Andre Gray’s sliced effort that was cleared off the line was the closest Brentford came to a first-half lead in the FA Cup third round.Gray rounded Brighton keeper David Stockdale and tried to find the net from an acute angle but instead watched his shot trickle along the goal-line before being booted away in the second minute.A Bees side with five changes also threatened through Jota and Alan Judge, while Sam Baldock was inches away from scoring for the Seagulls at the other end.Jack Bonham made his first appearance of the season in the Brentford goal, while Tommy Smith made his first start since August and Arsenal loanee Jon Toral also began the match.Harlee Dean and Toumani Diagouraga also came in while David Button, Jonathan Douglas and on-loan Spurs midfielder Alex Pritchard were not in the matchday squad. Brentford: Bonham, Odubajo, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell, Diagouraga, Toral, Judge, Jota, Smith, Gray.Subs: Lee, Craig, Saunders, Tebar, Dallas, Ywnnaris, Proschwitz.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Embed from Getty ImagesHuddersfield Town boss David Wagner felt his side were lucky to win at QPR.The Terriers boosted their promotion hopes with a 2-1 victory at Loftus Road, where first-half goals from Izzy Brown and Nahki Wells put them in control.Luke Freeman pulled a goal back on the hour mark and Wagner admitted Rangers deserved a least a point.“We have to be honest; we were not at our best and I think we were lucky today,” Wagner said,“QPR were very good. They were very aggressive, created on the wings and our keeper Danny Ward was by miles the best player on the pitch, which I think says everything.“We got three lucky points, but three points are three points and we are so happy to have got them.“We should not forget also that we scored two wonderful goals and created other opportunities as well.“But in my opinion QPR deserved more than they got. It doesn’t change that we have got three three points though.“We scored two great goals and in the second half we were unable keep the pressure off.“But how we defended this, and how Wardy kept us in the game and we fought to keep the ball out of our net, was great to see.”See also:Holloway convinced QPR will be safe Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Dame Nita Barrow, a nurse and formergovernor-general of Barbados.(Image: Unesco.org) Professor Philda Nomusa Nzimande,the recepient of the prestigious award.(Image: Alberts Nomandla Group)Khanyi Magubane The stellar work and self-sacrifice of a long-time serving South African nurse Professor Philda Nomusa Nzimande has been honoured by a United Kingdom-based nursing federation.Nzimande was honoured for her contribution to the nursing profession in South Africa, with the prestigious Dame Nita Barrow Memorial Lecture award. She is the fourth recipient of the award.The Association of South African Nurses in the UK nominated Nzimande for the award.The award, named after Dame Nita Barrow, who was also a nurse, honours women outside of the UK who have been in the forefront of the profession.Barrow, popularly known as “Dame Nita”, was an outspoken and articulate fighter of social injustice.During apartheid, Dame Nita was part of a seven-member team of Commonwealth dignitaries assigned on a fact-finding mission to the country. The team, known as the Commonwealth Group of Eminent Persons, were mandated to take a first hand look at the system of apartheid and advise on ways the country could move forward from the old regime. And as its mandate the reduction of the rapidly rising levels of tension in the strife-ridden country and the initiation of fruitful dialogue.No stranger to politics, Barrow was born into a family of civic activists. Her father, an Anglican priest, was removed from his pulpit in the Caribbean Island after his ministry was considered too socially progressive for the island’s local leaders.In 1986, she was also the former governor-general of Barbados in the Caribbean, a position to which was appointed in 1990.She died in Barbados on December 18, 1995.Beating the odds to reach her dreamsProfessor Nzimande – a registered nurse, midwife, educator, administrator, researcher, academic and businesswoman, started off with a dream to become a doctor, but she didn’t have a matric (grade 12).Not one to be deterred, she studied and obtained her grade 12 qualification through correspondence study, while she worked.After completing her high school study, she pursued a career in nursing and over the years, has worked in various South African hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal where she built up a reputation for herself as a kind and compassionate nurse who went the extra mile to care for patients.She continued her academic studies, and she now holds five degrees, and a professorship.During the apartheid years, Nzimande was a key figure in the fight to improve the conditions of black nurses in South Africa. Her advocacy work led to her being recognised as a nursing activist and visionary.Speaking to a South African weekend paper, Sunday Times, Nzimande describes herself as a visionary passionate about uniting nurses regardless of their race and ethnic background, “I grew up when apartheid was at its peak, but it was my wish that as nurses we must be united. That was what moved me.“The legacy of apartheid policies in SA created large disparities between racial groups … which created disunity, sometimes mistrust, among members of the nursing profession.”Nzimande was pivotal in the formation of nursing associations in South Africa, whose primary work it was to fight for the rights of nurses.She established three nursing organisations and she was also part of a group who engaged in discussions that led to the formation of South Africa’s leading nursing organisation, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa), of which she became the first president.Nzimande’s other achievements include establishing a nursing college in 1976.It was also during that year that she became the first black South African nurse to be awarded a master’s degree in nursing science by a South African university.In 2001 she was elected to the board of the Commonwealth Nurses Federation, representing 14 countries in east, central and southern Africa.Currently, the mother-of-four is one of the three presidents of the International Council of Nurses.She is also overseeing the Open Learning Academy of Nursing Institute at the University of Zululand.Representing South AfricaSouth Africa currently has thousands of nurses working in the United Kingdom.In 2006, workpermit.com, a website informing the public on work permits abroad, estimated that there were about 10 000 South African nurses working in the UK.Because of the high influx of nurses from South Africa in that country, stricter regulations have been put in place by British Authorities to give British citizens who’ve qualified in health services, first rights to jobs at hospitals, clinics and nursing homes.In a bid to represent the needs of the South African nurses, the Association of South African Nurses in the UK (ASANUK) was formed.ASANUK is an organisation formed to help provide a link with health service development in South Africa and facilitate professional support for South African Nurses working in the UK.Part of ASANUK’s work includes mobilising nurses in the UK to engage themselves in the process of sharing knowledge; information and advice with colleagues back home in South Africa.It also encourages nurses to be a part of the healthcare policy development in their home country, as well as sharing specialist clinical knowledge and information, through seminars and exchange visits between nurses based in South Africa and those based in the UK.Awarding excellenceNzimande is not the only South African nurse being recognised for contributions made in the nursing profession.The Department of Health has two esteemed annual awards, regarded as the highest honours in their profession – the Cecilia Makiwane Nurses Recognition Award and the Marilyn Lahana Trust Award.The Cecilia Makiwane award, named after the first black person to be registered as a professional nurse in South Africa, is awarded to nurses who have gone beyond the call of duty in their nursing services.The Marilyn Lahana Trust Award is administered by Denosa and awarded to an outstanding member of the nursing and midwifery profession who has shown a quality of caring and dedication to both patients and colleagues.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at Khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesHealth in South Africa New laws to cure health costs Useful linksDenosaHealth Professionals Council of South Africa South African Nursing CouncilAssociation of South African Nurses in the UK
The government’s decision to invite a member of the Prajapita Brahmakumari to conduct a talk inside the legislative building has come under criticism. Brahma Kumari Shivani, member of the Brahmakumaris World Spiritual University, is scheduled to deliver a ‘motivational speech’ at the Central Hall on Tuesday. The Bramha Kumaris claim to be a worldwide spiritual movement dedicated to personal transformation.Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said it is a “motivational speech” and should be seen in a positive manner.However, Nationalist Congress Party leader and former deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal questioned it’s purpose. “If it is a religious function, then you will have to allow other religions to hold similar functions,” he said.Calling the legislature building a ‘temple of democracy,’ All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen MLA Imtiaz Jaleel said it should not be used for religious speeches.“The House should be used for formulating laws and rules. Should a Muslim moulavi be called to preach? asked Mr. Jaleel. While announcing his decision to not attend the program, Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Azmi said the move is “unconstitutional and unacceptable”. In 2016, two Jain monks addressed lawmakers inside the Assembly building in Harayana and Madhya Pradesh. The latter was then ruled by the BJP.
