Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Asia League chief determined to get more PBA teams to join its tournaments British boxer Anthony Joshua enters the arena for his fight against Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin in their WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles fight at Wembley Stadium in London, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON — No sooner had Anthony Joshua brutally dispatched another pretender to his heavyweight titles than attention turned to who the British fighter would face next as he seeks to clean up boxing’s most glamorous division.An eagerly anticipated fight on Dec. 1 will go a long way to clearing that up.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For Hearn, Wilder vs. Joshua — pitting the two biggest punchers in boxing together — would be one of the biggest fights in boxing history and would be must-see viewing, stylistically. There’s also the issue of unifying the belts while the opportunity is there.“We want to be undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,” Hearn said, looking across to Joshua.Hearn also sees Fury, a loudmouth out of the ring and a pragmatic boxer in it, as something of a turn-off.“I don’t want to be disrespectful here, but Tyson Fury is the most unentertaining fighter I’ve ever seen,” Hearn said, dismissively. “He’s never been in a good fight in his whole career. Deontay Wilder against Joshua is the biggest fight in world boxing and it’s the most exciting matchup you can make.”The Wilder and Joshua camps negotiated last year for a fight — there was talk of $50 million on the table — but couldn’t find a middle ground. Hearn is eager to resume talks and agree to a deal in the coming weeks that can be rubber-stamped as soon as Wilder beats Fury. He said $50m would be “peanuts” compared to what could be offer next year.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Deontay Wilder, the WBC champion, is scheduled to take on Tyson Fury, the former champion before drug and health issues got in the way, somewhere in Las Vegas. It’s a fight between two unbeaten heavyweights who represent the biggest threat to Joshua, the WBA, IBF and WBO belt-holder, and could provide his next opponent.Joshua, now with a 22-0 record after toughing out a victory over Alexander Povetkin in front of 80,000 at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, said he isn’t bothered who wins out of Wilder and Fury. In fact, he even suggested he won’t even watch it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHis promoter has other ideas, however.“We want Wilder,” Eddie Hearn said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “I don’t want to wait until December for him to finish his fight, get some rest and then start negotiating,” said Joshua, who is contractually obliged to return to Wembley on April 13 for his next fight. “I start training for a fight again early January. I want to get my fight fixed as soon as possible this side of the year, so I know what I’m doing next year.”Aside from what will undoubtedly by tough negotiations with Wilder’s people, another possible barrier for Hearn will be if Fury wins on Dec. 1. That would make a rematch likely, and also make Wilder a less-appealing prospect.Joshua would then have to turn to someone like fellow Briton Dillian Whyte for his April 13 fight.So, it’s a case of wait and see for Joshua, who has a seven-month break before getting back in the ring. He’ll do so with more experience in the bank after a difficult fight against Povetkin that started with the Briton getting a busted nose in the first round and ended with a devastating flurry of punches that sent the 39-year-old Russian nearly stumbling through the ropes.In his last two fights, Joshua has beaten the previously undefeated Joseph Parker convincingly on points and then inflicted only Povetkin’s second career loss. They were both ranked as the No. 3 heavyweight in the world when they took on Joshua, who realistically only has two credible rivals currently in the division.Fury has returned after a 2 1/2-year absence with two almost farcically easy fights, which gave him some much-needed time in the ring but barely proved a thing.Fury vs. Joshua — the bad boy against the poster boy — would get Britons excited but Wilder vs. Joshua really gets the pulses racing.“No problem, I fight whoever,” Joshua said. “I’ll always knock them down, one by one.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES
The Decent Work Bill is arguably becoming the most controversial Bill within the Chambers of the 53rd Legislature.In terms of duration in the House, it is only second to the Code of Conduct, which goes as far back as 2009 with the Decent Work Bill being introduced in 2010.Besides suffering several setbacks either by the makings of the various committees mandated to scrutinize it and advice the two Houses on what decisions to take, or the Plenary of the two Houses differing discussions, the fate of the Bill is still dangling on an unbalanced political sword waiting for another conference committee to decide on a final resting place.Tuesday, May 6, the Senate received a communication from the House of Representatives, informing that body that it has endorsed the recommendations of the conference committee on Decent Work Bill 2010 to set a minimum wage.“By directive, the Honorable House of Representatives in session have mandated me to inform the Honorable House of Senate that it has endorsed the recommendation of the conference committee on Decent Work Bill 2010 to set a minimum wage bill articulated in the attached addendum. The Bill was deliberated and passed into the full force of the law on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the hour 1449 GMT during its regular session…”According to communication from the House of Representatives under the signature of Chief Clerk Mildred Sayon, the addendum to the minimum wage as passed by the House of Representatives and Senate Conference Committee, the minimum wage for skilled professional employee was put at US$0.75 hour, amounting to US$6 per day and US$156 a month.Domestic or unskilled employee minimum wage was agreed at US$0.40 per hour; US$4 per day, and US$104 a month.The committee said the function and duty of the National Wage Board is to review wages after every two years.But the Senate’s immediate reaction Tuesday as propounded by Maryland County Senator John Ballout, was that the Senate received firstly the document, discuss it the next session and decide whether there was a need for another conference committee. “I am begging this plenary indulgence that we allow all Senators to receive what has been read; may be it may not necessarily amount for conference committee, but in the event it does, so be it.”In its final decision, the plenary agreed for another conference committee with the mandate that Senate maintains its original decision as passed on Thursday, September 10, 2013, during the 59th day sitting of the 2nd Session. The Senate at that sitting last year concurred with the joint conference committee of both the Senate and House of Representatives to pass the Decent Work Bill with a minimum wage at US$75 cents an hour and US$6 a day, without amendment.Meanwhile, the leadership of the Senate after few minutes of consultation Tuesday, set up a six-man committee that includes Senators Joseph Nagbe, Frederick Cherue, Sumo Kupee, Isaac Nyenabo, Geraldine Doe-Sherif and John Ballout; with the spelt out mandate to go to the House of Representatives and negotiate the terms that the Senate passed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Liberians across the political spectrum have begun to sift, dissect and draw conclusions that the old political rivalry between President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her onetime strong ally, Cllr. Varney G. Sherman, have continued to fester, shattering the foundation of the Unity Party (UP).Bitter BeginningsAccording to political pundits, the partisan bitterness between President Sirleaf and the Grand Cape Mount County Senator and UP Chairman Varney Sherman started as far back as 1997 during the national convention of the then Liberia Action Party. Sirleaf had resigned her post as Director General of the Africa Bureau of the United Nations Development Program in New York in order to return home and run for president during the presidential elections that year. She intended to seek the endorsement of the LAP, of which she was a founding member in1985.The election of the standard bearer had been scheduled to take place at the Centennial Pavilion in the afternoon. But when it became clear that Sirleaf was arriving that afternoon to throw her hat in the race, the leadership decided to hold the convention in the morning. So by the time she reached the LAP convention hall, the party had already that morning elected Cletus Wotorson as standard bearer.Past accounts reveal that prior to the arrival of candidate Sirleaf for the slated LAP national convention, political manipulations in the rank and file of the party further led to Sirleaf’s departure.