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Angry Waves Displace Funday Residents

first_imgHomes in the Funday section of New Kru Town were inundated by water from the Atlantic Ocean last weekend, forcing residents to seek shelter with neighbors.Great swelling waves from the Atlantic Ocean pounded the community repeatedly, residents said, flooding homes in the community of mostly unemployed people who are unable to move and relocate from the area.“It began Saturday night and though we did not think it would have gotten worse, it did,” said a female resident who spoke to the Daily Observer.She added: “The water was ankle deep and it entered into our homes, into our bedrooms and everything we have is affected.”Some residents said they were packing and leaving the community since the situation occurs every year; and although the heavy rains have not yet come, they know it would be worse during the rainy season.“We don’t really have a particular plan that we are working with right now,” a resident said, “but we have got to do something otherwise we know the worst is yet to come.”Another woman who said she stood up throughout the night, noted, “Someone must come and help us because we are poor people and we are not able to go and live somewhere else.”She said the Borough Government of New Kru Town has not been able to provide leadership whenever they are affected by calamities such as floods and fire, and did not think it is able to provide any help.“We want the government to help us because us we are also citizens but we are not sure since the government never helped in the past that may not do it now,” she said.An official of the Borough of New Kru Town told the Daily Observer that the administration does not have the kind of empowerment to provide assistance in fire and water disasters. “It’s unfortunate but due to the country we find ourselves in,” said the man, who did not want to be identified, because he was not authorized to speak on behalf of the Borough, “they have a choice to remain and suffer more during the raining season or move to other neighborhood if they are able.”Among the homes that were affected was the Faith in Christ Church School System that caters to hundreds of children in the community and beyond.Constant erosion has been blamed on climatic changes that are responsible for the loss of large land mass in New Kru Town.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Euros resume with a reshuffled all-star cast

first_img0Shares0000France’s head coach Didier Deschamps shares a laugh with forward Antoine Griezmann in training ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifiers © AFP / MARTIN BUREAUPARIS, France, Sep 4 – Euro 2020 qualifying resumes on Thursday with several of the biggest teams such as world champions France sporting a changed look for the new season, in some cases not by choice.Less than a month into the new European season, France have been particularly hard hit by injuries ahead of home matches against Albania on Saturday and Andorra next Tuesday in Group H. They will be without four members of their 2018 World Cup-winning squad — Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele — as well as emerging stars Aymeric Laporte and Tanguy Ndombele.Coach Didier Deschamps blamed football’s “crazy schedules”, saying he always expects to lose players, but this was exceptional.“At one time it is one of them, at another time it is another,” Deschamps said, before adding: “Now I’m not hiding from you that I have a lot of them at the same time and I could have done without that.”While Group H is one of the tightest, with France, Turkey and Iceland level at the top in the pursuit of one of two qualifying berths, Deschamps faces Albania and then Andorra at home. The real test will come in October when France travel to Iceland and then host Turkey, who beat Les Bleus 2-0 in Konya in June.European footballer of the year Virgil van Dijk has scored twice for the Netherlands against Germany in the last 11 months © ANP/AFP / Olaf KRAAKThe heavyweight clash in this batch of games pits Germany against the Netherlands in Hamburg on Friday in Group C.It will be the third meeting of the old rivals in less than a year.The Dutch thrashed the Germans 3-0 in the Nations League in Amsterdam last October, with Virgil van Dijk scoring once. In Schalke in November, the Liverpool defender’s 90th minute equaliser put the Dutch through to the finals of that competition in Portugal.Back in Amsterdam in March, Germany won a Euro qualifying match 3-2, with a 90th minute goal.This time Germany will be without Leroy Sane, who scored in the last two encounters.Yet absences create opportunities.“There’s a space free in attack now because of Leroy Sane’s unfortunate injury,” said Timo Werner, a scorer against the Dutch last November.The 1.93 metre (6ft 3ins) Van Dijk, recently voted European male player of the year, looms large.“If I stand next to him, it gets dark pretty quickly,” said Werner, who is 1.80m.Victory would put Germany, who have won all three of their games, nine points clear of the Dutch. But there is another perfect team in the group. Surprising Northern Ireland, who have won all four of their games, host Germany in Belfast on Monday.Most teams will pass the halfway point in their schedules over the next week. Poland, Belgium, Italy and Spain, all in six-nation groups, are also perfect after four matches. England, in a five-team group, have won the two games they have played.For Spain, the change is at coach, with Roberto Moreno, a career assistant, confirmed as head coach. He took over on an interim basis when Luis Enrique quit in March because his daughter Xana was ill. She died, aged nine, last week.Spain, another team to have won all four games, take on Romania in Bucharest in Group F on Thursday. Moreno said he was worried his players “might think we think we are superior.”Declan Rice, who is 20, and newcomer James Maddison, who is 22, are part of England’s youth movement © AFP / Paul ELLISEngland also have a perfect record after four games and are at home to Bulgaria on Saturday and minnows Kosovo on Tuesday with coach Gareth Southgate focused on building squad depth.“We have got a depth of talent now because we have approached it slightly differently to look at younger players,” said Southgate, after adding youngsters James Maddison, Mason Mount and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to his squad.“We can’t stand still and there are young players coming through,” Southgate said. “We need to start integrating them.”Southgate’s plans hit an injury bump on Tuesday when Manchester United defender Wan-Bissaka had to drop out.0Shares0000(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Foundation for a family

first_imgWHITTIER – One Whittier couple will spend this holiday season housed in their own handiwork, where they raised a family and made a home more than 50 years ago. John and Jane Healis moved to unincorporated Whittier in 1948 from New Jersey to start a new life in a friendlier job market. They spent their first years in California in a tiny trailer while they built their dream home from pumice blocks. “Neither of us had ever done block work before,” Jane Healis said. “It was weekends, holidays and vacations.” Jane Healis, 82, and her husband John, 86, spent three years and $15,000 acquiring a lot on Burgess Avenue and building their house, block by block. “We wanted to keep out the termites,” John Healis said. Jane Healis said the house always felt homey, however. The large back yard was filled with old cars that John worked on with their sons, along with a coop that held 300 parakeets, a pen for pheasants, peacocks and quail, a rabbit hutch and an aboveground pool in the summer. The family also harvested avocados from the remaining trees on the lot, and one year brought in more than 1,000 pounds of the fruit to sell around the neighborhood. The couple has made few changes over the years. The 1,500-square-foot house was built with three bedrooms and just one bathroom (last painted in the 1970s in bright blue) and it stands with the same floor plan today. The kitchen is also all original, and the metal cabinets, stainless steel sink and old stove are more than 50 years old. Only the refrigerator and dishwasher have been updated. All three of the Healis children were raised from birth in the house, and the couple’s two sons and one daughter often invited friends over to the unusual abode to play. “This was the house that everyone in the neighborhood hung out at,” oldest son David Healis, now 49, said. “It was a cool place to grow up because there was so much room.” The Healis’ daughter, Susan Costa, said she will remember her parents as pioneers, both for their unique house and for the strength they provided for their children. “We had a great childhood,” Costa said. “One of the accomplishments that our parents are proud of is that all of us kids have been married 15, 20, and 25 years.” Like the house itself, Costa attributes the family’s success to their strong foundation. “I think the best lesson is that you can be whatever you want to be, you can do whatever you want to do, but you have to work for it,” Costa said. “That’s what our parents taught us.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsConstruction began in February 1953, on a quarter-acre lot covered in orange and avocado trees. Six trees were removed for construction, but Jane Healis said the hardest part was digging trenches. “I think I spent half my time digging, digging, digging,” Jane Healis said. The house is built in the California ranch style, but has a distinct aesthetic because of the unique building materials used in construction. The blocks, with a similar look and feel to cinderblock, are exposed throughout the house, just painted over. Each brick weighed about half as much as a cinderblock, making construction a little easier, John Healis said. The fireplace in the living room, made of the same material, is painted dark brown. The windows are framed with steel, and the front door is painted metal, not a traditional wood door. last_img read more

