first_imgOp-Ed: The Peril in Pipeline Overbuild FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Nancy Sorrells for the Staunton (Va.) News Leader:Dominion talks safety a lot. But the boots-on-the-ground people doing Dominion’s work are contractors coming from places far from Augusta County and may not have heard Dominion’s safety message. The result is a chasm of disconnect between corporate mantra and reality.I recently went along with Dominion contractors documenting pre-existing conditions near the proposed pipeline corridor. The West Virginia company, hired to draw pictures and take photographs, had never heard the word “karst,” were astounded that we had sinkholes, knew nothing about locations of fault lines, and had no idea about the most basic Atlantic Coast Pipeline details.We know there will be problems with ACP construction and operation. Why are we certain? Because we have witnessed Dominion contractors in action as they upgrade existing transmission lines and survey for the ACP. We have seen a sinkhole that Dominion refuses to repair, a cracked foundation from blasting they refuse to fix, erosion and sediment control violations left unattended, dead cattle from poor field maintenance and piles of human feces and used shop towels left by contractors on private property.To learn more about the disconnect between the company’s corporate public relations and its on-the-ground contractor performance, check out Dominion’s G-150 pipeline in northwestern West Virginia (a 50-mile long, 30-inch pipeline built in 2012-13) that was the subject of a consent order with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection after serial non-compliance and delayed remediation. There were 14 violation notices issued for slope failures. The Dominion spokesman stated that “in this case it did not meet its own expectations.”Or how about the Stonewall Gathering pipeline in central West Virginia (36 inches, about 50 miles, built in 2015) that incurred numerous violation notices including intentional discharge into a wetland and stream and generally poor maintenance of runoff control structures. Although not Dominion’s pipeline, at least one and perhaps two of the project contractors will be part of the ACP project. The project designer, GAI Inc., was represented at Dominion’s ACP open houses and will presumably be working for the ACP.Both of these were smaller pipelines and not in the same karst type or steep mountainous terrain through which the ACP is proposed. Dominion has never constructed a 42-inch pipeline. No company has ever attempted to build a 42-inch natural gas line in steep, forested mountainous terrain like that in western Virginia and West Virginia. Dominion has warned its stockholders about the route: “The large diameter of the pipeline and difficult terrain of certain portions of the proposed pipeline route aggravate the typical construction risks”There is a reason no one has ever run a pipeline, covered with only three or four feet of earth, over such terrain that is subjected with frequent regularity to catastrophic flooding and mudslides that occur when hurricanes dump massive amounts of rain in mountain streams. Hurricane Sandy caused 1,300 natural gas line breaks. It only takes one break to wreak havoc.Data from the Pipeline Safety Trust shows that pipelines built in the 2010s are failing at a rate similar to the failure rate for pipelines constructed before 1940, and five times the failure rate of pipelines built in the three previous decades. This is an alarming trend. If there were something for our communities to be gained from this project, then we would rightly weigh the risks against the gains. But there is not. More and more studies show that the gas in this pipeline is not needed and in reality could be supplied faster and less expensively through infrastructure upgrades. An April 2016 study by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis explains this while detailing the industry “overbuild” and the fact that existing pipelines are underutilized.So given the pipeline overbuild, the risk of uninformed contractors, the failure rate of new pipelines, and the disrespect Dominion has shown our community, the only question to ask is “why?”Dominion contractors don’t comfortlast_img read more

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first_imgLeading Japanese paper says nation ‘must swiftly abandon coal’ and turn to renewable energy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Asahi Shimbun:The growing global crisis posed by climate change allows no excuses for ignoring pressing tasks.The Paris Agreement’s goal is to keep the increase in global average temperature since the Industrial Revolution to 1.5 degrees. For that, greenhouse gas emissions must be brought down to zero by 2050.We cannot overcome the current climate crisis if we keep pinning our hopes on technological innovations of unsubstantiated efficacy and ignore the urgent issues at hand.Japan, in particular, must swiftly abandon coal and aim for greater reliance on renewable energy.But while a growing number of nations ‒ mainly European ‒ are committing to go coal-free during the 2020s and 2030s, the