Paceman Mohammad Abbas on Friday fired Pakistan to a massive 373-run victory over Australia in the second Test in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan won the two-match series 1-0 after the first Test in Dubai had ended in a draw.This is Pakistan’s biggest win in terms of runs in Test cricket history. Their previous best of 356-run victory margin was also registered against Australia in 2014.Abbas became 15th Pakistan bowler to take a 10-wicket match haul.Abu Dhabi Test, Day 4: HighlightsChasing and improbable 538 to win the second Test and series, Australia crumbled for 164 after lunch on Day 4 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.Abbas, who had picked up his career-best 5/33 in Australia’s first innings, wreaked havoc once again on the fourth day morning as the visitors lost 4 wickets for mere 7 runs.Resuming on their overnight score of 47/1, Travis Head (36) and Aaron Finch (31) started the day on a positive note before left-hander Head edged to substitute wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan to become Abbas’s first victim of the day.Head’s wicket opened the floodgates and in no time Australia lost three more wickets to slip from 71/1 to 78/5.Mitchell Starc and Marnus Labuschagne then added 67 runs for the sixth wicket but Yasir Shah broke that partnership by trapping the left-arm pacer leg before wicket.Siddle’s stay at the crease did not last too long either and 10 balls later he became leg-spinner Shah’s second victim.Labuschagne, playing only his second Test, grafted his way to 43 but was dismissed second over after lunch becoming Abbas’s 10th victim in the match.advertisementShah then got Jon Holland caught by Haris Sohail to complete Pakistan’s victory.Abbas finished with 5/62 while Shah picked 3 for 45 to hand Sarfraz his first Test series win as Pakistan captain.The morning session started on a sour note for both teams, with skipper Sarfraz Ahmed taken to hospital and Khawaja ruled out with a meniscal tear to his left knee that is likely to require surgery.Pakistan’s captain and regular keeper Safraz was taken to hospital after he woke up complaining of a headache on Friday morning.Sarfraz did not take the field on Day 4 of the second Test against Australia after taking a blow to the helmet.Sarfraz was on 33 in Pakistan’s second innings on Thursday in Abu Dhabi when a Peter Siddle bouncer struck his helmet.The wicketkeeper brushed off the knock as he went on to make 81 off 123 balls, helping the hosts set a mammoth target of 538.(With inputs from Reuters)
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has finally ended the mystery around his age, revealing that he was born in 1975 and not 1980 as the official records state.The revelations in his autobiography means that Afridi was not 16 when he smashed a record-breaking 37-ball hundred against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in 1996.”I was just nineteen, and not sixteen like they claim. I was born in 1975. So yes, the authorities stated my age incorrectly,” Afridi has written in book titled ‘Game Changer.’Afridi’s claim that was he was 19 at that time is confusing as he would be 21 if he was born in 1975 like he has written. He played 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20 Internationals.The former captain, who retired from international cricket after the 2016 World T20, also slammed bowling great Waqar Younis in his book. Younis was the team’s coach in the 2016 World T20 held in India.”Unfortunately, he hadn’t let go of the past. Waqar and I had a history, dating all the way back to his tiff with Wasim over the captaincy crown. He was a mediocre captain but a terrible coach, always micro-managing and getting in the way, trying to tell the captain – me – what to do. It was a natural clash and it was bound to happen,” he wrote.Also Read | Shahid Afridi 3rd all-rounder to achieve double of 4000 runs and 300 wickets in T20sAlso Read | India-Pakistan cricket match nothing less than a war, says Sehwag
Redmi K20 series is launching on May 28. This is the China launch date. Xiaomi India has revealed that the Redmi K20 will head to the country very soon. However, the India launch date of the Redmi K20 hasn’t been revealed yet. We expect the Redmi K20 India launch will happen next month. Ahead of the launch a lot has been talked about the Redmi K20 series of phones. Notably, the Redmi flagship is said to launch in two variants – Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro. Rumours suggest Redmi K20 Pro will come to India as Poco F2. Just a few days before the launch the full specs sheet of the Redmi Note K20 and the K20 Pro has been leaked. The leaked specs sheet has revealed several new and interesting details about the Redmi K20 and the Redmi K20 Pro. Let’s take a look.The full specs sheet of the Redmi K20 series has been leaked by tipster Sudhanshu Ambhore in association with slashleaks. According to the specs sheet, the Redmi K20 will be powered by Snapdragon 700 chipset and not 855 SoC. The leak suggests that the Redmi K20 Pro will come with Snapdragon 855 processor. Rumours suggest that the Pro version of the Redmi K20 will come as Poco F2 in India. The company