Spain hopes to overcome Naomi Osaka’s challenge

first_imgThe present No. 55 of the world rating has analyzed its second of play: “I’ve not had a superb begin to the season however the land is all the time completely different, you have got to have just a little extra endurance. The very fact of taking part in at house is an additional motivation, and we’re all fairly targeted, understanding the significance of this tie.Naomi Osaka arrives at this time at La MangaThis Tuesday the Japanese workforce chief Naomi Osaka, double Grand Slam champion and former world primary, arrived in La Manga. The 22-year-old US-based participant plans to do her first coaching this afternoon on the La Manga Tennis Heart. Membership.The 2018 US Open and Australian Open 2019 champion arrives on the occasion on the No. 10 on the planet rating after its untimely elimination within the Australian Open, the place he defended the title gained final season.The captain of Japan plans to end within the fifth levelJapanese captain Toshihisa Tsuchihashi has acknowledged the significance of getting his finest participant: “The presence of Naomi will give an essential power to the Japanese workforce and will likely be our major help. Though he has much less time than the remainder of the gamers, he will likely be very ready, so I don’t see any drawback. ”The Japanese technical supervisor is conscious, nonetheless, of the potential of the Spanish workforce: “The final time we performed with Spain at dwelling final yr we misplaced and we all know the energy that Spain has. ”Tsuchihashi has acknowledged that they work with the concept that the tie is resolved on the final level of doubles: “Now we have deliberate that we are going to attain the fifth sport and with the expertise that we have now lived final yr we all know how tough it is going to be. We’re working with that thought and I solely hope that, on this event, the wind blows in our favor. ” The Spanish Tennis Group MAPFRE held its first press convention on La Manga on Tuesday dealing with the tie Qualifiers of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas that can play towards Japan this Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February eight on the La Manga Membership Tennis Heart.Spanish captain Anabel Medina has claimed the potential of her workforce: “We’re right here with 5 excellent gamers, and what Spain has proven throughout these final two years is that it has a really wide selection of gamers to face any tie. We present it in Japan and in Belgium, we’re a really united workforce. ”Anabel Medina: “Osaka goes to have to show her stage on the observe”The coach has appealed to the followers: “The primary coaching classes have been excellent, we’re on our favourite floor and we play at dwelling. I encourage all of the individuals who come to La Manga Membership to help us as a result of we are going to want the stands to the fullest. ”He additionally appreciated the presence of Naomi Osaka within the rival workforce: “We all know Japan completely, we performed with them very just lately final February. They’re tough rivals and that Osaka is on the workforce makes them have a high participant who’s among the many high ten on the planet, however could have to exhibit that stage on the observe as a result of we’re going to make it as tough as attainable.Carla Suárez: It is going to be one of many final occasions I play in Spain ”This week’s tie is very emotional for Carla Suárez, who faces her final season as an expert tennis participant: “I actually needed to be on this tie. It is going to be one of many final occasions I play in Spain so I’ll strive to take pleasure in it and hopefully on Saturday every thing can come out positively. ”last_img read more

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A triplet by Iranian Azmoun consolidates Zenit’s leadership

first_imgAn Iranian triplet Sardar Azmoun led the win against Ural of Zenit Saint Petersburg (7-1), who was reunited with the victory for consolidate its leadership in the Russian League that this weekend reaches the twenty-second day.The Russian Premier is one of the few European leagues that maintains activity on the fringes of the coronavirus crisis. The session proceeds normally in all stages. On Friday Grozny lost in their field to Dynamo Moscow (2-3) and this Saturday the three scheduled matches have been completed.Zenit, who had two consecutive draws, won again. He thrashed in his stadium, the Gaprom Arena, at Ural, installed in the equator of the classification and that already takes three meetings without winning. Azmoun, 25 years old and known as the Messi of Iran, led the team to Sergey Semak. The Iranian, who is completing his eighth season in Russian football -the second in Zenit after military before in Rostov and Rubin Kazan-, scored the first, third and fifth goals for his team against Ural. To his goalscoring success was added that of Artem Dzyuba, who made two, that of the Argentine Sebastian Driussi and the Brazilian Malcom, who completed the bulky local account. Andrey Panyukov made the only visiting goal. Zenit now lead Krasnodar by nine points, second, who visits Sochi on Sunday, and in 12 Rostov and Lokomotiv Moscow, with their session meetings also pending.Spartak Moscow beat Orenburg at home (1-3), threatened by decline. It was the Argentine Ezequiel Ponce, who led the visiting reaction by achieving, on the brink of rest, balancing the goal of Ghanaian Joel Fameyeh who put the locals ahead in the first minutes. In the second part, the Swedish Jordan Larsson scored the winning goal for the Moscow team, who rounded out the victory in added time through Reziuan Mirzov, who minutes before replaced Ponce.Rubin Kazan came out of the crisis. After nine matches he won again, achieved all three points on the field of Arsenal Tula (0-1) thanks to Zuriko Davitashvili’s goal on the brink of rest and despite playing from minute 55 with one less man for the expulsion of Nikita Makarov for a double yellow card. Between sunday, when three games will be played (Sochi-Krasondar, CSKA Moscow-Ufa and Rostov-Lokomotiv Moscow), and on Monday, with Tambov-Samara, the twenty-second date will be completed.last_img read more

