Oct 232017
Giroud wins 2017 FIFA Puskas award for goal of the year

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud´s ´scorpion kick´ goal against Crystal Palace in January received the Puskas award for the goal of the year at the Best FIFA football awards in London on Monday.Veteran Juventus and Italy shot-stopper Buffon topped a three-strong shortlist for the goalkeeper award ahead of Real´s Keylor Navas and Bayern Munich´s Manuel Neuer.“I have to speak in English, it is a difficult moment,” said the 39-year-old Buffon.“It is a great honour to receive this award at my age. I am proud.“The last year has been fantastic for Juventus and for me personally. It wasn´t enough to win in Europe.“I would like to finish with a fantastic victory for Italy next summer (at the 2018 World Cup in Russia).”Monday also saw the Puskas Award for the best goal of 2017 go to Arsenal´s Olivier Giroud.The France striker received the award named in honour of Hungary great Ferenc Puskas for a spectacular ´scorpion-kick´ against Crystal Palace in January.“I´m delighted to receive this trophy today in front of legends of football,” said Giroud.The Frenchman´s flicked volley with his left foot that went in off the crossbar won ahead of goals from Venezuela´s Deyna Castellanos, 18, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke.Meanwhile tournament hosts the Netherlands´ achievement in winning their first major female football title, the 2017 Women´s European Championship, was recognised with Women´s Coach of the Year and Player of the Year awards for Sarina Wiegman and Lieke Martens respectively.Wiegman and Martens were unable to receive their awards in London as [Read More…]

Oct 102017
We?ve got mail

This refers to the letter, ‘Good old days’ (Oct 9), by Zahid A Khan. The writer highlights the sad state of Pakistan Post while talking about the number of mailboxes that have been uninstalled from all over country. Here in London, large mailboxes are installed on almost every street’s corner. These boxes have two slots with a clear notice written on each of them. One slot is used for sending local posts – preferably by residents in the vicinity – and the other slot is used to send post to rest of the UK and overseas. If a letter is posted before 9 AM to any part of London, it is received the same day within three hours and without any extra fee. A letter posted anywhere else in the UK is guaranteed to reach its destination within 24 hours. On the other hand, the postal system in Pakistan is almost nonexistent. The system that was inherited in 1947 was the same as the one operational in the UK, but in Pakistan the system has disappeared into the thin air. Asad A Khan (London) Click for detailed story

Oct 042017
?Giant tents? could end rain delays: report

LONDON: English cricket chiefs are exploring deploying “giant tents” to ensure rain no longer stops play, a report said on Wednesday. Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper said research was being carried out into placing mesh netting over grounds after a US company approached the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The ECB has spoken to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which owns Lord’s in northwest London, about the issue, the report said.A fine, transparent mesh would be held up by wires suspended from floodlights with a hot air balloon in the centre to lift it up and create a tent-like effect. “We would look at any new technology and ways to get games on and more people playing cricket,” a spokesman for the ECB told the Telegraph.“There is some interesting technology around trying to create protection from rain and keep the game on in wet weather,” Guy Lavender, the new MCC chief executive, was quoted as saying. Click for detailed story

Sep 292017

Maryam Nawaz said her mother Kulsoom Nawaz has been discharged from hospital and her further treatment, including chemotherapy, would start next week. The former First Lady underwent third operation for lymphoma on September 21 in a London hospital, for which she was diagnosed last month. “Shukar Alhamdulillah, Ami [Kulsoom Nawaz] is better, discharged from the hospital and back home. Her further treatment including chemotherapy starts next week.” Maryam said in a tweet. Shukar Alhamdolillah Ami is better, discharged from the hospital & back home. Her further treatment including chemotherapy starts next week. — Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) September 29, 2017 The wife of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif won the NA-120 by-poll last week. The seat had fallen vacant after Nawaz’s disqualification by the top court in a judgment in the Panama Papers case on July 28. The post Kulsoom Nawaz discharged from London hospital appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Sep 272017
Cricketer Imad Wasim refutes 'fan's' allegations

