MK Dons v QPR: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgTjaronn Chery has scored twice in the last four gamesKick-off: 3pm, Saturday 5 March 2016Referee: Keith Stroud (Gillingham, Dorset)Match in a nutshell: QPR make their first league visit to MK Dons, aiming to stretch their unbeaten away league run to six matches – for the first time since 2010.Five key battles: Including Nedum Onuoha v Josh MurphyInjuries and suspensionsMK DONSRuled out: Carl Baker (ankle), Matthew Upson (hamstring), Ben Reeves (knee).Unavailable: Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (ineligible)Fitness test: David Martin (hamstring).QPRRuled out: Ben Gladwin (knee). Possible line-upsMK Dons: Cropper; Baldock, McFadzean, Walsh, Lewington; Potter, Forster-Caskey; Bowditch, Williams, Murphy; Revell. Subs from: Martin, Burns, Spence, Tilney, Kay, Carruthers, Hall, Powell, Maynard.QPR: Smithies; Onuoha, Hall, Angella, Perch; Henry, Luongo; Phillips, Chery, Hoilett; Polter. Subs from: Ingram, Lumley, Hill, Konchesky, Kpekawa, Tozser, Diakite, Faurlin, Petrasso, Grego-Cox, El Khayati, Mackie, Washington. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesMK Dons total: L D L W D (5 points)Home: D L D W L (5 points)QPR total: W D D L W (8 points)Away: D D D W D (7 points)Top scorers – all competitionsMK Dons: Murphy 6; Baker 5; Bowditch 4, Maynard 4; Reeves 3; Hall 2, Powell 2, Revell 2; Carruthers 1, Church 1, Forster-Caskey 1, Potter 1, Walsh 1.QPR: Austin 10; Phillips 7; Chery 6; Emmanuel-Thomas 5, Hoilett 5, Polter 5; Onuoha 3; Fer 1, Hill 1, Tozser 1.Only four meetings24 October 2015: QPR 3 MK Dons 026 January 2013: QPR 2 MK Dons 417 January 2012: QPR 1 MK Dons 07 January 2012: MK Dons 1 QPR 1MK Dons 1 win, QPR 2 wins, 1 drawFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa’s transport network

