QPR v Brentford line-ups: Rangers man passed fit, Goss and LuaLua back in, Bees make three changes

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesJordan Cousins has been passed fit to start for QPR. Cousins has overcome a knee injury, while Conor Washington and Idrissa Sylla have been selected up front.Rangers are without several defenders but midfielder Massimo Luongo returns after illness.Sean Goss and on-loan Brighton winger Kazenga LuaLua are back in Rangers’ matchday squad – both are on the bench.Brentford, without the injured Henrik Dalsgaard, make three changes for the derby at Loftus Road, with Kamohelo Mokotjo, Sergi Canos and Lasse Vibe coming in for Romaine Sawyers, Neal Maupay and Ollie Watkins.QPR: Smithies, Baptiste, Robinson, Bidwell, Cousins, Scowen, Luongo, Freeman, Mackie, Washington, Sylla. Subs: Lumley, Smith, Goss, Wszolek, Chair, Wheeler, LuaLua.Brentford: Bentley, Clarke, Egan, Barbet, Bjelland, Jozefzoon, Yennaris, Woods, Mokotjo, Canos, Vibe. Subs: Daniels, Maupay, McEachran, Watkins, Sawyers, Mepham, Macleod.last_img read more


first_imgRead the full text of the address by South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telcom World 2018 on Monday 10 September at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre, eThekweni.Programme Director, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane,Acting Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Sihle Zikalala,Executive Mayor of Ethekwini, Ms Zandile Gumede,Ministers and Deputy Ministers,Secretary General of the ITU, Mr Houlin Zhao,AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Dr Amani Abou-Zeid,Members of the diplomatic corps,Distinguished delegates,Esteemed guests,Ladies and Gentlemen,It is a great privilege to address this opening session of the ITU Telecom World 2018.It is an honour as the government and the people of South Africa to host this event for the first time on the African continent.For us, the ITU Telecom World provides a guide to the future.The deliberations that take place here concern the economy and society of tomorrow that we are building today.We are at the dawn of a digital revolution that will reshape the way we work, they way we live and the way we relate to each other.Technological change is proceeding at a pace far greater than anything humanity has experienced before.It is through forums like this that we are able not only to anticipate technological change, but also to harness it for the advancement of humanity.It is through bodies like the International Telecommunication Union that we craft a digital agenda for inclusivity, sustainability and development.We have the means and the responsibility to direct the evolution of information and communications technology towards the achievement of a better life for all the peoples of the world.It is our task to ensure that the 4th Industrial Revolution improves the human condition and that no one is left behind.It is our task to ensure that this digital revolution responds to the needs of the developing world.It must assist in overcoming unemployment, not exacerbate it.It must bridge the digital divide, not widen it.It must employ the latest in communications technology and data analytics to solve some of the world’s greatest development challenges.The decisions we make now, as individual countries and as a global collective, will determine whether the 4th Industrial Revolution is the opportunity that so many people anticipateor the threat that so many people fear.As our economies become increasingly dependent on information and communication techology, it is critical that governments work more closely with industry to maximise the value of digital innovations.It is equally critical that both government and industry develop effective collaborative relationships with the communities they are both expected to serve.It is such relationships that are required, for example, for the accelerated rollout of broadband in areas that are generally seen asnot being economically viable.And yet, the presence of broadband in such areas is vital for the viability of the economy.The rapid expansion of broadband reach and accessibility is a priority in South Africa because it is a key determinant of economic inclusion.There are currently 20 million South Africans who do not use the internet, for a range of reasons such as unaffordable data prices, lack of internet-enabled devices and lack of access.Yet, about 87% of households in South Africa have access to mobile phones, presenting us with a great opportunity to overcome digital exclusion and to drive inclusive growth and innovation.Government has recently decided to accelerate the licensing of the radio frequency spectrum in the 2.6Ghz, 700Mhz and 800Mhz bands to hasten the growth of mobile communications.We have finalised consultations with the telecommunications industry and other stakeholders to ensure allocation of spectrum reduces barriers to entry, promotes competition and reduces costs to consumers.Following a Cabinet decision last month, our regulator ICASA is now preparing to licenceavailable high demand spectrum.In addition, we have begun work in preparation for 5G spectrum licensing as part of our efforts to build a smarter digital economy.Earlier this year, we announced plans toestablish a Digital Industrial Revolution Commission to ensure we are in a position to seize the opportunities of the rapid advances in information and communication technology.We are informed by research that associates investment in ICTs with such economic benefits as higher productivity, lower costs, new economic opportunities, job creation, innovation and increased trade.Information and communication technology also helps provide better services in health andeducation and strengthens social cohesion.Our work in this area coincides with agreement on the establishment of an African Continental Free Trade Area, which will create a single market of over a billion people.At the Plenipotentiary of the African Telecommunications Union held last month in Nairobi, South Africa was mandated to lead a five-country committee to coordinate the development of the continental response to the 4th Industrial Revolution.This is a task that we undertake in support of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, which seeks a continent with diverse and inclusive economies,advanced infrastructure and a skilled and capable population.In promoting this vision, we see a key role for technology.It was precisely this – the developmental role of technology – that South Africa’s founding President Nelson Mandela affirmed when he addressed the 7th World Telecommunications Conference and Exhibition in Geneva in 1995.It was the first year that South Africa participated in the global event as a full member of the ITU.In his speech, President Mandela said it was crucial for South Africa and the entire African continent to be part of the organisation that would drive international policy, technological development, cooperation and skills transfer.Now, in the year of the centenary of his birth, let us be guided by his vision of a world in which everyone is connected, not only by technology, but also by a common humanity.Since rejoining the ITU, South Africa has worked with other member countries to advocate for the transformation of the institution and the entire global communications landscape to promote equality and inclusivity.In the World Summit on Information Society,held in Geneva in 2003 and Tunis in 2005, we advocated for a people-centred and development-oriented information society, where citizens’ lives are enhanced by ICTs and member states are recognised on an equal footing.We continue to champion the internet as a tool for social and economic development.We support universal broadband and universal broadcasting to connect all citizens and ensure that they have access to information.Most recently, we have advocated for the safety of ICT infrastructure and secure use by all online.Important to Africa and developing countries is the need for countries to share manufacturing and localisation opportunities to allow equal access and shared growth throughout the world.We support equitable access to global ICT resources such as orbital slots, satellites and governance of the internet.Distinguished Guests,Ladies and Gentlemen,We firmly believe that there is a strong correlation between innovation and growth.South Africa recently embarked on an investment drive to attract $100 billion in new investment in the country over the next five years.This is part of a broader effort to set the economy on a new path of growth, employment and transformation.We will be holding an Investment Conference on 25-27 October, where we will showcase the country’s lucrative investment offerings.We are determined that the ICT sector be an integral part of this investment drive, with a focus on infrastructure investment, e-commerce, local manufacturing of equipment, and innovation.South Africa has demonstrated its capabilities in the development and deployment of information and communications technology.We expect that the Investment Conference will help to demonstrate the country’s great potential.In conclusion, we are certain that Telecom World 2018 will produce innovative solutions tosocietal challenges and establish a platform for greater inclusive growth.I thank our industry partners and state owned companies that heeded the call to support government in hosting this event for the first time on African soil.Special thanks to the Secretary-General, the entire leadership and officials of the ITU for having shown confidence in our country to host this event.To our guests from across the continent and across the world, we are honoured and delighted to welcome you to our shores.It is my pleasure to officially declare the ITU Telecom World 2018 open.I thank you.last_img read more

Bike, car lovers rejoice at Speed Autocar Performance Show 2006

first_imgPOWERPACKED: Chevrolet’s ‘concept’ SRV modelCall it an accelerating need for speed or the Dhoom phenomenon, fast bikes and faster cars are taking over Indian roads. Pace junkies are gunning for more bang for their buck and constantly hunting for ways to pump up their vehicle’s velocity.And the auto industry and,POWERPACKED: Chevrolet’s ‘concept’ SRV modelCall it an accelerating need for speed or the Dhoom phenomenon, fast bikes and faster cars are taking over Indian roads. Pace junkies are gunning for more bang for their buck and constantly hunting for ways to pump up their vehicle’s velocity.And the auto industry and specialists are gearing to whet this craving for speed. So fast cars get faster and smarter with technical and body-work modifications. As ace automobile designer Dilip Chhabaria says, “It is an international trend and Indian customers can’t be far behind. It’s a clear direction that market forces are moving in.”PACE ATTACK: Gautum Singhania’s Lotus EliseIn a reflection of this frenzy, the fastest bikes, cars, and the latest-in-performance accessories and die-hard pace junkies came together in a unique show, Speed Autocar Performance Show 2006 held in Mumbai from November 23 to 26. The fact that the event has grown nearly twice in size since its inception last year is proof that speedometers across the country are ticking.”There is definitely an increase in performance culture in the country. Today, cars are a status symbol. And with better cars and smoother roads being available we will only see a rise in this culture,” says Hormazd Sorabjee, editor of Autocar India. Never-seen before speedsters like the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, Audi Q7, Range Rover Sports, BMW 740Li, Pininfarina-styled Ferrari and the Mugen-tuned Honda were on display at the event.General Motors India flexed its muscles with a ‘concept’ Chevrolet SRV model touted as “India’s first sportback car” valued at Rs 7 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). “It is a supercharged 150 bhp after-market option which we will offer the performanceoriented customer through the accessories route,” said Rajeev Agrawal, manager, National Product Planning, General Motors India. And while this concept model may still not be on sale, the average Aveo can now be fitted with a body kit, starting at Rs 25,000.advertisementFAST AND FURIOUSLamborghini Gallardo Spyder: With a top speed of 315 km, this mean four-wheel drive machine features the Lamborghini V10 engine.Price: Rs: 2.6 crore (approximately)Range Rover Sport: This 2.7 litre V6 diesel is their latest SUV model.Price: Rs 65 lakh upwards (ex-showroom)Audi Q7: This 3-litre TDI V8 diesel SUV has the distinct Audi stamp.Price: Rs 62 lakh upwards (ex-showroom)BMW 740i: This power car with V8 400 cc 303 horsepower engine is absolute luxury.Price: Rs 81 lakh (ex-showroom)The Indian contingent too pulled out all stops. Tata Motors’ Indica Silhouette, a 3.5 litre V6 330 PS formula ‘concept’ car, capable of doing 0-100 km in 4.5 seconds with top speed of 270 kmph, attracted quite a few flashbulbs.J. Anand, managing director, Jayem Automotives, which works with Tata Motors on performance derivatives, says, “The concept car was developed to show the performance capabilities of the Indica. The Silhouette is a sportier version of the more practical Indica. Everything in it is indigenous, so it is great value-for-money.”Mahindra too showcased customised vehicles built on the Scorpio and Bolero platforms while Bajaj launched its 220 dtsi Pulsar and Apollo unveiled its W-speed rated directional tyre, Aspire, at the event.So what if you don’t own a speedster like the Lamborghini or Ferrari, you can soup up your Honda or Skoda and get your self a mean machine. Niche manufacturers like Chhabaria have seen markets grow and car manufacturers are following suit.Mugen powered performance kits for the Honda Civic, City and Accord V6 are available with Linkway Honda (the high performance kit for the Honda City costs approximately Rs 3,65,486). Additionally, you can buy accessories for Skoda’s Octavia, Laura and Superb by German brand Milotec at Trends, a DC Design company with the Laura body kit starting at Rs 18,800.MEAN MACHINE: Lamborghini Gallardo SpyderSpeed enthusiasts and tweaking experts are just getting started. Karanraj Shah of KS Motorsport has seen the business speed up since he started out nearly five years ago. “Earlier, we used to import five filters and had to convince people to get them installed. Now we bring in a container full and the customers are more aware,” he says.Modifications start at Rs 3,000 and go up to Rs 4-5 lakh. Shah’s younger clientele prefers quicker modifications. “Day jobs like simple filters, ignition units that increase spark discharge, fuel management systems and exhausts are very popular,” says Shah. Other changes include adding turbo chargers, nitrous oxide system, replacing Indian engines with Japanese engines etc.VROOM FACTOR: Pininfarina-styled FerrariMineel Chitroda, who runs MKraft Design, a successful business in body kits, concept vehicle interiors and customized paint job with brother Moneet, provides design solutions to clients who want to modify the look of their car.”The market is rapidly growing even in terms of design,” says Moneet, adding that clients are ready to shell out over Rs 2 lakh to give their cars a new look. Even as engines are revved up and body work waxed, car lovers are ready to vroom off in style, secure in the knowledge that potholed roads or not, speed is the king.advertisementlast_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Man City v Everton

first_img[dropcap]M[/dropcap]an City needed to wait until the second half to beat Brighton last weekend but their superiority showed throughout the game.They have no fresh injury worries ahead of their first home game of the season for which they are a short price to beat Everton who beat Stoke 1-0 on the opening weekend. Europa League commitments mean Everton have already played three additional games which, even at this early stage of the season, might be a strong reason to prefer the hosts with the fresher legs.The fixture list computer hasn’t exactly been kind to Everton. After tonight’s match they play Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United in the league.Everton’s manager Ronald Koeman said: “We know in seven days we play three away games, difficult ones, which starts on Monday with City.“But okay, it is a nice challenge. They [City] are strong, but we like to be strong and are fully confident we will go there, play and do the maximum to get a good result there.”The Toffees are likely to give club record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson his debut, even though the Icelander lacks match fitness.Pep Guardiola suffered the heaviest defeat of his managerial career when Man City were beaten 4-0 by Everton at Goodison but at home City are unbeaten in their last seven home games against Everton, including six Premier League meetings.Man City v EvertonPremier League20:00 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Jan 2017 PREMIER Everton 4-0 Man CityOct 2016 PREMIER Man City 1-1 EvertonJan 2016 CAPITAL ONE CUP Man City 3-1 EvertonJan 2016 PREMIER Man City 0-0 EvertonJan 2016 CAPITAL ONE CUP Everton 2-1 Man CityAug 2015 PREMIER Everton 0-2 Man CityJan 2015 PREMIER Everton 1-1 Man CityDec 2014 PREMIER Man City 1-0 EvertonMay 2014 PREMIER Everton 2-3 Man CityOct 2013 PREMIER Man City 3-1 EvertonTough call but fancy BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE at around 21/20 with Star Sports for the first Monday Night Football of the new season.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE YES 6 points win at 21/20 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 14.45 pointsBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more