Crystal Palace have announced the shock signing of former star Andy Johnson on a short-term deal until January.The 33-year-old, who scored 85 goals in 160 appearances during his first spell with the Eagles, will take on a coaching role with the academy as well as strengthening Neil Warnock’s striking options.Johnson, who was available as a free agent after leaving QPR at the end of last season, told Palace’s official website: “I am delighted to be coming back to a club that I love and have a real soft spot for. I would like to thank the gaffer and the chairman for giving me this opportunity and I am looking forward to helping this football club have continued success in the Premier League.“I have also been given an opportunity to help the youngsters in a coaching capacity, something I am really looking forward to getting involved in.”Johnson’s first spell at Selhurst Park was between 2002 and 2006 and he became a big hit, netting 85 goals in 160 games, helping the club win promotion to the Premier League in 2003/04. The following campaign he finished as the league’s highest scoring English striker and received his first international call-up under Sven Goran Eriksson, and went on to win eight caps for the Three Lions. Crystal Palace’s Andy Johnson 1
If you haven’t had your fill of thrill yet, you have one more chance to partake at the very last Halloween Horror Nights event for this year on Saturday.CityWalk is open until 2am daily, and self parking is free after 6pm.Single-day park tickets will be at Value pricing Saturday through Friday. One-day base tickets to Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure will run you $110 per adult, and $105 per child (plus tax). 2-Park 1-Day tickets are $165 per adult and $160 per child (plus tax). A one-day ticket for Volcano Bay is $67 per adult and $62 per child (plus tax).Notable HighlightsAnnual Passholders have a chance to purchase discounted tickets for Blue Man Group performances November 1 to January 1 – how about that for a Blue Christmas??There is no shortage of amazing details at the Port of Entry at Islands of Adventure, and Derek Burgan has six reasons why you’ll love this attraction-free land!There are no planned closures or refurbishments at this time.See you next week! Share This!The Universal Orlando Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney and Universal travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.Hi again! It’s Daylight Saving Weekend! Don’t forget to roll your clocks back one hour on Saturday night — which means an extra hour of sleep, which means you’ll be up and ready to hit the parks early Sunday, right????Weekly Crowd LevelDetailed crowd level information can be found here.Weekly Weather ReportCheck out the latest weather forecast here.Weekly Park Hours and Admission
The IMF team, led by Erik Oppers and comprising Mike Andrews, Warren Coats, Kristian Kjeldsen and Kenneth Sullivan, will provide technical assistance in various areas, the IMF in a statement this week. IMF officials are due to meet Zimbabwe Finance Minister Tendai Biti and central bank Governor Gideon Gono this week. The mission is expected to end on 29 May. ‘Thawing relations’ This includes tax policy and administration, payments systems, lender-of-last-resort operations and banking supervision, as well as central banking governance and accounting. 19 May 2009 The mission comes weeks after the IMF board announced the lifting of a ban on technical support to Zimbabwe in the above targeted areas. Source: BuaNews-Xinhua The IMF’s visit is seen as a sign of thawing relations between global money lending institutions and Zimbabwe, where a coalition government between President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been in place for almost three months. A team of International Monetary Fund (IMF) experts are in Zimbabwe to help the country start fixing its troubled public finances. The IMF cut off financial support to Zimbabwe about a decade ago over differences with Mugabe over fiscal policy issues and other governance issues. “Shortly thereafter, two teams of experts from the IMF fiscal affairs department will provide technical assistance in the areas of tax policy and tax administration,” the IMF said, adding that its staff members were looking forward to working with the authorities in providing technical assistance in the targeted areas. Technical assistance
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Britney SpearsPop star Britney Spears seems to have religion on her mind. A one-time Kabbalah disciple, Spears, along with her four-month old son Sean Preston, was recently spotted at the Lord Venkateswara Temple and the Ganesha Temple in Malibu, California.Sporting a tilak, she sat through the elaborate rituals and, according,Britney SpearsPop star Britney Spears seems to have religion on her mind. A one-time Kabbalah disciple, Spears, along with her four-month old son Sean Preston, was recently spotted at the Lord Venkateswara Temple and the Ganesha Temple in Malibu, California.Sporting a tilak, she sat through the elaborate rituals and, according to temple president Nadadur Varadhan, “showed a lot of interest in Hindu religion”.First Madonna’s mehendi fixation and now Spears’ Hindu temple tales, the Indian curry just got spicier.
