Youth Innovation Fund programme set for May 22 launch

first_imgYoung people across Guyana will soon benefit from the Youth Innovation Fund (YIF), which is set to be launched on May 22 at Umana Yana. This programme will serve as an opportunity to help harness the creative ideas of young people.The $50 million YIF programme was introduced in the 2017 National Budget.Director of Youth, Melissa Carmichael said the high unemployment rates among youths spurred the creation of the project. It aims to push youths toward entrepreneurship.Director of Youth, Melissa Carmichael“Young people will put up their proposals in terms of what idea they may have that might be able to foster development in their community, your school or by extension Guyana. We are hoping that they bring forward these proposals and these proposals, of course, will be selected by a panel through the Ministry of Education, Department of Culture, Youth and Sport,” the Youth Director was quoted as saying in a Government Information Agency (GINA) report. The YIF will be accessible across all the regions. Carmichael highlighted that the Ministry’s representatives will be stationed in each region to assist participants with their proposals.The Youth Director said she was optimistic that there would be a large number of applications from young people. However, she said the Ministry has not decided on the number of persons who will be selected for the programme.Minister within the Education Ministry Nicolette Henry said that in keeping with the Government’s ‘green agenda’, the programme will focus on solutions for the reduction of fossil fuel usage and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). According to the GINA report, the programme has an out-of-school and in-school component.last_img read more

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Engineers inspect Mackenzie/Wismar Bridge

first_img… funding being sourced for new bridge – MayorOn the heels of concerns raised by residents over the state of the Mackenzie/Wismar Bridge in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), a team of engineers on Wednesday inspected the structure.Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland, who was present during the inspection, said the bridge was “deemed healthy for usage and structurally sound” by the engineeringEngineers chatting with Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland following the inspection of the Mackenzie/Wismar Bridgeteam, however a complete final report on the findings is expected to be submitted within a week or two. Nevertheless, engineers did point out several issues caused by the lack of maintenance below the bridge. The engineers also recommended the need for sand blasting of the rusted parts and painting of the structure.“They would have recommended the complete spraying and pressure washing of the bridge to get rid of the bauxite dust that would have over the years built up. (It has built up) so much so that you have vegetation under the bridge… that in itself could have caused some amount of corrosion but to their estimation, it’s not that significant…,” the Mayor pointed out.Additionally, he said recommendations were made for improvements at the top of the centre span. Motor vehicle users had complained of that section of the bridge, which they noted has damaging effects on the undercarriage of their vehicles. “Discussions were made for the whole construction at the top, where they have these steel plates that are causing the jagged crossing on the centre of the bridge, to change somewhat to a smoother flow to ease the bumping which causes some difficulty,” the Mayor added.He said too that while the bridge has been deemed “usable”, the present issue lies with the intense volume of traffic which it presently experiences, since the amount has almost doubled in recent times. As a result, Holland said there is still need for the construction of a second bridge, since the current one is incapable of handling the volume of traffic. The Mayor said this will also be useful especially with the construction of a road from Mabura to Linden, which is expected to be funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).Additionally, the Mayor said it is his understanding that the construction of a new bridge is not off the charts, according to information from the Public Infrastructure Ministry. He said an approach will now be made to the CDB for funding as he urged Government to see this through to fruition.“I understand that the initial source of funding for that bridge (IDB) is no longer available. This information wasn’t communicated to me earlier… I understand Government’s judgement but what I wish for them, more so Minister Patterson to understand is that this new bridge is very much needed in Linden. It is a promise made by no one but himself to the people of Linden and we have great expectations for that second bridge and we must have that bridge…,” Holland said. He also thanked Municipal Councillor Lennox Gasper for bringing issues regarding the bridge to the fore.last_img read more

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Rotary Spray Park opens this Friday

