first_imgSouthland Conference Player and Forward of the Year Lucy Ashworth, along with Newcomer of the Year and teammate Esther Okoronkwo, appeared on the first team. A second-team all-region honoree, Henry used her speed to anchor a Demons back line that held opponents to just over eight shots per game in Southland regular-season matches. She limited quality chances as well with just about half of those shots going on goal. Henry played a vital role in the team advancing to the Southland Conference Tournament championship match for the first time since 2005. Lamar’s Juana Plata and Abilene Christian’s Michelle Mulrooney earned spots on the all-region third team. Mulrooney guided a defense that allowed just 13 goals in conference games and 13.8 shots per game in all contests with just 41 percent of those shots on frame. Plata logged 900 minutes on the back line in Southland play and tallied three assists. Third Team                                                      Pos.       Player                                  Class      School                                                HometownGK         Tristin Stuteville                Sr.          Ball State University                       Kansas City, Mo.D            Juana Plata                        So.         Lamar University                            Houston, TexasD            Hannah Anderson            Fr.          Texas Tech University                    Plano, TexasD            Michelle Mulrooney       Sr.          Abilene Christian University        Lodi, Calif.D            Ashley Amato                    Sr.          University of Akron                         Pittsburgh, Pa.M           Jaci Jones                           Sr.          Oklahoma State University           Mustang, Okla.M           Kaylee Dao                        Sr.          University of Oklahoma                 Tulsa, Okla.M           Vital Kats                            Jr.           Kent State University                     Toronto, Ont.M           Alivia Milesky                    Sr.          Ohio University                                Plain City, OhioM           Marcy Barberic                 Jr.           University at Buffalo                      Grand Island, N.Y.F             Abby Townsend                So.         Ohio University                                Powell, OhioF             Morgan Otteson               So           Western Michigan University       Grand Rapids, Mich.F             Sabrina McNeill                Jr.           Eastern Michigan University         Whitby, Ont.F             Simone Wark                    Sr.          Loyola University Chicago            Whitby, Ont. Second Team                                                  Pos.       Player                                  Class      School                                                HometownGK             Rylee Foster                      Sr.          West Virginia University                Cambridge, Ont.D            Jordan Brewster               So.         West Virginia University                North Canton, OhioD            Nicole Henry                     So.         Northwestern State University  Tomball, TexasD            Charme Morgan               Jr.           Oklahoma State University           Frisco, TexasD            Maureen Kennedy           Sr.          Bowling Green State University   Cypress, Calif.D            Madison Laudeman         Sr.          Loyola University Chicago            Chesterfield, Mo.M           Shay Johnson                   Sr.          Abilene Christian University        Coppell, TexasM           Grace Yochum                  So.         Oklahoma State University           Houston, TexasM           Ceri Holland                       Jr.           University of Kansas                       West Yorkshire, EnglandM           Jordie Harr                         Jr.           Texas Tech University                    Sachse, TexasF             Christina Arteaga            Jr.           Abilene Christian University        Pflugerville, TexasF             Messiah Bright                  So.         Texas Christian University             Dallas, TexasF             Cyera Hintzen                    Sr.          University of Texas                         Garland, TexasF             Nikki Cox                            Jr.           Bowling Green State University   Granville, Ohio Joining Henry on the second team was Abilene Christian senior and Southland Conference Midfielder of the Year Shay Johnson, who was a key to the Wildcats’ transition game and aided a defense that ranked third in the league in goals allowed. She made the most of her three goals in conference play as two of them went down as game-winners. Johnson finished the year with six goals and a pair of assists. Lamar and Abilene Christian lead the way with three selections each, and Southland Conference Defender of the Year Nicole Henry of Northwestern State rounded out the league’s contingent. 2019 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women’s All-Midwest RegionFirst Team                                                       Pos.       Player                                  Class      School                                                               HometownGK         Maddie White                   Fr.          Texas Tech University                                   Rockwall, TexasD            Kim Rodriguez                   Jr.           Oklahoma State University                          Porter, TexasD            Cassie Hiatt                        So.         