MANCHESTER, United Kingdom: Pat Cummins dismissed Ben Stokes for just one as Australia closed in on an Ashes-clinching win by reducing England to 87-4 at lunch on the fifth day of the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Sunday.
England still need a further 296 runs to reach a huge target of 383, whereas Australia require six more wickets for a victory that would see them keep the Ashes at 2-1 up with one to play in the five-Test series.
Cummins, the world’s top-ranked Test bowler, has taken all the wickets to fall in a return of 4-23 in 11 overs that included two in two balls on Saturday, with the paceman dismissing England captain Joe Root for a golden duck — the skipper’s third nought in five innings.
Joe Denly was 48 not out and Jonny Bairstow two not out at the lunch break.
Stokes, whose stunning 135 not out had seen England to a dramatic series-levelling win in the third Test at Headingley, fell for just one on Sunday when Cummins cut one back to the left-handed batsman, with Australia captain and wicketkeeper Tim Paine holding a good diving catch off the inside edge.
All-rounder Stokes did not even wait for umpire Marais Erasmus to raise his finger, with England then 74-4.
England resumed on 18-2, knowing the most they had made in the fourth innings to win a Test was the 362-9 they made at Headingley
Their immediate goal, however, was to bat out the fifth day for a draw — something they had not done since Matt Prior led a rearguard action against New Zealand at Auckland in 2013 — in order to keep the series level ahead of next week´s finale at the Oval.
Denly was 10 not out and Jason Roy eight not out as play started under sunny skies.
The pair survived some testing early deliveries from Josh Hazlewood and Cummins before Denly was fortunate to see a loose drive off left-arm quick Mitchell Starc fly over the slips for four.
But Denly swept off-spinner Nathan Lyon for a well-struck boundary.
Denly, however, almost gave his wicket away when, despite England´s desperate position, he lofted a sweep off Lyon that just dropped short of deep midwicket.
World Cup-winner Roy, who has struggled to transfer his one-day form into the Test arena, defended solidly before getting well forward to cover-drive Starc, bowling from around the wicket, for four.
England got through the first hour without losing a wicket.
Cummins, however, struck again when a fine-off cutter got through a gap between bat and pad to bowl Roy for 31.
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh: Spinners Rashid Khan and Zahir Khan shared five wickets between them as Afghanistan came within four wickets of a historic win over Bangladesh in the one-off Test in Chittagong on Sunday.
The visitors — playing only their third Test ever — reduced Bangladesh to 136-6 before rain forced an early stump on the fourth day, with the hosts who were set a record target of 398 runs still needing 262 runs.
The highest successful run chase in Bangladesh is 317-7 by New Zealand at the same ground in 2008.
Skipper Shakib Al Hasan remained unbeaten on 39 runs, giving a little hope to Bangladesh amid the gloom at the Zahur Ahmed Stadium, where rain interrupted play in all three sessions much to Afghanistan´s frustration.
Shakib will resume the fifth day´s play along with Soumya Sarkar, the last recognised batsman for Bangladesh, who was yet to open his account.
Rashid, who made his debut as youngest ever Test captain, led Afghanistan from the front, finishing the day with 3-46 while left-arm chinaman Zahir claimed 2-36 runs.
Retiring all-rounder Mohammad Nabi claimed the other wicket.
Zahir started the victory push when he dismissed opener Liton Das, who was trapped leg before for nine two balls after a caught-behind decision against him was overturned by the TV umpire on review.
One-down Mosaddek Hossain chased a ball from him wide outside the off-stump to give a catch to Asghar Afghan at long off after making 12 runs.
Rashid trapped Mushfiqur Rahim plumb in front after the former Bangladesh skipper started in a confident manner to make 23 off 25 balls.
Rashid delivered another blow in his next over to dismiss Mominul Haque out lbw for three.
Nabi removed Shadman Islam, who made the highest 41 runs for Bangladesh so far in the second innings.
Rashid then snapped the wicket of Mahmudullah Riyad for seven before rain provided the home side some respite.
Earlier, resuming at 237-8 after more than two hours´ delay due to drizzle, Afghanistan added 23 runs to their overnight score before they were all out for 260, which took their lead close to the 400-run mark.
Yamin Ahmadzai was run out for nine and off-spinner Mehidy Hasan removed last man Zahir, leaving Afsar Zazai stranded on 48.
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has lamented that the elected government of Punjab has refused to honour the production orders of MPA Faryal Talpur while those orders were honoured by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) when she was in their custody.
CM Sindh issued the statement on Sunday while addressing a press conference along with his four cabinet members, Saeed Ghani, Mukesh Chawla, Sohail Anwar Siyal, Murtaza Wahab and advocate Zia Lanjar here at conference room of the CM House.
