Chilina Kennedy & Jessica Keenan Join Beautiful on Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019 Star Files View Comments Related Shows Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Chilina Kennedy And yes, we’ll still love them tomorrow (and the next day and the next). Chilina Kennedy steps into the titular role of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on March 7, taking over for Tony winner Jessie Mueller at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Additionally, Jessica Keenan Wynn will assume the role of Cynthia Weil from Tony nominee Anika Larsen, who is out on maternity leave.Kennedy made her Great White Way debut as Mary Magdalene in the most recent revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. Wynn, who makes her Broadway debut in Beautiful, was recently seen off-Broadway in Heathers.Featuring songs written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and a book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful tells the story of King from her early days as a Brooklyn teenager (named Carol Klein) struggling to enter the record business to her years spent as a chart-topping music legend. The production, directed by Marc Bruni, also currently features Scott J. Campbell as Gerry Goffin, Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann, Paul Anthony Stewart as Don Kirshner and Liz Larsen as Genie Klein.last_img read more

Fall Planting.

first_imgPeople are more likely to think of planting in the spring. But on “The Georgia Gardener” Oct. 21 and 23, host Walter Reeves shows the best way to plant a tree — in the fall. Reeves shows how to dig a proper hole, fertilize and plant a tree in your landscape this fall. He demonstrates products that make watering easier and shows how to prune the new tree and how to finish the job with mulch. “The Georgia Gardener” is designed especially for Georgia gardeners. It airs on GPTV at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and 10 a.m. on Saturdays. The show is produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and PFC Holding Company. Finally, Reeves checks out a test he planted a few weeks ago. He put several plants — aggressive horticultural thugs, he calls them — close to each other to see which one would overcome the others. And he finds an invading thug he hadn’t counted on. Then he moves to the vegetable garden. Reeves shows how to plant some fall crops and get a jump on others for harvest in the spring.last_img read more

More is Better

first_imgFull confession: I love all you can eat buffets. Golden Corral, pizza buffets, random Chinese joints with questionable health inspection grades… I love them all. I wish I didn’t. I wish I was the kind of guy that could be happy with one of those trendy small plate places, where you get some roasted almonds and a couple of sprigs of arugula and call it a day. But that’s not me. I know I’m not supposed to love restaurants where you can literally eat as much as you want, what with the obesity epidemic and diabetes, not to mention the environmental implications of eating enough to sustain four grown men…I mean there are a lot of reasons not to practice the “all you can eat” philosophy. But I can’t help it. You know what’s better than a plate of orange chicken? Another plate of orange chicken. My gluttony is a constant source of shame for my wife. Sigh. Gluttony can be a dangerous thing when you’re talking about beer. Nobody wants to be the guy who’s passed out in the back of the canoe because he drank all of the beer in the cooler. Trust me. In the world of beer, more is rarely better. Unless of course, you’re talking about the beautiful sub-style of beer known as “the double IPA,” which is exactly what it sounds like: an IPA with more booze and usually, a more robust hop profile. Take your standard IPA and jack it up like Barry Bonds during the home run race. Yeah. It’s awesome. Cosmik Debris is a killer example of the style. Creature Comforts, out of Athens, Georgia, nails the balancing act here, creating an almost jammy beer with a hellaciously fresh nose (like being inside one of those Irish Spring soap commercials from the ‘80s). You’ll find double IPAs that will knock you off your ass with 10% ABV or above, but Cosmik Debris comes in at a more reasonable 8%. It’s a limited release spring seasonal for Creature Comforts, but if you can’t find it, grab their Tropicalia, their flagship IPA, which is arguably one of the best in the country. But you should look for the double IPA. Because in this case, more is better.last_img read more

