Woman, 30, Allegedly Arm Robs FIBank of US$236K, L$3.3M

first_imgA 30-year- old woman, Helena Hawa Swaray, who allegedly arm robbed the Broad Street Branch of First International Bank (FIB) of US$236,584 and L$3,306,997 has been sent to jail at the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP) to await trial. Hawa Swaray was arrested on March 2 by officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) at her Bassa Community residence in Monrovia following a hunt for her that lasted for nearly three months.Defendant Swaray was picked up after one of the private guards, Peter Kollie, assigned at the Presbyterian Church wing attached to the west end of the bank’s fence, identified her as the person who asked him to allow her to use the church’s bathroom to attend to nature the night the bank was reportedly robbed.Suspect Swaray was arrested along with Harris Quollin, David Jallah, Alexander Jerry, Mark Wilson and Emmanuel Ogozie, alleged accomplices.Other defendants, who reportedly robbed the bank on December 12, 2015, along with the female suspect were only identified as D-Boy, Old Papay, Papie and Raza. Their arrest and subsequent detention was based on a complaint filed to the LNP by Madam Rhonda Richards von Ballmoos, the bank’s Deputy Managing Director.In the complaint, Madam von Ballmoos alleges that on December 12, 2015, while her staff was out of the office for the night, some unknown individuals including defendant Swaray, armed with a short single barrel gun, cutlasses and other deadly weapons robbed the bank. Police said during the investigation, all of the defendants were paraded in the presence of Kollie, who identified defendant Swaray among the accused because he interacted with her prior to the commission of the crime.Kollie also informed the investigators that Swaray and her group tied him up and placed him in the church bathroom.Before that, Kollie alleged that Swaray entered the church compound and identified herself as Princess, a member of the Presbyterian Church, with its fence adjacent to the bank.Based on that information, Kollie claimed that he allowed the suspect to enter the church yard. He stated that while entering, Swaray’s accomplices followed her and held him at “gun point.”When they entered the church compound, the court records allege, Swaray and her group walked directly to the fence between the bank and the church.“When they got hold of the vault,” the document alleges, “Suspect Swaray and her colleagues used an instrument believed to be a hack saw to cut the protective steel bar from the bathroom window thus forcibly opening the pre-vault wooden door. They subsequently used an oxygen tank to cut the main vault and allegedly made away with US$236,584 and L$3,306,997.Police claim that during the investigation, defendants Harris Quollin informed the police that on December 15, 2015, he bought a grey Nissan Pathfinder Jeep (2001 model) valued at US$6,200, the only money accounted for so far.Meanwhile, the defendants remain in prison awaiting trial.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No secret deal, all parties informed – Trotman

first_imgSkeldon Estate takeover…Jagdeo says Opposition informed after secret MoU signedGovernment has denied any secrecy in a deal struck with a Trinidadian company for a possible takeover of the lucrative Skeldon Estate, a state entity under the management of the cash-strapped and heavily-indebted Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).The US$200 million Skeldon Sugar FactoryAt the post-Cabinet press briefing on Thursday, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman pointed out that it was just a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conduct a feasibility study.“There is nothing here to sign the assets away, but it is just meant to conduct a study… There is no such thing as a secret deal… (and) so the mischief about a takeover and all that is just what it is – a mischief, false and should not be repeated and peddled,” the Minister noted.He went on to quote the document which states that, “The parties agree that this MoU constitutes a strategic liaison the company and GO-Invest intended to formulate and facilitate the development of a feasibility study for an integrated sugarcane processing facility for GuySuCo’s assets and related assets in Skeldon, Guyana.”According to Trotman, while the document has no confidentiality clause, Government is not aware that when it is entering into an MoU that it has to have members of the Opposition alongside to witness.Guyana Times broke the story on Tuesday that Trinidadian company D Rampersad and Company Limited (DRCL) was likely to rake in major benefits from the Guyana Government, including favourable tax incentives for the development of an integrated sugarcane processing facility at the Skeldon Sugar Estate, after the MoU was inked in December for the undertaking of a feasibility study.However, Trotman said that the Opposition, GuySuCo and the relevant unions representing sugar workers were also informed about the MoU. This was also disclosed by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, when contacted on the matter earlier this week.“There was a meeting when we met with the Opposition and the unions … to try to get them on board for the way forward for GuySuCo. At that meeting, the question of the MoU came up and it was provided to the Opposition to look at. The Opposition is well aware of it, because it was given to them by the Government. So, I don’t know what is the secret deal; they have the MoU,” Holder explained.But Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo in his criticism of the agreement pointed out that Government entered into this deal without any consultations with stakeholders beforehand.“They claim that this is without prejudice to privatisation. But if you have a secret Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with someone to assess the entity, then you are already giving one person an advantage over any person who may be interested if you decide to privatise.  So they are busy working these quiet deals and one day we may wake up and find that one of the prized estates in Guyana is gone to a group that knows nothing about sugar or is on middle land without any public valuation of the land, no public tendering, but has acquired a deal by the Government,” he told media operatives on Wednesday.The Skeldon Sugar Factory, which is located on the Estate, alone is worth US$200 million, so the total value of the Estate would amount to billions. Jagdeo contended that this was one of the many actions of the Government which he considered “totally reprehensible”.“You do not speak with the parliamentary Opposition. You know, just recently, they called us in December, after everything else and told us they want to talk to us about it, but the secret MoU was already signed, now the story is in the news,” he outlined. The MoU was signed on December 8, 2016.The Trinidadian company reportedly has no experience with any agricultural enterprise, and provides engineering services to the automotive and oil industries in T&T. Notable, as well, is the fact that witness to the signing was Noel Rupie Shewjattan, the owner of Auto Fashion Store on Garnett Street, Campbellville, Georgetown. Auto Fashion Store also has no experience in the agricultural sector.The MoU seen by  Guyana Times outlines that the company will be conducting a feasibility study, which is proposed to commence on April 3. DRCL is slated to benefit tremendously if its project proposal is approved by the current coalition Administration.According to the MoU, some expectations in the event a definitive agreement is entered into would include access to key infrastructure, favourable combination of tax incentives, and land for sugarcane cultivation and infrastructure.The company is also set to receive reasonable approval cycles, guarantees on minimum product take-off by the Government with respect to electric power and fuel ethanol, guaranteed pricing formulae and power export provisions.last_img read more

Campbell to get an earful next week over Carbon Tax

first_imgPremier Campbell is expected to get an earful next week, about the carbon tax, at the Union of BC Municipalities Association convention, in Penticton.It will hear a dozen resolutions, mostly from northern communities, asking for relief from the tax.The province instituted the 2.4 cent a liter hike on Canada Day, insisting it would be revenue neutral.- Advertisement -However, civic politicians in the north argue, it can’t be revenue neutral, when it has more impact on people in the north, than those in the south.Communities proposing tax resolutions include Fort St. John but, they have been boiled down to one special resolution, which will be debated when the main convention begins on Wednesday morning.The Premier’s response is expected to come on Friday, when he delivers his annual convention address. Advertisementlast_img read more

B.C. Hydro responds to request for more information to support Site C EIS

first_imgThe amended EIS, which was submitted on August 2, 2013, includes the potential effects of the project, as well as proposed ways Hydro will work to avoid those effects. After reviewing the amended EIS and making a visit to the region for a first-hand look at the project, the Joint Review Panel came back on September 6 determining that more information is needed from Hydro to back up its findings. That essentially stopped the regulatory clock, and it’s unclear whether Hydro’s response alone restarts it. If the Joint Review Panel finds the additional information sufficient, public hearings in the area will be scheduled.- Advertisement -B.C. Hydro also filed an evidentiary update today which updates the EIS and addresses additional comments from the public and Aboriginal groups. Hydro says it doesn’t change the findings of the EIS, but confirms the need for Site C’s energy and capacity resources to meet future customer demand, and that the dam is still the preferred option to meet the need.B.C. Hydro’s response to the Request for Additional Information issued by the Joint Review Panel on Friday, September 6, 2013 can be found here: http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/document-eng.cfm?document=94438. B.C. Hydro’s Evidentiary Update can be found here: http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/documents/p63919/94428E.pdf.Advertisementlast_img read more

Manchester United line up v Southampton: Exciting attack to fire Red Devils to third?

first_imgManchester United can leapfrog Southampton with a win at St Mary’s and go third in the Premier League, but who will line up for the Red Devils against Saints?Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Wayne Rooney will play, while casting doubt on Radamel Falcao’s capabilities.United have won four Premier League games in a row under Van Gaal and will go to the south coast confident of continuing that run against a Southampton team that has taken a solitary point from their last three matches.Here is how United could line up tonight… Will Falcao find his fitness and grab a starting place alongside Wayne Rooney? 1last_img read more

