Tag: Hits

Feisty Foster hits jackpot with Westwood

LONDON: It is said that every dog has its day and for Lee Westwood's feisty caddie Billy Foster, a self-proclaimed golfing Jack Russell, that day is now. The straight-talking Yorkshireman has previously worked with Seve Ballesteros and Tiger Woods among others but it is only this year he has truly cashed in following fellow Briton Westwood's stunning rise to the top of the world rankings.
"If you had asked me two years ago whether I think he can be number one in the world, I'd

Squabbling hits Iraqi PM’s plan to unveil cabinet

BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's plan to unveil a national unity cabinet was in disarray on Monday as political parties squabbled over posts and the timing of the announcement was put in doubt.
While Maliki had been expected to name his entire cabinet except for three sensitive posts linked to national security, politicians said that as many as half of the ministerial positions were still undecided.
The divisions come with no new cabinet having been formed

Spider-Man musical hits delay

Broadway's troubled Spider-Man musical is facing yet another delay as producers scramble to re-write the script and add new music ahead of the 2011 opening, according to a US report.
'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' was initially scheduled to begin previews nearly a year ago in January 2010, but the launch has been pushed back numerous times as theatre bosses battled to get the curtain up amid rising costs and rigorous safety checks for the show's aerial stunts.

Moody’s downgrade hits KSE

KARACHI: Pakistani stocks ended lower on Monday led by selling in the banking sector, after Moody's Investors Service downgraded the local currency ratings of some major Pakistani banks, dealers said. Moody's Investors Service on Friday downgraded the ratings of five of the biggest banks in Pakistan, including National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), MCB Bank (MCB) and United Bank Ltd (UBL).
The Karachi Stock Exchange's benchmark 100-share index ended 0.20 percent, or 23.46 points, lower

England on top as Pietersen hits double ton

ADELAIDE - Kevin Pietersen relished the big stage of an Ashes Test to bat England into an impregnable position with a imperious double-century at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.
The third day belonged solely to the man they call the "walking ego" as he dominated a beleaguered Australian bowling attack to remain unconquered on 213 when rain called a halt to play after tea. Pietersen brought up his 17th Test hundred and his third against Australia in his 14th Ashes Test to bring the

Thousands battle Israel’s worst fire as toll hits 41

HAIFA: Thousands of Israeli firemen and rescuers fought Friday to control a massive forest fire that has killed 41 people, as global help poured in to battle the biggest inferno in the country's history.
As high winds drove the blaze towards the northern port city of Haifa, police and medical officials said rescuers had recovered another body, taking the toll to 41, and warned the number of dead could still rise.
"As of this morning, we have recovered 41 bodies, and there

McCullum hits double-ton as Test ends in draw

HYDERABAD: Opener Brendon McCullum smashed a career-best 225 to help New Zealand draw the second Test against world number one India on Tuesday. McCullum, playing his 54th Test, unleashed 22 fours and four sixes during his nine-hour innings as the tourists declared at their tea score of 448-8 on the fifth and final day of the match at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium.
That left India, who made 472 in their first innings in reply to New Zealand's 350, with an improbable target of scoring

Akram hits out at PCB over Haider issue

LAHORE: Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram has lashed out at the Pakistan Cricket Board for its handling of the Zulqarnain Haider issue.
"It's the inability of the board that has left the players insecure and vulnerable. I feel that the PCB is not capable of handling Pakistan cricket. It has failed to strike a bond of trust with the players which has left players insecure and vulnerable. There is a lack of direction and leadership in the PCB and the controversies have been a

Nisar hits out at PPP, prime minister

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-N on Thursday unleashed a campaign against the government targeting Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani for the first time and asking the Pakistan People's Party to pull out of the coalition in Punjab and join the opposition in the province.
"Your coalition partners are not supporting you... you are the leader of the House as long as you have the majority... we have not demanded mid-term elections but there would be nothing wrong in it if it

Defiant Pietersen hits back at critics

LONDON: Kevin Pietersen insists he will use the forthcoming Ashes showdown with Australia to prove he is still one of the world's best batsmen. Pietersen has suffered a miserable run of form over the last 12 months and was dropped from England's one-day international squad which faced Pakistan in September.
The flamboyant batsman knows that many experts, including former Australia coach John Buchanan, believe he is no longer the force he once was. But Pietersen, 30, is adamant

PPP’s plan to appoint loyalist as KP governor hits snags

The move by Pakistan People's Party's (PPP) to replace Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani with a party loyalist has hit snags, whereas the Awami National Party (ANP) says that if this has to be done, the governor should be apolitical and a technocrat, suggesting former provincial chief secretary Azam Khan as best suited for the job.
ANP Senior Vice President Haji Adeel told Pakistan Today that his party was against appointing a politician as the

Bale hits treble in Spurs loss, Rooneyless United win

A second half Gareth Bale hat-trick enabled Tottenham Hotspur to limit the damage on Wednesday but was still not enough to stave off a Champions League loss at holders Inter Milan in a seven-goal thriller.
Manchester United, meanwhile, missing injured and want-away striker Wayne Rooney, thanked an early Nani goal to see off Turkey's Bursaspor at Old Trafford to go two points clear of Rangers in Group C after the Scots could only draw 1-1 at home to Valencia.

Obama hits stride before 35,000 in Ohio

COLUMBUS: US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle made their first joint campaign appearances in two years, sending a jolt of energy through 35,000 supporters two weeks before mid-term elections.
Ahead of a week of campaigning, Obama showed he can still fire up a vast crowd of young backers, despite his diminished political brand and Democratic fears of a drubbing by Republicans in congressional polls on November 2.
It was a show of force and energy in a bellwether