APOEL host Apollon in top of the table clash

first_imgBy Iacovos ConstantinouThe long awaited top of the table clash between leaders Apollon and second placed APOEL stands out in this penultimate round of the normal season. In the other big game of the weekend, AEL take on Omonia at the Tsireion stadium.Apollon, unbeaten in their last eight games, travel to Nicosia with a three point cushion over their opponents APOEL. This will allow them to pack their midfield and counter with their lightning fast attacking duo of Guie and Pamboulis, a game-plan that worked ever so well against Omonia the previous week.With the home factor unlikely to play any significance due to the fact that only retirees and under twelve-year-olds accompanied by their mothers can attend the game the Limassol team will be hoping to put an end to a run that has seen them fail to pick up even one point in their last seven visits.German coach Thorsten Fink has gradually begun to impose his style of play and thinking at APOEL. The champions have improved with every game and against Doxa they were a joy to watch at times.However key players (Manduca, Aloneftis, Vinicius) are still missing from the team but Tomas de Vincenti seems to be picking up while Djebbour is bursting with energy. Brazilian defender Carlao is included in the squad but lacks match fitness to return in such an important game.Referee for the game is Leontios Trattos, a strange decision as he had been sidelined in recent weeks. The bald headed ref is one of the stricter but fair refs in the game. AEL take on Omonia in Limassol knowing that anything other than a win will be a disaster for their top six aspirations. In fact if they win by three goals and Omonia slip up on the final day as well, then AEL can pip Omonia into sixth place.Omonia have a lot problems coming in to this game with their leading marksmen Pote out for a couple of months while they will be deprived the services of Rubio for at least four weeks. Nuno Assis and Lobianitze are suspended.Bottom of the table Ayia Napa will need to take all three points against fellow strugglers Othellos in this six pointer to stand any chance of survival.Elsewhere Ermis is expected to collect three points against a very poor Nea Salamina while AEK Larnaca and Anorthosis should have few problems in overcoming Ethnikos Achnas and Doxa respectively.Saturday: APOEL vs Apollon, AEL vs Omonia, Ermis vs Nea Salamina all at 4pmSunday: Ayia Napa vs Othellos, AEK vs Ethnikos, Anorthosis vs Doxa all at 4pmlast_img read more

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Prez Sirleaf Encourages Liberians to Invest At Home

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last Thursday led an array of personalities, including government officials to perform a dedication of the newly constructed modern housing units in Gbengbar Town, around the VOA Junction in Paynesville City, outside Monrovia. The complex, which comprises several modern designed houses, is constructed by Premier Developers JV Company, a wholly Liberian owned company, headed by its president and chief executive officer (CEO), Floyd Thomas.  In her statement, President Sirleaf said the initiative is a dream come true for the government and people of Liberia, adding, “This is an example of what it takes to build our country.” She said it was a dream come true because, while living in Abidjan, La Cote d’Ivoire as a refugee, Premier Developers JV Company CEO Thomas conceived the idea of bringing to the country, Liberian-owned private investments that would include construction of housing units to be purchased at an affordable rate by residents. By this venture, Madam Sirleaf believes that Mr. Thomas is encouraging other compatriots to invest at home as part of the strategies to alleviate the constraints of acquiring land and at the same time building a house.  According to the President, the construction of the new housing units signifies that a group of Liberians with expertise can come together, incorporating the young ones with talents and skills to carry on infrastructural development.  She then urged the management of Premier Developers to construct more of such housing units, especially for low income earners in other parts of the country to alleviate the serious housing problem facing ordinary Liberians. President Sirleaf then encouraged Liberians living abroad to return home and follow the good example of Premier Developers to work and build Liberia rather than coming home to take the country’s meager resources away. She has meanwhile assured the management of the Premier Homes her government’s commitment to providing social services, including the provision of safe drinking water and electricity for those who will be privileged to acquire any of the newly constructed units.Earlier in their respective remarks, Mr. John Davies, President of Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) and Director-general of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP), Dewitt VonBallmoos also commended the management and staff of Premier Developers JV Company for undertaking such a venture.  They promised to ensure that the dream of the Premier Estate is sustained. For her part, Paynesville City Mayor, Cyvette Gibson, lauded the new housing estate as a much welcomed development. Also speaking, Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper pledged his support to the project and promised to lobby with residents of Margibi to provide the needed land space for the construction of similar modern homes, which he believes will be at the purchasing advantage of low income earners. He is the Senate Chair on Public Works. The dedication was also attended by the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, Guinean Ambassador, Abdoulaye Doré,  The Premier Homes is one of Liberia’s post war developers, under the canopy of the Developers JV Company. With the motto: “Buying offers freedom from rising rents; affordability is a key factor,” the Premier Estate has amenities such as a gated community, perimeter and individual home fence, guard house with security, paved streets and landscaping.  It is a premium residential subdivision that offers middle to high income homes for sale, equipped with first class amenities and facilities.“We have several well-designed home models to choose from,” Mr. Thomas said. He also acknowledged authorities of the LBDI, NASSCORP, and Guarantee Trust Bank. Some of the estate plans are ready to buy and the homes are being designed and well-constructed in accordance with high standards of construction. The Premier Estate is constructed on 25 acres of land with a  workforce of 75, some of them, procurement staffers including seasoned Liberian engineers and architects.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Phagwah – Breaking ethnic barriers

