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China Grove to host homecoming

first_img China Grove to host homecoming “The reason homecoming was set in August was that, by that time, the crops were laid by,” Boutwell said. “People had time to cut stack poles and firewood for the winter and time to enjoy dinner on the ground at church.”Boutwell said the members of the Concord and China Grove Cemetery Trust have continued with the tradition and, even though August is, traditionally, hot and humid, there’s always a breeze beneath the old oak trees that surround China Grove Primitive Baptist Church.“China Grove has a rich history,” Boutwell said. “According to Margaret Pace Farmer’s book of Pike County history, China Grove was established in December 1821, by the Alabama General Assembly, as the temporary site of the “Seat of Justice” for Pike County.”China Grove Primitive Baptist Church was established before 1830 and graves in the Concord China Grove Cemetery date back further than that, Boutwell said. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “There is evidence that people were buried in the cemetery long before the church was there,” Boutwell said. “There is a black section of the cemetery and a white section and the cemetery trust keeps up both sections. We are working on building the cemetery census but that’s difficult because there are no records.”The present church building was built prior to the 1900s and was sealed in 1900, Boutwell said.The China Grove Primitive Baptist Church is a magnificent old building that has been preserved just as it was when the last sermon was preached and the last note was sung.“We invite everyone with a connection to the church or the cemetery and all of those who have an interested in historic preservation to join us for homecoming and dinner on the ground Sunday at China Grove Primitive Baptist Church,” Boutwell said.“We’ll have dinner around noon and then a short business meeting and the sit around and reminisce the afternoon away.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell You Might Like Brown Bag brings football countdown to Troy Square Are you ready for some football? If so, Brown Bag on the Square in downtown Troy is where you’ll want… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Latest Stories Skip Print Article Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Published 3:00 am Wednesday, August 17, 2016 A homecoming sermon will not be preached in the historic church building and a choir will not sing those old gospel hymns.But there will be dinner on the ground under the 100-year-old oak trees, wonderful fellowship and an opportunity to support the trust that maintains the cemetery and the church.Marsha Boutwell, whose family has deep roots in the China Grove community, said homecoming and dinner on the ground at China Grove is traditionally held the third Sunday in August and is well attended by those whose families are associated with the church, the cemetery or both. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Email the author All who have roots in the China Grove community in the rural area of northern Pike County are invited to homecoming and dinner on the ground Sunday at China Grove Primitive Baptist Church.The gathering will begin around 11 a.m. and dinner will be “spread” at noon.Dr. John Key, chairman of the Concord and China Grove Cemetery Trust, said the annual homecoming and dinner on the ground is not celebrated in the traditional sense of a church homecoming.last_img read more

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Maryland to wear helmet sticker to honor Jordan McNair

first_imgJordan McNair (Twitter Photo) COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Members of the Maryland football team will wear a helmet sticker with No. 79 to honor former teammate Jordan McNair, who collapsed during a practice session in May and subsequently died.In an announcement Monday morning, the school said no player will wear his number for the next three years — the time during which he would have been eligible to play.In addition, a moment of silence will be held during Texas and Temple games, and his locker will be encased in glass.Speaking in Cole Field House on the university campus with his teammates lined up behind him, Maryland offensive lineman Ellis McKennie said, “Every play we make, every snap we take, will be in Jordan’s honor.”He added, “Jordan was fearless. He was a dreamer. He would do anything for his teammates.”McKennie said one student athlete each year will receive a scholarship “in Jordan’s honor.”Offensive lineman Johnny Jordan said, “He was a gentle giant, and we as a team will continue to carry on his legacy for this season and far beyond.”McNair was running laps on the practice field on May 29 when he was overcome by heat and exhaustion. After being treated at the team facility, he was taken to a hospital and died of heatstroke on June 13.The school has apologized to the family and acknowledged that mistakes were made in his treatment during the May 29 workout.Coach DJ Durkin was placed on administrative leave on Aug. 11. Strength and conditioning coach Rick Court has resigned, and two members of the football staff remain on administrative leave.Offensive coordinator Matt Canada is serving as interim coach.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25last_img read more

