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Premium / Supply chain radar: Covid-19, toilet rolls & the c-suite

first_imgBy Mike Weir 13/03/2020 LOGIN Password* New Premium subscriber REGISTER 1987. Markets haven’t bled like this in more than 30 years. It’s all the more astonishing that it’s been caused by a nasty bug.Yet the unfolding financial crisis is itself so unsurprising that it’s more perplexing that the response of British citizens has been to hoard toilet paper.News of national quarantines in far off China, even Italy, seem a distant concern until you are struck with the immediate implication of running out of loo roll.(Here in London, I was nearly … << Go back Premium subscriber LOGIN Email* Reset Please either REGISTER or login below to continue Reset Your Password Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium Forgotten your password? Please click here Please Login Email*last_img read more

 

These bacteria keep swapping resistance genes, even with no antibiotics around

first_imgBut you found a potential way to intervene.We looked at what happened when we combined two compounds, one which inhibits gene transfer and one which promotes the rate of plasmid loss. That compound makes it much more likely there’s no plasmid on the daughter cells when a cell divides. We were able to reverse resistance four out of the nine plasmids we studied, and we could prevent the spread resistance in the remaining five. By Megan Thielking Nov. 22, 2017 Reprints Tags research @meggophone How did you study the spread of antibiotic resistance between bacteria?We looked at something called horizontal gene transfer, the primary way that new bacteria acquire antibiotic resistance genes. One of the main methods is gene transfer is called conjugation. It’s literally just two cells that knock into one another and one transfers the DNA. This DNA is often located in these really transferable elements called plasmids. We looked at if we totally remove antibiotics, will the resistance gene on these plasmids disappear? If there’s an antibiotic present, the cell with the plasmid grows better because it can resist the antibiotic. But without antibiotics present, cells without plasmid often reproduce faster, because there’s less of a burden on them. Will bacteria take advantage of that fact? Scientists studied how antibiotic resistance spreads among specific types of bacteria, including E. coli. NIH Megan Thielking [email protected] Leave this field empty if you’re human: What did you see happening?What we saw is the plasmids are transferable through this process of conjugation and even though those cells are growing slower, the resistance doesn’t go anywhere. The plasmid can be transferred so fast that even for really, really costly plasmids, we can remove antibiotics entirely and the resistance will still exist. It’s continuously infecting new cells. That’s a really concerning conclusion.advertisementcenter_img Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Please enter a valid email address. News Editor The growing threat of antibiotic resistance has sparked calls to use antibiotics more responsibly to curb the spread of drug-resistant bacteria. The idea: If we reduce antibiotic use, we could reduce the resistance that’s been naturally selected for over time.But new research published Wednesday in Nature Communications finds that isn’t always the case.STAT chatted with biomedical researcher Allison Lopatkin of Duke about the discovery.advertisement Lab ChatThese bacteria keep swapping resistance genes, even with no antibiotics around About the Author Reprints Privacy Policylast_img read more

 

Courville to head Wealthsimple for Advisors

first_img PenderFund names new SVP for investments Toronto-based Wealthsimple Inc. has tapped veteran industry executive Jean-Francois Courville to lead the robo-advisor’s business for financial advisors.Courville’s has been named CEO for Wealthsimple for Advisors, a digital wealth-management platform that lets advisors outsource certain functions. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Robo-advisors,  AppointmentsCompanies Wealthsimple Inc. Hand choosing employee group of businessmen new job appointment notice siraanamwong/123RF Related news Also readWealthsimple launches platform for advisorsPreviously, Courville was executive vice president and chief operating officer of RBC Wealth Management. Prior to RBC, he oversaw Manulife’s global asset management business as president and CEO with Manulife Asset Management. He also worked at State Street and with National Bank of Canada in various roles.Wealthsimple has also named Ben Reeves as principal, investment research, for the firm.Reeves joins the firm from Bridgewater, where he led asset allocation research. Prior to that, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Co. CETFA elects new board leader James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social media TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planninglast_img read more

 

