With the recent announcement that the construction of Warren Farm training ground will commence this summer, everyone with any sort of spiritual attachment to QPR is once more daring to dream of better times.The reported estimated cost of £30m for the Warren Farm training site is a real statement of intent from QPR if accurate. With the club also set to meet expense itself, such a heavy investment is a clear sign that the club desires to be the next champion of youth talent. Naturally though, the short-term agenda is to use the new training ground to attract new players, of the calibre required to get QPR back amongst the elite.Breaking new groundHaving a state-of-the-art training ground is one ‘pull factor’ for potential new players, but many would argue that getting the right permanent manager is perhaps the most important flashpoint of QPR’s immediate future. As with any rumours, current links between Tim Sherwood and QPR have been met with a mixed reaction, especially in light of Sherwood’s failure to show Tottenham the way forward, and his inability to save Aston Villa during the club’s horrific calendar year of 2015.While Sherwood’s potential appointment will always be a divisive topic, he knows exactly how it is to be part of a new project that could be just one match away from completely unravelling. His participation in Blackburn’s famous title-winning season of 1994/95 is the obvious highlight in that regard, and if he can bring Kenny Dalglish’s managerial values to Loftus Road in the event of his appointment, then that can only be a positive ahead of 2019/20.Embed from Getty ImagesSherwood’s existing links to a Tottenham side rich in youth talent could also be an extremely helpful element moving forward. Yet, while there are clear signs that the powers at QPR have a very real ‘battle plan’ in the short-term, few could blame any QPR supporter for feeling some degree of doubt.Why so pessimistic?False dawns have become synonymous with QPR over the past three decades. Under Gerry Francis, the Rs were the top London club in the very first Premier League season of 1992/93, and through the prowess of Les Ferdinand, QPR established themselves as a respected force. Sadly, for the West Londoners, that was not to last, and a period of short-term decline – particularly following Ferdinand’s departure to Newcastle – yielded relegation in 1996.There would follow fifteen frustrating years in the wilderness, with a further relegation in 2001 representing a new nadir. Though QPR were able to return to the big-time in 2011, any optimism was quickly withdrawn by the quality of the Premier League, as the promised effects of Tony Fernandes’ ownership failed to truly materialise.Survival in 2012 was rendered meaningless by a disgraceful 2012/13 season. The Rs went down with a pitiful tally, and though a very lucky promotion via the play–offs followed instantly after, another relegation with Harry Redknapp at the helm showed that precisely nothing had changed.QPR in dire need of directionFollowing the relegation of 2015, the mere expectation of yo-yo league jumps was annoyance enough, but recent years have seen the club’s fortunes take an altogether more discouraging turn. The reasons for the club’s second-tier decline are plentiful, but for all the good a new training ground could do, it is leadership that undoubtedly remains the burning issue right now.Ian Holloway’s infectious personality and terrace hero status could not work a second time, and Steve McLaren’s tenure as manager will be forever remembered as a lost time that could have culminated in disaster. Caretaker manager John Eustace has yet to truly make the impact he desires, but a back-to-basics approach has worked in part.That said, there remains plenty of concern about QPR’s overall form, and current sports spread betting news suggests that the West London side remain in danger of the drop, if only by mere dint of mathematics.Perhaps most notably, only the clubs that went into the Good Friday fixtures occupying the relegation places had conceded more goals than QPR’s tally of 65. The unreliable defence could yet see QPR drop into the second tier, but QPR’s home form may be enough, even though Friday’s defeat to Blackburn made it ten home defeats to offset nine victories down in Shepherd’s Bush.With a new ground and a high-profile manager reportedly in the sights of the board, the foundation is there to make QPR’s next top-flight campaign the one that brings glorious memories. Though recollections of Ferdinand, Impey, Wilkins and Classic FM sponsorship become more distant with each passing year, the promise of progressive change in multiple areas of QPR’s operation provides an injection of fresh hope amongst the long-suffering Loftus Road faithful.For if QPR – or any other club – cannot have hope, then existence is futile. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? 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TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bielsa insists he wants Arsenal striker Nketiah’s Leeds loan to be successfulby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa insists he wants Eddie Nketiah’s loan spell from Arsenal to be a success.Nketiah was loaned out to Elland Road this summer in search of more regular playing time to continue his development. But despite scoring four times in nine appearances in all competitions, the 20-year-old is yet to start a Championship game, with Bielsa sticking by Patrick Bamford.”For me it is very important that Eddie has a good spell at Leeds,” Bielsa said.”If Nketiah doesn’t do well here in Leeds, the responsibility is going to be mine. That will be fair because Nketiah is a player full of results and as coach, I have to know how to manage all this skill to improve the team.”The person who most wants Nketiah to have success at Leeds is me, but also I value Bamford, I value him a lot.”
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Copyright ©2014Look to the Stars Founding member of Jane’s Addiction and ‘Ink Master’ host, Dave Navarro, asked fans to help create more smiles with Operation Smile and is just about to reach his goal of $24,000 raised – which translates into 100 new smiles across the World!Operation Smile is one of the largest surgical organizations in the world and is the largest volunteer-based medical charity that provides free surgeries to children with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. It is also one of the few organizations that celebrity supporters actually reach out to in efforts to get involved.Look to the Stars was happy to catch up with Navarro to find what sparked his smile-making campaign.How did you become involved with Operation Smile? What attracted you to the organization?I’ve always had soft spot in my heart for children and I actually became involved with Operation Smile just by their campaigns and word of mouth. I actually reached out to them to see what I could do to help and they set me up with my own donation page, then I reached out to the Jane’s Addiction fan base to contribute and generate funds for surgeries for children.Anything with children in particular is something close to my heart. I don’t know why that is, but probably because I can identify with lost innocence as a result of having some pretty traumatic things happen to me when I was a child. So anytime I can give back on any level to the younger kids, I’m always for it.You’ve just about reached your campaign goal of $24K, which equals 100 smiling children.Yeah, what happened was we had the website up for a while, then had the opportunity with Jane’s Addiction when we played three nights at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas. I came up with a plan to auction off the guitars I started off the set with. So I had three guitars, I would open the show, play the opening song on that guitar and then someone would run that guitar that I just played on over to the merchandise booth where it went to the highest bidder, with all earnings going to Operation Smile. Being a collector myself of different oddities and artwork, I know that if I were a huge fan of somebody and I had the opportunity to buy something they played at the show I was attending, it would be of interest to me.So I figured anyone that was a die hard fan of the band – and wanted a piece of history that they were part of – would be interested. And the guitars went fast – in the end we raised about $20k for Operation Smile just by auctioning off those three guitars.I think this simple idea would be great for other musicians to incorporate to benefit whatever charitable cause is close to their heart. It’s such a simple way to give back, and my guitar company, Paul Reed Smith, was onboard and they helped us make this happen and we are close to making a hundred kids smile again, which is the ultimate goal.Certainly I’ve done lots of work with pediatric AIDS and against domestic violence and PETA, but when it comes to the kids, that breaks my heart more than anything – pure innocent young lives that don’t have a shot out the gate and this gives them a better life. So I’m just super excited that Operation Smile is willing to let me help, it’s a great organization and it’s a great feeling to give back and help others.Have you gone on a mission with Op-Smile, or do you plan to?I haven’t and I would love to – our relationship is just kind of starting, but of course I would love to. I look forward to doing more work with them for sure.If you could have one super power, what would you choose?My super power would be to eat as much carbs and cheese and sugar and not gain an ounce LOL! When you break it down that’s the only super power anyone really wants.And finally, if you had a theme song, what would it be?Well I cant answer that one because I think the human condition is too multi-dimensional to attach one song to it. I’m in a different mood everyday I wake up, so each day it would be a different song every day.Many thanks and a big hug to the multi-dimensional rocker for making us – and the kids – smile.Please follow both @operationsmile on Twitter and on Facebook.
VICTORIA – Major shifts in direction are being considered to ensure good drivers in British Columbia receive lower insurance rates, says the minister responsible for the province’s public auto insurer.David Eby said the government introduced an online survey Monday that poses questions about the public mood to realign coverage at the Insurance Corp. of British Columbia in order to offer major incentives for low-risk drivers by changing discount and penalty provisions.The proposed changes are part of the government’s plan to modernize the Crown corporation and restore its dismal finances, which Eby has described as a “dumpster fire.” The provincial budget forecasts a $1.3-billion deficit at ICBC this year.Eby said the government wants to hear from people in B.C. about the government’s plans for change. The public consultation ends April 5.Last month, he said the government will introduce legislation to change ICBC, including a $5,500 cap on claim payouts for minor pain and suffering.“The question is, who is a bad driver and how much more should they pay,” Eby said. “Is it someone who has two speeding tickets? It is someone who has at-fault accidents? Is it someone who has a single infraction with excessive speed?”The survey asks for input on changing policies for at-fault crashes, discounts and penalties.Under the proposed changes, one at-fault accident would be allowed without penalty after 20 years of safe driving, instead of the current 13 years. After an at-fault accident, it would also take drivers 10 years to return to their pre-accident discount rate status instead of the current three years.The proposal includes increased driver penalties and risk points for excessive speeding offences.“Car insurance rates in our province aren’t fair,” Eby says in a video on the government website. “Low-risk drivers with perfect records are paying more than they should. High-risk drivers who are driving up costs for everyone aren’t paying enough. We want to fix this problem.”The government says the auto insurance rating system is 30 years old and has not been updated in 10 years.
CALGARY – Shares in Ensign Energy Services Inc. closed about eight per cent higher at $5.49 Monday after it reported a smaller loss in its third quarter compared with a year ago, while revenue grew 17 per cent.The drilling company says it lost $32.8 million or 21 cents per share on revenue of $289 million, compared with a loss of $36.5 million or 23 cents per share on revenue of $247 million in the third quarter of 2017.The results closely matched analyst expectations, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Ensign, which moved a drilling rig from Canada into the U.S. earlier this year, reported third-quarter revenue from activity in Canada dropped by 11 per cent from last year, while U.S. revenue rose by 30 per cent.Last week, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada predicted a total of 6,600 wells will be drilled in Canada in 2019, down about five per cent from an expected 6,980 wells this year, adding that translates to a year-over-year decrease of up to $1.8 billion in capital spending by exploration and production companies.Calgary-based Ensign had no update on its hostile takeover bid of $470-million in cash for cross-town rival Trinidad Drilling Ltd. it launched in August.Trinidad’s board last month recommended shareholders accept instead an all-shares bid valued at $540 million from Calgary-based Precision Drilling Ltd.Companies in this story: (TSX:ESI, TSX:PD, TSX:TDG)
TORONTO — The New York Rangers are the NHL’s most valuable franchise for a fourth consecutive year, according to Forbes.The Rangers top the annual list of franchise valuations at $1.55 billion, up 3 per cent from last year.The Toronto Maple Leafs are second at $1.35 billion, and Montreal Canadiens third at $1.3 billion, 4 per cent increases for both clubs.Original Six clubs make up the top five, with the Chicago Blackhawks fourth at $1.05 billion and the Boston Bruins fifth at $925 million. The Detroit Red Wings are not far behind in eighth ($775 million) and have seen an 11 per cent increase thanks to a new downtown arena.Los Angeles (sixth, $810 million), Philadelphia (seventh, $800 million), Vancouver (ninth, $735 million) and Washington (10th, $725 million) round out the top 10. The Capitals enjoyed a league-best 16 per cent boost with their first Stanley Cup title.The Vegas Golden Knights are 12th at $575 million after reaching the Cup final as an expansion team.At the other end of the list are the Florida Panthers (30th, $295 million) and Arizona Coyotes (31st, $290 million). The clubs were the only two to lose value according to Forbes, down 3 per cent each.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/tag/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Residents are being reminded to make sure all campfires are out this long weekend.The B.C. Conservation Officers shared a tweet on Friday showing a campfire they found left unattended and still smouldering. Although so far this long weekend, there haven’t been any major new forest fires, Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds said that most of Northeast B.C. is currently sitting at a ‘high’ fire danger rating, with pockets of ‘extreme’ fire danger near Hudson’s Hope, Mackenzie, and Fort Nelson. Reynolds said that there isn’t any precipitation in the forecast east of the Rockies this weekend, which could see the fire danger upgraded to ‘extreme’ in more areas. A theme encountered this weekend by Peace BCCOS patrolling the backcountry. An abandoned & smouldering campfire. Please ensure your fires are out before leaving them. “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former”- A. Einstein pic.twitter.com/u5JVHf1yEO— BC CO Service (@_BCCOS) May 19, 2018 Reynolds said that this has so far been a fairly active fire season, though not nearly as bad as last year or the year before. Despite this, she said that residents looking to go camping for the unofficial start of summer need to take precautions, especially when having a campfire.Category 2 fires are currently prohibited across the Prince George Fire Centre – which includes all of Northeast B.C. – meaning that campfires need to be smaller than a half-metre in dimension. Sky lanterns, burning barrels, and binary exploding targets are also prohibited, as are grass fires smaller than 2,000 square metres. Reynolds said that in anticipation of a spike in wildfires this weekend, the BC Wildfire Service does have firefighters on standby in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, and Fort Nelson at the ready to respond to any flare-ups. Smokejumpers and an air tanker are also in Fort St. John on standby. The Fire Danger rating in Northeast B.C. remains at High – B.C. Wildfire Service