Civic reception for Donegal Association

first_img Twitter Previous articleSoccer – Harps Chairman Appeals For SupportNext articleFifteen parishes in the Derry Diocese will have no priest in 15 years time News Highland Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook The Donegal Association in Dublin has been honoured by Donegal County Council at a civic reception in Lifford this afternoon.A large crowd from Donegal and Dublin gathered for the function at county house.Mayor Brendan Byrne said it’s a well deserved honour on the 75th anniversary of the association’s foundation.Tony Dunleavy is President of the Donegal Association, which raises money for several Donegal charities, as well as hosting the annual Donegal Person of the Year event.This year, the association is closely involved in the Donegal Live event, a promotion which takes place in Dublin on the 16th of next month.Tony Dunleavy says it’s an event with a lot of potential.>*[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/dunlev11.mp3[/podcast] News 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook WhatsApp By News Highland – April 26, 2010 Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal center_img Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Civic reception for Donegal Associationlast_img read more

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Breakthrough for coeliacs

first_imgAccording to a new study in Italy, slow-fermented bakery goods, such as sourdough bread, could be safe for coeliacs to eat.The study, by the University of Naples and the University of Bari, Italy, looked at whether the processing of wheat used for bakery products reduced gluten percentage, and found that fermentation significantly decreased the amount of native gluten present. Thirteen patients with coeliac disease were divided into three groups. The first group were required to eat 200g per day of natural flour baked goods, the second were given baked food made from partially hydrolyzed wheat flour, while the third received baked food from fully hydrolyzed wheat flour.  The study found that a 60-day diet of baked goods made from hydrolyzed wheat flour, made with sourdough lactobacilli and fungal proteases, was not toxic to patients with coeliac disease.Two patients from the first group had to abandon the study after developing clinical symptoms. Patients from the second group had no clinical complaints but a biopsy examination showed that their intestinal lining had changed. However, the third group had no clinical complaints, their blood levels of markers of immune reaction and their biopsies showed no changes to the intestinal lining.last_img read more

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FARC Illegal Refinery Found

first_imgBy Dialogo December 19, 2012 During the operations conducted by Army soldiers against illegal mining organizations, a clandestine refinery was neutralized in Nariño department on December 15. The military action was developed by members of the Army’s Pegaso Task Force, who managed to locate and destroy an illegal refinery used by terrorists from the FARC’s “Daniel Aldana” front for processing stolen regional oil. The events took place in the municipality of Tumaco, where the military found the improvised refinery, 4,252 liters of oil, 189 liters of gasoline, a pool, 50 meters of metal piping, and 120 meters of plastic hose. The materials were seized and brought before the authorities in charge.last_img

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Walusimbi relishes Uganda’s Cup of Nations return

first_imgKPL players Godfrey Walusimbi & Shafiq Batambuze of @OfficialGMFC & @TuskerFC_club respectively in Ugandan squad ahead of 2017 AFCON,Gabon. pic.twitter.com/xgVYnvVPK5— Ministry of Sports (@moscakenya) January 5, 2017In the final round of qualifying for Gabon, Uganda managed to win four of their six matches and finished tied on 13 points with Burkina Faso, who headed the group.Uganda’s best ever performance at the African Cup of Nations was as runner-up to hosts Ghana in 1978, but they remain a long shot among the 16 finalists in Gabon.The Cranes will come up against the Black Stars of Ghana again in the first match on January 17. The other Group D teams are Egypt and Mali.Share on: WhatsApp Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Ugandan midfielder Godfrey Walusimbi said Friday that the Cranes’ first African Cup of Nations appearance in four decades had handed players the opportunity of a lifetime.Walusimbi, 27, and his fellow Kenyan-based defender, Shafik Batambuze were named Thursday as part of Uganda’s 23-man squad for the biennial competition which starts in Gabon on January 14.“For us Ugandans, this chance comes once in a lifetime. I cannot wait to play there and make some piece of history,” the left-footed Walusimbi, who turns out for the former Kenyan league champions Gor Mahia said in Nairobi.Uganda will play in the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 38 years.last_img read more

