The dialogue on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) attracted government representatives, partners and foreign experts that are in the NDC implementation.…UNDP tells dialogue on nationally determined contributionsThe program manager of the National Adaptation Plan (NAPs) project, E. Abraham T. Tumbey, has told a two-day National Dialogue on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, that addressing climate change requires decisive leadership and coordinated stakeholders input, an EPA release has said.According to the release, the two-day event, which started on Wednesday, November 11, 2019, in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, was organized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Conservation International (CI) and REDD+ Implementation Unit at the Forestry Development Authority (FDA).The dialogue attracted government representatives, partners and foreign experts that are in the NDC implementation.Mr. Tumbey said that the project has been four years since Liberia submitted its NDC as a demonstration of the country’s commitment to contribute to the global effort on combating climate change.Tumbey said that a core pillar of the Paris Agreement is that countries, including Liberia, will scale up their national climate effort every five years.“Liberia took the first step in 2015 by submitting its INDC; and in 2020, it is expected to take the next. By making these commitments, the country has signaled that a climate-resilient future is underway,” Tumbey said.“As we prepare for the implementation of the Paris Agreement in 2020, convening of this dialogue is indeed a landmark effort that allows us, as partners, to reflect and outline a clear pathway and approach for a collaborative effort in supporting Liberia in a coherent and effective manner,” Mr. Tumbey told the gathering in a statement delivered on behalf of UNDP.The meeting, he said, also provided a unique opportunity to engage a broader group of stakeholders in the NDC process and increase ownership of national and sector climate commitments.“Such a broader engagement can also help increase national ownership of NDCs among diverse stakeholder groups,” Tumbey added.“We also have the occasion to identify opportunities for enhancing Liberia’s NDC, including mechanisms for governance, coordination and effective implementation. For us as UNDP, the dialogue affords us the opportunity to grasp a deeper understanding of the various roles and inputs of existing partners supporting Liberia’s NDC and National Communications and thus enabling us to identify our niche within this important landscape,” he said.Mr. Tumbey told the gathering that addressing climate change requires decisive leadership and coordinated stakeholders input, adding that the UNDP is happy to be a part of this process.Benjamin Karmorh, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Focal Person, said that Liberia is a party to the Paris Climate Agreement, which he said was ratified in 2018.Karmorh said that the ratification of the instrument demonstrates the political will on the part of the government in fulfilling its own international obligations.He said that the NDC is a major activity that all parties to the Paris Climate Agreement should undertake, and this dialogue is just a jumpstart in terms of Liberia revising it.He said that there will be a lot of activities after the dialogue, which seeks to drill down on gaps in NDC implementation; identify opportunities for internal and external partnerships; and explore how to strengthen governance and coordination mechanisms for effective NDC implementation.Mr. Karmorh said that Liberia submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) in 2015, outlining the country’s intended actions to contribute to the global effort to combat climate change.“INDC was a major requirement for all countries that were taking part in the Paris Climate Change talk, so Liberia submitted her plan of action in terms of how she would address climate change,” he said.According to Mr. Karmorh, Liberia told the international community that it was going to address climate change from an adaptation and mitigation standpoint.He assured that all relevant stakeholders in the business of climate change will be invited so that every view can be reflective in the revised NDC when it is submitted to the international community.EPA Deputy Executive Director, Randall M. Dobayou, lauded the participants for turning out en masse for the event.Dobayou, who declared the dialogue opened, recounted EPA’s achievements, including the interventions at New Kru Town and in Buchanan City aimed at mitigating the negative impacts of climate change in Liberia.Conservation International (CI) Deputy Director, Peter Mulbah, three years ago, identified gaps in Liberia’s NDC, and said he is happy that the country has taken a bold step in implementing some of the gaps CI identified.Mulbah recalled that since 2000, CI has been a very strong partner supporting the Liberian government’s initiative, for which they were glad to be part of the dialogue.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Charlestown drug bustFifty-eight-year-old Courtney Demonick on Friday appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus and pleaded guilty to the possession of 89.23 kilograms of cannabis and 20 grams of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.Some of the drugs that were found at the Charlestown, Georgetown houseDemonick of Lot 82 St Stephen Street, Charlestown, was taken into custody along with two others when his home was raided by Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) ranks on Tuesday.He was also charged for having 1.5 kilograms of cannabis in his possession at his home.After the charges were read, the father of three admitted to possession and ownership of the drugs. Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus jailed him for four years and imposed a fine of $8.4 million.For the second charge, he was fined $50,000 and sentenced to one-year imprisonment. These sentences will run concurrently. Taking into consideration that Demonick cooperated fully with CANU during their investigation, the Magistrate deducted 12 months from his sentence.In a plea of mitigation, Demonick apologised to the court for his actions and said that he did the illegal act to support his children.“I have a little son, who is four and he suffers from bronchitis and I have to take care of him…I know it was a bad choice,” he told the Court.His co-accused 23-year-old Ebony Craig, of Lot 17 Lamaha Springs, Georgetown, had the charges withdrawn against her after Demonick admitted to the offences.According to CANU Prosecutor, Konyo Sandiford, Demonick’s home was under CANU radar for a lengthy period prior to the raid.However, she noted that ranks only invaded after they saw the accused placing black plastic bags into a minibus that was parked outside his home.The man was also allegedly seen placing several other bulky bags into a motorcar bearing registration numbers PPP 3008.The court was informed that CANU ranks intercepted Demonick and carried out a search in the same motorcar where 1.564 kilograms of marijuana were found.A warrant was also issued for a search to be carried out on his premises. The search unearthed 89.23 kilograms of cannabis and 20 grams of cocaine inside the kitchen and bedroom area.
