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Red Steel’s fighting spirit praised after CPL win

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel coach Simon Helmot has praised the fighting spirit of his players after they rebounded from the bottom of the table to win the third edition of the Caribbean Premier League.Red Steel defeated the 2014 champions Barbados Tridents by 20 runs in the final at the Queen’s Park oval on Sunday.”I am really proud of this team,” said Helmot.”I thought we put up a great fight throughout the season and then to play 10 games in 16 days and to come out victorious is an enormous effort.”Red Steel, losing semi-finalist in 2013 and 2014, arrived for their home matches in Trinidad at the bottom of the standings.This year, on the way to the final four, Red Steel defeated inaugural champions Jamaica Tallawahs and Barbados Tridents, last year’s champions.”We were only bottom because we played fewer games than everyone else,” he said.”But it is a daunting prospect knowing that other teams have got points in front of you. That can be difficult to handlementally and emotionally.”Dwayne Bravo’s men also endured a tough route to the final by beating Chris Gayle’s Tallawahs a second time and also getting past Guyana Amazon Warriors in the second semi-final eliminator.”It was a unique experience,” said the Red Steel coach.”The fact that we played ten matches in 16 days and out of those we were able to win seven, it was an extraordinary effort, and I certainly have not been involved with a team that has done that before.”sold-out crowdRed Steel successfully defended their 178 for five, playing before a sold-out crowd at Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday.They stifled the Tridents’ dangerous batting line-up, to take their first ever CPL title.”In the final, I thought we batted exceptionally well,” Helmot pointed out.”We knew when we have strong partnerships at the top, we have success, and that has happened throughout the tournament and that really gave us a launching pad to accelerate at the back end of the innings.”last_img read more

Many local farmers continue to delay harvesting due to poor weather

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Poor weather conditions are making it less than ideal as local farmers and producers look to finish harvesting their crops.The effects of poor weather this Fall are being felt across the B.C. Peace and into Alberta, with Grande Prairie County Council declaring an “agricultural disaster” as most crops have suffered damage.Kelly Kassian, of Viterra of Fort St. John, says the wet weather and early snow has not helped farmers, causing a delay in the harvest.- Advertisement -According to Kassian, many crops are still out in the field and many farmers are now waiting to see what the weather will bring, possibly delaying some of the harvest until Spring.“The wet weather and the early snow didn’t help us at all, that’s for sure. We still got crops out in the field and we’ll have to see what the weather does and if we get a little bit more, that’d be a bonus, but we’ll have to see what happens in the Spring, I guess.”Kassian says, ideally, the crops should be off by late October or early November at the latest.Advertisementlast_img read more

