Voting in the next elections

first_imgLast week, we wrote about voting patterns in Guyana and what we may expect on March 2, next year. By 1992, the left-right ideological divide had disappeared and it surprised some when in the elections of that year after the PNC had brought the country to its knees, it yet received 42.3%  of the votes cast – even surpassing their 40.5% garnered in 1964 – the last free and fair elections. The WPA, which some thought had broken the back of “racial voting proclivities” because of the multiracial crowds they pulled in the 1970s, received a mere 2%.  It confirmed what a poll conducted by Baytoram Ramharack’s TRPI had shown the year before: the electorate was still oriented “racially/ethnically”: African-Guyanese voted for PNC; Indian-Guyanese for the PPP and the remainder cast their lots somewhat more randomly.One may look at the voting behaviour of the Indian segment as “rational” because of the failure of the PNC to deliver their promise to develop Guyana. But what about the African section? Their behaviour was just as “rational” because of their fears that the PPP would only reward their own (Indian) supporters and discriminate against them – echoing what the PNC had done during their tenure. In fact, those fears were exacerbated when the WPA took out full-page ads in the newspapers warning African Guyanese to “organise for their survival” against a “triumphalist” PPP.The PPP did not help matters when they insisted that their “Civic” appendage satisfied their promise that they would not practice “winner-takes-all” politics were they to win. The PNC, under Desmond Hoyte, immediately unleashed a rear-guard war of attrition, claiming that the PPP’s policies— from government staffing to house lot allocation –  were “racist”. It did not matter that objective, internationally sanctioned “Household Income and Expenditure Surveys” (HIES) between 1992 and 1999 showed that poverty was significantly reduced on the coastland, with urban residents (where African Guyanese predominated) doing significantly better.When the PPP won the December 1997 elections, street protests by the PNC against the results escalated into an armed uprising against the PPP Government, its supporters and the State by gunmen based in Buxton, led by 5 prison escapees calling themselves “African Freedom Fighters”. Back in 1995, this writer had warned of this violence erupting because of the operation of what he had labelled the “ethnic security dilemmas” in the country. African-Guyanese, a minority in a majoritarian electoral system could potentially be locked out of office in perpetuity.However, since they overwhelmingly dominated the Police Force, Army, Civil Service and most crucially, the capital Georgetown, their leadership in the PNC could always hope that their “kith and kin” (as Desmond Hoyte called them) would not be unsympathetic against efforts to take extra-parliamentary measures to “manners” the PPP.The Indian-Guyanese Security Dilemma was that while they may win elections because of their superior numbers, would “their government” – the PPP – be allowed to govern because of the above-mentioned forces that could be arrayed against them? Harking to the “principle of anticipated reactions”, the PPP Government was always on the back foot and eventually, presumably under the doctrine that the state must be protected by any means, allowed private groups to engage in vigilante action against the forces arrayed against the State. This standoff only ended with the killings of the last gang members in 2008, but left a bitter taste in the African-Guyanese community, while heightening the unprotectedness of Indian Guyanese.But by then, there were two significant developments. Firstly, heavier Indian-Guyanese migration destroyed their majority status and thus ending the African-Guyanese Security Dilemma. Secondly, a significant number of citizens from across the divide voted in 2006 for the “multi-racial” AFC, signalling that the reflexive racial/ethnic voting orientation was loosening. This increased in 2011 and served to oust the PPP in 2015 after they coalesced with the PNC.With the failure of the PNC/AFC coalition to deliver development, as discussed last week, it is up to the PPP to convince the fragile “multi-racial” bloc that they are more competent on this “valence” metric all agree on. In addition, African-Guyanese political leadership, now knowing that Indian Guyanese cannot win on their own and the PPP must, therefore, be accommodative – especially with the augmented coercive arms of the state they dominate, watching on – hopefully, will accept the majoritarian imperative.last_img read more

