Nearly two dozen flights from Islamabad cancelled due to PAF exercises

Nearly two dozen flights from Islamabad cancelled due to PAF exercises


Nearly two dozen flights from the Benazir Bhutto International Airport were suspended on Wednesday due to exercises carried out by Pakistan Air Force.

Since midnight to afternoon on September 22, as many as 23 flights were cancelled. Among these, 18 flights were of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and five were of other airlines.

Of the 18 PIA flights of PIA, 10 were scheduled to fly to the northern areas including Sakardu, Chitral, and Gilgit. Six flights were scheduled to fly to Gilgit and back, and two each from Chitral and Sakardu.

Among other cancelled flights, two flights of Saudi Airlines bound for Jeddah, one each of Air Blue and Shaheen Air bound for Karachi.

A senior official of Civil Aviation Authority on condition of anonymity said that the PIA had to cancel the flights after the Air Force decided to carry out exercises on Motorway.

He said that the PIA had informed the passengers ahead of time about the circumstances. No official of PIA was available for comments.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 22nd, 2016.

Feeding babies egg and peanut may prevent food allergy, study suggests

Feeding babies egg and peanut may prevent food allergy, study suggests

Feeding babies egg and peanut may reduce their risk of developing an allergy to the foods, finds a new study.

In the research, which is the largest analysis of evidence on the effect of feeding allergenic foods to babies, scientists from Imperial College London analysed data from 146 studies. In total the studies involved more than 200,000 children.

The results suggest feeding children egg between the ages of four and six months may reduce their risk of developing egg allergy.

The study, which was commissioned by the UK Food Standards Agency, also found feeding children peanut, between the ages of four and eleven months, may reduce risk of developing peanut allergy.

In addition, the team analysed milk, fish (including shellfish), tree nuts (such as almonds) and wheat, but didn’t find enough evidence to show introducing these foods at a young age reduces allergy risk.

The research is published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Although previous studies have found feeding children peanut and egg may reduce allergy risk, other studies have found no effect.

Dr Robert Boyle, lead author of the research from the Department of Medicine at Imperial, said: “This new analysis pools all existing data, and suggests introducing egg and peanut at an early age may prevent the development of egg and peanut allergy, the two most common childhood food allergies.

“Until now we have not been advising parents to give these foods to young babies, and have even advised parents to delay giving allergenic foods such as egg, peanut, fish and wheat to their infant.”

Allergies to foods, such as nuts, egg, milk or wheat, affect around one in 20 children in the UK. They are caused by the immune system malfunctioning and over-reacting to these harmless foods. This triggers symptoms such as rashes, swelling, vomiting and wheezing.

“The number of children diagnosed with food allergies is thought to be on the rise,” added Dr Vanessa Garcia-Larsen, a co-author on the study from the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial. “There are indications that food allergies in children have become much more common over the last 30 years.

The number of patients coming into our clinics has increased year-on-year, and allergy clinics across the country have seen the same pattern.”

She added that the reasons behind this rise are still unclear — doctors may be better at recognising food allergy, or there may be environmental factors involved.

In the new study, called a meta-analysis, the team initially analysed 16,289 research papers on allergies and other immune system problems. Out of these, 146 were used for data analysis of when to feed babies allergenic foods such as egg, peanut, wheat and fish.

The results showed that children who started eating egg between the ages of four and six months had a 40 per cent reduced risk of egg allergy compared to children who tried egg later in life.

Children who ate peanut between the ages of four and eleven months had a 70 per cent reduced peanut allergy risk compared to children who ate the food at a later stage. However, the authors cautioned that these percentages are estimates based on a small number of studies.

Five studies (involving 1915 children) were used to estimate reduced risk of egg allergy, and two studies (involving 1550 children) were used to estimate reduced risk of peanut allergy. Therefore these figures may change when more studies are completed.

The team also calculated absolute risk reduction. They found that in a population where 5.4 per cent of people have egg allergy (the UK prevalence rate from one recent study), introducing egg between four and six months of age could prevent 24 cases of egg allergy per 1,000 people.

For peanut, in a population where 2.5 per cent of people have peanut allergy, introducing the food between four and eleven months could prevent 18 cases per 1,000 people.

The authors cautioned that the analysis didn’t assess safety, or how many of the babies suffered allergic reactions from the early introduction.

Dr Boyle cautioned against introducing egg and peanut to a baby who already has a food allergy, or has another allergic condition such as eczema. “If your child falls into these categories, talk to your GP before introducing these foods.” He also noted that whole nuts should not be given to babies or toddlers due to the choking hazard. “Whole nuts should be avoided in young children — if you decide to feed peanut to your baby, give it as smooth peanut butter.”

The team also analysed whether introducing peanut, egg, milk, fish or wheat early into a baby’s diet affected their risk of autoimmune diseases such as coeliac disease. The team found no effect on risk.

Commenting on the findings, the UK Food Standards Agency said: “Imperial College London has produced a high quality review. The Government is considering these important findings as part of its review of complementary feeding for infants to ensure its advice reflects the best available evidence.

