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Webster welcomes Adams appointment as new Director of cricket

first_imgST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Sports psychologist Dr Rudi Webster has welcomed the appointment of former West Indies cricketer Jimmy Adams as the region’s new Director of Cricket.Adams, who represented West Indies as player and captain during his career, replaces Englishman Richard Pybus who did not seek to renew his contract.The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has yet to officially announce the appointment but media reports in the region also say former Australian cricketer Stuart Law has been appointed to fill the position left vacant by Phil Simmons who was fired in September.Speaking on the regional television programme Big Bang Sports, Webster, who has worked with the West Indies cricket team, blasted Pybus as a “total disaster” and applauded the appointment of Adams as one that would “make a difference”.“Well, I am extremely pleased that Pybus is no longer with us. He was a total disaster and he has done more harm to West Indies cricket and there is only one other person who has done more harm to the game and that is (Dave) Cameron, the current president,” Dr Webster told Big Bang Sports.“I am really happy that Jimmy Adams will take over the post of Director of Cricket. I think he should make a difference.“Stuart Law has been around for a while, I do not know too much about him but what I hear from the grape vine is that he is not a bad coach. So I think that is the first step in the right direction.”The decision to fill the two positions were reportedly taken at the weekend at the WICB’s final quarterly meeting which took place in St Maarten.Dr Webster, meantime, has repeated calls for Cameron to step down as WICB president.The embattled Jamaican sports administrator has come in for widespread criticism for his role in ongoing conflicts between the WICB and regional cricketers.Dr Webster has blasted Cameron as the “worst president” and says the effect of Adams and Law on regional cricket will be limited if Cameron refuses to step down.“But it is not enough. I think that the president of the West Indies Cricket board must go and they must be structural reform of the board if we are to progress.“Dave Cameron is by far the worst president that I have ever seen in those 50 years. It is not even a close call,” said Webster, whose 50-year involvement in sports also includes basketball, soccer, motor racing, golf and Australian football.“The point I am making is that it does not matter if Adams comes in or Stuart Law comes in, if there is not a change in the attitude of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) at the very top and a change in the attitude of the directors who control and manage the game, I think that the input from these two gentlemen will be very, very limited.”last_img read more

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Marshall next for UW

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoIf there were any questions about the Badgers’ offensive attack heading into the season, running back P.J. Hill made sure they were answered in the University of Wisconsin’s victory over Akron. This weekend, the secondary will hope to do the same.In Wisconsin’s 38-17 season-opening win Saturday, the Badgers’ inexperienced defensive backs did little to quell fears that the group would be a weak link this season. With a game under their belts though, the unit will look to put any questions to rest when Marshall comes to Camp Randall Stadium.“I feel like we still have a lot to work on,” sophomore cornerback Niles Brinkley said. “I’m not saying we’re bad, but we’ve got a lot to work on and improve on.”The Badgers surrendered 227 yards through the air against the Zips, and had it not been for a couple of missed throws and dropped passes, that total could have been significantly higher.“[Against Akron] there’s three or four plays where the ball was over our head, and there were two drops, two over-throws, and those situations can happen,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “A lot of times with [first-year secondary players] that’s the hardest thing they go through.”Wisconsin’s lack of experienced defensive backs was no secret heading into the season, and the team expects opponents to test the secondary all year long.“I think all the teams we play are going to go after us,” Brinkley game. “Since we’re so young, I think they’re going to go after us a lot.”Now with a little more playing experience, the Badgers’ youthful defensive backs know what it is going to take to keep other teams from attacking them.“It’s our keys and staying focused every single play,” freshman Mario Goins said. “Our ability is there. We just have to stay focused.”Goins made his first career start against Akron while Brinkley, who saw plenty of time against the Zips, has never started a game.When the Thundering Herd comes to town this weekend though, Goins and Brinkley believe they’ll be ready for whatever is thrown at them.“They’re definitely going to attack us,” Goins said. “We just got to do a good job of staying focused, and they can come after us all they like.”If the secondary can improve on last week’s performance it might be a long game for Marshall (1-0), who soundly beat FCS opponent Illinois State in its season opener. However, Marshall finished last season with a 3-9 record.On paper, the Herd appears to be over-matched. The Badgers (1-0) jumped to No. 11 in the polls after they cruised to a season-opening win and their 15th consecutive home victory.Though Marshall will not be overlooked by Wisconsin, UW will still be expected to overpower its opponent, especially on the ground.The Herd held the Redbirds to under 100 yards on the ground last weekend, but the Badgers, who ran for over 400 yards against the Zips, will likely continue with its run-heavy offense in their second game.“A little bit is what we do, but a little bit will also be dictated off of what our opponents try to do in defending those type of situations,” Bielema said of the game plan. “But I would say that we’ll run the football until someone says we can’t.”Hill rushed for over 200 yards against Akron while Zack Brown and John Clay also contributed solid performances.“In conjunction with the talent that we have at running back, you just naturally feel that you should be able to do certain things in the running game,” Bielema said.Marshall will bring its own solid running game to the contest Saturday. Sophomore Darius Marshall ran for 115 yards in the season opener and will be a focus for the Wisconsin defense.“[Marshall] is extremely talented, a guy that, going into his second year now, is seasoned and really has a good feel for the game,” Bielema said. “He really got better as the game wore on.”Last week the Wisconsin defense did a good job against the run, holding Akron to just 70 rushing yards. If the Badgers can turn in the same kind of effort this weekend, it will be tough for MU to pull of the upset.Marshall will be Wisconsin’s last chance to tune up before the team travels to play a difficult and ranked Fresno State team before starting conference play.last_img read more