is yet to confirm the India variants of the Redmi K20. Besides the processor all the other specs on both the K20 and K20 Pro are the same.The specs sheet reveals that the Redmi K20 series will come packed with a 6.39-inch display. It shows that the Redmi K20 phones will include Super AMOLED panel and offer 91.2 per cent screen to body ratio and screen resolution of 1080 x 2340p. The screen of the phone is said to be layered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 that will make the phone sturdy.advertisementOn the camera front the Redmi K20 series is tipped to include single pop-up camera on the front and triple rear cameras on the back panel. On the back side the Redmi K20 phones are said to sport a 48MP primary sensor, 13MP secondary ultrawide lens, and third is an 8MP telephoto lens. On the front the Redmi K20 series of phones will sport a 20MP sensor for clicking selfies the leaked specs sheet suggests. Similar to the Redmi Note 7 series the K series phones are expected to sport 4000mAh battery. On the software front the phones are said to run on MIUI 10 on top of Android 9 Pie.The leaked specs sheet further reveals that the Redmi K20 phones will be available in three colours – flame red, glacier blue, and carbon fibre black. The phones are said to be available in two variants. The Redmi K20 is said to come with 6GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM and 128GB storage configuration. The Redmi K20 Pro is also listed in two variants – base model with 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage. Both the Redmi K20 phones are said to include – 3,5mm headphone jack, up to 27W fast charging support, Type C, 6th generation optical in-display fingerprint sensor, among other things.Are you excited for the Redmi K30 India launch? Do you think the Redmi K20 Pro will come as Poco F2 in India?ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S quick review: Redmi Note 7 with 48MP camera and extra price of Rs 1000ALSO READ | Redmi Note 7S vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Which 48MP camera Xiaomi phone should you buy?ALSO READ | Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Note 7S: How they are different, which Xiaomi is better buy
Liverpool ‘You’ve got to take a shot in the privates!’ – Gerrard urges Liverpool youth to be brave in defence Ronan Murphy Last updated 2 years ago 17:57 22/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Liverpool Leicester City v Liverpool Premier League The Reds Under-18 boss believes that his players need to put their bodies on the line for the team, and wants them to follow Jamie Carragher’s example Former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has urged the Reds’ young players to be braver defensively, and be willing to ‘take a shot in the privates’ for their team.Reds 10/11 to beat LeicesterThe 37-year-old Champions League winner is currently managing Liverpool’s Under-18 side, having played over 500 Premier League games for the Merseyside club. His U-18 panel are undefeated in their opening four games of the season, but have drawn three of those games due to their failings in defence. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Like Jurgen Klopp’s senior side, Gerrard wants his young players to do better and be braver at the back, and believes that former Reds defender Jamie Carragher is the type of no-nonsense player that they should be modelling their game on.“We are trying as a team to improve defensively but what it boils down to is you’ve got to want to defend,” Gerrard told the club’s official website.”You’ve got to take an elbow in the face, get a bloody nose or take a shot in the privates!“I played with Jamie Carragher, who wasn’t known for 40-yard passes or dribbling out from the back; he was known for blocks, he was known for organising and pulling people into positions and defending.“He was a constant noise in your ear for 90 minutes and that’s how you defend at the top level.”Defending hurts. It hurts your body and it’s tough, but these kids have come out of schoolboy football and they are in a man’s game now, which is tough.”We are trying to toughen them up individually and get them to put their bodies on the line.”Liverpool’s U-18 side are currently sixth in the U-18 Premier League North, while Klopp’s senior side sit in eighth in the Premier League. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Golden State Warriors Reuse this content Read more Golden State Warriors 110-102 Cleveland Cavaliers: NBA finals Game 3 – as it happened Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers: The biggest moments of the NBA finals so far – video Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Messenger NBA finals LeBron James has pulled his Cleveland Cavaliers to an improbable NBA finals. But by early Thursday morning as he quietly walked out of his home arena in a purple warm-up jacket, it was clear he probably won’t be able to drag the Cavs to one last title before becoming a free agent at season’s end.The Golden State Warriors are too much for him and for his Cavaliers. In Wednesday night’s Game 3, James scored 33 points (while logging a 10th career NBA finals triple-double), limited