Almost 30 wholesale vendors were on Thursday afternoon arrested by City Constabulary officers and placed on station bail for allegedly attempting to ply their trades in the vicinity of Robb and Alexander Streets, Bourda, Georgetown.At the scene on Thursday, family members of the arrested merchants, who are also vendors, stood out in their numbers and told media operatives that the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) is stifling their means of earning an honest income.“The Revenue [officer] come collect the money. I already done pay to sell in the car. The Constable them come now and seh no selling… A whole gang of them gone in inside. Wa you gon do with the load? We done pay to sell,” one of theSome of the produce that the vendors were unable to sellmerchants identified as “Natasha” told Guyana Times.This newspaper understands the vendors were given permission by the M&CC to ply their trades along Robb Street, Bourda, for three hours a day, with the cut off point for them at the location being 15:00h.As such, they are ordered to pay a sum of $1000 to $1500 on a daily basis.“The three hour vary from when you come. That’s what City Hall tell we but they [Constabulary Officer] now come with different rules,” another irate vendor explained.According to him, they were told on Thursday that the three hours commenced from 07:00h which indicated that their selling period would conclude at 10:00h.However, the wholesale vendors complained that the logic behind the time set is severely flawed and hinders them from achieving their maximum sales which leads to a significant loss in their produce.“I come from till a Berbice and is eschalot and celery we bringing down. The eschalot and celery can’t reach here fuh 7 ‘o’clock. The only way it can reach is if we bring it a night before and we can’t do that because it gon spoil. Is perishable items we does sell,” a merchant explained.Another vendor, who identified herself as a single mother, was almost in tears as she explained that she is running out of options to provide a daily bread for her family.“My kids going to school… I buy and sell load [vegetables]. I take greens from the farmers. You does bring the load and you does have to sell it [because] when you go home, farmers look forward for their money,” she said.The vendors called on Town Clerk Royston King to engage them to better understand their day to day plights, giving him a more sympathetic view when it came to the council making rules which would adversely affect the merchants.They recalled that Government had urged them to plant more and to invest in farming; however, according to the vendors, the advice is of no use if they are being hindered constantly from selling their goods.Meanwhile, at the Bourda Police Outpost, a large group of vendors were seen seated on the bench inside.When this publication enquired as to which officer could provide information as to why the merchants had been arrested, the news entity was immediately snubbed.Moreover, the female constables were heard screaming and shouting at the relatives of the vendors who had been apprehended, ordering them to leave the outpost.Also witnessing this was City Councillor Bishram Kuppen who expressed his belief that the vendors’ arrests seem to be racially instigated.“When we came here, apparently there were about 20 vendors that were arrested. They are all of one ethnic background. They’re all [East] Indian vendors. Now I’m wondering why there are only these [East] Indian people that are being arrested…The people are just trying to make a living here and I don’t understand why they’re hassling them… Some of these people cannot afford to pay bail and they’re crying inside there,” he said.He also criticised the inappropriate behaviour of the City Constabulary officers.When contact was made with Royston King regarding the issue, he explained that he had not received an official report on the matter.However, he said in prior instances, the M&CC had being experiencing some problems with the wholesale vendors who were attempting to extend their activities beyond the three-hour limit.“In so doing, they were influencing in a very negative way, the flow of business in our [nearby] markets. In particular, the Bourda Green area,” King explained.King further noted that he has had several meetings with the vendors “and we had tried to persuade them to abide by the time given to them by the Clerk of Markets so that all of the vendors who are involved in making a living would be given an opportunity to do so.”As such, he posited that action had to be taken to bring some order.
Goalkeeper – Tim Howard (Everton) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – The veteran American shot-stopper drew criticism for his performance in the 2-0 defeat against Manchester City earlier this month. But he was back on top form against Spurs as impressive stops from Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Toby Alderweireld at White Hart Lane earned Everton a valuable point. 11 It was another thrilling weekend of action in the Premier League.Crystal Palace, West Ham and Swansea picked up impressive wins, while Manchester City continued their faultless start to the season by comfortably dispatching new boys Watford.But which top-flight stars shone brightest? Click through our gallery to see talkSPORT’s team of the weekend… 11 11 11 Defender – Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – The 25-year-old was one of Crystal Palaces standout performers as the Eagles stunned Chelsea to claim a first win at Stamford Bridge since 1982. Not only did Ward keep Eden Hazard quiet, but he wasnt afraid to get forward himself and capped an excellent individual and team – display with the winning goal ten minutes from time. 11 Forward – Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – Eyebrows were raised at the £49m fee City paid to lure Sterling away from Liverpool in the close season. But theres no doubting the 20-year-olds quality and he already appears to have made a big difference to Manuel Pellegrinis side. Watford were unable to cope with his pace and trickery on Saturday as the England ace grabbed the first of what is sure to be many goals for City. Midfielder – Manuel Lanzini (West Ham) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – Lanzini was likened to David Silva by Hammers boss Slaven Bilic when he arrived on loan from Al Jazira earlier this summer – and he certainly lived up to the comparisons with the Manchester City superstar at Anfield. The diminutive attacking midfielder scored the opening goal in the 3-0 win and didnt give the Liverpool defence a minutes peace with an outstanding high-energy display. Defender – Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – Its not often defenders come out on top against Chelseas battering ram of a forward Diego Costa but Delaney did just that on Saturday. The 34-year-old was outstanding – along with the rest of the Palace defence – as he used all his experience to shackle and frustrate the fiery Spaniard. Defender – Ashley Williams (Swansea City) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – The Welshman has been one of the Premier Leagues most consistent defenders in recent seasons and was influential as Swansea claimed a 2-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday. He played a key role in his sides equalising goal before denying Wayne Rooney a late leveller with a brilliantly timed challenge. Midfielder – Dusan Tadic (Southampton) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – Southampton have lost a host of top talents in recent seasons and could soon have a battle on their hands to keep hold of Tadic. The Serbian has started this season impressively and netted twice against Norwich on Sunday to help the Saints secure a first win of the campaign. 11 Midfielder – Fernandinho (Manchester City) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – The underrated Brazilian midfielder has arguably been Citys player of the season so far. He was certainly the pick of their central midfielders in Saturdays 2-0 win against Watford capping an impressive, energetic performance with a terrific strike, just like he did against Chelsea earlier this month. 11 11 11 Midfielder – Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – Granted compassionate leave last week after the loss of his father, Bolasie returned to Alan Pardew’s squad to face Chelsea and made a sensational impact. Brought on for Wilfried Zaha ten minutes into the second half, the Congo winger tormented Branislav Ivanovic and played a key role in both of Palaces goals in their stunning win. Forward – Andre Ayew (Swansea City) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – The Ghanaian is proving to be one of the signings of the summer. A free transfer from Marseille, Ayew netted his third Premier League goal of the season to draw his side level against Manchester United on Sunday before setting up Bafétimbi Gomis with an exquisite pass to fire Swansea to victory. Defender – Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – The former Ipswich full-back has been a revelation for West Ham since his move to Upton Park in 2014. Solid in defence and comfortable in possession, Cresswell played his part at both ends against Liverpool as the Hammers triumphed at Anfield for the first time in more than 50 years. 11 11
Ibrahimovic put on a mesmerising display in the 2012 friendly against England 2 Southgate and Harry Kane speak to the media ahead of the quarter-final clash 2 And in a tournament that has seen some huge shocks, this could be the best opportunity for the current crop of England players to reach a World Cup final.However, standing in their way is a Swedish outfit that have acquitted themselves well in Russia, beating Mexico 3-0 to finish top of Group F which also had reigning champions Germany in it.And to make things a little less encouraging, England do not have the best record against their Scandinavian opponents.The two teams have played each other 25 times altogether – England winning eight times, Sweden coming out on top on seven occasions and they have shared ten draws.It was an international friendly in November 2012 when they last faced each other and the game was all about one man.Ex-Sweden star Zlatan Ibrahimovic was well and truly in his element as his stunning four goals inflicted a 4-2 defeat on an England side managed by Roy Hodgson. The final goal was arguably one of the greatest to have ever been scored as he produced a spectacular overhead kick from well outside the box to seal the victory.Below you can see the highlights of the game which shows Ibrahimovic’s wonderful fourth goal in all its glory. Today’s the day. England have the chance to make it to their first World Cup semi-finals since Italia 90 when they take on Sweden in Samara – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT from 3pm.It’s been a great journey for Gareth Southgate’s men so far but the England boss insists his players are not ready to go home yet.
