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Rahul Gandhi, other Oppn leaders to move joint adjournment motion

Leaders of 10 opposition parties met on Tuesday and decided to move the joint notice as a part of a united strategy to counter the government over the alleged snooping

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Bennifer: JLo calls out Ben Affleck’s ‘awful’ tattoo in resurfaced interview

Ben Affleck’s back tattoo was “awful,” singer Jennifer Lopez had said in an old interview that has resurfaced online, days after she officially rekindled her relationship with the Hollywood actor. In a 2016 appearance at Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, the 52-year-old singer laughingly shared her honest opinion of Affleck’s massive back tattoo drawn in the shape of a phoenix. “It’s awful!” she said cheerfully. “I mean, I would tell him that. I would tell him like, ‘What are you doing?’” “It has too many colours. His tattoos always have too many colours,” the “Cambia el Paso” singer pointed out. “They (tattoos) shouldn’t be so colourful, you know what I mean? They should be, like, cooler, I don’t know.” Affleck surprised everyone when he was first spotted with the multi-coloured tattoo that covered his entire back on the set of his film Live by Night. The actor and filmmaker had gone through a highly publicised split from actor Jennifer Garner, his wife of 10 years, a few months earlier. The Justice League actor initially told Extra that the tattoo was a “fake for a movie.” In a 2019 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, however, Affleck said the ink was actually permanent. “It’s meaningful to me,” he told Ellen DeGeneres. “I like it.” The phoenix tattoo “represents something really important to me,” he said. “It’s something I sort of kept private. It wasn’t like I was sort of doing photoshoots or whatever. We were two hours north of the city on some island in Hawaii and we didn’t know paparazzi was there,” he said, referring to a 2016 trip to Hawaii. “So they got a picture of my tattoo and yeah, the sentiment ran, you know, against [it].” Lopez wasn’t the only with less-than-stellar reviews for Affleck’s body art. “You know what we would say in my hometown about that? ‘Bless his heart’,” ex-wife Garner said of Affleck’s tattoo at the time. “A phoenix rising from the ashes. Am I the ashes in this scenario? I take umbrage. I refuse to be the ashes.” Read More Wu-Tang Clan album bought by ‘Pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli is sold by the US government Lil Nas X’s father responds to DaBaby’s homophobic rant: ‘Sit down’ Kanye West confirms he’s living in Atlanta stadium to work on new album Donda

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Five swimming events to be decided on Day 5 of Olympics

Day 5 of the Tokyo Games features another busy day at the Aquatics Centre with five swimming finals and the men’s diving synchronized springboard final

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Olympics-Swimming-Tears and triumph as Britain hit a 113-year high

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tears were shed and dreams came true for Britain's 4x200m freestyle relay team as they celebrated an

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Indian shares fall as banks and pharma drag; IMF cuts growth forecast

BENGALURU (Reuters) - Indian shares fell more than 1% on Wednesday, dragged by banking and pharmaceutical stocks, after the International

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Record-setting super shoes are here to stay, say experts

Derided by purists, evangelised by innovators: "super shoes" are the tools of the trade for today's athletes and will continue

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Barabanki road accident: PM Modi announces r₹r2 lakh ex-gratia

At least 18 people were killed and 25 injured after a truck hit a double-decker bus in Barabanki late on Tuesday night. The police said that the incident took place in Kotwali Ramsanehighat area.

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Who is Bob Odenkirk's wife Naomi? How the producer became 'Better Call Saul' actor's manager

Having met in 1994, Naomi has played an instrumental role in Bob's career, including the decision to do 'Better Call Saul'

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Admin solon bats for swift action on Duterte's priority bills for PNP, AFP men

The House Committee on National Defense and Security will have its hands full as it takes swift action on the legislative priorities President Rodrigo Duterte outlined in his recent State of the Nation Address. Legislative measures providing for free legal assistance to personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the amendments tot he retirement benefits and pension of uniformed personnel have been set for deliberation.
 Davao Oriental 2nd District Rep. Joel Mayo Z. Almario authored House Bill 3141 to grant free legal assistance to AFP and PNP members facing charges arising from the performance of their official duty. “Members of our military and police forces are sacrificing their livers for the preservation of peace and order in our country. Their duties require them to be in dangerous places and perform, tasks that put their lives on the line to protect our people, freedom and institutions,” said Almario as he strongly supported Duterte’s call to further protect the welfare of uniformed personnel. “By providing free legal assistance to defend their innocence and protect their rights, our men in uniform will be able to perform their duties more effectively without fear of unwarranted cases being filed against them,” he explained. A member of the Commission on Appointments, Almario is confident Duterte will certify the bill urgent in order to see its enactment before the end of the 18th Congress. Almario lamented that many law enforcers face harassment suits as they carry out their jobs in battling criminality in the country. The same is true to AFP members, he said. He explained that while PNP and AFP members already receive better pay under the Duterte administration, it is doubtful they could afford lawyers to defend them in court. To address the problem, government should qualify them for free legal assistance, Almario stressed.

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Kanye West confirms he’s living in Atlanta stadium to work on new album Donda

Kanye West has confirmed via an Instagram post that he is living at an Atlanta stadium to finish his highly anticipated album Donda. A representative for the rapper said on Monday (26 July) that West planned to remain inside Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium while completing his 10th studio album. The 44-year-old rapper posted a photograph of a temporarily arranged room inside the stadium consisting of his suitcase, a single bed, and an interim wardrobe. Excited fans have shown appreciation for the artist in the comments section of the post. “Simple, Humble, No Distractions,” wrote one person. “Grind mode let’s get it,” wrote another fan. West held an enormous listening session at the Atlanta Stadium on Thursday (22 July) last week. The “Follow God” singer unveiled Donda in front of a sold-out crowd at the venue after he announced two days before that the first public listening of his album would take place. The album was scheduled to release last Friday (23 July), is now due on 6 August. The event was attended by the likes of separated wife Kim Kardashian and their children, her sister Khloe Kardashian and rapper Rick Ross. Donda was named after the singer’s mother Donda West, who died at the age of 58 after plastic surgery complications in 2007.

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Granular lockdowns in Makati City amid spike in COVID-19 cases — Mayor Abby

Due to the increasing number of asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 in the city, Makati City Mayor Abigail “Abby” Binay said granular lockdowns will be implemented in several COVID-19 hotspots in the city. “There will be a series of other granular lockdowns that we will be implementing in the city because we learned that there are a lot of asymptomatic cases in the city – the spreaders. So, we will be implementing more lockdowns,” she said during an online interview via Webex. She said the city, known as the country’s financial district, is preparing for the Delta variant of COVID-19 by building a field hospital to increase bed capacity. “We are currently building a field hospital to increase our bed capacity in Pembo, near the existing Ospital ng Makati,” Binay said. She added that the city government will distribute home care COVID-19 kits for those who are under home quarantine. “We will supply them with vitamins on top of the usual monitoring and contact tracing,” Binay said. “The Delta variant is not necessarily more virulent or more deadly, but it is the access to health care services that will cause the spike of deaths caused by COVID-19,” she said. Binay said the city government has also procured oxygen tanks and oxygenators. “We have already procured more than enough oxygen tanks, we have also procured oxygenators in preparation for the Delta variant.” The mayor noted that Makati City only has two hospitals—Ospital ng Makati, and Makati Medical Center— that cater to COVID-19 patients. “It is not easy to just increase the number of hospital beds, because you also need more nurses, and most of our nurses are now deployed to vaccination sites. We are now pulling out our nurses from the vaccination sites in order for them to take care of our COVID-19 patients again,” she said. On July 28, the Department of Health (DOH) said that one case of Delta variant was detected in Makati City. The data of the LGU showed that Makati City has a total of 665 active cases of COVID-19, as of July 27, 2021.

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Olympics-Cycling-This time it's official...Van Vleuten wins gold

By Martyn Herman OYAMA TOWN, Japan (Reuters) -This time there was no mistake. Annemiek van Vleuten is an Olympic champion

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US firefighters admit they are burnt out by endless blazes

After battling increasingly large and deadly wildfires non-stop for weeks, and with no respite in sight, firefighters in California are

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International travel expected to rise in the coming months: Travel portals

After few countries have opened their borders for Indians, enquiries for travel to international destinations have seen an average increase of 80-85% in July as compared to June

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OCTA: 7% of COVID-19 cases in PH could be Delta variant

MANILA, Philippines — Seven percent of the country's COVID-19 cases could possibly be cases of the more transmissible Delta variant, the OCTA Research group said Wednesday as it repeated its call for the government to impose early lockdowns to stem the imminent spread of the variant.OCTA Research fellow Guido David noted that the current genome sequencing efforts do not reflect the actual numbers of the COVID-19 variant cases in the country.“This is what we know based on what we receive as information from bio-surveillance that we conduct and it was estimated at an average, but what we are saying is that approximately seven percent of cases nationwide are probab

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Dua Lipa 'horrified' at DaBaby’s homophobic rant, but the Internet isn't buying it

Dua Lipa and DaBaby had joined hands for ‘Levitating’ remix, but now the songstress has slammed DaBaby for his homophobic rant at Rolling Loud Miami

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Olympics Latest: Skateboarder struggles in isolation hotel

Quarantined Olympic skateboarder Candy Jacobs says she’s had to take action to be allowed to get fresh air in an isolation hotel in Japan

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Tripura releases exam dates for STGT and STPGT, check notice here

Tripura Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath has released the exam dates for STGT and STPGT. Candidates can check the exam dates and other details below.

