Pakistan beat West Indies for T20 series win DUBAI, UAE (CMC): West Indies suffered their second batting meltdown in the space of 48 hours as they slumped to a 16-run defeat to Pakistan in the second Twenty20 International here yesterday to meekly surrender the three-match series. Scores: Pakistan 160 for four off 20 overs (Sarfraz Ahmed 46 not out, Khalid Latif 40, Shoaib Malik 37; Samuel Badree 1-24). West Indies 144 for nine off 20 overs (Sunil Narine 39, Andre Fletcher 29; Sohail Tanvir 3-13, Hasan Ali 3-49). Cuba clip Under-17s Jamaica Under-17 footballers were clipped 1-0 by Cuba in the semi-finals of the Caribbean Football Union’s championship on Friday in Trinidad and Tobago. Brian Savigne netted the game’s only goal in the 59th minute. The Cubans and Haiti will meet in the decider today. The Haitians turned back Curacao 3-1 in the other semi-final. Jamaica and Curacao will clash in a third-place play-off. All four semi-finalists, along with best third-place finisher Suriname, qualified for next year’s CONCACAF final round.
–ANSA McAL gifted “Bundles of Joy” hampersBy Ramona LuthiBabies are hope of new beginnings for parents. With their coos, squeals, giggles and wails these bundles of joyNew mother Natalia Francis with Brand Representaive Joel Lee, Nurse Tamella Heywood, Sister Prescott and Nurse Charmine Pearsonbrightens any room with their presence. All expectant parents want the birth of a healthy, happy baby but to those 12 mothers who had their babies arrive on the historic day of Guyana’s Golden Jubilee of Independence, it was beyond a special moment.According to Public Relations Officer of the Georgetown Public Hospital, Mitzy Campbell, 12 beautiful babies were delivered within the 24-hour time span of the country’s Independence Day anniversary, noting they were an equal share of six boys and six girls. Meanwhile, as part of their contribution to the 50th Independence Jubilee Anniversary to the new mothers, Ansa McAl Trading Limited distributed “Bundle of Joy” hampers and congratulations expressed by brand representative Joel Lee.
The decision was made at a Premier League shareholders meeting in London on Friday, when all 20 top-flight clubs voted.“Premier League clubs have today agreed to continue advanced testing of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) throughout season 2018/19,” said a league statement.“The decision came after comprehensive discussions regarding the progress made in VAR trials in English football, and key learnings from the many competitions using it elsewhere.“The clubs recognised and are grateful for the substantial developments made by PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) managing director Mike Riley and his team.”One of the major concerns regarding VAR as currently deployed is the length of time it takes to reach a decision. It is also not always obvious to spectators inside the stadium when the match referee is calling upon the system or indeed what exactly is the incident he wants reviewed.It was a point highlighted in the EPL’s statement, which said: “The clubs agreed that advanced testing will continue to the end of season 2018/19 to make further improvements to the system, especially around communication inside the stadium and for those following at home and around the world.“The Premier League will also be asking for VAR to be used more extensively in the FA Cup and Carabao (League) Cup in season 2018/19.”Another problem flagged up by trials worldwide is the vexed question of when VAR should be called upon to overturn a “clear and obvious” error.– ‘Not perfect’ –Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who experienced VAR during an FA Cup game with West Bromwich Albion, agreed improvement was needed before VAR could be used in the Premier League.“The only experience I have with VAR is the West Brom game and I really think that was very interesting,” said Klopp. “We are all agreed it took a little long for all decisions… It’s not perfect in the moment.”There was controversy when England were denied a World Cup warm-up win when VAR helped Italy salvage a 1-1 draw at Wembley last month, after German referee Deniz Aytekin overturned his initial decision not to award a spot-kick when substitute Federico Chiesa tumbled under the challenge of James Tarkowski five minutes from time.Lorenzo Insigne scored from the spot and afterwards England manager Gareth Southgate said: “I’m glad it’s not the World Cup just yet. I think the ruling is ‘clear and obvious’ and it’s not. It’s one you can debate all day… I prefer the referee’s decision is final.”But FIFA president Gianni Infantino, explaining why VAR will be used at the World Cup, said in March: “What we want is to help and to give the referee the possibility to have extra help when he has to make important decisions, and in a World Cup we make very important decisions.“It cannot be possible that in 2018 everybody, in the stadium or at home, knows in a few seconds if the referee has made a mistake but not the referee himself — not because he doesn’t want to know about it but because we forbid him to know.”Germany’s Bundesliga will, however, continue to use VAR next season despite World Cup winner Sami Khedira, who plays for Serie A club Juventus, branding it a “disaster” during this season’s trials.UEFA, European football’s governing body, has still to be convinced, however.“Nobody knows exactly how VAR will work. There is already a lot of confusion,” said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, who insists that VAR will not be used in next season’s Champions League.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000German referee Deniz Aytekin studies the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) screen to see if Italy deserve a penalty against England © AFP / Ian KINGTONLondon, United Kingdom, Apr 13 – The Video Assistant Referee system (VAR) will not be used during the 2018/19 English Premier League season, officials announced Friday.Trials of VAR in English cup competitions this season have proved controversial and even though the technology is set to be used during this year’s World Cup in Russia, Premier League chiefs believe further tests are needed.