Conte says players ‘must be happy’ to play for Chelsea

first_imgBrazil playmaker Willian came off the substitutes’ bench to score the equaliser in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Liverpool, when Luiz was an unused substitute.The defender, who lost his place to Andreas Christensen, is now out of Wednesday’s home match against Swansea with a knee injury.“My players must be happy to play for Chelsea,” Conte said. “They must be happy if they start the game or stay on the bench and come on. I have clever players to understand this situation, to accept this situation.“When you are in a great team you have to accept this. At the same time you must be happy to stay in a great team.”Conte had been asked about Willian, who was linked with Manchester United last summer and has not started in the Premier League since the October loss at Crystal Palace.But the Italian’s response also referred to Eden Hazard and Pedro, who have also served time among the substitutes this season.“Every game I have to try to make the best decision and try to protect every player,” Conte added.“I’d like to start every game with the best players but at the same time this is not possible. This is not possible, otherwise I don’t protect them. It’s not easy to leave (out) great players to rest, but I have to do this.”Chelsea trail leaders Manchester City by 11 points after 13 games ahead of the Swansea clash.Right wing-back Victor Moses could start, while striker Michy Batshuayi (ankle), forward Charly Musonda (knee) and the left-sided Kenedy (undisclosed) are still out.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s head coach Antonio Conte was asked about Willian, who was linked with Manchester United last summer and has not started in the Premier League since the October 2017 loss at Crystal Palace © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 28 – Antonio Conte has told any of his Chelsea players unhappy with a lack of game time that they should be grateful to play for the reigning Premier League champions.Willian and David Luiz have been out of Conte’s first XI of late and the Chelsea boss is preparing to rotate his options throughout a busy December and January.last_img read more

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Aubameyang and Lacazette enjoying partnership

first_img0Shares0000The duo have combined for an impressive 26 goals and ten assists so far this season, consistently providing a potent attacking option for boss Unai Emery.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 21 – Arsenal strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have enjoyed a good relationship on and off the pitch.The duo have combined for an impressive 26 goals and ten assists so far this season, consistently providing a potent attacking option for boss Unai Emery. Lacazette played a crucial role in the Gunners 2-0 victory over Chelsea on Saturday, showing good composure to fire the ball into the top right corner. Aubameyang heaped praise on the Frenchman after the match.“It was really nice,” the Gabon native told the press.“I think we did a lot of runs, a lot of effort for the team, we worked a lot, and of course we are happy when we play together because we have such a good feeling between us. It was cool. I think since I joined here at Arsenal he was here and he came to me and talked to me and now we are going well. We have the same vision about football and I love him. He’s a great guy.“It’s not a bad rivalry, we are friends when one is going well the other is happy and that’s the most important thing, to do well. When you have a striker like Alex near to you then he’s really good to play with. I hope we will play more games together.”0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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GAA NEWS – SCHOOLS NOTES

first_imgFootball:Most of the finalists in the six divisions are now known. Dates, venues and times of each final will be arranged shortly. Teachers and schools should check the homepage on the website, cumanndonegal.com to view their final opponents.*** Div 3 and 4 please note that fixtures must be played asap as schools are waiting in the other half of the draw for games. Failure to do so will result in expulsion from the competition.  Return of Cups/Shields:Could all schools who won silverware last year, please return same to Daithi Roberts (086) 2524012 or leave it in Donegal Sports for collection.  Rounders:The county finals of the rounders competitions will take place in the coming weeks.    GAA NEWS – SCHOOLS NOTES was last modified: May 13th, 2013 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:GAASchools noteslast_img read more

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DDTV: SILLY OR SMART – IS THIS DONEGAL LAD REALLY SO BAD AT GENERAL KNOWLEDGE?

first_imgDDTV: A video of a young Donegal man attempting to answer some routine general knowledge questions has gone viral!Well-known former Letterkenny Rovers player Kieran MacPherson delivers some hilarious answers to what many would deem rather easy general knowledge questions. Questions like what is the capital of the USA and who the president of Ireland are easy right?Well maybe not or is MacPherson just being silly or smart?To hear MacPherson’s hilarious answers simply click play on the video above to enjoy.DDTV: SILLY OR SMART – IS THIS DONEGAL LAD REALLY SO BAD AT GENERAL KNOWLEDGE? was last modified: May 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DDTVHilariousnewsvideoVirallast_img read more

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Former Donegal GAA star encourages children to read more about the world!

first_imgFormer Donegal GAA footballer Eamon McGee has a simple message for children during this year’s Wainfest – “read and learn about the world, ask questions and don’t be afraid to keep learning”.Wainfest starts this Saturday (October 8th) with story parties in selected libraries around the county and will continue until Saturday 15th October.Eamon McGee who officially launched this year’s Wainfest, is an avid reader and his love of books was clear for all to see when he spoke to the young children from Mrs Daly’s class from St Colmcille Boys School in Letterkenny during the launch which took place in the Central Library on Friday 23 September. He told his young audience that reading “is something that you bring with you throughout your life and there is nothing quite like getting lost in the magical world of a really good book”.“I’ve always loved reading books and comics. I started with Roal Dahl’s BFG and it just grew from there. I remember reading Beano and then moving to the Marvel comics”.Asked if he had a good imagination when he was a child, Eamon said “Yeah I had a great imagination. I was always creating wee worlds and trying to write my own fantasy stories. Think I still have a few of them at home!”Eamon believes that it is really important for children to be allowed to develop their own imaginations and to explore their own artistic endeavours. “A child without an imagination is a poorer child. You can get great ideas from reading a book and by using your own imagination you can make up our own stories and put yourself in your own adventures.”He also says that you need to help children believe in themselves if they are to fulfil their potential. “If a child sees that his peers believe in him, he will draw from that and my message is simple, read and learn about the world, ask questions and don’t be afraid to keep learning”.Eamon got a wonderful response from the boys when he asked them all to ‘do him a favour, and read one book in the next week’ and of course all the children promised to do this.Sinead McLaughlin, from the Donegal Library Service said it was great to have someone like Eamon McGee launch this year’s Wainfest. “He is such a positive role model for the children and especially for the young boys. To have someone like Eamon talk about his love of books and about how he and his team mates enjoyed reading on the bus when going to matches was brilliant. This leaves such a positive impression on the children and we are delighted to have Eamon on board this year.”Wainfest is organised by Donegal County Council’s Library Service and events run from 8th to 15th October and details can be found at www.wainfest.ie. As most events require pre-booking, early booking is advisable to avoid disappointment. Former Donegal GAA star encourages children to read more about the world! was last modified: October 4th, 2016 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)last_img read more

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Zola ‘in the frame’ for QPR job

first_imgNeil Warnock’s sacking as QPR manager is inevitably covered in all of today’s newspapers.Former Fulham and Manchester City boss Mark Hughes is expected to take over at Loftus Road this week, but The Sun say Gianfranco Zola is also a contender. Elsewhere, Arsenal are looking to sign Chelsea’s Salomon Kalou for £3m, the Daily Mail reports.The paper suggest Arsenal have made an approach after the Blues’ contract talks with Kalou stalled.And the Mail also say Fulham have failed with an attempt to sign Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng from Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.This page is updated throughout the day. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Tanzanian summit tackles ignorance of albinism

first_img21 June 2016The first Action on Albinism in Africa forum, held from 17 to 19 June in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, brought together over 150 people from 28 countries to lay down a roadmap of specific measures to combat human rights abuses against people with albinism.The event, organised by Ikponwosa Ero, a UN expert on albinism, urged African governments to do more to protect their albino population.Ero took to Twitter to highlight the event: ACTION on ALBINISM forum underway in Dar, #ActionOnAlbinism #AlbinismAfrica #NotGhosts pic.twitter.com/NaZagqx1wJ— IkponwosaEro (@UnAlbinism) June 17, 2016 Forum a success! Closed by minister of foreign affairs in #Tanzania #ActionOnAlbinism #AlbinismAfrica #NotGhosts pic.twitter.com/8uKkE0Jp2r— IkponwosaEro (@UnAlbinism) June 19, 2016Albinism is a birth condition in which the body is unable to produce melanin, the pigment in the skin. Ignorance of the condition means many albinos in sub- Saharan Africa – Tanzanians in particular – suffer discrimination and violence.Africans with albinism have been murdered because many believe their bodies have magical powers. Across central and eastern Africa, especially, people believe albino body parts can help achieve instant wealth. Most victims are women and children. The youngest known victim, from Tanzania, was just 7 months old.Last year the documentary In the Shadow of the Sun brought global attention to the plight of albinos in Tanzania, telling their stories and urging people to get involved in fighting discrimination against them.In the film, 15-year-old Vedastus described how his community believed his albinism gave him magical powers. Every day, he had to go fishing with people in his village. “They like to take me, because they say I could save them. They say that if the boat capsizes, I am the only person that cannot die.“If they come on top of me, they will not drown. They will not die. They believe that I float on water.”Measures to tackle ignoranceEro said some African countries had successfully tackled this discrimination with specific, practical, simple and effective measures. These, she said, included “having a dedicated office and budget on the issue, creating a telephone hotline to report crimes and threats, and regulating ‘witchcraft’ and traditional medicine practitioners.“But these ideas have to be shared as best practices and developed into a continental roadmap to successfully tackle the issues.”Ero said now was the time for action.“As the continent of Africa celebrates the decade of human rights, and the UN launches the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda which pledges to leave no one behind, we have a good context in which to plant this forum,” she said.”It is not going to be easy to come up with specific measures for all the issues arising out of the problems faced by persons with albinism, but the best practices of some states and civil society to date will represent a key step forward in promoting and protecting their human rights.”Source: United Nations News Centre and SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Moldy corn, kernel sprouting and upright ears

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Moldy ear and kernel sprouting problems have been reported in parts of Ohio especially west central and NW Ohio. The title photo by Sam Custer, Extension Educator in Darke County and the photo below by Dr. Pierce Paul is a good illustration of what is being found in some fields:The moldy ears have been attributed primarily to Diplodia ear rot. As has been the case in past years, the moldy ears and kernel sprouting are often associated with upright ears. Ears that remain erect after physiological maturity (black layer development) are more likely to promote molds and kernel sprouting because they trap water (especially at the base of the ear and slow kernel drying. These ears may also be affected by opportunistic organisms taking advantage of the moist, nutritious environment at the base of the ear.There are several factors that determine whether a corn ear remains erect or “droops” (points downward) following physiological maturity. Ears of corn normally remain erect until sometime after physiological maturity has occurred (black layer development), after which the ear shanks eventually collapse and the ears droop (Nielsen, 2011). However, ears may droop in drought-stressed fields that have not yet reached physiological maturity.  A loss of turgidity in the ear shank due to water stress, possibly combined with some cannibalization of carbohydrates in the ear shank may eventually cause the ear shank to collapse, resulting in ear drooping. In certain hybrids, ears remain upright following physiological maturity (or remain erect for a longer duration) which can be related to a shorter ear shank.  According to some seed company agronomists, prior to the development of Bt hybrids, corn breeders tried to reduce ear drop due to European corn borer damage by shortening ear shanks. Some of that germplasm has continued to be used in more recent hybrids. These agronomists acknowledge the concerns that upright ears are slower to dry or more prone to ear molds and indicate that companies are looking for more droopy shanks to help protect ears from water damage. However, they contend that there are other genetic components to these traits and that the effects of upright ears on fungal infections may not be as pronounced as is widely thought.In addition to genetic differences among hybrids, environmental conditions and cultural practices may affect ear orientation during the drydown period prior to harvest. In ongoing OSU field research that compares multiple hybrids varying in maturity at two SC and NW Ohio locations, differential responses to plant population for % ear erectness (at maturity) were observed. At these test sites, % erect ears usually decreases significantly as plant population increases. These results suggest that factors other than hybrid genetics can determine if an ear is in an erect or droopy position at harvest. For more on ear rots and kernel sprouting, check out the following –  “Troubleshooting Abnormal Corn Ears” online at http://u.osu.edu/mastercorn/last_img read more

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Driving to Maximize Your Fuel Economy

first_imgIn this column I usually focus on how to save energy in our homes and businesses, but for many of us, getting around is our largest energy consumer—particularly in the summer months when we’re not heating our houses. Some of us are lucky enough to have hybrid cars, and this gives us a head start in saving transportation energy. I just calculated that the 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid we own, which averages about 40 miles per gallon (mpg) year-round, has saved us about 2,800 gallons of gas over the 146,000 miles we’ve driven it (compared with a car getting the U.S. average of 22.5 mpg)–worth $7,000 with gasoline at $2.50 per gallon.But for those who don’t have a Toyota Prius, Honda Insight, or other hybrid, there are some simple ways to significantly reduce fuel consumption. It’s easy to find tips for more efficient driving, but some of the more extreme strategies have come out of the hypermiling movement. In 2006, Wayne Gerdes coined the term “hypermiling” to describe the goal of exceeding the published EPA fuel economy ratings of cars—especially hybrids. Details of this practice can be found at Gerdes’s website: CleanMPG.com.Through hypermiling techniques, some hybrid car owners have been able to coax their mileage to over 100 mpg, and they compete with one another for boasting rights. Using the same techniques, drivers of conventional cars have been able to increase their fuel economy by as much as 50%–sometimes matching that of hybrid vehicles.While hypermiling has become a sort-of game for some drivers, for the rest of us the strategies they use to squeeze more miles out of a gallon of gasoline can help us save a lot of money—even if we don’t go to the same extremes. Below I’ve listed a few of these hypermiling strategies. Look for more tips next week.1. Slow down. A physicist will tell you that the power required to overcome aerodynamic drag (wind resistance) increases as a cube of the velocity being traveled. This is the main reason (there are others) that at higher speeds, your fuel economy drops. A September 2009 Consumer Reports blog reported the fuel economy of a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder Toyota Camry driven at 55 mph to be 40.3 mpg, while at 65 mph the fuel economy dropped to 34.9, and driven at 75 mph it dropped to 29.8 mpg—26 percent lower than at 55 mph. Our Honda has a digital fuel economy read-out, so I can see this effect very directly. On a trip when I’m running late to the airport and driving at 70 mph, my fuel economy may drop to 35 mpg, but on the return drive, if I keep the car to 55 (or even lower), I can get well over 50 mpg.2. Avoid aggressive driving. Rapid (jack rabbit) starts and hard braking can reduce fuel economy by one-third, compared with more sensible driving. In his widely read 2006 article on hypermiling, Gerdes suggested that “you drive as if you do not have brakes.” If you knew that your brakes weren’t working, you’d leave extra space between your car and the one in front, and you’d coast to a stop for traffic lights and stop signs; these techniques will save a lot of fuel.3. Avoid cold stops—safely. Your car uses a lot more fuel when starting from a complete stop so, when you have a choice, avoid coming totally to rest. When approaching a traffic light that’s red, for example, slow down so that you’re still moving when it turns green. Don’t violate laws or put yourself (or others) at risk in doing this, however. This isn’t a suggestion to roll through stop signs, or slow down so much when approaching a light that the driver behind you will try to unsafely pass you.4. Remove roof racks when not needed. Anything that increases aerodynamic drag will reduce your fuel economy. I do a lot of paddling, for example, but I always take the canoe racks off our car when we don’t need them. Even a flag flying from your radio antenna will lower your fuel economy by as much as a mile per gallon—which is why it was ironic when, after 9/11, so many drivers sported large American flags on their antennas to demonstrate their patriotism. (By flying those flags as they cruised down the highway, they used more gasoline, increasing our dependence on oil imported from unstable parts of the world, and indirectly at least, putting more money into the coffers of some foreign entities that may have funded the very terrorism these flag-flying patriots were protesting.)In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex writes the weekly blog on BuildingGreen.com: Alex’s Cool Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail—enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, LLC and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

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Must Have Travel Apps: Tested On A Real Trip

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Android#apps#international#iOS 6 What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement On a trip to San Francisco last week, I invited technology to bring me to my knees. Choosing to surrender my formerly sharp analog city instincts for the purposes of an experiment, I mapped even the simplest of routes on my smartphone, dialed nary a hotel front desk and never once so much as lifted a hand to hail a cab the good ol’ fashioned way. That’s not to say that I needed any of the myriad apps that alternately had me walking the toward my destination and walking into traffic at any given time, but I was curious if relying wholly on my mobile devices would actually make my life easier or just add a layer of electronic hassle.Here’s how my starter pack of travel apps stacked up – from the essential to the ones that made me want to sacrifice my phone to the third rail. 1. Getting Around Made Addictively Easy: UberAs a former Manhattanite and all-around urban power-walker, I don’t take cabs often. But in San Francisco, my constant frustration with the public transportation system drove me to it once or twice – and everyone kept telling me I had to try Uber. “You’ll feel like a gangster,” they said. “You have to order the black car just to see how it feels.” So I did. Not only did it subtract every irritating thing that annoys me about getting a cab to begin with (Vying against fellow city-goers! Arguing about using a credit card! Awkward tipping!) but I felt like a mafia wife. Amazing.2. #Epicfail: Apple Maps In iOS 6At the moment, I use both an iPhone 4S and a Nexus 4, so I thought I’d put Apple’s new Maps to the test. I rarely defend Apple’s software choices, but recently I’d even reassured a few friends that iOS 6 maps wasn’t that bad. Well, I’d like to formally apologize to anyone who listened to me – Maps in iOS 6 is godforsakenly bad. In San Francisco – the technology capitol of the United States – most of the time the app didn’t even properly display the Montgomery, Powell, and Civic Center BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) stations in the middle of downtown. Instead, it always showed the Van Ness Muni (local San Francisco mass transit) station… and the Apple Store, of course. Want bus directions? Forget about it. Enjoy the redirect to a third-party app. I imagine Apple execs have quite a few Uber bills showing up on those expense reports.3. A Lifesaver With Limited Options: Hotel TonightIn a weird turn of events that involved geophysicists taking over SoMA, I had to basically had to hotel-hop for my four nights in San Francisco. After last-minute-ish Airbnb propositions consummately failed me, I turned to Hotel Tonight, which yes, books same-day hotels at deep discounts. I’m a comparison shopping junkie, so Hotel Tonight’s simple, sleek interface and small batch of curated bookings was perfect. The app refreshes with new listings at noon (it sends alterts!), and was perfect for all of my last minute “I’m not sleeping in my rental car” needs. 4. The Essentialest Essential Travel App: YelpYelp has been one of my top three essential apps since… forever. It’s almost a nervoud tic at this point – I can’t actually cross the threshold of any kind of establishment without Yelping it, even in my own city. With reliable user ratings, a robust map view and awesome filters, Yelp will never do you wrong.5. Serendipitous But Superfluous: Field Trip for AndroidI’ve been playing around with this one a bit, and it’s pretty neat if you’re not in a hurry. The app, built by Niantic Labs within Google, is a handy little virtual tour guide that surfaces cool stuff nearby with contextual info. You can teach it what you’re interested in and set up geo-triggered alerts for your stroll through a city. In my case I enabled the Architecture and Historic Places categories and disabled all of the deals and shopping stuff. It’s far from essential, but it’s a neat way to learn cool facts that will come up later on Jeopardy – and it ties into Ingress, Google’s crazy new Augmented Reality game.6. The Best Maps App, Still: Google Maps For AndroidAh, sweet, native Google Maps. The app has always been superior on its home turf, and with Jelly Bean and Google Now it’s better than ever. It’s got it all, turn-by-turn directions, support for public transportation (and biking routes!) and starring locations (akin to dropping a pin) is my favorite way to see where I’ve been and where I’m going.7. Reality Gamification With Occasional Social Utility: FoursquareCall me paranoid, but I don’t open Foursquare unless I’m out of town – it just creeps me out. Since most of my travel is to tech events, Foursquare is suddenly transformed from stalker-bait to a bustling real-life mini-game that helps me find friends – and cut the signal-to-noise ratio when there are multiple events going on and you can’t tell which is the cool one and which is the decoy event for losers. Don’t be fooled- there’s always a decoy event.I may have almost walked into traffic more than a few times while triangulating my position when I wasn’t particularly lost, but I did learn a few things. Whipping out a smartphone can be disruptive, but with smart notifications, dead-simple interfaces and cooler data, the best apps are getting even better at seamlessly weaving themselves into our worlds. Just look both ways before you cross the street.Other handy apps that I didn’t end up using on this trip: Kayak, Airbnb, Lyft, TripAdvisor.San Francisco City Center image courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img taylor hatmaker Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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