‘One of the league’s best players’ – £30m ‘intelligent’ Arsenal target profiled

first_img1 Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka could leave the club for the right price.Arsenal are desperate for a midfielder in the mould of the £30m-rated Xhaka after Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin’s injuries and the ongoing problems with Jack Wilshere’s fitness, so talkSPORT finds out more about the Switzerland ace…Name: Granit XhakaDate of birth: September 27, 1992 (23 years old)Birthplace: Basel, SwitzerlandPosition: MidfielderClub: Borussia MonchengladbachInternational appearances: 39 Switzerland capsDid you know?1) Former Switzerland manager Ottmar Hitzfeld once dubbed Xhaka the “young Schweinsteiger”, while team-mates call him the “young Einstein” due to his intelligence on the field and his love of science off the field.2) Xhaka is a dead-ball specialist and is known for his hammer of a left foot when taking free-kicks.3) Xhaka played alongside Xherdan Shaqiri at Basel and while the Stoke winger went on to play for Bayern Munich and Inter, former Basel coach Thorsten Fink said: “Xherdan Shaqiri is the finest talent in Switzerland – after Granit Xhaka.”4) Xhaka will be at Euro 2016 with Switzerland but will come up against a familiar face in his opening Group A game. The 23-year-old’s older brother Taulant Xhaka will be playing for Albania after opting to represent the country of the pair’s Kosovo-Albanian parents.5) Xhaka has had success throughout the ranks of the Swiss national set-up, winning the under-17 World Cup in 2009 before going on to be part of the under-21 side that finished runners-up in the 2011 European Championship.What’s being said?They say:Granit is one of the best players in the Bundesliga– Monchengladbach’s director of sport Max EberlHe says:“Gladbach are a top club. But if I were someday to go to a top, top, top club, I want to play there”Video evidence: Granit Xhaka last_img read more

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DONE DEAL! Slaven Bilic confirms West Ham have signed Argentina striker

first_img1 Slaven Bilic has confirmed that West Ham have completed the signing of Jonathan Calleri.The 22-year-old Argentinean is highly rated after his exploits back home for All Boys and Boca Juniors, before scoring goals in Brazil for Sao Paulo over the past two years.The forward’s form attracted the attention of Chelsea, and some reports had even suggested that had a deal in place to sign him – but it is West Ham have who have brought him to Europe.Slaven Bilic said: “We signed Calleri, unfortunately for him but good for us Argentina were knocked out of the Olympics last night, they didn’t pass the group stage so he should be here with us – not today, not tomorrow, but pretty soon, depending on work permit or whatever.“We did the deal not a long time ago but not yesterday, and he is a top striker as well. You need a squad, of course you need a squad but it is about the balance.” Jonathan Calleri celebrates scoring for Argentina at the Rio Olympics last_img read more

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Man took off shirt and took boxing stance with three Gardai

first_imgA Letterkenny man ran out of a house and threatened to fight with three Gardai.John McGinley, of Glenwood Park, was visited by Gardai on August 6th last. When Gardai called at the house, a man gave them a two fingered sign before a woman answered the door.While speaking to the woman, a highly-intoxicated man ran down the stairs forcing Gardai to back off.The man, identified as John McGinley, took off his shirt and took up a boxing stance against Gardai.He was immediately pepper-sprayed and incapacitated by the Gardai.Solicitor Michael Shiel said his client’s brother had been killed tragically in a car accident the previous day.He also has an issue with both alcohol and drugs and is getting counselling with these issues.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until February 6th for a probation and community service report.However he warned McGinley that his behaviour between now and then will have an affect on his sentencing in the matter.Man took off shirt and took boxing stance with three Gardai was last modified: November 7th, 2016 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

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Set of Twelve Colourful Velvet Hair Scrunchy Hair Bobble Hair Band Ponytail Holde : Look just like in the pictures and a good selection of colours

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Eagles claw Archers

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena nailed a triple with 9.2 seconds remaining as Ateneo stunned fierce rival La Salle, 80-78, Sunday night to stay in the quarterfinal hunt in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup.Momentarily open at the left corner, Ravena hoisted the shot while drawing a foul on Ricci Rivero to give the Blue Eagles the lead for good, 76-74, much to the delight of the Ateneo faithful at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the victory, San Beda improved to 6-0, virtually clinching a place in the quarterfinals of the preseason event.The Eagles looked like they were on their way to the victory when they took a 73-68 lead heading into the final minutes.But La Salle responded with six straight points capped by a Ben Mbala putback for a 74-73 lead with 18.3 seconds left.Ravena missed the bonus free throw, but teammate Matt Nieto hauled down the rebound leading to another foul for two more charities, 78-74.Hardly looking the squad that ruled this tournament in emphatic fashion last year, La Salle fell to 4-3 as it continued to miss Kib Montalbo and Prince Rivero to injuries.Letran absorbed its sixth loss in seven games.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Mangulabnan cops Superbikes, Expert plums “It was a big shot by Thirdy (Ravena),” said Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin, whose Eagles improved to 3-2 in the preseason tournament . “We don’t want to rely on big shots to win the game, but it’s good that we get one when we need it.”The rivals’ first match since their UAAP finals meeting won by La Salle last year turned out to be a hotly contested affair with technical fouls called on players from both teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEarlier, San Beda maintained its unblemished record with a 75-63 drubbing of Letran in a battle of NCAA rivals, while National U leaned on JJ Alejandro’s big game to subdue St. Benilde, 104-88.Robert Bolick fired 17 points to lead the Red Lions, who rallied from an early deficit with a strong performance in the third quarter. What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, firelast_img read more

