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Dec 072016

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur said that his team consists of pace quality which can pierce through Australia’s newly-constructed batting line-up.

Pakistan have never defeated Australia in a series Down Under and they will be seeing the three-match Test series starting on December 15 in Brisbane as their best opportunity to win their first one in 52 years.

The visitors have the best chance to do so with the hosts lacking stability after making drastic changes to their side recently during the series against South Africa.

Arthur believes that left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir will be a big name in the upcoming series. However, the 24-year-old has had a difficult stint since his return to national side after a five-year ban for spot-fixing.

Mohammad Amir’s take on dropped catches

“He [Amir] doesn’t have the pace of Mitchell Starc, but his control is very, very good and when he gets the ball to swing he’s as good as any going around,” said Arthur of the left-armer. “He’s quick enough as well, so he’ll be handful [in Australia].”

Pakistan’s pace attack will also derive from left-armers Wahab Riaz and Rahat Ali, with the former being notorious for his scintillating spell against Shane Watson in last year’s World Cup quarter-final.

Misbah expecting easier time out in Australia

Nevertheless, bowling is not the only thing Arthur is worried about as Pakistan’s campaign will heavily depend on their batsmen, who in the past have failed to handle the extra bounce in Australia. “Our attack is good enough to get 20 wickets, we just have to get enough runs and that’s something we’re working extremely hard at,” said Arthur.

The South African believes that Pakistan have the required skill level to topple the hosts and make history. “If we can master the conditions, which we’re working very hard at, and have belief to play well in these conditions we’re as good a chance as any,” he said. “We have wonderfully skilled players but they’re out of their comfort zone now, just like Australia are when they go to India.”

Mickey Arthur was quoted by The Age

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Dec 072016

The mannequin challenge has taken over the Pakistani entertainment industry by storm.

After Farhan Saeed and Ali Zafar, Uzair Jaswal and Quratulain Baloch have jumped on the bandwagon too. The singers participated in an Iqra University mannequin challenge, which the varsity claimed, included over 8,000 people.

Granny takes mannequin challenge to next level

The singers were performing at the 2016 alumni meetup of Iqra University at Karachi’s Golf Club when they took up the challenge. The students were allowed to bring their spouses along with them at the event. After being posted on the university’s official Facebook page, the video, made during the live concert, has gone viral on social media.

Here are the five best and worst Mannequin challenges so far

It was a spectacular sight to see fans stand frozen with their hands in the air as Rae Sremmurd’s Black Beatles played in the background.

The minute-long pause also showed Uzair and Quratulain frozen in time with their band as they held the mike on the stage. Sufi maestro Abida Parveen and DJ Ahmed Godil were also present on the occasion.

Watch the video here.

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Dec 072016

A restaurant owned by a Pakistani-American in Texas has been defaced with bacon twice in one week. The restaurant, Zaza Bar & Bites, in Galveston, Texas was smeared with bacon last Sunday. Asad Khan, the 44-year-old owner of the restaurant says he was taken aback by the incident. Khan, who is Muslim, was stunned to find the front of his restaurant soiled with bacon. “It shook me,” Khan said. “It took me off guard because I wasn’t expecting that.” Police search for vandal who left bacon at Florida mosque This was the second time Khan had arrived to find bacon smeared on the front of his restaurant. In the same week, Khan had discovered bacon grease on the front door handles of his restaurant. He has reported the incident to Galveston police, however, no arrests have been made so far. Khan has also received nearly five threatening phone calls asking him to return to his country. Khan says he is concerned about the safety of his employees. Khan, who moved to the United States in 1993, says  most of his experience in Galveston has been positive. “I don’t have a victim mentality,” he said. “I’m blessed to live in this country. Ninety-nine per cent of my experience here has been nothing but phenomenal.” Muslim-American group condemns Donald Trump’s praise of ‘pig’s blood’ technique to stop terrorists Khan now plans to upgrade the security arrangements of the restaurant by putting up cameras outside the restaurant’s premises. “I feel bad for whomever did this [Read More…]

Dec 072016

Since long, singer Adnan Sami has been in the news for proclaiming his unconditional love for India. He has now revealed why he is extremely fond of Indians and sought Indian citizenship, Deccan Chronicle reported. “I am a very emotional person. Koi mujhse pyaar se jaan maang le, toh woh bhi de dun. If someone asks for my life with love, I’ll give it away. Indians have given me immense and unconditional love and I am very grateful. That was why I decided to apply for an Indian citizenship,” he said. Adnan Sami praises Indian Army, faces backlash The singer was speaking to media during a wellness event, when he spoke at length about his life. Adnan also got candid about his equation with his father and his journey as a musician. “I started playing piano at the age of five, and that was without my parent’s knowledge because they had asked me not to even touch the piano. However, when my father came to know about my interest in music he supported me throughout,” he said. Adnan also shared that he was never apologetic about how he looked. “Because my relationship with my audience was of music and I always managed to please them. But, the change came in when my father took me to a doctor for a general check-up and after going through all my reports the doctor said that, it wouldn’t surprise him if my parents found me dead in a hotel room someday,” he said. Adnan Sami on how it [Read More…]

Dec 072016

MELBOURNE: Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh said his return to form in Canberra would not be enough to earn a recall for the Test series against Pakistan. Marsh clubbed an impressive 76 not out from 40 balls in the second ODI against New Zealand on Tuesday as Steve Smith’s side scored 378 for five. They then dismissed the visitors for 262 in 47.2 overs to take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Despite this, Marsh felt a recall for the Test series against Pakistan is unlikely. “I’m not in a rush to get back in the Test side,” said the 25-year-old, who was dropped from the side after scoring 0 and 26 in the first Test match against South Africa in Perth last month. “But I know that I’ve got to score runs to get back, so that’s all I want to do.” We will have to be at our best to overcome Pakistan, says Steve Smith The innings at Manuka Oval showcased how dangerous he could be as he belted seven sixes, including three in the final over from Matt Henry, and he felt an aggressive approach may help him in future. “When you’re not scoring runs, you tend to try play with things in the nets to try and make something work,” he said. “I think in red ball cricket, over the last couple of years, I probably haven’t played my natural game. “For me, I’m a hitter of the cricket ball. Probably over the next few months, I’m [Read More…]

Dec 072016
Saffron, rural Spain’s crisis-beating spice

MINAYA: On the arid, wind-swept plateau of central Spain, saffron producers are reaping the benefits of a return to favour of the precious spice introduced by Arabs in the Middle Ages. After a lull in production due to the high cost of growing saffron in Spain, farmers are now back in business as customers have started seeking quality over lower prices. Sitting around three long tables at the Molineta company in Minaya, a 1,600-strong village 200 kilometers (124 miles) southeast of Madrid, elderly ladies extract bright red stigmas from violet saffron crocuses that will subsequently be dried and sold off. Agriculture secretary stresses on improved research Every day during the autumn harvest, Segunda Gascon, 78, blackens her fingers as she works the fragrant petals, a gesture she has practiced again and again since 1964 when she was given a small batch of seedlings for her wedding. She is part of a group of around 50 people — many of them retired — who are paid to help out at this time of year in the small village of the Castilla-La Mancha region. PHOTO: AFP Nearby Dolores Navarro, 83, sings a folk song as she works: “The saffron rose is a fragrant flower, that grows at sunrise and dies at sunset.” She remembers the men who would come to the village in the 1960s to buy the spice “at a high price.” All by hand But then came the modernisation of agriculture, which led to a drop in many food prices. Saffron [Read More…]

Dec 062016

PARIS: Napoli and Benfica clinched places in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday as nine-man Besiktas capitulated at Dynamo Kiev, while Arsenal snatched first place away from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in Group A. Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens scored second-half goals to earn Napoli a 2-1 victory over Benfica in Lisbon to send the Italians through to the knockout phase as winners of Group B. Twice former European champions Benfica pulled a goal back late on through Raul Jimenez and qualified as runners-up. “We reached our objective, we wanted to win the group and we did it with a splendid performance here in Lisbon,” said Callejon. Battles aplenty as group stages draw to a close In the group’s other game, Besiktas travelled to Ukraine hopeful of advancing after their rousing three-goal fightback on matchday five against Benfica, but the Turkish champions unravelled in a disastrous first half. Artem Besedin bundled in Dynamo’s opener on nine minutes at the Olympic Stadium and Besiktas suffered a critical blow on the half hour with Andreas Beck sent off for a professional foul on Derlis Gonzalez. Andriy Yarmolenko converted the resulting penalty and the hosts struck twice more before the break through Vitaliy Buyalskiy and Paraguayan Gonzalez to floor the visitors. Frustrations boiled over as Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar was dismissed for a second yellow card on 56 minutes and a miserable evening grew even more humiliating with Serhiy Sydorchuk and Junior Moraes adding their names to the scoresheet. “We are very, very upset [Read More…]

Dec 062016

KARACHI / URDU LITERATURE: Urdu literature and history are integral parts of fiction writing, said speakers at the ‘Fiction ke Baladtay Qalib’ session on the third day of the ninth Aalmi Urdu Conference at the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi on Saturday. An Urdu literature teacher from Punjabi, Sheeba Syed said, “In every era, literature and performing arts have been in tune with the historical clock of the times”. Literature creates questions and queries out of historical context, which eventually get answered, she said. “Critics have established their critical thoughts on these lines and social norms have been based on strong story lines! History and literature are in tune with each other; history is in the memory of mankind and it comes out in the form of literary landscape,” she added. With Hadi Ruswa bringing down the traditional lineage of nobility and writing the story of a poor girl in ‘Umrao Jan Ada‘, he demonstrated the changing times of that era, as did deputy Nazir Ahmed’s novella ‘Miraat ul Uroo’, which dealt with the issue of women’s rights, Syed claimed. Writer Akhlaq Ahmed detailed the history of social norms dating back to Plato’s ‘Republic’, where he emphasised social mores and storytelling. “Society has changed over time and this can be seen through Urdu literature. The story-telling pattern has evolved, now novels have given way to the internet revolution, however, the prime cause remains that fiction allows us to remain emotional,” he explained. “We have understood emotions while trying to understand our emotional [Read More…]

Dec 062016

Apple has blamed “external physical damage” for causing a handful of iPhones to explode or catch fire in China and insisted that its handsets posed no safety problem. Fresh on the heels of Samsung’s worldwide Galaxy Note 7 safety fiasco, a Shanghai consumer watchdog said last Friday it had received eight recent reports of iPhones that spontaneously combusted while being used or charged. In a statement to AFP late Tuesday, the US tech giant said it had retrieved units for analysis and conducted thorough tests on phones which had experienced “thermal events”, but brushed off safety concerns. Chinese users claim iPhones exploding, catching fire “The units we’ve analysed so far have clearly shown that external physical damage happened to them which led to the thermal event,” the statement said. “We treat safety as a top priority and have found no cause for concern with these products.” The company also denied being slow to respond, after the state-run Shanghai Consumer Council had urged it to address consumer complaints. The watchdog’s report quoted one woman as saying her iPhone 6s Plus exploded in August, shattering the screen and leaving the battery and back of the phone blackened. The council said it had received a sixfold surge in total complaints against Apple in the past two months, including sudden shutdowns of the iPhone 6 and 6s even though batteries still had enough power. Apple Watch sales to consumers set record in holiday week, says Apple’s Cook The council did not say where the [Read More…]

Dec 062016

FAYETTEVILLE: Donald Trump embarked Tuesday on the second leg of an unorthodox “victory tour,” promising tough policies to put the US economy first and boasting of securing a $50 billion Japanese investment to create 50,000 jobs. The US president-elect provided no details on the jobs or investment, which he spent all day trumpeting after talks with Japanese telecoms billionaire Masayoshi Son at Trump Tower in New York. Putin says ‘clever’ Trump will soon grasp weighty role “Great guy of Japan. He’s pledged that he’s going to put $50 billion into the United States because of our victory,” Trump told a crowd of several thousand in Fayetteville, North Carolina of Son. “Fifty thousand jobs he’s going to be investing in.” The Japanese magnate told reporters at Trump Tower that his telecoms company would be investing in startup companies in America. “I just came to celebrate his new job,” said Son. The tycoon brandished a piece of paper that indicated SoftBank and Foxconn, the Taiwanese technology giant, “commit to invest $50bn + $7bn in US, generate 50k + 50k new jobs in US in next four years.” Trump got into hot water last week by taking a protocol-busting telephone call from the president of Taiwan and is under increasing fire in the media for conflicts of interest between his vast business empire and taking top office. He accuses China of stealing American jobs by sucking away manufacturing plants and pledges to lower corporate tax rates to 15 per cent and threatens “consequences” on [Read More…]

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