Round-up: Bees lose, Pato, Swift, Remy, QPR questions answered, Gould through

first_imgBrentford’s play-off hopes suffered a setback as they were beaten 3-0 at Brighton.The defeat at the Amex Stadium was their fourth loss in six league matches and boss Dean Smith bemoaned the two “silly goals” they conceded in the first half.On a brighter note for the Bees, fans favourite Sam Saunders has signed a new contract at Griffin Park.And Smith has backed Emmanuel Onariase to compete for a first-team spot following the young defender’s recent move from West Ham.Fulham’s Under-21s were also in action on Friday evening – George Williams scored in a 1-1 draw against West Brom at Motspur Park.Williams scored for Fulham’s Under-21 sideChelsea are preparing to face Manchester United in Sunday’s match at Stamford Bridge.Pedro faces a fitness test before the game, while Loic Remy is expected to be available for the following weekend’s match against Newcastle.Defender Phil Jones could be in contention to play this weekend, but five other United players have been ruled out.Ahead of the match, stats published by Opta and highlighted by fantasy football game www.oulala.com have underlined the extent to which Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is being outperformed this season by his former team-mate, United’s Juan Mata.Blues boss Guus Hiddink has explained that recent signing Alexandre Pato is following a fitness plan and will not be available for the time being.Hiddink spoke at a news conference on FridayHiddink also described reports that Chinese club Jiangsu Suning made a big-money bid for Chelsea star Oscar as “speculation”.For a full rundown of what Hiddink had to say at his pre-match news conference on Friday, click here.Chelsea were reported to have been offered as much as £75m for Oscar. Many Blues fans on Twitter have reacted with disbelief, with many making it clear they would happily have accepted the money.Meanwhile, Chelsea youngster John Swift, who is currently on loan at Brentford and whose contract expires at the end of the season, has admitted that his future is uncertain.Swift has impressed while on loan at BrentfordWealdstone have signed Femi Orenuga, a 22-year-old midfielder who previously had a three-year spell at Everton.In snooker, Pinner’s Martin Gould ended a run of five straight defeats against Judd Trump in spectacular fashion, securing a final-frame victory to move in to the semi-finals of the German Masters.And in handball, Ruislip Eagles were beaten 28-26 by Cambridge.See also: QPR’s transfer window: five important questions answeredFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Schoolgirl who cried over felled trees made Manipur green ambassador

first_imgThe Manipur government has appointed a nine-year-old girl as the State’s green ambassador, less than a week after a video of her crying for two trees axed for a road-widening project went viral.An order from H. Balkrisna Singh, Manipur’s Director of Information and Public Relations, on August 7 said Elangbam Valentina Devi of Hiyanglam Makha Leikai in Kakching district had been made the brand ambassador for the Chief Minister’s Green Manipur Mission and all official tree-plantation activities taken up in the State.This, the order said, was in recognition of her immense love and affection for trees and for generating mass awareness on conservation of the environment for a “period of one year from the date of issuing the order.”A Class V student of Amutombi Divine Life English School in Kakching town, about 45 km southeast of Manipur’s capital Imphal, she had planted the saplings of two Gulmohar (royal poinciana) trees by the side of a river when she was in Class I. She had been tending to the saplings, which grew up into healthy trees in about four years.On Saturday, the two trees, along with other vegetation, were axed for a project to widen a road beside the river. A videographer filmed her crying over the trees.“I saw the video of this girl crying like anything, as if someone very near to her had passed away. Her feeling for two felled trees, which we adults would probably not think much about, moved me. I asked Yengkhom Victoria, the district’s Superintendent of Police to meet her, console her and give her at least 20 saplings to plant at a suitable place,” Manipur’s Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren told The Hindu on Thursday.But he felt this was not enough.“Later, I realised there could not be a better ambassador than her for the Green Manipur Mission we had launched in June. Her passion for trees at such a young age was so infectious that I took a decision to have an order issued and hand it over through government officials to her,” he said.The order says Valentina, the daughter of Elangbam Premkumar Singh, will be part of all such advertisements and campaigns that promote an increase in Manipur’s green cover. “She will be provided honorarium at government rates, transportation facilities, food and lodging facilities at admissible rates by the sponsoring government department,” the order said.last_img read more

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