PLAY KEY ROLE LONDON, England: Novlene Williams-Mills will today compete in her last individual race at the IAAF World Championships in the final of the 400 metres inside the London Stadium. Williams-Mills, 35, who will run from lane two, is competing in her seventh World Championships and says she wants to be remembered in the sport as a strong competitor and as someone who always gave her all, regardless of the challenges in front of her. The quarter-mile stalwart has been a constant on Jamaican teams at international championships since the 2004 Olympics in Athens, when she made it to the 400m semi-finals and helped Jamaica to a bronze medal in the 4x400m relay. She has represented the country at every Olympic Games and World Championships since then, with stellar participation also coming at other international competitions such as the Commonwealth Games and World Indoor Championships. Heading into tonight’s final, which gets under way at 9:50 p.m. (3:50 p.m. Jamaica time), Williams-Mills boasts a World Championships gold medal, three Olympic silver and one bronze, four World Championships silver plus a bronze, as well as Commonwealth Games gold, silver and bronze. “I want to be remembered as a fierce competitor, the one who does not back down regardless of what she goes through in life,” said Williams-Mills, who famously competed at the 2012 Olympic Games and helping Jamaica to a 4x400m silver, shortly after learning that she had breast cancer. “The one thing that people really associate me with is being a breast cancer survivor, but I am more than that and I know I have been a great competitor over the past couple of years,” she said. Williams-Mills placed third in her heat and semi-final at the London 2017 World Championships with times of 51.00 and 50.67 seconds. She is not among the favourites for a medal here, but will play a key role as Jamaica look to defend the relay gold they won in Beijing two years ago on the back of a monster anchor leg from the veteran athlete. That remains among her fondest memories on the track. “There are a lot of great memories, but I always tell people that everything after 2012 are things I hold dear to my heart and 2015 was one of them, for that 4x400m gold that we won,” Williams-Mills said. “Just to watch and go back to that race and the reaction on my teammates’ faces was priceless, and that’s something I will hold dear to my heart.” On competitors, the Jamaican had an extensive list of those she enjoyed competing against. “Over the years, there have always been several persons, but there are a couple of them I know I can’t take for granted at any point. Christine Ohuruogu from Great Britain, she has been a fierce competitor; Sanya Richards-Ross, Allyson (Felix) and now Shaunea Miller (Uibo) as well as Shericka Jackson, who has stepped up to the plate; and Jamaica always have some great runners. Shericka Williams was one of them, so it’s not just one or two persons,” she noted. Felix, Miller-Uibo and Jackson will join her in the final and whatever the outcome, Williams-Mills is comfortable in knowing that she will sign off like she started – by giving her best.
– Bishop EdghillA prominent religious leader in Guyana has indicated that the recent foiled bank robbery which involved young educated professionals points to a breakdown in moral values in society, and this incident should be used to inspire greater dialogue in communities and homes across Guyana, as the trend of crime andBishop Juan Edghillviolence may have shifted.Bishop Juan Edghill said the event was frightening because while in the past, communities were profiled and particular individuals were profiled as criminals, in what played out on Tuesday, most of the robbers came from ‘decent’ backgrounds, but they were influenced to commit a criminal act.“Somehow, they are being influenced to go in a direction that will break the heart of any parent and will cause serious introspection even in the religious community,” Bishop Edghill said.From a religious standpoint, Edghill told Guyana Times that religious leaders would now need to check to see if their messages were appropriate and whether the methods used were effective.“Or are we just going through the motion? I think it’s a good time for religious leaders to go back to the drawing board and pay serious attention to children and youth and the structure of the family. When I say special attention should be paid to children and youth, I am talking about the impartation of values, ethics, principles and the instilling of deep moral perspectives,” he added.Certain sections of the media have reported that the slain robber Elton Wray was motivated to commit the robbery by his desire to get quick cash to facilitate an overseas trip to visit his girlfriend. Edghill said if this information was factual, it showed that the men did not think things through.