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first_imgNew Delhi: Skipper of the Indian cricket team Virat Kohli and World Champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu are set to be awarded the illustrious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna on Tuesday (September 25) at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi. Whereas javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and Table Tennis star Manika Batra are among the top athletes to be on the elite list of Arjuna Award winners. All the awardees will be honoured by President Ram Nath Kovind. Prez Koving will also present the Dhyan Chand Awards and Dronacharya Awards.ALSO READ: Luka Modric beats Cristiano Ronaldo to win Best Player of the YearVirat Kohli – world’s No.1 batsmen in both ODI and Test cricket as per the ICC rankings has been putting scintillating performances consistently since the last couple of years. The 29-year old missed out on the top sports award following consecutive nominations in 2016 and 2017. The swashbuckling batsman have smashed 6147 runs in 71 Tests with 23 centuries and 9779 runs in 211 ODIs, including 35 tons.Whereas, second awardee Mirabai Chanu was selected for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna after she clinched the Gold medal in the 48kg category at the World Championship in 2017 and 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. However, she missed out from the Asian Games following an injury.ALSO READ: Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund refutes unauthorized office chargeFULL LIST – RAJIV GANDHI KHEL RATNA WINNERS:Virat Kohli and Mirabai ChanuFULL LIST – ARJUNA AWARD WINNERS:Athletics: Neeraj Chopra, Jinson Johnson and Hima DasBadminton: N Sikki ReddyBoxing: Satish KumarCricket: Smriti MandhanaGolf: Shubhankar SharmaHockey: Manpreet Singh, SavitaPolo: Ravi RathoreShooting: Rahi Sarnobat, Ankur Mittal, Shreyasi SinghTable Tennis: Manika Batra, G SathiyanTennis: Rohan BopannaWrestling: SumitWushu: Pooja KadianPara-Athletics: Ankur DhamaPara-Badminton: Manoj SarkarFULL LIST – DRONACHARYA AWARD WINNERSBoxing: C A KuttappaWeightlifting: Vijay SharmaTable Tennis: A Srinivasa RaoAthletics: Sukhdev Singh PannuHockey, Lifetime Award: Clarence LoboCricket, Lifetime Award: Tarak SinhaJudo, Lifetime Award: Jiwan Kumar SharmaAthletics, Lifetime Award: V R BeeduFULL LIST – DHYAN CHAND AWARD WINNERSArchery: Satyadev PrasadHockey: Bharat Kumar ChetryAthletics: Bobby AloysiusWrestling: Chougale Dadu Dattatray For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more


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first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) – The chances of FIFA increasing the number of teams at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from 32 to 48 is 50-50, the president of soccer’s governing body Gianni Infantino said yesterday.Infantino, who is in Brazil for a meeting of the South American Football Confederation, told delegates he was working to ensure the increase for the Qatar tournament, which would mean a guaranteed two extra places for South American sides.“We are working to see if we can get 48 teams in the 2022 World Cup because more participation means more development and more passion for everyone,” he said.“We’ll see by June whether it is possible or not. (It’s) 50-50. What is 100 percent is that the 2022 World Cup is going to be spectacular and a total success.”A final decision on the number of teams for the next finals will be taken at the FIFA Congress in Paris on June 5.FIFA chose to host the 2022 World Cup for 32 teams in Qatar, although Infantino has sounded out neighbours over their willingness to host some matches in an expanded tournament.FIFA has already agreed to increase the number of teams to 48 for the 2026 tournament being co-hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico but is keen to expand quicker than planned.last_img read more


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first_imgFemi SolajaThe iconic Wembley Stadium in London will hug the limelight tonight for a special reason when ’embattled’ Real Madrid visits the ground for one of the Match-day four matches of the UEFA Champions league tie against host, Tottenham Hotspurs for the leadership of Group H.Destiny has put both teams in similar position both in their respective domestic leagues and in the on-going Champions League and tonight may just the an opportunity to settle the score for both teams to follow their paths in the ongoing season.Reason? Both clubs seem to be mirroring each other’s results which is not something common in modern day football.Aside the fact that both teams have same number of points in the group, the goals scored, against and goal different are same with the reverse fixture of the score draw in Santiago Bernabue as the best option to settle their placement before the end of the group stage of the competition next month. In their respective domestic league, Real Madrid, who are the defending champion of La Liga are presently third and a similar position occupied by Spurs in the English Premiership.Both teams have played 10 