Empire Mondays “Lock De Scene”

first_imgEmpire Media Inc will be hosting Guyana’s premier DJ competition, “Art of War 2019”, in July this year. As we prepare to do so, the organisers said, we have partnered with XL Energy Drink and launched on March 4, 2019, an inaugural DJ battle tournament called “Lock the Scene”.The objective of this tournament is to bring young and unknown DJs on the dancehall scene. It will run for two months and at the end, the winner will receive $100,000, a spot in “Art of War 2019” and ambassadorship for XL Energy Drink. Since its commencement, the tournament has generated much interest.Fans came out to Swag City in West Ruimveldt (formerly Ballers Bar) to witness their favourite DJ do battle.Kicking off the tournament in week one was DJ Derrick of Blazing Fire Sound out of Linden with a victory over DJ Famous of Pier 1 Sound from Georgetown; and DJ Guy from Bartica conquering his opponents DJs Jameel and Hardcore out of Ricochet Sound in Georgetown.Week 2 saw another Lindener DJ Bandit of Spotlight Sound being triumphant over DJs Hype of Roses International Sound from Georgetown and DJ Chappy out of Bartica vanquishing his contenders DJs Lance and Rich of Dynamite Sound from the West Side.Up next Monday, DJ Kevin of Royalty Vibes from the West Side will face off against DJs Red Man and Jermaine of TnT Sound; and Shocking Vibes Sound will do battle against Fabulous Sound from the East Coast of Demerara.The winners of each week will face off against each other and the best two will go to the finals.The action starts from 22:00h every Mondays at Swag City in West Ruimveldt. Be sure not to miss out on the excitement!last_img read more

Local investors should be given preference

first_imgDear Editor,I wish to agree with what letter writer, Gobin Harbhajan, wrote in the media recently.The privatisation of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) should no longer be delayed or even debated. This industry has been made into a ‘political football’ even before nationalisation and should now be fully divested.The Government should now be seeking concrete proposals from prospective investors to do a proper evaluation and find the right buyer. It is a waste of money to be fiddling further and set up committees to do any further evaluation.Gobin Harbhajan’s comprehensive article in the media has made it conclusive that Government should be committed to the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI).I am in total agreement that the Skeldon Estate should be used as a pilot project in this drive towards full privatisation of GuySuCo at a later date. This Government has waited too long to start this process and this will result in creating more fears and a depressive atmosphere in the country. This is being used by the Opposition to portray this Government in a negative light to the people, especially to GuySuCo workers. They have been peddling the propaganda about closures and this has become credible since this Government made a gigantic blunder with the Wales Estate. As Harbhajan pointed out in his letter, this should never have happened.The Opposition has also dubbed the merging of Rose Hall and Albion Estates as a ‘closure’ and has been pounding this into the psyche of Berbicians. Again, this could have been avoided if Rose Hall was set to be privatised. Also, the situation now with the Rose Hall Estate is a disgrace and a myopic move by this Government. The operational factory is being ‘cannibalised’ at a fast rate. Parts are being shuttled to Albion Estate factory which means that very soon that Estate’s factory will be completely destroyed. Why destroy a factory that was producing sugar efficiently?If the Rose Hall Estate was privatised, it would have been sold as a going concern and would have garnered a good and lucrative bargain and the monies so obtained could have been utilised to effect repairs and improvements at the other estates.Therefore, this Government should cease to make such huge blunders.The only question that should now be addressed is finding the best candidate for the Skeldon Estate’s privatisation. The Government should not retain any shares in the estate, since the ‘political leash’ will still be there. We need to cut this off completely and abort the cronyism, corruption and mismanagement.I also fully agreed with Harbhajan that local investors should be given a preference to foreign investors since there are reputable companies who have the finance and the expertise to transform Skeldon Estate into a profitable venture, maintain the labor force and ensure that the scarce US dollars remain at home. This will not only stabilise the US rate of exchange but will invigorate the economy of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).The Government needs to be open and decisive and remove the insecurities being experienced currently. The privatisation of Guysuco should begin now.Yours sincerely,Muhammad Mustaphalast_img read more

European Football Show Podcast on talkSPORT 2, February 23 2017

first_imgNat Coombs & Andy Brassell are joined by experts from around Europe to reflect on the week’s action in the Champions League and look ahead to the weekend’s matches in the domestic leagues around the continentlast_img

