Luke Young’s career in jeopardy

first_imgLuke Young’s future is in doubt after his latest attempt at a comeback ended in disappointment.The former England defender, 33, has been struggling with a hip condition for some time and has not made a first-team appearance for QPR since last March.He had surgery on the problem and featured in a recent Under-21 game, but his hopes of resurrecting his career appear to have been dashed.Boss Harry Redknapp admitted: “Luke’s struggling. He’s had this injury since before I came here and he still can’t get fit.“I’m not sure what he’s going to do. He doesn’t feel good with his injury.”Young has made 23 league appearances for Rangers since being signed from Aston Villa in August 2011.See also:QPR boss casts doubt over Young’s futureRedknapp: No sign of QPR man returning QPR’s forgotten man is fit enough to playLuke Young added to weakened QPR 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Half-time: Arsenal 1 QPR 0

first_imgAlexis Sanchez atoned for a penalty miss by putting Arsenal ahead in a one-sided first half at the Emirates Stadium.QPR had an early let-off when Sanchez’s woeful spot-kick was easily kept out by keeper Rob Green after Armand Traore, playing against his former club, had brought down the Arsenal man.But Sanchez made no mistake eight minutes before half-time when he headed in after being found unmarked by Kieran Gibbs’ cross.That lapse came after Rangers, beaten in all nine of their away matches this season, had defended well.They reverted back to three central defenders, with Rio Ferdinand recalled to the starting line-up while Traore was given a chance to impress at left wing-back in the absence of the injured Yun Suk-Young. Arsenal: Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Monreal, Gibbs, Flamini, Cazorla, Rosicky, Alexis, Giroud, Welbeck.Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Bellerin, Coquelin, Walcott, Podolski, Campbell. QPR: Green; Onuoha, Ferdinand, Caulker, Isla, Henry, Mutch, Kranjcar, Traore, Vargas, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Hill, Phillips, Fer, Wright-Phillips, Hoilett, Zamora.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

One of these players will likely be Raiders’ first pick

first_imgAllen, playing in … (CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)INDIANAPOLIS — After a week at the NFL Scouting Combine, realistic options for the Raiders at No. 4 are beginning to crystallize.Plenty can still change in the less than two months between now and the draft, but here are the players who seem to be the five most likely Raiders after Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden submit their card for the fourth pick on April 25.Kentucky edge Josh Allenlast_img read more

Live playoff updates: Sharks vs. Golden Knights, Game 2 Friday

first_imgGet live NHL Stanley Cup playoff updates, news and analysis during Game 2 of the Sharks’ first-round series against the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at SAP Center.San Jose hopes to duplicate its outstanding effort on Wednesday in which it outplayed Vegas on the way to a convincing 5-2 Game 1 victory. The defensive pressure and goalie Martin Jones’ 24 saves made the victory possible, but Joe Pavelski’s goal provided the impetus for the Sharks’ effort.Their gritty …last_img read more

Coega secures R300m Afrox investment

first_img5 November 2013Industrial gas company Afrox on Friday signed a land lease agreement with the Coega Development Corporation for the construction of a R300-million air separation unit at the Coega industrial development zone in the Eastern Cape.The 150-ton per day unit will produce a variety of industrial gases for the automotive, food processing and medical sectors, and will give Afrox direct access to customers throughout the province.Linde Engineering, a subsidiary of the German Linde Group, of which Afrox is a member, will be constructing the plant. It is expected to be fully operational in the first quarter of 2015.The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) said on Friday that this was the first public announcement of a secured investor in this financial year and that other deals were in the pipeline.‘Seeing the potential’“Clearly, investors are closely watching the developments at the Coega Industrial Development Zone and seeing the potential in the Eastern Cape,” CDC business development executive Christopher Mashigo said in a statement. “This is encouraging for the CDC, and we applaud Afrox’s savvy investment which will enable supply chain development and secure further industrial prowess for the province, while creating jobs across industry.“Afrox’s air separation unit is important to us not only as a new investor but as an enabler. It enhances our value proposition and also provides a foundation for Afrox’s own growth,” Mashigo said.Afrox managing director Brett Kimber said it made strategic sense to build a plant near Port Elizabeth, saying “this is where the customers are”. Afrox has an established customer base in the Eastern Cape, servicing the automotive and health services in particular, but the company also indicated that it is focused on broadening its industry reach.Kimber told Business Day that the new plant would be 15% to 20% more energy efficient than its existing plants, and would save on local distribution costs.Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber chief executive, Kevin Hustler, endorsed the new plant on behalf of the business community.“Afrox will have a critical role to play in the next 20 years as we diversify [the industrial base]. Something we don’t realise is how far and wide gas goes. It touches so many sectors of the market and it is wonderful to see the nature of such investment in our city,” said Hustler.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Michigan State Players Star In Well-Produced Locker Room Dance Video

