Joint statement about Mazen Darwish and the court cases against SCM activists

first_img News to go further March 8, 2021 Find out more February 3, 2021 Find out more Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Yesterday, on May 29, 2012, seven employees of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) and one SCM visitor were summoned to stand on trial at a military court in Damascus. They have been charged with “possessing prohibited materials with the intent to disseminate them”. However, at the start of the court hearings, the judge decided to postpone the trial until June 25, because the Air Force Intelligence Service had failed to notify whether SCM Director Mazen Darwish would appear as a witness.This trial fits in a pattern of censorship and repression against journalists, media workers, bloggers and activists who defend freedom of expression in Syria. Our organisations consider that the charges against them are politically motivated.We, the undersigned human rights organizations express our concerns about the personal safety of SCM Director Mazen Darwish. Therefore, we have kindly requested His Excellency Mr Kofi Annan and his team to visit Mazen Darwish during this visit to Syria, and get first hand information about his health situation.We call for the immediate release of Mazen Darwish, Hussein Ghareer, Abdelrahman Hamada, Mansour Al-Omari and Hani Zetani – the five people who remain in incommunicado detention in the Air Force Intelligence (AFI) detention centre without any charges, as well as the release of Bassam Al-Ahmad, Joan Farso, Ayham Ghazzoul, Yara Bader, Razan Ghazzawi, Mayadah Al-Khaleel, Sana Zetani and Hanadi Zahlout, who will stand on trial on June 25, 2012.We express our our solidarity with these media activists and urge the judge to observe rigorously all the guarantees of a fair trial in accordance with international standards. Trial against SCMOn February 16, 2012, the Air Force Intelligence (AFI) conducted a raid at the premises of SCM in Damascus during which they arrested 16 persons, including its Director Mazen Darwish. Seven of them were conditionally released on March 18, 2012, and had to report to the AFI detention centre every day for further interrogation. The others were kept in detention, some of them incommunicado.On April 22, 2012, the Military Prosecutor in Damascus informed eight of the 16 initially arrested that they would be prosecuted by a military court for “possessing prohibited materials with the intent to disseminate them”, a criminal offense that is punishable by six months of imprisonment under Article 148 of the Criminal Code. These eight people would stand on trial yesterday, May 29. They are Bassam Al-Ahmad, Joan Farso and Ayham Ghazzoul (who were still detained on April 22) and Yara Bader, Razan Ghazzawi, Mayadah Al-Khaleel, Sana Zetani and Hanadi Zahlout (who were released on bail on March 18 and again detained on April 22). Mrs Zahlout is not a SCM staff member, but was a visitor to the centre on February 16.Meanwhile, five other activists are still in held incommunicado in the AFI detention centre in Al-Mazzeh, Damascus. These are Mazen Darwish, Hussein Ghareer, Abdelrahman Hamada, Mansour Al-Omari and Hani Zetani. They have not been charged so far, but since their arrest on February 16 they have been denied access to their lawyers. Mazen Darwish and Hussein Ghareer are in solitary detention. Mazen Darwish has been subjected to torture and ill-treatment.The undersigned international NGOs had organized an observation mission, composed of lawyers from the region. We have decided to cancel this observation mission, because we could not sufficiently guarantee the personal safety of these observers under the current high tension circumstances in Damascus. SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation News Help by sharing this information Suppression of freedom of expression This trial fits in a pattern of censorship and repression against professional journalists, media workers, citizen journalists (bloggers) and media activists who defend freedom of expression in Syria. Syria is one of the most unsafe countries for them, with the highest number of killings. Since the beginning of the uprising in March 2011 several journalists and media activists have been killed. They have been executed, killed by car bombs or tortured to death. A horrible example is Khaled Mahmoud Kabbisho, who was arrested on April 17 and whose head was crushed by a tank of governmental troops. Three days earlier, the body of citizen journalist Alaa Al-Din Hassan Al-Douri was delivered at his family’s home. There was evidence that he had been tortured to death. Citizen journalist Mohammed Abdelmawla Al-Hariri is now handicapped as a result of torture. At least 31 professional journalists, citizen journalists and media activists are currently detained by the Syrian authorities. This includes the staff of SCM who are still detained. RSF_en May 30, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Joint statement about Mazen Darwish and the court cases against SCM activists News News March 12, 2021 Find out more Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Receive email alerts Follow the news on Syria SignatoriesCairo Institute for Human Rights StudiesEuro-Mediterranean Human Rights NetworkFront Line DefendersHivosInternational Media SupportObservatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders(a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT))Reporters Without BordersSamir Kassir Foundation (SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom) Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

