first_imgMany thousands of students across the country are still waiting for their student finance applications to be processed.The Student Loans Company has received a record number of requests for loans this year, a 16% increase on 2008, and has been unable to process them in time for the start of many universities’ academic years.One Magdalen College second year explained, “I will not be receiving my student loan until January, and I think it’s appalling. I am fortunate enough to be able to live of savings until then, but it’s such a pain to have to have to re-organise my finances. I can’t imagine how disruptive it must be for those who have to find other means.”Niall Igoe, a St Anne’s student whose loan wasn’t paid until Christmas last year added, “they do seem ridiculously disorganised”.A spokeswoman for the SLC told Cherwell, “This year we have received a record number of applications and calls and an unprecedented number of late applications – 120,000 over a four week period. However, already more than 750,000 students have had their applications for funding approved.”She further explained, “We have put in place a number of measures for students to follow the progress of their applications and to address the problems some people have had trying to get through to our customer advisers. These include additional telephone lines, additional staff and directing customers to the website to find answers to common queries.”Ralph Seymour-Jackson, chief executive of the SLC, apologised to those affected saying, “The problems with phone lines are real. We’re not pretending any different. Students are struggling to get through and we can’t pretend otherwise. For that we apologise unreservedly and ask people to use the website as much as they can.”He claimed that an unprecedented rise in late applications, caused in part by the recession, had caused the delays. He said, “We are telling out staff they can have all the overtime they want. But the applications are unprecedented.”Wes Streeting, the President of the National Union of Students, has strongly criticised the SLC for the problems, “I’m absolutely furious at the bizarre claim of the head of Student Finance England, Ralph Seymour-Jackson, that delays to the payment of loans to 50,000 students are ‘reasonable’.“Tell that to the students I’ve spoken to who are panicking about how to pay rent, pay bills and pay for food. He must have been speaking live from Cloud Cuckoo Land!”OUSU President Stefan Baskerville has been working to ensure that Oxford students will not struggle until late loans arrive. He commented, “OUSU has been in contact with the University Funding Office and has advised common room presidents on the situation. Some students may begin term short of funding for reasons outside of their own control, and will be looking to colleges for support and assistance. Colleges should be sensitive to the difficulties that some students will face, and flexible with regard to battels payments until full funding comes through.”Pauline Linières-Hartley, Wadham College Bursar, confirmed that the college was ready to respond to loan delays, “Students have been asked to let us know if they are having problems so that we can arrange deferral of payment where this is necessary.”Chris Wigg, treasurer at St Anne’s College offered a similar response, “If a student is relying on a student loan for funding and has applied properly and timely but has not received the loan due to problems with the loan company, then of course we will make allowance for this in settlement of college accounts.”This is the first year that the SLC has handled applications directly. Previously they were handled by local authorities. David Willetts, the Conservative shadow skills secretary, pointed out that the new system “did not appear to be working properly”.last_img read more

first_imgA member of the Fastrax professional skydiving team carries a gigantic American flag while making a patriotic landing on the Ocean City beach. By MADDY VITALEJumps, loops, rolls and a lot of G-forces went into Ocean City’s Air Show on Sunday, with expert skydivers and aerobatic pilots showcasing their talents for the thousands of spectators who marveled at the stunts.Families packed the beaches and lined up along the Boardwalk from Sixth to 14th streets for the Aerobatic Air Show. The crowd also got to see a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter demonstration of a water rescue, planes built in the 1940s and even a T-33, the U.S. Air Force’s first operational jet and a piece of U.S. aviation history. Team Fastrax, a professional skydiving outfit that dedicates every performance to a fallen service member or first responder, has appeared in the air show for three years. Team Fastrax members pose with a photo of Army Specialist Alyssa Peterson, who died in the line of duty. They dedicated their jump in her honor. (Courtesy Team Fastrax)The skydivers floated to the crowd displaying the American flag. Sunday’s performance was dedicated to Army Specialist Alyssa Peterson from Flagstaff, Ariz., who died on Sept 15, 2003, while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fastrax team leader Matt Harvey explained.Harvey said in an interview shortly after the jump that the team enjoys performing in Ocean City.