Russell shines again MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): West Indies all-rounder once again proved his worth for Sydney Thunder as they produced another strong performance to edge Melbourne Stars by a single run off the last ball in an electrifying Big Bash League encounter yesterday. Sent in at the MCG, Thunder rallied to 178 for six off their 20 overs behind opener Usman Khawaja’s brilliant unbeaten 109 off 70 balls. Russell smashed 22 off 16 balls to be the only other batsman to pass 20 and one of only three to reach double figures. Thunder were going nowhere at 59 for three in the ninth over when Khawaja anchored a series of partnerships to spark a revival. It was his exhilarating 53-run fifth-wicket stand off 29 balls with Russell that gave the innings real momentum. While he pummelled 12 fours and three sixes, the right-handed Russell chipped in with four boundaries before perishing in the 18th over, brilliantly caught by a leaping James Faulkner at long on off seamer John Hastings. In reply, Stars were propelled by Kevin Pietersen’s superb 76 off 42 balls with five fours and six sixes, while Faulkner made 45 not out from 36 deliveries with two fours. The hosts were cruising at 48 without loss before pacer Russell, who finished with two for 28 from his four overs, struck twice in the sixth over to remove both openers Marcus Stoinis (27) and Luke Wright (18) and halt their progress. In Sydney, there was no such fortune for West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy as his Hobart Hurricanes went down by 95 runs to Sydney Sixers. Sammy went wicketless in two overs, which cost 32 runs, as Sixers piled up 186 for seven and then made two from six deliveries as Hurricanes collapsed for 91. Taylor sparks, but Thunder lose BRISBANE, Australia (CMC): West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor extended her handsome run of form, but Sydney Thunder’s batting failed as they collapsed to a 14-run defeat to Brisbane Heat in the women’s Big Bash League here yesterday. Chasing 142 for victory at the Gabba, Thunder were held to 127 for nine off their 20 overs, with the right-handed Taylor top-scoring with 43 and Erin Osborne getting 31. Taylor faced 47 balls and struck three fours and a six, while Osborne counted two fours off 33 deliveries. Earlier, Jess Jonassen top-scored with 47 from 44 balls and captain Delissa Kimmince hit 29 from 27 balls, to help Heat up to 141 for eight off their 20 overs. Taylor proved economical with her off spin, taking one for 23 from her four overs.
The Chief Justice’s address to the opening of the Supreme Court’s October Term on Monday dwelt not on an erudite legal argument, but on a subject that he and his colleagues considered the matter of the moment: fighting and finishing the Ebola crisis in Liberia.His Honor Francis Korkpor led his colleagues in reaching out in an extraordinary way to their suffering and dying compatriots and the whole nation, who have become afflicted with the deadly Ebola virus.The center piece of his address was his announcement that he and his colleagues had decided to surrender one month of their salaries to the Ebola fight. They went so far as even to reveal to the nation their monthly wages—his US$12,000 and his colleagues’ each US$9,000. We do not think that the CJ went that far in order to inform the nation about how low the top people in the third branch of government are paid. He rather wanted to let each of us calculate how much they were giving to the fight against the disease.Chief Justice Korkpor described the gesture as “a concrete demonstration of our commitment to fight the Ebola virus. My colleagues and I,” he said, “have resolved . . . to give one month of our salaries and allowances over a period of four months deducted from our income at a rate of 25% per month.”Judges and senior support staff of the lower courts have also agreed to contribute one fourth percent of their monthly salaries and allowances, he added.He intends to urge the other Judicial employees to make similar commitments the national cause.Chief Justice Korkpor suggested that the Liberian Legislature and all Liberian citizens, those in the public and private sectors, be encouraged “to consider making similar contributions to save our people and nation.”We commend the Chief Justice and his colleagues for their magnanimous and sacrificial gesture. His suggestion that other branches of government and the public in general should follow is welcome. Many local individuals and organizations have joined the anti-Ebola fight. But more needs to be done in our common resolve to eradicate the virus.The CJ stressed that these contributions should be fully accounted for; and we hope that will be the case.We are also concerned about funds coming from abroad and the increasing cry of our health workers for back pay and personal protective equipment (PPE). Both are crucial to encouraging our health workers to return to work.We are told that GOL owes them a huge amount in back pay. It is hard to understand why GOL has failed to pay on time people in this most vital sector. That was part of the problem that caused the National Health Workers Association of Liberia (NHAL) to go on strike in the first place. They have now returned to work, thanks to the intervention of GOL and international partners. But the workers say they won’t accept any new patients; only those who are already in hospitals. This is partly because they are unhappy with the hard line which Health Minister Walter Gwenigale has taken on their leaders. He told a press briefing Monday that the two leaders, NHWL president Joseph Tamba and secretary general George Poe Williams, “will never come back.”They say “never” belongs to God.A reconsideration of that statement may require the intervention of President Sirleaf and the international community. But amidst this deadly crisis, in which our people are dropping dead everywhere—a crisis that has affected EVERY aspect of our lives—our economy, our politics and our very existence as a nation—there is no room for a hard line from any quarter. Everything and everybody must give to save Liberia. We must remember that the Liberian Council of Churches, all churches and all people throughout Liberia, Christians and Muslins alike, are praying for God’s deliverance. How can God hear our prayers when we assume an unforgiving and vengeful attitude? Last week the World Bank announced a grant of U$52 million to fight Ebola. This is part of many financial and other resources coming from various quarters. Our question is, Can some of these funds be used to address all the issues of the health workers, including their salary arrears and PPE? We believe these are critical to our success in the fight against this deadly enemy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)