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  1. Olympic gold medal-winning US gymnast McKayla Maroney, inspired by the "Me Too" movement, revealed on Wednesday that she was molested for years by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. Photo: AFP file WASHINGTON: Olympic gold medal-winning US gymnast McKayla Maroney, inspired by the "Me Too" movement, revealed on Wednesday that she was molested for years by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. Maroney, 21, said in a statement on Twitter that Nassar, who is facing trial on more than 20 counts of sexual assault, began molesting her at the age of 13 and it continued throughout her gymnastics career. "Dr Nassar told me that I was receiving 'medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years,'" Maroney wrote. "It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, in Texas, and it didn't end until I left the sport. "It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was 'treated,'" she said. She said the abuse even occurred during the London 2012 Olympics, where Maroney was a member of the "Fierce Five" US squad who won the team gold medal. "It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and it happened before I won my silver (in a vault in London)," Maroney wrote. Maroney posted her statement with the #MeToo hashtag, the campaign encouraging women to denounce experiences of sexual abuse that has swept across social media in the wake of the wave of allegations targeting Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. "Everyone's words over the past few days have been so inspiring to me," Maroney said in the statement on her Twitter account @McKaylaMaroney. 'Not just happening in Hollywood' "I know how hard it is to speak publicly about something so horrible, and so personal, because it´s happened to me too," she said. Maroney is the most high-profile US gymnast to speak out so far about sexual abuse by the former team doctor. "People should know this is not just happening in Hollywood," Maroney said. "This is happening everywhere. "Wherever there is a position of power, there seems to be a potential for abuse," Maroney said. "I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there were unnecessary and disgusting," she said. Maroney, from Long Beach, California, said one incident of abuse occurred during the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo. She said Nassar gave her a sleeping pill "and the next thing I know I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a ´treatment.´" "I thought I was going to die that night," she wrote, adding that she hoped her statement would encourage others to speak out. "Silence has given the wrong people power for too long, and it´s time to take our power back," she said. Nassar was involved with USA Gymnastics for nearly three decades and worked with the country´s gymnasts at four separate Olympic Games. His case was part of a wide-ranging scandal which forced the resignation of USA Gymnastics chief Steve Penny last year. Penny was accused by victims of failing to quickly notify authorities about abuse allegations. More than 350 gymnasts were reportedly abused according to an investigation by the Indianapolis Star.
  2. Army soldiers patrol the entrance of the Gaddafi Stadium/AFP File photo The Sri Lankan cricket team has indicated strong reluctance to visit Pakistan for the third and final T20I scheduled to be held on October 29 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. According to reports, forty contracted players of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have handed a letter to the board indicating that they do not wish to travel to Lahore for the last T20I against Pakistan. The letter, signed by the entire current squad and contracted players back home, has requested the board to consider a venue change. "SLC will have a quick chat to the players very soon. We don't intend to disturb them in middle of a series, but we are left with no option but to address the issue. The ICC also will meet the players on Saturday to brief them about the situation in Lahore," Cricbuzz reported, citing an SLC source. Earlier following the conclusion of ICC board meeting in Auckland, New Zealand, SLC had told PCB it was ready to send its team to Lahore for the third and final T20 on October 29, as scheduled, according to sources. The Gaddafi Stadium successfully hosted the Independence Cup and PSL final earlier this year, marking the return of international cricket to the country following the 2009 attack on Sri Lanka team.
  3. After a series of unfavourable results, the Australian cricket team finally managed to gain an upper hand on the marauding Indian brigade, following their emphatic eight-wicket win in the second T20 International in Guwahati. A spirited performance by the Australians meant that the visitors will surely have something to cheer for going into the series decider on 13 October in Hyderabad. While the Australians did cut a sorry figure for the in-form Virat Kohli side, the hosts wouldn't have been bothered by their opposition's win - their second on this tour. But, apparently there were some Indian fans who just found it too hard to come to terms with their team's defeat. © Reuters Taking matters in their own hands, the miscreants attacked the Australian team bus with stones to the sheer shock of the Australians, Indian cricketers and a billion fans in the country. The Australian side was on their way back after levelling the three-match series when their joy was overturned into a scary situation with a rock - roughly the size of a cricket ball - hurled at their bus which pierced the glass and shattered a window. Although no player was injured, it left the visitors zapped as it was the second time in two months that their bus was attacked. Last month, the Aussies witnessed a similar situation in Bangladesh. Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!! — Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) October 10, 2017 Opening batsman Aaron Finch shared a picture of the broken window, while Adam Zampa relived the "pretty scary" incident as he expressed his "disappointment". The Australian spinner later revealed the details of the incident before lauding the Indian fans for their passion towards the game. Adam Zampa discusses the incident which led to Australia's bus being damaged. READ MORE: — (@CricketAus) October 11, 2017 "Indian fans are so great to us which is one of the reasons why it's so hard to travel here. They're so loud, they love cricket and they're so passionate about it. So, one person to spoil that is disappointing. Guwahati doesn't get much cricket as it is so for one person to do that and to spoil it for the rest of the Indian fans, it's pretty disappointing," he told Cricket Australia. While the local police have already arrested two individuals and are now investigating into the matter, the Indian cricketers, fans and even politicians were quick to condemn the attack and rendered apologies to the visiting Australian team. We are a country that treats ours guests with great respect and hospitality. Contd — Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) October 11, 2017 The stone thrown at the Aussie team bus shows us in bad light, let's all act more responsibly. A vast majority of us are capable of that.