“Ocean City is one our favorite places to jump. We’re happy to be a part of it and have been doing it in Ocean City for three years. We hope to come back each year. It is one of the most beautiful places to perform.”When it came to aerobatics, pilot Scott Francis and his high-performance aerobatic plane wowed the crowd with his stunts in his MXS aircraft, for yet another year in Ocean City. Stunt pilots wowed the crowds Sunday.He hovered above the ocean and did loops and twists that seemed to defy gravity.And he seemed to do it with ease. He even spoke to the crowds below.“Hope everybody is having a great time down there,” Francis said from his aircraft. “I’m having a great time up here.”Crowds flocked to the beach to view the Coast Guard helicopter rescue mission demonstration. The helicopter hovered over the ocean. Bright colored smoke displayed where the “swimmer” was. After a few moments, the swimmer was brought up to safety. The onlookers clapped at the mock mission.Spectators applauded the success of the U.S. Coast Guard rescue demonstration over the water.Mike Mangos, of Havertown, Pa., and his wife, Kay, and their sons, Tai, 8, and 5-year-old Ken, came down especially for the air show.The boys looked to the skies in wonderment when Team Fastrax floated down with the flag banners. “The jumps are definitely the boys’ favorites,” Mike Mangos said. “I grew up coming down to Ocean City. Now, I like bringing my family down.”Kay Mangos said the air show was a special treat for the family.“We’re having fun,” she said.Mike Mangos and his wife, Kay, and their sons, Tai, 8, and 5-year-old Ken enjoy the show.Paula Moore, of West Chester, Pa., and her daughter, Genevieve, came down to enjoy their summer home in Ocean City for one last hoorah before her daughter heads back to the school.“We found out this was happening and had to come check it out,” Paula Moore said.The air show followed a festival at the Ocean City Municipal Airport on Saturday that included airplane displays, demonstrations and family-friendly entertainment.Paula Moore, of West Chester, Pa., and her daughter, Genevieve, look to the skies in amazement.Some of the other performers included:Mark Meredith Air Shows: Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Meredith performed award-winning spins and aerobatics. Ace Maker 33: Gregory “Wired” Colyer showed off the capabilities of the T-33, the U.S. Air Force’s first operational jet. Tucano Air Shows: The MK1 Tucano and its 1,100-horsepower turboprop “not only roars, it whines,” according to its pilot. The Tucano executed loops and other maneuvers at all speeds. Kevin Russo Air Shows: Russo is in his 22nd year flying air shows with his restored SNJ-6, which was built in 1944 and delivered to the Navy during World War II. Crowds take video and snap photos with their cellphones.Vintage planes fly in close formation.last_img read more

first_imgCoffee specialist Cherizena has launched a new salted caramel-flavoured coffee for customers in the bakery, café and retail trades.Suitable for both hot drinks and cold frappés, the new variety combines a rich caramel flavour with a zingy twist of salt and contains no syrups or coatings. It is available as beans or ground, regular or decaffeinated, and can be supplied to customers in a range of different pack sizes.Kate Jones, owner of Cherizena, said: “Salted caramel coffee is now very popular in the US and we’re delighted to add our own version to Cherizena’s range. Flavoured coffees are increasing in popularity, especially among young coffee drinkers.”The salted caramel flavoured coffee is the latest in a range of more than 20 varieties produced by Cherizena.last_img read more

first_imgThe fifth meeting of the biannual Sudan-UK Strategic Dialogue was hosted by the Government of the Republic of Sudan in Khartoum on 24 April 2018, co-chaired by Ambassador Abdelghani Elnaim Awadelkarim, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Sudan, and Neil Wigan, Director for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, accompanied by delegations from both countries.The meetings covered bilateral issues, the peace process, human rights, development, trade and investment, migration, defence engagement, counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism, regional issues and culture. Both sides welcomed the continued progress in many aspects of the bilateral relationship since the last Strategic Dialogue meeting in London in October, and agreed to continue joint work in areas of mutual interest over the coming months.Both sides welcomed the continued meetings between high level government officials from Sudan and the United Kingdom, including at Foreign Minister level last December. They discussed future work on macroeconomic development and reform, including technical assistance and support on improving business indicators. Both sides agreed to continue the regular dialogue on human rights between the two governments at all levels, in particular political and media freedoms in the run up to the 2020 elections, and the UK support for Sudan’s