ANSA McAL Trading Limited (AMTL), through its T WEE Brand, opened its Gourmet Shoppe to customers at the Giftland Mall on Saturday during a short but exciting ceremony.ANSA McAL’s Country Manager, Beverly Harper cuts the ribbon with Giftland Mall’s proprietor, Roy Beepat to open the T WEE Gourmet ShoppeIn the midst of rich steel pan music, Country Manager of AMTL, Beverly Harper noted that the occasion was significant as it aligned with the vision of the company.“First of all, its Mr Beepat’s birthday so this is a gift to him too but we believe that he [Beepat] has turned this small [venture] into something beyond what we envisioned and we are happy to be part of it without T WEE Shoppe that can serve all customers…You can come down and check us out and be assured that we have the best prices and quality items,” Harper noted.Meanwhile, Proprietor of the Giftland Mall, Roy Beepat expressed satisfaction of having ANSA McAL onboard as one of the highest names within the business.Country Manager of T WEE Guyana, Tanya Wilcott noted that this is a proud moment for her and encouraged customers to visit the location at Giftland.There are also two duty-free T WEE brand locations which can be found at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).
– discouraging markets main causeThe Guyana Forestry Sector has seen a significant decline in production and exports of forest produceA reoprt has stated that there has been a respective decline of 14.5 per cent and 15.8 per cent in production and exports for the sector in 2015throughout 2015, when compared to the previous year.A draft annual report of the sector, emanating from the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, says there has been a respective decline of 14.5 per cent and 15.8 per cent in production and exports for the sector in 2015. The decline the report stated was directly related to depressed markets locally and internationally.It said the main markets for forest products, specifically India and China, have contracted their demand following economic slowdown in both countries. Log export volume reportedly decreased by some 20 per cent over the corresponding annual 2014 volume total. Also notable was the trend in Dressed Sawn wood export value for 2015, which increased by close to 5 per cent, representing higher overall prices for this product category.According to the report, total production of Timber (Logs, Primary Lumber, Roundwood, Fuel wood, and Split wood) for the period January to December 2015 was recorded at 452,954m3 and together with Veneer and Plywood, recorded a total of 483,702m3. This compares to 530,864m3 and 572,236m3 respectively, recorded in 2014. Overall, total production reflects a 14.7 per cent decrease in 2015 compared to the year 2014.Total Log Production for 2015 was 331,195m3 as compared to 406,433m3 in 2014. This was a decrease of approximately 19 per cent. Total Primary Lumber production recorded a notable increase of 6 per cent in 2015 with a production level of 70,952m3 as compared to 67,147m3 in 2014.In the Roundwood Category, Greenheart Piles and Wallaba Poles were the leading products in terms of production volume. Total Plywood and Veneer production was recorded at 30,748m3 in 2015, as compared to 41,372m3 in 2014.Revenue collected for 2015 was $1,372,137,000 while Expenses totalled $1,173,762,000, with a surplus of $198,375,000.Meanwhile, the Sector continued to provide direct employment to over 23,000 persons, inclusive of residents of hinterland communities.The report said oversight of the sector was provided by the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) through policy guidance by the GFC board of directors and the Ministry of Natural Resources.The GFC satisfactorily completed its 2015 operational Work Plan activities through the combined effort of some 408 staff and the support of the Forest Products Development and Marketing Council (FPDMC), and Forestry Training Centre Inc (FTCI), the report stated.Other key activities that were undertaken in 2015 included: Training and capacity building of GFC and sector personnel in various aspects of forest management; Preparation of a draft revised Guyana Timber Grading Rules; Interagency collaboration on Community Forestry; Preparation of national reports on Forest Sector Information; Preparation of a draft revised National Log Export Policy; among others.Commissioner of Forest James Singh said the sector plays an important role in national development. He related that it contributes in excess of 3 per cent to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) based on primary production.