QPR chief executive Philip Beard has insisted that Loic Remy did not join the club for financial reasons.Striker Remy opted to sign for Rangers from Marseille this week rather than move to Newcastle, who were also interested in him.Remy initially declined to even meet with Harry Redknapp when the R’s boss recently travelled to France to see him.But QPR were always optimistic the 26-year-old could be persuaded to sign for them.“This move isn’t motivated by money,” Beard declared on Rangers’ website.“Loic has a passion and desire to achieve in his career and similar to [Julio] Cesar, he wanted to be part of our project.“We know we haven’t achieved our goals so far this season, but he wanted to come in and help us build for the future.”Click here for today’s QPR quizSee also:Remy cleared to make debut at West HamWe’re not convinced QPR have made a good signing in RemyYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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Play Your Part ambassador Bathulile Mdabula and her team of five are part of Rising Youth Movement. They work diligently to help create a better future for youth in their communities.Bathulile Mdabula (middle) says she and her team in the Rising Youth Movement aim to create healthier and more positive communities. Here is the team: Simphiwe Laxa (from left), Simphiwe Mpahlwa, Bathulile Siviwe Mdabula, Lusindiso Simani, Mncedisi Mqedazwe (Image supplied)Melissa JavanBathulile Mdabula always wanted to make a difference in her community, but she did not know how to go about it. When she started noticing how many young people quit school and turned to alcohol, she and four others decided to take action.In March 2016, Mdabula, who is from Port Elizabeth, formed nonprofit organisation Rising Youth Movement (RYM) with Mncedisi Mqedazwe, the vice-chairperson; Simphiwe Mphahlwa, the administrator; Lusindiso Samani, the treasurer; and Simphiwe Laxa, who handles publicity. Before setting up RYM, the five worked for other organisations, for between five and eight years.RYM works to educate and revitalise young people through life skills, educational games, literacy and numeracy programmes, Mdabula says. “[We] strive to improve our communities by having holiday programmes and camps.“Our guiding vision is the belief that with support and working together in our communities we can build a better tomorrow.”The organisation often works with partners on projects; for example, on rehabilitation programmes, it joins the Mfesane Project for counselling.Mdabula spoke to Brand South Africa journalist Melissa Javan about her role as a Play Your Part ambassador.Melissa Javan: How old were you when you started working in your community?Bathulile Mdabula: I’ve been involved in community projects since I was 18.MJ: Why did you get involved in this project?BM: My team and I wanted to break the cycle of young people quitting school. We also wanted to have an impact on their way of thinking.MJ: Who are the target beneficiaries of this project?BM: Young people in various communities. We are currently working in New Brighton, but will soon move to KwaZakhele.MJ: What have been your highlights of your community work so far?BM: I have many, but one that captures my heart is seeing a change in young people; for them to want to go back to school and hearing reports from schools that we have worked with about how our work has changed the lives of the children who are involved in our programmes. We are told of their performance and attitude towards school.MJ: If a person wants to play their part, what steps can they take to get people involved in a project or initiative?BM: Social media platforms such as Facebook have many organisations and people who do beautiful work in their communities. Follow them and volunteer at an organisation that is making an impact in the field in which you are passionate. Be involved in community work such as a soup kitchen or reading with children in homeless shelters.MJ: Why should South Africans play their part?BM: We have heard people complain about the government not helping, so if you want a change in your community you have to be the change. Everything starts with one person who resolves the issues that we have. Making a small change is better than doing nothing and other people — such as your friends or people in your community — will follow when you play your part.MJ: Do you use technology or social media to spread your message?BM: Yes, we use Facebook mostly. We alert people about our work, show them pictures and advertise when we are going to a certain school or community so that they can join us.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
Wind industry objects to disclosuresAlthough the AP managed to uncover information about bird fatalities, wind energy companies objected to its efforts to learn more. Wind farm operators argued that the information sought by the AP was confidential and had been submitted to the government voluntarily.But last month, the AP says, the government told Pacificorp and others that their arguments weren’t convincing and that it planned to go ahead and release the information.Pacificorp responded in mid-October with a lawsuit to block the release.The American Wind Energy Association says that more than 1 billion birds are killed annually by collisions with buildings, high-tension power lines, communication towers, and cars as well as environmental toxins and domestic cats. Deaths due to collisions with turbines and turbine blades total less than 200,000 birds annually, or about 2.8 birds per megawatt of wind power.“The number of birds that are impacted as a result of collisions with wind turbines will never be more than an extremely small fraction of human-related avian fatalities,” the association says at its website. Pacificorp, the Oregon-based operator of wind farms in three states, has gone to court to block the release of information on bird deaths at its facilities to The Associated Press. The AP reports that the company is seeking an injunction that would prevent the U.S. Department the Interior from disclosing information about how many birds have been killed by its turbines.Companies operating utility-scale wind farms are issued federal permits to collect the carcasses of protected bird species, including eagles, found dead at their facilities, the AP says. This data is passed along to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and it was with that agency that the AP filed a freedom of information request in March 2013.The AP’s request was part of an investigation last year that disclosed that dozens of eagles had been killed at wind farms in Wyoming over the past five years, with dozens more deaths reportedly taking place in other western states. Twenty eagles were killed at Pacificorp farms in Wyoming in recent years, the AP says.Separately, the Journal of Raptor Research said that wind farms have killed at least 67 golden and bald eagles in the past five years.According to Pacificorp’s website, the company owns 13 wind farms in Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington and appears to manage a number of others.
Kevin Durant, who’s from nearby Suitland, Maryland, scored 21 points.Trevor Ariza led the Wizards with a season-high 27 points and Bradley Beal had 22 points as their two-game winning streak came to an end.“I think we’re turning a corner,” Beal said. “We’re still not there yet. We still have to dig ourselves out of this hole that we’re in. There’s only a short amount of time to do it, but we have a great opportunity in front of us.”After the Warriors led by 12 after three quarters, the Wizards went on an 11-2 run to get back into the game. With Curry, Durant and Draymond Green on the bench, a 3-pointer by little-used Chasson Randle with 7:46 left cut Washington’s deficit to two at 108-106, and Sam Dekker missed a lay-in on the next possession that would have tied it.Shaun Livingston hit two free throws the next time down the floor for Golden State, and dunks by Alfonzo McKinnie and Kevon Looney pushed the lead back up to eight. The Warriors pulled away when Curry re-entered the game and haven’t lost since Jan. 3.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Warriors: Look for their 10th consecutive victory at old nemesis Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics on Saturday.Wizards: Begin a three-game road trip Friday at the Orlando Magic.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Victor Oladipo out for season with knee injury Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem “Got to take what the defense gives you,” Curry said. “I think for the most part we moved the ball early and got everybody established. And then the lane starts to open up, and you’ve got to take advantage of it some nights.”The two-time defending NBA champions put up 70 points in the paint after shooting 1 of 6 from the outside in the first quarter.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 starsCenter DeMarcus Cousins had 17 points in 24 minutes in his third game with the Warriors since missing almost a full year with a ruptured left Achilles tendon. Cousins was a matchup nightmare in the post against Washington, which went with a small lineup for most of the night.“It’s not something we’ve really practiced a lot, so we kind of just threw it out there and tried to do it on the fly,” Cousins said of going inside so much. “We were successful in some moments and then we kind of got on top of each other and it got a little sloppy. I’m sure that’s something we’ll work on going forward.” 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 Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry gestures during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, in Washington. The Warriors won 126-118. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors saw a weakness and changed their style to exploit it.When the Washington Wizards took the 3-point line away, Curry and the Warriors pounded the ball inside on the way to a 126-118 victory Thursday night that extended their winning streak to a season-high nine games. Curry scored 38 points at the forefront of Golden State’s drive-the-paint strategy, making just two of his eight 3-point attempts and going 12 of 16 inside the arc.ADVERTISEMENT “Every win in the NBA is tough and it’s hard to win in the NBA, so no one’s taking it for granted,” Durant said. “But we are striving for perfection every night, and I think tonight was a step in the right direction.”TIP-INSWarriors: Curry surpassed 30 points for the 19th time this season. … Green grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds. … One game after tying an NBA record by making his first 10 3-point attempts, Klay Thompson was 1 of 4 on 3s. … F Jonas Jerebko did not fly with the team because his wife was due to give birth.Wizards: G Tomas Satoransky tied a season-high with 20 points. … F Otto Porter Jr. came off the bench for the 10th consecutive game, was 0 of 7 on 3-point attempts and finished with seven points. … Beal shot 1 of 9 on 3s.OBAMA MEETINGEven though a photo of the Warriors visiting with former President Barack Obama came out on social media, players and coach Steve Kerr were reluctant to talk about it. Curry said he had no idea where the idea came from, Durant called it amazing and Green called it a “good private team meeting.”WARRIORS ALL-STARSCurry and Durant were named All-Star starters, but Kerr doesn’t expect Golden State to have four representatives this year, namely because Green and Thompson haven’t been playing at their recent levels consistently enough to make it. And the Warriors weren’t this dominant in previous months.“I don’t think it’s been that kind of a season,” Kerr said. “It’s been rocky at least until the last few weeks.”UP NEXT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments
Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Luka Doncic passes up shot at winner as Timberwolves escape Mavs Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich reacts after being ejected in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich boiled over just 63 seconds into a game against Denver and was ejected.An irate Popovich appeared to be upset over a non-foul call Wednesday night and was given a technical by official Mark Ayotte. He kept it up and was handed another from fellow official David Guthrie. Popovich’s team was trailing 5-0 as he made his way to the locker room.ADVERTISEMENT 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 LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess The last time a coach was ejected within the first 2 minutes of a game was Washington’s Flip Saunders on Jan. 2, 2012, at Boston, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau. Saunders was ejected 1:46 into the game.Taking over on the bench for Popovich was assistant coach Ettore Messina as the Spurs were beaten 113-85 by the Nuggets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFollowing the game, Popovich didn’t have much to say.“You’ll have to ask the officials,” he said. As he made his way down the hall, Popovich joined the scrum where Nuggets coach Michael Malone was conducting his postgame interviews. The exchange between the coaches was nearly as long as Popovich’s appearance in the contest.Malone: “We were just talking about an NBA record that was set tonight.”Popovich: “What was the record? What happened?”Malone: “Somebody got thrown out in 63 seconds.”Popovich: “Are you serious? That person must have hit somebody. Somebody get hit tonight? Somebody get cursed at or anything?”ADVERTISEMENT Then, Popovich headed for the exit.“That’s one of a kind right there,” Malone said. “I don’t know what to say after that.”Popovich also was ejected Sunday during the third quarter in a loss to Sacramento. In that instance, he charged onto the court to berate an official for an out-of-bounds call.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Mr. Speaker, I am here today firstly because of the blessings of Almighty God with whom all things are possible. And, I fervently pray for his continued mercy and wisdom.Let me thank Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller for her quality leadership, optimism about our future, and unquestionable commitment to creating an environment that enables the Jamaican people to be the best that they can be. I am also grateful for her continuing confidence in my capacity to lead the Ministry of Local Government & Community Development as we complete the transformation of Local Government that was started so many years ago.I would like to recognize the presence of members of my family who have always been there for me – through thick and thin. To the extent that I am able to meet the unending demands of public life is due in no small part to their sacrifice.It is a most fulfilling experience to work with and for the people of Clarendon South West: my Councillors, my Constituency Executive, Cluster Managers, Youth Leaders, Women Groups, NGOs, the Ministers Fraternal, the Educators, and other stakeholders for the progress and development of the constituency. They are well represented here today.I want to especially salute Minister of State, the Honourable Colin Fagan. His quiet counsel and loyal support have been invaluable in putting our various projects on a successful path.Mr. Robert Rainford, the Permanent Secretary, ably leads a committed and patriotic staff. Over the past year, the synergies, the level of motivation and the output of the staff clearly reflect his leadership.With each passing day, I become more indebted to my personal staff, including my security team, who continue to allow me to tax to the utmost their seemingly boundless reserves of patience, energy, and patriotism.I am heartened by the degree to which the Local Authorities, Agencies and Departments within this Ministry have demonstrated the capacity to rise to the challenge posed in this complex and crucial period of national development. Mr. Speaker, I cannot leave out my team of Mayors, Councillors, Chair Persons and Board Members, Heads of Agencies such as the Board of Supervision, the Jamaica Fire Brigade, the National Solid Waste Management Authority, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management and the Social Development Commission; very special thanks to you all. I demand a lot only because I know you are equal to the task…READ MOREDownload Contribution to the Annual Sectoral Debate by the Hon. Noel Arscott, M.P.