Isco targeting more trophies after signing new five-year contract at Real Madrid

first_imgIsco has set his sights on winning more trophies at Real Madrid after signing a new five-year contract.The 25-year-old, who scored ten LaLiga goals for Real last season, is tied to the Spanish champions until 2022 after renewing his deal on Thursday.Isco has already won one LaLiga title, one Copa del Rey trophy and three Champions League crowns since joining from Malaga in 2013.However, the attacking midfielder, also a key cog for Spain, is not satisfied with his silverware collection just yet.“It’s been a good few years,” he told a press conference on Friday. “It’s unbelievable, I couldn’t have hoped for more.“But we have to be ambitious and the truth is the team always wants more.“I have no regrets, I’ve won three Champions Leagues in four years, and the team is still hungry to keep going and to win more trophies.”Isco entered the final year of his contract at the end of last season but, despite interest from other clubs, he insists he never wanted to leave the Bernabeu.He said: “I’m very happy, I’m proud to be able to keep playing at the best team in the world.“Perhaps there were some contacts, I didn’t listen to them, I said many times my intention was to stay here.”Brazil left-back Marcelo also signed a contract extension at Real until 2022 earlier in the week.Isco added: “Everyone wants to be a Real Madrid player. I’m lucky to be here, they have helped me to achieve many of my dreams.” 1 Real Madrid and Spain midfielder Isco last_img read more

Wenger admits Arsenal ‘could not afford’ to lose north London derby

first_imgArsene Wenger admitted his side could not afford to lose the north London derby after Harry Kane’s winner for Tottenham left Arsenal clinging onto their top-four ambitions.Spurs got the better of their neighbours as Kane headed home after half-time to secure a 1-0 Wembley victory which moved the hosts seven points clear of the Gunners in the Premier League table.PLAYER RATINGS: Wenger’s flops rated and slated in north London Derby defeatArsenal could be eight points off the top four, and a return to the Champions League, if results go against them over the weekend.“It’s a game we couldn’t afford to lose, of course,” manager Wenger said.“That makes it much more difficult now but we have to fight for as long as we have a mathematical chance. There was more at stake than just the derby. That’s why it’s so disappointing to lose the game in the way we lost it.“I think the game should have been finished at half-time for me. We missed opportunities on counter-attacks that are not missable at our level.“In the second half, we should have lost the game by more than one goal at the start of the second half. We were destabilised by the goal they scored and they had two or three more opportunities that they could have scored.”Manchester United finished outside the top four last season but secured a return to the Champions League courtesy of winning the Europa League.Arsenal are in that competition this term and could repeat the feat achieved by United, with their round-of-32 tie against Ostersunds next up.But Wenger maintains he wants to get back into Europe’s elite club competition through the league, rather than putting all of his hopes on a successful Europa League campaign.“It’s too early,” the Frenchman replied when asked if Arsenal had to see the Europa League as their only way of qualifying for the Champions League.“Football is not about switching off for three games and then switching it on for one game. Manchester United decided (to focus on the Europa League) once they were in the semi-final.“We are far from the semi-final and we have to fight to have a chance to come back. For me, it’s a very disappointing result because the priority has to be to get into the Champions League from the Premier League.” Arsenal are facing a battle to finish in the top four after losing to Tottenham at Wembley 1last_img read more

Lampard latest: Chelsea announcement imminent as incoming boss makes first big call

first_img TROPHY JIBE FAREWELL boost LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Morris coached Chelsea’s Under-18s from 2014 to 2018 so well is aware of the qualities within the youth ranks, while Lampard fielded a young team at Derby in his first season in management.Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Reece James and Fikayo Tomori were among the starlets to enjoy successful loan spells last season and will be hoping to make their Chelsea breakthroughs under Lampard and Morris.Chelsea, meanwhile, have been accused of ‘arrogance’ over their prolonged negotiations for Lampard, with Simon Jordan claiming it has not been fair on Derby.The Premier League club’s slow pursuit of Lampard mirrors their hunt for Sarri, with the now Juventus boss only hired on July 14 last year – after the Blues had already reported back for pre-season with Antion Conte STILL in charge. 2 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Morris played 160 time in a Chelsea shirt and later became head coach of the club’s Under-18s, winning the FA Youth Cup twice “The arrogance that some of these clubs exhibit is flabbergasting – it’s not like the real world.“They’ll do what they need to do when they feel like it at the end of the day, and that isn’t right.” GETTY Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:14Loaded: 13.37%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:14 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Derby owner Mel Morris tells of his admiration for Frank Lampard as manager Former Crystal Palace chairman and talkSPORT presenter Jordan said: “Their players aren’t back yet and Chelsea have a habit of appointing managers in the middle of July – let’s not forget. punished Chelsea are on the verge of naming Frank Lampard as their new manager.The Derby County boss has been excused from pre-season training for a second successive day in order to conclude discussions with the Blues’ board. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 2 OFF Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder deals Lampard is expected to seal an emotional return to Chelsea as manager this week GETTY rookie error Derby owner Mel Morris told talkSPORT on Monday morning it is ‘only a matter of time’ before Lampard is named as Maurizio Sarri’s successor at Stamford Bridge.It is understood that Lampard has now agreed terms on a contract with Chelsea, with an announcement expected over the next few days.The 41-year-old, who has two years remaining on his County contract, scored a club record 211 goals and won 11 major trophies as a Chelsea player between 2001 and 2014.According to the Daily Telegraph, one of Lampard’s first moves at Chelsea will be to integrate youth players into the first-team.Lampard will reportedly allow youngsters to eat with the first team and use the same gym, with academy players previously restricted to their own building.There is said to be much excitement around the club at Lampard’s imminent arrival, as well as that of Jody Morris, who is also joining from Derby as No.2. Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta latest last_img read more

Erin’s stunning gesture to other young cancer sufferers

first_imgA young schoolgirl who overcame cancer has cut off her treasured longhair to donate to other children still battling the disease.Brave Erin Gallagher was just three years old when she began tocomplain to her mum and dad about having a sore leg.Within days the little Glenswilly child was diagnosed with leukemia. After a lengthy two and a half year battle with the disease includingheavy bouts of chemotherapy, Erin, hasn’t looked back.Now aged 10, Erin always said she wanted to givesomething back to those who helped her.This week she decided she wanted to donate her lovely hair ThePrincess Trust who provide hair to make wig for young girls who whosehair has fallen out during chemotherapy.Cancer survivor, Erin Gallagher from Glenswilly, Co Donegal pictured at her local hairdresser, HairDos where she donated her ponytails to The Princess Trust to make wigs for Children With Cancer. Photo Brian McDaidAccompanied by loving mum Collette, Erin attended the HairDos HairSalon close to her home in Churchill to have her hair cut. Mum Collette admits that she was a little nervous when she realisedthat she was to have up to eight inches of her love hair cut off.“It’s something she said she always wanted to do. I didn’t get a wigfor Erin when she had her chemotherapy because she was only aged threeyears.“Instead we got a little bandana and she was fine. But can you imagineif you are that little bit older – girl’s hair is everything to dothem and I think it is probably one of the most upsetting things tolose their lovely hair,” said Collette.Amazingly Erin found that when she had her hair cut, hairdresser BredaDoherty estimates that the Princess trust will be able to make fourpony tails from the donated hair.Cancer survivor, Erin Gallagher from Glenswilly, pictured at her local hairdresser, HairDos with her mother Colette. Photo Brian McDaidCollette and husband Charlie have watched each year as Erin has leftbehind her sickness and now only requires one check-up each year. Little Erin has even found the time to become friends with a certainDaniel O’Donnell whom she befriended at a charity cancer event ‘Relayfor Life’ some years back.The star even has a picture of himself and little Erin on the wall in his home.Erin Gallagher aged three when she was ill in hospital.Collette reveals her only daughter now talks of becoming a nurse orpharmacist when she gets older.“She is a very determined young lady and I think that’s because of allshe has been through. “To think she was so sick and I spent months on end in hospital inCrumlin with her and look at her now. She really is a miracle child,”said Erin’s mum proudly.Cancer survivor, Erin Gallagher pictured at her local hairdresser, HairDos where she donated her ponytails to The Princess Trust to make wigs for Children With Cancer. Photo Brian McDaidErin’s stunning gesture to other young cancer sufferers was last modified: January 9th, 2017 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:cancercutdonegalErin GallagherglenswillyhairThe Princess Trustlast_img read more

‘No impact at all’ – Pringle hits out at ‘insincere’ Rural Action Plan

first_imgDONEGAL TD Thomas Pringle has blasted what he called an ‘insincere’ initiative in the Government’s Rural Plan.The so-called “Action Plan for Rural Ireland”, supported by a €60 million investment and which will be set out today in Ballymahon, Co Longford, by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, will contain measures aimed at rejuvenating rural areas of the State, including towns, villages and regional cities.One of its aims is to “make rural Ireland a better place in which to live and work by revitalising our town and village centres”. The plan is targetting the creation of 135,000 jobs in rural areas, according to Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works Sean Canney.The plan is structured around five themes: supporting sustainable communities; supporting enterprise and employment; maximising rural tourism and recreation potential; fostering culture and creativity in rural communities; and improving rural infrastructure and connectivity.However, Deputy Pringle has hit out, saying the Government ‘continue to undermind post offices and other services in rural Ireland’.“It really does beggars belief how a Government could claim it will revive rural Ireland at the same time it continues to undermine vital rural services like Post Offices, expressway bus services, mobile coverage and a Broadband Plan that has been postponed on several occasions,” Deputy Pringle said. “The €60m allocated to the Rural Plan will be spread very thinly, leaving under €2m per county.“That kind of money will do nothing to address the persistent problems arising from chronic under-investment in Donegal.“I’m talking about the lack of broadband, access to transport or development of our road infrastructure and an under-funded third level education sector. These are the social provisions required to maintain a town life and many have already left to set up new lives as a result.“The strong focus on IDA companies is a concern. These companies tend to settle in urban hubs which further encourage internal migration away from rural towns.  It’s a falsehood to claim that increasing IDA visits will revitalise rural Ireland.“While proposals to lure people back to town centres by converting shop fronts into homes are welcome, it must be introduced alongside proposals to keep services for the people already living there or moving in. “For a start we could get serious about preserving the post office network. 500 post offices have been deemed unviable across the State yet proposals to revitalise this network have been slow.“I have always been calling for an accelerating Broadband provision for rural towns and local employers to help deliver jobs.“Our mobile coverage needs radical upgrading and we need to see bigger capitalinvestment on the road infrastructure particularly for Donegal as it is not sufficiently connected to the rest of the country. I fear that due to the chronic under-investment of Donegal and its physical isolation, initiatives like these will have no impact at all.”‘No impact at all’ – Pringle hits out at ‘insincere’ Rural Action Plan was last modified: January 23rd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:post officepost officesRural action planThomas Pringlelast_img read more

#Nextchat: Motivation-Based Interviewing

first_imgThe candidate seemed to have it all: a great resume, the perfect skills and confident responses to all of your interview questions. You had a good feeling about this one. Finally, a high performer, that terrific hire who undoubtedly would produce extraordinary results. But that was not how it turned out, was it?  Here’s a little secret: Before you can hire a high-performer, you must correctly identify a high-performer. And, to identify a high-performer, you must ask effective interview questions and know how to evaluate the answers.        In her book Motivation-Based Interviewing (SHRM, 2018), hiring expert and popular keynote speaker Carol Quinn provides a comprehensive guide for accurately and reliably assessing skill, attitude and passion – the three components common to all high-performers – so you can expose the incremental differences that separate the genuine high-performers from the pretenders.“The difference between high-performers and everyone else,” says Quinn, “is not how eager a person is to get the job, or even about their bounty of skills, but rather it’s how eager a person is to actually do the job,” says Quinn. “The million-dollar question is ‘how can we make this distinction before someone is hired?’ Everything revolves around how we assess self-motivation.”Although evaluating a candidate’s skill set is important, insights into a candidate’s attitude is even more important. “Hiring the best requires more than just assessing a candidate’s skill,” Quinn says. “Interviewers must also determine the candidate’s attitude toward overcoming obstacles and how passionate they are about doing the work, because both are proven predictors of self-motivation and future success.”To hire well, interviewers must have a greater understanding of motivation to be able to correctly distinguish those who are self-motivated from those who will need to be motivated to do their job, Quinn says. “We have an epidemic problem with unmotivated, or disengaged, employees, making employee engagement one of the hottest workplace topics. Which brings us to this question – are we really hiring self-motivated people in the first place? When looking for ways to improve organizational performance, we can no longer ignore the huge role our hiring practices play.”Realizing that motivation assessment is the key to hiring well isn’t a new concept. Quinn says that “knowing how to assess motivation correctly is a new concept for many interviewers and hiring managers, and, furthermore, not knowing how is the number one reason why most organizations have hit-or-miss results.”High-performers have a predominant “I can” attitude, which means when they encounter on-the-job challenges – and every employee does – they do something others don’t. They relentlessly seek solutions without getting discouraged or giving up. As a result, they find more solutions and achieve more goals. That’s powerful!So, where does passion come into play? Quinn says, “The spark from passion converts the ‘I can’ attitude into a physical energy that is used to fuel self-motivation. It takes both the right attitude and loving the work you do for maximum self-motivation to occur … the kind that high-performers have.”Motivation-based interviewing fills in the missing pieces, takes the guesswork and gut instinct factors out of the hiring equation, and helps you find the talent that will transform your organization. Motivation-based interviewing is revolutionizing how we hire.How are you incorporating motivation-based interviewing practices into your hiring strategies or how can you get started?Please join @shrmnextchat at 3:00 p.m. ET on September 19 for #Nextchat with special guest Carol Quinn (@CQAttitude). We’ll chat about how you can begin using motivational-based interviewing with your next hire.Q1. One of the most common misconceptions in hiring is that skill level equates to job performance level. Why?Q2. Why is it impossible to accurately assess a candidate’s level of self-motivation to do a job using behavior-based interviewing?Q3. What exactly is attitude, and why is it such a powerful predictor of future performance and success?Q4. How can attitude assessment be incorporated into your employee selection process?Q5. What is different about Motivation-Based Interview questions?Q6. Since Motivation-Based Interviews assess not only skill, but three components — skill, attitude and passion—should it take extra interviewing time? Why?Q7. Which hiring metrics provide the most insights into effective and efficient hiring? Which are most important to track to and why?Q8.  What advice can you share for one step that organizations can take today to begin to incorporate motivation-based interviewing into their hiring process?If you missed this #Nextchat, you can read all the tweets in the RECAP here.  How to participate in an HR Twitter chat.last_img read more

In Wake of Fukushima Disaster, Japan’s Scientists Ponder How to Regain Public Trust

first_img Dennis Normile TOKYO—Public confidence in Japan’s scientists and engineers took a major hit from the 11 March earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. How to regain it was a major theme of a recent symposium held here to explore the role of scientists in the accident, and their responsibilities both before and after. “Many questions have been raised about the performance of scientists: What could we have done? What could have been done differently?” Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, an engineer and former president of the University of Tokyo, said at the 26 November symposium, which was sponsored by the Science Council of Japan, the nation’s leading science and engineering society, and other groups. The Fukushima accident exposed troubling issues, speakers noted. Despite the resources poured into analyzing crustal movements and having expert committees determine earthquake risk, for instance, researchers never considered the possibility of a magnitude-9 earthquake followed by a massive tsunami. The failure of multiple safety features on nuclear power plants has raised questions about the nation’s engineering prowess. Government flip-flopping on acceptable levels of radiation exposure confused the public, and health professionals provided little guidance. Facing a dearth of reliable information on radiation levels, citizens armed themselves with dosimeters, pooled data, and together produced radiological contamination maps far more detailed than anything the government or official scientific sources ever provided. 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Several speakers blasted their own fields. “There must have been complacency” about safety among nuclear experts, said Satoru Tanaka, a nuclear engineer at the University of Tokyo and president of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan. He noted that nuclear regulators did not incorporate the latest thinking on nuclear safety and warnings from Japanese seismologists and tsunami experts into evaluations of existing plants. During the crisis, Tanaka said, his society was “not able to fulfill our stated mission” of being the most reliable source of information on nuclear power. The society is studying how to rebuild its credibility while trying to help the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. wrestle with the thorny issues of disposing of damaged fuel and demolishing the four damaged reactors. Japan faces hard choices in recovering from the triple disaster, other speakers said. Disposing of the “tens of millions of cubic meters of contaminated soil [would] surpass the total capacity of all disposal sites in Japan,” noted Kyoto University civil engineer Minoru Yoneda. Stripping soil and vegetation could increase flooding and landslides. Finding the right balance between decontamination and risk is a gray area. “The question of how much [low dose radiation] is tolerable is open,” said radiation health expert Tomoko Kusama, president of Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences. Resolving such issues will require reliable scientific advice, but many speakers argued that paths for scientific input into public policy in Japan are underdeveloped. During the crisis, “scientists acted separately and disparately, so accurate information was not being given to policy makers,” said Yoshikawa, who called on scientists to develop “a coherent voice.” In the end, although participants appeared to share a general sense that the scientific community needs to regain public trust and take a more active role in proffering advice, they put forward no concrete proposals for reform. Onishi promised a report on how the community and the council should respond by the first anniversary of the 11 March disaster. Communication breakdown. Science Council of Japan President Takashi Onishi wants to provide advice.last_img read more