Can Sarri recover authority at Chelsea after Kepa incident?

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted during the League Cup final against Manchester City © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 25 – Kepa Arrizabalaga’s extraordinary refusal to be substituted by Maurizio Sarri in Sunday’s League Cup final heaps the pressure on the beleaguered Chelsea boss as he desperately seeks consistency.The Spaniard twice required treatment late in extra-time against Manchester City at Wembley, with the match heading for penalties, so the Italian boss planned for his substitution. Willy Caballero, who saved three penalties for City in their 2016 League Cup final win, was readied to go on, but Kepa declined to leave the pitch — sparking confusion and angering Sarri.Even after the bizarre incident, the world’s most expensive goalkeeper had the chance to be a hero.He saved Leroy Sane’s penalty in the shootout, but could have done better with Sergio Aguero’s effort that slipped under his body as Pep Guardiola’s side retained the trophy with a 4-3 shootout win after a goalless draw.Victory at Wembley might have bought Sarri time, particularly coming so soon after a 6-0 humbling by the same opponents in the Premier League.But instead the 60-year-old Italian, who is yet to win a trophy in his managerial career, must prepare his players to host high-flying Tottenham in the Premier League on Wednesday, knowing he cannot afford to slip further behind the top four.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri gestures from the touchline during the League Cup final against Manchester City © AFP / Glyn KIRKSarri, Kepa and David Luiz, the closest player to Kepa throughout the incident, were “on message” after the match at Wembley, all insisting it was a misunderstanding, not insubordination.“The coach has the power over the group. He has our respect,” Luiz said. “For me, there is not a problem here for that. We all believe in his philosophy, we all believe in the way he wants us to play.”But former Chelsea skipper John Terry said the former Napoli coach was in a difficult situation, with the incident coming after weeks of speculation over his future and concerns over his style of play, dubbed “Sarri-ball”.“It leaves Sarri in a tough place,” he told Sky Sports. “I’m surprised he didn’t force him to come off.”Ex-Chelsea striker Chris Sutton described the scenes as “mutiny at Chelsea”.“Kepa should be sacked, not Sarri,” he told BBC radio. “He’s been undermined — it’s the worst thing that can happen to a manager.”– Player power –Under International Football Association Board rules “if a player who is to be replaced refuses to leave, play continues” and it is not the first time it has happened.In the Premier League in April 2017, while at Swansea, Lukasz Fabianski was injured in the 81st minute, declined a change in the 86th minute and conceded three goals afterwards as a 1-0 lead turned into a 3-1 loss to Tottenham.Chelsea’s history suggests players hold significant influence at Stamford Bridge. The hire-and-fire policy of owner Roman Abramovich means managers have a limited shelf life and players have previously exploited the policy.This is not the same group as the one that defied Andre Villas-Boas or masterminded a Champions League win under Roberto Di Matteo, when the senior players were said to be more influential than the interim manager.But the incident suggested there could be a leadership vacuum at Stamford Bridge.Sarri replaced Antonio Conte in July and got off to a flying start, with Chelsea unbeaten for the first 18 competitive games.But recent results have included the 6-0 mauling at City, a 4-0 loss at Bournemouth and a 2-0 defeat by Manchester United in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge.After the Spurs game, Chelsea have a run of what appear to be winnable fixtures before away matches against Liverpool and Manchester United in April.But the question is whether Sarri still has authority in the dressing room and whether he will be given the time to turn things around.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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KILDRUM TIGERS ROAR INTO NEXT ROUND OF FAI INTERMEDIATE CUP

first_imgKildrum Tigers are through to the fourth round on the FAI intermediate coup after a 2-1 replay win over Meath side Dunboyne FC today.The St Johnston side will now play College Corinthians away in the next round after two Cormac Carlin goals gave them victory today.Andy Farrell’s second-half penalty gave Dunboyne hope, but the visitors wer unable to convert any of their chances. The Ulster Senior League side held Dunboyne to a scoreless draw two weeks ago. KILDRUM TIGERS ROAR INTO NEXT ROUND OF FAI INTERMEDIATE CUP was last modified: December 18th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:kildrum tigerslast_img read more

