Pakistan take unassailable 2-0 lead in T20I series against Zimbabwe with crushing win | Cricket News

first_imgYoungster Haider Ali and captain Babar Azam plundered half centuries as Pakistan crushed Zimbabwe by eight wickets in the second Twenty20 international on Sunday.Ali, 20, playing in only his third Twenty20, made an unbeaten 66 off 43 balls and Azam (51) hit a second successive half-century off 28 deliveries that eased Pakistan to 137-2 in 15.1 overs.Fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani got both wickets to finish with 2-33 but the rest of the Zimbabwe attack struggled to contain Ali and Azam’s fluent strokes.- Advertisement – Ali scored a half-century in his Twenty20 debut against England in September and hit six fours and three sixes in yet another impressive knock on Sunday.- Advertisement – Haider Ali hit an unbeaten 66 to seal Pakistan's series victory against Zimbabwe
Haider Ali hit an unbeaten 66 to seal Pakistan's series victory against Zimbabwe

Amnesty dubs new Omnibus Law ‘catastrophic’, petition urges no confidence motion

first_img“The law threatens human rights and will have a regressive effect on human rights in Indonesia, [in particular] on the right to work and rights at work,” said Usmar. “The law will give employers dangerous leeway to massively exploit workers across the country.”Usman expressed hope that the House of Representatives would revisit the law as soon as possible to ensure that it was compliant with international labor laws.The House and the government on Monday passed into law the contentious omnibus bill on job creation, sooner than its original plan to enact the bill on Thursday. Despite mounting objections over fears it would negatively impact the environment and labor rights, the government continued to insist that the law was necessary to improve bureaucratic efficiency in order to boost business and investment.Meanwhile, labor unions and civil society organizations had persisted in their rejection of the bill and planned to stage a nationwide protest from Tuesday to Thursday to oppose it. The Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) said that around 2 million workers representing 32 labor unions would take part in mass rallies across the archipelago”Workers from various sectors, such as the textile, mining, electronics, pharmaceutical, tourism, logistics and other sectors, will stage protests in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Cilegon, Purwakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Aceh, Medan, Deli Serdang, Batam, Pekanbaru, Palembang, and other cities,” KSPI president Said Iqbal said in a statement on Monday.An online petition to “Reject the omnibus law on job creation and [lodge] a motion of no confidence in President [Joko Widodo] and the House” has been launched on to demand the resignation of the President and House Speaker Puan Maharani for failing the aspirations of the Indonesian people.The petition had garnered more than 24,000 signatures out of its 25,000 target at the time of publishing.Topics : Amnesty International Indonesia has lambasted the newly passed Omnibus Law on Job Creation, calling it a threat to human rights that could harm labor rights and exploit workers in the country.Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid called the law “catastrophic”.“This is a catastrophic law. It will harm workers’ wallets, job security and their human rights as a whole,” he said in a statement on Monday. Usman also underlined that the deliberation of the controversial bill did not involve meaningful consultation, as labor unions and civil society groups were not fully involved in the process from the beginning.He said that the new law might also breach the prohibition of retrogression principle in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), especially because the law’s unclear provisions on minimum wage and working hours did not meet ICESCR requirements.Read also: Indonesia passes jobs bill as recession loomsIndonesia has since 2006 been a participant of the ICESCR, which was adopted by the United Nations in 1966.last_img read more

Special investigation: New Zealand’™s shameful record of child abuse

first_imgStuff 21 November 2015New Zealand remains one of the most dangerous countries in the developed world in which to grow up, despite efforts from successive governments.Thirteen Kiwi kids have died in suspicious circumstances so far this year – one of the worst years on record and much higher than the annual average of nine.Every second day, a child is admitted to hospital suffering from inflicted injuries, including burns, broken bones and head wounds – with Starship children’s hospital in Auckland seeing more cases of serious abuse than ever before.Police are being swamped with child abuse complaints and have boosted the number of detectives working on the sensitive cases in recent months.A  Stuff data investigation has found at least 204 children, aged 0-14, have died as a result of neglect, abuse, or maltreatment in New Zealand since 1992.Most commonly, they died at the hands of men. Almost three quarters of the killers were family members.The killers were almost equally likely to be mothers or fathers, accounting for 31 per cent and 29 per cent of cases respectively, where the victim’s relationship with the killer was known.De facto fathers were the next largest group of perpetrators, accounting for 17 per cent of cases.The most common cause of death for a child was a head injury, followed by asphyxia, which includes suffocation, strangulation and carbon monoxide poisoning.Children were at greatest risk of death from assault when they were under five years old, with the highest risk in the first year of life.Stuff’s investigation found the average age of a child killed in the last two decades was about three years old.Nearly half of child homicide victims were Maori, while Maori made up just a quarter of the country’s child populationDeprived parts of the country were overwhelmingly represented in the statistics.According to a 2014 report by the NZ Child and Youth Epidemiology Service, 786 children aged 0-14 were admitted to hospital from 2009 to 2013 with injuries arising from either assault, neglect or maltreatment. The figures are likely under reported because officials have to be certain of an assault before it can be recorded.The report shows admission rates have declined gradually since 2000.However, child abuse expert Dr Patrick Kelly, clinical director of Starship’s child protection team Te Puaruruhau, said research showed abusive head trauma referrals to the hospital were on the rise. read more

Fearing scary diagnosis, man drops 175 pounds

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Will Nevin had been dreading the doctor for years.Nevin knew he was obese, maybe even a likely target for diabetes. At 5 feet 10, Nevin estimates he weighed 350 pounds.“When I was that size, I (thought), what do I need a scale for?” he said.An Internet search added to the 25-year-old’s suspicions. He had symptoms such as a tingling in his feet, which he though was probably a symptom of pre-diabetes at the very least. But it was easier to ignore his size than face the possibility of a complicated diagnosis.For Nevin, the ultimate evidence of his denial came on a road trip from Alabama to California in January 2010 with a few friends. At the wheel, Nevin abruptly began to feel a tightening in his chest, and his heart started racing.“What is this? Am I having a heart attack?” he thought, assuming the worst.Now, Nevin believes he was foolish not to stop or alert his friends, but the feeling passed, the trip continued and he remained determined to not have his fears confirmed by a doctor. He hadn’t seen one since April 2006.When he returned to school in Alabama, Nevin kept mentally reliving his scare and wallowing in self-pity; shortly after coming back, he had lost his job, which had consumed all his time.Now, his evenings consisted of eating and watching TV until bed.After about a month, Nevin realized that something had to change. He’s still not sure where the spark came from, but he headed to his university’s gym.“I was 24. That was supposed to be the peak of my health, my energy — really everything,” he said. “If I’m not going to be fit, strong and healthy at 24, then when am I going to be?”The idea to go to the gym was strange, but Nevin says he wasn’t scared, because he didn’t know what he was getting into. The intimidating part came when he actually got to the gym — even the layout was unfamiliar, with the exception of the smoothie counter.Despite his misgivings, he hopped on the treadmill and walked for three miles that night.Besides committing to the gym every single day, he did his own research and changed his diet to exclude red meat and fried food, but added in fruits and vegetables.“I will be the first to admit I did not do this ideally,” he said. “If I had to do it over again, I would have seen a doctor and a nutritionist from the start, at the very beginning. But it just happened to work out for me.”The gym sometimes proved to be a lonely experience as he dragged himself on the treadmill and observed the chiseled and ripped bodies surrounding him, knowing how unlikely it was that he could ever look like that.“The toughest moments were when you stepped on the scale and you weren’t satisfied for whatever reason,” he said.But eventually, his hard work paid off. People’s comments of, “You look different,” turned into, “I don’t even recognize you anymore.” There were small victories in tightening his belt to the next hole and getting rid of the 4-XL T-shirts.“(The result) doesn’t happen the first day, but the clothes start to fit a little better, then they start to fit a little worse — when they fall off.”For Nevin, one of the biggest benefits of exercising and losing weight was being able to walk up the flight of stairs to his law class and reach the top without feeling winded.“I can run up a flight of stairs now, and it doesn’t bother me,” he said.About 11 months later, in January 2011, Nevin sprinted across the finish line — he had met his goal of 175 pounds, half his starting weight. He said there was a relief at finally seeing that number he had been imagining on the scale. “You look in the mirror at yourself sometimes. Who is that staring back at you?” he said. “It’s almost a sort of disconnected feeling. Your mind is picturing one thing, but you look in the mirror and it’s something completely different.”Nevin also finally faced his doctor, confident that he could handle the truth.“(The anxiety) went away as soon as the blood tests came back — my sugars were fine, my blood pressure was fine,” he said.Dr. Melina Jampolis, CNNHealth’s Diet and Fitness expert who is a physician nutrition specialist in California, said research shows losing even 5-10% of one’s body weight can lower blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol“I see it regularly, and certainly for that dramatic of a weight loss in somebody so young, I would be surprised if he didn’t normalize,” she said.However, Jampolis said that if a person is pre-diabetic, that genetic predisposition never goes away and will likely come back if the person regains weight. This is why it’s crucial for the changes to turn into a lifestyle.“Type 2 diabetes is clearly associated with being overweight and (is) responsive in most cases to weight loss,” she said. “If you are concerned that you have symptoms of diabetes, you should absolutely see a doctor and not try to self-treat yourself. It worked out for him, but it might not work out for everybody.”The most difficult part of Nevin’s journey was powering through the mental setbacks and persevering even when the scale wasn’t showing him the results he wanted to see. He had been overweight since kindergarten, always opting for TV and computer games rather than the outdoors and athletics.“You have to find a reason you want to do this. It can’t be to please other people and it can’t be purely for cosmetic reasons,” he said. “It has to be because you want to make a serious long-lasting change in your life. … You have to find that inner motivation.”Now that he knows he’s pursuing a healthy lifestyle, his constant nervousness has turned to peace. His calorie-conscious eating hasn’t ruled out fast food, but while a typical order used to include at least three cheeseburgers and a large order of fries, now it’s a low-fat chicken salad. He still uses the treadmill daily, but his speed and resistance levels have increased.One unconventional reminder of Nevin’s journey is his wedding band, which is too wide for his finger. To keep it from falling off, he wrapped layers of duct tape around the ring in what he describes as an “inelegant solution.”It’s also what inspired the name of his blog, Duct Tape Wedding Ring, where he writes about his continuing journey.“It’s about finding the little solutions that work for you,” he said. “(Even though) they might not be what other people would do. … If I can change my entire life in 11 months, what can’t I accomplish?”CNN News HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Fearing scary diagnosis, man drops 175 pounds by: – July 29, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share 33 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

