Wanted bulletin issued for Maverick DeAbreu

first_imgBenjai’s assaultThe Guyana Police Force on Monday issued a wanted bulletin for Maverick DeAbreu for questioning in relation to an attack on Trinidadian Soca sensation Rodney LeBlanc, also called Benjai, and Tiffany and Jamele Hubbard, which occurred outside a popular Main Street night spot on April 16, 2017.DeAbreu is also accused of discharging a loaded firearm at Ruimveldt, Georgetown.The 27-year-old man is accused of hitting LeBlanc to the face with a glass bottle, causing him to suffer severe injuries during an argument moments after the Soca artiste wrapped up a concert.While information remains sketchy about the circumstances surrounding the incident, Guyana Times understands there was indeed a heated argument between the Soca artiste, who was allegedly heavily intoxicated, and a taxi driver. It was reported that three of the six ladies who were with Benjai were leaning on the taxi driver’s car and although he asked them to desist from doing so, they continued.It was at this time, the artiste reportedly started to hit the back of the car with the bottle he had in his hand. Reports are the driver came out of his car and Benjai reportedly advanced towards him. However, after seeing the commotion outside, DeAbreu allegedly rushed out and dealt the singer one blow to his face with a bottle.It was reported that earlier in the night, Benjai had misbehaved with DeAbreu’s girlfriend. Meanwhile, the Police are asking anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of DeAbreu to contact them on telephone numbers 225-6411, 226-1389, or 911, or at the nearest police station.All information will be treated with the strictest confidence.last_img read more

Hydro tweaking highway realignment after First Nations voice concerns

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro says that it has made some changes to its plans for the realignment of Highway 29 west of Fort St. John.In response to an inquiry about BC Hydro’s reaction to a letter from Treaty 8 chiefs Roland Willson and Lynette Tsakoza to Premier Christy Clark, spokesperson Crystal Sharwood said that the design of the realignment in the Cache Creek area has been refined. Sharwood said that though there has been extensive archeological work, BC Hydro has not confirmed that there are any Aboriginal burial sites in the area of the project. However, she explained that the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations notified BC Hydro about the location of a potential burial site in March, and that Hydro is meeting with members of the two First Nations this week.Sharwood added that in the area of the potential site, the design of the highway has been refined to mitigate impacts of the new road. “This includes lengthening the bridge by 50 metres to avoid ground disturbance of the potential burial site, and raising the height of the bridge to provide approximately two metres clearance above the specific site and therefore avoid disturbing the site,” stated Sharwood in an email.- Advertisement -Chief Roland Willson spoke with Energeticcity.ca last week, when he stated that he was concerned that the reason for Hydro’s choice of realignment over alternatives has not been released. When asked about Willson’s concerns, Sharwood stated that, “The realignment of Highway 29 at Cache Creek – including the preferred route – was reviewed as part of the federal-provincial environmental assessment process for Site C in the context of other routes that had been identified.”She also added that a list of documents outlining BC Hydro’s process for choosing the alignment is on the Site C project’s website. That link can be found here: https://www.sitecproject.com/sites/default/files/Info-Sheet-Highway-29-History-of-Cache-Creek-Realignment-Final_3.pdf.last_img read more

‘We’ll see the Yaya from two seasons ago’ – Pellegrini tips Toure to return to top form

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has tipped star midfielder Yaya Toure to return to his best form this season after opening the new Premier League campaign with a brace against West Brom.The Blues eased to a 3-0 win at the Hawthorns, with the Ivorian opening the scoring with a deflected shot off team-mate David Silva, before doubling their lead with wonderful curling effort inside the half-hour mark.Captain Vincent Kompany’s late header capped off a strong performance from the two-time champions and Pellegrini reckons, after a stuttering season last year, Toure will shine again following a dominant display.I always said last season it was a strange season for Yaya, he started with a lot of problems, the death of his brother, his agents”, said the Chilean.“I think he was not focused on what he had to do last year.“We spoke before the start of the season and I am very sure we will see the Yaya from two years ago. He is a very important player for us.“I don’t think Yaya deserved the amount of criticism he received last season.“He is an important player for us. It is very difficult for a player when you have so many problems.”Pellegrini also praised the efforts of £49million summer signing Raheem Sterling on his club debut.The former Liverpool man played 74 minutes but largely played second fiddle to City’s old guard before being replaced by Samir Nasri.Sterling had a few chances and was denied a debut goal by Baggies keeper Boaz Myhill when clean through, but but Pelegrini insisted he was happy with the 20-year-old’s contribution.The Blues boss added: “I’m not disappointed because Raheem played 70 minutes very well. It is not easy for him to play a new style with new teammates, he worked a lot and he had two clear chances.“If he continues to play like this I am sure he will be the player we bought.” Manchester City and Ivory Coast star Yaya Toure 1last_img read more

