Minister Steve Thomson defends new hunting allocation in op-ed

first_imgOn average, both resident hunters and outfitters produce a combined total of $350 million annually to the B.C. economy, according to Minister Thomson. Before making this claim, Minister Thomson also writes that “resident hunters continue to be recognized as having priority over non-resident hunters.”“It was for this reason that I revisited my December 2014 determination and found strategic ways to reduce the transfer of animals from 110 down to 60,” writes Minister Thomson.Minister Thomson says his policy’s priority is to have conservation at the top of the list, meet the needs of First Nations, and prioritize allocation to resident hunters.“Now that a decision is made, I am hopeful that resident hunters and the guide outfitter community can work together with government in support of these goals, which are supported by all hunters,” Minister Thomson concludes.Advertisement Under the new hunting allocation, an estimated 60 out of the 7,500 big game animals have been moved to guide outfitter hunts, according to Minister Thomson.“Regardless of this decision, resident hunters will continue to harvest about 92 per cent of the approximately 48,000 big game animals taken annually by hunters,” writes Minister Thomson.There are also a number of big game species not affected by the new allocation, which include mule deer, white-tailed deer, most rocky mountain elk, and black bear, according to Minister Thomson.- Advertisement -Minister Thomson says there are currently 102,000 resident hunters spread across the province – compared to 82,000 ten years ago.“Resident hunters make an important contribution towards the economy in this province by pursuing their passion for hunting and fishing, and it is anticipated this will continue,” says Minister Thomson.He is quick to defend the guide outfitter industry as well, claiming “out-of-province guide outfitter clients are some of the highest spending tourist per capita in British Columbia.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Federer loses world No.1 spot after Coric defeat

first_img0Shares0000Borna Coric enjoyed his victory over Roger Federer in the Halle final © AFP / CARMEN JASPERSENHALLE WESTFALLEN, Germany, Jun 24 – Croatian Borna Coric denied Roger Federer the 99th title of his career on Sunday with a 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-2 defeat in the final of the ATP Halle grass event.Federer also lost the number one spot in ATP rankings to Rafael Nadal, and missed a chance to earn a record 10th title at the German venue. Federer dropped the opening set in a tiebreak but levelled by winning the second. Coric held his nerve to take victory.The Croatian outsider ranked 34th also ended Federer’s 20-match win streak on clay for Federer which stretched to June, 2017.The Swiss will drop to second in the world behind Rafael Nadal, who is playing no tune-up events prior to the start of Wimbledon a week from Monday.The loss in just over two hours means came a week after Federer won his 98th title in Stuttgart.Coric, who accounted for German second seed Alexander Zverev in the first round, held his nerve against the crowd favourite at this venue which styles itself after the All England club.The 21-year-old had lost twice to Federer, but played him tough in their last meeting at Indian Wells last March.He was the first Croatian to reach the final at Halle and now owns two titles after winning in Marrakech in 2017.Federer dropped the opening set, won the second but was unable to fight back after going down 2-4 in the third.Coric moved out to 5-2 and completed his upset on a second match point a game later as Federer’s volley hit the top of the net.The Swiss fired a dozen aces but lost serve twice.Federer’s excellent serving in the first set – four love games, three points lost on serve – could not prevent Coric taking the opener in 57 minutes.The Croatian withstood a Federer assault in the 11th game, which lasted for nearly 10 minutes and featured five deuces. A game later, the Swiss seed took the set into a tiebreaker.Federer reached a 5-3 margin and sent down his fifth ace to earn a pair of set points.But Coric annulled the first with a service winner while a wild Federer backhand accounted for the other. Second later, the Croatian seized the set on his first opportunity from a Federer backhand long.The 20-time Grand Slam champion fought back to level by winning the second set, helped by a choke on a volley from Coric.Trailing 4-3 and facing a break point in the eight game, the youngster raced to the net to flick over a winner on Federer’s first set point, but stuffed the shot into the net.Leading 5-3, Federer squared the match in the next game as Coric hit the net again.Federer will travel to Wimbledon to put final touches on his grass game as he aims for a ninth title at the grass-court major.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

De Gea in Man United exit, Juventus ace to Chelsea, Liverpool goalkeeper latest

first_imgHere’s a round-up of all the top football headlines and transfer-related gossip from Friday’s newspapers and online…Manchester United will reportedly let David de Gea move to Real Madrid this summer, but ONLY if they can sign Atletico Madrid number one Jan Oblak as his replacement. (Diario Gol)Talks between Man United and Tottenham over the transfer of Toby Alderweireld have hit a wall, with Spurs demanding £55million for the 29-year-old Belgian. (Evening Standard)Tottenham will test Aston Villa’s resolve by making a bid for 22-year-old Jack Grealish. The Championship club will not be bullied into selling their hometown star on the cheap this summer, and value him at £40million. (Daily Telegraph)Meanwhile, Spurs have ended their pursuit of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha after being quoted £70m to sign the 25-year-old this summer. (Daily Mail)Man United, together with two unnamed Chinese Super League clubs, have made a £35million bid for Brazilian midfielder Anderson Talisca, who plays for Benfica. (O Jogo)Chelsea have stepped up their interest in Gonzalo Higuain after the Juventus striker recently admitting the Premier League “fascinates me a lot”. (Daily Mail)Liverpool are interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno, with the 26-year-old rated at £22million. (Bild)Meanwhile, Roma goalkeeper Alisson has asked Liverpool forward and Brazil team-mate Roberto Firmino about a possible move to Anfield this summer – FULL STORYArsenal are considering a move for RB Leipzig defender Lukas Klostermann. (Bild)West Ham are in talks to sign 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder Felipe Anderson, who is valued at £44m by Lazio. (Sky Sports)The Hammers are also in discussions to sign former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure on a free transfer. (Daily Mail)Meanwhile, West Ham are thought to have put a £60m price tag on star man Marko Arnautovic, with Manchester United interested. (Daily Mirror)Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is plotting a move to sign former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, 33, who is free to leave Turkish side Fenerbahce. (Aspor)Barcelona and Real Madrid are battling to sign the latest bright young star to emerge from Santos – 17-year-old winger Rodrygo Goes. The Brazilian has a £44m release clause in his contract. (Marca)Here are the latest headlines:Steve Sidwell admits career may be over after nightmare year out with injury – talkSPORT EXCLUSIVEWorld Cup 2018: ‘If one team stands up to racism, others WILL follow’, claims former England striker Darren BentEngland 2-0 Costa Rica: Three Lions ready to roar in Russia after clinical performance at Elland RoadLiverpool FC transfer news: Lyon forward Nabil Fekir set to sign in the next 24 hours – reportsTransfer gossip: Agent of Bordeaux star Malcom flying to England for talks with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur – reportsLiverpool FC news: Roberto Firmino calls Sergio Ramos ‘an idiot’ for Champions League final commentsLeicester City FC transfer news: Jonny Evans passes medical and agrees terms ahead of Foxes moveAston Villa insist they will NOT sell Jack Grealish on the cheap despite financial woesBrazil midfielder Fred suffers ‘trauma in ankle’ just one week before start of tournamentArsenal legend Robert Pires wants to work with Unai Emery at the Emirates 1last_img read more