Thumbs-up for Msunduzi Cycle Challenge

first_img1 November 2011Edward Greene stole the limelight with a comprehensive victory in the 126-kilometre road race of the Msunduzi Road Challenge on Sunday after a decisive break in the closing stages of the race.The team RSAWeb rider was part of an 11- rider breakaway that split the front peleton shortly after the halfway point at Dalton. Then, he made his move as the contenders reached the outer city limits, and reached the finish at Alexandra Park alone after a gutsy solo break.“I had good race, but it was hot out there!” said Greene.‘A consistent pace throughout’“I had to keep a consistent pace throughout. At 60 kilometres, I picked up the pace and had to go hard. Fifteen of us broke away from the group and I put in an attack at the 105-kilometre mark and got through.”“I found the race quite relaxed, but kept my pace consistent as I had recced the race and knew what was coming,” added Greene, who lives in Hilton.Greene’s break splintered the front bunch as riders tried individually to catch him. William Bush finished second with another under-23 rider, Kallen Williams, filling the last spot on the podium, just ahead of elite rider Abraham le Roux.IconAnother road racing icon Andrew Mclean took his 45-49 year age group title and was fifth overall, confirming his return to form after a two-month injury layoff.“I found the race route fantastic – no huge climbs, but enough to make it challenging. The road traffic control was excellent,” said McLean, who also won the overall time trial title on Saturday.The 110 kilometre race was won by Gauteng rider Mark Langman, who competed in the 50-54 age group. The decisive move came when he broke away from a big bunch that diced for the two remaining places on the podium, which eventually went to Uwe Schmidt and Gary Beneke.‘Gutter riding’“The weather was great, although a little windy at some points, so I had to do some gutter riding,” said Langman.“The road closure and traffic control was excellent. It was a tough race, with a great route that was very challenging.”The 90 kilometre race was decided in a sprint to the line, with Maurice Connor, edging out the impressive Norwegian female Sissel Vien, who won both her time trial and the road race in the 50-54 year category.“I’m exhausted and it was very hot out there,” said Connor.“When we managed to break free from the bunch we worked well, but had to keep it going throughout the race. I think we all found it quite windy on the uphills, but the route was great. This wins me the SA Champs so I’m very happy.”‘The perfect team’“We were the perfect team,” said an enthusiastic Vien afterwards. “He (Connor) pulled all the hills and I worked the straights. The course was very tough and I found it quite challenging from the New Hanover point.”The event doubled as the National Road Championship title decider in several masters’ age groups following the cancellation of the event in Port Elizabeth that had been awarded the champs.Lindy Erasmus won the 30-35 age group, beating time trial champ Nanette Burger, who was unusually off-form on the road.Dress rehearsalThe event served as a dress rehearsal for the UCI World Cycling Tour finals next year that was awarded to the Msunduzi Road Challenge last month.Race director Alex Lenferna said he was pleased with the outcome of the time trial and the road race, and thanked the people of Pietermaritzburg for their understanding of the road closures.RESULTS126 kmEdward Greene 3:22:11 u23William Bush 3:22:40 u23Kallen Williams 3:23:00 u23Abraham Le Roux 3:23:06 EliteAndrew McLean 3:23:10 45 – 49110 kmMark Langman 3:10:17 50-52Uwe Schmidt 3:10:48 50-54Gary Beneke 3:10:48 45-49Paul Furbank 3:10:48 55-59Adriaan Beukes 3:10:49 50-5490kmMaurice Connor 2:47:35 65-69Sissel Vien 2:47:36 F 50-54Francesco Sperotto 2:51:55 65-69Pauline Cound 2:58:59 F 50-54Alma Bester 3:01:42 F50-54SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Play Your Part cleaning up in Diepsloot