first_imgYou know Phagwah is around the corner when you see brightly coloured powders for sale but nothing puts you in the mood better than hearing the distinctive voice of Bollywood legend Amithab Bachan singing “Rang barse bheege chunar wali, rang barse”.The song from the movie Silsila is synonymous with Ohagwah celebrations in Guyana and even further afield. Basically translating to “colours are showering,” rang barse is perhaps the most well-known phagwah song among Guyanese despite their ethnic or religious background.Phagwah is a community’s exuberant expression of joy to welcome the warmth of spring. In a reflection of nature’s abundance, Hindus celebrate with bursts of colour, camaraderie and shared abandon. It begins on Purnima, full moon day, in the Hindu month of Phalguna (February/March) and lasts for as long as 16 days.On the day of Holi, people celebrate by playing, dancing and running in the streets. Water pistols are filled with coloured water and squirted on family, friends and strangers alike. Dye powders and water balloons are a big part of the play. The wise wear old clothes, usually white, in anticipation of the mess! Virtually anything goes.Etiquette on Holi requires that one accept all overtures with an open heart, burying grievances to begin relationships afresh. People of all walks of life mingle and greet, applying vermilion on each other’s foreheads in an uninhibited exchange of goodwill.Love, positive values and goodness are celebrated on Holi. Their triumphs over divisiveness and negative forces have been reinforced in legends, such as that of Holika and her brother Prahlad. The famous king Hiranyakashipu had earned a boon that made him virtually indestructible.Blinded by this power, he thought he was God, the only being worthy of worship. His young son Prahlad was devoted to Lord Vishnu and refused to obey his father.Infuriated, the king devised the cruellest punishments. In one attempt, Prahlad’s evil aunt Holika, who possessed the power to withstand fire, tricked him into climbing a burning pyre with her. Prahlad’s love for true Divinity protected him from the flames. Holika burned while Prahlad lived. The bonfire of Holi is symbolic of this victory of good over evil.Coinciding with the advent of spring, the festival symbolises growth and fertility of the land for many Indians. Some Jains and Sikhs also partake in the festivities. The vibrant pigments used were traditionally made of ground vermillion, turmeric and neem, but synthetic pigments are common now.Legend has it that Krishna noticed one day how much lighter Radha’s complexion was than His own. His mother playfully suggested that He smear Radha’s cheeks with colour to make Her look like Him, which Krishna did. The strong-willed Radha gleefully retaliated, and merry chaos ensued.Another legend has it that Krishna celebrated this festival with His friends and the gopis. They danced and frolicked, filling the air with colour in a joyous welcome of spring.In keeping with the essence of Phagwah, Guyanese across the spectrum take the time out to enjoy this festival. It is a time when the motto “One People One Nation One Destiny” is truly lived. Despite differences throughout the year, Phagwah day is one that would see Guyanese smearing each other with colours or dousing with water as they all celebrate the triumph of good over evil.Evidence of the ability of Phagwah to break the ethnic barriers can be seen at the different melas, street corners and even in the homes. It is truly a Guyanese thing to see non-Hindus preparing sweetmeats and having a ball of a time as Hindus would.last_img read more

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Tender Board corruption in Region 6

first_imgDear Editor,Kindly publish this letter which seeks to highlight some of the problems affecting the development of Region 6 (East Berbice-Corentyne) and all of which can be sourced to the Tender Board. The Procurement Act 2003 is intended ‘to promote fairness and transparency in the procurement process’, but the Region 6 Tender Board has failed to give effect to the legal provisions provided therein. The Tender Board has also failed to provide fair and equitable treatment to all suppliers and contractors.Firstly, despite the fact that the Procurement Act specifies that certain standardized features and requirements relating to the characteristics of the good to be procured, many dietary and other items are tendered without due diligence to this requirement (Section 13). This has resulted in a potpourri of substandard goods being procured. The Act also makes it clear that contractors who have supplied substandard goods in the past should be disqualified but unfortunately this has never seen the light of day in Region 6.Secondly, all the members of the Regional Tender Board are political appointees or politicians who grossly lack the perquisite qualifications as expressly stated by the Procurement Act 2003 Section 16 (2). This subsection states that such persons appointed shall be of ‘unquestioned integrity who have shown capacity in business, the professions, law, audit, finance and administration’. If this Section was taken seriously then the Region would have had persons who are suitably qualified to foster the economic and social development of this region.Thirdly, the members of the Evaluation Committee should possess the same qualifications outlined above. But the appointees to this important Committee are all teachers with the technical /professional expertise as outlined in Section 16(2). It must be emphasised that these members must have more competence other than the capability of looking at figures and doing calculations! They must be able to understand the technical aspect as well. The purpose of this Committee is to evaluate the tenders which the Regional Tender Board has received from contractors and suppliers and has submitted to that Committee. This Evaluation Committee will also use the criteria outlined in the tender documents and determine the lowest evaluated tender. It will then make a recommendation to the Regional Tender Board. What is interesting is that should the Regional Tender Board be in disagreement with the Evaluation Committee’s recommendation, the Evaluation Committee must observe the recommendation of the Regional Tender Board with regards to who is the lowest evaluated bidder. Hence the Regional Tender will always influence the outcome of the final decision (Procurement Act Section 39). This is going back to the politicians.Fourthly, despite the fact that Section 39(6)(a) makes it pellucid that ‘all evaluation criteria for the procurement of goods, works and services in addition to price, will be qualified in monetary terms and the tender will be awarded to the lowest evaluated bid’, There are circumstances where this subsection has been blatantly violated, attesting to cronyism and corruption.For instance, in the case of the repairs to Whim Branch Road, the Engineer’s estimate was, $4,058,104, but the contractor with the lowest bid of $3,507,720 was not awarded that contract. It was given to another contractor who bid $3,968,364. Another instance is the case of the repairs to Black Bush Public Road to Johanna Three Bridge. The Engineer estimated this work for $6,043,749 and the lowest bid was for $5,446,492, but again the award of the contract was given to the same contractor as before who bid at $5,829,661 and was not the lowest bidder. These contracts were awarded on July 7, 2016. In both cases the contractor given the contract was the same and the contractor sidelined was the same. Is this a case of co-incidence? This is a clear violation of the Procurement Act!In addition to the above, the Procurement Act provides that contractors who were not successful should be notified by the Regional Tender Board as to the reasons why their bids were not successful. This was never done and this constitutes a clear violation of the Procurement Act. This question was raised at the RDC meeting on July 4 but no reason(s) was given by the Chairman of the Tender Board or any of the members who were present.Fifthly, there is also evidence to support incidents of conflict of interest. This is the type of cronyism and corruption which will destroy progress in the Region. This person, who has never done a contract in his life and submitted false recommendations with regards to work experience, should be disqualified according to the Act. It is no surprise that substandard is the order of the day in Region 6, since anyone with a hammer can be a contractor!Lastly, there is an urgent need for a forensic audit of the Tender Board in Region 6 to dig into these corrupt practices of the Tender Board. The records of the proceedings, the awards of contracts and the background, experience and qualifications of these contractors should come under microscopic scrutiny. For too long the Regional Tender Board has been allowed to escape with its corruption.These corrupt practices are rapidly eating away at the economic development of this Region! The Government is expending hundreds of millions only to be thrown away by corrupt politicians in the Region. The Tender Board needs to be sanitised!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRegional Councillor,Region 6last_img read more

