LYIT President says more Level 8 places are on offer this year

first_imgHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Twitter Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme By admin – August 17, 2015 Previous articleStrike action more likely at MPE as union claims new owners are refusing to negotiateNext articleMadams Bank Road fires could have endangered motorists and pedestrians admin center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week As students consider their CAO offers today the President of LYIT Paul Hannigan says there’s been a notable increase in the numbers of graduates securing employment.He says in terms of the offers being made this year, the number of higher level 8 places has increased…………..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released LYIT President says more Level 8 places are on offer this year RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Google+last_img read more

After Trump Promised ‘Anybody’ Can Get Coronavirus Testing, Patients And Doctors Still Complain Of…

first_img“When we monitor the flu, one of the indicators is the proportion of people who test positive versus negative. That positive proportion gives a very important number in terms of tracking how the epidemic is moving,” said Justin Lessler, an associate professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins and lead writer on a recent study estimating the incubation period of the coronavirus. After Trump Promised ‘Anybody’ Can Get Coronavirus Testing, Patients And Doctors Still Complain Of Roadblockby Shawn Boburg, Emma Brown, Derek Hawkins and Amy Goldstein of the Washington Post -March 12, 2020 at 5:24 p.m. CDT The uncertainty has left Klein feeling paralyzed. At a time when U.S. fatalities from the virus have risen, there remain limited numbers of tests and the capacity of laboratories is under strain. Amid mounting criticism, Vice President Pence declared last week that with a doctor’s orders, “any American can be tested.” Trump took that message a step further after a tour of the CDC last Friday, calling the tests “beautiful” and twice declaring anybody needing a test would get it. Limited testing in the early days of disease transmission not only increases the risk of the disease being spread by people who don’t realize they have it but also affects the ability of public health officials and hospitals to plan for a prolonged outbreak. The federal government’s handling of testing erupted as a political issue Thursday, with even members of the president’s party venting about not being able to get answers on when the nation would see more commercial tests, faster testing and more widely available tests. “The system is not really geared to what we need right now, to what you are asking for. That is a failing,” Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of Trump’s coronavirus task force, said Thursday, testifying before the House Oversight Committee. “The idea of anybody getting it easily the way people in other countries are doing it, we’re not set up for that. Do I think we should be? Yes.” A spokeswoman for Montefiore Health System, Laura Ruocco, said the hospital has had to prioritize patients given the limited access to testing. He spoke on the condition that his wife, an Italian living in Washington, not be identified to avoid complicating her application for a green card. Coronavirus Live Updates On Wednesday, a hospital nurse told her she didn’t meet the testing criteria: She hadn’t traveled outside the country recently and she hadn’t had any known contact with someone who tested positive. Many Americans who are sick and seeking a coronavirus test continue to be turned away, creating a vexing problem for patients and health officials as the virus spreads. The problem persists, doctors and patients across the country say, despite increased production and distribution of the tests in recent days. Administration officials have tried to reassure the public they’re rapidly expanding access to tests. Last Friday officials said they had shipped 1.1 million tests to labs across the country. States determine who is eligible for public Covid-19 testing in accordance with CDC guidelines. In the early weeks of the outbreak, as the CDC struggled to roll out tests, the agency strictly limited testing to those most likely to be infected and most in need of acute care. Even a person with a fever and a cough who had traveled to a country with widespread community transmissions — such as China, Iran or Italy — could not get tested unless they were sick enough to be hospitalized. “I realize health care is an imperfect process, but this is just kind of ridiculous,” said David Johnson, whose wife has been sick for 1½ weeks with symptoms akin to covid-19. “Our access to testing was entirely based on what the state would allow,” said Daniel Varga, chief physician executive at Hackensack Meridian Health in northern New Jersey. A spokeswoman from Westchester County declined to comment on Klein’s experience. Sick And Chasing A Test A spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services called the situation “unfortunate.” On the same day, Schabel has turned away, the state instructed doctors they no longer needed government approval to order tests, Jennifer Miller said. A spokesman for the hospital did not respond to requests for comment. She tested