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first_imgLet’s be honest: it would be nice if our offices looked like the Beast’s library, a Pottery Barn catalog, or had a bay window overlooking the mountains/ocean/Paris, but that’s not happening anytime soon.In my experience, there are easier (and cheaper) ways to make your work environment just a little bit brighter and more stimulating. I’ve shared a few of them below!On a sidenote: There are millions of studies explaining how to get a productive workspace, why standing desks are awesome, the correct temperature to work in, etc. Instead, I’ve just let you know what works for me.1. Post your kids’ (or niece’s or your friend’s kids’) artworkWhy not Picasso? Because a child’s art a) will make you smile, b) will inspire you — there’s nothing like the uninhibited creativity of a child to remind you what true invention means, and c) thinking of our loved ones makes us more creative!Cost: $0…or priceless**Credit: **Gabriel Newman, Age 42. Different color pens & a notebookYes, we all mostly on our computers. But I’ve found that looking down at a notebook and jotting down random ideas or notes before I start a project, but in colored pens and markers, makes the brainstorming/planning part of my work process so much more fun & productive than writing it out in a Word doc or in Evernote.Cost: $3.99 for Crayola fine line markers, $1 notebook.My real live notebook. I’m not that good at color matching.3. Something that makes you laughYou probably have heard that laughter makes you happier and more creative. I personally just like looking at funny cats. Of course, a live funny cat or pet is even better.Cost: $10 for this piece of cat genius.Actual cat calendar in my office.4. Put something on your desk that you like to play withStress balls work for a lot of people. I have a friend that plays with scissors (NOT recommended). Shoving food in my mouth requires some coordination, but it less than ideal in other ways. I find that doing something that requires fine motor skills really kicks off something in my brain. So whenever I feel stressed, I make this thing below. Looks complicated and like I’m super talented right? (Work with me.) This is actually easy to do! But the point is not to make a paper Dahlia, but to do something that is a break, takes less than a minute, requires you to concentrate, and then looks pretty after.Cost: $0 – scrap paper, scissorsMy paper dahlias.5. Books that give you good feelsNo, not the books you want other people to see that you’ve read, but the books you read and really touched your heart or mind. Even seeing those physical books again can remind you of the feelings you got when you read them. My collection:Cost: Variable, but I like used books I find for 25 cents at the library.6. Maps!When your view looks onto the top of crummy buildings like mine, you may need to work on expanding your horizons. I’ve always loved maps because they let you imagine far-away places and also see the “big picture” — two things that help my mind wander, invent, and create beyond my immediate environment or my easy, half-baked ideas.Cost: $10 for basic antique, or if you want to splurge for this awesome one.Freelancers, what do you like to have at your desk?last_img read more

first_imgPaceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar was brilliant as he returned with a career-best 5/24 to guide India to a 28-run victory over South Africa in the first Twenty20 International at the New Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday.Bhuvneshwar, who was rested for the sixth ODI on Friday, became the first Indian bowler to grab a five-wicket haul in all the three formats of the game.Reeza Hendricks (70) scored his maiden fifty but that was not enough as South Africa were restricted to 175/9 after India had posted a massive 203/5.The result helped India become the first team to win at Johannesburg after batting first in T20 Internationals.South Africa were dealt a blow before the start of the match as their best batsman AB de Villiers was ruled out of the series with a knee injury.Earlier, Dhawan once again unleashed mayhem in South Africa, with his 72 powering India to 203 for five wickets.The Delhi left-hander, who hit 323 runs in the six One-Day Internationals (ODIs), blasted 10 fours and two sixes in his 39-ball innings as others batted around him.After home captain Jean-Paul Duminy put India into bat, India’s innings was lifted by a brisk 21 off nine from Rohit Sharma, who got out in the fifth delivery of the second over after edging to wicket-keeper Heinrich Klassen off debutant Junior Dala.Dhawan’s show began after this as he got useful support from Suresh Raina (15 off 7) and Virat Kohli (26 off 20). Till the dismissal of Kohli, who was ruled LBW against spinner Tabraiz Shamsi in the third delivery of the 10th over, India had already scored 108.advertisementDhawan made the most of the ill-disciplined bowling from Chris Morris, Dala and Andile Phehlukwayo, who were allowing the 32-year-old to free his arms on the leg side.A failed scoop attempt of a slower delivery from Phehlukwayo ended Dhawan’s innings as Klassen dived front to removed the danger.Later, Manish Pandey (29 not out off 27), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (16) and Hardik Panya (13 not out) took India past the 200-run mark.The second match will be played in Pretoria on Wednesday while the final match of the series will be played on Saturday in Cape Town.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

first_imgThis blog post was originally published by Forbes on September 2, 2015.With oil prices at six-year lows, now is a tempting time for consumers to buy a bigger car, fill it up with cheaper gas and hit the road. The smarter move is to use this moment to accelerate the shift to renewable energy.While increased U.S. oil production has delivered short-term economic benefits, our ongoing dependence on oil is still creating serious risks to business investment, national security and the environment. Given the inherent unpredictability of the oil market specifically (and fossil fuel markets more generally), it’s fair to ask whether we should continue to invest in fossil fuels, or whether other options — including fuel efficiency and renewables — deserve greater attention.Here are four reasons to rethink our dependence on oil now:1. Oil prices are unpredictable.There’s no shortage of projections for the oil market, yet oil prices are something no one can confidently predict. Forecasts for the next five years vary between $20 and $100 a barrel. For 2016, experts in early August predicted an average of $59/barrel, $20 higher than the sub-$40 prices seen just last week. Renewable energy prices are falling fast (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) The price of crude has historically varied with social and political change, as well as supply and demand. From a low of $16 a barrel in December 1998, the price bounced up to $143 in August 2008, just before the global market slump sent them tumbling to $46, six dollars above the price this August. The lack of clarity in future oil price projections makes business and policy decisions especially difficult.Ask The Economist. In 1999, the widely respected magazine famously predicted a world of $5- to $10-a-barrel oil, on the grounds that the price decline at the end of the last