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Romeo gets best shot at elusive title as he pairs up with Castro at TNT

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ It also helps that familiarity will be on his side with former FEU running mates abound the KaTropa camp, led by coach Nash Racela..@tbvromeo shares his elation as he reunites with former FEU running mates and coach @scwtN in @TNTkaTropa. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/4oIZSSgjaa— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) April 4, 2018Even the management expressed excitement and likened the Romeo-Castro partnership to that of Castro and Jimmy Alapag of the old days.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Humbled with the comparisons, Romeo argued that he’s still far from matching the legacy of an Alapag or even a Castro.“Their tandem was already proven with numerous championships. Kuya Jayson is already kuya Jayson and we know what he can do in the PBA and with the national team. So on my part, I need to be able to help him and take some of the load off of him. In my mind, that’s my job here,” he said.As of now, all Romeo wants is to leave everything behind and put all of his focus in this new endeavor with TNT.“My focus now is how I can help TNT and how I can grow here,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Romeo, however, doesn’t want to get too ahead of himself.“It’s hard to tell as of now,” he said in Filipino on Wednesday after wrapping up his first practice session in his new home with the KaTropa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“You really need to put in the work ahead of words. So for me, what’s important is what we do in practice. It’s easy to make promises, but it’s still a different thing when it comes to execution. For me, I don’t want to think about that yet and I just want to help the team and contribute in any way I can.”Romeo’s arrival drew lots of intrigue over what the future holds for TNT, especially now that he will form a potent three-guard combo with Jayson Castro and Jericho Cruz. MOST READ View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Harden misses out on triple-double as Rockets rout Wizards Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonOver his four-year professional career, Terrence Romeo has already established himself as a certified star, being one of the most deadly scorers in the league today.But his trade to TNT certainly signalled a huge shift for the three-time Scoring Champion, giving himself the best chance to win a championship, a feat that has eluded him in every level he has played in.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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248 complaints filed against GPL in 2018