accession to the Convention Against Torture (CAT) and other relevant Conventions. Both sides continued to emphasise the importance of joint work to combat trafficking in people.On the peace process, both sides discussed the continuing reconfiguration of the UN-AU Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and agreed to continue to exchange views on the renewal of its mandate. Both parties welcomed the continued unilateral cessations of hostilities, and moves to open a UNAMID teamsite at Golo in Jebel Marra. They agreed to continue engaging constructively towards a negotiated political agreement to end the conflicts in Darfur and the Two Areas, including through the AU High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP).Both sides expressed strong concern about the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. The UK welcomed the Government of Sudan’s support to the IGAD-led peace process and its continuing commitment to supporting South Sudanese refugees. Both sides agreed the importance of a politically inclusive peace process and agreed to engage constructively in support of the current IGAD led peace process.The 2 parties also agreed to continue working together on countering terrorism and violent extremism. They welcomed continued exchanges of visits and agreed to consider further joint work in this field. Both sides were pleased with progress to deliver the current celebrations of the 70th Anniversary of the British Council in Sudan and agreed to continue exchanges on cultural and educational issues, including primary and higher education, digitisation of archives and co-operation on youth strategies.The UK and Sudan reaffirmed the importance of continued progress towards our joint goals, and a continued broadening of the bilateral relationship, and agreed to hold another Strategic Dialogue in London in October 2018.last_img read more

first_imgA special notice regarding Harvard’s 364th Commencement Exercises, which will be held May 28.Morning ExercisesTo accommodate the increasing number of people wishing to attend Harvard’s Commencement Exercises, the following guidelines are provided to facilitate admission into Tercentenary Theatre on Commencement morning:Degree candidates will receive a limited number of tickets to Commencement. Their parents and guests need tickets, which must be shown at the gates in order to enter Tercentenary Theatre. Seating capacity is limited, however, there is standing room on the Widener Library steps and at the rear and sides of the Tercentenary Theatre for viewing the exercises.Note: A ticket allows admission, but does not guarantee a seat. Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved. The sale of Commencement tickets is prohibited.A very limited supply of alumni tickets is available, with one ticket per alumni and alumnae on a first-come, first-served basis through the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). Alumni and alumnae and guests may view the Morning Exercises over large-screen televisions in the Science Center and at most of the undergraduate Houses and graduate and professional Schools. These locations provide ample seating, and tickets are not required.Alumni and alumnae attending their College reunions (25th, 35th, and 50th) will receive tickets at their reunions.Afternoon programThe Harvard Alumni Association’s Annual Meeting convenes in Tercentenary Theatre on the afternoon of Commencement. All alumni and alumnae, faculty, students, parents, and guests are invited to attend and hear Harvard’s president and the Commencement speaker deliver their addresses. The program also includes remarks from the HAA president, with results from the Overseer and HAA election, and the presentation of the Harvard Medals. Tickets for the afternoon ceremony will be available through the Harvard Alumni Association, or by calling 617.496.7001.For more information, visit the Commencement Office website.last_img read more

first_img Security forces have made great progress against Los Urabeños, which is the dominant drug trafficking organization which operates in the north-central region of the country. Police and the Armed Forces captured 1,658 members of Los Urabeños in 2013, according to government statistics. Security forces also captured 913 members of Los Rastrojos, an international drug trafficking group which operates primarily in the southern and southwestern regions of the country. The Armed Forces and police also captured 1,087 FARC operatives and 147 members of the National Liberation Army (ELN), according to government statistics. In addition to capturing 3,000 organized crime operatives, security forces also dismantled 106 gangs which engaged in extortion, and seized 347 tons of marijuana. It was the largest amount of marijuana seized by Colombian authorities since 1993. The action of the authorities also led to the dismantling of 106 criminal gangs involved in extortion in the country. Security forces managed to reduce terrorist involvement against the community by 24%, as well as the capture of 1,087 rebels (933 FARC, 147 ELN, and 7 strongholds). Police and the Armed Forces captured several important FARC leaders, including