first_imgThe Constitutional reform promised by the APNU/AFC coalition in its 2015 elections Manifesto has since turned out to be a paradigmatic example of foot-dragging. For years before the elections, both parties had protested the long PPP control of the Executive, and had demanded constitutional change to accommodate changes that would “make governance more democratic”.It is now clear that while their appetite for those changes has disappeared upon their assumption of office, the parties still want to maintain the illusion that they are fulfilling their promise. But this is a very cynical game, and it only serves to undermine the legitimacy of our Constitution as the Supreme Law of the land.If the clearly identified changes demanded by APNU/AFC, such as Executive power sharing, were necessary before the elections to improve our form and substance of government and governance, why are they now being delayed? After all, in the meantime, Guyana is being governed by laws that have been identified by the government of the day as being, at a minimum, inappropriate for our circumstances, and therefore not really deserving of our compliance.The post-elections history of the PNC-led coalition Government on the constitutional reform promise makes for very depressing reading. They established, with great fanfare, a “Steering Committee for Constitutional Reform” (SCCR) in September 2015, which held extensive hearings and took submissions from the populace at large. These were summarised and submitted to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo in April 2016. He, in turn, submitted the Report to Cabinet, which had a “Constitutional Reform Consultative Commission Bill” drafted, then further “deliberated” on it. The Report then seemed to have disappeared into a Black Hole, where we are informed no information can exit.The only hint of the status of the Constitutional Reform Process was a cryptic comment by President David Granger, in June 2016, implicitly criticising the SSCR’s methodology when he claimed Constitutional Reform should not come from individuals “sitting in a room”. He opined: “We need to go to the people, find out what the people think; we need to have consultation and we need to listen to them.”However, cognisant of this need for wide legitimacy, the SSCR had already recommended a detailed, wide-ranging process to effectuate Constitutional change. Initially, the Parliamentary Standing Constitutional Reform Commission (CRC) would have worked with legal experts to prepare a draft of the proposed changes. After circulating this document to the political parties and the widest possible array of Civil Society organisations, the CRC would have been expanded by representatives of these groups, and they would, in turn, repeat the earlier process. Their report would then be submitted to the National Assembly for debate and ultimate ratification by one of the methods included in the present constitution, most likely a referendum.PM Nagamootoo duly requisitioned $80M in November 2016 for wider consultations. So it was with some surprise that, on February 8th 2017, Guyanese learnt that a UNDP Mission was in Guyana at the request of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo to “(i) assess the political environment in Guyana and the legal and institutional framework governing the constitutional reform process; (ii) review past reform processes; (iii) evaluate the interest, capacity and roles of the various civil and political stakeholders in engaging in the constitutional reform process; and (iv) assess the potential role of UNDP-UNDPA in assisting this process and resources required.”But the UNDP team came, met, and then departed without their assessment being made public, or the public being consulted, as President Granger had demanded.Then, this weekend, it was announced that the Carter Center Guyana will host a symposium with the theme ‘Perspectives on Guyana’s Constitutional Reform Process’ on Friday, March 31, at the UG Turkeyen Campus. It is our sincere hope that since this is an event funded by the British High Commission and hosted by an eminent US NGO, the participants will include, in their disquisitions, comments on the Government’s lassitude on Constitutional Reform.last_img read more

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first_imgDear Editor,I wish to extend condolences to the family of the late Mr Ronald Gajraj, a former Minister of Home Affairs.His tenure as Minister occurred at a time when, quite unfortunately, persons in the then opposition, with the aid of seasoned criminals, top-brass officials acting under the collar of law enforcement, and others sympathetic to the opposition, willfully orchestrated a campaign of violence to remove or compromise an elected PPP Government.The aforesaid tenure regarding security of the country is controversial because it involves confrontation with citizens whose premeditative intent was the open and notorious subversion of the will of the electorate that emerged at the March 