Patnaik revamps Odisha Cabinet; 12 new Ministers sworn-in

first_imgAs many as 12 Ministers, including 10 new, were sworn in when Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik carried out a major Cabinet reshuffle on Sunday. While six leaders were sworn in as new Cabinet Ministers and four took oath as new Ministers of State, two sitting Ministers of State were elevated and sworn in as Cabinet Ministers.The new Ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor S.C. Jamir. The Chief Minister, many of his Ministers and other dignitaries attended the ceremony held at the Raj Bhavan here.The six who took oath as new Cabinet Ministers are Surjya Narayan Patro, Niranjan Pujari, Prafulla Samal, Maheswar Mohanty, Sashi Bhusan Behera and Pratap Jena. The four new Ministers of State who were administered oath are Nrusingha Charan Sahu, Ananta Das, Susanta Singh and Chandra Sarathi Behera.The two Ministers of State who were elevated to the rank of Cabinet Ministers and administered oath of office and secrecy are Prafulla Mallik and Ramesh Chandra Majhi. The portfolios are to be allocated to the new Ministers later in the day. The portfolios of many sitting Ministers are also likely to be changed, according to sources. This is Mr. Patnaik’s first Cabinet reshuffle since he took charge as Chief Minister for the fourth consecutive term in May, 2014.As many as 10 Ministers had resigned on Saturday to pave the way for the Cabinet reshuffle that Mr. Patnaik carried out to give new momentum to his government and revamp the Biju Janata Dal by engaging the leaders who quit as Ministers. Mr. Pujari, who was sworn in as Cabinet Minister, had resigned as Speaker on Friday. The post of Speaker is still lying vacant.last_img read more

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Three months on, Meghalaya trader abducted by Bangladeshis yet to return

first_imgRopila Sangma, the abducted trader’s daughter, has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in bringing her father back. “I urge upon the Indian government to expedite the process of repatriation of my father from Bangladesh. He was abducted by criminals but is languishing in a Bangladesh jail,” she said.She said that it would not be difficult for the Prime Minister’s office to deal with her father’s case fast since India has cordial relations with Bangladesh.Officials in West Garo Hills said that the Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh besides intelligence agencies have been kept in the loop for bringing Mr. Arengh back since the issue involves two countries and has to be handled through diplomatic channels.BSF officials in the Meghalaya sector said criminals from Bangladesh at times take advantage of dense jungles along the border in the Purakhasia area to raid villages on the Indian side. The area is fenced, though.Cross-border crimesThere have been instances of Bangladeshi miscreants taking cattle and other valuables from villagers in Meghalaya. An incident similar to that of Mr. Arengh had last year happened with an 18-year-old mine worker in South West Khasi Hills, also bordering Bangladesh.Seven Bangladeshi nationals had abducted Dajied Kynshai Syiemlieh, the mine worker, on April 27, 2017. He was rescued by Bangladesh police but his repatriation had been stuck in paperwork for a long time.   The members of the family of a Meghalaya cashew nut trader abducted by Bangladeshi miscreants more than three months ago are expected to have their prayers answered soon.Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma said that the case of 66-year-old Phalgun Arengh has been taken up with the Centre and that his government was leaving no stone unturned for the trader’s repatriation.Mr. Arengh, a resident of Hatimara village in the Purakhasia area of West Garo Hills district, was abducted on May 24. The village is on the India-Bangladesh border.According to an FIR filed by his wife Ponji K. Sangma at the police station in Dalu, some miscreants from Bangladesh abducted him. The local police said cross-border criminals could have targeted Mr. Arengh, a prosperous farmer, for ransom.But Mr. Arengh gave his abductors the slip on June 2 and took refuge in a village named Christianpara in Bangladesh’s Sherpur district. The villagers handed him over to the local Sribordi police station.West Garo Hills superintendent of police MG Raghavendra Kumar said Mr. Arengh continues to be under police protection in Bangladesh. “We are hoping for a solution to the matter that has been taken up with the Ministry of Home Affairs,” he said.Daughter seeks PM’s interventionlast_img read more

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Fisheries group to cut Pacific bluefin tuna catch

