1800 Beach Workers Get 3 of 8 months Arrears

first_imgNearly 1,800 contract workers of the Liberia Maritime Authority Beaches and Waterways Project have begun receiving three months arrears out of the eight months owed them.According to a Liberia Maritime Authority official, contract workers in Trowin, Florida, Lagoon, (all in New Kru Town), have already been paid for three months. “We began the exercise on March 10, paying nearly 400 contract workers in Mamba Point, PHP, Randall Street, BTC and Gurley Street,” he explained.The exercise will continue with the payment of workers in Funday, Colonel West, Popo Beach and Security Officers. He noted that the pay team will pay 350 workers in the ELWA area, before returning to West Point, to pay nearly 500 contract workers there.The Daily Observer learned that the outstanding five months will be paid at a later but unspecified date, when the Liberian government, through the Ministry of Finance, provides the money. But several contract workers interviewed about the remaining five months arrears expressed disappointment.“I don’t think the five months arrears will be paid soon,” a contract worker responded. “It is not the first time such a promise has been made and was never fulfilled.”Others said the perennial delay in their pay is a source of frustration and claimed that it has hurt President Sirleaf’s policy to empower young people and the unemployed in slum communities in Monrovia as part of her poverty reduction strategy.Mamie Thompson, 28, a single mother of four told the Daily Observer, “The delay in our pay made me unable to register my children and we are hoping that the rest of the money can come as we’ve been told.”  She appealed to President Sirleaf to make their monthly payment a priority, “because this is the only income we depend on to take ourselves from poverty.”Patricia Reeves, 32, also a mother four said, “I know President Sirleaf is aware of the difficulties we go through as single parents and this must encourage her to authorize the Ministry of Finance to make our monthly pay regular.”  The Beaches and Waterways Project, launched in 2005 by the Liberia Maritime Authority, was meant to empower residents of the poorer communities, an LMA source said. But the project, which was originally to fall under a department of tourism, stayed with the LMA till, as a source said, funds ran dry and it recently became necessary for the project to be discontinued.  “But it was President Sirleaf who insisted that the project must continue,” a contract worker said and an LMA official confirmed. He said, “The project has helped beaches in Monrovia to have a new image. The project ensures that no one abuses the beaches, including those in New Kru Town, West Point, ELWA, PHP and others and at the same time it provides a source of income to ease poverty.” Another contract worker added, “It is this part that should concern the government for while our beaches are clean, sicknesses are minimized and contract workers are able to take care of their families, which makes President Sirleaf’s legacy worthwhile.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LEN launches low-income housing project in Linden

first_img– Commissions first model homeThe Linden Enterprise Network (LEN) of Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) has launched the Region 10 Low Income Housing Project with the commissioning of its first model home at Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie on Thursday.The home, which costs approximately $3.5 million, is the first of its kind in the bauxite mining community to be constructed with bauxite overburden as one of its main constituent materials. The blocks are made from that material, which is normally considered a waste product.LEN is expected to collaborate with the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA) and banking institutions to provide more of this type of home to low income earners.The home was commissioned with the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon during a simple ceremony at which Linden Mayor Waneka Arindell said it was a privilege to see the level of creativity coming out of Linden and Region 10.“With the Government’s sustainable development cities and towns, this is one of the things and ideas to have this type of work done… I want to encourage LEN to continue to support these innovations,” Mayor Arindell noted, as she urged banks to continue assisting young people with housing loans.Speaking on behalf of the Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Valerie Adams-Yearwood, Technical Assistant to that Minister, Remington Nelson, said it is common knowledge that Guyana as a whole, and Linden in particular, has a huge housing deficit, and the people that are mostly affected are those in the lower income bracket, including public servants.She further stated that many young people cannot even qualify to obtain loans at commercial banks.“It is a problem for which we need a solution… Not only is this LEN’s low income housing project a welcome contribution to Government’s efforts to provide affordable housing, it also illustrates that the solutions we seek may be found where we least expect — right in our house, so to speak,” he said.Quoting from the minister’s speech, Nelson said the project demonstrates innovation, imagination, ingenuity and initiative. He said the project has also provided jobs, will provide low income homes, and is useful in finding housing solutions.“We are transforming useless bauxite overburden into valuable building blocks to provide homes for families at a reduced cost…the LEN low income housing project shows initiative at work…let this project stand as a beacon of inspiration as to what can be accomplished when, instead of looking to someone else to solve your problem, you can ask yourself, ‘What do I have in my possession?’ “, Nelson posited.LEN Chairman, Orin Gordon, in his address, also highlighted the project’s ingenuity, and noted that what is considered waste product is now being used to construct homes.He said 100 percent of the materials were derived from within, and bought from suppliers and contractors in, Region 10. The spanking new home has as its main features 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, and sitting room.last_img read more