Alt managers poised to profit post-pandemic: Fitch

first_img Keywords Pandemics,  Alternative investmentsCompanies Fitch Ratings Related news Alternative investment managers may be suffering valuation declines alongside most investors right now, but they are poised to enjoy outsize returns once the current crisis passes, says Fitch Ratings.In a new report, the rating agency said that the global market disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has generated “meaningful unrealized write-downs” for alt managers, but that this period “may create an environment for above-average returns” when more-normal conditions resume. 123RF James Langton A deadly first wave, followed by a tsunami of excess deaths Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter When the world caught Covid, diversified investors stayed healthy “Returns following the pandemic could be substantial given investment opportunities provided by the current market dislocation,” Fitch said.The report noted that alt managers generated some of their best returns following the global financial crisis, due to locked-in fund structures that enabled them to ride out negative valuation pressure better than other investors.Fitch reported that alt managers’ assets have held up very well during the current crisis, due to their locked-in model: “Aggregate fee-earning assets under management were down a modest 1% sequentially for the [first] quarter,” it said.At the same time, alt managers are deploying assets to seize attractive new opportunities, Fitch said.“Dry powder is being deployed primarily into liquid market opportunities with an emphasis on credit,” it said.Some alt managers are also providing rescue funding for existing portfolio companies that are in financial distress, the report noted.“Continued fundraising and the deployment of capital in funds that earn fees on invested capital also helped to offset lower valuations on funds that earn fees based on NAV [net asset value],” it said.Fitch noted that large alt managers have continued to report “relatively solid fundraising since the onset of the crisis despite being unable to travel and meet with limited partners face-to-face.” Already suffering, working women face tougher futurelast_img read more

 

Global fisheries and aquaculture hard hit by COVID-19 pandemic, says FAO report

first_imgGlobal fisheries and aquaculture hard hit by COVID-19 pandemic, says FAO report 2 February 2021, Rome – Global fisheries and aquaculture have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and could face further disruption in 2021 as lockdowns affect supply and demand across the sector, according to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).The report, The impact of COVID-19 on fisheries and aquaculture food systems, was featured during the 34th session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) hosted by FAO.Fish supply, consumption and trade revenues for 2020 are all expected to have declined due to containment restrictions, the report noted, while global aquaculture production is expected to fall by some 1.3 per cent, the first fall recorded by the sector in several years.“The pandemic has caused widespread upheaval in fisheries and aquaculture as production has been disrupted, supply chains have been interrupted and consumer spending restricted by various lockdowns,” said FAO Deputy Director-General, Maria Helena Semedo.“Containment measures have provoked far-reaching changes, many of which are likely to persist in the long term.”While food itself is not responsible for the transmission of COVID-19 to people, the report stressed every stage of the fisheries and aquaculture supply chain is susceptible to being disrupted or stopped by containment restrictions.Aggregate prices for 2020, as measured by the Fish Price Index are down year-on-year for most traded species. Restaurant and hotel closures in many countries have also led to a fall in demand for fresh fish products.“The impact has been significant in developing countries, especially those with large informal sectors, where small-scale and artisanal workers and communities depend on fisheries for their food security, livelihoods. They have borne the brunt of restrictions,” Semedo said.The FAO report indicated that in aquaculture there is growing evidence that unsold production will result in increasing levels of live fish stocks, creating higher costs for feeding as well as greater number of fish mortalities. Sectors with longer production cycles, such as salmon, cannot adjust rapidly to the demand shifts.Global catches from wild fisheries are also expected to have declined slightly in 2020, as, overall, there has been a reduced fishing effort due to COVID‑19-related restrictions on fishing vessel crews and poor market conditions.As a result of Covid-19, consumer preferences have shifted. While demand for fresh fish has waned, consumer demand for packaged and frozen products has grown as households look to stock up on non-perishable food.Before the pandemic, the sector was on a general upwards trend. In 2018, global fisheries and aquaculture production (excluding aquatic plants) reached an all‑time record of nearly 179 million tonnes. Overall capture fisheries, with 96.4 million tonnes represented 54 percent of the total, while aquaculture, with 82.1 million tonnes, accounted for 46 percent. And over the last decades, fish consumption has grown significantly to an average of over 20 kilos per person.FAO has called for disruptive border restriction measures on trade in food to be minimized for food security. The report called for sectoral and regional organizations to work together in order to manage fisheries and aquaculture during the pandemic, with measures that support job protection and ensure a fast recovery of the sector without compromising sustainability.The impact of COVID-19 on women, already vulnerable as food producers, processors, vendors and carers, should also be considered with government support provided for women along the fish value chain.Uncertainty continues to dominate the outlook for the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, particularly with regard to the duration and severity of the pandemic.This year COFI 34 is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, a landmark instrument endorsed by FAO member states, that has been guiding efforts towards sustainable fisheries and aquaculture around the world.With the uncertainty in the sector posed by the pandemic and other issues, the code’s principles have never been more vital to ensure the fisheries sector remains viable and sustainable. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, anniversary, code of conduct, FAO, Fisheries, Government, price, production, restaurant, Rome, security, supply chain, sustainability, sustainable, UN, United Nations, wild fisherieslast_img read more