first_imgTOKYO—A multinational organization that coordinates fishing activities in the western Pacific is throwing a lifeline to heavily overfished Pacific bluefin tuna stocks.Speaking today at a press briefing, Japanese officials provided details on a plan agreed to last week that aims to rebuild the spawning population by halving the catch of juveniles and limiting takes of mature fish as well. The proposal calls for total Pacific bluefin catches to be kept below the 2002 to 2004 annual average levels and for catches of fish weighing fewer than 30 kilograms—juveniles too young to spawn—to be reduced to 50% of those levels.Conservation organizations see the proposed limits as a step in the right direction. But they are “far from enough,” Wakao Hanaoka, senior ocean campaigner for Greenpeace, tells ScienceInsider. 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The full commission will almost certainly adopt it at a meeting to be held in Samoa starting 1 December, explained Masanori Miyahara, an adviser to the ministry of agriculture who chaired last week’s meeting. Reducing the take of juveniles that haven’t yet spawned is one key to achieving the plan’s initial goal of rebuilding spawning stock biomass—the fish population able to reproduce—to the historical median of 42,592 tons within 10 years. The biomass is now thought to be 26,000 tons, very near its all-time low. “Eating fish before they spawn is very wasteful,” Miyahara says.Miyahara says that 80% of all captured bluefin tuna—prized for sushi—end up in Japan. But rebuilding stocks is an international challenge. Pacific bluefin spawn in waters stretching between southern Japan, Taiwan, and the Philippines but migrate to the eastern Pacific, where they mature before returning to the spawning grounds.The United States and Mexico are major fishers of bluefins. The United States is one of the 26 members of WCPFC and will be bound by the agreement. But Mexico belongs to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, which manages fishing in the eastern Pacific. “Both organizations have to cooperate to realize the conservation of Pacific Ocean tuna,” said Hisashi Endo, an official with Japan’s Fisheries Agency, at the briefing.WCPFC member countries will have to develop schemes to ensure compliance with the new restrictions. Japan will monitor catches by its 20,000 artisanal fishers and several dozen large operators, Miyahara says, and will issue a warning when landings hit 70% of the limit. “When the catch reaches 95% we will close the fishery,” Miyahara says.Conservation organizations had hoped for more stringent limits. Prior to last week’s meeting, the World Wildlife Fund had called for the total bluefin catch to be cut by half. Miyahara says they had to aim for something achievable, but the plan, which takes effect in 2015, will be reviewed and could be amended as early as 2016 depending on the state of spawning stocks.Hanaoka says Greenpeace will continue to push for tighter regulations. But it is also trying to shift market demand toward sustainable seafood. In August, it surveyed 15 leading supermarket chains about their bluefin tuna procurement policies. None of the 13 companies who responded currently restrict purchases of juvenile fish or those caught just before spawning, but Hanaoka says they did find some reason for optimism. Some companies agreed that conservation efforts shouldn’t be left just to government action; a few said they were planning on reviewing their procurement practices.To keep up the pressure, Greenpeace Japan will add an assessment of bluefin purchasing policy to the criteria it uses to rank supermarkets according to their support for sustainable seafood. Since December, the organization has offered a free smart phone application that allows consumers to check if fish on sale are endangered or overfished. It’s gotten 10,000 downloads. “We’re trying to make supermarkets realize that many consumers are demanding sustainable seafood,” Hanaoka says.last_img read more

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Heat takes toll on villagers in arid regions as Maharashtra faces high temperatures

first_imgOf late, Rajeshwar Jadhav (44), a farm labourer from Yavatmal’s Sonurli village has been having severe headaches, excessive thirst and a burning sensation throughout the body. When the headache kicks in, there is simply no respite, he said. Mr. Jadhav’s symptoms indicate heat stress, a debilitating condition that people in the semi-arid Vidarbha region suffer from.Many regions in the State have been facing a severe heat wave since March, with temperatures hovering between 40 degrees and 48 degrees. Vidarbha is among the worst affected.Early warning systemsSince 2016, efforts have been on to prevent deaths through early warning systems. “A lot has changed since that year, when many States including Maharashtra, implemented a heat wave action plan. Regular heat wave warnings, updates on threshold temperatures, and so on have made a lot of difference,” K.S. Hosalikar, Deputy Director General (Meteorology), Regional India Meteorological Department, said.However, activists and field researchers say more needs to be done. Researchers from the Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR), who closely studied indoor and outdoor temperatures in Yavatmal, published a policy brief in September 2018, which said community halls every few kilometres with good ventilation, sheds and tents for daily wage workers and farm labourers, encouraging tiled roofing and subsidies on coolers can bring relief to vulnerable people, especially farmers.Mr. Jadhav would know. He walks a kilometre to his farm and works from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. during the summer. The sun, he said, is so harsh that one longs to find some shade for a few minutes during work. “How much will it cost to put up sheds and community halls?” he asked.There is little relief from the heat at home either, with his tin-roofed house scorching the family. “I have a small cooler, but it is barely enough,” Mr. Jadhav said.He feels the system has let all farmers down. “We don’t have water. Crops are failing. Politicians have failed us with respect to big issues like crop failure and farmer suicides. They have not bothered to take small measures either,” Mr. Jadhav said.In Yavatmal’s Eklara village, 38-year-old Lalita Sasane has a similar story. She works on her four-acre farm along with her husband from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.. “By 9.30 a.m., it gets difficult to continue working,” said Ms. Sasane, who regularly suffers from leg cramps, headaches, vomiting and diarrhoea. At home, she is again exposed to heat during cooking, which makes her irritable.Heat stress in rural areas is an overlooked problem, said Premsagar Tasgaonkar, a researcher with WOTR. “Government departments like health and housing have to coordinate closely to address this issue,” he said. Pilot study WOTR’s 2018 policy brief was based on a pilot study carried out in Sonurli and Eklara villages, which involved measuring outdoor and indoor temperatures. While the outdoor temperatures were measured by an automated weather station, for indoor temperatures, 20 data loggers that record air temperature at a pre-set 10-minute interval were installed in village houses with tin, tile and RCC roofs.To understand heat stress, 326 villagers were interviewed through a structured questionnaire. “We found that indoor temperatures in tin-roofed houses were higher than outdoor temperatures very often. While tin roofs had a high temperature during the day, houses with RCC roofs had high night time temperatures,” Mr. Tasgaonkar said. The authorities should encourage tiled roofs, he said. “We also found that heat stress-related symptoms like leg cramps, heavy sweating and excessive thirst were common,” he said. A detailed study on the data is being compiled.last_img read more

