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Greek league to restart behind closed doors

Greek league to restart behind closed doors

first_imgBy Graham WoodGreece’s top flight Super League will resume this weekend behind closed doors after the government on Wednesday lifted the suspension imposed last week after trouble at the Athens derby.“The government’s decision is that this weekend’s games will be held behind closed doors without supporters and then we’ll look at that again for the following round of matches,” deputy sports minister Stavros Kontonis told reporters.He announced the news barely an hour after Super League and Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) officials had said nothing would be decided until Thursday,Kontonis had held talks with Super League president Giorgos Borovilos and EPO chief Giorgos Girtzikis all day to discuss the clubs’ blueprint of proposals for tackling violence.“We had a long discussion and there is a road map to address and combat violence, I hope we can keep to this road map point by point,” Kontonis said.“The road map includes measures to combat violence, some of which will be implemented from tomorrow (Thursday) and others from the new season because they require changes to the disciplinary code.”Kontonis said immediate measures included stopping games where there were pitch invasions and crowd violence, fines and points deductions while next season the priority was “electronic ticketing, addressing violence in general and financial fraud.”Kontonis’ announcement came as a surprise because an hour earlier Borovilos and Girtzikis had given statements saying the government’s decision would be made on Thursday.The Super League was suspended on Feb. 26 following a pitch invasion at the end of Panathinaikos’s 2-1 derby win over Olympiakos Piraeus the previous weekend and after a Super League board meeting ended in a brawl.Greece’s recently-elected Syriza ruling party is determined to stamp out the problem of crowd violence.It was the third time this season that professional football in Greece had been shut down.Matches were halted for one week last September following the death of a football fan after violent clashes at a third division match between Ethnikos Piraeus and Irodotos.The authorities then suspended games last November after Christoforos Zografos, assistant director of the Central Refereeing Committee (KED), was taken to hospital following a violent assault.last_img read more

Sports Education program to empower executives

Sports Education program to empower executives

first_imgThe programme which started on Monday July 4, is supported by the Papua New Guinea Sports Foundation and coordinated through the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee to develop in-country Master Educators and Educators of Managing Sports Organizations, Sport Administration in the Community and Community Coaching and Officiating coordinated by Oceania National Olympic Committee (OSEP).A PNG Sports Foundation senior sports excellence officer Geoffrey Gideon said the program is a well vested and advanced training that gears the educators to master the skills in educating the Sports administrations and community coaching. “After this training, the twelve of us will be certified as master educators, and as master educator, we will than work with the educators so the educators will work with the practitioner (coach or administrator) to deliver efficient basic skills and knowledge of administration at a community level,” Gideon said.Adding that this training is the partway to set standards and discipline in sports and administration from the top to the community level.Another woman from master educator’s class, Sports Foundation Program, Ability and Partnership Manager Sophie Tuna said the two days master training has geared her better in running and facilitating her program at the community level.“The training vastly helps me to plan, prepare and be aware of the participants when coordinating workshops or training professionally to the educators whenever I conduct local training,” Mrs. Tuna said.The Master educators training between facilitators and mentors from the OSEP will end this afternoon as tomorrow will see their first test in coordinating with the educators.last_img read more

