Madrid thrashes APOEL 6-0 to make Champions League last 16

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Luka Modric and Nacho Fernandez also scored for the defending champions, who have made it past the group stage for 22 straight seasons.The result eliminated Borussia Dortmund, which lost to Tottenham 2-1 in Germany in the other Group H match.Tottenham heads into the final round leading Madrid by three points and has already secured first place. Dortmund and APOEL have no chance of advancing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneMadrid also finished second in its group last season, to Dortmund, marking the first time the Spanish club has failed to advance in first place since the 2012-13 season.Tottenham hosts APOEL on Dec. 6, while Madrid hosts Dortmund. “We came here to qualify and we did it,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “It was a good night. We aresatisfied.”Madrid won only one of its last four matches in all competitions, but it found easy pickings in Nicosia to earn its biggest ever away win in the Champions league.Modric opened the scoring with a long-range shot midway through the first half and Benzema and Fernandez added their goals seven minutes apart just before halftime.Benzema hadn’t scored in six matches in all competitions.“Forwards aren’t always about scoring,” Benzema said. “If I can help my teammates with passes and movement, I will do (it). Today I was lucky enough to score two goals and do something good for my side.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Grand Slams planning to cut seeds from 32 back to 16 in 2019 MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, center, celebrates after scoring the fifth goal of his team during the Champions League Group H soccer match between APOEL Nicosia and Real Madrid at GSP stadium, in Nicosia, on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)NICOSIA, Cyprus— With Karim Benzema finding its scoring touch and Cristiano Ronaldo adding to his tally, Real Madrid again made it to the knockout stages of the Champions League.Benzema scored twice in the first half and Ronaldo netted twice in the second as Madrid thrashed Cypriot team APOEL 6-0 to guarantee a spot in the last 16 on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Ronaldo has been struggling in the Spanish league with only one goal in 12 rounds, but he already has eight in the Champions League and is the competition’s leading scorer.The Spanish powerhouse is trying to become the first team since Bayern Munich in 1976 to win threeconsecutive European titles. Ajax did it in 1971-73, and Madrid won four in a row from 1956-60.APOEL hasn’t won a group stage match in the Champions League since 2012.“Today we’ve made so many mistakes that we haven’t made before,” APOEL coach Giorgos Donis said. “In the last game we’ll try to avoid those mistakes.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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ISSA Tourney Among 6 Schools at Sports Commission

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Players of the Nathan E. Gibson basketball team.The Inter-School Sports Association has begun a six-school basketball tournament at the Sports Commission on Broad Street, Monrovia.Participating schools are College of West Africa (CWA), Len Miller, World Wide Mission, SOS, SDA and Nathan A. Gibson.Described as the Inter-School Sports Tournament, it is being held for both male and female teams.In the first matches, CWA female team forfeited their points to Len Miller and World Wide Mission defeated SDA 21-9 points.According to the schedule, Len Miller and Nathan E. Gibson female sides were set to play yesterday; SOS were expected to meet with CWA in the male category, while World Wide Mission were lined up to play against Nathan E. Gibson.Len Miller basketball team at the Sports CommissionThe third round fixture pairs CWA against Nathan E. Gibson (female) in the first game; SDA will go against Nathan E. Gibson and Len Miller will also go against SOS in the male category.An ISSA official said the six-school basketball tournament is using it to prepare for its National Championship Basketball League.“We are using the tournament to revive our annual league,” an ISSA spokesman said.The Inter-School Sports Association (ISSA) organizes tournaments in several sporting disciplines including soccer, basketball and track field among junior and senior high schools in the country.In the past, many athletes who rose to national prominence and represented the country in continental and international games were groomed through ISSA initiatives.last_img read more

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Venezuelan gangs suspected of robbing Guyanese sailors