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Youths put APNU/AFC into office

first_imgDear Editor,I am responding to a letter in another publication captioned ‘Give the coalition Government a chance to perform’. The writer tried to convince me to do as was stated in the caption, but it seemed that even the writer was afraid to pronounce it. The main idea was a quote from someone on CN Sharma’s Voice of the People!I hate it when fellow supporters of the Coalition try to justify what is happening or reassure ourselves that the ‘change’ is yet to come. I remember the President and the Prime Minister asking us to be patient, when at the end of the first 100 days many of what was promised in the manifesto for the first 100 days were not achieved.May 2015 was the first time I had voted in my life, not that I was not eligible in the previous election, but I could not find a party that truly looked like it cared for the people. In the election fever, I made a decision which I thought was the right one, helping to put this Government into Office.We voted change for a reason, why must the author write about Lacunar Amnesia? Is that his/her excuse for the Government’s mess ups so far? If it is, then for myself and many more (who do not have a party membership status), voting for the Coalition was a great deception! Forget about the dark days! Let us talk about this ‘change’! Are we saying that the 50 per cent increase Ministers are enjoying, the multimillion-dollar Jubilee Park (which has only hosted one activity per year so far), and the drug bond scandal are acceptable? Was the real change the reduction in VAT? Well if so, then here’s some news. All the taxes we are now paying after Budget 2017 make that reduction look like something in the distant past. Why do we have to pay VAT on water and light? On medication? On communication data? Everywhere I turn, I pay VAT.So tell me now, what about this parking meter fiasco? Was this another of the ‘change’ the Government had in mind? And don’t tell me that it is the M&CC’s business and not the Government’s. Who has to make it legal? Why can’t the Government that I helped to put into Office listen to the plea of the citizens and do something? It can’t be that the President or the Prime Minister, or any of the many Vice Presidents are afraid of Chase-Green and King! Why must billions of hard-earned Guyanese dollars go into the pockets of some Mexican millionaires?Let me remind the author that it was undoubtedly the youths of this country that had put the Government in Office. Many of us only knew of the rule of the PPP, and all of us wanted out. We are not suffering from Lacunar Amnesia, we are looking for the change! What a foolish thing to say! To compound matters even more, the writer quoted from the Bible! Are you telling me that you are comparing the Government to God and us, the people, to Israel? I am sure you have offended God because he will never ignore, persecute and rob his people the way the Government is doing. That fever I had during the election is beginning to burn again.Sincerely,Wilbert Moorelast_img read more

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Supenaam street roamer remanded

first_imgA Supenaam man, suspected to be of unsound mind, was on Monday remanded to prison on charges of unlawful wounding and threatening behaviour.He made his first appearance before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Charity Magistrate’s Court, where he pleaded not guilty to the charges.Mark Beamil, also known as “Tout”, of no fixed place of abode, was on Saturday last arrested and charged with unlawful wounding and threatening behaviour committed on George Couchman.He was remanded to prison until December 8, 2016.Prior to Beamil’s arrest, scores of residents in the Good Hope/-Supenaam area related to the media how threatened they were by his presence. They explained that they were fearful for their lives, since the man, who was usually armed with various weapons, would roam the streets late at nights.last_img read more

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Super typhoon forces unprecedented axing of WCup games

