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Wicked Star Kara Lindsay Is Broadway.com’s Newest Vlogger!

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first_img Lindsay will show us just how magical life is over at the Gershwin Theatre, where she flies around in a bubble, perfects her hair toss and channels Eva Peron eight times a week. Expect frequent cameos from her co-stars, including Caroline Bowman, Matt Shingledecker and Tony nominee Robin de Jesus. Think Pink will kick off on January 22 and run every Thursday for eight weeks. Wicked’s got a new Glinda, and we’re giving her a camera. That’s right: Kara Lindsay is Broadway.com’s newest video blogger! Get ready for your own personality dialysis with Think Pink: Backstage at Wicked with Kara Lindsay. Lindsay previously played Glinda in the national tour of Wicked. She appeared in the original cast of Broadway’s Newsies as Katharine, taking home a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award alongside her co-star Jeremy Jordan. View Commentscenter_img Wicked Related Shows from $95.00last_img read more

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Betancourt Prepares Her Book Outside Colombia a Year after Her Rescue

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first_imgBy Dialogo July 02, 2009 Bogotá, July 1 (EFE).- A year after being rescued by the army, former presidential candidate and former FARC hostage Ingrid Betancourt lives outside Colombia. She is in the middle of a divorce, and is finishing a book that everyone predicts will be a best-seller. After six years as a hostage, Betancourt was freed on 2 July, 2008 during an undercover military operation known as “Operation Jaque” together with Americans Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell, and Tom Howes, as well as eleven Colombian police and military personnel, some of whom spent more than ten years captive in the jungle. In an operation that is considered almost a masterpiece of military intelligence and that took place a year ago tomorrow, a group of uniformed personnel passed themselves off as humanitarian aid workers and freed the fifteen hostages without firing a shot. “Thank you to the army of my country, Colombia, thank you for the impeccable operation; the operation was perfect,” were the first words of the former hostage when she arrived, free, in Bogotá that day. Betancourt, who was the most valuable hostage held by the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), was kidnapped on 23 February 2002 in the jungle department of Caquetá while campaigning for that year’s elections, two days after the breakdown of peace negotiations between the administration of then President Andrés Pastrana and the guerilla group. Both her friends and her critics acknowledge that her kidnapping took place in the context of what was almost a provocation, given that the civil and military authorities had recommended that she not go near the region dominated by the guerrillas at a moment of such tension. But her rebellious personality did not allow her to listen to this advice, and she was taken hostage together with her running mate, then-vice-presidential candidate Clara Rojas. She kept up this kind of “insolence” during her years of captivity, as her fellow kidnapping victims have recalled in various books published since their liberation. The most severe critics have been Americans Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell, and Thomas Howes, who in their book “Out of Captivity” tell the story of how Ingrid protested when they arrived at the camp at which they met her for the first time because, in her view, this meant sharing the limited space available to the hostages. The Pentagon contractors, captured in 2003 when their airplane crashed in the jungle during an operation in search of FARC cocaine laboratories, recount that Betancourt accused them in front of their kidnappers of belonging to the CIA, placing them in serious danger. The Americans label Betancourt “selfish and lacking solidarity” when it came time to share food, clothing, radios, and books, essential items in the jungle that enabled them to survive better in that hell. Clara Rojas, although she has been discreet, has acknowledged that her relationship with Ingrid deteriorated because “she did not behave like a friend.” One of Betancourt’s unconditional supporters is former senator Luis Eladio Pérez, with whom she appears to have maintained a romantic relationship while kidnapped, according to the Americans’ account in their book. Another supporter is Sgt. William Pérez, a nurse who took care of Ingrid during her most difficult moments and who continues to correspond with her on a weekly basis, as he indicated to EFE. Once freed, Betancourt traveled to Paris, where she was reunited with her children, and where she has filed for divorce from publicist Juan Carlos Lecompte, her second husband, whom she married in Polynesia in 1997. Ingrid petitioned for divorce alleging “de facto separation” for years, while it seems that Lecompte feels offended by the “ingratitude” shown by his wife, according to a report published last week in Caras magazine . Following her rescue, the former presidential candidate traveled to various countries, and she was received by Latin American and European leaders, even the Pope, and was awarded several prizes, among them the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord , due to her “dignity” and “courage.” She was even a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, after being named “Woman of the Year 2008” by the organization Women’s World Award, sponsored by former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev. In Colombia, these awards have been met with ill-will in some sectors, as many former hostages and members of civil society believe that Betancourt is no more deserving than other former kidnapping victims who continue to work for peace away from the spotlight. At present, Ingrid divides her time between Paris and New York, makes few public appearances, and is concentrating on writing her dramatic story, a book that even before reaching bookstores, it is destined to become a best-seller.last_img read more