first_img…illegal firearms entering porous borders – Police sourceBy Samuel SukhnandanA senior regional official from Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini) has claimed that heavily armed gangs close to the Guyana-Venezuela border have been reportedly interfering with Guyanese who are engaged in fishing along the Amakuru River. This river links the two countries in the Region One.The official, who requested anonymity, told Guyana Times that there have been reports of pirates attacking Guyanese fishing boats along that border. He said while there is no confirmation, based on the statements taken from the affected Guyanese, these men may belong to large gangs in that country.These gang members have been described as ‘Merczateers’. The regional official said he strongly believes some Guyanese fishers may have ventured near the Venezuelan border, as the Police station had received reports of some fishing boats being stripped and robbed by pirates.“These men belonging to these gangs in Venezuela are heavily armed and poses a threat to Guyanese venturing close to the border separating the two countries,” a senior Police official said while explaining that a joint service operation in the area is needed and will be conducted in the near future.The Police said this operation will determine whether there is need to improve security along that area to prevent these incidents from happening, as it may pose a threat to the region and country’s security.However, the police official gave his commitment that everything necessary will be done to prevent the matter from escalating and ensuring the full protection of Guyanese fishers.Despite this, however, the officer did state that the border between Guyana and Venezuela in Region One is porous. The officer made this statement, in spite of there being a checkpoint along the border where a Police Inspector and his team are stationed to verify the goods entering these shores.Guyana Times also understands that illegal firearms have been entering Guyana through that same border. Another senior Police rank also revealed that they recently received a tip-off from members of the public, and based on investigations, several high-powered weapons were found at a residence.The officer said these weapons are believed to have originated from Venezuela. He noted that persons were recently charged for the offence of illegal possession of firearms and placed before the courts.This newspaper also understands that there have been other instances where illegal firearms were unearthed during Police operations and the weapons were illegally brought here from Venezuela.There have been previous reports of similar incidents along the Guyana-Venezuela border at other parts of the country. In July 2016 it was reported that a heavily armed gang of Spanish-speaking men terrorised Guyanese villagers in a Region 7 border village with Venezuela.It was indicated that the men, whom villagers say are Venezuelans, have been crossing the border committing robberies and extortion in the village of Arau. These gang members were also accused of taunting Army and law enforcement officials with high-powered weapons and grenades.Villagers in that region would have said that the gang is part of a “Venezuelan Syndicato” which operates as a rogue body in Venezuelan villages specialising in extortion. The gang carrying out the attacks has attempted to indulge in the same types of tactics on the Guyana side of the border.Villagers in Regions One and Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) said while incursions by Venezuelan criminal elements are not new, the nature of the attacks has become worse over recent times.Venezuela is experiencing the worst economic crisis in its history, with an inflation rate of over 400 per cent and a volatile exchange rate. Heavily in debt and with inflation soaring, its people continue to take to the streets in protest. There have also been huge shortages of food supplies.Besides that, Venezuela has long claimed a huge tract of land known as the Essequibo, which comprises nearly 40 per cent of Guyana’s current territory. The decades-old controversy was brought back into the spotlight following the discovery of oil in Guyana which led to Venezuela reiterating its land claims.Relations between Guyana and Venezuela have worsened ever since United States oil giant ExxonMobil announced in 2015 that it had found oil in Guyana. Venezuela has staunchly been against oil exploration in Guyana’s Stabroek Block, where multiple oil deposits were found by ExxonMobil.A high-level meeting was fixed between Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and a Venezuelan delegation to discuss the border controversy in October this year. This was aimed at reaching a resolution through the Good Offices Process until the end of 2017.No resolution has been met since but Guyana has indicated that it is prepared to go to the International Court of Justice as the next means of settlement to the controversy.last_img read more

