Antelope Valley Things To Do

first_img Ranger-led nature hikes will be held at 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce. Meet in the first small parking lot by the ranger station. Call (661) 268-0840. Mojave Desert Information Center offers natural history exhibits, videos and a touch-screen computer to find out about desert state parks and the surrounding areas. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 43779 15th St. W. Call (661) 942-0662. Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission $7. Club membership: $20. Call Hester (661) 718-8997. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club dance, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Lessons are available, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $2. Admission: $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Bring small dessert. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. The Antelope Valley Weekend column runs weekly. Fax information or updates to (661) 267-5747 by noon Wednesday. Mailing address is 1645 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA 93550, attention: Entertainment. 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Short stories that won a Palmdale Writers Roundtable competition will be read at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Admission is free. Call (661) 267-5684. Palmdale Youth and Community Dance Company perform “The Snow Queen,” dance variations from “The Nutcracker” and tap and jazz pieces to the music of “The Jethro Tull Christmas Album” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 2 p.m. Dec. 17 as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets are $10, or $8 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Palmdale Youth and Community Orchestras perform the Brandenburg “Sinfonia” and “Sleepers Awake” plus holiday favorites at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets are $10, or $8 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Palmdale Youth and Community Choirs perform holiday songs at 2 p.m. Dec. 18 as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets are $10, or $8 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Tony Molina and Friends will perform salsa music and Latin ballads 8 to 11:30 p.m. Thursdays at Harry’s Place at the Antelope Valley Inn, 44055 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Salsa DJ Wayne Molina performs 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Call (661) 948-4651. “Sister’s Christmas Catechism – The Mystery of the Magi Gold” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays Dec. 1-11 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets are $30, or $25 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets are $16, or $8 for youth. Call (661) 723-5950. Country singer-songwriters Craig Morgan and George Canyon perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets are $37 and $33. Call (661) 723-5950. Antelope Valley Ballet performs “The Nutcracker” at 8 p.m. Dec. 10 and 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets are $26, or $14 for youth. Call (661) 723-5950. last_img read more

Fulham, Aston Villa and Spurs want Swansea star – report

first_imgFulham are interested in signing Scott Sinclair from Swansea City along with Tottenham and Aston Villa, the Daily Mail report.Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who managed Sinclair at Swansea, has been strongly linked with a bid for him and is still said to be monitoring the player’s contract negotiations.Sinclair failed to establish himself at Chelsea but impressed for the Swans last season and it is claimed that Fulham would like to bring him back to west London.Meanwhile, Chelsea and Liverpool have been told they will have to offer at least £12m to land Wigan striker Victor Moses, the Daily Mirror say.Chelsea recently had a bid for the 21-year-old rejected, while new Anfield boss Rodgers is also said to want him.Paris St Germain’s former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti’s apparent interest in signing John Terry is picked up by a number of papers.The French club are set to make an £8m bid to take Terry away from Stamford Bridge, according to the Mirror.The Mail carry the same story and also suggest Chelsea remain keen to sign Theo Walcott from Arsenal.The Mail also say Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge will play in his preferred central position for Britain at the Olympics and that the Blues have emerged as favourites to sign Brazil right-back Maicon from Inter Milan after Real Madrid shelved their interest.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Latest: Chelsea 1 Man Utd 0 – Blues within sight of crucial win

