One-day cricket’s 50th anniversary comes five years late

The first official one-day international was staged on January 5, 1971. The first actual one-day international was staged just over four years earlier on September 13, 1966, which only goes to show how bad the sport’s custodians are at safeguarding the past.

We can all agree that the late John Edrich opened the batting in the first one-day international. But in fact it was in 1966, and at Lord’s, not Melbourne, and the first ball was bowled by Garfield Sobers in a match between England and West Indies – a proper one-day international match of 50 overs a side, with a maximum of 11 overs per bowler.

What made it convenient to ignore this inaugural match in 1966 was that it was part of a triangular tournament between England, West Indies and the Rest of the World: does a composite team count as international cricket? (Only the Super-Test and accompanying one-dayers in 2005, between Australia and Rest of the World, has been ranked as such). Nevertheless, whichever way you look at the Rest-of-the-World games in 1966, England v West Indies was a one-day international, ie. between two nations.

At Lord’s, Edrich was having a bit of trouble middling the ball. After 14 overs of facing Sobers and Wes Hall, he had scored three runs. Eventually, he made 33 before being run out, and England got a wiggle on to score 24 off their last two overs and reach 7-217. Not bad for Lord’s in mid-September: 241 was the total of both sides in the 2019 World Cup final.

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Thousands Gather in Baghdad to Commemorate Anniversary of Killing of Soleimani

Thousands gathered in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square on January 3 to commemorate the first anniversary of the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) reported. NINA reported that people traveled from various Iraqi governorates to participate the event. The event was dubbed the “Million-Strong Demonstration,” according to Rudaw, who reported that hundreds of thousands participated. Reuters, however, reported tens of thousands of participants. Storyful is unable to independently confirm the size of the crowd. This footage was shared by Twitter user Ali Alhachamy, and shows crowds in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square carrying flags and signs commemorating Soleimani. Credit: Ali Alhachamy via Storyful

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Thousands march in Baghdad to mark anniversary of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani’s assassination

Thousands of mourners in Iraq have held an all-night vigil to mark the anniversary of the US-ordered killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

It is part of a week-long series of events one year on from the assassination.

Both Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds force, and al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) were killed in the US airstrike near Baghdad’s international airport last year.

The anniversary was marked by a mock funeral procession on the highway leading to the airport, with thousands of mourners in attendance.

The scene of the bombing was turned into a shrine-like area, sealed off by red ropes, and adorned with candles lit by those visiting.

Cars bombed by the strike were put on a plinth, and draped with black cloth.

A demonstrator holds a photo of Soleimani while chanting slogans against the United States in Baghdad.(AP: Khalid Mohammed)

Tens of thousands of demonstrators in Baghdad’s Tahrir square chanted anti-American slogans such as “America is the Great Satan”.

The gatherings coincided with increasing tensions between Iran and the United States in the last days of President Donald Trump’s administration, and many in the crowd demanded revenge.

The strike last year was ordered by Mr Trump, and conducted by a drone, which bombed a convoy on an access road near the airport.

Washington had accused Soleimani of masterminding attacks by Iranian-aligned militias on US forces in the region.

Soleimani was seen as the most powerful figure in Iran after its supreme leader, as well as an important cultural icon representing Iranian national pride in an age of US sanctions.

His killing caused regional and international tensions to soar.

The United States blames Iran-backed militias for regular rocket attacks on US facilities in Iraq, including near the US embassy.

No known Iran-backed groups have claimed responsibility.

The US military flew two nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to the Middle East in a message of deterrence to Iran last week, but the bombers have since left the region.


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Modi going to Bengal for Netaji’s birth anniversary

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Trinamul Congress-ruled West Bengal next month, on January 23, to commemorate the birth anniversary of legendary freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. With the Modi government setting up a high-level committee to mark the year-long commemoration of Netaji’s 125th birth anniversary in 2022, headed by Union home minister Amit Shah, Mr Modi’s visit is expected to boost the BJP’s poll prospects in the state, where crucial Assembly polls will be held early next year and the saffron party is in full gear for the electoral battle.

The PM on Wednesday recalled his visit to Port Blair in 2018 to mark the 75th anniversary of Netaji’s unfurling of the tricolour. “30th December 1943 … a day etched in the memory of every Indian, when the brave Netaji Subhas Bose unfurled the tricolour at Port Blair. To mark the 75th anniversary of this special day, I had gone to Port Blair and had the honour of hoisting the tricolour. Sharing some memories,” tweeted the PM along with some photographs.


The PM had virtually addressed the centenary celebrations of Visvabharati last week when West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee had claimed she was not invited. After this, an invite dated December 4 by the university vice-chancellor to her was circulated on the social media by many BJP leaders, who accused her of giving more importance to politics than the legacy of the university’s founder and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

With the Assembly polls due soon, the TMC and the BJP are engaged in a bitter fight and many TMC leaders are joining the saffron party, which has significantly increased its organisational and support base in the state.


Ahead of Mr Modi’s visit, home minister Amit Shah will also visit the state on January 12, the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, whose ancestral home he had visited during his last visit to the state this month. BJP president J.P. Nadda is also due to visit the state on January 9. On his last visit earlier this month, the convoy of Mr Nadda and other senior BJP leaders had come under attack, allegedly by TMC workers.

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Keilira bushfire recovery enters a new phase as one-year anniversary nears

Almost 12 months on from a bushfire which burnt more than 26,000 hectares of prime agricultural land in South Australia’s south-east, the Keilira community continues to rebuild and thoughts have turned to long-term recovery.

Phil Clarke and his wife Anthea have spent 2020 getting their Keilira property back in working order.

“The [construction] work will start on [the house] early next year,” he said.

Phil Clarke on his property, Bin Bin Station.(ABC South East SA: Bec Whetham)

The house will be rebuilt in the same location as the one destroyed a year ago.

“I reckon if we shifted it somewhere, we might have the feeling that [the fire] beat us a bit,” Mr Clarke said.

Patch of smooth orange earth, scrub in the background
Keilira resident Phil Clarke will rebuild his house in the same spot as the one that was destroyed by the fire a year ago.(Supplied: Phil Clarke)

He said they have incorporated design elements like a built-in fire blanket to make their new home more fire-proof.

“On the day, you never really know — hopefully it doesn’t happen again, and we don’t have to test it,” Mr Clarke said.

Aerial shot of Keilira shows one side of the road blackened with burnt trees and the other side green.
Fire destroyed just over 26,000 hectares at Keilira.(ABC South East SA: Bec Whetham)

Long-term recovery

As the one-year anniversary of the fire nears, local government looked at the recovery of the Keilira community in the longer term.

Kingston District Council CEO Nat Traeger said COVID-19 restrictions put the organisation of commemorative and volunteer recognition events on hold this year.

“We’ve asked for patience, we’ve asked for resilience, and we’ve asked for understanding as we, as a community, work through the battle of COVID-19, as well as Keilira,” she said.

A blonde, smiling woman stands on a street corner wearing a red and white patterned top.
Kingston District Council CEO Nat Traeger says the Keilira community has been very resilient.(ABC South East SA: Isadora Bogle)

Ms Traeger said council has worked throughout the year to stay connected to locals grappling with bushfire recovery.

“They’ve called the Keilira fire the forgotten fire,” she said.


Resilience officer to help community

Among a number of bushfire recovery projects, Kingston District Council was awarded $160,000 from the SA Primary Health Network to employ a community resilience officer until June 2022.

Ms Traeger said it is hoped the officer will start work in January.

“They’ll help [the Keilira] community, especially as we approach that one-year anniversary,” she said.

“One of their first jobs will actually be a commemoration event, both in terms of the one year anniversary, but also a celebration event for those assisted through the volunteers.”

A colourful mural on an outside wall, with fish, jelly fish, a bird and orchids
This augmented reality mural, the first in South Australia, was funded through a bushfire recovery grant.(Supplied: Kingston District Council)

Ms Traeger said the region is now approaching storm season.

“We’ve had a few lightning strikes and a couple of fires that has certainly brought to the fore the fragile mental health of that community and you know anyone really that has been impacted before,” she said.

Back at Keilira, Mr Clarke said the community is looking to the future with a positive frame of mind.

“They say, ‘my sheep yards were gone, but I’ve changed them around, and now they’re going to be a lot better’, stuff like that,” she said.

A plume of smoke fills the sky with blackened and burnt vegetation in the foreground.
The Keilira fire raged at the same time as fires burned in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island at the end of 2019.(ABC South East SA: Becc Chave)

Mr Clarke said one thing stood out from the last 12 months and “really lifted [his] faith in human nature”.

“I just can’t believe the [donated] hay, people fencing, Blazeaid, Anthea — she could start a dress shop with the amount of clothes that women had dropped in,” he said.

