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Taylor half-century lifts Thunder

first_imgPERTH, Australia, (CMC): West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor stroked her second half-century and went past 200 runs as she helped Sydney Thunder beat Deandra Dottin’s Perth Scorchers by 22 runs in the inaugural Women’s Big Bash here yesterday. Opting to bat first at the WACA, Thunder got up to 139 for three off their 20 overs before limiting Scorchers to 117 all out with five balls remaining in the innings, to win their first game in three outings. Taylor top-scored with 59 from 49 balls with seven fours and added 85 off 77 balls for the first wicket with Rachael Haynes, who scored 33 from 37 deliveries. When Haynes was run out by Dottin, Taylor added a further 28 for the second wicket with captain Alex Blackwell (26 not out) before finally perishing in the 17th over to fast bowler Katherine Brunt, who finished with two for 20 from her overs. Dottin went wicket-less from four overs of medium pace, which cost 34 runs. In reply, Scorchers got a cameo top-score of 25 off 20 balls from Dottin, but she was the only one to pass 20 as the innings declined badly. Scorchers were reeling at 21 for four in the fifth over when Dottin anchored a 34-run fourth-wicket stand with Chloe Piparo (19) to lift the innings. When Dottin, who struck three boundaries, was bowled by seamer Nicola Carey in the tenth over with the score on 55 for four, Scorchers steadily lost wickets as fast bowler Rene Farrell (2-17) and off-spinner Erin Osborne (2-24) made key strikes. Taylor claimed one for 23 from her four overs of off-spin. The Jamaican now has 237 runs from six innings at an average of 47.last_img read more

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Ellen Frowns at ‘Abuses’ on Social Media

first_img– Advertisement – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has denounced the spate of abuses that has been posted on social media by Liberians during the recent elections , suggesting that the country’s democracy is at stake if it continues.The President’s statement came yesterday, less than two hours after Jerome Korkoya, chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), declared campaign open for the runoff between George Weah of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and Vice President Joseph N. Boakai of the governing Unity Party (UP).The runoff, Korkoya said, will be held on November 7, since none of the 20 political parties that participated in the October 10 presidential elections obtained the 50 percent plus one of the total votes cast as required by the Liberian Constitution.However, President Sirleaf said she has observed that a week following the end of the first round of voting on October 10, her attention was drawn to a surge of abuses displayed on social media (mostly on Facebook) by Liberians, which she said are extremely inimical to the survival of the country’s peace and democracy.“We condemn the abuse and misuse of social media through the use of invectives, hate speech and outright vulgarity, which denigrates adversaries with whom we might hold disagreement,” the President said.She said that in light of the progress her government has made, “I call on our fellow citizens to remain civil, responsible and continue to be tolerant of diverging opinions and views that might not necessarily be favorable to ours.”She said further that resorting to profanities on social media contributes nothing to the national discourse, “but only serves to taint our national and international image.“We must all express our indignation to this unacceptable way of politicking and seek to continue the decent democratic values that have brought us this far as a nation and people,” the President said.As Liberians pat themselves on the back for peacefully voting in the October 10 polls, all must continue to demonstrate the same path of love for country by and through each of their individual actions, she said.The President also admonished that all Liberians should focus on how they will consolidate the democratic gains made over the last 12 years by voting peacefully and nationalistically, respecting the law and keeping the peace for the greater good of Mama Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more