Orville Higgins | Who will win the upcoming WICB presidency?

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first_imgIt seems that the entire region is talking about the upcoming election for the presidency of the West Indies Cricket Board. The incumbent Dave Cameron must have thought, he wouldn’t be challenged until out of the blue, came former West Indies manager and well-known political figure from the eastern Caribbean, Ricky Skerritt. As it stands now, Skerritt has the backing of Trinidad and Tobago and the Leeward Islands while Cameron was nominated by Jamaica, Barbados, the Windward Islands, and Guyana. After the nominations were in it seemed fairly straightforward. With each territory having two votes, it appeared that Cameron would get eight votes while Skerritt would secure the other four. So up to a few days ago it appeared a foregone conclusion that Cameron would be back for his third term, and then came the statement from the president of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), Billy Heaven, that has thrown a huge spanner in the works. Speaking a few days after being given another mandate, Heaven made it clear that it was not automatic that the JCA votes would go to Cameron. He said that the JCA would not be voting along nationality lines and that the votes from his organisation would go to the candidate with the better message. That has sent shockwaves reverberating around the region. All of a sudden, Cameron is no longer an apparent shoo in for his third term. This of course begs the question. Why would the JCA nominate Cameron and then not be prepared to automatically vote for him? What would be the point of that? Did something change in between the nomination and that speech by president Heaven? Change of heart? Is there a case that the JCA had a change of heart? If so, what could that be? Are personal feelings taking precedence over professional considerations? If the nominations elsewhere hold true, and are really indicative of what the voting patterns will be, then Cameron is assured of eight votes, Skerritt will be guaranteed four, and the Jamaican votes will be the real battleground for both candidates. It now seems certain that if Jamaica supports Cameron then his third term is a given. If not, we could well see a split vote of each on the 28th of this month. A split vote would see both contenders leaving the room and trying to woo voters their way. At that stage, it’s anybody’s game. None of the two camps would like that, It is an interesting irony that it is his own countrymen that appear to have the destiny of Cameron in their hands. It is an open secret that some members of the JCA were not necessarily supporting Cameron when he was challenged by Joel Garner out of Barbados a few years ago. It took some political nudgings to give Cameron the Jamaican votes which ultimately proved decisive. Will that be the case this time? Will a different political breeze blow with the same effect? When Cameron defeated Julian Hunte the first time he faced the cricket electorate, he won 7-5. Clearly then, one territory voted for two candidates then. Will that be the same this time? Cameron is in the driver’s seat at the moment, but between now and the 28th, there will be many discussions behind the scenes as the attempt is made “to win friends and influence people.” Interesting times are ahead.last_img read more

Patterson wants regular FWWC berth

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first_imgGRENOBLE, France: Twenty-five-year-old Jamaican international Toriana Patterson said that having experienced a taste of football at the highest level, Jamaica’s woman footballers are more determined than ever to ensure that FIFA Women’s World Cup (FWWC) qualification becomes more a norm than an anomaly. Jamaica became the first Caribbean country to qualify for the marquee event when they finished third at the Concacaf Women’s Championships last October, a major turnaround for a programme that had been shelved several years earlier before being rescued through financial support from Cedella Marley, daughter of iconic Jamaican musician Bob Marley. The island’s results have not gone to hopes, with the Girlz losing 3-0 to Brazil in their opening game of the competition before Italy put five unanswered goals past them in their second match. They will face Australia today in their final group game, which is likely to bring an end to their first campaign at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. HIGHEST LEVEL OF COMPETITION However, Patterson, who plays club football in Italy with FC Bari 1908 Pink, is hoping that the country will return to this stage in four years’ time at the next FWWC, which is set for 2023. “This is the highest level of competition, so it’s good to be here, good to see everything happening here, and good to experience everything. It’s only going to make us into better players, so it’s all positive things,” Patterson told The Gleaner ahead of yesterday’s training session at the Stade Eugene Thenard. “It has been a little disappointing with the results, but for Jamaica, for us, it’s important that we are on stages like this – and not once every 20 years or whatever it may be,” Patterson said. “Every few months, we need to be together competing in whatever tournaments are out there because, like I said before, this is the highest level of competition, and this is where we all want to be on a regular basis. “We are the youngest team here among all the teams so the future is really bright for us. If we keep getting opportunities and qualifying for tournaments like this, it’s going to be really great,” she added. The New York-born striker shared that on a personal level, she has taken much from her time here in France and is certain that the experience will add significant value to her development as a player. “In terms of what I have taken from this competition, technically is probably the biggest things, and also just tactically. Just watching some of these players, their awareness, focus, movement on and off the ball, professionalism – all of it is just pretty incredible to see, so even at 25, I guess I am one of the older players on this team, but I still have so much to learn, so I always look for ways to grow as a player,” said Patterson. andre.lowe@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Dalton Myers | A host of problems – Why Jamaica ­cannot stage a major ­multisport event any time soon