– Associated Press Gehry is sued over Tiffany line World-renowned architect Frank Gehry is being sued over a line of jewelry he designed for Tiffany & Co. that incorporates his trademark fish shapes and free-form aesthetics. Circa Publishing Enterprises LLC of Culver City contends that it had a deal with Gehry for the exclusive rights to produce, distribute and sell Gehry-trademarked jewelry and gift items. The suit involves the Frank Gehry Collection, unveiled last year. Most of the jewelry, including earrings, rings and other items, range in price from a few hundred to thousands of dollars. Gehry was out of the office and not immediately available for comment Tuesday, according to an e-mail from his representatives. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Talk about bad timing. Paula Abdul broke her nose this weekend – just days before the season finale of “American Idol” – when she fell while trying to avoid stepping on her Chihuahua. Abdul was recovering from the mishap and appeared on Tuesday night’s show. She plans on being on tonight’s show, her publicist, David Brokaw, said Monday. (Two “Idol” contestants remain – Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks.) “She’s a little sore, but is doing fine,” Brokaw said. Abdul, 44, told syndicated entertainment TV show “Extra” that she tore cartilage in her nose and fractured a toe. “I took a nasty fall … trying not to hurt my dog. I bruised myself on my arm … my chest, my waist all the way down to my hip. All from my little chubby Tulip,” she said. The dog wasn’t hurt, Brokaw said. This wasn’t Abdul’s first injury while judging the competition on the hit Fox network show. She wore a sling in 2004 after surgery on her thumb, which was infected by a flesh-killing fungus after an unsanitary manicure at a Los Angeles nail salon. (She testified in California a year later, urging tougher safety standards for salons.) “Being a professional dancer, I’m no stranger to pain, but this time the pain was so excruciating that even my hair touching my thumb caused me to scream,” Abdul has said of the yearlong ordeal.
Andriy Voronin has hung up his boots at the age of 35, news which is likely to be met with sadness on Merseyside after his, ahem, brilliant spell at Liverpool between 2007-2010. Check out some of the Ukrainian forward’s best bits in the video above.
Shimanzi Youth who have since changed their identity to Kick Stars begin their quest to defend their regional title this weekend with a match against Mombasa Kings.“Since we launched in 2017, we have seen an increase in the number of teams who are interested in the tournament. This just goes to show the transformational impact the tournament has had on the youth of this country,” said Nick Mwendwa, President, Football Kenya Federation (FKF).The first of 8 regional finals will be held in North Eastern on the weekend of November 23 -24 with winners from each region getting Sh200,000 and a chance to battle for the Sh1 million prize money at the national finals.Just like last season, scouts from LaLiga, the men’s top professional football division of the Spanish League and FKF will select 16 girls and 16 boys to form an all-star team who will attend a 10-day training camp in Spain during which they will play friendly matches against top LaLiga youth sides.“This year we have made a deliberate effort to ensure our trainers also benefit from the tournament through coaching clinics to be conducted in partnership with LaLiga as part of efforts to upskill local football coaches”, Said Sylvia Mulinge, Chief Customer Officer, Safaricom.The tournament was first launched in 2017 with the aim of giving youth between the ages of 16-20 years a platform to showcase their talent and an opportunity to be rewarded from their passion.Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom has since grown to become a much sought-after event by local and international scouts as a source of talented footballers.0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Over 1,500 teams register for Chapa Dimba season 3NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 27 – Over 1,500 teams have registered for the third edition of the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom youth tournament which kicked off last weekend with grassroots games at the Coast.The region’s girls defending champions Changamwe Ladies registered straightforward wins over Changamwe Queens and Bomu Starlets scoring 17 goals in the process.
