Tony Becca: ICC chairman says no to Big Three

first_img SECRETLY TALKED ABOUT BULLYING Remember, the takeover, as it was reported, was secretly talked about privately for some time before it became public, and when it came out and was met with opposition, the deals followed. The deals included plans for more Test matches and more money for the smaller teams, and two countries, New Zealand and the West Indies, supported the move, while Zimbabwe, South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan were all against it. The promise of money won the day, with Pakistan, the last join in, saying it was difficult to stand alone. The pieces of silver may not now arrive, and some of the seven may be disappointed, including the West Indies, who gave away their right, the right to have a voice around the table, the right of equality, and the right for which their predecessors had fought for so long and so hard. Maybe the West Indies four-day professional league is not now guaranteed. The “Big Three” takeover, however, may now end up as nothing but a nightmare, or a bad dream, and as an embarrassment to India, England, and Australia, and also the West Indies. Two Wednesdays ago, it was reported by cricinfo.com that Manohar, the present and new chairman of the ICC, the man who is also the new president of Indian cricket, and the man who succeeded N Srinivasan, the former Indian Board president, had criticised “the imbalance of power within cricket’s governing body” because of the constitution revamp last year which gave the boards of India, England, Australia “greater authority and a larger share of the revenue”. That is interesting: an Indian against an Indian, and Manohar could make all the difference, especially as England, one of Srinivasan’s supporters, is now, it is reported, supporting Manohar. Speaking in Dubai a few days ago, Manohar called the revamp “bullying”, while saying that “there were several faults in the ICC that he hopes to rectify during his term as chairman, which ends in June 2016”. The faults include his disagreement with three countries “bullying” the ICC because of his belief that “an institution is bigger than an individual”, his disagreement with the ruling which says that “all the three countries will be automatically represented on all major committees”, and his disagreement with the fact that “all the financial and commercial aspects of the executive committee will be controlled by the representatives of the three countries.” According to Manohar, “You should have the best man, whether he comes from Zimbabwe, or the West Indies, or even from an associate or affiliate to work on a committee, that will protect the interest of the ICC.” Under the new governance structure, while the BCCI president became the chairman of the ICC, the Cricket Australia chairman heads the five-man executive committee, and the England and Wales Cricket Board president continues to head the ICC’s finance and commercial committees. In January 2014, a draft, done by representatives of India, England, and Australia, was presented to the ICC. The draft was a revenue-distribution document and it proposed, among other things, such as the return to the days of colonialism, that India, England, and Australia get a greater share of the ICC’s revenue. The new chairman of the ICC, the new president of the BCCI, and the man who follows the recent president of the BCCI and the chairman of the ICC into office, said that he does not agree with the revenue-sharing formula simply because, “while it is nice to say that India will get 22 per cent of the total revenue of ICC, you cannot make the poor poorer and the rich richer only because you have the clout”. Early last year, people like Eshan Mani of Pakistan, Malcolm Speed and Malcolm Grey of Australia, Saber Hossain Chowdhury of Bangladesh, Ali Bacher of South Africa, Mike Atherton of England, and Clive Lloyd of the West Indies saw the light and spoke out against it, loud and clear. Today, apart from England’s Giles Clarke, it is Shashank Manohar, the president of the all-powerful BCCI and the chairman of ICC himself, and his stance is strongly supported by members of the cricket fraternity, among them, Cricket South Africa, which has expressed “enormous delight”, and Sri Lanka Cricket, which calls Manohar “a sensible man”. The West Indies Cricket Board’s dream of collecting US$10 million from the International Cricket Council (ICC) over the next eight years, starting in January, appears to be over. This is based on the stance of the new president of the ICC, Shashank Manohar, who is also the new president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The money was supposed to be payable to the West Indies, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan for their support of cricket’s “Big Three”, India, England, and Australia, in their move to take over the ICC early last year. In any language, that is a lot of money, and it is a lot of money for doing nothing, except, possibly, for supporting the “Big Three” in their bid for control of the ICC. That figure represents the money for the Test Match Fund promised to the full members of the ICC, with the exception of India, England, and Australia, and it was promised to them for their support in the much-maligned bid. Lest you have forgotten, the aim of the Test Match Fund was “to encourage Test match cricket” outside the “Big Three”. According to the ICC, with all but the “Big Three” suffering loses when they play each other, it was likely that the money would be used to offset these loses. Recently, for example, Sri Lanka lost some $648,000 while hosting the West Indies. In announcing the release of the funds recently, the ICC did not, however, make mention of the terms of usage, or how it would hold the Boards accountable to the objective of encouraging Test cricket. Maybe the ICC did not have to, or did not intend to, if the money was really for the Test Match Fund and was something of an attraction, something like a bribe, to get the seven to vote for the “Big Three”.last_img read more

