…mysteryThere are all sorts of red herrings being dragged across the trail of the disappearing Haitians in Guyana. The SN finally editorialised about the phenomenon – which they’d studiously ignored up to then – to claim that some of them are en route to USA. Now, your Eyewitness has said it before, but will now have to say it again: Why, in God’s name, would the Haitians join a Copa flight originating in Panama and come to Guyana to then trek through our mud trails to get to Brazil, travel through that country’s highway into Colombia, and then return to Panama to proceed up the rest of Central America to get to the USA??Haitians may be poor, but they aren’t stupid!! Another red herring is the Govt insisting that Haitians HAVE to be allowed entry to stay up to six months, because Haiti’s part of CariCom. That’s just not true. In addition to a return ticket – which they evidently have – they’ve got to show enough money to live in Guyana for that time. But from what we’ve learn from reports on their movement, most of them barely have enough money to buy food while being transported Ato other locations!! Something’s not regulah!!The Ministry of Citizenship was carved out specially for Winston Felix, who’s a former Commissioner of Police. There were always questions about this move…but we’ll leave that for now. However, it strains your Eyewitness’s credulity to snapping point when Felix insists he doesn’t see anything suspicious about those busloads of Haitians arriving and never leaving!!And the suggestion that they used their voodoo powers to teleport themselves is preposterous! They could’ve done that right in Panama — or Haiti for that matter — without forking over US$1700 for the Copa flight!Even if the PPP were politicking about the Haitians being given ID cards and even passports, didn’t Felix wonder if some of his staff might be on the take and were supplying those documents? Didn’t he hear his Commander in Chief declaring there were bad apples in the GPF, and calling for them to be weeded out? But what has thrown your Eyewitness for a loop is the nonchalance Felix has displayed in “explaining” that Guyana is “just” being used as a jumping-off point for other destinations!Don’t the logistical capabilities, shown by the persons who receive the Haitians and arrange for their transportation to hotels and then to our borders, suggest to Felix that this is an organised operation?? And that since both Suriname and Brazil demand visas, which are unavailable in Haiti and Panama, the Haitians are entering these countries illegally, since they certainly get visas here??Increasing our borders’ porosity isn’t good for our security, no?…and the race questionYou regular readers know your Eyewitness regularly waxes lyrical about Haiti’s historical role in overthrowing the yoke of slavery against an imperial power, France. And their success put the fear of the devil in the planter class in the British West Indies, certainly speeding up the plans to abolish slavery here. But what does that have to do with “racism”, if we call for us to control our borders?? Or have health concerns with cholera and AIDS ravaging Haiti?Was Barbados “racist” for, earlier this month, reinstating the requirement for Haitians to get visas to enter “Little England”?? The Bajans were quite candid in explaining the Haitians were raising their people’s ire!! But what does this have to do with Felix turning a blind eye to his staff in immigration being corrupted by the human smuggling bands that are bringing these people in?? Doesn’t he care that the EU came down hard on Suriname for facilitating that trade into French Guiana?And will soon be doing the same with us??…and French GuyanaFrance runs its overseas territories as “departments,” with social services at the same level as France’s. This attracts impoverished immigrants from Brazil, Suriname and Haiti.The Haitians are the worst off – and yet they keep coming.
With still two more years to the holding of general and presidential elections in Liberia, the leaders of several political parties are already amassing and preparing a strategy for victory in 2017.An alliance of seven political parties under the banner, Progressive Coordinating Group (PCG), has declared that it will take state power in 2017.The PCG includes the National Democratic Coalition (NDC), New Democratic Alternative of Liberia Movement-New DEAL, and Free Democratic Party (FDP), the Alliance for Peace and Democracy (APD), comprising the Liberian People’s Party (LPP), the United People’s Party (UPP), and the Action for Democracy and Development (ADD). The group’s spokesman, Sando Wayne, II, made the disclosure last Tuesday at a press conference in Monrovia.Spokesman Wayne said it is 12 years since the end of the civil war and the return to democratic rule, but the situation in the country remains precarious.Recounting what he called the failure of the Unity Party-led administration Mr. Wayne believes it is an indication that the UP is not capable of creating wealth, jobs or growing a middle-income society as it had promised.“There is widespread corruption in high places compared to the past. The educational system is a mess, with 62 percent of Liberian youth in school yet 82 percent never completes the 12th grade,” he stated.With all these bad results, the state of impunity continues to undermine peace building, national healing and reconciliation, said Wayne.“Moreover, with the increased economic activities in Liberia, it is painful to note that we have not balanced our budget in the last three years and poverty still remains our greatest enemy, particularly among the youth, who comprise 70 percent of the under-35 population and 88 percent of the unemployed,” Wayne said.Wayne further decried that 80 percent of Liberians are living on less than US$1.00 a day, yet “we have spent more than 280 million United States dollars on public relations, without legislative approval, as required by law.”According to him, the PCG’s investment in Liberia’s reform is more than protecting the choice of a single progressive grouping or party. “We are resolved to consolidate all the progressive actors and to seek political power and govern the country together, in 2017 and beyond.”The PCG’s quest for the presidency, Mr. Wayne said, is about protecting multiparty democracy, maintaining an inclusive society with the governing structure comprehensively decentralized, as well as a the rule-based system of justice and equality.At the appropriate time, he said, the progressives will focus on two key issues, which include the work they did from the 70s to the 90s as the Progressive Alliance of Liberia (PAL), Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA), Liberian National Student Union (LINSU), Progressive People’s Party (PPP) and Liberia People’s Party.“We sought to reform the country, tackle corruption, and strengthen democratic institutions,” Mr. Wayne noted, adding that the Progressives are “proud of what we did in the past and will continue to do same to put our country on a democratic and prosperous trajectory.”He conceded, however, that during the 14 year civil war and national upheavals, the progressive and broad-minded Liberians were unfortunately in disarray, leaderless, disorganized, and fragmented into various splinter groups. This, he admitted, created the perfect situation for remnants of the oligarchy to regroup and rally the support of the volunteer political opportunists as an option for a viable national leadership.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
the Public Health Ministry, through its department of Regional Health Services, in an effort to ensure that quality healthcare is provided in all regions of Guyana, will have a Medical Superintendent (MS) placed in all regional hospitals. This is in keeping with some of the main projections included for the year 2017, according to a release from the Government Information Agency (GINA).Director of Regional Health Services, Public Health Ministry, Dr Kay ShakoThe Medical Superintendent is responsible for the medical aspect of the day-to-day functions of the hospital. The superintendent plans, organises, directs, controls and coordinates medical programmes and clinical services in a hospital, while maintaining standards of medical care, providing leadership to ensure an appropriately skilled medical workforce.The addition of Medical Superintendents will complement the full suite of specialist doctors who will be placed at every regional hospital in the country. The Regional Health Services department of the Public Health Ministry saw it fit in 2016 to equip each regional hospital with a General Surgeon, an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, an Internal Medicine Specialist and a Paediatrician. This projection for 2017 is set to provide better management of General Medical Officers (GMOs) in varying capacities at regional hospitals.One of the challenges faced by the Ministry in responding to outbreaks in 2016 was the shortage of trained health personnel to conduct outbreak investigations, especially in the hinterland. The presence of Medical Superintendents at regional hospitals will contribute to more timely responses to any outbreaks and provide better treatment care for emergency cases.Other projections on staffing of regional hospitals and medical facilities include, the review of the human resource gaps to have specialists at all regional hospitals, equipping and upgrading of district hospitals with necessary staff to deliver the full suite of mandated services, and the availability of a national biomedical service provider to effect timely repairs and maintenance to equipment.With the addition of Medical Superintendents at all regional hospitals, each hospital will have one Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or Administrative Officer to support the MS in ensuring that the other aspects and needs of the regional hospitals are met.
For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. PACOIMA – A 24-year-old man was shot and killed early Monday as he sat inside his Pacoima home smoking and watching TV, a detective said. Alexander Nunez was shot about 3:40 a.m. in the 13000 block of Eustace Street, said Los Angeles Police Detective Pat Barron. Few details were available, but police belive that he was shot once in the chest by an unknown gunman carrying a pistol. Nunez is not a documented gang member, Barron said, but the case looks to be gang related. Anyone with information is asked to call the Foothill Division watch commander at (818) 756-8861 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set!
The Furniture Liquidator in Letterkenny was the place to be last Bank Holiday weekend, and now they have restocked for another massive sale with up to 70% off!This weekend the 100ft Marquee at Pearse Road Letterkenny will be full to the brim with more incredible offers on furniture.Get down early this Saturday to take away great suites at amazing prices. The Furniture Liquidator have just brought in a container load of sofas, chairs and sets for this weekend’s sale. The Furniture Liquidator Sofa EventThe Furniture Liquidator Sofa EventSolid oak bedroom furniture, single beds, double beds, 4ft beds and king size beds are all going at never seen before prices once more.Mattresses, lockers, wardrobes, chairs, hall tables, coffee tables, storage and more – you’re sure to find it all at this sale.Planning ahead for Christmas? Get kids furniture, recliners, bean bags and playhouses at unbelievable prices.Call into the store this week to bag a bargain, with up to 70% off price tags. If you’re buying your home, the team can store free of charge, if you need delivery that’s no problem, or if you just fancy something nice to finish a room, this stock disposal event is not to be missed this weekend at the marquee at The Furniture Liquidator Letterkenny.Come early to beat the massive crowds expected! For opening times and contact details, visit facebook.com/TheFurnitureLiquidatorSponsored PostThe Furniture Liquidator announce extension of sale bonanza was last modified: November 3rd, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:homewareSALEThe Furniture Liquidator
WEST WHITTIER – For four months, Eddie Castro has lived in a makeshift camp littered with trash and nestled amid brush along the San Gabriel River in unincorporated West Whittier. Castro, 35, who says he once worked as a Beverly Hills hairdresser, admits he is addicted to methamphetamine. He has been homeless for about six months, he said, since being evicted from his apartment in Montebello. But life along the river has not been so bad, in Castro’s view. For money, he panhandles. “Actually, I’ve gotten kind of comfortable,” Castro said. “Panhandling is so easy. People will just give you money.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88Although he does not realize it, Castro’s story mirrors those of thousands of chronically homeless people whose drug addictions or mental illnesses or both stop them from seeking or finding help. Experts say the chronically homeless often become trapped in a revolving door of trespassing or petty-theft arrests, followed by a few days in jail before being released to the streets, where they again break laws. It’s a role law enforcement officers are ill-equipped to handle, said Mitchell Netburn, executive director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. He believes the county needs more long-term mental health and drug-abuse treatment programs, combined with counseling. But there are too few such programs in the county, Netburn said. On any given night, 7,178 people are homeless in the eastern Los Angeles County area – 6,469 of which are unsheltered and living in a “place not normally used or meant for human habitation,” according to the 2005 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, a survey sponsored by Netburn’s agency. “A lot of people think it doesn’t cost anything to leave the person homeless under a bridge or in a riverbed,” Netburn said. “Court costs and jail time can add up to a tremendous amount of money being spent on that person and, when he’s released, he’ll be in the same condition he was before.” email@example.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!
Real Madrid are preparing a huge offer for Manchester United and Barcelona target Kylian Mbappe, according to reports.L’Equipe believe Madrid are set to offer a bid in the region of £70m to £85m, which could be enough to tempt Monaco into selling the highly-rated youngster.The 18-year-old has emerged as one of Europe’s top prospects and could be offered the chance of a mega-money switch in the summer.Monaco are desperate to keep hold of Mbappe but with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United all ready to swoop, they may be forced into selling him.The forward has burst onto the scene this season, scoring 22 goals in all competitions, to help lead Monaco to the semi-finals of the Champions League.With so much hype surrounding the youngster, it is expected that pressure will continue to build heading into the summer window and Monaco will do well to ward off any further interest from Europe’s top clubs. Kylian Mbappe in action for Monaco 1
Los Angeles Unified and a coalition of powerful groups filed suit Tuesday challenging the bill giving Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa partial control over the nation’s second-largest school district – a move that could tie up the measure past its Jan. 1 implementation date. The 61-page suit challenging Assembly Bill 1381 had been expected since Sept. 18, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the legislation hammered out by Villaraigosa, the teachers union and the mayors of neighboring cities served by LAUSD. “(AB 1381) creates a new governance structure for the Los Angeles Unified School District which is completely inconsistent with the constitutional… framework that governs the state’s schools,” the suit said. “(It) eliminates the rights of LAUSD parents and voters to control the governance of their school district. It also dilutes and diminishes the voting rights of a substantial percentage of citizens within LAUSD, treats them differently than other citizens of the district, and impairs their right to elect the representatives of their choice.” Majority leader Romero also defended the bill and accused the district of filing suit to distract the mayor’s attention from the board’s search for a superintendent to replace Roy Romer, who is retiring. “The Legislature would not pass a bill if we did not believe that it was constitutional, so in passing AB 1381 we heard the arguments … we considered them, we rejected them,” said Romero, a co-author of the bill. “This is called licking your wounds.” Legal question Romer said the district followed through on its threatened suit because it wanted a definitive decision, especially after the state’s legislative counsel and the city’s legislative analyst questioned its legality. “Before we disrupt our current reform efforts in our school communities, we need to have these questions answered. Meanwhile, I fully intend to continue working with the mayor and his staff to improve our coordination and cooperation so that we better serve the students and families of this district,” Romer said. School board President Marlene Canter said she and her colleagues will move forward in establishing a partnership with the mayor, despite the lawsuit. “Regardless of what happens in court, we are continuing to build our relationships with the mayor and his staff,” Canter said. The bill shifts control from the elected school board to an appointed superintendent, who can be hired and fired by a Council of Mayors, on which Villaraigosa holds majority power. The law also gives individual schools greater control over their budgets and curriculum during a six-year trial period and grants Villaraigosa direct control over the district’s three lowest-performing high schools and their feeder campuses. The suit will be defended by the California Attorney General’s Office. Spokesman Nathan Barankin said the office would file its arguments with the court in the next few weeks, but would have no comment until then. Although a trial judge is likely to issue a verdict before the measure takes effect Jan. 1, both sides vowed to appeal the decision to the California Supreme Court, if necessary – delaying its implementation indefinitely. But Karl Manheim, a professor at Loyola Law School, said it’s unlikely the case will be decided by the California Supreme Court. “It’s not apparent to me that there’s anything in the constitution that would limit the Legislature’s power to transfer some of the power from the school district to the mayors,” said Manheim, who had not read the complaint. “This disempowers the existing school board, but I don’t think it’s a serious injury. It has to disrupt the operation of the schools in some form to be granted the injunction. “Conceivably this could reach the California Supreme Court by the end of the year, but I think that’s unlikely.” Manheim’s opinion echoes that of Saenz, who said he’s certain the law will be enacted Jan. 1, but the suit is distracting. “This threatens to take attention away from the nascent citywide development of a collaborative partnership to address the critical needs of students,” Saenz said. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, D-Los Angeles, said the school district should already be fully cooperating with Villaraigosa in terms of giving him a say in the selection of a new superintendent. “Right now the only thing they’ve done is skirt the issue,” Nunez said. “They’ve denied the mayor or the council of mayors an opportunity to participate in the selection of a new superintendent.” But Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, said he thinks the lawsuit is appropriate because of questions raised by the state legislative counsel. “If the mayor wants to take control of a school district, they need to go about it the right way,” said Runner, who advocates breaking up LAUSD. `Power grab’ Litigants charged at the morning press conference at the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles offices that the mayor’s takeover was a power grab. U.S. Rep. Diane Watson joined the suit as a private citizen and a resident in LAUSD’s borders. “I am personally grieved with the passage of this bill, because it’s unconstitutional. The constitution of the state of California gives the authority to the elected board of education to administer the school district,” said Watson, D-Los Angeles. The suit comes days after the school board rejected public appeals from the mayor to involve him in the search for Romer’s replacement. School district officials have said they could announce the new superintendent before Oct. 21, when the mayor is expected to return from Asia. Runner said the district’s actions in filing the suit and possibly announcing a new superintendent when the mayor is out of town smacked of gamesmanship. “It does sound like a bit of gamesmanship,” he said. “But I think this whole process has been a bit of gamesmanship on both sides.” Harrison Sheppard contributed to this report firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3722 LAUSD LAWSUIT A lawsuit filed Tuesday challenges the legality of Assembly Bill 1381 on the following grounds: It violates provisions of the state Constitution, which creates a separation between the operation of the municipal government and the education system. It violates the Los Angeles City Charter, which sets forth the duties of the mayor, but does not grant him authority over public schools. It violates voting rights and disenfranchizes voters who don’t live in Los Angeles and all those who voted for LAUSD board members.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe suit was announced during a morning news conference attended by officials with Los Angeles Unified, the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles, the California School Boards Association, the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles and the district’s two parent unions. Lawsuit blasted Later in the day, supporters of the bill – including state Sen. Gloria Romero, and City Council members Jose Huizar and Wendy Greuel – held their own news conference, where they called the lawsuit an “unfortunate obstructionist action.” They also criticized opponents for filing it when the mayor was on a two-week trade mission to Asia. Villaraigosa’s chief counsel, Tom Saenz, dismissed the argument that the bill violates the City Charter. He predicted it will stand up to legal scrutiny because of amendments made to it. “The school board’s penchant for micromanagement has led them to somehow believe that the charter would give in varying detail exactly what the mayor’s permitted to do, but in fact the charter does what most constitutionalized documents do, they set out broad parameters of what the mayor can do,” Saenz said.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Cedar Open Reading meets weekly, 7-9 p.m. at 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, 5:30-7:30 p.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. TODAY 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 Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Eric Riddle at (661) 274-8252. 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. Facilitated Anger Management Group for teens will meet, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults will meet, 6:30-8 p.m., at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Al-Anon will host a discussion, 1 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale; a step study at 7 p.m. at 1827 E. Ave. Q-10, Palmdale; and a meeting on Steps, Traditions, Concepts at 7:30 p.m. at 44815 Fig Ave., Suite 101, Lancaster. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Emotions Anonymous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. Information and location: (661) 723-9967. Desert Aire Women’s Golf Association will meet at Desert Aire Golf Course at Avenue P and 40th Street East in Palmdale. Call (661) 269-5982. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Country line dance lessons for seniors, 1-2 p.m. for beginners and 2:15 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Donation requested. Call (661) 267-5551. Soroptimist International of Antelope Valley will meet, noon at the Holiday Inn of Palmdale-Lancaster, 38630 5th St. W., Palmdale. Business and professional women are invited. Call (661) 946-1609. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 569 will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Grecian Isles Mobile Home Park, 4444 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-7672 or (661) 285-5003. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7:30-9 p.m. Step Workbook reading and writing. Call (661) 947-7935. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Support group for women in abusive or battering situations will meet, 1-3:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A Spanish-language group also will meet, 10 a.m.-noon. Call (661) 945-6736 or (661) 945-5509. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.com. FRIDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will host a games potluck, 7 p.m. in Lancaster. Bring a main dish, salad or dessert and a beverage. Call (661) 267-2586 or 723-3237. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club will host dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Admission: $3 for club members, $5 for nonmembers. Dance lessons, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fee: $2. Call (661) 945-3734 or 267-5551. Swingtime will host swing, waltz, ballroom and salsa dancing, 7-10 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $3. Call (661) 400-3166. Recovery Inc., a self-help group for people with anxieties, panic attacks, depression and fears, will meet, 2 p.m. at Los Angeles County Mental Health offices, 349A E. Ave. K-6, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3956. Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Call (661) 951-2988. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. Court-approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court-approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Successful Marriage and Parenting course, 10 a.m.-noon. Call Carmen Andersen at (661) 273-8122. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets, 9:15 a.m.-noon the first and third Fridays of each month at Church of Christ, 1655 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Includes a hot breakfast buffet, discussion groups, featured speaker, craft and demonstrations. Children welcome. Cost: $5 for moms and $3 for kids. Call (661) 943-3162 or (661) 942-1638. Stress Management will meet, 1 p.m. at 43423 Division St., Suite 107, Lancaster. Call (661) 947-1595 or (661) 726-2850, Ext. 221. Speakers in the Wind Toastmaster Club 2867 will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Kathy Darnell at (661) 265-1839. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207. Celebrate Recovery, a biblically based 12-step recovery program, will meet, 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 44648 15th St. W. Call Pastor Pat Tanner at (661) 948-0855. The Lightkeepers, Spiritual Discussion Group, will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Center of Light, A.V. Church, 1030 West Ave. L-8, Lancaster. Call (661) 718-8731. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 and Ladies Auxiliary will serve steak or shrimp dinners, 5:30-8 p.m. at 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Takeout orders. Proceeds will go to community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Meditation class, 7-8:30 p.m. For location and information, call (661) 945-9832. Schizophrenics Anonymous will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. in the multipurpose room on the mental health ward at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Friendship Center, 43423 Division St. Suite 107, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Kaiser Permanente Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at the clinic offices, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Open to the community. Free. Call (661) 951-2988. The Weekenders, a social and recreational group for mental health consumers, will meet, 1-2 p.m. at Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-1595. Al-Anon will have a 12-and-12 meeting at 10:30 a.m. at 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd. and a beginners meeting at 7 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Pinochle Group for seniors, 6-9 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 floor mat, and hand weights. 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. Oil painting class for seniors, 9-11 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Shop Talk Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 a.m. at Crazy Otto’s Diner. Call Stan Main at (661) 269-1424. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 1681 will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. in Room 14 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4459. Rosamond Moose Lodge, 1105 Sierra Highway, Rosamond, will serve dinner, 5-8 p.m. Cost: $4-$6. Bingo will start at 10 a.m., offered by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Room 13, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-0595. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. SATURDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will host a pre-Halloween potluck and dance party, 7 p.m. in Lancaster. Costumes are optional. Bring a main dish, salad or dessert and a beverage. Call (661) 267-2586 or 917-1428. Leona Valley Sertoma Club meets, 8 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month at Jackie’s Restaurant, 40352 90th St. W., Leona Valley. Call (661) 270-0339. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Seniors Lunch-Bingo Hour, noon-5 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Sponsored by Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity). Call Emerita Ross at (661) 723-7876 or Marie Cabrera at (661) 726-5309. Al-Anon will have a Spanish-speaking discussion meeting, 9 a.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite C-3, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353. Facilitated Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 2:30-4 p.m.; teens, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults, 10:30-noon or 12:30-2 p.m. at the Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Beginning yoga, 9-10 a.m. at Unity Church of Antelope Valley, 39149 8th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 273-3341. Women and Self-esteem support group will meet in the Acton area. Call (661) 947-0839. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 9 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call Jane at (661) 945-4798. Women Midlife Transition Support Group for women over age 40 is facilitated by a professional psychotherapist. Call (661) 947-0839. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. in Room 13 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 724-1820. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.todayna.com or www.sava-na.org. SUNDAY J&J Social and Travel Club will host brunch, 1 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 1649 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call (661) 267-2586 by Friday. Nicotine Anonymous will meet, 8-9 p.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 43824 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 946-7606. Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity) Seniors’ Social Hour, 4-7 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Meetings feature films, talks, singalongs, talent shows and dancing. Call (661) 723-7876 or (661) 726-5309. Costume Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with identification are admitted free. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30-10:30 p.m. every Sunday at Lancaster Elks Lodge, 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Call (661) 946-5156. Life Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with ID are admitted free. Teen Care and Support Group, for teens who have lost a family member or friend, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian School, 1011 E. Ave. I, Room 302, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. Palmdale Moose Lodge, 3101 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo games beginning at 1 p.m. Call (661) 947-6777. Revealing Truth, a meditation and spiritual discussion, 4:45-6:15 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Antelope Valley Chess Club will meet, 1-5 p.m. at American Legion Post 771, 39463 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 726-1323. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. Overeaters Anonymouswill meet, 5-6 p.m. at 44960 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 789-5806. MONDAY Beyond the Light, a socialization and support group for young adults, ages 17 to 25, with mental health issues, will meet, noon-1 p.m. at Transitional Youth Services, 104 E. Ave. K-4, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8, Quartz Hill. (661) 722-7780. Dance Groove will give ballroom and Latin dance lessons, 6-8:30 p.m. Dance Groove Studio, 43631 10th St. W., Lancaster. Cost: $5. (661) 948-9101. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 9-10:30 a.m. (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927. 12-Step Recovery Groups for alcohol and drug addiction, co-dependency, relationship addiction, overeating, fear and anxiety issues, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. The Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale will host bingo, 5:30p.m. The grill will be open. Call (661) 947-2027. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 722-0393. Co-Dependents Anonymous will host a 12-step recovery program, 7:30-9p.m., at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927 or (661) 946-5846. Grief Recovery Outreach Group, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. (661) 266-8700 or www.frf.av.org. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. The Highs and Lows, a support group for those diagnosed with manic depression or related disorders, will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Al-Anon will have a discussion, 7 p.m. at 51st Street West and Avenue K, Lancaster. Child care provided. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 572 will meet, 9-11a.m. at the Mayflower Gardens chapel, 6570 W. Ave. L-12, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 943-3089. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6 p.m. with regular games beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-2027. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with regular games beginning at 7p.m. at Paraclete High School, 42145 30th St. W., Lancaster. (661) 943-3255; Monday evenings: (661) 943-1017. Billiard Gang for seniors will meet, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. 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“The Justice Department is pleased to offer opportunities for community members to partner with state and local government agencies in an effort to reduce the gun-related violence that currently plagues our communities,” said United States Attorney Josh Minkler.“We would like to recognize and thank our PSN Task Force partners, ICJI, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, the Indiana Department of Education, the Indianapolis Marion County Forensic Services Agency, and community volunteer Gloria Riggs, for their persistence tackling these challenges over time and their innovative efforts to drive down the violence.”Project Safe Neighborhoods is the Justice Department’s flagship Violence Reduction initiative and was reinvigorated in 2018. In the Southern District of Indiana, United States Attorney Minkler appointed Kendra Klump, Assistant U.S. Attorney, to lead the PSN Task Force efforts in coordination with Marshall Depew of IMPD. This funding opportunity runs from October 2019 through September 2020. Applications may be submitted through May 24, 2019 using the IntellGrants system at http://intelligrants.IN.gov.For assistance with submitting an application, contact CJIHelpDesk@cji.in.gov, Terrie Grantham at TGrantham@cji.in.gov or Leann Jaggers at LeJaggers@cji.in.gov Josh J. Minkler, the United States Attorney, is pleased to announce that Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) federal grant dollars are available for State and local government agencies to partner with federal law enforcement on targeted and prioritized violent-crime reduction programs, which include community engagement, prevention and reentry efforts.PSN grants monies may be used for criminal justice-related initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contracted support, information systems, research and evaluation.Applicants are encouraged to propose evidence-based, effective, promising or best practices cited in an academic, journal, a recognized list of evaluated programs or causal evidence from an outcome evaluation. Applications must enhance or expand, not replace, existing funds.