Journalist gunned down in Kirkuk, investigators urged to work on theory he was killed because of his reporting

first_imgNews RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Soran Mama Hama of the fortnightly Leven was gunned down yesterday outside his home in a suburb of the northern city of Kirkuk. “Hama wrote hard-hitting articles about local politicians and security officials and had received threats from people telling him to stop his investigative reporting,” Reporters Without Borders said. Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Reporters Without Borders condemns the murder of reporter Soran Mama Hama of the fortnightly magazine Leven, who was gunned down yesterday outside his home in Kirkuk, in the northern region of Kurdistan. His colleagues said he had received threats about articles he had written on sensitive subjects.“We call on the Kurdistan authorities to carry out a thorough investigation into the circumstances of Hama’s murder,” Reporters Without Borders said. “He wrote hard-hitting articles about local politicians and security officials and had received threats from people telling him to stop his investigative reporting. The authorities should therefore give priority to the theory that he was killed because of his work.”Hama was gunned down outside his home in the Kirkuk suburb of Rasheed Awa yesterday evening by four men who left in a BMW car. He died on the spot.One of his colleagues at Leven, Hemin Hussein, told Reporters Without Borders that the aim of his murder was “to gag the newspaper, which has always been very critical of the government.”Leven issued a statement calling on the Kurdistan president’s office, the regional government and the Kurdish national assembly “to do their duty” to ensure that a proper investigation is carried out into Hama’s murder.Aged 23, Hama had worked for Leven for more than three years. An independent Kurdish-language fortnightly that was created in 2001, Leven often covers government corruption. Hama had written an article in the latest issue that was about the involvement of Kurdish officials in prostitution rings.Hama’s murder brings the number of journalists and media assistants killed in Iraq since March 2003 to 217. Thirteen of them were killed in Kirkuk. Organisation Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan July 22, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist gunned down in Kirkuk, investigators urged to work on theory he was killed because of his reporting December 16, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iraq to go further Help by sharing this information RSF_en December 28, 2020 Find out more News February 15, 2021 Find out more News News Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

ELN Leader Alias Uriel Neutralized in Colombia

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo December 08, 2020 During a joint operation, the Colombian Military Forces and the National Police neutralized on October 25, 2020, Andrés Felipe Vanegas Londoño, alias Uriel, a leader of the National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish) who was identified as the third commander of the western war front.“One of the most visible figures of that terrorist organization has fallen,” said Colombian President Iván Duque, who announced the payment of $130,000 that his government was offering as a reward for information leading to the criminal’s capture. “Uriel was responsible for kidnappings, murder of social leaders, persecution and harassment against citizens, and the murder of soldiers and police officers.”On October 25, the Armed Forces General Command said that Uriel had taken responsibility for the attack against the General Santander National Police Academy on January 17, 2019, where 22 agents died.“He was a criminal whose goal was to destabilize […] through acts of violence, vandalism, and terrorism, which he carried out using, in addition to weapons and lethal instruments, social networks as a communication and propaganda platform at the national and international level to advocate for crime, spread criminal activities, and challenge the Colombian State,” Colombian Minister of Defense Carlos Holmes Trujillo said.“In 2018, he began using social networks. This path led the Military Forces to place him at five locations on the Chocó coast,” said General Oscar Atehortúa, National Police director, who recognized as key the information obtained “from some students and radical groups, mainly in Bogotá, Medellín, and Pereira.” Uriel received young people from these cities and induced them to join the ELN’s urban cells.“The neutralization of this leader makes a significant contribution to reducing the forced recruitment of minors in the most vulnerable communities of Chocó, mainly indigenous populations, as he was the leader of the ELN’s Political School for Youth,” the Colombian Army indicated in a statement.last_img read more

Consent order against Navy Federal Credit Union could sink long standing credit union rights

first_img 45SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr On Tuesday the CFPB announced an enforcement order against Navy Federal Credit Union for engaging in unfair and Deceptive collection practices against delinquent  members whose accounts were delinquent.  One of the violations cited by the Bureau raises questions about one of the most fundamental precepts of credit union law: The right to restrict services to members who have caused a loss.According to the Bureau, Navy engaged in Unfair and Deceptive Practices by denying electronic account access and services for about 700,000 accounts after members  became delinquent on a Navy Federal Credit Union credit product. As explained in the press release “ This meant delinquency on a loan could shut down a consumer’s debit card, ATM, and online access to the consumer’s checking account. The only account actions consumers could take online would be to make payments on delinquent or overdrawn accounts.”To be clear, this practice was just one of a group of hardball collection practices some of which, if true, violated the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act. But the CFPB’s finding on Navy’s account practices is hard to square with one of the bedrock rules of credit union land.  As the NCUA has explained in opinion letters over the years . “Long standing legal interpretation is that an FCU may limit services to a member who has caused a loss” so long as the member retains the right to vote at the annual meeting and maintain a share draft account. continue reading »last_img read more

The best leaders know – that they do not know!

first_imgThe only true certainty in life is uncertainty. We live in a constantly changing world. Even though we have access to more information than any generation that ever lived, it’s still impossible to know what’s going to happen tomorrow with absolute certainty.The best leaders are masters at dealing with uncertainty. A capacity to deal with uncertainty is also a baseline indicator for evaluating candidates for potential leadership opportunities.There is a lot of powerful data available today, most notably the research of Randall White and Sandra Shullman that confirms that developing a comfort with uncertainty is one of the most valuable assets for aspiring and experienced leaders.Viewed as a trait, uncertainty also helps a leader establish trust and credibility. To put it plainly, people tend not to trust people who seem too sure of themselves. Researcher Erik Douglass reports that “Leaders who were confident but relatively uncertain were viewed as more effective…”We’re more willing to follow someone who doesn’t believe––or pretend to believe they know everything about the future.And on the flip side, over-confidence can produce disastrous outcomes. Don A. Moore wrote the following in Harvard Business Review:“Research has shown that over-confident CEOs make overly risky decisions, often at the expense of their shareholders. Leaders who are able to come to terms with uncertainty and communicate it to employees may avoid such bad decisions.”Now that we’ve established how important it is for a leader to be somewhat comfortable with uncertainty, there’s a sad fact we must face––we’re not generally good at it! An inability or unwillingness to face uncertainty competently and confidently is a huge problem today, especially for aspiring and emerging leaders.Fortunately, the solution to this problem is remarkably simple. It does, however, require some courage and some discipline. I learned how to deal with uncertainty in the rough and tumble environment of the dojo. The same process applies to the business world.#1 If you want to become more comfortable with uncertainty––you’ve got to expose yourself to it!You simply can’t train courage and confidence without exposing yourself to risk. In the dojo we practiced endless self-defense scenarios. As soon as we were comfortable with one set of conditions, the Master changed them, usually without warning.We took our lumps! But by exposing ourselves to the unexpected, we learned to deal with rapidly changing and unanticipated conditions quickly and effectively. We learned how to adapt, improvise and innovate.What are you doing in your life and business to expose yourself to risk and uncertainty? Or, like too many people, are you trying to avoid it?#2 Comfort, courage and confidence come from training and preparation. Acknowledge the fact that absolute certainty is nothing but an illusion––another powerful philosophy I learned from my Eastern Masters. Having acknowledged that fact, the way to develop a “quiet mind” in the heat of battle is to prepare for as many contingencies as possible.Training in this way, you remove many of the variables that may otherwise have taken you by surprise. And even when conditions are not exactly what you expected, the situation may be similar enough to something you’ve trained for that you can adapt to any variation quickly.As important as it is to become proficient in certain techniques, it’s even more important to develop a calm and centered mind. That’s the mindset you need to respond to chaos and as a leader––to be the calm in the center of the storm.And that comes from training.What are you doing to train yourself to respond to unexpected or rapidly changing conditions?#3 Anticipate as many contingencies as possible and have the courage to consider the improbable, the impossible and the worst case scenario.As I noted above, an over-confident leader can make bad decisions. Arrogance has destroyed many promising and successful leaders.Think about what could happen––both good and bad. Plan for the most improbable conditions, prepare for the worst possible outcomes and train yourself to face the most improbable conditions with courage. What are you doing to anticipate and prepare for the worst case scenario and the least likely challenges, situations and conditions?Finally, remember always that one of your most important roles as a leader, if not your most important role, is to develop the next generation of leaders. As Tom Peters famously said, “Leaders don’t create followers. They create more leaders!”If you want to develop strong, competent leaders on your watch, you must expose them to challenges and risks too.You decide the level of exposure, both for your protege and for the organization, but keep in mind that to become comfortable with uncertainty, you must be exposed to it. There is no true growth without risk––especially for leaders.Identify, manage and even develop opportunities for aspiring leaders to test their mettle under live fire. Sure, there is risk that they’ll fail once in a while. But in the long run you’ll find that your future leaders are those who will surprise you with their ingenuity, creativity and exemplary performance under pressure––Given the chance!There are no shortcuts. I wouldn’t want any.You develop your full potential as a leader by embracing your most daunting challenges. There is no greater challenge than facing the unknown. 53SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Bouchard “THE SENSEI LEADER is not just another leadership development program. It is a movement.”Our programs support this movement and help us fulfill our vision and mission…                                                                     Vision: To promote … Web: TheSenseiLeader.com Detailslast_img read more

Google mulls licensing deals with news media: industry sources

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal reported earlier Friday Google was considering deals for a “premium” news product.The California tech giant has remained steadfast about not paying for news article links displayed in search results and is not changing that position, people familiar with the matter told AFP.It has argued that it drives traffic to news websites and thereby helps those publishers get ad revenues.Google’s News Initiative works with publishers to encourage readership and paid subscriptions to their offerings.Facebook, which has been hit with similar criticism, last year launched a dedicated “news tab” with professionally-produced content — a move by the social network to promote journalism and shed its reputation as a platform for misinformation.Facebook was expected to pay some of the news organizations, reportedly millions of dollars in some cases.The move by Google comes amid pressure to comply with a European copyright directive on content in search results.Google said last year it would not pay European media outlets for using their articles, pictures and videos in its searches in France, the first country to ratify the copyright directive, raising the prospect of legal action against the internet titan.The tech giant said it would only display content in its search engine results and on Google News from media groups who had given their permission for it to be used for free. Topics : Google is in discussions on deals to pay media organizations for content, a move aimed at blunting criticism that it unfairly profits from copyrighted news, according to people familiar with the talks.Negotiations between the internet giant and news outlets were said to be in the early stages, with most of the publishers located in France and other parts of Europe.Paying for news would diverge from the Alphabet-owned internet titan’s practice of freely mining the internet for material it displays in search results.center_img A licensing deal would likely be welcomed by news organizations that contend Google derives profits from ads alongside their news articles, including “snippets” in search results.Contacted by AFP Friday, Google indicated it is seeking new ways to help publishers.”We want to help people find quality journalism — it’s important to informed democracy and helps support a sustainable news industry,” Google vice president of news Richard Gingras said in a statement.”We care deeply about this and are talking with partners and looking at more ways to expand our ongoing work with publishers, building on programs like our Google News Initiative.”last_img read more

Burgers, fries and coffee: New Zealanders rush for fast food as lockdown eases

first_imgNew Zealanders queued for burgers, fries and coffee takeaway on Tuesday after they were freed from a month-long lockdown, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern credited with eliminating domestic transmission of the coronavirus.Around 400,000 people returned to work after Ardern shifted the country’s alert level down a notch, loosening some of the tough movement restrictions that shut down businesses for weeks.”It’s hard to explain how good this tastes,” Christopher Bishop, a lawmaker, said on Twitter after posting a picture with a take away coffee cup. Topics : “We can say with confidence that we do not have community transmission in New Zealand. The trick now is to maintain that,” Ardern told Radio New Zealand on Tuesday.There was growing debate among officials and academics about the terminology that should be used for New Zealand’s status in relation to the coronavirus spread, with some saying “elimination” would not allow for recurrent small numbers of cases. They point to the fact that the country reported five new cases and one death yesterday.”When I talk about elimination it does not mean zero cases, it means zero tolerance for cases,” Ardern said. “The idea of COVID being completely gone, that is eradication – so there are important differences there.”New Zealand is maintaining several social distancing policies despite the step down in the alert level with malls pubs, hairdressers and other public shopping areas to stay shut for at least another two weeks.Siouxsie Wiles, a microbiologist and associate professor at the University of Auckland, was among those warning the virus could return if lockdown measures were eased too quickly.”If we turn our backs for a minute, we’ll be on the path to a serious outbreak once again. And we’ve seen this happen overseas,” Wiles wrote in a column on the online news site The Spinoff.center_img Long queues of cars snaked up to McDonald’s Corp outlets in Auckland and Wellington from the early hours as people sought a fast food fix.”We got quarter pounders, Big Macs, drinks … I’ve still got two cheeseburgers left but I can’t finish them,” Tai Perez, who arrived at a McDonald’s outlet in Auckland at 4am, was quoted as saying by the New Zealand Herald.New Zealand’s 5 million residents were subjected to one of the strictest lockdowns in the world in response to the coronavirus pandemic, with Ardern shutting down much of the country from March 26.Ardern said those measures had paid off. New Zealand has reported just 1,122 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 19 deaths, one of the lowest tallies in the world.last_img read more

NZ vs IND 1st T20 Review: KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer bring the thunder…

first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCIAdvertisement uowNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4dWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eadmd( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) lWould you ever consider trying this?😱3s4by2Can your students do this? 🌚1l2gdeRoller skating! Powered by Firework Team India has swiftly emerged victorious in the first game of the 5-match T20 series against New Zealand today. Two destructive knocks from KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer saw Virat Kohli and his squad chase down the target comfortably with 6 wickets remaining at the Eden Park Stadium.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCIWinning the toss, captain Kohli elected to field first, as the Black Caps made an impressive total of 203 for 5 wickets in the first innings. However, a confident Team India, who showcased brilliant performance in the recent 2-1 ODI series win over Australia, reached the target score by the 19th over.New Zealand opener Colin Munro started off with a blazing 59-off-42, with six fours and two sixes, until Shardul Thakur got his wicket in the 12th over. His partner Martin Guptill was dismissed on 30 by Shivam Dube, the talented all rounder from Mumbai who made his internal debut against Bangladesh back in November.Advertisement The skipper Kane Williamson put up a stormy 51 runs from 26 balls, including four boundaries and equal number of over boundaries, but fell victim to Yuzvendra Chahal. The Kiwis’ veteran Batsman Ross Taylor finished off with a stormy 27-ball-54 with 3 fours and 3 sixes. Jadeja and Bumrah both secured one wicket each.While the Men in Blues’s superstar opener Rohit Sharma disappointed, losing his wicket to Mitchell Santner on just 7 runs, it was KL Rahul who sped up India’s chase. The newfound wicket keeper put up a swashbuckling score of 56 from 27 balls, thanks to four boundaries and three over boundaries.Advertisement Coming in after Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli fell short of just 5 runs from his 25th T20I half century. However, it was Shreyas Iyer, who went destructive against the New Zealand bowling squad, keeping his strike with 58 runs from 29 balls, with five fours and three sixes. This was the second T20I 50 for the 25 year old. Manish Pandey provided the finishing touches as India secured the win with 6 balls left.The Indian origin Kiwi spinner Ish Sodhi secured two wickets. The Ludhiana-born New Zealand international picked up the wickets of KL Rahul and Shivam Dube.The second T20 match is on this Sunday at the Eden Park Stadium.Also read-What KL Rahul did with his MOTM cash prize will melt your hearts! Advertisementlast_img read more

RALIS, TOUGH IT OUT, GOLD RUSH DANCER & MIDNIGHT MING ALL PROMINENT IN $200,000 SNOW CHIEF STAKES AT 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA

first_img                RALIS: A winner of Saratoga’s Grade I, seven furlong Hopeful Stakes on Sept. 7, Reddam Racing’s homebred colt by Square Eddie, out of the Ten Most Wanted mare Silar Rules, has been winless in five subsequent graded stakes assignments and is taking a massive drop in class in the Snow Chief–his first-ever try on turf. Far back early in the Grade III Pat Day Mile (one turn) at Churchill Downs May 7, Ralis ran his best race since the Hopeful two starts back, as he finished fifth, beaten three quarters of a length, in the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles Spiral Stakes on synthetic Polytrack April 2 at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky. Trained by Doug O’Neill, Ralis is the leading money earner in the Snow Chief field, as he has earnings of $290,923 from an overall mark of 10-2-1-0. SNOW CHIEF IS ONE OF FIVE STATE-BRED OR SIRED STAKES ON CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY GOLD RUSH DANCER: Second, beaten 4 ½ lengths by Tough It Out in the 6 ½ furlong Echo Eddie Stakes here April 9, Gold Rush Dancer turned the tables in the one mile turf Silky Sullivan at Golden Gate Fields May 1, winning by 1 ¼ lengths under Flavien Prat, who will ride back on Saturday. By Private Gold and out of the In Excess mare Dances On Water, Gold Rush Dancer is owned by his breeder, John Parker and is conditioned by Vann Belvoir. Originally stabled at Emerald Downs near Seattle, Gold Rush Dancer is well-seasoned and has an overall mark of 10-3-3-2, with earnings of $184,423. An easy minor stakes winner going 1 1/16 miles at Emerald in his fifth start on Sept. 27, Gold Rush Dancer has the credentials to be a solid contender here in the Snow Chief. Ralis–Mario Gutierrez–124The Big Train–Santiago Gonzalez–120Glory Bound–Edwin Maldonado–120Midnight Ming–Rafael Bejarano–120Tough It Out–Joe Talamo–124Gold Rush Dancer–Flavien Prat–124First post time on Saturday is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com THE $250,000 SNOW CHIEF STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS Race 5 (of 11)                         Approximate post time 4 p.m. PDTcenter_img MIDNIGHT MING: A bay colt by Midnight Lute, he’s owned by his breeders, Jack and Barbara Owens. Third, beaten 2 ½ lengths by Gold Rush Dancer in the aforementioned Silky Sullivan at Golden Gate Fields May 1, Midnight Ming, who had three consecutive second place finishes in Golden Gate allowance sprints coming into the Silky Sullivan, has been winless in six starts since breaking his maiden going six furlongs in his debut at Golden Gate on Nov. 22. Out of the Slewdledo mare, Candi Capri, Midnight Ming is trained by William Morey and will be ridden for the first time by Rafael Bejarano. TOUGH IT OUT: This Nick Alexander homebred gelding by Grazen appeared a bit erratic in running second as the 4-5 favorite in the one mile turf Silky Sullivan Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on May 1. Beaten 1 ¼ lengths by Gold Rush Dancer, Tough It Out, who is out of Alexander’s Marquetry mare, Mark Set Go, appeared to be running in spots the final sixteenth of a mile. A rousing 4 ½ length winner over a sloppy main track of Santa Anita’s 6 ½ furlong Echo Eddie Stakes on April 9, Tough It Out’s only other win came at one mile on turf at Del Mar on Nov. 12. Trained by Phil D’Amato, his overall mark stands at 9-2-2-2, with earnings of $231,790.                 ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2016)–Grade I winner Ralis, Tough It Out and Midnight Ming all loom prominent among a field of six sophomores in the $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes at a mile and one eighth on turf Saturday at Santa Anita.Named for the winner of the 1986 Santa Anita Derby, the Snow Chief was first run in 1994 at Hollywood Park and will be contested for the third consecutive year at Santa Anita on Saturday.last_img read more

Played six, won six. If Carlsberg did west London football…

first_imgIf Carlsberg did west London football weeks, they couldn’t have scripted the last seven days any better.The record of the area’s four top teams in that period reads played six, won six, scored 14.Chelsea might have qualified for a Champions League semi-final showdown with Barcelona in the process, but it’s Brentford who are the real Bees’ knees, having won four on the bounce – including impressive away victories at Preston and MK Dons.Uwe Rosler’s side are still five points adrift of the play-offs but if the Easter bunny is kind to them over the next few days, anything is possible.“There was typically not an Arsenal shirt in sight when we got home on Saturday.”‘Brickie chap’ on the Griffin Park Grapevine forum was forced to miss the latest triumph over Oldham to attend his mate’s 60th in a pub, but was cannily keeping up to date with proceedings via his phone.He wrote: “I nearly gave the fella a heart attack as I jumped up and shouted out ‘Get in there!’ when we went one up. The rest of the boozer sat there looking confused as they watched the Barca game!”Meanwhile ‘Bee4ever’ was laughing at “a number of middle-aged men sitting in the paddock, intermittently bursting into solo songs with no one else joining in”.I started to smile too, until I got the horrible feeling that when he said ‘middle-aged’ they were probably younger than me.Fulham moved into 10th place in the Premier League with a 2-1 win over Norwich, but their fans are more concerned with the Easter Monday showdown against Chelsea at Craven Cottage.Fulham are unbeaten in Premier League West London derbies this season after getting a draw at the Bridge, together with a 7-0 aggregate win over QPR (I wrote that through gritted teeth).A poster on the Cottage Corner messageboard confidently predicted “We can beat Chelsea on Monday.”Rosler’s Bees are flying.When another user asked how, he replied: “Score more goals than them.”How Aston Villa and Benfica must wish they’d adopted that brilliant tactical plan over these past few days.Villa were humbled 4-2 at home by the Blues while Benfica lost 2-1 in a crazy game in SW6 which could have finished 7-7.Not for the first time in this season’s Champions League, Chelsea didn’t make it easy for themselves, repelling wave after wave of attacks before Frank Lampard steadied the nerves with a trademark penalty.But when Benfica pulled one back after Ramires had somehow managed to step over the ball a yard out at the other end, Stamford Bridge turned into a quivering mass, before Raul Meireles’ late strike finally put things to bed.To qualify for the Champions League next season, Chelsea would need to overturn a five-point gap in the league, which is pretty big at this stage of the season.Or they can beat Barcelona over two legs before seeing off Real Madrid or Bayern Munich to lift the trophy and qualify automatically.Suddenly that five-point gap doesn’t look quite as big after all.Lampard’s penalty proved vital.The last time Barca were in west London they did a spot of training at QPR’s ground ahead of a trip to Arsenal – which brings us nicely to events at Loftus Road on Saturday.Adel Taarabt made it 69th time lucky by finally breaking his duck for the season with a brilliant goal, before grabbing a crafty smoke with Marouane Chamakh in a shisha café.Mark Hughes gave him a mild rebuke but when all’s said and done it’s only fruit tobacco and Adel would argue he was simply having one of his five a day.I’ve got nothing against the Gunners – my Nan and Grandad were Highbury season-ticket holders, and my mum veers between Arsenal and Spurs (despite being born in Hammersmith), while loads of my mates are Gooners, together with most of the north London street where I live in exile.Which made that little 2-1 victory last weekend all the sweeter.Year after year I’ve headed to Finsbury Park Station en route to Loftus Road and walked past the pub where the Arsenal fans are gathered to be met with polite/patronising enquiries: “Who have you got today?” ”What league are you in these days?” “How come you don’t support a proper team?”There was typically not an Arsenal shirt in sight when we got home on Saturday.I was particularly pleased my little girl was there to witness the victory, particularly after briefing her beforehand to expect the worst.Most of her class are Arsenal ‘fans’ (even though they’ve never been to see them play) and were laughing beforehand about how many they were going to stick past little old QPR…well they’re not laughing now.The only thing she does not quite get is the embarrassing dad routine that accompanies the goals, as adults revert to childhood, while their offspring tell them to calm down.Taking this on board, the first thing I did when we got to our seats was to apologise to the fella next to me for planting a smacker on his cheek during the victory over Liverpool, assuring him it wouldn’t happen again.And then Samba Diakite went and ruined everything by scoring the winner.We’re now on first-name terms and he’s insisted that if it means we’re winning games I can carry on kissing for the rest of the season.Thank the Lord there’s only three games left.Follow Chris on Twitterlast_img read more

Unity at QPR unless ‘diabolical liberties’ are taken

first_imgHarry Redknapp says he will not isolate players at QPR unless they take “a diabolical liberty” with the new manager.Former boss Mark Hughes upset the likes of Joey Barton, Jay Bothroyd and Luke Young by having those outside his 25-man squad train at different times to the first team.But Redknapp says he will not be taking a similar approach during his time in charge.“There’s no-one coming in in the afternoons or anything like that. We’ll all be together,” said Redknapp.“Until someone takes a diabolical liberty with me they’re part of it – and it’d have to be diabolical because I don’t isolate people very often.”But Redknapp expects to put some noses out of joint in due course and insists he will not be afraid to upset some players.He said: “I’ve always said the players you pick love you and will think you’re great, and the ones you don’t pick can’t stand the sight of you. That’s football and it never changes.“I’ve not had to upset anyone yet. When I have to leave a few out and upset them, then I suppose we’ll see a change in some of their characters perhaps.“I don’t care about that. I’ve got to pick a team to win games. I’m not here to worry about upsetting people.”Click here for Monday’s QPR quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more