ð — Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) October 11, 2017 Really unfortunate incident after a great game aimed to tarnish Guwahati's reputation as emerging sports hub. We strongly condemn it. (1/8) — Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) October 11, 2017 Guwahati stone-throwing incident NOT reflective of our security measures. Aus team & FIFA are content w/those. India remains a graceful host — Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) October 11, 2017 SHOCKING.Stone Thrown At Australian Team Bus Breaks The Glass. Come On Ppl, This Is Not How You Treat Guests#INDvAUS #INDvsAUSt20 #INDvsAUS — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) October 10, 2017 Fans apologising to team #Australia outside their hotel #INDvAUS #Guwahati #BarsaparaStadium — Vishal (@Vishal15067) October 11, 2017 Guwahati cricket fans with sorry placards apologizing to Aussies outside Radisson Blu hotel — Mriganka ð®ð³ (@Atheist_mrigen) October 11, 2017 Guwahati Fans — sanket s.phalsamkar (@sanketsphal) October 11, 2017
  4. NEW DELHI: India´s sports minister Wednesday sought to reassure Australian cricketers about their safety after a rock shattered a window on the bus taking them to their hotel following a series-levelling win in the second Twenty20 international. The incident in the northeastern Indian city of Guwahati was the second in two months, after Cricket Australia said in September that the team´s bus window was broken by a "small rock or stone" in Bangladesh after a Test match. "Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!!," batsman Aaron Finch tweeted after the eight-wicket win against India. The photo he posted on Twitter showed a shattered window pane with a large hole. Indian Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, an Olympic silver medallist in shooting, said there were tight security arrangements in place for the Australian team as well as for the players taking part in the Under-17 FIFA World Cup. "Personal security of visiting athletes & teams is extremely important for us," he tweeted. "Guwahati stone-throwing incident NOT reflective of our security measures. Aus team & FIFA are content w/those. India remains a graceful host." Two people have been arrested as police investigations into the incident continue, the Press Trust of India reported. Cricket Australia´s news site said no one was hurt when the window was broken by a rock roughly the size of a cricket ball, but the Australian players were "understandably shaken up". A CA spokesman told AFP they were "satisfied with the levels of security provided". Top Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said guests should be treated with respect and urged restraint from his countrymen. "The stone thrown at the Aussie team bus shows us in bad light, let´s all act more responsibly. A vast majority of us are capable of that," he wrote on Twitter. The final T20 game will be played in Hyderabad on Friday.
  5. PCB chairman Najam Sethi Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has asked fans to be patient and ?have faith? in the young Test side, which played and lost its first series after the retirement of the legendary duo of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan. In the absence of Misbah and Younis, Pakistan team ? comprised of mostly young players led by Sarfraz Ahmed in his first Test series as captain, lost both the matches against Sri Lanka, ending its unbeaten streak in the UAE since 2009. As heartbroken fans reacted to the whitewash, Sethi took to Twitter to urge the cricket-mad nation to give the team some time to stand on its feet. ?The boys won CT [Champions Trophy] for you,? he gave a very timely reminder. ?Hard to fill the vacuum of Afridi, Misbah & Younas overnight. Give them time to gel into Test form. Have Faith!? Pakistan were in with a chance of an upset victory when they resumed at 198-5 on Tuesday, with Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed knitting a fighting sixth wicket stand, needing a further 119 runs. But Sri Lankan off-spinner Dilruwan Perera broke the 173-run stand by dismissing Sarfraz for 68 while Shafiq fell for 112, ending Pakistan´s innings at 248 for a 68-run victory. Batting disappointed us, we were prepared: Sarfraz We have learnt a lot from the test series, says Test captain The defeat is Pakistan's first in ten series in the UAE, their adopted home since 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan team, which suspended international cricket back home. The defeat allowed Sri Lanka to replace Pakistan at number six in Test rankings, pushing their opponents to seventh. Pakistan and Sri Lanka now play a five-match one-day series, the first in Dubai on Friday. They also play three T20 internationals, two in Abu Dhabi and the last in Lahore.
  6. KARACHI/GUWAHATI: The Australian cricket team's bus came under attack while touring India, where stones were pelted after the team?s victory in their Twenty20 match against the hosts on Tuesday. Australia's T20 skipper Aaron Finch, member of the visiting team, posted a photo of the brick attack on Twitter. ?Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!!,? he tweeted. Captain David Warner, who was also on the bus, during the incident, retweeted Aaron's tweet. Earlier, Australia defeated India convincingly in the second T20 International in Guwahati to level the series 1-1. This is undoubtedly a grave security breach that questions BCCI as well as the security of the host nation. Ironically, just prior the incident, Harsha Bhogle tweeted: "Been around Indian cricket for a while but I haven't seen the kind of adulation I see in Indore, in Ranchi and especially here in Guwahati," the commentator said.
  7. Atiq-uz-Zaman KARACHI: Head coach of SSGC cricket team, Atiq-uz-Zaman on Tuesday lashed out at the Pakistan team management for ?misusing? fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who broke down towards the end of the Test series against Sri Lanka in UAE and was ruled out of the upcoming ODI series. ?The team management did not handle Mohammad Amir properly,? the departmental coach said, claiming that the bowler, who has represented SSGC in domestic cricket, was ?misused? and ?overworked?. ?He has been playing non-stop cricket,? Atiq-uz-Zaman pointed out, referring to Amir?s stint for Essex in English county cricket over the past few months. ?Amir has broken down. He plays with [tapes and bandages] on his body,? the coach lamented. Mohammad Amir in action against Sri Lanka ?He should only be made to play ODIs and T20s,? Atiq-uz-Zaman added. Amir was ruled out of the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka due to a stress injury in his right shin. He was taken off the field after bowling 19.3 overs in Sri Lanka?s first innings on Saturday, the second day of Dubai Test. A statement from the PCB said the pacer underwent MRI scans after complaints of pain in his shin and following the scans, he has been advised a rest of two to three weeks.
  8. LAHORE: A three-member team of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) will visit the United Kingdom to collect more evidence related to the Sharif family?s Avenfield apartments, sources informed Geo News on Monday. NAB Lahore Director General Major (retd) Shahzad Saleem has directed the team, which would be headed by Nadir Abbas, to collect further evidence related to the London properties of the Sharif family. According to sources, the three-member team has formally applied for British visas. Meanwhile, the accountability court has approved the NAB?s plea to declare Hasan and Hussain Nawaz proclaimed offenders and separated their proceedings in the three references filed against them. The accountability court is hearing a total of three corruption cases against the Sharif family filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court's judgment in the Panama Papers case. In response to the current development, Hasan Nawaz, son of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Nawaz Sharif and a respondent in the references filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against the Sharif family, said that NAB cannot declare him a ?proclaimed offender?. In a statement issued from London, Hasan Nawaz said he has not received any NAB summons at his residential address in London where he has been living for last 24 years. The former prime minister?s son said he is a British citizen and has never received the said summons according to British laws
  9. [embed_video1 url= style=center] KARACHI: The Pakistan hockey team left for Dhaka, Bangladesh on Sunday for participation in Asia Cup, scheduled to take place from October 11 to 22. Before departure, Head Coach Farhat said that 18 members are a part of the team and he is hopeful the team would clinch the trophy. Team Captain Mohammad Irfan said that attempts have been made to overcome the mistakes of the past. ?We ask the nation to pray for our victory,? said the team captain. The third match of the series will be played against India. Besides Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, China, South Korea, Japan, Oman and Malaysia are also participating in the Asia Cup. The 10th edition of the quadrennial event will take place at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium in Dhaka, returning to Bangladesh for the first time since 1985. Schedule released for Hockey Asia Cup 2017 Pakistan grouped with India, Japan and Bangladesh in Pool A Introduced in 1982, the inaugural Men?s Asia Cup was won by Pakistan, who also won the next two editions in 1985 and 1989. Since then, India (2003, 2007) and Korea (1993, 1999, 2009 and 2013) have also been champions in the nine editions played so far.
  10. BARCELONA: Spain could clinch their place in the 2018 World Cup on Friday but the figure of Gerard Pique has cast a shadow on their qualifier with Albania following Sunday´s highly-disputed independence referendum in Catalonia. Barca defender Pique, who voted in the banned referendum and has been outspoken about his home region´s right to decide on its future, was booed upon arrival at the team´s hotel in Alicante on Thursday by around 100 supporters, who urged him to quit the national team. Pique broke down in tears after Barcelona´s win over Las Palmas on Sunday, declaring "I am Catalan and feel Catalan" and offered to quit the Spain team if anyone in the side had a problem with his views. Pique also fiercely criticised the Spanish government and prime minister Mariano Rajoy after Catalan officials said over 840 people had been injured in clashes with police as they stormed polling stations across the region. The Barcelona defender was mercilessly booed by Spain fans during an open training session on Monday, prompting him to give a lengthy news conference on Wednesday to explain his views. He insisted he is still proud to represent his country, saying the national team is like a family to him and that he had the support of his team mates and coach Julen Lopetegui, who later gave the defender his backing in a radio interview. Last week, however, Spain captain Sergio Ramos criticised Pique for tweeting in favour of the referendum ahead of the World Cup qualifiers. "Pique´s tweet was not the best thing to do if he doesn?t want to be booed, perhaps the tweet is not the best thing for the group," said Ramos, who has been Pique´s centre back partner for Spain since 2012 and is set to play alongside him again against Albania. Pique and Sergio Ramos are centre back partners in Spain's defence Spanish media reported that Ramos admonished Pique when the Spain team met up on Monday although Pique said any talk of ill feeling with his team mate was untrue, adding that he gets on "phenomenally well" with Ramos and is working on a business project with the Real Madrid defender. Spain are three points clear at the top of their World Cup qualifying group and will seal their spot in Russia on Friday if they better Italy´s result against Macedonia. They travel to Israel on Monday for their final qualifier. Pique´s Barca team mate Sergio Busquets said he would never discuss politics, which was received in the Spanish media as a thinly veiled pop at the defender. "I only focus on playing football and I´m sure it´d be better if everyone else did the same," Busquets said in a radio interview. The midfielder backed Pique a day later, but said it was inevitable his team mate would face the wrath of some supporters against Albania. "I´m sure there will be people that boo Pique, this has been happening for a long time," Busquets said. "The booing affects us all, it´s not nice, we´re all on the pitch, it doesn´t just affect Pique and we don´t deserve it.
  11. ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan hockey team is set to leave for Dhaka, Bangladesh on October 8 for participation in Asia Cup, scheduled to take place from October 11 to 22. Secretary Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Shahbaz Ahmad Senior told APP that an 18-member Pakistan team would take part in the mega event, while five officials would also accompany the team. Shahbaz said he has high hopes from the team to reach finals of the Asia Cup. "Asia Cup would give players exposure and confidence for next year's World Cup to be held in India," he said. "Next year the national team will also be sent on tours to Australia and Europe to prepare for the World Cup," he said. Besides Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, China, South Korea, Japan, Oman and Malaysia are also participating in the Asia Cup. Speaking about the Pakistan Hockey League (PHL), he said PHL would be held next year with six franchise-based teams to participate in the inaugural edition. "PHL will be played from April 24, 2018 in four cities including Karachi, Lahore, Gojra and Faisalabad," he said. Each franchise would have three to four players in the team, he said. Players from Australia, Argentina and other foreign countries would also be participating in the league, he said. "Besides providing financial support to PHF, the league will prove a landmark in regaining lost glory of the national game. We are sure it will help rebuild our supremacy in the game internationally."
  12. Universal Pictures and Disney?s Buena Vista International are teaming for M Night Shyamalan?s latest movie, Glass. The movie is the sequel to Unbreakable (2000), which starred Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson, and will follow-up events from the movie Split (2017), which starred James McAvoy. Unbreakable was released by Disney's Touchstone label while Split was released by Universal. Shyamalan had sought Disney?s permission for a surprise cameo of Willis?s character from Unbreakable in Split. The cameo proved to be quite popular and led to fans wanting a sequel to filmmaker?s 2000 hit. The director shared the excitement of the first day of production on his social media account. He wrote: ?Day 1: Seventeen years in the making. #Glass? Earlier on, the director had hinted towards the sequel by sharing an image of a glass with Elijah?s [Samuel L Jackson?s character from Unbreakable] face on it. Unbreakable revolved around the life of a security guard David (Willis), who astonishingly emerges unscathed from a train crash. A comic book collector and connoisseur, Elijah (Samuel L Jackson), offers an unsettling explanation for this and David's life is changed forever. The following is the official synopsis of the upcoming movie: "From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast. Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb?s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men. This riveting culmination of his worldwide blockbusters will be produced by Shyamalan and Jason Blum, who also produced the writer/director?s previous two films for Universal. They produce again with Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock, and Steven Schneider, who will executive produce.
  13. Pictured left to right: Maryam, Safdar, Hussain and Hasan. LAHORE: A team of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore officials on Friday arrived at the residence of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif at Jati Umrah with bailable arrest warrants for his children and son-in-law, sources confided to Geo News. The accountability court, hearing corruption cases against the Sharif family, had on Tuesday issued bailable arrest warrants for Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam, sons Hussain and Hasan, and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar to ensure their presence. They had also been directed to submit surety bonds worth Rs1 million each. Bailable arrest warrants issued for Nawaz's children, son-in-law The accountability court has summoned the Sharif children on October 2 and directed them to submit sureties worth Rs1 million each Nawaz Sharif's personal secretary, Qamar Zaman, received the warrants from the six-member team led by a deputy director, which acted on the orders of the accountability court. Judge Mohammad Bashir of the accountability court had also ordered the Sharif children to appear before the court on October 2, the next date of hearing. At present, Hasan, Hussain and Maryam Nawaz are in London tending to their mother, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who is undergoing treatment for lymphoma. Safdar is also in London. Earlier on Friday, NAB sent the warrants to Pakistan HC in London. Nawaz delays visit to London The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader has delayed his plans to visit London after it was reported that his wife?s health has improved. Kulsoom Nawaz hospitalised again; undergoing checkup Former PM Nawaz Sharif's wife is in London undergoing treatment for lymphoma Nawaz was expected to leave for London on Thursday after it emerged that his wife was re-admitted to the hospital upon worsening of her condition, Geo News had reported. The medical condition of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz had deteriorated on Tuesday evening after which she was readmitted to the hospital. Sources informed that Kulsoom was admitted to the emergency unit of Princess Grace Hospital in London. Nawaz returned to Pakistan on September 25 and appeared before the accountability court a day after. The court will indict the ousted prime minister on October 2.
  14. The gold medalists include Erdemir Ali, Anael Ali, Khalid Aleem, Khadija Abdullah, and Muhammed Raid.Photo: Bushi Ban Pakistan Junior Karate Team KARACHI: A team from Pakistan secured five gold medals and overall third position in an international Karate competition held in Sri Lanka. The gold medalists include Erdemir Ali, Anael Ali, Khalid Aleem, Khadija Abdullah, and Muhammed Raid. The team, Bushi Ban Pakistan Junior Karate Team, along with teams from seven other countries participated in the 22nd Kensho International Open Karate Championship 2017. The participating teams hailed from Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. "We are glad to announce the marvelous victory of our Karate team in international championship held in Sri Lanka," read a press statement issued by the Bushi Ban Pakistan Junior Karate Team on Wednesday.
  15. DOHA: A Nepalese construction worker in Qatar was "sacked" the day after speaking to a UN delegation visiting the 2022 World Cup host country to examine labour conditions, sources told AFP. The incident is considered serious enough that the UN´s International Labour Organization (ILO) said it would be on the agenda when its governing body meets in two months to discuss an investigation into allegations of forced labour by Qatar. "The ILO has been following closely this case and continues to do so with a view to ensuring that the rights of this Nepalese worker are fully respected and protected," Corinne Vargha, director of the ILO´s international labour standards department, told AFP in a statement. The case was raised in a previous meeting of the ILO governing body in March 2017, Vargha said, in the context of a complaint against Doha for non-compliance with two ratified ILO international conventions -- namely the Forced Labour Convention and the Labour Inspection Convention. "The complaint will be further discussed by the Governing Body at its November 2017 session," she added. That meeting could see the ILO launch a formal investigation into Qatar over its treatment of migrant workers. The construction worker´s plight has also been confirmed by two separate unions. The incident occurred in March 2016, but could only now be reported because of sensitivities surrounding the case. It happened when a six-strong team from the ILO visited a Qatar labour camp. As well as losing his job after telling the UN body about unpaid wages and employers illegally holding his passport, the labourer was also handed a one-way ticket home to Nepal by bosses, unions said. Officials at the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) say the timing of the dismissal "indicates it was a retaliatory act by his employer". "This is a violation under international labour standards and contradicts the commitments Qatar has repeatedly made before the ILO," said ITUC head Sharan Burrow. The union said the 29-year-old worker never left Qatar, but was subsequently jailed for two weeks due to losing his work sponsor and faced a fine of 4,600 Qatari riyals ($1,240). Under the "kafala" system, the prevailing law at the time of the incident, all foreign workers in Qatar required a local sponsor in order to work and maintain residency. That sponsor, whether an individual or company, must grant permission for the labourer to switch jobs or leave the country. The Nepalese national was not working on a World Cup project. The man´s case was cleared earlier this year and he opted to stay in Qatar, working for a new employer and earning around 1,600 Qatari riyals ($430) per month. In response, Qatar´s labour ministry told AFP it was aware of the case and all issues had been resolved. It insisted the case began when the worker left his job in violation of Qatar´s residency and employment laws. "The worker has been granted legal status in Qatar and all financial disputes have been settled with his previous employer. "The Government can confirm that it has been in contact with the ILO about the resolution of this case," a ministry statement said. In recent years Doha says it has made great strides in labour relations, including reforms to ensure wages are paid promptly, improved accommodation and the abolition of kafala for a contract-based system. Migrant workers´ expert Nicholas McGeehan said the case demonstrated there remained real problems in Qatar´s treatment of labourers. "The reality is that Qatar´s reforms have been cosmetic and aimed not at improving the situation but rather at presenting a sense of progress."
  16. A device known as the Babypod 20, made from carbon fibre, is seen next to part of a Formula One car at Williams Advanced Engineering, in Grove, Britain - Reuters GROVE: A Formula One racing team is employing technology that helps racing drivers survive high speed crashes to create a new device that keeps newborn babies safe during emergency transportation. The device, known as the Babypod 20, is made from carbon fiber - the same material used in Formula One cars? bodywork. It can withstand a 20 g-force impact and provides newborns with a secure, temperature-controlled environment for ambulance transportation. It was designed and built by Williams Advanced Engineering, an arm of the UK-based Williams F1 team, in collaboration with healthcare firm Advanced Healthcare Technology (AHT). ?This challenge of providing a lightweight, strong pod to put infants in to be moved around is absolutely the same challenge, virtually, as we?re trying to tackle in the main chassis of a Formula 1 car,? Paul McNamara, Technical Director at Williams Advanced Engineering, told Reuters. ?We need it to be strong, light, and crash-proof.? There were 7,938 medical transfers of newborn children in the UK in the 12 months up to June 2017, according to the UK?s Neonatal Transport Group, a medical association specializing in the transporting children. Typically, providing emergency transport to newborn children requires the use of large incubators, which require a power supply and specialist vehicles. The pods are now being used by the UK?s Children?s Acute Transport Service. Eithne Polke, the service?s operational manager, said the design had ?made a big difference to our transportation processes?. Williams says it expects to make around 500 of the devices in the first year of production. F1 teams frequently put their engineering know-how to use outside the sport. Williams? rivals McLaren have applied data management and race simulation expertise to help London?s Heathrow airport improve movements on the ground and reduce the time spent by planes circling overhead. Williams previously developed a device to save money and energy by using aerodynamic technology developed through racing to keep more cold air inside open-fronted refrigerators.
  17. Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan locks arms with the players/Reuters Shahid Khan, American business tycoon of Pakistani descent and owner of NFL franchise Jacksonville Jaguars, joined players across the United States in protesting comments made by US President Donald Trump. Khan, NFL?s only non-white, Muslim team owner, was pictured linking arms with tight end Mercedes Lewis and linebacker Telvin Smith in opposition to what he said were ?divisive and contentious? tweets by Trump which called for players who failed to stand up for the national anthem to be struck off by the NFL. Around 27 players of Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars knelt for their clash at Wembley Stadium and Khan, who also owns Championship football club Fulham, defended his side?s actions. ?It was a privilege to stand on the sidelines with the Jacksonville Jaguars today for the playing of the US national anthem at Wembley Stadium,? he wrote. ?I met with our team captains prior to the game to express my support for them, all NFL players and the league following the divisive and contentious remarks made by President Trump, and was honoured to be arm in arm with them, their team-mates and our coaches during our anthem. ?Our team and the National Football League reflects our nation, with diversity coming in any forms - race, faith, our views and our goals." A wave of protests swept across the NFL on Sunday as President Trump escalated his feud with players who kneel during the US national anthem to draw attention to racial injustice. Trump ignited a firestorm of criticism when he urged fans to boycott the NFL as long as the protests continued. "If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!" Trump wrote. More than 150 players could be seen kneeling or sitting in the 14 games that took place Sunday, easily the largest such demonstration since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first began protesting in 2016. ?We have a lot of work to do, and we can do it, but the comments by the president make it harder,? said Khan. ?That?s why it was important for us, and personally for me, to show the world that even if we may differ at times, we can and should be united in the effort to become better as people and a nation,? he added. Khan, 67, was born in Pakistan and immigrated to the United States to study engineering at the University of Illinois during his late teens. He worked at the automotive manufacturing company Flex-N-Gate while attending university, before leaving to start his own venture, Bumper Works. The self-made billionaire has a net worth of $8.7 billion and employs over 13,000 people.
  18. Kiwi cricket coach Mark Coles will take charge of Pakistan women's team for the series against New Zealand next month, New Zealand media reported. Coles, who has coached extensively in the Northern Districts region of New Zealand, was named the new coach of Pakistan women at the suggestion of his friend Mickey Arthur. The newly appointed coach will arrive in Lahore in early October for a training camp, before heading to Dubai for the series against New Zealand women. Pakistan women had a dismal run at the ICC Cricket World Cup in England earlier this year, losing all seven of their matches and finishing eighth in the round robin. According to Coles, there are simple things that need working on. ?I think they just lost the big moments in those games. They played well, but when the big moments came they couldn't get the job done," quoted him as saying. Women Cricket: Pakistan to play New Zealand in Sharjah The first round matches will be played on October 31, November 2 and November 5 "Obviously the public just want them to win, like any international team. The team has been developing really nicely so hopefully we can continue that." Coles said the latest coaching gig will help his career as a coach, and he hopes to help improve a group of players who are on the rise in women's cricket. He will be replacing Sabih Azhar, who was the coach of the women?s team during the recent World Cup.
