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first_imgMIRPUR, Bangladesh (CMC):West Indies opener Lendl Simmons stroked a half-century to power Rangpur Riders to a commanding 69-run victory over the Dhaka Dynamites in the Bangladesh Premier League here yesterday.Opting to bat first at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Riders cruised to 176 for six off their 20 overs, with the right-handed Simmons top-scoring with 51 off 39 deliveries.In reply, Dynamites got a top score of 29 from Sri Lankan star Kumar Sangakarra, but their innings never really got going, and they were bowled out for a disappointing 107 in the final over.With the victory, Riders joined Barisal Bulls and Comilla Victorians atop the standings, with four points from two wins and one defeat.Simmons was in great nick, striking five fours and three sixes to get Riders off to a flying start. He put on 38 for the first wicket with Soumya Sarkar who hit 18 from 10 balls, before adding a further 56 for the second wicket with Mohammad Mithun, who made 34 from 32 deliveries.Simmons perished in the 11th over, but Thisara Perera struck 27 from 20 balls and Shakib al Hasan an unbeaten 24 from 15 deliveries to keep the innings flowing.Darren Sammy, however, made just three batting at number five.Al Hasan then destroyed the Dynamites innings with his left-arm spin, taking four for 16, while seamer Thisara Perera claimed three for 25.Sammy went wicket-less from his two overs, which cost 10 runs.On Tuesday, West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels blasted an unbeaten 69 from 52 balls – with eight fours and one six – to help Victorians chase down 177 and beat Chittagong Vikings by seven wickets, also at Sher-e Bangla.Victorians were struggling at 54 for three in the eighth over before Samuels put on 123 in an unbroken fourth wicket stand with Mashrafe Mortaza (56 not out) to pull off the win.last_img read more

first_imgLeo Varadkar has vowed to campaign for the liberalisation of Ireland’s abortion laws.Speaking to BBC Radio 4 this morning, the Taoiseach says that he believes that Ireland’s abortion laws are “too restrictive and need to be liberalised.”The Taoiseach is speaking ahead of a special Cabinet meeting in which the details of the referendum will emerge, including the exact wording of the ballot. Varadkar previously stated in 2014 that he is pro-life, but says that his “views on this matter have evolved.”“I think sometimes the term pro-life and pro-choice can be misunderstood,” the Fine Gael leader said.“I think even people who are in favour of abortion in certain circumstances are pro-life. I still believe in life but I understand there are circumstances under which pregnancies can’t continue.When asked if he was pro-choice, he said: “What do those words even mean? Every single person I know who says they are pro-choice believes in some sort of restriction. They don’t believe in late term abortions for example up to 38 weeks. “These terms pro-life and pro-choice don’t really comprehend the complexity of this issue which is a very private and personal one and on I think that contains a lot of grey areas.”The proposed referendum on the Eighth Amendment follows the recommendation from the Citizens’ Assembly in which termination of pregnancy without restriction should be lawful up to 12 weeks gestation age.The Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment also published a report just before Christmas in which they say that “the termination of pregnancy in Ireland is unfit for purpose and that constitutional reform is necessary.”The proposed referendum is provisionally scheduled for May or June this year.The last referendum held in Ireland on the topic of abortion was in 1992, meaning that no one under the current age of 43 would have been able to vote. The subject of the 1992 referendum was concerned with whether or not the risk of suicide in pregnant women could be considered grounds for abortion, which was voted against by 65.5% of voters. Taoiseach: “Ireland’s abortion laws are too restrictive and need to be liberalised” was last modified: January 27th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:abortionEighth AmendmentLEO VARADKARTaoiseachlast_img read more