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D’Abbraccio: Syracuse offense, opponent show why 23-point victory over Wake Forest should be taken in moderation

first_imgWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Let’s not get crazy here.To put it frankly, Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) hit the road and embarrassed Wake Forest (2-5, 0-3) 30-7 on Saturday, snapping a four-game losing streak in the process. SU did a lot of things right on both sides of the ball and starting the second half of the season 1-0 is worth something.“It was a must-win,” left tackle Sean Hickey said adamantly. “One hundred percent a must-win. If we’d have lost — I don’t know. But it was a must-win and we got it.”Yet Wake Forest is — almost admittedly — not an accurate model to go up against, so let’s not put too much stock in the blowout.SU and Wake Forest have to play each other every year and a 23-point victory indicates how well-prepared the Orange was for Saturday’s game. But it should be clear that the Demon Deacons are not the type of opponent you can turn your season around against.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Today is as disappointed as I’ve been,” WFU head coach Dave Clawson said after the game. “We are in the first step of building the program.“… We are seven games into the season and our longest play is 36 yards. We do not have skilled players to make explosive plays to take the pressure off the offense to execute perfectly.”Leading up to the game, Syracuse defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough alluded to Wake Forest’s rebuilding process and head coach Scott Shafer pointed to the bye week — the bye week — as a reason to expect a tough offensive game plan from WFU.The Demon Deacons were barely an admirable opponent when they brought their established offensive weapons, four-year starter Tanner Price and slot machine Michael Campanaro, to the Carrier Dome last year.Price completed just 41 percent of his passes and took three sacks, Campanaro left with a season-ending broken collarbone and SU won an ugly, ugly game, 13-0.This time around, WFU came in ranked dead last in yards per game in the country and averaged 31 rushing yards a contest.Riley Dixon topped that mark with his 42-yard scramble against then-No. 8 Notre Dame on Sept. 27.For a team that squeezed five takeaways out of the Fighting Irish, anything less than a turnover-filled destruction of Wake Forest would’ve been a drop-off for the consistent Orange defense.Still, the Syracuse defense can’t carry this team to a bowl game if the Syracuse offense continues to shoot itself in the foot in the red zone. The penalties inside the 20 have to stop at some point, right?If not for the Orange’s two defensive scores against Wake Forest, we might’ve had to hear Shafer again tell us that the reason for SU’s red-zone struggles is, too simply, not getting the ball over the goal line. We’ve heard that one too many times.Three field goals in your first four red-zone trips doesn’t cut it, and you can’t bank on your defense to score two touchdowns against Clemson next weekend or down the road. Fortunately for the Orange, that insurance worked against Wake Forest.“The past four weeks, we haven’t been the best team,” quarterback AJ Long said. “We haven’t put together a whole game. Today, thankfully we were able to put a game together enough that we could win. But we still have to do better than this.”I agree. So now go back down to the Carolinas next weekend and beat a real opponent.Phil D’Abbraccio is an assistant sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at pmdabbra@syr.edu or at @PhilDAbb. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 20, 2014 at 12:29 amlast_img read more

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D.O. Sportscast: KJ Edelman explains reporting process of Syracuse’s win over No. 1 Nebraska

first_img Published on October 1, 2019 at 7:45 pm Comments Sports editor KJ Edelman wrote ‘Perfect Storm’ on the 35th anniversary of Syracuse football’s upset of No. 1 Nebraska this past Sunday. He comes onto the D.O. Sportscast to discuss his story and what else he learned from interviewing various fans and players from that 1984 Syracuse football squad.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

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gianDK banned from joinDOTA League for matchfixing

first_imgJose GianMarco Durand Cornejo, known in the world of Dota 2 as gianDK, has been banned from all joinDOTA and Freaks 4U Gaming events for two years from March 23rd. An investigation went underway by joinDOTA following a match between Thunder Awaken and MORTY on the second day of the joinDOTA League Season 12 America Division 1. The matchfixing suspicion came to life when Ian Smith, Commissioner of ESIC contacted the Dota 2 platform regarding the second game between the teams.Jose GianMarco Durand Cornejo said the following after the decision was reached: “I did this big mistake, I acted by myself and I am actually very sorry to let down my team mates. No-one else is involved but me, I feel very sorry.”gianDK admitted to matchfixing, and instead of his whole team being penalized, he confessed to acting on his own. Despite his teammates not being involved in the act, the team has been disqualified from Season 12 and will be moved into the Starter Division next season.Thunder Awaken also left a statement: “The player “gianDK” is no longer a member of the team because news and messages arrived indicating that this player “matchfixed” in other types of tournaments and competitions. In short, the player gianDK betrayed the integrity and confidence of our organization after participating in a “match-fixing” on February 23 this year against the Morty team. We as an organization were not aware of this act, but until the administrators of jDL contact us to inform us about it. Our organization does not support this type of actions, and we hope that said player receives the corresponding sanction.”joinDOTA also commented: “joinDOTA strives to provide the community with a platform where fair competition is held in high regard. Accordingly, we have zero tolerance for behaviour that undermines these values. We are disheartened whenever match-fixing allegations are made, but even more so when they turn out to be true. We would like to thank ESIC, who first brought this matter to us and helped us thoroughly investigate it.”Not only is the player illegible to play in the aforementioned leagues, he’s banned from all ESIC member events for the same time period.Here’s what ESIC had to say about the incident: “We are grateful to the betting operator members of our suspicious betting alert network for bringing this case to our attention and helping us with our investigation once we had made contact with joinDOTA and F4u. We are also, of course, grateful to the guys at jDL for taking the matter seriously and dealing with professionally.“Match-fixing in an esports event undermines the credibility of the whole industry and we must continue to strive to maintain integrity so that the community is not short-changed by people like gianDK. In solidarity with jDL and F4U and because the evidence we gathered in the course of this investigation was so compelling, we will be asking all ESIC members to honour the 2 year ban imposed on gianDK.”Esports Insider says: Hopefully this is makes for another strong message to encourage players across all esports titles that matchfixing should never be a viable option, and that it’ll only be a detriment to your gaming career in the long-term.last_img read more

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“Represent Ghana with pride to win AFCON”- Herve Renard tells Black Stars

first_img2-time AFCON winning coach, Herve Renard, says if Ghana will win another AFCON title, then the national team’s players will have to play with pride and love for the country and give everything.Renard believes that this is the only Ghana way will end its AFCON trophy drought which has been in existence since 1982.The Frenchman was with the Black Stars team in 2008 as they reached the semi-finals of that year’s tournament but he went one better and he won the competition with Zambia in 2012 (beating Ghana in the semis) and Cote d’Ivoire in 2015 (going past the Black Stars in a penalty shootout).In an interview with TV3’s Juliet Bawuah on Saturday May16, Renard gave some insight into how Ghana could join the likes of Cote d’Ivoire, Zambia and Algeria in the circle of AFCON winners in recent years.“I think Ghana is not far from winning an AFCON title but the players must play for the Ghanaian flag.They have to be proud of their country. They need to imagine the number of people who stop their regular lives to watch them play either at home or away. This is because in Africa, football is a passion and the team must play for the people.When I won the AFCON with Zambia, people kept telling me that the team had placed Zambia on the map. It was strange hearing this but I realised how important it was for the fans.They were so proud of the feat and it was will be the same thing for Ghana. This is how to bring a team together to win the AFCON.”Ever since losing the final in 1992 to Cote d’Ivoire has made two AFCON finals in 2010 and 2015 but failed to win the trophy after losing 1-0 to Egypt in the 2010 tournament in Angola and 8-7 on penalties to Cote d’Ivoire in the tournament hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.last_img read more

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Black Stars’ dead-ball expert Mubarak Wakaso reaches double figures

first_imgThree years after getting his senior national team debut, Mubarak Wakaso has established himself as a goal scorer.The speedy midfielder is almost a like-for-like swap for the iced Sulley Muntari in terms of style and character. And now, the La Liga-based player has hit double figures for Ghana.His swinging strike for the Black Stars on Tuesday moved him to 11 goals in national colours – and he’s earned it.The goal was the first in a 2-0 win over Comoros in a 2018 World Cup second round second leg qualifier. And it was the sort he has become known for in his three years with the side – long rangers and piledrivers that leave ‘keepers rooted.Fans in Kumasi celebrated his goal as he pumped his chest with feeling, indicating how far he has come since marking his debut in October 2012.It’s been 39 games, but after Wakaso scored his first Ghana goal in a friendly against Cape Verde in November 2012, it’s been passionate performances galore. Of note in his national career is how he top-scored for Ghana at the 2013 Afcon with four goals. In fact, he was joint-top scorer in the tournament with Nigeria’s Emmanuel Emenike.–last_img read more

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DNR reports heavy rains led to releases from wasterwater plants, livestock facilities

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported multiple discharges from sewage treatment plants and livestock facilities in recent days as systems got overwhelmed by large amounts of rain.The DNR’s Scott Wilson says livestock facilities have struggled to handle the manure all spring. “Because of the wet weather, just bad farm conditions, ground conditions, and so right now with the extra rains they are full. Some have been overflowing,” Wilson says. “For some that’s a permit-allowable thing — for others it’s not.”He says the DNR tries to help producers address the issue before it becomes a problem. “Yeah, we do like to talk to facilities about options for transferring manure, holding manure, putting it out on fields that are potentially full — but it buys us some time to let manure flow across fields,” Wilson says.Wilson says there is not set rule or plan that can be used for every situation. “It really is very specific to each facility,” he says, “which is one of the reasons why we always like to asked people to call us when they are anticipating a problem, or they discover that they’ve already got a problem.”The DNR had more than 70 reports of city sewage treatment plants discharging after having trouble handling the large volumes of water. “Sometimes those discharges that are being reported are coming from the wastewater treatment plants themselves. Where the treatment plant is getting influent that exceeds what they can handle,” according to Wilson. “It also is sometimes in what we call the collection system.”Problems in the collection system include pipes that get plugged or overwhelmed with water. He says some systems still have sump pumps connected to them from houses and that additional water can overwhelm a plant. Wilson says they issue a warning to let the public know there might be sewage in the waterways.“It’s the kind of thing for at least for the days which it is occurring and a few after — you’d want to be wary. There is potential for pathogens to be in the water. And also because of a flooding situation there’s other safety hazards in the water too, floating debris, force of the water moving,” Wilson says. He says the risk is a different for the animal manure that’s released from storage. But, he says there have been no reports of dead fish or other aquatic life.Wilson says the immense volume of water helps dilute the risk. “When you have flooding situations, you do end up with a lot of dilution. That’s not an excuse to allow pollution — but it does frankly help out in this situation,” he explains. “Where you don’t see the impact that you might see otherwise if the wasterwater was going directly into a stream that was at low flow or normal flow.”Wilson says livestock facilities that are discharging or expecting to discharge should contact their local DNR field office After hours, facilities can call the DNR emergency spill line at 515-725-8694. The DNR website has more information about spill reporting requirements.last_img read more

