Moyes insists he would never have allowed Defoe’s contract relegation clause

first_img1 Jermain Defoe can leave Sunderland for free Sunderland boss David Moyes has insisted he would never have allowed striker Jermain Defoe to have the clause in his contract which means he can leave for free in the wake of relegation.The 34-year-old striker, who could play his final home game against Swansea on Saturday, is currently assessing his options as the Black Cats prepare for life back in the Sky Bet Championship. Moyes is hoping he decides to remain on Wearside, with potential suitors already forming an orderly queue.However, the Scot has admitted his surprise that the club agreed to the clause when they signed him from Toronto in a deal worth around £6million in January 2015 during Gus Poyet’s reign.Moyes said: “We hope Jermain stays. Everybody at the club wants him to stay, all the supporters want him to stay, but it has to be Jermain’s decision what he does.“Yes, there’s a clause in the contract, which is hard to take, I think. I would hope that in my time, if I had been the manager, I wouldn’t have allowed a clause like that to be in there.“But it is, and obviously we have to honour the contract.”Defoe’s 15 goals for the club this season have helped him win a return to the England squad, and he reminded manager Gareth Southgate of his enduring potency with a strike in a 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Lithuania in March.With next summer’s finals now back on the agenda, Moyes admits his hopes of retaining the striker’s services could be slim.He said: “That’s a question for Jermain. Obviously he’s got himself back in the England team. He’ll want to, I’m sure, push and try to be a member of the World Cup squad, and I think he’ll be thinking, ‘It’s hard to do that if I’m a Championship player’.”Moyes’ own continued presence at the Stadium of Light remains a topic for debate after initial talks with owner Ellis Short were adjourned until the end of the season.He said: “The initial discussions went fine. I put in the plans of what I think it should be like and where it needs to go, and I’ll meet Ellis at the end of the season and discuss it.”However, if he does remain on board, the manager will be shopping for a specific type of player as he prepares to overhaul a squad which includes eight men who are out of contract, three loan signings, plus Defoe and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, both of whom are attracting interest from elsewhere.He said: “We use the word ‘robust’ and we are talking about trying to get as many robust players as we possibly can.”Meanwhile, Moyes declined to confirm whether or not he had admitted a Football Association charge over his “slap” comment to a female reporter after requesting a personal hearing.He said only: “It’s a live case and whenever the case is, I’ll meet them and speak to them about it.”last_img read more

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Ministry Commended for Hosting FAO Conference

first_img The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries has been commended for hosting the 35th Regional Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries has been commended for hosting the 35th Regional Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).“Thank you for organising this conference in a short time,” Director-General of the FAO, José Graziano da Silva, said at a welcome reception staged by the Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, at the Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay on March 6.The four-day conference, which began on Monday March 5, is an official biennial forum where Ministers of Agriculture and high-level officials of member nations meet to discuss challenges and priority matters related to food and agriculture as a means of ensuring the promotion of regional coherence on global policies and political issues.Mr. da Silva said the conference is a historical one for the FAO and for Jamaica, which now has the distinction of not only attracting a record number of attendees to an event of this nature, but pulling all of the 33 member states to its shores, a first in the history of the regional organisation. This is a record that no one will take from Jamaica, he said.The Director-General said he is awed by the general positivity emanating from the Ministry officials, other stakeholders in agriculture as well as the overall Jamaican hospitality.“I have to say, it is my third time here in Jamaica and I enjoy the country very much, and I enjoy also the way you treat life with optimism… looking forward. So, this is a good moment for the FAO also to learn how to do it, so thank you very much,” Mr. da Silva said.For his part, Mr. Samuda told the gathering that the success of hosting the conference was due to the synergies among the Ministry staff, other state agencies, the private sector and other entities in Jamaica’s agricultural sector that collaborated to ensure it was executed at a first-class level.Welcoming the overseas attendees, Mr. Samuda also expressed delight that Jamaica had broken the conference attendance record and told them to “rest assured that everything possible is being done to ensure you return over and over again”.“When this conference is completed, I am expecting that many of you will return as guests and will enjoy your holidays here and get an opportunity, not only to be exposed to the physical beauty and charm of one of the most beautiful countries on the planet but to interact and meet and greet the beautiful people of Jamaica,” he said. Mr. da Silva said the conference is a historical one for the FAO and for Jamaica, which now has the distinction of not only attracting a record number of attendees to an event of this nature, but pulling all of the 33 member states to its shores, a first in the history of the regional organisation. This is a record that no one will take from Jamaica, he said. The four-day conference, which began on Monday March 5, is an official biennial forum where Ministers of Agriculture and high-level officials of member nations meet to discuss challenges and priority matters related to food and agriculture as a means of ensuring the promotion of regional coherence on global policies and political issues. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Samantha WilliamsGlinton laid to rest on Saturday