“We’ll never be able to thank everyone enough … it’s just unbelievable.

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Adelaide Hills residents gather to remember bushfire anniversary

Adelaide Hills residents gather to remember bushfire anniversary

Adelaide Hills residents have gathered to remember the one-year anniversary of the Cuddle Creek bushfire, which claimed one life and destroyed more than 80 homes.

December 20 2019 is etched into the memory of David Dobe after the fire destroyed his Lobethal home.

“It’s still a bit raw, there’s certain things that trigger you as feeling a little bit uncomfortable,” Mr Dobe told 9News.

Adelaide Hills residents gather to remember the one-year anniversary of the Cuddle Creek bushfire. (9News)

“There is no other way to describe it will always be in the back of your mind.”

It was unimaginable horror — the bushfire burning through 25,000 hectares and claiming the life of Ron Selth and and destroying more than 80 homes.

The bushfire burned through 25,000 hectares and claiming the life of Ron Selth and and destroyed more than 80 homes.
The bushfire burned through 25,000 hectares and claiming the life of Ron Selth and and destroyed more than 80 homes. (9News)

Today, Hills residents united at the Lobethal football oval to mark the first anniversary, returning to the same location many took refuge at when the town was under threat.

“This was the first place the community united to fight back to what had been served up to it immediately after the fires has gone through,” organiser Adam Weinert told 9News.

Hills residents unite at the Lobethal football oval to mark the sombre first anniversary.
Hills residents unite at the Lobethal football oval to mark the sombre first anniversary. (9News)

In the next month, Mr Dobe is hoping to start building his new home.

“One step at a time as you can see got to start with retaining walls, need to be able to start with getting a shed up, roof catchments for rainwater,” he said.

Adelaide Hills Council say two-thirds of residents who were impacted have lodged applications to rebuild.
Adelaide Hills Council say two-thirds of residents who were impacted have lodged applications to rebuild. (9News)

And he’s not alone, with Adelaide Hills Council saying two-thirds of residents who were impacted have lodged applications to rebuild.

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Home Alone house recreated in gingerbread to mark film’s 30th anniversary


he McCallister family house from Home Alone has been recreated in gingerbread to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary.

The 1.7 metre edible replica even features the Oh-Kay plumbing van used by Wet Bandits Harry and Marv and the Little Nero’s pizza delivery car as well as figures of Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin, and the two burglars, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.

Award-winning artist and cake designer Michelle Wibowo created the incredible design, which took over 300 hours to make.

The gingerbread house was commissioned by Disney + to mark 30 years since the release of the classic Christmas film.

Wibowo began by studying the architecture and exterior of the family home in the Chicago suburbs, and sketched designs of the different features, before baking the gingerbread and recreating the film’s famous set and best-loved moments.

The scene includes Kevin’s treehouse, complete with tyre swing, the paint cans used in one of the booby traps, an icing figure of Kevin’s neighbour Marley and the statue in the driveway that is continuously knocked over throughout the film

It includes 63 trees, 33 windows, 14 pizza boxes and six lampposts.


The gingerbread house has been unveiled to mark the 30th anniversary of the film’s release

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The gingerbread scene will be taken to the Oak Centre for Children and Young People at The Royal Marsden in Surrey where it will go on display for paediatric patients and their loved ones.

Wibowo said: “I jumped at the chance because it is one of my favourite Christmas movies – it doesn’t really feel like Christmas in our house until we have seen it at least twice!


Cake designer Michele Wibowo puts the finishes touches to the creation

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“I had so much fun making it look festive and I loved making those cheeky characters Kevin and burglars Harry and Marv.

“The scene also includes the infamous paint cans, the broken statue and the Christmas wreath on their front door – I hope everyone will enjoy spotting iconic details from the movie!’”


It includes details from the movie such as items from the famous booby traps and an icing figure of Kevin after falling off his sled into the snow

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Luke Bradley-Jones, general manager for Disney+ EMEA, added: “I can’t quite believe Home Alone turns 30 this month but it still makes me laugh as much as the first time I saw it all those years ago.

“This film, along with a whole host of other festive favourites, Hollywood blockbusters and brand new originals are guaranteed to fill you all with festive cheer and we’re looking forward to Disney+ being a firm favourite with everyone this Christmas.”

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Sydney Swans player helps Tipperary win Gaelic football title on anniversary of Bloody Sunday

Sydney’s Irish AFL defender Colin O’Riordan has helped deliver his Gaelic football side Tipperary its first provincial senior football championship title in 85 years.

The result was particularly poignant as it came the day after the 100th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday massacre, when 14 people were killed at a Gaelic football game between Dublin and Tipperary — including Tipperary defender Michael Hogan.

The Swans gave the 25-year-old O’Riordan special dispensation to play in the Munster Senior Football Championship final and he played a crucial role as underdogs Tipperary beat Cork 0-17 to 0-14 behind closed doors at Cork’s Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium.

“It’s an emotional day for me,” O’Riordan told The Sunday Game post match.


“A few weeks ago I didn’t think I’d be here and just to be out there with the lads, giving it your all for the sake of Tipperary — I can’t put it into words.”

“I get emotional even thinking about it but to me, it’s one of the best days of my life — [I’m] just over the moon.”

O’Riordan started and played the full game for Tipperary — his first inter-county appearance since joining the Swans in 2015 — while Collingwood’s Mark Keane came off the bench for Cork in the 59th minute.

“To me, it means so much to be able to put on the Tipp jersey,” O’Riordan said.

“It’s something I will never take for granted, it’s something I’ll respect to the day I die, that I had the opportunity to wear the jersey.”

Tipperary wore a special commemorative jersey, replicating the one worn on Bloody Sunday.

Teammates surround an AFL player who punches the air having kicked a goal.
Colin O’Riordan has kicked one goal for the Swans in his 23 matches.(AAP: Craig Golding)

O’Riordan, who has played 23 AFL games since making his debut in 2018, said he was “extremely grateful” to the Swans for allowing him to play.


“They were 100 per cent within their rights to say no to me and to refuse me permission to play but they had no problem,” he said.

“John Longmire and all these lads over there with the Sydney Swans are an incredible organisation.”

The Swans tweeted their support for O’Riordan, saying they were “so proud and happy”.

Tipperary have now qualified for the All-Ireland semi-finals and will play Connacht champions Mayo at Croke Park on December 6, with five-time reigning champions Dublin taking on Ulster’s Cavan the previous day.

First to fourth-year AFL players are due to return to training with their clubs on December 7, with all other pros due back on January 6.


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On Mayflower’s 400th anniversary, a Native historian lends perspective

It’s a rite of fall for many American schoolchildren. As the greens of summer give way to autumn oranges and reds, history lessons inevitably turn to the early days of Massachusetts Bay Colony and what has come to be called the first Thanksgiving.

“There’s so much that’s happened that isn’t in the history books. And [the] history that is there is distorted. It’s skewed,” says Linda Coombs, a museum educator and historical Native interpreter.

Most Americans know about the diplomatic alliance of Massasoit, a leader of the Wampanoags, offering food to the starving Pilgrims in exchange for protection against the powerful Narragansett Tribe. Few have learned about King Philip’s War – a conflict starting in 1675 that resulted in the collapse of an organized Native resistance.

Ms. Coombs’ lifework has been to bring the Native perspective back into the retelling of the founding of America – an undertaking that this year coincides with the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage.

“Linda can look at those [historical] accounts and … add back in the things that have been omitted, the things that have been left out about Native people,” says Michele Pecoraro, executive director of the nonprofit Plymouth 400. “That is a huge job.”

Plymouth, Mass.

In her 40 years as a museum educator and historical Native interpreter, there is one thing that bugs Linda Coombs the most: disbelief by white people that she is real.

“[Visitors] would just walk right up to you and go, ‘You’re not an Indian.’ The way we looked might not fit what they had in their mind of what an Indian should look like. We would constantly run into children who just couldn’t fathom that we were not 350 years old,” she says.

Ms. Coombs is a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe in Massachusetts. The Wampanoag Nation, once made up of 69 villages, is most famous for its early alliance with the English settlers who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620. But on the 400th anniversary of that event Ms. Coombs wants to set the record straight – there is more to the story. It has been her lifework to bring the Native perspective back into the retelling of the founding of America and broaden recognition of the roughly 5,000 Wampanoag citizens who still live in Massachusetts. But it hasn’t been easy.

“Watching her continue to come up against that kind of ignorance over and over and over again, she was just never deterred by it,” says Paula Peters, who sits on the Wampanoag Advisory Committee with Ms. Coombs and worked alongside her at Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. “I have grown up in our cultural community watching and learning from her. … I greatly admire her for her knowledge, and the courage that she has to really stand by her interpretations of history from the Native viewpoint.”

The 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony comes during strange times: a pandemic and racial strife not seen since the 1960s. But they are also providing Ms. Coombs with a unique opportunity to fill in the true details about the interactions between the Wampanoag and English peoples in the 1600s. She serves on the board of Plymouth 400, a nonprofit dedicated to marking the anniversary with cultural events – many of which were canceled because of the pandemic.

Through Plymouth 400, Ms. Coombs has co-written “The Massachusetts Chronicles,” an inclusive state history textbook, with more than 60,000 copies distributed to 1,854 schools across the state. She also co-created the first Indigenous History Conference at Bridgewater State University, which featured 62 speakers over nine sessions and drew more than 1,600 remote participants during its first weekend in October.

“It’s difficult to find people like her who have done the research, who have credibility to tell their story,” says Michele Pecoraro, executive director of Plymouth 400. “Linda can look at those [historical] accounts and … add back in the things that have been omitted, the things that have been left out about Native people. And that is a huge job.”

For instance, most history lessons of the early days in Massachusetts Bay Colony end with the diplomatic alliance of Massasoit, a sachem, or leader, of the Wampanoags, offering food to the starving Pilgrims in exchange for protection against the powerful Narragansett Tribe in 1621. But few people have heard of King Philip’s War or understand its significance.

What happened next

Massasoit’s son, Metacom, who had taken the English name Philip, felt threatened by the expansion of English settlers and sought to unite Indigenous peoples of southern New England against them in 1675. A violent conflict lasting 18 months resulted in thousands dead on both sides and the ultimate collapse of an organized Native resistance. Metacom’s severed head sat on a pike for 25 years in Plymouth as a warning.

“There’s so much that’s happened that isn’t in the history books. And [the] history that is there is distorted. It’s skewed,” says Ms. Coombs.

But even she hasn’t always paid close attention to her own ancestry and how it has been portrayed.

In 1970, on the 350th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival in Plymouth, local organizers had invited Frank James, a Wampanoag leader whose Native name was Wamsutta, to speak on Thanksgiving Day about that early alliance between Massasoit and the English settlers. The speech that Mr. James submitted, however, spoke of the incredible losses his ancestors suffered. When the anniversary organizers turned down his “inflammatory” perspective, he established a National Day of Mourning.

Ms. Coombs was in the audience for the alternative event held that day. The presence of hundreds of other Indigenous people from around the United States made an impression on her. “I hadn’t had any exposure to other Native people,” recalls Ms. Coombs, whose father was an Aquinnah Wampanoag and whose mother was white. “My awareness of what it meant to be a Native person was sparked.”

Four years later, an opportunity presented itself: an internship at the Boston Children’s Museum designed for Native Americans, which later led to a full-time position. It was there that she discovered she had a knack for analyzing the written word.

“We’d be reading different sources [to develop exhibits] … and we’d hit something that just struck us as utterly ridiculous … and we’d sit there and just laugh uncontrollably,” says Ms. Coombs. She recalls one text from the 1940s that described Weetamoo, a respected Wampanoag sachem who died during King Philip’s War. “[The authors] referred to her as a ‘dusky squaw.’ The word squaw is an insult. That’s right up there with the N-word.”

Broadening interest

After her time on staff at the Children’s Museum, Ms. Coombs helped to develop the Wampanoag Indigenous program at Plimoth Plantation over three decades, becoming the first Wampanoag person in the museum’s administration. Today, she continues to consult and help create exhibits and educational kits for historical societies and museums in Massachusetts.

But it is the Indigenous History Conference at Bridgewater State University, which Ms. Coombs co-organized with Professor Joyce Rain Anderson, that will likely have the biggest and most lasting impact, says university President Fred Clark. Already, he says, C-SPAN and other networks are interested in footage from the conference.

“We’re stepping on the same grounds that Native peoples have stepped on for thousands of years and we don’t know anything about that history,” says Mr. Clark. “[Ms. Coombs] is an educator, and even though we’re the state’s largest producer of teachers, she taught us here at Bridgewater quite a bit about the need to tell the full story of the Indigenous peoples in Massachusetts.”

Ms. Coombs says she is seeing broader receptivity to the Native lessons she is trying to deliver.

“Especially since I’ve gotten older, I’ve worked less and less with children and I’ve worked more and more with teachers. … And the teachers … have been asking for actual history and the real culture [of Wampanoags]. They want to give kids the right information,” she says. “If something happened in history, it deserves to be told and it deserves to be told in the right way and in the rightful context.”

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