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first_imgWindies embrace fans in fun day MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): West Indies players brought smiles to the faces of thousands of fans as they participated in the annual Family Day at the G event at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday. The day of fun was geared toward young fans and over 4,000 turned up at the iconic venue to be part of the festivities. The Australian team also participated as players signed autographs and took photographs. “It was a fantastic event for the players and the fans,” West Indies team spokesman Philip Spooner said. “The players were all delighted to see so many cricket lovers, young and old, from all walks of life and from several parts of the world, who came out to see the training session, and then participate in the day’s activities. “It was a great day with excellent weather at the MCG, as we build up to the Test match this weekend.” Father blocks player’s transfer to Liverpool BELGRADE, Serbia (AP): Marko Grujic may not be signing a seven million euros ($7.6 million) contract with Liverpool after all. The reason: His father keeps his passport. Red Star Belgrade, the 19-year-old Serbian midfielder’s club, has reportedly agreed on a five-year deal and he was to travel to Liverpool for medical check-ups. Grujic’s father, however, says he should remain at Red Star until the end of the season when his price will be bigger. “His passport is with me and he is not going anywhere,” Goran Grujic told Belgrade media. He accused Red Star management of forcing his son to leave because of the club’s deep financial problems. Red Star says in a statement yesterday that if it doesn’t get the funds from Grujic’s transfer, the club will collapse financially. Smith lifts Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): Australia Test captain, Steve Smith, has captured the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being honoured as the ICC Cricketer of the Year for 2015. Smith, 26, was the leading run-scorer in Tests during the period under consideration, compiling 1,734 runs from 13 Tests at an average of 82.57, with seven centuries and six half-centuries. He also gathered 1,249 runs at an average of just under 60, with four centuries and eight half-centuries from 26 one-day internationals. “Given that there are so many great players around the world, I’m incredibly honoured to receive these awards,” Smith said. “While team success is always my number-one motivation, awards like this are very special. I’m thrilled and very proud to receive them.” Meanwhile, South African AB de Villiers was voted ICC ODI Player of the Year, while fellow countryman Faf du Plessis won the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year for his 119 off 56 balls against West Indies in the second Twenty20 in Johannesburg last January.last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 9th January 2015 – In the wake of the terrorist attack on 7th January 2015 in Paris that left twelve people dead, Prime Minister Christie spoke to the issue the following day during his address at the opening of the first China/CELAC Forum in Beijing. He told delegates that The Bahamas stands in solidarity with the other speakers in condemning the Paris attacks and reiterated that CARICOM was a peace loving region that strives for the dignity of life for all peoples.“I also join the previous speakers in soundly condemning the terrorist attack that took place in Paris, France, yesterday. We are a peace-loving region, which aspires to a dignified life for all peoples” said the Prime Minister. Bahamas to take 15-member delegation to CARICOM meeting set in Mo’Bay, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting discussions conclude on high note Related Items:CARICOM, france, paris, perry christie, statement, terror UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesdaylast_img read more

Mistrust threatens to derail Rohingya repatriation move

first_imgIn this photo taken on 22 July 2019, Bangladesh police stand as they patrol inside Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. Photo: AFP“The Myanmar government has betrayed us many a time in the past. We don’t trust them anymore” said Joynab Begum, one of the 3,450 Rohingyas set to be repatriated on Thursday, after learning that she is on the list.Distrust of the Myanmar government runs deep among the Rohingyas, who have been forced to flee their homeland in Rakhine State over the years and live in cramped camps in Bangladesh.Dhaka and Naypyidaw signed a deal in 2017 on the repatriation of Rohingyas but there has been very little progress. A 2018 repatriation attempt was halted after protests by the refugees.The Human Rights Watch on Tuesday urged Myanmar and Bangladesh to suspend the latest plan “until the returns are safe, voluntary, and dignified”.“Myanmar is yet to address the systematic persecution and violence against the Rohingya. So, refugees have every reason to fear for their safety if they return,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, HRW’s South Asia director.Some of the Rohingyas included in the repatriation list reportedly demonstrated in front of camp-26 on Tuesday afternoon but the camp’s in-charge M Khalid Hossain insisted that there had been no protests.In this file picture taken on 9 November 2017 Rohingya Muslim refugees who entered Bangladesh by boat walk towards refugee camps after landing at the Saplapur beach in the Teknaf district. Photo: AFPBangladesh is currently hosting 1.1 million Rohingyas, most of whom came crossed the border after Myanmar military launched a brutal attack targeting the minority Muslims on 25 August 2017.The refugees and rights groups have accused the army and its local collaborators of killing, rape, torture, arson and loot –- charges Naypyidaw denies. The then top UN human rights official described Myanmar’s treatment of the Rohingyas as “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.State-sponsored discrimination against the Rohingyas stretches back decades and they are denied citizenship. The HRW says the remaining Rohingyas in Rakhine State are confined to camps and villages with no basic freedoms.Refugees on the repatriation list have raised a few demands before they willingly return. Some of them told UNB that their demands include granting them citizenship, giving back their belongings and houses, releasing imprisoned Rohingyas, trials for killing and rape, and assurance of free movement and security.In this file picture taken on 9 October 2017 a Rohingya refugee reacts while holding his dead son after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang. Photo: AFPThe UNHCR interviewed Rohingyas on the final list at camps 24, 26 and 27 on Tuesday morning. Leaflets were also distributed in the camps on behalf of UNHCR and the government containing information about the repatriation.M Zubair, a resident of block-A of Shalbon camp told UNB that an UNHCR team came looking for family data card. “I didn’t know anything about repatriation but later learned that my name was on the list,” he said.This photo taken on 21 July 2019 shows a general view of the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. Photo: AFPWhen asked if he was willing to return, the Buchidong resident said: “I’ll go back only when citizenship is granted, and security as well as rights to free movement are ensured. My land and belongings must be returned. Otherwise, we’ll surely be killed. In that case, it’ll be better to die here.”Hasina Begum, who is also on the list, echoed Zubair.The HRW said conditions in Rakhine State are not conducive for voluntary, safe, or dignified repatriation of Rohingya and accused Myanmar of doing nothing to improve conditions or address the root causes of the crisis.Meanwhile, refugee, relief and repatriation commissioner Abul Kalam said preparations for sending back the Rohingyas are complete. “We’re optimistic about Thursday’s repatriation programme,” he said.last_img read more

Of love in times bygone

first_imgThe love story between a courtesan and a revolutionary young man was the subject of Janhaar, the play written by eminent writer and theater personality Qudsia Zaidi, performed at the Sri Ram Centre on the fourth day of the 26th Urdu Drama Festival. The six-day festival is being presented by the Delhi government’s Department of Art, Culture & Languages in association with Urdu Academy.Narrated in a unique style, with colours of humour, wit and dance, the play tracks the story of Tawaef Zareena, a beautiful dancer in the times of Nawaabs and Zamindars, who has charmed many a heart with her beauty and sensual art. The story revolves around how different men try to win her heart and outdo each other. The special focus is on the love of Javed, a maverick young man. Presented by Living Opera Theatre, the play was directed by Sheikh Khairuddin.The six-day festival being presented by Delhi Government’s Department of Art, Culture & Languages in association with the Urdu Academy is paying tribute to Abbas and Qudsia Zaidi, the pioneer of Hindustani theater. On the fifth day of the festival, Qudsia’s play Khalid ki Khala, directed by Chander Shekhar Sharma, was performed by the Mask Players Art Group. The festival will end on Saturday with Qudsia’s play Dhoban ko Kapre Diye, directed by Danish Iqbal and presented by the Social Pride Welfare Society.When: On till 18 October Where: Sri Ram Centrelast_img read more

Arms and ammunition seized in Kalyani

first_imgKrishnagar (WB): Several arms and ammunition were recovered from a house during a raid at Atghara in Nadia district, the police said. Acting on an information, police raided the area under Kalyani police station and recovered two firearms and 36 cartridges of various weapons from the house of one Arun Mondal on Monday, Superintendent of Police Nadia Rupesh Kumar said. Mondal was arrested.last_img