New signing Jordan Cousins is among QPR’s substitutes for tonight’s friendly. Goalkeeper Alex Smithies, meanwhile, has recovered from injury and makes his first appearance of Rangers’ pre-season campaign.None of QPR’s three other summer signings will be involved. Jake Bidwell sits the game out, Joel Lynch has been nursing a hamstring problem, and Ariel Borysiuk has been sidelined by an ankle injury.QPR: Smithies; Onuoha, Caulker, Hall, Perch; Henry, Luongo; Gladwin, Chery; Shodipo; Polter. Subs: Ingram, Kpekawa, Furlong, Cousins, Doughty, El Khayati, Emmanuel-Thomas.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has issued a rallying cry to the club’s fanbase, calling upon them to help restore off-field harmony by abandoning planned boycotts protesting against Mike Ashley’s ownership.Rafa Benitez’s Magpies have endured a torrid season so far and sit one place above bottom in the Premier League table on three points, with only Huddersfield beneath them on goal difference.But Lascelles, who penned a new six-year deal on Tyneside earlier this month, has urged supporters to band together and offer their support to the club as a whole in the current tough times as discontent continues to stew around St James’ Park. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “It would help if everyone came together and put all that bad energy into positive energy, helping us get three points,” the 24-year-old told the Guardian, before coming to the defence of Ashley, who has remained a contentious figure for Newcastle supporters since his acquisition of the club over a decade ago.“I know fingers are being pointed at him,” Lascelles added. “He’s a nice guy. I like him. If everyone in Newcastle stopped the negativity and tried to form a unity it would help. It’s important that everyone’s together, especially when we’re down at the bottom of the table.“If you’re always hearing negativity and you’ve got the fans against Mike it just creates a big negative mess. It doesn’t help. It affects the chemistry in the changing room.”“But when 52,000 Geordies get behind us, it gives such an uplift. My message is stick with us. The fans are entitled to sing about Mike Ashley, but it does impact on us.”Lascelles also heaped praise upon his teammates, saying that the dynamic within the Magpies feels sturdier than ever, but further stressed that the players cannot make all the difference alone.“The club feels more united now. Our dressing room’s strong – it’s not like when I first came here and there was a clique of French lads, a group of Spanish lads, the English lads and another group in the corner – but we’d be a much better club without all the negativity and bad energy.”Newcastle will continue to seek a first Premier League win of the season when they host Watford on Saturday Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Senior Puisne Judge, Hon. Mrs. Justice Carol Lawrence-Beswick, says trial date certainty will be utilised during the current Hilary Term of the Home Circuit Court.Trial date or hearing date certainty is the proportion of dates that are set for trial or hearing and which proceed without adjournment.Addressing the ceremonial opening of the Hilary Session of the Home Circuit Court, today (January 7), at the Supreme Court, downtown Kingston, Mrs. Lawrence-Beswick, said during the period persons will observe that on Mondays, “we will have fewer cases than we used to have in the past, and on Wednesdays, we have none at all”.“This is different from what we are accustomed to having and it is in an effort to have what is described as trial date certainty,” Justice Lawrence-Beswick said.She noted that the focus is to have fewer cases kept on each day, so that the cases that are being listed will have certainty that on the day it is listed, a trial will be held.Justice Lawrence-Beswick told the audience that the use of trial date certainty started in 2018, and that the statistics now report that “we have trial dates certainty in the amount of 78 per cent”.Senior Puisne Judge, Hon. Mrs. Justice Carol Lawrence-Beswick (centre); Deputy Custos of Kingston, Mr. Justice Rion Hall (left); and Custos of St. Andrew, Hon. Patricia Dunwell, observe the March Past by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), in front of the Supreme Court on King Street, downtown Kingston, on January 7. Occasion was the ceremonial opening of the Hilary Session of the Home Circuit Court.The international standard for this measure is between 92 and 100 per cent, and the Chief Justice has set a target of 95 per cent.She pointed out that the benefits from trial date certainty include better time management of judicial time, and police and the court staff will work in a more focused manner when it is clear that each case listed is going to be tried.Justice Lawrence-Beswick said this increase in efficiency is as a result of the hard work of several players in the system.She added that in addition to the trial date certainty, a standby list is being developed to accommodate cases to be tried at short notice in the event that any of the courts “breaks down or if a case ends prematurely and a court becomes available for a trial”.There are 1,090 cases listed for trial during the Hilary Term, which ends in April 2019.Providing a breakdown of cases for the Easter Term, Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Jeremy Taylor, said 556 are for murder and 333 for sexual offences.Prior to her address, Justice Lawrence-Beswick; Custos of St. Andrew, Hon. Patricia Dunwell, and Deputy Custos of Kingston, Mr. Justice Rion Hall, were given the General Salute by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). The officials also inspected the guard of honour formed by the police.