DD LOCAL: KINCASSLAGH AND BURTONPORT PARISH NEWSLETTER

first_imgSchedule of MassesSt. Mary’s Church, Kincasslagh:Next WeekendSaturday @ 7.30 p.m.Sunday @ 10.00 a.m.Next weekMon, Tues, Wed, Thurs & Fri @ 10.00 a.m.St. Columba’s, BurtonportNext WeekendSaturday @ 6.30 p.m.Sunday @ 11.00 a.m.Next WeekMon, Tues, Thurs & Fri @ 10.00 a.m.Ash Wednesday @ 7.00 p.m.Lay Apostolate Prayer group 2nd Monday of the Month in the Oratory @ 6.30 p.m. All welcomeAdorationSt. Columba’s Church: Tues 10 am – 10 pmSt. Mary’s Church, Wed 10 am – 7 pm Anniversaries and MassesStC=St Columba’s. StM=St. Mary’sMary Breslin, Roshine Acres, Sat 9th, StCFred Sharkey, Sat 9th, StMMary & Patrick Sweeney, Bunawillian, Sun 10th, StMHughie & Grace Gallagher, Meenagowna and John Conaghan, Roshine, Sun 10th StCNan Duffy Currid, Inisfree, Mon 11th, StCJames Murray, Burtonport, Sat 16th, StCCatherine & John Gallagher, Station House Meenbannad, Sat 16th, StMThe Breen Family, Sunday 17th, StCDinny McCole, formerly of Lower Keadue who died recently in Kinross. Uncle of Mary Cowley and Hugh Ward, Keadue. Mass organised for Dinny on Wednesday 20th February in St Marys’ @ 7.00 p.m.Denis Gallagher, Knocknamona Park, Letterkenny, who died Wednesday. Nephew of the late Andrew Bonner, Cloughglass. Funeral Tuesday @ 11.00 a.m. in the Church of the Irish Martyrs, LetterkennySheila & Pat Keane,Tommy & Annie O’Donnell, whose anniversaries occur at this time.May they rest in peace.Fundraising EventsCaislean Oir, AnnagryQuiz on Wednesday @ 9.30 p.m. Proceeds in aid of FRIENDS OF LETTERKENNY ANGIOGRAM MACHINE. Team of 4, €20 per teamChurch Gate Collection in aid of the Special Olympics Ireland next weekend.Service of RemembranceLetterkenny General Hospital’s Annual Interdenominational Service of Remembrance for little babies who have died due to Stillbirth, Neo-Natal Death or Miscarriage will be held on Sunday 3rd March, 2013 in Conwal Parish Church (Cathedral Square) at 4 pm. All Welcome. Oil Painting ClassesIf anyone is interested in art classes for oils either on a Monday evening or Thursday evening from 7.30 until 10-00 in Mullaghduff Community Centre, please contact 086 396 0954St Patricks Day Celebrations in Burtonport.A meeting will take place in St Columba’s Community Centre, Acres, Burtonport on Thursday 14th of Feb @8 to put together a group to help organise the 9th annual “Community Celebration Of Irish Culture” on St Patricks day. Everyone welcome. In the meantime, the current committee are making their annual appeal for items they can use as prizes on the day. If you are in a position to donate a prize – some chocolates, flowers, a painting, a bottle of wine, a gift you have received but have no use for…we would be very grateful. Please let us know about the gift donation ASAP by ringing – 0863836546. We are also calling all traditional musicians in the area to consider sharing your talent with the community for a couple of hours on this day. All funds raised on the day go towards the Lifeboat appeal and the Burtonport festival. Thank you.Mullaghduff Band ReunionThe Band Committee would like to appeal to anyone who would previously have had flutes or uniforms to return them to the committee to facilitate the reunion on St. Patricks Day. Anyone who bought flutes in recent years and no longer use them please contact the committee who would be interested in buying them back.A