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first_img Share Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img 27 Views   one comment Court gavelJachlena Spliffee Lewis of Stockfarm, who pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of an infant on 23rd November, 2011 was today sentenced to five years imprisonment with a two year suspended sentence, by High Court Judge Bernie Stephenson-Brooks.According to the facts in the case, Lewis delivered baby “A.L” in a pit toilet (outside latrine) on the night of 18th May, 2006 and abandoned her. Baby “A.L” was discovered by a neighbour who went to use the toilet discovered the baby and called the Fire and Ambulance services. Baby “A.L” was rescued and taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital. She was later adopted by a family with whom she still lives.Justice Stephenson-Brooks ordered that the Social Welfare Department conduct interviews with Ms Lewis in order to assist the Court in determining a proper sentence. According to that report, Lewis had been subjected to sexual abuse from a very early age and became a mother when she was sixteen (16) years old. She was also in an extremely abusive common law relationship for four (4) years during which time she bore three (3) children. She is a skilled sea and river diving expert, who is also engaged in craft making for sale on the Roseau Bayfront to provide for her children and herself.The report further indicates that her neighbors describe her as a nice person who has had a hard life and subjected to cruelty, with a tendency to follow bad company. The overall assessment of the Social Welfare Department is that Ms Lewis has a troubled past, incomplete education, early motherhood and domestic abuse.Lewis’ attorney Bernadette Lambert asked the Court to consider that the accused was twenty (20) years old at the time of the incident and already a mother of four (4) children that five years has elapsed since the incident. She also argued that the stigma society places on such incidents is in itself a prison and the Court should consider the fact that her client pleaded guilty and is a first time offender.Ms Lambert also told the Court that her client has continued making her crafts even during the time that she has been remanded at the State’s Prison, making gifts to inmates and prison officer to mark special occasions like birthdays.Arthlyn Nesty who represented the State argued that the accused abused the trust relationship which she had the duty to uphold being the mother of the victim. She asked the Court to also consider the aggravating factors in the case which includes; the breach of trust and care between mother and child, that the victim might be left with a psychological effect as a result of this incident and that the accused concealed the pregnancy.In sentencing the accused Justice Stephenson-Brooks noted the seriousness of the offense which involves the breach of trust and a mother’s role to care for her daughter. She also noted that the accused gave birth to a healthy baby, left her in an outside toilet in the dark and a neighbour rescued her with a torch light.Justice Stephenson-Brooks also highlighted the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of a Child which Dominica ratified in 1991, in explaining children’s rights to be protected from mental and or physical hurt. She explained that the accused knew that she was pregnant, knew she was about to give birth as she had done so three times before and went to the outside toilet. As a result, the Court must send a clear message to young mothers in society that this behavior is totally unacceptable.Having considered both the aggravating and mitigating circumstances, Justice Stepehson-Brooks sentenced Lewis to five years imprisonment with a two year suspended sentence. The suspended sentence will take effect after she has served three years imprisonment, however since the accused has spent eleven (11) months remanded at the State’s Prison she will only serve two years and one month as of today.The judge also asked Ms Lewis to ponder upon life skills and parenting while she serves her sentence.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Stockfarm woman sentenced to five years imprisonment for attempted murder of infant by: – December 5, 2011last_img read more

first_imgLocalNews USAID to undertake basic literacy campaign in the Caribbean by: – June 29, 2012 Share 170 Views   3 comments Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! USAID’s Acting Representative, Steven HendrixA United States Agency International Development (USAID) official recently announced that the agency is seeking to undertake a basic education and literacy campaign within the Caribbean region.USAID’s Acting Representative, Steven Hendrix, said that the program has been developed based on a request by Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, who visited their Barbados office about a month ago.He explained that Prime Minister Skerrit’s area of “keen” interest was basic literacy and education as he expressed deep concern about adolescents who are unable to read proficiently.“His concern was that kids when the reach adolescence; when they become teenagers, that our sons and daughters be able to read and write at a proficient level. We don’t want to pass on children who do not have the proper skills to higher levels in the schools and create problems in the schools, so I think quite correctly he identified an issue which we ourselves acknowledge”.In response to Prime Minister Skerrit’s request, Mansfield Blackwood, the Senior Technical Specialist for Economic Growth, will be leading a team in organizing this campaign.According to Hendrix, because Prime Minister Skerrit was a beneficiary of a USAID scholarship and is aware of the pertinence of USAID funded programs, they took on his suggestion. “He knows the benefit of USAID programs and so when he says, look we have a problem we need more programming in basic education and basic literacy, we’re gonna listen to him”.He further stated; “we listen to all of the Caribbean leaders, we listen to the general secretary of the OECS Secretariat….and we do support their leadership and their initiative to do what’s best in their countries”. This basic literacy and basic education campaign is expected to commence before the end of the year. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

first_imgThe statement said the 84-year-old monarch is being tested at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital. The brief statement did not provide further details. In this December 10, 2019 file photo, Saudi King Salman chairs the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. AP DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has been admitted to a hospital in the capital Riyadh for medical tests due to inflammation of the gallbladder, the kingdom’s Royal Court said yesterday in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency. King Salman has been in power since January 2015. He is considered the last Saudi monarch of his generation of brothers who have held power since the death of their father and founder of Saudi Arabia, King Abdulaziz.center_img The Saudi king has not been seen in public in recent months due to social distancing guidelines and concerns over the spread of the coronavirus inside the kingdom, which has one of the largest outbreaks in the Middle East. (AP) King Salman has empowered his 34-year-old son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as his successor.last_img read more

first_imgMANDAN, N.D. (July 15) – When Tripp Gaylord drew the pole position for the IMCA Modified “A” feature on the Moritz Sport & Marine Dakota Classic Tour presented by Bismarck Motor Company at Dacotah Speedway, the real test began. A week with many frustrations for the Colorado racer finished out with a feeling of euphoria. Gaylord did double duty in the Modified and Stock Car all week long until Dacotah Speedway, handing the reins over to brother Ryan in order to focus on the Modified. He had made every feature in both classes until that point. Feature Results Gaylord was a rocket from the drop of the green flag in Mandan, leading by over three seconds at one point and maneuvering lapped traffic to grab the $2,400 win. Modifieds – 1. Tripp Gaylord; 2. Jake O’Neil; 3. Robert Hellebust; 4. Shawn Strand; 5. Alex Stanford; 6. Casey Arneson; 7. Austin Arneson; 8. Eddie Belec; 9. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 10. Casey Skyberg; 11. Tanner Black; 12. Spencer Wilson; 13. Grey Ferrando; 14. Jacob Bleess; 15. Travis Hagen; 16. Matt Aukland; 17. Jason Wolla; 18. Marlyn Seidler; 19. Collen Winebarger; 20. Brad Hartigan; 21. Quentin Kinzley; 22. Justin O’Brien; 23. Jesse Skalicky; 24. Ricky Alvarado; 25. Billy Kendall; 26. Shane DeVolder; 27. Zachary Madrid; 28. John Corell; 29. Mark Dahl; 30. Jeremy Keller. Already on the Fast Shafts Al-Star Invitational ballot, Gaylord was followed across the stripe by Jake O’Neil, Robert Hellebust, Shawn Strand and Alex Stanford. Consistent Austin Arneson captured the tour championship. Stock Cars – 1. Elijah Zevenbergen; 2. Eric Mahlik; 3. Dalton Flory; 4. Travis Ulmer; 5. Adam Goff; 6. Brennan Borg; 7. Angel Munoz; 8. Joe Flory; 9. Keith Mattox; 10. Kelly Hoerner; 11. Scott Gartner; 12. Mike Swallers; 13. Cody St. Croix; 14. Jason Berg; 15. Chanse Hollatz; 16. Austin Daae; 17. Ryan Gaylord; 18. Jake Brown; 19. Joe Schrodt. Elijah Zevenbergen is the best accomplished IMCA Sunoco Stock Car driver the tour has seen, winning for the fifth time in six 2020 starts to cap a sixth career crown. Zevenbergen chased Austin Daae before taking the lead at midway. Eric Mahlik and Dalton Flory were next across the stripe.last_img read more

