Beginning in 2013, the Korean Ambassador’s Cup has gained tremendous interest among Taekwondo coaches and athletes in PNG. The primary purpose of the Cup is to enhance ties between Korea and PNG.“Interestingly, it has served the practitioners in a different way, however. While this beautiful island has not been able to hold many domestic competitions, the Korean Ambassador’s Cup gives PNG Taekwondo doers a regular and great opportunity to show off their talents and efforts and compete with each other on home soil before taking part in international games in other countries,” said the Embassy.“Namely, the event acts to identify good talents and encourage excellence. After all, PNG players need practical experiences to prepare for big events. “In 2018, 85 players from eight clubs in the capital city contested with each other. There were around 500 people at the venue, Caritas Technical Secondary School Gymnasium.“This year’s Korean Ambassador’s Cup is much more compelling. The Korean government plans to invite 150 outstanding athletes to Korea later this year who display superb performance at the Korean Ambassador Cups around the world.“This will surely motivate PNG players to do their utmost. We will get to see who will be the lucky ones,” said the Embassy.Human Exchanges through Taekwondo, a bright future of Taekwondo in PNG In 2016, K-Tigers, Taekwondo performance team, visited PNG and fascinated the audience with their artistic and dynamic live show.In January this year, for a month, Taekwondo PNG invited Korea’s World Taekwondo Peace Corps (three instructors and one translator) to train fifty PNG players (World Taekwondo Peace Corps has been sending Korean instructors to PNG since 2010). In March, for three weeks, four PNG athletes were invited to train in Korea along with other forty athletes around the world. It is true that these human exchanges enable the two countries to understand each other better and to reinforce relations.These training events also help Taekwondo in PNG in many practical ways. Some of the challenges that disturb the growth of Taekwondo in PNG include the lack of experienced instructors and proper teaching standards.These programs offer a great chance to PNG Taekwondo professionals to train better and be informed with good knowledge from the origin country’s masters. Accordingly, they could produce highly qualified PNG instructors and be able to develop unified and advanced teaching methods. This will ensure that any Papua New Guineans will learn Taekwondo in a proper manner. High chances of the First PNG Olympic Medal Taekwondo could be the sport to give Papua New Guinea its first Olympic medal. PNG has participated in the summer Olympics since 1976. Taekwondo was adopted as a regular in Sydney 2000, and PNG sent one male and one female Taekwondo athletes to Rio 2016. Although the male contestant, Maximillian Kassman’s challenge stopped at the preliminary round (category -68kg), he is still young and making efforts for the 2020 Olympics.Taekwondo, promising a brighter future for Papua New Guinea Relations between Korea and PNG so far were largely focused on economic cooperation. Korea imports natural resources and participates in infrastructure projects. PNG considers Korea(ns) as a development partner as well as a stable importer and robust business runners. While these large-scale economic projects matter in boosting the national economy, Taekwondo touches the real hearts of the Papua New Guineans, making a big difference in their everyday lives.The Popularity of Taekwondo and KoreaAmong many global martial arts enjoyed in PNG, Taekwondo is surely the most popular one. Since its introduction in the 1970s, Papua New Guineans have learned and practiced Taekwondo in schools and local clubs. Kila Perry (33), an employee at the Korean Embassy in Port Moresby, who went to Notre Dame Secondary Girls’ High School in Western Highlands Province, said Taekwondo was a regular curriculum of PE classes in her school and she liked learning Taekwondo from a black-belt master. She said firmly that by learning Taekwondo she grew physically strong. Particularly, because of its focuses on good manners, she came to know how to control herself and behave better. This Taekwondo experience left a good image of Korea and eventually led her to get a job in the Korean Embassy.Out of 22 provinces in PNG, six have Taekwondo clubs. Taekwondo PNG aims to reach all the provinces by 2030 and believes that Taekwondo contributes to national development. Some of the famous clubs in Port Moresby are Kassman Taekwondo Club, The University Taekwondo Club and Stones Taekwondo Club.While Hallyu, the Korean Wave denotes a variety of Korean cultures such as K-pop, Korean food, and Hangeul (the Korean language), Taekwondo is undoubtedly number one messenger of the Korean heritages here in PNG. As Taekwondo games are run in the Korean language and Taekwondo teaches Korean manners, it plays a strong and effective role in bridging the two countries and letting them share a common ground. This will pave the way for cultural exchanges between the two friends.Self-Defense for Papua New GuineansA lot of Papua New Guineans find self-defense skills of Taekwondo very helpful. As PNG reports many cases of pickpocketing and robberies, acquiring self-protection techniques is an advantage and Taekwondo does that job. In particular, some clubs are happy to see that more girls and women join Taekwondo classes as Taekwondo can equip them with practical skills to combat violence against women.Character Building with TaekwondoTaekwondo