IOC’s Bach: Refugees will be honoured at Rio

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP): A group of refugee athletes will march together in the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in a symbol of hope for the world’s migrants, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said yesterday. On a three-day visit to Greece, Bach also said a refugee would carry the torch during the Greek leg of the flame relay and that the route would include a stop at an Athens refugee camp. The flame-lighting ceremony at Ancient Olympia will take place on April 21. “We want to turn the attention of the world to the fate and the problems of the 60 million refugees in our world and their suffering,” Bach said. He visited the refugee camp in Athens, played football with a group of young men, and met potential candidates who could compete for the first time as refugee athletes at the Rio Games. “They have no hope, no flag to march behind, and no anthem,” Bach said. “We have invited them to participate, and these athletes will march behind the Olympic flag” at the August 5 opening ceremony. Bach said he expected between five and 10 refugee athletes to qualify for the Olympics. He said he spoke to two potential Olympic competitors in Athens, who could compete in shooting events and karate. The IOC has already pledged US$2 million to help refugees, and is asking authorities in refugee camps to identify any top-level international athletes. Three athletes found The IOC said in December that three potential Olympic athletes had been identified so far from among the wave of refugees and migrants. Greece has been hard hit by the migration crisis that escalated dramatically in 2015 when more than 850,000 travelled in dinghies and mostly unsafe boats from Turkey to the Greek islands. Despite growing European pressure on Athens to toughen border controls, Bach described Greece’s assistance to refugees as “really extraordinary” and promised funds for planned sports facilities on the Greek island of Lesbos. Bach praised progress in Brazil’s Olympic preparations despite the country’s serious financial downturn and outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. “Brazil is in financial and political crisis, and is facing a great corruption scandal,” he said. “And under these circumstances, it is even more remarkable what the Brazilians have done.” Bach said the timing of the games, during Brazil’s winter, could limit difficulties caused by the virus outbreak, and he promised to have consultations with national Olympic Committees on safety guidelines by late today. Before leaving Athens yesterday, Bach said he would visit the marble Panathinian Stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.last_img read more

Redemption. Record. Regret – Melaine Walker sets sight on reclaiming success

first_img ‘DOING WHAT I LOVE’ Despite admitting that she still holds ambitions of breaking the 400m hurdles world record, experienced Jamaican hurdler Melaine Walker is still hunting her dream of competing at the highest level in the 100m hurdles. Walker, who turned her back on the one-lap hurdles event in 2013 at the height of her powers after winning Olympic and World championships gold in the event, has struggled to match that success in the 100m hurdles, but remains unperturbed by the challenge of making her mark in an event that she considers closest to her heart. “I feel great, and part of the reason why I’m feeling great is because I am doing what I love,” Walker told The Gleaner from her Altis World training base in Phoenix, Arizona, where she is being conditioned by Andreas Behm, who also coaches 110m-hurdle world record holder Aries Merritt and Queen Harrison. Walker’s 400m personal best of 52.42 seconds done in 2009 on the way to World Championships gold, is only bettered by Yuliya Pechenkina’s world record of 52.34 seconds. Also, no woman has run under 52.80 seconds more than the Jamaican, and given the times being posted in the event these days, Walker is confident that she can still take a shot at the world record – even if her immediate focus is achieving self-fulfilling success in the shorter hurdling event. “It’s not a regret, it’s just that stuff never worked out for me. From the beginning I always wanted to do both events, that’s all I wanted to do – to be able to run the 400m hurdles and the 100m hurdles at times, but based on where I was and how stuff were, it just wasn’t working out in my favour,” added Walker. “I feel like I have accomplished a lot in the 400m hurdles. Since I have stopped running that event I haven’t seen anyone do anything spectacular and I can always say that at any given time running that event, I am able to pull out a 52 or pull other people to run their best,” said Walker, whose point is backed up by the fact that no one has gone sub-53 seconds since 2013. “I want to run both events, I want to go after the (400m hurdles) world record but I am still trying to get a self fulfilment for Melaine and I want people to understand that. It has nothing to do with anyone, I am not trying to hurt anyone, I am just trying to kind of get a self-fulfilment and happiness from the heart for myself in this event (100m hurdles) and I feel like if I get to a place in this event where I am comfortable, I am still going to be working to approach the 400m hurdles with the mentality of trying to get the world record,” added Walker. It will take some effort for her to make a mark in the 100m hurdles though. Walker has not gone sub-13 seconds in the 100m hurdles since 2006 when she ran her 12.75 seconds PB while in college. So far this year she has posted times of 13.82 (-2.2) and 13.66 in the event but believes there is more to come as she eyes a spot on the World Championships team. ” I feel very good with technique and stuff but with more racing the times will drop. Everything is going pretty good, I’m happy with my hurdling and I’m hoping I will be able to drop the times and run faster so I will be able to show up in trials. I am not going to show up there to get beaten, I am a competitor that’s just how it is, so If I am in tip-top shape and ready to show what’s up with Melaine,” said Walker.last_img read more

Srisaket KOs Gonzalez in fourth to retain WBC title

first_imgWinning start Gonzalez, of Nicaragua, stayed on the canvas for a couple of minutes. After rising slowly he had to be helped to his corner stool. The first knockdown came 42 seconds earlier when southpaw Srisaket landed a similar short right hook to the side of the head. Gonzalez was able to get up at the count of seven and continue — but looked out of sorts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe 30-year-old Srisaket went to work quickly in the first round, easily landing combinations and body shots — the fruits of months of intense training in the gym for the most important fight of his career.“I trained really hard for four months because I wanted everyone to know what I came here for,” said Srisaket of the brutal beatdown. “I have shown that I am the best 115 pound fighter in the world.” Gonzalez, who dropped to 46-2 overall, was taken to the hospital immediately after the fight for medical treatment.He was trying to avenge the only loss of his career against Srisaket but he failed to put up any defense against the onslaught of the Thai’s superior punches.The former pound-for-pound division king has had several gruelling fights in recent years, which have taken a heavy toll on his 30-year-old body.On the undercard, Japan’s Naoya Inoue won his US debut by defending his 115 pound WBO title with a sixth round knockout of Antonio Nieves.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nunes keeps belt, defeats Shevchenko at UFC 215 The Thai dynamo silenced critics who had claimed his majority decision win in the first fight six months ago in New York was a fluke and the result of accidental head butts.Both fighters came out swinging from the opening bell in Saturday’s 115-pound rematch at the outdoor StubHub Center stadium, as it became apparent in the early rounds that Srisaket was in charge and the fight likely would not go the distance.“For the first fight I only trained two months. This fight I knew I was going to knock him out,” Srisaket said. “I am not scared of anyone.”Srisaket (44-4-1, 40 KOs) said he wanted to make his country proud. “I fought for Thailand, for the pride of Thailand,” he said. ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (R) of Thailand celebrates as Roman Gonzalez of Nicaragua lays motionless at StubHub Center on September 9, 2017 in Carson, California. Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFPSrisaket Sor Rungvisai knocked out Roman Gonzalez in the fourth round Saturday with a devastating right hook to retain his WBC super flyweight world title in his second straight win over the former champ. Thailand’s Srisaket knocked ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez down twice in the final round, finishing the challenger off with a right hook with 1:45 to go in the fourth. ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Break new ground It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson A costly, catty dispute finally settled Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ View commentslast_img read more

