200m title means more to Bolt – Sprint king admits task is ‘harder’ than winning 100m

first_imgBEIJING, China: His 100m clash with American Justin Gatlin may have been the main talking point, but as far as sprint king Usain Bolt is concerned, retaining his 200m title at the IAAF World Championships would mean more to him than Sunday’s 100m triumph inside the Bird’s Nest. “It would mean a lot more to me to win this 200m, a lot more than it meant for the 100m,” Bolt said yesterday. “For me, I’m trying to get through these rounds as comfortable as possible, with as least energy as possible, go in the final and give my best.” The Jamaican is also bracing for what he expects to be a much tougher task, as he looks to extend his record to an unmatched four consecutive World Championships gold medals in the event. Bolt is also joined with Frankie Fredericks as the male athletes with the most 200m medals at the World Championships, with four. Another will put him one behind Merlene Ottey as the most successful of all time in the event at these championships. Lining up in the heats, Bolt ran his best 200m of the season yesterday; not that it would have been too difficult to do so, given this pedestrian times in the event this year. He appeared controlled and relaxed to finish in 20.28 seconds, with Cuba’s Roberto Skyers, 20.29, and Yancarlos Martinez (Dominican Republic) third in 20.34. Running is perhaps an overstatement, considering the sprinter’s ease, as he only ran about 130 metres of the race and casually jogged to the line, conserving energy and keeping sore legs as fresh as possible for the real assignment ahead – the 200m final – which he expects to be even more challenging than the 100m, which he won in 9.79 on Sunday. “I definitely think the 200m will be harder (than the 100m). My fitness will be in question, but, overall, it should be good,” added Bolt, whose world record 19.19 (Berlin 2009), 19.40 (Daegu 2011) and 19.66 (Moscow) are the three fastest times ever recorded in a World Championships 200m final. Bolt will be joined in the semi-final round, set for 7:30 a.m. this morning, by all three of his countrymen in the event. Warren Weir, the 2012 Olympic bronze- and 2013 World Championships silver-medal winner, came off the curve in front, but didn’t seem to be too worried to actually win his heat, finishing second in 20.24, with Julian Forte, 20.14, also easing up at the line as Jamaica-based Great Britain athlete Zharnel Hughes took the win. Nickel Ashmeade, in the same heat as Gatlin, was third in a time of 20.40; as Gatlin, the fastest man in the event this year with a mark of 19.57, eased into the win with a time of 20.19. Jamaica is the first country to qualify four athletes to a 400m final at any major global championships after Shericka Jackson, who enters with the second-fastest time; Stephenie-Ann McPherson; Novlene Williams- Mills; and Christine Day all secured lanes. Jackson coasted to the line with medal favourite Allyson Felix (USA), who ran 49.89, with the Jamaican logging a personal-best 50.03, as the pair dominated their semi-final field. Williams-Mills, who has been struggling with a thyroid infection this season, was third in 50.47, her first time below 51 seconds this year. McPherson ran her fastest time of the season, 50.32, to finish behind the championship-primed Brit, Christine Ohoruogu, 50.16, while Day posted 50.82 to finish behind another favourite, Shaunae Miller from The Bahamas, who clocked 50.12 for her win. Bigger challenge aheadlast_img read more

