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Injured Iniesta out of Barca match

first_img Ousmane Dembele, Rafinha, Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal had already been ruled out because of long-term injuries. Jordi Alba had been listed as doubtful because of his fitness, but he has been cleared to play. The club says Javier Mascherano, who missed practice yesterday because of a fever, is also expected to play. Barcelona have a four-point lead over Valencia, who play at second-to-last-place Alaves in early match today. More injury concerns BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Barcelona have revealed that Andres Iniesta will not play today’s Spanish league match against Athletic Bilbao because of an injury. The club says the team captain will not make the trip to Bilbao after pulling a muscle in his right thigh. Thomas Vermaelen is also not available, as he is nursing a hip injury.last_img

Crusaders hot favourites as Lions pray for a miracle

first_img0Shares0000The Canterbury Crusaders are hot favourites to win the Super Rugby crown © AFP/File / Marty MELVILLEWELLINGTON, New Zealand, Jul 30 – The powerhouse Canterbury Crusaders were installed as hot favourites Monday to win the Super Rugby crown on home turf next weekend, with the Golden Lions praying for a miracle.The New Zealand outfit have a phenomenal record in play-off matches, winning all 20 they have hosted in Christchurch. If that was not ominous enough, the South Africans also face an arduous flight ahead of the game.New Zealand betting agency TAB had the Crusaders at $1.08 on Monday to win a ninth Super title while the Lions were 7-1 outsiders to achieve their target of avoiding a third straight final defeat.During the regular season this year, the Crusaders won 14 of 16 matches, including a 14-8 victory over the Lions in Johannesburg. The Lions won nine of their 16 games.After the Wellington Hurricanes lost their semi-final to the Crusaders 30-12 at the weekend, coach Chris Boyd rated the defending champions as “20 points better than any side”.The Crusaders displayed their ruthless determination midway through the season when they came from 29-0 down to beat the NSW Waratahs 31-29.With the Waratahs soundly beaten by the Lions 46-22 in their semi-final in Johannesburg on Saturday, captain Bernard Foley weighed up the two matches and found it difficult to pick a winner in the final.The Lions “definitely have a chance”, Foley said, while Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson rated the Lions pack as “equal to the Crusaders” eight. But he said they may have to review their tactics.“I think a sort of the all-court, all-field game is going to be the real challenge for the Lions,” said Gibson, a former Crusaders and All Blacks teammate with now Crusaders coach Scott Robertson.“The Crusaders are very good with the ball in hand and getting to those edges.“It’s going to be a brilliant encounter, it’s going to be incredibly physical and that’s the way the Lions should approach it.”Lions coach Swys de Bruin insisted his side have learned from the mistakes made when they lost to the Hurricanes and the Crusaders in the last two finals, although he conceded the Crusaders had to be favourites.“I believe in miracles and this team has proven it. So anything can happen,” he said.“The Crusaders are the favourites, they are a very good team, but it is still 80 minutes between four white lines so it will be interesting.”The last time the Crusaders hosted a final at home was 10 years ago when they beat the Waratahs at Lancaster Park, which was destroyed in a devastating 2011 earthquake.From that side, Kieran Read, Wyatt Crocket and Tim Bateman remain in the squad.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Aguero stars in City revival against Hammers

first_imgAfter a run of just four victories from their last dozen league games, culminating in last weekend’s embarrassing 4-2 derby defeat at Manchester United, the win was sorely needed by a City side looking to hold off Liverpool in the chase for the top four.City had already carved out half a dozen chances of note by the time they took a fortunate 18th minute lead thanks to a helping hand from Collins.Jesus Navas’s counter-attack down the right ended with him crossing towards the far post, his pass being intercepted by Collins who sent the ball looping high over goalkeeper Adrian and into the goal via the underside of the crossbar.It was a lucky, if deserved, lead for the home team and one which killed off any suggestion of Sam Allardyce’s out-of-sorts side taking anything from the game.Just to make doubly sure, Aguero increased City’s advantage in the 36th minute with another goal on the counter-attack, although this one was far better worked.– Swift City –Yaya Toure intercepted a badly-hit Stewart Downing pass deep in City territory and sent Aguero racing away. The Argentinian fed Navas out on the right, receiving the return pass in his stride and sweeping home an unstoppable finish.In between the two City goals, there had been glimmers of hope for the visitors, with Joe Hart racing smartly off his line to close down Carlton Cole as he threatened just inside the area before the England goalkeeper dealt comfortably with a routine, low 20-yard shot from Enner Valencia soon afterwards.Those minor concerns aside, West Ham were perfect opponents for under-pressure City to face as the London club headed towards their 11th league game without a win.David Silva threatened the Hammers’ goal twice in the opening 10 minutes while, before the opener, Aguero first tested Adrian with a shot on the turn then fired over from a scrappy corner.The first half concluded with another flowing City move, and a drilled Aleksandar Kolarov cross which Collins did well to scramble out of the six-yard area.Nor did matters improve for West Ham after the break and it required a superbly-timed tackle from Carl Jenkinson to halt Aguero as he appeared certain to convert from the corner of the six-yard box.Silva, similarly, looked capable of extending the lead for Manuel Pellegrini’s team only for Jenkinson to fling himself in the path of his shot, although the Spaniard’s afternoon was brought to a premature end after 67 minutes when he was stretchered off after Cheikhou Kouyate caught him in the face with a flailing elbow, the West Ham man earning a caution in the process.The lengthy delay for Silva’s treatment removed any remaining drama from proceedings with an already low-key affair becoming even more downbeat.Toure came closest to adding a third City goal when he flashed an 83rd minute shot over the top, while West Ham mounted a late flourish which saw Kevin Nolan narrowly fail to connect with Valencia’s cross through the six-yard area.Nolan was then denied in a one-on-one with Hart after latching onto an under-hit Martin Demichelis back pass.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MANCHESTER, April 17- Sergio Aguero moved to the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts as his effort in a 2-0 win at home to West Ham on Sunday bolstered Manchester City’s hopes of securing a top-four finish and Champions League football. The Argentina international claimed his 20th goal of the season, after a James Collins own-goal had gifted last season’s English champions the lead, thus ending a run which had seen him fail to score a goal from open play at Eastlands since November 2.last_img read more

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_imgKids 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. TODAY 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 will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at 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. 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, or visit the Web site at www.geocities.com/littleangels_angelitos. 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.com. 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: $3 for club members, $4 for nonmembers. Call (661) 943-0210 or 267-5551. Swingtime will host swing, waltz, ballroom and salsa dancing, 7-10 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $3. Call (661) 400-3166. Recovery Inc., a self-help group for people with anxieties, panic attacks, depression and fears, will meet, 2 p.m. at Los Angeles County Mental Health offices, 349A E. Ave. K-6, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3956. Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Call (661) 951-2988. 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 Leona Valley Sertoma Club meets, 8 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month at Jackie’s Restaurant, 40352 90th St. W., Leona Valley. Call (661) 270-0339. 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.com or www.sava-na.org. SUNDAY 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, 6:30-10:30 p.m. every Sunday at Lancaster Elks Lodge, 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Call (661) 317-7021. 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 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. Dance Groove will give ballroom and Latin dance lessons, 6-8:30 p.m. Dance Groove Studio, 43631 10th St. W., Lancaster. Cost: $5 per person. Call (661) 948-9101. 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. The Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale will host bingo, 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. TUESDAY Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Information and location: Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Business Network International B2 Bombers chapter will meet, 12:15 p.m. at Eduardo’s restaurant, 819 W. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 609-1288 or e-mail audmill@qnet.com. The organization’s Web site is at www.bni-scav.com. 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) 267-5611.160Want 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

Governor’s ‘aide’ opposes ‘flat tax’

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has a new friend who isn’t likely to request any political favors. All Flat Stanley seeks are new adventures and photo ops. On Saturday, Flat Stanley, a paper cutout created by Schwarzenegger’s 9-year-old son, Christopher, posed for a photograph with the governor and his Democratic rival, Phil Angelides, after the two sparred in the only debate of the gubernatorial campaign. “It’s been hilarious; Flat Stanley’s been popping up all over,” Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Margita Thompson said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The cutout is part of a third-grade class project in which students send their cutouts off for adventures, then submit written reports about them. The Flat Stanley Project was started by a Canadian teacher in 1995 and has since become a worldwide phenomenon. The paper cutouts are based on the title character from the 1964 children’s book “Flat Stanley,” in which a boy named Stanley is crushed by a falling bulletin board. His new, slim profile makes it easy for him to slip into envelopes – and thus become a world traveler. That propels him to new adventures, such as being mailed from England to California for vacation. Flat Stanleys from other children have appeared at the Academy Awards and posed for photographs with President George W. Bush at the White House. One even visited the International Space Station after spending 14 days aboard the space shuttle Endeavour. The project is designed to help children learn about new people and places as they improve their reading and writing skills. Schwarzenegger’s Flat Stanley has been photographed passing through the X-ray machine at the state Capitol and on the floor of the state Assembly, as well as at events from Stockton to Pasadena, Thompson said. “He doesn’t take up much space, and some people would say he might be too two-dimensional,” she joked. The governor is scheduled to return Flat Stanley to his son Nov. 15. Whether his gubernatorial travelogue will include a Schwarzenegger re-election party will be decided a week earlier.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

Celtic 1-0 Partick Thistle: Leigh Griffiths nets stoppage-time winner

first_imgIt was cruel luck on Thistle who suffered their first defeat in seven matches but, after failing to win his last four home games, a huge sigh of relief for Deila.Befitting a side who had finished the year in such good form, the Maryhill men looked comfortable and indeed confident in a low-key start to the match as Steven Lawless sent a dipping effort from 25 yards past the far post.The champions’ response was a drive from Callum McGregor which sped wide of the far post before a Tom Rogic drive from outside the box was saved by Jags keeper Tomas Cerny.However, this was no assault on the Jags goal – though there were loud Celtic claims for a penalty when Rogic’s shot from inside the box was blocked by defender Liam Lindsay. Referee Stephen Finnie was unimpressed and the game limped on. Ciftci had the ball in the net but was flagged offside before boos from the home fans accompanied the half-time whistle.Deila put on top scorer Griffiths for the start of the second half in place of Ciftci but the nervousness in the Hoops defence – especially when Efe Ambrose was in possession – gave Thistle continuing encouragement.James Forrest replaced Rogic in the 64th minute to more boos from the increasingly disgruntled home fans, who were stunned soon afterwards when Bitton, booked in the 61st minute for pulling back Stuart Bannigan, was sent packing after a late shoulder challenge on substitute Gary Miller.The dismissal stung Celtic into action. Forrest had a powerful drive beaten away by Cerny, who then denied Griffiths twice as the home side tried to increase the pressure.As opposed to settling for the point, Thistle pushed forward for a goal and they came close when defender Dan Seaborne’s header was cleared off the line by left-back Kieran Tierney.But with a minute remaining Kris Commons’ drive from the edge of the box was deflected high up into the air and fell kindly for Griffiths to volley past Cerny and into the corner of the net. Substitute Leigh Griffiths’ dramatic late strike gave Celtic a barely-deserved 1-0 win over Partick at Parkhead.The Hoops striker had missed the previous four matches with a calf injury but replaced Nadir Ciftci for the start of the second half after a dismal first 45 minutes from the home side.Ronny Deila’s men continued to struggle, with midfielder Nir Bitton sent off in the 67th minute after picking up his second yellow card of the afternoon.However, in the 89th minute Griffiths pounced to fire the ball into the net and take Celtic three points clear of Aberdeen at the top of the Premiership.last_img read more

Lane Restrictions Scheduled for SR 56 in French Lick For Pavement Project

first_imgThe Indiana Department of Transportation announces lane restriction scheduled for State Road 56 from French Lick to Prospect.Beginning on or around Monday Sept. 16, contractors will begin restricting S.R. 56 from Plum Street in French Lick to the west junction of U.S. 150 in Prospect.The total work zone will span just under two miles. During this project workers will be patching and resurfacing this area of pavement. Restrictions will be in place daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather permitting, with work to be finished in early November.Inclement weather could cause delays in the project timeline. While the project is active, motorists should leave extra time to get to their destination and avoid distractions while driving in the work zone.INDOT urges drivers to slow down and stay alert near crews.last_img read more

A Guide to Single Rider Lines at Walt Disney World

first_imgShare This!Hello TouringPlans readers! My name is Ben Crain and I’m so excited to be joining the tremendous team of bloggers here. I am the creator and host of the WDW Ride Guide Podcast, and an Authorized Disney Vacation Specialist. I’m passionate about helping others explore Walt Disney World one ride or attraction at a time. With my introduction out of the way, I would like to introduce you to the Single Rider Line at Walt Disney World.Expedition Everest, Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, and Test Track are three of the most thrilling attractions in all of Walt Disney World. These attractions whisk you through exciting environments at speeds up to 65 mph! Thrill seekers live for inversions, loops, and 80 foot drops–however, chances are you will be visiting Walt Disney World with someone that isn’t quite ready to face the menacing Yeti, or have Aerosmith music pumping into their ears while racing through the dark. Or, maybe you have a little one that feels the need for speed, but doesn’t yet measure up to the height requirement.Whatever the scenario, there is a way to satisfy the thrill seeker without sacrificing an hour separated from your group.  Say hello to the Single Rider Line!  This a way for one or several riders in your group to experience these 3 attractions with a shorter wait.  Here is how it works:Step 1: Enter the queue designated Single Rider Line.Step 2: Wave as you pass the poor souls in the standby queue!Step 3: Proceed to the next Cast Member.Step 4: Wait to fill a seat created by an odd number group in the standby queue.The Single Rider Line offers varying degrees of time savings across the 3 attractions. Let’s break down each one.Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring AerosmithThis amazing indoor roller coaster sends you screaming past the neon signs of LA. With a 48” height requirement, it is no surprise that this is the most intense of the Disney coasters. Rock ’n’ Roller starts by going from 0-60 in less than 3 seconds and includes 3 inversions.Photo – Ben CrainOn average the Single Rider Line saves the least amount of time here because most riders want to sit with someone they know, therefore you won’t find as many oddly numbered parties. Signs outside the ride warn that the Single Rider Line may take just as long as the standby queue. Have no fear, the Touring Plans app, Lines, is here! Utilizing the app you can see how the standby line compares to the Single Rider Line.Actual wait times (Wednesday in July, 2:45 pm)Standby: 49 minutesSingle Rider: 21 minutesTime Saved: 28 minutesExpedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden MountainFor many, Expedition Everest is their favorite roller coaster in the parks. Thrill seekers over 44” tall will likely want to face off with the Yeti more than once, making the Single Rider Line a great option for multiple treks up the snowy mountain.Photo – Ben CrainWhen you arrive at the entrance to Expedition Everest you will see the standby queue and Fastpass+ entrance right next to each other. However, you may not notice the Single Rider Line at first. While facing the main entrance, look for a sign on your right for the Single Rider Line posted on one of the nearby village walls.Actual wait times (Wednesday in July, 2:45 pm)Standby: 32 minutesSingle Rider: 12 minutesTime Saved: 20 minutesTest TrackTest Track has the lowest height requirement of the 3 attractions, at just 40”. This makes the 6-passenger simulation car test ride something that most groups can enjoy together. Pair that with the interactive queue where you can design your own sim car and you will find few people think of the Single Rider Line at Test Track.Here, the Single Rider Line moves pretty quickly as most parties will be in groups of 4 or 5, leaving 1-2 extra seats to be filled on many vehicles. There is even a good chance you could enter the Single Rider Line with a party of 2 or more and end up in the same vehicle, although you will probably not sit next to each other.Actual wait times (Wednesday in July, 2:45 pm)Standby: 120 minutesSingle Rider: 21 minutesTime Saved: 99 minutesOne final piece of strategy to consider with Test Track: Now that Frozen Ever After is open and Soarin’ Around the World is up and running, Test Track may be the ideal spot for the Single Rider Line. Grab a Fastpass+ for Frozen, ride Soarin’ first thing, and utilize the Single Rider Line at Test Track for maximum touring efficiency.When using the Single Rider Line, keep these things in mind:The Single Rider Line does not require a reservation like Fastpass+.You will bypass the majority of the queue, including most interactive elements.You don’t have to travel solo to use the Single Rider Line.Be prepared to ride with complete strangers. Consider this a thrilling photo bomb opportunity!Check the Lines app for Single Rider Line availability and expected wait times.If you would like to learn more about my obsession with Disney rides, please check out the podcast at www.wdwrideguide.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Etsy. If you would like help making your next Disney vacation more magical, e-mail me at b.crain@magicalvacationplanner.com.last_img read more

Coega nets another investor

first_img20 June 2008The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has signed up its fifth investor, following a decision by parcel and freight company UTI Sun Couriers to lease a R20-million warehouse within the industrial development zone’s automotive cluster area.In a statement last week, the CDC said the speculatively built 3 040 square-metre warehouse was leased to UTI at the beginning of June, only two months after its completion.“This proves that companies are keen to operate from within the IDZ. It also shows there’s a demand for high standard facilities in Nelson Mandela Bay,” said CDC business development manager Gustav Meyer. “The CDC noted the need and delivered according to the requirements of industry.”According to the CDC, such speculative developments are ideal for potential investors who have tight time frames and who want to move into ready-built facilities – such as UTI Sun Couriers, which specialises in the movement of envelopes, parcels and freight throughout South Africa.The warehouses are being constructed in anticipation of high demand due to the number of signed investors and the opening of the Port of Ngqura in the first quarter of 2009.“This is in line with the CDC’s commitment to deliver world-class-solutions to its investors in the shortest possible timeframes,” the statement reads.UTI manager Jenny Hayes said that the company chose to operate from the new industrial area because of the high quality of infrastructure, as well as due to the close business relationships it had developed with the CDC over time.“The warehouse is situated on a prime piece of real estate, directly next to the N2 out of Port Elizabeth,” said Hayes. “This location will give us excellent exposure and great advertising at no additional costs.”Additionally to the speculative warehouses, various other ready-built facilities are being developed to suit the needs of potential investors, including shared industrial facilities and a business process outsourcing facility.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Bafana draw with Reggae Boyz

first_img18 November 2009Bafana Bafana followed up their goalless draw against Japan on the weekend with another nil-all result against Jamaica in Bloemfontein on Tuesday night. Striker Benni McCarthy might be back in the Bafana fold, but the ball is not yet finding the back of the net.There was optimism that the South African national team might be reinvigorated and on the way up after a committed performance against the Japanese in Carlos Parreira’s first game back as coach, but the display against the Reggae Boyz lacked the passion of the showing in Port Elizabeth.While South Africa held onto the ball well, they lacked penetration, and a more direct approach was called for at times.‘These two games were vital’“These two games were vital to bring back the confidence, and I was happy with the way we played in the first half,” Parreira said after the game.“We had three or four good opportunities in the first half, and then in the second half there were too many replacements from Jamaica, and that disrupted the rhythm of the game.”Truth be told, it was not much of a surprise that the contest ended in a goalless draw.Lack of goalsIn their last five games leading into Tuesday evening’s clash, Jamaica had scored only two goals and conceded two, resulting in two wins, one draw and two losses.South Africa, in their previous five matches, had scored only one goal in a 1-0 win over Madagascar, lost 1-0 to Ireland, 1-0 to Norway, and 1-0 to Iceland before the goalless draw against Japan.Add it all up and you get only eight goals scored in 10 matches, with Bafana Bafana and the Reggae Boyz scoring only three of those; the warning signs that it would be a nil-nil draw were clear.Confident startOn a cold night in Bloemfontein, South Africa started more confidently than the Jamaicans, moving the ball around nicely. An early opportunity was created for Katlego Mphela, but his shot flew wide of the mark.Retaining possession well, Bafana controlled the midfield and some good work between McCarthy and Mphela nearly found a way through the visitors’ defences, but Dwayne Miller in the Jamaican goal knocked the ball behind for a corner.South Africa were dominating play, but Jamaica came extremely close to taking the lead on the counter-attack. Jason Morrison made a great run and beat goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez, but SA skipper Aaron Mokoena saved the day with a clearance off the goalline.McCarthy tested Miller a short while later with a well-struck free-kick, but the goalkeeper deflected the speeding ball wide of the post.Second halfAfter the break, Jamaica gained more parity in midfield, although Bafana slowly exerted their dominance in that area again as the game progressed.A free-kick by Spihiwe Tshabalala failed to find the target, but Kagisho Dikgacoi drew oohs and aahs out of the crowd when he pulled the trigger from distance and his shot passed just over the crossbar.Jamaica had an opportunity to take a late lead when Omar Cummings got onto the end of a cross, but his header from right in front went over the crossbar.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more