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Tenino Watershed Hero: Chanele Holbrook

first_imgFacebook388Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Kathy Jacobson for the Chehalis Basin Lead EntityChanele Holbrook is a longtime advocate and crusader working to protect the rural character, and the forest and prairies lands of Scatter Creek headwaters –and beyond.Chenele Holbrook is a Tenino watershed hero. Photo credit:In 1992, Chanele discovered Tenino and just knew she was “home”, it’s been her inner passion to protect it ever since. “I was lucky enough to grow up in the military and moved all over.  I’ve lived all over the east and west coasts, Hawaii and even in Korea. After two years of college, I joined the Air Force as a military police officer. When stationed in Spokane, I would travel over the mountains to visit family on the coast. I fell in love the huge trees and landscape.  After my tour ended, I found my “special valley” in Tenino, I never left.”Chanele continued her formal education, and in 1999, graduated from Evergreen State College with a BS degree, with an emphasis in Ethnobotany and Watershed Ecology. The magical landscape that Chanele had fallen in love with, she learned was primarily owned by big timber companies, and that it would soon be logged. Chanele wanted to help protect the sensitive old growth forest habitat for salmon and wildlife, and with her new degree she could do just that!“I was fortunate enough to be hired by local landowners who wanted to protect in perpetuity and restore 600 acres of their forested uplands and lower valley wetlands. Together, they created a non-profit conservation land trust, the Heernett Environmental Foundation – named for its founders Gabriele Heertje and Manfred Nettek, and later renamed Creekside Conservancy. For more than 20 years, I was the Director of Environmental Operations for the foundation. The position was challenging, as I was the only employee, but it was also super gratifying, because I had the ability to design, manage, and implement a large variety of very successful “never been done before” projects, and spearheaded new pilot programs. We tackled some pretty great projects! Over my many years of work, I was able to highlight the importance of the Scatter Creek watershed for the health of the Chehalis River basin and our local native salmon. Scatter Creek consistently delivers vital cold clear water into the Chehalis River, creating a “gaining reach” and important refugia for salmon throughout the year.  It’s a huge benefit for the Chehalis River and is one of the reasons that it is last Basin in Washington without listed salmon.” As Chanele reflected on her environmental accomplishments, her deep love and knowledge of the rural landscape of the Scatter Creek area, Tenino, and the entire Chehalis basin was evident.Chanele Holbrook giving a speech at the Scatter Creek Farm ground breaking. Photo courtesy: Chanele HolbrookDuring Chanele’s tenure with Creekside Conservancy, lands protected and enhanced include: the Sampson’s property, a key property in Cozy Valley which helped protect Scatter Creek headwaters and upland forests; the Mills Parker Place property, which protected over ½ mile of Scatter Creek mainstem and has mature endangered White Oak riparian areas and wetlands, and providing unique salmon spawning habitat for steelhead, coho, and chum salmon, as well as, cutthroat trout. Two fish blocking culverts were removed, and a bridge installed to better support Coho salmon and rainbow trout. Working with local school and citizen groups, Chanele has planted more than 1200 trees on foundation lands including on Cozy Valley lands. Chanele also created an outdoor classroom on the property for local students to experience and study their watershedWhen asked about her favorite project, Chanele had a ready answer. “The Scatter Creek Farm Conservancy project. This project was great – a fantastic way to bring sustainable agriculture and wildlife conservation together. In perpetuity, 100 acres of prime farm land are now protected, with water rights (70-acre feet of groundwater placed in a water bank), is dedicated to sustainable food production, with an additional 48 acres of critical wildlife habitat bordering on the Chehalis River. Plus, the property has amazing artesian springs, and two side channels for salmon spawning and rearing. A big part of my passion for this project is that it is now –and will be in the future, –a regional educational tool.  Working with future landowners and farmers, supporting an agricultural incubator, regional student tours and “agropreneur” workshops to teach new methods of successful farming in small productive niche markets.   A “never been done before” kind of project and an enormous win-win for agriculture and wildlife.  