Guarantee Liberians a Stake in the Petroleum Sector: NOCAL, Please LISTEN

first_imgThere are some people in this government, Ministers especially, who are so “upset” with the media, the Daily Observer in particular, that they claim they “don’t read the tabloids anymore.” But these officials fail to realize that the media constitute an “early warning system.”  It is the media’s responsibility to display vividly and in intelligible language, even drawings, the warning signs for all to see.  And this ALL includes not only the public who are the chief patrons of the media, but most especially the government, which is in charge of national affairs and which should be the first we should alert about things going wrong in the country, or issues and concerns burning in the hearts and minds of the citizenry that GOL should know about.  For it is GOL who is not only in charge, but has the capacity and responsibility to DO something about it. However, it is too often that when media reporting and comment do not go the government’s way, the people in government are prepared to dismiss the media as “tabloids.”If, however, things were going smoothly in the country, why would the President of Liberia make the drastic changes in government that did last Sunday?  We thank her for taking those actions, although we reserve the right, in time, to comment on the appointments—comments which we pray will be taken in good faith.This editorial is about another sector of the government whose attention we are calling to a very critical natural resource, Liberia’s newly found petroleum. We wish here to make one main point: since 1926 the Liberian government has been dishing out to   foreigners its rich natural resources—be they huge tracks of forest, land or minerals, without any local participation.  Now we have discovered an entirely new resource, petroleum.  And it seems GOL is hell bent on giving this, too, away without any Liberian participation.That is why we are constrained to write yet another editorial, appealing to, calling upon, pleading with, even begging NOCAL NOT TO MAKE THAT SAME MISTAKE AGAIN.On September 23, 2014 we said editorially that NOCAL should do everything in its power to ensure substantial Liberian participation in the petroleum sector.  We urged the company to ensure that Liberian participation should be at least 30%, with NOCAL itself garnering another 20%, and foreign companies, 50%. Now another thinking Liberian, Harry A. Greaves, has come forward with some concrete proposals toward this same end.  He is suggesting that NOCAL extend the dates for final bidding and notification of successful bidders to allow time for Liberians to be involved.  He is further suggesting that in order to avoid accusations of cronyism, for which this government has been heavily criticized, GOL officials should be prohibited from participating in the bidding, directly or indirectly.Mr. Greaves’ suggestions are published in the Friday, November 14 edition of the Daily Observer.We pray that NOCAL will seriously consider those suggestions.The Daily Observer, in its September 23 editorial, further suggested that NOCAL, having considerable financial resources, could use some of its resources to empower credible Liberians to participate in the petroleum sector, and when they start making money, pay NOCAL back.  This is one tangible way to ensure that Liberians are, for once, not left out of yet another viable and lucrative sector that could help them to benefit and prosper from their own resources.We submit that we are not petroleum experts; yet in our own way we advance these ideas that will hopefully propel NOCAL to start thinking seriously about how Liberians can, at long last, share in its enormous resources that will lead us to more effective participation in our national economy as a pathway to progress and prosperity for all.NOCAL, we BEG you to please listen.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Patientia residents decry increased crime spree

first_img– pensioner, shop owners among recent victims Residents of communities along the lower West Bank of Demerara are living in much discomfort as they are frustrated over the increase of crime in their communities.Albert Vieira, a retired sugar workerDuring a recent visit to the nearby village of Patientia, Guyana Times met with upset residents who called on the Toevlugt-Patientia Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) to ensure that street lights in the community are reinstalled. Their concerns were registered following a string of recent robberies in which some of persons were attacked by bandits armed with guns.“To me, them got to put de lights them; some of the girls who coming late from work might get rob because you got nuff boys does pull people bag,” a male resident and retired sugar worker told this newspaper.The lights were recently removed by the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) as the company opted to install smart meters with the aim of reducing electricity theft and unauthorised connections. However, the lack of lit roads is upsetting to Patientia residents, who indicated that increasing night time robberies are only adding to other robberies they said are occurring during the day.According to information obtained, one of three recent robbery attacks was committed at Fourth Street, Patientia Housing Scheme on a female pensioner in her 70s.Reports were that three bandits broke into the woman’s home in the wee hours and robbed her. Residents expressed worry over business places that have been attacked in recent weeks. These included the Super Bet gaming facility at the front section of the community and Dawa’s shop at the back street where a husband and wife duo was attacked.According to information disclosed, several men went to Dawa’s shop during the day purporting to be officers of a tax collecting body. They later reportedly robbed the shop owner and his wife while being armed with guns. D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) Commander Rishi Dass told Guyana Times on Friday that one suspect was arrested and later charged in connection with the Super Bet robbery.UnemploymentMeanwhile, many in the area have linked the robberies to a lack of employment opportunities compounded with the Wales Estate’s closure.Retired sugar worker Albert Vieira told this newspaper that many young men in the area are sitting around in the community because they are unable to find jobs.For the ones who happen to secure employment, this is not on a consistent basis and the former worker stressed the need for jobs in the area.“When this estate used to run, all dem boys had work,” he noted, adding that petty theft is also increasing.His comments were shared by a mother of three who told this newspaper that some persons are so desperate that they would steal clothes from clothing lines from residents’ yards.“Now you can’t even leave your bicycle around. If you turn, it would get thief. Before when the estate was around, you could leave you bike all around and nobody would take it,” she highlighted.The woman who was waiting for transportation added that many males with limited education – who had been able to secure work from the estate – are finding difficulty in securing employment since some jobs require some level of writing skills. It was explained that this setback is contributing to a “liming” culture, which some suspect may have elements of criminality.Local Pandit and Justice of the Peace, Chandreeca Persaud, also expressed concern over the crime issue. He related that he has been engaging in talks with the Patientia NDC Chairman on ensuring that there are lights in his community. He said too that the Police should continue to ensure that there are patrols in the area as he has been seeing recently.The Wales Estate ended operations in December 2016 and to date; some workers have not been paid their severance. When the closure was announced, many employees opted against taking up work at Uitvlugt, West Coast Demerara out of concern that crime would increase in the Wales area. They also suggested that the community would be a “ghost town”. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Heater underneath mobile home sparks fire in Southridge Park

