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Melbourne Storm beat Leeds Rhinos in World Club Challenge

World Club Challenge Melbourne Storm (18) 38 Tries: J Bromwich, Croft, Vunivalu, Asofa-Solomona, Kaufusi, Chambers, Finucane Goals: Smith 4, Munster Leeds Rhinos (4) 4 Try: Hall Leeds Rhinos missed out on a record-equalling fourth World Club Challenge win, losing 38-4 to Melbourne Storm. The Rhinos put in a dogged display against the reigning NRL champions, but Storm proved too strong on home soil. Leeds led early with Ryan Hall’s try, before Storm responded through Jesse Bromwich, Brodie Croft and Suliasi Vunivalu to lead 18-4 at half-time. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Felise Kaufusi,…

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Challenge to federal marijuana laws to be heard in New York

Army veteran Jose Belen (beh-LEHN’) says the horrors of the Iraq War left him with post-traumatic stress disorder. And the drug that he says helped him deal with the symptoms was one Veterans Affairs doctors couldn’t legally prescribe: marijuana. Now, Belen is one of five plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging federal marijuana laws. He is set to appear in a New York courtroom on Wednesday for arguments in a lawsuit that claims classifying marijuana as a dangerous drug is irrational and unconstitutional. The government has filed a motion to dismiss….

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George Orwell’s “Little Beasts” and the Challenge of Foreign Correspondence

Every so often, George Orwell’s essay “Shooting an Elephant” finds me and demands a reckoning. The essay, first published in 1936, describes an incident that may or may not have actually taken place, from a period of Orwell’s life, in the nineteen-twenties, when he was living in Burma and serving as an officer of the Imperial Police Force. For five years, he dressed in khaki jodhpurs and shining black boots, patrolling the Burmese countryside—in his own words, “the white man with his gun, standing in front of the unarmed native…

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Victims allowed to challenge Worboys release

Two of John Worboys’ victims have been given the go ahead to challenge the decision to release him. The full judicial review hearing will take place in the High Court on 13 March and Worboys will stay in jail until then. Sir Brian Leveson called him to appear in person at the Royal Courts of Justice due to video link issues. Worboys’ victims were unaware he would be present, but Sir Brian said it was important he was there. Earlier in the hearing, Worboys agreed that the victims and the…

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Zoe Ball: Sport Relief challenge to raise mental health awareness

Zoe Ball has said the death of her boyfriend last year left her with “lots of questions,” as she prepares for a cycle challenge to raise mental health awareness. Cameraman Billy Yates, found dead at his home last May, had been living with mental health issues for years. Ball will also film a documentary about mental health while taking part in the Sport Relief challenge. “I wanted to do something for him,” said Ball. Speaking to Chris Evans on his Radio 2 Breakfast Show, she added: “One in four people…

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Owen Farrell believes ‘crucial’ Six Nations triumph can lead England to World Cup challenge

The Saracens star is looking to create history with his country Thursday, February 1, 2018 England fly-half Owen Farrell believes winning the Six Nations will provide the ideal platform for a potential World Cup triumph in 2019. The Saracens star is looking to create history with his country by chasing a third consecutive Six Nations triumph – a feat last matched 135 years ago. Head coach Eddie Jones will lead England to Japan for the World Cup in 2019 with the ambition of claiming the biggest prize in rugby. England…

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