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Loading… Willian has vowed to stay loyal to Chelsea amid the coronavirus outbreak.Advertisement Read Read: Ronaldo missing as Mbappe leads race for most valuable playersThe 31-year-old is one of three high profile Chelsea stars whose contract looks likely to expire before this campaign has reached its conclusion.Olivier Giroud and Pedro both have deals which finish on the last day of June.But despite reports linking him with Tottenham and Arsenal, Willian is keen to repay the loyalty Chelsea have shown him since he signed in 2013.Speaking to Brazilian TV channel Esporte Interativo on a live Facebook chat, he said: “My contract really ends I think in July.“And if I had to play on those dates, in these months, I think it would be no problem for me to end the league in a way which would be loyal to the club, as they always were with me.“Regardless of a signed paper.“But it’s clear that this is not a certainty, we don’t know what can happen.“But without a doubt, as always, I will always be ready to give the best to my club regardless of my contract situation.”In a bid to combat such a situation, football authorities like the FA, Premier League, EFL and PFA are expected to be flexible and allow temporary deals in order to complete the season, according to the Telegraph.It quotes one Football League official who said: “It’s pretty easy for all the football authorities to get together and agree that clubs can give players temporary contracts to take them to the end of any extended season, should that happen.Willian has vowed to stay loyal to Chelsea amid the coronavirus outbreakRead Also: Higuain ‘arrested’at airport trying to flee Italy amid coronavirus pandemic“The transfer windows and things can also be altered accordingly.“But it will be a scary time for many players towards the bottom end who have mortgages to pay and will have decisions about their livelihood and futures delayed until clubs get clarity over when football might be played again and the real financial impact.”While this approach may offer security to those at the top of the football pyramid, clubs further down the ladder are unlikely to offer any new contracts while their financial future remains so unstable.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Brazilian’s Stamford Bridge contract expires on June 30 but he has assured Blues fans he will remain committed to the cause until the season has finished. Promoted ContentPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemRyan Reynolds Does The Bottle Cup Challenge (You Better See This)7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet! read more
Recently we passed the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s admission of suffering from ALS. Two other athletes have also died from this muscle disease. They are Ezzard Charles, a boxer, and Catfish Hunter, a baseball pitcher. Here in Batesville Jim Struewing is currently battling this disease.Researchers for years have been trying to figure out what happens between the muscles in our body, the nerve cells leading to the brain, and the spinal column. In the last few years, they have discovered that there is a gene mutation designated as SOD1. That discovery came in the mid 1990’s, but since they have discovered that there are 35 such mutations found in victims of ALS.The scientists are making progress but they need a lot more money to carry on the fight to find a cure. Just knowing what happens is not enough. They must find a way to fix it. Since this was an anniversary year, the Ice Bucket Challenge kicked off a re-awareness of this debilitating disease. We still do not have a cure. So if you can help our scientists, and you are able, please give to this worthwhile cause. Why this disease strikes very healthy athletes in their prime is a mystery. read more
DEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald PhotoCrafty. Clever. Cheeky. There are many adjectives that describe the playing style of Wisconsin midfielder Erik Ortega.”I would describe it as ‘smooth,'” junior captain Aaron Hohlbein said.Every match, Ortega, a 5-foot-9, 155-pound sophomore from Western Springs, Ill., lends an excited and charged energy to the midfield of the 4-2-0 Wisconsin men’s soccer squad.”I mean, he really scoots around out there,” Hohlbein added. “He’s quick, he’s strong on the ball and he can hit a good shot — he’s just an overall solid player.”When asked about his playing style, Ortega says he tries to mirror Manchester United and Portuguese international winger Cristiano Ronaldo.”I try to model myself after [Ronaldo],” Ortega said. “He plays outside, and I’ve been out wide for Wisconsin freshman and sophomore years. I’m crafty like him, I try to sneak around and see if I can get through balls.”Before arriving at Wisconsin, Ortega steadily assembled an impressive resume — and simultaneously wore out his visa — while playing with the Chicago Magic club team. With the Magic, Ortega played at an extensive number of venues internationally, including Brazil, Japan, Mexico, France, Germany, England, Spain and Holland.”It was great,” Ortega said of the experience. “At, like, 14-years-old we went to France and we were giving out autographs … it’s a whole other world over there — it’s like football is here.”In addition to his success with the Magic, Ortega also played five years on the Olympic Development Program (ODP) state team, five years on the ODP regional team and one year on the ODP national team.Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman believes Ortega’s travel experience helped him immensely in adapting to the college game.”Certainly those experiences have helped him since day one as far as coming in and not really even being a freshman, per se, in that first year,” Rohrman said. “He came in with the maturity and experience of a seasoned player, so those experiences do help.”Ortega’s frequent travel habits diversified the winger’s playing style and produced the flair that he is now known for. His journeys also enable him to share with his teammates all of the different styles of play and various strategies he encountered.”[His travel experience] contributes a lot,” Hohlbein said. “I mean, he has a lot of experience obviously overseas, and here in the United States, too. It brings a different part to the team — knowing different styles of play.”In last Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Butler University, Ortega displayed his panache by nodding home the game-winning goal in the 84th minute of play. After redshirt freshman Victor Diaz was sent off late in the second half, the reduced Badger squad fought back and salvaged a late goal off a cross from sophomore Nick Caronna. Describing the goal, Ortega can only vaguely recall details of his clinical finishing.”We put some things together,” Ortega said. “[Nick] Caronna got the ball out wide and I kind of slipped my defender … after that, it’s kind of a blur. I got up and the ball was in the goal — it was like pandemonium with the whole bench and everything, it was a great feeling.”In addition to his game-winner against Butler, Ortega has also recorded an assist this season, and has started in all six of Wisconsin’s matches. Rohrman credits Ortega’s consistency to his overall physique.”He’s extremely athletic and he’s extremely fit,” Rohrman said. “When we do our testing, he’s clearly in the top two or three in just about everything. Running with the ball, he’s extremely quick, extremely fast and can do some things off the dribble that few others can. He also has the ability to finish well.”When comparing his international trips with the Wisconsin road trips, Ortega confesses there isn’t much difference between the two. He claims the trips are more about team unity and bonding rather than miles.”[The trips] are about the same, it’s all about comradery,” Ortega said. “You get to know the guys a lot better and it’s definitely a good time.” read more
County Councillor Seamus O’ Domhnaill has slammed the takeover of water services by Irish Water warning customers will have to pay up to €760 per annum.Cllr Seamus O’DomhnaillIn a scathing attack he warned that Irish Water has mis-spent tax payer’s money when there was no need to do so.The Fianna Fail councillor said the massive amount of €50 million which was ‘squandered’ by Irish Water could have been saved if a request was made to receive the same expertise from local councils. “All too often these ‘Quangos’ don’t listen or ask the people with the knowledge on the ground of their views and this is another such case”.He continued “This cost of €50 million will be passed onto the bill-payers even though in my opinion there was no need to have spent the money in the first place. It shows the negligible way in which this government is spending monies at a time when basic, much needed services are being slashed.“Minister Hogan must take responsibility for this calamity as he allowed the Irish Water fiasco to become a Run Away Train with he himself at the helm. It became evident to me when the Fine Gael & Labour Party were not prepared to accept amendments from any of the opposition Parties or Independents in the Daíl that the Government had something to hide. It all appears to be coming to light now and Minister Hogan must take responsibility for another shambles created by him.”Cllr O’Domhnaill added that having received figures from the Houses of the Oireachtas research library in recent days, he claims that homes across our County will be charged on average €760 per annum for the provision of water. “This figure represents a base figure with Irish Water only breaking even and doesn’t allow for a profit. The cost of producing water in Ireland is over € 1.2 billion with approximately 1.3 million houses being served by the public supply and approx 200 million being collected currently from commercial customers. The €50 million spent on consultants must also be recouped which will further drive the cost upwards.”He said it is a simple fact that people across Donegal cannot afford such prices and this is simply a revenue generating exercise too far for the citizens of Donegal.“The money which has been squandered in setting up Irish Water would have been better spent upgrading the pipe network around our country thus creating employment and reducing the amount of water which is actually used, as up to 50 % of the water that leaves the treatment plant is lost before it reaches the tap.“I await anxiously the answers and explanations which will be given by the Irish water executives and Minister Hogan and also await his apology to the people for another calamity created under his watch”. O’DOMHNAILL WARNS CUSTOMERS THAT WATER WILL COST THEM €760 A YEAR was last modified: January 13th, 2014 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) Tags:Cllr Seamus O DomhnaillIrish Waterwater read more