Gillespie eyes Australian selectors’ job

Gillespie eyes Australian selectors’ job

SYDNEY: 

Former fast bowler Jason Gillespie said on Tuesday that he could put his hand up to succeed Rod Marsh on the Australian cricket team’s board of selectors.

Chief selector Marsh is set to step down when his contract runs out in mid-2017, and Gillespie said he was “open to offers” after leaving English county side Yorkshire.

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“There is a national selectors’ job up next year and I might put my name up for that,” he told the Adelaide Advertiser. “All I have done the last five years is select teams for Yorkshire. In county cricket you are always selecting teams. The buck stops with you. I wouldn’t rule anything out.”

Australia’s current four-man selection panel consists of Marsh, Mark Waugh, Trevor Hohns, and Australia coach Darren Lehmann.

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Gillespie is now back in Australia for family reasons and will coach the Adelaide Strikers in the summer’s Big Bash League after a hugely successful five-year spell at Headingley.

He was strongly linked with England’s vacant head coach position last year and is seen as a potential successor to Lehmann.

“It was a tough decision to leave Yorkshire but the time was right for family and my career moving on,” he said. “I will put my energy into the Big Bash with the Strikers, see what happens. I guess I am open to offers.”

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Liverpool and Man Utd deliver poor 0-0 draw after the hype

Liverpool and Man Utd deliver poor 0-0 draw after the hype

LIVERPOOL, UK: 

One of the most eagerly-awaited clashes of the Premier League season turned into a major letdown as Liverpool and Manchester United nullified each other in a largely undistinguished goalless draw at Anfield on Monday.

After all the hype preceding the battle between English football’s fiercest rivals, United’s manager Jose Mourinho was left happier than his counterpart Juergen Klopp as the visitors doused Liverpool’s acclaimed attacking pyrotechnics.

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The home side, full of goals all season, proved desperately disappointing until finding some second-half drive and may have still felt they deserved the win as United goalkeeper David de Gea had to make fine saves from Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho.

Mourinho, the master of stifling Anfield dreams when at Chelsea, again found his tactical mastery rewarded but United, seventh in the table on 14 points, have still won just one of their last five league games while Liverpool stay fourth on 17, two behind leaders Manchester City and Arsenal.

Liverpool were effectively subdued in the first half as Mourinho reverted to conservative type, bringing in Marouane Fellaini to partner Ander Herrera in a stifling central midfield combination.

Throwing men behind the ball and taking the voice out of the passionate home crowd, United controlled most of the play in the opening half-hour even if a 40-metre Zlatan Ibrahimovic free kick blasted into row Z was their lowest of highlights.

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Liverpool, without the injured Georginio Wijnaldum and forced to leave Adam Lallana on the bench, never got going and looked nervous in front of their fevered fans.

It took them more than half an hour before a Roberto Firmino header straight at De Gea represented their first attempt on goal.

It was only after the break that they began to show glimpses of their true colours, Can wriggling through to force a fine one-handed save from De Gea at full stretch before the Spanish keeper delivered an even finer stop, flying through the air to tip Coutinho’s curler wide.

A brilliant last-gasp challenge by Antonio Valencia deprived Firmino but United, for all their solidity, had only one effort on target and looked back ruefully on their best chance, a tame header across goal from Ibrahimovic after a great delivery from Paul Pogba.

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USA: The Professor Wore a Hijab in Solidarity — Then Lost Her Job

USA: The Professor Wore a Hijab in Solidarity — Then Lost Her Job

When Larycia Hawkins, the first black woman to receive tenure at Wheaton College, made a symbolic gesture of support for Muslims, the evangelical college became divided over what intellectual freedom on its campus really meant.

Three days after Larycia Hawkins agreed to step down from her job at Wheaton College, an evangelical school in Wheaton, Ill., she joined her former colleagues and students for what was billed as a private service of reconciliation. It was a frigid Tuesday evening last February, and attendance was optional, but Wheaton’s largest chapel was nearly full by the time the event began. A large cross had been placed on the stage, surrounded by tea lights that snaked across the blond floorboards in glowing trails.

“We break, we hurt, we wound, we lament,” the school’s chaplain began. He led a prayer from the Book of Psalms, and the crowd sang a somber hymn to the tune of “Amazing Grace”:

God raised me from a miry pit,
from mud and sinking sand,
and set my feet upon a rock
where I can firmly stand.

