Messi reveals how he honed his free-kick technique

first_imgLionel Messi has revealed how he’s changed his free-kick technique to experience more success from dead-ball situations, saying he now studies opposing goalkeepers more than he used to. Loading… “I watch free-kick takers,” the 32-year-old said. “But I think that each player has their own way of taking them and it’s very difficult to copy someone else. “I think that each player has to do it their way, and try what they feel is best. It’s very difficult to look and copy. You have to train to see what is best for each  player.” Messi has been the go-to penalty taker for Barcelona and Argentina during his career and though he’s been generally successful, he has experienced some notable misses over the years. His miss in the 2016 Copa America final caused him to retire from international duty, though he returned to the Argentina national team just weeks later. Messi has admitted that those misses from the spot bother him and motivate him to get better from set-pieces. “I missed a lot of penalties and that bothers me; I want to improve it, and the way to do that is by training and also looking at the opposition – just like I’m sure  they study me,” Messi said. “Knowing things about the opposition helps you to gain an advantage. Read Also:Sarri: Messi having more Ballons d’Or than Ronaldo is ‘really annoying’ “It bothers me but doesn’t worry me. I also understand that it’s part of the game, and sometimes it’s even more difficult when you take a lot of them in a row, because  everybody studies everything. “Goalkeepers are much faster than before, much better prepared, have much more strength in their legs, and that means that it is more difficult to take penalties.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Beautiful Mutations: 15 Staggering Photos Of HeterochromiaCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThese TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The HatchetThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them The Barcelona star scored six goals from 41 set-piece attempts last season, a respectable return, but has already scored four times from free-kicks in La Liga alone  this term. Messi has been prolific on set-pieces throughout his career, reaching 50 career free-kick goals in October 2019, but explained that his approach has changed as he’s  gotten older. “Before, I got comfortable and took them for the sake of it. I tried, of course, to get it over the wall and put it into the net, but I did it without thinking,” Messi  told La Liga on DAZN . “That was until I practiced them, picking up habits with my positioning, my steps, how I hit the ball, and trying to use my foot in different ways and seeing how it worked out.” The Argentine has said that one of the biggest changes in his approach to free-kicks is his new habit of studying the opposing goalkeeper, which he did not do earlier  in his career. “Before I didn’t [study the goalkeeper]. I was hindered when it came to have to shoot or a one-on-one situation. “There were situations in which things you’ve seen come to mind, and it makes you have doubts. Doubts make you go wrong. “Recently I’ve looked at it again, above all looking at free-kicks to see if there is movement before, if I should take a step or not, how to react, how the wall  blocks. Now I study it a little more.” Though Messi said he also studies other free-kick takers, he believes that he is limited in what he is able to learn.last_img read more

Warriors mailbag: Warriors fans are upset at the officials

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES — They cannot bark like Draymond Green. They cannot break a clipboard like Steve Kerr. They cannot chuck a mouth piece like Stephen Curry.Just like prominent members of the Warriors, though, their fans have another outlet to vent their frustrations about the officials. Social media, of course! In this week’s mailbag, more questions and gripes emerged …last_img read more

Woolworths tests green refrigeration

first_imgTop retailer Woolworths was recently namedresponsible retailer of the year for thesecond time in three years, at the WorldRetail Awards held in Berlin, Germany, inOctober 2010(Image: Woolworths)MEDIA CONTACTS • Stacy Lee SonFD Media & Investor Relations+27 21 487 9000RELATED ARTICLES• SA store shows new way to farm• Teaching jobless how to find jobs• Launchpad to a billion consumers• Top marks for SA energy policies• Nedbank achieves carbon neutralityWilma den HartighWoolworths has begun trials to test nitrogen refrigeration technology on its truck fleet, in an effort to further reduce its carbon footprint and improve the transport of temperature-sensitive products.Woolworths is the first retailer in South Africa, and one of only a few internationally, to experiment with the ecoFridge refrigeration system. Woolworths initially introduced the technology on one truck, but hopes to run four trucks on the system later in the trial.The retailer’s decision to test the technology forms part of its Good Business Journey, which focuses on four priorities: being proactive in fighting climate change, a stronger focus on the environment, social development, and transformation.The company’s national general manager for transport, supply chain and IT, Johan Schafer, said that customer feedback about its delivery trucks, obtained by Woolworths’s customer services team, was also a factor in the decision to pilot the technology.Kinder to the environmentThe ecoFridge system is fuelled by naturally occurring nitrogen instead of diesel, providing significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. According to Schafer, the units can eliminate between 24 – 30 tons of carbon dioxide per year, per truck.Nitrogen, which constitutes 80% of the earth’s atmosphere, is also non-toxic. If the refrigeration system is damaged in any way, the nitrogen simply evaporates immediately.Retailers who use the system will also find it easier to comply with emission standards prescribed by the Montreal Protocol and the Kyoto Protocol.The Montreal Protocol is an international treaty to protect the vulnerable ozone layer by phasing out the production of substances that are believed to deplete the compound. The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement containing targets for 37 industrialised countries and the European community to cut greenhouse gas emissions.British supermarket chain Asda estimated in 2009 that if it introduced nitrogen-powered ecoFridges in 2 500 refrigerated trailer units, it could save about 23-million litres of diesel, 60 000 tons of carbon dioxide and US$33-million (R229-million) in fuel costs.In a statement, the president and CEO of ecoFridge, Tom Roller, said that the system is used in Israel, South Africa, France, the UK and North America.Maintaining the cold chainThe ecoFridge system was designed by Ukraine-based Ukram Industries. The nitrogen technology used in the system makes it possible to more effectively control truck refrigeration temperatures.Schafer explained that this can ensure better product quality for the consumer. Temperature-sensitive products such as milk rely on a consistent cold chain. If the temperature of milk can be controlled more accurately from production until it reaches the store, the product will have a longer shelf life.Trucks fitted with the nitrogen system can also maintain numerous temperature zones. This makes it easier for retailers to transport a variety of products, which may require different temperatures, at the same time.When it comes to achieving optimum temperatures in the load space, nitrogen technology is 70% – 80% faster than mechanical systems, as nitrogen gas eliminates hot spots in trucks. Reaching the pull down temperature in the truck, which refers to the required temperature level, takes less than 40 minutes with the nitrogen system. With diesel, the same process can take up to 120 minutes. The truck operator also has access to a control panel in the vehicle, which allows him to monitor the system.No moving partsSchafer said that nitrogen-based refrigeration further differs from other mechanical systems because it has no moving parts, which reduces noise pollution. According to Ukram Industries the system operates at zero decibels, making it one of the quietest transport refrigeration systems of its kind.The commercial advantages also outweigh those of diesel systems. Companies need invest less capital and operational costs are lower. Comparative figures indicate that the running costs of a mechanical system are much higher, particularly from the third to fourth year of operation. The running costs of ecoFridges remain largely stable because there are no factors such as labour, parts and downtime to consider.The nitrogen is contained within a storage vessel fitted to the truck. Once the doors are closed, nitrogen is released into the cargo hold to a pressure of approximately 1.8 bar. The system is designed to be completely safe. If someone is enclosed in the loading space, they can deactivate the system by pressing an illuminated button installed in the truck.A new approach to fuel and transportIn addition to piloting nitrogen refrigeration technology, Woolworths recently introduced the use of biodiesel in its entire fleet. Biodiesel is a renewable fuel produced from vegetable oils, animal fats or recycled cooking oils. Woolworths pioneered the use of biodiesel in South Africa, being the first retailer to use biodiesel approved by the South Africa Bureau of Standards.According to Biodiesel South Africa, biodiesel produces 80% less carbon dioxide, 100% less sulphur dioxide – a major component of acid rain – and up to 75% less exhaust emissions. Woolworths buys its biodiesel from the Cape Town-based Biodiesel Centre, which manufactures the fuel from recycled oil and plant materials.Schafer said the growing environmental awareness among consumers and retailers worldwide is encouraging. As a result retailers have a better understanding about the impact of their operations on climate change and the environment.last_img read more

Microsoft, Google Press Lawsuit On Government Spying Data

first_imgreadwrite Related Posts After the Guardian and other publications revealed that US spy agencies relied on cooperation from tech giants like Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Yahoo to gather up Americans’ electronic communications, the companies protested that government secrecy rules prevented them from disclosing details about the data they gave US intelligence agencies.Now, two of those companies, Microsoft and Google, are pressing forward with a lawsuit to force the government to let them disclose more data, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith said in a company blog post.Negotiations with the Department of Justice failed, Smith wrote, because the companies wanted to publish statistics about both requests for the actual contents of emails and other communications, and simpler “metadata” requests, such as the sender or recipient of an email. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Brad Smith#Google#Justice Department#lawsuits#Microsoft#nsa#privacy#spying Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Akshay tries hard to match Kat’s moves

first_imgKatrina Kaif- Akshay KumarClick here to EnlargeAfter Sheila Ki Jawani, it was Sheila ki Hindi that floored the Delhi crowd at her recent promotional stop in the Capital at Ansal Plaza on Wednesday. A huge crowd gathered at the amphitheater demanded that Katrina Kaif, on whom the latest chartbuster Sheila Ki Jawani has been filmed, should speak in Hindi.Kaif, who was there to promote her forthcoming film Tees Maar Khan by Farah Khan, set for the release this Friday, attempted to please in her heavily accented Hindi.” I am very glad that the audiences love me so much and they want to hear my Hindi,” she said and then switched to English, requesting the people to watch her forthcoming release. ” Love me as much as you loved Sheila,” she asked the onlookers.Though it is Akshay Kumar who plays the title role of a conman in the film Tees Maar Khan , it was Kaif who was the highlight of the promotional event as the audience continued to cheer for her, asking her to shake a leg on the hit number.Dressed in a short black dress, Kaif looked stunning as she wore a smile all through the event and waved at the crowd while throwing music CDs of the film towards them. She sportingly danced on the number too and even taught some steps to her leading man and a few people from the crowd picked up randomly to perform along with her on the stage.Kumar, who was dressed in a colourful shirt in keeping with his tapori image in the upcoming film, however, looked unfazed with Sheila Ki Jawani stealing the thunder. ” I have been showing my jawani for the past 22 years, so, now I have given it to Sheila,” he joked. When someone asked as to why he was sticking only to comedy and not exploring other genres these days, he said, ” As many as 90 per cent of the Indian films which have been successful at the box office are comedies.This is because everybody wants to see something which makes them laugh.This keeps me motivated,” he added.The film’s producer and director, Farah Khan, who seemed self- assured at the advance booking of her film which began on Tuesday, said that she had got the best response in Delhi. When questioned about the timing of the film’s release, the Christmas weekend, which is a slot unofficially reserved for Aamir Khan ( as he has been releasing films for the last three years on this weekend), Khan said, ” This year, Aamir has come as my Santa Claus and has offered me this slot. It’s the biggest gift that he is not coming with any of his films this year.” We hope the big man’s absence works in the favour of Akshay-Katrina-Farah.  advertisementlast_img read more