By Justin PalmerLike it or loathe it – and New Zealand coach Steve Hansen is certainly no fan – the rolling maul has proved an effective try-scoring weapon during the Rugby World Cup.It is a familiar sight and tactic. A team kicks for the corner and from an ensuing lineout drive, the player with ball tucked under arm hides himself behind a phalanx of team-mates who plough forwards relentlessly towards the try line.Fans love it, a visceral roar usually accompanying the remorseless progress, with the try line coming ever closer.Illegal to intentionally collapse, it can leave even the best defences retreating in disarray against a surge of well-choreographed brute strength.Witness South Africa, whose burly forwards were given a taste of their own medicine when Japan, a side not renowned for their physicality, piled men into a rolling maul that ended with captain Michael Leitch scoring the opening try of their sensational victory.When done well a maul with momentum is almost impossible to stop. But some say they are a dull blight on the game, difficult to officiate and a grey area to exploit.Australian loose forward David Pocock has become a specialist in the art, highlighted by his two tries in the pool stage win over Fiji.Pocock perfected the manoeuvre at his Super Rugby side the ACT Brumbies but was keen to stress the team element.“Those tries come from all the hard work so I can’t take credit. They set the platform and it’s pleasing as a forward pack to get those rewards,” he said.“The rolling maul is one aspect of our game when we get the opportunity, you take it. We’ve seen a lot of teams using it as an attacking weapon in the 22 this year so there will be more.”But accusations of skullduggery abound.Former England hooker Brian Moore suggested after the Fiji game that Australia “illegally drive their mauls from lineouts”.“Scrum illegalities, which all packs – including England – indulge in, might cost three points but what Australia do with their driving mauls is equally illegal and it rewards them with tries and many more points than any number of scrum infringements,” he wrote in the Daily Telegraph.All Blacks coach Hansen believes the laws need to change.In July he was moved to describe the rolling maul as “bloody boring” after watching Argentina hooker Agustin Creevy score twice in Christchurch.“You can’t take it out of the game but you’ve got to make it a fair contest,” he said.His suggestion was simple.“There’s never been anybody injured in a collapsed maul yet, but there’s thousands every week that get penalised. Just make that legal then it becomes a fair contest.”Hansen will be aware that the rolling maul is one tactic South Africa will be keen to exploit given the chance in Saturday’s World Cup semi-final. Stopping those opportunities will be key for the All Black forwards at Twickenham.“The drives are a key weapon for them, big men in the lineout, so initially you have to be disciplined so you don’t give them penalties,” said number eight Kieran Read.“Don’t give them a chance to kick out to the corner.”For Read, it’s just another part of the game.“It is there to be utilised. It’s a great thing that it keep all different shapes and sizes in this game which is great. It’s something you have got to adapt to and we’ll certainly get it this week.”In the bunker of their hotel this week, Hansen and his assistants will be viewing tape after tape of the Springbok pack, with their game against Ireland last year of particular interest.Not only did Ireland win 29-15, the men in green showed how to stop the maul by not contesting the lineout and then springing a man to attack the ball carrier.If the All Blacks have a weakness, it may come from the lineout drive – a vulnerability Hansen will do well to address.
Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Griezmann scores from spot as Atletico beats Leicester On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View comments Bayern forced several corners early on and the sixth finally paid off when Vidal headed home through Keylor Navas’ fingers.Madrid displayed none of the initiative shown by Bayern in the first half. While Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, David Alaba and Thiago Alcantara were running and forcing the game, the visitors appeared static, waiting for chances to present themselves. They weren’t forthcoming.Bayern should have been 2-0 up at the break, but Vidal sent his penalty well over the bar after Dani Carvajal was adjudged to have handled the ball. The Madrid defender was booked though TV replays showed Ribery’s shot had hit his upper body.“It happens in football. It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last,” Ancelotti said of the missed penalty, calling it one of the “small details” which decided the game.Ronaldo scored two minutes after the break with one touch to Carvajal’s cross.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely It ensured Madrid extended its Spanish record of scoring in 53 consecutive games.Zidane had evidently made good use of the interval as Madrid appeared a different side in the second half. Bayern was dealt a blow with a half-hour to play when Javi Martinez was sent off with two yellow cards within three minutes for fouls on Ronaldo.“The sending off was the turning point,” Bayern captain Philipp Lahm said.But Madrid had already forced the home side back. Navas had little to do and Manuel Neuer was by far the busier ‘keeper.“Their goalkeeper saved lots of chances. A lot,” Zidane said of Germany’s top ‘keeper.Marco Asensio’s introduction for Gareth Bale also invigorated the visitors.Neuer denied Karim Benzema, then Ronaldo from point blank, but he couldn’t stop the ball from squirming between his legs from Ronaldo’s shot after Asensio crossed in the 77th to give Madrid the clear advantage.It could have been worse for Bayern — Sergio Ramos had a goal ruled out late for offside. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test MOST READ LATEST STORIES Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, front, celebrates after scoring his side’s 2nd goal during the Champions League quarterfinal first leg soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, in Munich, Germany. APMUNICH — Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Real Madrid to beat Bayern Munich, 2-1, in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time), ending the German side’s tournament record of 16 straight wins at home.Ronaldo’s second-half goals saw him become the first player to score 100 goals in European club competition. The Portuguese star ensured Madrid came from behind — after Arturo Vidal’s 25th-minute header for Bayern — to put the defending champions on course to reach the semifinals for a seventh successive year. The second leg takes place in Madrid on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT “We are still alive,” said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti after losing to his former side.Bayern was without club top-scorer Robert Lewandowski after he failed to recover from a knock to his right shoulder. But it had not been beaten at home in the competition since April 2014, when it lost 4-0 to Ancelotti’s Madrid in the semifinals. Madrid went on to win the title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAncelotti’s successor at Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, is bidding to become the first coach to lead a side to back-to-back titles in the Champions League era.“We suffered here but all-in-all it’s not easy to play here. They have a great team and great players,” Zidane said. “We needed patience to decide the match. I think it’s a good result for us. The key was patience.”
NU Bulldogs head coach Jamike Jarin. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—As great as Lenda Douanga’s game-winning shot for Adamson was to beat National University, the buzzer beater shouldn’t have happened in the first place according to NU head coach Jamike Jarin.Jarin said Falcons guard Jerom Lastimosa, who found Douanga from the top of the key that paved way for the go-ahead 3-point basket, took too long to inbound the ball and the referees failed to call a five-second inbound violation.ADVERTISEMENT Lenda Douanga saves the day for Adamson in OT thriller vs NU For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “It was a clear five-second violation,” said Jarin Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum after Adamson’s 84-83 win in overtime.Jarin showed his team’s scouting video of the final play to members of the media and even had someone time the pass via stopwatch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The play was timed twice and both instances showed Lastimosa got rid of the ball at around six seconds.“Not to take anything away from Douanga, those are the shots you can only dream of,” said Jarin. Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study PLAY LIST 01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption MOST READ Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption View comments LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Dear Editor,The response and action of those who will be affected by the closure of Wales Sugar Estate support a theory of ethnic behaviour developed by scholars on ethnicity – ethnic solidarity supersedes class solidarity or class consciousness.This behaviour contradicts the theory developed by Marx and supported by classical Marxists (including Cheddi Jagan) that the working class will unite across ethnicities and overthrow their oppressive government.That has not happened anywhere in the world; if anything, people have become more ethnically divided and not even their worsening economic conditions have brought the working class across ethnicities together. It certainly has never happened in Guyana