Grief Recovery Outreach Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or visit 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, 9-11 a.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 7 p.m. at Paraclete High School, 42145 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (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. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Parent support group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. The facilitated group is for parents who need help coping with family issues. Call (661) 266-8700. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 273-1016. Expectant parents can tour the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department, 1600 W. Ave. J in Lancaster, and get information on what to expect during hospitalization, at sessions starting at 6 p.m. Visitors meet in the main lobby. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. TUESDAY J&J Social and Travel Club weekly league bowling, 6-8 p.m. at Sands Bowl, 43323 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Call (661) 267-2586. Business Network International B2 Bombers chapter will meet, 12:15 p.m. at Eduardo’s restaurant, 819 W. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 609-1288 or e-mail email@example.com. The organization’s Web site is at www.bni-scav.com. Prostate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Susan Baker at (661) 273-2200. Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-3103. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8 in Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Call Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Successful Anger Management course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Call (661) 538-1846. Sand Creek Orators, Toastmaster International meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Hummel Hall, 2200 20th St. W., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Caregiver Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster. Sponsored by ProCare Hospice. Call (661) 951-1146. Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Rocketeers Toastmasters meets, 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Call Pam Raneri at (661) 275-5287. Pancho Barnes Composite Squadron 49, Civil Air Patrol, will meet, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rosamond Sky Park, 4171 Knox Ave., Rosamond. Call (760) 373-5771. Antelope Valley Archaeology Club will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5656. Grief Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hoffmann Hospice, 1832 W. Ave. K, Suite D-1. Call (661) 948-8801. Toastmasters Sand Creek Orators Club will meet, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2500 Orange St., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Snyders Dance Groove meets, 6-8:30 p.m. the first and second Tuesdays of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $2. Call (661) 609-6510. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets, 9-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month for brunch, speakers and crafts at Central Christian Church, 3131 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Cost: $6 per meeting, plus $2 per child for child care. Scholarships are available. Call (661) 945-7902. 12 Step Recovery Group for alcohol and drug addiction will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. American Indian Little League will meet, 7 p.m. at HomeTown Buffet, 422 W. Ave. P. Call Harry Richard at (661) 267-2259. High Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Denny’s restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call (760) 240-4705. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Youth Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 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 www.frf.av.org. Plane Talk Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Lockheed Federal Credit Union, 1011 Lockheed Way, Palmdale. Call (661) 572-4123. Harmony Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will rehearse, 7:30 p.m. at 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. The group is part of an international organization of women who sing four-part harmony. Call (661) 273-0995, (661) 285-1797 or (661) 940-3109. Al-Anon will hold a discussion, noon at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale, and at 7 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, Room 704, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. 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. Billiards 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. Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program representative will be available, 1-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551 for an appointment. Tumbleweed Card Club for seniors will play canasta, pinochle and other games, 1-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Line dancing, 6-7 p.m. for beginners and 7-8:30 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Palmdale Youth Council will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Parks and Recreation office, 38260 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5611. 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 the Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Expectant parent tours of the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department will start at 6 p.m. from the hospital lobby, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Beginners will meet at 7 p.m. Call (661) 948-2571. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 10:30 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Also in Lancaster, 6:30 p.m. at Sunnydale School, 1233 W. Ave. J-8. Call Karen at (661) 723-9331. Overeaters Anonymous – HOW Concept! will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Robin’s Law Office, 203 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 949-9192. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.com. 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant 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, will meet, 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 at 5:30 p.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, 7:30-9 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927 or (661) 946-5846. Helvetica Black s=14TODAY 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. Call (661) 722-7780. Snyders Dance Groove will give ballroom, Latin, country and swing dance lessons, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. For ages 40 and up. Cost: $3 per person. Call (661) 609-6510. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672.
1 Huddersfield have broken their transfer record to bring Monaco defender Terence Kongolo back to the club.The 24-year-old Netherlands international spent the second half of last season on loan with the Terriers. Terriers boss David Wagner is confident Kongolo will get ‘better and better’. He made 17 appearances across David Wagner’s back line, playing a major role as Town retained their Premier League status.And now Kongolo has returned to Huddersfield on a permanent basis, signing a four-year deal for an undisclosed club-record fee.Huddersfield head coach David Wagner told the club’s official website: “His signing is a big statement for this club.“We knew he was a top, top player when we brought him in on loan in January; you don’t play for the Netherlands in a World Cup and win the Dutch league with Feyenoord otherwise. However, his performances in our shirt exceeded our expectations.“Terence gives us a fantastic option at centre-back and at left-back and the way that he defends on the front foot is perfect for our style.“He is also at the start of his career as a 24-year-old and it’s exciting for us to think he can still get better and better from the high level he’s already at.“We also know what a top, top character he is. He is a perfect fit for our changing room, as everyone has seen he has ‘Terrier Spirit’ in his DNA. This is exactly what we need in the players that we bring to this club.”
