Dutch €1bn Ballast Nedam pension fund divests property, high yield

first_imgThe €1bn Dutch pension fund of construction company Ballast Nedam has simplified its investment portfolio by divesting its direct property, emerging market debt and high yield holdings.In its annual report for 2016, it said the adjustment had increased liquidity in its portfolio and had made its investment policy more flexible as a result. The pension fund said it had reinvested the divestment proceeds across the remaining asset classes it invested in.It pointed out that its 2.7% stake in residential and retail property was too small to have enough of a real impact on its overall result, despite returns of 14.2% and 3%, respectively, last year. It also cited insufficient scale of its holdings of actively managed emerging market government bonds and high yield bonds as an issue. The holdings were 5% of its portfolio, and had gained 9% and 2.2%, respectively.Both asset classes had underperformed during the past five years, it noted.By replacing emerging market and high yield debt with investment grade credit, asset management costs had dropped from 0.6% to 0.1%, the pension fund said. According to its board, the adjustment to its portfolio had hardly affected returns or its legally required funding. Raising the risk profile of its investments would not be sensible, because of the pension fund’s relatively low coverage ratio, it said. This stood at 100.9% in March 2017. The company scheme, which has 710 active participants, 3,830 deferred members and 2,285 pensioners, posted an overall net return of 10.8% on investments.Its equity holdings (41.3%) gained 11.3%, while fixed income (58.6%) delivered a 8.3% return.It attributed two percentage points of its total result to the 55% hedge of the interest risk on its liabilities.In contrast, it lost 0.8 of a percentage point on its full cover of sterling, the dollar and the yen.The board indicated that it had not yet made a decision about the destination of the existing pension rights, which had remained in the pension fund since pensions accrual was last year transferred to the schemes for the building sector (BpfBOUW) and concrete industry (BpfBeton).In its latest newsletter, it indicated that a transfer to BpfBouw was not on for the time being, because it would mean a significant rights discount. As at the end of March, BpfBouw’s funding stood at 107.8%.The Ballast Nedam pension fund’s board also said that negotiations about joining one of the new general pension funds (APF) had not yielded results either, citing costs and continuity as obstacles.The pension fund’s accountibility body has indicated that it preferred continuing the current scheme.last_img read more

Proposals submitted for new visitor attractions in Donegal

first_imgDonegal has submitted 10 proposals in an attempt to secure funding for a new large-scale visitor attraction, it has been revealed. Fáilte Ireland’s new investment programme has received a record of number of applications following its launch earlier this summer.The National Tourism Development Authority received a total of 141 ideas worth almost €1.3billion for new large-scale visitor attractions across the country through its Platforms for Growth programme. This is the highest number of project proposals ever submitted to Fáilte Ireland in a call for investment. These applications, from a total of 23 counties, have now progressed to the next stage of the highly competitive process with the greatest number of proposals coming from Dublin (25), Kerry (16), Galway (13), and Cork (12).Over the course of the programme, Fáilte Ireland will invest €150million into developing major new visitor experiences of scale across the country, with individual grants of €2.5million upwards available.Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Attractions, Mary Stack, said today that there are clear themes emerging from the ideas put forward and that ‘cutting-edge technology’ was at the core of almost every application.She said: “With a solid mix of applications from the private and public sector as well as voluntary organisations, this is the highest number of submissions we’ve had for an investment programme. This means there will be incredibly stiff competition for funding as only the best few will make it through to the final stages of the process. “The large number of applications really is a testament to the high level of confidence there is in the tourism sector and its unique ability to drive revenue and growth into regions across the country.“We’re seeing clear themes emerging from the applications, with ideas ranging from ways for tourists to explore Irish mythology or the country’s transport and aviation history, as well as new takes on contemporary Irish culture including sport, music and the arts.“We’ve seen applications for brand new attractions as well as existing attractions with proposals to refresh and reinvent themselves.”Platforms for Growth, which forms part of Fáilte Ireland’s Grants Scheme for Large Tourism Projects, is unlike any previous investment announced by the National Tourism Development Authority. It specifically targets ‘platforms’ or projects that have the greatest potential to grow tourism across Ireland, and fill gaps in the Irish tourism offering in order to meet changing visitor preferences.Through this approach, Platforms for Growth will pave the way for large-scale and transformative attractions that will become key motivators to visit an area. In turn, this will step-change the economic value of tourism in the area through increased visitor numbers, revenue and job creation. Mary Stack added: “Fusing great stories with cutting-edge technology is central to most of the applications we’ve received, and we’re hugely impressed by the calibre of the proposals.The overall value of the projects being put forward demonstrates how important this kind of investment programme is in leveraging further funding for a new or existing attraction. This is a very exciting time for Irish tourism and these projects would be truly transformative for local areas.”Fáilte Ireland will now begin assessing this large volume of applications. The strongest project proposals will be invited to compete in the final stage of the application process.Platforms for Growth is funded under the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 strategy with the aim of driving sustainable growth in the Irish tourism sector and higher revenue and job creation around Ireland Proposals submitted for new visitor attractions in Donegal was last modified: August 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Anti-graft stir evokes a sense of deja vu here