Looking for a Fall Getaway? Check out This Small Mountain Town

first_imgDay 1– Begin your day with a ride on the Virginia Creeper Trail, a 34 mile hiking, biking and horseback riding trail. The fall season brings perfect temperatures and unbelievable scenery with an abundance of autumn color. Rent a bike or bring your own, take a shuttle to the top of Whitetop Mountain and coast 17 miles through the Jefferson National Forest. Between Abingdon and Damascus, a short distance off the trail in Alvarado you will find the Abingdon Vineyard & Winery, Washington County’s first Virginia Farm Winery. Hop off the trail to recharge your batteries with a wine tasting and lunch on the outdoor patio overlooking the South Holston River.unspecified-4After the ride, unwind at The Martha Washington Inn & Spa, a historic 4-star inn.  Enjoy a cocktail on the wide front porch overlooking Main Street, or schedule a massage at the Martha’s day spa to pamper those tired muscles.unspecified-2Make plans for dinner at one of Abingdon’s independent restaurants, almost all of which are located an easy walk from The Martha.  Abingdon’s culinary scene ranges from home-style southern comfort food to sophisticated fine dining.unspecified-6Day 2 – Pick up a box lunch from a local restaurant, and head out for a driving tour of southwest Virginia’s fall beauty by traveling State Highway US 58 toward Damascus. Stop off in Damascus for a day hike on the Appalachian Trail, which runs right through the downtown, or continue on to Whitetop and Mount Rogers– the two highest mountain peaks in Virginia.  The national recreation area offers great hiking, camping, picnicking and horse trails, and a chance to see wild ponies grazing on the high mountain balds.unspecified-3That evening, take in a show at the historic Barter Theatre, founded in 1933 during the Great Depression, when actors bartered an evening’s entertainment for food from local farmers.  The theatre now performs year-round in three venues on Main Street.Day 3 – Stroll the tree-lined brick sidewalks of the historic downtown shopping district. Stop by the Arts Depot, located in a historic train station, and watch as local artists work in their studios.   For happy hour, check out Wolf Hills Brewing Company and enjoy a craft brew and live local music, then walk over to The Tavern (built in 1779) for fine dining and cool historic ambiance. Fall is stunning in the mountains of southwest Virginia. Make the most of the season with a fall getaway in Abingdon, VA.  This small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains has plenty of cozy accommodations and indie restaurants and shops, making it a great jumping off point for exploring the region’s outdoor attractions.unspecified-5 ABNGDN LOGO_COLORlast_img read more

