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Guyanese should ensure AFC gets a proper funeral

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first_imgDear Editor,The Alliance for Change recently announced that they would be going to the Local Government Elections 2018 alone, without A Partnership for National Unity, to prove that they are not dead. There is an old saying, “Post mortem can’t bring back the dead”, this is actually referring to the Alliance for Change trying aggressively to resurrect from an already dead political party.The Opposition Leader and General Secretary of the PPP, Cde Bharrat Jagdeo, has shared his experiences, where AFC members publicly confessed that their principles was sold by the leadership of the AFC for a few leaders to enjoy the “good life”.At a meeting in Fyrish, Corentyne, at which Cde Bharrat Jagdeo was present, a longstanding member of the AFC said he was offered a portion of the road shoulders contract in Region Six in return for him remaining in the AFC, but he refused to be part of the corrupt coalition Government. He also said all the membership of the AFC realise their mistakes and have recommitted their support for the PPP.Coalitions are traditionally very strained and unstable relationships. The most detrimental facts about coalitions is that they have to sell out the party’s principles to ensure leaders such as Nagamootoo, Ramjattan, Patterson, Trotman et al enjoy the good life; and as such, the main reasons why the AFC is dead or highly unpopular with voters and supporters is that they cannot take a stand against the coalition leader, President David Granger, because of the danger of being ditched.Many coalition governments have failed. Switzerland is the only exception in Europe, with a permanent coalition Government by means of its seven-member Federal Council elected for a fixed four-year term by Federal Assembly on a party proportional basis.Many European democracies can be measured by the average life span of governments. According to an estimated score, Germany has been 37 months, Italy 13 months, Belgium 22 months, and the Netherlands 27 months. Guyana also was part of a failed coalition Government, and now history is repeating itself.Politicians use the coalition name to safeguard their vested political interests, which means that the APNU/AFC coalition Government has failed to deliver on almost all its promises to the Guyanese people, but ensure that the leadership enjoys maximum benefits.AFC is dead. Guyanese should ensure that they have a proper funeral.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img

