Halep steps on the quarterfinals in Melbourne for the fourth time (his greatest end result was the ultimate he misplaced in 2018 towards the newly retired Caroline Wozniacki) and will face Kontaveit, who reaches them for the primary time. In reality, he had by no means handed eighth in Grand Slams (one thing historic for his nation as a result of nobody there had completed it) and took benefit Swiatek’s extra momentum, which added 42 profitable strokes however accrued 51 unforced errors. Halep maintained with Mertens a rivalry whose earlier chapter had ended with Elise’s victory in the Doha last, though in Roland Garros 2018 the winner was Simona, who solely made three errors this time on the Rod Laver Area. The document between Halep and Kontaveit favors the primary 2-0, though they haven’t crossed since Rome 2017.Outcomes of the ladies’s group of the Australian Open. Simona Halep and Anett Konataveit have been the primary to maneuver to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open this Monday. The Romanian, third favourite, beat the Belgian Elise Mertens (16th) by a double 6-4 in 1h: 37, whereas the Estonian beat the 18-year-old Polish lady Iga Swiatek with extra issues 6-7 (4) , 7-5 and 7-5 in 2h: 42.
13 Thibaut Courtois (27 years old) has taken advantage of this Wednesday evening to be closer to the fans. The Belgian, through Twitter, has answered questions that his followers have asked him. Best moment with Madrid: “Win the Spanish Super Cup and the Classic at home”.All-time favorite F1 driver: “Michael Schumacher”.NBA Preferred Player: “Luka Doncic”.Favorite player of Madrid when he was a child: “Iker Casillas”.Favorite goalkeeper as a child: “Iker Casillas and Edwin van der Sar”.If you are the tallest in your family: “Yes! Although my brother is 1.96 and my father is 1.93. Tall family.” Favorite song of the moment: “Grayby J Balvin “.If you had not been a goalkeeper, in what position would you have played ?: “I played as a left back as a kid, but after my header against Valencia maybe I could be a forward too.”Favorite series: “The paper house, Prison Break… “.Best stop: “Against Neymar in the 2018 World Cup”.Sensation when Madrid’s offer arrived: “Very proud and happy !!”Pizza with or without pineapple: “Sin, please.”Live in Madrid or London: “I love both cities, but if I have to choose … Madrid!”Entertainment in quarantine: “Train, video games, series and FaceTime with my children”.Favorite sport to watch on the sidelines of football: “NBA”.Favorite Spanish food: “All tapas, in general”.Fastest player in Madrid: “Vinicius”.Retired player I would choose to play with now: “Ronaldo Nazário”.T-shirt that you liked the most: “The first I changed with Casillas”.
There was an eerie silence and then disbelief at the Chinese Benevolent Association last Wednesday night, when the first fight in the 2016 Contender series between Richard ‘Frog’ Holmes and American Xzaviar Ford ended after only 55 seconds.Holmes was declared the winner by technical knockout (TKO), after Ford tore a tendon in his right shoulder and could not continue.After seeing two amateur bouts that ended by way of first-round knockouts, the large and enthusiastic crowd settled down for what was expected to be an exciting five-round bout between 19-year-old Ford, who is from North Carolina, USA, and Jamaica’s Holmes.Holmes, who is 28, was posted favourite by the crowd, because he had a 10-5 record as opposed to that of Ford, who had one win and three losses going into the fight. Holmes was also runner-up in the competition last year as a middleweight.Ford started aggressively, throwing jabs and moving in and out quickly, in an effort to get himself on the scorecards of the judges early. He landed a few good jabs to Holmes’ body and head, and gave the fans an early promise of an exciting fight.That was not to be, however, because while engaging in an exchange, Ford stopped abruptly, dropped his right shoulder and grimaced. Obviously in great pain, he was taken over to a neutral corner for an assessment by ring physician Dr AndrÈ McDonald, who advised referee Eion Jardine that the fight had to be stopped because Ford was in no condition to continue.Ford was then taken to his dressing room, where he was treated and then taken by ambulance to hospital. An MRI Wednesday night revealed that he had suffered a torn tendon in his right shoulder.He and his trainer Chris Joy left Jamaica yesterday for North Carolina.DISAPPOINTEDHolmes told The Gleaner afterwards that he was very disappointed at the way the fight ended. He said that he was very confident of victory and was sorry that his opponent had been injured and unable to continue.”I wanted a big [win] tonight to take me into the quarter finals, but unfortunately, that did not happen. I just have to move on,” he added.In the amateur bouts on the card, Joel Wedderburn from the St Thomas Boxing Club scored a first-round TKO victory over Iroyno Cleary from the Heavy Metal gym, while Samuel Grant from Sugar Knockout Gym knocked out Heavy Metal gym’s AndrÈ Sloley, also in the first round.
Cuban Chargè d’Affairs Yordenis Despaigne Vera The Liberian government through its Foreign Affairs Ministry has renewed its call for the United States to lift the economic blockade imposed on Cuba since the 1960s.The call by Liberia complements efforts by many other African countries to lift the sanctions, realizing the strides Cuba has made in serving humanity.During a program commemorating Cuba’s National Rebellion Day on July 10 in Monrovia, Foreign Affairs Minister Marjon Kamara recalled how Cuba’s capability in the health sector was displayed during the Ebola crisis in 2014, emphasizing that the deployment of medical personnel to affected countries won the commendation of all countries.“I was at the United Nations when the great United States acknowledged through its Permanent Representative that Cuba was very exceptional in assisting in this area,” Minister Kamara said.She said Cuba has made phenomenal progress in the health sector, for which it is assisting to build health sectors in Africa.“More than 30,000 Cuban medical technicians have worked in 33 African countries; and as we celebrate this day with Cubans, we seize this opportunity to salute the country for the vital role it continues to play in improving public health systems and delivery in African countries and across the globe,” Minister Kamara declared.Foreign Affairs Minister Marjon KamaraShe said: “In reciprocating Cuba’s solidarity and support to Liberia and Africa as a whole, Liberia has consistently joined the majority of nations in the global community in appealing to the United States to lift the commercial and economic embargo it has imposed on Cuba for many years.”Minister Kamara said that though the Americans were not at the program commemorating Cuba’s Rebellion Day, Liberia is renewing its appeal to the United Nations and at the same time confirming its commitment to stand with Cuba in the quest to prevail on the United States to lift the embargo on that Latin American country.The struggle by the late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro to revolutionize the country by introducing communism threatened the security of United States, for which the US government began instituting an arms embargo as early as 1958.According to the Free Encyclopedia, the United States on October 19, 1960 placed an embargo on exports to Cuba except for food and medicines after Cuba nationalized American-owned Cuban oil refineries without compensation.On February 7, 1962 the embargo was extended to include almost all imports.In 2014, former U.S. President Barack Obama began restoring relations with Cuba. At that time, President Obama instructed his Secretary of State, John Kerry, to begin discussions with the Cuban authority on the restoration of diplomatic ties.Commenting on the matter in his keynote address earlier, Cuban Chargè d’Affairs Yordenis Despaigne Vera said despite the negative economic, financial and commercial consequences the US blockade is having on Cuba, his country continues to bet on its economic development and solidarity among peoples of the world.“Despite the recent measures taken by the president of the USA against Cuba seeking to intensify the blockade against our country and the destruction of the Cuban revolutionary process, the Cuban people will remain firm and secure in building a sovereign, independent, socialist, democratic, prosperous and sustainable nation,” Mr. Vera said.According to the 2014 World Bank report, Cuba is the only Latin American nation with a high quality education system, and is in a league that includes Finland, Singapore, Shanghai (China), the Republic of Korea (South), Switzerland, The Netherlands and Canada.Cuba is recorded for having the most qualified teachers and best performing students in Latin America, and is one country that produces more doctors in the world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A twenty-three-year-old man was on Thursday sentenced to four years’ imprisonment and fined $3.3 million by Magistrate Peter Hugh when he appeared in the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court slapped with a narco-possession charge.Kelvin Sauers, also known as ‘John,’ pleaded guilty to the charge when it was readKelvin Sauers is being escorted by Police out of the Vigilance Magistrate’s Courtto him.It was alleged that on July 6, 2018, while at his Lot 8 Enterprise, East Coast Demerara home, Sauers had in his possession 1.608 kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) prosecutor Konyo Sandiford realted that, on the day in question, CANU ranks acting on information received went to the man’s home to conduct a search.Upon seeing the ranks, Sauers escaped through a window. Nevertheless, the lawmen searched the home, and subsequently found two haversacks containing 279 cocaine pellets which amounted to 1.608kg.Sauers had since been on the run, until he was recently arrested.
No. 3 Kansas 90, No. 15 Texas 86: Mario Chalmers had 21 points and the host Jayhawks (27-4, 14-2) fought back from a 16-point deficit and beat the Longhorns (22-8, 12-4), claiming their fifth Big12 championship. No. 4 Wisconsin 52, Michigan State 50: Kammron Taylor’s 3-pointer with four seconds left lifted the host Badgers (27-4, 13-3 Big Ten). No. 6 Memphis 64, SMU61: Chris Douglas-Roberts had 19 points and the visiting Tigers (27-3, 16-0 C-USA) completed a perfect record in Conference USA. No. 7 Texas A&M 94, Missouri 78: Antanas Kavaliauskas scored a career-high 26 points to lead the host Aggies (25-5, 13-3 Big 12). No. 9 Georgetown 59, Connecticut 46: Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and the host Hoyas (23-6, 13-3) clinched a least a share of the Big East regular-season championship. No. 10 Nevada 69, New Mexico State 65: Marcelus Kemp scored 32 points to lead the host Wolf Pack (27-3, 14-2 Western Athletic Conference). No. 20 Marquette 75, No. 12 Pittsburgh 71: Wesley Matthews and David Cubillan scored 20 points each to help the host Golden Eagles (23-8, 10-6 Big East) beat the Panthers (25-6, 12-4). No. 18 Butler 67, Loyola of Chicago 66 (OT): A.J. Graves hit six foul shots in the final 53 seconds of overtime to lead the Bulldogs (27-5) in the semifinals of the Horizon League tournament in Fairborn, Ohio. Arkansas 82, No. 19 Vanderbilt 67: Gary Ervin scored 21 points, and Arkansas upset the host Commodores (20-10, 10-6 SEC). No. 22 Notre Dame 73, Rutgers 66: Colin Falls scored 22 points to lead the visiting Irish (23-6, 11-5 Big East). No. 24 Maryland 79, N.C. State 59: Mike Jones scored 21 points in his final home game to lead the host Terrapins (24-7, 10-6 ACC). Davidson 72, College of Charleston 65: Freshman Stephen Curry scored 29points to lead the Wildcats (29-4) back to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Southern Conference championship in North Charleston, S.C. Belmont 94, ETSU 67: Andy Wicke and Andrew Preston each scored 18 points and the Bruins (23-9) won a second straight Atlantic Sun Conference tournament championship and NCAA bid, in Johnson City, Tenn. Winthrop 84, VMI 81: Torrell Martin had 17 points to lead Winthrop (28-4) to a victory in the Big South Conference championship in Rock Hill, S.C., clinching an NCAA tournament spot for the Eagles. E. Kentucky 63, Austin Peay 62: Josh Taylor converted a layup with 2.9 seconds left and the Colonels (21-11) clinched their seventh NCAA tournament berth by winning the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship in Nashville. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Greg Oden scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half to help No. 1 Ohio State beat Michigan 65-61 on Saturday. After trailing by six, the Buckeyes (27-3, 15-1) held the Wolverines (20-11, 8-8) scoreless for the final 3:54 to win their 14th straight game and their first as a top-ranked team since 1962.
This is Gas Buddy dot com senior analyst, Dan McTeague.“Nova Scotia Imperial closed the last refinery in Nova Scotia. Now they rely on external exports for gasoline, they had to come in by ship. The two ships that came in had what’s called winter spec gasoline. That doesn’t happen until September 15th. 90 per cent of all gas stations went dry for four days throughout all of Nova Scotia. Then the regulatory board there made a decision to drive prices even lowerThey went seven, eight, nine cents below the market and every wholesaler, every ship basically said ‘we’re not coming there, you’re not paying us, we’re not going to pay your stupid regulatory rates’ because that doesn’t reflect the New York harbour number. Of course the bureaucrats in Halifax know better, and the industry turned around and said we’re going to move this down to New Jersey where we can get the price that we’re looking for. Too bad, so sad, you’re out of product.”Meanwhile one year after crude oil prices tanked, volatility remains the best word, to describe the global state of the oil and gas industry.Advertisement That means, in the short term at least, Canadian motorists should brace themselves for very little gasoline pump price relief, and McTeague still believes the primary reason for that, is decades of ill-advised refinery closures, including one in this area in Taylor, in 1991“You’ve got to know that a refinery like that which was built in 1960, it wasn’t that old, it was only a 30 year old which could have been upgraded and you wouldn’t have to rely on Edmonton and the tariff rates. It would have been a lot easier if we had some of these refineries weren’t around.I guess the economics weren’t there but they certainly are now. It’s a really good time if crude prices remain where they are and gas prices hold where they are, I can’t see why smart investors wouldn’t be getting back in the business of refining gasoline. There’s plenty of opportunity and it’s not like Canada is going to lose it’s demand for gas in the future, especially in British Columbia where were down to one and a half refineries. There’s a small, tiny one in Prince George run by Husky and the slightly larger one by Chevron but at the end of the day they don’t produce enough to meet the domestic needs, and British Columbia’s needs. I can tell you the Americans line up for any gasoline we can produce at a higher price.”Mr. McTeague also still believes, that because of our lack of refining capacity Canada is the victim of America’s, crude oil, over supply problem.“We have energy futures markets being run by financial speculators based on rumour, based on innuendo, based on suspicion, but not based on fact. I think the roller coaster is going to go right until we hit the point sometime in October when US oil inventories hit over half a million barrels in all the wells they can find and that will send a very strong message. Sooner or later the message has to sink in that the world is over supplied in oil.”Advertisement Once again, it pays to shop before you buy gasoline at Fort St. John’s filling stations.Heading into the last holiday weekend this summer, our nine station local monitor has turned up five different posted prices, albeit with a low to high end differential, of only four cents.For the second day in a row, the survey prices this morning, ranged from $1.29.9 to $1.25.9, but they were all still well above the provincial average, which was cited in the Gas Buddy-dot-com monitor at $1.19.1.- Advertisement -That in turn remained the highest average price among the provinces, but Nova Scotia, which earlier this week, dropped below a dollar a litre, had lost its position at the low end of the cross-country comparison chart.Instead it was one of five provinces sharing that honour, all with average prices near $1.02 a litre.Curious about what happen in Nova Scotia, the province which for nearly a decade has had government regulated gasoline prices, we went to a familiar expert source, for what the late journalistic icon, Paul Harvey called, the rest of the storyAdvertisement
Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 email@example.com 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The victim’s name was not immediately released, although authorities said she was an elderly woman. “The investigators are trying to piece it all together, and figure out how it occurred,” said Burbank police Officer Vee Jones. Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said the train’s horn, the signals and crossing gates were all working properly. “It’s very, very sad,” she said. “It’s an unnecessary loss of life. This individual took a risk, a split-second risk. The train behaved exactly as it is designed to behave. We are fortunate that our equipment behaved safely and everything went well. But it’s always a sad day when there is a fatality.” The train was in a push-pull configuration, with the passenger car in the front; it felt the brunt of the crash but did not derail. The push-pull method has been under scrutiny since another deadly Metrolink train crash in January 2005 left 11 passengers dead. BURBANK – A female motorist was killed early Friday when her sedan was hit by a Metrolink train, and transit officials said she drove around crossing gates into the train’s path. The crash at San Fernando Road and Buena Vista Street happened about 8:25 a.m., and occurred three years to the day after a truck driver was killed in a Metrolink collision at the same intersection. “We heard a loud screeching, a loud bang – metal to metal,” said Art Alvarez, 34, who was working at a warehouse along San Fernando Road at the time of the crash. “It sounded like an explosion. People from down the street, over a mile, heard it. It’s just terrible.” Train 208 was carrying about 280 passengers, none of whom was hurt. None of the cars derailed, officials said.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The organization’s Web site is at www.bni-scav.com. Prostate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Susan Baker at (661) 273-2200. Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-3103. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8 in Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Call Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Successful Anger Management course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Call (661) 538-1846. Sand Creek Orators, Toastmaster International meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Hummel Hall, 2200 20th St. W., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Caregiver Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster. Sponsored by ProCare Hospice. Call (661) 951-1146. Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Rocketeers Toastmasters meets, 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Call Pam Raneri (661) 275-5287. Pancho Barnes Composite Squadron 49, Civil Air Patrol, will meet, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rosamond Sky Park, 4171 Knox Ave., Rosamond. Call (760) 373-5771. Antelope Valley Archaeology Club will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5656. Grief Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hoffmann Hospice, 1832 W. Ave. K, Suite D-1. Call (661) 948-8801. Toastmasters Sand Creek Orators Club meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2500 Orange St., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Snyders Dance Groove meets, 6-8:30 p.m. the first and second Tuesdays of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $2. Call (661) 609-6510. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets, 9-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month for brunch, speakers and crafts at Central Christian Church, 3131 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Cost: $6 per meeting, plus $2 per child for child care. Scholarships are available. Call (661) 945-7902. 12 Step Recovery Group for alcohol and drug addiction will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. American Indian Little League will meet, 7 p.m. at HomeTown Buffet, 422 W. Ave. P. Call Harry Richard at (661) 267-2259. High Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Denny’s restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call (760) 240-4705. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Youth Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE, or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Plane Talk Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Lockheed Federal Credit Union, 1011 Lockheed Way, Palmdale. Call (661) 572-4123. Harmony Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will rehearse, 7:30 p.m. at 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. The group is part of an international organization of women who sing four-part harmony. Call (661) 273-0995, (661) 285-1797 or (661) 940-3109. Al-Anon will hold a discussion, noon at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale, and at 7 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, Room 704, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiards Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program representative will be available, 1-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551 for an appointment. Tumbleweed Card Club for seniors will play canasta, pinochle and other games, 1-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Line dancing, 6-7 p.m. for beginners and 7-8:30 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Palmdale Youth Council will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Parks and Recreation office, 38260 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5611. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour 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 Conceptwill 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 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. at 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. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. 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 Alan Strech at (661) 940-4640. Scrapbookers Club will meet, 5-7 p.m. at Peldyns, 27021 Twenty Mule Team Road, Boron. Free tools for use. Bring book and photos. Call (760) 608-1422. Antelope Valley 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. AIDS-related death support group meets, 5:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Sudden-death support group meets, 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Dual Recovery 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 email@example.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. Palmdale Moose Lodge, 3101 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo games beginning at 10 a.m. Call (661) 947-6777. Bridge Club for seniors will meet, noon-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Beginner and intermediate 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. 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. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people with bipolar disorder or depression, 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. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. 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. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 569 will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Grecian Isles Mobile Home Park, 4444 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-7672 or (661) 285-5003. Overeaters 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. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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. 2Can you spell S-U-R-P-R-I-S-E? Fourteen-year-old David Pruden can. In fact, the Placerita Junior High School eighth-grader has learned tens of thousands of words in preparation for the national bee that begins Wednesday in Washington, D.C. David and his mother, Connie, have spent a year preparing, poring over a book of nearly 4,000 words sent from the bee organizers, and studying 23,400 words downloaded from the spelling bee Web site. David estimates that he has memorized about 20,000 words this year. While that may seem daunting to some, it wasn’t to David. Nor is the idea of spelling these words before a prime-time audience. “I don’t really notice the audience,” he said, recalling the regional and school spelling bee competitions. SANTA CLARITA – Once upon a time, spelling bees were low-key affairs conducted in school auditoriums before an audience mostly of parents sitting on hard metal folding chairs. But in classic Hollywood tradition – where overnight a lowly TV extra can turn megawatt movie star – spelling bees have been discovered. The recent “Akeelah and the Bee” movie and the Broadway hit “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” have propelled spelling bees to new heights. The 79th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee will air on Thursday on ABC and ESPN. He studies for the bee a few hours each day, with more time devoted on weekends. So familiar with the different lists of words recommended by spelling bee organizers, David recognized which categories were used in “Akeelah and the Bee.” He saw the movie with his mother the day it hit theaters. “In the movie, they mainly used champion words and ones that are missed,” he said. While David coolly accepts the spelling bee’s new place in pop culture and on prime-time TV, his mother is quite pleased with the turn of events. And what’s her spelling bee word of choice to describe the spelling bee phenomenon? W-H-O-L-E-S-O-M-E, she said. “This is so healthy and wholesome for the kids,” Connie said. “Anything with educational pursuits for the kids is just good news.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661)257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!