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Thailand cave rescue: Manchester United invites 13 survivors to Old Trafford

first_imgManchester United has invited the 13 members of the Wild Board football team to come watch the Red Devils play at Old Trafford this season. Twelve young boys and their 25-year-old coach were rescued from a Thai camp after being trapped inside for 18 days. The rescue operation lasted three days and the survivors will be under observation for seven days, according to media reports.FIFA had in fact invited the Wild Boars members to watch the World Cup final in Russia but it now looks unlikely. However, the boys and their coach can at least look forward to travel to Old Trafford to watch one of the most popular football teams in the world.Meanwhile, England and Manchester City player Kyle Walker promised jerseys for the whole team after their miraculous show of spirit and grit. He took to twitter to applaud the boys’ determination and strength, saying, “Amazing news that all of the Thai kids are out of the cave safely! I’d like to send out shirts to them!””Is there anyone who can help with an address?,” he added.Amazing news that all of the Thai kids are out of the cave safely! I’d like to send out shirts to them! Is there anyone who can help with an address? @England pic.twitter.com/pQYwW4SPh7Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) July 10, 2018On Tuesday, the Thai navy Seals confirmed that all 13 members of the Wild Boar football team have been rescued, making the rescue operation a successful one, ending an 18-day ordeal that riveted people around the world.advertisement”Everyone is safe,” the Thai navy SEALs said Tuesday.READ: World rejoices ‘miraculous’ rescue of all 13″We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave,” the SEALs added, referring to the name of the boys’ football team.The world watched transfixed as Thai SEALs launched a sensational rescue operation to bring the Wild Boars members out safely. Good wishes have poured in from all corners of the world.#MUFC is relieved to learn that the 12 footballers and their coach trapped in a cave in Thailand are now safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected.We would love to welcome the team from Wild Boars Football Club and their rescuers to Old Trafford this coming season. pic.twitter.com/5CGMoD1MsqManchester United (@ManUtd) July 10, 2018One of the rescued boys was 13-year-old Sompong Jaiwong, who was wearing a red England football shirt in the cave. His grandmother said that he would go ‘crazy with happiness’ to see them play in the World Cup final.”He loves the England team. He knows all the players. I don’t know why he likes England so much, but he just always has. He always wants an England shirt if we go clothes shopping. We heard about them being invited to the World Cup final and he would go crazy with happiness if he could go. If England were in the final, I think he would be very, very happy,” she was quoted as saying.SEE PHOTOS: Thailand cave rescue in picturesFIFA President Gianni Infantino had invited the coach and players of Thai boy’s football team to the final of 2018 FIFA World Cup.Proud of the England Football team .. But thats just sport .. More proud of the 7 British divers that have helped save all those boys lives in Thailand .. #CaveRescue Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 10, 2018Congratulations to all the teams involved in the, Wild Boars footballers cave rescue mission in Thailand.When faced with multipe challenges and the loss of a fellow rescuer, Saman Gunan, the teams showed true heroism. #Respect #WildBoars #ThaiCaveRescue David James (@jamosfoundation) July 10, 2018READ: FIFA invites trapped Thai boys to World Cup The football world governing body has sent a letter to the president of the Football Association of Thailand offering its “deepest sympathies and support” to the families of young footballers and their coach.”If, as we all hope, they are reunited with their families in the coming days and their health allows them to travel, FIFA would be delighted to invite them to attend the 2018 World Cup final as our guests,” Infantino wrote.The letter says the team’s appearance at the final would “undoubtedly be a wonderful moment of communion and celebration.”England face Croatia on Wednesday in the semi-final with a spot in Sunday’s final in Moscow on the line.(With inputs from Reuters and AP)last_img read more

Mohun Bagan edge out Peerless SC in CFL

first_imgCFL 2017: Mohun Bagan 2-1 Peerless SC – Report and three things we learned Ritabrata Banerjee Last updated 2 years ago 22:15 18/9/2017 Mohun Bagan players celebrate Mohun Bagan collect crucial three points ahead of the Kolkata Derby in CFL on Sunday…. Mohun Bagan edged past Peerless SC 2-1 in their penultimate match of the Calcutta Football League (CFL) on Monday. Nikhil Kadam and Stephane Bayi Kamo scored for the home side while Francis Okechukwu scored the consolation goal for Peerless.Coach Shankarlal Chakraborty made several changes in defence today. Bikramjit Singh partnered Eze Kinglsey in central defence while Debabrata Roy and Gurjinder Kumar got their maiden starts in at wing back.Mohun Bagan failed to impose any major threat in the first half an hour as both Ansumana Kromah and Bayi Kamo were kept under constant vigilance by Fuja Tope’s men. The deadlock finally broke in the 33rd minute when Nikhil Kadam found the back of the net from Bayi Kamo’s free-kick. The goal came as a great relief for the nervous Bagan bench. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Peerless got their reward for creating regular chances in the 40th minute when Leonce Dodoz netted in the equaliser from strike partner Francis’ pass. The striker duo combined well and took full advantage of some sloppy defending by the Green and Maroon players inside their penalty box.Azharuddin Mullick was introduced in the second half in place of goalscorer Nikhil Kadam. Azharuddin’s presence changed the face of the game as Bagan looked more comfortable on the right flank.The change brought immediate impact as Mullick was brought down by Sukhwinder Singh inside the box. A controversial penalty was awarded and Bagan restored their lead from Bayi Kamo’s shot. Replays suggested that Azharuddin was brought down inches outside the box.Peerless failed to get back into the game after conceding while Bagan slowly shut shop. It was a much-needed win for the Green and Maroons ahead of the big Kolkata derby on September 24th. They climb to the top of the table with today’s win and here are the three things we learned from the match: The miserable failure of Mohun Bagan defenceIt was a terrible day at the office for the Mohun Bagan defenders. Shankarlal made three changes in his backline, benching regulars like Arijit Bagui and Ricky Lallanmawma and fielding an ageing Debabrata Roy and Gurjinder Singh. Kingshuk Debnath missed the tie due to a double booking. Bikramjit replaced the club captain.Peerless strikers Dodoz and Francis constantly created pressure on the Bagan defenders and came close to scoring on several occasions. The equalising goal scored by Dodoz was completely due to lack of understanding among the defenders. While the backline will change for the Kolkata Derby on Sunday, the performance of the players will surely cause a headache for Shankarlal and the Mohun Bagan fans.Bayi Kamo and Ansumana Kromah failed to pack a punchPeerless coach Fuja Tope quite intelligently lined his team up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. The two defensive midfielders Sukhwinder Singh and Dipankar Das operated just in front of the two central defenders. Sukhwinder and Dipankar ensured that Kamo and Kromah did not get their supply from midfield. The strike duo of Mohun Bagan was kept silent throughout the match and was seen struggling to trouble Peerless defence.Kamo and Kromah’s form will be a worry for Bagan coach Shankarlal ahead of the Derby match. While Kamo’s confidence increased in the latter stages of the match when he converted a penalty, Kromah looked completely off-colour.Poor refereeing a bane for smaller teams in CFLAfter East Bengal’s controversial win against Patha Chakra last week, CFL witnessed yet another poor refereeing decision going in favour of the city giants. Bagan salvaged maximum points today because of a terrible decision from referee Nasiruddin Laskar. Sukhwinder Singh brought down Azharuddin Mullick just outside the box at the hour mark but Laskar decided to award Bagan a penalty. The replays clearly showed that it was free-kick outside the box. Bayi Kami converted the spot-kick and earned his team valuable three points.This is an age-old problem in Kolkata Maidan where the referee’s decision goes in favour of the big clubs. Several times in the past, the city giants have got controversial decisions in their favour which has snatched vital points from the small teams. The tried and tested formula of putting pressure on officials by top clubs is working wonders but is doing no good for local football.Patha Chakra was robbed of a point after playing quality football against East Bengal and now Peerless too were denied at least a draw after a good performance against Mohun Bagan. Is this cause for concern? read morelast_img read more

After Sourav Ganguly’s call for all-format players, Vinod Kambli says horses for courses

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 25, 2019UPDATED: July 25, 2019 13:32 IST Vinod Kambli said he believes in horses for courses selection for the senior national team (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVinod Kambli said India needs to select format-specific playersKambli’s comments in contradiction with Sourav Ganguly’s on India team selectionGanguly had expressed surprise at the absence of Shubman Gill and Ajinkya Rahane in ODIsHours after former captain Sourav Ganguly stressed the need for more all-format players in the Indian cricket team, Vinod Kambli has disagreed wth his former teammate. Kambli has said that picking players specific to formats will help the team preserve players and increase the reserve pool.Sourav Ganguly had taken to Twitter on Wednesday to express his disappointment at India’s team selection for their tour of West Indies, starting August 3. Ganguly said that India need to look at picking more players for all three formats in order to give them a consistent run at the international level.Vinod Kambli, taking to social media, said he believes that India will benefit by picking format-specific players.”I believe in horses for courses. We need to choose the best players for the format & play them. It will help #TeamIndia preserve players & with the big pool of players at our disposal, the mgmt can then utilize players for bigger series. England & Australia are prime examples,” Vinod Kambli wrote on Twitter.The senior selection committee led by MSK Prasad met in Mumbai on Sunday to announce the India squads for the West Indies tour wherein Virat Kohli’s men will play 3 ODIs, as many T20Is and 2 Tests.While the likes of Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer and Khaleel Ahmed returned to the limited-overs squads, only captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul are part of all the 3 squads. Jasprit Bumrah, who has been picked for the 2 Tests, has been rested from ODIs and T20Is.advertisementMeanwhile, Sourav Ganguly had also expressed surprise at the absence of Shubman Gill and Ajinkya Rahane in the ODI squads. Shubman Gill was picked as replacement for KL Rahul when the latter was suspended during India’s tour of New Zealand earlier this year. Gill has top-scored for India A in the unofficial ODI series, scoring 218 runs, including 3 half-centuries vs West Indies A.”There are many in the squad who can play all formats ..surprised not to see shubman gill ..Rahane in the one day squad..(sic),” Sourav Ganguly had written on Twitter.The former captain added: “Time has come for Indian selectors to pick same players in all formats of the game for rhythm and confidence.. too few are playing in all formats ..great teams had consistent players ..it’s not about making all happy but picking the best for the country and be consistent.”Also Read | Lieutenant Colonel MS Dhoni deployed in Kashmir Valley as part of Victor ForceAlso Read | England collapse against Ireland ’embarrassing’, says Michael VaughanAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Sourav GangulyFollow Vinod KambliFollow India cricket teamFollow India tour of West Indies 2019Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Virat Kohli After Sourav Ganguly’s call for all-format players, Vinod Kambli says horses for coursesIndia tour of West Indies 2019: Former India batsman Vinod Kambli said picking format-specific players will not only help India preserve their stars for major tournaments but also increase the reserve pool. Kambli’s comments come after Sourav Ganguly expressed disappointment at India’s team selection for West Indies tour.advertisementlast_img read more

New S.A.L.T. Program Set to Revolutionize Culinary Travel for Silversea’s Guests on Silver Moon

