We’re converting Agri Country to digital

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I take great pride in being a farm broadcaster, an opportunity in no small part thanks to the rich history of agricultural communication in Ohio. A huge figure in this industry was the remarkable Ed Johnson, the founder to our company today. It’s hard to go around and not hear people reminiscing of his name or seeing the great pride someone has as they say, “You know I was interviewed by Ed back in the day.”We’re now getting a glimpse of just how many interviews there were as our crew at Ohio Ag Net & Ohio’s Country Journal has undertaken a new endeavor — converting all the Agri Country episodes from their current tape form over to digital to preserve them for current and future generations.Agri Country was a weekly television show that appeared across Ohio (and parts of surrounding states) featuring agriculture and the unique people that made it happen. Ed Johnson hosted each episode, with various contributors coming and going through the years. It began in 1982 and ran until shortly after Johnson’s passing in 2001.While we’re busy at work saving the history of Ohio agriculture for generations to come, here’s an episode of Agri Country from this exact time of year about 34 years ago. The episode appeared on November 12, 1983 and showcases the All-American Quarter Horse Congress. Take note the talk of it moving somewhere else in the coming years. Also appearing in the episode is a unique glimpse into the loading and shipping of grains on the Ohio river.I’m a pretty young pup. The final years of Agri Country coincided with my first years of elementary school. Nevertheless, I know the importance of the past and there’s quite a bit of history jam-packed into those aging tapes.Yes, it’s exciting to look back on Ohio agriculture through the lens of Agri Country. The show featured the great strides farming has made in during that time with regard to technology. Not to mention many of today’s industry leaders can be found as young people in early episodes, with their progress thoroughly documented through the years. An example can be found when Ed interviewed the newly-placed executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau, Jack Fisher. Fast-forward to today and Fisher has recently retired after serving in that position ever since. The legends of Ohio ag in that timeframe — the likes of Governor James Rhoades, Bob Evans, Merlin Woodruff and many more — make an appearance from time to time.The show is not only educational from an agricultural perspective, but also interesting from a purely sociological standpoint. It’s quite obvious that gender norms have changed. For example, the Farm Wife of the Week highlight was pretty standard. Many interviews dealing with farm events focus a majority of the questions on the upcoming things to learn, though they always seemed to be finished with, “What do we have to offer for the ladies in attendance?” Times have changed.With that said, some things don’t change — like the aggravating nature of tape players. That’s one of the many factors ensuring this digital conversion venture does not happen overnight. The sheer number of episodes involved poses an issue. Agri Country ran every week for nearly 20 years, that means well over 1,000 episodes have to be converted, edited, catalogued, and archived. Also challenging is that a majority of the episodes were not stored on traditional media (like VHS tapes), but rather a type of 3/4-inch tape popular with professional video at that time. Not only are players for these tapes hard to find, but they’re tired old machines with a tendency for error. You could even say we run a sort of retirement home for the tape player. A number of massage techniques are employed to keep the ol’ gals happy.To add even one more issue to the archival process is the fact that these “U-Matic” tapes suffer from something called sticky shed syndrome. I didn’t even know tapes could have syndromes! Sticky shed has to do with the deterioration of the tape while in storage, causing issues when trying to play back several years later. Dealing with this has forced us to resort an interesting, widely used solution in the archival world. We bake every tape before converting it. Yes, bake. We literally have a modified toaster oven and dehydrator that we pop the tapes into. We have to be careful some days not to get our lunch confused with episodes of Agri Country.The conversion process is ongoing and will be for some time, though we’re a couple hundred episodes in and the results are astounding. For the time being, we are not releasing episodes of Agri Country to the public, other than from time to time on our website.Would you like to see more Agri Country episodes down the road? What favorite memories do you have from Agri Country? What do you think about converting these episodes to digital? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

