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Greek-controlled Ships in Liberian Registry Total 61 Vessels

first_imgATHENS: Figures released by the Greece Shipping Cooperation Committee (GSCC) show that Liberia has further strengthened its position as the undisputed leading open registry of choice for Greece ship owners and operators.The GSCC statistics show that, in the year to end-March 2015, the number of Greek-controlled ships in the Liberian Registry increased by a net total of 61 vessels, more than any other registry in the world. In the process, the Liberian Registry moved closer to the Greek flag, which recorded a net total of 20 new registrations in the 12-month period.The GSCC figures show a total of 739 Greek-controlled ships, aggregating 54.03m deadweight terms (dwt), registered with Liberia, compared to 678 vessels of 49.05m dwt at end-March 2014. Eighteen per cent of Greek-controlled ships are now registered under the Liberian flag. This is an increase on the corresponding figure for the previous year and positions Liberia second only to the Greek national flag in this respect.Almost 16 per cent of the world fleet in deadweight terms is now controlled by Greek interests, and the average age of that fleet is 2.5 years below the world average. The total amount of Greek-controlled ships in the world fleet is now at its highest level since 2008 / 2009, and the fact that Liberia has played such a leading role in this quality growth is testament to the mutual trust and respect which exists between the Greek ship owning community and the Liberian Registry.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police nabbed bandits during supermarket robbery

first_img…gun, ammo foundThree bandits who were in the process of robbing a supermarket at Grove, East Bank of Demerara (EBD) on Wednesday, were nabbed following swift actions by Police.Reports are the three men – one of whom was armed with a handgun – stealthily entered the “Number One Supermarket” at about 04:30h on Wednesday morning.The men pounced on the lone security guard and bounded his hands with his shoe lace. The bandits then proceeded to the third floor of the building, removed the grill from a window and entered the building.As the bandits were all inside of the supermarket, the 53-year-old security guard, managed to free himself and immediately alerted neighbours who summoned the Police.Prompt response from the lawmen resulted in the bandits being caught in the act. When Guyana Times visited the supermarket, Andy Lin, whose family owns the business, and who resides in the top flat of the building, said he was asleep and unaware of what was happening. He said that at about 06:00h, he learnt of what had transpired when a Police Officer went into the upper flat and alerted him. The CCTV footage was also reviewed, which showed the men entering the premises.When the men were nabbed they had $70,000 in prepaid phone cards and an undisclosed sum of cash in their possession.Meanwhile a .38 revolver with six live matching rounds was also found.An employee of the business told this publication that the supermarket was only opened about five weeks ago. Meanwhile, the bandits – two of whom hail from Herstelling Sea Dam and the other from Covent Garden, EBD – are being processed for court.last_img read more

Athletic Bilbao will miss new Manchester United star, claims Benitez

first_img1 Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera will be missed by Atletico Bilbao, according to Rafa Benitez.The former Liverpool boss is in charge of the Napoli side that faces the Spanish team in a Champions League qualifier on Wednesday night.And he says the side they come up against will only just cope without United’s £34million summer signing, who tasted defeat on his competitive debut against Swansea on Saturday.“He is a great player,” Benitez said. “And his absence will surely be felt, but the strength of the team remains in its unity.” Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera last_img read more

Hull City allow goalkeeper Oxley to extend his Hibs loan deal

first_imgHull City have allowed goalkeeper Mark Oxley to extend his Hibernian loan until the end of the season.The 24-year-old has been on loan at Hibs since the summer and has impressed during his 23 appearances so far.Oxley has not only kept them out at one end – but also scored himself, when his long kick was misjudged by Livingston keeper Darren Jamieson.And now it has been confirmed that Oxley will spend the rest of the campaign at Easter Road.The keeper was signed by Hull for £150,000 in August 2008 but has only ever made one susbstitue appearance for the club.But he has gained first-team experience out on loan at Walsall, Grimsby, Burton and Oldham before his move to Hibs. 1 Mark Oxley in action for Hibs last_img read more

AC Milan enter race for Liverpool defensive target

first_imgAC Milan are set to rival Liverpool for the signing of out of favour Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia.The centre-back has been heavily linked with a switch to Anfield this month but the Reds now face competition from a number of clubs in Italy and a deal is looking increasingly unlikely. Sampdoria are also interested in landing the out-of-favour Inter centre-back and now, according to Sky Italia, their city rivals have registered an interest in the 27-year-old.Ranocchia is understood to be favouring a move to another Italian club and is prepared to listen to offers from AC.Inter are reluctant to negotiate with their rivals but remain keen on offloading the defender this month, who has featured just ten times for Roberto Mancini’s side this term. 1 Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia last_img read more

BADMINGTON: MAGEES STAR AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgOLYMPIAN Chloe Magee retained her singles title for the sixth year running at the National Badminton Championships in Baldoyle yesterday.Magee beat Sinéad Chambers 21-10, 21-9 in her final.The Raphoe woman then teamed up with her brother Sam to take their fifth mixed doubles title in a row – beating another Magee, Daniel, and Fiona Glennon in the final. Sam also partnered Ian MacBeth to success in the men’s doubles, while Chambers had some consolation in the women’s event, triumphing with Jennie King. BADMINGTON: MAGEES STAR AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: February 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:BADMINGTON: MAGEES STAR AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPSlast_img read more

DONEGAL LEAD AT CROKER: HISTORIC DOUBLE STILL ON THE CARDS

first_imgMichael Murphy: put Donegal ahead.Donegal 1-08 Dublin 0-10Donegal’s senior footballers’ dream of  joining their minors at All-Ireland finals day is on the cards as they lead reigning champions Dublin in their semi-final clash at Croke Park.Jim McGuinness’s men are ahead by a single point at the break against a Dublin side that threatened to over-run the Ulster champions with the type of football that has them the bookies’ favourites to retain the title. However, after a shakey start Donegal have fought back and are well in contention for retaining the title they last won in 2012.Donegal got off to the a great start, Colm McFadden firing over a free in the first minute to put the Tir Chonaill men ahead.However, Dublin were three ahead within four minutes, putting over four unanswered points.Karl Lacey put over a lovely point in the 13th minute to settle the nerves but Dublin hit back with three unanswered points to open up a five point advantage in the 20th minute. Michael Murphy kept his nerve to successfully convert a free in the 21st minute to keep his side in touch.Funston and Kavanagh exchanged points before Durkan got down brilliantly to push out what looked an almost certain goal from Connolly.Connolly made amends with an excellent point which was followed by two unanswered points for Donegal to put three between the sides in the 28th minute.Murphy had an excellent chance to reduce the arrears but his weak shot from 20 yards fell tamelessly short.But he made up for the miss with an excellent long distanee point immediately afterwards. Ryan McHugh put Donegal ahead when he took advantage of poor Dublin defending when slid the ball to back of the net two minutes from the break.A late Dublin point sees Donegal lead by the slenerest of lead at the break and on course to emulate their minors who earlier reached their first ever All-Ireland final with a thrilling win over Dublin.Donegal: Durkan, E. McGee N. McGee McGrath; Thompson, Lacey, McGlynn; Gallagher, MacNiallais; David Walsh, McLoone, McHugh; Kavanagh, Murphy, McFadden.DONEGAL LEAD AT CROKER: HISTORIC DOUBLE STILL ON THE CARDS was last modified: August 31st, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:alldonegaldublinFootballIrelandsemi-finalSeniorlast_img read more