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‘If he scores in England, he’ll prove that he’s top-class’: Salman Butt names the ‘classy player’ of Team India

As Suryakumar Yadav gears up to play Test cricket for the first time, former Pakistan captain Salman Butt says if the 30-year-old middle-order batsman gets a game and scores in England, he will prove to the world that he’s a top-class player.

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Factbox-Olympics-Athletics-Eight athletes to watch in the women's 100m in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Jamaica look favourites to top the podium in the women's 100 metres for a fourth successive Olympics

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Esha Deol says dad Dharmendra wasn't keen on her entering Bollywood, felt 'girls should be kept away from the world'

Esha Deol has said that her father, Dharmendra, was not keen on her joining the film industry. She has called him 'possessive and orthodox'.

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UK Covid LIVE: Fully-vaxxed visitor decision looms as Sydney locks down for further month

Cabinet ministers are today expected to discuss allowing fully vaccinated travellers from the EU and US to avoid quarantine when they arrive in England. The isolation exemption is likely to be discussed at the Covid Operations meeting on Wednesday with a review of the rules due by July 31. As it stands only people vaccinated in the UK are eligible for quarantine exemption. It comes as Australia's largest city Sydney will remain in lockdown for another month. The New South Wales state government announced that the lockdown of the city of 5 million would last at least until Aug. 28, after reporting on Wednesday 177 new infections in the latest 24-hour period. It was the largest daily tally since the cluster was discovered in mid-June. "I am as upset and frustrated as all of you that we were not able to get the case numbers we would have liked at this point in time but that is the reality," New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters. Read More Sydney declares ‘national emergency’ as Delta coronavirus cases rise Hopes raised France will go on amber list as holiday getaway begins Australia orders deportation of Katie Hopkins for flouting quarantine rules

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HIV-positive man's arrest puts Mexican law in spotlight

The arrest of a man accused of failing to tell a partner that he had HIV has sparked fresh controversy

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Funds allocated for museums, archaeological sites insufficient: House committee

The report by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism, and Culture said it is imperative for the concerned ministry to seek participation from the private sector for investment needed to have the country’s museums, and archaeological sites at par with international standards

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Robredo making moves to forge broad alliance for 2022

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo is now moving to forge a broad alliance for the 2022 elections, with her having met at least three prospective candidates for next year’s polls.Robredo’s spokesperson, lawyer Barry Gutierrez, confirmed that Robredo met with Sens. Panfilo Lacson, Dick Gordon and Vicente “Tito” Sotto III last week as part of her “commitment to forge the broadest possible unity among groups and individuals seeking change in 2022.”Lacson and Sotto have announced that they will be running as president and vice president, respectively, in the May 2022 elections, and have positioned themselves as alternatives to the administration and the opposition.Earlier in the day, Lacson bared during a press briefing that he and Sotto met with Robredo along with former Sen. Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, but refused to disclose details of their meeting.Sen. Richard Gordon, who has also stated that he is open to running again for president, also told ABS-CBN News Channel’s Headstart that he was invited to speak with Robredo, but also refused to disclose what they discussed.Robredo, the de facto leader of the opposition, has been vocal about the need to unite against the administration’s candidate, stressing that the country cannot afford another six years of President Rodrigo Duterte’s brand of governance.She is among the potential presidential candidates of fledgling opposition coalition 1Sambayan, but has signalled that she is willing to give way to a candidate who is more likely to win, given her poor performance in surveys.But as early as now, her moves to form a broad united front which would go head-to-head against the administration’s bets are being frowned upon by former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who has also announced that he might be gunning for the presidency in 2022.“Pasensya na po pero the Magdalo group would not join you and LP (Liberal Party) kung mag give way kayo para kay Sen. Lacson,” Trillanes said in a tweet.(I’m sorry but Magdalo would not join you and the LP if you will give way to Sen. Lacson.)

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