century was “fundamentally different” from those in the past. Five years later, prices reached $50 a barrel, higher than they had been for 20 years.2. Oil price volatility is likely to remain high, and this is economically costly.Paradoxically, while no one can say with certainty where oil prices will go, one thing that is certain is that they will continue to be volatile. Wide price swings are a constant feature of the oil market. Uncertainty is expensive, so the economic costs of this volatility aren’t trivial. Because there are few short-term options to cut oil consumption when price swings occur, a rise or fall of this magnitude can make big economic waves, delaying business investment, requiring allocation of resources, depressing consumer spending and slowing job growth. As a U.S. Federal Reserve study pointed out, a hypothetical increase in the price of crude oil from $40 to $50 a barrel generally matters less than increased uncertainty about the future direction of prices.3. The true cost of fossil fuels like oil is much higher than the current market price.Conventional energy prices rarely reflect their true cost, failing to take into account subsidies for fossil-based fuel and the damage to human health and the environment.A recent IMF report shows that the world pays $5.3 trillion a year in hidden costs to keep burning fossil fuels, in addition to almost $500 billion in direct government subsidies, including tax write-offs and write-downs and land-use loopholes. As The New York Times asserted in an editorial about the report, ending these subsidies would save millions of lives. The IMF calculated that eliminating such outdated subsidies would reduce premature deaths from air pollution by 55 percent—or more than 1.76 million people based on 2012 figuresOil prices that don’t reflect the actual costs and risks of relying on oil pass the buck on to others, which in this case is the general public.4. Renewable energy prices are falling fast, a trend that will continue.The price of solar photovoltaic panels has dropped over 80 percent since 2008, making solar power increasingly competitive with traditional fuels. In the United States, solar PV systems are at “break-even” prices or better for 40 percent of U.S. supermarkets (at 2012 commercial installed prices) and 30-60 percent of U.S. public and private (K-12) schools. The economics of wind energy also continues to improve. In the U.S., wind power prices reached an all-time low in 2014, lower than wholesale electricity prices in five out of seven regions. Looking to the future, we can be confident that solar and wind energy prices will continue to fall and transportation will be increasingly electrified, with electric vehicles on a growth trajectory steeper than hybrid vehicles. Meanwhile, the price of fossil-based power generation remains as predictably unpredictable as ever.Lower-cost energy, more market certainty and a healthier climateRenewable energy can address a trio of intertwined problems: it can already reduce costs in certain markets and will be less expensive than conventional energy sources in many more markets in the coming years. Renewable energy can boost investment by improving market certainty, and it can cut the emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels. In a climate that is already demonstrably changing – with higher risk of severe droughts, floods, heat waves and other extreme events – we have a limited amount of carbon dioxide that can be emitted if we still want to keep average global temperatures within 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) of pre-industrial levels.To be able to mitigate climate risks while saving money and increasing market certainty is an appealing business model. As Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi said earlier this year: “We recognize that eventually, one of these days, we are not going to need fossil fuels. So we have embarked on a program to develop solar energy.”If oil giant Saudi Arabia recognizes the benefit of shifting toward renewable energy, it just might be time for the rest of the world to recognize it too.last_img read more

first_imgArgentina Argentina’s Messi-ah: Magnificent Leo saves the day to send Albiceleste to World Cup Daniel Edwards Last updated 2 years ago 09:28 10/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(106) Lionel Messi Argentina Getty Images Argentina Lionel Messi Ecuador v Argentina Ecuador WC Qualification South America World Cup The striker’s incomparable talents came to the rescue in Quito as a 3-1 victory meant Argentina sealed their place in Russia Cometh the hour, cometh the man. An entire nation sat in front of their televisions on Tuesday, biting their nails and waiting for inspiration to come from a single diminutive individual with the No. 10 on his back. And Lionel Messi, the Messiah and the Albiceleste’s hat-trick hero, did not disappoint.Argentina’s 3-1 triumph over Ecuador that sealed qualification was tense, scrappy, and more than a bit fortunate. But ultimately their magnificent captain put in the display 43 million people were waiting for to drag them kicking and screaming into the 2018 World Cup. With another result it may even have proved Leo’s final game with the national team – it would at least have been difficult to imagine him soldiering on for another five years for another crack at the apple in QatarThe result itself was anything but a foregone conclusion. Aficionados of ominous statistics oft repeated in the build-up to the game that Argentina had won just once in the heights of Quito, the altitude of the Ecuadorian capital proving a daunting barrier to success over the years. And only a win would guarantee the Albiceleste at least a spot in the play-off, with automatic qualification out of their hands and depending on results elsewhere on a frenetic night of South American action. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Another less than encouraging statistic also weighed heavy on Argentine minds. Not since November 2016 had one of their players manage to score from open play, a fact almost incomputable when set against the rich attacking talent the nation is capable of fielding. Messi himself had netted the last goal from someone in an Argentina shirt way back in March, a rather soft penalty against Chile. But the Barcelona magician cocked his thumb at those heavy omens and instead put in a match-winning performance to down chaotic yet brave Ecuador.Lionel Messi ArgentinaAt first, it appeared that disaster was set to strike. Just 39 seconds into the encounter the hosts took advantage of some atrocious defending to go ahead through Romario Ibarra. It was precisely the start Jorge Sampaoli must have wished to avoid, forcing Argentina to push even further forward in Quito’s paper-thin atmosphere to seek parity and then superiority.Luckily Messi was on the field to put things right – and this time, in a welcome change, he was not alone. So often left a forlorn, frustrated figure shorn of company in international colours, the neat pass received from Angel Di Maria 12 minutes into the clash must have felt like manna from heaven. He made no mistake, sliding home past Maximo Banguera to level the score and keep the World Cup dream alive.The moment Lionel Messi made a nation believe again #ARG— Goal (@goal) 10 de octubre de 2017The second was testament to his perseverance and commitment to the Argentina cause. Chasing up a loose ball, he powered past his marker and powered the ball into the net from an uncomfortable angle for 2-1. And the third of the evening, to mark the 44th perhaps the most important hat-trick of his entire career, was pure unadulterated inspiration. Banguera was left stranded by a lob that came out of nowhere, the mark of a true genius coming through when it really counted. No wonder that even the home fans were reduced to applauding their executioner, a scene of graciousness in defeat seldom-seen in hyper-competitive South America and a mark of the effect Messi has on his rivals.Lionel Messi… The best player in history?