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first_imgThe Brooklyn-born funk juggernaut, Lettuce, will be headed to Japan this year for three dates in late March. The run is set to hit Tokyo and Osaka, and each performance is to occur at the Billboard Live venue in those cities. The two dates in Tokyo fall on March 22nd and 23rd, and the third date in Osaka falls on the 24th. While it’s unlikely that many North American fans will be joining the band for this string of shows, many of us who can’t be there are hopeful that this trip will bring about another live album, like Lettuce’s previously released Live in Tokyo, born from their November 2003 performance at the Japanese jazz club, Blue Note.last_img read more

first_imgIn the five days since President Donald Trump signed an executive order on immigration, the approximately 30 Notre Dame students from the affected countries, and the staff who assist them, have been uncertain about their futures.“This is a big change, a big sudden change,” Arman Mirhashemi, a Ph.D. candidate in aerospace and mechanical engineering from Iran, said. “You don’t expect it, so you don’t know what to do with it.”The executive order, issued Friday, stops U.S. visas from being issued to nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen for 90 days; changes rules regarding refugees and Syrian nationals specifically; and calls for a review of the visa adjudication process, with the goal of preventing terrorism.Emily McConville | The Observer Notre Dame International’s (NDI) Director of International Programs, Rosemary Max, said most of the approximately 30 students from the countries affected by the order are graduate students in STEM fields, and many come from Iran. In addition, there are also “a handful of faculty handled by the order,” as well as two visiting professors who were slated to arrive next week, but now are most likely not able to enter the United States, University spokesman Dennis Brown said. While all the current students were safely on campus when it was issued, Max said the order still affects them. “These are students who are busy doing amazing things for us,” she said. “They have family members in other countries. Some of them have spouses in another country that they were hoping to go and see very soon, and so there are questions about whether they will be able to do those things in the next 90 days or not, and what will happen after that — we just don’t know.”  The order sparked protests around the country, including in South Bend. On Sunday, University President Fr. John Jenkins released a statement, condemning the order as “sweeping, indiscriminate and abrupt,” and urging Trump to rescind it. Saint Mary’s President Jan Cervelli also condemned the order. According to Mana Derekshani, director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership, no students of the College are from the affected countries. Soon after the order was issued, students from the seven affected countries received an email advising them not to leave the country. Max said students were invited to come into or email Notre Dame International if they had further questions — but there was not much information to give in response. For several days, the status of people from the affected countries who have green cards was still unclear. The Trump administration said Sunday green-card holders would not be prevented from entering.Some Notre Dame students who are citizens of one of the seven countries affected are also citizens of a country the administration did not name. Initially, dual citizens were included under the ban, but Max said dual citizens of some countries may soon be able to enter — but it isn’t clear which ones. “Someone from the U.K. but [who] was born in Syria might be able to travel, but it’s too early to tell,” she said. “It’s still very murky. I would say one thing is what’s on paper and what’s actually happening at the border — we’re trying to get our mind around those two things, so we can see how best to advise our students.” In addition, Max said it isn’t clear whether students can change their visa status from, say, a student visa to a work visa if they want to get a job. That, Mirhashemi said, is a concern of many students set to graduate this spring. He said a common path for students after school is to get a temporary work visa in their field of study. “Everything is on hold — all petitions and everything for anybody with Iranian origin, as well as the other six countries,” he said. Unlike many Iranian students, Mirhashemi, who has been in the United States for seven years, has permanent residency, as opposed to a nonimmigrant student visa. But over the weekend, he spearheaded an effort to write a letter to Jenkins expressing concern over the scope of the executive order and gratitude towards Jenkins for his statement against it. 21 students from the affected countries signed it — 19 from Iran, one from Syria and one from Iraq.  