Follow the Trace | The Butler did it!

first_img Butler’s faith, vision and perseverance amidst the condemnation and criticisms of many detractors, and a myriad of adversities, has been rewarded with that breakthrough deal for his premier player, Leon Bailey. With the experience garnered, and contacts made along that storied journey, Craig Butler’s experience and expertise must be of some value to Jamaica’s football going forward. Amid all the ego-driven and testosterone-fuelled quagmire, the Bayer Leverkusen forward Bailey is yet to make his debut for Jamaica and that is a pity. What would be an even bigger pity is if this current situation continues to be mismanaged and Jamaica ends up losing out on the services of Leon Bailey. In the wider scheme of things, an invitation to the national team to Kyle Butler is a small price to pay for securing the international future of Leon Bailey. Kyle Butler, the biological son of Craig is a young creative midfielder playing professionally in the little known premier league in Malta. In a context where even schoolboys have gotten call ups to the national squad, even without the Leon Bailey attachment, there is no good reason why Kyle Butler could or should not get even an invite. National coach Theodore Whitmore himself has admitted the need to find creative players to complement the core he is currently moulding. It would be a travesty of justice if young Kyle was refused an opportunity to make an impression for his country because of the utterances and actions of his father. Whitmore should simply invite the younger Butler and have a look at him, if he is not good enough, he says ‘thank you very much’ and we move on. Let us try to do what’s best for Jamaica by focusing more on the message and try as best we can to ignore the messenger. Craig Butler is who he is: a creature of circumstances and a man who did what he did and did it his way. Let us not waste another precious opportunity because of personal feelings and pettiness. The focus must be on sorting out this mess and get Leon ‘Chippy’ Bailey donning the colours of the Reggae Boyz sooner rather than later. So what if THE BUTLER DID IT? Sparks continue to fly from yet another high- profile round of controversy ignited by enigmatic football personality Craig Butler, who’s reported suggestion or request for his son Kyle to be invited to the national senior team, along with prize player Leon Bailey, is causing the stir. Butler has insisted it was not a demand but merely questions and suggestions. Nevertheless, resentment to the Phoenix Academy boss has intensified as the accusations continue to spiral about these and other alleged demands made of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) and the national coach. If Craig Butler asked some questions and made some suggestions regarding player selection and team philosophy, what is so wrong with that? He can suggest and recommend all he wants, the final say remains with the JFF and the national coach. What’s the fuss about? Butler is, after all, the agent and guardian for both of these young Jamaican players and has evidently attempted this strategy before, but just like we suspect, that KRC Genk did in Belgium, and we assume Bayer Leverkusen did in Germany, the Butler ‘combo’ was rejected. Similarly, Jamaica should or should not reject Butler’s request depending on what the technical staff thinks of the quality of Kyle Butler. For things to have escalated into an insult-trading war of words, points to a total mismanagement of a very manageable situation. Craig Butler has his many and major flaws like all of us, but let us, for the sake of football-resist the temptation to throw out the proverbial baby with the bath water. Butler’s methods might be unconventional and unorthodox; he is certainly not the most politically correct in his utterances, but his belief in, and conviction to, the development of young Jamaican players is unquestionable, and this is quite refreshing in a climate where the Jamaican football leadership had long been heading in the completely opposite direction of running to England to beg and beseech second-rate players with questionable commitment to come and represent Jamaica. Faith and visionlast_img read more

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Havelange took bribes from ISL

first_img0Shares0000PARIS, France, July 12- Former world football chief Joao Havelange received enormous bribes from FIFA’s discredited former marketing company, court documents released in Switzerland reveal.The 96-year-old Brazilian, FIFA president for 24 years before Sepp Blatter stepped into the hotseat in 1998, pocketed at least 1.5m Swiss francs (£986,000) and FIFA executive committee member Ricardo Teixeira at least 12.74m. The bribes, made by International Sport and Leisure (ISL), were detailed in documents made public by Switzerland’s supreme court and published by the BBC on Wednesday.FIFA’s discredited Swiss-based marketing partner collapsed in 2001 with debts of around $300 million.Havelange, who remains FIFA’s honorary president, stepped down after a 48-year-spell as a member of the International Olympic Committee last December just days before an ethics hearing into his links with ISL.Havelange was accused by a BBC documentary in 2010 of kickbacks totalling $1 million from ISL for granting lucrative World Cup contracts.Havelange, who became an IOC member in 1963, was FIFA president between 1974-98 before he was replaced by Blatter, his long time FIFA secretary general.In May he was discharged after two months in hospital in Rio de Janeiro where he was being treated for an ankle infection and cardiac and pulmonary problems.He is the former father-in-law of Teixeira, who recently resigned as head of Brazilian football and as chief of Brazil’s organizing committee for the 2014 World Cup following a spate of corruption allegations.Havelange was instrumental in bringing the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro and to South America for the first time when in 2009 the IOC elected the city as the 2016 host.At the vote in Copenhagen he famously invited IOC members to his 100th birthday party on Copacabana beach in 2016 should they award the Games to Rio.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Jurgen Klopp backed to lead Liverpool to League Cup glory – Coral Daily Download

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman says Liverpool are now 6/5 favourites win the League Cup after their semi-final first leg victory at Stoke.Stoke are 16/1, while Manchester City are 13/8 despite losing to Everton in the first leg of their last four clash, with the Toffees priced at 4/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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Antelope Valley Calendar

first_imgSand 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 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. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Youth Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE, or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Plane Talk Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Lockheed Federal Credit Union, 1011 Lockheed Way, Palmdale. Call (661) 572-4123. Harmony Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will rehearse, 7:30 p.m. at 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. The group is part of an international organization of women who sing four-part harmony. Call (661) 273-0995, (661) 285-1797 or (661) 940-3109. Al-Anon will hold a discussion, noon at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale, and at 7 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, Room 704, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiards Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program representative will be available, 1-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551 for an appointment. Tumbleweed Card Club for seniors will play canasta, pinochle and other games, 1-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Line dancing, 6-7 p.m. for beginners and 7-8:30 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Palmdale Youth Council will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Parks and Recreation office, 38260 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5611. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at the Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Expectant parent tours of the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department will start at 6 p.m. from the hospital lobby, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Beginners will meet at 7 p.m. Call (661) 948-2571. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 10:30 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Also in Lancaster, 6:30 p.m. at Sunnydale School, 1233 W. Ave. J-8. Call Karen at (661) 723-9331. Overeaters Anonymous – HOW Conceptwill meet, 7:15 p.m. at Robin’s Law Office, 203 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 949-9192. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. WEDNESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will host a dinner at 6 p.m., Black Angus restaurant, 44690 Valley Central Way, Lancaster. An optional movie will follow. Make reservations by Tuesday to (661) 267-2586. 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 cyndeem@nlacrc.com. Al-Anon discussion group will meet, 7 p.m. at 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale; Alateen at 7 p.m. at 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale, and a women’s discussion group at 7:30 p.m. at 32142 Crown Valley Road, Acton. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. A Course in Miracles discussion, 7-9 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Palmdale Moose Lodge, 3101 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo games beginning at 10 a.m. Call (661) 947-6777. Bridge Club for seniors will meet, noon-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Beginner and intermediate players welcome. Call (661) 267-5551. Blood pressure testing for seniors, 10-11:15 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Knitting and crocheting for seniors, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 704 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Bring your own supplies. Call (661) 267-5551. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale Children’s Youth Library, 38510 Sierra Highway. Call Kathy at (661) 265-1839. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Multipurpose Room 2 at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 256-7064. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Women’s Eating Disorder Group will meet, 6-7:30 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. Bingo for seniors, 12:15-2:15 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Cost: 25 cents per card. Call (661) 267-5551. Talents Unlimited Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente Mental Health Center, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 949-7423. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.todayna.org. THURSDAY Ask and It is Given classes, 6:30-8 p.m., Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. High Desert Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at 1008 W. Ave. M-4, Palmdale. Call (661) 992-3229 or 944-1130. High Desert Modular Model Railroad Club meets, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the Experimental Test Pilots Association boardroom, 44814 Elm Ave., Lancaster. Call Bob Drury at (661) 400-4479. Cedar Open Reading meets weekly, 7-9 p.m. in Cedar Hall, 44851 Cedar Ave., Lancaster, except on the second Thursday of the month when the meeting is in the gallery, 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4314. The Overcomers, an emotional and educational support group for mental health consumers, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call Bill Slocum or Mary Rogers at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Aces & Deuces Square Dance Club will meet, 7-8:15 p.m. for beginners and 8:15-9:30 p.m. for plus at Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale, for ages 10 and up. Cost: $3. Call (661) 256-7650. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Facilitated Anger Management Group for teens will meet, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults will meet, 6:30-8 p.m., at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Al-Anon will host a discussion, 1 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale; a step study at 7 p.m. at 1827 E. Ave. Q-10, Palmdale; and a meeting on Steps, Traditions, Concepts at 7:30 p.m. at 44815 Fig Ave., Suite 101, Lancaster. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Emotions Anonymous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. Information and location: (661) 723-9967. Desert Aire Women’s Golf Association will meet at Desert Aire Golf Course at Avenue P and 40th Street East in Palmdale. Call (661) 269-5982. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Country line dance lessons for seniors, 1-2 p.m. for beginners and 2:15 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Donation requested. Call (661) 267-5551. Soroptimist International of Antelope Valley will meet, noon at the Holiday Inn of Palmdale-Lancaster, 38630 5th St. W., Palmdale. Business and professional women are invited. Call (661) 946-1609. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 569 will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Grecian Isles Mobile Home Park, 4444 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-7672 or (661) 285-5003. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7:30-9 p.m. Step Workbook reading and writing. Call (661) 947-7935. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Support group for women in abusive or battering situations will meet, 1-3:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A Spanish-language group also will meet, 10 a.m.-noon. Call (661) 945-6736 or (661) 945-5509. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. FRIDAY J&J Dance and Social Club will host a mixer and kareoke social, 7 p.m. in Lancaster. Make reservations by noon Thursday to (661) 267-2586. 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. 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. 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 Pastor 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) 319-5101.160Want 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 audmill@qnet.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. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesToddler 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. last_img read more

