$5.7 million Navy contract to Goodrich-Vergennes will extend plant’s work on helicopter diagnostics unit

first_imgCollins Aerospace,Senator Patrick Leahy says a new $5,765,474 US Navy contract with Goodrich for additional units of the company’s groundbreaking helicopter maintenance diagnostic system, produced by the firm’s facility in Vergennes, shows the advanced system has quickly taken its place as a key maintenance feature of US military helicopter programs.Goodrich’s Health and Usage Management Systems (HUMS) give mechanics feedback on a helicopter’s engine performance, structural performance, and rotor function and wear, allowing a helicopter to be serviced before major systems fail. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of its Defense Subcommittee, Leahy led as the panel’s early promoter of the concept and technology behind HUMS. Enabled by his work, HUMS units have become standard equipment on military helicopters.Leahy announced that the modification to an existing Navy contract will allow for the additional purchase of 19 more HUMS systems for MH-53 ‘Pave Low’ helicopter.Leahy joined Goodrich employees twice this year to mark shipment of the 2000th helicopter system and other successes of the workforce at the Vergennes facility. Source: Senator Patrick Leahy VERGENNES, Vt. (FRIDAY, Sept. 17) ‘last_img read more

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CVPS surpasses quality standards for seventh straight year

first_imgCentral Vermont Public Service (NYSE-CV) met all of its service quality standards in 2010, the seventh straight year the company achieved that goal ‘ the best record in Vermont.‘Service quality and reliability are critical to our customers and drive us every day,’ President Bob Young said. ‘Employees make a tremendous effort to provide customers with high-quality service, and they measure that effort every day through our SERVE standards.’SERVE stands for Serving Everyone with Reliability, Value and Excellence. CVPS, Vermont’s largest utility with about 159,000 customers, has 17 SERVE standards. The company measures and reports to state regulators on everything from how quickly customer care representatives answer phones to bill accuracy, customer service, outage numbers and duration, and safety. All Vermont utilities have specific service quality standards and must report the results regularly to state officials. Penalties can be imposed for failure to meet the standards.In the Customer Information Center, CVPS answered 82.07 percent of calls within 20 seconds last year, beating the standard of 75 percent.Other key measures from 2010:* 91 percent of customers said they were satisfied following customer-initiated contact, compared to a national rate of 85 percent.* The complaint rate was just 0.00313 percent, just a fraction of the standard, which is 0.07 percent.* Just 0.0893 percent of bills were inaccurate.Despite one of the most rugged, rural service territories in the country, the average customer lost service just 2.2 times, for an average duration of 2.7 hours, excluding major storms. The SERVE standards for reliability are an average of 2.5 outages lasting an average of 3.5 hours each, excluding major storms.According to the latest J.D. Power and Associates survey of electric utility customers, CVPS ranked No. 1 in the East Midsize segment for customer service, second for corporate citizenship and third for communications. CVPS’s score for customer service was 769, compared to a segment average of 688.Source: CVPS. 2.7.2011last_img read more

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Peabody’s Bankruptcy May Speed Up Clean Energy Growth

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Claudi Assis for MarketWatch:Last year, electricity generation from renewable sources accounted for 13% of total U.S. electricity, with solar the fastest-growing, according to the Energy Information Administration. That share is projected to increase to 18% by 2040. The share of natural gas, however, is expected to grow to 30% by the same year.But the EIA is expecting coal to remain in the electricity-generation equation for longer.Coal’s share is seeing declining to 34% in 2040 from 39% in 2013, although the EIA has cautioned its projections are highly dependent on natural gas prices in relation to coal plants and renewables.The EIA has also forecast that 2016 will be the first year that natural gas-fired generation exceeds coal-fired generation in the U.S., with 33% of U.S. residents getting their electricity from gas and 32% from coal.Peabody Energy’s leadership has not been able to adjust to new energy markets in which coal is being displaced by new energy sources, said Tom Sanzillo, director of finance at the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.“That said, the coal industry is not dead, but faces a time now in which it must innovate in ways that it hasn’t done before. That means smaller markets and fewer mines,” he said.Full article: Peabody’s bankruptcy may speed up clean energy growth Peabody’s Bankruptcy May Speed Up Clean Energy Growthlast_img read more

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Miami Dolphins legend Nick Buoniconti dies

first_imgMiami Dolphins professional football Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti has died at the age of 78.Buoniconti  was an 8-time Pro Bowler and one of the signature players on the Dolphins famous ‘No-Name Defense.’He helped lead the team to three consecutive Super Bowl appearances including the team’s 17-0 campaign in 1972 that remains the lone undefeated team in the NFL’s modern era.Buoniconti who died after his struggle with dementia, believed he suffered from CTE due to his football career and in 2017 announced that he would donate his brain for research purposes.He was not only known for his athletic accomplishments but also his active involvement in charity.He famously launched ‘The Buoniconti Fund’ after his son Marc who became paralyzed after suffering a spinal cord injury while playing football in 1985.The Fund helped launch the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, which has become one of the global leaders in neurological research.“Today, with a heavy heart and profound sorrow, my family and the entire Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and Buoniconti Fund community mourn the loss of a man who was truly larger than life, my father, NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti,” Marc Buoniconti said in a statement. “My dad has been my hero and represents what I have always aspired to be: a leader, a mentor and a champion.”Family spokesman Bruce Bobbins said Nick Buoniconti died Tuesday in Bridgehampton, New York.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2015

first_imgMartin Pedroza10211171011%$476,160 Jerry Hollendorfer9619131220%$1,961,070 AMERICAN PHAROAH WORKS FOR 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUTTOMORROW IS DOLLAR DAY AT SANTA ANITA PARKBEHOLDER DRILLS FOR HER RETURN TO THE RACES Rafael Bejarano14635231924%$1,650,364 Philip D’Amato4288719%$419,710 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won James Cassidy4075718%$251,380 Kent Desormeaux10521181120%$1,213,922 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Felipe Valdez2464525%$129,748 (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 14) Elvis Trujillo1231417911%$904,352 Tyler Baze15118151712%$1,157,134 Mike Smith6915141022%$1,329,341 Brandon Boulanger755387%$138,886 Ron Ellis3352515%$201,640 Richard Mandella3685722%$386,186 Gary Stevens57108918%$759,472 Carla Gaines2854218%$316,355 Doug O’Neill899101010%$520,536 Hector Palma1962132%$121,400 Corey Nakatani74128916%$640,258 Thomas Proctor2754319%$339,240 Brice Blanc2641315%$162,092center_img Peter Eurton48108721%$481,558 A. C. Avila2051225%$110,974 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Peter Miller831617819%$966,700 Fernando Perez9991089%$431,962 Drayden Van Dyke11914151712%$781,086 Joseph Talamo13314142211%$1,035,114 Victor Espinoza9718201319%$1,235,870 Edwin Maldonado66731011%$270,216 AMERICAN PHAROAH ‘IMPRESSIVE’ IN DRILL FOR BAFFERT            American Pharoah, a leading member of Bob Baffert’s “best crop of three-year-olds in years,” worked five furlongs Sunday at Santa Anita on a picture-perfect morning in 1:00.40 as the son of Pioneerof the Nile prepares for his 3-year-old debut.The Eclipse Award winner as outstanding male 2-year-old of 2014, American Pharoah was clocked in 47.40 for four furlongs under Martin Garcia, who was aboard the bay colt for the 9 a.m. drill.“Very impressive; he was breezing,” said Baffert, who is mulling either the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita March 7 or the Rebel at Oaklawn Park on March 14 for the handsome bay owned by Ahmed Zayat.“It will be one of them,” Baffert said of the aforementioned two races. “He handled the work pretty well. He’s coming around pretty quickly.”This was American Pharoah’s third recorded breeze since missing the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last Nov. 1 due to a suspensory-related injury.In other news from the Baffert barn, the Hall of Fame trainer said both Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern and San Pasqual Stakes winner Hopperunity were on the track Sunday but as for a race, he had “no plans.”Power Jam, who demolished five rivals in a scintillating debut Saturday, winning by 4 ¼ lengths after a series of bullet works, was “no surprise” to Baffert. “He’s a really fast horse, like his sire (Concord Point),” Baffert said.Power Gem was bred in Kentucky by owner Kaleem Shah, who was on hand with his son, Arman, for the race. “Kaleem was so pumped up,” Baffert said.DOLLAR DAY, GRADE II BUENA VISTA ON PRESIDENTS’ DAY            Monday is Dollar Day at Santa Anita. Fans can partake of draft beers, hot dogs and sodas for just a buck. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Gates open at 10:30 a.m.            Monday’s feature race is the $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf.The Grade II race marks the return to Santa Anita of multiple local riding king Joel Rosario, who pilots favored La Tia from the rail for trainer Armando De la cerda under the top weight of 123 pounds.The field for the Buena Vista, race seven on a nine-race program: La Tia, Joel Rosario, 5-2; Winning Rhythm, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Diversy Harbor, Gary Stevens, 3-1; Blingismything, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Nashoba’s Gold, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; and Annecdote, Victor Espinoza, 3-1.Uzziel, who finished second at 52-1 in her debut for trainer Keith Desormeaux in Saturday’s Santa Maria Stakes, was scratched. John Sadler697121110%$509,576 Michael Pender2453221%$140,770 Mark Casse4175517%$599,748 Jeff Bonde1950326%$192,730 Mark Glatt4068615%$323,624 Bob Baffert601213820%$1,177,618 Flavien Prat62105616%$460,846 Martin Garcia7914121118%$1,132,850 Santiago Gonzalez4454911%$154,244 FINISH LINES: Working in company with stablemate Moulin de Mougin, two-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder went three furlongs Sunday for Richard Mandella as she worked towards her 5-year-old debut. Each horse was clocked in 35.20. “They went nice,” said the Hall of Fame trainer, who has the Madison Stakes at Keeneland on April 4 as “a possibility” for her comeback race. “There’s no plan,” he said. “It’s a race I might think about, but Beholder is coming along great.” . . . Agent Mike Ciani reports that Kent Desormeaux will ride impressive maiden winner Prospect Park for Cliff Sise Jr. in the San Felipe Stakes on March 7. A son of Tapit, Prospect Park worked six furlongs at San Luis Rey Downs Saturday in 1:12.20 . . . Trainer Simon Callaghan was non-committal on either the Sunland Derby on March 22 or the Santa Anita Derby on April 4 for Firing Line, who suffered two excruciating head defeats to unbeaten Dortmund in his last two outings. “We won’t make a decision for a few weeks,” Callaghan said . . . Agent Brad Pegram has Mike Smith booked on Kentucky Jockey Club runner-up Imperia for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin in Saturday’s Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds, while Joe Ferrer has perennial Southern California leader Rafael Bejarano also at the Fair Grounds Saturday to ride Chandelier Stakes winner Angela Renee for Todd Pletcher in the Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes, among other stakes mounts . . . Trainer George Papaprodromou said Charles Town Classic winner Imperative “probably” will run in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7 . . . Former agent Ivan Puhich, who represented Mario Gutierrez when he won the 2012 Kentucky Derby on I’ll Have Another, was a Clockers’ Corner visitor Sunday. “I’m doing great,” said the former Marine, who gets around with a walker but is looking forward to his 89th birthday this Dec. 22. “I’m just old, that’s all.” . . . Congratulations toseven-pound apprentice jockey Brayan Pena onwinning his first race at Santa Anita Saturday. The 25-year-old native of Guatamala piloted the 6-year-old California-bred mare Rich in Tradition to a length-and-a-quarter victory for only her second win from 37 starts for owner/trainer Rafael DeLeon at a $48.80payoff. Agent Susan McBrayer represents Pena . . . All in the family: Alex Solis, represented by agent Brandon O’Bryan, won the Grade III El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday. Less than an hour later at Santa Anita, Tyler Baze, whose agent is Brandon’s father, Craig, captured the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes on Warren’s Veneda . . . Santa Anita will be dark this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but will be open for simulcast wagering Thursday when there will be free parking and free Grandstand admission. Live racing resumes Friday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. Tiago Pereira7176910%$226,434 Richard Baltas3966315%$234,188last_img read more

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SAN SIMEON STAKES QUOTES

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES IF THEY ASK YOU TO GO TO COLORADO WILL YOU GO RIDE? “We’ll see! If they ask me, maybe!”TRAINER QUOTES -30- NOTES: This is Mark Tsagalakis’ first stakes win ever. He was 52 on March 23. Winning owner Annette Bishop is from Denver.center_img TYLER BAZE, GET HAPPY MISTER, WINNER: “He was really nice to ride, a really classy horse. I’ve never been on him but I watched all his replays and rode him accordingly. It looks like he can do anything; he loves to run. I let him run out of there and had a beautiful trip. When Pure Tactics and Sweet Swap hooked up in front of me and opened up five I knew they were flying. I just took my time. When the time was right he just . . . he’s so big and strong and he has a huge stride. Just a really classy horse. MARK TSAGALAKIS, GET HAPPY MISTER, WINNER: Asked about trying him on the grass for the first time: “Right now, there weren’t a lot of choices. The horse was doing super. It was time to let him rock and roll. It was fun. This is my first stakes win.”Asked how many years he’s been training: “Too many to count, probably close to 25 years. I’ve won some races, but never a stakes. The race came up, he was ready to go, we were eligible for it, it was like ‘Let’s give it a try.’ We had him out on the turf the other day, he seemed to like it, and he did.“The plan is to go back home to Colorado and then come back here in the fall and run here again. We’ll play it by ear but that was the original plan and we’ll just enjoy it for now and think about that next week.”ANNETTE BISHOP, OWNER AND MOTHER-IN-LAW OF TRAINER MARK TSAGALAKIS, WINNER: “I have a very good trainer. He calls the shots.“I bought him at a 2-year-old sale in Arapahoe. I’ve been in the business about 14 or 15 years. He has a little history with his name, Get Happy Mister. We were sitting at the auction and I was with my trainer, Butch Gleason. He was getting nervous because everyone was bidding on him. I just said, ‘What? What’s your problem? Do you want that horse?’ He said ‘Yes!’ so I said ‘then get happy!’ and that’s how he was named.“He’s been a joy. I don’t know his limits and after today, I have no idea. I’m just amazed that he did as well as he did today. He’s just been training out of his skin. It’s all due to Mark, he takes his time. He takes his pulse every two hours.”last_img read more

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iPad Controller for DaVinci Resolve 10

