Global grannies unite against Aids

first_img“We are the backbone of our communities; with our love and commitment we protect and nurture our orphaned children. Africa cannot survive without us.” Grandmothers have become indispensable caregivers in Aids-ravaged communities across Africa. (Image: James Hall, Irin PlusNews) MEDIA CONTACTS • Felicity Heyworth Communications Officer Stephen Lewis Foundation communications@stephenlewisfoundation.org 1 416 533 9292 ext 243 1 888 203 9990 ext 243 RELATED ARTICLES • The great granny revolution• New research key to HIV treatment• Zimbabwean fathers fight HIV• African TB nurses laudedGrandmothers from all over Africa have joined hands with grandmothers in Canada to call for greater support and recognition of their role in caring for grandchildren orphaned by Aids.“We are the backbone of our communities; with our love and commitment we protect and nurture our orphaned children. Africa cannot survive without us,” declared a manifesto released for the first African Grandmothers’ Gathering, held in Swaziland.Eunice Simelane, who has supported and cared for five grandchildren since her son and daughter-in-law succumbed to Aids-related illnesses, read the manifesto at the meeting attended by 200 grandmothers from Swaziland, 232 from other African nations, and 42 Canadian grandmothers representing 7 000 others who have formed groups in Canada to raise funds and awareness to help elderly African women struggling to raise Aids orphans.The first Grandmothers’ Gathering took place in 2006 in Toronto, Canada, the brainchild of former United Nations Special Envoy for Aids in Africa Stephen Lewis. His Stephen Lewis Foundation has been channelling funds to community-led Aids organisations that support grandmothers in 15 sub-Saharan African countries.Swaziland’s Aids epidemic is among the worst in the world: around 160 000 children are classified as orphans and vulnerable children in a population of less than 1-million – and was a natural choice to host the first Grandmothers’ Gathering held in Africa.Traditionally the extended family has looked after its own, so there are few orphanages. Grandmothers have become the primary caregivers, but their vital role has been largely overlooked, and their need for help to feed, clothe, house and educate their grandchildren ignored, said Ilana Landsberg-Lewis, executive director of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.“I was reviewing funding proposals, and many of them dealt with orphan funding, but they seemed written in code. They always referred to ‘guardians and caregivers’, but didn’t say who these persons were. We found the caregivers were the grandmothers of Africa,” she said.People have given generously to support the Foundation’s programmes, so Landsberg-Lewis wanted her fellow Canadians to meet African grandmothers personally. “They came to Swaziland, paying their own way,” she said. “I knew they would be moved by the heroic grandmothers.”The three-day conference in Swaziland’s central commercial hub, Manzini, was an emotional meeting, often joyous but sometimes harrowing, with many of the grandmothers giving accounts of abuse and poverty.The delegates compiled a list of demands from their governments, including financial assistance and sustainable projects, created with their involvement. Swaziland’s prime minister and several cabinet officials attended the gathering.“The grannies had hoped to be retired now, and to be taken care of by their children, and to play with their grandchildren, instead of having to raise them. This has to be acknowledged and assisted,” said Siphiwe Hlope, executive director of Swazis for Positive Living, a support group for HIV-positive women which organised the event with the Stephen Lewis Foundation.Hlope led a march in 2009 to protest lavish spending by the royal family, in contrast to the meagre resources for those affected by HIV and Aids, yet she was embraced by the Swazi Queen Mother, who attended the gathering. “We are all grandmothers, and what brings us together is our love for children,” Hlope said.Sharing their storiesThe grandmothers shared their stories at workshops in Swahili, SiSwati and English. “It was difficult for me to tell my granddaughter that she was HIV-positive, and because of that she was told by the people in the neighbourhood, who made fun of her,” said Esther Mango from Kenya. “She was very hurt. She said, ‘Why didn’t you tell me?’”They described their battles with discrimination because of their age, gender and HIV status. “When my husband was very sick, his family refused that I visit him in the hospital. He told my eldest son that when he died, no one should marry me because he knew what was ailing him, and he knew that I had it too and would make another ill,” said one woman.“I went to the hospital after he died and I took a test; I learned I was HIV positive. His family wouldn’t let me see my husband, but it is me who takes care of the grandchildren.”Staff from the Stephen Lewis Foundation showed African grandmothers how to apply for grants to run community projects. One Foundation project in Kenya employs 300 women who make jewellery that is sold in Canada, and a third of profits used to fund programmes in Africa. Source: Irin PlusNewslast_img read more