P200-K bail bond for frustrated murder suspect

first_imgBY CYRUS GARDE AND MAE SINGUAY BACOLOD City – The court recommended a P200,000 bail bond for the temporary liberty of a frustrated murder suspect nabbed in Barangay Bulad, Isabela, Negros Occidental. Resident Francisco Java was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 11:50 a.m. on May 18, a police report showed.center_img Police officers served the warrant issued by Judge Nilo Sarsaba of the Regional Trial Court Branch 56 in Himamaylan City dated Dec. 19, 2013. Java was detained in the lockup cell of the Isabela municipallast_img

Lady Trojans Participates In C-bus East VB Tourney

first_imgThe East Central Varsity volleyball traveled to Columbus East High School for a tournament on Saturday, August 30.The Lady Trojans started off with a win against Brownstown Central 25-19, 20-25, and 25-21.EC vs Brownstown Central VB (8-30)‘We played very well in game one and then I submitted the wrong lineup in game 2 which caused confusion for everyone. Considering the sudden changes, the girls played well. They worked it out and played hard to try and come through with the win, but that game 2 loss is on me. They turned things back around and came out with the win in game 3.’  EC Coach Cassie Laker.Next up, EC faced Columbus East. We lost with the scores of 8-25 and 19-25.EC vs Columbus East VB (8-30)‘To say we showed up in game 1 is an exaggeration in itself. If the ball was on our side of the court, we made an error. They dominated to say the least. The impressive thing is that we didn’t fold like we could have. Instead, we decided to play how we know how to play. Game to against Columbus East was the best game we played all day, even though we lost. These girls have the heart and love for this game that many people underestimate. It definitely carried them back in game 2 and I am proud of them for that.’  EC Coach Cassie Laker.Our third match was against Silver Creek. We lost with the scores of 25-16, 21-25, and 25-19.EC vs Silver Creek VB (8-30)‘We dominated game one and then slowly fell apart. We got away from what we do best- strong attacks offensively. We lost to a very disciplined Silver Creek team with the “it’s not over until it’s over” attitude. They are very well coached. Props to them for coming back to win that.’  EC Coach Cassie Laker.EC finished third in their pool and faced Seymour in the cross over match. EC lost with the scores of 24-26, 25-19, and 21-25.EC vs Seymour VB (8-30)‘Seymour was a very strong team and quickly realized that we would make the error if they kept the ball in play. We struggled with basic volleyball skills today. Our two senior captains stepped up in this game and showed everyone what we had to do to win, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.’  EC Coach Cassie Laker.‘Don’t get me wrong, we played hard all day. These girls want to win and I love that about them. We played in slow motion today and that doesn’t work against these types of teams. The good news is that it’s still early in the season. We have a good month to get better before we face that caliber of a team in the post-season. We will get there- I wholeheartedly believe that. These girls have the ability to accomplish something an EC team hasn’t done in a very long time.’  EC Coach Cassie Laker.Next up: Varsity & JV travel to OA Tuesday at 5 PM.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.last_img read more