first_imgThe storm covers an unusually wide area and is currently rated as “violent”, the highest level on the Japanese scale, packing maximum gusts of up to 270 kilometres (168 miles).“While it’s regrettable, we’ve made, we believe, the right decision with everyone’s safety as the priority,” tournament organiser Alan Gilpin told reporters.The cancellations highlight the risks of holding a major sporting event in Japan — which is prone to typhoons, earthquakes and volcanoes — just nine months before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.And the decision affects tens of thousands of fans, many of whom had travelled from Europe to watch the crunch England-France match in Yokohama, just south of Tokyo.Simon Learey, a British fan, told AFP he had flown in for the game after getting the tickets as a birthday present.“Very disappointed, we’re only here four days, only to see that game,” said Learey.Map showing forecast path of typhoon Hagibis which is approaching Japan and threatens to disrupt the Rugby World Cup. © AFP / Laurence CHUThe cancelled games are recorded as 0-0 draws, means all four teams get two points. England go through as Pool C winners with France as runners-up, but Italy’s slim chance of qualifying disappeared.“It is a hard day for all of us and difficult to put into words,” said Italy coach Conor O’Shea.England’s outspoken coach Eddie Jones however was more upbeat, as his side gifted more rest days before their quarter-final.“So someone is smiling on us — the typhoon gods maybe?”– ‘Large and violent typhoon’ –All eyes are now on Sunday’s showdown fixture between Scotland and Japan, which the Scots must win to have a hope of qualifying.France have already qualified in Pool C © AFP / FRANCK FIFEOrganisers say they will see what damage Hagibis has caused before deciding whether that game, also in Yokohama, can go ahead.The Scots, unsurprisingly, pressed organisers to find a solution, saying they “fully expect contingency plans to be put in place to enable Scotland to contest for a place in the quarter-finals”.Japan’s weather agency warned that Hagibis was currently “a large and violent typhoon” and while it will weaken before hitting the mainland, it will “remain very strong” and have a “significant impact over large areas”.The impact on travel was already being felt with Japanese airline ANA scrapping 370 domestic flights to and from Tokyo’s two main airports on Saturday.Many people in Chiba, east of Tokyo, are still recovering from Typhoon Faxai, which struck Japan in early September and caused widespread disruption, leaving two people dead and cutting power to half-a-million homes.Hagibis is taking a similar trajectory to Faxai but is nearly three times bigger in terms of area.– ‘Reckless disregard’ –Organisers received criticism for the cancellations, with former World Cup winner Francois Pienaar telling Sky Sports: “Everybody has worked so hard. Why, if you work that hard and prepare yourself, let weather influence the outcome of the match? It shouldn’t.”Former England fly-half Stuart Barnes said organisers had shown “a reckless disregard for the reality of the times in which we live”.“Any sensible plan has to account for worst-case scenarios. If a deadly typhoon was considered too difficult to handle, the sport should have looked elsewhere for a home,” he wrote in The Times.But Gilpin stressed he had “no regrets at all” about bringing the World Cup to Japan, the first Asian country to host the tournament.“I think what you’ve all seen over the last three weeks absolutely in every respect vindicates the right decision to be hosting a World Cup here in Japan,” he said.He added that World Rugby had looked “pretty exhaustively” at other options for the games, including switching venues, but “we couldn’t guarantee consistent contingency plans across all those games safely for all the teams and fans involved”.Meanwhile, organisers of the Japanese Grand Prix due on Sunday said they would delay any decision to postpone Saturday qualifying for another 24 hours, but pledged that the safety of fans and drivers was their top priority.In 2014, Marussia driver Jules Bianchi crashed in bad weather conditions caused by a typhoon, and remained in a coma until his death the following July.0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000It is the first time in the tournament’s 32-year history that a game has been cancelled © AFP/File / William WESTTOKYO, Japan, Oct 10 – Two Rugby World Cup matches were cancelled in an unprecedented move on Thursday as Japan braces for potential damage and disruption from powerful Super Typhoon Hagibis.Organisers took the “very difficult decision” to scrap the games on Saturday — England v France and New Zealand v Italy — on safety grounds as Hagibis takes direct aim at Tokyo.last_img read more

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Messi, Neymar, Suarez sink PSG

first_img0Shares0000BARCELONA, December 11- The attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez were all on target as Barcelona came from behind to beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 on Wednesday in their Champions League Group F decider.Both sides had already qualified for the last 16, but first place was still up for grabs, with the French champions needing just a point at the Camp Nou and Barcelona having to win. When Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the visitors ahead against his old club on 15 minutes, PSG appeared to be in control, but Barcelona’s all-star front line all weighed in with goals to swing the match back the home side’s way and ensure that Luis Enrique’s side go through to next Monday’s draw as group winners.Messi equalised just four minutes after Ibrahimovic’s opener, before Neymar put the hosts ahead on 42 minutes and Suarez secured the victory 13 minutes from time, ending PSG’s record as the last club in Europe’s leading leagues still to be unbeaten in all competitions this season.With both sies having already qualified ahead of the final round of games, PSG coach Laurent Blanc had admitted that his men would be able to play with more freedom, as long as they could get the ball from their hosts.Barcelona monopolised possession right from the start, but PSG took the lead with their first shot on target, Ibrahimovic beating Marc-Andre ter Stegen with a first-time effort on his left-foot after Blaise Matuidi had laid off a Lucas ball in from the right.It was the Swede’s 12th goal of an injury-hit campaign and the first time he had ever scored against Barcelona, the club with whom he spent a year under Pep Guardiola in 2009-10.However, Barcelona were quickly back level, Messi arriving at the back post to convert after neither David Luiz nor ‘keeper Salvatore Sirigu had cut out Suarez’s first-time ball across the six-yard box.Messi now has 75 Champions League goals, and 76 in all European competitions, equal with the all-time record mark of former Real Madrid star Raul.Enrique’s decision to start with a back three left plenty of space for PSG to exploit in wide areas and they had chances to reclaim the lead.First when Matuidi’s ball in from the left was struck wide by Lucas and then when Edinson Cavani connected with an Ibrahimovic assist from the other side, forcing a save from ter Stegen.However, the Catalans displayed their fearsome attacking firepower at the other end Sirigu beat away a Suarez shot before Neymar put them in front three minutes prior to the break.The Brazilian was released by Andres Iniesta before advancing and curling a superb shot beyond Sirigu into the right corner of the net for his third goal in the competition this season.It remained an enjoyably open contest in the second half and the French champions almost equalised in the 53rd minute when Lucas broke into the area, only for ter Stegen to deny the Brazilian before Cavani’s follow-up was blocked practically on the line by Marc Bartra.Blanc sent on Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi for midfield duo Marco Verratti and Matuidi as his side went in search of the equalising goal that would have put them back on top of the group.Yet it was Barcelona who scored again in the 77th minute, with Suarez getting on the scoresheet at the Camp Nou for the first time since joining the club from Liverpool in the summer.When Neymar’s shot was turned out by Sirigu, Suarez was on hand to convert the rebound, securing the win and sealing revenge for a 3-2 defeat in Paris at the end of September.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Religious Events Calendar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ “Muslims and Christians in North America” will be discussed by Amir Hussain, 9:30a.m. Sunday, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 3646 Coldwater Canyon Ave., Studio City. Call (818) 763-9193. “What Does Judaism Say About the Afterlife?” an adult education class led by Rabbi Jan Offel, 10:30-11:30a.m. Sunday, Temple Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 348-0670. Men’s Club: “Business Forum,” 1-4p.m. Sunday, Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000 or see www.vbs.org. “Building Bridges,” a conference on the teachings of Islam, led by Bill Garlington and Steve Scholl, 6-9:30p.m. Monday, Camarillo United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Chatsworth. Admission, $10, includes a light dinner. Reservations required. Call (805) 988-3228. Tuesday Table Talk: Choice of TV seminars, “How Good Leaders Handle Negative Realities” or “Unlocking Love’s Door: Being in Jail” 7:30p.m. Tuesday, Bethel Church, 10725 Penrose St., Sun Valley. Potluck dinner, 6:30p.m. Free. Call (818) 767-4488. Diwali Mela, the Hindu Festival of Lights celebration, presented by the Indian Cultural Center with Indian folk dance, music and food, noon-midnighttoday, Los Angeles Pierce College, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. Free parking and admission. Call (818) 207-6562. “Standing Room Only,” a Christian social dance, 8-11p.m. today, Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7347 Jordan Ave. Dance lessons, 7-8p.m. Admission $12. Strict dress code. Call (818) 402-3863. Peacemaker Drum Circle, 7:30-9p.m. today, Faith Lutheran Church, 7500 De Soto Ave., Canoga Park. Drums will be provided. Call (818)348-4266. “A Concert for Unity,” 8p.m. today, with the Yuval Ron Ensemble, a group that combines sacred musical traditions of Judaism, Sufism and the Armenian Christian church, Chapel of the Sacred Heart at Loyola Marymount University, 1 Loyola Marymount Drive (enter from Lincoln Boulevard and stop at the information booth), Los Angeles. Admission $20. Call (818) 505-1355 or see www.yuvalronmusic.com. Conejo Jewish Academy classes: “Windows of the Soul,” a seven-week course on Kabbalistic teachings led by Rabbi Yisroel Levine, beginning 8p.m. Tuesday. “Beginners Hebrew,” a six-week course led by Rochel Bryski, 