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FDA approves levofloxacin for anthrax in children

first_imgMay 20, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently offered another antibiotic option for combating inhalational anthrax in children by approving the quinolone drug levofloxacin (Levaquin).In a letter dated May 5, the FDA endorsed the use of levofloxacin, made by Ortho-McNeil, in children 6 months of age and older. The agency had approved use of the drug for postexposure treatment of anthrax in adults in 2004.Levofloxacin is also used in adults to treat pneumonia, bacterial sinusitis and bronchitis, and complicated skin and urinary tract infections, according to the FDA. It is not approved for children for anything but anthrax.The first-line treatments for anthrax in both children and adults are ciprofloxacin and doxycycline, according to a report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) experts in the April issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases. The report was based on a 2006 conference on public health and clinical guidelines for anthrax.The article says that because safety data on use longer than 28 days are lacking, levofloxacin is recommended as a second-line postexposure drug for adults, “to be reserved for instances where medical issues may call for its use.” The report lists amoxicillin as a second-line treatment for children, provided the anthrax strain involved is susceptible to penicillin.Clinical trials have shown an increased incidence of musculoskeletal adverse events, such as joint pain, arthritis, and tendonopathy, in children treated with levofloxacin, according to the FDA approval letter. One study, which compared the medication with a non-quinolone antibiotic, showed musculoskeletal problems were significantly more common in the levofloxacin group, but none were serious, and they resolved in about a week.The FDA letter says the recommended levofloxacin dosages for children are based on body weight: 500 milligrams (mg) once daily for those weighing more than 50 kilograms (kg) (110 pounds), 8 mg per kg every 12 hours for those weighing less.See also: Stern EJ, Uhde KB, Shadomy SV, et al. Conference report on public health and clinical guidelines for anthrax. Emerg Infect Dis 2008 Apr;14(4) [Full text]CIDRAP anthrax overviewhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/anthrax/biofacts/anthrax_tx.htmllast_img read more

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Dutch watchdog urges pension funds to prepare for hard Brexit

first_imgSome asset managers have already transferred assets run for EU entities out of UK vehicles, including M&G, Columbia Threadneedle, and First State.Although derivatives contracts could be continued, UK-based broker-dealers could be blocked from applying changes after a hard Brexit, Kerkvliet added.In such circumstances it would still be possible to make arrangements between supervisors, such as a memorandum of understanding (MOU) or declarations of equivalence.The European regulator ESMA has said it intends to agree an MOU with UK supervisor FCA long before 29 March.An MOU would enable a pension fund to outsource asset management to a UK entity, while declarations of equivalence could solve problems with derivatives and subcontracting of asset management.However, Kerkvliet warned that such arrangements were not in place yet.‘Time running out for EU permissions’A number of UK asset managers, central clearing parties and broker-dealers have set up offices in the EU to handle European clients’ assets or contracts, but the AFM warned that other British companies had been very late to take such measures.Kerkvliet said that the AFM, like other European regulators, had received a large number of applications from UK parties, and that it couldn’t guarantee that all licences would be granted in time.The watchdog called on pension funds to discuss the issue with their outsourcing partners and to set up alternative options in case their service providers hadn’t anticipated developments sufficiently.When asked by Pensioen Pro, DNB made clear that it subscribed to the AFM’s viewpoint. Michael Lansink, head of trading at risk manager Cardano, said he wasn’t expecting derivatives disasters in the wake of a hard Brexit.“It is mainly very opaque at the moment, and it potentially generates much legal and operational work,” he said.He observed that UK banks roughly follow three Brexit strategies for providing derivatives to Dutch clients:Use EU-based entities to take on all existing bilateral contracts with the same terms and conditionsUse EU-based entities only taking on new contracts, with the existing ones remaining in the UKApply for a license with the AFM to keep on serving the Dutch market from the UKAll British banks were highly motivated to keep doing business in the EU, Lansink said, and were sometimes changing strategy or working on more than one option at the same time. Pension funds must ensure their asset managers and derivatives counterparties are fully prepared for a possible hard Brexit on 29 March next year, according to a Dutch regulator.Speaking during a conference hosted by IPE’s sister publication Pensioen Pro last week, Joyce Kerkvliet, senior supervisor for asset management at financial markets regulator AFM, emphasised that both the AFM and its fellow regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) were taking seriously the risk of no deal being reached between the UK and EU.The consequence of such an outcome would be that there would be no access to mutual financial markets and no transition period, she said.At the conference in Rotterdam, Kerkvliet cited derivatives and asset management as examples of possible risks. Outsourcing to a UK entity could no longer be allowed, meaning assets would have to be transferred to an entity within the EU.last_img read more

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Most is too much for IMCA Modified Blowout foes at US 36

first_imgClay Hale and Steven Bowers started the race from the front row for the 25-lap race, with Bowers taking the advantage into the opening corner. While Bowers paced the race early, Most began working his way from eighth starting. Most moved through the field by running alternate lines from the rest of the field. The first half of the race saw Baumli run the high side to work into the top three from ther ninth starting spot. Baumli eventually made his way around Jason Estes and then dominated the final restart to pick up the win. J.J. Baumli has now cashed in on over $2,200 over the past two weeks as he picked up his second four figure win in a row, winning the $1,000 to win IMCA Stock Car feature. Karl Kustoms Northern Sport Mods also had a $1,000 check ready for the winner at the end of the night. Steven Clancy started on the pole and had the dominant car early. Feature Results OSBORN, Mo. (Aug. 2) – Every division had an increased payout on the line Friday at US 36 Raceway, but the IMCA Modifieds had the most to fight for with a $1,500 check going home with Josh Most, winner of the Modified Blowout presented by Lent Prints.  A few laps after the restart, Most and Bowers made contact in turn one. Most let Bowers collect himself before making another attempt at taking the lead away. After an intense battle, Most took the lead from Bowers. With battles all over the track and only a few laps left, Bowers chased Most down and the two re-engaged in their battle for the lead. Most took a three-car length lead into the white flag lap. Most bobbled in turn one and Bowers closed to his back bumper into turn three. Stock Cars – 1. J.J. Baumli; 2. Steve Starmer; 3. Connor Masoner; 4. Thomas Roberts; 5. Billie Hoover; 6. Brad Whitney; 7. Carson Masoner; 8. Calvin Teel; 9. Blake Peeler; 10. Gerald Wahwahsuck; 11. Brock Badger; 12. Jason Estes; 13. Keith Simmons; 14. Mich Ross. By Jacob Blair center_img Josh Most earned $1,500 along with a spot on the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot for his IMCA Modified Blowout victory at US 36 Raceway. (Photo by Judy Staley) Most opened up a comfortable lead by lap 20 as both Bowers and Most had driven away from the field and entered lap traffic. While those two worked through the traffic, Shayne Bailey and Clancy battled for third. Both took the high line and the two almost made contact. Most stayed high, while Bowers pointed his car to the bottom. The two raced door-to-door to the line with Most earning the win and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth by less than two tenth’s of a second over Bowers. While Clancy paced the field, Chase Rudolf worked from his seventh starting to second. Rudolf showed his nose several times, but never could make the move. Clancy got his sixth win of the season.  Modifieds – 1. Josh Most; 2. Steven Bowers Jr.; 3. Shayne Bailey; 4. Chad Clancy; 5. Cory Wray; 6. Jeff James; 7. Clay Hale; 8. Greg Querry; 9. Zack Gilmore; 10. Michael Dotson; 11. Tony Manley; 12. Dustin Miller; 13. Benjie Douglas; 14. Jim Masoner Jr.; 15. Chad Andersen; 16. Jacob Brock.  Most had moved to third before the yellow flew on lap seven. On the restart, Most advanced to second while Chad Clancy moved into the picture as he took third, after starting 11th. Bailey won the battle for third, pushing Clancy to fourth. Cory Wray ran a steady race to finish fifth. Northern SportMods – 1. Steven Clancy; 2. Chase Rudolf; 3. Tim Eaton; 4. Trevor Noonan; 5. Jeffrey Sears; 6. Jeremy Pittsenbarger; 7. Garrett Nelson; 8. Coleman Browning; 9. Tommy Hensley; 10. Colton Nelson; 11. Justin Marrant; 12. Matt Lent; 13. Cade Richards; 14. Randy Smith Jr.; 15. Shane Noble; 16. Josh Munsen; 17. Chris Wright; 18. Arron Duvall.last_img read more

