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For the famed chimps of Gombe, human encroachment takes a toll

first_imgArticle published by Isabel Esterman 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 overSponsored The chimpanzee population in Gombe National Park in Tanzania has declined significantly in recent years.Among other factors, loss of suitable habitats due to charcoal production and smallholder agriculture has contributed to this drop.The Jane Goodall Institute, domiciled in Gombe, is now working with the communities living near the park to address these issues. GOMBE, Tanzania — On the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, 16 kilometers (10 miles) north of the town of Kigoma in Tanzania, lies the green, dense forest of Gombe National Park. Made famous by British primatologist Jane Goodall’s decades-long research on the park’s resident chimpanzees, Gombe, at 52 square kilometers (20 square miles), is among the smallest parks in Tanzania.The park doesn’t have a perimeter fence surrounding it. This has allowed chimpanzees to move in and out freely, following age-old forest corridors that connect their core habitats. Since the late 1990s, many of these corridors have, however, been cleared for charcoal, timber, settlements and farming, which has resulted in increased human-chimpanzee conflict and declining chimpanzee numbers.Until the early 1970s, Gombe, upgraded to a national park from a game reserve in 1968, boasted a population of between 150 and 160 chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Today, chimpanzee numbers in the park are down to about 95, according to Andrew Collins, director of baboon research at the Gombe Stream Research Centre, part of the Jane Goodall Institute.Tanzania’s remaining chimpanzee populations are also in trouble. The country has about 2,500 of the great apes, most of them the eastern chimpanzee subspecies (P.t. schweinfurthii). Of these, more than 1,000 chimpanzees are found outside formally protected areas and face imminent dangers due to the conversion of suitable habitats to farmland and human settlements.A tracker employed by the Jane Goodall Institute’s Gombe Stream Research Centre follows chimpanzees to keep a record of their behavior. Image by Anthony Langat for Mongabay.Threats from smallholder agricultureEvidence of destruction of forests in the Kigoma region, where Gombe sits, is everywhere. The road from Kigoma town to Kakonko district is lined with sacks of charcoal, neatly stacked for sale to passing travelers. Forests have also been cleared on either side of the road to make way for farming. Cassava is a popular crop, and oil palms dot every parcel of land. Palm oil is sold at every shopping center, with a 1.5-liter (3.1-pint) bottle going for 5,000 Tanzanian shillings ($2).In fact, smallholder agriculture is likely the single most vicious threat to chimpanzees in Tanzania, according to the Tanzania Chimpanzee Conservation Action Plan 2018-2023, a joint strategy between governmental and nongovernmental organizations to protect the country’s eastern chimpanzees.One of the main contributors to the reduction of chimpanzee habitats is the growing popularity of the African oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) in western Tanzania. The Kigoma region in particular is known for smallholder oil palm cultivation, with farmers sending more than 150,000 liters (40,000 gallons) of palm oil annually to local refineries. Villagers living around Gombe cultivate the palm tree among other crops. Homesteads on the outskirts of Kigoma town are obscured by towering palm trees.The demand for palm oil could grow even bigger as the country aims for self-sufficiency in edible oils. In June 2018, the government of Tanzania slapped a higher tax on imported edible and refined cooking oils, in a bid stimulate domestic production. Recent research by the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation, as reported by Food Business Africa, found that Tanzania’s annual production of 180,000 tonnes of edible oil only covers about one-third of local demand. By 2030, the foundation estimates that demand could rise to 700,000 tonnes. Upping domestic production means clearing more farmland for oil palm cultivation, and therefore further destruction of suitable habitats for chimpanzees.A Gombe Stream Research Centre employee  taking notes as chimpanzees take a break from feeding. Image by Anthony Langat for Mongabay.Migration leads to increased chimp-human contactThose habitats are in many cases linked by forest corridors with sufficient food, that allow chimpanzees to move freely without human interference. But expanding farmlands have degraded these critical chimpanzee lifelines. Corridors connecting Gombe National Park to the rural wards of Kazuramimba and Ilagala are in especially poor condition, according to the national chimpanzee action plan. Chimpanzees moving out of Gombe into these corridors frequently encounter human settlements or people engaged in farming or charcoal burning, resulting in conflict.