Abe administration is still keeping its policy of “relying on coal for 26 percent of the nation’s power sources in fiscal 2030.” Under this policy, Japan has new construction plans for about 20 coal-fired thermal power plants around the nation, and it is also continuing to export them to Southeast Asia and elsewhere.The government must promptly go ahead with a major policy change to become coal-free and consider a specific plan with a definitive target year. At the same time, the government must also introduce a carbon pricing system, such as a carbon tax and a carbon emissions trading system, to increase costs for carbon and urge utilities to end coal-fired power generation.More: EDITORIAL: To fight climate crisis, Japan should first stop burning coallast_img read more

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first_imgBy Dialogo November 13, 2009 Israel has signed a $350 million deal to supply dozens of unmanned surveillance aircraft to Brazil’s national police, a defense official said. The Heron drones, made by Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., are to be used to monitor Brazil’s borders and help prevent the smuggling of arms, drugs and unspecified natural resources, the official said. They will also be used to augment security during the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Israel Aerospace Industries also supplies Heron aircraft to Germany for use in Afghanistan. The defense official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter on the record. The deal was signed this week during President Shimon Peres’ visit to Brazil, the official said. The company will deliver 14 systems, each including multiple drones and auxiliary equipment, he said. Deliveries are to begin within several months, he added, without specifying exactly how many drones were involved. Brazilian police are currently at Israel Aerospace Industries being trained to use the system, he said. The company has expanded its operations with Brazil over the past year, setting up a joint venture with U.S.-based Synergy Group to go after Brazilian contracts.last_img read more

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first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Consider this question: Is everyone on your team rowing in the same direction? On a scale of 1 to 10, how confident are you that all employees know their own and the organization’s highest-priority objectives?If your confidence is at a 9 or a 10, congratulations. But based on my experience, most CEOs, when speaking candidly, will admit to the nagging feeling they have quite a few out-of-synch rowers on the boat.Apparently, their insecurity is justified. Aligning the team is a critical CEO responsibility, but this finding from the Corporate Executive Board reveals many of us come up short:On average, only 21 percent of the workforce is actively aligning their efforts with company goals (i.e., prioritizing work to be more aligned with strategic goals and advocating for those goals). Even among those with significantly high levels of employee engagement, only 40 percent were aligning their efforts with corporate goals. continue reading »last_img read more

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first_img 116SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Laurie Maddalena Laurie Maddalena is a dynamic and engaging keynote speaker and leadership consultant. She writes a monthly online column for next generation leaders for CUES and has published articles in Credit … Web: www.envisionexcellence.net Details Have you ever felt so overwhelmed that you want to crawl back under the covers, eat a pint of ice cream, and watch reruns of Friends all day? I had a moment like this last month when I overextended myself and felt swamped with all my commitments.I was flying back from California after traveling for business, and felt a wave of panic as I thought about the week ahead.  I had a week full of clients, a speech to present that Friday, and my kids had a slew of activities. I had also volunteered to be Vice President of the Parent Association at my children’s school earlier that year, and I was in charge of the spring fair event that was to take place the next weekend. We were getting ready to have pictures taken to put our house on the market, and on top of all that, I had volunteered to lead the new website project at the school as well. I was overcommitted, overwhelmed, and completely stressed. I’ve always prided myself on being able to balance so many projects and commitments. I’m great at managing my time and juggling multiple responsibilities. But there was a precise moment that week when I reached a breaking point. I had no balance. I stopped exercising, I was staying up late, and wasn’t eating healthy. I felt anxious all the time, and didn’t feel like I had a moment to even breathe. My mind was so overwhelmed with what I had to do, that I felt paralyzed and couldn’t think straight. I had no space in my schedule for at least three weeks, and felt depleted and exhausted. My husband gently reminded me that perhaps I couldn’t do it all, and needed to make some choices about what I could reasonably do. The answer was clear to me in that moment: I needed to resign from Vice President of the Parent Association.  