The Chief Minister said that when Faryal Talpur was in NAB custody she was brought here in the assembly to attend the session but ever since she has been sent in jail custody, under the administration of elected government of Punjab, every production order issued by the speaker of the Sindh Assembly for her production has been dishonoured.
Quoting the example of MNA Khuwaja Saad Rafiq, the chief minister said that he was in jail but when the speaker was issuing his production order he was being produced in the national assembly.
“This is very serious and is bound to further aggravate sense of deprivation already prevailing among of Sindh,” he said.
“Being chief minister I was bound to act upon the will of the house, therefore I talked to chief secretary Punjab, Governor Punjab to honour the production orders of the speaker of Sindh Assembly but all my requests fall on deaf ears,” he said and added that he tried to contact chief minister of Punjab with the request to honour the production order of MPA Faryal Talpur issued by the speaker Sindh Assembly but he was too busy and couldn’t receive his calls.
Being elected member of provincial assembly Faryal Talpur is entitled to represent his constituents in the assembly house.
“The assembly rules, of the provincial and the national, empower the speaker to issue production orders of the detained/arrested member and the government was bound to honour them,” he said and added but the elected government of Punjab was not honouring the production orders of the speaker which was surprising for him.
To a question, the chief minister said that regardless of the ‘rulers’ were not listening to him “I am addressing this press conference just to inform the people of Pakistan about how the representative they elect are denied their representation in the assembly.”
Replying to a question, the chief minister said that the formation of forward block in Sindh assembly was a bubble of hot air.
“Every day new rumors are spread just to create uncertainty in the province but within few days those rumours die down themselves,” he said and added the MPA, NAPS and other elected representatives of PPP and party workers were united under the leadership of Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto and President Asif Zaradri.
He asked when the conspiracies have not been hatched against PPP- the conspiracies are going on since the inception of the party but all conspiracies have back fired with the power of people.
Shah said that PPP elected individuals and other representatives were not afraid of accountability but accountability has been turned into victimization here.
“This is against the democracy and democratic institution,” he said.
He added that MPA Faryal Talpur used to attend assembly session and standing committee meetings when she was in NAB custody and was sent back to courts when her hearings were fixed.
Faryal Talpur’s Lawyer advocate Zia Lanjar said that the NAB court has clearly written in its order that she should be produced in the assembly when her production orders were issued and returned to the court when her case was fixed. But these orders have not been obeyed, he said.
The chief minister said that the provincial assembly session has been summoned on September 13, and the speaker has issued her production orders of MPA Faryal Talpur. He demanded the Punjab Government to allow her production in the Sindh assembly.
Some of Pakistan’s most prominent names in the showbiz industry united under one roof to bring to light the sufferings of Kashmiris through a freshly-released track titled ‘Main Kashmir Hoon.’
The emotive and moving song has been given vocals to by emerging singers Rehan Nazim and Nimra Rafiq while the former has also penned the lyrics.
Some of the most esteemed faces of Pakistani entertainment industry including Parveen Akbar, Hina Dilpazeer, Noor-ul-Hassan, Asma Abbas, Faysal Qureshi, Sohail Sameer, and Shahood Alvi could be seen in the video.
On the other hand, renowned veteran actors Qavi Khan and Shakeel Yousuf can be seen narrating the atrocities that go about in the Indian-occupied Kashmir and the plight of the people residing in the valley.
The music video was also graced by some of the younger and emerging names in the industry inclding Naveed Raza, Asim Mahmood, Srha Asghar, Haddy Firdaus, Humayun Ashraf, Rabya Kulsoom, Faizan Shaikh, Maham Aamir, Fawad Jalal, and Ayaz Samoo.
The iPhone will be front and center at Apple’s upcoming media presentation even as the California tech giant steps up its efforts in content and services for its devices.
In its trademark, tight-lipped style, Apple disclosed little about its plans for Tuesday’s event at its headquarters in the Silicon Valley city of Cupertino.
For years now, Apple has hosted events in the fall to launch new iPhone models ahead of the holiday shopping season.
Speculation is that Apple will introduce three upgraded iPhones, including “Pro” models, and a successor to its more affordable iPhone XR, as premium handset prices hover around $1,000.
Some analysts say services, subscriptions and online content will share the stage with the company’s glitzy hardware as Apple seeks to shift its focus.
“I think it is going to be the first year the event is going to also be about services,” Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said.
“We might get to see what Apple looks like as a company when they are talking about services and hardware as one product.”
Milanesi was curious to see whether Tuesday’s presentation includes offers iPhone deals that “bundle” music, television or game services with new handsets.
“You have an opportunity to really bring value to the hardware with services,” Milanesi said.
– TV+ turned on? –
Apple recently released a smartphone-generation credit card in the US and is keen to launch its TV+ streaming service before Disney goes live with a rival service in November.
Many wonder whether the launch of Apple TV+ will be among Tuesday’s announcements.
With Hollywood stars galore, Apple unveiled streaming video plans along with news and game subscription offerings as part of an effort to shift its focus to digital content and services to break free of its reliance on iPhone sales.
The company also plans to launch a new game subscription service called Apple Arcade internationally by the end of this year.
Apple managed to grow its overall revenues, albeit by a modest one percent, to $53.8 billion, even as iPhone revenues plunged nearly 12 percent in the April-June period.
The company delivered strong growth from digital content and services that include its Apply Pay and Apple Music, along with wearables and accessories like the Apple Watch and Air Pods.
Some of those accessories could also get upgrades on Tuesday.
– China wild card –
Analysts warn that Apple still faces challenges as rivals chip away at the smartphone market, in which the iPhone’s share is less than 12 percent.
As the iPhone maker refines its handsets, other makers are pushing into new areas such as 5G devices and folding smartphones.
Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives said in a note to investors that he expected a “trifecta of iPhone 11s” that will help the company “put a fence around” its user base.
About a third of the 900 million iPhone users around the world are in an upgrade “window,” meaning a strong potential for handset sales, according to Ives.
“While China remains a wild card, we are bullish into Apple’s future” in the coming year, Ives said.
China accounts for about 17 percent of Apple sales overall, and has tremendous room for growth, according to Techsponential analyst Avi Greengart.
The trade war between the US and China has complicated Apple´s effort to gain ground in that market, where gains by local titan Huawei have come partly at the California-based company’s expense.
“Apple needs Chinese consumers to treat the iPhone as a preferred premium brand at a tricky geopolitical moment,” Greengart said.
“Huawei’s premium smartphone, laptop, and tablet sales have been surging inside China partly based on nationalism as a response to the trade war with the US and specific US government actions against Huawei.”
While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son Prince Archie was born in a royal family, his parents are making sure to raise him slightly differently than the assigned age-old customs.
The 34-year-old Duke of Sussex was reported to have prevented nannies hired for four-month old to avoid wearing a uniform for Archie to have a ‘normal’ upbringing.
Royal commentator Omid Scobie told Yahoo’s Royal Box this week, “One of the things that Harry said was, ‘I don’t want a woman in a uniform around my child. This isn’t Mary Poppins; we’re going to have a normal household.’”
While Prince Harry declined to have one, Duke of Cambridge appointed nanny Maria Teresa Borrallo for Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s who wears a uniform and is a Norland graduate.
Prince William and Kate Middleton appointed nanny Maria Teresa Borrallo for Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s who wears a uniform and is a Norland graduate.
Ms. Borrallo is required to wear a uniform at all times when she is on duty which includes hats and gloves.
However, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have opted for a nanny who wears casual wear as she was spotted while boarding a private jet for a holiday with the family.
Prince Archie’s nanny boards the private jet dressed in casual.
Royal nannies were traditional “widowers or never married”, according to royal commentator Dickie Arbiter.
He said, “When you become royal nanny you are for all intents and purposes giving up on your own existence.”
“The nannies that looked after William and Harry were either widows or never married, the same with the Queen’s nannies.”
“So there is as well trying to find the right person who is going to fit the mould, be discreet, who will put your child’s wellbeing at the centre of their existence but be happy to give up a huge part of their own life.”
Princes Harry and William are still close to their childhood nanny, Tiggy Legge-Bourke, who is said to have played an important role in the young princes’ lives after Princess Diana passed away.
Prince William and Prince Harry with their nanny Tiggy-Legge-Bourke.
Prince Harry even invited Tiggy, 54, to Archie’s private christening, held in Windsor, which had a guest list of around 25 people.
She retired when she married in 1999, and Prince Harry is godfather to her son, Fred.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is betting on his Brexit positions despite the disavowal of one of the government’s heavyweights, Amber Rudd, who stepped down Saturday night.
Amber Rudd, 56, who voted to stay in the European Union in the June 2016 referendum, believes that the government’s “main objective” is no longer to obtain an exit agreement with the European Union, in his letter of resignation.
“The government is devoting a lot of energy to preparing for a + no deal + but I have not seen the same degree of intensity in our discussions with the European Union,” she denounces.
It also criticizes the decision to exclude from the Conservative Party 21 moderate members who voted this week with the opposition for a bill to avoid a Brexit without agreement.
