PSG’s Lucas Dread Messi ahead of Last 16 Clash with Barca

first_imgUEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEParis Saint-Germain to player, Lucas Moura, has said that the Parisian can get the better of Barcelona, but joked there is no way they can stop Lionel Messi without breaking the rules of the game.The Ligue 1 champions host the Catalan side for the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie tonight, off the back of a 3-0 win over Bordeaux on Friday. The other game listed for tonight is the clash between Benfica and Borussia Dortmund. PSG is currently on a four-game winning streak, but Barca is also unbeaten in 11 and has won eight of those, and Lucas believes the hosts are the underdogs. With the free-scoring Messi in their ranks, the Brazilian feels Luis Enrique’s charges have a threat who cannot be contained without the help of some rope.“No team is unbeatable, but of course for me they are the favorites,” he told AP. “They are the best team in the world, you have to respect them.“For me it’s impossible to stop (Messi). You have to tie him up.“The tactic is to prevent the ball getting to him. You must be very, very organised.”Lucas, 23, also pointed to the attacking danger posed by his compatriot Neymar, who has 10 goals and 15 assists in 28 appearances in all competitions this season.“It’s great for our country to see him doing well there, and me doing well here,” he said. “He’s a great example. I’m happy for him, for everything he’s doing there and in the national team as well.“I don’t think he can be like Messi, because every player has their own style and their own history. But I think that, after Messi, he can become a great, great player as well and write a great history for Barcelona.”Lucas remains key for PSG having scored 14 goals in 34 appearances across all competitions. Meanwhile, the Parisians’ team coach, Unai Emery, is of the opinion that the players must be focused to get the best from the match.“The most important thing will be to win the challenges otherwise tactics will mean nothing,” he told a news conference yesterday ahead of the clash.PSG has been eliminated in the quarterfinals twice, in 2013 and 2015, by Barca, who will start the tie as favourites.“We know this team very well and that’s an advantage. This tie is the perfect occasion for the club to grow,” Emery said.He added that he would make a decision later yesterday on whether Argentine midfielder Javier Pastore, who has resumed training after an injury, would be called up in the squad.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

New bug leaps into history books

first_imgRay Maota The leaproach looks like a cross between a cockroach, a cricket and a grasshopper. UCT’s Prof Mike Picker and Dr Jonathan Colville show off their discovery. (Images: UCT) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Mike Picker   UCT Faculty of Science  +27 21 650 2712 RELATED ARTICLES • UCT MBA among world’s best • Prestigious award for UCT project • SA unearths 18 new species • Scientists abuzz over mosquitoA University of Cape Town (UCT) professor and a former student have again made entomological history by discovering the world’s first jumping cockroach, now named the leaproach (Saltoblattella montistabularis).Prof Mike Picker, from UCT’s zoology department, and Dr Jonathan Colville discovered the intriguing insect, which has since been added to the list of top 10 new species for 2011 by the International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE) at Arizona State University.The previously unknown bug was first spotted leaping around at the Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town in 2006, as the pair searched for flies during a research project.Their first discovery was the new suborder Mantophasmatodea – comprising carnivorous insects known as gladiator bugs or heelwalkers – in South Africa in 2002.The two biologists described their discovery in the German scientific journal Arthropod Systematics and Phylogeny in 2010. The publication was formerly known as Entomologische Abhandlungen.Picker and Colville wrote a second paper with Malcolm Burrows from Cambridge University, this time detailing what makes the little bug such a good jumper and also its relation to what is believed to be the only other known jumping cockroach, the late Jurassic 160-million-year-old fossil Skok svaba. This extinct creature was first described in 2007.Unique creatureSpeaking of their latest find, Picker said: “We were sweep netting and saw something that at first looked like a grasshopper, but when we got it back to the laboratory it became clear it was a cockroach, closely related to the common roach but with sophisticated hind legs and the ability to jump many times its own height.”The leaproach measures a modest centimetre in length, and looks like a cross between a cockroach, a cricket and a grasshopper. Its Latin name is derived from Saltoblattella which means jumping small cockroach, while montistabularis refers to the place it was discovered.Colville said: “Superficially it resembled a cricket, but not quite.”The leaproach shares certain features with grasshoppers – large muscular hind legs for jumping; bulging eyes; toes that allow them to grip before and after jumping; and a strengthened antennae base which supports the delicate appendages during jumping.There are about 4 000 to 5 000 species of cockroaches but so far only the leaproach is able to jump in the same agile manner as a grasshopper.The IISE’s Quentin Wheeler said: “Most people do not realise just how incomplete our knowledge of Earth’s species is. We are surrounded by such an exuberance of species diversity that we too often take it for granted.”Spectacular insect faunaPicker described the Cape’s insect fauna as “spectacular and distinctive”, and added that up to now this natural wealth has been under-appreciated.With the leaproach discovery in the Table Mountain park, a World Heritage site, the pair suspects that other species may be waiting to be discovered.Picker and Colville believe that their discovery highlights how little is known about the Cape fauna, which could be home to more interesting species than even the celebrated Cape Floral Kingdom.“Thus far, the leaproach is only known from that single locality, adding to the impressive biodiversity profile of this World Heritage site,” said Picker.Although there is the potential for other discoveries in the area, he cautioned ambitious scientists that Table Mountain is a highly protected area and plants and animals can’t be removed from it without permission.Top 10 New Species for 2011The leaproach has now been named as one of the Top 10 New Species for 2011 by the US-based IISE. Each year the IISE releases a list of what it considers to be the 10 best natural finds of the year before.Although the final list is chosen by a committee, anyone may nominate a species, provided that it was described for the first time during the year in question.Three other African species were included – Philantomba walteri, a new species of duiker first seen at a bushmeat market in Benin; Darwin’s bark spider (Caerostris darwini), a type of orb weaving spider native to Madagascar; and the pollinating cricket (Glomeremus orchidophilus) from Réunion, the first of its kind seen to pollinate the orchid Angraecum cadetii.The list is rounded out by the bioluminescent mushroom Mycena luxaeterna from Brazil; a bacterium known as Halomonas titanicae which is one of several that’s eating away at the sunken Titanic; the two-metre-long monitor lizard Varanus bitatawa from the Philippines; the Peruvian leech Tyrannobdella rex; the underwater mushroom Psathyrella aquatic, found in the US; and the pancake batfish Halieutichthys intermedius, found in the Mexican Gulf.last_img read more

Sniffing Out House Problems

first_imgShower smell: Check the bath fanIf you can smell that moist, shampoo-scented air from the shower and you are not in the bathroom, then you either don’t have a bathroom exhaust fan, it’s not on, or it’s not powerful enough.Unvented bathrooms can cause your home to rot from the inside out — costly and bad for your health. Put in a bath fan if it’s missing (see GreenSpec guidance on bath fan selection), and get the electrician to have it come on with the light or with a humidistat. Attic smell: Air leakage problemsAttics smell different: it’s some combination of the insulation, the wood dried to a crisp by the summer heat, and probably some history of squirrels, mice, or both.When I smell this in the upstairs of a house — not in the attic — I read it as a telltale sign of extreme air leakage: lots of holes in the basement and attic floor that allow air to leak out, and to move in the other direction on some windy days. Solution: seal up the air leaks in your home, particularly between the attic and the living space. (See GreenSpec guidance on products that help form a home’s air barrier, and recent posts on where to look for air leaks in existing homes.) Basement smell: Dampness, leakageIt’s alarming when you can smell that musty basement smell on the first floor. Even the basement should not smell that way — if it does, work on improving exterior drainage, putting vapor barriers over damp walls and floors, and dehumidifying, among other things.If that smell is migrating upstairs, look for air leakage from the basement up through plumbing and electrical penetrations, and moisture problems migrating up from damp basement walls through sill plates. Check the bottoms of exterior walls for signs of mildew or mold, and manage the water at its source. Combustion gases: Safety issueIf when inside you smell the exhaust from your wood stove, furnace, boiler, or other combustion appliance, your health may be in jeopardy from the particulate matter in the smoke, or from carbon monoxide (CO) — which is odorless but often accompanies other gases. In all these cases, bring in the appropriate technician as soon as possible (the fire department may also be willing to measure CO levels for you), particularly if you’re due, in case there is an immediate problem with the heating appliance.If you only smell these smells on a windy day, or when a low-pressure system has settled overhead, the issue may be that the normal weather patterns that help gases exhaust from the home are working against you. This topic is more than we can delve into today, but if it’s a regular occurrence it is worth investigating with a contractor’s help. One quick point: if it’s a building with a high-capacity range hood, beware of “depressurizing” your home with that fan, leading exhaust to get pulled into your house from your furnace.Do you have carbon monoxide detectors? Why not? Kitchen smells: Install a range hoodSometimes it’s nice to smell what’s cooking all through the house, but in the long run it’s bad for indoor air quality, particularly due to the moisture generated by cooking. Install a range hood and run it when cooking, but look out for problems with high-capacity range hoods. (See GreenSpec guidance on kitchen range hood selection.) Dryer exhaust: Moisture, fire hazardSmelling dryer exhaust inside the house is a red flag indicating lack of a vent, or a plugged vent. Lack of a vent risks moisture problems inside your house, and coating everything with dryer lint.A plugged vent is a serious fire hazard. Take immediate action!center_img Tristan Roberts is Editorial Director at BuildingGreen, Inc., in Brattleboro, Vermont, which publishes information on green building solutions. Stuffy smell: Need more fresh air?Does the building smell stuffy? Many homes and offices don’t have enough fresh air, for a variety of reasons.In commercial buildings, the most common problem is poorly designed or malfunctioning ventilation equipment. Calling in an indoor air quality expert or a commissioning agent would be wise. In homes, it’s likely that there is no ventilation system bringing in fresh air, and because of weather patterns or because the home is relatively tight, you’re not getting enough fresh air. A ventilation expert can help. Off-gassing: Keep harmful chemicals outTo maintain good indoor air quality (IAQ), avoid bringing smelly stuff into the house. If something smells bad, get rid of it. In the world of building materials there is a lot to keep up with here, but at a minimum look for low-VOC coatings, and other products with IAQ certifications such as Greenguard Children & Schools, and FloorScore. (See BuildingGreen’s guide to key product certifications for more info.)I’ve just scratched the surface here — keep your nose out and let me know what you’ve been smelling!For more information, listen to Joe Lstiburek’s indoor-air-quality podcast, and find out why your eyes, nose, and the back of your hand are surprisingly accurate IAQ diagnostic tools. A victim of a hepatitis E infection she picked up unknowingly in Brazil, Genevive Bjorn’s liver rebelled against her one night in Hawaii. Her body almost shut down on her, but with help from the hospital, a battery of tests, her watchful boyfriend at her side, and a diet of nothing but rice porridge, she squeaked through.This is what happened next, as she wrote last year in The New York Times: “My liver began barking at smells and substances I’d barely noticed before. I considered myself an earthy minimalist, but my house turned out to be a chemical minefield. I developed a doglike olfactory sense that guided me as I sniffed, recoiled and pointed out to Adam what had to go. He tossed out most of our bathroom and kitchen products, along with everything preserved or petroleum-based.”Her talent for nose for the faintest of smells makes her a “super sniffer,” one gifted with this sense. As Bjorn recounted recently on her blog, The Daily Smell, while sniffing around a friend’s new home at the friend’s request, she rapidly sniffed out the previous location of the kitty litter box which had been moved two weeks prior, rancid vegetable oil in the kitchen, possibly unsafe coatings on kids’ furniture and toys, and even the spot in the living room where the previous owner had died months before.You don’t need to be super sniffer, though, to pick up on scents in buildings that tell us some interesting things. Here are some that I’ve noticed.last_img read more

BCCI says no to DRS for England series next month

first_imgIndia’s opposition to the Decision Review System continues with the BCCI refusing to allow its usage in next month’s four-Test cricket series against England.According to The Daily Telegraph, “The Board for Cricket Control in India sent official notification to the England and Wales Cricket Board that it does not want the system to be used in the series (in July).”Consent of both the Boards is required for the system to be used in a series.Sachin Tendulkar is critical of the DRS system. APTop Indian players such as Sachin Tendulkar and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni have been vocal critics of the DRS but English players like spin spearhead Graeme Swann have backed the use of technology.”The reason India do not want it is because it will favour our bowlers,” said John Emburey, the former England off-spinner.”It (DRS) has been massive for spinners because they are now getting wickets against batsmen playing on the front foot coming forward. It’s a massive advantage to the spinner. The system has shown balls would go on to hit the stumps and umpires have now got it in their minds that they can now give batsmen out,” he explained.Emburey said the DRS has forced batsmen to offer genuine shots against spinners.”What DRS has done is make batsmen play with their bat rather than hide behind the pad which gives bowlers more chances of edges and catches because they have to play at the ball,” he said.- With inputs from PTIadvertisementlast_img read more

New chief chosen for Downtown San Diego Partnership

first_img Updated: 10:36 PM January 23, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter New chief chosen for Downtown San Diego Partnership Posted: January 23, 2018center_img Sasha Foo 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — When it comes to planning and economic development city leaders look to other groups for input and guidance.One of those group is the Downtown San Diego Partnership, which has just named a new President and CEO.42-year-old Betsy Brennan is no stranger to San Diego. She was once chief of staff to former San Diego State University President Stephen Weber and served as chief of staff to then San Diego City Council President Scott Peters.As the incoming president of the Downtown San Diego Partnership, Brennan will lead 400 business members and 11,000 property owners in the downtown area.The non-profit organization functions as the voice for a wide swath of interests, who want to build and promote a more vital downtown area.KUSI’s Sasha Foo talked with the new CEO about her leadership style and what she envisions for the future of the city’s downtown area. Sasha Foo, last_img read more