Texas Tech University                                   Parker, Colo.D            Addisyn Merrick               Sr.          University of Kansas                       Lee’s Summit, Mo.D            Gurjeena Jandu                Sr.          University at Buffalo                      Mississauga, Ont.M           Julia Grosso                       So.         University of Texas                         Vancouver, B.C.M           Chelsee Washington       Sr.          Bowling Green State University   Carrollton, TexasM           Kate Del Fava                    Sr.          Illinois State University                  Kenosha, Wis.M           Yazmeen Ryan                  Jr.           Texas Christian University             Norman, TexasM           Nicky Potts                        Jr.           Ball State University                       Nuneaton, EnglandF             Kirsten Davis                     Jr.           Texas Tech University                    St. Louis, Mo.F             Katie Mcclure                    Sr.          University of Kansas                       Wichita, Kan.F             Lucy Ashworth                 Jr.           Lamar University                            Wigan, EnglandF             Esther Okoronkwo          Jr.           Lamar University                            Richmond, Texas Earning a third-straight first-team all-conference nod, ACU forward Christina Arteaga was named second-team all-region after scoring 12 goals this fall – the most in a single season in her three-year career. The Pflugerville, Texas, native ranked third behind Ashworth and Okoronkwo in conference play in both goals (nine) and points (22). Arteaga also picked up four assists. Okoronkwo (60) and Ashworth (59) finished 1-2 in the conference and ranked in the top four nationally in points and goals this season. The Cardinal pair also occupied the top two spots in shots on goal and assists. Okoronkwo paced the league with 25 goals while Ashworth recorded the most assists (17) – both of which marked Southland single-season records. FRISCO, Texas – Seven Southland Conference women’s soccer student-athletes were named to the 2019 United Soccer Coaches All-Midwest Region teams, announced by the organization Tuesday.last_img read more


first_imgOlympic champion hurdler Brianna Rollins of the United States received a one-year suspension on Thursday for repeated failures to disclose her whereabouts to anti-doping officials – a ban she says was caused by a mix-up in a computer programme.Rollins’ suspension is retroactive to September 27, 2016, the date of her last missed whereabouts report.Her gold medal, part of a medals sweep by US 100m hurdlers at the Rio Games last year, will not be stripped.The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and other governing bodies in sports consider out-of-competition testing critical to clean competition, and all Olympic athletes in the United States and many other countries are required to submit their locations so they can be tested anywhere without advance notice.Rollins underwent eight out-of-competition tests last year and “at least” 16 tests overall, according to her attorneys, and never tested positive.RACES WILL BE MISSEDStill, she will miss the 2017 outdoor season, including a chance to compete at World Championships later this year.”I accept full responsibility for the mistakes that have led to my suspension and am disappointed that I will have to miss this coming outdoor season as a result of my confusion over how the whereabouts programme worked,” Rollins said.In a news release, her attorneys said the computer programme listed her location on certain dates as both her home and a track meet where she was competing. She missed three tests, on April 27, September 13, and September 27. A third missed test results in an anti-doping violation.After USADA’s initial ruling, Rollins took her case to an arbitration panel, which delivered what her attorneys called the minimum penalty allowable.In its decision, the panel acknowledged it was “a difficult case because it involves the imposition of a serious penalty on a brilliant athlete who is not charged or suspected of using banned substances of any kind.”last_img read more


first_imgA driver attached to the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) was seriously injured in an accident on Wednesday after the vehicle he was travelling in careened off the Ituni-Kwakwani trail.The damaged vehicle that careened off the Ituni- Kwakwani trailInjured is 44-year-old Travis Mingo of Lot 163 D Wismar Housing Scheme, Linden. He has since been admitted to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC). According to information received, at about 10:35h, Mingo was heading North to Kwakwani in a vehicle bearing registration number PNN 1756 when a log truck, which was heading South, ventured into his lane. This reportedly caused him to lose control of his vehicle which careened off the road in the vicinity of the Aroaima junction.A logger, who was passing at the time and noticed the vehicle reported the incident to the Ituni Police Station. Mingo was taken to the Ituni Health Centre and later transported to the LHC.Police have since said attempts to locate the log truck allegedly involved in the accident proved futile.last_img read more


