first_imgCharacters in the StoryJason Doe—the lawyer who was excited to know much about the defendantEphraim Sackor—the angry candidate who became the defendant who did not want to be arrestedJanet Lovebird—the beautiful secretary of Counselor Jason Doe.Judge Martina Yuo—the judge who wanted fairness in her courtroomCecelia Sackor—wife of the defendant who felt her husband was not having a nervous breakdownLt. Samson Swen—the prosecutor who wanted nothing but the defendant to hangTolbert Wolo—MU Propaganda specialist, whose testimony the prosecution hung its case.Colonel Jackson Payne—the officer who led the investigationThe tension that concluded the morning session was discernible when the afternoon session began. Judge Martina Yuo leaned forward on her bench and said, “Counselor Doe will continue his cross-examination of officer Jackson Payne,” and then relaxed in her chair. She followed it up by dropping her glasses in front of her and it made a slight echo. Jason Doe, tall and agile, shifted himself and strolled leisurely towards Officer Payne in the witness stand. The lawyer smiled momentarily like a boxer about to pounce on his enemy. There was a nagging sense of confidence discernible in his demeanor. “Col. Payne,” Counselor Doe said, “Ephraim Sackor was one of the candidates for the president in the recent Media Union elections?” “Yes.” “And he lost his bid for the presidency and reports indicated that he was meanwhile referred to as the angry candidate by his colleagues who did not live up to his expectation?” “Yes.” The lawyer made a swift retreat to his table and in that moment met the eyes of defendant Ephraim Sackor, whose gaze filled him with uncertainty.  The lawyer shrugged his shoulders and marched towards the witness. In his unusual baritone, Cllr. Doe said, “Ephraim Sackor, your investigations concluded, and this was from his wife that he had a mental breakdown?”   “Yes.”  “Did you verify that statement from a professional psychologist?”  “No.”  “Mrs. Sackor is not a professional psychologist?”  “That’s true.”  The lawyer frowned thoughtfully.  “How then could not agree with her ‘opinion’ that Ephraim Sackor suffered a mental breakdown after he lost the Media Elections?”  The witness gave a deep breath and said, “Mrs. Sackor knows her husband better than anybody else. She did not demonstrate any hatred towards him and therefore her observation seemed probable.  “Additionally, she was keenly involved in the Media Elections and after her husband’s loss she spent considerable time with him and was in the best position to make an opinion of fact. It therefore seemed right to believe her.”  Jason Doe frowned again, and turning to Judge Martina Yuo, said, “It is true she is the wife of the defendant but at the same time she is not a professional in the field of psychology to accurately diagnose the mental state of a man who is facing murder charges and you accepted her opinion as a fact, Col. Payne?”  Col. Payne readjusted himself in the witness stand, for it seemed the question had jolted him. He shrugged his shoulders in an attempt to rise above the shock and was said, “Mrs. Sackor, I must admit, is not a psychologist and neither is she with the authority to point out her husband’s mental state, but her closeness with him, as a husband. She did not have any ulterior motive and that gave us the assurance that she was speaking of fact.”  “So then,” Jason Doe said, “you were investigating a case, involving the death of a citizen of much influence, and you surprisingly based a statement of fact which a man’s life hangs, on the opinion of an unprofessional.” Suddenly, Prosecutor Samson Swen was on his feet.  “The opinion of the defendant’s wife is one aspect to develop the case, Counselor.”  “You’re right,” Jason Doe retorted, “but in a case that demands without reasonable doubt, it makes a whole lot of sense to base the conclusion on a professional psychologist after a thorough examination?”  Judge Yuo weighed in the case and responded, “The Court does not expect the prosecutor to intervene in the defense counsel’s trend of cross examination, bringing out an apparent source that is not an authority on a man whose life hangs in a balance, as to whether he contributed to the death of the decedent.  “The Court is much interested in professional sources that could bear much on the case and hence Counselor Doe has the Court’s support to bring out an apparent error of assigning an authority to an opinion of a spouse who in a greater measure should be siding with her husband.”  “Thank you, Your Honor,” Prosecutor Swen said, “I was trying to point out that the woman’s honest opinion should not unnecessarily delay the case, though she is not an expert.”  “Very well,” Judge Yuo said, and glaring at the prosecutor noted.  “Since the prosecutor agrees with the defense’s position, it is therefore not necessary for any intervention.”  “Thank you, Your Honor,” the prosecutor conceded, and the negative blow of his position could not be lost on the spectators, but Jason Doe, in a triumphant response, said, “Ephraim Sackor visited the decedent two hours before he died?”  “Yes.”  “And the toxicologist report indicated that his death came two hours after the defendant’s visit?”  “Yes.”  “Referring to the Promissory Note, which you testified in Court; when was the defendant expected to pay his loan?”  “It was on October 15.”  “Was a specific time of the day specified in the Promissory Note?”  “No.”  “Therefore,” Jason Doe said, “the defendant was supposed to visit the decedent on October 15?”  “Yes,” Officer Payne said, “and his visit was to be accompanied with the money.”  “Did the Promissory Note make any specific indication about his visit without the money?”  “It did not state the way you put it but his visit evidently should have been accompanied with the money,” Officer Payne retorted, a bit irritably.  “But,” the lawyer said with an amount of interest, “it did not state that he must not visit the lender unless he had the money.”  “It did not state in that clear terms but it was obvious.”  A mild laughter swept through the courtroom and Jason Doe allowed the echo to fill the air.  “The decedent, Clinton Dahn was an elderly man?”  “Yes.”  “How elderly, Officer Payne?”  “He was in his 50s.”  “And how did you know that he was in poor health? Did you have any idea what medications he was prescribed for?”  Suddenly, all attention swept towards the corner of the Courtroom where the widow, Comfort Dahn and other family members sat, displaying a suppressed emotion but the voice of the witness responded:  “The decedent suffered from high blood pressure.”  “Was he under any strict instructions regarding the use of medicines prescribed for him?”  “It’s obvious. His prescribed medications were Thiazide Diuretics and Beta Blockers.”  “Thiazide Diuretics,” the lawyer said, and after some hesitation said, “yes these kinds of drugs are sometimes called ‘water pills’ and they act on kidneys to help the body eliminate sodium and water, reducing blood volume. During your investigations did it occur to you that the efficient administration of these drugs required a family member or a nurse?” The officer strained his eyes and pretended he was recollecting what had transpired and said, “We were assured that dosage was administered by his widow Comfort Dahn.” “Who gave the assurance, officer?” “His widow, Comfort Dahn.” “Therefore,” Jason Doe said, “when you returned to the house on October 27th did you observe anything that raised your suspicion about the cause of death?”  Col. Payne seemed confused and after hesitation, said, “It did not seem anything much at the time but now that you are asking about it, let me explain she violated police instructions by cleaning up the house.”  The lawyer returned to the prosecution table and looked through papers and returning to the witness said, “What was her reaction when one of the officers confronted her?”  “She mumbled that she did not mean to kill her husband and we thought her reaction was due to the shock of his death.”  “And did that move you to investigate that angle, officer?” Officer Payne was considering the question when an echo of tears broke out at the corner where Widow Comfort Dahn was mumbling to herself.  The courtroom was taken aback as her hysteria increased. Bailiffs and several police officers rushed to the scene.  Meanwhile, the widow informed the officers that she wanted to make some issues clear about the death of her husband. The information was communicated to Judge Yuo, who advised and warned her that she did not have to increase her discomfort by making any incriminating statements.  Her insistence was so strong that she was sworn in, and positioned herself to clear the air, as a witness for the prosecution. Her face was that of a woman whose world had come to the end with an action she did not mean to execute. In the dock she straightened up, squeezed her lips and stared in the air, as if she was seeking some intervention.  Her hands trembled and she grabbed the edges of the witness stand. When she began to speak, it was in a well-modulated tone which took the courtroom by surprise.  “Clinton’s death,” she said, fighting back tears, “was not by that man, for it was an accident.    A hush swept through the courtroom, and seconds later, she resumed, and kept her composure intact.  “I did not mean to have caused his death,” her voice echoed the meaning across the courtroom, as spectators strained their ears.   “When I learnt that Clinton had given such huge amount to someone, I thought the recipient was a woman. “So I went to him after I had collected all his medications and threatened that either he confessed the name of the woman who he had given the money to, otherwise I would not give them to him.”  The silence in the courtroom was deafening and even a drop of a pin could have been heard. Judge Yuo sat, relaxed in her bench as her ears received the shocking revelations.  Jason Doe, who did not seem at all surprise, was already seated at the defense table, with his ears straining, his eyes glinted with a frown on his face.  After a couple of seconds, the widow continued, solemnly, “I did not mean to cause his death but when I realized what I had done, it was apparently too late to save him.”  As the witness, once again, hesitated, Judge Martina Yuo signaled the defense and the prosecution to a whispered conference.  Few seconds later, Judge Yuo announced the release of defendant Ephraim Sackor from further police custody and ordered the widow Comfort Dahn held for the murder of her husband, businessman Clinton Dahn.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – Insurance companies have used improper hard-sell tactics to persuade Medicare recipients to sign up for private health plans that cost Medicare far more than the original program, federal and state officials and consumer advocates say. Insurance agents, spurred in some cases by incentives like trips to Las Vegas, have aggressively marketed the private plans, known as Medicare Advantage. Enrollment in them has skyrocketed in the last year, and Medicare officials foresee continued rapid growth in the next decade. In Mississippi, George R. Dale, the state insurance commissioner, said, “Abusive Medicare insurance sales practices are spreading rapidly throughout the state.” State Sen. Terry C. Burton, a Republican, said, “My office is receiving calls daily from seniors who have been victims of unscrupulous salespeople.” Proponents of private plans say they are good for many older Americans because they coordinate care and may offer extra benefits, like discounts on eyeglasses, hearing aids and dental care. But federal officials said that the fastest-growing type of Medicare Advantage plan generally does not coordinate care, does not save money for Medicare and has been at the center of marketing abuses. These private fee-for-service plans allow patients to go to any doctor or hospital that will provide care on terms set by the insurer. But some patients have found that they have less access to care because their doctors refuse to take patients in private fee-for-service plans. Moreover, those plans may be more expensive than traditional Medicare for some patients, because the co-payments for some services may be higher. And economists say that the cost to the government is also higher because, in many counties, Medicare pays private plans more than the cost of traditional Medicare. Richard S. Foster, chief actuary for the Medicare program, said “the additional payments to Medicare Advantage plans, above and beyond the costs” of traditional Medicare, were causing higher premiums for all Medicare beneficiaries and speeding the depletion of the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund for Medicare. Almost one-fifth of the 43 million Medicare beneficiaries are now in some type of private plan. In an interview, Bobbie S. Whatley of Columbus, Ga., a 69-year-old nurse practitioner, said that a young man wearing a blue denim shirt with a WellCare logo showed up on her doorstep in November and talked to her about her insurance. Whatley said she did not sign up but the sales agent apparently “forged my signature.” A month later, she received mail thanking her for joining one of WellCare’s private fee-for-service plans. “It turned into a nightmare,” she said. “I spent two months trying to cancel my enrollment. I have all my mental faculties. If I let somebody like this come into my home and take advantage of me, then I am really concerned about older people who are more debilitated and not able to take care of themselves.” John N. Aberg, a spokesman for WellCare, said the company had terminated contracts with 10 independent sales agents who had engaged in door-to-door solicitation and other prohibited marketing practices in Georgia and several other states. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgOrganizers are very encouraged and grateful for the local area response for donations to assist a Cecil Lake area family of five, which lost its home to fire on Christmas Eve.A spokesperson for Lakeview Inn and Suites says the number of people showing an eagerness to help is well beyond initial expectations, but the need is great as the family home was completely destroyed.As a result Lakeview Inn and Suites has agreed to extend indefinitely the period it will receive donations and in terms of clothing we note again, the children include a three year old girl, and seven and nine year old boys.