January 20

When Sobers ruled the roost

first_imgAs Australia piles on the runs against the West Indies in the current Test series ‘down under’, there are many cricket lovers in the Caribbean who remember when it was the regional side which piled up massive scores against all who came. Prior to the start of the Australia series, an emotional Sir Garfield Sobers broke down in tears as he bemoaned the state of the Caribbean game. “It was such a pleasure and joy to be able to do what I did. I don’t think we have that kind of person today. I don’t think we have that kind of person in West Indies any more, who is quite prepared to play and to give everything to their country,” the West Indies cricket legend said in October. Sobers became part of West Indies folklore when he smashed a then world record 365 not out against Pakistan during the third Test at Sabina Park on March 1, 1958. FLOW Foundation chairman, Errol K. Miller, remembers, as an 11-year-old boy sitting inside Sabina Park, the day Sobers made history. ETCHED IN MEMORY “I think that day sort of galvanised for me the passion I had for cricket at an early age.” While cricket, which was the most important game in the Caribbean for decades, has since lost its shine, Miller has not forgotten the impact of the moment. “I was there when it happened. I actually saw it. I didn’t have to read it in the newspapers. Of all the cricket fans in the world, only a certain amount could be in Sabina Park, and I was one of them.” He added that seeing the “spineless surrender” of the current team was often heartrending. “I used to almost cry sometimes for West Indies when they lost. I was so passionate about it. Now, I just go to bed, and in the morning I go online and see what the score is.” But he will never forget his place as part of history. “I was there, and nobody can take that away from me,” said Miller. HISTORICAL DAY It was a Saturday, but Miller was there as part of a group organised by his Clarendon College school sports master. “The way I was about cricket those days, I was not going to miss the opportunity to see the likes of (Everton) Weekes, (Clyde) Walcott and (Conrad) Hunte,” he told The Gleaner. “It was serendipity that the day we went was the day it happened.” Miller sat in the Eastern stand, which, in those days, had mesh wires to contain the crowd. “When play opened, Hunte was ahead of Sobers. When Hunte got run out – you know how Jamaicans are – some said Sobers got him out because he was ahead and Sobers wanted to break the record,” he recalled. “I remember Weekes played a sweet cameo for 39 while Sobers was going merrily on his way. Walcott came, and in typical fashion just bludgeoned the bowlers for 88.” The atmosphere was electric. The stands were jam packed with cricket-loving Jamaicans from all walks of life. Some came with mountains of food as they prepared for a full day’s sport. “(I) was just taking in all the sights and sounds and all the people; the noise and cheering. The frequent sound of “dollar” as Jamaicans used to use that expression when a four was hit.” He added that though the Pakistani bowlers were being smashed to all parts of the park, the team continued to field with passion. “One of the Pakistanis bowled 85 overs,” he said. That bowler was Fazal Mahmood, who took two for 247 off 85.2 overs as the Windies piled up 790 for three declared in their second innings. “The economy rate was less than three. The fielding was top class for the entire day, even though they were hunting leather for the entire day. That really impressed me, even though I was a little boy,” said Miller. He admits that at the time he had no clue of the Test batting record, and it was while sitting amongst the crowd that he started to grasp that something important was about to happen. “I just went because I wanted to see international cricket, but as I settled down and heard people starting to talk, you got the significance of what was happening around you,” he said. There was pandemonium when Sobers smashed the record run. “When Sobers broke the record, a host of people descended on the field,” said Miller. He recalled talk of abandoning play. “As a matter of fact, not only were they thinking of abandoning play for the day, but of abandoning the whole match. “Fortunately for him, it was not abandoned. The most emotional response of what was going around was that he probably would not have got the record,” said Miller. Miller, who was part of Clarendon College’s 1962 and 1964 Headley Cup winning team, said seeing Sobers’ display helped fan the flames of his love for cricket.last_img read more

August 9

Walsh joined by local officials at 911 ceremony

first_img13Sep Walsh joined by local officials at 9/11 ceremony Categories: News Rep. John Walsh, R-Livonia, stands with Livonia Fire Chief Shadd Whitehead and Police Chief Curtis Caid at the state Capitol for a special ceremony honoring and remembering the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Walsh invited the officials to the ceremony, which also honored first responders and military members who have lost their lives in the line of duty during the last year.last_img

August 6

John Cena YouTube Red is set to bring in animated

first_imgJohn CenaYouTube Red is set to bring in animated original Dallas & Robo, voiced by WWE wrestler John Cena and 2 Broke Girls star Kat Dennings.The series will debut exclusively on YouTube Red in 2018 as the latest in a growing slate of originals the Google-owned SVOD service is offering subscribers.Dallas & Robo centers around space-trucker Dallas (Dennings) and self-proclaimed ‘warrior-poet’ Robo (Cena), who have to navigate their way around cannibal bikers and rival space truckers as they navigate the world of interplanetary big rigging.The eight-episode seires will be produced by Shadowmachine (Robot Chicken, BoJack Horseman). Mike Roberts is the creator of the series and also serves as an executive producer.Matt Mariska and Andy Sipes serve as writers and executive producers. Cena (pictured) also serves as exec producer.“With Kat Dennings and John Cena bringing these animated characters to life, I have no doubt viewers are going to have fun watching this imaginative, new outer space comedy from Shadowmachine,” said Susanne Daniels, global head of original content at YouTube.last_img read more

August 6

Rob Hodgkinson COO of TVPlayer outlines six fact

first_imgRob Hodgkinson, COO of TVPlayer, outlines six factors that are changing the nature of TV services.Content begets advertising. It has always been this way. The shape of television programming dictates the size and scope of the marketing collateral that is placed around it.TV attracts more than a third of global ad spend because it is an efficient way to deliver mass reach. But this rule is being tugged at from several directions, and we are now entering a new age of television advertising.Changes are now afoot which promise accelerated reform of this relationship between advertising and TV content: 1. Middleweight content is hollowing outYou don’t have to hit the gym to feel the “dumbbell effect”. New, wealthy online platforms are investing heavily in super-premium productions to great effect. At the other end of the scale are super-niche shows that are also now emerging. You don’t want to be in the middle. Middle-of-the-road content, like day-time quiz shows, is struggling – neither popular nor niche enough to deliver substantial audiences.2. From prime-time to prime-targetTop content remains popular – on viewers’ own terms. Broadcast TV corralled the best shows, and the highest ad rates, into a nightly viewing window. But the more that viewers opt out of live and choose to catch up at a time of their own choosing, the more the value of prime-time placement is being eroded. This won’t necessarily hurt broadcasters – what they lose in linear sales can be made back many times over in highly-personalised online TV ads, custom-targeted for individual audiences. But channel operators are going to have to reorganise the house to meet the shift.3. Dynamic adsAd-tech vendors have already brought this precision-guided programmatic ad targeting to online video. And it will increasingly become the way in which ads are traded in TV viewed over internet devices. When brands can target individual in-market viewers based on their internet browsing history and other signals, they will be seduced by efficiency. The whole strategy of settling for ads broadcast to a mass audience of consumers outside your intended cohort will come under serious scrutiny, along with the historic need for the mass-appeal content that supports it.4. The new narrowWe are about to see the traditional model get turned upside-down. From producing mass-appeal content for broadcast, operators’ next challenge will be producing enough niche content, across multiple verticals and in sufficient depth, to satisfy the new-scale minority audiences.We are particularly excited about the revival of broadcasters’ huge libraries of old content into new targeted channels. TV4 Entertainment, for example, is creating rich vertical channels for specific audiences, such as Motorland (motoring), Gone TV (fishing), and All Guitar Network (guitar enthusiasts).5. New economics beget new approachesThe uplifting thing about the new narrowing of TV advertising is that it will be cost-effective. New OTT channels can be spun up at virtually no cost. No wonder new upstarts like online news network Cheddar are gaining a place on the menus of new-look so-called “skinny bundles”. These new channels can reach profitability easily with relatively small audiences.6. Pay TV doesn’t depend on sportLikewise, where matches and games were once the price platform operators had to pay to attract subscribers, in the new world, there are alternatives. Today, pay TV companies don’t have to invest in nationwide mass-market ad campaigns that sell sports as the jewel in their crown – they can go after consumers known, by digital targeting profiles, to be keen on certain kinds of underlying interests, buying online ads that are paid for only when they work. No more scattergun customer acquisition – targeting passionate niche consumers with effective campaigns will reduce the need for splashy spending, and change the skew of content seen on screens.last_img read more