first_imgSouth Africa has a modern and well-developed transport infrastructure. The air and rail networks are the largest on the continent, and the roads in good condition. The country’s ports provide a natural stopover for shipping to and from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australasia and both coasts of Africa.South Africa’s total road network is about 747 000km, the longest network of roads of any African country. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe transport sector has been highlighted by the government as a key contributor to South Africa’s competitiveness in global markets. It is regarded as a crucial engine for economic growth and social development, and the government has unveiled plans to spend billions of rands to improve the country’s roads, railways and ports.Ports and shippingMajor shipping lanes pass along the South African coastline in the south Atlantic and Indian oceans. Approximately 96% of the country’s exports are conveyed by sea, and the eight commercial ports are the conduits for trade between South Africa and its southern African partners as well as hubs for traffic to and from Europe, Asia, the Americas and the east and west coasts of Africa.The commercial ports are: Richards Bay and Durban in KwaZulu-Natal; East London, Port Elizabeth and the Port of Ngqura in the Eastern Cape; and Mossel Bay, Cape Town and Saldanha in the Western Cape.The state-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (NPA) manages the ports, while Transnet Port Terminals, formerly known as SAPO, is responsible for managing port and cargo terminal operations.The Port of Ngqura was completed in 2006. Developed off the coast from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, Nqura is the deepest container terminal in Africa, and is a key part of Coega, one of the country’s strategic industrial development zones (IDZs).Durban is Africa’s busiest port and the largest container facility in southern Africa, while Richard’s Bay is the world’s largest bulk coal terminal.Located between these two ports is the Dube Trade Port. Launched in March 2012, the port includes King Shaka International Airport. Operated by the Dube Trade Port Corporation, a state-owned company, the port includes a cargo terminal, trade zone, agrizone and IT and telecommunications platform.The old Durban International Airport will be turned into a multibillion-rand dug-out port by Transnet. Expected to be ready by 2019, development plans include the creation of an automotive component supplier park around the port.RoadsSouth Africa’s total road network is about 747 000km, the longest network of roads of any African country. The drive from Musina on South Africa’s northern border to Cape Town in the south is a 2 000km journey on well-maintained roads.While the Department of Transport is responsible for overall policy, road-building and maintenance is the responsibility of the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) as well as the nine provinces and local governments.Sanral is responsible for the country’s network of national roads, which cover around 16 200km. There are about 185 000km of provincial roads, and the municipal network totals around 66 000km, according to the SA Institute of Civil Engineering.Around 19% of the national roads are toll roads, most of which are maintained by Sanral, while the rest have been concessioned to private companies to develop, operate and maintain.A multi-billion rand freeway improvement scheme has significantly eased congestion on the roads in Gauteng, the country’s busiest province.S’hamba Sonke (“walking together’) is a labour-intensive road maintenance programme, with projects run by the provinces to upgrade and repair roads in rural areas.South Africa’s Public Transport Strategy plans to integrate rail, taxi and bus services in co-operation with private operators, both operationally and through ownership. Johannesburg’s successes with the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRT) has led to it being adapted and implemented in other South African cities, including Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay, Rustenburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni.As the vast majority of South Africans use taxis as their prime transport, the government has introduced compulsory safety standards and a taxi recapitalisation programme, which gets rids of unsafe taxis through a scrapping allowance.RailwaysSouth Africa has an extensive rail network – the 14th longest in the world – connecting with networks in the sub-Saharan region. The country’s rail infrastructure, which connects the ports with the rest of South Africa, represents about 80% of Africa’s total.Improving the country’s 20 247km rail network is a top government priority, with projects aiming to increase freight rail volumes and increase market share of container traffic.The rail network is managed by the Department of Public Enterprises via Transnet. Transnet Freight Rail is the largest railroad and heavy haulier in southern Africa, with about 21 000km of rail network, of which about 1 500km are heavy haul lines. Just over 8 200km of the lines are electrified.Passenger rail is also being completely overhauled, with a 20-year fleet renewal programme in place to buy more than 7 200 new trains. Managed and implemented by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), the programme focuses on revitalising the local industry through local manufacturing of components. The existing rail network will be upgraded to take advantage of the new coaches’ technological features.Around 2.2-million people travel by train every day in South Africa. Metrorail commuter services can be found in Cape Town, the Eastern Cape Province, Durban, and greater Johannesburg and Pretoria, focusing mainly on poorer South Africans.Tourists and well-heeled passengers can travel on the Blue Train, one of the world’s most famous luxury trains, while Shosholoza Meyl transports passengers between the country’s major cities.The Gautrain, Africa’s only high-speed train, was opened just days before the start of the World Cup in 2010. Servicing Johannesburg, Pretoria and OR Tambo International Airport, it is supported by a network of feeder buses. About 40 000 people use the service every day.The Gautrain can travel at speeds of 160 km/h, enabling commuters to make the trip from Johannesburg to Pretoria in less than 40 minutes.Airports and airlinesSouth Africa’s 10 airports handle more than 98% of the country’s commercial traffic, with 200 000 aircraft landings and 10-million departing passengers annually.The R20-billion airports upgrade ahead of the World Cup in 2010 focused on OR Tambo International in Johannesburg, Cape Town International, and the new airport, King Shaka International, outside Durban. The seven smaller airports are domestic airports: Port Elizabeth, East London, George, Kimberley, Upington and Pilanesberg.State-owned Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) is responsible for managing the country’s airports and improving productivity of its airports. Other airports include Lanseria (Midrand), Gateway (Polokwane), Nelspruit and Kruger (Mpumalanga).In 2012, South African Airways (SAA) was voted the best airline in Africa for the 10th year in a row by UK global aviation research organisation Skytrax.South African Airways (SAA) is by far the largest air carrier in Africa, with connections to more than 28 cities across the continent. As a Star Alliance member, SAA also offers its customers 1 356 destinations in 193 countries and 21 500 flights daily.Reviewed: 20 November 2012Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Dairy groups support Trump Administration examination of India, Indonesia compliance under generalized system of preferences