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_imgTHURSDAY High Desert Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at 1008 W. Ave. M-4, Palmdale. Call (661) 992-3229 or 944-1130. High Desert Modular Model Railroad Club meets, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the Experimental Test Pilots Association boardroom, 44814 Elm Ave., Lancaster. Call Bob Drury at (661) 400-4479. Cedar Open Reading meets weekly, 7-9 p.m. in Cedar Hall, 44851 Cedar Ave., Lancaster, except on the second Thursday of the month when the meeting is in the gallery, 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4314. The Overcomers, an emotional and educational support group for mental health consumers, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call Bill Slocum or Mary Rogers at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Aces & Deuces Square Dance Club will meet, 7-8:15 p.m. for beginners and 8:15-9:30 p.m. for plus at Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale, for ages 10 and up. Cost: $3. Call (661) 256-7650. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Facilitated Anger Management Group for teens will meet, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults will meet, 6:30-8 p.m., at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Al-Anon will host a discussion, 1 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale; a step study at 7 p.m. at 1827 E. Ave. Q-10, Palmdale; and a meeting on Steps, Traditions, Concepts at 7:30 p.m. at 44815 Fig Ave., Suite 101, Lancaster. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Emotions Anonymous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. Information and location: (661) 723-9967. Desert Aire Women’s Golf Association will meet at Desert Aire Golf Course at Avenue P and 40th Street East in Palmdale. Call (661) 269-5982. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Country line dance lessons for seniors, 1-2 p.m. for beginners and 2:15 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Donation requested. Call (661) 267-5551. Soroptimist International of Antelope Valley will meet, noon at the Holiday Inn of Palmdale-Lancaster, 38630 5th St. W., Palmdale. Business and professional women are invited. Call (661) 946-1609. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 569 will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Grecian Isles Mobile Home Park, 4444 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-7672 or (661) 285-5003. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7:30-9 p.m. Step Workbook reading and writing. Call (661) 947-7935. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Support group for women in abusive or battering situations will meet, 1-3:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A Spanish-language group also will meet, 10 a.m.-noon. Call (661) 945-6736 or (661) 945-5509. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. FRIDAY Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club will host ballroom dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12. Dance lessons: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dance admission: $2 for club members, $4 for nonmenbers. Dance lessons: $2. Call (661) 943-0210 or 267-5551. J&J Social and Travel Club will meet, 7 p.m. at The Great Wall Chinese restaurant, 2001 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 267-2586 by Wednesday. Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Call (661) 951-2988. Celebrate Recovery will meet, 7 p.m. at the Harvest Office and Ministry Center, 43209 10th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-2803. Emotional Freedom Technique Group offers weekly demonstrations and practices, 6:30 p.m. (except before three-day weekends). Self-help tapping technique used to reduce or eliminate stress, cravings, pains, fears, phobias. Call (661) 945-4045. Speakers in the Wind Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Jack Knight at (661) 946-7166. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Successful Marriage and Parenting course, 10 a.m.-noon. Call Carmen Andersen at (661) 273-8122. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets, 9:15 a.m.-noon the first and third Fridays of each month at Church of Christ, 1655 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Includes a hot breakfast buffet, discussion groups, featured speaker, craft and demonstrations. Children welcome. Cost: $5 for moms and $3 for kids. Call (661) 943-3162 or (661) 942-1638. Stress Management will meet, 1 p.m. at 43423 Division St., Suite 107, Lancaster. Call (661) 947-1595 or (661) 726-2850, Ext. 221. Speakers in the Wind Toastmaster Club 2867 will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Joyce Hall at (661) 946-1181 or Barbara Linde at (661) 947-2537. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Celebrate Recovery, a biblically based 12-step recovery program, will meet, 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 44648 15th St. W. Call Pastor Pat Tanner at (661) 948-0855. The Lightkeepers, Spiritual Discussion Group, will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Center of Light, A.V. Church, 1030 West Ave. L-8, Lancaster. Call (661) 718-8731. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 and Ladies Auxiliary will serve steak or shrimp dinners, 5:30-8 p.m. at 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Takeout orders. Proceeds will go to community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Meditation class, 7-8:30 p.m. For location and information, call (661) 945-9832. Schizophrenics Anonymous will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. in the multipurpose room on the mental health ward at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Friendship Center, 43423 Division St. Suite 107, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Kaiser Permanente Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at the clinic offices, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Open to the community. Free. Call (661) 951-2988. The Weekenders, a social and recreational group for mental health consumers, will meet, 1-2 p.m. at Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-1595. Al-Anon will have a 12-and-12 meeting at 10:30 a.m. at 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd. and a beginners meeting at 7 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Pinochle Group for seniors, 6-9 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Oil painting class for seniors, 9-11 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Shop Talk Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 a.m. at Crazy Otto’s Diner. Call Stan Main at (661) 269-1424. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 1681 will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. in Room 14 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4459. Rosamond Moose Lodge, 1105 Sierra Highway, Rosamond, will serve dinner, 5-8 p.m. Cost: $4-$6. Bingo will start at 10 a.m., offered by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Room 13, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-0595. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. SATURDAY Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Seniors Lunch-Bingo Hour, noon-5 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Sponsored by Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity). Call Emerita Ross at (661) 723-7876 or Marie Cabrera at (661) 726-5309. Al-Anon will have a Spanish-speaking discussion meeting, 9 a.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite C-3, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353. Facilitated Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 2:30-4 p.m.; teens, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults, 10:30-noon or 12:30-2 p.m. at the Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Beginning yoga, 9-10 a.m. at Unity Church of Antelope Valley, 39149 8th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 273-3341. Women and Self-esteem support group meets in the Acton area. Call (661) 947-0839. Healing Heart support group will meet, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army store, 45001 Beech Ave. in Lancaster. Call (661) 943-5830. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 9 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call Jane at (661) 945-4798. Women Midlife Transition Support Group for women over age 40 is facilitated by a professional psychotherapist. Call (661) 947-0839. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. in Room 13 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 724-1820. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.todayna.org or www.sava-na.org. SUNDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will host a holiday buffet brunch, 1:30 p.m. in Palmdale. Cost: $7.50 for members, $8.50 for nonmembers. Call (661) 267-2586 or 722-1847 by noon Saturday. Nicotine Anonymous will meet, 8-9 p.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 43824 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 946-7606. Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity) Seniors’ Social Hour, 4-7 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Meetings feature films, talks, singalongs, talent shows and dancing. Call (661) 723-7876 or (661) 726-5309. Costume Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with identification are admitted free. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $7. Club membership: $20. Call (661) 718-8997. Life Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with ID are admitted free. Teen Care and Support Group, for teens who have lost a family member or friend, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian School, 1011 E. Ave. I, Room 302, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. Palmdale Moose Lodge, 3101 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo games beginning at 1 p.m. Call (661) 947-6777. Revealing Truth, a meditation and spiritual discussion, 4:45-6:15 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Antelope Valley Chess Club will meet, 1-5 p.m. at American Legion Post 771, 39463 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 726-1323. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 5-6 p.m. at 44960 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 789-5806. MONDAY Beyond the Light, a socialization and support group for young adults, ages 17 1/2 to 25, with mental health issues, will meet, noon-1 p.m. at Transitional Youth Services, 104 E. Ave. K-4, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Snyders Dance Groove will give ballroom, Latin, country and swing dance lessons, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. For ages 40 and up. Cost: $3 per person. Call (661) 609-6510. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927. 12 Step Recovery Groups for alcohol and drug addiction, co-dependency, relationship addiction, overeating, fear and anxiety issues, meets, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. Recovery Inc., a self-help group for people with panic attacks, anxiety or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster, third floor. Call (661) 943-3956. The Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo at 5:30 p.m. The grill will be open. Call (661) 947-2027. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 722-0393. Co-Dependents Anonymous will host a 12-step recovery program, 7:30-9 p.m., at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927 or (661) 946-5846. Grief Recovery Outreach Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or visit www.frf.av.org. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. The Highs and Lows, a support group for those diagnosed with manic depression or related disorders, will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Al-Anon will have a discussion, 7 p.m. at 51st Street West and Avenue K, Lancaster. Child care provided. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 572 will meet, 9-11 a.m. at the Mayflower Gardens chapel, 6570 W. Ave. L-12, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 943-3089. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6 p.m. with regular games beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-2027. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with regular games beginning at 7 p.m. at Paraclete High School, 42145 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3255; Monday evenings: (661) 943-1017. Billiard Gang for seniors will meet, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Parent support group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. The facilitated group is for parents who need help coping with family issues. Call (661) 266-8700. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 273-1016. Expectant parents can tour the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department, 1600 W. Ave. J in Lancaster, and get information on what to expect during hospitalization, at sessions starting at 6 p.m. Visitors meet in the main lobby. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 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