8p.m. Tuesday. Fee $18. Call (818) 991-0991 or see www.jewishacademy.com. Catholic Community monthly luncheon, 11:30a.m. Thursday, Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn, 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. “A Jewish Novel About Jesus” will be the topic of guest speaker, Rolf Gompertz. Buffet luncheon, $15. Reservations required. Call (818) 846-3271 or (323) 656-0955. “World Community Day 2006,” presented by the Conejo Unit of Church Women United, 10a.m. Friday, King of Glory Lutheran Church, 2500 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. Call (805) 494-7368. “An Evening of Christian Jazz,” with musicians Bill Cantos and Mari Falcone and guest speaker, Jenn Lyon, a finalist on “Survivor: Palau,” 7:15p.m. Friday, West Hills Church, 7475 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills. Presented by Spirit Works, the church’s contemporary ministry. Free. Call (818) 887-6227. Holiday boutique, 9a.m.-2p.m. Nov. 4, United Church of Christ, 370 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Call (805) 526-6001 or see www.UCCSIMI.org. Fall boutique, 9a.m.-2:30p.m. Nov. 4, Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd., Reseda. Call (818) 349-8313. Holiday boutique, 9a.m.-3p.m. Nov. 4, Tujunga United Methodist Church, 9901 Tujunga Canyon Blvd., Tujunga. Call (818) 352-1481 or (818) 353-3669. Holiday boutique, 9a.m.-6:30p.m. Nov. 4, Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, 13955 Peach Hill Road, Moorpark. Call (805) 529-1397. Zeidan Atashi, a Druze Israeli and former member of the Knesset will be the guest speaker at a “lunch and learn,” following a Shabbat service, 9a.m. Nov. 4, Temple Ramat Zion, 17655 Devonshire St., Northridge. Call (818) 360-1881. Christmas boutique, 10a.m.-2p.m. Nov. 4, Congregational Church of the Chimes, 14115 Magnolia Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 789-1724. Glendale Aglow, a Christian women’s fellowship, will hold a meeting, 10a.m. Nov. 4, Heritage House, 401 E. Colorado Ave., Glendale. Admission $7, includes continental breakfast. Call (818) 291-9320. Christmas boutique, 5-7p.m. Nov. 4 and 8a.m.-1p.m. Nov. 5, St. Mel Roman Catholic Church, 20870 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 346-8051. Jars of Clay, a contemporary Christian band, will hold an outdoor concert, 6:30p.m. Nov. 4, alumni park at Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Tickets $18 in advance. Call (310) 506-7153 or see www.pepspbtickets.com. Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary benefit luncheon, 11a.m. Nov. 8, Sheraton Universal, 333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City. Tickets $65. Reservations by Nov. 4. Call (818) 360-2726. CROP (Communities Reaching Out to People) Walk, the annual fundraiser to benefit local food pantries and Valley Interfaith Council’s Meals on Wheels and other programs, 12:30p.m. registration; walk begins at 1:15p.m. Nov. 5, Northridge United Methodist, 9650 Reseda Blvd., Northridge. Call (818) 718-6460, Ext. 3012. “What Costume Do You Wear?” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Evelyn Hammond, 10a.m. Sunday, when the Center for Highly Effective Living, Church of Religious Science, meets at Pacific Lodge Youth Services, 4900 Serrania Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 883-1300. “What Mask?” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Carrie Lauer, 10a.m. Sunday, Center of Spiritual Awakening, meeting at the Radisson Hotel, 9777 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. Call (818) 709-1451. “Dia De Los Muertos – Day of the Dead” will be the topic of the Rev. Anne Felton Hines and guest speaker Sindy Swerdlove, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 7304 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 887-6101 or see www.emersonuuc.org. “Day of the Dead” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Bob McDill, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Costumes optional. Call (818) 894-9251 or see www.valleyonion.org. “The Shadow of Ignorance” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Thomas E. Witherspoon, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Unity Church of the Valley, 2817 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta. Call (818) 249-4396. “Mastering Risk” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Beverly Craig, 10a.m. Sunday, La Crescenta Church of Religious Science, 4845 Dunsmore Ave. Call (818) 249-1045. “A New Beginning” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Maureen Hoyt, 10a.m. Sunday, Granada Hills Church of Religious Science, 17622 Chatsworth St. Call (818) 363-8136. “God is Able to Do More Than All We Ask or Imagine” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Glenn Kirby, 8:45a.m., 10:15a.m. and 11:45a.m. Sunday, West Valley Christian Church, 22450 Sherman Way, West Hills. Call (818) 884-6480. “A Permanent Marker” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Joey K. McDonald, 10:30a.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood, 4832 Tujunga Ave. Call (818) 763-8231. “Deepening Humility” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dale Johnsen, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Heart of the Valley Community Church, 18644 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 881-3651. “One Greater than Moses or Anyone Else!” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Ken Hahn, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Trinity Lutheran Church, 18425 Kittridge St., Reseda. Call (818) 342-1633. Religion events are compiled by Staff Writer Holly Andres. Notices must reach the Daily News two weeks before the Saturday on which they are to run. Phone numbers must be included for contact purposes. Mail to Religion Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200; fax (818) 713-0058; or e-mail to holly.andres@dailynews.com.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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