first_imgDespite a 32 per cent decline in complaints last year, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) received some 248 complaints against the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Inc – nearly half of the 563 total complaints against utility companies during that period. Of the total complaints, 16 per cent represents tampering issues with GPL’s service and 11 per cent were against the power company for technical issues with their infrastructure and meters.The highest complaints against GPL were received from Regions Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). These complaints had to do with application for new service (27 complaints), billing issues (35), change of tenancy (6), claims of compensation (13), claims of wrongful disconnection (7), allegation of tampering (90), reconnection of service (6), and technical issues (64).This information, which was contained in the PUC’s 2018 Annual Report, comes at a time when the power company is continuously criticised for failing to provide stable electricity to the country.The annual report also revealed that the Commission has fined GPL for failing to improve its services in accordance with performance targets previously set out.Back in October 2010, GPL’s license was expanded to include Operating Standards and Performance Targets (OSPT), which are eight service standards with pre-determined targets that the company is expected to achieve.However, PUC Chair Dela Britton explained in the report that in the first quarter of 2018, the Commission, as required by law, reviewed GPL’s 2017 OSPT and found that the company had failed to improve its service against its 2016 standards. As a consequence, the Commission imposed a fine of five per cent of the total value of dividends payable to the company’s shareholders.“This stance by the Commission sent a strong message to the utility company, which should in turn motivate it to strive to achieve optimum standards,” Britton posited.No profitIn the report, the Commission went on to flag the power company over its inability to earn a profit as contained in the license. GPL presented its Development and Expansion Five Year Programme 2018-2022 to the PUC last November, detailing, among other things, that it is projecting an accumulated operating loss of some $21 billion.The PUC said it is “disquieting” that the power company intends to rely on debt capital to fund its operations during this period. This, it noted, will trigger a significant increase in GPL’s liabilities at the end of the programme. The Commission also expressed reservations that this debt may prove unsustainability for the company.“The seemingly inability of the company to earn a profit as contained in the license, ultimately limits the company’s liquidity and creates un-certainty in planning. This is evidenced by repeated failures of the company to achieve its planned deliverables in its successive five-year rolling Development and Expansion programmes,” the report outlined.Among these deliverables, in its five-year plan is the on-going programme to install approximately 85,000 Advance Meter Infrastructure (AMI) metres, something which the PUC Chair commended GPL for. The AMI metred will allow the power company to not only bring an end to manual meter readings, but also reduce meter tampering.The implementation of the AMI meters commenced in 2014 under the Power Utility Upgrade Program (PUUP). In its five-year Development and Expansion Plan, GPL had projected that in 2018 21,696 AMI meters will be installed nationwide. However, the Commission reported that this projection fell short as only 14,695 AMI meters were installed last year.Nevertheless, it was outlined that at the end of the current Development and Expansion programme, the company anticipates that commercial losses— which are losses associated with consumers’ theft of electricity— would be reduced from its current 14.7 per cent at the end of 2017 to 8.22 per cent by the end of 2022. This reduction will be mainly attributable to the installation of the AMI meters.On the downside, however, technical losses as a result of the distribution of electricity through its transmission systems are anticipated to remain at much the same level in 2022 as it was in 2018.Moreover, the Commission noted GPL, in its five-year plan, budgeted to spend approximately US$30 million in capital works to its transmission and distribution system, and during this period technical losses are anticipated to be reduced from 15.24 per cent in 2018 to 14.81 per cent in 2022.“The Commission had in its previous annual reports reported on the negative impact, which the financial cost has had, on all stakeholders. The company is urged to review its current technical loss reduction programme to determine whether more financial resources could be allotted into the programme to fast track the reduction of these losses… The significance of cheap energy to the wellbeing of a nation cannot be over emphasised and the Commission urges that there should be meaningful dialogue amongst all stakeholders to bring an end to this impasse and create a new dawn for the company,” the PUC stated in its 2018 annual report.Meanwhile, one project that would have assisted the Guyana Power and Light to get adequate electricity supply was the Amaila Falls hydropower project, which the coalition Government continually blocked while controlling the National Assembly by a one-seat Opposition majority.The Norway-funded project, when completed, would have provided 165 megawatts to the National Grid, thus providing cheaper and more reliable power to citizens and businesses.last_img read more

