In an Indonesian village, compressor diving for fish is a dangerous business

first_imgEnvironment, Fishing, Oceans Article published by mongabayauthor At least 11 men from Indonesia’s Seriwe village, on the island of Lombok, have died in compressor diving accidents. Others have suffered varying degrees of paralysis.The accidents are made more likely because the divers use cheap, makeshift rigs that tend not to include pressure gauges.When their husbands suffer an injury and are unable to work, responsibility for providing for the family falls on the divers’ wives. SERIWE, Indonesia – Sunardi remembers the sky lit up red with sunset as he checked the bag his wife had prepared: Change of clothes, check. Cigarettes, dinner, check. He examined his other bag to make sure his diving equipment — flashlight, goggles, breathing tube — hadn’t been left behind. Check.He and four other men — another diver, a captain and two air-compressor operators — were ready to set sail that day in 2016 from his home village of Seriwe, on the island of Lombok, near the better-known island of Bali. They were headed for the waters off Gerupuk, another village 20 kilometers (12 miles) down the coast.The crew arrived after dark, which was good: Fish are easier to catch at night, and lobsters are more active too. Sunardi, 36, stood to earn up to 1 million rupiah ($67) on this outing — more than half the minimum monthly wage for this part of Indonesia. It depended on how many dives he was willing to do.In Gerupuk, the crew switched on the air compressor and attached a hose that ran 60 meters (200 feet) to a dive regulator. Sunardi was ready. With the moon high in the sky, he picked up his speargun, put the regulator in his mouth and slipped quietly into the sea.Sunardi started diving in elementary school. By the time he was an adult he had become known as a skilled compressor diver. It was a reputation that had won him work across the Indonesian archipelago, but which consistently tested the limits of his body.After that first dive in Gerupuk on that night in 2016, Sunardi felt a tingling in his left foot. It wasn’t an altogether unusual feeling. The locals had a name for it: aiq keram, or “the cramps.” But the condition isn’t as innocuous as it sounds. Aiq keram can presage the onset of decompression sickness, a much more serious condition that can be fatal.Sunardi was determined to keep going. He was trying to earn enough money to build a house.Midway through his third dive, at around 2 a.m., Sunardi began to feel claustrophobic and decided to ascend. He knew to be careful: coming up too quickly could cause decompression sickness.After climbing aboard the boat, he knew something wasn’t right. This time, it was both legs. He lay down and prayed. The crew took him to a hospital two hours away in the city of Mataram. There, Sunardi was placed in a hyperbaric chamber with three times the normal air pressure to help him recover. But his condition only seemed to worsen.The numbness had spread up both legs to his waist. His legs were spasming. At one point he looked down and realized with horror that he had soiled his pants.In the two years since, Sunardi’s been to the hyperbaric tube eight times, with little to show for it save a mounting pile of medical bills. He still can’t move his legs. To pay for the treatment, he’s had to sell his boat and valuable pieces of furniture.“If I step on a nail, it doesn’t even hurt,” Sunardi said, striking his calf. “It’s like I don’t have legs.”The island of Lombok is home to 3 million people, mostly Muslims. Image by Gunakarta/Wikimedia Commons.In Seriwe, Sunardi isn’t alone. The village is known for the high number of men who have been paralyzed, or worse, from diving.Locals recite the names of some of the men who died from complications related to unsafe diving: Jumasih, Amaq Gonda, Sahram, Bandi, Dadi, Munawir, Kero, Burhanudin, Rusman, Seman, Mastah.Among those who have suffered permanent injuries: Reji, Zaenal Abidin, Majmu, Halil, Nurman, Saidi, Joni, Combo. It’s a problem linked to the improvised dive equipment, lack of safety training, and the drive to push limits in order to earn more money.In recreational scuba diving, people are taught to diligently monitor air pressure and immersion time with the help of gauges and dive watches. Doing so ensures the body can adjust safely to changes in water pressure, so as to prevent decompression sickness, also known as the bends.The divers of Seriwe cannot afford such equipment. They use cheap, makeshift rigs that tend not to include pressure gauges. Combined with the incentive to spend extended time in deep water chasing big fish, these men put their lives, and the livelihoods of their families, on the line.A fisherman in Gerupuk and his makeshift diving equipment. Image by Fathul Rakhman for Mongabay.When a diver from Seriwe dies or becomes disabled, more often than not it falls to his wife to make up for the lost income. Sainah, Sunardi’s wife, found work harvesting and drying seaweed. The village is renowned for its seaweed production, but the job is seasonal, and when there’s no work to be had, Sainah turns to family for loans.“I just make do with menciro,” Sunardi says — handouts for helping other fishermen tie up their boats after returning from sea.Women sort through seaweed in Seriwe. Image by Fathul Rakhman for Mongabay.Herawati, a graduate of Australian National University who has researched the economy of Seriwe, said such financial challenges are exacerbated by gender norms that limit the ability of households to adapt.In many cases, the disabled men in Seriwe could easily take jobs as seaweed farmers, Herawati found. But the widespread belief that seaweed farming is “women’s work” prevents them from doing so.Gender norms can also prevent female heads of households from accessing loans. Creditors “just assume they won’t be able to pay the loan back,” Herawati said. This includes the Indonesian Ministry of Fisheries, which commits considerable resources to poverty alleviation, but targets the programs at male heads of households as the recipients, Herawati said; women are rarely able to gain access to these services on their own.“These families should actually be getting special targeting given the disruptions to their lives,” Herawati said.In Seriwe, it’s a common story. Despite the risks compressor diving poses to men and their families, the industry continues to hold sway; the rewards of good money continue to outstrip the risks of death, injury and poverty.Sunardi’s family used to be relatively well off. When he could dive, the family could afford nice things. They were planning to send their children to college.Though it remains unclear if the feeling in his legs will ever return, Sunardi is sure of one thing.“I can’t go to sea again,” he says.Sunardi walking on crutches. He lost the use of his legs in a diving accident. Image by Fathul Rakhman for Mongabay.Correction (Sept. 29, 2018): An earlier version of this article referred to the activities undertaken by Sunardi and his neighbors as scuba spearfishing. By definition, scuba refers to an underwater breathing apparatus that is completely independent of any surface supply. The fishermen’s craft is more accurately described as compressor diving.The story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on Sept. 20, 2018.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? 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It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

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UN Strategizes to Curtail Future Catastrophes

first_imgMajor global political and economic organizations, including the United Nations, World Bank, European Union, the United States and the World Health Organization, were constrained to admit that the Ebola Virus Disease, which ravaged the Mano River Union (MRU) killing thousands of people, caught the world unawares and unprepared.This led to devastating effects on the worst affected countries—Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone—whose  economies were shattered, social cohesion broken and national securities under severe risks with its rapid and for a period uncontrollable spread. The outbreak became a global threat with WHO belatedly announcing a global health emergency. In this connection, the world governing bodies, led by the UN, have begun preparing to ensure that the world does not witness an epidemic of such nature again.In furtherance of this, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of a High-Level Panel on Lessons Learned. The HLP is being chaired by the Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete. The UN boss said the establishment of the panel is in order to avoid having to face such an emergency as Ebola again.Mr. Moon said, “As we look forward, I call on the international community to support the recovery and peace-building efforts in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.  These efforts must also recognize the fragility of these countries’ transitions from past conflicts and instability to sustainable peace and development.”Secretary Moon made the disclosure at the World Bank Group (WBG)-International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings on Friday. The summit was attended by an array of leaders of major international institutions, Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Guinea’s President Alpha Conde, and Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma. The MRU leaders presented to the global development leaders a sub-regional plan.At the Spring Meeting, the WBG announced that it would provide at least US$650 million during the next 12 to 18 months to help Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone recover from the devastating social and economic impact of the Ebola crisis and advance their long-term development needs. This new pledge brings the institution’s total financing for Ebola response and recovery efforts to date to US $1.6 billion.World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, at an Ebola Summit, announced the new funding from the International Development Association (IDA), the WBG’s fund for the poorest countries. Speaking on behalf of her colleagues whose nations were  worst affected by the virus disease, President Sirleaf informed the audience at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C. that the three countries had resolved to take on the more important challenge of economic recovery through the sub-regional body. This decision was taken by the three Presidents at an Extraordinary Summit of the Mano River Union (MRU), held in Conakry, Guinea early this year.“We have, therefore, formulated a sub-regional social-economic recovery program to ensure that our States return to stability and prosperity,” she said.This plan, according to the Liberian leader, is focused on nine key areas, which include  Health (sanitation and hygiene); Gender; Youth Development; Social Protection; Agriculture (fisheries and food security); Trade and Private Sector Development; Infrastructure (roads, energy and water); Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Governance (peace and security and program management).The new funding is on top of the nearly US$1 billion that the WBG previously committed for the Ebola emergency response and early recovery efforts from the IDA (US$518 million) and International Finance Corporation (US$450 million). It also comes on top of US$2.17 billion in debt relief for the three worst Ebola affected countries.In line with the three countries’ recovery plans, the five priority areas for the additional IDA fund include: strengthening health systems and frontline care; agriculture; education; cash transfer and other social protection programs; lifesaving infrastructure such as electricity, water, sanitation and roads.The fund will be used to develop a regional disease surveillance system across West Africa that will help prevent or contain future epidemics.Major development partners, including the United States, the European Union, Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, China, Japan and the African Development Bank, pledged to fully back efforts to contain the Ebola virus, as well as promote sustainable economic recovery and reconstruction. Meanwhile, over US$1 billion was pledged by various institutions during the summit for the sub-regional social-economic recovery plan.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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British Envoy Applauds LRA

first_imgA sound revenue system is necessary to create jobs and space for credible investments in Liberia, British Ambassador to Liberia, David Belgrove, stated on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 on a working visit to the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).Applauding progress made by LRA Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, Ambassador Belgrove underscored the importance of taxation and a sound revenue system in development.“I like to congratulate you on the progress the LRA is making in a relatively short time. I am very impressed with the level of work the LRA is doing in Liberia,” Ambassador Belgrove told Commissioner General Tamba. He also noted that his experience suggests that the level of tax compliance in Liberia is very low. The Commissioner General, along with the LRA’s senior management team, briefed Ambassador Belgrove on the work, progress, challenges and prospects of the authority, noting that Team LRA remains explicitly committed to improving revenue administration in the country.In her presentation, Commissioner General Tamba presented a profile of the authority, including details of its ambitious Five-Year Corporate Strategic Plan, its partnerships with donors and development partners, and its revenue collection performance in the current fiscal year (FY 2015/2016).Commissioner General Tamba said the LRA continues to face challenges in effectively collecting revenue in Liberia because revenue administration is hampered by lack of modern administration systems such as e-filing, e-payment, and automated tax registers. Also identified are: inadequate funding; weak integrated management system; low level of technical and human capacities; poor infrastructure, especially in rural tax administration; corruption in the revenue system, as well as low level of tax consciousness; and compliance as major challenges the LRA is defying.The Commissioner General and senior management team later took Ambassador Belgrove on a guided tour of the LRA banking hall, the Professional Ethics Division, the Taxpayer Service Center, and the MIS Data Center.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Family Court finally operational

first_img– commences hearingsThe much anticipated Family Court has finally commenced operations and is currently hearing cases.The Family Court is located in the compound of the High CourtActing Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Carl Singh, announced on Tuesday in statement that the Family Division of the High Court has been established and began hearing cases since May 6, 2016.It has been almost five years since the Family Court building was completed and handed over to Government. Works were ongoing for over seven years to have the Family Court established and in operation, but this was been constantly delayed over the past years.For almost a year, the delays were blamed on the acquisition of furniture and the hosting of Commissions of Inquiries (CoIs) at the building, located in the compound of the Georgetown Supreme Court, overlooking King Street.Then more recently, revision of the Rules of Law had caused the opening to push back. However, in February, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams had laid over the completed Rules of Law, which will govern the practices and procedures of the Family Court. The rules were completed a while ago but some “necessary amendments” had to be made.The Chancellor acknowledged the numerous hurdles that had beset the functioning of the facility, noting that the Supreme Court will treat those as lessons learnt.The Family Court will hear and determine all proceedings which touch and concern family matters. The procedure of the Family Court will be governed by the Family (Proceedings and Procedure) Rules 2016 (FPPR).The main applications that could be made to the Court are for divorce, custody and access, division of property, maintenance, guardianship, parentage orders including paternity orders, protection of children, wardship, variation of an existing order and breach of orders. The Court is meant to encourage dispute resolution, including alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, and therefore will facilitate a participatory approach to problem solving so that family disputes can be dealt with justly and expeditiously while ensuring the welfare of family members, especially children.The Family Court will be presided over by two judges. However, the FPPR will be applied by Judges who are assigned to the Berbice and Essequibo jurisdictions of the High Court where the Court shall receive and hear applications at the New Amsterdam and Suddie High Courts respectively.The Court has its own registry for receiving applications in family matters and includes a child friendly space in the form of a Children’s Waiting Room for parties who are required to attend the Court. The well trained staff of this new registry are geared to provide a customer friendly process for persons who attend at the registry and the Court.The Court will work in close liaison with the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) in matters affecting the welfare of children. In addition, it is expected that parties to family court matters will utilise the Mediation Centre of the High Court.Justice Singh expressed appreciation to the Government of Guyana; the United Nations Children’s Fund; the Government and people of Canada, as well as its diplomatic representatives in Georgetown, for the support readily given to the training of Judges and support staff in the anticipated work of the Family Court.last_img read more

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Pellegrini defiant despite Villa draw

first_img0Shares0000ston Villa’s manager Remi Garde (L) and Manchester City’s manager Manuel Pellegrini watch an English Premier League football match at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England on November 8, 2015…BIRMINGHAM, November 9 – Manuel Pellegrini had a warning for Manchester City’s Premier League title rivals after the frustration of drawing a blank in a 0-0 draw with bottom of the table Aston Villa.The goalless stalemate saw leaders City drop two points, although the loss was not as bad as it might have been after second-placed Arsenal missed the chance to leapfrog Pellegrini’s side at the summit after being held to a 1-1 draw in the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur later Sunday. Domestic league action is now put on hold for the international break, which City manager Pellegrini believes should aid his side.Although City saw Wilfried Bony suffer a hamstring injury at Villa Park, they should have several key figures back to bolster their squad after the two-week interval.“You never know if the international break comes at the right moment or not, but it certainly gives some important players the chance to recover,” said Pellegrini.“We have finished this part of the season very well. I hope that we return better after the internationals with these important players available,” the Chilean added.Pellegrini said City would not know the full extent of Bony’s hamstring injury until Monday, although key forward Sergio Aguero is one of those “important players” who are likely to be ready for a return following the international break.Without both of their recognised strikers, City fired blanks at Villa, although pre-season signings Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne should have done better when given gilt-edged chances in the second half.“Sometimes these things happen in football,” said Pellegrini. “I am disappointed about the result, but I have nothing to complain (about) to our team.“They (Villa) had one chance and after that we dominated the game. We were very unlucky in three of four key options that we had.“We have an injury to our striker (Bony) at the beginning of the game which is important in this kind of game, but we had chances to win it.”– Garde joy -Meanwhile Remi Garde was understandably happy after his first match as Villa manager ended a dreadful run of seven successive defeats for the Birmingham club that led to the sacking of former boss Tim Sherwood.“It was a good point for us,” said Garde.“I am pleased for the players because they have worked hard today and they had worked very well since the beginning of the week,” the former Arsenal and France midfielder added.“A clean sheet against such a good team, such good players means that we should be a little bit more confident next time. That’s what we were looking for.“Today was a good occasion to do it. City were full of confidence after a brilliant, brilliant game in Sevilla (Pellegrini’s men won 3-1 in the Champions League in Spain in midweek) which is quite a good team as well.”Garde added: “We have to believe we will be safe, but it is a tough mission. A point today is a move in the right direction.“I would have been disappointed not to have got a point, but we were lucky at times.“To be lucky, you have to work hard, and so we deserved it from that point of view.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Angels are sitting pretty atop West after sweep of Seattle

first_img“We’re still not looking at the standings,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “I know we’re seeing light at the end of the tunnel as far as the season. Things are probably more short-term instead of looking at the big picture. But still there is a lot of baseball left and our task right now is to still take it game by game. The standings will be our report card at the end.” It isn’t as sexy as if Scioscia said the division is the Angels’ to lose, but he has always been a practical guy. The Mariners’ life cycle is not complete by any means, but the Angels certainly made it look that way. At the very least, the Angels gathered proof in the just-completed three-game series that there is no reason to fear their closest division rival. The Angels owned Game 1 behind the ace-like pitching from staff leader John Lackey (16-8), who has pushed his Cy Young campaigning into full swing and his 20-win countdown into high gear, even if he won’t admit he’s paying attention to either. In Game 2, the Angels showed their resilient nature. Down, 5-0, in the first inning after Ervin Santana’s latest disaster, rookie Dustin Moseley saved the day out of the bullpen and Vladimir Guerrero pushed the rally along with four hits and three RBIs. That leaves Game 3’s methodical dismantling of the Mariners’ pride as Weaver came up big and the offense continued to roll. The Angels typically are comfortable at home and nervous on the road, but they managed to kick up their feet on the Safeco Field coffee table this week. While the Angels are 24 games over .500 at home, this week’s Seattle sweep put them a mere one game over .500 on the road (35-34). Yet, said Gary Matthews Jr., that’s just right for a serious contender. “That’s where you have to be,” Matthews said. “You play .500 on the road and win every series at home and that should get you to the playoffs. We’d love to be 10 games over .500 on the road, but that’s not how it works out for most teams.” The Boston Red Sox boast a road record that is nine games over .500 following Thursday’s loss to the Yankees. And that is a team that is supposed to have a monumental home-field advantage in quirky Fenway Park. It is the Angels’ home mark that is the best in baseball, though. The Red Sox are 40-23 in Boston. Reasons for the Angels’ home-road difference are varied. As far back as two weeks ago, one American League scout wondered how many Angels are night owls. Since he saw few weaknesses on the field, the theory was that perhaps some Angels embrace the nightlife too much. The scout was assured that wasn’t an issue. The real reason likely has something to do with their proliferation of young contributors. Guys like Howie Kendrick, Casey Kotchman, Maicer Izturis and Reggie Willits have hard-working home routines. Pitchers like Dustin Moseley and Jered Weaver can do more customized workouts at home. Then there is the home crowd. Angel Stadium is sold out regularly and the vocal crowds do wonders to put a charge into a high-energy team that can feed off raucous encouragement. NOTE: The Angels moved four games from their flagship radio station 710-AM to 830-AM to avoid scheduling conflicts. The games to be changed are: Saturday, 1 p.m., vs. Texas; Sept. 15, 4 p.m., vs. the Chicago White Sox; Sept. 22, 6 p.m., vs. Seattle; and Sept. 29, 1 p.m., vs. Oakland. doug.padilla@sgvn.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BASEBALL: L.A. returns home, where it’s dominated. By Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER It was as if the Seattle Mariners had been on a salmon run all summer. They battled, struggled, fought and willed themselves upstream, making ground on the Angels in small but noticeable increments. It finally seems, though, that they have laid their eggs – including a big one this week – and are starting to die. After winning all three games in Seattle this week, the Angels now will play to their strengths. They have 17 of their next 23 games at home, where they are a major-league best 44-20. Just how defining was a three-game sweep of the Mariners to put the Angels five games ahead in the AL West? The series dominance means that old magic number can now join the party. The Angels’ magic number to clinch the division is 26, meaning that any combination of Mariners defeats and Angels victories that total 26 gives the Angels the AL West title again after a one-year respite. While it was a defining trip to Seattle, nobody other than Orlando Cabrera and Jered Weaver were willing to say the Angels are in good shape now. The overriding theme seems to be that the Angels have a lot more work to do. last_img read more

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Leicester City transfer news: Juventus join chase for Foxes sensation

first_imgJuventus have emerged as serious contenders to sign Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante, according to reports in Italy.The France international played an influential role in the Foxes’ incredible Premier League title triumph last term, and he is now one of the most in-demand players in Europe.Juventus are still unsure over the future of star man Paul Pogba but it is claimed by Tuttosport that they will use the funds from his possible sale to make a huge bid for Kante.Leicester are still confident they can keep hold of their imperious midfielder, having already persuaded Jamie Vardy to snub a move to Arsenal and sign a new deal.Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are keeping a close watch on Kante’s situation and are expected to make approaches for him after Euro 2016.But they now face competition from Juve, who have reportedly made contact with the player’s agent to offer him a huge salary increase. N’Golo Kante in action for France at Euro 2016 1last_img read more

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Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgTODAY Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Movie showing, 3:30-5 p.m. at the Newhall Library, 22704 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. THURSDAY Lunch and Learn program will teach financing and investing in real estate, noon at Countrywide, 24200 Magic Mountain Parkway, Suite 100, Valencia. Call Stephen Tako at (661) 254-5400, Ext. 244 to register. Santa Clarita Valley Quilt Guild will meet, 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Adva Price at (661) 298-1385. Moms Mixer allows local mothers to celebrate being a mom, 7-9 p.m. at a private home in Valencia. Call Liz Hodson at (661) 255-6044 for directions. SCVSingles will hold a mixer, 7 p.m. at The Roast House, 26532 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 296-3866. Sierra Club will meet, 7:30 p.m. in the upper classroom at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Valencia. Call Dave Morrow at (661) 254-5245. Le Tip Business Network Group will meet, 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24201 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call Lisa Eichman at (661) 297-3333. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Garage Sale fundraiser for Circle of Hope, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.at 24736 Oak Creek Ave., Newhall. Call Kelly Phen at (661) 259-2003. Landscape Education Class will teach landscape design principles, 9 a.m.-noon at the Castaic Lake Water Agency located above Central Park at 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Karen Denkinger at (661) 513-1230. Travel Open House, 3-8 p.m. at The Paseo Club, 27650 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 775-7511. Newhall Branch of the Italian Catholic Federation will meet for dinner and socializing, 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Hall, 23233 W. Lyons Ave., Newhall. Dinner: $5. Call Lorraine at (661) 284-1923. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia 91355.160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 MONDAY Travel Book Club will explore Eastern USA and Eastern Europe, 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Blood Drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente, 27107 Tourney Road, Valencia. Call (818) 719-2397. last_img read more

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Dundee swoop for defender Nathan Ralph on two-year deal

first_imgRalph told DeeTV: “I’ve heard a lot of good things about the club. I spoke to a few people as well, the likes of Roarie Deacon who said it’s a good place to come, play good football and the manager will improve me. “That’s pretty much everything I was looking for.“I know the level is better than what I have been playing at recently so I’m looking to test myself as much as possible.“I feel like I’m good enough to play at this level. I’m excited, looking forward to it.” Dundee have signed defender Nathan Ralph on a two-year deal.The 25-year-old becomes Neil McCann’s fourth summer signing following deals for Jack Hamilton, Kharl Madianga and Elton Ngwatala.Ralph arrives in Tayside having left Woking at the end of the season after they were relegated from the National League.The left-back also has experience of playing in League One with Yeovil Town.last_img read more

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Operation BackPacks now underway

first_imgWith summer now here, Operation BackPacks is in full swing, helping make sure families will be ready for the new school year.Now in its 18th year, the program aims to provide local children with a new backpack full of grade-appropriate school supplies.With support from Giant Tiger, Women United and numerous other local organizations and businesses, Operation BackPacks strives to serve every child and family in need throughout Chatham-Kent.Community members or organizations looking to support the program are able to do so by donating supplies, money or time.Every $25 ensures a child receives the supplies needed for a successful school year.The program requires volunteers to help pack and distribute supplies during the last week of August. To get involved, contact the United Way at 519-354-0430, or follow the links on OperationBackPacksCK.ca.Parents or guardians who need a backpack for their child are able request one online at OperationBackPacksCK.ca, or by calling the United Way. The last day for referral submissions is Friday, Aug. 16.For more information, contact info@uwock.ca.last_img read more

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