19, 2001 Guyana general elections.I know this because I was steeped in the documentation of the period. It was a coup d’état in the making. It was much more than a crime spree. Rape, robbery, murder, kidnapping, arson, assault, battery, petit larceny, are all criminal acts committed as means to an end. It was a former police commissioner who stated in June 2001 that crimes were being committed to “create a climate of instability in the country.”It was not a period of mere “troubles,” as President Granger wants his supporters to promote. This is not Ireland; this is Guyana. There was no conflict about the constitutional status of any internal region. What we had were persons who swore allegiance to defend the Republic from enemies both foreign and domestic and instead worked to undermine both law enforcement and the elected administration.They offered protection to seasoned gunmen, gangs with sophisticated artillery, and nurtured a parallel army using state-owned equipment smuggled out of Georgetown into the East Coast corridor to make war on voters and open an avenue to high office for a then opposition waiting in the wing.If memory serves all correctly, we may recall, for example, at least one second-tier PNC leader stated that for the PNC to respond to public appeal for help stem the violence, it must first be offered political concessions. People, including traditional PNC supporters were being killed or raped and the PNC leadership watched on. Mr Raphael Trotman, the current AFC leader a former leading PNC member, arrogantly stated that the PNC’s job was to “depose” (as opposed to replace) the elected administration.There is more, much more about who were involved to set aside voters’ will. But perhaps that is the responsibility of local journalists to disclose, especially since no one has been prosecuted for their involvement, and some are bent on disguising it all as mere so-called “troubles” or tales of crime and now, drug sprees. It is not customary for notable politicians or political activists to go on crime or drug sprees.Acts to subvert the will and/or mandate of the 2001 electorate constitute some of the prima facie evidence of what transpired during the home affairs tenure of Mr Gajraj, and ought to be included in petitions or testimonies to be submitted by those who speak of court proceedings and commissions of inquiry.Voters who bear scars from having their right to govern trampled from one general election to another, are free to publicly recognise the late Minister as they see fit. But they must also be vigilant.This is because democracy is a terrifying thing to citizens who have been schooled to believe that in Guyana, most have a right to vote but only some have a right to govern. This is beyond George Orwell. However, controversial it was, opposition to this kind of schooling is part of the story some will remember of the late Mr Ronald Gajraj.Sincerely,Rakesh Rampertablast_img read more

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first_imgStory Links Genich swam the butterfly leg in 58.65, maintaining Canada’s fourth position heading into fellow University of Toronto teammate McMurray’s freestyle.”As I saw Nina coming into the wall I was like wow – this is real, time to go,” said the U of T standout. “I was definitely trying to stay to my race plan and swim my own race and trying to do it for the team. It hurt for the last 25 but it doesn’t matter.”🥉🥉🥉🥉Ingrid Wilm, Nina Kucheran, Hannah Genich and Ainsley McMurray receive their bronze medals in the women’s 4×100 medley relay!Ingrid Wilm, Nina Kucheran, Hannah Genich et Ainsley McMurray reçoivent leur médaille de bronze au relais 4×100 QN féminin!#uCAN #Napoli2019 pic.twitter.com/J94LFvNhEK— U SPORTS Team Canada (@USPORTSIntl) July 10, 2019 Genich and McMurray were two of six Varsity Blues competing in Naples. Matt Dans, Cam Kidd, Eli Wall and Georgia Kidd were also in action this past week.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img University of Toronto swimmers Hannah Genich and Ainsley McMurray helped Canada to a bronze-medal finish in the 4 x 100 m medley relay in 4:03.32 on Wednesday night at Piscina Scandone. Sitting in fourth after 350 metres, McMurray out-touched Russia’s Mariia Baklakova by 0.23 seconds to wrap up Canada’s swimming schedule at the 30th Summer Universiade. It was Team Canada’s third medal of the Games and first in swimming.”I flipped for the second 50 and I saw some white water splashing two lanes over and I was like – OK, time to go – and I just moved as fast as I could and I split the fastest I ever have in my life so I’m really proud of myself and of all the other girls too,” said McMurray. “It was so exciting.”🚨MEDAL ALERT!!🚨Ingrid Wilm, Nina Kucheran, Hannah Genich and Ainsley McMurray win 🥉in the women’s 4×100 medley relay in 4:03.32!🚨ALERTE MÉDAILLE!!