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Antelope Valley Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Call (661) 951-2988. Celebrate Recovery will meet, 7 p.m. at A Place in the Sun church, 38117 13th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9180. Speakers in the Wind Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Jack Knight at (661) 946-7166. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Successful Marriage and Parenting course, 10 a.m.-noon. Call Carmen Andersen at (661) 273-8122. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets, 9:15 a.m.-noon the first and third Fridays of each month at Church of Christ, 1655 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Includes a hot breakfast buffet, discussion groups, featured speaker, craft and demonstrations. Children welcome. Cost: $5 for moms and $3 for kids. Call (661) 943-3162 or (661) 942-1638. Stress Management will meet, 1 p.m. at 43423 Division St., Suite 107, Lancaster. Call (661) 947-1595 or (661) 726-2850, Ext. 221. Speakers in the Wind Toastmaster Club 2867 will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Joyce Hall at (661) 946-1181 or Barbara Linde at (661) 947-2537. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Celebrate Recovery, a biblically based 12-step recovery program, will meet, 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 44648 15th St. W. Call Pastor Pat Tanner at (661) 948-0855. The Lightkeepers, Spiritual Discussion Group, will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Center of Light, A.V. Church, 1030 West Ave. L-8, Lancaster. Call (661) 718-8731. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 and Ladies Auxiliary will serve steak or shrimp dinners, 5:30-8 p.m. at 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Takeout orders. Proceeds will go to community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Meditation class, 7-8:30 p.m. For location and information, call (661) 945-9832. Schizophrenics Anonymous will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. in the multipurpose room on the mental health ward at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Friendship Center, 43423 Division St. Suite 107, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Kaiser Permanente Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at the clinic offices, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Open to the community. Free. Call (661) 951-2988. The Weekenders, a social and recreational group for mental health consumers, will meet, 1-2 p.m. at Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-1595. Al-Anon will have a 12-and-12 meeting at 10:30 a.m. at 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd. and a beginners meeting at 7 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Pinochle Group for seniors, 6-9 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Oil painting class for seniors, 9-11 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Shop Talk Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 a.m. at Crazy Otto’s Diner. Call Stan Main at (661) 269-1424. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 1681 will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. in Room 14 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4459. Rosamond Moose Lodge, 1105 Sierra Highway, Rosamond, will serve dinner, 5-8 p.m. Cost: $4-$6. Bingo will start at 10 a.m., offered by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Room 13, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-0595. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. SATURDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will host a two-day bus trip to Monterey. Call (661) 267-2586. Leona Valley Sertoma Club meets, 8 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month at Jackie’s Restaurant, 40352 90th St. W., Leona Valley. Call (661) 270-0339. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Seniors Lunch-Bingo Hour, noon-5 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Sponsored by Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity). Call Emerita Ross at (661) 723-7876 or Marie Cabrera at (661) 726-5309. Al-Anon will have a Spanish-speaking discussion meeting, 9 a.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite C-3, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353. Facilitated Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 2:30-4 p.m.; teens, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults, 10:30-noon or 12:30-2 p.m. at the Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Beginning yoga, 9-10 a.m. at Unity Church of Antelope Valley, 39149 8th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 273-3341. Women and Self-esteem support group meets in the Acton area. Call (661) 947-0839. Healing Heart support group will meet, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army store, 45001 Beech Ave. in Lancaster. Call (661) 943-5830. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 9 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call Jane at (661) 945-4798. Women Midlife Transition Support Group for women over age 40 is facilitated by a professional psychotherapist. Call (661) 947-0839. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. in Room 13 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 724-1820. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.todayna.org or www.sava-na.org. SUNDAY Nicotine Anonymous will meet, 8-9 p.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 43824 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 946-7606. Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity) Seniors’ Social Hour, 4-7 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Meetings feature films, talks, singalongs, talent shows and dancing. Call (661) 723-7876 or (661) 726-5309. Costume Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with identification are admitted free. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Sunday at Lancaster Elks Lodge, 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Call (661) 949-9467. Life Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with ID admitted free. Teen Care and Support Group, for teens who have lost a family member or friend, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian School, 1011 E. Ave. I, Room 302, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. Revealing Truth, a meditation and spiritual discussion, 4:45-6:15 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Antelope Valley Chess Club will meet, 1-5 p.m. at American Legion Post 771, 39463 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 726-1323. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. Overeaters Anonymouswill meet, 5-6 p.m. at 44960 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 789-5806. MONDAY Beyond the Light, a socialization and support group for young adults ages 17 1/2 to 25 with mental health issues, will meet, noon-1 p.m. at Transitional Youth Services, 104 E. Ave. K-4, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Dance Groove will offer 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. 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, will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. The Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale will host bingo, 5:30 p.m. The grill will be open. Call (661) 947-2027. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 722-0393. Co-Dependents Anonymous will host a 12-step recovery program, 7:30-9 p.m., at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927 or (661) 946-5846. Grief Recovery Outreach Group will meet, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or visit www.frf.av.org. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. The Highs and Lows, a support group for those diagnosed with manic depression or related disorders, will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Al-Anon will have a discussion, 7 p.m. at 51st Street West and Avenue K, Lancaster. Child care provided. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 572 will meet, 9-11 a.m. at the Mayflower Gardens chapel, 6570 W. Ave. L-12, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 943-3089. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6 p.m. with regular games beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-2027. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with regular games beginning at 7 p.m. at Paraclete High School, 42145 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3255, Monday evenings: (661) 943-1017. Billiard Gang for seniors will meet, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Parent support group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. The facilitated group is for parents who need help coping with family issues. Call (661) 266-8700. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 273-1016.Expectant parents can tour the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department, 1600 W. Ave. J in Lancaster, and get information on what to expect during hospitalization, at sessions starting at 6 p.m. Visitors meet in the main lobby. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or log on to the Web site at 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: Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FRIDAY Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club will host ballroom dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12. Dance lessons: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dance admission: $3 for club members, $4 for nonmembers. Dance lessons: $2. Call (661) 943-0210 or 267-5551. Swingtime will host swing, waltz, ballroom and salsa dancing, 7-10 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $3. Call (661) 400-3166. Recovery Inc., a self-help group for people with anxieties, panic attacks, depression and fears, will meet, 2 p.m. at Los Angeles County Mental Health offices, 349A E. Ave. K-6, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3956. last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: DUNGLOE U12’S EARN GOOD WIN OVER FOUR MASTERS

first_imgAn Clochan Liath Club NotesBad aid 7, 11, 20 agus 21 a huimhireacha lotto a tarraingíodh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus níor baineadh póta óir an lotto. Beidh €6,000 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo.Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann Eva McCafferty, Crolly, Madge Coyle, c/o McElwee Chemist, Thomas McCready, 3 McDevitt House, Dungloe, Nora Sweeney, Dungloe agus W.Cunningham Ilford, Essex. Bhain Hugh Gallagher as Belcruit €150 agus bhain Mary (Donal) Boyle as Upper Belcruit, Evan Sweeney as Chapel Rd. Rosaleen Melly as Leitir, Mary McGeehan as Fintown agus Donal Greene as Loughanure €100 ag an bhingo.Dungloe GAA will host a table quiz on Wednesday night 20th August in Caislean Óir, Annagry proceeds of which will go towards the running of all our teams. A good turnout would be appreciated to show our support for the tremendous work being carried out by the Club especially at Underage level. Quiz will commence at 10 p.m.€5 per person.Dungloe hosted Four Masters in the sixth round of the u12 league tonight. Dungloe were unbeaten at home so far and anxious to maintain that record. The game was tight and cautious in the first half with a half time score line of 0.2 to 0.1 to Dungloe.Dungloe widened the play in the second half and the ball to the forward line improved hugely. Damian McGowan picked off two great points and Brendan O’Donnell came very close to scoring a great goal. Dungloe pulled away more and more scoring 2.5 to no reply in the second half and winning convincingly. Best for Dungloe were Noah Boyle, Michael McNulty, Damian McGowan, Karl McGee, Joe Doyle, Michael Greene and Brendan O’Donnell and Darcy Walsh.  GAA NEWS: DUNGLOE U12’S EARN GOOD WIN OVER FOUR MASTERS was last modified: August 13th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:dungloeGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

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DOUBLE-KILLER GALLAGHER APPEARS IN COURT AS WITNESS AGAINST BROTHER

first_imgDouble-killer John Gallagher has appeared in court in a case against his brother.John GallagherThe Co Donegal man became infamous after he shot his ex-girlfriend, 18-year-old Anne Gillespie, and her mother Annie, 51, in the grounds of Sligo General Hospital one evening in 1988. Gallagher appeared at Letterkenny Garda District Court as a witness against his brother Donal today.Gallagher was tried for murder but was found to be insane. Twelve years later he escaped from custody in Dundrum Central Mental Hospital.Mr Gallagher’s brother Donal (51) of Urney, Strabane, has been charged with criminal damage at Main Street in Lifford, Co Donegal on 27th October, 2012.The court was told that John Gallagher was the only witness in the case.Mr Gallagher, who also lives in Strabane, was in court for the hearing.Judge Paul Kelly heard that CCTV taken from a camera in John Gallagher’s van will be used in evidence in the case.The footage from the alleged incident was downloaded from the in-van camera and put onto a laptop and given to Gardai.Garda Alan Harrington, the investigating officer in the case, had been forced off on sick leave however.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Kieran Dillon, said his client was happy to press ahead with the case even without Garda Harrington.However Judge Kelly said he would prefer to hear all the facts and evidence with Garda Harrington present.He adjourned the case until May 18th.DOUBLE-KILLER GALLAGHER APPEARS IN COURT AS WITNESS AGAINST BROTHER was last modified: April 21st, 2015 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)last_img read more

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Opinion: ‘Haunted bread’ comments are “an attack on our Christian beliefs”

first_imgFollowing controversial statements from two guests on the Late Late Show, opinion has been divided over whether or not the comments made about the Catholic Church were appropriate.Broadcast in January, statements made by Rubberbandit member Blindboy Boatclub and writer Stefanie Preissner garnered a massive 1,352 complaints. The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland have since dismissed 11 of these.Blindboy Boatclub said “Anyone who I know who goes to midnight mass is not going there for haunted bread. They’re there because their grandmother is making them go or because their whole family is there. “Everyone who goes to midnight mass is half-cut anyway.”He later added “They’re asking us to eat the ghost of a 2000-year-old carpenter you know? And then at the same time he’s not only a ghost he’s actually real; so he’s a ghost and has human flesh at the same time and he’s 2,000 years old.”Preissner remarked that as a child she thought the idea of eating the body of Christ was “a very scary concept” and referred to it as “cannibalism”..@Rubberbandits Blindboy Boatclub and @StefPreissner on taking communion. Did someone say haunted bread? #latelate pic.twitter.com/w4I0IenEKS— The Late Late Show (@RTELateLateShow) January 6, 2017 Retired Garda Sergeant Christy Galligan says he was offended by the statements, and says that the BAI’s dismissal of some of the complaints makes it seem like “open season on Christian beliefs.”In a letter to Donegal Daily, Galligan says; “Are they, the BAI, serious or are they having a laugh at our expense? The audience is the wider public and over 1300 people thought it was offensive. By this judgement they’re saying its open season on our Christian beliefs.“This opens a whole realm new possibilities for anyone that wishes to comment on religious or no religious matters. Though I’m very aware of the Incitement to Hatred Act.“I can guarantee if it was an attack on another religion or non-religious group there would have been uproar and sanctions meted out. The “lads in the bags” would not be as quick to cause others other religious or non religious groups offence because they know what the possible outcomes could be.“As an Irish Christian and Catholic I take offence to this form of denigration of our religious beliefs. I don’t go out to denigrate other religious or non religious. I should be afforded the same courtesy as I would give others. There is a small cohort of people in our Society who because of their beliefs, or non beliefs, that we the majority of Christians should stay quiet and do as we are told.“We have seen the constant chipping away of our religious ethos. The hype surrounding school admissions, the removal of catholic symbols that could cause offence from schools or hospitals, is just part of a campaign by minority groups to push aside the very embodiment that helped to shape our country and the people in it. “I am not an apologist for the scandals in the church, lest some of the PC crowd think I am, but the idea that my belief as a Catholic Christian should be set aside, in all its forms, just to appease a minority is deplorable and must not be countenanced. Would those non religious attempt to go to a Muslim or other Country and pursue their aims with same equal vigour? I think not because they would know the very harsh sanctions/punishments that would be meted out.“For many centuries Irish Catholics cowed in the face of an onslaught by other religious. We stood together to right that wrong and we came out of it bigger and stronger as a people and as a Nation. Let’s not be cowed again by a small faction of anti religious or non religious groups that demean and trample on what I and others hold dear. We should all be part of moving forward and respect each others traditions, beliefs or non beliefs, but stop telling the majority of Irish Christians what they can and cannot do.”What is your opinion? Were the comments made on the ‘Late Late Show’ inappropriate?Yes, they were offensiveNo, they were not offensiveUnsureOther:VoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comWere the comments made on the ‘Late Late Show’ inappropriate?Opinion: ‘Haunted bread’ comments are “an attack on our Christian beliefs” was last modified: August 6th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:BAIcatholic churchChristy GalliganDebateLate Late ShowopinionpollRTErubberbanditswatchlast_img read more

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Gallery: Eastern Cape, a place of natural wonders

first_imgCross the border into the Eastern Cape, whether along the N6 or N2, and an overwhelming calm takes over. Its green hills, dense forests and warm seas embrace the visitor, revealing all that is sacred and making you feel as if you have arrived home.The Eastern Cape’s landscape is varied and suits the taste of any tourist. You can ski the alpine slopes of Tiffindell, hike the forests of Tsitsikamma, lounge on any of its golden beaches and take in the savannah culture of the Karoo. (Images: Shamin Chibba, unless stated otherwise)Compiled by Shamin ChibbaIt’s September. It’s spring in South Africa – and Tourism Month, celebrated this year with the theme “Tourism for All”. To inspire your next road trip we bring you nine galleries, one for each province, showcasing our country’s remarkable beauty and diversity.A thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.The Eastern Cape’s natural landscape is varied and caters for tourists of all kinds. One can ski the alpine slopes of Tiffindell, surf the Supertubes in Jeffrey’s Bay , hike the forest in Hogsback and explore the oddities in the savannah-like Karoo towns.The Eastern Cape is a storied part of South Africa, filled with people carving out a life in what is the country’s poorest province. Despite this, its people have a lot of heart and if you spend a little time with them, you will feel as if you have always belonged there.The East London beachfront hosts one of the country’s biggest New Years’ bashes each year. But between the parties, it is calm, with many East Londoners walking or running on the promenade at the end of the day.Kologha Forest in Stutterheim is the second largest natural forest in South Africa after the Knysna Forest. It can be explored by foot, mountain bike and even on horseback. For those looking to do a spot of fishing, the forest’s waterways are home to trout. Be on the lookout for the forest’s many inhabitants, which include bushpigs, bats, monkeys, duikers and numerous birds. (Image: SA-Venues.com)Built between 1860 and 1880, the Donkin Street terraced houses in Port Elizabeth are actually integrated as a single unit. The whole street was declared a national monument in 1967.Tiffindell Ski Resort, in the Southern Drakensberg, is South Africa’s only ski and snowboarding resort. Established in 1993, the resort has since become the country’s winter playground. It uses snow making and grooming machines to maintain the ski hill. (Image: Tiffindell Ski Resort)The Eco Shrine in the mystical village of Hogsback is a nod to the power of art, nature, science and the sacred. In the distance are the three ridges from which the Hogsback takes its name. Some speculate that Hogsback’s magical surrounds inspired JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Residents have run with the claim, with names like Camelot, Hobbiton, Rivendell, The Shire, Lothlorien and Middle Earth seen everywhere. When you visit, don’t forget to hike to the Madonna and Child waterfall. (Image: Flickr, South African Tourism)The Big Tree in Tsitsikamma is estimated to be between 600 and 800 years old, stands 36.6 metres tall and has a trunk circumference of nine metres.Found in the town of Storms River, the Big Tree is a yellowwood. This species, South Africa’s national tree, is endangered. Before yellowwoods were cut and logged almost to extinction, they dominated country’s landscape, particularly in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape. Today, there is just 10% of the yellowwood trees of 350 years ago.Hole in the Wall is a village south of Coffee Bay on the Wild Coast. In isiXhosa, the area is called esiKhaleni, which means ‘the place of sound’. Some say the name comes from the cracking sound made by waves slapping the rocks while others believe it comes from a legend about a young maiden who fell in love with one of the mythical ‘sea people’. (Image: Flickr, South African Tourism)Jeffrey’s Bay is South Africa’s number one surf spot, known as Supertubes. It attracts some of the best surfers in the world for the Billabong Surf Pro Championship, in July each year. (Image: Flickr, South African Tourism)The beachfront in East London is a great place for tourists to pick up arts and crafts.The N2 road runs along the Eastern Cape coast, linking Cape Town and Durban and beyond. It forms part of the Garden Route. The road cuts through some of the country’s diverse flora and fauna as well as picturesque Eastern Cape towns such as Port Alfred and Kenton-on-Sea.A man and his dog, a common sight at Nahoon Beach, East London.In Nieu Bethesda, The Owl House is a testament to the power of imagination. With its numerous sculptures of owls, bottle-skirted hostesses, mermaids, camels and pilgrims, The Owl House has become almost a required stop for visitors to the Karoo village. Depending on your outlook, the place is either weird or wonderful. (Image: Flickr, South African Tourism)Donkin Reserve in Port Elizabeth’s city centre was declared a public space in perpetuity by Sir Rufane Donkin. It has a lighthouse and stone pyramid monument upon which an inscription was placed by Donkin in honour of his late wife, Elizabeth, after whom the city was named.The Paul Sauer Bridge, better known as Storms River Bridge, has become symbolic for travellers along the Garden Route. It was the highest concrete arch in Africa at 120 metres above the river until the Bloukrans Bridge was built in 1984. The latter stands at 216 metres above the river. Both bridges are on the N2. (Image: Flickr, South African Tourism)In times long past, the home of elephants and, more recently, woodcutters, the village of Storms River attracts the curious tourist with its charm and special ambiance. With little lighting, silence and few people, it is perfect for anyone in search of a bit of solitude.Whatever your taste, you can find pristine beaches void of people or touristy resorts along the long Eastern Cape coast.The East London Golf Club, one of the oldest and best courses in the country, has hosted the South African Championships six times and the Africa Open Golf Challenge. Overlooking Nahoon Beach and Nature Reserve, it is considered a must-play course by golfers.The dolerite columns of the Valley of Desolation, just 14 kilometres from Graaff-Reinet, rise 120 metres from the valley floor. The nearby Camdeboo National Park, seen in the background, is known for its biodiversity, with more than 220 species of birdlife, 336 plants and 43 mammals. (Image: South African Tourism)last_img read more