MP Thérèse Coffey replaces Amber Rudd as Minister of Labor and Pensions, the government announced on Sunday.
This departure is another blow for the head of government, which has no more majority in Parliament and whose strategy on Brexit has been short-circuited. MPs then the Lords have passed a bill that requires him to postpone by three months the date of Brexit, scheduled for October 31, if he does not find a divorce agreement with the EU by October 19 , just after the next European Council.
The text must receive the approval of Queen Elizabeth II, as of Monday, to become law.
However, Boris Johnson does not seem to move an iota of his position, firmly refusing to extend the membership of the United Kingdom to the European Union.
“I refuse to accept this unnecessary postponement of Corbyn,” the Labor opposition leader, wrote Johnson to readers of the tabloid Sunday Express.
“The week has been tough, but in reality, the prime minister is sticking to what he said” on Brexit, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab told SkyNews on Sunday.
– “Last chance” –
After a first failure this week, Boris Johnson intends to give a “last chance” Monday to the opposition to vote in favor of early elections. He hopes to get a new majority, with the Conservative Party leading the polls.
If it’s a failure, the government will “just continue,” according to the Sunday Express.
According to the Sunday Times, Boris Johnson is ready to ignore the law and let the Supreme Court decide.
“If there is no agreement by the 18th, we will sabotage the postponement,” a source told 10 Downing Street at the Sunday Times, while another source told the newspaper that Boris Johnson was ready to tackle “chainsaw” at any obstacle on his way.
“Of course he will not break the law,” Dominic Raab assured Sunday. “What we are going to do with this law is to check very carefully what it requires or not,” he said.
The Prime Minister has in any case “absolutely not” the intention to ask for additional time at the European Council of 17 and 18 October, reported Sunday on the BBC Finance Minister Sajid Javid.
The anti-no deal text requires a postponement if no agreement is reached with the EU by 19 October. “If we come to this point, we will study all the options,” Javid said, without further details.
Any request to postpone Brexit will have to be approved unanimously by the other 27 EU Member States. However, “In the current state of things, it is no,” warned Sunday the head of French diplomacy Jean-Yves Le Drian.
The British “say they want to propose other solutions, alternative arrangements to ensure the withdrawal (…) We have not seen them, so it’s no, we will not do it every three months”, said Le Drian in the political program Le Grand Rendez-vous Europe1 / CNEWS / Les Echos.
In the United Kingdom, the opposition is learning about the consequences of a possible move by Boris Johnson.
According to the opinion of leading lawyers for Labor and consulted by The Observer, Boris Johnson would face a series of sanctions if he decided to ignore the law.
One of the lawyers consulted, Philippe Sands, explains that he could even end up in prison if he did not respect the will of the Parliament, but that this scenario was unlikely: “He will bow (to the law) or resign” .
Martin Iosefo scored what proved to be the winning try as the USA rallied to beat Canada 20-15 in the final tuneup for both teams ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Iosefo took a pass late in the game and accelerated quickly to the outside then powered his way past Canadian defender Shane O´Leary before diving over in the corner.
This was the third meeting of the year between the two countries with the Eagles having won the first meeting in March, 30-25, and then again in June, 47-19.
The Americans kept their six year winning streak over Canada alive but they had to come back from a 12-10 halftime deficit at Vancouver´s BC Place Stadium to do it.
Cam Dolan and Dylan Fawsitt also scored tries for the Americans.
Canada got tries from Gord McRorie and Peter Nelson.
Canada had lengthy possession series with five minutes to go but the American defence was able to ward off the attack and preserve the win.
Canadian prop Hubert Buydens needed stitches to repair a large cut on his forehead. He returned to the field but was subbed off again with blood streaming down his face.
The Eagles World Cup tournament kicks off against England in Kobe, Japan on September 26.
Canada open against Italy on the same day in Fukuoka.
Canada still lead the all-times series against the US with 38 wins, 23 losses and two draws.
Jack Ma steps down next week as chairman of Alibaba, but the start-up he built into and online retail behemoth is expected to keep thriving into a new era thanks to a culture of innovation he helped nurture.
A former English teacher whose often playful image shattered the stereotype of the drab Chinese executive, Ma officially leaves on Tuesday, his 55th birthday.
Ma plans to put his vast fortune — among China’s biggest at $41 billion — into initiatives serving his first love, education, following the footsteps of a fellow tech innovator he admires: Bill Gates.
The departure of charismatic founders from big tech companies typically causes hand-wringing and wobbling share prices, but not at Alibaba.
The company’s operational reins have for a couple of years now been in the hands of a respected team of executives who have kept it on e-commerce’s cutting-edge.
Ma was Alibaba’s driving force and a frequently irreverent ambassador for the company, known for stunts like a Michael Jackson-inspired dance at an Alibaba anniversary celebration two years ago and starring in his own kung fu short film.
– ‘Gold standard’ –
He is expected to retain some advisory functions.
But the transition to figures like CEO Daniel Zhang, and co-founder and executive vice chairman Joseph Tsai — announced exactly a year ago — may prove to be the “gold standard” for tech-company succession, said Jeffrey Towson, an equity investor and professor at Peking University.
“He’s succeeded at what Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and (Yahoo co-founder) Jerry Yang failed at, which is making themselves redundant,” said Towson, who has authored books on China’s leading companies.
“He built a really robust culture at Alibaba and they are still just innovating like crazy.”
Ma was a cash-strapped Chinese entrepreneur when he convinced friends to give him $60,000 to start Alibaba in the eastern city of Hangzhou in 1999.
With monthly active users of more than 750 million today, Alibaba helped to unlock China’s massive consumer power, coincidentally a key objective of the government today as its seeks to fuel domestic demand to lessen the reliance on fickle foreign trade.
Its Taobao and Tmall platforms have helped countless businesses grow.
“(Ma) has been the driving force for the development of China’s internet industry and economy. He is (China´s) entrepreneurial godfather,” said furniture maker Cheng Huaibao.
Cheng, 30, is one of millions of small businessmen, often located in so-called “Taobao villages” — communities whose economies are oriented towards Alibaba’s vast market — who leapt into commerce thanks to the company.
Cheng started making bunk beds in 2010 in eastern Jiangsu province with 10 staff. Today his thriving operation has 100 employees.
“Without Teacher Ma, I wouldn’t have come out and started my own business,” Cheng said, using a common Chinese term of respect.
– Continuing to innovate –
There have been criticisms.
Alibaba and its imitators are accused of fostering rampant commercialism and materialism and the selling of counterfeit goods.
Chinese e-commerce today also produces mountains of packaging material, contributing to a rising national garbage problem.
And some of Ma’s comments have drawn barbs, including recently dismissing concerns that Chinese workers were toiling excessive hours, as did the news last year that he was a Chinese Communist Party member.
But Alibaba has continued to expand its ecosystem, pushing into cloud computing, entertainment, and a “new retail” concept — combining online ordering with bricks-and-mortar stores — while its Alipay finance unit has pioneered cashless digital payments.
Despite slowing Chinese economic growth and the US trade war, earnings have so far remained strong.
Ma, who has established an eponymous charitable organisation, already has launched a range of education initiatives.
Last month he sketched out his mantra going forward during a technology debate in Shanghai with Elon Musk, good-naturedly chiding the US entrepreneur about his obsession with putting a man on Mars.
“We need a hero like you, but we need more heroes like us improving things on Earth,” Ma said.
As the climate debate heats up ahead of Canada’s elections, its environment minister has been assigned a security detail, she said Saturday, a move practically unheard of in a capital where top officials mingle with common folk.
It is not unusual in Ottawa and other Canadian cities to spot the foreign minister cycling to a news conference or the finance minister in line at a grocery store.
However abuse against Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, ranging from online vitriol to chilling confrontations, has been so harsh that she now sometimes requires security — although details about the new measure were not released.
“The vocal sexism and hateful comments that are directed to people who work on climate change is unacceptable,” McKenna said in a statement to AFP, explaining that it makes it harder to do her job and engage with people.
McKenna, who was responsible for charting Canada’s CO2 emissions cuts by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 under the Paris Agreement, has been wished dead and subjected to hateful sexualized insults.
She has been called disparagingly “Climate Barbie,” garbage and an enemy of the people.
Political rhetoric and public discourse has reached such a dizzying low in Canada that a senior bureaucrat warned lawmakers in February that “the rising tide of incitements to violence” could lead to somebody being “shot in this country during the political campaign.”
Recently, according to McKenna’s office, a man rolled up next to her and her children outside a movie theatre and hurled expletive-laced insults from an open car window.
Several environmental activists have also raised concerns about their safety, citing threats from oil industry proponents critical of stronger environmental assessments for pipelines and a federal carbon tax.
The rattling is not only directed at Canadians. A former foreign minister, Maxime Bernier, this week called 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg “mentally unstable,” before walking back his comments.
Climate is expected to be a major ballot issue during the upcoming Canadian election in October, with the two main political parties, which are running neck-and-neck in the latest polls, taking opposite sides on the matter.
Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, seeking a second term, has cast himself as a champion in the fight against warming, while his main rival, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has vowed to roll back the carbon tax as his first act in office, if elected.