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Trojans suffer letdown

first_imgEven the Las Vegas oddsmakers saw it, making Washington a favorite Friday over likely NCAA Tournament-bound USC. The Trojans came out playing uncharacteristically weak defense, fought back into the game but played sloppily down the stretch in an 85-70 loss at Washington that equals the team’s worst defeat of the season. “We’re playing for seeding, the coach said, and we never know how the tournament (selection) might go,” Nick Young said. “We might be shipped out to the East Coast to play against Florida.” Though it won’t impress the NCAA seeding committee, if USC had to lose a game this was a good choice. The Trojans (21-9, 11-6) can still take second place in the Pac-10 by beating Washington State in their final regular-season game. USC also could finish as low as fourth if it loses to the Cougars and Stanford beats Arizona. The game going on simultaneously across the state was actually more important to the Trojans. SEATTLE – It almost seemed inevitable. In a nearly meaningless game with a showdown for second place in the Pacific-10 Conference looming Saturday, the Trojans were ripe for a letdown. center_img UCLA’s victory in Pullman set up the tiebreaker scenario that would put the Trojans ahead of the Cougars. That might have had something to do with USC’s early lackadaisical effort on defense. The game started getting away toward the end of the first half when Washington (17-12, 7-10) hit 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions. The Huskies made 9 of 13 3-point shots in the first half. When Ryan Appleby hit the third 3-pointer in that series, it sparked a controversy. The shot went up just as the Huskies were called for a foul away from the ball. The referees appeared to be waving off the shot but, after a conference, called it good. That set off USC coach Tim Floyd, who ran at the official and got a technical. Appleby hit one of two free throws, giving Washington a 44-30 lead. The Trojans trailed 48-37 at the half. “We put ourselves in a hole early by not defending,” Floyd said. “It wasn’t one of our better defensive efforts. … I thought we didn’t get back defensively with our perimeter players, and we made some real mistakes in terms of location.” Washington’s lead swelled to 17 points early in the second half on a 3-point play by Quincy Pondexter. USC battled back to within five points behind the play of Young, who led the team with 26 points and displayed the wide variety of pro-style offensive moves that could help him leave early for the NBA after the season. Down 70-64, USC turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions starting with a dreadful attempt at an alley-oop pass from Lodrick Stewart to Gabe Pruitt. Stewart, a senior who attended high school in Seattle, also lost the ball on a drive to the basket down 74-66. Spencer Hawes scored for Washington on the other end and that was the end of USC’s comeback hopes. Though the game didn’t mean much for the Trojans, it did to Stewart. Stewart’s father Andrew, brothers Kadeem and Hadeem and son Jaylin were sitting right behind the USC bench. Stewart, who usually does well in front of family members, scored 9 points. “It just didn’t go my way tonight,” Stewart said. “This was one I wanted to look back on and say I beat (Washington) my last game playing in front of my hometown fans. “It’s frustrating to lose this game.” 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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MAN GRABBED BUDDHA STATUE BEFORE DROPPING TROUSERS IN CARNDONAGH CHINESE TAKEAWAY:

first_imgThe Ocean Court where McGuinness went bonkersA CARNDONAGH man who was ‘out of his mind with drink’ grabbed a statute of Buddha and chucked a table over the counter of a Chinese takeaway, the local district court has heard.Inspector David Murphy told the district court that Gardai were called to the Ocean Court in the Diamond in Carn on May 26 last year. The owner of the premises was standing outside waiting for officers.Inspector Murphy said gardai had found McGuinness “out of his mind with drink” inside the takeaway.The owner complained that McGuinness, from Churchtown in Carndonagh and who will be 28 next Sunday, had grabbed a statute of Buddha, was roaring and shouting and had just thrown a table over the counter.Inspector Murphy said that McGuinness had also taken his trousers down. He handed in still images taken from the takeaway’s CCTV cameras showing this and the other offences.McGuinness admitted being intoxicated in a public place, using threatening and abusive language and criminal damage.It took the inspector some time to go over McGuinness’s previous criminal record which included several convictions for assault.Solicitor Frank Dorrian told Judge Paul Kelly: “The recurring pattern with this man is one of alcohol abuse; he has little or no recollection of what went on during this incident. It is inexplicable as to what he was doing.“He had been drinking vodka around the clock at that time.”Mr Dorrian said however that McGuinness’s life had now changed. He was no longer drinking and was getting support at AA meetings.He was determined to continue with this new life and had brought €186 to court to pay for the damage done to the restaurant.Judge Kelly ordered a probation and community service report to monitor McGuinness’s progress and adjourned sentence until January 20.MAN GRABBED BUDDHA STATUE BEFORE DROPPING TROUSERS IN CARNDONAGH CHINESE TAKEAWAY: was last modified: October 22nd, 2014 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:CarndonaghChinesescourt caseDermot McGuinnessOcean Courtlast_img read more

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Ugandan football coming of age

first_imgFUFA president Eng Moses Magogo. File photo.By  Moses MagogoFOOTBALL–Five Years ago as we tried to convince government to fund the national team, the then-PS Education wondered how we can look for money to transport people by air to go and play when UNEB was lacking funds. The destiny of football could not go beyond the whims of the PS neither did it merit any seconds of thoughtFast forward, today, I am here excited that FUFA’s advocacy agenda has delivered football and generally sports to the highest table of decision making in this country. We have talked, written, demonstrated, lobbied, appealed, explained, and achieved sporting results to communicate the value of sport to Our Nation. We are eventually getting there.I will take the moment to thank President Museveni and the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni for hosting both Football and Netball to their Country Home in Rwakitura on 2nd January 2018.I was personally full of emotions that despite the busy schedule and several important programmes, the Head of State and the First Lady spent a full day with sportsmen freely talking to everyone, joking, playing, drinking, eating, laughing but most importantly talking sport.The Grandchildren of the First Family demanded to take pictures with the Uganda Cranes and narrated how they follow all Uganda Cranes matches. The State House staff did not hide their excitement of mingling with the Uganda Cranes. This is just a good sample to show how far we have carried the brandThe Head of State believes that with tapping talent early and with proper feeding, our players will be able to shoot Enyanda. He would relay minute by minute of the Uganda Vs. Ghana AFCON Match where Isaac Isinde gave away a simple penalty and Farouk Miya hit a feeble ball instead of Enyanda like Bunyenyezi used to do.We also discussed the economics of Sports and the moment of humour was when the two neighbours disagreed. The President thought when the players go out of the country for professional football it is good for them and the country while Maama Janet thought it weakens the league and has a domino effect on the national team as well. The President and First Lady were being engaged in a deeply technical sports discussion and considering that both arguments carried weight, I proposed to postpone the debate of the neighbours to a later date.The Minister of Education and Sports preached that the talent of sportsmen is a gift from God. She called upon all sportsmen and women to owe allegiance to the one true God. She gave both football and netball two movies to watch thus “Facing the Giants” and “the Chariot of Venice”The Output of the Story is that we have delivered football and generally sport from the pitches to the final decision making office. It continues to reverberate in my ears when Ms Janet Museveni in her own remarks said football is no longer recreational but an economic activity that promotes our country.This attention of the First Family has automatically and exponentially elevated the priority level of football and the Sports from a fitness activity to one that must be attended to urgently. In marketing it is called *”Postioning”* and this is not accidental instead it has taken us strategies and timeWith this support, we have within 24 hours engaged with the technocrats from the Ministry of Education and Sports, National Council of Sports and the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development and as we speak, a supplementary funding to a tune of 13b UGX is being processed to support Football, Netball, Boxing, Athletics, Basketball, Rugby and Other Sports in the next 6 months to the end of the 2017/8 Budget.The MOFPED has also formally allowed the MoES to include the Activities for the 2018/9 Financial Year starting July 2018. In principle, what the country has been crying for has been answered. Government will hereafter provide funding in the National Budget for National Teams and the days of over staying the welcome of HE the President by soliciting for funding from State House are gone.I must mention specifically that the Minister of State for Sports Hon Charles Bakabulindi has been very instrumental in this achievement. I believe it is a bigger score than qualification to afcon after 40yearsThank you HE the President, the First Lady and all the government officials who have made this happenTo the athletes, It is time to shine*It is Our Game, It is Our Country*The writer is the FUFA presidentComments Tags: toplast_img read more

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Takeaways: A’s 3, White Sox 2

first_imgMatt Chapman had just executed a Matrix-like side-belly slide, evading White Sox … Oakland Coliseum’s vast foul territory has its pits and perks.Sunday afternoon, the A’s home turf helped deliver the team a 3-2, walk-off win to seal a series sweep of the Chicago White Sox.Here are three takeaways.Unfavorable challenges and redemption inningsThe moment crew chief Larry Vanover took off his headset and pumped his fist out, it looked like the A’s hot streak would trip over a blip.last_img

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Flies Turn on a Dime

first_img51; A fly can turn 180 degrees in one tenth the time it takes you to blink an eye.  Beating their wings 250 times a second, they don’t even have to think about each wing beat, PhysOrg said about studies at Brown University using high-speed cameras and image tracking software.  “[Attila] Bergou discovered that flies rely less on their brains than previously thought and more on the clever design of their wings,” the article said.  “To make a turn, a fly simply twitches a muscle that rolls its shoulder slightly.  The wing does the rest, naturally adjusting over the course of a few beats, tilting by about 9 degrees, and creating drag forces that wheel the insect around.”  The article includes a 32-second video clip that allows you to watch the turn in slow motion.    The U-turn of the fly is much faster than anything man-made can achieve.  A scientist at Harvard is looking enviously at the fly, the article said, for envisioning electrical flying robots that may some day come close to matching the fly’s design specifications.Evolution makes sense when you think in generalities.  When you look at things in detail, and measure what is required to make them function, you start thinking in terms of design specifications.  You want to imitate them.  When you try to imitate them, and find out how hard it is, you become an intelligent design believer.  Darwinian excuses like, “Evolution had a million year head start,” begin to sound like desperate question-begging attempts to hang onto an obsolete dogma that has lost its credibility in the details.(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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US risk manager grows African presence

first_img5 January 2012Marsh, a wholly-owned local unit of US-based insurance and risk management group Marsh & McLennan, has completed its acquisition of the brokerage business of South African insurer Alexander Forbes, significantly expanding its presence in sub-Saharan Africa.Marsh said in a statement on Wednesday that the transaction comprises its South African insurance broking operations, Alexander Forbes Risk Services and related ancillary operations, as well as Alexander Forbes’ insurance broking operations in Botswana and Namibia.It had also agreed to acquire other Alexander Forbes risk operations across sub-Saharan Africa – in Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia – subject to regulatory and other approvals. These transactions were expected to close “in the first quarter of 2012”, the company said.Alexander Forbes CEO Edward Kieswetter told Business Day that the whole transaction, once finalised, would be valued at between R1-billion and R1.1-billion.Expanding presence in sub-Saharan Africa“This transaction gives Marsh a leading market position in South Africa and significantly expands its presence in some of the most vibrant economies in the sub-Saharan region,” the company said.“In particular, it greatly enhances Marsh’s position in Africa’s major business sectors, including mining and minerals, power, telecommunications, transport and construction. It also extends Marsh’s reach into the dynamic middle market.”David Batchelor, president of Marsh’s international division, said the combination of Alexander Forbes’ “well-established South African operations, its regional network and respected team, together with Marsh’s existing South African business, global solutions, resources and placement skills, will bring dramatically enhanced benefits to all our clients.Ambition to become ‘pan-African leader’“Companies in the rapidly-developing African region are increasingly looking for insurance brokers and risk advisers that can help them both protect their vital assets and grow,” Batchelor said. “This transaction, which is driven by our growth ambitions to be a pan-African leader, gives us a powerful platform to meet these expectations.”Jurie Erwee, newly appointed CEO of the combined enterprise, now called Marsh Africa, said: “Together, as we unite our growth ambitions to become the continent’s pre-eminent broker and risk adviser, we are committed to bringing the world’s best to Africa.”On closing the transaction, Marsh retained its level 3 status in its black economic empowerment (BEE) scorecard rating.“Through focused investment and support, Marsh has made significant achievements in its levels of black economic empowerment,” Erwee said. “The combined Marsh entity will remain strongly committed to continuous improvement in its BEE performance levels.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Don’t Try This At Home: Armchair Building Science

first_imgThe homeowners called me after a certified home inspector stated that the attic was underventilated and moisture was building up as a result. The roof assembly had soffit vents at the eaves and two gable-end vents. These vents would not be as effective as ridge-to-soffit ventilation, but were probably close to building code requirements (see Green Basics – Attics).I did not have the time to get down to the home to take a look myself, so I asked the homeowner to send me photos of the house and the problem. It’s a bit dicey to diagnose a problem and give guidance over the phone based on a short series of photos, but armchair building science is an honorable pastime.What does the pattern of mold suggest to you? It sure looks localized to me. When asked how many “spots” of mold there were in the attic and where they were located, the homeowner replied that the two most prominent areas of attic mold were located just above two doors that separated living space from a kneewall partition forming unfinished closets. Aha! Warm, moisture-laden air was leaking into the attic at the doors and condensing on the cold plywood. I recommended that the homeowners confirm the air-leakage diagnosis with some performance testing and likely air-sealing resolution.So how did we do?Mark Lance (BPI-Certified) of Cozy Home Performance conducted a blower-door test on the home to quantify the air leakage and assess the location of big holes. The home was very leaky (CFM50 – 5300)1. The mold and air leakage in the attic turned out not to be focused on the kneewall closet doors but was more widespread throughout the attic. So we got the air leakage right — just not how extensive it was.More attic ventilation would not have solved this mold and moisture problem; extensive air sealing will (and will reduce the homeowner’s energy bills as well), however. Had the solution to increase attic ventilation taken the form of an attic exhaust fan, it may have increased the air leakage and moisture problem.Get the right stuffMake sure that the folks evaluating your home have the right training and experience. In this case, the difference between a certified building performance professional and a certified home inspector proved to be the difference between getting it right and getting it wrong.……………………………………………1CFM50 – 5300 means that the blower door was pulling 5,300 cubic feet of air per minute out of the house when the blower door was creating a pressure difference of 50 pascals between the inside and outside of the house. For a home of this size (1,800 sq. ft. or so), that is pretty darn leaky, but not unusual for homes with little air sealing.last_img read more

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