Norton suffered an injury to his left knee late in the first half of the Drake men’s basketball team’s double-overtime loss at Evansville while driving to the basket. Drake University senior Nick Norton’s knee injury suffered in Wednesday night’s game at Evansville will force the guard to miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season, head men’s basketball coach Darian DeVries announced Friday, Jan. 4. Norton’s injury was evaluated Thursday and following an MRI, team physicians determined Norton tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Surgery to repair the ligament will be performed at a date to be determined. Print Friendly Version
Cllr Ciaran Brogan, leader of Fianna Fail on the councilBreaking News: THE following is a statement just released by Fianna Fail tonight:Fianna Fail is not in a position to support this Budget.We have worked tirelessly over the last number of weeks to look for the positives contained within this Budget book and unfortunately the negative aspects which this budget will inflict upon the people do not allow us to be in a position to support a Budget which includes no extra provision for our Roads within our County. As well as the fact that year on year we do not have enough money to maintain our Housing stock.We do not believe that the Budget before us here today goes far enough in providing for the tenants and road users within our County.This is all happening while we are prepared to simply give away assets within our County to the value of €355 million.We feel this is unjust and are dissatisfied that we as members of this authority have not been fully informed as to the circumstances of this give away. The fact the Water function has been taken away from Donegal County Council is a massive cause of concern for us.We find ourselves with a Minister who is not prepared to listen to anyone even his own Party members where he was begged to desist from basically privatising the Water Function.This culminating in Phil Hogan ramming legislation through the Daíl & Seanad where he wasn’t even prepared to listen to opposition thoughts or consider amendments which they wished to make.This is simply undemocratic and the fact that our President had to sign the bill into law on Christmas Day shows the audacity and level of contempt which this Government has shown to the People of Ireland.In Donegal water is a huge resource which we value and have invested in as a Council and as a people over a long number of years, through huge capital investment and many group water schemes throughout a huge rural County providing a quality service to our People. As of the 1st of October this year everyone will be charged for water without proper discussion with the public.We are informed that our assets have been valued at €355 million and that the debts which we have on the assets is €48 million for this year we are being allocated €29 million from Irish water towards 219 staff, for the running, maintaining and the billing of our water services.This we are told is to be reviewed next year but from October Irish Water will take over all of the billing and control of our Water Service.This is not Putting People First as this Government pretends to be doing. There are huge concerns out there from our people on the ground because of the recruitment embargo in place where we are unable to provide a proper service.We have asked to meet Irish Water and feel that by Irish water not meeting with the Elected Council shows us that the service delivery will be secondary and that profits will be the central issue within this new regime.Our 219 staff members working within the water Section are still unsure as to where they stand in this whole situation and the public simply don’t know who to contact if there is a burst and indeed are of the opinion that if they contact Irish Water that they will be charged for doing so.Whilst we are disappointed that the Budget book does not provide enough for Donegal we feel it would be disingenuous of us to support a budget which does not provide enough funding from this Government to adequately service the County.Nobody can deny the fact that our roads infrastructure is suffering massively from the cut backs being brought to bear upon Donegal by this Government.At a time when we should be investing more in our roads to bring them up to an acceptable standard as well as provide employment for our citizens we find that our Government is intent on cutting and scrapping revenue streams for our Roads network.The Eu Co-Financed scheme which was so important to the strategic routes within our County has been scrapped, The LIS programme as been done away with, Our allowance from the NRA has been halved this Year alone.We simply cannot stand for this.The burden upon the retail and commercial sector across our County has not been adequately supported in this Budget book this despite the fact that The Minister has asked each Council to reduce the Rates on business’s.We hear on a daily basis how the public have difficulties accessing this Council by telephone as well as many other problems which have not been addressed within this Budget Book.We have a massive shortage of Money to deal with maintenance of our Housing Stock and again this matter has not been addressed within the Budget Book.We are resolute in the opinion that more Money must be provided for Housing and that more resources must be afforded to this section.We the Fianna Fail party are taking a stand on behalf of the People of Donegal who are burdened beyond their means with bills from this Government.We cannot ask people to pay for water which is being delivered through an inadequate infrastructure where they simply cannot afford to do so.With the Water function being taken away from the Council, Irish Water will have the power to increase the cost of Water Year on Year and we cannot and will not stand for that. We have always tried to be prudent and measured during the Budgetry process and this time we are no different.We will be voting against the budget because we believe it to be in the best interest of Donegal and it’s People as we cannot support the measures being introduced within the Budget book.‘WE HAVE TO TAKE A STAND FOR DONEGAL’ – FIANNA FAIL was last modified: January 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal councilfianna fail