Thousands of languages around the world on brink of extinction

Thousands of languages around the world on brink of extinction

first_imgHarrison is associate director of the Living Tongues Institute based in Salem, Ore. He and institute director Gregory D.S. Anderson analyzed the top regions for disappearing languages. Anderson said languages become endangered when a community decides that its language is an impediment. The children may be first to do this, he explained, realizing that other more widely spoken languages are more useful. The key to getting a language revitalized, he said, is getting a new generation of speakers. He said the institute worked with local communities and tries to help by developing teaching materials and by recording the endangered language. Harrison said that the 83 most widely spoken languages account for about 80 percent of the world’s population while the 3,500 smallest languages account for just 0.2 percent of the world’s people. Language barriers The hot spots where languages are threatened were listed at Tuesday’s briefing by the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages and the National Geographic Society: Northern Australia, 153 languages – The researchers said aboriginal Australia holds some of the world’s most endangered languages, in part because aboriginal groups splintered during conflicts with white settlers. Researchers have documented such small language communities as the three known speakers of Magati Ke, the three Yawuru speakers and the lone speaker of Amurdag. Central South America including Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Brazil and Bolivia, 113 languages – The area has extremely high diversity, very little documentation and several immediate threats. Small and socially less-valued indigenous languages are being knocked out by Spanish or more dominant indigenous languages in most of the region, and by Portuguese in Brazil. Northwest Pacific Plateau, including British Columbia in Canada and the states of Washington and Oregon in the U.S., 54 languages – Every language in the American part of this hotspot is endangered or moribund, meaning the youngest speaker is over age 60. An extremely endangered language, with just one speaker, is Siletz Dee-ni, the last of 27 languages once spoken on the Siletz reservation in Oregon. Eastern Siberian Russia, China, Japan, 23 languages – Government policies in the region have forced speakers of minority languages to use the national and regional languages and, as a result, some have only a few elderly speakers. Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico, 40 languages – Oklahoma has one of the highest densities of indigenous languages in the United States. A moribund language of the area is Yuchi, which may be unrelated to any other language in the world. As of 2005, only five elderly members of the Yuchi tribe were fluent.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Five hotspots where languages are most endangered were listed Tuesday in a briefing by the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages and the National Geographic Society. In addition to northern Australia, eastern Siberia and Oklahoma and the U.S. Southwest, many native languages are endangered in South America – Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Brazil and Bolivia – as well as the area including British Columbia, and the states of Washington and Oregon. Losing languages means losing knowledge, says K. David Harrison, an assistant professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College. “When we lose a language, we lose centuries of human thinking about time, seasons, sea creatures, reindeer, edible flowers, mathematics, landscapes, myths, music, the unknown and the everyday.” As many as half of the current languages have never been written down, he estimated. WASHINGTON – When every known speaker of the language Amurdag gets together, there’s still no one to talk to. Native Australian Charlie Mungulda is the only person alive known to speak that language, one of thousands around the world on the brink of extinction. From rural Australia to Siberia to Oklahoma, languages that embody the history and traditions of people are dying, researchers said Tuesday. While there are an estimated 7,000 languages spoken around the world today, one of them dies out about every two weeks, according to linguistic experts struggling to save at least some of them. last_img read more

Fenerbahce to offer Jose Mourinho £12m-a-year to snub Manchester United

Fenerbahce to offer Jose Mourinho £12m-a-year to snub Manchester United

first_img1 Fenerbahce are ready to offer Jose Mourinho £12million-a-year to snub Manchester United and join them, according to reports in Turkey.The former Chelsea boss is currently on the hunt for a new job after being shown the door at Stamford Bridge in December.United have reportedly told the 53-year-old he will be their new manager if Louis van Gaal leaves this summer.But Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with a move for the Portuguese and, according to Turkish newspaper Fanatik, Fenerbahce are now trying to tempt Mourinho to join them.The club’s chairman is looking to set up a meeting with the former Real Madrid manager in the hope a deal can be struck.Fenerbahce are serious about their approach and are ready to offer Mourinho a huge £12m-a-year wage packet to take over. Jose Mourinho is in-demand having yet to take a club since his axe as Chelsea boss last_img read more

Major bid rejected: Hammers have £31m offer turned down for 23-goal striker

Major bid rejected: Hammers have £31m offer turned down for 23-goal striker

first_img The France international hit the back of the net 23 times last season 1 Olympique Lyonnais have turned down a bid worth £31million from West Ham for Alexandre Lacazette, club owner Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed.Aulas told French newspaper Le Progres the offer from the Hammers was the biggest so far tabled for the striker.The 24-year-old has been a prolific scorer for Lyon in the French league for three seasons, with 23 goals in all competitions recorded last term.Aulas was asked if Lyon had received offers for Lacazette, and said: “Yes. Many, the most important being that of West Ham for 40 million euros (£31million) which we’ve refused. I want to keep him but I’m not certain because it’s he who will decide in the end.”Aulas detailed Lyon’s position, telling the newspaper: “To have a sale, you need all three parties to be in agreement. We hope to keep him. Now, if there are offers…“Last season I expect Monaco wanted to keep (Anthony) Martial (who moved to Manchester United).“What I don’t want is that, by August 28, when we’ve qualified for the Champions League, we find ourselves in the same situation.“If there’s an offer he can’t refuse, he’ll come to see me.”last_img read more

Agenda 1/9

Agenda 1/9

first_imgMEETINGS THURSDAY The Calabasas Chamber of Commerce meets at 7:15 a.m. at 23400 Park Sorrento, Calabasas. Call (818) 222-5680. SEMINARS WEDNESDAY The Stargazer Oriental Restaurant & Bar will host a business networking mixer at 5 p.m. at 6501 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills. Call (818) 704-6633. Temple City Toastmasters meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Live Oak Park, 10144 Bogue St., Temple City. Call (626) 444-1482. Pre-Paid Legal Services will meet at 7:15 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel, 30100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Call (818) 781-1111. The Winnetka Chamber of Commerce meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Canoga Park Bowl, Canoga Park. Call (818) 348-6908. TUESDAY The YMCA’s Coed Service Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at various restaurants. For more information, call (818) 841-0387. The Sherman Oaks Leads Club meets at 7:30 a.m. at Marie Callender’s, 14743 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 985-9134. California Entrepreneur Women meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Carrows Restaurant, 18355 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 996-4226. The Mayor’s Office of International Trade offers free International Trade Assistance the second Tuesday of each month at the Valley Economic Alliance, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000. The Business Works Networking Group meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Carol’s Restaurant, Northridge. Call (805) 497-0092. The Greater San Fernando Valley Business and Professional Women meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, call (818) 789-5414. The Kiwanis Club of Tarzana will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Paul’s Cafe, 18588 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 996-1020. Business Network International, Lunch Bunch Chapter, will meet at noon at Carousel Restaurant, 150 E. Angeleno St., Burbank. Call (818) 519-1717, ext.220. The Professional Business Network of the San Fernando Valley will meet at 7:15 a.m. at IHOP, 19100 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. For more information, call (818) 345-4924 or log on to www.leads4business.com. The Network Advantage of Santa Clarita will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 702-9687. The Harbor chapter of Business Network International will meet at 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe in Ventura. For more information, call (805) 647-3600. The Optimist Club in Action meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Big Jim’s Restaurant, 8950 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Sun Valley. Call (818) 785-2877. The International Association of Administrative Professionals, Satellite Chapter, meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Boeing Canoga Park facility. Call (818) 586-0308. BizNet Online magazine will host a networking breakfast from 8 to 9:30 at Denny’s Restaurant, 9001 Tampa Blvd., Northridge. Call (818) 892-7883, Ext. 6, or visit the Web site at www.biznetonline.com. Burbank Business Network International will meet at 7 a.m. at the Carousel Restaurant Holiday Inn, 105 E. Angeleno Ave., Burbank. Call Harvey Branman at (818) 954-9294. The Business Referral Group of Tarzana will meet from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the International House of Pancakes, 19100 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 881-4900. The Computer Users Group meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Granada Pavilion, 11128 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills. Call Mariam Radcliffe at (818) 249-1629 or visit the Web site at www.tugnet.org. Empowerment Systems workshop: “Helping Achievers Succeed.” Call Steve Chichester at (661) 287-4753. Crescenta Valley Chapter of Ali Lassen’s Leads Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the Decadence Espresso Bar, 3820 Ocean View Blvd., Montrose. Call (800) 767-7337. LeTip of Calabasas will meet at 7 a.m. at Marmalade Cafe, 4783 Commons Way, Calabasas. Call Glenn Neely at (800) 617-5626, Ext. 210. LeTip of Santa Clarita will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the International House of Pancakes, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call Dr. John at (661) 222-9021. Motivated Toastmasters will meet from 6:50 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Denny’s Restaurant, 5525 Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (310) 979-5777. North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Senior Services Networking Cluster will meet at noon at Carrows Restaurant, Devonshire St., Chatsworth. Pre-Paid Legal Services will meet Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Glendale Hilton Hotel, 100 Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 781-1111. Open House Toastmasters meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Pinocchio’s restaurant, 3103 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. Call Jackie Prince at (818) 845-4331 or e-mail jacqueline@prodigy.net. Power Partners of Santa Clarita will meet at 7 a.m. at Marie Callender’s, Magic Mountain Parkway and The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 298-5330. Premier Business Xchange will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills. Call (818) 832-1463. Rising Star Toastmasters meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Frank’s Restaurant, 6005 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. (818) 982-9999. The Thousand Oaks Leads Club will meet at 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 371-0188. The Warner Center Rotary Club will meet for breakfast from 8 to 9 at Dilbeck/James R. Gary, 21747 Erwin St., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 347-2210. The Zonta Club of Conejo Valley meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. Call Sandra Cherry at (800) 266-2077. WEDNESDAY Business Network International of Northridge will have a breakfast meeting at 7 at Mimi’s Cafe, 19710 Nordhoff Place. Call Marty Laff at (818) 886-4670. The Leads Club of Calabasas will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Weiler’s Deli, 22323 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. Call (818) 915-2600. The Valley International Trade Association hosts a business networking breakfast seminar the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 at 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000. LeTip of Encino will meet at 7 a.m. at the Encino Glen Restaurant, 16821 Burbank Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 788-0011. LeTip West Valley will meet at 7 a.m. at the Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills. Call (818) 705-4866. The San Fernando Valley Council of Beta Sigma Phi, International Woman’s Cultural, Social and Philanthropic Organizations meets at 8 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at 16916 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Granada Hills. Call (818) 508-4705. Kiwanis International, the Burbank Noon Club, will meet at noon at the YMCA in Burbank. Call (818) 954-9294. The Rotary Club of Mid San Fernando Valley meets each Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. at Coco’s Family Restaurant, 16835 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. Call (661) 294-7030. The Thousand Oaks Kiwanis Club meets at 7:30 a.m. each Wednesday at the Plug Nickel Restaurant, 717 Lakefield Road, Westlake Village. Call (805) 371-0122. The Conejo Valley Optimist Club meets each Wednesday at noon at the Plug Nickel Restaurant, 717 Lakefield Road, Westlake Village. Call (805) 375-6975. Pre-Paid Legal Services will meet at 7 p.m. at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel, 15433 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 781-1111. The Rotary Club of Van Nuys will meet at noon at the 94th Aero Squadron, 16320 Raymer St., Van Nuys. Call (818) 700-1939. Executive Toastmasters Club 412 meets from noon to 1:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Acapulco, 385 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. The Pacemasters Toastmasters club will meet at 11:45 a.m. at St. Jude Medical, 15900 Valley View Court, Sylmar. Call (818) 493-3203 or log on to www.pacesetter.com/toastmasters.htm. LeTip of Conejo will meet at 7 a.m. at Eric’s Restaurant, 495 N. Ventu Park Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 498-0173. The Mid-Valley Chapter of Business Network International will meet at 7 a.m. at Bakers Square, 17921 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills. Call (818) 667-8967. The Northridge Leads Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Marie Callender’s, 19310 Business Center Drive, Northridge. Call (800) 767-7337. Business Network International, the Power Professionals Chapter, will meet from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Paradise Cafe, 4224 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. Call Harvey Branman at (818) 954-9294. Burbank Toastmasters meets at 6:45 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at First Christian Church, 221 S. Sixth St., Burbank. Call Michael Devine at (818) 242-4458. The Business Exchange Group will meet from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Marie Callender’s, 19310 Business Center Drive, Northridge. Call (818) 377-5851. The Conejo Valley Leads Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Call Julie Paris at (818) 707-3770. Crescenta Valley Business Network International will meet for breakfast at 7 a.m. at the La Caada Flintridge Country Club, 5500 Godbey Drive, La Caada Flintridge. Call (818) 954-9294. The Executives Association of the San Fernando Valley will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the Warner Center Marriott. Call (818) 703-6161. Jewel City Toastmasters will meet at 7 p.m. in the Red Cross Building, 1501 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call Linda Cota-Kumagai at (818) 771-7180. The Joseph P. Rinnert Toastmasters Club meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at India’s Tandoori Restaurant, 11819 Wilshire Blvd., No. 206, West Los Angeles. Call (213) 384-9727. The Mid-Valley Chamber of Commerce’s monthly breakfast meeting is held at 7:15 a.m. the last Wednesday of every month except December at the Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys. Call (818) 989-0300. North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Special Events Networking Cluster will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the chamber office, 9401 Reseda Blvd., Northridge. Pacific Coast Business Networking of Simi Valley meets at 7 a.m. each Wednesday at Denny’s, 2460 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley. Call (805) 306-6410. The National Association of Women Business Owners meets the second Wednesday of each month at Maria’s Italian Kitchen, 16608 Ventura Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 901-7900. The San Fernando Valley (UCLA) Bruins Business Networking Group meets at 7:30 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at IHOP, 19100 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Open to all UCLA alumni. Call Larry Davis at (818) 366-2470. The Rotary Club of Woodland Hills meets at noon every Wednesday at Woodland Hills County Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. Visitors welcome. Call (818) 702-0083. The Toluca Lake Leads Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Mo’s Restaurant, 4301 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Call Jon Molin at (818) 763-5162, Ext. 134. The Woodland Hills Leads Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at Weiler’s Deli, 22323 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. Call Gary Rich at (818) 906-7356. THURSDAY The Agoura, Oak Park, Conejo Valley Chambers of Commerce Networking Group will meet at noon at Maria’s, 29035 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Call (818) 889-3150. The Santa Clarita Valley’s Leads Club will meet at 7 a.m. at Coco’s at The Old Road and Pico Canyon. Call (661) 291-1824. The Leads Club of Tarzana will meet at 7 a.m. at Carrows Restaurant, Tarzana. Call (818) 783-5530. The Los Angeles ORT Technical Institute will offer employment preparation seminars at 2:30 p.m. at 15130 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (800) 998-2678. The Business Breakfast Network will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Greenhouse Cafe. For more information, call (805) 370-0035. Ike Krieger’s Success Roundtable, a sales- and marketing-related networking and coaching meeting, will meet at 4 p.m. at 7949 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys. Call (818) 997-7575. The Business Networking Group will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the Bagel Nosh, 23683 Calabasas Road, Calabasas. Call (818) 706-9486. Adventurers Toastmasters meets from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month at Jerry’s Deli, 16650 Ventura Blvd., Encino. Call Don Evans at (818) 346-5239. The West Valley Chapter of Financial Planning Association meets at 7:30 a.m. the second Thursday of each month at Encino Glen, 16821 Burbank Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 344-0288. The Businesswomen Learning Golf & Networking meets at 9 a.m. every Thursday at Studio City Golf Course. Call (310) 990-0179. The Glendale Civic Center Toastmasters meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at “The Way to Happiness” Building, 201 E. Broadway, Glendale. Call (818) 352-4851. The Newbury Park Rotary Club will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Plug Nickel Restaurant, 717 Lakefield Road, Westlake Village. Call (805) 498-2357. The National Association of Women Business Owners meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. Call (805) 445-7121. North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Networking Cluster will meet at noon at Carrows Restaurant, 18505 Devonshire St., Northridge. LA Business Link will meet at 8:15 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe in Northridge. Call (818) 701-7789. The Valley Influence Professionals will meet at 7:30 a.m. at Coco’s, 22200 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. Call (818) 710-8820. The Business Network International, Encino Chapter, will meet at 7 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 15433 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 954-9294. The Gold Coast Chapter of Business Network International will meet at 7 a.m. at River Ridge Golf Club in Oxnard. For more information, call (805) 485-5331. Burnt Toastmasters meets at 7 a.m. Thursdays at the Braemar Country Club, 4001 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana. Call (323) 653-0500, Ext. 102. The Valley Computer Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at 521 E. Olive St., Burbank. Call (818) 846-4012. Referrals Unlimited Networking Group will meet at 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 492-9923. Business Referral Network Inc., Northridge Chapter, will meet from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 19710 Nordhoff Place, Chatsworth. Call Larry Davis at (818) 366-2470. Conejo Business Boomers will meet for breakfast from 7:15 to 8:30 at Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Call Steve Freeman at (805) 495-4211. Cosmopolitan Toastmasters will meet at 7 p.m. at the International House of Pancakes Restaurant, 6429 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys. Call Brett Yollis at (818) 705-6913. Distinguished Singles Toastmasters meets at 7:15 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at IHOP, 19100 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Empowerment Systems Network. Call Steve Chichester at (661) 287-4753. Inside Track will meet for breakfast from 7:15 to 8:30 at Coco’s, 21844 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call Sue Silver at (818) 591-3131. The Kiwanis Club of Northridge will meet at noon at the CSUN University Club, Dearborn Street and Zelzah Avenue, in Northridge. Call (818) 377-4566. The Kiwanis Club of Van Nuys will meet at noon at the Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys. Call Robert Sentenac at (818) 988-2671. LeTip of Northridge will meet at 7 a.m. at the Porter Valley Ranch Country Club. Call Manny Solana at (877) 444-4503. The Lunch Bunch of the Westlake Village Chamber of Commerce holds business networking luncheons the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at Marie Callender’s, 3635 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Westlake Village. Call (818) 991-3101. Studio City Business Network International meets from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. every Thursday at the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn, Paradise Cafe, 4224 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. Call Dr. Pohl at (323) 436-0303. Toastmasters International Salesmastery Club No. 6178 will meet from 6:45 to 9 p.m. in the Community Room, Sherman Oaks Galleria. For information, call (818) 908-9915. Westlake Agoura Thousand Oaks LeTip business networking group meets at 7:01 a.m. every Thursday at The Plug Nickel Restaurant, 717 Lakefield Road, #I, Westlake Village. Call Mark A. Lester at (805) 341-7668 for reservation. Warner Center Toastmasters meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills. Call Carolyn at (818) 996-7483. FRIDAY !hair The Sunrise Rotary Club of Westlake Village meets at 7:30 a.m. each Friday at the Plug Nickel Restaurant, 717 Lakefield Road, Westlake Village. Call (805) 494-9033. The Sherman Oaks LeTip chapter meets at 7 a.m. each Friday at Marie Callender’s, 14743 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 906-0080. The Kiwanis Club of Glendale will meet at noon at the Glendale Elks Lodge, 120 E. Colorado Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 248-7796. The Valley Success Builders Networking Group will meet at 7 a.m. at Food Sensations, 19535 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 407-9200. North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Home Improvement Breakfast Networking Cluster will meet at 7 at Marie Callender’s, 19310 Business Center Drive, Northridge. North Valley Business International meets at 7 a.m. every Friday at Abe’s Deli, 19626 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Call Mark Smith at (818) 709-2019. WINGS, a business networking group, meets at 7:15 a.m. every other Friday at Weiler’s Deli, 22325 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. Call Paula Jurgenson at (818) 341-5401. SATURDAY Glendale Loquations Toastmasters meets at 9:30 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Caada Flintridge. Call (323) 550-1997. – Compiled by Kim Armendariz Note: Some events may require reservations or fees. The Daily News welcomes items for Business Agenda. All items should be received at least two weeks before event. Send to Business Agenda, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365.160Want 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The Investing-in-Real-Estate Clubs will host a seminar on learning to purchase real estate with no bank qualifying at 6:30 p.m. at 1431 Buena Vista St., Duarte. Call (818) 675-5400. SATURDAY The Investing-in-Real-Estate Clubs will host a seminar on learning to purchase real estate with no bank qualifying at 2 p.m. at 1431 Buena Vista St., Duarte. Call (818) 675-5400. CONTINUING EVENTS TODAY last_img read more

Saddam’s execution brings mixed reaction from Muslims

Saddam’s execution brings mixed reaction from Muslims

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Islamic reaction to Saddam Hussein’s execution ranged from near-jubilation to condemnation Saturday, amid concern that Saddam’s supporters would view him as a martyr, possibly leading to even more violence in Iraq. Muslims in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles were also displeased by the timing of Hussein’s hanging early Saturday – coming on the weekend when Muslims mark the end of the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca. Ali Muhammad Shakoor, imam (religious minister) at the Islamic Center of Reseda, celebrated the “festival of the sacrifice” with his congregation Saturday morning and said there was no mention of the execution of the former Iraqi dictator. But after the services, Muhammad Shakoor said Saddam’s fate should be extended to other dictators. “I am very happy that at last the United States did one good job to bring this one big dictator to the highest accountability,” Muhammad Shakoor said. “But there are other dictators who should also be made accountable by the United States, and I hope the work doesn’t end with Saddam Hussein. “His execution is a relief of a kind, but there is some concern that his followers are going to see him as a martyr.” Ensar Demirkan, a Muslim representative on the San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council, was even more emphatic that Hussein had been brought to justice. “I visited Iraq two times (in 2001) and felt the impact of the atrocities committed by this man against his people,” Demirkan said. “And I believe this guy got what he deserved.” Still, some like Hamid Helmandi, a member of the Tampa Masjid in Northridge, opposed the execution on principle. “I don’t believe in killing, and I didn’t agree with (the execution),” he said. “I’m not saying he was a good man. We’ve seen that he was not. “But in killing him, we are doing the same thing he did. I believe that as humans, we have to be better than that. We can’t do to him what he was doing to others. “The Buddha and Gandhi are my heroes, and I don’t believe they would have approved.” Other Muslims, meanwhile, appeared uninterested in Hussein’s execution. “We have been immersed in prayer as part of our religious observance,” said Daud Mohammad of the Islamic Foundation of Ibn Taimmiyah in Culver City, “and it hasn’t been on our mind today. It’s not something we have been giving much thought to.” This weekend, Muslims around the world have been marking Eid al-Adha, an important holiday that is considered a time of forgiveness and compassion. Muslim countries often pardon criminals to mark the occasion, and prisoners are rarely executed during the holiday. Muhammad Shakoor said Eid al-Adha – Feast of the Sacrifice – is the most important date in the Islamic calendar and honors the biblical patriarch Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael for God before God decided to spare Ishmael’s life. Muhammad Shakoor said that although he welcomed Saddam’s execution, he wondered if the deposed Iraqi leader should have experienced the kind of suffering he had imposed on Iraqis he tortured and killed. “He might have suffered more with a life sentence in prison,” he said. “I think, being in prison day after day without his family and without his power until the end of his life, might have been a more terrible, more painful punishment. “But he paid for the pain and suffering he inflicted on his fellow man.” tony.castro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761last_img read more

Benitez reacts to speculation Newcastle will try to sign Balotelli

Benitez reacts to speculation Newcastle will try to sign Balotelli

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED 2 targets The 28-year-old spent a season at AC Milan, before signing for Liverpool in a £16million move in 2014, but he scored just one Premier League goal in his time on Merseyside and ended up back in Milan on loan before moving to Nice in 2016.So far this campaign, Balotelli is yet to register a single goal for Nice in 10 appearances. TOP WORK Balotelli is on the radar of Newcastle LATEST RANKED moving on Rafael Benitez has declined to comment on speculation linking Newcastle United with a January move for Mario Balotelli.Benitez is reportedly keen on bringing the Italian forward back to England as he is in desperate need of goals. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star IN DEMAND Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing 2 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland three-way race Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM Latest Transfer News Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie against Blackburn, Benitez said with a smile: “I saw that, but you know that I will not talk about the transfer window.”Balotelli was sold to Manchester City from Inter in 2010 and scored 30 goals in 80 appearances, winning the FA Cup and Premier League at the Etihad. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Balotelli could be set for a return to the Premier League Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Newcastle have scored just 15 league goals this season, the second fewest in the Premier League.The Mirror reported on Friday that the Magpies are ready to offer the striker, who is currently at Ligue 1 club Nice, a chance to fire them out of relegation trouble.last_img read more

‘It’s a conspiracy’: talkSPORT host blasts EFL over Leeds ‘Spygate’ statement

‘It’s a conspiracy’: talkSPORT host blasts EFL over Leeds ‘Spygate’ statement

first_img Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues Bristol City beat Fulham, QPR win for first time since October, Leeds go top Norwich overtook Leeds at the top of the table after beating them 3-1 compared LATEST LEEDS UNITED NEWS 2 talkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham has boldly alleged that the EFL are conspiring to disrupt Leeds’ promotion hopes.United manager Marcelo Bielsa admitted to spying on his rivals’ training sessions after a member of his staff was caught at Derby last month, prompting the EFL and Football Association to launch an investigation. Leeds have lost four of their last six Championship matches and as a result now dropped to second in the league table.Amid this run of lacklustre form, the side have become embroiled in the ‘Spygate’ debacle and there is even talk that they could be lose further points as a punishment.“I don’t agree with a points deduction, but it’s been talked about,” Durham continued on talkSPORT Drive.“Now, if they’ve been looking for four weeks and they still need more time, then that actually suggests to me it’s gonna be quite a serious punishment. ROUND-UP Ljungberg ‘feels sorry’ for on-loan Arsenal man over lack of game time Chelsea have watched Leeds ace ‘perfect for Premier League football’ regularly Leeds back on top: What happened in the Championship on Tuesday night? Haaland signs Man United kit amid £76m rumours… and posts Leeds pic too How Ronaldinho ‘tricked’ Brazil teammate into joining Man United over Leeds “I cannot get my head around it. Are they gonna make up more rules so that by the time the rules are written into the constitution Bielsa has broken them, even though they weren’t there before?“I can’t get my head around it, this was an easy one to deal with. You basically go and slap him on the wrist and say, ‘Don’t do it again otherwise there will be a serious punishment.’“Then make the rules and do them properly like you should’ve done in the first place.” 2center_img Marcelo Bielsa admitted he had ‘spied’ on all of Leeds’ opponents this season PLAY HIM On Friday, the EFL released an update statement, explaining that they needed more time to complete the investigation.Upon seeing this, Adrian Durham decared: “I’ve got a theory and it’s not gonna be pleasant listening for anybody at the EFL.“We are on the eve on the football weekend of course. Eight of the top eleven in the Championship play each other this weekend starting tonight.“And I’m looking at it thinking, ‘Hang on a minute, why would you do that on the eve of a massive game that Leeds have got tomorrow where they take on Middlesbrough?’“I think the whole thing is designed to disrupt Leeds United. It’s designed to disrupt Bielsa. round up WHITE KNIGHT coming soon? SOMETHING’S RON BRAGGING RIGHTS Jansson explains why he prefers Brentford boss Frank to ‘mental’ Bielsa Leeds go top of Championship with win over Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield RESULTS FIFA 20: 44 cheap career mode wonderkids you need to buy – bargains! “It’s a conspiracy to muck up Leeds United’s chances of promotion.” 😡“Why would you do this on the eve of a massive game? It disrupts Leeds.”@talkSPORTDrive on the EFL and their handling of #LUFC #SpyGate row 🔥 pic.twitter.com/gRDe2ALd5m— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 8, 2019“If this was Frank Lampard in Bielsa’s position, would the EFL take this long?“It’s a conspiracy to muck up Leeds’ chances of getting promotion, that’s how I feel about it.“Why would you come out with a statement that basically says nothing, but delivers uncertainty for Leeds United – even more uncertainty for them – on the eve of such a huge game.“This is four weeks since Frank Lampard brought it to everybody’s attention.” REVEALED last_img read more

Stevens Point blanks Marshfield boys soccer in Tigers’ WVC opener

Stevens Point blanks Marshfield boys soccer in Tigers’ WVC opener

first_imgTigers fall to 1-2By Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTEVENS POINT — The Marshfield boys soccer team had a rough opening game to its Wisconsin Valley Conference schedule with a 10-0 loss to Stevens Point at the Portage County Youth Soccer Complex on Thursday night.Marshfield was outshot 17-5 with all five of its shots on goal saved by Stevens Point goalkeeper Ethan Manzke.Ricky Perez scored four times, and Keondre Porter and Ben Yang each scored twice for the Panthers. Perez added two assists, and Isaac Williams and Lio Perkins each added goals for Stevens Point (2-2, 1-1 WVC).Austin Mannigel had seven saves in goal for Marshfield.Marshfield (1-2 overall) returns to action Tuesday against Wisconsin Rapids. The game, at Griese Park, begins at 5 p.m.“Despite the loss, there were some positives to take from the game,” Marshfield coach Steve McCann said. “The boys played hard to the end of the game. We figured out more about some of our players’ strengths and weaknesses.“We are on a learning curve right now that is steep and doesn’t get any easier when we host Wisconsin Rapids next Tuesday.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more