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Theres Still Time to Register to Vote – Heres How

first_img 0% Tags: Airbnb • Election 2015 • housing • mission moratorium • vote Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Monday, October 19, is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming November 3 election. The good news is you don’t even have to get off the couch to do this — voters can register online here. You will, however, need to be a citizen, a resident of San Francisco, 18 years old, and not be serving a sentence or on parole or probation for a felony. Also have your driver’s license or ID or last four digits of your Social Security number handy. Other options include picking up and filling out a voter registration card at a local library branch, DMV, post office, or at City Hall.San Francisco has a current total of 441,799 people registered to vote overall – a roughly 5,500 increase from last year, and a little more than half the city’s total population. 2,720 eligible voters have registered since the beginning of this month alone. Now it’s your turn!center_img Turnout, however, has recently been dismal. Last November only about half of eligible voters did so, and in June of 2014 less than 30 percent of voters participated. The highest turnout in the last ten years was 81 percent in November of 2008. So why bother? This November 3 Election Day is a particularly important one locally because the outcome will make a significant difference in San Francisco’s housing market. The election also includes six mayoral candidates, millions in possible affordable housing funding, the Mission moratorium, a disgraced sheriff, and the regulation of short-term rentals.  It comes in the midst of San Francisco’s unprecedented housing crisis. You can see some more detailed stories specifically on these issues here.Though it’s clear tech workers haven’t yet formed a voting bloc, they may soon, especially since a new voting app has partnered with the Chronicle to reach young tech workers. Developers and tech firms have spent millions of dollars to defeat the Mission moratorium and short-term rental restrictions, while the non-profits and officials supporting the measures are working with very few resources. All of this is happening in an election year when San Francisco traditionally has a low voter turnout, so getting to the polls will make a difference. During the registration process you’ll be asked to select a party and be given the option of becoming a permanent vote-by-mail voter. Party affiliations can be confusing – “Independent” is a party. If you’d rather not be part of any party you should register as “No Party Preference.” That may exclude you from voting in primary elections to select a party’s presidential candidate, since many of those are private to party members, but it depends on the party. More on that here. Becoming a permanent vote-by-mail voter means you’ll get a ballot sent to you in the mail. You can sit down with it in your home whenever you like, fill it out, and then sign the envelope and send it back or drop it off at a polling station on Election day. You can still request a vote by mail ballot up until October 27. If you don’t select that option you’ll have to go to your assigned polling station on election day (find out where that is here) and vote in person. Or you can go early – City Hall is accepting ballots (during business hours) outside Room 48 right now. last_img read more

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SAINTS were edged 2016 by Widnes Vikings in their

first_imgSAINTS were edged 20-16 by Widnes Vikings in their first run out of the season.Tries from Joe Greenwood, Adam Swift and James Roby looked to have completed a solid afternoon’s work – but Declan Hulme scored twice in the final few minutes to seal the win for the visitors.This was a game more about getting players ready for the season ahead though with Head Coach Keiron Cunningham quick to praise the youngsters that took to the field in the second half and Greenwood.He gave 26 players in total game time including new signings Atelea Vea and Travis Burns whilst Widnes, in their second friendly of pre-season, whittled down their roster to 23.That match sharpness seemed to benefit the Vikings in the early stages as on two minutes they took advantage of a Saints knock on. The ball was shifted right and Paddy Flynn scored in the corner.Saints almost hit back but Luke Thompson had the ball whacked out of him on the line thanks to a crunching tackle.The home side’s D was certainly tested in the opening quarter with Burns in particular showing his strength.And that strong defence was eventually rewarded.Dawson was initially held up over the line in the 20th minute but seconds later Joe Greenwood went in under the sticks.Makinson with the extras.Saints could have been further ahead in the 34th minute but a fabulous move from a scrum on the right saw Dawson just bundled into touch.And they were punished when Patrick Ah Van finished off a great move in the corner two minutes later.Saints would be better for their first 40 minutes but had a lot to tidy up on in the second half.Cunningham made wholesale changes too bringing in the likes of Paul Wellens, Mark Flanagan and Olly Davies.The new look Saints immediately forced a drop out before Savelio put them in a good position once more.A Roby break, bettered by Wellens and Swift then forced a drop out.Saints were on top and were given a numerical advantage when Macgraff Leuluai was sinbinned.He was adjudged to have hit Wilkin late as he kicked on the last – but it was probably a case of mistaken identity.And the Saints man was lucky not to depart with him after a melee on the floor.A man up, on 55 minutes Saints scored. Savelio broke through in the middle, offloaded to Hewitt who fed Turner; the centre making no mistake, finding Josh Jones to put Swift over in the corner.Moments later Roby increased the lead from short range.Buoyant, Saints continued to come and had great contributions from Hewitt and Jack Ashworth who was unlucky not to score when he broke from deep within his own half.But it was Widnes who scored next, Declan Hulme flying over in the corner after great work from one touchline to another.And seconds later, he repeated the feat to give the Vikings a late lead.Saints tried to force a late winner with Hewitt and Fleming combining to force a drop out, but there wasn’t enough time to take advantage.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Greenwood, Swift, RobyGoals: Makinson (1 from 1), Hewitt (1 from 2)Vikings:Tries: Flynn, Ah Van, Hulme (2)Goals: Tickle (0 from 1), Marsh (0 from 1), Craven (1 from 1)Penalties: Saints: 3Vikings: 7HT: 6-8FT: 16-20REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 3,508Teams:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 17. Mark Percival, 3. Jordan Turner, 22. Matty Dawson; 6. Travis Burns, 12. Jon Wilkin; 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 21. Joe Greenwood, 11. Atelea Vea, 18. Luke Thompson.Subs: 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 19. Greg Richards, 20. Paul Wellens, 24. Jordan Hand, 25. Andre Savelio, 26. Lewis Charnock, 27. Dave Hewitt, 28. Jack Ashworth, 29. Olly Davies, 30. Matty Fleming.Vikings: 1. Rhys Hanbury; 2. Paddy Flynn, 4. Stefan Marsh, 14. Chris Dean, 5. Patrick Ah Van; 6. Kevin Brown, 7. Joe Mellor; 25. Alex Gerrard, 9. Lloyd White, 10. Manase Manuokafoa, 17. Chris Clarkson, 12. Danny Tickle, 13. Hep Cahill.Subs: 3. Cameron Phelps, 19. Ben Kavanagh, 20. Declan Hulme, 21. Danny Craven, 22. Liam Carberry, 23. Phil Joseph, 24. Macgraff Leuluai, 27. Grant Gore, 28. Matt Whitely, 31. Ryan Ince, 33. Aaron Heremaia.last_img read more

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Hilton Riverside will rebrand to Hotel Ballast Wilmington

first_img It will be a part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton which is a portfolio of upscale hotels.The hotel is currently undergoing a $8.5 million renovation. The conversion to Hotel Ballast should be done by spring.“We are pleased to enter into an agreement with Hilton to extend the relationship at our Wilmington, North Carolina asset,” Drew Sims, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, said in a news release. “This action is consistent with our strategy to rebrand our assets to offer a unique local experience for our guests. In this instance we retain the power of the Hilton reservation system, via its new Tapestry Collection by Hilton, while modifying our product and service to emphasize the history of Wilmington through the application of Southern Hospitality. We believe this will result in an opportunity for higher rates, leading to more profits for our shareholders.”Related Article: Fed likely to leave rates alone but signal readiness to cutAccording to Sotherly Hotels, planned guestroom upgrades include hardwood floors, elevated bedding packages, and high-end marble bathroom finishes, while the hotel’s meeting spaces will receive new furniture, carpeting, and lighting.The hotel opened in 1970 as the Timme Plaza Motor Inn. Hilton Hotels acquired the property a short time later and renamed it the Wilmington Hilton Riverside in 1970.The announcement comes as an Embassy Suites nears completion just up the street at the Wilmington Convention Center. Other hotels have recently opened downtown with more in the works. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Change is coming to perhaps Wilmington’s best known hotels.Owner Sotherly Hotels announced Friday a 10-year franchise agreement with Hilton to rebrand the Hilton Riverside as the Hotel Ballast Wilmington.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Neighbors plan to enforce tolls on Pender Co road again