Mirhashemi, who was involved in political and human rights activism in Iran, said Trump reminds him of former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was hostile to the United States, in that “both see the world in a binary.” He said he worries the order is contradictory to American values.  “When you’re looking at the United States, you’re looking at a country with a rich history toward freedom and justice,” he said. “So you don’t expect this happens in such a country. I think part of my concerns from this are what is going to happen both for me and — it’s not only something that affects the U.S. It affects everywhere.” Max said she hopes Trump will issue another executive order clarifying certain points in the first order, at which point NDI may host a forum to answer questions. In the meantime, she said the University would continue to support those students. “International students — when they come here — there are so many barriers already to get here in terms of traveling, visa, expenses, new culture — and so just maybe keep in mind that these are people who are quite resilient. They’re great resources for our community, and students should feel free to reach out to them and talk to them, and welcome them again especially in this time,” she said. Tags: Donald Trump, executive order, Immigration, Iran, Refugeeslast_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享John Funk for the Cleveland Plain Dealer:FirstEnergy customers could save $256 million over the next eight years, state regulators believe, by paying increased monthly bills now.That extra money, which could be as low as $3.50 or as high as $8-to-$10 a month in the next couple of years, will subsidize the operations of two power plants that cannot match the low-priced power produced by natural gas-fired plants, which now set wholesale prices on the high-voltage grid.The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio handed down its ruling Thursday, agreeing with FirstEnergy that saving the old power plants is a good idea and that in later years the arrangement will lower customer bills because natural gas prices could increase significantly. The commission also concluded that if the plants were to close, the cost of building new transmission line upgrades would cost between $436 million and $1.1 billion, costs customers would bear.The opinion and order, which is sure to be appealed, dismisses the arguments made by the experts retained by opponents, including the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, the Sierra Club, competing power companies and others. These analysts concluded that the power deals could cost FirstEnergy’s customers an extra $3 billion to $5 billion over the eight years.UCO believes FirstEnergy deal will save customers $256 million Appeals Expected in Ohio Ruling to Keep Aging Coal Plants Onlinelast_img read more

first_imgChina expected to take lead in offshore wind capacity by 2021 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The U.K., which now leads the world in offshore wind installations, will soon lose its title to China, despite plans to double its capacity by 2030. The analyst firm FTI Consulting expects China’s cumulative offshore capacity to pull ahead of the U.K. after 2021.That year, China is expected to have almost 10.9 gigawatts of cumulative capacity, compared to less than 10.4 gigawatts in the U.K. China has been catching up with the U.K. since 2017, when Chinese offshore wind installations breached the 1-gigawatt mark.From 2019 onward, FTI Consulting expects China to install 2 gigawatts per year, rising to 4 gigawatts annually by 2025. In contrast, the U.K. is not expected to reach 2 gigawatts per year until 2024.China’s advancement comes as the U.K. completed a number of prominent projects in 2018, including the world’s largest operational offshore wind farm, Walney Extension, which clocks in at 659 megawatts, plus the 573-megawatt Race Bank and 400-megawatt Rampion plants.Pointing to the scale of China’s ambitions, this month Jiangsu Province in eastern China was reported to have approved 24 offshore wind projects with a total capacity of 6.7 gigawatts, all due to come online before the end of 2020. The 122.29 billion yuan (USD $18 billion) investment is part of a plan called “Three Gorges on Sea” that aims to develop 10 gigawatts of offshore wind in Jiangsu, reports said.The Jiangsu projects approved this month are nearly six times as much as the 1.2 gigawatts of offshore wind power that China installed nationally in 2017, based on figures from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). They also represent more than twice as much capacity as the whole country had installed offshore at the end of 2017, which GWEC put at almost 2.8 gigawatts.More: China set to overtake UK as offshore wind leader by 2021last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hempstead Town Clerk Mark BonillaAn ex-employee of Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla testified Monday that Bonilla told him he would be seen as disloyal if the employee didn’t hand over compromising photos of the employee’s ex-girlfriend.Alex Desidoro was one of two former employees who took the stand in the sixth day of the trial against Bonilla, who’s fighting misconduct and coercion charges for allegedly trying to use the photos to get the woman, fellow ex-clerk employee Ariel Davis, to drop sexual harassment allegations.