Feedback from the profession

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Feedback from the professionOn 19 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Last week the European directive on Information and Consultation was agreedby the council of ministers, and HR professionals are worried. Bruce Warman, HRdirector of Vauxhall, said it would be extremely damaging (News, 30 May). Hereare other experts’ views: Trevor BromelowCorporate personnel director, Siemens “The idea behind it is no more than what we regard as best practice. Wewere hoping it would allow employers to put in place mechanisms that bestsuited their structures and it wasn’t going to be a one-size-fits-allapproach.” Pat MallaghanHead of HR, Clerical Medical Group “It will be interesting to see how unions react and how they positionthemselves, as it clearly has implications for the exclusive relationship someemployers have.” Fiona ColquhounGroup HR director, ICL group “It will have an impact on companies that have a concern with beingopen with employees. Some countries will feel it more than others, and somecompanies will be more concerned than others. A good employer should be doingthese things anyway.” Andrew NewallCorporate HR director, Allied Domecq “Whether the directive will affect employers depends on the culture ofthe organisation. Good employers have nothing to worry about as they shouldalready be consulting their employees, so it will not effect them that much ifat all.” Makbool JavaidPartner at law firm DLA “Managers at board level are not used to sharing sensitive financialinformation with workers’ representatives. It is not part of the UKculture.” last_img read more

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Redundancy fears spark drop in UK worker absence figures

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Increasedfear of redundancy among workers has led to a 10 per cent fall in absencelevels in the past year, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel andDevelopment (CIPD).TheCIPD’s Employee Absence 2003 study of more than 1,300 HR professionals alsofinds that three-quarters of organisations believe minor illnesses such ascolds and flu were the most common causes of absence, up from half in the samesurvey last year.Stressis still the most common cause of long-term sickness absence among non-manualworkers and is alarmingly high in the public sector, the CIPD reported.Almost60 per cent of the public sector organisations polled cited stress as theleading cause of long-term sickness absence, more than double the number in theprivate sector. ACIPD employee attitudes survey in December 2002 also showed that public sectorworkers were more stressed than their private sector counterparts, with 38 percent of NHS workers and 30 per cent of local government workers finding theirwork either stressful or very stressful, compared with an average of 25 percent for all workers. Inthe latest study, absence rates were higher among public sector employees (10.5days a year) than private sector workers, where the average was seven days.Workers from the north-west of England topped the regional absence league withan average of 10.4 days per year, compared with 7.6 days for workers in London.MikeEmmott, CIPD head of employee relations, said: “The biggest singleinfluence on absence levels is management action. However, where employees feelmore insecure, this can also have an effect.Headded: “Job insecurity can undermine morale and commitment and so push upabsence rates. However, the threat of redundancy may also lead to a fall insickness absence.” www.cipd.org.uk Redundancy fears spark drop in UK worker absence figuresOn 1 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Commander of Sri Lankan Navy Declares Open SLNS Parakrama Senior Sailors’ Mess

first_img View post tag: Mess View post tag: Naval View post tag: SLNS January 3, 2012 View post tag: Senior Training & Education View post tag: open View post tag: Lankan Back to overview,Home naval-today Commander of Sri Lankan Navy Declares Open SLNS Parakrama Senior Sailors’ Mess Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: Commander View post tag: Parakrama Commander of Sri Lankan Navy Declares Open SLNS Parakrama Senior Sailors’ Mess View post tag: Declares View post tag: sailors View post tag: Sri View post tag: News by topic Commander of the Navy declared open the Senior Sailors’ Mess and the extensions of Junior Sailors’ Mess at SLNS Parakrama on 02nd January 2012. Senior naval officers attached to Naval Headquarters, Commanding Officer and Sailors of SLNS Parakrama were also present on the occasion.Under the guidance of Secretary of Defence and Urban development the Navy has taken steps to improve the facilities of Senior and Junior Sailor Messes in all naval commands. They are air-conditioned and made more attractive in order to create a comfortable environment for naval personnel to have their meals and spend their leisure time in a more productive manner.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 03, 2012; Image: navylast_img read more

