Shane answers the doubters

first_imgIt may be a surprise to many that when Shane ‘Canterman’ Ellis topped this year’s jockeys’ championship with 83 wins, it was only the second title for the Caymanas Park favourite. The son of former three-time champion Winston Ellis, the ‘Canterman’ has a well-deserved reputation having won all of the major trophies at Caymanas Park in his two decades of riding. Ellis, who has had riding experience in Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago, says he has never really focused his attention on winning jockeys’ titles, just the big races and getting as many wins as possible each year. And at the start of the 2015 season, his focus was very much the same, until midway through the year when observers realised he was Robert Halledeen’s (second with 71 wins) main threat for the championship. “At the start of the season, I wasn’t even thinking about the championship. I was thinking about winning classics. But as time went by, I was always close to the leaders and people were saying that I cannot win the championship. So I had to prove a point to the fans who doubted Shane Ellis,” he told The Gleaner. But although he answered the critics, there are those who now say the two-time champion jockey cannot repeat the feat in 2016, and he is determined more than ever to make it two-in-a-row next year. “I was focused this year and next year, I will be even more focused. I can do it again,” he insisted. Dane Nelson (before he left for Canada), Omar Walker, and Halledeen all held the lead at various times. Ellis, however, took charge in the last four months of the year to hold off a late challenge from Halledeen. LEARNING EXPERIENCE “When you have two jockeys competing strongly, the fans get involved and that plays a big role in everything. You have to stay focused to be successful or you won’t make it. But he (Halledeen) will learn from this experience,” Ellis added. Ellis’ who surpassed 1,000 winners this year (now 1,033), is sixth on the all-time list for local riders. He, along with all-time leading jockey Winston ‘Fanna’ Griffiths, are the only riders still active locally who have won all five classics. However, he is disappointed that Caymanas Track Limited or the Jamaica Racing Commission failed to acknowledge his 1,000 winners milestone. “My career has been very good and I thank all supporters and fans who have been there throughout. No matter the criticism, they remained die-hard Shane Ellis fans and I love those people. Not that I do not love the people that criticise me, because when they criticise me it helps me to get better. “But what I was surprised about and very disappointed with was that I went past a 1,000 wins this year and they didn’t recognise it,” he commented. Ellis graduated as an apprentice jockey in 1996 with high expectations and it was no surprise when he won his first classic and first championship in 2000. The ‘Canterman’ has ridden 14 classic winners to date, including four 1000 Guineas with RAY OF HOPE 2000, LATONIA 2004, SAINT CECELIA 2009 and NIPHAL 2011. Two 2000 Guineas – ROYAL IMAGE 2008 and WILLIE GOLDSMITH 2013. Three Derby wins – AWESOME POWER 2001, TYPEWRITER 2012 and RELAMPAGO 2014. His Oaks wins came aboard LATONIA 2004, SAINT CECELIA 2009 and RAEVEN RANAE 2013) and he won the St Leger with TYPEWRITER 2012 and RELAMPAGO 2014. He has also had success in the Superstakes with PITTACUS 2003 and TYPEWRITER 2014.last_img read more

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Argentina coach plans major changes to team at World Cup

