wickets on a dramatic third day when 17 wickets fell yesterday.The visitors were dismissed for 339 in the morning session to secure a first innings lead of 123 at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium and then promptly dismissed Volcanoes for 161, to set themselves a target of 39 for victory.Drama then followed as Jaguars crashed to 13 for four before Man of the Match and captain Leon Johnson smashed a four and a six in an unbeaten 17 off 15 deliveries to see his side to victory in the eighth-round contest.The win handed the title-holders 18 points and propelled them to 125 points, keeping them in pole position to pick up their second straight Regional four-day title.Resuming the morning on 310 for six, Jaguars added 29 runs with Barbadian Raymon Reifer finishing on 37 not out and seamer Mervin Matthew claiming six for 81 – his third five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.Reifer then sliced through the Volcanoes innings to finish with four for 35, while Test leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo claimed three for 71, as Volcanoes slumped badly in their second innings.Veteran opener Devon Smith hit his second half-century of the match with 51, while Shane Shillingford struck 26 and Dalton Polius got 22.They were cruising at 90 for two at one stage, but lost their last eight wickets for just 71 runs.In one final twist, off-spinner Shillingford (2-26) combined with seamer Kyle Mayers (2-13) to stun the Jaguars’ top order before Johnson restored order.Red Force poised for victoryAt the National Cricket Centre: Leeward Islands Hurricanes, trailing Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by 181 runs, were 147 for five in their second innings at the close on the third day of their eighth round game here yesterday.Scores: HURRICANES 225 all out (Jahmar Hamilton, 53; Nkrumah Bonner, 47; Rahkeem Cornwall, 31; Montcin Hodge, 24; Rayad Emrit, 3-55; Marlon Richards, 3-55; Imran Khan, 2-63). RED FORCE 406 for nine (Imran Khan, 82; Narsingh Deonarine, 68; Steven Katwaroo, 50; Marlon Richards, 31 not out; Yannic Cariah, 30; Rahkeem Cornwall, 5-88; Gavin Tonge, 2-73).last_img read more


GWI is lucky Guyanese do not actively sue for damages

first_imgDear Editor,Guyana has earned its name from the Amerindians, meaning “Land of Many Waters”. Ironically, in this land of many waters, that precious, supposedly colorless mineral, has become the most abused, wasted and expensive commodity.Just over a year ago, I had reason to publicise a Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) billing issue. Senior management and executives subsequently met with me over it. I presented my facts, and the issue, which had greater reach than my simple highlight, was acknowledged and efforts were subsequently made to correct it.My publicity of the GWI issue did not go down well with some persons and even resulted in minor collateral damage. A once close friend, who was closely linked to the GWI executives, took offence to my actions and our friendship dissipated over the ensuing months. In life, you win some and you lose some.GWI’s operation, is again the subject of my attention. On October 19, 2018 at 12:11h, I sent a video and photograph of a leaking water main located in a North-Eastern section of Georgetown to the GWI Facebook Account. All relevant details were provided. My message was read by someone at the GWI at 12:12h- one minute later- the same day. To date, the water main continues to leak. I estimate that thousands of gallons of water have been wasted over the months since the main first started leaking, although some ingenious resident in the area placed an old bucket over the breakage to prevent the water from sprouting into the air. Hundreds more gallons of water may have been wasted since I took my precious time and effort in a public-spirited gesture to inform the GWI via its fancy Facebook public interface over a week ago. Is GWI really serious about its PR, advertisements, and appeals for members of the public to report breakages and leaking water mains?I am no stranger to this type of culture of inaction in my hydrophilic country, but it is stifling to absorb the hypocrisy and even animosity that some in the corporate arena develop when the public media is engaged in such matters, which invariably expose their apparent slighting attitudes or incompetence.The people at GWI may, again, be unhappy with this missive, notwithstanding their untimeliness in addressing my report of the leakage. If acted upon, the entity will undoubtedly avert the unnecessary spending of hundreds of thousands of dollars in water wastage, as well as restore full water pressure to consumers in the affected areas.Some other time I will address the issue of that orange-ish-brown colour of the water, which permanently stains everything it comes into contact with, from linens to toilets and sanitary ware. GWI is lucky to be operating in a country where persons do not actively sue for damages.Yours faithfully,Orette Cuttinglast_img read more