23 April 2004Former President Nelson Mandela has called on all South Africans to ensure that the country’s democracy is consolidated and sustained.In a statement marking South Africa’s 10 years of freedom, Mandela warned people not to take the country’s freedom and democracy for granted, saying the growth and sustained health of the country’s democracy were the responsibilities “not only of leaders, but also of each and every citizen.“Too many people in all walks of life and over many years and decades suffered and sacrificed for its achievement”, Mandela said. “The almost miraculous triumph of reason and compassion over prejudice and fear at the time of our peaceful transition is too precious.”Every political party and organisation, Mandela said, “has a responsibility to keep our democracy alive, our people united and our country progressing towards peace and prosperity”, while every individual has the responsibility “to remain a caring South African, never indifferent to the affairs and well-being of our country and its people”.Cementing unityOver the past 10 years, Mandela said, South Africans had managed to cement unity.“Whatever differences we may have and tensions that may exist, our democratic constitutional order is not threatened. We are solidly one nation, united in our diversity, held together by our common commitment to the Constitution.”The country has faced a number of obstacles since 1994, Mandela said, and the problems ahead – poverty, unemployment, HIV/Aids, homelessness – “remain large and daunting”.“What we can say, though, is that we now have the weapon and the protection of democracy to face and tackle those problems and challenges. The simplest, but therefore also most fundamental, gain of our democracy is that the people govern.Secure future“There may be shortcomings in delivery; government departments and officials may in some cases be under-performing; certain interest groups may feel that they are not sufficiently catered for; there are certainly many areas of legitimate and valid complaint and dissatisfaction.“All of this, however, is played out, contested, debated and accounted for within the secure framework of a multi-party pluralist democracy.”South Africa’s future, Mandela said, lies in the hands its people, and “it has been a particular source of satisfaction to observe, especially over these last five years, a younger generation of leaders guiding the country towards a secure and prosperous future”.RegenerationMandela paid tribute to President Thabo Mbeki, saying that his “firm leadership and clear vision had manifested not only in the remarkable progress South Africa has made, but also in continental and international affairs.“The steady regeneration of Africa and the regard with which South Africa is held internationally are in no small measure due to his work and efforts.”South Africa, Mandela said, has often been referred to as a “miracle nation . that should make us humble and inspire us as we start a next decade on the long road of consolidating our freedom and building a better life for all our people”.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
7 December 2010Over 309 000 tourists, together spending around R3.6-billion, more than 95% saying they would visit again – a study of the impact of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ on South Africa’s tourism industry shows that the event was worth every cent invested in it, says Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk.The results of the study, which was conducted by the Department of Tourism, were presented by Van Schalkwyk in Johannesburg on Monday.It revealed a radical change in attitudes displayed by foreigners towards South Africa, with those attending matches at stadiums being happy with the country’s security personnel and hospitality, and more than 95% of visitors saying they would be returning to the country in the future.“The survey results show that more than two-thirds of the tourists who visited South Africa during the World Cup rated the country as an extremely good host … and others felt we were better hosts than other countries they had experienced,” Van Schalkwyk said.Total awareness up by 9%Total awareness of South Africa as a leisure destination increased by 9% following the event, the study found. About 59% of the people interviewed said they were visiting the country for the first time.According to the survey, more than 309 000 tourists arrived in South Africa between June and July for the primary purposes of attending the World Cup, and contributed about R3.6-billion to the domestic economy through spending.Before the global financial crisis of 2008-09, some analysts had put the expected number of visitors for Africa’s first Fifa World Cup as high as 450 000.Van Schalkwyk said, however, that even this final visitors’ figure was good news for the country, adding that it was a “very conservative” figure that excluded the Fifa family.‘Worth all the time and money spent’“There were many numbers that were thrown around before and after the tournament, but what we are announcing today is the figure of people who came to South Africa only for the purposes of the World Cup, and it is good news in terms of our tourism … it was worth all the time, the investment and the money,” he said.The total expenditure in South Africa by tourists who came specifically for the tournament was R3.64-billion, with Europeans leading the pack, followed by the United States. The overall average spend per tourist was R11 800, which was higher than the average tourist spend of R8 400 in 2008.Van Schalkwyk said South Africa had worked tirelessly, from the moment it was announced as the host in May 2004, to make sure it hosted the best World Cup ever.“We planned, invested and implemented our vision in the face of fierce scepticism, even outright disbelief that we could deliver on our commitments,” he said.The World Cup, he said, had been about building a legacy for South Africa and the continent. He called on the tourism industry to be encouraged by the statistics, and to take advantage of the ongoing positive spinoffs created by the tournament.Source: BuaNews
“The number of single female homebuyers in South Africa has risen significantly over the last four years, on the back of an increase in single person households and as women gain better positions in the workplace,” bond originator ooba said in a statement. Sapa 10 May 2011 The ratio of women to men in single person home loan applications to ooba increased from 36.53% in January 2007 to a current level of 46.94%. “The South African Constitution has enshrined equality, so it is pleasing to note that the dynamics of the historically male dominated property market has evolved,” said Jenny Rushin, Western Cape provincial sales manager at ooba. Single person applications now make up 49.65% of applications in comparison to the 50.35% of joint applications. More single women are buying homes in South Africa, with the number rising significantly over the last four years, a mortgage company said on on Monday. “A steady increase in the number of women in the workplace, particularly those occupying more managerial top level jobs which command higher income earnings, has helped to shift the balance towards a more equal ratio among homebuyers.” “Now that females are more focused on creating their own wealth portfolio, credit, such as home loan finance, is far more easily accessible to them individually,” Rushin said. Buying property had become a long term wealth creation goal for women as much as men, she added. The increasing number of women in the workplace has had an impact on the male/female home loan application ratios.
The Assam police allegedly roughed up and detained a delegation of eight Trinamool Congress leaders from West Bengal at Kumbhirgram airport in southern Assam’s Silchar on Thursday.The eight — six MPs and two MLAs — had arrived on a two-day visit to assess the situation arising out of the complete draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) published on July 30 and meet some people excluded from the list.Reply soughtThe reverberation was felt in New Delhi with Trinamool members trooping into the well of the House at 2 p.m. and demanding a reply from Home Minister Rajnath Singh, leading to the adjournment of the Rajya Sabha.The Trinamool leaders had reached the airport in two batches by 3.30 p.m., hours after the Cachar district administration enforced prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Cr.PC in Silchar.A police team headed by Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Mukesh Agarwal prevented them from leaving the airport.Videos, aired by local TV channels, showed some members of the Trinamool delegation grappling with police personnel.MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar alleged that the police had assaulted them.“We went to express solidarity with the oppressed but were beaten up and illegally detained at the airport. This is nothing but unannounced emergency,” she said.Trinamool leader Derek O’Brien said: “The police didn’t allow the MPs and MLAs to leave the airport.”Mr. O’Brien said: “Our chief whip in the Rajya Sabha, who is a cardiac patient and has a pacemaker, was roughed up by the police. What is going on? They did not go there to break the law. They are lawmakers and not law breakers. This is super emergency.”He said Chairman Venkaiah Naidu rejected a notice he had given in the Rajya Sabha under Section 267 seeking a reply from the Home Minister, who was not present in the House.Police deny assaultThe police said the Trinamool leaders were neither arrested nor detained. They also claimed that three of their personnel, including two policewomen, were injured when the MPs and MLAs turned violent.“They were prevented from going out as the situation was not conducive and we did not want it to worsen. We had asked them not to visit the place but they came,” Assam’s Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia said.He also said two cases had been registered against the Trinamool lawmakers – one for violation of Section 144 and the other for causing injuries to three police personnel.Officials in Cachar said the Trinamool leaders were given an option to either stay at a guest house or hotel under police protection or remain in the VIP lounge of the airport. The MPs and MLAs, including West Bengal Minister Firhad Hakim, remained at the airport till the time of reporting. The Trinamool delegation is scheduled to fly to Guwahati on Friday. But Guwahati Commissioner of Police Hiren Chandra Nath said Section 144 had already been enforced to prevent them from exiting the airport.Congress MP from Silchar Sushmita Dev criticised the “over-reaction” of the State government. In a letter to Chief Secretary T.Y. Das, she said the Trinamool leaders “should have been allowed to meet any people of the region without breach of peace and tranquillity in the greater interest of democracy.”Assam leaders quitThursday also saw Trinamool’s Assam unit president and former MLA Dipen Pathak resigning from the party along with several other leaders, protesting against party president and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s “controversial remarks” over the NRC.Two other senior leaders, Diganta Saikia and Pradeep Pachoni, had quit the party on Wednesday after Ms. Banerjee said exclusion of Bengalis from Assam’s NRC would lead to ‘civil war.’“She made the offensive remark to gain political mileage in West Bengal, ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha election. She never raised the burning issues of Assam at the national level. As an Assamese, I was hurt by what she said. So I decided to quit the party,” Mr. Pathak said. Many Bengali organisations in Assam have also criticised Ms. Banerjee.
NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Meralco’s Cliff Hodge. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCliff Hodge reminded the Meralco Bolts what they had been missing in their first four games.Hodge made his season debut on Wednesday and he returned at the best possible time with the Bolts on a three-game skid coming into the game.ADVERTISEMENT “Nobody’s happier than me to see him (Hodge) back. I mentioned earlier about the lack of effort against TNT and we seemed to have a low energy level against TNT,” Meralco head coach Norman Black said.“We all know that’s [what] Cliff is [all] about. He’s about energy and effort and probably just his presence really helped us a great deal tonight because he does give a lot of effort out there, particularly on the defensive end.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 29-year-old Hodge made immediate impact the moment he was fielded into the game at the 2:30 mark of the first quarter. He grabbed an offensive rebound just 36 seconds in that led to a basket by his teammate Bryan Faundo.Hodge finished with eight points on 4-of-4 shooting from the field with six rebounds, three assists and a steal. Four of his boards were offensive rebounds. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Alex Cabagnot sidelined with foot injury, no surgery needed It was an all-around effort from Hodge, doing a little bit of everything in just 19 minutes of play despite still not being 100 percent healthy yet.“I’m pretty tired, but I’m happy that we got the win so that’s all that matters,” he said after helping Meralco get back on the winning track with a 105-76 rout of Kia.“Yeah, I’m really out of shape. I haven’t played basketball in about three months and I’ve only practiced in like two days,” added Hodge, who went under the knife to remove bone spurs in his ankles. “I just need to get back in shape. Actually, my ankle still hurt so I’m just playing through that until it gets better.”Hodge was supposed to be out for at least two more weeks, but with Meralco struggling he knew he would be of great help to his team especially with Ranidel de Ocampo still out with a calf injury.“I know that we needed some wins so I said if I can go up and down [even if] I’m not 100 percent but I mean, I can go out there on defense. I just decided to come back and try and do whatever I can for my team.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments MOST READ
PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting UAAP men’s volleyball: NU turns back La Salle, Adamson sweeps UE Showtime announced Tuesday that the episodes will premiere March 29 and April 5 on SHO Sports YouTube and Facebook pages. Shields and Hammer will fight for the undisputed middleweight championship on April 13, broadcast live on Showtime from Atlantic City, New Jersey.The episodes will show Shields preparing at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Hammer training in Seefeld, Austria.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesUndefeated Shields (8-0, 2 KOs) and Hammer (24-0, 11 KOs) were supposed to fight on Nov. 17, but Hammer postponed it because of illness.Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza says the fight highlights “two of the elite athletes in boxing” in the network’s 10th women’s bout since 2017. That year, Shields became the first woman to headline a fight card on premium cable. Undefeated women’s middleweight world champion Claressa Shields, second from left, is handed one of her three title belts as prepares to pose with her world champion opponent Christina Hammer, far right, during a press conference to preview their upcoming fight, Tuesday Feb. 26, 2019, in New York. Shields and Hammer will showdown for the undisputed women’s middleweight world championship in a unification bout on Saturday, April 13 in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK — Claressa Shields is participating in another first for women’s boxing.The two-time Olympic gold medalist and Christina Hammer will be featured in “All Access” episodes on Showtime Sports’ social media platforms.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Urgent reply from Philippine football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments
Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPowerhouse defending champion Petron expectedly breezed by Sta. Lucia Realty, 25-17, 25-11, 25-18, Saturday to become the first semifinalist—deservedly so—in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.In scoring their 15th straight win, the Blaze Spikers lined themselves up for a best-of-three semifinals against either the Cignal HD Spikers and the United VC Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting A memorable, meaningful Open win for Mondilla Though Petron kept its winning streak intact, the win did not impress import Stephanie Niemer.Niemer, who had 16 points, said they could have done better despite the dominant win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKath Bell led the Blaze Spikers with 19 points as Petron needed just over an hour—and just one game—to march on.“We’re very happy that we’re now in the semis. But, of course, the road ahead will be a lot tougher,” Petron coach Shaq delos Santos said.