🚨Ingrid Wilm, Nina Kucheran, Hannah Genich et Ainsley McMurray remporte le BRONZE au relais 4×100 quatre nages en 4:03.32! pic.twitter.com/2557PXu9OH— U SPORTS Team Canada (@USPORTSIntl) July 10, 2019last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000LONDON, March 30 – Luis Suarez has refused to rule out a future return to Liverpool and insists he will never play for another Premier League club.The Uruguay striker, who left for Barcelona in a £75million deal last summer, headed back to Anfield on Sunday to appear in the Liverpool All-Star charity match. Suarez scored 82 goals in 133 appearances for Liverpool and after being given a rapturous reception by supporters he said he could never bring himself to appear for another English club.When asked if he might return to Liverpool in the future, he told the club’s official LFCTV GO channel: “You never know in football what the future holds but if I ever play in England again I will play for the Liverpool team and not another team.”Suarez came on as a half-time substitute for Steven Gerrard’s XI and players up front with another former Anfield favourite, Fernando Torres.The pair both moved clubs in January 2011, with Torres joining Chelsea just after Suarez arrived from Ajax and Suarez admitted it was great to play up front with the Spaniard.He added: “It was great for me to play up front alongside Fernando.“Four years ago when I signed for Liverpool, I crossed my fingers to play with Fernando and he left three days after I signed.“It was a great day for the other players but for me and Fernando it was a great chance to play together.”And while he is forging his own reputation in Barcelona now, he still fondly remembers his spell in England.“I’ve missed the fans,” added Suarez, who scored the winner in El Clasico against Real Madrid seven days ago.“The atmosphere is unbelievable, it’s amazing. Everyone who’s played for Liverpool knows how important the supporters are. They know they are in my heart.”-by Sky Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Marta in tears as Sweden inflict penalty pain on Brazil.PHOTO/AFPRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Aug 17 – Sweden ended a disconsolate Marta’s dreams of guiding Brazil’s women to a first Olympic football gold medal Tuesday with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win to set up a final with Germany on Friday.Brazil had thrashed the Swedes 5-1 in the group stages just 10 days ago, but were held to a third consecutive 0-0 draw and, as in their quarter-final win over Australia, forced to go through the agony of penalties. Unlike against the Aussies, five-time World Player of the Year Marta did convert from the spot, but was reduced to tears as her ambition of capping a glorious career by finally winning a major international title fell short of the final.“There is no way to describe the feeling of frustration,” said Brazil coach Vadao. Sweden’s Emma Berglund consoles Brazil’s Marta after Brazil lost 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out in their Olympic semi-final football match.PHOTO/AFPMarta, who has played her club football in Sweden for the past four years, was consoled by the Swedish players, whilst a huge crowd in excess of 70,000 at the iconic Maracana stadium gave their defeated team a huge ovation.Cristiane, the Olympics’ all-time top scorer, and Andressa saw spot-kicks saved by Hedvig Lindahl after neither side could score a goal in 120 minutes.Lisa Dahlkvist converted the winning penalty to secure a place in the final and Sweden’s first women’s football Olympic medal.Germany also avenged a group stage defeat in the other semi-final as goals from tournament top scorer Melanie Behringer and Sara Daebritz confined Canada to a 2-0 defeat and another battle for the bronze they won in London four years ago against Brazil in Sao Paolo on Friday.Brazil’s women were playing for just the second time at the iconic Maracana and Vadao hopes the momentum built-up for the women’s version of the game in football-mad Brazil is not halted by the disappointment.“This is a glorious moment for women’s football. It is everybody’s dream to play here,” added Vadao.“It is full of tradition. It is a cultural thing in Brazil, it is a symbol. Maracana means Brazil and Brazil means football. It is quite a moment and I am just sorry we didn’t make it to the final.” By contrast, there was delight for Sweden coach Pia Sundhage, who now has the chance to win a third straight gold medal after leading the USA to victory in 2008 and 2012.“It is very emotional. I have been in China and London in Olympic finals, but with a team everyone expected to do well. Brazilian Andressa misses her penalty kick during the penalty shoot-out with Sweden.PHOTP/AFP“The road we have taken has been different, a wonderful trip with one or two upsets.”Sweden’s hero Lindahl described the baking sun in Salvador during the Scandinavians’ shock quarter-final win over three-time defending gold medallists the United States on penalties as “her enemy”.Lindahl suffers from vitiligo, a condition that causes patches of skin to lose their pigment, making the skin particularly sensitive in the sun.And she was under fire in the Rio heat as a flurry of early Brazilian attacks peppered the Sweden goal.Lindahl even had to endure chants of “Zika” from the home fans, which had been previously reserved for outspoken USA ‘keeper Hope Solo.Marta inspired the 5-1 thrashing of Sweden with two goals in the group stage, but despite their dominance the ball wouldn’t go in for the hosts as Marta, Beatriz and Debinha all came close.Solo had castigated Sweden as “cowards” for their defensive display in the last eight, but that seemed to only strengthen the resolve of Sundhage’s women as they barely threatened the Brazilian goal.