The city originally sought to encompass 150 square miles, but the agency that oversees municipal boundary changes in Los Angeles County nixed the plan, granting it a little more than 39 square miles and leaving out Castaic, Val Verde and what is now Stevenson Ranch. Over the years, the city has completed 25 annexations, increasing its area to about 53 square miles. Some of the issues still being tackled are 18 years old, or even older. The city could be nearing the end of a 20-year fight to keep Elsmere Canyon, just outside Santa Clarita in county territory, from being turned into what its opponents say would be the world’s largest garbage dump. The canyon was omitted from the city plan in 1987 because of the landfill proposal. “The culmination of that fight will be when the state waste management board certifies the document that removes Elsmere Canyon as the county’s No. 1 location for siting of a new landfill,” said Councilwoman Marsha McLean. “The county has realized siting a new landfill in an urban area is next to impossible.” McLean is hopeful the California Integrated Waste Management Board will certify the document by spring. For years, the city has sought to improve the deteriorating Newhall business district. Last month, the City Council approved the Downtown Newhall Specific Plan, which will provide a template for long-term rejuvenation of a 50-block area. In 2006, a Newhall North Specific Plan could emerge. Its domain could include an area north of the Community Center, south of the Circle J Ranch development and east of San Fernando Road. It could include frontage properties on the west side of San Fernando Road. Casden Properties LLC would be the dominant landowner in the area. The developer plans some 1,000 homes at the mouth of Placerita Canyon. Looking ahead, Garasi says he sees the city becoming more politicized as it ages, which is not necessarily a bad thing. “I think people are interested in getting involved with the city. They not only want to serve the city and the residents, but they may have some future political goals,” he said. “I think it is beneficial; as people get involved with politics at a higher level, they can benefit the city.” He noted how the city’s first mayor, now U.S. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, has done well by his first constituents. And current Mayor Cameron Smyth announced in September he will run for the state Assembly seat being vacated by Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills. Smyth will seek his party’s endorsement in the June primary, with the general election set for next November. On Tuesday, Smyth is due to pass the mayoral baton to Mayor Pro Tem Laurene Weste. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 firstname.lastname@example.org w=18.5IF YOU GO The city will throw a birthday tea and scrapbooking party from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Remember When … Scrapbooking, 23407 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Guests can help assemble the pages, and are invited to bring photos for the project. For information, call (661) 255-4939. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The city turns 18 years old this week, a coming of age that draws the line between immaturity and glancing at the future. In recent interviews, some of Santa Clarita’s founders said they’re proud of the city they helped create, but want more. They want what they originally sought, the entire Santa Clarita Valley – particularly the land west of Interstate 5 – unified under one local government. “I don’t think 18 is an adult,” said Jan Heidt, the mayor pro tem on Santa Clarita’s first City Council. “I think the city is really in their teenage years. I don’t think they’ll come of age until the county lets them annex west of the freeway.” Heidt served as mayor two times, in 1993 and 1998, and served as a councilwoman through the City Council’s sixth term. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Santa Clarita has expanded through annexations, births and general growth, swelling from a population of about 110,000 when it incorporated Dec. 15, 1987, to nearly 170,000 today. Businessman Lou Garasi served as chairman of the city feasibility committee. In 1986, naysayers said the city did not have enough of a tax-revenue base to support itself. “We had had almost 40 years of neglect we had to overcome, with parks, roads, infrastructure,” he said. “I’m very pleased in the last 18 years we made a strong beginning. I believe the city will eventually be able to catch up with itself.” Carl Boyer, who was mayor twice, in 1990 and 1996, was elected to the first council, then re-elected once. He said Santa Clarita’s founders had no idea they were forming “the largest city ever.” “We had no idea what we were doing,” he said. “If we had any idea how big a venture it was, probably we would have tried to go for something much smaller in area and population.”