‘Greener Pastures’She contended that the political process was characterized by undemocratic manipulations and outright stage managed bureaucratic bottlenecks.That is when she ran to the Unity Party, founded by the late Edward B. Kesselly in 1985. UP embraced her and elected her as its standard bearer, enabling her to participate in the 1997 elections. In that election, she came second to Charles Taylor, who won by a wide margin.The next contest for Sirleaf was the race for the chairmanship of the National Transitional Government of Liberia, which climaxed the peace talks in Accra, Ghana. Interested in that position, there she encountered Cllr. Varney Sherman, and the two again clashed.In that election, Cllr. Sherman threw his weight behind the LAP Chairman, Charles Gyude Bryant, who won that election and became Chair of the National Transitional Government.But perhaps the conflict that climaxed the rivalry between the two Harvard graduates came in the 2005 presidential elections, which both Sirleaf and Sherman contested.More Bad BloodSirleaf emerged second in the first round, and Cllr. Sherman threw his support behind George Weah’s Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) in the runoff — a move that surprised most people. How could a Harvard-trained lawyer endorse for the presidency of Liberia a man who had barely an eighth grade education, against a woman who was not only a Harvard graduate but who had attained extensive national and international experience working for the World Bank, Equator Bank, Citibank and the United Nations? That, perhaps more than anything else, added further poison to the already bad blood between the two politicians.Sirleaf eventually won the 2005 presidential contest and went on to secure her second term in 2011.It is widely rumored that in the 2014 senatorial elections, the UP Chairman, adding insult to injury, adamantly refused to give the Madame Sirleaf’s son, Robert, the UP’s backing of his bid against CDC’s George Weah for the Montserrado seat.Reliable sources have intimated that even recent attempts by VP Boakai to mediate between the two failed to diffuse the raging animosity.‘Finish Varney?’Some say the President is on the warpath to “finish Varney.” If such is her intent, the recent damning allegations by Global Witness (GW) seem to provide the perfect ammunition. Another rumour has it that the President has met privately with each Associate Justice to ensure that Sherman and others caught in the GW alleged bribery scam do not get away with it.But anyone who knows the consummate politician and the astute lawyer can bet that neither will stand down.So much rancour between the two leaves little room for President Sirleaf and Cllr. Sherman to meet at the golden table of compromise in the interest of party unity, let alone political and economic discussion and agreement on pressing issues of national importance.The much publicized Global Witness report, ‘The Deceivers’, has all but severed the relationship between the two distinguished Unity Party leaders, throwing their organization into chaos.The comprehensive GW report has implicated other top Liberian government officials including House Speaker Alex Tyler.The report further linked the Sherman and Sherman Law Firm of Cllr. Sherman and partners to the allegations of bribery to give Sable Mining an advantage in their negotiations with the Liberian government to obtain a concession agreement to operate Mount Wologizi in Lofa County.Politically and from all indications, the Unity Party and its many stalwarts are sailing over troubled waters as their Chairman and Standard Bearer seem not to agree on the bitter pills to curb corruption and nepotism that have engulfed the nation.Public ViewA team of Daily Observer reporters went out to interview Liberiansin Monrovia and its environs on the fuss between President Sirleaf and Cllr. Varney Sherman.The Chairman of the Northern Alliance Youth Congress of Liberia (NAYCOL), Vamba Kanneh, noted that he foresees more conflicts between President Sirleaf and Cllr. Sherman if the Global Witness report is not channelled through the legal process.Kanneh pointed out that the reaction from a cross-section of citizens and residents of Grand Cape Mount County speaks volumes on the anger and disenchantment about the country’s legal system.He urged the government’s legal representatives to work out a concrete legal framework to ensure the prosecution of all those connected to the Global Witness report.In a mobile phone interview, Voinjama District youth activist Darlington B. Mulbah stressed the need for Liberia to assemble a legal team that will meticulously and legally scrutinize the Global Witness report.He also underscored the need for the Liberian government to work out the modalities to ensure the timely prosecution of all past and present corruption and financial malpractice cases in the country.