“It is not for me to criticise the opponent, especially because their strategy worked and they had good results in both matches,” said Vadao graciously.Vadao introduced Cristiane for extra-time despite doubts over her fitness after missing the quarter-final through injury.That gamble backfired, though, as she couldn’t add to the 14 goals she has scored across four Games from the spot and, when Lindahl parried Andressa’s effort, Dahlkvist coolly slotted home to silence the Maracana.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF talkSPORT.com round up all the action from Sunday’s 2pm kick-offs in the FA Cup third roundFulham 1-2 OldhamAleksandar Mitrovic missed a hotly-contested penalty as Fulham were dumped out of the FA Cup 2-1 by League Two side Oldham.Callum Lang headed in the visitors’ 89th-minute winner to stun the Premier League hosts and prompt extended touchline celebrations from caretaker boss and lifelong supporter Pete Wild. GETTY huge blow 5 Woking 0-2 WatfordWatford captain Troy Deeney came off the substitutes’ bench to wrap up their FA Cup third-round win over non-league Woking.The Premier League outfit made hard work of seeing off their hosts, Will Hughes giving them a first-half lead before Deeney was introduced late on to secure a 2-0 victory in Surrey. Millwall 2-1 HullSubstitute Shane Ferguson’s brilliant late double earned Millwall a place in the FA Cup fourth round as they came from behind to record a 2-1 win over Hull at the Den.In a game of few clear-cut chances, a much-changed Hull side had taken the lead shortly after half-time, when Jon Toral combined well with Nouha Dicko and finished tidily.But Ferguson levelled the scores with nine minutes to go when he took a short corner, got the ball back and curled a sumptuous finish into the top corner.His second, three minutes later, was even better, a free-kick floated past George Long and into the net.It was harsh on the Hull keeper who, for 80 minutes, had been superb to keep out the home side, but was no match for Ferguson’s magic.Preston 1-3 DoncasterTwo goals in the final 20 minutes saw Doncaster cause an FA Cup third round upset with a 3-1 win at Preston North End.The League One side hit the front thanks to John Marquis’ fifth-minute header during an open first half.They were pegged back by an Andrew Hughes header as the Championship outfit started the second period strongly.But Tom Anderson scrambled the ball home with 18 minutes to go to put the visitors in control and Rovers sealed their place in the fourth round for the first time in nine seasons when Mallik Wilks slotted home in the 87th minute. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 5 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade shining 5 REVEALED Mitrovic missed from the spot just moments before Oldham’s winning goal Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Latest Football News ADVICE Coulthirst scored the goal that guided National League Barnet to a shock win Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Fulham’s penalty had only been awarded after a lengthy check from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), with Oldham furious and insistent Christopher Missilou had not connected with Cairney, and that the Fulham skipper had taken a dive.Mitrovic was the man fuming when Aboubakar Kamara insisted on overruling club orders to take and miss a penalty in Fulham’s 1-0 win over Huddersfield on December 29.The former Newcastle man proved the hero that day, stealing a late winner.But in this big FA Cup shock, it was the 24-year-old’s turn to miss from the spot.That failed penalty ensured one level of justice then, before Oldham dished out their own brand of summary sentencing with Lang sealing an old-fashioned cup upset.Manchester City 7-0 RotherhamManchester City cruised into the fourth round of the FA Cup by thrashing Championship Rotherham 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium.Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and a Semi Ajayi own goal put a strong City side into a comfortable half-time lead.Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane completed the rout as the Millers were outclassed after the break. Denis Odoi’s goal early in the second half meant Fulham were expecting to coast home, only for Oldham to turn the tide.Bournemouth loan striker Sam Surridge equalised from the penalty spot after Ryan Sessegnon fouled Oldham captain Peter Clarke with his first act after stepping off the bench.And then Lang buried Gevaro Nepomuceno’s teasing cross, to spark exuberant celebrations on both the Oldham bench and among the delirious travelling supporters.Replacement striker Mitrovic had spurned the chance to put Fulham back in front from the spot just moments before Oldham’s winner however.The Serbia striker’s first touch after replacing captain Tom Cairney was to step up and strike the penalty – only to see goalkeeper Daniel Iversen produce a fine save at full stretch. England wonderkid Foden got on the score sheet for Man City 5 Lang stunned Fulham in the 88th minute QPR 2-1 LeedsJake Bidwell’s second-half header handed QPR a 2-1 FA Cup victory over Leeds United and a rare place in the fourth round.Bidwell headed home Luke Freeman’s left-wing corner with 15 minutes remaining to give the west London club their first third-round win without the need of a replay in 23 years.Leeds had hit back after Aramide Oteh’s 23rd-minute penalty put Rangers ahead at Loftus Road.Sheffield United 0-1 BarnetBarnet produced one of the biggest shocks of the FA Cup third round as the non-league side knocked out Championship high-fliers Sheffield United with a 1-0 win at Bramall Lane.Shaquile Coulthirst’s first-half penalty saw the Bees eliminate a side 83 places above them in the Football League pyramid.It was a particularly special occasion for Barnet caretaker boss Darren Currie, whose uncle Tony has a stand named after him at Bramall Lane after a glittering eight-year spell with the Blades from 1968-76. REPLY 5 MONEY Deeney rounded off Watford’s win after being introduced as a substitute A massive 110 places separated the two clubs in the football pyramid as they took to the pitch at the Laithwaite Community Stadium – but National League South promotion hopefuls Woking gave a spirited performance.Their manager Alan Dowson, joined in the dugout by coach and Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, said before the game that it was “ridiculous” to suggest his side could cause a shock.In truth they never looked like pulling off a giant-killing but they also held their own at times as Watford laboured to build on their lead.Javi Gracia changed his entire team from that which drew 3-3 at Bournemouth in their last Premier League game, with Deeney on the bench and midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure – linked with a move to Paris St Germain – not involved at all. no dice REVEALED RANKED last_img read more

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first_imgHackathons are often seen as a tool for creating new software products, but did you realize that they could be used to create a more engaged workforce as well? In today’s show, Ben interviews Toni Eberhart, Executive Director for Urban Engine. In the show, they talk about how things like coworking nights, hackathons, and other social activities can help to crosspollinate ideas and create more satisfaction for technical talent. In a time where it’s harder than ever to attract and retain highly qualified technical workers and engineers, is a hackathon the secret ingredient to employee engagement? Toni recommends that employers look for places, platforms, and programs that allow employees to practice creative autonomy. It’s not just about creativity for its own sake, it’s about learning, connecting, and collaborating.last_img read more

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first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts mike melanson Tags:#Google#news#NYT#Real-Time Web#web As Google has worked to add more and more real-time search capabilities by adding content from sites like Facebook, MySpace, Buzz and Twitter, we’ve been able to see more and more what people are talking about online. Google’s latest feature, which it is announcing today, takes real-time data and puts it into a perspective we can work with – the past. Rather than letting all of this real-time data simply stream past and evaporate into thin air, Google is rolling out a “replay” feature, that lets you look at real-time data – in this case tweets – at any specific time in the past. The feature offers a timeline of tweets, showing the volume of tweets containing relevant search terms, broken down according to scale. After playing with it for a few minutes, we were able to see that it even gets as narrow as a minute-by-minute breakdown of tweets on a topic. It will be available by clicking on “Show Options” on the left side of the Google search results screen and then “Updates”.For now, Google says that it will offer tweets going back to February 11, 2010 but will soon extend back to March 21, 2006. The company says that the feature is currently rolling out and should be available globally in English within the next few days, but you can give it a whirl before then. As Google points out, the “replay” feature may be a great way to explore “how the news broke about health care legislation in Congress, what people were saying about Justice Paul Stevens’ retirement or what people were tweeting during your own marathon run? These are the kinds of things you can explore with the new updates mode.”We’re looking forward to seeing what this sort of interaction with real-time data, in the aggregate, will bring to the table. It might not only be an invaluable reporting tool, but a great way to find out when a local restaurant is at its busiest. center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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first_imgRIM’s newly launched tablet computer, the BlackBerry PlayBook, is getting video chat, the company announced this morning at its BlackBerry World conference in Orlando, Florida. The app, which works over Wi-Fi only for now, lets users callt heir contacts from their Video Chat contact list, or by entering in the BBID email address of the person they want to call.The new application, arriving later this week via an over-the-air update, supports a notifications feature which alerts you to incoming video calls. You can then accept the call as either a video or voice call, or decline the call altogether. A “Do Not Disturb” feature is included as well, so video calls do not interrupt you when you’re doing other things – like watching a movie, playing a game, or, we suppose, actually working.With Video Chat, you’ll see a picture-in-picture display so you can preview your image before placing the call. You can also switch cameras during the call, in order to show your caller what you’re seeing around you. A mute feature and call logs are available, too.To maintain a list of friends and colleagues available for calls, the app ships with a Friends List feature which lets you list your contacts, associate a picture with their contact entry.RIM says the app will begin to roll out starting on May 3. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Tags:#mobile#news#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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first_imgCaptain Azhar Ali scored a century on Friday and led Pakistan to a six-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the second one-day international to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.Ali, dropped on 53, scored a career-best 102 off 104 balls with eight fours in Pakistan’s solid run-chase of 269-4.Ali featured in two half-century stands, adding 85 runs with Asad Shafiq (39) and a further 56 with Haris Sohail, who remained unbeaten on 52 for his second successive half century.”Modern cricket has become fast and you need to keep pace with it,” Ali said after becoming the first Pakistani captain to score a hundred in a successful run-chase.”It was great to see (Pakistan) bowlers restricting them to 268 on a very good batting wicket, but I believe we have a long way to go.”A suicide bomber blew himself up near the stadium during the game, Information Minister Pervez Rashid said on Geo TV. He said the bomber had tried to get closer to the stadium but was stopped by police. The bomber then detonated his payload, killing a police officer and wounding six others.Police had initially said the explosion, which was heard during the match, was caused by an electric transformer nearly a kilometer away from the Gaddafi Stadium.Security around the games has been tight during the entire tour, which is the first by a test-playing nation in Pakistan since gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009.Earlier, Sikandar Raza scored an unbeaten 100 off 84 balls and Chamu Chibhabha, replacing suspended regular captain Elton Chigumbura, missed out on his maiden hundred by one run as Zimbabwe posted 268-7.advertisementAli lost 3-0 to Bangladesh last month in his debut series as Pakistan ODI captain, but his century ensured Pakistan won its first ODI series in 17 months after losing five in a row.Pakistan could have been 109-3 in the 23rd over, but Chibhabha dropped the Pakistan skipper at short cover off Graeme Cremer, one of four changes made by Zimbabwe.Stand-in captain Hamilton Masakadza rotated eight but Ali stayed focused after the let off before he was caught at point.”The guys tried hard with Raza and Chibhabha coming good but I think we were 20-30 runs short,” said Masakadza.Pakistan’s bowlers struggled for the breakthrough after Ali won the toss but surprisingly decided to bowl in temperatures of 41 degrees Celsius (105 Fahrenheit).After Pakistan’s fast bowlers toiled in the hot weather, offspinner Mohammad Hafeez brought the first success in the 19th over when he clean bowled Sibanda.Chibhabha hit 11 fours and a six but walked back in apparent disbelief after he was adjudged caught behind.Raza cut loose after Chibhabha’s dimissal and hit fast bowler Mohammad Sami for two fours and a six in one over as Zimbabwe scored 81 runs in the last 10 overs.Zimbabwe will round off its 13-day tour with the last ODI on Sunday after the African nation became the first test country to tour Pakistan after six years.last_img read more

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