Saying no is hard for me, but I realized I needed to put boundaries in place to gain my time and energy back. That one decision took a huge weight off of my shoulders.Although on some level it felt good to be a part of so many things, it was at the expense of the bigger picture. Being overtaxed was in direct conflict of my values. Particularly the time I was investing in my children’s school.  I was making a big impact for the school, but at the expense of my own personal impact. The time and energy I was spending volunteering could be channeled into my family, my business, and my health and make a bigger impact in my own life.I’m sure you’ve had an experience like this. You say yes to so many things because you are a leader. You are a leader at work, in your life, and in your family. You want to serve; to be involved, make a contribution, and get things done. And maybe you feel a little bit obligated to contribute your best effort all the time. It was tough for me to admit that I couldn’t do everything, and that I had overcommitted myself. At first, I felt like I had failed and that I should be able to handle everything with ease and balance my life perfectly. This experience got me reflecting: why do we feel like we have to do it all? And, is there such a thing as work life balance?There has been a significant change in our society and how we live over the past 30 years. More women are in the workforce and contributing in broader ways. While this is a positive shift, for many women, these changes have added an additional layer of stress since most of us still have responsibilities and commitments outside of work. Even if you have a great partner who shares the responsibilities, there is still a lot to balance with raising children, running the household, getting involved in the community, and working a full-time job. And that doesn’t even take into account time for yourself. Simply put: we’ve added several more roles in our lives, and we have the same amount of time to perform them. I often have to remind myself that I have two jobs: running my business, and running my home life. The responsibilities of home life don’t diminish for women who are working outside the home. Most of us walk around each day in a state of stress, and look outside ourselves to place the blame. We blame our boss. We blame our kids. We blame our spouse. We even blame time. But busy is a choice. Overwhelm is a choice. Stress is a choice. It was hard for me to accept that, but I realized that I have choices in how to spend my time. I don’t have to say yes to everything, and I am ultimately responsible for my life experience. One of my mentors, Marie Forleo, so brilliantly said, “You can have it all, but you can’t do it all.”Although we may want to do everything, and do it all well, when there is an abundance of things to do and only so much time, there has to be tradeoffs. It’s just not possible to do everything and do it well. This creates an enormous amount of stress that bleeds into our work. Leaders who value achievement and impact often have a hard time saying no. We load up on our commitments and fear we may be perceived negatively if we can’t handle it all. And if you are a leader at work, juggling the responsibilities of coaching, developing, and mentoring employees can add to the stress. In her article, Stressed, Tired, Rushed: A Portrait of the Modern Family (https://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/05/upshot/stressed-tired-rushed-a-portrait-of-the-modern-family.html), Claire Cain Miller cites research from a Pew survey that indicates women still do the majority of the housework and childcare. As one woman put it, “you feel like you’re doing a horrible job at everything.”So what ‘s the solution? I’m not sure this challenge will be solved anytime soon. Most organizations still operate in a bureaucratic manner and struggle to embrace a more modern approach of work life integration. And most women struggle to find a balance between work and home with all their competing roles.But there are small steps that can make a difference. I am much more deliberate about how I schedule my time. I am pausing to consider opportunities and commitments before I say yes. I have hired more help with managing the home because I realize I can’t do it all. I put boundaries in place and don’t accept weeknight commitments that will keep me out past 8:30 p.m. so that I can keep to my 9:30 p.m. bedtime. I am saying no more often. No, I don’t need to accept every play date or have my children attend every birthday party. No, I choose not to volunteer any more time outside of my family. And no, I will not feel guilty for going to yoga on Saturdays.These small steps make a difference, yet I’m experienced enough in life to know that it doesn’t solve the problem. There will be times where I start to feel stressed and overcommitted. I may fall off the wagon and say yes too much. I am a work in progress. I may never manage this life perfectly.But for now: I choose space. I choose calm. I choose to say no.last_img read more

