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Sophistafunk Release Live Album, Announce Phish Syracuse Afterparty

Sophistafunk Release Live Album, Announce Phish Syracuse Afterparty

first_imgNY-based Sophistafunk is quickly climbing the ladder to success, making a name for themselves playing at festivals all over the country and providing support for prominent funk bands such as The Motet, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and Snarky Puppy. The fast-rising group has a unique sound that fuses groovy hip-hop beats with old school funky undertones, distinguishing them from any other band out there right now. Now, they’ve got a live album to prove it.While opening up for The Motet at the Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA this past January, the band recorded their live experience. The release includes a handful of unreleased tracks as well as some fan favorites. You can download it here.Sophistafunk also announced today that they will play a Phish Syracuse afterparty this coming Sunday at Funk ‘n Waffles. It’s sure to be the perfect late night rager. Tickets are available here.last_img read more

Donations Sought For Family Who Lost Home In Fire

Donations Sought For Family Who Lost Home In Fire

first_imgImage via Falconer Fire Department / Facebook.FALCONER – A GoFundMe page is seeking to raise money for a Village of Falconer family who lost their home in a fire over the weekend.Image via Falconer Fire Department / Facebook.The Falconer Fire Department says on Sunday, just after 2:30 a.m., crews responded a house fire at 217 E. Pearl St.When firefighters first arrived on scene heavy smoke and flames were spotted coming from the second story of the single-family home.The family is now asking for the community’s help. They are seeking donations of clothing for their three-year-old daughter with toddler sizes of T3 and T4. They are also asking for women’s clothing sizes; small shirts, size 8 shoes, size 4 pants and size small/medium scrubs.Donations can be dropped off to the Falconer Fire Department at 6 p.m. Monday night. Monetary donations can also be made to a GoFundMe page. So far, the GoFundMe has raised over $2,000.The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Evslin to lead governor’s new Office of Economic Stimulus & Recovery

Evslin to lead governor’s new Office of Economic Stimulus & Recovery

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas has announced the creation of the Office of Economic Stimulus and Recovery (ESR) to coordinate the State s use of federal funds authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.   The Governor has tapped former Vermont Transportation Secretary and high tech entrepreneur Tom Evslin to head the Office as Chief Recovery Officer. The Office will be located in the Agency of Administration and report to Administration Secretary Neale Lunderville.The Vermont Federal Recovery Office, which was established in January before the recovery bill became law, has been fully incorporated into ESR.  Jim Bush will continue to serve in a leadership role as Director of Physical Infrastructure, responsible for oversight and delivery of the nearly $200 million in new state and local infrastructure projects. The scope of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act extends beyond the original intent of Medicaid and transportation funds, said Governor Douglas.  In turn, we have expanded the Federal Recovery Office into the Office of Economic Stimulus & Recovery to ensure the federal money flows into our economy quickly and with strict accountability measures in place.The Office of Economic Stimulus & Recovery will assist and coordinate efforts of State, community and private organizations to obtain funds for projects that not only alleviate the pain of the current recession but build the infrastructure necessary for Vermonters to succeed in the second decade of the 21st century. The Office of Economic Stimulus & Recovery will work at entrepreneurial speed to make certain Vermont obtains all possible funds and gets maximum effect from tight coordination between programs, said Evslin. As much as possible, we need to use new technology to preserve Vermont values while building the foundation for a strong economy that can compete in a changing world.Accountability and transparency are key elements of the newly constituted Office. Working with Auditor of Accounts Tom Salmon, the Office will appoint a Director of Accountability from the Auditor s staff to assure that federally funded projects are designed from the beginning to meet stringent requirements for audit and accountability.  The Director will serve as a direct link between the Auditor s Office and Office of Economic Stimulus & Recovery.  This important partnership is essential to ensure that Vermont exceeds the new federal standards for transparency, accountability and effectiveness, said Auditor Salmon. We want to ensure compliance and accountability right out of the gates.Evslin has agreed to lead the Office working at minimum wage and has volunteered to return his entire salary to state coffers. I m thrilled and honored for the opportunity to help advance Vermont and position us for a strong economic recovery, Evslin continued. The Office will be staffed by existing state employees on temporary assignment from agencies and departments. In addition to a Director of Physical Infrastructure and a Director of Accountability, the Office will include staff resources for Network Infrastructure, State Programs, Planning, and Community Partnerships.Tom Evslin BioTom Evslin was Secretary of the Agency of Transportation under former Vermont Governor Richard Snelling, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Vermont State Colleges, and is currently vice-chair of The Snelling Center, a non-profit dedicated to good governance in Vermont. Evslin s civic career began as town moderator in Worcester, Vermont in the 1970s.Evslin ran a software business in Vermont for many years before going to work for Microsoft, where he was responsible for communication products.  Evslin went on to work at AT&T where he founded their first Internet business, WorldNet. In 1997 Tom and his wife, Mary Evslin, founded ITXC which was a pioneer in the use of the Internet for phone calls.  The company grew to be one of the world s largest wholesale carriers of international calls. The company went public in 1999 and is now part of Indian telecommunications giant Tata Communications. Mary Evslin was the founding chair of the Vermont Telecommunications Authority. The Evslins live in Stowe, Vermont.Source: Dennise R. Casey, Governor Douglas s Deputy Chief of Staff, March 2, 2009last_img read more

