Costa still scoring for fun despite barely training with Chelsea team, admits Mourinho

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed top striker Diego Costa is barely training with his Blues team-mates, yet continues to increase his Premier League goal tally.The £32million summer signing netted his eighth of the season in Saturday’s victory over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge, with Brazilian duo Oscar and Willain also firing home to secure a 3-0 win.That is despite Costa having a hamstring injury which limits his involvement in training to, what Mourinho admits as, “almost nothing”.“He cannot be on top of his game, but even so scoring a goal is good for his confidence,” said the Portuguese boss.“He’s doing almost nothing in training. He’s just resting and recovering from the tight muscle he has. Every time he accumulates fatigue.“But I don’t care about Diego’s goals. For me it’s important that the team score enough goals to win“I know a striker scoring goals is always nice for him and for his confidence, especially for a player like him who is not training as he should, because we are protecting him in certain situations.”Mourinho believes Costa will only be fully fit if he is given leave from the Spain squad for next month’s matches with Slovakia and Luxembourg, with the manager fearing a hamstring tear if his call is ignored.“If he doesn’t go to the national team and if he stays here 15 days just on treatment, he has the perfect chance to be top for Chelsea and top for the national team,” he added.“If he doesn’t have this period, will be always, plays one game, the other is in trouble, the muscle is tight, the muscle is danger to rupture.”Chelsea sailed to victory over Paul Lambert’s men, with the result never looking in doubt after Oscar’s seventh minute opener.“We kept control of the game all the time. Even when the result was 1-0,” said Mourinho of the manner of his side’s performance.“The second and the third goals obviously killed everything. Overall it was a very good performance.”last_img read more

Hunter Pence issues crazy challenge to Stephen Curry

first_imgHunter Pence, the lovable ex-Giant with the endearing crazy streak, has done the unthinkable again. He’s challenged Warriors star Stephen Curry to a basketball shooting contest.Talk about going off the rails on a crazy train.Pence showed off some of his hoop skills during a recent visit to NBC Sports Bay Area. After displaying some Curry-like ball-handling skills on a smaller scale, Pence then clanked a long-distance shot off the Pop-A-Shot basket. Undeterred, Pence slammed in a put-back shot …last_img read more

KZN app developer takes his products to global conference

first_imgXolile Xaba explores problems in his community and then devises ways to solve them using technology. He is heading for the One Young World Summit in Colombia, taking place in October, to show off his work.Xolile Xaba is a second year Bachelor of Commerce Law student majoring in business and management accounting at the Pearson Institute of Higher Education. To him, coding is a super power. He has been invited to the One Young World Summit, 4-7 October 2017, to show off his two innovations. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanA young South African who developed an app for his grandmother to help her find her car, has been invited to the One Young World Summit, to be held in Bogotá, Colombia from 4-7 October, to display his innovations.Xolile Xaba, 22, grew up in Newcastle in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Along with Car-Park, he has also designed BizzPort, an app that connects African entrepreneurs with each other and with events near to them. The business news app also has an online boardroom.Xaba represented South Africa at the same summit in Ottawa, Canada in 2016. He was one of 2,500 young leaders and innovators from around the world, invited to attend. This year, he will be attending the summit to showcase his apps on the world stage.The summit, according to online entrepreneur news platform SME South Africa, is geared towards empowering promising and creative young leaders from around the world, aged between 18 and 30, who have a passion for global issues and who possess a track record of having a significant impact in their communities.Young leaders are also introduced to mentors at the summit. Previous mentors include Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan, Sir Richard Branson, Professor Muhammad Yunus, Emma Watson and Arianna Huffington, as well as Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.The appsIn 2015, Xaba founded Prefect Communications and Developments Inc, after he had created BizzPort. “The company is currently focused on developing BizzPort as a product that will be distributed throughout the continent,” he said.“We are driving the company to a position where we will be able to focus on the social side of things by creating apps and distributing them for free to various markets, especially developing economies. That’s where my passion lies.”BizzPort“My granny was the first person I told about idea. From there, I never stopped programming and I realised how exciting it was to just sit down and build something completely new.”He came up with BizzPort after reading an article in his business studies class about how African countries were more connected to countries outside Africa than to others on the continent. “My response to that was to create a solution that could easily be accessed and distributed.”Car-ParkFollowing BizzPort, Xaba created the car park app as a gift for his grandmother. “It wasn’t created for commercial purposes. I was just trying to solve a problem that we have been facing for ages; we even forget it’s a problem and that it needs to be solved.“I realised that a lot of people who owned cars struggled with locating their cars in huge parking lots, whether it was in a shopping mall or at a festival. My granny is part of the statistic,” he explained.“I was just looking at creating a quick solution for the problem, specifically for her. I showed my friends the app and they were so excited about it.“Basically with everything I build I aim to solve a particular problem. Even though it was just a hobby it has taught me a lot about how people of different ages react to different technologies.”The beginningBy 2010, when Xaba was in Grade 7, he was already seeking solutions for everything. By the time he was in matric, he had finished BizzPort. “I wasn’t even sure it was going to work out or not.”Growing up, he looked up to innovators such as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey and Travis Kalanick. “I just liked their creations and the impact they had on the world at large. I’ve always wanted to build something for my country as well,” he said.“Locally I am inspired by Ludwick Marishane.” Marishane is the inventor of DryBath, a waterless shower gel that lets people wash without having to use water.Xaba did not have a computer at home, so he used the ones at his school to teach himself computer languages. Later, when he started a technology business, he found that it was a challenge working in a small town; another issue was financing the business. He sought help in Johannesburg: “I found it hard for people to listen to me. Sometimes people would show up for a meeting, we’d be evaluated. Then someone would tell me this was way too ambitious.”But he was grateful for the contribution from Brenda Bertels of BDO South Africa. “She made sure I received a laptop. She said she liked how passionate I was. Last year, I attended the pitching den hosted by the SA Innovation Summit because of Mrs Bertels.”ExpectationsHis expectations of the One Young World Summit, Xaba said, was to meet people and engage with young leaders from around the world. “I want to listen to the daily problems they face in their respective countries and how they plan to solve these problems.“We have also created solutions to problems that we have encountered here in South Africa and I think other delegates will be interested in hearing how we did this. For me, that would be the best place to be because people there discuss different things that go way beyond my technological expertise.”Learning like this led you to your next big idea, he said. “Even though funding such initiatives proves to be expensive, the experience is worth it.”Staying motivatedXaba said: “I’m thrilled by how one can just sit down and build something really new, seeing it appear in my hands. And then the next thing it appears in other people’s hands.“It is a bonus is that I live in South Africa, a developing country that is in demand of the skills we possess. Waking up every day and working towards the goal of building our products to what we have imagined them to be, like using our BizzPort to connect entrepreneurs from all walks of life.”Advice to entrepreneursPeople should follow their passions, no matter the conditions. “If a goal already exists in your mind, just go for it with everything you have,” is Xaba’s advice to entrepreneurs, according to Channel Africa’s Change your Game show.“If it’s something you love, trust me, you are bound to stumble across great things along the way… Whatever obstacles you might be facing right now, they are just temporarily putting you to the test.”Sources: SME South Africa and Channel Africa: Change your game.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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MySQL.com Down Due to Massive Power Outage

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img steven walling As of July 22nd, all MySQL.com Web services have become completely inaccessible. Just in time for OSCON, the failure leaves all six million or more users of the open source database system unable to access source code, bug tracking, or discussion forums on the site. According to Duleepa “Dups” Wijayawardhana of Sun Microsystem’s MySQL Community Team, the problem was the result of a massive power outage in Uppsala, Sweden, where the infrastructure is located.Though there are conflicting reports of the exact hour it started, it’s clear that sites connected to MySQL.com, such as the forums and bug tracking, have been down since the wee hours of the morning Pacific Standard Time. According to Dups, the outage was the result of a major power outage, and comes just days before Sun planned on migrating the MySQL servers and co-located infrastructure. Sun Microsystems, the parent company of MySQL, was recently acquired by enterprise database giant Oracle. This lead to fears that Oracle’s database-related sites were also experiencing trouble, though it appears any fears are unwarranted at this point.No estimated recovery time has been announced, and ReadWriteWeb is waiting on an official statement from MySQL and Sun spokespeople. In the meantime, you can get live updates from the myql_community account on Twitter, or access MySQL documentation or downloads from mirrors like this or this. Update: As of 4:15 Pacific Time, MySQL.com is back up and running, but access to files and other resources on the site is limited. In an email, MySQL Community staff said, “At this time there maybe functionality that is disabled or unavailable. We expect to have full recovery and back to normal over the next 3-6 hours.” Tags:#enterprise last_img read more

Zumba is Saina Nehwal’s new fitness fad

first_imgAfter winning her first Olympic medal earlier this month, a pumped-up Saina Nehwal is gearing up to take her fitness regime up a notch with the latest work-out rage in town – the Zumba! The badminton player, whose current regimen includes heavy cardio sessions and intense fitness training, is now said to be keen on adding the Colombian fitness programme to her daily exercise regime.Saina was recently spotted in Hyderabad, shaking a leg with her instructor Dinaz Vervatwala at a promotional event for the “world’s largest zumba class” to be held this September. Clearly, along with the other fitness fanatics in the country, the zumba fever has consumed Saina with a vengeance.So what exactly is this Zumba madness all about? Created by choreographer Alberto Beto Perez in the nineties, this dance and aerobics fitness programme comprises various dance forms such as hip-hop, belly dancing, salsa and samba along with martial arts, cardio exercises and some Bollywood free-style dancing.”It’s been about two years since Zumba came to India. However, it became the rage it is only recently,” Zumba instructor Reema Gudwani said.”Zumba is not a dance form. It is a magical workout experience that incorporates toning, cardio and various dance moves that enhance flexibility and wellness of the body,” Gudwani, who runs a dance school called Danzamor, added.Designed at various levels, Zumba is taught at special dance schools by specialised instructors and aims at burning 500 to 1,000 calories per hour.last_img read more

10 months agoEx-Udinese chief Bonato: Losing Higuain to Chelsea would be AC Milan blow

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Udinese chief Bonato: Losing Higuain to Chelsea would be AC Milan blowby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Udinese sports chief Nereo Bonato has warned AC Milan about losing Gonzalo Higuain.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain is wanted by Chelsea this month.Bonato told TMW: “It’s been a complicated story from the beginning, I think Higuain was not happy to leave Juventus, but there’s also Milan’s unsatisfactory performance.”And Higuain will surely be tempted by Chelsea, looking for a central striker. “Milan need investment, they must try to enter the Champions League and it will be more difficult without the Argentine.” last_img read more

Monday Cheat Sheet: Everything That’s Gone Viral The Past 24 Hours (2/23/15)

first_imgScreen Shot 2015-02-21 at 10.09.04 PMTwitter/MiaKhalifaHere’s everything that has gone viral in college sports over the past 24 hours.1. Former Oregon player Kyle Long explained why he didn’t have to watch quarterback Marcus Mariota in the NFL combine over the weekend.2. Porn star Mia Khalifa poked fun at quarterback Jameis Winston for his slow 40-yard dash time.3. Louisville announced senior guard Chris Jones was dismissed from the team.4. Penn State’s Football team dropped an incredible dance routine at THON on Saturday.5. Ohio State football players reminded Michigan of the Buckeyes’ domination on the gridiron following its basketball loss.6. Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones made it clear over Twitter that he’s not impressed with the Knicks.7. Miami defensive back Antonio Crawford skipped practice and went on a Twitter rant.8. Nebraska students wore protective goggles at its basketball game to mock notorious Iowa eye poker Adam Woodbury.9. Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh was at the Ohio State-Michigan game yesterday.10. Ohio State outside linebacker Jamarco Jones was disgusted with its performance and loss to Michigan.Video of the Day: Miami’s Phillip Dorsett Ran 4.33 40-Yard-Dash At Combine. Tweet of the Day: 4-Star Ohio State Commit JaQuan Lyle Was Very Excited To See Thad Matta On His TV.Turn on the TV and see this guy..makes me excited to be apart of something special..#BuckeyeNation ⭕️ pic.twitter.com/lo7oP969qO— JaQuan Lyle (@JMamba5) February 22, 2015Girlfriend of the Day: Michigan’s Spike Albrecht, who once tweeted at Kate Upton, hasn’t lowered his standards. He’s isn’t dating Charlotte McKinney, but he clearly wishes he was.Check Out Friday’s Cheat Sheetlast_img read more