Patient Iqbal leads Bangladesh to 221-5

first_imgCHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (AP): Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal hit a patient 78 as Bangladesh posted 221 for five against England by stumps on day two of the first Test yesterday. The hosts trail by 72 runs and could hope to gain a first-innings lead after bowling out England for 293 in the morning. In the middle were Shakib Al Hasan, on 31 not out, with nightwatchman Shafiul Islam yet to score after facing nine balls. “We are slightly at an advantage at the end of the second day,” Iqbal said. “We will gain the upper hand if we can bat well in the first session. The wicket is not easy to play.” England ruined Bangladesh’s chance to take complete control of the Test by removing captain Mushfiqur Rahim on 48, just two overs before the end of play. “If Mushfiqur didn’t get out, I would have said that we had a good day,” Iqbal said. England kept coming back into the match all day. Just when Bangladesh looked like reaching lunch unscathed on a pitch offering plenty of turn and variable bounce, Moeen Ali’s first over of offspin flipped the complexion of the contest. He bowled opener Imrul Kayes (21) with a quicker delivery that didn’t turn as much as Kayes expected, and in the same over, induced Mominul Haque with extra bounce to poke a shot to gully for a three-ball duck.last_img read more

‘Voters Must Not Reward Incompetence’

first_imgThe Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) has called on voters not to reward incompetence in the October presidential and legislative elections so that Liberia can move forward in its development.In a statement reacting to the recent State of the Nation address delivered by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf a week ago, MOVEE said no nation that wants to move forward will reward incompetence, and certainly not one that has been stuck in the pit of underdevelopment for so long as Liberia has been.MOVEE said while there was a list of achievements as outlined by President Sirleaf in her address, there was enough significant help from the international community that the government failed to use to better the Liberian people. MOVEE recognized the restoration of Liberia’s image from that of a pariah nation, putting some order in the public administration system, reviving economic activity, creating some appreciation for the tenets of democracy, and obtaining significant cancellation of Liberia’s debt. However, MOVEE said there were not enough accomplishments to transform the expectations of the Liberian people.“When one fails to do anything successfully when given the responsibility, that is called incompetence,” it said.“The argument is not that nothing has been done, it is rather about the imperative to put Liberia on a new course that will bring about rapid transformation to make up for the many years of lagging behind.“There are years that have been eaten up by the locusts of incompetence, the lack of political will to put the interest of the country first, nepotism, corruption, manipulation and vindictiveness in high places and shortsightedness,” MOVEE said.The statement said, while “we acknowledge that the present administration did a number of good things, the lesson of experience from the past eleven years of the Unity Party Administration calls for change to speed up the process of inclusiveness, economic growth and development. “In fact, the need for meaningful change has been a timeless song in Liberia’s long history. So, for the Movement for Economic Empowerment, this is not a criticism tainted by myopia to be laid only at the feet of the Sirleaf administration.” The statement noted that while President Sirleaf highlighted the accomplishments of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) under Dr. Joseph Mills Jones as chairman of the Board of Governors and Executive Governor in the banking sector for the last eleven years, particularly the restoration of confidence in the financial sector, the champion of the establishment of a fast-track commercial court, among others, she did not mention the wide acknowledgment by the public of CBL’s efforts to improve access to finance for all segments of Liberian entrepreneurs, including market women, petty traders and farmers. MOVEE said it is a political party whose philosophy takes direct aim against longstanding, abject poverty in Liberia and will offer the Liberian people a dose of action, “not promises and borrowed platitudes, as has been the case of the Sirleaf-Boakai Administration.”It stated that the purpose of an annual message by the president to the legislature is not just a constitutional formality or an expression of the trappings of state power. “It is certainly not intended to provide a forum for shifting blames by the highest authority in the land.“When the president speaks, people listen to be inspired; to hear ideas to move the nation forward; to get guidance from one in whom they have placed their hope; to hear words that paint a portrait of the people with a common destiny.“Few things can demoralize a nation more, especially in times of national difficulties as is now the case in Liberia, than the passing of blame by its leader, or the failure to take responsibility and offer ideas for solving problems.”MOVEE said, “Yes, we agree that the President was truthful on the matter of the dismal performance in fighting corruption and the slow progress towards reconciliation. But there was little in terms of outlining a way forward, which is why we elect Presidents and Vice Presidents.”The statement said the government’s failure to provide enough resources of material, moral and political support to anti-graft commissions it established could lend credence to the argument that the Sirleaf-Boakai Administration was not fully committed to the cause for which these institutions were established. MOVEE said due to “our history of missed opportunities, we need new vision, new talent, new commitment, and a new sense of urgency, all of which should add up into new leadership; and the Movement for Economic Empowerment is prepared to provide that new leadership for Liberia.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kwakwani mid-wife strangled to death – PM