[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/0e4c6d7c7fb5e0583878fbfd1b2c00f9.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OS8yNy8yMDE3IDY6MzU6MzggUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT14WHdSV1EyeTFVUE1pRnVxaGtsQmVBPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] Cricketer Imad Wasim took to Twitter to refute all allegations of promising to marry a fan late Wednesday. Pictures of the cricketer with an unknown female sparked a social media frenzy earlier in the week. The girl claims to have met Wasim in London and also alleges that the cricketer promised to marry her but then refused to acknowledge her later on.  Pictures of the cricketer with an unknown female sparked a social media frenzy earlier in the week. “A fan took pictures with me and then people alleged that I got married to her,” he said. “Then another picture [with another fan] surfaced and people alleged that she [this fan] was my girlfriend and I was cheating on my ‘wife.’  Wasim denied all of the allegations levelled against him and said he was ‘completely single’ and never promised to marry anyone.  Wasim denied all of the allegations levelled against him and said he was ‘completely single’ and never promised to marry anyone. “I request all media channels to not spread such rumours only because they need ‘spice’ [in their news bulletins],” he said. “Please respect my family and my privacy…I have never made a video to refute any allegations [levelled against me] in the past [but I have been forced to do so this time around].”     In the video, uploaded on the microblogging website, the cricketer requested media channels to not defame anyone by running [unverified] ‘breaking news’.   Click for detailed story

Sep 052017

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that project of Pakistan Kidneyand Liver Transplant Institute is of vital importance in the provision of modern treatment facilities to the patients.Speaking at a meeting in Lahore on Wednesday through video link from London, he said the project will be state-of-the-art like other projects of the Punjab government and a milestone in the provision of modern treatment facilities in health sector.He said that the first phase of the centre will be completed by December 25 this year.Source: Radio Pakistan Click for detailed story

Aug 172017
Bolt reveals injury details and rounds on doubters

LONDON: Usain Bolt delivered a rebuke those who questioned whether he really suffered an injury in his farewell race at the World Athletics Championships by revealing details of his hamstring tear on Thursday. The Jamaican, stung by speculation that he had pulled up in the anchor leg of the 4 x 100 metres relay final in London on Saturday because he was too far behind to win the race, said the injury would need three months of rehabilitation. Accompanied by an x-ray of the injury to his left hamstring, the eight-times Olympics gold medallist was also adamant in social media posts that he never cheated his fans.The 30-year-old explained on Twitter: “Sadly I have tear of the proximal myotendineous junction of biceps femoris in my left hamstring with partial retraction. “I don’t usually release my medical report to the public but sadly I have sat and listened to people questioning if I was really injured. I have never been one to cheat my fans in any way & my entire desire at the championship was run one last time for my fans. Thanks for the continued support my fans and I rest, heal and move onto the next chapter of my life #Love&LoveAlone.” Bolt had been three metres down on the two leaders as he took on the last leg of the relay, which was won by Britain, only to pull up sharply and fall to the ground.He speculated on Sunday that the injury might have been caused by having [Read More…]

Aug 142017
Former Pakistani PM Turns To Court To Challenge His Removal From Office

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has filed petitions with the country’s Supreme Court challenging his disqualification from office over undeclared assets.Environment Minister Mushahidullah Khan, who is also a member of Sharif’s party, said on August 15 that three petitions have been filed with the court by the former premier’s lawyers.“It is our right to seek a review,” the Reuters news agency quoted Jan Achakzai, an official at the ruling PML-N party, as saying. “People of Pakistan haven’t accepted the decision.”Sharif, 67, resigned during his third term as prime minister shortly after the same court ruled on July 28 that he should be disqualified and ordered a criminal probe into his family’s wealth.The investigation stemmed from the so-called Panama Papers leaks in April 2016, when documents from a Panama-based law firm revealed that three of Sharif’s four children owned offshore companies and used them to buy properties in London.According to Achakzai, the appeals seek a review of the disqualification on the fact that two of the five Supreme Court judges, who had already given a dissenting note in an April verdict ruling, were not supposed to sit on the panel that gave the final ruling in July.Within days of the court decision, Sharif moved quickly to have the PML-N’s strong majority in parliament approve Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as his replacement.Sharif held a series of rallies across the country last week, criticizing the court ruling and seeking to whip up popular support.Copyright (c) 2015. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of [Read More…]

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