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Grambling State University to Host 2019 and 2020 NAIA Championships

first_imgThe National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that Grambling State University will host the 2019 and 2020 Football National Championships at the historic Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium.Historically, the event draws student-athletes, fans and media personnel to host cities; and includes broadcasts to ESPN3 and regional networks throughout the country, according to a news release on Monday, Dec. 3.“The Grambling State University campus is synonymous with both football and academic achievement,” Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO, said in the news release.“We are grateful to add a host city with this incredibly rich legacy to our list of partners,” Carr said.Formerly held in Daytona Beach, Florida, the mid-December game is expected to generate more than $1 million in economic impact to North Louisiana, officials said in the release.“From homecoming to Bayou Classic, our team has proven time and again that we’re one of the best at delivering game and fan experiences,” said Marc Newman, Vice President for Advancement, Research, and Economic Development at Grambling State.“We are working to leverage that reputation to move our University and City ahead and are excited to have NAIA join us as partners in that effort,” Newman said.The 2019 and 2020 host opportunities are a result of the continued work of the Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau in partnership Grambling State University and the City of Grambling to better collaborate with local hotels, transportation providers, and businesses to drive growth.“This selection is a major accomplishment for our area,” said Travis Napper, President and CEO of the Ruston-Lincoln CVB. “Each major event adds value for the citizens, businesses, and the students who call Lincoln Parish home.”Edward Jones, who’s mayor of the city of Grambling, said officials couldn’t be more excited about hosting NAIA and the students and athletes.“They will get to experience the town and culture that has produced hundreds of football legends,” Jones said.@StacyBrownMedia,The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that Grambling State University will host the 2019 and 2020 Football National Championships at the historic Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium.Historically, the event draws student-athletes, fans and media personnel to host cities; and includes broadcasts to ESPN3 and regional networks throughout the country, according to a news release on Monday, Dec. 3.“The Grambling State University campus is synonymous with both football and academic achievement,” Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO, said in the news release.“We are grateful to add a host city with this incredibly rich legacy to our list of partners,” Carr said.Formerly held in Daytona Beach, Florida, the mid-December game is expected to generate more than $1 million in economic impact to North Louisiana, officials said in the release.“From homecoming to Bayou Classic, our team has proven time and again that we’re one of the best at delivering game and fan experiences,” said Marc Newman, Vice President for Advancement, Research, and Economic Development at Grambling State.“We are working to leverage that reputation to move our University and City ahead and are excited to have NAIA join us as partners in that effort,” Newman said.The 2019 and 2020 host opportunities are a result of the continued work of the Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau in partnership Grambling State University and the City of Grambling to better collaborate with local hotels, transportation providers, and businesses to drive growth.“This selection is a major accomplishment for our area,” said Travis Napper, President and CEO of the Ruston-Lincoln CVB. “Each major event adds value for the citizens, businesses, and the students who call Lincoln Parish home.”Edward Jones, who’s mayor of the city of Grambling, said officials couldn’t be more excited about hosting NAIA and the students and athletes.“They will get to experience the town and culture that has produced hundreds of football legends,” Jones said.@StacyBrownMedia Photo: Courtesy Grambling State Universitylast_img read more

