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Staff lack confidence in sharing business ideas with employers

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Staff lack confidence in sharing business ideas with employersOn 18 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today UK employers are missing out on new ideas from their staff because theydon’t feel comfortable or confident in sharing them with managers. A new poll timed to coincide with National Ideas Week, reveals that morethan a quarter of the workforce have ideas for their businesses that they havenot shared with their employers. The research, commissioned by 3M, finds that untapped employee ideas cover amultitude of subjects, ranging from ways to improve staff morale andproductivity to new product ideas. One in five respondents claim they don’t share ideas because they think theywon’t be listened to, while one in 10 said they are intimidated by managers. Jeff Skinner, training and development manager at 3M, said it was importantfor managers to genuinely listen to staff and take their ideas on board. “The simple message is that most employees don’t believe their ideasare valued. One of the main criticisms is that managers don’t really listen totheir staff,” he said. “Employers must do more to make staff feel valued, and that meansmanagers asking people’s opinions, rather than going through the motions.Giving basic leadership training can also help to harness staff ideas.” The figures demonstrate the value of employee suggestion schemes, with 84per cent of the 1,000 respondents claiming they would be more likely to staywith an employer that listened to ideas. More than half of the respondents claim schemes that encourage managers tolisten to their ideas are just as important as a good benefits package. Ray Meads, innovation specialist at 3M, said: “3M has always valuedcreativity and innovation in employees. From our experience of running formalideas schemes, staff are motivated by playing an additional valuable rolewithin the organisation.” By Ross Wighamwww.ideasuk.com Comments are closed. last_img read more

Dana Gas mulls demerging upstream operations into separate entity

first_imgShould the demerger be carried out, then existing shareholders of Dana Gas will hold shares in the two separate firms, which will be listed on the ADX Dana Gas launches feasibility study for possible demerger of upstream business. (Credit: Dana Gas PJSC) UAE-based Dana Gas has revealed plans to launch a feasibility study to explore a possible demerger of its upstream operations into a new company.The demerged company will also be listed on the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange (ADX).Currently, the company’s upstream oil and gas producing assets include a subsidiary in Egypt and a 35% stake in an exploration and production focused business in Kurdistan called Pearl Petroleum.Dana Gas’ midstream business includes the UAE gas project, which is presently under arbitration, reported Khaleej Times. According to the publication, two separate damages claims are being made pertaining to the 2005-2014 and 2014-2030 periods.Should the demerger be carried out, then existing Dana Gas’ shareholders will hold shares in the two separate firms, which will be listed on the ADX.The company said that its upstream and the midstream units have quite distinguished investment prospects, which is why its board thinks that there are various benefits to be realised by shareholders from structuring them as separate listed businesses.Dana Gas chairman comments on the potential demerger of the upstream businessAs per Dana Gas chairman Hamid Jafar, the proposed demerger could deliver value to the company’s shareholders. Furthermore, the upstream business, which is said to have significantly grown in the last 13 years, is expected to generate growth in the coming years.Hamid Jafar said: “A pure-play upstream company may attract significant new investment both locally and internationally linked to future production growth. A pure-play midstream business would be more stable and have less exposure to commodity price changes.“The demerger would provide the option to shareholders to remain invested in either or both companies at their discretion, each company having its own business strategy and opportunities.”last_img read more

Belle & Sebastian Announces Summer Tour Dates With Ex Hex, Men I Trust

first_imgScottish indie-pop band Belle & Sebastian announced more of their summer concert plans on Tuesday with an upcoming run of eight shows across the U.S. and Canada scheduled throughout the month of July. The fun-loving band will be joined throughout their brief summer trek in support by Ex Hex and Men I Trust.The run of summer performances will begin on July 11th at the Sprint Pavilion in Charlottesville, VA with Ex Hex. The tour will continue with shows at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA (7/12); House of Blues in Boston, MA (7/13); M Telus in Montreal, QC (7/15); Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, ON (7/16); The Warhol at Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, PA (7/18); and House of Blues in Cleveland, OH (7/19); before wrapping with a performance at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, MI (7/21). Belle & Sebastian will be joined by Ex Hex at the Charlottesville and Boston shows, and Men I Trust for the shows in Toronto, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland.The band is also set to host their own cruise concert event when The Boaty Weekender sets sail from Barcelona to Sardinia in August. Other artists who are set to perform on the cruise include Mogwai, Yo La Tengo, Alvvays, Japanese Breakfast, Hinds, and more.Belle & Sebastian – “Boy With The Arab Strap” – Glastonbury 2015[Video: Brendan Oswald]General on-sale for the new summer tour dates will begin this Friday, February 15th 10 a.m. local time. Pre-sale will start this Wednesday, February 13th at 10 a.m. using the code, “BELLE2019.” $1 from every ticket sold during the summer tour will go to benefit War Child, a non-profit which supports children and families in communities affected by war throughout the world.Fans can head over to the band’s website for more information.last_img read more

