Philippe Senderos explains how Arsene Wenger persuaded him to join Arsenal over Man Utd

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Wenger convinced Senderos of a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)After signing for Arsenal in 2003, Senderos suffered multiple injuries, forcing him to miss the entirety of the Gunners’ historic ‘Invincibles’ season.The defender never made more than 20 league appearances in one season for the Gunners, and after loan moves to AC Milan and Everton, ended up leaving the club permanently in 2010.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsSenderos backs Mikel Arteta to take the current Arsenal team forward, suggesting top centre-backs Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli or Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti would help get the Gunners back to the top.He added: ‘Arteta knows the environment well and can bring Arsenal back to the top. ‘After Wenger’s farewell it was not easy to start again. ‘With Emery things did not go well, but Mikel can be the right man. I want to see again the Gunners above: a great defender is needed. ‘I know they are interested in [Kalidou] Koulibaly and [Samuel] Umtiti: I would take one of the two to return to the top. The favourite? I say KK.’MORE: Arsenal boosted in Luka Jovic race as AC Milan and Napoli interest coolsMORE: Thomas Partey’s agents apologise over Arsenal and Manchester United transfer hintFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 30 Apr 2020 7:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link829Shares Advertisement Philippe Senderos explains how Arsene Wenger persuaded him to join Arsenal over Man Utd Senderos was highly rated at 18 (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos has revealed Arsene Wenger launched a charm offensive to persuade him to reject a move to Manchester United and join the Gunners.As an 18-year-old plying his trade at Swiss side Servette, the centre-back had the world at his feet, attracting interest from top Premier League clubs, as well as Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.Senderos recalls meeting with multiple managers who all tried to convince him to join their respective clubs, but Wenger’s philosophical approach won him over, and when he saw the Frenchman’s team play, he was immediately ‘bewitched’.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveAdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIn an Instagram Q&A with Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, the former Switzerland international said: ‘I was 18 and Real Madrid and Manchester United had also looked for me. ‘I went to Munich twice to speak with Bayern, [Ottmar] Hitzfeld wanted me, but I found a special feeling with Arsene Wenger. ‘He and Gerard Houllier came to Geneva to convince me. Wenger talked to me about football and not about money, he had a plan for me. ‘Then I went to see a game at Highbury, and I was bewitched. That’s why I chose Arsenal.‘At first he [Wenger] was very close to me, giving me a lot of advice. He immediately made me feel like an important player, even though I was 18.’last_img read more

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SA to invest billions in upgrade

first_img29 October 2004South Africa’s government is to invest a massive R121-billion in the country’s energy and transport infrastructure over the next five years, in what it calls a “major phase of construction” of the economy and a decisive moment for private sector investors, who have been told to take the plans “very seriously indeed”.Earlier this year, Parliament was told that South Africa’s rapidly dwindling coal reserves meant that it might need a source of cleaner, better energy by as early as 2008 – and that state electricity utility Eskom could not keep up with growing demand.Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said then that the future of the country’s energy would involve private-sector investment in the construction of power stations and nuclear power facilities.On the transport front, South Africa’s rail infrastructure – much of it already decommissioned – has long been in need of an overhaul to reverse local industry’s dwindling reliance on rolling stock, which has placed a heavy burden on the country’s roads.Throughout Africa, high tariffs and the inefficiencies of monopoly rail utilities are considered the core reasons why rail has lost out to the more competitive road transport sector.Similarly, South Africa’s ports have bottlenecked an increase in trade activity in the region. Due to delays at ports, a number of shipping lines have recently taken South Africa off their routes, reducing the country’s ability to compete internationally.Now the government, in an unexpected move – Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin admits that it has not invested as much as it should have over the last 10 years – it has approved a massive five-year R165-billion package to upgrade Eskom’s infrastructure and that of transport parastatal Transnet.The two utilities are expected to spend some R121-billion over the next five years, with the remaining R44-billion coming from the private sector.Erwin has described the move as a “major phase of construction in this economy” and a decisive moment for private sector investors, whom he has told to take the government’s plans “very seriously indeed”.Eskom, which has been given the green card to invest some R107-billion in new power stations, transmission and distribution, will receive the lion’s share of the investment – a move that will cement its place as the continent’s dominant power supplier.The reinvigoration of the new power utility comes after delays in finding financial backers for South Africa’s nuclear energy options: a demonstration nuclear plant at Koeberg outside Cape Town in the Western Cape, and a fuel plant at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria, Gauteng.A US$1.2-billion cash injection is needed to get the projects – involving the controversial pebble bed modular reactor – up and running.In a fresh show of faith in Eskom, the utility will be expected to meet some 70% of the country’s future power needs, with the remaining 30% to be provided by the private sector. Tenders for three new power stations are expected to be issued in January 2005.Immediate transport needs are estimated at R37-billion, which will include building a multi-purpose pipeline from Durban to Gauteng, also with private sector participation.Phase two will involve what the government is calling “blue sky” projects. These may include a new railway line from Durban to Gauteng, new container terminals and the expansion of the Cape Town and Ngqurha harbours. These could involve an extra R58-billion capital injection over five to 10 years.Alan Finlay is a freelance journalist and researcherlast_img read more

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An Ecological Home Upgrade in Ireland

first_imgReprinted with permission from Construct Ireland magazine.When it came to retrofitting his 1950s red brick house in Clonskeagh, south Dublin, Green Party leader and former energy minister Eamon Ryan walked the talk, giving the dwelling an extensive and ecological energy upgrade. As part of the renovation — designed by Solearth Ecological Architecture — the house was insulated and received a new ecological addition and a variety of new green energy systems, including solar thermal and photovoltaic panels.“I didn’t take as much of a hands-on approach,” says Ryan, who was minister at the time of the renovation. “But I suppose we were looking at making the house as energy-efficient as possible, and I enjoyed that aspect of it.” PROJECT TEAM Clients: Eamon Ryan and Victoria WhiteArchitect: Solearth Ecological Architecture Structural engineer consultant: Casey O’RourkeMechanical and electrical consultant: Glas Energy and EcosaveMain contractor: Errigal New Homes (ceased trading)Triple-glazed windows: Nine Yards Construction Natural insulation: Ecological Building Systems /Acara ConceptsSolar thermal: Kingspan RenewablesPV: Cell Energy Ireland The goal: carbon neutralityThe existing semi-detached brick 1950s house has an understated intact interior to the front rooms and staircase but the intervening years have not been kind to the rear of the house, with poorly built extensions and inappropriate sunrooms. Eamon and Victoria asked us to help create a family house using the best of the existing building, removing the poorer additions and strengthening the relationship to the rear garden. They wanted the house to be flexible – allowing for changing family dynamics over time and including a work place that was sufficiently detached from the house, but with ease of access.Beyond the architecture of this was a brief for a carbon-neutral energy strategy, to close energy and water cycles where achievable and to utilise a pallet of low embodied energy materials. Self-sufficiency was not the aim – rather it was the minimization of reliance on external inputs where feasible in an urban scenario. The house used to be cold during the winterVictoria paints an unappealing picture of the house before the renovation. “It was absolutely freezing. I had to wear a coat all winter.”It’s far more comfortable following the renovation. “There’s so little need for a heating system,” she says. The house’s main heat source is a gasifying log boiler. But Victoria says the smaller wood stove in the kitchen is enough to provide much of the house’s heat. PROJECT OVERVIEW Location: Clonskeagh, Dublin, IrelandProject type: House extension & refurbishmentSize: 189 m2 [2,034 sq. ft.]Cost: € 300,000 [$390,000]Completion: 2010Energy performance: BER: B1 – 99.66 kWh/m2/a, for the house as a whole including the refurbishment and new build. Monitoring of the heating requirements over winter showed that the gasifying log boiler required firing up once a day for circa three hours to meet the space heating and hot water requirement.Domestic hot water: 4 m2 of Kingspan Solar Thermomax HP 200 vacuum-tube solar thermal system provides an estimated 60% of domestic hot water.Space heating: HDG Bavaria gasifying wood log boiler provides space heating with a gross efficiency of 85.5%+.PV system: 1.472-kW PV system includes 7 roof-mounted solar panels (8.7 m2)Insulation levels: The existing cavity brick-block walls have been retrofitted with Energy Saver blown cavity rockwool insulation. The filling of the 100 mm wide cavity improves the U-factor to 0.34 W/m2K (R-16.7). The single leaf existing walls to the former garage have been dry lined with 100 mm of Thermo-hemp insulation. This improves the U-factor of these walls to 0.37 W/m2K (R-15.3).The roof has been retrofitted with insulation improving the U-factor to 0.20 W/m2K (R-28.4).The new extension is built from 425 mm honeycomb terracotta blocks with a U-factor of 0.22 W/m2K (R-25.8).The new-build roofs – with 250 mm of natural insulation – have a U-value of 0.15 W/m2K (R-37.8).Windows in the extension are triple-glazed, with an overall U-factor of 0.8 W/m2K (North American U-factor = 0.14 Btu/ft2·hr·°F).In the original house, windows were replaced with Marvin Architectural double-glazed casement windows, with dual-pane soft coat low-e glass, achieving a center-pane U-value of 1.1 W/m2K (North American U-factor = 0.19 Btu/ft2·hr·°F).Reuse of materials: Doors, ironmongery and joinery items from the old house were reused as much as possible in the new build in order to reduce waste and to keep characteristic features. All site works used local or reused stone and gravel, softwood timber was Irish sourced, and all joinery was made locally. Segregation of construction waste and its reuse was written into the contract. Prefabrication of the timber build elements of the project entailed minimal waste at the factory where sawdust and chips were used as a local fuel source.Rainwater harvesting: A Tricel rainwater harvesting system was installed collecting water from all roof areas. All toilets, the washing machine and the outdoor taps are fed with filtered rainwater.Sedum roof: A PHI sedum green roof was installed on the extension and studio. The roof stores rainwater, helping to reduce drainage requirements. Water conservation: Low-flow sanitary ware has been installed throughout, including Geberit low flush toilets. Untouched since the 1950sHis wife, the writer and journalist Victoria White, was intimately involved with the project. She knew she wanted a period home when the couple were house-hunting. “I love mid-twentieth-century style,” she says, adding that though the house was built in the 1950s, its design is more reflective of the 1930s.Because they weren’t going to buy a modern energy-efficient house, the couple wanted a period dwelling that had little renovation done, so they could start refurbishing from scratch. “The house was just perfect for me,” Victoria says. “It was pretty much untouched apart from a couple of very flimsy 1970s extensions.” The ceiling of the addition is insulated with hempThe internal design of this mediates between the different levels of the site using this step between house and garden to create a fireplace, seating and a log store. The new family room was designed to take advantage of the view to the garden and spatially to open out to it. This created the issue of large areas of glazing to the north and west elevations which we could only justify through the use of triple glazing.The additions’s walls are 425 mm thick honeycomb terracotta blocks beneath a timber roof insulated with 250 mm of thermo-hemp insulation, giving the extension a feeling of solidity that contrasts with the glazed openings.Victoria chose the lower section of the garden as the site for the workspace – it’s sufficiently detached and invisible from the house but is nevertheless a flight of steps away. Access to this lower section of garden was fairly restricted for construction purposes and it was decided to form the studio largely from timber frame, again with a sedum roof, as this fifth elevation was clearly visible from the upper garden. The ability to work from home was complemented by bike stands erected on the front drive to formalize and secure the main mode of transport in this house. Double-glazed replacement windowsVictoria says the estate the house is in has an “arts and crafts” design style, and maintaining the look of the house was essential for her — this ruled out external insulation, and meant the front of the house got period-look double-glazed windows – Ponderosa pine casement windows from Marvin Architectural – rather than triple-glazing. “It was going to be impossible to get a period look with a triple-glazed window,” she says. “The windows are the eyes of the house. They’re more important than anything in terms of the look of it.”But the poroton (fired clay) block addition at the back got triple glazing, and Eamon’s impressed with its performance. “It’s quite energy efficient even though it’s north-facing,” he says of the extension. “You don’t need to heat it unless it’s really cold. So it’s been a real pleasure to see something just work.” Aiming for lower electricity billsEamon recognizes that such an extensive upgrade can mean an expensive initial outlay, but he says that when you plan to live in a house for the next 20 years, the economics makes sense in the long run.“We’ve got a smart meter and one of the things I’ve noticed is how that changes your behaviour,” he adds. “You start to be conscious of how you’re using energy.”“You also become aware that there’s the underlying use of electricity in the house. You start thinking: ‘How can I really switch everything off?’” Solar hot waterBut despite their energy inefficiency, Victoria was insistent on keeping the house’s open fireplaces. “They’re an intrinsic period feature and I wouldn’t get rid of them on aesthetic grounds.”She was also excited about having an outdoor studio — well away from the main house — where she could work. The green-roofed outbuilding is at the very bottom of the garden, close to the River Dodder.She’s particularly impressed by the performance of the solar thermal collectors. “The solar panels are just absolutely amazing. You just think everybody should have solar panels. You have piping hot water the whole time.” A keen gardener, she’s also happy to have an abundant supply of harvested rainwater. “The stove heats the house, it’s absolutely incredible. The insulation is incredible in the house, it’s just so warm.” Mike Haslam is an architect with Solearth Ecological Architecture in Dublin, Ireland. He was educated in architecture at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Bath and has a diploma in Building Ecology from the Bau-biologie Institute in Neubeurn, Germany. Energy efficiency improvements are contagiousHe’s delighted to see projects like his becoming more and more common. “I saw a house the other day getting external insulation on it,” he says. “That’s becoming commonplace in a way it wasn’t five years ago.”He believes word of mouth between neighbors is at least partially fueling the growth in energy upgrades. “I think it’s close to reaching a critical mass where it continues to evolve and take off,” he says. “People see the experience other people have in terms of warmer, more comfortable, more attractive houses.”On our first site visit to the Ryan-White house we were greeted by an array of bicycles spread across the drive, a garage that was by no means the shelter of a car and, in the rear garden, we came across the hencoop and its four fox-defying inhabitants. The garden, which steps down towards the river Dodder in two terraces, has a semi-secluded orchard in the lower area. This was urban living, but clearly touching the greener good life. A PV array for on-site powerWe took further advantage of the southerly aspect of the roof to place a 8.7 m2 photovoltaic array that provides a substantial part of the household’s electricity demands – particularly as this household is not burdened with electricity swallowing appliances and utilizes a triple A-rated fridge. Excess is exported to the grid and under-production supplemented back from the grid.In further terms of harvesting the site’s flows – and with an eye on water metering – rainwater is collected from all north-facing roofs and stored in an above-ground insulated Tricel GRP cistern from Killarney Plastics. A Tricel Eco flow header tank gravity feeds the garden taps, toilet cisterns and supplies the re-conditioned washing machine. This reduces electrical consumption and also gives the extra comfort of having sufficient water storage during a power outage. Low flush toilets are utilised and low flow sanitary ware installed throughout.This well-built 1950s Cosgrove house has now successfully entered its second phase of existence, catering significantly better for its energy requirements and with the new design enhancing the usefulness of the building as a home and workplace. An innovative energy strategyAside from the live-work scenario and bike parking facilities, it is the energy strategy that is most innovative in this project. Initial discussions with Eamon helped establish the parameters, which we fine-tuned with the help of Colm Byrne of Glas Energy and Michael Meehan of Ecosave.Energy demand reduction was achieved firstly in the existing house through blown mineral-fiber cavity insulation, insulating in the pitch of the roof for the new attic space and upgrading through replacement of all the existing windows and draft sealing.The addition, as noted, utilizes insulating terracotta block work and triple glazing as well as high levels of insulation in the roof. A gasifying log boiler provides space heating and hot water back-up, whilst 60% of hot water demand is met from a solar thermal roof top installation. The fuel for the boiler is sourced from forest thinnings in County Wicklow, while the storage of these logs is integrated into the architecture of the house. An additional smaller wood log stove for localised heating of the family room is provided when heating of the entire house is not required. The house was enlargedWe enlarged the three-bedroom house in a number of ways. We converted the existing garage into a playroom/student flat with access to the front – what is now a new playroom is designed to adapt to be either a self-contained granny flat or a teenager studio. We created an extra bedroom over the old garage and converted the attic space into a bedroom, with acoustic insulation in the attic floor provided by a sand-filled cardboard insulation product.The new attic stair respectfully follows the existing house in terms of space and detail, and doors were reused from demolished extensions to achieve a sense of continuity in the body of the existing house. Low-VOC Farrow and Ball paints helped to maintain something of the colour quality and warmth of the existing interior.Architecturally, whilst the street façade is extended to match the existing brick and balance the neighbor’s addition, the rear of the house differentiates old and new with rendered masonry, a sedum roof and large triple-glazed openings relating to both the garden and the wider view. The reconfiguration of the house at the rear was to provide a kitchen/family room and utility space.last_img read more

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Pakistani cricketers must learn from Sachin: Miandad

first_imgFormer captain and director general of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Javed Miandad has urged Pakistani cricketers to learn from the achievements of Indian batting maestro, Sachin Tendulkar.Rather than letting their on-field performance speak for them, Miandad feels that the players are happy to brag about their performance in media.Former Pak captain and director general of PCB Javed Miandad. AP”We keep on reading and hearing about some of the players making claims about how they will deliver, but on field that is not happening and it is a big let down for the nation.””I would advise them to just focus on their game and go for improvement and take every match seriously. The players need to realise cricket is played on the field.”They should learn from Sachin who has had a wonderful career and scored century after century but one never hear him making tall claims about his performances or achievements.He is a proper professional and someone our players can learn from,” the veteran of 124 Tests insisted.Miandad also called on captain, Shahid Afridi to take more responsibility as a player and lift the team by example and said that the all-rounder has got enough amount of talent and he should channelise it properly.”He shouldn’t be playing the way he is. Imran Khan is a great example of how a captain should perform. Imran lifted the team in the 1992 World Cup. Afridi needs to start doing that himself. He did it during the World T20 Championship so he is perfectly capable of delivering,” Miandad said.advertisementHe emphasised, “He (Afridi) has immense talent which he does not utilise properly at times.”Urging the players to take the current one-day series against New Zealand seriously Miandad said,”Unfortunately what I noticed was that the players didn’t appear serious about their business in the first match in Wellington they took things lightly. In international cricket this is not acceptable.”Pakistan who are currently engaged in an ODI series against Kiwis failed to replicate their performance in Tests against the hosts and lost the series opener by nine wickets after being bowled out for just 124 runs in 37.4 overs.Adding greater significance to ongoing series in view of the upcoming World Cup, Miandiad reiterated that losing it could have a big impact on their performances in the mega event. .”It is important for the players to realise that once they get into a losing streak it will be difficult for them to come out of it in a high pressure event like the World Cup,” the former batsman cautioned.”The players must realise they are fortunate to get such a series just before the World Cup,” Miandad said while expressing his surprise at the relaxed attitude of the players in the first match.”They need to realise the significance of the World Cup when every Pakistani is praying for their success. The tournament comes once in four years and everyone expects the team to fire in the World Cup.””No excuses can be accepted and the players must also realise that if they perform well in the World Cup how much of a boost it would be for Pakistan cricket which is facing so many problems,” he added.”The players just need to get more serious about their performances. I believe they have the capability of winning the series in New Zealand and also doing well in the World Cup but for that they need to focus on their short comings and strengths and use them properly,” Miandad said while pinning hope on the present ODI outfit.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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10 months agoAtletico Madrid settle Lucas Hernandez fee with Bayern Munich

first_imgAtletico Madrid settle Lucas Hernandez fee with Bayern Munichby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid are prepared to make Lucas Hernandez available for an affordable price – at the end of the season.BILD says Atletico have negotiated with Bayern Munich in order to avoid any possibility of Lucas’ exit in the January transfer window.Atlético, who are keen to hold onto Lucas for the rest of the season, have proposed to sell him to Bayern for less than the value of his €80m buyout clause, if the German club wait until the summer to sign him.A World Cup winner with France, the defender has been a key figure for Diego Simeone in a defensive line-up weakened by injury, mainly due to his versatility to play at both centre back, his natural position, and at left back, a position he has grown into in recent seasons due to the successive absences of Luis Felipe through injury. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer blocks loan moves for youngsters

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Man Utd manager Solskjaer blocks loan moves for youngstersby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has blocked loan moves for the club’s younger players. Angel Gomes was among the United U23 players who were looking for first-team football with a loan move this month.But the MEN says Solskjaer has blocked those plans.Gomes made a cameo appearances in the Boxing Day win over Huddersfield.Tahith Chong, James Garner and Mason Greenwood are also on the fringe of the first team and could appear throughout the season. last_img read more

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Province announces funding to redevelop Dawson Creek Hospital

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix was in Dawson Creek Wednesday to announce funding to redevelop the Dawson Creek Hospital.The redeveloped hospital will include a new inpatient building, a bigger emergency department, modern operating rooms and more beds.  Northern Health and the Province are now working on the business plan and finalizing the details of the redevelopment, which should take anywhere from 12 to 18 months. Once that has been completed, the project will go to construction in early 2021.With support from the local community, Northern Health has identified the hospital for renewal, as a priority, since 2008. The Dawson Creek and District Hospital Master Program and Master Plan was completed in December 2013. Northern Health submitted a concept plan for a redeveloped hospital in September 2015, but it did not receive consideration for advancement in the capital planning process. Upon request of the government, Northern Health provided an updated plan in March 2018. “I am proud to announce that the government has approved the concept plan to redevelop and expand the Dawson Creek and District Hospital. That means the project is a go and we are moving full steam ahead,” Dix said.“This day has been a long, long, long time coming. Our government approved this project so patients can receive public health-care services in updated, state-of-the-art surroundings. The South Peace region, its patients and health-care workers deserves nothing less.”“We’re so pleased to receive this announcement from the Province of B.C. that commits to improvements to our facility, services and care of patients at Dawson Creek and District Hospital,” said Colleen Nyce, Northern Health board chair. “This project will support our pledge to take a person- and family-centred approach to everything we do in a modern and up-to-date setting.”“The Peace River Regional Hospital District joins in celebrating that the much-needed improvements to Dawson Creek and District Hospital are moving forward,” said Brad Sperling, Peace River Regional Hospital District chair. “A redeveloped and expanded hospital in Dawson Creek will ensure that health-care services meet the needs of our residents well into the future. I would like thank the City of Dawson Creek and the PRRD board of directors for working together with the Province to see this much-needed project come to reality.”last_img read more

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Gurugram candidate AAP to pick among three

first_imgGurugram: The decision on the candidates of AAP is expected to be taken on April 16, the date in which its alliance partner Jan Nayak Janata Party will announce its candidates. With strong voters base, it is believed that Gurugram will be certainly one out of three crucial seats where the AAP will field its candidates.According to insiders, the party’s Nuh district president Anees Khan was the front-runner for the Gurugram seat until the alliance came through. Changing political dynamics after the formation of the alliance, however, have compelled the party to reconsider its options. Three new names, who have contested elections from the Gurgaon seat in the past as members of other political parties, are among the front-runners for the seat this time, party members familiar with the matter said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAll three potential candidates are from different regions of the state. One is from Rewari, while the other two are from Mewat and Gurugram respectively. “All three names being discussed are strong leaders. They have been associated with electoral politics, and have contested elections from Gurugram in the past,” said a party leader, who did not wish to be named. One of the three potential candidates is a Muslim face who enjoys positive traction among voters in Mewat, a party member said. A conference call with the three candidates was arranged on Saturday to discuss details. The final list of candidates is expected to be released by April 16. “We have formed a joint action committee to finalise who will contest from which constituency. Talks are underway and the final word will be out in two or three days,” Sudhir Yadav, the party’s Haryana spokesperson, said.last_img read more

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Ohio State stays alive at Big Ten tournament with Dawsons 10th inning

OSU junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson walks away from the plate during a game against Rutgers on April 15 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoIn its second game on Saturday and fourth game in four days, No. 4 seed Ohio State Buckeyes avoided elimination once again by defeating the No. 7 seed Michigan State Spartans on a game-winning homerun in the 10th inning off the bat of junior outfielder Ronnie Dawson. The Buckeyes’ victory in the Big Ten semifinal forces a second game with MSU on Sunday morning to determine who will play the eighth-seeded Hawkeyes in the one-game Big Ten final.Since OSU’s first game of the Big Ten tournament on Wednesday against Michigan, coach Greg Beals drew the path for his Buckeyes to reach the Big Ten final. A ninth-inning collapse against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Thursday created a detour littered with adversity to reach the championship game, but OSU had stepped up time and time again.Dawson’s home run was his 10th hit of the tournament, leading all Buckeye hitters. He powered OSU to a victory over Big Ten regular season champ Minnesota on an identical home run in the same inning just a week ago. Dawson has become OSU’s leader on the field through its Big Ten tournament run and seems to come through at the most important times.MSU was playing its third game of the tournament, so its pitching staff was rested and ready to go. Out of necessity, Beals had to pencil in senior pitcher Daulton Mosbarger for his first start in his career with the Buckeyes. It was a classic cat-and-mouse game. When OSU scored, the Spartans retaliated. MSU took the lead in the third, OSU came right back to knot things at 2-2 in the top of the fourth. Each team traded blows throughout seven innings. After Mosbarger left in the fifth inning allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out five, redshirt sophomore Kyle Michalik took the reigns and ended all chances of MSU scoring the go-ahead run.Spartans redshirt sophomore reliever Jake Lowry was equally as impressive out of the bullpen. In the eighth, OSU junior outfielder Ronnie Dawson smacked a leadoff double down the right field line for his ninth hit of the tournament. Lowry came back with two straight strikeouts to end the Buckeye threat.Coming in for Michalik was sophomore pitcher Seth Kinker, who was on the hill when Iowa started its miraculous comeback and devastated the Buckeyes. Beals still had confidence in his pitcher to give his team a chance to survive and advance. Kinker delivered a scoreless eighth inning with a pair of strikeouts, and with the go-ahead run on second base in the ninth inning, Kinker fielded a ground ball back to the mound and alertly caught the MSU runner between base paths which ended up in a double play to clear the bases. Kinker struck out the next batter, which set the stage for Dawson to become the hero.Redshirt sophomore Yianni Pavlopoulos was credited with the save in the 10th, and the Buckeyes advance to the final day of the tournament.The victory improves the Buckeyes record to 41-18-1, likely putting them firmly in the NCAA tournament picture.Austin Woodby will start for OSU against the Spartans on Sunday at 10 a.m. for the right to go to the Big Ten tournament final. read more

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Football Wall Street Journal lists Ohio State as the most valuable college

Urban Meyer prepares to run out on to the field with the team prior to the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State’s football team might only be No. 10 in the latest Associated Press Poll Rankings, but it ranks as the most valuable program in college football, being evaluated at more than $1 billion, according to a study done by Ryan Brewer, an associate professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, and published in the Wall Street Journal.Brewer’s exact value estimate of the program is $1,510,482,000, one of only three teams that is worth more than $1 billion, with Texas being evaluated at $1.24 billion and Oklahoma at $1 billion. Michigan was the only other Big Ten team in Brewer’s top 10, ranking at No. 6 with a value of $893 million.Brewer told the Wall Street Journal that he could envision the Longhorns surpassing the Buckeyes and that the adjusted revenue Texas brings in annually is higher than Ohio State’s, but that the on-field success of the Buckeyes and lack thereof from the Longhorns pushes Ohio State out in front.The study was conducted in a way to try and measure how much a team would be worth if it were sold on the open market like a professional sports team. With that said, Ohio State would rank last among all NFL teams in terms of total value, as the 32nd team in the NFL is the Buffalo Bills worth $1.6 billion, according to Forbes. The Dallas Cowboys are No. 1 with a current value of $4.8 billion.Ohio State was ranked No. 1 last year in the same study, also conducted by Brewer. At the team, it was valued at $946.6 million, indicating a 59.6 percent increase from last season.Ohio State reserve quarterback Joe Burrow weighed in on the news.Our team is worth 1.5 BILLION dollars but it wouldn’t be fair to other students if we get a free hamburger https://t.co/SKHPmhzeRq— Joey Burrow (@Joe_Burrow10) September 22, 2017 read more

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