The Daily Mirror reports that Adel Taarabt has admitted his failure to secure a move to Paris St-Germain last summer affected his early-season form.Taarabt has been playing well for QPR.QPR discussed a deal with the Qatari owners of the French club and Taarabt was led to believe an agreement was close.But PSG coach Leonardo did not want the player and he ended up back at Loftus Road.“I was hurt early in the season because my head was in Paris,” Taarabt said.“With Paris it was done. I was already in Paris where I met with the Qataris. But the arrival of Leonardo blocked things.”Several papers mention QPR’s promise to impose a lifetime ban on anyone found to have thrown a coin during Saturday’s victory over Arsenal.Click here for the QPR quiz (average score 6 out of 10)Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
George Groves says he expects to fight American Anthony Dirrell for the world super-middleweight title early in the new year. The Hammersmith man is the mandatory challenger for Dirrell’s WBC belt and stayed on course by beating Denis Douglin in Liverpool.Video courtesy of iFLTVFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Fulham have handed given a first start of the season to goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli and selected 16-year-old Ryan Sessegnon at left-back for their FA Cup third-round clash at Cardiff.Bettinelli, the Whites’ first-choice keeper last season, has been supplanted by summer arrival David Button but gets his chance in the 11.30am kick-off.Youngster Sessegnon, who has made nine appearances in the Championship, is chosen ahead of former Cardiff player Scott Malone.Striker Chris Martin, who is keen to return to parent club Derby, is again not involved in the squad.Fulham have centre-backs Tomas Kalas and Michael Madl out injured and wingers Floyd Ayite and Neeskens Kebano away at the Africa Cup of Nations.Cardiff have handed a debut to new signing Greg Halford, while ex-Fulham man Jazz Richards plays against his old club.However former QPR winger Junior Hoilett is not in the squad, with Neil Warnock also recalling Emyr Huws, Anthony Pilkington and Rickie Lambert.Cardiff: Murphy; Morrison, Halford, Bamba; Richards, Harris, Huws, Ralls, Bennett; Pilkington, Lambert.Subs: Wilson, Peltier, Connolly, O’Keefe, Harris, Noone, Zohore.Fulham: Bettinelli; Odoi, Sigurdsson, Ream, Sessegnon; McDonald, Johansen; Fredericks, Cairney, Piazon; Aluko.Subs: Button, Malone, Edun, Adeniran, Jozabed, Humphrys, Smith. Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
25 April 2014 South Africa’s celebration of 20 years of democracy is hard earned and well deserved, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said at a ceremony to mark the historic occasion at South Africa House in London on Thursday. “My gut reaction to this celebration is that we deserve it. We have earned it in many remarkable ways,” Motlanthe said. “We have earned this historic moment through the epochal struggles we launched to free the South African population from the clutches of a backward and indeed inhuman ideology.” Deputy President Motlanthe, who is on a three-day working visit to the UK, said that South Africa was a different nation to what it was two decades ago: “We are a shining example of what humanity can do to bring about a better world.”Big task The biggest task facing the country was to ensure a growing and prosperous economy to ensure a better life for all South Africans, especially those coming from a background of historic exclusion, he told the audience at South Africa House. “Without a growing economy to extricate South Africans from the abyss of poverty, unemployment and inequality, democracy holds no meaning. In fact, no democracy can survive under conditions of want, penury and social bleakness,” he said. Motlanthe said the legacy of former President Nelson Mandela, who passed away in December last year, was underscored by the preamble of the Constitution: that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white. This should not be seen as a facile slogan, he said. Instead, South Africa was a microcosm of the world, where people from all corners had chosen to live. “Similarly our anti-apartheid struggle was a broad front comprising members of all sections of our society.”Support All South Africans had a good reason to celebrate the benefits attained through freedom – and so do the people of the world as a whole, he said. The celebrations, however, did not represent the end of the journey but a start to address the challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequity. Deputy President Motlanthe thanked the UK for joining in the celebrations of 20 years of freedom. He acknowledged the role played by the international community in the struggle for equality – as well as the importance of continued bilateral relations. The day 27 April 2014 will mark two decades since South Africans of all races voted in the country’s first free and fair election in 1994, ushering in a new democratic dispensation. Source: SAnews.gov
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ “I know Tabi for a long, long time because he’s my player from Rizal Tech University and to me, he plays like a veteran.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss CJ Perez with Columbian coach John Cardel. Photo by Mark GiongcoColumbian has a lot of reasons to feel giddy with the arrival of CJ Perez, who is poised to provide the struggling franchise the jolt it needs to snap out of its longstanding funk.But the former Lyceum ace and one-time NCAA MVP isn’t the only rookie the Dyip are raving about heading into the 44th Season of the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Faundo was actually picked by Magnolia in the second round but the former University of Santo Tomas center was left unsigned.“I got a call from Alvin Patrimonio and he asked me if I need Jeepy Faundo. I said yes, I need a big man so we got him here,” Cardel said.“I like what I see from the rookies. CJ, his slashing ability, his defensive ability, also JP he’s a very smart player and also Jeepy I like what I see with his rebounding and his toughness on the inside,” said guard Rashawn McCarthy, one of Columbian’s main options.Tabi, meanwhile, was a relative unknown but not to Cardel.Cardel knew exactly what he’s going to get from Tabi, whom he coached at Rizal Technological University.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion While Perez has all the makings of a future PBA star, his fellow newcomers JP Calvo, Jeepy Faundo and Cyrus Tabi have also drawn praise from Columbian.“With the rookies, CJ, Calvo, Faundo and Tabi are great additions to our team. We got a pure point guard in Calvo and another guard in Tabi then, we have another big man in Jeepy,” said Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I told the guys this is a different team from the one that I handled last conference. The way the rookies are playing and practicing, it’s like they’re not rookies.”The Dyip chose Calvo as the 11th overall pick while the Tabi was a surprise selection in the second round. Columbian determined not be just another ‘checkmark’ for other PBA teams SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer refusing to criticise Man Utd players in defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to criticise his players after defeat at West Ham.Solskjaer refused to hang his players out to dry despite their latest disappointment.He said: “The players are doing what I’m asking them to. There are key moments in games that can tip these games in our favour compared to theirs and you make maybe a bad decision on a pass – left, right, centre – but the attitude and desire is there.”That’s not the problem. It’s the quality in our decision-making, sometimes in the execution. It’s a good group to work with. They are determined. Sometimes along the road, we are going to hit some bumps, as we’ve said, some highs and lows.”This group is out there determined, they showed the desire, it was a good atmosphere in the dressing room. They’ve got the focus right.”
