ISLAMABAD (AP) — Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed replaced Shahid Afridi as captain of Pakistan’s Twenty20 team yesterday after the national team made an early exit from the World Twenty20. Afridi quit as captain after Pakistan lost three of their four group matches at the World Twenty20 tournament in India but said he wanted to continue playing the shortest format of international cricket. “I spoke to Sarfraz this morning and conveyed to him that he was our natural choice for this position,” PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said in a statement. “His appointment is open-ended. I wish him good luck in his new role.” Ahmed, 28, played in all the four World Twenty20 matches but batted lower down the order throughout the tournament despite having a good strike rate of 120.24 in 21 Twenty20 Internationals. Ahmed led Quetta Gladiators in Pakistan’s first professional domestic Twenty20 league in February before losing to the Misbah-ul-Haq-led Islamabad United in the final. Ahmed made his international debut in 2007, a year after he led Pakistan to win the Under-19 World Cup. He has scored 1,077 runs in 58 ODIs and 1,296 runs in 21 Test matches at an impressive average of 46.28. Last year he was made Pakistan’s vice-captain for both T20 and ODI teams. Ahmed said it was a big achievement for him to lead Pakistan in the shortest format. “It’s an honour for me that I’ve been made the captain. I was looking at various things since I was made the vice-captain and have noted it down,” Ahmed told reporters in his hometown Karachi.
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2 October 2003The City of Johannesburg marked Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on 2 October by unveiling a bronze statue of him in Gandhi Square in the city centre.Earlier this year sculptor Tinka Christopher won the tender to produce the 2.5 metre statue, which she said took her three months of almost non-stop work to complete.“I worked 10 hours each day, seven days a week, to complete the work in time,” she said.The tall statue depicts Gandhi as a young lawyer in his gown, over a suit, with a book under his arm, looking determinedly forward, with the breeze blowing his cloak to one side. He looks into the centre of the square, and on top of a 5m tall plinth, makes for an imposing figure in the space. The plinth has wooden benches positioned around its base, making it people-friendly.Gandhi practised as an attorney at the Johannesburg Law Courts, which were the city’s first law courts, in what was known as Government Square (now renamed Gandhi Square). The courts were in use until 1911 when the Pritchard Street Supreme Court building was built. They were eventually demolished in 1948 and made way for the city’s main bus terminus, which is still functional.Gandhi arrived in South Africa in 1893, and at first practised law in Johannesburg in the early 1900s. But in time he became more active in resistance politics. He was tried at the Law Courts, convicted and sentenced for pass law offences, among them the call to Indians and Chinese to burn their pass books.He left the country for India in 1914, after having shaped and established his policy of “Satyagraha” or passive resistance.Christopher’s other works around the city include a two-children sculpture in Bank City, a fish eagle at corporate offices in Midrand, and a stallion at Toyota’s offices in Sandton.The winning entry was adjudicated by the advisory committee of the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Proposals were received from three other sculptors: Naomi Jacobson, Ben Omar and Maureen Quin.To prevent the theft of the bronze sculpture, an alarm has been fitted inside the statue, and any vibrations will be immediately picked up, and set off a signal to a security company.The statue went up on Monday and was officially unveiled by Mayor Amos Masondo on Thursday. “It fits the space well,” said Christopher with a satisfied smile when the bubble wrap was removed.Eric Itzkin, the deputy director of Immovable Heritage, said he was pleased with how the statue worked out. “I am happy with the final choice.” The City donated half of the cost of the work, and the rest came from private donations.Meanwhile, Tolstoy Farm, 35 kilometres southwest of Johannesburg, on which Gandhi spent some time living a communal kibbutz existence with a small community of 50 adults and 30 children, is to be recreated as a community centre and museum.Source: City of Johannesburg website
On 27 April 2017 Brand South Africa partnered with Freedom Park to celebrate 23 years of freedom in South Africa.Freedom Park tells the story of Africa from the dawn of man to recent history, including the chapter on South Africa’s liberation struggle. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)Freedom Park is a cultural institution housing a museum and a memorial dedicated to chronicling and honouring the many who contributed to South Africa’s liberation.The museum aims to preserve and narrate the story of the African continent, and specifically South Africa, from the dawn of humanity, through pre-colonial, colonial and apartheid history and heritage, to the post-apartheid nation of today.It is a long walk, spanning some 3.6-billion years. On 27 April 2017, normal entry tariffs did not apply at Freedom Park and members of the public we granted free entry.
Los Angeles is severely squeezed by the recession, but it also is forging ahead with green building initiativesLast week, when the Los Angeles City Council passed an ordinance to retrofit city-owned buildings built before 1978 or larger than 7,500 sq. ft., the city significantly re-energized its ecological spirit.L.A. is struggling with a 12% unemployment rate, the effect on its real estate market of 21,000 foreclosures, and a budget shortfall that could require trimming more than 2,800 workers from the city payroll. And although he was attentive to these difficulties in his state-of-the-city address, delivered on Monday, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa homed in just as vigorously on the city’s ambitions to “build a future in which clean technology is as synonymous with Los Angeles as motion pictures or aerospace.”Villaraigosa cited the city’s plans for an emerging clean-tech business corridor, its eventual development of Cornfields Arroyo Seco (an old industrial area that soon may be transformed into an LEED-ND mixed-use neighborhood), and the city council’s new offspring, known as the Green Building Retrofit Ordinance.A recent GreenerBuildings story presented an overview of the initiative, which was developed by the Los Angeles Apollo Alliance, a coalition of community, labor, and environmental groups.Among the ordinance priorities:— LEED Silver certification of all projects— Special focus on recruiting and training disadvantaged workers for apprenticeship positions on green retrofits and for jobs on private projects other public projects.— Support of local minority- and women-owned green businesses— Ensure quality green products are being used and purchased locally, and encourage local green manufacturing— Foster public-sector career development in Los Angeles by hiring city workers from city training programs, and upgrading part-time workers to full-time.