Pedophile McClellan arrested at UCLA

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first_imgGroups seeking to put McClellan behind bars were surprised by his arrest at UCLA. “It seems very, very out of the blue,” said Jane Thompson, co-founder of Mothers Against Sexual Predators of California. “He’s been on the cautious side the past couple of weeks … I’ve been asked if he could be involved in performance art or a stunt. This makes me wonder if it is some kind of a stunt.” McClellan, 45, sought more of the spotlight after his arrest today. “The whole thing is totally out of whack,” he said in a phone interview after being released. “I was in there six hours on a petty court order violation … The cops blew it into a big violation.” McClellan, who said he does not have an attorney, gave interviews to reporters as he left the campus lockup, saying he wanted to get his side of the story out. But he denied he was seeking attention. “It’s not a media event … I was locked up in a cage.” Staffers at UCLA’s Infant Development Program in Franz Hall noticed McClellan carrying a camera about 1:40 p.m. Officers with the University of California Police Department arrested McClellan without a struggle. He was booked on campus and was released later. He is required to appear in court Sept. 13, a UC police statement said. McClellan said he innocently went to UCLA because he was barred from places such as parks where children congregate. He said he thought there wouldn’t be any minors around the college. He said it was by chance that he sat down outside Franz Hall, where the Infant Development Program is housed. “(UCLA) is not really considered a kiddie hangout.” Anthony Zinnanti, one of the lawyers who won the court order, said McClellan defied it and that he’ll go to Chatsworth Superior Court today to file a contempt action, which if granted could mean up to five days in county jail for each violation and probation. If McClellan were to violate probation, he could get a more lengthy jail sentence, he said. “To fish out a day-care center in the heart of UCLA and to go within 30 feet of children is a blatant violation of the court order,” Zinnanti said. “My concerns are he’s an individual who can’t control his impulses.” McClellan said he wasn’t taking pictures of children, though he said he had a camera and computer disks, which he said campus police seized. A judge slapped McClellan with a temporary restraining order Aug. 3 during a Chatsworth Superior Court hearing that McClellan did not attend. The same day the order was issued, McClellan got on a plane for Chicago, where he appeared on a live taped television show facing angry moms and victims of sexual abuse. McClellan called the Daily News on Friday as he was driving through Woodland Hills, where, he said, he was trying to hire a lawyer. He said he was going to curtail his activities around children – which included taking pictures and posting them on the Internet with ratings of the locations for other pedophiles – until after an Aug. 24 hearing on a preliminary injunction. “I’m not going near the kiddies until all this is resolved,” McClellan told the Daily News. Last month, the Santa Monica Police Department posted his picture after he was spotted in the children’s section of a library, and a group of angry parents was behind the legal action after he was spotted July 26 at a Santa Clarita bowling alley. Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, said McClellan’s arrest likely will give teeth to attorneys’ arguments that a preliminary injunction against McClellan should be issued Aug. 24. “His knowingly violating the court order definitely validates the attorneys’ concerns,” said Smyth, who is seeking legislation that would make surrogate stalking a crime. McClellan told the Daily News that he had gone to counseling a couple of times when he lived in Arlington, Wash., about 45 miles north of Seattle, but that he hadn’t found it to be very useful. Sounding confused and frequently getting lost as he spoke with a reporter, McClellan said Friday that he felt there was nowhere safe he could go. He suggested that he would continue to live out of his car. McClellan described his days since the restraining order was issued as torment, following the talk show where he was insulted and yelled at. After a night in a Chicago hotel paid for by the show, he spent the next night in a Chicago park. He flew back to L.A. on Wednesday. Lena Smyth, co-founder of Mothers Against Sexual Predators of California and the wife of Assemblyman Smyth, said McClellan’s arrest underscores the risk he poses to children and the need to keep him away from them. “He’s a predator; he’s a danger to our children; he needs to be stopped,” Smyth said. She said the arrest also provided some “relief” that the temporary restraining order was working as it was intended. She said between law enforcement and the community’s actions, the order was keeping kids safer. “These are good safeguards in place,” she said. “I really think he’s under such a watchful eye, he’s not much of a risk to anybody.” UC police advised other agencies that McClellan had been arrested at UCLA and reminded them to be vigilant. beth.barrett@dailynews.com (818) 713-3731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set! Admitted pedophile Jack McClellan was arrested today at UCLA after he was spotted loitering with a camera at a campus infant development program. McClellan’s arrest came just 10 days after a judge ordered him to stay 30 feet from children anywhere in the state. Partly the result of community outrage from Santa Monica to Santa Clarita, the order followed weeks of public appearances by McClellan, who spoke openly about his fondness for young girls. He also operated Web sites that directed pedophiles to parks and other places where girls gathered to play. Though he hasn’t been convicted of a crime involving pedophilia, McClellan was run out of Washington state for his activities. last_img

‘I have never seen that in Europe’ – Van Gaal on Hull supporters’ rousing ovation for relegated team

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first_imgLouis van Gaal praised the Hull City supporters who provided their side with a rapturous ovation after the final whistle, despite a 0-0 draw with Manchester United that condemned their side to relegation.The Tigers had to better Newcastle’s result to have any chance of survival but, after the Magpies beat West Ham, their drop to the Championship became a formality despite a spirited performance at the KC Stadium.Hull return to England’s second tier after two seasons back in the Premier League, and van Gaal admitted he was resigned to see them go after such a rousing response from the fans following the game.“The fans of Hull City supporting their players until the end – I have never seen that in Europe,” said the Dutchman.“For me it was a special day, today I am not happy because Hull with Steve Bruce have been relegated.”United midfielder Marouane Fellaini was handed a straight red card for a horrific second-half challenge on Paul McShane, and van Gaal offered no defence for the Belgian star’s indiscretion.“That was not so smart. It’s also a bad start for the player next season [suspension]. There’s a lot of emotion in this type of match but I don’t think he will want that,” added van Gaal.last_img

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he is impressed by Mark Hughes’ new-look Stoke City

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first_img Mark Hughes' new-look Stoke City 1 Arsene Wenger is surprised by Stoke’s footballing revolution but feels the big names they have attracted proves Barclays Premier League still has pulling power.Wenger takes his table-topping Arsenal to the Britannia Stadium on Sunday, with the Gunners having won only once in the league at Stoke in 34 years.The Arsenal players and management received a barrage of abuse from angry fans last year as they boarded their train back to London following a 3-2 defeat.But they go back this season with their best chance of taking the league title for the first time since 2004, sitting top on goal difference from Leicester after drawing 3-3 at Liverpool on Wednesday night.While Stoke have held a jinx over Arsenal in recent years with their robust and direct style of play at odds with that of Wenger’s teams, Mark Hughes has introduced an attractive approach in the last two years.He has tempted a host of European football’s most prestigious talents to the Potteries and Wenger has been impressed with their alterations.Asked if he was surprised at how Stoke have evolved, Wenger said: “Yes, I think they have gone a more technical and creative way.“They have proved their creative potential and it’s a symbol of Premier League power because Ibrahim Afellay has played at Barcelona, Xhedran Shaqiri at Bayern Munich, Bojan at Barcelona, Marko Arnautovic at Werder Bremen.“So they have players who have played at the top European clubs. They have not taken them because they were bad and today they play at Stoke so that shows you the financial power of the Premier League.”Despite the fans showing their displeasure following the loss at Stoke last December, Wenger has said he has no qualms travelling by train once again.The 66-year-old believes having a more experienced side, coupled with Stoke’s change in approach, could see his side banish those memories.“First of all, when we had a very young team we had a style that was maybe a little bit rough for us and we could not always cope with it,” he added.“Last year we went to Stoke with a very young defence – we had Bellerin, Chambers, Martinez – and at the start of the game we got caught.“Petr Cech is 34, (Per) Mertesacker 30, (Laurent) Koscielny 30, (Nacho) Monreal 30… Before we did not have that level of experience and that helps a little bit.“But over the years they had a very efficient, traditional English style which nobody liked to play against and at home it is as well a very windy stadium.“I think it feels stronger. It is always a test Stoke and I believe our record goes against us but it is interesting as well because it is also a mental test to show we have moved forward and that we can deal with what Stoke offer.”SEE HERE – Arsene Wenger claims Arsenal’s injured contingent are better than anything available in transfer marketlast_img

Trash workers go on strike

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first_imgSUN VALLEY – Waste Management Inc. workers went on strike Friday, affecting hundreds of thousands of residents and businesses in Los Angeles County, but mostly just commercial customers in the San Fernando Valley. The strike began about 3 a.m. when union representatives for the sanitation workers turned down the latest contract offer made by Waste Management. “Frankly, I think it’s shocking and it’s disappointing that the workers chose to strike when their leadership was recommending ratifying this deal with Waste Management,” said Kit Cole, a company spokeswoman. About 450 Waste Management workers went on strike Friday at locations in Sun Valley, Long Beach and Compton, said Jay Phillips, president of Teamsters Local 396, the union representing the workers. Los Angeles is the most competitive trash market in the country, and Waste Management is worried businesses will use other trash haulers, Cole said. The company is bringing in workers from California and other parts of the country to replace the strikers. “It’s not acceptable to us that our customers should have to suffer service interruptions because of a strike,” Cole said. On a dust-caked industrial road in Sun Valley, more than 100 workers carried picket signs outside Waste Management’s Bradley Landfill. Picketers chanted and briefly blocked trucks pulling out of the facility before letting the trucks drive by. “We feel that we have proven our point, let’s put it that way, because I know pretty much that they’re hurting, and I hope we come to an agreement soon,” said striking trucker Adam Sanchez, 52, of North Hollywood. Waste Management serves about 12,000 customers in the city of Los Angeles, said Enrique C. Zaldivar, interim director of sanitation for the city. Most of those are businesses – everything from shopping centers to factories – but a few customers are large apartment complexes, he said. Waste Management competes with 140 private trash-hauling companies serving L.A. businesses, Zaldivar said. The city’s own sanitation workers pick up residential trash. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set! The company made three offers since negotiations for a new contract began in July, Phillips said. The union decided not to recommend ratification of the first two offers, but after the latest offer, union officials told workers they should ratify it, he said. Despite that, the workers voted Wednesday to reject what Waste Management called its final offer. The truckers make up to $17.80 an hour, which is less than trash haulers make in other major metropolitan areas, Phillips said. “We’re not going after a company that doesn’t have the resources to compensate our workers,” Phillips said. “They’re a very profitable, publicly traded company.” last_img