first_imgEden Hazard scored against the run of play to put Chelsea ahead at Stamford Bridge, where a victory would take them 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League.Hazard struck eight minutes before half-time when he finished off a fine move by firing past keeper David De Gea.After John Terry got the better of the unimpressive Radamel Falcao near the halfway line, Cesc Fabregas played the ball to Oscar and the Brazilian cleverly back-heeled in to the path of Hazard, who had drifted in from the left.Manchester United had looked the more dangerous side and almost took an early lead when Luke Shaw broke clear on the left and pulled the ball back for Wayne Rooney, who curled a shot just wide of the target.The England forward’s left-footed effort struck the stanchion behind the goal, leaving the visiting fans at the opposite of the end of the ground – and De Gea – briefly believing their team had gone ahead.United, still mathematically in with a chance of winning the title, did most of the early pressing and Paddy McNair’s shot went wide after taking a deflection off Blues skipper Terry.With Diego Costa and Loic Remy still out injured, Didier Drogba is again leading the line for Chelsea, who have Kurt Zouma in midfield and lacked fluency before scoring with their first real chance of the game – Hazard’s 18th goal of the season.His 19th almost followed 10 minutes into the second half.Drogba’s shot deflected off United defender Chris Smalling and over De Gea, and Hazard hit the bar from an awkward angle as he tried to divert the ball into the net at the far post.Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Matic, Oscar (Ramires 67), Fabregas, Hazard, Drogba. Subs: Cech, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Cuadrado, Willian, Solanke.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Chris Bassitt, Matt Olson lead Athletics to series win over White Sox

first_imgCHICAGO — The A’s took the series from the White Sox with a 2-0 win on Sunday afternoon. The A’s move to 67-51 on the season.Lucas Giolito was a force on the mound for the White Sox, striking out a career-high 13 batters in just six innings of work.But he made one too many mistakes. The first, a ball low and away to Matt Chapman — his bread and butter lately — that he bopped the other way and nearly cleared the left field if not for Jon Jay’s swatting glove over the yellow bar.Matt Olson was …last_img

South African soccer fans 5

first_imgSouth African fans supporting Bafana Bafana, the national squad, at a match against Equatorial Guinea in Atteridgeville, Pretoria. Bafana Bafana won by four goals to one.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image  Football fans at the the final of the Vodacom Challenge between Manchester United and South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs football club at Loftus Versfeld stadium – a venue for the 2010 Fifa World Cup – on 26 July 2008. Manchester United won by four to one. Security at the gate.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Security at the gate.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Security at the gate.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

NCP MLA shares stage with Fadnavis, sparks off speculation

first_imgSenior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and two-time MLA Jaydutt Kshirsagar shared the dais with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at an event in Beed district on Wednesday, sparking talks of imminent defection to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).Mr. Kshirsagar, who was Public Works Department (PWD) minister in the erstwhile Congress-NCP government, has been unhappy with the NCP leadership for favouring his arch-rival in Beed district, Dhananjay Munde, nephew of late BJP leader Gopinath Munde.Mr. Kshirsagar’s ire towards his party was manifest in the banners and posters put up by the Beed Municipal Council which hosted today’s event. The NCP leader’s picture featured prominently alongside those of Mr. Fadnavis and Beed Guardian Minister Pankaja Munde, while Mr. Munde’s photos were conspicuously absent.Mr. Munde, who is leader of opposition in the Legislative Council is locked in a bitter struggle for supremacy in Beed with his estranged cousin, Pankaja Munde.In his speech, Mr. Kshirsagar praised Mr. Fadnavis for the development works in Beed and the measures taken to provide relief to farmers.In her address, Ms. Munde said, “My principle, in keeping with my late father’s [Gopinath Munde] values, is not to destroy or divide someone else’s house…in Beed, I find today that politics has stooped to a very low level.”She further hit out at the NCP, saying there was a sea-change in the composition and behaviour of Mr. Pawar’s party today than it was in the past.“The NCP has not sown any seeds of development in Beed…development schemes have merely languished on paper,” Ms. Munde said, hitting out at Dhananjay Munde.BJP MLC Suresh Dhas, a former NCP leader from Beed, took potshots at Mr. Munde as well, remarking: “There are some people today [read Mr. Munde] who think they have become so big that they can directly criticize Prime Minister Modi.”This is not the first time that Mr. Kshirsagar has openly expressed his affinity with the BJP. In December 2017, a courtesy call by Mr. Fadnavis and Ms. Munde to Mr. Kshirsagar’s home in Beed had set off speculation about the NCP leader joining BJP. However, NCP State unit president Jayant Patil denied any possible defection. “One cannot jump to a conclusion about a person switching sides just because of courtesy calls, sharing stage at events and dinner meets. A politico becomes a defector only when he actually switches sides,” said Mr. Patil.Mr. Fadnavis, who was on a day-long tour of Beed and Hingoli districts, said that the State government would ensure that drought relief work began much earlier. “Earlier, relief work used to commence in June. This time, we will make sure that money is deposited into the farmers’ accounts much earlier,” the Chief Minister said, adding that more than adequate provisions would be made in fodder camps to ensure that livestock do not suffer.last_img read more

