Mourinho believes in Mkhitaryan

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): JosÈ Mourinho does not doubt that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be a success at Manchester United. It just might take some time. Mkhitaryan, a $33.5 million signing from Borussia Dortmund in July, has not played for United since being substituted at half-time in the 2-1 loss to Manchester City in the Premier League on September 10. He sustained a minor injury on international duty with Armenia in early October but hasn’t even been in United’s 18-man squad for recent games. That’s some fall in status for a playmaker who had 23 goals and 32 assists for Dortmund last season, was the German league’s player of the year, and was widely touted as one of the shrewdest Premier League signings of the off-season. Mourinho said yesterday that Mkhitaryan is not injure, and was just struggling to adjust to the English game. “Some players find it very easy, whereas others need more time. They need time to feel the intensity, the aggression, the game without the ball, and the competitiveness,” Mourinho said. “The realities are often different, particularly in terms of the competitiveness. It doesn’t matter who you are against, you have to play at the highest level otherwise you will not be able to do it. Micki needs time to become the top player he knows he can be.” That is nothing new to Mourinho. He said the same happened with Willian at Chelsea and Angel Di Maria at Real Madrid, in Mourinho’s two previous coaching jobs. “It happens with defenders, but it is often easier for them to adapt than attackers,” Mourinho said. “In Micki’s case, the process was interrupted by injury, which does not help … . Being out for a month meant he has had to go through the process of getting match-fit, then once he has that, he needs the competitive level to do it. We believe him, and, sooner or later, there will be no problem.” Before that first start for United in the derby, Mkhitaryan appeared three times as a second-half substitute.last_img read more

Photos: Kevin Durant personally sends Clippers to Cancun

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/ns-acc/2019/04/27/SE-001SA_CNNA-ST1-1000000005250ba6″]Kevin Durant wasn’t going to let the Warriors lose to the Clippers.After already pouring in a 45 points in Game 5, the all-star forward wouldn’t let Golden State fall behind Los Angeles for too long. He was on fire from the start scoring 38 points in the half before ultimately finishing with 50. He also did his part on the defensive end stealing the ball twice and blocking a shot.Anytime the Clippers drew closet to …last_img read more

Road Accident Fund pays out a record R22bn

first_imgThe Road Accident Fund is a social service that supports those whose health, jobs and lives are impaired by traffic accidents.The auditor-general has also recognised the fund’s prudent management of public money in the 2013/14 financial year by giving it with a second consecutive clean audit. (Image: RAF)Brand South Africa ReporterImproved efficiency has allowed South Africa’s Road Accident Fund to pay out a record number of claims to vehicle crash survivors in the 2013/14 financial year, amounting to R22.2-billion.“The number of open claims has reduced year-on-year to what is now less than half of what it was five years ago, indicating that administration is more efficient,” said Eugene Watson, the fund’s CEO.Open and reopened claims were reduced from 212 085 in 2012/13 to 198 140 this year, and the total awaiting compensation or legal cost payments reduced by 47 627 – from 279 912 in 2012/13 to 232 285.“Claims payments grew by 47% to a record high of R22.2-billion, from R15.2- billion in 2012/13,” Watson said.The Road Accident Fund is a social service that supports those whose health, jobs and lives are impaired by traffic accidents.“Reducing the frequency, severity and impact of accidents is the fund’s highest priority, as the estimated cost of road crashes to South Africa’s economy remains staggeringly high at R306-billion per annum,” Watson said.“Despite this, the RAF will continue being the social security safety net for those who are maimed on South Africa’s roads. During the year under review, the RAF continued its departure from a legacy of less than stellar performance, reinvigorating its efforts to make a socioeconomic impact on families, homes and communities.”He said the fund paid over 7 000 funeral claims, more than half of those resulting from the 14 000 road fatalities every year.Watson said the record payout was the result of improved productivity and controls, with the fund deploying cash more efficiently and expanding its geographical footprint to make its services available to road users countrywide.This was due to management interventions to optimise claim payments, improve business processes, the hiring of more staff, and a new claims administration system.Payouts wasted on legal feesWhile the rising number of claims strains the fund’s financial resources, Watson said the organisation was dealing with this by assessing and finalising claims speedily and efficiently.The auditor-general has also recognised the fund’s prudent management of public money in the 2013/14 financial year by giving it with a second consecutive clean audit.The Road Accident Fund board and management have mapped out plans to curb the growing deficit caused by the higher reserves needed for outstanding claims. These include discussions with the National Treasury and Department of Transport to resolve the short-, medium- and long-term funding of the organisation.Watson said a major problem was the high contingency fees – estimated at over 25% – paid to attorneys, which exacerbated the hardship of accident victims. More than this, 21% of payments go to legal fees, with R1.7-billion spent on the fund’s legal costs and R2.9-billion on claimant’s legal costs.“The litigious nature of the adversarial compensation scheme where one needs to prove fault, and the subjectivity in determining loss-of-earnings and support benefits, has seen a claim take between 12 to 60 months to finalise,” he said.New legislation to lower the cost of claimsThe new Road Accident Benefit Scheme Bill will attempt to reduce the amount of money wasted on legal fees by eliminating the need to determine who was at fault, cutting out prolonged and often self-serving lawsuits.Payments will be made directly and on a monthly basis to claimants and healthcare providers. The bill will also provide benefits for medical expenses, income support, family support and funeral benefits.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

2017 Great Lakes Professional Cattle Feeding and Marketing Short-course

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This short course is a joint effort of Ohio State University Extension, Michigan State University, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture to enhance the cattle industry in the Eastern Corn Belt.The first session will deal with early nutrition management, the veterinary feed directive, managing manure and beef cattle nutritional requirements.  The second session will include cattle economics and cattle marketing topics.Both Ohio sessions will be held at the Wood County Junior Fair Building in Bowling Green on Wednesday, Jan. 25 and Feb. 8. Registration and refreshments will be provided beginning at 6 pm each evening.Participants may enroll by registering on line at: or sending a check made payable to Michigan State University ($35 for first person and $25 for each additional family/farm member (College, FFA/4-H students can register for $15 each) and mailed to Carla McLachlan, Dept. Animal Science, Michigan State Univ., 474 S. Shaw Lane, 1287 Anthony Hall, E. Lansing, MI 48824-1225. Please mail before Jan. 19, 2017. If not mailed by Jan. 19, contact Alan Sudermeier ( ,419-354-9050), Allen Gahler (, 419-334-6340) or Steve Boyles (, 614-292-7669) if you desire to attend the program or if you have any questions about the program.last_img read more

PDP raises pitch for ceasefire in J&K

first_imgDespite the J&K State BJP’s public opposition, ruling alliance partner Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday raised the pitch for a unilateral ceasefire and called upon Pakistan and the Hurriyat to respond to the offer.Describing the silence of Pakistan and militant conglomerate United Jehad Council (UJC) as “meaningful”, senior PDP leader and close aide of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Peer Mansoor, told The Hindu that “time is opportune for Pakistan to respond to the new situation and the call for a ceasefire.”“Pakistan and other stakeholders need to take a stand,” said Mr. Mansoor. He said the ceasefire could prove to be a confidence building measure, leading to a dialogue. “This could be a starting point for creating a conducive atmosphere for a dialogue over J&K. If all parties agree to a ceasefire, both external and internal dialogue processes will get a fillip in the near future. The ceasefire has to be dialogue-oriented,” he said.He asked local regional parties, including the National Conference (NC), to come out openly in favour of a ceasefire. “We have reached a situation in J&K where a Class 9 student tells his mother he wants to achieve martyrdom. It’s becoming an explosive situation. We all need to end the cycle of violence. Guns, whether of security forces or militants, will not achieve anything”. .‘All-party meet with PM’Another senior PDP leader and State Public Works Minister Naeem Akhtar asked the separatists, especially the Hurriyat, “to join hands with the all-party delegation likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and press for a ceasefire.”Both the factions of the Hurriyat have maintained a silence. Sources said any stand of the Hurriyat factions, headed by Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has to have the backing of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir-based UJC, especially Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin.Sources in the government said back channels with many stakeholders have been activated to “have a consensus on ceasefire.” Ms. Mufti also sought inputs from the security agencies, including the Army, on “measures required for cessation of hostilities in J&K” during the Unified Headquarters meeting on Friday, where she called for “scaling down operations during Ramadan and the Amarnath yatra.”Separatist demands “The onus of proving that the [ceasefire] offer is serious lies on New Delhi and the local rulers. There is need for concrete measures on the ground, which include justice in recent cases of killings, release of political prisoners and confidence building measures aimed at serious dialogue process,” said a senior separatist, insisting on anonymity.last_img read more