“For them to execute this robbery, it called for some amount of planning. Did no one try to talk the other one into rethinking that this might not be the right way to go? Was this as a result of some movies they were looking at? Are they having an intellectual author that remains unknown? These are very serious questions and we have to ask these questions,” he stated.If this was the case, the religious leader said, the authorities would, therefore, need to look at ways to develop targeted approaches to infiltrate communities. He said the conversation about youth crime and violence should commence now and should never stop.WorryEdghill said there was no need for persons to be too surprised by the people that were involved in the bank robbery, especially Wray, because according to him, there have been many recent examples where University of Guyana graduates and students were placed before the courts for many offences.“And that is something in itself we have to worry about. There is no longer that perception that the uneducated youth are looking for a hustle that is going to draw to a gang or violence. We are seeing a different approach and we must ask ourselves why that is so,” he added.The foiled bank robbery, he said, also highlights the need for fathers to play a more active role in their children’s life, particularly their sons. “This is a good call for fathering and not just parenting. But as a man with a son, this is a real call for us to get closer to our sons in conversations, even when they meet an age of maturity. We just don’t loose them wild, but we remain that lighthouse to give them direction so that their ship will not go astray and fathering in the sense of mentoring and maintaining a relationship.”Edghill continued: “As a father, I could imagine the agony and pain of the father, the shame of the family. But I think all of us, all men, should take a look and embrace your sons and check up on him a little bit more. Checking up their friends, influence the conversation and activities they get into, have an input in their associates and where they are going and their general programme.”The three bandits involved in Tuesday morning’s attempted robbery at Republic Bank’s Water Street branch were all educated men.Wray had a degree in agronomy which he earned at a university in China. Wray’s father holds a senior position in the Guyana Police Force. The dead man’s accomplice, Jamal Haynes, at the time of the robbery, was a staffer of Republic Bank and it is believed that he was the one who set up the robbery owing to his inside knowledge of the Bank’s operations. The other suspect worked at a local photography business in Georgetown.
0Shares0000Jaspreet Singh Chatthe drives his Mitsubish EVO X through a water hole during the KCB Safari Rally. PHOTO/FileNAIROBI, September 4-The gloves are off and its all systems go for the penultimate round of the 2015 Kenyan National Rally Championships (KNRC) KCB Nakuru Rally after 45 cars were cleared to compete on Friday.The event could culminate in the crowning of Jaspreet Chatthe as the new domestic champion on Sunday, formally ending the reign of Baldev Chager should the freshly coined Africa Rally Championships titleholder nail a top-8 finish in his Mitsubishi Evo X. After a ceremonial start in presided by Deputy County Governor, Joseph Ruto, cars will tackle eight special stages including the mammoth Mugurin to Molosirwe stretch.This 50 kilometre back-breaker will be run twice during the day and could play a pivotal part in deciding the day’s winner.The teams went through necessary administrative and technical checks at Shell Hyrax filling station on Friday with Chief Scrutineer, Musa Locho clearing 45 to start with Samit Ghelot and Kenneth Kamau withdrawing due to pressing commitments.Cars will cover 169.6km in competitive mileage, a transport road section of 219.80km around Kabarnet Road and Menengai regions.Six-time Kenyan champion, Ian Duncan, navigated by Amaar Slatch in a Mitsubishi Evolution 10 will be the first off the ramp followed by Carl “Flash” Tundo, Onkar Rai and Chager.Quentin Mitchell who swept Machakos roads last month passed scrutineering and was all smiles after reconnaissance.Power steering and intermittent front differential controller problems hampered the handling of his Skoda S2000 machine last time out and was fortunate to get the car to the finish line.After in-depth discussions with Skoda Motorsport, Quentin has altered a few settings and feels that the car is handling better than ever.“Skoda have been very helpful and after a test the car feels much more stable now. Nakuru is typically a low altitude rally and this should help our normally aspirated S2000. We want to use the final two rallies of the season to prove that the modern super-cars are a match for the current Group N machines,” Mitchell told.“Everything is set. We have passed the final checks and the car is ready to start the race. My objective is to win the race, because it is important for the 2WD championship which is a three way affair.“We will try to work on the tactics; hence, these first loop of the route will be important to ensure everything goes well,” Formula Two ace, Leonardo Varese, explained.PAST WINNERS OF NAKURU RALLY1978: Frank Tundo (Ford Escort)1985: Vic Preston Jnr (Lancia Rallye 037)1986: Johnny Hellier (Lancia Rallye 037)1987: Ian Duncan (Toyota Twin Cam Turbo)1988: Johnny Hillier (Ford Escort Cosworth)1989: Ian Duncan (Toyota Twin Cam Turbo)1990: Patrick Njiru (Subaru Legacy)1991: Ian Duncan (Subaru Legacy)1992: Jonathan Toroitich (Toyota Celica GT4)1993: Sarbi Rai (Toyota Celica GT4)1994: Azar Anwar/Shailen Shah (Subaru Legacy)1995: Ian Duncan (Toyota Celica Turbo)1996: Patrick Njiru (Subaru Impreza)1997: Nazir Verjee/Peter Stone (Subaru Impreza)1998: NOT HELD1999: Ian Duncan (Toyota Land-Cruiser pick up)2000: NOT HELD2001: Ian Duncan/Salim Haji (Toyota Land-Cruiser pick up)2002: Rob Hellier (Mitsubishi EVO III)2003: Lee Rose (Mitsubishi EVO IV)2004: Carl Tundo (Subaru Impreza)2005: Glen Edmunds (Mitsubishi EVO 6)2006: Ian Duncan (Toyota Hilux Turbo)2007: Carl Tundo (Subaru Impreza)2008: Baldev Chager2009: Lee Rose (EVO9)2010: Alastair Cavenagh (EVO9)2011: Ian Duncan (EVO9)2012: Carl Tundo (EVO9)2013: Ian Duncan (EVO9)2014:Rajbir RaiKNRC STANDINGS AFTER MACHAKOS RALLYDRIVERSJassi Chatthe 129Tapio Laukkanen 83Baldev Chager 82.5Ian Duncan 80.55=Jas Mangat 605=Rajbir Rai 60NAVIGATORSGugu Panesar 124Ravi Soni 94.5Tim Jessop 67Gareth Dawe 63Timothy Challen 46DRAFT ITINERARY KCB NAKURU RALLY-Saturday07:00- Ceremonial start (KCB Menengai Branch-Nakuru)(Liaison distance from start to CS1-41.20km)07:43-CS1- Hilltop 1 Start-Hilltop 1 End (16.50km)REMOTE REFUEL ZONE08:11- CS2-Mugurin 1 start-Molosirwe 1 end (50.00km)09:34- CS3-Spectator stage 1 start-Spectator stage 1EndService A (Menengai West)REMOTE REFUEL ZONE10:12- CS4-Gicheha start-Gicheha End (22.00km)10:50- CS5-T Farm Start-T Farm End (11.20km)Service B (Menengai West)REMOTE REFUEL ZONE12:08-CS6- Hilltop 2 Start-Hilltop 2 End (16.50km)REMOTE REFUEL ZONE12:36- CS7-Mugurin 7 start-Molosirwe (50.00km)13:59- CS8-Spectator stage 2 start-Spectator Stage 2 End (1.70Km)Service C (Menengai West)CUMULATIVE TOTALSCompetitive: 169.60kmTransport: 219.80kmTotal Distance 389.40km0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000JOHANNESBURG, January 9 – Democratic Republic of Congo are widely regarded as the most dangerous of the lowest seeds going into the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.The reasons include a proud record in the competition that includes two titles, several outstanding footballers, and a coach set to make a record seventh appearance at the competition. Most pundits are backing Ghana to win Port Elizabeth-based Group B with 2012 bronze medalists Mali and DR Congo contesting the other ticket to the knock-out stage and Niger the whipping boys.DR Congo are back at the Cup of Nations after a seven-year break with French coach Claude le Roy also in charge when they reached the 2006 quarter-finals before bowing out to hosts Egypt.Nomadic Le Roy, a bespectacled 64-year-old with flowing blond locks known as the ‘White Wizard’, took Ghana to third place two years later and also spent time in Oman before receiving a telephone call from Kinshasa.Congolese President Joseph Kabila was on the line and he persuaded the coach to come back to central Africa and take over the struggling Leopards, who have failed to qualify for the past three Cup of Nations.“The team was in very bad shape,” recalled Le Roy in a Congolese radio interview. “They were ranked 35 in Africa and many stars were no longer interested in playing for the national team.“An unstable political situation meant football had taken a back seat for a few years, so the priority was to restore confidence to the team and help it operate more professionally.“DR Congo has too much potential to accept not being among the best teams on the continent,” said the coach who guided Cameroon to victory over Nigeria in the 1988 Africa Cup decider.They had little difficulty reaching the 2013 Cup of Nations, outplaying the Seychelles (7-0) and Equatorial Guinea (5-2) after two-leg ties in a shortened elimination process.Dieumerci Mbokani from Belgian champions Anderlecht contributed three of the 12 goals and is among the Leopards Le Roy believes could take the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth by storm.“With the likes of Mbokani, Tresor LuaLua Lomana and Cedric Makiadi we can field a great team and we also have an incredible attacking talent in Tresor Mputu,” boasts Le Roy.“It will be a difficult pool for us as we are less favoured than Ghana and Mali, who were 2012 semi-finalists. But I like being outsiders and qualifying for the quarter-finals would be a beautiful dream.”DR Congo, whose titles came in 1968 and 1974, have faced Ghana six times in the Cup of Nations, winning two and losing four, and Mali twice, winning and losing once.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Mark Robson Aston Villa have confirmed the appointment of Mark Robson as first-team coach.The 45-year-old, who left the same role at Norwich in November, has been added to new manager Tim Sherwood’s backroom staff along with performance analyst Seamus Brady.Robson has vast experience in the game as a player and coach.A 12-year playing career saw him represent a host of clubs, including Tottenham, West Ham and Charlton.Since hanging up his boots, he has gone on to coach at Charlton, Gillingham, Peterborough and Norwich, while he also spent a brief spell as manager of Barnet.“Mark Robson has been named as first-team coach, while Seamus Brady joins the club as performance analyst,” a statement on Villa’s official website read.Sherwood will now turn his attention to bringing in an assistant boss.His number two during his brief reign as Spurs boss, Chris Ramsey, will not be joining him at Villa Park after being handed the managerial reins at QPR for the rest of the season.“I am still giving some thought to the assistant manager,” said Sherwood.“I won’t rush into that. I want to make sure that whoever I bring in is the right man for this football club and myself.”
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has put to rest any rumours that Oscar is set to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer and insists the Brazilian will still be at the club next season.The 23-year-old had been linked with a move away from West London in recent weeks as it appeared that he had fallen out of favour with the manager, but Mourinho was keen to set that straight.When asked if the Brazilian would be staying at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of the season he replied: “Of Course”He added: “He just signed a contract a few months ago where he is one of the players with the best contracts, where he his one of the players with long-term contracts.”Oscar joined the Blues in the summer of 2012 when then manager Roberto Di Matteo signed him for £25million from Brazilian side, Internacional after impressing with his national side at the London 2012 Olympics.After featuring consistently in his first two seasons at Stamford Bridge, Oscar hasn’t completed a full 90 minutes for Chelsea since their 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the end of January. Since that he has only featured either coming off the bench or being substituted before full-time.Although the Brazilian has contributed with six goals and seven assists in 26 Premier League appearances for the Blues this season, that hasn’t been enough to keep him in the team. And he has been linked with a move, with Mourinho reportedly considering buying Enner Valencia from West Ham to replace him.However, it now appears that Mourinho has no intention of selling Oscar.“The boy is 23-years-old and Chelsea bought him when he was a kid three years ago; obviously he is in the best period of the career, obviously we don’t want to sell.” Chelsea star Oscar 1
Dietmar Hamann has poured cold water on the rumours of Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Manchester United – by revealing Rafa Benitez told him none of his star names will be leaving Real Madrid.Stories on Friday morning claimed United were plotting a mega-money move to take the Portuguese superstar back to Old Trafford, with the 30-year-old reportedly unhappy with some of Benitez’s training methods.But former Liverpool star Hamann told the Colin Murray show he doesn’t expect to see Ronaldo return to the Premier League.He said: “I had lunch with Rafa a few weeks ago and he told me not many players – if any – will leave [Real Madrid]. He’s spoken to most of their key players and he told me they all seem to be happy.“I can’t see Ronaldo going to United this season. I don’t think it’s in Madrid’s interest to sell him. They lost the league last season to Barcelona pretty convincingly and they want to get that title back, and I think they need Ronaldo to do that.”