Report: ESPN To Announce Sean McDonough As Replacement For Mike Tirico On Monday Night Football

first_imgRed ESPN logo over a black background.ESPNA few weeks back, it was reported by a number of outlets that Monday Night Football play-by-play man Mike Tirico would be leaving ESPN for NBC Sports after 25 years with the network. Monday, we’re expected to learn his replacement.According to SI’s Richard Deitsch, Tirico’s move will be announced at 2 PM today. At 3 PM, ESPN is expected to announce Sean McDonough as his replacement. McDonough currently calls both college football and college basketball games (among other duties) for the network.ESPN has called a conference call at 3PM with its Monday Night Football execs. Sean McDonough officially gets the Tirico gig today.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) May 9, 2016Well earned promo for McDonough, but damn, that’s a big loss for college football. https://t.co/IHnKvduS4p— Michael Castillo (@MichaelCastFS) May 9, 2016There’s no word on which of McDonough’s current responsibilities will change. But it looks like there’s change coming to the network’s college sports coverage as well.last_img read more

Rep Wozniak Stronger water and road infrastructure car insurance reform needed for

first_img13Feb Rep. Wozniak: Stronger water and road infrastructure, car insurance reform needed for Michigan Categories: Wozniak News State Rep. Doug Wozniak, of Shelby Township, today underscored issues he continues to fight for in the Michigan House of Representatives after attending Tuesday night’s State of the State address.Wozniak, who serves on the House Health Policy and Families, Children and Seniors committees, has been a strong advocate of ensuring Macomb County residents have access to safe and clean drinking water through durable delivery systems. The Michigan Legislature – in the past 13 months – has already secured $125 million to help families affected by PFAS contamination, allowing the state to respond quickly and effectively to contamination reports. Since taking office in January 2019, Wozniak said he looks to build on the progress already made, and continue his unwavering commitment to protect families from harmful contaminants, while protecting the pocketbooks of hard-working taxpayers.“Making important investments in our water infrastructure to ensure families have safe, clean drinking water is an area where the governor and the Legislature can work together,” Wozniak said. “We must explore all options to protect our environment and preserve clean water without burdening Michigan taxpayers.”To set Michigan above other states, Wozniak has stressed the importance of properly funding the state’s roadways. During her address, the governor reaffirmed her promise to “fix the damn roads,” yet Wozniak said she fell short of talking about a specific plan.“Fixing our state’s roadways is something all drivers can agree on as being mandatory,” Wozniak said. “While I welcome Gov. Whitmer’s focus on fixing the damn roads, I was surprised she didn’t have any plan on how to fix them or where she will find the money to fix them. Macomb allocates more money to roads than it receives from the state budget. We cannot continue just throwing money at the problem, and putting the burden on Macomb County taxpayers without a specific plan. Until the governor lays out a detailed plan, there’s not much progress we can make.”Wozniak, a first-term lawmaker, has clearly stated the need for reforming the state’s car insurance system responsible for Michigan drivers paying the highest premiums in the nation. Wozniak said he is working with House colleagues to craft a meaningful solution, adding he is concerned the governor failed to provide a detailed plan for car insurance reform in her address.“I was disappointed the governor did not give car insurance reform the attention it needed, and I’m sure Macomb County drivers share the same feeling,” Wozniak said. “Car insurance reform is one of the top priorities of residents back home, and it’s a large enough pocketbook issue that Gov. Whitmer could’ve at least laid out a detailed plan on how she is committed to working with the Legislature in providing a meaningful solution for all motorists across the state.  The state House has created a special committee to deal with this issue.“I would like to hear more from the governor on her ideas to address the cost of car insurance and I hope her plans regarding strengthening our water infrastructure and fixing our roads come to light when she presents her budget in the near future.”last_img read more

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Abnormalities in development of the brain could be involved in onset of

first_img Source:http://www.cea.fr/english/Pages/News/AUTISM-SPECTRUM-DISORDERS-a-new-brain-imaging-study-appears-to-challenge-the-dominant-theoretical-model.aspx Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 15 2018Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by communication disorders, altered social interactions and sensory and behavioral abnormalities. Research in genetics and brain imaging suggests that abnormalities in the development of the brain concerning, in particular, the formation of neural networks and the functioning of synapses could be involved in the onset of ASD.In recent years, neuroimaging studies have shown that people with ASDs have abnormalities in the functioning of certain brain areas known to be responsible for processing emotions, language and social skills. Research on the brain connectivity of people with ASD has shown in particular a lack of “long-distance” connections and an increase in “short-distance” connectivity. These results formed the basis for the development of a theoretical model for understanding ASDs, according to which the lack of social attention and information processing observed (difficulty in understanding a situation as a whole, attention to certain details) is explained by a saturation of information processed by the brain linked to the increase in neural connectivity between adjacent brain areas.However, Prof. Josselin Houenou, Professor of Psychiatry at UPEC, researcher at Inserm, practitioner at the Henri Mondor University Hospitals, AP-HP, and final author of the study published in Brain, explains: “The model is based on the study of heterogeneous pediatric populations, including autistic children of varying ages and symptomatology, and on non-specific neuroimaging methods which do not provide reliable measurement of short-distance connectivity.”In order to test the current model, the authors of the study used an innovation designed by Miguel Gevara, Jean-François Mangin and Cyril Poupon at NeuroSpin, namely an atlas specifically covering tractographic analysis of 63 “short-distance” connections from images obtained by diffusion MRI (dMRI). The dMRI demonstrates in vivo bundles of white matter in the brain by measuring the diffusion of water molecules, especially along axons. Tractography can then be used to reconstruct the paths of the nerve fiber bundles represented in the form of a tractogram.Related StoriesDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaThe authors were thus able to study the links between “short-distance” connectivity and social cognition in a homogeneous adult population of persons with ASDs from the InFoR-Autism cohort (27 persons with ASDs without intellectual disabilities and 31 control persons), which provides one of the richest databases per patient and control.”The significance of the InFoR-Autism cohort lies in the great richness of the data collected for each subject included. We were thus able to link the neuroimaging results obtained with social cognition scores, measuring social ability, empathy, social motivation, etc.,” recalls Dr. Marc-Antoine d’Albis, Henri Mondor Hospital, Inserm U955, first author of the study.Discovery of a “short-distance” brain connectivity deficit associated with a lack of social interaction and empathyThese preliminary results are in stark contrast to the current theoretical model according to which the lack of social attention and information processing in people with ASDs is due to an increase in neural connectivity between adjacent brain areas. They now need to be confirmed by studies conducted in children with ASDs, as Prof. Houenou explains, “These results are preliminary but they suggest that these short-distance connectivity abnormalities may be involved in some of the social cognitive deficits present in autistic subjects. It is now necessary to conduct similar studies in children to confirm the results obtained in adults. Pediatric cohorts are necessary for studies in children of various ages – and therefore brain maturation – and this implies taking into account a much larger population of subjects.If these initial conclusions are confirmed, it would make it possible to consider the development of new therapeutic approaches for deficits in social cognition. For example, transcranial magnetic stimulation could be explored because brain connectivity between adjacent areas is located on the surface of the brain.”last_img read more