first_imgGrand Opening Flyer. Photo by the City of Fort St. John. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The new Rotary Spray Park’s grand opening is this Friday behind the North Peace Arena.Featured at the event will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Kids vs Council Water Fight, and live music.The full schedule for the event is shown below:Ribbon Cutting: 1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.Kids vs Council Water Fight: 1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Party Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Wrap up: 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.- Advertisement -Children will be given the opportunity to take pictures with the newly designed Frozen John cut out, make balloon animals, win prizes, and compete in a dance-off.For more information on the grand opening call 250-785-4592.Showers are currently forecast for the day of the event. The City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey explained that they’re hoping the forecast will change to feature sunnier skies at the opening.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Box-office win streak will be over

first_imgI’m still kind of flabbergasted over how poorly Jodie Foster’s “The Brave One” did last weekend. A measly $13.5 million? That’s chump change for Jodie. But the movie was still strong enough to extend the movie industry’s box office winning streak of “up” weekends to 10 consecutive weeks. That impressive streak is gonna crash and burn this weekend and I’ll give you the reason in three words: “Jackass: Number Two.” A year ago, that crazy flick had a $29 million debut. AN ECLECTIC FIELD: Three new movies opened in wide release today and couldn’t be more different: the horror film “Resident Evil: Extinction,” the R-rated comedy “Good Luck Chuck,” and the PG-13 comedy “Sydney White.” I gotta figure “Evil” will take first place with a gross in the vicinity of $20 million. Harder to call is “Chuck,” starring Dane Cook and Jessica Alba. With the widely panned “Mr. Woodcock” having an $8.8 million debut last weekend, maybe “Chuck” will manage about $10 million. “Sydney” should do at least that much since it stars the popular Amanda Bynes. OSCAR GAME: When a studio thinks its film has Academy Award potential, it moves with caution to get the positive word of mouth and critical buzz going. Here are this weekend’s various chess moves in the game called Oscar: Brad Pitt’s Western “The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford” will screen in just 15 theaters while the critically acclaimed drama “Eastern Promises” expands to 1,400 locations beginning today. Also, the drama “In the Valley of Elah” expands to 300 theaters and the musical “Across the Universe” ups its theater count to 400. SNEAK A PEEK: If you just can’t hold off seeing the new Disney comedy “The Game Plan,” it gets the sneak preview treatment Saturday night with a one-time showing in 800 theaters. Check your local listings. EVAN’S ALMIGHTY SLOW: It was like watching a snail complete a marathon. On Monday, its 87th day of release, the comedy “Evan Almighty” crossed the $100 million mark in domestic box-office grosses. It’s gotta be a victory of sorts for Universal. The movie had a production budget of $150 million and performed below what were lofty expectations. AFI AT ARCLIGHT: So who is gonna be at The Arclight in Hollywood on Oct. 3? Julie Andrews, Warren Beatty, Kirk Douglas, Clint Eastwood and Jack Nicholson, that’s who. They are among the stars attending the American Film Institute’s 40th anniversary event where 11 classic American films will screen in a single night and be introduced by the film’s star or the filmmaker. Here’s the lineup: “The Sound of Music” (Andrews), “Bonnie and Clyde” (Beatty), “When Harry Met Sally” (Billy Crystal and Rob Reiner), “Spartacus” (Douglas), “Unforgiven” (Eastwood), “The Shawshank Redemption” (Morgan Freeman), “The Birds” (Tippi Hedren), “Beauty and the Beast” (Angela Lansbury), “Star Wars” (George Lucas), “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” (Nicholson), and “Rocky” (Sylvester Stallone). Tickets went on sale Wednesday. They cost $25 each and include popcorn and soda. You can purchase online through www.afi.com or at the box office. P.S. Get there early. The first 100 guests in each auditorium get a commemorative AFI 40th Anniversary Tribute Book. greg.hernandez@dailynews.com (818) 713-3758 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Farmar’s clutch in UCLA win

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “I was just trying to be aggressive and trying to do whatever I could to help the team win,” Farmar said. Another game, another clutch shot. Farmar made all four of his free throws in the final 20 seconds to give UCLA a rare win at Arizona on Thursday. But another game, another injury or two. Arron Afflalo left with a bruised hip after falling hard to the court after he made a shot and was fouled. Center Lorenzo Mata got hit in the nose and it could be fractured. He’ll have an X-ray today. Mata had to shed his bloody No. 14 jersey and play with No. 44 the rest of the game. Mata might have to play with a facemask against Washington State on Thursday. Afflalo scored 21 points he made all 12 of his free throws but didn’t play in the final 1:58. He landed on his hip and backside after getting fouled. He made his shot but Darren Collison shot the free throw for him. He went to the scorer’s table to check in near the end of the game but coach Ben Howland ushered him back to the bench. Afflalo was checked afterward and didn’t think he’d miss any time. He was just about the last healthy Bruin. PHOENIX — Jordan Farmar’s right foot is