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Clubs eye Derry as QPR boss ponders squad

first_imgMark Hughes was last night planning to disappoint several Championship bosses by including Shaun Derry in the 25-man squad the QPR manager will submit to the Premier League later today.A number of second-tier clubs have discussed signing Derry on loan if the midfielder fails to make the cut.The signings of Stephane Mbia, Ji-sung Park and Esteban Granero, plus the return of Alejandro Faurlin, have nudged Derry down the pecking order at Loftus Road.But Hughes has indicated that he is still minded to include the 34-year-old.“He’s part of the squad.” Hughes told West London Sport.“At present no-one has made contact regarding Shaun. Something may be presented to me but at the moment there’s no intention to take him out of the group.”Hughes said recently that he also planned to include Hogan Ephraim, who missed out twice last season.Radek Cerny may take the third goalkeeper’s spot with Brian Murphy being made available for a loan move.See also:Place in QPR’s 25 not enough for EphraimFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Steven Duggar begins spring as favorite to secure key job with Giants

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Giants outfielder Steven Duggar has fewer than two months of major league experience and just 141 at-bats to his credit.He’s dealt with brutal injuries in each of the last two seasons and his playing time has been cut short due to stints on the injured list.But as position players begin trickling into Giants camp in Scottsdale, Duggar finds himself with a rare opportunity. His manager, Bruce Bochy, thinks he could be the Opening Day leadoff hitter.“I think you look at the …last_img

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Red-hot A’s will be without slugger Khris Davis

first_imgOAKLAND — Khris Davis fought the railing, and the railing won.Davis bruised his hip and oblique after colliding with a railing at PNC Park in Pittsburgh back on May 5. This happened as the slugger — playing left field at the National League park — was chasing a fly ball.That bruise had barked enough since: Davis was finally placed on the 10-day IL retroactive to May 22.“Never really got better, never really got worse,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said of the injury prior to Friday’s series opener …last_img

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Ready to be an alternative, says NCP

first_imgA day after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar met Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi, the NCP on Tuesday said it can be an alternative for government formation if the Shiv Sena so decides. Mumbai NCP chief and MLA Nawab Malik told reporters, “We have made it clear that we can be an alternative … if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fails to form a government … It is the Sena’s turn to take the decision.” While Congress and NCP leaders have said the Sena has not sent them a proposal seeking support, there have been reports of meetings between Sena MP Sanjay Raut and Mr. Pawar. According to sources, Mr. Pawar has also had telephonic conversations with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. Officially, both have denied this. Support against poachingOn the possibility of the BJP attempting to poach MLAs from the Sena or the Opposition, the NCP said there will be absolute support to the Sena. “In such a case, we will all support the Sena candidate in the bypoll and ensure it retains the seat,” NCP State president Jayant Patil said. According to sources within the Congress and the NCP, the only way they will offer support the Sena is if the party quits the National Democratic Alliance at the Centre and its minister Arvind Sawant resigns from the Union Cabinet. “There cannot be two opinions on this,” a Congress leader said. While the State Congress leadership appears to be in favour of backing the Sena, all eyes are on the central leadership, which will take the final call. Ashish Dua, party secretary and Maharashtra in-charge, said, “All parties are in wait and watch mode. Even the BJP, which was boasting a few days ago, has turned helpless and is doing the same. The State governance has been paralysed due to an incapable BJP government. The party leadership will soon take a decision on the matter of supporting the Sena.”last_img read more

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President inaugurates ‘One District One Product’ Summit in UP

first_imgLucknow, Aug 10 (PTI) President Ram Nath Kovind today inaugurated ‘One District One Product’ Summit organised by the Uttar Pradesh government to promote traditional industries in every district of the state.The President reached the state capital this morning at Chowdhury Charan Singh airport, where he was received by Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.During the summit, with a tagline of ‘Nayi Udaan, Nayi Pehchan’, the President distributed loan sanction papers to some artisans.Loan papers amounting to Rs 1,006.94 crore are to be distributed to 4,085 artisans from 75 districts in the summit.The summit, which aims to give boost to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), will be a corollary of the UP Investors Summit held in the state capital in February this year, followed by the groundbreaking ceremony for the launch of 81 projects in July.The ODOP scheme seeks to promote traditional industries synonymous with their respective districts to spur local economy and create jobs, said MSME and Khadi and Village Industries Minister Satyadeo Pachauri.About the objective of the ODOP, he said its aim was to optimise production, productivity and income, preservation and development of local crafts, promotion of art, improvement in product quality and skill development.During the event, the state government will sign memorandum of understandings (MoUs) with e-retailor giant Amazon for marketing of products of artisans, and Quality Control of India (QCI) that will ensure quality of products.Besides, MoUs were exchanged with Wipro GE Health care, National Stock Exchange and BSE.Amazon will train the artisans and small entrepreneurs of several districts, including Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Ferozabad, Moradabad, Agra, Kanpur, Meerut, Bhadohi and Varanasi, in getting their products listedon its marketing platform.advertisementDuring the summit technical sessions on handloom, textiles craft, tourism, agro and food processing, credit and finance will be held.The ODOP Summit is stated to be the first of its kind in the country and is expected to give a big boost to the MSME and handicraft in the state, Pachauri said.UP is uniquely famous for product-specific traditional industrial hubs across 75 districts, including Varanasi (Banarasi silk sari), Bhadohi (carpet), Lucknow (chikan), Kanpur (leather goods), Agra (leather footwear), Aligarh (locks), Moradabad (brassware), Meerut (sports goods) and Saharanpur (wooden products). PTI ABN SMI BALBALlast_img read more

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Energy Security High on Agenda of CELAC Meeting

first_img Regional energy security is among the many issues to be discussed at the second meeting of the Ministers of Energy of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), on October 24 and 25.The two-day meeting is scheduled to take place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Montego Bay, St. James. Jamaica is the first English-speaking country chosen to host the meeting.“It’s an indication of the leadership that the country has displayed on matters relating to energy from the formulation of an energy policy a number of years ago to very specific initiatives,” State Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, told JIS News in an interview on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Issues and Answers’ programme, on October 10.The State Minister pointed out that the Government has set a target “of having 20 per cent of our energy generated by renewals by the year 2030.”Additionally, he said the administration has embarked on a major energy efficient programme within the public sector, which should result in a 30 per cent cost saving over a three-year period. He also cited the just concluded selection of companies by the Office of Utilities Regulation to generate some 115 megawatts of electricity. “We are trying to replace our old generating plants,” he said.Mr. Robinson said that Jamaica and other Caribbean countries face common challenges in finding cheaper ways to produce energy.“We are heavily indebted countries. We spend significant amounts of money importing oil,” he pointed out, noting that Jamaica spent some US$2.25 billion importing oil last year, which accounted for 15 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product.The Sate Minister said the meeting is an opportunity for energy ministers of the Caribbean and Latin American community to “put the energy issues on the table,” and to explore how they can capitalise and utilise the resources that are in the region.“We are very proud as a country to have been selected to host the meeting and we will continue to demonstrate our own leadership in driving an agenda, which ensures that the region is less dependent on oil and that we can find cheaper ways of driving our economies,” he said. Story Highlights Jamaica is the first English-speaking country chosen to host the meeting. The State Minister pointed out that the Government has set a target “of having 20 per cent of our energy generated by renewals by the year 2030.” Mr. Robinson said that Jamaica and other Caribbean countries face common challenges in finding cheaper ways to produce energy.last_img read more