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Violence increased across Iraq after a lull after the Dec. 15 parliamentary elections, with at least two dozen people – including a U.S. soldier – killed Monday in shootings and bombings mostly targeting the Shiite-dominated security services. The Defense Ministry director of operations, Brig. Gen. Abdul Aziz Mohammed-Jassim, blamed increased violence in the past two days on insurgents trying to deepen the political turmoil after the elections. The violence came as three Iraqi opposition groups threatened another wave of protests and civil disobedience if allegations of fraud are not properly investigated. The three blocs include the secular Iraqi National List, headed by former Shiite Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, and two Sunni Arab groups. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Iraq’s Electoral Commission announced Monday that final results of the elections for the 275-seat parliament could be released in about a week. Sunni Arab and secular Shiite factions have demanded that an international body review more than 1,500 complaints, warning that they may boycott the new legislature. They have also asked for new elections in some provinces, including Baghdad. The United Nations has rejected an outside review. “We will resort to peaceful options, including protests, civil disobedience and a boycott of the political process until our demands are met,” Hassan Zaidan al-Lahaibi, of the Sunni-dominated Iraqi Front for National Dialogue, said in neighboring Jordan, where representatives of the groups have met in recent days. Among the complaints are 35 that the election commission considers serious enough to change some local results. But, said Farid Ayar, a commission official, “I don’t think there is a reason to cancel the entire elections.” He also said preliminary results from ballots in early votes by expatriate Iraqis, soldiers, hospital patients and prisoners showed a coalition of Kurdish parties and the main Shiite religious bloc each taking about a third. Those nearly 500,000 votes were not expected to alter overall results significantly. Preliminary results from the election have shown the United Iraqi Alliance, the religious Shiite coalition dominating the current government, with a large lead. But it is unlikely to reach the two-thirds majority needed to avoid a coalition. Bahaa al-Araji, a member of the Shiite alliance, said the group was preparing to negotiate with other political blocs and had already met with the Sunni Arab Iraqi Islamic Party. Al-Araji also said likely candidates for prime minister were current Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who heads the Islamic Dawa party, and Adel Abdul-Mahdi, who belongs to the other main Shiite party, the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq. Every time there has been a defining event in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, there has been a period of calm. They included the June 28, 2004, transfer of power from the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority, the Jan. 30 elections, and the Oct. 15 constitution referendum. The recent lull in violence ended Sunday, with the deaths of 18 people. On Monday, a suicide car bomber slammed into a police patrol in the capital, leaving three dead, officials said, and a suicide motorcycle bomber rammed into a Shiite funeral ceremony, killing at least two, said Maj. Falah Mohamadawi of the Interior Ministry. A mortar then killed two people in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood. Four other car bombs killed at least two people and gunmen killed five officers at a police checkpoint 30 miles north of Baghdad, officials said. A U.S. soldier serving with Task Force Baghdad was killed when a rocket-propelled grenade hit his vehicle while on patrol in the capital, the military said. The name of the soldier was withheld pending notification of next of kin. In Jordan, a lawyer for Saddam and a Jordanian newspaper claimed Monday that the former ruler’s half brother rejected a U.S. offer of a ranking Iraqi government position in exchange for testimony against the deposed leader. The half brother, Barzan Ibrahim, reportedly made the claim Thursday before the Supreme Iraqi Criminal Court that is hearing the cases against him, Saddam and six other co-defendants for the deaths of more than 140 Shiites after a 1982 attempt on Saddam’s life in the town of Dujail. The lawyer spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to give details of the closed session. Saddam’s chief Iraqi lawyer, Khalil al-Dulaimi, made the same allegations in Monday’s editions of the independent Jordanian daily Al Arab Al Yawm. Dulaimi and U.S. officials were not immediately available for comment Monday, which was a U.S. holiday. But chief prosecutor Jaafar al-Mousawi denied that there were attempts to cut a deal with Ibrahim during the closed session. “The defense team should respect the profession and should not make false statements,” al- Mousawi said. He refused to divulge what happened during the closed session. In other developments: • Gunmen raided a house in southern Baghdad, killing three people, police Capt. Qassim Hussein said. Gunmen attacked the house again when police arrived to remove the bodies, wounding two officers, police said. • A Shiite cleric in the southern city of Najaf and a man in the northern city of Mosul were gunned down. In Baghdad, a civilian driving his children to school and a professor were killed. • A car bomb targeted the governor of Diyala province, killing a bodyguard, and gunmen killed a member of the Diyala city council. • Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko paid an unannounced visit to his country’s troops. His country is pulling out its remaining 867 soldiers this week. • Susanne Osthoff, a German freed after being held hostage in Iraq for more than three weeks, said in an interview aired Monday that she was treated well by her kidnappers, who told her they do not hurt women or children.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Tags: Spansih La Ligatop Girona vs GetafeEstadio Municipal de Montilivi, Girona Friday, 21-12-2018 @09:30 pmReferee: Javier Alberola RojasThe first of this Friday’s double-header in La Liga comes from Montilivi where two of the division’s smaller clubs meet. Both Girona and Getafe are having good seasons though, riding high in the top half heading into this one. The visitors could climb into 5th with victory and that will certainly be the objective for the South Madrid side.Getafe have largely crept up unnoticed, as is largely their style. While they lack glamour and rarely play particularly exciting football, their results of late have been very impressive. They come into this one with just one defeat in their last 10 matches and with 3 wins from their last 4 in all competitions. Having narrowly missed out on Europa League football last term, they are starting to look like real contenders to make amends this time around.Girona are only 3 points and 3 places further back but they have just started to wobble a bit in recent weeks, to some extent because of a bit of an injury crisis that has robbed them of the services of their in-form keeper as well as the likes of Marc Muniesa and Patrick Roberts. They’ve lost back-to-back games heading into this, although the odds were always likely to be against them at Sevilla last weekend. Even during their impressive run of results, Girona were riding their luck at times and overall they’ve been less impressive than Getafe. The Catalans don’t have a great home record either with just 1.13 points per game in front of their own fans this term, only the 15th best in the division. They are one of a number of sides who seem more content playing on the road where they average more points.Getafe have been very solid on the road, losing just 1 of their 8 away games so far in La Liga this term. They have drawn the majority of those but you have to go back four months to the opening day at the Bernabeu for their last defeat away from home in La Liga. When you consider they also won all of their final four away league games last season, that’s quite a record and it strongly suggests that Getafe will at the very least get a point here.Girona are unbeaten in their last 4 league games against Getafe. They took 4 points from the only previous top flight meetings last term.Real Sociedad vs Deportivo AlavesEstadio Municipal de Anoeta, San SebastianFriday, 21-12-2018 @11: 00 pmReferee: Javier Estrada FernandezThe second game this Friday in La Liga is a Basque derby at Real Sociedad’s Anoeta. Alaves are the visitors hoping to avenge two defeats against La Real last term. It is the visitors who are having the better season overall but on paper, they have less all-round quality than their regional rivals and they are still the clear underdogs heading into this match.Sociedad are now 18 games into the reign of Asier Garitano and it’s probably fair to say the jury is still out. He has had a fair few injuries to contend with but La Real head into this match having lost 3 on the spin in La Liga. That has seen fall from the fringes of the top six to the bottom six but they could rise to as high as 8th with victory on Friday night.Alaves fans are certainly not doubting their boss with Abelardo doing a wonderful job in Vitoria. He has been at the helm for just over a year now and has totally transformed this side. Their success this term has largely come courtesy of pretty solid defence and organisation coupled with a bit of genuine quality on both flanks with Ibai Gomez and Jony continuing to impress.However a few doubts must be creeping in for Alaves too after four straight away defeats. In truth they don’t really have enough quality to maintain a top six challenge but they are a disciplined side and Sociedad have been struggling to put the likes of them away this season.The local derby aspect adds an extra bit of spice and overall a fairly scrappy game looks likely between two sides that won’t be particularly high on belief. Backing the Draw could be the best move in the Full-Time Result market.Sociedad won both meetings last term. They’ve taken 10 points from their last 4 home league games against Alaves.Real Betis vs EibarEstadio Benito Villamarin, SevilleSaturday, 22-12-2018 @03: 00 pmReferee: Carlos Del Cerro GrandeBoth Real Betis and Eibar have had some memorable wins already this season and they will both be out to end the calendar year on a high when the sides clash in La Liga in Seville this Saturday. Betis are one of the real form teams in La Liga and would be just a point off the top four were they to win this.A Champions League push may be just beyond them, particularly given they will also be involved in two cup competitions in the new year but any doubts about Quique Setien’s side are increasingly being swept away. Betis head into this match having won 5 of their last 6 in all competitions and having lost just 1 of their last 11.As for Eibar, they’ve drawn three on the bounce and are yet to win since beating Real Madrid so impressively at Ipurua in late November. They were good value for their 3-0 win that day but have been held to frustrating home draws by the Valencia clubs since then, with the late goal they conceded in the 4-4 thriller with Levante a particular source of frustration.This will be a real contrast of styles with Betis favouring a possession-based approach while Eibar still tend to favour attacking down the flanks and getting lots of crosses into the box. Right now though, Betis look very impressive indeed and on current form it’s hard to go against them at home.They’ve won all of