Mourinho ‘not worried’ about Remy injury despite Man Utd game looming

first_imgJose Mourinho said he was “not worried” about an injury suffered by Loic Remy during Chelsea’s 6-0 hammering of Maribor in the Champions League.The France striker went off with what looked like a groin problem shortly after scoring the opening goal at Stamford Bridge.He was replaced by Didier Drogba, whose penalty made it 2-0 – his first goal since his return to Chelsea.“We are playing well, are confident, solid and have found a good balance.”Jose Mourinho after Chelsea’s winDrogba has been nursing an ankle problem and the 36-year-old had been deemed fit to play half an hour at most, but Remy’s injury meant he was called upon.And with top scorer Diego Costa struggling with a hamstring injury and Remy expected to miss Sunday’s game against Manchester United, it leaves Mourinho potentially short of attacking options.But the Blues boss said: “Remy’s is a muscular injury, I don’t know the dimensions and I’m not worried.“When a player is injured, play another one – it’s not a problem. I don’t like to speak about injured players.“I was not expecting Didier to play 75 minutes. Yesterday we talked about 30 minutes. Circumstances meant he had to come on and he was comfortable to play 75 minutes.“In the end it was very important for Didier because the best thing for a player to improve his condition is to play.”Chelsea’s resounding victory cemented their position at the top of Group G. They are two points clear of Schalke, who beat Sporting Lisbon.“We won and are top of the group, so we’re happy,” Mourinho added.“We are playing well, are confident, solid and have found a good balance. We now have the players to play the game we were preparing last year and couldn’t manage to do it in a perfect way.“At 3-0 at half-time, on many occasions a team just stops and is happy with the points. But they carried on playing and trying to score.”See also:Drogba scores as Chelsea thrash MariborFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Takeaways: Sharks avert disaster with improbable comeback

first_imgWASHINGTON — Apparently, the Sharks and the Washington Capitals lacked the patience to wait until Friday for All Star Weekend to get underway in San Jose. They played an “East Coast version” of the All Star Game in the nation’s capital on Tuesday.The Sharks (29-16-7) averted a near disaster by winning a pond hockey track meet with the Capitals that saw 13 tallies, a combined 82 shots and a tying goal with less than a second remaining in regulation. In doing so, the Sharks found a way to scrape …last_img read more

Africa must learn from its past: Manuel

first_img24 May 2013As a continent, Africa needs to pause and reflect on the history of the past 50 years and begin to develop lessons for the next 50 years, says National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel.Speaking at the African Renaissance Conference in Durban on Thursday, Manuel said Africans needed to ask “what we learnt from the various strategies we used to regain our independence. What progress have we made? What are our successes and where have we failed?”Manuel said the key lesson that Africa should take was responsibility, adding that Africans could not allow their agenda to be set by anyone else.“We cannot expect things to be done for us. If we want to advance, we need to catalyse the change we want to see through better planning and more effective implementation. We need to use the resources at our disposal to drive the agenda of raising the standards of living of our people.”According to Manuel, Africa needs regional integration that draws on the respective strengths of the different countries that make up the continent in order to overcome its shortcomings.Countries should draw on each other’s strengths to build “the desirable” for all countries – not for one country to develop on the back of the suffering of another.“To progress as a continent and take advantage of the favourable position we find ourselves in, we must move from the premise that we can only benefit from each other’s strength.”However, for this to work, the continent would need careful planning, a ruthless focus on implementation, and political stamina.Manuel said that South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP), which aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030, is clear about the importance of education and training as a key foundation for social development and progress.In order to improve the continent’s skills base, a concerted effort was required, starting with correcting the basics.“We must raise the bar for all concerned to ensure that the education that all our children, regardless of where the school is located or whether it was a former Model C school, provides the highest quality possible,” he said.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

A robot’s touch the answer for Bar-Lee Jerseys

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The dairy industry’s constant search for the most cost effective and efficient production options has resulted in some unique technological changes in recent years. Milking a cow with robots, something thought of as near science fiction not long ago, is now being accepted as the way of life on a number of Ohio dairies.Bar-Lee Jerseys, a family dairy farm in Willard, has in the past months put the technology to work. Jason Nuhfer is the fifth generation to milk and breed registered Jersey cattle.“I graduated from Ohio State in 2008. At that time we started doing some facility improvements,” Nuhfer said.A new free stall barn was added his graduation year. The calf barn was brought on in 2011 and the robotic milking system started the first of December this past year. Two Lely Astronaut A4 Robots were installed, each able to handle about 60 cows each.“As we’ve done these facility improvements, kind of our number one goal was cow comfort — to keep that in mind,” he said. “Anytime you can do a better job of taking care of cows, they’re more happy, they’re more productive, and they do a better job of taking care of you. One of our biggest goals was to increase cow comfort and that’s really paid off for us on our bottom line,” Nuhfer said. “The question of whether or not a robot can milk a cow is not really a question any more. I mean the robot can do a very good job of cleaning and prepping the udder, getting the milker attached and doing that. Our numbers have shown that so far with udder health and those kind of things.”The pair of Lely Astronaut A4s are not the only automated systems in use on the farm. A circular shaped piece of machinery, the Lely Juno, can be found sitting in the corner of the feed aisle, only to be awakened at the top of each hour.“The Lely Juno is a feed pusher. So every hour on the hour the Juno makes one pass through the feed alley and pushes the feed back to the bunk. If we’re out in the fields doing fieldwork or at an FFA banquet in the evening, or whatever the situation might be, the feed’s always being pushed up to the cows,” he said. “It enables us to take advantage of the opportunities that the robotic milkers give us and be away from the barn for a few hours and we know the cows still have fresh feed available all the time.”Lely, the company behind Nuhfer’s particular system, boasts more than 10,000 such milkers around the world, adding its ability to improve milk quality and help lower feed costs through proper management.In this day and age, a system such as the robots must offer benefits more than automated work. A hi-tech electronic identification collar each cow wears monitors activity, rumen movement, and more — all of which help in something vital to every modern dairy, heat detection.“The advantages in technology have been very good. Our heat detection system is excellent — helps you find heats much better. The information you can gain from the robot every day is really amazing. The number of things it monitors and sends to the computer for you to monitor, not only on the computer but you can look at it from your smartphone on the beach if you wanted to, just to keep an eye on what’s going on,” he said.Benefits have also been found in the labor department. Finding good workers are a challenge that faces many dairies the size of Bar-Lee Jerseys, big enough to require help but small enough to not fully maintain reliable work across the board.“Labor savings has been one of the major contributors to going robotic. In the past, for a farm our size it was very challenging to keep good help that wanted to milk cows every day,” Nuhfer said. “So the robot has allowed us to eliminate some of those part time, high school type jobs and still do a better job of taking care of cows. We went from two times a day milking to we’re averaging 3.2 at the moment.”A common question is how the transition from a people-based system to that of full automation is made. Nuhfer explains the complete process of introducing his cows to the robots.“About two weeks prior to milking in the robots, we got our pellet made that the cows are fed in the robot,” he said. “We topdressed the feed bunk with that pellet to make sure they liked it and wanted to eat it.“For three days before we started milking, we ran all the cows through just to let them eat a pound, pound and a half of feed. The robot arm would move, the vacuum pump fires up so they get used to the sights and the sounds of robotic milking. Once they knew that pellet was in there and they liked it, that was a big start to get them in. After those three days, we opened it up to any cows that wanted to come in to get a little bit of feed and we had like 45 cows that first two or three days come in. Jerseys are pretty curious — they want to know what’s going on with things.”The transition to the automated milking required quite a initial time investment.“Our first week of actual milking, it’s not a lot of hard work but it’s a lot of man hours — people in the barn all the time and W.G. Dairy was very helpful in having people here to get that accomplished. We were just moving cows to the robot and kind of letting them filter through on their own,” Nuhfer said. “After about the first week, a majority of the cows were coming in on their own and things have gone very smooth. I was very happy with the transition. The cows took to it very well. In fact, I would say most of the time cows probably adjust faster than the humans do. At this point, we don’t have any cows to bring in that don’t get milked on their own.”It all seems fairly easy when explained, but many dairymen have well-reasoned apprehensions about the robots. Nuhfer said, though, in the months the system has been at work, his herd health is improved.“I’ve had questions, ‘Well if you don’t milk the cows, how do you know what’s going on with your cows? Do you spend as much time with the cows?’ And my answer is that you spend more time with the cows doing what you need to be doing. You have more time taking care of the cows, making sure things are right with them, not spending eight hours a day milking and doing that kind of thing,” he said. “In my opinion you do a better job taking care of the animals than you did before just because you have more time to do it.”And no different than other technologies that are top of the line, cost is a major factor in the decision to go robotic. Nuhfer said it can be painful on the wallet, but financial perspective is important.“One of the biggest things is the cost. I mean when you just look at the cost of the robot, it is very expensive so you really need to evaluate what the robot is going to save you and also what it’s going to gain you in the long run and when you do that, things start to look a lot better financially,” he said.Most any farmer will also put a price on the worth of their time — one of the most valuable commodities. The rigid nature of milking has reinforced that down the years, but the new systems propose a big change for both the cows and the humans. Josh Keplar of W.G. Dairy said he has found the farmers often have the harder time adjusting.“They’re so used to milking five and five and were used to being there whereas now it just milks. A lot of the time we have to tell the dairymen just to stay out of the barn and let it do its thing,” Keplar said.Though the setup has changed, the basic process of milking has not.“When the cow comes in, it’s going to identify her from her neck collar. It’s going to know how much feed to dispense that cow, it’s going to know when the last time she milked, is she due to be milked again, and if she is it will go ahead and prep the cow with the brushes and clean the teats and prepare the udder and it will put the unit on and milk that cow,” Keplar said. “When each quarter is done, it will pop that quarter off and that way you’re not over milking that one and milk the rest of them. When she’s done, it will spray her with teat dip and out she goes.”Keplar also noted a misconception of the technology — that it’s just for smaller dairies and that larger farms are not suited for their use.“Some people think they’re just not for me. Robots are for everybody. Even the larger dairies are looking at them, not just the mom and pop dairy farms,” Keplar said. “The larger guys are looking at all the advantages they offer and they really do work everywhere.”Multiple brands have entered the robotic milking market. Lely is an industry-leader while perennial dairy equipment powerhouse DeLaval is now offering their VMC robotic milker.last_img read more

10 Things You Must Resist to be Successful

first_imgWhat you may not realize is that your biggest battle isn’t about what you should do, but rather, about what you should not do. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Negativity: There is tremendous pressure to become negative. Most of the media that come in through your senses is negative. If you don’t protect yourself, you can become cynical, skeptical, and pessimistic. Resist negativity in all of its forms and maintain a positive attitude.Apathy: In an age of nihilism, many struggle with finding meaning and purpose, becoming apathetic and not believing that anything matters. The reason you are given a life is so you can decide for yourself what matters and make the difference you want to make.Complacency: A little bit of success can cause one to rest on their laurels, being too satisfied with where they are and missing the opportunity to reach their full potential. Pleased is fine, satisfied is not.Fear: Fear provides one of two things. It provides a reason to fly away or a reason to fight. Resisting the desire to turn away and step into your fear is courage, and it is all that is necessary to turn fear into fuel.Judgment: Resist jousting others harshly and look on them instead with compassion. Then offer yourself that same lack of judgment. Unless you have a time machine, there is nothing you can do about your past, so there is no reason to live there.Comfort: Humans are designed to seek pleasure and avoid pain – not only pain but discomfort. But the price of success and happiness is effort. It’s not that pleasure is all bad, just that too much of a good thing is a bad thing. The laws of success require that you do the hard work of planting seeds if you are to yield your harvest.Entertainment: Variety. Distraction. Novelty. You are hard-wired to seek these things, and in a world of infinite distractions, entertainment is always present and always available. There is nothing inherently wrong with entertainment and distraction, but you must resist allowing it to dominate your time and energy.Ingratitude: You have much for which to be grateful. But it is easy to take for granted the things for which you should be grateful. When you are truly grateful, you will appreciate the bad with the good, the cold with the warmth, and the struggle with the success. Resist ingratitude.Procrastination: Much of the work you put off should be done now. By putting it off, you reduce the time you have to produce the best result possible. You increase the stress. At some point, you need to do something with a tight deadline, and the fact that you have put off doing other work brings a sense of being overwhelmed. Fight the desire to push things into the future that should be done now.Excuses: You must resist absolving yourself of responsibility for that which you are responsible. By taking responsible you empower yourself, and you create trust in others. You own the outcomes you are responsible for generating.last_img read more

London Olympics: Vijay Kumar’s family happy he won silver medal

first_imgBy winning the Olympic silver medal in the 25m rapid fire pistol event, Vijay Kumar has ensured that that his village Harsaur in Hamirpur, 181 kms from Shimla, comes into national prominence.Vijay’s family – which includes grandmother Brahmi Devi, father Banku Ram, mother Roshni Devi, a brother and a sister – are overjoyed and busy preparing for his welcome.”I am proud of him. Our prayers have been answered by goddess Jwalaji. We will visit the temple when Vijay returns home. We are making a special award gallery to showcase his medals. Not only the family, but the whole village is in a celebration mood,” Banku Ram said.Vijay is currently posted as subedar in the Indian Army at Mhow station. He joined the Army at the age of 16 after passing his senior secondary exams and did not go to college.”Earlier I was not happy as he did not go for higher education. Now with a number of medals to his credit, he has made me proud,” mother Roshni Devi said.last_img read more

Pacquiao perfecting a surprise package?

first_imgPacquiao readily re-linked with Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the famed Wild Card Boxing gym in Hollywood.Pacquiao was also photographed doing a morning run around the Griffith Park.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefTo top it all, he did gym work with his son on Christmas Eve.Naturally, there were those who started to suspect Pacquiao could be cramming, rushing to hit peak form. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Truth is there’s neither rust nor evident rush, only renewed intensity.One reason behind this could be the fact that Pacquiao will be fighting a younger, talented and very hungry challenger in Adrien Broner, 29, listed as a four-division world champ who has never suffered a stoppage.But if the fight were held tomorrow, Broner would be at a terrible disadvantage. Unlike Pacquiao, he was still terribly over the limit as bared in the latest video from his training camp in Florida.During his last birthday celebration, Pacquiao, 40, declared he has been feeling young and vigorous as 25.He also vowed to show against Broner the unseen best in his arsenal.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Before taking the evening flight to Los Angeles on Saturday, Manny Pacquiao did a four-mile jog in the morning then sparred for eight rounds later, veteran sports scribe Eddie Alinea reported.In California, his camp said there would be no holiday break for Pacquiao. It will be work, work, work all the way to the Jan. 19 defense of his WBA welterweight crown in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: SMC sweepcenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ He did not mention specifics, although there were strict orders during earlier training at the Elorde Gym for guests and media to refrain from recording the proceedings.The order, it would be noted, came at a point when his handlers were working to perfect sharp, snappy blows clearly intended for the opponent’s body.Meanwhile, Broner’s chief handler, Kevin Cunningham, said they plan to jam Pacquiao’s fighting rhythm and zero in on his predictable adjustments.It goes without saying that Pacquiao, with that declaration from the opposing camp, can only be expected to come up with a full-proof weaponry, something like a bag of explosives, killer blasts to the body.These new killer blows could only be expected to flash and dig like phantom daggers, thrown from incredible points and angles.Broner better be ready with iron-clad defense of his body.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View commentslast_img read more