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Gymnastics doctor facing at least 25 years in prison

first_imgRead Next View comments “He convinced these girls that this was some type of legitimate treatment,” Assistant Attorney General Angela Poviliatis told a judge last summer. “Why would they question him? Why would they question this gymnastics god?”Separately, Nassar is charged with similar crimes in Eaton County, the location of an elite gymnastics club. He also is awaiting sentencing in federal court on child pornography charges. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Smalling defends himself after England omission LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion FILE – Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar (L) with defense attorney Matt Newberg (R) in the 55th District Court where Judge Donald Allen Jr. bound him over on June 23, 2017 in Mason, Michigan to stand trial on 12 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. / AFP PHOTO / JEFF KOWALSKYDETROIT — A sports doctor accused of molesting several girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University will plead guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault and face at least 25 years in prison, a person with knowledge of the agreement said Tuesday.The person was not authorized to publicly discuss the agreement ahead of a Wednesday court hearing for Dr. Larry Nassar in Michigan’s Ingham County and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nassar, 54, is charged with molesting seven girls, all but one of whom were gymnasts, mostly under the guise of treatment at his Lansing-area home and a campus clinic. He’s facing similar charges in a neighboring county and lawsuits filed by more than 125 women and girls.Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas are among the women who have publicly said they were among Nassar’s victims.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 shutoutThe plea deal in Ingham County calls for a minimum prison sentence of 25 years, but a judge could set the minimum sentence as high as 40 years. In Michigan, inmates are eligible for parole after serving a minimum sentence.The girls have testified that Nassar molested them with his hands, sometimes when a parent was present in the room, while they sought help for gymnastics injuries.last_img read more

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Sharif returns to Pakistan after heart surgery in UK

first_imgFrom M ZulqernainLahore, Jul 9 (PTI) Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today returned to Pakistan after spending 48 days in London where he underwent an open-heart surgery.A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) special plane Being-777 brought 66-year-old Sharif and the staff of his 25-member London camp office back to the country.The Prime Ministers plane landed at the Lahore airport around 7 pm local time. His brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, and other PML-N leaders received him at the airport.Talking to journalists who were at the airport to receive him, Sharif said he was feeling healthy.”I am feeling quite healthy after the heart surgery,” Sharif, who was wearing white shalwar kameez and a light blue waistcoat, said.To a question about Panama Paper leaks, the premier said he was ready to face any challenge.”This country does not need any sit-in. I ask the opposition to work for the development of Pakistan,” he said.Sharif has been facing pressure from opposition political parties to step down after Panama Papers leak showed that his family members own undeclared offshore wealth and expensive property in London.Sharif and his family have denied any wrongdoing.Replying another question about discharging his duties, the Premier said: “I was already performing my duties from London. I used to hold video conference meetings and issued certain directions.”From the airport, Sharif left for his residence at Jati Umra Raiwind on a helicopter. Several PML-N workers were gathered there to welcome him.Sharif was discharged from hospital on June 6 after he underwent an open-heart surgery on May 31.advertisementHe had gone to London on May 22 for a regular medical checkup but was diagnosed with a heart complication by doctors who suggested surgery.This was Sharifs second cardiac procedure in five years.Some politicians, especially the allies of the ruling PML-N, have termed Sharifs decision to leave the country for London as “politically prudent” at a time when opposition parties were exerting extreme pressure on him in the wake of the Panama Paper leaks.Meanwhile, Imran Khan said he will move the court against the use of PIA commericial plane by the Sharif family to return to Pakistan.”Nawaz Sharif should pay the PIA from the money he stashed abroad illegally,” he said. PTI MZ NSAlast_img read more

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SPORT-FOOT-PROGRAM 2 LAST

first_imgThey were joined by three Indian Premier Skills coach They were joined by three Indian Premier Skills coach educators, Kuntala Ghosh Dastidar, Shekhar Kerkar and Shafeeq Hassan. AIFFs General Secretary Kushal Das said such initiatives would go towards improving the standard of the game in India. “Our focus over the past couple of years has been on development of grassroots football and coach educators,” he said. Successful candidates from Phase 1 of Premier Skills are eligible for AIFF `D licence certificate and further in three months, they can apply for AFC 1C licence, he said. PTI SSR KRK AH AHlast_img

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World Cup 2018: Serbia’s Kolarov, Matic consider international retirement

first_imgSerbia’s captain Aleksandar Kolarov and midfielder Nemanja Matic are considering retirement from international duties after their elimination from the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Wednesday.Serbia were outclassed by Brazil 2-0 in their final group game that saw them exit from the World Cup in Russia.Serbia had defeated Costa Rica in their first match of the tournament but their last-gasp defeat to Switzerland in the second match turned it all around.It was a must-win against Brazil and Serbia just failed to dismantle the footballing powerhouse.A last-minute strike by Xherdan Shaqiri was the “fateful goal” that booked Serbia’s passage home, wrote the Kurir daily.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”I will speak with the people from the football federation, whether they see me in the national team,” Kolarov, 32, was quoted as saying by Blic newspaper. “If I can’t contribute to what the national side needs, I won’t be selfish.”It will he hard for me but I will stay away,” added the AS Roma and former Manchester City defender.WORLD CUP 2018 – FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”First I need a rest,” Matic said, noting he had played more than 60 games this season for Manchester United and his country. “I’m drained, both emotionally and physically. We’ll see.”Also read – World Cup 2018: Brazil reach last 16 with easy win over Serbia”If I feel I cannot give my maximum, I’ll pull out,” added Matic, who turns 30 in a month.The Belgrade press largely echoed coach Mladen Krstajic’s praise for his team’s fighting spirit in being outclassed by the five-times world champions; Blic called them “heroes”.advertisementThe Serbs needed a win to reach the second round from Group E after a last-minute 2-1 defeat by Switzerland last week. However, in pressing hard they left themselves exposed to a goals in either half by Paulinho and Thiago Silva.Also read – World Cup 2018, Brazil vs Serbia: Why was Neymar trolled this time?”We went out to win against a powerhouse in modern football and we came up short,” Krstajic said. “I congratulate my players for their brave efforts.”That’s how it goes in football. We have to up our game.””The players gave their all,” added Krstajic, a former international defender who was promoted to coach from assistant when Slavoljub Muslin was sacked last October after leading the side to qualification for Russia.”We came to the World Cup to show our true colours after eight years of missing out on major tournaments. We can be very satisfied with our performance,” he said.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Mou masterclass puts Spurs in their place

first_imgManchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Mourinho masterclass puts Kane-less Tottenham in their place Goal 21:48 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Anthony Martial Manchester United 2017 Getty Images Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Stats Spurs suffered from a lack of penetration as the trademark efficiency of the hosts came good in the end Jose Mourinho is keeping Manchester United in the Premier League title race, albeit by playing in a very different style to leaders Manchester City, who have made the greatest start ever to a campaign since the English top flight adopted its current format.While the Etihad side are winning matches amid regular flurries of goals, the Red Devils are a side that thrive under the Portuguese manager’s pragmatism. They recently stifled Liverpool and on Saturday defeated in-form Tottenham 1-0 at Old Trafford.It took a goal from Anthony Martial less than 10 minutes from time to decide the match, though that is typical of a team that has excelled in the closing stages of games this term.  Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Although Spurs, who were branded ‘the Harry Kane team’ by Pep Guardiola, were without their leading attraction, they were still thought to pose United a major challenge. Mourinho certainly respected them and made the match as tight as possible in order to quell their opponents’ threat.The London side might have edged the hosts in many of the key statistics – they had more possession, completed passes and shots on target – but they were not the team that have blown other sides away so often this term.MUN TOT USMuch of this was due to the Portuguese manager’s organisation, which helped United keep a fifth successive home clean sheet at the start of the season. Indeed, the visitors spent a good amount of time in the Manchester United half. A quarter of their possession came in that area, although United did have 29% in the equivalent statistic at the other end. Spurs offered a balanced approach to their attacking play, probing equally down either flank and only slightly less in the middle. They had little joy with any approach as they managed only four shots on target and nine in total – three of which were from hopelessly ambitious distance. By contrast, United had fewer efforts but were able to make one count in typically timely fashion. Interestingly, much of their attacking threat came from the left of the pitch, with Marcus Rashford able to drift into that area on a regular basis and it was from that area that Martial got the winner.So, while this was hardly sparkling for the home team, it was efficient and good enough to keep them within realistic striking distance of their neighbours. Ultimately, that is all Mourinho will be concerned with.All stats featured in the article came courtesy of the Goal+ app, exclusive to Samsung devices. Download the most cutting edge football app now!last_img read more

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TOUCH SA vs VICTORIA- THE BORDER CHALLENGE

first_imgVIC vs SA- OPEN BORDER CHALLENGE 3rd September: Touch SA vs Victoria Touch- `2005 Border Challenge’. In the drizzling rain the touch stars of long standing rival states South Australia and Victoria took to the fields last weekend to battle to be the 2005 Border Challenge Champions…. Last weekends Border Challenge saw South Australia and Victoria compete in the Men’s open, Women’s Open and Mixed Open divisions, vying for State supremacy as well as selection for the Crusaders teams (comprising Victoria, South Australia & Tasmania) to compete in the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour in March 2006. This year the 2005 Border Challenge was held in Mildura. The Border Challenge is a great opportunity to take elite level touch to the regional areas, and this weekend displayed the very best South Australia and Victoria has to offer. The games were held at the Mildura Senior College and greatly supported by representatives of the Mallee Touch Association in particular Luke Thornton with regard to facilities and field preparation. It was excellent to see members of the Mildura Touch Association come out and play a demonstration mixed game to show case the local talent. The stars from both South Australia and Victoria put on a display of tenacious defense, hot stepping attacking action, and of course, the games were played in the sportsmanlike manner one has come to expect in our sport. Through the miserable rain South Australia came out strong winning all three of the Men’s Open games and two games to one in the Women’s Open, while Victoria had a clean sweep in the Mixed Open division. As expected it was a tight encounter with most games only separated by one or two scores. Men’s Open South Australia (6) def Victoria (5) South Australia (5) def Victoria (4) South Australia (5) def Victoria (2) * 2005 Divisional Champions – South Australia Women’s Open South Australia (4) def Victoria (3) South Australia (3) def Victoria (2) Victoria (2) def South Australia (1) * 2005 Divisional Champions – South Australia Mixed Open Victoria (3) def South Australia (2) Victoria (5) def South Australia (3) Victoria (6) def South Australia (5) * 2005 Divisional Champions – Victoria ** 2005 Border Challenge Overall State Champions – South Australia ** The awesome display of talent made the task of choosing a `Player of the Series’ from each division very difficult. The following players were awarded `Player of the Series’ – Men’s Open – Colm Maguire (South Australia) Women’s Open – Sharon Gray (South Australia) Sharon Lai (Victoria) Mixed Open – Richard Morunga (Victoria) Congratulations to all the players that took part and a big thank you to Luke Thornton for everything he did in preparation for the 2005 Border Challenge. A special thank you to the following referee’s who were selected to represent at the 2005 Border Challenge Dave Ludlow, Jo Mitchell, Sean Judge, Chris Denison-Smith, Greg Frost, Indra Garner, Leigh Bryant, Miles Davine, Mike Gaskin, Stewart Freeman.last_img