Longwinded process at GLSC

first_imgDear Editor,The Commissioner of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC), Trevor Benn, admitted to the media that there is a backlog of over 32,000 land applications going back to the 1980s for which he blamed ‘the process for acquiring lands being too longwinded.’So, after 37 years, nearly four decades, the GLSC’s Commissioner has found the fault. He needs to be complimented, it could have taken another four decades, but I am sure that the resolution of that problem will involve an inordinate length of time.There is no doubt that the GLSC is badly managed and that the ‘longwinded process’ is the direct result of that. It does not need a crystal ball specialist to tell us that applicants who ‘greased the wheels of processing’ have their applications processed with lightning speed. Applicants, who wait on the process wait forever and many of these are in the ’32,000 bundle’. There is corruption at each branch of the GLSC and many of these officers in charge and their subordinate officers are adept at the processing of the applications of those who are willing to be corrupted. Some of these GLSC officials can be seen in their company at expensive restaurants and clubs in New Amsterdam and Corriverton. For too long the corruption within the GLSC has been given the green light and many organisations have turned a blind eye to it.At the recent ‘GLSC Outreach’ at Corriverton, officials were seen collecting bribes in full view of the public and in his letter, Yusuf made mention of this. I was there and saw this. One overseas ‘investor’ had no time to change his US dollars and the officials accepted the US currency. If an investigation is done, it will be seen that certain persons are being given preference over others and it is the main reason for the horrendous backlog. The processing is not done in an organised and sequentially chronological manner. It is not on a first come first serve basis.One of the functions of the GLSC is ‘to receive and evaluate offers to ‘purchase’ and ‘to let’ public lands and to issue for and on behalf of the President, grants, leases and permits to occupy such lands’. The GLSC Act also makes it mandatory ‘to establish and maintain liaison with all agencies’ in certain aspects and ‘to advise the Government on policies relating to public lands’. This being so required it is quite an enigma why the land policy as it relates to cattle farming is being so blatantly ignored? Both the Prime Minister and the Agriculture Minister said dairy and cattle farming should be promoted but not at the expense of those cattle farmers who are already utilising the #52/66 pasture. There are lands available elsewhere such as the #52 backlands which have been applied for by prospective and small cattle farmers who want to expand their cattle farming but nothing has been done so far to facilitate them. Some of these applications have been gathering cobwebs at the GLSC offices in Georgetown and Berbice since five years ago. These persons have been given ‘the royal run around’ because they have refused to be part of the corruption. Benn can check some of these applications for lands to do cattle and rice farming and ask himself the reason why these applications have not been processed.The Commission is also required ‘to cooperate fully with all the Ministries, Government departments, agencies and other public authorities’. But unfortunately, even though these applicants would have gotten ‘no objection’ letters and letters of recommendations from the Regional Democratic Council in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), the processing takes forever. Moreover, in direct contradiction to the policy of the Government, the GLSC has taken it upon itself to invite offers to apply for lands already being utilised by cattle farmers. This shows the highhandedness of these GLSC officials who feel that they are beyond reproach and can operate in complete disregard for Government land policies.I do firmly believe that the Government must start a massive investigation into the corrupt practices and do a massive reshuffling and I do feel that the present Commissioner has no vision to transform the current monolithic structure and organisation of the Commission.Yours sincerely,Muhammad Mustaphalast_img read more

Varney Sherman Drops Presidential Quest

first_imgGrand Cape Mount County Senator Varney G. Sherman has told his Unity Party (UP) executives that he “no longer has interest in being president of Liberia.”The UP National Chairman once contested the presidential election in 2005 on the ticket of Liberia Action Party (LAP), and has since been concentrating on becoming Liberia’s next president until he surrendered his ambition over the weekend.According to sources close to UP, the Liberian lawyer told party executives in a meeting called by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that he no longer intends to contest the nation’s top post.Sherman is of the conviction that the senatorial seat he now occupies on Capitol Hill is “enough for him,” and as such, serving the Western region of the country remains his focus at the moment, our sources said.“I am very satisfied with the position I have now and I have no intention to be president,” our sources quoted the Senate’s Judiciary Committee Chairman as saying.He further stated, “If the Unity Party is looking for a presidential candidate for the next elections, count me out.“I have no interest in the presidency, so as we move on let’s look somewhere else,” Sherman indicated.Political analysts have interpreted Sherman’s comments as a “green light signal” to fellow partisan and Vice Standard Bearer Joseph N. Boakai.The Vice President accepted a petition from his kinsmen in Northern Lofa County to contest for the highest position in the Republic, which analysts maintain has the endorsement of the national chairman of the party.Judging from the personal and political relationship between the vice standard bearer and the national chairman, coupled with the division affecting the party, Sherman’s withdrawal is to perform his side of the political harmony, according to analysts.Analysts believe that the disunity that has led to the exodus of partisans from the party constraining Madam Johnson Sirleaf to call a meeting at her house to reunite members, is one major factor that has cemented the vice standard bearer and National Chairman politically.Meanwhile, when telephoned in order to get his side of the story, Senator Sherman declined to take the calls and even refused to reply to a text message sent him on the subject.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies win game one of Exhibition Series over Cold Lake Junior B Ice

