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Florida man drugged family with Benadryl before stabbing

first_imgPolice say a physical therapist killed his wife, three young children and dog in an affluent Florida suburb near Walt Disney World and then left their bodies there for days.Family members asked for a well-being check in late December, but according to the sheriff’s they didn’t notice anything suspicious.Officials found the bodies in January.The sheriff didn’t state a motive for the killings and also didn’t elaborate on what Todt was being investigated for by federal agents.Court records in Osceola County show the landlord of their five-bedroom home was seeking their eviction, saying they owed him more than $5,000. They were paying a monthly rent of more than $4,900.Officials say Anthony Todt drugged his wife and three kids after officials found that they died from overdoses of Benadryl and “unspecified violence.”Autopsy reports released Tuesday show that Todt’s wife, Megan, was stabbed twice in the stomach. His sons, 13-year-old Alex, and 11-year-old Tyler, had single stab wounds on their abdomen. His 4-year-old daughter, Zoe, had no evidence of trauma to her body, though homicidal violence was still listed as contributing to her cause of death, along with the Benadryl overdose.Todt has been indicted on four counts of first-degree murder in their deaths. He also faces a charge for animal cruelty for killing the family’s dog. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.last_img read more

National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of OlympiaCity of Olympia Mayor, Stephen Buxbaum, is joining mayors across the country in asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water by taking part in a national contest aimed at drastically slashing water and energy use across the nation.Throughout the month of April, WaterWise Olympia residents are encouraged to make their pledge to water conservation at  Last year, residents from over 1,000 cities pledged to reduce their annual consumption of drinking water by nearly a billion gallons.Mayor Buxbaum says, “By saving water, our community saves energy, money and valuable resources.  That’s why I am encouraging you to take the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation this month.”This non-profit campaign is presented nationally by Toyota and the Wyland Foundation, with support from the Environmental Protection Agency and National League of Cities. The Wyland Foundation is a 501(c)3 dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving the world’s ocean, waterways and marine life.The city with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category wins.  Participants in the winning cities are eligible to win hundreds of prizes, including a Toyota Prius V, water saving home products, home improvement gift cards and more.City of Olympia residents have done an excellent job in using our precious drinking water efficiently.  In fact, citizen’s efforts resulted in exceeding our 2009-2014 Water System Plan goal of reducing consumption by 5% per connection, with a 9% reduction in water use.  That’s over 98 million gallons!  Olympia residents have demonstrated their commitment to water conservation and deserve to be recognized.  Make your pledge today!Did you know that about 400 billion gallons of water are used in the U.S. daily?  Or that a running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons per day?  For our Top 10 indoor and outdoor Water Wise tips, visit read more


first_imgJOHN SADLER, HARD ACES, WINNER: “We got a good trip. We were hoping the pace would be there; we saw 45 and change, it looked like there was a lot of speed, but it’s got to come together. Victor did a beautiful job with him. He’s ridden him a few times and he’s not an easy horse to ride. He’s a very difficult horse to ride, so Victor’s gone forward with him for two or three races. He was a good fourth in the Big Cap . . . then he came back with a good third here and put it all together in the big one today.“We thought the last race was key. He really stepped forward with a strong race right at the end of a mile and eighth and he got some more pace today . . . Pacific Classic (will be next, $1 million, Grade I, three-year-olds and up, 1 ¼ miles, Aug. 22). He’ll stay home and run right in our own back yard at Del Mar.”Regarding the Breeders’ Cup Classic: “This is a Win and You’re In, so right now we have two horses qualified (Talco in the Mile), so we’re going to enjoy these races and kind of move forward.“We won the (Grade I) Shoemaker (June 13), the Summertime Oaks last weekend (June 20)and now the Gold Cup, so it’s an unbelievable run we’ve had. It’s been a lot of fun.” PART OWNER KOSTA HRONIS: “We didn’t leave the gate very well and just got really far behind, a little too far behind, I thought. But we had good splits which he needs and it all worked out. John’s done a great job with him.” GARY STEVENS, CATCH A FLIGHT, THIRD: “He ran a super race, he’s as honest as any horse can get. I’m disappointed we didn’t win but he runs his race every time and he tries hard, it’s all you can ask. No real excuses, he had a good trip . . . the jock might have moved a little early but other than that . . . ” JOCKEY QUOTES            VICTOR ESPINOZA, HARD ACES, WINNER: “I think by the half mile pole I was committed. I already lost ground at the start from being bumped a little by Batti Man; he took me out of the race a little. I decided not to encourage him early and save ground. I thought my best shot was to save ground and get through on the inside and it worked out well.“He’s improving. Every race, he’s getting better and better. When he was back east he wasn’t quite there but in his last race he ran good and today he ran great.” -30- TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: NOTES: Winning owners Kosta and Peter Hronis are from Delano, CA. Today’s on-track attendance was 21,528.last_img read more