MORE THAN 20,000 PEOPLE EXPECTED AT NORTH-WEST GARDEN SHOW

first_imgWith over 20,000 people expected over two days, investing in the 2013 Northwest Garden Show is one investment you can rely on.The family and outdoor fayre takes place at CPI Complex Castlefinn on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May. Organisers say space is filling fast for this year’s showcase which will see 165+ exhibitors showcase their products and services.Event Director Michael Carlin says, “The brand is growing, we attract high calibre exhibitors and we take on the feedback from our visitors each year. They say what they want and we try to deliver it. This year for example we have a number of show gardens on display following feedback from visitors last year.”Stands at the now famous Northwest Garden Show which takes place on an 8-acre site start from as little as €150.The two-day fayre will feature an exhibition area, artisan food marquee, live cooking theatre, crafts fayre, show gardens, farmers market, flower pavilion and various garden challenges. It also features Trash ‘n’ Fashion and in the week preceding the event will crown the 2013 Northwest Garden Rose. Dean Gillespie of Gillespie Polytunnels says showcasing at the Northwest Garden Show has really helped promote his brand and win new business.“I spend quite a bit of time trying to market my business with little or no budget. So exhibiting to over 20,000 prospective customers over two days is a significant opportunity. I’ve secured a new client database and vast exposure, which has helped us to this day. And of course it generated valuable sales. I have rebooked for this year and I can safely say it’s the best investment in marketing I make year in year out.”“This event offers extremely good value for money. This Show is the largest of its kind outside Dublin and Belfast. With 21,000 visitors last year we are hopeful we can repeat this turnout,” says Denise McClintock, Sales Executive.To book a stand log onto northwestgardenshow.ie or call Denise McClintock on 086 775 5995 or email denise@northwestgardenshow.ie.LIKE Northwest Garden Show on Facebook or follow @NorthwestGS on Twitter.MORE THAN 20,000 PEOPLE EXPECTED AT NORTH-WEST GARDEN SHOW was last modified: April 17th, 2013 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:castlefinnorth west garden showstandslast_img read more

HARDEST THING OF CANCER BATTLE WAS TELLING MY KIDS – MAJELLA

first_imgMajella O’Donnell has revealed the hardest thing about her cancer battle was revealing it to her children.Majella signs copies of her book in Easons, Letterkenny tomorrow (Mon) at 12.30pm.Majella reveals her torment in her new book ‘It’s all In The Head’ which she will sign copies of in Easons in Letterkenny tomorrow.She said “That night, when I went to bed, all I could think about was telling my children. “I new that if I heard that about my mother, I would have been distraught. They would probably think I was going to die.“I started to cry. Daniel put his arms around me and held me and said nothing. There was nothing he could say and I’m glad he realised that was all I needed at the time,” she said.The mum of two said that was the only time she allowed herself to cry – “the only time that I allowed myself to give in to feeling sorry for myself.”Son and daughter Michael and Siobhan were in London at the time and herself and Daniel traveled to see them. And despite preparing herself to tell them, Majella said the words just wouldn’t come to her.“The words just wouldn’t come out. I could feel the tears well up inside me and thankfully Daniel realised what was happening and he told them.” *Majella will sign copies of her book in Easons in Letterkenny tomorrow (Mon) at 12.30pm. HARDEST THING OF CANCER BATTLE WAS TELLING MY KIDS – MAJELLA was last modified: October 12th, 2014 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:cancerdaniel o’donnelldonegalMajella O’Donnelllast_img read more

District settles labor dispute

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe settlement came after an impasse was declared and three mediating sessions were held. An impasse in contract talks had never been previously declared in the district’s 41-year history. “We are very pleased the district was able to realize that funding is going to be there and that we are not trying to put the district into receivership,” said Gerald Gandolfo, president of the Teachers Association of Norwalk-La Mirada. “While it may not please everybody, we think it was the best contract we could get,” Gandolfo added. Superintendent Ginger Shattuck said the deal was within the financial parameters the district could afford. The cost of the contract is estimated at $3.4 million. But since the pay raise is only retroactive to Nov. 1, the entire deal costs the same as the district’s original proposal for a 3 percent increase for teachers, Shattuck said. “I’m pleased that we settled,” she said. “It’s been a long time coming. It was stressful on all parties. It’s a good thing for teachers to get to concentrate their efforts on instruction and not worry about their day-to-day salary.” Shattuck said she was not sure when teachers will receive their back pay, which also will include a $437.65 refund for health insurance payments. Under the new contract, the annual pay for a veteran teacher with 30 years of experience will increase from $80,366 to $82,426. Pay for a teacher with 10 years of experience and a bachelor’s degree, plus 45 units of college credit, will increase from $58,345 to $59,979. A first-year teacher who is fully credentialed will receive $42,649, up from $41,487. The district still has to negotiate an agreement with the non-certificated employees (non-teaching workers), who are represented by the California School Employees Association. Talks between association negotiators and district managers are scheduled for Wednesday. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Teachers in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District have agreed to a 3.5 percent pay raise, ending the longest labor dispute in the district’s history. The agreement, reached Wednesday, also calls for the district to pay all health premium increases. It also increases the district’s health insurance payments per employee, from $8,000 to $8,500. The agreement would be retroactive to Nov. 1 of last year. Stipends for extra duties performed by teachers, such as coaches and department heads, also will go up 3.5 percent, according to the agreement. That hike will be retroactive to July 1 of last year. last_img read more

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_imgFacilitated 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. 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. Recovery Inc., a self-help group for people with anxieties, panic attacks, depression and fears, will meet, 2 p.m. at Los Angeles County Mental Health offices, 349A E. Ave. K-6, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3956. Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Call (661) 951-2988. Celebrate Recovery will meet, 7 p.m. at A Place in the Sun church, 38117 13th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9180. Speakers in the Wind Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Jack Knight at (661) 946-7166. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Successful Marriage and Parenting course, 10 a.m.-noon. Call Carmen Andersen at (661) 273-8122. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets, 9:15 a.m.-noon the first and third Fridays of each month at Church of Christ, 1655 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Includes a hot breakfast buffet, discussion groups, featured speaker, craft and demonstrations. Children welcome. Cost: $5 for moms and $3 for kids. Call (661) 943-3162 or (661) 942-1638. Stress Management will meet, 1 p.m. at 43423 Division St., Suite 107, Lancaster. Call (661) 947-1595 or (661) 726-2850, Ext. 221. Speakers in the Wind Toastmaster Club 2867 will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Joyce Hall at (661) 946-1181 or Barbara Linde at (661) 947-2537. 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) 943-3089.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 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. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Cedar Open Reading meets weekly, 7-9 p.m. in Cedar Hall, 44851 Cedar Ave., Lancaster, except on the second Thursday of the month when the meeting is in the gallery, 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4314. The Overcomers, an emotional and educational support group for mental health consumers, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call Bill Slocum or Mary Rogers at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Aces & Deuces Square Dance Club will meet, 7-8:15 p.m. for beginners and 8:15-9:30 p.m. for plus at Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale, for ages 10 and up. Cost: $3. Call (661) 256-7650. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. last_img read more

Air Force base construction funding in act

first_img160Want 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Runway 04/22 was built in the 1950s when Edwards was being turned into the Air Force’s flight test center. To illustrate its deterioration, former flight test commander Doug Pearson once gave chunks broken off it to a visiting congressional delegation. The Edwards housing funding is included in a $4 billion portion of the bill. Congressional leaders added $223 million over the president’s initial budget, stating they wish to “to continue the goal of providing adequate housing for our service members and their families.” The housing funding will continue a project launched in the 1990s to replace Edwards’ aging quarters. Much of the base’s housing was built in the 1950s. It lacks central heating and cooling systems, and is becoming increasingly costly to repair, according to base officials. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – Congressional leaders are proposing to fund the construction of 226 housing units and a new runway at Edwards Air Force Base. The Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act of 2006, which is expected to be approved by both the House and the Senate, contains $59.69 million for new housing units and $37 million to start a $103 million project to replace Edwards’ aging main runway. The Edwards funding is included in the conference report in which differences between the Senate and House of Representatives versions of the bill were reconciled. Both houses must vote on the final version of the bill and it needs President George W. Bush’s signature to become law. The runway funding is included in a $6.2 billion portion of the bill to update Defense Department facilities. Plans call for building the runway parallel to the aging 04/22 runway so test work can continue during construction. last_img read more