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first_imgChaudhry spoke to friends and family back home shortly after the attack. Everyone is “weeping a loss,” she said.She said interfaith groups from across the region have reached out to the ICLI and expressed deep sadness. An interfaith prayer service is expected to be held at the ICLI’s mosque in Westbury Wednesday afternoon to mourn the victims.The devastating attack came less than a week after Malala Yousafzai became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace prize. Yousafzai survived a Taliban assassination attempt in Pakistan after she was targeted for her pro-education advocacy.“I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold-blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us,” Yousafzai said in a statement. “Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this.” View image | gettyimages.com View image | gettyimages.com Qamar, who is from Karachi, said he was hoping that the Pakistani Army could put an end to the violence.According to reports, the attack was in retaliation for a Pakistani military offensive against the military group on the Afghan border.“There’s no justification, there is nothing,” added Chaudhry. “It’s something you cannot really comprehend.”When she lived in Pakistan, Chaudhry said her family would travel to Pashawar often. She described it as a “major city” that is home to children who take pride in their education. For some Pakistani children, however, school is not an option because families cannot afford the cost of education, she said.“It’s not something that comes in easy or is taken for granted,” she said. “You should see these kids the way they’re dressed up…because they have a lot of pride.” Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Local Pakistanis and faith groups mourning the 145 victims—132 of them children—of a Taliban school attack are planning a candlelight vigil in Mineola on Wednesday evening.The brazen attack shocked the world on Tuesday as reports came in describing how ruthless Taliban gunman stormed the Army Public School and Degree College in Pashawar and indiscriminately sprayed bullets into uniformed children and their teachers.“I could not focus since I heard the news,” said Isma Chaudhry, the president-elect of the Islamic Center of Long Island, who was raised in Lahore. “What is most shameful is that this is all done in the name of religion and these are acts beyond any explanation, beyond any sense, beyond any human understanding.”Pakistani troops who responded to the school described a horrific scene of pools of blood and bullet-ridden bodies of lifeless children scattered on the floor. Some students recalled how the Taliban forced them to watch as their teacher was burned alive. None of the attackers survived the siege.The tragedy shocked Pakistani-born Long Islanders who have been struggling to come to terms with the brutal terrorist attack.“These were children,” Chaudhry added. “I have kids…I just cannot imagine such a horrific, heinous action toward anyone, especially kids.”Bashir Qamar, founder of Pakistani American Community of Long Island, a cultural and social organization, said his group will mourn the dead at a candlelight vigil at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building in Mineola at 6 p.m. Wednesday.“We were in sudden shock,” he said. “We were speechless. It was such a sad and tragic incident.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) wants to streamline rules governing defined contribution (DC) bulk transfers to remove barriers to consolidation.The DWP published a consultation paper yesterday calling for industry feedback on current arrangements, which are based on defined benefit bulk transfer rules.The consultation reflects a growing desire from the government and regulators to consolidate small pension funds in an effort to improve governance and efficiency.The government wants to make it easier for employers to consolidate multiple DC pension schemes into one, or to transfer schemes into a master trust arrangement. In the consultation document, the DWP said: “Our main objectives are to reduce unnecessary burdens while ensuring members are adequately protected, and modernise the provisions so they reflect the current pensions landscape.”Bulk transfers without member consent are only permitted if the schemes involved have a “certain relationship” – either the same sponsoring employer, or a relationship between sponsoring employers.The current rules make it difficult for transfers in some situations, such as when a company ceases to exist, leaving a DC fund without a sponsor, the DWP said.The consultation is also seeking views on the future role of actuaries in DC bulk transfers.The current rules require an actuary to sign off on any transfer, but the DWP suggested other professionals might be better suited.The DWP’s consultation document is available here.The deadline for responses is 21 February.last_img read more

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first_img Tweet 36 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Share LifestyleRelationships The new rules of attraction by: – November 14, 2011 When it comes to finding love, there are certain truths that seem so irrefutable that any single person would be a fool not to follow them. Maybe you’re a firm believer that you can tell within seconds if you’re attracted to someone. Or, maybe you adhere to the idea that a first kiss says it all: if you feel fireworks, your date’s a keeper; if it bombs, cut your losses. While these romantic maxims have their fans, experts insist that these laws no longer hold true in today’s dating world. In short, many rules single people follow need a little revamping. To that end, we’ve consulted authorities in the field to bring you the most up-to-date tactics for finding someone you’ll click with romantically.Old rule: You can tell if you’re truly attracted to someone in three secondsNew rule: You can’t tell if you’re truly attracted to someone until you’ve had three dates“Love at first sight” is a familiar romantic notion. And in our increasingly fast-paced world, it’s darn convenient to think you can tell if you click with someone that quickly. But experts recommend cultivating a bit more patience, sticking to a three-date minimum to know for sure whether you’re a match (or not). The reason: people are a bundle of nerves on date #1, begin to unwind on date #2, but only by date #3 can people truly relax and maybe build some rapport. And while sparks early on are nice and all, they say nothing about someone’s long-term potential. “An important part of a compatible relationship is ensuring that each partner’s values coincide — and to learn that takes time, discussion, observation, and interpersonal interaction, not an initial impression based on superficial cues,” says James C. Piers, Ph.D., professor and program director of social work at Hope College in Holland, MI. So, don’t write someone off (or fall head over heels) until you’ve done your due diligence. Old rule: Your mate must meet all the criteria on your “must-have list”New rule: A “must-have list” looks great on paper, but paper won’t keep you warm at nightYou can check off the attributes you want — appearance, background, education, career, salary, etc. — but unless you’re building your partner in a lab, you’re missing out. Of course, you should have standards and not settle for a two-packs-a-day smoker who doesn’t want kids when you’re allergic to cigarette smoke and eager to start a family… but settling for nothing less than perfection is unrealistic. “Wish lists are a classic recipe for unsuccessful dating,” says Fleming. “They’re too limiting and don’t allow for chemistry, which is more intangible and valuable.” Try to be flexible, especially when it comes to physical or material attributes like someone’s height, salary, or hair color. After all, just because someone’s 6’2”, blonde, or makes six figures doesn’t mean he or she will make you happy, so do yourself a favor and treat your wish list describing your ideal mate as just one factor in deciding who’s right for you.Old rule: Opposites attractNew rule: Opposites distractDating your diametric opposite might mean the surprise of relating to someone really new and different than your usual type, lots of challenging banter and scintillating chemistry — but sustaining a partnership with this person may ultimately prove to be unfulfilling. “The classic couple with nothing in common except their on-fire fights plays well in the movies, but in real life, that attraction fizzles quickly,” says Alyssa Wodtke, coauthor of Truth, Lies, and Online Dating: Secrets to Finding Romance on the Internet. “If you don’t like to do the same things, there will be nothing for you to do outside of the home. And if you don’t want the same things for the future, what kind of future can you have?” We’re not saying you should end up with someone identical to yourself, but ideally, it should be someone who complements your personality (see the next rule for more details).Old rule: Your date’s taste in music (or movies, or books) mirrors yours — so you must be soul matesNew rule: You want to fall in love with a person, not a playlistSometimes you meet someone and have so much in common, you know it must be love. After all, each of you saw Phish perform at least a dozen times and know the works of David Sedaris inside out. But don’t confuse mirror-image taste with romantic chemistry. In fact, it’s probably better if your interests don’t match up exactly. Not only does that leave room for you to expand your boundaries and dabble in pursuits that your partner digs, it also means you two will probably have little trouble maintaining some healthy independence. “Some of the best relationships are those where both parties have completely independent hobbies and allow for the concept of ‘his, her and our’ time,” notes relationship coach Hu Fleming, Ph.D. So, take it as a good sign if you spend the occasional Saturday night apart — with you doing dips at ballroom dancing class and your date doing the wave at an NBA game, for example.Old rule: Your first kiss should be a toe-curling experienceNew rule: Your first kiss is ultimately inconsequentialIn fairy tales, an amazing first kiss leads to happily ever after — no wonder we place such importance on that primary pucker! But there are ample reasons why a first kiss from a potentially great partner can go awry (like nervousness or a less-than-ideal setting) — and just as many to explain why a first kiss from Mr./Ms. Wrong can feel so right (you’ve just been dumped and are looking for validation, perhaps?). “A kiss can be a romantic, erotic experience with someone you find physically attractive, but a relationship will crumble without more complex attributes, like shared values,” points out Piers. So rather than write someone off following a less-than-mindblowing kiss, smile and move in slowly for smooch number two — either at that moment or on a subsequent date. Trust us, you owe it to yourselves.Old rule: When it’s true love, you think about the other person constantlyNew rule: When it’s true love, thinking about the other person makes you feel goodHmm, has Willie Nelson’s “You’re Always on My Mind” become the theme song for how you feel about your sweetie? That may not be for the best. “Constantly thinking about another person isn’t love, it’s infatuation, and infatuation has no correlation with being a good match,” says Fleming. Ultimately, it’s a better gauge to assess the quality of your thoughts rather than the quantity. “If you have warm and comfortable feelings when you think about your date, that indicates a relationship built on stability, trust and a strong ‘friendship’ factor, denoting a relationship that will more likely wear well over time,” says Piers. If, on the other hand, your relationship keeps you up all night as you analyze this person’s email for hidden messages that reveal his or her true feelings, you may be chasing down someone who doesn’t really want to be yours.By Nina MalkinYahoo Dating Tips and Advicelast_img read more

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first_imgIn Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod action, Travis Rhodes led every lap to score his first career feature win. Defending track champion Jayden Schmidt closed late in the going but had to settle for second. Vince Engbregtsen placed third after starting in row six, Matt Radtke and Cory Kemkes completed the top five. The race went green to checker. SEYMOUR, Wis. (June 19) – The weather held off for fans and racers who joined Outagamie Speedway powered by EWSC for night number two. Fans were greeted to 128 cars doing battle. Hunter Parsons looked to be the man to beat early in the IMCA Modified feature as he pulled out to an early lead. Parsons paced the field with Jason Czarapata, Brian Mullen and Tyler Wilson giving chase. Czarapata’s night came to an abrupt end as his machine lost the right rear wheel just past the midway point. With the field bunched up Wilson went to work down low, wrestling the lead away on lap 14. Wilson pulled away for his first win in the Modified ranks. Parsons had to the settle for second at the pay window, Wyatt Block rallied to place third, Mullen was fourth and Mar­cus Yarie completed the top five. By Edward Anschutz center_img Al Cottrel was victorious in the Hach-1 Sport Compacts. Each time Michonski was up for the challenge as he earned a clean sweep with his first win of the sea­son. Eric Arneson made a late-race charge to place a solid second, Mroczkowski was third, Christians took fourth and Travis Van Straten rounded out the top five. Dan Michonski jumped to the point on the first lap of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature and was immediately dogged by Jeremy Christians and Josh Mroczkowski. Several cautions kept the field tight to the back bumper of the leader.last_img read more

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September 21, 2020

Jordan eyes March lift-off

first_img That victory, coupled with results elsewhere, gives QPR renewed hope of staving off relegation with just 10 matches remaining, including Saturday’s home clash against Sunderland. QPR also have a trip to face lowly Aston Villa on March 16 before they reach a busy April, which begins on Monday, April 1 with an away day at Fulham. Jordan added: “There are fixtures coming up against teams in a similar position to us in the table. “That gives us an opportunity to not only put points on the board ourselves, but also to stop those around us. But we aren’t looking any further ahead than Sunderland. That’s our next game and the only one we’re focusing on right now. “It’s going to be a very, very tough game and one we’ll need to be at our best at if we want to get back-to-back wins. We’ll need to maintain our performance levels from the weekend and take our chances.” The Hoops are bottom of the Barclays Premier League but moved four points away from safety by winning 2-1 at fellow strugglers Southampton on Saturday. “We know we’ve got a huge task on our hands over the last 10 games of th e season,” Jordan told the club’s official website, www.qpr.co.uk. “March will be a crucial month – it’s vitally important we do well this month.” QPR first-team coach Joe Jordan believes this month will be crucial to the west Londoners’ hopes of beating the drop.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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