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Pakistan Women's Cricket: Expressing Gratitude

Posted on March 11, 2009
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Photo of the Day, Sports, Women
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Adil Najam

This picture is interesting at so many levels.

The official caption reads: "Pakistanplayers pray after winning the ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 round two group stage match between Sri Lanka and Pakistanat Manuka Oval on March 9, 2009 in Canberra, Australia."

What should one comment on? The achievement of the Pakistan women’s cricket (we have written earlier about Urooj Mumtaz Khan, who was again instrumental in this victory). The significance of the women’s team’s achievement when the men’s team is in doldrums. The fact that this was against Sri Lanka, given the horrible incidents of last week. Or just the gesture of gratitude and prayer (and whether this was synchronized for the cameras or spontaneous!).

I will leave the commenting to our readers.

I put this up, because seeing the picture I felt good at the news. Felt good for our womens’ team. And felt good that at least there is some hope for Pakistan cricket. Most of all, because I think its a great picture.

Palm Beach, Fla.-Area Hospitals’ Open-Heart Surgery Plans Suffer Setbacks.

Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News November 28, 2002 By Phil Galewitz, The Palm Beach Post, Fla. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Nov. 28–A state administrative law judge in Tallahassee has recommended the rejection of bids to establish open-heart surgery programs at Boca Raton Community Hospital, Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach and Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart.

Denial for Bethesda and Martin Memorial was recommended partly because giving them open heart surgery would greatly impair the financial condition of JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, which provides the service, according to the 68-page recommendation last week by Judge Eleanor Hunter.

Denial for Boca Community was recommended partly because Hunter doubts the hospital could treat as many poor patients as it promised to as condition of getting the service. site open heart surgery

The state Agency for Health Care Administration approved the bids in October 2001 after rejecting them in 1999.

It will now review Hunter’s recommendation before making a final decision on the hospitals’ 1999 application, probably by spring. this web site open heart surgery

The hospitals’ 2000 and 2001 appeals are also still pending before the state Division of Administrative Hearings.

The three nonprofit hospitals have been trying to get open heart surgery for more than a decade.

Boca Community and Martin Memorial officials said they were disappointed by the recommendation but note they have several appeals pending.

"We are still cautiously optimistic," said Boca Community CEO Gary Strack.

JFK is one of four hospitals in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast that provide open heart surgery, a lucrative service that usually enhances a hospital’s reputation and bottom line. The others are Delray and Palm Beach Gardens medical centers and Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce.

Boca Community said if it were awarded an open heart surgery program, 5 percent of its patients would be uninsured. In her recommendation, Hunter noted that only about one quarter of 1 percent of the hospital’s revenue last year went for charity care.

"The historical levels do not support the proposed commitment of 5 percent of open heart surgeries," she wrote.

JFK would feel the biggest effect of new heart programs at Martin Memorial and Bethesda because JFK made only a $2.4 million profit in 2000, Hunter said.

In contrast, Delray Medical made $24 million profit in 2000 and Palm Beach Gardens has averaged a $20 million to $30 million profit the past three years.

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  1. ALI says:
    April 1st, 2009 12:10 pm

    You guys make us proud

  2. ASAD says:
    March 19th, 2009 11:59 pm

    Even though Pakistan women are now out of the running, this was a great performance, just to get into super 6

  3. zain says:
    March 16th, 2009 5:14 pm

    now thats awesome display of unity , never saw Pakistan men team doing this together… my Salute to these strong women of Pakistan..


  4. Bloody Civilian says:
    March 16th, 2009 11:50 am

    Apologies for the double post. Technical glitch. I thought the first one never got through. So re-typed another. Sorry!! Dear Moderators, could you please delete the older of the two. Thank you! :-)

  5. Bloody Civilian says:
    March 16th, 2009 11:34 am

    “You are using your own intellect to say what is modest and what is immodest”. Hmmm. What are you using? Your elbow? How do you decide to have blind faith in God and accept the Quran as His word? It’s a decision of your brain. Not your stomach. Not your heart. Not your knee.

    Unless you call yourself a Muslim as a matter of identity only… i.e. to say that your parents had the same identity. But how do you have and accept a belief system without using your brain to arrive at that acceptance? There is no other organ in the human body capable of making a decision. And since it is your brain, your decision, it is also your interpretation. Whether you are reading the Quran, Sunnah, Abu Hanifa.. you are using your brain. That is your filter. You cannot escape your interpretation. You can change your own interpretation of something, and make another interpretation your own, depending on what your mind finds satisfactory and convincing.

    We can debate it. Of course.For you must have reasons for your decision. I must have others for mine. But two paragraphs to debate a whole ‘code of life’!! Come on, who are you kidding! Again, write a book or two, have it published, and then.. I might reply in kind. I am not interested in a childish tit-for-tat of statements made while talking past each other.

    As an aside, albeit an interesting one, your conclusion as to me being secular, whatever interpretation you apply to that word, and your view of my ‘methodology’… are all products of your mind not mine. Your decisions not mine. As they should be. Reached using your mind, not mine. Anything else would have been dishonest, if not biologically impossible.

  6. Bloody Civilian says:
    March 16th, 2009 11:16 am

    Uthman, what do you use to believe in the ‘methodology’ that you believe in? You use your mind. You come to the belief through your intellect. Not through your elbow. How do you end up having blind faith in the Quran? Again, through your intellect. Not through your stomach. Or your heart. Or your knee. You are muslim either because you were born to muslim parents, or you used your mind and Islam is what convinced you. Most probably, both.

    I am not discussing the merits or otherwise of a decision any one makes. To be a muslim, or to have a belief, to arrive at an interpretation of any part of Islam.. or the whole… they are all decisions. To follow the Quran, Sunnah, Abu Hanifa… they are all decisions. Your decisions, therefore, by definition, your interpretation. Biologically, the brain is the only place where we make decisions. All decisions. Thanks for the offer of your email address… but write a book or two.. have them published.. then I shall reply in kind. Two prargraphs to argue a whole ‘code of life’… Come on. Who are you kidding.

    As an aside, albeit an interesting one, your quick conclusion that I am secular (whatever interpretation you have for that word) and your view of my ‘methodology’… are also decisions of your mind… not mine. You use your mind I use mine. Anything else would be dishonest, if not impossible.

  7. Mahvish says:
    March 15th, 2009 8:46 pm

    These women give one hope. They are the real Muslims, and not the murderers and thug mullahs of the Taliban. They stand tall and bring victory to Pakistan and to Islam…. Bravo, Ladies, you make us proud. Of course, the Taliban types will try to discredit them but they are discredited themselves. I suggest that these mullahs should themselves start wearing burqas if they are so offended by the female form!

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