Winston Ireland Insists He’s Still Chess Federation President

first_imgMr. Ireland vows to ensure that what is done illegally is not done at all Informs Youth & Sports Minister about ‘illegal but failed attempt by group to remove’ him; announces the suspension of 10 membersIt is now clear that the future development of chess under the Liberia Chess Federation is not going to go smoothly because Mr. Winston Ireland who was elected to lead the federation on January 6 and was recently removed by some members, has declared the decision against him as ‘unconstitutional and illegal.’“I am still president of the Liberia Chess Federation,” Ireland told the Daily Observer in an interview yesterday in Monrovia. “Because the twelve persons involved violated Articles 8, 10 (a, and b) and articles 11 and 13 willfully and knowingly without regard for the Liberia Chess Federation’s Constitution we have taken action against them.”Ireland displayed an announcement on a Liberia Chess Federation letterhead that he was the only signatory and with copies to the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Press Union of Liberia and the Ministry of Justice announcing the expulsion of ten members of the LCF.According to the release, those he announced “suspended for time indefinite” are Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., Kemo Sambola, Jr., John Jallah Jr., Thomas Karyah and William Thompson, Christian Brownell, Richmond Yakpa, Clarence Buigo, Ivan Cholopray and Jacob Jallah.Also in a letter dated March 22, and signed by Winston K. Ireland as president of the LCF, Omar Issa, vice president and Lewellyn E. Brent as treasure, and addressed to Youth and Sports Minister D. Zeogar Wilson, Ireland told the minister how unfortunate that “while we the legitimately elected officials have been engaged in lifting the Liberia Chess Federation up from the state it was in when we were elected, some members have refused to accept the fact that an election was held and new officials have been given the mandate to lead the institution.”Ireland said, “Since we were elected on January 6, 2017, nothing has been turned over (to my administration by the previous leadership) except a USD account and an LD account both of which were in the negative.”He explained the previous administration received USD20, 000 from the Liberian government and US$22,000 from sponsors (he did not name them), that is yet to be accounted for. He said the entire General Assembly members of the Liberia Chess Federation rejected the previous administration’s financial report without explanation on the amounts mentioned above.“Since Kemo Sambola, the financial secretary of the previous administration was taking forever to present a proper and detailed financial report to the body, thereby further delaying the federation’s general elections, we decided to go ahead with the elections and give Mr. Sambola time to live up to his promise to deliver the report,” he said.Then, he said about two weeks’ ago, media houses have been broadcasting and publishing false and misleading information to the general public damaging the image of the Liberia Chess Federation and the characters of its officials.“On March 15,” he told Minister Wilson that Kemo Sambola, Thomas Karyah, John Jallah and William Thompson illegally obtained and used the federation’s letterhead to circulate false and misleading information about the federation and the leadership.He quoted LCF’s article 8 concerning its general assembly that states that “The General Assembly of the LCF shall comprise of (i) all officials of the LCF,” in which in the recent case to remove him did not include the elected president, vice president, and treasurer.Ireland said, quoting Article 1 3 on the powers and duties of officers that it is the president that has the power and responsibility to preside over the LCF’s Executive Council and the General Assembly.“In the second instance, it is the vice president who presides over meetings in the absence of the president and the vice president is the second in line of succession in the event the president is incapacitated or removed from office by the General Assembly.He told Minister Wilson that what transpired on March 15 with the gathering of some members to have a vote of no confidence in him is “unconstitutional and illegal.” Hence, he said “in our most recent LCF official meeting on Sunday, March 18, it was decided that those that organized that illegal program to unlawfully oust the legitimately elected official will be suspended for time indefinite pending a proper investigation of a board of inquiry that will be formed and constituted during the next General Assembly.“We can assure you, Minister (Wilson) that no stone will be left unturned to get to the bottom of this evil move to stop the decentralization of chess in Liberia. We are taking chess throughout the country,” he said.Though chess, according to a preamble to the LCF’s Constitution, “can be used to develop the human mind, enhance literacy and cognitive skills and promote community and national peace,” what is happening in the leadership does not portray the ideals in the preamble.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


GTT, the new face of Guyana Amazon Warriors

first_img‒ signs signature sponsorship deal with teamBy Akeem GreeneGuyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) is now the signature sponsor of the Guyana Amazon Warriors for the fifth edition of the gala Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).This was disclosed by GTT’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Justin Nedd yesterday while speaking at a festive ceremony held at the Presidential Suit of the National Stadium, Providence.“Our sponsorship of the Amazon Warriors is an expression of GTT’s understanding of the Guyanese heart and passion for sport especially cricket.”, the CEO stated.While there was no disclosure on a cost of the sponsorship, the agreement is expected to see the company have the main branding rights for the team as they seek to improve spectators’ experiences at the Stadium.“GTT and the Guyana Amazon Warriors will blaze the stands and the grass mound on match days in full party mode. We want everyone to embrace what it means to be an Amazon Warrior”, Nedd added.The CEO also disclosed their “Future Amazon Warrior” in 15 year-old Berbician Seon Glasgow. GTT will immediately provide full sponsorship for his participation in the Sir Garfield Sobers Schools Tournament in Barbados in July.Glasgow has been selected to be part of the Electra Sports Academy that will be representing Guyana at the tournament.“We will also pursue Seon’s training with the Guyana Amazon Warriors team here in July in preparation for the CPL Games in August,” Need disclosed.Likewise, Amazon Warriors, Marketing and Media Officer and Assistant Operations Manager, John Ramsingh revealed that the partnership with GTT would provide more hype among other things. “Our partnership with GTT is aimed at providing more information, more hype, more opportunities to get a chance to see these matches live and even a chance to interact in person with the International, Regional and your own local players”.GTT’s CEO Justin Nedd signing a ceremonial bat in the presence of Amazon Warriors Ashmine Jailall (Carl Crooker Photo)Director of Sport Christopher Jones was most enthused about the proceedings since it exemplifies his contention that “government and government alone cannot undertake the development of sport since corporate support is needed.”Jones congratulated GTT on the venture and assured that there is willingness to lend whatever support is needed to make the Amazon Warriors successful.The company also unveiled, the “Amazon Warriors Song”, which is a musical collaboration between two local music stars Calvin Burnett and Drew Thoven.The league will run from August 4 to September 9 and the Warriors will have four home games during the period of August 17 to 22. The Warriors have been one of the most consistent teams in the league reaching three of the four finals to date.The Warriors have six newcomers in their squad with Afghanistan leg spinning sensation Rashid Khan heading the list that includes destructive Jamaican wicket-keeper/batsman Chadwick Walton who played for the Tallawahs in the last four seasons.Big-hitting ICC Americas opener Steven Taylor will also suit up for the Warriors, along with Barbados all-rounder Roshon Primus and the Guyanese pair, batsman Gajanand Singh and fast bowler Keon Joseph, who was a replacement to Ronsford Beaton in the 2013 squad but did not play a match.The retained players are Pakistani all-rounder Sohail Tanvir, New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, Australian middle-order batsman Chris Lynn, Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Rayad Emrit, Trinidad and Tobago batsman Jason Mohammed, Guyanese trio Veerasammy Permaul, Assad Fudadin and Steven Jacobs and Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper/batsman Steven Katwaroo.The finals of the tournament will take place at the new Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago from September 5 to 9.last_img read more


THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT THE DONEGAL BUSINESS SHOWCASE

first_imgAndrew McElhinney of O’Donnell’s Bakery, just one of the many businesses booked to exhibit at tomorrow’s Doing Business in Donegal showcase and trade fair in the Mount Errigal hotel.Gifts, candy, crafts and lots more besides will be on offer to the public tomorrow (FRI) in the Mount Errigal Hotel from 12 noon to 5pm, when seventy local businesses come together for a fantastic Doing Business in Donegal showcase hosted by Donegal’s Local Enterprise Office.Friday’s event – which is free – is just the latest Doing Business in Donegal showcase, building on a very successful trade-only event held just before last Christmas.“We had a similar number of businesses taking part last year in the event at the Clanree Hotel where the emphasis was on networking, but this year the event is open to the public as well from noon until 5pm,” Michael Tunney, Head of Local Enterprise, explained. He added that the seventy businesses fortunate to be allocated space for Friday’s Showcase, represent a wide range of sectors in Donegal and, he said, the variety on offer means there will be something there to suit everyone.“The businesses who are exhibiting is representative of many of the small and medium local enterprises that exist in Donegal. There will be 70 stands with food, gifts, sweets, crafts, books etc on sale, but there will also be services too like photography, marketing, graphic design, PR, health and fitness and more.Other stands will be of interest to those looking for services for house and home and will feature such areas as construction, insulation, showers, gates and stairs etc.”With only weeks to go now until Christmas, Friday’s showcase could be the place to find that perfect gift, but more than simply a Christmas gift fair it will also have an extensive range of commercial services on offer to members of the public or indeed to other businesses who can pop along on the day. “The great thing about Friday’s showcase is the variety that will be there because it means whether you are looking for gifts or vouchers, advice or information, or if you simply want to browse and meet some of the county’s entrepreneurs and business people in a warm and friendly environment, then it ticks all the boxes.”The Doing Business in Donegal Showcase will take place in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Friday, November 28 with free admission and doors open to the public from 12 noon until 5pm.  THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT THE DONEGAL BUSINESS SHOWCASE was last modified: November 27th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalDonegal Business ShowcaseletterkennyMount Errigal Hotellast_img read more


Replay system failed on game’s big stage

first_img The Rose Bowl replay system, like most of those used in college, differs from the NFL. Instead of challenges being brought by coaches, as in the NFL, plays are reviewed at the behest of officials in the replay booth above the press box. There are three men upstairs a replay official, an assistant and a technician who watch the television feed from ABC on monitors as well as the video board in the stadium. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Rose Bowl used a replay system to review questionable calls for the first time Wednesday, but pardon USC if it wouldn’t mind putting the system under further review. The Trojans lost a turnover on one reversal, were deprived of a turnover on a play that was upheld, and then wondered who was asleep in the replay booth when a Texas touchdown wasn’t even reviewed. No wonder USC coach Pete Carroll chose to play without instant replay against Notre Dame. Texas was awarded an interception, correctly, by the Big Ten crew when a replay showed that safety Michael Griffin had indeed gotten a foot down inbounds in the end zone. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson But the Trojans had a right to gripe moments later when a Texas touchdown by Selvin Young was not reviewed despite replays showing that quarterback Vince Young’s knee had touched down at the 12-yard line before he pitched the ball to Selvin Young. There was also question of whether the pitch, which occurred past the line of scrimmage, was a forward pass. The two plays came in the second quarter with USC leading 7-3. The replay the Trojans wanted overturned came in the fourth quarter, when Vince Young threw a pass over the middle to Jamaal Charles, who caught the ball with both feet on the ground a split second before he was hit. But he didn’t make “a football move” before he was hit and the ball knocked loose. Two officials hesitated before ruling the play an incomplete pass. After the play was reviewed upstairs the ruling on the field was upheld. In all, five plays were reviewed, including two that were upheld in favor of the Trojans: a 12-yard catch by Steve Smith and a 26-yard touchdown run by Reggie Bush in which he was determined to have stayed in bounds. last_img read more