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “The team is convinced of what’s to come. That’s it, we have to look at what we need to correct from the Iceland match, but we can’t dwell on it. We have to look forward and win the next match against Croatia.”Croatia is leading Group D after beating Nigeria 2-0.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Javier Mascherano, third from left, chats with teammates during a training session of Argentina at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Bronnitsy, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)BRONNITSY, Russia — Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli is planning major changes to his team for the South Americans’ next World Cup match.In the team’s first training session since a disappointing 1-1 draw against Iceland, Sampaoli tried a different tactical approach Monday, with an eye toward the clash against Croatia on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 View comments Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film FIFA charges Mexico after fans chant anti-gay slur China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Di María, meanwhile, looks like he will be sacrificed for Cristian Pavon, who impressed Sampaoli in just 20 minutes as a substitute against Iceland.“I think that Jorge is looking at every position. We’ll see what happens and what he decides on the day,” the 22-year-old Pavon said. “I feel confident and luckily things are going well for me, but I don’t know yet if I’ll be a starter.”Rojo, Biglia and Di Maria are part of a group of eight players who were part of the Argentina team that finished as runner-ups in 2014 in Brazil. They also were part of the team that lost the Copa America final against Chile in 2015 and the Copa America Centenario in 2016.Sampaoli hasn’t repeated the same team in the 12 games that he has been in charge of the national team.The other likely starters for the Croatia match are talisman Lionel Messi, Wilfredo Caballero, Maximiliano Meza and Sergio Aguero, who scored in the first match.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew He tested a system with three central defenders: Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi and Nicolas Tagliafico. Mercado was replacing Marcos Rojo, who put in a poor performance against Iceland in a line of four defenders.The other notable change in training was that the coach dropped midfielders Lucas Biglia and Angel Di Maria, who also failed to impress in the draw on Saturday. Sampaoli switched Biglia for Marcos Acuna, who was playing on the left wing.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 crownJavier Mascherano will remain as a defensive midfielder, while right back Eduardo Salvio was being pushed up as a wingback.“Yes, we worked with different types of systems, on the wings or in the middle, in a hypothetical line of five,” Mercado said at a news conference. “Every match needs something, and if it’s line of five then we’ll do it — if it’s a line of four we’ll do it. We have a few days left to decide how we will play.”last_img read more

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Bogdanovic scores 19 points as Pacers rout Grizzlies

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pique says Rafael Nadal to play in new Davis Cup format Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) celebrates with guard Victor Oladipo (4) after a basket against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and Victor Oladipo added 16 to help the Indiana Pacers rout the Memphis Grizzlies 111-83 on Wednesday night.It was the largest-opening night victory margin in the franchise’s NBA era, breaking the mark of 27 set against the then New Jersey Nets in 1985.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Grizzlies never got closer than 18 the rest of the game on a night Indiana was 10 of 25 on 3s and had 20 turnovers.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Mike Conley returned to his hometown and scored 11 points in his first regular-season appearance since mid-November. He missed 70 games last season with an injured left heel. … Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr., who grew up in nearby Carmel, scored 10 points in his NBA debut. … The game was J.B. Bickerstaff’s first as a full-time head coach. He previously served as an interim coach with Houston in 2015-16 and last season with Memphis. … Gasol appeared to hurt his right leg during the second quarter but returned before halftime and played throughout the second half.Pacers: Indiana has won three straight over the Grizzlies. … Tyreke Evans had 14 points and six assists against his former team. Evans played last season in Memphis. … The Pacers finished with a 57-28 rebounding advantage — recording their highest single-game total since 2003. … Doug McDermott had 12 points, Cory Joseph finished with 11 and Thaddeus Young wound up with 10 points and eight rebounds. … TJ Leaf, Indiana’s first-round draft pick in 2017, left late in the first quarter with a sprained left ankle and did not return.UP NEXT:ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Domantas Sabonis finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds as Indiana earned its seventh opening-night win eight years. The Pacers also have won eight of their last nine home openers.Marc Gasol scored 13 points and Garrett Temple had 12 — all on 3-pointers — for the Grizzlies. It was Memphis’ first season-opening loss in three years — and this one was never really close.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIndiana took a 26-16 lead after one quarter, then used a 14-2 second-quarter run to make it 41-17.Memphis closed to 56-39 at the half and cut the deficit to 14 twice in the third quarter, but the Pacers fended off the finally charge with 9-3 run to rebuild a 73-53 lead. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Grizzlies: Will try to rebound in their home opener against Atlanta on Friday night.Pacers: Make their first road trip of the season at Milwaukee on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 awardlast_img read more

