MOHALI, India (AP): New Zealand stormed into the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 with a 22-run win over former champions Pakistan yesterday, their third successive victory in Group Two. Martin Guptill scored 80 off 48 balls with 10 fours and three sixes in New Zealand’s total of 180-5 and also took three catches as Pakistan failed to build on Sharjeel Khan’s blistering start, finishing on 158-5. Pakistan never got their momentum back after Khan hit 47 off 25 balls with nine fours and a six in an opening stand of 65. He was dismissed in the sixth over, caught by Guptill. Fast bowler Adam Milne (2-26) and left-arm spinner Martin Santner (2-29) led the New Zealand recovery with two wickets each and put Pakistan on the brink of a tournament exit. “On the back of Martin Guptill’s superb knock, the batting unit played their roles truly nicely to get to us to a very good total,” New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said. “It was nice to see, in the second innings, our bowlers kept their composure after a tough start and pulled it back nicely.” New Zealand have already beaten tournament favourites India and Australia, while 2009 champions Pakistan have just two points from their victory over Bangladesh after also losing to India. Pakistan, notorious to slip in run-chases, scored nearly half of the required runs in the first 10 overs before their batsmen let the game slip away. Ahmed Shehzad (30), Umar Akmal (24) and captain Shahid Afridi (19), who was dropped off the first ball, couldn’t build any real momentum as New Zealand kept taking wickets in reply. Pakistan also missed the experience of Mohammad Hafeez, who was ruled out of the match due to pain in his right knee. Hafeez’s replacement, Khalid Latif, playing his first T20 international after almost four years, looked out of sorts in his brief stay before holing out in the deep after scoring only three runs. “It was a chaseable total, we played well in the first six overs. But after that, instead of building partnerships, we played too many dot balls,” Afridi said. “Maybe I will play my last game of the career (against Australia) and we should focus on it.”
Dubai, Jun 27 (PTI) Korea overwhelmed Argentina 54-25 to set up a semifinal date with India, while Pakistan also made the cut in the Kabaddi Masters here today. Pakistan proved too hot for African giants Kenya as they raced to a 42-20 victory in the second match of the day at the Al Wasl Sports Complex here. Korea and Pakistan finished with two wins each to finish second in their respective groups. Both the semifinals will be held here on June 29. Pakistan led 22-7 at halftime and held on to their lead to seal the issue with a solid defence and attack. Kashif Razzaq stood out in the defence with five tackle points. Earlier, Korea geared up to their tough semifinal outing against India on a high with an easy 54-25 win over Argentina. The Latin American nation matched Korea in the first 10 minutes but could not keep up with the tempo to finish their campaign in the six-nation kabaddi meet without a single win. Korean raiders were too strong as they scored to combine 36 raid points while their defence scored 11 tackle points. Argentina’s defence could score just eight tackle points and relied on Nahuel Villamayor who scored 10 raid points. The meet is being organised by the International Kabaddi Federation in partnership with Star India Pvt Ltd and Dubai Sports Council. Semifinal lineups: Iran v Pakistan (8pm IST); India v Korea (9pm IST). PTI TAP ATKATK
Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, on September 12 broke ground for the Lucea Pipeline Replacement and Non Revenue Water (NRW) Reduction project valued at a projected cost of US$12.6 million.The ground-breaking ceremony took place in Elgin Town, near Lucea and work on the project is expected to get underway in a matter of weeks.The six-month project, which will provide employment for over 100 workers, will facilitate the construction of a new 20-inch transmission pipeline through Lucea, to allow water from the Great River Treatment Plant to better supply all areas along the corridor leading into Negril.The scope of work will include the replacement and installation of 6,000 meters of ductile iron transmission pipelines from Elgin Town to Ruseas and of 4,000 meters of distribution pipelines over the same area; construction of chambers and interconnections; and the supply of materials, meters, equipment and tools to repair and efficiently operate the system.The new pipeline network has been designed to maximize the quality of water being transferred and significant reduce loss due to leakage.Addressing participants at the ground breaking ceremony, Minister Pickersgill said that the project represents government’s commitment to employing the necessary technology and resources to monitor, model, map and manage the nation’s surface and groundwater resources “far better than we have ever done in our history”.He informed that the project will also involve a technical audit of the transfer and distribution network, to include flow measurements and leak detection to optimize the performance of the system.Upon completion, the project is expected to increase the reliability of water supply to the beneficiary communities, including Green Island, Lucea, Elgin Town, Kew, Clifton, Askenish, Dias, Cacoon, Middlesex and Medley. The six-month project will facilitate the construction of a new 20-inch transmission pipeline through Lucea The project is valued at a projected cost of US$12.6 million Story Highlights The new pipeline network has been designed to maximize the quality of water being transferred
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Actress, devoted animal advocate and Georgia native Kim Basinger wants the world to know the truth about what happens behind closed doors to dogs acquired from a notorious dog dealer and used in unnecessary, harmful research at Georgia Regents University (GRU).As the narrator of a shocking new undercover video produced by The Humane Society of the United States, Kim helps call much needed attention to the facility’s relationship with a Class B dealer who has been, for years, under federal investigation for serious animal welfare violations and who was recently formally charged by the USDA with those violations.Filmed by The HSUS during a 3-month long undercover investigation at GRU, the video exposes the stark reality of life and death in an animal research facility, where dogs, like “Shy Guy” who is featured in the video, are subjected to painful procedures and then ultimately killed – all for the sake of cosmetic dentistry experiments.GRU and other laboratories have continued to buy dogs and cats from Class B dealers, who round up animals from “random sources” such as auctions and flea markets, despite knowing that such dealers frequently traffic in stolen family pets.A long-time critic of USDA licensed Class B random source dealers and their unscrupulous dealings, Basinger knows first-hand the trauma of having a pet stolen. In 2011, her niece’s dog was taken in a home robbery.Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, said: “Dogs don’t need to die for frivolous dental experiments. It’s painful to watch these forlorn dogs sacrificed for these questionable purposes. And the situation is compounded by the university’s relationship with an unscrupulous animal dealer.”