Successful ONE return as Folayang dominates Russian foe

first_imgLATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments PBA: Macklin lifts Magnolia past Meralco in farewell game Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img FILE PHOTO – ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino MMA star Eduard Folayang had a triumphant return after he topped Kharun Atlangeriev of Russia in ONE: Unstoppable Dreams at Singapore Indoor Stadium Friday night.Folayang, who lost the ONE lightweight title after falling to Martin Nguyen in a second-round knockout in Manila, scored a unanimous decision win in his first fight in six months.ADVERTISEMENT But while Folayang emerged victorious with an impressive showing, his compatriot Roel Rosauro fell short as he bowed to Sunoto of Indonesia by unanimous decision.Nguyen also fought and won over hometown bet Christian Lee by split decision in the co-featured fight to retain the featherweight belt.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the victory, Folayang may have just set himself up for another shot at the title.The 33-year-old fighter out of the famed Team Lakay improved his record to 19 wins and six losses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAnd he did so by showcasing his striking skills and takedown defense.Folayang peppered Atlangeriev with inside and outside leg kicks and kicks to the body and head. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

New Agriculture Minister to Focus on Improving Extension Services

first_imgMrs. Wiles with Dr. Charles McClain (left), Deputy Minister for Planning at the MOA, and Thomas Gbobie, Deputy Minister for Extension.The newly appointed Minister of Agriculture Seklau Wiles says improvement on extension delivery services to farmers will be her main focus.Madam Wiles made the disclosure to the Daily Observer last Saturday in Sackie Town, Bomi County, where she visited farmers in that region.Extension delivery service to Liberian farmers is still a major challenge for the country’s agriculture sector.The minister’s visit was prompted by recent media reports that several farmers in Bomi County lacked access to planting materials, mainly rice seeds for this farming season.Mrs. Wiles, former deputy minister for technical services at the Ministry of Agriculture, replaced Dr. Moses Zinnah, who served from September 2015 to May 17, 2017.“Our visit to farmers in Bomi was to assess their needs in order to provide necessary assistance. We will continue to make extension delivery a priority because agricultural development begins with extension. It is important that we continue to work directly with farmers,” she said.“We noticed that many of the farmers made farms last year but failed to preserve some of their seeds to plant. Therefore, we are working to identify those needs to enable us provide them.”According to her the farmers identified will be given improved rice seeds to commence planting as soon as possible.She added that farmers who are registered by the MOA in the fifteen counties are to shortly receive inputs, such as fertilizers, seeds and cassava cuttings.“We have already commenced the delivery of inputs to farmers beginning with those in the southeast. It is expected that by the middle of June, we shall have completed the provision of inputs,” she added.Recently, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf launched the “Zero Hunger Strategic Report” in Monrovia that calls on world leaders to work harder to end hunger by 2030, under the United Nations’ mandate.Meanwhile, Madam Wiles said Liberia can reduce rice importation provided more attention is given to farmers to produce right locally.“We can produce enough of our staple food (rice), if mechanization is encouraged among our farmers. This is why we are now assessing their needs to know the kind of support to give. We would love for our farmers to farm on the same plot year after another, using mechanized equipment. This will enable the scientists at the ministry to find out their problems and find solution that will lead us to increase rice production,” she said.The County Agriculture Coordinator (CAC) of Bomi County, Christopher Momo, told this newspaper that more than 20,000 registered farmers in the county will benefit from MOA inputs.He said his office was involved in varying the inputs needs of farmers but logistic is a serious constraint.Momo mentioned that although farmers in Bomi were making progress, issues such as land preparation and access to improved seeds were major challenges confronting them.“Before citizens in Bomi County were considered as people who lacked interest in agriculture, but we now have a lot of potential farmers who are striving to promote food production in the various farming villages. The support from the MOA and its partners will greatly enhance productivity to dispel the notion that the people of this county are lazy,” he stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NTC prepares to welcome new executives

first_imgThe newly elected executive members of the National Toshaos Council (NTC) are expected to be trained in order to function in their respective posts when they are officially appointed on July 18.This was according to the President of the NTC, Joel Fredericks on Friday during a telephone interview.NTC President Joel FredericksHe noted that the training will take place from July 16 to 20, and will see 20 Toshaos receiving the necessary training to take over projects that were implemented by the previous Council.“This present executive, right now, we are making preparations for the new incoming executive. So we want a smooth handover, transparent from this Council to the new Council,” Fredericks stated.“The training will update the new executive on all of the projects that we are currently working on, past projects, the MoU (Memorandum of Understating) that we signed with APA (Amerindian Peoples’ Association), the relationships that we built with the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) and other organisations,” he added.While the current President explained that the appointments cannot be disclosed at this time, he noted that the new executive should be aware of the struggles that were made to be established as an independent organisation.“I would like to say that this present executive; we have tried our best to really get some independence or worked towards independence as an independent body so we can manage our own resources.”In recollecting what the current members have achieved since their appointments, the NTC President stated, “We have an office now and three staff working with us. We have made some great steps but it was not easy because when we started off, we didn’t have anything, not even a desk at the Ministry.”“When I look back at where we came from, I must say that we really worked together to push things forward so what I would like to say to the new incoming executive is that, they will have to continue what we’re leaving off here and it’s not easy.”He advises the new executives to be vocal in order to make things happen. “It’s a lot of work and you have to prepare to do hard work,” he posited.last_img read more

Police now say commercial ‘shop-vacs’ missing, not fertilizer, in big-rig heist

first_img Officer Martha Garcia, a police department spokeswoman, said investigators believe the missing fertilizer does not contain anything that could be used to make an explosive, but they were taking precautions. “Because of the contents we are treating it with extra sensitivity,” Young said. Authorities described the fertilizer as commercial merchandise, packaged in sacks, for shipment to a Home Depot in Tracy The truck was coming from Texas. Advertisement “It’s being considered as a plain theft. It’s being handled by the commercial crimes division,” Garcia said. On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh combined 5,000 pounds of fertilizer-grade ammonium nitrate with auto-racing fuel to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The blast killed 168 people. A big-rig whose trailer was stolen was actually hauling 28 pallets of commercial “shop-vac style vacuum cleaners, not five tons of fertilizer that was initially thought missing earlier, police said. Sheriff’s deputies recovered the empty big-rig just before midnight Sunday, less than 12 hours after it was taken from a stretch of road used as a popular rest stop for truckers. The driver parked the rig in an industrial area near Griffith Park on Sunday afternoon, and turned five hours later to find it missing, LAPD Lt. David Young said. The truck turned up about 20 miles away in Carson. The theft initially raised concerns because certain types of fertilizer can be used to make explosives. But police later tracked down the original shipper and determined that the load, which is still missing, contained vacuum cleaners, said Los Angeles Police Officer Karen Smith. 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

Fire closes Alaska Highway at Mile 73

first_img– Advertisement -ORIGINAL STORY:FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Alaska Highway at Mile 73 has been closed, and no detour is in place just yet. The closure also includes Beatton Airport Road 151 / Mile 73 Road, and Aitken Creek Road.Advertisement UPDATE:  As of 8:30 p.m. – The Alaska Highway is now open from Mile 72 to Mile 81. Pilot cars will lead traffic through the area. The Beatton Airport Road is still closed because of a downed power line.UPDATE:  As of 7 p.m. here the latest info on this fire from the B.C. Wildfire Service.This fire has crossed the Alaska Highway and is now burning on the west side of the highway. It is moving towards the south.Crews are currently assessing the situation to determine which areas need to be under an evacuation order and then they will provide that information to the Peace River Regional District. Because of the fluid situation, BCWS has tactically evacuated people who are immediately threatened. Facebook photos from Shepherd's Inn on the Alaska highway from May 5, 2016. Facebook photos from Shepherd’s Inn on the Alaska highway from May 5, 2016. Facebook photos from Sheppards Inn on the Alaska highway Facebook photos from Sheppards Inn on the Alaska highway Facebook photos from Sheppards Inn on the Alaska highway Thursday. Facebook photos from Sheppards Inn on the Alaska highway Thursday.center_img The BC Wildfire Service is now regarding the Stoddart Fire as part of the Beatton Airport Road Fire as one entity, and have confirmed that it is roughly 10,000 hectares in size.Fire Information Officer Marg Drysdale says the fire has 106 firefighters,  five helicopters and six piece of heavy equipment working on the fire, with the support of airtankers. She confirmed that crews will be working through the night on this fire.Drysdale said she couldn’t confirm which direction the fire is moving in at this time. She did confirm that the fire is interface, meaning that it could threaten homes and structures in the area.For more information on the road closures, the Ministry of Transportation can be reached at 250 927 4637.Advertisementlast_img read more

Man City on verge of mega deal as personal terms agreed

first_img1 Manchester City are edging ever closer to signing Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg.talkSPORT understands the Belgian is eager to join the Premier League side and his representatives have already agreed personal terms on a long-term contract.City are now in advanced negotiations with Wolfsburg over a fee and hope to conclude a deal imminently.The Bundesliga side are resigned to losing the star playmaker but want more than £50million for the former Chelsea man.Man City are understood to rate the 24-year-old closer to £40m but are confident of reaching an agreement with the German outfit.Should De Bruyne finalise his switch to the Etihad, he will become the fourth major addition to Manuel Pellegrini’s squad in this transfer window.Nicolas Otamendi arrived from Valencia on Thursday for a fee of around £28m, while Raheem Sterling was signed from Liverpool for £49million and Fabian Delph joined in an £8m deal from Aston Villa earlier this summer. Kevin De Bruyne last_img read more

The £13m winger to boost Arsenal title hope – second to Neymar in terms of key passes

first_imgAs well as Mohamed Elneny, there is talk Arsenal could sign Nolito. Here, WhoScored.com reveal what sort of player the Gunners could be getting.With the transfer merry-go-round in full swing, papers are dedicating column inches to the latest bout of gossip surrounding Premier League club’s potential signings.There is one rumour refusing to die down, though, and that is Arsenal moving for Celta Vigo star Nolito.The Gunners have supposedly held a long-standing interest in the Spain international, with reports in the country intimating a deal could be imminent.Should Arsenal convince the experienced attacker to move to the Emirates, it could indeed be considered a statement of intent from the north London side.European champions Barcelona are believed to be keeping tabs on Nolito and head coach Luis Enrique, who managed the player at Barca B, has good reason to be keen on linking up with his compatriot again. The 29-year-old has gained a superb WhoScored.com rating of 7.86 in La Liga this season, the fourth best in Spain’s top tier this term.His offensive ability would certainly boost the Gunners’ quest to secure domestic glory and Nolito has been Celta’s creative fulcrum at the Balaidos this season.Only Neymar (62) has played more key passes than Nolito (43) as the club impress in La Liga so far, despite losing their last three league games.Arsenal currently top the Premier League, but may need reinforcements in the final third if they are to retain their spot. With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain underwhelming out wide when called on and Aaron Ramsey better suited in a central role, Nolito could provide the attacking impetus required on the wing, despite Joel Campbell’s commendable showings on the flank. This would likely see Alexis Sanchez shifted out to the right upon his return to fitness, with Nolito favouring the left wing, but it would help bring out the best in the Spaniard if he was able to operate in his favoured position.Seven of his eight league goals have been with his right foot and this tendency to cut inside has been noted on WhoScored.com under Nolito’s style of play.To maximise his ability, Arsene Wenger would be wise to deploy him on the left, even if that means moving Sanchez to the opposite flank. The one concern, though, would be his age (29) and whether he is capable of adjusting to the rigours of English football.Being notoriously one-footed, Nolito’s approach to goal is easy to configure and could potentially limit his influence. Nevertheless, having established himself as one of the most potent attacking threats in La Liga, there is every reason to believe he could transfer this form to the Premier League.As Arsenal look for a first Premier League title in more than a decade, Wenger must make the adequate attacking additions, particularly following a lack of action in the summer transfer market.Goalkeeper Petr Cech may have been an astute acquisition, but the need to improve at the other end of the pitch remains apparent.Nolito would inject a touch of class and creative quality to the Arsenal attack, while in the process providing a further goal scoring threat from wide, easing the pressure on Mesut Ozil and Sanchez in the process.For the rumoured £13.4m required to secure his services, Arsenal could do a lot worse than splash the cash on the experienced Spaniard. Indeed, the capture of Nolito would send a strong signal to Arsenal’s Premier League rivals that they mean business in their pursuit of the title.For more stats on Nolito, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page.All stats correct as of 13/01/16 Nolito has scored eight goals in 15 Liga games for Celta Vigo 2 2last_img read more

MEDALS FOR DONEGAL ATHLETES AT SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN ATHENS

first_imgLIFFORD’S Adrian Clark helped his 11-a-side soccer team to a silver medal and Shaun Bradley from Letterkenny also won silver in the kayaking as Donegal celebrated the Special Olympics in Athens today.It was another action packed day for Team Ireland at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens with competition in 11 different sports.It was a big day on the athletics front with John McKiernan from Bawnboy, Co Cavan picking up a gold medal in the men’s 100m walk and Amy Quinn from Bray, Co Wicklow winning bronze in the 100m walk. There was a medal win also for the 4x100m relay team – Ciara O’ Loughlin from Inagh, Co Clare, Eileen O’ Loughlin from Rathangan, Co Kildare, Martin Mahood from Bangor, Co Down and Timothy Morahan from Dublin, who led the team to their silver medal win.Ireland’s 11-a-side football team took on Great Britain in a closely contested match The 1-1 result meant that Ireland won a silver medal.Adrian Clarke from Lifford, Co Donegal scored the all-important goal for the Irish team.The men’s 5-a-side final proved to be a heart-stopping affair between Ireland and Cyprus. Ireland took gold when the game after the game went into extra time, penalties and then sudden death. In the women’s basketball final Ireland took on Greece. Ireland won silver in this closely contested final.In aquatics, Sandra Corr from Coolock in Dublin won silver in the 25m freestyle event while Ciara Trait from Kilkenny secured a bronze medal for her efforts.In equestrian, John Loughnane from Ahascragh, Co Galway won gold and Pamela Collins from Kanturk, Co Cork took bronze.In badminton, Adrian Cornwall from Boyle, Co Sligo won gold, while in bowling the women’s team secured a silver medal for their efforts (Deirdre Gannon from Westport, Co Mayo, Deirdre Garvin from Claremorris, Co Mayo, Joyce Haughian from Newry, Co Down and Mary Quigley from Tullow, Co Carlow).In kayaking, Galway man Ruairi O’ Toole won gold in the 200m while team mates Teresa Maguire from Portarlington, Co Laois and Shaun Bradley from Letterkenny, Co Donegal took silver. Celine Mulready from Dublin secured a bronze in her event. In table tennis, Robert Deegan from Ballinteer won bronze, Anne-Marie Talbot from Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford won gold and Carole Catling won silver.Team Ireland’s medal tally currently stands at 87 – 27 Gold, 40 Silver and 20 bronze.Team Ireland will be in action once again tomorrow in what will be one of the final days of competition.The closing ceremony on Monday evening will officially mark the end of the Games. Team Ireland will return to a heroes welcome in Dublin Airport early on Monday afternoon.To follow their progress or to leave a message of support please visit www.specialolympics.ie/athens.Supprters can also download a free iPhone app from the Apple iStore which will enable you to track your local athlete while on the go. Team Ireland are proudly supported by eircom.Read more: http://www.breakingnews.ie/sport/more-medals-for-irish-at-special-olympics-511315.html#ixzz1QxxUe73fMEDALS FOR DONEGAL ATHLETES AT SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN ATHENS was last modified: July 2nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:special olympics donegallast_img read more

Santa Clarita Volunteer Opportunities

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Southern California firefighters: The Holiday Toy Express will pull into the Newhall Metrolink Station at 8:25 p.m. today, 9:10 p.m today at the Santa Clarita station, and 8:15 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Via Princessa station to collect unwrapped toys on behalf of the Spark of Love Toy Drive. Toys collected will be distributed to local children. The train, decorated with 50,000 sparkling lights and carrying Santa and his helpers, will host entertainment for families who turn out to participate in the drive. For information, call (800) 371-5465. Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry: The Food Pantry is collecting grocery store gift cards so that needy families can purchase the food necessary for a traditional holiday meal. The goal is to collect enough gift cards to provide $10 per family member. Mail gift cards to or drop them off at 24133 Railroad Ave., Newhall, CA, 91321. For information, call Executive Director Belinda Crawford at (661) 255-9078. Domino’s Pizza: Domino’s is participating in the Thanks and Giving Campaign to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Customers are asked to add a dollar to their order payment throughout the holidays to benefit the kids at St. Jude. For information, visit www.stjude.org. Automobile Club of Southern California: The Santa Clarita Auto Club office, 23770 Valencia Blvd., Valencia, is accepting donations through the end of the year to benefit the Orthopaedic Hospital in Los Angeles and its affiliated Southern California clinics. Those who donate $5 or more will receive a stuffed bird, and those who donate $1 or more will receive a red wristband printed with the words “Helping Others” while supplies last. For information, call Kelly Clark at (661) 288-5500. Prayer Angels for the Military: The Prayer Angels are collecting items to include in holiday packages to be sent for Christmas and care packages that are sent throughout the year to troops overseas. For information about items that are needed or a list of drop-off sites, call Sharon Ventrice at (661) 755-8629. The deadline for Christmas items is Nov. 27. Here are some opportunities to help those who are less fortunate during the holidays in the Santa Clarita Valley. Northeast Valley Health Corporation: Nonprofit health centers in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys are collecting toys to distribute to young patients. Toys for children through age 3 and 8-10 years are especially needed. Toys will be accepted locally until 5 p.m. Dec. 7 at LAC-Valencia Health Center, 23763 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. For information, call Abel Sedillo at (818) 898-1388, Ext. 41602. City of Santa Clarita Community Center: The Community Center is accepting new toys to be distributed at its annual Holiday Party on Dec. 20. Unwrapped toys for children through age 17 can be dropped off at the Community Center, 24406 San Fernando Road, Newhall, or State Farm Insurance, 28048 Bouquet Canyon Road, Suite 1, Saugus, through Dec. 9. For information, call Yolanda Calderon at (661) 284-1476. Santa Clarita Valley Jaycees: Members of the local Jaycees have placed boxes in businesses encouraging people to donate new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages. The gifts will be presented to selected children form Single Mothers Outreach and the Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club as part of the club’s annual Santa’s Helpers project. For a complete list of drop-off sites, or to make a cash donation, visit www.scvjaycees.com. SCV Senior Center: The Senior Center has begun its annual “10 Bucks to a Better Future” campaign, which asks all Santa Clarita residents to contribute a minimum of $10 yearly to assure the center will be available to meet every resident’s needs. Checks made payable to “SCVSC Annual Campaign” can be dropped off at or mailed to the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall, 91321 through February. For information, call (661) 259-9444. If your organization has a project designed to help the needy during the holiday season, contact Sharon Cotal at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Ave. 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!last_img read more