PH cyclists Aquino, Salamat fall short

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Mangrobang can finally get good night’s sleep after gold medal win Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gamescenter_img Aquino fell short to finish fourth in the men’s side, behind Mohd Harrif Saleh of Malaysia (59:34.77), Tanawut Sanikwhati of Thailand (59:34.79) and Mohd Zamri Saleh of Malaysia (59:34.88). SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses FILE PHOTO – Cyclist Marella Vania Salamat holds up the flag after winning a gold medal. RAFFY LERMAKUALA LUMPUR — Marella Vania Salamat tried to close in with tough, European-trained Thai rider but it backfired badly as she got pinned down in the mad dash to the finish out of the podium Monday in cycling criterium race.The last Southeast Asian Games champion in individual time trial was part of the 11-woman lead pack that charged to the finishing at Dataran Putrajaya all at the same time, one hour, two minutes and nine seconds.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games But it was Vietnam’s Thi Tat Nguyen, who took the gold, Ju Pha Som of Malaysia silver and Julatip Maneephan — the rider on Salamat’s crosshairs — bronze. Salamat was fourth.“The Thai rider is a very good sprinter,” Salamat said. “Unfortunately, my tactic of closely guarding her didn’t work as other riders saw it as an opportunity to attack.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutShe will still see action in the individual mass start on Wednesday. There is no ITT this SEA Games.Filipino rider Jerry Aquino also bombed out in the men’s action. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Cignal HD wins back-to-back D-League titles

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Jason Perkins. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCignal HD repulsed Centro Escolar University, 79-69, in Game 2 to complete a sweep in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Hawkeyes established control in the second quarter and took the 45-30 halftime lead, extending the advantage to 19, 69-50, after a Jonathan Uyloan trey with 7:20 to play.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Huelgas willing to represent PH ‘in a heartbeat’ in 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ CIGNAL HD 79 – Sumalinog 13, Arboleda 13, Uyloan 11, Perkins 8, Apinan 7, Bringas 6, Raymundo 6, Villarias 5, Sara 4, Batino 4, Cahilig 2.CEU 69 – Ebondo 20, Wamar 11, Guinitaran 9, Casiño 8, Aquino 7, Jeruta 7, Manlangit 4, Baconcon 3, Arim 0, Cruz 0, Intic 0, Saber 0, Uri 0.Quarters: 21-16, 45-30, 60-48, 79-69. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Cignal replicated its 78-56 Game 1 win last Tuesday despite missing the services of Conference MVP Raymar Jose, who is with Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.“Nobody expected us to win a championship. Our lineup has been a consistent revolving door, some guys come in and they have to adjust to our system right away, but again, it’s really the effort of the players who want to win the championship. I will not be able to do this if not for the players so credit to them,” said coach Boyet Fernandez, who established his legend as the winningest mentor in PBA D-League history with eight titles under his belt.The Hawkeyes became only the third franchise to win back-to-back titles in a season, after the NLEX Road Warriors and Phoenix Accelerators.Congolese big man Rod Ebondo reigned for CEU with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Orlan Wamar had 11 markers, four boards, and three assists.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Aaron Jeruta and Art Aquino tried to keep the Scorpions in the game, cutting the deficit to as low as eight, 75-67, after a JK Casiño layup in the last 29 seconds, but the comeback was just too late. Harold Arboleda iced the game from the charity stripe to secure Cignal’s second straight championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOping Sumalinog paced the balanced attack for the Hawkeyes with 13 points, eight rebounds, and four assists, while Arboleda also contributed 13 markers, eight boards, and four dimes.Uyloan also went 3-of-8 from beyond the arc to wound up with 11 points, while Jason Perkins did all the dirty work with eight markers, seven rebounds, and two assists. View commentslast_img read more

Brownlee, four other imports return for PBA Governors’ Cup

first_imgEl Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR With Marqus Blakely unavailable this conference, Star signed up big man Cinmeon Bowers.TNT is also trotting out hefty big man Michael Craig to help the team’s campaign this conference, while NLEX picked up stocky forward Aaron Fuller.GlobalPort went on a different route as it enlisted athletic forward Jabril Trawick, while Rain or Shine will bring in JD Weatherspoon.Blackwater got lengthy forward Trevis Simpson, while Chane Behanan completed the roster of imports as he will see action for Kia.The conference opens on July 19, Wednesday, at Smart Araneta Coliseum, with Kia facing NLEX in the curtain-raiser before Alaska takes on NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith Ginebra’s title retention bid on his mind, Justin Brownlee headlines the five returning imports who will see action in the upcoming 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup this June 19.Brownlee, whose buzzer beating triple in last season’s Game 6 lifted the Gin Kings to end the franchise’ eight-year title drought, is back in the fray for the crowd darlings in their title defense.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Seeking redemption, Allen Durham will also return for Meralco this season as he hopes to put last year’s runner-up finish behind.San Miguel will entrust its Grand Slam aspirations to Wendell McKines, who previously saw action for Alaska and Rain or Shine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPhoenix will have high-scoring Eugene Phelps for good after his one-game stint last Commissioner’s Cup, while Alaska is bringing back Buck Henton for the season-ending conference.The seven other teams, meanwhile, are set to parade new faces in the Governors’ Cup. MOST READ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Perez stars as Lyceum charges past JRU Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

TNT overcomes Alaska, Henton’s big game

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “The players just made the right plays and big plays,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela.Castro capped off his brilliant showing with a clutch triple that gave TNT a 107-103 edge with 35.8 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTNT overcame a monster effort by import LaDontae Henton, who had 42 points and 22 rebounds for Alaska, which blew a 95-82 lead with 7:01 remaining.Henton, however, missed a potential game-winning jumper as time ran out. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant PBA IMAGESTNT rose from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to stun Alaska, 107-106, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Jayson Castro just missed a triple-double with 23 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists for the KaTropa, who bounced back from a sorry loss to the San Miguel Beermen on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments Pacio sees potential title fight if victorious in ONE Macau tilt The Aces just couldn’t catch a break as their woes continued with their losing skid now at 12 games dating back to last conference.Calvin Abueva played his first game for Alaska since his mysterious disappearance and notched a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.Michael Craig Jr. led TNT, which hiked its record to 2-1, in scoring with 28 points while Roger Pogoy added 25 points.Alaska dropped to 0-4 this conference, joining Kia at the bottom of the standings.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

JRU fends off Mapua, finishes first round with 4th win

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ JRU 68 – Bordon 17, Mendoza 12, Grospe 11, Dela Virgen 11, Teodoro 7, Abdulrazak 5, Poutouochi 3, Mate 2, Sawat 0, David 0.MAPUA 59 – Buñag 15, Victoria 12, Gabo 8, Aguirre 8, Pelayo 6, Nieles 4, Raflores 4, Jimenez 2.Quarters: 19-16, 38-34, 49-42, 68-59. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ervin Grospe and MJ Dela Virgen also tallied 11 points and three rebounds each in the conquest.Despite the win, coach Vergel Meneses still expressed dissatisfaction with how his wards played against the cellar-dwelling Cardinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“A win is a win, but the way we played, I’m not happy about it,” he said. “They thought they can easily win against Mapua, but Mapua gave them a hard time.”JRU seemed like well on its way to an easy triumph after Ervin Grospe drilled a rare three-pointer to put his crew up, 64-45, midway in the payoff period. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Aaron Bordon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJose Rizal University gutted out a 68-59 victory over Mapua to finish the first round on a four-game tear Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Aaron Bordon was the one to step up this time for the Heavy Bombers, unleashing a career-best 17 points and four rebounds, while Jed Mendoza got 12 markers, five boards, and two assists.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES However, turnovers doomed the Heavy Bombers as Mapua cut the deficit down to just seven, 66-59, in the final minute, but Abdulwahab Abdulrazak scored on a huge putback in the dying seconds nail the win.“It’s a good thing that we converted after the three turnovers we had. But we’re not yet in the level of San Beda and Lyceum. I hope we can bring this winning run to the second round, but we can’t play like we did in the first round,” said Meneses.Abdulrazak also hauled down 21 rebounds to go with his five points in the game.Christian Buñag led Mapua with 15 points and 21 rebounds, while Laurenz Victoria had 12 markers and five boards in the loss, which was the Cardinals’ seventh straight defeat to finish the first round on a 1-8 card.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Pencak silat gives PH 24th gold, 3 more bronzes Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Climate change will sink island nations

first_imgImagine an island nation evacuating its entire population to another country.The world stares at such a situation if it does not take concrete action to combat climate change, a top UN official has warned.” Tuvalu, Maldives, Kiribati and Vanuatu are looking for ways to evacuate their entire population because of saltwater intrusion and rising sea levels,” Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said.She was addressing environment ministers from around the globe at the ongoing climate conference in Cancun.Figueres said: ” Sooner rather than later, island nations will have to seek refuge in other, higher lying countries.” The fate of these nations is a wake- up call for all nations, she added.The UN official cited the examples of floods in Pakistan, wildfires in Russia and the hottest summer in Japan to drive home the point that ” there will be worse impacts, and no country will be exempt”. Progress in climate change can be achieved only when countries move beyond ” the boundaries of short- term national interests” to put ” international climate policy firmly back on track”, Figueres said in an oblique reference to the near- deadlock in talks at Cancun.Addressing journalists after the session, UN secretary general Ban Ki- moon said: ” Nature is not waiting while we negotiate.” The big question, according to him, is how the world is going to meet the needs of nine billion people in 2050 and still reduce emissions by 50 per cent or more.He said he did not expect governments to reach an all- encompassing global agreement at Cancun, but progress needs to be made on financing, adaptation, technology transfer and forestry.advertisementA report released by the UN Environment Programme had identified gaps in carbon emission reductions. Global emissions should be around 44 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 10 years in order to keep global temperature rise below two degrees in another 30 years. The report says even if all the pledges made at the Copenhagen conference are met, the emissions might hit 49 gigatonnes. This would leave a gap of 5 gigatonnes that needs to be filled by greater action to reduce emissions.SUV GIANT HONOURS JAIRAMThe irony could not have been starker – a green award sponsored by an auto company known for its sports utility vehicles ( SUVs) for an environment minister critical of SUVs.Jairam Ramesh accepted NDTV Toyota Greenies Award 2010 during an award ceremony held in Delhi, joining the event through a live link.He was chosen for the special jury award and he had no hesitation in accepting the award sponsored by SUV maker Toyota, while speaking from Cancun where he is leading the Indian delegation in the ongoing climate change talks. President Pratibha Patil gave away the awards.Vikram Chandra, who hosted the show along with Priyanka Chopra, said: ” The jury felt that the minister has done extraordinary work to bring environment into the mainstream. He has often been a pain in the neck for other ministers, but I guess it is his job to do that.” In his acceptance speech, Ramesh said ” I am just doing my job and implementing the laws that Parliament has passed.”last_img read more

Santa on wheels

first_imgThe distance between Bangalore and Coorg is just over 200 km and barring a few stretches the road surface is quite good. So it’s not hard to imagine why us five drivers, who had been invited by Hyundai to drive the new Santa Fe SUV on that stretch, were stepping on it as often as we safely could.The superbly surfaced roads though weren’t the only reason for such enthusiasm. A lot of it was also generated by the 2.2-litre CRDi engine that lay under the bonnet of the SUV. You see, with 197 horses to get up to a full gallop and 412 Nm of peak torque, which is developed at a lowly 1800 rpm and then sustained till 2500 rpm, the Santa Fe is a pretty powerful vehicle. Not to mention it’s also a very refined unit, with hardly any of the vibrations one would associate with a diesel motor.The car gets an electrical variable geometry turbocharger (EVGT) and Hyundai says this improves low end torque, which, in turn, makes the vehicle quite driveable. Although it’s also available with an automatic transmission internationally, in India the Santa Fe gets a 6-speed manual transmission that works well. It has well sorted ratios and shift quality is good too–precise yet slick, and relatively short throw.To ensure that the Santa Fe is not just about the engine alone, Hyundai has worked on the chassis and suspension enough to give the vehicle a great combination of handling and ride quality. For an SUV, the Santa Fe handles quite well. Admittedly though one also feels the engine is a lot more powerful than what the chassis can handle. The overall effect though is confidence inspiring as this Korean feels planted at speeds and one can push the vehicle reasonably hard around bends too. Inside, the vehicle feels plush and build quality. The fit and finish of the interiors are of a high order. There is lots of room too, especially shoulder room, in this seven seater. The third row though is not of great use to adults. There is however small compensation in the form of AC vents for all three rows and blower controls for the middle as well as the final row of seats. As far as creature comforts go, there is also a 6-CD changer and steering mounted controls for it. One major oversight by Hyundai is the absence of Bluetooth connectivity, which becomes glaring in the light of the fact that the i10 now gets this feature in its top-of-the-line variant.At the end of the day, the Santa Fe is a decent looking vehicle, barring an oddly placed grab handle on the tailgate. It’s roomy with comfortable seats that provide sufficient support while allowing space enough to shift around a bit on long drives. Its middle row and last row seats fold flat in 60:40 and 50:50 ratios respectively, making the vehicle versatile. It is powerful and handles and rides well. Add to all this Hyundai’s widespread service and the Santa Fe looks poised to be a perfect alternative to the Fortuner for those looking for an SUV with a price tag of around Rs. 20 lakh.On the road: From Mumbai to Aamby ValleyOne of the closest, and yet good places to visit over a weekend around Mumbai has to be the hills around Lonavla. It’s about a 100-km drive and the roads leading to the place are equally enjoyable. Now, the road leading out of the metropolis isn’t exactly free of traffic, but once you get through the 40-odd km stretch leading to Navi Mumbai, things start getting pleasant. Once on the outskirts, you can either choose the old highway NH4 or the Expressway. The latter is not only shorter, but an experience in itself. Wide three-laned concrete roads on sides, no intersections and lovely scenery on the sides.It’s a toll road so you would have to shell out a tad under Rs. 100 one way to use it (and for roads leading up to it), but it’s certainly worth the money. The expressway also has a huge fuel station just short of Lonavla and it’s peppered with places to eat. Besides Lonavla itself, there’s also Aamby Valley that is worth visiting in the area. Once you arrive in Lonavla town there’s a well marked turn with clear directions towards Aamby Valley. The road itself is quite a pleasure to be on. It’s a narrow, windy road all the way up and is a delight for those who enjoy driving. It has decent protection on both sides (in most places); just in case one does get carried away. There are a few places en route worth a dekko. First, there’s the Bushy dam. The best time to visit Bushy is during monsoons thanks to a sumptuous waterfall that forms alongside the dam. Mid way from Lonavla to Aamby Valley is Lion’s Point. On a clear day, you can also spot the sole lake atop a hill. One needs prior permission to enter Aamby Valley but, it’s worth the extra effort to get it. The views inside are quite breathtaking.–Vikrant SinghHonda VFR1200fToday, the ideal superbike to buy in our country is the Honda CB1000R. It has everything you can ask for in a superbike–heart-stopping acceleration, vision blurring top speed and cornering finesse that can make you look like a MotoGP star. But mostly, its more upright seating, suppler ride and more relaxed power delivery compared to the likes of the Fireblade or the R1 make it wonderfully suited for India. Not anymore though, because Honda has launched the new VFR1200F in India recently.Now the VFR is a sports tourer. And it looks and feels the part immediately, courtesy its tall stance and relaxed seating. The seat itself is low and wide, the handlebar slightly tall and the footrests though rearset, aren’t exceptionally rearwards or high. For riding in winters, the VFR also sports heated grips. There’s loads of grip and feedback from all quarters and the bike is forgiving. Its highlight, however, is its drivetrain. The engine is a 172 bhp 1237 cc V4 unit.It has a mild note to it at idle, which gets throatier and more purposeful as the revs rise. The real hero of the VFR though is the new DCT or Dual Clutch Transmission, which works very well in Sports mode. The VFR is a brilliant combination of a tourer and a sports bike. It’s both torquey and free revving. And thanks to its size it might not be a great everyday commute machine, but as a superbike for India, it’s near perfect.–Vikrant SinghColumn Courtesy: Auto Bild Indiaadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

The Netherlands squad

first_imgInterestingly, IPL Kolkata team bought Dutch all-rounder Ryan Ten Doeschate for $150,000 at IPL auction in Bangalore. Considering this he would be a must watch at the World Cup.The Netherlands captain Peter Borren had batted alongside Kiwis Ross Taylor and Jesse Ryder during the Under-19 World Cup in 2001-02. That experience will come in handy when he takes the field during the World Cup.Squad: Peter Borren (captain), Wesley Baressi (wk), Mudassar Bukhari, Atse Buurman, Tom Cooper, Tom de Grooth, Alexei Kervezee, Bradley Kruger, Bernard Loots, Adeel Raja, Pieter Seelaar, Eric Swarczynski, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Berend Westdijk, Bas Zuiderent. Reserves: Tom Heggleman, Andrew Hoogstraten, Muhammad Kashiflast_img