first_img…3 in Police custodyThe autopsy conducted on the body of Paulette Wade, whose body was found in her Kwakwani Park, Upper Berbice River home, by her six-year-old daughter, revealed the woman was strangled to death. Wade, a 37-year-old nurse/mid-wife attached to the Kwakwani Hospital, died sometime between 21:00h on Thursday and 06:30h on Friday at her residence. The autopsy was conducted at the Wismar Hospital Mortuary by Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh. According to information from the Police, Dr Singh gave the cause of death “as asphyxiation due to manual strangulation compounded by blunt trauma to the head.Dead: Paulette WadeMoreover, the Police detailed that three males are in custody assisting with the investigation. The woman reportedly went to bed with her six-year-old daughter on Thursday night and was found dead by the child on Friday morning. The woman’s husband was not at home at the time as he was said to be working in the interior. The child reportedly found her mother lying motionless on the floor in the bedroom. She called out for her mother who was not responding, as such, she opened the back door and went to her nine-year-old friend who lives in the next street and told her what she saw.They then went over the road to the hospital compound and told the security guard who then informed staff at the hospital. The Police were then notified, and nurses and a doctor went over to the home and pronounced Wade dead. Investigators reportedly found Wade’s body lying face down on a concrete floor clad in pink night clothes. According to information reaching Guyana Times, the woman had small bruises on her elbow and blood was seen on her mouth. No forced entry was seen on the house, nor was anything observed ransacked in the home. An investigation has been launched.last_img read more

Christian youths gather for rally in San Francisco, decry gay lifestyle

first_imgIndeed, protesters were nowhere in sight Saturday as Christian rock bands and religious speakers roused the audience at AT&T Park, bringing them to their feet in song and prayer. Not surprisingly, however, passing motorists gave no signs of support – or car honks – as rally participants held up a large banner decrying “Homosexuality is sin” on the busy street outside the stadium. “People are welcome to come to the city to celebrate whatever, but I think they’re dead wrong,” said Thom Lynch, executive director of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center. “And I feel sorry for some of the youth there that they’re being inculcated with a religious belief that doesn’t allow for any variances … at all.” The rally could have almost passed as any modern-day lollapalooza for teens – complete with entrepreneurs hawking “BattleCry” baseball caps and activists seeking signatures for a petition to support the First Amendment, namely the “freedom of religion.” But the impromptu prayer circles and arms raised in praise from church groups entering the stadium stood in contrast to the glamorized sex-and-drug culture that event organizers say are harming today’s youth. One rallygoer, Edward Sanares, the leader of a church youth group from Sunnyvale, found the spiritual rally uplifting. “It’s showing choices teens have to make in this society and that they should choose God,” he said. More than 20,000 people were registered to attend the two-day rally. It was BattleCry’s second appearance in two years. Last year’s inaugural event in the city known for its ultraliberal politics and gay marriages did spark some protests. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors had even passed a resolution condemning the “act of provocation” by an “anti-gay,” “anti-choice” organization that aimed to “negatively influence the politics of America’s most tolerant and progressive city.” This year, Lynch said, “it’s live and let be. After all, that’s what San Francisco is all about.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Cheerful roars could be heard a block away from the downtown ballpark Saturday, and it had nothing to do with a Barry Bonds homer. The enthusiasm poured from thousands of Christian youths who had gathered – in one of the most permissive corners of the nation – for a rally to call for moral change and to decry homosexuality. Despite the strategic location for the two-day BattleCry event, the evangelical fanfare continued its final day Saturday without any fierce clashes. “I think we’ll just be able to do our thing today,” said Jeanine Rhoden, a spokeswoman for Teen Mania, the Texas-based ministry behind the extravaganza. last_img read more