World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ “I sit down when I go down the stairs now,” Johnson said with a smile. “I slide down on my butt.”Stairs were the only thing that could stop him earlier this year. A winner of three straight tournaments — against the strongest fields of the year — Johnson slipped in his socks going downstairs to move his car in the rain on the eve of the Masters and bruised his back so badly that he had to withdraw the next day.He hasn’t won in four starts since then, and his game hasn’t looked as sharp as it once did. He concedes he lost some momentum.Even so, he is the betting favorite at the 117th U.S. Open on a course that would appear to suit his game perfectly, especially with more rain Wednesday afternoon and a forecast for occasional storms on Friday and Saturday. The greens are soft enough that Johnson is getting yardages to the hole, knowing his shots won’t bounce away too far.“I hope they play it all the way back on every hole,” he said. “Why not? It’s going to be soft. I hope it’s windy. I hope it’s long, but it doesn’t matter.”ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games USGA pledges no repeat of rules gaffe from last US Open LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage As much as he hates missing cuts, the Memorial two weeks ago was a good time for Johnson to have a weekend off. It allowed him to spend two days in Wisconsin getting to know the longest course in U.S. Open history, realizing that he would be a late arrival to Erin Hills because of some important family matters.River Jones Johnson, his second son, was born on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe finds out Thursday whether his game is in shape for Johnson to become the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion in 28 years, but his mood couldn’t be better. About the only thing to fear, outside of the thick fescue that frames the fairways at Erin Hills, is the house where he is staying.It has a double-spiral staircase. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire “You’ve got to be lucky, have it be the right time,” Strange said. “Dustin is more dominant than anybody who has ever done it back-to-back because of his length and the whole bit. But you still have to do it.”Johnson starts out Thursday morning with the last two U.S. Open champions, Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth. It’s a comfortable group, especially with Spieth, a close friend, his partner from the Presidents Cup and his regular pro partner in recent years at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Plus, he has the personality for the U.S. Open. It’s a mental test, and Johnson’s brain is not very cluttered. Paulina Gretzky gave birth to their second child on Monday in Los Angeles. He flew to Wisconsin on Tuesday and got in 18 holes. He played nine holes Wednesday.Asked how he handled the range of emotions for such a whirlwind week, Johnson shrugged.“You just do it,” he said. “I wish I had an explanation on how I do it, but I don’t. … But now I’ve got to play golf. This is why I’m here. I’m here to play golf. I’m here to compete.” Dustin Johnson hits a drive on the 12th hole during a practice round for the U.S. Open golf tournament Wednesday at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin. APERIN, Wisconsin — Dustin Johnson wrapped up his final day practice round for the U.S. Open just as the sky began to rumble and the horn sounded to stop play at Erin Hills.The timing couldn’t have been better for the world’s No. 1 player, as it has been the past two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Johnson isn’t one to feel much pressure — he doesn’t show much, anyway — even playing his first major as the No. 1 player in the world.If anything, the pressure is on the USGA in how they set up the golf course, and the meteorologist to give an accurate forecast of the wind. There are a few holes at Erin Hills where if the tees are all the way back and the wind shifts into the players, some won’t be able to reach the fairway or will face blind shots.“It’s nerve-wracking, honestly, more than most Open sites,” USGA executive director Mike Davis said.Johnson isn’t the only long hitter whom Erin Hills favors. Rory McIlroy, who crushed U.S. Open scoring records on a rain-softened course at Congressional in 2011, was delighted to feel the soft turf under his feet.Jason Day is starting to turn his game around, finally. Along with his power, Day is an expert with the short game, which should come in handy around the greens that feature shaved slopes instead of dense rough.Johnson, however, is such an intimidating figure that even Curtis Strange is a little nervous.Strange, who now works for Fox Sports as the on-course analyst, won the 1989 U.S. Open at Oak Hill to become the first player since Ben Hogan (1950-51) to win the U.S. Open in consecutive years. “Move over, Ben,” Strange famously said after his second title.“I’ve got to tell you, it’s tailor-made for Dustin Johnson,” Strange said after his first look at the course.The Masters (three times) and the PGA Championship in stroke play (twice, by Tiger Woods) have fewer back-to-back winners than the U.S. Open, but it’s the major that has gone the longest without a repeat winner.The closest call for Strange was in 2005 when defending champion Retief Goosen had a three-shot lead at Pinehurst No. 2. He shot 81 in the final round. Four-time champion Jack Nicklaus never went back-to-back. Neither did Woods.
ARCHERYMORNING: 9 am to 10.55 amWomen: Individual recurve (quarters & semis); individual recurve (bronze medal match); individual recurve (final)AFTERNOON: 2pm to 3.55pmMen: Individual recurve (quarters & semis); recurve (bronze); recurve individual (final)ATHLETICSEVENING: 5.30pm to 8.25pmMen: Discus throw (final); 200m (semis), 400m hurdles (final); 800m (final); 200m (final)Women: 100m hurdles (heats); pole vault (qualifying); high jump (final); 200m (semis); long jump (final); 400m hurdles (final); discus throw (qualifying); 800m (semis); 200m (final)BADMINTONAFTERNOON: 9am to 10.00pmPreliminary: Men’s & women’s singles & doublesBOXINGAFTERNOON: 1pm to 3.30pm Men’s: Flyweight (52kg); lightweight (60kg); welterweight (69 kg)EVENING: 5.30pm to 8.00pm Men’s: Welterweight (69kg); light heavyweight (81kg); super heavyweight (plus 91kg)CYCLING ROAD EVENTSMORNING: 9am to 12.30pmWomen: 100-km road race (final)AFTERNOON: 12pm to 6pmMen: 167-km road race (final)DIVINGMORNING: 9.30am to 3pmMen’s: 1m springboard (heats)Women’s: 3m springboard synchronised (final)EVENING 4pm to 6pmMen’s: 1m springboard (final) Women’s: Platform synchronised (final)HOCKEYAFTERNOON: 12pm to 3.30pmMen’s: England vs South Africa; New Zealand vs CanadaEVENING: 5pm to 8.30pmMen’s: Australia vs Malaysia; India vs PakistanNETBALLMORNING: 9.30am to 12.30pmPreliminary: England vs Papua New Guinea, Jamaica vs IndiaAFTERNOON: 2pm to 9.30pmPreliminary: New Zealand vs Barbados, Malawi vs Samoa, South Africa vs Cook Island, Australia vs T&TSHOOTINGCLAY TARGETMORNING: 10am to 4.30pmMen’s: Trap singles stage 2 (qualification); trap singles (final)PISTOL & SMALL BOREMORNING: 9am to 2.30pmMen’s: 25m centre fire pistol singles (final)Women’s: 10m air rifle singles (qualification); 10m air rifle (final)FULL BOREMORNING: 10am to 1.30pm500 yards pairs (stage 2); 500 yards singles (stage 1); 500 yards singles (stage 2)advertisementSQUASHMORNING: 11am to 3pmMen’s: Doubles (pool), mixed doubles (pool)EVENING: 5pm to 9pmMen’s: Doubles (pool), mixed doubles (pool)TABLE TENNISMORNING: 9.30am to 2.30pmMen’s: Singles qualifying, Mixed doubles qualifyingEVENING: 4.30pm to 9.30pmMixed doubles qualifying Men’s: Singles (Rd 1); doubles (Rd 1) Women’s: Doubles qualifying; singles qualifyingTENNISEVENING: 5pm to 10pmMen’s: Singles (bronze medal match); singles (final) Women’s: Doubles (bronze medal match); doubles (final)WEIGHTLIFTINGAFTERNOON: 2pm to 4.30pmWomen’s: 75+ kg categoryEVENING: 6.30pm to 9pmMen’s: 105kg categoryWRESTLINGEVENING: 4pm to 7.30pmMen’s freestyle: 55kg, 66kg, 84kg, 120kg – repechage (finals)STAR TO WATCH OUT FOR — Matthew MitchamCountry: AustraliaEvent: Diving- Gold in 10m platform diving 2008 Beijing Olympics- bronze in 1m springboard diving at the 2009 World ChampionshipsTODAY’S MEDAL HUNT – 84ARCHERYWomen’s: Individual recurve Men’s: Individual recurveATHLETICSMen’s: Discus throw; 400m hurdles; 800m; 200mWomen’s: High jump; long jump; 400m hurdles; 200mCYCLING ROAD EVENTSMen’s: 167-km road race Women’s: 100-km road raceDIVINGMen’s: 1m springboardWomen’s: 3m springboard synchronisedWomen’s: Platform synchronisedLAWN BOWLSMen’s: TriplesWomen’s: TriplesSHOOTINGCLAY TARGETMen’s: Trap singlesPISTOL & SMALL BOREMen’s: 25m centrefire pistol singlesWomen’s: 10m air rifleTENNISMen’s: SinglesWomen’s: DoublesWEIGHTLIFTINGMen’s: 105kg category Women’s: 75+ kg categoryWRESTLINGMen’s freestyle: 55kg, 66kg, 84kg, 120kg – repechage (finals)
A doping scandal has hit Indian sports again and the conundrum continues, with the administration trying to fix the culprits for the positive dope tests of eight athletes.While the government has launched a probe, there is another voice, though subdued, that is trying to raise a different point altogether.The view is about the establishment unofficially providing assistance to athletes, much like it was done in the erstwhile East Germany and some other countries – and many believe it’s still being done in many. But those, especially in the establishment, who are in favour of this option, cannot openly say so for the obvious fear of being penalised.Several top officials privately feel that without taking help of performance enhancing substances, along with effective masking agents, most Indian athletes cannot win medals – or that they won’t win as many as they do now – at the highest level. The need of the hour is proper research with an aim to help athletes, they say.Although personally I oppose this take, officials say it’s not quite possible for Indians to win only by being fair, considering today’s cut throat competition and extraordinarily high stakes in every sport, particularly athletics. For them, there are only two options: either join the race of systematic doping, with subtle official patronage, or give up playing sport altogether.Rajiv Gandhi as prime minister once tried to stop India’s participation in global events after an extremely poor performance, but even he couldn’t get his idea executed, such was the opposition. So, while the second option is not possible, for that would be unfair on genuine champions like Viswanathan Anand, Pankaj Advani and Saina Nehwal who have excelled on the basis of their skills alone, many officials want the first option to be explored.advertisement”The witch-hunt that is currently going on will lead us nowhere. Those who have tested positive are not cheats; they are our national pride. The episode reflects the failure of our sports system in many ways,” said a top government sports administrator who didn’t want to be quoted.”Instead, let us help our athletes, most of whom come from poor backgrounds and lack in education, with proper research and set up a system that provides them a safe method to improve their performances with effective masking agents. I know saying this is going against the grain – when the entire country seems ready to execute the athletes who have doped – but, realistically speaking, there is no option,” he explained.Another official chipped in: “According to a rough estimate, 70 to 80 per cent athletes worldwide use masking agents. In India, we only do policing; there’s no other programme to provide athletes specialised assistance.” In sports that require physical superiority, Indians, largely due to their weak natural build, cannot match their rivals on their own, such officials say. “Let’s not fool ourselves by saying that the Indian sports establishment wants a clean environment even if our athletes keep on finishing last. Some athletes would surely win without taking banned drugs, but not the majority,” said one of them.Indian sports desperately needs professionals, especially in sports medicine, not ad-hoc administrators who get posted courtesy politicians. But to appoint the right person to the right position we need a real desire to see Indian athletes reach the top of the podium.Since sports is a specialised field we need to invite professional coaches, physiotherapists, trainers, dieticians, nutritionists etc. from abroad and make them train Indian athletes and coaches. When the Patiala-based National Institute of Sports was established in 1961, its faculty consisted of foreigners. “For several decades, we haven’t had any expert from abroad who can teach our would-be coaches so that they could learn the latest techniques and impart the same to our athletes,” said an official.