500 to 1: England’s most incredible cricket victory, the Third Ashes Test at Headingly in 1981

first_imgOh, this is certainly the best Ashes series since 1981,” “I’ve not seen England show guts like this since Headingley in 1981,” on and on it went during this summer’s Ashes. Barely a day passed without some comparison with the last Ashes series triumph to have truly inspired the nation, and in particular England’s victory in the match they’d looked so certain to lose that odds of 500 to 1 were available against them. Last week, after a well earned cricket break, I read Rob Steen and Alistair McLellan’s account of the match to find out why it is still viewed as England’s most dramatic victory. The build up to the 1981 was nothing like so perfect as England’s five successive series wins preceeding to the 2005 series. Its last tour, to the West Indies, was a disaster. The selection of Robin Jackman, a professional player in Apartheid South Africa, caused such an outcry in Guiana that he was expelled from the country, precipitating the abandonment of the second Test and, many felt, the heart attack which caused the death of England’s beloved coach, Ken Barrington, days later. England lost the series 2-0. Ian Botham, England’s talisman and captain, had failed to win a match in ten attempts and was in an unprecedented form slump.Events continued in this vein as the Ashes began. A supreme bowling effort gave Australia the first Test by four wickets. By the second, Botham had had enough. He resigned the Captaincy after scoring a pair of ducks. England had to bring Mike Brearly, a batsman with an average of 23, out of retirement. England endured three torrid days at the start of the Third Test, played at Headingley in Yorkshire. Australia won the toss and hit 401 as England failed to use a difficult pitch, poor bowling exacerbated by five dropped catces. In England’s innings, Terry Alderman’s late swing and Geoff Lawson’s pace removed the top order and Lillee skittled out the tail; England were all out 227 runs behind. Australia enforced the follow on and Mike Gatting was immediately out for a duck. As the third day ended Labdrokes’ match odds flashed on the scoreboard: Australia, 1-4; draw, 5-2; England 500-1. The only upside for England was Botham’s return to form. His spell of 5-35 had kept England in it, while with the bat he had top scored with 50, his first half century for two years. The next day, England were soon facing an innings defeat. A harsh LBW decision removed the tenacious Boycott and Australia were into the tail with a lead of 78. England’s remaining batsmen went on the attack through desperation, lacking the technique to bat defensively. Graham Dilley swung at everything; amazingly, after missing a couple, he started hitting and soon Botham followed suit. As Australia’s bowlers tired, Botham attacked with such venom that mishits flew to the boundary. With Dilley (57), Old (29) and Willis (1) in support, he ended the day unbeaten on 145.The fifth day was just as remarkable. Willis was soon out, leaving Botham stranded on 149 and England 130 in front. Hoping to build on their heroics with the bat, Brearly opened with Botham and Dilly; but Botham was hit for two fours in his first over and Dilley was injured after two. Willis was back in the attack for what was suspected to be his last spell for England. After five ineffectual overs, Brearly swapped him out, only to put him on again at the other end. Willis was visibly inspired. He launched a series of vicious, throat high balls, claiming three wickets for no runs before lunch. With Old tying down an end at an economy under 2 an over, Willis kept at the Australians. Dilley took an amazing catch, running backwards to the boundary rope to save a six and remove Rod Marsh. With Australia at 74-7, the match turned as Dennis Lillee and Ray Bright attempted a Botham-esque attack. They smashed 35 in four overs to bring Australia to within 20. Willis was puffing, but he rose to the challenge; a change of length and Lillee was gone. The game was England’s ; Willis sent Bright’s middle stump into the air with his very next ball. England had won, by 19 runs, a match in which they had trailed in every single session. Despite Willis’ innings figures of 8-43, Botham claimed man of the match. England were not to lose again in the series. They won two of the remaining three Tests to reclaim the Ashes 3-1. “The 1981 Ashes,” says McLellan’s introduction, “changed my life. I suspect I’m not alone in that.” Steen agrees – he credits the series for inspiring him to quit a job he hated and begin his dream career. To modern eyes this seems a ludicrous over-reaction to a game of cricket, but to an England suffering the bitterest years of Thatcher’s reforms, this match, and series, produced a genuine shot in the arm to the nation.ARCHIVE: 0th week MT 2005last_img read more

