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A world leader is pregnant — and she’ll take maternity leave

Telling your boss you’re pregnant can be harrowing at the best of times. Imagine doing it when you have more than 4 million bosses. That’s what New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern did on Friday by announcing she and her partner Clarke Gayford were expecting their first child. She will take six weeks of maternity leave — far less than the 22 weeks of paid parental leave that New Zealanders are entitled to. Gayford will be a stay-at-home dad when Ardern returns to the business of running the Pacific island…

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Sport 

Ben Stokes: English cricket in shambles after court hearing date coincides with comeback

GETTY Ben Stokes has been charged with affray Avon and Somerset police confirmed that Stokes is due to appear at Bristol magistrates’ court on February 13 to face the charge of affray, following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.  But only hours earlier, in Brisbane, England head coach Trevor Bayliss was all smiles as he said that his talismanic all-rounder would be “welcomed back with open arms” following the ECB’s decision to make him available for selection once more. To add to the sense that Stokes is now…

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Sport 

Ben Stokes will return for England next month after police investigation

Earlier this week the all-rounder was charged with affray for his part in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub last September in the middle of England’s one-day series against West Indies. Stokes, 26, has not played for England since – which has cost him around £100,000 in match fees – but the England and Wales Cricket Board met this week and said: “Given the CPS decision to charge him and two others with affray, confirmation of his intention to contest the charge and the potential length of time to trial,…

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Technology 

The Pirate Bay BLOCKED – Millions of users stopped from accessing torrent site in new ban

The Pirate Bay is once again facing more blocks. Internet Service Providers, (ISPs), in the Netherlands have been ordered to block the popular torrent site leaving millions unable to gain access. The issue of blocking The Pirate Bay has caused huge controversy with many ISPs not accepting an order made back in 2012 claiming it may “constitute an infringement of people’s freedom to act at their discretion”. However a new ruling from a Dutch Court appears to have forced more ISPs to begin stopping access. These internet firms now have…

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Space 

GomSpace taps Virgin Orbit to launch nanosatellites for tracking ships and planes

WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit, which expects to debut the air-launched LauncherOne rocket by summer, signed a contract Jan. 16 with GomSpace to send eight nanosatellites into orbit  next year to track airplanes and ships. GomSpace, a Danish cubesat manufacturer, bought the launch on behalf of Aerial & Maritime Ltd. (A&M), a Mauritius-based startup GomSpace spun off to operate a constellation of 80 ship-and-plane-tracking satellites by 2021. In a joint statement, Virgin Orbit and GomSpace said the early 2019 launch will put the satellites into a low-inclination orbit. GomSpace CEO Niels…

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Entertainment 

The Greatest Showman: Does Hugh Jackman actually sing and dance in the film?

The period musical drama shows triple-threat performers – Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams – act, sing and dance in The Greatest Showman which tells the story of P.T. Barnum.  Australian actor Hugh Jackman portrays circus founder P.T. Barnum in the film – an American who founded the Barnum and Bailey Circus in 1871 and managed to pull himself out of poverty to become a self-made millionaire. Jackman has already demonstrated his singing in Les Miserables where he played Jean Valjean and performed the numbers live on set. In The Greatest…

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Entertainment 

The Greatest Showman: Who plays opera singer Jenny Lind? Does she really sing in the film?

Rebecca Ferguson plays opera singer Jenny Lind in The Greatest Showman. The Swedish actress is known for her leading role as Elizabeth Woodville in The White Queen and earned her a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film. She stars as a Swedish soprano in the musical film The Greatest Showman, alongside Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams. The film features some huge soundtracks, penned by Benj Hasek and Justin Paul – the songwriters behind La La Land. Audiences will be amazed at the…

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The Greatest Showman cast: Who plays the bearded lady?

The movie is centred around the circus showman P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) who created the Barnum and Bailey Circus and it tells the story of the lives of its main attractions and Barnum’s quest to entertain the audience with things they had never seen before.  Keala Settle is the actress who plays the bearded woman – Lettie Lutz – in The Greatest Showman. She is an Hawaiian actor and singer and is a relative newcomer to Hollywood but stars alongside the likes of Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and…

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Entertainment 

The Greatest Showman cast: Does Michelle Williams really sing and dance in the movie?

The star has become renowned as one of Hollywood’s best, most versatile actresses – but can she really sing on top of everything else? The answer is yes – and the vocals you hear on screen are indeed hers. Williams, 37, is no stranger to flexing her vocal chords in a musical: in fact it was only 2014 when she played Sally Bowles in Cabaret. She recently said of singing in an interview with the New Zealand Herald: “I have just found that it makes me happy.  “I find that…

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Sport 

Ben Stokes charged with affray after Bristol nightclub incident

A disturbance outside popular Bristol nightclub Mbargo left a with a fractured eye socket. Stokes was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm and subsequently released but handed an indefinite suspension by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Alex Hales, who was present on the night out but was cleared by police last month, was also suspended. Stokes was still included on England’s Ashes squad list but did not join them in Australia, instead heading to New Zealand to play domestic cricket for Canterbury Kings. Express Sport understands the ECB…

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