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Aug 2015 – Celebrated public prosecutor Samantha Williams- Glinton was laid to rest. The young woman, who has been hailed across the length and breadth of the islands unique and ahead of her time with uncommon talent in the area of law and leadership was with funeral at Paradise Baptist Church on Saturday; she died of health complications on July 12, 2015 at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center. Four year old gunshot victim takes rest in the Bight Conrad Howell to be laid to rest this weekend Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:laid, samantha williams-glinton Sorrowful season at Abundant Life Church in Provo; two being mournedlast_img read more

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Debate delayed

first_img Related Items:hoa delayed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 5, 2016 – House of Assembly was due to have met today into Friday, it is unclear if Government business in Parliament will resume tomorrow. last_img

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FNMs first budget presentation Economy worse than PLP said

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 31st 2017: DPM and Finance Minister Peter Turnquest in his maiden Budget Communication said the economy is bleaker than expected; $400M worse than stated.In making the FNM Government’s first Budget presentation since taking oath two weeks ago, Minister Turnquest says while he cannot justify the actions of his predecessors, coming into office has presented the situation bleaker than they first imagined, and says the former administration left a bare cupboard.The Finance Minister says the Perry Christie Administration misled the people of Bahamas by initially stating debt at $100M, however Minister Turnquest says in actuality it stands at a staggering $500M.The debt is attributed to expenditure incurred post Hurricane Matthew, and to policies implemented in days just before the lead up to the May 10th polls.The situation, Minister Turnquest says, has caused the FNM government to defer its manifesto plans for tax relief measures until a decrease in the country’s fiscal burden.Minister Turnquest says however, some reduction in taxes will be implemented.The Opposition PLP will no doubt challenge this report when it gets a chance to speak during Budget Debate.  Members of the party are already on record accusing the Minnis-led administration of misleading the public.#MagneticMediaNews#BudgetPresentation20172018#FinanceMinisterPeterTurnquestSaysEconomyWorstThanPLPSaid Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Measuring Your App Usage

