Argo Sports Weekly – January 17

first_imgThis week on the show, we talk with #UWFWBB head coach Stephanie Lawrence Yelton about picking up her 100th career UWF win, #UWFMBB coach Jeff Burkhamer recaps his team’s great weekend on the road, and #UWFMBB senior DJ Thorpe stops by to tell us about his season. #GoArgos Print Friendly Versionlast_img

Trump admin. began accepting permits to import lion trophies last month

first_img Related MaggyMeyer/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — U.S. wildlife officials began issuing permits for lion trophies hunted in Zambia and Zimbabwe about a month ago, ABC News confirmed Thursday.U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said the decision was made after concluding that regulated hunting would help the survival of the endangered species in the wild.The African lion population has decreased 42 percent in the past 20 years, according to the African Wildlife Foundation. The officials did not provide any additional details about what new information led to the decision to issue permits to import lion trophies from those countries. The Fish and Wildfire Service said it takes at least 45 days to get a permit approved so it’s unclear if any have been granted since they began accepting applications.In 2016, the Fish and Wildlife Service placed African lions on the endangered species list for the first time due to the “dramatic decline of lion populations in the wild.” The designation says that imports of African lions will “generally be prohibited” but still allows the government to issue permits to import the species “such as when it can be found that the import will enhance the survival of the species.” There are an estimated 17,000 – 19,000 African lions remaining in the wild.In addition to Zambia and Zimbabwe, the government allows permits for wild lions and lions from managed areas in South Africa and is reviewing policies about importing lion trophies from Mozambique, Namibia, and Tanzania.A U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesperson said they found that “legal, well-regulated sport hunting” can benefit conservation by providing incentives to local communities and generating revenue that can be directed to conservation programs, saying that the programs in Zambia and Zimbabwe will enhance the survival of the species in the wild. They began issuing permits to import lion trophies on Oct. 20.The administration also announced this week that it would allow permits to import trophies from elephants killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia.Conservation and animal advocates dispute that the money brought in by hunting tourists and fees really helps conservation, saying that more money is brought in by people who want to see animals alive in the wild.“African elephants and African lions drive billions of dollars of economic activity in Africa. But they drive that activity only when they are alive,” Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States wrote in a blog post tonight. “Killing them deducts from their populations, diminishes wildlife-watching experiences for others, and robs the countries of Africa of its greatest resources.”In addition to Zambia and Zimbabwe the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allows permits to import trophies from hunted wild lions and lions from managed areas in South Africa and is reviewing policies about importing lion trophies from Mozambique, Namibia, and Tanzania.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

QPR will make ‘every effort’ to keep in-demand Austin, insists Ramsey

first_imgQueen Park Rangers boss Chris Ramsey has claimed the club will make “every effort” to keep Charlie Austin, though admits the in-demand striker will want to stay in the Premier League.England international Austin took his impressive goal tally to 18 for the season as the already-relegated Rangers’ miserable season concluded with a 5-1 thrashing at Leicester on Sunday.It came just days after the 25-year-old was called into the Three Lions squad for upcoming games against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia.And Ramsey fears his star asset, who director of football Les Ferdinand told talkSPORT is valued a £20million, could leave as he prepares for a significant summer rebuild at Loftus Road.“I would imagine anybody who has scored those goals and is going to the England camp would not be looking elsewhere other than to be playing in the Premier League,” Ramsey said.“He’ll want to play higher [than the Championship] but we’ll make every effort to keep him because he’s somebody that we need.“It’s very difficult to buy strikers of that pedigree to come straight into your team and starting scoring immediately.“That’s what we’re going to need because we must hit the ground running.”Ramsey took temporary charge of the side in February following Harry Redknapp’s resignation, but he oversaw only three wins in 15 matches as QPR finished bottom of the top flight standings and were relegated for the second time in three seasons.The 53-year-old was handed a three-year contract last week but, with the club in negotiations over a probable Football League financial fair play penalty which could be up to £58million, the club’s ambitions remain uncertain“Everybody knows the club is going to be in a rebuilding phase,” Ramsey said.“It’s important people are patient with what we’re going to do with the long-term plan of the club and making sure we’re on a stable footing for a long time.”Asked if he had any idea how many players would be leaving this summer, Ramsey replied: “No, most of it is out of my hands.“I’ll have a discussion with Les [Ferdinand, QPR director of football] and the owners and everybody will know who’s going to be there and who’s not staying quite quickly.“We’ve looked at targets but we know our budget is going to be limited and that’s why patience is going to be important.“We have to see what markets we’re buying from. I would say once we establish that, we’ll be aware if we are going to make that immediate attempt to bounce straight back or whether we’re going to consolidate.” QPR striker Charlie Austin 1last_img read more