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Westport Winery Adds Arboretum

first_imgSubmitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery and Vineyards by-the-Sea co-owners, Blain and Kim Roberts, will create Grays Harbor County’s first arboretum on 40 acres located across State Route 105 from their winery and vineyard. The property was purchased from Rayonier, a global forest products company, in 2012. Westport will be the first winery in the United States to create its own arboretum.The Roberts decided to dedicate the parcel to sustainable use for recreation and science on the suggestion of Don Tapio (Agriculture and Community Horticulture Agent for Grays Harbor and Thurston Counties). “We want to create a unique wilderness interface featuring great photographic and wildlife viewing opportunities, along with information on preserving native plants, eliminating noxious weeds, and incorporating ornamental collections within a timber environment,” said Blain Roberts.An arboretum is a living museum that often includes a botanical garden containing documented specific collections of plants. The goals of this effort include community engagement, plant conservation within the living wilderness, and creating a symbiotic relationship between people, plants and wildlife. The property’s zoning allows for its use as a park and is planted in timber. There are twenty-two arboretums or botanical gardens in Washington State, the nearest of which is located in Tacoma. It is typical for these gardens to start as private properties and to be works in process for generations.Since the winery contributes a portion of the proceeds from each of its wines to selected local charitable organizations, the Roberts plan to enlist some of these groups in the project. Kim Roberts said, “In one day I observed twenty-five different bird species on the property. We hope to work with Grays Harbor Audubon to record the avian species on the site, create better habitat, and teach others how to better appreciate the diversity.” Other groups the winery has supported and hopes to enlist are Grays Harbor and Pacific County Master Gardeners, the Twin Harbors Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Grays Harbor Ducks Unlimited.Blain added, “Our focus, since we began the winery, has been to express our passion for this community by making great wine. In the process, we have had the privilege of developing deep relationships with these organizations and have collaborated with them on many fundraisers. This is another incredible opportunity for us to work with others who share our passion,”The couple’s adult children, Carrie, Westport Winery’s general manager, and Dana, head winemaker, echo their parents’ enthusiasm for the enterprise. Since acquiring the property both have spent time exploring and evaluating the land’s potential. Carrie Roberts said, “Our family has always loved the outdoors and it’s natural that we adopt this property as a new project.” For Dana the connection to the land is equally important, “We were raised to love our community, love the land, and love the entrepreneurial spirit. It’s just who we are and how we think.”At what will be known as the Westport Winery Arboretum, the Roberts plan to begin with a focus on collecting Japanese maples, conifers, rock plants, ferns, moss, lilacs, heather, azalea, rhododendron, and wildflowers. Each collection will be strategically placed to integrate with the varied terrain and habitat of the property including the individual needs of the plant harmonized within the site and aesthetically pleasing landscape design. Kim Roberts, who has two degrees in architecture from Washington State University, will lead the design process.In 2007, it was Tapio who advised the Roberts, “Plant a vineyard and build a winery.” Since then the couple have enlisted his advice and passion for plants throughout their project as they developed a destination winery complete with a plant nursery, display gardens, restaurant and bakery. Because Tapio has his own Christmas tree farm, the Roberts will honor his intellectual contributions to the project by naming one section of the arboretum the Tapio Conifer Collection. In his professional capacity Tapio provides leadership to the Master Gardener Program in Pacific, Grays Harbor and Thurston Counties. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Floriculture from Washington State University and a Masters of Agriculture degree from the University of Idaho. Tapio is also the author of the book More Than A Green Thumb which is available at Westport Winery.According to Tapio, “One more indication of the generosity of the Robert’s family to our community is their commitment to establish the area’s first arboretum with a focus on plants indigenous to our coastal area. In addition to being a place for plant collections, I hope the arboretum will provide a outdoor teaching laboratory for both youth and adults wanting to learn more about the plants that do well in our coastal climate. Having a place set aside in which plants can be nurtured to grow and mature is perhaps the finest gift that can be given to local gardeners, educators and others wanting to learn more our local plant communities. Their legacy with creating an arboretum will span the generations.”As part of this project, the winery staff and volunteers will start by identifying and preserving the existing native species while eliminating noxious and invasive plants. They will then thoughtfully add plants to the collection while labeling and documenting the Latin and common names, date and source of acquisition, and possible usage. This information is then available for educational use by schools and other organizations, as recreational stimulus, and simply for the pleasure of learning. In the near future the family plans to open the project for public viewing on an invitational basis as the plants are established.Westport Winery was named Washington Winery to Watch in 2011 by Wine Press Northwest and has been voted Best Northwest Destination Winery and Wine Tour twice by King 5 Evening Magazine. The Roberts family was selected as one of the top three small family businesses in Washington in 2012 by Seattle Business Magazine.Westport Winery, Restaurant, Bakery and Nursery are open daily at 11a.m. The winery serves lunch daily from 11 am. to 4 pm. and dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4 p.m. to 8.p.m. The winery with its unique grape maze, extraordinary outdoor sculptures, and display gardens is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Westport and Aberdeen. For more information call Westport Winery at 360-648-2224. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Arsenal clip Chelsea 1-0 to retain Community Shield

