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Ireland’s much awaited Test debut and its significance

Ireland played their first ever international Test match against Pakistan on home soil on May 15th; a date that Irish cricket fans around the world are not likely to forget anytime soon. Ireland was awarded full member status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) last June, and became the first team to debut in the Test format since 2000, when Bangladesh debuted against India. The debut was a dream come true for many Irish players in the side who have been waiting for this moment their entire careers. The raw emotion and what the match meant to the players...

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Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, the first Muslim UFC champion

Holding a career record of twenty six wins and zero losses, Khabib Nurmagomedov may be the best lightweight mixed martial artist to ever step into the octagon. Khabib Abdulmanapovich Nurmagomedov is a mixed martial artist hailing from the mountainous region of Dagestan located in the Russia’s North Caucasus region. Due to the harsh terrain and the country’s coastline on the Caspian Sea, Dagestan has an unusually ethnically diverse population. However regardless of the many different types of people living in the region the dominant religion practiced in the area is Islam, which has become a uniting factor for the people in their quest for freedom against Russia. Dagestani people are known for their toughness and mental strength which may be a product of the harsh environment they are raised in; the climate is extremely unforgiving, the country has had problems with militant Islam and has also been in several skirmishes with Russia. It was this same militant Islam and violence that Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov – a wrestler and veteran of the soviet army, wanted to protect his son from. He started training Khabib in the art of Sambo (Russian hand to hand fighting) and freestyle wrestling, something the Dagestani people are well known for, at an extremely early age. In fact, Khabib even wrestled with a bear cub at the age of nine! This is something hard to...

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The demise of the last male Northern White Rhino

Forty-five-year-old Sudan, the last male northern white Rhino in the world, passed away in captivity on March 19th, 2018. Sudan was put down by a veterinary team in Kenya after illness and infection crippled him. The team had worked tirelessly for the past two years in an effort to save the species. There are only two Northern White Rhino’s alive today, Sudan’s daughter Najin and his granddaughter Fatu. In a last ditch effort to save the species scientists plan to use an assistive reproductive method in order to produce offspring; however, the chances of this method succeeding are very...

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Volkswagen is discontinuing the Beetle

It is time to bid the legendary bug farewell; Volkswagen has confirmed that the current generation of beetle will be the last. The beetle was originally designed to be a cheap and reliable car for the people of Germany. It was designed by Ferdinand Porche in the 1930s and housed an extremely reliable air cooled engine. Interestingly the engine was installed at the rear of the car making it one of the first of its kind in the new era. The car became an icon around the globe following mass production after the second world war, and holds the...

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K-P bans dowry and other extravagant wedding practices

Marriage functions bill aims to curb wastages The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly passed the marriage functions bill on Wednesday, 21st February. The bill has several different clauses that place limitations on extravagant wedding celebrations, the most prominent being the ban on dowry, the ban on decorations, and the ban on fireworks and firecrackers. Flamboyant weddings are, quite sadly, a status symbol of wealth and power in Pakistan. People go to extreme lengths in an attempt to one-up their families and friends and to garner a good reputation in their social circles. Often the groom’s family demands large amounts of dowry...

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