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Downtown Olympia’s May 16 ‘Third Thursday’ Friends Night Out Supports Community…

first_imgFacebook35Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Downtown AllianceDowntown Olympia’s Third Thursdays are a community celebration of local culture, art, food, music, and unique shopping experiences. Whether you make it a date night, a fun outing with friends or a family adventure, there is so much to discover in our vibrant community.The summer Third Thursdays — May through September — will include block parties featuring live music and beverages from Northwest Beerwerks. The May 16 block party, located in the US Bank parking lot on the corner of 4th and Washington, will run from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will open with music by Lakota Dorris, followed by Broadway Olympia Productions and New Born Babies. Our Table is the featured restaurant at the party and they’ll be serving up fresh food sourced from local farms.Unique to the May 16 Third Thursday is the Friends Night Out fundraiser. Purchase a $15 passport and then visit the list of participating businesses who will stamp your passport and give you a unique gift. Proceeds from the sale of the passports will go to Community Youth Services, a nonprofit located downtown Olympia that provides an array of services to help a wide range of youth: those in foster care, those who need help finishing their educations or getting a job or finding a safe place to live, and those seeking meaningful ways to connect with society in a positive way.Purchase passports online or on May 16 at the Olympia Downtown Alliance booth — set up from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. — in the US Bank parking lot located with the list of participating businesses and a special event bag the Olympia Downtown Alliance information booth. Every “Passport” also comes with a raffle entry for a prize package of gift certificates of participating retailers. Shoppers can earn more tickets with purchases at participating retailers.  Passports are limited – only 250 available and are $15 each. Pick up your pre-purchased Passports and shopping bags at The Popinjay starting at 10 a.m, 414 Capitol Way S.A fun element of each Third Thursday is the Challenge Game! Stop by our info the corner of 4th & Washington and pick up a Challenge Game or pick up the Challenge Game at a Third Thursday business. Participants can visit each business to get another letter to solve the phrase of the month. Complete the phrase first and enter to win a prize! We love to see so many groups of friends and families return month after month to participate in the Challenge Game. Challenge Game prizes in May are from Three Magnets, Archibald Sisters and Hot Toddy.The following businesses are participating in the May 16 OlyThirdThursday:Archibald Sisters, Batdorf & Bronson, Belleza Ropa, Bittersweet Chocolates, Browsers Bookshop, Captain Little, Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar, Childhood’s End Gallery, Compass Rose, Dillingers Cocktails and Kitchen, Drees, Encore Chocolates and Teas, Gallery Boom, Hawley’s Gelato, Holy Lamb Organics, Hot Toddy, Le Voyeur Café and Lounge, Octapas Café, Olympia Family Theater, Radiance Herbs and Massage, Sound and Vision Living Showroom, State of the Arts Gallery and Gifts, The Popinjay, Three Magnets Brewing and Well 80 Brewhouse.WHAT: Olympia’s Third ThursdayWHEN: Thursday, May 16, 2019. The Olympia Downtown Alliance will host an info booth, located in the US Bank parking lot from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The block party runs from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.WHERE: Downtown OlympiaWHO: Presented by Providence Health Services and brought to the community by the Olympia Downtown Alliance and Mixx96 FM. For more information about Third Thursday events, contact Brit Kramer, (360) 481-5010 or britk@redbarncommunications.com. For more information about Olympia Downtown Alliance, contact Todd Cutts, (360) 357-8948 or tcutts@downtownolympia.org.Thank you to our Challenge Game sponsor, HomeStreet Bank!Thank you to our Third Thursday presenting sponsor, Providence!Thank you to our Radio partner, Mixx96 FM.last_img read more