Approval ratings for Govt plummet

first_imgDear Editor,Midway through its term in office, the coalition APNU/AFC Government’s approval rating has plummeted to a dismal 27%, according to the findings of the latest opinion poll conducted by the North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA).Sixty-four per cent of those polled disapprove of the Government’s performance, with 9% not giving an opinion. The approval ratings of the President and Prime Minister (PM) and of the Alliance For Change (AFC) party have also seen their numbers plunging.This is a sharp reversal in fortunes for the President, PM, AFC and Government, which had high rating of around 60% right after coming into office in May 2015. But, as obtained from views of the public, it has been downhill in popularity ever since they awarded themselves a more than 50 per cent increase in salaries right after installation in office.The Government, AFC, President, and PM have drawn poor marks for handling of the economy, corruption among their own, governance, race relations, and other matters.Only 39% of respondents said they approve of the way David Granger has handled his job as president; 56% disapprove, and 5% did not give a rating.For Moses Nagamootoo, 35% approve of his performance as Prime Minister, with 59% disapproving.Supporters of the AFC and PPP are most disappointed with Nagamootoo. Voters said they had expected the PM would have spoken out against the many corruption scandals, blunders, and racist policies of the Government. But he has been silent; and worse, defending the indefensible.The AFC has seen its support collapsing, with its approval rating now a mere 21% from a high of 80% in 2011.Asked if the AFC has betrayed its principles, 71% answered in the affirmative, with 22% saying no. Asked if the AFC should leave the Government coalition, 59% answered said yes, with 32% saying no. Many said the AFC should seek to enforce the March 2015 Cummingsburg Accord.Asked if people would trust (future) third parties, 62% said no, with only 27% saying yes, and 11% not giving an opinion.The Government, AFC, President and PM have registered discontent even in their own base, because of broken promises. However, supporters of AFC and PPP still hold out hope that the PM and the AFC will reverse course in their behaviour and win back their approval.Yours truly,Dr Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

MAY DAY MESSAGE

first_imgMay Day 1 every year is May Day, International Workers Day, a special day set aside to honor the working people of the world. So, on this May Day, I greet all of the working people of Liberia and say to them, in Kpelle, Nnangala kpor ga (God bless you).May Day must remind all of the people of Liberia, especially the government of Liberia, that were it not for the work of the working people of Liberia, our dear country, Liberia, would not be existing today. Going into the 169th year of the birth of Liberia, we all must remember that without the work of the working people of Liberia on the farms, on the plantations, in the marketplaces, at construction sites and their repairing of what has been built, there would be no place called Liberia today.Yet, it took five years to pass the Decent Work Bill into law at the National Legislature of Liberia, where Representatives and Senators who are elected to represent the people of Liberia sit to do work. It was after great mass pressure was placed upon these Legislators that they finally passed the Decent Work Bill into law in May 2015. My 2015 May Day message called upon the Legislators to stop sitting down and doing work in their own interests while eating the people’s money and not doing work in the people’s interest. The Legislators must remember that they are required by the laws of Liberia to do the work of the people of Liberia and not do their own personal work at the National Legislature. Now that the Decent Work Bill is law, I call upon all Liberians to work together to make sure that the Decent Work Law be carried out. We must end now the bad habit of not carrying out what the laws of Liberia command us, especially the government of Liberia, to do.In the drive to carry out the Decent Work Law, the Liberia Labor Congress (LLC), the umbrella labor organization of Liberia, must exercise good leadership by leading the just struggle for the sustained improvement in the conditions of the working people of Liberia. The upcoming 2017 General and Presidential Elections provide a great opportunity for the workers of Liberia to elect a national leadership for the governance of Liberia that has a good record of working in the interest of the working people of Liberia. If the working people of Liberia, especially the young unemployed workers, continue to make the mistake of electing persons who pass them by while they are suffering but come to them only when they want their votes, then the suffering of the working people will not only continue but will get worse. The Legislators already elected by the working people to represent the interest of the workers but who are representing their own personal interests must not be reelected in the 2017 Elections. In fact, the working people did very well by not reelecting most of the Representatives in the 52nd Legislature and nearly all the Senators in the 2014 by-elections.In trying to elect good persons to the leadership of Liberia, the working people of Liberia continue to face a big problem and the problem is the illegal actions of the National Elections Commission (NEC) of Liberia that make it impossible for NEC to conduct free and fair elections. What are these illegal actions of NEC? They are asfollows:NEC has two Commissioners, including the NEC Chairman, who are foreigners; NEC allows foreigners to run as candidates in elections; NEC allows foreigners to vote in elections; NEC places the wrong names of candidates on ballot papers deliberately to influence voters to vote in predetermined ways; andNEC has already publicly declared its favorite political party in advance of the 2017 Elections.For my part, I continue to call upon the President of Liberia to dismiss all of the NEC Commissioners and replace them with names given to her from a short list by the Civil Society. I continue to call upon the international community to suspend immediately its financial and material support to NEC until the illegal actions of NEC are ended. Most unfortunately, political parties, in consultations with NEC on the 2017 Elections that produced a Memorandum of Understanding, not a single word about the illegal actions of NEC is discussed. This means that the political parties, generally, are no different in substance from the ruling Unity Party because they want the same longstanding and existing anti-people and anti-democratic system to continue, finding Liberia as the second poorest country in Africa and the fifth poorest country in the world. Such continuation would mean violence and chaos for Liberia and this what my May Day Message is intended to prevent by raising mass awareness and calling upon all workers to work together for the holding of free and fair elections in Liberia.Nnangala kpor ga. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Upland Christian flies high in win over Royals

