Dirty Birds find another reason to publish stories about itself

first_imgMegan McCormick / The Badger HeraldWith apologies to Grantland Rice:Outlined against a blue-gray May sky, the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore they are known as Famine, Pestilence, Destruction and Death. These are only aliases. Their real names are Evans, Kleist, Brackeen and that kid who draws “Tanked Life” (Steven?). They formed the crest of the Daily Cardinal cyclone before which another fighting Badger Herald softball team was swept over the precipice at Vilas Park Friday afternoon, as a few dozen spectators peered down on the bewildering panorama spread on the muddy green plain below.A cyclone can’t be snared. It may be surrounded, but somewhere it breaks through to keep on going. When the cyclone starts from Vilas Hall, where the candle lights still gleam through the Wisconsin sugar maples, those in the way must take to storm cellars at top speed.Friday the cyclone struck again as The Daily Cardinal beat The Badger Herald, 7-6, with a set of star batsmen that ripped and crashed through a strong Herald defense with more speed and power than the warring journalists could meet.After winning last year’s game the cyclone was indeed snared early on, falling behind the Herald 4-0 after the first two innings. With that advantage, the Herald players could perhaps be forgiven the faintest hints of optimism.Maybe, they might have thought, this year would be different from the last. Maybe this team was good enough. Maybe their newspaper isn’t a visually boring bastion of the passive voice that people flip past on their way to read drivel like “SO to the coastie wearing Uggs!!!1 lolz.”But this year wouldn’t. That team wasn’t. And their newspaper is.The Cardinal cyclone soon restored order to the world, crushing that optimism in a valiant comeback and pulling past their Herald counterparts with great hitting, expert baserunning and a suffocating defense led by pitcher Matt Kleist. The Cardinal cruised to the win as Kleist pitched his way through a tense final inning that ended when Herald Sports Content Editor Kelly Erickson popped out with the tying run on third base.“It was a rocky start, but once the Herald actually started obeying its batting order and not putting the same five guys up to bat every inning, we turned it around,” Kleist said.Epic comebacks that will echo in the halls of glory for an eternity aside, Friday’s game was packed with intense action, controversial calls and the thrilling specter of a six-foot, seven-inch photo editor attempting to reverse direction in a muddy field to avoid getting doubled up on a fly out. It was truly a sight to behold.Umpire, journalism professor and cigar enthusiast James Baughman ruled over a heated but fair game between the rivals, often taking anticipation-packed extra seconds to call base runners out or safe to up the intensity whenever he could.“One of my good friends from Harvard used to always tell me, ‘Jim’ – and he’d always talk like that, and I would tell him, ‘What is wrong with your jaw?’ – anyway, he’d always tell me, ‘Jim, you simply have to make the most of the spotlight when it’s on you.’ And I’ve lived with that advice every day since,” Baughman said. “The only other place where I have so much attention on me is my cats at feeding time, but we all know how fickle Grady is.”After the game, Cardinalistas moved on to the flip cup table to dominate their foes in another arena, before shifting their focus back to kicking the Herald’s ass in the last weeks of the semester. The cyclone, as it always does, rages on.last_img read more

National Lottery operator Camelot assess options following the resignation of CEO Andy Duncan

first_img Related Articles Share Submit StumbleUpon Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 UK National Lottery operator Camelot Group has informed the media that Chief Executive Andy Duncan has resigned as leader of the company.The resignation of Duncan as Group CEO, will see Nigel Railton leader of Camelot’s international business division ‘Camelot Global’ act as interim Chief Executive whilst the board of governance considers its best options for corporate leadership. Camelot informed that Duncan would work with Nigel and governance to ensure a ‘smooth transition’ period.Updating stakeholders, Camelot informed that Duncan would work with Nigel and governance to ensure a ‘smooth transition’ period.Duncan will continue to represent the company as an ambassador of Camelot UK on the European Lotteries Association, World Lottery Association and the EuroMillions Lottery Operators Board until the summer.Andy Duncan commented on his departure “It has been a great privilege to have led Camelot and the National Lottery through an exciting period. I’m proud that total returns to good causes during the last six years exceeded £10bn, an increase of 25% or nearly £2bn compared with the previous six years. This money is distributed to society in order to change the lives of people across the country.“I believe that the purpose at the heart of the National Lottery has never been stronger, changing lives by creating a millionaire nearly every day whilst returning more than £30m to good causes every week,” he added.Camelot Chairman Jo Taylor thanked Duncan for his six years’ service with the lottery operator: “Andy has achieved a tremendous amount on behalf of National Lottery players, winners and the good causes the National Lottery supports. We thank him for his contribution to Camelot and the National Lottery and wish him well for the future.” Ministers expected to raise National Lottery age limit August 17, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

THE CRUEL SIDE OF NATURE CAUGHT BRILLIANTLY BY DONEGAL PHOTOGRAPHER

first_imgThis is the amazing moment which captures nature in all its sometimes cruel glory.Donegal photographer John Rafferty was preparing to go out when he heard a commotion outside his Burtonport home.John has captured many amazing images over the years but this one just flew into his lap! Luckily he had his camera close by to capture these stunning pictures of a Sparrowhawk preying on one of his chickens.The chicken was too heavy to carry away so the hawk devoured the chicken – in front of John.John said it was an amazing incident to witness – a fact borne out by his graphic images. THE CRUEL SIDE OF NATURE CAUGHT BRILLIANTLY BY DONEGAL PHOTOGRAPHER was last modified: August 19th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:burtonportJohn RaffertySparrowhawklast_img read more