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Follow the Trace | That Miller vs Holding debate

first_img SIGNIFICANT DISPARITY Holding’s exploits as one of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of the game, saw him ending up with 249 Test wickets achieved in an era when regional and international batsmen were significantly more highly skilled and productive. The key factor in that hypothetical life-and-death game scenario is that Holding’s success was at the superior international level while Miller’s success was the lower regional level with a significant disparity in the batting skills between the two eras. It then smacks a lack of basic understanding of sport generally and cricket in particular that any sane person would look at Miller’s regional figures in isolation and then opt to select Miller ahead of Holding on that basis. Contextually as well, it must be remembered that comparatively, Holding never played much regional cricket while at his peak, he was busy on international duty and subsequently playing county cricket in England. The majority of Holding’s regional appearances were early in the developmental stages of his career and then at the back end of his playing days when he was well past his peak, and retired from international cricket. This entire debate has once again proven how misleading and overrated statistics can be in sports analysis. Otherwise well-thinking pundits have descended to the level of self-induced ridicule after indulging in another dangerous exercise of Google analysis, resulting in some of these embarrassing and blasphemous pronouncements. Respect is due, and accolades are in order for Jamaica’s cricket captain and left-arm spinner, Nikita Miller, who continues his impressive run of form as a regional wicket taker. Miller is the first bowler in the history of regional cricket to hit the 400 mark. He has also surpassed the 50-wicket mark this season, and his wickets have come at below 16 runs per wicket. Over the past several weeks, however, some pundits and fans have got totally carried away in their blanket declaration of Miller as the greatest regional bowler ever, implicitly suggesting that the Jamaican is the best bowler to have played regional cricket. That is a false interpretation of the statistics and is thus a totally incorrect conclusion. Things got even worse when the moot question was posited that with Miller’s regional numbers so comparatively brilliant, in a hypothetical scenario of a regional cricket game to save one’s life, if given a choice between selecting Nikita Miller or Michael Holding, which bowler would you choose to play in this life-and-death encounter? Some pundits and fans actually affirmed they would select Miller ahead of Holding. Aside from implicit suicidal path in that choice, that dynamic also took the discussion into the realm of blasphemy. The very thought of selecting Miller ahead of Holding for any form and level of cricket is downright imbecilic. Having seen the folly of their argument the perpetuators of this nonsense attempted desperately to shift the goal post by hastily adding the clause that the choice must be based on regional bowling statistics only. Thus forget or ignore all we know about Michael Holding, another desperate clutching at straws. Fundamentally, Miller’s wicket-taking exploits are by and large in regional cricket in an era when batting in the region has been embarrassingly pathetic, which explains the inflated and exaggerated effectiveness of the regional bowlers, especially the spinners, who led by Nikita Miller, have snared the lion’s share of the wickets over the last decade and a half. With all due respect to the Jamaican skipper his wicket-taking returns is more an index of the inept batting skills of the batsmen of this era, than is of his brilliance as a bowler.last_img read more

US$ 40M Water & Sanitation Projects for 3 Counties Launched

first_imgThe Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) in Partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) May 2, 2014 launched a US$ 40 million sanitation and water projects for three counties in Kakata City Margibi County.Speaking at the official launch in Kakata City last Friday, Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project Manager at the LWSC Gabriel S. Flaboe, Sr. pointed out that the water and sanitation projects have three critical components for implementation, comprising infrastructure, institutional capacity building and project management.In a specific breakdown of the sanitation projects, Manager Flaboe disclosed that the total cost of the Buchanan, Kakata and Zwedru’s sanitation and water works include US$535, 701.85.For the Zwedru sanitation and water project the AfDB has provided US$199,274.66 while Kakata and Buchanan sanitation projects have received US$336,427.19In related development, Manager Flaboe disclosed that a team from the LWSC would be officially visiting Kakata City in Margibi County to turn over and break ground for the construction of pipe-borne water facilities.The LWSC executive also disclosed that the water supply facility is the provision under the infrastructure component of the AfDB’s financial and technical assistance to Liberia’s water system.He added that with regards to the Institutional Capacity building component, the LWSC has hired several professional consultants that have rendered some valuable services to the LWSC’s management programs.In order for Liberians to benefit the impact of the capacity building component, Mr. Flaboe also explained, the project has awarded scholarships to six LWSC staffers who are currently pursuing studies at the Kwame Nkrumah’s University in Kumasi, Ghana.  Pursuing courses in procurement, engineering and financial managements, the six are expected to return to Liberia in September this year with post graduate degrees aimed at institutional, financial and engineering development of the water agency.The UWSSP’s focal person at the LWSC said that the water entity team was in Kakata to turn over the site and break ground for the construction of the vital sanitation facility in Margibi County.He further intimated that the sanitation facility is divided into three components and the ones for Kakata and Buchanan are placed on one lot owing to the projects’ proximity.Manager Flaboe also disclosed that a week ago the LWSC team turned over sites and broke ground for the construction of sanitation facilities in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County and Zwedru City in Grand Gedeh County.The LWSC official however reminded the officials of the Margibi County administration that the hired contractor would start work on the sanitation project in 15 days at the Kakata sanitation site. He said the contractor is expected to complete work in six months, for official dedication for use by the citizens and residents of Margibi County.Manager Flaboe stressed the need for the residents and citizens of Margibi County to consider the sanitation facilities as their own property and urged them to maintain a sustained posture in its management.“We want for the AfDB’s officials to come and see the sanitation facilities in hygienic conditions so that more money would be given for other important projects in Liberia,” Manager Flaboe concluded.For his part, the Institutional Expert at the LWSC, Chris Sherman, said his entity was excited about the sanitation project and urged the residents to work hard on the sustainability components.He noted that how the sanitation facilities would be taken care of by the residents that could encourage other donor partners, want take same projects to another level.He also disclosed that the LWSC would soon form committees that would be charged with the cardinal responsibility to manage and sustain the sanitation facility in Kakata City, Margibi County.Mr. Sherman also disclosed that the community women would be prime targets in the sustained management of the sanitation facilities in Kakata, Margibi County.Speaking earlier, Margibi County Inspector J. Tarr Sackie said Liberia has suffered a lot and many infrastructure facilities were destroyed as a result of the 15 years civil conflict.“We must now retrospect our past, correct our present and protect our future against the carnage and destruction that befell our nation,” Inspector Sackie pleaded.I and my team of administrators will take the sanitation facilities as our own property so that same will not be abused and misused by anyone in Kakata City,” Inspector Sackie assured.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more