Sweep nets 25 in ‘ruthless’ biker gang

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Green is the club’s chosen color and 22 corresponds to V, the 22nd letter of the alphabet. Authorities said the three-year investigation was among the largest coordinated law enforcement probes ever conducted in the region. More than 80 search and arrest warrants were issued and 25 people were taken into custody Thursday on federal or state charges that included firearms and drug violations. An additional five people already were in custody. Those arrested Thursday included seven chapter presidents, one vice president, one secretary, one treasurer and seven sergeants-at-arms. The vice president, Ryan Matteson, 29, was arrested for investigation of murder in connection with a home-invasion robbery in Lucerne Valley where three people were robbed and one was killed, authorities said. In a statement, Torres said investigators seized 95 illegal firearms, some illegal drugs, $6,000 in cash and two stolen motorcycles. RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Hundreds of law enforcement officers targeted the Vagos motorcycle club Thursday in a Southern California sweep that netted 25 arrests of leaders and associates of what officials labeled an outlaw gang. “The Vagos are a ruthless criminal biker gang that virtually held our communities hostage” by dealing in “guns, drugs and death,” said John Torres, a special agent in charge with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. “We’re going to continue to fight this war on our local terrorists,” San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos said at a news conference. “Operation 22 Green,” as it was called, targeted Vagos associates in five Southern California counties. It involved 700 ATF and local police and sheriff’s departments. Ramos said the sweep effectively “dismantled,” the club, which he estimated has several hundred members. Torres said he anticipated that many of those arrested will have their cases incorporated into a federal racketeering case against the club. An e-mail message seeking comment from the club was not immediately returned. However, leaders in the past have said Vagos is a social club, not a criminal enterprise and frequently have complained of being subjected to witch-hunts. “It’s about riding motorcycles together. Spending time as a family, a pack, a club, a tribe,” James Cross, 34, former president of the Placer County Vagos told The Sacramento Bee. His comments were published Wednesday. “The club frowns on criminal activity,” said Cross, who is one of three people accused of conspiring to kill a fellow member. Vagos (pronounced VAH’-gohs), whose patch includes the Norse god of mischief, Loki, was founded in San Bernardino in the 1960s. The Spanish name means “traveling gypsy” or “a street-wise person that’s always up to something,” according to the club Web site. In the past decade, there have been several sweeps against members and associates in connection with crimes ranging from marijuana sales to murder. More than 30 of them have been convicted of various crimes. In San Bernardino County, two murder cases and two attempted-murder cases have been filed against Vagos associates or members, Ramos said. He did not provide details. In September 2004, a state investigation involving the gang led to the arrests of 26 people and the seizure of more than $125,000 in cash, drugs and guns. In October 1998, a two-year undercover investigation of the gang resulted in the arrests of more than a dozen people in connection with alleged kidnapping, drug and weapons crimes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgKillybegs Coast Guard teams have been involved in the rescue of a yacht.Crews were tasked at 9:23pm last night by Malin Head Coastguard to a yacht which had broken free from its mooring at Mullaghmore.The vessel was blown away due to the high winds and large sweels and was later washed up on Murvagh beach. The 16-ft yacht was undamaged and no-one was injured.The owner of the vessel, who is from the North, hopes to be able to refloat it at high tide on Saturday. KILLYBEGS COAST GUARD ASSIST IN RESCUE OF YACHT was last modified: August 3rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Killybegs Coast GuardKILLYBEGS COAST GUARD ASSIST IN RESCUE OF YACHTlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal North East Sinn Féin TD, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has asked the IDA and the Minister for Jobs and Enterprise, Richard Bruton where are Donegal’s 468 jobs?Deputy Padraig MacLochlainnAccording to Deputy Mac Lochlainn, that should have been Donegal’s fair share of the 13,367 jobs created by the IDA in 2013 with Donegal’s population making up 3.5% of the states population.Deputy Mac Lochlainn described this Government’s record on inward investment to Donegal as “shockingly bad”. He said “In the past two years, you could count on one hand the number of site visits to Donegal facilitated by the IDA. Week after week, the people of Donegal hear of new job announcements in Dublin, Cork and Galway. When will this Government deliver Donegal’s fair share?“If we ignored the levels of unemployment in Donegal at twice the state average and just asked for our population share of IDA jobs, then at 3.5% of the states population, that should have been 468 jobs last year. When we finally have the 2013 job creation numbers by the IDA in Donegal, it will be miles away from our fair share yet Minister Bruton recently described this record in the Dáil as a “strong performance”.He added the announcement by the IDA that they will develop an office building in Letterkenny this year to attract investment is of course welcome but it is nowhere near enough.Athlone and Waterford will have 25,000 square foot facilities built this year by the IDA for example, he said. “The people of Donegal need to hear real job creation targets for the IDA. The success of companies like Pramerica and United Health- PacifiCare and the excellent work of LYIT and the CoLab facility have demonstrated the potential of our county for inward investors.“Under the “Horizon 2020” targets, 50% of all investments facilitated by the IDA every year were to be in the regions outside of Dublin and Cork. This year they fell well short again at 30%. At state level, it could be argued that the IDA have done a decent job in attracting investment, but it is absolutely clear that they continue to fail the regions and particularly, Donegal.“2014 has to be the year that this failure stops. This county has so much to offer. The Government and the IDA need to meet us half way”. WHERE ARE DONEGAL’S 468 JOBS? – MacLOCHLAINN was last modified: January 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Padraig MacLochlainndonegalIDAjobslast_img read more

Mica redress scheme to get underway by autumn

first_imgJunior housing minister Damien English has said that the Mica redress scheme will be ready for repair works to begin on homes in autumn 2019.The plans follow the allocation of €20million from the government for grants to cover remediation works to dwellings that have been damaged due to defective concrete blocks.It is estimated that as many as 4,800 dwellings in Donegal and 345 in Mayo are affected by the Mica-defective blocks. Speaking in the Dáil yesterday, Damien English TD said that the Department of Housing is trying to get the scheme up and running ‘as quickly as possible’.He said there has been ongoing engagement with Donegal and Mayo County Councils to get plans finalised, adding: “It looks like it will be the autumn. I told the residents last year that we had hoped to have been fixing houses by now but we are a few months behind. We should be in a position to fix houses by the autumn.”The Junior Minister’s comments were in response to questions from Charlie McConalogue TD, who sought details of the scheme.Donegal Deputy McConalogue criticised the department and said there has been ‘dilly-dallying’ with the redress scheme since 2016. He called for clear action: “A couple of weeks before the local elections we received further confirmation that there would be a scheme but instead of the terms and conditions being published, we were told that officials from the Department would travel to meet Donegal County Council staff to discuss the detail of the scheme.“Today, we still do not know the detail of the scheme. We are being asked now to accept that houses will be fixed in the autumn. I sincerely hope they will be but the foot-dragging on this has to stop,” Deputy McConalogue said.Mica redress scheme to get underway by autumn was last modified: June 12th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:housingMICAlast_img read more

Motorway scam highlighted as Irish couple offer helping hand to ‘stranded’ pair

first_imgA warning has been issued over a motorway scam which saw a couple lost nearly €500. According to the Irish Mirror, The couple from Strabane, Co Tyrone were returning from a trip to Europe when they came across two men who were “stranded on the motorway”.The distressed men explained to the couple they were also from Northern Ireland and needed money to get the boat home. After handing over almost €500 to the pair, the couple exchanged contact details and the men agreed they would repay the money when they got home.To date the generous couple haven’t received any money and the address they were provided with was bogus.Highlighting the case, Scamwise NI said: “Although this couple were full of good intentions; we would advise taking extra care when approached by strangers.”Motorway scam highlighted as Irish couple offer helping hand to ‘stranded’ pair was last modified: July 27th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Remembering Declan Doherty RIP

first_imgHundreds of mourners formed a human shield of umbrellas as hailstones exploded from the black skyline over Kilmacrennan.Such a sight would no doubt have caused Declan Doherty to crack off one of those brilliant smiles.All these mourners here to remember him and him having the last laugh. Declan was only 33 when he took seriously ill at his beloved grandmother Mary’s home in Kilmacrennan on Sunday last.Unfortunately, he never made it back and surrounded by his loving parents Susan and Declan, brother Kevin and sister Ellen, he passed gently onto the next chapter of his being on Monday last at Letterkenny University Hospital.A lot of stories were told this week about Declan’s relatively short life on this earth.But the common theme was of a young man whose gentle approach to life touched everyone he came into contact with. The late Declan Doherty, RIP.Fr Paddy Dunne recalled the typical snapshot of Declan bouncing along Letterkenny Main Street, shoulder bag on board, converse, jeans and a fitted jacket.And not forgetting the mop of curly hair, glasses and that disarming smile.He also recalled how everyone seemed to give Declan lifts.My last encounter with him was indeed giving him one such lift to his grandmother’s house a few weeks back and I’ll cherish the memory of that bumpy ride whenever I think of him.Everyone had a story to tell of their encounters with Declan. Former President of St Eunan’s College, Fr Michael Carney had mourners in tears of sadness and laughter when he recalled his time with the then young student.He recalled how he often wondered if Declan was actually studying law in a parallel universe such was his ability to defend himself when he landed himself in a little hot water.There’s so much you want to say about Declan and that numbing, empty feeling left by his sudden departure will stay with us for many days, weeks, months and years to come.Many who are raising young people to send them out into the world can only hope that they can find a safe path and a life that they find their own level of happiness in. Declan fought hard to find that path and to find that happiness but some illnesses simply overpower the human body and mind.The one thing that will never be in doubt and the one thing no illness will ever kill is the love Declan’s family had and will always have for him.Rest gently young man.SMRemembering Declan Doherty RIP was last modified: December 13th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:curlsDeclan DohertykilmacrennanletterkennyMUSICsmilelast_img read more

Big screen treatment for queen of Katwe

first_imgHunger was the motivation for Uganda’s Phiona Mutesi to attend chess classes at a local church: she signed up because they also provided a bowl of porridge. Today, her story is being made into a Hollywood movie. Kenyan Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is starring in a film about Ugandan chess champion Phiona Mutesi. (Images: News Point Africa and Tim Crothers) Priya PitamberThe rise of Uganda’s Phiona Mutesi from the poor streets of Katwe to international chess sensation is being turned into a Disney blockbuster starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo.In 2005, when she was nine years old, Mutesi crossed paths with the game in the slum of Katwe, in Uganda’s capital, Kampala. Players were introduced to chess at a church, and given a free cup of porridge.“It was so interesting,” Mutesi told UK newspaper The Guardian of her introduction to the game. “But I didn’t go there for chess; I went just to get a meal.”The hungry Mutesi started to plan her days around visiting the church, and ended up fuelling a passion for the strategic planning it takes to win a game of chess.“She was really desperate for survival,” recalled coach and mentor Robert Katende of Sports Outreach Ministry (SOM) of his meeting with Mutesi a decade ago.“I like chess because it involves planning,” Mutesi said. “If you don’t plan, you will end up with a bad life.”Now, she plays internationally, wins accolades, and inspires young minds in Uganda.All hail the queenMutesi’s afternoons are dedicated to chess. “She will either practice at school with friends or go to the SOM Chess Academy in Katwe and help coach Robert [Katende],” reads the profile on her website. “Phiona has a real passion for teaching the children.”President of the Uganda Chess Federation Vianney Luggya said Mutesi had flourished, and had surpassed all expectations.Mutesi competed in the Africa International Children’s Chess Tournament in South Sudan in 2009, and returned with a trophy. She has taken part in Olympiads in Siberia, Turkey and Norway, and she has a Woman Candidate Master ranking from the World Chess Federation.The young player has also faced off against her hero, the Russian former world champion Grandmaster, Garry Kasparov. Her success has also inspired students in the US to start a chess tournament in her name.The Hollywood treatmentThe movie is based on the book by Tim Crothers, The Queen Of Katwe: A Story Of Life, Chess, And One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream Of Becoming A Grandmaster. It is being filmed in South Africa and Uganda, translated for the screen by Mira Nair.Nair also directed a short documentary on Katende for the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s short film series, The Power of Words.From 6000 pearls to just 1: Uganda. Excited to be back in East Africa to work with @MiraPagliNair on #QueenOfKatwe.— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) March 29, 2015It is believed that Oscar-winning actress Nyong’o is taking the role of Mutesi’s mother, Harriet, while Oyelowo is tipped to play chess instructor and mentor Katende, reported the African lifestyle portal, Okay Africa.While filming in South Africa, Nyong’o took some time off to see South African comedian Trevor Noah on stage.I was already having a great time performing in Johannesburg and then @Lupita_Nyongo dropped in and made my night.— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) June 12, 2015Luggya said he hoped the movie would open doors for chess players across Uganda. “I think Ugandans realise that it is a brain game that can enhance their potential in all other aspects of life.”An inspiration to other girlsMutesi’s success has had a ripple effect, including inspiring young girls across Uganda to achieve their dreams. “Girls are always overlooked, even in chess,” Mutesi explained to The Guardian. “But I don’t think there’s any reason why a girl cannot beat a boy. It comes from believing in yourself.”In 2013, she was honoured at the Women of the World Summit in New York City and awarded a $25 000 grant. “Phiona has been faithful to use the funds to speak at conferences, organisations and churches,” states her website.When she held her first girls-only chess clinic, more than 400 young women attended. “The girls were not only taught chess but also encouraged by Phiona and invited professional women to pursue education and to delay marriage and children until after they finished school and began a career.”From queen to GrandmasterMutesi would like to rise to the highest level possible in chess: that of a Grandmaster. But outside the game, she would like to improve the lives of children by becoming a paediatrician.“Phiona, [and her brothers] Brian and Richard plan to go back to Katwe after they finish school to build a home to provide shelter, clinic care and education for the slum children,” reads her website.last_img read more