Mossy Creek Grand Reopening

first_imgCome experience Mossy Creek’s largest fly fishing party yet! Saturday, September 23rd from 9AM-5PMWe have a big day planned here at the shop to celebrate our new base of operations. Plan on staying a while and enjoy some live music from Shenandoah Alley, speak with manufacturers from the worlds best fly fishing brands and see new 2018 product, test cast new rods and fly lines, watch and learn from local fly tyer’s, participate in our biggest fly fishing raffle ever, and if you are of age(21 and older) you may sample some of Three Notched brewery’s local beers including the popular Mossy Creek Brown Ale! This event is sponsored by Blue Ridge Outdoors and proceeds from the day will go to benefit Shenandoah Riverkeeper!This event is FREE for anyone to attend.9-5 Vendor Tents– Manufacturer reps will be on hand between 9AM and 5PM to show product and answer any questions you may have on gear and to help you test cast rods and try on waders and boots.11:30-5 Three Notched Brewery– Three Notched will be serving samples of 4 of their most popular beers including Mossy Creek Brown Ale. They will have a small number of bottles available for purchase at the brewery only.11:30-??? Barbeque Lunch– We plan on smoking up a storm this year with hundreds of pounds of BBQ again. This popular treat never lasts long, so get in line early or you may miss out!11:30-??? Shenandoah Alley– Come listen to our favorite Blue Grass Band jam in the parking lot. Hang out and enjoy a beer, test cast a fly rod, or throw some corn hole.5pm Raffle– You do not have to be present to win. Participants names and phone numbers will be added to their tickets and winners will be pulled at 5pm.he manufacturer’s have shown a tremendous amount of support for our event and we have an amazing lineup of gear for day. We have sale promotions and a very large raffle. The raffle works as it has in the past. Anyone that makes a $50 purchase in store or online on Saturday, September 23rd between 9AM and 5PM est will be automatically entered to win. In addition to the promotions and raffles, we have a lot of discontinued 2017 product on sale including rods, reels, lines, packs, bags, waders, boots, apparel and more!IN STORE PROMOTIONS:FISHPOND PROMOTION– Purchase $100 in Fishpond product and choose between a hat or a head gate tippet holder.SCIENTIFIC ANGLER FLY LINE TRADE-IN PROMOTION– Swap out an old line and receive $20 off a SA Mastery Series Fly Line. RAFFLE ITEMS- Over $3000.00 in prizes!GRAND PRIZE- Orvis Helios 3 9′ 5 weight fly rod $849.00!SIMMS- Headwaters Pro Waders $399.95Korkers- Darkhorse Wading Boot with Kling-on and Felt Soles $179.99Orvis- CFO limited edition custom reel $695.00, Orvis Battenkill Disc Reel $149.00, Tacky dry fly boxes $30.00Fishpond- Dakota Rod and Reel Carry On Case $179.95, El Nino Guide Pack $199.95Hatch- Nippers $100.00 and Pliers $300.00Patagonia- Stormfront Roll Top Backpack $149.00Flymen Fishing- 2 Fly Tying Grab Bags of materialRock Treads- 2 Tread packages with lockdown kitsWe will have around 15 10′ x 10′ vendor tents showcasing product from the best manufacturer’s in the fly fishing world. Come to browse full lines of the most popular product and see the newest gear for 2018! Hey ladies- Simms and Patagonia will have their size sets of women’s waders and boots available. Come get outfitted for the cold season ahead!Simms/Winston/Lamson/Scientific Anglers – Jake VillockPatagonia – Daniel DuyvetterScott/Korkers/Abel/Ross – Ken Lagerveld, Scott DotyOrvis – Ben AustinHatch – Andrew Dickenson, Crosby BeaneSage/Rio/Redington/ – Bill Dawson, James JindalFishpond – Bill Dawson, James JindalRock Treads – Forrest RogersFlymen Fishing Co – Martin Bowman, Mike SmithFulling Mill – John WolstenholmeBlue Ridge Outdoors – Hannah CooperShenandoah Riverkeeper– Mark FrondorfProject Healing Waters – John JenkinsFly Tyer’s – Chuck Kraft, Tommy MattioliThree Notched Brewery– Elsa Shultz We have limited parking onsite at the fly shop for this large event. The Beauty Spa across the street off Streling Avenue has been kind enough to give us a majority of their parking for the day. Smilemakers is located .20 miles east on 33 has also allowed parking on Saturday. There is plenty of on street parking in the neighborhood behind the shop off Sterling and the cross streets or we recommend the parking garage on East Elizabeth street- less than a 5 minute walk to the shop. Almost all downtown Harrisonburg parking is within half a mile of the fly shop. If you are in town we recommend a quick cab or uber ride!Check the maps below for parking convenience.last_img read more