first_imgMichigan State players walking down a tunnel.YouTube/MSUSpartanVideoMichigan State is the defending Big Ten champion, and while Michigan and Ohio State have been getting most of the attention in the league as we near the season, the Spartans appear pretty pumped for the year to kick off.On Thursday, a group of Michigan State players created a locker room dance video, and with help from the program’s video team, it is incredibly well-produced. The video is set to Future’s hit “Wicked” from his 2016 mixtape Purple Reign.Michigan State opens its season with FCS squad Furman, but things heat up pretty quickly from there. The Spartans have a week two bye, and then head to South Bend to play a very strong Notre Dame team, and follow that game up with Wisconsin at home. At +825, the Spartans are tied for the third best odds to win a Big Ten title this year with Iowa, but are fairly well behind Ohio State (+168) and Michigan (+233). If they repeat, they certainly will have earned it.last_img read more

$1 Billion for Social Housing in 63 Constituencies

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, said the programme will comprise three modalities – the provision of indigent housing; relocation of vulnerable communities; and the upgrading of Tenements/‘Big Yards’. “This represents protection of the vulnerable in action,” Dr. Clarke said, as he opened the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives today (March 7). The Government has allocated $1 billion to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to support the implementation of an islandwide social housing programme across all 63 constituencies. The Government has allocated $1 billion to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation to support the implementation of an islandwide social housing programme across all 63 constituencies.Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, said the programme will comprise three modalities – the provision of indigent housing; relocation of vulnerable communities; and the upgrading of Tenements/‘Big Yards’.“This represents protection of the vulnerable in action,” Dr. Clarke said, as he opened the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives today (March 7).He also informed that the Government is increasing its allocation to the Jamaica Integrated Community Development Project by 41 per cent or $627 million in 2019/20, and will spend a total of $2 billion on this project this year.“This project contributes towards increased community safety and violence prevention in 17 economically vulnerable and socially volatile communities and enhances access to basic urban infrastructure and services, including sanitation, water and electricity as well as youth development programmes,” Dr. Clarke said.In addition, the Government is increasing its allocation to the Poverty Reduction Programme by 174 per cent or from $349 million to $558 million in financial year 2019/2020.This project is the fourth phase of a programme supporting poverty reduction in Jamaica through grant funding from the European Union, the largest provider of grants to Jamaica.last_img read more

Oprah Opens Closet To Benefit Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy

first_imgeBay has teamed up with O, The Oprah Magazine to offer shoppers everywhere a once-in-a-lifetime chance to own a piece of pop culture history. Beginning March 1, eBay is releasing more than 200 items of clothing, shoes and accessories, straight from Oprah’s spring clean out of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” closet (eBay.com/oprah-closet) giving fans everywhere a chance to step into her shoes.“Spring is a time of transformation… over time and with the new season, your taste tends to change,” said Winfrey. “My taste has evolved from intense color, embellishments and heels to flats and a more subdued color palette. What I’m giving away will be put to good use by someone else.”All proceeds of the charity auction, which features high-end designer items that Oprah wore on covers of O, The Oprah Magazine and during marquee episodes of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” will benefit The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation. The Foundation supports The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa and the development of a new generation of women leaders, striving to provide a nurturing educational environment for academically gifted girls who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. eBay for Charity makes it easy for people to support important causes they care about by enabling sellers to donate a portion of their sales, and buyers to shop while supporting their favorite charities.Through March 10, shoppers will be able to browse and bid on incredible designer items – some never worn before – including clothing, shoes and handbags by Alexander McQueen, Badgley Mischka, Chanel, Celine, Dolce and Gabbana, Manolo Blahnik, Oscar de la Renta and more. Fans will undoubtedly recognize some of the more iconic items from memorable Oprah moments, like the Stetson cowboy hat that she wore in 2009 during an episode of “Oprah and Gayle’s New Adventure: The Biggest State Fair in America.”“This is a chance to buy a piece of television/media history while helping change young women’s lives,” said Adam Glassman, Creative Director of O, The Oprah Magazine. “Most of the items in the sale are timeless and classic; and the best part – they are all like new.”Those inspired by Oprah to spring clean their own closets and make room for new can head to eBay to sell the items they no longer need and earn money to shop the new items they are coveting this spring. With eBay’s global community of 162 million active buyers, clothing, handbags and shoes are always bestsellers – especially items that are new or like new (a pair of shoes sells every two seconds, while women’s accessories sell every three seconds). And with eBay Valet – the professional selling service that handles everything from estimating the price, to taking pictures, listing the item and safely shipping it to a new buyer – selling on eBay has never been easier.“We are partnering with O, The Oprah Magazine to raise money for a good cause and show that eBay is the best way to sell the things you no longer need,” said Vincent Payen, Head of Consumer Selling at eBay. “You can list directly on eBay.com, use our mobile app or take advantage of eBay Valet – our professional selling service where everything is done for you.”To shop Oprah’s charity auction, head to eBay.com/oprah-closet through March 10. New items will be added every day through March 4.last_img read more

