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Russell stars but Thunder lose again

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Not even a fine all-round effort from West Indies star Andre Russell was enough to save Sydney Thunder from crashing to a 30-run defeat to Perth Scorchers, in the Australian Big Bash here yesterday.Chasing 176 for victory at the Sydney Showground Stadium, Thunder slumped to 17 for two in the third over before crawling to 145 for nine off their 20 overs.The 27-year-old Russell unfurled a whirlwind 42 off 20 deliveries with five sixes but wickets continued to fall as Thunder slid to their third straight loss, leaving them fourth in the BBL standings.With their victory, Scorchers moved to the top of the standings on eight points along with Adelaide Strikers but with a superior net run rate.Sent in, Scorchers recovered from a position of one run for two wickets in the second over to rally to 175 for five off 20 overs.The revival came through Cameron Bancroft who struck 72 off 53 balls in anchoring two key stands. He first put on 63 for the third wicket with Shaun Marsh, who hit 28 from 22 balls and a further 105 for the third wicket with Ashton Agar, who blasted 68 off 34 deliveries.Pacer Russell, who knocked over Michael Klinger with the third ball of the game without a run on the board, returned to claim Bancroft in the penultimate over and end with two for 31 from four overs.In reply, Thunder lost South African Jacques Kallis (7) and Aiden Blizzard (7) cheaply to left-arm seamer Jason Behrendorff before Russell came to their rescue with his cameo.RUNRATEHis first nine deliveries yielded eight runs without a single boundary, but with the required run rate jumping to 13 at the end of the 11th over, Russell launched an all-out assault.He twice cleared the ropes with left-arm spinner Brad Hogg in the 12th over, which went for 16 runs, and then smashed leg-side sixes off English left-arm seamer David Willey in the next over, which also cost 16 runs.It took the return Behrendorff and a stunning catch from Joel Paris at fine leg to account for Russell in the 14th over with the score on 97 for five.Once he departed, the innings lost momentum, with four more wickets falling for the addition of just 40 runs.last_img read more

Annisuls first namazejanaza in London today

first_imgAnnisul HuqThe first namaz-e-janaza of mayor Annisul Huq will be held at the central mosque (known as Regent park mosque) of London after Friday’s Jumma prayers.His body will arrive in Dhaka around 11:00am on Saturday.Speaking to Prothom Alo, an official at the Bangladesh High Commission in London confirmed it.The official said a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines is scheduled to take off from Heathrow airport in London at 6:00pm today (Friday).The flight is to carry the body of Annisul to Bangladesh, the official added. If everything goes well, Annisul’s body will reach Dhaka at 11am on Saturday.Dhaka North City Corporation mayor Annisul Huq passed away on Thursday night.   Read more..Mayor Annisul no morelast_img read more

Lebanon PM resigns fearing assassination

first_imgThis file photo taken on 3 November, 2016 shows Lebanon`s new prime minister Saad Hariri speaking to journalists following his nomination at the presidential palace in Baabda, near Beirut. Photo: AFPLebanese prime minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation Saturday, citing Iran’s “grip” on the country and threats to his life.”I announce my resignation from the post of prime minister,” he said in a speech broadcast from Saudi Arabia by the Al-Arabiya news network.”I felt what was being covertly plotted to target my life,” Hariri said.The two-time prime minister, whose father Rafik held the same position for years and was assassinated in 2005, accused Iran and its powerful Lebanese Shiite ally Hezbollah of seeking hegemony in the region.The 47-year-old Sunni politician’s resignation comes less than a year after his government, to which Hezbollah’s political wing belongs, was formed.”Iran has a grip on the fate of the region’s countries… Hezbollah is Iran’s arm not just in Lebanon but in other Arab countries too,” he said.”In recent years, Hezbollah has used the power of its weapons to impose a fait accompli,” he said, reading a speech from behind a desk.Hariri accused Tehran of “sowing discord among the children of the same nation and creating a state within the state… to the extent that it gets the final say on how Lebanon’s affairs are run.”Hezbollah is a vital ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the war the Syrian regime is waging against the Islamic State group and armed opposition movements.It enjoys broad support from Iran and is the only Lebanese party to have kept its weapons after the 1975-1990 civil war.Its arsenal has since grown exponentially and now outstrips that of the nation’s own armed forces.- Impact of resignation -It claims it is the only credible rampart against neighbouring Israel and its refusal to disarm is the main political crux in Lebanon.Hezbollah members have been accused over the 2005 assassination in a massive car bomb blast of Rafik Hariri, the dominant figure of Lebanon’s post-war political landscape.He made his fortune in Saudi Arabia, where his son Saad was born. Riyadh is Iran’s main regional rival and the two powers’ tussle for influence has played out in ongoing conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.The office of Lebanese President Michel Aoun, a veteran Christian leader allied to Hezbollah, issued a statement confirming Hariri had tendered his resignation.”President Aoun is waiting for Hariri’s return to Beirut to enquire about the circumstances of his decision and decide on the next steps,” a statement said.Hariri said in his speech that the political climate in Lebanon was reminiscent of that which prevailed before his father was killed.The February 2005 assassination triggered political upheaval that led to Syria’s military withdrawal from Lebanon.Walid Jumblatt, one of Lebanon’s political heavyweights and the country’s most prominent Druze leader, said Hariri’s resignation could adversely affect a country already under huge strain.He argued it was the latest manifestation of the tug-of-war between Saudi Arabia and Iran and called for intensifying diplomatic efforts to solve the feud.”Lebanon is too small and vulnerable to bear the economic and political burden that comes with this resignation,” he said on social media. “I will continue to call for dialogue between Saudi Arabia and Iran.”last_img

