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Immigration on center stage

first_img State Sen. Tom McClintock, who is running for lieutenant governor, called the Senate bill “amnesty” for illegal immigrants and said he opposed it. He accused President George W. Bush of failing to protect U.S. borders and said illegal aliens should be deported. “There’s nothing radical about that,” said McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks. Former Assemblyman Tony Strickland, running for state controller, said he also opposes “amnesty.” Strickland, who represented the Thousand Oaks area, said he is not familiar with the details of the various bills in Congress, but said he might support a guest worker plan along the lines of the old Bracero program. Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, running for state treasurer, also would support a guest worker program, and believes undocumented immigrants should be given some path to legalization, said his chief of staff Dan Pellissier. But, Pellissier said, “they should not be advantaged over people who have been following the rules all along.” As for the 2008 elections, Pew Hispanic Center spokesman Gabriel Escobar said it’s too soon to tell what impact the immigration issue will have. “A lot of it depends on how successful people are in blaming one party,” he said. “If there’s a perception that one part is more punitive than the other, that can have an impact,” he said. In 2004, 18 percent of Latinos voted, compared with 51 percent of whites and 39 percent of blacks, according to the center. Nuñez said he believes Latino voters will increase “dramatically” thanks to the issue and predicted they will be decisive in 2008. “All of this has been a wake-up call to the Republican Party. You can’t pander to the right by picking on immigrants,” he said. In the next presidential election, he maintained, “Latinos will be a determining factor.” Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Mobilized by the divisive national debate on illegal immigration, Latino voters in California could topple Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in November and deal serious blows to other statewide GOP candidates, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez said Wednesday. In Washington to lobby the U.S. Senate for legislation that would legalize America’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, Nuñez said Schwarzenegger already alienated Latino voters by supporting the Minutemen volunteer border patrol project. “I think the governor is, at this point, trying to walk a tightrope,” Nuñez said. But Katie Levinson, spokeswoman for Schwarzenegger’s re-election campaign, said the governor’s support among Latinos remains strong. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “It’s unfortunate that Speaker Nuñez chose to launch blatant political attacks while visiting Washington, D.C.,” Levinson said. “The governor will continue the record of strong support in the Latino community based on a shared commitment on a variety of issues,” including comprehensive immigration reform. Nuñez’s visit came as the Senate opened debate on legislation beefing up border security while creating a program that would allow 400,000 low-skilled foreigners into the country annually and to stay in the U.S. while applying for green cards. California Republican analyst Allan Hoffenblum agreed with Nuñez that statewide GOP candidates run the risk of alienating Latino voters on immigration. “The problem that too many Republicans have is that they come across too shrill. They come across as anti-Mexican,” Hoffenblum said. “That’s what they have to be careful about. We in California know what happens when you come across as too shrill. You lose elections.” Republican candidates for statewide office offer a range of positions on illegal immigration. last_img read more

Jim Ferry is spared jail after admitting to illegal dumping in ‘desperate act’

first_imgFormer Donegal waste collector Jim Ferry has avoided jail today as the Donegal County Council hearing against him came before the High Court. Ferry has admitted to dumping tens of thousands of tons of waste at Rossbracken in what he has described as a ‘desperate act’, the Irish Times reports. In an affidavit which was disclosed today, Ferry apologised for his actions to Donegal County Council and told the High Court he is broke, unemployed and is planning to file for bankruptcy.He also claimed the illegal dumping at Rossbracken was “a desperate act” when he discovered a problem with the weighing of bins collected.Ferry offered to give the council two lots of cash worth €158,000, if it can be released by Criminal Assets Bureau after being seized from his partner’s home and his company office at Rossbracken.Donegal County Council has now retained a forensic accountant to test the information in Ferry’s affidavit and exhibits which allegedly support his assertions.Ferry, who is under threat of being jailed for contempt, was spared immediate incarceration in jail on the basis that he co-operates with the council. The case has been adjourned until July 31st.Read more at Ferry is spared jail after admitting to illegal dumping in ‘desperate act’ was last modified: July 3rd, 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)last_img read more


first_imgThe Centenary Cup was played for last Sunday the 14th of October over the Old Tom Morris Links and the winners with an aggregate of 78 pts was the pairing of Ann Currie & Dympna Kelly.Runners up were Charlie McBride & Garvin Toye with an aggregate of 76 pts bot.All singles matchplay ties must be completed as soon as possible by order of the committee. Good luck to the team captains & all players who will compete in the 2012 Donegal League Final second leg at home over the Old Tom Morris Links this Sunday the 21st of October at 1.00pm sharp.Rosapenna hold a 3-2 lead (3 holes up) from the first leg which was played away to Bundoran G.C. Home support during the match would be welcome.There will be a club presentation of all outstanding prizes in the Golf Pavilion this Sunday the 21st of October at 7.30pm. All prizes winners are encouraged to attend to collect their prize.Good luck to the Rosapenna Over 50’s team who take on Ballyliffin G.C at home in the county final first leg this Saturday the 20th of October over the Old Tom Morris Links at 1.00pm. There will be a club competition this Sunday the 21s over the Old Tom Morris Links.The annual Seiko competition will take place on Saturday the 27th with a club competition on Sunday the 28th of October.There will be an open Ladies & Gents 18 hole singles stableford competition in aid of the Niall Mellon Township Trust this Saturday the 20th over the Sandy Hills Links.Entry fee is 20e per player and tee times must be booked on 074-915-5000 between 8:00am-4:00pm.The competition is sponsored by Shaun Boyce of Boyces Centra and Toye Enterprises Carrigart.The annual Rosapenna Golf Club Dinner Dance willtake place in the Golf Pavilion on Saturday the 8th ofDecember. The tickets are priced at 35e each and are available in the Pavilion Golf Shop and from any of the golf clubcommittee members.The Rosapenna Golf Club AGM will take place in theGolf Pavilion on Friday the 7th of December.Six inch placing not nearer the hole on fairwaysonly is now in play on both courses.PGA Professional Noel Callan is available for lessons at the Rosapenna Practice Groundby appointment, all enquires can be made by contacting Noel directly on 0044-7789-157654.The Practice Ground is open seven days with the ball dispenser in operation and new super range golf balls in use.ENDS.GOLF NEWS: ROSAPENNA CLUB NOTES was last modified: October 16th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Rosapenna Golf club noteslast_img read more


first_imgRita MacLochlainn wife of the late Donal MacLochlainn from Lifford unveils the commemorative piece in memory of his wiork with the Ballyduff Park project. Included in photo is his daughter Suzanne and Dr. Paul Armstrong.A year after his death, a plaque has been unveiled in memory of the trojan and selfless work carried out by a proud Lifford man. Life-long Lifford resident Donal MacLochlainn was honoured by the board of Habinteg Housing Association (Ireland) for his commitment to his local town.The short yet poignant ceremony in St Columba’s Grove, Ballyduff Park, was attended by his wife Rita and daughter Suzanne, friends and relations, along with residents of Ballyduff Park, staff and board members of Habinteg Housing Association Ireland. The late Donal MacLochlainn from LiffordRita unveiled a memorial plaque to Donal and dedicated one of the meeting rooms in St Columba’s Grove in his memory.Speaking at the ceremony Dr Paul Armstrong, Chairman of Habinteg Housing and co-founder of the development, spoke of Donal’s initiative and wise counsel through the planning and development stages and in ongoing management.Donal had been associated with many Lifford developments over the years.He was particularly proud of the success of the Habinteg Housing project in the centre of the town. He was a founder member and Treasurer of the voluntary association for 11 years. Comprising 53 houses, bungalows and apartments, and managed by a small staff and warden the housing charity is overseen by a board of directors based locally. Supported by Donegal County Council it has won several prizes for design and for the provision of an integrated neighbourhood.The board of Habinteg Housing are currently working on plans to develop further projects in the county.The wording on the memorial to Donal reads “This room is dedicated to the memory of Donal MacLochlainn (1934-2012).“A lifelong resident of this town and founding member and treasurer of this housing charity from 2001-2012, his invaluable guidance and advice helped make this development possible.“Erected by the board of Habinteg Housing Association Ireland December 2013.” Rita MacLochlainn, wife of the late Donal MacLochlainn from Lifford, takes a moment to reflect during the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in his honour.PLAQUE UNVEILED TO REMEMBER TROJAN WORK OF PROUD LIFFORD MAN was last modified: December 6th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:DONAL MACLOCHLAINNGrove ParkHabinteg Housing AssociationLiffordlast_img read more