Gardai are hunting a gang who caused thousands of euro of flood damage after ripping copper boilers from a student apartment complex in Letterkenny.The gang ripped the cylinders from seven apartments at the complex behind Heaton Buckley Builders Suppliers on the town’s Port Road.However the gang was thwarted by local security officers from Orbit Security. The company was carrying out routine security checks when they spotted a man acting suspiciously at 10pm last night.The man fled and the security officers contacted Gardai.A follow-up search of the vacant complex found a considerable amount of damage had been caused.A door and a window had ben smashed and considerable flood damage was caused. A large truck and also tools used by the gang was also left behind when the gang fled.Martin Hilferty of Orbit Security said there has been a large increase in the theft of such household materials.“There has been a dramatic increase in this type of crime and there is a market for the stolen materials.“It reinforces the argument that vacant properties need to be secured in the current economic climate,” he said. GARDAI HUNT BOILER GANG AFTER APARTMENT COMPLEX FLOODED was last modified: February 23rd, 2012 by StephenShare 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)
NEWSLETTER Sunday 17th March 2013 – Fifth Sunday of Lent ~ St. Patrick’s DayPope Francis ~ 13th March 2013Father of providence, look with love on Francis our Pope, Your appointed successor to St. Peter on whom you built Your Church. May he be the visible centre and foundation of our unity in faith and love.Prayer to St. Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland Most glorious Apostle and Patron of our island, submit to the Almighty our every temporal and spiritual want, that through your intercession, we may be relieved, in all our necessities through life and when called from this world to the glory of God, we may, to your honour, be found worthy of the faith that is within us, and of eternal salvation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.ADDICTION ~ What about the Family?White Oaks Rehabilitation Centre is holding a one day support programme on Saturday 23rd March from 10 am to 5 pm in White Oaks Rehabilitation Centre, Muff, for those affected by another’s addiction. This programme is for you: if You are aged 16 and over; Your family is suffering from the strain of a loved one’s addiction; A friend is struggling with addiction and you want to know how to help orYou have questions about addiction and need honest answers about treatment and recovery. Please phone for further details: 9384400. Prior booking is necessary.A Prayer to mark WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR MENLord Jesus Christ, son of the living God, the Father sent You to men of all generations so that we may answer His call to be holy men of the Church. Merciful Lord, be our strength as we take up our crosses each day to follow you. Inspire us to action in your Church so that our lives may become a living Gospel bringing joy and hope to the world. Be present in our marriages and let the example of Mary and Joseph guide us in fulfilling our marital and parental responsibilities. Encourage those who have consecrated themselves to Your kingdom and strengthen their resolve to remain faithful to their vocations. Bless all our actions this day that they may bring honour and glory to God our Father. Amen. (Feast of St. Joseph ~ 19th March)Trocaire Boxes are available at the back of the Cathedral. Please give what you can this Lent. Confessions available after 7.30 pm Mass every MondaySUNDAY 17th MarchMasses ~ 8 am, 10 am (Irish), 12 noon and 6.30 pmBaptisms in the Cathedral – 1.30 pm St Pius X Adoration Chapel is open at 7 pm‘The Dead Theologians Society’ Young Adults Prayer Groupin the Cathedral Conference Room – 7 pmAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmMONDAY 18th MarchNo 8 am Mass ~10 am Mass ~ Laura Hegarty1 pm ~ Nuptial7.30 pm Mass ~ Pat, Val and John PeoplesSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openConfessions: After 7.30 pm MassReflection and Meditation during Lent on the Sunday Readings – 8pm in the ConventGrow Meeting in Loreto Convent – 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmTUESDAY 19th March8 am Mass ~ See Mass Intentions on the next page10 am Mass ~ ®7.30 pm Mass ~ Rita McGlinchey (First Anniversary)St Pius X Adoration Chapel is openBaptism Preparation in the Parochial House tonight at8 pmDivine Mercy Prayer Group in the Crib Room – 8 pmLegion of Mary Meeting: Conference Room – After 10 am MassLegion of Mary Meeting: Room 112, Loreto Secondary School – 7 pmAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmGamblers’ Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmWEDNESDAY 20th March8 am Mass ~10 am Mass ~ Josie Tracey (Month’s Mind Mass)7.30 pm Mass ~ Lynn Reilly (Month’s Mind Mass)St Pius X Adoration Chapel is openScripture Course in the Parochial House – 8.15 pmCathedral Choir Practice in the Conference Room – 8 pmMother’s Prayer Group Meeting in Loreto Convent – 8 pmNarcotics Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmTHURSDAY 21st March8 am Mass ~ Columba and Madeline Daly10 am Mass ~ Kathleen McDevitt (Month’s Mind Mass)7.30 pm Mass ~ Jim and Kathleen