Henry Contreras, who is known as “Piña.” Before security forces captured him, Piña worked as the head of security for “Lova Ivan,” who is the leader of the FARC’s 53rd Front. Security forces also captured Ferley Rondón Marín, who is also known as “Robin.” He was the leader of the FARC’s 52nd Front. Authorities also captured a FARC operative who is known as “John 26.” He was one of the financial leaders of the FARC’s 53rd Front. Capturing organized crime operatives New strategies and prevention By Dialogo February 24, 2014 The government should continue to build on the successes of security forces by developing strategies to fight against the recruitment of minors, Sahid said. “The important thing is to reduce the number of murders, kidnappings, extortion, and other illegal activities. This would be a great achievement,” Sahid said. Interagency cooperation among security forces is fundamental in the fight against organized crime, Sahid said. The Army and the PNC should continue to cooperate to improve public safety, Sahid said. Government officials at the local, state, and federal level should also cooperate to develop strategies to improve security, he added. The authorities need to establish national, regional, and local goals to reduce violence in the most critical municipalities in the country and provide them with more police, prosecutors, judges, and technological tools, Orlando said. The rate of crime linked to gangs and international drug trafficking groups decreased sharply in Colombia in 2013, thanks to the efforts of security forces. The number of homicides decreased by 8 percent, from 16,033 nationwide to 14,782, according to government statistics. Kidnappings fell by 4 percent. There were no abductions in 981 of the 1,100 municipalities in the country, and security forces rescued 110 kidnapping victims. Authorities are crediting the improvement in public safety to the efforts of the Colombian National Police and the Armed Forces, who captured more than 3,000 suspected members of international drug trafficking groups, street gangs, guerilla organizations, uch as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. President Juan Manuel Santos reported the improvements in public safety in early January 2014 through his Twitter account. center_img A significant improvement The drop in the number of killings is a significant improvement from the high levels of violence which Colombia experienced in recent years. Between 2004 and 2010, Colombia, which has a population of 47 million people, recorded the highest homicide rate in South America, according to the United Nations. In 2007, 180,000 people were killed in Colombia. Many of the killings were linked to international drug traffickers and gangs. Firearms were used in 81 percent of the killings. Of the 180,000 people killed in Colombia in 2007, 78 percent were men between ages 15 and 29, according to the National Funeral Committee. The decline in the rate of killings is a sign that security forces are making progress in reducing the violence, said Germán Sahid, a security analyst at Universidad del Rosario in Bogota. Nonetheless, security forces must remain vigilant, Sahid said. “The homicide figures show the first continuous decline since 1970. It’s a great achievement for the country,” Sahid said. “However, it also shows that this figure still remains high.” Between 1958 and 2007, approximately 709,000 people were killed in Colombia, according to the study “Fifty years of homicides: trends and perspectives” by researcher Jorge Orlando of the Universidad de Bogota Jorge Tadeo Lozano. During the past 20 years, the Armed Forces and the National Police have improved their professionalism, their ability to gather intelligence, and their capabilities in investigating violent crimes, Orlando said. Because of those improvements, it is likely that public safety will continue to improve, Orlando said. Between 2011 and 2013, Colombia had a homicide rate of 32 killings per 100,000 residents, according to the report, “Homicides in 2013: What the figures do and do not say,” which was published by the Ideas for Peace Foundation (FIP). Many of the killings in Colombia are connected to drug trafficking or the illegal gold mining trade, according to the FIP report. “Colombia has made great progress in reducing violence over the past six years and continues to do so,” Orlando said in the report. Security forces made dramatic progress in the cities of Medellín and Itaguí, which recorded declines in homicides of 26 percent and 29 percent, respectively, in 2013. In Medellín, police and the Armed Forces have captured hundreds of important organized crime operatives, which has improved security. Also, a cease-fire agreement between the leader of five drug-trafficking gangs and Los Urabeños, a transnational criminal organization, has helped reduce the level of violence. Transnational criminal organizations are increasing recruiting minors, sometime by abducting them and forcing them to commit crimes such as micror-drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, and even homicide. In 2013, Colombian security forces captured 29,943 children and adolescents, an increase