matches respectively, won six each , drew two, and lost two. As if that is not enough, both sides are eight points a drift of their respective league leaders in FC Barcelona and Manchester City!Both teams have scored 19 goals respectively in the league, with seven each in the Champions League just as they have also conceded two goals each in Europe. Interestingly, both teams lost in their respective leagues last weekend by a goal margin.Although the home jersey of both teams is white, tonight will be different because the Champions League defending champion, Madrid, will come out in an away jersey which is purple.Ahead of tonight’s match, reports have it that Tottenham Hotspur point man, Harry Kane, trained with the first-team squad and will be assessed ready for the Wembley duel.Kane, who has scored 13 goals in 12 appearances in all competitions for Spurs this season, missed defeats by West Ham United and Manchester United after suffering a minor hamstring strain.“We’re very confident (he will play) – he’s on the list. We have one more day to assess him but maybe it’s possible he can play tomorrow,” manager Mauricio Pochettino told a news conference on Monday.“I don’t want to say 100 per cent because we have one more day. Today and yesterday was good at training. Now it’s with medical staff to take the right decision.“He was training with group and was good – at same level as team. We’ll take the best decision for him, first of all, and then for the team.”Winger Erik Lamela, who has not played for a year due to hip problems, also took part in the training drills. Midfielder Victor Wanyama was Spurs’ only absentee but he will resume training later this week.Spurs will be also boosted by the return of Dele Alli, who was suspended for the opening three matches of their European campaign.“He has a good opportunity tomorrow (Wednesday) to play if I decide to put him in the starting XI, and make his Champions League debut (this season),” Pochettino hinted yesterday.“I’m happy because we have one player more to help the team what we want to achieve, to reach the next stage of the Champions League,” the Spurs’ boss concluded ahead of tonight clash at the Wembley.FIXTURES 8:45pm Liverpool Vs Maribor Sevilla Vs Spartak Napoli Vs Man City Shakhtar Vs Feyenoord Besiktas Vs Monaco Porto Vs Leipzig Dortmund Vs APOEL Spurs Vs Real MadridShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


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first_imgSyracuse was already out to its quickest lead of the season and Liam Callahan kept pressing. With a Seattle defender tagged to his right shoulder, he created separation by breaking his stride in the box and stopping the ball.He stutter-stepped to reverse his direction and threaded the ball 25 feet across the box to Noah Rhynhart, who spun around a defender and netted Syracuse’s second goal in the opening 20 minutes.On the ensuing possession, Callahan sent a cross toward the box that was deflected off the head of Seattle’s Michael Roberts. Despite his immediate efforts to inject more life into SU’s offense, it was silenced for the next 50 minutes.“We actually then … almost took our foot off the accelerator after that second goal,” head coach Ian McIntyre said. “It was a great start.”No. 6 seed Syracuse (15-5-3, 3-4-1 Atlantic Coast) held on though, and skirted past 11th-seeded Seattle (18-4-1, 9-1 Western Athletic) with a 3-1 win at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon to advance to the Elite Eight. The Orange will host Boston College on Saturday at 2 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter orchestrating the Orange’s early attack with assists on both first-half goals, Callahan emerged as the liaison from Syracuse’s defensive side of the field to get balls up to forwards Chris Nanco and Ben Polk.He switched gears throughout the game after pushing the offensive side of the ball early and led SU’s defense in consistently shooing away errant crosses and headers from the Redhawks.“Just a back and forth player,” Callahan said of how he views his role. “I’m one who can see both sides of the field, both defensively and offensively.“… I still have my defensive responsibilities.”With Seattle midfielder Sergio Rivas bearing down on Callahan trying to create a fast-break situation, the Syracuse midfielder deked out Rivas and dribbled through him. Right as Rivas tried one last jab at the ball, Callahan booted it ahead the left sideline and into the open field for the speedy Nanco to retrieve.The possession resulted in an Orange corner kick attempt, and encapsulated Seattle’s desperate offensive mentality that never materialized. The constant acceleration on offense didn’t lend itself to Seattle deftly nabbing balls away like Rivas tried to.The Redhawks sent most kicks too far forward, and crosses in dangerous areas often overshot their target. Callahan ensured the pattern remained status quo.