- Advertisement -Men’s small and youth XL are given as sizes for the older boy, and his brother is a size 7/8.Depending on the clothing item, 3/4/5 fits their sister, and mom is a size 16 or ladies XL.Back to school items—like lunch kits and back packs—were also lost in the fire, as the home was unoccupied at the time.Advertisement Unofficial reports have indicated the children were in town with their mother and the father was working in his shop on the propertyDad is described as tall and thin—pant size, 38—shirt size, extra-large, and at last word, he’s been the one who has received the smallest number of donations.The five victims are currently believed to be staying with family or friends near their farm allowing them to deal with animal care and other chores, still requiring their attention at the fire site.Fort St. John, Lakeview Inn & Suites is located at 101-03 98th avenue.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Buckle up for safety. Be sure all friends and relatives hold fast to the rule that no vehicles move until everyone is buckled in, in car seats or booster seats. Children look for role models, and they need to see their parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents buckling up. Consumers will benefit in 2008 from more stringent rules that aim to make child safety seats easier to install and use, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says. If friends or relatives are driving your little ones, be sure car seats are moved to their vehicles. A clarification A recent column on the funny things that children say and do told the story of a 4-year-old boy who liked to smell markers and often looked like Groucho Marx because he left an imprint under his nose. Some parents cautioned that what the preschooler is doing is dangerous and must be stopped: “Smelling markers is not cute,” wrote a grandmother. “It is extremely dangerous and could be a prelude to tragedy.” The National Institute of Drug Abuse says inhaling chemical vapors in markers and many other inexpensive, easily available products such as correction fluid, hairspray, nail polish, rubber cement and cooking spray can lead to brain damage or even death. Who’s the boss? Remember, you’re the parent. Children want limits and routines. They want to push and test and find that someone cares enough to set up boundaries and say no when they’ve gone too far. Don’t over-talk every situation; your kids will tune you out. Balance parenting styles. Couples who compete as parents instead of trying to work as a team put intense pressure on their marriage and their kids. Mom versus Dad or one parent insisting on being the expert strains the family. Instead, work on a co-parenting strategy. Beware sleep deprivation. Many kids of all ages do not get the amount of sleep they need. When sleep schedules go awry, getting back into a routine takes effort. Try backing up bedtime in 15-minute increments until your child is cooperative in the morning and functioning at his best during the day. Revamp your grocery list. Junk-food diets are causing problems in childhood and adulthood. Choosing the right foods can make your child healthier. If you pay attention, you can connect food sensitivities with behavior such as aggressiveness, irritability, inattention and whininess. This new year, if you’ve let your kids skip breakfast, now’s the time to boost their brain power and feed them before school. For more information, go to Can you help? Q. “We have had trouble with a 2-year-old boy who has started biting in our preschool class. He is not provoked and we cannot anticipate when he is going to bite. We do not want to kick him out of school, but we can’t have him biting other kids.” – A teacher in Raleigh, N.C. If you have tips or a question, please e-mail us at Betsy Flagler, a journalist based in Davidson, N.C., teaches preschool and is the mother of a teen-age son. If you have tips or questions, please e-mail us at or call Parent to Parent at 704-236-9510. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Neighbors of the Ewart family, who lost their home in a December fire, are uniting March 11 to hold a giant fundraising garage sale to help the family get back on its feet. Realtor Deborah Mann, who lives next door to David Ewart and his family, is asking colleagues and residents to help in the event, which will run from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Via Escovar in the Valencia Hills neighborhood. Proceeds will be donated to the David Ewart Catastrophe Fund, established after the Dec. 20 fire that gutted the Ewart home and sent three family members to the Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks for treatment of severe burns. To donate items, contact Mann at (661) 255-6271 or AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Among the items for sale will be dressers, a love seat and matching chair, a freezer, refrigerator, beds, dining room sets, wall units, a microwave oven, televisions, clothing and toys.last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe Disney Honors is a noncompetitive, nonranked music festival held each spring. The ensembles participate in a welcome breakfast and orientation, a one-hour presentation conducted by a music educator, a private Disney party, a performance in a specially designed music venue and a clinic with a nationally recognized evaluator. During a gala at the end of the program, each ensemble was recognized and presented with The Disney Honors Award and performers received medals commemorating their participation. To qualify for the event, ensembles sent recordings and three nomination forms from music educators and leaders familiar with the program. NEWHALL – The Hart High School Wind Ensemble performed for a group of renowned judges during The Disney Honors, a national concert band and orchestra invitational held March 29 through April 2 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. The ensemble participated with others from around the United States and one from Japan. “Achieving excellence in musicianship takes a lot of commitment and determination,” said Tim Hill, director of special programs for the Disney resort. “We feel this kind of dedication deserves the highest form of recognition.” The evaluators included five outstanding instrumental educators who represented more than 200 years of teaching experience and have conducted more than 1,000 clinics at festivals across the U.S. and abroad. All have led award-winning ensembles and have been recognized as being at the top of their fields. last_img read more

first_imgEnrichment is the centerpiece of a nuclear program that the Iranian government has touted as a technological achievement, proving Iran is on a level with developed Western nations. Iran has dismissed past demands that it give up its right to enrichment as an arrogant insult from Western nations afraid of a high-tech Muslim nation. But it has signaled it would accept some limits. For the West, enrichment is the center of fears over Iran’s intentions. Enrichment can produce either material for a nuclear warhead or fuel for a nuclear reactor. The latest proposal was revealed a week after Washington changed strategy on Iran and – in an apparent acknowledgment that it lacked support for sanctions against the Islamic republic – conceded to entering into direct talks with Iran under certain conditions. The latest proposal appeared to be even more of a concession on the Bush administration’s part – a major attempt to sweeten the package for Iran in a bid to win concessions over the nuclear program. Most importantly, the United States is now offering to provide Iran some nuclear technology, diplomats in Vienna told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity in exchange for discussing some details of the package. It had been known that the deal included European offers of help in building light-water nuclear reactors for a peaceful energy program. But there had previously been no suggestion the Americans would also agree to help build a nuclear program for a country they frequently paint as a threat to world security. U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity in exchange for discussing details, said that the United States and Europe agreed to back Iran’s membership in the World Trade Organization, The United States would also lift some sanctions – including allowing Iran to buy the much-needed airplane parts – and join with Europeans in direct negotiations with Iran over the future of Iran’s nuclear program. Diplomats said Monday that the United States additionally agreed to open the door for Europe to sell Tehran new Airbus planes. Iran’s commercial fleet is largely made up of Boeings purchased before the 1979 revolution, and Tehran frequently complains that the U.S. ban on parts has undermined safety. U.S. pressure has also prevented Iranian attempts to purchase new Airbus aircraft. European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana presented the package to Iranian officials Tuesday in Tehran. “The proposals contain positive steps and also some ambiguities, which must be removed,” Larijani said afterward. Larijani did not identify the ambiguities but said he discussed them with Solana and that more talks would be required. “We hope we will have negotiations and deliberations again after we have carefully studied the proposals,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2And Bush, using the same language, said Iran’s initial response “sounds like a positive step.” “We will see if the Iranians take our offer seriously,” the president said in Laredo, Texas. “The choice is theirs to make. I have said the United States will come and sit down at the table with them so long as they are willing to suspend their enrichment in a verifiable way.” One diplomat in Vienna described the U.S. offer of nuclear technology as particularly significant because it would, in effect, loosen a decades-long American embargo on giving Iran access to “dual use” technologies – equipment with both civilian and military use. Crucially, the deal does not demand that Iran outright give up its uranium enrichment program – only suspend it, although likely for a long time. Two earlier diplomatic initiatives by Europe and Russia crumbled over the past year because