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Flowers Create ‘Electric Landing Lights’ for Bees

first_imgHow do bees know which flowers to visit, and where on the flowers to land?Visual cues are part of the answer. It has already been known that bees and other insects see flowers differently than humans do. Bees can sense both visible and ultraviolet light, and many flowers have markings in both wavelength (color) bands, which help to both attract pollinating insects from a distance, then guide them in to the center areas where they can find the nectar (and at the same time pollinate the flower).  Bees can also detect plumes of fragrance from flowers.It was also previously known that flowers have a slight negative electrical charge, whereas bees pick up a slight positive charge by colliding with dust particles while flying through the air. It had previously been observed with high-speed video that just before a bee lands on a flower, the positively-charged pollen particles on the bees’ legs jump across the gap and stick to the negatively charged flower.New research published in Science Magazine shows that flowers have specific electric field patterns pointing the way to their center where the nectar is located. As we recently highlighted from a related paper in PNAS (6/08/16), the tiny hairs on the legs of bees can sense electrical charges, such as these electrical patterns on flowers.To test bees’ responses to the flowers’ patterns, researcher Dominic Clarke and his team created artificial flowers with a ‘bulls-eye’ electric field pattern and filled them with sugary nectar, while filling identically-colored artificial flowers with a generic electric charge with a bitter liquid. In their experiment, bees quickly learned to go exclusively to the patterned flowers (70% accuracy). When the electric fields were turned off, the bees could no longer tell the flowers apart.To view the flowers’ electric fields, the researchers sprayed brightly-colored positively-charged particles on the flowers, then took photographs.  (Beautiful photographs are viewable at National Geographic‘s article.Not only do the flowers provide these ‘electric signs’ for the bees, their voltage also changes in time to provide further guidance for the bees. Immediately after the bee lands on a flower, its negative charge decreases by 25 millivolts, and it stays reduced for about two minutes. This difference in electric field for recently-visited flowers may help bees sense which flowers have not been visited in a while, thus hold more nectar.How could this intricate mutually-beneficial system evolve?  Which came first, the bees’ system of leg hairs, neural connections, and neural processing to sense and understand the electric fields, or the flowers’ system of more- and less-conductive anatomical patterning that points the way to their nectar, and the flowers’ finely-tuned passive or active system for adjusting its voltage signal in real time?Evolutionists like to claim that in such “irreducibly complex” systems, each part must have had some other function at some time.  Fine – let them show this.  As Darwin wrote, “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.”In order for this symbiotic electric field ‘dance’ to be beneficial to either species, all the parts had to work together. A genetic mutation that changed flowers’ electric fields would be useless if pollinators could not sense them, and would be selected against because of the wasted energy involved. Likewise, a mutation that gave bees hairy legs would be useless and wasteful without the neural processing circuits to understand the hair signals. Neurons growing down into bees’ legs and neural sensory-integration centers without sensor hairs would also be useless.Instead, it makes more sense to view these interacting species as having been designed for each other by God. Two unique species ‘serving’ each other and helping each other in mutually-beneficial ways is precisely the type of beautiful interaction we would expect, based on the character of the God of the Bible.[Guest article by an engineering professor](Visited 59 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Play Your Part / Sowetan Dialogues comes to Mmabatho

