Legends urge WI to start Joseph in second ODI

first_imgSHARJAH, UAE, CMC – Fast-bowling legend Waqar Younis and legendary former captain Sir Vivian Richards, believe struggling West Indies should turn to teenaged fast bowler Alzarri Joseph for today’s second One-Day International against Pakistan here. Waqar, in particular, argued that the Windies seam attack was sorely lacking in pace, and the inclusion of the 19-year-old Joseph for his ODI debut would add a much needed spark and also provide support for the only other genuine fast bowler, Shannon Gabriel. “You need to put pressure in a bowler rather than an all-rounder,” said Waqar, who took 373 wickets in 87 Tests. “Gabriel bowled a beautiful spell to begin with [in the opening ODI on Friday] but then after that things didn’t really go well because at the other was leaking runs so it’s very easy pickings from the other end, and it becomes very difficult for even one fast bowler who’s quick to really carry on doing it.” Gabriel dismissed captain Azhar Ali with the first delivery of the game but Pakistan dominated proceedings thereafter, to motor to 284 for nine off their allotted 49 overs. In reply, West Indies slumped to 175 all out in the 39th over, to go down by 111 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method. Joseph was a stand-out at the Youth World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year, and was subsequently handed his Test debut against India in the third Test in St Lucia. Waqar said having seen the Antiguan bowl in the that game, he was convinced he would bring much needed quality to the Windies attack. “You probably need Alzarri Joseph. He’s a youngster who swings the ball,” said Waqar. “I saw him in one of the Test matches against India. He bowled with some rapid pace and swung the ball so why not throw him in. You saw it [on Friday] when you played with eight, nine batters and you still lost the game and lost it with ease so I feel you should bring the youngster in and ask him to bowl with the new ball and try to pick you early wickets.” He added: “At the moment, what I saw with [medium pacers] (Jason) Holder and (Carlos) Brathwaite, there is really nothing additional on offer.” Sir Viv, the most dominant batsman of his era and who like Waqar now serves as a television analyst for the series, said Joseph could only improve the West Indies attack. “There’s nothing to lose in playing Alzarri Joseph. He really can’t be worst than what we’ve seen, let’s be fair.”last_img read more

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Liberia’s First Wildlife Sanctuary Launched

first_imgDr. Sawyer and FDA managing director Tuagban cut the ribbon to the facility while others look onThe chairman of the Governance Commission (GC), Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, officially launched the country’s first Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday at Libassa Ecolodge in Marshall, Lower Margibi County to preserve the country’s wildlife species, including the much consumed ‘bush-meat’ and pets.Dr. Sawyer lauded the management of Libassa Ecolodge for ‘such a wonderful innovation’ that grew out of its passion to protect wildlife.He challenged government officials, especially those in the extractive industry, to “think more innovatively.”“There is no need to strangulate the private sector only because one does not want it to grow. The partnership between the government, civil society, NGOs and the private sector should always be win, win and win. I would like to take this time to congratulate the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) for building from strength to strength,” Dr. Sawyer said.In a special welcome remark, both Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Antoune described the sanctuary as a realization of their dream.They said the dream began eight years ago when Libassa Ecolodge was under construction; and it was their love of nature and wildlife that pushed them into this adventure. “At that time, we found it unacceptable to see wildlife sold on the streets of Monrovia as pets and others as bush-meat,” they said.“We realized that this was not only our fight, but the fight of the entire nation. It was not hard to find people with goodwill who also wanted to fight along with us. This is how we teamed up with the Society for Conservation of Nature in Liberia (SCNL) and the FDA.”After many months of dedicated work, Mr. and Mrs. Antoune were proud to announce that they were succeeding. “In our presentation, you will hear about our challenges and our successes. We are not at the end, rather only at the beginning, as there is more to be done.”Expressing hope that the sanctuary will inspire others to lend a hand to the conservation of nature and wildlife in Liberia, the couple noted that the fight is very long and difficult, “but will be won.”The FDA’s Managing Director, Darlington Tuagban, said the new Wildlife and Protected Areas Management Law, among other things, aims to maintain, protect and preserve wildlife as a national heritage as well as addressing wildlife and their habitats.Mr. Tuagban noted that the law also includes the management and protection of wild animals through the use of appropriate and internationally accepted best practices (such as the establishment of the newly launched wildlife sanctuary). He further encouraged stakeholder participation in wildlife related decision making and its economic benefits.He said: “Implementation of this unique instrument has just begun with the creation of awareness at all levels in order to sensitize communities and would-be affected stakeholders of the importance of working with the FDA and Liberian government in the utilization of wildlife and wildlife products.”The manager of the sanctuary, Madam Julie Vaanassche, underscored the need for people (Liberians and foreign nationals) to volunteer their services to provide care for the animals. “We need people to observe and monitor the animals at the sanctuary, and also after they are released. Scientists and students can use tracking devices when releasing animals to collect valuable data that can be used in scientific research.“Visiting the sanctuary is free for children. Later, I will also give people the opportunity to sponsor an enclosure or they can virtually adopt one of the animals in our care by donating a certain amount of money every month,” Madam Vanassche said.As part of the event, scores of people were taken on a guided tour of the sanctuary by Madam Vanassche. The occasion was attended by high profile government officials, foreign diplomats, educators, students and tourists, among others.Last Saturday’s event was made possible through the sponsorship of Liberia Coca Cola Bottling Company, Champion Design, Harbel Supermarket and the host, Libassa Ecolodge.The Libassa Ecolodge Wildlife Sanctuary is a first of its kind in Liberia. It is the fruit of a partnership between Libassa Ecolodge, FDA and SCNL.The sanctuary will provide care and give support to confiscated wild animals kept as pets or destined to be consumed as ‘bush-meat’; release confiscated wild animals back to the wild whenever possible; encourage volunteer participation in nature work; train students and communities on wildlife protection; and introduce behavioral study among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mon Repos celebrates Arrival Day