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LeBron James hurt but Lakers still rout Warriors

first_imgOAKLAND, CA – DECEMBER 25: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball while being closely guarded by Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during the first half of their NBA Basketball game at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2018 in Oakland, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James prides himself in his durability, being available night after night, game after grueling game.That’s why the Lakers star is so mad he got hurt.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Lakers: Zubac shot 9 for 10. … The Lakers had lost three of four, so this meant a lot. … Los Angeles improved to 5-6 on the road vs. the Western Conference. … Tyson Chandler, who had been questionable with back spasms after he missed Sunday’s game against Memphis, returned and played 15-plus minutes.Warriors: Iguodala reached double figures for the fourth time this season. … Curry and Draymond Green each picked up two early fouls, and Green fouled out with 5:36 left. He was limited to four points, five assists and five rebounds.UP NEXTLakers: At Sacramento on Thursday.Warriors: Host Portland on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James leaves game vs Warriors with strained left groin James made it look easy early on shooting over Jonas Jerebko and Kevon Looney. James hit a turnaround jumper at the 4:39 mark of the second quarter to put the Lakers ahead 52-37 and L.A. led 65-50 at the break.It was James’ second straight Christmas game at Oracle Arena after playing here with the Cavaliers last year and losing 99-92.Walton — a former Warriors top assistant and dear friend of Steve Kerr — got some time with his Hall of Fame dad, Bill, before the game and a few moments to catch up with Curry and share holiday greetings in the hallway after the two-time MVP’s warmup routine.Kevin Durant, playing on a tender left ankle, had 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Andre Iguodala came off the bench and made his initial five shots and 7 of 9 by halftime on the way to a season-high 23 points while also handling some of the load defending James.Golden State shot just 9 for 36 from deep, Curry going 2 of 8 and Durant 3 for 8.MCGEE’s RING DELAYEDLakers center JaVale McGee was still sick with a respiratory infection and missed his fifth straight game, didn’t travel and missed his scheduled moment to receive his championship ring. That will now happen Feb. 2 when the Lakers return to Oracle Arena.McGee was one of three big men who rotated in Steve Kerr’s rotation on the way to a repeat title.“I’m happy for JaVale. He’s getting more of a chance to play with the Lakers than he did with us,” Kerr said. “We had a lot of centers play a really important role for us the last couple of years. He was fantastic and we loved having him here. Wish he was here and that we could give him his ring today, but we’ll do it next time. Very happy for him and his success this year.”TIP-INS No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIEScenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia He is scheduled for an MRI exam Wednesday and coach Luke Walton is preparing to be without James on Thursday night in Sacramento.James has played in 156 straight games overall and 116 in the regular season. And he’s not about to guess whether he will have to miss time.Stephen Curry made consecutive 3s shortly after James exited, and the Warriors got within 78-76 at the 2:48 mark of the third — but Kyle Kuzma and the persistent Lakers stayed at it every possession. Curry wound up with 15 points but the home fans had seen enough well before the final buzzer and headed out for the rest of Christmas.“They played like they had nothing to lose. They played like they had a free swing,” Curry said. “Everybody who touched the ball was aggressive. They just had a different look in their eye and we weren’t able to match that. They went out and won the game, that’s basically it.”Kuzma contributed 19 points with a pretty baseline 3 late, Ivica Zubac had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Rajon Rondo 15 points and 10 assists off the bench as the Lakers snapped an 11-game losing streak on the Warriors’ home floor since a 118-115 overtime win Dec. 22, 2012. Los Angeles also ended a seven-game skid overall in the rivalry with its first win in the series since March 6, 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The Los Angeles Lakers lost LeBron in the third quarter to a strained left groin then went out and beat the two-time defending champions without him Tuesday night, getting King James’ 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists before the injury in a surprising 127-101 rout of the Golden State Warriors.“I take a lot of pride in it,” James said of always playing. “That’s why it (angered me) not to be able to go back into the game. It’s more than anything being available to my teammates, being available to my coaching staff. That’s something I take more personal than anything. Hopefully it’s not a long thing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJames grabbed at his left groin area with 7:51 left in the third after slipping under the Warriors’ basket while trying for a loose ball. He tried to stretch it out, awkwardly walked toward the Lakers bench trying to loosen up before leaving on his own though gingerly out the tunnel for the locker room.“I wasn’t able to go back into the game, obviously. I’ll get an MRI tomorrow and see what’s up,” James said. “With me with injuries, I’m never too concerned about them. I was able to walk off on my own power. I felt a pop, see if I could stretch it a few times, see if it would relieve but it didn’t. … I did a couple exercises to see if I could continue to go but I didn’t feel like it would benefit my team or me. So I came back and got a jump start on the rehab.”last_img read more

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Blow for Arsenal! Gunners target wants to ends his career at Real Madrid

first_img Iker Casillas in action for Real Madrid 1 Iker Casillas has ended any talk of him leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal by revealing he wants to end his career at the Spanish club.The goalkeeper has emerged through the club’s ranks to become captain of the side, making over 700 appearances in the process.However, reports in Spain had claimed he could end his 15-year stay at the Bernabeu and move to Premier League side Arsenal.The Gunners are said to be on the hunt for a new goalkeeper this summer, with Chelsea’s Petr Cech on their radar.But Casillas is one shot-stopper who will not be joining them after he announced his desire to end his career at Real Madrid.“I want to stay until 2017, when my contract ends,” Casillas told AS. “I want to end my career at Real Madrid.”last_img read more

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Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, August 17

first_imgThis Wednesday morning on Sportsday we look back on yet another successful day for Great Britain at the Rio Olympics, with golden couple Jason Kenny and Laura Trott again reigning supreme.We also review Manchester City’s Champions League qualifier and look ahead to Celtic’s key first leg at Parkhead this evening.We also talk cricket, reflecting on the England ODI squad that’s been named for the upcoming 5-game series against Pakistan.All brought to you by Russ Hargreaves and the team.last_img read more

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Just look how close the Serie A Golden Boot race is – FIVE players chasing award

first_img The Serie A Golden Boot race is very close 1 There are only three games left in Italy’s Serie A season and while Juventus are about to be crowned champions, the Golden Boot award is still up for grabs.Known as the Capocannoniere, Gonzalo Higuain scored 36 times last year to win the award, but look how close it is this term.Edin Dzeko (Roma) has scored 27 goals in 35 Serie A games this seasonRemaining games: Juventus (H), Chievo (A), Genoa (H)Andrea Belotti (Torino) has scored 25 goals in 32 games this seasonRemaining games: Napoli (H), Genoa (A), Sassuolo (H)Mauro Icardi (Inter) has scored 24 goals in 33 games this seasonRemaining games: Sassuolo (H), Lazio (A), Udinese (H)Dries Mertens (Napoli) has scored 24 goals in 32 games this seasonRemaining games: Torino (A), Fiorentina (H), Sampdoria (A)Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus) has scored 24 goals in 35 games this seasonRemaining games: Roma (A), Crotone (H), Bologna (A)READ MORE:The amazing story of Enrique Guaita, the player whose Roma goal record Edin Dzeko is chasinglast_img read more

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MOTORSPORT: DONEGAL TEENAGER ENJOYS DREAM DEBUT AT MONDELLO MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgMOTORSPORT: Donegal teenager Caolán Irwin has enjoyed a sensational debut at the prestigious Mondello Masters Championship over the weekend.Irwin, 17, earned a podium place and reiterated the belief amongst many motoring experts that he has a very bright future in the sport.Iriwn, from Kilmacrennan, secured an incredible second place in the Supertwin 650cc Class  giving away 100cc engine power to the more competitive 650 bikes. Caolán has enjoyed an amazing first year in Short Circuits winning the Irish Adelaide Masters series on his little 125 GP in 2014, GP 125 cc Ulster Champion and joint points in first place in the Irish 125cc GP Newcomers Championship.He was selected from an application of 3300 riders for the Red Bull Rookies moto GP trials in Spain were he wowed the selection committee being the only Irish rider to make it through to the final day of the selection event.Following on from his success in 2014 he was flooded with offers for this season.Leaving his two stroke behind him  he has progressed steadily, heading to the British Championship with team Scott Racing on the Aprilia 450cc, a huge learning curve onto the bigger bike where he is enjoying much deserved success. Trevor Scott of Scott Racing again has shown his confidence in Caolán by giving him the opportunity to ride his Aprilia 550 cc at the Masters.As expected Caolán has continued to push forward embracing yet another challenge head on.Caolán’s younger brother Rhys 13, on the Scott Racing Superteen 125cc Aprilia (number 96) also traveled to Mondello Park to attend the test day on the friday.Rhys put in some impressive lap times but unfortunately there was no race for the little 125cc’s.Caolán and Rhys continue to be grateful to Trevor for the opportunity to be part of the Scott Racing Team and to James Gallagher of Oasis Bar, Letterkenny for his continued support.A big thanks to the team engineers Garry and Ivan who coped with the many mechanical issues and bike set up over the weekend. Their attention is now turned to the next round of the British Thundersport Championship at Cadwell Park, UK at the end of the month.Caolán will be racing in two classes, the Aprilia 450 cc Championship and the Supertwin Championship.Younger brother Rhys 13 will be competing in the Superteens 125 Aprilia Championship.MOTORSPORT: DONEGAL TEENAGER ENJOYS DREAM DEBUT AT MONDELLO MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: October 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:MOTORSORTSportlast_img read more

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DONEGAL ARTIST’S SHOCK AT APPROACH BY HOLLYWOOD STAR

first_imgA Donegal artist got the shock of her life this week when a Hollywood star contacted her looking for a painting.But Paddy Considine didn’t get a secretary or his agent to contact artist Tara McLaughlin – he called her himself!The British actor wanted two prints of illustrations inspired by his directorial debut, Tyrannasaur. Tara admitted “Never did I expect the man himself to order prints of my paintings.”  DONEGAL ARTIST’S SHOCK AT APPROACH BY HOLLYWOOD STAR was last modified: December 19th, 2011 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:ARTIST TARA MCLAUGHLINPADDY CONSIDINElast_img read more

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Violence in juvenile halls soars

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Graham said the Sylmar facility had the most violence. In the first half of this year, there were 482 incidents of youths attacking each other at the Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar, up from 439 in the same period last year, he reported. During the same period, there were 434 incidents at Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles, up from 299, and 441 at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey, up from 290. The probation officers are using new training in dialogue and crisis de-escalation techniques and limiting the use of pepper spray and physical restraints, but inadequate staffing hampers the success of these tactics, Graham wrote. In one-third to one-half of instances in which the staff uses force, the staff is intervening in the growing youth-on-youth violence, according to the report. Use of force by staff increased from 1,535 to 1,727 instances. “When (kids) know that intervention is not going to be swift and immediate, then that just rings the dinner bell for them to go ahead and attack each other,” said Ralph Miller, president of the 4,000-member probation officers union. Last month, hundreds of probation officers called in sick and staged a rally outside the county Hall of Administration downtown, urging the Board of Supervisors to approve a new contract that would allow the department to hire hundreds of new probation officers, as well as offer higher wages and benefits. The actions come more than four years after the U.S. Department of Justice launched an investigation into abuses at the halls, finding that staff used pepper spray excessively, hogtied children and failed to meet the youths’ mental health needs. The Probation Department is making progress and has fulfilled 10 of 52 federal recommendations agreed to in a settlement last year, according to Ron Barrett, the department’s project coordinator for the settlement. He said new training for staffers ended in July, and that probation officers have now been trained in new techniques to deal with kids in crisis. He said he expects violence to begin decreasing soon. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 troy.anderson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As Los Angeles County’s three juvenile halls have become increasingly understaffed in recent years, violence has increased dramatically, particularly at the Sylmar facility, according to a federal monitor’s report released Thursday. In his semiannual report, U.S. Department of Justice monitor Michael Graham said there has been a “disturbing upward trend of fights and assaults” among youths at the three halls. Violent incidents increased 12 percent from 2,094 in 2003 to 2,352 last year, he said. In the first half of this year, 1,357 incidents were reported – with a projection of 2,700 by the end of the year. “Inadequate staffing is, perhaps, the single greatest impediment to providing effective rehabilitation programming, ensuring the safety of suicidal minors, reducing youth-on-youth violence and reducing the number of incidents involving the use of force at the three juvenile halls,” Graham wrote. last_img read more

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