first_img MISSED CHANCE Eden Hazard had Chelsea’s best chance for an equaliser when Cesc Fàbregas found him in the area around the hour mark, but he blasted his shot well high under pressure from Laurent Koscielny. Goalkeeper Petr Cech, making his full debut for Arsenal against his former team after transferring from Chelsea during the off season, then made his only difficult save in the 68th when he punched away Oscar’s free kick at the near post. Radamel Falcao made his Chelsea debut when he came on as a substitute for Loïc Rémy in the second half but was kept largely quiet. Both teams fielded near full-strength teams. The only changes from Arsenal’s side that won the FA Cup final last season was Cech in goal and Oxlade-Chamberlain starting instead of Alexis Sanchez, who was given an extended break after winning the Copa America with Chile. Diego Costa was the only notable absence for Chelsea as he was rested with a hamstring problem. Santi Cazorla could have added a second for Arsenal in the 86th but hit a weak shot straight at the onrushing Thibaut Courtois and Aaron Ramsey lobbed the rebound just wide. Courtois then denied Kieran Gibbs when he was clear on goal in injury time. “I believe that when we got out of our defence we looked dangerous to score,” Wenger said “But I think maybe, in our half, we were a bit cautious.” LONDON (AP): Arsene Wenger finally earned his first win over José Mourinho yesterday as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first-half goal gave Arsenal a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield. Oxlade-Chamberlain received the ball on the right edge of the area in the 24th minute and cut inside César Azpilicueta before hitting a left-footed shot inside the top far corner to decide the traditional curtain-raiser between last season’s Premier League and FA Cup winners at Wembley Stadium. Wenger had not beaten Mourinho in 13 previous meetings – a rivalry stoked by plenty of verbal barbs between the two and which shows no sign of dying down. Wenger didn’t shake hands with the Chelsea manager after the game, and Mourinho said Arsenal had left “their philosophy in the dressing room” by playing defensively in the second half. “The best team lost. And the defensive team won,” said Mourinho – who is usually the one being accused by others of deploying overly defensive tactics. Wenger acknowledged that his players may have been affected by their recent struggles against Chelsea but that his own winless streak against Mourinho “didn’t play on my mind at all. “But as long as I get it served every time in press conferences it can have an impact on the team,” he said. “It was important for them to get that hurdle out of the way.” And the Arsenal manager may be tempted to see this win as another sign that his team is finally ready to challenge for the Premier League title again when the season starts next week. However, Arsenal beat Manchester City 3-0 in last year’s Community Shield only to falter early in the league before finishing third – and defender Per Mertesacker was careful not to read too much into the victory. “It’s still preseason,” Mertesacker said. “But it keeps our confidence high. I think we deserved it.” Mourinho responded to the defeat by throwing his losers’ medal into the crowd before leaving the pitch.last_img read more

Bochy, Giants take a trip down memory lane

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Giants manager Bruce Bochy gave a full house at Scottsdale Stadium a trip down memory lane Sunday afternoon.For three innings.Bochy fielded the same starting infield he did in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series against the Kansas City Royals, which also happened to be Sunday’s spring training opponent. Brandon Belt was at first base, Joe Panik at second, Brandon Crawford at shortstop and Pablo …last_img read more

