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Gerry Adams to stand down as Sinn Féin leader next year

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has revealed he plans to stand down as leader of the party next year. Mr Adams also said he will not stand for election to the Irish parliament (Dail) at the next election. Speaking at the Sinn Féin ard fhéis (party conference) in Dublin, Mr Adams said it would be his last as leader. “Leadership means knowing when it’s time for change and that time is now,” Mr Adams said. Profile: Gerry Adams The 69-year-old TD (member of the Irish parliament) for County Louth has…

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US health agency to crack down on risky stem cell offerings

U.S. health authorities announced plans Thursday to crack down on doctors pushing stem cell procedures that pose the gravest risks to patients amid an effort to police a burgeoning medical field that previously has received little oversight. The Food and Drug Administration laid out a strategy for regulating cell-based medicine, including hundreds of private clinics that have opened across the nation in the last decade. Many of the businesses promote stem cell injections for dozens of diseases including arthritis, multiple sclerosis and even Alzheimer’s. They can cost $ 5,000 to…

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Is it okay to turn down old friends who want to reconnect?

 It’s no secret we live in a time when everything old is new again. Music, fashion, food, fitness, it’s all come full circle. But can that same rule apply to friends? I recently received an email that caused me great concern. Typically my email traffic is very dull: phone bills, my mum saying HELLO in ALL CAPS, the occasional Nigerian Prince scam – business as usual. But this one required a serious double take. It can be tempting to believe a backlog of happy memories should make it easy to pick up…

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Vows: A Sunday March, This One Down the Aisle

By VINCENT M. MALLOZZI Dominique Sharpton, a 30-year-old civil rights activist and aspiring actress, marched slowly past three police officers on her way into the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in Jamaica, Queens. Holding a large bouquet of white orchids, Ms. Sharpton locked arms with her father, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and they marched together to a booming rendition of “Searching for Love,” the soulful words echoing high among the arches of one of the nation’s largest black churches, nearly a thousand seats filled with family and friends, reporters, television executives…

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News: World Travel Awards touches down in Dubai for Middle East Gala Ceremony

World Travel Awards, the hospitality industry’s leading awards programme, has landed in Dubai, as the finishing touches are put together in preparation of the Middle East Gala Ceremony. The highly anticipated event will take place at the Armani Dubai this Sunday, October 29th, with hospitality leaders from across the region confirmed to attend. Graham Cooke, World Travel Awards president, said: “The Middle East Gala Ceremony is always a highlight for World Travel Awards, and the team and I are excited to be returning to Dubai for the tenth time.” The…

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FA backs down and pays Eni Aluko the money she is owed for lost earnings

The Football Association has paid Eni Aluko the £40,000 it was withholding after a dispute over a tweet she sent in August about ex-England women’s team manager Mark Sampson. It is understood it was paid soon after Aluko appeared before a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee hearing on the FA’s handling of her 2016 complaint against Sampson. The FA objected to a tweet she sent in August after news of her dispute with Sampson, who she had accused of bullying and racism, became public knowledge. She wrote: “At…

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