first_img“Be very careful with what you’re using for heating the underneath of a trailer,” Deputy Fire Chief Curtis Redpath warns. “This is a fairly common occurrence, especially when it gets cold like this.”Redpath says the exact cause of the spark is unknown, however, luckily for the resident occupying the trailer at the time, he became quickly aware of the incident and immediately dialled 911.“It was a small fire when we got on scene. He tried to extinguish it prior to our arrival – the crews extinguished it fairly quickly – and there was basically minimal damage.”- Advertisement -Redpath says it took approximately 45 minutes – one hour to ensure there weren’t any lingering flames after initially responding at 11:52 a.m.Redpath also says there are no reported injuries and the trailer should be in a livable condition in the very near-future.“We were able to keep the heat on and the power on – he’s going to isolate a couple of things, but they should be able to put some plywood where we opened it up, and where the fire burnt through and get it repaired.”Advertisement Redpath has a piece of advice in an effort to offset the possibility of responding to a similar call.“Just be careful what you’re using,” Redpath concludes. “Try to keep an eye on it and don’t put it right underneath the trailer – try to heat it from a distance.”last_img read more

Season over at Bayern for Neuer, doubts over World Cup

first_imgNeuer, 32, has been sidelined by a fractured foot since September and is running out of time to be fit for Germany’s opening World Cup match against Mexico in Moscow on June 17.Jupp Heynckes has ruled Neuer out of Bayern’s final league game at home to Stuttgart on Saturday.Bayern’s back-up goalkeeper Sven Ulreich is also expected to deputise in the German Cup final on May 19 against Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin.“Manuel will not be in the squad for Saturday’s final home game against Stuttgart, for the cup final the decision is still open,” said Heynckes on Bayern’s website.If he misses the Berlin final, Neuer could only get the necessary match practice in two games before the World Cup — Germany’s friendlies away to Austria in Klagenfurt on June 2 and at home against Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen on June 8.“There are still a few games,” Neuer said, but added that he cannot give a date for his return.“There is no prognosis, I have to make the right decision for me, the team and Germany.“It does not help to get distracted.”– Debate rages –Coach Joachim Loew is still expected to include Neuer in his provisional World Cup squad, which will be named next Tuesday and then trimmed down for the final 23-man list.The goalkeeper will have to work on his fitness at Germany’s two-week training camp in northern Italy from May 23 to June 8 if he is to have any chance of playing at Russia 2018.Neuer only recently returned to Bayern training.“I want to improve daily and try to get fit as quickly as possible, so far the steps have been very good and positive,” he said,“I’m trying to continue and then we’ll see if it’s enough.”Neuer is the main concern for Loew, who is also waiting on the fitness of Germany centre-back Jerome Boateng, who has a groin injury, and attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil, who is sidelined by a back complaint.Boateng says having Neuer in goal is key to Germany’s hopes of retaining the title.“He’s our captain and a strong personality, it just makes you feel good when ‘Manu’ is behind you,” said the burly centre-back.Debate is raging in Germany as to whether Neuer should play at the World Cup finals after so long on the sidelines.Oliver Schmidtlein, a former physiotherapist with the German team, told magazine Sport Bild he believes Neuer will not be ready to play in the World Cup’s group phase.“Manuel can’t train more in his current situation, even though time is short, or he’ll risk compromising his recovery, so I think Manuel could be involved at the earliest in the knockout games,” said the former Bayern and Germany physio.“But maybe ‘Jogi’ Loew will also rely on him, because, even if he is not on the pitch, as captain he is important for the team structure.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was part of Germany’s victorious team in the last World Cup but is a doubt for the squad in Russia © AFP/File / ODD ANDERSENBERLIN, Germany, May 9 – Manuel Neuer has poured serious doubt on his World Cup chances while his Bayern Munich coach on Wednesday says Germany’s goalkeeper will not play again in the Bundesliga this season.“I do not think it’s imaginable that I go into such a tournament without match practice,” Neuer said at an event on Tuesday night on his Russia 2018 chances.last_img read more