first_imgSenior guard J.T. Stephens scored 18 points to lead Upland Christian past Victor Valley Christian 63-44 in a nonleague game on Friday night. Sophomore forward Alex Roberds netted 12 points and senior forward Andy Touche contributed 11 in the win for the Eagles (10-2). The Eagles led 29-20 at halftime and outscored the Royals 19-9 in the third quarter to secure the victory. Upland Christian faces Oxford Academy in the Brethren Christian Showcase at 11:30 a.m. today. The Royals dropped to 3-9. CITRUS BELT LEAGUE VICTOR VALLEY 72, BARSTOW 47: Senior guard Gary Velarde and junior forward Evan McGee each scored 12 points as the Jackrabbits (9-7, 1-0) defeated the Aztecs in the league opener. Jamar Brown scored 10 points in the loss for Barstow. NONLEAGUE KAISER 91, SAN BERNARDINO 50: Senior guard Janrey Fajarda scored 21 points as the Cats (8-8) easily defeated the Cardinals (4-11). Five Cats scored in double figures, including junior Daniel Sosa who had 17 points in the win. Davell Reed scored 24 points for San Bernardino. BLOOMINGTON 63, PACIFIC 52: Junior forward Alex Martin scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Bruins (8-6) came away with a decisive win over the host Pirates (3-16). The junior guard combination of Brandon Cohen and Keith Goins added 18 and 15 points respectively for Bloomington, which opens Sunkist Conference play at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at home against archrival Kaiser. Senior guard Brandon Jones had 17 points, seven rebounds, three steals, and two assists for Pacific, which will play host to Carter at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. ARROYO VALLEY 78, MORENO VALLEY CANYON SPRINGS 46: Sophomore guard James Sanders scored 32 points, including six three-pointers, as the Hawks (12-3) defeated the Cougars (8-7). Junior guard Charles Grays added 13 points and sophomore center Demetrius Sneed scored 10. WALNUT SOUTHLANDS CHRISTIAN 69, REDLANDS CALVARY CHAPEL 64: Junior guard Spencer Hirsch scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds but it was not enough as the Bears (2-5) fell to the Eagles (2-6). Sophomore guard Joel Pulliam netted 17 points, including four three-pointers, for the Bears. The Eagles overcame 11 three-point field goals made by the Bears to pull out the win. Redlands Calvary Chapel hosts Redlands Adventist Academy at 5 p.m. Monday at the Highland YMCA. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson REDLANDS EAST VALLEY 78, RIALTO 54: Junior Darnell Ferguson scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Wildcats (13-4, 3-0) took care of the Knights (6-10, 0-3). Shawn Sawyer scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds in the loss for the Knights. RedlanSds East Valley plays host to Colton at 6 p.m. Tuesday. YUCAIPA 57, COLTON 33: Senior center Jared Anthony had a double-double as he scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Thunderbirds (8-7) past the Yellowjackets. Junior guard Brian Lewis contributed eight points in the victory. The Thunderbirds held the Yellowjackets to 15 points in the first half. Yucaipa continues league play at 6 p.m. on Tuesday when it hosts Miller. DESERT SKY LEAGUE last_img read more

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_imgTUESDAY 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. 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. 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 MiikMiller 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 5:30-7:30 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 Miikcq Miller at (661) 256-0328. 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. 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 conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at the Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately 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 Anonymous will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Beginners will meet at 7 p.m. Call (661) 948-2571. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept 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 Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Robin’s Law Office, 203 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 949-9192. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. WEDNESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club hosts a games snack night, 7 p.m. in Lancaster. Bring food to share and a beverage. Call (661) 267-2586 or 946-5222. Emotional Freedom Technique for pain relief weekly demonstrations, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (except before three-day weekends), Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. Sweet Talkers Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Wilsona School District 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 community 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, infertility 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 Wednesdays of each month to address the medical, nutritional and social ramifications of weight-loss surgery in fourth-floor Conference Room 16 at Antelope Valley 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, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-4852. Eye Opener Toastmasters 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 (661) 948-5279. 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 Intertribal 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. Dual Recovery Anonymous, an informal 12-step group for mental health consumers 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 Interfaith Choir will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. For adults and mature teenagers. Call Kathe Walters at (661) 285-8306. Hi-Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Don’s Restaurant, Victorville. Call (760) 240-4705. Schizophrenics Anonymous will meet, 2 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. 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 information and location, call (661) 538-1846. Emotions Anonymous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose meeting room on the second floor at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. The organization is a 12-step, self-help group. Call (661) 943-5466. Little Angels, a support group for families with young children with Down syndrome, meets, 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the North Los Angeles County Regional Center, 43210 Gingham Ave., Lancaster. Call Cyndee Moore at (661) 945-6761 or e-mail cyndeem@nlacrc.com. Al-Anon discussion 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 women’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 Miracles discussion, 7-9 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Bridge Club for seniors will meet, noon-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Beginner and intermediate players welcome. Call (661) 267-5551. Blood pressure testing for seniors, 10-11:15 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. 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 crocheting for seniors, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 704 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Bring your own supplies. Call (661) 267-5551. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale Children’s Youth Library, 38510 Sierra Highway. Call Kathy at (661) 265-1839. Overeaters Anonymous 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 Disorder 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 Mental Health Center, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 949-7423. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200. or check www.todayna.org. THURSDAY Ask and It is Given classes, 6:30-8 p.m., Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. High Desert Toastmasters 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 Thursday of each month in the Experimental Test Pilots Association boardroom, 44814 Elm Ave., Lancaster. Call Bob Drury at (661) 400-4479. Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Cedar Open Reading meets weekly, 7-9 p.m. in Cedar Hall, 44851 Cedar Ave., Lancaster, except on the second Thursday of the month when the meeting is in the gallery, 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. 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 Discovery 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 Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale, for ages 10 and up. Cost: $3. Call (661) 256-7650. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Facilitated Anger Management 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 Anonymous 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. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning 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 lessons 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 International of Antelope Valley will meet, noon at the Holiday Inn of Palmdale-Lancaster, 38630 5th St. W., Palmdale. Business and professional women are invited. Call (661) 946-1609. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Overeaters Anonymous 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 battering 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 Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. 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. Grief 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. Celebrate Recovery, a biblically based 12-step recovery program, will meet, 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 44648 15th St. W. Call the Rev. 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. 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 hosts dinner, 7 p.m. at Greenhouse Cafe, 1169 Commerce Center Way, Lancaster. For reservations call (661) 267-2586 by Thursday. 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) 726-1323.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Prostate 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. last_img read more

Mick McCarthy apologises and says ‘f*** off’ caught on TV wasn’t aimed at anyone

first_img1 Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy has apologised after his use of bad language during Sunday’s derby draw with Norwich was captured by television cameras.McCarthy was pictured swearing after Ipswich captain Luke Chambers put the visitors ahead 89 minutes into the Sky Bet Championship clash at Carrow Road. Timm Klose would then equalise for Norwich in stoppage time and the game finished 1-1.The Town manager told Ipswich’s official website: “It was a big moment for us, coming so late in the game. You can get carried away in situations like that.“To be honest I forgot the cameras were there and can capture every word now. You don’t think about that during the game. For those who were offended by my language, I apologise.“I’d like to reiterate though that my comments were not aimed at anyone. It was just a reaction to the goal and what it meant at that time.” Micky McCarthy was caught on camera using offensive language last_img read more

Biking bandit gets 25 years to life

first_imgLANCASTER – An ex-convict accused of a string of robberies that started two weeks after he got out of a federal prison has been sentenced to 25 years to life in a state prison. Daryl King, 40, was accused of robbing a housing-tract security guard and employees at four businesses close to his home near Avenue K and Challenger Way in Lancaster. In two of the robberies, authorities said he pedaled up on a bicycle to Starbucks and McDonald’s drive-up windows. “He had to be close so he could ride home,” Deputy District Attorney Guy Shirley said. King, released from federal prison after serving time in drug and firearm cases, pleaded no contest Tuesday to robbing the security guard on March 19. He was sentenced after prosecutors dismissed charges in the other robberies, including the last in the string on July 17. King was sent to federal prison around 1994. Shirley said he did not know why King resided in Lancaster after his release. The security guard was robbed of his wallet in the 1700 block of Miki Way on March 19. The robber hit him in the face with a plastic toy gun, cutting the guard’s face, Shirley said. The other robberies occurred at a Shell gas station on June 6 and June 19; a McDonald’s on July 1; a Subway sandwich shop on July 10; and a Starbucks coffee shop on July 17. At McDonald’s, King grabbed money out of the drive-up cash register, and at Starbucks he took the tip jar, Shirley said. King was arrested July 27 as a result of a two-week operation conducted by sheriff’s detectives from the Major Crimes Unit and the Lancaster station. The operation included 24-hour surveillance, officials said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible“He would ride up on a bike. He would usually show or point a gun and ask for money. He was generally fairly polite, you could say,” Shirley said. The businesses – a gas station was robbed twice – lost a total of about $800. Officials believe at least part of that went to support King’s drug habit. He won’t be eligible for parole until he serves 85 percent of the sentence, Shirley said. “Even if he does get paroled, he would be in his 70s,” Shirley said. “He was anxious to settle the case.” The prosecutor said King acknowledged two robbery convictions from 1991, lengthening his sentence under California’s “three strikes, you’re out” law. last_img read more

Judy Murray: Andy assessing options before US Open

first_imgJudy Murray says her son Andy is assessing his options ahead of the US Open after the world number one crashed out of Wimbledon following a hip injury.The tennis coach was speaking at the promotion of Andy Murray Live, where she said her son did well to get to the quarter-finals considering his injuries.Murray was defeated by American Sam Querrey at the All England club last month but she says her son is getting back on track.She said: “It was a very special occasion and I think Andy did very well getting to where he got to given that his preparation coming into the tournament wasn’t as he would have liked it. Murray says events like Andy Murray live will hopefully make more young people take up the sport.She said: “It’s a chance for anybody, whether you play tennis or not, to win yourselves a place at Andy Murray Live in the Hydro.“All you need to do is to do a ten-second keepy-uppy, it can be with a bat and a ball, a biscuit tin lid and a ping-pong ball, it can be with whatever you like.“The more creative it is the more chance you ave of winning and whoever wins will play with Andy against me and Jamie at the Hydro before Andy plays against Roger Federer.”Andy Murray Live takes place on November 7 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. “But the great thing about tennis, there is always a tournament around the corner. I’ve seen quite a bit of him because obviously he is in London taking a well earned break.“I’m not sure what his thoughts are about [US Open] – at the moment he is currently assessing his options in terms of what he needs to do in order for his hips to get better.”Murray was speaking at the promotion of the Andy Murray Live, with the family giving one lucky tennis fan the chance to play doubles with the world number one at the SSE Hydro.To win the competition fans must video themselves doing keepy-ups with a tennis ball in the most creative way possible.last_img read more

