“He knew they were planning to kill him”

first_imgLeon FraserBy Lakhram BhagiratWhen someone decides to join the law enforcement sector, they know that they are literally putting their life on the line. They are okay with the fact at any given time they can be called on to defend the citizenry and that was exactly what Superintendent of Police, Leon Fraser, was doing when he became the target of notorious criminals.On April 2, 2002, Fraser and a team were responding to a report on the Linden- Soesdyke Highway when he was gunned down. Media reports from back then indicated that the shootout was a well-orchestrated strike with the sole focus being Fraser.At the time of his death, Fraser was one of the most feared/respected members of the Guyana Police Force and was responsible for a number of successful anti-crime operations. Based on information available, on the fateful day, Fraser led a team to Yarrowkabra on the Linden- Soesdyke Highway to investigate reports of a vehicle matching the description of one that was believed to have been hijacked by the February 23, 2002 Camp Street Prison escapees.When they arrived, they were engaged in a gun battle with five men suspected to be the escapees. The men turned their guns on Fraser and took him out before making good their escape. Fraser was a controversial member of the Police Force as well as one of the most feared. There are reports that when he walked into communities riddled with crime, there would be silence and an instant clearing out of those criminal elements.Sections of society lauded him while others accused him of Police brutality. Until his demise, Fraser had been involved in many high-profile anti-crime operations and was instrumental in the siege that led to the death of the notorious Linden London.Fraser’s widow, Nadera Fraser, told the <<>> her husband joined the Guyana Police Force as a constable, but because of his potential he was encouraged to apply to the Cadet Training Programme offered by the Guyana Defence Force. He was successful in his application and upon completion, returned to the Police Force and spent some time in the Mounted Branch before moving to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).Leon and Nadera have a daughter together and were a couple for over 19 years before he was killed. She describes him as being a quiet and reserved person:“Nadia (our daughter) was nine years old when Leon was killed. He was a quiet person and very reserved. As a matter of fact when we met, I was the one who approached him and that should tell you about the type of person he was. He was very reserved not in a manner of being ignorant of his environment, because he was always alert.”She said that while Fraser was one of the most respected Policemen of his time, he was also very domesticated. He was also disciplined in a sense that the world did not see. She and their daughter got to see it every day when he would get up at 05:00h and clean the stove, make coffee, cook and then go off for exercise with his squad.He always helped around the house that they shared at Police Headquarters, Eve Leary.“He got discipline from the Force. He started as a constable and then he was pushed to complete the cadet course and from there, he took off. What he learned there (at the cadet course) during the rigorous training, he applied it to his work even though some people may say unorthodox or he did it different, but it was effective in achieving the end result,” his widow noted.Nadera has always been a businesswoman and on April 2, 2002, a container loaded with goods had just arrived and she was going to have it cleared through Customs. She vividly remembers the last conversation she had with Leon and says that unto today it is burned into her memory.“He had called me and told me that when he is off duty, he will get some of his boys and we will empty the container; that was while I was going to clear it. But when he called back later that afternoon, around quarter to one (12:40h), I told him that we have to wait until the next day and he said that was good, because he now have to go up the Highway to check out a report about the car the bandits had hijacked on Good Friday day.”She said she was at the stall in Stabroek Market when rumours started circling about her husband’s death. One of the vendors then called her and enquired about whether the rumours were true, but she had no knowledge.“About an hour later, one of his friends came and said ‘Nadie, I got something to tell you’ and he said that we got to go to the (funeral) parlour and identify the body. Me and my daughter went and we identified the body and so on.”It was not until later that night a senior officer reached out to the family and officially informed them of Fraser’s death.His death hit Nadera so hard that when she got the news, she just sank to the ground and could not have moved afterwards. A feeling of numbness overtook her body and she was in a daze. She has very little memory of the days after her husband’s death.Nadera became extremely cautious and fearful for her family’s lives and slipped into severe depression. She had to have the intervention of doctors before she could begin to do anything else. The business she worked so hard to build was dwindling away and she had no drive to work again.However, she found the strength in her daughter and began pushing forward. After two months, she returned to work and began rebuilding. She remained a resident at Eve Leary for over five years after her husband’s death and has since moved out and even got remarried.“Even though I am remarried, I still do miss him. He was a part of me and he was a very good man. When he died, my daughter took it very hard because he would wake up every morning and do his thing and take her to school before 8:00 am. When we went to the parlour to identify his body, she screamed there and after we went home, she screamed and threw down the furniture, but since then she has been bottling up her feelings. She is just like him. She is reserved and don’t talk too much. She just goes on with life.”The night before he was killed was Easter Monday and Fraser was supposed to take Nadera and Nadia to the seawalls to hang out, but he did not, and what he told them made it clear that he was aware of the level of danger he was in.“We were to go to the seawall, but he sat in his room and he took all his shoes with Nadia and they sat down and they polished all the shoes. He even told me to bring mine and they polished it.3That night he told me that “they planning to kill me, you know’. That’s why we did not go out Easter Monday night. The morning before he died, he had this safari jacket and he put it on. I told him that if you got to go out aren’t you supposed to put on a bullet-proof? He said ‘one time you got to dead, not two time you does dead’ and I said put on your bullet-proof and he said when he go over (to Police HQ), he will put it on.”Nadera said that she was aware when her husband was killed, many persons were “jubilating”, but she sought to remind that he was only doing what he was trained to do and that was to catch the bad guys and ensure that there was peace in Guyana.last_img read more