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Ross Taylor urges New Zealand ‘to show fighting spirit’ in 2nd Test vs Sri Lanka

first_imgRoss Taylor urges New Zealand ‘to show fighting spirit’ in 2nd Test vs Sri LankaRoss Taylor acknowledged that New Zealand were “just weren’t good enough” in Galle where Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne (122) and Lahiru Thirimanne (64) produced a century opening stand as they chased 268 for victory.advertisement Reuters August 21, 2019UPDATED: August 21, 2019 16:31 IST AP PhotoHIGHLIGHTSSri Lanka lead the 2-match series after they beat New Zealand by 6 wickets in the 1st TestNZ were in a similar position 7 years ago on their Sri Lankan tour but bounced back to level the 2-Test seriesTaylor had produced a belligerent 142 and 74 in the 2nd Test back then and hopes to do the same nowThe 2nd Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand that starts at the P Sara Stadium in Colombo on Thursday has an eerily similar feel about it from their last match between the two sides there seven years ago.In 2012, Sri Lanka hammered New Zealand by 10 wickets in the first Test in Galle. Last Sunday, the hosts won the first Test in the current series at the same picturesque ground by six wickets to earn 60 points in the new World Test Championship.Seven years ago, facing defeat in the two-Test series, then New Zealand captain Ross Taylor produced a belligerent 142 and 74 in the second Test, at the P Sara Stadium, to level the series.The 35-year-old Taylor, who scored 86 in New Zealand’s first innings in Galle last week, said while the venue for the second Test had proved fruitful in the past it would likely have little influence on the current match.”P Sara is a ground that we’ve had some success in the past and hopefully we can replicate that,” Taylor said. “It’s always nice to come back to a ground where you have had some success.”But at the same time it’s a different game and different circumstances. Being 1-0 down in the series we need to get our first win in the Test championship.”I’m sure Sri Lanka will be doing their best to stop that.”Taylor acknowledged that his side were “just weren’t good enough” in Galle where Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne (122) and Lahiru Thirimanne (64) produced a century opening stand as they chased 268 for victory.advertisement”Very disappointed to lose the game,” Taylor added. “We tried everything but just weren’t good enough.”We have been in this situation many times before, been 1-0 down and have come back strong.”That’s all we can ask for, to show the fighting spirit the team is renowned for and hopefully we can put this very good Sri Lanka side under some pressure.”New Zealand coach Gary Stead said the pitch would again be conducive to spin, which could signal a callup for leg-spinner Todd Astle, who made his Test debut in the match at P Sara in 2012.The 32-year-old had played just three other Tests since, but with left arm spinner Mitchell Santner not extracting much turn in Galle, Stead has suggested Astle could join Ajaz Patel and Will Somerville in the spin attack.”I don’t imagine there’s going to be too many changes from what we saw at Galle, we expect a pitch that will turn and offer more to the spinners than the seamers,” Stead said.”We’ve got other spin options with Todd Astle so we’ll consider all options.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Sri Lanka vs New ZealandFollow Ross TaylorFollow P Sara Oval stadiumlast_img read more

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Prosafe Secures Contract for Accommodation Vessel …

first_imgzoom Cotemar group has confirmed that Jasminia has been awarded a contract from end November this year until end December 2015.The contract value is approximately USD 32.7 million.Prosafe is an owner and operator of semi-submersible accommodation vessels. Operating profit reached USD 222.4 million in 2012 and net profit was USD 177.5 million. The company operates globally, employs 570 people and is headquartered in Larnaca, Cyprus.Prosafe, November 19, 2013last_img

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Kinder Morgan to file court action against protesters blocking pipeline work

by Keven Drews and Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 31, 2014 6:24 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Kinder Morgan to file court action against protesters blocking pipeline work VANCOUVER – Lawyers for Trans Mountain pipeline will be back in B.C. Supreme Court next Wednesday to seek an injunction against protesters who have blocked survey work in a conservation area in Metro Vancouver.The subsidiary of energy giant Kinder Morgan filed two separate court actions against protesters, after demonstrators confronted Trans Mountain crews on Burnaby Mountain last Wednesday. One person even crawled under a survey crew’s SUV and refused to leave.The company is asking for an injunction preventing protesters from blocking its crews from doing work on the expansion project on Burnaby Mountain.The company is also asking for damages and costs in a civil lawsuit over what it claims is trespass, assault and intimidation by protesters who chased away workers.Justice Miriam Gropper heard Friday that the lawsuits were served against the defendants less than a day before. She said holding a hearing on Monday on the injunction would not give the defendants enough time to prepare.But she also said pushing the hearing back a full week to Nov. 10 was unjustified, too, because the defendants likely anticipated the company’s application.Gropper also turned down a request by Neil Chantler, who is representing one of the defendants, to issue a stop work order.“I don’t have any basis at this point to issue, or jurisdiction for that matter, to issue a stop work order, and don’t have any evidence to support such an order,” she said.Chantler told Gropper that he struggled to respond to her decision.“This entire situation arose last night,” he said. “I am a sole practitioner of a busy practice.”Lawyer Casey Leggett, who represents two defendants named in the court proceedings, Lynne Quarmby and Stephen Collis, said outside of court he respected the ruling.“We’ve got a little bit more time, which is what we wanted so now it’s time to move ahead and look ahead and not look back at this relatively minor application,” he said.Kinder Morgan’s lawyer Bill Kaplan told reporters he understands why the judge would want to give the other side time to respond, calling the issue a “serious matter.”“They were aware that the reaction of Trans Mountain would be to seek injunctive proceedings, and those will proceed on the fifth and they’ll have a right to make their submissions at that point and so will I,” he said of the defendants named in the lawsuits.Court documents say the company’s inability to conduct the field studies because of the protesters’ actions means its plan to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline will be delayed and cost both the firm and investors money.Trans Mountain is authorized by the National Energy Board to conduct the field work, and the company accuses protesters of trespassing at three separate work sites and verbally abusing work crews.“The protesters, including the defendants or some of them, physically obstructed Trans Mountain and its agents by blocking their access to the site, and intimidated Trans Mountain and its agents through physical confrontation, and yelling and screaming abusive words,” said the court documents.“An individual chained himself to a vehicle used by Trans Mountain and its agents and prevented them from safely withdrawing that equipment from the site.”The company said it marked out work zones with signs, but some protesters pulled the signs out and damaged them.Other protesters erected tents and used vehicles to bar workers, making it clear that “if they attempted to perform the tasks for which they came to the site … there would be a physical confrontation and that they would be physically prevented from doing so,” the court documents state.At the end, the workers turned around and left.SFU English professor Stephen Collis, who is listed in the statement of claim as one of the defendants, was on Burnaby Mountain Wednesday speaking on behalf of a group calling themselves the Caretakers. He said he didn’t witness the incidents described by Trans Mountain, but he finds some of the company’s claims “absurd.”“So this U.S.-based company can take away my Canadian constitutional rights? It’s a public park,” he said in a phone interview on Friday. “I’m a public person, I can make statements, I can be in public space, be in a public park, but now I’ve been told I can’t do any of those things.”Collis also said Burnaby Mountain is on municipal land, and it’s not up to Trans Mountain to declare protesters were trespassing.The injunction application and civil lawsuit is the latest in a bitter battle over Kinder Morgan’s plans to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline through Burnaby.If approved, the $5.4-billion dollar expansion plan would come close to tripling the capacity of the existing pipeline between Alberta and B.C. to about 900,000 barrels of crude a day.The National Energy Board granted the company access to Burnaby Mountain last week, saying the City of Burnaby can’t block the survey work because it is needed for the board to make a decision on the expansion application.Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan has said he doesn’t believe the federal regulator has the authority to consider constitutional questions concerning city bylaws.The city plans to appeal the ruling. read more

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UK Conservatives line up to be next PM Labour in shambles

by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Jun 29, 2016 4:42 am MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2016 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – Britain has not yet quit the European Union, but it has already left politics-as-usual far behind.Conservative Party contenders began to emerge Wednesday to replace Prime Minister David Cameron in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the bloc, while the head of the opposition Labour Party tried to cling to power in the face of a growing rebellion in party ranks.Cameron announced his resignation after British voters decided last week, against his advice, that the U.K. should leave the 28-nation EU. His successor will get the challenge — or the poisoned chalice — of becoming the country’s next leader and negotiating Britain’s exit.Conservative lawmakers have until noon Thursday to announce their candidacy.The first contender to make it official was Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb, who said he was running because “I don’t see anybody who provides a compelling answer” to the question of how to heal a deeply divided nation.The 43-year-old Crabb, raised by a single mother in public housing, said he would offer “resilience, optimism, humility, strength.” Although he backed the “remain” side in the referendum, he promised to deliver a “negotiated exit” from the EU.Crabb is running with Business Secretary Sajid Javid — who would serve as his finance minister — on what has been dubbed a blue-collar ticket. Both men come from working-class backgrounds, in contrast to upper-crust front-runner Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London, and the current prime minister, Cameron.Johnson, who led the “leave” side in the referendum, has the support of several senior Tory lawmakers. Environment Secretary Liz Truss wrote that she was backing the 52-year-old Johnson because the new leader must be “someone who believes in, and campaigned for, leaving the EU.”Home Secretary Theresa May, who backed the “remain” side but is seen as competent and experienced, is also expected to run. May, 59, could appeal to a large chunk of Conservatives who mistrust the flamboyant, Latin-spouting Johnson, who has been accused of using the referendum as a platform for his leadership ambitions and of failing to draw up plans for what to do if his “leave” side did win.Tory lawmaker Alan Duncan compared Johnson to the erratic former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, dubbing him “Silvio Borisconi.”Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox said he would formally announce his candidacy on Thursday. Fox, on the anti-EU wing of the party, had to resign from the government in 2011 after allowing a friend access to official meetings and overseas visits.After nominations close, Conservative lawmakers will vote and whittle down the candidates to two. Those names will be put to a postal vote of all party members, with the result announced Sept. 9.The opposition Labour Party is also in turmoil at the top, with leader Jeremy Corbyn resisting intense pressure to resign. Many Labour supporters accuse him of failing to make a strong enough case to voters for why Britain should remain in the EU.Labour lawmakers in Parliament passed a no-confidence vote 172-40 against Corbyn on Tuesday — but he says he will not resign because he has the support of grass-roots party members.A chorus of anti-Corbyn statements poured out Wednesday from Labour lawmakers fearful that their party will be wiped out if the new Conservative leader calls a quick election while the staunchly socialist, doggedly uncharismatic Corbyn is at the helm.Corbyn’s predecessor, Ed Miliband, said Britain was facing its biggest crisis since World War II and “Jeremy cannot rise to that challenge.”Ex-Labour Cabinet minister Tessa Jowell declared the party was in “a complete shambles,” while a former interim leader of the party, Harriet Harman, said Corbyn “has no right or mandate to stay in office despite his failure and take the party down with him.”The imminent departure of Cameron and the rebellion against Corbyn gave a surreal tone Wednesday to the normally raucous Prime Minister’s Questions session in the House of Commons.Labour Party lawmakers declined to cheer Corbyn and sat in stony silence as he quizzed Cameron on the economic implications of a British exit from the EU — or Brexit, as it is known. Cameron, for his part, said it was not in the nation’s best interests for Corbyn to keep his job.“For heaven’s sake man, go!” Cameron urged. UK Conservatives line up to be next PM; Labour in ‘shambles’ British Prime Minister David Cameron walks to get in a car as he leaves 10 Downing Street in London, to attend Prime Minister’s Questions at the Houses of Parliament, Wednesday, June 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) read more

