A time to rejoice – Windies brush aside Pakistan to end winless run

first_imgSHARJAH, UAE, CMC: West Indies halted their luckless run when they convincingly beat Pakistan by five wickets in the third and final Test here yesterday to record their first Test victory in 19 months and end an otherwise nightmarish tour on a celebratory note. The Caribbean side needed just over half-hour in the morning session on the final day to complete a successful chase of their modest target of 153, as opener Kraigg Brathwaite and wicketkeeper/ batsman Shane Dowrich stroked unbeaten half-centuries to end a run of eight successive losses on the tour stretching back to the Twenty20 and one-day series last month. West Indies had not won a Test since beating England in Bridgetown in May last year, and Thursday’s victory marked only their second in 17 matches and first on foreign soil in four years. Significantly, it was the visitors’ first away win over a higher-ranked side in almost 10 years and was also Jason Holder’s first success as captain since taking over the helm in August last year. “It is an extremely important [victory], especially after the Dubai Test match when many people thought we could have won the game. We personally felt we could have won the game, but we didn’t get across the line,” Holder told reporters afterwards. “To come here in this last Test match, putting ourselves in a position to win and actually getting across the line is a huge monkey off the back. It’s a great feeling and it just shows we have the ability to win Test matches. it’s just about stringing together a complete game.” CONFIDENT KNOCKS SCOREBOARD Resuming a tense day at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on 114 for five, still requiring a further 39 for victory, West Indies showed little signs of nerves as Man of the Match Brathwaite and Dowrich produced confident knocks to extend their unbroken sixth-wicket stand to 87 and erase any thoughts of a defeat. Brathwaite, unbeaten on 44 overnight, finished on 60 not out in an innings requiring 109 deliveries, 201 minutes and including six fours, while Dowrich, on 36 at the start, also marched his way to an enterprising unbeaten 60 off 87 balls, with seven fours and a six. Any early jitters were quickly dispelled when Brathwaite punched the first ball of the day from left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz to the cover boundary, and he brought up his 12th Test half-century four balls later with a couple to deep point, to follow up his unbeaten hundred in the first innings. Dowrich also showed his intent in the next over when he pulled leg-spinner Yasir Shah to the square boundary to move into the 40s, and the 25-year-old raised his fourth Test fifty in only his eighth game with a delightful cover drive off Wahab in the seventh over of the morning. In the next over, Dowrich smashed a short ball from seamer Mohammed Amir through square for four and raised victory for West Indies with a boundary to third man a few deliveries later. West Indies, however, had already surrendered the series following defeats in the first Test in Dubai and the second one in Abu Dhabi. And despite yesterday’s success, they have now gone two years without a Test series win. PAKISTAN 1st Innings 281 WEST INDIES 1st Innings 337 PAKISTAN 2nd Innings 208 WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (target: 153 runs) (overnight 114 for five) K. Brathwaite not out 60 +S Dowrich not out 60 Extras (lb2, nb1) 3 TOTAL (5 wkts, 43.5 overs) 114 Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-35, 3-57, 4-63, 5-67. Bowling: Mohammad Amir 9.5-0-43-0 (nb1), Wahab Riaz 12-0-46-2, Yasir Shah 15-4-40-3, Zulfiqar Babar 3-1-3-0, Mohammed Nawaz 4-0-20-0. Result: West Indies won by five wickets. Man-of-the-Match: Kraigg Brathwaite. Man-of-the-Series: Yasir Shah. Toss: Pakistan. Umpires: M Gough, P Reiffel; TV – R Illingworth. MORE CRICKET ON B3last_img read more

‘Election Day’ for Liberia’s Disability Community

first_imgNaomi B. Harris, president-elect, NUODSamuel G. Dweh/freelance journalist (0886618906/ 0776583266/ [email protected])“I feel overwhelmed. My victory in the election today is a proof of my people’s confidence in me based on my works or performances in the immediate past government.”These were some of the words of Madam Naomi B. Harris, a physically challenged and crutches-mobile, during interview by journalists at the end of her organization’s elections for new leaders on March 29, 2019 at a resort in Monrovia.The elections was organized by the National Union of Organizations of the Disabled (NUOD).The electoral journey for ‘presidential candidate’ Naomi B. Harris, who was hit by paralysis on one of her legs at age 2, was dotted with bodily pains, emotional pangs, and psychological pinches for her, and all other disabled persons, who participated in the electoral stages.The process began at NUOD’s Congress—where candidates sell their campaign platforms to registered voters and an independent elections body carries out voter education. The congress, by NUOD’s constitution, is held on the eve of the elections. The elections eventually ushered in Ms. Naomi B. Harris as the president for the first time.Before the debates began, a five-member Independent Disability Elections Commission had set all materials needed for the process. The tools included seven white square-shaped plastic buckets (each with black top), seven cups of indelible ink for thumb-signing, seven voters’ queues dividers, and an assortment of stationery materials.The National Elections Commission (NEC) provided all the materials, except the stationery provided by the leadership of NUOD. Amos Harris, representing the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), was the Commissioner for the NUOD’s elections.Other members of the Independent Disability Elections Commission were also drawn from Government institutions and private organizations. They included: Teatema M. Yarsiah, Chairperson (working in the Division of Inclusive Education at the Ministry of Education); Bill Karmo, Co-Chair (a private consultant for organization development); Venus K. G. Quite, Procurement Coordinator (working with the Liberia Labour Congress); and Alexander Mingei Nakamu, Jr., Secretary (working in the Division of Inclusive Education at the Ministry of Education).Marking of ballot boxes with serial numbers was done by Commissioner Bill Karmo.Positions being vied for included: President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, General Secretary, Financial Secretary, Treasurer, and Chaplain.Seventy-eight persons—from all of Liberia’s 15 Counties—registered to vote. The total number of candidates’ agents/observers was 17—10 females and 7 males.The Elections Commission printed a total of 100 ballots for each position, Elections Chair Teatema M. Yarsiah announced to the audience. “The extra 28 ballots are stand-by replacements for ballots that will be damaged during voting,” she explained.Debate started, first with presidential candidates, after voter education by the Election Commissioners.“I have not come here with big promises to impress you to vote for me. You are already aware of my performances in the past government, which are speaking to you on me here,” Madam Harris, the organization’s immediate past president, declared to voters during the presidential debate.“Naomi Harris lacks advocacy skills,” candidate Joseph Kortu exclaimed, in an attack against his sole opponent in the presidential race. “She doesn’t speak on the disability issues on the radio, as her fellow leaders in other groups do. And she is not media-friendly.”The Elections Chairperson remarked on candidate Kortu’s comments. “On the debate, we instructed each candidate to only tell the voters what he or she would do for the Union, if elected, and never to attack the other candidate,” she reminded.After the platform sell-out session, the elections commission opened the floor for each candidate throw questions to their opponents, if there were any.“Mr. Kortu, you said Naomi Harris doesn’t speak on disability issues on the radio. Please provide proof,” the female presidential candidate spoke first.“Candidate Joseph Kortu, do you have answer to candidate Naomi Harris’s question?” Elections Chair Yarsiah enquired from the visually impaired candidate.Kortu, in his response, simply insisted that Harris does not speak on disability issues. However, he could not provide proof as requested.For his question, candidate Joseph Korto asked his opponent to give account of food rations she had received from G-77, a pro-government disabled group directly under the Vice President of Liberia, on behalf of all members of NUOD. The full nomenclature of “G-77” is “Group of 77”.Candidate Harris said she passed the foods to leaders of DPOs (Disabled People Organizations) to share them among members.The Elections Commission turned the voters’ sections to interact with the presidential candidates on their respective platforms.“I have a question for Naomi Harris!” a call came from a visually impaired voter. “I’m informed that you warned NUOD’s members against interacting with leadership of G-77.”Candidate Naomi B. Harris responded to the concern: “I never told NUOD’s members to not interact with the leadership of G-77. What I said is this: Do not get involved into the political scheme of G-77 whose leadership is blocking NUOD’s access to support from the national government.”Voter Joseph T.K. Barfeh, visually impaired, threw two questions to presidential candidate Joseph Kortu: “You are employed with the government. How can you independently run NUOD, an independent advocacy body critical on the government? And, how can you run Montserrado County-based Headquarter of NUOD while you are living in Grand Bassa County, your current permanent base?”Candidate Joseph Kortu replied: “To your first question: I’m a consultant to the government, not an employee. To your second question: I’m partially based in Monrovia, and will be here fully if I’m the president.”After the Presidential debate, the Elections Commission called candidates for the other positions.The ballot casting was slow—mostly due to sight problems of some of the voters.After the voting, the Elections Commission called all candidates’ agents to witness the counting of ballots.“Thank you for your cooperation that made this election successful and without violence,” Elections Commission announced after the ballots had been county.Next, she announced the name of the winners, beginning with the presidency.“Candidate Naomi B. Harris got 73 votes; Joseph Kortu got 15 votes. Naomi B. Harris is hereforth declared winner of the presidential election.”Screams rippled through the audience on the mention ‘Naomi B. Harris’. It was the same with most of the other names mentioned as winners of the other positions.The list of the other officers-elect included: Peter Flomo (visually impaired), First Vice President; Daniel Dargbe (visually impaired), Second Vice President; Alonso Dixon (physically challenged), Secretary; Heylove R. Mark (physically challenged), Treasurer; Mrs. Alberline Dennis (physically challenged); and Comfort Mulbah (visually impaired), Chaplain.The major inconvenience at the elections venue was accessibility problem, especially for participants who came in wheel chairs and those with crutches.For the ‘wheelchair’ group the main victims were Weedor N’dorleh, president, United Disabled Women of Liberia; Nenlay G. Doe, Nimba County Coordinator, NUOD; and Agnes M. Effiong, president, Association of Disabled Women. Each person, in the wheel chair, was carried into and, when the wanted to use the restroom, out of the venue.“I will not vote in NUOD’s elections again, if organizers of the next elections choose this place where wheelchair people suffer to enter,” Madam Weedor N’dorleh complained when she was being led by her son out of the compound of the Eco Hotel.Lester M. Stuart, from the ‘crutches’ felt off, and dropped back on the ground, when climbing the stairs to enter the hall.Josephine Williams and Matthew Boborwie—both employees of the National Commission on Disabilities (NCD)—served as sign language interpreters for hearing impaired participants of the elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bayern Munich beat Tottenham and Arsenal to signing of ‘new Harry Kane’

first_img TOP WORK Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Latest transfer news Both Spurs and Chelsea have been keeping close tabs on Arp, who has played 18 times in the Bundesliga so far, scoring twice.However, with his contract at Hamburg up in 2019, his value is quickly diminishing and it has been reported that Bayern Munich are closing in on a cut-price deal to sign him this summer. 2 The 18-year-old scored two Bundesliga goals in 2017/18 Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Arp has already earned comparisons with Harry Kane since breaking onto the scene with Hamburg Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST IN DEMAND Bild have claimed that the German giants could pay as little as £1.5m to complete the deal for one of Europe’s most promising strikers. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade three-way race 2 Bayern have already agreed a deal to sign Leon Goretzka, the Schalke midfielder, on a free contract when his contract expires at the end of the month. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM targets RANKED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Bayern Munich are set to land the ‘new Harry Kane’ Jann-Fiete Arp ahead of Tottenham and Chelsea.The 18-year-old has caught the eye since breaking into the first team at struggling Hamburg, who were relegated to the 2. Bundesliga at the end of last season, and he’s already been compared to England’s leading centre-forward. targets last_img read more