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India Today Youth Summit 2011: Welcome address by Aroon Purie

first_imgWelcome address by Aroon Purie, Chairman and Editor in Chief, India Today Group at the Mind Rocks India Today Youth Summit 2011:Welcome everyone to India Today’s Second Youth Summit. A lot has changed since we last met. Last year, the mood was one of infectious optimism, of a country that had withstood a global recession. Then, one by one, the dominoes started to fall. The Commonwealth Games scam embarrassed us in front of the world. The 2G scam blew the lid off the prized telecom revolution.It was as if nothing was sacrosanct. The Army used land allotted for war widows for its own housing. One man evaded taxes worth Rs 50,000 crore. Swiss bankers started whispering about India’s best kept secret: the black money of its rich and powerful stashed away in Swiss banks.Yet, equally suddenly, there was hope, but of a different kind. That politics as we know it could change forever. That the power of the people could prevail over the power of those who had forgotten how to listen to them. That corruption may be a global phenomenon but it could have a very Indian solution.Eighteen-year-olds may have become voters in 1989 but 2011 will be remembered as the year they became citizens. It happened because of people like you.The extraordinary events of the last three months have changed the way young people are perceived. They, we were told, was the I-Me-Myself generation. I see now that they may have become the We generation.We were told modern communication tools like e-mail, SMS or Facebook would divide people. They ended up uniting your generation across cities, classes and communities.advertisementWe were told globalization would make our youth too westernized. The tricolour has instead become your favourite accessory.We were told young people were not interested in politics. But, one by one, as you converged on Ramlila Maidan in Delhi or Azad Maidan in Mumbai or Freedom Park in Banglore, with candles, slogans, and change in your hearts, you proved us and them wrong.Like a generation before you did in 1974, you were asking for accountability.The students’ revolution of 1974 threw up many of our present-day political stalwarts, from Lalu Prasad Yadav to Sushil Modi. Who knows how many of you who are Anna revolutionaries will go into politics, even though a new opinion poll we are carrying in the latest issue of India Today shows a tremendous anger against all politicians.In 1974, a man very similar to Anna Hazare, Jayaprakash Narayan, said almost the same things being said now. He too wanted to curb corruption. He too wanted to check the erosion of democracy. He too wanted changes in the electoral laws so that a “poor man’s democracy could work more honestly in a poor country”.Much has changed since then. Much has also remained the same.Two-thirds of India is under 35 – like most of you sitting in this hall. The numbers are huge. 459 million Indians are between 13 and 35. Of these, 333 million are literate.Till now, you were seen as a market. This year you proved, as you rallied behind a 74-year-old man from a hitherto obscure village in Maharashtra, that you were a democracy.As a 200-million strong voting force of 18-35 year olds in the 2009 elections, you were always seen as a swing factor. This time you proved the swing could well be a tsunami.All of you realise how you can change the rules of the game. You have every opportunity to change it further.  By 2020, just a decade from now, the average Indian will be 29 and we will have the unique distinction of being one of the youngest nations in the world. This means we would have the energy, dynamism and confidence which comes with youth.As India integrates further into the world economy, you will prove your worth on an international scale. We are already the second largest reservoir of skilled labour in the world. We produce an astounding two million English-speaking graduates, 15,000 law graduates, and 9,000 PhDs every year. And every year, the existing pool of over two million engineering graduates increases by nearly 300,000.The world awaits your ideas, your effort and your attention.When I was growing up, our horizons were limited because of our controlled, closed economy and our bullock-cart rate of growth. Today, India’s growth rate is the envy of most nations. And, far from being insulated, we have an open economy plugged into the world.Our summit this year shows us the power of great ideas. The summit is called Mind Rocks and, quite appropriately, each of our speakers today is a rock star in their own field.advertisementOur inaugural speaker, Kumar Mangalam Birla, has taken his company to new heights globally, with an empire spanning steel and cement to financial services.Chetan Bhagat is a writer who embodies the new, young, successful Indian – as much at ease in a Deutsche Bank office in Singapore as he is sitting in a sweaty set in Mumbai’s Film City.Abhinav Bindra is a thoughtful young man who used the gift of science to shoot for excellence in his sport, getting India its first individual Olympic gold medal.World Champions Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir show us what the fighting spirit is all about, while Ranbir Kapoor’s journey so far tells us that a famous surname is no deterrent to hard work.Innovative filmmaker Kiran Rao, brilliant artist Subodh Gupta, politician Kalikesh Singh Deo and Internet entrepreneur Divya Narendra will tell you: that a career is more than just a job.Zarina Mehta will tell you what goes into entertaining you. And our last speaker today, Kiran Bedi, will tell us what made her quit the police force and become a social activist who played a key role in the recent anti-corruption movement.This is a great time to be young in India. You are in the right place at the right time. The possibilities are immense and the India of the future is in your hands. To borrow a phrase, “You must be the change you want to be”.I am confident that Mind Rocks, with its mix of fun, music, intellectual stimulation and lots of career advice, will give you some pointers.last_img read more

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