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Leafs score three in the third to outlast Grand Forks 5-3

first_imgThe Grand Forks Border Bruins recently won its first Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game in two years on home ice.The Nelson Leafs were looking to avoid being the Bruins second home-ice victim in as many games.The Leafs shook off a couple of early defensive lapses to outscore the Bruins 5-1 en route to a 5-3 Neil Murdoch Division victory Thursday night in the Boundary City.The win keeps Nelson in top spot in the Murdoch Division, four points in front of the idle Castlegar Rebels.The two teams meet tonight in Nelson at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.In a game that had “trap” written all over it, the Bruins surprised the Leafs with two first-period goals by Nelson Minor Hockey grad Colton Dawson and Chase Anchikoski.The lead came despite the Leafs out shooting the Bruins 27-9 in the first frame. However, a late goal by team captain Colton Schell cut the advantage in half before the period ended.The teams exchanged second period goals.Affilate player Brandon Sookro tied the game before Bruins’ Connor Gross restored the one-goal advantage for the home side on the power play.In the third Nelson finally solved Grand Forks netminder Robert Dunsmuir scoring three times to rally to victory.Matt MacDonald and defenceman J.J. Beitel scored less than a minute apart to give Nelson a 4-3 lead.Matthew Naka scored shorthanded late in the third to pad the lead.The Leafs finished the contest out shooting the Bruins 61-27.Adam Maida, a teammate of Sookro on the Kootenay Ice Major Midget squad, made 24 saves to register his first junior career victory in goal.LEAF BANTER: The win kept Nelson undefeated against the Bruins this season. . . .After playing the first eight games with Beaver Valley, Colton Dawson has been a nice find for the Bruins, scoring three goals in 11 games for Grand Forks. Dawson played last season for the Nelson Midget Reps . . .After winning 11 straight, the Leafs have now won three in a row and have points in 15 consecutive games.last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Mixed Slopitch Winners — Total Chaos

first_imgThere was no chaos in the run by Total Chaos to capture the 2016 Nelson Mixed Slopitch Crown recently at the Lakeside Diamonds.The regular season champs outlasted Main Jet 10-9 en route to the winner’s circle finish in the A-Division of the Mixed Slopitch League.Total Chaos finished 19-0 during the regular season before reeling off five wins to claim the playoff title. Mallard’s Source for sports wants to add to the celebrations with Team of the Week honours.Total Chaos team includes, Ashley De Leeuw, Justin Niminiken, Jamie Simpson, Travis Dowes, Al Weber, Corey Niminiken, Darren Cain, Kyle Niminiken, Derrick Jackman, Shandy Mowery, Branwen Hainsworth, Lindsey Niminiken, Tammy Jackman, Lua Gerun, Carrie Mowery, Sandy Byers and Nathan Jackman.last_img

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Thanks Congress, But We Need Privacy Laws, Not Banal Social Sharing