Kerr wants Gor charges to ‘arouse the Sevilla spirit’

first_imgHe now wants his charges to exhibit the same spirit when they travel to Tunisia on Thursday night for their CAF Champions League tie against Esperance.“I have played at that stadium (Old Trafford) several times before as a player and it has one of the most intimidating atmospheres ever. Watching Sevilla yesterday, they went in with no fear playing attacking football and caused Man United problems despite that kind of atmosphere,” Kerr told Capital Sport.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr giving out instructions to his players during their Kenyan Premier League clash against Bandari on March 3, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKAHAYA“That’s the same situation we find ourselves in because we are going to a hostile environment in Tunis where no one expects us to win. We have to do exactly what Sevilla did at Manchester United. We have to forget about the intimidating atmosphere and go get a result,” added the tactician.K’Ogalo travel Tunis carrying a 0-0 draw from the first leg in Machakos and in the least, they will need any kind of a scoring draw to progress to the group stages for the first time since 1993 when they reached the quarter finals of the CAF Cup.Kerr is confident that his Gor Mahia side will be able to get a positive result against the side that slapped them with a 5-0 defeat the last time they played in Tunis, four years ago in 2014.“We don’t care what happened four years ago. We have a new opportunity and we will make use of it. I am immensely under pressure to deliver and I believe that I can do it. I believe in my ability, I believe in the ability of my players,” the coach added.-Game rescheduled-Gor Mahia players jostle for space with Esperance during their CAF Champions League first leg First Round. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe match was initially set to be played on Saturday but was moved to Sunday, effectively meaning Gor changed their travel plans. Despite the change of date without notice, Kerr says they will not be distracted.“Obviously they are trying to destabilize us with these small details, but we have our focus on. We need to go there and play without fear and show that we are also a good team,” added the tactician.Meanwhile, he has admitted that the team has found it tough in terms of preparations since the start of the season due to lack of sponsorship and he hopes that the situation will be solved soon.“It has been very tough because obviously we understand what the club is going through and I respect my chairman a lot because he has done a lot to stabilize the situation. But we should have been preparing in better circumstances but all in all we have to do with the situation. Hopefully it gets better for us,” the coach further noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 14- Being a Manchester United supporter himself, Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr was pained when the Red Devils were ousted from the UEFA Champions League after a 2-1 loss to Spanish side Sevilla on Tuesday night at Old Trafford.However, the British tactician who led Gor to their record 16th Kenyan Premier League (KPL) crown last season picked up some bit of motivation in the midst of that disappointment.last_img read more

Toddlers’ parents embrace TV as part-time baby sitter

first_imgDaniel Anderson, a professor of psychology at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, said savvy pitches for products like BabyFirst TV and the Baby Einstein line of educational videos and DVDs have convinced parents that fixation on television is educational for young children, even though little research has been devoted to television’s effect on infants and toddlers. “The notion of sustained attention for many parents is a point of pride,” Anderson said. “Parents absolutely believe the marketing lines for these products, when the fact is that there is no real evidence yet of learning benefits.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2On a typical day 61 percent of babies 1 year or younger watch TV or videos, with average viewing of more than an hour, the study found. A third of children under 6 have a TV in their bedroom. And more than half of parents surveyed said their main reason for putting a TV in their child’s room was so that they or other family members could watch their own shows. “There has been this sense that it is kids clamoring for media and parents trying to hold back the tidal wave,” said Vicky Rideout, vice president of the Kaiser Foundation. “But what came out is that parents themselves are very enthusiastic about using media in their children’s lives. Many feel like they can’t make it through the day without the assistance it gives.” For most families surveyed, television is not a replacement for other activities, the study found. On a normal day, 83 percent of children read or are read to, the same percentage as those who watch TV or videos. But the increasing availability of programs aimed at young children – like BabyFirst TV, a new satellite and cable channel aimed at the under-3 set – is raising parents’ comfort level with electronic media and assuaging guilt over using television as a baby sitter. Kimberly Velasco, 25, mother of three girls, 4, 3 and 18 months, and a participant in the study, has the television in her daughters’ shared bedroom programmed to receive only the children’s channels from her satellite television service. Velasco, a dental surgical assistant who lives in Montgomery Village, Md., said she does not let the children watch more than an hour a day. But being able to confine them safely in front of the TV when she gets in from work and is rushing to cook dinner is a huge help. WASHINGTON – Sure, Sharae Sharp knows pediatricians say children under 2 should not watch TV. But the advice feels less than practical when she needs to scrub the bathroom floor or has a migraine and is craving an hour of silence. “Sometimes you just need some time,” said Sharp, 29, unapologetic about the 13-inch television she placed in her 3-year-old-daughter Taelor-Shanel’s room more than a year ago. Jennifer Beck-Wilson, 36, tends to agree with the Academy of Pediatrics. But with a 3-year-old son, a 15-month-old daughter and a full-time job, best intentions fall by the wayside. “There’s my philosophy and then there’s real life,” she said. The two are hardly alone. A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, in which both participated, found that despite increasing debate over the potentially harmful effects of television on young children, many parents believe that the benefits of a little tube time – whether for their children’s development or their own sanity – outweigh the risk of raising a generation of crib potatoes. last_img read more

Spalletti reveals talks planned with Perisic amid £45m Man United links

first_img Ivan Perisic in action for Inter Milan Inter Milan head coach Luciano Spalletti plans to hold talks with Ivan Perisic amid reports the Croatian wants to leave San Siro.The 28-year-old winger has been linked with a move to Manchester United and reports in Italy suggest the Red Devils are considering making a £45million offer for the former Wolfsburg player.Spalletti, who took over as Inter boss last month, wants to keep Perisic in his squad as he targets a return to domestic success with the Nerazzurri after their seventh-placed finish in Serie A last term.He told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “There’ll be fewer chances for those players who are distracted, and better opportunities for those who want to stick with Inter.“Perisic is an important player for us, we’re counting on him. Let’s see what he has to say, I don’t expect him to say that he wants to leave, that would be bad. We’ll see what his intentions are.“But it’s just you (the media) who are telling me he wants to go, he’s not said anything to me. But we are Inter and so we can decide to do whatever we want.”Split-born Perisic has been one of Inter’s best performers over the last two campaigns, scoring 20 goals in all competitions while the Milan club have failed to crack the top three. 1last_img read more

NPB explains steps for antibiotic use

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Pork Board reiterated the proactive steps the U.S. pork industry has taken to ensure responsible antibiotic use on pig farms. Pork industry leaders say calls by various organizations to end antibiotic use on farms are misguided and would have a negative impact on food safety.“We understand people are confused about the role of antibiotics in meat production and, unfortunately, recently released reports only add to that confusion,” said Dr. Jennifer Koeman, Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine and Director of Producer and Public Health at National Pork Board. “It’s simple — when you produce healthy livestock, you get safe food. The meat you eat is safe due to Food and Drug Administration rules on antibiotics and U.S. Department of Agriculture testing of meat.”The National Pork Board is implementing a three-point plan of action focused on five research priorities: Establishing a blue ribbon panel on antibiotics, an outcome of the Pork Checkoff’s stewardship plan announced this past June. The new, third-party panel includes seven experts with specific experience and knowledge in antibiotic practices or consumer marketing, but who are independent of National Pork Board practices. Educating America’s pig farmers on new FDA rules for the use of medically important antibiotics (to treat human illness) in feed and water. Investing more than $750,000 in new research projects that span five distinct priorities intended to provide data for animal and public health outcomes (pig health/welfare, human health/safety, environmental impact and pork quality). Sharing the innovation of today’s production practices and efforts to responsibly use antibiotics with food chain partners and other important stakeholders.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 34 | Cooking Turkey, Making Policy, and Understanding Generation Z

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 34th Ohio Ag Net Podcast brings together host Joel Penhorwood alongside Dale Minyo and Matt Reese to talk a number of topics ahead of Thanksgiving.Ty Higgins recently spoke with Richard Fordyce, Ag Advisory Council chair, about interesting new research regarding the next generation preparing to enter into agriculture. Generation Z has an interesting path ahead and Fordyce talks on how they are unique amongst other generations.Matt Reese caught up with Al DiVencenzo ahead of the upcoming Ohio Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. Al is a OFBF board member and gives his view on policy discussion that will take place in the coming weeks.Joel Penhorwood talks with Steve Peterson, acting administrator of the Farm Service Agency. Not only is it time to reenroll in USDA safety net programs like ARC and PLC, but FSA is also busy with county committee elections and reorganization inside USDA in hopes of better service to farmers.All of that as well as some turkey talk and more in the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold.last_img read more