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Scandal in Greece: Olympiacos would be demoted

first_imgNow the middle of Greece SDNA reports on this occasion that an investigation by a member of the Greek Code of Conduct has concluded that There are reasonable suspicions against the club and its president. It even points to three games from Olympiacos and one from Panathinaikos, at that time rival of the Piraeus club, like the rigged.Marinakis, also owner of the Nottingham Forest of the Championship, could be disqualified for life and Olympiacos sentenced to pay a fine of three million euros. The Olympiacos is close to being relegated to the Greek second division and its president and owner, Evangelos Marinakis, suspended for life by match-fixing scandal. The investigation dates back to a February 2015 league game: Olympiacos-Atromitos (2-1). The match was investigated at first but then the Greek Football Federation decided to close the case.last_img read more

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Journalists End Training on Security Info Gathering

first_imgSeveral journalists, particularly those assigned to cover justice and security issues, on Saturday December 17, completed a two-day seminar held under the theme, “Media Coverage of Justice and Security Institutions.”Topics covered during the gathering were how to access information from security institutions, information considered as classified and basic criminal justice terminologies.The training was held at the office of the Center for Criminal Justice Research and Education on Camp Johnson Road. It was organized by the Liberia National Law Enforcement Association (LINLEA).The seminar provided an opportunity for journalists and directors of public affairs of law enforcement agencies for the first time to discuss challenges and find ways to cover security related matters.Those public affairs directors that attended and made presentations were Sam Collins of the Liberia National Police (LNP), James T. Kpadeh of the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) and Mrs. Jasseh Ganyan of the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS).LINLEA’s president Cecil B. Griffiths said the intent of the training was to bring the public affairs directors and journalists together to resolve constraints encountered by journalists in accessing information from law enforcement agencies.“One of your major challenges is the lack of information sharing, and the need for cordial working relationship between the public affairs directors and the journalists,” Griffiths.In separate remarks, Collins, Kpadeh and Ganyan lauded the organizer and promised to ensure that the lessons learnt would be implemented by their respective bosses.“Law enforcement agencies and journalists need to cooperate to facilitate each other’s work,” said LNFS press director Ganyan.Meanwhile, in her remarks, journalist Victoria Wesseh of the Analyst Newspaper described the training as a “way forward for both the law enforcement agencies and journalists.”She called on heads of law enforcement agencies not to see journalists as their “enemies, but to consider them as partners in keeping our country peaceful.”“We are not your enemies. We are only doing a professional job to ensure that our country is stable,” Wesseh assured.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Landis won’t tour France this year

first_imgPARIS – Floyd Landis will skip the Tour de France – and all races in France this year – as part of an agreement with French doping authorities in a case that could strip him of cycling’s most prestigious title. Last year’s Tour champion had hip-replacement surgery 4 months ago and was unlikely to have competed in this year’s Tour. He agreed Thursday not to race again in France until 2008, and in return the French anti-doping agency postponed its decision on whether to suspend him from competing in France for a maximum of two years because of a positive doping test. Landis will go before the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on May 14 and, following that, the AFLD will deliver its verdict in June. “We will let Landis defend himself as he wishes,” Bordry said. The American, who has denied wrongdoing, did not appear at Thursday’s meeting of the AFLD’s nine-member panel, but sent a lawyer who read his request for a delay. In the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, Landis said the parallel cases in France and the United States were complicating matters. He asked the French agency to hold off until after the U.S. agency rules. The USADA will hold its hearings May 14. “In this case, and in order to avoid any misunderstanding, I agree to voluntarily not participate in any professional or amateur cycling event in France until December 31, 2007, and in particular the Tour de France 2007,” Landis said in the letter. Bordry said Landis deserves to be heard by the USADA. However, Bordry echoed Tour de France president Christian Prudhomme’s sentiment that the American agency was dragging out its process. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “Floyd is pleased that the AFLD has agreed with his counsel’s request that they suspend this proceeding,” spokesman Michael Henson said. Earlier, AFLD president Pierre Bordry said Landis “understood perfectly that if he didn’t act today, we would start the procedure immediately.” last_img read more

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Gor to face Morocco’s Berkane in CC quarters

first_img0Shares0000Gor mahia players celebrate Francis Kahata’s goal against NA Hussein Dey in a CAF Confederations Cup match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on February 24, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 20 – Record Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia will face Moroccan side RS Berkane in the quarter finals of the CAF Confederations Cup after the draw was conducted on Wednesday evening in Cairo.Gor secured a first ever slot in the quarter finals of the continental championship after finishing second in Group D following their last day 1-0 win over Angola’s Petro Atletico at the Kasarani Stadium last Sunday. “I had a feeling we would get a team from Morocco. I know it is going to be tough because North Africa is never an easy ground but we will prepare well for them. Now the homework is get to watch some few games and know how they play,” Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay said.He added; “At Gor we don’t have such technology to track opponents but we will work with what we have. I know we have lost matches in North Africa but this time, it will change. We are determined to make more history for Kenyan football.Gor will start the tie at home on April 7 before playing the return leg in Berkane a week laterBerkane who were promoted to the top tier in the 2012/2013 season lie ninth currently in the Moroccan Botola league with 27 points off 21 matches and have lost their last two domestic matches.The Moroccans topped their group with 11 points having won three matches, drawn two and lost one. They were in the same group with local rivals Raja Cassablanca, Hassania Agadir and Congo’s Otoho.They beat Hassania home and away, beat Otoho at home and drew away, lost 4-2 away to Raja and drew at home.Elsewhere, Musa Mohammed and Duncan Otieno’s Zambian employers Nkana will face a trip to Tunisia to take on CS Sfaxien, the only unbeaten side from the group stages.Full drawNkana FC (Zambia) v CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia) v Al Hilal (Sudan)Hassania Agadir (Morocco) v Zamalek (Egypt)Gor Mahia (Kenya) v RS Berkane (Morocco)-More to follow0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Heading out early, and coming back late

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Though the Automobile Club of Southern California, which also provided the 3.1 million total travelers figure, marks Los Angeles gasoline prices at $3.372 per gallon, drivers are out in droves. Filling up costs 92 cents more per gallon than the same time a year ago, but AAA expects 2.5 million people to drive this weekend. While that puts more wheels on the road, Auto Club spokesman Jeff Spring noted that this so-called “vacation creep” spreads the traditional stress on freeways across a wider time span. “It’s no longer a three-day holiday for people,” he said. “It’s a four-day weekend, or for some, it becomes a five-day vacation.” Those people took off Friday from Los Angeles International Airport, which spokeswoman Nancy Castles said should see 800,000 travelers this weekend alone. Short hauls to Las Vegas, San Francisco and Phoenix seemed particularly popular. According to the Good Sam Club, campgrounds expect up to 20 percent increase in visits from last year, and advance reservations have increased 7 percent in the same span. Even with run-ups at the pump bumping fuel bills up as much as $900 annually for recreational vehicle users, the Ventura-based group expects they’ll be out in force this weekend. Phones rang unanswered on Friday, office lights stayed dark, work got pushed aside or sped up as Gone Fishin’ signs – or a reasonable modern facsimile – arose to announce a holiday weekend begun early. Nearly 3.1 million Southern Californians headed out for a little relaxation for Memorial Day weekend. Many took off Thursday night; others postponed until today and planned to check back into reality Tuesday. “It’s the vacation creep, the time-off creep,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “We’re working very hard, but when we get a chance to play, we’re playing equally hard.” And plenty of them appear to have headed out early, which executive director Sue Bray chalked up as “a Southern California thing.” “Today’s families are more focused on family than jobs or careers,” Bray said. “We’re very time-impoverished, especially with both parents working. Thirty, 40 years ago, when there were more stay-at-home moms, vacation for Dad was just coming home from the office. Now, people want more quality family time.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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‘He’s clearly a panic buy’ – Celtic fans blast bid for transfer target

first_imgI rate McKenna as a young player, but he isn’t a ball playing center back which we are crying out for if Rodgers is wanting to play it out from the back. He’ll just be another “project”. If we sign him then I hope I’m proved wrong. Was hoping Diego Reyes would be looked at too.— Dave (@itsDJLx) August 22, 2018 Celtic have endured a tough few months in the transfer window, with just four players brought to Parkhead.Brendan Rodgers has struggled to push deals over the line for some of his key targets, and with Dedryck Boyata, the centre-back, looking likely to leave Celtic before the window shuts, Rodgers is now on the lookout for a new defender. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Kolo Toure/Boyata/Sviatchenko > Simunovic/Hendry/McKenna.Please Celtic just recognise it’s an absolutely crucial position on the pitch.— Stand Up For Celtic (@StandForCeltic) August 22, 2018 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Rodgers is always talkin about takin time to get the right type of player in etc. But to me McKenna seems like a panic buy.— -=[[Richy]]=- (@NaziBasher) August 21, 2018 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest transfer news REVEALED I actually wouldn’t mind McKenna as long as we get another experienced one aswell. If we only get McKenna and nobody else i can see this being rodgers’ last season— lynchy (@stephenlynch81) August 21, 2018 £5 million for Jeffrey Bruma. Wolfsburg willing to sell him. Celtic bid £3.5 million for Scott McKenna. Aberdeen not willing to sell and want £10 million. I know who I’d rather have. Pay the extra £1.5 million Celtic and bring in Bruma.— CelticLisboa (@CelticLisboaa) August 22, 2018 1 Scott McKenna of Aberdeen has emerged as the player Rodgers is looking at, and talkSPORT told you earlier today that the Dons have rejected a £3.5million bid from Celtic for the Scotland international.There is just over a week to go until the window closes at the end of the month, and though Aberdeen have made it clear they will NOT sell McKenna, Celtic are expected to return with a new approach in the coming days. Such news has not got the Parkhead faithful raising the rafters, with many fans bemoaning a move for a player who has just 30 Premiership appearances to his name.Supporters took to social media to react to the reports of the rejected bid, and you can see some of the best comments below… LIVING THE DREAM McKenna has quickly establishied himself as one of the best defenders in Scottish football Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing center_img targets three-way race Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer I’m sorry but no one is gonna convince me that #McKenna is the man that Brendan Rodgers wants— Robbie Dingwall (@Rdings95) August 21, 2018 Definition of panic….offering the sheep 3.5M for McKenna 😯 Please Celtic,don’t make this another McGinn saga.They’ve ko’d bid,walk away !— Celtic Symphony (@DM8883) August 22, 2018 IN DEMAND McKenna is clearly a panic buy..If Rodgers thought McKenna was good enough he’d have signed him before we got KO’d from Europe— McMighty (@mmcfadden1980) August 22, 2018 LATEST TOP WORK Rodgers wants to progress in Europe and take Celtic forward but is sanctioning a deal for Mckenna, McGinn was be all and end all and persists with Hendry and Lustig. Sound mate— Kiero (@HigginsKieran) August 21, 2018 RANKED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father I assume this stuff about McKenna is a bad joke? Or are we trying to get Rodgers to walk away?— Pol MacFhionnghaile (@mcginleybhoy) August 21, 2018 Celtic are actually going after a bang-average Aberdeen defender who’s hamstring went twang against Rangers and is out injured for months. McKenna, Morgan, Christie…some amount of players they’ve signed who’ll never play for Rodgers.— Staunchius (@StaunchusPilate) August 21, 2018 McKenna. That’s the level of our recruitment? The club, including Rodgers, have known since last summer the difficult route we’d face attempting to get back into Europe. It’s either arrogance or stupidity that’s put us in this position.— WhatTheHellDoWeCare (@utlr1888) August 21, 2018 targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star moving on last_img read more

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Connect Mental Health event to take place this weekend

first_imgThe Connect Mental Health community conference ‘Inspire Hope’ will take place in the Abbey Arts Centre Ballyshannon this Saturday 8th October with guest speakers including Olympic silver medalist Kenneth Egan, best selling author and model Alison Canavan, mental health expert Dr. Keith Gaynor and more. The event is free to attend and is aimed at the north west community and is of interest to anyone who wishes to learn more about their mental health and wellbeing.Attendance at the Conference on Saturday is free and founder of Connect Mental Health Ciaran McLoone said this week that he hopes the Inspire Hope conference will provide those attending with a better understanding of their own mental health and how to help and support others who maybe experiencing difficulties. ‘ The event is being run for the benefit of the people of the North West and I know from personal experience how important it is to look after your own mental health’.The conference on Saturday will commence at 1pm. To attend you can either register online in advance on the Connect Mental Health website or at the door on the day.Speakers: Kenneth EganKenneth Egan has competed at the highest level in his sport of amateur boxing, the pinnacle being the Silver medal at the Beijing Olympic Games 2008. He has represented his country over 200 times.Kenneth has also had his fare share of adversity and struggled with alcohol addiction for many years whilst competing but ultimately came to an end when he faced his demons head on two years after return from the games.Alison CanavanAlison Canavan is an award winning author of wellness book “Minding Mum” and a health and wellness coach. Having travelled the world as one of Ireland’s most successful international models for nearly two decades, in recent years she has devoted her time to her greatest passion: true health and wellbeing.Alison has become a much sought after motivational speaker and regularly does talks on mental health and wellbeing in schools, corporates and events around the country and is a regular contributor to radio and TV shows nationwide.Robert CarleyRobert’s communication style has made him a sought after speaker for conferences and seminars and he delivers his message of “easy to do” life changers with honesty and humour. That’s what he does for a living, but for a life he is “Dad” to five amazing young adults.Robert delights in sharing the lessons he has learned in life (through both good times and bad times) and is convinced that learning through laughter is a great recipe for change. Dr. Keith GaynorDr Keith Gaynor works as a senior clinical psychologist in the Outpatient Department of St John of God Hospital, Stillorgan. He specialises in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) treatments of anxiety and depression. Keith trained at King’s College London and University College Dublin.He has written widely in academic journals on the topic of CBT and is a regular contributor to the Irish media, including The Tubridy Show, Prime Time and The Irish Independent, on issues of mental health.Donal ScanlanDonal Scanlan is the Project Manager for Mental Health First Aid Ireland.  MHFA is internationally available in over 23 countries with well over 1 million people trained worldwide.Donal has worked as a mental health professional for over 15 years and has campaigned for mental health awareness, anti-stigma campaigns and well-being on local and national stages; talking regularly in schools, colleges and communities about his own mental health and well-being Breifne EarleyIn October 2010, stuck in a negative work environment, severely overweight, single, and feeling the world and would be better off without him, Breifne Earley made the decision to end his own life. Less than five years later he was first across the finish line of the longest endurance sports event in the world, the 30,000km long World Cycle Race.Breifne tells the extraordinary and inspirational story of how one man stepped back from the brink of suicide, redesigned his life and then spent sixteen months cycling through 27 countries on 5 continents with 3 robberies, 3 crashes and 44 flat tyres to become a living, breathing example of the life-saving message “It’s okay not to feel okay.”Tara WestTara West had already established a career as an advertising copywriter in Belfast when she wrote her first novel, Fodder. The book was published by Blackstaff Press to widespread critical acclaim and established her reputation as a talented new Irish voice.Her second novel, Poets Are Eaten as a Delicacy in Japan, was published by Liberties Press in 2013 and was described by Ian Sansom as ‘the funniest book written by a Northern Irish author this century’. Liberties will publish her memoir about depression and recovery, Happy Dark, in 2016. Tara also runs memoir-writing workshops, and is passionate about helping others tell their story.Following the conference there will be a week long series of events including workshops to support young peoples mental health in the Abbey Vocational School Donegal Town, Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon and Magh Ene College, Bundoran. Community and Business workshops will also take place in Letterkenny, Bundoran and Donegal Town with the week finishing up with a fun run/walk &talk in the Breesy Centre Cashelard on Saturday the 15th. Full details can be found on www.connectmentalhealth.ieConnect Mental Health event to take place this weekend was last modified: October 2nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Sleep Out volunteers say a big ‘thank you’ after successful fundraiser

first_imgAn upbeat team of volunteers braved the cold night air on Friday last for the annual Sleep Out in aid of the North West Simon Community. The event was another success for the community, who are incredibly thankful for all the local support they have received before, during and after the night.On behalf of North West Simon, Collette Ferguson Donegal Development Officer would like to express her gratitude to the businesses and volunteers for getting involved in this year’s annual ‘Sleep Out’ held on Fri night, 6th Oct. Terry Tyrell, Rachel Stokedale, Sara Jane and Collette Ferguson at the NW Simon Community Sleep Out, Letterkenny, 6th October 2017Alfie Green, Anne Marie & John Mc Glinchey at the NW Simon Community Sleep Out, Letterkenny, 6th October 2017Collette said, it is growing from success to success and it is solely down to the good-will of the volunteers who brave the elements for one night only so others don’t have to. The volunteers had one with aim and that is to help make a difference to Simon in their Community. Collette said: Thank you to each and every individual for your generosity and for supporting the volunteers who took part.  Thank you kindly, to the many businesses for ‘adopting a sleeper’ on the night, it is greatly appreciated. Thank you to those hotels and bars for permitting access to volunteers during their collection on the night.  It’s not always an easy ask but every penny, no matter how small, can go a long way. Anne Marie Gallagher with Collette Ferguson & Cllr Kavanagh at the NW Simon Community Sleep Out, Letterkenny, 6th October 2017Thank you kindly to The Four Lanterns, Pat’s Pizza and The Brewery for your continued support over the years; it is always greatly appreciated on the night.Thank you Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh for launching the night, for your kind words of support and for highlighting the current situation of homelessness in Donegal and throughout Ireland. Mayor Kavanagh launches the NW Simon Community Sleep Out, Letterkenny, 6th October 2017Finally, thank you to the Garda for keeping a watchful eye over us all throughout the night.North West Simon Community prevented 186 families and individuals during 2016 from becoming homeless in Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo and need your support more than ever with more and more people in the North West are today turning to the cause for help and support. Right now, there are over 8,000 people stuck in emergency accommodation and many more in housing insecurity in Ireland. It’s time to act. Sign our petition and demand social and affordable housing for all. https://action.uplift.ie/campaigns/229If you would like to help make a difference to Simon in your Community please click the following link:  www.everdayhero.ieSleep Out volunteers say a big ‘thank you’ after successful fundraiser was last modified: October 9th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HOMELESSNESSNorth West Simon Communitysleep outlast_img read more

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JRU brushes off skidding UST

first_imgBREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ Venus Williams set for French Open 20th anniversary Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Wendell De Guzman had 17 points to lead the Growling Tigers. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast FILE PHOTO – Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJose Rizal University needed a strong fourth quarter to fend off struggling University of Santo Tomas, 61-55, in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San JuanThe Heavy Bombers now own a 5-1 record and sit on a two-game winning streak after Lyceum broke their previous three-game roll while the Growling Tigers reeled to a disappointing 1-4 card in Group A.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR UST’s lone moment of brilliance came in the second quarter when it outscored JRU,13-7, to end the first half with a 26-22 lead.That caused JRU head coach Vergel Meneses to turn irate towards his players and fortunately for him the Heavy Bombers responded and closed out the fourth quarter outscoring UST, 21-13.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I challenged them during the halftime break and told them I wasn’t happy with how they played,” said Meneses. “I know that we just came off a game a couple of days ago but I want to see some effort. It was a good thing the team responded.”Ervin Grospe led JRU with 18 points while Teytey Teodoro added 10.last_img read more

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India vs Pakistan highlights: India celebrates, Pakistan heart broken

first_imgWith teary eyes, hoarse voices and heavy hearts, the fans left a mini-stadium in Karachi’s Khadda Market after Pakistan lost to India in the World Cup semi-finals.”We are heart-broken,” said Maleeha Siddiqui, a journalist who came to watch the match with her sisters, cousins and friends.”Our hopes were raised after India could not manage a huge score. But Pakistani batsmen stayed true to their reputation of collapsing in big games,” she said.Most people across Pakistan were livid with the poor show by the Pakistan batting line-up, not known for its consistency and ability to deliver in the face of adversity – at least in this World Cup.The two players that the Pakistani fans were the most unhappy with were Umer Gul and Shahid Afridi, one failing with the ball and the other not being able to live up to his ‘Boom Boom’ moniker.”He did not bowl as well as he did in the earlier matches and he was expected to succeed at least once with the bat but he did not. It is all so disappointing,” said Saba Fatima, who watched the match at the Khadda Market stadium along with colleagues. Many people actually left after Afridi got out.The mood was totally different earlier in the day. In the morning, thousands of fans at Lahore’s Qaddafi Stadium, dressed in Team Pakistan shirts with faces painted green and white, roared with jubilation and frenetically waved the national flag as Wahab Riaz had Virender Sehwag LBW.advertisementA wave of celebrations, with drums beating and national songs blaring out of public address systems, went from one end of the stands to the other as KamranAkmal opened the Pakistani innings with a boundary, punctuated briefly by a growl of disapproval as Muhammad Hafeez lost his wicket to a paddle sweep off Munaf Patel.With a lovely spring evening, Pakistani cricketers could not have asked for a more enthusiastic crowd cheering them on and better playing conditions than these except that they were not playing there.Instead of being where the match was actually being played, the pumped-up audience was watching the action on a giant screen on top of one of the stands. In all the big cities and towns across Pakistan, similar big screens were showing the match. In Karachi, the biggest gathering was at the Cantonment Stadium. In Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Quetta, everywhere arrangements were made for the public viewing of the match – in public parks, playgrounds, private clubs, streets, bazaars, restaurants, tea houses, food stalls and homes.last_img read more

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