first_imgTags:#digital media#Facebook#frictionless sharing#Netflix#privacy#publishing#video apps john paul titlow A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Great news! The U.S. Congress just sent a bill to President Obama’s desk that will make it easier to tell your Facebook friends what you’re watching on Netflix. Now when that kid you haven’t spoken to since 10th grade chemistry watches the new season of Arrested Development, you’ll be the first to know about it. Such is the result of the “frictionless sharing” revolution Facebook promised us.But there’s another aspect to this news. A provision in the new law that would have required the feds to get a warrant before snooping through your Gmail account was silently yanked at the last minute. Meet The Video Privacy Protection Act Amendments ActThe Video Privacy Protection Act Amendments Act reverses an anachronistic side effect of the original 1988 law, which prevented Netflix from launching the same type of “frictionless sharing” feature that Spotify and other digital media companies teamed up with Facebook to enable in 2011. It’s frustrating when laws written decades ago have unexpected effects on technology and services whose existence was inconceivable when the laws were drafted. In that sense, it’s a good thing that the law was updated to enable these new companies to do this new thing that is unrelated to what the original law was trying to regulate.But frictionless sharing is a meaningless sideshow compared to the much bigger issue of privacy – especially privacy for cloud-hosted documents and data. And Congress is getting the balance completely backwards.What’s With Gutting Those Privacy Protections?The word “privacy” shows up right in the name of the Video Privacy Protection Act Amendments Act. But by scrapping the warrant requirement in the new amendments, Congress has dealt a very unfortunate blow to digital privacy. The ease with which authorities can access information about citizens via mobile providers and Internet companies is outrageous. There’s a reason that a protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures” was baked into the founding document of our society. Back then, a search meant whatever somebody was carrying in their pockets, or whatever they kept inside their home or workplace. Today, to search my house, the government would need a warrant. But that’s not necessarily the case for my email and data hosted on cloud-hosted service. If anything, privacy protections for personal documents and data stored in the cloud should be even more stringent than what is required to search your home or person. But they’re not. Congress had a chance to fix that – but it punted. It’s great that tech companies can get their way in Washington. Quite often, that will lead to more innovation and a more level playing field. In many cases, the benefits will trickle down to consumers, whose interests are often parallel with those of tech companies. But that’s not always the case. And it’s not the case here. Frictionless Sharing Is Useless For ConsumersIn fact, even apart from the epic fail on the privacy issue, there’s little benefit for real people in The Video Privacy Protection Act Amendments Act. Frictionless sharing was supposed to become a major trend after Facebook rolled out a bunch of integrations with media content providers at its F8 developers conference in 2011. Thank goodness it didn’t.This type of sharing makes total sense for the companies involved. Facebook nabs an even meatier slice of our fractured attention spans and services like Spotify and Rdio see a spike in users as millions of new people are exposed to their branding and invited to consume their content via the biggest social network on the planet. Facebook users, on the other hand, were not enamored with the feature, which throws up a stream of everything they listen to and read, but only from sources that partner with Facebook. It presumes that my friends give a damn if I happen to be on a Radiohead binge, compared to sharing a single song and explaining why it’s meaningful to me. They don’t.The implementation of frictonlessly shared news is even more egregious. When I clicked on a headline that bubbled up via a publisher’s “social reader” Facebook app, instead of being taken to the article (the way links have worked since the Internet was invented), I was instead prompted to install the publisher’s Facebook app. Then Facebook redesigned the implementation and publishers saw their traffic land squarely in the toilet. On December 14, the Guardian discontinued its frictionless Facebook app. Good riddance. Pretty soon, this pointless functionality will work with Netflix too. Oh joy!And meanwhile, the government can continue to read through your Web-based email without a warrant. Original lead image by Kevin Dooley. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

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Everything You Need to Know About Putting Your Videos Online

first_imgReady to maximize the reach of your video content? Here are the ideal video lengths, specs, voice, and style for Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo.As Facebook and Google slowly take over the world, those of us in the business of creating video content have no choice but to upload our work on the most popular platforms. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.Google, YouTube and Facebook are the most successful for a reason — they provide the best service, support, and functionality out there. Vimeo joins the video ranks for the same reasons, but not quite at the same click.Which is all to say, if you plan to share your personal or professional videos with audiences online, your best bet is through one (or all) of the following. Here are the ideal lengths, specs and voices for each of these top online platforms.1. FacebookAt the beginning of 2016, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed that Facebook users watched “100 million hours of video a day” and “500 million people watch Facebook videos every day.” While these claims are hard to substantiate, they aren’t unreasonable at all when you consider Facebook averages over one billion active users a day. So to reach the millions and billions of users with your content, here’s everything you need to know.Upload SpecsFormat: H.264 with ACC audio in MOV or MP4 formatAspect Ratio: No larger than 1280px wide and divisible by 16pxFrame Rate: At or below 30fpsAudio: 44,100hzMax Length: 120 minutesMax Size: 4 GBVia Facebook Help CenterIdeal Length: 30-60 SecondsThe good people at NewsWhip recently did an external audit on some of the most popular Facebook news channels (including BuzzFeed, NowThis, AJ+, BBC News, Daily Mail and The Guardian) on their average video lengths.In general, the advice available online regarding video length on Facebook tends to be summed up by “the shorter the better.” There are plenty of anecdotes about poor view counts being remedied by cutting videos down to their absolute essentials and being displayed in more Facebook-friendly styles.Furthermore, according to research done by Tubular Insights, while most Facebook videos average around 90 seconds, their engagement rates optimize between 30 and 60 seconds.Voice and StyleIn 2013, Facebook made the (arguably dubious) decision to have their videos auto-play when you scroll past them on your newsfeed. They were kind enough to grant users the favor of having their videos auto-mute as well. This courtesy has gone on to change the voice (or lacktherof) and style of Facebook videos for the next several years to the present.Since they will always begin silent, Facebook videos make a heavier use of text than YouTube or Vimeo. They are also fighting against a scroll away, so they must grab interest in the first few seconds to earn a viewer’s attention. For these reasons, Facebook videos need to be click-baity and flashy at the get-go and establish their content’s catch very fast. They need to present information on screen through titles and text (not audio) and be clear early on to their viewer about what the video is and what they want to convey.Examples of Facebook Videos While there’s no reason to not utilize all the video platforms available online, it is helpful to understand each one to help you with your planning, exporting and marketing.If you’d like to explore less-mainstream platforms, here a few to check out.DailyMotionBrightcove23 VideoOoyalaWistiaYou can also read more about creating and uploading 360-videos on Facebook and Youtube on RocketStock.What’s your online video platform of choice? Let us know in the comments. 2. YouTubeGoogle bought YouTube in 2006, a year after it was founded during a Silicon Valley dinner party. Its user numbers are on par with Facebook, with almost a third of all Internet users using YouTube. For content creators, it stands out for its ad revenue sharing model which allows users to monetize their content natively within the website. MDG, an advertising agency, did a study a few years ago that estimated that the top 1,000 channels earn an average of $23,000 a month.Image via TubeFilterThe potential for monetization, combined with top brand authority, makes using YouTube for your content an absolute must. Here are their recommended specs for your videos.Upload SpecsFormat: H.264 with ACC-LC audio in MP4 formatAspect Ratio: 16:9 (non-16:9 will be processed and displayed with pillar boxes)Frame Rate: 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, 60fpsAudio: 96khz or 48khzMax Length: 15 mins (unverified), 11 hours (verified)Max Size: 128 GBBitrate Recommendations:Via YouTube Stats PageIdeal Length: Around 3 MinutesAccording to a study done by ComScore, the average YouTube video length is 4.4 minutes long. This is consistent with an in-depth study done by Wistia (another video hosting site) that has more control on its numbers. The Wistia report goes on to detail the engagement percentages and its steady drop off as videos get longer and longer.Both studies by Stark Insider TV and AdWeek came up with similar 3.5 and 3 minute numbers for their recommendations as well. Overall, YouTube has communities that can thrive at much longer lengths (especially compared to Facebook), but overall follow the same rules of engagement fall off and distraction-prone audiences that push the needle to keep videos as short as their content allows them to be.Voice and StyleIt’s difficult to sum up YouTube as having any uniform voice or style. That being said, YouTube is very much a community-based platform that offers many different communities and familiar styles within. YouTube videos are often clicked through on the side bar which auto-plays after completion of a video — hence a heavy emphasis on video names and cover images. Unlike Facebook (while similar to Vimeo), videos load with sound on, but often include short ads which either have to be watched through or waited on until a “skip” button is counted down.Examples of YouTube Videoscenter_img 3. VimeoVimeo, while not totaling nearly one tenth of the audience as Facebook or YouTube, has still built a very strong and reputable audience that caters more directly to the indie film community and those looking for a higher quality brand in terms of content and style. Vimeo is often the preferred choice of video professionals looking to share their videos (publicly or privately) at the highest quality possible.Upload SpecsFormat: H.264Aspect Ratio: 16:9 most common, but accepts all ratiosFrame Rate: 60fps and lowerAudio: AAC-LC, 320 kbit/s, 48khzMax Length: No limit, data basedMax Size: 500MB a week (non-Plus account), 5GB a week (Plus account)Bitrate Recommendations:Ideal Length: 3 to 5 Minutes+Ideal Vimeo video length is a little tricker to quantify than YouTube or Facebook. In contrast to YouTube and Facebook, Vimeo doesn’t really operate in a click-baity way at all. It is fully community based where you can expect to watch videos from people you know, or to share professional reels or videos with specific audiences. Video lengths vary project to project and are usually viewed by parties with vested interests.However, the common sense rules still apply. Videos that go 15 minutes or longer are not going to be watchable for many people on busy schedules. A quick look through the last few pages of Vimeo Staff Picks reveal that most of the videos sit between 3-5 minutes, with a few outliners being 10 or 15 minutes or longer.Voice and StyleVimeo’s voice is very much in line with that of its audience. The filmmakers on Vimeo tend to reward storytelling, cinematography, and creativity. Animation and motion design are also very highlighted with reels and narrative shorts. In contrast to YouTube and Facebook, Vimeo gives videos a chance to breath with simple layouts that focus on the video. They also don’t force you to watch advertisements.MavSocial put together a nice infographic for those who are looking to decide between Vimeo and YouTube, which you can view here.Examples of Vimeo Videoslast_img read more