 

Over $1.1 billion to extend Australia’s COVID-19 health response

first_imgOver $1.1 billion to extend Australia’s COVID-19 health response The Government will invest more than $1.1 billion to extend our successful national COVID-19 health response and suppression strategy until 31 December 2021.Australia is leading the world out of the global COVID-19 pandemic and recession. As COVID-19 vaccines roll out across the nation, protecting Australians from the ongoing threats of the pandemic remains a priority.This $1.1 billion is in addition to more than $22 billion spent in these areas to date, including more than $6 billion to support the COVID-19 vaccine roll out.Australia’s suppression strategy has been extremely successful to date, particularly when compared with the devastation caused by the virus in many places overseas. Australia’s remarkable performance in saving lives is evident – we have the second lowest case rate and third lowest mortality rate amongst countries in the OECD.The Government’s focus on containing the virus through testing, tracing and border and travel measures, building and investing in the capacity of our health system, and collaborating with states and territories, the health sector and others, has helped stop the spread of COVID-19.We thank the community for their ongoing adherence to physical distancing and hygiene advice.This new commitment will ensure that key measures remain in place throughout 2021 to protect the community while vaccinations roll out over the coming months.This investment will extend:Our partnership with the states and territories to manage COVID-19, by sharing 50 per cent of the cost of testing and treating people with COVID-19 through our public hospitals, and of public health measures to prevent the spread. To date the Commonwealth has provided an additional $5 billion to support the states and territories, including $1 billion in additional public hospital fundingContinue telehealth services and care until 30 June 2021. So far more than 51 million telehealth services have been delivered to 13 million patients and almost $2.6 billion in benefits paid. More than 82,000 providers have used telehealth services nationwide. The Government will continue to review the ongoing role of COVID telehealth to support the pandemic in the short term, while we plan the permanent post-pandemic telehealth arrangements with peak doctor groups. Support for rapid pathology testing and tracing building on the more than 14.5 million COVID-19 tests conducted to dateGP-led Respiratory Clinics, which have delivered more than 1 million consultations and 934,600 COVID-19 testsCulturally safe testing, treatment and evacuation preparedness in the most remote and isolated parts of the country which has so far provided more than 15,500 point of care testsElectronic prescription services with 3.8 million electronic prescriptions and repeats to patients issued and almost 1.7 million dispensed to dateDelivery of Home Medicine Services across the country with more than 2.1 million services delivered alreadyThe Continued Dispensing Emergency Measure where around 289,000 people have had at least one supply of medicine so farThe Beyond Blue Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service to meet ongoing demand for services as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and provide continued support while COVID-19 restrictions remain and the COVID-19 vaccine program is implementedAged care workforce surge support capability and financial support for aged care facilities affected by a COVID-19 outbreak to ensure the ongoing safety of senior Australians.These measures have supported our response to COVID-19 outbreaks when they occurred. Extending them will ensure Australians remain COVID safe.Our Government will continue to monitor the pandemic and the progress of our vaccination program so we can take the swift action needed to ensure we keep Australians safe and the economy on the road to recovery. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:aged care, Australia, commonwealth, coronavirus, Emergency, evacuation, Government, Investment, mental wellbeing, mortality, mortality rate, OECD, pathology, Prime Minister, public health, telehealth, vaccinationlast_img read more

 