NDP a key Budget pillar: Gordhan

first_img28 February 2013 Brand South Africa has welcomed the importance placed on South Africa’s National Development Plan in the 2013 National Budget, reflected both in increased health and education spending and in incentives to grow youth employment and boost local investment and regional trade. Delivering his Budget speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan identified the National Development Plan (NDP) as a key pillar of the government’s spending plans, saying: “The NDP will be implemented by government and budgets will be aligned to it.” The NDP is a a blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030. It seeks to do this by drawing on the energies of the the country’s people, growing an inclusive economy, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society. President Jacob Zuma, interviewed on national television following his State of the Nation Address earlier this month, said the NDP was a crucial policy-making tool that would help South Africa develop and determine the direction the country was to take. The plan was approved by Cabinet late last year.Addressing socio-economic priorities Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola noted that Gordhan’s Budget addressed key socio-economic priorities as envisaged in the NDP, including increased spending on education and health care, as well as a proposed employment tax incentive for young, first-time workers and several tax incentives for businesses that invested in the country’s Special Economic Zones (SEZs). Brand South Africa also welcomed Gordhan’s announcement that R827-billion in state financing was in place for South Africa’s infrastructure projects over the next three years, saying this would serve to “encourage business to keep investing in our economy and seize the opportunities around us. “As a developing country, South Africa requires investment in critical infrastructure projects that will have a catalytic impact on the economy,” the agency said in a statement. Of this R827-billion, Gordhan said that R430-billion would be spent on building schools, hospitals, clinics, dams, laying out water and sanitation projects, supplying electricity to over a million new homes, building more courtrooms and prisons and constructing better bus, commuter rail and road links.‘Gateway to Africa’ reforms Brand South Africa also noted the increase in the budget for South Africa’s police services and criminal justice system, saying this recognised “the rights of South Africans to access efficient and well-resourced criminal justice services in accordance with the Constitution”. According to the Budget Review, the Department of Police will receive R2.5-billion over the next three years to improve the country’s detective and forensic capability, while the Department of Justice will receive R1.2-billion for its court revamp and modernisation programme. Matola also welcomed the outward investment reforms, forming part of a new set of “gateway to Africa” reforms, announced by Gordhan on Wednesday. These include the relaxation of cross-border financial regulations and tax requirements on companies in South Africa, as well as reforms making it easier for banks and other financial institutions in South Africa to invest and operate in other countries. Matola said this was in line with the NDP, which acknowledges the global shift of economic power from West to East, while also highlighting the rise of Africa. “This is an important step to enabling trade and supporting regional integration,” Matola said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Gambhir should be fit to bat today: Team manager

first_imgIndia opener Gautam Gambhir should be fit to bat on the final day of the first Test against England if required, team manager Anirudh Chowdhary declared at the end of the penultimate day’s play at Lord’s in London on Sunday.”It was an impact injury. We have got it x-rayed and there is no fracture, nothing of the sort. He is presently icing it and he should be good (to bat tomorrow),” stated Choudhary.Gambhir was hit on his left elbow by a full-blooded sweep shot by England’s centurion Matt Prior while fielding at forward short leg.He did not come out to open India’s second innings, giving the place to Rahul Dravid.There was some more good news for India concerning Sachin Tendulkar and the perceived slow over-rates of the Indian team which, if otherwise, could have resulted in a ban for skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni ahead of the second Test at Trent Bridge.Tendulkar, apparently, is on his way to recovery from the viral infection that stopped him from fielding for 215 minutes during England’s second innings.He came out to field after tea and will be able to bat tomorrow either after 98 minutes or at the fall of the fifth wicket, whichever is earlier.The word on Zaheer Khan was ambiguous which in other words implies that the left-arm seamer could be struggling to recover from his hamstring strain for the second Test.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Ray Parks makes PBA debut, Blackwater beats Meralco in OT

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Former Ateneo stars Alyssa Valdez, Den Lazaro have high praise for current Lady Eagles Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ray Parks of Blackwater shoots a jumper during a game against Meralco in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Mall of Asia Arena. The Elite won in overtime. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ray Parks finally made his long-awaited PBA debut and Blackwater outlasted Meralco, 94-91, in overtime at the start of the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Stocky import Alex Stepheson thew his weight around and finished with 21 points and 31 rebounds for the Elite while Parks, the second overall pick in the 2018 draft, had 20 points and eight rebounds but also committed eight turnovers.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “I’m just happy that the players stuck together even though Meralco got the lead,” said Aris Dimaunahan, who also made his debut as the Elite’s interim head coach.“They executed our offense. I’m proud of them for making stops in the endgame and they didn’t fold. I believe in these guys. They’re built for this,” added Dimaunahan, whose squad came back from 11 points down in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGani Lawal did the heavy lifting for the Bolts with a game-high 34 points and 21 rebounds but he missed a potential game-tying triple as time ran out.Blackwater also drew 21 points from Mike DiGregorio, whose free throws gave his team a 93-89 cushion with 17.7 ticks to go. MOST READ Lawal knotted the count at 85 with 45.8 seconds remaining in regulation. Trevis Jackson had the chance to win it for Meralco but he misfired on a short jumper as the clock expired, paving the way for extra time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