Man City 1-1 Roma: Totti strike dents Pellegrini’s Champions League hopes

first_img Francesco Totti 1 Legendary Roma forward Francesco Totti became the Champions League’s oldest goalscorer as he denied Manchester City victory at the Etihad Stadium.Having gone ahead through an early Sergio Aguero penalty, Totti was on hand with a delightfully deft chip to haul his side level.And, despite the efforts of Man City’s frontline, the Italians held on to the 1-1 scoreline to claim a valuable point, which will put a huge dent into any hopes Manuel Pellegrini had of leading his side out of the group stages.The English side now sit third in Group E after two matches, four points behind leaders Bayern Munich and three off Roma, who thrashed CSKA Moscow 5-1 in their opening clash.On night slightly lacking in atmosphere in Manchester, the hosts very quickly had the advantage as former right-back Maicon dragged back, much to manager Rudi Garcia’s disbelief, Sergio Aguero to give away a penalty.And the Argentine striker made no mistake from the spot as he stroked the ball home beyond Lukasz Skorupski.Maicon nearly atoned for his error, which earned him a yellow card, immediately but, after a sweet give and go with the evergreen Totti, he struck a shot on the angle against Joe Hart’s near post.Hart, who was looking to make a point after being rested by Pellegrini for City’s games with Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City, was quick off his line to deny ex-Arsenal forward Gervinho a sniff of goal moments later, but soon he was to be fishing the ball out of his own net.A sleeping City backline allowed Italian legend Totti to be slipped through on goal by Radja Nainggolan and the 38-year-old, aided by a slight slip from Hart, chipped beautifully into the back of the net to level, before saluting his adoring fans.I Giallorossi seemed the more threatening side but were consistently halted in their tracks by the linesman’s flag, while the hosts saw a shout for another penalty turned down despite the ball hitting Kostas Manolas’s hand and looping over a well placed Yaya Toure.After the break, Totti had Hart at full stretch once again but this time his shot from range whistled wide of the upright before Miralem Pjanic’s curler clattered the stanchion.Roma were by far the more dominant of the sides and they turned to Frank Lampard, with 56 minutes of the clock, as they looked to turn the game around, with the Englishman replacing Edin Dzeko.A left-footed James Milner shot slid wide of Skoprupski’s goal and the Polish goalkeeper tipped a Lampard shot wide after another Pjanic shot had sent Hart scrambling across his line.The game quickly turned fractious though and soon tackles were flying and a lack of composure seemed to affect the 22 men on the field as both looked for the strike which would win them all three points.After a tussle for supremacy it appeared the hosts were the closer to nabbing victory and Pellegrini’s side upped the pressure as Lampard sliced a right-foot shot from 20 yards.But, with his side in the ascendency, Pellegrini opted to swap Stevan Jovetic on for Sergio Aguero with five minutes to go, and an injury to Maicon, which forced him off the field, proceeded to kill any momentum left in the tie and leave Manchester City with a tough task to make the knockout stages.last_img read more

England U21 v Netherlands U21: TV channel, kick-off time and team news

first_imgAidy Boothroyd’s Young Lions are looking to continue their excellent Euro qualification campaign against Holland.They’ve picked up five wins and a draw from their six games so far in Group 4 – but the Netherlands can pull to within two points with a victory. Getty How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Boothroyd’s side are five points clear in Group 4 What time is kick-off?This Euro qualifier will be held on Thursday, September 6.Kick-off at Norwich’s Carrow Road is at 7.45pm.The last meeting between the sides saw the Netherlands grab a point after PSV’s Bart Ramselaar cancelled out Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s opener.Which TV channel can I watch it on?You can watch this match live on BT Sport 1 and 4KUHD.Coverage starts at 7pm as Boothroyd’s men look for a fourth straight win.To stream the action, use the BT Sport App which can be downloaded on your mobile, tablet or laptop. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal impact possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade silverware highlights FOOTBALL LATEST Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack MONEY England squadGoalkeepers: Angus Gunn (Southampton), Dean Henderson (Sheffield United, on loan from Manchester United), Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United)Defenders: Ben Chilwell (Leicester City), Jake Clarke-Salter (Vitesse Arnhem, on loan from Chelsea), Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), Jonjoe Kenny (Everton), Ezri Konsa (Brentford), Fikayo Tomori (Derby County, on loan from Chelsea), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace), Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur)Midfielders: Lewis Cook (AFC Bournemouth), Tom Davies (Everton), Kieran Dowell (Everton), Mason Mount (Derby County, on loan from Chelsea), Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham)Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Demarai Gray (Leicester City), Ademola Lookman (Everton), James Maddison (Leicester City), Dominic Solanke (Liverpool). 1last_img read more

