Saqlain Mushtaq to coach England cricket team in India

Saqlain Mushtaq to coach England cricket team in India

Former Pakistan Test Cricketer Saqlain Mushtaq will travel to India next month where he will serve as spin consultant for the England team ahead of five Test match series.

Saqlain confirmed to DawnNews that he got a 15 days visa and will fly to India on Nov 1. The first Test between India and England will start from Nov 9 in Rajkot.

Rated as one of the best off-spinners of modern cricket and inventor of the ‘Doosra’, Saqlain previously worked with England, New Zealand and West Indies as spin consultant.

During Pakistan’s recent tour to England, Saqlain briefly worked with England cricket team and after his guidance England batsmen played Yasir Shah well in 2nd and 3rd Test after the player destroyed England in the first Test at Lords.

Saqlain also helped Saeed Ajmal remodel his bowling action after the off-spinner was suspended from bowling in international cricket. However, Saqlain has yet to work with Pakistan Cricket Team in a major role.

Twitter cuts jobs with eye on 2017 profit; Vine discontinued

Twitter cuts jobs with eye on 2017 profit; Vine discontinued

Twitter Inc said Thursday it would cut 9 percent of its global workforce to keep costs down even as quarterly results eclipsed Wall Street’s beaten-down expectations, lifting shares that had fallen after a failed effort to sell the company.

More than 300 Twitter employees will be affected by the layoffs as part of a broader restructuring, a figure similar to an earlier round of reductions announced a year ago. Separately, the company announced it would discontinue Vine, a video app launched in 2013 that played brief clips on a repeat loop that struggled to compete with Facebook’s Instagram.

Twitter plans to cut about 300 more jobs: Bloomberg

Analysts on average had expected 316.3 million monthly active users, according to market research firm FactSet StreetAccount.

Twitter has been struggling to sign up new users amid competition from nimbler rivals such as Instagram and Snapchat.

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Analysts, on average, had expected 316.3 million monthly active users, according to market research firm FactSet StreetAccount. “The building blocks for revenue are increasing the number of users, and Twitter is not doing a particularly good job of that,” Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said.

He added that Twitter needed to grow revenue by $200 million to $300 million a quarter to achieve 2017 profitability. “The run-rate for the year is under $100 million in profit, so it is really hard to justify spending $15 or $18 billion to buy a $100-million profit (company),” Pachter said.

Total advertising revenue of $545 million grew 6 percent year-over-year, and 90 percent of it came from mobile. Excluding items, the company earned 13 cents per share, beating the average estimate of 9 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

The company is “more disciplined about how we invest in the business” and intends to be profitable in 2017, said Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto. Among its priorities, Twitter is dedicated to growing its burgeoning live video offerings through partnerships with organizations such as the National Football League, Noto said.

Advertisers are increasingly interested in live video because of its potential to reach new and younger audiences, he added. Twitter hired bankers last month to field acquisition offers, but it has seen a dearth of potential bidders.

Salesforce.com Inc, the last of a small cohort of companies including Walt Disney Co and Alphabet Inc  believed to have been interested, said recently it would not pursue a deal.

The apparent lack of interest forced the social media company to consider a route anathema to aspiring tech startups: a major restructuring. MORE LAYOFFS Twitter had 3,860 employees globally as of June.

The reduction of more than 300, chiefly in its sales, partnerships, and marketing efforts. The cuts come about a year after a similar wave of layoffs of up to 336 employees were announced when Jack Dorsey, its co-founder who had been serving as interim chief executive, took over as permanent CEO.

Since then, Dorsey has drawn criticism from some analysts for splitting his time between Twitter and Square. The company said it expected cash expenditures of about $10 million to $20 million in the fourth quarter, mostly for severance costs.

On an investor call Thursday, Dorsey said he would not comment on speculation about a potential sale. He said in a statement that the company has “a clear plan, and we’re making the necessary changes to ensure Twitter is positioned for long-term growth.”

Asked by investors whether major events such as presidential debates or the Olympics affected Twitter’s quarterly growth in metrics, Noto said there needed to be such an event “every day” on the platform to meaningfully improve numbers, and “that’s where we’re headed.”

The popular but money-losing microblogging service spent aggressively on product development and marketing in recent years, betting it could afford losses as long as it attracted new users. But that growth stalled this year after it exceeded 300 million active monthly users, less than a fifth of Facebook Inc’s users and below Facebook’s Instagram.

The company’s net loss narrowed to $102.9 million, or 15 cents per share, in the third quarter, from $131.7 million, or 20 cents per share, a year earlier. Twitter also said it would roll out “meaningful updates” next month affecting how it protects users from abusive content, an issue for which the company has endured growing criticism.

 

Jealousy provokes Guardiola critics: Luis Enrique

Jealousy provokes Guardiola critics: Luis Enrique

BARCELONA: 

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique believes former teammate Pep Guardiola will succeed at Manchester City and that criticism of his methods are borne out of jealousy.

The former Barcelona manager is in the midst of the worst run of results in his managerial career having not won in six games, including a 4-0 thrashing by Luis Enrique’s men on his return to Barcelona last week.

“To the critics of Guardiola it is very easy — don’t worry because he will win for sure,” Luis Enrique said on Friday.

Guardiola’s City still top the Premier League on goal difference thanks to a 10-game winning run to start his reign in English football.

However, on top of their Champions League struggles, City were also dumped out of the League Cup by Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United on Wednesday.

Guardiola seeks to end City’s winless run

“There is no doubt he will win titles this year and do it playing the same football as the start of the season,” continued the current Barca boss said. “The critics have to appear because there is nothing worse than watching someone always win. This always generates a lot of jealousy.

Guardiola, who won 14 trophies in charge of Barcelona between 2008 and 2012, and Luis Enrique go head-to-head once more when Barca travel to Manchester on Tuesday.

However, the Spanish champions first host La Liga’s bottom side Granada at the Camp Nou on Saturday.

Guardiola prefers to ‘go home’ than changing philosophy

Barca have been ravaged by injuries in recent weeks with Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba set to miss the trip to City.

Yet, Luis Enrique insists there are no excuses as Barca look to remain hot on the heels of La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

“I don’t see any problem with the squad that we have,” the Catalan manager added. “We can win the upcoming games, which is the objective. Looking for excuses is not how we do things.”

Johnson criticises ‘toxic’ culture under Clarke, Arthur

Johnson criticises ‘toxic’ culture under Clarke, Arthur

SYDNEY: 

Retired pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson has slammed the Australian team culture under former captain Michael Clarke and coach Mickey Arthur as fractured and “toxic”, saying the dynamics changed when Ricky Ponting retired.

In his newly-released autobiography ‘Resilient’, Johnson suggested things were so bad that some teammates did not want to play, with cracks emerging after veteran Ponting called it quits in late 2012.

“The dynamics definitely changed. It became more groups in the team. It wasn’t a team. There was different little factions going on and it was very toxic,” Johnson told Fox Sports News late on Thursday.

“It just built very slowly but everyone could see it, everyone could feel it and nothing was being done at that time,” he added.

Clarke rules out playing Big Bash

The left-arm pacer, who took the fourth-most wickets (313 at 28.40) of any Test bowler in Australian history, was one of four players suspended by Arthur and Clarke for not completing a feedback task during Australia’s shambolic tour of India in 2013.

Arthur was eventually sacked before the side’s next Test campaign, the 2013 Ashes. It was reported during that tour that Arthur alleged Clarke had described senior teammate Shane Watson as “a cancer on the team”.

Clarke was back in the headlines last week following the release of his autobiography, which revisited his run-ins with Watson and Simon Katich. He said Watson was part of a group that was “like a tumour” on the team, to which Watson replied that bringing up history reflected poorly on the former captain.

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Katich, meanwhile, denied Clarke’s claims the two were now friends following a volatile showdown between the pair in the Sydney Cricket Ground changing rooms after a Test win in 2009.

source The Express Tribune news

Guardiola seeks to end City’s winless run

Guardiola seeks to end City’s winless run

MANCHESTER: 

Manchester City’s form under Pep Guardiola is beginning to show similarities to their final season under his predecessor Manuel Pellegrini, with a fast start followed by an autumn stumble.