Australian World Cup Diary – Dylan Thompson

first_imgAustralian Mixed Open player, Dylan Thompson tells www.touchfootball.com.au about his team’s preparation for the 2015 World Cup. Well, that’s it. The fat lady has sung and the curtain closed on our World Cup 2015 preparation. Our Aussie Open’s Mixed team left Parra on Sunday with a smile on their faces and a little spring in their step. There is a quiet buzz in the team, and the feeling that we have something a little special happening.It certainly hasn’t all been plain sailing. Of the Open’s teams, we were the last to be able to finalise our side. We thought we had that box ticked some time ago, but the devastating ACL injury to Sarah Peattie at Elite Eight resulted in this camp being our first and only camp with our final 16 players in attendance. Well, almost all in attendance, as Bundy was not able to join us on Saturday. His boss, Alix, told him he had to work, so he was out catching some dinner.School was in first thing Saturday morning. Head Master Micheal Lovett held court, going through our player manual/encyclopedias, with specific focus on ensuring that each player knew their role, and that of each of their teammates. Mick, having his finger on the pulse, knows we have the full spectrum on the intelligence continuum within our side, and he made sure there were numerous diagrams, hand drawn in crayon, for Yassy and Patty. He also had the big stick ready to prod Trent when his eyelids were drooping.A highlight of the day was our sexy warm up. It looks as though Jaycee has recently read the Karma Sutra for inspiration in his warm-up routine. It certainly got the blood pumping.Having only just finalised our team, we have had little game exposure. We knew that going into the first game for the day against the Senior Mixed, we could expect a thorough examination of our game plan. As you would expect from such a game, no quarter was asked and none given, by either side. The match starting physically and just getting more physical, as both sides battled for dominance. We managed to get up on the score sheet by a few, but felt that the Senior Mixed side had frustrated our game plan a bit and that we never managed to get into our flow. Rushy and Frosty also put the acid test onto our open-side defence, and found us out a little in this area.Game two was much the same against the Men’s 30’s. A bit of smash and bash through the mid-field being the theme. It was a game that was largely dominated by very strong rucking from both teams, which shows promising signs for World Cup, as that will likely be where the matches are won. The referees in that game were very fortunate to have the benefit of Garry Sonda’s assistance. The highly affable and ever so helpful Garry, calmly gave the referees some useful tips and directions, which they looked like they enjoyed enormously. Once again however, we just did not find our mojo in that match and finished it feeling that we had still just not put the performance together that we would have liked.Our final session for the day however, was a knock out. A gentle rev up from Micky Moussa (who usually plays the ‘Good Cop’ role), appears to be what was needed to kick start the party. We finished by punching out what felt like a red hot Line Attack /Line D session. And there it was. Mojo. Found. Tick!Good feed at the Robin Hood Hotel that night. No Roosters to be seen at the Bondi Junction, but the Social Committee earned their stripes. Banter a-plenty as Parra lived up to their reputation and ‘did the unexpected’, knocking the remaining punters down to two in our NRL tipping comp.McLovin’s fanny pack went missing. No doubt Mick Moussafer had something to do with the shenanigans.Day two had a totally different feel from the start. No one could wait to tear into things; a re-match against the Senior Mixed. Not satisfied with the win the day before, we were looking to make more of ‘a statement’.Having 4-5 of the key players that have made Rebels Mixed team, the most successful Touch team in Australia over recent times, we knew that Mick McDonald and the Manu, Frost, and Rushy brain trust would have reviewed yesterday’s footage at length. We expected they would have a surprise or two in store for us today. However, our own coaching group isn’t short of a brain cell or two themselves, and we may just have had one or two surprises left in our bag of tricks ourselves.We were happy to put together the performance we were looking for and walked away satisfied at having fixed a couple of things up and tested out one or two new ideas.By this stage, being a highly tuned athlete, my body was fatiguing from all the time spent on the massage table. Getting five rub downs a day is far more tiring than people think. However, I single-handedly made sure that the physios put in an honest day’s work. I’m really not sure what we did in the last session, as I needed a caffeine fix and went to the café over the road. Just to keep in sweet with the coach, I made sure I got McLovin a café latte. Think he might promote me to Vice Captain.By the time I was back, we were done and dusted. Smiles, handshakes, plus Springy’s special ‘Mixed’ hugs and it’s a wrap. Preparation complete and we are on our way to the World Cup. Pretty excited!!!!Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Australian teams at the 2015 World Cup:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated LinksTWC Diary – Dylan Thompsonlast_img read more

3 days agoWatford midfielder Chalobah: Big positives from Spurs draw

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford midfielder Chalobah: Big positives from Spurs drawby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNathaniel Chalobah is adamant Watford were unlucky not to beat Spurs on Saturday.The Hornets lead for most of the match before Dele Alli scored late on.Speaking to the club website, he said: “To get a point against any of the top six is a positive thing. To come to Spurs away and get a point, you’d be chuffed with that, but we are disappointed inside as we could have got three.”We showed great character, great resilience and it’s hard to come here and try and play. Spurs are a very good team. They pressed us quite high and we showed we could get out of the press and create chances. We have to take the positives out of every situation right now.” last_img read more

HapagLloyd Recycles Seven More Boxships

first_imgzoom German liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd is sending seven older container ships to be recycled in Turkey and China.The respective shipyards are especially equipped and certified to recycle ships in an environmentally friendly manner, according to the company. The vessels in question feature a capacity of 4,101 TEU each.“The recycling of these ships is part of the restructuring of our fleet,” Anthony Firmin, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Hapag-Lloyd, said.“Since the merger with United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), we boast one of the youngest fleets in the industry on average,” Firmin added.In September 2017, Hapag-Lloyd sent three older vessels from the former UASC fleet to be dismantled in an environmentally friendly manner.The step means that Hapag-Lloyd is continuing to implement the internal Ship Recycling Policy it adopted in May 2014, whereby ships which are no longer needed must be recycled in a safe and environmentally friendly manner, the company added.Hapag-Lloyd has a fleet of 215 container ships with a total transport capacity of 1.6 million TEU.last_img read more

Trudeau pitches Canada in pursuit of key seat at AsiaPacific security table

first_imgMANILA, Philippines – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a sales pitch to core members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Tuesday in hope they will open the door to Canada joining their exclusive and influential circle.Trudeau said Canada looks forward to becoming a member of the association’s East Asia Summit and the ASEAN defence ministers panel at the earliest opportunity.“Canada is not only willing, but ready to be a key partner for the next 50 years,” Trudeau said in a speech in Manila, Philippines, at a special ASEAN-Canada summit in front of leaders of an alliance that includes Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar.“This would allow Canada to become a full and dynamic partner of ASEAN.”With the appearance, Trudeau became the first Canadian prime minister to participate in the one-hour exchange at the ASEAN summit, during which members were to ask him questions and debate the depth of Canada’s co-operation in the region.The opportunity arrives as Trudeau makes efforts to raise Canada’s international profile and demonstrate it can wrestle with complicated challenges, at home and abroad. His government has also been building a case with hope it can eventually obtain a seat on the United Nations Security Council.Trudeau was asked later in the day about why he’s interested in expanding Canada’s engagement in the Asia-Pacific region.He replied that Canada currently has a mostly economic relationship with the region through its membership at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation.“There is more than just economics to discuss and the East Asia Summit has become the central place for discussing Pacific issues,” he told a news conference Tuesday.“Canada is a Pacific country, as you well know, and being able to engage on broader issues of security, of development, of human rights, of economic opportunity — broader than just the APEC group — is very much in line with how Canada wants to and should engage constructively with the region and, indeed, with the world.”The East Asia Summit is a larger ASEAN grouping focused on security that brings together leaders from 18 countries, including the U.S., China and Russia.“Canada is deeply committed to multilateral institutions and fora, and the East Asia Summit is an important one in an extremely compelling and growing region of the world,” he said.During his speech, Trudeau highlighted Canada’s efforts to help the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, including its decision to appoint former Liberal MP Bob Rae as a special envoy to the region.He told the room that Rae will engage in diplomatic efforts and identify ways in which Canada can support the response to the situation and the plight of the Rohingya minority.Trudeau was referring to a crackdown against the Rohingya by Myanmar’s security forces that began in late August. The alleged attacks have forced more than 600,000 Rohingyas into exile in neighbouring Bangladesh.Trudeau also said Canada stands alongside Asia in demanding that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.“North Korea must immediately cease all activities that go against its international obligations and United Nations Security Council resolutions,” he said.Trudeau attended the ASEAN summit thanks to an invitation from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who sat across from the Canadian leader as he made his remarks.Francisco Fernandez of the Philippine embassy in Ottawa says Canada sought the invitation and Manila didn’t hesitate to grant it, partly because of trade and investment ties and partly due to the 837,000 people of Filipino descent who live in Canada.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more