Chilean Navy Uses Latest Technology to Assess Tsunami Threats

Chilean Navy Uses Latest Technology to Assess Tsunami Threats

first_img“It’s an extremely operational network and most importantly, the information is available to the public at large, the scientific community, and all of the countries that form the Pacific Rim. Proof of this was the event that occurred in April of last year,” Rear Adm. Carrasco said, referring to the earthquake and tsunami of April 1, 2014 in northern Chile. To date there have been 585 scenarios based on SSD data, Rear Adm. Carrasco said. The SHOA hopes to reach 1,000 scenarios to obtain better precision. “We have one of the most modern systems, which is at the highest level in terms of technology, infrastructure, and professional capacity for evaluating tsunami threats in the country,” said Rear Admiral Patricio Carrasco Hellwig, director of the Navy’s Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service (SHOA, for its Spanish acronym). “It can detect, in real time, the slightest changes in sea level that might affect the safety of Chileans.” “With the pre-modeled scenarios, the SSD can quickly provide us with recommendations with a very close approximation of what will happen,” Rear Adm. Carrasco said. “This prevents us from being too conservative with our decisions, because there’s too much uncertainty in waiting until you’ve seen the results of what might happen. It’s a system that can provide valuable information, and it’s currently in use in other countries.” “We have one of the most modern systems, which is at the highest level in terms of technology, infrastructure, and professional capacity for evaluating tsunami threats in the country,” said Rear Admiral Patricio Carrasco Hellwig, director of the Navy’s Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service (SHOA, for its Spanish acronym). “It can detect, in real time, the slightest changes in sea level that might affect the safety of Chileans.” To date there have been 585 scenarios based on SSD data, Rear Adm. Carrasco said. The SHOA hopes to reach 1,000 scenarios to obtain better precision. As a consequence of that natural disaster, “various measures were taken to implement new technology. The stations weren’t as modern as they are now,” Rear Adm. Carrasco explained. Updating the system cost about $7 million, the Defensa website reported. The SHOA not only participates in the provision of emergency services, but it also regularly contributes to other endeavors including marine scientific research, unconventional marine renewable energy, maritime safety and the protection of national sovereignty. The technological improvements were prompted by the February 27, 2010 earthquake which registered 8.8 on the Richter scale and caused a tsunami. The temblor and tsunami killed 525 people, left 25 people missing, and created power blackouts which affected 93 percent of the country’s population. The natural disaster caused $4 to $7 billion in economic damages. By comparison, only 20 monitoring stations collected this data in 2010 — and they only transmitted the data once per hour. The warning system relies on a base of pre-modeled scenarios, which include arrival times and wave heights estimated for the coast of Chile, to quantify the danger from a tsunami and provide the most complete alerts to the corresponding authorities. All of the models are corroborated in real time with information from the 40 stations and the buoys. As a consequence of that natural disaster, “various measures were taken to implement new technology. The stations weren’t as modern as they are now,” Rear Adm. Carrasco explained. Updating the system cost about $7 million, the Defensa website reported. The task of preparing for earthquakes and tsunamis is challenging. “With this technology and these things that we have implemented, we’ve also imposed a policy of ongoing improvement,” Rear Adm. Carrasco said. “These events aren’t mathematical. They’re unique. They provide us with experience. But it’s a very complex undertaking, which is demonstrated by the fact that there aren’t any systems in existence that can predict an earthquake or a tsunami. This means that we must remain vigilant.” Highly trained staff conducts daily drills “Everything worked the way it was supposed to. Our expectations were justified. The corresponding alerts were issued and all of the protocols and equipment worked without issue.” From building a new operations room to technology upgrades, the Chilean Navy has made several improvements to its National Tsunami Warning System (SNAM, for its Spanish acronym). “The staff was trained for two months in a certificate program carried out in conjunction with the SHOA, the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso [Catholic University of Valparaíso], and UNESCO,” Rear Adm. Carrasco said. “It is a team that has received significant training and follows standardized procedures and protocols. They train on a daily basis, simulating events.” The task of preparing for earthquakes and tsunamis is challenging. “With this technology and these things that we have implemented, we’ve also imposed a policy of ongoing improvement,” Rear Adm. Carrasco said. “These events aren’t mathematical. They’re unique. They provide us with experience. But it’s a very complex undertaking, which is demonstrated by the fact that there aren’t any systems in existence that can predict an earthquake or a tsunami. This means that we must remain vigilant.” The SHOA not only participates in the provision of emergency services, but it also regularly contributes to other endeavors including marine scientific research, unconventional marine renewable energy, maritime safety and the protection of national sovereignty. The upgrades support a system of 40 SNAM monitoring stations located at sea level along the length of the country, including Antarctica and the entire island system. These stations monitor sea level, measuring variations in pressure and (through a specialized laser system) height, and transmit the data every minute via General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), a packet-oriented standard for wireless communication. It also sends the data every five minutes via satellite. “The staff was trained for two months in a certificate program carried out in conjunction with the SHOA, the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso [Catholic University of Valparaíso], and UNESCO,” Rear Adm. Carrasco said. “It is a team that has received significant training and follows standardized procedures and protocols. They train on a daily basis, simulating events.” In general, one hour of a pre-modeled scenario corresponds to one day of work. The SHOA models 10 hours per day, which signifies 10 days. Chile has 5,000 kilometers of coastline. Subduction, the process by which the oceanic tectonic plate moves under the South American tectonic plate and generates the mechanism that causes earthquakes and tsunamis, takes place all along the coastline, explained Marco Cisternas, a researcher with the School of Marine Sciences at the Catholic University of Valparaíso in Chile. The new communications system also allows for the exchange of text messages over a satellite network using a technology that was designed in Chile, and which maintains connectivity among the 16 maritime departments and 64 port authorities in real time, 24 hours a day. In addition to the satellite and telephonic systems, the Chilean Navy also deployed a second Deep-Ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART) buoy. The DART system consists of a buoy on the surface and a sensor on the ocean floor that produce detailed information about tsunamis while they are still far from the coast. In Chile’s case, one buoy is located 180 miles west of Iquique and another is located 190 miles west of Caldera. Both buoys are connected to the global network for monitoring tsunamis. “It’s an extremely operational network and most importantly, the information is available to the public at large, the scientific community, and all of the countries that form the Pacific Rim. Proof of this was the event that occurred in April of last year,” Rear Adm. Carrasco said, referring to the earthquake and tsunami of April 1, 2014 in northern Chile. A daunting task Improvements were made after 2010 disaster SNAM worked smoothly in part because of its efficient and effective command system. Command and control is handled through a SNAM operations room with highly trained personnel operating under a commander with decision-making capacity. The team is made up of approximately 15 people, dedicated exclusively to the issue of potential earthquakes with tsunamis. SNAM worked smoothly in part because of its efficient and effective command system. Command and control is handled through a SNAM operations room with highly trained personnel operating under a commander with decision-making capacity. The team is made up of approximately 15 people, dedicated exclusively to the issue of potential earthquakes with tsunamis. Since 2010, the Navy has established an operations room with tsunami experts supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Additionally, it has installed two satellite transmission systems, one telephonic transmission system, two power systems, and two measuring systems, all of which have been duplicated in the event of failures or problems. “There is now much more expeditious communications between the SHOA, the ONEMI and the experts from the country’s different universities. The SHOA is constantly evolving,” Cisternas said, praising