first_imgG R KhairnarWhen a senior Congress leader in Delhi was asked recently about the claim made by the proponents of the Jan Lokpal Bill that their version had the support of the majority of the country’s population, the Congress leader said the people’s desire would be known in 2014 during the general elections. Call it cockiness or plain indifference, but the sentiment is shared by Congress leaders in Maharashtra too.For the Congress party at both the state and the centre are having a dj vu moment without even realising it.In 1993, one man had the attention of the whole state when he took over the then chief minister Sharad Pawar. G R Khairnar then just an Assistant municipal commissioner took on the might of the state when he alleged that Pawar was corrupt.Khairnar’s act came as a shock.Never in the history of the state had any serving officer levelled such an allegation against the chief minister, and Pawar was no ordinary politician. Khairnar was Mumbai’s original ‘Demolition Man’, a title he earned after demolishing illegal structures in Mumbai belonging to the high and the mighty. Khairnar claimed Pawar was not just corrupt, he was hand-in-glove with those behind the mushrooming of illegal structures. In those days, there were not many TV channels but Khairnar’s actions gained him widespread public support. A concerted and deliberate effort was made to show him as corrupt, but none of the charges stuck.While the honest officer was subsequently suspended and victimised by the BMC, his remarks against Pawar had struck a chord.advertisementThis was evident in an incident a year later. On November 23, 1994, the Gowari tribals in Maharashtra demanding reservation were camping outside the Nagpur assembly in Maharashtra. The more than 30,000 strong crowd waited in vain for the chief minister or any minister to speak to them. When no one came they tried to march towards the assembly. The police started a lathicharge and there was a stampede in which 113 people lost their lives.A couple of days later Pawar said that he was the chief minister and could not give in to everyone who wanted to meet him. The statement angered everyone in the state, so it wasn’t a surprise when in March 1995 the Sena-BJP came to power for the first time in the state.Why this is relevant now is because one can see the same anger among people against the rulers and the same indifference of those in the government towards the people who voted them in.Eighteen years since Khairnar’s crusade another man from Maharashtra is galvanising the crowd and challenging the writ of the rulers. This time though the protest is against the Centre.Anna Hazare has got the whole country fired up and his arrest and incarceration at Tihar Jail where other scamsters and criminals have been put up has not gone down well with people across the country. There is anger against the government for the price rise and many other scams.In Maharashtra there is rising anger after three protesting farmers were shot dead recently by the Pune police in Bhaur village, their crime being that they had blocked a section of the Mumbai-Pune Express way demanding that the collector meet them.The police came and began thrashing them, and when matters got out of hand began shooting directly at the protestors. One of those dead was a woman. It is not the firing itself but the state’s justification of the firing and its approach towards the farmers that was more shocking.Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil said that the firing was in self-defence. All this when video recordings of the incident clearly show police firing at farmers who were fleeing from the spot.Congress leaders in both Delhi and Mumbai have been claiming that 2014 is still a far away.Well if the governments in the Centre and the state continue to behave in this insensitive manner then in 2014 they might well find the people far away from them. Tewari’s slur on Hazare came from the state Manish Tewari’s attack on Anna Hazare marked the culmination of an almost two month long exercise to find dirt on the crusader. Apparently, a senior leader in Delhi sent feelers to Congressmen in Maharashtra to dig up Anna’s past. So ‘secret’ inquiries were made in Anna’s adopted village,’Ralegaon Siddhi’ in Ahmednagar district and the various trusts that he headed.When they could not find anything even after looking up his armed forces record, the Justice P B Sawant report was dug up. The report was allegedly handed over by a Mumbai based leader who interestingly is himself mired in a disproportionate assets case. It was then handed over to the senior leader in Delhi who wanted the report on Anna.advertisementFrom here it trickled to Tewari.However his attack boomranged as he was given a dressing down by the Rahul Gandhi camp as the Congress heir-apparent disapproved of personal attacks on Anna.This could explain why Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan sports a broad smile these days. Party insiders say that Chavan was not in favour of attacking Anna and had apparently told those looking for dirt not to try any such tricks.Anger everywhere as man pays the ultimate price for inflation It’s no secret that inflation and price rise are causing a huge burden on the common man, but the sheer desperation of the public can be gauged from a tragic incident that took place in Thane a few days back.Bhimrao Bhandare a 60 yearold resident of Thane hanged himself last Wednesday.Before killing himself, Bhandare wrote a note blaming the price rise and the government’s inability to control it for his death. With food and petrol prices rising, Bhandare – a retired employee – didn’t want to be a burden on his family and hence ended his life.It is shameful that with prices of food products reaching the sky, people like Bhandare consider death as the cheaper option. How many more Bhandares will have to pay the ultimate price before the government wakes up from its apathetic slumber?Cop runs away from posting in Naxal areaIn an embarrassing incident, a State Reserve Police Force constable literally ran away from being posted in the Naxalite affected Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.On August 9, Pramod Patil and his colleagues were supposed to board a train from CST in Mumbai to Gadchiroli for their new posting. However Patil who had already expressed his apprehension did the unthinkable. As his colleagues boarded the train, Patil did not move and then just discarded his rifle at the platform and fled.The could have been a security disaster as the unattended rifle was lying at the platform for a while. Patil’s superiors have now launched a search for him, but he has not been seen at the SRPF camp in Goregan or his home town Kolhapur.He has even switched off his cell phone!last_img read more