first_imgBrand South Africa is continuing with its Play Your Part / Sowetan Dialogues, with the latest in the series to be held in Mafikeng in the North West province on 26 March.Titled ‘Celebrating Human Rights Day: Does the Bill of Rights work for you?’, the dialogue will take place at the Mmabatho Civic Centre from 6pm until 8.45pm. This public dialogue forms part of a six part dialogue series aimed at promoting the pillars of South Africa’s National Development Plan, as well as to promote civic pride.Human Rights Day in South Africa is linked with 21 March 1960, and the events that took place in Sharpeville, when 69 people died and 180 were wounded when police fired on a peaceful crowd that had gathered to protest against the Pass laws.According to the Parliament of South Africa, Human rights are rights that everyone should have simply because they are humans, but human rights are also a product of historical and social situations. In 1948, the United Nations defined 30 articles of human rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The United Nations succeeded the League of Nations, and the Universal Declaration is one of its crucial platforms.It founds universal human rights on the basis of freedom, justice, and peace. South Africa supports the Universal Declaration, and we have included many of its precepts in our own Bill of Rights, Chapter 2 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996.“Just as the Constitution is our supreme law, and no laws may be passed that go against it, the Bill of Rights is the cornerstone of democracy in South Africa. The Bill of Rights also comprehensively addresses South Africa’s history of colonialism, slavery and apartheid. The Bill of Rights embeds the rights of all people in our country in an enduring affirmation of the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom.”The Dialogue provides members of the audience with a chance to respond, as well as put forward their views on the topics raised in the President’s State of the Nation address, as well as put forward ideas on how ordinary South Africans can Play their Part to realise their desires and ensure that the government’s plans for their communities are carried out.The facilitator at the event will be Botho Masigo from Mafikeng FM, and speakers include advocate Lawrence Mushwana, currently chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission and previously the Public Protector from 2002 to 2009; Tiseke Kasambala, southern Africa director of Human Rights Watch; advocate Pansy Tlakula, chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC); and Folusho Mvubu, director of Service Delivery Improvement Support at the Department of Public Service and Administration.last_img read more

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Natalie Du Toit: ‘It is important to swim your own race’

first_imgSwimming inspiration Natalie Du Toit will feature in the next instalment of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series, to be aired on Sunday 27 July at 9pm on SABC2. The Paralympics and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist swimmer is one of South Africa’s most inspiring athletes. Ranked amongst the fastest distance swimmers in the world, in 2008 Natalie Du Toit made history when she became the first amputee to qualify for the Summer Olympic Games. • Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122 [email protected] • Paralympic dream team • Paralympic heroes back in South Africa • South Africa takes doping seriously • Celebrating South Africa’s Paralympians • Sport in South AfricaMelissa Jane CookSleekly diving into an Olympic –sized pool, and emerging victorious from waters churned by her heroic swimming; this is how swim fans around the world remember Natalie Du Toit, as she freestyled and butterflied her way to the slew of gold medals she’s accumulated over her spectacular career.The Paralympics and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist swimmer is one of South Africa’s most inspiring athletes. Ranked amongst the fastest distance swimmers in the world, in 2008 she made history when she became the first amputee to qualify for the Summer Olympic Games.Her name is synonymous with courage, determination, overcoming adversity, and above all, being a phenomenal athlete.Du Toit won over South Africans’ hearts when, at just 17 years old, and a rising star on the South African swimming scene, a scooter accident left her with her left leg amputated at the knee; undeterred, five months later, she was back in the pool. Her first workout exhausted her after 25 metres, but at least she was swimming again, more out of curiosity than determination. “I just wanted to see what would happen,” Du Toit said.Her “never give up” approach led to her achieving her biggest dream – competing in the Olympic Games. She was one of only two Paralympians who competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, having qualified for the Games after finishing fourth in the 10km open-water race at the Open Water World Championships in Spain.Du Toit went on to qualify for the finals of the 800m freestyle event at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. This marked the first time in recent history that an amputee raced in the finals of an international able-bodied swimming competition. At the end of the Games, Du Toit was presented with the first David Dixon Award for Outstanding Athlete of the Games. Consequently, she is the most successful South African Paralympian of all time, and an important figure in the history of sport.Watch Natalie Du Toit’s storyA gold-medal careerDu Toit has successfully competed, and won gold, in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games, and the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games. In 2009, she received South Africa’s Order of Ikhamanga in Gold, honouring her exceptional achievements in swimming.In March 2010, she became the second South African after Ernst van Dyk to be named the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.“It’s people like Natalie that provide the incentive for the youngsters to aspire to greatness”, said South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee president, Gideon Sam. “She fully deserves this acknowledgement.”Later that year, she was the most outstanding athlete in the International Paralympic Committee’s Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. She won six gold medals, one silver and one bronze medal. Only three countries bettered her personal haul of six gold medals in women’s events.2012 London Paralympics swansongDu Toit competed in the 2012 London Paralympic Games to score three gold medals and a silver, which took her tally to 13 gold medals across three Paralympic Games. These would be the last Olympic medals of her career, as she officially retired from professional swimming after her final race in the Games.Even then, she emerged as the most successful South African athlete at the Games, winning gold medals in the 400m freestyle, 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley. She also added a silver medal in her last race, the 100m freestyle.Watch Natalie Du Toit at the 2012 London paralympicsThese days she is much in demand as a motivational public speaker, inspiring youngsters worldwide to reach for their dreams; “There’s really no line between able-bodied and disabled swimming … I treat both of them the same. They’re your opponents and you’ve got to race the way you train. It is important to swim your own race and not someone else’s.”last_img read more