first_imgThe Ocean Court where McGuinness went bonkersA CARNDONAGH man who was ‘out of his mind with drink’ grabbed a statute of Buddha and chucked a table over the counter of a Chinese takeaway, the local district court has heard.Inspector David Murphy told the district court that Gardai were called to the Ocean Court in the Diamond in Carn on May 26 last year. The owner of the premises was standing outside waiting for officers.Inspector Murphy said gardai had found McGuinness “out of his mind with drink” inside the takeaway.The owner complained that McGuinness, from Churchtown in Carndonagh and who will be 28 next Sunday, had grabbed a statute of Buddha, was roaring and shouting and had just thrown a table over the counter.Inspector Murphy said that McGuinness had also taken his trousers down. He handed in still images taken from the takeaway’s CCTV cameras showing this and the other offences.McGuinness admitted being intoxicated in a public place, using threatening and abusive language and criminal damage.It took the inspector some time to go over McGuinness’s previous criminal record which included several convictions for assault.Solicitor Frank Dorrian told Judge Paul Kelly: “The recurring pattern with this man is one of alcohol abuse; he has little or no recollection of what went on during this incident. It is inexplicable as to what he was doing.“He had been drinking vodka around the clock at that time.”Mr Dorrian said however that McGuinness’s life had now changed. He was no longer drinking and was getting support at AA meetings.He was determined to continue with this new life and had brought €186 to court to pay for the damage done to the restaurant.Judge Kelly ordered a probation and community service report to monitor McGuinness’s progress and adjourned sentence until January 20.MAN GRABBED BUDDHA STATUE BEFORE DROPPING TROUSERS IN CARNDONAGH CHINESE TAKEAWAY: was last modified: October 22nd, 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:CarndonaghChinesescourt caseDermot McGuinnessOcean Courtlast_img read more

Colborn weighs in on way out of L.A.

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week DePodesta has said the Dodgers’ next manager will be allowed to bring in his own staff, something he told all the coaches by telephone on Oct. 4. But Colborn criticized DePodesta for leaving the information on some of the coaches’ voice mail as DePodesta was leaving town that day to attend his sister’s wedding in Italy. After spending Tuesday afternoon with Triple-A Las Vegas manager Jerry Royster, the first of five candidates who will be interviewed for the job Tracy left vacant, DePodesta said he still intends to speak directly with every member of the coaching staff. Colborn also implied the front office didn’t consult Tracy and his staff enough before making major organizational decisions. “You just never got the feeling you were part of the process,” Colborn said. “You were part of it, but a dispensable part of it. But that’s all right. Maybe they had their own point of view, and they probably figured (we) weren’t going to carry out what they wanted done. They have the right to bring in their own people. But I don’t really look at it is I did a bad job or that I failed any kind of test. But whatever I had to offer, they didn’t think it was valuable.” DePodesta declined to get into a war of words with Colborn. They were aimed directly at the Dodgers front office. “You want to be appreciated wherever you go, and I don’t think we were,” Colborn said. “I never heard anything to that effect. There is a lot of tugging and pulling and a lot of stuff I don’t understand. But now, I don’t have to worry about processing it anymore.” Jim Tracy finally got the long-term contract the Dodgers wouldn’t give him, signing a three-year deal worth slightly more than $3 million on Tuesday to become the next manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. With that done, Tracy quickly began stocking his new coaching staff with holdovers from his old one. Pitching coach Jim Colborn and bench coach Jim Lett will join Tracy in Pittsburgh, filling the same positions they held in Los Angeles. Tracy likely will ask other members of his Dodgers staff to follow him as well, although it isn’t clear whether such offers have been extended. All the Dodgers coaches were given permission by general manager Paul DePodesta to pursue other opportunities when Tracy and the Dodgers agreed on Oct. 3 to go their separate ways. Colborn didn’t go quietly. The man who oversaw Eric Gagne’s conversion from middling starter to the game’s top closer, who oversaw Jose Lima’s conversion from reclamation project to a prominent place in Dodgers history and who oversaw Jeff Weaver’s conversion from a guy with questionable makeup to an arguable staff ace, fired a few parting shots Thursday. center_img “I would just say exactly what I said (when Tracy’s departure was announced), and that is that anybody who wears or has worn the Dodger uniform will absolutely get my public support,” DePodesta said. “I have repeatedly said during the course of the past year that our manager and coaches have done everything they could to get the most out of all our players.” Colborn received overtures from both Seattle and Florida, but said he ultimately decided on Pittsburgh out of loyalty to Tracy. The Dodgers managerial search continues today with an interview of former Detroit manager Alan Trammell, who was fired by the Tigers the same day Tracy left the Dodgers. San Francisco bench coach Ron Wotus will be interviewed Thursday, followed by Dodgers player development director Terry Collins Friday and Cleveland minor league manager Torey Lovullo of Northridge on Saturday. 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

