‘Conservation never ends’: 40 years in the kingdom of gorillas

first_imgArticle published by Isabel Esterman While studying Rwanda’s critically endangered mountain gorillas in the 1970s, newlywed graduate students Amy Vedder and Bill Weber learned that the government was considering converting gorilla habitat into a cattle ranch.At the time, conventional wisdom held that the mountain gorillas would inevitably go extinct. But Vedder and Weber believed the species could be saved, and proposed a then-revolutionary ecotourism scheme to the Rwandan government.Forty years later, that scheme has proved its worth. Mountain gorilla populations have rebounded, and tourism generates hundreds of millions of dollars per year. Vedder and Weber now work to inspire the next generation of conservationists both in Rwanda and abroad.In a series of interviews with Mongabay, Vedder and Weber reflect on a life in conservation. December 1978A year into an 18-month research project on the critically endangered mountain gorilla in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, Amy Vedder and Bill Weber, newlywed graduate students from the University of Wisconsin, stumbled upon a plan that would destroy the very populations they hoped to save.By the late 1970s, poaching and habitat loss had reduced the population of mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) to just 260 individuals, and conventional wisdom held that the great ape was destined for extinction. But Vedder and Weber, who were working out of Dian Fossey’s world-renowned Karisoke Research Center, believed they had enough data to question the inevitability of the species’ demise.Instead, based on what was at the time a groundbreaking interdisciplinary approach, they believed that if local people were given the right tools and incentives, this steep decline in population could be reversed.Mother and baby mountain gorilla, part of the Sabyinyo group in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. The species was once viewed as doomed, but its population is now on an upswing. Image by Kwita Izina via Flickr CC BY 2.0.Then one day an acquaintance casually lamented, “It’s so sad what’s happening in the park.”“What’s going on in the park?” Weber asked.They soon learned that the European Development Fund (EDF) had advised the Rwandan government to raze one-third of the 160-square-kilometer (62-square-mile) park for a cattle project, estimated to generate $70,000 a year. Compared with the $7,000 in annual entry fees raised by the park, swapping “useless” forest for income-producing cattle in one of the world’s most densely populated and impoverished nations appeared justifiable.Not to Vedder and Weber. They canceled their planned return to the U.S., deciding to stay in Rwanda and find a way to transform their research into a project that would earn more revenue than milk and beef.“It had been written by a number of knowledgeable people, ‘they’re going extinct. It’s too small a population. You can’t rescue them,’” Vedder says. But she believed otherwise.“Amy’s research showed that the habitat was viable. The demographics revealed that the gorillas were reproducing. And my surveys and discussions with local people, academics and national officials indicated they were not anti-gorilla,” Weber tells Mongabay in an interview at Yale’s Graduate School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences in New Haven, Connecticut, where they now teach.The EDF-backed plan threatened to scuttle any hopes of a recovery. Ten years earlier, the development agency had already convinced the government to convert 105 square kilometers (40 square miles) of the park, considered one of the most biodiverse on the planet, to farm pyrethrum, a plant from which an insecticide compound is extracted. Human habitation and agriculture were driving the apes further up the mountain, depleting the vegetation they depended upon for food, and further shrinking their habitat. Vedder and Weber were certain that the gorillas could not survive another reckless plunder of their precious resources.“It was time for action,” Weber says.People on the road outside Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. Once threatened by a cattle ranching project, the park is now both a haven for mountain gorillas and an economic engine for the country. Image by Derek Keats via Flickr CC BY 2.0.Amy Vedder and Bill Weber grew up in upstate New York and met at Swarthmore College, outside Philadelphia. Vedder, who excelled in math and science, dreamed of working in a realm where there would be puzzles to solve and something new to discover each day. Biology, she concluded, offered all those things. Weber was majoring in psychology with a minor in English.“He liked weighing big ideas,” Vedder, 67, says. “His friends and he were real jokesters and jocks. It was a nice counterpoint for me, and provided a respite to studying hard.”