is a very special martial art in the sense that it not only reinforces physical strength, but also helps develop self-discipline and courtesy. It is because the philosophy of Taekwondo is based on five principles: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit. This is why a lot of parents around the world tend to incorporate Taekwondo into their children’s education. They certainly see good changes in behaviour and thoughts.Kila Perry believes the same. She said taekwondo will be of great help when applied in nationwide education in PNG as it instills in future generations good manners and peace-loving spirits. With pressure and stress increasing, some students get easily aggressive, angry and frustrated. Through Taekwondo they could be made more gentle, disciplined and resilient. This will make decent PNG citizens, who will build a harmoniously organised and peaceful country in the long run.After the Japanese Occupation (1910-1945) and the Korean War (1950-1953), Korea had to regain its national spirits and rebuild the nation. As in an aphorism of ‘a sound mind in a sound body’, Taekwondo ensured the physical and spiritual strengths of Koreans, and this led to national unity and splendid growth of Korea. Now it is PNG’s turn. Since its independence in 1975, PNG has shown enormous potentials for development. PNG people will be able to see what magic Taekwondo can do for the new history.
The Serbian tactician, the brains behind the Tornadoes’ epic sweep of Petron in the best-of-three title series on Saturday, was quick to shrug off credit for Foton’s second title.Instead, Branislav will be sitting back for some much-needed rest while awaiting a call to return calling the shots for the league’s newest toast.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTS‘It’s his turn’: Kiefer Ravena named Gilas captainSPORTSWe are young“I like every time that I win a championship,” Branislav said after the celebration on the court died down following a 25-20, 25-20, 22-25, 25-17 decision of the gritty Tri-Activ Spikers at Philsports Arena.“This is my life. I’m just a coach, this is a normal job for me and I always like to [finish] first.” MOST READ Branislav though, bared something that is out of the usual.“But tomorrow, I will just drink coffee and wait for a proposal [to return] to work,” he said after winning his 21st championship coaching in 12 different countries.Branislav admitted to not yet hearing from Foton executives about a contract renewal, though team owner Rommel Sytin said that “most likely, [Branislav] will be back next year.”The fiery coach, after all, wants to stick it out with the team to help make it better.“In my opinion, give this Foton team maybe five more months and it will be better for the next PSL conference,” Branislav said.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine So breaches Elo 2800, climbs to world No. 4 We are young EDITORS’ PICK Magical could be the only way to describe how Foton played in the finals of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix.Coach Moro Branislav, though, sees it as just another day in the office.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China’s virus death toll surpasses SARS but new cases fall Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Coronavirus case in HK building becomes game changer for Filipinos working there Behind the exploits of the courageous and prolific Lindsay Stalzer, the Tornadoes fought back from two sets down and 3-8 behind in the fifth set of Game 1 to gather all the momentum they needed for the dominating second game performance.Branislav deserves credit as much as Stalzer and the other players do.But in the meantime, while he awaits what his part in the future of Foton in particular and Philippine volleyball in general would be, getting a tan doesn’t sound to be a bad idea.“I don’t know what will be next for me [because] I have not yet received any information [if I will still coach the team],” he said. “Maybe I will go to Boracay for three days, I don’t know.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: What’s the truth about VFA termination? Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND China’s virus death toll surpasses SARS but new cases fall Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH View comments
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Lomarsh RoopnarineIf you are unfamiliar with rural Guyana, particularly in the Corentyne, and happen to be traveling in this region you will find one unique characteristic that is probably absent elsewhere in Guyana and the Caribbean. You will find groups of young men around eighteen to thirty years old hanging out in a semi-circle on one or both sides of the public road. It is customary for young men, and sometimes older men, to form groups on the parapets of the main public road on the Corentyne in the early mornings and evenings to discuss all sorts of events that happen in the village, in Guyana and in the international community. If a cricket match is being played between the West Indies and England, if someone is having an affair, or if a young lady is sexually available, the discussion can go on late into the night with selective whispering occasioned by a sudden burst of laughter.The gathering of these young men is more than just about hanging out, more than idle talk and speculation. It is an opportunity for them to discuss what is not said in their homes, what has not been allowed in their schools, temples, churches. It is also an opportunity for them to unlearn what they have learned, to