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Raptors finally pull away from Suns, improve to 8-1

first_imgCarpio 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 “Well, our effort was better,” Suns first-year coach Igor Kokoskov said. “Having book and Canaan back, I mean that helps a lot. We have to sustain playing a physical, strong team like Toronto. We have to sustain and play 48 minutes. We had a stretch in the fourth quarter that we couldn’t handle the physicality, their length, their size. … And we were just tired.”The Suns led most of the first half but never by more than seven points.Phoenix was up 52-48 at the break, with Canaan scoring 12 points and Ayton adding 10 points and 10 rebounds.The Raptors opened the third quarter with a 13-2 run. Leonard’s three-point play on a drive to the hoop put Toronto up 56-54 and Danny Green’s 3-pointer from the corner made it 61-54. Phoenix, though, scored the next seven, tying it at 61-61 on Booker’s 18-footer.Despite missing four free throws during that stretch, the Raptors responded with a 13-3 run to lead 74-64 after Fred VanVleet’s 3-pointer with 2:04 left in the third quarter. Josh Jackson’s 3 at the third-quarter buzzer cut Toronto’s lead to 77-71 entering the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Toronto Raptors forward CJ Miles, right, drives past Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — The Toronto Raptors weren’t at their best, but good enough to pull away from the Phoenix Suns for another victory in the best start to a season in the Canadian franchise’s history.Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points and the Raptors used a 14-2 fourth-quarter run to finally put away the pesky Phoenix Suns 107-98 on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Jackson’s jumper to start the fourth quarter cut it to35 77-73 but the Raptors finally took control for good.VanVleet sank a 3-pointer, followed by a steal and layup and Norman Powell sank a 3 to finish a 14-2 outburst that put the Raptors up 91-75 with 8:35 remaining.Toronto stretched it to 99-81 on Valanciunas’ layup. Phoenix outscored the Raptors 17-8 the rest of the way.“We want to be an aggressive, defense team, get hands on some balls, deflect, get out and transition, get out and get some 3s and layups,” said Leonard, who jammed his left foot late in the fourth quarter but later said he was OK. “We did a good job for about six or seven possessions in a row.”TIP-INSRaptors: Toronto started the season 7-2 in 2014 and in 2016. … Toronto opened a four-game road trip through the West … Green left after taking a shot to the head in the third quarter. … Raptors have three straight wins over Phoenix, matching longest streak in franchise history.Suns: Suns lost their previous six games this season by 28, 20, 18, 21, 7 and 30. … Phoenix has three games left on a five-game home stand. … On this date in 1990, Phoenix defeated Utah in Tokyo in first NBA regular-season game outside North America. Tom Chambers scored 38 for the Suns, Karl Malone 33 for the Jazz. … Phoenix led at halftime for only the second time this season.UP NEXTRaptors: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night.Suns: Host the Memphis Grizzles on Sunday night. LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Rookies lead way as Knicks make easy work of Mavs MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Jonas Valanciunas added 16 points and Serge Ibaka 14 for the Raptors, who improved to 8-1, the best nine-game start in franchise history. Kyle Lowry had 11 points and 12 assists.“It is a 48 minute game and I think we are playing pretty good basketball for about 28 minutes right now,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “We got to stretch that. I don’t think we will ever get to 48 minutes, but we want to get in the 40s probably after the new year.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissDeandre Ayton, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Suns, losers of seven in a row since winning their season opener. Isaiah Canaan scored 19 and Devin Booker 18 for Phoenix. Booker returned after missing three games with a strained hamstring.Phoenix trailed by only four early in the fourth quarter before Toronto’s decisive 14-2 surge. 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Dutch Photographer (Part 3): Paul Julien Helped by the Catholic Mission

