On-loan Fulham striker Marcello Trotta’s goal three minutes before the break gave underdogs Brentford a sensational – and fully deserved – lead in the FA Cup fourth-round clash at Griffin Park.They settled after a shaky start and Trotta fired over before Bees playmaker Harry Forrester sent an effort wide.Encouraged, the League One side kept pressing and almost took the lead when Adam Forshaw shot just wide.And they went ahead when Forrester’s 25-yard shot was parried by Ross Turnbull and Trotta pounced on the loose ball to score.Chelsea, with Fernando Torres up front and John Terry back in the starting line-up, gave the ball away numerous times – Frank Lampard lost possession in the build-up to the goal.Their cause has not been helped by stand-in keeper Turnbull, whose uncertainty and poor distribution have added to the Blues’ jitters.Brentford: Moore, Logan, Dean, Dodson, Craig, Forshaw, Douglas, Diagouraga, Forrester, Donaldson, Trotta. Subs: Lee, Barron, Saunders, Adeyemi, Dallas, Reeves Hayes.Chelsea: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Marin, Oscar, Bertrand, Torres. Subs: Hilario, Ferreira, Azpilicueta, Mata, Benayoun, Ake, Ba.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
On Saturday, 21 October, Brand South Africa partnered with Bidvest Rally to Read and other sponsors to rally to the Western Cape in efforts to improve literacy and education in the province.The purpose of visiting the schools was to deliver educational materials such as box libraries, school shoes, stationery, soccer balls as well as meet the learners and educators, who will benefit from the training. (Image: Supplied)Cape Town, Friday 27 October 2017 – On Saturday, 21 October, Brand South Africa partnered with Bidvest Rally to Read and other sponsors to rally to the Western Cape in efforts to improve literacy and education in the province.Rally to Read is an initiative that was originally launched by the McCarthy Motor Group and is now led by Bidvest, to help improve education in rural South Africa. Every year, Rally to Read travels across ten school districts, in nine provinces to distribute reading and educational resources to disadvantaged schools.Over the years the Rally to Read has had a positive impact on the lives of many communities and schools:• Over R91-million raised for rural education• 1025 – schools have been on the programme since 1998• 179 – rallies have been executed to date, covering all parts of rural South Africa (1998 – 2016)• 54 – Different areas/school clusters have been supported• 18 – Series of Rallies have been completedMcCarthy Toyota Table View, general manager Gary Scholtz said, “we are very proud to be part of this initiative, we have had an opportunity to travel to schools far and wide in order to positively impact the lives of many children. The rally is always received very well in the Cape. I am always very impressed with the attendance of the parents at the schools we visit”.The purpose of visiting the schools was to deliver educational materials such as box libraries, school shoes, stationery, soccer balls as well as meet the learners and educators, who will benefit from the training.The visits further reaffirm to the schools that they are not alone and to remind the teachers of the importance of their task at hand. Upon arrival, sponsors were welcomed by school’s pupils showing off their reading skills.The visits further reaffirm to the schools that they are not alone and to remind the teachers of the importance of their task at hand. Upon arrival, sponsors were welcomed by school’s pupils showing off their reading skills.“I am very happy that our school is getting all these nice things for us to carry on learning. My favourite story is Oupa se ‘bril and I like it when we act out the stories in class”, said a pupil from Noordhoek Primary.“The Rally to read initiative is very important, I think the fact that we personally deliver to the “end user” is of vital significance to me. It’s easy to just donate money to a cause and ease your conscience, it’s another experience when you come face to face with the individual who will benefit from the sponsorship – things become very personal. Reading is essential to everyone…someone commented on the weekend that if you can’t read you can’t use a computer, public transport and many of the basics we take for granted every day”, concludes Mr ScholtzWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
If you are ever suffering from insomnia, call me, and I will tell you all I learned about WUFI-Passive. It is the blessing (or curse?) of geekdom that led me enroll in a three-day-long WUFI-Passive training class (sponsored by PHIUS — the Passive House Institute of the United States) in downtown Chicago in early April.Don’t get me wrong — I love Chicago, and I got there a day early to wander the fabulous architectural canyons, and visit a few old friends at the Art Institute, like El Greco, Rodin, and Picasso. And the class itself was conducted at the nexus of the universe of architecture, in the exquisite High Modern Equitable Building. One can stand in its plaza at Michigan and Wacker Avenues, and from that single vantage point scan the history the skyscraper — from its inception in the days of Burnham, Jenney, and Sullivan, through its exuberant celebrations of the Wrigley and Tribune Buildings, to the megalomaniac culmination of the Trump Tower. Fine art and architecture — and Passive House — the perfect concordance of right brain and left. What is WUFI-Passive?Simply put, WUFI-Passive is the next generation of energy modeling, on track to supersede PHPP (the Passive House Planning Package), which only three years ago I had imagined was its apotheosis.What WUFI-Passive adds to the mix is a comprehensive analysis of the behavior of water vapor as it passes through walls, ceilings, and floors, over a period of years, and modeling of the energy consumed in removing water vapor from a given space. It then combines this information with another interface that includes all the inputs required for PHPP.The result is a real-time, dynamic energy modeling system that factors in the full costs of dealing with cooling loads. This is a marked improvement over PHPP, which could only summarize thermal loads by month or year, and dealt with latent loads in a cursory fashion.The PHI-PHIUS splitThis all goes to the heart of the split between PHIUS and its mother organization, the Passive House Institute. As Passive Houses began to come on line in the United States, it became clear that PHPP — which was developed in the milder climates of Germany — was not ideally suited for the range of extreme climates here at home.In class, it was noted that a recent Passivhaus project in New Orleans disappointed its planners — and occupants — because it failed to provide adequate comfort for its extremely humid climate. It was telling to hear from Katrin Klingenberg, the founder and guiding light of PHIUS, question some of the fundamental propositions of Passivhaus. WUFI-Passive will be the tool that gets us over that considerable hump.The software is expensiveWUFI-Passive — in its present state — is still a bit of a kluge. Our instructor, Prudence Ferreira, who is likely to be the smartest-person-in-the-room wherever she goes, struggled with the idiosyncrasies of the program, and with class input, came up with a significant list of proposed refinements. I stumbled through the fast-paced class, often losing track of the lecture while I tried to correct some entry on our practice exercises. Moreover, WUFI-Passive is an expensive piece of software. (The current cost of WUFI-Passive is $593 per year, or $1,612 for three years.)For the near future, we can still use PHPP to certify our projects — but the future of Passivhaus is headed down WUFI lane.Alan Abrams is a Certified Passive House Consultant, a Certified Passive House Builder, a Certified Green Professional (NAHB), and a Certified Professional Building Designer (American Institute of Building Designers). He is also the owner of Abrams Design Build in Takoma Park, Maryland. RELATED ARTICLESA Brief Introduction to WUFI, in 5 Easy PiecesWUFI Is Driving Me CrazyPassive House Certification: Looking Under the Hood Passivhaus, Part 3: So You Want to Be a Passivhaus Consultant?Passivhaus Buildings Don’t Heat ThemselvesPassivhaus For Beginners
PDP demands judicial probe into Shopian firing JeM leader killedMeanwhile, the Army claimed to have killed the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) mastermind of the Sunjwan camp attack at Awantipora in Pulwama.“JeM’s operational commander Mufti Waqas has been eliminated in a surgical attack,” Army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.Waqas, a Pakistani, was killed in a joint operation “based on specific intelligence.”“This has resulted in a major dent to the designs of the JeM,” the Army said.Waqas, a category ‘A plus plus’ militant, was behind the Sunjwan and the Lethpora attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. Ten people, including six jawans and one civilian, were killed in the Sunjwan attack last month.According to the family members, the four deceased youths in the two vehicles — identified as Gowhar Ahmed Lone, Suhail Khaleel, Mohammad Shahid Khan and Shahnawaz Ahmad Wagay, all residents of Shopian — were “civilians.”“My son is not an overground worker. He is a Class 12 student. It’s a cold-blooded murder,” said Khan’s father Bashir Ahmad. Wagay’s brother said he had spoken to him “half-an-hour before the incident,” and contested the Army’s claims.Contrary to the Army’s views, Ms. Mufti expressed “distress over the deaths of civilians caught in the crossfire”. Ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vice president Sartaj Madni called the Shopian incident “outrageous” and condemned it.PDP’s MLA from Shopian, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, demanded a “judicial probe”. “No circumstances can justify these civilian killings,” he said.“We will investigate if the killed youth had any affiliation with militant outfits,” said Director General of Police S.P. Vaid, while making an appeal to people “to maintain calm”.Protests spread in ValleyThe killings in Shopian, where five civilian had died in security forces’ operations in the past two months, sparked fresh violent protests in Srinagar, Anantnag, Pulwama, Budgam and Kulgam.It evoked a complete shutdown in entire Valley on the call of the separatists.Restrictions were imposed in parts of Srinagar, Pulwama and Shopian “as a precautionary measure”. Several Hurriyat leaders and separatists, including JKLF chief Yasin Malik, were arrested. Train services and Internet was stopped in south Kashmir.Schools, which were to reopen after three-month-long of winter break on Monday, were closed again till March 7. Examinations by the J&K board, Kashmir University and Islamic University of Science and technology, were cancelled. Prestigious Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) examination was also put on a hold.Mainstream, separatist condemnDemanding a probe, former chief minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah said, “The Shopian incident is yet another stark reminder of the grave and rapidly deteriorating situation in the Valley and the varying accounts from the CM and the security forces are unfortunate. It further perpetuate the sense of disenchantment, distrust and alienation.”CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam, M. Y. Tarigami said “unless deterrent action is taken against those, involved in such incidents, these are going to be repeated”.“Whatever the excuses, killing of unarmed and uninvolved civilians has no justification,” said Mr. Tarigami. He appealed to “the democratic forces in the rest of the country to pressurize the government so that the security forces are made accountable”.Separatist Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), which comprises Syed Ali Geelani’s Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and Yasin Malik’s JKLF, has called for a protest march towards Shopian on March 7.“The trigger-happy forces are deployed to kill Kashmiris and the pro-India politicians are here to provide a legal cover to the killers,” said a JRL spokesman.“Lies and propaganda are being spread by the Army,” said the Mirwaiz.Militant conglomerate, United Jihad Council, chief Syed Salahuddin said “India will get nothing but only disappointment by targeting innocent civilians.”Mahmood Shah, chief of the LeT, Lashkar-e-Taiba, also condemned the civilian killings. “The Narendra Modi government was upset with the never-ending accomplishments of fighters,” said the LeT spokesman. Two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants and four civilians were killed in “a firing incident” in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday evening.Amid conflicting versions from the Army, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and the victim families on Monday, there were widespread protests, a clampdown by security forces and a shutdown.Vehicles flagged downAccording to Brigadier Harbir Singh and Colonel N.S. Negi, two speeding vehicles were asked to stop near Shopian’s Pohanu village around 8 p.m. on Sunday by the Army’s mobile vehicle checkpost.“However, both vehicles continued to move. When a search light was flashed, heavy firing came from the vehicles. In the gunfight, one terrorist was hit and fell off. The vehicles sped off,” said the Army officials.The Army said the bodies of two local LeT militants, Amir Ahmad Malik and Ashiq Hussain Bhat, were found at two spots.While Malik died at the encounter site, Bhat’s body was found in an apple orchard in Saidpura village on Monday morning, the Army said.“During the search, three bodies were found in one vehicle. The second vehicle was spotted at Pinzura village, with a person dead inside. These individuals were accompanying the terrorists and were overground workers,” the Army said. Two weapons were recovered from the slain militants.Also Read
The India-Pakistan connection made them a global talking point at the US Open but Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi do not even consider themselves from two different nations.They were the first India-Pakistan combination to reach a Grand Slam final and their coming together and doing well at a tennis major, generated a huge interest.Even the Ambassadors from the two countries to the United Nations came together to cheer them and it was enough for media to add some political colour to the coverage, considering the two countries have fought three wars since becoming independent.Media coined terms like ‘Indo-Pak Express, Indo-Pak peace pair’ to describe their pairing but Bopanna today said he and Qureshi have never thought about the countries they belong to and their compatibility as individuals was the sole reason behind their partnership.”Qureshi and I got together because we felt that we would make a good doubles team. We know each other for so long and have a great understanding so it only made sense to play together.”We never intended on making any political statement. It is the media who gives us these tags, we never look at each other as being from different countries,” Bopanna told PTI in an interview.Asked that playing with a strong slogan such as “Stop War, Start Tennis” itself was a political statement, Bopanna said them being ambassadors for peace was the sole reason for having that message on their on-court attire.”We are just here to play tennis. We are great friends off the court and are looking to take our careers forward together. Since we are ambassadors for peace we try to spread that message through sports. We are not here to make any political statements,” he insisted. .advertisementThey brought together the two hostile nations to clap, scream and enjoy together and Bopanna said he and Qureshi would love to do more with their partnership.”Well, we want people to trust and respect each other.Sports should never be subject to religion or politics,” he said.Talking about the biggest match of their career, the Indian Davis Cupper said he and Qureshi now have the belief that they are Grand Slam material and could soon even win one.”Earlier we used to win the first set but fall of on the second set and then take the third. But now we want to win big. We focus even harder on the second set, and the entire US Open, the only sets we dropped were in the finals.”Also that we can compete at this level and we know we belong here. We just need to stay focused, work hard and we can win a Grand Slam final.”The runners-up trophy has already earned them a huge bonanza as they are now ranked world number six.”Hopefully, it will lead to many great performances and eventually take us to the No.1 spot in doubles. I am noted as a confidence player, and I am sure that this final, will help me be a more confident player and doing better.”Bopanna could have been only the fourth Indian and Qureshi first Pakistani to win a Grand Slam had they beaten the Bryan brothers — Mike and Bob — in the US Open final.They are little disappointed to miss out on history but still very much satisfied.”We are still working our way towards winning a Grand Slam. Despite the result it was a great achievement to make it to the finals. We were a bit disappointed, but looking back I think that is definitely something to be proud of,” he said.