England boss Gareth Southgate pays tribute to ‘colossus’ Ugo Ehiogu

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first_img The former Middlesbrough defender passed away on Friday morning England manager Gareth Southgate described his long-time friend and team-mate Ugo Ehiogu as “a gentleman” and “a credit to football” after his death at the age of 44.Ehiogu collapsed at Tottenham’s training centre, where he worked as the club’s under-23 coach, on Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest and his death was announced on Friday morning.Southgate had a close bond with Ehiogu, having shared defensive duties with him at Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and England and the pair won two League Cups together in 1996 and 2004.“I’m stunned and deeply saddened by Ugo’s passing and clearly my initial thoughts are with his wife Gemma, his children and his family,” Southgate said in a Football Association statement.“I know that football will be grieving because he was so highly respected by everybody he worked with and losing him at such a young age is difficult to come to terms with.“Most importantly, he was a gentleman and he is one of those characters that people would find it difficult to have anything bad to say about him.“I probably played more games with Ugo than anybody else in my career and, while in many ways he was a gentle giant away from football, he was a colossus on the pitch. It felt like a true partnership with Ugo because we were prepared to put our bodies on the line for each other.“Ugo was a credit to football, a credit to his family and he will be missed by everybody who was lucky enough to know him.”Another of Ehiogu’s Villa colleagues, Paul Merson, was unable to finish his own on-air eulogy as emotion got the better of him.Speaking on Sky Sports as footage of his friend played, former Arsenal favourite Merson said: “Billy Joel sings that song, ‘Only the good die young’ and that is him.“He was a top player, a top bloke and a good friend as well. I talked to him recently and he was always winding me up, telling me Tottenham had some good players coming through…”Boro owner Steve Gibson, on behalf of the Teessiders, said: “He wasn’t just a good footballer, he was a great man. It’s so sudden and so shocking, my deepest sympathies go to his family and all who knew him.“Ugo and Gareth Southgate were the rock on which Steve McClaren brought the club its best period in its history. All of Middlesbrough Football Club will miss him.”Ehiogu began his career as a trainee at West Brom before he was taken to Villa by Ron Atkinson in 1991. He went on to feature in more than 300 matches for the midlands club before joining Boro in a then club-record £8million deal.He won four England caps and scored in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s first match, a 3-0 friendly win over Spain.Tottenham’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Saturday will see both teams wearing black armbands and holding a minute’s applause, with Villa’s derby against Birmingham following suit. 1last_img

Celtic youngster likened to Premier League stars after Bayern Munich display

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first_img Kieran Tierney [right] impressed against Bayern Munich 1 Boss Brendan Rodgers described Kieran Tierney as a “special talent” following his display in Celtic’s 2-1 defeat by Bayern Munich at Parkhead on Tuesday night.The 20-year-old left-back, who came through the Hoops’ youth academy, signed a new six-year contract on Monday.Tierney held his own against Bayern’s experienced stand-in skipper Arjen Robben, although the Scottish champions came up short in a pulsating Champions League encounter after goals from Kingsley Coman and Javi Martinez cancelled out Callum McGregor’s leveller, for a result that means Celtic cannot progress in the competition.Rodgers said: “Kieran Tierney was up against Arjen Robben and he was outstanding again.“I had Danny Rose as a young player at Watford and I worked with Ryan Bertrand at Chelsea.“And Kieran is right up there with those boys.“He is still very young and those boys are in to their latter twenties. He still has bits of improvements to make but his quality, his will, his determination and his focus for a young player is outstanding and he loves playing for Celtic.“And nights like that, you can see why he wanted to sign here.“A real special talent but a boy who is focused in improvement.”Rodgers had no doubt that Tierney’s fellow defender Dedryck Boyata was to blame for the opening goal.The Belgium centre-back hesitated and let a long punt from Bayern keeper Sven Ulreich go over his head.Coman was on to the ball in a flash and rounded keeper Craig Gordon, who had rushed outside his box, before slipping the ball past the backtracking Boyata, Bitton and Mikael Lustig, with the Hoops claiming the Bayern attacker had used an arm to control the ball.The Northern Irishman was not sure if there had been an infringement and was more concerned by how easily his defence was breached.He said: “We have got to deal with it, as simple as that.“We put good pressure on their keeper and our defensive line is good. So we have to head it. It is as simple as that.“Craig was in a good start position. That at least gives him the chance.“When their keeper kicks it, you want your goalkeeper high, your defence is in a good line, so head it.”last_img

Inverness to discuss Foran’s future at board meeting

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first_imgThe Irishman won the Championship in 2010 and the Scottish Cup in 2015 with Inverness but has not been able to repeat the same success in the dugout.Inverness currently have 25 points from 32 games this season, with only four wins. Inverness Caledonian Thistle are to convene a board meeting before the end of this week when it is understood Richie Foran’s position as manager of the club will be discussed.The Highland club are four points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership table and their next game is against Motherwell, the side directly above them, with games against the rest of the bottom six to follow.The situation has prompted the club’s powerbrokers to get together to discuss the way forward.Foran succeeded John Hughes as manager in May 2016, following on from a playing career in which he played more than 200 games for the club. last_img

Caixinha: McInnes and I have sorted out our differences

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first_imgAsked on Friday about his relationship with the Aberdeen boss, Caixinha revealed he met McInnes and they had called a halt to to their war of words.“We had a very good glass of fantastic Portuguese wine,” he said. “And with a fantastic glass of Portuguese wine, everything stays clear, that’s what matters.“[Our relationship is] as it should be, as is usual, not only with him but all the managers in the world. “One glass of wine clarifies everything. It’s done and everything stays in my office. What’s private is private.” Pedro Caixinha has said he and Derek McInnes have drawn a line under their public spat following a week of verbal sparring before and after Aberdeen’s visit to Ibrox.After seeing his side lose 2-1 to Aberdeen on Wednesday, Caixinha said McInnes would not be welcome in his office for the managers’ customary chat and glass of wine.He said he felt he had been disrespected on his visit to Pittodrie.McInnes, annoyed by Caixinha discussing his player Ryan jack and his suggestions the Dons’ run of success was in danger of ending soon, said Rangers should be “embarrassed” at finishing third in the Premiership this season. McInnes was a little more cool on the events of the last week, saying: “I don’t want to comment any further other than really a couple of things have been said that disappoint me. “I think it’s a wee bit of a sideshow. But other than that I just want to focus on the performance and result of the team, which were excellent.”last_img

