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2022 Olympics gear up with legacy venues

By on January 18, 2020

first_imgEmblem for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games is unveiled during a launch ceremony in Beijing, Dec 15, 2017. Agencies photo via China Daily/Asia News NetworkBEIJING — Taking advantage of the fresh experiences shared by its counterpart in South Korea, the Beijing Olympic organizing committee is gearing up to host the 2022 Winter Games with legacy high on its agenda.One item to emerge from a debriefing on Tuesday about the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is the International Olympic Committee’s legacy-centered new norm — a 118-proposal reform that has been the guiding principal for Beijing to prepare for the 2022 Winter Olympics. It involves reusing previous venues to enhance sustainability.ADVERTISEMENT This was evident in the location for the debriefing, western Beijing’s Shougang Industrial Park. It is a former steel mill site transformed to house the headquarters of the Beijing 2022 organizing committee.“With regard to sustainability, you only need to look around in this Shougang Park and then you realize the Chinese organizers take sustainability as a core issue for their organization,” IOC President Thomas Bach said at the closing news conference of Tuesday’s debriefing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe IOC routinely holds such debriefing sessions so the upcoming host city can gain insights from the previous organizers.About 600 people, including IOC executives, local organizers, governmental officials and venue operators, took part in the Beijing debriefing, which featured a summary of Pyeongchang’s work hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics and breakout sessions focusing on operational issues that Beijing faces. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Beijing has pledged that any newly built venues for 2022, especially those for snow events, have taken into account or will incorporate post-Games plans.“In addition to our existing venues and facilities, we are working closely with the IOC and relevant international sports federations to address issues regarding the use of all the new facilities after 2022,” said Chen Jining, Beijing’s mayor and executive president of the Beijing 2022 organizing committee.Beijing 2022 will use 26 competition and non-competition venues in three zones — downtown, northwestern Yanqing district and co-host Zhangjiakou, Hebei province — connected by a new high-speed railway to be completed by the end of 2019. In the downtown zone, where all the ice sports events will be held, 11 out of 13 venues are legacies from the 2008 Summer Olympics, such as the Wukesong Arena, for ice hockey, and the Water Cube, for curling.The reuse of existing venues coupled with the support from the IOC in cost-effectiveness and flexibility highlighted in its new norm will help Beijing 2022 set a benchmark for future Olympics, Bach said.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Commitment, schedule issues reasons why de Jesus resigned as nat’l team coach View commentslast_img read more

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PPP/C to pursue legal action – Rohee