first_imgResidents of Mon Repos on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) came out all decked out in their colourful outfits on Sunday as the community partook in its annual activities to observe the 180th anniversary of the arrival of East Indians in Guyana.The event, which commenced in the afternoon hours, saw a huge turnout as many embraced the festivities which emerged from days of planning.Throughout the day, the crowd was entertained by performers who contributed their dances and renditions against a backdrop of splendid spring colours.Many took the opportunity to try a variety of delicacies and most importantly, the prevalent ‘seven curry’, which is known to all Guyanese.Along with the presentations from residents of Mon Repos and its neighbouring communities, the keynote speech of the event was given by executive member of the Indian Arrival Committee, Neaz Subhan, who noted that the residents of the various communities must be commended for their efforts in uplifting the traditions and celebrating the arrival of Indians to Guyana.“This is very important, for it aids in the efforts to ensure that the culture remains embedded. It was in pockets that our foreparents gathered in their quest to do so. It is important in helping to generate or renew interest especially among the younger generation and for them to be exposed and to learn,” he related.Meanwhile, other communities across Guyana were also engaged in their celebrations on Saturday. Residents of Essequibo took the opportunity to traverse the streets in commemoration of this decades-old milestone while displaying the food, clothing, and tools that were brought to Guyana by their ancestors from India.Arrival Day, which is celebrated on May 5, marks the coming of the indentured immigrants to the then British Guiana – East Indians, Portuguese and Chinese, who must be given credit for helping to shape Guyana into a diverse land of many cultures.last_img read more

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Savage Cup evened up after Regals claim game two

first_imgThe game began with Fort St. John generating the better scoring chances, as the Flyers game out of the gate with their feet moving and extremely physical, which resulted in numerous quality scoring chances, including two breakaways, as well as a disallowed goal.Despite the momentum on Fort St. John’s side, an unfortunate bounce resulted in Powell River opening the scoring 16:41 into the first, as the puck bounced off the skate of a Fort St. John defender and past goaltender Clayton Pool, who was making his first start in net for the Flyers.However, with 2:23 left in the period, Rod Stevens scored his second goal in as many games, tipping in a low shot passed Brumbey, evening the score at 1-1 to conclude the first.- Advertisement -Much like game one, things opened up in the second, but unlike Thursday, the majority of the scoring on Friday came off Powell River sticks.The Regals scored four goals in the second period, with John Coyle getting involved in all four, registering four assists in the period. On the other side of the ice, Mike Lalonde scored the lone goal for the Flyers, concluding the middle period with the Regals leading 5-2.The fifth goal was the end of Pool’s evening, as Troy Hunt was sent in to replace the starting goaltender in net.Advertisement Shot blocking was another frustrating part of the game the Flyers had to deal with, as Powell River did an excellent shot of blocking 20 plus shots fired by the Flyers. The situation was something Flyers’ captain Dave Alexander said he remembered from last year’s Savage Cup.“That’s what it was last year and we need to learn from that. We need to make adjustments quickly and maybe get some back-door stuff going on… We had a ton of shots at the net but couldn’t get the rebounds and find the holes.  I was saying on the bench that it reminded too much of last year.”The game concluded with some scrums ensuing as tempers began to flare from both sides, something Flyers head coach Darrel Leahy says his team isn’t going to shy away from.“If they want rhubarb, we will give them rhubarb.”There’s no rest for either team, as a pivotal game three takes place Saturday evening at the North Peace Arena, as the series shifts from a best-of-five to a best-of-three series, as each team has won once.Advertisement Just when it looked liked the Flyers were down and out, a quick two goals by Fort St. John provided a jolt of life back into the North Peace Arena. 3:43 into the third, Paul Wiens scored for the Flyers, cutting the deficit to two goals, then just 20 seconds later, Todd Alexander scored for Fort St. John, with the scoreboard all of a sudden reading 5-4 for Powell River.But just as quickly as the Flyers pulled within one, the Regals doubled their lead to two, as Jason Deleurme scored just 32 seconds after Alexander, providing Powell River a 6-4 lead.The Flyers were unable to recover from the two goal deficit, and John Coyle added an empty net for the Regals, as Powell River emerged victorious 7-4.It was a big night on the ice for Powell River’s Jason Deleurme and John Coyle, who combined for 10 points on the evening, while Elias Godoy registered four points on the evening.Advertisementcenter_img Saturday’s game three at the North Peace Arena begins at 8 p.m.last_img read more

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Tresvant nets 48, leads LBCC to double-OT win

first_imgAlan Harris paced the Seahawks with 26 points. Long Beach City will play at L.A. Southwest on Friday night at 7:30. Compton 72, Pas. City 48 Cortnei Houston had 19 points to lead the visiting Tartars (17-8, 6-1) over the Lancers (8-18, 2-5) in an SCC game. Compton also got major contributions from Jeremy Lightfoot (16 points, 13 rebounds) and Justin Carter (15 points, 10 rebounds). Jesse Porter led Pasadena City with 12 points. Compton will play at East L.A. on Friday night at 7:30. Deon Tresvant scored 48 points – including a game-tying 3-pointer at the end of the first overtime – to lead the Long Beach City College men’s basketball team to a 100-94 victory over L.A. Harbor in double overtime in a South Coast Conference game Wednesday night at Harbor. Eric Williams added 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Vikings, who improved to 19-10 overall and 6-0 in the SCC with their 12th consecutive victory. Matt Richard tallied 10 points for LBCC. center_img Women’s hoops LBCC 66, L.A. Harbor 53 Amber Thomas scored 24 points and TyQuanna Ganaway added 13 to help the visiting Vikings (17-9, 5-1) beat the Seahawks in a South Coast Conference game. Thomas also had three rebounds and three assists for the Vikings (17-9, 5-1), and Ganaway had five rebounds. Other key contributors for LBCC included Jessica Quintero (eight points, nine assists, three steals, three rebounds) and Kendra James (five rebounds, six steals). Sky Blue poured in 19 points for the Seahawks. The Vikings will play at L.A. Southwest on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Men’s volleyball LBCC 3, Orange Coast 0 The defending state champion Vikings began their regular season with a 30-17, 30-25, 30-27 victory over the visiting Pirates. Naseri Tumanuvao had 17 kills and 12 digs for LBCC. Also for the Vikings, Brett Massetti recorded seven blocks and four kills, and Jon Hellmann totaled 45 assists and five blocks. LBCC will play at Palomar on Friday at 6 p.m. 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

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Arsenal FC team news: Predicted XI to face Chelsea in the FA Cup final

first_img 8. Aaron Ramsey (central midfield) 11 24. Hector Bellerin (right wing-back) 11 12. Olivier Giroud (striker) 11 11 18. Nacho Monreal (centre-back) 3. Kieran Gibbs (left wing-back) – Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Arsenal XI to face Chelsea in the 2017 FA Cup final… 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 11 11 4. Per Mertesacker (centre-back) 11 7. Alexis Sanchez (attacking midfield) 11 11 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) You can listen to Arsenal v Chelsea in the FA Cup final live on talkSPORT from 4pm, on Saturday, May 27.The Gunners are going to find it tough on Saturday as they face the Premier League champions with a patched up defence in the showpiece match at Wembley Stadium.Laurent Koscielny is suspended, while Gabriel is injured and Shkodran Mustafi extremely doubtful, leaving just Rob Holding and Per Mertesacker as recognised centre-backs.Meanwhile, there are also doubts over the fitness of Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.So who will Arsene Wenger pick? Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Arsenal XI to face Chelsea in the 2017 FA Cup final… 11 29. Granit Xhaka (central midfield) 16. Rob Holding (centre-back) 11last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: 13 BUNCRANA HURLERS INVOLVED IN DONEGAL SQUADS

first_imgBuncrana Club notesCOMHGHAIRDEAS!!Congratulations to Ryan and Claire Bradley from all in the Club on the birth of their baby son, Finlay.Donegal Hurling It was a great testament to hurling in Buncrana when a total of 13 Scarvey hurlers were actively involved in Donegal squads who achieved remarkable success in the U15 and U16 All Ireland competition on Saturday past. These young lads were on the road on Saturday from as early as 5am. Niall O Doherty, who captained the County U15s, was assisted over the season by Gavin Kelly, Matthew Wilson, Óisín Mc Daid and John Vaughan. In Carrick-on-Shannon their team, all under fifteen, came a very close second in the U16 All-Ireland ‘C’. Captain Dylan Duffy, in Cusack Park, Mullingar, led the County U16 team to the County’s first ever ‘B’ final where they put up a remarkable performance against the victors, Meath. Their success in reaching the final can be gauged when teams like Wicklow, Derry, Down and Westmeath had already fallen by the wayside. Well done to all of the following who played in Cusack Park: Dylan Duffy, Fiachra Mac Lochlainn, Paul Tourish, Óisín Grant, Ben Doherty, Darran Connolly and Jack Callaghan. Commiserations to PJ McCarron who missed out through injury. Onwards and upwards!Senior Ladies Buncrana 2 13 Gweedore 2 7Well done to our Senior Ladies who now play in the Junior A Final this Sunday. All support welcome. Details, when known, will posted on social media.U16 Football Our U16 Footballers made it two from two in the Championship with Monday night’s win over Naomh Padraig in the Scarvey. The boys started in a very determined fashion and maintained that over the hour. Early points were added with a well taken penalty from Odhran Mullan. A second 3 pointer before half time put the boys in a commanding position and they controlled the second half to run out worthy winners. A win in the final group game away to Milford on Monday night will make us group winners and a place in the Northern Championship Semi-Finals. Best of luck boys!U16 HurlingThe club’s u16 hurlers face Ballyshannon at home on Thursday in the league Semi Final. All support welcome. The squad will train on Wednesday night at 6.30pm sharp.U13 GirlsU13 girls opened their County league campaign at home to Muff on Saturday. The girls put in excellent performances all over the field but were beat by 4points. Great effort by all girls involved. U10 HurlersWell done to our U10 hurlers who took part in the blitz in Convoy on Sunday. Thanks to Setanta who organised the U10 blitz. Buncrana were up against Aodh Ruadh, Four Masters, Setanta, St Eunans, Letterkenny Gaels, Burt, and Carndonagh. The final blitz takes place on the 27th September. Training on Sundays, 11am, all welcome.U9 FootballOur U9s got their tournament off to a cracking start on Wednesday night with a great win over Doire Colmcille. However, this wasn’t the case yesterday in Muff against a bigger and more physical Naomh Padraig team. Well done to all involved, next up Burt at home on Saturday. Ongoing Repairs/Maintenance WorksThe Club is always looking for help with ongoing repairs/maintenance works. If you have a skill that could be useful please volunteer your time if you can. Contact Sean on 0862388071.LottoThis week’s lotto stands at €5700. The Lotto numbers for last week were 3, 6, 8, and 30. Club treasurer, Colm, would like to thank those who helped do the Lotto around the pubs.in August. If you see any of our volunteers around the pubs, please support by buying a lotto.Training Times – New and Old Players Always WelcomeFootballU14 Boys Tuesdays 7-8.30pm and Fridays 4.15-5.45pmU12 Boys Mondays 11am-1pm and Fridays 7.00pmU10 Boys Fridays 6.30pm and Tuesdays 11am-1pmU8 Boys Fridays 6.30pm and Mondays 7-8pmU6 Boys & Girls Fridays 6.30-7.30pmU8 & U10 Girls Saturdays 10.30-11.30amU12, 14 & 16 Girls Mondays 7-8pmHurlingU8 & U10 Sundays 11-12noonU12 Tuesdays 7- 8.30pmU16 Wednesdays 6.30pmClub MerchandiseElizabeth Anne is now taking orders on the first Tuesday of every month. She can be contacted on 086 0604075.GAA NEWS: 13 BUNCRANA HURLERS INVOLVED IN DONEGAL SQUADS was last modified: August 31st, 2015 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)Tags:buncrana gaa club noteslast_img read more

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COPS TO RE-OPEN INQUIRY INTO 1942 MURDER OF DONEGAL WOMAN

first_imgA police Cold Case Unit in Scotland may be about to reopen an investigation into the murder of Donegal woman Gertrude Canning, murdered in 1942.Authorities say the death of 20-year-old Gertrude – shot four times while working for the British Navy – is now part of the Unsolved Homicide Database.Family members here have long since campaigned for more information about she died. He said: “Gertrude was my aunt and I have been researching her story for a number of years.“She was reared by her Aunt called Mary Ellen Cullen who lived in Milngavie in Scotland with her husband Edward and their children.“Gertrude lived with the Cullen family at 5 Craigdhu Road from 1930–1934 and went to St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School, starting on January 7, 1931, according to the school register.“It is my understanding that Gertrude was initially expected to be buried in Milngavie, however, it transpired that her father — my grandfather — brought her body home to Donegal for burial. “But I have been told that her remains were brought to Milngavie to the old St Joseph’s — up the road from where the current church is.”Liam also notes that his Aunt Gertrude had enlisted in the women’s armed forces during World War II.Gertrude was a serving Wren (Woman’s Royal Naval Service) at Camp Quebec at No. 1 Combined Training Centre in Inveraray, Argyll, when she died in 1942.She was returning from an errand in the town centre when she was shot four times — while wearing her uniform.Liam added: “I am very keen to evoke some long-lost memories from someone of the Herald readership who might recognise or remember the story first-hand or even if it was relayed to them by their elders. “I would love to know if there is anyone in the town, likely in their late 80s or early 90s, who may even have known Gertrude personally — perhaps an old school pal.”COPS TO RE-OPEN INQUIRY INTO 1942 MURDER OF DONEGAL WOMAN was last modified: December 21st, 2011 by BrendaShare 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

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Clemens’ story gets bad twist

first_img Taveras CF Berkman LF Ensberg 3B Lamb 1B And there, six names deep, he saw his. Bagwell DH And he couldn’t have been more ecstatic. This, you see, was the great unknown, and the great debate, in Houston since Thursday night, when the Astros secured their first National League pennant. Garner made his decision Friday, opting for Bagwell over Chris Burke, who in two postseason rounds was hitting .348 (8 for 23) with 2 home runs (including the clincher in the Division Series vs. Atlanta). “I’m excited for Jeff,” Garner said before the game. “I think he wanted to make sure that this was a baseball decision, which it definitely was. A measure of a great human being is the fact that he wants nothing handed to him, and he wanted to make sure that I felt he was the right guy for the job (Saturday).” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHICAGO – Just this once, he looked less like a pitcher for the ages than just another aged pitcher. Roger Clemens fights longer and harder than anyone in the game to hold off the ravages of wear and tear on a 43-year-old body. But defiance has its limits. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I fought my way through that inning, got through that inning,” he said afterward, not long after Chicago rolled to a 5-3 win. “He told me he was plenty willing to go back out there, to eat up some innings to help the bullpen,” Astros pitching coach Jim Hickey said. “But I wouldn’t call it an argument. We’ve run into situations like this before and he’s argued a lot more vehemently.” The Astros haven’t gone to Plan B – yet. Clemens was, in manager Phil Garner’s words, “the proverbial day-to-day” and wasn’t slated to pitch again until Game 5. Bags gets nod at DH: Jeff Bagwell has 5,999 career at-bats as the No. 3 hitter in the Houston lineup, and yet last night, before Game 1 of the World Series, a night Bagwell has played 15 seasons for, he saw a lineup that read like this: Biggio 2B center_img One moment, he was a storybook just waiting for a happy ending, a Texan being rewarded for all that hard work with the chance to carry a team from the Lone Star State into its first World Series. Then came the twist. Two innings into Game 1, Clemens hurried off the mound to cover first on a ground ball. A tweak of his hamstring, and there suddenly were a lot more questions than answers. last_img read more

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Antonovich drops shelter-site support

first_imgCASTAIC – County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich withdrew a proposal to locate a winter homeless shelter on the grounds of the Pitchess jail, citing the Castaic Town Council vote against locating the temporary facility there, officials said Friday. County officials maintained that the plan could work – the 40-cot shelter would have opened at Pitchess Detention Center’s visitors’ parking lot from Dec. 1 through March 15, perhaps once every four to six years. But last week’s 4-3 vote by the local policy advisory panel against staging any homeless facility in Castaic – an unincorporated community of 22,000 northwest of Santa Clarita – convinced them to back off. “Supervisor Antonovich will oppose placing the shelter at Pitchess,” said Tony Bell, spokesman for Antonovich, whose 5th District includes Castaic. “The community spoke through the Town Council, and he will honor their wishes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We are working to find an alternative solution that makes sense to the homeless to the community of Santa Clarita Valley. We’re confident we can find a solution for all parties involved.” The Pitchess proposal was scrubbed as Antonovich is working to keep constituents happy with county governance – some Castaic residents and business owners have talked of annexing to the city of Santa Clarita. But Bell denied this influenced the decision. “The supervisor was under no pressure whatsoever,” he said. “He merely took into account the views of the community.” John Kunak, president of the Castaic Town Council, said he was pleased with Antonovich’s decision. “I’m very pleased to see the supervisor has listened to the community view as said to him by the Town Council,” said Kunak, who backed the county plan, but voted against it after dozens of opponents packed last week’s Town Council meeting. “I felt that my responsibility was to represent the people, and the people were telling me not to do it. Antonovich did the same thing.” Opponents said a shelter would increase crime in the community – the county lockup is within a mile south of the nearest subdivision, separated by an eight-lane Interstate 5. Sheriff’s officials have said the facility has had no impact on crime in neighborhoods that have hosted it. Council member Lloyd Carder II, who supported the shelter plan, said he was disappointed by the local reaction. “I wonder if these people are going to be happy if a child succumbs to the elements because the mother couldn’t find shelter,” he said. “Everybody is afraid of the unknown. I’ve actually met some of these people, and it changed my way of thinking. It’s possible we could’ve changed theirs. We just didn’t do a good job.” “The county did a very good job presenting this proposal,” Bell countered. “In addressing the concerns of the Town Council at the meeting, we feel that we’ve met most of the expectations. However, at the end of the day, they voted to oppose. “We do maintain that it’s a good site. But it’s not a good site if the Castaic community doesn’t want it there.” Meantime, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority on Friday granted the Santa Clarita Community Development Corp. the contract to open a local emergency shelter for the ninth consecutive winter. Some wonder whether it could open on time, even if the county offers an alternative. “Basically, we would have to issue all the contracts by the first week of November,” said Andy Pattantyus, an SCCDC board member. “Right now, it seems unlikely we would open on the first of December.” The embattled nonprofit group never had a permanent facility, and complaints from residents have forced it to relocate every few years. The county in August proposed a long-term solution: It would partner with the city and rotate the shelter among four to six sites each year between the two jurisdictions. Officials offered Pitchess as this winter’s shelter site – it will reopen in December 2006 at a yet-undetermined city site. Pattantyus remains optimistic that the county would come through. When the city turned the shelter out of the Via Princessa Metrolink Station last year, the county offered a maintenance yard on Centre Pointe Parkway. The 40-bed facility opened nearly a month late on Christmas Eve, hosting about 77 homeless. Of those, 19 managed to obtain permanent housing, the SCCDC said. “I’m not going to hold my breath because I’m not too sure how long I have to hold it,” Pattantyus said. “But the county and LAHSA want something to happen. It’s just a matter of how they do it, with some degree of buy-in from the community. “At some point, decisions have to be made for the greater good. That’s the dilemma facing the county – they have to make a decision for the greater good knowing the decision is going to be unpopular.” Bell said the county was up to the challenge. “The clock is ticking, and we’re well aware of it,” he said. “We’re confident we will come up with a suitable alternative.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 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

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