Farwell shelved as Afridi left out of West Indies series

Farwell shelved as Afridi left out of West Indies series

Farwell shelved as Afridi left out of West Indies series

 

A move to give Shahid Afridi a farewell during the T20Is between Pakistan and West Indies in the UAE has not materialised, with the former captain left out of the squad for the three matches. The PCB confirmed the move had come from selection committee head, Inzamam-ul-Haq, but it fell through in the absence of the board chairman Shaharyar Khan, who is recovering from surgery, and executive committee head Najam Sethi, who is on vacation in England.

Afridi had plans to retire at the end of the 2016 World T20 in India and Shaharyar had confirmed this earlier in the year saying, “He is also a Pathan and I am also a Pathan and once the agreement is done between two Pathans it can’t be changed.” However, before the tournament, Afridi revealed that he was reconsidering his retirement due to “huge pressure” from friends and family.

Following Pakistan’s poor performance at the World T20, and criticism surrounding his leadership, Afridi stepped down as captain but chose to continue playing in the format. However, he has not played for Pakistan since then, with the new selection committee not seeing him as a part of their plans for the side.

Afridi had succeeded Mohammad Hafeez as Pakistan’s T20 captain in September 2014. In his second stint as captain, Afridi led the side to 11 victories in 24 matches but his personal form dipped. He averaged 14.65 during this period with a best of 49, and took 20 wickets.

After the 2016 World T20, Afridi turned out for Hampshire in Natwest t20 Blast the scoring 191 runs at 17.36 in 12 matches and taking nine wickets. He also played only one match in the recent domestic National T20 tournament, before pulling out due to fitness concerns. He reportedly underwent an MRI scan on his knee and was later trained in Karachi as a part of injury rehabilitation. He was also optimistic that he would be selected for the series against West Indies, but he was ignored.

However, days after the team announcement, the Urdu newspaper Jang carried a report that claimed Afridi would be selected as the 16th player for the three-match series against West Indies in the UAE, as part of a planned farewell.

Afridi hinted at that possibility and his retirement during a media session in Karachi, but the statement was seen as ambiguous.

“I have put no pressure on the board nor they on me but whatever happens it will be good and set new precedents,” Afridi said in a statement in Karachi. “I have always noted that in Pakistan there is no tradition of players retiring gracefully, even the big names. Every player wants to go out on a high and I am no different.

“Players must exit respectfully since the ones who serve the country with distinction deserve honour. I have had a discussion with Inzi bhai (Inzamam-ul-Haq) who is an elder to me and we will do what is beneficial to both Pakistan cricket and my own self. This would allow players to decide themselves when it is the right time for them to retire gracefully and with dignity.”

Afridi’s decisions to retire from other formats were also surrounded by uncertainty. His decision to retire from Test cricket, immediately after leading his side to a 150-run loss against Australia at Lord’s in 2010, was seen as abrupt. His ODI retirement, too, was muddled for some time before he decided to quit the format after the 2015 World Cup.

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IMF report: Years of war, refugee flight have wrecked Middle East economies

IMF report: Years of war, refugee flight have wrecked Middle East economies

IMF report: Years of war, refugee flight have wrecked Middle East economies

WASHINGTON:

The Middle East economies have plunged into decline in the years of war since the Arab Spring, creating daunting economic and development challenges, according to an IMF report released Friday.

Nose-diving growth, soaring fiscal imbalances and decimated labour markets across the region call for newly concerted efforts from donor countries and coordination among humanitarian aid groups and development bodies, said the report, released ahead of a United Nations summit on the refugee crisis.

 

The International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said that while the world’s attention had been drawn to the humanitarian impact of wars, economic disasters were also unfolding.

“Much of the productive capital in conflict zones has been destroyed, personal wealth and income losses are enormous, and human capital deteriorates with the lack of jobs and education,” she wrote in a blog post accompanying the report.

The UN General Assembly on Monday is due to hold a high-level summit to coordinate international responses to the refugee and migration crisis.

The IMF report followed Thursday’s release of World Bank research which said the burden of large numbers of refugees and displaced persons was largely borne on the shoulders of poor countries, a fact that likewise called for coordination between humanitarian and development aid policies.

“To varying degrees, these countries face large numbers of refugees, weak confidence and security and declining social cohesion that undermines the quality of institutions and their ability to undertake much-needed economic reforms,” the IMF report said.

In a sobering analysis, it laid out the economic costs of war for countries plagued by the conflict:

After four years of civil war, Syria’s GDP has fallen by more than half, Yemen’s economy contracted by 25-35% last year alone while Libya saw its economic activity fall by 24% in 2014.

War damage to Syria’s physical capital amounts to $137.8 billion, or 230% of pre-war GDP, the report said, and, with 470,000 killed, 6.6 million displaced and 5 million having fled, the country has lost about 50% of its population.

 

The strains on governance, state revenues and state institutions such as central banks are profound: Preliminary data indicate that Yemen, for example, missed its 2015 revenue targets by as much as 60%.

The policy temptations for governments in such situations can also be harmful; pressed by dwindling revenues, states can be tempted to control exchange rates, and bias rules and taxation in favour of friends and against foes.

The IMF report said that war-struck countries could also struggle with high inflation even as government spending collapses.

Meanwhile, the public services are deteriorating with even neighbouring countries heavily impacted.

Lebanon, For example, has enrolled half the Syrian refugee population’s children in its schools, swelling classroom sizes and reducing the quality of education.

All of this called for change, the report said; “more humanitarian aid and joining of forces between relief work and development assistance.”

In the near-term, funding has not kept pace with needs as UN agencies have had cut services to the refugee populations in Jordan.

But preventing poverty from rising in host countries is a pressing need, according to the report, which requires investing in public infrastructure to create economic opportunities for the populations of the region.

If and when peace comes, reconstruction will require “sizable financing” largely surpassing damaged and indebted countries’ ability to collect revenues.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 17th, 2016.

 

 

Recipe: BBQ Chicken Roll Ups

Recipe: BBQ Chicken Roll Ups

 

Recipe: BBQ Chicken Roll Ups

Dinner in half hour? Is it possible? Well if you make these BBQ Chicken Roll Ups, it is very much possible! This is an easy and quick recipe that is cooked in half an hour. The chicken comes out juice and very flavourful.

Ingredients

Chicken breast — 2, halved from the middle

Mozzarella cheese — ½ cup, shredded or sliced

Red onion — ½ cup, sliced

Ground thyme — ⅓ teaspoon

Paprika — ½ teaspoon

Ground black pepper — ½ teaspoon

Garlic powder — ½ teaspoon

Salt — ½ teaspoon

Barbeque Sauce — a few spoonfuls

Method

Take the halved chicken breasts and pound them, with a parchment paper covering them, until flat. Make sure you don’t tear up the grain. Next, spread a teaspoon of barbeque sauce on one side of the breast. Then add some mozzarella and some red onion slices. Curl it from the edges and roll it up. Secure with a toothpick.

Now make the spice rub by mixing up paprika, ground thyme, garlic powder, ground black pepper, paprika, and salt. Sprinkle the mix and then rub well into the chicken.

Grease a baking pan and place the chicken in it and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Enjoy with fries or potato wedges.

 

Microsoft ‘to close Skype’s UK office’

Microsoft ‘to close Skype’s UK office’

The UK office of one of the world’s leading technology firms, Skype, is to close, it has been reported.

According to the Financial Times (FT), the move by its owners Microsoft is likely to lead to the loss of many of the nearly 400 jobs at the London HQ.

The reports that one of the most valuable “unicorns” – those tech firms valued at more than $1bn (£768m) – in Europe is to scale down its presence in London, will come as a blow at a time when the UK is trying to position itself as an attractive option after the Brexit vote.

Asked to comment on the report, Microsoft confirmed that some “globally focused Skype” roles were at risk along with those at another of its businesses, Yammer, as part of a plan to move all London-based employees to its base in Paddington.

“As part of this effort, Microsoft reviewed some London-based roles and made the decision to unify some engineering positions,” a spokesman said.

“We are deeply committed to doing everything we can to help those impacted through this process. Microsoft will be entering into a consultation process and offer new opportunities, where possible.”

The news follows encouraging signs for the British technology industry, which was reported as hosting 18 of Europe’s 47 unicorns in June.

Russ Shaw, who served as a vice president at Skype until it was bought by the US-based technology giant for $8.5bn in 2011, said the move from its current base in Holborn was disappointing.

“Skype is one of Europe’s iconic technology businesses and a genuine ‘unicorn’ with an amazing pedigree of innovation and talent,” he told the FT.

“While London is working hard to build a strong base of world-class technology businesses, this decision is a step in the wrong direction.”

A former employee, whom the paper did not name, was quoted as saying that the move was unsurprising because many of the people who had been at Skype when the takeover happened had gradually been replaced. “I know it’s natural to integrate, but Skype is a shell of the company it once was.

“One of the things that was always a big issue for Microsoft was that big decisions at Skype would usually always be made in Europe, not in Redmond [its US HQ]. Now, it’s a Redmond, Microsoft-led company rather than an independent Skype.”

  • This article was amended on 17 September 2016. The original incorrectly described Microsoft as the “California-based” tech giant. Its Redmond headquarters is actually in Washington state.

Source The guardian

 

EU Leaders Seek to Rebuild Trust After Brexit Vote

EU Leaders Seek to Rebuild Trust After Brexit Vote

EU Leaders Seek to Rebuild Trust After Brexit Vote

European Union leaders pledged Friday to create a new road map to reinvigorate the bloc following Britain’s vote to leave the union.

The 27 leaders committed themselves to deciding on a clear strategy and practical steps to rebuild trust in the EU when they meet again in six months. That regular summit in early 2017 also will mark the 60th anniversary of the EU’s founding treaties.

During Friday’s talks in the Slovak capital, Bratislava, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the European Union’s current situation was very serious.

Not only the decision by British voters to break away from the EU but other serious problems as well have have contributed to “the critical situation” that confronts the European partners, Merkel said. “We must jointly agree on an agenda” and forge “a working plan to be able to handle the respective issues.”

European Union leaders want to come up with a post-Brexit strategy by March, although it is unclear how long it will take Britain to actually exit the union. British Prime Minister Theresa May, who did not attend the summit, is not expected to trigger the process until early next year.

The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said the mood among the remaining members of the political and economic alliance was “sober but not defeatist.” He said the bloc wanted to “correct the past mistakes and move on with new solutions.”

However, despite those pledges to arrive at a plan to move forward, disagreements continued over how to handle the influx of refugees into Europe.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, one of the most critical voices on the issue, said there should be no more “lawmaking tricks” from EU institutions, such as the European Parliament’s move to require member states to accept refugee resettlement quotas.

EU members also are deeply divided about the economic effects of immigration and asylum issues.

France and Germany, two of the alliance’s oldest and most influential members, also pushed Friday for closer EU defense and security collaboration, another subject that has divided the bloc.

Source vOA

PM leaves for New York to address UNGA

PM leaves for New York to address UNGA

 

 

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left for New York Saturday  to participate in the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly.

In his address to the UN on Wednesday (21st September), the Prime Minister will emphatically highlight the Kashmir dispute and the recent wave of atrocities unleashed by Indian troops in Occupied Kashmir.

He will also speak on Pakistan’s position, role and contribution on key international issues, and success in war against terrorism. He will also participate in the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly to address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants and the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees.

Nawaz Sharif will also urge the international community to devote adequate political attention and support for the voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan and their sustainable reintegration in Afghanistan.

On the sidelines of the UNGA session, the Prime Minister will hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders, including the UN Secretary General.

Source The Nation new

Nigeria: Ahmadiyya Muslim youths hold fidau for late PMNEWS correspondent

Nigeria: Ahmadiyya Muslim youths hold fidau for late PMNEWS correspondent

Nigeria: Ahmadiyya Muslim youths hold fidau for late PMNEWS correspondent

 

Mr. Onafuye’s family said he fell ill few days ago and was taken to Iseyin Town in Oyo State for medication where he died. He was buried on Friday according to Islamic rites at his hometown in Ijebu-Ode.

Ahmadiyya Muslim youths of Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State on Thursday held a 7th day fidau for the late Abiodun Onafuye, the PMNEWS/TheNEWS correspondent for Ogun State.

In attendance were members of management of the Independent Communications Network Limited (ICNL), publishers of TheNEWS/PMNEWS.

Fidau is a practice of paying condolences and offering comfort and sympathise to the family of the deceased.

A journalist with over 16 years experience, the late Onafuye has been in Abeokuta as a correspondent for close to 10 years.

Mr. Onafuye’s family said he fell ill few days ago and was taken to Iseyin Town in Oyo State for medication where he died. He was buried on Friday according to Islamic rites at his hometown in Ijebu-Ode.

— Nigeria: Ahmadiyya Muslim youths hold fidau for late PMNEWS correspondent

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Spain: Heavily pregnant Muslim woman attacked 'for wearing niqab' veil in Barcelona

Spain: Heavily pregnant Muslim woman attacked ‘for wearing niqab’ veil in Barcelona

Spain: Heavily pregnant Muslim woman attacked ‘for wearing niqab’ veil in Barcelona

 

Passers-by who had seen the altercation jumped in to protect her and waited with the woman, her husband and their two children until police arrived.
Paramedics take woman to hospital after attackers kick her in the stomach.

A heavily pregnant Muslim woman wearing a veil has been attacked in front of her children in Barcelona in an apparent hate crime.

Investigators said the woman was walking in the Spanish city’s central Old Town area with her husband and children on Monday evening when two men approached.

They started shouting insults over the woman’s niqab – a veil covering the face apart from the eyes – Barcelona police said.

When her husband reproached them for the offensive comments, the two men started pushing him and then launched a physical attack.

“The woman tried to intervene between the aggressors and her partner,” a police spokesperson said. “At that moment, one of the attackers kicked the pregnant woman’s abdomen.”

Passers-by who had seen the altercation jumped in to protect her and waited with the woman, her husband and their two children until police arrived.

The mother-to-be was treated by paramedics and taken to hospital for gynaecological examinations, which found no permanent injury to the woman or her unborn child.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of hate crime, discrimination and causing bodily harm.

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