Tom Price to benefit from new $4 million emergency services facility

first_imgTom Price to benefit from new $4 million emergency services facility ​Construction underway for new state-of-the-art emergency services centre in Tom PriceThe Tom Price State Emergency Service and Bush Fire Brigade will be co-located at the facility, due to be completed next yearProject to be delivered by local builder Pindan, creating local jobsEmergency Services Minister Reece Whitby and Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm today turned the first sod at the new $4.05 million Tom Price Emergency Services Centre.The state-of-the-art facility will feature five vehicle bays, training facilities and offices for both the State Emergency Service (SES) and Bush Fire Brigade, as well as accommodating the Tom Price Emergency Services Cadet Corp when required.The new centre will enable and encourage collaboration and co-ordination between the town’s emergency services personnel before, during and after incidents.The facility has been funded through a $1.7 million contribution from the State Government’s Emergency Services Levy, an additional $1.5 million from Rio Tinto and $850,000 from the Shire of Ashburton.The contract to build the new centre has been awarded to Western Australian builder Pindan and will help to stimulate the local economy with opportunities for businesses to provide their services during construction, creating local jobs.The centre is expected to be completed and operational in March 2022.As stated by Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby:“The new emergency services facility will boost the essential and professional service State Emergency Service and Bush Fire Brigade volunteers provide to the Tom Price community and surrounds.“The Tom Price Emergency Services Centre has been designed to meet the needs of firefighters and SES volunteers who respond to emergencies such as bushfire, flood, cyclone, road crash rescue and land search and rescue.“The State Government is committed to investing in quality infrastructure to better equip those tirelessly working on the front line and behind the scenes to selflessly protect their local communities.“This project will also create local jobs and support the local economy, with WA builder Pindan to construct the facility.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Ashburton, Australia, Australian, Commissioner, Emergency Services, emergency services levy, Fire and Emergency Services, Fire Brigade, Government, infrastructure, price, Rio Tinto, SES, Tom Price, WA, Western Australialast_img read more

 

Student life: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program allows students to gain research experience

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Categories:AcademicsScience & TechnologyCampus CommunityNews Headlines The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, or UROP, is one unique program that offers CU-Boulder students an opportunity to follow academic curiosities in every field. Designed to provide grant-writing experience, connect students to faculty and explore interests beyond the classroom, the program is open to all CU-Boulder undergraduates.The program funds undergraduate students (up to $1,200) for creative, scholarly and research projects. Interested students must apply by Sept. 15 (HHMI bioscience), or Sept. 30 (grants for individual and team projects that start in fall 2014 or spring 2015).Part of the Special Undergraduate Enrichment Programs (SUEP), UROP has been around since 1986 and operates by supporting student projects through grants. There are several grants students can apply for, depending on the project and their academic background. They include: individual grants; team grants; the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Individual Grants (HHMI); faculty research seminars; faculty assistantships; and the recently added development grant (for students in the creative fields). Assistantships allow students with no prior research experience to work with a faculty member on his or her project and gain exposure to their research process and practice. Other grants support individual or team projects.“Fundamentally, what we’re doing is funding the collaboration between faculty and undergraduate students, and giving the student the opportunity to see what research looks like, broadly defined” said May Penuela, Coordinator of SUEP programs. “That’s inclusive of all the disciplines.”Though the majority of UROP awardees come from STEM backgrounds, program leaders urge students of every major to apply. Whether students engage with research in the lab, or analyze data from regional surveys, or bury themselves in a stack of books, every opportunity is valuable. The most important thing for students to recognize is that research takes many forms, and it starts with communication.“One of the barriers for students to start the research project is that they’re intimidated,” said Penuela, adding that the best way to begin is by using CU’s resources “as frequently as possible.” Looking at department websites, reading faculty profiles, and staying posted on workshops for proposal writing or mock interviews are some initial steps. Last fall, SUEP hosted a UROP Symposium as a social mixer for students and faculty.“The exercise of talking to faculty is one of the key things for student success,” said Penuela. “Ultimately, that’s what we want students to do.”For a view of student projects, check out the UROP blog. UROP-funded students represent a range of fields, including sociology, biology, education, integrated physiology, music and computer science engineering.center_img Published: Sept. 12, 2014 last_img read more

 

Dr. Tufton Commends 4-H Clubs on 70 Years of Service

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, is lauding the work of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.In his address at the clubs’ National Achievement Day Expo held on April 30 at the Denbigh Agricultural Showground in Clarendon, the Minister stated that the organisation has been a guiding light for the country’s young people, in terms of providing them with the discipline and training to contribute to national development.“I think the 4-H Clubs in the (schools) provide that guiding light, which is so badly needed in our education system today,” he stated.Citing the latest registration figures, Dr. Tufton noted that the movement has grown over the years, with a membership of 67,941 in 923 schools, and over the past two years, just over 500 new clubs were established in primary, all-age and high schools across the country.“What this tangibly indicates is that not only is the 4-H movement come of age but it has demonstrated through the efforts of its leaders and clubbities that it has longevity,” he stated.Dr. Tufton also paid tribute to the founding fathers for their hard work in establishing and maintaining the organisation, and pointed to the need to strengthen partnerships to expand the clubs’ activities.“We want to strengthen partnerships.in expanding the activities of the 4-H movement. We want to see others come on board to be a part of the efforts that have already gone into serving this 70-year old institution and have gone into creating nearly 68,000 clubbites,” he stated.This year’s exposition was the culmination of a series of parish and regional achievement day events held during the months of March and April under the theme: ‘Youth Involvement in Local Food Production for Sustainability’.Clubbities from the 14 parishes displayed their skills and competed for honours in areas of agriculture, home economics, environment and leadership development, among others.The Boy of the Year award went to 17-year old Manchester farmer, Kevaughn Bonner, who won the 2009 Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence in Agriculture. Natasha Smith, also from Manchester, was named the Girl of the Year.The Central Region, which comprises the parishes of Westmoreland, St. Elizabeth, Manchester and Clarendon, was declared the winning 4-H region.Pioneer club leader, Ruby Wilson and noted agriculturalist, Dr. Karl Wellington, were the recipients of this year’s Clover Award, which is presented annually to persons, who have served the 4-H movement and the field of agriculture, with distinction.Executive Director of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Lenworth Fulton expressed pleasure at the strong turnout for the event and the high level of competition. “This is our flagship competitive event and one of which I am always proud,” he said.He informed that a number of events are being planned for the 70th anniversary celebrations, including a banquet/award ceremony for September or November.The Jamaica 4-H Clubs is the youth arm of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and has as its mandate, the training of young persons between the ages of five to 25 years in areas of agriculture, home economics, environmental management, leadership and social skills. RelatedDr. Tufton Commends 4-H Clubs on 70 Years of Service Dr. Tufton Commends 4-H Clubs on 70 Years of Service AgricultureMay 6, 2010 Advertisementscenter_img RelatedDr. Tufton Commends 4-H Clubs on 70 Years of Service RelatedDr. Tufton Commends 4-H Clubs on 70 Years of Servicelast_img read more

 

U-blox enters Telit takeover fray

first_img Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore2 20 NOV 2020 Previous ArticleEC cedes control of 02, Virgin Media deal to UKNext ArticleVodafone Idea exits as India tower merger closes Telenor targets IoT boost through unification Satellite IoT network provider bags €26M funding Yanitsa Boyadzhieva Yanitsa joins Mobile World Live as a Reporter based in London. She has more than 5 years’ experience at various media outlets in her home country Bulgaria. She started her career as a political reporter, followed by taking editor roles… Read more Related acquisitionIoTTelitu-blox Author Bharti Airtel makes enterprise IoT play IoT company Telit Communications received an all-share takeover offer from rival u-blox, a move adding to increased interest in the business following recent approaches from other companies.Switzerland-based u-blox provides IoT services and wireless semiconductors and modules. In a statement it said the price proposed valued Telit’s business at £2.50 per share and its board believed there was a “a strong strategic rationale” for a tie-up.It added talks were still at an early stage and Telit’s board had yet to respond, but argued a deal could deliver “substantial synergies” for both companies.U-blox also stated terms of the offer could change, subject to certain conditions.As the current bid is non-binding, u-blox has until 18 December to decide on a firm intention to proceed with the takeover offer, with the potential for extension of the deadline.At the start of the month, Telit said it attracted interest from asset management company DBay Advisors and hardware company Lantronix. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Home U-blox enters Telit takeover fraylast_img read more