Air New Zealand Economy Class Review

first_imgImagine an airline that served its economy class passengers fruit salad and hot fresh scones with jam and cream for afternoon tea?  Or an airline that serves passengers a warm bread roll with their meal rather than a dry crumbly oblong thing that somewhat resembles that of a bread roll? Welcome to Air New Zealand’s Economy Class.In the last of my three part review series I travel Perth-Auckland return on a Boeing 777-200ER.  As enjoyable as it has been to review the faultless Business and Premium Economy classes, Economy Class is where most people travel and was to be my most important assessment yet – could they get it right in all three classes?Seats and cabinThe seats in the 777-200ER are among the most generous in size and very comfortable.  With a 32-33 inch seat pitch and 17.8 inch seat width (the same width as in Premium Economy) the  economy passenger “sore back and numb bum” syndrome  wasn’t going to present itself this time.  On every seat was a headphone set, pillow and large thick blanket.  In my opinion, Singapore airlines are the leaders in Economy Class blankets, but they now have a competitor in Air New Zealand.  As this is a 6-7 hour medium rather than long haul flight, earplugs and eye shades are available from the crew upon request. Long haul flights have amenity kits on every seat.Seat recline is one of the most hotly debated topics in an Economy Cabin and I was unlucky (or perhaps lucky) to experience both sides of the argument.  It’s a general unspoken etiquette that on both day and evening flights you don’t recline your seat until after the meal service. The flight to Auckland was an evening flight and immediately after take-off, back went the seat in front of me.  Air New Zealand has a very generous six inch seat recline which as the passenger in the reclined seat is extremely comfortable but it’s not so pleasant when you are sitting behind the seat.  Wanting to abide by the unspoken rule of an evening flight I kept my seat upright and endured a good 90 minutes of no personal space while the gentleman in front had a great old relax and snore!  I was overjoyed to learn that Air New Zealand insists all passengers put their seats in the upright position for meal times and that gave me a good 30 minute reprieve.  It was then time for everyone to put their seats back and I too enjoyed the comfort of this seat with its generous recline.  Interestingly on Air New Zealand’s new 787 Dreamliner, the seats in Economy are set back one inch so passengers will already feel more comfortable and may just put off reclining their seat until later in the flight – here’s hoping. The lights were set low for the dinner service and then completely dimmed until just before landing. Seats on the 777-200ER do not have in seat power but on the 777-300ER used on longer haul routes this is available at every seat.  The 777-300ER also features the unique Skycouch [read more about the skycouch and 777-300ER here] Food and beveragesStraight after take-off the cabin crew come through the cabin with glasses of water. Announcements are made just before the meal service advising passengers of the meal choices.  It is important to remember here that Air New Zealand offer four different types of Economy fares; Seat Only and Seat Plus Bag passengers need to buy snacks and light meals off a menu. Tea coffee and water is provided complimentary.  The Works and the Works Deluxe  passengers  receive the traditional full meal and beverage service.  Dinner was a choice of beef with mashed potato and peas or a chicken and pasta. Coming back the lunch menu was a beef dish or chicken curry with rice.  As with every international flight the meal coming into Perth was much better than the meal leaving. The beef dinner was fatty and tough but the chicken curry was delicious! On both flights the salad starter was arguably the best salad I have had in economy and I love the warm soft fresh bread rolls they serve. Dessert consisted of a three tier chocolate mousse to Auckland and a pineapple cake with guava syrup on the way home.  Apart from the “not so great” beef dish the rest of the food was fantastic and serving sizes large.  The drinks trolley with a selection of wines, beer, softdrinks and juices comes behind the food cart which allows for a quick and efficient service and ensures your meal is still hot when you receive it. If passengers are peckish at any time after the meal service chips and biscuits are available.Now for the real highlight. On the flight from Auckland, just over an hour before landing, the cabin fills with the smell of hot scones and freshly brewed coffee.  There was a resounding “ohh yum” from the cabin when the announcement of scones with jam and cream for afternoon tea was made.  Now I had had this in Business Class and Premium Economy but did not expect it in Economy.  A fresh fruit salad accompanied the warm fresh, delicious scones and there was plenty of jam and cream, the crew even found me some butter at my request. This was unquestionably the best “light meal or snack” service I had ever received in an Economy Class.In-flight EntertainmentI unfortunately didn’t have a great run here on the flight home. The handset didn’t work properly so I was unable to really flick through channels. It took me a good 10 minutes to get to a movie I wanted to see and then after half an hour the TVs in our row of three switched off.  The crew kindly rebooted the system for us but there was no way I was going to fight with that handset again.  I had the option to move seat but instead chose to listen to my iPod. Whilst frustrating, things like this do happen and it’s how it’s handled and how a solution is sought that I look out for and in this case it was handled quickly, with an apology and most importantly they had a suitable solution for me if I wished.   The “TV power box” that sits under the seats is small and doesn’t take up a lot of leg room which is especially important on a long haul flights.  Passengers on a seat or seat plus bag fare can pay to watch the movies otherwise games, TV shows and music are complimentary.Customer ServiceThe service at Perth was very welcoming with a “Hi and welcome to Air New Zealand” when you arrive at the check in desk.  Onboard the cabin crew were efficient and friendly. You don’t get that famous personalised Air New Zealand hospitality that you get in Business and Premium Economy because you simply can’t.   The crew do their job and do it to a high standard. I had no real need to interact with the crew but kept a close eye on those that did just near me and they really were more than happy to help and did so with a smile.  One thing I was especially impressed with was the speed at which call bells were responded to.   At Auckland there is self check in facilities but plenty of staff around to help you should you need.  Final WordAir New Zealand are the leaders in innovation and this is evident in their Economy Class. Instead of creating a low cost carrier to meet the new world demands of aviation, Air New Zealand simply filled up the planes they had by creating options for Economy passengers with Seat, Seat Plus Bag, The Works and Works Deluxe.  Economy passengers also have the option at checkin to pay $100 and have the seat next to them kept free on a long haul flight that is not full  (includes Auckland-Perth and Auckland-Honolulu flights). Given the wide choice of movies and excellent on board catering, it is definitely worth purchasing a Works airfare but for those that want to limit what they spend you can still enjoy in flight entertainment, a very comfortable seat, blanket and pillow at a competitive price with the option to order snacks and non included drinks on board.Would I recommend and fly Air New Zealand Economy? Is it as good as the highly regarded likes of Emirates, Qantas and Singapore Airlines? Absolutely.  With options galore and a high quality full service product you can truly sit back, relax and enjoy your flight no matter how long it is.Suggested Read  Air New Zealand Business Class Review  and Air New Zealand Premium Economy ReviewEmail: sharon.petersen@airlineratings.com Follow Sharon on TwitterSharon flew as a guest of Air New Zealand on July 30th and August 1st 2014last_img read more