“I can recall about three chimpanzees that went into the villages and were killed,” Deus Mjungu, director of chimpanzee research at the Gombe Stream Research Centre, told Mongabay. “Two of them were in 1998, and one, an adult male, was killed in 2001. More recently, though, healthy chimpanzees have left the forest and were seen again.”There are also some 1,200 chimpanzees living outside Gombe, Collins said. Some of these chimpanzee families live close to Gombe, near the village of Mwamgongo, for instance, about 6 kilometers (4 miles) from the park’s northern border. Other chimp families can be found as far as the eastern border of Mpanda district, more than 250 kilometers (155 miles) away.Chimpanzees that live inside Gombe sometimes leave the park to find a new family outside. Female chimps may leave their community to join other communities upon reaching reproductive age. They also move out of the park to look for food, which can be scarce during the dry season, Collins said.It’s during such migrations that healthy chimpanzees from Gombe may be hunted and killed, Collins added.Wild fruits like these make up the main diet for the chimpanzees at Gombe National Park. But the search for food can bring chimps out of the forest and into conflict with humans. Image by Anthony Langat for Mongabay.With forests being cleared for human settlements, chimpanzees end up eating what they can find, and this includes crops on farms. This in turn results in conflict with farmers trying to protect their crops.Human migration into chimpanzee habitats has also had an impact. Just across Lake Tanganyika, which marks Gombe’s western boundary, is the Democratic Republic of Congo, and a few kilometers north lies Burundi. Both countries have experienced violent upheavals in the recent past, causing some 300,000 people to seek refuge in northern Tanzania. This influx of refugees, many of them put up in rural areas in Kigoma, has put further pressure on chimpanzee habitat due to the demand for building material, firewood and charcoal.There’s also the threat of bushmeat hunting. Provided with meager rations, refugees in Tanzania have been known to hunt wild game, including endangered species, to supplement their diets. Neither Tanzanians nor Burundians have traditionally eaten apes, Mjungu said, but many Congolese ethnic groups do. While no incidents of bushmeat hunting have been reported in the greater Gombe ecosystem, chimpanzees continue to disappear, Mjungu said. He added he couldn’t rule out the possibility that bushmeat hunting was taking place.A researcher tracking chimpanzees inside Gombe National Park . Image by Anthony Langat for Mongabay.Working toward a peaceful coexistenceTo encourage peaceful coexistence between the people living next to the park and the chimpanzees, the Jane Goodall Institute has embarked on a number of initiatives. It worked with local communities to create a land use plan for their villages, for instance. The researchers began by using satellite imagery to map the area. Then, armed with printouts of the area maps, they canvassed the villages to ask residents for their input. From these discussions, villagers identified areas used for settlements, land for grazing their livestock, and water catchment areas.“Just by sitting with them and sharing with them on those maps … we drew their attention and slowly discussed on how we could harmoniously use the area,” Mjungu said.The resulting land-use plan eventually led to an agreement between the park and people living in surrounding villages in which the latter set aside an area of their village land for conservation. These village forest reserves include forest, water catchment areas and riverbanks, and act as suitable habitats and corridors for chimpanzees. Most of them occur along the borders of the park and along chimpanzee corridors, Collins said, to ensure that chimpanzees feed and move freely.Of the more than 100 villages surrounding Gombe, around 70 have set aside such village reserves. According to Mjungu the project has been successful except for a few instances where some people have started unsustainably harvesting the trees within their village reserves, flouting the agreement. Since the reserves lie in the villages and not inside the park, neither the park authorities nor the Gombe Stream Research Centre have much authority over them.To bring about change, the Gombe Stream Research Centre is helping create awareness among schoolchildren about the importance of protecting the environment. Students, for example, have grown seedlings at school and transplanted them back in their homes under the village reserve program.“It is more effective when children are the ones telling the parents that ‘we need to plant more trees to protect the environment’ than when it is coming from somebody else,” said Jumanne Kikwale, a resident of Mwamgongo village, north of Gombe National Park, who also works at the Gombe Stream Research Centre. “This is what happened and the message was received well.”The entrance to Gombe National Park from the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Image by Anthony Langat for Mongabay.Banner image: A chimpanzee inside Gombe National Park, by Anthony Langat for Mongabay.Editor’s note: Jane Goodall is a member of Mongabay’s advisory board.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.center_img Agriculture, Animals, Apes, Archive, Biodiversity, Chimpanzees, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Great Apes, Mammals, Palm Oil, Primates, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Tropical Forests, Wildlife last_img read more