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Djokovic wins ATP Finals opener

first_imgRelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Djokovic zooms to 10th Italian Open final Djokovic fined $10,000 for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ Novak Djokovic began his quest for a sixth ATP Finals title in style with a 6-2 6-1 victory against Italian Matteo Berrettini on Sunday.Berrettini, the 23-year-old debutant, relied on his big serving to keep things competitive against the world No 2 but a costly error handed the Serb a break in the sixth game and he soon wrapped up the set with a break to love.The eighth-ranked Italian, who reached the US Open semi-finals earlier this year, was not helped by 17 unforced errors, which were two more than the 15 points he won in the opening set.Berrettini was already looking deflated but Djokovic burst his bubble as he raced through the second set, despite a blip after dropping serve having won eight-straight games, to make a statement to world No 1 Rafael Nadal.Djokovic has made no secret of how much he values records and tying Pete Sampras by finishing a year ranked on top of the world for a sixth time, but he must at least reach the final of the season-ending tournament to stand a chance of overhauling Nadal. However, on this form it will take a juggernaut to stop him claiming the end-of-season title for a sixth time. Tags: Novak DjokovicRafael Nadallast_img read more

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Wisconsin adjusting without injured Graff

first_imgThe Wisconsin volleyball team received a painful dose of news this week.Freshman outside hitter Crystal Graff will miss the remainder of the season with a right knee injury, and head coach Pete Waite foresees freshman Caroline Workman and junior Bailey Reshel working in tandem to fill Graff’s spot.“Crystal is a six-rotation player, so she was playing front row and back row,” Waite said. “When you’re in the back row, your passing and ball handling all the time, and she’s very good at that. To replace her right now, we will go with two different people. At times it will be [Reshel] or [Mary Ording] in the front row, then [Workman] in the back row for them.”Although Waite is happy to have the opportunity to rotate several bench players into the starting lineup, replacing one player with two comes at a high cost.“It makes a difference in our substitution patterns because we have a limit of 12 to use each game. If it’s a long game and we run out of those, it could cause some issues.”Recently, both Workman and Reshel have been seeing more court time. Reshel made her starting debut this past weekend against Indiana. The junior outside hitter helped the Badgers secure a 3-1 victory by contributing 11 kills and just one error. Reshel also assisted in three blocks and had two digs, bringing her averages up to .59 and .45, respectively.“I’d like to keep a low hitting error percentage,” Reshel said. “My expectation is to be aggressive. I have to fill someone else’s shoes, and I would really like to keep it pretty consistent. That’s my goal.”In the opening set of Reshel’s first season start, it appeared that the new lineup was going to take some getting used to. The Badgers fell behind early and eventually lost 25-20 to the Hoosiers. However, Reshel felt prepared and confident.“In practice, we are always making switches when people get tired or when we have to help someone out,” Reshel said. “I think it’s pretty comfortable.”Workman will be filling the hole that Graff left on the defensive end of the ball. This season, the freshman defensive specialist has played in 17 matches, including two starts. Workman averages .90 digs per set, and though she has consistently seen court time, the Badger recognizes that her spot is not guaranteed.“There are four or five defensive specialists, and I think we all have an equal shot at playing in that back row position,” Workman said. “I think it’s just a matter of who is playing really competitive in practice and who can play well under pressure.”Like fellow back row anchor Annemarie Hickey, Workman holds her own from the service line.She has scored on five aces so far this season, averaging .10 per set. Workman has also added 11 service errors to Wisconsin’s season total of 137.“We have to be a much stronger serving team,” Waite said. “That’s a big part of it. If we can keep the other team out of their offense and get a few more aces, it’s going to make a big difference.”Another possible substitution for Graff in the front row is outside hitter and middle blocker, Mary Ording. The 6-foot-3 junior has played in 10 matches, her best being against Michigan State when she scored on a season high eight kills, raising her average to 1.33 kills per set.Both Workman and Reshel are aware of the high expectations their coaches and teammates have for them now that they are going to be playing a bigger role in the Wisconsin’s success.“Their expectations are the same as mine: to execute and stay consistent,” Reshel said.Workman shares a similar attitude.“For me, being a freshman, I have to work as hard as I can and be as competitive as I can and really work hard on just passing the ball and playing good defense,” Workman said.As the second half of Big Ten play begins this weekend with round two against the Illinois Fighting Illini, Waite’s goals remain the same despite the loss of a key offensive threat.“Our goal is to match or exceed what we did in the first half. We have seen these teams once already, so those freshmen of ours now have an understanding of what those teams are bringing. I think we caught some people by surprise last time, so now we have to battle to keep improving and beat those teams in the second round.”Waite’s players, including Workman, have similar objectives for the remainder of the 2011-12 Big Ten season.“As a team, I hope that we can finish .500 or above so that we can make it to the tournament,” Workman said. “I hope that we can improve mentally as a team and also physically.”last_img read more

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Tipp take on Connacht champions Galway in the All Ireland Minor football quarter final.

first_imgThrow in is at 4pm in Tullamore and Tipp FM will have live updates from Tom McGrath.That game will be preceded at 2 o’clock by the clash of Munster champions Kerry and beaten Connacht finalists Sligo. Tipperary have gone a number of weeks without a game but they will be eager to put in a good performance.Minor Selector and Golden Kilfeacle native Shane Stapleton feels that the Connacht final replay will have helped Galway develop further and that they will have some momentum going into today’s game.However former Tipperary and Waterford senior football manager Tom McGlinchy says while Tipp’s preparations  weren’t ideal they will come out with all guns blazing this afternoonlast_img read more

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Over 1,600 truck driver jobs for oil and gas industry in Kansas available

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Interested in a job driving a truck for the oil and gas industry in Kansas?Kansas has more than 1,600 current, open positions for truck drivers in the state, and with the right training, driving a truck is a high demand career, especially in the oil and gas industry in Kansas.The Kansas Department of Commerce and its KANSASWORKS Local Workforce Investment Board Partners currently have training funds available for eligible participants to receive tuition scholarships to attend Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training through approved training providers.“This is a tremendous opportunity to work in a high demand, well-paying occupation,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “We want everyone to know that these truck driving jobs are open now for individuals with the right training.”Anyone interested in CDL training or checking their eligibility for tuition assistance can call KANSASWORKS at (877) 509-6757 or visit a KANSASWORKS Workforce Center.All institutions currently offering classes can be found by going to KANSASWORKS.com/CDLtraining.The Department is gauging the interest in providing training opportunities in actual communities where demand for truck drivers with CDL credentials exists and where local interest by individuals is high enough to provide the training.Individuals interested in participating in on-site training classes can call the Department at (785) 296-0607 to express interest.Link to article: http://www.kansascommerce.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=740 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Interested · 400 weeks ago So, where would a person go to apply if they already have a CDL? That would be nice to know. Report Reply 0 replies · active 400 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Sammy · 400 weeks ago click on the links in store. it mite tell ya Report Reply 0 replies · active 400 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Sumner County Court Docket updates: Blansett, Kitch, Anderson-Stiles, Myers, Peters

first_imgCharles KitchCharles E. Kitch, Jr. — The perpetrator of an attack on a prominent Wellington attorney at his home on Feb. 23, 2014 is scheduled to have a review hearing at the State Security Hospital in Larned on Thursday at 2 p.m. Kitch is accused of entering the premises of Jack Potucek at 1023 N. Washington in Wellington and entering a screened back porch, where he attacked Potucek’s head with a rock causing extensive bleeding and later internal bleeding. Since then Kitch was ordered a competency evaluation by Judge Mott in May. After the competency evaluation was conducted it was determined he was incompetent to stand trial in the Forensic Evaluation Report on July 23, 2014 and he was committed to State Security Hospital in Larned where he has been in custody ever since.On October 21, Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer amended the charges. Kitch is now charged with aggravated burglary, a level 5 felony; criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor; aggravated battery (knowingly causing great bodily harm), a level 4 felony; or aggravated battery (recklessly causing great bodily harm), a level 5 felony; or aggravated battery with deadly weapon, a level 7 felony.He was to remain at the state hospital until Thursday when the review hearing is supposed to take place. Lindsey Nicole BlansettLindsey Nicole Blansett — The mother accused of murdering her 10-year-old boy Caleb on Dec. 14 in Wellington is scheduled to go before the court this Thursday, Jan. 8, at 1:30 p.m.Sumner County Court Judge Scott McQuin will determine whether Blansett, charged with first degree murder, is fit to stand trial, or will be sent for a mental competency evaluation. Blansett is accused of striking her son multiple times with a rock and a knife.Blansett first appeared in court on Friday, Dec. 19, but Judge William Mott rescheduled the scheduling hearing after her court-appointed attorney Mike Brown said he was still reviewing the case and had not had time to read all the reports to make a legal recommendation. Thaddeus MyersThaddeus Myers — The man accused of a multitude of drug felonies and escaping Sumner County authorities for about a month is scheduled for a court appearance this Thursday at 9 a.m. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — 2014 is behind us, but there was plenty of criminal activity the past 12 months to keep those working at the Sumner County District Court busy.Here are some court updates of news headline crimes from 2014: Alice Anderson-StilesAlice Anderson-Stiles — The 63-year-old Caldwell woman charged with two felony counts of theft after allegedly racking up $28,870 of unauthorized charges from the Corbin Rural Water District No. 7 from Jan. 14, 2011 to March 3, 2014 is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Jan 15, at 1:30 p.m. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Marcus Peters — The 25-year-old Arkansas City male, who was accused with a shooting in Oxford during a family barbecue on June 29, 2014, has pled guilty to criminal threat, a level 9 felony. Three other counts including two felony counts for aggravated assault with a firearm were dismissed. His sentencing is set for Thursday at 9 a.m. in Sumner County District Court.Marcus PetersPeters also pled guilty to two charges of burglary of a dwelling in Oxford and Belle Plaine which took place on June 9. Peters received two years of jail time and two years of probation for the level 7 felonies. He is already serving time for a previous conviction in Cowley County and is currently in custody.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Grassley discusses concerns about sanctuary cities

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iowa U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley is taking part in a Judiciary Committee hearing today on so-called sanctuary cities and their impact on public safety.Iowa banned sanctuary cities and counties with passage of a state law last year that revokes state funding to places that violate federal immigration law. Still, Grassley says sanctuary jurisdictions are a worry in Iowa — and across the country.Grassley says, “There may be law outlawing it in Iowa, but I think you’re going to find a lot of sheriffs in Iowa cautious about how they handle requests from the federal government.” He’s quick to point out that action — or inaction — by Iowa law officers isn’t based on their personal politics, but more on fear of litigation.Grassley says, “We’ve had organizations that go to court, let’s say they might be something like the ACLU as an example, threatening lawsuits if sheriffs cooperated with ICE and other immigration officials.” While Iowa City has pronounced itself as a safe haven to people who are in the U.S. illegally, city leaders have not designated the community as a formal sanctuary. The Iowa City city council vowed not to commit local resources to enforcing federal immigration law, which prompted passage of the 2018 state law against sanctuaries.Grassley says sanctuary proclamations elsewhere continue to be a concern. “You have an instance I think last week, the governor of California got somebody out of prison through his executive powers,” Grassley says. “He did it for the sole purpose so they wouldn’t be extradited and put out of our country.”Under the Iowa law, which took effect on July 1st of 2018, cities and counties are forbidden from prohibiting or discouraging law enforcement officers or other employees from “assisting or cooperating with a federal immigration officer as reasonable or necessary, including providing enforcement assistance.”last_img read more

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Willian is wanted by Arsenal and Spurs – should Chelsea keep him or get rid?

first_imgWILLIAN is entering the final two months of his Chelsea contract – with the question now should he remain a Blue?The experienced Brazilian is wanted by a host of European clubs, including London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.3 Willian’s Chelsea future is up in the air with his contract expiring in JuneCredit: Rex FeaturesBut to avoid losing Willian for nothing, Chelsea must extend the 31-year-old’s contract.Chelsea have made attempts to, but refuse to accept Willain’s demand of a three-year deal – leaving his Stamford Bridge future up in the air.SunSport’s Andrew Dillon and Tom Sheen make their cases for the floppy-haired Brazilian to stay or go. And you can have your say, below:TOM SHEEN – GOWILLIAN became a firm Chelsea fans’ favourite long before he ever got close to kicking a ball in Blue.You all know the story by now, the Brazilian was so close to signing with bitter rivals Tottenham, he even did his medical before being whisked off in a taxi to West London.Seven years, 329 appearances and five major trophies later, you would expect a player with that kind of CV to be a bona fide club legend.But alas, there has not been a player in the Roman Abramovich era who divides opinion quite like the winger.For those of us in the firmly anti-Willian camp – and remember there is no middle ground in this particular debate – it primarily comes down to one thing: goals.Well not just goals, but scoring goals, creating goals for others and doing things that might generally lead to goals in football matches.It’s something that Willian, who has never hit double figures in the Premier League, has struggled with mightily during his time at Stamford Bridge.He’s scored just 59 times and added only 52 assists, a contribution once every three games.That’s not even close to enough, and please take a breath if you’re thinking ‘one in three isn’t that bad’. We’re talking about the starting right winger for Chelsea.3 Willian has never hit double figures in the Premier LeagueCredit: ReutersNot a relegation-threatened club who set up to nick a goal on the break (except for that one season), but Chelsea who – behind Man City – have been the most dominant team in English football in the last seven years (well, except for that one season).To watch a Chelsea game over the past seven years is to have seen the Brazilian miss gilt-edged chances, overhit crosses, slow down the play and struggle to make the right decisions on a counter-attack.The pro-Willian brigade have their default position and hold on to it with the white-knuckled grip of the most zealous believers: his workrate.Yes, Willian works hard. Yes, his managers haven’t always asked him to play in ultra-attacking teams. Yes, he has had to cover because Eden Hazard wasn’t the most motivated when tracking back.But I’m afraid if £32million is being spent on a floppy-haired Brazilian winger, the last thing you should expect – and laud – is the ability to track back like a prime Steve Stone.We want flair. We want excitement. We want to see a f***ing corner beat the first f***ing man. Most of all we just wanted more goals.There have been moments, obviously, important and impressive performances – and plenty of silverware.And yes, Willian’s name will be heard long and loud in the years to come at Stamford Bridge.But just like with Bobby Zamora and Will Grigg, Willian’s name will be chanted because of the absolute brilliance of his song rather than the quality of his football.ANDREW DILLON – STAYTHE traditional image of the Brazilian star footballer is one who swaggers around a pitch drenched in sunshine but dry as a bone through not breaking sweat.The romanticised Samba soccer which captivates audiences worldwide and makes Brazil and its players so revered.Willian is not that. The industrious winger is also energetic, committed and direct when needs be.Chelsea fans are divided over his usefulness but the manager is not. Frank Lampard has made it plain he wants his veteran winger to be given a new contract.Lampard played with Willian and now has the vastly-experienced winner playing for him. He has seen the player from both sides of the fence: as a team-mate and now one of his employees.Working for one of your friends is a big challenge. The fact Willian has done it and still continues to impress Lampard should point Chelsea fans in one direction about his value to the club.Eight goals last season during the impotent Sarri campaign. Thirteen the years before. Twelve in 2017.Sixty four games aged 30 for club and country made up his exhausting campaign. Now in his twilight, the classic ‘impact’ sub if need be.There have been times when Willian has carried Chelsea’s flyweight strikeforce. His eye for goal at free kicks critical in keeping the team in matches or snatching vital points.When Barcelona employed their usual sneaky method to try to lure him to the Nou Camp, Willian turned around and publicly declared he wanted to stay at Chelsea.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’It’s the sort of statement a player’s agent dreads because it is cutting off what could be a pathway to vast amounts of cash. It is selling yourself short.As the old saying goes ‘loyalty is what they screw you with’. Yet undeterred Willian followed that up by announcing he would willingly play on for Chelsea during these unprecedented times by playing on past his contract expiry date if circumstances require it this summer.Why do you think Chelsea bent over backwards to let him fly back to Brazil and join his family during corona lockdown?The much-adored Diego Costa would have gone and not come back. Oh hang on a minute, he did.3 Frank Lampard has made it plain he wants his veteran winger to be given a new contractCredit: AP:Associated PressWillian’s wife appears to let slip Chelsea transfer exit after being filmed saying ‘our days are numbered’last_img read more

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