Flashback: Cadet A whizz-kid was a star in the making

first_imgLionel Messi recently turned 28 and Barcelona celebrated by releasing this unseen video of him playing for their academy.Even as a 14-year-old playing for their Cadet A side, he appeared destined for the top and since progressing from the famed La Masia, he has won pretty much all there is to win at club level.VIDEO: TOP 10 LIONEL MESSI MOMENTSIn addition he has also won the Ballon d’Or award four times.MESSI: IT’S TRUE, I’M FROM ANOTHER PLANET!last_img

On Homes and Cars and Jets and Supermarkets

first_imgHome building has undergone dramatic changes since the early 20th century. Houses used to be assembled from a relatively small number of different components—wood, brick, plaster, tile, pipe—and not too much else. In fact, many homes didn’t have indoor plumbing or wiring through much of the first half of the 20th century. They weren’t very efficient, but they were durable and low maintenance. We went through a major learning curve as insulation and air sealing improved faster than moisture control, trapping moisture within wall cavities, causing mold, rot, and a host of other problems leading to building failures and occupant health issues.Homes today are so much more complex that we must carefully engineer them and aggressively manage the process to assure that each element is designed and installed properly. Homes also require regular maintenance and repair in order to remain healthy and efficient throughout their lives, not unlike other complex products such as jets, cars, and even appliances.We build like we shop, but worseUnfortunately, homes are rarely given the attention they deserve in either the design or construction process. We build and remodel them like we’re shopping for dinner without knowing what we are planning to cook. Walking down the aisles of the supermarket (or, in this case, maybe The Home Depot, Lowe’s, or the local lumberyard), we throw the different things we want in our basket. We pick a style, regardless of whether or not it is appropriate for our climate, then we add in some features like a garden tub or a skylight. Finally, we wrap it up with the finishes—tile, carpet, cabinets, floors, and maybe some fancy hardware.A defective processBe they a builder, remodeler, or homeowner, everyone goes through this process in some form or another. The project is designed by a professional, or just someone who likes to draw, or scratched out on a piece of scrap drywall, or by, my favorite, what I like to call “arm wavers.” They walk around the house and wave at this and that, explaining (clearly, they think ) what they want. This particular habit is not limited to homeowners. I have experienced it with the occasional (but rare) design professional who is either lazy or incapable of putting ideas on paper. Once the design is finished, it is handed off to a contractor, who hires subcontractors, who in turn hire employees to do the actual work. Vendors are contacted for advice and pricing on the hundreds of products to go into the house. Many of the links in this long chain of people involved may have little or no training or experience in the work they are assigned to do.With much of home building and renovation reduced to a commodity sold for the lowest price, there is little incentive or time available for quality control during the process. Careful details that add to the efficiency and durability of the structure, even if they were considered at the design stage, are rarely inspected and, more often than not, are installed incorrectly.Finished or abandoned, then ignoredOnce homes are finished, the regular maintenance that they need and deserve is often neglected. How many homeowners know how to change the HVAC filter, if they even know what it is or where to find it? Jets and cars have maintenance and repair manuals and are serviced on a regular basis by professionals so that they have a long, efficient life. Green building programs either require or offer incentives to contractors for providing homeowner manuals, which, while a good start, are subject to being ignored by the owners, who often avoid regular maintenance and repairs until they become critical problems. We can blame some of this on our “disposable” society. There are few products that we own these days that are worth repairing. It is cheaper to go out and just buy new, even if you can find someone who can repair something for you.Homes are sophisticated machinesWe need to start treating our buildings like the sophisticated machines that they are. Trained, experienced professionals from all disciplines must be involved throughout the process. Assumptions must be questioned and issues resolved through the design phase instead of leaving critical details for the last (and often least-skilled) person to figure out. If we built and maintained our jets, cars, or appliances like we build houses, they would not work efficiently; heck, they probably wouldn’t work at all.last_img read more

Ask prevention

first_imgI have dark circles around my eyes. How can I get rid of them?Dark circles are usually linked to lack of sleep, stress and depression. However, other conditions such as Vitamin B12 deficiency, liver ailments, obesity and a genetic predisposition could be the cause??, says Dr Shubhra Goel, associate consultant, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai. Rule out the medical conditions first and then make small lifestyle changes. Get seven to eight hours of sleep every night and reduce your stress levels. Consume a balanced diet rich in anti-oxidants, calcium, magnesium and Vitamins B12 and K, she adds. Home remedies such as covering your eyes with cucumber slices may also help. If these dont work, consult a doc. She may suggest chemical peels or topical ointments containing any or a few of these: Vitamins C, K, kojic acid and retinoids. In extreme conditions, you may need to opt for laser therapy, adds Goel.My 16-year-old son is addicted to the television and gaming consoles. It is affecting his academic performance. What should I do?A: Boys find it intoxicating to be immersed in the virtual world because it is completely under their control. When theyre engaged in these activities, their brain produces endorphins giving them a high, says Delhi-based clinical psychiatrist Dr Jitendra Nagpal. Instead of taking any extreme step like cutting off the TV connection or seizing his gaming consoles, talk to him to figure out if there is any hidden stress that hes trying to overcome. Also give him interesting alternatives to gaming or watching TV. Encourage him to take up a sport, take him for a swim and plan outings to help him develop other engaging habits.My nails are brittle. How do I make them healthy again?Brittle nails are a natural sign of ageing. They may also be the result of long-term exposure to harsh solvents (those in nail polish removers) and detergents, constant contact with water and a wide variety of medical conditions. Another common cause behind chipping nails could be biotin (Vitamin B7) deficiency. Take supplements if needed, suggests Dr Hema Pant, consultant dermatologist with Kaya Skin Clinic, Delhi. A few home remedies you may try: soak a cotton ball in olive or castor oil and gently swab it on your brittle fingernails; dip your fingers in lukewarm salt water for some time every day, wipe them dry and moisturise. A nail hardener could also be a potential protector for your nails.I frequently get painful leg cramps at bedtime. What should I do to stop them?Night-time leg cramps are triggered by involuntary muscle contractions in the calves or soles of the feet. There might be soreness of muscles even after the cramp goes away. Though the underlying cause is not clear, the probable reasons could be long hours at the desk, dehydration, overworking of muscles and improper posture,?? says Dr Sandeep Budhiraja, director, Max Institute of Internal Medicine, New Delhi. In rare cases, it may be a symptom of Parkinsons disease and endocrine disorders. Stay hydrated (drink six to eight glasses of water each day) and stretch your calf muscles before you go to bed. This may reduce the frequency of nocturnal cramps,?? he suggests.The Colour GreenNeed some inspiration? Look at something green. A quick glimpse at the colour is enough to get your creative juices flowing, finds a new study from the University of Munich. Our brains associate the colour green with growth and development that seems to spur our desire for self-improvement, says study author Stephanie Lichtenfeld. Keep a green plant in your office, paint your study green or change your screen saver to greenand nail any creativity challenge that comes your way!advertisementlast_img read more

Video: Draymond Green Screams: “They Told Me I Can’t Play In This League” After Winning Title

first_imgDraymond Green celebrates a championship win.Draymond Green Michigan StateFormer Michigan State forward Draymond Green was certainly a force during his college days, but the Spartans star wasn’t looked at as one of the best players in the 2012 NBA Draft – mostly because teams couldn’t figure out what his natural position on the floor would be. Turns out most of those teams are now regretting passing on him. The Warriors star, who was eventually selected with the No. 35 overall pick, won a title last night after putting up a triple-double in game six of the NBA Finals. He’s one of the most versatile players in the NBA, too.After the game, Green, in celebration, was seen screaming to his mother “they told me I can’t play in this league.” It was a great redemption moment.Green is set to make some serious money this offseason. Apparently, he can play in this league.last_img read more

Juventus target Mousa Dembele

first_imgTottenham’s Mousa Dembele is reportedly being targeted by Juventus for a move this summer, claims the London Evening StandardThe midfielder revealed at the end of last month that he may be leaving Tottenham at the end of the season and has now reportedly caught the interest of Juventus.The Italian side, who are currently chasing their sixth successive Serie A title, are keen on strengthing their midfield in the summer and shortlisted Dembele as a potential recruit.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.While Juventus have publicly made their interest in Emre Can known, they have grown frustrated with the German’s reluctance to make a final decision on his future.In light of this, Juventus are now considering alternatives and it is believed that Massimiliano Allegri was very impressed with Dembele’s performances against them in the Champions League knockout stages this season.Dembele has enjoyed a successful season under Mauricio Pochettino with the Belgium international having inserted himself as a key member of the squad and has currently a total of 36 appearances across all competitions.last_img read more

