It’s now for me to do Jamaica proud – Gayle

first_imgBEIJING, China:Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) general secretary, Garth Gayle, was elated with his election to the IAAF’s Technical Committee during yesterday’s Congress in Beijing and believes it bodes well for the country’s influence and overall development in the sport.Gayle, who was only recently elected to the council of the North America, Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Association, pocketed 73 of 208 votes in the second round of voting to claim one of 12 available spots on the Technical Committee.In doing so, Gayle became the first Jamaican since Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook, who passed away in 2013, to sit in the IAAF.”I am elated and happy that the members of the IAAF family could find it fitting to give me their vote of confidence. It’s now for me to do Jamaica proud, NACAC as well, and also the 216-member federations of the IAAF,” said Gayle, who went on to highlight the duty of the Technical Committee.”Track and field is a multiplicity of events and there are rules that govern these events. The Technical Committee provides support to the Council with regards to current, as well as new innovations for each event; how to make the competitors compete at his or her best, as well as to remove any impediment that will prevent them from achieving their true potential,” said Gayle, who paid homage to McCook, Aris and former IAAF Regional Development Centre director, Lenford Levy, who also died last year.”I have learnt a lot from the late Teddy McCook, Howard Aris and Lenford Levy, who are persons whom I have worked with and it has paid dividends today. I am proud I have been able to do this in their honour and their good memory,” Gayle added. “This is my fifth congress, so I have been able to move around the corridors, make friends as well as also become known in the region, and I believe all of that paid dividends this morning.”Gayle is confident that the country, as well as the region by extension, stands to benefit from his addition to the committee.”We are now on the cutting edge of the latest rules and innovations, I will be able to be a part of those discussions. It allows me to interact with all the various countries on different theories and technologies to make that available to Jamaica and the Caribbean and to play my part in the development of the sport that I love,” said Gayle.”We’re there as a committee to enhance the performance of each athlete, the technical committee is there to work with all the different elements, broadcasters, sponsors, spectators – all that goes into making the production of track and field the spectacle that it is,” he added.- A.L.last_img read more

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Ateneo to represent PH in 2018 Jones Cup

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Of course we are elated that our brand will be supporting this team,” said Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. President Ronald Mascarinas.“We will do our best to support the Blue Eagles in this journey because we know that the pressure of joining a tournament like this will bring a lot of pressure to these young men.” 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 For the past few editions of the Jones Cup, the Philippines sent its national teams but this will the first time in a long while that a collegiate squad will represent the country in the invitational event.“We wish the Ateneo Blue Eagles good luck in this endeavor, they will be representing our country to the best of their will,” said Sonny Barrios, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Executive Director.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Blue Eagles won their ninth UAAP title in Season 80 and followed it up with their second Filoil title during the summer break.Chooks-to-Go, the chief backer of Gilas Pilipinas, will provide monetary support to the Blue Eagles in Taiwan. Creamline dethrones Pocari Sweat, advances to PVL finals LATEST STORIES View comments Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo’s offseason just got better.The defending UAAP champions will represent the Philippines in the 40th William Jones Cup on July 14 at Xinzhuang Gymnasium in New Taipei City, Taiwan.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

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Sime Darby Pursues Strategic Growth with Verdezyne Inc.

