Sep 182017

KARACHI: The arrangements, including that of security, made by the local administration in Lahore and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the three-match Independence Cup series between Pakistan and World XI have received a thumbs up from former South Africa Cricketer Hashim Amla.

Hashim was one of five South African cricketers who came to Pakistan with the World XI squad, led by his Protea captain Faf du Plessis.

The South African batsman says hospitality in Pakistan made him feel at home during his stay in the country.

“It was great. The people [in Pakistan] were so welcoming and really made the World XI team feel at home,” Amla told in an interview conducted via e-mail.

The 34-year old South African cricketer added that they were briefed before they arrived.

“That’s when we understood how much planning had gone into this event to give it the best chance of succeeding,” Amla added while expressing his satisfaction with arrangements made by PCB for the series.

The South African run-machine, who has an experience of 107 Tests and 156 ODIs, termed the World XI series as “big effort” by PCB in an attempt to restore international cricket in Pakistan.

“Our experience has been a good one,” he said when this correspondent asked him about the message to the international community.

“Slowly with time the confidence will build again. The PCB made a big effort and if they continue to do so then things will only improve,” added the South African legend.

Hashim Amla also talked about his association with the Qalandars franchise in South Africa’s T20 Global League, which is set to commence this November and said that he’s amazed at the passion and vision of the franchise owners.

“I didn’t know what to expect when the owners were announced and to be honest I have been amazed by their vision and passion,” he said.

“I am quite excited and look forward to the selfless and fearless ethos which is the backbone of the franchise,” Amla added.

He also praised the Rising Stars program by Qalandars’ PSL team Lahore Qalandars.

“Simply astonished at the bravery to even conduct a talent search and social program of that magnitude,” he said, adding the expression of “wow” while commenting on the program which last year featured 113,000 participants and this year the number of aspiring Qalandars has increased from the last edition.

However, Amla said that he’s not likely to be available for Pakistan Super League’s season three early next year as he’ll be busy playing Test cricket for his country.

“It is unlikely as we have Test matches planned during that time next year. If at a later stage I am free and the opportunity arises then why not,” he concluded.

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Sep 182017
West Brom?s Barry equals Giggs? Premier League appearance record

West Brom midfielder Gareth BarryLONDON: West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry plans to play on for as long as possible after equalling Ryan Giggs´s Premier League appearance record at the weekend.The 36-year-old started in the Baggies´ 0-0 draw against West Ham on Saturday to draw level with the Manchester United legend´s mark of 632 games.Barry, who made his debut in 1998, will beat Giggs´s record if he features at Arsenal on September 25.“It´s a huge number when you think about it,” Barry told the BBC. “It´s gone so quickly. I´ve been lucky to keep fit through the years. It won´t be until you look back and have hung your boots up when you realise how big a number it is.“When you think of what´s happened in between, there´s so much which has gone on. It has gone quickly as I remember that moment (debut) well.“In today´s game there´s nowhere to hide, everything´s recorded. It can help the older players because back in the day when you got to a certain age you were too old no matter what you did. Now if a 36-year-old is running more than a 21-year-old it´s there.” Barry, who made his debut in 1998, will beat Giggs´s record if he features at Arsenal on Sep 25Former England midfielder Barry looked likely to fall short of Giggs´s mark after losing his starting place at Everton last season, leading to speculation he could drop down to the Championship with former club Aston Villa.Instead, Barry landed a move to [Read More…]

Sep 172017

LAHORE: Punjab University (PU) College of Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEES) organised four one-day orientation sessions on countering extremism with its faculty members and non-teaching staff under “Inspiring the Future” project. The project was jointly launched by CEES and Centre for Health and Gender Equality (CHANGE). Addressing the session, CEES Principal Dr Sajid Rashid said that these sessions were intended to engage professors and administrative staff in promoting peace narrative to their students through their day to day interaction. HEC calls meeting to discuss campus violence He said the sessions were attended by more than 120 participants of various departments which included faculties of sciences and social sciences. He said that throughout the session participants gave away feedbacks based upon their experiences and made the session interactive. In these sessions, the professors extended their full support and cooperation in further dissemination of the peace narrative with other faculty members, administrative staff and students of PU. The efforts of the implementation team were lauded by the PU Registrar Dr Muhammad Khalid Khan and Faculty of Life Sciences Dean Dr Shahid Kamal. Certificates were distributed among the participants in the end of sessions. PU annual admissions Meanwhile, Punjab University annual admissions to MA/MSc and BS Honor (4 year) programme for academic session 2017-18 will start from September 18 to 28. PU VC Prof Zaffar Mueen Nasar, while talking to a delegation of faculty member, said on Sunday that all admissions would be made strictly on merit. A committee headed by the most senior [Read More…]