“He could see I was uncomfortable,” Desidoro testified of his reaction when Bonilla allegedly asked him for the images. Asked what would happen if he refused, Desidoro said: “He would question my loyalty.”Desidoro told the court that when the town’s investigator later questioned him on the allegations, Bonilla told him to “remain loyal and to make him look good.”According to Desidoro, the investigator told him: “Just more stuff on Mark, he’s done anyway.” Asked to elaborate, he added that he was told: “We’ve gotten a lot of statements from people on what Mark’s done.”Derek Foder, another former employee of Bonilla’s, also testified Monday. He said that he was offered his “dream position” in town hall in exchange for cooperating—a move he said felt was a bribe—but could not recall who made that offer.He wanted to stay in Bonilla’s office, but was eventually assigned back to the passport office, the department where he first started.Bonilla’s defense attorney, Adrian DiLuzio, asked Foder to describe Davis’ attitude in the office, and Foder testified that Davis was “stern” and very serious. He also cited a Facebook post she made referring to her promotion that Foder said sounded like she was “bragging.”Foder also testified that attendance was an issue for Davis and that she would show up to work late and sometimes not at all. This caused her to have a contentious relationship with Bonilla’s secretary, who was in charge the office schedule.He also told the court that she was so close with Desidoro and another fellow employee, Alyssa Smith, that the rest of the staff referred to them as “tri-pod,” but Davis became jealous of Smith and Desidoro’s relationship, which lead to her being unpredictable.“You never knew what Ariel was showing up,” he said.last_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » When Millennials get most of marketers’ attention — followed closely by Generation Z — one might easily get the impression that Baby Boomers have become irrelevant.To be sure, younger cohorts represent major, and long-running growth opportunities for financial institutions, particularly in areas such as digital banking, checking, credit cards, and lending products. But it would be a mistake to focus on other generations to the exclusion of Boomers.It’s important for financial marketers to remember that this segment represents a markedly higher percentage of the population with each passing year. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that there will be 78 million people 65 years and older by 2035, compared to 76.7 million under the age of 18. That will mark the first time in U.S. history where seniors outnumber children.Consider, too, that as of 2019 the youngest Boomers are 55, the oldest 73. This huge, still-active generation has prompted much debate about the workforce of the future, given that people are living longer, healthier, lives and working well into their late 60s.last_img read more

first_imgInterested parties should state performance, net of fees, to the end of 2013.The closing date for applications is 6 March.The IPE.com news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE-Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE-Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email [email protected] A “Swiss-UK” pension fund has tendered a $50m (€36.5m) global hedge fund mandate using IPE-Quest.According to search QN1398, the investor will consider replicator strategies only.The passive mandate will target a “minimum tracking error” based on the Barclay Hedge Fund, Credit Suisse Hedge Fund or HFRI FoF indices.Asset managers should have at least $1bn in assets under management and a minimum track record of five years.last_img read more

first_imgRailpen, Standard Life/Aberdeen, Franklin Templeton, CDC, FRR, Foreningen NLP, Westerbrink, Folksam Liv, AMNT, SFAMA, Northern Trust, AXA IM, FRC, La Francaise, FCA, AGH, Aon HewittRailways Pension Scheme (Railpen) – The multi-employer scheme for the UK’s railways industry has named Leo George as head of sustainable ownership, replacing Deborah Gilshan who will leave to join Standard Life at the end of March. George joined the pension scheme in 2009, and has overseen asset allocation for pooled funds, thematic investment research, and investment strategy. In his new role he will be responsible for “integrating sustainable ownership considerations” for public and private market investments, Railpen said. Railpen also plans to hire an additional “senior governance professional” to its sustainable ownership team.Standard Life/Aberdeen – The two asset managers, who announced a merger on 6 March, have moved to clarify how their respective chief executives will co-operate when they begin sharing the role post-merger. It followed questions raised in the media coverage of the deal about whether Martin Gilbert, CEO of Aberdeen, and Keith Skeoch, CEO of Standard Life, can successfully work together as co-CEOs.According to a statement released by the companies, Skeoch will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the combined business, including its investment, pensions, and savings businesses. He will also oversee insurance joint ventures in India and China, as well as operations, finance, human resources, “risk and regulatory culture”, legal, and secretariat functions. Gilbert’s responsibilities will include “international activities, distribution including client engagement and business development, marketing, and corporate development”, the companies’ statement said. The pair will share responsibilities as members of the executive committee, developing strategy and objectives, and monitoring performance.Franklin Templeton – Mark Mobius, veteran emerging markets investor and executive chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group, is to step down as named manager on 12 of the US-based asset manager’s suite of funds in the next two months. The group said the move was part of the “ongoing evolution” of the company. Most of the fund managers taking on official responsibilities have been the lead decision makers on the funds for some time.Caisse des Dépots et Consignations (CDC) – The pension division of the French state-owned investment group has made two new hires. Anne-Laure Genty will be joining as senior specialist for sustainability, leaving a role in the French environment ministry. François Tirmarche, meanwhile, will join as deputy to Caroline Le Meaux, head of delegated management at CDC. Tirmarche is currently fixed income director at Fonds de Réserve pour les Retraites (FRR), the French pension reserve fund.LD/Foreningen NLP – Lars Wallberg, finance director at Denmark’s LD pension fund, has been hired by Foreningen NLP (NLP Association) – a fund which owns 25% of Nordea Life & Pension – as its new chief executive. Wallberg will take up the post on 1 June. He has been in his current job at LD since 2011, and was previously CFO at LD and finance director at Sampension. Wallberg will be responsible for managing the association’s assets of more than DKK8bn (€1bn) for its members and charitable activities, as well as building up the association’s secretariat.Westerbrink – Pensions lawyer Hans van Meerten is to join pensions consultancy Westerbrink as partner in April. At Westerbrink, Van Meerten is to focus on national and international individual defined contribution. At year-end, Van Meerten left law firm Clifford Chance, where he had worked since 2011. Van Meerten said that he would also keep on being active for law firm Coupry, and that he will also stay on as professor for international pension law at Utrecht University.Folksam Liv – Lars Ericsson, chief executive of the Stockholm Consumer Cooperative Society (Konsumentföreningen Stockholms), has been proposed as the new chairman of the board of Folksam Liv. Nominations will be voted on at the company’s AGM on 20 April.Association for Member Nominated Trustees (AMNT) – Leanne Clements has been appointed “Red Line Voting” campaign manager, effective from April. Clements was previously the responsible investment manager at the Pension Protection Fund (PPF). She resigned from her role at the PPF last autumn. Clements will support the adoption and implementation of the Red Line Voting policies, a set of voting instructions covering a range of environmental, social and governance issues.SFAMA – The Swiss asset management association has a new board member: André Bantli, managing director, head of retail-wholesale business for Switzerland, the Middle East and Africa at BlackRock in Switzerland. Bantli is also a member of BlackRock Switzerland’s executive committee.Northern Trust – The service provider has made a number of changes to senior roles in its institutional business. Penelope Biggs is now chief strategy officer for corporate and institutional services, alongside leading the group’s global marketing. Toby Glaysher has been named head of global fund services international, and Clive Bellows takes the