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Ramona Nicholas unveils Bundoran mansion for TV challenge

first_imgDonegal businesswoman Ramona Nicholas revealed the stunning interiors of her Bundoran home for RTE’s Celebrity Home of the Year 2018.Ramona Nicholas on Celebrity Home of the Year 2018. RTE OneThe joint MD of the Cara Group and former Dragons’ Den investor joined a special edition of the property show on Wednesday which saw five well-known personalities showcase their homes.For taking part, Ramona pledged a donation of €5,000 to her chosen charity – the Marie Keating Foundation. The seaside views from Ramona’s spectacular revival period home wowed the judges. Set overlooking Tullan Strand, the huge property is adorned with glamorous and elegant details in reflection of her personal style.The judges view Ramona Nicholas’ home on Celebrity Home of the Year 2018. RTE OneViews from Ramona Nicholas’ house on Celebrity Home of the Year 2018. RTE OneThe mansion, which is home to Ramona, her husband Canice, son Alex and daughter Sarah, earned a score of 25 from the show’s three expert judges; design legend Hugh Wallace, interior designer Deirdre Whelan and architect Peter Crowley.The judges admired the sweeping staircase, ornate furniture and plush living areas. From a princess room for baby Sarah to the masculine/feminine entertainment suite, there was no shortage of talking points. The judges’ only comment was that the windows were not large enough to celebrate the amazing Atlantic views.Ramona Nicholas’ Bundoran home featured on Celebrity Home of the Year 2018. RTE OneRamona Nicholas’ Bundoran home featured on Celebrity Home of the Year 2018. RTE OneRamona Nicholas’ Bundoran home featured on Celebrity Home of the Year 2018. RTE OneRamona Nicholas’ Bundoran home featured on Celebrity Home of the Year 2018. RTE OneRamona Nicholas’ Bundoran home featured on Celebrity Home of the Year 2018. RTE OneRamona Nicholas’ Bundoran home featured on Celebrity Home of the Year 2018. RTE OneRamona Nicholas’ Bundoran home featured on Celebrity Home of the Year 2018. RTE OneRamona Nicholas’ Bundoran home featured on Celebrity Home of the Year 2018. RTE OneJudge Hugh Wallace gave the home a score of 10 and said: “It really is an extraordinary house because when you come up to the outside you just wonder what it’s going to be like on the inside, you sometimes get disappointed, and since I’ve come into this home I have nothing but the greatest admiration for the homeowner. I think it’s a truly exceptional home.” Ramona Nicholas’ Bundoran home featured on Celebrity Home of the Year 2018. RTE OneOther celebrities who took part this year were artist Robert Ballagh, writer John Boyne, meteorologist Jean Byrne and singer songwriter Eleanor Mc Evoy.After much competition and deliberations, John Boyne’s colourful home won the overall title of Celebrity Home of The Year 2018.Ramona Nicholas unveils Bundoran mansion for TV challenge was last modified: January 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

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AltX riding stock exchange wave

first_img8 January 2006AltX, Africa’s first alternative exchange for small to medium and growing companies, is riding the wave of the private sector’s bullish sentiment about the South African economy with a number of important new listings.A partnership between the JSE Limited and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), AltX gives smaller companies the opportunity to issue new shares, raise capital, widen their investor base and have their shares traded in a regulated market.On Tuesday ACC-Ross Holdings, a golf estate, residential and leisure property development company, said it would list on the exchange next week. On Wednesday industrial group PSV Holdings announced a listing planned for April. Building materials supplier WG Wearne revealed plans to list last month.With a market capitalisation of over R1-billion, ACC-Ross will be the biggest listing on AltX so far. The group may consider listing on the JSE’s main board at a later stage.“We have had huge support from AltX in our listing plans,” ACC-Ross CEO Jaco Verster told Business Day.PSV supplies pumps, valves and electromechanical systems to the mining, petrochemical and water and waste management sectors. With an expected market capitalisation of R206-million, it will become the third-largest listing on the exchange.According to Business Day, analysts believe there will be more listings in the industrial sector in the next few months as investment by government and the private sector gains momentum.Empowering small companiesLaunched in October 2003 as a parallel market to the JSE, AltX is specifically aimed at fast-growing businesses, start-ups, family-owned businesses, black economic empowerment companies and junior mining companies.DTI director-general Alistair Ruiters says the exchange complements the government’s black economic empowerment policies by creating a space for more black companies to participate in the JSE, adding that the DTI would provide financial support to firms that list on AltX.“What is also important about this initiative is that we will mentor these companies, providing support and management capacity building,” he says. “The DTI will pay for all these costs.”AltX is differentiated from the main board at the JSE in many ways, with separate listing requirements. The idea is that companies listed on AltX will be future large companies that eventually migrate to the JSE main board.The alternative exchange has reduced listing fees, but is supported by the full range of JSE services – including the trading of shares on the same system as the main board, market surveillance to eliminate irregularities, and settlement of AltX securities through the JSE’s electronic system, STRATE.Developing management skillsAltX has listing requirements appropriate for small and medium companies, placing emphasis on initial and ongoing disclosure of company information. There is also a focus on the enhancement of the skills of directors of AltX companies, with a compulsory four-day directors’ induction programme offered by the Wits Business School.Companies require no profit history to list, but a minimum share capital of R2-million is required.“We researched parallel exchanges internationally, and have incorporated best practice into AltX,” says AltX manager Noah Greenhill. “The most successful parallel market has been AIM in the UK, which has admitted more than 850 companies since it opened in 1995. Collectively, these companies have raised more than US$10-billion while on AIM.”The success of AltX, Greenhill says, is based “on a philosophy which emphasises relationship management, marketing and continuous education.”“All companies start small, and we are committed to supporting the burgeoning small and medium enterprise sector of the South African economy.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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First Test Results: Is Google Unwiring the Web for Google+?

