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MRT Jakarta drafts new business model amid falling ridership

first_imgCity-owned public transportation company PT MRT Jakarta is reviewing plans to switch to a new business model after suffering a dramatic fall in ridership during large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) for the COVID-19 outbreak.“[The new business plan] will provide new business values for MRT Jakarta. This is what we call ‘business beyond normal’,” MRT Jakarta president director William Sabandar said during a press briefing on Thursday.He added that the model would combine three business components he referred to as “beyond ridership, beyond physical mobility and beyond transport network”. The beyond physical mobility component will focus on virtual mobility to develop digital businesses, including the use of websites and social media for advertising and other commercial purposes.The operator recently launched MRTJ accelerator with aims to collaborate with start-ups in its digital activities. The program was slated to start between August and September.“MRT Jakarta is inviting local start-ups to help us develop digital ecosystems along MRT Jakarta routes and MRT Jakarta TOD areas,” William said, referring to the transit-oriented development.Read also: MRT Jakarta delays phase 2 construction amid COVID-19 outbreakThe approach is in line with the beyond transport network component, which will focus on not only developing more routes but also connecting areas around MRT stations for urban regeneration, especially in the upcoming second phase of the MRT Jakarta, which stretches from the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta to Kota in West Jakarta.The number of MRT Jakarta passengers dropped dramatically during the implementation of PSBB measures between April and June. The operator served an average of 90,000 to 100,000 passengers daily between January and mid-March, but the number dropped to 5,000 in April and 2,000 in May.Since the city began easing restrictions on Monday, the number of passengers has slowly risen to 13,000 a day.“However, the increase is yet to be significant because some businesses and malls have yet to resume operations until [June 15],” William said, projecting the figure to rise to 60,000 to 70,000 in July.Topics : As the MRT operator can no longer rely on ridership as a business parameter, it will prioritize non-farebox income in its beyond ridership scheme while promoting the branding value of living a healthy lifestyle.Read also: MRT Jakarta back to normalcy, but with limited capacityEmpty spaces in MRT stations will be used for coworking spaces equipped with various features, including video conferencing.In addition, MRT Jakarta will push for the development of mobile ticketing, smart vending machines, cashless retail transactions, online training for start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses as well as delivery services.last_img read more

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Most Kiwis support euthanasia for those with painful, incurable diseases