Man appears in court charged in connection with theft of 35 lambs

first_imgA carer has appeared in court charged in connection with the theft of 35 lambs.John McBride appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal charged in connection with the theft of the animals. McBride, of 11 Firmount, Milford, was arrested on Wednesday, September 5th and taken to Milford Garda station for questioning.The value of the lambs allegedly stolen from lands at Carrownagannonagh, Milford is €2,100 by Garda Enda Jennings.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Galagher, indicated that there would be a plea in the case.He said he was keen to have the animals returned to their rightful owner, Mr Michael Cullen.“Because of the nature of the product there is a cost fact in feeding them,” said Mr Gallagher.He said he was applying for legal aid in the case as Mr McBride, aged 47, was a carer and his only form of income was social welfare.He asked Judge Paul Kelly to adjourn the case until October 17th to allow time for the tag numbers of the lambs to be sorted out and to go through other matters.Man appears in court charged in connection with theft of 35 lambs was last modified: September 7th, 2018 by StephenShare 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:courtdonegalJohn McBridelambsMilfordtheftlast_img read more


Raiders straight talk: A realistic look at playoff aspirations

first_imgALAMEDA — If the Raiders beat the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Lambeau Field, the pipe dream becomes real.Whether they make the playoffs or not, getting to 4-2 with three straight wins far from home against teams that are postseason worthy would stamp Jon Gruden’s team as playoff contenders.Granted, we’re not even at midseason, but the AFC has already begun to take shape in terms of who can play and who can’t. And it appears there are at least seven teams whose record and play has made it …last_img


Crooked Scientists Get Rehab

first_imgFor those who trust scientists, it may come as a shock that some bad apples are getting rehab.Violations of scientific ethics have skyrocketed over the last decade.  Plagiarism, falsifying data, outright fraud – these and other examples of ethical breaches have produced some notable scandals.  What should be done?  Nature on January 8 reported about a new program to rehabilitate the bad apples:With the rapid growth of misconduct cases, some scientists are worried that preventative training in research ethics might not be enough. Nor will it be possible simply to dismiss all violators from science. Scientific rehabilitation, they say, will have to become a necessary tool for research-integrity offices.This seems to be a new problem.  The US Office of Research Integrity received double the complaints from 2011 last year.  Why is that?  It’s another question, not addressed in the article.  The focus is on whether rehab works, and whether bad scientists deserve a second chance.The hero of the article is James Dubois (Saint Louis University), who is trying to make saints out of sinners with his nifty RePAIR program (Restoring Professionalism and Integrity in Research). “We believe that if we can equip them with certain skills, they can return to the field as very productive individuals,” he said.  Through information, informal discussions and management programs, he processes his students and funnels them back into the mainstream with a certificate of completion to potentially fool their managers.No conflict of interest there.  Dubois’ program has a $500,000 grant behind it from the National Institutes of Health, and Dubois charges $3,000 per penitent.  Let’s hope when Dubois teaches about “self-serving biases” on day one, he does it righteously.  A program like this might have more credibility if it were taught by a volunteer or a respected clergyman known for his integrity.For more articles on scientific misconduct, search on “fraud” or peruse the category “Politics and Ethics”.We hope rehab works with some, but isn’t it just like liberals to prefer rehab over punishment?  Some of Dubois’ inmates may have misappropriated thousands of taxpayer dollars, ruined others’ reputations, or garnered fame from fraud.  Dubois believes the really bad apples are only 10-15% of the ones caught.  “There there, Dr. Liar, let’s just have a group chat session to see why you committed that crime.  You couldn’t help it; it was your selfish genes.  Darwin made you do it.”What these scientists need is repentance and conversion.  Give skills to a crook, and you make him a more skillful crook.  Some of the graduates of RePAIR could easily fake penitence then take the information they gathered back to the lab, having learned how better to avoid getting caught.  Without a genuine change of heart, why not?  Dubois is not teaching repentance.  He seems to be building self-esteem.This story underscores the need for righteousness in science.  As with any other field of human endeavor, science cannot work without honest practitioners.  You cannot trust any conclusion from a scientific enterprise that condones (or doesn’t recognize) unethical behavior.  Science requires honesty and integrity—eternal values that cannot evolve.  There’s only one world view that can defend a foundation for true ethical behavior; the Judeo-Christian world view. (Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


