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Foster’s Fairplay | From Babsy to Dave and WICB

first_img Just as it was for the previous voting exercise, Foster’s Fairplay is in opposition to the thought of the local body casting their ballot elsewhere. It is just not right. If Cameron cannot count on endorsement by his own, will not any attempt to address the woes of the region’s cricket be fraught with foreseeable problems? Even if the financial affairs executive is able to surmount this challenge, will he not be haunted throughout his shift by the recollection that he was virtually red-carded by his homeboys? To be successful in his renewed vigil, they need to be beside in allegiance. This columnist urges a re-think by Heaven and his people. The game is as fragile in its present state as one can ever want it to be. It cannot afford this negative distraction which is a breaking in ranks. There will always be disagreements on one issue or another. That is normal in matters of this nature. A sit-down discussion to iron out the creases is what is required. Emerging from that, there should be a united force ready and willing to move West Indies cricket to the upper floor. What is happening now, save for some top-level limited-over results, is far from being satisfying. Even those advances, in the light of more recent happenings, seem to be suffering from dilution or downgrade. The ultimate cause and priority must be the upliftment of the image of West Indies cricket. The best way to fight for it must be with a unified team. For feedback: Email Brighter days Support needed Enter the woman affectionately called ‘Babsy’ in and external to the sporting arena. With contributions from her affiliate body, the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), in the sum of $750,000, and a cheque for $2.2m from the ministry, suddenly, the dark side of blind cricket became bright. The team would be on its way at the appointed time. Bravo, Babsy! All that said, and for sheer balance, before taking leave of the topic, a point ought to be made. Any praise or recognition for the current minister should not be taken as in any way, sidelining or worse, disrespecting the previous regime. The predecessor, Natalie Neita-Headley, now the sports’ representative on the Opposition Sportspersons Council, did run a good supporting leg during the period that she held the baton. In furtherance of Foster’s Fairplay’s promise to focus more stridently on cricket, a less healthy position is now highlighted. When it could be thought that lessons were learnt from a similar imbroglio last year, here comes another below-the-belt blow by the JCA. With the president of the newly named, Cricket West Indies, Jamaican, Wycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron, seeking a third term, there is a likelihood of obstruction from the Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven-led JCA. It has been reported that talks are being held along the lines of not supporting that ambitious bid for the top post. Foster’s Fairplay has always deemed the government Minister with responsible for Sports, Olivia Grange, to be the ideal fit for that aspect of her portfolio. Her groundings and those whom she assembles in her support speak to nothing less. Recent reports as to her spontaneous effort to assist cricket for the visually challenged serve to accentuate that view. There is nothing fashionable about cricket for the handicapped. In fact, it is more of a where do they think they are going? situation. As such, whatever goodwill that is held for the sport that has fallen from grace tends to go to the sighted. The fact that, until now, the version that is now being given a most welcome boost, is not recognised or by extension, supported by the regional body, emphasises that point. For those who came in late on this story, a West Indies team in which there are nine Jamaicans was selected to depart for the T20 World Cup Cricket for the Blind in India. Then comes the plea for financial assistance, as the funds needed to give life to the effort were short by approximately $3 million. As reported, the shortfall existed despite an input of $700,000 from the coffers of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA).last_img read more