first_imgSime Darby Berhad is taking a stake in an industrial biotechnology company, Verdezyne Inc., as part of an initiative to pursue strategic growth areas for its plantation business. Sime Darby Renewables, a new unit under Sime Darby Plantation, will spearhead this initiative which essentially focuses on converting traditional and non-traditional palm-based commodities into products of higher value.This initiative with Verdezyne was launched in a ceremony witnessed by Malaysian Prime Minister YAB Dato’ Sri MohdNajibTun Haji Abdul Razak and United States President Barack Obama. Sime Darby Berhad was represented by Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Mohd Bakke Salleh while Verdezyne Inc. was represented by its President and CEO Dr. E. William Radany, PhD.California-based Verdezyne has proprietary technologies to competitively produce chemicals derived from sustainable materials, which can be found in the oil palm value chain. These chemicals are used to make everyday items like clothing, footwear and adhesives, as well as industrial products such as automobile parts. Currently, these chemicals are mainly derived from petroleum-based feedstocks such as benzene and butadiene.Verdezyne’s current products targeted for commercialisation have a potential combined market size of approximately RM37 billion with laboratory, pilot and demonstration-scale validation already carried out. Results so far have attracted favourable interest from the market.Sime Darby plans to emerge as the single largest investor in Verdezyne, together with existing investors BP Alternative Energy, Royal DSM, a global life sciences group; OVP Venture Partners and Monitor Ventures, subject to definitive documentation. Verdezyne has healthy financial prospects and the Company secured a strategic commercial relationship with Universal Fiber Systems, LLC to supply its bio-based adipic acid for certain exclusive fields of use. Universal Fiber Systems is a global multi-polymer fiber producer, and markets its yarn systems globally with operations in North America, Europe and Asia. Verdezyne is also actively pursuing other commercial opportunities with a diverse group of international chemical companies. “Sime Darby is taking strategically measured steps to build and nurture a sustainable portfolio of palm-related industrial biotechnology companies. There are exciting opportunities which can leverage on our substantial plantation assets and we are keen to capitalise these for future growth,” said Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Mohd Bakke Salleh, President and Group Chief Executive, Sime Darby Berhad.Verdezyne began operations in 2005 and has chosen Malaysia as its manufacturing hub which motivated them to obtain the BioNexus status in September 2013. Its first own commercial plant, with an annual capacity in excess of 13,000 metric tons, is expected to generate approximately 140 knowledge workers in the fields of R&D and engineering.“Over the past year, with the invaluable assistance of the Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation, Verdezyne’s management team researched the oil palm industry extensively. We believe that Sime Darby, with its commitment to sustainability, is the perfect partner to help lead the revolution in renewable products in the US, Malaysia and beyond,” said Verdezyne President and CEO Dr. E. William Radany.“We are proud that Sime Darby plans to acquire a significant stake in Verdezyne.  We hope more local corporations will seek out and bring cutting edge technology to Malaysia. This investment will ultimately create a high technology platform for Malaysia and bring huge benefits to the Malaysian bioeconomy sector.  It will also have a positive impact on the income and welfare of the people and the bio-based industry,” said Dato’ Dr. MohdNazlee Kamal, BiotechCorp’s Chief Executive Officer.Sime Darby’s investment in Verdezyne would also be expected to accelerate technology development in the US and create various job opportunities in Southern California. Furthermore, Verdezyne is able to receive multiple feedstocks, which would benefit the US vegetable oil market.“Sime Darby Renewables will be a new chapter in Sime Darby Plantation’s sustainable evolution. It will not only build a portfolio of palm-related industrial biotechnology companies but also strategically integrate these with our business activities. Our competitive edge is the availability of sustainable palm-based feedstocks in our plantation value chain,” said Datuk Franki Anthony Dass, Managing Director, Sime Darby Plantation.About Sime Darby PlantationSime Darby Plantation is one of the world’s largest listed palm oil producers, producing about 5% of the global crude palm oil (CPO) output. It is also the world’s largest producer of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO). It operates oil palm plantations in Malaysia, Indonesia and Liberia, and is one of the co-founders of the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a multi stakeholder grouping that oversees the industry. Sime Darby Plantation also has downstream operations across the globe, producing oils and fats products for various industries, as well as oleo-chemicals and palm oil-based bio-diesel. Alongside oil palm, the Company is also involved in agri-business activities and the cultivation of rubber. It is also present in the consumer goods sector, producing cooking oil and fruit juices, among others.About Verdezyne Inc.Verdezyne is an industrial biotechnology company that is leveraging the power of biology to produce chemicals from renewable, non-food sources. It has developed technologies and is commercializing processes that create a positive impact on the environment by replacing important consumer products with sustainable alternatives, at a lower cost.Verdezyne has assembled a team of top scientists from the biotechnology and chemicals industries who have, in a few short years, developed the company’s flagship products from concept through pilot demonstration. Its proprietary technologies use fermentation followed by unique separation techniques.The yeast used in Verdezyne’s process is specifically designed to produce chemicals used in everyday products that have large and growing markets. It is their mission to bring to the world sustainable and cost-effective alternatives to petrochemicals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ramson wants Govt, Opposition MPs to appoint representatives

first_imgSWFThree years after the first major oil find by ExxonMobil, the Government is yet to set up the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) now termed the Natural Resources Fund (NRF), but the importance of such a fund has been underscored by former Member of Parliament (MP), Charles Ramson.In delivering a presentation to a small audience at Duke Lodge on Wednesday, an event organised by the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, Ramson said there is need for both sides of the political divide to be point persons on the fund. He has recommended that three persons from each side of the House be chosen to represent their party or side on the SWF, to ensure that it is properly managed.He said, “Each team of three should be supported by one technical person and they should be responsible to take all the briefings, overseas visits, among others. They should make the SWF their focus and should also hold the responsibility toFormer MP Charles Ramsonbrief their party on the status and progress. They should also have the responsibility to engage with public consultations and report the feedback.”Ramson therefore called for a bipartisan political system to develop Guyana’s SWF. However, Ramson noted, that the Norwegian model isolates or insulates any kind of political interface save and except for the types of assets they invest in and the rage or percentage of the share allocation for the respective assets. According to him, it’s strictly done as a business to maximise returns.Ramson said setting up an SWF is important than spending for what is yet to come. In advancing the arguments that Guyanese must have some knowledge and input into how the revenues from oil are spent, he said it would not serve the country well if Government relinquished the funds to overseas experts or people who don’t have Guyana’s best interest at heart, as it could go to squander.During his presentation, Ramson focused on several examples of SWF and reinforced his message that Guyana needs one. He focused much of his presentation on the similarities between Ghana and Guyana’s offshore oil operation and Norway’s SWF. He said Guyana should set up its SWF early to mitigate the volatility of oil revenues and better manage their fiscal budget positions.He also used the Kingdom of Norway’s SWF as an example and how they managed to get to a point where they have huge sums of liquid cash saved from the industry. On the contrary, he pointed to the example in Papua New Guinea, where although there was an existing SWF, political interference and massive drawdowns led to the collapse of that fund.In the short-term, Ramson recommended a parking fund and stabilisation fund combination. He said stabilisation volatility fund aims to smooth Government expenditure despite having revenue instability based on moving long-term average. The parking fund, according to him, is the depositing of funds overseas while building up the necessary State institutions and systems to spend appropriately.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has said that the NRF will be tabled and hopefully passed and supported this year. “I am satisfied, and in Cabinet we had a full update on one outstanding issue and it will be here and in place long before any oil is drilled as well as the local content policy. Before the end of the year, both will be up and running,” Patterson told a news conference two weeks ago.In January, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman promised the legislation by the first quarter in 2018, but it is yet to be delivered.The Bill was drafted by the Commonwealth Secretariat and scrutinised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank as well as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The Natural Resources Fund aims to save funds for future generations; one way includes converting non-renewable assets into a more diversified portfolio of assets and to mitigate the effects of “Dutch Disease”.A SWF is defined as pools of money derived from a country’s reserves, which are set aside for investment purposes that will benefit the country’s economy and citizens.The funding for a SWF comes from Central Bank reserves that accumulate because of budget and trade surpluses, and even from revenue generated from the exports of natural resources.Guyana’s international partners and others have urged that the fund be transparent, independent and non-partisan to better protect the Guyanese people. (Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more

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PPP condemns attacks against young professionals

first_imgAG vs Deputy Solicitor General… Harmon to make recommendationsThe derisive attack launched against Deputy Solicitor General Prithima Kissoon by Attorney General Basil Williams has caught the attention of Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who pledged to look into the matter.Harmon told Guyana Times on Monday that he would be reviewing the official complaint filed by Kissoon with the aim of making suggestions for a possible resolution.Attorney General Basil Williams“As a public officer, I would have to take certain steps based on her complaint. I have to read it; I have to see what it is she is saying and make certain recommendations,” he explained after declining to offer a commentary on the ongoing conflict between the AG and his Deputy Solicitor General.This latest scandal originated from the dismissal of a State-sponsored appeal which led to the quashing of the case against former President Bharrat Jagdeo.Williams had blamed the Deputy Solicitor General for this outcome by publicly ridiculing her.But Kissoon was at her wits’ end with the abuse meted out by the Attorney General and has since filed a complaint to the Public Service Commission (PSC).Legendary incompetenceHowever, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) – the Opposition political force that has been lending its voice to victims of discrimination meted out by the Government – has condemned in the strongest possible terms the assault against the Deputy Solicitor General.The PPP observed that this was just another in the continuous onslaught on young, professional Guyanese who were using their education, skills and technical expertise in serving that State.The Party also called out the Attorney General for failing to respond directly to the concerns expressed by the Deputy Solicitor General, most shocking among them his uncooperativeness and his orders, which ultimately restrain her from effectively executing her duties.Deputy Solicitor General Prithima Kissoon“Rather than respond intelligently to the very detailed information provided by Ms Kissoon of his dereliction of duty and extravagant ineptitude; he proceeds to embark upon another tirade further besmirching this young professional’s competence and reputation by attributing to her a political motive contending that she compromises cases for the PPP,” the Party stated.It added that the AG’s blame game is another demonstration of his “legendary incompetence”.“Yesterday, he blamed the court for losing cases; today, he blames Ms Kissoon. The nation will soon witness that he will quickly run out of persons to blame and his manifest incapacities and inadequacies will be laid bare for the world to see,” the Party stated.ComplaintRegarding the case against Jagdeo case, Kissoon explained that the AG failed to give instructions or examine documents prepared by her prior to being filed or presented to the court.“The Attorney General, Mr Basil Williams, has failed to approve or sign written submissions prepared by me or examine pleadings despite those documents being sent to him via email or being given to his Confidential Secretary, Ms Demi Hipplewith, Ms Andrea Marks and other assistants he has retained over the past year,” she detailed in her complaint.She claimed that the AG instructed his assistants to refuse to accept any documents or correspondence from her.State Minister Joseph HarmonPertaining to the legal proceedings, Kissoon said the AG was reluctant to file an Affidavit in Answer as required in the matter.“This was not done even though I diligently prepared a draft Affidavit and presented same to him; he did not see it fit to peruse or discuss or give me instructions on same. I have records to show my notification and reminders to him,” she stated.Additionally, she said the AG appeared in court while she was on sick leave and applied to the court for leave to file further submissions, which he did not do.Kissoon explained that on the date of the ruling, he did not appear in court but her subordinate did for the first time to take the decision, which was duly made by the court dismissing the appeal.Thereafter, upon her return to work, Kissoon said the AG ordered that she cease all conduct of court cases involving the AG Chambers until further notice.Meanwhile, in another section of the media Solicitor General, Sita Ramlal in a letter to the editor pointed out that Williams had insisted to Kissoon and herself, that he be named as the plaintiff in the appeal when he was not a party.“I did not prepare nor approve the Appeal in this matter. The Deputy Solicitor General Ms Prithima Kissoon at all material times and at all stages had conduct of the matter and she was aware that an Appeal was being prepared. When the Appeal was to be filed Ms Kissoon could not be found to affix her signature to same. The pleadings were brought to me for signature, whereupon I declined to sign same. I then went to the Honourable Attorney General and advised that he could not be a party to the action for the very same reasons…but the Honourable Attorney General was adamant and instructed me to sign and file the Appeal. This was done,” Ramlall stated.She also noted that she again took the issue to the attention of the AG at a general staff meeting in the presence of the staff of Litigation Department including Ms Kissoon.“After discussions Ms Kissoon agreed that she would apply for an extension of time to amend the rubric of the Appeal.”DefenceIn defence, the AG said that he could no longer sustain Kissoon’s undermining of his Chamber’s cases.He accused her of deliberately producing errors in the Chamber’s cases so that the PPP parliamentary Opposition members could benefit.He said in cases where President David Granger, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and the Attorney General were sued, Kissoon deliberately disobeyed the instructions of the Attorney General and Solicitor General with regard to challenging the applications on lack of jurisdiction, thereby causing the matters to be protracted.According to AG Williams, Kissoon is attempting to cloud the facts of the situation with her complaint.Further, Williams said he has already informed the Public Service Commission of the Chamber’s intention to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the Deputy Solicitor General.last_img read more

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Ozil comments laughable, says Wright

first_imgBut with the 28-year-old Germany playmaker still to extend a contract that expires at the end of the season, Wright says Ozil is in no position to tell anyone what to do.“Sign a contract, if you feel that strongly about people criticising the team, because you’re somebody who is integral to Arsenal’s success,” Wright told BBC Radio 5 Live on Sunday.“You’re not signing a deal and you’re probably going to continue to hide behind the fact that (Alexis) Sanchez is the one that everybody’s going to say, ‘Is he going to go?’“Why haven’t you signed yet? That’s what I would say to you. If you feel that strongly, why haven’t you signed yet?“A player that is not actually performing on the pitch is coming out, calling people out, and he’s not signing a contract. It’s laughable.”Consecutive losses to Stoke City and Liverpool, who thrashed Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield, have left Arsene Wenger’s side in 16th place in the Premier League table.Former midfielder Emmanuel Petit told the Sunday Mirror Ozil and his team-mates needed someone to tell them “not to act like babies and kids”.Wright, Arsenal’s second-highest goal-scorer, defended the right of former players to criticise the current regime.“We all feel the same because we’re all passionate and we all love the club,” he said.“What are we supposed to say? That they’re unbelievable, in the boardroom, the boss, and the way they’re playing? Because they’re not. I can’t understand it.“We’re not talking about former players criticising a team that’s charging up the league and winning leagues.“Yes, we’ve won the FA Cup and when they’ve done that, they’ve rightfully been praised for that. But we’re talking about a team that’s under-performing.“Not just the team — people in the boardroom, the manager with his decisions, everybody.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s midfielder Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring his team’s second goal against Middlesbrough on April 17, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 4 – Arsenal great Ian Wright has branded Mesut Ozil’s complaints about the criticism he receives from former players “laughable” in view of his failure to sign a new contract.In a long Facebook post on Saturday, Ozil hit out at his critics in the media and told Arsenal’s former players to “stop talking and start supporting”.last_img read more

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DDTV: CREESLOUGH PUPILS RELIVE THEIR MOMENT OF FAME ON RTE IN 1993

first_imgWe all have photos and home videos we’d like to forget.So these pupils from Creeslough may like to forget their appearance on RTE’s School Around The Corner with the late Gerry Ryan in 1993. Simply click on the video to relive the embarrassment! DDTV: CREESLOUGH PUPILS RELIVE THEIR MOMENT OF FAME ON RTE IN 1993 was last modified: February 25th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:CreesloughdonegalRTESCHOOL AROUND THE CORNERlast_img read more

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BOY RACERS CAUGHT! GARDAI ARREST SIX FOR DANGEROUS DRIVING

first_imgGARDAI arrested six people for dangerous driving at the weekend, donegaldaily.com can reveal.And one arrest described as “significant” was thanks to members of the public, we have learned.Sources say three of the six arrested were “caught red-handed” as they were performing so-called ‘doughnuts’ on public roads. One of those was arrested by Milford Gardai after a complaint from residents in the early hours of the morning.The man who was detained is said to have a history of dangerous driving.Gardai witnessed his actions and arrested him at the scene.It’s understood officers were happy with the general policing in and around the Donegal Rally. The six arrests took place in the Letterkenny and Milford areas.There was a visible increase in ‘doughnut’ tyre tracks on many roads around the county over the past few days.Another 11 people were arrested over the weekend for public order offences.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily BOY RACERS CAUGHT! GARDAI ARREST SIX FOR DANGEROUS DRIVING was last modified: June 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:BOY RACERS CAUGHT! GARDAI ARREST SIX FOR DANGEROUS DRIVINGlast_img read more

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LOCAL SADNESS AT DEATH OF LEO BLAIR, FATHER OF FORMER BRITISH PM TONY BLAIR

first_imgTony Blair’s father Leo has died aged 89.Leo Blair was the husband of the late Hazel Blair, nee Corscadden, from Main Street, Ballyshannon.The former prime minister was with his father when he passed away peacefully. Mr Blair said he had been “privileged to have him as a Dad.”He added: “He was a remarkable man. Raised in a poor part of Glasgow, he worked his way up from nothing, with great ambitions dashed by serious illness on the very brink of their fulfilment.”Hazel died of throat cancer in 1975.She had met Leo Blair in Glasgow. He went on to become a law lecturer in Durham.His wife never forgot her Irish roots; returning in the late 1960s with her husband Leo to Rossnowlagh – with the young son Tony and his siblings to spend summers at the Sandhouse Hotel. LOCAL SADNESS AT DEATH OF LEO BLAIR, FATHER OF FORMER BRITISH PM TONY BLAIR was last modified: November 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:FATHER OF FORMER BRITISH PM TONY BLAIRLOCAL SADNESS AT DEATH OF LEO BLAIRlast_img read more

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