Norway’s NBO urges end to national gambling monopoly

first_img Norway’s NBO urges end to national gambling monopoly The Norwegian Industry Association for Online Gaming (NBO) has called on national authorities to consider ending the current gambling monopoly, after new research showed an increase in gambling addiction in the country. Legal & compliance Topics: Legal & compliance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Regions: Europe Nordics Norway Tags: Online Gambling 20th May 2020 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Norwegian Industry Association for Online Gaming (Norsk Bransjeforening for Onlinespill/NBO) has called on national authorities to consider ending the current gambling monopoly, after new research showed an increase in gambling addiction in the country.Commissioned by Norway’s Lotteri-og Stiftelsestilsynet (Lotteritilsynet), the University of Bergen study included responses from 9,000 people across the country between the ages of 16 and 74.Taking an average from the study, the University of Bergen concluded 55,000 people currently suffer from gambling problems, an increase from 34,000 in a similar survey in 2015. The new research also showed that a further 122,000 people are at risk of developing gambling problems. NBO secretary general Carl Fredrik Stenstrøm said the association was “deeply concerned” about the findings and that the most effective method of lowering the risk for players would be to end the gambling monopoly currently in place in Norway.“We have long seen that growth in the Norwegian gaming market takes place on the internet and warned that the exclusive rights model is out-dated,” Stenstrøm said. “Players and non-gaming products do not follow national boundaries.“The reality is that about half of online gamers use international players. The authorities need instruments to regulate the entire market and weed out rogue players.”Norsk Tipping currently holds the gambling monopoly in Norway, but Stenstrøm said that by changing laws to allow more operators to enter the country’s market would reduce the flow of consumers onto illegal sites.Stenstrøm singled out Sweden’s regulated online gaming market, which opened in January last year, with all licensees required to abide by strict regulations in terms of responsible gambling. These include integration with a self-exclusion scheme that enables players to block themselves from gambling. That market, however, has been the centre of fierce debate, over concerns that particularly strict controls are pushing players to unlicensed operators. According to Stenstrøm, licensing more operators would mean that they would need to abide by similar responsible gambling rules in Norway, which would in turn help lower problem gambling levels.At Norsk Tipping, players can only lose up to NOK10,000 (£817/€915/$1,002) in one month on casino games, with a maximum loss limit of NOK20,000 per month across all games.“So far, over 50,000 Swedes have blocked themselves from gambling, and the scheme is praised by the Swedish government,” he said. “We call for similar effective measures from the Norwegian authorities.“We [acknowledge] that Lotteritilsynet says they will discuss the exclusive rights model, and calls for comparable Nordic surveys. More knowledge is needed, and that is something we support.“What we know for sure is that today’s lack of regulation in Norway does not work and is very harmful for the problem players and those at risk.”last_img read more

Trans-Nationwide Express Plc ( Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgTrans-Nationwide Express Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Trans-Nationwide Express Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Trans-Nationwide Express Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Trans-Nationwide Express Plc (  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileTrans-Nationwide Express Plc is a transport and logistics company in Nigeria offering services for domestic and international express delivery, haulage, freight and other ancillary transportation and storage services. Logistic services include warehousing, e-commerce, air/sea freight and removals/packaging services. Trans-Nationwide Express Plc also offers a mailroom management service and courier services as well as specialised courier services for diagnostic biological samples and clinical trial supplies. Established in 1984 and formerly known as TNT Skypak Nigeria Limited, the company changed its name to Trans-Nationwide Express Plc in 1992. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Trans-Nationwide Express Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Why is the Spire Healthcare share price up 25% today?

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar UK-based hospital group Spire Healthcare (LSE: SPI) is one of the biggest FTSE gainers today. As I write, its share price is up 25% from yesterday’s close, the highest levels seen since August 2018.Why has the share price risen?The sharp upturn follows the proposed acquisition of the company by Australia’s Ramsay Health Care at an offer of 240p per share. To give some perspective, yesterday’s closing price was 193p. In today’s trading, the company’s share price has quickly risen beyond this offer price to 244p. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…If I were looking at these numbers today, it would make sense to buy the share at levels lower than the offer price, which could earn some assured returns in the foreseeable future.What happens now However, that is only if the deal does go through. It may not. There are already reports that institutional shareholders are disappointed with the offer price. According to a Sky News report, they want to push the price up to 400p. If the two groups are in negotiations, then it is possible that the Spire Healthcare share price will rise even higher. But that is all just speculation. And at the Motley Fool, we believe in long-term investing. So, the company is of interest to me only if the deal does not go through and there is no more likelihood of a sell-out. To assess if it is indeed a stock I’d like to buy (or not), I looked at the financials first. Financials affected, but good outlookThe full-year 2020 was pretty bad for it as elective surgeries were suspended and its contracts with the NHS meant that all its capacity was made available to the service. As a result, its revenues declined by 6.2% from the year before and it ran up an operating loss of £146m. This is in sharp contrast to its growing revenue in 2019 and an operating profit of £94m. This, however, gives me hope that it can bounce back as the pandemic recedes. This hope is also bolstered by its performance in the second half of 2020, which showed a revenue increase of 5.9% from the year before.Also, there are signs of healthy demand in 2021. For instance, its private enquiries are higher than in last year and there is a waiting list for private surgeries, among others.  Reduced debtNotably, Spire Healthcare’s net bank debt actually reduced during the year because of advance payments received on its NHS contracts, measured capital spending, and suspension of its final dividend. This is a particular positive in my view, at a time when companies have actually racked up debt. My takeawayAll of this matters, however, only if the company’s acquisition does not go through. For now, I think it is a good idea for me to wait and watch how things progress. If it does not, the Spire Healthcare share does merit consideration. See all posts by Manika Premsingh Manika Premsingh | Wednesday, 26th May, 2021 | More on: SPI Image source: Getty Images Manika Premsingh has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! Why is the Spire Healthcare share price up 25% today? I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Addresslast_img read more

FEMA extends benefits to charitable organizations

first_imgFood programs; Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSFEMA Previous articleCity Council approves bid for EPA-backed brownfield grantNext articleApopka collects 120,000 cubic yards of debris Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR  Faith-based organizations, in addition to other community, volunteer, and nonprofit organizations in Florida communities may apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance program grants for reimbursement of costs incurred following Hurricane Irma. As part of its mission, FEMA provides grants to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and certain private nonprofits through its Public Assistance program.  Community, volunteer, faith-based, and private nonprofit organizations conducting critical and essential services of a governmental nature with state or IRS tax-exempt status that sustained disaster damage may also be able to receive FEMA Public Assistance (PA) grants.Types of eligible critical services: Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Utilities including water, sewer, and electrical systems. Disability residential services; For more information about eligible essential and critical service providers, go online to and reference the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide.Service providers of a non-critical, essential governmental nature must first apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) before being considered for a PA grant. Public Assistance grants may be able to provide assistance to organizations that provide non-critical, essential governmental services for repair or replacement costs that SBA loans do not cover.The SBA may provide up to $2 million to most private nonprofits in the form of low interest disaster loans. To learn more about and apply for an SBA loan go online to or email [email protected]  If you cannot access the website, call 800-659-2955. If you use TTY, call 800-877-8339.How to apply:                        The Florida Division of Emergency Management requests state, local or tribal governments and certain private nonprofit organizations that experienced damage from Hurricane Irma submit their request for reimbursement under the PA grant program by Novemvber 5th.Requests filed through by November 5th will be forwarded by the Florida Division of Emergency Management to FEMA on or before FEMA’s November 10th deadline.When any organization, such as faith-based organizations, schools, or community centers provide emergency protective measures such as sheltering and feeding survivors on behalf of state, local, tribal, or territorial governments, FEMA may reimburse the costs of those services to the state, local, tribal, or territorial government. The government and the organization must enter into an agreement for these services, even if the agreement is post-event, and the government may then reimburse the organization.For more information on Hurricane Irma and Florida recovery, visit, @FEMARegion4 Twitter account, or the Florida Division of Emergency Management website. Performing and community arts centers. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Educational enrichment activities; Custodial and day care services; Assisted living and low-income housing; Share on Facebook Tweet on Twittercenter_img Faith-based, voluntary and non-profit groups may be eligible for hurricane disaster damage grants  From the Federal Emergency Management Agency   The Anatomy of Fear Types of potentially eligible non-critical, essential services: You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Private schools that provide elementary or secondary education or an institution of higher education; Emergency services including fire protection, ambulance, and rescue; and Please enter your comment! Senior citizen and community centers or other community services; Please enter your name here Homeless shelters and rehabilitation services; and Hospitals and other medical-treatment facilities;last_img read more

Shocking spear tackle from Bulls youngster

first_imgThursday Feb 28, 2008 Shocking spear tackle from Bulls youngster Young Bulls flanker Dewald Potgieter got himself in a whole lot of hot water against the Crusaders on Friday night in Pretoria. Potgieter has been suspended for a week after an outrageous spear tackle on Casey Laulala.As if the evening wasn’t disastrous enough for the Bulls, who went down 54-19 in the end, Potgieter put a black mark next to his name and is now out for the next week. For some reason the ref and touchjudge didn’t consider this bad enough to be a yellow card, but I guess that’s what the citing commission is for. I personally thought it would have and could have been a red.It’s a pity for the young Potgieter, who actually made a huge difference to the poor Bulls performance. I’d like to say you’ll be hearing that name again in the future, but hopefully for different reasons as to why you’re hearing it now.We’ve seen some terrible spear tacklesin the past, but this is one of the worst, with Laulala actually flipping over so far that he didn’t land directly on his head, luckily.A one week ban in my opinion is extremely lenient, but perhaps the players’ disciplinary record and character was taken into account. ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! 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Final round of the Gallagher Premiership hit by a second match cancellation The final round of the Premiership lost the Worcester-Gloucester match on Tuesday and now Bristol versus London Irish is off. Shocking spear tackle from Bulls youngster | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. 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10 year look at generosity shows global downward trend

first_img Tagged with: Charities Aid Foundation Giving/Philanthropy Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis29 Generosity is on a downward trend globally, despite a growing culture of charitable giving across many countries, according to the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) World Giving Index 10th edition, released today.This year’s Index examined aggregate data for each country across 10 years (2009-2018), drawing on surveys in 128 countries in order to capture longer-term trends. Asking if people have helped a stranger, given money or volunteered for a good cause over the past month, the report identifies the 10 most generous countries over the decade of research, along with the 10 least generous. It also lists the biggest risers over the course of the study and those countries that have dropped the most during that time. Advertisement Melanie May | 15 October 2019 | News Overall downward trendOverall, the report identifies a recent downward trend in donations in key countries with long histories of philanthropy and household charitable giving, including the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland and the Netherlands where levels of individual giving are now lower than they were in the aftermath of the financial crisis.Worldwide, more than 2.5 billion people (48.3%) helped a stranger over the past decade, with African countries accounting for seven of the top 10 places where people are most likely to do so. This is the most commonly performed giving behaviour across the world.In comparison, nearly 20% of all adults volunteered over the past ten years, with Sri Lanka reporting the highest rate of volunteering in the world.John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said:“We are once again reminded of the kindness and generosity of people across the world as they dig deep despite uncertain times and significant geo-political unrest to give their time and money to help others.“In taking a step back and looking at giving trends over 10 years, we have created what we hope will serve as a roadmap to continue to grow giving in all its forms across the globe. There are areas of concern, but also key moments of hope in parts of the world that have overcome true hardship.“We know that there is no single solution to success. It is about hard work, shared values and knowing in ourselves the inherent benefit to all of us when we work to improve the lives of our friends and neighbours, and strangers who need our help.”  509 total views,  2 views today Most generous countriesThe USA occupies first place over the last 10 years with an overall score of 58%. Myanmar is in second place and New Zealand in third place, while the UK is seventh. The report shows that the UK’s place on the World Giving Index peaked in 2011, 2013 and 2015, echoing the trend in other large economies and the findings in CAF’s UK Giving report released earlier in 2019. It found a three year decline in the number of people giving to charity, although the overall amounts raised were stable with those who did give, giving more.  510 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis29 10 year look at generosity shows global downward trend About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Many of the biggest risers in AsiaSince the World Giving Index was first produced in 2010, five of the top 10 biggest risers are to be found in Asia, with Indonesia leading the way. It is the only country in the top 10 to have improved its one year scores over recent years, with all of the others on a downwards trajectory. The USA for example peaked in the 2014 CAF World Giving Index with a score of 64%, seeing a steady decline in the next three reports, down to 56% in the 2017 Index before a very slight increase to 58% in World Giving Index 2018 meaning that overall, the USA has been on a downward trend in recent years. New Zealand top performerThe only country to feature in the top 10 on all three giving measures over ten years is New Zealand, while China is the only country to feature in the bottom 10 on all three measures and is in last place of all the countries included on its overall World Giving Index score.The UK is only in the top ten for donating money. People in the UK are the second most likely in the world to have donated money to charity, at 71% of people, following Myanmar, at 81%.last_img read more

Laundry workers celebrate third anniversary

first_imgIt was a warm and classy – in all senses of the word – event to celebrate the Laundry Workers Center’s third anniversary on Sept. 27. The LWC addresses the need for community-based leadership development geared toward improving the living and working conditions of workers, as well as their families. Its work aims to combat abuses such as landlord negligence, wage theft, and hazardous and exploitative working conditions, which are especially prevalent in low-wage jobs and communities.Some 75 people from New York’s progressive movement enjoyed good food, beer, meeting old friends and talking at the event, held at the Solidarity Center in New York City, all while contributing to the ongoing efforts of the LWC.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Government-appointed commission refuses to give The Daily News a licence

first_img Reporters Without Borders said today it was “extremely disappointed” that The Daily News’ two-year legal battle to resume publishing has been blocked by the government-appointed Media and Information Commission’s refusal on 18 July to grant it a license, in defiance of a 14 March supreme court ruling quashing a ban on the newspaper.”This relentless suppression of Zimbabwe’s only privately-owned daily newspaper shows the Media and Information Commission (MIC) totally lacks independence,” the organisation said. News Receive email alerts ZimbabweAfrica Follow the news on Zimbabwe November 27, 2020 Find out more Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell News Help by sharing this information RSF_en July 20, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government-appointed commission refuses to give The Daily News a licence Organisation Reports The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa November 12, 2020 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders said today it was “extremely disappointed” that The Daily News’ two-year legal battle to resume publishing has been blocked by the government-appointed Media and Information Commission’s refusal on 18 July to grant it a license, in defiance of a 14 March supreme court ruling quashing a ban on the newspaper.”This relentless suppression of Zimbabwe’s only privately-owned daily newspaper shows the Media and Information Commission (MIC) totally lacks independence,” the organisation said.The MIC claimed that the Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ), the company that publishes The Daily News, breached various sections of the 2002 Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) concerning the accreditation of journalists and the publication of a newspaper without a licence. The act makes it obligatory for news media and journalists to register with the commission, and those who do not comply can be imprisoned.ANZ executive chairman Samuel Sipepa Nkomo said he would appeal against the decision before an administrative court. He accused the MIC of refusing to give The Daily News a licence in order to reopen legal proceedings that would delay the newspaper’s reappearance indefinitely.Forty-five journalists employed by the newspaper and its sister publication, The Daily News on Sunday, face the possibility of two-year prison sentences when they appear in court on 12 October on charges of working without official accreditation. Founded in 1999, The Daily News had a circulation of 150,000. It was banned in September 2003. to go further ZimbabweAfrica Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail September 1, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei released conditionally after three months incommunicado

first_img Follow the news on China March 12, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more News June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is relieved that the dissident artist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei (艾未未) was released conditionally today after being held for nearly three months. The official news agency Xinhua said the Public Security Bureau freed him because of his good behaviour, his “admission” of the “tax fraud” charges that had been brought against him, his health problems and other factors that were not specified.“We hope that Ai’s health has not deteriorated too much and we wish him a swift recovery,” Reporters Without Borders said. “However, we are worried about some of the Public Security Bureau’s claims, especially regarding a confession. Given the length of the time he was held incommunicado, light must be shed on the circumstances in which this confession was obtained. Cases of violence against people held incommunicado have been reported. And Ai?“His release does not mean the end of his problems. We fear that the authorities will deploy an entire legal arsenal in order to convict him of an ‘economic crime.’ As they have done with others in the past, the Chinese authorities could try to sentence him to a spell in prison or an exorbitant fine.“By employing such methods, the authorities are usually trying to legitimize the harassment that prevents the victims from continuing their former activities and undermines them psychologically and financially. The authorities also think that bringing charges of an economic nature will spare them protests by human rights activists in China or abroad.”Ai was arrested on 3 April at Beijing international airport as he was about to board a flight to Hong Kong. Eight of his employees were also briefly detained the same day at his studio in the northwestern Beijing district of Caochangdi and were questioned for several hours before being released.The police visited his studio several times during the week prior to his arrest. Ai was previously harassed by the authorities last November, above all in connection with his documentaries about corruption in the Beijing judicial system.Reporters Without Borders is also worried about the former Global Times reporter Wen Tao, who also disappeared on 3 April. Aged 38 and a native of Sichuan, Wen was last seen in the Beijing district of Caochangdi, where Ai’s studio is located.The organisation published a report on 3 March about house arrests, disappearances and other methods used by the Chinese authorities to persecute those who defend free speech.A total of 76 cyber-dissidents and 30 journalists are currently detained in China, which is ranked 171st out of 178 countries in the press freedom index that Reporters Without Borders released last October. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific center_img Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information News Organisation News June 22, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Dissident artist Ai Weiwei released conditionally after three months incommunicado to go furtherlast_img read more

Call for release of Garda report into Mayor’s crash

first_imgFacebook Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Print Advertisement Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email Linkedincenter_img NewsCall for release of Garda report into Mayor’s crashBy John Keogh – November 27, 2015 750 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSCllr Cian PrendivilleCllr Jerry O’DeaGarda commissionerlimerickLimerick City and County Council Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Cllr Cian Prendiville ANTI Austerity Alliance councillor Cian Prendiville says he will call on the Garda Commissioner to publish details of an internal Garda inquiry into an incident where Metropolitan Mayor Jerry O’Dea was allegedly found to be drink driving.The Limerick City North public representative, who is an AAA General Election candidate, also plans to approach other members of Limerick City and County Council to co-sign the letter to Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Prendiville made the comments after a motion he submitted to this week’s meeting of the local authority was ruled “out of order” and omitted from the agenda.The motion read: “I will move at the next meeting that Limerick City and County Council write to the Garda Commissioner asking them to publish the results of the recent inquiry into why there was no prosecution in relation to the high profile car crash in Limerick on December 11, 2014.”In the letter explaining why the motion was not permitted on the agenda, the council cited “concerns” from an unnamed legal advisor, stating that a “Garda investigation is currently underway”.“This report cannot be simply let to collect dust on a shelf. It should be made public, for all to see. There are strong allegations printed in the papers that a serious offence by a member of the political establishment was brushed under the carpet. We need the answers to these questions, and the AAA will keep pushing for this,” remarked Cllr Prendiville. Previous articleWater upgrade works on Dooradoyle Road a ‘fiasco’Next articleAbbeylock turned into a hellhole by young vandals John Keogh last_img read more