first_imgPaul Julien, who leads us through parts of Liberia in the early 1930s, was born into a Roman Catholic family and devoted to that religion his whole life. During his travels he regularly stayed with missionaries. He speaks of them with great respect and admiration. On August 30th 1932 Julien writes to his parents: “When the rain stopped for a moment I went to the Catholic mission, that operates a simple, small church at the edge of the village [referring not to Monrovia but to Kru Town]. I was received warmly by the three Irish religious men, who immediately offered me their guestroom.”The next day Julien would shift from Madam Richards’ guest-house, where we found him last week, to the fathers.  In the book, written 8 years and several trips to other countries later, Julien says that “There are few periods of my African life that have caused such intense memories as my stay at the mission in Monrovia. I knew that the brave missionaries lived a sober life – oh, why shouldn’t I just say they lived in poverty, and that the pastor, Father O’Leary, had trouble keeping the household going, but that the optimistic spirit and the vitality and warmth radiating from Mgr. Collins made one forget every lack of luxury.”By the time he wrote this, the missionary he met as Mgr. John Collins had been promoted to the post of Bishop of Liberia. The mission also was a consulate. Collins was representing the Vatican with the Liberian government.”A search for a Legation that is as modest as this Mission on the West-African coast and completely devoid of pretences, would be without success worldwide.”On August 4th 1932 Julien informs his parents that “My route will be: Monrovia, 10 days forest; Gbarnga, 6 days forest; Sanequellie [sic], 4 days forest; Gwecké, 1 day Beyla; 3 days road Niger-Kankan; 3 days train Conakry. With delays it will take about 5 or 6 weeks.”September 6th he sends them a message that he arrived in Kankan, which means that all worked out as planned. It is remarkable how the experience of time changes in Julien’s writings. Looking back, still in appreciation of the missionaries, it sounds as though the hike did not take a month but almost half a year: “I am sure that my trip to the distant Niger, a route that had to be covered fully on foot during the height of the rainy season, would not have been without accidents if I wouldn’t have had the huge privilige of using the extensive knowledge and experience of Mgr. Collins. The Vicaris had, albeit along a different route, made the first part of the journey, up to Sanequelleh [sic], himself, which was invaluable to me because up to now there are only sketchy maps available of Liberia’s interior that are highly unreliable and that fail to mention even places of importance. It was then July 1932, and before that same year ended I would have reached the Niger to the astonishment of the authorities of French Guinea, who had never had a European traveler coming from the south.”There is a moment in which Julien’s exchange with the missionaries touches another important story in Liberia’s history of the late 1920s and early 1930s: the influence of the League of Nations in Liberia following their inquisition into forced labour and slavery, and the threatening bankruptcy of the country. Father Collins tells him that the authorities consider him to be a League of Nations spy and see his research as a scapegoat because he was the first European in years to travel through the interior.A letter written by Pro-Vicar J. Kennedy, who replaced Bishop Collins while he was on leave due to ill health, testifies to Julien’s intentions to return to Liberia. The letter is dated November 29, 1946, a year and a half after the end of the Second World War. It tells Julien that, “The Centenary Celebrations of Liberian Independence occurs on July 26, 1947. A great celebration was planned, and Foreign Nations were expected to participate. Owing to World conditions, the celebrations will be now purely domestic, and instead an Exposition has been fixed for 1949.” Kennedy advises against Julien’s travel-plans: “I could not advise you to come to Liberia next year. Accomodation is almost impossible to obtain at present, and costs are very high. The construction of a new harbour at Monrovia has brought many people to the town and increased the population. This harbour may be completed by August of next year. One of the reasons why the Centenary Celebrations have been changed is because of the lack of accommodation for visitors and the impossibility of obtaining building materials.’Julien never set foot on Liberian soil again. But thanks to what he left behind we will be able to see the Krutown community of the 1930s next week.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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She needs to Rest