SA passport made more secure

first_imgSecurity measures similar to this Canadian passport will now be used to make the South African passport safer. (Image: Security-int)Khanyi MagubaneAs part of the Department of Home Affairs’ turnaround strategy, from 8 April 2009 South Africans applying for a passport will receive a document with improved security features, making it more difficult to forge.Talking to the media on 2 April, Department of Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said the document will see a significant improvement in the security of the South African passport.“One of the major differences between the old and new passport is the pure polycarbonate data page that replaces the current security paper data page with its overlay film.“Personal data will in future be laser-engraved into the data page instead of being printed on the overlay film,” she said.The introduction of the new document is part of a strategy to overhaul the department’s system, with the emphasis on increased efficiency and security.In addition, the department intends on dealing with the backlog challenges, which is currently slowing down the issuing of birth, marriage and death certificates.According to Mapisa-Nqakula, the home affairs team is hard at work in dealing with the influx of refugees.“Another area in which huge improvements are balanced by remaining challenges is the issue of refugees.“Despite the far-reaching improvements we have made to our processes, the fact is that our systems were not designed to deal with the number of people entering our country at the moment,” the minister said.Mapisa-Nqakula said with the help of the new online verification system, when passports are produced at immigration points, the fingerprints that appear on them would be checked against those that appear on the online system to verify its authenticity.To this end, the department is expected to open the Tshwane Interim Refugee Reception center during April.Heeding an international callOne of the main contributing factors that prompted the department to make the move towards a new, safer passport was the high number of fraudulent South African passports being used to enter countries abroad.In the United Kingdom, the situation deteriorated to a point where that country’s government enforced a visa requirement for South African visitors to the country, who previously did not need one.A statement issued by the British High Commission highlighted its concern at the ease with which illegal South African passports were being made available.“[It is a] big concern and an unacceptable threat to the United Kingdom’s borders with regards to illegal migration and national security.”Since the beginning of March, all South Africans without a previous UK stamp in their passports are required to obtain a visitor’s visa from the UK High Commission. This system will be in place until the issue of fraudulent South African passports is reviewed at a later stage.The holiday visa will now cost South Africans R991 (£65). A transit visa will cost R686 (£45).Despite home affairs’ new passport regulations, the UK government says the updated documents will not necessarily change their minds about the visas.“We are very happy with the steps the South African government is taking to improve its passport but it doesn’t mean that the visa requirements will be reconsidered soon,” said Russ Dixon, the spokesperson for the British High Commission.  Dixon says the waiver to the visa requirement would be considered only at a later stage.Mapisa-Nqakula agreed that their negotiations with the British government were ongoing, “We talk continuously with the British government and have a good relationship.”She said with the help of the new online verification system, when passports are produced at immigration points, the fingerprints that appear on them would be checked against those that appear on the online system to ensure a match.Meanwhile, the department’s counter-corruption unit will continue to work in partnership with the South African Police Service and National Intelligence Agency to identify staff members within the department involved in corruption and fraud.So far, 66 home affairs officials were arrested and a further 18 suspended on allegations of fraud during the 2008/2009 financial year.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.com Related articlesUK promises visa flexibilityUnivisa for SA tourists Expats allowed to vote overseas  Useful linksDepartment of Home AffairsBritish high commissionlast_img read more