first_imgWe’ve paired up Custom Keypad with DaVinci Resolve to create an iPad controllable color grading surface – but how does it measure up?I have to admit I’m intrigued by the possibilities of using an iPad as a control surface/controller. I previously wrote about using CTRL + Console with Premiere Pro & Final Cut and AC-7 as a control surface for Adobe Audition.Now there is a controller for DaVinci Resolve 10, created by Esperimento Cinema, an independent digital production studio in Italy. It is not designed to replace a professional color control surface, but rather be easier to use than a mouse/keyboard.The Resolve 10 Layout is a free download, however it does require the app Custom Keypad ($3.99) to work. Custom Keypad is an app that lets you create custom keyboards to control your computer.Setup the DaVinci Resolve iPad SurfaceOn your iPad, purchase the Custom KeyPad app.Connect KeyPad to your computer (works on Mac, PC, Linux).  To do this, you need VPN software on your computer. Follow the KeyPad support instructions for your type of computer. I’m on a Mac, so I used the built-in VPN capabilities of “Remote Management”. This is fairly straightforward and takes about 5 minutes.Download the Resolve 10 Layout, and choose “open in Custom KeyPad”.In Custom KeyPad choose the “Esperimentocinema_Resolve_10_v1.layout”Launch Resolve and you are ready to work.Make sure that your iPad is set to not sleep, or you will lose your connection. Similarly, make sure it is powered or it will run down.Using the iPad Controller in DaVinci ResolveSince I just have the Trackball Panel (third below) I wanted to see if the app could function like a mini version of the either 3 panels.Note: Tangent sells a virtual version of the Element Panels for $150.00, but at this price point I don’t see many folks trying this.I did a test session with the app and this is what I found:Edit Page: I found it handy to use it to control playback and set In and Out. Playing the footage, looping, and marking clips all worked without any lag. You can add Markers and Flags, but you can’t clear them from the Layout which is annoying. Hopefully that is added in.When I need to cut clips, I liked using the mouse to navigatg and cutting the clip with the Razor button in the App. The razor also works during playback. I also like being able to Zoom the Timeline (Zoom to Fit) with one click on the layout.Color Page: I found it quicker to use the iPad to control my stills (Grab, Play, Previous, Next). You can then use Wipe On/Off to toggle off when needed. The Previous Still button didn’t work for me, but I could cycle through the Stills with Next Still.Working with Nodes: In my opinion working with nodes on this control surface is quicker and easier than going to the Menu in Resolve. Enable/Disable works, but not Enable/Disable all. I found I used Serial Node,  Add before Current, Outside Node, and Append Node often.Qualifiers: When using Qualifiers, I preferred using the app to turn on and off Highlights. That way I can adjust the settings and just toggle the view with my left hand.I would like to see an update to the Resolve Layout. It is a great start, but could use a lot of finesse and tweaking for a smoother user experience. I’m looking forward to NAB and hopefully we will see more apps like this one this year.last_img read more

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Concentrate On One Thing

first_imgThere are so many distractions now that it’s very difficult to give anything your full, undivided attention. No matter how good your intentions, the potential distractions can be overwhelming.You never remove your smartphone from your hand for any period. If it isn’t in your hand, it’s sitting on your desk next to you, your car seat, or your bedside table. Your laptop is always open, and if you’re like most people, the browser is always open. And if your computer is on with the browser open, chances are your email is open, and so are a few social sites.Doing good work requires that you concentrate. Whatever you’re doing, do that and nothing else.EmailIf you are processing your email, process your email.I don’t process my email in the morning until I have done the most important tasks I need to complete. On Mondays and Tuesdays I let a lot of email sit unread while I am doing higher value activities, screening it on my iPhone to delete nonsense and trivialities and responding to anything that is important. But most people can’t wait to get into their email box first thing in the morning (for reasons I don’t understand unless your email is somehow way different than mine).If you are going to process your email, go ahead and do it completely. Respond to every email that requires a response. Delete all of the emails you don’t need to keep. And archive anything that needs to be archived. Move all of the tasks out and put them on your task manager so you can do them later.Make email your focus and give it all of your attention. Don’t do anything else while you’re doing it.Social MediaIf you are Tweeting or using some other social platform, do that.If you are going to go browse through the stream on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram, stop everything and do it. Like whatever you are going to like, retweet whatever you are going to retweet. Update your status with something pithy and original, and hang around a few minutes to reap the rewards that come in the form of likes if you need to.Give the social channels your full attention. And don’t do anything else while you are doing it. It won’t help you produce the results you want, and it won’t get you paid, but if you are going to spend your time on social, dive in so you can finish it.CallsIf you are making calls, make them.If you are going to make your calls, close the browser, turn off the social channels and give yourself over to the phone. Your efficiency will improve, and so will your effectiveness.Maybe making calls isn’t your work. Whatever your real work is, do that work. If you need to write, write. If you need to create a spreadsheet and analyze numbers, make the spreadsheet and do your work. If you need to complete a report, develop a strategy brief, or whatever it is you do, do that and nothing else.Human Interactions!If you are engaging with another human being, be engaged.When you are with a human being, be completely with them. Put your smartphone down or turn off your notifications (My phone has a do not disturb function. Yours probably does, too). Close the browser, and then close the laptop lid.Give that person your full, undivided attention without checking your phone, your social stream, or your email. There is nothing in any of these virtual places that won’t still be there when you get back. Human interactions are where the real action is.If you are honest with yourself, I’ll bet you’re a little bored with the social streams, and a little burned out from trying to keep up with all of the pings, dings, and notifications you receive. The truth of the matter is, it’s keeping you from doing good work, and it isn’t helping your real relationships either.Doing exceptionally great work requires concentration. You can’t produce that quality if you are distracted and dividing your attention across your phone, your laptop, and your real work. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Perth Scorchers beat Lahore, guide MSD’s Chennai into CLT20 semifinals