first_imgMa Sue loved everything about grooming in the evenings.“Mama, I want to bathe,” she normally gurgled after every evening meal.On November 11, 2014, her mother decided to give her a little extra to eat. A plate of steamed plantain, sliced potatoes, seasoned chicken and some left over banana bread from the previous night.Weighing more than the average three year-old in her community, Ma Sue loved to eat.After spending months in the hospital when she was just an infant, the treatment center that cared for her insisted that ma Sue should be placed on multi-vitamins; including daily doses of folic acid.According to her mother, who asked not to be named, she had flourished from a malnourished child who received gasps and frightened stares, to an overweight bundle of joy that everyone now wanted to hold.While at the table, Ma Sue began to look pale.  “Mama, my stomach is full. I don’t want anymore, I just want to rest,” she irritably wiggled under her feeding table.“What’s wrong Ma Sue,” her mother asked,” is your stomach hurting today?” she questioned. It had been months since Ma Sue had the slightest fever, and she was worried.“I’m sleepy mama, I just want to lie down,” Ma Sue whispered.Not wanting Ma Sue to cry, her mother says she rushed to the table and quickly picked up her child.“Let’s go and take a bath. I know you want to get cleaned up. Then afterwards, you can take your rest my love,” her mother cooed.Ma Sue did not respond, she only allowed her mother to lead her into the bathroom.  She appeared so weak.Once Ma Sue was in the tub being scrubbed, her mother noticed that she wasn’t reacting to the bubbles as usual.‘Ma Sue, what’s wrong baby, are you okay, you look so weak?” her mother asked.“I want to lie down,” she yawned as she silently closed her eyes.Ma Sue was prepared for bed, though half asleep. Her mother creamed her, put on her night clothes and rocked her gently.‘I love you Ma Sue, sleep well my dear. I’ll see you in the morning,” she whispered as the child finally closed her eyes altogether.Ma Sue was taken to her mother’s room to sleep that night, her mother says.  While cleaning the dining room, she noticed it was just a little after 8:00 p.m.“I need to get some rest myself,” she thought.After taking a shower and preparing herself for bed, she knelt near Ma Sue and began to pray.“Allah, watch over this child who has been through enough in her tiny life. Her dreams are bigger then her age, and I pray that you will see her through them. I leave her life in your hands because she is your creation and you know what’s best for her.”Unconscious of how tired she herself was, she says she wrapped her arms around Ma Sue and fell asleep.Awaken by the heat in her bedroom, Ma Sue’s mother noticed it was well after 3 a.m. Confused as to why Ma Sue never woke up for her midnight warm milk, she says she hurriedly ran to the kitchen to mix it.Upon arriving in her bedroom 20 minutes later, she noticed Ma Sue was still lying in the same position she had left her in.“Ma Sue,” she called.There was no reply or any movement from Ma Sue as she lay stiffly on the velvet bedspread that her mother had laid her on the night before.“My child left me that night just like that. If I had known that Ma Sue was going to die that night, I would have never let her go to bed; to sleep,” she mumbled.Meanwhile the family, all Muslims, buried Ma Sue right after the Ebola task force ruled out the virus as the cause of the child’s death. According to Ma Sue’s mother, she was born with a sickness that they were never able to understand.“The doctors told me what it was two years ago, but I never took it seriously because she started getting better. I wish I had,” she sobbed.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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Gov’t releases Petroleum Agreement with Exxon Mobil

first_imgThe Government of Guyana today publicly released the Petroleum Agreement between itself and Exxon Mobil, ESSO Exploration and Production Guyana Limited, CNOOC NEXEN Petroleum Guyana Limited, Hess Guyana Exploration Limited.Click on link to view contract.http://docdro.id/Lelz7e1last_img

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Real Madrid more of a team without Ronaldo, says Bale

first_img0Shares0000Gareth Bale believes Real Madrid are a more united team without Cristiano Ronaldo © AFP / LLUIS GENELONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 17 – Gareth Bale has won four Champions Leagues in five years at Real Madrid, but believes the Spanish giants can be even better in their quest for a 14th European crown despite the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo.Bale has shone in the spotlight since Ronaldo’s departure for Juventus, scoring in all of Real’s opening three La Liga wins and providing the equaliser for Isco in a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. “Obviously it’s going to be a little different from having such a big player there,” Bale told British newspaper the Daily Mail.“It’s maybe a bit more relaxed, yes. I suppose there is more of a team, more working as one unit rather than one player.”Fired by his anger at being left out of the starting line-up in Zinedine Zidane’s last match in charge of Madrid, Bale came off the bench to score twice in last season’s Champions League final to beat Liverpool 3-1.However, it is Ronaldo’s goals that have led Real to so much success on the continent in recent times.The Portuguese has been the competition’s top scorer for the past six seasons.But ahead of their Champions League opener against last season’s semi-finalists Roma on Wednesday, Bale insists Real can be even better this season.“We can be even better again,” he added. “Another start and another challenge. We’re ready for it.”The strained relationship between Bale and Zidane may have led to the Welshman looking for an exit this summer had the French coach not decided to bow out after winning a third straight Champions League in just two and a half years in charge.Bale avoided the question of whether new boss Julen Lopetegui is a better manager than the French great, but accepts Lopetegui’s command of English has made it easier to communicate.“Obviously it helps,” said Bale. “In Spanish I can talk but maybe not go into that amount of detail with them that I would need to.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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FIFA to investigate Paul Pogba’s transfer from Juventus to Manchester United

first_img1 Paul Pogba signed for Manchester United in the summer transfer window FIFA are to investigate Paul Pogba’s transfer to Manchester United, according to reports.The France midfielder returned to Old Trafford in the summer transfer window for £89 million, breaking the existing record for the most expensive transfer in world football.However, AFP report FIFA are to look into the deal following leaks which claim Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiolo, is to make £41 million from the transfer; they are to investigate the alleged payments to ensure the deal was completely above board.A book titled ‘Football Leaks: the Dirty Business of Football’ reportedly reveals the super agent was handed a £23m at the completion of the transfer, and will earn a further £16.39m over the course of Pogba’s five-year contract.United have refused to shed any light on the reports, with a spokesman saying: “We don’t comment on contracts, FIFA have had the documents since the transfer was completed last August.”last_img read more

