Tag: Hopes

Aamir hopes to come out clean in Doha hearing

LAHORE - Suspended paceman Aamir has reiterated
that he has not done anything wrong, adding that he has full faith in the ICC. He hoped to come out clean after the hearing before the ICC panel in Doha.
"I have always played Test matches, but
the upcoming hearing in Doha would not
only be the longest but also the toughest
test of my career. I am hopeful that like the
on-field matches, I would be able to
perform well in this test (hearing) too",

Chelsea’s title hopes dented by Villa draw

LONDON - Chelsea's bid to retain the Premier League title suffered another blow as struggling Aston Villa snatched a dramatic 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Carlo Ancelotti's side were on course for a crucial win after late goals from Didier Drogba and John Terry, but Ciaran Clark equalised in stoppage time and the reigning champions are now in severe danger of losing touch with the main title contenders. Even a Champions League spot isn't certain for fifth-placed

Egypt hopes for quick accord on Saddam-era debt

BAGHDAD - Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said in Baghdad on Sunday that Cairo hopes for a quick accord with Iraq on the hundreds of millions of dollars of Saddam-era debt.
"We have indications that there is confirmed intention (by Iraq) to resolve this issue, and we hope to reach a quick settlement," Abul Gheit said at a joint news conference with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari. Egypt has put the figure at double Iraq's estimate of the amount.
Mufid Shehab,

Bollywood hopes animation will draw audience

MUMBAI - India's animators are hoping that a film starring two of Bollywood's biggest stars will revive the sector's fortunes, after earlier efforts to popularise the cartoon genre fell flat. Ajay Devgn and his wife Kajol appear in "Toonpur Ka Superrhero", whose combination of real-life actors and cartoon characters recalls the Oscar-winning film "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" from 1988.
Box office success for the film, which is released on Friday, Christmas Eve, could spur more

Opp skeptical, govt hopes JUI-F will reverse decision

LAHORE: The opposition parties are skeptical about the prospects of the reversal of JUI-F's decision to quit the coalition government, however, the PPP believes the issue will be resolved amicably. PPP Secretary Information Fauzia Wahab said the party had historic relations with the JUI-F and the government would bring all allies back in its fold by addressing their grievances.
However, she made it clear that her party and the government would not initiate any step that might

Barca youngsters end Kazan hopes

BARCELONA: A second string Barcelona side proved too strong for Rubin Kazan Tuesday as the Russians fell 2-0 at the Nou Camp to miss out on a berth in the Champions League knockout phase. Last season, Rubin, unbeaten in 15 in their domestic league, briefly caused a sensation with a 2-1 pool phase win.
The return was a draw, as was this campaign's opener in Russia - hence leaving the Catalan club winless in three previous meetings.
But they put the record straight as they

Kidman humble about Oscar hopes

Nicole Kidman burrowed her way down the red carpet at her "Rabbit Hole" premiere and delved into the Oscar buzz surrounding her performance. Kidman showed up with her husband, Keith Urban, as her date on Thursday night in New York. Kidman said premieres can still be nerve-wracking for her and appreciated having Urban accompany her to the event. "It's nice to have [my] best friend [here]," said Kidman.
"Rabbit Hole" portrays a couple, Becca and Howie Corbett (Kidman and Aaron

DHA elections raise residents’ hopes of participatory decision-making

LAHORE: How will the new DHA Residents' Association solve residential problems and increase the say of residents in DHA administrative matters is the question residents are asking with the DHA Residents' Association 2011-2013 elections scheduled for December 5 (Sunday).
With electioneering at full throttle, DHA is set for free, fair and impartial elections with 6,000 members of the association expected to actively participate. Election Commissioner Group Captain Tayyab Siddiqui

Hopes wane at NZ mine; gas prevents rescue of 29

GREYMOUTH: Hopes waned Monday for the survival of 29 New Zealand coal miners who have been trapped for three days underground, where the presence of explosive gases has prevented a rescue.
Family members expressed frustration with the pace of the response as officials acknowledged for the first time it may be too late to save the miners, who have not been heard from since a massive explosion ripped through the Pike River Mine on the country's South Island on Friday.

‘Obama resurrects hopes of peaceful South Asia’

ISLAMABAD: US President Barrack Obama's visit to India had a positive vibe about it and gave a message of peace to all the parties concerned, former ambassador BA Malik said on Tuesday.
Obama recommended that a stronger role for India in regional and world politics but did not forget to remind the Indian government to resolve all issues with Pakistan through peaceful dialogues, subconsciously admitting that the outcome of the Kashmir issue would determine the course of affairs in

Obama’s visit to India – Pakistan hopes for peace

WASHINGTON: Pakistan's envoy to the United States on Saturday sounded an upbeat note on President Barack Obama's visit to India, voicing hope that it will help bring peace to the region.
"Pakistan looks forward to President Barack Obama's visit in 2011 and hopes that his trip to India will create opportunity for lasting peace in the region," Ambassador Husain Haqqani wrote on Twitter, the micro-blogging service.
For many US experts, it would have been inconceivable for Obama

Sarkozy hopes end in sight for French pension protest

President Nicolas Sarkozy hopes to put his titanic battle to raise France's retirement age behind him this week by signing the measure into law despite a new wave of strikes, rallies and fuel blockades.
With thousands of families heading off for school half-term holidays, and lawmakers expected to give the pensions bill their formal final approval on Wednesday, Sarkozy hopes the mass protest movement will die away.
But, with opinion polls showing the embattled

Pakistan hopes to come out of the shadows

Pakistan is hoping to make a point by upstaging South Africa in their home series in the UAE. The team, which arrived in the UAE early on Sunday, will be without former captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, who have been provisionally suspended by the ICC.
Before departing for the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan coach Waqar Younis admitted that the England tour had taken its toll on players. But he said he was confident they would bounce back against