What do fans and local people think about QPR’s plans for Old Oak?

first_imgQPR recently put their plans for a new stadium at Old Oak on display to the public. The club’s owners want to regenerate the land between Scrubs Lane and Willesden Junction, which would be known as New Queens Park and include a sporting and leisure hub at which Rangers would play.See also:QPR owners stay committed because their eyes are on the prizeQPR confirm Old Oak regeneration projectThe Old Oak project that would totally transform the face of QPROld Oak plan ‘speculative & presumptuous’The battle for Old Oak will be a huge opportunity for QPR fansQPR step up their pursuit of Old Oak site’More than 80%’ back QPR’s Old Oak plansRangers say public supports Old Oak plansFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Jones could return against Chelsea but five are ruled out

first_imgManchester United defender Phil Jones could be in contention to face Chelsea on Sunday, though five players are ruled out.The England centre-back, 23, suffered an ankle injury in the win over Swansea on 2 January and has missed his side’s last six matches.Jones is now back in full training with the first team ahead of United’s visit to Stamford Bridge.However, Bastian Schweinsteiger is still out with a knee injury and joins long-term absentees Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia on the sidelines.Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, 19, is set to continue at left-back but Marouane Fellaini could be doubtful after coming off late on in United’s win over Stoke on Tuesday.For Chelsea, Pedro faces a late fitness test but Loic Remy is out and Alexandre Pato has been put on an intensive fitness regime.See also:Remy tipped to return and Pato is put on fitness regimePedro faces fitness test ahead of Man Utd clashChelsea v Man Utd: match preview, team news, facts and figuresChelsea v Man Utd: five key battlesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

20 Year Review: South Africa’s success story

first_imgCompared to many emerging economies, South Africa “has a good story to tell” based on its achievements over the past 20 years, President Jacob Zuma said at the launch of the government’s 20 Year Review in Pretoria on Tuesday.Detail of the cover of the 20 Year Review document, launched in March 2014.Brand South Africa reporterThe 20 Year Review reflects on South Africa’s progress in reconstruction and development since 1994, and on the challenges facing the country as it enters its third decade of democracy.Zuma said South Africa had done well in improving the lives of its people through pro-poor economic interventions, and in building social cohesion, after inheriting the apartheid legacy in 1994.“The biggest barrier to further increasing social cohesion is the remaining inequality in society, which needs to be attended to further,” Zuma said, adding: “Going forward, we should commit to working together further to implement the National Development Plan (NDP) to deal with the remaining challenges and take our country forward.”Zuma said that the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) that was introduced by the democratic government after 1994 had benefitted millions of South Africans through social security programmes, subsidised housing, and the extension of services such as electricity and water, quality education and health care.Human rightsSouth Africans now enjoyed basic human rights that restored their dignity after the adoption of the Constitution in 1996.“Thanks to our progressive Constitution, we enjoy freedom of movement and of association, the right to own property, the right not to be detained without trial, freedom of expression and freedom of the press, religious freedom and freedom of sexual orientation,” Zuma noted.“Women have equal rights before the law, which did not exist before 1994.“Workers have 20 years of enjoying rights, including trade union workplace organising, collective bargaining, equal pay for equal work, health and safety, affirmative action, skills development, minimum wages for workers in vulnerable sectors, the right to strike, and the right to peaceful protest.”Economic growthOn the economy, Zuma said that despite having inheriting a bankrupt economy in 1994, South Africa’s growth had averaged 3.2% from 1994 to 2012, “a marked improvement over pre-1994 growth rates”, while the number of people in employment grew by approximately 60%, or 5.6-million people, between 1994 and 2013.South Africa still faced challenges inherited from apartheid, including the uneven distribution of land, the after-effects of Bantu education, unemployment and poor economic growth.However, partnerships between the government, labour and business, combined with the integration of the National Development Plan, would go a long way towards carrying the country forward.Since the mid-2000s, the government had placed an emphasis on investing in economic infrastructure such as ports, rail, dams and power stations. Investment in infrastructure, which has also been identified as a key jobs driver, had increased “dramatically” over the past five years.Social stabilityAt the same time, Zuma said, the country had made progress in providing social services such as health care, education and housing. Over eight-million school children were now beneficiaries of no-fee schools, while nine-million were being fed through the schools feeding scheme.In addition to free basic healthcare, more than 1 500 healthcare facilities had been built and existing ones revitalised over the past 20 years.“One of the major challenges that confronted the democratic government was the rapid rise in the HIV epidemic,” Zuma said. “The country’s improved response to HIV and Aids and TB has resulted in dramatic improvements in health outcomes.”The Reconstruction and Development Programme had resulted in about 2.8-million government-subsidised houses being distributed and over 875 000 serviced sites being delivered, with 56% of housing subsidies being allocated to woman-headed householdsThis had given more than 12-million South Africans access to accommodation, and increased the proportion of people living in formal housing from 64% in 1996 to 77% in 2011.“We have succeeded because of the hard work of all our people who contributed in various ways to rebuilding their country,” Zuma said. “We are honoured to place before the country this 20 Year Review, which provides evidence in this regard. We trust that it will be useful in assessing the path we have travelled thus far, and in moving the country forward.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Agra put on 72-hour weather alert till Monday

first_imgThe weather office on Friday sounded a 72-hour alert till Monday here in Uttar Pradesh, Agra District Magistrate Gaurav Dayal said and issued a detailed advisory to manage any imminent disaster.This comes after a 132-kmph dust storm hit the city on the intervening night of Wednesday-Thursday, bringing heavy showers and hailstorm that killed 44 people and destroyed properties worth in crores. The doctors at the S.N. Medical College conducted the postmortem of 44 bodies who succumbed to injuries. The number of deaths were expected to rise.Agra witnessed two devastating storms in 20 days. More than 1,400 villages continue to remain without power supply, an official said. Trains were still running late. Historical buildings, including the Taj Mahal suffered extensive damages. Two wooden doors of the Taj minarets were damaged and several trees in the mausoleum were uprooted.Divisional Commissioner K. Ram Mohan Rao and Dayal visited the medical college hospital to review arrangements.A separate ward has been opened there and a dedicated team of doctors has been deputed. Mr. Rao told medical staff to provide prompt services and ensure there was no lack of medicines.Dayal along with Special Superintendent Amit Pathak and other senior officials visited several villages in Khairagarh. A team of officials were deputed to survey affected villages and evaluate loss of property and crop. The district magistrate has promised adequate compensation.last_img read more

Sea Machines Raises USD 10M to Advance Autonomous Technology

first_imgBoston-based Sea Machines Robotics has raised USD 10 million that would enable the company to further develop autonomous solutions for the maritime industry.As informed, the investment marks one of the largest venture rounds for a marine- and maritime-focused technology company and brings the total capital Sea Machines has raised to USD 12.5 million.Marking one of the largest #venturecapital rounds for a #marine technology company, Sea Machines announces that it has closed a $10M #SeriesA investment. Learn how the funds will be used and how they will advance the industry: https://t.co/9BCPF7ot55 #autonomous pic.twitter.com/3fFBdhjRB8— Sea Machines Robotics (@SeaMachines) December 17, 2018Sea Machines said it will use the funds to expand the sales and global reach of its recently released line of products, grow the R&D and engineering teams, roll out new product feature sets, and further the company’s lead in developing advanced situational awareness systems for vessels.The industrial marine sector encompasses a broad domain of significant industries, such as maritime transportation, offshore energy, and commercial fishing and aquaculture. Though each are major contributors to the global economy, they commonly operate near or below break-even, in large part due to continued reliance on 20th-century methodologies and technologies. Today’s autonomous technology offers proven solutions to these challenges and is already being used to retool and modernize the industry for the better, according to Sea Machines.“We are creating the technology that propels the future of the marine industries. This investment enables us to double down on our commitment to building advanced command and control products that make the industry more capable, productive and profitable,” Michael Gordon Johnson, founder and CEO, Sea Machines, commented.The Series A investment was led by Accomplice and Eniac Ventures, with participation from Toyota AI Ventures; Brunswick Corp., through investment partner TechNexus Venture Collaborative; NextGen VP, Geekdom Fund; LaunchCapital; LDV Capital and others.“At Toyota AI Ventures, we believe that autonomous mobility can help improve people’s lives and create new capabilities – whether on land, in the air or at sea,” Jim Adler, founding managing director, Toyota AI Ventures, said.“Sea Machines’ autonomous technology and advanced perception systems can reduce costs, improve efficiency and enhance safety in the multi-billion dollar commercial shipping industry. This marks our first investment in the maritime industry, and we’re excited to embark on this journey with Sea Machines,” he added.“Eniac Ventures is excited to back Michael Johnson and the Sea Machines team – the leading maritime and robotics experts solving this industry’s most critical issues, including labor, safety, efficiency and cost,” Vic Singh, founding general partner, Eniac Ventures, said.“The level of traction they have from the global maritime industry is a telltale sign that the industry is the next frontier for autonomy,” he continued.“I think this investment sends a strong signal on the types of technologies that will come to define the maritime industry in the future,”  P. Michael A. Rodey, senior manager, A.P. Moller-Maersk, pointed out.Sea Machines is currently developing advanced perception and navigation assistance technology for a range of vessel types, including container ships. In the first quarter, the company will initiate testing of its perception and situational awareness technology aboard one of Maersk’s newbuild ice-class containerships.In October, Sea Machines released its introductory line of autonomous command and remote control systems, developed for the demanding challenges of vessels serving the offshore commercial, scientific and government applications.last_img read more

Five key dates in Rohingya crisis

first_imgRohingya refugees queue for aid in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, 28 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersThe Rohingya refugee crisis is worsening daily with the UN announcing Thursday that 500,000 from the Muslim minority have now fled to Bangladesh since late August, overwhelming camps short of food, water and shelter.Here are five key dates in the crisis:25 Aug – Fierce riposte to militant attacksEarly on 25 August, hundreds of Rohinyga militants stage coordinated attacks on 30 police posts in Myanmar’s westernmost state of Rakhine. At least 12 police are killed.The Myanmar army hits back fast and hard with “clearance operations” in Rohingya villages. It says it is trying to flush out insurgents from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).Rohingya Muslim refugees stand in an alley of Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangaldeshi district of Ukhia on 28 September, 2017. Photo: AFPBut witnesses tell of Rohingya civilians being massacred in retaliation, with mortars and machine guns fired at villagers fleeing to the Bangladesh border.The crackdown sparks an exodus from Rohingya villages, which are soon burning so fiercely the flames and smoke are visible from Bangladesh.5 Sept – Refugee storm hits BangladeshWithin 11 days of the attacks, more than 120,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh, overwhelming the handful of ill-equipped refugee camps around Cox’s Bazar.A Rohingya refugee girl at a camp in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, 28 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersMany arrive desperate for food and water after walking for more than a week over hills and through dense jungle. Some need urgent treatment for bullet wounds and machete gashes.Bangladesh already houses at least 300,000 Rohingya in camps near the border. The fresh influx creates a dire shortage of food, clean water and shelter.6 Sept – Suu Ky denounces ‘iceberg of misinformation’Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, under increasing international pressure, says a “huge iceberg of misinformation” is distorting the global picture of events in Rakhine.A Rohingya refugee washes a bag in contaminated water in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, 28 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersIn her first comments since the 25 August attacks, Suu Kyi says fake news is “calculated to create a lot of problems between different communities” and to promote “the interest of the terrorists”.But fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureates Malala Yousafzai and Desmond Tutu criticise Suu Kyi. Hundreds of thousands sign a Change.org petition demanding the Nobel committee withdraw her award but it refuses.11 Sept – Violence amounts to ethnic cleansing, UN saysAs the crisis worsens, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein says Myanmar’s systematic attacks bear the hallmarks of a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.Rohingya refugee children queue for aid in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, 28 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersRights groups warn of a final push by the army and Buddhist mobs to drive the stateless Rohingya from Myanmar for good.Landmines claim more victims, with three Rohingya killed in a blast while fleeing Myanmar.27 Sept – Hindu mass graves highlight bitter divideThe Myanmar military flies journalists to the place where the mass graves of 45 Hindu villagers, including many women and children, were discovered, as a search effort for dozens more continues. ARSA denied any involvement in the killings which were revealed as the humanitarian crisis spiralled on both sides of the Myanmar-Bangladesh border. In the Bangladesh camps, aid groups said they had seen thousands of cases of child malnutrition amid shortages of food, water and medicines that is claiming a growing toll among the Rohingya.last_img

12 days of Christmas Not at this yearround hotel

first_img Travelweek Group Share Posted by 12 days of Christmas? Not at this year-round hotel Tuesday, October 30, 2018 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Tennessee PIGEON FORGE, TENNESSEE — With Halloween festivities winding down, holiday enthusiasts will soon be starting the countdown to the next big date of the year – Christmas.But for die-hard fans who absolutely cannot wait for the seven some-odd weeks to pass, there’s a little known hotel in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee that celebrates Christmas every day of the year.That’s right, not just 12 days of Christmas – all 365!The Inn at Christmas Place, located just 10 minutes from Dollywood, keeps itself decked out for the holidays. This includes having a full-size Christmas tree in the lobby, entryways lined with festive garlands and lights, and a Glockenspiel that plays carols twice a day.Even Santa pays regular visits – on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights – to sing to guests. On Mondays and Fridays, he reads stories to little ones.The Christmas theme is carried out in every room and suite, too. Guests wake up to festive decorations that include wreaths, reindeer sculptures and Santa-red velvet bedding.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthBut the most festive room in the house has got to be the Santa Suite, which comes complete with a six-foot Christmas tree, a life-size Santa statue, pillows adorned with Santa’s likeness, stockings hung with care, and even a Santa jacket for guests to use and cozy up in.The Inn at Christmas Place, which opened its doors in 2007, also offers a hot breakfast buffet, indoor and outdoor pools, a waterslide and a hot tub. And if you’re worried about falling behind on your Christmas shopping while you’re there, not to worry – right next door is The Incredible Christmas Place, a Christmas-themed shopping centre.last_img read more