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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Millwork Plant Shows Some Sustainable Stuff

first_imgAs I write this, I am sitting on a tour bus heading back to Atlanta after a short trip to the Koetter Woodworking facility in southern Indiana. Its local distribution outlet, InsiDesign, regularly brings a group of designers, architects, builders—and now, consultants—up for a few days of education, sales, networking, and copious amounts of food and drink each evening. Sort of a cross between the Marvin Windows factory tour and Building Science Summer Camp, it has been an enjoyable and informative few days and, based on what other repeat attendees have told me, a good source for future business. Being the only green building zealot on the trip has provided me with plenty of opportunity to mouth off about sustainability, building certification, designing green from the start, and other subjects, including several chances to try to dispel myths about the high cost and complexity of green building.We are familyKoetter is a family-owned millwork business that is one of the larger producers of hardwood trim in the country. The founder, Tom Koetter, has been involved in sustainable forestry for many years, and although the company timber holdings are a modest 6,000 or so acres, he is a proponent of sensible forestry, having built an enormous educational center at his facility to teach people about the subject.The highlight of the trip was a tour of the plant, where we saw the sorting and stacking equipment, kilns, rough lumber storage warehouses, finger-joining operation, molding shop, door assembly process, and distribution facility. Similar to other window and mill shops I have seen, Koetter’s operations are about as clean and organized as you would expect from this type of manufacturing plant. Fortunately, Koetter was less protective of its methods than other facilities I have visited, so I was able to take photographs of everything to share on this post.Low-key sustainabilityBefore and after the tour, we learned about company history and core principles, and I was struck by the fact that although Koetter runs a fairly sustainable operation, it’s not a major component of company marketing. Koetter can provide FSC-certified products on request and makes very efficient use of materials; wood waste is used for heating kilns and buildings; and Koetter has a separate company that creates compost and landscape mulch from 100% recycled materials. I would venture a guess that Koetter probably runs a more sustainable operation than many companies that heavily promote their “green” credentials. Although Koetter recycles almost everything in the factory, I was disappointed by the quantity of plastics, foam, and glass that we used at meals and while traveling—and that, as far as I can tell, were all discarded. With a little effort, we could have significantly reduced the waste that the 40 or so people attending generated.What does locally sourced mean?Koetter’s location gives the company good access to much of the country, allowing customers to take advantage of “local” credits in green building programs. However, since the factory, like most these days, is located in a rural area and requires truck transportation of both raw materials in and finished materials out, a fair amount of fuel is used in the delivery process. I sometimes wonder what will happen to industry as oil becomes more expensive and scarce, and possibly even disappears entirely sometime in the future. Will we be reduced to only using products we can harvest within walking distance and haul to our job sites by hand? I suppose no one really knows what is in store, but in the meantime, Koetter looks to me like a good source of products for sustainable buildings for the foreseeable future.last_img read more

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first_imgDifferent strokesThe idea for her latest book, Children of a Better God, a story about children living with celebral palsy, first came to Sushmita Bagchi 19 years ago when she had been invited to the Spastics Society of Karnataka for an event. Many years later, she volunteered at the society,Different strokesThe idea for her latest book, Children of a Better God, a story about children living with celebral palsy, first came to Sushmita Bagchi 19 years ago when she had been invited to the Spastics Society of Karnataka for an event. Many years later, she volunteered at the society where she had a glimpse into their lives. “I realised that these children are like any other, the same innocence, playfulness, mischief and very similar hopes, aspirations and uncertainties,” she says. The book follows Anupurba, an art teacher in the United States, who has to reluctantly move back to India when her husband is transferred. Out of boredom, she chooses to volunteer at a school for children suffering from the disability and embarks on a journey to understand their tribulations and the courage they face them with. A celebrated Oriya author and winner of the state Sahitya Akademi Award, Bagchi wrote the original, Deba Shishu, in Oriya that has now been translated into English by Bikram K. Das.What’s going up Windows phone 7: The Windows Phone 7 is packed with cool features that will make you stand out in the crowd.Marc Jacobs: Fluid drapery and luxe fabrics by Marc Jacobs are the in-thing this season.What’s going down Miley cyrus: From sporting grungy clothes to ratty hair, the erstwhile Disney starlet is on a train to crazyville.Courtney Cox and David Arquette: After 11 years together, the stars are headed towards a split.Fashion rewindBefore they made their debut all across the world, some of fashion’s most stable trends had a bizarre history behind their popularity.Hats on: Audrey Hepburn made them popular in the classic Breakfast at Tiffanys, but it was Queen Elizabeth I who sealed their permanent status in history by creating a law in 1571 that made it compulsory for anyone over the age of seven to wear a hat on Sundays and holidays or else pay a fine, creating a tradition for generations to follow.Shoe fetish: When former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos and her husband were exiled in 1976, she had to say goodbye to 2,700 pairs of pumps, stilettos and sling backs. That’s 5,400 in all. And you thought Carrie Bradshaw had it all.Stringing it: The G-string came into being in New York city, at the dawn of World War II. In 1939, when mayor Fiorello LaGuardia ordered the city’s exotic dancers to be a little more covered up in honour of the World’s Fair, voila, the thong was born. This was also the time when the unfortunate fish-cut came into existence.-Gunjeet Sra and Sumaiya KhanIf you have 5 minutes: Listen to Secrets by the Colorado based OneRepublic, an experimental song that defies genres.Punjabi by natureAnita Lerche embodies the encounter of the east with the west. The Danish singer has been creating waves with her Punjabi songs and is now ready to sing Hindi numbers too. An alumnus of the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London, Lerche, 36, first began singing in Indian languages on holiday in Manali where she picked up local songs seven years ago. She then headed to Punjab and recorded her first album, Heer From Denmark. Due to go back home in six months, she cancelled her ticket and there was no looking back. She has performed in the UK, Denmark and the US and jams with south Asian artists, the latest of which was a concert to raise funds for flood victims in Pakistan. “I think it’s interesting how people from different cultures can inspire each other through music. The borders dissolve and you can reach out,” she says. After a hiatus, she is now back in India and plans to head to Bollywood.5 Reasons we love winterBonfires: It’s time to get cosy with friends and family.The sun: You can soak up the sun and get a gorgeous tan.Sunday brunches: Eat to your heart’s content and forget the flab.Winter drinks: Nothing feels warmer than a cup of coffee or soup.Winter wardrobe: Flaunt those coats, jackets and scarves. get colourful.The right moveIt’s not always easy to move, but when you find your dream house, don’t make the mistake of jumping at the offer of ridiculously low rents or the great views, especially if you are single. Here is an easy checklist that will get you through the moving snafus and help you seal the right deal.Know thy neighbour: Make sure that you check out the people living around you before moving to a new house. Not only will it give you an idea about the kind of place it is, but it will also give you a peek into the lifestyle you will be expected to lead. For instance, if your neighbours are middleaged parents or retired people, remember that you will be expected to keep it quiet and will have to say goodbye to racy parties. Living nextdoor to a group of boys, if you are on your own, is not a good idea either.Know the history: Before you fall for the dream packages your property dealer has to offer, call the person vacating the house to do a background check on its history. The first thing to do is to ask about their reason for moving and the landlord’s habits. If it involves excessive landlord troubles, it’s a good idea to opt out of the deal.Do your research: The final thing to do is a security check and see the locality you are moving into. Check the nearest police station and the hospital. If you do not have a car, check out nearby taxi stands and neighbourhood safety. Do a random recce one evening to see the kind of people who hang around your locality. While you are at it, befriend other single women. You might need their help when least expected-Gunjeet Sra and Sumaiya KhanIf you have an hour: Read Two Virgins by Kamala Markandaya, a captivating tale of two sisters with different dreams living in a small village.Dance with meEvery girl dreams of becoming a dancer at least once in her life, but not most of us are as lucky as Anusha Lall, 36, Director, Gati Dance Forum, or have the talent to do so. Gati, which began in 2007 as a small group of dancers, has grown into a forum that provides infrastructure for trained dancers, to explore new forms of expression through their body. Lall, who is currently working on the IGNITE! Festival of Contemporary Dance, scheduled for this month in Delhi, is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer. But that doesn’t stop her from exploring newer forms. Not one to undermine the seriousness of either classical or contemporary dance style, Lall says, “Contemporary forms are part of the evolution. It does not necessarily mean the older forms will die out. Classical forms are like the alphabet, on the basis of which one can create new languages of dance.” As part of the process of learning and exploring, Gati now holds a summer residency programme apart from regular workshopsin the capital. How she fits in so much in her life is simple, “Dancing is my passion. And we at Gati really feel that dancers should get their space,” says Lall.Go catch it Delhi: The India International Trade Fair, November 14-27, Pragati Maidan. It’s a mad rush but it’s worth a visit. After all, where will you get the world’s finest at one stop.Mumbai: The Connoisseur-Chocolate Tasting & Appreciation Course, November 14, at Bandra Kurla Complex. This is where you should be if you have a sweet craving or simply can’t just get enough of chocolate.Bangalore: Furniture Fair, November 11-14. Revamp your house this festive season by indulging in some exciting furniture being showcased here.Chennai: EON (everything organic and natural) Exhibition, November 26-28. From natural cosmetics to wellness products, this is the place for advocates of mother nature.Husband’s day inDo you often find yourself complaining about your husband not being involved with the family? Some tips to make life easier. Don’t define any roles: Make sure you don’t make your husband feel like he’s helping you out. It should be about sharing responsibility.Spend time: Becoming parents need not necessarily mean you can’t have your exclusive time together. Parenting shouldn’t kill the romance. This way, the husband won’t feel bogged down by responsibility and will understand the importance of spending quality time together.Parenting: Give your husband alone time with the children. Let him take them out for grocery shopping or just ice cream.Talk it out: This is the best way to deal with issues. Tell him about your concerns and work a way out.-Kruttika KalluryIf you have 20 minutes: Log onto www.gkhamba.com to read social satire, on everything from the CWG to A-Roy, that will have you gurgling with laughter.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Mind games begin as Zaheer taunts Strauss

first_imgThe series is still some days away but the banter has started with India pace spearhead Zaheer Khan taunting Andrew Strauss, saying the English skipper’s decision to play for Somerset in a practice match highlights the element of doubt in his mind.Zaheer Khan speaks to Sachin Tendulkar during their tour match against Somerset in Taunton, England, on Friday.”The fact that Andrew Strauss is here playing in this practice game says it all. There is definitely that element of doubt in his mind and he has given me that edge now going into the series,” Zaheer was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.”A guy who wants to come and face a particular bowler who he knows is troubling him is in itself a sign. I feel that as a captain it is not a positive move for someone who is going to lead England.”He has shown the opponent exactly what he is thinking. It has been a good contest between us and as a bowler I’ve always felt that if I can provide that early breakthrough it definitely puts the team in the driving seat so that is my aim on this tour as well,” he added.Strauss made 78 on the opening day of the three-day match between the touring Indians and Somerset on Friday. Talking about the series, Zaheer rejected suggestions that his world number one side is under pressure to prove itself. “There is no burden on our team to prove anything. If we play good cricket we will win matches and then everything else will take care of itself,” he reasoned.advertisement”I’ve got confidence from the previous tours I’ve had here as well as the county season I played, which makes me familiar with conditions,” Zaheer pointed.The Indian pace spearhead said he enjoys bowling in English conditions and expects to do well in the Test series starting on Thursday at Lord’s.”I’ve always enjoyed playing here, the conditions are good for my kind of bowling. Whenever the weather is good it definitely provides that little bit extra for the seamers, which I really enjoy.”This year I’m also looking to do the same thing as in 2007, I will use this practice game to get my body going and get into the zone, then carry on from there,” he said.On whether the series would also be about verbal volleys, Zaheer said, “In the last series you could see how hurt they were when the whole jellybean thing happened because they lost the series.England captain Andrew Strauss made a guest appearance for Somerset during India’s tour game in Taunton. Strauss scored 78. AP”It is up to them how far they want to push it and whether they want to cross the line or not. I am very clear, I want to play the game in the right spirit and I don’t think by doing that they had shown the right spirit of the game.”I want to fight hard on the field and that is the way I will be playing in this series as well. As a bowler I’m very confident and the way things are panning out, it will be a big series and we’re looking forward to the contest.”England to make it tough for Tendulkar Andrew Strauss has warned Sachin Tendulkar to expect a rough ride when the Indian maestro goes in search of his 100th international hundred. Tendulkar will be firmly in the spotlight in the first Test at Lord’s as he aims to reach his landmark century in the 2,000 Test in the history of the sport and the 100th between England and India.Strauss is focused on leading England to a series victory over the world’s top side and promised to pile the pressure on Tendulkar at a ground where he has never scored more than 37.”Clearly he deserves a lot of praise for what he has achieved in the game. But out there in the middle we will be even more determined to get him out cheaply, because of what he has achieved,” Strauss said.”I know our bowlers will look upon it as a fantastic challenge for them – and it is a challenge they are definitely up for. England’s respect for Tendulkar will not prevent them from treating him with the same aggressive intent they would any other opposition batsman.”I don’t like the word sledging but what I would say is we will be trying as hard as possible to make all their batsmen feel as uncomfortable as possible in the middle – and he is no exception to that,” Strauss said.advertisementStrauss does not expect Tendulkar to be sidetracked by his impending century of centuries, yet he lives in hope that he just might take his eye off the ball.”His record at dealing with pressure situations has been pretty good in the past. But if he is five per cent off his game, we need to exploit that. He bats with a lot of calmness, but I’m sure in his mind he would love to get a hundred at Lord’s.- With inputs from agencieslast_img read more

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