“I think there should not be selective justice. Fellow Liberians linked to eating the Liberian people’s money should be brought to justice through the legal process,” Mulbah argued.A Monrovia-based political commentator, Francis B. Yonton, recommended that all past indicted Liberian government officials should be prosecuted and, if found guilty, should be convicted and serve the required jail sentences.The OpticsMost people intently following the events of the past few days climaxed by the arrest and indictment of Sen. Sherman, Speaker Alex Tyler and others are left wondering how the GW allegations involving US$950,000 can cause those involved to be so swiftly brought before the law when allegations against the President’s son, Robert, for the disappearance of US$31 million from NOCAL’s coffers go ignored.But at this juncture in the saga of Sirleaf versus Sherman via Global Witness, Sherman succeeded in wresting the case from the President’s Task Force headed by Cllr. Fonati Koffa, a disbarred lawyer and ex-convict from the United States, and submitting himself instead to the court of law.Cllr. Koffa recently stepped away from the chairmanship of the opposition Liberty Party to accept an appointment by President Sirleaf as Minister of State Without Portfolio. Here again, the optics suggest an intentional axe to grind when a former chairman of an opposition party is brought into the establishment and tasked with the job of investigating the sitting chairman of the ruling party.On the bright side, Sherman and Koffa have much in common. Both men are lawyers, have served as party chairmen, both been accused of financial crimes (with one convicted). Now, they are both gladiators in a duel that resembles the parable of the pot and the tea kettle.“You can’t threaten fish with water,” Sherman said recently, having succeeded in reaching the safety of the court before Koffa could reach him. And with the President’s Special Task Force more or less in the dust, LACC will assume its rightful role in the Global Witness corruption investigation in collaboration with the court system.Whether or not Sherman will get away this time is anyone’s guess. But the Sirleaf-Sherman rivalry, by all indications, is far from over.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…for damage to food caravanA food vendor is now calling for $5 million in compensation from the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) after his food caravan was reportedly removed and destroyed by City Constables.The vendor, Patrick John, who operated two buildings before Royal Castle on Croal Street, Georgetown complained that his food caravan was removed on Thursday without him even being served a notice. Guyana Times understands that City Constables removed the man’s food caravan at 12:00h while he was at home.Speaking with this publication, John said he has the necessary permit to operate inPatrick Johnthe area, which was granted by the very Council in April.The vendor added that this is not the first time City Hall has removed his caravan, but this time it cost a lot, since his means of livelihood is now damaged.“About two weeks after I got permission to open and start working, he (Town Clerk Royston King) just came and removed my container and said it can’t be there… I said I got to get GPL to come and cut the wires if I got to move and the next day he just went ahead and cut the wires,” John explained.According to him, those activities occurred back in April and resulted in him being moved to Croal Street, Georgetown, where he was again removed from on Thursday.“This time they caused even more damage because the container itself broke in half, my microwave, deep fryer, everything just crushed up inside there. It (just) break up and I would like to be reimbursed for my entire losses, the damage of my container and all the equipment,” the frustrated man told Guyana Times.He said he estimates his losses to be about $5 million owing to the fact that heThe food caravanwould have paid money to have the caravan shipped from the United States (US).John said he does not mind if City Hall chooses to buy him a caravan, or give him the money so he can again try to vend to make his livelihood.The food vendor said he was made aware of what was going on through a friend.Head of the Vendor’s Union, Eon Andrews, has since condemned the actions of the M&CC, saying he believes the matter is a very troubling one, especially since City Hall evidently gave the necessary vending permits.Several efforts made by this publication to contact the Town Clerk proved futile.
