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Spain in chaos 2 days before World Cup after coach fired

first_imgView comments “We are the national team. We represent this emblem, these colors, our fans, a country,” the Spain captain wrote on Twitter. “Our responsibility and commitment is to you. Yesterday, today and tomorrow, together.”Last month, Lopetegui agreed to a contract extension through 2020. But Real Madrid’s surprise statement on Tuesday that Lopetegui has signed a three-year deal to coach the three-time defending Champions League champions changed things.Criticism of Real Madrid and Lopetegui was spreading as Rubiales flew to Spain’s base camp in Krasnodar, Russia. Rumors began to fly that Lopetegui’s job was in danger.Rubiales, the former head of Spain’s players union who was elected as federation president last month, said he was forced to fire Lopetegui because he had been left in the dark by his coach and by Madrid. Former Spain great Fernando Hierro was named coach a short time later.The daunting task of refocusing the team on Friday’s match against European champion Portugal is now on Hierro’s shoulders. But if Spain gets eliminated after the group stage, many in the country will lay the blame firmly on Lopetegui, Rubiales and Madrid president Florentino Perez.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Spanish football president Luis Rubiales attends a press conference at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Krasnodar, Russia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The Spanish soccer federation has fired coach Julen Lopetegui two days before the country’s opening World Cup match against Portugal. Lopetegui was let go a day after Real Madrid announced him as its new coach following the World Cup. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain — Some people in Spain agree that national team coach Julen Lopetegui had to go. Others believe the chaos on the eve of the World Cup just made a bad situation worse.Lopetegui was fired Wednesday, two days before Spain’s opening match against Portugal, because he accepted a job Tuesday to coach Real Madrid next season.ADVERTISEMENT Mercado helps cool off heated tension between PetroGazz locals, imports China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ “It is clear to me that this was poorly handled and that the national team will be harmed by it,” Spain fan Jordi Casares said. “Madrid put its interests first, as did Lopetegui, and (Spanish federation president Luis) Rubiales was left in a very tough spot. Nobody thought about what was best for the national team.”Television and radio commentator Manolo Lama, summing up the state of bewilderment caused by the decision, said the team’s success will rely solely on the players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Our World Cup is in the hands of (Sergio) Ramos, (Andres) Iniesta, (David) Silva, Diego Costa and company,” Lama wrote on Twitter. “Only they can put out this fire. Now more than ever (we must) be with our players.”However, former Spain great Xavi Hernandez said the federation did the right thing. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I think Rubiales acted correctly and was looking out for the federation, which should be above any single individual,” Hernandez told sports daily Marca. “It wasn’t an easy situation but I think he did the right thing. The players have seen things like this before and I am sure they are going to have a good World Cup.”Spain left for the World Cup in Russia free of distractions and with high hopes of competing for the title it won in 2010.After all, Lopetegui had impressed by leading the national team to the top of its qualifying group and had kept it undefeated in 20 matches since taking over from Vicente del Bosque in 2016.But Madrid’s announcement that Lopetegui would replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid immediately caused controversy around the Spanish national team. Rubiales then announced his decision to part ways with Lopetgui, saying the federation was “compelled to act” because of the betrayal.Sergio Ramos was the first Spain player to speak up.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Lawyers argue dismissal of misconduct charges

first_imgSOCU chargesLawyers representing former Finance Minister Ashni Singh and former Head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Winston Brassington, on Friday presented arguments on why the misconduct in public office charges against their clients should be thrown out.Former NICIL Head Winston Brassington and former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni SinghSingh, 45, of Lot 129 Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara, and Brassington, 50, of Florida, USA, are accused of selling various properties at prices the State contends were grossly undervalued. These charges have to do with the sale of several plots of land on the East Coast of Demerara to the following: National Hardware Guyana Ltd for over $598 million; the sale of land to Scady Business Corporation at a cost of $150 million; and to Multi-Cinemas Guyana Inc. at a cost of $185 million.The two were granted bail in the sum of $6 million each when they denied the charges filed by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) at the Magistrates’ Courts following advice obtained from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DDP).However, lawyers for Singh and Brassington subsequently secured stays of execution, to halt the lower court proceedings while they challenge the misconduct charges in the High Court.But then another set of charges were filed against Singh and Brassington, this time over the sale of the former Sanata Textiles Complex to Queens Atlantic Investment Inc (QAII).This, like other charges, was also challenged in the High Court; and back in July, acting Chief Justice Roxane George consolidated the four ‘misconduct in public office’ charges into one substantive challenge.When the case was called up for hearing on Friday, Attorneys-at-Law Anil Nandlall and Ronald Burch-Smith expounded on their written submissions which were already filed.Nandlall, in his oral submissions to get the Court to review and quash the charges, said that the DPP, Shalimar Ali-Hack, acted capriciously when she advised that the charges be laid against the former Finance Minister and NICIL.He contended that the question of whether the Court has the jurisdiction to review the DDP’s decisions ought not to arise, adding that he is of the “impression” that there is an attempt to put the DPP’s execution of her duties in a different category from any other public servant, where her decisions cannot be challenged.To this end, Nandlall, also a former Attorney General, noting that DPP acted “capriciously” and “arbitrarily”, submitted that there is no jurisprudence to put the DPP in such a “special category”.Nandlall also focused his line of questioning on the most recent charge against the two former Government officials. That line alleged that between October 26 and December 20, 2010, the duo acted recklessly when they agreed to the sale of the Sanata Textiles Complex to QAII. According to the charge, the 18.976-acre property was sold for $697.8 million, but it was valued at $1.04 billion.However, according to privatisation documents published by NICIL, the property was valued at $245 million by the Government’s Chief Valuation Officer, but QAII paid $809.5 million for the property – more than three times the Government valuation.According to documents seen by this newspaper, upon Cabinet’s approval, QAII embarked on its promised programme of reclamation, clean-up and investment. On May 30, 2007, QAII had requested and received a valuation of the property from the Government Assistant Valuation Officer, which proposed $330.375 million (land $269.200 million; improvements $119.175 million).On June 7, 2018, NICIL had commissioned a valuation from the private firm of Rodrigues Architects Ltd, which posited that the property be valued at $1,042,403,500 (land $209.650 million; improvements $832.753 million). NICIL also obtained, on June 27, 2007, a valuation of the land and its improvements from the Government’s Chief Valuation Officer, which came in at $245.175 million (land, $130 million; improvements $115.175 million). QAII was responsible, at its expense, for the asbestos clean-up and removal of scrap, which alone incurred a cost of above $400 million.As such, in court on Friday, Nandlall warned of the opening of floodgates if the court were to accept the valuation done by Rodrigues Architects Ltd, insisting that valuation certificate by that firm is merely the valuator’s opinion.“[Is it that] not Parliament anymore but the opinion of an architect/valuator becomes engrafted into our Criminal Justice System as part of our Criminal Law, and persons can be charged who act offensive to that opinion, and lose their liberty?” he questioned.Moreover, Nandlall challenged the validity of the ‘misconduct’ charges. He pointed out that the Government of the day had a policy of selling properties below market value, and Singh and Brassington were merely executing their duties when they carried out the transactions.“What is this misconduct? There is no allegation that Ashni Singh or Winston Brassington profited personally from these charges… There is no allegation that the proceeds from the sale did not reach the state’s coffers… So there is no wrongdoing, no misconduct to attach sanctions,” he argued, while further questioning which law was offended when the lands were sold below market value.This point was also raised by his colleague, Attorney Burch-Smith, who pointed out to the court that both Singh and Brassington were agents of the State, carrying out policies, and that these charges are setting aside the corporate veil and entrusting the act of the company onto the agents.After nearly an hour of oral submissions, the Chief Justice adjourned the matter to October 1 for continuation of arguments.last_img read more

Region 8 REO to focus on women, youth empowerment

first_imgNewly-appointed Region 8 REO Mitzy CampbellRegion Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) new Regional Executive Officer (REO) Mitzy Campbell is aiming to empower women and youths in her region.Campbell posited that though the region is well-known for its mining and forestry bases, there are many opportunities available in the region which can be tapped into, thereby, maximising skill and talent among the population.Campbell was speaking to the Department of Public Information (DPI) during the latest government outreach that was held in the mining town of Mahdia.When asked about some of the target areas in the Region she is seeking to improve, Campbell said, “I’d like to see the education system improved. I’d like to see the health system improved and also I would like to see the social services improved, particularly in the area of gender equality”.Further, she noted that collaboration with the central Government in these specific areas will aid in fulfilling the vision she has. Campbell, who has been REO less than a month, has already been engaging residents.“A woman met me this morning and she said she is unemployed. So, can we empower them, they can maybe do catering or sewing since those trades are still in demand. … We can bring the trades back here because this is the interior and we can do really good work here,” the REO notedCampbell said it is important that the young people in the region are empowered so that they can contribute to the country’s development. She noted that it is vital that they be equipped with the necessary skills that will help them to make wise choices and be role models in their communities.“… I’d like to see young people grow and utilise opportunities. I’d like to see them grow and take advantage of different options in their life. I’d also like to see women empowered,” Campbell concluded.last_img read more

Body recovered after Chetwynd Avalanche

first_imgOn January 11, 2009 at 2:17 PM, the Chetwynd RCMP responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting a group of snowmobilers were caught in an avalanche in a remote mountainous area southwest of Chetwynd. Chetwynd RCMP members attended the area where the snowmobiles were deployed.The avalanche occurred approximately 25 kms from the vehicles. Of the fourteen snowmobilers in the group, five were caught in the avalanche. All five were dug out, however one was deceased. The remaining snowmobilers were forced to leave the deceased because they feared for their safety. All other snowmobilers in the group have been accounted for.The avalanche was estimated to be two to three metres deep and 2/3 of a kilometre long. The width is not known. Up to five snowmobiles (machines NOT people) remained covered by the avalanche.- Advertisement -Due to the danger of further avalanches, no attempts to retrieve the deceased were made until the avalanche technician deemed the area safe.On January 12th at approximately 12:00 PM, an avalanche technician was able to fly over the site of the avalanche and access the area as safe. At approximately 4:00 PM, Search & Rescue accompanied by the avalanche technician, attended the scene of the avalanche via snowmobile and recovered the deceased. The deceased is a 45 year old male from Rycroft, Alberta. No name will be released at this time.The RCMP would like to remind the public that every precaution should be taken when operating snowmobiles. Please do not operate snowmobiles in area where avalanches are likely or may possibly occur.Advertisementlast_img read more

NDP announces new Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies candidate

first_imgThe NDP announced on Wednesday that Kathi Dickie of Fort Nelson will be representing them in this riding of Northern BC in the upcoming election this October.Dickie is a member of the Fort Nelson First Nation’s council, where she previously served as Chief.She will run against incumbent Bob Zimmer of the Conservative Party, Liberal Matt Shaw, The Libertarian Party’s Todd Keller, and Elizabeth Biggar with the Green Party.- Advertisement –last_img

LARGE CROWD EXPECTED AT FUNERAL OF PHOTOGRAPHER WHO DIED AT FANAD LIGHTHOUSE

first_imgHundreds of people are expected at the funeral tomorrow of a man killed while taking photos of a Co Donegal lighthouse.John McCourt: died at Fanad on Sunday last.Award-winning photographer John McCourt, 58, slipped on rocks and fell into the sea during a force eight gale while picturing Fanad Lighthouse.Despite a brave rescue mission during which he was plucked from the sea after becoming trapped in a gully, he died at Letterkenny General Hospital on Sunday evening last. A keen cameraman and adventure enthusiast, a service of thanksgiving for John’s life will be held at Baird’s Funeral Home in Antrim near to where he lived.His remains will be later removed to Roselawn Crematorium.Hundreds of messages poured in on social media for John who had only buried his wife Sandra three months ago after she died from cancer.Many of those who left messages wished John “Blue skies forever” – a reference to his love of skydiving. A death notice in memory of Mr McCourt said “John will be sadly missed by his entire family circle. Irreplaceable.” LARGE CROWD EXPECTED AT FUNERAL OF PHOTOGRAPHER WHO DIED AT FANAD LIGHTHOUSE was last modified: August 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Antrimdonegalfallfanad lighthousefuneralJohn McCourtlast_img read more

Ulster Senior League: Cockhill win top-of-the-table clash at Aura as Bonagee pip Harps

first_imgCOCKHILL Celtic opened up a nine-point gap at the top of the 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League with a 2-1 win over title rivals Letterkenny Rovers, while Bonagee United overcame Finn Harps Reserves.Letterkenny Rovers 1 Cockhill Celtic 2Cockhill Celtic’s march to yet another League title took a giant step at the Aura Centre on Sunday afternoon when they emerged triumphant over second placed Letterkenny Rovers in a tough battle with the visitors taking the spoils. Gavin Cullen’s men went into this game having lost their first league game in 72 matches last Sunday to Swilly Rovers but were quick out of the blocks in this one and almost took the lead after just twenty seconds but Ronan Doherty saw his shot go narrowly wide.That was a warning shot across the bows for the home side and Cockhill forced a succession of early corners and they took the lead on three minutes when Gerry Gill’s expertly whipped effort came off the head of Rovers defender Paul Boyle and flew into the net.Rovers though came right back into the game and got the equaliser on 15 minutes from the penalty spot.Ryan Lonergan made a good run into the box and cut back inside and was adjudged to have been taken down by Gill and referee Paul Duddy had no hesitation in pointing to the spot much to the vehement protests of goalkeeper and Cockhill player/boss Gavin Cullen who was booked for dissent for his subsequent protests. The remainder of the half was a cut and thrust affair with Cockhills physicality posing problems for Rovers with both James Bradley and Friel coming close for the reigning champions with Rovers best chances coming when Christopher Flanagan was just wide with a header while Cullen did well to come out and smother a good chance for Steve Okakpo-Emeka as the halftime whistle loomed large on the horizon.The third goal was always going to be crucial and it came on 48 minutes when Rovers again were caught cold at the beginning of the half.Again it was Gill who whipped in a free kick after the tricky Ronan Olly Doherty was fouled and  he found Gerard McLaughlin and his looping header beat substitute goalkeeper Sean Friel much to the delight of the large visiting support.Letterkenny came into the game and looked more of a threat going forward and they should have levelled on 69 minutes when Okakpo-Emeka shot wide when he ought to have scored after Christy Connaghan cushioned a long ball from defence from Paul Boyle into his path.That could have been Rovers chance to get a point or act as a springboard for all three perhaps but it was  Friel –who was introduced on 32 minutes  in the home goal following an  ankle injury to Christopher Sweeney-  who did well to thwart efforts from Ryan Varma and Garbhan Friel on 72 and 73 minutes with chances at a premium for most of the remainder of the game in what was a trademark encounter between both sides which lacked some fluency due to a stop/start nature with some hefty challenges flying in as both sides showed 100 per cent commitment which maybe diluted the quality somewhat. Rovers did try and throw bodies forward near the end to try and salvage what they would have considered a deserved draw but chances were few and far between while the sending off for Garbhan Friel for a second yellow near the end did not dampen the spirits amongst the Cockhill entourage.Letterkenny travel to Bonagee next weekend while Cockhill are on the road again when they play Derry City Reserves.Letterkenny Rovers: Christopher Sweeney, Ryan Lonergan, Ryan Gildea, Paul Boyle, Conor Tourish, Christopher Flanagan, Paul McVeigh, Kevin McGrath, Darren McElwaine, Christy Connaghan, Steve Okakpo-Emeks. Subs: Sean Friel for Sweeney (32), Brian McVeigh for McGrath (71), Dean O’Donnell for Okakpo-Emeka (80)Cockhill Celtic: Gavin Cullen, Derek Doherty, Jason Breslin, Oisin McColgan, Peter Doherty, Gerard McLaughlin, Gerry Gill. Ryan Varma, Garbhan Friel, James Bradley, Ronan Doherty Referee: Paul DuddyBonagee 2 Finn Harps Reserves 1 A LATE penalty from influential midfielder Aiden McCauley proved the difference as Bonagee claimed all three points against a battling Harps reserves side in a entertaining USL fixture at Dry Arch Park.Due to ongoing work at Finn Park the match was reversed to Dry and it was the home side who were quickest out of the traps creating several early chances in the opening period of the game.Harps netminder Lee McCarron produced two great saves from Aidan McLaughlin and Jamie Lynagh respectively before Dean Larkin saw his free kick crash off the post when it looked like swerving in the bottom right hand corner.Bonagee, with McCauley dictating matter in midfield continued to create chances and Larkin saw another good effort go begging, on this occasion his shot narrowly shaving Harps left hand post.The young Harps side had been dangerous on the break without testing Wade but it was Bonagee who took the lead on 40 minutes – Aidan McLaughlin with a great cross finsihed by Lynagh who headed home.Wade was called into action just before half time punching clear a clever free kick by Sharkey.Whatever Joe Boyle said to his young charges at half time had the desired affect as Harps came out on the front foot creating several chances before leveling matters.Alex Carolan had replaced the injured former Bonagee man James Carolan as Harps centre forward and his pace was stretching the home rearguard.In the 54th minute an incisive Liam Walsh put Carolan through and he calmly slipped the ball past the advancing Wade to equalise for Harps.The confidence seemed to surge through Harps who enjoyed good spells of possession resulting in great chances for Neilis and Carolan once again.However Bonagee, urged on by manager Peter Moran, had no intention of giving up the ghost and looked to have equalised but Aidan McLaughlins finish was judged to be off-side.Despite another near miss for Harps from Darragh Ellison, the home side were not to be denied with McCauley slotting home from the penalty spot after he himself had been taken down.Bonagee: Wade, Breslin, Russell, McGarvey, Hunter, Lynagh, Stolarczyk, McCauley, McLaughlin, Larkin, O’Brien. Subs: De Cook, Rodgers, Moran, Coyle, O’Donnell.Finn Harps Reserves: McCarron, Brolly, Doherty, Kelly, Clifford, McGroary, McCreadie, Walsh, Neilis, Sharkey, James Carolan. Subs: Bell, Alex Carolan, Ellison, Finn, Rodgers, Ferry.Referee: Marty McGarrigle.RESULTSLetterkenny Rovers 1 Cockhill Celtic 2Finn Harps Reserves 1 Bonagee United 2FIXTURESSaturday, January 21, 8pmBonagee United v Letterkenny RoversSunday, January 22, 2pmDerry City Reserves v Cockhill CelticFinn Harps Reserves v Fanad UnitedUSLPWDLFAGDPTSCockhill Celtic971129101922Letterkenny Rovers93421816213Bonagee United8413915-613Fanad United83231411311Derry City Reserves83141914510Swilly Rovers81341022-126Finn Harps Reserves81251021-115TOP GOALSCORERS (League goals only)Cathal Farren (Derry City Reserves)          8Darren McElwaine (Letterkenny Rovers)  7Mark Moran (Cockhill Celtic)                       6Gerard McLaughlin (Cockhill Celtic)           4Aaron McCready (Finn Harps Reserves)    4Laurence Toland (Swilly Rovers)                4Aidan McLaughlin (Bonagee United)         3Jimmy Bradley (Cockhill Celtic)                   3William O’Connor (Cockhill Celtic)              3Max Karner (Derry City Reserves)             3Stephen Duffy (Derry City Reserves)         3Ulster Senior League: Cockhill win top-of-the-table clash at Aura as Bonagee pip Harps was last modified: January 15th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cockhill CelticLetterkenny RoversUlster Senior Leaguelast_img read more

NOONAN TELLS DONEGAL TD: WE WON’T HELP HAULIERS

first_imgFINANCE Minister Michael Noonan has told a Donegal TD that there will be no financial help for hauliers despite rising fuel costs.Questioned by Thomas Pringle, the Independent TD, Mr Noonan said it would be wrong for the state to intervene in a situation caused by international factors.He said that there is ‘some limited scope’ to apply a lower rate of excise on diesel for commercial use. But, he has said that this would be ‘extremely expensive, especially in the current fiscal environment.’Michael Noonan pointed out that the excise rate here is around 20c lower than in the UK and that a lower commercial rate would require what he described as an ‘extensive rebate system’ which would be administratively difficult, costly to operate and open to abuse.In a written Dáil reply to Donegal South West Independent Thomas Pringle, TD, Mr Noonan has said that the issue of fuel prices had been discussed by finance ministers at an ECOFIN meeting.At that meeting it was reconfirmed that a co-ordinated approach which would not make distortionary fiscal adjustments would be maintained by all countries. The Finance Minister has concluded that ‘for these reasons, it is not proposed to introduce a tax rebate scheme to assist hauliers.’NOONAN TELLS DONEGAL TD: WE WON’T HELP HAULIERS was last modified: May 19th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

RTE PULLS BOGDAN MURDER APPEAL AFTER MAN CHARGED

first_imgRTE has axed a feature on tonight’s Crimecall show appealing for help on the murder of a Polish national Bogdan Michalkiewicz in Letterkenny.A ma appeared in court charged with Bogdan’s murder leading producers being forced to pull the show.The show was to feature a reconstruction of Bogdan’s last moments. However an RTE spokesman told Donegal Daily the feature was not being shown for legal reasons. RTE PULLS BOGDAN MURDER APPEAL AFTER MAN CHARGED was last modified: June 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Latest: QPR 1 Swansea City 0 – Rangers within sight of another vital home win

first_imgLeroy Fer’s fabulous goal put QPR ahead at Loftus Road, where Charlie Austin was denied by the woodwork early in the second half.Fer smashed home a right-footed effort from 30 yards in the 20th minute – the Dutch midfielder’s third goal since his arrival from Norwich in the summer.Rangers had a lucky escape in the opening minutes when Gylfi Sigurdsson’s pass carved open their defence and keeper Rob Green was outside his area when he handled the ball after racing from his line to deny Wayne Routledge.Former QPR man Routledge was involved in much of the early action, shooting wide of Green’s right-hand post as the visitors continued to threaten.But it was the home side who opened the scoring and Bobby Zamora missed a chance to double the lead when he headed Eduardo Vargas’ right-wing cross over the bar.Batetimbi Gomis could have equalised for the Swans, who named star striker Wilfried Bony among their substitutes.Gomis dragged a shot wide and also saw a weak effort comfortably gathered by Green.Rangers made a strong start to the second period and twice went close to going 2-0 up, first when Clint Hill’s cross was headed against the far post by Austin and then when Fer’s deflected shot went just over.Swansea responded with a spell of pressure, with Federico Fernandez missing the target with a header and Gylfi Sigurdson shooting narrowly wide. QPR:  Green, Isla, Caulker, Dunne, Hill, Vargas, Barton, Henry, Fer, Zamora, Austin. Subs: McCarthy, Traore, Ferdinand, Phillips, Onuoha, Mutch, Hoilett.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more