Double 800m gold for South Africa

By on December 18, 2019

first_img24 August 2009Mbulaeni Mulaudzi emulated Caster Semenya’s feat in the women’s 800 metres by winning gold in the men’s race, while Khotso Mokoena took silver in the long jump, to lift South Africa into the top 10 on the medals table at the conclusion of the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Sunday.Thanks to the weekend’s medal haul, and Semenya’s gold in the women’s 800 metres, South Africa finished ninth behind the USA, Jamaica, Kenya, Russia, Poland, Germany, Ethiopia, and Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In total, 202 countries took part in the championships.The 800 metres double is reminiscent of the feat achieved in the 2003 World Championships, when South Africans Jacques Freitag and Hestrie Cloete won gold in the men’s and women’s high jump.Running from the frontFor Mulaudzi, who has been one of the world’s leading 800 metres runners for many years now, Sunday’s victory was deeply satisfying. Afterwards, exhausted, he sat on the track, let out a yell, then lent back on his hands, and let out another yell of delight.Once he had recovered sufficiently, he wrapped himself in the South African flag and went to the crowd to soak up their applause.It was an especially impressive victory because of the manner in which he won, dictating the race from the front. It was also impressive considering the manner in which he reached the final.In qualifying, the South African star won his first heat in a time of one minute 46.40 seconds. However, in the semi-finals he was boxed out and finished only fourth in his heat. Despite this, he reached the medal-deciding race as one of the two fastest qualifiers to finish outside the top two in the three semi-final races.Having scraped into the final, Mulaudzi took the initiative and was rewarded for his brave decision.Digging deepIt was a very tight race, and on two occasions Mulaudzi had to push away the arm of the man behind him. Starting from the outside lane, he worked hard to take the lead as the runners neared the end of the first straight.At the completion of the first lap, the time was 53.44 seconds. Working hard down the back straight, Mulaudzi withstood the building pressure and accelerated as the field came off the bend into the final straight. He built up a small gap and then dug deep and dipped for the line to gain victory.Mulaudzi was first in one minute 45.29 seconds, with Kenya’s Alfred Kirwa Yego second in 1:45.35, and Bahrain’s Yusuf Saas Kamel third in the same time.Speaking at a press conference after his win, Mulaudzi said: “To lead was part of my plan. I have really battled in the past few championships and the past few races this year. But everything worked out in the last few weeks.“I spoke to my coach and my manager, and they said that the only way to run a good race was to be in control. So I led and ran a good last 200. That was it for me.‘Very happy, very grateful’“I’ve been around for a long time,” Mulaudzi added. “I’m very happy, very grateful for this gold medal. I’ve tried often to get a medal for outdoors, but I got injuries or I got sick. Today is the most important day in my life.“Last year we saw [Wilfred] Bungei come in to win the Olympics, and he is not a junior any more! Maybe experience also counts.“For me it was a great day, and technically my race plan was perfect. That’s how I won today.”He also described his victory lap, saying: “Everybody saw I was very happy, very pumped up. I was very excited the whole victory lap, with the whole crowd cheering.”Long jump silverKhotso Mokoena preceded Mulaudzi’s gold medal with a silver medal in the long jump on Saturday to match his result at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.After a no jump in the opening round, Mokoena moved into second place behind Dwight Phillips in the second round with a leap of 8.47 metres, just three centimetres short of his African record. Phillips, meanwhile, leapt 8.54 metres to add 14 centimetres to his first round jump, which had given him the lead.The second round jumps by Phillips and Mokoena proved to be the best of the competition, while Mitchell Watt recorded 8.37 metres in the fifth round to move to the bronze medal position.Commenting on his effort afterwards, Mokoena said: “Today, it was great. Coming into the championship I was positive. I came in to give it my best shot, training was good, and the spectators kept me going.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Brand South Africa confident of the country’s transition

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first_imgBrand South Africa confident of the country’s transitionJohannesburg, Thursday 15th February 2018 – Brand South Africa welcomes the political certainty following the resignation of President Jacob Zuma yesterday, 14th February 2018. This once again shows the strength of our democracy. Brand South Africa has confidence in our constitutional democracy and institutions to manage the transition to a new administration.Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela says; “we acknowledge that the country has seen a lot of speculation in the last few weeks, regarding the office of the President, however, we have full confidence in the new leadership of the ruling party as well as our institutions to take the country forward”.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5071Mobile: +27 (0) 81 704 1488Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comTsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5000Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comNotes to the EditorAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.last_img read more