Konneh’s Plea for Continuance Granted

first_imgAfter over four hours of closed-door activities by Senators that lasted up to 1:00 p.m., and followed by almost two hours of proceedings, the Senate yesterday granted an appeal for continuance to Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh, to enable him to have proper representation by his lawyer who, he told the lawmakers, was out of the country.Following an hour of heated arguments over the legality of Konneh’s plea, majority of the Senators agreed that in order for the witness (Konneh) to have his day before plenary with proper representation, it was legally imperative that sufficient time was given him to be adequately prepared through his lawyer for his reappearance.In his plea for continuance, Konneh stated thus: “Honorable Senators, I will like to respectfully inform the Senate that my choice of counsel is not in town, and I will prefer to appeal that you grant me continuance in this matter if at all my presence is needed today, thank you.”Asserting that every citizen of the country is entitled to legal counsel, Maryland County Senator J. Gbleh-Bo Brown, who proffered the motion for continuance, declared: “I will move that my fellow colleagues [consent] that the request by the Minister be granted, and that this Senate reconvene next Tuesday for the reappearance of the Minister along with his lawyer. And in the event he appears here without his lawyer, this body should take recourse to provide him the legal representation as required by the law.”Several Senators, as expected, among them the Chairman of Senate Committee on Judiciary, Varney G. Sherman, all requested an extended time of at least two weeks be granted to the witness for his lawyer to go through whatever paperwork he may need to do.In the vote that followed, however, 15 Senators agreed on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 for Minister Konneh and his lawyer to appear. There were five against, and two abstained.Konneh is facing contempt hearings before the Senate after that body took offense to the language of the content in a communication authored by Deputy Minister for Fiscal Affairs of Finance and Development Planning Ministry, Dr. James F. Kollie.Minister Konneh, who appeared before that body last Tuesday, agreed to take responsibility for the language of the letter, but refused to apologize for what the lawmakers described as “Constitutional Violation” in the Minister’s attempt to usurp their Legislative function.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No need to conserve 2 million hectares of forest – Jagdeo