first_img Odemwingie is expected to return to training at some stage this week after driving to Loftus Road without permission on transfer deadline day in the hope a move to QPR would go through. That followed a series of Twitter rants against the club after a transfer request was rejected. But when asked how the situation had affected the dressing room, Reid said: “Not a great deal to be honest. We’ve got a strong group with a lot of leaders in the dressing room who have good, strong characters.” Press Association He added: “It’s a matter that the club are dealing with now and I’m not sure what the outcome will be. It’s up to them how they deal with that. “There’s enough characters and leaders in the dressing room to get through it. Maybe that group wasn’t as strong when I first joined but it is now and maybe that’s why we’re in the position we are in in the league. “It (Odemwingie’s behaviour) is not the way I’d go about doing things and I’m sure it’s not the way a lot of other lads would, but these things happen in football.” Reid admitted Odemwingie could have some role to play in the future as West Brom try to halt their current slump. He said: “Will we welcome him back? We’ll have to see and it’s up to the club how they deal with it. “But if it does happen I’m sure we’ll get on with it and there might come a point in the campaign when he’s needed. “It’s up to the club and I’m not going to get involved in team selection. It’s also up to the fans how they deal with it.” center_img Defender Steven Reid insists the Peter Odemwingie transfer saga has not affected West Brom’s players, but admits he would not have behaved in the same manner as the Nigeria international.last_img read more

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Ben Stokes was the hero yet again as his unbeaten century saw England to a thrilling one-wicket win in the third Ashes Test at Headingley on Sunday.England were 286-9, still needing 73 more runs to reach a victory target of 359 when No 11 Jack Leach walked out to bat to join Stokes at the crease. Leach, however, held firm with World Cup final winning batting star Stokes’s astonishing 135 not out seeing England complete their highest successful fourth innings chase as they squared the five-match series at 1-1.Stokes eventually flayed fast bowler Pat Cummins for four to seal a famous victory arguably even more improbable than England’s celebrated 1981 Ashes Test success at Headingley when they won after following-on. Here’s the winning moment:This video is incredible. Ben Stokes knows he’s hit the winning shot before the supporters. Just watch him #Ashes— Football HQ (@FootbaII_HQ) August 25, 2019″There’s nothing like being out there in the end and getting your team over the line. I didn’t get nervous till we needed single figures, I didn’t know what to do then,” admitted Stokes after the match.Here’s how people reacted to Ben Stokes’ innings.That was pretty special! @benstokes38 , that was ridiculous! Well done. Ashes alive and well.— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) August 25, 2019I’ve seen some remarkable cricket moments in my life but that is the best I’ve seen in over 50 years. @benstokes38 saved the Ashes and gave a magical inspirational innings. Even better than his World Cup performance.Well done @ECB_cricket— Geoffrey Boycott (@GeoffreyBoycott) August 25, 2019What an innings from @benstokes38, will go down as one of the greatest test innings, Headingley does it again! #Ashes #BenStokes— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) August 25, 2019INCREDIBLE One of the greatest knocks in the history of Test cricket.Ben Stokes, take a bow #Ashes— Lord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 25, 2019Unbelievable scenes at the ashes ! @benstokes38 can’t really describe what you did with that bat, hats of to you test cricket at its best #Ashes2019— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) August 25, 2019(With PTI Inputs) last_img read more

first_img Associated Press Dresden was to play Hannover away on May 17 when the league resumes after a two-month suspension, but the entire squad, coaching and supervisory staff must go into 14 days of quarantine at home. “We are in contact with the responsible health authorities and the league to coordinate all further steps. The fact is that we can neither train nor participate in any games over the next 14 days,” Dynamo sporting director Ralf Minge says.The players have not been identified. Their positive results for COVID-19 were found in a third wave of tests conducted at the club on Friday as part of the league’s hygiene protocol to get soccer back underway in Germany.One player tested positive for COVID-19 in the first wave of tests last weekend. He has been in quarantine since May 3. There were no positive cases in the second wave on May 4. The team returned to full training on Thursday. Chancellor Angela