same role for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Jon Dunham is now head of global sales, having previously led the sales team in the Americas, and Robert Frazer has transferred from leading Northern Trust’s UK pensions business to country head for the Middle East.AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) – Andrew Douglas has joined as an associate director to the asset manager’s UK institutional sales team, focusing on insurance clients. He joins from BMO Global Asset Management where he was a senior sales associate.Financial Reporting Council (FRC) – Paul Cox, an adviser to the National Employment Savings Trust, has joined the auditing watchdog’s audit and assurance council, along with Olivier Beroud, a consultant and former head of Moody’s in Europe.La Francaise – Kay Scherf has been hired to lead the asset manager’s sales team in Germany. He previously worked for AXA Investment Managers for 10 years, latterly as director of wholesale. Prior to AXA IM, he was a trader and portfolio manager at JP Morgan Asset Management. At La Francaise, Scherf will help expand on what the company sees as “considerable growth opportunities” in the German market, particularly for fixed income.Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – Nick Stace has been appointed non-executive director to the board of the UK regulator for a three-year term from 1 April. He is currently chief executive of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, but has held senior roles at several consumer groups, including Which? in the UK and Choice in Australia.AGH – Pensions provider Administratie Groep Holland has appointed Peter Krul in the newly created position of director for operational affairs. He will become responsible for ICT as well as investments and integral risk management. Krul joined from the €18bn provider and asset manager SPF Beheer, where his roles included head of automation, operational director, and ICT director during 10 years at the company. AGH has extended its business after taking on the industry-wide schemes for butchers (Slagersbedrijf) and millers (Molenaars) as new clients.Aon Hewitt – The consultancy firm has named Marlon Sahetapy as principal consultant in a new position at its global retirement and investment practice. He will be tasked with extending the company’s position in the fiduciary market in the Netherlands. Sahetapy has been an independent consultant for the past four years, serving asset managers and pension funds on business and product development, focusing on non-listed investments.last_img read more

first_imgBoys SoccerBatesville Varsity blanked Jac-Cen-Del 4-0 on WRBI.Girls SoccerBatesville winners over Seymour.  Varsity score was 3-2.  JV 6-0.Batesville vs. Seymour (9-5)Articles submitted by Tracy Meyer, Lauren Green, and Kyle Laker.Oldenburg Academy defeats Centerville 8-2.Oldenburg Academy vs. Centerville Girls Soccer (9-5)Submitted by Var Vee.South Ripley whitewashed Southwestern Hanover 7-0.South Ripley vs. SW-H Girls SoccerJeff Cumberworth recorded stats for the game.  Submitted by Caroline Cumberworth.Greensburg and Madison battled to a 2-2 tie.Greensburg at Madison Consolidated (9-5)Submitted by Var Vee.VolleyballEast Central won against Lawrenceburg 17-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-18.East Central at Lawrenceburg (9-5)Submitted by Var Vee.Batesville and St. Nicholas Middle School teams split matches.St. Nicholas 7th won by the scores 25-22; 9-25.Batesville 8th rallied in the second and third games to win by the scores 15-25; 25-19; 15-7.Submitted by Batesville Coach Shelly Prickel.FootballBatesville 7th victorious over Shelbyville 28-0.For Batesville, Quinn Werner opened the scoring with a 7 yard TD run.  Luke Belter ran in the 2 point conversion.  Trey Heidlage followed with a 20 yard TD run and Austin Siefert ran in the conversion for a 16-0 halftime lead.  Werner had another TD run, this time going for 24 yards.  Belter finished the scoring on a 40 yard TD run. The defense was led by the consistent pass rushing of Zach Jones, Adam Bedel, and Tyler Myers.  Werner added an interception.  Submitted by Batesville Coach Tony Gausman.SwimmingSunman Dearborn Middle School Boys beat South Dearborn 112-35.Sunman Dearborn Middle School Girls won 110-46.Another record setting night by the SDMS Trojans as two school records we’re broken on Thursday against the South Dearborn Squires.  The boys were victorius 112-35 while the girls won 110-46.  Alexis deLong broke the 50 backstroke and the 100 freestyle school records.  Individual Winners include:   Mackenzie Schantz-200 Freestyle; Alex Ketcham-100 Individual Medley, 100 Freestyle; Alexis deLong-50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle; Jackson Ketcham-50 Freestyle, 400 Freestyle; Courtney Robbins-50 Butterfly;Grace Crane- 400 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke;Noah Arnold-100 Backstroke;Alex Disbro-100 Breaststroke; and Klay Shipman-100 Breaststroke. SDMS won all four relays and are a combined 8/8 on relays this season.  