meeting of the Community Alert Group will be held in St. Columba’s Community Centre on Monday 11th February 2013 at 8pm. All welcome. Anyone over the age of 65yrs who is interested in getting a panic alarm, should contact Tess Boyle on 074 9543181, Pat Crean on 0868163936 or Public Health Nurse Anne Sweeney on 074 95 42319. It is important that you get your name in early as application forms must be ordered soon.Acres NSWe are grateful to all the pupils, grandparents and special friends who helped to make our annual Grandparents Day such a success. To Fr Matt for blessing the crosses, Margaret and the community centre team for preparing the centre and serving the refreshments, all who gathered rushes, baked and provided food, thanks. Accord Pre Marriage Courses due to take place in the Pastoral Centre, Letterkenny8th & 9th March, 12th & 13th April, 10th & 11th May7th & 8th June. All courses run Friday evening 7-10pm & Saturday 10am-5pm. Course can be booked on line at www.accord.ie or 9122218.Parish RetreatThe Parishes of Kincasslagh, Dungloe and Falcarragh have come together to organise a retreat in Ards to help us celebrate the Year of Faith.It begins on Saturday 2nd March 2013., at 10.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m. The theme is “Let there be Faith.” Conducted by Fr Kieron Shorten OFM Capuchin. The Cost €30 includes 3 course lunch and refreshments bus to and from Ards and the cost of the retreat itself. Please consider this opportunity as something you and a friend or friends can do you put yourself in the path of Gods Grace this lent. Please contact Fr. Pat at 074 9542006, 0862300620 or wardpat@eircom.net to book a place by Saturday February 23rd.Active Retirement GroupThere is a meeting in St. Columba’s Community Centre on Wednesday 13th February at 12.45 p.m. with a view to starting an active retirement group. Kevin Monaghan will be in Attendance. This is for both ladies and gentlemen in or around the age of 55.World day for the SickMonday is world day for the sick. There will be a Holy Hour in St. Columba’s Chapel in front of the Blessed Sacrament to pray for those who are ill among us. The sacrament of the sick will be distributed to those who wish it. The mood will be contemplative and quiet, putting ourselves in the path of the Lords healing grace. The hour will finish with benediction.As some of the sick cannot be present, we ask you to put their names into a basket at the foot of the altar as a way for bringing them present to the service of prayer. The names of the sick who are present can also be included.We remember all those who suffer, not merely those who are gravely ill, or even physically ill. We remember those who live with illness and those who ‘look well’. All can ask for Gods assistance in your difficulties. VisitationThe sick and housebound will be visited with Holy Communion this Thursday and Friday. If you know someone who can no longer get to Mass and would like to be visited with Holy Communion by the priest, please contact the parochial House at the above number.* DonegalDaily.com – Beware Cheap ImitationsFollow us on Twitter  – https://twitter.com/DonegalDailyDD LOCAL: KINCASSLAGH AND BURTONPORT PARISH NEWSLETTER was last modified: February 9th, 2013 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)Tags:DD LOCAL: KINCASSLAGH AND BURTONPORT PARISH NEWSLETTERlast_img read more

