Francis Grandpa Doe: Hero or Villain?

first_imgIn the first leg of the 2018 World Cup elimination series against Guinea Bissau on October 8 in Monrovia, striker Francis Grandpa Forkey Doe had the game on his shoulders.When he entered the pitch along with other players, the large crowd gave him a standing ovation, to express appreciation for what he did against Tunisia on September 5.They wanted a repeat.Tunisia is one of the best football nations in Africa and the country has an improved record or standing on both CAF and FIFA than Liberia. So before the match against Tunisia, knowledgeable football fans could not suggest if there could be any miracle that could help Liberia overcome Tunisia.But when the game was called to order, it was rasta-haired Francis Grandpa Doe whose penetrating shot exposed Tunisian to a painful one goal defeat.True, he did not take the ball from Lone Star’s goal area, he got help from other colleagues but remember that football composes of eleven men a piece.It was due to that incredible success story against Tunisia that Francis Doe received a standing ovation as he joined the team for the match against Guinea Bissau when he entered the stadium.Responding to the cheers, Francis Doe lifted his two hands with a smile and looked the way of the fans.They cheered because they loved him.And against Guinea Bissau, Francis Doe was at his best in ball possession and distribution. Along with his friends, Patrick Gerhadt, Sam Johnson and Zar Kranger, the match in Monrovia exposed Guinea Bissau’s hollow defensive team-work.Francis Doe was like a horse, as he was found everywhere near the goal area of Guinea Bissau, and for three occasions, Grandpa Doe came close to scoring, but the gods of soccer had wished that he would not add his name on the score-sheet.Grandpa Doe wanted victory, and wanted it badly but he was affected by the anxiety to score. He was aware of what was expected of heroes, those who die a little for their countries in such encounters.And he wanted to do more.But in the end, as he struggled, along with his team-mates for the elusive victory, a closer look at him could tell that he was becoming frustrated. Frustrated yes, because Francis Doe saw his wish to hit the back of the net fading, for goalkeeper Jonas Mendes was at his best.And so it was goalkeeper Mendes’ good performance that robbed Francis Doe of heroism and glory, and what was the result afterwards?Everyone deals differently in our own frustrations, and I am told that Francis Doe, the speed-star and goal-maker was dropped from the Lone Star team for the return leg.In many people, they cry when they are frustrated; others get angry at anything or whatever someone says, and it needs a trained psychologist to diagnose and to understand human responses to defeat or when expectations failed, when least expected.And so without Francis Doe, Lone Star came on top, banging in three goals from the boots of William Jebor who also played in the first leg, along with Francis Doe.Whatever his faults, Francis Doe is a human like us. He weeps and is overcome by events like anyone of us.But before anyone casts the first stone against Francis Doe, let me borrow this quote from the greatest man to walk this earth (Jesus Christ), when a woman was accused of adultery.He (Jesus) admitted that the Mosaic Law demanded that adulterous persons should be stoned, but he challenged those who wanted to carry out the execution to think.“Anyone of you without sin,” Jesus said, evading eye contact with the woman’s accusers, “let him be the first to cast the stone.”Don’t you love this man! And in all sincerity, they knew they were all sinners.Please give Francis Doe a break, for heroes are heroes and you either love them or hate them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Terror on the high seas

first_imgLaw enforcement authorities in Guyana and Suriname are busy trying to get to the bottom of the recent heinous piracy attacks, so as to ensure that the families of the victims receive the justice they deserve. Currently, security officials in Suriname have a total of 15 persons in custody, among whom are two alleged suspects who were identified by survivors as two of the sea bandits. Investigators believe that they were among a group of men who attacked the fishermen in Surinamese waters on April 27 last, during which 20 crew members were chopped and thrown overboard. Thus far, there have been five survivors and three bodies recovered, while about a dozen fishermen are still missing.As the investigations continue, though, there is now an interesting twist which is being unfolded; that is: investigators believe that the basis for this act, which the Opposition Leader described as an act of terror, had to do with some form of revenge for one of the persons in custody, whose brother was allegedly gun down in a drive-by shooting some time ago in Suriname.It was also confirmed that the second attack, just days later, which saw a boat captain killed and his crew missing, is also believed to be linked to the first incident.Whatever might be the reason for these gruesome attacks, it is incumbent on the authorities here to revise the current systems in place to address piracy. There is a dire need to restore some sense of comfort to fisher folks, who ply their trade to support themselves and families.Over the past couple of years, Guyanese fishermen have faced several tragedies while at sea. Several of them have endured brazen attacks by gangs of criminals with fast boats and assault rifles. In addition to being robbed of their valuable possessions, quite a few of them have been killed by their captors. What is even more worrying is that some of the persons carrying out these crimes are themselves fishermen.Certainly, piracy has had, and is having, a very negative impact on the fisheries sector in Guyana. The fear alone for fisher folks of being attacked at sea is enough reason to prevent persons from getting involved in the field. The economic reality is that the fisheries sector employs over 16,000 fishermen and fish farmers, and a further 6000 in processing and marketing. Thousands more depend directly or indirectly from fishing-related occupations such as boat building, accessories supply, and maintenance services etc.Even though the then PPP government had toughened the anti-piracy law and had taken a number of steps to assist victims of piracy, enforcement and patrol continue to pose a challenge to the authorities. To begin with, the marine Police seem incapable of dealing with the problem. There is need for sufficient vessels and skilled personnel to conduct maritime patrols along the coastland and in the estuaries of the numerous creeks and rivers, especially in hotspots such as Berbice areas, where piracy seems to be more prevalent.There is also need for more coordination among public and private agencies, to exercise efficient control over the country’s ports, harbours and coastlines. The Coast Guards should intensify their patrols, especially during certain periods of the year, when there is an increase in piracy. Also the GPF, Customs & Trade Administration, Fisheries Department, Shipping Association, Transport & Harbours Department, and the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) need to be brought together to plan for the long-term safety of persons legitimately using our rivers and coast, and for the security of commercial and other activities.Even more importantly, based on what occurred in the most recent incidents, there is clearly a need for closer collaboration with neighbouring countries, especially as it relates to establishing effective warning systems and information sharing. There is need for an effective communication network to be developed, so that in the event of a piracy attack, that mechanism would lead to more patrols being activated etc. From what we gathered recently, there was a lack of collaboration and effective communication mechanism between Surinamese and Guyanese officials prior to the most recent cases of piracy.These are measures which could be taken to lessen the frequency of these attacks, thus reducing the risk of losses of equipment; catch; and, more importantly, preventing the loss of lives.last_img read more

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‘Big Vic’ cools Arsenal transfer talk

first_img0Shares0000Victor Wanyama celebrates his goal against Hull City.NAIROBI, June 5 – Victor Wanyama has quashed talk he is angling for a move to FA Cup champions Arsenal or an offer has been made by the Gunners and will only think of potential transfers once he returns for pre-season training with Southampton.Media reports in England that have gained traction worldwide suggest he would jump at the chance to join Arsenal having been forced to deny another Gunners link in April when he was quoted saying Arsene Wenger had spoken about him. UK mass circulation tabloid, The Sun reported the Harambee Stars captain was under Wenger’s watch but speaking to Capital Sport, the midfield dynamo said he will only mull on a move away from Saint Mary’s when he rejoins them ahead of the 2015-16 campaign.“I don’t know, maybe you tell me because I’ve read them as well. I will know what will happen when I go back to my club but at the moment I’m just helping Harambee Stars qualify for 2017 AFCON,” the 24-year-old responded when asked about the Gunners move.He in turn shifted focus on the past season where he rediscovered his groove under Ronald Koeman who succeeded Argentine Mauricio Pochettino who signed him for the Saints in 2013 from Celtic.Wanyama also warned the Football Association (FA) proposal to cap non-European Union players in English Premier League sides will diminish the competitiveness of the most lucrative top flight in the world.The FA came up with the proposal in March in a bid to give young English players more game-time, targeting an increase from the current 35 per cent of local players in the Premier League to over 40.The commission also proposed changes to work permit rules that will see only the best non-European foreign players be granted permission to play in England effective from May 1.“I don’t believe in that because the foreign players makes it even better so I think without them it will never be the same,” Wanyama who joined Saints on a 12.5m pounds transfer told. -Hull wonder-With Southampton improving by one place up from 2013-14 season to finish seventh on 60 points, two behind Liverpool, the Kenya skipper said it was a good outing for them under new Dutch boss Koeman.“The season was fantastic considering people had ruled us out. No one expected us to finish seventh, we are really grateful and hopefully come next season it will be even better,” he added.The midfield maestro who has become a regular in Koeman’s starting XI scoring three goals against Swansea, Hull City and Sunderland in the EPL.Wanyama rated his wonder strike against Hull as his favourite after helping the Saints secure maximum points when he scored a stunning 40-yard winner at the KC Stadium.“We are happy with what we achieved and it was great scoring three. I’m hoping to improve next season. Hull remains my best, I saw the keeper had come off his line and knew this was my chance to get a goal and I did though I had to use hard technique,” he enthused.Despite being a Manchester United fan, Wanyama said his most memorable matches of the season was when the Saints beat the Red Devils and Arsenal twice, in the premier league and eliminating Wenger charges in the third round of the Capital One Cup.Against United, ‘big Vic’ as he is referred by his team-mates was instrumental in midfield alongside Steven Davis and Morgan Scheneiderlin to nullify former teammate Luke Shaw and England captain Wayne Rooney in a 1-0 win.Wanyama was also in the squad that bundled out the Gunners 2-1 in the Capital One Cup before they beat Wenger’s men 2-0 in league in a game that he pocketed the Gunners’ potent midfield conductor Santi Cazorla.“I have played well in most of the games but against all the big games was my best especially beating Manchester United and Arsenal was great,” the stocky midfielder said of the games where he turned man-of-the-match shifts.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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‘I am not interested in a move to West Ham’ – Besiktas star rules out Bilic reunion

first_img1 Veli Kavlak Besiktas midfielder Veli Kavlak has rubbished speculation he is on the verge of a move to West Ham.Kavlak featured heavily for the Turkish side under former boss Slaven Bilic but injury has hampered his progress this season.Recent newspaper reports in Turkey have suggested Kavlak is keen on a reunion with Bilic, who is now in charge at Upton Park.But the Austria international insists he is happy in Istanbul and has ruled out a move to the Premier League club.“Currently I am not interested in a move to West Ham United,” he told Radikal.“I recently signed a four-year contract extension with Besiktas.”last_img read more

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Drive-thrus can make a mother’s life easier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsTHE ULTIMATE GIFT: What’s the first thing you’d spend extra money on if you had it? A housekeeper, of course! A new University of Massachusetts Amherst study finds that married women do about one less hour of housework per week for every $7,500 they earn, regardless of the spouse’s income. Not that every working woman hires house help. Researchers concede that less time spent cleaning could also be chocked up to “different standards of tidiness” for working women. Sounds familiar. BUST A MOVE: Four times a night, guests of the Treasure Island Casino in Las Vegas gather to ogle scantily clad ladies as they seduce a band of beefy renegades aboard a pirate ship. But they’d rather not see bared flesh when it’s connected to a suckling infant. Last week, a Van Nuys mother won a settlement against Treasure Island Corp., the casino’s parent company, for violating her right to breastfeed her baby. STRESSED = DESSERTS: I don’t usually go in for e-mail humor. But after a long Thanksgiving weekend, the Special Diet Designed to Help Mothers Cope made me laugh so hard I cried. It’s from The Mommy Chronicles, a 2005 book I just got around to reading. For information on this and other items mentioned here, as well as work, family and parenting issues in Los angeles, see www.insidesocal.com/momspace. DRIVE-THRU GUIDE: If you’re like me, being able to accomplish an errand – or grab a quick cup of coffee – without leaving the car is more than just a timesaver. It also helps avoid parking-lot meltdowns and tantrums with my kids. My favorite is Alta Dena dairies, where customers can grab a gallon of milk without leaving the car. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite drive-thru spots on my Web site and am looking for suggestions to add. RETURN OF RICKETS: Remember rickets, the disease your parents used to threaten you with when you refused to finish your milk? It’s back. Specialists blame too little milk, sunshine and exercise for too many kids’ failure to develop strong bones. EMPLOYERS EYE FAMILY LEAVE: I have a friend, a single working mother, who has a daughter with a serious medical condition. She relies on the federal Family and Medical Leave Act to accommodate her child’s lengthy medical visits, using the 12 weeks of unpaid leave in spurts instead of in a single stretch. While this practice is legal, some employers worry that workers may be abusing the system. One security company even advertises surveillance services to catch workers suspected of fraudulently using family leave. barbara.correa@dailynews.com 818-713-3662 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

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Astros sign OF Wilson

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Houston made the World Series despite batting .256, 13th among the 16 NL teams. Former Dodger Phillips goes north: Jason Phillips and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a minor-league contract, and the catcher was invited to spring training. Phillips hit .239 with 10 home runs and 55 RBI with the Dodgers last season, then became a free agent when the Dodgers failed to offer a contract by the Dec. 20 deadline. Goodbye, Baltimore; hello, Pittsburgh: Outfielder Jeromy Burnitz was attempting to finalize terms on a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, less than a week after it appeared he had a two-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles. The Pirates deal is expected to be worth at least $6 million and would include an option for the 2007 season. Burnitz’s agent, Howard Simon, was discussing a $12 million, two-year contract with Baltimore last week, but that agreement never was finalized. The Pirates also agreed to terns with right-hander Ryan Vogelsong – 2-2 with a 4.43 ERA in 44 games last season – on a $555,000, one-year contract. Grissom, Cubs come to terms: Marquis Grissom agreed to a minor-league contract with the Chicago Cubs, and the 38-year-old outfielder will compete during spring training for a roster spot. Minimum salary goes up: The minimum salary for players in the major leagues is rising $9,000 this year to $327,000. The 3.5 percent increase is due to a cost-of-living escalator in baseball’s labor contract. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Houston Astros agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract Tuesday with outfielder Preston Wilson, hoping to bolster an offense that was one of baseball’s worst last season. The right-handed Wilson hit .260 with 25 home runs and 90 RBI with Colorado and Washington last season. He also struck out 148 times. center_img “I like it here – I don’t like the pitchers here,” Wilson said. “As long as I don’t have to face those guys, I’ll be all right.” A 31-year-old free agent, Wilson has 171 career homers, 591 RBI and a .264 batting average in eight major-league seasons. last_img read more

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LEABHAR STAIRIÚIL GHAOTH DOBHAIR

first_imgTá roinnt ábhair stairiúil a bhaineann le ceantar Ghaoth Dobhar agus nár foilsíodh roimhe seo, le fáil anois i leabhar nua ‘Trasna an Ghaoith: Scríbhinní Johnny Sheáin’.Scéalta, véarsaí, drámaí, ailt agus eile atá san ábhar seo a scríobh Seán Ó Gallchóir nó Johnny Sheáin mar ab fhearr aithne air, i rith na seachtóidí agus na n-ochtóidí.Ba mhúinteoir, scoláire, staraí agus aisteoir é Johnny Sheáin agus tá an leabhar curtha in eagar ag a mhac Noel, príomhoide ar Phobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair i nDún na nGall. Dúirt Noel le Foinse:‘Tá cúpla bliain caite agam anois ag cur an leabhair seo in eagar agus tá fiúntas san ábhar chomh maith le saibhreas millteanach Gaeilge.“Fear iontach cultúrtha a bhí ann agus bhí scoth na Gaeilge aige. Bhí suim mhór aige i rud ar bith a bhí Gaelach agus bhí baint aige leis na hOireachtais i nGaoth Dobhair.”Seoladh an leabhar seo le gairid ag ócáid speisialta ar fhreastail thart ar 500 duine uirthi. €25 atá ar an leabhar agus tagann 2 dlúthdhiosca chomh maith le DVD leis.Copyright: Foinse LEABHAR STAIRIÚIL GHAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: June 3rd, 2011 by gregShare 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

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TRANSFER LATEST: Everton and West Ham both eyeing late deal for Man City outcast

first_imgEverton and West Ham have both made offers for Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony.The Ivorian has been deemed surplus to requirements by Pep Guardiola and he is expected to leave before Wednesday’s transfer deadline.Several clubs have scouted the 27-year-old but now, according to L’Equipe, it is Everton and West Ham who are set to battle it out for his signature.Both sides have made offers for Bony, with the Hammers ready to take him on loan for the season with a future option to buy.Everton, however, have made a bid to sign the striker on a permanent deal and they are reportedly prepared to splash out £20m.Manchester City are now expected to sit down with Bony in the final days of the transfer window to resolve his future. Wilfried Bony in action for Manchester City 1last_img read more