their last 4 at the Benito Villamarin to nil and will be backed by another big crowd here with average league gates of 46,000 this term, the 4th best in La Liga again.The last 4 meetings between these clubs have all produced home wins (2 each). Eibar beat Betis 5-0 at home last term but have lost on 3 of their last 4 trips to Betis, the exception being a 4-0 win in 2016.Atletico Madrid vs EspanyolEstadio Wanda Metropolitano, MadriSaturday, 22-12-2018 @06:15 pmReferee: Mario Melero LopezThe second game this Saturday in La Liga comes from the Wanda Metropolitano where Atletico Madrid play host to Espanyol. The visitors are in desperate form all of a sudden after an excellent start to the season. They are huge underdogs here but can take some comfort from having bizarrely done the double over Atletico Madrid last term.Indeed they remain the only visiting team to have won a league match at the Wanda but it is worth noting that there was very little riding on that game. Atleti were more interested in keeping fresh for their Europa League exploits and it’s very hard to see a repeat here. Diego Simeone’s side haven’t totally convinced this season but despite that they remain only 3 points off the top, a decent position to be in heading into 2019.It has already been a season of two halves for Espanyol meanwhile. They were riding high in the top four for the opening few months but Rubi’s revolution has come to a shuddering halt of late. They come into this game having lost 5 straight league matches having only lost 2 of their opening 11. The latest setback was a 3-1 home defeat to Betis last weekend and they’ve completely lost their way in their defensive third.It has been a radical regression for a side that looked very solid at the back earlier in the campaign but they’ve now conceded 3 or more goals in each of their last 4 league games and an injury to centre-back Mario Hermoso won’t help matters. At the other end, they’ve been very dependent on Borja Iglesias for goals but did at least find an alternative source for a goal last time out, with Sergio Garcia on the score sheet against Betis.Espanyol surprisingly did the double over Atletico in La Liga last season. They’d not scored on any of their previous 5 league visits to play Diego Simeone’s side though, losing 4.Barcelona vs Celta VigoEstadio Camp Nou, BarcelonaSaturday, 22-12-2018 @8:30 pmReferee: Eduardo Prieto IglesiasBarcelona are bidding to take advantage of Real Madrid’s trip to the Club World Cup by opening up an 8 point advantage on their eternal rivals in La Liga with victory here. They host a Celta Vigo side that has at times caused them problems in recent seasons, although mostly at Balaidos rather than Camp Nou.The Catalan giants come into this game following two dominant league wins on the road. They hammered Espanyol 4-0 in the Barcelona derby before going one better and putting five past Levante last time out. 5 of those 9 goals were scored by Leo Messi while the Argentine assisted 3 of the other 4, in two performances that even by his standards were exceptional.Celta Vigo won’t exactly be looking forward to facing a red-hot Messi here. This will be their 6th game under new boss Miguel Cardoso and so far it’s two wins, two defeats and a draw for the Portuguese coach. They would have been disappointed to only draw 0-0 at home to Leganes last time out and this is likely to be a totally different kind of game.Barca clearly will play on the front foot and this has the potential to be a really good contest if Celta continue with their naturally ambitious style. The Catalans have scored 17 more goals than any other team in La Liga this term.The last 6 meetings have produced 2 wins each and 2 draws. Celta have lost on 3 of their last 4 trips to Camp Nou though, conceding 5 or more in each of those defeats.Athletic Bilbao vs Real ValladolidEstadio San Mames Barria, BilbaoSunday, 22-12-2018 @10:45 pmReferee: Jose Maria Sanchez MartinezThis Saturday’s late game in La Liga is a pretty big one in the wider context of the relegation scrap. Before a ball was kicked this term, Real Valladolid looked far more likely to be in that battle than Athletic Bilbao but were they to win here, they’d have 23 points on the board and would be 8 clear of the drop-zone. An Athletic win would really bunch things up though and the new boys would still have a huge amount of work to do in the new year.Valladolid have underlined the Primera Division qualities they do possess over the past fortnight. They were impressive winners in this part of the world, beating Real Sociedad in their most recent away game and gave Atletico Madrid a bit of a fright last weekend, coming from 2-0 down to level the game before succumbing to a late Antoine Griezmann strike.As for Athletic Bilbao, they have picked up a bit since deciding to sack Eduardo Berizzo, the first time in over a decade that they have made a mid-season managerial change. Gaizka Garitano has instantly found the magic formula for tightening their defence up. They are yet to concede in 3 games under the new boss having only kept 2 clean sheets in 16 under his predecessor.This has the potential to be quite a low-scoring game. With the stakes high between two sides that have to be viewed as in danger of going down, there could be an element of caution, certainly in the opening stages. Valladolid would be more than content to come away with a point so they are likely to defend deep and deny the likes of Inaki Williams any space to run into.Athletic won both meetings the last season Valladolid were in the top flight (2013/14). The sides haven’t met competitively since. Athletic have won all of their last 5 home games against Valladolid by 2 goals.Valencia vs HuescaEstadio De Mestalla, ValenciaSunday, 23-12-2018 @02:00 pmReferee: Jesus GilThis Sunday’s clash at the Mestalla sees a Valencia side that have