LATEST STORIES Clearly, the foreign reinforcements have leveled the playing field.For the Cool Smashers, Kuttika Kaewpin and Laura Schaudt took charge, making 23 and 22 points, respectively, to take the cudgels for overworked superstar Alyssa Valdez who still managed to score 15.Jennifer Keddy is also holding court for BaliPure with a little help from heavy hitting local Gretchel Soltones. Keddy had 23 points, while Soltones had 16.Power Smashers coach Nes Pamilar said they now have a better mindset and the Game 2 win would improve their morale as well.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The chase for the two final places comes to a head Thursday as four clubs duke it out in two semifinal Game 3s of the Premier Volleyball League at Philsports Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Juico: We did not cut Tabal, she quit BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Creamline and Power Smashers managed to stretch their respective best-of-three series after beating BaliPure and Pocari Sweat late Tuesday via five-set encounters.Thai reinforcement Kannika Tipachot headed Power Smashers’ come-from-behind 24-26, 22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 15-13 triumph by making 28 points, including a put back that ended the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCreamline defeated BaliPure (24-26, 25-18, 18-25, 25-16, 16-14) for the first time this conference in a similar thriller.“The players really held on to the game. Fortunately the breaks went our way,” said Creamline coach Sherwin Meneses. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games
India beat the Netherlands by five wickets after being pushed to the wall by an inexperienced Dutch side in their World Cup Group B match at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. Score | PhotosChasing 190, India started off in an explosive fashion with openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag putting 69 for the first wicket.But Sehwag’s dismissal started a slide and at one stage India were 99/4 before Yuvraj Singh staged a revival and helped India home in the 37th over with 191/5 on board.After scoring a six and a four, Sehwag fell to left-arm spinner Pieter Seelaar when he went for another big hit. He failed to clear Alexei Kervezee at point and India lost their first wicket on 69/1. He scored 39.But another wicket wasn’t far and the Dutch players got their man when Seelaar struck again to claim Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar on 27. He fell for 80/2 in the first ball of the 10th over. He too went for an aerial shot but failed to clear the man in the deep.More celebrations followed even as the shell-shocked Indian spectators didn’t understand what was happening at the Kotla. For a few minutes later big-hitter Yusuf Pathan too fell and against it was Seelaar to the fore. India were 82/3. So Seelaar sent back two big players in one over.Another wicket and India were reduced to 99/4 in the 14th over and this time it was the Dutch captain’s turn to show his bowling prowess. He landed the ball on the off and it turned in to take the insides edge of Virat Kohli’s bat and shatter his stumps. He scored a partly 12.advertisementFinally Yuvraj Singh, who had scripted India’s victory against Ireland in the last match, and Gautam Gambhir tried to steady the Indian innings. The two batted with caution rotating the strike and helping India inch closer to the target, which had assumed mammoth proportions following early attacks. But, just when the spectators thought that the two might bat on till the end, Gambhir fell.A regulation ball from the Dutch medium-pacer Mudassar Bukhari, pitched outside the leg stump but Gambhir tried to work it away but missed and in the process the ball made its way towards his stumps. He fell for 28 and India went down to 139/5 on the first ball of the 24th over.Finally, Yuvraj Singh and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put on an unbeaten 52 for the sixth wicket as India won the match by five wickets.The Netherlands inningsEarlier, after electing to bat the Netherlands scored 189 and batted on till the 47th over even as the India bowlers tried hard to get the opposition wickets.The Netherlands captain Peter Borren won the toss and elected to bat. But, the plan failed as ‘minnows’ Netherlands managed to put just 189 on board despite a decent start.Eric Szwarczynski and Wesley Barresi forged 56-run first wicket partnership before leggi Piyush Chawla decided to come up with a fine googly to send him packing on 28. Surprisingly, the Dutch team pushed Eric Szwarczynski up the order in place of regular opener Alexei Kervezee.Then it was the turn of Yuvraj Singh to show his bowling prowess. He scalped the other opener Wesley Barresi with a turner that rapped on his pads and Barresi was walking back with an LBW written against his initials. He fell on 26 and Netherlands fell to 64/2.Post Barresi’s dismissal, Tom Cooper and Ryan ten Doeschate got on with a partnership. However, Yuvraj wasn’t finished yet. He got the better of danger-man Ryan ten Doeschate to push the Netherlands to 99/3 on the first ball of the 29th over.The spinners and their day, so how could the paceman be far behind. Ashish Nehra took the strike in the 30th over to scalp Tom Cooper on 29. His away moving ball took the edge of Cooper’s bat to land in skipper M.S. Dhoni’s gloves behind the stumps and the Ntherlands team were down to 100/4.Taking cue, Zaheer Khan too went for the kill and was rewarded with Bas Zuiderent’s wicket. The length ball landed on the off and curved into the batsman to hit his pads. The umpire raised the finger but the Dutch went in for the review. But, they failed to en cash it as the ball was clearly striking on the top of the stumps. Zuiderent fell without opening his account and Netherlands went down to 101/5.Soon the Dutch team came under pressure and at such a stage, a run out isn’t far away. And that’s what happened when Tom de Grooth got run out on 5 in Yuvraj’s over. Grooth was short of his crease by a mile and keeper Dhoni used all the time in the world to take his bails off. And Netherlands went down to 108/6.advertisementPiyush Chawla had more reason to celebrate as he struck back to claim Alexei Kervezee on 11 and the Netherlands fell to 127/7 in the 39th over.Surprisingly, the Dutch decided to take the Batting Powerplay in the 43rd over after they had lost their seven wickets. But, it didn’t really go in their favour as in a bid to up the tempo the Netherlands lost another wicket with Bradley Kruger getting run out in 43rd over.At death skipper Peter Borren and Mudassar Bukhari tried their best to raise the run rate in the Powerplay by hitting a few shots across the fence but it was too late to script a revival. Skipper Borren top scored with 38 on board before he fell to Zaheer Khan.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Saturday, July 7, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 77. Light northwest wind.In The Community: Wilmington High School Class of 1968 celebrates its 50th Reunion tonight at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). For more information, contact organizer Steve Gerhartz at wilmingtonhs1968[at]gmail.com.In The Community: Town Beach is open. Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Here’s what you need to know.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less! Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library.In The Community: The Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.MBTA Reminder: Beginning today, there will be no weekend commuter rail service on the Lowell Line (Wilmington Center) until December. A free shuttle bus will be available. Learn more HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing email@example.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, July 27, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 29, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, July 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
The election commission (EC) has turned down the opposition parties’ proposal to deploy army giving them magistracy power in the next parliamentary elections.Besides, the inclusion of the armed forces to the law enforcement agencies in the Representation of the People Order (RPO) is also very unlikely.Eleven opposition parties, including the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), had placed a number of proposals before the EC last month, recommending these changes be made.On the other hand, eight parties, including the ruling Awami League, had proposed the introduction of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in the upcoming election. There is a possibility of the EVM being included in the RPO, but the EC has not made a final decision to this end yet, according to the EC’s electoral rules and regulations committee.The committee in a meeting on Wednesday reviewed the amendment proposals of the BNP and other political parties, election commissioner Kabita Khanam, president of the committee, told Prothom Alo. She said the committee did not find deployment of the armed forces with magistracy power necessary.However, the use of EVM is mentioned in the election manual of the city corporations. So, they are considering the proposal to include EVMs in the RPO.Among the proposals placed by the BNP, the committee is considering setting up a complaint centre at the workplace of the returning officers in every upazila and transferring or withdrawing controversial officials, she added.Besides, the committee is also reviewing a number of proposals placed by other parties, including publishing RPO in Bangla, submitting nomination papers online, and reviewing the cost and income of the candidates and increasing the punishment for violation of electoral laws.Badiul Alam Mojumdar, secretary of Shushashoner Janney Nagorik (Shujan), told Prothom Alo that the EC should ensure a congenial environment during the election.The armed forces should be included to the law enforcement agencies in the Representation of the People Order (RPO), he observed.Mass people rely on the army as they believe they are not heavily politicised, he added.As many as 25 among 40 political parties recommended deployment of the armed forces during the dialogues with the EC. BNP, along with ten other parties, wanted the army to be given magistracy power.The committee will gradually review all the proposals, placed by the 40 opposition parties and members of the civil society, including media representatives and experts. The summary of these proposals will be placed before the EC for final review.Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, a member of the BNP’s standing committee, told Prothom Alo that the country will question the EC’s intentions if they do not deploy the armed forces, but introduce EVMs instead.Former election commissioner Suhul Hussain said deployment of army would be welcomed by the mass people, but they are not much familiar with the EVM. The time is not right for the introduction of EVMs and it can only be introduced when the countrymen are ready to accept it.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat.
A Muslim pilgrim snaps pictures of pigeons as she walks in the streets of the Saudi holy city of Mecca on 6 August 2019, a few days ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Photo: AFPMore than 2.5 million Muslims will on Friday begin the annual hajj pilgrimage in the Islamic holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, against a backdrop of tensions in the Gulf. Crowds of worshippers have already begun to gather in Mecca in the days ahead of the hajj, the focal point of the Islamic calendar.“It’s the first time I’ve felt something so strongly—it’s striking,” said 40-year-old Indonesian pilgrim Sobar in rudimentary Arabic.More than 1.8 million visitors had arrived by midday local time on Tuesday, authorities said.Crowds of faithful from across the world wore flowing white robes as they descended on the holy city located in the west of the ultra-conservative kingdom.The pilgrims will undertake religious rites that have remained unchanged since the founding of Islam 14 centuries ago.“Islam united us. We are all together… so that’s why I’m very happy,” said Leku Abibu, 46, a Ugandan mechanic who wore a beige salwar kameez.“I’m enjoying it here.”This year’s hajj takes place amid tensions in the Gulf region exacerbated by a series of attacks on oil tankers, drone strikes and interceptions of maritime traffic on the high seas.Saudi, the Gulf’s leading power, and its ally Washington accuse Iran—Riyadh’s regional rival—of being behind the attacks and sabotage operations against commercial shipping.Tehran has denied responsibility.Despite the absence of diplomatic ties between Saudi and Iran, some 88,550 Iranian pilgrims are due to take part in the hajj this year, according to the Tasnim news agency.‘No differences between us’Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and Muslims must perform it at least once in their lives if they can afford to.“There are all nations of the world, all languages. There are no differences between us,” said Nurul Jamal, a 61-year-old pilgrim from India.Mecca, closed to non-Muslims, is home to the Kaaba—a cube structure draped in black cloth embroidered in gold located at the heart of the mosque.The Great Mosque of Mecca with its Ottoman minarets sits amid skyscrapers that host upmarket malls and luxury hotels.Muslims face toward the Kaaba when praying the prescribed five-times daily.Pilgrims circle the Kaaba seven times and perform a number of sacred rites.While waiting for the beginning of the hajj, worshippers roam the esplanade or pray in the mosque in stifling heat.Temperatures can surpass 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) and some pilgrims carry sun shades.Large misting machines installed at the holy sites help to make the heat more bearable.“The mosques are air conditioned, water is readily available, you just have to protect yourself from the sun,” said Algerian Kamal Bouslimani, 57.Men wear two pieces of unstitched cloth called “ihram” that leaves one shoulder exposed.Pilgrims move together in large groups, led by guides holding their national flags.Billions of dollarsGuards in khaki fastidiously lead worshippers to their five daily prayers.Traffic in the city is extremely heavy and the air quality is poor.The odour of exhaust fumes mixes with the smell of bitumen emitted by the heated road surface and many pilgrims wear face masks.Away from prayers, many of the faithful visit the innumerable shops that speckle the Holy City.Religious tourism brings in revenues worth billions of dollars.But the vast gathering also presents major logistical and safety challenges.In 2015, some 2,300 worshippers were killed in the worst stampede in the history of the hajj.Since then Saudi Arabia has sought to reassure pilgrims, deploying tens of thousands of security officers and installing cameras to oversee every corner of the holy sites.Even though the hajj lasts only five days, many pilgrims arrive weeks before and linger in the city.The total number of arrivals is limited however as each Muslim country receives a pilgrim quota.Some worshippers have spent years on waiting lists—sometimes as long as a decade—just to perform their religious duty.Outside of the hajj, Muslims can also undertake a lesser, year-round pilgrimage known as umrah.
Shoelace productions and Aranya brings to the Capital, a unique theatre festival – Prayog, offering three plays to entertain theatre enthusiasts. To be held at LTG auditorium from 26 to 28 October, the plays that will be staged include Illham, Park and Laal Pencil.Manav Kaul, veteran theatre personality, who has penned each of these plays says, ‘I’m quite excited about my plays being staged in Delhi. I’ve been performing in Delhi since 2004 and simply love to see the response of theatre lovers in the city.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Deepak Dhamija, the brain behind Prayog, says, ‘I realised there was a scarcity of playwrights in India. Through this festival we wanted to provide a platform for young contemporary writers.’ Dhamija dubs Prayog as an ‘experiment’.Being staged on 26 October, Illham focuses on the tagline: is Bhagwan the epitome of the mundane? It’s about the life of a middle-aged banker, who is married and has grown up children. However, one day, while sitting on a decrepit park bench he stumbles upon ‘enlightenment’. Therein begins the battle between the world outside and his world inside. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhile the second in line is a play titled Park, being staged on 27 October, about any park, just about anywhere, with three regular benches, where three men squabble about the choicest of seats. Because each one’s claim is the greatest and the most fundamental one. Last in row, being staged on 28 October is Laal Pencil based on a Korean novel. It revolves around a young school girl, whose entire life changes when she acquires a magical red pencil. So select your play from Prayog and head to LTG, ensuring a sheer theatrical delight!LOG ON to www.indianstage.in to book tickets right away!
Taliban militants launched an attack on a foreign compound in Kabul on Saturday, officials said, the latest in a series of strikes in the Afghan capital during the final weeks of NATO’s 13-year war against the insurgents.Gunfire and explosions erupted as elite commando police fought with the attackers in west Kabul, not far from the parliament.The attack came two days after the Taliban attacked a foreign guesthouse in the diplomatic district of the city and a suicide bomber targeted a British embassy vehicle in a blast that killed six people.Kabul has been hit by at least nine attacks in the last two weeks, with targets including US military convoys, foreign security contractor compounds and a female Afghan member of parliament.On December 31, the US-led NATO combat mission in Afghanistan will end and be replaced by a follow-on mission tasked with supporting the Afghan army and police who have taken over responsibility for thwarting the Taliban.
To pay tribute to legendary Bengali actor Uttam Kumar, the government of West Bengal organised a retrospective of his films at Muktadhara Auditorium in the city. This is second such festival featuring his movies within a span of two months.The festival was inaugurated in the presence of Rajesh Kumar, ADG and Officer on Special Duty,