Sep 172017

LAHORE: Punjab Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani appreciated the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) state-of-the-art disease diagnostic facilities, quality of education and research, dairy management trainings and provision of clinical services for the benefit of poor farming community. He said UVAS was playing a vital role in the development of livestock, dairy, poultry and related sectors through its trained manpower for the enhancing of milk and meat production and developing economy of Pakistan. UVAS finds partner to boost quality  Minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani along with UVAS Vice Chancellor Dr Talat Naseer Pasha visited UVAS, Ravi Campus Pattoki. They visited various departments of the campus including Central Laboratory Complex (CLC), Livestock Research and Training Centre, Dairy Animal Training and Research Center, Milking Parlor and Information Technology Center. The minister also planted a sapling in front of Central Laboratory Complex (CLC) and met with UVAS students. Earlier in his presentation, Vice-Chancellor Dr Pasha briefed the minister on the UVAS academic, research, extension & dairy advisory services, clinical and disease diagnostic facilities, development projects regarding Livestock Technology Park, training centre for Biologics Production, various training programmes, national and international linkages etc. Show at UVAS: Students get a closer look at snakes He said UVAS was establishing a training centre for biologics production to prevent deadly hemorrhagic septicemia (HS) and foot and mouth disease (FMD). Dr Pasha said Pakistan was blessed with the best dairy buffalo breeds in the world and the university was focusing on the genetic improvement of [Read More…]

Sep 172017
Lukaku wins battle of old boys, Chelsea held by Arsenal in Premier League

Romelu Lukaku’s signing from Everton continues to pay off as he scored and created a goal in Manchester United’s 4-0 drubbing of his former club on Sunday with United joining Manchester City on top of the league.United — whose record goalscorer Wayne Rooney endured a miserable return with his Everton team-mates — are only second in the table by virtue of C coming before U as both the Manchester clubs share exactly the same statistics after five matches.Champions Chelsea are on 10 points, three adrift of the leading duo, after being held 0-0 at home to Arsenal — the first scoreless draw at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte’s tenure.United were slightly flattered by the final scoreline — three goals coming in the final 10 minutes after Everton had largely dominated the second-half — but manager Jose Mourinho was more than satisfied.“I think the performance was very good, especially in the first 30-35 minute, it was probably our best performance of the season,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.“We pressed them and they did not have a chance to get out, they did not have a shot, it was very impressive.”For Everton and manager Ronald Koeman — who spent £152million ($207million, 173million euros) in the close season — it is fast becoming a crisis as this was their fourth successive defeat and in which they have failed to score to boot.The Dutchman grasped at whatever straw he could to see a positive side.“From what I saw today from the team it made me [Read More…]

Sep 172017
Pogba could be out for three months

LONDON: French international Paul Pogba could be out of action for three months, the Sunday Times reported on Sunday, dealing a huge blow to Manchester United. The hamstring injury suffered by the 24-year-old — an £89.3 million ($121 million, 105 million euros) signing from Juventus last year — after just 18 minutes in Tuesday’s Champions League match with Basel is worse than was thought originally according to a club source. The source said he faced sitting on the sidelines of anything from six to 12 weeks. “The injury is really bad,” a United source was quoted as saying by the newspaper.However, the club believe Pogba’s injury was a result of the player overdoing his personal training.“It’s not normal for a player respecting our training programme,” the source said.— Click for detailed story

Sep 172017
Falcao double gets Monaco back on track

PARIS: Radamel Falcao grabbed a brace as French champions Monaco bounced back from last week’s thrashing by Nice with a 3-0 win over Strasbourg at the Stade Louis II on Saturday. The hosts started slowly, but took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Rony Lopes’ first goal for the club.Falcao made the points safe early in the second period, before completing his double in the 67th minute. The three points move Monaco level on points with early Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain, who host Lyon on Sunday.Monaco were looking to respond after seeing their record 16-match winning run in the league ended by a 4-0 thumping at Nice last week. The principality outfit have actually had a better start to this season than 12 months ago, when they also lost 4-0 at Nice in September before going on to win the title. Jardim gave Montenegrin forward Stevan Jovetic and winger Rachid Ghezzal their full debuts after close-season moves from Inter Milan and Lyon respectively, in the only two changes from the side that claimed a 1-1 draw at RB Leipzig in their Champions League opener on Wednesday. But promoted Strasbourg more than held their own for the first half an hour, and almost took the lead when Ivorian midfielder Jean-Eudes Aholou headed over from only three yards out.The hosts were a shadow of the side that stormed to last season’s title and started this campaign with four straight wins, but they broke the shackles in the 44th minute. [Read More…]

Sep 172017
?Sethi, Clarke brought cricket back to Pakistan?

KARACHI: The efforts of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi and International Cricket Council (ICC) Director Giles Clarke made it possible for Pakistan to host international cricket after such a long time, former chief selector Salahuddin Sallu said. “All credit goes to Sethi and Clarke for making it possible for this historic series to happen with best available foreign players. Our law enforcement agencies also did a fine job by providing foolproof security,” Sallu told PPI the other day. He praised the PCB boss for accelerating efforts for the return of international cricket to the country.“By hosting the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final in Lahore earlier this year, Sethi paved the way for World XI series,” he said.“The successful holding of the series against World XI shows that it’s now safe to play here,”“I now hope that Karachi, Peshawar and other cities will also be able to host international matches in future,” he added. — Click for detailed story

Sep 172017

PESHAWAR: A man killed his two teenage daughters over ‘honour’ on Saturday night in Peshawar’s Achar Kalay area. A Banamarhi police official told The Express Tribune that the complainant, Amjad Al, had lodged an FIR against his father Abdul Ghani stating that he had killed his daughters Shamim Bibi, 18 and Noreen Bibi, 14 to save the family’s “honour”. “The man [Ghani] suspected that the two girls were having an affair and shot both of them dead,” the policeman added. He further said that a few days ago, Noreen had left the house and had come back after three days. Around midnight on Saturday, the girls were trying to escape from the house when Ghani woke up and opened fire on them. Teenage couple electrocuted in Karachi ‘honour killing’ Ghani then escaped after the killing the girls. Police have registered an FIR and are searching for him. As per official police reports, around 24 women have been killed in the province in the first eight months of this year as compared to 44 such murders in 2016. Rakshinda Naz, a women’s rights activist, said in most cases of honour killings, when the complainants and the accused are from the same family – as is the case in this incident – families pressure the complainant to settle the issue. She added that to prevent that from happening, the state should be the complainant in honour killing cases. The post Father murders two teenage daughters for ‘honour’ in Peshawar appeared first on The [Read More…]

Sep 172017

LAKKI MARWAT: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and his “Jewish lobby” want to destabilise Pakistan by creating political unrest, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman said on Sunday. “The JUI-F is not supporting the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) ousted prime minister; we are standing with democracy and the system,” the veteran politician said while addressing the executive body of his party in Lakki Marwat. He said the PTI-led government [in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa] was planning to bring an ad hoc system in the education department.” “The JUI-F vehemently opposes this ad hoc system and asks the teachers’ community to stand firm for the future generations,” he added. He went on to say that the PTI led provincial government, by design, wanted to snatch job security from teachers in the province. “Through the registration of Imams, they want seminaries under their control and implement the West’s plan,” he maintained. Religious parties may run for next polls on single platform: JUI-F leader The provincial government is considering a proposal to appoint educated pesh imams in mosques across the province and pay them a monthly stipend. According to the JUI-F chief, 9/11 was a conspiracy against the Muslim world and Afghanistan, and the US has fulfilled its plan through former dictator Pervez Musharraf. Musharraf, he said, succumbed to US pressure. We stand with Pakistani Army to protect our homeland,” Fazl remarked. The JUI-F chief asked the central government to play its role in stopping the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. The post PTI’s K-P govt wants to control madrassahs for [Read More…]

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