first_img(Monaco — April 11, 2019) Silversea’s new culinary program, S.A.L.T. (Sea and Land Taste), is set to revolutionize culinary travel for the cruise line’s guests, when it launches with new ship Silver Moon in August 2020. The pioneering concept will enable travellers to use food to dive deep into the world’s richest cultures, to truly understand the soul of a destination. Between March 8 and March 21, 2019, a select group of culinary enthusiasts were given a taster for the new S.A.L.T. programme as part of a special pilot, enjoying a number of immersive culinary experiences on two Silver Muse voyages in Asia. The response to the pilot was remarkably strong, indicating the success of the concept and the demand for immersive culinary travel. Taking guests on a journey of culinary discovery, Silver Moon will showcase an entire ecosystem around the food cultures of the world through the S.A.L.T. program. The ship’s guests will dine on fine cuisine in eight restaurants—each with a distinct concept, from Silversea’s signature Hot Rocks concept at The Grill to authentic Japanese fare served in Kaiseki; the most immersive dining experience offered aboard, however, will be enjoyed in the S.A.L.T. Kitchen—a space entirely dedicated to the authentic flavours of sailed destinations. Replacing the space previously occupied by Indochine, the S.A.L.T. Kitchen will offer an ever-changing menu and a regionally inspired wine list to enable diners to form meaningful connections with local cultures. In the S.A.L.T. Bar, which will adjoin the S.A.L.T. Kitchen, guests will enjoy regional drinks to better engage with destinations. This holistic approach to culinary exploration will be enriched in Silver Moon’s S.A.L.T. Lab, another new space in which Silversea’s guests will deep-dive into regional food cultures under the tutorage of expert local chefs and industry authorities. The S.A.L.T. Lab will take the place of La Dame, which will be repositioned to deck 8, where the expanded restaurant will accommodate almost triple its previous capacity. In Silver Moon’s S.A.L.T. Lab, Silversea’s guests will learn about local ingredients and artisanal techniques, through insightful workshops, tastings, and demonstrations. Here, authenticity will be top of the menu and themed experiences will adapt according to the region in which guests are sailing. Travellers will experience the world’s food cultures first-hand on shore excursions, before returning to the ship to really dissect the experience. On the program’s pilot, for example, guests discovered the history, conventions, and secrets of Balinese cuisine, while cruising between Bali and Sandakan, Malaysia. Food expert and member of Ubud’s Royal Family, Maya Kerthyasa shared stories of her grandmother’s traditional recipes and hosted a spice paste workshop, in which participants were educated on the region’s food culture through a hands-on cooking experience. From Silver Moon, Silversea’s guests will also develop their knowledge of the world’s food cultures through unique land-based experiences. In Bali, for example, travellers participating on the S.A.L.T. pilot program experienced authentic culinary practices that have been passed down from generation to generation: guests ventured into the Balinese jungle to sample wild honey – which was collected especially for the occasion – and other indigenous ingredients. A three-time winner of the prestigious James Beard Journalism Award and former Editor-in-Chief of Saveur magazine, Adam Sachs will oversee Silversea’s S.A.L.T. program, utilizing his journalistic experience and knowledge of food to share the world’s most engaging culinary stories with guests. “The feedback from our recent preview sailings between Bali and Singapore has been really fantastic and underscores what a unique and compelling experience S.A.L.T. brings to culinary-focused travel,” says Sachs. “By connecting customised shore excursions with fascinating lectures and hands-on onboard cooking experiences, we allow guests to come away with a more thorough understanding and appreciation for the tastes, cultures and foodways of the places we’re visiting. We’re looking at every itinerary of Silver Moon’s inaugural season and asking ourselves ‘what story does the food and drink of this country and region tell? How can we create an experience that helps get at the heart of what makes each place special? What are the can’t-miss tastes and ingredients here?’ We’re taking an investigative, adventurous and open-minded approach to culinary travel and we can’t wait to share these tastes and experiences with our guests.” “At Silversea, we are all about travelling deeper in luxury, and we really see S.A.L.T. as a primary program to deliver this concept,” says Barbara Muckermann, Silversea’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Silver Moon will showcase an entire ecosystem around culinary discovery through this unique programme, which is very different from what the industry has been doing so far. Our guests share a common passion for food, but what they really love about food is that it’s an amazing key to get under a culture, to understand the soul of a destination.” Once launched, Silver Moon will be a sister ship to the cruise line’s flagship, Silver Muse, mirroring the ship’s whispered luxury and Italian elegance to offer guests a superlatively comfortable cruise experience. Maintaining the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodation that are the hallmarks of the Silversea experience, Silver Moon will unlock deep travel experiences for guests, as they enjoy Silversea’s industry-leading service. Enriching the experience are such all-inclusive amenities as complimentary wines, champagne, and spirits, speciality coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks served throughout the ship; an in-suite bar, stocked with guests’ preferences; in-suite 24-hour dining; and unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi.  About SilverseaSilversea Cruises, in which Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio serves as Executive Chairman, is recognised as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, Silver Discoverer, and Silver Cloud, Silversea’s itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both Polar Regions and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between. Silversea is also looking forward to the launch of five new ultra-luxury ships: Silver Moon, Silver Dawn, Silver Origin, and two Evolution-class ships. Browse Silversea’s new blog Discover and subscribe to receive the latest content directly into your inbox.last_img read more

Vale Seals VLCC Deal with China Merchants

first_imgzoom Brazilian mining giant Vale S.A. (Vale) and China Merchants Energy Shipping Co. Ltd. (China Merchants), a state-owned shipping operator, concluded today the sale and purchase of four very large ore carriers (VLCCs) of 400,000 tons deadweight owned and currently operated by Vale. The transaction is related to the previously disclosed agreements celebrated with China Merchants on September 26, 2014 and May 19, 2015; the latter signed during the visit of China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang to Brazil in May 2015.“The transaction totaled USD 448 million will be received by Vale upon the delivery of the vessels to China Merchants, which is expected to happen in September 2015,” Vale said.The announcement comes in the wake of the arrival of the first fully-laden Valemax at a Chinese port over the weekend after the 2012-ban on Valemaxes was partially lifted in China.The 400,315 dwt Sohar Max entered North China’s Dongjiakou port, without making the usual stops at Vale’s transshipment hubs in Subic Bay, the Philippines, or Malaysia’s Teluk Rubiah.China’s Ministry of Transport and the National Development and Reform Commission issued a notice on July 2nd, approving berthing of 400,000 DWT Valemaxes at some of Chinese ports.Specifically, the VLCCs will be able to berth at seven berths in Dagushan port area of Dalian, Caofeidian port area of Tangshan, Dongjiakou port area of Qingdao and Ningbo’s Majishan terminal and Shulanghu terminal.last_img read more