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Sixers’ Embiid, Simmons eager to prove doubters wrong

first_imgPhotographers photograph Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid as he dribbles a ball during media day at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Camden, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)CAMDEN, N.J. — The chips on the shoulders of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have not softened over the offseason.Both players are eager to prove doubters wrong.ADVERTISEMENT “I’ve seen what everybody’s said on Twitter,” Embiid said Monday when the Philadelphia 76ers held their media day. “It doesn’t bother me. I love it, I love critics and it just makes me better. I love seeing people say I can’t do this and I’m going to go out there and work on it and come back the next game or whenever I can and show that I can do this.”Simmons, the No. 1 overall pick last year, can’t wait to make his NBA debut after missing an entire season because of a broken right foot. He sounded a bit slighted that people aren’t mentioning him as a potential Rookie of the Year candidate.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“They’ll remember,” Simmons said. “I came to the States when I was 15 and nobody knew who I was, so I feel like I’m kind of back at the stage and I got to prove myself again, which is fine. I’m looking forward to that part.”Simmons declared himself 100 percent ready to go when training camp starts Tuesday. But Embiid has not been cleared for 5-on-5 drills, and the team will take a cautious approach in his return from his injured left knee. Embiid said scans look “perfect,” and he’s aiming to be ready for the season opener. “He’s a great player, a good friend and our chemistry is getting better every day and that will play a big role in this team’s success,” Simmons said.Sixers coach Brett Brown said Simmons has been dominating in the gym.“Compared to last year, I’m a much better player,” Simmons said. “It’s not even close.”The 19-year-old Fultz is certain he can fit into a lineup that also includes Dario Saric, Robert Covington, J.J. Reddick, Amir Johnson and others. The Sixers also signed free-agent forward Kris Humphries and center Emera Okafor to complete their camp roster.“You can’t think you’re not going to make it,” Fultz said. “You’ve got to believe it in order to do it.”The Sixers were 47-190 between 2013-16 before going 28-54 last season. Expectations are much higher now and fans are talking playoffs. Las Vegas oddsmakers set the over/under for win total at 42½.“We have a lot of potential,” Embiid said. “We have to learn to play together. As long as we stay healthy, the future is bright.” Paul and Harden hope bond translates to success on court Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Nothing wrong with raids on offices of progressive groups—Palace02:02PNP to prove activists’ link to CPP NPA01:37Protesters 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 Still, Embiid has a realistic outlook.“I’ll be honest, I don’t think I’ll play 82 games,” he said. “That’s not happening.”Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, played only 31 games last year after missing two full seasons. His career has been riddled with injuries dating to his college days at Kansas. He had surgery onMarch 24 to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.When he played, Embiid looked dominant. He averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds last season.“People still haven’t really seen what I can do,” he said.Simmons will open as the point guard with rookie No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz joining him in the backcourt.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Belingon dominates Chung in ONE bantamweight clash

first_imgMOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I defended his takedowns, and it was very tough for me.”With the win, Belingon could find himself in a fight against Bibiano Fernandes for the bantamweight gold in the near future. Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Bolick shrugs off fatigue to deliver in clutch for San Beda Kevin Belingon opened up title shot in the ONE Championship bantamweight division after taking a unanimous decision win over Kevin Chung in Legends of the World card Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img The 30-year-old Belingon (17-5) won his fourth straight fight in the promotion while stopping Chung’s (4-1) win streak at four fights.“Kevin is a tough fighter, I did what I did,” said Belingon. “I wanted to keep the fight standing, and I just defended his takedown attempts.”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 shutoutAlthough the fight lasted all three rounds, Chung never found his rhythm against Belingon who is six years his elder.Belingon constantly spoiled Chung’s attempts to bring the fight to the ground with knee strikes and timely transitions. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes01:37Protesters 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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