It’s my gem.” As a founding member of the Chehalis Basin Partnership, (1998 to 2015), Chanele has been a strong voice and advocate for the environment. In her role, Chanele was active with the steering technical committee, water quality, water quantity, habitat, and citizen advisory committees.Chanele said, “I’m passionate about environmental protection and insuring we leave a legacy for our grandchildren. We’ve lost too much forested and prairie lands—these areas play a significant role in the protection of water quality. These lands are some of the best for cold, clear, and clean water, to recharge our local aquifers and are important sources for instream flows.  Once it’s gone or covered in asphalt, we can’t get it back.”To protect critical areas and significant forest lands, Chanele developed strong partnerships with regional nonprofit, local, state and federal agencies. Some of Chanele’s early work in south county included working with the nonprofit, Wolf Haven, collaborating on regional projects. This led to the eventual acquisition of additional prairie lands. Today local second graders learn about prairies and pollinators on these prairie lands.Another local treasure in the Tenino area, is the stone quarry public swimming pool. Legend has it, that quarrymen in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s struck a natural spring that quickly filled the pit with water. As the water flooded the area, workers had to abandon the site, along with their tools. Once filled with spring water, a perfect deep, natural reservoir was created —perfect for swimming. The site was converted to a public pool in the mid-40’s and is in Tenino City Park, –and has been enjoyed by thousands of children, adults and families since.Chanele Holbrook with a group of fifth grade students at the Black River WG. Photo courtesy: Chanele HolbrookHowever, in 2010, Chanele learned that the 60-acre hillside property adjacent to the foundation, (above the park and surrounding the quarry pool) was not owned by the City of Tenino, was going to be logged.Chanele said, “I knew that I could not let that happen. If it was clear cut as planned, the surface water runoff would impact the park and completely devastate the town’s only community park.  The clarity of the quarry pool would be lost, as logging would have caused major sedimentation and erosion of hillside soils right into the quarry pool.”  Chanele quickly got to work and led a team of other concerned Tenino citizens. Together matching funds were raised, grants were written, and through a partnership with the Weyerhaeuser Company, the 12 acres directly above the park and quarry pool were acquired and protected in perpetuity.“In this narrow 12-acre strip of land, the understory of native plants, and the roots of coniferous and deciduous trees collect water, keeping the soil in place, and help to prevent erosion from the logged hillside behind them. The long-term plan is for these 12 acres to connect to an established walking trail that is on the adjacent 250 acres of Creekside Conservancy’s land – and then wrap back down to the Chehalis Western Trail. Locals know this special piece of foundation land as the Backdrop of Tenino.”With the acquisition of this small forest, the Tenino Park and quarry pool is now protected for the enjoyment of current and future swimmers and park visitors.In 2018, a swimmer noted on the Quarry Pool Facebook page, “Awesome experience that everyone should do at least once in their lifetime…”Mayor Wayne Fournier, called the quarry “A priceless piece of local history.”Another local swimmer noted, “It’s cool that we have this in our small town. Where else can you swim in an old quarry?”Through all the years, with Chanele at the helm, the foundation worked to strategically acquire additional critical habitat.  In addition to the original 600 acres, another 600 acres of important and sensitive land has been acquired, expanding the Creekside Conservancy’s foundation to projects throughout the Scatter Creek sub basin – and beyond.Chanele’s love for the region shined as she worked closely with the county for years participating on the citizen advisory committee that developed the Agricultural Overlay District in south Thurston County and the vibrant agricultural “Bountiful Byway” – promoting sustainable agriculture and Agri-tourism.For two decades, Chanele has been an active voice in the community. She has been able to inform and educate the city of Tenino and its citizens, on a variety of issues –local economic vitality, urban sprawl, groundwater recharge, salmon refugia’s, –and the importance of the education of our youth on local watershed issues.“I’m excited to be able to reenergize a past program that I loved so much. It will involve local elementary and middle school students in watershed ecology and different types of local environmental action projects in the near future.”Today, Chanele is as enthusiastic and dedicated as ever, and continues her work as a volunteer to protect key habitats in the Chehalis basin, while working full time as an outreach staff member at a local state agency on water quality resource issues.last_img read more