Cricket’s been going on so long that there’s nothing new left under the sun The Spin Read more Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Last week the ICC held a seminar in Dubai to talk over its global strategy. It presented a “Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats” analysis. It was a provocative document, designed as a starting point for the discussion. It listed the “time it takes to complete the game” as one of the weaknesses, flagged up T10 cricket as both a threat and an opportunity. It even went as far as to ask “Why does cricket exist – what’s its primary purpose in society?” Which sounds less like a threat, and more like an existential crisis.Maybe cricket’s restless fretting about its own status is one of the game’s great strengths, a quality that has caused it to adapt and evolve, the reason we’re still playing and watching it all these years later. Certainly it seems to have been the backdrop to every other English summer since the sport started. We worry away at it until the sun comes out again. They say it will be shining when the first Test starts at Lord’s on Thursday. The crowds will be out, the international season under way, and all of a sudden, for those precious few hours, everything will seem right with the game.• This is an extract taken from The Spin, the Guardian’s weekly cricket email. To subscribe, just visit this page and follow the instructions. features All this is just another reminder that cricket has always had a morbid obsession with its own death. As if this thanatophobia is a natural consequence of following the game, the inevitable upshot of a sport that leaves you so much time to stew, is so closely yoked to the coming and going of summer, and so dependent on the vagaries of the weather. The anxiety gets to be infectious. I suffer from it myself. It comes on stronger with age, perhaps because we never care for the sport so much as we did when we first came to it, so, looking back, it always seems less to us now than it did then.Even in 1906, the administrators and journalists were fussing and fretting over it, rethinking it and tinkering with the regulations to try to make it more appealing. In 1900 the MCC changed the length of an over, in 1904 there was a proposal to launch a new knockout competition for the counties, in 1905 they considered scrapping the toss, and in 1906 WG Grace argued the championship should be split into two divisions. There were running debates right through the decade about how many Test matches should be played, and how long they should last. Topics Sign up here for The Spin, our the Guardian’s weekly cricket email. Cricket County cricket talking points: One-Day Cup spoils the plot for the season Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. 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We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on Facebook Summer came late in 1906, and the spring, harried by a keen north-east wind, hardly stopped at all. May was cold and grey, frosty till the third Sunday. It was dismal weather for cricket. The season started on Wednesday the 2nd, but no one came to watch. Lord’s was empty. The Oval was empty. Old Trafford was empty. The press began to fret. On 27 May the Observer published a leader called The Necessity for Cricket Reform. It asked if the game had outlived its popularity. “Matches are being finished, but the crowds do not come,” the editorial read. “Cricket seems to have grown too old fashioned for these go-ahead times.”The Observer wasn’t the only one worrying. The next year’s Wisden recalled “all sorts of gloomy forebodings”. Until “the sun came out and all was well”. By the far side of the summer, England was in the middle of a long, late heatwave. George Hirst did the double-double of 2,000 runs and 200 wickets, but Yorkshire were still pipped by Kent, who won 11 championship matches in a row, thanks in part to their brilliant young all-rounder Frank Woolley. It was one of the great seasons of the Golden Age, and when it was over, “no more was heard as to cricket being on the wane”. Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Which are all ideas we’re still turning over now, a century later. In the these last few weeks, the International Cricket Council has said that it is considering whether or not to scrap the toss in the new Test championship, there has been a push from within English cricket to get rid of the County Championship’s two divisions and replace them with regional conferences, and the England and Wales Cricket Board has, of course, announced it wants to change the length of an over so it can launch a new domestic competition. South Africa have already played a four-day Test. Cricket has been going on so long that there’s nothing new left under the sun.This lingering suspicion that the game is an anachronism is not entirely unique to cricket. It runs through its cousin game of baseball, too. The writer Susan Jacoby has just published a book about it, Why Baseball Matters. Just like cricket, baseball is worried that it’s losing the young audience; it has the oldest, whitest crowd of any major US sport. Nearly six out of 10 fans for nationally televised baseball games are white men over 55. Compare that with YouGov’s sketch of the English cricket fan, who, compared to similar groups, is particularly likely to be a rightwing male, over 55, and well-to-do.The MLB commissioner, Rob Manfred, tells Jacoby he is convinced that the “three-hour-plus length of the average baseball game” is “a major problem for young fans”. Jacoby believes that “the aging of baseball’s audience is largely attributable to the profound dissonance between a culture saturated with devices that offer instant gratification and a sport that requires intense, sustained concentration”. Baseball’s problem, she argues, is that “it derives much of its enduring appeal from a style of play and adherence to tradition very much at odds with our current culture”. It is, as the Observer put it in 1906, “too old-fashioned for these go-ahead times”. Share on WhatsApp