“We had a hard time getting a rhythm,” Seattle head coach Pete Fewing said. “ … We never could quite get our head up, look forward, play balls because everywhere we went we had a Syracuse player on top of us.”Five minutes after his ball up to Nanco didn’t result in a shot on goal, he instead took the ball up the left sideline himself. Having already converted a corner kick to an assist on Syracuse’s first goal of the game, Callahan mimicked the situation as he dribbled freely deep into Redhawks’ territory.He shot an ambitious cross over the penalty box and past forward Ben Polk. Callahan threw his hands up in the air in frustration, but he kept Syracuse on the precipice of its third goal before Seattle had its first.The SU midfielder was supposed to be guarding the Redhawks right back, but Callahan said the lack of offensive opportunities didn’t allow any Seattle defenders to enter SU’s territory.“It was a little easier for me to stay up top and try and get those balls in,” Callahan said.As the final buzzer sounded to seal the Orange’s win, Callahan put his hands on his knees and stared into the ground. The accepted vocal leader of the team who delivers his pregame speeches with vigor silently stood away from SU’s immediate celebration.He contributed to the win as much as any of Syracuse’s three goal-scorers and knows much of the public praise will fall on them. That’s just how he likes it.“(I’m) just kind of a rock for the team,” Callahan said. “Just doing the dirty work and the hard work if it needs to be done.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 29, 2015 at 6:21 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more


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first_img Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share Mark Wilson: How FSB is meeting the recreational cricket punter’s demands August 20, 2020 Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Warwickshire County Cricket Club and Unibet have announced a new two-year commercial partnership that will see the betting operator become the Edgbaston based club’s first Official Betting Partner.Unibet, part of the Kindred Group, will have a presence at Edgbaston Cricket Ground and will further provide responsible betting opportunities at the ground for all Birmingham Bears home games in the Natwest sponsored T20 Blast tournament. This will also extend to international match days.As part of the brand activation, Unibet branding will appear on the collar of all Birmingham Bears playing shirts and also on the permiter branding within the cricket ground. Bears players will also fulfil social media obligations with Unibet’s content team, resulting in a series of social media videos that will be run throughout the Bears’ T20 Blast campaign.Gareth Roberts, Commercial Director at Warwickshire CCC, said: “Unibet is one of the biggest online bookmakers in Europe and to welcome such a well-known brand as our first Betting Partner is a great fit for the club.He added: “We’re committed to providing the best possible experience, in a responsible way, for our spectators in attendance at Edgbaston. Unibet share these ambitions and we look forward to working with its team to develop some innovative match day opportunities.”Sam Mead, Head of Marketing UK at Unibet, revealed: “We are passionate about Cricket at Unibet, and Warwickshire CCC perfectly matches our friendly, passionate and expert brand values.  Edgbaston is one of the most enjoyable grounds to watch cricket in this country and as official betting partner we look forward to providing Bears and England fans with a variety of exciting and innovative bet types on the many big matches they host.He continued: “Warwickshire CCC, like Unibet, very much lead the way as innovators in their field and we are particularly looking forward to working with them on England’s first Day/Night Test match against the West Indies later this summer.”Outside of domestic cricket, the Unibet partnership with Edgbaston will includ presence at England’s inaugural day/night Investic Test match against the West Indies and a further test match against India in 2018. Edgbaston has, and will continue to host the T20 Blast Final Day for a minimum of two years. Finally, Unibet will have presence for a Natwest International T20 against Australia in 2018. Sharelast_img read more


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first_imgHAVING been benched for two of Tottenham’s first three games, Christian Eriksen has to start against Arsenal.Spurs are yet to score without him on the pitch — and it was glaringly obvious how much they missed him in the 1-0 loss against Newcastle.3 Spurs are yet to score without Christian Eriksen on the pitchCredit: Getty – ContributorEriksen has mentioned he may need a fresh start away from the club, so Mauricio Pochettino has looked at it and possibly concluded the Dane is not in the right frame of mind.The European transfer window closes on Monday, so barring a late surprise Eriksen, 27, going to be at the club until January at the earliest.Therefore in my mind you have to play him.Tottenham were frustrated for large parts at home against Aston Villa and Newcastle, with the one common factor that they did not turn the corner until Eriksen came off the bench.Both those sides sat deep and narrow, frustrating Spurs by giving up no space in behind.Pochettino has plenty of