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Colombia’s New Defense Chief Promises Continuity

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first_img President-elect Juan Manuel Santos named Rodrigo Rivera as Colombia’s next defense minister on Wednesday, picking a former member of Congress with a history of supporting tough security measures. Rivera will head Colombia’s fight against leftist guerrillas from next month, when outgoing President Alvaro Uribe hands over power to Santos. “The idea is to continue and consolidate the security policies that were so brilliantly applied over the last eight years,” Rivera, 47, told reporters. Uribe is the most popular leader in Colombian history for his U.S.-backed crackdown on drug-running rebels who have been fighting the state since the 1960s. Colombia’s cities and highways have become safer since Uribe first took office in 2002, prompting a sharp increase in investor confidence. Former senator and presidential candidate German Vargas Lleras was named interior and justice minister. He will be in charge of the government’s relations with Congress and the courts once Santos becomes head of state on Aug. 7. The incoming president is expected to move quickly to mend ties with neighboring Venezuela, where leftist President Hugo Chavez has cut off relations with Colombia in the latest crisis to hit a volatile Andean region plagued by clashing ideologies, guerrilla armies and cocaine smuggling. Uribe accuses Chavez of allowing 1,500 guerrillas to live in dozens of camps along Venezuela’s jungle frontier, where Bogota says they are free to plan attacks against Colombia. Chavez dismisses the accusation, saying it is part of a Washington-backed plan to invade his oil-rich country. He has said he hopes to improve relations with Colombia once Santos, himself a former defense minister, is in power. Chavez halted trade with Colombia last year to protest a deal allowing U.S. forces to use Colombian air bases for anti-drugs operations. The halt has nearly dried up what was once a $7 billion per year commercial relationship. Outgoing Defense Minister Gabriel Silva has been named Colombia’s next ambassador to the United States, which has given billions of dollars in military aid to the country. By Dialogo July 30, 2010last_img read more

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H1N1 flu viruses growing more resistant to Tamiflu

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first_imgAug 25, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – With influenza season well under way in the southern hemisphere, one of the three kinds of seasonal influenza virus is becoming increasingly resistant to the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu), the World Health Organization (WHO) reported last week.Thirty-one percent (242 of 788) of influenza A/H1N1 isolates from 16 countries that were tested in recent months carried a mutation associated with oseltamivir resistance, the WHO said. In South Africa, all of the 107 isolates tested had this mutation, known as H274Y, the agency reported.Other countries and areas that tested 10 or more isolates and found resistance included Australia, 100% (10 of 10 isolates); Ghana, 20% (2 of 10) Hong Kong, 17% (97 of 583); and Chile, 13% (4 of 32 isolates).The findings strengthen a trend that that was first observed last January in Norway and subsequently in many other countries. Overall for the last quarter of 2007 and the first quarter of this year, 16% (1,182 of 7,528) of tested H1N1 isolates carried the resistance mutation, according to WHO figures. Resistance was found in 35 countries, mostly in the northern hemisphere, including in 12% of tested US isolates and 26% of tested Canadian isolates.”What we’re seeing is the evolution of the resistance gene and the distribution of it throughout the world,” said Lance Jennings, a clinical virologist with the Canterbury District Health Board in Christchurch, New Zealand, and chair of the Asia-Pacific Advisory Committee on Influenza, as quoted in an Aug 22 Bloomberg News report.In South Africa, Terry Besselaar, director of the National Influenza Centre in Johannesburg, said, “The patients are from across the country, so the resistant strain is widespread,” according to the Bloomberg report.The WHO said only 1 of the 107 patients in South Africa was taking oseltamivir, and no unusual clinical features or underlying conditions were found.No increase in oseltamivir resistance has been reported in the other two types of seasonal flu viruses, A/H3N2 and B. Recent WHO updates have not indicated which types are most common overall in the southern hemisphere this season, but the Aug 20 statement said flu was widespread in New Zealand, with H3 and B viruses predominant. The statement also cited sporadic flu activity in Argentina, with H1 viruses most common.Many countries have stockpiled oseltamivir, which is used to treat people infected with the H5N1 avian flu virus and is generally considered the most promising antiviral to use in case H5N1 evolves into a human pandemic strain. The WHO statement did not mention any reports of resistance to zanamivir (Relenza), the other drug in the neuraminidase inhibitor class.A spokeswoman for Roche, the maker of Tamiflu, said H5N1 viruses remain sensitive to the drug, according to the Bloomberg report. The spokeswoman, Claudia Schmitt, said the company plans to conduct surveillance on resistant and susceptible flu viruses during the 2008-09 flu season.In a summary of H1N1 resistance to oseltamivir in the the 2007-08 flu season, the WHO said in June that no link between “oseltamivir exposure and resistance at the individual patient level was noted.”The increasing oseltamivir resistance in H1N1 viruses has puzzled experts. In an editorial published by Eurosurveillance in January, authorities said resistant viruses with the H274Y mutation had been seen in previous flu seasons but were rare and did not spread easily. But the more recent H1N1 isolates with the mutation were “fitter” and were spreading in the community, they wrote.A recent update by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) observed, “At this stage the significance of these [resistance] findings remains uncertain. The emergence of drug resistance in the context of limited drug use is unexpected, and the extent of future circulation is difficult to predict.”See also: Jun 13 WHO statement on H1N1 oseltamivir resistance in 2007-08 seasonhttp://www.who.int/influenza/patient_care/antivirals/oseltamivir_summary/en/Feb 1 CIDRAP News story “Europe says Tamiflu-resistant virus seen in 9 countries”last_img read more

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Prisons: The forgotten front in opioid war

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first_imgAnd in the two weeks following their release, former prisoners are 129 times more likely to die from overdose than members of the general population. This is despite the fact that we have robust evidence showing that we can decrease the incidence of relapse, overdose, drug-related health complications like HIV transmission, criminal activity after release and recidivism by offering treatment.And unequivocal data highlights that medication-assisted therapy — that is, treatment with methadone or suboxone — in prisons saves lives. A study published recently in the journal Addiction showed that offering medication-assisted treatment in prisons reduced drug-related overdose deaths by 85 percent in the four-week period following prisoner release and reduced mortality from all causes by 75 percent over the same period.Few other medical interventions have demonstrated such success. Unfortunately, however, the majority of correctional facilities in the United States do not offer programs for people addicted to opioids.Out of the 3,200 U.S. jails, only 23 provide maintenance therapy to inmates. Categories: Editorial, OpinionMultiple leaders across the nation, including Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and even President Donald Trump, have declared states of emergency in response to the opioid epidemic.Policymakers claim to be battling this public health crisis on all fronts, but one arena continues to be conspicuously ignored: our prisons and jails. Roughly half of all incarcerated individuals suffer from addiction. And if we want to save lives on the streets, we cannot send people out of prisons untreated and abandon them when they are the most vulnerable to overdose.If we’re serious about addressing the opioid epidemic, we have to pay attention to the evidence demonstrating that opioid treatment in jails and prisons is highly effective.And we must act by quickly expanding such treatment to many more facilities around the country. Current programs offering in-facility treatment should guide the nation, serving as examples of how we can provide vulnerable, disenfranchised people with the care they deserve as fellow humans and members of our society.If we claim, whether as a community, a state or a nation, to be fighting the opioid crisis on all fronts, let us not forget one that offers undeniable evidence of a way to save lives. Dr. Justin Berk is a combined internal medicine/pediatrics resident in urban health at Johns Hopkins Hospital.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists This is a critical public health issue, and the benefits of the therapies we can offer to people with opioid addiction who are currently incarcerated reach far beyond those individuals.Our communities benefit too when we help those suffering from addiction get the care they need to survive and live healthy lives. Skeptics will argue against such treatment by asserting that it is too expensive, or that it will be “diverted“ and used inappropriately, or that the people with addictions who end up incarcerated should have taken more personal responsibility.But these interventions have been shown to be cost-effective.Diversion can be minimized, while treatment could actually improve security.And moralizing arguments against a well-recognized psychiatric disorder are antiquated, demonstrating poor knowledge of evidence-based treatment, if not also little compassion for a vulnerable population. I have seen first-hand that suboxone allows many people to concentrate on their lives instead of their addictions upon their release from jail or prison. And out of the 50 state prison systems, only four offer such treatment.This means that people who are fortunate enough to be part of a treatment program before their incarceration are, upon their entrance to a jail or prison, often taken off their medications and forced to endure cruel, painful and dangerous periods of withdrawal. This is not a problem of resources.Many incarcerated patients currently receive appropriate care for other chronic conditions, including diabetes, HIV, cancer and even more-newly-recognized disorders, like gender dysphoria.Our federal and state corrections systems have the capacity to offer this treatment — a treatment defined as “essential medicine“ by the World Health Organization.The inability to access medical treatment with such established benefits is an unacceptable violation of prisoners’ constitutional right to basic health care.But this is not just an issue of rights, and this is not just about prisoners.last_img read more

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Tour guides hit hard as COVID-19 strangles tourist destinations

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first_imgOn a normal day, 58-year-old Agustinus Bataona, a tour guide in West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province, would be quite busy leading tourists from as far away as New Zealand, Australia, the United States, and Europe on his Komodo Overseas Tour.Usually in a single month, he and his colleagues conducted five to seven tours to explore Komodo Island and the beauty of the surrounding islands. Meanwhile, they handled three or four tour packages, including overland trips, per month. On a busy day, he and his colleagues often met cruise ships that had between 1,000 and 1.500 tourists on board.“But that was before the COVID. Now, everything is so different. It is very quiet, nothing to do. In February we only handled two tours, while in March, there are none,” Agustinus who is also the regional NTT head of the Indonesia Tour Guide Association, told The Jakarta Post on Monday. As fears over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus grow, significantly fewer tourists are visiting major destinations in NTT, such as Labuan Bajo, Komodo National Park and Flores. To date, about 45,000 tourists have canceled their plans to visit the world-renowned destinations from January to May.“This definitely affects the livelihoods of the tour guides in East Nusa Tenggara, especially on Flores and Komodo. We lost our daily income because tourism is our main source of income,” said Agustinus.Agustinus said  at least 511 licensed tour guides in NTT are affected by the cancellations. Because of them, many tour guides have to stay at home.The secretary-general of the Indonesian Travel Agents Association (Astindo), Pauline Suharno, who is also the director of Elok Tours, said there are many tourist workers at the grassroots level who have been indirectly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused numerous cancellations. In addition to guides, other workers who rely heavily on the tourism industry for their livelihoods, such as tour drivers, are also in difficult circumstances, she said. Meanwhile, Pauline said many travel agencies have to “reorganize” to reduce their employee numbers for efficiency.“Some implement unpaid leave; there is no hiring of contract workers and there is no new recruitment. Job termination cannot be avoided if the condition remains the same or worse,” Pauline said on Thursday. Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani also reported that many hotels in Indonesia started striving for cost efficiency amid the hard times to generate cash flow because of the drop in hotel occupancy rates caused by a decline in tourist visits.“Today, many daily workers in the hotel are not employed any more. The daily workers usually work depending on occupancy rates, such as the cleaning staff. Meanwhile, many contract and permanent employees are starting to work in shifts for efficiency,” he said.The growing fears over the spread of COVID-19 have hit tourism-related businesses like travel agents, hotels and other accommodations across the country.Pauline said ticket sales for inbound and outbound flights fell sharply, not only to those traveling for holidays but also for Muslim pilgrimages to Mecca. Many trips such as study tours and business trips have also been canceled following the government instruction to limit travel, movement and events.As of March 12, Astindo recorded a nearly 90 percent drop in sales following booking cancellations caused by fears over the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, in February, Astindo members recorded potential losses of Rp 4 trillion.“In the hard times, our members are still burdened with operational costs, such as office leasing fees, bank interest rates, employee salaries, electricity charges, telephone expenses and others. This is a hard time for us,” said Pauline.Meanwhile, the PHRI reported the country’s overall occupancy rate had fallen below the low season average of 50 to 60 percent to 30 to 40 percent since the outbreak of the coronavirus in China in early January. In Bali, the occupancy rate had dropped to 20 percent, especially in areas visited by individual travelers such as Kuta, Sanur, Legian, Ubud and Jimbaran.Topics :last_img read more

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AV Jennings’ development focused on looking after environment

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first_imgDownsizers and young professional couples have shown a keen interest in one of Brisbane’s suburban developments at Kenmore.With the final touches being put on AVJennings’ 32 architect designed two and three level townhouses, buyers want low maintenance properties close to the river and CBD.Set among 7000sq m of open space and protected bushland, just 9km from the Brisbane CBD, townhouses are priced from $625,000.AVJennings Queensland sales manager Tony Creighton said buyers had the option to choose from three different floor plans.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago“These townhomes are similar in size to a freestanding home, with up to 186sq m of living space including three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a powder room, a double garage plus outdoor areas for entertaining,” he said.“We know most downsizers want to make their move as simple as possible by keeping their furniture and treasured possessions they have collected over the years, so we have designed thesetownhomes with ample living areas and bedrooms to allow for easy storage without cluttering.”The townhouses are stylish with contemporary finishes including glass balustrades, timber decking, stone benchtops, European appliances, fully ducted air conditioning and bamboo flooring.There are a limited number of townhomes available that include an additional room, which can be used as an office space for professionals working from home, or an additional bedroom for when family come to visit.Mr Creighton said Kersley Lane appealed to buyers looking to live in a “boutique community” with fewer neighbours.“AVJennings will rehabilitate this environmental corridor and is looking to establish nesting boxes in the area to encourage more native animals to live here,” he said.And those who want to socialise with their neighbours, family and friends can make use of the exclusive resident’s barbecue area set among the leafy surrounds of Kersley Lane.A fully furnished display is now open on Saturday and Sunday, from 10am-3pm. AVJennings is putting the finishes touches on its new Kersley Lane community in Kenmore. Kersley Lane Developer: AVJenningsPrice: Townhouses which are priced from $625,000Address: Kersley Lane is at 21-23 Kersley Rd, Kenmorelast_img read more

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‘Justice’ ready for forever home while officials continue to seek justice

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first_imgShelby County, In. — Last November, a young pit bull named Justice was found in Shelby County with severe chemical burns. Justice has spent the last several months recovering and will soon be looking for a forever home.Shelbyville/Shelby County Animal Shelter took ownership of the situation and the pit bull and began the campaign for “Justice.” Shelter workers, with the help of the IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital, nursed the dog back to health.Justice will need eye surgery, but the procedure doesn’t work he may need eye medicine for the remainder of his life.Applications to adopt Justice will soon be posted on their Facebook page. The only requirements are that Justice is the only pet in the house and the family lives within 100 miles.There is still a $10,000 reward to find those responsible for hurting Justice.Information can be emailed to cbrowder@cityofshelbyvillein.com or call 317-392-5127. Officials say ANY information could help solve this mystery.last_img read more

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Cricket News MS Dhoni touches golden milestone of 500 international games

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian team’s senior-most player and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday reached the golden milestone of playing 500 international matches for India during the second T20 International against England, a day ahead of his 37th birthday.Dhoni became the third Indian after Sachin Tendulkar (664) and Rahul Dravid (509) to break the 500 match barrier in international cricket.The second T20I against England is Dhoni’s 92nd in the shortest format of the game.The Chennai Super Kings skipper has played 90 Test matches and 318 One Day Internationals.In his Test career, he had scored 4876 runs with six centuries and 33 half tons before hanging up his boots.In the 318 ODIs, he has so far scored 9967 runs with 10 tons and 67 half tons.In the 91 T20’s apart from the second T20I match against England, he had scored 1455 runs with two half centuries.In 499 international matches so far, he has taken 602 catches and effected 178 stumpings. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Cricket News Asghar Afghan axed as Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib to lead side for ICC Cricket World Cup

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first_imgThe move to replace Asghar Afghan is indeed surprising considering the amount of success he has had as captain. His major contribution was in Afghanistan winning the ICC Cricket World Cup qualifier tournament in 2018 which was held in Zimbabwe. Afghanistan defeated West Indies in the final as they sealed their spots for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Asghar Afghan, who was earlier known as Asghar Stanikzai, captained in 56 matches and secured wins in 33 games.For Naib, who has played 52 ODIs, this will be the first time that he will captain Afghanistan any format. The departure of Asghar Afghan marks the end of a wonderful period when he helped Afghanistan to many memorable victories. In the one-off Test against Ireland at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Dehradun, Rahmat Shah’s 98 and 76 along with Asghar Afghan’s 67, which included six fours and four sixes, helped Afghanistan create history by winning their first-ever Test by seven wickets.Afghanistan has still not announced their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 squad. The side, who won a game in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup by beating Scotland by one wicket at the University Oval in Dunedin, will open their World Cup campaign against five-time champions Australia at Bristol on June 1. Afghanistan will open the World Cup campaign against Australia on June 1 in Bristol.Rahmat Shah, who hit 98 and 76 vs Ireland, will be the Test captain.Rashid Khan will be the Twenty20 skipper for Afghanistan. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Afghanistan Cricket Board has announced a surprising decision with just over one and a half months to go for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with Asghar Afghan, who led the side for four years after taking over the captaincy from Mohammad Nabi in 2015, being replaced by Gulbadin Naib. This, in effect, means Naib will lead the Afghanistan cricket team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which will be held in England starting from May 30. Taking to the official Twitter handle of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, the organisation in a press conference announced these details on their timeline.The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) announced split captaincy for all three formats, with Naib being the ODI captain and Rashid Khan being the vice-captain. In the Twenty20 format, Rashid will be the captain while Shafiqullah Shinwari will be the vice-captain. In Tests, Rahmat Shah, who played a starring role in the game against Ireland in Dehradun, has been appointed as the new skipper with Hashmat Shahidi the new vice-captain. highlightslast_img read more

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