only recorded one home win this season in La Liga take on a Huesca team that has only won once anywhere. Something has to give here and Los Che are the clear favourites to claim all the points and condemn the minnows to bottom spot heading into 2019.Valencia’s struggles have been one of the mysteries of this season in La Liga and for perhaps the first time there will be genuine pressure on their boss Marcelino if they fail to win this match. He worked wonders last term which has bought him a bit of time but there was a fair amount of discontent during their last home league game against Sevilla and victory over Manchester United in a Champions League dead rubber since then hasn’t really changed that.As for Huesca, things are already looking pretty hopeless. They at least ended a four game losing streak in all competitions last time out by scoring a late goal to rescue a point against Villarreal. It was a significant goal against the team in 17th as they’d have been 10 points from safety had they not scored it but they desperately need a win from somewhere having not tasted victory since the opening day.It’s hard to see this game producing a huge number of goals. Both teams basically have the same problem in that although they’ve been creating chances, they’ve been failing to convert them. The fact they sit bottom and 2nd bottom of the goalscoring charts certainly demonstrates that with Huesca averaging just 0.88 goals per game while remarkably Valencia are even worse at 0.81 per game.That surely at some point has to rectify itself but the failure of the likes of Rodrigo and Goncalo Guedes to replicate last season’s form in the final third has been a major issue. Even so, they should have enough class to see off a Huesca side that has lost all of their last 6 away league games. All of the last 5 produced under 3.5 goals in total and they ought to be competitive enough here but it’s hard to see Valencia’s superior quality not showing over 90 minutes.This will be the first ever league meeting between the clubs.Leganes vs SevillaEstadio Municipal de Butarque, Leganes Sunday, 23-12-2018 @06:15 pmReferee: Alejandro Jose HernandezThis is a really interesting game this Sunday and it will be a real test of Sevilla’s burgeoning title aspirations. If they can leave Leganes with three points they will have already eclipsed what the likes of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid managed on this ground but that may be easier said than done against an in-form Lega side who will be hoping to push themselves into mid-table of La Liga with a win here.The Madrid side took a little while to get going this term which was perhaps inevitable following some key playing and coaching departures over the summer. However they really have established themselves as a tough side to beat again and they’ve been getting results both home and away which can only bode well for their long-term survival prospects.Sevilla will also be delighted with how things are going. They recorded a 10th straight home win in all competitions last weekend to see off Girona 2-0 and hold onto 2nd place. They are currently very much in the title picture but there is a lot of football to be played and in truth it is tricky away matches such as this that may well determine whether or not they are genuine title hopefuls.Overall, Leganes do look capable of getting a result here. Their home record is impressive this term with just 1 defeat in 7 matches and an average of 1.71 points per home game. When you consider they have already hosted 3 of the current top six and will have taken on all of the current top three at home after this match, that’s certainly a record they can be proud of. They are also in good overall form with no defeats in 8 matches now in all competitions.There’s not a lot wrong with Sevilla’s form either but there is still a sense that they aren’t totally convincing travellers and their recent road results really does back that up. They’ve only recorded one victory from their last 8 away in all competitions and that was against Akhisarspor, the bottom side in their Europa League group. You have to go back to September for their last away league win and Butarque is not an easy place to come seeking an end to a run such as that.The sides met 4 times last season with both league games ending in home wins while Sevilla won a Copa del Rey Semi-Final between the sides with a home win in the 2nd Leg. They’ve only won on 1 of their 4 visits to Butarque this century.Rayo Vallecano vs LevanteEstadio de Vallecas, MadridSunday, 23-12-2018 @08:30 pmReferee: Ignacio Iglesias VillanuevaThis is a really significant game for Rayo Vallecano. With just 10 points on the board, they could desperately do with a morale boosting win here to give them a fighting chance of staying in La Liga heading into 2019. They are the favourites to get it but it won’t be easy against a Levante side that has been having an excellent season.The Valencia club were on the wrong end of a heavy 5-0 home defeat against Barcelona last weekend but the scoreline didn’t quite tell the story of what was largely an end-to-end contest. They at least won’t have to deal with Leo Messi here with the Argentine scoring or creating all five goals in that match and Levante will take confidence from a run of just 1 defeat in 11 matches in all competitions prior to that.As for Rayo Vallecano, they’ve won just 2 of their 16 matches on their return to La Liga. One of those did come in their most recent home league outing against Eibar however that hasn’t really acted as much of a building block with 3 straight defeats in all competitions since then. They performed reasonably well at the Bernabeu last weekend but didn’t get anything to show for their efforts.Rayo Vallecano have won their last 3 at home to Levante. 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