— Goal (@goal) 10 de octubre de 2017Messi is simply willing Argentina to the World Cup!— Goal (@goal) 11 de octubre de 2017It was not quite Messi against the world in Quito. Di Maria veered in and out of the game as is his wont, but came up with that neat one-two to grab a vital equaliser. Enzo Perez formed the link between midfield and attack so sorely lacking in recent outings, while wide out on the right Eduardo Salvio put in a workmanlike performance to keep an adventurous Ecuador at bay and push his team forward on the counter. Nor will it escape an immensely relieved Sampaoli that their opponents on Tuesday, having nothing to lose after early elimination, attacked and left spaces in a way that few other adversaries will come Russia 2018.When it counted the captain shouted loudest, however, and dragged his team into a World Cup after 18 games of under-achieving, sub-standard performances and bedlam behind the scenes. Sampaoli will certainly be under no illusions as to the task ahead of him in whipping this team into shape, after so many years of mis-management. But at least he can do so knowing that catastrophe has been averted and his nation are on their way to Russia and for that he has one man to thank above all others.Argentina’s messiah arrived to save the day, and when he is at his incomparable best the Albiceleste should never be written off.last_img read more

first_imgNapoli 3 Bologna 1: Mertens sends Sarri’s side back to the top Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 00:20 1/29/18 dries mertens - cropped Getty Images Napoli regained the summit of Serie A after coming from behind to beat Bologna courtesy of a Dries Mertens double. Dries Mertens scored twice as Napoli fought back to beat Bologna 3-1 and return to the top of Serie A.Maurizio Sarri’s side saw Juventus overtake them with a 2-0 win at Chievo on Saturday but they responded at the San Paolo with their sixth league win in a row.Bologna snatched the lead in the first minute through former Inter striker Rodrigo Palacio but they were pegged back four minutes later in unceremonious fashion, with Ibrahima Mbaye turning the ball into his own net after trying and failing to clear it off the line. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mertens put Napoli ahead with a controversial penalty eight minutes before the break, with referee Paolo Mazzoleni awarding the spot-kick for an Adam Masina foul after a VAR referral, despite minimal contact between Jose Callejon and the full-back.Belgium star Mertens made the points safe just before the hour mark, cutting onto his right foot and firing into the right-hand corner from inside the area for his 13th league goal of the season.The win puts Napoli a point clear of Juve after 22 games, while Bologna stay 12th.last_img read more

first_imgTagsMLS NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​MLS looking at sponsorship for VARby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMajor League Soccer (MLS) is ‘actively selling’ sponsorship inventory for the match breaks created by video assistant referee (VAR) technology, according to league executive Carter Ladd, reports, North American soccer league’s senior vice president of business development, confirmed to the Sports Business Journal (SBJ) that MLS is engaged in a “couple of ongoing conversations” with companies interested in sponsoring VAR, which was introduced to the league in 2017.The SBJ’s report added that one in three MLS matches this season have involved a VAR review, which is intended to correct clear and obvious errors made by the on-field officials relating to major moments such as goals, penalties and red cards.MLS also told the SBJ that a potential VAR sponsorship could see a brand be on screen for the entire length of a review, while the company could also get mentioned by broadcasters.”There’s very, very few opportunities where a brand can become part of the fabric of the sport in a meaningful way,” said Ladd of a potential VAR sponsorship, speaking to the SBJ. He added: “If there’s going to be some sort of product integration [with VAR], it’s got to be authentic. It’s got to be endemic.” last_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisement “Getting this opportunity to appear on THE LAUNCH has been such an honour,” said Ethan Young. “I am so grateful for the chance to be launched across Canada and I cannot wait to hear my song ‘Giants’ on the radio.”“Ethan has a real star quality,” said Scott Borchetta. “His voice is powerful and genuine and you can’t help but be blown away when he steps into a room. We may have found Canada’s next homegrown pop star.”Streaming now on various platforms including, CTV GO, and CraveTV™, THE LAUNCH: DIRECTOR’S CUT features extended auditions of Grace Bakker, Elequen, and the newly launched Ethan Young, as well as, Victoria Azevedo and Raymond Salgado, who are featured exclusively in the On Demand version of the episode. The special edition also features comprehensive mentor reactions, feedback, and never-before-seen moments from THE LAUNCH that take the viewer deeper into the once in a lifetime opportunity for each of the artists.Following an extraordinary audition process before the celebrity mentors, aspiring artists Ethan Young and Grace Bakkeremerged as the two breakthrough artists chosen to perform and make the original song “Giants” their own.After an intense 48 hours in studio rehearsals, recordings, and working with the episode’s celebrity mentors including a surprise guest appearance by Alessia Cara, the final artists took the stage in front of a live studio audience to perform their interpretations of “Giants.”Two, individually tailored renditions of the song resulted in charismatic performances by both aspiring artists, but following intense deliberations, Ethan Young was ultimately chosen for the opportunity of a lifetime – to have his version of the song “Giants” launched across Canada and to the world via THE LAUNCH‘s expansive slate of top music partners.Following tonight’s song launch, Bell Media is poised to throw the full weight of its marketing, promotional, and publicity support behind Ethan Young “Giants” across its national footprint of broadcast and digital entertainment properties.