zoom On its way to further position Panama as the logistics hub of the Americas, the Expanded Panama Canal has set a number of records and surpassed expectations in its first year of operations, resulting in redrawn global trade routes.Over the past 12 months from its inauguration date of June 26, the Expanded Canal’s performance “has exceeded nearly all expectations.”During the period, more than 1,500 Neopanamax vessels transited the new locks, according to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP).Containerships represent some 46.8 percent of traffic through the waterway, followed by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, which represent around 34.2 and 9.4 percent, respectively. Other segments such as bulk carriers, tankers, car carriers, and passenger vessels have also transited the new locks.Additionally, Panama Canal’s tonnage has increased by 22.2 percent when comparing the 2016 and 2017 fiscal year. On average, 5.9 vessels transit the Expanded Canal per day, surpassing original forecasts of two to three daily transits for the first year of operation.Fifteen new liner services opted to transit the Expanded Locks, “as shipping lines continue to reroute their services to take advantage of the economies of scale offered by the Expanded Canal.”The one-year anniversary of the canal’s inauguration, one of the most significant milestones in the history of the 102-year old waterway and a defining moment for the people of Panama and the broader maritime industry, will be commemorated on June 26, 2017.All vessels transiting on Monday will receive a commemorative first anniversary plaque, the ACP informed.
The Executive Director of the Bronx Children’s Museum, Carla Precht announced the Museum will honor three bright Bronx stars Richard Abrons, Rafael Collado and Kerry Washington at the Museum’s first-ever gala on Tuesday, May 2nd at the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City.The event will be hosted by Board member Sunny Hostin (co-Host of ABC’s The View and Senior Legal Correspondent & Analyst for ABC News). Special guest appearances will be made by renowned Bronx-born educator and jazz pianist and composer, Dr. Valerie Capers; comedian, Tracy Morgan; and Sounds by Swizz Beatz. “It will be a historic event” said Precht “with former Bronx children coming back to their roots to support the only cultural institution in the Bronx whose sole mission is to inspire and celebrate the children of the borough. “The gala will feature a live auction including a visit to the set of Scandal in Los Angeles, a morning on the NYC set of The View, premium tickets for four to top-rated Broadway shows including Hamilton and Kinky Boots, a meet-and-greet at Jennifer Lopez’s “All I Have” show in Las Vegas, and rides in fully-restored WWII plane owned by honoree Rafael Collado.“When we learned a decade ago that the Bronx was the only New York City borough without a Children’s Museum, we were stunned” said Hope Harley, President of the Bronx Children’s Museum Board of Directors. “Not only are we bringing equity to the Bronx, we are re-defining what it means to be a children’s museum in the 21st century. We started from the ground floor—working in neighborhood schools, parks, shelters, etc., rather than from a building. We see more than 15,000 children annually with nine successful dynamic outreach programs including a “Museum on the Go!” bus and will soon start construction on our site near the Yankee Stadium. “The Museum will always operate with and without walls… and we will have our walls by the end of 2018.”Honoree Kerry Washington and Bronx native shared “Growing up in the Bronx shaped my mind, my heart and my creative soul. I was fortunate to have parents who always encouraged my artistic pursuits and passions. I know how vital it is to provide kids with places that inspire them to think, create and dream. I am honored to support our very own Bronx Children’s Museum..” Kerry’s mother, Valerie Washington serves as a board member for the Museum and will be presenting her with her award.Richard Abrons is a playwright, author, and activist. He was a founding partner of First Manhattan Co., an investment management company. He is the author of twenty published short stories, one of which won a National Magazine Award, and five produced plays. Mr. Abrons is past president and vice chairman of the Henry Street Settlement, and a director of both GrowNYC and the Bronx Children’s Museum. His Plant-A-Lot program for GrowNYC has created more than 90 community gardens. Mr. Abrons’s parents lived in the Bronx for many years. Rafael Collado has founded, built, managed and sold three companies, including: Inabox, a web-based software company dedicated to website creation tools (acquired by register.com in 2000); BERN Associates, Inc., that provided Internet consulting, network services and content development tools to telephone companies (acquired by Prime Cellular in 1996); and Sigma Research, a software company (acquired by FastComm Communications in 1993). Mr. Collado also founded and was CEO of Protocom Devices, which he took public in 1985. Mr. Collado is working on projects including SaraGEO, which enables users to quickly and easily design collaborative, data-driven maps and GetMyBoat which allows users to easily rent and charter boats in over 126 countries and 3,000 locations. He grew up in the South Bronx and is married to his Bronx sweetheart. They have three children and a grandchild. Bronx native Kerry Washington stars in the hit ABC drama Scandal. She broke barriers by becoming the first African-American woman since 1974 to headline a network TV drama. Ms. Washington has received wide public recognition for her portrayal of Olivia Pope, the lead character in the Peabody Award-winning series, along with two Primetime Emmy Award nominations, a Golden Globe nomination, a SAG Award nomination, two NAACP Image Award wins, and a People’s Choice Award nomination. Ms. Washington was most recently seen in the HBO TV movie Confirmation, which she stars in and executive produces.“Our aim is to give the children of the Bronx a safe and educational haven to be inspired, dream, create, explore their surroundings, embrace their culture and heritage, and find their place in the world,” said Precht. “We are more than just what can be found within the walls of a building – we are creating experiences everywhere we go under our Museum banner, always using the Bronx as our inspiration, to ensure our relevancy in the lives of the children and to connect children and their caregivers to the world around them. “The Gala sponsors include The Boston Consulting Group, GetMyBoat, Kimelman & Baird LLC, The Perry Foundation, Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation, Protocom Aviation and The Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Foundation. Board of Directors includes Hope Harley, President, Richard Abrons, Arlene Bascom, Amanda Collado, Takisha Dozier, Kate Green, Hon. Stanley B. Green, April Horton, Asunción “Sunny” Hostin, Dodge Landesman, Paul Lipson, Emily Menlo Marks, Jeanne B. Mullgrav, José A. Rodriguez, MD, Alannah Sheerin, Lauren Stanich, Richard L. Stein, Damion Townsend, Ellie Meek Tweedy, Sapan Vyas, CFA, Valerie M. Washington, Ed.D and Kathy Glick Weil, with Sandra Priest Rose, Honorable Member, and Rubén Díaz, Jr., Bronx Borough President, Ex Officio.For more information about the Bronx Children’s Museum Gala please visit: BronxChildrensMuseum.org/gala or 501Auctions.com/bcmgala.
BT was the UK’s most complained about pay TV provider in regulator Ofcom’s latest quarterly league table of complaints relating to service providers.The report eveals the number of complaints made to Ofcom about the UK’s largest providers of home broadband, landline telephone, pay-monthly mobile and pay TV services, between October and December last year.BT generated 18 pay TV complaints per 100,000 subscribers, well ahead of second-placed TalkTalk, with 10 complaints per 100,000, and third-placed Virgin Media, with nine.Sky was the least complained-about pay TV service provider, with only two complaints per 100,000.The list means that BT has consistently underperformed its peers over the last couple of years in terms of the number of pay TV complaints generated. The ordering of service providers has also remained consistent, with TalkTalk and Virgin Media underperforming Sky.Pay TV has historically generated relatively fewer complaints that fixed broadband, fixed telephony and mobile telephony, but while complaints about other services have declined over time, the number of pay TV complaints has remained broadly constant. For the last quarter, contract mobile complaints declined to level pegging with pay TV for the first time.TalkTalk was the most complained-about broadband provider, with 31 complaints per 100,000, ahead of second-placed BT and third-placed Plusnet. Sky was the least complained-about broadband provider. TalkTalk was also the most complained-about landline phone provider, while BT and Vodafone were jointly the most complained-about contract mobile phone providers.