Dead man ID’d in Nev. shooting

first_imgRENO, Nev. – A California man with a criminal history was identified Sunday as the gunman killed in a shootout at a Lake Tahoe casino that also wounded a pair of sheriff’s deputies. Harvey Ex, 53, of Sunset Beach, Calif., was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the Saturday afternoon incident, Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini said. A female acquaintance of Ex’s reported to Harrah’s Tahoe security that she was concerned about Ex’s behavior, Pierini said. Security guards found Ex uncooperative and called the sheriff’s department. Soon after the two deputies arrived, shooting erupted in a high-stakes players lounge off the main floor, Pierini said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Deputy Dan Nelson was shot in the arm and hip and released Sunday from a Reno hospital. Deputy Erik Eissinger was hit in the abdomen, but his bulletproof vest deflected the shot. He was treated and released Saturday. “We haven’t had a chance to interview the deputies yet, and we still don’t know what happened in the lounge,” Pierini told The Associated Press. “But I think it would be fair to say he (Ex) was unstable … and that could have something to do with what happened.” A toxicology report could take up to six weeks. An autopsy was performed Sunday. Investigators were working to determine a motive. It was still unclear Sunday who fired the first shot. Ex traveled to the Stateline, Nev., casino to spend the weekend with the woman, whom authorities did not identify, Pierini said. He had at least one previous arrest on drug-related charges. Harrah’s spokesman John Packer said guns are forbidden at the resort, but officials do not conduct searches. No other injuries were reported, but the shootout sent dozens of gamblers running for the doors. “People were leaving their chips on the table,” Bob Golub, of Pittsburgh, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “I left money in the machine. It was just crazy.” Witnesses said they heard at least four shots during the incident that lasted only seconds. The main casino remained open Sunday with only the crime scene cordoned off as authorities continued investigating. 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

Women’s Basketball Sweeps MVC Women’s Basketball Weekly Awards

first_imgST. LOUIS – Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) of the Drake University women’s basketball team won her league-leading fifth Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week award while freshman Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) won her league-leading fourth MVC Newcomer of the Week award, the league announced Monday, Feb. 29.Wendell had a great weekend in helping to lead Drake to big wins over Loyola and Bradley. She averaged 25.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 1.5 assists while shooting 59 percent from the floor and 42 percent from beyond the arc.Wendell started the weekend on Friday with a game-high 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting, including hitting 3-of-5 from behind the three-point line, adding five steals, four rebounds and two assists in just 24 minutes in a 30-point win over Loyola. She followed that with a game-high 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting, adding five rebounds, two steals and one assist in 26 minutes in a blowout win over Bradley on Sunday.Wendell, the MVC’s Preseason Player of the Year, leads the Valley in scoring at 20.6 points per game. She has previously won the MVC’s top player of the week award on Nov. 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 1.Rhine continues to post impressive numbers in her first season as a Bulldog. Rhine averaged 14.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in just 18.0 minutes per game behind a blistering 75.0 percent shooting mark in Drake’s wins over Bradley and Loyola.This season, Rhine is averaging 12.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while leading the MVC in field goal percentage at a 62.9 clip. Rhine has previously won the MVC’s newcomer of the week award on Jan. 4 & 11 and Feb. 8.Drake closes the regular season with a two-game road trip starting at Evansville on March 3 at 7 p.m. and ending at Southern Illinois on March 5 at 2 p.m. Both contests will broadcast online via The Valley On ESPN3.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Women’s Tennis Falls to Iowa State

first_img 1. Herder, Tess (DU) vs. Budai, Samantha (ISU) 1-6, 3-5, unfinished DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team fell to Iowa State, 4-0, on Friday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. 5. Bonadonna, Annabella (ISU) def. Kozlowski, Alex (DU) 6-1, 6-0 The Bulldogs will look to rebound quickly as they host Omaha on Saturday at 11 a.m. 4. Lomas, Joely (DU) vs. Timakova, Margarita (ISU) 7-5, 5-2, unfinished 6. Alvarez, Karen (ISU) def. Jaglarz, Mela (DU) 6-3, 6-4 Singles competition Iowa State 4, Drake 0Feb. 10, 2017 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)  The Bulldogs switched up their doubles lineup and battled tough against a strong Cyclone team. Iowa State managed to take courts two and three to earn the doubles point. Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (5,6,3) Doubles competition The Cyclones went on to win courts five, six and three, respectively to secure the victory. “In singles, I liked the matches that we were up in, so it was a lot closer than it looked. We are getting better and have to bounce back tomorrow,” said Tran. Box Score center_img Story Links 2. Brills, Summer (DU) vs. Cancini, Maty (ISU) 6-3, 4-3, unfinished 3. Espindola, Regina/Alvarez, Karen (ISU) def. Herder, Tess/Jaglarz, Mela (DU) 6-2  Print Friendly Version 1. Brills, Summer/Lomas, Joely (DU) vs. Budai, Samantha/Cancini, Maty (ISU) 4-4, unfinished Drake 2-2 3. Espindola, Regina (ISU) def. Williams, Kenya (DU) 6-3, 6-1 Match Notes Iowa State 4-2 The Bulldogs were a few points away from getting on the board as Joely Lomas was up 7-5, 5-2 at No. 4. Summer Brills was also ahead before her match went unfinished as well, leading 6-3, 4-3 at No. 2. “I switched up the doubles teams and we haven’t had a lot of time to practice. But I think we improved, even though we didn’t get the doubles point,” said Drake head coach Mai-Ly Tran. 2. Timakova, Margarita/Bonadonna, Annabella (ISU) def. Williams, Kenya/Kozlowski, Alex (DU) 6-2last_img read more

South Africa’s sniffer elephants learn to track explosives

first_imgWith their long trunks, elephants have a remarkable sense of smell. Now, a South African is training a group of the pachyderms to smell out explosives and narcotics. The US army hopes to understand the biology and turn it into science. Elephants’ sniffing ability is being tested in South Africa in collaboration with the United States Army Research Office.(Image: • Global travellers rate South Africa tops in Condé Nast awards • South Africa’s elephant Norms and Standards to be amended • South African art • Million-year-old artifacts found in South Africa • Work begins on South Africa’s R84bn smart city Melissa JavanYou’ve heard of sniffer dogs and rats trained to detect landmines; now get ready for elephants on patrol. A project supported by the United States Army Research Office is testing the smelling abilities of elephants in South Africa so that they can be used to track down explosives, landmines, humans and other animals.Sean Hensman, operator of Adventures with Elephants, told news agency Channels Television that the plan was to see how well an elephant could follow the scent of a human, rhino or lion into the bush. “An elephant’s nose is amazing,” he said. “Think about mammoths, which had to find food through the ice.”Underlining the mammoth on the hunt for food analogy, the news agency Vice News reported that elephants could pick up a scent from more than 91.4m away. Hensman, who trains the elephants at a game farm 180km northwest of Johannesburg, says the elephants will not be taken into battle. “If we suspect there are drugs or explosives [in an area], we will bring [the suspect items] to the elephants.”The US Army Research Office has been involved with the project for five years. It is studying the biological structures found in elephants’ trunks in the hopes of finding a way to build similar technology that can be used to help soldiers in combat.The project has a number of roots: elephants in Angola, which suffered during decades of civil war, have been observed avoiding heavily mined areas, suggesting they smelled the explosives and their trunks warned them to stay away.About his involvement, Hensman explains that his father was watching a herd of elephants in Zimbabwe in the 1990s when he discovered that a female member of the herd had tracked him. Inspired, his father trained 12 elephants for anti-poaching patrols in Zimbabwe.At the age of seven, Hensman was used to having elephants in his backyard. “Dad had an idea to release them on to his game farm so that we can learn about wild elephants. When they arrived they were [too] small to release so we had to look after them,” he recalls.“We found that they quickly associated with their keepers. Within two weeks they were following their keepers around and obeying basic commands.”In 2002, however, the family lost their three farms to President Robert Mugabe’s land seizures. They elected to move to South Africa, where Hensman continues the work with elephants.One of the challenges of preparing an elephant for the sniffing experiment is gaining its trust. Once both parties understand and trust each other, both parties get rewarded, says Hensman. “To scent, it doesn’t take long. The difficult part is training the elephant to indicate when they smell. The process of training an elephant takes about two months if done full time.”He has already trained three elephants for this sniffing experiment. The aim is to see if elephants can smell diseases such as foot and mouth or cancer. “In addition, one can find a reason not to destroy problem elephants but they could be trained to assist conservation or humanitarian efforts.”Watch as an elephant smells buckets and lifts its front foot when it comes across an explosive:last_img read more