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Ohio Soybean Association names Kirk Merritt executive director

By on December 17, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Kirk MerrittThe Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) has named Kirk Merritt Executive Director of the grassroots policy and member-driven organization to begin March 6. Merritt currently serves as the Executive Director of the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC), which manages soybean checkoff dollars, and will continue in that role.The announcement follows the departure of Adam Ward, who had served as OSA executive director and OSC director of marketing and outreach since 2010. Ward left the organizations to pursue an opportunity at The Ohio State University (OSU) as the Government Affairs Director for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.“We want to thank Adam for his dedication to our organization and his help in raising our level of recognition at the Statehouse and Washington, D.C. We look forward to working with him in his new role,” said Todd Hesterman, OSA president and Henry County soybean farmer. “To build on the progress made, we believe there is no better candidate than Kirk who has already been working with OSA and has done great work for OSC.”Merritt joined OSC in June 2007 as International Marketing Director and Director of Outreach and Programs for the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF). In 2009 he was promoted to Executive Director of both organizations. He has worked closely with the OSC Board of Trustees to advance OSC’s mission of enhancing profit opportunities for Ohio soybean farmers. Prior to the Ohio soybean organizations, Merritt was the Director of the International Trade Division in the Ohio Department of Development leading a team with offices in Ohio and eleven international markets. Kirk holds a B.A. from Manchester University and a M.A. from OSU.Merritt looks forward to tackling his new role and keeping the missions of all three organizations, OSA, OSC and OSCF, in sync with the growing and changing agricultural industry.“Agriculture is an extremely exciting industry to be in right now,” Merritt said. “Technology is advancing and being adopted at a rapid rate. U.S. and international consumer demographics are changing. Legislative priorities and policies are in flux. I am looking forward to the challenge and can’t wait to get started. My first goal for OSA is to continue the good work that was done over the past several years and build on that for the future.”In addition to the change at the executive level, OSA and OSC are expected to announce and begin accepting applications for an additional staff position soon.last_img read more

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Spotify Arrives For Linux

By on December 16, 2019

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… mike melanson Streaming music service Spotify may not have made its way to the U.S. quite yet, but it has arrived in another much requested realm: Linux. A product of “hack days and late nights,” the Linux version is something that the company says it hopes to make sure “keeps pace with its Mac and Windows siblings.”As we noted in March, all signs point toward a U.S. launch for the European service some time in the third quarter of 2010, although an informal show-of-hands poll during Spotify founder Daniel Ek’s keynote speech at SXSW this year showed many U.S. users are already running the service. Many of those same early adopters are likely rejoicing today as the program finally makes its way into their alternative operating system of choice.According to the company’s blog post, the Linux version will only be available to Spotify Premium subscribers, as the company hasn’t “found a reliable way to display ads yet.” The Linux version will also not include support for local files, as “there are issues regarding decoding of local music on the Linux platform.” Spotify finds itself in an increasingly competitive market, with alternatives like MOG and Napster already gaining ground and entries from Apple and Google likely on the horizon. For those of you wondering what you’re missing out on, we have a video and some screenshots of the music app that our co-editor Marshall Kirkpatrick calls “simply awesome.”The Linux version of Spotify is available for download as a Debian Squeeze/Ubuntu 10.04 package on the Spotify website. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts center_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#music#news#web last_img read more

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Solar Now or Later?