positive for a trace amount of the H1N1 virus — a form of flu. But when the couple asked whether that meant she could not have covid-19, they said they did not get an answer. “It’s really been unbelievably infuriating,” said Remy Coeytaux, a North Carolina physician with a doctorate in epidemiology who tried to get tested for Covid-19 but was turned down by the state public health department. He had not traveled abroad, was not sick enough to be hospitalized and had no known contact with an infected person. In Indiana, an emergency-room doctor at a community hospital said she had tried to get three patients tested, two of those after the CDC liberalized its guidelines. “Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to get a response from them,” she said Tuesday, sick and self-quarantined in her home. Kelly Haight Connor, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, said the state is following CDC guidance and sent Web links to state documents that seemed to offer conflicting descriptions of who would be eligible for testing. She did not respond to a request for clarification. But nationwide, as of Wednesday, the nation’s public health, academic and commercial laboratories had the ability to process only about 16,530 patients per day, according to an estimate compiled by former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and researchers at the American Enterprise Institute. That figure is growing as labs bolster efforts and are expected to reach 20,000 per day by the end of the week, according to Gottlieb. Both patients had flu-like symptoms and CT scans that showed lung problems consistent with covid-19, and both were in severe enough distress that they needed to be admitted to the hospital. Both also tested negative for a panel of 20 common respiratory viruses. A week later, still hacking and taking Tylenol to keep her temperature down, she sought a test for the coronavirus. Though her symptoms were mild, the ­64-year-old worried about her husband, a 71-year-old physician with diabetes. Varga estimated that “a handful” of patients exhibiting signs of the virus had been turned down for testing by the state because they did not meet the criteria. By Wednesday, her condition had deteriorated. She went back to the urgent-care center, and this time, she was able to get a test. It would take at least 24 hours to get a result, she was told, and still was waiting as of midday Thursday. The CDC loosened its rules, giving states and clinicians more discretion. In Washington, D.C., doctors repeatedly declined to test a woman who got sick after spending three days with a delegation visiting from her company’s home office in northern Italy. Increasing Pressure On Labs What your health plan will cover as it relates to coronavirus The gap between real-life obstacles to testing and President Trump’s sweeping assurances that “anybody that needs a test gets a test” has sown frustration, uncertainty, and anxiety among patients who have symptoms consistent with covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, but have been unable to find out whether they are infected. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img A county public health nurse agreed and called the state health department. She handed over her cellphone to Coeytaux, and he explained his situation. “They wouldn’t test me,” he said because he didn’t meet the eligibility criteria. Since mid-January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health laboratories have tested about 11,000 specimens for the disease. The number of people who have been tested is likely far lower than that tally, however, because labs usually test at least two specimens per person, experts said. In contrast, South Korea has been running 10,000 tests per day. “I don’t want to feel like I’m giving the virus to anybody,” she said.” But neither had a history of travel or been in contact with a confirmed infected person. In the two cases after the loosened guidelines, when the doctor called the state health department to request testing, the request still was denied. At the time Coeytaux tried to get tested, there was only one confirmed case of covid-19 in the state. “It’s out there,” he said. “But we just haven’t been testing.” Schabel, 32, returned last week from a vacation to Spain and northern Africa that included a trans-Mediterranean ferry ride with passengers who were noticeably ill, she said. Over the weekend, she developed a high fever, difficulty breathing and other symptoms consistent with the virus, she said. A look inside coronavirus preparations at a major U.S. hospital In the meantime, some large research hospitals are trying to bypass the bureaucratic logjam. Investigations The number of medical professionals and patients who are denied access to tests is not tracked nationally. But in interviews, people from states as varied as Wisconsin, North Carolina, Washington, Indiana and New York said their doctors sought but were unable to get testing approval from local or state health officials. Told of the woman’s attempts, a MedStar Georgetown spokeswoman, Debbie Asrate, said Thursday that the facility “has been working closely” with the CDC and the District’s health department and following their guidelines. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) acknowledged that Trump’s recent statement about tests for anyone who wants them is “not consistent right now” with what is actually happening. “It’s difficult to predict the impact on the health-care system in the coming month because we don’t have any precision about the burden of disease around the country,” said Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “We’ve got to close that gap as quickly as we can.” A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory test kit for the coronavirus. (CDC/AP)A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory test kit for the coronavirus. (CDC/AP) “It’s very infuriating for us who work in this world,” said Amy Schabel, a public health worker in Milwaukee. “The messaging out there is completely inaccurate and inconsistent with what’s happening.” Researchers at the hospital began developing an in-house test several weeks ago. The hospital planned to start using it this week. In an address from the Oval Office on Wednesday evening, Trump said his administration was responding “with great speed and professionalism.” “Testing and testing capability are expanding rapidly, day by day,” he said. “We are moving very quickly.” On Monday morning, she went to an urgent-care center in downtown Milwaukee. Her flu test came back negative, and her doctor said he wanted her to get tested for covid-19. But after more than a half-hour of trying to reach city and state health officials to get approval, she said the doctor gave up. FOOTNOTE: Andrew Ba Tran and Fenit Nirappil contributed to this report. On Wednesday, 10 days after she fell ill, she was finally able to get tested at a D.C. urgent-care clinic. She was told it would take about four days to learn the results. In the District, people can be tested by the public health laboratory when they are showing symptoms and have a known exposure to a laboratory-confirmed case of covid-19, or have traveled to one of several countries with the widespread transmission, or are living in long-term care facilities, said D.C. Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt at a news conference Wednesday. She said health-care providers can get other people tested by sending their samples to commercial labs. Coeytaux said he wanted to get tested not only to protect his own patients, but also to protect his partner, who is a registered nurse, and her patients. Experts say public health laboratories are generally not designed to do high-volume testing. Commercial and academic laboratories — which can test people who don’t meet CDC criteria — have begun processing samples only in the past few days and are still ramping up their capacity. The federal government does not have a way to count the tests that those labs are running, which means federal officials do not know how many Americans have been tested. [Have you tried to get tested for coronavirus and been turned away? Share your experience with The Post.] Coeytaux, a 56-year-old family doctor and professor at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., came down with a fever, shortness of breath, a dry cough and a deep ache in his lungs last Tuesday, he said. Two days later, he tested negative for flu and 15 other common respiratory viruses. He believed he was probably infected with the new coronavirus. Sign up for our Coronavirus Updates newsletter to track the outbreak. All stories linked in the newsletter are free to access On March 2, days after the visit, his wife came down with a fever, body aches, congestion, and a cough. Since then, she has gone three times to an emergency room at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She has been unable to persuade anyone there to test her for the virus because she had not traveled to Italy and could not confirm she had been in close contact with anyone who had tested positive, her husband said — though she later learned that an unidentified person from the home office had. “Since I watched all three cases get denied, it made me realize that they weren’t testing anyone,” said the doctor, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she did not have permission from her employer to speak to a reporter. In early March, Marcy Klein of New Rochelle, N.Y., came down with a fever and a dry cough, just as a coronavirus cluster transformed her Westchester County town into the nation’s first containment zone. As of Thursday evening, more than 1,600 people were infected in the United States, and more than 40 had died, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. “From an epidemiological risk perspective, she absolutely should have been tested,” said Jeanne Marrazzo, director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “She was in close contact with visitors from the epicenter of the epidemic.” The constraints are squeezing outpatients who don’t meet rigid government eligibility criteria, even if their doctors want them tested, according to dozens of interviews with doctors and patients this week. It is not just positive results that matter, but negative results, too. The negatives help researchers understand whether increasing numbers of covid-19 cases are a result of an epidemic or arise simply because testing expanded. Six fact-checks of President Trump’s false claims during his 10-minute coronavirus address to the nation on March 11. 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5 themes – Conversations with CU leaders

first_imgBased on calls we have received over the last month, there is no doubt credit union leaders believe our business will be forever changed after COVID-19.The thoughts these leaders shared with us can generally be categorized into 5 different themes:Out of Crises come Opportunity.  In the true spirit of people helping people, examples abound of credit unions reaching out to help their members in need, such as:Mortgage deferral assistanceWork reduction loansDeferred student loans continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Tottenham player’s family held at knifepoint during burglary

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Trio of signings make instant impact as Everton stun Spurs EPL: Spurs, Everton light up London Jan Vertonghen’s family was held at knifepoint on Tuesday while four armed men burgled his home with the Tottenham Hotspur defender away on Champions League duty. Police have confirmed men wearing balaclavas forced entry into the Belgian’s house with his wife and children inside. The 32-year-old was in Leipzig at the time for the second leg of the Champions League last 16 tie, which Spurs lost 3-0. A Spurs spokesperson said: “We have been supporting Jan and his family through this terribly traumatic time. “We encourage anyone who has any information to come forward to help the police with their investigation.” A Met Police spokesman said: “Police were called to a residential address in NW3 at 7:49pm on 10 March to a report of a burglary. “Officers attended. It was reported four men wearing balaclavas, armed with knives, had forced entry to the property and stolen a number of items before leaving. “Nobody was injured. The suspects had left the scene before officers arrived. There have been no arrests and inquiries continue.” Vertonghen is one of the latest footballers to be targeted by criminals, with Newcastle’s Isaac Hayden taking to social media on Saturday to report his home had been burgled. Burglars broke into Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho’s house last year, while Liverpool’s Sadio Mane was also burgled last year during time away with Liverpool on Champions League duty.Tags: Jan VertonghenMamadou SakhoTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

Garnett means more to Celtics than just offense

first_imgIt didn’t take long for the Celtics to show just how much Kevin Garnett means to the defending NBA champions.How so? Well, it only took one game in 2009 for the Celtics to lose a home playoff game. Last year, the Celtics lost only one game at home during the entire playoffs, and that was in the Eastern Conference Finals against Detroit.Oh, and did I mention they were playing the Bulls?Now I’m not one to bash Chicago sports (unless of course the Dodgers are beating up the Cubs), but the No. 7 seed Bulls aren’t really what I would call a spectacular team. Yeah, they have Derrick Rose, but Chicago doesn’t really have much firepower aside from the rookie out of Memphis.With that description, you would expect Chicago to be home early from the postseason. I mean, in the western conference, the Bulls wouldn’t even be in the playoffs to begin with.The Celtics on the other hand, have been among the NBA’s elite teams all season long. Rajon Rondo has developed into an outstanding point guard (even though his jump shot could use a bit of work) and Glen “Big Baby” Davis has been more than serviceable down low.But let’s face it; the “Boston Three Party” doesn’t include either Rondo or Davis. Of course Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are superstars, but without Garnett, they lack the superstar talent to put them over the top of the Cleveland Cavaliers.At this rate though, the Celtics won’t even be making the conference finals, and even though they’ve only played one game, it should be a bit concerning. Not just because Boston lost to a team that clearly isn’t as good as it is, but because down the stretch, the Bulls were able to score at will.Tyrus Thomas nailed jumper after jumper and Rose seemingly toyed with Rondo and drove to the lane without anyone being able to stop him — that’s where the biggest difference lies.Without Garnett, the Lakers beat the Celtics in the 2008 NBA Finals. Pau Gasol doesn’t get scared by Kendrick Perkins, and Boston is then relying on Rondo’s 11.9 points per game to make up for KG’s absence.But against every great team, the Celtics will need to stop a slasher like Rose. The Cavaliers (LeBron) and the Lakers (Kobe) — the Celtics’ two biggest opponents — will tear Boston apart if Garnett can’t return (it doesn’t look like he’s going to).Aside from the physical attributes Garnett brings, which are obviously among the best in the NBA, his demeanor on and off the court is something the Celtics can’t play without. I’m not necessarily talking about his point and rebound totals, but rather the way he affects the players around him.For example, take a look at Davis. Earlier this season, Garnett made “Big Baby’s” name a reality, making the 6-foot-9 forward cry on the bench after playing poorly filling in for the Celtics starters. With a 6-foot-11 future hall of famer telling you that you suck, it might prove to be motivational in the future. And what did Davis do for the rest of the season? He worked on his mid-range jump shot and learned how to box out NBA players, earning seven points and four rebounds per game, a very respectable mark for a second-year player off the bench.Now I’m a pacifist, and I know I wouldn’t like someone yelling at me to do my job better, but in the Celtics’ case, that’s just what they need. As long as Pierce has been on the Celtics, he alone has never been able to lead Boston to an NBA title.The first year Garnett came in, he did it. I’m not saying Pierce and Allen don’t want to win a championship, but without Garnett pushing the players to play to their maximum potential, it will be a stretch to see Boston carrying back-to-back titles.However, this mysterious injury might not be all that bad. Who knows? Maybe Garnett will be back to help the Celtics beat the Lakers yet again. First though, they’ll need to get by the Chicago Bulls.But hey, as KG put it last year, “Anything is possible!”Jonah is a sophomore majoring in journalism and Hebrew and Semitic studies. Think Pierce and Allen can lead Boston to another NBA title? Is Garnett really that important to the Celtics? Send your thoughts to [email protected]last_img read more

Tammy Abraham Targeting Chelsea Return

first_imgTHOUGH HE MAY HAVE STARRED FOR ENGLAND AT THE AGE GRADE LEVEL, HE IS STILL ELIGIBLE TO PLAY FOR NIGERIA AND THE ENGLAND U-21 STAR OF NIGERIAN DESCENT TAMMY ABRAHAM HAS EXPRESSED HIS DESIRE TO RETURN TO HIS PARENT CLUB CHELSEA AT THE END OF HIS LOAN SPELL WITH CHAMPIONSHIP CLUB ASTON VILLATammy Abraham believes he has the ability to play for Chelsea and wants to return to the club after his loan at Aston Villa. The 21-year-old has scored 21 goals for Championship side Villa, having seen another potential loan switch to Wolves break down in January.Abraham has already had further loans at Bristol City and Swansea, but aims to challenge for the Chelsea first-team after helping Villa earn promotion back to the Premier League. “That’s the aim going into next season,” Abraham told Sky Sports News. “As a young kid, I’ve always believed I will play for Chelsea. I always believe that. I think I have the ability to. I just have to, when I get the opportunity, grab it with two hands.”The England U-21 forward has seen his Chelsea team-mate Callum Hudson-Odoi, who Abraham describes as “like a little brother,” dominate headlines this season after being the subject of bids from Bayern Munich.“He was always coming into my house, we didn’t really play together because he was a bit too young but he was my brother’s age,” said Abraham.“Watching him grow up to where he is now, he’s done very well. He’s more than deserved this call-up, I’m very happy for him. Ever since a young age, he’s been unbelievable. Now he’s actually doing it in men’s football for the world to see. It’s heart-warming . I just hope he continues that and carries on building .”Chelsea signed Gonzalo Higuain on a six-month loan deal in January, but it’s unclear whether they will attempt to make the move permanent in the summer. The Blues’ recruitment plans are further complicated by a two-window transfer ban handed to them as punishment for breaching FIFA rules on the signing of under-18 foreign players.Initially, when the season started, Abraham wanted to remain at Chelsea and fight for a first-team spot but had to switch clubs for the third straight season after he was overlooked for selection by manager Maurizio Sarri.The dream of the Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick, is to have youngsters of Nigerian origin doing well in England and other leagues, wear the Super Eagles colours .Abraham, however, poured cold water on suggestions that he could switch international allegiance to Nigeria after Pinnick, had initially said the former England U-19 and Under-21 player had agreed to play for the Super Eagles.Born in London, Abraham is still permitted to switch allegiances as he is yet to play for the senior side and qualifies for the Super Eagles through his father, who is Nigerian.“Clearly, he understands he stands a better chance playing for the Super Eagles. With his talent, he has the ability to fight for a place in the Nigeria squad,” Pinnick had said then.Former national team head-coach, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, indeed backed Tammy Abraham’s decision to play for England national senior football team instead of Nigeria, saying the rejection of Nigeria by Abraham should make the NFF eggheads wakeup to their responsibilities.Onigbinde berated NFF for always going after already-made stars abroad instead of developing the abundant talents in Nigeria. He wondered why NFF would wish to reap where it did not sow, saying that Abraham was born and developed in England and should be obliged to play for England.“Yes, we should beg them since there is no meaningful, functional developmental programme at home. It’s the football federation’s fault. If we have a functional development programme, no player would be in a position to take the country for a ride. Ideally, the nucleus of the national team should be home-based. That is what I have always said, but nobody seems to be interested in listening to my advice,” a furious Onigbinde said. “Why won’t the young man make the statement on social media? I do not really blame him. What happens to the many talents in the Nigerian league back home? There are good players of Nigerian descent abroad quite alright but it seems they are practically begged to represent Nigeria now,” he added.Since assuming office as the President of the NFF, Pinnick had never hidden his intention to woo players with Nigerian background who have featured only in age-group competitions for foreign countries. So far, he has not done badly with his moves. “The initial plan was to take our players in the various clubs, but now, what are trying to do is what we call VIP scouting – talking to these young players that are playing abroad to play for their fatherland.“I am yet to see a Nigerian that is regretting being a Nigerian. No Nigerian, even if they have four or five passports, they are always excited being Nigerians. I can assure you that we shall get them to play for us at the appropriate time,” Pinnick said.Abraham joined Chelsea at U-8 level and progressed through the clubs academy system. He was part of the Chelsea youth side which recorded back-to-back triumphs in both the UEFA Youth League and the FA Youth Cup in 2015 and 2016. In the 2016 edition of the UEFA Youth League, Abraham pitched in with a return of eight goals in nine matches, making him the tournament’s second highest goal scorer.  He carried his form over into the FA Youth Cup and scored the winning goal in Chelsea’s victory over Manchester City. During the 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons he scored 74 goals in 98 matches across all competitions for Chelsea’s various youth sides.His form at youth level caught the attention of the interim manager, Guus Hiddink, who invited him to train with the senior team at the back end of the 2015-16 Season.Abraham has appeared in three matches for Chelsea’s first-team, against Liverpool and Leicester City in the Premier League in May 2016, plus the Community Shield tie versus Manchester City in August 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

MLB trade rumors: Red Sox looking to move on from catcher Sandy Leon

first_imgThe Red Sox apparently want a new backup catcher.Boston is actively discussing possible trades of Sandy Leon, according to ESPN. His hitting, though, may just be too poor for the Red Sox to hang on to him.And with Blake Swihart still on the roster with little room for playing time, the team may be trying to get him more at-bats and more appearances behind the plate by dealing Leon.Christian Vazquez will likely be the team’s starter this season. MLB hot stove: Brewers seriously interested in Craig Kimbrel, report says Ichiro retires: Baseball legend bids farewell in Tokyocenter_img The Red Sox are actively discussing possible trades of catcher Sandy Leon, @MarlyRiveraESPN and I have heard from sources.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March 21, 2019Leon batted .177 with five home runs and 22 RBIs for the Red Sox last year while throwing out 25.7 percent of baserunners.Where Leon makes his money though is with his pitch framing. The 30-year-old was seventh in MLB with 11.6 framing runs in 2018, according to Baseball Prosectus. Related Newslast_img read more