first_imgLahore Lions, needed a 46-run win against Perth, to push Chennai out of the contentionPerth Scorchers’ Mitchell Marsh not just stopped Lahore Lions from making it to the semifinals of the Champions League Twenty20 with a three-wicket win in their last group match here today but also paved the way for Chennai Super Kings’ entry into the last-four stage.Marsh scored an unbeaten 63 off just 38 balls with the help of seven boundaries and three sixes, besides putting up a crucial unbroken 68 runs with Brad Hogg (28 no; 19b 2X4 2X6)) to overhaul a modest target of 125 with six balls to spare at the Chinnaswamy stadium here. Earlier, the Scorchers had restricted the Pakistani side for a mere 124 for six in their allotted 20 overs and then reached 130 for seven in 19 overs.Had the Lahore Lions pulled off a victory by a margin of 46 runs against the Scorchers, they would have progressed to the semifinals by displacing Chennai Super Kings from second place in the Group A standings. Hogg hit Adnan Rosool for a six in the 14th over to knock Lahore out of the tournament, while sending CSK into the last-four stage.Kolkata Knight Riders were already through to the semifinals after topping Group A, having registered four victory in as many matches. The Lions needed to bundle out the Scorchers for 78 to make the semis but failed to contain their opponents. It was Scorchers bowlers who wreaked havoc as paceman Joel Paris (3/22) and Mitchell Marsh (2/12) shared five wickets between them.advertisementSaad Nasim top-scored for the Pakistani side with an unbeaten 69 off 55 balls, studded with five fours and a six. Put into bat, Lions lost three early wickets with just two runs on the board. Paris accounted for the wickets of the two openers in Nasir Jamshed (1) and Umar Siddiq (1), while Marsh saw off skipper Mohammad Hafeez (0) and Wahab Riaz (0) for a nought each to leave the Lions reeling at 11 for four.Nasim shared a 43-run fifth wicket stand with Umar Akmal (26) and then put on a solid 48 with Mohammad Saeed for the sixth wicket to bring the Pakistani outfit back on track and cross the 100-run mark.Meanwhile, play was interrupted for a brief while due to rain. Chasing a modest target, the Scorchers also did not have an ideal start as they lost seven wickets for just 62 runs on the board. The Scorchers kept losing wickets at regular interval with the top and middle order, barring opener Cameron Bancroft (22), failing to reach the double digit mark.At 62 for seven, the Lions had a realistic chance of bundling the Aussie unit out below 78 and advance to the next stage, but Marsh and Hogg combined to consolidate the innings and guide their team to a rather comfortable victory in the end. In the 19th over, Scorchers hit three sixes off Wahab Riaz — two by Hogg and one by Marsh — to wrap up the match quickly.For Pakistan, Mohammad Hafeez was the pick of the bowlers with impressive figures of two for eight in his allotted four overs.last_img read more

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