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HP Slate Tablet will be Microsoft Based Enterprise Device

first_imgPotentially clearing up some confusion regarding HP‘s intentions concerning its Slate tablet, HP Personal Systems Group VP Todd Bradley said yesterday at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference that the Slate would be an enterprise focused device running a Microsoft operating system. The announcement follows PC World’s discovery a device called the “Slate 500” is being listed on HP’s web site.HP has registered the trademark PalmPad, suggesting the company will release two different products: the enterprise focused, Windows based Slate and a consumer focused, Palm branded device.The Slate was demonstrated at CES in January by Steve Ballmer, but has had a turbulent history since. Rumors of its demise started immediately after HP’s purchase of Palm, but HP was still listed as a partner with a forthcoming Windows tablet at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference.The announcement is good news for enterprises waiting for a Windows tablet. ASUS recently announced its Eee Pad will run Android instead of Windows, and Microsoft dropped its own Courier tablet project.Despite being slow to reach the tablet market, Windows 7 sales have been strong – Microsoft announced it has sold 175 million licenses. Microsoft also reported a record fourth quarter. Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#news#Products Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… klint finley IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

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Sochi gold medalist among 4 Russians banned for doping

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Russia, which finished the games at the top of the medals table with 13 gold and 33 overall, has now been stripped of six medals based on evidence of a state-sponsored doping program in Sochi, including samples being swapped in the laboratory. Two of the six medals were gold.The Russians still lead the medals table with 11 gold, tied with Norway, but have fallen behind the United States in overall medals. The Americans, who won nine gold medals, have 28 overall, one more than Russia’s current total of 27. Norway has 26 overall medals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIf the IOC decides to upgrade athletes who finished behind the banned Russians, the table would change again.Two other Russian women who didn’t win medals, Maria Orlova and Olga Potylitsina, were also banned. Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Russian officials said all four banned athletes will file appeals.“We are absolutely sure of the innocence of our athletes and will stand up for their rights,” the Russian Bobsled Federation, which governs skeleton, said in a statement.The previous six bans were in cross-country skiing. The cases against the Russians rest on evidence gathered by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren, including testimony from the former director of Russia’s anti-doping laboratories in Moscow and Sochi.Without positive doping tests, the IOC disciplinary panel used evidence of cover-ups and tampering of sample bottles first gathered last year by McLaren’s team.The IOC will decide on Dec. 5 if Russia can compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.ADVERTISEMENT Elena Nikitina of Russia celebrates her bronze medal win during the women’s skeleton competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The International Olympic Committee has banned four more Russians for doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, all competing in the sliding sport of skeleton and includes men’s gold medalist Alexander Tretyakov and women’s bronze medalist Nikitina. AP FILE PHOTOMOSCOW — Two more Russian athletes were stripped of their Olympic medals from the 2014 Sochi Games on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time), leaving the United States as the country with the most medals.Four Russians, all skeleton racers, were banned by the International Olympic Committee for doping, including men’s gold medalist Alexander Tretyakov and women’s bronze medalist Elena Nikitina.ADVERTISEMENT Barcelona, Chelsea advance to Champions League last 16 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ The ban for Tretyakov puts Latvia in line for its first Winter Olympic gold medal. If the IOC formally reallocates the medals, Martins Dukurs would be upgraded to gold. It would also mean silver for Matthew Antoine of the United States and bronze for Dukurs’ brother, Tomass.In the women’s event, Nikitina’s bronze would go to American slider Katie Uhlaender, who originally missed the podium by 0.04 seconds.The IOC sanctions disqualify the four Russian skeleton racers from the Sochi Olympics and also ban them from all future Olympics.Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov said more sanctions are possible.“I think we can expect the same decisions for the bobsledders and the female hockey players,” Zhukov said. “The rulings are all the same.”Russia won two gold medals in men’s bobsled at the 2014 Olympics, but there has been no official confirmation that the IOC is investigating. The Russian women’s hockey team didn’t win a medal.The Russian government has repeatedly denied any involvement in doping or any cover-ups and says its athletes are being unfairly targeted. President Vladimir Putin has said the Olympic doping cases are part of an American bid to discredit his government ahead of presidential elections in March. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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23 days ago​Everton winger Walcott recovery ‘on track’ after head injury

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Everton winger Walcott recovery ‘on track’ after head injuryby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton winger Theo Walcott is on track for a smooth recovery from a head injury.The 30-year-old winger had to go to the hospital after suffering a knock to the head against Manchester City at the weekend.Standard concussion protocols mean he will miss at least a week.But his Marco Silva manager believes that Walcott will be okay very soon. And the club agree, according to a recently released statement: “Since his discharge, the club’s medical staff have continued to follow the standard concussion protocols with the forward.””Walcott is on track in his recovery ahead of a potential return to full training later this week.” last_img read more

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20 days agoMan Utd, Chelsea know Kane unsettled at Spurs

first_imgMan Utd, Chelsea know Kane unsettled at Spursby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Kane is unsettled at Tottenham.The Times says the England captain fears this Spurs team have reached the end of it’s cycle.And he is now considering his future at the club.Manchester United and Chelsea are monitoring developments closely, well aware that Kane is unsettled.Though it is Spain which is regarded as the favoured option where Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is a huge fan. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Here’s The Latest Men’s College Basketball AP Poll

first_imgA view of the official NCAA Wilson Basketball during the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal between the Michigan Wolverines and the Loyola Ramblers at the Alamodome.SAN ANTONIO, TX – MARCH 31: A view of the official NCAA Wilson Basketball during the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four Semifinal between the Michigan Wolverines and the Loyola Ramblers at the Alamodome on March 31, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. The Michigan Wolverines defeated the Loyola Ramblers 69-57. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 1.49.06 PMArizona’s a riser in this week’s poll.With the college football season over, it’s time to start paying more attention to college basketball.    That means looking at the projected NCAA Tournament brackets and the two major polls every week. Earlier Monday, the USA Today Sports men’s basketball coaches’ poll was released. It featured a couple changes in the top 10, but the top teams mostly remained in the same spots. And, now, the AP Poll has been released. Here it is: 1. Kentucky – 17-0 2. Virginia – 17-0 3. Gonzaga – 18-1 4. Villanova – 17-1 5. Duke – 15-2 6. Wisconsin – 16-2 7. Arizona – 16-2 8. Notre Dame – 17-2 9. Iowa St. – 13-3 10. Louisville – 15-3 11. Kansas – 14-3 12. Utah – 14-3 13. Maryland – 17-2 14. Wichita St. – 16-2 15. North Carolina – 14-4 16. VCU – 15-3 17. Texas – 13-4 18. West Virginia – 15-3 19. Oklahoma – 12-5 20. N. Iowa – 16-2 21. Baylor – 13-4 22. Dayton – 15-2 23. Indiana – 14-424. Seton Hall – 13-4 25. Iowa – 13-5last_img read more

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