first_img…says productive sector likely to sufferThe productive sector is likely to suffer tremendously now that the Government plans to conserve an additional two million hectares of forest lands, former President, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo says.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoWith the recent signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Guyana Government pledged to put two million hectares of forest under conservation.Government to conserve additional two million hectares of forest landRecently, President David Granger explained that the allocation of more land to the protected area system would ensure that these natural resources are used sustainably and preserved for future generations, and was part and parcel of the plan to promote a green economy.The President also stated that conservation would be used in tandem with the proliferation of eco-tourism in Guyana.“These areas will be established in each of our 10 administrative regions to ensure that conservation is on a national scale and covers all of our ecological zones in scope. Ecological parks, nature reserves and sanctuaries for our endangered species will be established to protect our flora and fauna and our natural habitats and ecosystems. Guyana’s ecotourism competitiveness will be enhanced by the fact that we are part of Caribbean and also the continent. We share borders with three South American countries. We are placed strategically to tap into the large tourist markets of our sister states of the Caribbean and the continent,” the President said.But Jagdeo has strongly criticised this move and berated the Government for not having a serious strategy aimed at achieving a green economy. He contended that those currently responsible for the natural resources sector appeared to be “incompetent about the dynamics of the sector, given the plans, or lack of, made to fight against climate change.”Jagdeo explained that Guyana’s deforestation rate has remained one of the lowest in the world, around 0.065 per cent.He said with a deforestation rate that low, there really was no need to convert more of the country’s forest which could otherwise be utilised in an environmentally friendly way to boost production and ultimately generate revenue for the country and its people.“How are they going to get that done? It could mean they are going to take back lands from the people who have forest leases, from miners; and even if they don’t, that would be two million hectares more of our land that we can’t bring into productive use,” he explained.Jagdeo contended that this commitment was silly also because even developed countries were not making these pledges.He also criticised the commitment made to move Guyana to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025.“So in nine years’ time, we’re supposed to believe that this country will use 100 per cent renewable energy. It is impossible to say that every vehicle, every power plant…will start using renewable energy,” the Opposition Leader asserted.Jagdeo posited that with the rate at which the Government was going, Guyana’s reputation on the international scene with regard to its climate change efforts would soon be destroyed.last_img read more

Irish spring 3s in win

first_img No. 19 Louisville 64, Villanova 59: Angel McCoughtry scored 17 points, and Jazz Covington added 14 for the Cardinals (20-2, 6-2 Big East), who won their third straight game. No. 18 Texas A&M 64, Oklahoma State 63: Danielle Gant made the winning free throw with one second left to lift the Aggies (16-4, 6-2 Big 12). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Notre Dame became the first team to crack the century mark at the Carrier Dome since , when West Virginia beat the Orange 101-79. WOMEN Dec.4, 1979 No. 6 Connecticut 70, Cincinnati 60: Kalana Greene made three jumpers during an early 19-point run, and the visiting Huskies (19-2, 9-0 Big East) became the 18th team to win 700 games in Division I. No. 23 Rutgers 66, No. 16 Marquette 56: Essence Carson scored a career-high 25 points to lead the host Scarlet Knights (13-6, 6-2 Big East). No. 17 Bowling Green 72, Chicago State 55: Ali Mann scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and five players scored in double figures for the visiting Falcons (19-2). Luke Harangody had 21points and 13 rebounds, and No. 21 Notre Dame beat host Syracuse 103-91 on Tuesday behind an impressive display of 3-point shooting. Notre Dame (18-4, 6-3 Big East) won for the first time in four conference road games and halted a three-game losing streak against the reeling Orange (15-7, 4-4), who lost their third straight game. center_img The Irish missed their first three 3-pointers, then went 10 for 14 on 3s for the rest of the opening half. “We got off to a great start and played fearlessly and with great unselfishness,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. “We’re good offensively. We can put numbers on the board.” last_img read more

New game titles seek wide appeal

first_imgLegendary Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto knows when his grand vision of video games for the masses has arrived. “When my relatives start talking to me about video games, then I’ll know that I have succeeded,” the brainchild behind “Donkey Kong” and other hits said at this week’s E3 Media and Business Summit. For Miyamoto and Nintendo Co., making games more appealing to a broader audience has been a core strategy in recent years. And it appears to be working. Eight months since the Japanese company launched the Wii, the $250 console has been the top-selling system over far more expensive and technologically sophisticated machines from Microsoft Corp. and Sony Corp. Though their focus still seems more centered on the traditional hardcore gaming market, Microsoft and Sony both seem intent on trying to use Nintendo’s success to their advantage. Microsoft this week introduced a variety of games aimed at a more casual, family-friendly crowd on its Xbox Live online system. And in one upcoming title, a movie-trivia board game called “Scene it?” is being designed to work with a new Xbox 360 controller that has four large buttons instead of the usual 14 small ones. Sony, while still keeping the focus on hardcore gaming with action titles such as “Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots,” showcased some titles with more casual appeal such as “echochrome.” In the game, players guide a stick figure through a 3-D moveable maze that resembles something from artist M.C. Escher. Sony also is preparing to launch an online 3-D service for its PlayStation3 this fall. Called “Home,” the service will let users create their own digital likeness, called an avatar, then mingle online with other gamers. They can create custom homes and meet up for games in a virtual town square, said Phil Harrison, head of Sony Computer Entertainment’s worldwide studios. Nintendo, not to be outdone, rolled out additional games and controllers – including a wireless plastic mat that can be used as a virtual fitness machine. But Miyamoto doesn’t think it’s a race between the Wii and the other two big players on the block. “I don’t really view it as a competition,” Miyamoto said. “My focus is on what I can do to make video games more interesting and more relevant.” Industry executives and analysts agree that what’s good for Nintendo will end up benefiting Microsoft, Sony and everyone else in the business. From “Killzone 2” on the PS3 to “Wii Fit” to Microsoft’s “Halo 3,” content is once again king, and it’s poised to boost the video game industry into double-digit growth over the next few years, predicted analyst Colin Sebastian of Lazard Capital Markets. “It’s a pretty dynamic industry right now,” said Sebastian, who expects game and console sales to grow at rate of 15percent annually in the next two years. “It’s less about which platform happens to be in the lead in terms of market share.” The industry, whose revenue tops Hollywood’s domestic box office receipts, grew at a paltry 4percent last year, mainly because consumers held off on spending while they waited for the PS3 and Wii to be released in November, he said. The Wii has sold 2.8million units domestically since then. The PS3 has sold 1.4million consoles. (To boost sales, Sony slashed the price on its 60-gigabyte model PS3 on Monday by $100, to $499.) Microsoft, meanwhile, has missed its own targets, selling 11.6million Xbox 360s worldwide, short of the company’s goal of 12million units. The console was first released in late 2005. Nintendo is having the opposite problem. The Wii has been sold out since its launch, and company executives this week said the shortage could linger through the crucial holiday sales period. That didn’t seem to deter the optimism at Nintendo, however. “We think this E3 marks a conclusive turning point in the video game industry,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America Inc. “It may well be seen as a coming-out party for an entire industry as a staple of leisure entertainment. Because everyone is a gamer.”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

Identity theft scams busted

first_imgHe also gets a lot of mail theft reports involving victims who fill out their personal information on fake credit card applications. “People often don’t know \ until they apply for credit – a house, credit card or utilities,” said Nyberg. “The thieves want to keep it hidden as long as possible.” Three of four men arrested during the two Montebello police searches are now in jail, awaiting trial. One man was allegedly printing fraudulent business checks from local businesses, said Sgt. Brian Dragoo. The other men allegedly stole hundreds of escrow papers from a Downey escrow company and were taking identification information from them to obtain lines of credit. Once convicted, those charged with identity theft can receive fines up to $10,000 and up to three years in prison. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“We know that identity theft is a crime that, I would say, is new and poorly understood,” said Katrina Baum, a statistician with the Bureau of Justice Statistics. “We know it impacts people’s lives in a significant way. We thought identity theft was important to add to the survey to see what happens over time.” Credit card theft was the most common type of identity theft reported in the survey, experienced by 48.4 percent of those interviewed. The 42,000 people who were interviewed for the survey were chosen to represent all races, ages and income levels and weighted to represent 3.6 million households, or 3percent of the country, said Baum. In Whittier, Detective Ed Nyberg investigates all identity theft reports, which make up about 25 percent of his case load, he said. Most of those cases involve the theft of a cell phone using stolen identification information, he said. Thieves might use the cell phone for about a month before discarding it, and the victim usually doesn’t find out about it until later. Within a two-week span last month, Montebello detectives busted two separate identity theft scams, confiscating hundreds of stolen social security and bank account numbers, among other personal information. The two searches, on March 15 and March 29, were among hundreds of thousands of cases involving identity theft nationally, according to a new crime survey that also found that one in 33 households experienced identity theft in the first six months of 2004. The National Crime Victimization Survey report released this past week by the federal Justice Department, “Identity Theft 2004,” surveyed 42,000 households. It found that the households most likely to experience identity theft earned $75,000 or more, were headed by persons ages 18 to 24, and were in urban or suburban areas. The results were the first to quantify the crime since identity theft was added to the National Crime Victimization Survey. last_img read more

How could Liverpool’s team change between now and the end of the window?

first_img Will Jurgen Klopp keep hold of Philippe Coutinho? Liverpool’s current first choice XI:Klopp has seemed to prefer a 4-3-3 while at Liverpool and Salah is almost certain to be a first-team regular.Robertson gets the nod at left-back, despite Alberto Moreno’s improved form and James Milner’s impressive – yet strange – turn in the postion.Adam Lallana showed his worth to Liverpool’s midfield, with his energy and class last season, and will be missed as he faces two months out with injury.Another question remains in goal with Simon Mignolet, Loris Karius and Danny Ward all vying for the number one spot.While Ward has impressed, and could earn the position long term, you would expect Mignolet to stay put as number one stopper courtesy of his form at the back end of last season.Liverpool’s potential first choice XI after the transfer window closes: When Barcelona come calling they often get their man and in this case we will assume they will take Coutinho (remember Luis Suarez?).However, with the money likely to come the Reds’ way they can certainly use it to strengthen their squad with two big signings.Virgil van Dijk, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool for several months, looks likely to leave Southampton and would be a crucial signing for the Reds as the defence still needs fixing.Additionally RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita could be on his way to Liverpool – as long as his club finally accept an offer for him. 1center_img Liverpool’s transfer business has been strong, without being spectacular, but recently all the news has revolved around the potential departure of Philippe Coutinho.Jurgen Klopp has added pace in the forward ranks, with Mohamed Salah’s arrival from Roma, while Scotland defender Andrew Robertson has arrived from Hull City and looks set to get his opportunity at left-back.Dominic Solanke’s arrival is a shrewd piece of business but the striker is not yet ready to start ahead of Roberto Firmino.But will Coutinho stick around with Barcelona courting him so heavily?last_img read more

Outdoor sports feeling gas squeeze

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.While this year’s gas prices have hovered well over $3 for months now, they haven’t caused catastrophic economic disaster on a national scale. But gas bills are eating into the budgets of many who are compensating by making small financial sacrifices here and there: Fewer lattes. Fewer movies. Picking from the $1 menu at fast-food joints. Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said that in addition to bloated gas prices, people also are dealing with increased credit card interest rates and wondering what their utility bills will be in the next few months. “There’s probably a lot of anxiety,” he said. “People are being cautious.” Some businesses based on activities that use gas, from motocross riding to speedboating, are starting to feel some heat as their customer base deals with the pinch. Sun Country Marine, a Castaic store that sells boats and accessories, has noticed a 20 percent drop in sales from last year, said general manager Garry Helgeson. LAKE PIRU – The Torsneys used to set sail on family boat trips all the time. But they are casting off about one-third less these days because of gas prices. What used to cost $100 to fill their boat’s gas tank has now hit $300 – too much money to plunk down every weekend. While they are making the most of the times they do hit the water, they, like some other outdoor recreational enthusiasts, are cutting back on certain gas-guzzling activities because of today’s gas prices – about 70 cents higher than in 2005. “It’s three times more expensive than it was before,” said Brian Torsney of Palmdale. “We are cutting down on trips to any lake.” Helgeson said it’s not just the hefty cost to fill up the boat that hits people. The price of gas to drive hours to the lake or ocean is also a contributing factor. But some people are making different adjustments to their lifestyles to continue with these outdoor sports. Hefty gas prices aren’t affecting boaters Mark Huffaker and Eleanor O’Brien very much these days. Pulling their boat with a fuel-efficient Toyota Matrix, the Sylmar couple said they have downsized their life for today’s world and therefore don’t get weak in the knees when they fill up at the pump. “We’re kind of `green’ people,” O’Brien said. Some are trimming their budget in other ways to keep playing outdoors. Spending $10,000 annually in gas for his five motocross bikes, Castaic’s John Golden said he’s going out to dinner less these days to compensate. The 47-year-old said he looks for other ways to reduce his social life before he’ll ever give up doing wheelies and death-defying leaps on his bikes. “For this sport and being with the kids, it doesn’t matter how much it costs to fill up,” he said. “We’re doing less dinners out. You find sacrifices.” But Young’s RV Center in Lancaster, where vehicles have gas tanks that hold 55 to 90 gallons, hasn’t had a drop in sales despite higher fuel prices. Sales manager Richie Hernandez said the industry has faced fluctuating gas prices before and typically isn’t affected by it. He said the higher fuel prices mean about $50 more at most to fill up. But because people don’t use these vehicles all the time, they don’t feel as pressured by gas prices as everyday motorists. “It’s not everyday usage,” he said. “It’s once a month, twice a month if people are lucky.” sue.doyle@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgMusic: Christmas From Dublin What: Christmas From Dublin, featuring the Three Irish Tenors, will be presented at the Performing Arts Center. The show was presented to a sold-out crowd during the Performing Art Center’s first season and is returning by popular demand. Filled with songs of the season such as “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Adeste Fideles,” “Silent Night,” “Savior’s Day” and “O, Holy Night,” Christmas From Dublin is full of the warmth, charm and music that continues to enchant audiences throughout the world. Christmas From Dublin features the Three Irish Tenors: Ciaran Nagle from “Riverdance, The Show,” Anthony Norton from “La Scala Milan,” and Brian Dunphy also from “Riverdance, The Show.” Joining the Three Irish Tenors will be an ensemble of musicians as well as special guests The Irish Divas: Jacqueline Whelan, Danna Davis and Ellen McElroy. For tickets, call (661) 362-5304 or visit www.canyonspac.com. When: 8 p.m. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Where: College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Friday, Dec. 1 General: Full Moon Hike What: Enjoy a ranger-led hike through the park by the light of the moon. Meet at the park office. Call (661) 268-0840. When: 5:30 p.m. Where: Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce Saturday, Dec. 2 General: Volunteer Orientation What: A volunteer orientation is held the first Saturday of each month at Placerita Canyon Nature Center. Come learn about volunteer opportunities at the Nature Center and Park. Call (661) 259-7721. When: 10-11 a.m. Where: Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 W. Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall General: Winter Magic Lighted Boat Parade What: The Friends of Castaic Lake and the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation will sponsor the 13th annual Winter Magic Festival featuring a lighted boat parade at Castaic Lake. The event will begin with snow to play in, children’s games and hot chocolate/coffee and snacks. Come and enjoy lots of holiday cheer with festive carolling and the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus passing out gifts to the little ones. Bring your cameras to get a picture with Santa. Don’t forget your chairs or blankets to view an outstanding display of holiday lights on boats while they parade around the lower lagoon. You can also decorate and enter your boat. All boat entries are free this year and sign up information is available at (661) 257-4050 and at http://www.castaiclake.com/. The Lighted Boat Parade will begin at 5 p.m. An award will be given to the winning boat.Park entrance fee for vehicles is $12 before 4 p.m. and free after 4 p.m. and walk-in entrance is free. When: 2 p.m. Where: Castaic Lake, 32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic Classes: Create Your Own Greeting Cards What: Show your loved ones how much you care by creating personalized greeting cards with your computer. You will learn how to create beautiful, store-quality greeting cards for every occasion in minutes. See how easy it is to put together a party theme set, invitations, envelopes and stationery. Create your own custom address lables and more. This is a hands-on class and you will be taking home a card or two. Cost is $15. To register for the class, call (661) 252-8852 or (661) 253-0583. When: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Where: Golden Oak Adult School Computer Lab, Valencia Government: Attention Skater Boys and Girls What: The city of Santa Clarita will host the first public participation workshop for the new Santa Clarita Sports Complex Skate Park. The workshop will work to identify the appropriate elements and design of the new and improved skate park from the publics’ point of view. Community members are invited to participate in the meeting led by city staff and skate park design consultants. For information, call Glenn Bogna, project development coordinator, at (661) 284-1408 or visit http://www.santa-clarita.com. When: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Where: Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20870 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita Schools: Festival of Dance What: The Saugus High School Dance Team will once again present The Festival of Dance at the Hart High School Auditorium. The evening will include performances by the Saugus Dance Team, Tape Divas and Mary Ellen Dancers. Studios performing are Studio 1 Dance Academy, Dance Impact, Dance Experience, Dance Studio 84, Elite Dance Studio, Star Dance Academy, Pamela Johnston’s Dance Studio and New World. Tickets are $15.00 Reserved and $10.00 General. More info call 296-8005. When: 7:00 p.m. Where: Hart High School Auditorium Friday, Dec. 08 Nightlife: Blues Label Live! at Howie’s Pub in Castaic When: 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Where: Howie’s Pub, 31579 3/4 Castaic Road, Castaic, California Saturday, Dec. 09 Volunteering: 20 years of Safe Rides What: Santa Clarita Valley Safe Rides celebrates their 20th Anniversary at the Hyatt Hotel, Valencia. All past members and friends are invited. It’s a casual “Open House” type event so on your way to dinner or after holiday shopping drop by, see old friends, share stories and celebrate 20 years of saving lives! Please reply at http://www.scvsaferides.com/ Members who can’t attend can send us a message or favorite story or call 661-259-6330. Please pass along the information to other members. Send emails to mailto:saferides@socal.rr.com When: 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Where: Hyatt Hotel 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia Ongoing Theater: A Christmas Carol, the Musical What: Charles Dickens’ classic gets the full Broadway musical treatment in this adaptation of A Christmas Carol. The Canyon Theatre Guild presents this holiday treat for all ages, with beautiful melodies, unforgettable characters, and lots of surprises. This is the only version of this play ever to be on Broadway. A Christmas Carol, the Musical opens on Friday, Nov. 24 and runs through Dec. 22, with performances Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at1 p.m.and Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m.. There will also be weeknight performances at 7 p.m.on Dec. 19, 20, 21. Tickets are $11, $14, $17. For information, call the box office at 661-799-2702. When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1p.m. Saturday and Sunday Where: Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Rd., Newhall When: This event takes place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11/24/2006 through 12/22/2006.160Want 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

Charlton want more than £2m for Huddersfield and Brentford target

first_imgGrant scored an injury-time penalty as Charlton secured a dramatic last-gasp victory over Accrington at The Valley on Saturday.They are now just three points off second-placed Luton as they look to end their three-year exile from the Championship.talkSPORT also understands that the Addicks are interested in taking QPR youngster Paul Smyth on loan for the rest of the season.Smyth, 21, recently signed a new contract at Loftus Road keeping him at the club until 2021. gameday cracker Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Charlton striker Karlan Grant, left, is in demand BEST OF 2 SORRY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Grant has scored 14 goals in 28 appearances for the promotion chasing Addicks this season This comes after they already rejected a £500,000 offer from Championship rivals Brentford, who have just sold defender Chris Mepham to Bournemouth for £12m.Lee Bowyer is desperate to keep hold of Grant, but is primed for a tense end to the transfer window with interest intensifying in his star man.Rangers are another of the clubs monitoring the young forward, but the Addicks do not believe he will move to Scotland.The Greenwich-born attacker has scored 14 goals in 28 games this season and that form hasn’t gone unnoticed.center_img revealed Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Most Read In Football Charlton will require in excess of £2million if they are to sell in-form striker Karlan Grant in this transfer window.talkSPORT understands the League One promotion chasers have most recently turned down a bid from Premier League strugglers Huddersfield for the 21-year-old. huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 2 REVEALED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update latest last_img read more