Philip Ryken, the college’s president of six years, spoke next. His father had been an English professor at Wheaton for 44 years, and he grew up in town, receiving his undergraduate degree from the college. “I believe in our fundamental unity in Jesus Christ, even in a time of profound difficulty that is dividing us and threatening to destroy us,” he told the crowd. “These recent weeks have been, I think, the saddest days of my life.” It was the night before the first day of Lent, the 40-day season of repentance in the Christian calendar.

Wheaton had spent the previous two months embroiled in what was arguably the most public and contentious trial of its 156-year history. In December, Hawkins wrote a theologically complex Facebook post announcing her intention to wear a hijab during Advent, in solidarity with Muslims; the college placed her on leave within days and soon moved to fire her. Jesse Jackson had compared Hawkins with Rosa Parks, while Franklin Graham, an evangelist and Billy Graham’s son, declared, “Shame on her!” Students protested, fasted and tweeted. Donors, parents and alumni were in an uproar. On this winter evening, the first black female professor to achieve tenure at the country’s most prominent evangelical college was now unemployed and preparing to address the community to which she had devoted the past nine years of her life. As a Wheaton anthropology professor, Brian Howell, wrote in January, the episode had become “something of a Rorschach test for those wondering about the state of Wheaton College, evangelicalism and even U.S. Christianity.”

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Three days after Larycia Hawkins agreed to step down from her job at Wheaton College, an evangelical school in Wheaton, Ill., she joined her former colleagues and students for what was billed as a private service of reconciliation. It was a frigid Tuesday evening last February, and attendance was optional, but Wheaton’s largest chapel was nearly full by the time the event began. A large cross had been placed on the stage, surrounded by tea lights that snaked across the blond floorboards in glowing trails.

“We break, we hurt, we wound, we lament,” the school’s chaplain began. He led a prayer from the Book of Psalms, and the crowd sang a somber hymn to the tune of “Amazing Grace”:

God raised me from a miry pit,
from mud and sinking sand,
and set my feet upon a rock
where I can firmly stand.

Philip Ryken, the college’s president of six years, spoke next. His father had been an English professor at Wheaton for 44 years, and he grew up in town, receiving his undergraduate degree from the college. “I believe in our fundamental unity in Jesus Christ, even in a time of profound difficulty that is dividing us and threatening to destroy us,” he told the crowd. “These recent weeks have been, I think, the saddest days of my life.” It was the night before the first day of Lent, the 40-day season of repentance in the Christian calendar.

Wheaton had spent the previous two months embroiled in what was arguably the most public and contentious trial of its 156-year history. In December, Hawkins wrote a theologically complex Facebook post announcing her intention to wear a hijab during Advent, in solidarity with Muslims; the college placed her on leave within days and soon moved to fire her. Jesse Jackson had compared Hawkins with Rosa Parks, while Franklin Graham, an evangelist and Billy Graham’s son, declared, “Shame on her!” Students protested, fasted and tweeted. Donors, parents and alumni were in an uproar. On this winter evening, the first black female professor to achieve tenure at the country’s most prominent evangelical college was now unemployed and preparing to address the community to which she had devoted the past nine years of her life. As a Wheaton anthropology professor, Brian Howell, wrote in January, the episode had become “something of a Rorschach test for those wondering about the state of Wheaton College, evangelicalism and even U.S. Christianity.”

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UK: ‘United against extremism’ theme at 12th annual Ahmadiyya peace symposium in Slough

UK: ‘United against extremism’ theme at 12th annual Ahmadiyya peace symposium in Slough

“We are all brothers and sisters at the end of the day, regardless of religion or race. It is about service to humanity, about coming together and serving with one incredible voice that we are united against extremism.”

Solidarity and unity was shown when representatives from the army, police and various religious communities gathered for the 12th annual Slough and Burnham Peace Symposium.

The event was organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Slough and took place at Burnham Park Academy on Saturday.

About 250 people attended to listen to talks on the theme ‘united against extremism’.

For the second year running pupils from Burnham Park Academy were involved, with ambassadors welcoming guests.

Art work by pupils from the school was also on display at the event.

Atiq Bhatti, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Slough, said having a mix of speakers and guests was ‘very important’ for the symposium to be a success.

For the first time, the Royal Air Force and Windsor-based Household Cavalry were represented.

Also represented were Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead Churches Together, Thames Valley Police and the Royal British Legion.

Atiq said: “The symposium was to promote love for all and hatred to none.

“We are all brothers and sisters at the end of the day, regardless of religion or race.

“It is about service to humanity, about coming together and serving with one incredible voice that we are united against extremism.

“The guests that come every year said it was the best yet and our new guests said it was a nice event showing solidarity and unity.”

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Ghana: T.I. Ahmadiyya Senior High School AMASS Taking ICT Learning to New Level

Ghana: T.I. Ahmadiyya Senior High School AMASS Taking ICT Learning to New Level

Ghana: T.I. Ahmadiyya Senior High School AMASS Taking ICT Learning to New Level

Headmaster of the school, Alhaji Yakub A.B. Abubakar commended the old students for the gesture and charged other year groups to emulate the move.

Information Communications Technology (ICT) is now driving the 21st century and authorities at the T.I. Ahmadiyya senior high school in Kumasi does not want to be left out.

The school has made ICT, previously a core subject, an elective subject taught with the most advanced facilities.

This was revealed when the 1998 year group of the school refurbished the computer laboratory of the institution.

T.I Amass, known for its exploits in academic and sporting activities has over the years been offering students in ICT in outmoded laboratory.

This made teaching and learning of ICT a difficult area for teachers and the over 3,000 students.

But despite the challenges, 20 students who sat for the Elective ICT for the first time passed with distinction.

But thanks to the 1998 year group who decided to give back to their alma mater, students can now sit in comfortable air-conditioned laboratory which is learning-friendly.

Headmaster of the school, Alhaji Yakub A.B. Abubakar commended the old students for the gesture and charged other year groups to emulate the move.

They were very old computers. The place was not conducive with air conditioners, overhead projectors and what have you. Yet the school was managing and then we were moving on.

Coincidentally, it is this year that we presented 20 students for Elective ICT. The least pass that we had was B3 in ICT. That shows the potential of the school as far as successes in ICT is concerned.

Alhaji Yakub says the computers will improve academic works.

“With this new thing that is now in place, I can assure you that all the students we are going to present, we expect that they will come with nothing but As in ICT and that will also go to reflect in other subjects that they are learning in the school”, he explained.

The 1998 year group is promising more projects for the school with the establishment of an Endowment Fund and institution of best student awards.

“We want to open 98-Group Foundation where we will actually intend to embark on projects like this one that we’ve done. Month by month we contribute money and then we can institute an award scheme in the school; Best Student Awards, Best Sports Student Award. This is actually supposed to be a wake up call to the other year groups”, Head of the Project Implementation Team, Felix Appiah Ankomah revealed.

Meanwhile, the Prefect of the 1998-year group, Nasir Mohammed Bin Salih is urging the Ghana Education Service to adopt the T.I Amass module which promotes religious tolerance, peace and harmony on campus among all sects.

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Sierra Leone: Principal of Ahmadiyya School in Freetown Responds to Detractors

Sierra Leone: Principal of Ahmadiyya School in Freetown Responds to Detractors

Sierra Leone: Principal of Ahmadiyya School in Freetown Responds to Detractors

“My appointment came directly from the Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mr.  Momodu Bah through the authority of the Minister of Education after thorough scrutiny …”

The Acting Principal of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Junior Secondary School, Kissy Dockyard in Freetown, Mr. Karimu Sesay has reacted angrily to allegations that he is not qualified to hold the current position he occupies.

Speaking to the Global Times, Mr. Sesay said that he has been teaching at the school since 1998 to present. “I became the Head of Department of the Religious Moral Education in 2004 when the school was divided into Junior and Senior secondary and I chose to be in the junior wing because I was pursuing some courses,” he said.

Mr. Sesay said that prior to his appointment as Acting Principal, he was the third-in-command after the Principal and Vice Principal of the Junior Secondary School and by virtue of that, he considers himself fit for such an appointment as he knows much in terms of managing the school.

“My appointment came directly from the Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mr.  Momodu Bah through the authority of the Minister of Education after thorough scrutiny and I emerged as the favorite among others and that was because I met the criteria set by the Ministry,” he added.

Mr. Sesay said that he got his Higher Teachers Certificate (Secondary) in 1998 from the Milton Margai Teachers College and has gone ahead to acquire a BA Honors in English from Fourah Bay College and now he is a Masters holder in Public Relations and Management from IPAM.

When asked if he is an Ahmadist, Mr.  Sesay affirmed that he is not an Ahmadist and clarified that religious belief has never been a criterion of the Ministry of Education for appointment but rather one should be a senior staff with many years of teaching experience, which he has.

There has been lots of infighting among senior teachers of the school to succeed Mr. Ibrahim Kabiru Mansaray and his deputy, Mr. Ibrahim Mattia who were recently retired by the Ministry of Education.

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