10 months agoMan City rival Man Utd for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic

first_imgMan City rival Man Utd for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are rivaling Manchester United for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic.Corriere dello Sport says United remain keen on the youngster, despite the dismissal Jose Mourinho. However, they now face competition from City.The 21-year-old centre-back had already been the subject of a rumoured €40m bid from Atletico Madrid over the summer.Now offers for Milenkovic from both Manchester clubs are being readied in the region of €50m.Milenkovic was purchased from Partizan Belgrade in the summer of 2017 for just €5.1m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoKenyon seeks new investors to rescue Newcastle takeover

first_imgKenyon seeks new investors to rescue Newcastle takeoverby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeter Kenyon is seeking new investors to rescue his takeover of Newcastle United.The ex-Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive is still searching for the £300m needed to complete his purchase of the Toon, reports The Sun.Kenyon is so anxious he is now offering a minimum buy-in of just £1million.Even then, the British businessman would only be able to pay Toon owner Mike Ashley in instalments staggered over the rest of the year.But Kenyon is buoyed by Ashley viewing him as the “best fit” to buy the club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Blue Jackets still getting accustomed to new coachs uptempo offense

Talk in Columbus during the Blue Jackets offseason often focused on new coach Scott Arniel’s up-tempo, high-octane offensive system. Meanwhile, fans wondered if a new coach would turn the team around after one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history. After 15 games, it’s clear that the transition from former coach Ken Hitchcock’s read-and-react style to Arniel’s is still a work in progress. Ideally, Arniel would like to push a defender up the ice to help on the attack, creating offense by controlling the puck and limiting the opponent’s space. “It’s kind of meat and potatoes, get the puck deep and get the puck on the net,” Blue Jackets center Kyle Wilson said. “The way the NHL is these days, sure you see the pretty goals on the highlight reels every day, but 95 percent of them are goals in and around the net. These days, that’s how you’re going to win hockey games.” Former Buckeye and current Blue Jackets center R.J. Umberger said the system can be fun as long as the team gets up the ice without turning over the puck. “I think that we have a lot more responsibility, and as long as we’re making smart, sound plays with the puck and protecting it, we get a leash and can go out there and do a little bit more with it,” Umberger said. The Jackets’ defense has been turning in the most impressive performances in the first 15 games. The worry with Arniel’s system is that it can lead to two-on-one breakaways for the opposition, especially when the defenders are moving up the ice and into an attacking position. Yet the team ranks 20th in the league in goals per game, with 2.7, and 10th in the league in goals against, with 2.5 per game. The Jackets are 9-6, good enough for fourth place in the competitive Western Conference Central Division. Right wing Jakub Voracek said the wins column will fill up if the team is more consistent. “We’ll play well for two or three games and then we’ll just have a blowout game,” Voracek said. “We’ve just got to figure this system out and we’ve got to play even better.” Jackets defenseman Anton Stralman agreed with Voracek’s assertion but said he likes where the team is headed under Arniel. “I think the system has been good, you know, obviously it’s getting results,” Stralman said. “We’re a better team this year than we were last year, so we just have to be more consistent and put the effort in every game.” The Jackets will start the week by traveling to Los Angeles, where they will play the Kings on Wednesday at the Staples Center. read more

Ohio State athletics selfreports 24 minor NCAA violations

Coach Pete Hanson sent letters to two prospective student-athletes in March 2013 that promised them athletically related financial aid. At the time each athlete received said letter, they had not yet reached their senior years in high school. The Compliance Office determined there to be seven impermissible phone calls to prospective student-athletes and/or their parents after an April 2013 review of phone records between Aug. 1, 2012, and March 1, 2013. The report states they were the result of inadvertent “pocket dials.” A coach inadvertently sent recruiting materials to a 2016 prospective student-athlete. Men’s GymnasticsReported Nov. 5 Two incoming prospective student-athletes — one in men’s soccer and the other in women’s volleyball — participated in voluntary workouts conducted by an OSU strength coach while not being enrolled at OSU. Program engaged in seven hours of out-of-season conditioning activities involving gymnastics equipment. Members of the synchronized swimming team posted photos of prospective student-athletes they were hosting to both Facebook and