Reimagining Retail: How Ron Koenigsberg Is Revitalizing Retail Shopping On Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ever since childhood when he’d watch his father survey buildings and construction sites, Ron Koenigsberg has had a passion for real estate.Now this highly regarded commercial real estate broker, based in Garden City, has found a new outlet for his passion—repurposing retail shopping centers across Long Island. As the president of American Investment Properties, one of the leading niche brokerage firms in the region, Koenigsberg is launching a new partnership, the Long Island Investment Group, to “implement what’s been bothering me,” he admits, since 2005. The revelation came to him when he was driving home about a decade ago and realized that even though he was one of the leading salesmen of shopping centers on the Island, he was still buying everything he needed online.“I’m saying to myself: ‘I need another business because I’m finished. Retail shopping centers are not going to make it,’” he recalls. “I think I was a little bit ahead of the curve.” Koenigsberg may have been right about that, but now the trend in retailing is much clearer, as the once-mighty giants in the retail mall world close up shop one by one.“People who sell goods in the brick and mortar stores are not making it,” says Koenigsberg. But that doesn’t mean it’s Armageddon for retailing, or, more importantly for someone like him, the end of commercial real estate as he and his real estate peers have known it.Instead, Keonigsberg bided his time and did his homework. He took a hard look at the Long Island landscape and saw something different—if only he could reconfigure it. He waited for his chance, and now that the economy is finally coming out of the Great Recession, he has the capital to make his move.“We’re able to buy shopping centers at or below replacement costs,” says Koenigsberg. “We see it as a great opportunity at this very moment to be purchasing Long Island retail centers.”He explains his modus operandi:“We’re purchasing properties that are suffering and using our strategy to re-engineer these [poorly performing] strip centers into high-demand, service-orientated tenants that provide services, not goods,” he says. Ron Koenigsberg, president of American Investment Properties, is launching a new partnership, the Long Island Investment Group, to revitalize retail shopping centers across Long Island.Koenigsberg finds the shopping centers that are losing their tenants, where the vacancy rates are high, that are mismanaged, and in serious need of an upgrade. Then he’ll dig deeper. Perhaps the partners no longer get along and want to sell the property, or the center is in an estate sale or a divorce proceeding. He checks out the locations and sees if he and his partners can maximize the value.Their acquisition criteria tend to be very specific at this point. They’re looking for shopping centers with about five to 10 stores of around 10,000-square feet each, relatively small compared to a regional mall. But they want the traffic to be 20,000 vehicles a day for the property to make the cut, and the center should have a ratio of 3.5 parking spaces to every 10,000-square feet of retail.“We’re going to walk before we run,” he says. “Eventually we’d like Long Island Investment Group to be a major player, but I think that’s a 10-year process.” One clear advantage Koenigsberg has with this strategy is that he doesn’t have to worry about rezoning these “tired” B- and C-grade properties. His group plans to take the shopping centers as they are, so he doesn’t have to worry about appearing before a local planning board, because he won’t need any variances. Once the site is 100-percent acquired, Koenigsberg and his partners in this venture will come in and fix up the site with their value-added upgrades, bring in new high-demand, service-oriented tenants that perform better than the current ones, and grow the net-operating income of the center over time.“If we are able to isolate that property in Great Neck, or Roslyn, or Merrick, or East Northport, where the demographics warrant it, we’d love to raise the rent $12 to $15 per square foot,” Koenigsberg says, “but realistically we understand that we’re buying properties all over Long Island and it may result in only a $4 to $6 bump.”For Koenigsberg, the ideal tenants bring in a lot of foot traffic. He cites urgent care centers where people seek treatment for minor medical needs, and cell phone providers where customers want their new products activated immediately. And, of course, he’s including decent food and drink establishments.“You can’t change the experience of going out to a restaurant,” he says. “You can’t get that online!”This new venture has barely begun, but Koenigsberg is confident it can succeed. “What we are is a dynamic, successful, decades-old brokerage firm that sees an opportunity in this marketplace and we’re going about doing it,” he says. “Now that the economy is finally coming out of recession, we can follow our passion.”last_img read more