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first_imgThe 2019 Pan American Games have just concluded in Lima, Peru, and apart from the weather conditions and the constant traffic, overall, the event was a success for the people of Lima. I’m sure the Pan Am Sports Organisation is happy about the execution. The Peruvian capital did a great job and delivered as expected for the 6,600 athletes from 41 nations present. Jamaica also had record performances in terms of medals, which augurs well for our sport programme’s future. My only hope is that the newly build state-of-the-art aquatics facility, other sporting venues, and the athletes’ village, along with the other aspects of their legacy projects, will benefit the people of Peru and not become wasted resources, as has happened with many previous cities that have hosted major sporting events. Since my return to Jamaica, there are persons who have raised the old question of whether we could host such an event or something smaller. A friend of mine noted that we already have some facilities in place and that only minor upgrades would be needed. I disagree and have long believed that we are just not ready for any major sporting events, especially multisport ones. I know that we look over the fence at our regional neighbours Trinidad and Tobago, which have been awarded the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games, or up north to the Bahamas, which hosted the 2017 edition, and believe that we could do it, too. However, I think that to host any major event, there are some low-hanging fruit that we would have to deal with. TRANSPORTATION WOES First, for some major events, we would need to have a good transportation network or, in some cases, a ‘games lane’ for accredited vehicles exclusively. These lanes would need to link sporting facilities with the athletes’ village, etc. With our traffic-management issues, in the main cities, we would struggle to isolate any space, but this is something to examine. We already have taxi issues compounded by irresponsible drivers who make a mockery of road and traffic legislations. There are way more vehicles in Jamaica now compared to when we hosted the last major sporting event, so a lot has changed. There is always talk of legacy projects, and while some countries have had success here, for most, that hasn’t been the case. We would need to look at developing infrastructure that could be really beneficial to the people of Jamaica. Successive Jamaican governments have spoken about upgrading facilities. I think that is crucial right now; however, with so many of our sporting facilities in a poor state, there needs to be an overall strategy for developing and maintaining them. I believe that we could start with the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport. The facility needs to be a key part of our strategy for sports moving forward. Since it is a government-owned facility, investment in the physical plant and residential space could be beneficial. Yes, there are always complaints about the distance, but that in itself is relative when you compare it with other sporting events, where journeys of up to an hour can be the norm between the athletes’ village and other important venues. We have the athletes, officials, and professionals needed to host an event. What we need are better facilities and greater investment in sport. We would need financing from the public purse, along with other public-private partnerships, to make this happen. We would need special legislation, with Government becoming more diligent in ensuring that this new legislation is enforced. The biggest problem we face, though, is indiscipline – on the roads, at sporting events, etc. I remember being a volunteer during the early editions of the Caribbean Premier League, and it was chaos to get patrons to abide by the rules regarding beverages and branding. Of course, a lot of this can be addressed through education, marketing and public relations. In the end, one of the lessons I learnt from the Peru experience is that while pisco sour and ceviche are awesome, it is the volunteers and assistants who can make any games a success or failure. Jamaicans are amazing people and great hosts, so this would be a plus if we decided to host an event. The overall challenges are prohibitive, though not insurmountable. A long-term development plan, and not simply a committee, is needed to guide how we will approach this. Dalton Myers is a sports consultant and administrator. Email feedback to daltonsmyers@gmail.com or tweet @daltonsmyers.last_img read more

Top guns set for Carifta showdown

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first_imgTHE TOP Under-17 and Under-20 athletes will be hunting places on the country’s team to next month’s Carifta Games, which is scheduled to be held in Hamilton, Bermuda, between April 10 and 13.Today’s opening day of competition at the National Stadium will see eight field-event finals taking place, while, on the track, there will be preliminary-round action in the 100m, 400m, and 1,500m among males and females in both age groups.The first event of the day will get underway at 4:30 p.m. in the field, where the Under-17 and Under-20 girls will battle in the shot put. The other six field finals are the long jump for Under-20 girls and high jump for Under-17 boys, which start at 5 p.m.; the shot put for Under-17 boys (5:05 p.m.); the shot put for Under-20 boys at 6:15 p.m.; and the high jump for Under-17 girls and long jump for Under-20 boys, closing the show at 6:30 p.m. First track event The first track event of the day will begin at 5 p.m., the preliminary round of the girls’ Under-17 400 metres, which will have the likes of Hydel’s Aaliyah Baker, Holmwood’s Rickiann Russell, and Edwin Allen’s Kacian Powell as its main contenders.Defending Champs Class Two 400-metre champion Tahj Hamm of Holmwood Technical, who has a season’s best 47.80 seconds, will lead the Under-17 male group, where Richard Nelson of Clarendon College and Derrick Grant of Ferncourt, with season’s best times of 48.57 and 49.01 seconds, respectively, will also be hoping for good results.The preliminary round of the girls’ Under-20 one-lap event will get underway at 5:30 p.m., but it is the boys’ equivalent 15 minutes later that will attract the most attention, with Calabar’s Evaldo Whitehorne, Excelsior’s Demar Francis, Kingston College’s Tyrees Grant, and the Vere Technical pair of Deandre Anderson and Tyrece Taylor all down to contest what should be a fiercely competitive event.Edwin Allen’s ace sprinter, Kevona Davis, will also be in action today in the first round of the girls’ Under-20 100 metres, starting at 7:25 p.m.This will be her second time competing in the event this season after opening up at the Ben Francis Invitational Meet in 12.08 seconds while running against heavy winds.Her teammate, the vastly improved Brandy Hall; Excelsior’s Ackera Nugent; and Holmwood’s Sasheika Steele are all entered here and should give a good account of themselves.Edwin Allen twins Tia and Tina Clayton are on a collision course to meet for the first time this season, as both will be involved in the preliminary round of the girls’ Under-17 100m event, along with teammate Serena Cole. The event will get underway at 6:50 p.m.Racers Track Club’s Oblique Seville will be the top male in action today when he lines up in the heats of the boys’ Under-20 100 metres, which start at 7:40 p.m.Seville, who has a personal best of 10.13 seconds, is the defending Carifta Games champion in the event.SCHEDULETRACK EVENTS5:00 P.M. 400m HEATS GIRLS UNDER 175:15 P.M. 400m HEATS BOYS UNDER 175:30 P.M. 400m HEATS GIRLS UNDER 205:45 P.M. 400m HEATS BOYS UNDER 206:00 P.M. 1500m HEATS GIRLS UNDER 176:15 P.M. 1500m HEATS BOYS UNDER 176:30 P.M. 1500m HEATS GIRLS UNDER 206:45 P.M. 1500m HEATS BOYS UNDER 206:50 P.M 100m HEATS GIRLS UNDER 177:10 P.M. 100m HEATS BOYS UNDER 177:25 P.M. 100m HEATS GIRLS UNDER 207:40 P.M. 100m HEATS BOYS UNDER 20FIELD EVENTS4:30 P.M. SHOT PUT GIRLS UNDER 174:30 P.M. SHOT PUT GIRLS UNDER 205:00 P.M. LONG JUMP GIRLS UNDER 205:00 P.M. HIGH JUMP BOYS UNDER 175:05 P.M. SHOT PUT BOYS UNDER 176:30 P.M. HIGH JUMP GIRLS UNDER 176:30 P.M. LONG JUMP BOYS UNDER 206:15 P.M. SHOP PUT BOYS UNDER 20last_img read more

Brighton player has COVID-19

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first_img(AP):THE ENGLISH Premier League’s (EPL) challenge of resuming during the coronavirus pandemic was underscored yesterday when Brighton announced a player had tested positive just as clubs prepare for more talks on how they can create safe conditions to play again.Brighton Chief Executive Paul Barber said the club’s COVID-19 case was “a concern,” with players still only training individually at the club. It reinforces how players could potentially spread the coronavirus if the government approves the reintroduction of group training and lifts the shutdown of sports that has been in place since March.The 20 Premier League clubs are due to hold a conference call today after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses the nation on Sunday night setting out the stages for lifting the lockdown. The government has said it wants to see the return of the EPL to “lift the spirits of the nation”. Even though fans will not be allowed in stadiums, the league’s ‘Project Restart’ faces resistance from clubs who will not approve plans to use neutral venues. Watford claim to now be among at least six clubs insistent on being allowed to play at home – including Brighton – despite police saying that is not feasible. Brighton have not named the player who was informed Saturday of his positive coronavirus test. There is no need for other members of the squad or coaches to self-isolate because players have only worked in isolation when at the training base, the south-coast club told The Associated Press. Brighton said three players have now had the coronavirus, having announced the first diagnosis in March. Government social-distancing regulations prevent players training together.“One of the things we’ve asked the Premier League for is a complete plan of all of the stages of returning to play,” Barber told broadcaster Sky Sports yesterday. “First, we need to get players back training in small groups, then they need to get involved in some contact training, and then training for a match before the match itself.“So there are lots of stages, it’s very complex, and there are people at the Premier League working very hard to produce detailed paperwork to move through those stages as safely as possible.”Brighton are only two points clear of the relegation zone with nine games remaining, so do not want to give away home advantage for five of those fixtures, which include leaders Liverpool and defending champions Manchester City due to visit the Amex Stadium.last_img read more

WI eye win after bowlers force England collapse

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first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, England (CMC):Speedsters Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph rocked England in the final session with fiery spells as the hosts collapsed spectacularly losing five wickets for 30 runs in a nightmare 75-ball period, to leave West Indies with an excellent chance of winning the opening Test.Cruising at 249 for three late on the penultimate day with Zak Crawley and captain Ben Stokes well entrenched, England suddenly lost their way in the face of Gabriel and Joseph’s hostility, and limped to the close on 284 for eight – a lead of 170 runs heading into today’s pivotal final day at the Ageas Bowl.Gabriel finished with three for 62, while Joseph claimed two for 40 to rescue a day, which seemed headed England’s way from the outset.Part-time off-spinner Roston Chase had earlier taken two for 71, his wickets coming in the first and second sessions respectively.Zak Crawley, in only his fifth Test, top-scored with a career-best 76, while opener Dom Sibley chipped in with exactly 50 – his second half-century in his seventh Test.For the second time in the match, Stokes got a start but failed to carry on when he perished for 46, while opener Rory Burns hit 42 in a 72-run opening stand with Sibley, which got England away to an excellent start once they resumed on 15 without loss.Having won the first session to be 79 for one at lunch and also dominated the second to be 168 for three at tea, England seemed poised to bat West Indies out of the game in the final session, especially with Crawley and Stokes taking control. The 22-year-old Crawley, unbeaten on 38 at tea, struck eight fours off 127 balls while the left-handed Stokes, yet to score at the final interval, faced 79 deliveries and blasted six fours.Boundaries flowed at the start of the final session, Crawley punching Chase to the ropes at cover to move into the 40s before collecting two more fours through point in the bowler’s next over – the first a cut and the second a reverse sweep – to bring up his second Test fifty. BOWLING INEFFECTIVE Chase, bowling in tandem with part-time off-spinner Kraigg Brathwaite, proved ineffective and even when Gabriel and the wicket-less Kemar Roach were handed the second new ball after 11 overs, there was no immediate success for West Indies.But captain Jason Holder quickly rung the changes, introducing himself for Gabriel and struck in his second over, removing Stokes to a catch by Shai Hope at the first of two gullies, the left-hander sparring at a widish ball that lifted.Stokes’ dismissal opened the floodgates for West Indies and the tide of the game shifted. In the following over, Crawley chipped a return catch to Joseph and Jos Buttler perished four overs later, bowled off the inside edge to Joseph for nine after being reprieved by DRS in the previous over when he was adjudged lbw to Holder.With England reeling on 265 for six and just under half-hour left in the day, Holder summoned Gabriel again and he provided two key strikes in the second over of his new spell. SCOREBOARD ENGLAND 1st Innings 204WEST INDIES 1st Innings 318ENGLAND 2nd Innings(overnight 15 without loss)R Burns c Campbell b Chase 42D Sibley c wkp Dowrich b Gabriel 50J Denly c Holder b Chase 29Z Crawley c and b Joseph 76*B Stokes c Hope b Holder 46O Pope b Gabriel 12+J Buttler b Joseph 9D Bess b Gabriel 3J Archer not out 5M Wood not out 1Extras (lb9, nb2) 11TOTAL (8 wkts, 104 overs) 284To bat: J Anderson.Fall of wickets: 1-72 (Burns), 2-113 (Sibley), 3-151 (Denly), 4-249 (Stokes), 5-253 (Crawley), 6-265 (Buttler), 7-278 (Bess), 8-279 (Pope)Bowling: Roach 22-8-50-0, Gabriel 18-3-62-3, Holder 20-8-43-1, Chase 25-6-71-2, Joseph 16-2-40-2, Brathwaite 3-0-9-0.Position: England lead by 170 runs with two second innings wickets remaining.Toss: England.Umpires: Richard Kettleborough, Richard Illingworth; TV – Michael Goughlast_img read more

A Storm To Hit The Women’s Cricket Super League

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first_imgWestern Storm Surrey County Cricket Club Yorkshire County Cricket Club Loughborough University Host Details Loughborough Lightning Team Name Yorkshire Diamonds Southern Viperscenter_img Somerset County Cricket Club, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, University of Exeter Lancashire County Cricket Board with partners The Western Storm will be one of the six sides taking part in the round-robin Twenty20 competition this summer which will see 90 of the most talented female players from England and across the world competing in this ground breaking tournament.The competition will run from Saturday, July 30th to Sunday, August 14th and will feature 15 group matches in 16 days, all culminating with Finals Day on Sunday, August 21st at the Essex County Ground, Chelmsford.During this competition, Western Storm will play one game at the Bristol County Ground, against Surrey Stars, on Sunday, August 7th.The complete list of teams is as follows: Lancashire Thunder Hampshire Cricket with partners The Western Storm will make their competitive debut on Sunday, July 31st when they welcome Lancashire Thunder to the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton. The team’s full list of fixtures is as follows:Sunday, July 31st – Western Storm v Lancashire Thunder at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.Friday, August 5th – Loughborough Lightning v Western Storm at Haselgrave.Sunday, August 7th – Western Storm v Surrey Stars at the Bristol County Ground.Friday, August 12th – Western Storm v Southern Vipers at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton. Sunday, August 14th – Yorkshire Diamonds v Western Storm at Headingley .ECB Director of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said: “Today represents another huge step towards delivering our vision of creating a dynamic, inspirational and high quality domestic women’s game in England.  The fixture list includes some exciting prospects, and it is excellent news that Western Storm will host three of their matches – against Lancashire Thunder, Surrey Stars and Southern Vipers – at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton and Bristol County Ground.“This time last year the Women’s Cricket Super League was simply a concept, and now we have six exciting new teams, some innovative partnerships and a fixture list that includes at least 11 matches being played at seven different First Class grounds across the country.“As each stage of the process unfolds, we keep striving to push new boundaries.  We are now looking forward to working with Western Storm and the other five teams over the next few weeks to reveal their kits, colours and brands, as well as the central competition logo and branding.”Following the announcement of the team name Somerset CCC CEO Guy Lavender said: “It has been a big week for the team.  Yesterday we announced the appointment of the General Manager and the Head Coach and now we have revealed the name.  This landmark tournament is tremendously important for the women’s game in this country and I am delighted that we are part of the consortium for the South West.  I have no doubt that the Western Storm will be at the forefront of this new revolution in the women’s game.”The key aims of the Women’s Cricket Super League include the development of ever higher standards for the England women’s team with greater competition for places, alongside inspiring more women and girls to play cricket at all levels.  It will offer new opportunities, a new narrative for the game and new role models, as well as a network of six new teams linked to their communities.The six selected hosts provide a strong geographical spread and encompass diverse partnership working from across the cricket and educational landscapes.  In total, seven First Class counties, five Non-First Class counties and three universities are involved, creating a collaborative, imaginative and wide-ranging project.  The Women’s Cricket Super League will expand from only including Twenty20 cricket in 2016 to incorporating both T20 and 50-over formats in future seasons.  All six teams have been awarded hosting rights for a four-year period from 2016-2019 inclusive. Surrey Starslast_img read more

Report: Bristol Flyers 67-75 Glasgow Rocks

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first_imgDespite a monster 19 points 15 rebound performance from Daniel Edozie, Flyers lost to the visiting Glasgow Rocks 67-75.Fresh off a home win against the Sheffield Sharks, Bristol Flyers hosted the fifth-placed Glasgow Rocks at the SGS WISE Arena. With six games remaining in a jam-packed month, Flyers were hoping to secure back-to-back wins at home for the first time this season. The ball went up for the opening possession and Glasgow went straight to work, driving and dishing for an open three-pointer. Bristol came back with intent, but failed to score, turning the ball over, allowing Rocks to get into the open floor for the easy layup. Flyers just could not buy a bucket, going for almost six minutes without a score.Greg Streete broke the Flyers’ duck, splitting the defence and drawing the foul, and netting both free throws. Both teams shot poorly, and by the end of a defensive first quarter, Bristol were trailing 6-10.Glasgow came into the second posting up Andre Stephens for a two, but Cardell McFarland responded with a running tear drop lay up in the lane. The visiting Rocks stepped it up defensively, denying the passing lanes. The defence caused Flyers to take up a lot of the shot clock to get to their spots, ultimately rushing their offence. Recognising the emphasis on the passing lanes, McFarland drove hard to the basket converting on an and-1.Both squads continued to shoot a low percentage from the field. Extra possessions were key and rebounds became vital, with Edozie grabbing nine rebounds in the first half alone. Despite the extra possessions, Bristol allowed Glasgow to put together a quick run to close the half 23-36. Trailing by 13 to start the second half, Bristol went aggressively into the post, getting production from Edozie. The big man gobbled up another rebound and completed a three-point-play. Though Flyers attacked the hoop from the post, Rocks stretched the floor with long jumpers. Notably Glasgow centre Kieron Archara, showing his range with a deep three-pointer. But Edozie would answer again, completing another and-1, scoring in transition, then getting back quickly to block the next Glasgow shot.  The heroics inside led Bristol back into the game, only trailing 52-57 going into the fourth. Flyers came into the fourth quarter with energy, Edozie again snatching a rebound out of the air and stuffing it with a slam dunk. The crowd woke up with a roar. Flyers bench waving their arms, beckoning the crowd after every score.Rocks responded by turning up the heat defensively, goading Flyers into isolation plays. Timely scores and tough defence enabled Glasgow to keep their slender lead. In the final moments of the game, Tyrone Lee had a chance to close the deficit to just three points but Lee missed a heavily contested lay up. In the clutch, Glasgow back up the floor and scored a three-pointer that effectively sealed Bristol’s fate.  The comeback had fallen short, the buzzer sounded and the game finished 67-75.last_img read more

Video: Irish praises first half display at Sardis Road

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first_imgThe Academy forwards coach also praised the impact of the Academy players involved, including debutant Aaron Chapman. Subscribe to Bristol Rugby TV by clicking here.last_img