USMCA agreement reached, headed to floor

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After months of anticipation, Congress has reached an agreement to consider the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) which will huge huge implications for agriculture in Ohio and around the country.“Today’s announcement gives us a glimmer of hope that, by the end of this year, Ohio’s farmers will see much needed certainty on the horizon. Growing markets and expanding trade opportunities for our members is a top advocacy priority for the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. This year we have lobbied hard for USMCA on behalf of our members and are encouraged by the support we’ve seen from Ohio’s congressional delegation to pass this critical deal,” said Tadd Nicholson, Ohio Corn & Wheat Executive Director. “However, our work is not done. We look forward to seeing Ohio’s members of Congress leading the way to final passage of this deal and the implementing legislation that will be required thereafter.”Canada and Mexico are at the top of the list for U.S. agricultural exports and vital markets to maintain.“This is welcome news and a relief for American farmers. Now it’s time to get the bill passed before politics can get in the way. Farmers and ranchers will be watching closely to ensure that their members of Congress are standing up for American agriculture,” said Angela Hofmann, Co-Executive Director of Farmers for Free Trade, the national, bipartisan coalition of America’s leading ag commodity and business groups. “If Congress can come together to pass USMCA it will deliver a measure of certainty farmers badly need right now. Farmers have been struggling in the face of bad weather and unpredictable trade policy. Passing USMCA will guarantee that our farmers’ closest and most important markets, will remain free from tariffs and red tape. NAFTA has been a windfall for American agriculture and USMCA is projected to build on that success by growing farm exports and modernizing ag trade.“We commend Speaker Pelosi, Ambassador Lighthizer and the many Congressional leaders on both side of the aisle who have worked diligently to get to a deal. It’s a great reminder that opening markets for American farmers should never be a partisan issue. We urge both sides to continue to heed the calls of American farmers and quickly pass this agreement.”The statement comes after President Donald Trump penned this tweet.America’s great USMCA Trade Bill is looking good. It will be the best and most important trade deal ever made by the USA. Good for everybody – Farmers, Manufacturers, Energy, Unions – tremendous support. Importantly, we will finally end our Country’s worst Trade Deal, NAFTA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019This story will be updated.last_img read more

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