Lupita Nyong’o-Led Eclipsed Extends Again Off-B’way

first_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Related Shows Eclipsed Off-Broadway can’t get enough of Lupita Nyong’o! The New York premiere of Eclipsed, headlined by the Oscar winner, will now run through November 29; it had previously extended through November 15. Directed by Liesl Tommy and penned by Danai Gurira, the production will begin previews on September 29 and officially open on October 14 at the Public Theater’s LuEsther Theater.Amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War, the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community—until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, Eclipsed reveals distinct women who must discover their own means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world of horrors not of their own making.The cast will also include Saycon Sengbloh, Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia and Zainab Jah.last_img read more

Two Michigan swans have avian flu; experts quell concerns

first_imgAug 14, 2006 (CIDRAP News) –The federal government announced today that two swans in Michigan tested positive for both the H5 and N1 avian influenza subtypes, but initial genetic sequencing suggests that it is a low-pathogenic type rather than the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain spreading through birds in Asia, Europe, and Africa and causing deaths in humans.Ron DeHaven, chief veterinary officer for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), said at a media briefing today that the birds appeared healthy and normal and were part of a group of 20 nonmigratory, resident mute swans that were sacrificed and tested on Aug 8 as part of a population reduction plan at a game area on Lake Erie in southeast Michigan.Bill Raub, science advisor to the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, said the findings should not cause alarm. “There is no threat to human health, and there is no cause for any special actions,” he said. “This is a matter of wildlife biology.”On Aug 9 the samples were tested at Michigan State University’s Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health, part of the USDA’s National Animal Health Laboratory Network, where tests confirmed the presence of an H5 avian influenza virus. The samples were then sent to the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, which is the only national reference laboratory that can confirm the H5N1 virus.Confirmatory tests at the NVSL lab showed the presence of an H5 virus along with an N1 subtype; however, experts aren’t sure if the birds were infected with two separate avian influenza strains or if the findings represent low-pathogenic H5N1. Testing began at the NVSL on Aug 12 to further characterize the virus, and results are expected in about 2 weeks.An analysis of genetic sequences at the NVSL has already suggested that the avian influenza virus in the swans is similar to the low-pathogenic avian flu virus identified previously in North America. Routine sampling in wild ducks in the United States showed evidence of low-pathogenic H5N1 in 1975 and 1986. The virus has also been detected in Canada as recently as 2005.”These results are not unexpected in a given surveillance activity,” DeHaven said at the media briefing.Sue Hazeltine, associate director of biology for the US Geological Survey at the Department of the Interior (DOI), said the agency has taken 8,000 wild bird samples since early June. About 4,000 were from dead birds taken by subsistence hunters in Alaska, and the rest were from live birds. “Less than 2% have shown avian influenza of any type, which is standard and what we would expect to find across the country at any point,” she said. None have tested positive for low-pathogenic H5N1.DeHaven said there is no reason to believe the swans had any connections to any commercial poultry operations, and the findings do not provide a basis for any country to impose any trade restrictions on the United States.On Aug 9 the USDA and the DOI announced they are expanding wild bird monitoring for H5N1 avian influenza beyond Alaska in partnerships with the lower 48 states, Hawaii, and other Pacific islands. Surveillance in Western states in the Pacific flyway during late summer and fall will coincide with the southward migration of birds that have been exposed to Asian species this summer in the Arctic. Surveillance in Alaska has been under way since summer 2005.See also:Transcript of Aug 14 USDA/DOI briefing on Michigan swansAug 14 USDA fact sheet on low pathogenic vs high pathogenic H5N1 avian influenzaDec 20, 2005, CIDRAP News article: ” H5N1 avian flu viruses: What’s in a name?”Aug 10 CIDRAP News article: “US’s wild bird H5N1 monitoring expands beyond Alaska”last_img read more

2 ‘pushers’ fall in Panay buy-bust

first_imgThe minor was turned over to the Panay municipal police station’s Womenand Children Protection desk, while Arcangeles was detained in the custodialfacility of the police station. Aside from suspected shabu, a P500 marked money and cash amounting toP150 were also seized from the suspects. The 21-year-old Kenn Joy Angeles and a 17-year-old minor – bothresidents of Roxas City, Capiz – yielded the suspected illegal drugs, policesaid. ROXAS City – Nine sachets of suspected shabu were seized in a buy-bustoperation in Barangay Tanza Sur, Panay, Capiz. Kenn Joy Angeles and a 17-year-old minor sits while antidrug officers inspect items seized from them. They were nabbed in an entrapment operation in arangay Tanza Sur, Panay, Capiz on Feb. 20. center_img Personnel of the Capiz Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit and the Panaymunicipal police station staged the entrapment operation on Feb. 20. “Gin monitor naton ang ila nga movement antes gin kasa ang operation saila,” Police Captain Marvin Balmes, Panay Chief of Police told Panay News. Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the comprehensiveDangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against them./PNlast_img read more

‘I want it to be normal’: 1st ACC broadcast led entirely by women

first_img Published on January 21, 2020 at 11:27 pm Contact Mitchell: [email protected] UPDATED: Jan. 23, 2020 at 2:18 p.m.Posing for a photograph near mid-court with her legs crossed and hands on her knee, Beth Mowins yelled through a smile.“You ever think you’d see this day?” Mowins asked Syracuse.com’s Donna Ditota, who sat a few rows up in the empty Carrier Dome stands.“Long time coming,” Ditota responded.Mowins was surrounded by the ACC Network’s broadcast team for SU’s Jan. 16 women’s basketball game against Georgia Tech. Color analyst Isis Young was to her right, producer Mackenzie Pearce to her left. Seventeen other women surrounded the trio, too.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I remember when it was just me and Sue in the room,” Mowins said to Ditota.The 21 women laughed. But it wasn’t really a joke. The truth is the sports media industry has been dominated by men. Mowins and Sue Edson, Syracuse Athletics’ chief communications officer, were the only women in their 1989 sports broadcasting class at Newhouse, Edson said. A 2015 SAGE journal report found that 95% of analyzed sports-news shows had male anchors. In 2017, Mowins became the first female announcer to call an NFL game since 1987, and the first to ever call a nationally televised game.“I’ve always kind of felt comfortable in situations where you may have been the only woman in the room,” Mowins said. “That’s okay. That’s just kind of the way that I’ve always lived my life.”But last Thursday, that all flipped. For the first time in the ACC Network’s three-year history, a broadcast — from producer to director to pregame, halftime and postgame show — would be led by women in every lead position. It may have been a first, but Olivia Stomski, director of the Newhouse Sports Media Center, hopes one day an all-women’s broadcast wouldn’t be an ordeal at all – no need for press conferences, photo ops and media releases.Roshan Fernandez | Asst. Digital Editor“I want it to be normal that both male and female students are used to having women in these powerful positions and are used to having women call the shots,” Stomski said.• • •With an hour before tipoff, Young and Mowins sat behind their desk at center court. While Young scribbled into a notepad, bouncing to the Carrier Dome’s music — “Dior” by Pop Smoke — Mowins reviewed her pink-and-yellow highlighted cue cards and the Syracuse–Georgia Tech stat sheet.When Edson, producer Kristin Hennessey and senior producer Scott Hecht were discussing the upcoming ACC Network broadcasts in late December, they realized the Jan. 16 broadcast was shaping up to be led by a staff of women. Everyone was doing jobs they’d done before. They simply took the opportunity to “blow it out of the water,” Hennessey said, bringing in Young and Mowins and completing the all-female leading crew.Mowins, the 2015 Marty Glickman Award for Leadership in Sports Media recipient, and Young had met several times before the Georgia Tech game but had never shared a booth. After the 2017 espnW: Women + Sports Summit panel, Young rushed up to Mowins, the first to talk to her, and asked “just about everything,” Young said. Throughout her career, Mowins has embraced the role of mentor for young women trying to get into sports media. She understands the importance of seeing people that look like themselves in leadership roles and positions of power, she said.“I think there are millions of young women out there — Isis is one of them — that have dreams that are way bigger than mine,” Mowins said.With 12 minutes to tipoff, Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack walked across the court, leaned over the desk and monitors and reached out his hand to shake Mowins’.“Thanks for doing this,” Wildhack said.Thanks for calling the game? Mowins had done that before. She’s called NFL, World Cup, college football and college basketball games. Wildhack’s thank you was for more.If somebody’s got to be the one to kind of walk through the door and hold it open andhopefully encourage other people to dream whatever dreams they have, thenthat’s great.- Beth Mowins“If somebody’s got to be the one to kind of walk through the door and hold it open and hopefully encourage other people to dream whatever dreams they have,” Mowins said, “then that’s great.”• • •A few minutes into the second quarter, with the Orange down 18-15, Syracuse’s cheerleading team jogged out to center court during a TV timeout. Hoisted on to each other’s shoulders, they led the crowd in a chant.“Let’s go, Orange!” *CLAP-CLAP-CLAP CLAP CLAP*Under the courtside desk, Mowins clapped along. “Let’s go Orange,” she mouthed under her breath. *CLAP-CLAP-CLAP CLAP CLAP*Both Mowins and Young graduated from Newhouse – Mowins as a graduate student in 1990 and Young, with both an undergraduate and graduate degree, in 2019 after playing basketball for the Orange. Sixteen of the 20 women involved in Thursday’s production went or go to Syracuse, Hennessey said. Because of Newhouse and the Dick Clark Studios, Syracuse is uniquely positioned to produce events like Thursday night’s. It’s the only school in the ACC that regularly uses students as on-air talent and the only school that cuts to a student-run studio for halftime, said Hennessey.“There’s just so much history here,” Mowins said of SU and Newhouse. “It’s really cool to be number one, and to be a part of something that you know is a special place and somewhat of a mecca that other people aspire to be a part of.”At halftime, Mowins and Young kept their headsets on, watching the studio show being shot back at Dick Clark Studios on their monitors. Junior Jenna Fink and senior Nicole Weaving brought in graduate student Michelle Knezovic to present a story on Amaya Finklea-Guity’s love of drawing and painting.In the adjacent control room three SU students, including director Maria Trivelpiece, directed and produced the pregame, halftime and postgame shows.Mitchell Bannon | Asst. Sports EditorWith three minutes remaining in the game and the Orange down 79-63, the postgame show crew returned to their positions.“Walk them through what they’re doing,” Stomski said to the team.Fink and Weaving discussed the Orange’s upcoming schedule from their studio desk while producer Mackenzie Pearce counted down the remaining seconds into their ears: Thirty, then 20, then 10. “I’m going to drop this on you,” a voice from the control room said.As Pearce finished her countdown, a photo of all the women involved in Thursday’s production flashed onto the screen, panning out from Mowins and Young, revealing all 20 women.“When we were sitting at the Dome I said that’s the shot we’re going to end with,” Hennessey said. “I was kind of joking … but I thought it was fitting to end with that.”As the screen closed to black the control room applauded. Everyone started to file out of the room. Maybe not together, but they will do it all again soon.CLARIFICATION: In a previous version of this post, it wasn’t specified that Isis Young completed undergraduate and graduate school at SU. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

GVC strengthens operational division with two new hires

first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share GVC Holdings has strengthened its senior operational management team by announcing the appointment of a new director of payments and compliance, and a new gaming product director.Set to join the operator’s leadership in early November, Gabriele Griesbacher will assume the role of Director of Payments, while Colin Cole-Johnson takes up the role of Gaming Product Director.Shay Segev, Chief Operating Officer of GVC celebrated the new appointments: “We are delighted to have Gabriele and Colin joining us. Both have huge expertise in their respective areas and will further strengthen the Group’s leadership team.“Gabriele will spearhead our ever-increasing focus on compliance, ensuring we maintain a player-safety-first approach in everything we do, while Colin will drive our gaming product forward, bringing his unparalleled industry experience and gaming expertise.”Griesbacher will hold the responsibility of overseeing all aspects of payments across the Group covering the areas of commercial, product and compliance.The role will involve close collaboration with the Group’s Compliance, Marketing and Customer Service Teams, with the role having a particular focus on responsible gambling, Know Your Customer and Source of Funds commitments.She joins from the end-to-end financial platform, PXP Financial (formerly part of the GVC Group as Kalixa), where she was COO. Based in Gibraltar, she will report directly into Group COO, Shay Segev.Meanwhile Cole-Johnson will oversee GVC’s casino, live and bingo products with a particular emphasis on elevating player experience. GVC explained that he brings with him a ‘proven track record of delivering success’, having previously held positions at Rank, William Hill and Ladbrokes. Based in London, Colin will report to Deputy COO, Valery Gelfman. Related Articles Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe wants massive support for Kenichi

first_imgA board member of Accra Hearts of Oak Dr Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe has called on the followers of the club to give massive support to coach Keninchi Yatsuhashi in the 2015/16 Ghana Premier league.Hearts made a flying start to their campaign with a 1-0 win over New Edubiase at the Accra Stadium on Sunday.Hearts coach Keninchi Yatsuhashi has since been trending for all the good reasons.The followers of the club have lauded the Japanese American who many heavily criticised his appointment as coach of the club.Dr Tamakloe who also criticised Yatsuhashi wants the club to back him to do well in the league.“I must say the coach has done well, I was a bit critical when he came in but as said earlier he looks like somebody who is a long term coach in the sense that it will take some time for the boys to know what exactly he wants to impart to them,” he told Joy Sports “He has been consistent and built the boys physically well and they are gelling nicely than before and i will say more grease to his elbow.“This is the time for all Phobians to come together and support the coach and the boys.Hearts will be away to the Tarkwa T and A park where they will take on Medeama SC on matchday two.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more