Online Oscars for the M&G

first_imgKhanyi MagubaneSouth African online newspaper pioneers the Mail & Guardian scooped three Honours at the recent 12th annual Webby Awards – regarded as the Oscars of the Internet – for the blogging platform Thought Leader and the News in Photos service.Thought Leader was named an official honouree in the blogging section and the M&G online photo portal was named official honoree in both the Newspaper and the Best Use of Photography categories.“We are honoured to have received recognition for the hard work that has gone into creating Thought Leader and News in Photos,” said Matthew Buckland, the newspaper’s online managing director “It is gratifying to be listed in the same company as some of the world’s great brands like New York Times, Washingtonpost.com, CNBC, CBS and others.”Blog of the YearThought Leader also received recognition locally for its superior quality when it was recently named Blog of the Year at the South African Blog awards.The Mail & Guardian Online’s social media strategy in 2007 was aggressive, with the development of both blogging aggregators and blogging platforms, Facebook applications and several other Web 2.0 initiatives,” said Vincent Maher, M&G Online strategist. “We wanted to be leaders in the blogging space and this recognition is confirmation that we’re on the right path.Of the more than 8 000 entries submitted, fewer than 15% were chosen as official honourees. “This honour signifies an outstanding calibre of work. Congratulations to all of our Official Honouree selections!” reads the Webby Awards website.The awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, were established in 1996 and are currently the leading internationally recognised awards honouring excellence on the Internet. The 550 members of the academy include leading Web experts, business figures, visionaries and creative celebrities.Each year awards are presented in four categories – Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video and Mobile – with two honourees in each category. The Webby award is decided by a panel of judges made up of experts in the field while the People’s Voice award is determined by the online community.The Mail & Guardian Online beat many South African newspapers by going online first, catching onto global trends early on. The online edition of the newspaper, the first internet-based news publication in Africa, was launched in 1994 and has since built up a notable reputation. In 2001, Forbes.com voted it one of the world top 175 websites.Buckland said the Mail and Guardian Online are in a unique position, in that going online has not compromised its print readership. “It was the right move to go online at an early stage, it gave us a head-start. We are in a lucky position where we have a media company which is showing readership growth for both online and print editions.”Useful linksWebby Awards Thought Leader Mail & Guardian online Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Napoli defensive problems for Salzburg

first_imgDefenders Faouzi Ghoulam, Elseid Hysaj, Nikola Maksimovic and Mario Rui are all unavailable for Napoli’s Champions League clash with Red Bull Salzburg. Their omissions mean Napoli travel to Austria with just two recognised full-backs in Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Kevin Malcuit, neither of whom are left-footed. Although Hysaj, Maksimovic and Mario Rui are all injured, Ghoulam’s exclusion is something of a mystery. The Algerian recovered from two serious knee injuries in October 2018 and had played in five of the Partenopei’s eight Serie A games so far this season. However, AreaNapoli reports there are doubts over his physical condition, namely that he has lost a yard of pace following his knee problems. Napoli squad to face Salzburg: Allan, Callejon, Di Lorenzo, Elmas, Fabian, Gaetano, Insigne, Koulibaly, Karnezis, Llorente, Lozano, Luperto, Malcuit, Manolas, Meret, Mertens, Milik, Ospina, Younes, Zielinski Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more