Chile’s foresight. “Everything worked the way it was supposed to. Our expectations were justified. The corresponding alerts were issued and all of the protocols and equipment worked without issue.” A daunting task The new communications system also allows for the exchange of text messages over a satellite network using a technology that was designed in Chile, and which maintains connectivity among the 16 maritime departments and 64 port authorities in real time, 24 hours a day. By comparison, only 20 monitoring stations collected this data in 2010 — and they only transmitted the data once per hour. Chile has 5,000 kilometers of coastline. Subduction, the process by which the oceanic tectonic plate moves under the South American tectonic plate and generates the mechanism that causes earthquakes and tsunamis, takes place all along the coastline, explained Marco Cisternas, a researcher with the School of Marine Sciences at the Catholic University of Valparaíso in Chile. “With the pre-modeled scenarios, the SSD can quickly provide us with recommendations with a very close approximation of what will happen,” Rear Adm. Carrasco said. “This prevents us from being too conservative with our decisions, because there’s too much uncertainty in waiting until you’ve seen the results of what might happen. It’s a system that can provide valuable information, and it’s currently in use in other countries.” Highly trained staff conducts daily drills The upgrades support a system of 40 SNAM monitoring stations located at sea level along the length of the country, including Antarctica and the entire island system. These stations monitor sea level, measuring variations in pressure and (through a specialized laser system) height, and transmit the data every minute via General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), a packet-oriented standard for wireless communication. It also sends the data every five minutes via satellite. In addition to the satellite and telephonic systems, the Chilean Navy also deployed a second Deep-Ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART) buoy. The DART system consists of a buoy on the surface and a sensor on the ocean floor that produce detailed information about tsunamis while they are still far from the coast. In Chile’s case, one buoy is located 180 miles west of Iquique and another is located 190 miles west of Caldera. Both buoys are connected to the global network for monitoring tsunamis. Currently, SHOA has a maximum of five minutes to provide a tsunami warning and inform authorities at the Chilean Navy, the National Emergency Office of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security (ONEMI, for its Spanish acronym), and the Directorate General of Maritime Territory, and through them the population. The warning system relies on a base of pre-modeled scenarios, which include arrival times and wave heights estimated for the coast of Chile, to quantify the danger from a tsunami and provide the most complete alerts to the corresponding authorities. All of the models are corroborated in real time with information from the 40 stations and the buoys. Improvements were made after 2010 disaster From building a new operations room to technology upgrades, the Chilean Navy has made several improvements to its National Tsunami Warning System (SNAM, for its Spanish acronym). By Dialogo April 07, 2015 Currently, SHOA has a maximum of five minutes to provide a tsunami warning and inform authorities at the Chilean Navy, the National Emergency Office of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security (ONEMI, for its Spanish acronym), and the Directorate General of Maritime Territory, and through them the population. Since 2010, the Navy has established an operations room with tsunami experts supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Additionally, it has installed two satellite transmission systems, one telephonic transmission system, two power systems, and two measuring systems, all of which have been duplicated in the event of failures or problems. “There is now much more expeditious communications between the SHOA, the ONEMI and the experts from the country’s different universities. The SHOA is constantly evolving,” Cisternas said, praising Chile’s foresight. The technological improvements were prompted by the February 27, 2010 earthquake which registered 8.8 on the Richter scale and caused a tsunami. The temblor and tsunami killed 525 people, left 25 people missing, and created power blackouts which affected 93 percent of the country’s population. The natural disaster caused $4 to $7 billion in economic damages. In general, one hour of a pre-modeled scenario corresponds to one day of work. The SHOA models 10 hours per day, which signifies 10 days. last_img read more