Last season, City won their opening five matches under Pellegrini, then fell away so badly that they only just secured England’s fourth and final Champions League qualification place.

Guardiola, whose team visit West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday, would not be satisfied with a repeat performance. Yet having won his first 10 competitive games with the club, he has gone six without victory since.

It is the longest winless run of his managerial career, an unwanted record secured on Wednesday as his team were beaten 1-0 at Manchester United in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.

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City have had some hard luck stories to tell during that run, as they should certainly have beaten Everton two weeks ago, missing two penalties in a 1-1 draw, and only took a point against Southampton last weekend despite controlling the second half.

It is also worth remembering that, for all their difficulties in recent weeks, City remain top of the Premier League and well placed to progress from the Champions League group stages.

Guardiola certainly did not field his strongest side at Old Trafford in midweek, making nine changes and fielding 19-year-olds Pablo Maffeo and Aleix Garcia in his starting line-up. Those changes were made in the knowledge that more significant tests lie in wait, with Barcelona in Manchester for a pivotal Champions League Group C game next Tuesday.

There will be serious reasons for concern, though, if Guardiola’s lengthening wait for a victory is not ended at The Hawthorns.

City hoping to end poor run against United

“Every weekend we need to win and we need to show personality to play,” defender Maffeo said.

“We have six games in a row without a win. I think we are going to win and we go in a good way.

“Barcelona is another game. We showed on Wednesday we can compete in tough games, very hard games, and I think we can go there (to West Brom) and we are going to win.”

The manager received a piece of good news on Thursday, with captain Vincent Kompany able to train despite coming off at half-time against United on Wednesday, complaining of tiredness.

Kompany, who has suffered persistent injury problems over the last two years, was making his second start in four days at Old Trafford, and there were concerns that he may have broken down again.

Winger Kevin De Bruyne may also be fit to play some part after recovering from a calf problem.

Mourinho labels his Manchester life ‘a disaster’ ahead of derby

West Brom have proved awkward opponents in recent weeks, almost rescuing a point at Liverpool last Saturday, but ultimately losing 2-1, which ended a run of three successive 1-1 draws.

Saido Berahino remains out of the team, having not started a match since September 10, and has been placed on a fitness programme after manager Tony Pulis revealed the forward was eight pounds overweight.

In Berahino’s absence, Hal Robson-Kanu has established himself as the back-up to first-choice striker Salomon Rondon, playing 25 minutes at Anfield after midfielder James McClean — who is a doubt for this weekend — was forced off with a gashed leg.

Robson-Kanu, deployed as a winger last Saturday, is hopeful of more chances in a team he feels can improve on their current league position of 13th.

“We’ve got all the ingredients, it’s just about applying ourselves game in, game out and picking up points,” said the 27-year-old Wales international, who scored a sensational goal for his country in their Euro 2016 quarter-final win over Belgium.

“We probably felt we could have nicked a draw at Liverpool, but it wasn’t meant to be. We move forward from that.”

Canada: Caliph to inaugurate new Lloyd mosque

Canada: Caliph to inaugurate new Lloyd mosque

Before the building was bought the local Ahmadiyya Muslims had to rent out different places or meet at one another’s houses to have their religious discussions and prayer sessions, but with the new mosque it’s much easier for the whole community to gather in one spot.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim community of Lloydminster will be inaugurating its local mosque early next month, with a special visit from the group’s worldwide leader and Caliph, his Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmed.

“We purchased it (the mosque) in 2014, started the renovation project, which completed earlier this year and once it was completed we sent out a request to the head of our community who is visiting Canada,” said Tariq Azeem, Imam and missionary with the local Ahmadiyya community.

“We said that it would be an honour if he visits and inaugurates our mosque and he graciously accepted and basically next month will be the inauguration.”

The mosque, which is located on 50 Street, used to be an old shop and Azeem said when it was purchased there was a lot of work to do to make it a suitable place of worship.

Before the building was bought the local Ahmadiyya Muslims had to rent out different places or meet at one another’s houses to have their religious discussions and prayer sessions, but with the new mosque, Azeem said it’s much easier for the whole community to gather in one spot.

Now the group also has a place where it can have educational sessions, children’s classes and anything else that may have been too inconvenient before it had a central location.

And having its Caliph attend the inauguration of the mosque to top it all off is a great honour in itself, Azeem said.

“It feels amazing to have our Caliph, his Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, visit our town and visit our mosque,” said Azeem.

“He’s the religious leader and the worldwide head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, there’s a spiritual connection between the leader of the community and the followers, so because of that connection we feel really honoured and are extremely excited for him to visit our mosque, meet with our members and inaugurate this space.”

The official inauguration will take place on Nov. 6 in the Prairie Room at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds.

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Singer Salman Ahmed released after brief detention

Singer Salman Ahmed released after brief detention

Singer Salman Ahmed was released after a brief detention in Islamabad on Friday.

The singer was arrested while he was on his way to visit Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan. According to Express News, the singer was arrested from outside Imran’s Bani Gala residence.

Video footage showed the singer being dragged by Islamabad police into a police van. The singer was heard questioning Islamabad police as to why he was being arrested. “What law have I violated,” he asked.

Moments before his arrest, Ahmed tweeted, “Getting ready for Jazba Junoon.”

Later talking to reporters, Ahmad said, “They were dragging me inside the police van…If they can do this to someone of my stature… what will they do to a layman?”

He added, “The flood [workers] which is coming to Islamabad on Nov 2 will drown them [government]”.

Earlier during the day, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid claimed Rawalpindi police arrested his driver and guard.

Sheikh Rashid dares police to arrest him as tensions mount in Rawalpindi

The arrest comes as PTI and AML workers clashed with police at Rawalpindi’s Committee Chowk near Lal Haveli.

Police fired teargas shells at Committee Chowk to disperse the party workers from gathering following the imposition of Section 144 in the twin cities.

Law enforcers laid siege to the Bani Gala late Thursday night hours after a crackdown was launched against PTI supporters. The opposition party responded by announcing nationwide protests against what it called ‘terrorism’ of the government.

Bani Gala ‘under siege’ after crackdown on PTI

Police detained dozens of PTI workers — including women — for violating Section 144 which the administration had imposed in the morning. Television footage showed police scuffling with Imran’s supporters before bundling them into prison vans and whisking them away.

 

Sheikh Rashid claims driver, security guard arrested in Rawalpindi ahead of rally

Sheikh Rashid claims driver, security guard arrested in Rawalpindi ahead of rally

Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid on Friday claimed Rawalpindi police has arrested his driver and guard.

The arrests come hours before the party’s public meeting.

In a late night crackdown on Thursday, scores of Sheikh Rashid’s AML workers, including his close relatives, were rounded up by police at Lal Havali.

Police crack down on AML leaders

Police raided the venue of the AML rally outside Lal Havali, the residence of Rashid and arrested several workers of his party. “Some 17 workers of Lal Havali, including my two nephews, have been arrested. Announcements are being made to vacate the venue by police. They want to seal Lal Havali,” Rashid told The Express Tribune by telephone on Thursday.

Rawalpindi police sealed all the roads and streets leading to Lal Haveli late Thursday night. Containers have been placed in front of Lal Haveli and roads leading to it. Moreover, access to narrow streets adjoining Lal Haveli has been restricted by placing barbed wires.

Further, authorities on Thursday suspended the Metro Bus Service in Islamabad and Rawalpindi “until further notice”, following which entrance gates leading to all bus stops were locked for public.

However, Rashid vowed to continue with his announced rally, defying Section 144 imposed by the provincial government.

Bani Gala ‘under siege’ after crackdown on PTI

PTI chairman Imran Khan is also scheduled to address Rashid’s rally. The crackdown launched on the PTI’s workers convention in Islamabad prompted several small protests in different areas of Rawalpindi. Protestors blocked several roads and burned tyres.

Imran Khan restrained from participating in AML rally

District Coordination Officer (DCO) Rawalpindi on Friday issued an order to Deputy Commissioner (DC) Islamabad, requesting authorities to restrain Imran from participating in AML’s rally scheduled for 2pm, today.

“It is requested Imran Khan may be restrained from participating in the Jalsa, which is essentially an unlawful assembly in view of restrictions imposed under Section 144 CrPC,” the notification read.

source The Express Tribune news