“She was already thinking professionally about something to do with wildlife and animal behavior,” says Weber, 68, who was already imagining spending a lifetime together. “I thought environmental law could be an interesting complement.” They married the summer after graduation. When they didn’t get accepted to nearby graduate schools, they decided to serve as Peace Corps volunteer teachers in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo).Working within an African institution, they became proficient in French and Swahili and immersed themselves in local life. During their time off, they traveled to the great savanna parklands of Kenya and Tanzania: Serengeti, Amboseli, Tarangire and Ngorongoro. That cemented their desire to pursue conservation together.Amy Vedder and Bill Weber, photographed in 2015. The couple has been working in conservation together for more than 40 years. Image by Harvey Locke.A visit to Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the DRC, home to one of the last groups of eastern lowland gorillas (Gorilla beringei graueri) convinced them to focus their work on great apes. “That was the start of the gorilla itch,” Vedder says. “We saw them there twice with the warden. I asked him if there was something we could do to help the park.” They were shocked when Adrien de Schryver, the chief warden, invited them to assist him conduct a census and help with a gorilla tourism initiative.When their teaching duty ended, Vedder and Weber returned to the U.S. to secure affiliation with the University of Wisconsin and make plans to return to the DRC to work with the gorillas. Vedder switched her field of study from animal behavior to field biology. “I realized if we wanted to make a difference for endangered species, we needed to know basic ecological requirements. What foods do they eat, where were they found, and was there enough,” she says.Moved by the human poverty he observed on the fringes of the parks they had visited, Weber wanted to investigate how conservation and tourism might benefit local people. Wisconsin offered a new interdisciplinary Ph.D. in applied conservation science that fit his interests in social science and wildlife.When a fellow graduate student connected them with a primatologist who initiated an invitation from Fossey, they headed for Rwanda.After months observing gorilla families and conducting ecological analysis at Volcanoes National Park, Vedder concluded that the gorillas carefully selected the vegetation they ate to balance their vitamins and minerals. She discovered more than 100 additional plants and shrubs that they fed on that were not formerly known. “There were resources there. They didn’t have to go extinct,” she says.Amy Vedder with a Park Ranger in Nyungwe National Park. Home to 13 primate species including chimpanzees, Nyungwe was gazetted as a national park and protected area in 2005. Image by Laura Calderón.Weber cultivated relationships with leaders in the national and local governments and the bureaus of parks and forestry. He got to know the local community and school officials. “It was about learning who the decision-makers were and having influence on them to help set a legal framework,” he says.Savanna park “safari” tourism was the model in the 1970s, which meant going to see lions, elephants and zebras from the comfort of a Land Rover, then heading back to the lodge for a gin and tonic. Ecotourism was not yet a concept. Weber and Vedder came up with an approach that was radical at the time but seems visionary now. They envisioned people setting out on foot, following elephant and buffalo trails, to eventually find and observe gorillas deep in the forest. Weber trained knowledgeable, local guides to lead small groups of no more than eight visitors for an hour spent with a primate family.“There were several European tourism advisers in Rwanda that said ‘People don’t want to get wet, muddy and cold. You’re just graduate students. This can’t work,’” Vedder says. “When the local government said, ‘Try it,’ we had the opportunity to find out.”They proposed a three-part approach — education, tourism and anti-poaching — drawing on lessons learned from their biology and social science studies. Their plan, they argued, could bring in far more revenue, on a sustainable basis, than the EDF’s cattle project, and without the huge capital investment that ranching required.With the government’s green light, they co-founded the Mountain Gorilla Project in the summer of 1979. Known today as the International Gorilla Conservation Program, the project has evolved into a conservation consortium supported by Flora & Fauna International and the WWF. (The African Wildlife Foundation, one of the original funders, dropped out of the coalition in 2017.)Their proposal developed into a three-part project. The AWF oversaw the anti-poaching work, while Vedder and Weber led the tourism and education components, hiring and training Rwandans to eventually take over.Introducing