first_imgStuff co.nz 13 January 2017Just 12 per cent of Kiwis are completely opposed to the legalisation of assisted dying, according to a University of Auckland study.In a survey of 15,822 people, 66 per cent supported euthanasia as a legal means of ending the lives of people with painful, incurable diseases.“There is strong public support for euthanasia when people are asked whether doctors should be allowed by law to end the life of a patient with a painful incurable disease upon their request,” concluded the authors, led by post-graduate psychology student Carol Lee.The results were taken from the 2014-15 New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (NZAVS) survey, which Lee said provided “reliable demographic and personality differences in support for euthanasia”.Non-religious, younger, employed, rural people were more likely to support euthanasia, the authors said.Bob McCoskrie, spokesman for Family First, rejected the survey’s findings, labelling it a “weak, incomplete survey, drawing dubious conclusions, by its own admission”.“It appears to be set on finding the answer it wants, despite its own admission of significant limitations.”READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/euthanasia-debate/88349694/most-kiwis-support-euthanasia-for-those-with-painful-incurable-diseasesMost New Zealanders support euthanasia, study suggestsNewsHub 13 January 2017A majority of New Zealanders support euthanasia, according to a new study.More than 15,000 people took part in the 2014/15 New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study which, for the first time, included a question on assisted dying.Respondents were asked: “Suppose a person has a painful incurable disease. Do you think that doctors should be allowed by law to end the patient’s life if the patient requests it?”Sixty-six percent of participants were in support, 21.7 percent indicated they were neutral/unsure and 12.3 percent were strongly opposed.The researchers found non-religious, younger, employed, and rural people were more likely to support euthanasia, whereas people with lower income, who were parents, or of Pacific or Asian ethnicity tended to be less supportive.“Because we have such a national representative example of New Zealanders, findings of our study are likely to reflect what the general New Zealand public over the age of 18 think about this issue,” study author, University of Auckland masters student, Carol Lee says.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/health/2017/01/most-new-zealanders-support-euthanasia-study-suggests.htmlNZ study shows strong euthanasia supportNZ City 13 January 2017Most New Zealanders support assisted dying for patients with painful terminal conditions, Auckland University researchers have found.Nearly 16,000 people were surveyed for the research, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal on Friday, which also found demographic and personality differences in people’s opinions on the issue.Two thirds were in favour when asked if a doctors should be allowed to end the life of a patient with a painful incurable disease if the patient requested it.Just 12 per cent were opposed, while 22 per cent said they were neutral.Act Party leader David Seymour, who is seeking to have his End of Life Choice member’s bill put before parliament, says it’s now impossible to deny public support for assisted dying.“The sample size of this survey eclipses previous polling on this topic, while also backing up previous findings: New Zealanders support the right to an assisted death for the painfully ill,” he said.The wording of the poll has been questioned by Family First’s Bob McCoskrie, who argues the scenario of a person suffering a painful death is no longer valid thanks to “the availability and effectiveness of palliative care”.Mr Seymour admitted polling could be influenced by the wording but rejected the views of Mr McCoskrie and other deniers as “living in dreamland”.READ MORE: http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=240758Desperate euthanasia opponents are dishonest or innumerateScoop 13 January 2017READ MORE: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1701/S00030/desperate-euthanasia-opponents-are-dishonest-or-innumerate.htm Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Al-Shabab attacks UAE embassy in Somalia

first_img“We targeted enemy delegates from the UAE and we inflicted casualties upon them and their forces,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, Shabaab’s military operation spokesman told Reuters.“The incident took place near the military hospital where UAE trains Somali military. Three Somali military who were on the military pick up died and several other civilians who were passing by were injured,” he added.“We have confirmed the death of six people, four of them civilians, while six others were also wounded, some seriously,” police officer Abdukadir Hassan told AFP.He said no UAE diplomats were hurt in the attack, with the Somali security staff escorting them stopping the bomber with their truck as the blast went off.The Shabab said they carried out the attack, which is believed to be the first time the al-Qaeda affiliate has targeted the UAE in Somalia. The UAE is involved in a number of security, infrastructure, development and humanitarian projects in Somalia.In the past, al Shabaab has exaggerated the number of government members it has killed, while officials have played down losses. Somalia’s Al-Shabab insurgents killed at least six people Wednesday in a suicide attack on a diplomatic convoy from the United Arab Emirates in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police and the Islamists said.last_img read more

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Stockdale: We’ll pick ourselves up

first_imgDavid Stockdale believes both nerves and naivety cost Fulham dear in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Hull, which left Felix Magath’s side in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone with just two games remaining. Goals from Ashkan Dejagah and Fernando Amorebieta had put the hosts in the driving seat at Craven Cottage, but the Tigers hit back through Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long. The point was not enough to move Fulham out of the bottom three and, with a trip to Stoke looming before the final-day visit of Crystal Palace, goalkeeper Stockdale has pinpointed where they went wrong last weekend. When asked if it was nerves or naivety that allowed Hull back into the game, Stockdale replied: “All of the above. “When you are anxious to get the 90 minutes over and take the three points, things can go astray. There was a lot of tension in the ground and we did things that we would not normally do at home. That was our downfall.” With Sunderland winning 4-0 at home to Cardiff on Sunday, Fulham now sit 19th in the table but just one point from safety. Stockdale, who was promoted to the Premier League while on loan at Hull last season, reckons Fulham can still survive if they do not let Saturday’s disappointment linger. “It is important we pick ourselves up now,” he added. “It is points we need at this stage of the season. We can’t change the Hull result now so we have to go and win our remaining two games. “Three points against Stoke on Saturday and we are right back in it. If we play anything like we did in the first 75 minutes, we will be okay. We need a few teams to help us out now as well.” Captain Brede Hangeland has helped stave off relegation in previous seasons at Craven Cottage and feels it is now time for the whole Fulham squad to show what they are made of. “This is where, as a player, you really show your character and be accountable,” the Norway defender said. “It’s easy enough to play well when you’re 5-0 up and cruising at the top of the league, but now it’s a bit different and you need strong characters. “We all know the stakes. It’s do or die for us at the moment, so I don’t think it will be a problem to motivate people this week.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Georgia Police Officer Pulls Over Girlfriend To Propose