first_imgThen at 7:22 remaining in the game, Cold Lake would make a goal setting the score at 5-1.There would be no more goals throughout the remainder of the game, making the final score 5-1 for the Huskies.Huskies Assistant Coach, Cameron Weir, says it was a good start for the first game of the year as the team started to work together in the second period and take over the game.Weir also says, even with this win, they will continue to focus on the overall process and build as a team as the year commences.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies were host to the Cold Lake Junior B Ice in the first game of the NWJHL Exhibition Series on Saturday night at the North Peace Arena.In the first period, it was a time for both teams to shake off the rust and get into action.While the period was scoreless, both sides did make efforts to score a goal. Shots on goal by the end of the first period was 12-9 for Cold Lake.- Advertisement -In period two, the Huskies began to come alive as they would score four goals within the frame.The score at the end of the second would be 4-0 for the Huskies with 32-14 shots on goal.In the third period, the Huskies would continue their winning streak as they would make a power play goal at 22 seconds into the frame making the score 5-0.Advertisement Up next, the Huskies look to make another win in game two of the Exhibition Series as they take on the Cold Lake Junior B Ice. Puck drop is 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 15, at the North Peace Arena.last_img read more

Sanchez sisters plan to pen book about path to Congress

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Details on the book were scarce because the contract has not yet been finalized, according to Loretta Sanchez’s spokeswoman, Paula Negrete. However, aides said it would be a nonfiction take on the pair’s experiences getting to and serving in the House. Loretta Sanchez is in her sixth term representing portions of Orange County including Anaheim and Santa Ana, while younger sister Linda Sanchez is in her third term representing communities south of Los Angeles including Long Beach, Whittier and South Gate. WASHINGTON – Reps. Loretta and Linda Sanchez, Southern California’s sister act in Congress, are now working on a book about their experience. It came to light Tuesday after the sisters were spotted by reporters heading into the House Ethics Office with prominent Washington lawyer Stanley Brand. Aides quickly squashed speculation that a new congressional scandal could be afoot. Instead the sisters were consulting about how to proceed with their publishing project without running afoul of any ethics rules, which limit outside income. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

These spacewalks are no cakewalks

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA canceled today’s spacewalk to inspect a snarled joint for a set of solar panels and instead instructed its orbiting astronauts to go out a day later to try to fix a torn solar wing. The newly ripped wing is now the more pressing of the two problems at the International Space Station, both of which involve the crucial power system and threaten to disrupt future construction work. NASA fears the damage could worsen and the wing could lose all power-collecting capability and become unstable. If that happened, the wing would have to be junked, said NASA’s space station program manager, Mike Suffredini. Engineers scrambled to put together a plan for a spacewalk as early as Friday to tackle the wing, which remains partially deployed. It ripped in two places as it was being unfurled by astronauts aboard the linked shuttle-station complex Tuesday, and a hinge may have been yanked and partially ripped. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Suffredini said engineers suspect the wing became snagged on a support for one of the wing’s guide wires. They do not want to reel it in to make it easier to access for spacewalkers, for fear it could be further damaged. The torn section of the wing cannot be reached with the space station’s 58-foot robot arm. So NASA plans to attach the shuttle inspection boom to the station’s robot arm, and put Scott Parazynski on the boom to free the snagged part of the wing. It helps that Parazynski is tall – 6-foot-2 – and has long arms. NASA doesn’t want him bumping the wing or touching its sunlight-collecting blankets. There would be no need to mend the tears. “It’s not really very far outside of our scope of experience, and I’m comfortable that it’s something we’re going to be able to put together,” said flight director Derek Hassmann. He added: “It’s going to be fast and furious over the next couple of days.” If more time is needed to prepare, the spacewalk will be deferred until Saturday. But NASA would prefer to attempt it on Friday in case something goes wrong and another spacewalk is needed to finish the job. Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the space station from the torn wing, a rotary joint that controls the solar wings there is out of action. A spacewalking astronaut discovered steel shavings in the right joint last weekend, the apparent result of grinding parts. Suffredini said he and others will figure out what to do about the joint once Discovery undocks from the space station. The space station can live with the reduced power caused by the two problems for now. But it poses huge challenges for NASA’s plans to deliver European and Japanese laboratories on back-to-back shuttle missions beginning in December. Suffredini said at least one of the problems will need to be resolved before shuttle Atlantis can lift off with Europe’s lab. That launch is currently scheduled for Dec. 6. NASA is under presidential orders to complete space station construction and retire its space shuttles by 2010, to make way for new rocketships that will aim for the moon.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Worker in intensive care after Bengal tiger attack

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsOrr and another caretaker were cleaning the tiger’s area at the time of the attack, Boll said. “Alexander was not put in his holding pen when they were in there,” he said. The 5-year-old tiger bit Orr, dragged him 100 feet and dropped him, Boll said. Los Angeles County firefighters were dispatched to the preserve at 6867 Soledad Canyon Road, just before 3p.m. Monday, said Inspector Frank Garrido. At that time, he was listed in critical but stable condition, he said. Orr was taken to the hospital by helicopter. Firefighters notified the state’s Department of Fish and Game and Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control about the incident, Garrido said. A worker was in intensive care Tuesday after being attacked by a 450-pound Bengal tiger at the Shambala Preserve in Acton. Chris Orr, a caretaker at the preserve for nine years, remains at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills after a tiger named Alexander bit him in the back of the neck, about 2 p.m. Monday, according to Harlan Boll, a spokesman for the preserve. “According to his parents, who have gone to see him, he was conscious and talking to them,” Boll said Tuesday. The tiger did not tear any major arteries or Orr’s spinal column, Boll said. Orr also has multiple scratches to an arm and leg, Boll said. A warden with the state department is working on an incident report that will go to the department’s chief of enforcement, said Harry Morse, a department spokesman. An Animal Care and Control officer took a report at the preserve Monday, said Karen Stepp, shelter manager of the Castaic Animal Shelter. The report was forwarded to the county health department. The 80-acre Shambala Preserve was established in 1972 as a haven for endangered exotic big cats, according to the site’s Web site. Nearly 70 animals live at Shambala including African lions, Siberian and Bengal tigers, leopards, servals, mountain lions, bobcats, a lynx and a Florida panther. Many of the animals are orphans or castoffs from circuses, zoos and private owners who could not care for them, the Web site explains. The Shambala Preserve is run by the nonprofit Roar Foundation, whose president is actress and animal-rights activist Tippi Hedren. Monday’s incident only reinforces the need for the federal legislation Hedren wants to get passed that would ban the breeding of exotic felines for private ownership, Boll said. “These animals should not be personally owned,” Boll said. “… The nature of these animals is to be wild.” Alexander remains at his one-acre compound at the preserve, Boll said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Antelope Valley Weekend

first_imgDesert Opera Theater will present “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” 8 p.m. Friday through Feb. 19 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Showtimes: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $20, or $16 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. “Carlos & Friends” comedy variety show, 9 p.m. Saturday at My Place Lounge, 2763 Sierra Highway, Rosamond. Comedy show is at 9 p.m. second Saturday of every month. Call (661) 256-8455. Riders in the Sky will perform, 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $28. Call (661) 723-5950. State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara will perform “Carmen,” 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $25. Call (661) 267-5684. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Smokey Robinson will perform, 8 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $80, $75, $70. Call (661) 723-5950. Dance company Ailey II will perform, 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $28. Call (661) 723-5950. Palmdale Youth and Community Orchestras will perform, 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $10, or $8 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Ball in the House will perform a cappella pop and R&B, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $20, $15 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale will perform with winners of the Gaily Newby Concerto Competition, the Antelope Valley Ballet and the Antelope Valley College Civic Orchestra, 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $18, seniors $16, children $9. Call (661) 723-5950. Travelogue on New Zealand will be presented, 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $5. Call (661) 267-5684. Tony Molina and Friends perform salsa music and Latin ballads, 8-11:30 p.m. Thursdays at Harry’s Place at the Antelope Valley Inn, 44055 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Salsa DJ Wayne Molina performs, 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Call (661) 948-4651. Ranger-led nature hikes, 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Meet in the first small parking lot by the ranger station. Call (661) 268-0840. Mojave Desert Information Center offers natural history exhibits, videos and a touch-screen computer to find out more information about desert state parks and the surrounding areas. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 43779 15th St. W. Call (661) 942-0662. Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Sundays at Lancaster Elks Lodge, 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Call (661) 949-9467 or (661) 723-4891. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club dance, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Lessons are available, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $2. Admission: $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Bring small dessert. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. The Antelope Valley Weekend column runs weekly. Fax information or updates to (661) 267-5747 by noon Wednesday. Mailing address is 1645 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA 93550, attention: Entertainment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more