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MAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER VIOLENT ASSAULT

first_imgA man continues to fight for his life after a violent altercation at a house in Bundoran this morning.Guard were called to the house at Tullan Strand Road just after 1am.They found a 46 year old man with serious injuries at the scene.Th man was rushed to Sligo Regional Hospital where his condition remains critical.The man is originally from Ballyshannon but had been living in Bundoran.Gardai sealed off the area which is generally a quiet road in the seaside town.A full forensic examination of the scene was carried out.Eye-witnesses said they saw a number of pieces of broken furniture in the garden of the house where the injured man was found.The eye-witness said “It appeared there had been a major fight or something because the garden was in a mess. There was broken furniture everywhere.“I’m not sure if this was part of the attack on the man but it looked like it had ben wrecked deliberately.”A 19 year old man was later arrested under public order offences but has since ben released without charge.Meanwhile local Bundoran Town Councillor Diarmaid Doherty told Donegal Daily he was very surprised by the attack.“I call down to the area and it was sealed off by the Gardai.“My thoughts are with the man who was attacked and I hope he makes a full recovery as I understand he is in a very serious condition in hospital.“You hear of some trouble in some of the holiday rentals on the dd occasion but Tullan Strand is a quiet residential area and many of the younger people have moved on.“I was very surprised to hear that there had been such a particularly violent assault there,” he said.MAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER VIOLENT ASSAULT was last modified: June 14th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

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RALLY IN SUPPORT OF REFUGEES TO TAKE PLACE IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgA rally to demand the Irish Government allow more refugees into our country to help ease the humanitarian crisis in Syria is to take place next week.The rally will take place at Market Square in Letterkenny on Tuesday next, September 8th, at 6pm.In the meantime people are being encouraged to sign the petition here https://uplift.ie/refugee-crisis/ RALLY IN SUPPORT OF REFUGEES TO TAKE PLACE IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: September 4th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

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Warning: Fears raised as lethal jellyfish washes up off Donegal coast

first_imgSAFETY WARNING: Fears have been raised and a public warning has been issued after a Portuguese Man of War was found washed up off the Donegal coastline. The notorious jellyfish has the most dangerous sting of any sea creature and are extremely dangerous dead or alive.Kincasslagh Harbour posted the following statement and images on their Facebook timeline. “We have had confirmed reports of a number of Portuguese Man of War.“These have the appearance of jelly fish but technically are a number of sea animals all attached as a group.“They have what is considered the most dangerous sting of any sea creature and are dangerous dead or alive. The sting is from the very long tentacles. “Please DO NOT touch, keep animals away. If stung seek medical attention immediately.“Considered a serious risk to people who may suffer Anaphylaxis.”The deadly jellyfish’s venomous tentacles can deliver a painful (and sometimes fatal) sting and members of the public are advised to stay away from any washed up jellyfish. Advertisement Warning: Fears raised as lethal jellyfish washes up off Donegal coast was last modified: September 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)last_img read more

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Vacancy: Part-time barber required in Letterkenny

first_imgPart-time Barber required for a busy shop in Letterkenny Town.Must be fully qualified and experienced in all traditional, modern and contemporary styles.A good command of the English language required. Candidate must have a minimum of 3 years’ experience. To apply please email letterkennybarber@gmail.comVacancy: Part-time barber required in Letterkenny was last modified: October 8th, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

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Safety considerations for baling hay

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As we progress into summer, hay baling moves to the forefront of things to be done on the farm. Hay baling season can come with its own set of hazards that can cause injuries. These include equipment hazards, working in hot temperatures, lifting injuries, and even the stress of getting hay down, dried and baled in a narrow window to beat the weather. Some guidelines to use to prevent injuries this hay baling season include:• Review the owner’s manual and warning labels of the equipment prior to operation.• Make sure that all guards and shields are in place for the tractor and hay harvesting equipment.• Ensure that safety locks are in place when working on the baler while the bale chamber is open.• Make sure twine is properly threaded and the knotter system and twine arm are in good working condition. Do not feed twine by hand into the baler.• Equip the tractor with a 10-pound dry chemical (ABC) fire extinguisher.• When operating the baler, do not leave the tractor seat until the power take-off (PTO) is disengaged and the flywheel or other moving parts have completely stopped.• Stay clear of power take-off, pick up area, auger or feeder forks while a baler is in operation.• Maintain proper settings and speed. Travel at a speed that allows the baler to handle the size of the windrow.• Never try to unplug the baler until the power take-off is disengaged and the tractor’s engine is shut off.• Make sure wagons are securely hitched to the drawbar by using a safety pin and a safety chain.• When baling on uneven or hilly terrain, travel slowly and avoid holes, drop-offs and ejecting bales that may roll down a slope.• Avoid sudden movements when operating the tractor. Workers can be thrown or fall off the wagon platform and be run over by the machine.• Make sure workers do not ride on top of the wagon stack.• Keep the bale close to the ground when moving bales with a front-end loader.• When hauling bales with a wagon or trailer, use a tractor or truck large enough to handle or stop the weight of the load.• When transporting bales on a public roadway, properly secure the bales on the wagon or trailer by using straps.• Tractors, harvesting equipment and all wagons should be equipped with a slow-moving vehicle (SMV) emblem.• When assisting with hitching wagons, keep visual contact and communicate with the operator at all times. Leave yourself an escape route.• Chock the wheels on wagons that could move or roll.• Be aware of the stack condition, bales falling off the stack can strike a worker and result in a serious injury.• Be aware of workers throwing the bales. Bales can bounce or roll striking another worker.• Use proper lifting techniques when lifting, carrying, or stacking bales.• When working in hot temperatures and haymows with no air movement, take several breaks and stay hydrated with water.For more information about the OSU Ag Safety visit http://www.agsafety.osu.edu or contact Kent McGuire, OSU Agricultural Safety & Health, at mcguire.225@osu.edu or 614-292-0588.last_img read more

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The Ultimate Guide to Sales Leadership

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now The definition of leadership is complex and widely contended: ask a different expert and you’ll get a different answer.Let’s just say for our purposes that leadership means guiding others to get results. It is the act of determining a direction and course of action that leads to extraordinary results. It requires varying degrees of many skills, including self-discipline, optimism, initiative, resourcefulness, pigheaded determination, empathy and emotional intelligence, communication, influence, and negotiation.Got all that?! Don’t worry, this Ultimate Guide to Sales Leadership will help you digest it all.Self-DisciplineThe first publisher who asked for my first book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, hated the very first chapter because it was about self-discipline He said, “Why would you start a book with a chapter on self-discipline. Everybody hates that.” This is not exactly what you hope to hear about your work, let alone from a person who asked you for the book.Selling Exposes CharacterI patiently explained two ideas to this acquisition editor. First, I explained that the things that I called “Mindset” get exposed more in sales than in other endeavors. I went on to explain how things that show a lack of character get amplified, and when one is deficient in these traits, they tend to fare poorly in sales.I went on to explain that if a person is unable to keep the commitments they make to themselves, then much of what comes after self-discipline is of little or no use to them. If someone can’t will themselves to prospect or follow-up or keep their commitments, how can they succeed?The Enabling Character TraitMy belief that the ability to will oneself to take action is still the first among disciplines has only grown stronger over the last couple of years. More and more, the gap between a salesperson’s results and their goals is not made up some deficit of skill. Instead, it’s a deficit of will–coupled with an absence of accountability.With few exceptions, we each know what we need to do to produce the results we want. When we don’t, that knowledge is available with a few keystrokes or a phone call. There is no lacking when it comes to discovering the recipe. What is more difficult, however, is following the recipe. For most of us, the largest obstacle between our current results and the results we seek stares back at us in our mirror each morning.OptimismOptimism is a philosophy. It’s the belief that things will work out for the best, regardless of how the situation looks today. Optimism is a personal choice to view things positively. It’s your attitude. It’s personal. And it’s a choice. Optimism is a foundational success skill for sales people.Imagine a job in which part of the way that you create value is by acquiring new customers. Imagine a job where your role is creating value for these prospective customers by providing them with your company’s products or services, helping them with their problems and challenges, and helping to make massive improvements that make them more competitive in their space. Imagine leading and managing that value creation process.That sounds like an awesome job, and we call it B2B sales!Would you pick up the phone and dial the next prospect if you believed it wouldn’t make a difference? Would you again (and again) call the prospect that has already told you no so many times that you have lost count?A salesperson has to believe.Optimism is what allows you to continue. It allows you to believe that you can make a difference. It underscores your belief that the next call will be the call that moves the chains. It allows you to believe that-eventually-something will change for the prospective client and that change will result in your gaining an opportunity. It allows you to believe that you can create enough value to change your dream client’s mind.Optimism allows you to draw on your resourcefulness to overcome obstacles and roadblocks, instead of deciding not to try.InitiativeInitiative is the ability to take action proactively. It’s the opposite of being reactive. It is good and necessary that you do what you are asked to do, and it is good that you do what is expected of you. You need to do those things to be successful, too. But what separates the most successful from the rest of the pack is their ability to take initiative and do what needs to be done before anyone else recognizes it needs to be done.The lack of initiative results in the salesperson failing to identify and act on ideas that have the potential to create more value for the client than was expected or bargained for. It results in missing the chance to do more than is expected and creating something wonderful.Initiative is perhaps the greatest demonstration of a willingness to own the outcome of whatever endeavor it is that you are engaged in.ResourcefulnessResourcefulness is the ability to find a way to achieve your goal or to make one. This is especially true when the goal is difficult to achieve and when little or no direction is given. Resourcefulness is the ability to think creatively, to generate ideas, and to identify alternatives. Resourcefulness is also imagination, the ability to visualize how something could be achieved when there is nothing there but the vision.To be resourceful takes self-discipline and iron will. Self-discipline enables the belief that there is a way to achieve the outcome. And it takes an iron will to ignore the naysayers, the devil’s advocates, and those who simply lack resourcefulness themselves and so have no interest in seeing you succeed.Great salespeople use their resourcefulness to find ways into prospects that others fail to uncover. Once inside, they work with their prospects to generate ideas that create a vision of how a problem may be solved or a competitive advantage might be gained–for them and for their prospect.They imagine a way. Then they help create that way.DeterminationDetermination is the act of deciding on a desired outcome and taking action to achieve it. It is being resolute in purpose and persevering until you achieve your desired outcome.Determination allows one person to continue in their pursuit of an idea or a goal for as long as it takes for that goal to be achieved. It provides those who possess it with the ability to continue to chase a dream, even when all of the evidence indicates that it cannot or will not be realized.Determination is an essential attribute of great salespeople, allowing them to succeed where others fail. It provides the salesperson with an immunity to the word “no” and allows the professional salesperson to persist in their efforts to acquire new clients and to succeed in delivering the outcomes they have promised.Empathy and Emotional IntelligenceEmpathy is the ability to feel what the other person is feeling and emotional intelligence is the ability to manage your own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. Together they are the foundation of trust.Empathy allows a salesperson to understand deeply what their prospect is feeling. It is the patient exploration of the other’s person’s thoughts, feelings, and emotions. In part, it allows them to create a connection with their prospect and customers.Emotional Intelligence solidifies that connection. While empathy allows the salesperson to understand what the prospect or customers is feeling, emotional intelligence is what allows them to communicate that they understand those feelings and their implications.Together these abilities allow the salesperson to understand the other person’s communication in not only their words, but also in what lies beneath their words. Working to understand another person’s thoughts, their feelings, and emotions, and communicating with emotional intelligence, are the foundations of building trust.CommunicationCommunication is the transfer of information. In the past, sales and marketing people believed that communication was the act of conveying their ideas to their prospective buyers and clients. Some sales and marketing professionals still do.But the one-way communication of ideas is not communication. Communication is a two-way exchange of information. As one party conveys information, the other party gives feedback that is used to ensure that the meaning is conveyed and understood.Communication skills begin with the ability to listen well. Great salespeople are curious. They have hundreds of questions they would like answered, and they usually have more questions than they can comfortably ask during a single meeting with a prospect or a client. The quality of these questions is a form of communication in and of itself; it communicates the desire to understand.InfluenceInfluence is the ability to persuade others to act differently, to behave differently, or to believe something.Great salespeople have an enormous capacity to influence and persuade others. But it isn’t a tactical influence. Their ability to influence others is the natural outgrowth of the other foundational attributes.Great salespeople are able to influence others because they are first able to influence and persuade themselves. Someone who is unable or unwilling to keep the commitments they make to themselves doesn’t easily persuade others. Influencing others begins with keeping your commitments.Great salespeople influence others by their ability to ask effective questions. They ask questions that demonstrate their ability to understand the challenges, the problems, and the opportunities. The nature of these questions demonstrates that they have the expertise to be trusted, as well as their desire to truly understand.NegotiationNegotiation is the art of the deal. Negotiation is an event, or series of events, designed to produce an agreement of how best to proceed. These events are dialogues to consider all of the various interests and to create a consensus on an agreement that is most advantageous for all stakeholders.But, let’s be honest. Not all who negotiate do so with the intention of maximizing the value created for all interested parties. Some negotiate only for their own individual advantage.Salespeople spend much of their time negotiating outside of negotiating final agreements. Final agreements are the events around contracts and the legal documentation that take place before they move forward with their solution. Before this final agreement, a salesperson has negotiated dozens of prior agreements. Professional salespeople negotiate for agreements to proceed throughout the sales process; they negotiate to advance the sale at every stage.They negotiate for the first agreements that result in their gaining access to the individuals who are involved in buying or using the product or service that they sell. They exchange the value that they potentially create during the exploration of issues for access to the individuals within the prospect organization. Negotiating for time is a challenging negotiation; it is a commodity in short supply.As the salesperson learns about their client’s business, they negotiate each advance, including access to additional individuals within the buying team and access to the information they need to help create a solution.Successful salespeople negotiate agreements within and between the departments or divisions of their client companies, ensuring that the implementation and the execution of their product or service creates the maximum value for all stakeholders without damaging something upstream or downstream.Successful salespeople negotiate agreements within their own company for changes to their offering, resulting in modifications that create value for their individual clients.When the ability to negotiate is missing, the salesperson struggles to advance the sale from stage to stage. They struggle to gain the initial access to individuals within their prospect’s company, often because they fail to deliver anything of value in exchange for time. When they are fortunate enough to get face time with their prospects, they fail to negotiate next actions.When the ability to negotiate is missing, salespeople fail to negotiate within their own company. They fail to sell the modifications, the changes, and the exceptions their prospect needs from their own organization. This results in their not being able to create the value necessary to win the deal.Great salespeople have the ability to navigate a variety of negotiations, with both sides trusting that they can create a win-win agreement.ConclusionWhen leadership is missing, the salesperson cannot guide his team, or his prospect’s team to achieve the end result that he sold. Great leadership involves a winning combination of all of these skills and the ability to achieve results.last_img read more

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Amid outrage, senior political leaders set free in Jammu

first_imgWith the announcement of the Block Development Council (BDC) polls amid growing outrage over continued political detentions, the J&K government on Tuesday released seven senior leaders of the National Conference (NC), Congress and J&K Panthers Party (J&KPP) from the Jammu regionOfficials said the NC’s Davinder Singh Rana, Surjit Singh Salathia, Javed Rana and Sajjad Ahmed Kitcloo, Congress’ Raman Bhalla and Waqar Rasool and Harsh Dev Singh of the J&KPP had been released. All these leaders had been placed under house arrest under Section 107 of the CrPC since August 5 — when the State’s special status under Article 370 was revoked by the Centre. More likelyOfficials sources said more leaders from the Jammu region will be set free in the coming days.An NC leader, requesting anonymity, confirmed that the party leaders were told on Tuesday night that “they were free to go anywhere”. Sources, however, said the released leaders have been directed to “desist from issuing any public statements”. The authorities have specifically mentioned the issue of revocation of provisions of Article 370 to the released leaders “to keep away from”. However, there is no time frame for release of dozens of political prisoners, including NC president Dr. Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, in the Kashmir Valley, where a spontaneous shutdown continue to mar the daily life. Around 179 mainstream leader remain detained in the Valley, according figures from top officials.Official sources said the release of the leaders is “to provide a level field to political parties” ahead of the BDC elections scheduled for October 24. Both the Congress and the NC have criticised the government move to hold these polls under current circumstances and in absence of means of communication.The NC has termed the upcoming BDC polls as “biggest mockery of democracy”.“Announcing BDC polls at a time when the entire leadership of the State is captive is no less than a farce. There were many areas where the locals had no idea about who was contesting from their areas. In other parts of the Valley, candidates were imported from Jammu region and supplanted on the people of Kashmir,” said the NC spokesman in a statement.“The present ruling dispensation is known for its inherent aversion for NC. Our party has traditionally been a thorn in the eyes of RSS-BJP,” he added.‘Aid to militants’In a separate incident, Mohamad Shafi Saroori, brother of Congress leader and ex-minister G.M. Saroori, was arrested for sheltering militants in Jammu’s Kishtwar district.Police sources Mr. Saroori and five others were involved in “providing logistic support to the Hizbul Mujahideen militants”, who were killed in the Batote encounter on Saturday.The family, however, denied the allegation. “The house which the Kishtwar police claimed was used by the militants was abandoned by the family way back. The house is presently occupied by the tenants, including non-Muslims and police personnel,” said the family in a statement. Mr. Saroori termed the move “as politically motivated to malign his and his family’s image”.last_img read more

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