first_imgWhat Gets Measured?Metrics are similar to what publishers have been tracking on the Web, plus a few extra unique to the mobile platform: unique users, unique sessions, type of device, OS version, as well as location-based metrics.There are three macro areas to focus on:Interaction Rate: This is the rate of people who have downloaded the app and actually use it. If your app produces a high volume of dynamic content, you’d want to see a corresponding interaction rate.Engagement Rate: The next step beyond interaction. What are users looking at and reading? You want to track what sections of content users are reading, how many stories within that section are getting read, and so on.Feedback: This, says Peterson, is what more publishers should be doing. “Have a feedback mechanism,” he says. “Let users have that conversation in the app and then measure the net negative and positive feedback.”There are plenty of ways to drill deeper—what’s getting read, which writers are the most read, and so on—but the platform is so new, publishers should for now be concentrating on what works and what doesn’t.Transparency and ParticipationSarah Ohrvall, who just swapped her leadership role at Bonnier’s Swedish R&D group to head up R&D for the U.S. division, has taken a dual approach to analytics. Ohrvall has spearheaded Bonnier’s development of the Mag+ platform, which Popular Science uses for its iPad edition and which also has its own analytics capabilities baked right in—a prescient move given the recent problems posed to developers by Apple which is currently, according to the language in its Developer Agreement for its upcoming 4.0 operating system, barring third-party in-app measurement software.Ohrvall says analytics can work to the benefit of the publisher and the consumer. She’s looking forward to a day where users can present a “media consumption profile.” In other words, the analytics that are collected on the back end to help drive content, usage and design decisions for the publisher can also be used to enhance user experience and identity, creating a social aspect around content consumption. “Creative publishers can display that data in an interesting way to the consumer,” she says. “We’re trying to find ways to collect analytics that will be a benefit to the user.”More Than Just MetricsMeasuring key interaction and engagement metrics is one thing, says Ohrvall, but those will only go so far. “Of course you need metrics, but [time spent] won’t give you all the right numbers. You can measure what they do, but you can’t see what they don’t do and want to do. This is completely new. We need to understand the behavior behind the numbers,” she says.In that sense, Ohrvall has set a priority to learn about behavior in a context outside of the device itself—in the inherently participatory Web. The transparency of Mag+ carries over to product development as well. Product videos have been posted to the Web. Bloggers are given a peek at production and encouraged to offer opinions and foster discussion. Meanwhile, Ohrvall is watching the Web conversation closely. “We’re getting lots of useful feedback,” she says. “We’re tapping into people’s understanding of the media and their reactions to using it.”On top of that are layered the quantitative tactics and focus groups. “The Web has evolved into a participatory culture and there are ways to use that,” says Ohrvall. Publishers developing apps for mobile and tablet devices have some choices among analytics service providers—as well as some strategic decisions about how that data will be used.Developers can embed third-party measurement software that is integrated and shipped with the app and tracks a variety of usage patterns. The landscape of service providers ranges from outfits like Omniture, WebTrends and Google Analytics, to smaller firms such as Flurry, Localytics and Motally.The bigger providers offer mobile measurement as an add-on to the Web-measurement services publishers may already be getting from them. “It basically prices the same as your fixed Internet,” says Eric Peterson, founder of Web analytics consulting firm Web Analytics Demystified. “You’re tracking events, pages views or clicks, but you basically pay the same rate for mobile apps.”The smaller firms, and Google Analytics, offer free measurement capabilities as well as more robust, fee-based enterprise versions. Localytics, for example, bases their enterprise pricing on the number of active users in any given month. This number can fluctuate, and publishers tend to begin with the free services to benchmark usage before upgrading to an enterprise-level service.last_img read more

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WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB The Best Stories From Wilmingtons Newspapers

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are recent articles about Wilmington — published online between May 26, 2019 to June 3, 2019 — that residents should consider reading:Wilmington Town CrierKane taught English for 35 years by Cassia BurnsSupt. Brand offers staffing updates by Lizzie McDermottDispatcher job is more than customer service by Lizzy HillSelectmen choose Town Accountant by Lizzie McDermottWilmington Town Crier sports stories can be read HERE.Wilmington AdvocateNoneWilmington PatchNoneLowell SunOlin remediation plan ready by fall by Emma MurphyLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

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Tata Motors shares fall 10 over disappointing Q3 results weakness to persist

