Brathwaite pair rescue Windies, but Aussies in control

first_img Off-spinner Nathan Lyon has been the most successful bowler with two for 68. West Indies once again had a dodgy start, losing the right-handed Hope in the morning’s fifth over, sparring at an out-swinger from seamer Josh Hazlewood and nicking a catch behind. Brathwaite and Bravo then countered with dominant stroke-play as West Indies enjoyed one of their finest sessions of the series. Emerging from a typical watch start, Brathwaite blossomed nicely to stroke 10 fours in an innings lasting 174 balls, while Bravo showed glimpses of his good form in a 95-ball innings, which contained six fours. Bravo twice drove pacer James Pattinson for exquisite offside boundaries in the 11th over before aggressively pulling the same bowler through mid-on for another four, in the right-armer’s next over. Brathwaite was uncharacteristically audacious, twice coming down to Lyon and lifting the bowler back overhead for boundaries. He brought up his second half-century of the series and eighth in Tests in the third over before lunch when he punched Mitchell Marsh to the ropes at point and then followed up with a couple to square leg. Unbeaten on 32 at lunch with West Indies on 92 for one, Bravo added just one after the resumption before falling in the third over at 104 for two, caught by Usman Khawaja at backward square as he failed to keep down a pull off Pattinson. West Indies then threatened to implode. They lost Marlon Samuels for four before rain forced an early tea break, and then lost a further three wickets following the resumption. Samuels, with a wretched 31 runs from four innings in the series, steered Lyon to Hazlewood at point and immediately set off for a non-existent run. Both he and Brathwaite started and stopped before Samuels was left stranded by the throw to the keeper’s end. On 115 for three at the tea break, West Indies looked to be flourishing afterwards when Jermaine Blackwood pulled Lyon and drove Pattinson for boundaries in moving to 10. An error in judgement caused his downfall, however, offering no stroke to one from Lyon that ripped back to hit the off stump with West Indies on 131 for four. Kraigg Brathwaite added 27 for the fifth wicket with Ramdin before he, too, perished at the hands of Lyon, gloving a cut to captain Steve Smith at first slip off one that bounced. SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): Opener Kraigg Brathwaite stroked an enterprising half-century but West Indies’ batting wobbled to give Australia the advantage on the opening day of the final Test here yesterday. Opting to bat first, the Caribbean side finished the rain-hit day at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 207 for six, with the right-handed Brathwaite top-scoring with 85. All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, in his second Test, was unbeaten on a cameo run-a-ball 35 and was partnered by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin on 23. Left-hander Darren Bravo also sparkled, albeit briefly, in scoring an attractive 33. He and Kraigg Brathwaite put on 91 for the second wicket following the early loss of Shai Hope for nine but the familiar middle-order collapse followed, with the Windies losing five wickets for 55 runs, to slump to 159 for six in the final session. However, Carlos Brathwaite and Ramdin came together in a seventh-wicket stand currently worth 48 to stall Australia’s progress and ensure West Indies were still afloat at the close. Lyon in top form BRILLIANT CATCH With one run added 15 balls later, captain Jason Holder was brilliantly caught low down by Joe Burns at forward short leg for one, off a firm leg-side push off left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe. Tottering, West Indies were rescued for the second straight Test by the authoritative Carlos Brathwaite, who counter-attacked to pull the innings around. The right-hander, who got a half-century on debut in the Melbourne second Test last week, blasted four fours and two sixes, while Ramdin played a supporting role, facing 72 deliveries and counting two fours. Brathwaite was off the mark in style, clearing the ropes back overhead with O’Keefe off the second ball he faced and then twice swept the same bowler behind square for boundaries in later overs. In the day’s final over, he deposited O’Keefe several rows back and followed up with a full-blooded cut to the point boundary, as West Indies finished strongly.last_img read more

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Mass Dismissal Would Be ‘Unique’

first_imgA proposal by the Liberian Government through the Civil Service Agency (CSA) to dismiss or reduce by approximately 44,000 civil servants without “unique benefits and timing” has been dismissed by a member of the Public Servants Reform Sector Committee.The reason might have stemmed from the widely publicized dismissal of civil servants amidst the ongoing Ebola health crisis.The Director General of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA), Oblayon Blayon Nyemah, clarified that the terms “dismissals or redundancies” of civil servants should rather be “rightsizing,”—meaning rightsizing the right people at the right time.He made the assertions yesterday during the kickoff of the training of 24 newly recruited Directors at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), during the start of the strategic leadership and management initiative in the public sector.Mr. Nyemah said LIPA, Civil Service Agency (CSA), and the Governance Reform (GR) are brainstorming to expeditiously “rightsize” civil servants to keep them from being detrimental to the society.But he failed to state when the government would implement the “unique rightsizing” of civil servants. “It’s important to reform the public sector, but there should be a unique approach in which all the parties involved are satisfied, and that is what we are working on,” the LIPA boss said.Some political pundits believe that the change of terminology from downsizing to rightsizing is due to the fact that downsizing is a reactive process, meaning it is a depressing, destructive process.“Being put in the position of having to lay people off is not pleasant for any manager. When you are coping with downsizing, it can appear that your time and effort is nonproductive. Downsizing can be disruptive to ongoing operations because people need to spend time undoing and redoing things that used to work,” Mr. Daniel Gray of Stephen Tolbert Estate said.While other pundits believe that although the phrase “rightsizing” has been used in some organizations as a euphemism for “downsizing” to make it seem more pleasant than it is, they are not the same thing.“Rightsizing is proactive and needs to be a constant part of the process of managing an organization,” Elijah Konah of Freeport argued.However, the National Legislature recently rejected the proposal for the “rightsizing” of civil servants in the midst of the Ebola crisis.  But the Executive Branch, through CSA Director General George Werner, earlier clarified that the laying off of thousands of government workers with the aim of maintaining an “efficient, effective and small size public service” is just a proposal.Mr. Werner said the proposed workforce reduction “was presented to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her Cabinet, but was not endorsed or approved.”“We need a civil service that is professional and operates within a rational pay system. What this will do is improve wages because there are many government employees that are not providing the services they are being paid for,” Werner said.Established in 1969, LIPA is the government’s center for capacity building of civil servants and the institutions at which they work.Speaking to the newly recruited directors at the MFPD, the LIPA boss said they should be proud of the continuous capacity building and should act accordingly as principal Directors, the highest-ranking civil servants.On behalf the directors, the Aspiring Director for Communication, Zoegar Jaynes, said the newly recruited directors are all employees of the former Ministry of Finance but were recently recruited through a competitive vetting process to improve the newly established MFDP.He said the training was in compliance with their responsibility to be aware of the public sector as it relates to the Code of Conduct, the Public Financial Management Law and Regulations, Public Procurement Law and Management and Effective Organizational Communication and Time Management as well as Introduction to Public Sector Reforms, Civil Service Standing Order and Public Administration, amongst others.The Directors have been classified into four groups: Departments of Fiscal Affairs, Administration, Economic Management and Budget & Planning.The Department of Fiscal Affairs has nine distinct operational offices to include, Directors of Non-Tax Revenue, Indirect Taxation, Modeling &Forecast, Direct Taxes, Fiscal Decentralization, Financial Approval, Treasury Services, Financial Regulations and Accounting Services. The Department of Budget & Development Planning has the second largest operational squad, namely the Directors of Budget Policy & Coordination, Social and Community Services, Economic Services, Public Administration Services, Regional & Sectoral Services, Public Investment, Monitoring & Evaluation and Planning, Development & Coordination.Others include the Directors of Administration, Human Resource, Budget and Finance Integrity, which are under the Department of Administration; while the Directors of Aid Management, Economic Policy and Microeconomics and Financial Policy are part of the Department of Economic Management.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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