FAS stars honored with Dean’s Distinction Awards

first_img A distinctive honor Marks of distinction Given the distractions of mobile technology and the internet, it can be a challenge to keep a student’s attention in the classroom these days.Thankfully, the Lecture Demonstration Services team is here to help. Sixty-five FAS staff honored by dean Related Sixty-one Dean’s Distinction awards presented The three-person team is responsible for more than 400 demonstrations that have enriched the classroom experience for students, working on everything from a vacuum cannon capable of firing pingpong balls through aluminum cans to a series of four lenses that can bend light around objects like an optical “cloaking device.”Their efforts — along with the work of dozens of other Faculty of Arts and Sciences staff members — were honored last week as part of the annual Dean’s Distinction Awards ceremony.“You have successfully spearheaded one of the most popular programs at Harvard College, providing students and faculty the opportunity to connect outside the classroom,” Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith told the honorees during the ceremony. “You curated an exceptional exhibition to celebrate Houghton Library’s 75th anniversary… that highlighted the ways Harvard’s incredible collections have shaped the intellectual lives of our faculty and students, and thoughtfully organized new programming in our libraries and labs. You are a fantastic portrait of the best of our staff. Our faculty and students are incredibly fortunate to have your ideas, your engagement, and your partnership. And I am grateful to be able to acknowledge your superlative work. You make Harvard better. On behalf of the faculty, I extend my sincere thanks to you.”,Launched by Smith in 2010, the Dean’s Distinction Awards are a way for FAS administrators to honor the important work and recognize the talents of FAS staff.In all, 61 employees spanning 15 divisions with service ranging from one to 48 years were recognized at this year’s ceremony. In addition to FAS staff, honorees included staff from Alumni Affairs and Development and Harvard Public Affairs and Communications.In addition to the Lecture Demonstration Services team, three other teams were honored for their work:The Classroom to Table (C2T) team was recognized for facilitating nearly 1,000 gatherings between students and faculty, each of which required individual follow-through. Launched in 2015 as a pilot program and designed to give students and faculty the chance to meet outside the classroom, the program has grown exponentially since then.The Center for African Studies team this year realized a major milestone for Harvard with the opening of an office in Johannesburg — the University’s first cross-disciplinary area-studies center in sub-Saharan Africa. The opening was accompanied by several high-profile events, including a panel with prominent entrepreneurs, a roundtable discussion moderated by Harvard Provost Alan Garber, and a screening and discussion of the six-part film series “Africa’s Great Civilizations,” hosted by Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.The Pre-College Program Startup and Growth team helped manage a popular program in which high school students had the opportunity to experience an intense residential academic experience. From its start in 2015, the program has grown from 200 to more than 1,500 students.Among the individual winners was Sarah Zeiser, project manager and special assistant to Dean of Arts and Humanities Robin Kelsey, who was recognized for her work to create a guide on the undergraduate experience in the Arts and Humanities and to develop a new website for the division.“To know that my supervisor and colleagues had taken the time to write a nomination in recognition of my work was enormously gratifying,” Zeiser said. “To then receive the award among the many, many hard-working staff members of the FAS was a wonderful acknowledgement of my accomplishments last year, of which I’m very proud.“Harvard can feel like a vast network of programs and departments operating at some distance from each other, so an occasion that recognizes the service we as staff members perform for the University is one of great value,” she added.,For associate registrar for operations Ethel Falaise, who was recognized for her skills as a manager, being nominated by her colleagues was an honor in itself.“It’s always such a heartwarming feeling when you are recognized by your community in such a public manner as the Dean’s Distinction Award,” she said. “I enjoy being a resource for my office and care very much about the work that I do and people whom I work with. Additionally, the fact that this community award is nomination-based made receiving it even sweeter. The idea that someone took the time out of their day to write accolades about me is such a kind and selfless gesture. I’m honored.”Nyasha Borde, coordinator in the Department of Philosophy, was recognized for her proactive work in reaching out to experts in the Finance Office and International Office and her ability to take on a variety of responsibilities in the department.“I was so humbled when I discovered that I was nominated by several faculty and staff members within my department, people for whom I have the utmost respect and admiration,” she said. “I always tell people that I am so lucky to have landed in the Philosophy Department. They have gone out of their way to make me and my family feel like an integral part of their community and have recognized me and my efforts in many small, and not-so-small ways since I joined the department as a temp in 2013. Now to be recognized by the dean as well … it’s hard to find the words to express my gratitude to the FAS, the deans and, most importantly, the Harvard Philosophy community for all of the love they have shown me over the years.”2018 Dean’s Distinction Individual RecipientsAmina Alam, Harvard Museums of Science and CultureSeth Avakian, FAS Office for Faculty Affairs / Graduate School of Arts and SciencesLisa Ball, Department of Chemistry and Chemical BiologyAdam Beaver, The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and LearningEmery Boose, Harvard ForestNyasha Borde, Department of PhilosophyJames Capobianco, Houghton Library, Harvard College LibraryCarolyn Choong, Department of East Asian Languages and CivilizationsRachael Dane, Harvard Public Affairs and CommunicationsJanet Daniels, Graduate School of Arts and SciencesPaul Dwyer, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary BiologyDavid Evans, Harvard College Office of Admissions and Financial AidEthel Falaise, FAS Registrar’s OfficeLisa Frazier-Zezze, SEAS Academic ProgramsKatherine Gates, Administrative Operations, Administration and FinanceJessica Gauchel, Department of SociologyMark Gerstel, Department of PsychologySarah Gordon, Harvard University Asia CenterOdile Harter, Widener Library, Harvard College LibraryKara Kelley, FAS DevelopmentJiyoun Jennie Kim, Reischauer Institute of Japanese StudiesAnna Kreslavskaya, Department of MathematicsJohn Langridge, Division of Continuing EducationRebecca Loose, SEAS ComputingMonica Munson, Department of AnthropologyMark Omura, Museum of Comparative ZoologyMonica Oyama, Department of Human Evolutionary BiologyKristin Pennarun, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary BiologyChristopher Perry, Department of Chemistry and Chemical BiologyMonique Rivera, Department of AnthropologyDamari Rosado, Department of Economics (Interim)Michaela Schmull, Harvard University HerbariaLauren Scully, Division of Continuing EducationVictoria Shen, Instructional Media ServicesRebecca Skolnik, Harvard College Writing ProgramKatherine Steele, Harvard College Freshman Dean’s OfficeBritta Wierich, Office of Physical Resources and PlanningSarah Zeiser, Office of the Dean of Arts and HumanitiesAdam Zewe, SEAS Communications2018 Dean’s Distinction Team RecipientsClassroom to Table (C2T) TeamLauren Raece, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate EducationIan Richmond, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate EducationKara-Sue Sweeney, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate EducationCandice Wesson, Harvard College Office of Undergraduate EducationLecture Demonstration Services TeamAllen Crockett, Science EducationDaniel Davis, Science EducationDaniel Rosenberg, Science EducationCenter for African Studies TeamObenewa Amponsah, Center for African StudiesSusan Cook, Center for African StudiesMaggie Lopes, Center for African StudiesCandace Lowe, Center for African StudiesLerato Motaung, Center for African StudiesNthatisi Quella, Center for African StudiesRosaline Salifu, Center for African StudiesPre-College Program Startup and Growth TeamMegan Baugh, Division of Continuing EducationHeather Codner, Division of Continuing EducationKaren Flood, Division of Continuing EducationBeserat Kelati, Division of Continuing EducationMatthew Muro, Division of Continuing EducationJacqueline Newcomb, Division of Continuing EducationKaren Ogden, Division of Continuing EducationRe’sheka Tapps, Division of Continuing Education FAS staff acknowledged for their contributions Sixty-three FAS staff named Dean’s Distinction recipients last_img read more

Purposeful Talent Development: Future proofing the workforce is not just technical

first_imgThe need to future proof our workforce through talent development is not a new concept. We’ve experienced change in the workplace over and over in the last 100+ years. However, learning from the past, we are now more aware of the need to future proof our organizations, and are taking proactive steps to avoid being left behind.Asked what competencies or skills are needed to future proof our workforce, we tend to answer with technology. We talk about data science, digital literacy, machine learning, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. These definitely are some of the skills of the future, but they are not the only ones. In this ever-changing world, future proofing our workforce includes a mix of technical, industry, professional and leadership skills.To balance the scales on talking about future skills, let’s take a look at those that fall within the professional or leadership categories. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

3 police departments use ‘Project Lifesaver’ to help save Apalachin boy

first_imgProject Lifesaver is a program within the Broome County Sheriff’s Office that uses a device to help find people who go missing. Other departments’ officers can participate if they are certified. Broome County Sheriff’s Office has been using the project since 2016 and has received funding from the ‘Cops 4 a Cause’ organization to keep the program going. Tioga County Sheriff’s Office says they get a few of these missing cases a year, but are often able to find the person within the day they are reported missing. “If they’re involved in our program, we can find them fairly quickly,” said Broome County Sheriff’s Deputy, Robert Stapleton. Often, those involved in the program are people with special needs or people who struggle with conditions such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia. They have bracelets that can be detected by a special device when they are miles within range. If you feel you are in need of this assistance, you can learn more about Project Lifesaver here. (WBNG) — When the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office needed assistance in finding a local teen who went missing, Vestal Police and Broome County Sheriff’s Office joined in with the program, Project Lifesaver. In a recent case in which the device was used, a 15-year-old Apalachin boy with Autism wandered away from his home and ended up in a neighborhood in Vestal. That’s when the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office, Vestal Police, and the Broome County Sheriff’s Office jumped into action together. They credited teamwork in finding the boy within a couple of hours. “It can detect that radio transmitter that the child is wearing that’ll send a signal to the antenna, which gives us an audible tone,” explained Vestal Police Investigator, Lucas Shaw, who helped in the search.last_img read more

Square stock soars after massive earnings beat helped by Cash App

first_img– Advertisement – Shares of Square surged 13% on Friday after blowing past Wall Street’s expectations for the quarter a day earlier.The San Francisco-based payments company reported a 140% increase in net revenue to $3.03 billion in the third quarter. Adjusted earnings came in at 34 cents, more than double what analysts polled by Refinitiv expected.The Square Cash app was a key driver of the strong results, and of analysts’ enthusiasm. The payments and banking app more than tripled its gross profits from a year ago, and made up almost half of the company’s total gross profit of $794 million.- Advertisement – The app began as a peer-to-peer payment option, similar to PayPal’s Venmo. But Square has since launched multiple bank-like products that piggyback on the app, including cryptocurrency and stock trading, that have driven stronger unit economics and profitability than Venmo. The results were a hit among multiple Wall Street analysts who recommended the stock to clients on Friday. Citi, Cannacord Genuity, Needham, Mizuho and Susquehanna upgraded price targets on Square after the break-out quarter. In a note to clients, Citi analyst Peter Christiansen called Square’s growth opportunity “too big to ignore.”Lisa Ellis of Moffett Nathanson maintained her “buy” rating on Square but increased earnings estimates through 2021. Despite the stock’s run-up this year and “rather elevated investor expectations,” the company managed to “beat by a mile,” Ellis said in a note to clients.- Advertisement – Guggenheim’s Jeff Cantwell highlighted potential for Square to mimic the success of China’s Alipay, writing that “Square should build Cash App into a super app.” Dan Dolev of Mizuho pointed to growth in the Cash App’s brokerage feature, and said the app showed it “can also be Robinhood,” referring to the popular free-trading app.The boom in Cash App offset relatively slower growth in Square’s core seller business that provides in-person payments at brick and mortar locations, such as coffee shops. Small businesses who rely on Square’s payment terminals have been hit especially hard during the pandemic. But the seller business sustained “its remarkable rebound,” Moffett Nathanson’s Ellis said, with gross profits up 12% from the year-ago quarter.The stock is up 217% year to date, and has gained 28% in the past week alone.center_img Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey speaks during a press event at CES 2019 on January 9, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.David Becker | Getty Images News | Getty Images – Advertisement –last_img read more

Promotion of Croatian tourism before the football match in Trnava

first_imgUOn the eve of today’s qualifying match between Croatia and Slovakia for the 2020 European Championships, the Croatian National Tourist Board is organizing a promotional event aimed at promoting Croatia in the important Slovak market.  Also, all visitors who join the prize draw on Facebook by the end of the day also participate in the draw for the main prize: an extended weekend in Dubrovnik (Hotel Kompas) and Istria (Valamar) with two return airline tickets from Croatia Airlines. The CNTB points out that a promotional campaign was launched on Facebook two weeks ago, in which tickets for today’s match were distributed to Slovaks and as part of which another prize game was held, which achieved a reach of 100 Slovaks.  At today’s promotional event, promotional materials will be distributed to potential tourists as part of the Croatian stand, and together with partners the Croatian Football Association, Podravka and Ultra Europe Music Festival, a prize game was organized through which Croatian national team players Luka Modrić and Ivan Rakitic balls, scarves and T-shirts, tickets for the Ultra festival in Split and Podravka’s gift packages. Photo: Facebook Last year they made more than 450 thousand arrivals, while in the previous part of the year they made about 440 thousand arrivals, which is an increase of 2 percent compared to the same period last year. center_img Photo: Facebook Side dish: Emitting market profile – Slovakia As they point out from the CNTB, all fans of the Slovak Facebook page Croatia Full of Life can participate in the online prize game, which lasts until the very beginning of the match. #MilujemeChorvatsko, ie #I love Croatia share your photo of your favorite place in Croatia. “Today is a special day in Trnava, not only because of the game but also because the traditional Trnava JARMOK is held, a very popular and largest street fair in Slovakia, which is visited by more than 100 thousand visitors over three days. It is a great opportunity to present Croatia at our stand as a year-round destination with an attractive and rich offer. I am confident in the continuation of positive results from the Slovak market in the coming period, ie in maintaining our position as the number one foreign tourist destination of Slovakia “, commented Dubravko Miholić, director of the CNTB Representation in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, adding that the football match in Trnava aroused huge public interest and all tickets were sold in less than two hours. The program is held in Trnava in front of the City Arena shopping mall, or next to the Anton Malatinsky Stadium from 10 am to 18 pm.  last_img read more

Consumers still shopping for Ramadan fashion despite reduced holiday spending

first_imgIn order to seize the opportunity, Lamba said that businesses could start by adapting to social and conversational commerce. The global MMA data showed that 63 percent of Asia Pacific consumers interact with businesses through social commerce. This percentage was higher than in Latin America (58 percent), Europe and the Middle East (42 percent), and North America (35 percent)“Brands are connecting with these customers through Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and other omnichannel social apps, which will be the thing of the future,” he said.He added that businesses could learn to innovate by continuing to engage in research and development even though they are cutting costs to survive the pandemic. Lamba said that during the 2008 recession, companies that spent money on R&D showed a much better return on investment and growth post-recession.The MMA questioned 500 people in 10 major cities namely Jakarta; Bandung, Bekasi, Bogor and Depok in West Java; Tangerang, Banten; Surabaya, East Java; Semarang, Central Java; Yogyakarta; and Medan, North Sumatra, from April 18 to 20.Topics : “People are postponing buying discretionary items until after the epidemic is over. This could be bad news for the automotive, electronics and also retail categories to some extent,” he said in a webinar on Monday.“The trend is especially true for big cities which are impacted the most by job cuts,” he continued, adding that the middle-income group in the Greater Jakarta area was reportedly reducing its spending by 36 percent, compared with 27 percent outside of the region.Consumers are increasingly worried as they expect the situation be the norm for 3.2 months, compared with the two months expectation they had last month. As such, the survey also revealed a 6-percentage point increase in consumer worries over financial security to 44 percent in April from 38 percent last month.   Lamba went on to say that 67 percent of respondents believe their current Ramadan budget will be much less than last year with an average budget reduction of 43 percent. Meanwhile, 20 percent say they will spend the same amount and only 13 percent of consumers say they will spend more this Ramadan.He said that spending in the digital category was expected to bloom as both upper- and middle-income respondents say they will be spending more on mobile data and home internet subscriptions, as well as moving the holiday shopping toward e-commerce and other digital platforms.“What we already see happening is a lot of Ramadan activities such as breaking-of-the-fast gatherings are moving to online platforms,” he said, adding that consumers in the upper social economic sector would also spend more on gaming and movie streaming services.center_img Many people still plan to buy Islamic goods and fashion items for the Ramadan fasting season despite an overall decline in consumer spending caused by growing financial insecurity amid the COVID1-19 pandemic, a survey has indicated.While fashion items remain on consumers’ shopping lists, purchases of recreational and luxury items such as jewelry and smartphones are expected to decline sharply, according to the survey conducted by the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and SurveySensum.SurveySensum founder and CEO Rajiv Lamba said that the overall value of the consumer’s Ramadan shopping basket was expected to go down by 32 percent with lower spending on leisure travel partly as a result of the decline in earnings and Idul Fitri holiday bonuses (THR).last_img read more

Gold Coast home snapped up in six minutes at auction

first_img19 Twenty Fifth Ave, Palm Beach.“They’ve been actively looking for quite a while and this one ticked a lot of boxes,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMr Powell said the couple were drawn to the property’s beach house feel. It was a feature that appealed to many prospective buyers, he said.Throughout the 30-day campaign, Mr Powell lead 53 inspections of the four-bedroom home and it had more than 4000 views on realestate.com.au. He said several offers had been made prior to auction.The dual-living home, which property records show was built in the 1960s, has undergone an extensive renovation during the past few years.Sellers Marcel and Jayne Maujean told The Gold Coast Bulletin last month they wanted to breath new life into the home without destroying its traditional beach house charm, which was what also drew them to the property five years ago. 19 Twenty Fifth Ave, Palm Beach. 19 Twenty Fifth Ave, Palm Beach.THE sale of a renovated Palm Beach house will be remembered as one of the quickest after it was snapped up in six minutes at auction on the weekend.Three bidders vied for the Twenty Fifth Ave property on Saturday morning.The auction, which was streamed live online, began at 10.16am with an opening bid of $830,000.That figure rapidly climbed to $985,000 when the hammer came down at 10.22am.Marketing agent Guy Powell, of Ray White Mermaid Beach, said 38 bids were made in that period in front of a crowd of about 20.He said a young Gold Coast couple were the new owners. 19 Twenty Fifth Ave, Palm BeachBut it proved a much bigger job than they anticipated.“If I did my time again I probably would have knocked it over,’’ Mr Maujean said.But the hard work had paid off, he said, and they were pleased with the result, particularly the main bedroom, which features a 100kg barn door and study nook. Mr Powell said the market had been steady in Palm Beach but he expected it to pick up during the next few months. “Winter was a bit quieter in (some) periods but it was still strong,” he said. “Coming into spring, I think we’re going to have a few good months ahead.”According to latest CoreLogic data, the media price for a house at Palm Beach is $812,000 and $450,000 for a unit. House prices have jumped 8.3 per cent in the past year while units have climbed 4.9 per cent. REAL ESTATE: 19 Twenty Fifth Ave Palm beachlast_img read more