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August 3, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBentley plays in the five-team Chinook Hockey League, against teams from Fort Saskatchewan, Okotoks, Innisfail and Stony Plain.The Generals dominated the league, finishing in top spot with a 23-1 record.However, Macleod said the playoff run was anything but easy as Bentley won the league championship by defeating Innisfail in the final.“At the beginning of the year I was a little unsure I was making the right decision to play for the Generals but as the year went on, playing with the guys, in realized I missed hockey,” MacLeod, finishing the season with a goal and six assists in 13 games, said.The sour taste MacLeod experienced at the beginning of the season came from time toiling in the ECHL and SPHL.“I really didn’t like the business side of hockey,” said MacLeod, who played for South Carolina Stingrays, Columbus Cottonmouths and Stockton Thunder.MacLeod graduated from Nelson Minor Hockey before playing for Beaver Valley Nitehawks of the KIJHL.He joined Penticton of the BCHL before being traded to Camrose Kodiaks during his final season of junior hockey.MacLeod then spent four years on a NCAA hockey scholarship at Michigan Tech where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering.“I realized after a few seasons (of professional hockey) I wasn’t going to make NHL. I was happy to have an education and decided to go and start the next chapter of my life.”The Generals are 2-0 at the Allan Cup tournament with round robin wins over host Clarenville Caribous 3-2 and a 4-1 victory over Lameque Au Ptit Mousse from New Brunswick.Bentley now faces GF Windsor in semi final round action Friday with a win advaning the Alberta squad into the Final Saturday.MacLeod said the teams at the Allan Cup tournament are very evenly matched.“We could have just as been 0-2 as 2-0,” he said.“But we have a very deep teams and a great group of guys who are really fun play on the same team with.”A team with a Nelsonite playing that will hopefully give Nelson that historical Allan Cup victory. A hockey player from Nelson is trying to accomplish what no Nelson team has ever done before — win the Allan Cup, emblematic of Canadian Men’s Senior AAA Hockey supremacy.Nelson Minor Hockey grad Alex MacLeod is currently in Clarenville, Newfoundland playing in the six-team 2015 Allan Cup Tournament for the Bentley Generals.“I was pretty young when Nelson played for the Allan Cup,” MacLeod said from Clarenville where the Generals were enjoying a much-needed day off in preparation for a spot in Friday’s semi finals.“I remember hearing about Nelson playing in the 1965 and in the 80’s but that about it.”The Allan Cup is the oldest national championship in the country dating back 106 years as the best Senior hockey teams in Canada battled it out for the coveted prize.Nelson Maple Leafs were part of the Western International Hockey League, playing in three Allan Cup Finals in 1965, 1986 and 1987.The WIHL folded in the late 1980s.Playing in the 2015 Allan Cup tournament was probably the last thing on MacLeod’s mind when the season started for the Generals in the fall.Deciding to retire from professional hockey after a few seasons in the East Coast Hockey League and Southern Professional Hockey League, MacLeod was working as a mechanical engineer in Fort McMurray, Alta., when a friend told him about the Generals Hockey Club.“I asked him to gently tell the coach I was interested in still playing,” MacLeod explained.The rest, they say, is history as Macleod’s name was given to a company in Calgary that had an opening for — you guessed it — a recent mechanical engineer graduate.“It all happened within a few weeks,” MacLeod said.last_img read more

May 31, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgNew OrleansThe Southland Conference Tournament runners-up, the Privateers will stay home to host Texas Southern in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament at 7 p.m. Wednesday. It marks New Orleans’ third-straight trip to the postseason after an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017 and playing in the College Basketball Invitational in 2018. FRISCO, Texas – Southland Conference tournament champion Abilene Christian headlines a trio of teams competing in the postseason this week when the Wildcats battle the Wildcats of Kentucky in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on Thursday at 6:10 p.m. CT on CBS in Jacksonville, Fla. With a 77-60 win over New Orleans, ACU won the league’s automatic bid to the Big Dance and earned the No. 15 seed in the Midwest Region. Sam Houston StateThe Bearkats earned an automatic bid to the National Invitation Tournament after claiming the Southland’s regular-season title and earning the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. Sam Houston State will head to Fort Worth as a No. 8 seed to face No. 1 TCU at 8 p.m. Wednesday on ESPNU.last_img read more