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) accepted a petition from the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) to examine India’s failure to follow through on its obligations to provide “equitable and reasonable access to its market” for dairy products. In addition, Indonesia, which has also been pursuing dairy trade distorting policies, will be included in USTR’s review to assess that country’s compliance with its market access obligations.India has for many years maintained unjustified market access barriers to U.S. dairy products, despite receiving preferential access to the U.S. market under a special duty-free trade arrangement called the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). India abruptly began denying dairy exports in 2003, citing safety concerns and demanding revised government-issued health certificates. The U.S. industry and U.S. government have worked in good faith over the last 15 years to remove this intractable barrier, but have been met with a shifting litany of demands not founded on sound science.Meanwhile, since last year Indonesia has been advancing a policy aimed at mandating that importers and manufacturers in its country purchase local milk or contribute monetarily to support the local dairy industry, even though this runs counter to its WTO commitments.GSP benefits come with the expectation that the trading partners using the program comply with a baseline level of requirements, including those related to reasonable market access terms. USTR has rightfully determined that a thorough examination of these countries’ adherence to these terms of the deal is necessary.Industry officials praised USTR’s decision to review India’s and Indonesia’s GSP status, and are hopeful that the move will force the countries to halt unfair trading practices that harm U.S. farmers.“Dairy farmers across the country applaud the White House and USTR for taking this step and holding these countries accountable for their unlawful actions,” said Jim Mulheron, NMPF president and CEO. “We’ve been wrongly blocked from the Indian market for more than a decade, and Indonesia has recently been heading down a similar route. If these nations refuse to embrace free and fair trade, there must be consequences.”“We export dairy products to more than 100 countries and our products are universally recognized as safe,” said Tom Vilsack, USDEC president and CEO and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. “Exports are essential to rural America’s future, and our government must prioritize the removal of trade impediments like this to foster an open and healthy market.”The two organizations thanked the Trump Administration for sending a strong message that trade should be a two-way street. They said USTR has the opportunity to lead on other key dairy trade issues, such as tearing down policies erected by Canada that are harming U.S. dairy exports and run counter to what is needed from a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement.USTR indicated that a public hearing and comment period for the new GSP reviews of India and Indonesia will be announced in an upcoming Federal Register notice.last_img read more

SEA Games: PH bets suffer in open water swim

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Open water swimming: Women’s field flagged off here at Putrajaya. The Philippines’ Courtney Melissa Gray and Erica Lukang are competing pic.twitter.com/LdAqBvRI7s— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) August 18, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Canete, who scored six goals in water polo’s match against Thailand, suffered from cramps in his left bicep and left thigh and quit after finishing the first of six laps.“I noticed I couldn’t move my body anymore,” said Canete while being attended by Philippine medical team.Anota actually completed the course but didn’t make the cutoff and was marked DNF.Both Canete and Anota are now doubtful starters when water polo takes on Indonesia on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side KUALA LUMPUR — The Philippine open water swimmers underestimated the cold, placid waters of Putrajaya Lake Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingFilipino-American Courtney Melissa Gray and Erika Lukang finished in the last two spots of the nine-person field in women’s competition in a 10-kilometer course around this scenic man-made lake that was dug as a flood basin.Water polo slatwarts Roy Canete and Mico Anota, who moonlight as open-water swimmers, didn’t finish the race. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Durant says will boycott White House, slams Trump View commentslast_img read more

1st ODI: Adil Rashid and Alex Hales lead England rout of Ireland

first_imgAdil Rashid and Alex Hales shone as England crushed Ireland by seven wickets with 30 overs to spare in the first one-day international in Bristol on Friday.Leg-spinner Rashid took five wickets to help bowl Ireland out for 126 before Hales struck 55 off 39 balls to lead England to their easy target.It was the gentlest of starts to the summer for England, who are hosting the Champions Trophy in June before test series against South Africa and West Indies.Ireland chose to bat after winning the toss and Ed Joyce and Paul Stirling shared an opening stand of 40. They advanced to 81 for two before a dramatic collapse where they lost their last eight wickets for 45 runs. Rashid completed figures of 5-27, his first five-wicket haul in one-day internationals.Jason Roy fell for a duck in the first over of the England reply but Hales smashed 10 fours and Joe Root made a fluent unbeaten 49 to guide his team home.The second and final match of the series is at Lord’s on Sunday.last_img read more