learn about what they were not allowed to learn such as sex, dirty jokes, foul language, and the challenges of a budding masculinity. The roadside hangout is a sanctuary, a rite of passage in the absence of formal private dwellings for unemployed, perverse, progressive, inexperienced young men. One white American visitor to the Corentyne described this daily gathering of young men as “conversational corners of village life.” He was apparently confused as to why so many young men would rather hang out on the side of the road than attend his evening pastoral preaching.No one is entirely sure where this tradition of young men hanging out on the roadside mornings and evenings comes from since it is uncommon in urban Guyana and in other Caribbean islands. In these latter places, the gathering tends to occur in the homes, shops, churches, bars, parks, abandoned buildings and at the marketplace. It appears that the custom of young men hanging out on the roadside started during the indentured period, supposedly a tradition transferred from rural India to British Guiana in the nineteenth century.Interestingly, too, is that the structure of the road and tropical climate dictate why and when the grouping occurs. Unlike most roads in the Caribbean, the road in the Corentyne does not have significant feeder roads, so the main public road is wide enough to facilitate all sorts of activity from general traffic that includes motored vehicles, bicycles, donkey carts, pedestrians, peddlers, and, yes, conversational corners. The tropical heat allows for grouping to occur in the cooler mornings and evenings, although, grouping can occur at any time when quarrels and fights happen in the village.What makes this tradition even more intriguing is that it has survived police surveillance, but with the introduction of television in the early 1990s the tradition has been fading slowly as the younger generation has become victims of excessive TV watching. Real conversations are being replaced by fictional TV characters. I am not sure if roadside hang-outs will continue in rural Guyana. We cannot, however, nonchalantly downplay the significance and importance of roadside hang-outs to village life replete with limited social services. Roadside hang-outs have empowered, especially impoverished village denizens, to deal with the exigency of village life. The closing down of the sugar estates along the Corentyne might very well provide fodder for the longevity of roadside hang-outs insofar as to cohere and co-exist in an environment where rural stability and happiness have become elusive goals. (email@example.com)
There is a cliché that refers to perception morphing into reality. This would have been known and probably tested throughout time and often a source of contention in politics. Some of what transpired during the 2015 elections campaign would have brought it sharply into focus, testing believability almost to the point of confirming it in some instances. One of its unfortunate derivatives is the superimposing of what is supposed to be unreal over what is; in other words, fiction over fact.This obviously has advantages and disadvantages for different sides one way or the other and with any shift in mindsets probably remaining long-lasting. It therefore becomes a monumental challenge for facts to become believable in such circumstances. A cursory look at some aspects of international politics can easily substantiate, as fake news insidiously enters the realm of reality.In every circumstance, it appears to be fast becoming more laborious for believability. In the process, sometimes sensitivities, individually and nationally, can be exacerbated thereby increasing the potential to negatively broadside societal social fabric. The dilemma created in such situations demands an uncompromising and transparent approach to verify and convey facts to mitigate the possible raising of tensions. This becomes even more necessary in a pluralistic society like ours.As discussions over the employment practices at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) continue throughout society, clearly one section can be made to feel aggrieved based upon information within the public domain. Like everything else, there are two sides; however, our multifaceted makeup would demand an urgent ascertaining of the facts. Given the important role GECOM plays, the need for such an intervention is paramount.For many, if not all, the result of an election is pivotal to their advancement in the future. For a nation, it can have tremendous bearing on its stability and by extension the economy, international credibility while impacting confidence. If the citizenry or a section of it develops a lack of confidence in the election machinery, then credibility in the process could become a major issue with its own spin-off effects.The initial controversy at GECOM over its perceived employment practices led to some statistics and charts appearing in the media. While it may have provided a different perspective, it may not have changed the perception given, reportedly, concerns over source and accuracy. What subsequently transpired with regard to the appointment of the Deputy Chief Elections Officer, (DCEO), may have further incensed sentiments over an already sensitive situation.From what was reported, the candidate, who scored the highest and who would have had three years on the job experience, was not appointed. When ethnicity is thrown into the milieu, it further heightens the perception of unfairness. This is not to say that the person appointed is not