Adenovirus-based H5N1 vaccine broadly protective in mice

first_imgMay 2, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – An H5N1 influenza vaccine based on a weakened adenovirus was tested successfully in mice and may offer advantages as a tool for combating a human flu pandemic, according to researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Purdue University.The vaccine is grown in mammalian cell cultures and therefore can be produced faster than egg-based vaccines, and it has the potential to provide broad protection against H5N1 viruses, say the researchers.The scientists, led by Mary A. Hoelscher of the CDC as the first author, tested several versions of the vaccine in mice and found that they triggered both humoral (antibody) and cellular immune responses, suggesting that they could offer protection against a range of H5N1 strains. Their report was published in the Apr 15 issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases.”This approach may prevent severe illness and death or shorten the course of future infection with H5N1 virus strains that are antigenically distinct from currently circulating strains, and it may offer stockpiling advantages that overcome the limitations associated with storage of egg-derived vaccines,” the report says.The authors’ method involves splicing the hemagglutinin (HA) gene from an avian flu virus into a human adenovirus that has been modified so it can’t replicate in the body. Though it can’t replicate, it can enter host cells, according to Hoelscher.In a previous report, published last December, the scientists said a version of their vaccine that contained HA from a 1997 Hong Kong strain of H5N1 induced long-lasting immunity in mice and protected them from more recent H5N1 strains. The study was published in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.Vietnam and Indonesia strains usedIn the new study, the researchers made several versions of the adenovirus-based vaccine. One contained HA from a 2004 Vietnam strain of H5N1 virus (a clade 1 virus), while a second contained HA from a 2005 Indonesia H5N1 virus (clade 2). A third vaccine contained HA from the clade 2 strain plus the nucleoprotein gene from the clade 1 strain. Nucleoprotein is a virus component that varies little among different H5N1 strains—unlike HA, a surface protein that mutates often.Still another version of the vaccine contained the nucleoprotein gene but no HA gene, and a control version contained the adenovirus without any flu virus genes.Groups of 20 mice were injected with the vaccines (one vaccine per group), and another group was given both the clade 1 and clade 2 vaccines (in half doses). In addition, two more groups were vaccinated with one of two viruses generated through reverse genetics. These contained the HA and neuraminidase genes from either the clade 1 or the clade 2 H5N1 virus along with other genes from a human-adapted flu virus and were labeled C1RG and C2RG.The mice received two doses of vaccine 4 weeks apart. Four weeks after the second dose, five mice from each group were challenged with a high intranasal dose of the C1RG or C2RG virus, both of which can replicate in mice but do not cause clinical disease. The lungs of these mice were analyzed for presence of the virus, while spleen cells from other mice were tested for evidence of cellular immune responses.Serum tests showed that the mice given the clade 1 or clade 2 vaccine produced antibodies against wild-type virus of the same clade but not against the other clade. The mice that received both vaccines had antibodies against both clades, but the titer was cut in half.Evidence of cellular immune responseIn the mice that were challenged with the C1RG and C2RG viruses, the HA-containing vaccines led to clearance of virus from the lungs, as virus amounts were near or below the level of detection, the report says. The finding that mice vaccinated against only one H5N1 clade had lungs clear of virus from the other clade, despite a lack of antibodies against the latter, suggests that some mechanism other than neutralizing antibody response may have contributed to viral clearance, the authors write. They suggest that cell-mediated immune responses might have played a role.Further, they report finding specific evidence of a cellular immune response in the mice that received the HA-containing vaccines: They had significantly higher levels of CD8+ T cells specific to a certain region (epitope) of the HA protein than did mice that received a vaccine with no HA.”We demonstrated that the adenoviral vector–based strategy elicited cell-mediated CD8+ T cell immune responses as well as neutralizing antibodies against C1 and C2 strains, thereby broadening the vaccine’s coverage,” the report says.CDC researcher Suryaprakesh Sambhara, senior author of the study, told CIDRAP News his team chose the adenovirus vector because it has already been used in a number of clinical trials. He said the approach used in the study has been licensed to PaxVax Inc., a San Diego company, which intends to launch a clinical trial later this year.”In the event of a pandemic, we can make a vaccine in a relatively short period of time,” Sambhara said. With cell-culture production, he estimates it would be possible to start producing vaccine in quantity within 1 to 2 months after a seed virus becomes available. By comparison, experts typically say it would take 4 to 6 months to provide a pandemic vaccine using the conventional egg-based technology.Will it work in humans?Gregory A. Poland, MD, a vaccine expert at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., called the report promising but offered some caveats.”The concept of the technology is a promising one,” he said. “A lot of scientists in this area have hope that this will be one way we can rapidly produce a broadly protective vaccine.”However, he added, “This is a mouse study, and mice lie. It really is another issue altogether whether it’ll work in humans.” Poland is a professor of medicine in infectious diseases at the Mayo College of Medicine and director of the Mayo Vaccine Research Group and Program in Translational Immunovirology.One potential obstacle, he said, is that laboratory mice have no previous exposure to the adenovirus serotype 5 used in the vaccine, but half or more of humans have been exposed to it and thus have neutralizing antibodies. If a vaccine based on the same adenovirus were used in humans, their existing antibodies might bind to and neutralize it before it could trigger the desired immune response, he said. He suggested that the next step should be to test the vaccine in mice that have already been exposed to the adenovirus.Poland said the evidence of cellular immune responses in the study is of interest. There is some previous evidence of cell-mediated immune responses to flu in humans, but it’s not widely known or accepted, he explained. “What the study showed is that this vaccine induced humoral and cell-mediated immunity; it caused viral clearance from the lung. So it’s a very interesting study.”But it’s not clear how important a contribution cell-mediated immunity might make, in Poland’s view. “What I want is a vaccine that prevents infection, not one that clears it after it’s established, because you might die before then,” he said.Hoelscher MA, Singh N, Garg S, et al. A broadly protective vaccine against globally dispersed clade 1 and clade 2 H5N1 influenza viruses. J Infect Dis 2008 Apr 15:1185-8 [Abstract]See also: Hoelscher, Jayashankar L, Garg S, et al. New pre-pandemic influenza vaccines: an egg- and adjuvant-independent human adenoviral vector strategy induces long-lasting protective immune responses in mice. Clin Pharmacol Therapeutics 2007 Dec;82(6):665-70 [Full text]2007 CIDRAP News series “The pandemic vaccine puzzle”last_img read more