Crowley Puerto Rico Breaks Ground for New Isla Grande Pier

first_imgzoom Crowley Puerto Rico Services, part of Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings, has broken ground on a USD 48.5 million construction project for a new pier at its Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico.The project includes the development of a new 900-foot-long, 114-foot-wide concrete pier and all associated dredging needed to accommodate Crowley’s two new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, Commitment Class ships. Crowley’s terminal expansion also includes the installation of three new ship-to-shore container gantry cranes, which will be supplied under a separate contract.Construction is expected to be complete in April 2017, in advance of the inaugural call of the first new Commitment Class ship, El Coqui.“This important project represents close collaboration between private business and the Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA) to make a major investment in the infrastructure of Puerto Rico,” said Jose “Pache” Ayala, Crowley vice president, Puerto Rico. The construction contract is being executed by L.P.C. & D. Inc., of Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, which began driving the first piles for the pier last week.“Our new terminal infrastructure will help us reposition Puerto Rico as a shipping and logistics hub for the Caribbean Basin and beyond, and open up many new opportunities for our customers,” said Tom Crowley, company chairman and CEO.last_img read more

AAP promises

first_imgDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal surprised everyone with his move on public transport. Making transport free for women in the Capital would not particularly sound absurd given the safety issues that Delhi is well-versed with. However, drawing a connection between free travel and safety might seem a bit odd to many. What does a free ticket of buses or metro have to do with women’s safety? As criticism arose following Kejriwal’s announcement, experts posed a variety of arguments. Concerns revolved around ‘affordability’, ‘sustainability’, ‘poll plank’, et al, while opposition strictly pronounced it as a desperate bid to garner votes given AAP’s thrashing in the recent Lok Sabha polls. Strangely, arguments never elaborated on transportation hurdles for women at large which has been a rather less-discussed persistent issue. Opinions poured in on how cutting fares would be more feasible an option than waiving fares for women or more reserved coaches in metro and women-exclusive buses would be a better alternative. Some opinions went to the extent of mentioning gender discrimination as well. There is not an iota of doubt that those would be feasible but even those would have hiccups in implementation. For instance, cutting fares irrespective of gender would drastically increase the influx of commuters resulting in a greater footfall which the infrastructure may not support. Did experts analyse their opinions to this depth before audaciously countering Kejriwal’s proposal? Logistically, women commuters make up only a fraction of their male counterparts. Data shows that the total women commuters in the metro make up around 30 per cent. So the footfall to be anticipated upon implementation of Kejriwal’s ‘free transport for women’ proposal would not be much – only making a superficial difference in the size of commuters. This makes the move a feasible one without much downside to it. On the contrary, the upside is an increase in women commuters. The move will urge women to utilise buses and metro for commute against taking cabs which only congest the city besides polluting it. Free transport empowers women to traverse across the capital free of cost while promoting public transport as a means of transportation. The impact will be on both sections of women, those who can afford cabs and those who cannot even afford metro. While it allows the latter to take the metro and buses to travel without any kind of financial burden, it lets the former prefer public transport over personal transport or cabs. A win-win situation, therefore, is what the move brings to the table despite criticism. Also Read – Securing nutritionThe opposition decried a cynical approach by AAP to woo voters ahead of Delhi elections in few months arising from apprehensions of losing ground. Development promises are different than development moves and the argument of poll plank would come in during campaigning and manifesto, not in governance. What Kejriwal government envisages from this proposal is to encourage the use of public transport and increase the participation of women in the city workforce besides attempting to make public transport safer. On the macro level, these objectives would yield tremendously. And, with the state-of-the-art metro network that city boasts, and addition of more buses to the DTC fleet besides 1,000 electric buses, such a proposal also sits in compliance with eco-friendly measures to decongest Delhi. The proposal is yet to be finalised with modalities of the scheme being worked out before it is presented for consideration before the Delhi government. The draft would be subject to scrutiny and that is desirable since, like NEP, it deserves public feedback before being sanctioned. And, public feedback overpowers opposition chants and expert critiques as evident in the Lok Sabha polls itself. It is not a surprise that hiking metro fares decreased the footfall in metro with the students suffering the most in the daily commute. Waiving the fare off for women will allow the footfall to be controlled while supporting the influx of women students and professionals, who otherwise rely on cabs and personal vehicles for travelling. The draft proposal would be a topic for more discussion but the move, overall, is definitely a positive one aiming at securing transportation for women besides empowering them to commute by public transport. As far as affordability and sustainability are concerned, the influx of electric buses is crucial to the argument. Electric buses, Also Read – The exemplary neighbouronce inducted would augur well for the city owing to zero emissions. It would then be ideal to reduce fares for men, making it affordable. Fiscal measures like fare reduction or waivers largely help in implementing eco-friendly outcomes like increased usage of public transport to curb vehicular emissions that are detrimental to Delhi’s air as evident from the perpetually poor air quality. It would hardly be any surprise if more such decisions make their way in the Capital’s governance in future.last_img read more

Auditioning for roles keeps me grounded Kalki Koechlin

first_imgMumbai: National award-winning actress Kalki Koechlin, who is playing a pivotal role in the upcoming show “Sacred Games 2” has bagged the project through an audition process. Despite having a successful career in the film industry, she says that she has no problem with auditioning to prove her acting capability. While the phone call for the audition of the Netflix TV series came as a surprise for her, recalling the incident, Kalki told IANS here, “I watched the show and after a month I got an audition call for the show. Of course, I never thought that I will become part of the show when I watched the first season. I was surprised and excited when I got called.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka She went on sharing, “Auditioning for a role is quite refreshing for me because the director should know if I am able to pull off the character that I am offered. They might have seen my work so far but if I am offered something very different from what I have done in the past, they should audition me. I do not mind auditioning at all.” “I may not have audition many times for Bollywood projects but I keep auditioning for international projects and that process keeps it real for me, keep me grounded,” added the actress. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna In “Sacred Games 2”, she is playing a girl ‘Batya’ coming from a conflicting background. Her father is a Jewish French and mother is a Palestinian, who abandoned her as a teenager. The character transformed from a drug addict rebellious angry girl to a follower of ‘Guruji’ played by Pankaj Tripathi. The initial outlook of the character has similarities of her earlier work. “I know, there might be a little element here and there from ‘Dev D’, ‘Shaitaan’ but you know just because you play a gangster in one film, does not mean that all of them are the same. So my character in ‘Sacred Games 2’ is very different from the rest of the reference that I mentioned,” she smiled. What was the new element that interested her towards Batya? “My audition scene was the intriguing point for me to get drawn towards the character Batya. In that scene, where she is interacting with Sartaj for the first time, though she is calm and has Zen-like energy, something is simmering underneath and I loved that elements that is conflicting it wasn’t in your face rebel but something hidden,” said Kalki. Directed by Neeraj Ghawyan and Anurag Kashyap, Sacred Games 2, featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Saif Ali Khan, Sobhita Dhulipala, Ranvir Shorey, Surveen Chawla, Geetanjali Thapa among others – premiering on Netflix on August 15.last_img read more

Verdict set for Dec 20 in case of BC exMountie charged with

first_imgVANCOUVER – A British Columbia judge is expected to release his verdict on Dec. 20 in the case of a retired RCMP inspector charged with sexually assaulting a civilian employee in the workplace.Fifty-two-year-old Tim Shields, who was a high-profile spokesman for the RCMP in B.C., has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault.The provincial court trial heard the assault was alleged to have occurred in 2009 in a ground-floor washroom of the force’s British Columbia headquarters.The complainant, who cannot be identified because of a publication ban, testified that Shields led her to a unisex washroom before kissing and groping her.Shields told the trial the woman enthusiastically participated in sex acts and then accused him of sexual assault.He was charged in May 2016, five months after he retired following a suspension in the middle of a code of conduct investigation.last_img read more

A platform made for online viewing – MAtv® unveils its brand new

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement MONTREAL, Oct. 17, 2018 – MAtv, Videotron’s community channel, invites Quebec viewers to visit its brand new website, matv.ca—a regionalized platform perfect for online viewing on any device, where they can watch MAtv programs and enjoy a wide variety of distinctive local content, all for free.A platform for today’s viewersWith the goal of making its content more accessible, the new website has been designed to promote online viewing. As MAtv Senior Director Steve Desgagné explains, “By renewing its web platform, MAtv is reaffirming its role as a hyperlocal media outlet. Technology and television are evolving at warp speed, and MAtv intends to pursue its mission as a community medium that stands out for its uniquely local character and its closeness to the community’s citizens.”Don’t miss anything!In addition to offering smooth, user-friendly navigation, MAtv’s new web platform has a Videos section where viewers can access all of the content available on the site, including complete episodes, excerpts, and clips. This section also includes a powerful search engine letting viewers find videos in the categories which interest them, including Art of Living, Public Affairs, Sports, Culture, Services and Citizen’s Voice. The site’s Programs and Schedules sections are very popular with the public; easy to access, they provide lots of useful information about MAtv’s programming. Dare to participate!In developing its new website design, MAtv made sure to give top priority to its primary mission: citizen participation. The new Participate section lets citizens who are interested in community television find all the necessary information about submitting TV projects to MAtv and about its My Volunteering program, which gives them the chance to do volunteer work and receive training in various media trades at MAtv’s own TV studio.A prestige showcase for content from Quebec’s regionsIn addition to letting visitors discover a wide variety of content produced by local TV artists and artisans in their own region of Quebec, the MAtv website gives them access to many programs from all nine of the Quebec regions that MAtv serves. And it’s all just a few clicks away!MAtv: My community’s voice by VideotronMAtv, an exclusive service for Videotron customers, serves the community by reflecting Québec’s diversity. It gives all citizens access to a medium of free expression and outreach promoting public participation. MAtv carries useful, informative and educational programming which focuses on topics of local interest and supports the emergence of new talent. It also reflects realities of concern to the community of 1.6 million households it serves across Québec. MAtv is broadcast on channel 9 and in HD at position 609. It is also available on the Web through matv.ca, illico TV on channel 900 and illico.tv. MAtv is also present on social media including Facebook and Instagram.MAtv is a registered trademark of Videotron Ltd. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Wildfire fight moves closer to Alberta border

first_imgTamara Pimentel APTN National NewsWildfires continue to burn across British Columbia and 43 000 people in the province remain displaced.One of the fires in BC is now just kilometers away from Alberta and crews have been working to stop the blaze from crossing the border.tpimentel@aptn.calast_img

The Latest Rare walkback from Apple weighs on US markets

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on sales at Apple Inc., which issued a rare cut to its revenue forecast citing weakness in China (all times local):9:15 a.m.A rare call by Apple to walk back its quarterly revenue projections is weighing broadly on U.S. markets, and particularly the tech sector.Shares of Apple Inc. are down 9 per cent before the opening bell Thursday, and the S&P tech sector is by far the worst performer with less than an hour before trading begins.Apple sits at the top of an immense food chain of tech companies that supply it from Europe, Asia and the U.S., and almost all are being hit hard. STMicroelectronics, based in Paris, plunged 14 per cent. Broadcom Inc. in Silicon Valley dropped 4 per cent, as did the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.In a letter to the company shareholders after the stock market closed Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook traced most of the damage to China, which is squaring off with the U.S. in a trade war just as its economy begins to show signs of slowing.Ten of the 11 S&P sectors are in decline.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Local Youth Liason Officer Goes Back to School