first_imgOn Thursday, the exact same search yielded different results. First of all, a personal blog post about the “Mess Up” story – not the jury duty story – now ranks #2. Jared’s Google+ recommendation has been bumped to fourth, while Jon’s own Google+ post remains third. More importantly, perhaps, is this: The link to the original jury duty story itself appears to be completely gone – totally absent from the first 15 pages of search results. Related Posts First, here’s an interesting result that concerns time. The above screenshot was from our initial round of tests late Wednesday, just hours after Jon’s original post. The search is for “Jon Mitchell” “jury duty” (note the quotation marks dividing the terms into two distinct sets). This is a Type 3 account, meaning we’re not signed in.Note that the Google+ “Mess Up” story now ranks first. But consistent with the results that Jon was experiencing since last December 24, two Google+ recommendations for the jury duty story rank far higher than the original story (which was originally posted on RWW December 16, and which ranked #23 in this search, way over on Page 3). The Google+ recommendation by RWW’s Jared Smith ranked above that of the author, Jon Mitchell. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? But this is not a perpetual behavior. The same search conducted on our Type 1 account today placed the Google+ link to Jon’s original jury duty story first, for the very first time. The “Mess Up” story was demoted to #4.What do we think we’re learning from this? Once the searcher is logged into Google+, a number of different variables come into play. Google calls these variables social signals, and explains them to us as referring to elements gleaned from Google+ participation that changes the impact of stories that appear in search results. So conceivably, my having followed through with investigating links to Jon’s jury duty story yesterday, may have directly triggered the elevation of the Google+ post linking to that story today.“We rank search results in order to deliver the most relevant answers from across the public Web, and that often includes content from people you’re connected to,” a Google spokesperson tells ReadWriteWeb today. “For signed-in users, social signals are among the more than two hundred factors we use to rank search results, and these change roughly 500 times in a typical year.”That’s more than once per day, which may explain a few things right there. What we’d like to determine, though, is whether the addition of new factors for Google+ members that don’t apply to non-members, has a positive or negative impact on the relevance of search results across the board. It is obvious from our test so far, which spanned a 48-hour period, that there may be an unintended phenomenon of the infusion of social signals into all Google searches: the reduction in visibility in search results of the original article that generated all the discussion in the first place. This may have a counter-balancing effect on the popularity of any article, if in fact it can be demonstrated that the effect is not peculiar to Jon’s situation.Whether this unwires the Web for specific users will depend largely upon whether Google use constitutes the Web for their intents and purposes. But as a European Commissioner alleged last month, for a majority of users, this may be exactly the case: Google is indeed the provider of the Web, she stated in a formal inquiry. So legislators as well as Web correspondents may have elevated interest in the results of future tests on this subject, which we’ll share with you in the coming days in ReadWriteWeb. You’ll note that our Type 1 account is associated with Google+ because of the face that appears in the upper right corner – the avatar of the Google+ member. In this search from yesterday, contrary to popular wisdom, the links to Google+ appear demoted; they are lower down for the Google+ searcher than for the unattributed searcher. Tags:#Analysis#hack Wednesday in ReadWriteWeb, Jon Mitchell posted a very pointed opinion on how Google’s social network, Google+, is leading to gradual, though noticeable, adjustments in how all of Google’s services work. In his article, Jon provided evidence that Google search results appear to favor recommendations on Google+ that link to an article that meets the search criteria, over a direct link to the article itself.Writes Jon, “Google used to be about organizing the world’s information. It was a service to the entire Web. But this social tangent is changing that. It’s turning the Web into a Google+ popularity contest.” However, he also writes that other Google users in his Google+ circles tell him they get different results.Despite the fact that Google search turns up hundreds, if not thousands, of potentially relevant links for every search it processes, the identity of the item given the #1 position is vitally important. No one has had this fact tattooed to itself more plainly than ReadWriteWeb, which two years ago wrestled with an article with “Facebook” and “login” in its headline, that Google search users mistook for Facebook itself.Jon’s test involved a Google search for his own essay about everyday folks who use wireless technology, and who happened to be gathered together for jury duty. His screenshot clearly showed that a search for jon mitchell jury duty (no quotes) resulted in two Google+ recommendations for his story appearing in search results above the story itself.Does Google now permanently rank links to its own social network above links elsewhere on the Web? It’s not a rhetorical question; in fact, it’s the kind of question that Congress has already been scrutinizing (albeit with limited results).For our test, we tried similar Google searches for three different account situations: For what we’ll call Type 1, we signed in under a Google account that is registered with Google+ as well. For Type 2, we signed in under a Google account that is not a Google+ member. Type 3 has us not signed in under any Google account at all. Although it is no secret that Google provides different results to different users based on their characteristics, we wanted to directly observe under what conditions those characteristics change.Since the publication of Jon Mitchell’s story about Google+ Wednesday, the atmosphere for any search for his December story on jury duty has changed dramatically. There is now a popular story with the words jon mitchell jury duty, in that precise order, published for global consumption. There are a handful of Google+ “+1” recommendations for that story, and there are some posts from Google+ members that include excerpts of various sizes.Because of this, we expected that a search for precisely the terms Jon mentioned, in the order in which he mentioned them, would prefer the story that mentioned them in that order rather than the original jury duty story. Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid And here’s the same search conducted Friday, after a greater abundance of material from social network users and blogs talking about the “Mess Up” story has already been compiled. Again, this is from an account that is not signed in. While the search is still for the jury duty story, the link to Jon’s “Mess Up” story has scooted down to #3 (although his lovely avatar makes it difficult to ignore all the same).Where is the jury duty story? As it turns out, the chatter from blogs linking to the jury duty story, and the discussion about the “Mess Up” story that links to jury duty, outrank the original story, effectively pushing it off the map.How can this be? The answer may lie with Jon Mitchell’s personal blog post, which was #4 in Wednesday’s search, #5 on Thursday, and #6 today. It includes the title of the original RWW jury duty story in its entirety, which raises the possibility that Google’s system of filtering out apparent duplicate posts from multiple sources – rolled out beginning last spring with Google’s so-called “Panda” revisions – may be filtering out ReadWriteWeb in favor of personal blog posts that link to it, and whose posts either include or duplicate the original title.How does this behavior change when a Google user is signed in with a Google account? The Type 2 account in our test is associated with the readwriteweb.com domain, which does use Gmail but is not registered with Google+. Our quotation mark search with the Type 2 account yields no changes from the Type 3 – just having a Google account does not change our results in this instance.Once we move to the Type 1 account, quite a bit of shuffling happens, and it is not what you would expect. scott fulton 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

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Conte gunning for record

first_imgInter boss Antonio Conte is aiming to equal his own record for best start to a Serie A season, set with Juventus in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Inter travel to the Stadio dall’Ara to face Bologna this afternoon, and if Conte’s side emerge victorious, it would equal his best start to a season in his coaching career. A win would give Conte 28 points from 11 games. This would equal his current record, which he gained when boss of Juventus in 2012-13 and 2013-14. In 2012-13 in fact, Conte had already reached 28 points by the 10th game, but in Week 11 Juve were defeated by Andrea Stramaccioni’s Inter, a result that ended Juve’s 49-game unbeaten streak. At this stage in his first season at Chelsea, he was on 25 points. His second season was slightly worse, ending on 22 points. With Bari in Serie B, in 2008-09, it was his worst start to a season, and had 17 points. His other Serie B experience, with Siena, saw him record 22 points by this stage. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Jitu Rai crashes out of Rio Olympics, belies expectations

first_imgBy Tapan Mohanta Rio de Janeiro, Aug 10 (PTI) Indian shooter Jitu Rai belied the sense of expectations nursed by many and crashed out of the Rio Olympics after failing to make the final of mens 50-metre pistol, his pet event, here today. Along with Rai, Prakash Nanjappa, the other Indian participant in the event, too fell by the wayside in the qualification round as he finished 25th with 547. The 28-year-old finished 12th in the six-series qualifying after being placed fourth at the end of the fifth and penultimate series at the Olympic Shooting Centre. Rai aggregated 554. Entering the sporting extravaganza as Indias biggest medal hope, the world number three Army man from Mhow had two poor series in the third and last in windy conditions. As a rule, the top eight qualify for the final. “Sapna toot gaya, kya karoon (my dream is shattered),” the Nepalese born Rai told PTI at the Dry Firing Range. He was consoled by his teammates and national pistol coach Smirnov Pavel. “I tried my best and was not under pressure but I dont know what happened in the last series. Maybe I was not lucky enough,” Rai added as he was consoled by Vietnamese Hoang Xuan Vinh who bagged the gold in 10m air pistol where Jitu had finished eighth in the final. Rai is a gold medallist at the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, World Cup and a silver winner at the World Championship. Jitu was inside the top eight in the last series but time was running out as he had less than 15 minutes left for the last 10 shots and he struggled to take aim. He was seen taking his shot and then stopping to resist the wind. As it was announced that there was only five minutes left, Rai seemed to have hurried his last three shots. Needed to shoot three 10s, Rai managed 9 7 and 10 in his last three attempts to finish a woeful last series with 88. Rai started the qualification with 91 and fired 95 in the second series. Scores of 90 94 were followed by another 95, including four 10s, in the fifth series that propelled him to the fourth position at the completion of the series. However, the Army man botched things up completely in the final series that included two eights, which left him way behind in the pecking order. Not his usual self, a final effort of 10 was not enough for Rai to avoid elimination in his first Olympics. PTI TAP AH PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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