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — WWAY told you last month about a Pender County neighborhood that began enforcing tolls to keep travelers from using their road.WWAY checked in with one of the neighbors to find out when they plan to do it again.- Advertisement – Tourists frequent the Cedar Landing and Creek Estates neighborhoods as a shortcut to get to Surf City.Jeff Conerly tells us that the neighbors plan to set up the toll road on several days during the week of July 4.He says all staffing will be by volunteers, so they have to figure out what days will see the highest traffic.Related Article: Surf City restaurant fined for violating minimum wage, child labor lawsThe neighbors say they made $800 off the toll road during Memorial Day weekend.last_img read more

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CPD and Heritage Malta restoring WW2 firetruck as part of MOU

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Civil protection Fire EngineCivil protection Fire Engine Members of the Civil Protection Department and Heritage Malta will be working on the restoration of a wartime Fordson7v Fire Tender.The old fire truck was stationed at one of the three local aerodromes and airstrips in Malta and Gozo during World War II.The restoration project follows a Memorandum of Understanding which has been signed between the two organisations, which also includes the restoration of the old wartime air traffic control tower at Ħal Far.The Fordson7v Fire Tender is currently part of the Heritage Malta collection was a regular service vehicle used by the UK Auxiliary fire service and Fire Service during the war.A number of the models were moved to service with the Royal Air Force serving on its airfields.Commenting on the signing of the MOU and restoration projects, the Director General of tehEmanuel Psaila, Director General of the Civil Protection, said that this collaboration is, ‘one of a series of agreements which are taking place with a number of different entities in order to enhance co-ordination. Even in this case, the two entities are coming together so that they could collaborate more with each other.’Acting CEO of Heritage Malta, Noel Zammit, was positive about the MOU saying that ‘such collaborations with experts outside the Agency are more than welcome.’WhatsApplast_img read more

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Breakfast Club €85 per child in a scholastic year

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> 636 children benefited from the Breakfast Club service provided before school hours. Over a median of 172 days, each student ate around €85 worth of breakfast.Minister for Education Evarist Bartolo added that 10,600 days of absence were registered throughout the 2018/19 scholastic year. This means that on one of these given days, at least one student would have been absent without reason.This statistic is lower than previous years’. The figures tabled in Parliament show that during the 2016/17 scholastic year, 11,321 days of absenteeism were recorded.Furthermore, 4,789 children attended the free Childcare service, with expenses amounting to some €15.53 per child, everyday.These were figures presented in Parliament in response to Nationalist Party Parliamentary Members Ivan Bartolo and Herman Schiavone.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

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Devious Devices Designed to Harm You

first_imgAdvertisement They can steal your credit card just by walking past you without touching your wallet. They can hijack a lifesaving insulin pump and turn it against the user. Here’s a roundup of some of the technology that bad guys can use to hack you and everything around you.ATM SkimmersATM skimmers are rogue devices surreptitiously attached to automatic teller machines and programmed to read and record your bank card’s magnetic strip, and then pass the data on to criminals.Examples of a new thin ATM skimmer. – Advertisement – Older ATM skimmers commonly made the card slot look unusually bulky or otherwise tampered-with, but detecting the new skimmers is much harder.They are so thin now that a crook can now insert the skimmer directly inside the card slot at your local ATM, grocery self-checkout, or gas pump, and still leave room for your card to pass through, thus ensuring that only an expert is likely to notice the skimmer’s intrusion.The information on your credit or debit card’s magnetic strip is useless without the card’s PIN code, and even the most sophisticated in-slot skimmer can’t retrieve PIN codes.However, criminals have developed transparent rubber overlays that they place over the ATM’s keypad, to record the victim’s PIN code. ATM skimmers and PIN code recorders can be very difficult to detect before money goes missing from customers’ bank accounts.War TextingThe term war texting may sound like something that an easily distracted soldier might pause to perform during a lull on the battlefield, it actually refers to the process of hijacking hardware connected to ubiquitous GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) mobile phone networks.Surveillance cameras, home automation systems, and cars often depend on GSM telephony for over-the-air firmware updates.Though GSM makes updating these systems far more convenient, it also leaves them vulnerable to outside attack.Last year at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, iSec Partners security consultants Don Bailey and Matthew Solnik demonstrated the threat of war texting by unlocking the doors of a Subaru Outback and then starting its engineall remotely.Bailey said that he and Solnik took about 2 hours to figure out how to intercept wireless messages between the car and the network, and then re-create the messages from his laptop.Power PwnAnother looming threat involves rogue chameleon devices treacherous gear that victims fail to spot because it doesn’t look odd or out of place.Pwnie Express’s Power Pwn incorporates covert wireless transfer capabilities in what looks like a simple surge protector.The Power Pwn, for example, masquerades as a typical office surge protector, but it conceals some crafty tech.The Power Pwn was developed by Pwnie Express with funding from DARPA, the Department of Defense’s secretive and experimental research and development wing.High-gain, extended-range Wi-Fi, 1000-foot-range Bluetooth, and 3G are built into the Power Pwn, which is designed to bypass your network security and firewalls, while maintaining a constant covert connection with the attacker.The product’s makers, Pwnie Express, say that the Power Pwn is intended as an enterprise test tool for network vulnerabilities, but anyone with $1300 can buy one.Considering the high value of information on business networks, the Power Pwn’s price hardly guarantees that criminals won’t be able to get their hands on one.Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)An RFID chipRFID chips are tiny devices that contain information about the object they are attached to, which may range from an ID card containing personal medical information, to a car-key fob, to your U.S. passport, to a pet, to an electronic door lock, and to a credit card.The primary purpose of an RFID chip is to embed digital information in something nondigital, making the object easier to keep track of and communicate with.Some RFID chips don’t even require a battery; instead, they are powered electromagnetically by a nearby receiver.But anything that has an associated RFID chip is potentially hackable—and with such chips priced as low as $0.07 each, RFIDs are sure to show up in more and more things inthe future.Earlier this year at the ShmooCon hacker-centric security conference, security researcher Kirstin Paget demonstrated just how easy RFID-equipped credit cards are to hack.Using about $350 worth of equipment, Padget wirelessly copied her credit card’s RFID data, cloned it onto a blank card, and then easily made a payment to herself using a Square card reader. Padget described the hack as “embarrassingly simple.”The ability of a knowledgable person to clone RFID with ease should raise red flags for anyone using the technology for personal data, door locks, or any other form of security.Global Positioning System (GPS)What users of the Girls Around Me app saw.GPS in and of itself is a benign technology, but the GPS built into smartphones can be problematic.App developers use GPS in all kinds of ways beyond simply establishing latitude and longitude coordinates.For example, apps such as FourSquare rely on GPS to track their users’ social habits and spending habits, and let users share where they are hanging out by “checking in” on the app.However, location-based app developers often provide their APIs (application programming interfaces) to third parties, increasing the danger of misuse by interested outsiders.This is precisely what happened in April, with an app called Girls Around Me. Using a combination of FourSquare’s and Facebook’s APIs, the Girls Around Me app displayed for anybody to see the location, pictures, and even names of nearby women.Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of this situation is that, under existing law, everything the developers of Girls Around Me did in making individual people’s information available to its users was strictly legal.A level of intrusive data gathering that might raise concerns of stalking if pursued in person in the real world amounted to nothing more than the cleverly directed collection of readily available digital information.Hackable Insulin PumpsJay Radcliffe, director of the Smart Device Threat Intelligence Center and a type 1 diabetic who is always connected to an insulin pump discovered that his Medtronic wireless insulin pump could be hacked and taken over by a rogue signal.An insulin pump.From up to half a mile away, a hacker could assume control of the pump and deliver a deadly dose of insulin to an unsuspecting diabetic. The chances of such a thing happening are exceedingly small, but the potential consequences are dire.If nothing else, the scenario suggests a plot device in a James Bond movie featuring a ruthless criminal mastermind and an otherwise well-guarded diabetic target.Though technology does far more good than bad in our lives, it has a dangerous side. Given that more and more of our world is connected through technology, criminals and hackers are virtually certain to find more ways to exploit the technology we depend on in our daily lives.The best advice is to be aware of your devices’ behavior. If you notice a change, it could be due to hacking. Often, this is how banks discover skimming and credit card fraud.You can also consult resources such as the FBI’s Scams & Safety website to stay informed and safe from various threats, online and off.Source: Pc Worldlast_img read more

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Uganda Sim Registration Deadline extended

first_imgUCC’s Godfrey Mutabazi Advertisement MTN Customers register their SIM cards during the ongoing at Lugogo Shoprite in Kampala. Image: In2EastAfrica.netAfter months of intense activity, from hurried sim card registration to attempted court proceedings, intense debate and numerous blog posts and tweets, government has taken the route many had predicted, extending the deadline for Simcard Registration for a further 3 months!The exercise will continue till May 31 and thereafter, another three months will be allocated for data verification.Uganda Communications Commission boss (UCC) Eng Godfrey Mutabazi told journalists at the regulator body’s headquarters in Kampala on Friday the extension was aimed at allowing room for telecommunication companies to verify and validate data obtained. – Advertisement – He further said the body had registered complaints of extortion by registration agents and Local Councils, which he said was illegal.Mutabazi further noted that some of the collected data had been lost by telecoms.This could be one of the reasons why some subscribers who had registered their SIM cards were later informed to register again.Despite a huge publicity campaign urging Ugandans to register SIM Cards before close of February 2012, millions remained defiant.Mutabazi said out of 16 million mobile phone users, 11 million SIM cards have been registered.“I appealed to political and local authorities to drum up support for the SIM card registration to ensure timely completion of this exercise,” said Mutabazi.He noted the registration is aimed at among others crime prevention “for the safety of all Ugandans.”last_img read more

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Hackers now using USB Flash drives to steal cash out of ATMs

first_imgAdvertisement Hackers have developed USB drives which can infect ATMs with malware allowing them to withdraw bundles of cash within a matter of minutes.The hackers cut out a piece from the frame of the machine, exposing a USB port through which they insert the USB drive containing the software and covered up the hole.The USB allows the user to type in a 12-digit code which would then bring up a new screen on the machine telling them how many of each denominations of notes was available in that particular ATM. It would then offer “withdrawal” options for each. – Advertisement – [related-posts]The thieves could then target the biggest denominations, taking the most money in the smallest amount of time.The malware were reported by two researchers at the Chaos Computing Congress of international hackers held in Hamburg, Germany.The hackers  not only had the capacity to extract cash directly, but also intercept information such as customer PIN details or account data.According to the researchers,  the criminals did not even trust each other, requiring those who approached the machines to not only enter the initial 12-digit code but also another code which they could only be told from their headquarters by phone when they were at the machine. If they entered the first code, they had only three minutes to secure the second set of numbers before the machine returned to normal.A number of thefts came to light in July after a financial institution noticed several of its ATMs were being emptied despite their use of safes to protect the cash inside. The USB was located and examined to find out how the scam worked.Source: www.irishexaminer.comlast_img read more

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The computer virus that blackmails you

first_imgRansomware is the fastest growing form of computer malware, experts warn. Image Credit: Komando Advertisement It’s a malicious virus that locks the user out of their computer and demands a fee to return their files.A report published by the Australian government claims 72% of businesses surveyed experienced ransomware incidents in 2015.The figure was just 17% in 2013 . – Advertisement – It’s also a growing threat for mobile devices as it can be hidden in an app, says Gert-Jan Schenk, vice-president at internet security company Lookout.“For the most part, we’ve seen ransomware delivered through drive-by downloads – it pretends to be a popular app, increasing the chances that you’ll click on it,” he explains.“To avoid these threats, users should be very careful about what apps they install, and where they come from – read the reviews on Google Play, and avoid side-loading from untrusted sources.”How does it work? Like most computer viruses, ransomware often arrives in the form of a phishing email, or spam, or a fake software update – and the recipient clicks a link or opens an attachment.The virus then sets to work encrypting the user’s files.Once the computer is effectively locked down, it demands a fee – often in bitcoins because it is less easy to trace – for the return of the files.The fee is generally one or two bitcoins – the equivalent of about $500 (£330).It is less common now, but in the earlier days of the malware – about five years ago – the ransom note could take the form of a law enforcement notice.The user was directed to a web page that appeared to be from, for example, the FBI, falsely claiming illegal images of children had been been found on the machine and a fine was payable.There is generally a time limit to comply, after which the ransom increases.Is there any way to get round it? Sometimes it is just a threat, but mostly the virus really does encrypt files.The only way to retrieve your files without paying the ransom is to go to a backed-up version.Neil Douglas, from Edinburgh-based IT company Network Roi, has just helped a small business client whose server was hit by ransomware.“We had to recover everything from back-up. We’d had a back-up two minutes before the infection, so the timing couldn’t have been any better – but it did result in quite a bit of downtime,” he says.“You could risk paying them – but it’s a bit like paying a blackmailer. We would only recommend it as a last resort.“You don’t know whether they’ll come back for more, you don’t know that they’ll clear the infection.”Cybersecurity expert Prof Alan Woodward says paying also leaves you vulnerable to further cybercrime.“As soon as you pay up, you get on a suckers’ list and you’ll probably get contacted again,” he says.“It’s low-hanging fruit for the criminals.”Do many people pay? While all the expert advice is, of course, not to pay, plenty of people do – even those you would least expect to.Tewksbury Police, in the US, admitted they had paid up when their main server had been attacked and locked down at the end of last year.“Nobody wants to negotiate with terrorists. Nobody wants to pay terrorists,” Police Chief Timothy Sheehan told the town’s local paper.“We did everything we possibly could.“It was an eye-opening experience, I can tell you right now. It made you feel that you lost control of everything.“Paying the bitcoin ransom was the last resort.”Ransomware is lucrative for criminals because so many victims pay rather than face the shame of false accusations – or like the police department, they just desperately need their files.“Some companies have set up bitcoin accounts in case it happens to them,” says Prof Woodward.“I would recommend that nobody ever pays up.“The only way to deal with it is to be sure you have a virus checker and back up.”Who is behind it? “It tends to be organised crime,” says Prof Woodward.“They do make millions out of it. It’s opportunistic… they just try it on everybody. You keep third parties out of it – the bank isn’t involved.”Recent research by Palo Alto Networks and industry partners suggested one family of ransomware known as Crypto Wall had generated about $325m (£215m) for the gang behind it.“In the volume cybercrime space, ransomware is one of the most prolific problems we face,” Greg Day, chief security officer for Europe at Palo Alto Networks, told the BBC last month.“Credit card theft is getting to the point where the value of each card is very low. As a result, ransomware has stepped into that gap and gives a higher value for each victim.”[BBC]last_img read more

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