zoom January was a busy month for Golden Ocean Group Ltd (GOGL), part of Fredriksen Group, as three Capesize newbuildings have joined the company’s fleet.Namely, Chinese builder New Times Shipbuilding delivered three 180,000 dwt bulkers to the company this month.The delivery string started off with M.V. Golden Cirrus on January 9, followed by the handing over of M.V. Golden Cumulus on January 16, and finally M.V. Golden Calvus on January 22.Two more bulkers remain to be delivered this year from New Times Shipbuilding, those being Golden Arcus and Golden Incus.Golden Ocean operates a fleet of 73 vessels and has five Capesize newbuilding contracts. Upon delivery, the company’s fleet will have an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 10.7 million dwt and an average age of less than 5 years.World Maritime News Staff
UNICEF UK ambassadors and supporters – including Sir Chris Hoy, Andy Murray, Sir Roger Moore, Ewan McGregor and Emma Bunton – are calling on the UK Government to do more to reunite unaccompanied refugee children in Europe with their families in the UK.Last week, 16-year-old Bilal joined forces with Unicef UK and Citizens UK to call on the Home Office to redouble efforts to help lone children, many of whom are stranded, following months in dangerous camps across Europe. Many of these refugee children have a legal right to be reunited with families who are waiting for them in the UK.Andy Murray, British Tennis Number One and Unicef UK Ambassador said: “Last year I supported Unicef UK’s work with refugee children just like Bilal through my ’Andy’s Aces’ appeal, and having heard Bilal’s story of being reunited with his brother I’m really happy to add my name to this appeal. For these children the chance to be reunited with their family in the UK could be life-changing and make sure they’re kept safe from violence, exploitation and abuse.”Six-time Olympic Champion and Unicef UK Ambassador Sir Chris Hoy said: “Having heard Bilal’s heartbreaking story of his journey from Syria, and his struggle to be reunited with his brother, I hope that the public will join me in backing his campaign. There are unaccompanied refugee children in Europe risking their lives to reach relatives in the UK despite having the legal right to be brought here safely. The Government must do more to reunite these children with their family here in the UK.”Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore said: “As a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador I’m very proud to be supporting Bilal’s powerful call to the home secretary and hope the UK public will add their voices to the campaign. We have a responsibility to do all we can for these children, and the sooner we can reunite them with their loved ones the better.Further support came from singers Jessie Ware and Rita Ora, actor and author David Walliams, actor and campaigner Vanessa Redgrave, actor and director Ralph Fiennes, actor Keeley Hawes, television personality Cat Deeley and model and business woman Claudia Schiffer.Bilal, from Daraa in southern Syria, said: “I left Syria when I was 14 to be with my brother in London. When I made it to France, I had to wait in the Calais Jungle for seven months and it was a living hell. I saw people die trying to escape. I saw people beaten to death in the camp. I made friends there and I lost friends there. I want people like me, who have family in the UK, to come here and be safe. It is taking too long and too many children are suffering. I’m so pleased to have the support of Unicef UK and Citizens UK, and to see so many people who want to help. Together, we’re asking Theresa May to help other refugee children who are alone and speed up the process to reunite them with their families in the UK.”Bilal was finally reunited with his older brother in the UK at the end of March, after travelling for more than a year from Syria. As the conflict in his homeland intensified, Bilal was forced to flee his home without his parents, who had to stay in Syria to care for his elderly grandparents.After crossing the Mediterranean from Turkey to Greece, Bilal eventually made it to Calais, but he spent seven months in the so-called Jungle before he was able to be reunited with his brother in the UK. He leaves behind him hundreds of other children who are still waiting.Unicef UK is calling on the UK Government to take urgent action to reunite refugee children like Bilal with their families in the UK, by speeding up existing family reunion procedures, and widening existing laws to allow children to be reunited with extended family. If the Home Office had 10 more officials working to reunite families, all of the 157 children stuck in Calais could be living safely with their families in the UK in time to start school in September.Unicef UK Deputy Executive Director Lily Caprani said: “The Government has said that unaccompanied children should be brought to the UK if they have family here, yet these children’s cases are moving far too slowly. It’s time for the Government to turn its promise into a reality now, and get these children to their families.“The children in Calais are the nearest and most visible cases of children who are fleeing conflict and making dangerous journeys in search of safety, yet have a legal right to live in safety with their families in the UK. I’ve just been to meet them in Calais and have seen the terrible conditions they are living in. By taking immediate action for these children, the Government can take a crucial first step to show it is serious about its recent commitments to refugee children.”