pace at his disposal going forward in Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela and Harry Kane.With them looking to stretch the game, defences drop leaving a gap in between them and the midfield.But without Eriksen they had nobody who could get into those spaces and act as the creative No 10 type.Spurs’ front four were very close together against Newcastle, whereas if playing he would have sat slightly deeper, affording more space for himself and others.3At times you get to realise how good a player is when they are not in the team — and that definitely applies to Eriksen.The former Ajax ace is the main man in that position and the Arsenal game should suit him perfectly.With the onus on them at home, the Gunners, as ever, will try and play on the front foot.They will attempt to dominate the ball with a much higher back-line than Newcastle, offering space in behind for Spurs’ runners.So while Eriksen was needed in the space in between Newcastle’s defence and midfield, he may well play deeper at the Emirates tomorrow.On the turnover, he is the one who can get on the ball and dictate, the one who can find the passes to the likes of Son and Moura, hurting Arsenal behind their attacking full-backs and centre-backs.But it is not just Tottenham who have problems in breaking down these dogged sides.United beat Chelsea 4-0 with 46 per cent possession but lost to Crystal Palace with 71 per cent.Tottenham boss Pochettino denies ‘stupid rumours’ he is going to quit after Arsenal clash Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneIt can be very hard to break these sides down, especially if you do not score an early goal, which allows you to play on the counter, knowing they have to come out.The secret ingredient Manchester City and Liverpool have is the player who can drift into that No 10 position or can dictate from deep.For City, Kevin De Bruyne can and has done both, while Roberto Firmino gives Liverpool so much by dropping off into those holes, affording space to others and able to play the killer ball.3 Eriksen has mentioned he may need a fresh start away from the clubCredit: Getty Images – Gettylast_img read more


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first_imgIt has been a long road back for former world 100m champion Yohan Blake, who continues to lay the blocks for his comeback after two serious injuries in as many years derailed his career.Blake, the second-fastest man in history in both the 100m (9.69) and 200m (19.26), suffered a hamstring injury in 2013, forcing him to miss the chance of defending his title at the World Championships that year. He suffered yet another injury a few months later, sending him back on the shelf after a brief return.This time around, Blake, confident that he will eventually get back to his best, says he is exercising much more patience, competing at smaller meets, developing assurance, as he looks to take his conditioning up a few levels before the end of the season.Blake, who recently posted an encouraging season best of 10.12 (the fastest time ever run on Irish soil) in testing conditions at a meet in Dublin, Ireland, will today compete at the Dutch Championships.”I don’t have any doubts in my talent. There is no doubt, I am always confident in my ability,” Blake underlined. “During this comeback, I now know that I have to be patient because injuries take time to heal, and I have to do work to get the muscles strong again, so I have to be really patient with this,” said Blake, who also spoke about his run a week ago.”It was really a good experience running in Ireland. It was my first time competing there. It wasn’t great weather, but I still enjoyed it, and to become the fastest man to ever run in Ireland is really good,” Blake told The Gleaner.REGAINEDCONFIDENCE”Running at these small meets helps me to regain my confidence and also gives me a sense of where I am going because to start back at a high level is not easy, so it’s important to build myself up. This run in Ireland was worthwhile and the same for other smaller meets. This run in Ireland tells me that I am closer to where I want to be. It could have been better, but I am thankful,” Blake added.The 25-year-old competed at the National Senior Champion-ships but failed to make it to the final, missing a spot on Jamaica’s team to next month’s World Championships. While admitting that he was disappointed, Blake is certain his two runs there have not gone to waste.”We are humans, but I wasn’t that disappointed knowing how my training was going and everything, especially knowing I was just coming back. In my camp, the expectation wasn’t that high because they knew where I was, but to get in the runs was really good for me. Overall, everything is falling into place and I just have to take my time and work towards better things,” said Blake, while sharing his struggles in coming back from the injury.”The toughest thing about coming back has been the mental part of it. Knowing that the body has healed but in the back of your mind it was to overcome that you could go out there and perform and not be afraid to run fast,” Blake said.last_img read more