By on January 17, 2020

first_imgDisrupted Region 5 RDC meetings— Region 2 RDC stands in solidarityIn light of the consecutive disruptions of the Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Statutory Meetings for the past seven months by Councillors of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC), the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) says the Party will seekRonald Bulkanlegal redress.This was confirmed by the PPP’s General Secretary Clement Rohee, who noted on Tuesday that the Party will indeed move to the courts to advocate its concerns. However, Rohee was tightlipped as to when the PPP will file legal action.The disruptions have stemmed from Councillors of the APNU/AFC, demanding an apology from Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphal, who they claimed disrespected President David Granger by not showing up for an event on January 15, where the President commissioned two buses under the then Three ‘Bs’ initiative. However, Ramphal has maintained that he was never invited to the event, and as such, there was no need to apologise.In an issued statement on Tuesday, the Regional Chairman stated that the situation is “intolerable” and he has seen “no incisive reaction from President David Granger” on the behaviour of the Councillors.“The unruly APNU/AFC Councillors have persisted in their behaviour despite being informed about the negative impact of their actions on the well-being of the residents of Region Five,” Ramphal noted.Clement RoheeThe Chairman further pointed out that this situation has “tremendously affected” the work of the Council, especially in light of the months of prolonged flooding that has affected the lives of residents and farmers.“The consequence has been disastrous on the region with the Council being unable to deliver, with any efficiency, services to which the residents of Region Five are entitled, including those who have voted for the very Councillors whose conduct is causing this unsatisfactory state of affairs… the Council has been unable to excavate and clean important canals, drains and trenches…which have caused millions of dollars in losses due to floods and the region has been unable to offer effective assistance to the residents affected by this flooding,” the Region Five Chairman observed.He also noted that his region has been unable to properly monitor the two hospitals, as well as the health care centres in the region. Some of the problems he pointed out were understaffing, drug shortages and poor roads.“The Council has been unable to address the educational needs in the region, as a result, schools are falling apart throughout the region… the children of Mortice, Mahaicony Nursery School have been without a school building for over two months; the region has been unable to oversee the award of contracts and as a result, contracts continue to be awarded without any scrutiny by the Council,” Ramphal noted.The Region Five Chairman’s statement added that the PPP/C Councillors are inviting the media to “witness the behaviour of the APNU/AFC Councillors” at the August Statutory Meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 18,Region Five Chairman Vickchand Ramphal2016.It was pointed out that in the interim, the RDC will continue its appeal to Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan to intervene and put an end to what he described as a “monstrous seven-month long unacceptable situation.”Meanwhile, Councillors of the Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) RDC have expressed solidarity with their regional counterparts, noting that the Region Five RDC should be allowed to function and have echoed calls for the intervention of the Communities and Social Cohesion Ministers.Region Two Chairman Devanand Ramdatt during an interview with Guyana Times noted that the “disruptive actions” of the APNU/AFC Council members are “creating challenges” to the residents, pointing out that it can have a “negative effect on the entire region since elected representatives are not given an opportunity to push the region’s developmental agenda”.Ramdatt noted that Region Two is offering “its sympathy” with the residents of Region Five and has called on the coalition Councillors to “cease and desist from their disruptive behaviour”.“Councillors [in Region Two] also call for Region Five Councillors to put their differences behind and to work constructively as Councillors to address the many challenges facing the people of Region Five,” he noted.Ramdatt expressed that Region Five’s Chairman Ramphal must be given a “fair opportunity” to serve.last_img read more

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Ruby the elephant deserves retirement

By on January 11, 2020

first_imgAt 46, Ruby doesn’t have many years left. Only one African elephant over age 50 exists in a U.S. zoo. The L.A. Zoo’s argument that Ruby should be put on public view at another zoo is disingenuous, considering the zoo has kept Ruby off public display since her return to Los Angeles more than two years ago. Other big-city zoos have sent elephants to sanctuaries. Last year, the Philadelphia Zoo announced it would transfer its 44-year-old Asian elephant to a sanctuary in Tennessee. Major zoos, like those in Detroit and San Francisco, have moved elephants to sanctuaries after closing their elephant exhibits. Considering Ruby has been on public display at a circus and in various zoos for more than 40 years, it’s time to just let her be an elephant again. At a sanctuary, Ruby will be able to roam and explore more than 70 acres with other African elephants, swim in a pond, climb a hill and nap in tall green grass. And it won’t cost taxpayers a penny, since local elephant advocates, including myself, have pledged adequate funds to pay for Ruby’s relocation and care. You could indeed say “the price is right.” A sanctuary is clearly the best and most compassionate choice for Ruby. If necessary, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, like Hahn before him, should intervene on Ruby’s behalf and show once again that the city of Los Angeles has a heart big enough to do the right thing for one of earth’s most magnificent animals. Ruby deserves to spend her remaining years in peace and comfort. Send Ruby to a sanctuary now. Bob Barker is the host of CBS-TV’s “The Price Is Right” and a life-long advocate for animals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TIME is running out for Ruby, a 46-year-old African elephant at the Los Angeles Zoo who has spent almost her entire life before the public. Despite popular support and an endorsement from the Board of Zoo Commissioners to move Ruby to a spacious sanctuary in Northern California, the L.A. Zoo management appears bent on sending her to the small confines of yet another zoo. Ruby sparked the kind of widespread media attention that any Hollywood publicist would envy when, in 2003, the L.A. Zoo broke up her 16-year friendship with Asian elephant Gita by shipping Ruby off to a Tennessee zoo. After a year and a half, the zoo had failed to integrate Ruby with its elephants, so then-mayor James Hahn stepped in and ordered the L.A. Zoo to bring Ruby back. Sadly, Gita has since died, leaving Ruby entirely alone. An African elephant, Ruby has no place in the zoo’s planned Asian elephant exhibit and must leave. But it is wrong to send Ruby to yet another zoo. last_img read more

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Chelsea fans believe this player is back after ‘phenomenal’ performance against Norwich City

By on December 30, 2019

first_imgChelsea went into their clash with Norwich City having lost their last three Premier League games, but they put an end to this barren run after sealing a 1-0 victory over the Canaries at Stamford Bridge.Diego Costa scored the winner in what was a promising performance from Jose Mourinho’s men.Cesc Fabregas, John Terry and Nemanja Matic all played with a spark that has been missing for the past four months, but, in particular, it’s Eden Hazard that has got supporters talking.The Belgium winger put in an impressive display, with the international break looking to have injected him with some much needed confidence.So much so, in fact, that some Blues fans believe he showed signs that he is back to his best after a miserable start to the campaign – even if he was facing a relegation-threatened Norwich.Take a look at what Chelsea supporters have had to say about Hazard, on Twitter, below. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard 1last_img read more

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FAMILY’S PLEA FOR MISSING JACK RUSSELL DOGS

By on December 26, 2019

first_imgMax and BenjyA FAMILY has issued an urgent plea to find their two missing dogs.The two small jack russell cross dogs – one brown and white – and one grey and white are missing from the Ballymacool area of Letterkenny.The answer to the names of Max and Benjy. Contact david 087 7588783 FAMILY’S PLEA FOR MISSING JACK RUSSELL DOGS was last modified: July 7th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BenjydogsMaxmissinglast_img read more

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Big China Eastern boost for Australia

By on December 18, 2019

first_imgChina Eastern Airlines will significantly expand its Australian footprint to  58 weekly services over the Christmas-New Year holiday period  as it moves to take advantage of a 23 per cent growth this year  in the number of Chinese visitors heading Downunder.The carrier, which this month introduced Boeing 777-300ERs to the Australian market, said Wednesday it would be serving six mainland Chinese cities from Sydney. The six cities are its home town of Shanghai, Hangzhou, Beijing, Kunming, Nanjing and Wuhan.The increased footprint comes from a mix of new and seasonal services and coincides with the airline’s 60th anniversary as well as a celebration of two decades of non-stop flying to Australia.The new routes include Sydney to Hangzhou , which began on November 16,  and Sydney  to Kunming which launches Thursday with an official function in Sydney.Still to come is  Brisbane – Shanghai on December 17 as well as Sydney- Beijing as a codeshare with alliance partner Qantas and Sydney-Wuhan, both in January. In addition, airline will  boost its Melbourne to Shanghai service to double daily flights over the holiday season between November and February and move its four-times weekly Brisbane-Shanghai service to a daily frequency over the same period. Sydney flights to Shanghai also get a boost to double daily over the holiday season.China Eastern general manager Oceania Kathy Zhang said the airline would add an additional 3003 seats a week between Australia and China.“China is Australia’s largest source for tourists and China Eastern Airlines is geared up to service this demand.’’ Ms Zhang said. “Our investment in new routes demonstrates CEA’s commitment to extending Australia’s tourism footprint to important secondary cities in mainland China.“It deepens global business opportunities, as reflected by the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), provides greater connectivity for passengers and directly connects two of the world’s most respectful cultures, acting as a gateway for Australia to the globe.’’The new Boeing 777-300ERs on Shanghai services from Melbourne and Sydney offer  a three-class configuration with a total seating capacity of 316 seats. The aircraft is outfitted with six first class open suites, 52 flatbed business class seats and 258 standard economy seats.  All seats across each class on flights to Australia to China are equipped with personal TV, Wi-Fi and AC power ports.Tourism Australia lists China as Australia’s most valuable market, with Chinese visitors spending more than $A7.7 billion annually and that figure expected to rise to $A13 billion by 2020.But Chinese airlines have also been pitching themselves as a new way for Australians to access markets such as Europe.China Eastern serves nearly 94 million travellers annually and ranks among the world’s top 5 airlines in terms of passenger transportation volume by the end of 2015.  It is a member of the SkyTeam  global alliance, which gives its access  to 1052 cities in 177 countries as well as a global network of lounges.last_img read more

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2019 I-75/I-71 Ohio Crop Tour summary

By on December 17, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Since last fall, incessant wet weather plagued every sector of Ohio agriculture and made the planting season among the most difficult ever. Ohio’s staggering 1,485,919 acres of prevented planting ground sounds bad, but looked even worse when passing by on the 2019 I-75/I-71 Crop Tour sponsored by AgroLiquid. The many empty fields in the state served as a stark and sobering reminder of the challenging spring throughout Ohio, and especially in the northwest where no farm on the tour planted all of their intended corn acres. Sadly, in many cases, the fields that were planted were not much better off. Much of the corn in northern Ohio was a solid month behind developmentally, making yield estimates very difficult and not much more than educated guesses. Many planting dates north of I-70 were in June, which leaves a long road ahead for the corn crop that had not even finished pollinating. With this in mind, all we could do for many of the fields was estimate the potential for the crop with ideal conditions including regular rainfall and a late frost. If conditions are ideal moving forward, there is very clear potential for solid corn and soybean yields. That yield potential, though, will quickly erode with dry weather and an early frost would be truly devastating to yields. Now, there were some exceptions where crops were planted earlier and more concrete estimations could be calculated. There are some good crops out there, there are many fields of potentially good crops out there and there are some just plain bad situations. The Richland County stop featured a solid 223-bushel yield estimate. Defiance County, though, had no ears to count at all in a very late — and typical for the area — corn field planted for silage.For corn, the average yield for the East was 175 bushels per acre, the average for the West was 167 bushels per acre and the overall average was 171 bushels. After some discussion, we felt like the 171-bushel number was reasonable statewide if all things are ideal from here on out for this crop. But, less daylight moving forward with so far to go for this crop could lead to quality and test weight issues. We feel a more reasonable expectation for this crop with less than ideal conditions moving forward is around 148 bushels, based on the significant potential for yield loss moving forward.It is much the same with soybeans. There is 40- to 50-bushel potential and higher in many fields. But, on the western leg, it was pointed out that double-crop soybeans in Preble County were planted earlier than many of the first crop soybean fields to the northwest. There is a definite cap on that potential as a result, and if conditions are less than perfect, yield potential will likely drop off pretty quickly.  I-75 Day 1 Recap VideoI-75 Day 2 Recap VideoI-71 Day 1 Recap VideoI-71 Day2 Recap Video I-75 Team Included:Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistAndrew Armstrong, Clark County farmerAllen Armstong, Clark County farmerErick Reese, Hancock County farmerDusty Sonnenberg, Henry County farmer, CCA, Ohio Field LeaderMatt Reese, Ohio’s Country JournalI-71 Team Included:Sam Custer, Ohio State University ExtensionBill McDonald, Seed Consultants, Inc. agronomistBrett Barton, Holmes County farmerBart Johnson, Ohio’s Country Journal, Delaware County farmerJoel Penhorwood, Ohio Ag Netlast_img read more

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Google PageRank Powers Endangered Species Hierarchy

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first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… It’s always amazing to see the lengths people will go to get a photograph of a cheetah, lion or African hunting dog. For some, it never occurs to them that as they stumble out of their car to adjust tripods and flashes, a rare predator is quietly considering eating them. In the circle of life there are many players and while there’s no shortage of people, there are unfortunately thousands of endangered animals and plants. Biologists have been looking for ways to determine the most important species based on the number of feeding-related interactions, and surprisingly the Google search algorithm is playing a part. There are almost 4706 animals and 4295 plants on the worldwide endangered animals list and it’s difficult to determine which extinctions would be the most devastating. Food web biologist Stefano Allesina was featured in Wired magazine for using a modified version of Google’s search algorithm PageRank to determine just that. Allesina and Mercedes Pascual first wrote about utilizing PageRank in their recently published Googling Food Webs: Can an Eigenvector Measure Species’ Importance for Coextinctions?. Said Allesina, “In PageRank, you’re an important website if important websites point to you. We took that idea and reversed it: Species are important if they support important species.”The biologists use PageRank by multiplying the rate of extinction for one species and determining the rate at which others are affected. The animals and plants that link to a large number of connectors are considered keystones. In other words, if you’re an integral player in either preparing or being dinner for a large number of species, you are the keystone for an entire ecological network.Because many species need others to survive, the worst possible case for an extinction is a domino-style co-extinction effect. Allesina and Pascual aim to determine these worst scenario cases and encourage conservationist intervention. For more information read the entire report at PLoS Computational Biology. Photo Credit: Michael Gäbler A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#web center_img dana oshiro Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Arunachal drops issue of PRC for non-tribals

By on December 3, 2019

first_imgThe Pema Khandu-led BJP government on Friday buckled under pressure from violent protests and dropped the issue of granting permanent resident certificate (PRC) to six non-tribal communities from discussion in the 60-member Assembly.A conglomeration of 18 student and civil society organisations had imposed a 48-hour shutdown from Thursday to protest against the government’s move for granting PRC to the six communities, some of whom are Scheduled Tribes in Assam.While the shutdown on Thursday was more or less incident-free, protesters went on the rampage from Friday evening in State capital Itanagar. As their number swelled, the protesters resorted to arson and stone-pelting and virtually laid siege to the Assembly building.They set fire to more than a dozen vehicles and damaged a few more, including that of former Congress CM Nabam Tuki which was caught in the melee. The protesters also damaged private and government property and vandalised the office of the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union, which they alleged had compromised with the government on the PRC issue.The situation forced the police and paramilitary forces to fire tear-gas shells to disperse the mob. Bullets, fired in the air allegedly injured one person.“Keeping in view the present situation, the government has decided not to take up the PRC matter in the current Assembly session,” Mr. Khandu said in a late night message.last_img read more

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Uyloan says D-League stint with Cignal ‘rejuvenated’ his career

By on November 30, 2019

first_imgRead Next LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Emotional Morrison wins gold in taekwondo, avenges teammate’s loss MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Jonathan Uyloan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor Jonathan Uyloan playing somewhere else is better than not playing at all.With Meralco set to put him in the reserve list, the sharpshooting guard made the bold decision and asked the management to allow him to play for Cignal HD in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.ADVERTISEMENT But more than anything, what the Fil-Am guard treasures more is the chance to be with this group of guys, a mix of veteran campaigners and aspiring amateurs, all seeking to make it to the PBA.“It was great, being around with guys who are hungry to get better in basketball and are trying to make it to the PBA. I’m happy to help out and show that it all starts with integrity and hardwork first. And it all paid off,” he said.With this short stint now over, Uyloan is positive that he has made a good account of himself as he returns to the Bolts.“I just hope that they see that wherever I’m at, I’ll work hard. With Rain or Shine, I was able to win a championship for the first time. And then, when I was with GlobalPort, that team went to the semifinals for the first time. With Meralco, we made it to the Finals for the first time. Then here in Cignal, we became back-to-back champions. Every team I’ve been on, it’s been a blessing,” he said.“I don’t know what it is. But I just know that where I come from, it’s all hard work and you got to show it in every team you go. Every part of the team is valuable and whatever they bring individually, collectively, it’s going to be great.”ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I asked Meralco if I could play with Cignal and everything worked out well. Some people may think it’s a demotion, but for me, it’s a blessing. I have a contract with Meralco and I have a contract with Cignal. I was pretty much working two jobs,” he said.Turns out, it was the right move with Uyloan going as far as citing this stint with the Hawkeyes as one of the best decisions he’s ever made.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“It was probably the best move of my career. It made me love basketball more,” he said. “I came from the PBL before, and I was a practice player for Rain or Shine. The move helped me go back to where I came from. I wasn’t the superstar, I had to work my way up, so going back to Cignal rejuvenated my basketball career.”Suiting up in time for the playoffs, Uyloan averaged 8.0 points on a 39 percent shooting from threes, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists as he became a valuable contributor for Cignal’s back-to-back title wins in the developmental ranks. Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program PLAY LIST 02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program02:51’Mamatay man:’ Bato says no ‘money-making’ at NBP when he was BuCor chief01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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