first_imgGuenter Butschek, Tata Motors’ CEO and Managing Director, poses with a Hexa car during its launch in Mumbai, India, January 18 2017.Reuters fileTata Motors reported a huge dip in its consolidated net profit for the third quarter (Q3) on Tuesday, resulting in its share price crashing almost 10 percent on Wednesday. The stock hit an intraday low of Rs 441 before recovering to trade 7.70 percent lower at Rs 450 on the BSE at around 10.15 am even as a brokerage warned of sustained weakness for a longer duration.Read: Confused on what is TAMO? All you need to know about Tata Motors new sub-brandThe company’s consolidated net profit for the third quarter had fallen 96 percent to Rs 112 crore as against Rs 2,953 crore in the corresponding period last financial year. Consolidated revenues also dropped 4.3 percent YoY to Rs 67,484 crore in comparison to Rs 70,567 crore in the year-ago period.Its overseas business, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) were hit by operational weakness and huge foreign exchange losses, according to the company.”The operating performance in the quarter reflects  lower wholesale volumes and less favourable product mix partially offset by favourable market mix (including the runout of Discovery); unfavourable variable marketing expense including the extended 16MY runout expenses in the US; higher new model launch costs and Biennial pay negotiation settlement and unfavourable unrealized FX and commodity hedge revaluation as well as USD debt revaluation,” Tata Motors said in a regulatory filing.Weakness to persist, says Motilal Oswal SecuritiesIn a note, brokerage Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd. (MOSL) said the company’s foreign exchange losses would continue for another nine to 12 months. “Fx hedge losses would remain at similar levels (assuming stable GBP) for next 3-4 quarters. As a result, near term EBITDA margins are expected to be 10-11 percent, though management guided for sustainable margins at 14-15 percent,” MOSL analysts said.Brexit, Trump and Tata MotorsSlashing its earnings per share (EPS) for Tata Motors, the brokerage said the double whammy of weak domestic commercial vehicle sales and political uncertainty in Britain triggered by Brexit need to be watched out for, besides developments in the US.”In near term, two political events pose risk to our estimates, further GBP (Great Britain Pound) depreciation if Article 50 is triggered resulting in formalizing Brexit, and further development on import taxes in US.” The reference is to protectionist policies being contemplated by the Trump administration that implies encouragement to domestic production and tariff barriers on goods produced outside the country. Motilal Oswal Securities Limitedlast_img read more

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Bengaluru water crisis will only worsen as governments chase wrong policies

first_imgDay Zero in Bengaluru.ReutersBengaluru’s water shortage is a topic that has grabbed intense focus over the years. Everyone agrees that rapid expansion of India’s Silicon Valley has led to alarming depletion of water sources. Yet very little has been done over the years to address the basic problems. The latest projections say Bengaluru will run out of groundwater by 2020 due to the fast pace of growth and urbanisation. However, the authorities are turning a blind eye to the core issues even as the ‘Day Zero’ is almost here. A quick examination of the mess reveals that misplaced policy priorities have worsened the problem over the years. A conversation the International Business Times had with the Indian Institute of Science Professor TV Ramachandra reveals that governments have missed the bus when it comes to preventing the looming water crisis.Professor TV Ramachandra, who is part of the Energy and Wetlands Research Group, was the first to warn that Bengaluru is likely to be the next Cape Town due to the water crisis. He reveals that the situation at hand is critical. As much as 81 percent of the 746 sq km area of Bengaluru is concretised currently. In comparison, during the 1970s, 68.7 percent of the city was covered in green. Between 1973 and 2017, concretised areas have increased 1,028 percent, while 88 percent of green cover and 79 percent of water bodies have been lost. Government should take up cost-effective measuresWhile it’s clear that rampant development has led to the depletion of water sources and the deterioration of the environment, what’s more disturbing is the fact that the proposed solutions are not the right ones. According to Prof Ramachandra, Bengaluru receives 700-800 mm of rainfall but rainwater harvesting is not being implemented adequately. Nearly 15 TMC of water can be saved through rainwater harvesting, but instead of looking at these options governments have been chasing multi-crore projects like Mekedatu, Sharavati and Yetinahole.The most efficient way to conserve water is to rejuvenate the lake and retain the rainwater. If the lakes in Bellandur and Varthur region are desilted 5.4 TMC of water can be stored in the region Corruption The solution for burning civic issues mostly runs into bureaucratic and political corruption. Not just Bengaluru but 370 districts in the country are under drought. The mismanagement of water sources and unplanned urbanisation have taken people to the brink. Water for daily use is getting costlier every year and the tanker mafia is choking city dwellers. At the same time, the government is not looking at cost-effective measures but taking up multi-crore projects.Desilting of lakes, watershed management, recycling and reusing of wastewater should be implemented widely by the government, according to experts. Water contamination affecting healthNot just the quantum of water but the quality of it is also a problem in large urban areas. Vegetable and fish samples taken from lakebeds reveal a high level of contamination. “We took food samples from Bellandur area including fish, spinach and mint. All had the presence of heavy metal and it gets reflected in health in the form of cancer or kidney failure. The environmental literacy in Bengaluru is only 3.5 percent although we have educated people all around the city and the ecological degradation is linked to it,” says Prof Ramachandra. KSPCB monitor displaying water qualityAmal RasheedaliHe also highlights the fact that the BBMP data on water quality is all but flawed. When asked about the water quality data shown on LED screens installed around the city, the expert pointed out that the data could be flawed. “The BWSSB secondary treatment plant cannot remove the nutrients or heavy metals, in the inflow it shows the presence of these nutrients but in the outflow, it is zero,” he said.Who will address Bengaluru’s water woes? It’s estimated that as much as 98.5 percent of the city landscape will be concretised by 2025. Will a solution be in place by then? Only if the government acts quickly and adopts the right strategies.  IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:26Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:25?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img The Mekedatu project in Ramanagara district aims to enhance the supply of drinking water to Bengaluru and recharge the groundwater table in the region. The project cost is around Rs 5,900 crore, according to the DPR. On top of it, nearly 52.5 sq km of forest land will be submerged if the controversial project goes ahead.The objective of Sharavati project was to bring the river water to Bengaluru from Linganamakki reservoir in Shivamogga district. But according to studies, the water retention in the catchment has come down and the dam there is silted. To make it worse, people living downstream Sharavati did not have water during the summer, raising questions if it was feasible to transfer water to Bengaluru. Yetinahole is a similar case and comes with a revised cost of Rs 13,000 crore. The authorities say it harnesses 24 TMC of water but in reality, only 9.85 TMC is available.Prof Ramachandra tells IBT Media that rejuvenation of lakes and propagation of water harvesting are the more efficient ways to conserve water than implementing big-budget projects. However, even when many of these government projects are failing and public money is wasted, not many seem to be questioning the wrong policies. “The most efficient way to conserve water is to rejuvenate the lake and retain the rainwater. If the lakes in Bellandur and Varthur region are desilted 5.4 TMC of water can be stored in the region. But the BDA has an objection against removing the silt as they said that only 20 per cent will be desilted,” said Prof Ramachandra.The BWSSB secondary treatment plant cannot remove the nutrients or heavy metals, in the inflow it shows the presence of these nutrients but in the outflow, it is zero The largest water body & the most polluted lake in Karnatakalast_img read more