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Strong quake shakes Hawaii

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe Pacific Tsunami Center reported a preliminary magnitude of 6.5, while the U.S. Geological Survey gave a preliminary magnitude of 6.6. The earthquake was followed by several strong aftershocks, including one measuring a magnitude of 5.8, the Geological Survey said. Experts said aftershocks could continue for weeks. “We were rocking and rolling,” said Anne LaVasseur, who was on the second floor of a two-story, wood-framed house on the east side of the Big Island when the temblor struck. “I was pretty scared. We were swaying back and forth, like King Kong’s pushing your house back and forth.” Exploding pipes Water pipes exploded at Aston Kona By The Sea, an 86-unit condominium resort, creating a dramatic waterfall down the front of the hotel from the fourth floor, said Kenneth Piper, who runs the front desk. “We are a concrete building, but we really shook. You could almost see the cars bouncing up and down in the parking garage,” he said. HONOLULU – A strong earthquake shook Hawaii early Sunday, jolting residents out of bed and causing a landslide that blocked a major highway. Ceilings crashed at a hospital, and aftershocks kept the state on edge. The state Civil Defense had unconfirmed reports of injuries, but communication problems prevented more definite reports. Gov. Linda Lingle issued a disaster declaration for the entire state, saying there had been damage to buildings and roads. There were no reports of fatalities. The quake hit at 7:07 a.m. local time, 10 miles north-northwest of Kailua Kona, a town on the west coast of Hawaii Island, also known as the Big Island, said Don Blakeman, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center, part of the U.S. Geological Survey. Blakeman said there was no risk of a Pacific-wide tsunami, but there was a possibility of significant wave activity in Hawaii. The quake caused widespread power outages, and phone communication was possible, but difficult. By midday Sunday, power was restored to Hilo on the Big Island and was starting to be restored to Maui, said Chuck Anthony, a spokesman for the Hawaii National Guard. Some Honolulu neighborhoods also had power late Sunday afternoon, a spokesman for Hawaiian Electric Co. said. Officials did not have a firm estimate of how many people were without power. Lingle told radio station KSSK that she toured the Kona area by helicopter to view the damage, including earth falling into Kealakekua Bay. “You could see the water was turning brown,” said Lingle. A FEMA computer simulation of the quake estimated that as many as 170 bridges on the Big Island could have suffered damage in the temblor, said Bob Fenton, FEMA director of response for the region. More than 50 federal officials were en route to the Big Island to assess damage and begin recovery work, he said. On Hawaii Island, there was some damage in Kailua-Kona and a landslide along a major highway, said Gerard Fryer, a geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Center. Officials also said there were reports of people trapped in elevators in Oahu. In Waikiki, one of the state’s primary tourism areas, worried visitors began lining up outside convenience stores to purchase food, water and other supplies. Managers were letting tourists into the darkened stores one at a time. Karie and Bryan Croes waited an hour to buy bottles of water, chips and bread. “It’s quite a honeymoon story,” said Karie, as she and her husband sat in lounge chairs surrounded by grocery bags beside a pool at ResortQuest Waikiki Beach Hotel. Kona Community Hospital on the western side of Big Island was being evacuated after ceilings collapsed and power was cut off, according to a hospital spokeswoman. At least 10 acute care patients were being evacuated across the island to a medical center in Hilo, said Terry Lewis, spokeswoman for the hospital. About 30 nursing care patients were being moved temporarily to a nearby conference center, she said. “We were very lucky that no one got hurt,” said Lewis. The quake affected travel plans for many visitors, though the state was in its low period of the tourism season. Airports were functioning despite the power outages, though travel was difficult and some flights were being canceled, officials said. Few departures Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Les Dorr said planes were arriving at Honolulu International Airport, but there were few departures. Dorr said the Transportation Security Administration security checkpoints were without power, so screeners were screening passengers and baggage manually. Resorts in Kona were being asked to keep people close to hotels, Big Island Mayor Harry Kim told television station KITV. Cruise ships were asked to keep tourists on board, and ships that were due to dock with tourists were asked to move on to their next location, he said. “We are dealing with a lot of scared people,” he said. Hotels throughout the islands reported scattered injuries and disruptions. Many hotel managers broadcast warnings over public-address systems that echoed through corridors. Earthquakes in the 6.0 magnitude range are rare in the region, though they have happened before. The region more commonly sees temblors in the 3- and 4-magnitude range caused by volcanic activity. The last Hawaiian earthquake this strong struck more than 20 years ago. The magnitude 6.7 caused heavy property damage on Hawaii Island and collapsed trails into a volcano in Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park on Nov. 16, 1983. A 6.1-magnitude quake also hit in 1989, according to the Earthquake Information Center. The largest recorded Hawaiian earthquake struck the Ka’u District on Hawaii Island in 1868, causing 77 deaths. Its magnitude was estimated at 7.9. A 9.5-magnitude earthquake, the largest in the world, struck Chile on May 22, 1960, and a tsunami traveled to Hawaii where 61 people died.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

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West Ham’s report card – Moyes has his work cut out to improve this grade

first_img2 West Ham’s 2017/18 Premier League campaign has been disrupted by the sacking of Slaven Bilic and appointment of David Moyes.The new man remains upbeat he can turn things round, but he has his work cut out…League position: 18th (nine points)Best game: West Ham 2-0 Huddersfield TownWorst game: West Ham 0-3 BrightonBest player: Andre Ayew West Ham have had little to shout about so far but the Ghanain has contributed to some of the few positive moments in their season.Ayew’s spectacular strike at Crystal Palace gave hope of a brief resurgence for the club, however, West Ham threw the lead away which led to the end of Bilic’s premiership. 2 Moyes who failed to prevent Sunderland from relegation last season replaces Bilic at West Ham ReportIn six of their league games, the Hammers have conceded three or more goals and only have an average of a goal per game so far.These are worrying times for the fans, who look set for a relegation dogfight and it’s not clear whether Moyes will be able to steer them out of trouble.Grade: Flast_img read more

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