President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday January 21, flew to Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, to participate in events of the World Economic Forum.The World Economic Forum, founded by Klaus Martin Schwab, is an independent international organization that brings commitment to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.In 1971, Mr. Schwab, a German, founded the World Economic Forum as a not-for-profit foundation committed to improving the state of the world, and later building it into today’s global partnership of business, political, and intellectual leaders.The forum, for this year will be held under the theme: “The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business.” It runs from January 22-25.President Sirleaf will address the Plenary Session and be a Panelist on the subject of “Reshaping the World through Entrepreneurship, Education and Employment.” Her focus will be employment and gender parity, the Executive Mansion disclosed.The Liberian President will participate, as a special guest and/or panelist, at various sessions during the Forum, including Resilient Economies and the Water, Food & Energy Nexus.“This topic is germane to Liberian, due to the state of the Liberian economy and the absence or the inadequacy of basic necessities such as water, food and energy,” a prominent Liberian said when he was informed of the Liberian leader’s trip.He hoped that President Sirleaf adequately addresses this topic and learn from other world leaders how these fundamental problems can be solved.Other major topics to be addressed by President Sirleaf include: Industry Partnership Meetings for Mining and Metals, as well as Energy; an Africa-Japan Roundtable on TICAD follow-up; an Informal Gathering of World Economic Leaders and Reshaping the Global Climate Agenda.The Mansion also disclosed that President Sirleaf will also attend a reception hosted by her alma mater, Harvard University; a private reception, followed by a private dinner, hosted by Professor Klaus Schwab – the founder of the World Economic Forum – and his wife, in honor of Heads of State and Government, international organizations, co-chairs, members of the Foundation Board, International Business Council and Strategic Partners.She will also hold private meetings with mining executives.Mr. Klaus Martin Schwab, born March 30, 1938 is a German engineer, best known as the founder and executive chairman of the world economic forum.Dr. Schwab holds a Doctorate in Economics (summa cum laude) from the University of Fribourg, a Doctorate in Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Governance at Harvard University. Additionally, he has been the recipient of over a dozen honorary doctorates and is an honorary professor of the Ben-Gurion University of Israel and the China Foreign Affairs University.Schwab was Professor of Business Policy at the University of Geneva from 1972 to 2002. He is the author of several books. Since 1979, he has published the Global Competitiveness Report, an annual report assessing the potential for increasing productivity and economic growth of countries around the world, written by a team of economists. The report is based on a methodology developed by Schwab, measuring competitiveness not only in terms of productivity but also based on sustainability criteria.From 1993-1995, Schwab was a member of the UN High-Level Advisory Board on Sustainable Development. From 1996-1998, he was Vice-Chairman of the UN Committee for Development Planning. He also exercised a number of functions in the global public interest.While President Sirleaf is away from the country, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris M. Dukuly, will coordinate the affairs of State in consultation with Vice President Dr. Joseph N. Boakai, Sr.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Following an hour of heated debate, the Senate Plenary at its 30th day sitting Thursday, May 15, voted unanimously to reject the Bill passed by the House of Representatives for a budgetary allocation in the tone of US$73 million for Electoral District Development Fund (EDDF).The bill was sent to the Senate for concurrence after it underwent a “fast track passage” recently by the Lower House.It may be recalled that House Speaker Alex Tyler during delivery of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Annual Message to the National Legislature, announced that the House has agreed to allot the amount of US$73 million in the 2014/2015 fiscal budget as developmental fund for the 73 electoral districts of the National Elections Commission (NEC).Making remarks at the joint program held in the rotunda of the Capitol Building, House Speaker Alex J. Tyler, promised that lawmakers of the 53rd legislature will be more robust during this seating.Speaker Tyler said his comment is a result of what the lawmakers experienced during a nationwide tour in December on the draft petroleum law of Liberia.The Senate’s rejection of the Bill Thursday followed a verbal report to the plenary by a member of the Senate Committee on Ways, Means, Finance & Budget, Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor suggesting that instead of the US$73 million, the committee was suggesting an increment in the current County development Fund (CDF) from US$200,000 to the amount of US$1 million each for the 15 counties.Senator Taylor briefed her colleagues citing Constitutional provisions that by law, budgetary allocations are made to Statutory Districts and not electoral district that can be created for election purposes.Prior to the motion for rejection, several Senators, who welcomed Senator Taylor committee’s recommendation/suggestion, however, wondered as to which area of the budget the amount of US$15 million would come from, in the wake of the persistent budget shortfalls.However, Senators including Dallas Advertus Gueh of River Cess County reminded their colleagues that the Senate has the Constitutional mandate to approve monetary allotment for national development, by virtue of the fact that they are the direct representatives of the people.Another group of the plenary, too, recalled that during the 2nd Session of the 53rd Senate, a Bill calling for the allotment of 15 percent of the National Budget as County Development Fund (CDF) was brought to the Chamber.The bill was sponsored by River Cess Senator Jay Jonathan Banney, and signed by 15 Senators of the joint committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget in a prepared report which recommended that 15 percent of the fiscal national budget be appropriated annually for the development of the 15 political subdivision of the country, describing the current US$200,000 as inadequate to address the many development needs of the counties. But the Senate is yet to build a consensus on that Bill.Before making the motion that was unanimously agreed on, Grand Gedeh County Senior Senator Isaac Nyenabo, declared that the bill must be totally rejected, saying it is a violation against the law.There is a law in the House of Representatives and was passed and is before us, it is in abeyance and let’s reject it.He then made his motion: “Ladies and Gentlemen of the Liberian Senate, I move if I can be seconded, that the Bill presented before this body for US$73 million Electoral District for development purposes be rejected by this body.” The Senate voted yea, with no nae.Senate Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley then requested the Secretary of the Senate that the Senate’s leadership was going to set up a conference committee, because of the difference in the two Bills from the House of Representatives and Senate; and the one suggested by the Senate Committee on Ways, Means, and Finance & Budget.Senator Findley further instructed the Secretary to inform the House of Representatives “that we are returning this Bill to the House of Representatives that the Senate has rejected said Bill.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has departed the country for Abuja, Nigeria, to attend the 50th Heads of State Session of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf as Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of State and Government will bring colleagues up to date on recent ECOWAS mediation intervention in The Gambia where she was accompanied by President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone. They held consultations in Banjul on Tuesday, December 13, to support the ongoing process of democracy following Presidential elections the results of which were at first accepted by President Yahya Jammeh and later rejected by him. She will also brief her counterparts on her two-day working visit to the ECOWAS Commission, Parliament and the ECOWAS Community Court and report progress on the ongoing mediation into the political crisis in Guinea Bissau. Meanwhile, during President Sirleaf’s absence from the country from December 15 to 18, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Frederick Cherue will serve as Coordinator of the Cabinet in consultation with the Vice President and in telephone conversation with the President.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Workers who have been dismissed from the Skeldon Sugar Factory and the former Rose Hall Estate are being encouraged to develop new skills and to get into a business.On Wednesday, the former workers benefited from a financial education forum — a collaborative effort between the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the Ministry of Business’s Small Business Bureau.Chief Executive Officer of the Small Business Bureau, Dr. Lowell Porter, explained that the objective was to have an awareness programme so that the severed sugar workers would have an option relative to investing their severance pay.“Where should I put my money? Or should I put it anywhere?” he askedChief Executive Officer of the Small Business Bureau of the Ministry of Business, Dr Lowell Porterrhetorically. “Without this forum, those questions would never be answered,” he remarked.The one-day financial, business and investment forum was held at the Skeldon Community Centre. Among those in attendance were commercial banks, insurance companies, the Private Sector Commission and the Guyana Stock Exchange.According to Dr. Porter, the workers have already been dismissed, and persons need to make adjustments. He said there are opportunities out there, and the former employees might need some guidance to take advantage of them.Initially, the former workers were particularly concerned about the future of their National Insurance Scheme (NIS) contributions, and whether they would have to continue making contributions if they were to start up a new business.Regional Director of NIS, John Bishop, explained why many workers who have been attached to the sugar company have in the past had difficulty accessing their benefits.According to him, because of the system which GuySuCo had in place for employment, many persons had falsified information to gain employment.Guyana Stock Exchange General Manager George Edwards“So the information which you supplied does not correlate with now. So the question is: ‘who is to be blamed?’ Are we here to (apportion) blame? No, this is a critical juncture, where we shouldn’t be blaming anyone. What we should be doing is reconciling what we have with the NIS, ensuring that our information on the database is correct,” he explained.However, Bobby Seepersaud, representing the insurance industry, said the NIS pays a pension which is equivalent to only 40 percent of a person’s wage, hence there is need to have an insurance plan which can back that up. He also noted that insurance can provide financial assistance in times of tragedy, and those who are injured and unable to work can still have their financial commitments met.Meanwhile, General Manager of the Guyana Stock Exchange, George Edwards, explained how the stock exchange operates. He said it is somewhat different for purchasing ordinary shares from a company.“While in the market out there you can go yourself, in the stock market, you haveSome of the persons who attended the forumto go through trained, qualified individuals,” he explained. Those individuals, he added, are called brokers.Edwards advised persons who were going to put their money in the bank to take note of the interest rate which the bank will be offering, and not have their money there for safe-keeping.Buying shares, he said, had an advantage over banking, in that the dividends paid to shareholders are tax-free, while in Guyana there is a 20 per cent tax on the interest paid to customers.The forum had less than three dozen persons in attendance, and only two persons from the Rose Hall Estate.Dr. Porter has said there will be follow-up programmes, since Wednesday’s could be considered a general forum. Those follow-up programmes will be done in the form of business clinics which address the specific needs of specific groups of persons who want to get into business, he explained.“Let’s sit down one to one and find out what is it that you want to achieve, and we will see how we can assist you to get there,” he explained, while noting that the Small Business Bureau will back up with 40 per cent of the equality required by banks to obtain a loan, and the agency would assist with preparing business plans.
The sting of losing here for the third season in a row still was felt deeply. The Bruins did not excuse their lack of energy on circumstance, as in wrapping up the Pac-10 title Thursday at Washington State, which rendered this game meaningless. “We didn’t come out ready to play,” said Afflalo, UCLA’s junior guard. “I don’t know why. “They out-physicaled us, they out-played us in every aspect of the game and it’s embarrassing. I don’t know what we were resting on. There’s no excuse to come in on national television and not compete for 40 minutes.” When UCLA lost at West Virginia without Collison, the starting point guard, it was understandable. But to have a game altered because an important reserve did not play highlights the Bruins’ vulnerability. With backup Alfred Aboya and his 17 minutes per game on the bench with a knee injury, No. 2 UCLA was pounded on the boards, lacked the type of intensity Aboya usually helps generate and ended the regular season with a 61-51 loss to Washington in front of 10,000 at Hec Ed Pavilion. The loss ended a five-game winning streak, but doesn’t figure to impact the Bruins’ chances of being a No. 1 seed in the West in the NCAA Tournament, provided top-seeded UCLA (26-4, 15-3 Pac-10) doesn’t exit next week’s Pac-10 Tournament early. Aboya, UCLA’s top reserve at power forward and center, averages 4.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game and also brings intangibles in experience and a toughness the Bruins clearly lacked on Saturday. Washington’s dynamic inside duo of power forward Jon Brockman (20 points, 13 rebounds) and center Spencer Hawes (13, 15) combined for 33 points and 28 rebounds, and led the Huskies (18-12, 8-10) to a 15-rebound (44-29) advantage. UCLA center Ryan Wright and power forward James Keefe, who teamed to replace Aboya, scored two points, committed four fouls and failed to grab a rebound. Center Lorenzo Mata Mata and power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute were forced to play alone inside, without much of a break against the bullish Brockman and Hawes. Mata and Mbah a Moute combined for 15 points and 15 rebounds. Wright and Keefe were so ineffective, Bruins coach Ben Howland played them four combined minutes in the second half. Howland also went almost eight minutes, a large chunk of it when UCLA cut a 48-32 lead to 52-51 with 2:54 to play, without making a substitution. UCLA’s rebounding deficiencies were accentuated when Hawes’ tip-in of a missed Justin Dentmon shot gave the Huskies a 54-51 lead and slowed the Bruins’ momentum. Josh Shipp had a chance to tie it on UCLA’s next possession, but his 24-foot 3-point attempt, which Howland said was “too far” of a shot, missed the mark with two minutes remaining, and the Huskies held on to win. UCLA, which missed its first seven shots and trailed 9-0 almost six minutes in, scored a season-low 20 points in the first half and shot a horrific shooting 31.3 percent overall. email@example.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SEATTLE – Arron Afflalo said it time and again, and so did Darren Collison. They are UCLA’s leaders, but both said throughout the season how, despite UCLA’s star power, every member of the team was invaluable. A theory that may have fallen on deaf ears before was advanced Saturday, when the Bruins showed the razor-thin line between being one of the nation’s elite teams and just another good one.
He featured for Les Blues at Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup, and has a silver medal from the 2016 Euros.But having struggled with an ongoing Achilles injury, the former Guingamp, Tours and Lorient defender knows he can’t keep playing through the pain.Speaking ahead of facing Wales in an international friendly on Friday, Koscielny told L’Equipe: “There is an end to everything.“After the World Cup, I would be almost 33-years-old, it will be time to leave the place.“I have six months left in the French team to blossom and take as many memories as my wife would say.”He added: “Every morning I have my treatment for my Achilles and I know I need to do this to the end of my career.“Now, every day I do this and it is okay but sometimes with all the games we play every three days, it is difficult and I need to have a rest to recover well for my Achilles.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is retiring from international duty with France after the World Cup. Photo/SKY SPORTSLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 8 – Laurent Koscielny has reluctantly acknowledged that he will need to retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup.The 32-year-old Arsenal centre-back has 49 caps for France, having first made his debut in 2011.
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An England fan launched into a passionate rant on talkSPORT on Friday morning ahead of the national team’s ‘friendly’ with Spain.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the brilliant caller agreed with co-host Ray Wilkins’ assertion that the game IS important and demanded that the Three Lions give their all in Alicante.“If we lose tonight, it is not OK,” he said.“Football is the one thing in life you have no control over. You’re born, you pay your taxes, you die, and you support who you support. “When I watch England, I want passion. If they don’t win, don’t pay them. If they don’t win against France, don’t pay them. If they don’t stand there and sing the national anthem, don’t pay them.“You play with passion, you play to win every time you play.”Listen to the brilliant rant in full above!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Canter said she has been talking with Caprice Young, a former school board president who now heads the California Charter Schools Association, to determine the future of charters in the district. But Canter also has been working with LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer and the president of the teachers union, A.J. Duffy, on a program that would give traditional campuses more flexibility – an effort to curb the number of schools seeking charter status. Young said Los Angeles Unified is the most innovative very large district in the nation – with charters, learning academies, magnets and continuation schools – and that the various campuses have to find ways to collaborate more effectively and share their methods for success. Lauritzen said the school board has been spending so much time reviewing charter applications that he is concerned members have been unable to monitor performance of those already operating. “I don’t think we’re well-serving the ones we already have in existence,” said Lauritzen. Approval of the 100th charter school in the Los Angeles Unified School District was celebrated Wednesday, even as local and state officials pushed to quell the explosion of the popular independent campuses. The news conference at Milagro Charter School came the day after LAUSD board member Jon Lauritzen proposed a one-year moratorium on new charters, and other board members said they want time to map out the future of the booming charter movement. “The charter movement is in its infancy stages, and our board helped to initiate that growth,” the board president, Marlene Canter, said. “With the 100th comes a responsibility of reflection – looking at charters’ successes and challenges and creating an effective oversight and accountability process.” By fall, at least 30 more charters are expected to open – making nearly one in every six LAUSD public schools a charter. The 100th charter, Excel Academy, is expected to open in September. “Charter schools really have so little regulation or supervision, we don’t know how it’s going to fit into the overall program,” he said. He and board members Julie Korenstein and Marguerite LaMotte are considered the least likely to support charter growth. Lauritzen will be working on the proposed one-year moratorium with the California School Boards Association. The group has sponsored legislation that would make it easier for school boards to deny charters that would have a negative fiscal impact on the district. Duffy supports Assembly Bill 2954 and said he’d also like to see the state limit the amount of money that goes to charters. “I am opposed to charters because they don’t educate any better and the drain on the general fund is getting to an alarming proportion where it’s going to hurt the public sector,” said Duffy, who heads the 47,000-member United Teachers Los Angeles. “With each charter, state funding goes with them, which means we get less, and the general fund money available to do things – like … class-size (reduction), maintenance, equipment – is less.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is maneuvering to take over the district, congratulated its residents for having the most charter schools of any district in the nation and said the movement should continue unimpeded. “Mayor Villaraigosa is strongly supportive of charter schools and believes we must expand the number of these high-quality, innovative public schools,” said his spokeswoman, Janelle Erickson. Romer said district officials have embraced charters but they want to look for ways to better serve students not enrolled in charters. “It’s obvious that charters have become a part of the tradition of LAUSD, but there’s always the possibility of creating other forms that are technically not charters,” Romer said. “As we go forward, we’ll be looking at new forms. I think that choice – a variety of forms – is a good idea.” Romer also predicted that as the academic performance at traditional schools continues to improve, the campuses will reclaim some of the students they lost to charters. But experts say they expect charters to continue to gain popularity among students, parents and teachers, and districts and charters should find ways to collaborate. “Charter schools were created to change the public school system, and we’re seeing that happen,” said Priscilla Wohlstetter, professor and co-director of the center on educational governance at the University of Southern California. “But the only thing that I think is so critical … is to consider them as part of the public school system,” she said. “It could be contentious, but I think there’s a lot of good to come of it. Competition is good for public schools.” Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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 email@example.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) 267-5551160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEDNESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will host a discussion on finding and keeping a mate, 7 p.m. in Lancaster. Bring a snack to share and a beverage. Call (661) 267-2586 or 943-5938. 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. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventVeterans 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.