Race Across America Travels Through Area

first_imgBikers are in 8 member teams. This team traveled on St. Mary’s Road Wednesday afternoon.The annual Race Across America is making its way through Southeastern Indiana.Teams of bicyclists from around the world participate in the cross country trek that begins in Oceanside, California and finishes in Annapolis, Maryland.Area drivers may want to watch out for the riders as they cycle 24 hours a day and travel through Greensburg, Batesville and even St. Mary’s Road in Franklin County.This year, the event features English royalty as Pippa and James Middleton, the siblings of Kate, who is married to Prince William, are participating in the nationwide bike ride.The pair were in Missouri yesterday and could likely be pedaling through Southeastern Indiana Thursday or Friday.American BMX athlete Dave Mirra is also taking part in the event.last_img read more

Mourinho optimistic about Costa

first_img Mourinho told Spanish newspaper Marca: “Costa is a player who I want to have in my team. I’ve asked my club for him and I have total confidence that we’re going to achieve it and he will end up signing for Chelsea.” Chelsea have already started their summer rebuilding after failing to win a trophy last season, with the club this week announ cing the signing of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona as well as completing the sale of David Luiz to Paris St Germain. Several other first-team players are also set to leave the west London outfit this summer, but Mourinho insists midfielder Ramires will not be one of them. Reports in Spain suggest Real Madrid’s former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is keen on taking the Brazil international – who the Italian signed from Benfica in 2010 when he was in charge at Stamford Bridge – to the Bernabeu this summer. However, Mourinho is adamant the 27-year-old is not going anywhere, saying: “Ramires is staying at Chelsea, he’s not for sale. “I have a great relationship with important people at Real Madrid and they know that Ramires is going to stay at Chelsea.” The Portuguese, who left Madrid last summer to return to Chelsea, also rubbished speculation he was looking to raid the European champions for any of their players. Mourinho added: “They (Real Madrid) know that Ramires isn’t going, but they also know that I’m not interested in any Real Madrid player. (Raphael) Varane and (Sami) Khedira? I repeat that I’m not interested in any Madrid player, full stop.” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed he has his sights set on Diego Costa and is confident that a deal will be struck to bring the Atletico Madrid striker to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have long been linked with a big-money move for the 25-year-old, who netted 36 goals in all competitions last season to help Atletico win the Primera Division title and reach the Champions League final. No switch was confirmed before the World Cup, where Brazillian-born Costa is part of the Spain squad, but Mourinho is certain Chelsea will end up getting their man. Mourinho also confirmed to the paper that Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois would be returning to Chelsea after the World Cup having spent the last three seasons on loan at Atletico. Fabregas revealed on Sunday that he chose to join Chelsea after being told by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger th at the Gunners had sufficient cover for his position. A clause in Fabregas’ contract gave Arsenal first option to re-sign their former captain from Barca, but Wenger decided against bringing the 27-year-old back to the Emirates. The reason for that, according to Fabregas, is that Wenger felt the Gunners were well stocked for midfield playmakers, with Arsenal having splashed out a club-record fee on Germany star Mesut Ozil last summer. After speaking with Wenger, Fabregas said he mulled over several other offers before being swayed by Mourinho to move to Stamford Bridge for a fee believed to be in the region of £30million. Speaking about his move at a Spain World Cup press conference in Curitiba, Fabregas said: “There came a moment when I decided my time at Barcelona was over and I only tried to look for the best option for me. “Arsenal were the first option due to a clause in the contract. We spoke with Wenger and he said that with Ozil they had this position well covered. “From there, I had other very good offers and I looked for the best in the Premier League, which is where I wanted to go. “I spoke with Jose Mourinho and he won me over, he convinced me, told me what I wanted to hear and from there everything was very quick. “I hope that this new phase of my career goes phenomenally well.” Press Associationlast_img read more