DD Motoring: How old is the New Line Road?

first_imgDD Motoring Correspondent Brian McDaid is puzzled by a very well known in his hometown of Letterkenny. I thought this would be an easy one, trying to find out the age of a road in Letterkenny near to where I was reared. It’s called the New Line Road which links the High Road with the Back Road and Sentry Hill Road which made up an early version of the first by-pass of Letterkenny in sorts in its day.The New Line Road was out of bounds when we were wanes. The only road that we were allowed to walk on by ourselves was the one that took us to school every morning and to mass on a Sunday, that was down Sentry Hill. “The New Liney” as it was called by all cool folk in Glencar, seemed to have everything happen on it, especially when you weren’t allowed to go down it. Back then we weren’t even allow down the town, which in them days was a good distance from Wolfe Tone Place p in Glencar. Advertisement In them days you were responsible for your own safety, and by being restricted to these routes, and local people kept an eye on you and wouldn’t be afraid to give you a telling off if you were someplace you shouldn’t be. It’s easy to understand the logic of this all these years after but back then these restrictions made no sense to four boys going to school in steps in years from 4, 5, 6, and 7 years old.The New Line Rd in Letterkenny widen in the earlier 60’s to become the New New Line Rd. Photo Brian McDaidElocution LessonsA lot of children in Letterkenny attended elocution lessons and that happened were else, but down the New Liney. A great start in life for any child but us ruffians in Glencar thought differently. Some Smart Alec changed the name to “Electrocution Lessons” which seem to perfectly describe the proud posture of pupils after they emerged from the classes.I started my search this week on the New Liney at possibly one of the oldest houses in the area. The house is a thatched cottage and sits in a lane way with grass in the middle of the road. It’s a perfectly preserved time warp of the way people once lived but throws up more questions than it answers about the New Line Rd because it’s built with its back facing the road which suggests that it may have been built before the road was built. Advertisement On LineMy next search on the New Line Road is not on the road but on line as in on the web where I tried to research one of this road’s most famous residents. The late politician and surgeon Dr. J.P. McGinley who lived on this road and had his practice in a small surgery at the side of it. However, all I could find was an address for him on The Asylum Rd. (now called the High Road.) where he was arrested for his political beliefs nearly one hundred years ago. Then by chance the name Joseph Mc Ginley popped up for the Sentry Hill area in the 1911 census for Letterkenny. Bingo I thought, opening up the link only to find Joseph Mc Ginley as a 16-year-old boarding student at the newly built St. Eunan’s College at the time. view of one of the oldest houses along the New Line Road gives us an idea hold the road really is Photo Brian McDaid.Getting slightly side tracked looking through all the names of the residence in the collage I noticed that some were described as students and some were described as pupils. Two of these pupils, who were born in Scotland seemed to be two brothers by the name of Cunningham only 8 and 9 yrs old which would suggest that the college was a boarding school for both primary and secondary education. I would love to think that the late Joseph McGinley we located was a young Dr. McGinley coming to the end of his secondary education before his studies for medicine but I’ m unsure that his age matches up.The Poor House Looking at very old maps of Letterkenny the very first New Line Road as it was even called back them was built around the time that the Poor House was built on what is now known as the High Road. The town’s water supply was located up behind the poorhouse and old pillars just above where that present day Garda station now sits mark the entrance to the reservoir. In later years that was used by Lymac Bottling store which was the favourite site to search for old crockery stout bottles which could be sold to collectors. The Boxing Club trained in the old Poorhouse for a time.The Manse was built on the New Line Road in 1896 and was called Hillmount and The Rev Ross Millar and his family were the first residents there. The “New” New Line RoadFrom the manse up the old New line Road may have been in poor enough condition and was a lot narrower than it now with ditches and hedgerows. Some can even remember the green area in front of Mc Mahon’s Villas as being a lot wider and not as steep. That all changed with a major widening programme of the road was carried out in the late 1950s or early 60s. All of the houses on the road at that time including the Manse, Regans Forest, the bungalows and the flat roof houses all have the exact same wall built at the front of their properties. Some may now be covered by hedging or painted but still are the same and must looked very trendy with new street lights and some footpaths when the old New Line Rd was widened to become the new look New Line Rd and has remained much the same today 60 years on.On your bikeBishop William Mc Feely who firstly pointed one of the teaching staff at St Eunan College after his ordination and has a Motorbike registered in his name in 1916. before becoming the Bishop of Raphia in 1923.One of the motorists that may have travelled up and down the old New Line Road at the time when it was a lot narrower was a man called William Mc Neely. He was a priest and was also a members of the teaching staff at St. Eunan’s College. He bought a motorbike in 1915/16 possibly a BSA or Triumph which was registered in his name when he was a resident at St Eunan’s College. Then in 1923 at at only 35 years of age he was appointed the Bishop of Raphoe in succession of Bishop Patrick O’ Donnell. The newly appointed Bishop Mc Neely moved from St. Eunan’s College to the Bishop’s Palace. It’s not known what was the outcome of his motorbike! Happy Motoring Folks!DD Motoring: How old is the New Line Road? was last modified: June 1st, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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:Brian McDaidmotoringNew LIne Roadlast_img read more