NEW YORK – Lead on toys was bad enough, but last week’s recall of a toy tainted with a date-rape drug threatens to turn into a lump of coal for toy retailers just as the key holiday selling season gets started. The recall of Aqua Dots comes just as the industry was starting to see shoppers return to toy stores after summer’s high-profile recalls of more than 21million Chinese-made toys with high levels of lead or dangerous magnets. Aqua Dots, distributed by Spin Master Ltd. in the United States but made in China, was on many retailers’ hot toy lists, and there are few substitutes, retail executives say. Reports of children knocked unconscious after swallowing the tiny colorful beads set off a whole new level of worry among parents. What effect the souring economy will have on sales is also still unclear. Consumers are wary, but even the most frugal parent will buy some children’s toys come the holidays. Target Corp. has said that its toy business has been “soft” this fall, while eToys.com’s CEO Michael Wagner reported that October sales were weaker than expected. Amazon.com said it’s been pleased with its toy business; many others declined to comment saying that the bulk of holiday sales is yet to come. The industry is worried that parents’ frugality could derail holiday sales, which showed a meager increase last year after several years of declines. Toy sales were up 0.2percent last year, according to the NPD Group Inc., a research company based in Port Washington, N.Y. Already, aggressive price cutting has begun. Wal-Mart kicked off in early October, at least a week earlier than a year ago. Over the Nov. 2-4 weekend, Wal-Mart, Toys “R” Us and K-B Toys Inc. wooed shoppers with weekend discounts and specials similar to what they would offer on the day after Thanksgiving. Such heavy discounting could depress sales even more, analysts say. BMO Capital Markets analyst Gerrick Johnson noted that he now expects toy sales to be down from a year ago; before the summer recalls, he had estimated that toy sales would be slightly up. As toy-buying kicks into gear, there seem to be plenty of contradictions in spending patterns. While some small toy stores report a sales surge in naturally stained wooden blocks and eco-friendly stuffed animals, plenty of Chinese-made mass products are big hits, such as Fisher-Price’s Smart Cycle and Jakks-Pacific EyeClops, a handheld device that magnifies objects. Brands that suffered recalls – such as Mattel Inc.’s preschool brand Fisher-Price and RC2 Corp. – are rebounding, according to Toys “R” Us officials. They noted that Fisher-Price has done better than other brands hurt by recalls. Online specialty stores such as Oompa.com and ebeanstalk.com that sell fancier, higher-priced toys also report hefty sales increases from a year ago. Sue Warfield, president of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, which represents about 500 stores, says her members, long battered by discounters, are bracing for a turnaround. “One bright side is it’s made people aware there’s more to shopping than just picking something off the shelf,” she said of the recalls. “You have to think a little bit more. You have to pay a little bit more attention.” Still, amid a challenging economy, plenty of parents will shop for the best price. Ryan noted that she will stick to shopzilla.com, a shopping site, to search for the best deals, avoiding small toy stores. “I think the shoppers are out there looking for bargains,” said Geoffrey Webb, director of advertising and sales promotions at K-B Toys Inc., which stepped up price cutting from a year ago. This season, the retailer launched what it calls its “supervalue” program, which offers discounts on hundreds of toys. Barb Hollenbeck, owner of Second Childhood Toys in Hastings, Minn., whose toys are about 20percent higher than items found at discounters, said she’s seeing some new customers and expects higher sales this season. Still, she is realistic. While she doesn’t see sticker shock among her new customers, “a budget will be an important factor” for shoppers. “They are out there looking before they buy,” she said.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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The good news for shoppers is that they’re being bombarded with free shipping offers and fat discounts as rivals such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Toys “R” Us try to out do one another and draw reticent consumers. Most of the discounting had been planned, but at least one toy retailer, eToys.com, added a free-shipping offer after a disappointing October. The Aqua Dot recall is “scarier than all the others,” said Stacey Ryan, of New Providence, N.J., who planned to buy Aqua Dots for her 3-year-old daughter, Shannon. The summer recalls had already made her cautious about buying toys for Shannon and her 2-year-old sister, Bridget. But she reasoned, what could be worse than them swallowing the Aqua Dots? Little did she know that the beads were coated with a toxic chemical that metabolizes into gamma hydroxy butyrate or GHB – the date-rape drug. Now, Ryan is focusing on bigger toys such as baby dolls and stuffed animals – items her children can’t swallow. “If it looks like a piece of fruit or a snack, I just won’t buy it,” she said. “I really don’t understand how a toy like that can have something like that put into it,” said Colleen Scanlan, from Sun Prairie, Wis., who is trying to find a replacement for Aqua Dots for her daughters, ages 5 and 8. “They’ve been asking for it for about a year, so that one will be a big disappointment.” While many toy merchants say so far shoppers largely have not been rejecting Chinese-made toys – which make up 80percent of U.S. playthings – they are being choosier. A poll done last month by Harris Interactive showed that one-third of Americans say they will be buying fewer toys this holiday season because of safety concerns, and 45percent said they will avoid buying toys made in China.
WEDNESDAY Business Watch Program will teach how to protect your business, 7:30 a.m. at the SCV Chamber of Commerce, 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia. Breakfast will be served. Call Deputy Gerri McCorkle at (661) 255-1121 to R.S.V.P. Kids Book Club will listen to stories and make a craft, 3:30 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. I Can Cope cancer support group will meet, 6-8 p.m. in Foundation Building Room 1 at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 298-0886, Option 3. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Parenting workshop titled “Raising Kids of Courage: Parenting Pointers for Handling Bullying & Teasing,” 6:30-8 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. Negro Baseball League panel of speakers, 7 p.m. at the Valencia High School Theatre, 27801 N. Dickason Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 255-4918. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. THURSDAY Daybreak Toastmasters will meet, 7-8 a.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Dan Jordan at (661) 296-9891 or e-mail Dan@InfoMagic.Biz. Grand opening, 5:30 p.m. at Fortman Insurance Agents & Brokers, 25852 McBean Parkway, No. 841, Valencia. Democratic Alliance for Action will meet, 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. for a meeting at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 877-2775 or visit www.DAA.org. Investment workshop titled “Can You Afford to Retire,” 7-9:30 p.m. today and Nov. 2 at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-3304. SCV Scholarship Foundation will meet, 7 p.m. at the Valencia Hills Homeowners Association Clubhouse, 24060 Oak Vale Drive, Valencia. Call Susan Armstrong at (661) 255-9896 or visit www.scvsf.org. All Valley Le Tip Network will meet, 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24201 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 297-3333 or visit www.AllValleyLeTip.com. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. FRIDAY Informational meeting for students interested in traveling to Spain this summer for Spanish immersion, 2-3 p.m. in the library at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-3530. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Transitions to Parenthood seminar, 10 a.m.-noon in the Greeley Building at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-8607 to R.S.V.P. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989. MONDAY Grand opening, 5:30 p.m. at Woodplay of SCV, 17459 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Dream and Discover Entrepreneur Conference, 8 a.m.-noon at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Cost: $55. Call (661) 259-3874. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer a beginners class, 7-9 p.m. at Mitchell Community School, 16821 Goodvale Road, Canyon Country. Call Cathy at (661) 257-4801 or Tammy at (661) 297-4463. Karaoke night, 7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 6110, 16555 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-9989.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Juan Mata loves his life in England and put the ball in his Manchester United boss’ court in terms of a new contract.The 30-year-old’s current deal expires in the summer, but initial talks about extending his stay at Old Trafford are ongoing.“In terms of the club, all I can say is that I’m happy in Manchester and in England,” he said ahead of the Champions League game against Valencia, his former club. MONEY shining Mata has scored three times this season, with his free-kick against Juventus four minutes from the time sparking a fantastic comeback in Turin 4 BEST OF Most Popular Football News 4 REVEALED United have already qualified for the Champions League last 16 and Mata is looking forward to returning to the club he spent four years at.“The match will not be really important in terms of qualification, but I think that the feeling will stay in my memory forever because there were will be so many emotions and feelings involved and the fans will also help create atmosphere.“That will be incredible for me because this has been my home for more than four years and I am so grateful to this team because it was a real key period for me and, as I was saying before, I am really happy in Manchester.“I love the Premier League, but I don’t know what could happen. I’m really happy to play [at the Mestalla].” “Yeah definitely. I’m very much looking forward to be able to come back to the national team,” he added.“I’m very lucky to play in one of the best generations of Spanish football. I’ve been able to win some important trophies with the national team but my desire and passion to play in the national team is still intact and I think I can bring my football and my experience to the team so hopefully I can make it back and I’m really looking forward to it.” With Spain, Mata has won the World Cup and European Championship Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Getty REVEALED 4 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade “I’ve been in England for some years now and I’m very happy to be in this incredible club so let’s see what happens but at the moment I’m very happy.”Mata has started seven Premier League games this season and also scored crucial goals against Newcastle and Juventus.He is also eyeing a place in Spain’s squad. Juan Mata loves playing against Liverpool no dice RANKED After the Valencia game, United travel to Liverpool to take on their north west rivals. They go into the game a massive 16 points behind Premier League leaders, but in Mata the club have someone who relishes playing against the Reds.The midfielder has been involved in seven Premier League goals against Liverpool (three goals, four assists), including three in his three at Anfield. huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REPLY Mata played for Valencia between 2007 and 2011 before joining Chelsea 4 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade