Parañaque, Batangas near finals

first_imgMOST READ Top seed Batangas-Tanduay also closed in on a championship spot with an 80-75 victory over Valenzuela-Yulz in a game marred by the ejection of three players.Batangas’ Jayson Grimaldo and Adrian Santos were ejected along with Valenzuela’s Ford Ruaya after a scuffle in the third period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Thai upends Cyna in third playoff hole BATANGAS CITY—Former San Beda guard Ryusei Koga delivered a career performance as seventh seed Parañaque-Gamboa Coffee overwhelmed No. 2 Muntinlupa-Angelis Resort, 84-59, on Thursday night to move within a victory of a finals berth in the 2018 MPBL Anta Rajah Cup.Held scoreless the first time the two teams met in the elimination round, Koga came alive with 24 points and eight assists as the Patriots, who earlier ousted No. 2 Bulacan-Ligo, grabbed the headstart in the best-of-three semifinal series.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’center_img Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View comments Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Cocopa Workers Block Nimba Highway

first_imgWorkers at the Cocopa Plantation in Nimba County have once again blocked the main highway linking Ganta and Saclepea with the southeastern region, in demand of four months of salary arrears.The action, which began early Monday, September 12, has brought the movement of vehicles to a standstill as angry workers threatened severe repercussions if anyone tried to force their way through.Health worker Sam Dahn was caught between Saclepea and Cocopa on his way to work in Ganta early Monday morning.He told Radio Saclepea via mobile phone that the workers placed “sticks, old motorbikes and anything they could lay their hands on” on the highway to prevent vehicles and pedestrians from traversing it.He quoted some of the plantation workers as saying that their children are not in school; that the schools at the plantation are still closed; and that workers have not been paid for four months.“I tried to appeal to them to allow me to pass, but they vehemently refused and threatened to damage my motorbike if I forced my way through,” he said. Senior staff members at the plantation are reported to have fled to Ganta for their safety. Meanwhile, a Cocopa administrative assistant, while confirming the workers’ action, said “the workers have long threatened to take action in demand of their salary.” The wages and benefits fiasco at Cocopa turned sour early March when workers staged a go-slow action, forcing every institution and department, including schools and the clinic on the plantation, to close down. On Friday April 1, a go-slow action turned violent when aggrieved workers blocked the same highway, forcefully preventing all vehicles from using it.That action turned violent when officers of the Liberia National Police’s Emergency Response Unit (ERU) arrived on the scene and attempted to disperse the crowd. The angry crowd reacted by looting the main warehouse and disturbing activities at the plantation clinic.After the protest the Liberian government paid the workers – about 400 of them – their salary arrears.The current protest is about unpaid salary covering the months of May thru August.Recently, Senator Prince Y. Johnson was on a Ganta radio station appealing to the workers to remain calm as the government was making efforts to pay them.Last week, officers of the Liberia National Police, who were ready to squash the planned demonstration, left the scene after the protest action died down.Meanwhile, there have been no reports of any destruction during the recent protest, and Superintendent Fong Zuagele and other government officials have gone to the camp to negotiate for the reopening of the highway.The government of Liberia took over the plantation from the previous owner, LIBCO, for what was considered bad labor practice in 2013 and since then the workers continue to experience delays in their salaries, as well as their monthly rice supply.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US$50 Billion Illicit Flow of Cash Frightens LRA Commissioner General

first_imgLiberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Commissioner General, Elfrieda Stewart Tamba says the illicit flow of money from Africa is overwhelming.Mrs. Tamba quoted the Mbeki Report on illicit flows of money out of Africa and said Africa loses about US$50 billion yearly and warned that it must stop.Madam Tamba made the assertion yesterday, at the opening of a three-day forum and training organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) at a hotel in Monrovia.Otherwise referred to as the “Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes,” the forum brought together about 25 persons from various institutions, including the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, the Law Reform Commission and the Governance Commission.The Mbeki Report which Commissioner General Tamba is referencing, is a document prepared by a high level panel established in 2012, following a meeting organized by the joint African Union Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.Its three basic aims are to develop a realistic and accurate assessment of the volumes and sources of financial outflows; gain concrete understanding of how these outflows occur in Africa, based on case studies of a sample of African countries and, ensure that the panelists make specific recommendations of practical, realistic, short-to medium-term actions that should be taken both by Africa and the rest of the world to effectively confront what is in fact a global challenge.”The LRA Commissioner General indicated that the technical assistance program was important for Liberia on grounds that it is aimed at strengthening collaboration and sensitization among all local stakeholders to enhance preparedness for the country to ensure passage of “Round 2-Peer Review” to avoid the blacklisting of Liberia for lack of transparency in financial matters.She said it will also strengthen the capacity of LRA in the exchange of information for tax matters since tax evasion is one major source of illicit financial outflow.She assured that Liberia is committed to amend the applicable laws to meet the Global Forum standard on transparency of information and to also facilitate the exchange of information in tax matters.In furtherance of the commitment, Tamba also said “As a demonstration of Liberia’s commitment, our country ensured its passage to Phase II and compliance is scheduled for June of 2018.”In order to convince stakeholders about this, Madam Tamba said they have embarked on the establishment of the exchange of information in the competent authority – the Domestic Tax Department – and development of the relevant manuals and related staff training.Additionally, she noted that they have also embarked on the signing of the statement of intent to join the African Tax Administration Forum Agreement of Mutual Assistance in Tax Administration Matters, and expansion of tax information and exchange agreement networks from 16 to 20.“This includes Canada in 2017 and the adoption of a protocol request also in 2017 from South Africa in relation to the inclusion of Automatic Exchange of Information,” she said.Madam Tamba said it will detect tax evasion and off-shore wealth, deter people from non-compliance and encourage timely compliance by taxpayers and support domestic synergies among tax administrators in developing countries in their domestic resource mobilization strategies.The automatic exchange of information is a new experience for Liberia. In this regard, the LRA Commissioner General said her institution needs to acquire the necessary information technology infrastructure, and ensures the passage in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) of the legislative framework that will facilitate the process in line with the new standard.To further enhance the process, she said “The stakeholders jointly need to ensure the amendments to the Business Corporation Act are ratified before the next scheduled peer review.”Commissioner General Tamba said “This engagement will further enhance local capacity to more effectively combat, inter alia, tax evasion, aggressive tax planning, illicit flow of capital and money laundering, thereby facilitating the collection of lawful revenues due our nation and people for the national good of all of us including the unborn.”In brief remarks earlier, the Commissioner for Domestic Tax, Darlingston Y. Tarley said the technical assistance training will enable Liberians to fully understand how information exchange is done, noting that it will facilitate the fight against tax evasion. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MacKenzie makes top 5 in Kraft Hockeyville

first_imgMacKenzie has made the top 5 in Kraft Hockeyville 2011.MacKenzie will be joined by Bentley Alberta, Wolfe Island Ontario, Saint Raymond Quebec and Conception Bay South in Newfoundland.The top five communities each get $25,000, but of course they need your vote to win Kraft Hockeyville 2011.- Advertisement -You can cast your vote online at the Kraft Hockeyville website or toll-free over the phone at 1-866-533-8066.You can vote until March 21 at 11:59 p.m. ET.The winning community will get $100,000 for arena upgrades and an NHL pre-season game and a special Hockey Night in Canada broadcast of the event.Advertisement Fort Nelson had been in the top 10, but didn’t get enough votes to reach the top 5.last_img

NASCAR crackdown on cheating begins

first_img“It’s obvious that we’ve ramped up our penalties and we’re going to get people’s attention,” competition director Robin Pemberton said. “We’re going to grab this one by the horns.” Robbie Reiser, crew chief for Kenseth, and Kenny Francis, crew chief for Kahne, were suspended four races. Rodney Childers, crew chief for Riggs, and Josh Brown, crew chief for Sadler, were suspended two races. Kahne, Riggs and Sadler are teammates at Evernham Motorsports. Kenseth, the 2003 series champion and runner-up last season, drives for Roush Racing. All four crew chiefs can appeal, a process that could allow them to work the Great American Race. If they do and the committee cannot schedule a hearing before Sunday’s race, they would be allowed to participate. In toughening its penalties, NASCAR made the unprecedented move of taking points away before the season has even started. Kahne and Kenseth were docked 50 points apiece, while Riggs and Sadler lost 25 each. Reiser and Francis also were fined $50,000 each, while Childers and Brown were fined $25,000 each. All four drivers will start the season with negative points – a move that most likely infuriated the teams, but sent a strong message that NASCAR will no longer tolerate rule-breakers. NASCAR is still investigating Waltrip, who had a car part seized and shipped back to North Carolina for further analysis. It’s the second straight season that NASCAR’s biggest event has been marred by cheating scandals. Last year, Jimmie Johnson’s crew chief was sent home for four races when he was caught cheating in qualifying. Johnson won the race without Chad Knaus, who rejoined the team in March and helped Johnson win the Nextel Cup title. NASCAR did not strip points from Johnson because the sanctioning body had been reluctant to force a team to start the season in the red. But after three cars failed inspection during Sunday’s qualifying session, NASCAR decided it had up the ante to deter teams from continuously pushing the envelope. The actions come at a time when chairman Brian France is attempting to jump-start the family business, which seemed to plateau last season after years of booming popularity. With television ratings down, attendance at a standstill and France still trying to match the NFL’s broad appeal, NASCAR felt it had to crack down on cheating. Still, NASCAR stopped short of kicking the teams out of the race, a move many believe would be the ultimate punishment. “We’re going to get tough with the competitors when they push the credibility of the sport,” France said Tuesday during his state of the sport address. “But we’ve got to have the punishments fit the crime. We can’t get completely silly about it. We have to be tough, firm and clear.” Kenseth and Kahne had their qualifying times thrown out after inspectors discovered illegal holes in the wheel wells, which could have improved aerodynamics. Evernham maintained the holes had been covered with duct tape that apparently fell off before the Dodge was inspected. But Pemberton said NASCAR believed the tape had been cut. Riggs and Sadler’s cars both had modifications that allowed air to leak out of the trunk area. Waltrip, meanwhile, had a suspicious substance in the intake manifold of his Camry. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NASCAR suspended the crew chiefs for Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs and Elliott Sadler and docked all four drivers points before the season-opening Daytona 500 – its strongest statement to date on cheating. All four cars failed qualifying inspection, and a fifth, Michael Waltrip’s startup Toyota Camry, faces additional penalties that could be even more severe. center_img DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR vowed last summer to crack down on cheaters, pledging to toughen penalties in a sport where bending the rules is as common as banging bumpers. Officials made good on that promise Tuesday. last_img read more

Fundraisers set up to help local boy with cancer

first_imgFunding initiatives have been started to help 4-year-old Karsten, a boy who has been diagnosed with cancer, and his family.He has already has surgery to removed a tumor and one kidney – but CT scans have shown he has a tumor on his liver, which requires chemotherapy and radiation treatments.Down at Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver with his mother Alicia, they estimate it will be another 25 weeks at least before the two of them can come home – until March 2016.- Advertisement -Karsten has since been discharged into outpatient care – and is “doing as well as expected” – but his siblings and father Nik are still here in Fort St. John.Friends and family have come together to start a GoFundMe campaign to help Karsten – and the Fort St. John Bottle Depot has opted to direct money from all the recyclables collected in October towards a fund for the rest of the family to go to Vancouver and visit them for the Christmas holidays.Rita Schonewille with the Bottle Depot says she doesn’t personally know the family – but her daughter works at the pre-school Karsten attends and the mother-daughter duo has been helping the family out as much as possible.Advertisement “I just felt we needed to do something,” she said. “They’ve already spent so much money.”Schonewille said that people are encouraged to drop off any bottled they may have, or can volunteer at the bottle depot if they don’t have many bottled to donate.Donation jars are also at the depot for spare change.last_img read more

Swiss escalate probe into attorney general’s FIFA contacts

first_img0Shares0000Switzerland’s attorney general Michael Lauber during the press conference on Friday © AFP / STEFAN WERMUTHGeneva, Switzerland, May 10 – A Swiss oversight body said Friday that it had opened a “disciplinary investigation” targeting the attorney general over his meetings with FIFA’s president, while Bern is probing corruption in world football.Switzerland’s top prosecutor Michael Lauber, who is in charge of the FIFA probe, has come under fire over a series of reportedly undisclosed contacts with FIFA president Gianni Infantino, also a Swiss national. Two Lauber-Infantino meetings were brought to light last year by “Football Leaks”, a cross-border investigation by several European news organisations.The body that oversees Lauber’s office, known as the AS-MPC, said last month that those two 2016 contacts, held shortly after Infantino took charge of FIFA from the disgraced Sepp Blatter, were “not problematic.”But Swiss media have reported a third meeting, which the AS-MPC said last month merited a “preliminary inquiry.”In a statement on Friday, the AS-MPC announced an escalation of the probe, saying it had decided to start a “disciplinary investigation concerning the attorney general of the confederation, Michael Lauber.”The aim is to shed light on “possible violations of (Lauber’s) professional duties … in the context of the complex FIFA process.”– Not resigning –After the disciplinary probe was announced, Lauber held a press conference to state that he had no intention of standing down and hoped to be reappointed for a new term, which would run from 2020 to 2023. Parliament is due to decide on his renomination next month. There was “no reason to withdraw my candidacy,” Lauber said, lamenting the “institution crisis” triggered by the new probe. The investigation “creates the impression that I did not tell the truth,” he said. According to the oversight body, Lauber had denied the existence of any additional FIFA contacts beyond the two meetings that were initially reported. Lauber had conceded that he “probably” made “mistakes” amid the FIFA affair, but did not elaborate on any specific transgressions and criticised more than a month of media coverage of the now notorious third FIFA meeting. Lauber and his office have publicly defended the contacts with Infantino, arguing they were logitically necessary to the sprawling inquiry into world fooball’s governing body. Switzerland has pursued a number of cases since a raid on a luxury hotel in Zurich in May 2015 led to the arrests of a several FIFA executives and exposed the corrupt underbelly of world football.In addition to Blatter, the high-profile targets of Swiss investigators include FIFA’s former secretary general Jerome Valcke and Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the powerful Qatari national and media executive who is the president of French giants Paris Saint-Germain. The meetings between Lauber and Infantino were set up by Rinaldo Arnold, a prosector in the southern Swiss canton of Valais and a childhood friend of the FIFA president. Football Leaks also reported that Arnold received gifts, including match tickets, from Infantino.A Swiss magistrate who investigated those gifts has cleared Arnold of wrongdoing after ruling that the gifts were not aimed at influencing his work.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man United’s potential £58m bargain, centre back found and Van Gaal’s philosophy revelation for players

first_img 2) Daley Blind may be a centre back after all – Daley Blind was one of the stand-out performers during the win over Liverpool. His goal was a splendid finish but his overall defensive play was calm, composed and astute throughout. He had no problems dealing with the strength of Christian Benteke – easing him off the ball on more than one occasion – and has formed a solid partnership with the ever improving Chris Smalling. However, Liverpool were atrociously poor at Old Trafford and there will be tougher tests for the Dutchman. Manchester United saved their best Premier League performance of the season so far for Liverpool’s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday.While many were critical for the boring and uneventful first 45 minutes of the game, Louis van Gaal would have been delighted with the way his side passed when they had the ball and the way they hustled and harried Liverpool’s players when they didn’t.However, the second half was the one the majority of the 75,347 people packed into Old Trafford were after with four splendid goals and far more chances.So, what did we learn about Manchester United’s 3-1 victory? Click the arrow above, right, to find out.  5 5 3) Ashley Young needs to play more – Other than David De Gea, Ashley Young was arguably United’s best player last season, and certainly their most improved. After starting the season against Tottenham, he has found himself on the bench with Adnan Januzaj, now on-loan at Borussia Dortmund, and Ander Herrera preferred ahead of him. However, while Memphis Depay was so bad he could have been wearing a Liverpool shirt, Young was excellent as he brought urgency and direct running which immediately led to the opening goal. Memphis will take some time to settle in but Young is too good to just be his deputy. 5 1) Manchester United players seem to be taking to Van Gaal’s philosophy – to find out what else was learned from the win over Liverpool, click the arrow above – Albeit an awfully tedious, monotonous first half at Old Trafford, Manchester United barely misplaced a pass and did not let Liverpool string together more than two. Bastian Schweinsteiger had his best game in a United jersey so far as he and Michael Carrick dictated play from deep all day. It is already apparent that Louis van Gaal’s philosophy involves less exciting, attacking football and more patient passing and pressurising of opponents and, judging by the way the Red Devils played on Saturday, the players are beginning to understand. Maybe that meeting between Van Gaal, Wayne Rooney and Carrick really was a productive one. 5) Anthony Martial could be a bargain – A fee of £36m rising to £58m puts enough pressure on to quiver the knees of even the most experienced players, but Anthony Martial played without a fear in the world after replacing Juan Mata in the 65th minute. His goal was a splendid exhibition of his pace, close control, ability to run at players and finishing – all of which seemed to have deserted United this season. It is important not to judge him too soon but he will only improve over the next few seasons, a fact which should strike fear into rival defences. Manchester United may well have found their Thierry Henry after all. 4) The Marouane Fellaini experiment was not a successful one – Alarm bells rang around Old Trafford when news Wayne Rooney would miss the game was leaked. Louis van Gaal already alluded to Marouane Fellaini being his second choice striker this season, but the big Belgian was anonymous. He did not add anything to the attack and seemed unclear whether he should drop deep or play on the last line of defence, often leaving him stranded in no man’s land. He is very effective coming off the bench as he showed in the Champions League qualifier against Club Brugge and for now that seems like it is his best role within the side. 5 5last_img read more

Cold case: Authorities looking for limo driver’s killer

first_imgPICO RIVERA – Stephen Isaac Smith was on his way to the office to drop off his earnings as a limousine driver when he was fatally shot July 3, 2006. Shortly after the 2 p.m. shooting in the 5600 block of Rosemead Boulevard, witnesses saw a man in baggy shorts running from the scene. The case remains unsolved. Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding the killer. Smith, 49, lived in Pico Rivera and worked for Exquisite Limousine Transportation in Los Angeles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.He had fares the night before, said Sgt. Kenneth Clark of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. Detectives believe the night’s take included credit card receipts, which were also taken. “He was walking to his car to drive to the office to drop the money off,” Clark said. He didn’t know how much cash Smith was carrying. “I believe he was confronted by someone and he was shot.” Smith was gunned down in the hallway of his apartment complex. Witnesses saw a man fleeing the scene shortly after the gunshot rang out. The man was spotted climbing a fence and running behind the apartments. Smith was pronounced dead at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, said Capt. Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. He said the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest. Smith’s relatives and employer could not be reached for comment Monday. “We are definitely seeking the public’s help,” Clark said. “The victim was not a gang member. There is no correlation between the suspect and the victim.” The suspect was described as a Latino wearing a white T-shirt and black cut-off shorts. Neighbors had said that Smith was a quiet tenant who paid his rent on time. They heard arguing before the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Kenneth Clark at the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgTODAY Mother’s Day celebration for 25Score members. Free car wash for mothers at Valencia Car Wash, 24233 Creekside Road, Valencia. Call (661) 255-3448. Mother’s Day Breakfast before the 9 a.m. worship service at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Cost: $5 for adults and $3 for children. Call (661) 297-3783. Free lecture on the Fernandeno Tataviam Indian tribe, 2-4 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsSanta 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. MONDAY 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 Santa Clarita Republican Women will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Republican Headquarters, 24267 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-3422. 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 Blood Drive, 2:30-7:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7307 or visit www.st-stephens.org. “Zorro” film program, 3:30 p.m. at the Newhall Library, 22704 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750. Santa Clarita Amateur Radio Club will meet, 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Visit www.w6jw.org. “Zorro” discussion group will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. Los Angeles Opera League-Santa Clarita Region will meet, 7 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Service Center, 24271 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call Olga Joseau at (661) 297-3086. 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 (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 “Zorro” discussion for kids, 4:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. Grand Opening, 5:30-7 p.m. at Santa Clarita Advanced Medical Care, 27875 Smyth Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 257-9999. ATEAM Car Wash fundraiser, 6-8 p.m. at Valencia AutoSpa, 23440 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Cost: $10. Call (661) 251-3733. Santa Clarita Valley Bar Association will meet, 6 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 287-3260. Santa Clarita Corvette Club social meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 298-1494. Information meeting for those interested in being a foster or adoptive parent, 6:30-8 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. Call Children’s Bureau at (661) 272-9996. 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 or visit www.allvalleyletip.com. 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 “Zorro” discussion group will meet, 1 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Guitar music, 8 p.m. in the cafe at Borders Books & Music, 24445 town Center Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 286-1131. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Berenstain Bears story time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. 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 (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. 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, CA 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more