  19. PRAGUE: Roger Federer won the inaugural Laver Cup for Team Europe on Sunday, beating back a fierce challenge from players from the rest of the world to claim the trophy in a dramatic final match of the weekend. Despite cruising through the first two days, the Europeans needed the last match to finalise the victory and show the dominance expected from a team featuring five of the world?s top seven players. Federer delivered in a tight 4-6 7-6(6) 11-9 win over world number 20 Nick Kyrgios, with the Australian pushing to the final point as he sought a win that would have forced an overtime doubles match to decide the tournament. But Kyrgios squandered a chance at match point and then smashed the ball into the net to end the battle, spurring Federer?s European team mates, led by top-ranked Rafael Nadal, to leap off the bench and embrace the Swiss at the net. ?I was ready to go. I had to be. That is what a team member does. The boys played fantastic all weekend but we knew it could change very quickly on Sunday,? Federer said. ?I was looking at getting ready maybe for doubles at the end... But I got it done.? An earlier victory from big-hitting German Alexander Zverev also helped fight off the last-day comeback from Team World, which entered the day 9-3 down after dropping six of the first eight matches. With matches worth three points on Sunday - versus two on Saturday and one on Friday - the group battled back with Americans John Isner and Jack Sock downing Croatian Marin Cilic and Czech Tomas Berdych, who was playing in front of the hometown crowd at Prague?s O2 Arena. The American duo limited the hard-serving Europeans to three aces in a 7-6(5) 7-6(6) victory. Zverev, the youngest player in the top 10 at age 20, then faced Team World?s highest ranked player at number 16, Sam Querrey. He broke the American?s serve midway through the first set and never looked back en route to a 6-4 6-4 win. GIANT KILLER That left Nadal to face Isner, winless in six career meetings with the Spaniard. But the world number 17 rattled Nadal from the beginning and delivered a barrage of 23 aces and several forceful winners and drop shots. ?I walked to the court like I had absolutely nothing to lose and I just went for it,? Isner said. Federer then played hero, battling back after dropping the first set to Kyrgios who had looked to keep Isner?s giant-killing momentum going. The Laver Cup, named after Australian tennis hero Rod Laver, has won plaudits from the players. Matches were close despite fears they would be little more than an exhibition. Federer and Nadal, the game?s top two players who split this season?s four grand slams, teamed up on Saturday, putting aside a long-running rivalry to play doubles competitively for the first time, giving fans an eagerly anticipated treat. With next year?s play moving to Chicago, a John McEnroe-captained Team World will look to bounce back against Bjorn Borg?s Team Europe. ?We were so, so close to pulling this off,? McEnroe said.
  20. When it comes to modern-day cricket, only a handful of cricketers can stake claim to the kind of reputation Virat Kohli has earned in recent times. Whether it's his explosive batting or aggressive captaincy, the Indian captain continues to grow his fanbase in almost every corner of the world. Such has been his exploits on the cricket field, that even fans from countries other than India, have been gaga about the Delhi lad. His absence was sorely missed by the Pakistani fans who recently witnessed the return of international cricket through the Independence Cup. Reuters Pakistan's love for Kohli once again came to fore on the social media. You don't really see a situation where the fans from other countries would reject their own cricketer to pick a rival player. But, that's exactly what happened when a Pakistani Twitter handle ran a poll asking fans to choose between opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad and Kohli. While a lot of fan-accounts are often seen running such polls on the social media, the one started by 'All Pakistan Memes' grabbed everyone attention, not for the question they asked, but the kind response it garnered. While Kohli himself wouldn't have been surprised, the social media users - especially Indian fans - were absolutely stunned with the response. Let's settle this RT for ahmed shahzad Like for Virat kohli #PAKvsWorldXI — All Pakistan Memes (@allPakistanMeme) September 12, 2017 The fans were asked to 'retweet' if they thought Shehzad was better and 'like' if they felt Kohli was their man. What happened next just goes to show the love and admiration fans from other nations have for Kohli. On one hand, where the Pakistani opener received 321 votes (retweets), the Indian run-machine was chosen a whopping 6,442 (likes) times by the fans. Apart from the likes, the tweet also received over 200 comments with most Pakistani fans testifying that Kohli was miles ahead of any Pakistan cricketer. No comparison tbh! Kohli is a world class player! — Fazila ?? (@fazila_1996) September 12, 2017 It would've been better to compare Ahmad with Umar Akmal???? — Irsa (@xxirsa) September 13, 2017 They both are same??but one is the selfie master and the other is self obsessed! ?? — Irsa (@xxirsa) September 13, 2017 Shukar hai ham Pakistanio mai itni aqal hai. Everyone knows @imVkohli se @iamAhmadshahzad ka koi comparison nhi VK is already a Legend — Aqib Siddiqui (@Aqibleo13) September 12, 2017 THIS IS SO DISRESPECTFUL TO VIRAT KOHLI — Maryam (@BefourMaryam) September 12, 2017 Come on . Accept it , out of 100 times, 99.9% time one kohli is equal or above then 6 batsmen of Pakistan team frm past current & in future — NABEEL ZAHID (@nabz84) September 12, 2017 Kohli is way better We all in pakistan know that — Master Oogway (@calculus_guy) September 12, 2017 one is a cricketer and other is a cameraman — Adnan (@AdnanSundal) September 12, 2017 Why are you even comparing two different classes? Kohli is a class and Ahmed Shehzad is also a class.. third class ?? — Ahsan Shamoon (@hsanShamoon) September 13, 2017
  21. PRAGUE: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal took care of business in their singles matches before teaming up in an eagerly anticipated doubles pairing to extend Europe?s lead over players from the rest of the world in the inaugural Laver Cup on Saturday. The new team tennis event, kicking off in Prague and moving to the United States next year, was a first chance for the world?s top two players to play competitively side by side. Putting aside a rivalry rekindled this season after Spaniard Nadal and Swiss Federer swept all four grand slams, the pair outlasted and outclassed Americans Sam Querrey and Jack Sock to win 6-4 1-6 1-0(10-5) in the weekend?s headline match. The doubles victory put Team Europe up 9-3 going into the final day when the four matches are each worth three points. ?We will always forever be rivals as long as we are active. And after this we will be rivals again,? said Federer, ranked number two in the world and holder of 19 career grand slam titles to top-ranked Nadal?s 16. ?But this was something very special. Knowing you can trust him in the big moments, seeing his decision-making, seeing his thought process, it was very interesting.? ?It was definitely a different day to other days in my life,? he added. The Laver Cup, named after Australian tennis hero Rod Laver, is attempting to add new excitement to the sport in an already crowded calendar and was the brainchild of Federer and his sports management company Team8. The Europeans are the clear favorites with five of the world?s top seven players and have won five of the six singles matches in the first two days. In Saturday?s first match, Federer cruised through 6-4 6-2 against world number 16 Querrey. Nadal then glided through his first set before the hard-hitting Sock fought back to force a third set, which under the event?s rules is a rapid-fire, 10-point tiebreak. Sock, who had teamed up with Australian Nick Kyrgios on Friday to take down Nadal and Czech Tomas Berdych to get Team World?s only point on the opening day, again had to claw his way out of a hole. But Nadal kept his nerve and ended the match with a winner at the net on the sleek, black hardcourt at O2 Arena to win 6-3 3-6 1-0(11-9). In the evening session, Kyrgios defeated Berdych, taking late control to win 4-6 7-6(4) 1-0(10-6). Nadal and Federer capped the evening with a thrilling win over Querrey and Sock, even after an early miscue almost caused Nadal to hit his partner as they both went for an overhead smash. ?We played with too much energy, so went for everything,? Nadal said of the near-miss. After Federer served to take the first set, the American pair flew through the second 6-1 with some big serves. Two crushing winners at the net by Nadal gave him and Federer the momentum to take them easily through the tiebreak. Despite questions over competitiveness most matches have been tight and players have shown their approval. The Team World bench has stood out with players joking around, choreographing their celebrations after points and leading the crowd in the Mexican Wave.
  22. LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket team players reached the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, where they are to play the series against Sri Lanka. The national team arrived in Dubai today via Emirates flight 623. The team comprises 16 players and nine officials. The first Test starts in Abu Dhabi from Thursday (Sept 28). The second Test -- a day-night affair -- will be played in Dubai from October 6. The two teams will also play five one-day internationals and three Twenty20s, the last of which is scheduled to be in Lahore on October 29. The Test squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka was announced on Saturday, comprising five uncapped players including fast bowler Mir Hamza. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who put to rest fitness concerns after he nailed the tests, was selected in the squad, along with Azhar Ali, who has been struggling with a troubled knee but was cleared to play with the help of injections. Five uncapped players in Pakistan squad for Sri Lanka Tests Yasir Shah, Azhar Ali along with five fast bowlers included in the squad Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, addressing a press conference, announced the names of the 16 players in the squad, which includes a combination of five fast bowlers and two specialist spinners. Batsmen Haris Sohail and Usman Salahuddin have both played one-day internationals for Pakistan but are yet to make their Test debuts. Spin-bowling all-rounder Bilal Asif and left-arm Mohammad Asghar were the other players in the squad yet to play in Tests. Sarfraz Ahmed, already leading Pakistan in ODIs and T20 internationals, will lead the Test side for the first time. Earlier speaking at a press conference, he said the series against Sri Lanka will be a challenge for the team as the visiting side will give Team Pakistan ?a tough time?. The skipper said that the retirement of senior players, Younis Khan and Misbahul Haq, has left a void and the team will miss their presence in the coming tours. Sri Lanka will give Pakistan tough time, says Sarfraz Ahmed He added that the players and team management are on the same page and chief selector Inzamamul Haq gives importance to his opinions The series will be Pakistan´s first without stalwarts Younis Khan and former skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, who both retired following the team´s last series in the West Indies in May. Squad: Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain, wicketkeeper), Usman Salahuddin, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Abbas, Bilal Asif, Mir Hamza and Wahab Riaz.
  23. Arguably one of the most popular and equally consistent batsman in the modern era, Virat Kohli continues to dominate the opposition bowlers with his majestic stroke-making abilities. His knack of pacing his innings to good effect has earned him accolades from every corner of the world. A typical modern-day cricketer, Virat Kohli plays his game aggressively, bares his emotions loudly in public, and yet retains the element of maturity that forms an integral part of the great players. For a cricketer who was stuck with monikers such as brash and arrogant, Kohli has clearly come a long way to be recognised for his growing maturity and artistry with the willow. Irrespective of the presence, or absence, of any prolific player at the other end, Kohli has arguably become one of the most dependable batsmen in the Indian middle-order. His defensive technique is organised, his stroke-play all round the wicket is silken and he relishes performing when the pressure is on. © Reuters Currently ranked No. 1 in the list of ODI batsmen in both ODIs and T20Is, the 28-year-old is undeniably an ideal batsman for any side in international cricket. But, despite all his abilities, Kohli just doesn't seem good enough to make the cut for Steve Smith's dream team. Asked to pick his favourite Indian cricketers for his dream team, the Australian skipper chose Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh. But, to everyone's surprise, Smith ignored India's run-machine Kohli despite his ever-growing reputation as one of the world's best batsman in modern-day cricket. "I would have Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh in my team," Smith told reporters ahead of the second One-day International at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Quashing rumours of a personal battle between them, Smith said: "I think Virat is a terrific player and captain. What he has done with the Indian team has been exceptional. Personally I don't like battles with different players if that makes sense". © Reuters Talking about the India-Australia rivalry, Smith claimed that one of his aims is to win a Test series in India. "It is a massive rivalry and has been for so long. As a captain you would love to win a Test series here in India. It is one of the toughest places to come and play. The wicket is so different and there is always great cricket. This one-day and T20 series is no different," he said. Trailing 0-1 in the five-match ODI series, while Australia will be eager to bounce back when they lock horns with India in the second ODI at the Eden Gardens, Smith will be playing his 100th ODI today.
  24. PARIS: A graphic novel version of "The Diary of Anne Frank" by the creators of the Oscar-nominated film "Waltz with Bashir" will roll off the presses next month, its publishers said Monday. Writer-director Ari Folman and illustrator David Polonsky -- who made the acclaimed 2008 animated documentary about Israeli soldiers during the 1982 invasion of Lebanon -- are also making a film about Frank, to appear in 2019. The diary the German-born, Jewish teenager kept, while hiding in an Amsterdam attic in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands until her capture in 1944, is one of the most-read books in the world. Folman said he had some insight into Frank's suffering since his own parents were Holocaust survivors. "Anne and her family arrived at the gates of Auschwitz the same day my parents arrived there," the filmmaker said. Frank died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp sometime in early 1945, aged 15. The camp was liberated by British troops in April. Israeli-born Folman told AFP that when the Anne Frank foundation suggested they adapt the diary "our first response was, 'No way!'" -- for them, the diary was sacrosanct. But after thinking about for a while, they realised it would be crucial to bring the story to a new generation. 'Biting sense of humour' "I am afraid we are coming to a time when there will be no survivors of the Holocaust left alive, and no more witnesses to tell their stories," Folman said. "There is a severe threat that the things we have to learn (from the Holocaust) will not be taught and learned if we don't find a new language for them." The graphic novel will first appear in Dutch, German, French and Spanish in October with an English version following in the spring. The 160-page book is an abridged version of the original because "it would take more than 3,500 pages to fully adapt it", Folman said. However, several letters Anne Frank wrote to her imaginary friend Kitty have been included in full. And Folman said they had tried to "preserve Anne's rather biting sense of humour, her sarcasm and her obsession with food." The original "has a lot of humour," Polonsky said. "It is a beautiful work by a beautiful person ... and the best thing we can do is just carry on this spirit and treat it as a work of art, and I am not afraid to say that it should even be a bit of entertainment." The graphic novel will appear in around 50 countries from October, with publication in other languages coming later, a spokesman for the foundation told AFP.
  25. Ever since he announced his retirement from Test cricket, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has never been the same finisher he once used to be for the Indian cricket team. We have witnessed some recent sparks in his batting, but if you've ever seen Dhoni bat in his heydays, you'd agree his batting prowess that once produced shots at will and single-handedly dominated opposition bowlers, has arguably come down a notch. Many fans and even cricket pundits questioned if the former Indian captain would be able to sustain his spot in the team, let alone remain in contention for the 2019 World Cup. While Team India coach Ravi Shastri has vocally backed him to play the mega event, Dhoni's retirement from intertnational cricket is almost imminent post the 50-over ICC tournament. © Reuters As one of India's most popular and respected cricketer's career comes to a full circle, the Men in Blue have been left to find the best-suited replacement for the Jharkhand cricketer in the role of a finisher. While a lot of youngsters are being screened with adequate game-time, none of them have been able to match the exploits of Hardik Pandya who has arguably become one of the rising stars in international cricket. The Baroda boy has time and again proved his mettle to stake claim to Dhoni's throne as India's finisher in coming years. A glimpse of Pandya's finishing abilities were witnessed in the Champions Trophy earlier this year when he was sent ahead of Dhoni in a league match against Pakistan. In the tournament's final, his slam-bang batting was once again in full display when he went hammer and tongs at the Pakistani bowling attack and almost pulled off what would've surely been one of the most epic run-chase in recent years. If there was anything experts doubted, was probably Pandya's ability to construct an innings. © Reuters Now, fast-forward to Chepauk, your side is edging close to a shambolic collapse, first at 11/3 before sinking to 87/5, what would you do? You might have earned a reputation as a power-hitter, but while your team is trying to post a fighting total, a billion eyeballs are glued on you wondering if you know how to pace an innings. How would you weather the storm? Well, if you're Pandya, you can just simply prove everyone wrong by making a mockery of conventional selection principles. That's precisely what he did to the Australian bowling attack and single-handedly won India the first ODI of the five-match series. Wonderful to see the growth in Hardik Pandya. That was serious hitting — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 17, 2017 For Pandya, it was familiar situation, but with a significant twist. He was expected to go all guns blazing against the opposition bowling attack, but for that, he must soak the pressure and await the right moment to launch an onslaught. And, that's exactly what he did on Sunday. © Reuters The right-hander adjusted his batting style in accordance to the match situation. With the Steve Smith brigade looking to capitalise on India's early collapse, Pandya focussed on rotating the strike and repaired the innings to good effect alongside Dhoni who once again proved what a shrewd tactician he is. If his maturity early on impressed everyone, Pandya's exciting stroke-play enthralled the Indian cricket fans, yet again. The 23-year-old hammered a blistering 66-ball 83 at a strike-rate of over 120. Taking the Aussie bowlers to the cleaners, he smashed five fours and five sixes - including three consecutive strikes off Adam Zampa in the 37th over - in his explosive innings. 4th time Hardik Pandya had hit 3 consecutive sixes in International cricket this year - twice v Pak in CT, v SL in Test and today. #IndvAus — ESPNcricinfo_stats (@ESPNcric_stats) September 17, 2017 His quickfire knock finally came to an end against the same man he had embarrased in front of the Chidambaram crowd. Pandya had already smashed the Australian spinner for a six in the 41st over, when he went for another big slog on the fifth delivery, only to spoon it straight into the hands of the James Faulkner. © Reuters Many might argue his innings came to an abrupt end and could have possibly been a bit better, but Pandya had done his job. Not only did he bail out his side from the verge of a massive collapse, but he also gave remaining players a brilliant platform which was brilliantly capitalised on by Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. @hardikpandya7 You're genuine Hitter!! It's treat to see the way you build and speed up your innigsðð#fromHardikPandya'scity. ðð — deep Bhatt (@BhattDsb00715) September 17, 2017 His was an innings that highlighted his temperament. The one that showed a hot-head is equally capable of handling pressure in crunch situations. While Pandya will continue to learn from old warhorse Dhoni, his innings in Chepauk didn't just allow India to take a 1-0 lead in the series, but undoubtedly strengthened his position as India's next 'finisher' in limited-overs cricket.