Dear Editor,I wonder if Guyana would wake up and smell the coffee now that two prominent international experts on political risks have joined me and other patriots in warning that Guyana’s oil bonanza could cause corruption in high places to skyrocket and uproot democracy, independence, and all the principles and values we hold dear.This week, news broke that Thiago de Aragao, Director of the Latin American Political Risk Analysis, is urging the Government of Guyana to strengthen systems governing the electoral process, taxation and regulation, because if they are not up to standard, Guyana’s democracy can end up being “choked by oil and gas money”.Referring to petroleum investors’ intentions, Aragao warned: “The business plan is to burn it all”; and to do so, investors will seek to exert influence in every place they can. This echoed my warning early this year that we must guard against this very same thing.In my letter to the media, published in February 2018, I wrote: “ExxonMobil…put their interests first. It is simply good business sense for them to use all their bargaining power to ensure that the interests of their shareholders and directors come first, and their opportunities for expansion and investment are protected”.Aragao also warned: “There must be a clear set of rules for taxation in the oil and gas industry, as well as environmental regulation. Otherwise, you are setting yourself up for abuse, and for oil money to rule and lead the way”. I recall that I also warned about ‘hungry-belly’ officials being sucked into corruption by investors.In a letter published in March 2018, I referred to the proposed Sovereign Wealth Fund to manage Guyana’s oil monies, and warned that it “will definitely fatten the eyes of every corrupt politician and official. Even those who are not yet corrupt will be exposed to enormous temptation…many would be unable to resist”.I read in a separate news report that another expert, Executive Director of Agency for Security, Energy and the Environment (ASEA) of Mexico, Carlos De Regules, called for a strong, independent regulatory body to monitor the activities of investors, and guarantee environmental protection of Guyana.He noted that such an environmental body cannot do its job effectively unless it is independent and free from any instance of political interference, and he also commented: “They should also be financially independent, so they can plan for the long term, and have the resources to do so”.This calls to mind a warning in my letter in March about the Sovereign Wealth Fund: “We have to put powerful transparency and accountability mechanisms in place to protect the Sovereign Wealth Fund (to manage oil revenue) from being subject to wrongdoing and poor investments”.Like De Regules, I recognise that political interference would stifle national development. That is why I wrote to the media in March, urging citizens to join me in calling on Government to depoliticize all negotiations involving Guyana’s oil monies, and put negotiation in the hands of an independent, bipartisan body approved by the citizens.I do not point out these similarities to push myself forward for praise and glory, because I seek praise from God, not Man. Instead, I want to show that Guyanese can sit down right here at home and make rational assessments of national development issues that are on par with the views of international experts.Let me make it clear also that when I call for checks and balances to be put in place to restrain investors, it does not mean I am against foreign investment. As a committed patriot, I am all for investment and progress, but I realise that Guyana is outgunned by big companies in key areas, so we have to be cautious.The fact is that developing countries like Guyana simply do not have the background or experience in international financial dealings to negotiate on a level platform with big multinational corporations.In a nutshell: Guyana’s oil revenue must be put under the supervision and scrutiny of a multi-stakeholder board comprising of independent professionals drawn from civic society. It can include accomplished professionals, religious bodies, the Private Sector Commission, the Chamber of Commerce; and officials from CARICOM or elsewhere, provided they are competent and free from political interference.A board such as this would more effectively serve as a watchdog against corruption by those in power. This board must be professionally managed according to transparent policies, and the roles and responsibilities of the board must be clearly defined and made public. There must be clear rules governing the acquisition and use of oil revenues, and the board must apply these scrupulously and fairly.There must also be clear and harsh penalties for wrongdoing, and a suitable time frame for prosecution. I advocate life imprisonment or death for pilfering our oil money, although I know the bleeding hearts among us would disagree.Finally, I have written before, and I write again, that such a board, or any group of persons who are the people’s caretakers of Guyana’s oil revenue, must be fully accountable to Parliament, auditors and the media; and the details of this accountability must be clearly defined and made public.Guyana has a lot of foreign-minded people, so maybe more persons would heed these warnings because they come from foreign experts who have basically used elegant, technical terms to make exactly the same points that I and other local observers have been making for a long time now.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Snr.
Just hours after a Queens couple rang in the New Year, the wife became the city’s first murder victim of 2018 – and her abusive husband hanged himself from a tree in a city park.The New York Daily News reported Police sources as saying on Monday that authorities were investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide after the bodies were discovered about three hours apart on New Year’s Day.Stacy Singh and Vinny Loknath in happier timesStacy Singh, the 26-year-old mother of two small children, was stabbed repeatedly in the back and left face-down in the couple’s Richmond Hill home on 103rd Avenue, near 113th Street, according to Police sources. Singh is a Guyanese who hails from Novar, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara.A knife was found near her body when Police arrived at about 14:00h.Her hard-partying husband, Vinny Loknath, 46, committed suicide just after 11:00h in Forest Park, about one and a half miles from the murder scene, sources said. He was found hanging from a tree in the park.Loknath “was very abusive to her,” the dead woman’s brother-in-law Romain Shaw, told the New York Daily News. “She stayed with him no matter what because they had two kids together. She was hoping for him to change, but he never did.“He’s such a coward.”According to Shaw, Loknath was drinking heavily and using cocaine when family members gathered on New Year’s Eve at a Queens restaurant.“He was so drunk, so very drunk,” said Shaw. “He always beat her up when he went home high.”A neighbour said the couple fought constantly, recalling one incident that ended with the battered wife leaving their home in an ambulance.“The Cops are always there,” the neighbour said. “They were always having big fights. But she still came back to him.” The couple has a five-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter now left parentless.“Stacy was a very sweet person,” said Shaw. “She was a very generous, caring person. She loved her children very much, spent every penny on them. They were her world.”The victim’s family went to the house on Monday evening, with the woman’s sister collapsing upon arrival. The neighbour described Loknath as a construction worker often seen sitting on the front stoop of the house, smoking cigarettes and drinking beer.This killing marked the second consecutive year that a Guyanese has been the city’s first murder in the Queens precinct.On January 1, 2017, 31-year-old Ricky Kalisaran of Klein Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara, was shot dead during an attempted robbery on 124th Street, South Richmond Hill, Queens, near Liberty Avenue. He had travelled to the US to attend his grandmother’s funeral.Kalisaran was shot once to his back by one of the gun-toting bandits and left to die in front of a nightclub on 124th Street. Meanwhile, his brother, Michael Kalisaran, 25, a resident of the US, was shot to his abdomen but when the bullet exit his body, it caused severe damage to a lung and kidney.
The Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce is seeking interested individuals to serve on the Board of Directors in the 2015/16 year.Individuals who wish to apply must be a current member of the Chamber already.The Chamber says benefits of serving as a Director include “holding a leadership role in the community and the exciting opportunity to continue to attract and encourage more sustainable businesses, as well as offering new ideas that will positively affect the Fort St. John region and businesses.”- Advertisement -A Board Director’s duties include attending monthly meetings, contributing to the organization by sitting on at least one committee, and attending Chamber functions including mixers, luncheons, and special events – to support the Chamber of Commerce.To find out more, contact the Chamber by phone at 250-785-6037, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.The Chamber first announced the Board Election on October 5th. They have now called for nominations, and that call will close on the Second Monday of November – which is November 9th.Advertisement Ballots will be mailed at the nomination lunch, and the deadline for Ballots is November 30th.The elected directors will be announced at the first Chamber meeting in December.
0Shares0000Manchester United’s striker Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring on September 17, 2017MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 30-Jose Mourinho says Romelu Lukaku should be “untouchable” after questioning his treatment by Manchester United’s fans for the second time in three days.Lukaku made a lightning start to his United career, scoring 11 goals in his first 10 games for the club following his £75 million move from Everton in July. However, he has not scored in his past five appearances and Mourinho has suggested that he is not getting enough support from the fans.The manager voiced his displeasure initially to MUTV, the club’s in-house television station, after Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League win over Tottenham, in which Lukaku’s flick created the winning goal for Anthony Martial.Lukaku, 24, also hit the post during that match, and Mourinho was keen to emphasis his centre-forward’s general contribution as his team prepared for Tuesday’s Champions League home match against Benfica.“The fans are the fans and I am also told the fans pay for their tickets and they are free to express themselves the way they want to express themselves,” Mourinho said at United’s training base.“But my job is to protect my players when I feel they deserve it and I think Romelu is one of the players who should be untouchable in terms of the respect from everyone.“It’s not one ball that hit the post or not one save from the opposition goalkeeper that can make Romelu’s contribution below the top level. He’s playing extremely well for us.”“What he does for the team is fantastic,” added the United boss. “He is fantastic. And playing football, for a striker, is not just about scoring goals.”Mourinho rejected the suggestion that Lukaku can be a quiet presence when he is not scoring goals, arguing that the striker gave Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier a tough time on Saturday.– Knockout phase –Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho gives a press conference at the Stadion CSKA Moskva in Moscow on September 26, 2017, on the eve of their Champions League group game against PFC CSKA MoskvaVictory over Benfica could secure United’s place in the knockout phase of the Champions League and Mourinho believes his team are growing stronger in Europe.The manager believes the club have made progress since winning the Europa League last season, when they also finished in the relatively low position of sixth in the Premier League.“This is a logical consequence of evolution,” said Mourinho. “We played in the Europa League and won it, so my team are now playing in the Champions League. I think we are much better than last year or three years ago.“Our main aim is to finish first in the group. We want to get to the last 16 as first in the group.”United defender Eric Bailly echoed his manager’s suggestion that the team are getting stronger, in a season in which English teams are flourishing in the Champions League.All five Premier League sides in the competition are currently top of their groups and Bailly said: “We know it’s one of the best leagues and there are good teams, and they’re getting good results.“It’s something important for the league, and the Premier League has always been strong.“We have to think of ourselves and carry on this run. Right now we’re doing very well, winning games, let’s hope this carries on.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Dunkineely Community Ltd Office HoursPlease note that DCL Office Hours will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays are dedicated to projects outside the office. If someone is in the office on these days, please come in. Music LessonsMusic Lessons will be held at the Dunkineely Community Ltd Office building on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week from 3:30 to 9:00pm. For further information contact 087 9644019.Words and Music Meas Writers’ Group will be having an evening of song, poetry and readings, in the Manhattan Steakhouse in Donegal Town on Wednesday 9th September at 8pm. Featuring local and Irish-American performances.Festival of Quilts, Crafts and TeaInver Community Centre is holding a Festival of Quilts, Crafts and Tea.On Saturday 12th September 10am – 6pm in aid of Inver/Mountcharles Church Funds and the Cancer Bus. All Welcome. Admission €5. Further information from Caroline Jervis 0871333287Sports Mad?Donegal Sports Partnership is running a 14 week sport specific training programme (2 days per week) which will combine both practical and theory elements. It is aimed at people with a keen interest in sport, who are currently unemployed and in the 18-35 year old age bracket.Places are limited and closing date for applications is 17th September. For more information please contact Donegal Sports Partnership on 07491 16078/16079 or email@example.comGlobal Development CourseIrish Aid will be running a QQI (FETAC) LEVEL 6 COURSE IN GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT. The course will take place over 6 days (9.30 – 4.30) 7th, 8th and 22nd of October and the 5th, 25th and 26th of November at the Public Services Centre in Letterkenny. The cost is €100 including lunch and refreshments (€50 is refundable upon course completion). For further information contact Kate Wilkinson on 074 936 2218 or firstname.lastname@example.orgBluestack Ramblers On the 20th September John D. Gallagher will be leading a 5 hour, Strenuous walk to Port. Meeting at Maloney’s Filling Station at Killybegs Road, Ardara, at 10.00 a.m. For further information, ring 087 6655828.The Bluestack Ramblers have asked us to bring you attention to a change in their walking calendar for September 27th. The walk is in the Cooley Mountains, Carlingford; it will be a five to six hour, moderate to strenuous walk. Our esteemed (or should that be ‘supreme’) leader, will be Alan Slane 00447860467136. We will be meeting in the car park in Carlingford at 10:00am.A minibus bus will operate, from Donegal Town, subject to sufficient numbers (or own transport if preferred); reservations to Danny McNamee 087-2562706.A meal will be arranged following the walk.Nursing StudiesSt. Catherine’s V.S. Killybegs, still has places still available on its FETAC Level 5 Nursing Studies course commencing in September. Contact 074 9731491 for details.Autumn Program of CoursesDCL is trying to put together an autumn program of courses and would love to hear for people who are interested in any of the following courses.Basic Computers*Calligraphy*1st Aid (Basic 1 day)*1st Aid (3 day Occupational) *Defibrillator CourseCreel Making*Carpentry*Art*Creative WritingInterior design *Upcycling (i.e. converting old and waste materials into something new and useful)Family HistoryThe courses marked with an asterisk (*) have been run before.If you are interested in any of the above, please call to the DCL office, phone us on 0749737678 (9:30-12:30) or email us on email@example.com. Also if anybody has any ideas for courses, please let us know.Photoshop – An Introduction To Image ManipulationDunkineely Community Ltd is hoping to run an introductory course for people who already have Photoshop on their computers. Contact us if you are interested on 074 9737678 (9:30-12:30) or at firstname.lastname@example.orgAdult Religious Education Course8/10 weeks – one evening per week starting in September (PG). Topics covered: Baptism, Penance, Eucharist, Extreme unction, Holy Orders, Matrimony, Our Lady, The Saints. This will be a short course with basic information on the Sacraments and is suitable for anyone with an interest in Catholicism. It will be helpful for those who would like to gain more knowledge about the faith; the title of the course is “I Believe”. Contact Parochial House Bruckless 074 97 37015 for details/booking. The cost will be €5 per night to cover rent/course materials/refreshments.Ceol agus CraicTraditional music session each Wednesday at McIntyre’s Bar, Dunkineely at 10pm. All musicians and singers welcome.Recovery from Emotional DistressG.R.O.W. – Gradually, Regaining, Our, Wellbeing! Support and a program for recovery. Weekly Meetings at Niall Mor Centre, Killybegs on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm. Also in the Day Hospital, adjacent to Donegal Hospital on Tuesday evenings at 8:00pm. For further information contact Marian on (086)7856912. All are welcome.DCL OfficePlease feel free to pop into the office any morning Mon-Wed-Fri 9.30-12.30 and chat with Michael, use the Internet (20c per half hour), print or photocopy documents (20c per page) or borrow a book (20c per book).Going on a Sun Holiday?Print your Boarding Pass with us in the DCL office.Researching a Family Tree?DCL has a copy of the adjoining Methodist Church index of Births & Marriages 1860 -1899 (Ardara and Dunkineely). Also the Burials Register for the same congregations from 1950 to 2007.LibraryDunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) – Has a small library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (JaneCOMMUNITY NEWS: MUSIC LESSONS EVERY WEEK AT THE DCL CENTRE IN DUNKINEELY was last modified: September 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FeaturesNotices
DONEGAL Sinn Féin Councillor Jack Murray reacted angrily to Donegal Daily’s revelations that 30,000 people are to be given warning letters for not paying the Household tax.Cllr Murray has said that the government should admit defeat in its pursuit of the Household Charge.“The pursuit of the household charge has now become desperate. The government must admit defeat and implement an equitable revenue raising system; a system in which the wealthy would pay their fair share,” he said. “Donegal County Council has just issued another 30,000 letters to homes in Donegal. Given the fact that some 50% of homeowners in the county have not paid the charge in the face of all types of government threats, I feel confident to predict that the amount of money these letters will bring in will not cover the cost of issuing them.“The household charge is being collected to try and fill the gap in public finances created by pouring money into zombie banks. It is being implemented to protect bondholders, not finance local authorities. That is the reality.“The people of Donegal who have not paid the charge have done so for one of two reasons; either they cannot afford to pay it or they are making a principled stand. These letters will have little impact in changing either of those reasons.”30,000 HOUSEHOLD TAX WARNINGS: SINN FEIN REACT WITH ANGER was last modified: October 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:000 HOUSEHOLD TAX WARNINGS: SINN FEIN REACT WITH ANGER30
Manchester United and Real Madrid target Gianluigi Donnarumma’s new contract at AC Milan will contain a £62million release-clause.The goalkeeper has been locked in talks with the Italian club over fresh terms for months as his present deal is due to expire in under a year.At one point negotiations had seemingly collapsed beyond repair after the 18-year-old’s agent, Mino Raiola, claimed his client had been bullied by Milan.However, relations have improved since then and Donnarumma is finally ready to put pen to paper on a new five-year contract.The news will come as a blow to both Manchester United and Real Madrid, who had been monitoring the Italian’s situation very closely.The pair will, however, be buoyed by the fact that Donnarumma’s new deal has a release-clause in it.Indeed, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan will be forced to let the teenager go if they receive an offer of £62m.That amount is a compromise between the club and player as both had made differing demands.Donnarumma reportedly wanted the clause set at £44m if Milan failed to qualify for the Champions League, while the San Siro side wanted it fixed at £88m. Gianluigi Donnarumma 1
Donegal GAA legend Declan Bonner believes Celtic could do worse than offer Jim McGuinness the manager’s job if it becomes vacant again.Jim McGuinness after he was appointed by former Celtic boss Neil Lennon.It’s the last thing Donegal fans and McGuinness will want to hear as they prepare for the All-Ireland battle of their lives against Kerry on September 21st.But former All-Ireland winner and minor boss Bonner says Celtic could do a lot worse. He has even discussed the situation with the Glenties man about a possible move to the big job at Parkhead.“They (Celtic) could do a lot worse. I was just chatting to him (Jim) about it. I asked him did he take his A coaching badge.“I don’t think he has. I was surprised saying it was the first thing he could be getting done at this stage. I would be getting them done if I was over there.“This guy Ronnie Delia came in from wherever – stranger things have happened,” said Bonner. But Bonner admits that he has nothing but admiration for McGuinness in not leaving Donegal and hopes he will lead them to another All-Ireland title before any thoughts of his future.“I felt after last year that he possibly could have walked away, himself and a number of players could have walked.“The way they came back, it’s all very well winning one All-Ireland and disappearing after that but he has come back, and won an Ulster title this year,” he added. CELTIC COULD DO WORSE THAN OFFER JIM CELTIC JOB, SAYS BONNER was last modified: September 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:all-irelandCelticDeclan BonnerdonegalJim McGuinnessKerry
“And by using them for this duty, it limits on how we can use the officers for other overtime.” Police Chief Williams Bratton has said he wants the LAPD officers available for airport emergencies. And Lt. Paul Vernon said the department also believes the officers help in coordinating responses with the airport police and handling other events at the airport. Councilman Dennis Zine said the city should consider whether LAWA should use the funds to beef up its airport police department rather than pay overtime for LAPD officers. “If there was an emergency, we would be there to respond, but maybe we should look at just hiring more people to help the airport police,” Zine said. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles City Council called Wednesday for a new review of the use of LAPD officers at Los Angeles International Airport, reviving a long-standing debate over the effectiveness of the airport police. Nearly two dozen Los Angeles Police Department officers are assigned to the airport, with annual overtime costs of $7 million paid by Los Angeles World Airports, the city’s airport department. Airport officials have contested the need for the extra officers – which are in addition to hundreds of specialized airport police – but Councilman Jack Weiss renewed his view that the LAPD should control the entire security operation at LAX. “This is simply a question of having the best police force in charge,” Weiss said. “It is not a question of if, but when, we are subject to attack and we should have the LAPD in charge of the entire operation.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A provision in the City Charter creates a separate Airport Police Department. Voters have previously twice rejected proposals for the LAPD to take it over. “You have been trying to do this for years and the voters have rejected it,” Councilwoman Janet Hahn said. “And independent studies show that the airport police department does an outstanding job in protecting the public.” When Weiss accused her of making it a personal issue, Hahn responded: “Hey, I take everything personally when we are talking about protecting lives.” The issue, which was first raised by Councilman Bill Rosendahl and the reluctance of LAWA to pay overtime costs, prompted other officials to call for a review of the policy. “What I’m concerned about is that we are taking these officers from all over the city and paying them overtime to work at LAX, and all I’ve seen them doing is sitting behind desks and reading books,” Councilman Greig Smith said.
FRIDAY Local Author Day, 5-8 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY 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 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Animal show, 1 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Free. Call (661) 259-7721. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Nature program will teach Animal Survival Strategies in Winter, 10-11 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Hanukkah Boutique will feature unique gifts, Judaica items, jewelry and art, noon-4 p.m. at Chabad of SCV, 23120 Lyons Ave., No. 19, Newhall. Call Naomi at (661) 296-4566. Fiction Light Book Group will discuss “The Undomestic Goddess” by Sophie Kinsella, 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Music jam session, 2 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Local musicians welcome. Call (661) 252-6885. 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 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, 7:30-10 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Free lecture, titled “Putting the Joy Back into Holidays,” 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Fantasy Book Club will discuss “Eldest,” 6 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Valley PC Group will meet, 6 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call Judy Taylour at (661) 252-8852. 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. Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at the Sierra Hills clubhouse, 28616 Kenroy Ave., Canyon Country. Call Desiree Nascimento at (800) 858-4749, Ext. 114. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Basic & Advanced Coastal Navigation class, 7-9 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 298-8725 or (661) 259-7201. SCV Underwater Hockey group will play, 8-9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $3. Call Ben Jarvis at (661) 510-2665. 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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! TODAY Business workshop, titled “How To Start a New Business,” 9-11 a.m. at Women’s Business Center, 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia. Cost: $20. Call (661) 702-9049. Mobile Solutions Van from the Braille Institute will be available for the visually impaired, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Moms Mixer offers relaxation for busy moms, 7-9 p.m. at a private home in Valencia. Call Liz Hodson at (661) 255-6044 for directions. Grief Share will meet, 7 p.m. in Room D-222 at Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copperhill Road, Santa Clarita. Call Dan Broyles at (661) 296-8737. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 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 Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location.