− new GDF Chief-of-Staff promises to boost national defenceBrigadier Patrick West, the man assuming the role of the Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), has pledged to transform the Force and boost its national defence capacity, as his tenure begins.West was promoted from Deputy Chief-of-Staff to Chief-of-Staff, taking the oath ofOut going Brigadier George Lewis and his predecessor New Chief-of-Staff Brigadier Patrick Westoffice before President David Granger on Tuesday at Base Camp Ayanganna. The new Brigadier, who has 33 years in the GDF under his belt, succeeded Brigadier George Lewis.In an interview with reporters afterward, Brigadier West did not divulge details of his plans for the Force or for procuring equipment for the troops. He, however, explained that all proposals were with the Defence Board and strategic considerations had to be made.He said, “Once those plans are finished, I or the President will make a statement. What I can say is that we will see the Force effectively transformed, for total national defence. That is what we can look forward to.”West also revealed that when he first joined the GDF, he did not think about ascending to the post of Chief-of-Staff. It was only a few years ago that he saw the potential for such advancement and decided to devote himself to getting his degrees, he added.“I never thought that a day like this would arrive,” West, who also received the Military Service Star, said. “Until a few years ago I saw the possibility. So I completed all my required professional military and academic education, so that I could provide the relevant balance, strategic or otherwise, to the Force.”“I will be a just Chief-of-Staff, one who is good and one who is a professional. And I think you can use that as a guideline to observe the tenure of my office.”In his address to the gathering, President Granger underscored that correct procedure was followed in promoting West. Granger also stated that there was no one who could criticise the professional education of West.“He has completed all his military courses at home and abroad, and his military education is comparable to anything we have seen in the past,” Granger said. “The first pillar of his professionalism is his professional education and there is no way anyone could criticise the professional education of Brigadier West,” the Head of State said.West enlisted in the GDF on September 1, 1984 and was commissioned on August 28, 1985, after which he was posted to the Artillery Battalion (an experience he shares with his predecessor). He has held various positions within the GDF, including Platoon Commander and Commanding Officer in both the Artillery and Infantry Units.He is the holder of a Master of Science Degree in Administration from the Central Michigan University, a Master of Military Arts and Science from the Command and General Staff College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Management, a Diploma in Public Management and a certificate in Human Health and Global Environmental Change from the University of Guyana.His training has taken him to foreign military institutions such as the Escola de Aperfecion de Officias in Brazil, Intermediate Level Education at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and the National Defence University in the People’s Republic of China. In addition, he had several peacekeeping modules in Latin America.Change of Command ParadeLater in the day, discipline and attention to detail were on full display as the Change of Command Parade was completed without a hitch on the parade ground of Camp Ayanganna. Its conclusion marked the end of Brigadier Lewis’ 34-year military career. It also marked the end of his three-month stint, the shortest tenure of any Chief-of-Staff.The brilliant assembly of troops who took part in the parade included members of the Air Corps, Coast Guard and a Special Force squadron. In his parting remarks to them, Brigadier Lewis quoted outgoing American First Lady Michelle Obama in offering advice on dealing with criticism.“When they go low, you go high,” he encouraged.Lewis encouraged troops to bear constructive criticism with equanimity and to focus on representing the Force in a positive light.The Brigadier also expressed pride in the fact that he was the first Chief-of-Staff to hail from the Ancient County.
By Joe Bel Bruno THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – Wall Street players aren’t the only ones with a lot riding on whether the Federal Reserve cuts interest rates on Tuesday – Main Street also could see some pretty dramatic benefits. Policymakers are widely expected to decrease short-term rates by up to one-half of one percentage point, a move big institutional investors have been clamoring for in recent months. For the man on the street, a cut would lower credit card bills, make mortgages cheaper and perhaps inject enough confidence into the stock market to revive ailing 401(k) investments. There’s also the psychological effects a rate cut would have on the stock market, where the Dow Jones Industrial Average has plunged into volatility after hitting an all-time high in July. Traders have been cagey since then, sending the blue chip index bouncing around with triple-digit swings. Wall Street pundits have pinned their hopes on a rate cut to stem the choppy market conditions, and send stocks higher. That would bring welcome relief in the short term to individual investors whose stock portfolios have fallen in the process. “The whole thing with the stock market is perception,” said Adam Hewison, president of ino.com, a financial Web site catering to individual investors. “We’ve had a five-year expansion in stock prices, and in the history of things, that’s a long time before there’s some kind of retrenchment. That has investors on edge.” While a rate cut likely would give the markets a short-term boost, whether its effects would be long lasting remains unclear. Although a cut might help boost mortgages, it might do little to help the slumping housing industry. Stocks might rally if the Fed delivers, but it won’t help some of the underlying problems behind why corporate earnings are weakening.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Economists likely will debate until the eleventh hour what the Fed will do when it releases its decision Tuesday afternoon. Even those far removed from high finance are nervous about what could be the biggest decision the Fed has made in years. “Customers have told me not to touch their loans until the Fed meets,” said Darin Hardin, owner of San Clemente-based Coastal Hills Mortgage Inc. “People have been assuming for the past six months that rates will be lowered, and nobody wants to make a move until some kind of event happens.” Hardin said his business has been slower in brokering mortgages in Orange County, one of the nation’s hottest real estate markets. New calls for mortgages aren’t coming in as frequently, and those looking to switch to fixed-rate financing from adjustable have been stalling. A cut in interest rates would immediately make fixed-rate mortgages cheaper. Homeowners with lines of credit will pay less, and those “waiting on the fence to borrow” will have reason to pick up the phone, he said. A whole host of other borrowings also will become cheaper as U.S. banks follow an interest rate cut by lowering their own prime rates. For those that qualify, loans spanning everything from automobiles to education will be affected – as will the amount consumers are charged by credit cards issuers.
