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Croydon offices: Home alone

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Chelsea make breakthrough over new Willian contract

first_img Comment Willian is reportedly close to signing a new deal with Chelsea (Getty Images)Chelsea are increasingly confident of agreeing a new contract with Willian by the end of the week, according to reports.The 31-year-old agreed a short-term deal to stay for the remainder of the delayed Premier League season but his contract with Chelsea is due to expire this summer.Willian has been holding out for a three-year deal from Chelsea but the club are only willing to offer a contract for the next two years.Arsenal, meanwhile, reportedly offered Willian a deal worth £250,000 a week earlier this year but were forced to reconsider due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Sky Sports now report that Chelsea have made a breakthrough in negotiations and are hopeful that a deal could be finalised by the end of the week.The report claims that Barcelona, Manchester United and MLS side Inter Miami are also keeping tabs on Willian’s situation. Chelsea make breakthrough over new Willian contract Metro Sport ReporterMonday 27 Jul 2020 2:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.7kShares Frank Lampard is keen for Willian to remain at Chelsea (AFP via Getty Images)The Brazil international has been one of Chelsea’s standout performers this season and played a key role in helping Frank Lampard’s side secure a place in next season’s Champions League.And Lampard has already made it clear that he would be keen for Willian to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.‘When you think of Willian and his situation, the impact he is having in all the games at the minute with his speed and how he controls the ball and his quality which we all see in every game, I am so pleased with him,’ Lampard said earlier this month.‘He has been brilliant for us with both of those things and Willian deserves huge credit.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalWillian, meanwhile, missed Chelsea’s final game of the Premier League season due to injury.Goals from Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud secured a 2-0 victory over Wolves at Stamford Bridge.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Wolf Administration: Ball Corporation Selects Luzerne County for New Manufacturing Plant That Will Create Approximately 230 New Jobs

first_imgWolf Administration: Ball Corporation Selects Luzerne County for New Manufacturing Plant That Will Create Approximately 230 New Jobs September 02, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Economy,  Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Governor Tom Wolf announced that Ball Corporation will create approximately 230 new, good paying full-time jobs at its new aluminum beverage packaging plant in Pittston, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne County. Ball has pledged to invest approximately $360 million into the project over multiple years.“Ball Corporation has a longstanding presence in the international marketplace, and Pennsylvania is pleased with the company’s commitment to expand its manufacturing facilities in the northeast,” said Gov. Wolf. “This project will inject much-needed revenue into the region, create new, high-paying jobs, and provide a lasting impact on the surrounding community.”Through the project, Ball will purchase and retrofit a 1,078,799-square-foot industrial building in Jenkins Township to create a multiline sustainable aluminum beverage packaging manufacturing operation. The project will generate more than $16 million in new employment payroll for the region, which is currently struggling with high unemployment.“Ball is excited to expand into Pennsylvania to build a state-of-the art manufacturing plant to support the growth of our customers in infinitely recyclable aluminum beverage packaging,” said Colin J. Gillis, president of Ball Beverage Packaging North & Central America. “We appreciate the cooperation between state and local agencies as part of the site selection process, and we look forward to being part of the Pittston community.”Ball received a proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for up to $2 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) funding to be distributed upon the creation of the new jobs, $400,000 in funding for workforce development training, and may be eligible for the Manufacturing Tax Credit Program and a Qualified Manufacturing Deduction. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) supplies innovative, sustainable aluminum packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 18,300 people worldwide and reported 2019 net sales of $11.5 billion.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

Senator Leising: Indiana economy sets the pace

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana’s economy continues to thrive, making our state a great place to live and work. Our unemployment rate remains lower than both the national rate and the rates of all neighboring states, and we have the third-highest real per-capita income growth in the nation, according to the most recent data from the federal government’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. Additionally, Indiana has made several other economic achievements:Indiana is in the top 10 states for doing business, according to Chief Executive Magazine, Area Development Magazine and Site Selection Magazine. CNBC’s 2017 report card on “America’s Top States for Business” ranked Indiana No. 2 in the nation for lowest cost of doing business, No. 2 in the nation for lowest cost of living and No. 3 in the nation for infrastructure.The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2018” ranked Indiana the eighth most entrepreneur-friendly state.The American Legislative Exchange Council rates Indiana’s economic outlook No. 3 in the nation based on our pro-growth policies.I’m pleased with the progress our state continues to make, and as your state senator, I will continue to support policies that make Indiana a state that works.For more information on our unemployment rate, click here.last_img read more

Italian FA plans May training return

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Italy’s football federation hopes that players can be tested for the new coronavirus at the start of May to prepare for the season to restart, its president Gabriele Gravina has said.Serie A has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus outbreak and it is still not clear when, or if, the season can resume.Italy has been one of the countries hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with 19,899 deaths and 156,363 officially confirmed cases. Players at a number of clubs have been infected.There are still 12 rounds of matches to be played, plus several outstanding fixtures.Gravina told Sky Sport Italia that he was still determined for the season to be completed no matter how long it took.“As soon as the conditions are right, we’ll finish the championship,” he said.“Soon, there will be a meeting, we will establish the procedure which we will then communicate. We will start, I hope, at the beginning of the month (May) with tests to ensure that players are negative and the training can follow.“Will we play through the summer? We don’t have a deadline but the idea is to finish the championships.”Several clubs have opposed the idea of carrying on with the championship including Brescia, who have threatened not to take the field.Tags: CoronavirusCOVID-19ItalySerie Alast_img read more

Yann Kermorgant signs a contract extension with Bournemouth

first_img The 33-year-old striker, who joined from Charlton in January 2014, has yet to score for Bournemouth in the top flight. However, he did net in the Capital One Cup win at Hartlepool last month, which set up a third round trip to Preston later this month. Yann Kermorgant has signed a contract extension which commits him to Bournemouth until the summer of 2017. Press Associationlast_img

AB de Villiers fireworks power RCB to fourth win

first_imgROYAL Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) impressive Indian Premier League (IPL) resurgence continued with a fourth win in five matches as Virat Kohli’s men defeated Kings XI Punjab by 17 runs.RCB were deep in trouble in this year’s competition as they began with six consecutive defeats, leaving little room for error in the remainder of the tournament.But they have thrived under the circumstances and did so again at home to Kings XI, with a sensational unbeaten partnership of 121 off 66 from AB de Villiers (82 not out) and Marcus Stoinis (46no) stealing the show.That carried RCB from 81-4 to 202-4, setting a target that Kings XI never truly looked like reaching as Umesh Yadav finished with figures of 3-36.The visitors mustered 185-7 from their 20 overs, but the momentum they required deserted them late on.RCB were sent in to bat first and initially looked set to continue their strong run in real style as Parthiv Patel and Kohli combined for 35 runs in the first three overs of the powerplay.But Kohli (13), having already been dropped at the start of the second over, was soon snared by Mohammed Shami.Parthiv kept chipping away for a time and reached an impressive 43 off just 24, yet his departure signalled the start of a tough stretch for the home side and they were reduced to 81-4.de Villiers had let Parthiv do the heavy lifting in their partnership, but the South African responded in stunning fashion to losing three team-mates.Some sublime big hitting included four sixes in five balls to bring up the century partnership with Stoinis, who was also in the mood for a slog, and RCB made 64 from the final three overs.Kings XI set a good early pace to maintain some interest in the contest, though, reaching 101-1 through the first nine overs.KINGS XI CANNOT UNDO DAMAGEKL Rahul made 42 from 27 through partnerships with Chris Gayle (23) and Mayank Agarwal (35), but he eventually departed to Moeen Ali.Kings XI’s scoring rate did not quite reach the required standard, yet they were in a position where a final flurry – which de Villiers earlier delivered – might have stolen victory.It did not materialise, though, with David Miller (24) and Nicholas Pooran (46) gone in the same over, before Yadav removed Ravichandran Ashwin (6) and Hardus Viljoen, who endured a torrid time with the ball, from consecutive deliveries.last_img read more

UW’s Orr practicing what he preaches

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoFootball is a religion to some players. Not for Jonathan Orr though. He has something a little deeper.Orr’s story goes beyond his play on the football field. Not that his career thus far as a Badger is anything to simply look past. A senior wide receiver, Orr has caught 79 passes in 44 games for the Cardinal and White, including a record-setting red-shirt freshman season that saw him haul in 47 receptions for 842 yards.It’s just that Orr’s actions away from the gridiron hold a little more meaning. “He leads his life right,” tight end Joel Nellis said. “He takes care of school, he’s deep in his faith, and I commend him a lot for that. And he’s willing to make sacrifices to help the team. If I had to pick one guy out of everybody, it’d be him. He’s really the model citizen.”Orr and Nellis are currently spearheading the team’s “Yes, We Can” campaign, a food drive in partnership with area elementary schools and the Community Action Coalition of South Central Wisconsin that lasts until Oct. 15.The service project is just another way Orr has made his mark in the community. Raised in what he describes as “a church-going family,” the Detroit native has used his time in Madison to live out his Christian faith, leading a weekly Bible study Saturday nights at Union South (from 10 p.m. to midnight) and working with children at Fountain of Life Worship Center on Fish Hatchery Road. Orr also spoke to Christian students with former Badger cornerback Scott Starks at Primetime, a weekly gathering put on by the University of Wisconsin’s Student Impact group.”Any opportunity I have to spread the gospel I want to take advantage of,” Orr said.Orr says his beliefs wavered during his adolescent years, but returning to his faith after a year in Madison filled a major void in his life.”I kind of got away from it in high school,” Orr said. “And then, college, I just knew, after my freshman year, I knew I was kind of was missing something — that relationship with God. So, it kind of came from a personal yearning and a personal calling.”That re-strengthened faith has allowed Orr to balance a busy lifestyle. He says it is his beliefs that carry him through the overwhelming times — moments when the combination of playing football for a top-25 ranked team and taking care of business in the classroom at a major university becomes especially fatiguing.”The biggest challenge is staying focused, keeping everything in perspective. Knowing that although football and school is important, the most important thing is pleasing God,” Orr said. “And just keeping Him first, that’s the main thing. Without Him being first, then everything else will fall apart anyway and really won’t matter too much anyway. So just making sure that I’m doing what he wants me to do and everything else falls into place.”1 Peter 5:6 — Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due timeAt the very opposite end of the spectrum from a showboating player, Orr is, not surprisingly, the same way off the field.His faith, and willingness to share that faith, has made him a leader among his teammates. Last Sunday he traveled to the home parish of sophomore wideout Luke Swan in Fennimore, Wis., to speak to the congregation. Orr says a growing number of players are starting to share a spiritual bond to go along with one of the sport they love. But, he’s still quick to deflect any praise.”I guess I recognize that it’s really not me,” Orr said. “It’s just God working through me, so I really can’t take any credit for it.””He’s not going to go out there and tell you what he does for the community or tell you all this other stuff,” Nellis said. “He’s going to be modest about what he does and he’s going to do it to the best of his ability.”Orr gives much of the credit for the “Yes, We Can” effort to defensive backs coach Ron Lee and director of athletic communications Justin Doherty. That’s just his style.Nellis says Orr approached him this past summer wanting to make a difference in the community, recognizing the Madison native, who has participated in other UW service campaigns and projects, as a good candidate to help.”I don’t like to take a lot of the credit for the initial idea because that was Jon,” Nellis said. “Jon thought of it, was really the one that was proactive about the whole situation which is phenomenal, because coming from a guy outside of Madison that really wants to give back to this community says something about him as a person.”Hebrews 12:1 — … let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us …On the field, Orr is looking to recover from the last two years, seasons that haven’t statistically lived up to his debut campaign. After setting a school record for receiving yards by a freshman (his total also ranked No. 3 in the nation among freshman), Orr totaled just 294 over the next two years.”At the beginning it really was [frustrating],” Orr said. “But, keeping everything in perspective, I knew I had to be ready when my opportunity does come around instead of complaining about it and being down on it. Because then when it does come around, you won’t be in the right frame of mind to take advantage of it.”Last week’s win over Indiana may just have been that opportunity. Orr caught four passes for 128 yards — his highest total since Aug. 31 of 2002 — and one touchdown. His combination of size (6-foot-3) and speed (believed to be one of the best on the team), leave the door to playing professionally open with a productive senior season.Regardless of his football future, Orr is ready to continue his track record of service in the professional world. And he’s confident his faith will see him through.”That is one of my goals, to play at the next level, being the NFL,” Orr said. “And there are some things I want to do in business and in my community back home in Detroit, some community development projects I want to get established. Ministry is definitely something I’ll be involved in. In what form or fashion I really don’t know, but that will be for the rest of my life.”last_img read more

VIDEO: Beat writers discuss Syracuse vs. Boston College matchup

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Miller: Dave Roberts made the right call in relieving Rich Hill

first_imgDave Roberts made a decision in the best interest of the Dodgers’ World Series chances, and fans are still debating whether he did the right thing.Ah, seriously?Some of these same fans, logic tells us, also must be the ones annually lamenting the fact the Dodgers haven’t won baseball’s championship in nearly three decades.Folks, make up your mind. Do you care about the Dodger or the Dodgers? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Mayflies have a life expectancy of only 24 hours, and even they think leaving Rich Hill in that game Saturday would have been foolishly shortsighted.The Dodgers manager did exactly, completely and undeniably the right thing in Miami, removing Hill even though the left-hander hadn’t allowed a baserunner through seven innings.And, even if Roberts was (as one popular theory suggests) only following the orders of his heavy handed bosses – the manager nothing more than a puppet in polyester stretch pants – big deal. It was still the absolute right decision.Sure, Hill was just six more consecutive outs away from making history with the 24th perfect game ever. The only Dodger with a perfect game is Sandy Koufax, and baseball names don’t get any more historic than that.But, as manager of the team with the sport’s highest payroll and the expectations that sort of money also buys, the history Roberts is beholden to above all else is World Series history.center_img Leveraging even a sliver of the Dodgers’ postseason chances this late in the year for the sake of possible individual glory would have been wholly unnecessary, irresponsible and, to use a technical baseball term, wacko.What’s more, it could have torpedoed everything Roberts, in his first season remember, has worked to establish to this point in a clubhouse that, also don’t forget, hasn’t always sung in harmony the past few seasons.The day he was publicly introduced by the Dodgers barely 10 months ago, Roberts noted that he “believes in accountability,” adding, “When I see people who don’t buy into the team, it frustrates me.”Risking a reoccurrence of the blister condition that already has cost Hill five weeks of this season would have been putting player before team, Roberts correctly noting the decision could have cost him “credibility” in the clubhouse.If you don’t believe trust matters in that room, consider that Roberts talked to a handful of the Dodgers veterans before the team brought back Yasiel Puig this month, the manager mindful of potentially disrupting what clearly and somewhat inexplicably continues to work for this unlikely first-place bunch.As passionate as some of the reaction has been to Roberts’ decision, imagine the response if a manager – any manager – admitted he did something for the good of the individual at the possible expense of the team.Even the fourth-place San Diego Padres manager would be broiled for such an admission right now, and almost nobody even knows that guy’s name.This is mid-September of a pennant race. Let the Minnesota Twins use the season’s final week to chase individual milestones, if they chose.Under traditional circumstances for contenders, winning is still all that matters. Roberts was hired to win, not facilitate ways for Dodgers players to appear on ESPN Classic.Of course, lifting Hill was difficult. Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt called it “gut-wrenching,” and he wasn’t even talking about the decision. He was talking instead about having to watch Roberts make the decision.Hill stomped around, slammed a bat and swore, and that’s exactly how he should have reacted. Afterward, though clearly still steamed, he admitted, “I get it,” and that’s exactly how he should have responded.Here’s someone who was throwing pitches in an independent league last August. Now, going back to the end of his first start with the Dodgers, Hill has given up one hit to the past 50 batters he has faced.During that stretch, he also has walked two, but, in case you’re not aware, an opponents’ batting average of .021 (1 for 48) is pretty impressive.This is particularly true when recalling Hill’s time – albeit as brief as a commercial break – with the Angels.He spent 10 days during the 2014 season as an Angel and genuinely ranks as one of the worst pitchers in franchise history. Hill’s all-time Angel ERA is so bad that it can’t even be expressed numerically.In two games, he faced four batters, giving up a hit to one and walking the other three. One of the four eventually scored, leaving Hill with an official Angel ERA of infinity.Today, given Clayton Kershaw’s rebounding status, Hill is the reigning ace of the National League West’s leaders.And some people think Roberts should have risk losing him in exchange for a shot at personal history?Please. That thinking, unlike one man securing 27 consecutive outs, couldn’t be more imperfect.last_img read more

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