first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s players celebrate a goal during their match against Malaga CFin Barcelona on October 21, 2017 © AFP / Josep LAGOBARCELONA, Spain, Oct 22 – Barcelona dismissed another day of political chaos in Catalonia to continue on their merry way at the top of La Liga by beating Malaga 2-0 at the Camp Nou.Spanish Primer Minister Mariano Rajoy announced on Saturday that Madrid will move to dismiss Catalonia’s separatist government and call fresh elections in the semi-autonomous region. In protest 450,000 independence supporters piled onto the streets of Barcelona to voice their anger.However, other than the usual cries in favour of independence in the 17th minute to mark the fall of Catalonia in the Spanish War of Succession in 1714 and sporadic chants of “freedom”, it was business as usual for Barca.Earlier, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted Barca will not be used as a political tool in the political battle over independence.“We are not an instrument to be manipulated for political interests, whatever they may be,” Bartomeu told club members at Barca’s annual general meeting (AGM). “Nobody can appropriate our badge or flag.”The club has backed Catalonia’s right to self-determination, but refused to position itself either in favour or against independence.And despite being criticised by both sides of the independence debate for his neutral stance, Bartomeu went largely unchallenged at the AGM as members happily passed a budget backed by a club record revenue of 897 million euros ($1.06 billion) for the 2017/18 season.That calm transferred onto the pitch as an 11th win in 12 La Liga and Champions League games this season leaves Barca four points clear of Valencia, and eight ahead of rivals Real Madrid, who host Eibar on Sunday.Barca had failed to win four of their last six games against Malaga, but any threat the winless Andalusians could continue that run evaporated inside two minutes in fortuitous fashion for the hosts.– ‘Grotesque’ decision –Barcelona supporters hold Catalan pro-independence Estelada flags during their match against Malaga CF in Barcelona on October 21, 2017 © AFP / Josep LAGOGerard Deulofeu flicked home his first ever goal for the club with aplomb, but Malaga couldn’t believe the goal was allowed to stand despite the ball clearly having gone out of play before Lucas Digne crossed into the penalty area.“It is grotesque. The ball was half a metre out,” complained Malaga defender Luis HernandezBarca, though, created precious little else before half-time and had to wait until 11 minutes into the second period to make the game safe when Lionel Messi teed up Andres Iniesta to fire into the top corner via the aid of a deflection.“It was our third game in six days and we lacked a bit of freshness,” said Barca boss Ernesto Valverde.“We had control but lacked a bit of penetration. I thought in the second-half we were better, played at a quicker tempo and quickly got the second goal.”Luis Suarez should have rounded off the scoring, but somehow fired wide with the goal at his mercy after great work from Messi and Sergi Roberto.An eighth defeat in nine games leaves Malaga still firmly rooted to the bottom of the table and coach Michel ever closer to the exit door.Valencia remain Barca’s closest challengers after thrashing Sevilla 4-0 at Mestalla.Paris Saint-Germain loanee Goncalo Guedes continued his sensational form by opening and rounding off the scoring in fine style.In between times Simone Zaza added his eighth Liga goal of the season before Santi Mina punished a slack Sevilla defence that has now conceded nine goals in five days after suffering a 5-1 rout at Spartak Moscow in the Champions League in midweek.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgWould your kitchen get an “A” grade? Building off its popular restaurant grading system, Los Angeles County health officials are challenging residents to find out with an online home-kitchen quiz. Those with keen cleanliness customs who score 90 percent or higher will get a coveted “A” placard to post in their kitchens. “The majority of food-borne illnesses come from foods prepared in the home. So we want to mirror the progress made in our restaurant grading system with progress people can make in their own kitchen, making sure the food they serve is as safe as it can be,” Los Angeles County Health Officer Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding said Tuesday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 A recent study suggests that the popular restaurant grading system, introduced in the county in 1998 and now a national model, contributed to a 13 percent decrease in the number of reported food-borne illnesses from 1997 to 2000. The home kitchen self-inspection quiz applies the same standards as health inspectors use in the restaurant grading system, asking more than three-dozen questions on topics from food temperatures and handling to hand washing. Andrew Casana, senior director of local government affairs for the 25,000-member California Restaurant Association, said he took the survey and got an “A” – but his wife and two people in his office took the survey and got “C’s.” “We deal with this on a daily basis,” Casana said. “We are used to keeping our kitchens clean. But some people don’t know how to store meat or other items. People at home can get themselves sick if they don’t do things correctly.” Some might not be aware of the right answers to such questions as where to store raw meat in the refrigerator or whether to use the same cutting board for vegetables and meat, Casana said. “You can get a cross-contamination thing,” Casana said. “You often see people using the same chopping board for meat and produce.” Since the county began grading restaurants to ensure compliance with local and national food-safety regulations, many residents now look for the “A,” “B” or “C” placards before deciding whether to eat at a certain establishment. Still, the home kitchen self-inspection quiz drew mixed reactions from some residents. “I think it’s silly,” said Canoga Park resident Ruth Hipschman. “There is a purpose for doing it in public because you don’t know what is happening in the kitchen. But when you are cooking in your own home, you know how you are cleaning it. “Why do you need someone else to tell you that’s an ‘A’ or a ‘C,’ or that you flunked?” Granada Hills resident Catherine Kelsey questioned county priorities. “Doesn’t the county have more things to do that would be more useful than this?” Kelsey asked. “There are many other things I’d like to see the county spend money on.” Some noted a lighter side: The placard might be a good conversation piece for parties. “I wouldn’t personally get one,” said Nicole Rodriguez, a bartender at the Riverbottom Bar & Grill in Burbank. “But it would be fun for people who are home a lot.” Others suggested friends and neighbors might use it to take “keeping up with the Joneses” to a new level. “But you have to tell the truth,” said Tony Bell, spokesman for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who initiated the restaurant grading system. “Just like when we are reassured when we go to a restaurant and look at their grades, it will be interesting to see how reassured people are when they are invited over to other people’s homes and say, ‘Hey, where is your ‘A’ grade?”‘ Fielding said. North Hills resident Barbara Cook said the self-inspection was a great idea. “People will be less apt to get sick if they wash their hands and clean their counters better,” Cook said. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 troy.anderson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA FORMER Donegal taxi driver has been sent to prison for possessing child pornography.David Martin (52), now of 78 Sylvan Park, Letterkenny has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison, with the final 12 months suspended. Martin was residing at 11 St Jude’s Court, Lifford when Gardaí were alerted by the Online Child Exploitation Unit to someone using an IP address associated with that house posting child pornography images on Twitter.Gardaí searched the premises on October 6, 2016 and seized a Zeus Storm Desktop computer which contained six videos, with a combined duration of almost two hours, showing teen and pre-teen boys and girls engaged in sexual activity with adults. Martin admitted downloading, viewing and possessing the images and also of posting images on Twitter, which brought the matter to a head. The videos were being described as Category 1, the most serious category. Sentencing at Letterkenny Circuit Court, Judge John Aylmer said that Martin, who will be on the sex offenders register, had set up ’sophisticated anti-forensic software’ on the device Martin had told officers that he often used search engines for the dark web. “While this is a single count, evidence establishes that he was engaged in this type of activity since 2013,” Judge Aylmer said,“It is clear that this material represents only his harvest on this date.”Barrister for Martin, Mr Peter Nolan BL, said his client’s marriage was over and the marital home had been sold. Mr Nolan said that Martin’s extensive heart issues made him unsuitable for community service.Judge John Aylmer said his starting point for sentencing was a two-and-a-half-year prison term. There was no suggestion, he said, that Martin was immediately proximate to the abuse or swapping the material for commercial gain.Described as a low-risk of reoffending, Martin claimed to have been sexually abused as a child and has attended 15 psychotherapy sessions in Dublin. Judge Aylmer imposed a sentence of two and a half years in prison and suspended the final 12 months. Martin entered into a €100 bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for 12 months subsequent to his release.Judge Aylmer granted a destruction order on the seized property.Former Donegal taxi driver jailed for having child pornography was last modified: November 10th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:David MartinJudge John AylmerletterkennyLetterkenny Circuit CourtLiffordPeter Nolan BLlast_img read more


first_img7 March 2016Orisha’s Journey, a short animated film by New York City-based Ghanaian filmmaker Abdul Ndadi, brings a distinctive African feel to the world of animation, through vivid colours, its soundtrack and storytelling.In the film, the title character, Orisha, listens sceptically to a fairy tale told by her grandfather. She decides to find her own fairy tale, one that truly speaks to her. To do so, she embarks on an adventure, and along the way encounters magical creatures and monsters from African folklore.Orisha also makes new friends and realises that reality can sometimes be stranger than fiction. Ultimately, the girl learns more about herself, her culture and the interconnectedness of nature and humanity.ORISHA’S JOURNEY on Vimeo – https://t.co/i38WpevBWs pic.twitter.com/aDoxuFwbAk— The Sunhead Project (@sunheadmag) February 21, 2016The film began as a thesis project by Ndadi while he was studying at the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2013. It soon evolved into a passion project, as well as his calling card for his talent in the often competitive world of animation. Orisha’s Journey, completed in 2014, has been screened at several festivals, including the 2015 Cannes Short Film Corner and the Hiroshima International Animation Festival in Japan in 2014. In addition, it has been screened at festivals across Africa and North America, and has got a buzz among animation studios in the UK and the US.Orisha’s Journey, a fantasy tale of a girl’s journey through the Spirit World by Ghanaian. https://t.co/VVx9agLJ68 pic.twitter.com/9iI0OsDwBD— Afrokanist Magazine (@Afrokanistmagaz) February 20, 2016The film can be watched online, and it has notched over 20 000 views on YouTube and Vimeo combined.Speaking to the Okayafrica arts and culture website, Ndadi explains the symbolism of the film’s elements: “I wanted my film to have a certain pan- Africanism, so (African children) all could feel like they’re part of my film.”Orisha, which is a Nigerian Yoruba word, means “nature spirit”, and the character acts as a metaphor for discovering one’s true nature and identity, he says. It also identifies the yearning of young Africans in the African diaspora to rediscover their roots, and learn a history and folklore that sometimes feels as if it is in danger of being forgotten or overruled by Western modernity.Ndadi explains that “we (can) teach our youth the truth (about history) and they will carry it on and build a world where we are all truly equals”.He credits his parents for instilling this love of African history and folklore: ” (They gave me) a strong sense of pride in my culture and never (let) me forget my roots. Without one’s roots, I feel it’s easy to become like a leaf blowing in the wind, with nothing to keep you grounded in who you truly are.”Ndadi’s journey to Cannes in 2015, to show his short film at the annual film festival:http://abdulndadi.tumblr.com/post/140349901506/abdulndadi- abdulndadi-going-to-the-cannesSource: Okayafricalast_img read more


first_imgLocation-based “check-ins” – are they hot – or not? Two days ago we ran a guest post by Mark Watkins, CEO of mobile startup Goby, who argued that check-in services were unlikely to thrive and that startups had to do something more. Today, though, family app Life360 announced it just hit 2 million families using its service – 1 million of whom started using the service in the last 10 weeks. How did they do it? They re-imagined the check-in. While other services let users declare what venue they are at but leaving most people wondering why they would want to do so – Life360 offers a clear and simple value proposition. Check-ins on that service send simple GPS co-ordinates from a child to their parents. “I want you to check-in on that app throughout the night so I know where you are and that you’re ok!” Life360 has been hot for some time – albeit in different ways. The company won Google’s Android Developer challenge in 2008 and raised several millions of dollars from Google, the Facebook Fund, Dave McClure’s 500 Startups, Founders Fund, LaunchCapital, Kapor Capital and others. It’s not the only app like it on the market but it sure is high profile. We first wrote about it in November 2009.“It’s not as hip as some check-in services,” writes GigaOm’s Ryan Kim, “but its rise shows there’s going to be a sizable market in serving up ‘boring’ utilities to families.”Chris Hulls, the company’s CEO, says carriers love Life360 too because it helps up-sell families to smart phones and more expensive contracts. “In order to best serve their customers, carriers benefit by working hand-in-hand with application developers,” Hulls wrote in RCRWireless last month. “By doing so, they are giving their customers a key element to long-term satisfaction – enhanced functionality. This puts carriers in a strong position to keep customers happy, and generate more profits.” (We’ve written extensively about the big picture possibilities enabled by carrier collaboration with developers.)Maybe the check-in isn’t dead after all. Maybe it’s not just coupons that can save it, either. It could just be a healthy dose of re-imagination that’s needed. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#Location#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


first_imgDivisions over whether to provide a conduit to citizenship for young “Dreamer” immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally loomed as the pivotal sticking point Wednesday as House Republicans searched for a solution to their campaign-season standoff over an issue that has split them for years.In bargaining Wednesday, moderates told conservatives that any deal would have to include steps that could ultimately lead to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of Dreamers. The issue was left unresolved, according to two Republicans who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe private talks.Read it at Hastings Tribune Related Itemslast_img


first_imgArun Pandey, who has been long-time friend and business partner for MS Dhoni, is entreprising. You can here it in his voice, how dedicated he is to his passion project releasing on September 30. The project is none other than a Bollywood film based on the life of Dhoni, India’s most successful captain. He emphasises more than a few times that the film was made purely to motivate youngsters in India and around the world.He repeats it so many times, that it actually becomes irksome. Dhoni is a very marketable commodity. And it’s hard not to see the financial prospects in telling the life story of a man like him. He is a World Cup winning captain, has pan-India appeal and it only makes sense that his underdog story be sold to the highest bidder. However, the trailers suggest they have tried to capture the essence of the cricketer’s life. Both Neeraj Pandey (director) and Sushant Singh Rajput (playing Dhoni himself) look sincere. Will MS Dhoni: The Untold Story break the jinx with Bollywood and biopics, we’ll have to wait and watch.We caught up with the producer Arun Pandey, and spoke about how he managed to pull together a project as ambitious as this. Excerpts from the interview:1. What was that one element in Dhoni’s life story that separates him from the rest of the underdog stories in the world? Why does the world need to hear Dhoni’s story?A majority of the population is the youth, out of which a big number come from the small towns. And how many stories like Dhoni do you have that can motivate you to this extent? The ascent from where he started to what he has achieved, it is so massive, how do you not get inspired by a story like that? But it’s not even about his victories and the success and the money that he has made. It is how he has conducted himself through those phases of life. You hear him in interviews, and he’s always talking about a process. What is a process? The effort we put in today. A lot of people dream like Dhoni did, but did they put in the effort that Dhoni did? Dhoni himself never dreamt that he would play for the country, let alone lead it. What purpose the story will serve is to tell the youth, if you have dreams big or small, if you put in the effort today, you will be closer to achieving it than you were yesterday.advertisementYou watch Lincoln, Wolf of Wall Street and even A Beautiful Mind, from the last 15 year’s Oscar-winners you’ll find at least 10-12 of the films were based on real life stories. That’s why we thought the story needs to be told.ALSO READ: Amaal Mallik’s MS Dhoni The Untold Story album is pleasant, if not extraordinaryALSO READ: Virat Kohli to PV Sindhu, 5 actors who should play these sportspersons in their biopics2. Neeraj Pandey’s earlier films have a completely different flavour compared to what this biopic would need. How did he come on board?When we first thought of making the movie, we had a few names about who could be candidates for the director’s job. As soon as I heard, that Neeraj was the man behind A Wednesday, I jumped and was convinced he was the man who would make it. I’m a great fan of A Wednesday, how he’s made this whole movie around one incident and how in middle of it is the story of a common man. So I asked my people, and they set up a meeting. And after that one meeting, Neeraj was on board to direct.3. Was Sushant the first choice to play Dhoni? What convinced you he could pull it off?I was coming back on a plane when I saw Kai Po Che. And I saw Sushant, the way he batted, bowled and how he talked about the sport. We thought he would be a good boy to work with. We wanted someone raw, hardworking and we got both those things from Sushant who really worked hard to get Dhoni’s physique.4. When did Fox Star come into the picture?So there was Dilip (Jha, the writer) who was writing about the various incidents in Dhoni’s life. He used to go everyday, meet him and hear his stories and wrote that down. After Neeraj came on board, he started reviewing Dilip’s work and he started asking questions and started piecing together a narrative for the film. After that it took close to 10 months to find the right studio who will help us tell the story like it should be told. Vijay Singhji (CEO, Foxstar) was a visionary enough to see the potential in the story and after that we began shooting.advertisement5. A film like this can be risky, it requires scale to look convincing, were there dark days when you thought you couldn’t pull this off?I didn’t doubt myself for a single second, since I decided to start work on making this biopic. The kind of love and affection MS gets from people all over India, never doubted the project for a single second. And Fox backed us completely, whatever was the requirement for the movie from my side, from Neeraj’s side was fulfilled without question.6. There is a tendency to sugar-coat biopics, has Neeraj Pandey attempted to take on the grey areas of Dhoni’s life?The definition of grey area tends to differ from person to person. And as far as clarifications related to conflict of interest has already been given, it’s all there out in the open. There was no glamourisation of anything, in fact I can tell you positively that 98 percent of the what happens in the movie, is based on Dhoni’s real life. Ask Neeraj, when he came on board and how difficult he found to find the grey areas in Dhoni’s life. He was surprised that there was hardly any negativity in his life. He was appalled that he had to work so hard, talk to so many people, and he still couldn’t find any grey areas in MS Dhoni’s life.7. When was the decision taken about dubbing the movie into Marathi, Tamil and Telugu?It was always on the cards, even before the trailer was released. Dhoni has a pan-India appeal and we thought it would be a good idea to reach out to people in the other regions as well who will be equally eager to hear Dhoni’s story. Even better if it is in their local language.8. Raj Thackeray’s MNS objected to the Marathi-dubbed version. Are you going to go ahead and release it in Marathi or is that on hold?I have to speak to the people at Fox about that, I’ve not really been in the loop about that. I’ll have to check up on it, it slipped my mind.9. How comfortable was Dhoni opening up on the details of his love-stories? Which are two from the movie? Whatever happened in real life, he sat down and spoke to Neeraj. And that’s been included in the movie.10. Has Dhoni seen the movie yet? What was his reaction?Of course, he got emotional. It was a little awkward too for him, but he hardly ever expresses. He was a little overwhelmed seeing his life story adapted to the big screen.last_img read more