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Barcelona cool interest in Benfica full-back – good news for Manchester United?

first_imgBarcelona are not willing to meet Nelson Semedo’s £50m release clause, which could clear the way for Manchester United to pounce.The 23-year-old defender is reportedly eyeing for a move away from Benfica this summer and a number of top European clubs are keeping tabs on him.Manchester United and Bayern Munich are said to be interested, while Barcelona were leading the chase for his signature.However, that could all be about to change as according to O Jogo, the Spanish giants are not keen on paying the defender’s substantial release clause.Benfica are not interested in parting with their star asset and are expected to hold out until somebody reaches the £50m mark with a bid.United, meanwhile, remain linked with Semedo and might now launch a formal approach given Barcelona’s unwillingness to pay over the odds for the highly-rated full-back.The Old Trafford club have already completed a deal for his former team-mate Victor Lindelof and may now decide to go back for Semedo. Nelson Semedo in action for Benfica 1last_img read more

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IPL 2011: Mumbai aim for a royal revenge

first_imgStill not assured of a place in the next stage of the ongoing Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians would be hoping to book their berth in the play-offs with a win over out-of-contention Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.Though Mumbai are sitting pretty with 16 points from 12 games, they still need one victory out of their remaining two games to secure their place in the four-team play-offs. Mumbai cannot afford to wait till the last away league tie against Kolkata Knight Riders on May 22, incidentally the final round-robin game before the play-off phase begins on May 24.But the Royals would be equally eager to stop Mumbai from clinching the berth. The match would also provide Mumbai an opportunity to avenge their humiliating seven-wicket defeat against Royals in in Jaipur last month when they were restricted for a 94 for eight. Tendulkar would be keen to reverse that result on a track which is likely to assist the slow bowlers at the fag end of the season.The packed gathering at the Wankhede Stadium will witness the leg-spinner, who is retiring from all forms of cricket after the tie, confronting the Tendulkar who would be smarting from the Warne retort against his comments about the pitch in Jaipur after the previous engagement between the two teams on April 29. Mumbai would be down on confidence going into their penultimate round robin game having suffered backto- back defeats against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali and against Deccan Chargers at home.Mumbai’s mighty batting line-up has shown signs of vulnerability once the three main run-getters – Tendulkar (408 runs from 12 games), Ambati Rayudu (364 from 12) and Rohit Sharma (291 from 12) – are sent packing cheaply. The overseas batsmen have simply not stepped up to the plate and delivered, though big-hitting Kieron Pollard showed some signs of rediscovering his lost form in the last game against the Chargers. The biggest problem confronting the hosts is the lack of an effective opening partner for Tendulkar.advertisementThe latest opening partner to the master batsman, Australian Aiden Blizzard has generally struggled against the spinning ball at the beginning of the innings. Andrew Symonds has been a big disappointment with both bat (135 runs from 10 games) and ball (1 wicket) while Pollard (102 runs and 9 wickets from 12 games) has only done slightly better. In such a scenario, the Mumbai batting will largely depend on the top order against the Royals’ spin-heavy attack. Mumbai’s bowling has delivered for the most part though Munaf Patel (17 wickets in 12 games) had an off day against the Chargers in the last match.Pace spearhead Lasith Malinga (27 wickets in 12 games) and Harbhajan Singh (13 wickets in 11 games) have bowled splendidly. ON THE other hand, Rajasthan have been let down by the below-par show of opener Shane Watson (241 runs in 10 games). Botha, a batsman with far less ability, has been more effective (230 from nine).Rahul Dravid has scored the most runs for the team (300 from 11 at a strike rate of over 106).Apart from that, lack of consistency from other Indian batsmen like Maneria and Ajinkya Rahane has also upset the Royals’ plans. On the bowling front, Warne has emerged as the leading wicket-taker for Royals with 12 scalps while Botha (seven wickets), Amit Singh (eight from eight) and Siddharth Trivedi (10 from 11) have made useful contributions. Though Watson has been economical, his lack of penetration (three wickets from 10 games) has not helped Royals while Shaun Tait (six wickets from four games) has not played enough matches to make a difference.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Wimbledon 2011: Big battles in store in quarter-finals

first_imgRafael Nadal is all set for his Wimbledon quarter-final clash against Mardy Fish on Wednesday, but if one goes by British media reports, it is as if the defending champion is as good as finished.Watching the world No. 1 battle through the pain barrier to eventually outmanoeuvre Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 7-6(8/ 6), 3-6, 7-6(6/ 4), 6-4 in a high quality match which ended past 9 pm on Monday, it is clear Nadal is going to do whatever it takes to defend his title.At the post-match conference, Nadal did speak about the pain. “I have to get an MRI done. I felt really bad during that half of the first set at 6-5, when I felt I broke my foot. I asked for the trainer at that moment and I didn’t know I would have a chance to continue playing,” said Nadal.However, as the match progressed and the intensity kept rising, Nadal looked fully focussed and played with felicity. “But with the taping, I think we changed a little bit the direction of the support, and probably didn’t hurt me much. But to run to my forehand was very, very tough for me,” said Nadal.The packed audience at the Centre Court, however, was treated to some delectable forehand drives from Nadal in the final set. The way he ripped inside-out forehand winners to leave del Potro stranded in the corner was proof of how badly Nadal wanted to win the match.In the good old days, when Pete Sampras won his seven Wimbledon titles, he also had to keep fighting niggles and injuries. If people think Nadal is not going to be fit against Mardy Fish, they are fooling themselves.advertisementNovad Djokovic faces qualifier Bernard Tomic in Wimbledon quarters. APTop pros do whatever it takes to be on court in a Grand Slam and a day’s rest will do Nadal a lot of good.Way back in 2000, when Sampras won his last Wimbledon title, he had to take all kinds of treatment to stay fight for seven matches in a row. At that time, rather than conventional treatment, Sampras used the Chinese needle therapy to battle pain and eventually defeated Pat Rafter in a thrilling five-set final.The point is, Nadal may not be a 100 per cent fit but with top quality treatment available, he is going to go out and give it his best shot against Mardy Fish, who is the lone American now in fray.”Yeah, Mardy is playing fantastic. I saw him a little bit against Robin Haase. He’s playing at a very, very high level. He’s a dangerous player, so I will try my best to be very competitive on Wednesday. I need be at my hundred percent. If not, it’s going to be impossible against him,” added Nadal.And what about Roger Federer, who badly wants to win the title this time? On Monday night, Federer did drop a set against Mikhail Youzhny before winning 6-7 (5/ 7), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.But barring the first set, Federer did not have to exert himself in the remaining three sets.The classical backhand volleys were also executed with finesse against an opponent who is not a grass court specialist.”Even though I lost the first set, it was good tennis. I thought overall we played a good match from start to finish. There were good rallies, good atmosphere and it was fun,” said Federer.Roger Federer will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Wimbledon quarter-finals. APLooking ahead at his quarterfinal against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Federer said: “Tsonga is a great player. He’s proven it on numerous occasions. I played a really good match I thought against him in Qatar. I think we both played well in the semis there.” Federer says he is going to be ready for the battle. “I think he’s got the weapons to be a huge threat on grass, make a run here. It’s a tough draw, but I’m ready for it,” said Federer.Among the other quarterfinals, Novad Djokovic faces dangerous qualifier Bernard Tomic and Andy Murray plays Feliciano Lopez.Last eightRafael Nadal (ESP x1) vs Mardy Fish (USA x10)Bernard Tomic (AUS) vs Novak Djokovic (SRB x2)Andy Murray (GBR x4) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP)Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x12) vs Roger Federer (SUI x3)last_img read more

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Chris ODowd, Zhang Ziyi join JJ Abrams God Particle

first_imgLos Angeles, May 29 (PTI) Actors Chris ODowd and Zhang Ziyi are the latest addition to the cast of JJ Abrams “God Particle”.The movie already stars the likes of David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Daniel Bruhl and Elizabeth Debicki, said The Hollywood Reporter.The sci-fi film revolves around a team of astronauts aboard a space station, who find themselves alone after a scientific experiment causes Earth to disappear.”God Particle” will be produced by Abrams Bad Robot Productions, while Julius Onah directs. Oren Uziel has penned the script.The thriller will arrive in cinemas on February 24, 2017. PTI SHD ARKlast_img read more

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