tourism and working in a partnership with Rwandans meant a break with Fossey, who argued that daily human visitation would upset the primates and could hasten what she felt was their inevitable demise. The brutal killing a year earlier of Digit, a gorilla she cherished, had soured her view on the future for gorillas. She expressed skepticism that Rwandans were capable of managing gorilla conservation efforts.A group of eco-tourists hikes through Volcanoes National Park. Weber and Vedder correctly predicted that nature-loving tourists would be willing to pay hundreds of dollars a day to trek through the forest in search of gorillas. Photo by Derek Keats via Flickr CC BY 2.0.By the mid-1980s, each component of the project was demonstrating visible progress, according to Vedder, with Rwandans working on the ground and at the helm. The preservation of gorilla habitat proved to be as profitable as clearing land for cattle grazing.Vedder and Weber shuttled back and forth between field work in Rwanda and completing their doctorates. They built on their experience in the mountain gorilla project, taking on larger projects. Weber helped develop a watershed management program for the human population surrounding Volcanoes National Park. Vedder led projects in other comparable mountain ecosystems, such as Rwanda’s Nyungwe forest, and in Uganda, Burundi and eastern DRC.When Weber was appointed director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Africa Program in 1988, the couple moved to New York, visiting Rwanda annually. Two years later, the Rwandan civil war erupted, then escalated into the cataclysmic 1994 genocide of more than 800,000 people in 100 days. A census conducted after recovery revealed a continued uptick in the gorilla population. “Both sides had agreed not to fight within the park because they had recognized by then the tremendous economic value of the park and tourism,” said Vedder.“Amy and Bill are pragmatic conservationists who understood the socio, political and economic context of Rwanda and developed a conservation model that fits our unique circumstances and integrates local need and conservation objectives,” Michel Masozera, 50, deputy leader of wildlife practice for WWF International and an award-winning conservationist, wrote in an email.Vedder and Weber’s vision, dedication and pioneering work for wild lands and wildlife in Rwanda continues to reap rewards. In November, the Swiss-based International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced that the iconic “silverback” apes roaming the Virunga Mountains which straddle Rwanda, the DRC and Uganda, as well as a small population that inhabits Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, have seen their conservation status improve from “critically endangered” to “endangered.”You could say Vedder envisioned this after the census she conducted in 1986 revealed 293 gorillas, the first increase in a decade. It prompted her to predict that by 2010, the Virunga population could theoretically return to the 450 individuals recorded in a 1960 census. The population, in fact, rose to 480 and continued to grow. Today, the total mountain gorilla population exceeds 1,000 individuals, with 604 in the Virungas.Muganga and baby, part of the Isabukuru gorilla group in Volcanoes National Park. Tourists pay as much as $1,500 for a permit to visit the park’s gorillas. Image by Kwita Izina via Flickr CC BY 2.0.December 2018Mountain gorillas have become a national treasure in Rwanda. A silverback appears on the 5,000 -franc bill. There’s an annual baby gorilla-naming ceremony, Kwita Izina, which celebrates each year’s new batch of gorilla infants. Gorilla images adorn an array of Rwandan brands, from hotels to coffee.Each day, up to 96 visitors, in groups of eight at the most, spend 60 strictly monitored minutes with one of the country’s 12 habituated primate families at Volcanoes National Park. For this, they pay up to $1,500 each. Tourism in Rwanda today generates more than $400 million annually, more than coffee, tea and minerals combined, according to the Rwanda Development Board. And the most popular tourist activity is tracking mountain gorillas.Plans for a $200 million expansion of Volcanoes National Park and a project to reforest the habitat that was parceled for pyrethrum were announced earlier this year. “It will be a huge challenge, both ecologically and socially,” Weber says. “It’s going to engender some controversy on the part of people who support conservation but also want to make sure that local people are dealt with properly.”