first_imgWhen Alexis McCart looked up into her rearview mirror, she was surprised to see the flashing lights of a police car.But Georgia trooper had a good reason to pul her over last week.Claiming to be looking for a suspect, officer Michael Peterson from the Lawrenceville Police Department asked those inside the vehicle to step outside.Turning around, McCart saw her boyfriend, DeKalb County Police Department Officer John Heart, down on one knee with a ring box in hand.McCart tells the Gwinnett Daily Post, “I turned around and there he was, and I just started bawling.I was in such shock — you can tell by the picture. I literally had no clue.”last_img read more

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Talor Hamilton and Lydia DaCorte named PVC Swimmers of the Year

first_imgELLSWORTH — Ellsworth senior Talor Hamilton and Mount Desert Island junior Lydia DaCorte were named the boys’ and girls’ Penobscot Valley Conference Swimmers of the Year.Ellsworth coach Jim Goodman and MDI coach Tony Demuro were also named the boys’ and girls’ PVC Swim Coaches of the Year for their teams’ first place finishes at the regional championship.Some two dozen Hancock County swimmers qualified for the PVC All-Star team and/or the All-State team.The following Hancock County swimmers were named to the All-State team:This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBoys’ 200-yard medley relay: Ellsworth’s Talor Hamilton and Cooper Holmes; MDI’s Liam Sullivan.Girls’ 200-yard medley relay: MDI’s Lydia DaCorte.Boys’ 200-yard freestyle: Ellsworth’s Talor Hamilton.Boys’ 200-yard individual medley: Ellsworth’s Cooper Holmes; MDI’s Liam Sullivan.Boys’ diving: Bucksport’s Anthony Wardwell.Girls’ 100-yard butterfly: MDI’s Lydia DaCorte.Boys’ 100-yard freestyle: Ellsworth’s Talor Hamilton.Boys’ 500-yard freestyle: Ellsworth’s Sam Alvarado.Girls’ 500-yard freestyle: MDI’s Lydia DaCorte.Girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay: MDI’s Lydia DaCorte.Boys’ 100-yard backstroke: Ellsworth’s Cooper Holmes.Boys’ 100-yard breaststroke: Ellsworth’s Talor Hamilton and Cooper Holmes.The following swimmers were named to the PVC All-Star team:Boys’ 200-yard medley relay: Ellsworth’s Talor Hamilton, Cooper Holmes, Richie Matthews and Camden Holmes.Girls’ 200-yard medley relay: MDI’s Maddie Woodworth, Aubrie Boyce, Lydia DaCorte and Eliza Schleif.Boys’ 200-yard freestyle: Ellsworth’s Talor Hamilton and Sam Alvarado; MDI’s Pierce DiMauro.Girls’ 200-yard freestyle: MDI’s Lydia DaCorte.Boys’ 200-yard individual medley: Ellsworth’s Sam Pelletier and MDI’s Liam Sullivan.Girls’ 200-yard individual medley: George Stevens Academy’s Ava Sealander.Boys’ 50-yard freestyle: Ellsworth’s Camden Holmes and Austin Baron.Girls’ 50-yard freestyle: Ellsworth’s Ellie Clarke and Sidney Hamilton; MDI’s Eliza Schleif.Boys’ one-meter diving: Bucksport’s Anthony Wardwell and Bryce DiMauro.Girls’ one-meter diving: MDI’s Chelsea Schroeder.Boys’ 100-yard butterfly: Ellsworth’s Cooper Holmes and Richie Matthews.Girls’ 100-yard butterfly: GSA’s Ava Sealander; MDI’s Lydia DaCorte.Boys’ 100-yard freestyle: Ellsworth’s Talor Hamilton and MDI’s Pierce DiMauro.Girls’ 100-yard freestyle: Ellsworth’s Ellie Clarke and MDI’s Eliza Schleif.Boys’ 500-yard freestyle: Ellsworth’s Sam Alvarado and Camden Holmes.Girls’ 500-yard freestyle: GSA’s Maya Pelletier.Boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay: Ellsworth’s Sam Pelletier, Hayden Sattler, Richie Matthews and Austin Baron; MDI’s Liam Sullivan, Hutchin Gerrish, Kristoph Naggert and Jacob Mitchell.Girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay: MDI’s Ceileigh Weaver, Aubrie Boyce, Eliza Schleif and Lydia DaCorte.Boys’ 100-yard backstroke: Ellsworth’s Cooper Holmes; MDI’s Jacob Mitchell.Boys’ 100-yard breaststroke: Ellsworth’s Hayden Sattler; MDI’s Liam Sullivan.Boys’ 400-yard freestyle relay: Ellsworth’s Sam Alvarado, Camden Holmes, Cooper Holmes and Talor Hamilton.last_img read more

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Pitbulls ravage Knockers; Bounty trounce Vintage

first_imgHOCKEY action remained the centre of attention at the National Gymnasium on Tuesday night as the Guyana Hockey Board continued its LUCOZADE-sponsored indoor league In the first game, the GCC Pitbulls held nothing back in their demolition of the Old Fort Knockers.The scoring for the Pitbulls began as early as the 3rd minute with Shaquille Leung leading the charge. However, Stephon Sprosta three minutes later drew the Knockers level through a penalty corner.The Pitbulls would go on to assume the lead in the 8th minute with Meshach Sargeant scooting home before extending the lead through Leung two minutes later.Knockers’ Robert Brumell pulled one back a minute later but Mark Sargeant’s 13th minute strike made it 4-2; Brumell added his second of the night and his team’s third in the 15th minute.Leung returned in the 16th to reconstruct that two-goal lead at the half in favour of the GCC side and complete his hat-trick.On the return, a trifecta of goals from Leung 22nd, 27th and 33rd ensured that the Pitbulls were now miles ahead of their competition though Stephon Sprosta managed to complete his hat-trick in the 38th as the game ended 8-4.In the second game of the evening the GCC Bounty side overcame their Vintage counterparts 8-3.Devin Hooper’s 2nd minute penalty corner followed by his penalty shot in the 10th had Vintage ahead early.However, the Bounty side managed to untie themselves from that bind and draw level with their counterparts, due chiefly in part to successful conversions from Kevin Spencer in the 12th and Peter DeGroot in the 15th.In the second half, Daniel Hooper in the 26th gave the Bounty side the lead for the first time in the game with Spencer adding his second in the 30th.Steven Xavier joined the party for Bounty a minute later before Hooper completed his second in the 36th and Kareem McKenzie got on the score sheet in the 37th.Eric Hing inked his name on the score sheets with two minutes to go but the side could not deny Spencer his hat-trick which came in the 39th and the 8-3 victory that followed a minute later.last_img read more

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Hall’s last-ditch strike lands Bakewell Topp XX Mash Cup and $600,000

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanA virtuoso last-ditch strike by Keon Hall blew open a likely stalemate to propel his side, Bakewell Topp XX, to their second successive championship win over Coomacka to silence a partisan crowd as they won $600,000 and the Jermine and Family Linden MASH Cup football championship at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.When these two teams clashed at the same venue in the recent Upper Demerara Football Association’s year-end Christmas championship, Topp XX prevailed on penalties 3-1 after a 1-1 stalemate in regulation and overtime play.Meeting in their second straight final, Topp XX were first out to fire a shot towards the Coomacka goal in the fourth minute of play, but Coomacka then made their way down the right to see a cross by striker, Shaquille Frank, which was cleared by the Topp XX goalkeeper, Gregory Hinds, three minutes later.Frank, who was acquired through the transfer window from Haynes and Lewis Winners Connection would torment the Topp XX defense constantly and one such would see his shot go wide and another crashing on to the cross bar as Coomacka pressured their opponents.However, an ugly incident occurred in the 25th minute when Coomacka’s Michael Schekia was sent off after he reacted to his foul call committed against Topp XX’s Tony ‘Spirit’ Adams, by using foul language which was picked up by the referee, Sherwin Johnson.Instantly, referee Johnson sent him packing and this created a furore that sparked a halt to the game for 15 minutes.Just before play resumed, the vocal Coomacka crowd, incensed by the decision, hurled missiles which cause the Topp XX substitute bench to exchange positions from their western end to the eastern end with Coomacka .In the 30th minute, there was an anxious moment from a Topp XX corner kick as the ball moved from the right side and ran free as no player was there in the goal mouth.A free kick in the 42nd minute taken by Coomacka’s new acquisition, Marmalaque Davidson, was effectively punched away by an advancing Hinds in Topp XX goal. The first half eventually ended on a scoreless note.Topp XX began the second half again targeting their opponents goal where Kellon ‘Clean-Sheet’ Major was the custodian, but the move inside right was a poor one three minutes into play.Once again, the gangling Shaquille Frank released a shot but it was away to the right side of the Topp XX goal.In the 52nd minute of play, Topp XX’s lanky forward, Tony ‘Spirit’ Adams darting down the left flank, was fouled in the box. Surprisingly, the experienced Topp XX player, Travis Waterton, took the spot kick from 10 yards out and sent it wide of its mark, much to the astonishment of those watching.But Coomacka once again came forward as Frank harassed the Topp XX defenders and it was the good anticipation by their goalkeeper, Gregory Hinds, in the 56th minute that nullified that attempt.Ten minutes later, the momentum changed as Topp XX challenged everything thrown at them; they were able to force Coomacka’s Kellon ‘Clean-Sheet’ Major to bring off a good save.But in the process, Major seemed to have been injured and this brought about another stoppage, this time for nine minutes, and it appeared that Major would be substituted. But the courageous man between the uprights for Coomacka remained to the end of the game.In the 71st minute, Topp XX were unable to put themselves into the lead after a very good chance went abegging again as the ball ran free from a nice cross in the goal-mouth area.There were two more chances for Coomacka from close range in the 78th minute. And a Shawn ‘Dash’ Daniels shot connected to the hands of Major in goal and deflected on to the cross bar in the 87th minute as Topp XX were on the offensive.Then came the decisive strike. From the midfield in the centre, the ball was sent by Ryan Noel across to the oncoming Keon Hall on the right wing and with a couple of dribbles, despite the ball bouncing high, he blasted a volley that zoomed past a beaten Major to score and spark celebration among Topp XX’s loyal in the 90+4th minute.This was the sealer for the game as the final whistle was blown with Topp XX winning 1-0.Earlier in the day, Botafago again had the better of Haynes and Lewis’ Winners Connection as they ran over their opponents. Antoine Gill got a brace in the 66th and 71st minutes of play while the others came from Jamal Haynes in the 17th, his brother Shane in the 29th and Jashawn Moore in the 69th minutes.Botafago had also beaten the Winners Connection for third place in the recent Upper Demerara Football Association’s year-end Christmas championship 5-2.Businessman Jermine Allicock assisted in the presentation of the various prizes at stake as well as representatives from one of the sponsors, Edward B Beharry after the final was played.last_img read more

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Syracuse volleyball takes down Siena, 3-0, in 2017 season opener

first_imgIn its first game of the season, Syracuse (1-0) beat Siena (0-1), 3-0, Friday at the Women’s Building.The match marked the first of the Syracuse Tournament, a two-day slate of games featuring the Orange, Siena, Colgate, Grand Canyon, and Niagara.Kendra Lukacs led the Orange with 11 kills, six of which came in an impressive third set. The sophomore’s 12.5 points paced Syracuse. Defensive specialist Belle Sand had a game-high 15 digs, while junior Annie Bozzo’s 17 assists were a team high.The Orange dominated the first set, taking a 16-6 lead before winning the stanza, 25-19. Siena raced out to an early 7-3 advantage in the second set before Syracuse responded, closing the set on a 22-9 run. Jalissa Trotter set the tone for the Orange, notching eight assists in the second set alone.Trotter finished the game with 11 assists, good for second on the team. Siena took a 4-1 lead to begin the third set, but the Saints’ advantage unraveled. Sparked by Amber Witherspoon’s three blocks and Bozzo’s nine assists during the set, Syracuse recovered with another game-changing run. The Orange outscored Siena 24-12 to end the set and finish the 3-0 win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNext up for Syracuse is Grand Canyon Friday at 6 p.m. at the Women’s Building. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 25, 2017 at 12:31 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34last_img read more

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How sports betting operators can attract slot players with TVBET games

first_img Share StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Andrey Astapov, ETERNA LAW: Ukraine faces critical choices as gambling finish line nears August 21, 2020 Why reliability of service is an integral part of TVBET’s strategy August 6, 2020 Sports betting operators now exist in a world where the player has the freedom to select from hundreds of online options, writes Peter Korpusenko, CEO at TVBET. This choice might be based on the odds attached to betting selections, the layout of the site, proprietary features, or even the IT capacity behind the whole operation.However you look at it, it’s hard to overstate the level of competition for players between operators, which is why the pressure is always there to find new strategies and techniques that will attract new customers, as well as retain the old ones.How can you build out your sportsbook audience to take more bets? Nowadays, operators tend to come up with loyalty programs or various forms of promotional events designed to draw the attention of new customers. Now, we know that this will be completely ineffective unless you have applied the crucial first component of the recipe – an innovative and multi-functioning technological platform.But let’s assume you have this in place. We also know that there is a big audience of players favouring slot games, or other fast and easy-to-understand casino games. The activity of these players could have a significant impact on your sportsbook’s GGR, right?So, would this audience be interested in the switch? We think we might have the answer.Here at TVBET, we believe that the recipe for catching the fancy of the casino players and cross-selling to sportsbook lies within the live-games integration.There are several reasons why casino players don’t switch to sports betting. They are used to quick results while betting on sports can often take longer. The second factor is simplicity, which is why such players prefer to spend time playing games that are easy to understand.Basically, while betting on sports events can be quite a complicated process, where analysis and prior knowledge plays a key part, casino entertainment is created with a simpler focus.This is why our games are based on the more familiar, and increasingly more trusted, an option of betting on events in real-time, combined with the multi-level jackpot system that remains so popular on traditional casino games.  Our 11 live games – Keno, 21, 1Bet, 5Bet, 7Bet, JokerBet, PokerBet, Wheel of Elements, WheelBet, Backgammon and Lucky6 – are all adapted for the modern era. Players want games that are live-streamed 24/7 with a wide range of betting opportunities and fast outcomes.A middle-sized bookmaker can easily increase its revenue by up to 30% through integrating this collection of live games. Just as an average, the share of TVBET games amongst other products for our clients has been reaching 25%.Remember, we also helped one of our key partners to increase the number of monthly bets taken from 6,136 to 452,617 in the space of just six months. In fact, top TVBET partners are now surpassing €500,000 each month.Put simply, we believe it has become almost irrational to run a sportsbook without reactivating the segment of players who prefer simple and dynamic slot games. Those bookmakers that are embracing the addition of live games are 10 steps ahead of the competition.______________________ TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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