TrumpBlack Pastors Meeting Draws Fire from Baltimore Black Clergy

first_img“…the kind of vile, bitter and polarizing campaign that Donald Trump has conducted says to me that he should almost be a pariah and not one you should entertain in a conversation…”- Rev. Dr. Alvin C. Hathaway Sr. (Courtesy photo)On Nov. 30 at Trump Towers in New York, Donald Trump met with a group of Black pastors from around the country. The meeting between Trump and the clergy was organized by the Rev. Darrell Scott, senior pastor of the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.The meeting was originally billed as an endorsement for Trump and was to include a press conference where the Pastors would announce said endorsement. After several pastors vocally complained that they were there simply to meet with Trump and not endorse him, a scheduled press conference was cancelled and the meeting was closed to the press.Trump appeared in the lobby of his hotel after the meeting surrounded by several Black pastors, including Scott and the Rev. Omarosa Manigault, stating that he had gained the support of an undisclosed number of Black preachers from the productive meeting.Many Black pastors around the country were vehemently against this sit down with the polarizing republican presidential candidate. Over 100 Black religious leaders, including the Rev. Lawrence W. Rodgers, pastor of the Westside Church of Christ in Baltimore, wrote an open letter in Ebony magazine objecting to the meeting.“Mr. Trump routinely uses overtly divisive and racist language on the campaign trail,” the letter stated. “Most recently, he [said] his supporters were justified for punching and kicking a Black protester who had attended a Trump rally with the intent to remind the crowd that ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Trump followed this action by tweeting inaccurate statistics about crime prevalence rates in Black communities — insinuating that Black people are more violent than other groups.”Rev. Dr. Alvin C. Hathaway Sr., of Union Baptist Church in Central Baltimore, said in an interview with the AFRO, “My first reaction is for Black pastors to single out one candidate to meet with and interview is somewhat suspicious and could be construed that they’re being used by the candidate. I also think to recognize the kind of vile, bitter and polarizing campaign that Donald Trump has conducted says to me that he should almost be a pariah and not one you should entertain in a conversation unless he, in biblical terms, repents on his ways that are not wholesome and redeeming. When I first heard about this meeting my first reaction was much ado about nothing, these are not politically or socially active ministers that you would know of, there were some that had name recognition or were noteworthy but it almost appeared that when questioned everyone backed away from the fact that they were meeting with Trump to endorse him to then just wanting to hear him.”The Rev. Jamal H. Bryant, pastor of The Empowerment Temple in West Baltimore, said he was invited to the meeting but instead declined to meet with Trump and took to social media to speak out against the meeting. Bryant accused the preachers of “selling out” to Trump, called them “pawns” and on Twitter compared them to prostitutes writing “Prostitutes for Trump … don’t let Black pulpit become a pole.”Bryant went on later to write about the event, “They initially boasted 100 endorsements, and then they had just three. They shifted it from a press conference to a meeting. En masse, they were backpedaling. It shows the power of social media.”Scott fired back at Bryant on Twitter by writing, “For respectable Preachers to be called ‘Prostitutes on a pole’ is very insulting, demeaning and misogynistic to say the least. If Trump called Black Preachers ‘Prostitutes on a Pole’ the entire nation would be in an uproar! #BlackPreachersMatter.”Bryant stood by his statements in an interview on CNN that evening and went on to say “I want to apologize because prostitutes get money and the 100 that went in there walked away with nothing. They did it for free, so there’s another word for that and I would not use that language on a family channel.” Pastor Heber M. Brown III, pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, said in an interview with the AFRO, “I’m not surprised that there were a group of pastor’s willing to meet with him.” He added, “It seems that many in our community can be excited, especially around election time, about access to what they perceive as power, but when that access has this type of track record it has to raise questions and concerns.”last_img read more