Families should continue to follow the Government’s current long-standing advice to exclusively breastfeed for around the first six months of age because of the health benefits to mothers and babies. ”

The study was funded by the UK Food Standards Agency who commission research to understand the causes and mechanisms of food allergy and intolerance. The study was also supported by the Imperial NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, and the MRC-Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma.



Pakistan gear up for Brazil clash

Pakistan gear up for Brazil clash


The Pakistan baseball team will face Brazil in the opening match of the fourth round of the World Classic Baseball 2017 qualifiers which start today at the MCU Park in New York.

Ranked 23rd in the world, Pakistan are grouped in Qualifier 4 along with 16th ranked Brazil, 30th ranked Great Britain and 42nd ranked Israel.

In the first three qualification rounds, Australia, Mexico and Colombia emerged victorious respectively and secured their place in the main round of the World Classic Baseball, which is scheduled to take place in March next year in Japan, Mexico, South Korea and USA.

Pakistan to mark first appearance in World Baseball Classic

Unlike the other three participating teams in Qualifier 4, Pakistan field no players born or raised in the USA. The World Baseball Classic, unlike the Olympics, does not require athletes to be passport-holding citizens of the nation they play for. Instead, they must merely meet the standards that would be required of them to apply for citizenship.

“I am really proud of featuring a squad which comprises of players from Pakistan,” Pakistan team manager Syed Fakhar Shah told The Express Tribune from the US. “Some of the players also play cricket and they are extremely talented.”

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The team, straight-off an exhausting 24-hour trip to New York from Pakistan, went straight into the MCU Park for their inaugural training sessions.

“We didn’t get much time back home to practice due to rainy season that’s why we will be doing as much as we can here,” said Fakhar.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 22nd, 2016.

Pakistan thoroughly deserve the mace, says Mohsin Khan

Pakistan thoroughly deserve the mace, says Mohsin Khan

As the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test mace reached Pakistan for the first time, ever-glowing tributes were paid to captain Misbahul Haq by former head coach and chief selector Mohsin Khan.

Misbah was handed the reins of the Test team by then Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt after the damning spot-fixing scandal in 2010.

Mohsin was the chief selector at the time and while speaking to The Express Tribune recalled that there a concerted effort was made to make a stable team that could represent the country for a few years.

Dream of day when we can play at home: Misbah

During his tenure as chief selector, Mohsin was appointed interim coach in the 2011-12 season and coached the side to six wins out of the eight Tests he was in charge; the tenure also included the famous 3-0 whitewash of England — the then world number one Test team — in the UAE.

“Following the spot-fixing scandal [in 2010], our aim was to build a stable team and back the players for a long period,” revealed Mohsin. “I played a small part in the start, first as chief selector and then as coach, but it was the players who responded remarkably to the challenge. All the credit goes to the players and the captain and I hope that they get due credit for their efforts.”

Misbah becomes first Pakistani to receive Test mace from ICC

The 61-year-old added that the captain led the team astutely, and his leadership, individual performance and motivational skills helped the team immensely in the years gone by.

“Misbah led the team very well in all conditions and the main reason for this glorious chapter is Misbah’s success as a player and as captain,” continued Mohsin. “Pakistan thoroughly deserve the title for their sustained performance in recent years and I hope that they can carry on with the same spirit and hopefully this success will rub off on the teams of the other two formats as well.”

source – Published in The Express Tribune, September 22nd, 2016.

Shoaib Malik responds to Wasim Akram ‘disinterested’ comment

Shoaib Malik responds to Wasim Akram ‘disinterested’ comment

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has hit back at former fast-bowler Wasim Akram’s claim that the 34-year-old looked “disinterested” in matches during the tour of England this summer.

Wasim had earlier commentated that Malik lacked leadership skills, stating that a senior player should have a more active attitude on the field.

“Malik has really disappointed me,” said Wasim during match commentary. “He goes to third man in the field and stands out there.”

The former pacer added: “His job as a senior player should be to talk to the bowlers, help his captain and I have not seen that happening at all. From the outside he has looked disinterested and not very keen for most of the series.”

Wasim Akram criticises Pakistan’s attitude in ODIs against England

When asked about Wasim’s comments, Malik said that the veteran bowler should have focused on the positives while commentating.

“I understand that you have to talk about something when commentating, and when you don’t have anything then you have to come up with something which attracts people who are listening to you,” said Malik.

“However, I totally disagree with his statement but I respect him a lot. I would not expect these comments from a legend. I am sure he will realise this in the future and come up with something positive for us.”

Pakistan announce squad for T20I against England

The all-rounder further said that he is a team player, citing the example of him batting wherever his captain ordered him to.

“I am one of those who has batted everywhere in the top order,” he said. “I think for me the team comes first, so wherever the team needs me I am always up for that number.”

Malik was selected in 15-man squad for the three-match T20I series against the West Indies in the UAE which commences this Friday.

source  This article initially appeared on Sports 360

Supercar maker McLaren says not in discussion with Apple

Supercar maker McLaren says not in discussion with Apple

Supercar maker McLaren says not in discussion with Apple

McLaren damped down a report on Wednesday that Apple Inc had made an approach for the British Formula One team owner and supercar maker.

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“We can confirm that McLaren is not in discussion with Apple in respect of any potential investment,” a McLaren spokesman said.

“As you would expect, the nature of our brand means we regularly have confidential conversations with a wide range of parties, but we keep them confidential.”

The Financial Times newspaper, citing three sources it said had been briefed on negotiations, had reported that Apple had made an approach for a strategic investment or a potential buyout.

It reported that the automotive group could be valued at between 1 billion pounds ($1.3 billion) and 1.5 billion pounds.

Reports have suggested that Apple, which had no immediate response to the Financial Times story, is working on a self-driving car. The iPhone maker has hired dozens of automotive experts over the past year and is exploring making charging stations for electric cars. Apple also invested $1 billion in Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing earlier this year.

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The McLaren Formula One team is partnered by Honda, who provide the power units. The team is the second most successful after Ferrari in terms of race wins and titles but has not won a grand prix since 2012.

source Tribune

May 12 incident: Verdict on Karachi Mayor’s bail application on Sept 24

May 12 incident: Verdict on Karachi Mayor’s bail application on Sept 24

KARACHI: Anti-Terrorism Court will announce the decision on the bail application of Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar in May 12th case on September 24.

Three cases are registered against Waseem Akhtar at Airport police station and he is also facing a case for being a facilitator of the inflammatory speech made by the founder of MQM.

Asked by the court about the proofs of May 12 incident the Investigation Officer said that Waseem Akhtar held a meeting at Nine-zero about which Umair Siddiqui, Syed Ijaz Shah and others have informed.

Waseem Akhtar issued directions in the meeting to not to let then chief justice Pakistan set foot in Karachi.

After Investigation Officer’s report the court reserved the decision in three cases which will be announced on September 24.

source The nation

Petitions against PTI’s march to Raiwind: CJ LHC forms full bench

Petitions against PTI’s march to Raiwind: CJ LHC forms full bench

Petitions against PTI’s march to Raiwind: CJ LHC forms full bench


LAHORE: Chief Justice Lahore High Court Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah formed full bench today to hear the petitions seeking to  stop the march toward Raiwind announced by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan.

The full bench comprising Justice Anwar-ul-Haq, Justice Qasim Khan, and Justice Shahid Kareem will begin hearing the petitions next week.

The petitions were filed by a number of people including A. K. Dogar advocate and they argue that Imran Khan is making inflammatory speeches due to which there is a fear of riots during the march. The petitions pleaded the court to stop Imran Khan from marching on Raiwind.

Justice Shahid Waheed had recommended to the Chief Justice Lahore High Court Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah to form the full bench to hear the petitions.

source the nation

Pakistan rejects Indian allegations, terms Kashmiri people’s uprising ‘indigenous’

Pakistan rejects Indian allegations, terms Kashmiri people’s uprising ‘indigenous’


: A senior Pakistani diplomat has rejected a claim by an Indian delegate that Pakistan was promoting terrorism in Indian held Kashmir and elsewhere, saying the Kashmiri people’s uprising “was spontaneous and indigenous”.

The Indian delegate, Eenam Gambhir, made the accusation while exercising her right of reply to Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s speech in the UN General Assembly in support of Kashmiri people.

“The Indian government has chosen to criticize the statement by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, which reflects the sentiments and aspirations of the oppressed people of Jammu and Kashmir, who have, for seventy years faced bullets, repression and the brutalities of illegal occupation,” Dr. Muhammad Faisal, a director general in the Foreign office, said in the 193-member Assembly while reacting to some serious allegations leveled by Ms. Gambhir.

“The dispute of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be wished away,” the Pakistani diplomat said. Pakistan, he said, would continue to stand by the people of Jammu and Kashmir and extend its full diplomatic and political support to their movement for freedom from Indian oppression.

“The cold-blooded murder of Burhan Wani sparked widespread and unprecedented protests across Kashmir, which was spontaneous and indigenous and was irrefutable evidence of the Kashmiri people’s rejection of Indian occupation,” Faisal told the General Assembly.

“But peaceful protesters were mercilessly fired upon, blinded and critically injured,” he said. “Yet, the use of brutal force cannot extinguish their burning aspiration. Every day young and old come, defying the curfew and dodging the bullets, only to assert their right to determine their own destiny.

“The Right to self-determination has been promised to them by the international community through a series of Security Council resolutions. Although this promise has yet to be realized, seven decades later, time has not weakened their resolve, nor their aspirations. In fact, it remains active and vibrant in the hearts of the Kashmiris.’

The Pakistani diplomat said the Kashmiri people looked towards the international community, especially the members of the UN Security Council, to deliver on the pledge to hold a free, fair and impartial plebiscite under the UN auspices, to enable them to decide their future, a democratic and legal right of the Kashmiri people