It was a carnival-like atmosphere on the grounds at the Charlie Smith High school as students at the institution got the opportunity for a first-hand view of the English FA Cup yesterday.The students along with their teachers gathered in the school’s quadrangle from as early as 6:00 a.m., anxiously awaiting the arrival of the world’s oldest knockout football trophy.There were loud screams and shouting from the students when the trophy finally arrived minutes after 8:00am.Minister of Sports Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, who was in attendance, said she was very delighted that Charlie Smith was chosen as the school of choice to showcase the FA Cup.”It’s a very historic occasion because it is great for the school, it’s great for FLOW, and it is great for Jamaica,” said Grange.”I feel particularly pleased because I am connected to the school, because by cousin was one of their best players when he attended school here, and so I am happy that FLOW chose Charlie Smith,” she said.A partnership between FLOW and FA Cup holders Manchester United has given Jamaicans the opportunity to see the trophy here for the first time.Jerome Waite, head coach of the Charlie Smith football team, said this is huge achievement for the school.”It is a good feeling because this is something that you can’t find words to speak about,” said Waite.”It is great to see Charlie Smith being selected as the only school to showcase this trophy because a lot of schools that have done well in football would have loved this privilege, but Charlie Smith is the one that got it,” he said.Waite added that this will certainly help to boost the morale of the students at Charlie Smith.”This is one of the oldest Cups in global football, and it is always good to see it live and so we are hoping that this can only help motivate our students to move forward in whatever areas that they specialise in,” Waite said.GREAT FEELINGCharlie Smith’s head boy and captain of the school’s Manning Cup team, Shamarley Clayton, said it is great feeling to be able to see the FA Cup trophy live.”This makes me feel great because I always see this trophy on television, and to see it now in reality, is just a wonderful feeling,” said Clayton.”This is great opportunity for the students at Charlie Smith because a lot of people don’t see Charlie Smith as a traditional high school, and so for us to get this opportunity to see the FA Cup live, is a great opportunity for the school, ” he said.The trophy is in the Caribbean courtesy of a deal between FLOW and Manchester United FC. The deal was inked last February and gave FLOW distribution rights of the MUTV channel in the Caribbean.The FA Cup is the oldest association football competition in the world. It was first played during the 1871-72 English season.
For the first time in the history of the Grove/Diamond Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), a female — in the person of educator Indrani Ramnarine — is heading this NDC. This East Bank Demerara NDC held its elections on Thursday morning, and Ramnarine, of Constituency 6, was elected Chairperson, while Ulric Paul of Constituency 2 was elected Vice Chair. The votes were unanimous.Following the recent hosting of the Local Government Elections (LGE), the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) secured 14 out of a total of 18 seats on that NDC, while A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) secured four seats.The new members of the Grove/Diamond NDC were subsequently sworn-in.Speaking with Guyana Times, the newly elected Chairperson expressed gratitude to her fellow council members for reposing confidence in her.The 38-year-old resident of Golden Grove New Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara is a teacher at Providence Primary School, where she previously held the post of acting Head-teacher, and currently sits on the Literacy Committee of Region Four’s Education Department.A teacher by profession for the past 24 years, Ramnarine is also the Chair of the Women’s Arm of the East Bank Demerara Prant of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha (GHDS).“I’m humbly elated… My nomination was unanimous, and so was my election; so I felt honoured by it. And I am very much thankful for this opportunity,” she told this publication.According to Ramnarine, high on her agenda as Chair of the NDC are matters relating to infrastructure maintenance; enhancement of the environment; senior citizens and social welfare, including education, since there are a number of schools in the area.“Citizens’ partnership and development of the community is really my focus,” she added.The newly elected Chair further noted that drainage and irrigation in the area is something which she observes needs more work, and irresponsible dumping of garbage in areas where persons are residing needs to stop.Another matter Ramnarine posited that she would like to look into is getting citizens, especially from the Grove/Diamond New Scheme, to be registered within that Local Authority in time for the 2020 General and Regional Elections.However, the Grove/Diamond NDC has been in the limelight regarding an investigation into the embezzlement of over $20 million by a former employee of the local authority.The former NDC Chairman, Bharrat Narine, who was re-elected in his constituency, had been advocating for the probe to be completed.“Since this matter was exposed, the Auditor General’s Office visited and said they have a lot of work, and that is all we have heard from them; and this is not good enough, as with only 60 per cent of the internal audit completed, we found that $21 million were missing. And with the remaining 40 per cent completed, it is estimated to be around $30-35 million,” Narine had stated at a Regional Accounting Committee (RAC) meeting back in April.The former NDC Head had noted that the matter continues to remain in the hands of the Auditor General, whom he said doesn’t seem interested in doing anything about it.“Madam Chair, this matter has been with the AG’s Office since last year, and nothing has happened. We are exceptionally hurt, because it has been so long and nothing has happened. I know that you and your office have been seeking to help in having this matter properly addressed; however, nothing has happened. We have been raising this matter over and over at all levels of meetings being held here at the RDC, but nothing has happened; and I am aware that you, Regional Chairman, have been trying to have it addressed,” he said.Nevertheless, Ramnarine assures that she will be continuing her predecessor’s efforts to have the probe fully completed and the perpetrator brought to justice.
…complains of slow economyMembers of the business community in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are calling on the Government of Guyana to consider establishing a small business bureau (SBB) within the region.Business Minister Dominic Gaskin (right), Region Two Chairman Devanand Ramdatt (left) among those at the meetingThis request was made at a meeting held between the Essequibo Chambers of Commerce (ECC) and Business Minister Dominic Gaskin on Friday in the boardroom of the RDC, where several business persons expressed that it was very expensive and time consuming for persons to travel to Georgetown to access and process grants and loans. They suggested that Government should consider establishing such an office to benefit businesses.President of the Essequibo Chambers of Commerce, Daleep Singh, said the meeting was organised to meet with the Business Minister to discuss measures to stimulate the Region’s economy. Business activities have currently been reduced significantly, he said, even as he attributed this turn of events to inflation. As such, he said, Government, particularly the Ministry of Business, needs to formulate a plan or devise a strategy to assist the business community to jump- start the economy.Members of the Chambers engaging in discussionsSingh said that with establishment of a small business bureau, financial services can be accessed at one location, causing persons from the region to save. “It takes a lot (of time and money) to keep travelling to and from (Georgetown). If an office is here, then everything can be made easier and there can be a smooth flow,” Singh said.Heavy taxationSingh also blamed the slowdown of business on heavy taxation. He called on the Government to examine ways that can help cushion the heavy taxation that has been imposed on citizens. He said that currently, the situation with regard to inflation and taxation is having a negative effect on businesses, and he appealed to the Minister to implement policies that would be able to alleviate the suffering.Singh also requested that duty-free concessions be granted to businesses, and that industrial estates should be established along the coast.“The small bureau too expensive”Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, in response, said that establishing either a small business bureau or an industrial site requires review to examine the feasibility of such a venture. He explained that once it happens in Region Two, other regions would request similar services, and it would be an expensive undertaking for the Ministry of Business.Gaskin concurred that the business community needs to be viable and competitive, but asserted the Government cannot do everything, and the private sector should step in at some point.Gaskin said his visit to the region was part of the Ministry’s outreach plan to reach out to far-flung areas. He said it is the Ministry’s desire to visit the Essequibo Coast twice per year; however, he accepted that last year the Ministry had made only one visit there.He also congratulated the Essequibo Chambers of Commerce on its resuscitation after being dormant for over three years.Decline in the economyThe Minister accepted that the economy is not at a place it should be, and noted that the Ministry is examining ways to boost the economy. He said the economy needs restructuring and rebalancing, and noted that more emphasis needs to be placed on manufacturing and value-added sectors.He said that in his team’s several interactions with market vendors, it was noted that businesses were not doing well and that money was not circulating as in previous years. He said the Ministry was not ignoring the situation facing the business community, but the situation would require time to be restructured and rebalanced; and he blamed the current morass on bureaucracy and the challenges that were inherited. He offered that to change the situation a comprehensive complex solution is needed, and he said the Ministry had introduced a “Green Business” action plan, working with all agencies, NGO and foreign embassies to further boost the economy.Region Two Chairman, Devanand Ramdatt, thanked the Minister for engaging the Region Two business community in discussion on the way forward for the economy, and for the participatory approach that was adopted in so doing. He, however, said that businesses are not doing well, and as such plans need to be put in place by the Government to assist same. (Indrawattie Natram)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Soccer Club is going to be hosting a tournament to kick off the upcoming indoor soccer season next month.The Icebreaker tournament is going to be running from September 29th to October 1st in Fort St. John. Tournament admission fees are free for all players that are registered for the upcoming season from the U10 age group through to the U18 age group.The Soccer Club will be releasing the tournament schedule once registration is over for the upcoming indoor soccer season. Registration is open from now until September 22nd on the Soccer Club’s website.- Advertisement -Those interested in coaching one of the house teams this upcoming season can email: email@example.com, or if interested in coaching a higher-tier team, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 Arsenal have made a last-ditch attempt to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, according to reports in Italy.As talkSPORT told you on Tuesday, Barcelona are chasing the Argentina international and are close to an agreement.The former Napoli man’s contract expires at the end of the season and he is ready to leave PSG on a free in search of a new challenge.But now, according to Calciomercato, Arsenal have made an 11th hour bid to snatch Lavezzi away from Barcelona.Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly a big fan of the 30-year-old and believes he would be an astute signing if secured on a free. Ezequiel Lavezzi
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Recovery 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. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Celebrate Recovery, a biblically based 12-step recovery program, will meet, 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 44648 15th St. W. Call 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. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 1681 will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. in Room 14 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4459. Rosamond Moose Lodge, 1105 Sierra Highway, Rosamond, will serve dinner, 5-8 p.m. Cost: $4-$6. Bingo will start at 10 a.m., offered by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Room 13, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-0595. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. SATURDAY Phun Time Cruisers meet 5 to 7 p.m., Apollo Park, 4555 W. Ave. G. Leona Valley Sertoma Club meets, 8 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month at Jackie’s Restaurant, 40352 90th St. W., Leona Valley. Call (661) 270-0339. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Seniors Lunch-Bingo Hour, noon-5 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Sponsored by Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity). Call Emerita Ross at (661) 723-7876 or Marie Cabrera at (661) 726-5309. Al-Anon will have a Spanish-speaking discussion meeting, 9 a.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite C-3, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353. Facilitated Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 2:30-4 p.m.; teens, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults, 10:30-noon or 12:30-2 p.m. at the Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Beginning yoga, 9-10 a.m. at Unity Church of Antelope Valley, 39149 8th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 273-3341. Women and Self-esteem support group meets in the Acton area. Call (661) 947-0839. Healing Heart support group will meet, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army store, 45001 Beech Ave. in Lancaster. Call (661) 943-5830. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 9 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call Jane at (661) 945-4798. Women Midlife Transition Support Group for women over age 40 is facilitated by a professional psychotherapist. Call (661) 947-0839. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. in Room 13 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 724-1820. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.todayna.org or www.sava-na.org. SUNDAY Nicotine Anonymous will meet, 8-9 p.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 43824 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 946-7606. Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity) Seniors’ Social Hour, 4-7 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Meetings feature films, talks, singalongs, talent shows and dancing. Call (661) 723-7876 or (661) 726-5309. Costume Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with identification are admitted free. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Sunday at Lancaster Elks Lodge, 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Call (661) 949-9467. Life Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with ID admitted free. Teen Care and Support Group, for teens who have lost a family member or friend, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian School, 1011 E. Ave. I, Room 302, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. Revealing Truth, a meditation and spiritual discussion, 4:45-6:15 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Antelope Valley Chess Club will meet, 1-5 p.m. at American Legion Post 771, 39463 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 726-1323. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. Overeaters Anonymouswill meet, 5-6 p.m. at 44960 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 789-5806. MONDAY Beyond the Light, a socialization and support group for young adults ages 17 1/2 to 25 with mental health issues, will meet, noon-1 p.m. at Transitional Youth Services, 104 E. Ave. K-4, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Dance Groove will offer ballroom and Latin dance lessons, 6-8:30 p.m. at Dance Groove Studio, 43631 10th St. W., Lancaster. Cost: $5 per person. Call (661) 948-9101. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927. 12-Step Recovery Groups for alcohol and drug addiction, co-dependency, relationship addiction, overeating, fear and anxiety issues, will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. The Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo, 5:30 p.m. The grill will be open. Call (661) 947-2027. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 722-0393. Co-Dependents Anonymous will host a 12-step recovery program, 7:30-9 p.m., at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927 or (661) 946-5846. Grief Recovery Outreach Group will meet, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or visit www.frf.av.org. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. The Highs and Lows, a support group for those diagnosed with manic depression or related disorders, will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Al-Anon will have a discussion, 7 p.m. at 51st Street West and Avenue K, Lancaster. Child care provided. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 572 will meet, 9-11 a.m. at the Mayflower Gardens chapel, 6570 W. Ave. L-12, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 943-3089.Early-bird bingo games will begin at 6 p.m. with regular games beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-2027. Early-bird bingo games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with regular games beginning at 7 p.m. at Paraclete High School, 42145 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3255, Monday evenings: (661) 943-1017. Billiard Gang for seniors will meet, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Parent support group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. The facilitated group is for parents who need help coping with family issues. Call (661) 266-8700. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 273-1016. Expectant parents can tour the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster, and get information on what to expect during hospitalization, at sessions starting at 6 p.m. Visitors meet in the main lobby. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or log on to the Web site at www.sava-na.org. TUESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club weekly league bowling, 6-8 p.m. at Sands Bowl, 43323 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Call (661) 267-2586. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Information and location: Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. 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 email@example.com. The organization’s Web site is at www.bni-scav.com. Prostate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Susan Baker at (661) 273-2200. Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-3103. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8 in Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Call Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Successful Anger Management course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Call (661) 538-1846. Sand Creek Orators, Toastmaster International meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Hummel Hall, 2200 20th St. W., Rosamond. Call Miikcq 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 5:30-7:30 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 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. 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 West Antelope Valley Historical Society hosts its annual silent auction and ice cream social, 7:30 p.m. at Cedar Centre art gallery, 44851 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 945-5369. J&J Social and Travel Club hosts a dinner, 5:30 p.m. at Red Lobster, 1049 Rancho Vista Blvd., Palmdale, outside the Antelope Valley Mall. An option moval follows. 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. in the Wilsona School District boardroom, 18050 E. Ave. 0, Lake Los Angeles. Call (661) 944-1216 or 944-1130.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FRIDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will host an international potluck and dance party, 7 p.m. in Palmdale. Bring a main dish, salad or dessert to share and a beverage. Call (661) 267-2586 or 273-7302. 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.
Finn Harps are to host a very important meeting this Monday night in the Villa Rose Ballybofey from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.LEAP, the consultants appointed by the FAI to develop a strategy for the years ahead would like to hear supporter’s views on the strategy to develop Finn Harps in the future.Topics will include: How do we become more professional?Should we become a full time professional team?How do we develop and retain our better players in the county?How do we develop stronger community links? How do we develop a integrated policy with other stakeholders for the club going forward?The club is looking to have your views on these and much much more on Monday night.This is a unique opportunity for the Donegal public to have their views heard on Finn Harps future.Finn Harps to ask public how they should tackle the future was last modified: October 16th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfinn harpsPublic
Sharon Gillespie knows what she will be wearing to Croke Park next Sunday.Sharon is now the new owner of a signed Donegal jersey after being chosen from the draw at Tir Chonaill Martyrs Flute band fundraising draw. Included along with Sharon in the picture are members Seamus and Ryan McLaughlin. SHARON PUTS HER SHIRT ON DONEGAL! was last modified: August 19th, 2012 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)
The theme of this year’s Insite exhibitionwas the role of science and technology inthe developing world. (Image: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre) A scale model of the MeerKAT prototype telescope was on view at Insite 2008. (Image: Square Kilometre Array)Janine ErasmusThe International Science, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (Insite) 2008, an initiative of the national Department of Science and Technology (DST), is the Southern African region’s premier platform for developments on the science and technology front. The theme for this year’s event, the third edition, was the role of science, innovation and technology as key drivers of economic growth and development.The event ran concurrently with the world conference of the International Association of Science Parks, held in an African country for the first time. The conference was hosted by South Africa’s first fully-accredited science park, the Innovation Hub, and carried the theme The role of Science and Technology Parks in accelerating knowledge economy growth – contrasts between emerging and more developed economies.The international scientific body has announced that it plans to open an African chapter in the near future, as members from the continent continue to sign up in their numbers. Science parks are seen as significant contributors to building a culture of technology and entrepreneurship – an area that poses major challenges for many developing countries – because they stimulate and manage knowledge flow between universities, research institutions, and business.However, while the establishment of science parks could assist emerging countries to become more competitive in the global knowledge market, the high cost of establishing these was often a deterrent, especially for young economies.Addressing delegates at the conference, Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa praised government interventions, especially in the development of strategic economic infrastructure, for contributing to the growth of the Gauteng economy.“The Innovation Hub was launched as part of these interventions in April 2005,” said Shilowa. “It is Africa’s first science park aimed at nurturing and growing enterprises in the knowledge sector of the economy.”South Africa, and other developing African countries, hopes to participate more in the 21st century in terms of science and technology, said Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngquka, as this would ensure that economic growth had a beneficial impact on citizens.Embracing open sourceIn addition, Insite featured a strong focus on open source software, with a number of companies – including Microsoft – presenting their views on the way forward for the open source sector. The event also commemorated World Software Freedom Day, which was launched in 2004 with the aim of educating and boosting awareness among the global public of the benefits of using top-quality open source software, both at work and at home. Software Freedom Day fell on 20 September.In South Africa, the DST has embraced the open source platform and is currently migrating software already in use to the open source equivalent. The department will also only install new applications that are based on open standards. This is in line with national government’s grand policy to implement open source solutions, which was approved by Cabinet in early 2007.“We promote open source not only because we want to use high quality software and the latest technology,” said science and technology director-general Phil Mjwara, “but because it is an excellent platform for scientific computing. It gives scientists access to the tools they require to perform their work no matter what area they decide to specialise in. Therefore you will find open source software in our bio-chemistry projects our astronomy projects, and our HLT and access programmes.”The DST’s National Advisory Council on Innovation runs entirely on open source software, using Kubuntu Linux as the operating system as well as OpenOffice and Firefox for productivity. The DST also runs open source software on its web servers, firewalls, PABX, proxies, mail relays and network tools, among others.Speaking in July 2008 at the opening of the GovTech 2008 conference in Durban, Minister of Public Service and Administration Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi named open source software and open standards as key components of efficient IT in government. Moloketi is known for her support of the open source platform and said that government IT providers must not dismiss open standards.Sport and biofuels also a focusAnother focus area at Insite was the role that technology plays in sport, with the Science and Technology in Sport conference also taking place during Insite. Here, the role of sport and recreation in demystifying science and technology amongst youth was examined. The conference also spotlighted the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and opportunities for the national development of sport participation in previously disadvantaged communities.Topics of discussion included a strategy on uniting African broadcasters for 2010, and the creation of home-grown models for producing winning sports stars. Respected sports scientist Tim Noakes and former Springbok coach Jake White, who guided the national rugby team to their second world championship in 2007, were guest speakers.The Bio2Biz SA 2008 conference, highlighting the resurgence of biofuels, tackled the need for alternative sources of fuel versus the need to judiciously use the earth’s cultivatable land. South Africa, as a developing country, could benefit from the positive spin-offs derived from biofuel production, such as job creation, economic upliftment of rural communities, and a closer relationship between the first and second economies. The country’s draft biofuels legislation is, however, sensitive to the issue of food security as it advises against the use of essential food crops and productive land to make biofuel.A variety of exhibitorsExhibitors at the event included, among many others, Breadbin, marketers of the Freedom Toaster, Microsoft, Carl Zeiss, Robotics SA, the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, the Cradle of Humankind world heritage site, the office of science and technology in the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, and the Council for Geoscience. A model of the MeerKAT prototype telescope was also on display – this is part of the Karoo Array Telescope, which will be used in the core of the Square Kilometre Array telescope should South Africa win its bid to host the giant apparatus.The One Laptop Per Child project showed off the latest release of their low-cost laptop and demonstrated the machine’s capabilities.Insite 2008 also featured a strong international presence – the China pavilion showcased almost 40 exhibitors across a range of fields including medicine, nanotechnology, higher learning, science and technology exchange, research, agriculture, and engineering.A German pavilion featured the latest and best from this technology-savvy nation. A number of higher learning and research institutions were present, including the Universities of Stuttgart, Duisberg Essen, and Braunschweig/Wolfenbüttel, and the German Development Institute Bonn.Visitors to Insite were also treated to the Madrid pavilion, which hosted the Madrid Chamber of Commerce, PromoMadrid Desarrollo Internacional de Madrid SA, and the Madrid Region Parks and Clusters Network, a network of six science parks located in the region.Other major pavilions were hosted by Japan, the International Association of Science Parks, and Open Source for Business, which featured open source pioneers Red Hat, Novell, Obsidian, Sita and Sun Microsystems.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus on firstname.lastname@example.org.Related articlesScience and technologyAfrican eyes on the universeUseful linksInsiteDepartment of Science and TechnologySci-Bono Discovery CentreInternational Association of Science Parks 2008 world conferenceBio2Biz conferenceSoftware Freedom Day