Desiderio cites lack of familiarity with Go for Gold despite solid debut

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Wild Fastlane finish sets WrestleMania main event Luckily for Go for Gold, UP coach Bo Perasol gave Desiderio the green light to see action in the developmental league as he seeks “to gain more experience,” something which he hopes to get in this foray with Go for Gold.“This is my last season in UP and I feel that I still lack in experience. So I’m happy that coach Bo and the management allowed me to play,” he said.With two games remaining in their schedule, the Scratchers are still on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs.Desiderio very well knows how tough the task is, but he is keeping his fingers crossed that this partnership of his with fellow “23-for-23” cadet J-Jay Alejandro and ex-pro Jerwin Gaco will eventually bear fruits and reward them with a spot in the quarterfinals.“We’ll continue to fight. As long as there’s a chance, we’ll take it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES Go for Gold wraps up its eliminations assignment against Zark’s Burger-Lyceum next Monday and against AMA Online Education on April 2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings PBA IMAGESPaul Desiderio admitted that his unfamiliarity with Go for Gold showed in its 88-91 defeat to Wangs Basketball-Letran on Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“We fell short in the end,” he said. “I’m still feeling my way with my teammates because I’m just practicing with them for two days. I’m still adjusting.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Scratchers mounted a belated rally from 15 points down, 79-64, midway through the payoff period and got to within one, 89-88 with 11.4 seconds remaining, before faltering in the end game as Desiderio lost the leather and forced Justin Gutang to heave the desperation three at the buzzer.Still, it was a solid return for Desiderio, who finished with 15 points on a 3-of-7 shooting from three, while also grabbing two rebounds and two blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe arrival of the UP scorer to the Go for Gold lair may seem like a match made in heaven given the circumstances between the two parties.Since Kent Salado’s MCL injury in the first game of the conference, the Scratchers have been hell-bent in finding someone to bolster their guard rotation late in the eliminations. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READlast_img read more

Painters take top spot, deal Fuel Masters first loss

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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 Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tokyo Games nears collection targets for recycled-metal medals MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Fuel Masters forward Jason Perkins forced extra time with 13 seconds remaining in regulation and James Yap’s deep three fell short as time ran out.Yap struggled mightily with only two points on 1-of-9 shooting from the field after coming into the game averaging 16.3 points.“He (Yap) had wide open shots but he just couldn’t make them,” Garcia said.Fortunately for Rain or Shine, Rosales picked up the slack with a career-high tying performance to give the Painters a big lift.Perkins led Phoenix with a career-best 27 points on 13-of-20 shooting from the field that went with nine rebounds in a losing effort.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Maverick Ahanmisi added 13 points while Raymond Almazan and Rey Nambatac scored 12 and 10 points, respectively for the Rain or Shine, which climbed to 6-1 and pinned Phoenix its first loss in six games.“They never gave up and they fought their hearts out,” said Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia, whose squad blew a 14-point lead it built late in the third period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I told them in the fourth quarter when they (Phoenix) came back that it’s bound to happen.”Mark Borboran nailed the game-clinching basket with 12 ticks left after Alex Mallari cut the Painters’ lead down to two, 96-94, with under 40 seconds to go. PBA IMAGESRain or Shine gained the top spot after escaping Phoenix, 98-94, in overtime in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Elasto Painters relied on their depth anew with five players finishing in double-figures led by Beau Belga and Kris Rosales, who each had 16 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more

Liberia’s Jury System: A Matter for Serious Constitutional Discussion

first_imgThe Judge of Criminal Court B of Montserrado County, Her Honor Nancy F. Sammy, has issued a most disturbing revelation that should immediately grab the attention of the Chief Justice of Liberia, His Honor Francis Kporkor, and the entire Supreme Court Bench.Judge Sammy, in her remarks opening her court last Monday, said court officers were in the habit of “demanding” money from individuals in order for those persons to serve on jury panels.But our Judicial Correspondent, Abednego Davis, reminded courtofficers that jury service is “a civil duty that enables a citizen to attend a court trial and help a judge to determine who is guilty or innocent.”Judge Sammy underscored her warning by insisting that “Court officers have been demanding and receiving payments from individuals in order to place them on the jury.””This practice must be discontinued,” she demanded,” because anybody or any court personnel who engages in this unwholesome behavior will face the wrath of the court.”Turning to the empanelled jury for this session of her court, Judge Sammy gave them this patriotic juridical charge: “It is in accordance with our Constitution and Statue that you have been summoned from the various districts of Montserrado County to be with us in this term of court.  Your being with us is to perform a civil duty for our beloved country.”The erudite and faithful judge further explained to the jurors,”[This] means that you will be with us for the next 42 days to perform your civil duty with impartiality, so as to render a true verdict in each case, predicated upon the evidence and the controlling law.”Do not come to perform this duty with a mindset to render verdicts that are contrary to the evidence and the applicable laws before you for reward or hope,” she added, warning that such jurors do so at their “own peril.”In this editorial, we have quoted extensively from Reporter Davis’ article in order to highlight for the benefit of the public and the Supreme Court bench Judge Sammy’s grave concern about jury tampering and where it begins–right in the court itself, with the involvement of the very court officers who should be guardians of judicial equity and rectitude (integrity). This vile, despicable habit of jury tampering seems to have become a permanent fixture in Liberian jurisprudence.  It has made it next to impossible for the government to win any case in court, for some of the vilest personalities in our society accused of blatant corruption have for this identical reason, gone scot free because they had a lot of money to pay the jurors.The ink had hardly dried on Judge Sammy’s written remarks when we published three days later a story revealing that “jury tampering” was overshadowing the murder trial of Jefferson Dahn, the defendant accused of allegedly stabbing to death Ms. Antoinette Nettie Peters, on January 3, 2013.Judicial Correspondent Davis reported that two of the jurors in the case, Nathan Chea and Rachael Kun Suah, were at different times seen in conversation with murder defendant Jefferson Dahn’s family members.Accordingly, Judge Blamo Dixon of Criminal Court A in which the trial is being held, has removed the two suspected jurors from the case, according to Correspondent Davis.Judge Dixon must be commended for this bold move to cleanse the jury of suspicious elements and we pray that this decisive action on his part will serve a warning and a deterrent to this jury and all other juries.The overriding question with which the three branches of the Liberian government and the people of the country themselves must wrestle is whether or not the jury system has served its usefulness in Liberian jurisprudence.  In a country riddled with poverty and corruption, it has become increasingly clear that people’s peers cannot be trusted in exercising impartial and trustworthy judgment in judicial matters.There are just too many instances of jury tampering, involving not simply court officers but lawyers, too, as well as other key officials of court.Do we, or do we not need a referendum on the efficacy of the jury system in Liberia?  This, it seems to us, is a matter for serious constitutional discussion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Street Sellers Call for Gov’t Support

first_imgA group of street sellers have called on the Government of Liberia to help provide or explore avenue that would seek to empower them and their parents in the time of difficulties.They expressed this concern comes after government  decided to control or stop children under the age of 18 from selling in the streets, which many are forced to do  as bread winners of the family.The Government of Liberia said it was unfortunate for children under the ages of 12, 14 15 and 17 to be used by parents as a bread winners for the home, describing this as troubling for the government and people of Liberia in general.Speaking yesterday to some of the street sellers on Broad Street, one of the sellers, Robert Sackie, a 4th grade student from the Group of 77 in Monrovia, said that since  government called on parents and children to leave the street, they must provide empowerment for parents.According to Robert Sackie, a 12-year old who lives on Camp Johnson Road, central Monrovia, “My father was not working to help provide for the home. My mother and I have to sell for the family to survive in this difficult time,” little Sackie said.Little Sackie, who sells eggs opposite the Sport Commission on Broad Street, said, he was not happy with the condition of being among cars and selling eggs but called on the government to be more forceful in providing necessities for children,  especially those whose parents  have little income or none at all.Also speaking, Jenneh Sasraku, 15, and a seventh grade student, said she was forced by her aunt to sell in the street as a way of helping to provide food in the home, while using  part of profit  for school’s fees.   She has been doing this since leaving her parents in Grand Cape Mount County.“My aunt has said, if I don’t sell lime, she will not pay my school fees. I know that this business of running in the street, among cars selling lime is not good for me. She called on the government to help our family with jobs and reduce school fees in order to enable us to go to school and focus on our education,” she asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Domestic violence – A practical solution

first_imgDear Editor,As I sit here, I am saddened by the news of another needles life lost because of domestic violence. Almost every news site I visit features the story of the most recent victim. Countless persons continue to express their utter disgust or anger that this problem continues to plague our society.Yesterday’s incident, which occurred at Limlair Village, Corentyne Coast, East Berbice, was the last straw for me. I now feel compelled not just to speak of the issue, but also offer and highlight simple and practical solutions to this epidemic. I call it an epidemic because it is a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in our society, and that is the definition of an epidemic. I believe that what we see being manifested by the actions of some men almost daily is the end result of men dreadfully lacking coping skills and not truly understanding their roles.If you were to examine all the domestic violence cases that resulted in the demise of women, you would realise that domestic violence is not common only to a particular ethnicity or demographic. Instead, what is common is that, in every case, the man did not understand his role, and failed to cope with the situation.Men should have been equipped with this vital information, like so many other teachings they received, from a very young age. While many might argue that this should have been taught in the home, the almost daily heinous and callous acts being committed by men against women tell that this is not happening.The genesis of this epidemic, like I said, is lack of coping skills and men not knowing their roles. My question therefore is: Why not address this from a tender age? There is a famous colloquial expression which says “you need to bend the tree while it is still young”. Coping skills and other practical life skills should be incorporated with the other subjects being taught in the school system.While I am not trying in any way to undermine its importance, research would have shown that, after leaving high school, over 85% of people do not utilise in their everyday living most of the theories they would have learnt in school. However, 100% of persons leaving high school would need life skills which, in most cases, they weren’t taught or didn’t learn from home. If teachers can now spend ten to fifteen minutes daily with their students teaching them these skills, I believe this would greatly aid the students as they get older. Ultimately, in time, this would inevitably lend to a reduction in domestic violence and casualties resulting from this epidemic in our society.Further, to aid the older men, I strongly suggest that Government, more specifically The Ministry of Social Protection, be more proactive in its approach to tackling the problem. Outreaches and establishment of more counselling centres manned by qualified volunteers, social workers or ministers of religion would provide alternatives.The above are my thoughts. It is my desire that, even if not implemented, at least my recommendation can start, in regard to this epidemic, a national conversation that leads to steps being taken or put in place to end this dreadful situation.Domestic violence most stop!!!Sincerely yours,Shorlan Christianlast_img read more

Tottenham midfielder set for Sevilla switch?

first_imgSevilla have joined the race to sign Tottenham midfielder Etienne Capoue.The France international has been strongly linked with a move to Real Sociedad in the transfer window, after failing to secure a regular first-team place under Mauricio Pochettino.But reports in French newspaper L’Equipe claim Sevilla also want to recruit the 26-year-old as they look to strengthen their midfield.Capoue could be allowed to leave White Hart Lane in January after falling down the pecking order behind Nabil Bentaleb, Benjamin Stambouli and Ryan Mason.Pochettino has not ruled out the possibility of players leaving before deadline day on Monday, but said he wanted to get the Capital One Cup semi-final out of the way before he focused on any transfer activity.However, with Tottenham securing their place in the final, the Argentine coach could now allow Capoue to leave the north London club. 1 Tottenham midfielder Etienne Capoue last_img read more

PL stars unlucky to have missed out on the PFA shortlists

first_img 6 This feature appears in the current edition of Sport magazine, which you can download for FREE here. They are also on Facebook and Twitter @SportMagUKFew could quibble with this month’s PFA Player of the Year shortlist of Harry Kane, N’Golo Kante, Riyad Mahrez, Mesut Ozil, Dimitri Payet and Jamie Vardy. Admittedly, Anthony Martial and Eric Dier might have scratched their heads at their absence from the nominations for young player of the year (though Dele Alli will likely win the award anyway). Yet the list for the full award is strong.In this craziest of Premier League seasons, however, there are – at least – six more players worthy of recognition.REVEALED: PFA ANNOUNCE SHORTLIST FOR TEAM OF YEAR 6 6 Danny Drinkwater: Leicester – Pretty much any of Leicester City’s starting XI could make a case for being in the Premier League team of the season, but 26-year-old Drinkwater has been the man keeping their midfield ticking. Less eye-catching than the hyper-industrious N’Golo Kante, but no less important, Drinkwater has established himself as an own-brand Sergio Busquets (Sergio Digestive Biscuits, perhaps). His passing is accurate, he’s seemingly always in space to receive the ball, he breaks up play and he’s a tireless runner. Fully deserves a place in England’s Euro 2016 squad for this summer. David De Gea: Man United – click the arrow above, right, to see five other players Sport magazine consider very unlucky to have missed out on the PFA awards – Retaining the Spaniard for this season has been Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s best piece of business, although admittedly the competition isn’t exactly fierce. The 25-year-old has saved United’s skin many times this season. Four Premier League keepers have made more saves, but it’s the manner of some of De Gea’s stops that draws the eye: impossibly quick reactions, aided by that unique feet-first style that often sees him kicking away close-range efforts. The one member of the squad fans can trust. Until he goes to Madrid. Kevin De Bruyne: Man City – The Belgian might look better suited to the lead role in a live-action Tintin film than the hustle and bustle of Premier League football, but he’s brought a fresh touch of class to a settled, weary Manchester City side. De Bruyne’s season has been interrupted by injury, but he’s still scored 17 goals for club and country since his arrival from Wolfsburg, with six goals and nine assists in the Premier League. At his best, the Belgian can dismantle teams with Velcro-control and perfectly weighted passes. If De Bruyne is the shape of things to come at City, the future is bright. 6 6 Virgil van Dijk: Southampton – The imposing Dutch centre-back is only a couple of months too old for the PFA Young Player of the Year Award. That this comes as a surprise is testament to the maturity and leadership the 24-yearold has displayed since joining Ronald Koeman’s side from Celtic in a £13m deal. Van Dijk has won 143 aerial duels this season, according to Squawka – more than any other defender in the league. He’s bolstered a mean Southampton defence – the sixth best in the division – and has scored three goals, including a last-minute equaliser against Sunderland. Toby Alderweireld: Tottenham – Defending is a lost art. A cry heard not just in this league, but around the world. A decade or so ago, names such as ‘Maldini’, ‘Cannavaro’ or ‘Bramble’ sprang instantly to mind when thinking of the world’s best players (let alone defenders). Now? Not so much. Yet with Alderweireld, Tottenham have been able to rely on a rock-solid, ever-present this season. The Belgian defender is a central reason why Spurs have by far the meanest defence in the league. Fine with the ball at his feet too, this is the kind of footballer you want to build your whole defence around. 6 Odion Igahlo: Watford – There are a few strikers we could pick here. It says everything about the superhuman standards Sergio Aguero sets that he has 20-plus league goals this season and it’s considered par. Jermain Defoe’s 13 league strikes have kept Sunderland afloat. However, we give Watford’s Nigeria forward Igahlo the edge. Not for his 14 league goals, nor his crack partnership with Troy Deeney. No, he’s here for ‘the scoop’ – the trick that sees his fleet footwork fool defenders and thrill fans. As Sport says to Mr Whippy in our dealings with him: one more scoop please, maestro.last_img read more


first_imgBuncrana’s John Hutchinson chalked up another win with a sensational points win over hometown favourite Gerard Healy on last night in front his delighted travelling support at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on the World Title eliminator bill featuring Tyson Fury aired live on Channel 5.The rugged 26-year-old endured a tough and torrid time in his debut victory this August in Mayo against Connacht fight Darren Cruise. But it was a different script in Belfast as Hutchinson’s improved fitness ensured that he was able to outwork and outpint the more experienced Belfastman in a 12 minute toe-to-toe war that earned the accolade of ‘Fight of the Night’.Hutchinson, who boxes out of the legendary Breen Gym in Belfast, disposed with the usual ‘feeling out’ process as the green-clad ‘Buncrana Banger’ crossed the ring after the first bell, bobbing and weaving his way into close quarters and began to lash away at his foe.Healy immediately responded with a number of doubled up jabs and long right hooks in an attempt to thwart Hutchinson’s wave of attacks but the Donegal fighter piled forward laying on as much pressure as he could to take the first round.The second round saw much of Hutchinson’s best work as the landed a number meaty shots at close quarters when Healy attempted to push the pace. The momentum swung back in favour of the Antrim man in the third round as Healy bit down on his gumshield and found his second wind. Hutchinson needed to win the fourth and final round to ensure he maintained his unbeaten record. The action was more akin to a bar-room brawl than an Olympic Final in the last as both fighters were desperate to stake a final claim on the bout.The pair traded blows in equal measure and heads clashed as the blood and thunder encounter made its way into the final minute of the contest.Hutchinson, roared on by a large band of Donegal supporters, then found an extra reserve to pin his opposite number against the ropes and fired off a volley of head and body shots which was enough to seal the victory in the eyes of referee John Lowey, who scored the bout 40-37 in Hutchinson’s favour.“It was a hard fight and he was a better man tonight than his previous performance. But I thought I was the busier boxer, and when I did ‘box’ as I should’ve been I was quicker and beating him to the punch but I got drawn into a scrap and let the occasion and emotion get to me,” said a critical Hutchinson.“I knew he was confident and coming for the win, but I was well prepared for this one. It was a true toe-to-toe fight and all-action, but I enjoyed it, I enjoy those types of fights more than I should and so do the fans but I enjoyed the result even more.“It was another fantastic win away from home and caps off a great year for me, it can only get better next year and I have to commend everyone from home that came up for the fight and supported me because they really pushed me over the line at the end,” acknowledged the ‘Buncrana Banger’. “The scorecards gave it to me by a very wide margin, but that doesn’t tell the full tale of the fight. Gerard and I are good friends and he is a genuine warrior and pushed me hard in every round. Some of his team weren’t happy with the result so maybe we might have a rematch sometime next year if there is any lingering doubts with his team.“But we have our own plans and for now I will relax and enjoy Christmas. We have options to go and fight in England and even Dubai so we will see how those pan out and make a decision on the next step in the new year. I plan on it being a big year for me and hopefully I will start targeting some titles,” ended a jubilant Hutchinson.BUNCRANA’S HUTCH OVERCOMES HEALY TO KEEP PRO-BOX CAREER FLYING was last modified: December 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Jail adds beds after complaint

first_imgCASTAIC – With the addition of 420 beds at the Pitchess Detention Center, every inmate in the county jail system now has a bunk and a mattress. Settling a complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reopened barracks at the Castaic jail complex that were shuttered because of budget cuts. But overcrowding problems persist, said sheriff’s Cmdr. Don Rodriguez, Pitchess supervisor. Some 70 percent of the county jail population is composed of men and women awaiting trials, sentencing or other hearings before heading to state prison. “Court cases can take a long time,” Rodriguez said. “Once they are adjudicated and sentenced to state prison, we do our best to see they are processed as quickly as possible and sent to the state prisons. But some of the problem is getting the state to take their prisoners when they are facing the same issues of overcrowding.” Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Three jails make up the Castaic complex, two are maximum-security and one houses minimum- and medium-security inmates. Pitchess is home to about 8,200 inmates; there are nearly 20,000 inmates in the county system. To further relieve overcrowding, the county is working to also reopen the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, closed when Sheriff Lee Baca responded to 2003 budget cuts and released 2,600 low-risk inmates who had served portions of their sentences. After county supervisors approved $78 million in the 2005 budget for the Sheriff’s Department, portions of the East Facility at Pitchess were opened in March. A dormitory in the South Facility, closed in 2001 to cut overtime costs, remains closed. “Another issue is that we have several hundred deputy and correctional vacancies,” he said. “We’ve been able to get recruitment kick-started; we’ve opened the training facility at College of the Canyons and we’re hoping to fill those positions. “There’s only so much we can do with a limited number of beds, considering the population growth and budget issues.” last_img read more