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UN chief calls for honouring pledges for reconstruction of war-torn Gaza -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 21 (APP): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council Tuesday that promises made at a recent donor conference on rebuilding the war-ravaged Gaza must "quickly materialize" into concrete assistance on the ground, especially as winter approaches.


Increased taxes, regulation key to fighting tobacco epidemic: UN health agency -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 21 (APP): The implementation of higher taxes on tobacco products and greater regulation for electronic cigarettes are among the decisions passed by a United Nations-backed conference amid comprehensive efforts to clamp down on the tobacco “epidemic” and save millions of lives, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced.


Water shut-offs in US city of Detroit ‘contrary to human rights’: UN experts -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 21 (APP): The US city of Detroit must restore access to water for its citizens, who remain unable to pay their bills, two United Nations experts urged Tuesday, adding that a failure to do so would be a violation of the most basic human rights of those residents.


Community, religious leaders must condemn Islamic State’s ‘atrocities’: UN official -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 21 (APP): Civilians continue to suffer atrocities and ‘dramatic’ human rights violations at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), warned United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, as he concluded his week-long mission to Iraq.


Ebola no longer ‘localized emergency,’ UN health officials tell regional summit in Cuba -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 21 (APP):  Ebola is no longer a localized public health emergency, top UN officials said in Havana Tuesday as they commended Cuba for sending doctors and nurses to the affected countries in West Africa, and addressed regional leaders gathering to discuss ways to resolve the emergency and halt spread of the virus to regional States.


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Shahbaz bestows Rs 2 lakh each on hockey team
LAHORE, Oct 21 (APP): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif gave away cash award of Rs 200,000 each amongst the members and officials of the national hockey team for their brilliant performance in the recently concluded Asian Gmaes.
 
Quarter finals of Squash held
ISLAMABAD Oct 21 (APP): Quarter finals of Serena Hotels-Chief of Air Staff International Squash Championship were played here at Mushaf Squash Complex on Tuesday.
 
Hamza goes down to Vahedi in Qatar 6-Red Snooker semis
KARACHI, Oct 21 (APP)- Pakistan’s fast improving Hamza Akbar went down fighting 6-5 to Sohail Vahedi of Iran in the semifinals of inaugural Qatar Academy 6-Red Snooker Championship in Doha, according to a message received here on Tuesday.
 
Batting trio of Fazal, Majid, Saad put Karachi Dolphins on top in QAT
KARACHI, Oct 21 (APP): Batting trio of Fazal Subhan, Saad Ali and Majid Khan hit big half centuries to put Karachi Dolphins on top on day three of their 4-day Quaid-e-Azam Cricket Gold League match against Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) here at the National Stadium on Tuesday.
 
O’Keefe set to make debut against Pakistan in first Test
KARACHI, Oct 20 (APP): Steve O’Keefe has a good chance of making his debut in Dubai alongside the incumbent offspinner Nathan Lyon, said a report carried by cricket’s leading website on Monday.
 
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USACA to seek techncial support from PCB, other Boards PDF Print E-mail
LAHORE,Oct 10 (APP)  United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) is keen to seek technical support from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and other test playing countries boards to evolve a system to establish its cricket under a solid base at various levels to eventually attain test status. This was stated by Senior Vice President of USACA, Nabeel Ahmed, a Pakistani American in an interview with APP from Detriot, USA on Saturday.

He said USACA’s ultimate aim is to attain test status in next five to seven years and for that they need technical assistance from PCB and any full member board(s) to achieve their ultimate goal.
“All the full member board(s) are technically sound because of ample presence technical officials in the field of coaching, umpiring and other departments of the game and we will like to acquire their services to consolidate our existing cricket structure”, he said.
Nabeel, a former cricketer who remained involved in playing cricket in US and Canada, is the first ever Pakistani American to have that important slot in USACA.
He was elected for the second time last year which speaks volume of
his cricketing managerial skills as an administrator and organizer of the game at various levels.
He said in the past Great Lakes Cricket Conference,a league of which he is the Chairman, has hired the services of nearly six Indian umpires annually to stand in the league matches.Now they will also like to have Pakistani umpires to officiate in the matches there, besides hiring coaches from Pakistan to improve the coaching standards in USA.
Regarding structure of USA cricket, he said they have implemented their cricket development plan in schools to motivate the youth to take up cricket as a sport.
“Today our cricket activities at early level are being attended by 60 percent native students and 40 percent expatriates from different origins and we are confident that we will be making a rapid progress in next five years to give cricket the status of a major sport in USA “, said Nabeel who is also the Trustee of Detroit cricket club.
“ We are also considering to hire the services of first class players to feature in our league which will be started in a couple of years on the pattern of league in England and by implementing league system we will be having a strong base of the game”,he asserted.
While living in USA Nabeel has not forgotten to patronage cricket in Pakistan and he is regularly sponsoring a cricket tournament “Col. Fateh Sher Khan Memorial tournament” in the memory of his late father.He is also the patron of Cricket Centre Club in Model Town, Lahore.
“It is not possible to keep myself away from cricket in Pakistan because whatever I have achieved in life is because of Pakistan and the best way is to make efforts for the development of cricket in Pakistan and I am up to this task “, he asserted.
USACA official said their cricket structure revolves around 8 regions and majority states of USA are divided on these regions and leagues are associated with regions. The leagues are featuring in cricket activities on regular basis.  Around 40,000 players are registered with USACA.
“PCB is always looking for neutral venues for their series with other countries, I think it is in the best interest of PCB to develop a relationship with USACA more that any other full member board. PCB had an opportunity to bring Pakistan New Zealand series to USA. However,in future USACA will welcome to hold such international events.
 

     

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