Vichai son vows to press on with Leicester City owner’s ‘big mission’

first_imgHe made billions from his King Power duty-free monopoly in Thailand, using the cash to invest in hotels, horses and Leicester’s once-unremarkable football club, which shocked the sporting world by winning the Premier League in 2016.In the first public reaction from the family, Aiyawatt — better known by his nickname “Top” — thanked people for the messages of support from across the world.“I’m extremely proud to have such an extraordinary father,” he said in an Instagram post shared by King Power’s press office.“I’m touched by how many people kept him close to their hearts.”Vichai leaves behind a wife, and four children, two sons and two daughters. All five are on the executive board of King Power.But Top — already vice-chairman of Leicester — appeared to confirm he has been anointed to lead at least parts of the King Power empire.“He (Vichai) has left me with a legacy to continue and I will do everything I can to carry on his big vision and dreams,” the post said.“From him I have received a very big mission and legacy to pass on… and I intend to do just that.”The post was accompanied by several photos of the pair embracing, one with Top kissing his father on the cheek and another presenting a polo trophy to his father. Both shared a love for the equestrian sport.Leicester City also published a statement from Top on their website in which he thanked “everyone from the bottom of my heart”, including the emergency services.“For a long time, my father taught me to be strong and to take care of my family,” he said. “He loved his family. He made Leicester City into a family. And nothing would make him prouder than to see how the Leicester City family that he built is supporting each other through a time of such sadness.”“I miss you dad, with all of my heart,” he added.– Shopping empire –Over three decades Vichai chiselled out a shopping empire now worth about $4.9 billion, according to Forbes, with his initial success owing less to family wealth than a knack for winning — and then keeping — the favour of the Thai elite, gatekeepers to the kingdom’s wealth.That included the monarchy, in honour of whom he named his company and whose former king rewarded him with his lengthy royally bestowed surname that translates as “auspicious and prosperous light”.But the duty-free business that has been such a cash cow for King Power is now under threat.It is likely to face a serious challenge to its monopoly on duty-free at Thailand’s main international airports when its licence comes up for review later this year.Its concession for Bangkok’s biggest airport is due to expire in 2020, potentially opening up the company to competition for the first time in 14 years.Top and his mother, Vichai’s wife Aimon, paid a tearful visit to the King Power stadium this week, laying a wreath in the centre of the pitch and hugging club executives and players — with Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel among those most visibly moved.The pair were fulcrums of Leicester’s 2016 title-winning side, one of sport’s most unlikely underdog victories dynamised by Vichai’s massive investment and shrewd decision-making.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (right) says he is “touched” by the outpouring of tributes for his father Vichai, the late owner of Leicester City © AFP / Paul ELLISBANGKOK, Thailand, Oct 31 – The youngest son of Leicester City’s late Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha issued a heartfelt message of thanks Wednesday for the cascade of condolences that followed his father’s death in a helicopter crash, vowing to “carry on his big vision”.Vichai, 60, was Thailand’s fifth-richest man when he died in the horrific accident after watching his team play on Saturday.last_img read more

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 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, 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 at 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. TODAY Beyond the Light, a socialization and support group for young adults ages 17 to 25 with mental health issues, 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. at 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. 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, 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 J&J Social and Travel Club weekly league bowling, 6-8 p.m. at Sands Bowl, 43323 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Call (661) 267-2586. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Information and location: Call 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. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour condi tioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at the Ante lope Valley Freeway. Moderate ly conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Expectant parent tours of the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department will start at 6 p.m. from the hospital lobby, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Overeaters Anony mous will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lan caster. Beginners will meet at 7 p.m. Call (661) 948-2571. Hot line: (661) 789-5806. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Con cept will meet, 10:30 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Also in Lancaster, 6:30 p.m. at Sunnydale School, 1233 W. Ave. J-8. Call Karen at (661) 723-9331. Overeaters Anony mous – HOW Concept! will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Robin’s Law Office, 203 W. Ave. J, Lancas ter. Call (661) 949-9192. Narcotics Anony mous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava- na.com. WEDNESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will meet, 5:30 p.m. at Black Angus restaurant, 44690 Valley Central Way, Lancaster, with an optional movie to fol low. Call (661) 267-2586 by Tuesday. Emotional Freedom Technique for pain relief weekly demonstrations, 6:30- 7:30 p.m. (except before three- day weekends) at Stress Man agement Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. Sweet Talkers Toast masters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Wilsona School Dis trict 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 communi ty affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Kids Managing Anger Together for ages 13-17 will meet, 4:30-6 p.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite. B-1, Palmdale. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Women’s Group will deal with the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of relationship, in fertility 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 Wednes days of each month to address the medical, nutritional and so cial ramifications of weight-loss surgery in fourth-floor Confer ence Room 16 at Antelope Val ley 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, Lan caster. Call (661) 945-4852. Take Off Pounds Sen sibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Eye Opener Toastmas ters 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 Inter tribal 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 Wednes days 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 Anony mous, an informal 12-step group for mental health consum ers 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 Inter faith Choir will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. For adults and ma ture teenagers. Call Kathe Wal ters at (661) 285-8306. Hi-Desert Woodwork ers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Don’s Restaurant, Vic torville. Call (760) 240-4705. Schizophrenics Anon ymous will meet, 2 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palm dale. 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 in formation and location, call (661) 538-1846. Emotions Anony mous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose meeting room on the second floor at An telope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. The organiza tion is a 12-step, self-help group. Call (661) 943-5466. Little Angels, a support group for families with young children with Down syn drome, meets, 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the North Los Angeles County Regional Center, 43210 Ging ham Ave., Lancaster. Call Cyn dee Moore at (661) 945-6761 or e-mail cyndeem@nlacrc.com, or visit the Web site at www.geocities.com/littlean gels_angelitos. Al-Anon discus sion 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 wom en’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 Mira cles 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 play ers welcome. Call (661) 267-5551. Blood pressure test ing for seniors, 10-11:15 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Cen ter, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palm dale. 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 crochet ing for seniors, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cul tural Center, 704 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Bring your own supplies. Call (661) 267-5551. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Con cept will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale Children’s Youth Li brary, 38510 Sierra Highway. Call Kathy at (661) 265-1839. Overeaters Anony mous 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 Dis order 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 Men tal Health Center, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 949-7423. Narcotics Anony mous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.today na.org THURSDAY Ask and It is Giv en classes, 6:30-8 p.m. at Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Divi sion St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. High Desert Toastmas ters 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 Thurs day of each month in the Experi mental Test Pilots Association boardroom, 44814 Elm Ave., Lancaster. Call Bob Drury at (661) 400-4479. Cedar Open Read ing meets weekly, 7-9 p.m. at Cedar Hall, 44851 Cedar Ave., Lancaster, except on the second Thursday of the month when the meeting is in the gal lery, 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancas ter. 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 Discov ery 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 Palm dale 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, 2 p.m. at the Ante lope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Facilitated Anger Man agement 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 Anony mous 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 Sen sibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour condi tioning 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 les sons 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 Interna tional of Antelope Valley will meet, noon at the Holiday Inn of Palmdale-Lancaster, 38630 5th St. W., Palmdale. Business and professional wom en are invited. Call (661) 946-1609. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Con cept will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Take Off Pounds Sen sibly, 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 Anony mous 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 batter ing 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 Anony mous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava- na.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 read more

RÓNÁN GETS HIS WELLIES ON FOR PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgRónán Mac Aodha BhuíRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta broadcaster Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí will be pulling on his wellies on Tuesday to head for the National Ploughing Championships in Co. Laois.A special extended edition of Rónán’s award-winning radio show, Rónán Beo @3, will be broadcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta from the RTÉ tent at the Ploughing Championships on Tuesday 22 September from 3.30 pm – 5 pm.The show will feature interviews with some of the stand-holders at the Ploughing, as well as live music from members of Kíla, and young trad band Na Rógairí. Rónán will also be joined by his friend and fellow-broadcaster Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh who will talk about her new radio show Bláthnaid Libh. Tune in on Tuesday 22 September from 3.30 pm – 5 pm for Rónán Beo @3 live from the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co. Laois.RÓNÁN GETS HIS WELLIES ON FOR PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: September 18th, 2015 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:RnaGronan beoRonan Mac Aodha Bhuilast_img read more

MAN WHO BEAT AND ROBBED 96 YEAR OLD GRETA LILLY JAILED FOR FIVE YEARS

first_imgA man who dragged a 96 year old women from her bed, beat her and robbed her of €3,000 has been jailed for five years.The community raised money to help Ms Greta Lilly get back on her feet.Thomas Alcock kicked in the bedroom door of terrified Greta Lilly at her home in Buncrana in the early hours of January 5th this year. The 49 year old father-of-one had only been released from jail a few weeks earlier in the UK before he travelled to Ireland to live in Donegal.Alcock called to Ms Lilly’s home three times on the day before the robbery looking to buy scrap metal.However at 12.30am the following morning after smoking cannabis and taking crack cocaine he called to Ms Lilly’s home.Once inside her bedroom he carried out a horrific assault on the 96 year old woman who lived alone.Garda Danny Devlin told Letterkenny Circuit Court that Alcock, of no fixed abode, hit Ms Lilly in the face, dragged her by the hair and also stuffed her own cardigan in her mouth to keep her quiet.He told her he would kill her if she not co-operate with him.The attacker, who was hooded, dragged her out of the bed and stole her handbag which contained €3,000 and a gold ring belonging to her mother.Ms Lilly finally managed to summon help by pressing an alarm which she had around her wrist.Gardai began a manhunt for Alcock and learned that he may be in a local hotel.He was arrested with £800 stuffed in a sock outside his bedroom at An Grianan Hotel in Burt.When interviewed, he refused to co-operate at all.The court also heard that a local Bureau de Change reported a man had changed €3,500 to sterling, including a number of €100 notes.He also bought a van and the van-driver became suspicious and contacted Gardai.The court heard that Ms Lilly was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital to be treated for her injuries but was released.However, she has since gone to live in residential care where she remains living after her ordeal.Alcock asked to address the court and said “I feel great shame for what I done. I apologise,” he said.Judge O’Hagan asked Alcock: did he not realise that the victim was 46 years older than him?Judge O’Hagan said that if Alcock had not pleaded guilty and was found guilty by a jury, he would have sentenced him to ten years in prison for the burglary charge.The court was told that the money recovered from the sale of the van had been returned to Gardai and the van could be returned to its owner.Judge O’Hagan also paid tribute to the “wonderful detective work” and also the local community in Buncrana for helping bringing Alcock to justice.MAN WHO BEAT AND ROBBED 96 YEAR OLD GRETA LILLY JAILED FOR FIVE YEARS was last modified: October 30th, 2013 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) Tags:buncranaburglaryGreta LillyJUdge John O’HaganThomas Alcocklast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo denies rape claims and seeks compensation from German magazine

first_img SORRY 2 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 Mr Stovall told the German magazine “The purpose of this lawsuit is to hold Cristiano Ronaldo responsible within a civil court of law for the injuries he has caused Kathryn Mayorga and the consequences of those injuries.”The American victim claims to have had endured ‘serious breakdowns’ in the aftermath of the rape and blames herself for signing the document as much as she does Ronaldo.Stovall believes her non-disclosure agreement should be voided since she was ‘too mentally and emotionally traumatised’ to fully comprehend what she signed. Ronaldo moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid a month after the incident allegedly took place The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Most Read in Football Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyer have denied allegations made by a German magazine the Juventus star raped a woman in Las Vegas in 2009.The Portuguese is also seeking compensation from the magazine for “moral damages in an amount corresponding to the gravity of the infringement, which is probably one of the most serious violations of personal rights in recent years.” Der Speigel ran a story on Friday claiming Ronaldo met the victim named Kathryn Mayorga at a club and then raped her in June 2009 at a Palms Place hotel room in Las Vegas.The 34-year-old claims she repeatedly told the superstar ‘no’ but he carried on and ignored her pleas.He is said to have fallen to his knees and apologised afterwards.Leslie Mark Stovall, Mayorga’s lawyer, claims the matter was settled with an out-of-court settlement which effectively silenced his client in return for $375,000. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ronaldo is seeking compensation after the rape allegations have come to light revealed 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT silverware latest tense BEST OF gameday cracker In response, Ronaldo’s legal team (headed by media law expert Prof. Christian Schertz) are now seeking a substantial compensation package.The Portuguese was a Manchester United player at the time, but was to complete a world record move to Real Madrid just a month later.last_img read more