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PH Volcanoes off to hot start in SEA Games

first_imgLATEST STORIES KUALA LUMPUR — As expected the Philippine men’s rugby 7s team opened up with an explosive start after scoring two easy wins in the Southeast Asian Games Saturday at Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya Stadium, Kelana Jaya here.Champions in the sport’s maiden staging in 2015 Singapore edition, the Volcanoes drubbed Indonesia, 47-5, before demolishing Cambodia, 47-7.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village They are to face Malaysia late Saturday before taking on Singapore and Thailand on Sunday in a bid to once again sweep the competition all the way to the gold medal.Last year’s bronze medalist Lady Volcanoes weren’t as lucky as they bowed to Thailand, 32-0, in the opening match of the women’s division.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 shutout SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief McIlroy confirms he’ll return for FedEx Cup opener UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games03:07PH 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’ boss Read Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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England 167-3 at stumps on Day 2

first_imgAlastair Cook continued his series domination of the Australian bowlers, scoring an unbeaten 61 on Tuesday and sharing important partnerships with Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen as England cut the first-innings deficit to 113 runs on day two of the fifth Ashes Test.England, who have already retained the Ashes with a 2-1 lead coming into the last match, is well poised to claim its first Test series win in Australia since 1987.Cook played the anchor role in a 98-run opening stand with skipper Strauss, who blazed 60 from 58 balls, and then combined with No. 4 Pietersen (36) for 66 runs after England lost two wickets for one run before recovering to 167-3 at stumps in reply to Australia’s 280.Johnson, who top scored for Australia with 53 and shared a defiant 76-run rearguard stand with No. 10 Ben Hilfenhaus, removed Jonathan Trott and Pietersen to return figures of 2-42 in 12 overs.Cook, who is chasing his third century of the series and has already scored more than 640 runs, got a lucky reprieve on 46 when he miscued a catch to mid-on that appeared to give rookie left-arm spinner Michael Beer his first Test wicket. But umpire Billy Bowden referred the decision, suspecting a no-ball, which was confirmed by the video umpire.Earlier, Strauss raced to 50 with a slashing boundary wide of slips and was in fine touch with eight boundaries and a six before he was bowled by Hilfenhaus with a ball that pitched outside off stump and straightened.England slipped to 99-2 next over when Trott played on to Johnson, falling for his first ever duck in Test cricket.advertisementPietersen, who was loudly booed as he walked to the crease, turned his first ball for four.He then belted Beer’s first ball in Test cricket for a boundary and then almost played onto his stumps in a tempestuous innings before he was finally out attempting a hook against Johnson and directing it straight to Beer at deep backward square.Night watchman Jimmy Anderson survived 20 minutes and was unbeaten on one at stumps.Conditions were overcast for most of the day, but there was no repeat of the rain and bad light that interrupted the opening day.Anderson thrived in overcast conditions conducive to swing before the sun started to emerge, drying out the pitch and the outfield at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Australia resumed Tuesday at 134-4 – in an extended first session after 31 overs were lost on day one due to rain and bad light – and was in danger of another sub-200 first innings at 8-189 before Johnson and Hilfenhaus combined for the best partnership of the innings.Anderson finished off the tailend revival when Hilfenhaus swiped at a short-pitch ball and Matthew Prior took an acrobatic, leaping caught behind.After losing four wickets for 46 runs, the last two Australian wickets added 91 runs to restore some hope for Australia, which is desperate to level the series at 2-2 after England ensured it will retain the Ashes with an emphatic win last week in the fourth Test at Melbourne.Johnson dominated an entertaining partnership with Hilfenhaus before he was out for 53, bowled by a Tim Bresnan inswinger.The 10th-wicket pair belted 16 in three balls after lunch, delighting the SCG crowd, with Hilfenhaus driving Bresnan over the mid-wicket boundary on the last ball of one over and Johnson swiping Swann’s first two balls in the next over for four and six through the same area.last_img read more

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City learning to ‘suffer’ as they scrape through latest Lyon test