Heynckes on Real Madrid match Its a cracker of course

first_imgBayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes is excited at the prospect of facing Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions LeagueThe two sides were drawn to face each other earlier today and will meet for the first leg at the Allianz Arena on April 25, before meeting again for the return leg a week later at the Santiago Bernabeu.Heynckes, who earlier today announced he would be stepping down from his role at Bayern for a fourth time at the end of the season, is excited at facing his former club one more time in a clash that he believes will be full attractive football with two quality sides.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“It’s a cracker of course, a clash of giants in a positive sense. Two teams with great tradition in European and world football face off, both play attractive football and love the sport. It’s a difficult draw for both sides. But we don’t know whether it would have been easier against Roma or Liverpool. We have to take it as it is. I don’t think the draw is particularly inconvenient.” said Heynckes, according to the club website.Bayern Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, who used to play for the club during his playing days, was not quite as enthusiastic as the head coach. But the Bosnian was confident that the squad have the talent at their disposal to avoid a repeat of last season’s defeat to the Spanish giants.“They’re top opponents, that’s clear. Real have great qualities. They only have top-class players, but we too have a really good team. I trust our lads. Our coach knows Real best. We were eliminated by them last year, we want to do better this time. We want to make it to the final. We have great respect but no fear. We’ll do everything to go to Kyiv.” said the former midfielder.last_img read more

Javi Gracia pleased with Watfords display against Chelsea

first_imgWatford manager Javi Gracia was satisfied with his side’s performance, despite losing 2-1 to Chelsea in the endThe Hornets provided Chelsea with a stern challenge at Vicarage Road with Roberto Pereyra scoring a stunning volley to cancel out Eden Hazard’s opener.But Watford’s strong display ultimately went unawarded when Hazard won and slotted home a penalty in the second half to seal all three points for the visitors.“We know it’s difficult against Chelsea because they are very good team with a very good squad,” Garcia told the club website.“We knew it would be difficult to get a good result but we have tried. We were playing better in the second half, with more time in the opposition half and dominating when we conceded the second goal.“It was a shame when we were playing well that we conceded the second goal.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Although Watford remain ninth in the Premier League and on course for their best-ever finish in the English top-flight.“We are in a good moment,” added Gracia.“I have good feelings because we can win and we can lose, but when I see my players I know they give their best and compete in all the games. We’ve had options against all the teams we have played.“I am happy with their behaviour and I’m sure we’ll keep it in the future as well.“I am proud of the effort of my players. We try to do better and get a better result next time.”Watford will next play against Newcastle at home on Saturday.last_img read more

Antonio Difficult for Rice to choose either Ireland or England

first_imgWest Ham winger Michail Antonio says it’s a “difficult situation” for Declan Rice to commit to either Ireland or England.Rice is faced with a massive decision to make, as he has to choose to represent either England, his country of birth or Republic of Ireland – after coming up through their youth teams, and West Ham teammate says he wouldn’t want to be in his shoes.Having only featured for Ireland in friendlies, Rice is still eligible to be called up by Gareth Southgate for England duty.Meanwhile, the Republic of Ireland have omitted him from their squad while he deliberates his future.“It’s a difficult situation because I can’t put myself in his shoes,” Antonio told Sky Sports.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I’ve spoken to him about it and he’s got a bit of loyalty to Ireland playing in the younger teams, but then when England comes knocking it’s hard to ignore.“I think he’s doing the right thing by taking his time, thinking about the situation.“But it doesn’t matter who he picks, he’s going to be playing for either team, in the position that he is.“At the age of 19, 20 tomorrow, I don’t think there are many people better than him in that holding position. I think that’s his best position.”last_img read more

Solskjaer hints at a possible Man United stay

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer claims Molde’s owners wished him well and told him to succeed as Manchester United’s caretaker manager suggesting he would not need to return.Solskjaer, 45, has masterminded the Red Devils unbeaten run winning eight of his nine matches as they mount a push for a top-four spot.The Norwegian whose United’s career spanned for 11 years is a top contender for the role on a permanent basis and he further went on to reveal the good luck message Molde’s co-owners Kjell Inge Rokke and Bjorn Rune Gjelsten gave him.Solskjaer told Sky: “When I rang the owner and said that United had called and that he always knew that this had been my dream, he said: ‘Go over, enjoy yourself – and please don’t come back’.“Both owners wished me all the best because they knew this is something I dreamed about.“To get the backing from them was fantastic. If I go back to Molde, I will do my best for them – but it depends when I go back.“It’s been fantastic so far. Hopefully, I will get to see my family soon, because that has been the only downside to the job.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the made the best start to a managerial reign in the Premier League:Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Solskjaer (18/19): WWWWWWDGuardiola (16/17): WWWWWWLAncelotti (09/10): WWWWWWL #mufc pic.twitter.com/VLDHhF49IB— United Xtra (@utdxtra) January 29, 2019Recent reports confirmed the former United striker is being consulted over future additions ahead of next season, whether he remains in charge or not.“I think it’s quite natural that whoever is in charge and whoever is involved with the players already here has a voice in that,” Solskjaer added.“I have got to know the players, what potential they have, how far away they are from reaching that potential, and who we can build a team on. So, of course, I put my views into the club.“It was just about coming in to work with the players, and I knew that if the club had targets for the transfer window, they would have discussed them with me.”last_img read more