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The Father of the Geocoin: Moun10Bike

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocoin – Geocaching.com’s Lost & Found VideoMay 30, 2010In “Community”From the Desk of Moun10Bike: How to Keep Your Geocaching Streak Going in the SnowDecember 18, 2013In “Community”An Open Letter to Groundspeak – from an 11-Year-Old GeocacherJanuary 21, 2011In “Community” Geocoins—it’s hard to imagine Geocaching without them, Travel Bugs, or any other kind of trackable. But for an entire year and a half after geocaching was born (in May of the year 2000), that was how geocaching was done. Caching primarily involved using GPS technology to discover ammo cans hidden deep in the woods, then the seekers would write long entries into pre-placed log books.The Father of the Geocoin: Mr. Jon Stanley, aka Moun10BikeBut geocaching’s path changed forever (and for the better) when Jon Stanley, aka Moun10Bike, created and placed the very first geocoin in a cache near Deception Pass in Washington State, USA.Not only is Jon a legend of geocaching, he’s also a Charter Member and now works as a System Analyst/Lackey with Groundspeak. We caught up with Jon between bug fixes, forums posts, meetings to keep everyone in the loop, and geocaching on his lunch break, to find out more about how geocoins came to be.What gave you the idea to place a geocoin?Back in 2001, I was coming up on my 100th cache find. I wanted a signature item to launch in time for that milestone and had heard about military challenge coins from a fellow cacher. They sounded like the perfect geocaching item – compact, easy to carry, durable – so I designed and minted a set of personalized coins that I dubbed “geocoins.”Here it is, folks: Moun10Bike Geocoin 001. Try not to hyperventilate.When was the first Geocoin placed?The coin was placed September 30th of 2001. I placed it in a cache that still stands out today in my mind as one of the best (even though it has since been archived) – Light House Point. It involved a rickety aluminum ladder that you could only access during low tide. I climbed the ladder. I didn’t know if I’d be able to do it because I have a fear of heights. But knowing I wanted to place that coin in a special cache got me up the ladder.So the first coin was placed in that cache?I kept the first one for my personal collection. So it was number two… 002. That was the first one placed.And then what happened?I placed it in there and didn’t think that much about it. Well you know, it started off really slowly. It was about 6 months after I placed or minted my coins and placed them that anyone else started making coins that I know of. They became desired items. So rather than people seeing them and moving them on, the goal was to get to it first and keep it for their collection. It was almost like a Beanie Baby craze. There was the Geocoin craze.How many Geocoins do you think you’ve placed out in the world at this point?I’ve sent out over 1200 of my Moun10Bike geocoins so far, and over 1500 coins if you count my coinaments (a Christmas tree ornament that is trackable and shaped like a coin)!How many Geocoins do you own?I stopped counting in 2006. At that point, it was around 1000. I have at least five times that many now.Jon, aka “Moun10Bike”, and his son Jameson, aka “Moun10Tyke”, on an adventure a few years ago.What is something that most people would be surprised to learn about you?Hmmm, I’m pretty boring. Would it surprise people if I said that my wife and son can barely tolerate caching? Getting abducted on the E.T. HighwayAny parting thoughts?From computers to the web, to gadgets, and then foremost the outdoors, I just couldn’t ask for a better hobby.Sure is crazy to think that any experiences you’ve had with geocoins, Travel Bugs, or trackables lead back to Jon Stanley. Do you collect geocoins, or geocache with trackables? How have they changed the way you cache? Tell us your stories below!  Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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