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The World Cup went right down to the wire as far as qualification for the semi-finals was concerned. Pakistan, after a jittery start, suddenly erupted to life and bounced back into contention. However, the needed other results to go in their favour and hence, hinged all their hopes on India vs England match. Pakistan wanted India to win, but hosts England came out firing on all cylinders as they downed India.This defeat resonated in Pakistan’s eventual exit and this also led to former players and pundits questioning India’s approach and gamesmanship in the match against England. There were theories that Kohli and co. deliberately lost in order to thwart Pakistan’s chances of qualification.However, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has shot down such theories and said that England played well to win the game. MS DhoniICC Twitter”No, no, it is not right to say this. I don’t think India lost because of us. England played well to win,” Sarfaraz told reporters after returning home.’Don’t think we need to be ashamed of anything’ Getty ImagesThe Pakistan skipper also refused to apologise for the performance of his side and said that the team had not performed poorly as was being made out in the media.”I don’t think we need to be ashamed of anything. We had a tough time in the first five matches especially after the defeat to India but I am proud of the way the team fought back to win the last four matches,” Sarfaraz said.He also insisted that there are no plans of giving up captaincy and that he will stay in his post and do his best to take the team to the next level, especially with the World T20 slated to be held in Australia.”The Pakistan Cricket Board will decide on who will be the captain. But personally, since you asked me, I know these players very well now. Most of them are young and if we learn from our mistakes in the World Cup, I can take this team to the next level, especially with the World T20 Cup coming up next year in Australia,” Sarfaraz added.The Pakistan captain said that he was hurt by a few of the comments made post the India loss and that Pakistan had encountered very tough conditions, but the players felt very isolated after the hurtful comments which were flung towards them after they went down to India.”There were some incidents with the players including myself in London which we reported to the Board. They were not needed and it hurt and shook the players. We were upset at losing to India but we didn’t expect such reactions, even though isolated,” the skipper said.
Myanmar President U Htin KyawMyanmar’s president Htin Kyaw resigned suddenly on Wednesday leaving the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi without a close confidant and political ally as she faces rising international opprobrium over the Rakhine crisis.The president, an old school friend of Suu Kyi, served as her proxy in an office she was barred from occupying under Myanmar’s military-drafted constitution.His role was largely ceremonial with Suu Kyi calling the shots within her civilian administration, under the self-appointed title of State Counsellor.But he was nonetheless the country’s head of state and a key domestic ally for Suu Kyi within her party.Myanmar’s vice president Myint Swe, a retired general close to the former junta leader Than Shwe, will temporarily move into the role until a new president is in place, according to the constitution.Observers say this will likely make some inside Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party queasy as, in theory, decisions could be pushed through – or held back – in this time.Speculation had swirled for months about the health of Htin Kyaw, 72, who had recently lost weight and has had heart problems in the past.“Myanmar president U Htin Kyaw resigned on 21March 2018,” a statement on the president’s official Facebook page said.His office did not give many details for why he resigned Wednesday, only saying that “he wanted to take a rest from his current duty”.It added that a new leader will be selected “within seven working days”.Shortly after the announcement, speaker of the lower house and Suu Kyi ally Win Myint resigned from his position, narrowing his odds of taking up Myanmar’s top civilian office.“Anyone she selects as president will be someone she has complete trust in,” said independent analyst Richard Horsey.“That trust is the basis of her being the seat of power in Myanmar. She has no power under the constitution. Any power comes from that relationship with the president.”Loyal school friendHtin Kyaw, the country’s first civilian president since 1962, was widely respected and seen as unerringly devoted to Suu Kyi, who said she would rule “above” him after he was elected in 2016.He has stood firmly by her side even as as her reputation has been shredded internationally for not speaking up on behalf of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim community.A violent military crackdown has forced some 700,000 Rohingya to flee over the border into squalid camps in Bangladesh, in what the UN has branded “ethnic cleansing” with possible “hallmarks of genocide”.The military justifies its campaign as a legitimate response to Rohingya militant attacks against police posts in August.The civilian government is in a transitional power-sharing arrangement with the army which still retains huge political and economic power.The army controls three key ministries-home affairs, borders and defence-effectively giving it a carte blanche to conduct any security operations it chooses.It also has a quarter of legislative seats reserved for officers, giving the military a de facto veto over any constitutional change.Defenders of Suu Kyi say her government’s hands are tied by the military but critics maintain it could and should have done more to speak up against alleged army atrocities, particularly in Rakhine state.Domestically Suu Kyi still enjoys broad popular support but, two years into government, her party has disappointed sky-high expectations of rapid development and economic growth, while the Rakhine crisis has recast the international narrative of the country.Htin Kyaw is the son of a revered poet and helped run Suu Kyi’s charitable foundation before taking over the presidency.According to an official biography, he studied at the University of London’s Institute of Computer Science from 1971 to 1972.In a varied career he worked as a university teacher and also held positions in the finance and national planning and foreign affairs ministries in the late 1970s and 80s before retiring from government service as the military tightened its grip.
SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE / FLICKRKarthik Nemmani, 14, of McKinney won the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night.Karthik Nemmani of McKinney defeated 15 finalists, including three North Texans, in the 2018 annual Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night.Nemmani, 14, won the bee on the word “koinonia” in Round 18. The Scoggins Middle School eighth-grader also spelled “haecceitas” correctly after 12-year-old Naysa Modi from Frisco missed the word “Bewusstseinslage” in the final round. Abhijay Kodali, 11, of Flower Mound came in third after misspelling “aalii.”“I had confidence, but I didn’t really think it could happen,” Nemmani said after the trophy was presented. “It was a dream come true.” Congratulations to Karthik Nemmani, #Speller471, the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion. He correctly spelled “koinonia” to win the title. #SpellingBee pic.twitter.com/IyjGWmKg3W— NationalSpellingBee (@ScrippsBee) June 1, 2018Students from North Texas made up a quarter of the 16 finalists. Rohan Raja, 12, of Irving was eliminated in the ninth round on the word, “loratadine.”The competition dwindled from more than 500 students who traveled to Washington D.C. from across the country this week. The finals began Thursday morning with 41 spellers. (Click here to get to know them.)The last Texan to win the national spelling bee was Nihar Saireddy Janga from Austin in 2016. He was co-winner with Jairam Jagadeesh Hathwar. Just 11 at the time, Janga was the youngest speller ever to win the national spelling bee.Last year’s winner was then-12-year-old Ananya Vinay of Fresno, California. Share
Brandon Todd (l) is a Ward 4 candidate, and LaRuby May (r) is a Ward 8 candidate in the April 28 D.C. Council special election. (Photos courtesy of dcyds.org (Todd) and Facebook (May).)The April 28 special election to fill the D.C. Council member positions in Wards 4 and 8 has a number of candidates but the District mayor is out working for this candidates she supports. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) has endorsed former council staffer Brandon Todd and former Ward 8 2014 campaign coordinator LaRuby May for the Ward 4 and 8 positions respectively. Bowser vacated the Ward 4 D.C. Council seat in December to assume her mayoral duties and the death of D.C. Council member Marion S. Barry in November opened up his seat.Bowser said that she wants Todd and May to win because they want the District and its residents to prosper. “We share a vision to move the city forward,” the mayor said. “All three of us are committed to closing gaps in housing and education, and supporting economic development. I would also like to note that a number of the present council members share the same agenda.”Terry Goings, a political activist in Ward 4, backs Todd. “He is the best candidate for the job,” Goings said. “He has been working for Muriel for a number of years, he knows the ward and he is an intelligent guy. I think it is important to have a councilman that has the ear of the mayor.”Joan Thomas, a longtime Ward 4 political activist, said Todd has her support because “he can do the job.” Lori Murphy Lee, an attorney in the District, said Todd is a “determined and dedicated individual.”“I know he will be a great representative,” Lee said.Todd held a fundraiser on Jan. 29 in a heated backyard tent at the Ward 4 home of former D.C. Council member Bill Lightfoot and his wife, Cynthia. Bowser was the featured speaker at the Todd fundraiser and emphasized that Todd is a candidate with “high integrity and high ethical standards.”“He has a history of getting things done in Ward 4 and he is going to work hard at city hall,” Bowser said.Political activists and candidates throughout the city attended the fundraiser, including May and, in a surprise appearance, one of her opponents, Christopher Barry. Barry came to the event wearing a Todd button and shook hands with the crowd.“I am here to support Brandon,” Barry said.Barry did not make an appearance at a fundraiser for May on Jan. 31 at the Uniontown Bar and Grill in Ward 8. Bowser headlined the event and praised May highly. “We want someone to represent Ward 8 who is smart, honest, and who is running for the council for the right reasons,” the mayor said. “She will be the best prepared council member from Day One.”May said she wants to help “Ward 8 rise because it is the right thing to do.”Todd faces 13 opponents and May will vie against 15 others. Todd has been endorsed by D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) and May has gained the support of D.C. Council member Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1).Some political observers believe that if Todd and May are elected, they will be sycophants for Bowser on the council. In the case of Todd, Lee disagrees. “Brandon Todd is an independent thinker,” she said. “He will work with the mayor to do what is in the best interest of the ward.”Wain Jenkins attended the May’s event and said that his candidate will be no puppet for the mayor. “I know that some of her opponents are going to try to portray her that way but she is an intelligent, thoughtful person,” Jenkins said.May has a sharp response to those who think she will be a lackey for the mayor. “I am my own person,” she said. “My name is LaRuby May.”