The CIA provided a holiday gift of the truth with

first_imgThe CIA provided a holiday gift of the truth with its report stating that the government’s enhanced interrogation techniques, AKA “torture,” didn’t produce any usable intelligence. Dick Cheney, as you would expect, called the report “full of crap,” “deeply flawed,” and a “terrible piece of work.” Cheney has his story and he’s sticking to it, telling Fox News, “I think what needed to be done was done. I think we were perfectly justified in doing it. And I’d do it again in a minute.” Yeah, but Cheney’s boss, George W. Bush, during a 2006 conversation about moving prisoners to Guantanamo Bay, told Katie Couric: The reason why we’re moving them there is we want them to go through a military tribunal. We want them to receive the justice that they denied other people. But the other thing is that we have to have the capacity to interrogate—not torture, but interrogate people to learn information. Couric asked Bush if detainees were being mistreated. “No. Not at all. It’s a tacit acknowledgement that we’re doing smart things to get information to protect the American people,” the president said. “I’ve said to the people that we don’t torture, and we don’t.” When Americans think of torture, we visualize how Hollywood and comic books portray it: bodies stretched on racks, tearing off of fingernails, and the use of thumbscrews and vices. Bush and Cheney would quickly point out that Americans don’t do that sort of thing. Yeah, but what about waterboarding, sleep deprivation, forcing detainees to stand for hours on end with arms above head, threatening family members, rectal feeding, locking prisoners in confining boxes with insects, and in one case, freezing a detainee to death? In his book, America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy—The Truth About US Foreign Policy and Everything Else, William Blum writes: No one who has gone through the American dungeons in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, or spent time at any of the many secret CIA facilities, and no American who would be subjected to the same, would have any hesitation calling what they experienced “torture.” Whatever Bush and Cheney think, “America’s idea of what is torture is not the same as ours and does not appear to coincide with that of most civilized nations,” Justice Andrew Collins of the British High Court wrote. Americans pride themselves for living in a country with a Constitution and Bill of Rights that make things like torture out of the question. Besides international law, there’s an American law against war crimes, passed in 1996 by a Republican-dominated Congress. Torture is believed to happen only in other countries. Americans know it’s a slippery slope. “If today it’s deemed acceptable to torture the person who has the vital information,” writes Blum, “tomorrow it will be acceptable to torture his colleague who—it’s suspected—may know almost as much.” However, this isn’t your granddad’s America. Those in government protect their own. After all, they’ll need someone to have their backs someday. It was considered a joke when Nazi defendants pleaded, “I was only following orders.” But when CIA Director Leon Panetta was asked about punishment for those who carried out torture in the Middle East, he said, “[T]hose who operated under the rules that were provided by the Attorney General in the interpretation of the law [concerning torture] and followed those rules ought not to be penalized.” Panetta evidently didn’t read the UN’s Convention Against Torture, which states, “An order from a superior officer or a public authority may not be invoked as a justification of torture.” Those giving the orders should be prosecuted as well, but Nobel Peace Prize winner Obama has said he doesn’t want to pursue war crimes charges against George W. and other members of the Bush administration. The president said we should “look forward as opposed to looking backwards.” Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen gave the very same excuse for not punishing Khmer Rouge leaders, remembered especially for orchestrating the Cambodian genocide. “We should dig a hole and bury the past and look ahead to the 21st century with a clean slate,” Sen said. In America’s Deadliest Export, Blum explains that US officials are inclined to throw past atrocities down the memory hole, because both Democrats (Jimmy Carter and Zbigniew Brzezinski) and Republicans (Ronald Reagan) supported Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge for several years. Common folk are supposed to forget all of that nasty stuff. “America is an exceptional country,” and the facts are fabricated to make its leaders out to be “holier than thou.” Americans have been groomed by government schools to believe in this exceptionalism. It’s no different than America’s Middle East ally, Israel. Israeli columnist Uri Avnery wrote an evocative paragraph about his country’s culture, cited by Blum: This system indoctrinates its pupils with a violent tribal cult, totally ethnocentric, which sees in the whole of world history nothing but an endless story of Jewish victimhood. This is a religion of a Chosen People, indifferent to others, a religion without compassion for anyone who is not Jewish, which glorifies the God-decreed genocide described in the Biblical book of Joshua. Blum makes his point by asking his readers to substitute “American” for “Jewish” and “American exceptionalism” for “a Chosen People.” If America occupies such high ground, how could our leaders, elected by the country’s well-intentioned masses, torture without a thought and lie to our faces about it? Doug Casey explains: People like Obama, Hillary, or Cheney—which is to say most people with real power in Washington and every other government—do what they do because it’s their nature. They’re as cold, unemotional, and predatory as reptiles, even though they look like people. Chaney spent days making the political talk-show rounds defending America’s enhanced interrogation techniques. His defense is illustrated by this exchange with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press: Chuck Todd: Let me ask you this, we’ve got Riyadh al-Najjar. He had handcuffing on one or both of his wrists to an overhead bar, would not allow him to lower his arms. Twenty-two hours each day for two consecutive days in order to break his resistance. Al-Najjar was also wearing a diaper and had no access to toilet facility. Was that acknowledged? Was that part of the program that you approved? Dick Cheney: I can’t tell from that specific whether it was or not. Chuck Todd: And then— Dick Cheney: I know we had— Chuck Todd: —page 53 of the report. Dick Cheney: —the report is seriously flawed. They didn’t talk to anybody who knew anything about the program. They didn’t talk to anybody within the program. The best guide for what in fact happened is the one that’s the report that was produced by the three CIA directors and deputy directors of the CIA when this program was undertaken. And, in fact, it lays out in very clear terms what we did and how we did it. And with respect to trying to define that as torture, I come back to the proposition torture was what the al-Qaeda terrorists did to 3,000 Americans on 9/11. There’s no comparison between that and what we did with inspect-enhanced interrogation. With every individual torture scenario Todd asked Cheney about, Bush’s VP defined torture as two planes crashed into the World Trade Center by guys armed with box cutters and airline tickets. Unless 3,000 Americans are killed, it’s not torture. Cheney has unapologetically cast America’s morals to the wind, as The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf writes: That is the moral standard Cheney is unabashedly invoking on national television. He doesn’t want the United States to honor norms against torture. He doesn’t want us to abide by the Ten Commandments, or to live up to the values in the Declaration of Independence, or to be restrained by the text of the Constitution. Instead, Cheney would have us take al-Qaeda as our moral and legal measuring stick. Did America torture dozens of innocents? So what. 9/11 was worse. To the idiotic sounding “waging war for peace,” we can now add “torture for our safety.” The beacon on the hill has gone dark. American exceptionalism has been snuffed out by the sociopaths in Washington who claim they are keeping us safe with torture.last_img read more