How local businesses are supporting one another on Black Friday

How local businesses are supporting one another on Black Friday

first_imgSocial distancing and other health measures and restrictions were enforced. Stores had each guest use hand sanitizer upon entering and wear a mask inside. The Chalk Market in Johnson City hosted a holiday event, “The Shoppes at the Chalk Market” for Black Friday in conjunction with other local businesses and as a preview to Small Business Saturday. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — As Small Business Saturday takes place tomorrow across the nation, stores in the Southern Tier are gearing up for the day. Stores also put a limit on the amount of people coming in at one time. The owners of the studio said they wanted to help support local businesses, especially after the hardships of this year, and to bring holiday cheer. The studio says they will be open tomorrow as well. The event kicked off with lines of people waiting to get into stores early in the morning.last_img read more

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Behind-the-Scenes Drama Through the Years

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Behind-the-Scenes Drama Through the Years

first_imgShe added: “It’s been a very interesting journey. … It started out one way and right now where we are in such a different place from where we started.”The medical drama first made headlines back in October 2006 after reports surfaced that Isaiah Washington, who played Dr. Preston Burke, used a homophobic slur on set. As the series continued to gain popularity over the next decade, fans searched for the truth behind the various cast shake-ups and killed-off characters.Scroll through for a complete timeline of the behind-the-scenes drama on the ABC hit:- Advertisement – Grey’s Anatomy has captivated audiences since its March 2005 premiere, but sometimes, what was going on behind-the-scenes of the series was more dramatic than what went down in the fictional hallways of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.“I do my best and we all do our best. It’s actually, the journey of it has been quite interesting because obviously we’ve had our ups and downs behind the scenes,” series star Ellen Pompeo admitted on Late Night With Seth Meyers in November 2017.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

​LGPS asset pools warn on risks of building in-house teams

​LGPS asset pools warn on risks of building in-house teams

first_imgUK local government pension schemes (LGPS) launching asset pools should be “wary” of the risks associated with establishing in-house management capacity, as some have even questioned the need for internal teams.Matthew Trebilcock, investment manager at the Cornwall Pension Fund, warned against the expectation that all of the emerging asset pools should have active management capacity on launch.Speaking at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s local authority conference, he noted that the Brunel Pensions Partnership – the £23bn (€44.5bn) pool being launched by 10 LGPS, including Cornwall’s, largely based in the South West of England – only had passive management capacity in-house.He took pains to emphasise government expectations that the creation of the pools should not see a decline in the performance of its constituent funds. “Actually, doing that [maintaining performance] internally in terms of active management from day one from a pool that hasn’t had [active management] experience before will be very, very difficult and would be an inherent risk to that pool,” he said. Other pools supported by funds with active management capability also saw risks associated with establishing in-house teams for the pools.Fiona Miller, head of pensions at Cumbria County Council, said one of the challenges facing the £35bn Border to Coast Pensions Partnership (BCPP) – the pool backed by 13 LGPS, including Cumbria – was to ensure that none of the three funds transferring their internal investment teams to the pool suffered any detriment as a result of the process.Miller said the three funds, including the South Yorkshire Pensions Authority, had “really strong long-term track records” managing assets in-house.But the problem now facing the pool is bringing together the in-house teams into a single location, under the banner of BCPP.“We’ve got to do that, and not to the detriment of the three funds [with internal management],” she said. “That is no mean feat – we’ll be moving a lot of staff, probably 30 staff, into a [Financial Conduct Authority]-regulated entity.“The key priority for the first phase is to retain the performance for those three funds that have currently got internal management.”Miller said the pool was unlikely to see a noticeable increase in internally managed assets in the short term, as the other funds would require a track record before being able to award new mandates to BCPP’s team.But not all speakers believed the asset pools would be best served by building up in-house capacity.The London CIV, supported by 33 of London’s LGPS, signalled that it was unlikely to build an in-house team in the near term, citing the immediate cost reductions it would achieve by negotiating with asset managers. Julian Pendock, investment oversight director at the London pool, said it was “keeping an open mind” about in-house management, adding: “We just have to look very carefully against the start-up costs, fixed overheads and the running costs.”He said that, in light of the “structural change” occurring within the asset management industry, the London CIV had to consider whether it could “credibly hire a team and suddenly compete with some of the best fund managers”.The only other LGPS pool that has been launched, the Local Pensions Partnership – backed by the London Pensions Fund Authority and Lancashire Pension Fund – retained two offices for its already existing in-house management, based in London and Preston.last_img read more

Lady Cards Split Games With Lady Pirates

Lady Cards Split Games With Lady Pirates

first_imgThe 7th and 8th Grade Lady Cards hosted the Greensburg Lady Pirates.  While we came out with a split this round they were two great games.The 7th Grade Lady Cards came up short with the final score of 48-5.  Scoring were Ella Smith with 3 and Katie Nobbe with 2pts.  We worked all game long defensively and offensively.  While some may look at this game as a blow out and loss we looked at this as a learning experience for all and each of us individually took something away from the game.The 8th Grade Lady Cards came out on top with a final score of 32-16.  Scoring for us were Faith Tekulve with 11pts, Chelsea Robertson with 9pts, Emma Weberding, Alyssa Wanstrath with 5pts, Lilly Wonnell with 2pts, and Kate Voegele with 1pt.  We played a great fast break game.  We pushed the ball up the court and got quick points.  Our press also led us to points.Nice job ladies!  They are now 4-0 for the season great start!Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Erin Trenkamp.last_img read more

Boys Tennis State Tournament Pairings Revealed

Boys Tennis State Tournament Pairings Revealed

first_imgThe sectional pairings for the 53rd Annual IHSAA Boys Tennis State Tournament were revealed to an online audience via IHSAAtv.org this evening. A total of 296 schools were drawn and placed into brackets for the team tournament which begins Wednesday (Oct. 2) and runs through Saturday (Oct. 5). Host sites will announce dates and times for each match. The 64 team sectional winners will advance to regional play Oct. 8 and 9 at 16 sites. The regional champions will advance to semi-state play Oct. 12 at Center Grove, Culver Academies, Homestead and Jasper.The eight-team state finals are scheduled for Oct. 18 and 19 with state quarterfinal matches played at Carmel and CenterGrove while semifinals and the state championship matches at North Central in Indianapolis.093019.BoysTennisPairingsSectional 16 @ South DearbornM1: South Dearborn vs. Milan.M2: East Central vs. Lawrenceburg.M3: Oldenburg Academy vs. M1 winner.M4: Batesville vs. M2 winner.Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.Sectional 13 @ ConnersvilleM1: Franklin County vs. Connersville.M2: Rushville Consolidated vs. Union County.Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.Sectional 27 @ Jennings CountyM1: Southwestern (Hanover) vs. Jennings County.M2: Greensburg vs. Madison Consolidated.Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.last_img read more

Villa ‘close to Traore deal’

Villa ‘close to Traore deal’

first_img The winger is not yet at the Barclays Premier League club to put the finishing touches to the deal but could be a Villa player by the time they face Manchester United on Friday. Stoke were also interested in the 19-year-old but Villa are now understood to be in pole position. Aston Villa are closing in on Barcelona’s Adama Traore, Press Association Sport understands. Press Associationcenter_img Traore has been a long-term target of boss Tim Sherwood, who refused to discuss any deal last week. He said: “He’s a good player, but at the moment he’s a Barcelona’s player.” Traore, a Spain Under-19 international, has risen through the ranks at the Nou Camp and would offer Sherwood further attacking options. He would become his 10th signing of the summer should the deal go through as Sherwood continues a summer revamp in the wake of the exits of Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph and Ron Vlaar. The boss had suggested he would target English players after raiding France for Jordan Veretout, Jordan Amavi and Jordan Ayew but instead Spaniard Traore is close to joining. England winger Aaron Lennon is also a potential signing for Villa with the winger on the fringes at Tottenham. last_img read more