of 523 over the number of juveniles they arrested in 2012. The city of Cali has the highest number of arrests of children and young people for murder. Medellín recorded the highest number of arrests of minors who were charged with extortion. “We are surprised that children commit these crimes. Many of them not only carry and use drugs, but are also capable of kidnapping,” Gen. William René Salamanca, director of Protection and Special Services of the Colombian National Police (PNC), told El Tiempo. In 2014, the PNC is going to strengthen the prevention program “Open Your Eyes” to reduce the number of children and adolescents involved in crimes. The program teaches minors the importance of education and offers alternatives to criminal activities. Organized crime targets minors last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 52-year-old Merrick woman was killed in a motorcyclist crash in Freeport, and a man who stopped to help her was struck by a vehicle that also hit the victim late Sunday night.Nassau County police said the woman, whose identity was not immediately available, was riding a Harley Davidson eastbound on Mill Road when she was involved in a collision with the median near Merrick Road shortly after 11 p.m.The victim was ejected from the motorcycle and landed in the westbound lanes of Merrick Road, where a passing driver stopped, exited his vehicle and tried to help her, when he was struck by a passing female driver whose vehicle also hit the motorcyclist, police said.The motorcyclist and the motorist were taken to a local hospital, where the motorcyclist was pronounced dead and the motorist was treated for non-life threatening injuries, police said.Homicide Squad detectives impounded the vehicles for safety checks. They are continuing the investigation and have deemed the crash to be accidental.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lindenhurst community members are rallying to support an African-American family who last week received an anonymous letter in which the author urged them to move from the predominantly white South Shore village.Ronica Copes, who opened the hand-addressed envelope on Thursday, reported the incident to Suffolk County police. The next day, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone publicly condemned the unnamed author, whom he called a “coward.” After seeing news coverage of the incident, neighbors have taken it upon themselves to show the family that Lindenhurst is not hateful.“I started this campaign to show that family who got the letter some love,” Joe Ciatto of Lindenhurst wrote on a Facebook post that has been shared widely. “I plan on printing out letters from the community or anyone who wants to join and sending them to their house to let them know that there are still REAL people in this world.”Suffolk Police Department’s Hate Crimes Unit detectives are investigating the incident, which Bellone termed a “hate crime.”The letter, postmarked May 19, was simply addressed to “African-American family” and from “the Lindenhurst community.” The hate-filled note was printed in all capital letters.“Lindenhurst is 84% white population,” it read. “You don’t belong here!!! Please leave Lindenhurst as soon as you can.“It will be better for all of us,” it continued. “Find the town where there are more people like you. Sorry if this is rude, but it’s the truth.”In response, the Copes family said they don’t plan on moving from the home they’ve shared for about two years. Ronica told the New York Post that the letter “didn’t work.” Instead, the family said they’ll stay put and continue praying for the author to become more educated and less ignorant about people who are different from them.“Sometimes you have a preconceived idea of how a person is just because you don’t know them,” Ronica’s mother, Darcell, told WABC-TV. “You don’t know how they live. You don’t know what they believe.”Ciatto, who launched the charm offensive, plans on delivering the letters by hand once he has gathered a large amount of them. Others plan to send their own letters directly to the Copes family. The county executive was one of several local lawmakers to join Copes’ neighbors in declaring that the letter writer does not speak for Lindenhurst.“There is no place for intolerance in Suffolk County,” Bellone said in a statement. “I stand together with all Lindenhurst residents who decry this act of hatred. This community and all of Suffolk County are better than that.”last_img read more

Citing sources close to the German government, Die Welt newspaper had previously reported that Trump had offered “a billion dollars” to secure research into a vaccine by German biotech firm CureVac “only for the United States”.”Germany is not for sale,” economy minister Peter Altmaier told broadcaster ARD on Sunday, reacting to the report.At a news conference, interior minister Horst Seehofer was asked to confirm the attempts to court the German company.”I can only say that I have heard several times today from government officials today that this is the case, and we will be discussing it in the crisis committee tomorrow,” he said. Germany’s foreign minister said Monday the rights to coronavirus vaccine research were not for sale, following reports Donald Trump wanted the US to buy exclusive access to a potential vaccine developed by a German biotech firm.The comments, made in an interview to media group Funke, come as scientists raced to develop a vaccine against the deadly coronavirus that has killed some 6,000 people, seen millions placed under lockdown and devastated global markets.”German researchers play a leading role in drug and vaccine development and we cannot allow others to seek exclusive results,” Heiko Maas told Funke. CureVac said in a statement Sunday that it “abstains from commenting on speculations and rejects allegations about offers for acquisition of the company or its technology”.The report prompted fury in Berlin.”International cooperation is important now, not national self-interest,” said Erwin Rueddel, a conservative lawmaker on the German parliament’s health committee. A US official told AFP Sunday that the report was “wildly overplayed”.”The US government has spoken with many [more than 25] companies that claim they can help with a vaccine. Most of these companies already received seed funding from US investors.”The official also denied that the US was seeking to keep any potential vaccine for itself.”We will continue to talk to any company that claims to be able to help. And any solution found would be shared with the world.”CureVac, founded in 2000, is based in the German state of Thuringia, and has other sites in Frankfurt and Boston.The firm markets itself as specialising in “development of treatments against cancer, antibody-based therapies, treatment of rare illnesses and prophylactic vaccines”.The lab is currently working in tandem with the Paul-Ehrlich Institute, linked to the German health ministry. Last week, the firm mysteriously announced that CEO Daniel Menichella had been replaced by Ingmar Hoerr, just weeks after Menichella met with Trump, his vice president Mike Pence and representatives of pharma companies in Washington.”We are very confident that we will be able to develop a potent vaccine candidate within a few months,” CureVac quoted Menichella as saying on its website shortly after the visit.On Sunday, CureVac investors said that they would not sell the vaccine to a single state. “If we are successful in developing an effective vaccine, then it should help and protect people across the world,” said Dietmar Hopp, head of principal investor dievini Hopp Biotech Holding, in a statement.Economy minister Altmaier welcomed the statement, saying it was a “fantastic decision”.He also pointed out that the government has the power to scrutinise foreign takeovers, saying that “where important infrastructure and national and European interests are concerned, we will take action if we have to.”Topics : read more

first_imgMitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) have jointly developed a large-scale rectangular marine scrubber that removes sulfur oxides (SOx) from the exhaust gases emitted by marine diesel engines.Created in response to new, more stringent SOx emissions regulations that come into effect globally from 2020, the new scrubber is able to purify exhaust gas emitted from inexpensive heavy fuel oil to a level equivalent to more expensive low-sulfur fuels and has been designed to allow easy installation on existing ships, according to MHI.As explained, the adoption of a rectangular box-shape configuration – the world’s first – offers ease of installation in small spaces and superlative emissions treatment for high-output engines used on large-scale containerships.The new SOx scrubber uses seawater as its cleaning agent, adopting a simple “open-loop” system in which seawater intake is sprayed directly on the exhaust gas. Effective use of seawater alkaline eliminates the need for chemicals or additional processing.Further, because the horizontal and vertical dimensions of the rectangular scrubber tower can be freely modified, volume efficiency is higher than previous cylindrical scrubbers, providing space savings. The equipment configuration is simple, allowing easy installation not only in newly commissioned ships but in retrofitted vessels as well, MHI said.The scrubber’s main unit can be set into the upper deck’s engine casing, meaning it doesn’t encroach on the ship’s load space. This is said to be particularly beneficial for large-scale containerships that use a “twin island” design structure.Since 2015, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) requires sulfur content of less than 0.5% for marine fuels in designated emission control areas (ECA). However, this will expand to all sea areas from 2020 when new regulations are introduced.Under the new regulatory structure, the use of cheaper fuels with 3.5% sulfur content will still be allowed if the installed equipment offers proportionate emissions reductions.Deliveries of the scrubber are expected from 2020 and, in preparation, both companies will seek certification from selected countries while conducting extensive tests on ships.The scrubber was unveiled by the duo at the Nor-Shipping 2017 maritime trade fair in Oslo, Norway, being held from May 30 – June 2.last_img read more