“This sector provides direct employment to approximately 23,000 persons. It also helps to sustain the local construction industry through the supply of timber resources. Contribution of foreign exchange earnings is approximately US$45M annually, as well as the provision of livelihood opportunities to many forest-based communities, and ecosystem services to the global environment,” Singh said in his report.In 2015, the GFC finalised Codes of Practice for Timber Harvesting specific to State Forest Permissions, Agricultural and Mining Leases. These Codes were accompanied by extension training, stakeholder awareness and capacity building.With donor support, GFC collaborated with the Forestry Training Centre Inc (FTCI) and the Forest Products Development and Marketing Council (FPDMC) to continue engagements, such as capacity building and extension training of community forestry association employees, TSA/WCL/SFP concession employees as well as GFC staff.The GFC satisfactorily completed its 2015 deliverables, especially those relating to the activities on REDD+ and MRVS, the initiative on EU FLEGT and forest legality.The year 5 (2014) forest area assessment recorded a deforestation rate of 0.065% (0.079% in 2012; 0.068% in 2013), Singh said.“The sector performed below expectations in 2015. Production decreased by approximately 14.7% (453,000 m3 in 2015 compared to 531,000 m3 in 2014).Export of forest produce for 2015 was US$45.6 million; a decrease of 15.8 per cent compared to 2014. The main export destinations continued to be Asia/Pacific for Roundwood, Europe and the Caribbean for Sawn timber, while the main export market for Plywood was North America, Latin American and the Caribbean.The domestic and external markets both contracted in 2015; this was a major reason for the decline in production and in exports,” the Commissioner concluded.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 1 Pundits on television these days have a tough time as punters scrutinise their every musing, ready to pounce on any mistake.Jamie Carragher knows this all too well and wouldn’t have been surprised to see Manchester United fans pick up on his thoughts that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar wasn’t a top level striker, despite the Dutchman netting Schalke’s leveler against Chelsea.Soon several Red Devils supporters were discussing the Dutchman, who has been a target for Arsenal, and his scoring record, which the Liverpool legend deemed insufficient for him to be classed as one of the best in Europe.Huntelaar has played for the likes of Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan in career which has had highs and injury-caused lows, netting more than 250 goals along the way, but Carragher still wasn’t budging.Check out the ex-Liverpool defender’s debate below and don’t forget to tell us your thoughts on Huntelaar…
Putin and Russia will hope to make the draw itself a memorable occasion and turn the focus to football, and the setting, by Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral, could scarcely be grander.But with Russia’s participation at next year’s Winter Olympics in serious doubt over doping allegations, Infantino sought to distance football and the World Cup hosts from any suspicion.Russia have been stripped of a third of the medals they won as hosts of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and last week a ban on the country taking part in international athletics was upheld by the sport’s governing body the IAAF.But Infantino claimed that the level of testing in football is sufficient to show that the game is largely clean.“I don’t think there are many other international sports organisations who are doing as many anti-doping tests as football is doing,” Infantino told a press conference.“If you would have a serious doping issue in football this would be known by now, whether in Russia or any other country of the world.”The build-up to the Russia World Cup has been overshadowed by talk of the controversial awarding of the tournament in the first place, of the friction between Putin’s regime and the West, and of fears over terrorism and hooliganism.But now football’s biggest superstars, from Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, will find out who stands between them and World Cup glory as the draw takes place in the State Kremlin Palace.The moment has come for Joachim Loew’s Germany side to discover who they will meet as they look to become the first nation to successfully defend the title since Brazil in 1962.Messi and Ronaldo, the two players who have dominated the game’s biggest individual accolades over the last decade, will hope to avoid tough draws for Argentina and Portugal respectively in what will surely be those players’ final opportunity to lift the trophy.– Heavyweight contests? –Germany, Brazil and Argentina are all in the first pot along with France, European champions Portugal, Belgium, Poland and the hosts.Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup final draw at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on December 1, 2017 © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVBut if those nations are certain of avoiding each other, danger lurks in pot two, where the Spanish — the 2010 winners rebuilt into a formidable force by Julen Lopetegui — lie along with England.“Whatever happens we will accept it gladly and sportingly. I don’t waste energy thinking about who I prefer and who I don’t,” said Lopetegui, but Spain and England will be crossing their fingers in the hope of being paired with Poland or the Russians.FIFA will keep apart sides from the same continent with the exception of Europe, which has 14 representatives to go into eight groups.Most sections will therefore contain two European nations, raising the prospect of England or Spain meeting Germany or France in heavyweight contests right away.France and Spain were even drawn together during one practice run of the draw, while alternatively, there is the possibility of England being drawn with Iceland, who humiliated them at Euro 2016.“Our mindset has to be that every opponent at this tournament is a team that can beat you. Equally, every opponent is a team we can beat,” England manager Southgate said Thursday.– Maradona and Lineker –The build-up to the Russia World Cup has been overshadowed by talk of the controversial awarding of the tournament in the first place, of the friction between Putin’s regime and the West, and of fears over terrorism and hooliganism © AFP / Yuri KADOBNOV“Before the draw, there is nothing you can do. You just wait. You need some luck to win the World Cup and it begins here with the draw,” added former France coach Laurent Blanc, who won the World Cup as a player in 1998.Blanc is in Moscow to act as an assistant, along with fellow former trophy winners such as Gordon Banks, Fabio Cannavaro, Carles Puyol and a certain Diego Maradona.Germany’s Miroslav Klose, the leading scorer in tournament history, will bring out the trophy, while former England striker-turned TV presenter Gary Lineker will conduct the ceremony along with the Russian journalist Maria Komandnaya.Looking forward to the occasion more than most will be Iceland, the Euro 2016 quarter-finalists making their World Cup debut, and Central American outsiders Panama.Peru and Egypt make long-awaited returns too, and those nations will add something new to a tournament that will be deprived, among others, of four-time winners Italy, the Netherlands and the United States.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FIFA president Gianni Infantino speaks prior to the start of the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow on December 1, 2017 © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Dec 1 – FIFA President Gianni Infantino denied Friday that doping was a problem in football shortly before the draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia took place in the Kremlin.President Vladimir Putin is expected to address the footballing world that has descended upon Moscow, in the midst of a freezing winter, to find out who will play who, when and where at the competition next year.
Buncrana GAA Notes For Week Ending Sunday 23rd DecemberApplications for Managers: C.L.G Bun Cranncha is seeking applicants for the following positions: Mens Senior Football Manager, Senior Reserve Football Manager, Senior Ladies Football Manager, and Under 21 Men Football Manager. Interested parties should contact Club Secretary Grainne on 0876351664 or via email email@example.com with an expression of interest in the relevant position. The closing date for applications is the 31st December 2012. Please leave details of name, contact information and the team(s) you are interested in managing. U6 Football: Please note the final session of 2012 takes place this Saturday from 11.00am-12.00 midday at the clubhouse. Don’t forget the Santa hats for our special Christmas theme!Scór: A big C.L.G. Bun Cranncha congratulations to Lauryn Mulholland (13) who has won the Ulster Semi Final Scór na óg on Friday night last. Through now to the Ulster Finals, the singing sensation will represent her family, parish, Club and County at the Ulster Finals in St. Cecilia’s College, Derry, on January 12 next. Well done Lauryn agus adh mór ort. Santa: Thanks to all who helped in the preparation for the Santa visit to the club on Saturday and to all the families that turned up to help raise money for iCare.Christmas Charity Swim: Buncrana GAA Senior Footballers will be battling the cold on Christmas morning as they are taking part in a charity swim to raise funds for Insight Inishowen, an excellent local charity. Please sponsor the lads if you can, all proceeds will go to Insight Inishowen.Ladies Football: Buncrana GAA Club are having a meeting on Friday 21st December in the Clubhouse at 7.30pm, for all ladies who have played last year and for any new girls who are interested in playing next year.Coaching: The Ulster GAA Coaching Conference is taking place in Cookstown on 26th January 2013, the Croke Park GAA Coaching Conference will take place on 12th January 2013, all coaches who are interested in attending please contact Coaching Officer Odhrán Doherty. Anyone interested in doing a Foundation or Level One coaching course in the New Year please contact Odhrán Doherty also.Ryan Bradley Coaching Sessions: Ryan Bradley GAA Coaching Sessions for under 6’s are taking place every Saturday in Crana College, with children asked to be present at 11.15am. A €2 contribution will be used exclusively to purchase equipment and gear for participating children. The sessions focus on fun, enjoyment, participation, balance, coordination and basic skill of football and hurling.Lotto: The winning numbers in the lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 11th December in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 5-9-12-14There was no jackpot winner that week, however prizes of €20 go to each of the following participantsPat McMyler, Grianan Park William Friel, The WoodsBrigid McGonigle, AghillyTommy O’Neill, WestbrookMalacy McCann, Turk, Ballymagan Club Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at firstname.lastname@example.org to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at email@example.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaa @buncranagaaGAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: December 17th, 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:GAA: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWS
The Uganda Cranes teamthat started against Eastern Region select on Saturday (Photo by FUFA Media)Uganda Cranes Regional TourEastern Region 0-1 Uganda Cranes (abandoned after 49th minutes)Bugiri Medical Grounds, BugiriSaturday, 04-08-2018Uganda Cranes tour of the Eastern Region came to a premature end as their game with Eastern Region select was abandoned before it ended.Sebastian Desabre’s men were leading 1-0 inside the first five minutes of the second half before the referee Robert Makwala abandoned the game due to heavy down pour.The Bugiri fans who had spent a while waiting to watch the match between their side and the national team were left disappointed by what mother nature braced them with.Uganda Premier League winning midfielder, Moses Waiswa had put thee Cranes 1-0 in the first half but the game did not finish as Mukwala deemed the conditions in favourable to play in with 49 minutes on the clock.The fans who had at first braved the heavy drizzle had also abandoned the pitch side taking shelter in the nearby structures.After almost a 30 minute halt the fans gathered around the Cranes bus to catch a glimpse of their stars after the referee had re-inspected the pitch and later called off the match.Uganda Cranes coach Sebastien Desabre was however left a contented man for his team’s first half display reserving that his strikers could have scored more from the chances created.The Uganda Cranes Regional Tour is a campaign sponsored by Airtel and Nile Special to mobilise nation wide support for the team by taking the stars to their adoring fans.Uganda Cranes have a match coming up on the 8th of September against Tanzania-2019 Total AFCON Qualifier at Namboole stadium and the tour games are also used as preparations for competitive fixtures.This was the second Regional Tour after the Cranes drew 2-2 with Bukedia under a month ago.Comments Tags: moses waiswaSebastian DesabreUganda Cranes Regional Tour
Tags: Edward KazibaExpress FCGeorge SsemwogerereSC VillatopUganda Premier League The two sides drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture last season. (PHOTO/UPL)Uganda Premier LeagueExpress FC vs SC VillaBetWay Muteesa II Stadium, WankulukukuFriday, 13-09-2019 @4pmKAMPALA – Back in 1975, Nakivubo Boys (now SC Villa) was born and most of its founding players were Express rejects. Despite both teams playing in different divisions, a rivalry on which Ugandan football has been shaped was given birth to.44 years down the road and 22 league titles between them (Villa 16 and Express 6), the rivalry still exists although not as fierce and bloody as it was once was.With KCCA FC and Vipers fighting for the League crown of recent, Express and Villa have endured frustrating recent seasons, battling at the wrong end of the table but despite the change in ambitions, both sets