Warriors star Steph Curry to just one successful three-pointer and still Cleveland lost, 110-102. Now, down 3-0 in the championship round, his dream of winning more than one ring with the Cavaliers is all but over. Friday’s Game 4 could be his last with his hometown franchise. Basketball match reports Topics NBA Cleveland Cavaliers 0:59 US sports On Wednesday, that joy was tested. Cleveland feed off the thunder of their home crowd, where they had won eight straight in the playoffs after dropping Game 1 of their first-round series with the Indiana Pacers, and the speakers in this three-tier arena downtown boomed. Huge flames shot from the scoreboard. And in the roar, most of the Warriors could do nothing as the Cavs pushed them around down low. Curry looked frustrated as he tumbled to the floor and Green growled at officials as both he and Curry picked up three fouls in the first half – with Green adding a technical for an early scuffle with JR Smith. The Cavaliers opened their biggest lead of the series at 13 points and maintained a double-digit advantage through much of the first two quarters, built mostly through the shooting of James and Smith and the rebounding of Kevin Love, who has quietly had a tremendous series. Cleveland might have run away with the, game as they have in others in this building, were it not for the Durant. As Curry and Thompson struggled with their three-point shooting early, Durant was unstoppable, using his long arms to shoot over the Cavs’ defenders, almost single-handedly keeping Golden State in the game at half-time when they trailed just 58-52.Then, as they often do, the Warriors exploded in the third quarter, using a quick 9-3 spurt after the break to level the score and taking off from there. JaVale McGee scored on a series of lay-ups, Curry started to find his shot and Durant kept pouring in bucket after bucket. Curry hit two free throws with 9:57 left in the third to give Golden State their first lead, stretching the margin to as much as five. Both teams battled through a tight one-possession game throughout most of the fourth, exchanging leads but also missing several shots that could have proved difference-making for either side. Curry continued to struggle to find his shot and Durant began to shoot wildly in an attempt to shoulder the load. But with just under three minutes left, the Warriors took control. Curry scored on a lay-up, then hit his only three-pointer of the night (after missing his first nine), followed by another three-pointer from Durant to put Golden State up 106-100 with 49 seconds remaining. Durant posed uncharacteristically as he released the ball. The arena that had roared all night was silent. “They hit big shots,” Cleveland coach Ty Lue said of the Warriors as he sat in a press conference after the game. He shook his head. “That’s what they do.” Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Play Video … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Golden State are just too good and too deep for the Cavs, who are too often exposed as a one-man team powered by James. Wednesday’s assassin was Kevin Durant, the superstar forward who signed with the Warriors in 2016 with the hope of creating a dynasty. As Curry and Klay Thompson struggled with their shooting the night, Durant connected on six of nine attempts from three-point range, scored a playoff career-high 43 points and added 13 rebounds. Cleveland have been close in two games of this series and yet it was obvious to James as he fell into a chair at his post-game press conference that Golden State are too loaded. “That’s the challenge right there,” he said softly about the Warriors and their four stars: Durant, Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green. “There’s not really much pressure on them. Any of them can have a bad game. Someone else will score.”This is the great thing about Golden State’s looming dynasty, one that is on the verge of beating Cleveland for the NBA title for a third time in the last four years. They play free, without much angst when things don’t go well, adding to what James called “the level of stress” for opponents.It’s a notion that later made Durant laugh.“I think we all support each other … with a real child-like approach to the game,” he said. “That’s rare in the NBA.” Share via Email
Australia’s Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open squads will travel to Sydney this weekend for a training camp in preparation for the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series to be held in Auckland next February. The Australians are hopeful of continuing their strong form against New Zealand on the Touch Football field after their impressive 3-0 whitewash of their Trans Tasman counterparts in Mudgee earlier this year. This will be the final selection medium for athletes to impress their respective coaches before teams are decided on and final preparation for the Open’s division title defence begins. The Super Trans Tasman will be the biggest Trans Tasman held yet, with 12 divisions – four Youth, three Open and five Masters – travelling to Auckland to compete. Stay tuned to the TFA website for all of the latest news in the lead up to the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series – www.austouch.com.au.Related LinksAussie Squads In Camp
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality at this year’s World Maritime Day with the “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community” theme.In line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the theme would also highlight the important, yet under-utilized, contribution of women within the maritime sector.It gives IMO the opportunity to work with various maritime stakeholders to foster an environment in which women are identified and selected for career development opportunities in maritime administrations, ports and maritime training institutes and to encourage more conversation for gender equality in the maritime space.“Empowering women fuels thriving economies across the world, spurs growth and development, and benefits everyone working in the global maritime community in the drive towards safe, secure, clean and sustainable shipping,” IMO’s Kitack Lim earlier said.A series of activities and events will be held during 2019 related to the theme Empowering Women in the Maritime Community. Events will include the 3rd International conference on Empowering Women in the Maritime Community at the World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden, to be held in April, World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2019 in Cartagena, Colombia, and Celebration of World Maritime Day at IMO Headquarters, both scheduled in September.
Motorists across Nova Scotia are being encouraged to drive with extra care should they have to travel during this weekend’s snowy weather. “Our road crews do a great job of keeping our highways in the best possible winter driving condition but drivers need to do their part, too,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Murray Scott. “Staying home would be best, but I know there are many things that take us out on the road at this time of year. If you have to be on the highways, please slow down and drive in accordance with the conditions.” The department has about 1,000 people and 400 pieces of equipment that keep the province’s roads as safe as possible during, and after, storms. Temperatures around the freezing mark and heavy precipitation make for the most difficult conditions.
An agreement that Netflix will invest at least $500 million in original productions in Canada is set to be part of a long-awaited reboot of Canada’s cultural policy.Heritage Minister Melanie Joly will unveil the comprehensive overhaul Thursday that will look at everything from the CRTC to how best to sell and promote Canada’s creative work.The plan is being dubbed a “creative economic strategy” designed to both update the approach the government takes to encouraging Canadian content production and the laws and organizations which govern it.Getting companies like Netflix to play a bigger role financially is one of the government’s goals as traditional broadcasters have long complained about an uneven playing field.Some had hoped to see the policy force the U.S. giants to charge sales tax for their subscriptions or contribute to the same content funds as Canadian broadcasters.But a government source, not authorized to speak on the record, says Netflix has agreed to invest at least $500 million over the next five years in original productions here.The government is eager to see Facebook and Google do the same; the search engine giant did recently launch a dedicated Canadian content channel on YouTube.The goal is to make sure the government’s approach to Canadian content is not tied to arcane technology of the past, and is flexible enough to bolster content creators, be they musicians, artists, writers, architects or video game designers, while also helping them sell their wares abroad.The policy is the product of months of consultations and will plot a course for a review of the Broadcasting Act and Telecommunications Act, which was promised in the 2017 federal budget.Joly’s speech — scheduled to begin at noon ET Thursday at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in downtown Ottawa, in the shadow of Parliament Hill — will cover three themes: investing in creators, helping their content get discovered and distributed and — a staple of any conversation on Canadian culture — a discussion on the future of public broadcasting.There are some other announcements likely, including more robust funding to help Canadian film, television and music producers find an audience. Some money was allocated to two programs in the 2016 budget, but the expectation is that they’ll be supported with additional funds.“As our economy changes in an information age, we need to support creative talent who will be critical in future economic growth,” said David Sparrow, president of ACTRA, the performers’ union.CBC president Hubert Lacroix said ensuring that all of the players chip in to develop Canada’s cultural content will be essential to the survival of Canada’s relatively small marketplace.“The levelling of the playing field, so that everyone … contributes to the ecosystem, is key,” Lacroix said. “We’re too small in this world to be doing this by ourselves.”