first_imgPep Guardiola has said his Manchester City side might need to suffer if they are to make the leap and win the Champions League, and in that sense Lyon have done the Premier League champions a huge favour twice this season.They have made Guardiola’s men suffer for 180 minutes, recording a win and a draw that has ultimately not jeopardised City’s chances of reaching the knock-out phases, but which will give the Blues plenty to ponder as they progress in the competition.City’s 2-2 draw at the Groupama Stadium on Tuesday night secured qualification, which will provide as much relief as it will joy given they lost their opening game to this very side back in September.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Yet if City think they got out of the woods by twice pegging back the fearless French side, they will be in for a rude awakening come the last 16 and beyond. Having lost to Lyon at the Etihad Stadium to Lyon in September, Guardiola said his players needed more bruising encounters to get them used to life against the big boys, the teams who will take the game to them. “Maybe we need to live a [difficult] moment in the competition,” he said. “The last two seasons when I’m here we qualified quite comfortably. Maybe you have to suffer in the group stage to realise and make a step forward.”As Lyon attacked City relentlessly on Tuesday night, fans and pundits alike mused that this is what Premier League teams need to do more often. That ignores the fact that most Premier League teams are simply not built to do that, neither in terms of quality or mentality. Aymeric Laporte Manchester City Lyon Champions League 27112018But across Europe there are several sides built exactly like that, who will play their own game against Guardiola’s men. Teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool and perhaps Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain, teams that City will have to face at some point if they are to win this competition.The elite clubs may not be quite at their best at the moment, and City may be outdoing them in terms of league performances, but, as Lyon have proven twice now, form can count for nothing when it comes to one-off meetings.Does it matter that Lyon are second in Ligue 1 and miles behind PSG if they leave Memphis Depay, Nabil Fekir and Maxwel Cornet up front against City’s back three when the Blues have the ball, and push another two players up into the forward line when Lyon are attacking?It is that kind of bravery, blended with their quality, that has troubled City so consistently across their two meetings, and there will be more of that to come next year.City have been without Kevin De Bruyne for both games against Lyon, it should be pointed out, though while his inclusion would no doubt improve his side, he cannot be expected to combat all of the problems that the big sides will pose.In De Bruyne’s absence on Tuesday it was hoped and expected that youngster Phil Foden would start, although given how the game panned out Guardiola could argue he was sparing the 18-year-old a baptism of fire.Sergio Aguero Manchester City Lyon Champions League 27112018Yet with three of the senior players ahead of him all ruled out through injury, and with Guardiola having said he is “definitely” ready for a game of this stature, Foden may well wonder when he will get the chance to show he can indeed handle the pressure.Seeing the game pan out as it did, however, that is a mere footnote. Top of the agenda will be City’s ability, or otherwise, to handle Europe’s most dangerous sides.There are positives, of course. Maybe the suffering has already had an effect; Guardiola wants and needs to see an improvement from his players when they are faced with adversity, and the fact they twice hit back to equalise here bodes well.Then again, none of this will come as much of a surprise to Guardiola, who does not believe that his side are ready to win the Champions League, in terms of the stature of the club.But any outside observer will rightly expect this team of talented, motivated and intelligent footballers to make a serious challenge this season.If they are to do that they will have to come through more testing nights like this. There will be more suffering to come. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Bangladesh in ICC Champions Trophy semi-finals. How did they get that far?

first_imgBangladesh are one win away from their first final in a major tournament but whatever the outcome of their Champions Trophy semi-final against India on Thursday, it is clear the country’s long struggle in the game is now bearing fruit.Bangladesh qualified for this year’s eight-nation Champions Trophy, having missed out on the last two editions, thanks to their improving fortunes in the one-day game combined with the decline of West Indies cricket.Although still viewed until recently by many as “minnows”, it should not be surprising that Bangladesh, who reached the last four thanks to an impressive win over New Zealand, are now among the elite teams in the shorter forms of the game.The country has plenty of talent to choose from with a population of 160 million which is lower only than India and Pakistan among test-playing nations.Cricket is the national sport and has deep roots with the Dhaka Premier League having begun in 1974, three years after the country’s bloody war of independence from Pakistan – but it has been a long grind to get to their current level.”I think everyone has contributed to what we are today. The whole nation will be with us as they were in our desperate times and good times,” Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said after the victory over New Zealand.By 1979, still dealing with many issues of post-war reconstruction, Bangladesh entered their first international tournament, the ICC Trophy in England, a tournament designed for the non-test playing nations in which they lost to Canada and Denmark.advertisementSteady progress enabled Bangladesh to win the ICC Trophy in 1997 and two years later they played in the full World Cup where they pulled off a famous victory over Pakistan.In 2000, the country entered cricket’s elite, becoming a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and hosting their first test match, against India in Dhaka.The step-up in competition was tough, from 1999 to 2004 the side lost 71 of 72 completed matches, but by the mid-2000’s Bangladesh were starting to show signs of promise.In the three-nation NatWest Series in 2005, they beat Australia at Cardiff and two years later enjoyed wins over India and South Africa in the 2007 World Cup.Bangladesh have now claimed victories in one-day cricket against all the top nations, although their test record is poorer with just nine wins in 100 tests.Two years ago in the World Cup, they beat and finished above England in their group to reach the quarter-finals, where they lost to Thursday’s opponents India.It is a big ask for the Tigers to overcome the sub-continent’s dominant nation and reach that first final but the 224-run partnership between Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan in the five-wicket win over the Kiwis showed they have the players capable of producing an upset.last_img read more

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Big Time Battle For Final Four

first_imgMarch 28 games will decide half the Final Four, and the big boys have pushed the Cinderellas off the dance floor.Arizona and Wisconsin are back in Southern California fighting for a Final Four berth again. In Cleveland, Notre Dame takes on the biggest heavyweight college basketball has seen in decades, and Kentucky is favored to keep its undefeated season going and deny the Fighting Irish their first Final Four trip since 1978.The first game features Pac-12 champs (regular season and tournament) against the Big Ten champs (regular season and tournament) in a rematch of last year’s West Regional final.In that game, second-seeded Wisconsin beat top-seeded Arizona 64-63 in overtime. This year the seedings are reversed, and plenty of players are back from both teams.“They made one more play in overtime than we did,” Arizona’s Gabe York said. “That was a crazy, crazy scenario. There were only 2 seconds left and it took them about 15 minutes for those 2 seconds to end.”The Badgers (34-3) advanced with a win over North Carolina, while Arizona (34-3) beat Xavier in the Sweet 16.“Obviously, it’s icing on the cake that we get to play Wisconsin in the Elite Eight and have a chance to go to the Final Four,” York said. “We’re extra amped.”The late game features the tournament champs of the ACC — the best conference in this tournament — against the undefeated SEC champion.The talk of the tournament has been dominated by Kentucky’s run at a perfect season. The Wildcats (37-0) dismantled West Virginia in the Midwest Regional semifinal. Notre Dame (32-5) was pretty impressive itself in a Sweet 16 win over Wichita State.The Fighting Irish are double-digit underdogs, but they may have some extra fans as they try to end Kentucky’s bid at the first perfect season since Indiana in 1976.“We are America’s team tomorrow,” coach Mike Brey said March 27. “And we love it, we certainly will take all that support. We’ve got a monumental challenge on our hands.”Notre Dame may be America’s team, but Kentucky fans will fill up the arena as the Big Blue Nation usually does.Kentucky has faced different tactics from each opponent in this tournament and the Irish will keep that going.“We have a lot of confidence,” guard Jerian Grant said. “We feel they haven’t played an offensive team like us. Just go out there and play our game I think we’ll be able to get a win.”(JIM O’CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer) SummaryTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Martens hoping to be fit in time for WWC final

first_imgLieke Martens is counting on Netherlands’ medical staff to get her fit for the Women’s World Cup final after the Barcelona star lasted just 45 minutes in Wednesday’s last-four win over Sweden.The 26-year-old has been troubled by a foot injury since team-mate Jill Roord stepped on her toe when celebrating Martens’ late winner in the last-16 victory against Japan.Martens did not train prior to facing Italy in the next round and though she completed 90 minutes then, the forward was withdrawn at half-time on Wednesday due to the pain. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Netherlands went on to win 1-0 in extra time thanks to a goal from Jackie Groenen midweek, though there will be concern over whether Martens can face the United States in Sunday’s final.”As a player you always want to play the biggest game of your career and this [final] is one of the biggest ones I’m going to hopefully play,” she said.”I’m going to do the recovery with the medical staff, I really believe in them, I’m looking forward every single day.”Martens admitted she had no problem being replaced by Roord at half-time given she had been feeling pain in her foot from the start of the game.46. De tweede helft begint met een wissel; Jill Roord komt in het veld voor Lieke Martens.#NEDSWE pic.twitter.com/M7UEvFyYjW— OranjeLeeuwinnen (@oranjevrouwen) July 3, 2019″Didn’t feel good,” Martens replied when asked about her foot.”For me, it’s easy. If I’m not 100 per cent fit then I want another girl to come in and give 100 per cent. That’s easy.”The most important thing is the team is better when one girl is 100 per cent.”The USA have injury worries for the final as well, with two of the side’s biggest stars facing a bit of a race to be fully fit by Sunday.  Megan Rapinoe missed out on the semi-final with a hamstring injury while Rose Lavelle also picked up an injury in that match.  The pair have both said they plan to be fit in time for the match, though it remains a question if they’ll be ready to go the full 90.last_img read more

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Oppo Reno, Oppo Reno 10x Zoom go on sale: Price in India, specs, where to buy, Jio offer

first_imgOppo Reno, Oppo Reno 10x Zoom go on sale: Price in India, specs, where to buy, Jio offerThe Oppo Reno and Reno 10x Zoom go on sale in India today on Flipkart and Amazon. The phones come with top-end design and hardware at competitive prices.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 19:32 IST HIGHLIGHTSOppo Reno and Reno 10x Zoom will be available via Flipkart and Amazon India.The Reno costs Rs 32,990, while the Reno 10x Zoom price starts at Rs 39,990.The Reno phones sports premium curved glass designs, notchless display and shark-fin pop-up camera.The Oppo Reno series goes on sale in India starting 12pm today. Oppo announced the Reno and Reno 10x Zoom phones were announced in the country last week touting premium glass designs and unique pop-up selfie cameras. Among the two, the Reno 10x Zoom is the flagship smartphone that packs a Snapdragon 855 chipset along with a triple camera system and a larger battery compared to the regular Reno.The Snapdragon 710-powered Oppo Reno price in India is set at Rs 32,990. This model comes in a single 8GB + 128GB memory plus storage configuration. The flagship Reno 10x Zoom, on the other hand, starts at Rs 39,990 for the 6GB + 128GB storage variant and goes up to Rs 49,990 for the 8GB + 256GB version.The Reno phones were available for pre-booking since their launch, but can now be purchased via Flipkart and Amazon India. Note that only the Reno phone is available on Amazon, while both the Reno and Reno 10x Zoom can be found on Flipkart. The Reno series will also be available via offline retail stores as well.Jio offer for Reno and Reno 10x ZoomThere is also a Jio Oppo Reno offer going on for Reliance Jio users. Jio customers perform a recharge of Rs 299 after purchasing the Oppo Reno or Reno 10x Zoom will get 3GB data per day for a period of 28 days. Additionally, Jio users can also avail benefits worth Rs 9,100 through cashbacks. Firstly, you can avail a total cashback of Rs 5,850 through 39 vouchers of Rs 150 each and secondly, you can avail Cleartrip cashback coupon worth Rs 3,250.advertisementOppo Reno, Oppo Reno 10x Zoom specificationsBoth the Oppo Reno and Reno 10x Zoom are similar-looking phones in terms of design. They both highlight notchless, edge-to-edge displays with high screen ratios. They also get 3D curved Gorilla Glass panels on the back with a matt feel to it and no camera bump. The regular Reno sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ display, while the Reno 10x Zoom offers a 6.6-inch FHD+ display. They also get AMOLED panels and support in-display fingerprint sensors. Both the phones also come with a unique shark-fin rising selfie camera as a solution for removing the notch. The pop-up camera elevates in a 11-degree angle, which Oppo believes is optimal for capturing selfies. The motorised camera system houses a 16-megapixel selfie camera on the front side an an LED flash on the back.As for the cameras on the back, the Reno sports a 48MP + 5MP dual camera setup with a Sony IMX586 sensor for the main camera, while the Reno 10x Zoom gets a triple camera system with a 48MP + 8MP + 13MP configuration that includes an ultra wide-angle camera and a periscope zoom camera.The Oppo Reno gets a mid-range Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with 8GB of RAM, while the Reno 10x Zoom gets a Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The smaller Reno also houses a 3,765mAh battery, while the Reno 10x Zoom gets a bigger 4,000mAh battery. Both the phones ship with Android Pie with ColorOS 6 on top.ALSO READ | Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, Oppo Reno launched: Key specs, features, price in India and everything elseALSO READ | Oppo Reno 10x Zoom quick review: Premium, powerful and specialGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathylast_img read more

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Brooklyn Boutique: Wolves Within

first_img Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind How to Make a Whiskey Sour If we had a nickel for every time we have suggested to a retailer that it have an e-commerce presence we would be a wealthy website!Today having not just a website but a sales site is a must for a brick and mortar. Men around the country (and world!) are buzzing about new brands and always scouring for the newest hat, hoodie and hair pomade. We don’t know about you, but we aren’t always impulse buying. We need to go home and think about spending on a new item. And when that store is online we can go home, mull it over and then click and buy (with beer in hand).Wolves Within does a great job with this. It was founded by Bethany and Max Vogel in 2011 to support all the incredible designers, artists and craftsmen they were meeting in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Since then they have grown their love for brands from around the country and globe such as Velva Sheen, Vans, Vanishing Elephant and Upper Cut. Oh and they sell to the ladies too, so you can go online together to surf and shop (awwww). Max and Bethany are also all into Made in the USA, Fair Trade as well as supporting local artists by hosting a bi-annual community art show.But when you are in Brooklyn be sure to check out their HQ on Franklin Street as well as their pop-up shop, Home of The Brave located at 67 West Street (4th Floor Unit 416). The location is permanent but the shop rotates out new goods seasonally such as Izola candles, Murchison-Hume soap and hand carved cheese boards from Amelie Mancini. The current spring season focuses on handmade table top items from Brooklyn. (and yes, it is all online too!).If you are heading to Brooklyn this summer, be sure to check them out, but if you are not, simply click and see what the cool kids are wearing.Photos courtesy of www.drielys.com The Manual Is Hiring! 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Editors’ Recommendations Is Calisthenics Right For You? A Guide to Bodyweight Workouts last_img read more

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82 women walk red carpet in Cannes film festival protest

first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Eighty-two women climbed the steps of the Palais des Festivals at the Cannes Film Festival in an unprecedented red carpet protest to press for improved gender equality in the film industry.The number of stars, filmmakers and film industry professionals ascending the steps represented the number of female filmmakers who have been selected to compete at Cannes during the festival’s seven-decade history.In contrast to their 82, 1,866 films directed by men have been picked for the prestigious festival lineup. From left: Jury members Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux, Khadja Nin, Ava Duvernay, Cate Blanchett and director Agnes Varda walk the red carpet. (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)The other two — Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum, and Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy as Lazzaro — are to premiere next week.Cannes has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years over the number of female directors selected into its main slate, considered one of the most esteemed achievements in cinema. Jane Campion is the only female filmmaker to ever win the Palme.The festival supported Saturday’s protest. Festival director Thierry Fremaux earlier this week hailed Saturday’s event as a way for women “to affirm their presence.”Fremaux has repeatedly insisted that the festival chooses its films purely based on quality. But he’s also signaled that the festival is reanalyzing its procedures and making its selection committees gender-balanced From centre left: Sofia Boutella, Salma Hayek and Patty Jenkins stand as part of 82 film industry professionals on the steps of the Palais des Festivals to protest pervasive gender inequality in the film industry at the 71st Cannes film festival on Saturday. (Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP) Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Organizers said the event was orchestrated by the Time’s Up movement and the French movement known as 5020×2020 to show “how hard it is still to climb the social and professional ladder” for women.It brought an array of film industry professionals to the Cannes red carpet, including actresses Salma Hayek and Jane Fonda, Wonder Woman filmmaker Patty Jenkins and French director Agnes Varda, a recipient of an honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes.The number of stars, filmmakers and film industry professionals ascending the steps represented the number of female filmmakers who have been selected to compete at Cannes during the festival’s seven-decade history. (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)Also joining were the five female members of this year’s Cannes jury: Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay, Lea Seydoux and Burundian singer Khadja Nin. Blanchett read a statement atop the Palais steps in English; Varda read it in French.“Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of the industry says otherwise,” Blanchett said. “We stand together on these steps today as a symbol of our determination to change and progress.”“The stairs of our industry must be accessible to all,” she concluded. “Let’s climb.”The protest was held ahead of the premiere of French filmmaker Eva Husson’s Girls of the Sun, which is about a Kurdish battalion of women soldiers. Husson is one of three female filmmakers out of the 21 movies in competition for the Palme d’Or this year.last_img read more

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BC First Nation files Aboriginal title claim challenging fish farms in their

first_img(Dzawada’enuxw leaders outside BC Supreme Court in Vancouver. Photo courtesy Lindsey Mae Willie)Laurie HamelinAPTN NewsThe Dzawada’enuxw First Nation of Kingcome Inlet filed a claim of Aboriginal title in British Columbia’s Supreme Court that affects ten fish farms in their traditional territory that they say are operating without their consent. “We have been saying no for 30 years,” says Lindsey Mae Willie of Dzawada’enuxw First Nation. “We have always said no and they just plunked themselves into our territory anyways. “By going for title they will have to listen to us.” Jack Woodward, the nation’s lawyer, is a leading expert in Aboriginal law. Woodward represented the Tsilhqot’in Nation in the first successful claim of Aboriginal title in 2014. “Once a precedent is set the procedural barriers are largely eliminated,” says Woodward. “It’s very much like an icebreaker clearing a path through the ice.“The Tsilhqot’in did that and it now makes it much easier for those First Nations that follow.”Although this new claim could take years to go through the courts, filing now puts added pressure on the provincial government, who has the power to grant fish farm tenures.Most of the ten fish farm tenures involved in the claim, along with others in the Broughton Archipelago, are up for renewal in three weeks.“Certainly one of the motivations is to file a claim prior to the June 20 expiry of the tenures,” says Woodward. “The Dzawada’enuxw want to clearly signal that they will not tolerate the renewal of those tenures.“The province should not consider renewing in the face of this competing claim of ownership of the territory.”The Dzawada’enuxw believe that open-net fish farms pose a serious threat to wild salmon and have been actively protesting against the industry since last year.“We have tried everything we can to protect our salmon,” says Willie. “We’ve had marches, demonstrations, handed out eviction notices, we even occupied a fish farm, Midsummer Island, but got kicked off through an injunction last December.“Now, that same fish farm company is trying to keep First Nations and everyone else 20 meters away from all of their farms.”In early May, Marine Harvest Canada applied for an injunction that would prevent the public from coming within 20 metres of its 34 fish farm facilities on BC’s coast.In legal notices, Marine Harvest alleges that Alexandra Morton, an independent biologist, and protesters “combined and conspired with each other with the intent to injure Marine Harvest by entering into an agreement to interfere and disrupt Marine Harvest’s business and to intimidate Marine Harvest and its employees to destroy the business of Marine Harvest.”The injunction hearing is adjourned to June 25.Greg McDade, the legal council for Morton, warns that Marine Harvest is trying to control the open ocean. “They are asking for something fish farms should not have the right to do,” says McDade. “Which is the ability to control the public at large, and scientists and divers, from observing while outside the pens.“Nobody can give ownership of the ocean, this isn’t like land.  Under English Law going back to the Magna Carta, public access to water was always guaranteed.”Molina Dawson, who grew up in Kingcome Inlet and occupied Midsummer Island fish farm for several months, says Marine Harvest’s desire to keep people away is concerning.“Why don’t they want eyes on them,” asks Dawson. “The industry says their farms are not affecting wild fish, but the fact that they are trying to take measures to prevent people from observing from on and under the water, to prove or disprove that fish farms are doing or not doing something harmful, well that says a lot.”Dawson is referring to underwater footage recently shot by Tavish Campbell.Tavish Campbell diving beside blood water spilling from fish processing plant. Courtesy Facebook Tavish Campbell.Campbell’s images of bloody effluent billowing from pipes at two fish processing plants off Vancouver Island went viral last November.And in April, Campbell’s footage of a rare glass sponge reef smothered by fish farm waste, owned by Cermaq Canada, was released.“That’s the real target of the injunction,” says McDade. “I think it’s underwater photography that’s starting to get to them.”This month is a crucial time in the fish farm dispute.If First Nations opposed to salmon farms don’t come out on top, the Dzawada’enuxw are confident they will finally win the battle in their title case.“If we don’t stop the fish farms this month,” says Willie. “They’ll eventually see that we’re the rightful owners of our land and waters in the court decision.”last_img read more

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UK house prices drop amid Brexit uncertainty

first_imgLONDON — One of Britain’s leading mortgage providers says house prices in the country fell in December by their biggest amount in six and a half years, in a further sign that uncertainty surrounding Brexit is weighing on economic activity.The Nationwide Building Society said Friday that house prices fell by a monthly rate of 0.7 per cent in December, the biggest monthly decline since July 2012.On an annual basis, prices were up only 0.5 per cent, the lowest since February 2013.The housing market, a barometer of the British economy, has slowed since the country voted in June 2016 to leave the European Union. Now that the country’s actual departure in March is looming, the property market, like other sectors, is being hobbled by uncertainty over what Brexit will mean economically.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Pipeline approval put Albertas needs ahead of BCs oilspill concerns

VANCOUVER — A lawyer representing British Columbia in its fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion says the federal cabinet’s approval of the project is “lopsided” because it put Alberta’s economic needs ahead of B.C.’s concerns about oil spills.Thomas Berger said outside the Federal Court of Appeal on Thursday that the $7.4-billion project would disproportionately impact the interests of B.C. residents in the event of a marine spill of diluted bitumen.While Alberta would get the lion’s share of benefits through development of its oil resources and access to Pacific Rim markets, B.C. would bear the entire environmental risk, he told The Canadian Press in an interview.In its approval of the project last November, the governor in council breached its statutory duty to provide reasons for deciding it was not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects, Berger said on behalf of the attorney general of B.C., which is an intervener in the case.“The governor in council made its choice but it did not give any reasons. All we got was the conclusion. It’s like getting a judge’s verdict without getting any reasons,” Berger said.“I urged the court to rule that the cabinet had to obey the command of Parliament, which is the order in council must set out the reasons for making the order,” the former B.C. Supreme Court judge said.“I told the court, ‘This isn’t technical, it’s fundamental,’ ” Berger said.The federal government’s explanatory note accompanying the order in council approving Trans Mountain says detailed reasons for the decision are set out in four reports, including one by the National Energy Board.“The citizen shouldn’t have to search through hundreds of documents to find out the reason why the cabinet made the choice it did,” Berger said. “That’s why Parliament said cabinet’s reasons must be set out in the order in council.”Alberta, which favours the pipeline project on the grounds it would create jobs and investment opportunities, is scheduled to make its arguments in the Federal Court of Appeal next week.Several First Nations, two environmental groups and the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby are also against the pipeline expansion that the federal government approved last November.Indigenous groups have maintained a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic would substantially increase the risks of diluted bitumen spills, with no known means of adequately cleaning it up, and put endangered southern resident killer whales in peril.First Nations groups also say the federal government failed to adequately consult with them or gain their consent for expanding the pipeline.Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Canada, aims to double an existing Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline with nearly 1,000 more kilometres of pipeline in new and existing corridors.British Columbia’s former Liberal government supported the project, saying Kinder Morgan had met five government conditions including a revenue-sharing agreement worth up to $1-billion.However, the New Democrat government, which formed an alliance with the Green party to support its minority government this year, has said it would oppose the pipeline expansion.Earlier Thursday, TransCanada announced it had cancelled its plans for the $15.7-billion Energy East pipeline which was to carry oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries Quebec and New Brunswick.Last September, the Federal Court of Appeal overturned Ottawa’s approval of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline project, two years after the federal cabinet granted a permit— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter. read more

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Maldives celebrates independence amidst political tensions

The Maldives on Thursday celebrated 47 years since it attained independence from the British rule amidst political tensions with the opposition claiming the country is sliding back from democracy.In a message to mark the Independence Day, President Mohamed Waheed said that peace will prevail in the troubled country and the Maldives will regain its good image, the president’s office said. A total of 458,068 tourist arrivals were registered from January to June 2012. This is an increase of 2.3 percent compared to the same period in 2011. (Xinhua) The MDP said that since the transfer of power on February 7, 2012 when former President Mohamed Nasheed resigned from office, the current government has detained or charged 19 MDP legislators. Waheed also said that the people in the Maldives have accepted change, a change which the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) however said was forced on the country. He also said that the MDP is disappointed with the lack of response from the international community on the situation in the Maldives which is witnessing the democratic gains achieved over the past three years slip away.On Wednesday the British minister for South Asia Alistair Burt said that efforts to restore calm and stability in the Maldives are being hampered by increasing political tension and escalating violence.“I hope that high level talks between political parties can start soon, and that these can identify peaceful ways through current difficulties,” he said. Nasheed had said at the time that he was forced to resign and has called for an independent investigation into the transfer of power and early presidential elections.“We urgently need to point out to the international community that the regime is intent on consolidating its position and skewing the playing field into such a shape that we will not be able to have a free and fair election at all, now or in 2013,” leader of the MDP Parliamentary Group, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, said in a statement emailed to Xinhua on Thursday. However despite the political tensions the Maldives Tourism Ministry on Thursday said that the country registered a 6.1 percent tourist arrival growth during June 2012 with 59,379 arrivals. read more

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Congress says it wants the best for Tamils

Both the Centre and Congress have taken various measures to protect the rights of Tamils there, he said. The Centre and Congress want Tamils to live safely and lead a secure life with equal rights in Sri Lanka, Union Shipping Minister G K Vasan said today.Vasan evaded a direct reply when asked about the ban on the conference of Tamil Eelam Supporters Association, convened by the forum’s founder leader and DMK chief M Karunanidhi tomorrow at Chennai, but said his party wanted all Tamils across the globe to be protected. Replying to a specific question on the conference, Vasan told reporters at the city airport on his way to Erode that the association also has the similar goal and fighting for the cause of well-being of Tamils in the Island Nation. Congress, a key ally of DMK in the ruling UPA, has dissociated itself from the conference. Police have refused permission for the TESO meet.To a question on corruption and agitation by Anna Hazare and yoga guru Ramdev, Vasan said people saw “the real face of Team Anna and they would also know the intention of Ramdev soon”. (PTI) read more

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Tensions higher than ever inside bursting Saskatoon jail

Province blames changing gang affiliations for violence at Saskatoon jail Saskatoon jail locked down after fights involving gang members 18-year-old man stabbed at Saskatoon jail, two men arrested Inmates raising concerns about conditions inside the Saskatoon jail Inmate dies in Saskatoon jail overnight A breakdown in relations between two of the province’s largest gangs has led to an eruption of violence that has some inmates and staff at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre fearing for their safety.“I’ve been going there since 1998, and I’ve never seen it like this,” said Fr. André Poilièvre, who routinely visits the “bursting” facility as part of his work with Str8 Up, the organization he founded that works to help young people leave street gangs.Tension continued to build even after members of the once-friendly Westside Outlaws and Indian Posse were segregated following two major fights in the jail late last month, the Saskatoon StarPhoenix has learned.There have been confrontations and fights between members of the gangs, which are rivalled only by the Terror Squad in terms of size and power, since a five-day lockdown was lifted at the end of August, sources inside the jail said.“If you just came in today and you’d never been there before, you’d take it for granted that that’s what going on. But people like myself who have been going there for 30 years have seen the escalation of that stress and that tension and that conflict,” Poilièvre said.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“It’s strictly survival on both sides, staff and inmates,” Poilièvre said, adding that he does not blame correctional workers for a situation he attributes to an increasingly violent street culture combined with methamphetamine.The jail was locked down in August after four inmates were injured in two separate fights between gang members following what the provincial government has described as a sudden break between the Indian Posse and the Westside Outlaws.Those incidents led the union representing jail guards to describe the facility as a “powder keg.”Ministry of Corrections and Policing spokesman Drew Wilby said in an email this week that relocating 40 per cent of the jail’s population in order to separate gang members has “gone a long way to ensuring the safety of staff and inmates.”“We have not seen similar incidents to what occurred at Saskatoon Correctional Centre a couple of weeks ago … As a standard course of business, we continue to review the security protocols in place and will continue to adapt where required,” Wilby said.Sources inside the jail said there have been confrontations and altercations between members of different gangs since the lockdown was lifted, including one that began after a door between two secure areas was inadvertently left open.“It’s unpredictable, man. You don’t know what’s going to happen, whether or not somebody’s going to f—ing roll on you or somebody’s going to just attack you out of nowhere,” said Phillip Bear Morin, who is currently on remand.“The violence is escalating and there’s nothing for the people in here,” Morin said in reference to programming for prisoners who spend weeks or months on remand without being convicted of a crime. He is not a gang member, he added.Wilby declined to provide information on what he called “minor altercations.”Poilièvre said one problem is that it’s not always easy to determine which inmates are gang members. One obvious solution is to stop “warehousing” prisoners and instead concentrate on healing and rehabilitation, he said.Morin offered a similar, albeit more succinct assessment: “Not f—ing packing the place.”amacpherson@postmedia.comtwitter.com/macphersonaRelated read more

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State tells allnatural dairy to label its skim milk imitation because no

State tells all-natural dairy to label its skim milk ‘imitation’ because no vitamins are added TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Ocheesee Creamery in the Florida Panhandle produces all-natural skim milk from grass-fed cows with absolutely nothing added, yet the state says they have to call it “imitation.”And while they argue about it, the dairy is dumping hundreds of gallons of skim milk down the drain each week.Creamery owners Paul and Mary Lou Wesselhoeft were in federal court Wednesday as part of their nearly three-year-old battle with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which argues that skim milk can’t be sold as skim milk unless vitamins are added to it.But that goes against the all-natural philosophy at the creamery located about 50 miles west of the state capital.“Our customers want an all-natural product. If we call it imitation, they will not buy our product,” Mary Lou Wesselhoeft said after the court hearing. “To me it’s degrading and a slap in the face because it’s pure, unadulterated skim milk.”Webster’s dictionary defines skim milk as simply “milk from which cream has been removed,” with no mention of added vitamins. But Department lawyer Ashley Davis told a judge consumers expect whole milk and skim milk to have the same nutritional value and that the Wesselhoefts’ skim milk is nutritionally inferior because vitamins are removed when the milk fat is removed.“Ocheessee’s product is imitating — literally imitating — skim milk,” Davis said.Judge Robert Hinkle said he’s not so sure consumers expect skim milk to have the same nutritional value as whole milk.“You know something’s been removed in order to make it skim milk,” he said.Hinkle also seemed to have problems with the word imitation.“It’s hard to call this imitation milk. It came right out of the cow,” Hinkle said. “Anyone who reads imitation skim milk would think it didn’t come out of a cow.”The creamery needs to remove the milk fat to produce cream and butter, and skim milk is the result. Some people, especially those on low-cholesterol diets, prefer skim milk because it has little fat. When the couple bought the dairy six years ago, the state tested the product for fat content, Paul Wesselhoeft said.“They told us we had to call it skim milk,” he said. Then three years later they ordered them to stop selling the skim milk unless they labeled it imitation.And that’s hurt the couple’s business plan. The dairy was selling 200 to 300 gallons of skim milk a week at $5 a gallon before the state ordered them to relabel it or stop selling it.The Institute for Justice is suing the state on behalf of the couple.“The creamery sold its skim milk for three years without anyone being confused or harmed,” said lawyer Justin Pearson.Both sides asked Hinkle to rule on the case before a trial, currently scheduled for November. Hinkle has not decided whether to do so.Davis and other lawyers representing the state refused to comment after the hearing.___This story has been corrected to include the correct name of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, not the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs. by Brendan Farrington, The Associated Press Posted Aug 19, 2015 1:50 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 19, 2015 at 4:23 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Man fatally injured on Takutu Bridge

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related14-year-old girl allegedly attacked, injured by men in LethemApril 29, 2019In “Crime”Guyana/Brazil Consulate Officer killed in accident off Takutu BridgeAugust 9, 2014In “Crime”Man stoned to death at Lethem – several persons arrestedFebruary 20, 2017In “Crime” A 22-year-old man, identified as Rockie Pedro, was killed on Sunday while travelling from Guyana to Brazil via the Takutu Bridge.The man reportedly fell from a moving vehicle which was travelling across the Bridge.The Takutu Bridge connects Guyana and Brazil and is used by scores of people on a daily basis.This publication was informed that no one else was reportedly travelling in the vehicle with the young Moruca resident when the incident occurred.Investigations are currently ongoing. read more

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Komatsu and Joy Global CEOs talk commitment to mining innovation at MINExpo

first_imgLast week Tetsuji (Ted) Ohashi, President and CEO of Komatsu Ltd, and Ted Doheny, President and CEO of Joy Global Inc, met in Las Vegas. Both companies had a major presence at this year’s show. In July the two companies announced an agreement in which Komatsu will acquire Joy Global. During their meeting on September 26, Ohashi and Doheny reaffirmed their commitment to pursue new innovations that drive customer benefits after the acquisition is complete. The companies are working to finalize the transaction by mid-2017.“Our customers are sharing very positive feedback about the agreement. Some have approached us at MINExpo to congratulate us on our decision,” Ohashi said. “We are working closely with Joy Global and relevant authorities to move the process forward.”Doheny agreed, noting industry recognition of the complementary nature of the two companies’ product and service offerings.“Many of our customers and other business partners see the benefit of combining companies: a broader offering of products, systems and solutions across a wider scope of mining and construction applications,” Doheny said. “Both companies believe in having the best products, direct service, being operationally excellent, and having the best people in the world.”Joining Joy Global with the Komatsu Group will offer several benefits to customers, including:A broader line of industry-leading mining and construction equipment for drilling, earthmoving, loading and hauling systems and solutions for both underground and surface mining. Joy Global’s rope shovels, for example, pair well with Komatsu’s large electric dump trucksEnhanced global customer support through the companies’ mutual commitment and expertise in direct sales and service directly connected via embedded personnel in the mines, and electronically connected with world class fleet management systems.“The synergistic collaboration between the companies will drive our innovation and enhance our capacity to provide quality products and solutions that improve the safety and productivity of mining operations,” Ohashi said. “We will together strive to become an even better, more invaluable partner for our customers.”“The combination of two worldclass companies offers exciting opportunities to enhance and expand the solutions and services we provide customers,” Doheny said. “With strengthened capabilities and a continued focus on solving our customers’ toughest challenges, we look forward to working together to advance the mining industry.”Interestingly, there is little overlap in the mining product line-up of the two companies.last_img read more

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Todays Doctor Who Google Doodle is amazing

first_imgIF YOU’RE A fan of Doctor Who you’ll enjoy today’s Google Doodle. An 8-bit game has taken over the logo to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the cult BBC show, which first aired on November 23, 1963. The aim of the game? The evil daleks have stolen the Google logo and it’s up to you, along with whichever Doctor you chose, to save it. Each letter is hidden within a different time and universe that you must use your trusty TARDIS to navigate.If you die you regenerate to another, so that’s your Friday completely out the window. The doodle comes after 4,000 fans signed a petition asking for Google to mark the occasion. The team of five was led by British Googler, Matthew Cruickshank and took four months to complete.Dublin radio station takes on Jean-Claude Van Damme’s ‘most epic of splits’>So this is what Eamon Gilmore is really saying during foreign press conferences>last_img read more

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Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act comes into force today

first_imgFROM TODAY, A number of key measures introduced under Budget 2014 last October come into effect.The much-debated Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act also comes into force today, the regulations for which were finally signed at the end of December. The act was signed into law on 30 July of this year.The bill was the subject of much debate in the Dáil this summer. Its commencement as an Act means that a woman is legally allowed access to an abortion where there is a real and substantial risk to her life, including risk of suicide.This suicide clause – part 9 of the act – was one of the most contentious parts of the legislation. A number of TDs and Senators tabled amendments that would have removed this section or substantially altered it.However, all these amendments were defeated.BUDGET 2014 MEASURESA number of other major measures have also come into force today.Bed charges: Private patients who use public hospital beds will be subject to new charges, saving the State €30m. This move has been criticised by insurance companies who say it will drive up premiums and has placed an extra “€300 million on 1.2 million people”, or even result in the closure of private hospitals.Single Parents or Carers: What was known as the One-Parent Family (OPF) Tax Credit will become the Single Person Child Carer Tax Credit, which will be of the same value. The difference between the two will be that the new credit will only be available ‘to the principal carer of the child’. The decision has been criticised by some single parents.Invalidity Pension: This will technically only come into effect tomorrow, as it applies to people who in 2014 reach the age of 65, in the case of those already in receipt of the pension, and age 66 for those qualified to receive it. The weekly rate of Invalidity Pension will be reduced for these people by €36.80 to €193.50.  This will result in savings of €5 million.State Pension (Transition): As previously announced, this will no longer be paid to people who reach age 65 on or after today.Bereavement Grant: Achieving a saving of €17 million per year, this €850 payment no longer applies from today. Minister Brendan Howlin defended this move by noting there is still “a very generous provision” to pensioners in case of their spouse passing away.Telephone Allowance: The Department of Social Protection is advising claimaints that this allowance no longer applies to bills from today. This, along with other cuts affecting pensions, led to protests outside Leinster House earlier this year.Ex-Gratia Payments: A reduced rate of tax was available on lump sums received when leaving employment, known as Top Slicing Relief, but will be abolished from today.Illness Benefit: Previously the first three days of an illness could not be claimed for under this payment, but this has now been raised to six days. Given the time-frame involved, this comes into effect on 6 January.VAT: One change will come into affect today, affecting the farmer’s flat-rate addition. This applied to farmers who had not registered for the tax, and compensates them for VAT incurred on the sale of their produce to those who are registered for the tax. This will rise 0.2 per cent to 5 per cent.DIRT: The rate of tax on interest payments from midnight tonight will rise to 41 per cent from between 33 and 36 per cent, depending on the frequency of payment. The pension levy will also rise to 0.75 per cent in 2014.Capital Gains Tax relief: Relief for properties purchased between 7 December 2011 and 31 December 2013 has been extended to include properties bought to the end of this year.Mortgage Interest Relief: This will be phased out from today, being closed to new entries.Jobseeker’s Allowance: There will be no changes to the rates of primary weekly social welfare payments and pensions. However, from 14 January there will be changes to Jobseeker’s Allowance and Supplementary Welfare Allowance. For more, see Citizen’s Information. Education and Training: People receiving Invalidity Pension, Illness Benefit, One-Parent Family Payment, Farm Assist or Fish Assist will not be eligible to receive a SOLAS (formerly FÁS) or Youthreach training allowance in addition to a social welfare payment. (This applies to new participants only). An additional payment of €20 to long-term unemployed participants in SOLAS or VTOS and Youthreach schemes will end from today.Standard Fund Threshold: This is being reduced from €2.3m to €2m, and there are also measures to standardise payouts between those who retire early and others.- Additional reporting Nicky RyanRead: Ireland, women and 2013: A year we dealt with our legacy issues?>Read: Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act to come into force on 1 January>last_img read more

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