Drug makers recall cold meds for kids

first_imgHowever, industry critics challenged this statement. “When it comes to children under age two there are no recommended doses on these products so it’s not reasonable to claim they are safe and effective when used as directed,” said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Baltimore’s health commissioner. Because weight is a major factor in determining dosage, the wide variances among babies and toddlers can cause problems in determining the proper amount of medication to give, said Dr. Christopher Tolcher, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Over the years, children have died due to overuse and multiple combinations of these cough and cold meds,” said Tolcher, a pediatrician at Encino-Tarzana Hospital.The FDA is reviewing the safety of cold medicines at the request Sharfstein and other Baltimore city officials, who reported 900 Maryland children under four overdosed on the products in 2004. Shares of Johnson and Johnson rose 22 cents to $66.05 while shares of Wyeth fell 12 cents to $46.03. Shares of Novartis AG dipped one cent to $54.22 and Prestige Brands Holdings Inc. fell 6 cents to $11.10.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityLate last month, the Food and Drug Administration tentatively recommended adding the words “do not use in children under 2 years” to product labeling. Current labeling directs parents to consult a doctor before administering the drugs to infants and toddlers. Government scientists also said there is little evidence that cold medicines actually work in younger children. FDA will formally consider revising labeling at a meeting scheduled for Oct. 18-19. After reviewing reports of side effects over the last four decades, FDA found 54 child fatalities from over-the-counter decongestant medicines. The agency found 69 reports of children’s deaths connected with antihistamines, which are used to treat runny noses. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association, which represents drug makers, said it will conduct a multiyear campaign to educate parents and physicians on safe use of cold medicines. The trade group stressed in a statement that the “medicines are, and have always been, safe at recommended doses.” Drug makers today voluntarily pulled kids’ cold medicines off the market less than two weeks after the government warned of potential health risks to infants. Products aimed at children under the age of 2 are being removed from store shelves due to “rare instantances of misuse” that could lead to accidental overdose, a trade group that represents over-the-counter drug makers said. Cold medicines being withdrawn include: Johnson & Johnson Pediacare Infant Drops and Tylenol Concentrated Infants Drops, Wyeth’s Dimetapp Decongestant Infant Drops, Novartis’ Triaminic Infant & Toddler Thin Strips and Prestige Brands Holdings’ Little Colds Decongestant Plus Cough. CVS Caremark Corp. said today it would remove the affected products as well as CVS-brand equivalents from store shelves. last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER Seven Whittier-area students have received a total of $1,650 in scholarships from Banco Popular, Cecelia Lowry, the Smolenski Family and the Whittier Art Association.Awardees include Samantha J. Pruitt of La Serna High, who won a $500 Banco Popular scholarship; Bianca Alonso of La Serna, who won a $500 Cecelia Lowry Tribute scholarship; Tarah Hadden of California High, who won a $300 Anne-Marie Smolenski Memorial Scholarship; and Arthur Thammavong of La Serna, who won a $200 Elise Sammers Memorial Scholarship.Winning $50 art scholarships were Mark Real of Pioneer High, and Juliet Bourgeois and Veronica Orozco, both of Santa Fe High.The scholarships were presented during the Whittier Cultural Art Foundation’s Arts Showcase at the Shannon Center.Lowell benefit golf tourney set WHITTIER The Lowell Joint Education Foundation will hold a Celebrity Golf Tournament on June 5, featuring 30 Hollywood celebrities and former professional athletes. Reservations are being accepted for individuals and foursomes.The tournament, sponsored by Countrywide Home Loans, will be held at the Westridge Golf Club, 1400 S. La Habra Hills Drive in La Habra.Donations of $200 per player include green fees, carts, lunch, dinner, refreshments and prizes.Dinner tickets are also available for $25 apiece.The proceeds will go toward the district, which is in the midst of budget cuts. The foundation has already raised $20,000 in an Adopt-A-Classroom project launched earlier this year.For more information, call the foundation at (562) 697-1751. WUSD recognizes its top teachers WHITTIER Whittier Union High School District board members and Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson hosted district teachers and classified staff members at its second annual staff recognition dinner at the Radisson Hotel last week.Overall, awards were presented to 34 teachers and 24 classified staff members. Patricia J. Kieta, Social Sciences teacher at La Serna High School, was recognized as Teacher of the Year.Awardees are nominated by their peers and the administration at each school site. Classified staff members were nominated in Clerical/Accounting, Operations/Security, Food Service and Instructional Support categories.Cerritos’ summer sessions begin NORWALK Cerritos College’s first summer sessions get under way this morning for six-week, eight-week and 16-week sessions at the campus, 11110 Alondra Blvd.Registration is still under way for an additional eight-week intrasession that runs from June 19 through Aug. 11, and a second six-week session that begins July 3 and ends Aug. 11.Students may access a schedule of classes, complete an application and register online for a variety of classes by visiting eligible returning students have an option to either register online through MyCerritos or by using the automated Falcon Phone registration system at (562) 865-3276.For more information, call Rose Alegre at the admissions and records department at (562) 860-2451, Ext. 2211.If you have an event or notice deserving attention, write us! Send your notice to Tracy Garcia, education reporter, at 7612 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602. You may call the office at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or send e-mail to read more

