Steven Caulker misses QPR’s game at Wigan after failing to recover from a groin problem in time.It means James Perch starts at right-back, with skipper Nedum Onuoha partnering Grant Hall in the centre of defence.There are places on the bench for Rangers youngsters Olamide Shodipo, Osman Kakay and Chris Paul.For Wigan, centre-back Jake Buxton returns after a three-game suspension.Wigan: Bogdan, Buxton, Power, Gilbey, Grigg, MacDonald, Jacobs, Garbutt, Morgan, Warnock, Powell.Subs: Jaaszkelainen, Gomez, Flores, Davies, Burke, Wildschut, Burn.QPR: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Bidwell; Henry, Luongo; Cousins, Chery, Ngbakoto; Polter.Subs: Ingram, Borysiuk, Washington, El Khayati, Shodipo, Kakay, Paul.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
22 September 2014 – South Africa has vowed to push for the transformation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) ahead of the 69th UN General Assembly debate in New York this week.The gathering at the UN headquarters in downtown Manhattan will discuss, among other issues, the crises in Gaza, Ukraine and Syria, progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the proposed post-2015 agenda.The theme for this year’s General Assembly is: Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda. President Jacob Zuma is scheduled to address the summit on Wednesday.UNSC reflects a “post-World War II global order’In an interview in New York on Sunday, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana- Mashabane expressed Pretoria’s unhappiness with the composition and functioning of the UNSC. She said the UNSC still mirrored the post-World War II global order and a change was needed in line with the current global challenges facing all UN member states.This is not the first time South Africa has called for the reform of the UNSC. The body’s composition of 15 member states – of which ten are non-permanent and five permanent – remains largely unchanged. At last year’s General Assembly, President Zuma challenged the world body to reform and proposed a more inclusive, democratic and representative UNSC by 2015.South Africa served as a non-permanent member of the UNSC on two occasions, in 2007 to 2008 and then in 2011 to 2012, and the country played a critical role in voting on various resolutions. But it appears that this has not been enough to strengthen the calls for a permanent seat for Africa.“We believe the economic challenges that we are facing, we should look at them with the lack of peace across the globe and the lack of transformation of the UNSC.“When we come back here in 2015, [we should say] at least we started some progress as to what do we do in moving forward in transforming the UNSC because we have so many security issues across the globe that need our attention. But we are still using instruments of 1945 to try resolve those issues,’ Nkoana-Mashabane said.“Yes we should be debating issues around the Millennium Development Goals but we should also be hearing a resounding yes to the transformation of the United Nations governing bodies, and in particular the Security Council,’ she said.South Africa is spearheading the motion that the UN include at least two permanent seats for Africa on the UNSC, saying this would amplify the continent’s voice on global security issues, including those that affect Africa. The call makes sense considering that the majority of the issues the UNSC discusses involve Africa. On several occasions, African leaders have had to watch the UNSC make decisions on security issues affecting Africa with little or no say on those matters.“For us, the key for this summit is that the post-2015 agenda will be incomplete if it only looks at some things, but it doesn’t say what we do with the untransformed, undemocratic United Nations Security Council representation.’Africa will also go to the debate on Wednesday with a key question on what happens to the MDGs now that the UN will be seeking to adopt a post-2015 development agenda, she said. Member states are reportedly currently discussing the possibility of a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to complement or replace the MDGs.“As long as it (the post-2015 agenda) puts total eradication of poverty and sustainable development that gives room for Africa to continue rising, we will support it,’ said Mashabane. Oksalayo (the fact of the matter is) there will not be development without peace. So we are here, urging, telling, leaders, that there is no celebration of 2015 or the 70th anniversary of the formation of the UN without looking at what has not been successful and that’s to bring about world peace,’ Nkoana-Mashabane said.The UN could not move on issues when there were still “untransformed and undemocratic’ UN governing bodies, in particular the UNSC. It needed a road map which had to start in 2015 to ensure that all member states are accommodated.“When we start in 2015, we need to know, all of us, we have attainable goals and that all of us are on the same page and give the global community some assurance that indeed we are moving towards a transformed UN. It is very important for us,’ Nkoana- Mashabane said.The General Assembly debate on Wednesday will be preceded by several events, including discussions on climate change, and a report-back on the MDGS. On Monday, President Zuma will also hold a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and will later host a reception for heads of state and government in celebration of South Africa’s 20 years of democracy.
Panaji: The Congress on Friday filed a disqualification petition in the Bombay High Court at Goa against Health Minister Vishwajit Rane.The hearing has been fixed for May 16.The decision was announced by Goa Pradesh Congress president Luizinho Faleiro at a press conference on Friday. Fifteen Congress MLAs, except for Pratapsingh Rane — senior party leader and father of Vishwajit Rane — along with AICC secretary and Goa in charge Chellakumar signed the petition. It sought disqualification of Mr. Rane for failing to be present in the House and vote as per the party whip on the confidence motion tabled by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in March. The same evening, Mr. Rane had resigned as Congress MLA. He was later inducted into the Parrikar Cabinet. Mr. Ramakant Khalap, chief of the Congress Media Cell, said, “Our contention is that if a member of the House is elected for a period of five years, can he defect and thereafter resign, contest election against the vacancy created after his resignation and come back to same House? The person who has defied the House which was elected by the people on a political party cannot come back to the same House.”Meanwhile, when questioned about the demand of a large number of Congress MLAs that he be replaced as Congress president, Mr. Faleiro said, “I will quit if it facilitates formation of a Congress government.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he will return to Jammu and Kashmir to inaugurate all the projects he laid foundations for, in an oblique reference to his party winning the next Lok Sabha elections. “I have laid the foundation stone and I will be coming to inaugurate it,” said Mr. Modi in Leh, where he laid foundation stone for the new airport terminal in the morning. The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of five projects valuing around ₹3,000 crores in Leh. “Once Bilaspur-Manali-Leh rail line is completed, the distance from Delhi to Leh will be reduced. It will benefit the tourism sector,” he said. In his speech in Jammu, Mr. Modi reached out to West Pakistan refugees. “There are many children of Mother India who have faced oppression in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. We have suggested amendments to citizenship act as part of our pledge to stand with those who were earlier part of India and got separated due to the circumstances of 1947. We need to stand with those who are facing persecutions for their religious beliefs,” said Mr. Modi in Jammu’s Vijaypur.The PM is likely to fly to Srinagar late in the afternoon and speak to recently-elected grassroots representatives during the panchayat elections. Shutdown in KashmirSeparatists’ shutdown call against Mr. Modi’s visit impacted the normal life in the Kashmir Valley on Sunday. All shops remained close and traffic was off the roads.The authorities snapped mobile internet services as a “part of security measures”.The police detained Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik and shifted him to a police station.Earlier, the authorities placed Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Geelani, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and former MLA Langate Engineer Rasheed under house arrest.Alert in ValleyA high alert has been sounded across the State to ward off any bid by militants to disrupt the situation.CRPF spokesperson Sanjay Sharma said the security forces have increased night checks across Srinagar. “The security apparatus is ensuring that militants do not manage any sniper or improvised explosive devices attack on the occasion,” said Mr. Sharma.An official said dozens of motorcycles were seized across the Valley on Saturday. The move comes days after a bike was used to trigger a grenade blast at Srinagar’s commercial hub Lal Chowk. Drones were also used in the capital to sanitize the vulnerable pockets in and round the venue of PM’s visit in Srinagar.