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Cuomo Says Gyms Are Highly Problematic, Will Remain Closed To Combat COVID

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.ALBANY — Governor Andrew Cuomo says gyms are highly problematic and will remain closed until the state feels they can open safely.Cuomo made the announcement Thursday during a COVID-19 press conference call update.The governor says health experts have listed gyms as high-risk places where residents can easily catch COVID-19.“These have been the nationally identified sources of increased infection,” said Cuomo. “We have some data here. We have experience here. We know gyms are highly problematic.” Gyms across the state have formed the New York State Fitness Association. Some of the members, along with New York State lawmakers, urged Cuomo on Thursday to reopen gyms.The state said it’s actively considering reopening proposals from gyms, however, until gyms get the OK to reopen, many will remain in financial limbo.last_img read more

Mrs. Charlotte (Coy) Purnell-Walker

first_imgMrs. Charlotte (Coy) Purnell-Walker, age 94, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on May 8, 1922 in Florence, Indiana, the daughter of the late, Lawrence and Bertha (Scudder) Coy. She was raised in Switzerland County where she attended school. Charlotte was united in marriage on December 13, 1941, in Vevay, Indiana, to the late, Stanley Purnell and to this union arrived three sons, Charles, Galen and Gary and a daughter, Bonnie to bless their home. Charlotte was later united in marriage on February 17, 1962, in Carrollton, Kentucky to the late, Ralph Walker. Charlotte and Ralph shared 7 years of marriage together until Ralph passed away on April 24, 1969. Charlotte was employed as a cementer for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana for 17 years. She was also employed for Randall’s Textron Corporation in Vevay, Indiana for several years. Charlotte enjoyed babysitting her grandchildren and for many other families. Charlotte was a member of the Center Square Baptist Church in Center Square, Indiana. Charlotte enjoyed crocheting, especially Christmas ornaments and table cloths and making handmade quilts. Charlotte passed away at 4:00 pm, Sunday, August 28, 2016, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Charlotte will be dearly missed by her: son: Galen Purnell and his wife: Penny of Moorefield, IN; her daughter-in-laws: Barbara Purnell of Vevay, IN and Becky Purnell of Vevay, IN; her son-in-law: John Lock of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren: Richard, Jeff, Mike, Shirley, Nickki, Joelle, Jenny, Galen, Jr., Mark and Eve; her great-grandchildren: Mandy, Hayden, Cody, Mia, Nathan, Justin, Tyler Louise, Charles, Tree, Jimi, Tripp, Jordan, Eric, Tyler, Chasity, Brandon, Christopher, Matthew, Seth, Amber, Dannielle, Mike and Zachary; her great-great-grandchildren: Faith, Landon, Jaxsin, Jrue Charles, Douglas, Brenden, Kyler, Kailee, Kieran, Kolten, Braylon, Brooklyn, Lane and Christielynn, Xain, Ben, Blake, Aaron, Kalob and Tucker and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents: Lawrence and Bertha (Scudder) Coy; her 1st husband: Stanley Purnell, died December 23, 1978; her 2nd husband: Ralph Walker, died April 24, 1969; her sons: Charles L. Purnell, died August 3, 2001 and Gary Purnell, died July 13, 2015; her daughter: Bonnie Jean Lock, died February 28, 2014; her grandson: Danny Lock, died March 15, 1998; her great-great-grandsons: Patrick Otter, Hayden Lock and Lincoln Vinson, died August 9, 2016 and her brothers: Gerald Coy and Edwin Coy.last_img read more

MLB 2019 preview: NL West position battles to watch

first_imgDoesn’t make sense now? Don’t worry, it will.Padres — ShortstopThe unfortunate thing about this situation is the best player will not win. That is because of the infamous Super 2 status which teams use to gain one more year of control before free agency.Fernando Tatis Jr. is arguably the best prospect in MLB and he is in a position “battle” with Luis Urias. He is better than Urias and a very comparable player to Astros shortstop Carlos Correa when he was coming up.Ladies and gentlemen: Fernando Tatis Jr. can HIT 🚀🚀🚀 #PadresST | @tatis_jr pic.twitter.com/eRnetgKyaK— FOX Sports San Diego (@FOXSportsSD) February 26, 2019But he will not win the job because the Padres will find a way to manipulate his service time so he doesn’t come up for a couple of weeks. So what we’re saying is find a way to watch this guy in spring training because there’s a good chance you won’t see him for at least the first couple of weeks of the regular season.Rockies — Second baseThe Rockies’ likely future at second base (or even shortstop, but that is down the road) is Brendan Rodgers. The 22-year-old player was the third-overall pick in the 2015 draft and has shown he can hold his own at every level he has played.However, Ryan McMahon is a good prospect as is Garrett Hampson, and Daniel Murphy could see time at second base as well here and there. But Rodgers is the guy the Rockies want to win the spot. Fortunately they don’t have to rush him as they have options and Colorado can’t really be called out for manipulating his service time as they don’t really need him.#Rockies Chad Bettis vs. Michael Saunders and Brendan Rodgers. pic.twitter.com/274z7oqW1e— Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) February 20, 2019Still though, whether McMahon or Hampson wins, the Rockies will have good options at second base. But, those two guys know Rodgers is coming and he will get a good chance to show who he is in spring training.Dodgers — Fifth starterLos Angeles is pretty set barring a late free-agent signing, but the fifth-starter spot raises some questions. And it’s not because they don’t have a proven man there, it’s that they have several proven players.The guys battling it out for the spot include Kenta Maeda, Ross Stripling and Julio Urias. Maeda has been good in both the pen and the rotation and Stripling was an All-Star last year. Even with that though, L.A. may want Urias to win the job as he used to be the team’s prized pitching prospect.All of these men will likely be on the MLB roster, but where they will be remains to be seen.Diamondbacks — Fifth starterIt’s a little bit surprising to see, but Arizona is actually pretty set in the field even after losing Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock. The rotation could be another story and the bottom of the rotation really could see some battles.But as of right now, Merrill Kelly is listed as the team’s fifth starter on the depth chart. Kelly, 30, is a career minor leaguer with some good numbers, but no track record to speak of. And Arizona has Jon Duplantier in the minors just waiting for his opportunity at the MLB level.Duplantier dealt with some injuries last year and has never pitched above the Double-A level, but he has the stuff to succeed with the Diamondbacks so he could earn the spot with a great spring. That remains to be seen though, and it’s unlikely considering his lack of innings at the upper levels of the minors.Jon Duplantier strikes out Peter Alonso for the second time tonight pic.twitter.com/h3NvtOkVhV— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) November 7, 2018Giants — Left fieldWhen looking at the Giants’ depth chart it’s easy to see why they would be interested in Bryce Harper. The team’s outfielders include Chris Shaw, Drew Ferguson, Steven Duggar, Austin Slater and Mac Williamson. No offense to those guys, but they don’t exactly have proven track records. MLB 2019 preview: 5 prospect storylines to watch in spring training MLB 2019 preview: AL West position battles to watch With notable offseason additions this division has gotten a lot more interesting.The Dodgers are still the team to beat, but the Rockies are still very good and the Padres got a whole lot better as well.center_img And while the Diamondbacks let one piece go and traded another big one, they still have a lot of talent as well.But possibly the two most interesting battles come from guys who have virtually no chance of winning their competitions out of spring training. Related News In left field that couldn’t be more true as Shaw and Ferguson may battle it out for the spot. Ferguson is an interesting case here. The 26-year-old player was a Rule 5 draft pick out of the Astros system and has always been a bit behind the 8-ball.He was drafted as a senior out of Belmont University, he’s only 5-foot-11 and he’s never shown a ton of power or speed. But, he has hit everywhere he has been never posting at batting average lower than .275 in three MILB seasons and he gets on base at a shocking rate with a career-.393 OBP. The question here is whether he is a career minor leaguer or an analytical find who excels despite the lack of typical measurables.We’ll see what he is as he will get a shot to win an outfield spot in San Francisco.last_img read more

49ers Jimmie Ward: ‘This is where I got drafted, where I’d like to stay’

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Jimmie Ward has six paychecks left to draw from the 49ers’ highest-paid base salary this season.These remaining six games are all that sit between him and his next contract, which may or may not come from the 49ers.“I’m not looking at free agency right now,” Ward said Monday. “I’ll stay here.”SANTA CLARA, CA – NOVEMBER 12: New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. (13) can’t make a catch in the end zone against San Francisco 49ers’ Jimmie Ward (20) in the fourth quarter at Levi’s …last_img read more

Raiders minding their manners with Rams coming in

first_imgNAPA — With eight of 16 practices in the books during the Napa portion of Raiders training camp, you’d think the team with the most rough and tumble reputation in the NFL would have had a dust-up or two.Yet even during the warmest weather after the morning fog burns off, the Raiders have kept their cool.Once upon a time, good friends such as Greg Biekert and Steve Wisniewski would fake a fight to get things going. It wasn’t uncommon for coaches to step back and allow real altercations to to …last_img read more

Pens for needy children

first_imgFor many South African children, starting the school year with an assortment of stationery goodies is considered a luxury. (Image: Tynago Communications) BiC will donate one-million pens to needy South African children by March 2012 as part of its Choose BiC and Change a Future campaign. (Image: Tynago Communications) MEDIA CONTACTS • Millicent Quoilin  Unilever   +27 11 474 0181RELATED ARTICLES • Education goes mobile with Vodacom • Education boost for Gauteng • SA businesses urged to adopt schools • Teacher laptops to enhance education • Zuma: SA to meet 2015 education goalWilma den HartighFrench-based company BiC, best known for its iconic ballpoint pen, has pledged to donate one-million pens to needy South African children by March 2012 as part of its Choose BiC and Change a Future campaign.For many South African children, starting the school year with an assortment of stationery goodies is considered a luxury. Many children go to school without even the most basic stationery items such as pens.Through the campaign, BiC wants to give children the tools they need to help them on their way to becoming South Africa’s future teachers, engineers, doctors and lawyers.“It’s our way of using our brand’s power to champion education and to equip and empower the children who need it most,” says Millicent Quoilin, BiC marketing manager of stationery.How you can helpBiC’s new campaign hopes to change this and it has invited companies and consumers to join them in making a difference.Over 20 different BiC products have been branded with ‘Choose BiC and Change a Future’ stickers. Each time one of these packs is sold, BiC will donate a pen to a disadvantaged child.As part of the campaign, BiC will also give away cash prizes towards education, as well as iPads.Distributing the pensThe pens will be distributed by the READ Educational Trust, an NGO that operates in the education and literacy sectors.The organisation’s main focus is teacher training and school resource provision.It is funded by foreign donors and the private sector and works with the Department of Education to implement teacher training and literacy projects in schools.Bertus Matthee, national director of the READ Educational Trust, says that providing school children with writing tools is as important as having books to read.“Being able to put one’s thoughts down is the start of a good education,” Matthee said in a statement. “Since today’s pupils are those who will be writing South Africa’s future, the significance of a donation such as this cannot be underestimated.”Advancing educationLiteracy is a major challenge for South Africa and the country’s Department of Basic Education has identified education as a priority area.“Based on Unicef’s belief that education breaks the generational cycles of poverty and disease, BiC’s ‘Choose BiC and Change a Future campaign’ could begin to rewrite the history of education in South Africa,” Quoilin says.According to Unicef, 21 African nations have adult literacy rates below 50% and in sub-Saharan Africa alone, about 45-million children don’t go to school.Official figures show that about 4.7-million adults in South Africa are illiterate. The country’s unemployment rate of 24% is among the highest in the world.Tertiary institutions have also come on board to address South Africa’s literacy challenge.Last year Stellenbosch University launched a new initiative, known as Words Open Worlds, which is distributing books in rural and disadvantaged communities. Since the beginning of 2011, the project has reached around 30 000 people.last_img read more

Give youth a voice

first_imgSacred Heart College pupil, Masego Mafata urged South Africans to give youth a voice.(Image: Shamin Chibba) IkamvaYouth’s Gauteng regional director, Patrick Mashanda, said the media must celebrate South Africa’s achievements.(Image: Shamin Chibba) Documentary filmmaker Khanyisile Magubane said the media sets the agenda for youth’s aspirations.(Image: Shamin Chibba)Shamin ChibbaSouth Africa’s future hinges on today’s youth, and their concerns need to be heard if we are to prosper. This was one of the major outcomes of the Johannesburg leg of the National Development Plan (NDP) Youth Dialogues hosted by the Mail & Guardian newspaper and Brand South Africa.Education, youth unemployment, and the role of the media were debated at the event, which was held at the Hyatt Hotel in Rosebank on 26 June. Panellists looked at how youth could engage with the NDP, and one way this could occur, they concluded, was by giving young people a chance to voice their concerns on matters affecting their lives.Godfrey Phetla, the director of policy and research for the Enterprise Development Unit in the Department of Trade and Industry, said the government must create the platform for youth to express themselves, and must seriously consider what they had to say. “We always have to speak on behalf of young people. We are not giving them a voice. This is where we have gone wrong as a country.”One of the young audience members, Masego Mafata, a pupil at Sacred Heart College in Johannesburg, urged society to give young people the chance to speak. “Most of the time people do not really get our perspective.”And Langalethu Manqele, the chairperson of the Johannesburg branch of the Black Management Forum (BMF), encouraged young people to use their energy, passion and questioning nature to make the future favourable for them. “They have a unique energy and value system the rest of the population does not have. They need to bring that energy with them to turn things around or else society will always arrest them.” Entrepreneurship the answerEntrepreneurship was put forward as a solution to the country’s rising youth unemployment figures, which, according to the latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report on South Africa, was 48% at present. The president of the Junior Chamber International South Africa, Angel Kgokolo, opened the debate by saying enterprise development was important in addressing inequality and to achieve the transformation that was needed to secure a future for young citizens.GEM’s Entrepreneurial Framework Conditions had to be promoted, which would ensure the needs of young businesspeople were met. These conditions include the cultural and social norms of a country, market dynamics, research, development and education.The GEM report states that just 40% of South Africans believe they are capable of being entrepreneurs, well below the 52% average of similar efficiency-driven economies. It adds that the country’s education, which is one of the framework conditions, has affected the vastly negative perceptions people have of their entrepreneurial capability. “Education was given the lowest mean score by the national experts, indicating that South Africa’s education system is not effectively developing individuals with the skills and confidence required to consider entrepreneurship as a valid career choice,” the report states.Only 14% of South Africans intend to pursue business opportunities in the next three years, which is lower than the average of 27% for efficiency-driven countries. Kgokolo pointed out that a number of young start-ups were unprepared and were set up to fail. “They do not have the capacity to face the challenges of being entrepreneurs.”The founder of recycled products manufacturer Eco Smart, Lisa Kuhle, said this was due to a lack of mentorship. Businesses, she added, failed because there was no support. “Starting a business out of poverty is almost impossible. There are [high] costs to incur.” She suggested the government and corporates contributed by supporting small businesses run by young entrepreneurs.Matsi Modise, the national executive director of South African Black Entrepreneurs Forum, felt it was important for the government and business to work together to ensure young entrepreneurs had access to opportunities. “The government does play its part and has put together policies. But any environment must have a cohesive effort.”However, the BMF’s Manqele thought entrepreneurship was over-emphasised and that there were other solutions to unemployment. He said the country should rather deal with its skills shortage by encouraging young people to get educated. “Not all of us can own and run businesses. We need scientists, too. It is much harder to escape poverty via a business because you need networks. People who have these networks are insiders.”Erica Kempken, a senior consultant at ProServ South Africa, said all additional skills one would need to thrive in the workplace were not taught in schools. “We can teach so many more skills than we are currently doing.”Education, Kempken insisted, started in early childhood and the “NDP is incredibly clear about how important that is”. Furthermore, she said, creativity should be encouraged in the classroom and that it needed to be harnessed in a guided fashion. Schools first needed to teach children skills and afterwards allow them to “put it into practice in a creative way”. Media shapes youthAccording to journalist and documentary filmmaker Khanyisile Magubane, young South Africans are becoming media savvy and are quickly understanding its power. “The knowledge base an average 13-year-old has now is way more than a 13-year-old from 20 years ago. Technology has played a big role in that.”As a result, Magubane believed the media set the agenda for the youth’s aspirations – the way they reflected themselves had a lot to do with the way the media portrayed them. “If you look at the programming on radio and television aimed at young people, it is shallow, it dumbs down the minds of young people. So the question we should be asking is which young minds are going to play a role in shaping the National Development Plan.”She said the media could play a beneficial role in developing the youth by telling stories that portrayed young people who were affirmed in their families. She referred to the SABC 1 television drama Skeem Saam as a good example of how this could be achieved. “[The show] traces how families deal with [problems]. You see [situations] where families are saying to their children ‘You have messed up but it is not the end of the world’. That child walks away with an understanding that ‘I have made a mistake but I can learn from it.’”Patrick Mashanda, the Gauteng regional co-ordinator of the education development NPO IkamvaYouth, said news media had a habit of reporting negative stories, a practice which many in the audience believed could affect the youth. He called for the media, instead, to “celebrate South Africa’s achievements so as to inspire people”.He also urged South Africans to continue working towards a better future, regardless of whether their actions were reported in the media. “Sometimes the media is not accessible. So people should just take action and continue with those programmes for the sake of the nation and our youth.” Youth need confidenceMagubane also said young people needed to learn how to articulate their thoughts. “This comes from being taught how to be confident in yourself and who you are.” Confidence and the kinds of thoughts young people had were directly linked to the way they were brought up.While producing the six-part documentary series Why Are We So Angry? which aired on SABC 1 in 2012, Magubane had come across a number of young people who were intelligent but lacked confidence. “We are not seeing young black kids from the township schools being affirmed enough to say they are okay in their existence, that they are good enough and their mind is good enough.”She said the lack of access to quality education was one of the factors driving this low self-esteem. “I think they are at that stage where they want more but they do not have access to it.”last_img read more

Announcing the May Featured Geocacher of the Month

first_imgMay’s Featured Geocacher of the Month is an enthusiastic, outgoing, and adventurous geocacher. Congratulations to Lulusoy for being named May’s featured Geocacher of the Month!Lulusoy is recognized for organizing the very first official CITO event in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico and for running a successful podcast in Spanish called Cache D Island, where she talks about anything and everything geocaching-related.Many geocachers agree that Lulusoy is a great representation of a leader and an enthusiastic geocacher who has done a lot for her community since becoming a member in 2010.May Featured Geocacher of the Month, LulusoyAs one geocacher casting a vote put it, “I have seen how she [Lulusoy] plans and executes the adventure of geocaching. Lulusoy has many followers and you can see why they enjoy geocaching. I have seen Lulusoy being afraid to reach, jump, climb, and go in water, but this does not stop her if a cache is to be found. I have seen her provide help to many tourists that plan to come to Puerto Rico.  I believe she represents what we all as goecachers strive for.”Lulusoy will receive a collector’s edition featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat, a Geocacher of the Month profile icon, and a certificate acknowledging her contributions signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com.Thank you to the fellow May nominees and all those who supported them. The nominees not chosen as featured Geocacher of the Month will receive a gift of appreciation from Groundspeak. See a list of all the featured Geocachers of the Month here.Geocacher of the Month Profile IconThe geocaching community is encouraged to re-nominate those who have yet to be honored as featured Geocacher of the Month.If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, send an email to [email protected] Every nomination must meet the following requirements: Please include your name, the name of your nominee, their username, at least one picture of the nominee and description (in 500 or fewer words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month. Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award. Nominations for June featured Geocacher of the Month must be received by the end of the day on Monday, June 25th.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the Latitude 47 blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedMay Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsJune 12, 2012In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”June Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsJuly 3, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

PH bowling community mourns death of ex-national team bowler

first_imgLATEST STORIES Pacman’s game Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Constantino died as he was rushed to a nearby hospital.The killer and an accomplice managed to escape on a yellow scooter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Bowling champion Angelo Constantino (left) with World Cup of Bowling champion Paeng Nepomuceno. (Photo from Angelo Constantino Facebook account)The Philippine Bowling Federation mourned the death of Angelo Nathaniel Constantino, a bowling coach and gold medalist, who was killed in a shooting incident on Friday.“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Constantino family. The bowling community will surely miss the presence of a truly dedicated coach, athlete and champion. God rest his soul,” the federation wrote on its Facebook page Friday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Constantino, who won the gold in the 1992 World Youth Championship in Venezuela, was shot dead inside a bowling center in Greenhills, San Juan City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsREAD: Gold medalist bowler shot dead inside bowling centerAccording to police, a masked man clad in a blue shirt and denim shorts, fired several gunshots at Constantino, who was inside the E-Lanes Bowling Center, where he works as manager. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more

23 days agoTottenham hero Waddle fumes: Clean them out; get them out!

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham hero Waddle fumes: Clean them out; get them out!by Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham hero Chris Waddle has blasted the players following their humiliating defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.Mauricio Pochettino’s side were obliterated 7-2 by the German giants, who scored five goals in the second half of the group game on Tuesday night. He told BBC Five Live: “Clean them out, if they don’t want to play for Tottenham get them out and get some people in who want to wear that white shirt.”I don’t think (Serge) Aurier wants to be here. He tried to get away in the summer, they wouldn’t sell him, got rid of (KIeran) Trippier instead.”They should’ve bought a right back and said ‘yeah, you want to leave, then you want to leave’.”At Spurs at the minute there’s too much going on, whether it’s (Christian) Eriksen or (Toby) Alderweireld out of contract. So and so wants a new deal, (Jan) Vertonghen wants a new deal – is he signing? Is he not? “You’ve got to say that it’s a shambles at the minute and they’ve got to sort it out quickly because that squad, even though I’m saying the defence is not good enough, it’s still good enough for the Premier League to finish in the to four.”So they’ve still got a lot to play for, it’s early doors. But they’ve got to do it now.”If they wait and say in January this is going to happen and he’s going to leave and he might not leave, the changing room becomes unsettled.” last_img read more