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Amit Shah may hoist national flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on

first_imgVery high threat perceptionThe Home Minister usually travels by a Border Security Force aircraft and his itinerary is shared with coordinating government agencies at the last moment, including Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) which guards airports in the country. Shah, who also heads BJP as its national President, has a very high threat perception, according to latest intelligence inputs.For Home Minister Amit Shah and his mentor Prime Minister Narendra Modi, unfurling the national Tricolour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar has been a nostalgic event in their political career.In 1992, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, accompanied by Modi, had unfurled the Tricolour at Lal Chowk, despite grave threat from various Pakistan-based terror organisations.Lal Chowk, the main commercial centre in downtown Srinagar, came into significance when India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled the national flag here in 1948. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/7:41Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-7:40?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation on Revocation of Article 370 Amit ShahReutersIn what could be yet another historical move, Union Home Minister Amit Shah might airdash to Srinagar to unfurl the Tricolour at Lal Chowk on Independence Day, August 15.In a closely guarded secret, high-security measures are being ensured for Shah’s Srinagar visit on Thursday.For Home Minister Amit Shah and his mentor Prime Minister Narendra Modi, unfurling the national Tricolour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar has been a nostalgic event in their political career.However, officials at Jammu and Kashmir police headquarters have not yet confirmed Shah’s much-awaited first visit after the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two separate Union Territories. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, currently monitoring the situation in the Valley, might also be present at Lal Chowk on Independence Day, sources said.In New Delhi, sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs said Shah’s visit to the Valley is expected, but exact dates cannot be shared with the media at the moment.”It’s a security concern. Amid escalating tension between the two countries (India-Pakistan), the Home Minister’s visit cannot be revealed in advance,” an officer told IANS. People thronged the market places in the Kashmir Valley during the relaxation provided for purchases before Eid-al-Adha also known as Bakr Eid.Reuters | Representationallast_img read more

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