Sherwood seeking to win safety race

first_img Sherwood, before becoming head coach, was at Tottenham as assistant first-team coach under Harry Redknapp and worked with Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe at White Hart Lane. The 32-year-old returned to England in January after a year with Toronto in Major League Soccer and Sherwood believes Defoe is the Black Cats’ chief threat. He said: “If they are going to survive it’s going to be Jermain Defoe who keeps them in the Premier League, that’s why they forked out that sort of money for him. “He didn’t have to go, he went for a lifestyle change to Canada but he still has that appetite to come back and play for Sunderland, in a relegation battle. “Jermain can score goals on his own but he prefers people to slide the ball across the six-yard box for him to be in the right place at the right time, that’s what he’s done all of his career.” Press Association And with the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday, Sherwood is hoping Villa, who have never been relegated from the Premier League, can avoid being unseated. He said: “I think it’ll be a photo finish and I hope we’re not in it. “We’re probably just coming around the corner but it’s probably the longest run-in in racing history. “All we’re looking at is the next fence and that’s Sunderland. After that we hope we can stay in the running, there might be a few who fall along the way and we’re hoping that’s not us.” Villa have won their last two under Sherwood, beating West Brom twice in the league and the FA Cup to reach the semi-finals. They were the new manager’s first wins since replacing Paul Lambert in February and Sherwood has been impressed with the squad’s attitude. “They’ve been good and a win makes an awful lot of difference. They have been focused and up for the fight,” he said. “They haven’t dwelt on the position. It’s about looking forward now, what we have done previously counts for nothing.” Tim Sherwood insists Aston Villa are ready for the home straight and wants to avoid a photo finish in the relegation battle. The boss takes his Barclays Premier League thoroughbreds to Sunderland on Saturday for a crunch clash. The Black Cats are a point and a place ahead of fourth bottom Villa, who themselves are just three points above the drop zone. last_img read more

Advocaat rues missed chances

first_img Advocaat admitted other results had not been ideal for Sunderland but stressed they could not afford to rely on anyone but themselves as they continue their battle for survival. And the Dutchman was keen emphasise that the commitment shown by his team was a key positive for them to take into next weekend’s home clash with Southampton. “It seems strange with the way Crystal Palace played against us that they are then in the two home games that follow losing against bottom teams (against West Brom and, on Saturday, Hull), so I am not too happy about that,” Advocaat said. “But we have to do this by ourselves. “Today it was a good point. We have to take that into the next home game against Southampton – if we can give the commitment we gave today, I’m very positive about that. “We still have five games to go and everything is open with the bottom four, five, six clubs, so we will try to be positive.” The build-up to the game had been turbulent for Sunderland, with Adam Johnson on Thursday being charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one of grooming. Although Advocaat had suggested on Friday Johnson would be in the squad if the midfielder felt “okay”, he was absent from the Black Cats’ 18-man party when the teams were announced on Saturday. And asked about that after the game, Advocaat said: “He did not train for three days so I thought it was better for him to stay away.” Then asked about the prospect of Johnson being selected in upcoming matches, the manager said: “Let’s wait and see what will happen in the next few days.” Giving his assessment of the contest, Stoke boss Mark Hughes – whose side stay ninth – said: “We made a terrible start. “We had talked about the first goal and the importance of it before the game, and lo and behold we go and concede inside a minute. “We are disappointed with that, but I thought it was a great response from us in the first half – arguably the best we’ve played for quite some time. “It was a great strike from Charlie, on his wrong foot which shows you the quality of it. “They made a bit of a change in personnel for the second half and pressed us higher. The game became a little bit fragmented and open – we had opportunities and so did they. “In the end we were disappointed with 1-1 because overall, it was an opportunity missed.” Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat was pleased with a point but frustrated by opportunities that had been squandered after his side drew 1-1 at Stoke and slipped into the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. The result marked a creditable response from the struggling Black Cats as they bounced back from the 4-1 home humbling against Crystal Palace last time out. But after starting the match in 16th, a point clear of the drop zone, they ended it 18th, a point adrift of safety, with both Hull and Leicester having leapfrogged them after winning their fixtures on Saturday. Advocaat’s men – who have five games left to play – took the lead inside the first minute at the Britannia Stadium as Connor Wickham punished an Asmir Begovic blunder. And they might have gone 2-0 up but Jermain Defoe put a good chance into the side-netting moments before Stoke notched a deserved 27th-minute equaliser through Charlie Adam’s ferocious strike. The visitors had further decent opportunities after the break which they could not take, while surviving a few scares at the other end. And, asked afterwards if he was pleased with a point, Advocaat said: “Yes, I am because I think in the first half we played very poorly – we were lucky it was 1-1 at half time, so I could change something in the line-up. “We had had some problems picking up players, but in the second half after the changes everyone knew what to do. “From that moment on we also started playing football a little bit, it was much better than the first half, and we created three or four good opportunities. “But they were the kind of chances where, at this level, you have to score because you don’t get more than four or five in a game. “Even in the first half at 1-0 up, we had the chance for Defoe. If it becomes 2-0, you never know what is going to happen then.” Press Associationlast_img read more

GSA boys’ tennis team wins regional title

first_imgWATERVILLE — The George Stevens Academy boys’ tennis team won its sixth straight Class C Eastern Maine championship on Wednesday at Colby College.The No. 1-seeded Eagles (14-1) will face Waynflete of Portland or Hall-Dale of Farmingdale in Saturday’s state final.Doubles team Tim Dentino and Matt Stephens and singles player Nate Boechat notched GSA’s first two wins, and Luke Theoharidis beat Piscataquis’ Tristan French 6-3, 6-3 to clinch the title.Also for GSA, Tate Yoder beat Mitchel Noyes 6-1, 7-5, and doubles team Ben Politte and David Reinke concluded the day with a win.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textPiscataquis finished its season with a 10-3 record.The previously undefeated Ellsworth boys lost 4-1 to defending Class B Eastern Maine champion, Camden Hill of Rockport.Evan Toothaker notched Ellsworth’s only win with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Austin Pohlman.Ellsworth ended its season 14-1.last_img read more

Team Coco’s Jamal John opens 2017 cycling season on winning note

first_imgTEAM Coco’s Jamal John opened the 2017 cycling season on a winning note, when the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) staged its first race with a 75-mile road race yesterday.John returned a very slow three hours 20 minutes 23 seconds for the event, which is usually completed in two hours 45 minutes and was unchallenged as he crossed the finish line on Homestretch Avenue way ahead of his main rivals.John’s team-mate, Paul DeNobrega, placed second by outsprinting Howard Eastman and Berbician Andrew Hicks almost one minute after John had crossed the finish line. Brighton John placed fifth, some nine minutes after John.Paul DeNobrega (right) outsprints Hamza Eastman and Andrew Hicks to place second in the GCF’s 75-mile cycle road race yesterdayThere were no sprint prizes as is normal for such road races as it was reported in another section of the media that Guyana Cycling Federation’s president, Horrace Burrowes ,wants to introduce a points system for six races planned for this year by the GCF and based on points accumulated by individual cyclists, those cyclists with the highest amount of points will be considered for selection to represent Guyana at regional and international events.Yesterday’s event attracted a mere 18 starters and got underway from Homestretch Avenue and proceeded to Dora on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway, before returning to the place of origin for the finish.After being sent on their way, as usual, there was a jostle for the lead and the top four finishers – John, DeNobrega, Eastman and Hicks — went to the fore of the affair at Diamond, East Bank Demerara and stayed there throughout the remainder of the 75-mile event, working in tandem sharing the lead.However, while on Mandela Avenue on the downward journey, John jumped DeNobrega, Eastman and Hicks and opened up a sizeable lead, which he never relinquished and went on to sail past the finish line all by himself.Eastman started the sprint for the minor positions, but was overtaken by the second place finisher, DeNobrega, just about 25 metres from the finish line.In the junior category, Brighton John, who placed fifth overall, was named top junior ahead of Andealie Hodge and Jerome Stephens respectively, while Leer Nunes was the first veteran to complete the gruelling course. Second in this category was Eion `Dumb Boy’ Jackson and Junior Niles was third.The top performers received no trophies or prize monies for their efforts.last_img