Heritage agency charts new course

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first_imgThe Johannesburg City Hall is a colonial architectural jewel in the heart of the city. It boasts a beautiful pipe organ, which was until a few years ago, the largest in the world. A wooden traveling chest with iron banding and lined with blue marbled paper which can be viewed at Groote Schuur in Cape Town. (Images: Sahris) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nicholas Wiltshire   Sahris Project Manager  +27 21 462 4502 RELATED ARTICLES • Trekker site gets heritage status • Africa takes charge of its heritage • Capturing our heritage on camera • New deal to protect Mapungubwe siteTiisetso TlelimaA first of its kind in the world, Sahris, the South African Heritage Resources Agency’s new online heritage resource, catalogues South African historical sites and offers users a unique platform that displays the diversity and richness of the country’s heritage resources.Sahris is a database of heritage sites that includes archaeological and paleontological sites, shipwrecks, graves and burial grounds, battlefields, buildings, cultural landscapes, meteorites and natural sites. Since its launch on 5 August 2012, 6 550 archive developments dating between the 1980s and 2009 have been uploaded.Over 3 500 declared heritage sites are listed on the portal, including the country’s 24 national heritage sites. Notable listings range from Robben Island in the Western Cape to Mapungubwe in Mpumalanga, Kaditshwene in North West, the Sara Bartmann site in Eastern Cape and the Voortrekker Monument in Gauteng.“Recording our past is an important part of our present as it is an essential key to people’s sense of identity,” explained Nicholas Wiltshire, the project manager of Sahris at the South African Heritage Resources Agency (Sahra). Heritage resources were not renewable and arguably we had a much bigger challenge to record these resources than our natural environment, he added.“Documenting and preserving our heritage makes all of our lives more meaningful and we have a lot to learn from our ancestors. For instance, studies in human evolution would not be possible without proper archives being maintained by heritage custodians.”Integrated management systemApproximately 855 people have registered to use the system thus far, and the site’s traffic has grown from 6 000 page views since launch to just over 36 000 page views in November last year.Sahris is the first system in the world where users can view developments in their area and comment on them online. More than 21 000 heritage sites can be viewed, with thousands more still to be loaded this year. These sites contain detailed research information and over a terabyte of photographs have been uploaded and are shared freely under the Creative Commons Licence.It also lists thousands of heritage objects, moveable cultural heritage, declared as such by Sahra in order to control their export. Thousands of heritage impact assessments, together with the Sahra Records of Decision for each proposal, are now easily available online in PDF format, with descriptions.The site provides a heritage management tool to all heritage bodies and custodians of heritage as well as to local planning authorities and provincial heritage resources authorities. “The system enables efficient and co-ordinated management of our heritage and the maximisation of benefit to be attained from our heritage resources by appropriate promotion and use of these resources,” explained Wiltshire.“Ultimately, we would like every South African to use Sahris in some way to learn about their heritage and to engage in the democratic and transparent planning system established in Sahris.” As an integrated management system, it also allows heritage managers to carry out their duties stipulated under the National Heritage Resources Act (NHRA) of 1999, which replaced the old National Monuments Act.Free open source softwareIt took 10 years for the database to be created because at R50-million (about $5.7m), the initial quote for the software was too high. There were also very few people who had the necessary heritage skills blended with a sufficient knowledge of IT to take the project forward, added Wiltshire.The first phase of Sahris was concluded between 2005 and 2006, after a thorough investigation and public participation formulated the scope of what would need to be included. Unfortunately, the quotes for phase two – the actual development of the database – ranged from R18m to R50m. This significantly increased the risks of failure.Three attempts to establish Sahris failed between 2005 and 2011. To achieve the level of functionality required by the NHRA, it is only the recent software revolution created by the open source community around such platforms as Drupal, Joomla, WordPress and others, that has made Sahris possible.“Over the last five years, free open source content management systems have undergone a revolution, with Wikipedia being a notable example of a major success,” said Wiltshire. “This paved the way for a radically different way of solving the development problem for Sahris.”Drupal, the largest free open source content management system, was chosen and the first version of the portal was completed in a little over three months before debugging and testing. This was possible as most of the coding is handled by the modules provided by the Drupal Community. The developer at Sahra applied the modules in a particular configuration for Sahris rather than wrote code from scratch, explained Wiltshire.The portal also has a fully integrated geographic information system (GIS) making use of two modules, called Open Layers and G-map. These modules allow live mapping and input of spatial information into Sahris.“We are running a dedicated map server called Geoserver, which is also a free open source software, and we use this server to help shape up files and spatial overlays such as the latest development footprints and cadastral information,” said Wiltshire. “Sites and developments are seamlessly overlaid and the GIS modules allow the user to navigate information spatially and visually across the landscape.”Although the portal doesn’t document oral histories unless these are related to the history of sites, landscapes or objects, Wiltshire has high expectations that it will cater for more of these forms of records in the future.last_img