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first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):Rahkeem Cornwall secured career-best figures, but West Indies A were slumping towards a heavy defeat after suffering another dramatic batting collapse in the opening four-day Test against Sri Lanka A here yesterday.Trailing by 110 runs on first innings, the Caribbean side ended day three of the game at the Khettarama Stadium on 165 for nine – only 55 runs in front-heading into today’s final day.Left-hander Vishaul Singh top-scored again with 46, tail-ender Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai chipped in with 34, while captain Shamarh Brooks got 28, but West Indies A struggled to put meaningful partnerships together.They were undermined by left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan, who claimed three for 47 while seamers Asitha Fernando (2-16) and Asela Gunaratne (2-30), along with off-spinner Charith Asalanka (2-27), all supported with two wickets each.West Indies A never really recovered from losing left-hander Kieran Powell for a first-ball ‘duck’ to the sixth ball of the innings, bowled by Fernando, and they quickly tumbled to 31 for three as opener Rajendra Chandrika (5) and John Campbell (22) also fell cheaply.For the second time in the game, Vishaul and Brooks came together to repair the innings, this time putting on a crucial 44 for the fourth wicket.Vishaul faced 111 deliveries and struck five fours while Brooks failed to find the boundary in his 95-ball innings.When Brooks was caught at the wicket off Gunaratne, wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton (8) joined Vishaul to post a further 28 for the fifth wicket before things fell apart.FOUR QUICK WICKETSHamilton’s dismissal – caught and bowled by Asalanka – triggered another slide as West Indies A lost four quick wickets for 29 runs to collapse to 132 for eight.Only a 33-run, ninth-wicket stand between Motie-Kanhai and Keon Joseph (9 not out) saved the tourists from being bowled out late in the day.Motie-Kanhai faced 69 deliveries and counted four fours before becoming Sandakan’s third wicket of a fine spell.Earlier, Cornwall added two more wickets to his six on Wednesday to finish with eight for 108 as Sri Lanka A, resuming on 348 for eight, were dismissed for 386.Gunaratne, unbeaten on 15 overnight, made 38.last_img read more


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first_imgThe World Bank (WB) Executive Board of Directors have approved a US$40 million International Development Association (IDA) grant for Liberia to help address governance reforms and human capital development in the country.World Bank Country Manager for Liberia, Larisa Leshchenko, who spoke yesterday at a quarterly media dialogue with journalists held in Congo Town, said the Third Poverty Reduction Support Development Policy Operation (PRSDPO-III) grant, which includes US$8 million from the IDA Crisis Response Window (CRW), will support government’s strong policy efforts to adjust to the twin shocks of the Ebola crisis and the slump in commodity prices.“We are pleased to inform you that Finance and Development Planning Minister Boima Kamara and I signed the agreement to enable the operation to become effective. This operation will strengthen governance, with particular emphasis on transparency and accountability, as well as budget execution and oversight. It will address key constraints to growth, including electricity, and improve human capital development, particularly through improved access to education and health,” Ms. Leshchenko said.She said the poverty reduction grant agreement is the third in a series of four operations and that Liberia has developed a good track record of undertaking difficult and challenging reforms.These reforms, according to her, are crucial for helping to create the enabling environment for the transformation of the economy and the improvement of lives.Reforms on governance, she said, will also help to create a more transparent government, limit corruption, and raise the confidence of citizens and investors.Addressing the lack of electricity, she said lowering its price “helps to increase access to both residential and business customers, thereby not only providing more light for children to study by at night, but also facilitating the development of the manufacturing sector, including the agro-industry.” Additionally, Ms. Leshchenko informed journalists that the WBG and the Liberian government signed a US$4.2 million grant of the bank’s Africa Catalytic Growth Fund to support the completion of key construction of the West Africa Regional Fisheries Program in the country, including the completion of the Mesurado Fish Complex and the integration of the Mesurado-Robertsport Cluster.“We like to reiterate that the process of developing a new Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for Liberia has started,” she added.Explaining further, she said the CPF will guide the bank’s engagement with Liberia over the next three to five years and the bank will work towards engaging with various stakeholders, including the media, to get inputs.These inputs, the World Bank Manager said, will be important to the development of the CPF, which will assist the bank to identify constraints to poverty reduction and shared growth, adding that the WB considers the media an important partner in working towards achieving these goals and objectives.Meanwhile, Program Leader Errol Graham said “This operation will help the Government of Liberia to strengthen governance with particular emphasis on transparency and accountability. It will also address key constraints to growth, including electricity, and will help mitigate the commodity price shocks.”He said the grant will also strengthen the weak infrastructure, which is critical for achieving inclusive growth in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgWhere: Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale Clubs: League bowling What: J&J Social and Travel Club will hold its weekly league bowling. For information, call (661) 267-2586. When: 6-8 p.m. Where: Sands Bowl, 43323 Sierra Highway, Lancaster Meetings: Republican Women to meet What: The featured speaker at this month’s meeting of the Antelope Valley Republican Women, Federated will be Drew Mercy from the office of state Sen. George Runner. Guests are welcome and reservations are required. Call (661) 274-8533. When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Holiday Inn, 38630 Fifth St. West, Palmdale Wednesday Meetings: Community awareness What: The Antelope Valley Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Policy Coalition will hold a special community meeting. Media, chambers of commerce, city councils, law enforcement agencies, health associations, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and the community at large are all welcome to attend. For information or to R.S.V.P., call Nicki Brown at (661) 274-9831 or (818) 744-0083. When: 10 a.m.-noon Where: Chimbole Cultural Center, 38300 Sierra Highway, Palmdale Clubs: The Clever Consumer What: J&J Social and Travel Club will present a seminar/discussion on “The Clever Consumer.” Bring a snack and a beverage. For information, call (661) 267-2586 or (661) 943-5938. When: 7 p.m. Where: The home of Donna and Larry Dilley, 3033 W. Avenue L-2, Lancaster Meetings: EyeOpeners Toastmasters Meetings What: Toastmasters meet every Wednesday. You can order a great breakfast and enjoy a great meeting. Improve your speaking and listening skills as well as leadership skills. For more information, e-mail poof1967@aol.com or call (661) 948-1979. When: 7-8:30 a.m. Where: Crazy Otto’s, 1228 W. Ave. I, Lancaster Friday Clubs: Games snack night What: J&J Social and Travel Club will have a cards, Pokeno and other games snack night. Bring food and a beverage to share. For information, call (661) 267-2586 or (661) 723-3237. When: 7 p.m. Where: A private home in Lancaster Theater: The Umbilical Brothers: Thwak! What: A hyperactive comedy duo from Australia, The Umbilical Brothers, David Collins and Shane Dundas, present 85 minutes of two-person frenetic physical comedy combined with unparalleled vocal sound effects. For tickets and information, call (661)723-5950 or visit www.lpac.org. When: 8 p.m. Where: Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster Charity: Dinner and wine tasting What: “Dressed to Kill,” guests will gather to sample fine wines paired with a specially created six-course gourmet dinner and dessert while, at the same time, benefiting The Children’s Center of the Antelope Valley and projects of the Models Auxiliary to Assistance League of Antelope Valley. Entertainment will include Kenny Herrera and The Hit Machine; dancing, silent and live auctions. Tickets are $100 per person. For information, call (661) 949-1206 When: 6-10 p.m. Where: Cascades Restaurant, 3905 Club Rancho Drive, Palmdale Saturday, April 21 Clubs: Mexican potluck and dance What: J&J Social and Travel Club is having a Mexican potluck and dance party. Bring a traditional main dish, salad or dessert and a beverage to share. Dance music provided by DJ Joanne. For information, call (661) 267-2586 or (661) 945-1217. When: 7 p.m. Where: The home of Laura Anderson, 44533 Lowtree Avenue, West, Lancaster Volunteering: Earth Day at Saddleback Butte What: Volunteers are needed at the annual Earth Day Clean-Up at Saddleback Butte State Park. Meet at the park entrance at Avenue J and 170th Street East, at 9 a.m., to pick up windblown trash at the park. Bring hiking shoes, gloves and water, and be prepared for the weather. When: 9 a.m.-noon Where: Saddleback Butte State Park, Lake Los Angeles 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tuesday Volunteering: Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon What: The city of Palmdale will host its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. The city has more than 275 volunteers on record who devote tens of thousands of hours to the Parks and Recreation Department, the Palmdale Playhouse, Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42, the Palmdale City Library, South Antelope Valley Emergency Services, the Senior Center and Volunteers on Patrol. For more information, call (661) 267-5115. When: 11:30 a.m. last_img read more