“Giants” is written by Stephan Moccio and Talay Riley. The song is produced by Stephan Moccio. Label: Big Machine Canada and Universal Music Canada. Executive Producers are Scott Borchetta and Randy Lennox.Singer-songwriter Ethan Young’s love for performance and songwriting began at a very young age. While attending Karen Kain School of the Arts, Ethan became one of the famed Mini Pop Kids, performing for sold out audiences across Ontario. He was featured on three Mini Pop Kid albums that were sold in retail stores internationally.Ethan regularly performs for charitable events including ThreeToBe, Covenant House,Children’s Wish Foundation, and Jacob’s Ladder. Currently, Ethan is working on his craft live and in studio. To learn more about Ethan Young, visit’s episode is also available on, CraveTV, CTV GO, and On Demand. Encore presentations of THE LAUNCHair Saturdays at 5 p.m. ET/MT on CTV; Fridays at 7 p.m. ET and Saturdays at 1 p.m. ET on Much; Sundays at 5 p.m. ETand 11 p.m. ET on MTV; Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on E!.Viewers can catch live interviews featuring Ethan Young tomorrow (Feb. 15) on CP24 BREAKFAST (weekdays 5:30 a.m. ET), YOUR MORNING (weekdays at 6 a.m. ET), THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW (weekdays at 10 a.m. ET), THE SOCIAL(weekdays at 1 p.m. ET), ETALK (weekdays at 7 p.m. ET), and CTV News Channel. As well, live interviews with Ethan Young will be featured on Bell Media Radio stations across the country.As announced earlier today, CTV delivers a truly interactive experience for fans of THE LAUNCH with an exclusive Facebook Live special, ETALK LIVE: THE LAUNCH ARTISTS. Featuring all six chosen artists from THE LAUNCH‘s inaugural season together for the first time and hosted by ETALK Reporter Liz Trinnear, the Facebook Live special streams on ETALK’s Facebook page (@etalkCTV) Thursday, Feb. 15 beginning at 8 p.m. ET*. Logan Staats, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, The Static Shift, POESY, Jayd Ink, and the newly launched Ethan Young discuss their overall experience on the show, working with their celebrity mentors, and reflect on becoming overnight chart-topping sensations. Audiences watching on social media can submit questions which will be curated and asked live during the Facebook Live special. ETALK LIVE: THE LAUNCH ARTISTS also features exclusive series outtakes and life-changing moments from hometown visits and media junkets with each of the six chosen artists.Season 1 of THE LAUNCH wraps with its seventh and final episode titled JUST LAUNCHED, airing Wednesday, Feb. 21 at9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. MT on CTV and CTV GO, and in super simulcast on CTV Two and Much. The one-hour special episode revisits each of the six “Launched” artists now that “one song has changed everything.” Following them back to their respective hometowns to meet the people who influenced their musical journey and capturing them as they watch their episode air live on television for the first time with family and friends. The special bonus episode also captures the excitement of each chosen artists’ whirlwind press tour, which includes hearing their song for the first time on the radio and their first public performance as chosen artists. In addition, the episode features never-before-seen moments and outtakes of the artists with their mentors from THE LAUNCH. Plus, the special episode also includes up-to-the-moment interviews with each selected artist and an all-new interview in Nashville with series co-creator and world-renowned record mogul Scott Borchetta.Fans are also invited to visit for exclusive, expansive digital content featuring THE LAUNCH celebrity mentors and the 30 artists selected to participate in the series’ inaugural season. Digital content includes comprehensive Q&As with all artists taking part in THE LAUNCH, now available on the site’s video portal. In addition, is the destination for blogs highlighting Season 1 mentors’ greatest achievements and videos featuring extended musical performances, in-studio demos and “first-listens”, unique moments between artists and their mentors, and a variety of other exclusive digital content. Bio pages showcasing all of the artists are also available on’s dedicated artist pages at a new and unique format documenting an authentic, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to break a new artist and bring a song to life, in each close-ended, hour-long episode of THE LAUNCH, unsigned emerging artists audition for the opportunity to record and perform a new original song written by a world famous songwriter/producer and mentored by a panel of internationally renowned music industry legends. The mentors then decide which version of the song will be released across the country immediately following the broadcast of the episode each week.Hand-picked from more than 10,000 emerging performers, the artists were selected to be on THE LAUNCH following an international casting call and completion of an extensive A&R and review process. Contending for the opportunity of a lifetime – to record and perform a new original song written by a world famous songwriter/ producer and mentored by a panel of internationally renowned music industry legends – the selected artists face the life-altering prospect of being catapulted from discovery to stardom in just 48 hours.THE LAUNCH format was put into development in January 2016 and was co-developed by Randy Lennox and Bell Media in association with Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Label Group, and Paul Franklin of Eureka (MASTERCHEF, THE BIGGEST LOSER), in partnership with John Brunton and Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions (THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, CANADIAN IDOL, THE JUNO AWARDS).THE LAUNCH is executive produced by Scott Borchetta, Randy Lennox and John Brunton; Paul Franklin and Lindsay Coxare Showrunners and Executive Producers; Executive Producers for Bell Media are Robin Johnston and Corrie Coe, who is also Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming, Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKSTwitter:@ethanyoungmusic ‏@Jayd_Ink@poesyofficial@TheStaticShift@ewxjfmusic@LoganStaats@alessiacara@BoyGeorge@Fergie@iek@JenniferNettles@imjmichaels@NikkiSixx@RyanTedder@scottborchetta@ShaniaTwain@stephanmoccio@BellMediaPR@umusic@bigmachine@CTV_PR@CTV_Television@etalkctv@liztrinnear@insightprod@TheLaunchCTV@iHeartRadioCAFacebook:etalkLizTrinnearalessiacaraboygeorgeofficialfergieJenniferNettlesMusicjuliamichaelsofficialnikkisixxofficialRyanTedder1RscottborchettaShaniaTwainStephanMoccioCTVTheLaunchCTViHeartRadio CanadaInstagram:@EthanY0ung@Jayd_Ink@poesyofficial@thestaticshift@ewxjf@ CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2018 – CTV unveiled its sixth and final chosen artist on tonight’s penultimate episode of CTV’s THE LAUNCH. Ethan Young from Toronto proved to be bigger than goliath, as the 13-year-old was the final artist chosen to record the new original single “Giants.” The series’ sixth single was released to radio stations across the country immediately following tonight’s broadcast, and is also now available to buy and stream everywhere, including iHeartRadio, Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.Mentors Culture Club alumnus and Grammy® Award-winner Boy George, Grammy®-Award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter Alessia Cara, Canadian Oscar and Grammy-nominated producer extraordinaire Stephan Moccio, and record mogul Scott Borchetta decided to launch Ethan Young’s music career with his anthemic version of “Giants.”The first four consecutive singles from THE LAUNCH chosen artists (POESY‘s “Soldier of Love”, Logan Staats “The Lucky Ones”, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine‘s “Ain’t Easy”, and The Static Shift‘s “Wide Awake”) soared to #1 on iTunes Canada, while Jayd Ink‘s “Codes” debuted at #7 on iTunes’ pop chart. All songs released have surpassed more than 3 million streams internationally to date. 