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Third victory sweetest

first_imgLa Salle rode what coach Sal Lopez calls the “Lancer Wall” of Lauren McAulay, Kasey Johnson and Erin Smith for its third shutout over the Knights and 19th of the season. It is the Lancers’ . They shared the Division V crown with Pasadena Poly in 2002. “Our main focus was not to give up and play major defense,” McAulay said. McAulay had a hand in the Lancers’ goal when she sent a pass to the front of the Bishop Montgomery net. Shevlin found herself with an open shot and put it over goalkeeper Karla Ricardi for her second goal of the season for the Del Rey League champions. “Lauren McAulay crossed it and I was there at the right time,” Shevlin said. “No one was there and we were just lucky.” Rather than go into a defensive shell following the goal, the Lancers, who had set the tone early with intense pressure, continued to aggressively attack the Bishop Montgomery zone and out-shot the Knights, 9-1. The Lancers out-shot the Knights (15-6-3), 23-5, overall. DOWNEY – There was no need for any introductions when La Salle High School’s girls soccer team played Bishop Montgomery in Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division IV championship match. These teams were quite familiar with one another, having met twice in Del Rey League this season. The Lancers, already owning two victories, did the unthinkable by beating a team three times in the same season. Senior midfielder Sarah Shevlin scored midway through the first half to lift La Salle to a 1-0 victory over at Downey High’s Allen Layne Stadium. center_img “It was very tough because we had two close opportunities in the box and couldn’t convert,” Lopez said. “I was afraid that would come back to haunt us. But Lauren, Kasey and Erin were able to contain their press and get us out of danger.” Added Johnson, “We knew who to mark from playing them so many times and, this game, we worked extra hard.” The game was delayed for nearly 25 minutes when La Salle’s Sara Turcios suffered a knee injury with 30 minutes to play and was taken off the field on a stretcher. second CIF girls soccer title 25-2-2 scott.galetti@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4456 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

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The Santa Clarita Valley

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POPULATION: 235,303 ETHNIC BREAKDOWN Ethnic breakdown totals can exceed 100 percent due to a recent change allowing people to check more than one ethnic category. (2005 Census Data) White/non-Hispanic: 78%. Hispanic: 24%. Asian Pacific: 6.7%. African-American: 2.5%. American Indian: 1%. (* Total exceeds 100% because multiple categories are allowed) WEATHER Average annual rainfall: 18.6 inches. Average high temperature: 87 degrees. Average low temperature: 53 degrees. LOCAL GOVERNMENT Type: Contract city, outlying areas governed by Los Angeles County. Santa Clarita City Hall: 23920 Valencia Blvd., Santa Clarita, (661) 259-2489. City Web site: santa-clarita.com. City manager: Ken Pulskamp. Mayor: Marsha McLean. City Council members: Laurene Weste, Frank Ferry, Bob Kellar, Tim Ben Boydston. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors: 5th District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich: (213) 974-5555; Santa Clarita Field Deputy Rosalind Wayman: (661) 287-3657. COURTHOUSE Newhall Superior Court, 23747 W. Valencia Blvd. Civil Information: (661) 253-7309 Criminal Information: (661) 253-7308 Small Claims: (661) 253-7312 Traffic: (213) 742-6648 TRANSIT Bus service: Santa Clarita Transit, (661) 294-1287. Commuter bus service: (661) 294-1287. Senior/disabled services: Dial-A-Ride, (661) 294-9327. Rail service: Metrolink, (800) 371-5465; Amtrak, (800) 872-7245. UTILITIES Water: Newhall County Water District, (661) 259-3610. Santa Clarita Water Division, (661) 259-2737. Valencia Water Co., (661) 294-0828. Power: Southern California Edison, (800) 655-4555. Gas: The Gas Co., (800) 427-2200. Telephone: AT&T, (800) 288-2020. Cable TV: Time Warner Communications, (661) 252-2318; Comcast, (888) 266-2278. TRASH AND RECYCLING Residential: Waste Management/Blue Barrel Disposal Co., (661) 259-2398. Commercial: Burrtec Waste, (661) 222-2249. LAW ENFORCEMENT Sheriff: (661) 255-1121. Fire: (661) 259-2111. Ambulance: (661) 259-2111. All emergencies: 911. LICENSES Animal licenses: (661) 257-3191. Business licenses: (661) 286-4087. Driver’s licenses: (800) 777-0133. LIBRARIES Jo Anne Darcy Canyon Country Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country, (661) 251-2720; Newhall Library, 22704 W. Ninth St., Newhall, (661) 259-0750; Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia, (661) 259-8942 OTHER SERVICES & INFORMATION Historical societies: Santa Clarita Historical Society, (661) 254-1275. Hospitals: Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia, (661) 253-8000; Providence Holy Cross Health Center, 26357 McBean Parkway, Valencia, (661) 255-3719. Postal service: 24355 Creekside Road, Valencia; 26541 Ruether Ave., Suite B; 18336 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country; 23642 Lyons Ave., Newhall; and 25842 Tournament Road, Valencia, (800) 275-8777. Voter registration: Department of Motor Vehicles, local libraries, fire stations, post offices and City Hall Social Security office: 23504 Lyons Ave., Third Floor, Suite 303, Santa Clarita, 91322, (800) 772-1213. Birth, death and marriage records: (916) 445-2684 or (800) 201-8999. Animal shelter: 31044 N. Charlie Canyon Road, Castaic, (661) 257-3191. Major shopping sites: Westfield Valencia Town Center, Valencia Promenade, Valencia Marketplace, Canyon Center and Soledad Entertainment Center TV station (local): Channel 20last_img read more

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UEFA open disciplinary proceedings against Russia after Euro 2016 crowd trouble

first_imgRussia are facing serious UEFA sanctions after being charged with crowd disorder and racist behaviour following the sickening scenes that overshadowed Saturday’s Euro 2016 clash with England.Ugly clashes in Marseille marred the build-up to the eagerly-anticipated Group B clash, with English, Russian and French fans involved in trouble over three days.There had been a calmer atmosphere inside the Stade Velodrome, only for more unseemly behaviour to spoil an entertaining 1-1 draw in which Vasili Berezutsky’s late header cancelled out an Eric Dier free-kick.UEFA has taken swift action and announced on Sunday morning it had opened disciplinary proceedings against the Football Union of Russia, two years from hosting the World Cup.European football’s governing body handed down charges for alleged crowd disturbances, racist behaviour and the setting off of fireworks by Russia fans, with the case to be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on Tuesday.England have avoided any charges and UEFA confirmed before kick-off that incidents outside the Stade Velodrome perimeter fell outside its remit.UEFA said in a statement on Sunday: “UEFA expresses its utter disgust for the violent clashes that occurred in the city centre of Marseille, and its serious concern for the incidents at the end of the match inside Stade Velodrome.“This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and has no place in football.“Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Russian Football Union (RFU) for the following events occurring inside the stadium: crowd disturbances, setting off of fireworks and throwing of missiles.“A decision on the sanctions to be imposed will be made within the next few days, once the RFU has been able to submit written statements and evidence.“UEFA acknowledges that there were segregation issues at Stade Velodrome and will implement corrective measures to strengthen the deployment of security personnel at stadiums, in close collaboration with local authorities.”After flares and a firecracker were let off – both items are banned from ground – at the end of Saturday’s match, Russian fans appeared to attack English supporters, breaking through barriers in the South Stand.Those under attack were seen running for safety and before the match as many as 20 England fans were injured, with reportedly several seriously hurt, in bloody clashes between rival fans around the Old Port area.French police used a water cannon and tear gas on rioters as fist fights and bottle throwing broke out. Fans in the Russia section caused trouble during the 1-1 draw with England 1last_img read more

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Antelope Valley Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TUESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club weekly league bowling, 6-8 p.m. at Sands Bowl, 43323 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Call (661) 267-2586. Prostate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Susan Baker at (661) 273-2200. Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-3103. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8 in Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Call Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Successful Anger Management course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Call (661) 538-1846. Sand Creek Orators, Toastmaster International meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Hummel Hall, 2200 20th St. W., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Caregiver Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster. Sponsored by ProCare Hospice. Call (661) 951-1146. Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Rocketeers Toastmasters meets, 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Call Pam Raneri at (661) 275-5287. Pancho Barnes Composite Squadron 49, Civil Air Patrol, will meet, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rosamond Sky Park, 4171 Knox Ave., Rosamond. Call (760) 373-5771. Antelope Valley Archaeology Club will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5656. Grief Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hoffmann Hospice, 1832 W. Ave. K, Suite D-1. Call (661) 948-8801. Toastmasters Sand Creek Orators Club meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2500 Orange St., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Snyders Dance Groove meets, 6-8:30 p.m. the first and second Tuesdays of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $2. Call (661) 609-6510. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets, 9-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month for brunch, speakers and crafts at Central Christian Church, 3131 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Cost: $6 per meeting, plus $2 per child for child care. Scholarships are available. Call (661) 945-7902. 12 Step Recovery Group for alcohol and drug addiction will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. American Indian Little League will meet, 7 p.m. at HomeTown Buffet, 422 W. Ave. P. Call Harry Richard at (661) 267-2259. High Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Denny’s restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call (760) 240-4705. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Youth Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 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. Plane Talk Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Lockheed Federal Credit Union, 1011 Lockheed Way, Palmdale. Call (661) 572-4123. Harmony Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will rehearse, 7:30 p.m. at 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. The group is part of an international organization of women who sing four-part harmony. Call (661) 273-0995, (661) 285-1797 or (661) 940-3109. Al-Anon will hold a discussion, noon at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale, and at 7 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, Room 704, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. 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. Billiards 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. Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program representative will be available, 1-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551 for an appointment. Tumbleweed Card Club for seniors will play canasta, pinochle and other games, 1-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Line dancing, 6-7 p.m. for beginners and 7-8:30 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Palmdale Youth Council will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Parks and Recreation office, 38260 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5611. 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 the Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Expectant parent tours of the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department will start at 6 p.m. from the hospital lobby, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Beginners will meet at 7 p.m. Call (661) 948-2571. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 10:30 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Also in Lancaster, 6:30 p.m. at Sunnydale School, 1233 W. Ave. J-8. Call Karen at (661) 723-9331. Overeaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Robin’s Law Office, 203 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 949-9192. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. WEDNESDAY Emotional Freedom Technique for pain relief weekly demonstrations, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (except before three-day weekends), Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. Sweet Talkers Toastmasters meet, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Wilsona School District boardroom, 18050 E. Ave. 0, Lake Los Angeles. Call (661) 944-1216 or 944-1130. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 will serve specialty meals, or hamburger baskets, 5:30-8 p.m. at the post, 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Proceeds will benefit community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Kids Managing Anger Together for ages 13-17 will meet, 4:30-6 p.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite. B-1, Palmdale. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Women’s Group will deal with the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of relationship, infertility and other issues, noon-1:30 p.m. Call (661) 266-8700. Fobi-Lyte Support Group meets, 7-8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month to address the medical, nutritional and social ramifications of weight-loss surgery in fourth-floor Conference Room 16 at Antelope Valley Outpatient Imaging Center, 44105 15th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 723-5123. Caregivers Support Group meets, 7-8:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center, 44421 10th St. W., Suite I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-4852. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Eye Opener Toastmasters Club will meet, 7-8:30 a.m. at Denny’s Restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call Al Moore at (661) 726-3627. Talents Unlimited Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente. Call Alan Strech at (661) 940-4640. Scrapbookers Club will meet, 5-7 p.m. at Peldyns, 27021 Twenty Mule Team Road, Boron. Free tools for use. Bring book and photos. Call (760) 608-1422. Antelope Valley Intertribal Council meeting, 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 435-0423. AIDS-related death support group meets, 5:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Sudden-death support group meets, 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Dual Recovery Anonymous, an informal 12-step group for mental health consumers with a history of substance abuse, will meet, 3 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call (661) 947-1595. Antelope Valley Interfaith Choir will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. For adults and mature teenagers. Call Kathe Walters at (661) 285-8306. Hi-Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Don’s Restaurant, Victorville. Call (760) 240-4705. Schizophrenics Anonymous will meet, 2 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Desert Noon Lions Club meets, noon-1 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the California Pantry, 120 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call Barbara at (661) 947-4079. Successful Marriage and Parenting course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Free. For information and location, call (661) 538-1846. Emotions Anonymous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose meeting room on the second floor at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. The organization is a 12-step, self-help group. Call (661) 943-5466. Little Angels, a support group for families with young children with Down syndrome, meets, 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the North Los Angeles County Regional Center, 43210 Gingham Ave., Lancaster. Call Cyndee Moore at (661) 945-6761 or e-mail cyndeem@nlacrc.com. Al-Anon discussion group will meet, 7 p.m. at 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale; Alateen at 7 p.m. at 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale, and a women’s discussion group at 7:30 p.m. at 32142 Crown Valley Road, Acton. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. A Course in Miracles discussion, 7-9 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Palmdale Moose Lodge, 3101 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo games beginning at 10 a.m. Call (661) 947-6777. Bridge Club for seniors will meet, noon-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Beginner and intermediate players welcome. Call (661) 267-5551. Blood pressure testing for seniors, 10-11:15 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. 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. 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. Knitting and crocheting for seniors, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 704 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Bring your own supplies. Call (661) 267-5551. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale Children’s Youth Library, 38510 Sierra Highway. Call Kathy at (661) 265-1839. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Multipurpose Room 2 at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 256-7064. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Women’s Eating Disorder Group will meet, 6-7:30 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. Bingo for seniors, 12:15-2:15 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Cost: 25 cents per card. Call (661) 267-5551. Talents Unlimited Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente Mental Health Center, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 949-7423. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.todayna.org THURSDAY Ask and It is Given classes, 6:30-8 p.m., Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. 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 hosts ballroom dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12. Dance lessons are 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dance admission is $2 for club members, $4 for nonmembers. Dance lessons are $2. Call (661) 943-0210 or 267-5551. 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. 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 J&J Social and Travel Club will host an American potluck and white elephant gift game party, 7 p.m. in Palmdale. Bring a main dish, salad or dessert, a beverage, and an unwanted gift valued under $10. Call (661) 267-2586 or (661) 266-9126. 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 meet for brunch, 12:30 p.m. at Le Chene restaurant, 12625 Sierra Highway, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 267-2586 by Jan. 27. 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 (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 the 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.last_img read more

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JUSTIN’S INCREDIBLE PICTURE OF MILKY WAY IN DONEGAL SKY GOES GLOBAL

first_imgPHOTOGRAPHER Justin Mac Lochlainn has done it again.The snapper whose pictures of the Northern Lights went global earlier this year has captured the Milky Way in the skies above Inishowen.And this is the incredible result.  JUSTIN’S INCREDIBLE PICTURE OF MILKY WAY IN DONEGAL SKY GOES GLOBAL was last modified: August 27th, 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:InishowenJustin Mac LochlainnMilky Waypicturelast_img read more

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Harry Redknapp tips Tottenham to end Old Trafford hoodoo

first_img REVEALED Harry Kane is expected to cause Man United plenty of problems England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Harry Redknapp is tipping Tottenham to end their miserable record at Old Trafford on Monday night.The north London club have won just two of their last 26 Premier League games away to Manchester United and have failed to even score goal in their last four visits.But Redknapp reckons they are well set to take all three points this season against a United side seemingly in turmoil under Jose Mourinho. possible standings silverware Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade center_img gameday Latest Premier League News smart causal REVEALED huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ALTERED Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “Tottenham look excellent and I fancy Spurs.“Tottenham will come out and get hold of the ball and be very difficult opposition.“It is a real good Tottenham team and Harry Kane and Dele Alli can certainly cause the two central defenders plenty of problems.“The United team is certainly not as free-flowing or exciting as the Fergie teams but they are short in certain areas.“The back four is not a back four that can win a title this year and Jose obviously knows that.” 1 United were beaten by Brighton last time out, while Spurs have won both their games this season.And Redknapp added: “I don’t see Tottenham getting beat tonight.“It is about time they got a result at Man United.“They very rarely get results there and this may well be their year.”last_img read more

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Inspiring New Ways

first_imgThe new slogan replaces the previous “Alive with Possibility”.“We welcome the approval by Cabinet of ‘Inspiring new ways’ as South Africa’s new country marketing slogan,” Miller Matola CEO of Brand South Africa said.The new slogan is the culmination of many months of research into what thousands of ordinary South Africans believe captures the essence of our country.South Africa’s remarkable transition from pugnacious pariah state to one of the world’s most-important regional powers, has been matched by a diligent management of its global brand.South Africa has recognized that every country in the world has a “brand” – a way in which the country is perceived — and the active management of that brand brings trade, tourism and investment, resulting in more jobs and economic growth.When we embarked on the development of our new pay off line, our position as the most-developed African economy – spearheading the emergence of the globe’s last great market — saw South Africa adopt a brand position expressed in the phrase, “South Africa – Alive with Possibility”.The world saw the sense of the proposition and investors, businesses and tourists piled into the country – taking advantage of the possibilities.Now, our country has moved to a different phase of its development. We are an important regional power, with a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council and proudly a member of the Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors of the leading world economies (the G20 group) as well as a member of the BRICS group of nations.South Africa has moved beyond possibility to delivery. Our delivery has necessitated a change in the brand positioning, to keep up with, and lead the way that we are perceived by the world. It is for this reason that we have developed a new brand expression.As a country we continue to inspire both ourselves and the world with unique, new and better ways of overcoming our challenges. ‘South Africa. Inspiring new ways’ is both a description of the best of our national character, our values and the fabric of our people. It is a challenge to all South Africans:to business, government and civil society to build on our reputation for inspiration and innovation.After exhaustive consultation with our many stakeholders in business, civil society and government, and international benchmarking, Cabinet has now approved ‘Inspiring New Ways’ as the new nation brand positioning which will orientate South Africa’s marketing activities.In the coming months South Africans at home and abroad can look forward to seeing the new brand expression in advertising and promotional material that will be used to explain and promote South Africa’s attraction to ourselves and to the world.”EndsBrand South Africa, previously known as the International Marketing Council of South Africa, officially changed its name to best align with its mandate of building South Africa’s nation brand reputation in order to improve its global competitiveness.last_img read more

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Bafana captain calls for support

first_img18 January 2013The support of South African fans will be crucial to the success of the national team’s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) campaign, says Bafana Bafana captain Bongani Khumalo.South Africa kicks off the 29th edition of the tournament against Cape Verde at the National Stadium in Nasrec, just outside Soweto, at 6pm on Saturday.There was good news for the hosts when midfield kingpin Kagisho Dikgacoi returned to full training on Thursday after missing out on training on Monday and Tuesday. He joined the rest of his teammates on Wednesday and finished Thursday’s session without any complaints.‘With you every minute of the game’Captain Khumalo talked up the advantage of home support at a packed media conference in Johannesburg on Thursday, saying: “That is the advantage you have when you are playing on home soil. You have the fans right there with you every minute of the game, and on behalf of the team I would like to thank all the supporters who have come out to support us, we appreciate the faith and the confidence they have shown in us.“The atmosphere South African supporters always create is world class and absolutely unbelievable,” Khumalo said, “and it can inspire every player to go beyond his potential, so coming to this game on Saturday with 90 000 fans is very special.“You never know when you will have this opportunity again, and we want to make the most of it.”Coach Gordon Igesund said that playing in the continent’s biggest football tournament was motivation enough for his players to do well.‘Everybody is excited’“Playing for your country in front of a full house in the opening game of Afcon is enough to push the players to deliver. Everybody is excited about that, and they are jumping out of their skin to get onto the field – I believe they are ready for this.”As for pressure, the Bafana Bafana mentor said it was part of the game. “There is pressure for every single coach in this tournament. If there is a coach who tells you he is not under pressure, he is not telling the truth.“But it is the kind of pressure that we can handle, the type that is exciting, the type of pressure that you are hosting the tournament and you want to do well and make the country proud,” Igesund said.RankingOn a positive note, Bafana Bafana moved up two places in the latest Fifa World Rankings. However, their ranking of 85th in the world and 22nd in Africa underlines just how much they will need to lift their game to excel in the Africa Cup of Nations.South Africa is in Group A and, apart from Cape Verde, will also face Angola and Morocco. The match against Angola takes place at the Moses Mahbida Stadium in Durban on 23 January. The stadium will also host the game against Morocco on 27 January.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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