Leicester’s Claudio Ranieri 2/1 favourite to be next sacked boss – Coral DD

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Will Claudio Ranieri be sacked as Leicester manager, just one season after the club’s shock Premier League title win?The Foxes boss is the new 2/1 favourite to be next in the Premier League sack race. Ranieri is also 3/1 NOT to be in charge at the King Power Stadium at the start of next season, and 2/1 to still be boss.Meanwhile, with the defending league champions are now 5/2 for relegation following their 3-0 defeat to Manchester United, having been 10/1 only last week.Sunderland remain firm 1/3 favourites for the drop despite their 4-0 win over Crystal Palace, with the Eagles 11/10, Hull 4/6, Middlesbrough 11/8, and Swansea 6/4.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Done deal? Man United fans hoping there will be a ‘clause to make him captain’

first_imgAnder Herrera, a standout performer for Manchester United this season, is set to be offered a new and improved contract at Old Trafford.The midfielder was used sparingly by Louis van Gaal, but is set to be rewarded for establishing his place in the team under the guidance of Jose Mourinho.Fans have been singing his name in full voice throughout the campaign and there’s been plenty of positive reaction to reports a new deal is on the cards… 1 Ander Herrera celebrates scoring the second goal in a 2-0 win over Chelsea last_img read more

Southampton vs Liverpool: Full commentary and confirmed team news

first_imgLiverpool travel to struggling Southampton on Friday night in a crucial match for both teams.Jurgen Klopp’s men are chasing the title and will be looking to regain top spot in the Premier League with a win at St Mary’s. no dice While Ralph Hasenhuttl’s resurgent Saints will aim to pick up another result that helps steer them further from the threat of relegation. whoops Southampton vs Liverpool: How to listenFull commentary of Southampton vs Liverpool will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage beginning at 7pm.Laura Woods will bring you all the build up with Sam Matterface, Stuart Pearce and Alan Brazil on commentary duty.Click below or here for the live commentary stream.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen to talkSPORT click here.Southampton vs Liverpool: Kick-off timeThe Premier League clash will get underway at 8pm at St Mary’s on Friday, April 5.Southampton vs Liverpool: team newsKlopp has made two changes from the team that beat Tottenham on Sunday.Club captain Jordan Henderson and James Milner dropped to the bench for Fabinho and Naby Keita, meaning Virgil van Dijk will lead the Reds out against his former club.As for Southampton, striker Shane Long returns from a groin injury and comes in for Danny Ings, who is ineligible to face his parent club.Below you can see the confirmed line-ups.Southampton: Gunn, Valery, Vestergaard, Yoshida, Bednarek, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Romeu, Long, RedmondSubs: McCarthy, Stephens, Austin, Gallagher, Armstrong, Targett, SimsLiverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Salah, Firmino, ManeSubs: Mignolet, Lovren, Milner, Henderson, Moreno, Shaqiri, Origi REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Klopp will be hoping for a victory at St Mary’s to keep Liverpool’s title bid on track huge blow tense Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REAL DEAL Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City center_img REVEALED gameday cracker deals 1 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS shining last_img read more

Hudson-Odoi close to new Chelsea deal and three other youngsters to be rewarded

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:30Loaded: 10.91%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:30 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen rookie error on target stalemate Hudson-Odoi is working his way back to full fitness having suffered an Achilles injury towards the end of last season, and he’s expected to be back available for selection this month.The Express claim he is close to agreeing a five-year contract worth £180,000-a-week.It also appears Chelsea are preparing a raft of contract offers to try and tie down their young players to longer deals. statement Callum Hudson-Odoi is reportedly close to signing a new £180,000-a-week contract with Chelsea.There has long been speculation over the future of the talented winger as he is in the final year of his current contract. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Joe Cole says Chelsea can build stability from the bottom like Man CityTammy Abraham is likely to be rewarded with improved terms after his impressive start to the season, having netted four goals in just four league games.Fikayo Tomori and Reece James are another two players who could be offered better deals to keep them at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Six Reasons Not to Hate Epcot’s “Guardians of the Galaxy — Awesome Mix Tape Live!”

first_imgShare This!According to legend, as Walt Disney was lying on his deathbed, he stared at the ceiling tiles and mapped out his vision for Walt Disney World’s EPCOT, a forward-thinking community where people from all nations could gather together, share their culture and technological innovations, and enjoy classic pop songs performed by comic book characters. Okay, we’re pretty sure that last part wasn’t part of Walt’s original “Florida Project” plans, but that hasn’t stopped the modern-day Disney company from dropping Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Tape Live! into Epcot’s American Gardens Theater to entertain the summer crowds.This is far from the first time that World Showcase’s premier amphitheater has tried to beat the heat with vintage tunes; the Sounds Like Summer cover band concert series ran there for several years before being canceled in 2017. But this time around, Epcot’s entertainment team has cut out the middlemen by building their own classic rock group, and fronting it with two fan-favorite Marvel heroes: Peter “Star-Lord” Quill, and Gamora. The show’s paper-thin premise is that a Xandarian Chamber Orchestra has been sent to Epcot as cultural outreach ambassadors. Star-Lord soon arrives with a sword-swinging Gamora in tow to teach them how to play retro hits from his home planet Earth, instead of their usual atonal alien intonations.Epcot’s new ‘Guardians of the Galaxy — Awesome Mix Tape Live!’ show may be the surprise sleeper hit of the summer.Despite their box office popularity, the Guardians of the Galaxy seem to be developing a history of making Disney diehards hyperventilate. The conversion of Disney California Adventure’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror into Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! was bemoaned by many… at least until the reimagined ride reopened, and quickly rose to the top of Disneyland Resort’s guest satisfaction surveys. Similarly, when Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Tape Live was first announced, you could practically hear the eye-rolling from old-school EPCOT admirers, who predicted the show would be the worst shoehorning of an intellectual property into World Showcase since 1994’s Magical World of Barbie.Well, get ready for a twist more shocking than the end of Infinity War, because it turns out that the Guardians of the Galaxy know how to throw a pretty great party. The thematic justification for the venue is vaporous at best, but taken on its own terms, Awesome Mix Tape Live turned out to be far more entertaining than anyone could have predicted. We’re not saying anyone should skip their Soarin’ FastPass just to see it, but if you aren’t on a tight touring plan, it’s worth stopping in for a performance while in the back half of World Showcase.Rocket Raccoon doesn’t appear on stage during Awesome Mix Tape Live!, but you might spot him in the sound booth.Here are six reasons why Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Tape Live is unexpectedly non-awful:1. The SetlistWisely, this show is all about the songs, and the selections include the cream of the crop from both Guardians of the Galaxy movie soundtracks. It kicks off with Blue Suede’s Hooked on a Feeling, whose iconic “Ooga-Chaka” intro is indelibly linked to the first film’s trailer; we were disappointed when the tune wasn’t picked as one of the random options in the Mission: Breakout ride, so it’s great to hear it here. That’s followed by Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love,” Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” and Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” with “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5 capping off the twenty-minute set. Every song is a certified crowd-pleaser, and there are no down-tempo numbers to sap the show’s momentum.2. The MusiciansDisney probably could have gotten away with a glorified meet-and-greet using pre-recorded music (like the Guardians of the Galaxy dance party in DCA), but instead they went all out with a six-piece live band, consisting of a keyboard player, drummer, bass and lead guitarists, and a pair of horn players. That’s more instrumentalists than some Broadway touring companies employ these days. Better yet, this band really rocks, and their energy elevates what could easily have otherwise been cosplay karaoke. Kudos also go to the sound crew, who give the mix just enough bass to make you want to bang your head, without blowing out the vocals.3. The SingersThose vocals are delivered by a lead male vocalist with silvery cybernetic makeup; he’s backed up by a pair of purple females who do the heavy lifting by harmonizing, and occasionally take the spotlight. There are two rotating casts, and their vocal talents range for “pretty good for a theme park” to “why aren’t you famous yet?” In fact, actress Michelle Knight was in the Broadway cast of Jersey Boys, and starred off Broadway in Disenchanted. Legends like Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury are hard acts to follow, but this cast has the professional pipes to do their songs justice.4. The Production ValuesFor a short-term production, Disney apparently invested a surprising amount of money, starting with the wall of supersized LED screens behind the stage, which display adorable new animations of Baby Groot. Then there’s the pyrotechnics, which range from blasts of fog and fire to spinning sparklers and roman candles. And don’t overlook the movie-quality costumes and makeup for the cast and crew. Awesome Mix Tape Live has been dismissed by some as nothing but a quick cash grab, but the superior stagecraft suggests otherwise.5. The ActorsStar-Lord and Gamora don’t sing during the show, and they don’t do stunts, though Gamora gets in some martial arts acrobatics during a girl-power moment. But they do bind the production together with their between-song banter, and these performers do a fine job embodying their character’s cinematic personas. The actors playing Peter Quill have to work particularly hard, since their hairpieces are fairly hilarious – though vastly improved over the wigs used at previous meet and greets – but these guys manage to pull off Chris Pratt’s charming schmuck shtick to a T. And if you were a fan of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, you may recognize P.J. Gajda from his years playing Bill S. Preston in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure.6. The WritingSpeaking of Bill & Ted, you might detect an echo of their banter in the back-and-forth between Star-Lord and cohorts. That’s because new Guardians show was written and directed by J. Michael Roddy, who was a writer for Universal’s parody show during the late 1990s. This show’s style will also seem familiar if you’ve had the good fortune to sail on a Disney Cruise with a Marvel or Star Wars day at sea, since Roddy has helmed the theatrical productions for those as well. Sure, the storyline isn’t exactly Shakespeare, but the dialogue does a credible job of capturing the characters’ voices without becoming inaccessible to viewers unfamiliar with the franchise. And Star-Lord manages to land a couple pop-culture punchlines that made us laugh out loud.Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Tape Live is currently being performed five times each day, and is scheduled to run through August 19. The first show of the day at 1:30 p.m. is the least crowded, followed by the last at 8 p.m. Seats in the front are shaded from the elements, but benches further back give a better view of the screens and stage effects.If you can’t see the show in person, we recorded a livestream of a recent performance that you can replay of below:Finally, if you’re still not convinced that the Guardians of the Galaxy belong in Epcot, our advice is to start getting used to it. Because as you can tell from this photo of their roller coaster’s massive new show building (as seen from the parking lot), you’re going to be seeing a lot more of them in the future.Epcot’s Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster (some assembly required).last_img read more