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OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is hosting a pair of Mexican dignitaries who will hold key cabinet portfolios once their country’s incoming government take power.Freeland and International Trade Minister Jim Carr will sit down for bilateral meetings in Ottawa today with Mexico’s future foreign affairs minister Marcelo Ebrard and economy minister Graciela Marquez. The meetings come just a few weeks after Canada, Mexico and the United States agreed to an updated North American free trade pact.The agreement narrowly beat a deadline imposed by the U.S. Congress to get the deal fast-tracked and voted on by Dec. 1, ahead of Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s incoming government.The visiting Mexican officials, Ebrard and Marquez, will take on their ministerial roles once Lopez Obrador’s government takes office.Canada and Mexico are still dealing with stinging steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the Trump administration _ and both countries have responded by slapping the U.S. with retaliatory duties of their own.
OTTAWA — EBay is calling on the federal government to legislate an end to the Canada Post contract dispute, warning that quick action is needed to ensure retailers don’t lose out on Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.The manager of the online sales giant’s Canadian and Latin American divisions says continued rotating strikes at Canada Post will result in significant losses for small and medium-sized businesses across the country.While those businesses have adapted as best they can to the strikes that began Oct. 22, Andrea Stairs says in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the adjustments retailers have made so far to avoid delivery disruptions are unsustainable.Meanwhile, Canada Post says it is now facing an unprecedented backlog of shipments, largely as a result of strikes at its major sorting plants in Vancouver and particularly Toronto.A spokesman for the Crown corporation says that, as of this morning, there were more than 260 trailers filled with parcels waiting to be unloaded at its Gateway processing plant in Toronto — and that number is expected to rise quickly.The prime minister warned last week that his government would look at all options to end the labour dispute if there is no significant progress in Canada Post’s contract talks with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.The Canadian Press
MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says the country loses $2.5 to $3.5 billion annually to fuel thieves who drill illegal taps into government pipelines.Lopez Obrador said Friday that “there still isn’t an exact figure” on the losses. The state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos company hasn’t given out new figures on pipeline taps since September. The last report indicated that 11,240 taps were found in the first nine months of 2018, or about 41 per day.The illicit fuel-theft industry involves drilling taps, bribing or threatening oil company employees, stealing tank trucks to carry the fuel and turf battles between rival gangs.That has caused a surge in the number of homicides in states like Guanajuato, where fuel theft is rampant.Lopez Obrador has promised stiffer punishments for the crime.The Associated Press
TORONTO — Postmedia Network Canada Corp. announced Thursday that Paul Godfrey is stepping down as CEO and will be succeeded by president and chief operating officer Andrew MacLeod.Godfrey, who has been Postmedia’s CEO since the company was founded in 2010, will stay on as executive chairman.MacLeod joined Postmedia in 2014 as chief commercial officer and was named chief operating officer in 2016. He became president in October 2017 and continues to hold that title as well as CEO.The announcements came as the owner of the National Post and other Canadian newspapers announced a $1.4 million net loss for the quarter ended. Nov. 30.Revenue for the Toronto-based publishing group fell to $171.3 million from just under $189 million a year earlier, when Postmedia reported a profit of $5.8 million with the assistance from gains on asset sales. Companies in this story: (TSX:PNC.A, TSX:PNC.B)The Canadian Press
Jammu: Yasir Javaid Bhat, a teenage suspect arrested for throwing a grenade at the Jammu bus stand that left two people dead, confessed to interrogators on Friday that an overground worker of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit paid him Rs 50,000. Besides the two killed, over 30 people were injured in the grenade attack on Thursday. The suspect, belonging to Kulgam district, was arrested from Toll Plaza at Nag rota outside Jammu city when he was trying to escape to the Kashmir Valley. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Eyewitness accounts and CCTV footage helped the police to set up checkposts. If the Aadhaar card and school records of the suspect are correct, then his birth date is March 12, 2003, making him a juvenile under law. He is the eldest son of his parents and a student of Class 9. His father is a painter by profession. Informed sources said he was given Rs 50,000 and a grenade by Muzammil, an overground worker of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, to carry out the grenade attack. Interrogation of the suspect revealed that Hizb district commander Fayaz Bhat alias Umer originally gave the task of carrying out the grenade attack to Muzammil who failed to execute the task. Fayaz Bhat then told Muzammil to pass on the task to Yasir Javaid Bhat or ‘Chotu’.
CALGARY — ConocoPhillips Canada says it plans to lay off 250 to 300 employees this September, with the vast majority of cuts coming from its Calgary head office.Company spokesman Rob Evans said Friday the cuts are part of a global staff realignment to match future activity levels, with Canada looking less attractive than some of its other operations.“Low commodity prices, combined with our inability to get product to new markets, has resulted in lower prices in Canada relative to other parts of the world,” Evans said in an email.“Coupled with increased local cost pressures such as corporate taxes, regulatory compliance costs and property taxes, staying competitive in a global portfolio is a challenge for some parts of our Canadian business.”Optimism in oilpatch rebound still ‘fragile’ as Precision, Encana post resultsThe Great Crew Change: Lost generation of oil workers leaves few options for next boomHe said staff were told about the coming job cuts Thursday, but that details of how it will affect specific parts of the business are still being worked out.The cuts at ConocoPhillips’ Canadian operations form part of the roughly 1,000 job cuts the company plans across its North American operations.On Thursday, AltaGas confirmed it had laid off 70 staff after shelving or selling some natural gas projects.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers estimates at least 44,000 direct jobs have been lost in the oil and gas industry since the downturn started.
Using an original job visa or work permit paper, the gang used to prepare a photo copy of the same.With special software, a visit visa (incorporating details of the woman passenger concerned) was then created, which looked like the original one.The woman passengers were then accommodated in hotels and ‘classes’ were conducted to familiarise them with the travel documents, police said. Presenting the visit visas, the women used to board the flights to Kuwait. After landing there, they submitted the job visa and would come out of the airport.“Members of the gang colluded with a policeman to secure the mandatory Police Clearance Certificate for each of the woman passenger,” the police officer said.The constable in question, who earlier worked with a police station in Cyberabad, had allegedly arranged the PCCs though the women did not reside originally in Cyberabad area. “Most of these women do not get proper jobs there and end up working for lesser wages and get exploited,” the police said. The special teams, which caught the gang, stumbled upon evidence suggesting the complicity of a police constable in the racket. Members of the gang then instructed the women to conceal the job visa or work permit papers (looking like the original one) before boarding the flight. They are also verifying reports that some members of the staff at the Immigration counter in the airport too have direct or indirect links with the racketeers. A gang trafficking women — mostly from the two Telugu States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana — to Kuwait via other Indian cities and Sri Lanka, has been busted by Telangana police, The Hindu newspaper reported.The gang made the international airport at Shamshabad as its main base but was trafficking people from other major international airports of the country. “Involvement of these persons is being probed further,” a top police officer familiar with the busting of the racket said, unwilling to be quoted.Members of the trafficking gang approached women intending to take up domestic or housekeeping jobs in Gulf countries. They lured them with baits of job visas and collected money from each woman. Investigators also noticed that if the woman fails the mandatory physical fitness test for Kuwait visa, the gang flies them to Sri Lanka where the required certificates are arranged by the gang’s associates.From there, they are flown to Kuwait. The police had already picked up more than 10 persons in connection with the racket.Majority of the victims were from East Godavari, Krishna and Kadapa districts of Andhra Pradesh. (Colombo Gazette)
With 22 million people in Africa desperately short of food and donations dropping, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today called for the global community to respond to the continent’s hunger with the same commitment and compassion shown towards the survivors of December’s Indian Ocean tsunami.“By responding so vigorously to the tsunami, the world admirably demonstrated how much it cares for millions of people facing extraordinary suffering,” WFP Executive Director James Morris said.“The challenge we now face is to ensure that a ‘tsunami effect’ does not ripple across Africa, drawing funds away from humanitarian operations there and adding Sudanese, Angolan and Liberian victims to its toll. I’m sure that donors to the tsunami disaster will not allow their generosity to be at the expense of hungry people in Africa, however far from the global spotlight they are,” he added.Donations in January to WFP’s operations in Africa dropped by 21 per cent to $24 million compared to $29 million for the month last year. Globally, contributions to WFP’s work in Africa represented just 8 per cent of the total received by the agency, compared with 20 per cent in January 2004.Despite a welcome increase of $80 million early this month, donations for Africa amount to just 5 per cent of the $1.9 billion needed by WFP to reach the most vulnerable and hungry people there this year. Overall food needs in Africa represent two-thirds of WFP’s global requirements.This stands in stark contrast to the almost full funding pledged towards the UN’s tsunami appeal for $977 million, launched in January. The cost of assisting a tsunami survivor is estimated at $1.07 per person per day in 2005 under the joint UN appeal, compared with just $0.16 per person for assistance in Africa.For the 26 December tsunami, which killed more than 200,000 people and left up to 5 million more in need of basic services in a dozen countries, WFP appealed for food for up to 2 million people and has received full funding for that at $0.51 per person per day.WFP’s current emergency operation to help people return home to southern Sudan and rebuild their lives is funded at just 7 per cent with a massive shortfall of $279 million. Rations for Sudanese and other refugees in Ethiopia have been slashed by nearly a third as a result of funding shortages. In five countries across southern Africa, where 5.6 million people are struggling against the triple threat of HIV/AIDS, food insecurity and their dwindling capacity to produce food, WFP has so far received less than 10 per cent of contributions needed to help them survive through 2007.WFP was forced to cut rations for more than 2.8 million people in southern Africa in the second half of last year due to a shortage of funds. As stability returns to West Africa, there is an urgent need to restore communities and secure peace after over a decade of war. But WFP operations in Liberia are suffering from serious shortfalls and since June it had to reduce rations for hundreds of thousands of refugees and displaced people.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Regular attacks on ambulances are “consciously inhibiting” the ability of paramedics to do their jobs, it has been claimed. More than 200 incidents of vandalism have been reported between 2015 and October this year, according to a freedom of information request by the BBC.Over the past three years, fireworks, scooters, bricks, knives and metal poles have been used to cause thousands of pounds worth of damage to ambulances and rapid response vehicles. In London, one of the 26 logged instances involved a microwave being thrown at an ambulance. A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman told the BBC: “It’s absolutely unacceptable for anyone to deliberately damage emergency service vehicles or other essential kit.”They are consciously inhibiting the ability of our enormously hardworking and dedicated paramedics to do their jobs, and it risks taking ambulances off the road.”Every NHS ambulance trust in the UK was approached for responses and 13 of the 14 handed over their data, which showed the West Midlands as the worst-affected area with 36 incidents, followed by Yorkshire with 29, London with 26 and the North West with 24. Pictures emerged in the summer of football fans jumping up and down on an emergency response vehicle in the aftermath of England’s win over Sweden in the World Cup.
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