each demanded Iran scrap enrichment completely – a stumbling block because of the program’s wide popularity with the Iranian public. Iran’s leaders fiercely defend their nuclear program as a source of intense national pride, and say the purpose of the enrichment program is to create fuel for electricity – not nuclear weapons, as the U.S. claims. TEHRAN, Iran – Iran and the United States had a rare moment of agreement Tuesday, using similar language to describe “positive steps” toward an accord on a package of incentives aimed at persuading Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment. Diplomats said the incentives include a previously undisclosed offer of some U.S. nuclear technology on top of European help in building light-water nuclear reactors. Other incentives include allowing Iran to buy spare airplane parts and support for joining the World Trade Organization. Tehran is under intense international pressure to accept the deal in exchange for putting on hold a uranium enrichment program that the West fears could lead to the creation of nuclear weapons. Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, said the proposals had “positive steps” but that talks were needed to clear up ambiguities. Iran promised to study the proposals seriously, but gave no time frame for a response. last_img read more

first_imgIndependent candidate John Campbell has been re-elected alongside Fine Gael Councillor Barry O’Neil and Sinn Féin candidate Noel Andrew Jordan. Shock has been expressed that Fianna Fáil Councillor Brendan Byrne has lost his seat in the Donegal EA.Independent candidates Niamh Kennedy and Tom Conaghan were elected earlier in the evening. Fianna Fáil stalwart Sean McEniff won re-election to the council chambers in Lifford also. DONEGAL EA COUNT FINISHED – SIX ELECTED was last modified: May 25th, 2014 by John2Share 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:newsPoliticslast_img read more

first_imgFiremen involved in battling the wildfires which ravaged in West Donegal have thanked the public for their kindness.In a heartfelt letter from the Donegal Firefighters Association, officers thanked anyone who helped them in any way.Firefighters from across Donegal put in 18-hour shifts in many cases after the fires started in Loughanure and Annagry at 6am on Monday morning. Secretary of the DFA, Michael Purtill, said he saw many acts of generosity towards firefighters.He said “The Firefighters Association would like to greatly thank all those involved. The fires themselves had been happening over the weekend and the fire service ensured that all resources that were available went towards it.“All the firefighters that were involved in the fire would like to thank all the local people that helped, all the businesses that decided not to charge for a bit of food or a bottle of water.“Personally, I saw a woman in the shop buying all the bottled water, the shopkeeper asked why and she said it was for the firemen. “This was a real community disaster that drew in others from all around Donegal and without doubt, in the end, had a successful outcome. This shows the spirit of our communities. The army helicopter and the private helicopter were a much-needed addition to the outcome.“We want to thank the people of Dungloe, the civil defence, Meveagh fire service, the Army, local people and surrounds for their assistance and help.”Main pic courtesy of Brid Sweeney.Big-hearted firefighters thank public after massive battle to quell wildfires was last modified: April 26th, 2019 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:donegalfiremengorsePublicThankslast_img read more

first_imgShane Duffy’s 14th-minute goal put Blackburn ahead at Loftus Road.Keeper Alex Smithies, making his full league debut for QPR, spilled Craig Conway’s left-wing free-kick at the far post and felt he was fouled by Duffy, who tapped into an unguarded net.Blackburn had been dealt an early blow when left-back Tommy Spurr was poleaxed as he defended a second-minute corner and was eventually taken off on a stretcher after six minutes of being attended to on the pitch.Rangers have struggled to create openings but Tjaronn Chery missed a great chance to equalise shortly before half-time when he headed Charlie Austin’s dinked cross over from six yards out.And Smithies then produced a point-blank save to deny Jordan Rhodes after Spurr’s replacement, Markus Olsson, had found space in the area and pulled the ball back from the left.The inclusion of Smithies, who replaced the suspended Rob Green, was the only change to the hosts’ starting line-up from Saturday’s home defeat against Nottingham Forest.Alejandro Faurlin and Jamie Mackie returned to the QPR squad after their respective injuries and are on the bench.QPR: Smithies, Perch, Onuoha, Angella, Konchesky; Henry, Tozser, Phillips, Luongo, Chery, Austin.Subs: Lumley, Hall, Hill, Doughty, Faurlin, Mackie, Gladwin.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more