DuffySt Pius X Adoration Chapel is open8 pm ~ Practice for Readers who are reading the Passion for Palm SundayAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 5.30 pmCharismatic Prayer Meeting in the Conference Room – 8 pmFRIDAY 22nd March8 am Mass ~10 am Mass ~ Antoinette Boyle (Month’s Mind Mass)7.30 pm Mass ~ See Mass Intentions belowSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 10.30 amAA Meeting for Women in the Cathedral Conference Room – 1 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 5.30 pmGamblers’ Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmSATURDAY 23rd March10 am Mass ~ Bridie Jordan (First Anniversary)7.30 pm Vigil MassConfessions: 12 noon – 1 pm and after the 7.30 pm MassCake Sale: Conference Room after 7.30 pm MassAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 11 amMass Intentions for 8 am Tuesday and 7.30 pm FridayCharlie Ward ~ Liam Kelly ~ Sarah Cunningham ~ Albert Sweeney ~ Mick LewisRECENT BAPTISMS ~ We welcome into God’s CommunityJan Kania ~ Louise Teresa McGahey ~ Ceejay Peter ScottSarah FanneranCara Ellen HarkinPRIEST ON DUTY: Fr. Eamonn KellyPhone: 074 – 9121021Fax: 074 – 9121021Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgSt. Vincent de Paul ~ Parish of Conwal and Leck ~ 9129503St. Vincent de Paul ~ Parish of Aughaninshin ~ 9122366Pastoral Council on email@example.comReflection and Meditation on the scripture readings for the Sunday’s in Lent takes place after 7.30 pm Mass each Monday evening. These sessions will last about half an hour and will be held in LORETO CONVENT.JESUS IN THE GOSPEL OF LUKE – An evening of input, reflection, prayer and conversation with Fr. James Friel will take place from 7.30 pm – 9 pm on Thursday 21st March in the Pastoral Centre, Letterkenny. To book please phone 9121853.A ONE DAY RETREAT will take place in Ards Friary, Creeslough on Saturday 23rd March in preparation for Easter. Commencing at 10 am. To book please contact Kathleen by Thursday 21st March on 9121551.A RETREAT will be held in Ards Friary on Palm Sunday, 24th March organised by the Knights of St. Columbanus. This Retreat will be given by Fr. Eddie Butler, Birmingham Diocese. To book please phone Ards Friary on 9138005 or 9138031.FIVE PEAKS CHALLENGE ~ A TABLE QUIZ will be held in Arena 7 on Thursday 21st March at 9.30 pm. Funds generated go directly to Rehab’s Youth Suicide Prevention Project. For more information please phone Carmel on 087-2372171.Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital are holding a BAZAAR in Glenswilly GAA Hall on Friday 22nd March at 7.30pm. Prizes Galore! All support greatly appreciated.ROSARY CRUSADE against abortion in Ireland: a 9 day Novena of Rosaries began on Friday 15th March. A Rosary Vigil will take place outside Dail Eireann on Saturday 23rd March at 3 pm. For further information and details of buses travelling, please contact Siobhain on 086-3748627 or Michael on 087-2922499.ALTAR SOCIETY MEMBERS please note Cleaning in Preparation for Easter will take place on Monday 25th March at 2 pm.Annual St. Vincent de Paul UGANDA CHURCH GATE COLLECTION will take place on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March.ORGANISATION OF NATIONAL EX-SERVICEMEN & WOMEN ~ The St. Eunan’s Branch O.N.E.T., Letterkenny Area would like to thank everyone who supported their recent Church Gate Collection. Total amount collected was €510.Letterkenny C.D.P. are now taking names for the following Community/Adult Education courses, starting this Month: Basic D.I.Y., Cookery on a Budget, Paint your own pottery, Machine sewing. For further information, contact Sinead on 9120633.“THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF OUR SAVIOR ON THE CROSS”, Op. 51 by F. J. Haydn will be performed by the Donegal Camerata on Palm Sunday (24th March) in Conwal Parish Church at 3 pm. Admissions €10/5. Presented by the Donegal Chamber Music Society as part of Sundays in Conwal 2013.CONFESSIONS will take place in the Cathedral next Sunday afternoon, 24th March from 2 pm to 6 pm.REFLECTION ON HOLY WEEK will take place in the Cathedral next Sunday evening, 24th March at 7.30 pmDD LOCAL: ST EUNAN’S CATHEDRAL PARISH BULLETIN was last modified: March 16th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DD LOCAL: ST EUNAN’S CATHEDRAL PARISH BULLETIN
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 That’s in addition to 518 acres that have already been slated for public open space. Percell had been denied permission to build on the 89 acres, south of the 210 Freeway, but he’d pushed for the public to buy the land, rather than having to donate it. “They’re giving us this land for free,” Greuel said after meeting. “I don’t know of another project that has donated 85 percent of the property as open space.” In addition, Percell agreed to Greuel’s request to remove nine houses that were particularly visible from the freeway. However, opponents said Percell was still getting more homes than he should. With giant maps and signs illustrating the formulas used to calculate housing density on hillsides, opponents argued Percell should only be allowed to build 45 homes on his 887 acres. Even though Canyon Hills was trimmed from 280 to 230 and now 221 houses since the beginning of the year, that’s still far too many houses for area, said Dean Wallraff, conservation chairman for the Verdugo Hills Group of the Sierra Club. “This is mansionization. These are 4,000-square-foot, expensive houses in a gated community. It’s not like anything in the area, which is rural.” Supporters of the project said Canyon Hills offers a rare compromise that would secure acres of open space and provide a new equestrian center for free, in exchange for a moderate number of homes. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Los Angeles City Council panel on Monday OK’d a housing project in the Verdugo Hills after the developer agreed to trim the project to 221 homes and dedicate 89 additional acres to public open space. The proposed Canyon Hills development still needs full City Council approval in the coming weeks, but the Planning and Land Use Committee’s decision marked a key victory for developer Rick Percell, who wants to build on one of largest swaths of private open space remaining in the northeast San Fernando Valley. The project encompasses 887 acres straddling the 210 Freeway in Sunland – larger than New York’s Central Park. The proposal would cluster homes on the eastern edge of the property near an existing neighborhood, with the rest of the land untouched. Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who opposed earlier versions of the development, said Monday she could finally support the project after Percell agreed to dedicate 89 acres of environmentally sensitive habitat as protected open space.
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Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants who were behind a grenade attack on Wednesday were killed in a counter-militancy operation in north Kashmir’s Sopore on Thursday morning.A police spokesman said Aijaz Ahmad Mir and Basharat Ahmad Sheikh, residents of Sopore, were hiding in the house of Khazir Mohammad Mir.“The house was cordoned off by a joint party of the police, the Army and the CRPF at around 2:45 a.m. During a search operation, the militants opened fire. Both the militants were killed in retaliatory fire,” said the spokesman.Two AK-47 rifles and five magazines were recovered from their possession.The slain militants, according to the police, joined the Hizb in 2016. Police said they were the motivators of the militants who lobbed a grenade on a police station on Wednesday evening, injuring four policemen.“Two militants involved in the grenade attack have been detained,” said the spokesman.Two pistols and four grenades have been recovered from them.Arms haulPolice said a vehicle carrying militants and overground workers was stopped in Bandipora district. Arms too were recovered from the vehicle.
The South African cricket team has rallied behind beleaguered captain Faf du Plessis on Friday as he faces allegations of ball tampering after the second Test against Australia.Du Plessis is accused of shining the ball while having a sweet in his mouth during the match at Hobart which South Africa won by an innings an 81 runs to clinch a 2-0 win in the three-Test series. (Faf du Plessis charged with ball tampering)Top-order batsman Hashim Amla was designated to speak to reporters today but the full South African squad attended the news conference, standing behind Amla to symbolize their solidarity with du Plessis.Amla called the allegation “ridiculous” and “the reason everyone is here is to stand together, really, and to show solidarity. We thought it was actually a joke.”
Australia batsman Usman Khawaja and left-arm spinner Ashton Agar will play the first Test against Bangladesh beginning on Sunday, skipper Steve Smith has confirmed.Both left-handed opener Khawaja and Agar toured India earlier this year but neither played in any of the four Tests which Smith’s men lost 2-1.”I think he’s a player who has worked very hard on playing against spin,” Smith said of Khawaja who averages less than 20 in the sub-continent.”I know he didn’t get an opportunity in India, but he spent a lot of time in the nets working on lots of things and finding different ways to play and I’m sure that’ll hold him in good stead for this series as well.”Agar will join off-spinner Nathan Lyon in Australia’s slow bowling attack to play his first Test since the 2013 Lord’s game against Ashes rivals England.”I think he’s come a long way over the last year particularly,” Smith said of the 23-year-old.”He’s been bowling very well in the nets. His lengths have been exceptional so if he can get those right in the game I’m sure he’ll have a big impact for us.”All-rounder Glenn Maxwell retains his number six spot in the batting order while Australia stuck with specialist wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, resisting the temptation to try part-timer Peter Handscomb and accommodate an extra player.David Warner will partner Matthew Renshaw at the top of the batting order, while the New South Wales duo of Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins will lead the pace attack.advertisementSmith’s counterpart Mushfiqur Rahim said Bangladesh were capable of surprising the visitors in the two-Test series.”They are a very good team. But we have the ability to beat them on our home soil,” the wicketkeeper-batsman said.”For that, we will have to play really well.”