of fans still treasure games between the two eternal rivals.In the past two seasons, both Express and Villa have endured relegation scares with the Red Eagles doing so in the 2017/18 campaign while 2018/19 was the Jogoos turn.On Friday afternoon, the two sides will face off for the first time in the 2018/19 season, at the Betway Mutessa II Stadium in Wankulukuku.Express have got off to a non-convincing start as they have managed just a single victory so far and are languishing at the wrong side of the standings.The solitary victory came in their last game, requiring a late Daniel Shabena goal to beat Mbarara City FC 3-2 at Luzira Prisons grounds.Express defeated Mbarara City in their last game.The result eased pressure on under-fire tactician George Ssemwogerere who had initially picked just a point from his first three games as he lost to both Bul FC and Onduparaka either side of a home draw against Onduparaka.Friday’s game against Villa gives Ssemwogerere the perfect platform to finally convince the Red Eagles faithful that he is indeed the right man to take them forward.“We have trained hard and wherever the boys will play I believe they will perfect their roles, said Ssemwogerere ahead of the game.“We take on our eternal rival but I do not care I expect victory as we did against Mbarara City last time.However, it will not be easy as they take on a Villa side that currently sits top of the standings with seven points from four games.After an opening day loss to debutants Kyetume, the Jogoos have responded well, winning twice and drawing the other of their preceding three fixtures.A win against Mbarara City and a draw with Police were followed by a boardroom decision that handed them three points in their fixture with Proline which had earlier been forfeited after the Lugogo based side failed to turn up for the proposed game last Saturday.With last season seemingly behind them, Edward Kaziba will very much want to continue his bright start as Villa manager with victory over their sworn enemies.Team newsExpress FC are still struggling over the fitness of first-choice custodian Mathaius Muwanga who is yet to feature this season. Joshua Adea who has started in their last three games is expected to once again get the nod over the returning Tony Kyamera. The Red Eagles are still expected to be without right-back Emmanuel Baffoe who got injured in the 2-0 loss to Onduparaka FC on match-day three.For SC Villa, they will be without Charles Lwanga and Gavin Kizito who are currently training with the national U20 side, in Njeru. The Jogoos are also still minus Benson Muhindo who is out injured. However, they will be boosted by the return of Saidi Keni and Douglas Owori. The two have been with the Cranes team preparing for their CHAN qualifiers against Burundi but it has been communicated that they will be released to feature in the game.Match FactsThis is the 19th meeting between the two sides since June 2011.In the previous 18 match-ups, SC Villa have won 8, Express 5 and the other 5 have ended in draws.Villa have been enjoying the better ran in fixtures between these two recently, winning 6 of the last 10 games whilst losing only once and drawing thrice.However, the Jogoos have not defeated Express in any of their last four visits to Wankulukuku, drawing three times and losing the other.Villa’s last victory away to Express was in March 2015 when the Jogoos ran out 3-0 winners.The reverse fixture last season ended 1-1 after Villa had beat Express 2-0 at Namboole in the first round game this season.Going into Friday’s game, Express have won only one of their last five league games (D2 L2). The only win in that period came in the 3-2 victory over Mbarara City in the Red Eagle’s last League game.At home, George Ssemwogerere’s side have won only two of their last five league games (D2 L1).Villa too have not been in good form of late as they have won only two of their last five games in the League (D1 L2).The other game on Friday-URA FC vs Tooro United @4:30pmComments
The latest event in the Inishowen Methodist Churches’ fundraising campaign, to raise money for the rebuilding of their community hall in Moville, takes place this weekend when their inaugural Christmas Tree Festival and Live Nativity is held in the Glacknadrummond Methodist Church near Culdaff.The festival commences on Friday morning at 10.00 when local primary schools and crèches take part in a Christmas musical programme.Friday’s visiting hours are between 10.00 and 14.00 and then later from 18.00 to 21.00. On Saturday, the exhibit’s eye-catching displays and live crib are accessible from 10.00 to 21.00, and on Sunday it runs from 14.00 to 17.00. All through the weekend, local singers, choirs and musicians will be performing