Brondyke and Jackson Lead On First Day of 2018 Drake Relays Presented by Hy-Vee

first_imgBrondyke is an assistant coach at Central Missouri, where Kip Janvrin, a 15-time Relays champion in the decathlon, is the head coach. Brondyke learned the decathlon as an athlete at Central by watching videos of Janvrin. “I’ve battled some Achilles issues this year, so training’s been up and down at times,” Brondyke said. “Had a solid day one and to come away with a 400 PR, I was pretty jacked. That’s a race I’ve been chasing for a long time.” “I’ve been connected with him ever since I started the dec,” he said. “So to work with him and kind of have him as one of my mentors is really special.” Brondyke also won the Drake decathlon in 2014 and is competing in his 12th Relays, dating back to his high school days. He finished first in the long and shot put and took third with his best-ever run in the 400. “Being from Iowa, you’re probably too proud,” he said. You want to come back, you want to defend, you want to win a flag, all of those things. Regardless of the weather, it’s still a very special meet.” Jackson also has enjoyed success at Drake previously. She ran the lead-off leg in helping North Dakota State win the university women’s sprint medley relay last year, anchored the third-place 4×400 team and led off for the sixth-place team in the 4×100.center_img DES MOINES, Iowa – From the first time he competed in the meet, the Drake Relays has exerted a pull on Kurtis Brondyke.Brondyke began defense of his Relays decathlon title by taking the first day lead with 3,993 points through five events — 64 more than second-place Derek Jacobus. The former Clinton High School and Central College athlete capped his day with a 50.06-second 400 meters, his fastest time ever in that event. “I wanted to get through all the events, do my best, see where I’m at,” said Jackson, who was 12th at the USA Championships last summer. “I’m pretty happy with today.” Print Friendly Version Former North Dakota State standout Rose Jackson leads the women’s heptathlon with 3,281 points. She has a solid 307-point lead over Northern Iowa sophomore Brooke Lorenz. On Wednesday, she finished first in three of the four events — 100 hurdles, shot put and 200.last_img read more

News in brief: Youngsters called up, Doughty’s loan deal extended

first_imgRobinson is on loan at HuddersfieldEngland Under-21sFulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli has earned his first international call-up after being named in the England Under-21 squad for two friendlies this month. His Whites team-mate Cauley Woodrow, who scored twice at this summer’s Toulon Festival, retains his place for the matches against Portugal and France.Chelsea’s Nathaniel Chalobah and Patrick Bamford, QPR’s Jack Robinson and Brentford’s on-loan midfielder Alex Pritchard are also in the squad.Yun Suk-YoungQPR’s left-back is once again in South Korea’s squad for upcoming friendlies with Jordan on 14 November and Iran on 18 November.George WilliamsThe Fulham teenager has been named in Wales’ squad for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium on 16 November. The 19-year-old has won four caps for his country, and made his first start in the qualifier with Cyprus last month.Michael DoughtyThe QPR midfielder has extended his loan at League One Gillingham until the new year. The 21-year-old has made two appearances for the Gills and will now stay at the Priestfield Stadium until 24 January.Lyle Della VerdeThe Fulham midfielder has joined Conference Premier side Bristol Rovers on a month’s loan.HarlequinsAll four Quins players named in the England squad for the autumn internationals will start against New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday. Chris Robshaw will captain the side, Danny Care wins his 49th cap at scrum-half and Joe Marler and Mike Brown are also in the side.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Lightning Strike

first_imgAlthough a lightning strike can be terrifying to passengers, aircraft are designed to be able to withstand most strikes.On average, every plane is hit once a year.AirlineRatings has obtained this spectacular video (below) of an aircraft being struck by lightning in the US.Most lightning strikes on aircraft occur below 4000m (12,000ft).Only 10 per cent of strikes are a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time — nine out of 10 are triggered by the aircraft itself as it flies through a heavily charged area of cloud.While strikes are common, serious accidents are rare as the aircraft and its passengers are protected by the design of the aircraft which forces the lightning to redistribute itself on the outside skin.In about a third of cases aircraft suffer minor damage such as burn marks, residual magnetism and arcing at hinges.Strikes can, however, be more serious.“Positive lightning” is 10 times more powerful than its negative counterpart and accounts for about 5 per cent of strikes.Severe strikes by this powerful force can damage avionics and put the plane’s safety at risk.In 1973, a Fairchild FH227 was struck by lightning on approach to St Louis and crashed killing 38.One of the most severe case in recent times involved a Boeing 767 flying across the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand which was struck by a massive bolt of lightning which put it out of service for a month.Engineers found 5000 exit points which had to be repaired to prevent corrosion.To see a lightning encounter from the cockpit see here.Lightning by the numbers:1800                The number of thunderstorms storms around the world in progress at any given moment.40-100             The number if lightning flashes every second24,000             Average deaths from lightning each year240,000           The number of injuries from lightning58                   The number of deaths in the US90                   Percentage of people who ae struck who survive.Source: Fast Facts About Lightning www.lightningsafety.comlast_img read more

New crop of black emerging farmers

first_imgThis year’s New Harvest Farmer of theYear is Gift Mafuleke, who developed hispassion for farming while still a child.(Image: Toyota SA) MEDIA CONTACTS • Leroy Khoza Toyota SA senior coordinator: Promotions  and Sponsorship,  +27 11 809 2040 or +17 71 519 9905 RELATED ARTICLES • Emerging farmers on the rise • SA allocates R500m for black farmers • New centre to enhance food security • Ethiopian wins World Food PrizeEmily van RijswijckGift Mafuleka, a young emerging black farmer from the Bronkhorstpruit area, located about 50km east of Pretoria, has been chosen as the 2011 Toyota New Harvest Farmer of the Year.Mafuleka, an official supplier to the local operation of McCain Foods, triumphed over eight other finalists from around the country for the coveted title, driving off with a brand new Toyota Hilux 3.0 Raider into the bargain.Toyota South Africa decided four years ago to put its weight behind emerging black farmers, and introduced the competition. It recognises the most promising among these farmers, noting that the majority of them have to overcome tremendous obstacles to succeed in a tough agricultural environment.The competition is only open to previously disadvantaged farmers who have at least five years experience in farming. Candidates must be nominated by an organisation that was involved in their development.“The objective of Toyota SA is specifically to reward a black emerging farmer by means of public recognition, thus highlighting that there are not only failures but also successes in the upcoming farmer sector in SA,” says Professor Carlu van der Westhuizen, technical adviser and convener of the judging panel.Van der Westhuizen adds that there is no doubt that these finalists and winners are commercial farmers in their own right, with some showing the potential to become “very good farmers” who will eventually be able to compete on national level in the open farming categories.  “In the coming few years I expect Gift Mafuleka to be a strong contender for the Toyota/Agri SA Young Farmer of the Year title, irrespective of his background.”The two competitions run concurrently but the latter offers much stiffer competition as it is open to young farmers from all backgrounds.  Official supplier to McCainsThirty year old Mafuleka uses the 340 ha of land leased from the government for mixed farming operations. He currently supplies McCain Foods with 250 tons of sweet corn and 115 tons of peas, but says he hopes to double his production by 2015.He also plants maize and soya and plans to venture into beef farming in the near future.Mafuleka was nominated by the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.  He says his passion for farming sprouted when he was growing up in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal, under the watchful eye of his grandparents, who were subsistence farmers. He says he used to love taking care of the animals and enjoyed his grandfather’s activities of planting sugarcane and vegetables in the garden.Today he holds a BTech diploma from Tshwane University of Technology, specialising in crop production. In 2006 he joined the graduate training programme of McCain Foods, working at the research unit in Bronkhorstpruit, where he excelled.Soon he was promoted to assistant farming manager, then the acting farming manager.But he made it clear to McCain Foods that he wanted to do his own farming. “I told them I am a bona fide commercial farmer and that I would like to farm on my own.”In 2009 McCain Foods closed the research facility and Mafuleka saw his chance. Following the sale of the land to the government, he entered into a lease agreement with the state and has never looked back.Breaking through stereotypesHe says one of the toughest challenges for emerging black farmers is that they are not recognised as genuine farmers, or taken seriously enough by the larger agricultural community. “The industry is very big and it is difficult to break through, to be known and taken seriously.”He ascribes his success to a balanced approach to the job. “I work hard but I also take time off. I reward myself and I rest regularly,” he says.  For Mafuleka, recognition through this competition is without price. “It means a lot to me. It makes me realise that hard work really pays off.”In South Africa there are roughly 2.5-million upcoming farmers, operating under various circumstances: from commercial and communal farmers, to farmers on tribal land, and those simply practising subsistence and backyard farming activities.“Farming is a very challenging profession and farmers have to manage a multitude of business areas. To run a successful farm is a big challenge and we would like to recognise and salute farmers like Gift who had overcome even more challenges than most farmers,” says Marius Burger, senior VP of Toyota SA’s corporate administration.It is true that emerging farmers have greater challenges to overcome, says Van der Westhuizen.“Many black farmers did not receive the same opportunities than their white counterparts. In most cases they are more restricted in terms of available resources, education, information sources and other aspects.”One of the bigger challenges faced by these farmers is the lack of access to production credit, mostly because they don’t have collateral to offer as security. They also lack a deeper scientific and economical knowledge and are often out of reach of available information sources, says van der Westhuizen.“Yet, all the farmers that I talked with want to become bigger commercial farmers with proper agricultural machinery and implements, and better quality animals.”  Moses Gumede, a sugarcane farmer from Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal was the winner of the New Harvest competition in 2010. He produces more than 895 tons of sucrose annually.Land redistributionWith the issue of food security gaining greater importance worldwide, South Africa’s government has noted with concern that the number of commercial farmers in the country has dropped from 45 000 to 32 000.Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti, says it has become imperative that emerging farmers become productive, and remain so. The government will require commercial farmers to play a vital role in this regard.Nkwinti was speaking at an agricultural gathering in Gauteng in October where he highlighted the main aspects of the new Green Paper on Land Reform to the community.“State support to farmers will be conditional on their commitment and passion to farm, as well as land being used for production,” he said.While the new Green Paper on Land Reform, released in September 2011, will strive undo the legacy of apartheid’s unequal land distribution, Ngwinti says the document will place greater emphasis will be placed on food security, job creation, and skills training among beneficiaries and black farmers.Van der Westhuizen says the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform is on the right track with their current mentoring programme, but that more research should be done in respect of the aptitude for farming of future land reform beneficiaries. He is researching this aspect at the moment.“Statistics on land reform vary according to the source, but it is common knowledge that there are failures and also successes, as proved by the Toyota New Harvest competition,” he said.The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform’s mentoring programme can be contacted on +27 12 312 8911.last_img read more

Energy Audit Rule Kicks In June 1 For Home Sellers in Austin

first_imgSellers of single-family detached homes that are 10 or more years old and served by Austin Energy will need to have an energy audit of their propertyLots of information changes hands when houses are bought and sold. Sellers disclose information about the houses they sell that might affect the listed property’s value or intended use. Prospective buyers pay building inspectors to evaluate the property’s structural soundness and illuminate existing or potential safety problems.And now one famous city in Texas, Austin, is adding another bit of data that many sellers will have to deliver to prospective homebuyers: an energy audit.Required by a city ordinance scheduled to take effect June 1, the audits are part of an initiative by Austin’s mayor, Will Wynn, to reduce the town’s carbon footprint. A story posted by the Austin American-Statesman notes that the goal of a resolution accompanying the ordinance, which the city council passed in November, is to have 25% of homes sold between June 2009 and June 2010 receive energy efficiency upgrades.The ordinance applies only to homes that are 10 or more years old and are served by Austin Energy, a local utility, although that is a very big chunk of the Austin market. Audits are to be done only by auditors who are certified by the Building Performance Institute, and likely will cost sellers from $200 to $300.Sellers must provide a copy of the report to buyers. The auditors are required to provide a copy of their report to Austin Energy within 30 days.A utility as green advocateCity-owned, Austin Energy has long been leading attempts to shape city policy for the greener good through Austin Energy Green Building, a program that develops energy code proposals and nudges homeowners, builders, and remodelers toward energy efficiency through a combination of ratings services, resources (including a case-study library), contact information, and rebates and loans.As noted in a recent EcoHome magazine story, the program also is the lead-in to what is known as the Zero Energy Capable Homes initiative, which calls for all Austin homes, by 2015, to use 65% less energy than houses built to code in 2006.Austin Energy offers rebates or zero percent loans for energy upgrades. The American-Statesman story points out that in the past five years 23,800 residential customers have made improvements that collectively reduced their energy use by 38 million kWh and saved a total of $3 million on their energy bills, according to the utility. Homes that have had made certain improvements under Austin Energy programs within the past 10 years are exempt from the audit requirement.Resistance to the requirement appears to be vocal but so far largely ineffectual, in part because the ordinance, which is designed to encourage sellers and/or buyers to make energy efficiency improvements, doesn’t require them to actually make the improvements.An amendment is being considered by a conference committee in the state legislature that would strip the ordinance of its power to levy a fine of as much as $500 on sellers who fail to perform an energy audit. But should it pass, the amendment may be more of a political trophy for its proponents than a truly effective counterpunch to the audit requirement, especially because buyers who have come to expect energy audit information will wonder what sellers are trying to hide if the audit info is not provided.last_img read more

Tablets Passing Laptops On Black Friday, Says Analyst

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Black Friday could produce a milestone, this time in the PC market. If NPD DisplaySearch is correct, today, the super-shopping bonanza after Thanksgiving, will be the day that tablets outsell laptops in North America.The rest of the world’s economies are expected to follow in 2015, when nearly 276 million tablets will ship, compared to 270 million laptops, according to DisplaySearch.In North America, the inflection point will be this quarter when tablet shipments are expected to reach 21.5 million units, nearly 50% higher than laptop sales.What’s Causing The Shift?The “why?” behind the tablet juggernaut lies in the U.S., where more than 70% of households have PCs. With such a high penetration rate, pretty much everyone who wants a PC has one and the majority is choosing to buy a tablet rather than upgrade, DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim said.Driving that choice is convenience. Tablets are more portable than a laptop, turn on immediately and meet the basic computing needs of email, browsing and entertainment. As a result, U.S. 2011 sales soared 200%, year to year, to more than 38 million units, according to DisplaySearch, This year, shipments are projected to rise 46%, to 56 million units.At the same time, U.S. laptop sales have slowed dramatically. In 2011, shipments fell 2%, to nearly 55 million units, and are projected to rise by only 2%, to 56 million units, this year, DisplaySearch says. (Worldwide, the PC market is expected to shrink 1.2%, marking the first decline since 2001, according to IHS iSuppli.)Who’s Buying?Interestingly, this is happening even as a key demographic group demonstrates ambivalence about portable computing.People in their 20s and 30s who own both a tablet and laptop say their laptop is the more important tool of the two, according to a survey released this summer by consulting firm Deloitte. Older adults were much more likely to choose a tablet.Major tablet vendors, such as Amazon, Google and Apple, certainly deserve credit for stimulating consumer interest. The companies have delivered solid products and have marketed them well.Falling prices are also driving the market.“The $199 price point has increasingly become the target to match or beat with the introductions of Google’s $199 Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire 7,” Shim wrote in a blog post.While prices fall, vendors are releasing more options. In 2011, Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad dominated with a 65% market share, Shim said. This holiday season, companies are trying tablet sizes between seven and 10.6 inches.The Fate Of The LaptopLaptops won’t be going away anytime soon. While tablets are convenient for simple chores, content creation still demands and a higher-performing system. From 2013 to 2016, laptop shipments worldwide will have a compounded annual growth rate of roughly 7%, according to IDC.Laptop growth in emerging markets will be much higher than in mature markets like the U.S., Western Europe and Japan, where the majority of people own a PC. Companies looking for growth rates over 10% will have to target Asia/Pacific, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.Everywhere else, people will be holding on to their PCs much longer and will need to be given a good reason to upgrade.On the tablet side, recent history shows us that even in a nightmarishly uncertain economy, people don’t need a good reason to upgrade or even buy. Many hardly need a nudge at all. All hail the new tech king. antone gonsalves What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#tablets center_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more