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In September of 2018 the Fort St. John RCMP initiated a pilot project for a Youth Liaison Officer for the Detachment.Constable Chad Neustaeter had been selected for this position for his extensive history in working with youth.Staff Sergeant Steve Perret chose to implement this proactive position as it is part of the RCMP’s strategic priorities. Officer Chad looks for any opportunity to connect with students while visiting various schools. His interactions vary from schools visits, participating in recess activities with the youth, to presenting classes with proactive information on topics that are relevant to their safety.Officer Chad says the interactions with the youth in elementary schools is about Who are the police and what do they do. While Sexting and managing your online presence, are key topics for middle school students, the Party (Preventing Alcohol-Related Trauma in Youth) Program allows him to connect with students in the Senior Secondary Schools.“Although the program is still in its early stages, I am starting to see the benefits already. In the fall, I received feedback from a parent who let me know their children couldn’t stop talking about how I had participated in a game of Tag with them. I am extremely flattered that the youth in our community recognize me and feel comfortable just stopping to say hi.”If anyone has any questions or concerns about this project, please feel free to contact S/Sgt. Steve Perret of the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100. “Youth Involvement is of the RCMP’s national strategic priorities that impact RCMP planning and operations within our community. Our goal is to reduce youth involved in crime, both as victims and/or offenders.”The RCMP say this position will run until June 2019 where it will be re-evaluated at that time to determine its effectiveness and if any modifications will be required.Constable Neustaeter introduces himself to students as Officer Chad.Even though he has almost three years’ experience as a police officer, he comes to the position with 16 years of experience in working with youth.Officer Chad is one of two DARE (Drug Awareness Resistance Education) trained officers at the detachment that is instructing the DARE Program to grade five students.The goal of the program is to provide students with the knowledge to make safe and responsible choices with the hope of protecting themselves now and in the future.last_img read more

Two criminals involved in 85 heinous cases in Delhi arrested

first_imgNEW DELHI: The special cell of Delhi police has arrested two criminals Shakeel and Rashid involved in almost 85 heinous cases in Delhi. One of them was having a reward of Rs 50,000 on his arrest. Both were arrested from their rented house in Shahin Bagh, Jamia Nagar, Delhi on April 2.Two semi-automatic pistols of .32 along with 8 live cartridges have been recovered from the duo.During surveillance, it was found that Shakeel was wanted in three fresh cases. He was having a reward of Rs 50,000 in a case of armed dacoity, committed on September 17, 2018 in broad daylight in the area of Jagatpuri. In this dacoity, Shakeel along with his 5/6 associates had waylaid a businessman and his employee in Old Arjun Nagar area and tried to rob them at gunpoint. When victims resisted, gang members opened fire and injured Ram Sewak. They robbed Rs 15 lakh from them and fled from the scene. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”He also disclosed that he along with Rashid and other associate burgled the house of the famous poet Ashok Chakradhar in the area of Sarita Vihar and took cash and valuables from the house, but his awards and medals luckily remained intact. Shakeel is facing trial in many criminal cases in various courts but he is not appearing in these cases,” said PS Kushwah, DCP Special cell. Arrested Shakeel and Rashid were thoroughly interrogated. It is revealed in the interrogation that Shakeel is previously involved in more than 70 cases of dacoity, robbery, snatching, extortion, kidnapping, attempt to murder, assault on police, hurt, arms act etc. Arrested accused Rashid is previously involved in more than 15 cases of various nature including murder, dacoity, arms act, rape, burglary.last_img read more

HC brings RWAS registered societies within RTI purview

first_imgGurugram: The Punjab and Haryana High Court in its recent order has directed that all residential societies registered under the Haryana Regulation and Registration of Societies Act (HRRS), 2012, have to become fully compliant with the provisions of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005, by July 2.The directions were given in a civil writ petition — Saraswati Welfare Association Vs. Pradeep Kumar Raparia and others. The petition challenged an order of the State Information Commission (SIC), Haryana, directing all RWAs registered under the 2012 Act to implement RTI, which was given on a complaint by Raparia. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAn order to this effect was has been sent to the principal secretary, the chief secretary, and the registrar general of societies, Haryana. The order makes it mandatory for all residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) in the state to appoint a public information officer (PIO) responsible for communication coordination and a first appellate authority designated to hear appeals. Various societies and RWAs registered under the HRRS Act, though obliged to provide information in response to RTI requests, have not been proactive about the same, allege RTI activists. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”This is because there is no formal system in place for sharing information, such as appointing PIOs or appellate authorities,” said city-based RTI activist Aseem Takyar. These will now have to be appointed in two months once the state gives instructions. The advantage of the ruling is that RWAs will have to become more transparent about their finances, and can no longer hide any information about their books, Takyar added. It is important to note that there have been various complaints of how the residential societies in Gurugram are not using the maintenance funds to its proper use. “Due to various residential societies in Gurugram and people pay maintenance for upkeep of common areas, street lights, etc., several RWAs have become money syphoning machines. They lack transparency and accountability. It takes years to get information on how much has been spent on what,” said Karan Ahuja, a city resident Even though the 2012 Haryana society act states that RWAs are liable to provide information under RTI, most RWAs claimed they were non-governmental organisations, making the extraction of information extremely difficult. I’m glad about the clarification in the high court’s order. Now, RTI responses will help resolve many issues,” said Abhay Puniya, who has been active with various city RWAs for 20 years.last_img read more

Lauding G8 resolve to tackle food crisis UN urges practical steps to

Welcoming the commitment shown by the leaders of the Group of Eight (G-8) leading industrialized nations at their summit in Japan to combat the global food crisis, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has called for practical steps to alleviate hunger for millions around the globe.“What we have seen at the G-8 summit is the resolve to help protect the poorest from the devastating effect of high food prices and to find long term solutions to the food crisis,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.“We need to follow through with practical measures that can make a real difference in addressing urgent hunger needs throughout the world,” she added.WFP has been calling for concerted global action to address the effects of high food prices on the poor, including un-earmarked donations that give the agency greater flexibility for procuring and pre-positioning food for the hungry, the lifting of export restrictions on all humanitarian food purchases, and urgent consideration of the possible need for humanitarian global grain reserves.“We are living in unusual times, and this requires practical solutions now if we are going to confront the challenges we face,” Ms. Sheeran stated. “The G-8 expressed resolve, which I welcome. Now comes the hard part: solving problems and reaching as many hungry people as possible in as sustainable a way as possible.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who attended the summit in Hokkaido, Japan, told reporters in New York today that he appreciated the endorsement by the G-8 of the Comprehensive Framework for Action, created by his High-Level Task Force, to address the global food crisis.“In addition to addressing immediate needs, we must also use this opportunity to address the structural roots of the crisis,” he said, highlighting the need to boost both public and private funding for agricultural production and research.Mr. Ban pointed out that G-8 leaders in Hokkaido called for a contribution of an additional $10 billion for this purpose, but noted that the Task Force’s Agreement sets the need at over $25 billion annually. 10 July 2008Welcoming the commitment shown by the leaders of the Group of Eight (G-8) leading industrialized nations at their summit in Japan to combat the global food crisis, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has called for practical steps to alleviate hunger for millions around the globe. read more

Grocer Loblaw Companies Ltd focusing on smaller stores highquality fresh food

Grocer Loblaw Companies Ltd. focusing on smaller stores, high-quality fresh food The head of Loblaw Companies, the country’s largest supermarket chain, said Thursday that savvy shoppers are no longer just looking to pay the lowest prices they can for food.Galen G. Weston, the company’s executive chairman and newly named president, said Thursday that data from its latest quarter showed that customers are willing to pay more if they can get a wide assortment of high quality fresh food.“Early indications across the board suggest that when we put the right proposition in front of the customer, price is not the biggest determinant of what they choose to buy,” Weston said after Loblaw released quarterly financial results.Weston said that shelling out more for produce is a trend that can be tracked across nearly all of the grocer’s banners, including at its discount chain, No Frills.Loblaw is currently navigating its way through a competitive time in the grocery industry, with U.S. entrants like Target, Amazon and Walmart trying to lure away customers with lower prices and low-cost or free shipping.On top of that, the food retailer is also facing inflationary pressure with the rising cost of beef and produce. Weston said the company absorbed some of the cost difference in the last quarter and didn’t raise prices sharply.Canada’s domestic supermarket giants have responded to increased competition by adding or expanding stores. Last year, Sobeys bought Safeway Canada for $5.8 billion and Loblaw began the process of acquiring Shoppers Drug Mart.The Competition Bureau gave conditional approval of the $12.4-billion Shoppers deal in March but required Loblaw to sell a number of locations — a process that hasn’t been completed.In its latest results, Loblaw (TSX:L) reported a loss of $456 million or $1.13 per share for the three-month period ended June 14. The loss compared with a profit of $177 million, or 63 cents per share in the same quarter of 2013. However, excluding the adjustments related to the Shoppers acquisition and other one-time items, the company said it earned $301 million, or 75 cents per share, for the quarter compared with a profit of $181 million, or 64 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 67 cents per share, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters.The grocer said the addition of Shoppers Drug Mart helped boost revenue nearly 40 per cent to $10.3 billion compared with $7.5 billion year-over-year. Sales at Shoppers totalled $2.61 billion in the quarter and its same-store sales increased 2.5 per cent over the second quarter of 2013.For the second quarter, Loblaw said the square footage of its supermarkets grew by about one per cent, below the industry rate of three per cent. Despite this, the company reported retail sales were up 1.6 per cent and same-store sales were up 1.8 per cent.Although it’s actively working at reducing the square-footage at its Real Canadian Superstores, Loblaw said it will continue to open smaller, more high-end “Inspired” locations like the one inside Toronto’s Maple Leaf GardensIt currently operates 19 of these stores, mostly in Ontario and Quebec, and said they’ve been well-received by a wider audience than initially thought. The company hasn’t committed to how many more locations it will open, but guessed that figure will sit around 50.The growth in sales can partly be attributed to the company’s focus on utilizing one of its “greatest strengths”: its loyalty programs, which help it collect important sales data so it can offer tailored discounts to repeat customers. The Shoppers Optimum program has more than 10 million active members, while the PC Plus program has more than six million members.RBC analyst Irene Nattel said Loblaw delivered better than expected results by “ticking all the boxes investors are looking for.”In addition to Shoppers Drug Mart and its main grocery store business, which includes several other banners, Loblaw also operates the clothing line Joe Fresh, real estate trust Choice Properties and financial services division President’s Choice Financial.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 24, 2014 8:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Academy to be used as blueprint for whole of manufacturing

‘The Automotive Academy is a blueprint for what we want to see across the whole of manufacturing, with higher skills bringing more efficient business. Skills are key to Britain winning in the global economy.’ That was the message given at the fourth Automotive Academy Annual Lecture on 7 December by Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Alistair Darling. One of the key companies that has worked closely with the Academy is Toyota and the audience was treated to a revealing speech from Mr Fujio Cho, Chairman of the Board, Toyota Motor Company. Mr Cho reflected on his 45 years with the organisation. He described his early involvement with the principles of kaizen continuous improvement and emphasised the importance of embracing the values and philosophy behind the training, saying that to be effective it is important to ‘walk the talk’. In his introduction speech, Joe Greenwell, Academy Chairman and Ford Motor Company’s Vice-President responsible for Government Affairs in Europe, said that he was proud of the vision and goals of the Academy and that it had set ‘World-class standards in cost, quality and production’. He also announced its transition into the National Manufacturing Skills Academy (NMSA) over the next few months, saying, ‘I look forward to seeing the NMSA extending this quality of delivery across the manufacturing base’. Speaking to a packed audience of MPs, peers and senior industry executives in the House of Commons, Mr Darling said, ‘The Automotive Academy has been a success story since we set it up in 2003. It has helped companies to adapt to change, to tackle the challenges of global competition and to reduce pollution. The same service will still be on offer from the new Skills Academy. From January, the rest of manufacturing will start to benefit from the success of programmes pioneered in the car industry.’ Speaking afterwards, Dr Alan Begg, Academy chief executive said, ‘This transition process is the vehicle to take the Automotive Academy’s business model forward, building on our success and extending what we have done to a wider audience.’ The National Manufacturing Skills Academy will officially be launched on 25 January 2007.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Home Players Enjoy Luck Of The Draw At Australian Open

The draw ceremony last week for the Australian Open turned into a draw celebration for the hosts: Australian tennis players got relatively easy matchups in the first round. Their draws were among the most favorable for a host country’s players since Grand Slam tournaments started awarding prize money in 1968. And so far the Aussies have taken advantage, with three men in the third round for the first time since 2004.Host nations’ national tennis associations run the Grand Slam events, and organizers like to be able to showcase home players. So, a draw like this year’s might look suspicious. But there’s no evidence that hosts rig draws in favor of their players. If anything, home-nation players have had rougher matchups than you’d expect by random chance.The difference is small, but the toughest Slam, even including this year’s draw, has been Australia’s. Last year’s was as tough as this year’s was easy, a point hinted at by Craig Tiley, CEO of Tennis Australia, at the draw ceremony last week.Draw luck matters a lot in Grand Slam tennis, because most players are placed randomly. In each of the men’s and women’s singles tournaments, just 1 in 4 players gets a seed, which governs roughly — though not precisely — where they’re placed in the first round. The other three-quarters of players could go anywhere. One-third of them have to face a seed, including one unlucky soul who worked all year to make the tournament, only to face the top seed. The other two-thirds get to play another unseeded player.The winners of those matchups get a seeded player in the second round, unless that favorite was upset in the first round. For unseeded players struggling to make ends meet, good draw luck at one of these lucrative events could mean their biggest paycheck of the year.The draw has been so favorable to Australians that three men have reached third-round matches Friday without having to face an opponent with a Top 20 seed. Two of them face each other, which means an Australian man will reach the fourth round for the first time since 2012.That kind of home advantage has been more the exception than the norm. I checked by looking at men’s singles draws back to 1968 and women’s singles draws back to 1981 at all four Grand Slam tournaments, as provided by Jeff Sackmann, who runs tennisabstract.com. The draw sizes and number of seeds varied in the earliest years in the data set. I tossed the draws that had first-round byes and focused only on unseeded players, because they’re the ones most subject to draw luck. I also excluded host-nation players who made their way through the qualifying draw, because they’re usually slotted in after the rest of the draw has been set. Then for each event, I compared how many seeded opponents the home players could have expected to draw in the first round with how many they did.For instance, this year, with a 128-player draw and 32 seeds, each unseeded player had a 1-in-3 chance of drawing a seed in the first round. Eight Australian men and six Australian women were unseeded and reached the main draw without having to play the qualifying tournament. Just two of them drew seeded opponents in the first round. On average, we’d have expected four and two-thirds of them to draw seeded opponents.That makes this year’s Australian Open one of the luckiest draws for the hosts in our data set of 178 Grand Slam events. Just twice was there both a bigger ratio and a bigger gap between expected and actual seeds drawn: at the 2003 Australian Open, when unseeded home players got two seeded opponents instead of the expected five, and at Wimbledon in 2001, when unseeded British players drew just one seed instead of the expected four and two-thirds.But there is no nefarious pattern here. Last year’s Australian Open was one of the worst for hosts, whose unseeded players could have expected to draw 4.5 seeded opponents but instead drew eight. Wimbledon in 2002 was one of the toughest for hosts, a year after the cushy draw. And the favorable 2003 Australian Open draw followed two straight unfavorable ones for the hosts.Overall in the data set, home-nation unseeded players have drawn 4 percent more seeded opponents in the first round than expected by chance. That’s probably a fluke, particularly for the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, where the difference between actual and expected seeded opponents is in the narrow range between -1 percent to 6 percent. The Australian Open has been the toughest for home players, with 16 percent more seeded opponents than expected. It would take a few more draws like this year’s to even that out. read more

For Ohio State mens lacrosse FOGO role an area of expertise

Football has the kicker, baseball the relief pitcher and soccer the defensive midfielder. They are specialty players who have a focus, a certain set of skills that set them apart from the rest. They aren’t always the flashiest players, but what they bring to the team, if only for a play or two, can be the difference between a win and a loss. For lacrosse, that position is known as the faceoff get-off, or more colloquially, the FOGO. What is a FOGO? “Basically the game of facing off is a player for a team comes out to the middle of the field (the X) and is trying to gain possession of the ball for his team,” said Trey Wilkes, senior midfielder and primary FOGO for the Buckeyes. “In theory, if a faceoff guy can go out and win the ball for his team every time, it’s kind of like ‘make it, take it’ in basketball.” Assistant coach Jamison Koesterer was a faceoff player when he was at Johns Hopkins and said he sees the position continue to develop into a specialty area. “It’s kind of transformed into an area of expertise. Guys have really started to focus and buckle down and create a specialty position if you will. I think you’re starting to see more and more guys become comfortable not just being faceoff get-off, but stay and play a little offense,” Koesterer said. “Obviously if you have a dynamic player that can face off with a good stick, that’s a solid athlete that can play defense, it allows you to do more from a coaching perspective.” Koesterer said in lacrosse, the more opportunities there are for a team to be on offense, the more likely it is to earn the victory. “Having possession of the ball in a game like lacrosse where the ball is moving up and down the field is extremely important,” Wilkes said. “There is a lot of technique, there’s a finesse side to facing off, but there’s also a physical side, and it’s just having a balance of that aggression and balance at the same time.” Since the players aren’t a regular part of the offensive or defensive rotations, a FOGO has to prepare differently than others on the team, Wilkes said. “I try to focus more on myself individually and try not to worry as much about my opponent. I feel like throughout the week if I can work on the things that I do really well, I can kind of leave the game in my hands,” Wilkes said. Another FOGO for the Buckeyes, junior defender Darius Bowling, doesn’t fit the bill of the typical faceoff player. Though Bowling still takes his turn attempting to win his team the ball, he also plays on the defensive side of the ball as a long stick. But his defensive focus shows facing off at the X doesn’t mean a player can’t also be a standout in other positions. “For me it’s just kind of making it a scrum (ground ball). I would think that I’m pretty good at ground balls, so if I could make it a scrum, I would have a pretty good chance at getting it,” Bowling said. “So during the week I try to make sure that I’m in a good stance. That’s the most important thing for me is my stance.” Unlike their counterparts, such as attackers who score handfuls of goals or goalies who rack up saves, FOGOs fly under the radar. Their names are rarely in game recaps, despite their vital contributions to their team’s success. “They don’t get a lot of accolades. When you find them in the postgame report, it’s usually when they’re 70 percent or better, when they’re really dominating,” Koesterer said. “But when we come across a great faceoff player and we neutralize him, make it a 50-50 battle, even though we don’t get the headlines, it’s a win in our book.” Though they might not be household names or team MVPs, there is no doubting what a FOGO means to his lacrosse team. read more