Four Southland Football Teams Ranked in Final FCS Polls

first_imgSoutheastern Louisiana also received votes in both polls. Sam Houston State is ranked at No. 3 in the Coaches Poll and No. 4 in the STATS top 25 while Central Arkansas is ranked and No. 8 and 10, respectively. The Bearkats advanced to the semifinals of the FCS playoffs, falling on the road at eventual national champion North Dakota State. Central Arkansas capped an undefeated Southland championship season in the first round against New Hampshire. FCS Coaches Poll | STATS FCS PollFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference earned four spots in the final FCS polls of the 2017 season. Sam Houston State, Central Arkansas, McNeese and Nicholls all garnered national postseason rankings from both the FCS Coaches Poll and STATS FCS Poll.center_img McNeese earned the No. 18 (FCS Coaches) and No. 22 (STATS) spots, finishing the 2017 season with a 9-2 record (7-2 Southland). Nicholls rounded out the conference rankings at No. 23 and 25, respectively. The Colonels finished the season at 8-4 (7-2 Southland), earning the league’s third bid to the FCS playoffs where they dropped a close matchup at home against South Dakota, 38-31.last_img read more

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MEDIA ADVISORY SANTA ANITA’S 23-DAY AUTUMN MEET SET TO OPEN ON FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 27

first_imgOver $5 million facility upgrades including new Trackside Dining area, Clubhouse Loge Box Seats, and Stretch Run Suites.Unveiling of the new state-of-the-art LED Infield Video Board.                10:45 am-12 pm: Tour finishes in the Stretch Run Suites with Food and Beverage Dr. Benson, Craig Fravel, and Aaron Gryder will be on-site and available for comment.                1 pm: First PostWhere:    Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 9100710 am Tour to begin at Clocker’s CornerPlease enter via Gate 8 off of Baldwin Ave., proceed east, stay to the left until   reaching our Association Gate, where you will be directedWho:    Aidan Butler, Acting Executive Director for Santa Anita Park and Chief Strategy Officer for The Stronach Group (TSG)               Dr. Dionne Benson, Chief Veterinarian for The Stronach Group               Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and Chief Executive Officer               Aaron Gryder, Jockey MEDIA ADVISORYSanta Anita’s 23-Day Autumn Meet Set To Open Friday September 27thARCADIA, CA (Sept. 25, 2019) – Santa Anita Park will open for its 23-day Autumn Meet this Friday, September 27.  The meet, which will be highlighted by a record 10th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 & 2, will conclude on Nov. 3.When:     Friday, September 27thWhat:      10 am-10:45 am: Media Tour and Conversation led by Aidan ButlerActing Executive Director for Santa Anita Park and Chief Strategy Officer of The Stronach Group will lead a tour including a visit to the Santa Anita backstretch with an up-close view of a race horse and chance to talk to a Santa Anita trainer and their stable workers.  The tour will continue with a walkthrough of the new facility upgrades recently completed in preparation for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.last_img read more

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Nunes keeps belt, defeats Shevchenko at UFC 215

first_imgIt was the second time Nunes had beaten Shevchenko in 18 months. The 29-year-old Nunez took a unanimous decision over Shevchenko at UFC 196 in March 2016.The two were set to fight in July at UFC 213, but Nunes pulled out the day of the fight with sinus issues.Nunes has smashed her way to the top of her class over the past 14 months. She bloodied and submitted Miesha Tate in July 2016 to take the belt, and then defended it successfully in December with a 48-second dismantling of star Ronda Rousey.Also on the main card, in a bout with a potential title shot on the line, former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos submitted sixth-ranked Neil Magny with an arm-triangle choke at 3:43 of the first round of their welterweight battle. The 10th-ranked Brazilian is now 27-9-0.No. 2-ranked flyweight Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo, looking for another title shot against Demetrious Johnson, nailed Wilson Reis of Brazil square in the jaw, dropping him to the mat, then pounded him into a knockout 25 seconds into the second round.Swedish veteran Ilir Latifi lived up to his Sledgehammer nickname, lifting up and pile-driving Australian upstart Tyson Pedro head first to the mat in a light heavyweight tilt. Latifi won by unanimous decision.Gilbert Melendez, dropping down to make his debut in featherweight, was cheered as he staggered up repeatedly from the canvas while taking a hellacious flurry of kicks and punches from eighth-ranked Jeremy Stephens. Stephens won by unanimous decision. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I know the crowd wants to see a knockout … but tonight, this fight was for me, to go five rounds and prove I’m the best. I’m here to stay. I’m here for a reason,” she said.Shevchenko, a Kyrgyzstan fighter nicknamed ‘Bullet,’ is 14-3.The 29-year-old walked to the side of the octagon, shaking her head in disbelief.“I don’t agree with the decision at all,” Shevchenko said afterward, adding: “I won this fight.”She said she believed she won three rounds, and while Nunes took her down in the fifth, “I was landing more punches from being on the ground (than Nunes from above).”ADVERTISEMENT Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ LATEST STORIES Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments A costly, catty dispute finally settled MOST READ NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 9center_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Winning start Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Amanda Nunes, top, of Brazil, and Valentina Shevchenko, of Kyrgzystan, battle during their mixed martial arts bout at UFC 215 in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)EDMONTON, Alberta — Brazilian brawler Amanda Nunes played a tactical game Saturday night to beat challenger Valentina Shevchenko by split decision and retain her bantamweight title at UFC 215.“I wanted to show the world I’m here to stay,” Nunes said.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Break new ground End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The judges scored it 47-48, 48-47, 48-47 to run Nunes’ record to 15-4.It was a careful fight with few extended skirmishes until Nunes took Shevchenko to the canvas in the fifth round. The fans often booed and chanted “Fight, fight, fight!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNunes, nicknamed the Lioness, raised her arms as the decision was announced while many of the fans booed the verdict.She later told reporters her strategy was to go the full five rounds to wear Shevchenko down and then strike — and hush detractors who said Nunes was an early-round knockout artist and would fade in the long game.last_img read more

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‘No Space for Indisciplined Players,’ Says Tapha Manneh

first_imgLISCR FC head Coach Tapha Manneh serving as guest on Prime Sports Track (Photo Credit: T Kla Wesley Jr)Having returned from his vacation in the Gambia to prepare for the new season, LISCR head coach Tapha Manneh has told his players that he does not have space for indiscipline players ahead of the new season.Coach Manneh said no level of skills and brilliance from a player that has no discipline will guarantee his stay in his team. He signaled the warning during the team’s first gathering since they won the ‘double titles.’According to the Gambian, it is based on the output of the players that will determine their stay with the club; therefore it should be teamwork between him and his players for their success.“You can play full 90 minutes very well, but without discipline, you cannot be a part of my team,” Coach Manneh said.“I don’t joke when it comes to my profession. You signed a contract and I signed mine. It is based on your output that will extend or terminate your contract. So, as a player, before you try to get mine terminated, no matter how many seasons you have signed with the club, I will recommend yours to be terminated,” he said.In another development, Coach Manneh has revealed that his tough opponent during last season’s campaign was Keitrace FC. He made the disclosure when he appeared as a guest on the Prime FM weekend sports program ‘Prime Sports Track’.He said out of the top clubs, including FC Fassell, Monrovia Club Breweries, and Barrack Young Controller, his team found it difficult to overcome the Gardnerville outfit. LISCR’s single defeat in last season was against Keitrace (3-2) in the FA Cup semifinal’s first leg unbeaten record on July 28 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.LISCR who will be representing Liberia at next year’s CAF Champions League, have so far signed eight new players, including four Gambians. The team will have a huge task to perform in the upcoming season to defend their double titles and properly represent Liberia at the continental club competition.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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Saving up starts at young age

first_imgHe’s only an animated figure in a morning children’s television show, but Wayne turned out to be a pretty good role model for our 5-year-old grandson, Aidan. Wayne, a character in the Disney Channel’s “Higglytown Heroes,” wins 10 shiny new coins. He wants to buy a super deluxe toaster, but the toaster costs 15 coins. Figuring he’ll get the rest for his birthday, Wayne looks for a “good and safe” place for his 10 coins until he can save the rest. He finds it with the help of a banker. Not only will the coins be safe but “you can watch your money grow with interest that we add just so,” the banker tells Wayne. “If you put away a penny a day, soon you’ll have more saved than you ever thought.” That’s a message many adults don’t get, but Aidan did. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“It was right after that show that Aidan started saying he wanted his money to grow,” said Kyle, my son-in-law. Aidan had become fond of his “Tigger Bank,” a piggy bank in the shape of the “Winnie the Pooh” character,” but it was time to take the next step. “I told him he would have to open a bank account because his money wouldn’t grow in the Tigger Bank,” Kyle said. “I explained that when he puts his money in an account at a bank, the bank gives him little bits of free money called interest. I told him it is important to leave the money in the account for a long time to really see it grow. “He kept talking about it, to make sure he knew why his money wouldn’t grow in the Tigger Bank but grow in a bank account. His persistence is what let me know we had to seize upon this educational opportunity.” Beaming with pride, Aidan opened his first savings account with the $2.93 that had accumulated in his Tigger Bank. The bank won’t charge any fees as long as Aidan brings his balance up to $100 in one year. Now Aidan says happily that his money “will grow in the special bank,” a realization that’s the first step toward building a lifelong savings habit. “Your grandchild understands that money can grow with something called interest. “That’s a powerful concept for a 5-year-old,” said Carl George, chairman of the National CPA Financial Literacy Commission of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Aidan “will learn how savings accounts work and will enjoy trips to the bank to make deposits. Even at age 5 it will feel like `real money,”‘ he said. Adults, take notice. In our plastic and electronic society, where we routinely spend hundreds of dollars by swiping credit cards or clicking computer screens, it is easy to lose sight of where our money goes. Perhaps that helps explain why the U.S. savings rate has turned “negative” (collectively, we spend more than we make, and 43 percent of households spend $1.25 for every $1 they make, George said). “One of the ways to chip away at the financial literacy problem in our country is to get to the kids early and let them develop positive behaviors and attitudes,” George said. Among George’s tips: Help your child understand how interest compounds by showing him or her how much “free money” has been earned. Offer to match whatever your child saves toward a long-term goal. Let your child take a few dollars out of the account occasionally. Otherwise, young children may quickly lose interest in saving. Let your child set his or her own goals (within reason). Encourage your child to divide his or her money up. Write down each goal and the amount that must be saved each day, week or month to reach it. This will help your child learn the difference between short-term and long-term goals. Tape a picture of an item your child wants to a goal chart, bank or jar. This helps make the connection between setting a goal and saving for it. Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice. Write him at AskHumberto@aol.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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ATHLETICS: PATSY MCGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT

first_imgSaturday/ Sunday at Tullamore the national underage champs proved most successful for the young Valley brigade with at close of business sunday 11 athletes getting some 13 medals amongst that tally 2 national age group records to James Kelly as the young man from St Johnstone firstly nailed the shot in round 1 with 14.71m an improvement on the previous 13.91 indeed he had a second effort in excess of the 14m mark then before you could take a deep breath he was over to the javelin whacking out the spear to 36.42m which incidentally replaces the old mark held by Valleys Michael Gallagher at 34m plus . A seriously talented young man and the Kelly family now turn to next weekend to Ashford ,Kent where older brother John competes for Ireland schools in javelin and shot . Pressure what pressure .Brothers Fellan and Dalton Mc Guigan werent going to be left out of the limelight by the performance days earlier of older brother Dempsey in Barcelona as Saturday pm Dalton was a runaway winner of the 3k steeple at 9.47secs then midday Sunday Fellan heaved the hammer out to a pb of 66.05m to record a win and feels he has a longer throw come the aaa champs later even eyeing up Gary Halpins national age group record which stands at 67m plus.A gold medal late in the day for Jade Leeper in the discus at 31.49m surely a memorable  occassion for a girl that simply work and works winter and Summer such a joy to see it happening for her . Jack Mc Geehin cleared 1.55m a silver his reward and a boost for coach Niall . Aaron Mc Glynn coached by Peader Mc Granaghan has dug deep on many times in his short career but truly many thought he was gone Sunday but never ever discount his will to win defeat just isnt in his psyche winning coming off the bend with a blinding run by 4m to spare . Sean Mc donough from Drumquin P. S. came with his class to the local and primary school sports in May stood out with an impressive Ball Throw of 44m plus to win ,this event is of course the forerunner of the javelin as he climbs through the age divisions subsequently won Ulster and hammered the rest of Ireland Saturday with a 44.61m whizz the first ever Irish championship medal to come into that Co Tyrone village . Credit to Michael and Jesilda Penrose for involving the school and Mark for chasing up .Naoimh Mc Granaghan whose Dad Seamus was Team Leader on this weekend did not dissapoint with a hammer silver 31.13 a new event for the Castlefinn girl and then towards the close of proceddings Sunday a 28.15m javelin a silver to add to the total .Janine Boyle hit a 4.91m long jump bronze medal so deserved and no doubt brighter coloured medals will come her way such is her focus to the sport. Shaun Woods has had a busy season and it pretty much ended with a silver in the 400m under 19 timed at 51.10 secs while the remaining medal a silver came to Convoys Aine Kerr a pb of 4.40m close to the gold and as with all the listed medal winnners the common theme dedication attention to training and the desire to acheive .Just inches as it were from grasping a medal were Ian Brennan long jump,Janine Boyle 80m but has the 200m to come in a few weeks ,Pauric Harold 4.18m centimetres from a medal and unluckiest of all Oisin Mc Elhinney cleared 1.35 a height that brought a silver and bronze to other boys but 4th for Oisin a student at Gleneely n. s . Stark facts are that this season to date 21 young Finn Valley athletes have garnered national medals plus 14 further medals at under 20/23 plus one senior last weekend . Its a positive message but yes of course it can be improved . A big shout out to coachs ,parents etc who once again rallied roundTHis Wednesday a number of our seniors compete Antrim and there is a fast 5k course this year in Churchill 7.30 Friday evening while Tori and Patsy begin their Olympic journey this coming weekend also . What an exciting season it has been!  ATHLETICS: PATSY MCGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORT was last modified: July 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ATHLETICS: PATSY MCGONAGLE’S ATHLETICS REPORTlast_img read more

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Players with the most goals in 2018, including Messi, Ronaldo, Salah and Neymar

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 8 revealed Many of the usual suspects like Barcelona hero Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo have been hitting the back of the net regularly in their respective leagues.But who have been the top scorers across the current calendar year?We’ve taken into account goals in domestic leagues, cups and European competitions, and discovered who the hottest of hotshots in Europe really are.Check out our top 22 goalscorers below… Suarez grabbed a hat-trick in El Clasico. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 8 4. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 28 goals in 36 matches (A goal every 105 minutes)3. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – 28 goals in 34 matches (A goal every 94 minutes) Aubameyang has done well since joining the Gunners. BEST OF SORRY Some say Kane is looking off the pace but he’s still scoring regularly. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 18. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – 19 goals in 26 matches (A goal every 98 minutes)17. Edin Dzeko (Roma) – 20 goals in 36 matches (A goal every 155 minutes)16. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – 20 goals in 37 matches (A goal every 155 minutes)15. Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) – 20 goals in 26 matches (A goal every 111 minutes) 8 gameday cracker Lewandowski wants to leave Bayern but shows no sign of slacking. Barcelona star Lionel Messi continues to score ridiculous amounts of goals. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 8 8 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED 8. Florian Thauvin (Marseille) – 24 goals in 38 matches (A goal every 117 minutes)7. Ciro Immobile (Lazio) – 25 goals in 36 matches (A goal every 113 minutes) scrap whoops tense LATEST Icardi remains one of Europe’s hottest strikers but is out of favour for Argentina. 6. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – 26 goals in 42 matches (A goal every 125 minutes)5. Luis Suarez (Barcelona) – 28 goals in 42 matches (A goal every 128 minutes) 8 Mbappe is racking up the goals in Ligue 1. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Most Popular Football Stories Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Believe it or not, we’ve got just two months left of 2018.It’s been crazy year in the world of football, full of thrills, spills, and, most importantly, plenty of goals. 8 Immobile has had a fascinating career but has found a home in the Italian capital. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? latest 8 14. Cristhian Stuani (Girona) – 20 goals in 27 matches (A goal every 106 minutes)13. Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain) – 21 goals in 38 matches (A goal every 140 minutes)12. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – 21 goals in 37 matches (A goal every 113 minutes)11. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – 21 goals in 30 matches (A goal every 108 minutes) 10. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) – 21 goals in 20 matches (A goal every 85 minutes)9. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – 24 goals in 37 matches (A goal every 126 minutes) 22. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) – 19 goals in 31 matches (A goal every 132 minutes)21. Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo) – 19 goals in 30 matches (A goal every 130 minutes)20. Alassane Plea (Nice and Borussia Monchengladbach) – 19 goals in 30 matches (A goal every 129 minutes)19. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – 19 goals in 26 matches (A goal every 104 minutes) 2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Juventus) – 35 goals in 34 matches (A goal every 82 minutes)1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 38 goals in 40 matches (A goal every 84 minutes)last_img read more

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JUDGE IN WARNING TO JURORS WHO FAIL TO TURN UP IN COURT

first_imgJudge Keenan Johnson:A CIRCUIT Court Judge has warned that jurors who fail to turn up in court will be pursued by the law.Judge Keenan Johnson issued his order at the sitting of the court in Donegal Town after a number of jurors failed to show for a jury panel being selected to hear a case. A number of people who did turn up and gave legitimate reasons as to why they couldn’t serve on the jury were excused by the court.However failing to turn up, and not making contact with the Court Service is an offence.Judge Johnson said the high number of absentees from the court was “just not good enough”.He told juror panel members who did did turn up: “I am directing that unless there were good reasons for them not being here, that summonses should issue against them for non-appearance.“There were far too many absentees and it is not fair on those who did turn up.”Under the 1976 Juries Act, a judge can impose fines on members of the public who fail to appear for jury panel selection.The Courts Service will now pursue all those who failed to appear for the Circuit Court cases.JUDGE IN WARNING TO JURORS WHO FAIL TO TURN UP IN COURT was last modified: October 16th, 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:Failure to appearfinesjudge keenan johnsonJurorjurylast_img read more

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Sterling set to sign Liverpool contract

first_imgRaheem Sterling is close to signing an improved contract at Liverpool.There has been speculation about the Harlesden teenager’s future while his representatives have been negotiating a new deal.Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City were all reported to be monitoring developments.But Liverpool always remained confident Sterling would commit himself  to the club and the 18-year-old had indicated that he wanted to stay at Anfield.See also: Sterling should commit his future to Liverpool, says 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Air New Zealand’s ‘Airband’ a world first

first_imgAir New Zealand has introduced a world first for children flying unaccompanied, giving parents and guardians the opportunity to follow the steps in their journey.Children travelling alone on Air New Zealand services will now receive an Airband™ at check-in as part of the service.  The wristband is embedded with a chip which is scanned at key stages of the journey to trigger text notifications to up to five nominated contacts.Air New Zealand General Manager Customer Experience Carrie Hurihanganui says Airband is a great example of the airline investing in technology to enhance the customer experience.“We know that having your child travel on their own can be a nervous time for both children and their guardians.  While our staff have always taken great care of children travelling solo, we identified that there was an opportunity to enhance the experience for kids while at the same time giving caregivers further peace of mind and visibility of their journey,” says Ms Hurihanganui.“We believe this is the first time this type of technology has been used by an airline anywhere in the world for the purpose of providing caregivers greater peace of mind when their child is travelling alone.  We have been trialling it across our network over recent months and the feedback from parents and guardians has been very positive with many welcoming the additional reassurance of knowing where in the journey their child is.”The airline’s new service applies to all children aged between five and 11 who’re travelling alone – but those aged up to 16 years can choose to opt in.The new service is being offered on a complimentary basis through until 3 February 2016.  Bookings made from this date will incur a fee of $15 per child for each one way domestic journey, or $40 per child for each one way international journey. Suggested read: Air New Zealand brings the future of air travellast_img read more

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