Merkel had announced the day before that the top two divisions could resume without spectators. Teams were to spend time training in isolation before the games could resume. The Bundesliga and second division are due to return on May 16. May 9, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Two players at German second division side Dynamo Dresden have tested positive for the coronavirus, putting on hold the club’s planned return to soccer next weekend. Dynamo says the two players who tested positive on Friday did not and are still not showing any symptoms of the virus. ___Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, football coach Paul Chryst and men’s basketball coach Greg Gard are being asked to take a 15% pay cut over the next six months as part of the school’s response to the pandemic.School officials say Alvarez, Chryst and Gard are among 25 of the athletic department’s highest-earning employees who are being asked to take that voluntary cut. There will be no reduction in that group’s work hours.“Reducing compensation and work hours is obviously not something I want to see for any of our Badger Athletics family,” Alvarez said in a statement. “But we are facing the same financial challenges that other organizations across the country are. We are working hard to minimize the impact on our employees while responding to the realities of the situation created by the pandemic.” Spanish media reported Friday that Atlético’s Renan Lodi had tested positive for coronavirus. On Saturday, Atlético posted a message on an official club social media channel with a picture of the Brazilian. The message said: “Renan Lodi says hello from his home. We will see you very soon on the field, Renan!”The players’ association said in a statement Saturday that the revelation of Lodi’s identity violated Spanish law protecting his privacy.“The legislation in our country makes it clear that under normal circumstances a company cannot obligate a worker who is on medical leave to make public his or her illness,” the association said.It is not clear how Lodi’s name was first reported.Over the last week professional soccer players in Spain have been allowed to return to their clubs for individual training while waiting for the competition to restart at a still to be determined date. Ahead of Monday’s crunch meeting of topflight clubs, the Hornets have joined Brighton and Aston Villa in making clear their opposition to the current “Project Restart” plans.With nine rounds left, Watford is 17th in the league and looking to fight off relegation amid a challenging backdrop brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.Duxbury says “some clubs are happy to sign up to ‘Project Restart’ because arguably there is only an upside in participating in this compromised format. It means Liverpool can win the title, other clubs can book their place in Europe next season or potentially fight their way up the table from a position of safety.” But he adds “when at least six clubs – and I suspect more – are concerned about the clear downside and the devastating effects of playing in this kind of distorted nine-game mini-league, then I believe the Premier League has a duty of care to address those concerns.”___ Aulas had argued fervently for it to be completed in late August with a playoff system, but with PSG staying the champion given its large lead before play was stopped.Lyon’s women’s team reached the French Cup semifinals before women’s matches were canceled.___The president of France Galop says horse racing will resume in France on Monday. Édouard de Rothschild tweeted that “the resumption of races is accepted” and thanked the French government for allowing it to go ahead.center_img ___Canada’s gymnastics federation laid off 70% of its staff this week. The organization’s chief executive officer hopes the emergency funding announced Friday by the federal government allows him to recall people soon. “It’s harsh. This hasn’t been a pleasant week,” Ian Moss told The Canadian Press on Friday. “I would love to be able to phone some of our staff tomorrow and say ‘you’re back.’” Canada’s amateur sports system will receive nearly $52 million to alleviate the financial pain from the COVID-19 pandemic. Athletes whose monthly Sport Canada checks are affected by the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to 2021 also receive financial aid. The Latest: Dynamo Dresden return on hold after positives More AP sports: and France is coming out of lockdown on Monday amid the coronavirus epidemic, with the nation confined since March 17.Races will be held at the famed Longchamp Racecourse in western Paris, which hosts the prestigious Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the first weekend of October, and at Compiègne in northern France.___Watford chairman Scott Duxbury says at least six of the 20 English Premier League clubs are concerned about the plan to use neutral stadiums to finish the season.Duxbury says “there is no altruism in the Premier League” and that “there are 20 different vested interests, which sometimes align but more often than not work purely to protect each individual club.” The Canadian Football League, soccer’s Canadian Premier League and the Canadian Elite Basketball League have asked for millions in relief, but professional leagues were not eligible in the latest funding. ___The president of French soccer club Lyon says players in the men’s and women’s teams all tested negative for the coronavirus.The squads were tested by club doctors at Lyon’s training center and “there were no positive cases,” Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas told regional newspaper Le Progrès.The men’s French league was canceled with 10 rounds of matches remaining amid coronavirus concerns, with Paris Saint-Germain declared champion and Lyon finishing outside the European places in seventh. The pay cuts were announced as part of what the athletic department described as a “compensation and work reduction plan” that will impact most of its employees as it deals with budget problems resulting from the coronavirus. The plan tentatively takes effect May 18 and runs through July 25.Officials said most employees will participate in a state work-share program that will have their work hours reduced by either 20% or 50%. School officials said about 350 employees will be able to apply for expanded unemployment benefits that in most cases can offset lost wages through July 25.Wisconsin officials believe this plan should help save the athletic department about $2.8 million.___Spain’s association of soccer players has complained about the publication of the identity of an Atlético Madrid defender who tested positive for COVID-19.last_img read more

first_imgThe inconsistent play of the Wisconsin women’s hockey team continued this weekend, as the offense only managed three regulation goals against a weak Robert Morris team.Sophomore Brooke Ammerman wristed the game winner in Saturday’s 3-2 overtime thriller, but the team still only earned a series split after Robert Morris goaltender Daneca Butterfield denied the Badger offense in Friday’s 3-1 loss.What makes the series split so frustrating for the Badgers is that Wisconsin has the ability to beat any team in the country, as it showed in a sweep of then-No. 2 Minnesota last weekend. But with losses to Bemidji State and Robert Morris, it is still hard to tell the long term direction of the team.For the fourth time in five series, Wisconsin lost the weekend opener. The Badgers have won each series finale this year, but according to Ammerman, the trend has become a source of frustration for the team.“We really should try and break that habit,” Ammerman said. “We need to come in that Friday afternoon game and just expect they are going to play hard.”Robert Morris, which came into the series with a 3-5-0 record, played a style of defense that was not particularly sophisticated, but effective.“They played basically the whole team in front of their net,” DeKeyser said. “If we’re not specific about where we’re shooting or we have our heads down, you’re going to most likely hit one of them.”Although Robert Morris plays a predictable style of dumping the puck and chasing it down, Wisconsin was unable to counteract with a different strategy. Saige Pacholok, who scored Wisconsin’s lone goal on Friday, said the offensive woes are unacceptable.“One is not good enough for us right now,” Pacholok said. “We need to play a little bit more smart and make our passes instead of maybe trying to force plays.”Wisconsin had no choice but to play aggressive at the end of the game, as it trailed 2-1 in the final minutes. In need of a quick score, the Badgers were unable to take their time to set up quality shots, and Robert Morris made them pay by blocking almost every shot in the closing minutes.Part of what has forced the Badgers to take such an aggressive nature is their inability to strike quickly. Despite a winning record, Wisconsin has trailed in the majority of their games.“The energy level was just not where it needed to be in the first and second period,” DeKeyser said of Friday’s loss. “We need to take a better advantage of using our points in getting shots from there.”The Badgers actually outshot Robert Morris by significant margins in both games, but were unable to find the net enough to be effective. Wisconsin outshot Robert Morris 63 to 42 over the series, but the Colonials totaled five goals to Wisconsin’s four.In preparation for the weekend, the Badgers looked at tape from an early October game in which Minnesota-Duluth doubled RMU’s shot total, but found a way to lose. According to DeKeyser, the Badgers were ready for a similar game.“We talked about that between periods and referenced it,” DeKeyser said. “We expected a fight just like that and got it.”Regardless of how ready they are for their opponents, the Badgers know they need to start winning the first game of each series if they want to maintain their national respect, especially against inferior teams like Robbert Morris.“We definitely need to win those games,” Wisconsin goaltender Becca Ruegsegger said. “It just shows we need to do the little things right along with the big things.”last_img read more

first_imgWith Dortmund’s score at Gladbach standing at 0-0, Bayern put further pressure on the Frankfurt goal, with Lewandowski having an effort blocked.Bayern’s afternoon almost got even better when Gladbach were within a whisker of going in front against BVB, Ibrahima Traore hitting the bar, and back at the Allianz Arena, Lewandowski came close to setting up another for Coman.The defending champions also thought they had doubled their advantage when Serge Gnabry struck, only for a VAR review to find Lewandowski had been offside in the build-up to the goal.But they continued to sweep forward, Frankfurt’s Jonathan de Guzman diverting the ball against his own crossbar and Trapp saving well from Muller.At Gladbach, Marco Reus curled a free kick over for Dortmund — but with moments to go until half-time, he set up the goal that kept their title chances flickering, a cross falling to Jadon Sancho, who steered the ball high into the net.Half-time came with both contenders in front, but there was drama in the opening stages of the second half in Munich.Frankfurt substitute Sebastien Haller equalised in the early stages after the ball had come back off the bar in a scramble, meaning Bayern and Dortmund were temporarily level on points with Bayern substantially ahead on goal difference.Within moments, Bayern were in front again, David Alaba on target after Trapp had parried from Muller, Dortmund then doubling their advantage as Sancho and Christian Pulisic set up Reus.But after 58 minutes, the title was all but decided when Bayern struck again, Renato Sanches making space and firing through Trapp from an angle to spark huge celebrations.Ribery, on his way in the summer, ended his long and distinguished Bayern career when he replaced Coman, and Robben followed suit as he came on for Gnabry.The Frenchman was soon on the scoresheet, jinking away from a couple of defenders and dinking the ball past the demoralised Trapp.Not to be upstaged, Robben had the final word, tapping in after a low ball into the area had eluded the ragged Frankfurt defence.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Bayern Munich made it seven Bundesliga titles in a row as they saw off Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 at the Allianz Arena to take the crown by two points from Borussia Dortmund, who won 2-0 at Borussia Monchengladbach.Veterans Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, on as second-half substitutes, both scored in their final Bayern appearances as Niko Kovac’s side recovered from the shock of a Frankfurt equaliser to wrap up the title in emphatic fashion.Bayern needed only four minutes to take the lead, with Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller combining to set up Kingsley Coman to fire beyond Kevin Trapp.last_img read more

first_img FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Johnny DevittFTSE bookmaker Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) is set to review the creative advertising strategy and set-up of its Betfair brand, following the departure of Johnny Devitt as Chief Marketing Officer.UK advertising news source CampaignLive has reported that Betfair marketing will no longer be serviced by London agency Lucky Generals as its lead creative account.In recent months, PPB has moved to restructure its marketing agency framework, confirming the appointment of Chime Sports Marketing as creative lead for Paddy Power.The appointment of Chime Sports, sees PPB drop its post-merger marketing strategy which saw both Paddy Power and Betfair brands serviced by the same creative agency.Johnny Devitt a long-term Paddy Power and Betfair executive departs the company following 10-years’ service within the group’s marketing divisions.In 2015, Devitt was appointed as the first Paddy Power Betfair CMO, tasked with creating a unified marketing strategy for the enlarged enterprise, following the completion of its £5 billion merger.Entering 2018, PPB has moved to restructure its group marketing leadership. This January, Paddy Power announced the appointment of former RTE Media executive Michelle Spillane as its new Marketing & Brand Director for the UK & Ireland.As new marketing leader for the Paddy Power brand, Spillane will be tasked with delivering the bookmaker’s next high-coverage multi-format campaign replacing the existing ‘Paddy Power – You Beauty’ advertisement. Related Articles Submit ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more