qualified, however the finality of the appointment process would have provided fodder to those who remain convinced of unfairness.With the general tendency that one thing can lead to another, for those who are fortified in their belief of unfairness, it is not farfetched to posit that they can lose confidence in the electoral process regardless of perception or reality of the current situation. That’s the unfortunate potential the situation can precipitate.When other circumstances, such as alleged reports of mass firing based on ethnicity after the 2015 elections and the seeming unabated imposition of a particular party colour on public buildings and through other means, ethnic and political sensitivities can be offended.Cleary our leaders and civil society cannot be oblivious of this, especially given our history. Therefore, the lack of or delay in a meaningful intervention to ascertain the facts on GECOM employment practices will contribute little or nothing to remove any perception of unfairness. It can also, fairly or unfairly, question commitment of the authorities to so intervene for the national good.To establish the Social Cohesion Ministry, the Administration must have been aware of the compelling reasons to do so, guided by history, perception and reality. One can therefore safely posit that the need to mitigate ethnic sensitivities, more than likely premised on reality, would have been the foremost consideration for the Social Cohesion Ministry and for it to receive taxpayers’ funding to deliver its mandate of promoting national harmony.With that in mind, it would not be unfair to expect a fact-finding intervention into GECOM’s employment practice, which in reality should have already been implemented. This is extremely crucial, not only in the quest to realise social cohesion, but for confidence in the nation’s electoral machinery. If partisanship through alleged political allegiance were to develop in the electoral machinery, the creation of suspicion over questionable elections could be moved from perception to reality.In the interest of national unity, that intervention must be immediate and meaningful and not just for the purpose of mere appeasement. Its absence would not help the social complexities and could unfortunately and undesirably redound to a loss in democratic gains. That could be a result of perception morphing into reality.
Dear Editor,The closure of the sugar estates was based purely on spite; that is the sure prognosis of all right-thinking Guyanese, but The PNC see things differently.They are of the opinion that, by closing the sugar estates, they would be hitting The PPP the hardest. They were of the mistaken belief that, by shutting down the estates, they would sound the death knell of the PPP/C’s stronghold. Kill sugar, they opined, and we would have their supporters with their begging bowls crying for help at the PNC’s doorstep.However, with that vindictiveness and spite, the PNC/AFC made the following major blunders:1. They were exposing their lying and deceitful selves before an audience they had faithfully promised that they would never do such a thing.In fact, they lied to the people, telling them that they need to be aware of the PPP, they are the party who would close the sugar estates, and the party who should be the object of their fear.Well, as it turned out, the people are now well aware of which party betrayed their trust and which constitutes the enemy.2. By deceiving the people in such a horrible way, they played right into the hands of the PPP.The PPP gets those disaffected voters from the Coalition; in essence, they were strengthening PPP support in the Sugar Belt. The hurt, the blatant deception, did hit the people hardest, which caused many of them to vow never to vote for the Coalition again.To verify my story, I urge you to go into the sugar areas, and the same sad story greets you as each worker tells you over and over again, “We were deceived… them fool a-we. Never again! Never would we vote for this PNC-dominated Coalition again.”3. With the rise in the worldwide use of the brown crystals as a natural sweetener, sugar is a sure foreign exchange earner. The industry in Guyana was at the quarter million mark and rising when this Government took control of our economy.This was a sure sign that better days were ahead. However, with the sudden closures, there was a drastic decline in production, where the industry is barely able to sustain 100,000 tons. The associated results are a shortfall in foreign earnings and a drop in the economy.4. Sugar is the life blood of Guyana; on it every other foreign earner revolves. Sugar is a pivot on which Guyana’s foreign earnings revolve. The sugar industry is the largest entity in the productive sector, and to kill sugar means that the entire economy would collapse also. This is the sorry mistake this Government has made.The stark reality is: you cannot run a government on sheer spite, it was bound to yield horrendous results. In three short years, this Coalition has supervised the demise of sugar as well as every other economic sector of this country. This is the backward platform that this administration is built on.Respectfully,Neil Adams
