JON WALTERS has queried why there seems to be more pressure on footballers to give up significant portions of their salaries to help the poorer in society than there is on other rich individuals.He cited the areas of banking, airline owners and tax exiles as people who not only often earn more than footballers but also contribute less in terms of tax.8 Walters gave his thoughts on the matter in a series of tweets as he also listened and replied to some slightly differing views8888888 Credit: TwitterAt yesterday’s UK government briefing Health Secretary Matt Hancock specifically mentioned footballers as a group that ought to contribute as the economy continues to suffer massively due to the Covid-19 pandemic.He said: “Given the sacrifices many people are making, the first thing PL footballers can do is make a contribution.”There has been criticism for how some clubs such as Tottenham have reacted to the pandemic as they have so far opted to furlough some non-playing staff while still paying players in full.They have also chosen to impose a 20% pay reduction on all other non-playing staff.TOTTENHAM CRITICISMAdditionally, they have gone to the government seeking funds to pay staff through the Coronavirus job retention scheme.The moves have been blasted by former boss Harry Redknapp amongst others.It’s even believed other Premier League clubs feel chairman Daniel Levy’s actions have damaged the overall reputation of the league.MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN 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’Some other clubs have on the other hand decided to impose wage reductions on playing staff in order to ensure the wider staff can continue to be paid in full.European giants Juventus and Barcelona were applauded for the moves they made.The Italian champ’s squad agreed to freeze their wages for four months while Barcelona’s agreed to all take a 70% reduction.
While searching for Earth-like planets, NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has come across 10 that share one very un-Earth-like quality: They orbit two stars, instead of one. The worlds are aptly named “circumbinary planets” (“circum” meaning around, and “binary” referring to two objects), and in this type of binary system, the two stars orbit each other while the planet orbits the two stars (pictured above). But only the lucky binaries seem to have planets that orbit them; some stellar binaries that lack orbiting bodies have a different third party—a distant star that’s so massive, its gravitational fluxes actually change the orbit of the stellar binary, causing the two stars to shrink together in a process called orbital decay. If left uninterrupted, the stars will eventually collide together in a violent, calamitous explosion. Now, astronomers have asked a new question: What would happen if a circumbinary planet were in the mix? Naturally, one assumes its inevitable, fiery demise. But findings, published online 9 July in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveal that may not be the case. Using a combination of theoretical and numerical formulas, astronomers calculated that the planet may actually be able to survive the blast. The difference between life and death depends on that third, distant body. The researchers mathematically showed that the same mechanism that forces the binary together shifts the alignment of the circumbinary planet, potentially allowing it to sneak far enough away to escape incineration. Even so, surviving without a home base is a bit of a lonely swap.