2012 NTL Photos

first_imgTo view, please click on the following link:www.energyimages.com.au/v/Touch_Football/NTL/Some of the Energy Images photographs from the 2012 X-Blades National Touch League have been added to the NTL website. To view, please click on the link below: http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-907-0-0-0&a=PHOTOGAL_Llast_img

Major League AllStars Host OffSeason Fundraising Golf Tournament

first_imgA pair of Major League All-Stars, Dexter Fowler of the Chicago Cubs and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals, are looking for a full-house when they co-host the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s 13th annual fundraising golf tournament and third annual MGM Grand Poker Tournament to benefit the Players Trust in Las Vegas, January 11 & 12, 2017.In addition to a day of golf at Bear’s Best Las Vegas on January 12, participating players will join Trust supporters when Tia’s Hope presents the third annual MGM Grand Poker Tournament to benefit the Players Trust on Wednesday evening, January 11. Tia’s Hope is a national nonprofit that provides “Memory Moments” for children and their families who are fighting serious illnesses and forced to spend time in the hospital.Scheduled to join Dexter and Bryce on the course in Vegas are Hall of Famers Eddie Murray, Ozzie Smith and Dave Winfield, as well as current and former big leaguers Marlon Anderson, Richard Bleier, Lorenzo Cain, Chris Capuano, Zach Davies, Rajai Davis, Mike Dunn, Scott Erickson, Jacque Jones, Corey Knebel, Mike Lincoln, Kenny Lofton, James Loney, Scott Moore, Chris Narveson, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Bud Norris, Ryan O’Rourke, Kevin Pillar, Rene Rivera, Reggie Sanders, Hector Santiago, Chasen Shreve, Steve Trachsel, Devon Travis and Randy Winn.Players Trust fund-raising events promise sponsors, their guests and all attendees, unprecedented levels of player access during our memorable hospitality events, including cocktail receptions and meals. Proceeds from the events will benefit local Las Vegas area charities personally selected by the co-hosts as well as other charitable organizations to be determined by the Players Trust.Sponsorship opportunities, foursomes and individual golf spots are now available, and most packages include hotel accommodations at luxurious MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.For more information, please click here.last_img read more

Surprise Amar Singh aide Jaya Prada is BJP Rampur nominee

first_imgNew Delhi: Soon after joining Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday, actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada surprisingly managed a ticket from Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur constituency to take on her bitter rival and SP nominee Azam Khan. The former Samajwadi Party MP is a close associate of Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh, who was expelled from the regional party and has since come close to Hindutva fountainhead Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).She started her political journey with the Telugu Desam Party and was its Rajya Sabha MP before joining the SP. Later, the Samajwadi Party leader helped Jaya Prada win the 2004 election in Rampur, pulling off quite a feat in a Congress stronghold. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsBJP’s Nepal Singh had won from there in 2014. Due to health reasons, he was not in contention for the ticket this time. Muslims constitutes over 50 per cent of the total voters and the highest concentration of Muslims is in this seat. Meanwhile, Shameena Begum, the whistleblower of triple talaq met Union Minister Rajnath Singh last week in the national capital and asked for a ticket from Rampur. However, resentful Shameena expressed her disgrace and claimed to be ‘betrayed’ by the saffron party. The BJP on Tuesday announced its 10th candidate list of 39 candidates, where the mother-son duo of Maneka Gandhi and Varun Gandhi will swap seats. Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, who holds Pilibhit, will shift to her original constituency of Sultanpur. Sultanpur’s lawmaker Varun Gandhi, 38, will contest from Pilibhit.last_img read more

Lovren feels to be under huge criticism

first_imgDejan Lovren insisted that he feels to be under bigger criticism than he deserves – despite doing pretty well this season, the critics have tried to point out every single little mistake that he has made and it bothers him.Dejan Lovren hasn’t had it easy since he joined Liverpool from Southampton – he was struggling to find his old form in his first seasons but now, he seems to be finally back. But the critics just keep pointing out his mistakes…The Croat spoke about his situation as he said, according to ESPN:divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Everyone makes mistakes, but I play one bad game in 18 and everyone says, ‘Look, look, look.’ Why? I don’t deserve that. People don’t see me in the ‘small’ games. They see 5-0 against Porto but nobody sees my part.”“It’s a challenge. A personality challenge. After a mistake, are you ready to move on? I did it straightaway after Spurs when I was in that record of 18 games unbeaten. Big players don’t need six or seven games; big players in the next game prove you wrong.”last_img read more

Neymars terrible year leaves him out of all the Awards

first_imgOne would’ve thought that Neymar could even make it to the top 10 in the awards circuit this year, but he didn’t even make that cut.As we saw Luka Modric pick up his The Best and World XI awards this Monday, we also realized that Neymar wasn’t even in the conversation this year and Kylian Mbappé completely replaced him in every aspect. The Brazilian forward had the most forgettable year of his career, even if he won trophies for PSG last season, playing in Ligue 1 proves that he becomes irrelevant if he doesn’t do anything important for his national team or he doesn’t get far in the Champions League with the French club. Mbappé on the other hand, was the best young player in the last World Cup and won the trophy with France. For many experts even, Kylian Mbappé was the best player of the competition and he might get a last-minute upset in the Ballon d’Or which will happen on December the 3rd. But Neymar’s situation is truly alarming, as he wasn’t even mentioned in the top 10 of either The Best or the UEFA Players of the Year awards from last season and he was completely forgotten from the media apart from the already familiar trolling and memes that are constantly done against him. Sad to say but, Neymar is slowly becoming what he dreaded the most: he is turning into the new version of Robinho.Because sadly for Neymar, only winning one Champions League and reaching Pele’s all-time top scoring record won’t be enough to consider him one of the greats. Unfortunately for him, the PSG star was born in the age of football titans when Messi and Ronaldo dominated the sport and now he may even get eclipsed by fellow teammate Kylian Mbappé who also seems like he is going to be an incredible talent. As far as his country is concerned, there are many other great Brazilians who are considered better than he is and he barely reaches the all-time top 10 list of the best footballers born in Brazil. For Neymar’s career, the only thing that counts is to win more than one Ballon d’Or and he was supposed to at least have a couple by the time he was 26 or 27. This 2018 was planned as his year because of how well the Brazilian National Team played during the Conmebol World Cup Qualifiers, but it all ended in a complete disaster for him. Somewhere along the way, a bad decision os what took him to where he is today, as a completely irrelevant player who needs to get back on his feet and has the biggest challenge of his career ahead of him.Happiness 😆 pic.twitter.com/D2xDaxJsU5— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) September 24, 2018PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Rough start at PSG on his second season.After the nasty injury he suffered during his first season for Paris Saint-Germain and the World Cup fiasco, Neymar came back to the French club with high hopes for a new competition and things haven’t gone his way so far. Kylian Mbappé is taking all the spotlight from him and this has translated into this year’s awards circuit, PSG failed to get that start they were hoping for in the Champions League after that painful loss against Liverpool and most of the backlash fell on Neymar. Making a decision of leaving Barcelona for a record €222 million is one of the hardest challenges any player can have. Being labeled as the most expensive player is a burden that only Cristiano Ronaldo has managed to endure, neither Neymar nor Paul Pogba have been able to get through it, even Coutinho and Dembele have struggled to live up to the hype created around their price tag. We know it’s still soon to tell if Neymar will succeed at the French club or not, but his 2018 has been truly ghastly so far and we bet the player can’t wait for the year to be over in order to start fresh during 2019. You bet that he won’t even get mentioned in the Ballon d’Or conversation, he simply didn’t do enough to deserve a spot there either.Essa época eu sonhava muito alto, mas não sabia que poderia alcançar muito mais do que imaginava. Obrigado Deus por me fazer amar tanto o futebol 🙏🏽❤️⚽️ “meu nome é favela…” 🎶 pic.twitter.com/06t5wnmvTc— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) September 22, 2018What do you think about Neymar’s 2018 so far? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more