Our next meet is at home against Richmond Middle School on Tuesday.  Come out and Suppor the SDMS Aqua Trojans.  Submitted by SDMS Coach Brandon Loveless.Cross CountryBatesville Boys and Girls Ripley County Champs.Boys:  Batesville 25, South Ripley 47, JCD 64, Milan Inc.For Batesville, Cole Nuhring was the third different Bulldog to lead the pack to the finish line this season crossing in second place in a time of 18:20.  The county Championship team also included Garrett Yorn (18:37, 4), Caleb Moster (18:42, 5), Connor Bell (18:42, 6), Alex Batta (19:13, 8), Peter Heil (19:29, 9) and Trent Barnett (19:54, 12).  The Bulldogs had 6 runner in the top 10 receiving All County honors (Nuhring, Yorn, Moster, Bell, Batta, and Heil).  9 out of the 11 Bulldogs ran season’s best times with Batta, Heil, Clay Yeaton, and Elliot Main setting new personal records. Calvin Lehman was the individual race winner in the Open/Reserve race in a time of 18:27.  Coaches Comments:  ‘Another good night for our team.  We were glad to see some faster times and now we hope to continue to improve.’  Batesville Coach Thomas Barnett.Batesville Girls Cross Country Team scored a perfect score of 15  points.  Grace Yeaton was the individual County Champ crossing the line at a personal best of 20:51.  5 other Bulldogs were awarded to the All County team by placing in the top 10 of the race and they were Kelsey Gausman, 2nd, Mary Poltrack, 3rd, Sarah Poltrack, 4th, Maria Wessel, 5th and Kylie Lehman, 7th.  Liz Cuttle also  ran in the varsity race and placed a respectable 12th.  Lauren Eckstein was the  overall winner of the reserve race with a winning time of 23:33.  Besides Grace, 7 other Bulldogs ran personal bests and they were Kylie Lehman, Katie Baumer, Heidi Shaw, Destini Taylor-Fathman, Jamie Day, Pilar Bermejo Garcia and Candice Roell.  The Bulldogs next competition will be Tuesday for the East Central Invitational.  Submitted by Batesville Coach Lisa Gausman.The Batesville Middle School boys won their cross country meet against Milan, Jac-Cen-Del and Rising Sun.  Isaac Barker won the boys race followed by Jackson Wooldridge, 3rd, Grant Meyers, 4th, Ethan Grossman, 8th, Henry Lipinski, 9th, Adam Moster, 10th, Evan Vogelsang, 11th, Nate Robinson, 12th, and Jayden Beal 13th.The Batesville Middle School girls finished 2nd to Jac-Cen-Del in their meet against Milan, Jac-Cen-Del and Rising Sun.  Emma Gausman won the girls race, followed by Audrey Weigel, 4th, Audrey Maupin, 7th, Gabby Gibbs, 8th, Liz Loichinger, 10th, Sydney Jorgensen, 11th, Tasha Mayer, 12th, Carly Fitzpatrick, 14th, and Melanie Werner 16th.Submitted by Batesville Coach  Derek Suits.last_img read more

first_imgMiami Beach Police on Wednesday released body camera video, photos, and the 911 call from the night when they found former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum in a hotel room with another man who was being treated for a possible drug overdose.Ernesto Rodriguez, the police department’s public information officer, said in an email sent with the photos and documents that much of the body camera footage was redacted because state law keeps footage confidential when it id taken in a place where privacy is expected.“Accordingly, the City of Miami Beach has redacted certain portions of those body camera recordings provided (and has also completely redacted another body camera recording) which were taken entirely within the interior of a hotel room,” Rodriguez wrote.The incident occurred March 13 at a hotel on West Avenue.The crime scene images show open pill bottles with pills scattered around, as well as a messy bed, beer bottles, duffel bags, clothes on the floor, and three small bag containing a white substance, which is suspected to be narcotics.Gillum, according to the police report, was “unable to communicate with officers due to his inebriated state.”He later admitted that he had too much to drink at a wedding.Photo courtesy: Miami Beach Police Department Mr. Gillum, who is the former mayor of Tallahassee, apologized for the situation, denied taking meth, and entered a rehabilitation facility for treatment of alcohol abuse.His apology also stated that he planned to step down from “all public facing roles,” for the foreseeable future.“This has been a wake-up call for me,” Gillum said in a written statement at the time. “Since my race for governor ended, I fell into a depression that has led to alcohol abuse. I witnessed my father suffer from alcoholism and I know the damaging effects it can have when untreated. I also know that alcoholism is often a symptom of deeper struggles.“last_img read more