usually stuck in an ice bucket these days. Maybe that explains why ice is flowing through his veins. After Kevin Kruger drained a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left to give Arizona State a one-point lead, Farmar went to work. He took the ball from one end of the floor to the other, drove through the lane, found some room on the left side and scored on a layup with 3.6 seconds left. Sprained ankle and all. And 17th-ranked UCLA escaped with a 61-60 victory over Arizona State winless in the Pac-10 Saturday in front of an announced crowd of 8,940 at Wells Fargo Arena. center_img “It’s just a couple of bruises, something ice will take care of,” Afflalo said. “I’m just sore. It’s nothing long term.” UCLA (13-2) improved to 3-1 in the Pac-10 and swept the Arizona schools for the first time since 1997. Arizona State has suffered back-to-back last-second losses. Lodrick Stewart made a 3-pointer to give USC a win Thursday and then Farmar gave UCLA the last-second win Saturday. Kruger tried a last-ditch attempt when he heaved a shot from midcourt, even though there was about two seconds left when he shot. Arizona State also had a timeout left but didn’t use it to set up a play. The Sun Devils (6-7, 0-4) were up 29-23 at halftime but couldn’t close the game. Farmar scored nine points and Josh Shipp added 10. “That was just a tremendous gut-check win” Ben Howland said. “I thought we came out kind of flat. Part of that is fatigue. Part of that is coming off a huge win in Tucson. And part of that is that they came out and really took it to us early.”, 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Sports: Prep all-stars set for action

first_imgThe best of the area’s high school football players will be showcased Friday when East meets West in the annual Hall of Fame All-Star Game at Mountain View High School. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Recent trends indicate that the East is starting to run away with the series. The East has reeled off four consecutive wins and has posted victories in six of the past seven meetings. Muir High coach Ken Howard hopes to put a stop to that streak Friday, and if intensity levels at West practices are any indicator, it just might happen. Bonita coach Eric Podley has the pressure of coaching the East this year, which means Podley doesn’t want to blow it, given the abundance of talent at his disposal. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 Although recent games in the series have been defensive struggles, there’s a chance this game could be different. The West offense has explosive weapons in quarterback Forrest Elder (Muir) and running backs Audarrius Bailey (Arcadia) and Tsun-hsin “Sushi” Tsai (Temple City). The East will counter with Bishop Amat quarterback Daniel Robles and a deep stable of running backs. For analysis and a prediction of Friday’s game, please see tomorrow’s newspaper.last_img read more

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Antelope Valley Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesCedar Open Reading meets weekly, 7-9 p.m. in Cedar Hall, 44851 Cedar Ave., Lancaster, except on the second Thursday of the month when the meeting is in the gallery, 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4314. The Overcomers, an emotional and educational support group for mental health consumers, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call Bill Slocum or Mary Rogers at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Aces & Deuces Square Dance Club will meet, 7-8:15 p.m. for beginners and 8:15-9:30 p.m. for plus at Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale, for ages 10 and up. Cost: $3. Call (661) 256-7650. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Facilitated Anger Management Group for teens will meet, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults will meet, 6:30-8 p.m., at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Al-Anon will host a discussion, 1 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale; a step study at 7 p.m. at 1827 E. Ave. Q-10, Palmdale; and a meeting on Steps, Traditions, Concepts at 7:30 p.m. at 44815 Fig Ave., Suite 101, Lancaster. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Emotions Anonymous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. Information and location: (661) 723-9967. Desert Aire Women’s Golf Association will meet at Desert Aire Golf Course at Avenue P and 40th Street East in Palmdale. Call (661) 269-5982. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Country line dance lessons for seniors, 1-2 p.m. for beginners and 2:15 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Donation requested. Call (661) 267-5551. Soroptimist International of Antelope Valley will meet, noon at the Holiday Inn of Palmdale-Lancaster, 38630 5th St. W., Palmdale. Business and professional women are invited. Call (661) 946-1609. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 569 will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Grecian Isles Mobile Home Park, 4444 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-7672 or (661) 285-5003. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7:30-9 p.m. Step Workbook reading and writing. Call (661) 947-7935. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Support group for women in abusive or battering situations will meet, 1-3:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A Spanish-language group also will meet, 10 a.m.-noon. Call (661) 945-6736 or (661) 945-5509. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. FRIDAY Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club will host ballroom dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12. Dance lessons: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dance admission: $3 for club members, $4 for nonmembers. Call (661) 943-0210 or 267-5551. Swingtime will host swing, waltz, ballroom and salsa dancing, 7-10 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $3. Call (661) 400-3166. Recovery Inc., a self-help group for people with anxieties, panic attacks, depression and fears, will meet, 2 p.m. at Los Angeles County Mental Health offices, 349A E. Ave. K-6, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3956. Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Call (661) 951-2988. Speakers in the Wind Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Jack Knight at (661) 946-7166. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Successful Marriage and Parenting course, 10 a.m.-noon. Call Carmen Andersen at (661) 273-8122. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets, 9:15 a.m.-noon the first and third Fridays of each month at Church of Christ, 1655 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Includes a hot breakfast buffet, discussion groups, featured speaker, craft and demonstrations. Children welcome. Cost: $5 for moms and $3 for kids. Call (661) 943-3162 or (661) 942-1638. Stress Management will meet, 1 p.m. at 43423 Division St., Suite 107, Lancaster. Call (661) 947-1595 or (661) 726-2850, Ext. 221. Speakers in the Wind Toastmaster Club 2867 will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Joyce Hall at (661) 946-1181 or Barbara Linde at (661) 947-2537. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Celebrate Recovery, a biblically based 12-step recovery program, will meet, 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 44648 15th St. W. Call Pastor Pat Tanner at (661) 948-0855. The Lightkeepers, Spiritual Discussion Group, will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Center of Light, A.V. Church, 1030 West Ave. L-8, Lancaster. Call (661) 718-8731. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 and Ladies Auxiliary will serve steak or shrimp dinners, 5:30-8 p.m. at 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Takeout orders. Proceeds will go to community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Meditation class, 7-8:30 p.m. For location and information, call (661) 945-9832. Schizophrenics Anonymous will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. in the multipurpose room on the mental health ward at Antelope Valley Hospital, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Friendship Center, 43423 Division St. Suite 107, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. The Kaiser Permanente Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at the clinic offices, 44444 20th St. W., Lancaster. Open to the community. Free. Call (661) 951-2988. The Weekenders, a social and recreational group for mental health consumers, will meet, 1-2 p.m. at Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-1595. Al-Anon will have a 12-and-12 meeting at 10:30 a.m. at 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd. and a beginners meeting at 7 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Pinochle Group for seniors, 6-9 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Oil painting class for seniors, 9-11 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Shop Talk Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 a.m. at Crazy Otto’s Diner. Call Stan Main at (661) 269-1424. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 1681 will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. in Room 14 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4459. Rosamond Moose Lodge, 1105 Sierra Highway, Rosamond, will serve dinner, 5-8 p.m. Cost: $4-$6. Bingo will start at 10 a.m., offered by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Room 13, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-0595. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. SATURDAY Leona Valley Sertoma Club meets, 8 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month at Jackie’s Restaurant, 40352 90th St. W., Leona Valley. Call (661) 270-0339. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Seniors Lunch-Bingo Hour, noon-5 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Sponsored by Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity). Call Emerita Ross at (661) 723-7876 or Marie Cabrera at (661) 726-5309. Al-Anon will have a Spanish-speaking discussion meeting, 9 a.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite C-3, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353. Facilitated Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 2:30-4 p.m.; teens, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults, 10:30-noon or 12:30-2 p.m. at the Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Beginning yoga, 9-10 a.m. at Unity Church of Antelope Valley, 39149 8th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 273-3341. Women and Self-esteem support group meets in the Acton area. Call (661) 947-0839. Healing Heart support group will meet, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army store, 45001 Beech Ave. in Lancaster. Call (661) 943-5830. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 9 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call Jane at (661) 945-4798. Women Midlife Transition Support Group for women over age 40 is facilitated by a professional psychotherapist. Call (661) 947-0839. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. in Room 13 at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 724-1820. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.todayna.org or www.sava-na.org. SUNDAY J&J Social and Travel Club hosts a buffet brunch, 1 p.m. at the Boulders mobile home park clubhouse, 40701 Rancho Vista Blvd., Palmdale. Make reservations by noon Saturday at (661) 267-2586. Nicotine Anonymous will meet, 8-9 p.m. at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 43824 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 946-7606. Buklod ng Pagkakaisa (Bond of Unity) Seniors’ Social Hour, 4-7 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Meetings feature films, talks, singalongs, talent shows and dancing. Call (661) 723-7876 or (661) 726-5309. Costume Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with identification are admitted free. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30-10:30 p.m. every Sunday at Lancaster Elks Lodge, 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $5 members, $7 nonmembers. Call (661) 317-7021. Life Figure Sessions, 2:30-5:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at Cedar Centre Hall, 44857 Cedar Ave. Cost: $5; students with ID are admitted free. Teen Care and Support Group, for teens who have lost a family member or friend, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian School, 1011 E. Ave. I, Room 302, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. Palmdale Moose Lodge, 3101 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, will host bingo games beginning at 1 p.m. Call (661) 947-6777. Revealing Truth, a meditation and spiritual discussion, 4:45-6:15 p.m. Call (661) 723-9967. Antelope Valley Chess Club will meet, 1-5 p.m. at American Legion Post 771, 39463 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 726-1323. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 5-6 p.m. at 44960 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 789-5806. MONDAY Beyond the Light, a socialization and support group for young adults, ages 17 1/2 to 25, with mental health issues, will meet, noon-1 p.m. at Transitional Youth Services, 104 E. Ave. K-4, Lancaster. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Dance Groove will give ballroom and Latin dance lessons, 6-8:30 p.m. Dance Groove Studio, 43631 10th St. W., Lancaster. Cost: $5 per person. Call (661) 948-9101. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Co-Dependents Anonymous Step Study will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927. 12 Step Recovery Groups for alcohol and drug addiction, co-dependency, relationship addiction, overeating, fear and anxiety issues, meets, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. The Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale will host bingo, 5:30 p.m. The grill will be open. Call (661) 947-2027. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 6-7 p.m. at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 722-0393. Co-Dependents Anonymous will host a 12-step recovery program, 7:30-9 p.m., at Antelope Valley Hospital, multipurpose meeting room, second floor, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 944-4927 or (661) 946-5846. Grief Recovery Outreach Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or visit www.frf.av.org. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700. The Highs and Lows, a support group for those diagnosed with manic depression or related disorders, will meet, 7-9 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Al-Anon will have a discussion, 7 p.m. at 51st Street West and Avenue K, Lancaster. Child care provided. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 572 will meet, 9-11 a.m. at the Mayflower Gardens chapel, 6570 W. Ave. L-12, Quartz Hill. Call (661) 943-3089. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6 p.m. with regular games beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Elks Lodge, 2705 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-2027. Early bird bingo games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with regular games beginning at 7 p.m. at Paraclete High School, 42145 30th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3255, Monday evenings: (661) 943-1017. Billiard Gang for seniors will meet, 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Flex and stretch, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat and hand weights. Call (661) 267-5551. Parent support group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 203, Palmdale. The facilitated group is for parents who need help coping with family issues. Call (661) 266-8700. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 6 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 273-1016. Expectant parents can tour the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department, 1600 W. Ave. J in Lancaster, and get information on what to expect during hospitalization, at sessions starting at 6 p.m. Visitors meet in the main lobby. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. TUESDAY Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Information and location: Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Business Network International B2 Bombers chapter will meet, 12:15 p.m. at Eduardo’s restaurant, 819 W. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call (661) 609-1288 or e-mail audmill@qnet.com. The organization’s Web site is at www.bni-scav.com. Prostate Cancer Support Group meets, 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Lutheran Church of the Master, 725 E. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call Susan Baker at (661) 273-2200. Toddler story time for children ages 2-6, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 272-9134. Celebrate Discovery, a Christian-based 12-step program, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Palmdale United Methodist Church, 39055 10th St. W., Palmdale. Call (661) 947-3103. Jazzercise classes, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at George Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8 in Quartz Hill. Call (661) 722-7780. Lupus International Support Group meets, 6:30-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Palmdale. Call Danielle Duffey at (888) 532-2322, Ext. 4. Successful Anger Management course, 7-9 p.m. in Lancaster. Call (661) 538-1846. Sand Creek Orators, Toastmaster International meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Hummel Hall, 2200 20th St. W., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Caregiver Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster. Sponsored by ProCare Hospice. Call (661) 951-1146. Tears in My Heart Support Group will meet, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Rocketeers Toastmasters meets, 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Call Pam Raneri at (661) 275-5287. Pancho Barnes Composite Squadron 49, Civil Air Patrol, will meet, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rosamond Sky Park, 4171 Knox Ave., Rosamond. Call (760) 373-5771. Antelope Valley Archaeology Club will meet, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5656. Grief Support Group will meet, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hoffmann Hospice, 1832 W. Ave. K, Suite D-1. Call (661) 948-8801. Toastmasters Sand Creek Orators Club meets, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 2500 Orange St., Rosamond. Call Miik Miller at (661) 256-0328. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Snyders Dance Groove meets, 6-8:30 p.m. the first and second Tuesdays of each month at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $2. Call (661) 609-6510. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meets, 9-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month for brunch, speakers and crafts at Central Christian Church, 3131 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Cost: $6 per meeting, plus $2 per child for child care. Scholarships are available. Call (661) 945-7902. 12 Step Recovery Group for alcohol and drug addiction will meet, 7 p.m. at Desert Vineyard Christian Fellowship, 1011 E. Ave. I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-2777. American Indian Little League will meet, 7 p.m. at HomeTown Buffet, 422 W. Ave. P. Call Harry Richard at (661) 267-2259. High Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Denny’s restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call (760) 240-4705. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Youth Anger Management Group for ages 8-11 will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE, or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Plane Talk Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Lockheed Federal Credit Union, 1011 Lockheed Way, Palmdale. Call (661) 572-4123. Harmony Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will rehearse, 7:30 p.m. at 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. The group is part of an international organization of women who sing four-part harmony. Call (661) 273-0995, (661) 285-1797 or (661) 940-3109. Al-Anon will hold a discussion, noon at 1737 E. Ave. R, Room 104, Palmdale, and at 7 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, Room 704, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiards Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program representative will be available, 1-3 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551 for an appointment. Tumbleweed Card Club for seniors will play canasta, pinochle and other games, 1-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Line dancing, 6-7 p.m. for beginners and 7-8:30 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Palmdale Youth Council will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Parks and Recreation office, 38260 10th St. E., Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5611. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at the Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Expectant parent tours of the Antelope Valley Hospital obstetrics department will start at 6 p.m. from the hospital lobby, 1600 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Overeaters Anonymouswill meet, 7-9 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1821 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Beginners will meet at 7 p.m. Call (661) 948-2571. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 10:30 a.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Also in Lancaster, 6:30 p.m. at Sunnydale School, 1233 W. Ave. J-8. Call Karen at (661) 723-9331. Overeaters Anonymous – HOW Conceptwill meet, 7:15 p.m. at Robin’s Law Office, 203 W. Ave. J, Lancaster. Call (661) 949-9192. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.org. WEDNESDAY Emotional Freedom Technique for pain relief weekly demonstrations, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (except before three-day weekends), Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. Sweet Talkers Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at Wilsona School District boardroom, 18050 E. Ave. 0, Lake Los Angeles. Call (661) 944-1216 or 944-1130. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000 will serve specialty meals, or hamburger baskets, 5:30-8 p.m. at the post, 4342 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill. Proceeds will benefit community affairs. Members, guests and public welcome. Call (661) 943-2225. Kids Managing Anger Together for ages 13-17 will meet, 4:30-6 p.m. at 38345 30th St. E., Suite. B-1, Palmdale. Court approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Women’s Group will deal with the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of relationship, infertility and other issues, noon-1:30 p.m. Call (661) 266-8700. Fobi-Lyte Support Group meets, 7-8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month to address the medical, nutritional and social ramifications of weight-loss surgery in fourth-floor Conference Room 16 at Antelope Valley Outpatient Imaging Center, 44105 15th St. W., Lancaster. Call (661) 723-5123. Caregivers Support Group meets, 7-8:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center, 44421 10th St. W., Suite I, Lancaster. Call (661) 945-4852. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Eye Opener Toastmasters Club will meet, 7-8:30 a.m. at Denny’s Restaurant, 2005 W. Ave. K, Lancaster. Call Al Moore at (661) 726-3627. Talents Unlimited Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente. Call Alan Strech at (661) 940-4640. Scrapbookers Club will meet, 5-7 p.m. at Peldyns, 27021 Twenty Mule Team Road, Boron. Free tools for use. Bring book and photos. Call (760) 608-1422. Antelope Valley Intertribal Council meeting, 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 435-0423. AIDS-related death support group meets, 5:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Sudden-death support group meets, 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. Dual Recovery Anonymous, an informal 12-step group for mental health consumers with a history of substance abuse, will meet, 3 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call (661) 947-1595. Antelope Valley Interfaith Choir will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. For adults and mature teenagers. Call Kathe Walters at (661) 285-8306. Hi-Desert Woodworkers Club meets, 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Don’s Restaurant, Victorville. Call (760) 240-4705. Schizophrenics Anonymous will meet, 2 p.m. at the Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Desert Noon Lions Club meets, noon-1 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the California Pantry, 120 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Call Barbara at (661) 947-4079.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THURSDAY Ask and It is Given classes, 6:30-8 p.m., Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. High Desert Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at 1008 W. Ave. M-4, Palmdale. Call (661) 992-3229 or 944-1130. High Desert Modular Model Railroad Club meets, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the Experimental Test Pilots Association boardroom, 44814 Elm Ave., Lancaster. Call Bob Drury at (661) 400-4479. last_img read more

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Twice the power in retooled reconnaissance craft

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Global Hawk aircraft are capable of flying at an altitude of 65,000 feet, above storms and some six miles higher than jetliners normally fly, for more than 35 hours at a time. During a single mission, Global Hawk’s sensors can survey 40,000 square miles. The Global Hawk aircraft are primarily flown by onboard computers using preprogrammed instructions. The aircraft, however, can be flown by or have a preprogrammed mission adjusted by a ground operator who adjusts the plane’s flight through clicks of a computer mouse rather than a joystick. Prior to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Global Hawk program was in a technology demonstration phase in which a handful of aircraft were being built and tested to see whether it was possible to field a high-altitude, unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. After the attacks, the planes were pressed into service, first in Afghanistan and then in Iraq. “(Sept. 11) was the turning point for the program,” Guerra said. “They performed exceptionally well overseas. That got more people excited about the program.” For missions, the initial taxiing and takeoff are performed by a ground crew based at the airfield being used by the aircraft. About an hour into the flight, control of the airplane’s mission is handed off to a ground crew that can be hundreds or even thousands of miles away. Missions over the Middle East were actually controlled by crews at Beale Air Force Base in Northern California. PALMDALE – Northrop Grumman unveiled Friday the first of its “Block 20” Global Hawks, a larger, more capable version of the unmanned reconnaissance aircraft that is earning accolades for its performance in the War on Terror. The aircraft, unveiled during a ceremony at Air Force Plant 42’s Site 3, will be able to carry 3,000 pounds of intelligence-gathering equipment, compared to the 2,000 pounds carried by previous Global Hawks. The aircraft will also operate with more than twice the power of its predecessors. “It will carry the same type of sensors, but they will have better range and resolution, which is important for battlefield commanders,” said George Guerra, director of the Global Hawk program office for Northrop Grumman. “With the bigger capacity, it has the flexibility to carry other payloads.” Global Hawks have now flown more than 6,000 hours and 260 missions in support of the global War on Terror, and the family of Global Hawk aircraft has accumulated more than 10,000 flight hours over all missions, Northrop Grumman officials said. Rep. Wally Herger, R-Chico, whose district includes Beale, said the Global Hawk aircraft are vital in the war on terror. “Intelligence and surveillance are key to preventing attacks and prosecuting the War on Terror,” Herger said. “You must be able to see an enemy in order to defeat it.” The Block 20 aircraft is also bigger than its predecessors. Its wingspan exceeds 130 feet, compared with 116 feet for earlier models; at 47.5 feet, it it also about 3 feet longer. The first Block 20 aircraft will undergo ground tests at Plant 42 before flying to Edwards Air Force Base later this year. The airplane will be flight tested at Edwards for about 18 months. Five other Block 20 aircraft will be produced. Subsequent Global Hawks will all have the same airframe, but the intelligence-gathering capability is expected to improve in future “blocks.” The Global Hawk is being eyed for other jobs. The Navy is exploring the possibility of using the aircraft for maritime patrols and it could be used for homeland security patrols or to provide information at disaster scenes. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Ahoy there!

first_img• Photo Gallery: 10/31: Pirate Ship • Video: 10/31: Halloween Decorating ALHAMBRA – When trick-or- treaters turned the corner Tuesday night onto the 900 block of North Electric Avenue, they may have been taken by surprise. Outside the Aamot residence, Duane Aamot, 41, built a 30-by-40-foot ship, complete with wood cannons and chiffon flames. “I don’t like to toot my own horn, but it is pretty decent,” Aamot said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Aamot talks to about 300 people a day about the ship, which has been a labor of love for more than five weeks. His two children, ages 7 and 10, are the talk of their schools. “The neighbors love it,” Aamot said. “People are talking about it in Northridge and Monrovia.” Aamot built the ship himself with leftover material from a recent home renovation. It is a fitting endeavor for Aamot, who is trying to break into a career in set design. This year’s ship is probably one of the most time-consuming Halloween projects he has tackled, Aamot said. Other themes have included “Beetlejuice” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Drug baron gets 14 years

first_img 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 MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeThe group would also collect “punitive” sums as discipline against gang members should they carry out unsanctioned violence, such as a drive-by shooting, which could cause increased law enforcement attention and threaten the income of the Ojeda Organization, prosecutors said. Another high-ranking member also was sentenced Monday to just over three years in prison. Jose Becerra, 39, of Placentia, also known as “Big Joe,” pleaded guilty in August to a conspiracy count under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The organization’s other top leader also pleaded guilty to a RICO charge in September, admitting he helped Ojeda extort money from street gangs and ordered punishment to those who didn’t pay. Sentencing for Marco Diaz, 33, of Santa Ana was scheduled for Jan. 8. Testimony in the trial of Diaz, also known as “Slim,” had begun before he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate RICO statutes and conspiracy to distribute drugs. Prosecutors have said they intend will seek about the same sentence for Diaz as for Ojeda, whose nicknames include, “The Senor,” “The Big Homie,” “The Homie,” “The Old Man”‘ and “Sana.” SANTA ANA – A gang leader charged with using extortion and violence to control drug dealing in Orange County was sentenced Monday to 14 years in federal prison. Peter Ojeda, 64, of La Habra pleaded guilty in September to conspiring to violate federal racketeering laws and conspiring to distribute narcotics. He was among 28 people charged in a federal indictment who have since pleaded guilty or been convicted at trial, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas McCormick. An admitted member of the Mexican Mafia, Ojeda led an organization that maintained control over Orange County drug trafficking by extorting “taxes” from gangs and ordering beatings for those who didn’t pay, McCormick said. “He had various underlings – gang members who worked for him, who carried out the collection and enforcement of those taxes,” McCormick said. last_img read more

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