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Australia: Seahawk Tiger 80 Set for Exercise TALISMAN SABER

first_img View post tag: Saber Share this article A Seahawk and its crew from 816 Squadron have been specially detached to HMAS Perth for Exercise TALISMAN SABER in the waters off Central Queensland.Flight commander Lieutenant Commander Jeff Topping said the birdies would have more of a training focus and wouldn’t become ship’s company.“Normally an aircraft and its air crew and maintainers become the ship’s asset, fully integrated into the ship’s company, and they stay with the ship for longer,” he said.“We are with HMAS Perth only for Exercise TALISMAN SABER 13 and specifically for the purposes of achieving training goals.”“Our goal is to get several members of our maintenance team and air crew past key training milestones so they can become fully qualified.”The 816 SQN detachment would also help further the ship’s aviation operations.“(We will) extend their training and become proficient in more complex aviation operations,” Lieutenant Commander Topping said.Lieutenant Commander Topping is embarked as flight commander for the first time along with Leading Seaman James Inglish who is becoming fully qualified on the Seahawk after many years on the Navy’s now-retired Sea Kings.Chief Petty Officer Michael Wratten is getting his first experience leading an aircraft maintenance crew at sea and pilot Lieutenant Leigh George is completing key flying tasks to become fully qualified.Three junior maintainers are on their first trip to sea and three more aviation crew will arrive part way through the exercise, replacing members of the original team who will have achieved their required training.“Training deployments like this one are usually arranged once a year, but it’s really worthwhile to deploy to a major international exercise like TALISMAN SABER 13,” Lieutenant Commander Topping said.“It means we don’t just get exposure to our own training, we also experience the larger exercise training environment so we can achieve our goals more efficiently while gaining experiences we wouldn’t get otherwise.”Exercise TALISMAN SABER 2013 is a biennial, bilateral exercise designed to train Australian and United States military forces in planning and conducting combined task force operations from 15 July to 5 August.[mappress]Press Release, July 30, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Seahawk Australia: Seahawk Tiger 80 Set for Exercise TALISMAN SABER View post tag: Navy View post tag: Tiger View post tag: Defense View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Talisman July 30, 2013 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: £80 View post tag: Defence View post tag: set Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia: Seahawk Tiger 80 Set for Exercise TALISMAN SABER Training & Educationlast_img read more

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Associate/Full Professor of Epidemiology (68529)

first_imgThe Department of Epidemiology ( http://epidemiology.phhp.ufl.edu/) at the University of Florida seeks qualified applicants for afull-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month tenure or non-tenure track facultymember at the Associate or Full Professor level. This is anexciting opportunity to join a growing department that hasexpertise in cutting edge areas including substance abuse and HIV,genetic epidemiology, cancer epidemiology, psychiatricepidemiology, data science, and infectious and chronic diseaseepidemiology.The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to excellence inteaching, mentoring, and research conducted in a dynamic academichealth center environment. The successful candidate will beexpected to contribute both collaboratively and independently toexternally funded research. Tenure track faculty will be principalinvestigators of extramurally funded research projects. Non-tenuretrack faculty will typically be focused on collaborative researchas co-investigators. In addition, the successful candidate will beexpected to teach courses that support the epidemiology and publichealth programs and will also contribute to service through studentmentorship and committee service.The Department of Epidemiology is strategically situated within theCollege of Public Health and Health Professions (PHHP) and theCollege of Medicine. Faculty members are jointly appointed tocreate synergies and collective strength, resulting in acompetitive research profile and highly trained students whoreceive exceptional exposure to diverse expertise. Our faculty andstudents have received numerous national awards in research andmentoring and are committed to excellence in training. Thedepartment offers an epidemiology PhD, Master of Science, andconcentration in the MPH program. It is also home to two NationalInstitutes of Health Training grants. Faculty members are stronglysupported by our college level instructional design team for coursedevelopment and delivery and by our research core for grantdevelopment and submission.The University of Florida ( www.ufl.edu ) is a comprehensiveresearch-extensive university that includes a full range ofacademic departments and programs. The College of Public Health andHealth Professions ( www.phhp.ufl.edu ) is part of theUniversity’s Health Science Center. The UF Health Science Center (https://ufhealth.org/about-us )is comprised of six health-related colleges located on a single,contiguous campus. They include the colleges of Dentistry,Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Health Professions,and Veterinary Medicine. The Health Science Center also partnerswith the immediately adjacent UF Health Shands Hospital, the MalcomRandall VA Medical Center, and the UF Health Science CenterRegional campus located in Jacksonville, FL. Additional majorinstitutes and centers located at the University of Florida includethe Emerging Pathogens Institute, the Institute of Child HealthPolicy, the UF Health Cancer Center, the UF Genetics Institute, theClinical and Translational Science Institute and the McKnight BrainInstitute, all of which provide state-of-the-art environments andaccess to large data sets for faculty collaboration.Minimum required: Doctoral degree in Epidemiology or relatedfield.Preferred qualifications: Candidates should have a record ofacademic accomplishments, independent grant funding, scholarlyrecognition, teaching excellence, and leadership responsibilitiesto warrant appointment at the level of professor or associateprofessor.Qualified applicants should submit an application, which includes aCV, a letter that describes research and career interests, andcontact information for three references. All applicants shoulddiscuss their commitment to, accomplishments in, and future plansfor enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the educationalspace, workplace, and in the profession of epidemiology.Application review will begin immediately and will continue untilposition is filled.The final candidate will be required to provide official transcriptto the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not beconsidered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” isvisible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside ofthe United States are required to be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by National Association ofCredential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.#category=40The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

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Veterans Mobile Clinic Returns to Ocean City on Wednesday

first_imgA Veterans Administration Mobile Clinic will offer free health services to veterans on Wednesday (Feb. 25) at the American Legion at 3304 Bay Avenue, Ocean City, NJ.Ocean City American Legion Post 524 will again host the Veterans Administration Medical Center’s Mobile Outreach Clinic Van on Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at post headquarters, 3304 Bay Avenue. The van last appeared on the island in December.Area veterans will be offered primary care services including medical history and physicals, management of acute and chronic illnesses, women’s health and patient education. Ancillary services offered include immunizations and lab services. A social worker will be available for assistance with eligibility/enrollment, mental health referrals, and identification of resources available to veterans.“All area veterans are encouraged to take advantage of this important medical outreach program while it is in our community,” said Ocean City American Legion Post 524 Commander Bob Marzulli.Walk-in visitations are welcome, but reservations are recommended. Contact Alisha Delgado of the Wilmington, Delaware Veterans Administration Medical Center at (302) 668-4371 or email [email protected] local American Legion contact is Tom Tumelty, Post 524 Service Officer. He can be reached at (609) 398-8432 or by email at [email protected]last_img read more

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Sowing the seed: Poppyseed Bakery, Eastbourne

first_imgLee Smith says his finest achievement at school was a Victoria sponge: “I always knew I was going to be a baker – I’ve never been as good at anything else.”He has now been a baker for 33 years. From around five years of age he spent a lot of time in his grandparent’s kitchen, helping them prepare food for the guests in their Eastbourne hotel: “That’s where I first caught the bug.”Following apprenticeships and training on the job in local and London bakeries, he bought his own operation in 2003, Bexhill Farm Kitchen. In 2015 he expanded that bakery operation into its own unit in Eastbourne, which it now shares with his latest creation, Poppyseed Bakery, also based in the town.Poppyseed was originally named East Sussex Bakery, a name it kept right through the branding process. It was only at the final hour that it was changed “because we wanted the name to be friendly and homely, but also to make you think of traditional baking, because that’s what this place is all about.”The Bexhill store has a deli and farm shop focus, while Poppyseed is very much about takeaway sandwiches and baked goods, targeting local workers.But there is a charming seating area, “which wasn’t part of the original plan to be honest, but the space just lends itself to it.”The shop, which used to be an estate agents and took Smith five years to find, was acquired at the end of last September, and work was completed the week before Christmas. The idea behind the new acquisition was that Smith could have more time off. “I had to expand to give us the ability to employ more people.”Smith says the process was fairly gruelling, though: “I was working for 10 or 11 hours in the bakery and then trying to make drawings or plans. I spent a lot of hours sitting on the floor and staring at the space, changing my mind. It was really hard.”All the designs in the shop are Smith’s own, but with the help of his wife, Kirsty, as he is colour blind. It was a friend of his, Jay, who did all the work – he also helped him refurbish the Bexhill operation and the bakery unit.The thinking behind it is “traditional but modern”. Paintings by local artist, Mark Curryer, hang from the walls, as does a vintage Hovis sign, and framed antique cuttings from a bakery magazine. I ask if they are British Baker pages, and the tactful reply comes with a smile and without hesitation: “No, no, I would never rip that up!”The offerings on display include filled sandwiches, ten different loaves, scones, baps, croissants, doughnuts, pies and traybakes, but no cakes. “That was a purposeful decision, because they’re too perishable.”But unlike the cakes, this bakery is built to last, and if the breakfast trade that floods the shop floor is anything to go by, the seeds have been sown in the right place. Poppyseed Bakery, Eastbourne Who: Lee Smith, owner of Bexhill Farm Kitchen, was a finalist at last year’s BIA’s in the prestigious Baker of The Year category and is a multiple Britain’s Best Loaf champion. He brings with him six staff, some of which he has known since school. He employs 23 people altogether between his two shops and Eastbourne-based bakery production unit. What: While Smith’s Bexhill operation has more of a delicatessen focus, this shop targets office workers and takeaway customers, with an offering that includes filled sandwiches, ten different loaves, scones, baps, croissants, doughnuts, pies and traybakes.Where: Gildredge Rd, Eastbourne, East SussexWhen: The shop opened for business just before Christmas last year.Why: Poppyseed was created because Smith “wanted to challenge himself”. He has been in the baking industry since 1984, and says he never considered doing anything else.last_img read more

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Ghost Light Shares Full-Show Audio From Hangtown Ahead Of Upcoming Tour [Listen]

first_imgGhost Light 2018 Fall Tour11/14 – Jupiter Hall Albany – Albany, NY11/15 – Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA11/16 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA11/17 – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge – Burlington, VT11/18 – Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME11/21 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY11/24 – The Hamilton – Washington, DC11/27 – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA11/28 – Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC11/29 – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NC11/30 – Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC12/01 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA12/05 – The Basement East – Nashville, TN12/06 – Cosmic Charlie’s – Lexington, KY12/12-12/16 – Holidaze – Puerto Moreles, MexicoView All Tour Dates Ghost Light has made serious waves in 2018. The newly formed project from Tom Hamilton, Holly Bowling, Raina Mullen, Scotty Zwang, and Steve Lyons is a force to be reckoned with, wowing audiences across the country with their next-level improvisations and already-stellar catalog of originals. With only 10 months as a band under their belts, Ghost Light impressively sold out multiple shows on their inaugural spring tour, based off of word-of-mouth buzz alone.Ghost Light is gearing up for their upcoming fall tour, with an extended run spanning from November 14th to December 6th. Ghost Light’s fall tour kicks off in Albany, New York, at Jupiter Hall on November 14th. From there the group winds through Northampton, MA; Allston, MA; Burlington, VT; and Portland, ME, finishing off the tour’s non-stop five-night opening run.With a performance at New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl on November 21st, Ghost Light heads south, stopping at Washington, D.C.’s The Hamilton ahead of shows in Richmond, VA; Raleigh, NC; Charlotte, NC; Charleston, SC; and Atlanta, GA, through to December 1st. Ghost Light will finish out their fall tour in the South, with a performance at Nashville, Tennessee’s The Basement East on December 5th and Lexington, Kentucky’s Cosmic Charlie’s on December 6th. To round out their announced plans for 2018, Ghost Light will finish out the year at the highly anticipated Holidaze, which returns to Mexico in mid-December.Luckily for fans, Ghost Light has released the first edition of their “Full Show Friday,” featuring their recent day-set from Hangtown Music Festival in Placerville CA on October 28th, 2018. Listen to the full-show audio below:Ghost Light – 10/28/2018 (full-show)<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>[Audio: Jeffery Bowling]For more information and ticketing, head to Ghost Light’s website here.last_img read more

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Companies Will Increasingly Be in the Cross-Hairs of Nation-State Cyber-Attacks

first_imgNation-state cyber-attacks will continue to evolve and accelerate but the damage will be increasingly borne by the private sector – In 2014, nation states around the world increasingly pushed the boundaries of cyber assault to control their own populaces and spy on other nation-states.  With no one actively working on the development of acceptable norms of digital behavior on the global stage – a digital Hague or Geneva Convention, if you will – we can expect this covert digital warfare to continue.  Increasingly, however, companies in the private sector will be drawn into this war either as the intended victims or as unwitting pawns in attacks on other companies.That is essentially one of the predictions I offered in my annual end of year letter published on Dec. 2, 2014.  Little did any of us know at that time that officials at Sony Pictures Entertainment and the FBI were in the midst of feverishly working to determine the full extent of an unprecedented cyber-attack that was subsequently attributed to North Korea.The Sony attack, in which nearly 100 terabytes of data were exfiltrated and millions of dollars in damage was done, was a wake-up call for everyone.  Suddenly, all companies realized that the list of threat actors they face includes adversarial nation-states, whose resources and capabilities dwarf those of hacktivists and even well-funded, global criminal organizations.The incident response team that helped Sony determine what had happened after the attack stated that this attack was so sophisticated that no company “could have been fully prepared” for it.  While the attack was certainly very serious and a substantial challenge, I beg to differ with that analysis.We are not helpless in the face of these attacks.There is something that enterprises can do today to prepare for these attacks – move beyond traditional, perimeter-based security strategies to a modern security strategy that emphasizes comprehensive visibility into and rigorous analysis of activity within our digital environments.Leveraging big data perspectives, processes, and technologies enables us to spot even the faintest signal of an attack and enable rapid, contextually-informed action to thwart it.  Breaches are indeed inevitable, but losses are not.  A big data driven security strategy will stop even the most novel and sophisticated of attacks because regardless of how stealthy an attacker may be, at some point, they will have to do something anomalous to achieve their goals, they will be identified, and they will be shut down.The second thing that we as individuals, enterprises, and industries can and should do is push for the world’s governments to begin approaching cyber weapons with the same care as they do chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons.  As I indicated in my prediction, nation-states are testing the boundaries of acceptable cyber weapon use.  The damage of the Sony attack is just the beginning of what is possible and we need to take that seriously.In addition, if we have learned anything over the past few years, it’s that unlike physical weaponry that is limited in terms of its geographical reach and reusability, cyber weaponry is deployable anywhere and virtually infinitely reusable.  Sophisticated cyber weapons that are developed by nation-states will eventually fall into the hands of non-state actors who are not restricted by global standards in their use.  This is a prospect that should give all of us serious pause.  We need to demand the world’s leaders sit down and come to an agreement to take cyber weapons out of our nation-state arsenals.If we don’t, movies and e-mails won’t be all that we lose.last_img read more

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Lessons of the Week! Michael Cera, Audra McDonald & More

first_img View Comments It’s Friday, and you know what that means—it’s time to get hammered! No, wait, it’s time for the Lessons of the Week, where we highlight the craziest, weirdest and most WTF moments of the last seven days for your reading convenience. So grab your raw meat and your Schmackary’s German chocolate brownies, because it’s time to get this party started!Michael Cera Just Can’t Wait to Be KingThe Broadway newbie may be headlining This is Our Youth, but it doesn’t sound like he actually knows anything about the play. “It’s The Lion King with three people, basically,” he told us. Wait, there’s cocaine in the Pride Lands?Norm Lewis = The Abs of BroadwayWe’ve always called The Phantom of the Opera star “Worm,” but apparently he picked up another nickname while he was starring in The Little Mermaid: The Abs of Broadway. That may have been the case in 2008, but in 2014 you’ll have to share that title with someone else, Worm.James Snyder Wants to Be Patti LuPoneIf/Then star James Snyder tried his hand at being an usher on this week’s Hey Kid, and vented about audience members clinking ice in their drinks and taking photos during the show. Good Patti impression, James! Now sing this.The Berkshires Are Just Like VegasWe thought the characters in The Country House would sit around and play chess at their Berkshires vacation home, but apparently the Massachusetts theater destination gets pretty crazy! The cast won’t reveal details, but you know what they say: What happens in the Berkshires makes a great Donald Margulies play.The Genie Will Fight You For BrowniesAladdin star James Monroe Iglehart seems like a cuddly teddy bear, but he’s actually a coldblooded brownie fiend. If you steal his Schmackary’s German chocolate brownie, watch out. He’ll punch you in the face, take away your wishes, and then you’ll never get that lifetime supply of peanut butter cups you’ve always wanted. Never!Fans Want Jeremy Jordan to ShaveThe results of the most important Smackdown in Broadway.com Show history are in: 61% of fans want Jeremy Jordan to grab his Gillette and shave that peach fuzz he’s been growing for Finding Neverland off his face. Guys, it’s time to embrace change! Has Newsies taught you nothing?! Seize the beard!Rupert Grint Roots For the Home TeamNow that Harry Potter favorite Rupert Grint has crossed the pond to star in It’s Only a Play, he’s enjoying all the sights, sounds and smells New York City has to offer—he even went to his first Yankee’s game. We have theater degrees, we’re not really sports people. Is baseball kind of like Quidditch?Newsies Wins the Ice Bucket ChallengeIt’s safe to say that we’ve watched at least 1,000 ice bucket challenges this week. And while any video that spreads awareness and raises money for ALS is awesome, we have a special place in our hearts for the video submitted by the cast of Newsies. Why? Because they take their shirts off. Why did you think?Barbra & Sports Are a Winning ComboLet’s play a word association game. When we say a word, tell us the very first word you think of. OK, ready? “Barbra Streisand.” You immediately thought “The Super Bowl,” didn’t you? We also would have accepted “drag” and “Indiana Jones hats.”Audra Has a Meaty Gift for Hugh JackmanLady Day star Audra (no last name necessary—we’re trying to turn her into Oprah, guys) will conclude her run to make way for The River, starring Hugh Jackman, this fall. The six-time Tony winner realized she should give Wolverine a gift, so she decided to leave a slab of raw meat in her dressing room. Hey, that’s just how Mama Broadway rolls.last_img read more

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