Raiders make flurry of Friday free-agency moves

first_imgThe Raiders continued revamping their wide receivers room Friday with the addition of former Cardinals wideout J.J. Nelson, whose 4.28-second 40-yard dash at the 2015 combine stands as the fifth-fastest time in combine history.Nelson has played for the Cardinals since 2015 and racked up 81 catches for 1,439 yards and 10 touchdowns in four seasons. Last season Nelson played 14 games but only caught seven passes for 64 yards.His 17.8 yards per reception average rank first in the league since …last_img read more

SA calls for investors in solar park

first_img30 September 2010 The South African government has extended an invitation to the private sector to invest in an envisaged multi-billion rand solar park – a concentrated zone of solar generating plants and solar component manufacturing facilities – in the Northern Cape. Addressing a media briefing in Johannesburg on Tuesday during a conference on South Africa’s energy future, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said that developing the solar plants for the park was expected to cost billions of US dollars. These costs, to be incurred over a period of 10 years, would largely be borne by the private sector, Peters said. “We are looking primarily to the private sector,” said the department’s acting deputy director-general for electricity, nuclear and clean energy, Ompi Aphane. “We don’t see the fiscus being overburdened [by the project].” Wide-ranging benefits A solar park would alleviate the pressure on South Africa’s largely coal-based energy supply. It is estimated that a 5 000 MW park constructed over a decade could create about 12 300 construction jobs annually. The project is also expected to create about 3 010 operations and maintenance jobs by the time the last solar plant is constructed. Besides the jobs that would be created by the park, South Africa would be given the opportunity to become a manufacturer of solar technology materials.Pre-feasibility study conducted The Department of Energy signed an agreement with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) in 2009 to prepare a pre-feasibility study into the potential for creating a solar park in South Africa. The study was conducted with the financial and technical backing of the CCI. Peters said the study found that the Northern Cape was ideal for a solar park because of the abundance of sunshine in the province. Land availability, connection to the national electricity grid, and water availability (through the Orange River) were also deciding factors in choosing the Northern Cape. A number of developers are said to have shown interest in the project. The government predicts that the solar park project will reach commercialisation within the next two years, depending on interest from investors. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

NCGA releases yield contest results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Improved seed varieties, advanced production techniques and innovative growing practices helped corn growers achieve ever-higher yields in the National Corn Growers Association 2016 National Corn Yield Contest. Additionally, a record five national entries surpassed the 400-plus bushel per acre mark.The National Corn Yield Contest is now in its 52nd year and remains NCGA’s most popular program for members. Participation in the contest remained strong in 2016, with 7,972 entries received.“The contest provides farmers more than just an opportunity for friendly competition; it generates data that impacts future production practices across the industry,” said Brent Hostetler, chair of NCGA’s Stewardship Action Team. “The techniques first developed by contest winners grow into far-reaching advances, helping farmers across the country excel in a variety of situations.  Our contest emphasizes innovation both from growers and technology providers, thus enabling us to meet the growing demand for food, feed, fuel and fiber.”The 18 winners in six production categories had verified yields averaging more than 375 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 175.3 bushels per acre in 2016. While there is no overall contest winner, yields from first, second and third place farmers over all production categories topped out at 521.3968.“So many corn farmers initially join the National Corn Growers Association for the chance to participate in the National Corn Yield Contest,” said Paul Taylor, chair of NCGA’s Engaging Members Committee. “Yet, as they become more familiar with the breadth of activities NCGA carries out on the behalf of farmers, these members become increasingly involved and supportive. Just as the contest promotes the on-farm techniques developed by many single growers to benefit all corn farmers, NCGA’s grassroots efforts join the single voices of members together to create positive change and real opportunities for our industry.”For more than half of a century, NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest has provided corn growers the opportunity to compete with their colleagues to grow the most corn per acre, helping feed and fuel the world. This has given participants not only the recognition they deserved, but the opportunity to learn from their peers.Winners receive national recognition in publications such as the NCYC Corn Yield Guide, as well as cash trips or other awards from participating sponsoring seed, chemical and crop protection companies. In New Orleans, during the 2017 Commodity Classic, winners will be honored during the NCGA Awards Banquet and the NCYC State Winners Breakfast.Please visit National Corn Growers Association website for the complete list of National and State winners. National winners will be announced at 9 a.m. CST, and State winners will be announced at 10 a.m. CST.last_img read more

OABA Industry Conference highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio AgriBusiness Association’s 2018 Industry Conference provided extensive education and networking opportunities for agribusiness professionals. The topics covered at the event included economic outlook, crisis communication, hiring challenges, weed and insect management, trade, decision making, nitrogen management, technology, risk management, transportation, cover crops and more.“We’re up this year with attendance, which we are pleased about. We had over 300 people. It boils down to providing good topics, good speakers and creating a good venue for networking,” said Chris Henney, OABA president and CEO. “We are hearing about dicamba and water quality issues like everyone else, but some specific issues in agribusiness are mergers and acquisitions. We are seeing that at the national level but also at every level — state, regional and local. Another real issue is succession planning. There are a lot of baby boomers retiring now or are poised to retire soon. How are we filling those voids?”In addition to the broad array of topics covered, attendees got to hear from Dave Rife, owner of White Castle, who talked about the “Power of Passion” for the family-run fast food hamburger business. Rife talked about treating his 10,000 employees like an extended family in the nationwide restaurant chain and emphasized service to customers and building the brand.The 2018 OABA Awards Initiative recipients were recognized as well including Andrew Gladden, with Luckey Farmers for his Achievement as an Emerging Leader, and Anne Cook, with The Andersons, Inc. for Excellence in Safety & Stewardship. The closing session for the event featured CEOs from across Ohio — George Secor, Sunrise Cooperative; Brad Rivers, Novus Ag; and Phil Farmer, FLM Harvest  — in a discussion of how they hire and train employees. They shared many insights about the value of a good internship program, understanding the generational differences in the work place and working find and hire qualified employees.OABA also announced the newly elected members to the Board of Directors:Representing the Agrichemical industry: Nick Franks, Tyler Grain & Fertilizer Co.Representing the Feed industry: Anne Staugler, Big K Mills, Inc.Representing the Grain industry: Scott Thibaut, Consolidated Grain & Barge Inc.Representing the Members-at-Large: Jean Bratton, Centerra Co-op and Greg Logue, The Andersons, Inc.In addition to new members, the Board of Directors has new leadership for 2018-2019. Jackie Seibert of United Equity, Inc. was elected to serve as Vice Chairwoman. Andy Swerlein of Luckey Farmers Inc. transitions from his role as Chairman to Past Chairman. Nathan Louiso of Axis Seed will serve as Chairman of the Board.“I have been involved with OABA for around 10 years and lot of people don’t know that I didn’t grow up on the farm,” Louiso said. “That puts me in a unique position as we look to our membership in the future and the employees of our memberships. I think we need to start reaching out to non-traditional members that maybe didn’t grow up on a farm but that may have an interest in agriculture. Our industry isn’t a special fraternity that requires you to have grown up on a farm.“I think we need to look at things in a different manner given the demand for our industry. All you need is an interest in agriculture and a strong work ethic. New technology is a perfect example.  Big data and precision ag has taken off so fast. I don’t think a person necessarily has to come from a farm to be in that space.”The OABA Board of Directors consists of 15 individuals who represent various segments of the agribusiness industry in Ohio, including feed, seed, fertilizer, grain and agrichemical sectors. Board members are elected by OABA member companies to three-year terms and can serve two terms.“I would encourage people to be involved,” Louiso said. “Start on a committee and give back.”The complete list of Board members is:Chairman: Nathan Louiso, Axis SeedVice Chairwoman: Jackie Seibert, United Equity, Inc.Past Chairman: Andy Swerlein, Luckey Farmers, Inc.Jean Bratton, Centerra Co-opEd Burtch, Burtch Seed Company, Inc.Scott Crowder, Central Ohio Farmers Co-opNick Franks, Tyler Grain & Fertilizer Co.Grant Gates, Morral Companies, LLCBrad Johnson, Kalmbach Feeds, Inc.Greg Logue, The Andersons, Inc.Robert Mullen, NutrienAnne Staugler, Big K Mills, Inc.Scott Thibaut, Consolidated Grain & Barge, Inc.John Ward II, ABIS/J.H. Ward AgencyChris Williams, Rosen’s Inc. Dave Rife, owner of White Castle, talked about the “Power of Passion” for the family run fats food hamburger business. Nathan Louiso of Axis Seed Chris Henney The 2018 OABA Awards Initiative recipients were recognized, Andrew Gladden, Luckey Farmers for his Achievement as an Emerging Leader and Anne Cook, The Andersons, Inc. for Excellence in Safety & Stewardship.last_img read more

‘Not given food’: Lalu Prasad’s daughter-in-law accuses family of ill treatment

first_imgRJD supremo Lalu Prasad’s estranged daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai on Sunday blamed her eldest sister-in-law Misa Bharti for creating a rift between Ms. Rai and Tej Pratap Yadav and driving a wedge between Tejashwi Yadav and her husband.Also read: Tej Pratap Yadav is a drug addict, dresses up like Radha and Krishna, alleges wife Aishwarya RaiA drama unfolded at the 10, Circular Road residence of former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi, where Ms. Rai spoke to the media for the first time in the presence of her parents who rushed to the spot upon receiving her distress call.“I wanted my relationship (with Tej Pratap) to work. Hence, I had been staying here even after my husband filed a divorce petition. Though it is pending, my in-laws have started treating me as if we are already divorced,” Ms. Rai said.She was seated under a shed along with her parents in front of the outhouses situated inside the premises while speaking to reporters.“For the past three months, I have been subjected to ill-treatment here. I was not given food, so every day my meals used to come from my residence. Since Saturday, however, I was being denied access even to the kitchen. A personal staff of my mother-in-law rudely told me that it has been locked and refused to hand over the keys to me,” Ms. Rai said.The estranged daughter-in-law of Rabri Devi said, when she began shooting the entire episode on her mobile phone, the staff tried to snatch it.“I ran and he chased me until I came outside the inner quarters,” said Ms. Rai, based on whose complaint, an official of the ‘Mahila Helpline’ rushed to the spot.Pramila, the Helpline official, told reporters, “Let me first have a detailed conversation with the complainant. Based on that, we would decide the course of action to be taken into the matter.”When asked who were present inside the house while she was being denied food and attempts were made to snatch her phone, Ms. Rai said, “Rabri Devi, Misa Bharti and Tejashwi Yadav.”Asked about their responses to the incident, Ms. Rai went on to say “my mother-in-law simply abdicated her responsibility while Misa Bharti, who has been staying here despite being married for long, went about creating mischief so that her writ runs large within the family.”On RJD heir apparent Tejashwi Yadav’s role, she said, “He has always been helpful. I do not know what happened since yesterday. Whether he was aware or not of what was going on.”“It is Misa Bharti who is trying to drive a wedge between the two brothers,” she added.Ms. Rai had tied the knot with Mr. Tej Pratap in May last year and had maintained a silence even after her husband went to court seeking divorce six months later.“Unfortunately, my father-in-law is not present here. He is the only one who could have sorted things out. It is Misa Bharti who does not want me to succeed in my efforts to save my marriage,” Ms. Rai said.Lalu Prasad is serving sentences in a number of fodder scam cases in Ranchi for more than a year.Ms. Rai’s father Chandrika Rai a several-term MLA currently belonging to the RJD was seen having heated exchanges with the security personnel, who were refusing him entry into the inner quarters.“They are neither meeting us nor picking up the phone. I would have never agreed (for her daughter’s marriage with Tej Pratap) had I known things would come to this shameful pass,” he said.No member of Prasad’s family or any RJD leader close to Lalu Prasad’s family was ready to speak on the matter even as the BJP attacked the former Chief Minister and his kin for having “humiliated such a respectable family.”last_img read more

Archana Vijaya- The rebel who made her own mark on the cricket field

first_imgAt first glance, Archana Vijaya comes across as an intimidating woman. She is drop-dead gorgeous, confident and wears the look of assurance that comes from years of hard-earned success. But when you see through all of that, you discover a girl, whose passion for life and a glittering career burns bright.A model, a VJ, a wife and now a successful entrepreneur, Archana has donned many hats. But history will remember the sultry beauty for her sterling contributions in the world of cricket presentation. Many years ago, she started a revolution and changed the rules of the game for generations of female sports anchors. Archana Vijaya wanted to prove to the world that she was more than just a glamorous face – she wanted to be known as the quintessential beauty with brains.Cricket followers around the country have fond memories of the girl that traversed a different path on the cricket field. Archana questioned the norms and decided to carve her own nice in a male-dominated industry. Her stint as a presenter for ‘Extraa Innings’, a show that previews and reviews Indian Premier League matches, shot her into instant fame. Yes, she was well known in the cricket circuit, thanks to her association with a sports channel early on in her career but Archana has no qualms admitting that it was the IPL that catapulted her career into greater heights.But it hasn’t been an easy journey. Archana was under no illusions when she was first signed up for the IPL – she knew she was there to up the ante on the glamour quotient but the feisty Calcutta girl was determined to change that perception. “I did not want people to just talk about how I looked or how I dressed. It has taken a lot for people to come out and say that she knows what she’s talking about,” Arachana told in an exclusive interview.advertisementArchana had to sail through choppy waters in the IPL despite her experience with NEO Sports. She hosted the popular ‘Tour Diaries’ and travelled with the Indian team, got to know the players and developed a keen interest for the game. In spite of that background, Archana was asked to lighten up and be less serious. “I was also told not to be so serious. Sometimes they were taken aback with my insight on the game. I learnt about cricket as I went along. My eyes and ears were always open,” she said.Archana had covered international cricket and she knew what she was talking about in front of the cameras. Archana wasn’t going to end up as a sex-symbol despite the several comparisons with Mandira Bedi.”I did international cricket for four years with NEO. We were like a touring family. They were the best times . That was like going on a picnic. We used to eat together and had a lot of fun together at “Tour Diary”. It was like a transition from being a VJ to being a cricket presenter travelling with the Indian cricket team. In fact, I never realised what a crazy fan-following I had until I was in the thick of things,” Archana said.In her own words, she “grew up” with MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh, who were establishing themselves as future superstars. That experience and exposure were not going to be wasted, playing blonde on screen.  “I had a know-how of the game. I had a rapport with everybody. My rapport helped in translating my show on TV. I knew the support staff, I knew Gary Kirsten from his time as India coach. I knew others in the coaching staff. In the IPL, they were all in different places, When you know people for a while, your conversations are automatically easier,” said the 33-year-old. Consequently, in no time, Archana started charting her own course in the IPL. She was not like the other glamorous figures before her. If you wanted Archana on the cricket field, she would talk cricket and she would strike you as a sharp presenter, who knew her trade.But there were pitfalls along the way. Despite her ‘cricketing experience’, live television was a different ball-game altogether but fortunately that was a challenge Archana was prepared for. “Presenting live on TV like I did for the IPL was the first time I was given that much responsibility on my shoulders. It was a different experience. I am so very glad that I was thrown into live presentation before the IPL. It’s nerve-wrecking. Presenting live is a different ball-game all. A lot of people don’t realise that. Once you start to enjoy it, you can’t replace the thrill either.”advertisementArchana also acknowledges the fact that the IPL has made her who she is. She gives credit where it’s due and feels that the glitzy T20 league helped her come to terms with reality – she realised at last that she was a star to be reckoned with!  “Before I did the IPL, I did what I did but not that many people saw what I did unless they were cricket aficionados.”When I did the IPL, what I was doing was suddenly in the limelight. The IPL made me. I was there at the right place at the right time doing the right time. I have a very deep bond with the sport and I will always be grateful for that,” she said with a glow on her face.  Archana forged an impressive partnership with Shibani Dandekar and the two were an instant hit across the country, across age-group and across sexes. Therefore, it was a shock when the duo were replaced by novices Rochelle Rao and Pallavi Sharda.Both Archana and Shibani received an outpouring of support and their Twitter handles were flooded with messages. But the split, it seems, could not be avoided. But why?”We couldn’t reach mutual agreement. They came to me with something and I couldn’t work with it. I have reached the stage in my life where I would not settle for the raw end of the bargain. I have greater things going on. I am not going to be unhappy where I work. I won’t take up something for the heck of it or because I am desperate. Actually, I didn’t feel the need to do it,” said the feisty woman, who got married last year and now runs a successful online shopping portal Label Kiss.But you get the feeling that this is not the end of it. Archana, like a lot of other people, knows that the Rochelle-Pallavi combination is not working wonders. You could see that spark in her eyes. Yes, she is busy with her business (she has created a monster), she is happily married and she is much sought-after by advertisers and is a regular face at special events across India but the legend of Archana is far from over. In fact, it has grown alarmingly over the last few weeks. Her absence from the IPL has been noticed and it has not gone down very well with fans.Archana, successful as she is in her other roles, was meant to kiss the skies as a cricket presenter. She was revolutionary and driven. She remembers how it all began, in Calcutta on a rainy day when she had to present a weather update in a match involving India and Australia at the Eden Gardens. She remembers those  butterflies in her stomach, she remembers Dhoni, standing behind her, making faces at the camera and she remembers Irfan Pathan having a gala laugh at her predicament.advertisementArchana remembers everything and she won’t be forgotten in a hurry. Brace yourselves, she will be back soon!last_img read more