first_imgBy Laura D.C. KolnoskiFORT MONMOUTH – As work got underway to prepare Fort Monmouth’s Avenue of Memories (Route 537) to reopen as a public thoroughfare for the first time since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it became apparent it was not just another job for employees of the Monmouth County Department of Public Works and Engineering.One by one, stories began to emerge about their familial connections to the fabled Army base.“A lot of personnel have ties to the fort,” John Tobia, director of Public Works and Engineering, said recently. “Family members worked there. The grandparents of one of our supervisors met on the base. My great-grandfather, grandfather, and aunt worked there or were stationed here. A lot of the guys remember driving through as kids.”The Avenue of Memories runs from Route 35 in Eatontown at the front gates of Fort Monmouth to Oceanport Avenue in Oceanport. Prior to 9/11, the public was able to access this road as a thoroughfare between the two towns. After 9/11, and until the fort’s closure in 2011, the road was secured and open only through an ID checkpoint to military personnel, Department of Defense civilians and those with business on the fort.Route 537 (the Avenue of Memories) through Fort Monmouth will soon be reopened for the first time to the public since September 11, 2001.Improving and upgrading the road and its immediate surroundings, along with preserving and “cleaning up” the over 100 stone monuments along it has become a personal mission for county workers. Tobia said the monuments were installed in memory of members of the Signal Corps who gave their lives for their country over the years the fort was operational.The county will complete the work, then maintain the Avenue of Memories as part of a financial arrangement between the U.S. Army, the county, and the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) expected to be finalized within weeks. By the end of 2016, the Army will transfer final ownership of the fort to the state through FMERA. To hasten the final transfer, FMERA will purchase the remaining fort parcels from the Army for $33 million with a loan from the Monmouth County Improvement Authority. About $10 million is expected to be repaid through proceeds from the sale of fort parcels, some currently in various stages of completion. The Improvement Authority will back the bonds, and FMERA must make payments over seven years.The Avenue of Memories includes Saltzman Avenue and Sherrill Avenue/Wilson Avenue. The county hopes to dedicate the roadway as a public right-of-way by late fall.The Route 537 entrance to Fort Monmouth, known as the Johnson Gates, are being retainedand maintained as the fort is redeveloped. Photo by Anthony V. CosentinoReopening Route 537 through the fort, which spans portions of Eatontown, Oceanport, and Tinton Falls, has long been requested by residents for convenience and traffic relief along busy Routes 35, 36, and adjacent thoroughfares. Built by the Army, the road’s physical condition and width didn’t meet modern county road standards and specifications.Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone, liaison to the Department of Public Works and Engineering, initially met with Tobia and County Engineer Joe Ettore to review and inspect the road prior to the start of work. County staff then began fixing the drainage system, trimming trees, mowing, and installing traffic markings, signs, signals, and lighting.“We began August 22, which is significant,” Tobia said. “August 20 was the 99-year anniversary of the fort opening. Guys took pride they were working to open the road 99 years later. Now, the Army, freeholders, FMERA, and our department members are all coming together to open it up in a significant time period.”“They are doing the work with tender loving care, dedication, and commitment in preserving the monuments,” Arnone said. “It’s a home run that will entice development even more.” Various layers of security are in place to keep the fort, its structures, and the public safe and secure once the Avenue of Memories becomes operational.The monuments will be preserved along with the red brick “Johnson Gate” entry arches at the Route 537 entrance of the fort. Other monuments are located throughout the base, including one dedicated to World War II, which has also been spruced up by county workers.Bruce Steadman, FMERA executive director, said monuments not among those lining the Avenue of Memories may be consolidated into two locations with parking for public access, perhaps in a park-like atmosphere. The monuments along the Avenue of Memories will remain in place he said, adding “John Tobia has expressed a strong interest in keeping them where they were installed.”“Our personnel in all divisions totally work as a team, going 110 percent on all special projects, but on this one, they take unique and personal pride,” Tobia said. “They want to make the road safe and aesthetically pleasing, but are especially enthusiastic about preserving the fort’s past.”“John Tobia and his staff are very dedicated to the memorials and are working tirelessly,” said Freeholder Lillian Burry, the county’s representative on FMERA who crafted the financial package with the Monmouth County Improvement Authority. County trucks and green-clad staff are working throughout the fort on landscaping, upkeep, and maintenance. Attendees at the September monthly FMERA meeting observed crews trimming trees outside FMERA offices at 7 p.m. All work is being done in an in-kind arrangement as part of the financial agreement.#3 (Johnson Gates) – The Route 537 entrance to Fort Monmouth, known as the Johnson Gates, are being retained and maintained as the fort is redeveloped.last_img read more

first_imgBy John BurtonSHREWSBURY — The protracted development application to construct a convenience store and gas station on Shrewsbury Avenue continues to be opposed by a business competitor and is scheduled to return to the borough Zoning Board of Adjustment on Nov. 30.The application, presented by Shore Investment Realty, is seeking the board’s approval to construct a 5,496 square-foot QuickChek retail convenience store that will have on-site food consumption and outdoor seating for customers. The project also calls for the installation of a gas station with a 10-vehicle canopied fueling station.The project is proposed for a 6.35-acre property at 575 Shrewsbury Ave., near Apple Street, the former location of a Verizon telecommunications facility. Should the application be eventually approved, a portion of the site would continue to serve as a Verizon location for warehousing of materials, garage, staging yard and offices, according to the application’s public notice.The project would require the zoning board to grant a use “D” variance for use not permitted in the zone, as well as a number of other variances and design waivers.This application was the subject of eight previous hearings before the zoning board, beginning on Jan. 6, with the most recent occurring on Aug. 29. During those hearings the attorney representing Shore Investment has faced off against the lawyer representing the application’s primary objector, Lukoil America, a competing gasoline and fuel distributor. Lukoil operates a gas station located almost directly across from the property on Shrewsbury Avenue.The board had scheduled a special meeting on Nov. 2 to review this application. The board’s public notice published in an area newspaper was suspected of being insufficient under the state Open Public Meetings Act, requiring the meeting’s date change.The zoning board meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the borough council/municipal court chambers, 419 Sycamore Ave.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s playoff time, for some teams, in Nelson Youth Soccer as the local roundball association gets ready to drop the curtain on another successful season on the pitch this weekend at the Lakeside Fields. In the U10 Girl’s Division Kootenay Lake Dental will attempt to complete the season undefeated as the squad takes to the pitch for a pair of games Saturday. Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports are eager to give Kootenay Lake Dental a boost heading into the doubleheader weekend with Team of the Week honours. The team includes, back row, L-R, Amreesa Bhabra, Zoe Taylor, Elisa Clark, Maia Thibault, Emily Raynor and Maren Kernan. Front, coach Bill Clark, Farrah Marzicola, Kelsey Andrusak, Kamylle Barton, Sophie Borhi, Abigail Bodnarchuk and Gretchen Lewandowski.last_img read more

first_imgON-TRACK CROWD OF 14,285 ON HAND AT GREAT RACE PLACE – ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2016)–French-bred Flamboyant is suddenly the “now” horse in California’s marathon turf division as he rallied from off the pace to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes by three quarters of a length while negotiating 1 ¼ miles on turf in 2:01.58. Ridden by Brice Blanc and trained by Paddy Gallagher, he was again impressive as he followed up on his neck victory in Santa Anita’s Grade II, 1 1/8 miles turf San Gabriel Stakes on Jan. 2.“I don’t know if the French connection helps, but I’ll run with it,” said Blanc, himself a native Frenchman. “He’s doing really well in the mornings…I don’t know about better, but (he’s doing) as well as he was doing before the San Gabriel.“I wasn’t worried about the mile and a quarter, the distance is fine for him. I was just hoping for a good trip and that’s pretty much what happened. I had a great trip. He gave me his best like he always has since I’ve been with him (dating back to a third place finish, beaten a nose here on Oct. 22).”The narrow second choice in the wagering at 5-2, Flamboyant paid $7.60, $3.60 and $2.80.A 5-year-old gelding, Flamboyant is owned by CHRB Chairman Chuck Winner and David Bienstock. In getting his fifth win from 19 starts, Flamboyant picked up $120,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $518,368.“The first quarter mile was quick enough for him,” said Gallagher in reference to Flamboyant’s come-from-behind style. “Down the backside, Brice got him into an even better spot and by the three eighths pole, he was in a perfect spot and he was good enough to get there.”Grey in color, Uruguayan-bred Gaga A cut an impressive figure as he skimmed the rail turning for home as he wrested the lead from pacesetter Hay Dude, but couldn’t hold off the late charge of the winner inside the sixteenth pole. Off at 16-1 with Mario Gutierrez, Gaga A finished three quarters of a length in front of Quick Casablanca and paid $12.60 and $7.80.Ridden by Tyler Baze for Ron McAnally, Quick Casablanca finished well to be third, one length in front of Class Leader. Off at 45-1, Quick Casablanca paid $12.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.72, 47.50, 1:12.23 and 1:37.22.last_img read more

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Vanderbilt’s Maria Bulanova is the Southland Bowler of the Month for January, the Southland Bowling League announced Thursday.Bulanova helped the Commodores to a pair of first-place finishes throughout the month of January, averaging 21.04 in traditional frames and 21.40 in Baker frames. The senior claimed her seventh individual tournament championship and a Most Valuable Player title at the Northeast Invitational (Jan. 17-19).January 2020 Bowler of the Month – Maria Bulanova, Vanderbilt – Sr. – Moscow, RussiaBulanova opened the month at the Vegas Classic (Jan. 10-12), pushing Vanderbilt to a team title with a 20th-place individual finish after averaging 21.16 per frame for the tournament. Two weeks later, she won her school-record seventh career individual title as the MVP at the Northeast Invitational (Jan. 17-19) with a 20.64 average per frame in a field of 26 teams. To close out the month, Bulanova placed sixth overall with a 21.86 frame average in a competitive 12-team field at the Prairie View Invitational (Jan. 31-Feb. 2). Throughout the month of January, the senior paced the Commodores with 192 strikes.Honorable Mention: Allie Leiendecker, Louisiana Tech; Madison McCall, Tulane; Emma Wrenn, Youngstown State.Southland Bowlers of the Month are voted upon by the league’s sports information directors. Voting for one’s own bowler is not permitted. To receive honorable mention, a player must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

first_imgFAVORED GLIDING BY TAKES $69,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY  1 ½ LENGTHS AS PRAT & BALTAS TEAM FOR FIVE FURLONG TURF WIN IN 56.33 ARCADIA, Calif. (April 26, 2019)–Fourth going a mile on turf here April 14, Gliding By cut back in distance to five furlongs on grass today and responded with an authoritative 1 ½ length victory in Santa Anita’s $69,000 allowance feature under Flavien Prat. Trained by Richard Baltas, the 6-year-old Artie Schiller mare got the trip in 56.33.Breaking alertly from post position two, Gliding By was a joint second at the rail, about one length off the lead heading into the far turn. With well-fancied Moon Kitty to her immediate outside and stubborn pacesetter Littlefirefighter on the lead, Prat bided his time inside and swung three-wide turning for home before unfurling a powerful stretch run that left no doubt about who was best.Off as the 9-5 favorite in a field of six fillies and mares, Gliding By, the only member of the cast entered for an optional claiming tag of $62,500, paid $5.60, $3.40 and $2.40.“She won going 6 ½ furlongs down the hill (two starts back on Feb. 18), but I’ve been running her long a lot and she’s a sprinter,” said Baltas, who also teamed with Prat for victory in Friday’s fourth race.  “Going into this, I thought five furlongs might be a little short for her, but I think horses tell you sometimes what they want.”Owned by Harry Bederian, Harout Kamberian and Hagop Nakkashian, Gliding By, who is out of the Arch mare Flying Arch, notched her sixth win from 26 starts and with the winner’s share of $41,400, increased her earnings to $253,117.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Littlefirefighter fought off a stubborn challenge from Moon Kitty and was easily second, by three quarters of a length over English-bred Ficanas.  Off at 4-1, Littlefirefighter paid $6.20 and $3.00.Head and head with the winner mid-way around the far turn, Ficanas rallied well to be third under Martin Pedroza.  Off at 5-2, she paid $2.60 to show.Fractions on the firm turf were 22.45 and 45.24.Racing resumes with a nine-race card on Saturday at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

first_imgLEADING THOROUGHBRED RACING ORGANIZATIONS LAUNCH SAFETY COALITIONLEXINGTON (November 19, 2019) – The nation’s leading Thoroughbred racing organizations today announced the creation of an industry-led effort to unify and enhance existing protections and work together to develop new reforms to ensure the safety of the sport’s equine and human athletes.Partnering together under the name Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, the group seeks to create and implement a series of significant safety, medication, operational and integrity guidelines across Thoroughbred racing to ensure the well-being of horses and jockeys and increase transparency and accountability.The coalition is composed of organizations who have individually led efforts to modernize the sport, and are now using their combined resolve, expertise and resources to advocate for enhanced safety measures throughout Thoroughbred racing. Coalition founding members include Breeders’ Cup Limited, Churchill Downs Inc., Keeneland Association Inc., the New York Racing Association Inc. (NYRA), Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and The Stronach Group. Together they represent more than 85% of graded stakes racing in America.“Thoroughbred racing is steeped in tradition and we want the sport to live on for generations to come, and that is only possible with all of us working together to ensure that the safety and well-being of our athletes is our top priority,” said Drew Fleming, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Limited.“We are passionate about these animals and this sport, and we are committed to working with our partners to ensure that together we are making sound and responsible decisions on behalf of our athletes, our fans and the racing community,” said Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “Many of us have taken concrete action at our own tracks and are individually working with regulators and lawmakers in our states to enhance safety protocols. The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition will help drive these needed reforms across the nation.”“Protecting the health and welfare of our athletes is a complicated question that requires a multi-faceted approach. That’s why we are implementing significant measures across the sport – from the quality of our track surfaces to ensuring horses are fit to run each and every time through medication reforms and enhanced veterinary examinations. There is no single solution and we are committed to finding the right answers, wherever that may lead us,” said Bill Thomason, President and CEO of Keeneland Association Inc.The coalition will adopt best practices and set stricter guidelines for allowable medications, enact standards for crop use, encourage greater transparency and tracking of veterinarian exam records, and commit to the creation of new positions to implement and enforce these reforms.A full list of these measures can be found at:“The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition presents an opportunity for the sport to adopt a set of best practices with a unified approach to equine safety,” said David O’Rourke, CEO and President of NYRA. “We look forward to advancing these efforts, communicating directly with the public and broadening the coalition in the coming weeks and months.”“California racing has embraced progressive reforms over the last several years and we are pleased to join this group today to help push forward similar reforms in other jurisdictions in the US,” said Josh Rubinstein, President of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. “It is critically important that we work together to create the highest levels of safety, integrity and accountability at our tracks and it is also our responsibility to more proactively help the public understand the extensive steps we take to promote a safer environment for our human and equine athletes.”“The Thoroughbred horse racing industry has reached a watershed moment where unprecedented reforms touching all areas of the sport must continue to be advanced and implemented,” said Craig Fravel, Chief Executive Officer, Racing, The Stronach Group. “The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition represents a step toward greater accountability and transparency to put horse and rider safety and care at the forefront.”For all media inquiries, please contact read more

first_imgCHRISTIAN ERIKSEN will only leave Tottenham this summer if one of the very biggest clubs in Europe come in with an offer for him – and Real Madrid are ready to make his dreams come true.Eriksen has spent the last 12 months in contract talks with Spurs but appears no closer to signing a new deal.3 Christian Eriksen is still hoping to leave Tottenham this summerCredit: Getty – ContributorESPN now claim that he will only accept an offer from Real Madrid, Barcelona or Juventus and is still keen to make the move before the European transfer window slams shut on September 2.The Denmark international rejected the advances of Manchester United earlier this summer and believes he could still manufacture a move to one of Europe’s elite in the next two weeks.Real Madrid have long been admirers of Eriksen and are understood to be planning a £60million bid for him but are waiting until the last minute in an effort to force Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy’s hand in negotiations.Eriksen’s departure would not hurt Spurs as much as it might have done last summer because they have recruited Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele, breaking an 18-month transfer drought.3However, manager Mauricio Pochettino still could not answer with any certainty over Eriksen’s future when quizzed last week.In answer to question about whether Eriksen would still be at Tottenham after the end of the window, he said: “I don’t know.”My point is to help all of the players.”My job is to support them all until they maybe decide to take a different way in their career.”Eriksen fired the starter pistol on the race for his signature by giving a candid interview to Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet.In it, the 27-year-old admitted that he felt ready to leave Spurs after six years at the club. Eriksen said back in June: “I feel that I am at a stage of my career where I would like to try something new.”I have the deepest respect for everything that is happening at Tottenham and it would not be something negative to stay.”But I have also said that I would like to try something new.“I hope that something will be decided this summer. That is the plan. In football you never know when there could be a decision like that. It could be at any point.3Latest Tottenham NewsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer”The best thing is always for it to happen quickly but in football things take time.”Time is now running out for Eriksen who, if he does not find a new club before September 2, is likely to spend one more season with Tottenham in the Premier League before becoming a free agent next summer.But Spurs have reportedly not given up on retaining his services with an offer on the table worth £200,000 a week that would nearly triple his current wages.Real Madrid to make last-gasp £60m transfer bid for Christian Eriksen with huge pressure now on Daniel Levylast_img read more

first_imgHARRY KANE has been urged to ditch Tottenham and sign for Manchester City — when Sergio Aguero leaves the Etihad.The England striker, 26, was on the pitch as Spurs lost 3-0 at Brighton.2 Harry Kane has been urged to leave Tottenham for Manchester City by Glen JohnsonCredit: Rex Features2 Glen Johnson picked up 54 England caps in a nine-year international careerCredit: Getty – ContributorThe North London club have now won just three Premier League matches this season and former Liverpool and Chelsea full-back Glen Johnson reckons it is time for Kane to move on, claiming there is “no loyalty” in the game.Kane was even booed when he took to the pitch at the Oakland Raiders’ NFL game with the Chicago Bears at Spurs stadium on Sunday evening.Premier League winner Johnson told BetDaq: “If I was in Harry’s shoes, I would think that I can play elsewhere and have a much better chance of playing with better players and adding trophies to my cabinet.”In a couple of years his goals could dry up at Spurs and he’d be out the door.”There’s no loyalties in football and he has to look after himself first and foremost.”Aguero has been at City for nine seasons, scoring 172 Premier League goals — including the one that bagged them their first Prem title in 2012.And Johnson also reckons Kane should ward off the temptation of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid or Barcelona and wait on Aguero to leave City instead. MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsHe added: “I don’t think he’d be suited to the Spanish style of playing, so he might have to wait for Sergio Aguero to move on at City before going there.”But it’s not out of the question that could happen in my opinion.”If I was Harry, I know what I’d do, I’d be moving on for the sake of my career to win as much as I could.”Kane and Dunk clash as Brighton star appears to claim Spurs skipper tried to pull his ‘penis off’last_img read more

first_imgHARRY KANE has kicked off his on-field rehabilitation to hand Tottenham and England a massive boost – with an April comeback on the cards.The Spurs star, 26, has got down to the serious work following a hamstring tear on New Year’s Day, the club have revealed.2 Harry Kane is back in training as he recovers from a hamstring injuryCredit: ReutersKane was expected to be ruled out of this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament, but could now return in six weeks – just as SunSport revealed earlier this week.On Friday, Tottenham confirmed: “[Kane has] “commenced on-field rehabilitation.”A return in early-to-mid-April would allow the striker to get back to action for his side’s run-in, with Tottenham still desperately pursuing a European berth.That’s even better news for Gareth Southgate, as it will afford Kane the chance to get back to match fitness ahead of the Euros.Boss Jose Mourinho recently revealed he won’t rush his star man back to action – setting a target date of May 9.The Spurs chief claimed: “The Leicester match [on May 9]. Maybe we need that match for something. To be fourth, to be fifth, to be sixth.”Maybe we need that match for something and maybe he can help us in this match. I hope. Yes. I think [that’s the best case scenario at the moment].”MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesBut sounding more optimistic, Mourinho revealed on Friday: “I would say he is a little bit ahead [of schedule].”It gives me a hope of, instead of one or two matches, he might now play three, four or five.“He’s doing what he can do at this stage but always with a good feeling.”Sometimes follow protocol and some setbacks because of not the best feeling on this action or that movement.”But everything is going well. He’s having very good feelings. So positive, yeah.”Asked if he had pencilled in a date for Kane’s comeback, Mourinho said: “No. When he was injured, I told you, forget him for the season.”Then I told you one or two games – Crystal Palace or Leicester.“At the moment, I have better hopes than that so hopefully that feeling is right and he can help us in the last part of the season.”2 Kane picked up his latest injury on January 1 and was expected to miss the EurosCredit: PA:Press AssociationMORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearKane needed an operation to fix the ruptured tendon in his leg and Tottenham said they didn’t expect him to return to training until at least mid-April.The England skipper has been training by himself in recent weeks, recently posting videos of his rehab.But returning to the training ground is a huge step in his comeback for both club and country.[pod_component pod_component_config_id=”tbXo0vxhe” pod_component_config_url=”” pod_component_config_loader_url=”″ src=””]Harry Kane shares training video and insists he is ‘making gains’ after injury in huge boost to Tottenham and Englandlast_img read more