“Conservation never ends,” Vedder says. “The issues evolve and change. Fresh challenges arise. There’s always a new set of ideas to attend to.”Yasin Hamdan (left) and Bill Weber scouting for animals on the open plain of Akagera National Park. Image by Andy Lee.A few years ago, Vedder tells me, she and Weber began thinking about how their decades-long life work might be useful to young people beginning careers in conservation. They felt compelled to impress upon students that it’s not a straight line from here to there. “You wander, wobble and fall. Then pick yourself up again. Conservation is a long-term process,” she says.In 2013, Yale invited the couple to lecture about their experience as practitioners of conservation for a semester. The students responded positively, and Vedder and Weber found themselves equally enthusiastic about the exchange. They returned the following year, and that evolved into two popular conservation courses they teach every spring.Each May, Vedder and Weber take turns accompanying five students, selected with academic and cultural diversity in mind, for a monthlong study tour through Rwanda. The tour is structured to expose the students to a range of perspectives. They meet with NGOs, government officials and community members. They visit local cooperatives and museums. They track gorillas at Volcanoes and visit two other Rwandan national parks: Nyungwe, a mid-altitude montane forest, and Akagera, a savanna wetland, near the border with Tanzania.Amy Vedder with Yale students Ana Lambert and Martin Becker, and park ranger Christoph Nshimiyimana in Nyungwe National Park during an annual study tour Vedder and Weber take turns leading. Image by Laura Calderón.Students gain perspective about the challenges that presented themselves to Vedder and Weber 40 years ago, and see how their solutions have evolved. “Reading the theories of this and the principles of that is great in a perfect world,” Vedder says. It’s another thing, however, to “live in a village for three days and talk to people about what it’s like living next to a park.”Bethany Linton, 27, a second-year master’s student in environmental science, says she was most impressed by the candidness of the conversations and the nuanced viewpoints and perspectives from leaders in management, government and residents in the area, many of whom had had years of relationships and trust with Vedder and Weber. “Conversations about human rights, community income generators and revenue-sharing programs that the park management and government have promised and organized were the most compelling for me personally,” she says. “I think it’s so important to work through genuine relationships even when you’re doing global work, and that’s exemplified by Amy and Bill.”For Andy Lee, 26, a first-year master’s student, it was disagreements about the land expansion that made the biggest impression. “We talked to NGOs, a park head, and government officials in Kigali,” he says, adding that heated debates around political and human-wildlife conflicts characterized most discussions. “We tried to imagine the possible outcomes of the expansion, drawing experience from our own countries and other part of Africa,” he says.Cross-border coordination is a challenge for conservation of the mountain gorilla, which lives only in high-altitude rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. Photo by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.How do you make conservation happen when the gorilla population moves around the boundaries of three countries was a question that fascinated Martin Becker, 33, who received his master’s degree in environmental management from Yale in 2017 and went on to co-found Tepual Conservacion, a consultancy for privately owned protected areas in Chile. “The coordination of a three-nation conservation program, each with different priorities and levels of political stability was one of the discussions that impressed me the most,” he says.For Vedder and Weber, the ability to spend their lives working together on important, global projects that have improved the world has been a gift. “It’s given me an optimistic view on life. Here’s something we worked really hard at that has shown tangible results. That sense that one can make a difference permeates a lot of my life,” Vedder says.Weber concurs: “It’s hard to be completely optimistic about conservation these days but it shows that if you make an effort you can make a difference. Cooperation is a powerful tool. We weren’t the people who stayed and did all this. We did help get it started. A lot of people have worked together to make the mountain gorilla story what it is today.”Banda village kids at school. Working with local people and organizations has been a key part of Weber and Vedder’s strategy from the beginning. Image by Laura Calderón.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.Editor’s note: this story was updated Jan. 1 to correct the spelling of Bethany Linton’s last name. Animals, Apes, Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecotourism, Endangered Species, Environment, Featured, Gorillas, Great Apes, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Mammals, Protected Areas, Tourism, Wildlife center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Inoperative traffic lights

first_imgDear Editor,For some time now, the traffic lights controlling the junction of the Rupert Craig Highway and Sheriff Street has not been working.This remains an extremely dangerous situation. Traffic travelling north on Sheriff Street and attempting to enter and cross the Rupert Craig Highway do so at the peril of their lives.There are other traffic lights on Sheriff Street that have not been working for some considerable time, for instance, at the crossing of Duncan and Sheriff Streets.There is also a traffic light which controls the crossing of the Railway Embankment Road and Ogle Airport Road which is left permanently flashing. The result is that anyone attempting to cross the Railway Embankment Road and the Ogle Airport Road, again, does so at the risk of their life. The Ogle Airport Road is the main road with appreciable traffic to and from the Eugene F Correia International Airport. At peak traffic hours in the morning and in the afternoon, this light should be turned on to full operation.It’s noteworthy that as a result of the repairs being carried out on Sheriff Street, the Police Traffic Department has placed officers at Sheriff Street and the crossing roads in the early morning hours, but only up to 09:00h.Yours sincerely,Kit Nascimentolast_img read more

Liverpool transfer latest: Higuain and Vermaelen in, Allen and Benteke out?

first_img Christian Benteke – The Belgian striker has been used sparingly since moving from Aston Villa last summer. After netting ten goals in his first season with the Reds, the 25-year-old recently admitted he would like to stay put – but only if he remains in his German manager’s plans. Moussa Sissoko – Newcastle United – The Frenchman recently stated his wish to exit St James’ Park after their relegation to the Championship. While Arsenal have been most strongly linked, talkSPORT told you last month that the Reds have registered their interest in the 26-year-old, who joined the Magpies from Toulouse in 2013. Gonzalo Higuain – Napoli – Napoli striker Higuain is currently on international duty at the Copa America. The Argentinian, who netted 36 goals in 35 Serie A appearances, played as Klopp watched their match with Chile, sparking rumours of a deal. As talkSPORT told you this week, the 28-year-old has put a move on hold until after the tournament. He told Sky Italia: ‘I’m only thinking about the national team. We’ll talk after the Copa.’ 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 Thomas Vermaelen – Barcelona – The former Arsenal centre-back made just ten La Liga appearances for Barca last season and he may seek a move elsewhere. Injuries have affected his appearance count but he may be tempted to stay put if Javier Mascherano heads to Juventus – which looks unlikely after his recent quotes from Copa America. Vermaelen’s wife is English and the 30-year-old is believed to favour a move to the Premier League. Providing he stays fit, the Belgian would prove to be a terrific replacement for Martin Skrtel, who appears to be heading out of Anfield. 13 Cameron Brannagan – In shock reports on Friday, the Mirror believe Real Madrid and Barcelona are interested in taking 20-year-old Brannagan to Spain this summer. In an attempt to keep him at Anfield, the Reds could have to give the Salford-born midfielder assurances of his involvement in the first team in 2016/17. Mario Balotelli – on loan at AC Milan – Several newspapers on Friday reported that AC Milan do not want to make the 25-year-old’s deal at the San Siro permanent and the Reds have instructed Balotelli to return for pre-season training next month. He will have competition for involvement though, with Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke, Divock Origi, Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino all ahead of him in the Anfield pecking order. Philippe Coutinho – All eyes were on the 23-year-old this week when he netted a hat-trick for Brazil in their 7-1 Copa America win over Haiti. The former Inter Milan playmaker, who has been a hit on Merseyside, was recently linked with a move to Ligue 1 champions PSG and he played down talk in an interview with Sky Sports, stating his focus was on the current tournament in the USA. Sofiane Boufal – Lille – As talkSPORT are reporting, the Reds have cooled their pursuit of Mario Gotze, switching their attention to Lille playmaker Boufal. The highly-rated Moroccan is being sought after across Europe after scoring 12 goals in all competitions for the French side last season. 13 Liverpool fans are in for an exciting summer on Merseyside. As the Reds gear up for their first full season under Jurgen Klopp, various big name players are being linked with moves to Anfield. Along with the club’s stature, the German certainly has the reputation to attract world stars and that is why they are 9/1 to lift the 2016/17 Premier League title. Not only will there be arrivals at Liverpool, there will also be departures, with Kolo Toure set to be one of those players to depart. Some Reds stars are also subject to interest from elsewhere. Here, talkSPORT looks at ?the latest players to be linked with moves to and from Anfield – click the right arrow, above, to find out who could be set for a summer switch… Edinson Cavani – Paris Saint-Germain – After Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s PSG departure, Cavani’s agent said a summer exit was unlikely for the Uruguayan. But the Mirror report that the 29-year-old’s family want to leave the French capital and the Reds are said to be considering a move. His addition would undoubtedly add goals to Liverpool’s front line – he netted 81 times in 148 games for the Ligue 1 outfit – but it would take a hefty bid for him to be allowed to follow his Swedish strike partner out of the Parc des Princes exit. Piotr Zielinski – Udinese – Earlier this week, it looked as though Napoli would win the race for the Poland international’s signature, but the situation may once again have changed. BeIN SPORTS journalist Tancredi Palmeri believes Zielinski has refused a ‘Napoli proposal’ in favour of pushing through a Reds move. Lazar Markovic – The Mirror also believe the Reds are set to offload the Serbian permanently. The 22-year-old spent last season on loan in Turkey at Fenerbahce and he could be heading to their bitter rivals Galatasaray. He showed glimpses of his capabilities in his first season at Anfield, after a £20million switch, but he has failed to fully convince the Reds hierarchy. Emre Can – The Germany international impressed for the Reds last season, most notably towards the end of the campaign. He looks set to extend his stay on Merseyside as he is reportedly in talks with the club regarding a new long-term deal. 13 Joe Allen – Reports from South Wales suggest Swansea are keen to bring their former midfielder back to the Liberty Stadium. The 26-year-old, who started his career with the Swans, has 12 months left on his current deal at Anfield and he said he would consider his options after Wales’ Euro 2016 campaign, with City chairman Huw Jenkins hopeful of a deal. 13 13 13last_img read more

Leicester City 2016-17 Premier League fixtures revealed: can they do it again?

first_img13/08/2016    15:00    Hull City (a)20/08/2016    15:00    Arsenal (h)27/08/2016    15:00    Swansea City (h)10/09/2016    15:00    Liverpool (a)17/09/2016    15:00    Burnley (h)24/09/2016    15:00    Manchester United (a)01/10/2016    15:00    Southampton (h)15/10/2016    15:00    Chelsea (a)22/10/2016    15:00    Crystal Palace (h)29/10/2016    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur (a)05/11/2016    15:00    West Bromwich Albion (h)19/11/2016    15:00    Watford (a)26/11/2016    15:00    Middlesbrough (h)03/12/2016    15:00    Sunderland (a)10/12/2016    15:00    Manchester City (h)13/12/2016    19:45    A.F.C. Bournemouth (a)17/12/2016    15:00    Stoke City (a)26/12/2016    15:00    Everton (h)31/12/2016    15:00    West Ham United (h)02/01/2017    15:00    Middlesbrough (a)14/01/2017    15:00    Chelsea (h)21/01/2017    15:00    Southampton (a)31/01/2017    19:45    Burnley (a)04/02/2017    15:00    Manchester United (h)11/02/2017    15:00    Swansea City (a)25/02/2017    15:00    Liverpool (h)04/03/2017    15:00    Hull City (h)11/03/2017    15:00    Arsenal (a)18/03/2017    15:00    West Ham United (a)01/04/2017    15:00    Stoke City (h)04/04/2017    19:45    Sunderland (h)08/04/2017    15:00    Everton (a)15/04/2017    15:00    Crystal Palace (a)22/04/2017    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur (h)29/04/2017    15:00    West Bromwich Albion (a)06/05/2017    15:00    Watford (h)13/05/2017    15:00    Manchester City (a)21/05/2017    15:00    A.F.C. Bournemouth (h) Scroll down to see who Leicester City face and when in the new Premier League season 1last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – The public is invited to a special screening of “Why We Fight,” a new film that takes an unflinching look at the anatomy of the American war machine, at 7p.m. Thursday at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056Washington Ave. The event is sponsored by the Whittier Area Peace and Justice Coalition. For more information, call (562) 698-9154 or 587-6270. Hospital to offer chair aerobics class AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesMONTEBELLO – Beverly Hospital is proud to continue its senior chair aerobics exercise classes due to many requests by seniors in the community. The class is offered by the hospital’s 50+ Senior Connection program. The class will next be offered from 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 14 at the Wilkinson Senior Resource Center, 2019W. Whittier Blvd. To make reservations or for more information, call (323) 725-4333. Cheerleading class given for children LA MIRADA – An eight-week “Mommy and Me” cheerleaders class will be held from 2 to 2:45p.m. Wednesdays at the La Mirada Resource Center, 13710 La Mirada Blvd. The class, starting Sept. 27, is for parents and children ages 3 to 5. Registration fee is $59. For more information, call (562) 943-7277. Museum to begin musical series WHITTIER – Whittier Museum will be hosting “Voices of Whittier,” at 2:30p.m. every Sunday, starting Sept. 10 and ending Nov. 5, at the library, 6755 Newlin Ave. The first performance of the series will feature the Whittier Choralaires Chorus. Other performances will include American folk music on Sept. 24 and a harpist on Oct. 29. All performances are free and open to the public. For more information, call (562) 945-3871. Charity dinner to benefit disorder WHITTIER – A fundraiser event to benefit girls with a rare developmental disorder known as Rett Syndrome is being held at 7 p.m. on Sept.16 at the Ritz Gardens, 11201First Ave. The event, “Rett Rendezvous, Gathering to make a difference,” will be a semi-formal dinner, with dancing and live entertainment provided by John Paul Jackson and the Blues and Beyond Band. To purchase tickets and for more information on ways you can help, visit www.rettrendezvous.com For more information, call (909) 725-2777. Australia-themed art on display LA HABRA – Two local water-media artists have collaborated to illuminate Australia and New Zealand at the La Habra Art Association Gallery, 215 Orange St. Doris Lynch of La Habra and Jan Wright of Claremont are the two artists featured in the latest gallery show. The show, dubbed “Images From Down Under,” will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, beginning this week and ending Sept. 30. A grand opening reception is slated from 2 to 4p.m. on Sept. 10. For more information, call (562) 691-9739. Flea market to aid fire department AZUSA – The East Fork community will be holding a flea market today and Sunday to raise money for its volunteer fire department. The event will be located at Camp Williams, East Fork Road in Azusa. Vendors must pay $10 per space, and, in addition, bring one raffle item, to participate in the flea market. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 per person or for $5 for 6 tickets. For more information, call (626) 910-1126. -From staff reports160Want 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

Tottenham boss happy to stop the rot with Arsenal draw

first_imgTottenham would have been on the verge of a third successive Premier League defeat if Hugo Lloris had not saved Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s injury-time penalty.Pochettino conceded Spurs’ title hopes were “nearly impossible” after back-to-back losses to Burnley and Chelsea.But the Argentine, who insisted his side were the better team against Arsenal, is pleased to be able to travel to Borussia Dortmund for the second leg of Spurs’ Champions League round of 16 tie on Tuesday on the back of a positive result. ADVICE Mauricio Pochettino thought his side were the better team against Arsenal Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED 2 RANKED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was happy to stop the rot as his side secured a 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Saturday.Harry Kane’s 74th-minute penalty cancelled out Aaron Ramsey’s early opener. “But of course I am so happy with the character, the personality and the way that in the end we played.“It wasn’t a great performance, but it was very good to draw and then maybe deserve to win.“After two defeats it was important today to build again our positive ways. We have a very difficult game on Tuesday against Borussia Dortmund and arriving in a better condition than we arrived today is going to be key.” Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “I think it was a fantastic game, such an exciting game, a great atmosphere with two teams who wanted to play and win the game,” Pochettino said.“It’s always tough to play against Arsenal. It was tough because to concede after 15 minutes was tough for us. shining Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade no dice Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 2 MONEY Tottenham are strong favourites to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals as they lead 3-0 heading into the second leg REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REPLY last_img read more

Rodgers: Don’t blame Celtic players for Rangers fans’ fury

first_img“Especially the Rangers game, I as much as anyone understand the delicate nature of that.”On talk of a crackdown on post-match celebrations, Rodgers added: “I think it’s a little unfair on the Celtic support.“When I first came in to Celtic, I said to the players that what was going to be absolutely critical for us is the connection between the players and the supporters.“That synergy is vital if we’re going to succeed.“I made sure after each game – whether we win, lose or draw – we always acknowledge the supporters.“They travel from far and wide, up and down Scotland, across from Ireland and from all over the world.“It’s something we have always done, is recognise that.“Whether we have won, lost or drawn, whether it’s against Rangers or Ross County away or Livingston or Hamilton, we always do it.”Rodgers was speaking as his team prepares for a crucial week of fixtures, with a crunch Europa League tie against Rosenborg on Thursday coming three days before the League Cup final against Aberdeen.The Northern Irishman, who confirmed Aussie playmaker Tom Rogic is back available for selection, said he’s confident his in-form side can pull through despite limited room for recovery.He continued: “They are two great games to be involved in, the focus is very much on Rosenborg and looking for a really good result there.“Not a great deal of recovery time but we’ll do our best to recover the players for a great game here.“The players are hungry, we’ll be ready physically and mentally for the game.“Derek has lost some important players but they always compete and have players who can cause you a problem.“It’s on ourselves, we have to be able to impose our own game.” Brendan Rodgers has said Celtic players cannot be held accountable for the actions of Rangers fans and insisted any crackdown on post-match celebrations would be “unfair” on his team.Police want to put an end to players performing a lap of honour at the end of Celtic v Rangers fixtures.Following the Hoops’ 1-0 derby win earlier in the campaign at Celtic Park, Rodgers’ squad performed a victory lap which sparked a furious reaction from the visiting Light Blues support.In a police memo, a senior officer has since said there was “a clear link between the actions of the Celtic players and subsequent response of the Rangers fans”. Rodgers, however, insisted his charges cannot be blamed for the behaviour of rival supporters.He said: “It’s not so much a lap of honour in that last game. “I think it’s unfair to put the responsibility of away supporters onto Celtic players.“We show our appreciation and respect for the incredible support we get, our aim is never to provoke or antagonise any support.last_img read more

Celtic boss Lennon shrugs off Cluj ‘miracle’ claims

first_img“We come here in good form, Cluj are in good form, so I think the tie is pretty even.”Petrescu has had success against Scottish opposition before, guiding Unirea Urziceni to a 4-1 Champions League win over Rangers at Ibrox in 2009 after outfoxing Walter Smith.The 51-year-old has since managed in Russia, Qatar, China and the United Arab Emirates.Lennon said: “He’s had a very varied career as a coach. I remember him when he was a player in the Premier League, I played against him when he was at Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday, a very intelligent player and he’s a very experienced coach. So we are very respectful of Dan.”Petrescu’s preferred style of play is direct and Lennon admits they will need to stand up to the pressure.“They cross the ball early, I think they will be a threat at set plays as well,” Lennon said. “We have to be mentally strong and have good concentration.”Goalkeeper Scott Bain is expecting to be tested by the home side’s tactics.“It’s going to be a real difficult game,” Bain said. “From watching them, they look strong and powerful. They like to work hard and put pressure on teams and put balls in the box.“We need to be really strong defensively and work hard for each other, and every man on the pitch needs to work extremely hard to get anything from the game.” Celtic manager Neil Lennon has dismissed claims from Cluj that it would take a “miracle” for the Romanian champions to knock Celtic out of the Champions League.Cluj boss Dan Petrescu claimed his side would be at a major financial disadvantage when they come up against their Scottish counterparts in the third qualifying round.The former Chelsea player believes his side upset the odds against Astana and Maccabi Tel Aviv in the opening two rounds and will need to punch above their financial weight again.However, Lennon told a media conference in Romania: “I don’t really buy into Dan’s comments that it would be a miracle. “I don’t know the budgets of both teams, but I do know it will be competitive.”Lennon, who has seen right-back Hatem Abd Elhamed shake off the dead leg he suffered in Saturday’s 7-0 thrashing of St Johnstone, added: “We have got a bit of momentum, we had a great result at the weekend.“All that will give us is a bit of impetus going into the weekend. It will have no real relevance on Wednesday night, but psychologically it’s good for the players to have a win and a performance like that going into such an important game.“This is a totally different animal. This is Europe, away from home, against the Romanian champions. We are very motivated, obviously, but we are very wary and respectful of the opposition.last_img read more

Tuesday Election Will Set Salem’s Mayor Race

first_imgCouncil Member Dist. #2 City of Salem(R) no candidate filed.(D) Warren N. (Truck) Jones 604 S. Main St. Salem IN 4716 Council Member Dist. #4 City of Salem(R) James (Jim) Snelling 106 Virginia Ave. Salem IN 47167(D) Mark W. Hobson 301 E. Mulberry St. Salem IN 47167(D) Wally Terkhorn 100 Ball Court, Salem IN 47167 Council Member Dist. #1 City of Salem(R) Dan R. Libka 601 Old State Rd. 60 East, Salem IN 47167(D) John Smedley 110 Macon Ave. Salem IN 47167 Tuesday’s Primary Election will set the field for this fall’s mayoral race in the City of Salem.(R) Jason Cockerill, current Washington County Assessor, will face (R) Ron Haendiges, a State Farm insurance agent for the Republican nomination.(D) Judy K. Chastain, former Salem Mayor and long-time Clerk-Treasurer and (D) Troy Merry, City of Salem Police Chief. center_img Hank Jacoby D) who was running for Mayor, will remain on the ballot, although he passed away on Thursday, April 16.In other races, there are no Republicans on the ballot of City of Salem Clerk-Treasurer.There will be a race for Democratic nomination as incumbent (D) Patricia Day Persinger and former Washington County Treasurer (D) Kevin W. Stewart.Council Member At Large City of Salem(R) Justin T. Green 106 Macon Ave. Salem IN 47167(D) Johnny R. Sullivan 103 N. Posey St. Salem IN 47167 Council Member Dist. #3 City of Salem(R) Steven A. Crane 1 Cavanaugh Ct. Salem IN 47167(R) John D. Fultz 509 W. Mulberry St. Salem IN 47167(R) Robert (Bob) Lemmons 402 W. Mulberry St. Salem IN 47167(D) Lesle Gilbert Leis 912 N. Main St. Salem IN 47167last_img read more

You can win for losing

first_imgA narrow defeat at the hands of mighty Auburndale has given Spencer added confidenceBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPENCER — The Spencer boys basketball team feels that it will contend for the Cloverbelt Conference East Division title and that it could make a deep run in the WIAA playoffs come March.The Rockets cemented those thoughts after, of all things, their first loss of the season last weekend.Spencer overcame a 13-point deficit to take the lead in the fourth quarter against perennial power Auburndale only to lose 53-52 in the nonconference game at Spencer High School last Saturday.The Rockets moved on quickly, pounding Gilman 67-33 in a Cloverbelt East matchup on Tuesday to improve to 6-1 overall and to remain undefeated at 5-0 in the conference.Members of the coaching staff and team took the loss in stride Saturday. The game went down to the final seconds with the Rockets missing a shot at the buzzer, but they did learn that they can play with anyone and are poised to make this a memorable season.“They’re the team that if you want to look at someone around here to beat, they are it,” Spencer coach Randy Reckner said of Auburndale. “To put ourselves in that position to be in a game with those guys, that’s a credit to us as a team. I thought my kids played really, really hard, and I think they gained a lot of confidence in themselves as basketball players.”Auburndale coach Chad Weinfurter said Spencer roughed his team up during a summer league game this past offseason. So he was quite pleased to sneak out of the Rockets’ home gym with a victory.“(Spencer) is a very good team,” Weinfurter said. “I would fully expect them to win their conference. No disrespect to the other teams, but they are good. They’re in our regional. So we may see them again.”Spencer has just three seniors on its roster but has a lot of varsity experience. Six of the players in their regular rotation have played on the varsity team the last two seasons, some as freshmen.Junior guard Bobby Pilz is one of them. He leads the team in scoring at 18.7 points per game and has hit 9 of 13 shots from 3-point range over the past two games.Pilz is the Rockets’ main ball-handler as well and wants to push the tempo whenever he can.“I think we’re doing pretty good,” Pilz said. “I think we’re where we should be. We like to run. We like to move. We like to push the ball.”Senior Nate Mercier has also developed into an outside threat for the Rockets.Mercier has come off the bench to make 11 3-pointers and score 33 points combined in the last two games. He also hit five 3-pointers in a win over Granton in mid-December.Mercier made six-straight 3-pointers in the loss to Auburndale, draining shots from every angle around the arc.“Bobby’s a very, very good player,” Reckner said. “You could put him up there with any of the best players in the area. He can shoot the ball. Nate’s got the potential to do that. He really stepped up and hit big shots all the way along (Saturday).”Senior Miles Weber and junior Dakota Andreae provide size inside for the Rockets, and juniors Calvin Lenz, Jonathan Tomke, and Ryan Busse, and senior Mitch Susa round out the perimeter.Spencer remains the only undefeated team left in the Cloverbelt East and finishes off the first half of its conference schedule over the next week with a home game Friday against Colby and a game at Columbus Catholic on Jan. 15. The Rockets have lost 14-straight conference games to Columbus.Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at paul@marshfieldareasports.com.last_img read more