for those visiting.The festival comes to a close with a carol service at 19.30. Although there is no entrance charge, the church is encouraging people to donate generously.Schools, churches, businesses, community groups and individuals have contributed trees to the Festival.Carolyn McKinney, a member of the fundraising committee said the response from the community has been fantastic. “Local churches, businesses, community groups and schools have been really enthusiastic with their support and input. I would encourage people to come along to see the design and artistry on display—the effort and time put in by everyone has been overwhelming.’The fundraising event is the latest this year as the church looks to rebuild the hall.Methodist minister for Inishowen, Rev Alison Gallagher, said that although they had raised over 150,000€ to date, their target was 350,000€.She continued: ‘Our vision is to rebuild a much needed new Methodist community hall that serves the whole community as well as the church. Situated in the centre of Moville, the hall is central to the town’s heartbeat and ideally placed to contribute to an inclusive community.’As the church is located on the L5871 just off the Gleneely to Culdaff road (R238), festival organisers have asked people to drive with care due to the narrow roads accessing the church. On-site parking is available. Further event information will be published on the Inishowen Methodist Churches’ Facebook page. Stand-out opportunities: 40+ hand-designed Christmas trees (from crèches and primary schools to businesses); Nativity with live animals; numerous local musicians performing, including Carndonagh Community College Choir and Ceolan School of Music; hundreds of visitors expected – MAJOR interest from all across the North West. Extensive promotion across North West.Christmas trees and live crib to sparkle in Inishowen was last modified: December 4th, 2017 by StephenShare 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)
Best EconomyAustralia’s Qantas Airways picks up Best Economy Class. “AirlineRatings.com editorial team singled out in particular Qantas’ domestic economy product for special praise. We found that there is absolutely no doubt that it is world’s best – and by a wide margin,” said Mr ThomasThe airline domestic economy class offering is a step beyond and quite simple the world’s best. “Passengers enjoy a full meal service, free in-flight entertainment and a free baggage allowance,” said Mr Thomas.Whereas most domestic airlines have stripped away features and now charge, Qantas has maintained there is only one price – that of the ticket. The airline’s international economy class product is also a standout.Read more on Qantas here Best First ClassEmirates, which has won a number of awards, is a standout winner of Best First Class. “Its First Class product is a new industry benchmark and is offered over almost all of the airline’s long haul fleet,” said Mr Thomas. “For those who want the ultimate experience Emirates’ First Class is just that.” Features include showers on the A380 and of course a now famous bar.Read more about Emirates First Class offerings here Airline of the YearAir New Zealand is being honoured for its in-flight innovations, financial performance, operational safety and motivation of its staff that have stamped the airline an industry trendsetter.The editorial team, one of the world’s most awarded and experienced, lauded Air New Zealand’s commitment to a young fleet and its continual focus on the environment. The airline also won Best Premium Economy Class.Air New Zealand has been a leader in the airline industry for years and has won countless awards including Air Transport World’s Airline of the Year in 2010 and 2012.AirlineRatings.com’s editorial team took special note of Air New Zealand’s comprehensive long haul offering which had two multi-award winning products in the Skycouch and Spaceseat for economy minded passengers.“Quite simply Air New Zealand is an airline of first choice. And given the airline’s location and the country’s size, its performance is even more remarkable,” said AirlineRatings.com editor Geoffrey Thomas.“This outstanding performance has seen Air New Zealand catapult to the top tier of the industry in a host of areas and in particular market position, product innovation, yield and social media that made the airline a trendsetter.”“The editors of AirlineRatings.com also noted that the airline’s focus on delivering value to passengers has resulted in higher yields and better returns for staff and shareholders. Air New Zealand is unquestionably AirlineRatings.com Airline of the Year for 2014,” said Mr Thomas.Read more about Air New Zealand’s offerings here AirlineRatings.com celebrates and promotes excellence in the airline industry and the pinnacle of these efforts is its Airline Excellence Awards. Winners also include; Emirates; Cathay Pacific Airways, Qantas, Silk Air, JetBlue, flydubai, Jetstar, Norwegian, Singapore Airlines, Air Canada and Swiss. Best Business ClassCathay Pacific Airways has won Best Business Class and the award adds to a string of accolades the airline has won for its business class offering. According to Mr Thomas, Cathay Pacific’s new business class is exceptional. “It’s a magnificent blend of comfort, functionality and privacy,” said Mr Thomas. “The airline has listened to its customers and it shows. Cathay Pacific is a standout winner of AirlineRatings.com Best Business Class award.”Read more about Cathay Pacific Business Class offerings here Best LoungesAnother win for Qantas. ‘Qantas’ lounges have become an Australian air travel institution and the airline’s overseas offerings are also an industry benchmark,” said Mr Thomas.Qantas Lounges not only provide complementary food and beverages the airline was a leader in installing showers. Importantly the airline’s lounges have robust broadband internet access that can handle demand – something lacking in many other airline’s lounges. “The Qantas Lounge is the place to be for the savvy traveller,” said Mr Thomas. Best Low Cost AirlineThere is no question that the Low Cost Airline market is the most competitive and also the most rapidly growing. Thus competition to be the best is a challenge of balancing product with low prices.AirlineRatings.com winners are: jetBlue (The Americas), Jetstar Group (Asia/Pacific), flydubai (Middle-East/Africa) and Norwegian (Europe).The four airlines are clear leaders in their respective markets with clever innovations and they consistently delivery an excellent value proposition. “These airlines may not always offer the lowest fare but what they almost always do is deliver by far the best value,” said Mr Thomas. And these airlines open new routes and bring travel to millions who could previously not afford to fly. AirlineRatings.com the world’s foremost safety and product rating website has announced the selection of Air New Zealand as its Airline of the Year for 2014. Best Long Haul AirlineAirlineRatings.com Best Long Haul Airline awards have been won by: Emirates (Middle East/Africa), Singapore Airlines (Asia/Pacific), Swiss (Europe) and Air Canada (The Americas).According to Mr Thomas, these four long haul airlines are leaders in their region and in fact well beyond. “Each in their own way defines long haul travel and can be counted on to deliver the best product. Emirates and Singapore in particular are standouts in long haul travel and pioneer new aircraft designs to enhance global travel,” said Mr Thomas. “Swiss and Air Canada also have rich histories in pioneering long haul travel and are deserving winners.” Best Premium EconomyAir New Zealand has won Best Premium Economy for its innovation in designing its own premium economy seat. The airline is continually innovating in all cabins and this has resulted in higher yields as passengers upgrade their travel experience with value propositions. “Air New Zealand has proven conclusively that passengers will pay more if the product is right and priced accordingly. Its efforts in this space are a lesson to all airlines that passengers want better and are prepared to pay.Read more about Air New Zealand’s offerings here Regional Airline of the YearSingapore based Silk Air has taken out this award for delivering a first class experience on regional routes.Airlineratings.com editorial team praised Silk Air on its innovation that has resulted in exceptional performance in customer service, product and financial performance. This performance has seen Silk Air dominate its regional market segment for decades and makes it an industry trendsetter. “Silk Air’s regional offering is better than many full service airlines,” said Mr Thomas. “Silk Air richly deserves AirlineRatings.com Best Regional Airline award.”Read more about Silk Air’s offerings here Best In-Flight EntertainmentEmirates, which was one of the pioneers of IFE, wins AirlineRatings.com Best IFE award. The airline has an IFE product that few airlines equal. Airlineratings.com editors noted that Emirates was one of the first adopters, particularly for economy class. By 1993 all the airline’s seats were fitted with IFE.Emirates ICE has a host of features. It allows you to follow the progress of your flight, or take in the view from the aircraft’s external cameras. You can keep in touch with live business, news and sport headlines. As a communication tool it provides phone, SMS or email capability. For entertainment there are 600 channels of premium entertainment.