Australia wrest back control again in Perth

first_imgAustralia wrested control of the third test back from England for the second day in a row on Saturday, reducing the tourists to 180 for four at the close of play and taking another step towards reclaiming the Ashes.Ian Bell, who had made nine not out, and Ben Stokes, unbeaten on 14, will resume on day three on Sunday with England trailing Australia’s first innings tally of 385 by 205 runs.The tourists need at least a draw to keep the series alive and had built a solid platform when Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry put together the highest opening partnership in eight tests against Australia this year.Australia’s bowlers, though, are charged with confidence after dominating the English batsmen in the first two tests in Brisbane and Adelaide and defied energy-sapping temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Celsius to strike back.Carberry and Joe Root, controversially, fell in the half an hour before tea and Cook and Kevin Pietersen were dismissed in the final session – all without the standout bowler of the first two tests, Mitchell Johnson, taking a single wicket.“Other bowlers are getting vital wickets at vital times,” Australia bowling coach Craig McDermott told reporters.“Everyone’s chipping in, bowling tightly, bowling good lines and more importantly swinging the old ball.“We’ve got 12 overs until the new ball tomorrow, so a wicket early would be ideal and we can get stuck into them with the new ball.”England dealt with the first new ball reasonably well but Carberry had already survived a couple of scares when he played on a Ryan Harris delivery from around the wicket for 43 half an hour before tea with 85 runs on the board.The tourists would probably have been happy to get to tea with just one wicket down only for Root to follow Carberry to the dressing room for four some 20 minutes later.Shane Watson’s delivery beat his bat and umpire Marais Erasmus raised his finger in the midst of a frenzied appeal from the Australians, who thought they had heard a nick.Root immediately sought a review but departed shaking his head as the TV umpire and the battery of technology available to him did not find sufficient evidence to overturn the decision.“It was obviously a disappointing dismissal for us, and a key dismissal for us,” said Carberry.“He obviously felt he didn’t hit the ball, so he reviewed it. Obviously we’re bitterly disappointed.”Cook dug in with a circumspect Pietersen, though, and they successfully weathered a difficult period after tea when the “Freo Doctor” sea breeze enabled the Australian pacemen to get some movement from the ball.The England captain cut a short Peter Siddle delivery for his sixth four to reach his half century and looked set for his first big score of the series.But just when the pair looked they might be ready to start attacking the bowlers, Cook’s counterpart Michael Clarke brought on spinner Nathan Lyon and was immediately rewarded with the most prized England wicket.When Lyon’s fourth ball took a bit of bounce off the wicket, Cook failed to properly execute his cut shot and the ball flew into the safe hands of David Warner at point.SUPERB CATCHWith his captain gone for 72, Pietersen seemed to lose interest in the conservative gameplan and, after becoming the fifth England player to score 8,000 test runs, fell victim to Siddle for the 10th time in his career.Attempting to punish a short ball from the Victorian, Pietersen did not really get hold of his shot and Johnson leaped to take a superb catch at mid on and send him packing for 19.“I just thought it was fantastic piece of athleticism really, great catch and a really important wicket for us,” McDermott added.“The two wickets in that last session were very crucial to our day. And the last three hours of bowling and fielding were superb.”Johnson’s was the first wicket to fall in a day which started when England removed the last four Australian batsmen at a cost of an additional 59 runs to their overnight tally of 326.The England attack, though, will rue not driving home their advantage when they had Australia floundering at 143-5 on the opening day of the match.“Ideally we’d have liked to have lost a few less wickets,” Carberry added.“But having said that Australia, credit to them, bowled very well.“We’re still in the hunt. We’re 200 behind so we have to get through the new ball tomorrow and get up near the Australians’ total.”last_img read more

In-form Rooney seeks to keep heat off Van Gaal

first_imgBy Mike CollettWAYNE Rooney can help ease the pressure on beleaguered Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and move closer to Sir Bobby Charlton’s club scoring record if he maintains his hot streak against Stoke City in the Premier League on Tuesday (10pm).United forgot their league woes on Friday when they won 3-1 at Championship side Derby County in the FA Cup with Rooney’s superb curling shot taking his tally to six in six games and 243 for the club, six behind Charlton.Van Gaal’s team return to league action for the first time since losing 1-0 at home to Southampton, lying fifth in the table on 37 points – 10 adrift of leaders Leicester City and five away from the top four.Leicester will continue their unlikely push for a first-ever title when they face 18-time champions Liverpool at the King Power (9.45pm). Second-placed Manchester City go to Sunderland (9.45pm), third-placed Arsenal host Southampton (9.45pm) and fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur visit Norwich City (9.45pm).The spotlight will be on Van Gaal, however, and Rooney is hoping he can take the heat off his Dutch manager when they face a Stoke side managed by former United striker Mark Hughes.Stoke have lost all seven Premier League matches they have played at Old Trafford and have not won there for almost 40 years. They did however outplay United in a 2-0 home win at the Britannia Stadium on Boxing Day – a result that prompted several national newspapers to report Van Gaal would be sacked. Rooney overtook Charlton’s record of 49 goals for England this season and he told the United website ( he could not help but have one eye on the club record now.“Of course, I’m well aware of it” he said. “Like the England record, when it was getting closer, it was coming up every week, so I’m sure it will now.”Rooney said it was unfair to lay all the blame for the team’s struggles on the manager. “The players have to take a lot of responsibility for performances and results,” he said.“We have to stand up and take criticism when it’s there.”Leicester have confounded expectations to move to top spot, losing only twice in the league all season.Liverpool inflicted their last league defeat with a 1-0 win at Anfield on Boxing Day, but Leicester have maintained their form since and sit three points clear of Manchester City and Arsenal after 23 matches.Arsenal, without a win in their last three league games, face Southampton at the Emirates and their long injury list is finally showing signs of shrinking with striker Alexis Sanchez scoring in the 2-1 FA Cup win over Burnley on Saturday.City, with 13 goals in their last four league and Cup games face relegation-threatened Sunderland while Spurs, rounding out the top four on 42 points, will seek to extend their 10-match unbeaten league away run at Norwich.last_img read more

Latam Eco Review: Witchcraft and wildlife trafficking in Peru

first_imgSigns of deforestation recorded by the Omega Task Force, a unit of the armed forces that operates in southeast Colombia. Image courtesy of the Colombian Air Force. Macabre Market: The role of witchcraft in wildlife trafficking in PeruA massive police operation to stop a wildlife trafficking market in the center of Peru’s capital seized around 1,000 live animals and animal parts. Of five stores searched, two specialized in the sale of toads and two in dried animals, where police found caiman heads, the head of a spectacled bear, the entire body of a deer, toads and dried frogs. The fifth store sold occult items and offered services in spells and witchcraft. The seizure reveals that people are not just buying wildlife for pets, decoration or even ancestral traditions, but for witchcraft.Heads of wild animals and crafts made with animal parts were seized in the raid. Image courtesy of Serfor.Fishing and plastics threaten northern Peru’s marine protected areasPeru’s Guano Islands and Capes National Reserve System is a marine protected area that extends from Piura in the country’s north to Tacna in the south, covering about 1,408 square kilometers (544 square miles). However, the situation for octopuses in northern Peru is precarious. Despite a fishing ban, in the high season each fishing expedition catches up to 2 tons of octopus every 10 days. Meanwhile, plastic pollution endangers life on the region’s most important islands.The Peruvian booby (Sula variegata) is found along the coasts of Peru and Chile. It is one of the principal guano birds of South America. Image by Antonio Escalante.Nesting projects could revive the scarlet macaw of Central AmericaIn the last scarlet macaw corridor in Latin America, which crosses Guatemala, Belize and Mexico, it is believed there are more of the colorful birds held in cages than the 1,000 estimated in the wild. After years of fighting wildlife trafficking in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere and Mexico’s Montes Azules, two NGOs involved residents of both regions in the care of scarlet macaw nests. If these nesting projects are successful, in 10 years the species, Ara macao, could be strong enough to maintain its numbers.Two scarlet macaws about to turn 90 days old and be freed. Image courtesy of WCS/Guatemala.The war against plastic disposables: What’s the progress in Latin America?Mongabay-Latam surveyed efforts around the region to control plastic in the environment. Its findings included Latin America’s first law to ban plastic bags in both supermarkets and small stores in Chile; a bill to progressively eliminate single-use plastic in Peru; regional regulations to limit plastic straws and bags in Mexico; Colombia’s tax on plastic disposables; enforcement of rules on disposable plastic in the Galapagos Islands; disincentives against single-use plastic in Costa Rica; and the end of polyethylene bags within 24 months in Panama.Various Latin American countries are promoting national and local laws to confront the problem of single-use plastic pollution. Image by Alto Nivel.Read these stories in full in Spanish at Mongabay-Latam. Among the most read stories at our Spanish-language service, Mongabay-Latam, this past week were articles about a hydropower project in one of Bolivia’s most diverse protected areas; Colombian Air Force drones that revealed alarming deforestation in Tinigua Park; and wildlife trafficking and witchcraft in Peru.Bolivia’s Ivirizu hydroelectric project threatens the biodiversity of Carrasco National ParkExperts question how the construction of a hydropower plant was approved in a protected area, especially because of plans to clear 5 square kilometers (1.9 square miles) of forest and the confirmed use of dynamite. An elevational diversity gradient that runs from 300 to 4,700 meters (1,000 to 15,400 feet) above sea level makes Carrasco National Park one of the most biodiverse protected areas in Bolivia (if one of the least studied.) By 2017, 614 vascular plants were identified, although the National Protected Area Service (Sernap) calculates there may be more than 3,000. There are more than 300 orchid species inside the park, 50 of which are endemic. While a Sernap atlas counts 247 bird species, others put the number closer to 700, but they haven’t been identified.The few studies done have confirmed the presence of endangered or endemic species, as in the case of the famous “Romeo,” the last known Seheuncas water frog (Telmatobius yuracare). The frog’s habitat is in the Seheuncas valley, site of the Ivirizu dam. Image by Matías Careaga/Global Wildlife Conservation.Colombian Air Force drones reveal alarming deforestation in Tinigua ParkAir Force drone flights over Tinigua Park in central Colombia show 56 square kilometers (22 square miles) of forest replaced in the first three months of 2018 by coca cultivation, pastures and small-scale land grabs. Behind all of this, according to residents, are former FARC rebels who have taken over and redistributed the territory. The security situation is so complicated that park officials needed to leave over a month ago. The 2,150-square-kilometer (830-square-mile) park, created to unite high plains, montane forest and rainforest zones, is the only part of the country that connects the Orinoco with the Andes and Amazon regions. It serves as a corridor for wildlife, including jaguars, mountain lions and woolly monkeys. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Maria Salazar Amazon Rainforest, Birds, Conflict, Conservation, Dams, Deforestation, Energy, Environment, Illegal Trade, Marine Protected Areas, National Parks, Plastic, Pollution, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Wildlife, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking last_img read more

Golf tournament to aid sister city

first_img“Health care for all is a necessity in many poverty-stricken communities,” City Manager Ken Pulskamp said. “With the help of Santa Clarita residents, we can build a medical clinic for the people of Sariaya to provide services such as free medical exams, X-rays, and many more needed medical services where basic health care is beyond the reach of most families.” Tournament sign-up fees range from $125 to $500 and include the driving range, soft drinks, a round of golf with cart, buffet dinner, goody bag, awards and prizes. Those who don’t play can pay $35 to attend the banquet. Information is available by visiting or calling organization President Elena Galvez at (661) 255-4317. SANTA CLARITA – A medical clinic across the globe will benefit from next week’s city-sponsored golf tournament at Robinson Ranch. The city will partner with the Santa Clarita Valley International Program to put on the June 25 tournament to help raise money for Santa Clarita’s sister city of Sariaya, Philippines. Golfers and sponsors are being recruited. Registration will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. with the tournament set to start at 11:30. A 6 p.m. banquet will follow at the Canyon Country course. Proceeds will be used to build the first-ever medical clinic for Sariaya’s poor. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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. 2Toddler 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: 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 WEDNESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club meets for dinner, 5:30 p.m. at Johnny Carino’s restaurant, 1173 Rancho Vista Blvd., Palmdale, outside the Antelope Valley Mall. An optional movie will follow. For reservations call (661) 267-2586 by Tuesday. Emotional Freedom Technique for pain relief weekly demonstrations, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (except before three-day weekends), 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 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 local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TUESDAY 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 The organization’s Web site is at 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. last_img read more

Stray bullet kills Valley newlywed

first_imgSHERMAN OAKS – The bullet, discharged from blocks away, found newlywed James Woodson as he stood in the well-tended courtyard of his Kester Street apartment complex. Day had turned to dusk Tuesday as neighbors within the two-story, upscale complex heard Woodson’s voice, loud and cheerful as he chatted with Pina, his wife of six months, who had just come home. Maybe they talked about dinner, or about how glad he was to see her. Then the man – who neighbors said had an easy smile and a green thumb when it came to tending the dozen potted plants around his front door – collapsed along the concrete edge of the complex’s pool. “I was in the house and I heard a `pop’ sound, and then the next thing I heard was screaming,” Susan Richardson, who has managed the 16-unit apartment complex for more than a decade, said Wednesday. “Someone was telling me to call 911.” On Wednesday, residents milled around the pool as Pina Woodson was comforted by neighbors in another unit. “What they had was a true love story,” said Jacci Belgard. “He was a wonderful person.” The likelihood of being killed by a stray bullet is “extremely rare,” police say, which is why they hesitate to say Woodson was an unintended victim. “Usually, stray bullets are associated with Fourth of July and New Year’s,” said Van Nuys Division Capt. James Miller. “In this particular case, it becomes very difficult to solve the crime, because you don’t know where the bullets came from.” Authorities said the case further illustrates a rise in violent crime in the San Fernando Valley. The Van Nuys Division, for instance, reports a dozen homicides so far this year, compared with seven for the period in 2005. Shots fired within that area also have increased by 41 percent since last year. “It speaks to the added consequences in the increasing violence we are seeing,” said Deputy Chief Michel Moore, the Valley’s commanding officer. “This could be something as bizarre as a stray and, as with all loss of life, is tragic,” Moore said. “But whether or not the shot was intended for another person, or someone is shooting in the air, a bullet can travel for miles and can harm people.” That a random bullet could hit Woodson disturbed some neighbors at his complex. Had he been standing in a spot just a few inches away, he would still be alive, Richardson said. “It’s so safe here. Nothing like this has ever happened,” said Richardson, whose weary eyes focused on the potted plants around the Woodsons’ door. “I was sitting in my living room watching television. It could have been any one of us.” (818) 713-3664 Anyone with information about the shooting death of James Woodson is asked to call the LAPD’s Van Nuys Division at (818) 374-0040 or 1-877-LAWFULL.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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsWoodson, 52, was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital from a gunshot wound to his back. Los Angeles Police Department detectives speculated that Woodson was the unintended victim of a stray bullet. It was unclear where the round had come from, but an autopsy report to be released Friday could lead to valuable clues – and to the shooter. “He had no enemies and to hear the way the neighbors tell it, he was liked by everyone,” said Detective James Nuttall with the LAPD’s Van Nuys Division. “But it does appear this is one of those incidents that is unfortunate.” Woodson, a writing coach who is credited as an assistant editor on the 1989 Disney film “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” had seemed at his happiest in the past few months, neighbors said. He had met Pina through, a social networking site on the Internet. He had brought her to his Sherman Oaks home from Indonesia, to the apartment complex where he had lived for seven years and where residents there think of themselves as a close-knit family. last_img


first_imgToday is the day when the political landscape of Donegal looks set to change forever.From a county dominated by Fianna Fail, the party will struggle to pick up the last two remaining seats with both Sinn Fein and Fine Gael set to pick up the first four positions.Fianna Fail will have to fight off what are expected to be very strong challenges from Labour’s Jimmy Harte in Donegal NE and Independent Thomas Pringle in Donegal SW if they are to remain alive in Donegal at all. The thought of Tanaiste Mary Coughlan losing her seat would have been laughed at during the last election but many feel that is a real possibility this time around.For his part Inishowen councillor Charlie McConalogue must depend on a first preference of 5,000 plus votes if he is to beat off the challenge of Labour’s Harte as the counts go on.Counting will get underway feverishly at 9am sharp in both the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny and the John Bosco Centre in Donegal TownA total electorate of 124,101 people were entitled to go to the polls across Co Donegal yesterday with reports that up to 70% of people did exercise their democratic right to vote to make up the 31st Dail. First declarations are not expected until after 5pm and after that it could be a long but fascinating evening.Nobody is sure of who will represent Donegal in that 31st Dail in the coming months and years.But the one certainty is that Donegal will have at least three new faces in Leinster House.But the real question is how many more can be added to that list come tomorrow?Ends ELECTION 2011: D-DAY ARRIVES AS COUNT GETS UNDERWAY was last modified: February 26th, 2011 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

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham may cut short Aston Villa stay

first_img Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 1 Tammy Abraham could be about to deal Aston Villa a huge blow.The Chelsea striker is understood to be considering cutting short his loan deal with the Championship club. REVEALED Gossip moving on Gossip The bizarre reason why Man United didn’t sign new Liverpool playmaker Minamino blunder LATEST Liverpool tracking Toulouse youngster ahead of possible January move Abraham, who has fired 14 goals for Villa this season, is due to spend the whole of 2018/19 with the Midlands side.But Chelsea have the option to end the deal early in January and they may well take it up – with the 21-year-old’s blessing.Abraham is believed to be eager for another shot at Premier League football, having spent last season on loan at Swansea City.He will not be short of suitors, with the likes of  Bournemouth, Huddersfield, Brighton and Fulham all on the lookout for attacking additions. Latest Transfer News The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star center_img IN DEMAND Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Abraham, who has won two caps for the England senior side, spent last season on loan at Swansea City.He scored five goals in 31 Premier League appearances in a struggling side, which was eventually relegated.In the Championship this season, he has struck 14 times in 19 matches.He may now have played his last game for the club, who have recovered from a poor start to the campaign to move within five points of the play-off places. Tammy Abraham has been a hit for Villa – but they may have seen the last of him targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino RANKED ‘perfect fit” Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Man City eye Poch, Haaland pictured with United shirt, Chelsea dealt double blow last_img read more

Yaya Toure reveals dream XI and names defender ’10 times better than Pique’

first_img BEST OF Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update REVEALED Manchester City trio Vincent Kompany, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero were all included in Toure’s team.However, Barcelona legend Ronaldinho and maverick forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic failed to make the cut. Yaya Toure, right, has lavished praise on his former team-mate Rafa Marquez Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Toure, middle, claimed Marquez was ten times better than Gerard Pique (left) TOURE’S DREAM TEAM RANKED scrap Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 “He was 10 times better than Gerard Pique. Ten times better. Believe me.“’He was so so good. If you watch him on YouTube, you’ll see. I’ve been in love with him.” 2 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Manchester City legend Yaya Toure raised eyebrows by naming five forwards in his ultimate dream team on Monday Night Football.After analysing his former side’s convincing 3-0 win over Wolves, the Ivorian was asked to name his best XI with Jamie Carragher and host David Jones. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won revealed Most Read In Football latest Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade SORRY The 35-year-old’s claims about one of his former Barcelona team-mates made the biggest headlines though, insisting that Rafael Marquez was 10 times better than fellow defender Gerard Pique.Toure explained: “Marquez was a tough defender.“I don’t think people remember him because he didn’t play in England.“But maybe if you want to remember him, go to YouTube and you check Rafael Marquez, Barcelona, No 4, what a defender. Ederson;Vincent Kompany,Carles Puyol,Rafel Márquez;Andrés Iniesta,Leroy Sané,Sergio Agüero,Lionel Messi,Thierry Henry,Samuel Eto’o,Didier Drogba. gameday cracker Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos last_img read more

Wilder reveals the secret behind Sheffield United’s journey to the Premier League

first_imgSheffield United manager Chris Wilder is a throwback.He stands in opposition to many of the things we associate, and perhaps dislike, about modern football.The 51-year-old has taken his boyhood club from the foot of League One to the Premier League in less than three years – and he’s done it the old fashioned way.“It’s not just about chucking a load of dough at it and signing players,” he told talkSPORT. BEST OF REVEALED 3 talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 3 Millwall vs Bristol City (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Swansea vs Derby (Wedndesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Barcelona vs Liverpool (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTEintracht Frankfurt vs Chelsea (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Cardiff vs Crystal Palace (Saturday 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Sharp has scored 23 goals in the Championship this season REPLY The Blades beat Ipswich 2-0 on Saturday Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars LIVE ON talkSPORT Wilder knows an unimaginable challenge faces his side next year – but he is relishing the prospect.“I went to Man United vs Man City on Wednesday,” Wilder said. “The feeling of walking through the tunnel at Old Trafford and there’s 73,000 people there. I thought, ‘I’ll have a little bit of this with our players.’”However, he jokes that he may need to change his pre-match approach.“Every opposition, we go through their team and put weaknesses and strengths. Now I’m thinking I can’t do that next year!” Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Entering the Premier League, dominated by foreign managers, the Englishman believes he has proved an important point.“I’ve struck a blow for the honest, hard-working man that can drive himself to the top of the table. I used to coach my pals on a Sunday morning when I got up on time,” he added.“There’s a lot said about foreign coaches but hopefully I’ve given a ray of light to English coaches that can do it. I know there are a lot of coaches out there that can do it.” no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Getty Images “We had a struggle to get out of the division [League One] for a few years. We had to reconnect with the supporters and find a style that was suited to the division.“We wanted to carry that into the Championship. We never changed our approach. We gave ourselves an opportunity to win every game of football by the character and the attitude of the players.“The journey started with the likes of [Chris] Basham, [John] Fleck, Enda Stevens, Jacko [Jack O’Connell], and Billy Sharp. Five or six of the team that will be playing in the Premier League next year started the journey off in League One.” Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ ADVICE Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card “It’s about knitting a team together, organisation, team spirit, work ethic and tactically playing in a way that suits you to gain results.”The Blades are not one of the Championship’s financial powerhouses – and Wilder also comes from humble beginnings.After starting out at non-league Alfreton Town in 2001, he landed his dream job at Bramall Lane following spells at Halifax Town, Oxford United and Northampton Town. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Wilder is overwhelmed with pride, not only with guiding his team to the Premier League, but also with the way he’s done it.The Blades still have the same spine of players they had in League One, with club captain Billy Sharp leading their climb up the Football League.“To put ourselves back on the map is absolutely incredible and I’m proud to be involved in it,” Wilder continued. Wilder has orchestrated Sheffield United’s return to the Premier League shining huge blow 3last_img read more