Ayscough & Marar also helped defend Jackson against a lawsuit that claimed the singer owed $1.4 million to former business associate Marc Schaffel. Last year, a jury awarded Schaffel $900,000 and awarded Jackson $200,000 in a countersuit against Schaffel. Miller heats up pleas for world Sienna Miller teamed up with Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan on Tuesday to urge Indians to do more to slow global warming. The 25-year-old actress met Bachchan in Mumbai, India, at the start of a weeklong trip to India as an ambassador for Global Cool. “If each one of us does our bit, we will be helping to keep global warming from harming our countries,” Miller said. Bachchan, India’s biggest movie star, announced that the Indian International Film Academy would partner with Global Cool, an organization that spreads awareness about global warming, to increase knowledge about greenhouse-gas emissions. “Carbon emissions will be huge from countries like India and China with growing populations and economy,” Bachchan said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Michael Jackson has been told to pay more than $256,000 in legal fees to a firm that handled some side issues during his 2005 child-molestation trial. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge signed a judgment Friday that awarded $216,837 along with $39,177 in interest to the Torrance firm of Ayscough & Marar, according to court records. Jackson’s attorney agreed in principle to the judgment June 26, when he told the judge that going to trial would be costlier and “we want to stop the hemorrhaging.” The law firm sued the 48-year-old pop star for failing to pay legal fees for preventing the release of some information to the public and to lawyers in civil cases during his 2005 criminal trial in Santa Barbara County. Jackson was eventually acquitted of child-molestation charges. Jackson countersued the law firm but that case was dismissed.
Parents interested in enrolling their children in Los Angeles Unified School District magnet schools for next year and getting bus transportation to classes can begin applying today. The district has more than 160 magnet schools and centers with specialties ranging from math and science and technology to the performing arts and music. Magnet schools and the accompanying transportation program have been a key component of the district’s voluntary integration efforts. Complete information is available in the 2008-09 CHOICES brochure sent to all LAUSD students’ parents. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The application period closes Jan. 11.
Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. THURSDAY Le Tip Business Network Group will meet, 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24201 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call Lisa Eichman at (661) 297-3333 or visit www.allvalleyletip.com. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Free program, “Working with Wildlife,” 2-3 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. TODAY Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463.
LANCASTER – Early Monday evening, some of the area’s top soccer talents will assemble with little fanfare at Lancaster National Soccer Complex for the Lancaster Rattlers’ first official practice in advance of their 2007 inaugural season. Later in the week, the franchise hopes to find a home. Rattlers owner/general manager Gerald Brunner hopes a scheduled meeting with Antelope Valley Union High School District deputy superintendent Jeff Foster on Wednesday afternoon will lead to the desired outcome. Brunner is seeking a deal that would bring the Premier Development League team to Antelope Valley High’s soon-to-renovated football stadium. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesBrunner had expected to have use of the Antelope Valley facility but was told earlier this month that the field was not available. The Antelope Valley Attack, a semiprofessional women’s football team, has experienced similar field-usage difficulties. Brunner said in a telephone conversation with Foster on Thursday he was told that the district prohibits private entities such as the Rattlers from using school facilities. But Brunner said he was “ecstatic” Foster was willing to meet with him “before drawing any conclusions.” The PDL is a development league that exists under the United States Soccer Federation, which is also Major League Soccer’s governing body. The Rattlers are slated to compete in a 10-team Southwest Division of the PDL. Last season, the PDL produced more than 60 players who logged some time in the MLS this year. Countless others have gone on to play professionally in the United Soccer League’s Divisions I and II, Mexico and Europe. The PDL season, which starts in late April and ends in early August, is designed to accommodate college players. It also for noncollegians who have aged-out of club soccer at 18. The Rattlers play an 18-game regular season schedule. They need a facility to accommodate nine home games. Brunner said his proposal includes an agreement to cover maintenance costs and repair any damage. He said field usage for playing purposes causes significantly less wear than does field usage for practices, which includes turf-shredding stop-and-go drills involving players concentrated on small parts of the field. The proposal also includes an offer to send the franchise’s yet-to-be-named mascot to high school games to promote the sport. He said he would make his players available to scrimmage against or train any area high school team. Brunner said the franchise would bring revenue and recognition to the area, as well as family-oriented entertainment geared toward what he said is “more popular than other sport in the Antelope Valley.” “This will do a heck of a lot to support to the community and the local high schools,” Brunner said. email@example.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!