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FT-Raman spectroscopic analysis of an Antarctic endolith

first_imgThe FT-Raman spectra of an Antarctic endolith from the LTER site at Lake Hoare are reported. The specimen provides an unusual occurrence of endolithic colonization of an igneous rock substratum, which analyses as microcline feldspar. The presence of aragonite in the red biological stratum and calcite in a fissure of the rock which has not been subjected to colonization can be attributed to the penetration of calcareous deposits from shallow ground water in an earlier environment in the Dry Valleys. The green biological layer is composed of chlorophyll and β-carotene. Comparison with previous Raman spectroscopic work on endoliths in sedimentary Beacon sandstone is effected.last_img

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Lettuce’s Travel Guide To Surviving Life On The Road

first_imgSince meeting as teenagers in the dorms of Berklee College of Music in 1992, the members of Lettuce have spent countless hours on the road together. In fact, they got their name by walking into various jazz venues around Boston asking club owners and other musicians if they would “let us play.” Today, in 2016, the funk powerhouse is at the top of their game with a reputation that speaks volumes to the last twenty-six years of their musical existence.Having just thrown their own music festival Fool’s Paradise in St. Augustine, and on their way to headline Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado later this week with support from Rahzel, Pete Rock, Manic Focus and The Wailers (tickets for Rage Rocks are still available), there are few milestones these traveling musicians haven’t reached during their expansive experiences on the road. Granted, road life isn’t easy, and it may take some time to fine tune your own personal recipe to survival. But the show must always go on, and these guys are here to show you how.L4LM: What are the top three most important things to pack (besides your instruments)?Adam Deitch: My computer, pro tools key (drum key), and usb keyboard.Ryan Zoidis: Good Headphones, great weed, high-end cologne.Jesus Coomes: Your Mind, Your Body, Your Spirit.L4LM: How do you maintain a healthy lifestyle while living out of a van/bus/hotel/green room?Deitch: Follow Benny Blooms vegan lifestyle as closely as possible.Zoidis: Exercise daily, make superfood smoothies on the bus and find the best restaurant in every city. We Surround ourselves with quality food and drinks.Jesus: Green Juice, The Force, Everything in Moderaging! L4LM: What’s your secret to staying up late and waking up early?Deitch: I work on music after every show till around 420 waking up around 2pm to eat prior to sound check.Zoidis: I try to wake up early go for a jog and make a smoothie before everyone gets up. Take a nap before the show. Jesus: Don’t wake up too early. (Or just remember you can sleep on the plane.)L4LM: If you’re ever lacking energy before a show, do you have any methods for overcoming restlessness?Deitch: We stoke each other out and dab it up!Zoidis: Deep breaths and writing a set list always help with restlessness. Jesus: Prayer, Tea, Meditation & Strategic Naps. Plus you have to just think to yourself, “This is a burst of energy and adrenaline along with many different chemicals that is coming to me right now for a reason (to perform in front of an audience) and I don’t have to name that energy ‘restless’ or ‘nervous’, I can call it whatever I want like, ‘excitement or ‘power’. This feeling before a performance is an absolute necessity to the show. Also practice, yeah you should know the songs too that helps a lot. L4LM: How do you overcome the elements of nature that aren’t always in your favor?Deitch: My late grandmother controls all weather (according to my mom).Zoidis: Stay positive and focus on the music. Jesus: I have my connections. L4LM: What’s the best way to celebrate a sold-out show?Deitch: We celebrate with some high 5s and a Lil veuve cliqout.Zoidis: Listening back to it. Jesus: Play an incredible set.L4LM: How are you preparing for your next big gig, “Rage Rocks” at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre with The Wailers, Manic Focus, Pete Rock, and Rahzel this June? Deitch: We are rehearsing, conversing, and dreaming of it being sold out!! New songs will be attempted!Zoidis: We’re rehearsing some new material and working on a collaboration with Pete Rock and Rahzel. Jesus: We are preparing some surprises that I can’t talk about until the show.  We are going to debut a new original Lettuce song, blessit! I wasn’t supposed to tell you that …we have more up our sleeves for you, don’t worry.  L4LM: Any additional pro-tips?Deitch: Pro tips would be to practice being a nice person, regardless of circumstances, day on and day outZoidis: Space is the place.Jesus: Uber Everywhere and Bring your own Salt. Thanks for Letting us into your lives. Peace be with you.At the end of this week, the funk phenoms will be returning Red Rocks Amphitheatre with The Wailers, Manic Focus, Pete Rock and Rahzel for a true musical celebration that could only be dubbed “Rage Rocks.” The Colorado throwdown will be popping off on June 10th, and we couldn’t be more excited. As Deitch, Zoidis, and Jesus have mentioned, the night will be filled with surprise collaborations, as well as a new original Lettuce song. May the rage be with you always! Tickets are still available here.last_img read more

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Garden Killer.

first_img Finally, Reeves shows a tree trunk on which hundreds of holes have appeared. It’s the handiwork of the yellow-bellied sapsucker. Squash vine borers are disgusting veggie killers in your garden. But on “The Georgia Gardener” July 29 and 31, host Walter Reeves shows how to turn the tables. Reeves talks with University of Georgia horticulturist Wayne McLaurin on how to identify and control squash vine borers. Call “The Georgia Gardener” toll-free number!* 1-877-GAGROWS *center_img They also visit a tire tower where they’ve been growing Irish potatoes. They find the potatoes — and a nasty surprise, too. “The Georgia Gardener” is especially for Georgia gardeners, airing Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GPTV. It’s a production of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and PFC Holding Company.last_img read more

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RFH Senior Shares Love of Dance By Teaching at Sisters Academy

first_imgThe Sisters Academy in Asbury Park NJ is an all-girls middle school (grades 5 through 8) that provides its students an academically challenging and highly disciplined learning environment. Just as with all other schools, there are specials, or opportunities to take non-academic classes as well. At the Sisters Academy, one of their electives, Hip-Hop Dance class, is taught by R-FH’s own Sydney Ringer (class of 2012).This past summer, Ms. Ringer participated in a “Leaders for Social Change” course housed at Yale University. The program, offered by Academic Study Associates (ASA), was a three-week-long summer program offered to high school sophomores and juniors with a focus on developing future leaders. Students attending this program identify a global issue of concern to them (such as global climate change or health care access), then develop skills that are applicable to developing strategies for change: leadership skills, problem solving, finance, volunteer strategies and more. Participants of this program then develop an action plan to make a difference in their community back home.“Back home,” Sydney remarks of her fellow students, “is a lot of places. This program was highly international, and home was Lebanon, Brazil, Italy, and beyond. It was interesting to work towards finding common ground with my fellow students. We had to accept things about each other; we had to agree to disagree.” This ability to work together is a hallmark of the young participants. In the end, these students – Sydney included– had to take their action plan home and make it work.Sydney, who has been dancing competitively for 9 years, built her idea around her talent, dance and choreography. Ms. Ringer’s plan was to bring some of her knowledge to students who had a desire to learn dance, but probably didn’t have the resources. But the location? The students? Those questions had yet to be worked out upon her return.An introduction to the Sisters of Mercy in Asbury Park was all she needed. Sydney began teaching a dance class at Sisters Academy, and now is in the middle of the first full semester of her class. Sydney works with half of the seventh grade students during their school day in the fall semester, and the other half in the spring semester. Each class progresses from warm-ups to new moves, and then works on a sequence and routine. Sydney hopes to find a performance space for the students to hold a recital at year’s end.Ms. Ringer keeps on learning. She says that teaching as a skill is less mysterious to her now; she has come to understand an educator’s focus on students and providing them an opportunity to succeed.These leadership skills dovetail nicely into Sydney’s future plans. She is interested in politics and finds herself attending to the many different points of view that exist in the world. As she waits to hear from the colleges to which she has applied, Sydney Ringer continues to dedicate herself to her community and her art.last_img read more

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QPR chief’s ‘pub-lic meeting’

first_imgA number of Tuesday’s newspapers pick up on Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas’ comments to a Portuguese radio station in which he appeared to cast doubt on his future.Having previously insisted that he had the full support of Blues owner Roman Abramovich and would not be sacked, Villas-Boas suggested that he could go the same way as Carlo Ancelotti a year ago.He said: “We are now in the exact same moment as last year. It is an exact copy.Is the tide turning against tweeting Tony?“I think that I have felt the confidence from Abramovich. But the pattern of behaviour of the owner has led to a downfall of coaches in similar situations or even ‘better’ situations.“What will be the reaction? It will be one of the two — a continuation of the project and full support or just the cultural pattern that has happened before. We don’t know.”The Sun have the headline ‘I fear Rom axe’ while the Daily Mirror say ‘AVB admits writing could be on the wall’.The Daily Star pick up on QPR chairman Tony Fernandes’ latest tweets pledging to meet fans in the pubs around Loftus Road on Saturday.It declares that Fernandes has callled for a ‘pub-lic meeting’ with disgruntled supporters following Rangers’ dismal recent results.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Living Iridescence Dazzles Scientists

first_imgThe flashing colors of butterflies and birds (peacocks being the classic example) do not come from pigments, but from black structures on a microscopic scale.  How and why they do it is of great interest to scientists and engineers.  Susan Milius explored this topic in Science News this week.1    The basic principle behind iridescence, whether it be on a peacock’s tail, a Morpho butterfly or swallowtail butterfly wing (11/18/2005) or an undersea comb jelly (12/19/2005) is an optical trick.  Tiny repeating structures on the wing or feather reflect light in ways that cancel some wavelengths and accentuate others.  The structures, called photonic crystals (10/13/2003, 01/29/2003) may look under an electron microscope like “rows of Christmas trees, fields of lattice-work honeycombs, [and] bristles that work like fiber-optic cables (but better).”  The optical effects can even work using light humans cannot see: ultraviolet or circularly-polarized light.    A beetle that knows the latter trick was reported by Science Daily and PhysOrg and mentioned in the Science News article.  It has a name to match its shimmering green glow: Chrysina gloriosa.  The crystal structure resembles that of diamonds.  Milius said the beetle’s decor reflects both left-handed and right-handed circularly polarized light.  (Read about another photonic beetle in the 01/19/2007 entry.)    Scientists and engineers have been hunting for a “champion” photonic crystal that has the ideal qualities of a glittering diamond.  They may have found it in this beetle, the PhysOrg article said.  The crystals are made not of carbon, but of chitin – similar to fingernail material – but arranged in diamond-like crystals that reflect green light from all directions.  The composite effect of green shimmering light is achieved by the beetle’s “ingenious engineering strategy.”  Though “Nature uses very simple strategies to design structures to manipulate light,” one researcher said, they are “structures that are beyond the reach of our current abilities.”    How scientists would love to imitate this engineering strategy!  Why?  Get ready – we could have ultrafast computers that run on light instead of electricity.  Optical integrated circuits with switches running at the speed of light could outperform electrons by orders of magnitude.  A photonic computer could solve some problems in seconds that would take years on an electronic computer.  Connect these light-speed computers to a fiber-optic network (11/16/2007) using cables with specs like those of the Venus flower basket sea sponge (07/08/2005 – “the most perfect design I have ever seen” – 04/05/2006), and we would have the makings of a new generation of ultrafast computers running on an ultrafast internet.    Other devices could change color depending on the presence of gases or vapors, without the need for electricity.  And imagine the optical effects gadgets of the future could achieve by imitating nature’s photonic crystals – in toys, theaters and stage productions, electronic devices, medical sensors and who knows what else.  We only have to recall the applications that sprung out of the invention of the laser to imagine what might become possible with these biologically-inspired tricks of light.    In her article, Susan Milius speculated about possible reasons animals use photonic crystals.  The simplistic answer is to attract mates.  But it seems costly for peacocks and moths to build and maintain these precision structures, and flashing one’s presence poses the risk of attracting predators instead of lovers.  Does the male put on this show to signal his genetic fitness or health?  It’s not clear the brilliant iridescent colors signal any kind of information an animal brain would find useful.  Maybe the lights are just beautiful.  Milius used a subtitle that said, “Iridescence could be pretty meaningful—or maybe just pretty.”1.  Milius, Susan, “How They Shine,” Science News, 173:28, pp. 26-29, June 7, 2008. It is wonderfully inspiring to hear about nature’s incredible designs.  Most articles, though, toss a fly in the ointment by speculating about evolution.  The Science News article, for instance, claimed that “birds, beetles, butterflies and plenty of other creatures evolved cutting-edge optical systems long before modern technology did.”  Later, it said, “The animals’ devices come from millions of years of evolutionary trial and error”.  Puke attack.    Darwinists, stop stealing the light show.  This is intelligent design science from start to finish.  Design detection, reverse engineering and biomimetics all stem from the premise that the universe, earth and life show evidence of intelligent design.  This is not religious.  If you call it religion, we will return the favor and accuse the Darwinists of believing in mythical millions of years, magical mutations and voodoo selection.(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SEA Games: Cray strikes gold in 400m hurdles

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments SEA Games: PH booters bow out Cray, who hails from Olongapo but lives in Texas, spent the few suspense-filled minutes waiting for the results lying on the track, totally sure that he won the first of his two finals events of the evening.The officials timer showed he clocked 50.03 seconds as against the Vietnamese’s 50.05. It was way off  the 49.40 SEA Games record that he also holds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCray was probably saving himself as he was to compete later in the 100m dash which he also won two years ago.Another Filipino in the final, Francis Tiaga Medina, also crossed the finish line but on wheelchair as he appeared to have injured his legs. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Eric Cray of the Philippines competes in the men’s 400-meter hurdles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games. Cray clocked 50.03 seconds to win the gold medal. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR — Eric Cray chose to coast along to the finish line despite a Vietnamese competitor and still emerged the men’s 400-meter hurdles champion Tuesday night in the Southeast Asian Games.Holding a big lead at the final turn, the defending champion brushed off the challenge of Quach Cong Lich in the final 50 meters to nail it via thrilling photo finish.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARlast_img read more

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Asian Games: Rower Dushyant takes bronze in lightweight single sculls

first_imgIndian rower Dushiant Dushyant on Wednesday settled for the bronze medal in the men’s lightweight single sculls final of the 17th Asian Games.Dushyant faltered in the final 500 metres and had to settle for the bronze at the Chungju Tangeum Lake Rowing Center in Incheon.Dushyant completed the 2,000 metre race in seven minutes and 26.57 seconds to finish third behind gold medal winner Hoi Kwan Lok of Hong Kong and South Korea’s Hakbeom Lee, who took silver.The Indian rower, who had scaled down his weight to 72 kg from 78 to compete in the lightweight event, was in second place 1.57 seconds behind Kwan Lok after the first 500 metres.The 22-year-old then rowed into the lead and opened up 1.21 seconds lead by the 1,000m mark.The Hong Kong rower ate into the Indian’s lead to reduce the difference to 0.64 seconds in the next 500m but Dushyant was still 2.21 seconds ahead of Lee in third place.The Indian, however, lost steam on the home stretch as both Kwan Lok and Lee caught up and then overtook him to deny Dushyant a top-two finish.India, who had 11 medals at the end of day four, now have added another bronze.last_img read more

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Danish Kaneria hits out at ECB after board permits banned cricketer to play

first_imgPakistan’s banned leg spinner Danish Kaneria has slammed the Pakistan and English cricket authorities after it was announced on Thursday that fast bowler Mervyn Westfield has been allowed to play lower-level cricket with one year of his spot-fixing ban remaining.”If anything, the permission by the England and Wales Cricket Board to allow special treatment to Westfield, confirms their bias and discrimination towards me throughout this case,” Kaneria said. (Pakistan likely to change squad for ICC World Twenty20)The ECB anti-corruption tribunal had banned Kaneria for life in 2012 and Westfield was jailed the same year and banned from professional cricket for five years and club cricket for three years on spot fixing charges.Both were banned after they played together for Essex in the English county championship. (Saeed Ajmal threatens to retire if new action found ineffective)Westfield claimed in his testimony that he accepted 6,000 pounds to under-perform in a 40-over pro match between Essex and Durham in September 2009.The paceman claimed Kaneria had groomed him to indulge in spot fixing.”It just gets tougher to bear all this. On one hand the Pakistan board is not willing to even listen to me and now the ECB has allowed Westfield permission to play again,” Kaneria said.”It is strange to me that I have not even confessed to any spot fixing nor has any solid evidence been shown against me. They never even put me on trial. But a person who admitted accepting money for spot-fixing and who changes his statements on oath is being shown leniency,” Kaneria lamented.advertisement”The ECB banned me on the basis of Westfield’s statement which he changed during the hearings while they are not even willing to listen to me and talk evidence.””I remain banned based on an individual’s statement and no real proof,” he added.Kaneria who lost two appeals in the United Kingdom against his life ban is also facing a legal battle to avoid paying a compensation of around 200,000 pounds which the ECB is claiming from him to cover its costs for the spot-fixing case.The ECB has filed a petition in the Sindh High Court to recover the money from Kaneria.”I just say to these boards at least review this so called evidence and cross examine Westfield again. They banned me on basis of Westfield’s testimony which is injustice.”Pakistan’s top leg spinner Abdul Qadir said he was pained by the plight of Kaneria.”I just feel sad for him because until now neither has the ECB nor the PCB shown us any real incriminating evidence against him. To add insult to injury now this fellow Westfield is allowed to resume playing cricket,” Qadir said.”The way they proceeded in the case against Kaneria, I have always felt the life ban was an extreme measure. What is disappointing is the way the PCB has kept quiet on this issue all this time.””England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had banned Kaneria and not the ICC. Then on what grounds has the PCB barred him from playing cricket? He earns for a living from the game,” Qadir questioned.last_img read more

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