GAINESVILLE, FL – AUGUST 30: Fans wait in the stands during a weather delay prior to the game between the Florida Gators and the Idaho Vandals on August 30, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)The Florida Gators found a cool way to show off their program’s kicking prowess today. Gator great Judd Davis and new Florida kicker Eddy Pineiro simultaneously hit 55-yard kicks on the same goal.Former Lou Groza winner @JuddDavis and future Groza winner @eddypineiro1 side by side from 55 … pic.twitter.com/5MElxDF2NN— Johnny Townsend (@johnnytownsend1) January 27, 2016Davis won the 1993 Lou Groza Award, given to the nation’s top kicker, and was elected to the Florida Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. Pineiro flipped to Florida from Alabama, to the delight of Jim McElwain, and has already showed off his big leg in Gainesville. We’re not sure whose kick we’re more impressed by here.
Myles JackMyles Jack was once thought of as a lock to go in the top 10 of the 2016 NFL Draft, but the former UCLA linebacker was not one of the 31 players who heard their names called during the first round Thursday night. The former Bruins’ star admitted before the draft that he might need microfracture surgery on his knee. Jack missed most of the 2015 college football season after tearing his lateral meniscus during a September practice. Jack is considered one of the top prospects remaining in the draft. He tweeted out the following video, an apparent message to any of his doubters. pic.twitter.com/lwXRusQyp1— Myles Jack (@MylesJack) April 29, 2016The second round of the NFL Draft starts at 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN.
Roadstarr Motorsports is partnering with Soles4Souls, Toys for Tots, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department for their private celebrity event at company headquarters in Los Angeles, CA.To ensure that families in need experience a special Christmas this season, Roadstarr Motorsports has enlisted celebrity hosts Columbus Short (Scandal), Wilmer Valderrama (From Dusk till Dawn), and other industry tastemakers to lead the charge.“Every child deserves to feel loved and appreciated, especially at Christmas,” said Co-Founder Hassan Iddrissu. “Every donation collected will go directly to helping a family’s holiday be a little brighter. I’m counting on all of our special media and celebrity guests to support Soles4Souls and Toys for Tots.”During the special event, Roadstarr will collect new, unwrapped presents (toys, clothing, and shoes) on December 20, 2014 from 2PM-6PM at 8964 National Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034. With the help of Access Hollywood, and event hosts, on December 21, 2014, Roadstarr will deliver Christmas early for those selected charities and families. The entire event will be taped for replay on Access Hollywood Live.Source:PR Newswire
Other foreign companies that have reduced their exposure to the oilsands in recent years include Norway’s Statoil, Arkansas-based Murphy Oil, France’s Total SA and Houston-based ConocoPhillips.In research notes, CIBC analyst Jon Morrison says the Canadian assets would likely fetch between $3.5 billion and $5 billion if sold, while Eight Capital analyst Phil Skolnick estimates they could sell for between $7 billion and $9 billion.Jackfish is south of Fort McMurray near similar operations owned by Calgary-based rivals Cenovus Energy Inc. and MEG Energy Corp.Devon says it is making the move to exit Canada (as well as from the Barnett Shale area in Texas) so that it can complete its “transformation to a high-return U.S. oil growth business.” CALGARY, A.B. – Another foreign oil company says it’s getting out of the Canadian oilsands.Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corp. says it will pursue the “separation” of its Canadian assets from its core business, a move that could include an outright sale or creation of a new company to own and operate them.Devon owns the Jackfish steam-driven oilsands complex, with a capacity of 105,000 barrels per day of bitumen, as well as conventional heavy oil wells near Lloydminster, Alta., that produce about 15,000 bpd.