Eden Hazard is on for Chelsea at Pride Park, where Oscar almost put them ahead in an even first half and Ramires hit the Derby post just before the interval.Oscar sent a free-kick narrowly wide and went close with two other decent strikes during a spell of Blues pressure.Ramires also fired wide for the visitors after in-form Championship side Derby had made a determined start to the FA Cup third-round clash.Ashley Cole did well to clear a dangerous early cross from Jeff Hendrick before David Luiz blocked a driven shot from Rams midfielder John Eustace.Luiz is alongside Gary Cahill for Chelsea, as captain John Terry is on the bench.And Cahill was called into action following a 28th-minute error by Luiz, who lost possession and was grateful to see his centre-back partner block Jamie Ward’s shot.Seven minutes before the break Eustace had an effort saved by Mark Schwarzer after the ball was given away again, this time by Ramires, whose deflected shot clipped the woodwork moments before the half-time whistle.Chelsea made a lively start to the second half and boss Jose Mourinho made a statement of intent on 55 minutes, bringing Hazard on for stand-in skipper Michael Essien.The winners of the tie will be at home to Stoke City in the fourth round.Chelsea: Schwarzer; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Cole; Essien (Hazard 55), Mikel; Ramires, Oscar, Willian; Eto’o. Subs: Cech, Kalas, Terry, Baker, Mata, Torres.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cooler air is here and will dominate the upcoming forecast period. We will see temperatures average 4-12 degrees below normal through the upcoming 16-day period except for 3 days…next Friday and Saturday the 19th and 20th, and then Friday the 26th. While the air is cooler, we expect a large part of the coming forecast period to be dry, which should facilitate a return to good harvest progress. Today we see sunshine dominate through at least the early to mid-afternoon hours, and then we start to see clouds build. A minor batch of moisture is set to move over the state from later tonight through tomorrow morning, and we are thinking a set of bookends from 10PM through 9AM. We expect coverage to be 70% of the state. The rest of the weekend is dry with sunshine dominating statewide on Saturday. We may see evidence of some patchy frost Saturday morning, mostly in northern and western parts of the state. Sunday brings more sun in the north, but clouds will be building in southern Ohio later in the afternoon and evening. We should see low relative humidity values and good drying. Rains start to develop after midnight Sunday night through sunrise Monday. The heaviest rains on Monday happen in the midday and afternoon hours. Also, the bulk of these rains affect southern areas more than north. South of I-70 we expect .25”-1” rains with 85% coverage. North of I-70 though, we see mostly clouds and rain totals of a few hundredths to a quarter of an inch. The map shows a snapshot of action Monday midday. Another colder batch of air moves in behind the Monday system. A hard frost is likely over parts of the state Tuesday morning, but, Tuesday brings plenty of sunshine and kicks off a dry period that runs all the way through the following Thursday. The bulk of this 10-day window from this Tuesday to next Thursday will be dry, allowing for good evaporation rates (even in the cool air) and a wide-open harvest window. A well-organized front moves in for late in the extended forecast period. We look for .25”-.75” over 80% of the state for the 26th into the 27th.
At least three stories published this week home in on problems associated with climate change, with one story focused on the politics of climate change legislation, another aimed at challenges to limiting greenhouse gas emissions caused by home energy use, and the third on what the science community says will happen should we fail to significantly reduce emissions sooner rather than later.An article in Wednesday’s New York Times offered a sober assessment of the prospects for U.S. Senate adoption of a bill to combat global warming – a bill that almost certainly would be weaker than the American Clean Energy and Security Act, more commonly known as the Waxman-Markey bill, or H.R. 2454, passed by the House of Representatives in June.The House bill has a provision that would require a 17% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (the original target was 20%) and an 83% reduction by 2050 from 2005 levels through a cap-and-trade system. The House bill also calls for the establishment and nationwide implementation of improved building energy code, a provision opposed by many industry groups, including the National Association of Home Builders. The national code would mandate a 30% increase in efficiency over 2006 IECC requirements upon enactment, a 50% increase by 2014, and a 75% increase by 2029.A Capitol Hill WorkaroundAs the Times story explains, Senator John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, and Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, have teamed up to try to create consensus on climate change legislation. But they are focusing more on a bill that, as Graham put it, would create jobs, whether by drilling for offshore oil or building wind turbines. The cap-and-trade option has, for this year at least, been nudged off the table and into the dumper.The two other stories, meanwhile, suggest that the more prudent long-term course of action for our Senate lawmakers would in fact be to hew very closely to H.R. 2454 rather than retreat from key measures such as cap-and-trade and national code.Dailyclimate.org, a division of nonprofit Environmental Health Services that provides overviews of news coverage related to climate change, on Monday posted a story highlighting challenges to improving the energy efficiency of housing in the U.S. The article cited an almost 5% increase since 2007 in the number of homes built to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star standard, but also noted that those homes accounted for only about 17% of the new inventory.Selling efficiency to homebuyersThe story cites comments by Sam Rashkin, the national director of the EPA’s Energy Star Homes program, that illuminate housing’s role in emissions. Home energy use, he says, accounts for 16% of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. But he adds that even though 99% of its homes are poorly insulated and sealed, most could be made at least 30% more energy efficient with cost-effective improvements.Among the principal challenges are finding ways to help prospective homebuyers and current homeowners manage the costs and understand the benefits of energy efficiency. One priority: urge the mortgage industry to more prominently market “energy efficient” mortgages, which roll the cost of energy efficiency improvements into the mortgage. Marketing the benefits of energy efficiency in a convincing way may be the tougher challenge, but also the most expedient one, the story points out.“Consumers really, really need more information about efficient homes,” Aleisha Khan, executive director of the Building Codes Assistance Project, told Dailyclimate. “They just aren’t getting it.”Scientists reemphasize a pointAs if to remind everyone of the urgency of the situation, the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit advocacy group formed in 1969 by MIT faculty and students, posted a news release on Tuesday that reiterates climate scientists’ imperatives regarding greenhouse gas emissions.The UCS points out that a failure by the U.S. to pass a comprehensive climate bill in the coming months – including a provision that would require emissions cuts at least 80% below 2005 levels by 2050 – would lock in the worst consequences of climate change, most especially the trapping of heat by the earth’s atmosphere. The quickest and by far least expensive way to deal with the problem, the scientists say, is to act this year.Intended to fire up interest in the subject before President Obama’s State of the Union address on Wednesday, the group targets as in adequate the compromise proposal being floated in the Senate, and says it includes loopholes and exemptions that “would do less to promote renewable energy sources than state policies already in place.”H.R. 2454, on the other hand, would put a price on carbon emissions and offer a mix of market incentives compelling enough to make its carbon cap goals realistic, UCS says.“Economists agree that a carbon price is a critical, cost-effective way for the United States to reduce its emissions and transition to a clean energy economy,” UCS economist Rachel Cleetus says in the memo. “A strong cap would encourage investments in clean energy sources and energy efficiency and help ensure that U.S. companies capture a share of the growing global market in clean technologies. Green is the new red, white and blue.”
Simple renovation ruled outPaino already lived on 11th Street when he bought the house next door in 2009 for $580,000, according to an account in The New York Times. He was originally intending a straightforward rehab that would undo the results of a botched renovation dating from the 1970s.The ugly beige facade at the front of the building would be stripped away, and Paino would restore the brick behind it. But there was a problem: The building, two blocks from the East River, was in a flood plain. In order to comply with city building requirements, Paino would either have to give up the ground-floor garden apartment as living space or raise the town house three feet, The Times said.So up he went, and in the process Paino realized the building would never really fit with its neighbors because window and door lines between adjoining town houses could not possibly align. Instead, he designed the front of the building to look completely different from its neighbors. The blue, gray and white ceramic tile is set in a pattern suggesting a cloud formation. A tired old townhouse in Long Island City, New York, that became an environmental showcase has tongues wagging in the neighborhood, not necessarily because of its Passivhaus efficiencies but because of its unusual exterior design.Its owner, architect Thomas Paino, calls it the Climate Change Row House. Its detractors, including a blogger at the website Curbed, think it’s the ugliest house in Queens.Somewhere in the middle lies the interesting tale of how this nondescript row house built in 1903 was transformed into a model of energy efficiency. Under all that tile, a high-performing houseThe Climate Change Row House website, which is still under construction, lists a number of features emblematic of sustainable building practices, if not the Passivhaus standard, including a rooftop greenhouse, “Passive House standards for energy conservation throughout the structure,” solar hot water, LED lighting, a Zehnder energy-recovery ventilator and Mitsubishi heat pump.Jordan Goldman, the Passive House consultant who worked on the project and the engineering principal at ZeroEnergy Design in Boston, said the certifying agency he worked with, the Passive House Association of Ireland, said the project would have to comply with new construction standards and would not be eligible under EnerPHit rules, which cover refurbished buildings.Goldman advised Paino that new-construction certification “was not viable” without spending a lot more money. For example, the building could meet the renovation air leakage standard of 1.0 air changes per hour at 50 pascals but not the more stringent 0.6 ach50 required for new construction without a lot more work.In the end, they settled for a building that performs a lot better than an average house and would have met the EnerPHit standard had they been permitted to apply, Goldman said.“We would like to propose to make this a demonstration house with as complete documentation on the process of achieving energy efficiency through the structure’s design, the judicious evaluation and selection of appropriate building materials and their installation, and monitoring outcomes,” the website says. “These are essential measures that should set an example of how we can meet the challenges of a changing climate.” No shortage of opinion, pro and conThe design provided plenty of fodder for Jeremiah Budin over at Curbed, who in February said the building “most closely resembles a pair of blue camouflage cargo shorts.” The website New York Shitty called it “the Lego House.” Another website gave it the “Frank Lloyd Crap” award, and anonymous posters piled on in the comments section.A post at Bloomberg.com included a number of photos of the project, and lots of comments, pro and con, from readers .NY Passive House, which might have been expected to root for the project, seemed lukewarm. “I hope people will not see this and think, ‘Oh, look, Passive House creates unusual buildings,’” co-founder Andreas Benzinger told the newspaper.But the town house also had its share of fans, too. “It’s brilliant,” one post at Curbed said. “Did you see the before pictures? People, not everything needs to be old brick or vinyl siding.”“The nonconformism makes me kind of happy,” said another.Paino told GBA by telephone that 80% of the comments about the project have been positive.“The media love controversy,” he said. “They’ve really played up the negative responses.”
Five patients who underwent cataract surgeries at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Chhattisgarh’s capital city Raipur were shifted to the MGM Eye Hospital, also in Raipur, on Saturday.“The operations took place on April 5. The consultant re-examined the cases on the next day and some infection was found in the eyes of the operated patients. All precautionary measures were taken and out of five patients, three were nearly normal. But there was doubt in one case and the patient could have needed the Vitreous Procedure Chamber surgery. Since this facility is not available in AIIMS-Raipur, we contacted the hospital where it was available. It was decided to shift all five patients to the MGM Eye hospital in order to save their vision, even if there is any minor complaint,” Dr. Ajay Dani, medical superintendent, AIIIMS Raipur, told The Hindu.When asked if there was any lapse on the part of doctors or hospital staff leading to these infections, Dr. Dani said, “This doesn’t appear to be a case of negligence but it will have to be investigated. It is very difficult to say something immediately.”
Ornithologists, bird lovers and photographers from all over the country assembled at the scenic Mangalajodi, on the banks of Chilika lake in Odisha, on Sunday to celebrate the annual congregation of migratory birds. Bird lovers went by boats in the sprawling waters of Chilika and watched birds that had migrated to the famous wintering ground after flying thousands of miles.Photo exhibitions and seminars on birds are the main feature of the two-day National Chilika Bird Festival inaugurated by the State Tourism Minister Ashok Panda on Sunday. Participants are scheduled to visit the Nalbana Bird Sanctuary on Monday. Key role“We are extremely happy to have participants from all over the country. This year we have around one million migratory birds present in Chilika. We are recognising the efforts by the locals in preserving the Chilika Lake and want to empower them by helping them with livelihood in the form of sustainable tourism. Every participant of bird festival is an ambassador of this place and we hope the message spreads,” State Forest and Environment Secretary Suresh Mohapatra said.The National Chilika Bird Festival Award was awarded to Mangalajodi Ecotourism Group for their active involvement in bird protection.“This year Chilika has received record number of birds as a result of removal of illegal gheries [prawn-rearing enclosures] from the lake by the forest department,” said Susanta Nanda, chief executive of the Chilika Development Authority (CDA).Bird count this year in Chilika was 10,47,968 with 181 species (10,21,563 waterfowl of 105 species and 26,405 water dependent birds of 76 species). Last year, it was 8,93,390 of 147 species (8,67,834 waterfowl of 95 species and 25,556 water dependent of 52 species).The CDA also released its book Fish and Shellfish Diversity and its Sustainable Management in Chilika Lake. Around 145 bird watchers from all over India are in attendance for the event.Andrew Sebastian, co-founder of Asian Bird Fair, spoke about the importance of preserving birds and praised the efforts made to organise the bird festival, one of its kind in the country.Major avian stopoverChilika, which lies in the Central Asian Flyway for birds, is a major stopover site for migratory birds from the Arctic and Sub-Arctic regions during their onward and return migration along the east coast. Habitats such as mudflats, floating and submerged vegetation, reed beds, open waters with varying depth and salinity attract a variety of migratory and resident bird species.Chilika Lake has been recognised as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.
Having achieved reasonable success in doubles, Sania Mirza is now tempted to get back to playing singles and the Indian tennis star is already working towards her new goal.Sania and her doubles partner Nuria Llagostera Vives finished runners- up at the China Open last week.She is satisfied with her performance this year.Despite her success in the doubles, Sania still nurtures hopes of playing singles again, although her troublesome knee may be a roadblock in her comeback.”It’s been a pretty good year for me. I won a ( Grand) Slam and made it to five WTA finals. I have one more tournament left in Moscow before the season gets over,” Sania said here in the Capital on Monday.”I am tempted to play singles again and have been practising since the US Open.It’s tough and all about working day in and day out but I will take a call.”A lot depends on my body, especially my knee. Besides, it does take a toll on one’s body and if I do play singles, then I have to go through the qualifiers and then I have to play doubles as well. Everything will depend if my knee can hold so much pressure,” pointed Sania, who once reached a career- high 27 in the WTA singles rankings.Sania last played in singles in June. The Hyderabadi suffered a spate of injuries which saw her singles ranking tumble to 286. She then decided to switch her focus completely to doubles.Of late, Sania has also switched her doubles partner quite frequently and is likely to come up with another partner in the mixed doubles.Elena Vesnina, Bethanie Mattek- Sands and now, Sania is playing alongside Nuria.The Indian is however, yet to decide whom she will team up with in the next season.AS FAR as her mixed doubles pair is concerned, Sania has decided on her partner but did not want to reveal his name. She, however, did make it clear that she is not pairing with Mahesh Bhupathi with whom she won the French open this year. Their relatioship was strained following the selection controversy before the Olympics.”There are a lot of things on which I have to take a call with regard to my doubles and mixed doubles partners.With Nuri, I am playing right now but for how long – I will decide about it later probably at the end of the year. I don’t know if I’ll play the Aus- tralian Open with her.”I have already figured out my mixed doubles partner but I don’t want to reveal his name right now. Mahesh is definitely not an option.” Sania was here in the Capital at the tennis Nationals and plans to visit her cricketer husband Shoaib Malik in Johannesburg for the Champions League T20.The last tournament Sania played was in China Open and with Nuria, she made a great effort to reach the finals before Russian pair of Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova ended their title dreams.Before, China Open Sania made it to four WTA finals and expects to finish off the year on a high.”As a tennis player one shouldn’t be satisfied. I know I have had a good year but there are still a lot of things that need to be worked upon.”I have a tournament in Moscow which will be the last tournament for me this year and then we have the Australian Open before which I’ll have to take a few important decisions,” said Sania.advertisement
Americans alone use approximately 500 million plastic straws everyday, polluting the ocean and harming sea life.Video: Lonely Whale Foundation’s #StopSucking PSATo change the dialogue about the impact of single-use plastics, the Lonely Whale Foundation debuted a new PSA on August 1 encouraging people to #StopSucking on plastic straws.Co-founder of Lonely Whale Foundation and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador, Adrian Grenier says it is critical to help all people understand the very real consequences our consumption has on the environment.“By the year 2050, it’s estimated there will be more plastic in the ocean by weight than fish. Our ocean and marine life are suffering and it’s only going to get worse if we don’t take immediate collective action,” explains Grenier. We see straws as a “gateway plastic” in understanding the pollution problem and a simple way to motivate consumers and industry leaders to take greater action against all single-use plastics,” says Grenier.Influencers appearing in the social awareness project include Adrian Grenier, Van Jones, Amy Smart, Kendrick Sampson, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Daniel Franzese among others asking viewers to pledge to “#StopSucking” and “go plastic strawless.”Visit www.StrawlessOcean.org to take the pledge to #StopSucking plastic straws. The website includes a guidebook for establishments to make the switch from plastic to a marine-friendly option like paper, bamboo, stainless steel and reed straws.Foundation Executive Director Dune Ives explains the “campaign isn’t just about plastic straws, it’s about building a connected and motivated global audience focused on the issue of ocean health.”“We depend on the ocean for our sustenance and the oxygen we breath,” says Grenier. “It is in our best interest to ensure the health of the ocean so that we can ensure the health of all marine species and ourselves.”