January 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgHOBAR, Australia (CMC):Darren Bravo is on the verge of a century, leading a courageous fight-back against Australia, who inflicted more misery on West Indies on the second day of their first Test here yesterday.Bravo played with class to be undefeated on 94 as West Indies stumbled to 207 for six after Australia declared their first innings on 583 for four at Bellerive Oval.After another dreadful performance in the field, the visitors put on a woeful batting display, capitulating to 89 for five before a sixth- wicket stand between Bravo and captain Jason Holder carried them past 100.At the close, Kemar Roach on 31 with three fours was providing solid support to Bravo and their stubborn seventh-wicket stand is nine runs shy of a century.Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh put on 449, the highest fourth-wicket stand in Test history after Australia resumed from their overnight score of 438 for three.Voges, who resumed on 174, finished unbeaten on 269 after Steven Smith declared the innings closed during the lunch break.He scored 33 fours, no sixes, and ended the day with a Test batting average of 76.83, second only to Australian legend Sir Donald Bradman.Jomel Warrican broke thestand by removing Marsh to finish with three wickets for 158runs.Marsh, 139 overnight, was caught by Bravo for 182 after sweeping to deep midwicket.West Indies endured a disastrous start to their first innings, losing four wickets in their first session after Josh Hazlewood trapped Kraigg Brathwaite, who scored 2 from 26 deliveries.Nathan Lyon claimed three for 43, including six maidens, with his spin attack to undermine the West Indies middle order, while Hazlewood picked up two for 43.SCOREBOARDAUSTRALIA 1st inningsA. Voges not out 269S. Marsh c Bravo b Warrican 182M. Marsh not out 1Extras (b4, lb3, w3, nb14) 24Total (4 wkts, 114 overs) 538Did not bat: +P Nevill, P Siddle, J Pattinson, J Hazlewood, N Lyon.Fall of wickets: 1-75 (Burns), 2-104 (Smith), 3-121 (Warner), 4-570 (S March)Bowling: Taylor 17-0-108-0 (w1, nb2), Roach 16-1-99-0 (w1, nb4), Gabriel 10-1-59-1 (nb4), Holder 24-3-75-0 (1w, nb4), Warrican 28-1-158-3, Brathwaite 13-0-52-0, Blackwood 6-0-25-0.WEST INDIES 1st inningsK. Brathwaite lbw Hazlewood 2R. Chandrika c Smith b Lyon 25D.M. Bravo not out 94M. Samuels c&b Lyon 9J. Blackwood c Burns b Lyon 0D. Ramdin b Hazlewood 8J. Holder lbw b Siddle 15K. Roach not out 31Extras: (b7, lb10, w1, nb5) 23Total: (6 wickets; 65 overs) 207To Bat: J Taylor, J Warrican, S GabrielFall of wickets: 1-17(Brathwaite),2-58(Chandrika),3-78(Samuels),4-78 (Blackwood), 5-89 (Ramdin), 6-116 (Holder)Bowling: Hazlewood 16-4-43-2,Pattinson 15-0-68-0, Siddle 12-5-22-1,Lyon 19-6-43-3, Marsh 3-1-14-0.Toss: Australia.last_img read more

January 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgChristmas this year promises to be brighter for hundreds of children in the inner-city community of Waterhouse as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s annual Christmas treat promises to be bigger and better than in previous years. The treat, set for Boxing Day, will have all the usual fun rides and giveaways, but according to the multiple World and Olympic champion, there will be a lot more toys for the kids this time around. “For them, as long as you have sugar, lime and water and a little music, they’re good with that,” she joked, “but I think they are more excited about the toys and gifts. SPONSORS AND DONATIONS “This year, Nike, my sponsor, donated a lot of stuff, including bags and T-shirts with my name on them, bottles, stuff for them to go back to school, but Tank-Weld donated over 500 gifts.” What this means for the 2015 World champion is that she will be able to provide most, if not all the children who turn up, with a gift this Christmas. “Each year, I say 300 kids. but it’s closer to 600 because all different areas within the community. And this year, I think I will be able to facilitate all of them, so I am really excited that Tank-Weld provided a lot of additional toys. Her other sponsors, Digicel and GraceKennedy, she said, are also on board. “Amazingly, this is our eighth year, and I’m really excited that our sponsors are able to share Christmas with the kids in the community,” she said. She added that to be able to do this for the community where she was raised means a lot to her. “Growing up in the community for me was okay, but I am glad that I now have the opportunity to give them a good Christmas,” she said. “For me, it’s just the joy to see the smile on their faces, just to see them enjoying it; that’s the purest form of joy we can see.”last_img read more

January 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgDear Editor,There are several key areas that need to be clearly addressed and ethically embraced to correct and prevent the further pursuing of a self-destructive path being taken by our government, whether they are from one of the major political parties or a new and upcoming one.These are the following:1. The clear reaffirmation and promotion of high moral standards and societal values such as Integrity, Respect, Top Quality, Loyalty to our Country and Unbiased Cooperation.We are supposed to be the “Cooperative” Republic of Guyana and this, Comrades, is the basis upon which our local, regional and central governments have been structured. Some in our society dislike the word comrade, yet when it comes to the sharing of national wealth, there is an expectation of a socialist approach, that being an equality in the share of the riches. We must take sharing with cooperation and this should be done with a spirit of camaraderie (that being defined as a spirit of friendship and community within a group). Our health-care system and education system are also rooted in this approach and as a result, even the less fortunate amongst us have benefited from the limited resources we have in our country. All of our presidents with one exception have been able to grow and develop from their youth as a result of our limited resources being available to the least amongst us.2. Talent development of our limited human resources and their utilisation regardless of political affiliation – once the first criteria is met (that being Integrity, Respect, Top Quality, Loyalty to our Country and Unbiased Cooperation)— continues to need to be a top priority to be both pursued and embraced within all levels of society and within our ministries and key institutions.3. Being content with the good in the life we have and preventing greed for riches that destroy the environment and the sustainability of our land must be paramount and clearly evident in how decisions are being made throughout the various levels of Government. Repeating the bad habits of those from the past is not in the spirit of continual improvement and should not be the expectation of a growing nation. At the time of independence, Guyana was in its infancy, we should have learnt to correct those mistakes over the years. As the Guyanese saying goes “better late than never”. This is the spirit in which we must approach our daily undertakings and decision making when looking towards the future and our sustainable development. So, my friends, it is never too late to have a serious discussion with our business partners and suppliers concerning opportunities to improve. Without our land being healthy, it will become more expensive and difficult to maintain personal good health and without good health, there are limited opportunities to add to the good in the life we have. The USA is an example of this, where the cost of health care dominates their budget, which they continue to struggle to correct. We as a nation are at a major decision point in our history and have an opportunity to chart a different path for our future. Do not let fool’s gold and foolish decisions take us down the wrong road.4. Low risk and high reward in our pursuits as a nation is the mantra of a smart and intelligent nation. In Guyana, we love to embrace what we call “Common Sense”. Now is not the time to neglect this important part of our culture. We have limited resources and we must make the most of the actions we undertake while still keeping an eye on what is best for future generations to come. There is no need to aggressively spend on projects that we cannot afford to maintain over the long term and we should not implement projects that could cost us the long-term viability of our land and people. Our actions should also not put at risk our National, Caribbean and South American communities.We as a nation as a result of poor decisions of the past have learnt the hard way how to make the most of a little and have developed a love for agriculture and the way of life of the tropics. There is an opportunity to help key places such as the USA in their endeavours to pursue a healthier life, and we must not turn a blind eye to this opportunity. We know how to take it easy and enjoy the good in the life we already have. Good sunshine; stable and good weather; good food as shared and sold by so many; good human interaction; especially in social settings and sports; and most of all, good loving as would be expected in a Caribbean culture. That, my friends, is a great start of an already good life, and over the years, our communities, both local and international, have embraced us and helped us stand strong on our feet. It would be irresponsible for us to undertake selfish acts as a nation that could lead to the detriment of the larger group. We must show strength of character in our strategic approach to sustainable and green growth. Our population size relative to our resources is adequate enough to add in a responsible way the improved standard of living that is being pursued. Hence, the call for added focus on debt reduction and the utilisation of wind and solar energy, as our primary energy sources. This is very achievable with what has been developed thus far in the oil industry and now is the time to say we have enough to responsibly accomplish our long-term goals.Now, everyone wants to make enough money to go out and have a good time while also taking care of their family or families. This doesn’t mean that the next guy has to suffer for this to happen. Whether the next guy is a fisherman, cane-cutter or the man up the road who is trying to take care of his own village. We do not have to take his living away to make ours happen. There is enough good land and a multitude of markets that we can support to make a good clean and honest living without putting everybody’s house at risk.We know a bad deal and a crook when we see one and there is no reason to encourage such bad behaviour and detrimental actions just to make another dollar. Being honest to one’s self is very important, and there is no reason for us to continue drilling new wells if we can’t understand what is currently going on with the current costs being presented and the costs being avoided in the agreement. This is not supposed to be a cat-and-mouse game when you have “GOOD” business partners and suppliers. However, it is prudent to “trust but verify”. Stop spending what the nation does not have and check closely for what the problem is and might be, because if a lot of wells continue to be drilled, there is increased opportunity to hide artificial costs and “rip us all off”. Remember, there are instances where less is more. Many people are taking their personal time, free of charge, to show clearly that there is a problem. Stop, and go and check what is really going on is all that is being asked. There was a lot of research done to show everyone that we are dealing with an industry, where the players like to take the upper hand and it’s not always done honestly. There is no reason to be naive. We are all from Guyana and common sense should tell us that this is what you do in such a situation. If there are continued requests to close our eyes to this important matter, people will start to question if there is corruption. Be honest about it, so the level of integrity of those involved is not further questioned. This is Guyana and people are not stupid, even though some may appear to want them to be. Spending more time in our people’s reality is a great way to better understand how annoyed people are getting with the perceived incompetence and bribery.When people are frustrated with the corruption and incompetence, they look elsewhere for guidance. At the end of the day, this is why different parties get an opportunity to govern and lead.Best regards,Jamil Changleelast_img read more

January 12, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgA Lindener was sentenced to three years in prison by Magistrate Clive Nurse, in addition to being fined $63,000 for the offence of being in possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.Troy Francis, 48, of Victory Valley, Wismar, Linden, made his final court appearance at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on Thursday where he was found guilty of two counts of narcotics trafficking, but was found not guilty on one count. Together, he had a total of three narcotic trafficking charges.Jailed: Troy FrancisThe charges against him read that he had 25 and 42 grams of cannabis sativa in his possession at his home and shop for trafficking purposes on February 4, 2017 and June 13, 2016 respectively. He was found not guilty of the former charge, while being jailed and fined for the latter.In handing down the guilty verdict, the Magistrate asked Francis why the court should be lenient with him, to which he noted that he was a first-time offender and denied knowledge of the prohibited drug. “I don’t sell no weed. I don’t know how it meet in the shop,” the man said, while begging the court for leniency. Magistrate Nurse noted however that the offence is a serious one and the court had to ensure that the penalty serves as a deterrent to ensure that the offence is not committed again.Magistrate Nurse said based on the quantity of the drug found (42 grams) it proves that it had been for trafficking purposes. The Magistrate therefore handed down the minimum sentence of three years in addition to the $63,000 fine. In relation to the other charge, the court heard that on February 4, 2017, Police ranks visited the home of the man to arrest him on an assault charge committed against the mother of his child. It was there that they found the prohibited drug in a bag on a shelf inside a shop at the same location as the house. However, after perusing the evidence, the Magistrate noted that there were several contradicting stories told by the testifying ranks while under cross-examination. He also noted that the court failed to establish that the defendant had exclusive entrance into the shop and that the prosecution failed to establish that the drug belonged to the defendant. As such, Magistrate Nurse ruled that there was insufficient evidence against him and ruled that he was not guilty of the charge.last_img read more

December 25, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBy Paul McLaughlin, Ballaghdearg Garden CentreGetting the most from your hanging basketsPutting up hanging baskets remains one of the most popular ways of adding summer colour and interest to people’s homes . This week we will take a look at few tips on the general care and maintenance of your hanging baskets so that you can get the full benefit of their blooms all through the flowering season. Undoubtedly the most important thing to remember when caring for a hanging basket is watering. As a general rule summer hanging baskets should be watered at least once a day but in particularly hot spells they may require watering as much as two or even three times a day. Probably the easiest way of checking your baskets moisture content is by checking the weight. At a time when you know your basket has sufficient water lift it up and try to gauge its weight, as the summer goes on you can use this weight as a rough guide for watering, the lighter the basket the more water it will require. Ideally watering should take place in the morning or evening as water applied at the hottest part of the day tends to evaporate before it does any real good and there is a risk that it might scorch the plants. When watering a basket apply the water directly to the soil surface and not from overhead as this tends to ruin the flowers. Another point to remember about watering is not to be fooled by rain. A lot of people think that because it has rained during the day that they don’t have to water that evening, but very often summer showers are not heavy enough to do the job and quite often baskets are placed in shady spots close to the house where they are sheltered from the rain.Along with daily watering hanging baskets should also be given a liquid feed every week. This feeding should be started about a month after the basket is planted up and should continue all the way through the flowering season. Regular feeding will ensure that your plants stay fresh and healthy and produce plenty of blooms all summer long. Weekly feeding should be carried out even if slow release fertilizer was added to the compost mix when the basket was planted up.To keep you’re hanging baskets in top condition all faded flowers should be removed regularly. This dead heading prevents the plants from producing seeds and helps to conserve the plants energy for producing more flowers. Deadheading is a job which can be done in a matter of seconds when you combine it with your daily watering. PAUL McLAUGHLIN’S GARDENING COLUMN: GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR HANGING BASKETS was last modified: July 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballaghderg garden centrehanging basket advicePaul McLaughlinlast_img read more

December 25, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgCllr. Dessie Larkin makes a presentation to the St. Eunan’s GAA Minor Board during the Sunday Morning Academy.Pictured with Dessie are Sunday Morning Academy co-ordinator Ciaran Maguire and Minor Board Chair Person Pauric Daly.  DESSIE SHOWS HIS SUPPORT FOR SUNDAY MORNING ACADEMY was last modified: April 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Dessie LarkinletterkennySt Eunan’s GAA clublast_img read more

December 22, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_img“I have signed a long term contract (3 years) and am ready to see it out. The World Cup is a difficult task, but if we work together, it will be achievable.McKinstry eyes World Cup qualification in his three years as Cranes head coach.Who is Jonathan Mckinstry?McKinstry is a Northern Irish UEFA Pro licensed football manager.Previously McKinstry managed Bangladesh side Saif SC, Rwanda national team, Sierra Leone national team, and Kauno Zalgris in the A Lyga. Whilst in charge of Sierra Leone, McKinstry was the youngest international manager in the world at 27 years old.However, his footballing career remains a mystery.Comments Jonathan Mckinstry (center) is handed a Cranes Jersey by FUFA President Justus Mugisha (second-right) at FUFA House in Mengo on Monday. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)MENGO – The Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) has on Monday, 30th September 2019, named Jonathan Mckinstry as the new Uganda Cranes head coach.Mckinstry signed a three year deal with FUFA and replaces Sebastien Desabre who departed the role after Uganda was eliminated from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.The 34-year-old North Irishman was unveiled to the media at FUFA House in Mengo.“Allow me to inform you that the FUFA executive chose as the new Cranes coach on a three-year contract, starting October 1, 2019,” announced FUFA CEO Edgar Watson on Monday morning.McKinstry will take over from Abdallah Mubiru who has been in charge of the Cranes on an interim basis.Mubiru was put in charge in the wake of Desabre’s departure as the Federation looked for a permanent replacement.It is understood the Irishman will also be in charge of the CHAN team that will take on Burundi in the second leg of the 2020 CHAN qualifiers in October.Speaking after his appointment, McKinstry was quick to note that his target is to take Uganda to the world cup.“I am honoured for the offer given to me by the FUFA; there is no doubt that Uganda is a good footballing nation, said McKinstry on Monday. “We are all hungry for success but my aim is not taking you to the Africa Cup of Nations, am targeting the World Cup. I have a burning desire to coach at a World Cup and I feel that Uganda is a good opportunity for me.”center_img Tags: abdallah mubiruBurundiCHAN 2020Edgar WatsonFUFA< Uganda CranesSebastien Desabretoplast_img read more

December 22, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThinking of upgrading your lawnmower? Or looking to invest in one that will keep you mowing over the next few years? Then there is no better choice than a Honda. With their motto – “Engineering for Life” a lawnmower from Honda really will stand the test of time. Robert Kee Power Equipment is your No. 1 Honda Dealer in the North West, with branches in Laghey and Letterkenny Co. Donegal it is the place to visit for the great Honda Lawn and Garden Range.Robert Kee Power Equipment are stockists of the premium Honda Lawn and garden range, including the ever-popular HF2417 Ride-on Mower and the best-selling HRX Range of walk-behind lawnmowers.The Honda range is designed to put the joy into tending to your garden. The HRX range features Honda’s unique SMART Drive technology and variable speed models, offering both push and self-propelled options.The standout mower in this range is the Honda HRX537 HYE – featuring Honda’s Legendary four-stroke engine which eliminates unnecessary noise when in operation.Hydrostatic drive is included – designed if you want greater accuracy around edges, walls and flower beds by giving you fingertip control of ground speed and smoothly adjustable mower speed.Another Honda Innovation – the Versamow variable mulching system features in the 537VYE model. Its auto choke technology allows easy starts, and the 21” anti-rust Zenoy deck is robust and durable.An easy to fold handle makes transportation of the mower simple and quick. The grass bag included holds an impressive 70 litre’s making those emptying trips fewer.The HF2417 lawn tractor is the ideal ride on mower for people with larger gardens.Powered by a 17hp V-Twin premium Honda Engine it is designed to get the best cutting and collecting performance whatever the grass collection – no stalling or clogging! The unique Optiflow fan feature allows for assisted grass collection on both wet and dry grass. Optiflow is unique to Honda as is sure to make cutting large areas of grass a breeze. You can flick a switch on the HF2417 to engage the Versamow mulching system.One of the most popular assets of this mower is its variable speeds available through a hydrostatic transmission.Call into either of our showrooms in Laghey or Letterkenny and view our full range of Honda Lawnmowers, our experienced staff are always available to assist you and offer advice on which machine would suit your needs best, or why not shop in the comfort of your own home and get your lawnmower delivered straight to your home?Our full range of lawnmowers are available on our website. We offer delivery daily throughout Donegal and also deliver Nationwide throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland.See our full range online at www.robertkee.ieLooking for the best lawnmowers on the market? Look no further was last modified: March 30th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GardeningHondaLawnmowerRobert Keesummerlast_img read more