There has been much discussion over Rodgers’ future at Parkhead since the summer 2 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers ‘wants a change’ from his current situation according to Chris Sutton, the club’s former striker.Pressure has mounted on Rodgers after a poor start to the season saw the Parkhead club knocked out the Champions League qualifiers and currently leaves them third in the Premiership. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos scrap Latest Scottish football news As of yet, Rodgers has made no indication he wants to leave Celtic, but Sutton believes the Northern Irishman is hoping for a change of scenery.In his Daily Record column, Sutton writes: “Rodgers is a superb Celtic manager. Whatever you think of what he’s said at times this season, to appreciate his work you just have to think the state the club was in when Ronny Deila walked out the door.“To win one treble was special. To win two in succession and go through one of those seasons Invincible is astonishing.“Things haven’t started ideally this term but Rodgers is still top drawer and the man to lead the club. 2 Celtic’s transfer business angered supporters – especially the deadline day sale of Moussa Dembele – a minority of whom have called for Rodgers’ head in the early weeks of the campaign.Despite the apparently fractious relationship between Rodgers and the club’s fans, the former Liverpool manager has remained faithful to Celtic amid interest in him from number of clubs south of the border.He was said to have been a target of Arsenal’s before they appointed Unai Emery earlier this year, while he was also reportedly approached by Aston Villa over their vacant managerial position at the beginning of this month.Furthermore, it was claimed last week that Newcastle have lined up Rodgers to replace Rafa Benitez, should the Spaniard fail to turn around the club’s woeful form that sees them without a win in the Premier League this season. Sutton spent five-and-a-half years with Celtic at the start of the millennium “Trouble is, the interest seems to be growing. He’s getting mentioned for every job going these days and there has to be a chance that one of them further down the line might tempt him.“My own gut feeling is he wants a change but I can’t say I’ve a definitive idea of what Rodgers is thinking.”
Chris Ramsey believes he will end up working with Tim Sherwood again at some stage but hopes he isn’t reunited with him sooner rather than later.The pair worked together at Tottenham and Ramsey was brought to QPR as academy boss last year but with a view to eventually being first-team coach under Sherwood, who had been lined up to replace Harry Redknapp as manager at Loftus Road.But Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes became reluctant to appoint Sherwood and ended up installing Ramsey as head coach until the end of the season.Sherwood subsequently took over at Aston Villa and wants Ramsey to join him there next season if his friend is replaced by a new manager.And Ramsey admitted: “I could see us working together again, I just hope it’s not in the near future.”The pair will put their friendship to one side this evening at Villa Park, where a win would take second-from-bottom QPR above Sherwood’s team“It is going to be a bit of a strange feeling, but Tim’s the manager of another side and as soon as the ball starts to roll I’m going to block all that out,” Ramsey said.See also:Ramsey plays down Villa’s injury problemsQPR’s Yun ruled out of Aston Villa gameVargas’ season is ended by knee injuryAston Villa v QPR: five key battlesQPR defender Dunne returns to actionRangers defender Dunne returns to actionFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook