A bright future at QPR with help from Royal Panda

first_imgLast season was a major struggle for QPR both on and off the pitch. It looked at times that there might even be the possibility of the club being relegated to League One. This season is looking a lot rosier with an improved league position. Off the pitch, their finances are also looking a lot healthier thanks to their new sponsorship deal with Royal Panda.Since being relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2014/15 season, QPR have rarely been promotion challengers. They have never finished in the top 10 and the past two seasons have seen them flirting with relegation. Their highest placing in the past three seasons has been 16th with the club finishing just two points above the relegation zone in the 2017/18 season. Last term was another frustrating one with a 19th place finish, though they were 11 points above the bottom three.The loss of all that Premier League revenue hit QPR hard. Their 2017 accounts showed that 64% of their turnover was being spent on wages. The club have been suffering heavy losses since their relegation as revenue drops and expenses remain high. That is the situation faced by many teams who fail to return to the top flight even with the parachute payments that are received.That’s not all to worry about though with over £40m in debts being paid to previous owners. Then came the £42m settlement with the English Football League after breaking Financial Fair Play rules. That led to a transfer ban for the January 2019 transfer window, making life even more difficult last season.Good news for the club has been the signing in 2017 of a three-year shirt sponsorship deal with online bookmaker and casino Royal Panda. It was great news too for the sponsors who had only recently received their sports book license to operate in the UK.The sponsorship deal has pumped vital revenue into the club at a time when it was needed. Royal Panda have a strong presence at the club, not just on the shirts worn by their players. Fans can take advantage of special offers from Royal Panda on the QPR website. The deal runs out at the end of the 2020/21 season, who knows by then QPR might be back in the Premier League making a renewal of the deal even more likely.The transfer ban ended this summer and QPR were extremely busy. New manager Mark Warburton revamped the squad with most of the 2018/19 squad leaving and new signings swiftly reaching double figures. Not that Warburton (who used to be a City trader) had a lot of money to rebuild the squad with. His new signings were a mix of loanees and young players who didn’t have a contact with a club.Warburton knew it was a risky move but felt it “was called for.” He knows that the club has owners who “have a vision and a plan” after going through a “pretty tumultuous time.” Making so many changes to a squad can go wrong (ask Everton and West Ham fans) and the bookies believed it would be another season of struggle for QPR.They surprised their critics though and earned 16 points from their first eight league games. QPR found themselves fourth in the Championship table and fans were again dreaming of a return to the Premier League.Form has dipped of late though with a run of only two points from their last five league games. One thing is guaranteed for QPR fans and that is they will see plenty of goals scored. 13 of their 17 league games have had over 2.5 goals scored in them They have netted 27 times in the Championship this season (up to November 23) and only West Bromwich Albion and Preston North End (first and third in the table) have scored more than them. On the flip side though, QPR have conceded 32 league goals and only bottom of the table Barnsley have conceded more.The recent poor run has seen QPR drop to 12th in the Championship. That’s only five points off the final promotion play-off position. After the problems of recent seasons, it’s good to report that QPR are ten points above the relegation zone.2020 could be a big year for the club. Mark Warburton has already been quoted as saying that “anyone in the top 10 come March can sniff the Premier League.” QPR are only behind 10th place on goal difference and few good wins would see them right in the promotion play-off picture.Improving their home league record is one key area where work is needed. Nine home league games this season have produced only three victories at Loftus Road with three draws and three losses. Away form is a case of blowing hot and cold with four win and four defeats.What will QPR do in the January 2020 transfer window?  Improving their defensive abilities must be a key aim. When you are averaging nearly two goals conceded in every match, it’s hard to win promotion. There won’t be a great deal of money to spend but a bit more wheeler-dealing in the loan market could just produce the required results.Where does the future lie for the club though? Club owners believe they have outgrown Loftus Road which only has a capacity of just over 18,000, though the average attendance this season is just under 14,000. Club CEO Lee Hoos has described the ground as “unsustainable for a professional football club in the long term. It’s lack of non-match-day use is another reason for wishing to find a new ground.One ambitious plan is to move into a 45,000 stadium. This would be a £425m redevelopment of the Linford Christie athletics stadium. The plan is for the ground to have a pitch that can be lifted turning itself into a roof. That way it wouldn’t be damaged when other events are held.It’s just one of four options that are open to them after the club held discussions with the local council. Others are a bit cheaper with a lower attendance and don’t have that special pitch/roof. Getting things right on the pitch, regardless of whether it can turn into a roof is the key aim in the near future as well as ensuring finances are kept steady and hopefully Royal Panda can help them with that. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? 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Top UN award for SA rights centre

first_img12 December 2006The University of Pretoria’s Centre for Human Rights, an institution established during the worst excesses of the apartheid era, has been awarded the prestigious Unesco Prize for Human Rights education for 2006, beating 49 candidates from 37 countries.Awarded by Unesco director-general Koichiro Matsuura on 10 December, International Human Rights Day, the prize was conferred for the centre’s two flagship programmes: the Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa, established in 2000, and the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition, launched in 1992.Set up in 1986, the centre is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. In the early 1990s it contributed to the creation of South Africa’s new Constitution and Bill of Rights, widely considered to be among the most progressive in the world. It then broadened its activities to human rights education and training in South Africa and other African countries.Unesco awarded the US$10 000 (about R70 000) prize in recognition of the centre’s “outstanding contribution to the cause of human rights in South Africa and to the advancement of a human rights culture by means of education and training of professionals in South Africa, other countries on the continent and beyond’.The centre’s Master’s Degree in Human Rights – an intensive one-year course – is a joint project with seven other African universities, and the only course of its kind in Africa. The African Human Rights Moot Court Competition gives African lawyers the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and its implementation. The competition has so far brought together 708 teams from 111 universities, representing 43 African countries.An academic department of the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Law, the centre’s focus is both human rights law in Africa and, in a broader sense, development law in Africa. It has established a wide network on the continent and beyond with other academic institutions, NGOs, governments and international organisations such as the African Union and the United Nations. In addition to its academic programmes, the centre produces a range of academic publications, including leading reference sources on human rights in Africa.The Unesco Prize for Human Rights Education, awarded every two years, was established in 1978 – the 30th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It honours institutions, organisations or individuals that have made a particularly significant contribution to human rights education. In addition to the $10 000 prize, the winner receives a bronze trophy created by Japanese artist Toshimi Ishii.Recent laureates include the German city of Nuremberg in 2000, Mexico’s Academia Mexicana de Derechos Humanos in 2002, and legal expert Vitit Muntarbhorn of Thailand in 2004.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


Ag Leader preferred application controller for GVM MAKO 400HC sprayers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ag Leader Technology, Inc. is pleased to announce a new collaboration with GVM, Inc. as the supplier of the ISOBUS-compatible application control technology for their latest high clearance sprayer, the MAKO 400HC.“Early in the development of the MAKO, we recognized prospective owners likely already have a functional display in their tractor or combine,” stated Mark Anderson, President of GVM. “It was very important for us to offer a grower-focused machine with ISOBUS application control technology for end-user flexibility. Ag Leader’s superior quality and advanced pressure and flow-based controls made them a great partner for us with this new machine.”GVM has selected Ag Leader’s most advanced generation of DirectCommand™ application control products to integrate into the MAKO. Taking advantage of the industry standard ISOBUS interface, the system easily connects to Ag Leader and other manufacturers displays. Features of the system include:Easy system calibration: Easily calibrate the flow, pressure and ground speed sensors critical to accurate system performance.Continuous system monitoring: Monitors product flow rates and system pressure to detect and warn of sensor failure or system error.Droplet size monitoring: Ensures in real-time that the proper application is occurring.Additional technology from Ag Leader including the Versa™ display, OnTrac3 Assisted Steering System and GPS 6500 receiver will also be available to order.“We are excited to be a part of this new sprayer platform available from GVM,” said Travis Green, Territory Manager of Ag Leader. “MAKO owners have the flexibility to utilize their existing ISOBUS display or choose the factory-installed Ag Leader display and GPS option to leverage Ag Leader’s intuitive display user-experience providing accurate data collection across all seasons.”GVM MAKO with Ag Leader application control will be on display at the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association’s 2015 MAGIE tradeshow this week. About Ag Leader Ag Leader Technology, Inc. is a pioneer and recognized technology innovator of precision agriculture hardware and software. Located in Ames, Iowa, USA, the company manufactures and markets industry leading precision farming technology designed to help growers make smart, profitable business decisions. Founded in 1992 the company has achieved consistent growth and expansion by providing value-based products that help growers and agricultural professionals achieve and maintain a successful, profitable operation. For more information visit www.agleader.com.About GVM Inc. GVM is a premier manufacturer of agricultural application equipment. They place a large emphasis on designing and building the most reliable, innovative, and versatile equipment on the market today. Their ultimate goal is to provide end users with the best available products for a constantly changing marketplace. They focus on speed, comfort, fuel efficiency and mechanically friendly equipment. GVM is headquartered in East Berlin, Pennsylvania.last_img read more