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We have no plan B we have to get rid of this

Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed will be taking over for Mr. Anthony Banbury. Speaking with UNMEER staff at a town hall meeting today, Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed praised their achievements but also noted the challenges in battling the deadly outbreak. “This is a global crisis. We definitely have a difficult time ahead of us, but we can achieve it,” Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed said. “We have no plan B, we have to get rid of this virus. This is within our reach, but we should not be complacent.”According to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) figures, there are 20,206 confirmed, probable or suspected cases of Ebola and 7,905 reported deaths.“We need to keep going until we don’t have even one case, because even one case is too many,” he said. “The work ahead remains very hard but we really have no other choice.”Outgoing Head Anthony Banbury welcomed Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, saying, “Even while we face a lot of hard work in the days, weeks and months ahead, it’s important to pause and think back to where we were when we started. There were predictions that there would be 1.4 million cases by now.”Ould Cheikh Ahmed will be visiting Liberia and Sierra Leone next week, then Guinea shortly after, to reinforce UNMEER’s strategic priorities and see first-hand the Ebola response. He will be accompanied by UN Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro.According to UNMEER, the three affected countries now have sufficient capacity to isolate and treat 100 percent of confirmed Ebola patients and enough burial teams to ensure safe and dignified burials for 100 percent of all deaths due to Ebola.Before his new appointment, Ould Cheikh Ahmed served as Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). read more

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Ukraine crisis forgotten by the world senior UN relief official says urging

“This crisis is happening in Europe’s backyard, yet it is largely forgotten by the world,” UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Ursula Mueller told a European conference on the humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine and the way forward, held on Wednesday in Brussels, Belgium.“We must do better at communicating the daily violence and intensifying deprivation in eastern Ukraine affecting millions of people,” added Ms. Mueller, who is also Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator.She noted that the human toll of the armed conflict is appalling, with over 2,530 civilians killed and 9,000 injured. Thousands of homes, hundreds of hospitals, schools, and water and electricity facilities have been damaged due to the hostilities.“Countless ceasefire agreements have failed to stick, and it is this political failure to bring about a definitive end to the conflict that continues to force 4.4 million conflict-affected Ukrainians to endure daily suffering and to make impossible choices,” she warned.Hostilities aside, hundreds of lives have been lost due to mines and explosive remnants. eastern Ukraine is rapidly becoming “one of the most mined areas in the world,” which, if not addressed, will stall reconstruction and development for many years to come, she said, noting that mine clearance and risk education is urgently needed in all conflict-affected areas, particularly along the “contact line,” including the checkpoints.With one million crossings each month across the 457-km “contact line,” thousands of people face delays and obstacles in accessing basic services, pensions, social benefits, and markets every day.Last December, humanitarians in Ukraine consolidated a comprehensive and prioritized $187 million Humanitarian Response Plan that sets out the urgent need to reach vulnerable Ukrainians with assistance and protection throughout 2018.“It is sobering to note that four years ago, Ukraine had no need of a humanitarian appeal,” Ms. Mueller said.It is clear from a 2018 assessment that needs across all sectors continue to rise, particularly in non-Government controlled areas and across the “contact line,” she said, urging the de facto authorities to facilitate the resumption of the activities of all humanitarian actors’ programmes, and appealing to the Government of Ukraine to do all it can to ensure freedom of movement of civilians, and to end the commercial ban across the contact line. read more

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Mother finds babys coffin empty after 42 year battle to discover what

first_imgIn the wake of the English inquiry, NHS Scotland admitted the same practice took place north of the border.Ms Reid is now demanding to know what happened to her son who, she said, deserved a proper burial.Funeral directors Scotmid Co-operative Funerals said as soon as they heard of the allegations they informed Police Scotland.A statement said: “We also recently met with Mrs Reid and close members of her family to offer our full support in what has been an extremely distressing situation for them.”We hope that our actions in contacting the police will help give Mrs Reid the answers to the questions she has raised about her son’s funeral.”NHS Lothian deputy chief executive Jim Crombie said: “Our condolences are with the family of Gary Paton. This matter is now being looked into by the police and we are unable to comment further.” A mother who has been fighting for 42 years to find out what happened to her dead baby's remains has discovered his coffin was buried with no body in it. A mother who has been fighting for 42 years to find out what happened to her dead baby’s remains has discovered his coffin was buried with no body in it.Credit:Facebook The coffin itself had disintegrated. Prof Black, who did discover a hat, shawl, cross and name tag said there were neither skeletal remains nor evidence of decomposition. Lydia ReidCredit:BBC “Ultimately there is only one possible logical explanation and that is that the body was not put in that coffin.”Ms Reid, 68, said she was devastated by the findings.She recalled that when she asked to see her dead son, she was shown the body of a child which was not hers.”I objected but they said I was suffering from post-natal depression,” she said.”This baby was blonde and big, my baby was tiny and dark-haired. This was not my son.” Lydia Reid A mother who won a court order to find out what had happened to her baby’s remains has discovered that his coffin was buried without a body.Lydia Reid’s 42-year quest looked to have come to a conclusion when a court granted her an order for an exhumation.Ms Reid had been a leading member of a campaign to reveal the extent to which Scottish hospitals used dead children’s body parts for research.In 2001 an official report in England found that 104,300 organs, foetuses and body parts were in storage, the majority at 25 hospitals.Ms Reid feared that the same thing had happened to her son, Gary, who was only seven days old when he died at Edinburgh’s Sick Kids hospital in July 1975.Following the court order and exhumation was carried out by Professor  Dame Sue Black, an eminent forensic anthropologist.She concluded that the coffin had been buried without human remains, the BBC reported.Prof Reid reached her conclusion following the exhumation at Saughton Cemetery in Edinburgh. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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ESG to offer complete legislative and regulatory environmental compliance solution

first_imgEnvironmental Scientifics Group, to be commonly known as ESG, is the new name for the combined expertise of Scientifics and the Environmental Services Group encompassing brands such as Soil Mechanics, TES Bretby, PMC and CL Voelker. The group of companies, initially brought together by Inspicio (a testing and inspection services company), offer a complete solution for all legislative and regulatory environmental compliance from the ground up. The companies operate in areas such as geotechnical and energy testing, environmental safety compliance and laboratories and analytical services.With a history dating back more than 100 years, and with more than 1,000 employees working in 26 offices nationwide, the ESG group was formally launched a week ago by Sir Steve Redgrave at the Churchill War Rooms, London, UK.The launch, ‘The New Gold Standard,’ signals the development of a new framework aimed at making it easier for customers to use ESG’s diverse range of services. The businesses will work together ‘as one’ for the benefit of clients, rather than as a collection of individual business units. The launch shows ESG’s strong commitment to customer service and continued investment to achieve excellence. The brands, Soil Mechanics, Scientifics, TES Bretby, PMC and CL Voelker, known and respected in their respective sectors, will remain.ESG provides expert test, analysis and advice that is UKAS accredited and fully industry and legislatively compliant, providing customers with a high quality and timely service. Alex Sleeth, CEO, ESG said: “Our aim with ESG is to have a business which works in partnership with our customers to provide a total solution across a unique range of environmental inspection, testing and consultancy services. We pride ourselves on the levels of accreditation standards the businesses hold which ensure our standards are at the forefront of our industry.”ExpansionESG is expanding already. It announced today that it intends to acquire the Geotechnical and Testing Services Division (GTS) of Bureau Veritas UK Holdings, a provider of testing services. The acquisition will strengthen each of ESG’s divisions – Geotechnical and Energy, Laboratories and Analytical and Environmental Safety Compliance by expanding its national coverage and UKAS accredited laboratory network. With nine locations across England and Scotland, GTS offer a range of expertise, including geotechnical engineering; structural investigation; materials testing; soil testing; specialist metallurgy engineering and analytical chemistry. It has more than 2,000 customers and all GTS’s laboratories are UKAS accredited and the Consultancy Services business is accredited with BS 9000:2000 and 14001:2004. The deal is expected to complete in December 2009.Robin Hastie, Managing Director, GTS: “Inspicio is a well respected name in the inspection and testing market and its businesses have a reputation for quality and data integrity. GTS is a niche business with an excellent reputation and we are confident that its new home within the Environmental Scientifics Group will be good for both customers and employees alike.”last_img read more

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Rise in winter breakdowns due to increasing amount of older cars says

first_imgWET AND WINDY weather conditions combined with a growing number of older cars on the road prompted an 11 per cent rise last month in the number of motorists contacting the AA due to a breakdown.Figures released by the motoring association also show a 27 per cent increase in call-outs to motorists with engine problems, 15 per cent increase in motorists with flat batteries, and a rise of 12 per cent in the number of motorists getting flat tyres.Conor Faughnan, Director of Consumer Affairs at the AA, said that engines are forced to work “much harder in winter”, leading to more break-downs and an increased need for maintenance.However, he also said that the increase in breakdowns is down to people keeping their cars for longer: Irish people are hanging on to their present cars for longer these days and there is no doubt that this is why we are seeing more car breakdowns.“This has been evident all year but it was striking how many car breakdowns happened in the last month that were caused at least in part by cars not being prepared for poor weather.”While some are keeping their cars for longer, CSO figures last week revealed a 16 per cent increase in the number of new private cars licensed for the first time.As winter sets in, the AA is advising motorists to keep an eye on the several aspects of their car’s maintenance to avoid running into difficulties:Avoid using worn tyres, as this will lead to a loss of grip in wet or frosty road conditions.Top up your engine’s coolant with anti-freeze.Ensure your windscreen washer fluid is topped up.Oil and break fluid should be topped up as normal.Read: Volkswagen most popular as new vehicle licenses jump 16 per cent >Debunked: Does switching off your engine when stuck in traffic save fuel? >last_img read more

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Coast guard helicopter and garda dog teams join search for missing 76yearold

first_imgTHE IRISH COAST Guard’s Dublin-based helicopter was dispatched to assist in the search for a 76-year-old man missing from Blackrock last night.George Manson was last seen in the Stillorgan area on Sunday evening.The Rescue 116 helicopter was sent to assist gardaí in the search of a remote area of Co Wicklow, near Kilbride, at around 8.30pm after his car was located.Three garda dog team, the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team, and the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue were also involved in last night’s search.The helicopter returned to its base at Dublin Airport shortly after 10pm. The search is expected to continue today.Gardaí yesterday renewed their appeal for help finding George. He’s described as being 5′ 6″ in height, of a slim build with grey hair and a moustache.Anyone with information is being asked to contact Blackrock Garda Station on 01 6665200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111, or any Garda Station.last_img read more

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