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Fernandes savours QPR turnaround after avoiding ‘rash decisions’

first_imgTony Fernandes took to Twitter after QPR’s 2-2 draw against Manchester City, declaring that he was proud of the players.The Rangers chairman, who faced calls to sack manager Harry Redknapp following a dismal start to the season, also pointed out that the board did not make “rash decisions” when results were poor.Fernandes tweeted: “Proud of our boys.gave the champions a run for the money should have beaten Liverpool and gave Chelsea a scare. I’m a super proud chairman.“Thought the ref had a poor first half . all credit to the boys. we showed what we can do todayLooking over the last few weeks when backs were against us . we kept calm didn’t make rash decisions . … http://t.co/kVhBe6g60y— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) November 8, 2014“Looking over the last few weeks when backs were against us. we kept calm didn’t make rash decisions . should have got a point Liverpool and chelsea.”Vice-chairman Amit Bhatia tweeted: “Fantastic football match. Unlucky not to get three points. Feels like we’ve turned a corner. So proud of our team. @QPRFC #qpr #uurrrrssss.”And chief executive Philip Beard added: “I am so proud to part this club. Performances on and off the pitch outstanding and the support today was of the scale #weRtogether.”Charlie Austin scored QPR’s first goal – his sixth of the season – and set up their second before Sergio Aguero’s late equaliser for City.Austin tweeted: “Big point tonight! So many positives for the team right now. Fans were different class!“Love scoring but would always swap my goal for a win! Team most important. On to the next one!”Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who was one of Rangers’ substitutes, wrote: “Another great performance from the boys today, big point in the end! Great atmosphere.”And R’s midfielder Joey Barton, who returned to action after injury, tweeted: “Great performance again from the lads. Great to be back. Could have been 3 points but for Sergio Aguero. The best striker in the country.”See also:QPR v Man City player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


Week 2 Power rankings: Raiders, 49ers take a fall

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.Sizing up the NFL as week 2 begins:1. Philadelphia (1-0)Nick Foles missing the magic, but good enough in Week 1.Last week: 1 Next: at Tampa Bay 2. New England (1-0)Have perfected `whatever it takes to win’ philosophy. AFC title game rematch coming up.Last week: 2 Next: at Jacksonville3. Minnesota (1-0)Didn’t exactly close out the 49ers late but got it done. Last week: 3 Next: at Green Bay4. Jacksonville (1-0)Rem …last_img

Harvest forms for NCGA Yield Contest now available

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With harvest underway in some areas and soon to begin in others, the National Corn Growers Association announces that online harvest forms for the 2015 National Corn Yield Contest are now available. While the harvest information form deadline may seem distant, entrants are asked to report within seven business days of their final yield check or by Nov. 20, whichever comes first.“While harvest has only begun in a few areas, we ask contest applicants to submit harvest forms within one week of their final yield check to allow NCGA staff adequate time to thoroughly review each form,” said Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Don Glenn, a farmer from Alabama. “The National Corn Yield Contest plays a significant role in recognizing excellence and finding new, more productive techniques. We hope that growers continue to support the contest by seeing their entry through and submitting their completed harvest data forms.”The National Corn Yield Contest is now in its 51st year and remains NCGA’s most popular program for members. While an official count of the entries submitted for the 2015 contest is not yet available, participation appears to be strong again this year.The online harvest form is available to both farmers and seed representatives using the same login process as the initial entry form. Login does require submission of the entrant’s NCGA membership number.NCGA moved to a solely online entry platform this year. As part of this process, entrants must upload an image or PDF of weigh tickets in the electronic harvest form.  Supervisors need to either initial or sign the weigh ticket, and that will serve as their signature. If an entrant does not have the capability to scan, they will be permitted to mail in the weigh tickets with a copy of the confirmation.Rule changes have been announced for 2015, and detailed information is available on the website. Each NCGA membership used to register for the contest must have an individual’s name on it, and each individual may have only one membership number. Each membership number may have as many contest entries as desired but, as in previous years, each number will only be awarded official placement for one state and one national level entry.Contest winners will be announced on December 18. Winners receive national recognition in publications such as the NCYC Corn Yield Guide, as well as cash trips or other awards from participating sponsoring seed, chemical and crop protection companies. The winners will be honored during Commodity Classic 2016 in New Orleans, La.For access to contest information and a detailed list of the entry and harvest rules, click here.Click here for the 2015 National Corn Yield Contest Online Harvest Form.last_img read more


Sri Lanka pick uncapped Vikum Sanjaya for South Africa Tests

first_imgSri Lanka’s have named rookie fast bowler Vikum Sanjaya Bandara in a 15-member squad for their three-Test series against South Africa later this month.The uncapped 24-year-old Bandara is one of four pacemen in the squad. Angelo Mathews returns to lead the side and Dinesh Chandimal will be his deputy.Both Mathews and Chandimal missed Sri Lanka’s recent tour of Zimbabwe due to injuries. Apart from the three Tests, Sri Lanka will also play five ODI matches and three T20 games against the Proteas.Test squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Dinesh Chandimal (vice capt), Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Dushmantha Chameera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep, Vikum Sanjaya Bandara, Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera.last_img read more


Andre Russell 2nd player after Chris Gayle to hit 50 sixes in an IPL season

first_imgAndre Russell of Kolkata Knight Riders became only the 2nd player after Chris Gayle to hit 50 sixes in a single season of the Indian Premier League. Gayle had hit 59 sixes in 2012 and 51 sixes in 2013 while Russell has hit 50 sixes so far in the 2019 Indian Premier League.Chris Gayle, who now plays for Kings XI Punjab, had hit 57 sixes from 15 matches in 2012 and 51 sixes from 16 matches in 2013. Andre Russell has still at least 2 more matches to play (more if KKR make it to the playoffs) and could break Gayle’s record for most sixes in a single season of the Indian Premier League.Chris Gayle is the only man to hit 300 sixes in the Indian Premier League and is the fastest to reach 4000 IPL runs. His West Indian teammate Andre Russell is currently the second highest scorer in the 2019 IPL with 486 runs with a strike rate of 207.69.Andre Russell has often walked down the order and he had a major impact for the Kolkata Knight Riders when they won 4 out of their first 5 matches. However, KKR then went on to lose 6 matches in a row and Andre Russell said he would like to bat at No.4. The team management still persisted with Russell lower down the order.After Kolkata Knight Riders lost to Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens, Andre Russell raised questions on KKR’s decision-making. He was clearly not happy with how things were until the team decided to send up at No.3 on the back of a 96-run opening stand between Shubman Gill and Chris Lynn.advertisementAndre Russell was watchful for a few balls before exploding. He smashed 80 not out off 40 balls and his innings was studded with 6 fours and 8 sixes as the Eden Gardens came alive.Andre Russell has battled injuries after copping several blows on the body while batting in the middle. However, the strong West Indian all-rounder braved pain and played some scintillating knocks for KKR.On the eve of the match against Mumbai Indians, Andre Russell had said KKR was a good team but there was some bad decision-making,”We have a good team. But having a good team and making bad decisions, I think you will always lose games. And that’s what we’ve been doing.”I could pinpoint a few games where if we’d just looked to bowl tighter, and bowl bowlers who would restrict the game – the right bowlers at the right time.”They say our batting has been struggling, but our batting hasn’t been struggling really. We get the totals that we should defend, and we should restrict teams to lesser totals and go in and get those runs. And we don’t really take our catches, we’ve been the worst fielding team so far. It’s plain on TV, everyone’s seeing it,” he said.Also Read | Hardik Pandya 91 off 34 in vain as Andre Russell ends KKR’s 6-match losing streakAlso Read | Andre Russell celebrates his 31st birthday in style: One of my best T20 daysAlso See:last_img read more


Luxury an imperial art

first_imgThe Imperial has been bestowed with the honor of Asia’s Best ‘Luxury Historical Hotel’ by the prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014 amongst top hotels in the continent. The recognition was conferred upon The Imperial at the 2014 World Luxury Hotel Awards Gala Ceremony held at The Bay Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa on December 6. The Imperial has been winning this award since 2010 as ‘The Leading Luxury Hotel of India’ from a list of nominations that featured most of the known brands in the industry and this is the 5th year of our victory as Continent’s Best Luxury Historical Hotel, in recognition of unsurpassed facilities and services. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The World Luxury Hotel Awards was established in 2006 to recognize the worldwide luxury hotel industry and legendary hotels with respect to overall service excellence.  Award winners raised the bar of service delivery within the industry ever since as some of the world’s top hotels .Over 1,000 hotels from 145 countries were nominated to participate in the world’s most prestigious Awards initiative for luxury hotels in 2014.  World Luxury Hotel Awards events offer hoteliers with a unique opportunity to savour and celebrate their achievements of the past year with their industry peers.  Gracing the red carpet at the award ceremony were well-known South African celebrities alongside leading hoteliers from around the globe.last_img read more