Perspective…

first_img…on Desmond HoyteOver the weekend, the PNC commemorated the 17th death anniversary of Desmond Hoyte, who’d succeeded Burnham as President back in 1985 – when the former suddenly expired. As PNC leader, Granger has to observe the formalities established before Corbin rigged the 2011 internal PNC elections to make him such. But one wonders what goes through his mind at how the Burnhamites, in general, and he in particular, were treated by Hoyte after he was thrust into the presidency.Hoyte didn’t really have a mass base in the PNC, like say Hamilton Green. The latter was kept out of the Prime Ministership for that very reason – since he could’ve mounted a challenge to Burnham from there. Hoyte was the loyal apparatchik who’d worked in Burnham’s law offices and “taken care of business” in the Elections Commission as the PNC rep in 1967, in preparation for the first rigging of 1968. Hoyte also represented in court most of the bigger thugs who did the PNC’s dirty work in the 1960s.But cognisant of his mass support deficit, Hoyte moved quickly and determinedly to ease out the Burnhamites from positions of power through “deployments”, demotions and dismissals. He moved out Burnham’s two ideologues – first Elvin Mc David to Russia as ambassador, then bypassed David Granger as head of the army by bringing in Joe Singh immediately from the Guyana National Service. He didn’t want any coup from that quarter: he knew Burnham had appointed Granger to the position by pipping several senior officers to head off infiltration by Walter Rodney in 1979. Singh, unlike Granger, couldn’t foment a coup!!The ultimate insult and humiliation was to make Joe Singh as Chief of Staff of the entire Disciplined Forces and appointing Granger as “security advisor” – who was never called upon to give advice!! This was when Granger boned up on history and – even though long in the tooth – was given a US Humphry Fellow to study journalism. Hamilton Green was peripheralised and eventually kicked out after 1992 – only to be rescued in 2015 by – guess who? – Granger!! Viola and Chandisingh were kept in the beginning as symbolic sops to the Burnhamite faithful as Hoyte brought in a slew of “moderates” – who were notable for their lack of a political base – to “democratise” the PNC.On Sunday, Granger bigged up Hoyte for “crafting” the ERP – never mind the IMF imposed its one-size-fits-all neo-liberal, Washington Consensus prescription of stabilisation, privatisation and liberalisation!! The resultant high “growth rates” were because Hoyte removed the Government’s hands from the throat of the economy after controlling “the commanding heights of the economy”.Granger agreed with Green that Hoyte should’ve never accepted the 1992 elections’ results!!…on H2H registrantsToday, we’re supposed to be getting the final numbers of those actually found in their homes – from the 16,339 names whittled out of the 370,000 from the aborted H2H exercise and deemed “new”. From the trends it’s possible that 11,000 might be found – and this raises several interesting questions.First, how many are over 23 – who could’ve voted in 2015 (being at least 18+5) but didn’t – since their names aren’t on the NRR, created in 2001 and updated in the H2H of 2008? Are these phantoms?? Then what happens with those 5000 or so who weren’t “found”?? If we accept the addition of the “found” 11,000 to the RLE, do we then “drop” the 5000 names – which we’re told, we can’t do?? As PNC’s Vincent Alexander insists, in for a penny, in for a pound?? Are these 5000 the PNC’s extra seat?Should we extend the “search parties” exercise for another few days, since it’s more likely everybody will be home for Christmas?…on first oilA friend insists your Eyewitness shouldn’t be using inductive logic on the PNC’s horrible track record on economic development to be so “pessimistic” on oil.So, if the sun’s been rising in the east for eternity, we shouldn’t predict it’ll rise there tomorrow?last_img read more

A really busy year ahead for PSL

first_imgMicrosoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday MOST READ Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Based on the league calendar, the annual PSL Fans Day will kick off the season in the first week of February followed by the import-flavored Grand Prix, which will run until June.Then, the PSL Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup will be held late June followed by the first-ever PSL All-Star Weekend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The All-Filipino Conference is set from July to October before the season-ending Super Cup in the first week of December.Juico said the league is getting bigger and stronger than ever as star players like Aby Maraño, Rachel Anne Daquis, Mika Reyes, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat are getting more exposure in international play. NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption View comments Banner foreign field expected in PH Ladies Open LATEST STORIES Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominationscenter_img When Pops met Martin’s son Santino And the Super Cup aims to further hone their skills.“Based on our proposed format of the Super Cup, the top three teams will face a guest team in a Grand Prix-style tournament,” said Juico, the former Philippine Sports Commission chair who also heads the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association.“We are raising the level of play of local players by pitting them against quality teams from abroad. This is our contribution to the improvement of volleyball in the country.”This year, the Super Cup was a massive success.The league invited University of Tsukuba, the reigning champion in the All-Japan Intercollegiate League, and pitted it against the national women’s volleyball team and two PSL selection squads.ADVERTISEMENT Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee The Philippine Superliga (PSL) will be bringing back the Super Cup following its successful staging this year.League chair Philip Ella Juico said over the weekend that the Super Cup served its purpose of raising the level of play of local players, so they are bringing it back before the league wraps up its season in December next year.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘People evacuated on their own’ The Japanese emerged victorious, but the Nationals refused to go down without giving up a fight, leading to a very good performance in the recent Southeast Asian Games.Juico said they are looking to invite a foreign team that is as competitive than the college girls from Japan.“The more competitive, the better,” Juico said.“Our goal in organizing the Super Cup is not just to win, but to raise the level of play of our players. So if we’re going to expose them to a team that is more competitive than the team that we last invited, it’s going to be good for Philippine volleyball.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientistlast_img read more

BLUES BUMP BADGERS IN FIRST GAME AT OUA CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgStory Links The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s lacrosse team defeated the Brock Badgers 14-6 on Friday morning (Oct. 18) at the 2019 OUA championship in Oshawa.Third-year attack Heather McDougall led the Blues with four goals and one assist, while rookie standout Lily Sedore had two goals and two assists. Veteran middie Laurel McGillis scored twice and added one assist, while both Brynne Yarranton and Kristie Liu scored twice. Mary Frost and Jessica DiAntonio rounded out the scoring with one goal each.UP NEXT: The Blues take on the Western Mustangs, who finished first in the OUA West division, in quarter-final action tonight at 6 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Jackson is ready to ‘Rampage’

first_imgHis last outing was his first and last fight with the now defunct World Fighting Alliance. In that card, Jackson’s bout was the co-main event at the Forum in Inglewood, but the organization didn’t sell as many tickets as it predicted and didn’t get the pay-per-view sales it expected. After that, the WFA slowly fell apart to the point where the company was bought by UFC’s parent company, Zuffa, last December. With the purchase, Jackson and his remaining two fights – and the thick, metal chain he wears around his neck – made their way to the Octagon and arguably the biggest mixed martial arts stage in the world. “I had two fights left with WFA when UFC picked it up, so as of now I have two fights here,” Jackson said. “I knew things weren’t going right with WFA when I was scheduled to fight in October and that fight was pushed back.” Jackson, who is known to most by his moniker “Rampage,” now gets a fresh start with the UFC after spending five years in Japan. He has become one of the most feared strikers in the sport by compiling wins over Kevin Randleman, Ricardo Arona, Igor Vovchanchyn and, most impressively, over current UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell en route to a career 25-6 record. Looking to add win No. 26, Jackson will take on the veteran Eastman (13-6-1) in his UFC debut. Eastman handed Jackson his first career loss in 2000. Along with the chance to avenge his first defeat, Jackson also has the challenge of fighting in a cage. When he fought with FC Pride, the Japanese organization used a ring not a cage. He says it is the best move the UFC has ever made, he will take the U.S. fans by storm and he will help the sport grow even more than it recently has. All this can be called an understatement from only oneperson, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, as he says he has been waiting to step into the Octagon since he was first informed he was one of the UFC’s newest acquisitions and its best to date. The Tennessee native, who now fights out of Irvine, will finally get his chance Saturday night at UFC 67 in Las Vegas when he faces Marvin Eastman. “I did get excited when I heard the news,” said Jackson, who last fought and won against Matt Lindland in July 2006. “I have been a UFC fan for a long time, and I know my buddy Tito Ortiz has been making millions of dollars with them, and I want to make millions of dollars with them. … I have a few things I can do with that money.” center_img “Fighting in the Octagon is not going to affect me in anyway,” said Jackson, who will fight in the U.S. for only the second time since 2002. “I could fight in a phone booth or in a bathtub; it doesn’t matter where you fight. If you are a good fighter it doesn’t matter where it happens. “I do miss fighting in Japan. I like how you went to a different country, and we’re in a place where they spoke a different language. I miss having Asian fans come and ask me for my autograph … it was fun out there. But now that I am here, I want the U.S. fans to know what I am all about.” As for his opponent, Eastman, on Saturday night at Mandalay Bay, Jackson said: “I think he is a worthy opponent and somebody you don’t want to underestimate. Anything can happen in the Octagon, but I am sure he has some tricks up his sleeve.” Jackson isn’t considering his upcoming match a “tune-up” fight, but fans of the sport look forward to seeing him walk through Eastman and earn a title shot against UFC champion Liddell. The pair first met in 2003, with Jackson getting the win over Liddell via TKO, and to this date, he is the last person to stop the 205-pound champion. But Jackson doesn’t want any specific fighter, he just wants to fight and get a payday. “I get asked anywhere from 10to 100 times a day, every day about when am I going to fight Chuck, and 10 to 100 times a day I tell them I don’t know. It’s not up to me, ask Dana White,” Jackson said, referring to UFC’s president. “I need to start wearing a T-shirt that says, `Ask Dana White when am I going to fight Chuck.’ But I love my fans.” miguel.lopez@presstelegram.com (562) 499-1338 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Bournemouth seek double over underperforming Chelsea

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is expected to return against Bournemouth from a long term injuury lay off/ PHOTO- TelegraphLONDON, April 23- Bournemouth will join their opponents on 44 points if they manage to do the double over Guus Hiddink’s underperforming Chelsea.As usual, Bournemouth will be relying on top scorer Josh King to provide the bite in attack, although Callum Wilson could be making his return to the first team following a lengthy spell on the sidelines. If he does, Chelsea would to well to keep the lively young forward in-check. Charlie Daniels, the club’s top goal-provider, will also no-doubt play a key role for the Cherries.Diego Costa has had only one match in which to play himself into form after serving a three-game ban. That fixture was Chelsea’s disastrous encounter with Manchester City last week.It does seem unlikely that Costa will have two consecutive matches without making some kind of impact. Bournemouth will need to keep this in mind.Midfielder Pedro was the last Chelsea player to score a Premiership goal, something he did twice in their 4 – 0 hammering of Aston Villa three months ago.The Cherries haven’t drawn a match since playing Watford in mid-February, after which they went on a three-match winning run.It’s been slightly tougher going for Eddie Howe’s men since their loss to Spurs four matches ago. Since then they have only managed to win one.“Psychologically, it has been difficult with the outside world telling everybody that we are safe and I think that has had an impact on just a small percentage of how they (the players) are viewing the game,” said Howe about Saturday’s match.“We were playing games like our lives depended on it all through the season, then suddenly I think it is very natural that when people say you have achieved your objective, the psychology is that you drop your level, a very small percentage.”“We haven’t talked about a top-10 finish, just about this game and making sure we give our best and every effort we have to try to get a result,” he said.Chelsea are, even by this season’s standards, in a very poor vein of form. Their worst, in fact, since the sacking of Jose Mourinho.Including their last two FA Cup and Champions League encounters, the Londoners have lost 4 of their last 6 matches, winning only one.Hiddink was pressed to discuss the controversial goal which saw his side lose to the Cherries in the reverse fixture.“I don’t want to complain, but you brought it up: it was an offside goal,” he said.“I was watching (thinking) ‘how is it possible?’ Chelsea being champions, losing, with all respect, to a club that had just come up to the Premier League.”Bournemouth are still missing a number of squad players with Benik Afobe (hamstring), Harry Arter (Achilles), Tyrone Mings (knee) and Adam Smith (hernia) all still sidelined.Good news for the hosts is that Callum Wilson is likely to make his first start since September.Chelsea will be without goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who was sent off in the Manchester City match last week. The Blues will also still be missing John Terry (Achilles), Kurt Zouma (knee) and Loic Remy (groin).Eden Hazard is expected to play a role in the match after returning to training recently.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Exclusive – England Under-21 boss outlines vision of ‘DNA Report’

first_imgThe Football Association have revealed an ‘England DNA report’ in a bid to improve the English national team.The programme, launched at St George’s Park on Thursday, has been inspired by models in Belgium and Germany, according to the FA.England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate claimed the proposals will undergo a “gradual process”, but said he expects some impact from the outset.Speaking to talkSPORT, the former Middlesbrough boss said: “There are short, medium and long term goals and some of the ideas we are already seeing develop with the National junior teams [are working] in terms of the style of play.“We want to roll a few of those ideas out to the wider game, to the grass roots game so that we start to affect people’s thinking at the very youngest age groups.“It’s a gradual process that will take a lot of time. What we can’t sit here and say is that this is for the next five, ten years – there has to be development now as well as longer term plans that obviously for younger players will take more time.”The report will be unveiled to more than 1,500 coaches at St George’s Park, England’s national football centre, and Southgate praised the engagement between clubs and the FA.“There a lot of good work going on in clubs but one of the beauties with St George’s is whenever we are here with the National team there is often a coaching course going on, so the engagement with clubs and the FA is much tighter than ever.“Although we don’t sit here and tell people what to do, as what may have been the case in the past, what we do is consult with the clubs and, I think, coaches from the clubs take a lot back with them.”last_img read more

Exclusive – WWE’s Bad News Barrett hails ‘outstanding’ Preston boss after FA Cup win

first_img Simon Grayson 1 Preston fan Bad News Barrett has hailed “outstanding” North End boss Simon Grayson after the League One side dumped Championship opponents Norwich out of the FA Cup at the weekend.WWE brawler Barrett, 34, is backing the in-form Lilywhites to go up under Grayson – and believes Preston, currently third in the table – could grab one of the automatic promotion spots. Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, Barrett said: “Simon Grayson is doing outstanding [work].“He took over from Graham Westley, who a lot of people didn’t like. I kind of admired certain things Westley did, but results-wise – on the field – it just wasn’t good enough.“Simon Grayson came in and really turned things around. We’re a very solid team and, if you look at Grayson’s history, he’s actually taken two clubs up from this division, Blackpool and Leeds United, in the past so he’s definitely the man for the job.“He’s done a great job so far. Fingers crossed for this year and we’ll go up in one of the two automatic spots.”Barrett, who teased boxer and former Norwich youth player Anthony Ogogo on Twitter following the cup result, also revealed playing off footy rivalries makes for mischievous fun with the audience when plying his trade in the WWE ring.“There’s one guy in particular, a Leeds United fan,” Barrett recalled.“There’s been a real animosity brewing between Preston and Leeds over the past few years. And whenever I see this guy in the Leeds United shirt sat in the front row – for some reason he’s always in the front row – I always give him a shout out when I’m coming down to the ring.“I love a bit of football banter. And Preston have been great and we’ve done a lot of media with them for WWE – I took part in a training session with them last year – so it has been a really positive relationship for both sides.”Royal Rumble 2015 airs on Sky Sports Box Office on Monday January 26 at 1amlast_img read more

Unbelievable miss from Brazil’s World Cup striker

first_imgLast year Fred was tasked with leading Brazil’s attack at the 2014 World Cup on home turf. That didn’t work out so well.And when presented with a glorious opportunity to score from two yards for his club team Fluminese this week, it didn’t work out so well, either.Facing Santos in a Serie A league fixture, Fred inexplicably hit the bar from point blank range.To be fair to the lad, he did score with another attempt as his club won 2-1 on Thursday night.But at the highest level you might only get one chance in a big game and they are usually trickier than a tap in.last_img read more

Ronald Koeman happy to let Steven Caulker leave Southampton for Liverpool

first_img Steven Caulker Southampton manager Ronald Koeman was happy to cut out-of-favour Steven Caulker’s loan short when Liverpool came calling.The 24-year-old centre-back moved to St Mary’s on loan from QPR over the summer, but only played eight matches in all competitions for the club.Caulker’s last appearance for Saints came in their 6-1 Capital One Cup quarter-final mauling last month against Liverpool – a club the defender has now joined until the end of the season.“We spoke about his situation yesterday evening,” Koeman said.“Steven came in in the summer before we signed Virgil van Dijk because we had long-term injuries and he was a back-up.“He didn’t play a lot and normally we have more defenders for that position. I am not to stop his opportunity to play for Liverpool.”Caulker’s departure is likely to have little effect on Southampton on Wednesday, when they look to get back to winning ways against Watford. 1last_img read more