first_imgPlay Your Part, along with GEM Project and Miss Earth South Africa, will be in Diepsloot to clean-up Akani Primary School. (Images: Akani Foundation)Brand South Africa’s active citizenship programme, Play Your Part, has partnered with the GEM Project and Miss Earth South Africa for a clean-up campaign in Diepsloot, the densely populated township in the north of Johannesburg, this Saturday, 24 October.The campaign will be rolled out at two schools in the impoverished township, Leap Science and Maths School and Akani Primary.The campaign falls in line with Brand South Africa’s mandate to build pride, patriotism and a spirit of active citizenship. Its Play Your Part programme aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Miss Earth South Africa Carla Viktor (second from right) will also be getting her hands dirty at the clean-up at Akani Primary School. (Images: Shamin Chibba)Aims of the collaboration with GEM and Miss Earth South Africa are to encourage citizens to clean up and recycle in their communities and to become environmentally aware.Newly crowned Miss Earth South Africa Carla Viktor and runner up Jade Axon will be in Diepsloot getting their hands dirty while encouraging learners to take care of their environment.GEM, the mobile rewards app that stands for Going the Extra Mile, will also partake in the event, bringing along its army of volunteers to add some sparkle to Diepsloot.The GEM app, which was developed in conjunction with Play Your Part, rewards volunteers for their good deeds. Volunteers can choose to participate in any campaign listed in the app. Once the good deed is done, they are eligible to receive a reward via the app, termed “a GEM”, which can be converted into a number of products such as airtime, data, pre-paid electricity, or even movie tickets.To join through the GEM app, follow these steps:Download GEM via USSD by dialling *120*GEM1#; or,Download the GEM app from App Store or Google Play.Sign in to see volunteering opportunities in your area.Select the Diepsloot clean-up taking place on Saturday, 24 October.Details for the clean-up are as follows:Time: 09h00-12h00Venue: Leap Science and Maths School and Akani Primary School, Akani Centre, Bophelang, Diepsloot West, Extension 4 (both are on the same street)RSVP: Please confirm you attendance with Boitumelo Mpete on boitumelom@brandsouthafrica.comFor more information or to set up interviews, contact:Boitumelo MpeteTel: +27 11 712 5007Mobile: +27 (0) 82 358 9047Email: boitumelom@brandsouthafrica.comVisit: www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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Stink bug damage in soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Stink bug damage is becoming a greater concern in Eastern Corn Belt soybean fields, especially with the presence of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), a species that has moved into our sales footprint in recent years. While other stink bugs cause damage, the BMSB is of special concern because it is an invasive species from Asia that was introduced into the United States within the last 15 years.First discovered in Pennsylvania in 2001, the BMSB has continued to move west. Over the last few years, university experts and company agronomists have heard more reports of stink bug damage to soybeans. Pictured left is damage that was found by Seed Consultant’s seedsmen. Growers scouting their soybean fields around harvest time may have seen some pods that were shriveled and/or soybean seed that was very small or appeared to be missing. This damage may have been a result of stink bug feeding. Stink bugs prefer to feed on reproductive tissues, they have piercing mouthparts that allow them to feed on soybean seed in the pods of plants. As the presence of the BMSB grows, this damage may become more common in parts of the Eastern Corn Belt.last_img read more

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Odisha intellectuals join rasogolla battle

first_imgOdisha is not ready to give up on the rasogolla war yet. Quoting from the State’s folklore and history, prominent intellectuals of Bhubaneswar argued that the Odisha rasogolla is not by any means a copy of Bengal’s, but rather a variant of the sweet delicacy.Citing ancient texts and folklore, they backed the State government’s decision to apply for a GI tag for Odisha’s own version of rasogolla. The GI tag is a process of geographically identifying a place as the origin of a particular product.The West Bengal Department of Food Processing Industries and Horticulture applied for the GI tag for the rasogolla in September 2015, stating that it was invented in Kolkata. However, Odisha made a counter claim, stating that the rasogolla originated in Puri in the 13th century.West Bengal was granted the GI tag for the ‘Banglar Rasogolla’ last Tuesday.Renowned Odia writer and Sahitya Akademi award winner Asit Mohanty told The Hindu, “In Jagmohan Ramayan, also known as the Dandi Ramayan, [Odia] poet Balaram Das has written about rasagolla in the late 15th century. It shows that there is 500 years of documented history of the rasogolla in Odisha.” Mr. Mohanty also pointed out that there is no “legal obstruction” for Odisha to apply for its own brand of rasogolla. Another commentator on Odia culture and history, Kedar Mishra, also pointed to the long history of the sweet in the State, adding, “Rasogolla is prepared not only in coastal parts of the State but also in the western and southern areas.”Mr. Mishra refuted the argument by a section of Bengali civil society that chhna — made by boiling milk and then curdling it with lemon — was never offered to Lord Jagannath at the temple in Puri. Chhna is the key ingredient for making Rasogolla. “There is an interesting folk lore that Lord Jagannath, while returning to the temple during the Ratha Yatra (the annual chariot festival) offered rasogolla to an angry goddess Lakshmi,” he said.The decision to apply for the GI tag for ‘Odishara rasogolla’ was taken at a meeting of the Odisha government last Wednesday. In a media release, the Odisha government argued that the GI tag awarded to West Bengal was only for “Banglar Rasogolla, specific to West Bengal”.“Registration for GI for Banglar rasogolla in no way affects the claim for GI registration of Odisha’s rasogolla. The Bengal and Odisha variants are different in colour, texture, taste, juice content and method of manufacturing,” an Odisha government statement said. It also said that the Odisha rasogolla is “softer and light brown” whereas the one prepared in Bengal is “white and cream in colour”.It indicates that the State is planning to approach GI Registry and Intellectual Property office with a fresh set of demand to extend approval to Odisha’s Rasogollah.The decision is perhaps driven by the fact that a lot of scholarly articles citing history and folklore is being written on the issue here [Odisha], Mr Mishra said. With plenty of debates and writings on the subject in both Bhubaneswar and Kolkata, it seems that the battle of Rasogollah will now continue. And perhaps it would be fought using ancient texts and local history.However, Mr. Mishra said, “Let us not turn the fight bitter over what is ultimately a sweet.”last_img read more

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Maharashtra picks Raigad for mega oil refinery project

first_imgThe Maharashtra government has decided to move India’s largest investment project, a ₹3 lakh crore refinery to be built in coordination with Saudi Arabia’s Aramco on the State’s coastline, to Raigad, months after scrapping its original location at Nanar in the face of local protests. In a written reply in Assembly on Wednesday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) is developing an Integrated Industrial Cluster (IIC) at 40 villages in Alibaug, Murud, Roha and Shrivardhan tehsils of Raigad over 13,409.52 hectare land. Replying to the question on whether farmers have registered their opposition to the shifting of the project to Raigad, Mr. Fadnavis said there has been no protest yet. The proposed IIC was notified on January 19, 2019 as Navnagar Area and CIDCO was appointed as the development corporation. “CIDCO has sought land documents of those 40 villages to initiate the acquisition process of the notified land under the Navnagar Development Corporation from the Raigad Collector’s office. Till now no protest from 40 villages has come up,” the CM said in his reply. He said the industries department too has not pointed out any opposition to the project or indicated any memorandum on the demands raised by farmers. Meanwhile, Satyajit Chavan, convener, Konkan Vinashkari Prakalp Virodhi Samiti, told The Hindu, “While the western world is realising its mistake and declaring climate emergencies, the Maharashtra government is going back to increase reliance on petrochemical plants. This, if true, is a regressive step.” Mr. Chavan said that their fight against the refinery was not about a particular location but for a environment-friendly cause. “We will soon decide our strategy once all details are officially announced,” he said. On April 11, 2018, three Indian public sector oil firms had signed the MoU with Aramco. The Shiv Sena too had joined the locals in opposing the project. In February the BJP, while announcing its alliance with Sena in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, had promised to shift the project out of Nanar.last_img read more

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Flipkart announces New Pinch Days sale, big discounts on Lenovo K8 Plus, Mi Mix 2, Galaxy phones and more

first_imgAfter Big Shopping Days sale, Flipkart is now gearing up to organise a three-days’ New Pinch Days sale on its website. The sale will start from December 15 and go on till December 17. The e-commerce company will offers discounts on phones like Lenovo K8 Plus, Galaxy On5, Galaxy J3 Pro and other Galaxy phones. The New Pinch Days Sale will also cover electronics, kitchen appliances, fashion apparels, home and furniture. Pixel 2, OnePlus 5T are also seen on the sale’s sneak peak page.Flipkart  has also teased a ‘Hero offer of the year’ on the Samsung Galaxy On Nxt, 64GB model. The company has asked to guess the new price of the phone to win a free Galaxy On Nxt. There’s 10 per cent instant discount for shoppers using HDFC debit and credit cards.  There’s a banner in the top section of the page that reads ‘massive discounts to celebrate the new year’ beside the images of the Mi A1 and a Vivo phone.The company through its sneak peak page informs that there would up to 80 per cent off on all these sections. There are no cost EMI and exchange offers across all categories. There will also be contests like Bid & win, Celeb Diaries and Spend to enter.While some of the offers on Flipkart have still not been made public, here are some of the top discounted phones seen on the sale’s sneak peak page:1.  Galaxy J3 Pro, 2GB at Rs 6,990: Originally priced at Rs 8,490, the Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro will sell at Rs 6,990 during the sale. Equipped with S Bike mode, the J3 Pro was launched last year in April. The phone features a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display and is powered by a 1.2 GHz Quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor.advertisement2. Galaxy On5 at Rs 6,490: Samsung Galaxy On5 will sell at Rs 6,490 during the sale. The phone sells at Rs 6,490 on other days. Launched in 2015, the Galaxy On5 5 is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core Exynos 3475 processor and comes with 1.5GB of RAM. The phone runs Android 5.1 and is powered by a 2600mAh removable battery.3. Galaxy On Max , 4GB at Rs 14,900: Samsung Galaxy OnMax will be available at Rs 14,900 during the Flipkart New Pinch Days sale. The device originally costs Rs 16,900. Launched in July 2017, the Galaxy On Max is powered by a 1.69GHz octa-core MediaTek MTK P25 processor paired with 4GB of RAM. The phone runs on Android Nougat and comes supports dual SIM.4. Lenovo K8 Plus at Rs 8,999: Launched this year in September at Rs 10,999, the Lenovo K8 Plus will witness a price cut of Rs 2000, lowering the selling price to Rs 8,999. The phone features a 5.2-inch display, powered by 2.5GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P25 processor with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and backed by a 4000mAh battery.  Also Read: Xiaomi Mi A1 gets Rs 1000 price cut, is now best phone to buy under Rs 15,000 for most people5. Oppo F3 Plus, 6GB at Rs 17,990: The Oppo F3 Plus will set at Rs 17,990 against its original price of Rs 22,990. There will also be an extra Rs 5000 off exchange, meaning you can get the phone at Rs 12,990. The Oppo F3 Plus is powered by 1.95GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor paired with 4GB of RAM. The phone is backed by a 4000mAh battery and runs Android 6.0.6. Honor 9i, 4GB RAM at Rs 17,999: Honor 9i, the phone with four cameras on other days costs Rs 19,999. However the phone will be available at Rs 17,999 during the New Pinch Days sale. The phone comes with dual rear cameras and dual front cameras.7. Moto X4, 4GB RAM at Rs 20,999: Powered by Snapdragon 630, the Moto X4 will sell at Rs 20,999 during the sale. The actual price of the phone is Rs 22,999.8. Moto Z2 Play, 4GB RAM at Rs 24,999: The Moto Z2 Play will receive a price cut of Rs 3000 and will sell at Rs 24,999 during the sale. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 626 and features a 5.5-inch fullHD display.9. Mi Mix 2, 6GB at Rs 32,999: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 will be available at Rs 32,999 during the sale. The phone sells at Rs 37,999 on other days. The phone sports a 5.99-inch display and is powered by Snapdragon 835.10. HTC U11 at Rs 44,999: The HTC’s squeezable phone U11 will be available at Rs 44,999 during the sale. The phone originally costs Rs 53,990 on other days.last_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd U18 coach Ryan: We’ll protect Greenwood from hype

first_imgMan Utd U18 coach Ryan: We’ll protect Greenwood from hypeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United U18 coach Neil Ryan says they’re determined to protect Mason Greenwood from the hype around him.Greenwood, 17, hit a matchwinning hat-trick as United inflicted a first Youth Cup defeat on Chelsea since the 2013 final in an enthralling 4-3 victory at Leigh Sports Village on Monday night.”We’re a good club for making sure to fight all that hype down,” Ryan told the Manchester Evening News. “Because he’s still got a long way to go, let’s get it right.”He’s doing very, very well this year. He was on the bench in the week against Valencia, which was a great experience for him. We’ve got great staff looking after him on and off the pitch and ourselves, as coaching staff, it’s our jobs to make sure we get him to the next level. It’s going to be a challenge for him, but a great challenge.”He’s had a fantastic four or five months so far and we’ve got to keep working with him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Report: Phil Jackson Will Be At Tonight’s Ohio State Game, Presumably To Scout D’Angelo Russell

first_imgThe Lakers logo on the Staples Center jumbotron.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 28: A moment of silence is observed in honor of Philip “Flip” Saunders’ passing before the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on October 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Update: Phil Jackson is in the building. In attendance tonight – One of the greatest coaches of all time…alongside Phil Jackson  #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/QfvIDzSYea— OSU BASKETBALL (@OhioStateHoops) February 26, 2015New York Knicks President Phil Jackson is at the Schottenstein Center to watch the Buckeyes and D’Angelo Russell. pic.twitter.com/CnhSXGTvhr— Lantern TV (@LanternTV) February 26, 2015Earlier: The New York Knicks have the worst record (10-46) in the NBA and are one of several franchises in tank mode as they attempt to secure the best possible odds for the 2015 NBA Draft lottery. If the Knicks do end up with the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft, the common opinion is that they will select Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor, but there are other possible candidates. One prospect who might be worthy of the top pick is Ohio State playmaking freshman guard D’Angelo Russell. The 6-foot-5 Russell is having a monster season in Columbus, and Knicks team president Phil Jackson is reportedly going to watch him play tonight against Nebraska. Word from the Schott that some dude named Phil Jackson will be in the house…Gee…wonder who he’s scouting?— Matt McCoy (@MattMcCoyWTVN) February 26, 2015 Jackson has to cover all of his bases. The Knicks need a lot of help, and can’t afford to bungle their lottery selection, no matter where they will pick. Either Russell or Okafor would be a win for a franchise in dire need of them.last_img read more

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Rep Wendzel takes ceremonial oath of office on House floor

first_img09Jan Rep. Wendzel takes ceremonial oath of office on House floor Categories: Wendzel News FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Joyce and Brad Wendzel (parents), Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman, Alton and Mildred Wendzel (grandparents), Rep. Pauline Wendzel and Nicholas Scalise.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Pauline Wendzel, of Watervliet, was joined by her family as she was sworn in today at the state Capitol for her first term as state Representative for the 79th House District. Administering the oath of office on the House Floor was Michigan Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman.###last_img

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Storage failures of eggs and embryos gain a new perspective

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 20 2018On March 3, 2018, a liquid nitrogen storage tank at the University Hospitals Fertility Center in Cleveland failed. Dr. Eli Adashi, a professor of medical science at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School, characterized the event as a “tragic accident” in which 950 patients lost more than 4,000 frozen eggs and embryos.However, one couple’s wrongful death lawsuit following the incident, which seeks to establish that embryos should be treated as “persons” under the law, could have “a chain of profound implications for other families,” Adashi says.In an “Ideas and Opinions” article published on Nov. 20 in Annals of Internal Medicine, Adashi and co-authors I. Glenn Cohen, a professor of law at Harvard University, and Dov Fox, a professor of law policy and bioethics at the University of San Diego, wrote about the potential implications should the Ohio court hearing the case rule in favor of the couple. They argue that a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs could lead to limits on abortion, stem cell research and in vitro fertilization (IVF).”It would be a sad irony if a legal claim aimed at protecting the rights of those who lost their ability to reproduce had the effect of limiting the reproductive rights of countless others,” the authors wrote.The plaintiffs in the case, Wendy and Rick Penniman, are challenging a legal precedent in Ohio establishing that “a fetus that is not yet viable is not a ‘person’ under its wrongful death law,” the authors wrote. The challenge is based on “the grounds that the ‘life of a person begins at the moment of conception,'” the article notes.A ruling that embryos are “persons” could be used as grounds to limit abortion rights, the authors say, as well as to potentially restrict research on embryonic stem cells. There could be implications for the future of IVF as well.”IVF would be significantly compromised,” Adashi said. “If a clinician were to freeze embryos, and some do not survive the process, how would that be dealt with? Would that be manslaughter? One needs to view this suit in that context. The implications are of national interest. They go beyond the pro-life / pro-choice debate and reach into the very conduct of IVF and other fertility promotion techniques.”Legal limitationsRelated StoriesScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchMost women glad to do genetic testing before IVF, reports surveyThe authors also discuss the limitations of conventional legal strategies tried in similar cases, including breach of contract, medical malpractice, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and loss of property.Many fertility clinics require patients to sign waivers that explicitly excuse liability for storage failures due to negligence, limiting breach of contract suits, the authors wrote. Medical malpractice also doesn’t apply in a case such as this, because the egg-harvesting procedures were performed properly. And in Ohio, negligent infliction of emotional distress requires the plaintiffs to be “bystanders” to a physical threat to another person; in this case, they did not witness the tank failure, the authors wrote.The last strategy, loss of property and medical costs, doesn’t fully capture the painful disruption of “family-building plans,” Adashi said. However, these are the legal grounds the other 70 other patients affected by the accident are pursing in their class-action lawsuit.The legal system hasn’t established appropriate venues for seeking damages for the destruction of eggs or embryos, he added. “At this point, there’s no clarity in the courts as to how to deal with cases like this.”Revising regulationsAccidents happen, but more needs to be done to limit and track them, Adashi said.”It was a wake-up call for a lot of people in the field,” he said. “How do we deal with something like this? How do we prevent something like this? Who should be in charge?”Professional societies in the fertility field are evaluating the root cause of the incident and are working on new recommendations and guidelines, Adashi said, in an effort to avoid similar situations in the future.The authors note that currently there are few federal regulations pertaining to assisted reproduction technologies and there is no system for tracking reproductive errors in the U.S. Because agents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) already visit IVF labs to screen donated human tissues for communicable diseases, Adashi says the FDA would be the most relevant agency to assume responsibility for the liquid nitrogen freezers involved in assisted reproduction clinics and track accidents involving eggs and embryos. Source:https://news.brown.edu/articles/2018/11/embryoslast_img read more

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