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Rabat – The UN special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Diego Garcia-Sayan, has announced the cancellation of his visit to Morocco, initially scheduled for March 20-26.Garcia-Sayan had to cancel his visit to the country because the Moroccan government failed “to ensure the necessary conditions for his visit.”“The Government of Morocco has not been able to ensure a work programme consistent with the needs of the mandate and the terms of reference for country visits by special procedures,” he said in a statement published in the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) website. Read also: Morocco Rejects Amnesty International’s ‘Biased, Inaccurate’ ReportsGarcia-Sayan added, “It is most regrettable that the suggestions of places to visit and schedule of work were not fully taken into consideration by the Government. It is an essential precondition for the exercise of the mandate of Special Rapporteur that I am able to freely determine my priorities, including places to visit.”He took to Twitter to reiterate why he canceled the trip.“I had to cancel the mission on judicial independence to Morocco that began today. When a State does not provide adequate facilities it is not serious to carry out a mission,” tweeted Garcia-Sayan on Tuesday.The UN human rights office stressed that “governments are obliged to guarantee and facilitate [special rapporteurs] freedom of movement and freedom of inquiry.”Garcia-Sayan’s visit was to examine the independence and impartiality of judges and prosecutors and the independent exercise of lawyering. read more

TORONTO — Students who worry too much about picking the “perfect” major as they enter university aren’t necessarily setting themselves up for success, say experts who caution that school should be seen as time to learn, network and explore different career paths.“Sometimes university is about more than getting it perfectly, it’s often about the journey,” said Eileen Chadnick, a career coach with Big Cheese Coaching in Toronto.“You may start in a career and you may, through trial and error, change it, so don’t worry about having all the answers before the first semester of university. Go in with an open, curious mind.”Students today have access to an unprecedented amount of information over the Internet, so focusing on something they are passionate about and using their time at university to learn how to think and to meet people is as important as any particular content expertise they may gain, said Sharon Irwin-Foulon, executive director of Career Management and Corporate Recruiting at  Ivey Business School at Western University.Go in with an open, curious mind“Often you want to stay in your dorm room and study and get 90s, but I’m not sure that’s actually going to impact your career and the satisfaction you get out of your career,” Ms. Irwin-Foulon said.“Being able to interact with different personalities, getting a network of like-minded people who have had this shared experience, I would argue is just as important as the degree content itself.”The way the job market is evolving is another reason why getting set on one track too early can be a mistake.“You’ve got jobs that are being created that didn’t exist five years ago,” Ms. Irwin-Foulon. said. “Being too rigid is the tricky part, or doing a degree because you think it will get you a job.”Abdallah Al-Hakim has a PhD in science but works for a California-based technology company, and says he would encourage students to look at their options early and often.“Educationally, I was definitely in one track; I was following the path you would follow to become a professor at a university,” said Mr. Al-Hakim, who hails from Hamilton, and earned a PhD in science and did a post-doctorate focusing on biochemistry before deciding a life in science wasn’t for him.“The issue with science is that there are a lot of PhDs that are graduating every year and there just aren’t enough faculty positions.”Mr. Al-Hakim spent a year of his post-doctoral talking to as many people as he could, including those who had left a career in science. After meeting with several players in Toronto’s startup scene, he realized he would enjoy working for a small, fast-paced company where he could immediately see the results of his work. Nine months later, he landed a contract in a small Toronto company. He was eventually hired by a bigger startup, and recently became a marketing automation consultant with Blue Jeans Network, a technology firm focused on video communications.“I wish that after high school or maybe before my master’s [degree] I’d stopped and looked at my options and maybe even worked,” Mr. Al-Hakim said.“Working is really the best thing to figure out what you want to do.”Nathan Laurie, president of online student job board, says it’s never too early to start thinking about a career. “I would talk to as many people as possible about what they’re considering doing,” Mr. Laurie said.Speaking with parents’ friends, looking up industry organizations or following people who work in a field you’re interested in are all good ways to learn more about it.“I also think you’re allowed to change your mind as many times as you want through your career, and many people do,” he added.Given the cost of education, “it’s a good idea, if you’re not feeling good about what you’re taking, to stop, re-evaluate and reconsider what you want to do, and then move forward when you have a new plan,” Mr. Laurie said.Ms. Irwin-Foulon urges all first-time students to make sure they are choosing their career for the right reasons. “Do it because it legitimately interests you and you are in the zone and you’re engaged with it,” she said.“You don’t know what you don’t know, so go and be open to learning things about yourself, things about the world and don’t do it because your parents told you to, don’t do it because you’re supposed to, don’t do it because it’s going to get you a job.” read more

Cabinet has given approval to submit the annual report of the Finance Ministry for 2016 to Parliament.It was reported recently that the Auditor General had disclaimed the accounts of the Finance Ministry in a shocking development, saying he cannot given an opinion on the numbers, and national debt was  83.3 percent of gross domestic product and not 79.3 percent as reported. It was reported that the Auditor General had noted that total government debt was understated the finance ministry accounts of 2016 by several measures and actual debt totalled 9,864 billion rupees, which was 83.3 percent of the estimated 11,839 billion rupees in gross domestic product. The annual report of the Finance Ministry should be issued to the parliament and public at the end of each financial year under the article 13 of Fiscal Management (Responsibility) Act No. 3 of 2003, and accordingly, a proposal made by Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Finance and Mass Media, to present the said report related to the financial year 2016, which is comprised of 13 chapters and the respective report of the Auditor General in the parliament, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. (Colombo Gazette) read more

“Criticizing the Government and calling for reforms are not crimes,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said in a news release. “The Government must engage in an open, genuine and meaningful dialogue with the opposition, across the political spectrum. This is the only constructive way to defuse an increasingly tense situation.” Since February, there have been clashes in Bahrain between security forces and demonstrators, a year after widespread civil protests first emerged in the Gulf country. According to a news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the individuals whose sentences were upheld Tuesday were initially convicted last year by Bahrain’s Court of National Safety, essentially a military court, on charges of conspiracy to overthrow the Government, amongst other changes. Some were also charged with espionage. After the convictions were upheld by the National Safety Appeals Court, the Government announced that all the cases would be transferred to civilian courts. The appeals proceedings took place this year. “I had welcomed the Bahraini Government’s decision to transfer these cases to civilian courts, as military trials of civilians raise serious problems as far as the equitable, impartial and independent administration of justice is concerned,” Ms. Pillay said. “But now, given the gravity of the charges, the scant evidence available beyond confessions, the serious allegations of torture and the irregularities in the trial processes, it is extremely disappointing that the convictions and sentences have been upheld in appeals proceedings that often took place behind closed doors,” she added. The appeals proceedings began in open session, but the court subsequently closed the hearings, purportedly for national security reasons, according to the OHCHR release. “None of the courts so far adequately addressed the defendants’ allegations that they were tortured in detention and forced to make confessions under duress,” said Ms. Pillay, who also noted that that the report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, in November last year, found a discernible pattern of mistreatment of detainees for the purpose of obtaining incriminating statements or confessions. Yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern over the appeals court’s decision, urging Bahraini authorities to ensure that due process is observed and that rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are respected. In the OHCHR news release, the human rights chief also pointed to a separate case in August, in which a prominent human rights defender, Nabeel Rajab, was sentenced to three years in prison on charges of taking part in illegal gatherings. Ms. Pillay reiterated her call to Bahraini authorities to release all of those detained for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly. read more

first_imgFalling raw material prices are hitting German mining equipment manufacturers hard, according to a statement from the VDMA. A steep 33% decline in revenue to €3.5 billion is predicted for the full year 2014. Exports will have fallen by around 34% to €3.2 billion and domestic sales will be reduced by some 20% to about €320 million euros. “The industry has reacted to the slump in sales and scaled down production”, stated Dr Paul Rheinländer, Chairman of the VDMA Mining Association, at the annual press conference in Essen/Germany. “About half the companies are working on short-time now. Some redundancies were unavoidable too”, said Rheinländer.Talks have already been held with the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Labour and Economy and unions among others to support companies in this difficult situation. “In this context it should be obvious that we can’t agree with Federal Environment Minister Hendricks’ proposal to stop financing coal projects through KfW credits”, emphasised Rheinländer. The Chairman cited over-capacity, market turmoil and wide price falls as reasons for the decrease in revenue. Most raw materials have seen sometimes drastic drops in price since 2011. The coal industry, particularly important for mining equipment manufacturers, has been especially hard hit. A tonne of South African coal still cost almost €92 in January 2011 but the price currently stands at a little over €50 and there is hardly any new investment. In practice, only replacement investments are in demand. But the change in demand had “not really” taken the industry by surprise. It was hoped rather that the decrease would be more moderate.However, the VDMA feels that the latest figures for orders and other signs from the industry suggest that an end is in sight. Manufacturers are therefore hoping that things will improve from the middle of next year and that turnover in 2015 can be at least maintained. The biggest foreign market this year is the Near and Middle East. With a 17% share of total exports, revenues have almost doubled there. The US is in second place, followed by Russia, Latin America and China. Alongside the general uncertainty on world markets, the German domestic market is characterised by a withdrawal from hard coal production. Ruhrkohle AG, operator of the remaining collieries, is continually reducing investment. In addition, the latest major order went to China rather than Germany. Rheinländer also evaluated investment propensity in the potash and salt sectors as “rather cautious”.Mining equipment manufacturers are not only suffering from oversupply and price falls. Sanctions against Russia are also hitting them hard. As Rheinländer explained, customers there have turned “enormously” toward the Far East, and China in particular. The Federal Government is transposing measures decided upon at EU level “literally and in every last detail into national legislation.” Procedural errors have led to many more goods being subject to export bans than the sanctions aimed for. Other EU countries interpreted the sanctions “in their own best interests and purposes”, said Rheinländer. “Although the sanctions are severe for the industry, they do appear useful. We have to follow government policy.” In order to reduce their relatively heavy dependency on coal, manufacturers are preparing to enlarge their product portfolios to include machinery and equipment for the extraction and treatment of hard rock. The industry is well aware that the future belongs to renewable energies, said Rheinländer. Mineral ores are required to produce the industrial metals used in manufacturing wind turbines, solar panels and cells or biogas plants, and these are mostly extracted in hard rock mining. Companies are counting on a strong increase in demand in this area in the medium term. There are now sufficient addresses available to enable universal direct networking of smart objects via the Internet. This means that for the first time ever it is now possible to network resources, information, objects and people to create the “Internet of Things and Services.” In the realm of manufacturing, this technological evolution can be described as the fourth stage of industrialisation, or Industrie 4.0. The Chairman considers Industrie 4.0 of vital importance in the long term, not only to the mining equipment manufacturers but also to German engineering as a whole. “Industrie 4.0 allows increase in productivity together with a minimisation of personnel costs. This opportunity must be used ‘imperatively’. Only then can Germany continue to face global competition as a high-wage country.”last_img read more

first_imgA FIVE-MONTH-OLD baby died in a Spanish airport earlier today after it was trapped in a luggage carousel.Police are “investigating the exact circumstances”, said a Civil Guard spokesman, adding that it “appears to have been an accident”.The baby’s mother – a US national – had placed the child’s carrier on a static luggage belt but, according to reports, the weight prompted it to begin moving.The boy’s parents had taken a flight from London early this morning to the eastern seaside city of Alicante, an airport spokeswoman told AFP.“It was about two o’clock in the morning, on the belt for retrieving special baggage, where children’s push chairs and large items come out. “The airport medical service tried to resuscitate the baby but they could not do anything.”The infant became entangled and trapped in the rollers where the bags emerge. A post-mortem will be carried out tomorrow.Additional reporting by © AFP, 2013Read: Kate McCann had ‘suicidal thoughts’ after Madeleine’s disappearanceToday: Pilot arrested at English airport on suspicion of being drunklast_img read more

first_imgIf the mobile fanboy war didn’t already have enough fuel keeping the fires going, a new report from an unlikely source is about to fan the flames. Whereas once Apple devices were the fruits of nefarious, pilfering labor, Samsung devices are now the sought-after prize.A new report from the San Francisco Chronicle claims that muggers are now focusing more on stealing Samsung products than they are on Apple devices. A captain of San Francisco’s Tenderloin police department, Joe Garrity, says that while iPhones are still the most stolen electronic device in the area, Samsung devices are rapidly closing in.He stated that half of the robberies in the district are of electronic devices, and  almost half of those are iPhones. However, Samsung devices — specifically of the Galaxy line (though that covers quite a bit of different devices, lately) — are, as Will Smith would put it, the new hotness.Garrity doesn’t quite weigh in on the fortunes of either company, or any of the devices’ feature sets, but simply notes that thieves are stealing what’s currently trending. Considering Samsung has been releasing new devices more frequently than Apple lately, this makes logical sense. A hot new device is generally sought after, so fences would want to stock them more than older ones.Unfortunately, Garrity has noticed a new trend in device theft. Rather than a subtle, sneaky approach, thieves are now straight up hitting people and swiping their belongings. If Samsung were an edgy advertiser, it could say its devices are so desirable that people are literally fighting over them.More interesting than the methods by which hooligans perform muggings, though, is that there isn’t yet some kind of solution built into mobile devices that would dissuade criminals from targeting them. Sure, phones and laptops have tracking software, but a criminal with know-how could shut it off, or at least know not to get in front of a camera that may be remotely spying on them. Some kind of dead man’s switch, or remote kill switch, would most likely lower theft rates of devices on which they’re equipped. If a mugger knows you’ll just nuke the phone and render it completely useless whenever you get home post-mugging, there’d be no reason to gank it in the first place. Of course, there are a load of issues that could arise from a kill switch, such as an accidental trigger from buggy components.Garrity notes that, since these devices don’t have the best of precautionary measures, that it’s up to us to take precautions. Rather than blithely walk around with our music turned up to max and our phones out while we text, we should pay more attention to our surroundings, and probably not wave our phones around and cut off our sense of hearing in areas where that’d be a bad idea.For now, though, if you have an iPhone, muggers might be getting bored with your device.Image credit: The Tech Spylast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A good tip for managing credit card expenses is to pay your bill twice a month instead of once per month. This is an easy way to keep your balance under control and pay bills on time. It may also help to boost your credit rating in the future. By paying more often, your overall balance will stay lower, cutting interest costs. Paying twice per month may also ensure that there is more available credit for you to spend on your card each month. US data suggests that people with high credit card debts actually use their card less because they have less credit available to them. Source: Fox Businesslast_img read more

first_imgA man who said he was experiencing a mental health crisis when he opened fire inside the Hazel Dell Wal-Mart in October has not been barred from owning firearms in the future.Shaun Michael Sprague, 35, of Sheridan, Wyo., was sentenced Thursday in Clark County Superior Court to a total of 16 months in jail. He pleaded guilty to aiming or discharging a firearm, reckless endangerment and third-degree malicious mischief. Sprague additionally pleaded guilty to third-degree domestic violence malicious mischief in connection with a residential fire in Hazel Dell. Both incidents were charged under one case.All of his convictions are gross misdemeanors and don’t prohibit him from owning a firearm after he serves his time and two years’ probation.Judge Bernard Veljacic expressed concern over Sprague retaining his right to possess a firearm — given his “severe mental health issues, (he) was off his medication and consuming street drugs” at the time of the shooting, he said.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Camila Cabello celebrated her album release in Wynwood’s Gramps where her top listeners had an intimate meet and greet with her.As Spotify turned the restaurant into “Casa Camila,” the singer celebrated her Cuban roots among her most coveted fans.Three hundred fans got the chance to enjoy salsa dancing, tarot card readings and Cuban cocktails.However, only 40 of the singer’s top Spotify listeners had an intimate meet and greet with her.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_img Live Nation And Music Forward’s 2019 Scholarships live-nation-and-music-forward-announce-2019-scholarships News College juniors and seniors have until March 31 to apply. In June, the three scholarship recipients will be announced. See the Music Forward Foundation website for more information.  Facebook Email Three $10,000 annual music industry scholarships to be announced in JunePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jan 9, 2019 – 3:57 pm center_img Live Nation And Music Forward Announce 2019 Scholarships On Jan. 8, the Music Forward Foundation announced applications are now open for their 2019 fall semester scholarships program, including the Live Nation US Concerts Scholarship. Three $10,000 scholarships will be awarded by a select panel for study in the music, entertainment and concerts fields, including one dedicated to advancing women in entertainment.  Twitter “Live Nation supports future leaders in pursuit of a career in the music industry,” said Mark Campana, Live Nation US Concerts COO. “Music Forward helps bridge community to industry and we look forward to this year’s group of candidates and continuing to grow this important philanthropic program.”  Emilio And Gloria Estefan $200,000 Music Scholarship AnnouncedRead morelast_img read more

first_imgThe state and federal governments have decided not to pursue $92 million in additional damages from Exxon Mobil Corp.Exxon Valdez tanker aground. Off-loading of remaining oil in progress. Photo courtesy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.Download AudioThe governments say ducks and sea otters have recovered in Alaska’s Prince William Sound following a devastating oil spill more than two decades ago.The state filed its final status report late Wednesday, making it clear Alaska does not plan to file a claim for lingering effects of oil.Oil industry critic  Professor Rick Steiner says this outcome was surprising. Steiner says of the options available to the plaintiffs, the best would have been an agreement between the governments and Exxon to simply pay the $92 million requested 9 years ago.He says the plaintiffs also could have taken no action but reserved the right to do so before the statute of limitations runs out on the re-opener clause next June.“Then the option they selected, which was quite a stunner, was walking away from the claim and closing the case entirely,” Steiner said. “And that, to many of us, is just an unconscionable betrayal in the public’s trust.”Lawsuits brought against Exxon by the state and federal governments after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill led to a $900 million settlement and a consent decree that resolved claims related to natural-resource damages.The decree included a clause that would allow the governments to seek additional funds for restoration projects, up to $100 million.The state’s lead attorney in the case, Steven Mulder, says the state determined those additional funds are not necessary.“This lays to rest that we’re not going to request the judge to re-open the closed cases to ask Exxon to pay for more restoration projects,” Mulder said.A hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. today in Anchorage.last_img read more

first_imgFather Innocent Dresdow performs service on the remains in the room where they’re being kept, in a lower level of the Alutiiq Museum. (Photo by April Laktonen Counceller / Alutiiq Museum)After years of work, ancestral remains from a 19th century settlement on Chirikof Island have returned home. In the 1960s, archaeologists removed the bones from Chirikof, which is located southwest of Kodiak Island, and since then the majority of the bones have been stored and studied at Indiana University Bloomington.Listen nowRepresentatives from the Alutiiq Museum and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – the organization that manages the Chirikof land – have struggled long and hard to convince the university to release the remains. They finally found success through persistence and the legal backing of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, or NAGPRA.Now, almost a year since they won that battle, the remains have finally landed in Kodiak. KMXT’s Kayla Desroches rode with museum staff to the Benny Benson state airport to welcome the ancestors back home.Outside, Alutiiq Museum staff is looking forward to another kind of reunion. They’re waiting for the arrival of the 51 boxes that contain the Chirikof ancestral remains.The boxes of remains transported from Anchorage to the Kodiak state airport. The ancestral remains are packed within many different layers, including various boxes, for safety. (Kayla Desroches/KMXT)Everyone’s a little nervous. In the hours before, Museum Executive Director April Laktonen Counceller admits she broke out in hives.And at the moment, she’s trying to locate the remains.She’s has been working to get the remains back to the island since she took the position in 2015, but the museum’s repatriation efforts began in the early 2000s.At last, the boxes arrive and museum staff, baggage handlers, and volunteers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service put the boxes into two vans.After the boxes are all packed away, I check in with Counceller.“As I was helping load the boxes in the van, I was just kind of thinking about what’s inside the boxes, so it’s emotional knowing that we’ve got humans in our hands right now as we’re loading ‘em and transporting ‘em to the museum,” Councellor said. “I mean, it’s really positive even though I’m emotional. It’s just very real now that we’re actually seeing the boxes and moving forward.”Councellor said the Alutiiq Museum has planned a Russian Orthodox ceremony for the Chirikof ancestors, who were Christian.“We felt that it would be the most honorable thing to do to have a Russian Orthodox priest bless the remains when they arrive to sort of signify that they are back in their homeland, they’re in their home region,” Councellor said. “Although we’re not on Chirikof Island, this is part of the same parish and so the descendants of the Chirikof people are mostly living here on Kodiak today.”Father Innocent Dresdow turns into the room where the remains are being held and continues his prayer. Attendees, including descendants and museum staff, are standing in the hall located in the museum’s lower level. (Kayla Desroches/KMXT)Some of those descendants gather for the service in the lower level of the museum. Staff has set up coffee and cookies in a small room, and people talk quietly while they wait for attendees to arrive.Elder Nick Alokli is one of those whose surname can be found among the records of the Chirikof ancestors.“[I’m] really excited,” Alokli said. “I’m just happy they’re finally coming home. Their real home is up in paradise, but their temporary home was Kodiak Island, so I’m glad they’re here now. It’s really surprised me because I never thought this would ever happen.”Chirikof descendent Frank Peterson has worked for both the Sun’aq Tribe and the Alutiiq Museum, and is now the chair of Sun’aq tribal council. He said he first heard about NAGPRA when he was working as director of operations for the museum, and it’s surreal to see the remains finally back in Kodiak.“It’s amazing,” Peterson said. “Even before I knew that I was related to anybody, it was still an awesome responsibility for me. It’s something that I’ve taken to heart since learning about this process and that there are remains that are unclaimed, so it’s very, very important for me.”When everyone’s ready, they file into the hall and stand outside the room where the remains are now being kept. Father Innocent Dresdow sings a prayer as part of the memorial service, or panakita.It’s a somber event. When the ceremony ends, the environment relaxes, and the attendees – around 15 people – turn to each other.Descendent Susan Malutin said the service was meaningful and long overdue.“We can just relish in the fact that they’re here now, and that’s the important thing, and it’s not just this group here, but others who have the relatives, they too can find comfort in that now,” Malutin said. “They too. And that’s important.”The repatriation process isn’t over yet.Counceller explains the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service still needs to publish the official notice in the federal register. That will allow the Sun’aq Tribe to make an official claim on the remains, fill out the paperwork, and complete the repatriation. They will then re-inter the remains.last_img read more