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Passive House Days Are Coming Up

first_imgSpecial events in three regionsNAPHN’s regional affiliates have planned special events in California, Maine, and Ottawa.In California, a “PedalHaus Tour” is planned for Saturday, November 14. This is a bicycle tour of five buildings in Palo Alto, coinciding with the Building Carbon Zero California conference the day before. Registration is required. Conference attendees can pedal for free; it’s $20 for the general public. The tour will include the first Passivhaus office building in the state, a renovation and a few Passivhaus homes.PassivhausMAINE hosts its annual fall forum on November 12 and 13 in Portland to coincide with Passive House Days. This year’s topic is “Economic Implications of Sustainable Building Practices in Maine.” A free evening seminar focused on making Passivhaus techniques affordable will be followed the next morning by a discussion called “The Power of Commercial Passive House.” (You’ll need a ticket to get into that one.) Details are posted at the organization’s website.This home in Portland, Oregon, will be open from 10 until 5 on Nov. 14 for guided tours.New York Passive House says that 25 different Passivhaus buildings will be opened across New York State, with other projects available for tours in both New Jersey and Connecticut. The largest cluster of Passivhaus structures in the state, seven buildings, is located in Brooklyn. The group said it would post information about participating properties shortly at the NYPH website.On the West Coast, Passive House Northwest says that it will post the list of projects and open house times on its website. Two houses in Portland, Oregon, are planning open houses. The properties are included in the Passivhaus Institut directory, noted with a red tab. Passivhaus-certified buildings are a rarity in North America. Many designers and builders, as well as prospective homeowners, have never had a chance to see one.That’s a problem the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) would like to fix with its participation in the upcoming International Passive House Days, November 13 through 15, 2015. Dozens of Passivhaus buildings in the U.S. and Canada will be open for tours, giving people a chance to see what these extremely energy-efficient designs look and feel like.And if you happen to be in Europe on those dates, the opportunities for taking a tour of a Passivhaus building will be far richer.A partial listing of participating properties can be found in a database maintained by the Passivhaus Institut. This is an international list that includes a dozen U.S. houses in California, New York, Minnesota, and Oregon. Each entry includes information about the house, when tours will take place, and who to contact for more information. Events in CanadaCanPHI-West is coordinating open houses in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan. Details are posted at the organization’s website.Two properties will be open in New Brunswick, Canada, including the Naugler House in Douglas, the first Passivhaus project in the province and the first in Canada to be heated through its HRV system. In Penniac, a project called the Romanian Castle will be open for guided tours from 11:00 until 3:00. The house, awaiting final certification, shares the Canadian record for low air infiltration (0.18 air changes per hour at 50 pascals) with the Naugler House.In Ottawa, Ottawa Salus said it is organizing construction site tours of Salus Clementine, a 42-unit affordable housing project that would be the first light steel Passivhaus construction in North America, according to organizers. Events are planned on Friday, November 13, and Saturday. They include technical presentations about the building’s envelope and lectures on ventilation, heating and air conditioning. Details and registration information can be found here.There are five properties on the list in Montreal, including two that are under construction and a multifamily row house built in 1885. Specifics about the project tours were to be posted at the website of MaisonPassiveQuebec.last_img read more

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Beal, defense lead Wizards to win over Hawks

first_imgRead Next The Wizards have held visiting opponents under 100 points in consecutive home games after failing to keep any team under 110 in their first five at Capital One Arena.Taurean Prince scored 19 points and Marco Belinelli had 15 for Atlanta, which failed to keep it close despite turning Washington’s season-high 23 turnovers into 37 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWashington coach Scott Brooks rested his starters the entire fourth quarter against a rebuilding Hawks team that bears little resemblance to the one that lost a first-round playoff series to the Wizards last season.It was an 11-point game before Washington began the fourth on an 18-2 run to end the Hawks’ hopes. Oubre scored six points in that stretch, including two field goals during a single possession that was extended by Atlanta’s two fouls and three offensive rebounds. TIP-INS:Hawks: Have allowed at least 110 points in seven consecutive games. … Attempted 19 3-pointers in the first half, making eight. … F Mike Muscala (ankle) missed his fourth straight game.Wizards: Began the game 0 for 9 from beyond the arc before Morris’ 3-pointer cut it to 37-36 with 4:08 left in the first half. Beal followed with another 3 to give the Wizards the lead for good. … G John Wall picked up his fourth foul with 4:34 left in the third quarter, but with the game out of reach did not have to return.A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVEBrooks raved about the atmosphere at the arena the Wizards share with the Capitals after attending Washington’s 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night. He admitted he didn’t understand all the nuances of hockey.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “To me, it was a lot of turnovers,” he quipped. Isolated in Gulf, Qatar campaigns to protect 2022 World Cup View comments MOST READ US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH PLAY LIST 01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH00:50Trending Articles01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2), center, goes to the basket against Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) and guard Dennis Schroder (17). APWASHINGTON — Bradley Beal scored 19 points, and the Washington Wizards forced the Atlanta Hawks into a season-worst 24 turnovers in a 113-94 victory on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Markieff Morris scored 18 points in his best game offensive game since returning from sports hernia surgery earlier this month, and Kelly Oubre added 18 off the bench in Washington’s second straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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a month agoMan Utd defender Maguire responds to Solskjaer captaincy claims