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first_imgOur expert’s opinionHere’s how GBA technical director Peter Yost sees it:I decided to check in with GBA zero-energy home expert Ann Edminster. I also contacted Jim Timmerberg directly. Here are some considerations:Start by visiting DSIRE. This web site is a great national/state/local directory of renewable energy incentives, subsidies, rebates, and policies that you can filter geographically. For instance, filtering by state — Ohio — and by county — Huron — yields 45 programs that Jim might consider.Even better than a ground-mounted system is an optimally configured utility building or structure. Jim has a big enough lot with enough good solar exposure to design a carport, shed, or other utility building that offers the best orientation, roof angle, and height for a PV system. It would combine the best aspects of a rooftop system and a ground-mount system, in terms of installation and performance.Alternative financing arrangements are becoming increasing available. As Ann emphasizes, leases, power-purchase agreements, and various financing alternatives are more common, making it possible to get rooftop PV with very little or zero money upfront.Finally, remember that Community Choice Aggregation is coming to many areas, and it will likely make it possible to buy into clean renewable energy without having to install PV on your own property. That’s another argument in favor of stalling for a while.The main thing for folks like Jim to consider: Anyone building a new home should investigate federal, state, and local PV incentive programs and should compare the pros and cons of a site-based renewable energy system to off-site options. Should he spend the money on solar? That question is the focus of this Q&A Spotlight. An Introduction to Photovoltaic SystemsGreen Basics: Photovoltaic (Solar Electric) SystemsSolar Thermal is Really, Really DeadMaking Room for a PV ArrayCost of Installed Solar Continues to FallRooftop Solar Makes Houses Worth MorePV Systems Have Gotten Dirt CheapCost of Solar Electricity Hits a New Low What you get for $5,000The cost of a PV system can vary a good deal depending on where you live, as previous studies have found. But for argument’s sake, Stephen Sheehy has picked $3.50 per watt as the cost of a typical system, and Timmerberg won’t be buying much electricity with that.Sheehy suggests that Timmerberg get in touch with a local installer, but suspects that he would be looking at a system with a capacity of 1 to 1.25 kilowatt, and given the small size of the system his money might buy, perhaps even less.“Depending on where you live,” Sheehy says, “a 1.25 kW array produces around 1,500 kWh/year. At your rate of 7 cents, you’ll get about $100 worth of electricity.”The price that Timmerberg is paying for electricity is relatively low, adds Charlie Sullivan, so it’s unlikely the investment in solar would be a good one. “But,” he adds, “how many kWh you get for 1.5 kW of solar depends on how sunny your climate is. If you are in a really good sun location, and you can find an installer who gives you a really good price, it might work to be a reasonable investment.”Even if Timmerberg’s small system produced only $105 worth of electricity per year, adds GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, that still amounts to a 3% yield on a $3,500 investment. “There are worse investments these days,” he says.In addition, Holladay says, there may be other incentives available to him, including local or state rebate programs or SRECs, a type of credit for generating electricity with a renewable source, that make the investment worthwhile. And a lease, in which Timmerberg makes no down payment, would be another option worth exploring, should that be available in his area. Prices for photovoltaic (PV) systems have been dropping steadily, making the investment in residential-sized arrays more appealing than ever. Lower prices and a decision in Congress to extend the federal investment tax credit means that ever larger systems are within reach of more homeowners.But what about homeowners whose construction budgets strictly limit the size of the PV system they can realistically afford? They are people like James Timmerberg, who is building an all-electric house in Ohio and would like to invest in solar — if it makes economic sense. Writing in a Q&A post at Green Building Advisor, Timmerberg explains his situation this way: “I’m building an all-electric home. I am currently paying 7.22 cents per kilowatt hour. I’m poor, but could possibly budget $5,000 for solar power, if 30% of that $5,000 is returned to me as a tax credit. Would investing that $5,000 in solar power make sense? (This question is premised on the cost to me, after the tax rebate, being $3,500.)“Or,” he continues, “would my $5,000 be eaten up by installation costs, and leave me generating enough electricity to operate an LED light fixture? It doesn’t matter what I could do for $15,000 or $20,000. I don’t have that much money to spend on solar power, unless I want to live in a garden shed.” RELATED ARTICLES center_img Planning for a future installationJuggling those values will help Timmerberg decide whether the investment makes sense now. If the numbers don’t work, he wonders how he might plan for an installation in the future.Check with a solar installer and an electrician, Sheehy suggests. “A lot will depend on the layout of the house,” he says. “You’ll need space on the roof, a place for the inverter, maybe a chase for wiring.”Dorsett advises Timmerberg to orient the house so the ridge of the roof runs in an east-west direction, and make the roof a simple gable with no dormers or other interruptions on the south-facing pitch that would interfere with the eventual installation of solar panels. Roof pitches lower than 4-in-12 would hold snow for weeks at a time, he says, while a 6-in-12 or steeper roof would shed snow quickly and improve the production of solar electricity in mid-winter.“If it’s a lightweight trussed roof design,” Dorsett adds, “make sure that the truss spacing and top chords have sufficient capacity for the additional 3 to 4 lb. per square foot dead load weight plus wind loading of a PV array. Beefing up the load capacity [of the roof framing] later is more expensive than doing it now.”In addition to roof design and orientation, Rick Miller says that Timmerberg might consider a standing-seam metal roof rather than a shingle-clad roof. Even better would be a ground-mounted array. “If you have the land, keep it off the roof,” Miller says. He lists these advantages:“A lot of roof penetrations are needed for roof installation — sooner or later, things could leak.“It might be easier to orient the array to solar south with a ground mount.“Ground mount can easily be set for the optimum tilt, whereas roof pitches are often a compromise.“Easier to clean snow with a ground mount — trust me.“Easier to clean and inspect any time of year.“Probably cheaper to insure than roof mount — not sure about that.“Easier conduit runs, typically.” Think ahead with truss designDaniel Young, a solar installer who works in Timmerberg’s area, has some additional suggestions to make a future installation easier. They include asking the roof truss manufacturer to not only add capacity for the solar panels but to indicate that has been done (along with including an engineer’s stamp) on the truss drawings. That could save an expensive extra step in the future.Also, he says, run metallic conduit from the attic to a spot next to the main panel, leave an open area near the breaker box, and keep the roof pitch between 4-in-12 and 7-in-12.“Lower than 4/12 with shingles and your roof is more prone to ice dams and other roof leaks (totally separate from the solar install, shingle roofs leak more when they are low slope) and 8/12 and higher become harder to work on and the solar labor number goes up after you get to 8/12,” Young writes. “The ideal year-round roof pitch for northern Ohio is usually 8/12, but the difference in production between 4/12 and 8/12 is less than 2% in most cases. The labor increase for 8/12 will overpower the extra production given today’s prices.” Consider the lifetime costs of powerDana Dorsett suggests that Timmerberg get out a calculator and consider how much PV-generated electricity would cost over the long term — say, 20 years.“At $3.50/watt installed cost (the U.S. average) less the 30% tax break, using a 4% discount rate (your cost of money) and an 18% capacity factor (about right for northern Ohio), you’re looking at a levelized cost of electricty of 11.7 cents/kwh based on a 20-year analysis,” Dorsett writes. “The cost of PV is still falling fast, but it doesn’t sound like it’s the best place to park your $5,000 this week.”As the cost of solar continues to fall, the equation will change. “Stay tuned,” Dorsett writes. “Two-fifty PV is happening in Florida right now, and it’s under $2/watt in mature markets like Australia and Germany. Buck-fifty PV is a realistic world price average possibility before 2020, at which point it would be price-competitive with grid power even without the tax incentives, at about 7.2 cents, a 4% discount and 18% capacity factor. That’s your current retail price. The tax incentives don’t step back until after 2020, and with that incentive the buck-fifty installed cost boundary can happen sooner.”He suggests that Timmerberg visit a couple of web sites for more information, including an online calculator from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the levelized cost of energy (LCOE), and another that estimates the capacity factor of solar systems in cities around the country. (More sun equals more electricity.)last_img read more

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Scale and the Dilution of Quality

By on December 9, 2019

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Craftspeople are about quality. They make their wares by hand. Their own two hands. The attention to detail–the caring–is literally part of their creation. The revisions, the do-overs, the work that is abandoned because it isn’t good enough is what separates a craftsperson from the poseur, the hobbyist, the amateur, and the person who does something simply to scale it up and sell it.When something is created by hand, the deep caring that is poured into the work allows the creator to deliver what is exceptional, what is exquisite, what is excellent. It’s difficult to scale attention to detail, and it’s even more difficult to scale caring (even though it can–and is–being done).Dilution of CareThe act of scaling beyond a certain point is a dilution of quality.Scale is the decision to serve more people. This means swapping “by hand” for more efficient means. Efficiency is the choice of speed over quality. It’s trading exceptional, exquisite, and excellent for “good enough. Scale doesn’t mean that something isn’t good, useful, or even that it isn’t worth buying. But it does mean that trade-offs were made.The Retention of What Is ExceptionalTo retain exceptional, exquisite, and excellence, you have to make greater investments, investments that kill efficiency. You have to hire more people to create high touch, high value, and high caring. You have to keep slack in the system when your competitors are working on becoming leaner. The decisions you make because of your choice of strategy must look like madness to your competitors.Exceptional takes more investments in time, money, and caring. Good enough is about being efficient.Not Everything Need BeNot everything needs to be exceptional. What one person values enough to pay more to obtain, another person perceives as a commodity.If it is your model, your strategy, is to differentiate by creating what is exceptional, then scaling will require greater and greater investments, and those investments will require that you price your offering to deliver that. That means you are going to have to ask your clients to pay for inefficiencies, for slack, for high caring. They are going to have to pay for things to be done by hand.In many markets, the middle is getting pulled apart. Companies–and their leaders–are being forced to choose to compete on price and begin a gradual race to the bottom or serve the higher end of the market instead. Scaling mostly means dilution of quality and moving down from exceptional.last_img read more

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Fly ash leak from Madhya Pradesh’s NTPC plant spread to farmlands, claim villagers

By on December 1, 2019

first_imgA dyke of a fly ash pond at a power plant of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) in Singrauli district of Madhya Pradesh breached on Sunday evening, causing spillage in several acres of land.Although it had led to environmental damage, there was no damage to human life, cattle and farms  as the spillage occurred within the NTPC compound in Shahpur, said district Collector K.V.S. Choudary. Preliminary assessment tells us that the breach may have been caused following excess rain, he said. “It has been raining for three-four days continuously. At this point, it’s difficult to give an estimate of the volume of the spilled fly ash.”A team of the Pollution Control Board is visiting the site and collecting samples. It will impose a fine on the plant for environmental damage, he added. All the plants in the district, including the three with the NTPC which have six dykes, had been asked strengthen dykes by the district administration. “In the past, we met officials of plants and the Pollution Control Board to discuss the stability of dykes. We’ve repeatedly asked plants to check the strength of dykes,” said Mr. Choudary The height of the dyke was being increased when the breach occurred, he added. The extent of the area affected has not been calculated yet, said Avijeet Kumar Ranjan, district Superintendent of Police, and there were no human settlements inside the compound. Moreover, there were no complaints of missing persons or cattle with the police, he said. “Three persons, within the campus at the time of the incident, were rescued,” he added. Two months ago, the Essar Energy had paid ₹50 lakh as compensation to farmers of two villages in the district after tonnes of fly ash discharged from a power plant damaged their crops and some houses following heavy rain on August 7.last_img read more

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Mayweather-McGregor ticket sales fall short of record

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Left and right, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor are shown in different portions of their super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ticket sales for the superfight were a disappointment after failing to break the record for gate receipts. AFPLOS ANGELEs, United States — Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s money-spinning superfight failed to break the record for gate receipts at a Las Vegas boxing bout, figures released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed Wednesday.The controversial August 26 fight raked in $55,414,865.79, well short of the $72,198,500 generated by Mayweather’s 2015 “Fight of the Century” against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadal: Federer not ‘boyfriend’ material The Mayweather-McGregor bout, staged at the T-Mobile Arena, sold 13,094 tickets, well short of the venue’s 20,500 capacity. The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight sold 16,219 tickets.A total of 137 complimentary tickets were given away for Mayweather-McGregor, won by Mayweather in a 10th-round technical knockout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingFace-value ticket prices for Mayweather-McGregor were among the most expensive in history, with cheapest seats going for $500 and the most expensive for as much as $10,000.Although the fight failed to challenge the Mayweather-Pacquiao gate total, it becomes the second highest-grossing gate in Las Vegas history, surpassing the $20 million generated by Mayweather’s 2013 defeat of Canelo Alvarez. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The bout is also set to be one of the richest fights in history if the most bullish predictions of pay-per-view television sales are met.Some predictions have suggested the fight could threaten the 4.6 million buys generated by Pacquiao-Mayweather.Official numbers have not been released although executives from cable network Showtime Sports said they expected the bout would at least be second. CBBADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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