Leki Fotu Named Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week

first_img Robert Lovell Tags: Leki Fotu/Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week/Utah Utes Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN FRANCISCO – University of Utah starting defensive tackle Leki Fotu has been named the Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week after his dominating performance against California on Saturday night.It is Fotu’s first career Pac-12 player of the week honor. The Utes have earned six Pac-12 player of the week selections this season (three defensive, two defensive line, one offensive) with Fotu joining Bradlee Anae, Francis Bernard and Tyler Huntley as honorees.Fotu was key in Utah’s smothering defensive performance in the Utes 35-0 win over California. He finished the game with three tackles that included 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack.His solo sack in the game was for a loss of 13 yards. The play was at the beginning of the second quarter, forcing a second-and-23 on its own 12-yard-line.The Utah defense held California to 43 total plays on offense, which ranks third in school history for fewest total plays in a game by an opponent, also holding the Bears to just 83 yards on offense. Cal’s 83 yards on offense ranks fifth in program history for fewest yards by an opponent.Utah held Cal on five of its nine full possessions to either single digit yards gained (three times) or negative yards (two times).Fotu and the Utes return to action on Saturday, Nov. 2 when they travel to Seattle to take on the Huskies. The game is set for a 2 p.m. MT kick on FOX. October 28, 2019 /Sports News – Local Leki Fotu Named Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week Written bylast_img read more

Tix Now Available to See Les Liaisons Dangereuses

first_img Tickets are now on sale to see the Broadway revival of Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Janet McTeer is set to take on the role of La Marquise de Merteuil, reprising her performance from the production’s debut last year at London’s Donmar Warehouse. Fellow Tony winner Liev Schreiber joins her as Le Vicomte de Valmont (played across the pond by Dominic West).Performances will begin on October 8 at the Booth Theatre, where it is scheduled to open officially on October 30. Josie Rourke, artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, helms the production, which will play a limited engagement through January 22, 2017.Based on the 1782 novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, the dark comedy follows former lovers, La Marquise de Merteuil and Le Vicomte de Valmont as they compete in games of seduction and revenge. These merciless aristocrats toy with the hearts and reputations of innocents. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the convent-educated Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has other designs. His target is the peerlessly virtuous and happily married Madame de Tourvel.Lindsay Duncan and Alan Rickman earned Tony nominations for the play’s 1987 Broadway premiere. Glenn Close and John Malkovich headlined the 1988 movie version, renamed Dangerous Liaisons. The show was last revived on the Great White Way in 2008, starring Laura Linney and Ben Daniels.Additional casting for this latest incarnation will be announced at a later date. Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery was set to play Madame de Tourvel in London, but had to withdraw following the death of her fiancé. Elaine Cassidy stepped in for her. Janet McTeer Star Files View Commentscenter_img Liev Schreiber Janet McTeer in ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses'(Photo: Johan Persson)last_img read more

NZ (tries to) brushes off human trafficking report

first_imgStuff co.nz 21 June 2014Investigations into human trafficking in New Zealand have found no concrete evidence it was happening, the immigration minister says.The US State Department Trafficking in Persons 2014 Report, released today, said foreign men and women were subject to forced labour and sex trafficking in New Zealand, but the government had not prosecuted any trafficking cases in the last eight years.The report criticised New Zealand’s lack of a comprehensive anti-trafficking law, and recommended New Zealand’s legal framework be expanded to prohibit and punishr all forms of human trafficking.Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said New Zealand took a strong stance on trafficking, and did have stringent and comprehensive anti-trafficking laws, with penalties comparable to those for homicide or rape, reflecting the seriousness of the crime.New legislation was “in the pipeline” to enable further action to be taken should evidence of trafficking emerge, Woodhouse said.The report referred to forced labour aboard foreign-flagged fishing vessels in New Zealand, “including through debt bondage, confiscation of passports, underpayment of wages, imposition of significant debts, poor living and working conditions, and physical and sexual abuse.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/10185894/New-Zealand-brushes-off-human-trafficking-reportlast_img read more

Cricket News Dravid wants to rope Vikram Rathour but may lead to conflict on interest

first_imghighlights New Delhi: After a scintillating performance against England Lions, the head coach of India A Rahul Dravid has written a letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to expand its coaching staff eyeing the upcoming challenges. He has requested BCCI to rope former India opener Vikram Rathour and Haryana wicket-keeper Vijay Yadav on board. Dravid, on expanding the coaching staff believes that it will help in workload management.However, Vikram Rathour’s name made it to the headlines and sparked controversy. In lieu of this, the acting secretary of BCCI Amitabh Choudhary passed a note of dissent and believes that having Vikram in the mix will lead to a conflict of interest as Rathour is the brother-in-law of former India offspinner Aashish Kapoor, the chairman of India’s junior selection committee. In a mail, assessed by Espncricinfo, Dravid said, “With regards to our discussion and plans for short- and medium-terms for India A and Under-19 teams in the pathways programme I do feel that with the upcoming amount of cricket for both these teams it would be beneficial to bring in more support/coaching staff into the system.” Dravid wants to expand the coaching staff eyeing the upcoming World Cup.The next edition of Under-19 World Cup will be played in South Africa in January 2020. Vikram Rathour has scored over 11,000 runs in first-class cricket. Dravid told Karim, BCCI’s general manager (Cricket Operations) that expanding the coaching staff will eventually help him, Paras Mhambrey, and Abhay Sharma to shift their focus to the upcoming Under-19 World Cup. He further believes, seeing the dynamics of the coming schedule it’s the hour requirement to have both suggested name on board. “In addition to Vikram Rathour, I would also say we bring in Vijay Yadav to be a part of the coaching staff during the Quadrangular Under-19 series next month. He has been part of the NCA and also Under-19 and India A teams in the recent past.”Karim, along with BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, agreed to bring Rathour and Yadav on board subject to the approval of the Committee of Administrators (CoA), the supervisory authority of the BCCI until fresh elections are conducted. Karim also checked with Rathour for his willingness while asking him to disclose any conflict of interest. Rathour understood his work but went onto accept his relation with Kapoor.With Amitabh denying Rathour’s name eyeing to conflict of interest, the final decision hasn’t been made yet. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Blind golf champion becomes club captain

first_img A blind golf champion has just become captain of his club, Royal Ashdown Forest in Sussex. John Eakin, who was the 2011 British Blind Open champion and who plays off a handicap of eight, commented: “It’s nice to show that being visually impaired doesn’t stop you being a full member of a golf club.” He added: “I’m looking forward to it. I was nervous, but I’m lucky because my brother was captain a few years ago and Royal Ashdown is a very friendly and supportive club. If I didn’t do this I would regret it for the rest of my golfing life.” David Holmes, the Secretary of Royal Ashdown Forest, commented: “We read lots of stories about the negative side of golf so it’s good to show how clubs can promote inclusivity and that a disability doesn’t stop you from achieving your goals. John is a very popular member of the club and the past captains would have thought he was the best man for the job.” John lost his sight eight years ago from a hereditary condition and is now visually impaired and registered blind. He has continued playing golf, reporting: “I can see a white ball in front of me and friends tell me where the flag is. I haven’t a clue where the ball has gone – although I can hear it in the trees! Then it pops up again when I’m about 20 yards away from it.” In competitions he has a caddy and in blind and visually impaired events he is accompanied by his guide, Christopher Vaughan, a member of Royal Wimbledon. “Blind golf is very much a team thing and I could not do it without him,” said John.  His handicap was five before he lost his sight, when it went up to 12 before steadily coming down and he’s targeting a seven handicap. John is involved with England and Wales Blind Golf, both as a trustee and as an international player and he is keen to promote disability golf. Last year he also co-captained the Rest of the World blind golf side which narrowly defeated North America at a biannual match in Atlanta. Neil Baxter, the chairman of England and Wales Blind Golf, said: “Apart from being a very good golfer, John is a hardworking member of our Board of Trustees and is our handicap secretary and he thoroughly deserves this prestigious appointment. It is very pleasing to hear of a visually impaired golfer being honoured in this way.” Jamie Blair, the England Golf Disability Officer, added: “England Golf would like to congratulate John on his appointment as captain at Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club. John is a great advocate for the game and I am sure his club will benefit from his enthusiasm throughout his appointment.   “England Golf are committed to working with the board of England and Wales Blind Golf to introduce more blind and partially sighted people to the enjoyment of the game of golf. I hope to see more disabled people following John’s lead in the future and take an active role in their golf clubs, and not just as players.” John’s appointment follows that of Peter Baker who became captain of Ellesmere Port Golf Club in Cheshire last month. Peter was born deaf and is thought to be the first pre lingual deaf person to hold the office – someone who was either born deaf or became deaf before learning to speak. 24 Mar 2014 Blind golf champion becomes club captain last_img read more