ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): West Indies were in full-blown crisis yesterday after Babar Azam slammed a record third successive One-Day International 100 to condemn them to a 136-run defeat as Pakistan pulled off an emphatic 3-0 series whitewash and sent the Caribbean side tumbling to number nine in the international rankings. The 21-year-old right-hander carved out 117 off 106 balls, while captain and opener Azhar Ali stroked 101 from 109 deliveries, two innings that powered Pakistan to 308 for six in the third and final ODI at the Sheikh Stayed Stadium – the first time in three years Pakistan surpassed 300 twice in a series. In the process, Babar became only the second batsman after South African Quinton de Kock to hit centuries in each game of a three-match ODI series and the third Pakistan player to score three successive ODI hundreds after Zaheer Abbas and Saeed Anwar. Not for the first time in the series, a lacklustre West Indies never rose to the challenge and crumbled for an embarrassing 172 all out off 44 overs. Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin top-scored with a painstaking 37 off 70 deliveries, while opener Kraigg Brathwaite got 32 from 44 balls, and captain Jason Holder, 26 from 25 balls. They were 75 for one in the 18th over, but with the required run rate already building towards seven per over, no one stepped up to produce the innings needed, and the last nine wickets crashed for 97 runs. West Indies have now lost every game of the tour following on from their 3-0 whitewash in the preceding Twenty20 series, leaving their tour in turmoil ahead of the three-match Test series starting later this month. The defeat also saw them slip out of the top eight in the ODI rankings, with Pakistan replacing them. Opting to bat first, Pakistan benefitted from an 85-run opening stand between Sharjeel Khan and Azhar, who finally found the form he craved to lash his third ODI hundred. Azhar struck eight fours and a six in a lively knock, while the enterprising left-handed Sharjeel gathered 38 from 41 deliveries with five boundaries. Once Sharjeel holed out in the deep in the 15th over off left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, Azhar and Babar took the game by the scruff of its neck in a demoralising 147-run second-wicket stand. Azhar reached his half-century off 61 deliveries in the 20th over with a single to mid-wicket off off-spinner Sunil Narine and then required another 46 balls to raise three figures in the 38th over. Babar, meanwhile, with knocks of 120 and 123 in the first two games in Sharjah, extended his superb nick, racing to his first 50 off 48 deliveries before reaching his century off 95 balls in the 44th over. Azhar was eventually bowled by Holder in the 39th over, missing a swing at a slower ball, and Babar followed in the 46th over, bowled by a full-length delivery from slow medium Kieron Pollard as he failed to connect with an improvised stroke. In reply, West Indies at no stage looked the part. Brathwaite and debutant Evin Lewis put on 45 off 56 balls for the first wicket but neither really threatened.
Not having an education or trade while living in Africa can be relatively difficult, especially when you’re physically challenged. I met the single mother of two little boys whom I always observe standing around the streets of Monrovia, obviously waiting for something.I decided to monitor them over the week to see why they always lingered around; and to my surprise, I saw a woman slowly crawling towards them with a look of pain written across her face.For a split second, I thought she would pass them, but upon reaching the youngest that looked to be about six years –old, he warmly reached around her neck and gave her a tight hug.Her Children Seeing children unattended to, especially in Monrovia city, urged me to ask the crawling woman for her story, and with much coaxing, she opened up.‘My children have to be fed and placed in school. I cannot look at my disability and say because of that, my children should have to suffer” Cecelia stated.Cecelia, who crawls on all two knees, says that her physical condition is a mystery and happened so suddenly.“I once walked normally, but according to my family, I went to bed one night and awoke the next morning unable to walk; to stretch my legs straight. I can stand on my left leg, but rather that I crawl on all two since my right leg is no good,” she added.According to the mother, her disability has caused her to miss out on school and because of that she has no skill or idea how to do anything other than beg.“Every day I take a car from Red Light along with my two youngest and come into the city to look for money to take care of them. Their father walked out on me and now I find myself having to beg. I don’t want to do it, I’d rather be selling and having my own business, but this is where I find myself,” she added.Meanwhile, Cecelia makes about L$700.00 a day, she claims, enough she says to complete a house she has already moved into.“Out of the money I make, I’ve built my house and the children and I have a roof over our head now. I have four children who all have to go to school, and I’m able to register them because of my begging,” she adds.Though everywhere she passes along the streets stare at the woman who is just less than two feet when she’s crawling, Cecelia says she’s not ashamed of her condition.“I went to a doctor who says I could possibly walk again one day. He says the veins behind my legs can be restored as though they have never been damaged. I’m hopeful of walking one day and because of that I drag my children out here every day for us to look for money,” she says.Also, Cecelia says she has a wheelchair, but due to the distance she has to commute every day, she leaves it at home. She also added that he’s proud of her children who are always patient and obedient when it comes to accommodating her on her daily hustles.“I have good kids and wouldn’t trade them in for anything. I’m their mother and have to do the right things for them, it’s no one else’s duty but mine to make sure my kids are okay, healthy and in school,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The University of Guyana has confirmed that its second Diaspora Conference, which was rescheduled in 2019, is now set for May 28 to June 1, 2020.The theme will be “Investing in Guyana’s emerging business, Indigenous, women and youth leaders”. This theme has been chosen in recognition of the need for all Guyanese at home and abroad to work together with inclusion, tolerance and cooperation for national and regional growth and development.The University of Guyana remains committed to Diaspora engagement and facilitating a positive enabling environment and discussion on ways in which Guyanese can best work together to accomplish joint goals towards creating prosperity for all our people.The conference will feature a mixture of academic and non-academic experiences and will host a number of panels, forums, roundtables and multimedia presentations on key thematic areas.To meet the challenge of Diaspora engagement, and to ensure the strategic integrity and sustainability of the University’s Diaspora project, the University of Guyana has appointed Dr Mellissa Ifill, Lecturer in History at the University of Guyana, and Dr Wazir Mohamed, a member of the Diaspora and Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana University East, as Co-Chairs of the second University of Guyana Diaspora Engagement Conference.In addition, the following key individuals from UG and the Diaspora along with others still to be named will play key roles in the planning process for the conference: Gillian Williams (Toronto), Chet Bolling (Moscow), Lear Matthews (New York), Brandon Cheong (Toronto), Adeti DeJesus (Guyana), Mellissa Bess (UG), Arlene McLean (UG), Denise Braam (UG) and Leisa Somrah (UG).The University’s Transition Management Committee (TMC) will maintain oversight of the project. The TMC wishes to thank the new conference Coordinating Team for their sterling work over the last few months in ensuring an excellent event for 2020.The University of Guyana also specifically values and welcomes the support from the Diaspora, State and non-State actors, Government, the Private Sector, civil society, the public at home and abroad, and all stakeholders as it builds out the project of Diaspora engagement.Since it is a well-documented fact that Diaspora engagement is one of the major building blocks for national development, submissions and registrations will be accepted from January 30, 2020, at the University of Guyana’s Conferences website www.uog.edu/conference and also on the Diaspora Conferences dedicated website https://diaspora-entrepreneurship.uog.edu.gy or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 592-222-3583.