Philippines environment minister hopeful for end to open-pit mining ban

MANILA (Reuters) – A Philippine government panel on Tuesday recommended lifting the ban on open pit mining and the environment minister said he will support removing the restriction imposed this year by a previous minister and supported by President Rodrigo Duterte. Open pit mining is allowed under the Southeast Asian country’s mining law but the former environment minister Regina Lopez ...

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UK is 30-40 years away from 'eradication of soil fertility', warns Gove

Soil Farmers must be incentivised to tackle decline in biodiversity, says environment secretary at launch of parliamentary soil body ‘If you drench soil in chemicals that improves yields … but ultimately you are cutting the ground away from beneath your own feet. Farmers know that,” said Gove. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Soil UK is 30-40 years away from ‘eradication of ...

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Anthony Joshua won't make same mistakes as boxing's bankrupt stars

Anthony Joshua insists he will not make the same mistakes as boxing’s bankrupt superstars as he prepares for the fourth defence of his IBF heavyweight title against late replacement Carlos Takam on Saturday night. Joshua’s earning potential has rocketed along with his profile since he emphatically announced his arrival on the world stage with his stoppage win over Wladimir Klitschko ...

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Gemma Collins may sue after fall at Radio 1 Teen Awards

Reality television star Gemma Collins has said she is considering taking legal action over an incident at the Radio 1 Teen Awards in which she fell down a hole on stage. The TV personality, best known as a cast member of The Only Way Is Essex (Towie), made headlines after tumbling into a gap that appeared as she was addressing ...

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Jac Holmes: British man who volunteered to fight against Isis killed in Syria

A British man who travelled to Syria to fight against Isis has been killed by an explosion in the terrorist group’s former stronghold of Raqqa. Jac Holmes, a 24-year-old former IT worker from Bournemouth, joined the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in 2015. Kurdish representatives in the UK told the BBC he died while clearing an area of landmines to ...

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Venom movie: First image of Tom Hardy on set emerges as filming starts

Another month, another superhero movie starts shooting. This month it is Venom, the Tom Hardy-led Spider-Man spin-off. To celebrate, a picture from the set has been posted online. Captioned “Day 1”, it sees the actor smiling, and possible features director Ruben Fleischer in the background. Unfortunately, very little else can be gathered from the relatively low-quality image. Excitement for the movie remains ...

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Man accused of repeatedly raping partner in his sleep says he is 'sexsomniac' unaware of his actions

A man accused of raping his partner in bed claimed he was suffering from “sexsomnia”. Lawrence Barilli is said to have stated to the woman the condition “made him do it”. His alleged victim told jurors that such incidents occurred “a couple of hundred times” during their relationship. But Barilli insisted he had “no memory” of what happened. The evidence was heard ...

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England name squad to face Australia in World Cup opener

Wayne Bennett has opted for Luke Gale and Gareth Widdop as his half-back pairing for England’s World Cup opener against Australia on Friday Super League Man of Steel Gale will partner NRL-based Widdop for the third time as they go up against new Kangaroos duo Cooper Cronk and Michael Morgan, who has been given the onerous task of filling the ...

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Vaping may cause unique health problems as dangerous as smoking cigarettes, finds study

​E-cigarette could be as dangerous as normal cigarettes and users could be prone to unique health problems, a new study has revealed. Researchers from the University of North Carolina found that vapers showed high levels of protein which are linked to potentially serious lung conditions, including COPD and Cystic Fybrosis, along with lupus and psoriasis.  An increase in mucin 5AC, a mucus secretion associated with ...

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Belgian website teaching seven-year-olds explicit sex positions

A “sex education” website has been criticised for offering children sex tips in a series of highly explicit drawings. The Belgian site, named “Alles over seks” (“Everything about sex”), has been around for nine years and was created by sexual health organisation Sensoa. Its detailed “show and tell” articles demonstrate a variety of sexual techniques that are graphically explained. Various ...

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