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Tony Dorsett Has Brain Trauma Says He Has Considered

Photo by www.foxsports.comTony Dorsett, the Hall of Fame running back with the Dallas Cowboys, has symptoms of CTE, a buildup of tau, an abnormal protein that strangles brain cells in areas that control memory, emotions and other functions.Dorsett, 59, speaking on ESPN’s Outside The Lines, said he has experienced memory loss, depression and thoughts of suicide.Scarily, the former superstar said that when he took his Oct. 21 flight from Dallas to Los Angeles for testing, he repeatedly struggled to remember why he was aboard the plane and where he was going. Such episodes, he said, are commonplace when he travels.Autopsies of more than 50 ex-NFL players, including Hall of Famer Mike Webster and perennial All-Pro Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year, found such tau concentrations. Doctors told Dorsett on Monday that tests revealed he has the symptoms of CTE or chronic traumatic encephalopathy.Dorsett said he also gets lost when he drives his two youngest daughters, ages 15 and 10, to their soccer and volleyball games. “I’ve got to take them to places that I’ve been going to for many, many, many years, and then I don’t know how to get there,” he said.But there is more. Emotional outbursts occur frequently enough that his wife and daughters are afraid of the 1976 Heisman Trophy winner.“It’s painful, man, for my daughters to say they’re scared of me.” After a long pause, he tearfully reiterated, “It’s painful.”Dorsett said doctors have told him he is clinically depressed.“I’ve thought about crazy stuff, sort of like, ‘Why do I need to continue going through this?’” he said. “I’m too smart of a person, I like to think, to take my life, but it’s crossed my mind.”“I’m trying to slow this down or cut it off,” said Dorsett. “I’m going to be 60 years old here next year, so I’m hoping that I’ve got another good 30 years or so.”CTE is a disease with no known cure, but Dorsett said he was seeking answers to explain his cognitive and emotional difficulties. “I want to know if this is something that has come about because of playing football.”Dorsett’s 12-year playing career ended a quarter-century ago, and he said he doesn’t know how many concussions he suffered, but that they were numerous and he believes their consequences are, too. “My quality of living has changed drastically and it deteriorates every day,” he said. read more

Apple reportedly agrees to pay France nearly 600M in back taxes

first_imgFrance has millions in back taxes coming to it from Apple. Chesnot / Getty Images Apple reached a deal with French authorities to back-pay 500 million euros ($571 million) in taxes, reports said.The Cupertino, California, company’s French branch confirmed the tax agreement to Reuters on Tuesday, without revealing how much it would pay.However, French magazine L’Express reported the sum and noted that the deal was made at the end of December. See it $59 at eBay Sprint I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple reading • Apple reportedly agrees to pay France nearly $600M in back taxes $60 at Best Buy See It Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 7 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 3 Tags Sarah Tew/CNET EU: Apple, you owe $14.5 billion in taxes Sarah Tew/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Tags Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple iPhone XS $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Turo Apple,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. In December, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said his country would start taxing tech giants at a national level if European Union countries couldn’t agree on a joint tax on digital revenues. Last May, Apple handed over the first billion in a $15 billion Irish tax fine ordered by the EU in 2016.Neither Apple nor the French tax authorities immediately responded to requests for comment. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Share your voice JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Angela Lang/CNET See at Amazon Rylo Read Google Home Hub review Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale.center_img Here’s every iPhone ever made from 2007 to today DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Share your voice Comments • $210 at Best Buy See at Turo Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $299 at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Comments $999 See All Read the AirPods review 1:58 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $999 $520 at HP 48 Photos Now playing: Watch this: The Cheapskate $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Boost Mobile See It Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See It Read DJI Osmo Action preview DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $6 at Tidal An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $155 at Google Express Tech Industry Politics Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 Amazonlast_img read more

SpiderMan fans want to storm Sony and bring our boy home to

first_img Marvel Sony TV and Movies 77 Photos Share your voice Comments 14 Tania González/CNET First the internet wanted to raid Area 51, now Sony is the target, with over 5,500 Spider-Man fans planning to storm its California offices and bring Spider-Man back to Marvel.A Facebook event, hosted by three fans, was set up on Tuesday. The event, according to its description, involves dressing up in Spider-Man costumes and bringing “our boy home!” (to the Marvel Cinematic Universe).The raid is planned for Oct. 31, aka Halloween. The perfect guise.This fan rage spawned from a report Deadline published Tuesday of a high-level dispute between Sony and Marvel. That dispute means Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige won’t produce any more Spider-Man films and Marvel will no longer be involved in the Spider-Man movie universe.Fan ire has been primarily targeted at Sony, but the company pointed to Marvel’s role in Feige stepping away. “Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise,” a spokesperson told CNET. “We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film.”Stay hopeful, though. The Sony representative also stated they hoped things might “change in the future.”Sony and Marvel made a deal in 2015 to make Spider-Man movies together. The latest, Spider-Man: Far From Home, earned more than $1 billion at the box office, becoming Sony’s highest ever grossing film.Columbia Pictures, Sony’s primary film production holding, acquired the rights to movie Spider-Man in 2000. It made five Spider-Man movies before the deal with Marvel brought Spider-Man: Homecoming, then Far From Home. 2019 movies to geek out over Tagslast_img read more

Sahara Tells Supreme Court that it Cant Refund ₹36000 Crore to Investors

first_imgThe Sahara Group has said that it would be not able to pay ₹36,000 to bond investors in 18 months, as mandated by the Supreme Court last month.In June, the apex court had ordered the Lucknow-based financial services group to refund nearly ₹36,000 crore to bond investors in nine instalments over the next 18 months.However, Sahara told the court that “no business house in the world can pay ₹36,000 crore within 18 months.”Last month, the court had also said that jailed Sahara chief Subrata Roy and two other directors of the company would be taken into custody again, if he defaults on paying on any three instalments.The Supreme Court also rejected to grant a bail to Roy, as he failed to submit a bank guarantee of ₹5,000 crore.The court had ordered Roy to deposit ₹10,000 crore for his release. The court asked him to pay half the amount in cash and remaining half as bank guarantee. Roy has already paid ₹5,120 crore in cash.The Sahara Group chief will remain in jail as long as he fails to produce the bank guarantee.Roy, a high-profile business leader, has been behind bars since March last year, following Sahara’s failure to comply with a court order to return the money to investors it had raised through an illegal bond programme.Currently, Sahara is involved in selling properties of the group to raise the money required to secure a bail for Roy.The group has also informed the court on Tuesday that it is raising ₹110 crore from selling a 44-acre property to Gorakhpur Real Estate Corporation.The case will be up for hearing before the Supreme Court on Monday.last_img read more

Support ecotourism as a traveller

first_imgPlanning to go on a vacation? Try being a responsible traveller. With global warming and rising pollution levels, we need to care for our mountains, beaches, hills and the very air we breathe. Walk more, carry your own bag while shopping, suggest experts.Here are some tips on how you can save the environment while travelling:No vehicle roads: Explore a new city on foot like the Mall Road in Shimla, Cinque Terre (The Italian Riveria) and Giethoorn village (Netherlands) where vehicles are not allowed. Walking is the best option to soak up the local flavour. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSay no to plastic bags: If you are travelling to any of the hill stations in India, be sure to carry your own bag while shopping. You won’t be getting any plastic bag even for food items!No smoking zones: A vacation in cities like Beijing, Chandigarh, Chennai, Liverpool and Mexico will mean that you have to leave your cigarette case at home as all these places are no-smoking zones.Go for green transportation: Bid goodbye to your traditional transportation modes and go for the new, trendy e-bikes and cycles which will be your best bet. Brands like Hero and many others have a whole new range of e-bikes that you will enjoy riding. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveChoose eco-friendly dwellings: Go beyond swanky hotels and air-conditioned rooms. And choose a homestay instead. Many of them are built with eco-friendly materials and exercise initiatives like water recycling. A farm stay will offer ample opportunities to experience life at a working farm firsthand and learn valuable lessons of sustainability.Travel in packs: Don’t forget your cars can seat four people comfortably. Find people travelling the same route and pool together for a road trip. Save some petrol money and also do the environment some good. Eat local, buy local: Living in a plantation is your chance to experience the earth beneath your feet in a different way. Join the farmers in harvesting the local produce. Buy local, organic food and give back to the land that’s hosting you.Leave it the way you found it: Your keywords here are conserve, re-use and recycle. Don’t leave behind any plastic and spoil what’s perfect. Don’t use plastic at all. Dispose your waste responsibly and don’t litter your surroundings.Sightsee a little differently: Forget taxis and cabs and take the local transport instead. Cycle along the meandering paths and watch gorgeous sights scurry past you. Sightseeing is way more fun on two wheels.Plant a tree wherever you go: While you take back memories and incredible experiences from a place, leave behind a little something for the land in return. Plant a tree wherever you or sow a seed on the street, and whisper a small thank you to the place for being a wonderful host.last_img read more

A53 partially blocked due to accident and fuel spillage

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATE: This has now cleared. The A53 is reported to be partially blocked following an accident in North Staffordshire this morning (Wednesday June 26). Traffic is reported to be queueing in both directions following the collision near the junction of the road and Three Mile Lane in Whitmore in Newcastle Borough. Inrix, the traffic data company, also reports there has been a fuel spillage as a result of the accident. The collision was first reported to StokeonTrentLive at around 9.10am today. We have no further information at this stage. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Police search for missing woman Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive The location of the collision in Whitmore (Image: Inrix)last_img read more

Amazon reInvent 2018 AWS Key Management Service KMS Custom Key Store

first_imgAt the ongoing Amazon re:Invent 2018, Amazon announced that AWS Key Management Service (KMS) has integrated with AWS CloudHSM. Users now have the option to create their own KMS custom key store. They can generate, store, and use their KMS keys in hardware security modules (HSMs) through the KSM. The KMS customer key store satisfies compliance obligations that would otherwise require the use of on-premises hardware security modules (HSMs). It supports AWS services and encryption toolkits that are integrated with KMS. Previously, AWS CloudHSM was not widely integrated with other AWS managed services. So, if someone required direct control of their HSMs but still wanted to use and store regulated data in AWS managed services, they had to choose between changing those requirements, not using a given AWS service, or building their own solution. With custom key store, users can configure their own CloudHSM cluster and authorize KMS to use it as a dedicated key store for keys rather than the default KMS key store. On using a KMS CMK in a custom key store, the cryptographic operations under that key are performed exclusively in the developer’s own CloudHSM cluster. Master keys that are stored in a custom key store are managed in the same way as any other master key in KMS and can be used by any AWS service that encrypts data and that supports KMS customer managed CMKs. The use of a custom key store does not affect KMS charges for storing and using a CMK. However, it does come with an increased cost and potential impact on performance and availability. Things to consider before using a custom key store Each custom key store requires the CloudHSM cluster to contain at least two HSMs. CloudHSM charges vary by region and the pricing comes to at least $1,000 per month, per HSM, if each device is permanently provisioned. The number of HSMs determines the rate at which keys can be used. Users should keep in mind the intended usage patterns for their keys and ensure appropriate provisioning of HSM resources. The number of HSMs and the use of availability zones (AZs) impacts the availability of a cluster. Configuration errors may result in a custom key store being disconnected, or key material being deleted. Users need to manually setup HSM clusters, configure HSM users, and potentially restore HSMs from backup. These are security-sensitive tasks for which users should have the appropriate resources and organizational controls in place. Read more about the KMS custom key stores on Amazon. Read Next How Amazon is reinventing Speech Recognition and Machine Translation with AI AWS updates the face detection, analysis and recognition capabilities in Amazon Rekognition Introducing Automatic Dashboards by Amazon CloudWatch for monitoring all AWS Resources.last_img read more