Instagram on Oct. 21, 2012. The photos that were posted were then commented on by the student-athletes and coach Holly Vargo-Brown. Coach Geoff Carlston made an impermissible telephone call to a prospective student-athlete who was a sophomore in high school on Oct. 8, 2012. On April 24, an assistant coach replied to an email from a prospective student-athlete who was a sophomore in high school. Reported Nov. 4 Women’s LacrosseReported July 23 Two private camps in spring 2013 impermissibly used the names of an OSU coach and two student-athletes to advertise the camps. A women’s hockey volunteer coach was involved with a local sports club that had multiple prospective student-athletes residing outside a permitted 50-mile radius of the university. On May 7, the coach provided a private lesson to a current member of the women’s team, and while also serving as a volunteer coach for the men’s ice hockey team from 2009-11, the coach provided three student-athletes a combined total of four private lessons during summer vacation. Women’s SoccerReported July 25 Synchronized SwimmingReported July 9 Click to expand.The Ohio State athletic department self-reported 24 minor violations in the second half of 2013, including nine for “impermissible” phone calls, text messages and emails to prospective student-athletes, as well as three violations for various involvement in conditioning and summer camp activities.The figures are a result of an open records request submitted Thursday by The Lantern and released Friday by the OSU public records office.None of the violations are considered major, but the report included 19 violations that included “prospective student-athletes.”The last 2013 violation was reported Nov. 6.In each case, the school proposed its own corrective action to either the Big Ten or NCAA, who accepted the proposals but at times, offered further recommendations to each sport. Common resolutions include issuing a letter of education to the respective coaching staff and restraining them from contacting the prospective student-athletes for a period of time, usually two weeks. The football program, however, was only restricted to one week of no contact for impermissible phone calls.OSU athletic director and Vice President Gene Smith said the school typically has “about 40” self-reported secondary violations annually during an interview with The Lantern May 15, 2012.“On an annual basis, we have about 40 (violations),” Smith said. “It ranges in that area we’re sitting at. In that 40 range is where we always hang.“Our whole thing is if we have 10 (violations), I’d have a problem. I mean, I really would because people are going to make mistakes. And that means if I only have 10 out of 350 employees (and) 1,000 athletes – something’s not right.”FootballReported June 27 WrestlingReported July 11 Carlston replied to a text message from a prospective student-athlete in February 2013 who was a junior in high school. Carlston mistakenly thought it was an email, not a text. Reported July 19 On Jan. 10, 2013, the Compliance Office approved and provided what was determined to be an official visit for a prospective student-athlete who had not yet been registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Reported July 29 On Oct. 17, 2012, coach Alexis Venechanos made an impermissible phone call to a prospective student-athlete in the 2015 class. An assistant coach made an impermissible phone call to a 2015 prospective student-athlete March 26. A total of three incoming student-athletes were employed as volunteers at the LiFE Sports Camp June 26. All three were enrolled in summer school, but were still considered prospective student-athletes in terms of employment. On both March 25 and May 7, coach Tom Ryan made two impermissible phone calls to 2014 prospective student-athletes. The field hockey program received approval from the OSU Compliance Office that allowed it to put an image of a current member of the team on an institutional brochure. Women’s VolleyballReported July 15 BaseballReported July 29 A member of the coaching staff was reported to have used a smokeless tobacco product during a game, violating NCAA bylaws. An assistant coach made an impermissible phone call to a 2015 prospective student-athlete April 25. An assistant coach and an assistant director of compliance distributed camp postcards at a soccer tournament May 4. Reported Nov. 6 Field HockeyReported July 24 Men’s SoccerReported July 29 The baseball director of operations participated in an off-campus baseball league against prospective student-athletes. Women’s GolfReported Sept. 12 On June 25, coach Therese Hession accepted a Facebook friend request from a 2016 prospective student-athlete. Two incoming prospective student-athletes — one in women’s volleyball and the other in men’s soccer — participated in voluntary workouts conducted by an OSU strength coach while not enrolled at OSU. Men’s and Women’s Ice HockeyReported Aug. 1 Men’s VolleyballReported July 15 Men’s and Women’s Swimming and DivingReported July 15During a dead period, then-men’s and women’s diving coach Vince Panzano flew to The Woodlands, Texas, April 15 and observed several unknown prospective student-athletes practice. read more

Opinion Dualthreat Tate Martell provides Ohio State best option as starting quarterback

Ohio State freshman quarterback Tate Martell warms up prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorRarely in the recent history of Ohio State has the team not started a mobile quarterback under center.A program that takes Woody Hayes’ iconic quote, “Three yards and a cloud of dust” to heart, Ohio State historically won national titles on the shoulders of running backs, but has since relied on mobile quarterbacks as another option to run the ball and pass only when needed.Dwayne Haskins is not that type of quarterback. Tate Martell is.Martell was listed as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 recruiting class, having flashed a powerful enough arm to complete passes downfield while also demonstrating an elusive running style that is more similar to the style of Braxton Miller rather than J.T. Barrett.Coaches have spoken of Martell with nothing but praise, acknowledging the progress he has made both in maturity and skill set since stepping foot on campus in the spring 2017. Martell embraced his role as scout team quarterback last season, helping the defense prepare while also working to improve his game during practice.The knock on Martell is that he lacks the experience of both Haskins and redshirt junior Joe Burrow. Haskins appeared in several games in 2017, including carrying the team in its win against Michigan. Martell has never appeared in a collegiate game, but that has not stopped quarterbacks in the past. Barrett began the 2014 season as the starting quarterback lacking college experience, admittedly filling in for the injured Miller. His predecessor started games in his true freshman campaign, taking over under center in just the fourth game of the 2011 season.Experience should be a factor, but it shouldn’t always be the deciding factor when examining how to maximize a team. Head coach Urban Meyer has leaned on mobile quarterbacks throughout his coaching career, ranging from Alex Smith to Tim Tebow to Miller to Barrett. The only time he had a pocket-passing quarterback at Ohio State was when Cardale Jones began the 2015 season as the starting quarterback, replaced later in the year by Barrett.Martell offers the Buckeyes an explosive runner who can make things happen even when the pocket collapses around him. If no one is available downfield, Martell has the ability to move. And while Martell might not be able to connect on as many deep passes as a quarterback like Haskins, he should still be effective enough passing to keep teams wary of his throwing ability.Martell is not viewed as the favorite to win the job and his legs give him the option to play other positions. But in a typical Ohio State offense, there is no better fit than a player like Martell. read more

Football Dwayne Haskins is the Heismancaliber quarterback he knew he was

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) pumps up the crowd after McLaurin scored a touchdown in the first half of the B1G Championship Game vs. Northwestern on Dec. 1. Ohio State won 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins came into this season with big shoes to fill.Following behind J.T. Barrett, who held a handful of Ohio State records and was a part of the two teams that made the College Football Playoff, the redshirt sophomore was not expected to immediately become the next legend under center.But Haskins did that and more this season, and he hasn’t shown it in a more spectacular fashion than he did in Ohio State’s 45-24 victory against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship.For many, all this success from a first-year starter came as a surprise. But for Haskins, he knew he was going to win the job in the offseason.He knew he would be the star that he eventually became.“I knew I was gonna be the guy, just a matter of time before [Urban Meyer] made the decision,” Haskins said. “I always wanted to come to school here at 10 years old, I knew I was gonna be a quarterback here, knew we were gonna do great things this year, and that’s me birthing it into existence.”Haskins completed 34-of-41 passes for 499 yards and five touchdowns with one interception. The completions, yards and touchdown passes were all records for the Big Ten Championship.During the most impressive performance of his collegiate career, Haskins passed Barrett for the most total touchdowns in a single season in Big Ten history.He beat his own program record of 470 passing yards he set in the loss to Purdue, and earned his fifth game of 400 passing yards or more. Every other quarterback in Ohio State history has combined for one of those games.“I mean it is what it is, he be doing it all year,” redshirt junior wide receiver K.J. Hill said. “I feel like he should be in New York and win the Heisman.”The Heisman race has officially opened up after Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was injured in the third quarter after throwing 10-of-25 for 164 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.Tagovailoa, Haskins and Oklahoma redshirt junior quarterback Kyler Murray appear to be the lead candidates after Saturday’s games, and Haskins still may be the least likely of the trio to end up with the trophy.But the redshirt sophomore has found a way to win games like Saturday’s Big Ten Championship all season long.With the Ohio State run game regressing to 2.3 yards per carry, Haskins opened up Northwestern’s zone defense — designed to allow short-yardage plays, but stop deep balls — with touchdown passes of 29 and 42 yards, as well as another 63-yard throw to redshirt senior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon.The 42-yard score was to redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin perfectly in stride over McLaurin’s shoulder on the right sideline.McLaurin said he often doesn’t have to do much because of his quarterback’s accuracy.“It makes my job a lot easier,” McLaurin said. “A lot of my passes this season have been right in my bread basket. All I gotta do is catch it.”Haskins’ day was not without errors.In the second quarter, Haskins had Hill open on the left side of the field, but the redshirt sophomore overthrew it, giving the Wildcats an easy interception.But for the crucial error in the first half, there were plenty of highlight moments to make up for it.Haskins showed his improved footwork with a 16-yard touchdown pass to McLaurin on a perfect throw to the corner of the end zone to get Ohio State up early. In the second half, Haskins found Dixon on the 63-yard throw, the entirety of the yards picked up through the air.Whether he is going to the College Football Playoff or, more likely, the Rose Bowl, Haskins is satisfied with the season his team has put together.“Any team would want to be 12-1 and win a conference championship, so whether that’s in the playoffs or the Rose Bowl, you know it’s just an opportunity to play for the university, play for each other,” Haskins said. “Regardless of whether you make the playoffs or not, and I’m just happy to be a part of this team.”Haskins, 13 starts later, now sits atop as one of the most prolific passers Ohio State has ever had.The redshirt sophomore who was once committed to Maryland, who knew the whole time he was going to be the guy, has become the guy who nearly threw for 500 yards in the Big Ten Championship.Only time will tell if Haskins has done enough to be invited as a Heisman trophy nominee. Haskins said he feels he has “a pretty good shot,” but to head coach Urban Meyer, there should be no doubt.“He’s without question a Heisman candidate. I’ve seen the statistics of the other two great players, and there’s no doubt. Dwayne Haskins is a Heisman candidate, and he should be in New York City.” read more