Ronaldo hits hat-trick as Real take massive step towards Champions League final

first_imgReal Madrid took a massive step towards the 2017 Champions League final with a 3-0 semi-final first-leg win over city rivals Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu.A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick put the hosts in the driving seat against Diego Simeone’s men, who, truth be told, never look like their usual selves – lacking intensity and any sort of attacking threat.It took just nine minutes for the hosts to open the lead, capitalising on some early pressure with Ronaldo heading a Ramos cross past Oblak. Just prior to that, Benzema missed a glorious chance to score, tapping wide from close range.Atleti looked rattled after conceding, and Real were afforded all the time they needed to stroke the ball around the middle of the park.And moments later, only a fine diving save from Oblak prevented Varane heading Real into a two-goal lead.But the visitors did manage a chance of their own, Gameiro spurning the opportunity to grab a vital away goal. Koko played a fine ball through to the forward, but his touch was poor inside the area, and Navas was there to claim possession.Luckily for Simeone’s side, for all Real’s excellence with the ball, they were failing to find their way past Oblak.Benzema brought a save from the keeper with a looping strike, Modric fired just wide from the D, and only bad contact with the ball prevented Benzema scoring a wonderful bicycle kick.A fine free-kick from Griezmann led to Godin smashing over from inside the six-yard box, when he should have cut the ball back across the face of goal.The visitors were certainly growing into the game as it wore on, but they failed to breach Real’s defences before the half-time whistle was blown.After the break, the ball was shared much more evenly between the two sides, though Atleti were lacking their usual intensity – and constantly wasted possession in the final third.They were toiling in attack, and wasted chances from Carrasco, Koko and Gameiro caused Simeone to do all three substitutes before the 70th minute.But before any of them could have any impact, Benzema laid the ball off to Ronaldo inside the D, and the Portugal forward smashed a superb finish past Oblak to double the lead.Ronaldo failed to complete his hat-trick after fine work from Asensio, with the latter’s ball into the area just evading him, but with five minutes left the third goal was secured.Vazquez broke into the right side of the area, and he cut the ball back to the penalty spot after reaching the byline.Ronaldo was there to pick up possession, and he rolled the ball past Oblak to make it back-to-back hat-tricks in the Champions League.That goal put Real in total control, and they will head to the Vicente Calderon next week in high spirits. 1last_img read more


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: Protein is a German word that is taken from the Greek word Proteios, meaning the first in.There is no question about it; protein is the most important macronutrient in your diet, but many people are confused as to how much protein they really need to consume.One question I get asked a lot, (and by a lot I mean A LOT!), is ‘how much protein should I take?’ This is usually asked by people looking to either build muscle or burn fat.The question in itself is a bit of an open-ended question, as there are a number of factors that you have to take into consideration before you can give a straight answer.If you listen to the media over the past few years, they would have you believe that over-consumption of protein will cause health issues such as cardio vascular problems and kidney problems. These claims are false and have been debunked by several studies in recent years.It is however recommended that if you have a pre-existing renal issue, you should monitor your protein intake. For people in good health, protein is safe.Not only is it safe, it is the one macronutrient that you shouldn’t be leaving out from your meals if your goals are fat loss or muscle gain.So: Why Protein?Protein is an important component of every cell in the body.Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues.You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals.Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and bloodProtein also has a high thermic effect. Protein requires 25-30% of the energy it provides just for digestion, absorption, and assimilation while carbs only require 6-8% and fat requires 2-3%.That means that eating protein can lead to a higher metabolic rate which means greater fat loss when dieting and less fat gain during phases of muscle gain.You are burning fat through eating alone.Protein also has a better satiety effect (the sense of being “full” or “satisfied” after a meal), compared to carbs and fats.You will feel fuller for longer and will be less likely to snack in between meals.Diets higher in protein have also been shown to lead to greater weight loss than low protein diets.So the question is just how much protein is enough?This will depend on a few of the things I mentioned to above.Are you training?What age are you?What are your goals? (Fat loss or muscle gain)If you are inactive, the RDA of 0.8g per kg of bodyweight is more than enough for you.For older adults this increases to 1g per kg of bodyweight.For active individuals, especially those involved in strength training regimens, studies have consistently shown optimal intake to be about 1.6 to 2.0 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight.For an alternative and a method that I personally use, set your protein at 1g per pound of GOAL BODY WEIGHT.This means that if you want to be a lean 90kg (200lbs) you would consume 200g of protein per day.If you are feeling a bit lost here and you don’t want to start lifting a calculator every time you eat a meal, I also use the Precision Nutrition method with clients and in my classes.You will use you hand as a measuring tool.For fat loss you simply have a palm sized portion of protein with every meal.For muscle gain you would have 2 palm sized portions with every meal.Your palm is like a tailor made portion controller for you each portion should be the thickness of your thumb.Protein is something that you should have in your diet.The benefits outweigh any negatives that you could think of and if you want improved body composition, protein is simply a must.#TrainSmartFor further information on Personal Training or to get a structured training program, please contact me through the link below. 

* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: PROTEIN – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW was last modified: November 24th, 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:emmet rusheproteinwhat you need to knowlast_img read more


first_imgFerry’s – didn’t tax two of its bin lorriesA GARDA Inspector has questioned whether or not a local refuse company would pay huge fines handed down to a local refuse collection company.Inspector Goretti Sheridan made her views known as Ferry’s Refuse appeared at Letterkenny District Court on charges brought after two investigations by Garda Derek Connaughton. Bin lorries being operated in Letterkenny in September and October 2013 had not been taxed.Neither had been taxed for months, with €1,800 in back-tax owed.Inspector Sheridan said the company had been ‘chopping and changing’ its name and the charges were brought against Ferry’s Refuse Limited which had now changed to Ferry’s Refuse Recycling Limited.Judge Paul Kelly asked defence solicitor Ciaran McLaughlin why the vehicles had not been taxed.“Why is he (Jim Ferry) not taxing his vehicles?” asked the judge.Mr McLaughlin said they (Ferry’s) had difficulties at the time, transferring the vehicles from one company to another.He admitted the back tax had not been paid.Judge Paul Kelly struck out four of the six charges and fined Ferry’s a total of €2,000. The company will be given three months to pay.However Inspector Sheridan said that with the company name changes she was concerned the fines would not be paid.“Will the fines be paid?” she asked.Mr McLaughlin replied: “The fines will be paid.”Judge Kelly told Mr McLaughlin: “Tell him (Mr Ferry) he is putting his business at risk Mr McLaughlin.”FERRY’S REFUSE FINED FOR HAVING UNTAXED BIN LORRIES was last modified: January 6th, 2015 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:Donegal Dailyferry’s refusefinedLetterkenny District Courtno taxlast_img read more

Fernandes explains decision to give Park a two-year deal

first_imgQPR chairman Tony Fernandes has explained the decision not to sign Park Ji-sung on a longer-term contract.The South Korean, who recently arrived from Manchester United, agreed a two-year deal at Loftus Road, but Fernandes believes Park will be at the club beyond 2014.He said: “It was something we discussed. It’s a big step for Ji to move from such a big club, so let’s all get comfortable with each other.“We’re confident that with our ambitions for the future he will enjoy it here and be with us for longer.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Africa in the new world order

first_img13 October 2010The world is changing – this is now well known. What is less well known or not yet understood is that Africa is changing as much as, if not more than, the rest of the world. Africa is the second-fastest-growing region in the world, after “Developing Asia”, and has been for most of the last decade. Forecasts from the International Monetary Fund and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) expect this to continue to be the case.Shifting balance of global economyThe first decade of 21st century has seen some of the most profound changes in the balance of the world economy. The dramatic extent of the shift was evident during the depths of the world financial crisis. During the course of 2009, the economies of the OECD member countries shrank by about 3.3%. Only three members of the OECD grew at all – South Korea, Australia and Poland. Overall, gross fixed investment fell in the OECD countries by nearly 12% and unemployment rose sharply.At the same time, developing countries grew by about 1.2%. So, in the middle of the financial crisis, the developing grew 4.5% faster than the OECD member countries. And investment remained positive in many of these countries.In the past it was the other way around – when the industrialised countries sneezed, the world got a cold. In the past, economists from the developed countries told the developing countries what they should be doing. In the past, they said that developing countries should behave more like the developed countries.No country is an islandThis time the virus has attacked the industrialised countries most severely, and they have been looking at developing countries like China, India, Brazil and South Africa to help pull them from recession back to growth.The developing countries are not autonomous from the industrialised countries. Indeed, the world economy is more integrated than ever before, and all markets are linked. Yet, we do now have a world where the sources of growth are multiple – it is no longer a case of one or two locomotives pulling the world economy forward. This is “the new reality”.The dynamism in the world economy is clearly shifting from North to South and from West to East. The OECD Development Centre estimates that, measured in terms of real domestic buying power, the developing countries will have a larger share of the world economy than the OECD countries by 2012. By 2030, developing countries will have 57% of the world economy, and the current OECD members 43%.Africa in a new lightThe developing world contributed almost 70% of world growth measured in terms of domestic buying power during the last decade. China alone contributed nearly 30% of world growth.Africa is now seen in a new light. It came through the depths of the economic crisis better than many expected, growing even faster than the average for emerging and developing economies during the crisis. Africa grew by about 2.5%, on average, during 2009. While a few of the bigger economies were more severely affected by the crisis, most African countries grew even faster than that.This is an edited excerpt of a speech by South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to the Emerging Markets Summit 2010: the New Reality. Download the original speech in PDF format (120 KB).This article was published in South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB).last_img read more

SA lodges, guesthouses draw investors

first_img11 April 2013 South Africa’s Western Cape boutique hotels and guesthouses have seen a surge in investment by overseas buyers, according to Pam Golding Lodges and Guesthouses (PGLAG). The outlook for investment in tourism locations in the province is positive as statistics show that South Africa enjoyed a 10.4% increase in foreign visitors from January to October 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, said Peter Bruil, the managing director of PGLAG, a subsidiary of Pam Golding Hospitality. “Market activity in the guesthouse and boutique hotel market indicates growing interest in this region,” Bruil said in a statement on Tuesday. An increase in international and local visitors, together with increased sales by PGLAG, culminated in a good 2012 for the Western Cape’s property market. The sale of two 4-star guesthouses in Somerset West and Hermanus further improved the outlook. “The combined value of these two sales is close to R17-million,” he said.‘Vote of confidence in South Africa’ “It is notable that the purchasers of these prime-located establishments are overseas investors who already a presence in South Africa.” Albourne Guesthouse in Somerset West was bought by Korevest Leisure Management Group, a specialist investment company focusing on small and medium-sized businesses in emerging markets, while Whale Rock Cottage in Hermanus was purchased by Dave and Anouk Bakker. A former national cricket captain for Holland, Dave Bakker visited South Africa and fell in love with the country. He and wife Anouk purchased WedgeView Country House & Spa in Stellenbosch and acquired Whale Rock Cottage to expand their business. Korevest was founded by Dutch-born Tin Korver, who relocated to South Africa 18 years ago and is now based in Cape Town. The two guesthouses have been operating for over 20 years. “They both cater predominantly for the overseas tourist in high season, servicing mainly markets from the UK, Germany and the Benelux countries (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg), while in low season they attract mostly South African corporate travellers,” Bruil said. He said both buyers invested additional capital, which is a vote of confidence in the country as a desirable investment destination. “In addition to the healthy growth in revenue during 2012, confidence has been boosted by the rand exchange rate, which makes South Africa some 20% more affordable as a tourist destination than a year ago,” Bruil said. “We are currently in an advanced stage of negotiation with a number of overseas buyers, including clients from Korea, Thailand, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands and England, and have a selected number of quality investment opportunities available.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Is This the Cure for the Common CRM?

first_imgCureCRM is new software as a service that aspires to be the “cure for the common CRM.” As you might be able to tell from its logo, the service is first and foremost about integrating closely with email. It acts as an email-based assistant for CRM work, and it can automatically log business-related email activity on both its own site and The product also focuses on including Twitter in the mix, making it a promising, if not entirely complete, addition to the social CRM space that is rapidly maturing in 2009.Twitter Relationship ManagerIn addition to the relationship management that you’re probably used to, CureCRM includes a little bit of character from the social CRM space by integrating smoothly with Twitter. If you opt to connect your company’s account with OAuth, tweets become a part of the workflow. Twitter friends become a part of the contacts system, you can track conversations just like email, and team leaders can assign an ongoing Twitter conversation. Email-powered CRMThe core paradigm of CureCRM is built around connecting closely with email. It extracts your contacts to seed your CRM, it feeds out assigned tasks and reminders, and it can automatically log related emails into both their site and if you opt to integrate the two. In addition to connecting with Google Apps/Gmail, as well as Outlook and Exchange servers, CureCRM features a personal email assistant somewhat reminiscent of the now-defunct Sandy. CureCRM might seem a little strange for those familiar with more common CRM systems. But that’s because it’s more like an application that sits on top of your typical CRM, allowing you to do a better job of managing and automating the pipeline of activity. The system creates a central administrative view that is a stream of emails and tweets.In practice, that kind of management means you can do things like automatically pull in prospect-related emails into your CRM, rather than relying on salespeople to go to your CRM and manually log them. The basic package with CureCRM is $29.95/month, or $49.95 if you want the whole shebang with the Outlook plugin and integration.Room to ImproveIn our tests, CureCRM was fairly intuitive, especially to someone who might already be familiar with Twitter. As someone who has felt the frustrations of having to manually chronicle customer interactions in a CRM, I could see this system improving things for people.But if it wants to continue as something that feels like an improvement to the typical CRM, then they need to connect with more than just and Twitter. Integration, both the ability to do it and how easy it is, is a huge concern for enterprises looking to adopt SaaS solutions. The software needs to work with other kinds of CRMs (which might not be SaaS) and connect to other public networks where conversations are happening. By doing both, CureCRM could show real potential for building on what it has gotten right with CRM already. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#Products#saas Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now steven wallinglast_img read more