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd defender Maguire responds to Solskjaer captaincy claimsby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Harry Maguire admits he still needs to work on his leadership skills.Unted manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer repealed last week that he envisages Maguire becoming the club captain.”It’s something I still want to improve on, my leadership qualities on the pitch and especially my talking,” he said. “I want to demand more from the players, demand standards, but I’m obviously not concentrating on that at the moment. “I am fully focused on improving the team and getting this club back to where it should be.” last_img read more

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12 days agoArsenal eyeing Scunthorpe’s son of a gun Joey Dawson

first_imgArsenal eyeing Scunthorpe’s son of a gun Joey Dawsonby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveScunthorpe United’s teenage midfielder Joey Dawson is attracting Premier League interest.The Sun says the talented 16-year-old became the youngest first-team player in Scunthorpe’s history in August.He is the son of former Iron left-back Andy and a nephew of ex-Tottenham defender Michael Dawson.Dawson has made just one appearance this season, coming off the bench in the 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat at the hands of Derby.And Arsenal are keen to snap up Dawson in a surprise deal. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Undercover agents target cybersecurity watchdog

first_imgNEW YORK — The Associated Press has found that researchers who reported the role of Israeli spyware in the targeting of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s inner circle are in turn being targeted by international undercover operatives.Twice in the past two months men masquerading as socially conscious investors have lured members of the Citizen Lab internet watchdog group to meetings at luxury hotels to quiz them for hours about their work exposing Israeli surveillance.Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert on Friday described the stunts as “a new low.”Who these operatives are working for remains a riddle, but their tactics recall those of private investigators who assume elaborate false identities to gather intelligence or compromising material on critics of powerful figures in government or business.Raphael Satter, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Dr James Borchers named Director of Medical Services

Dr. James Borchers is the head team physician for OSU athletics and Director of Medical Services for The Ohio State Univeristy Wexner Medical Center. Credit: Courtesy of OSU Department of AthleticsLast week, Dr. James Borchers was named head team physician for the Ohio State Department of Athletics. In the new position, Borchers will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of other team physicians and ensuring that every varsity student-athlete receives the best possible care.Borchers said he is excited to take on the challenges of the new position. He started in his new role on Sept. 22.“It’s very humbling,” Borchers said. “It’s a position that I think I’ve prepared for and am really looking forward to doing. It means a lot for me in my career development, and it means a lot for me doing it here at Ohio State.”Dr. Christopher Kaeding, executive director of sports medicine at OSU, decided that with the recent expansions of the sports medicine program, it would benefit from someone heading the team physicians.“With the expansion of our program and the increase in demands, regulation and bureaucracy and the caring for a Division I collegiate athletic program, we need to expand our personnel and resources to meet those needs,” Kaeding said.And for Kaeding, Borchers was a shoe-in for the job. “I think he has a passion for the job,” Kaeding said. “He has 12 years of experience, and he understands and is very good at implementing the team concept of caring for the student athletes.”Borchers has been working at Ohio State for 12 years, but his time as a Buckeye started long before his time in the sports medicine program. After leaving his hometown of Bellbrook, Ohio, Borchers played center and long snapper for the OSU football team from 1989 to 1993. But, as a player, Borchers was still a bit unsure about what the future had in store for him.“At that time when I played, I had an interest in medicine, but I also had some other interests and I didn’t really, at that point, have it figured out that that’s what I wanted to do,” Borchers said. “But certainly we had great team physicians back then, and I really appreciated the care I got. And I think as I went on and went to medical school and got involved in medicine, I really appreciated it more.”After graduating from OSU, Borchers went on to the Northeastern Ohio College of Medicine, where he received his M.D. He completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Toledo Athletic Department from 2000 to 2004. Since then, Borchers has been providing care to varsity athletes at his alma mater in the role of team physician.While working as a physician, Borchers completed his master’s of public health at Ohio State in 2008, a degree that has done a lot to benefit him in his line of work.“It’s been helpful as a sports medicine physician because although we are concerned about individual athletes, often times we are making decisions, too, that affect teams and groups of people and looking for ways to help treat certain injury types or prevent certain injury types so it really has been helpful for me with my career,” Borchers said.Over the last two years, Borchers has had a more advanced role in the sports medicine field, serving the program at OSU as lead physician, associate professor, and division director of sports medicine.To Kaeding, Borchers’ promotion serves more as a new title than new tasks to complete.“It’s actually a very small jump from being the director of clinical operations to being the head team physician,” Kaeding said. “He’s essentially been doing the majority of the job as head team physician already; we’re just recognizing him with the formal title.”But the new title does come with some additional responsibilities. In addition to overseeing other team physicians, Borchers will serve as the executor of the policies decided on by the Ohio State Sports Medicine Administrative Group. According to Kaeding, the group has to “formulate the policies and procedures for the care of the athletes.”The group is an “intersection where the medical center and athletic department meet” and it consists of Janine Oman, senior associate athletics director for student services and sport administration, and Doug Calland, associate athletic director for sport performance, along with Kaeding and Borchers. Looking ahead, Borchers has a few goals in mind.“Primarily, first and foremost, (our goal) is to make certain that we’re leaders in advancing health and safety for our student athletes,” Borchers said. “We want to make certain that we are staying on the forefront of everything we can do to promote health and safety for our student athletes and be advocates for them.”Borchers said being at the top of sports health care and providing a friendly and helpful atmosphere is key to the success.“Secondarily, we want to make certain that we’re providing an environment where we are doing all that we can to help these student athletes be accessible to the things they love to do,” Borchers continued. “And so we have to help work within our multidisciplinary team to make that happen and if I can provide some leadership in that area, I will be happy to accomplish it.” read more

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Football Ohio State vs Wisconsin – By the Numbers

Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) and junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) celebrate a large run in the first quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: James King II | Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — Ohio State claimed its first Big Ten title since 2014 with a 27-21 victory against Wisconsin. The Buckeyes outgained the Badgers 449-298, and did not trail for any point during the matchup. There were plenty of statistics that tell the story of how this game finished. 18 – Wisconsin points off turnovers. The Badgers did not look great on offense. As previously stated, they had just 298 total yards, and their quarterback, Alex Hornibrook, threw two interceptions without a touchdown pass. But sometimes the best offense is a good defense. And Wisconsin’s defense essentially drove its offense Saturday. It tied the game in the first quarter on a pick-6 of Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, forced and recovered a fumble on Ohio State’s 8-yard line that led to a field goal and turned an interception in the third quarter at its own 48-yard line into eight points on a touchdown that drive in the beginning of the fourth quarter.Ohio State junior cornerback Denzel Ward (12) takes down a Badger in the third quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOnly once did Wisconsin start inside its own 40-yard line and march down the field to get points. The Badgers began at their own 23-yard line and marched down to the Ohio State 27-yard line and kicked a 46-yard field goal. Offensively, Wisconsin looked lost. But mistakes by Ohio State’s offense kept the game close throughout the matchup. 2.7 – Yards per carry by Jonathan Taylor. Heading into the game against Ohio State, Taylor was one of the leading rushers in the nation and had more rushing yards than any running back in the Big Ten. Despite only being a true freshman, his name quietly emerged as a darkhorse candidate in the Heisman Trophy. But just as Ohio State did to Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and Michigan State’s L.J. Scott, Taylor was bottled up by a stout Buckeye rushing defense, averaging his fewest yards per carry on the season. His previous low was 4.2. The 41 total rushing yards also were the lowest, stooping below the previous low of 80. Taylor and the Badger offensive line came into the game expecting to be the catalyst for the offense, but instead the defensive line of the Buckeyes bullied the Badgers’ offensive front. No rusher had more than 7 yards on a single carry, and overall the Buckeyes had five tackles for a loss. The Badgers have relied so heavily on their freshman running back all season, but against one of the top rushing defenses in the nation in Ohio State, Taylor was unable to come through for them. And given the struggles in the passing game Wisconsin has faced all season, it was hardly a surprise to see its offense struggle to get off the ground without the help from Taylor.19 – Rushes by J.T. Barrett. A knee injury to Barrett was evidently not enough to reduce the amount of carries he received. It would have seemed like a smart move to protect Barrett as much as possible, but the redshirt senior quarterback ran read options and designed quarterback runs as often as any other game. In the end, his 19 carries were the most of any player in the game, two more than freshman running back J.K. Dobbins.Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) hands the ball back to the referee after running in a touchdown in the second quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe decision to use Barrett as the primary ball-carrier was made all the more puzzling by the fact Dobbins turned 17 carries into 174 yards, a 10.2 average yards per carry, while Barrett only averaged 3.2 yards per carry with 60 yards. Dobbins also had two carries each that went for more than 50 yards. If there was ever a game Ohio State would seem to lean off its quarterback for all the rushing production, it would have been this game.141 – Yards gained on two passes from Barrett. The overall numbers for Barrett in the passing game looked solid. He was 12-for-26 for 211 yards, two touchdown passes and two interceptions. He was not outstanding by any means, but he did enough to get the job done. However, his stats take a step back when his 84-yard deep ball to wide receiver Terry McLaurin and 57-yard screen pass to H-back Parris Campbell are removed. Then, Barrett was just 10-for-24 with 70 passing yards and two interceptions.Fortunately for Ohio State and Barrett, those two passes did happen, and nothing can remove them from the stat book. But Barrett was not overly effective Saturday. He missed several wide open receivers downfield and had a couple instances where he was nearly picked off because of wildly inaccurate throws. He did not look like the same quarterback whose name was found in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy earlier this season. He did just enough to win the game, but he had many more opportunities to break the game open and failed to convert. 0 – Sacks allowed by Ohio State. After the game, center Billy Price said every time Barrett took a hit, he was always one of the first people over there to help him up and check on him. He added that he didn’t like when people hit Barrett. So the offensive line simply made it the goal to prevent any sacks on the injured Barrett. And they did. Going up against a vaunted defensive front that was sixth in the nation in total sacks (39) and eighth in sacks per game (3.25), the Ohio State offensive line stood strong and gave its quarterback plenty of protection. The Buckeyes did an effective job protecting their quarterback as much as possible. Though Barrett was still hit several times whenever he attempted to carry the football, he had all the time he needed to stand in the pocket and complete passes, or wait for receivers to get open. Barrett did not make the most of every opportunity, but his offensive line certainly gave him a chance to have one of his best passing games of the season. read more

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Shaqiri and Alisson start dates revealed

first_imgAlisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri will begin their Liverpool careers by linking up with the squad for the training camp in France.The Brazilian goalkeeper, who completed his move from AS Roma on a long-term contract on Thursday, will be part of the group that departs for the continent later this month.Meanwhile, fellow new signing Xherdan Shaqiri is set to join his new teammates in New Jersey on Tuesday.Jürgen Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “Shaqiri will come the day after tomorrow directly to New Jersey and Alisson will come with Roberto Firmino and will be a part of the second camp in Evian.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“That’s good that we’ll have them all together, apart from the semi-finalists of the World Cup.”The Reds will play Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup on Sunday evening before facing Manchester United and Manchester City in the other games.With the addition of Naby Keita, Fabinho, Shaqiri, and Alisson Becker Jurgen Klopp’s men have been tipped to mount a serious challenge on all fronts in the new season.last_img read more

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Manolo Gabbiadini is free to go

first_imgAccording to Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, if a good offer comes for the footballer the team will let him go.Italian footballer Manolo Gabbiadini joined Southampton in 2017.But he has yet to impress the club and new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl believes they might have to let him go.“I know that there a few interests,” Hasenhuttl told The Daily Echo.“Our squad at the moment is too big – we have to sell players and he’s one that other clubs are interested in.”Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“It could happen in next few days that he transfers,” he added.“What we want to give him is a chance to make the next step.”“If there is the possibility, then we will help him to do so,” he commented.“He has done a lot for this club and we will find a good solution which is a win-win for both sides.”last_img read more

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