and is not likely to happen as exemplified by the actions of workers from Wales.The (APNU or PNC-AFC) coalition government has decided to close down Wales Sugar Estate, putting 1700 directly out of a job and hundreds more who earn their living from supplying goods or services to the estate and to the workers. All business, farmers and the entire community will be affected by this decision.Altogether, over 5000 jobs are on the line with some 4000 families affected. In terms of ethnic breakdown, nearly 40 per cent of the workers of Wales are AfroGuyanese (about 60 per cent Indo-Guyanese); about 30 per cent of the affected families are Afro-guyanese. There are also private cane farmers in the area nearly a third of whom are Afro-Guyanese.It is a heavy farming community; a significant number of farmers are Afro-Guyanese. So all ethnic groups will be hurt but only Indo-Guyanese are fighting (leading) the battle to reverse government decision on closure of the estate.The Afro-Guyanese are reluctant to join Indo-Guyanese in opposing the government decision to close the estate.I interviewed hundreds of sugar workers, business people, professionals and farmers in Wales and surrounding area in March.Almost everyone (including Afro-Guyanese) is opposed to the closure of the estate. But Afro-Guyanese are unwilling to join any protest movement (rallies and marches) or an ongoing (one day a week) strike by (Indo-Guyanese) sugar workers.The Afro-Guyanese workers are unwilling to join or support Indo-Guyanese in a solidarity movement against the closure of the estate. The Afro-Guyanese do not want to publicly come out against their government; many are also embarrassed by their party’s decision.Although the Afro-Guyanese are against the closure of the estate, they are not willing to come out publicly and join any protest movement against what they describe is their (APNU or PNC-led) government. They are prepared to swallow the decision of the leadership of their race and party even when they are opposed to the decision and even when their livelihood is at stake.The Afro-Guyanese behaviour is not different from the behaviour of members of other ethnic groups; it is a rational decision on ethnic loyalty – not an economic one.On several issues, Indo-Guyanese did not want to challenge the leadership of their ethnic party or policy blunders of their party; they did not want to risk their party losing power and as such remained quiet even though they grumbled against their party.Afro-Guyanese, analogous to Indo-Guyanese did not or do not want their party to lose office. Afro-Guyanese, similar to Indo-Guyanese on other matters, don’t wish to challenge their ethnic party or government on the decision to close the estate.That is the nature of ethnic politics worldwide; people are loyal to and support their ethnic party or government even when their own economic interests are at stake as it is clearly regarding Wales.The Afro-Guyanese don’t wish to lose their jobs but they also don’t want to break with their party or engage in actions that will be inimical to the interests of their party to remain in office. But they want their government to reverse course on its decision to close the estate and for it to remain open or at a minimum to protect the jobs of fellow Afro-Guyanese.If the Afro-Guyanese were guaranteed jobs (elsewhere) by their government, they won’t mind closing the factory, putting the rest of the workers out of a job – that is the nature of ethnic politics; there is no cross-racial labour solidarity on the closure of Wales – behaviour that supports the theory of ethnic loyalty.Witness the people who engage in protests or who take strike actions; there is no cross-racial working class solidarity – in contradiction to Marx and Jagan.It should be noted that at the recent local government elections in March, although the financial wellbeing of Afro-Guyanese of Wales are being threatened, the Afro-Guyanese still voted for their ethnic party (APNU or PNC). The Afro-Guyanese refused to give their votes to Indo-Guyanese candidates willing to fight for them or who are advocating for the reversal of the decision of closure of Wales.The same is true across the rest of the country. In areas where the Afro-Guyanese broke from the PNC (APNU), they voted for other Afro-Guyanese groups or candidates not for Indo-Guyanese.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisram
Babita Sarjou’s murderSharadanand Narine, the reputed husband of Babita Sarjou, along with his accomplice Darrel Punton, commonly known as “Yankee”, on Wednesday appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan as the Preliminary Inquiry into the murder of Sarjou continued at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Murder accused: Darrel PuntonMurder accused: Sharadanan NarineThe Chief Magistrate ruled that the court is satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that the caution statements made by the number one accused (the reputed husband) to the Police were given voluntarily and there are no circumstances that would affect the authenticity of the said reports made by Narine.Thereby, she continued the said statements are now considered to be admissible evidence and part of the Prosecution’s case in the murder trial.Dead Babita SarjouBabita Sarjou was reported missing in November of 2010 by family members when she failed to return home after a Diwali motorcade.Almost six long years had passed before the case was reopened just last year and it was during an intense interrogation that “Yankee” had cracked and reportedly confessed to the killing; revealing the gruesome details of the said murder. The duo had allegedly buried Sarjou in a shallow grave after killing her, in the backyard of Narine’s Seaforth Street, Kitty, Georgetown residence. The skeletal remains were unearthed after investigators were led to the location by the accomplice subsequent to his confession.The men were then arrested and charged with the offence.The duo will make their next court appearance on February 27 for confirmation.
0Shares0000LEVERKUSEN, Germany, April 16 – Premier League side Chelsea have made an improved offer of nearly 22 million euros (£18.8m, US$28.7m) for Bayer Leverkusen’s Germany star Andre Schuerrle, according to a media report here.Having made an initial bid of 20 million euros for the 22-year-old, Chelsea have raised their offer with Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne reported to be part of the deal and he could join Leverkusen on a one-year loan spell. Duesseldorf-based newspaper the Rheinischen Post say Borussia Dortmund have also bid 17 million euros (US$22.2m) for de Bruyne, who is currently on loan at Werder Bremen and impressed in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Fortuna Duesseldorf.Earlier this month, Leverkusen’s director of sport Rudi Voeller revealed Leverkusen were considering Chelsea’s initial bid.Meanwhile, Rafael Benitez will attempt to rally his Chelsea side in the wake of their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City as they prepare for a crucial Premier League visit to Fulham on Wednesday.The Wembley loss to Roberto Mancini’s side means the Blues have missed out on seven of the eight trophies available to them this season and places more pressure on their efforts to qualify for the Champions League.Benitez’s team make the short trip across west London to Craven Cottage in fourth place, but a failure to make the most of their game in hand will pave the way for Tottenham and Everton to step up their challenge.The game marks the latest fixture in a gruelling schedule for Chelsea and interim manager Benitez must quickly lift his side’s spirits after the narrow 2-1 defeat to City.Blues defender Cesar Azpilicueta admits Chelsea’s habit of losing important games this season is becoming alarming.The club have exited both domestic cup competitions at the semi-final stage and failed at the final hurdle in their efforts to win the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup.And Azpilicueta said: “It’s a little bit worrying. It’s not normal for Chelsea but it’s the reality.“At the start against City we didn’t play our game. We were defending, we didn’t create chances. We shot once in the first half. It’s true we need to play different.“We wanted to win all the trophies at the start of the season. Now the only trophy that we can win is the Europa League.”The challenge facing Benitez is to manage a squad that has now played 59 games with the campaign not yet over.John Terry and Frank Lampard were left on the bench against City and could be recalled against Fulham, while Fernando Torres could start after an impressive substitute appearance.“Fatigue is the reality. We’ve played 15 games more than Man City and we played three days ago in Moscow. But we’re professionals,” Azpilicueta said.“It’s normal that we feel a little bit more tired than the other team. This season we’ve played a lot of games.“We need to be focused and not think about feeling tired because it doesn’t matter. We need to win and it doesn’t matter the way we do it.”The stakes in the league are getting higher with every cup exit, but Chelsea centre back David Luiz said: “If we win the Europa League and play Champions League next season, of course the season is a success.“Some big teams in Europe don’t win titles this year so, of course, it’s a success.”Fulham head into the clash sat comfortably in 10th place, having reached the important 40-point mark with the weekend 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.The main aim for Martin Jol’s team is to secure a top half finish.And Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer said: “We’ve got one more game than most teams as we’re playing Chelsea on Wednesday.“So we’ve got six games remaining and the target will be to try and get to that point where we are mathematically safe and then we’ll try and finish as high as possible in the table.“There are points available and it’s good for momentum for next season if we can prove to people that Fulham deserve to be in the top half of the table.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Lassana Diarra Former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Lassana Diarra is ready to seal a move to China after leaving Marseille.The 31-year-old has left the French club after both parties agreed to mutually terminate his contract and he is now hunting for a new side.The likes of Manchester United and Valencia had been linked with the Frenchman in January, but he is now set for China.Indeed, according to La Provence, Diarra is in the process of rubber stamping a move to Shandong Luneng Taishan.The Chinese club have been in discussions with the former Real Madrid man for a week and now he is a free agent, they are ready to snap him up.Diarra is set to earn a huge pay rise by moving to the far east, which will help him pay the £7m he owes Lokomotiv Moscow for breaching his contract with the Russian club last year.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2In targeting the prime minister’s office, Israel signaled that it was prepared to take action against the most senior figures in Hamas. On Thursday, Israeli troops in the West Bank arrested eight Hamas members who serve in the Palestinian Cabinet and more than 20 Hamas legislators. On Saturday, a Palestinian official offered the most specific information yet on the condition of Shalit, saying he suffered three wounds when he was seized last Sunday, but had been treated by a Palestinian doctor and was in stable condition. The official, Ziad Abu Ein, the deputy minister for prisoners for Palestinians, spoke at a news conference in Ramallah in the West Bank. “He has three wounds, I guess shrapnel wounds,” Abu Ein said of Shalit, whose capture by Palestinian militants last Sunday spawned the current crisis. “He is fine now.” Abu Ein said his information came from people involved in talks on the possible release of the soldier. Releasing Shalit is “the key” to ending the crisis in Gaza, President Bush said Saturday in a telephone call with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, the White House National Security Council spokesman, Frederick Jones, told Reuters. On Saturday, Palestinian militants holding the soldier demanded the release of 1,000 prisoners of various nationalities, and Israel rejected that call. Some Hamas leaders said earlier in the week that they wanted the release of the hundreds of Palestinian women and youths held by Israel in exchange for Shalit. GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israeli aircraft bombed the empty offices of the Palestinian prime minister, Ismail Haniya, in Gaza City early today as Israel stepped up its campaign to pressure the Palestinians for the release of an Israeli soldier. The air strike, at around 2 a.m., damaged Haniya’s offices and set them on fire, Palestinian security officials said. There were no reports of casualties and he was not in the office at the time. In a second strike on offices used by Haniya’s ruling Hamas party, one Hamas member was killed, Reuters reported. Israel has been carrying out frequent air raids against Palestinian government offices as well as roads, bridges and an electrical power station since Palestinian militants, including members of Hamas, seized the Israel soldier, Cpl. Gilad Shalit, a week ago. In the past, Israel has traded large numbers of prisoners to win the release of captured Israelis, but the government said Saturday that it would not negotiate with the Palestinians. “Our serviceman must be released immediately and unconditionally,” Mark Regev, a spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry, said. “We won’t settle for anything less.” Israel holds thousands of Palestinians in its jails. Many are on trial or have been convicted of involvement in violence, though some are being detained without charge. The Palestinian demand was made in a statement issued by the three groups that claimed responsibility for capturing the soldier, including the armed wing of Hamas, the group that leads the Palestinian government. The militants said that Israel’s “political leadership is still under the influence of their military and security commanders, who know nothing but the language of invasion, destruction and killing.” Abu Ein did not say when Shalit was treated or where he was being held. Israeli television, citing Israeli officials, reported Friday that he had been injured in the abdomen and an arm and was believed to be in or near the town of Rafah, on the Gaza Strip’s southern border with Egypt. Shalit was captured by Palestinian gunmen who tunneled into Israel, attacked an Israeli military post, killing two other Israeli soldiers, then slipped back into Gaza. Egypt has been in contact with the Palestinians in an attempt to resolve the crisis, though there were no signs of progress on Saturday. Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, was optimistic. “Things have not reached an impasse and efforts continue to find a solution that is acceptable to all parties,” he told reporters in Gaza City. In southern Gaza, a new contingent of Israeli tanks and other armored vehicles entered the territory east of the town of Khan Yunis on Saturday and came under fire from Palestinians, according to the Israeli military and Palestinian witnesses. Military officials said the Israeli forces were conducting a “specific operation” and were not expected to remain in the area for long. Reuters reported that the forces were searching for mines and other explosives, according to an Israeli military source.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SATURDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will host its annual luau dinner and dance, 7 p.m. in west Palmdale. Call (661) 267-2586. 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. 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. every Sunday at Lancaster Elks Lodge, 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Call (661) 317-7021. 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 are 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. Palmdale Moose Lodge, 3101 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo games beginning at 1 p.m. Call (661) 947-6777. 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 give ballroom and Latin dance lessons, 6-8:30 p.m. 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, 6:30-8 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 in Lancaster, and get information on what to expect during hospitalization, at sessions starting at 6 p.m. Visitors should meet in the main lobby. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. TUESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will meet for league bowling, 6-8 p.m. at the 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. Call for information and location: Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsSeniors 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 will meet in the Acton area. Call (661) 947-0839.
Coral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Can West Ham relieve pressure on manager Slaven Bilic by sealing their first Premier League victory of the season tonight?The Hammers take on Huddersfield at the London Stadium in Monday night’s knick-off, with the hosts 10/11 favourites for victory.However, they come up against impressive top flight newcomers Huddersfield who are yet to taste defeat in their first three games, and the Terriers are 3/1 continue their bright start with another win.It’s 12/5 for the draw, with Hammers star Javier Hernandez 7/2 first goalscorer.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast