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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The biggest IMCA event of the season west of the Mississippi is on the schedule Nov. 11-14 when Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts the 18th annual Duel In The Desert.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds run for $7,777 to win and a minimum of $777 to start their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying main event Saturday night on the half-mile Dirt Track. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods chase a $1,777 top check that evening.Modified qualifying features pay $777 to win and SportMod qualifiers pay $500 to win on Thursday and Friday.“A Duel record 330 drivers competed at Las Vegas last year and it appears we’ll be at or above that number in 2015,” said IMCA President Brett Root. “The locale, the venue, the racing and the purse all combine to make the Duel In The Desert the largest IMCA event on the West Coast.”In addition to Nevada, Modified pre-entries have already been received from drivers who will travel from Alberta, Arizona, Arkansas, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.Northern SportMod entries are in hand from Alberta, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Wisconsin and Wyoming.Early entry fees of $200 for Modifieds and $150 for Northern SportMods must be paid by Nov. 3. Entry fees after that date are $250 for the Modifieds and $200 for SportMods.Weekend pit passes are $100. Pit spots in the first three rows must be reserved; all other pit area parking is free.Pit parking for pre-registered drivers is from noon-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Pit gates open again for all drivers at 9 a.m. the next morning and practice begins at 4 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m.Heat races, “B” features and qualifying features are on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 12 and 13 cards.Last-chance races and both Modified Young Guns and Legends features precede Saturday’s main events. The SportMod feature is 25 laps and the Modified feature is 40 laps.Tech inspection begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday, at 8 a.m. Thursday and at noon Friday and Saturday.Grandstand admission on Thursday is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military personnel and $6 for kids ages 6-12. Friday and Saturday admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and military and $8 for kids.More information is available by calling 702 632-8213 and at the www.LVMS.com website.IMCA.TV will broadcast every lap of the Duel in the Desert on www.racefeedx.com and is title sponsor of the best looking car contest, themed Represent Your State.The Modified best looking contest winner earns $1,000, the Northern SportMod winner $500.Modified pre-entries are in hand from:Mark Abouzeid, Chico, Calif.; Russell Allen, Brawley, Calif.; Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; Paris Archie, Sparks; Kris Asche, Shelton, Wash.; Tim Balding, Prunedale, Calif.; Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas; Sherman Barnett, El Paso, Texas; Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C.; Gord Beaumont, Charlie Lake, B.C.; Eddie Belec, Lakewood, Colo.; Bret Bennett, Bakersfield, Calif.; Tom Berry Jr., Medford, Ore.; Tanner Black, Albert, Kan.; Steve Boles, Bakersfield, Calif.; Roger Bonneville, Calgary, Alb.; Chris Brown, Spring, Texas; Randy Brown, Chowchilla, Calif.; Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo.; Chris Cole, Cache, Okla.; and Ryan Daves, Bakersfield, Calif.;Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; Logan Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.; P.J. Dyke, Jamul, Calif.; Bill Egleston, Atwater, Calif.; Tommy Fain, Abilene, Texas; Rick Fierro, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Troy Foulger, Martinez, Calif.; Sean Fox, St. Helen’s, Ore.; Joe Frock, Reno; Joe German, Aberdeen, Wash.; Albert Gill, Central Point, Ore.; Cody Grabbe, Yuma, Ariz.; Kyle Heckman, Bakersfield, Calif.; Nick Herrera, Ruidoso Downs, N.M.; Jason Hilliard, Cache, Okla.; Bobby Hogge IV, Salinas, Calif.; Rich Horibe, Pahrump; Raymond Ketelsen Jr., Aromas, Calif.;William Kinden, Williston, N.D.; and Chester Kniss, Antioch, Calif.;Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; Brian Levander, Grand Island, Neb.; Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; William McGuire, Belton, Texas; Chad Melton, Mineral Wells, Texas; Matt Micheli, Live Oak, Calif.; Bob Moore, Sioux City, Iowa; Joey Moriarty, Glendale, Ariz.; Mike Mullen, Suamico, Wis.; David Murray Jr., Oberlin, Kan.; Mitchell Niemi, Lakeside, Calif.; Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz.; Andy Obertello, Hollister, Calif.; Jeff Olschowka, Quincy, Calif.; Reed Payne, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan.; Freddie Plourde, Santa Rosa, Calif.; Ryan Porter, Atwater, Calif.; Tom Purcell, Carson City; and Chett Reeves, Bakersfield, Calif.;Jesse Richter, Great Bend, Kan.; Dusty Safley, Price, Utah; Robby Sawyer, Bakersfield, Calif.; Darren Schatz, Williston, N.D.; Johnny Sheets, Gatesville, Texas; Dylan Sherfick, WaKeeney, Kan.; Steve Simpson, Kingman, Ariz.; Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa; Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif.; Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; Jeff Streeter, Madera, Calif.; Stephen Streeter, Madera, Calif.; Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; Mickey Stubbings, Helper, Utah; Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; Dominic Ursetta, Arvada, Colo.; Josh Vogt, Santa Maria, Calif.; Kenny Wallace, Concord, N.C.; R.C. Whitwell, Bakersfield, Calif.; Spencer Wilson, Minot, N.D.; and Billy Wormsbecker, Big Bear Lake, Calif.Northern SportMod drivers pre-entered for the Duel now include:Jorddon Braaten, Central Point, Ore.; Cecil James, Bakersfield, Calif.; Brian Cooper, Yuba City, Calif.; Todd Cooper. Yuba City, Calif.; Brenden Damon, Great Bend, Kan.; Rick Diaz, Los Banos, Calif.; Wayne Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; Bill Ferguson, Norwood, Colo.; Anthony Fierro, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Merl Fitzpatrick, Brooks, Alb.; Austin Frye, Taft, Calif.; Brendon Frye, Taft, Calif.; Jason George, Laveen, Ariz.; Anthony Giuliani, Morgan Hill, Calif.; Jordan Hagar, Bakersfield, Calif.; and Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb.;Rex Higgins, Bloomfield, N.M.; Jerry Hoffman, Oronogo, Mo.; Jesse Hoskins, Longdale, Okla.; Garrett Jernagan, Bakersfield, Calif.; Buddy Ray Jones, Council Bluffs, Iowa; Brenda Kirby, Lomita, Calif.; Rick Kretschmann, Sheboygan Falls, Wis.; Luke Krogh, Dickinson, N.D.; Greg Larson, Kindred, N.D.; Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; Jason Nation, Bakersfield, Calif.; Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif.; Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb.; Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif.; Sean Tyson, Council Bluffs, Iowa; and Jason Wiley, Batesville, Ark.
(REUTERS)-Dean Elgar failed to join a select group of South Africa batsman while New Zealand took three late wickets to leave the first Test at University Oval delicately poised at the end of the fourth day on Saturday.South Africa were 224 for six at the close of play in a chilly Dunedin with a lead of 191 runs entering the final day on a pitch that is turning but offering little assistance for the pace bowlers and is proving difficult to score from.Captain Faf du Plessis was on 56 at the close of play, with Vernon Philander on one after New Zealand had taken three wickets after tea, including Elgar, who was dropped twice and overturned a caught behind decision during his innings.The 29-year-old had been seeking to become the sixth South Africa batsman to score a century in both innings of a test but fell short when he was caught by Kane Williamson for 89 from offspinner Jeetan Patel. He scored 140 in the first innings.Temba Bavuma was then bowled by Mitchell Santner for six and Quinton de Kock also bowled by Patel for four in gloomy conditions, with players leaving the field with nine overs remaining.South Africa had begun the day with a five-run lead and nine wickets in hand and with rain forecast for the final day on Sunday, the hosts needed to make the most of their opportunities to try to dismiss the visitors cheaply.New Zealand, however, only had themselves to blame for not being in a better position having dropped Elgar twice and JP Duminy once.The hosts were also further hampered with opening bowler Trent Boult trudging off the field from midway through the middle session with a groin strain.It is also debatable whether batsman Ross Taylor would bat in the second innings after he suffered a torn calf muscle in the first.South Africa lost just two wickets in the first two sessions when Duminy was trapped in front by Neil Wagner for 39 after lunch, while Hashim Amla was dismissed for 24 early in a disrupted first session.Play had been due to begin 10 minutes earlier than the scheduled start of 1100 (2200 GMT) after a fire alarm in the main stand forced the evacuation of the entire venue and held up play for about 30 minutes on Friday. SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings 308 (D. Elgar 140, T. Bavuma 64, F. du Plessis 52; T. Boult 4-64)New Zealand 1st innings 341 (K. Williamson 130, J. Raval 52, B. Watling 50; K. Maharaj 5-94)South Africa 2nd innings (Overnight: 38-1)S. Cook c Watling b Boult 0D. Elgar c Williamson b Patel 89H. Amla c sub b Wagner 24J. Duminy lbw b Wagner 39F. du Plessis not out 56T. Bavuma b Santner 6Q. de Kock b Patel 4V. Philander not out 1Extras (b-1 lb-3 w-1) 5Total (for 6 wickets, 102 overs) 224Fall of wickets: 1-0 S. Cook,2-39 H. Amla,3-113 J. Duminy,4-193 D. Elgar,5-206 T. Bavuma,6-218 Q. de KockTo bat: K. Maharaj, M. Morkel, K. RabadaBowling: T. Boult 15 – 4 – 34 – 1, N. Wagner 27 – 7 – 57 – 2(w-1)M. Santner 19 – 6 – 37 – 1,J. Patel 36 – 15 – 72 – 2J. Neesham 5 – 0 – 20 – 0.
StumbleUpon Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles With President-Elect Donald Trump taking full US Presidential duties on 20 January (inauguration date), bookmakers are wondering whether ‘The Donald’ will survive a full four-year term as leader of the United States of America. Trump who yesterday gave his first official press conference as President-Elect, having won the US Election on 8 November reemphasized to the world’s media that he would be the USA’s ‘greatest jobs president’ uniting a deeply divided nation.Nevertheless, Trump’s easy rhetoric will be tested in the first days of his administration. The brass New Yorker has faced severe criticism of his senior cabinet appointments, his neglect of US intelligence agency reports concerning Russian US election influence and for not divesting his business interests which may cause potential conflicts of interest.Updating US political markets yesterday, Ladbrokes Politics informed that odds had hit ‘evens’ for President Trump ‘to leave office via impeachment or resignation before end of 1st term’.Furthermore, Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has opened special odds of 20/1 on ‘Trump NOT to be inaugurated on 20 January’, following this week’s ‘unverified’ allegations of Trump participating in lewd sex acts during a visit to Moscow.Trump’s incoming Presidency has been met with a number of new US political betting markets, wondering what ‘The Donald will do’. From when he will visit the UK, which Obama act he will first repeal to whether he will stick a ‘TRUMP’ sign on the Whitehouse.Ahead of Trump’s inauguration, it would be wise for bookmaker’s to remember the US 2016 Elections, in which Donald Trump was continually written off at great expense to UK bookmakers. Put simply, when it comes President Trump its only safe to say…expect the unexpected!
Lottstift warns Norwegian media on advertising responsibilities September 10, 2019 Share Submit Gunn Merete Paulsen: Lotteritilsynet will continue its toughest stance against remote actors March 19, 2019 Share Related Articles The governance of the British Darts Organisation (BDO) has confirmed the appointment of Eurosport as its primary broadcast partner.Updating stakeholders, BDO informs that it has agreed to an extensive three-year partnership with Discovery Inc’s Eurosport channel, which has previously broadcast BDO syndicated competitions.Today’s announcement sees the BDO end concerns that the governing body would not have a TV partner to broadcast its showcase ‘BDO 2019 World Darts Championship at Lakeside.Further to the announcement, BDO has agreed with Eurosport to broadcast free-to-air coverage of its upcoming World Darts Championship on its sister channel Quest TV (Freeview channel 57).Backing Eurosport as new primary broadcast partner, BDO Chairman Des Jacklin commented: “Even with the tight time constraints and the on-going pressure to announce details of the upcoming BDO World Professional Darts Championships, both myself and my team weren’t looking for a quick fix. We have been committed to securing this long-term broadcasting contract so we can focus our attention on further improving the BDO for the players and supporters alike. ““Eurosport has for many years been a great broadcast partner and supporter of the BDO. It is fantastic to see them get the opportunity to show the BDO World Professional Darts Championships in the UK for the first time and to give us a 9 event 3-year commitment to the UK, Netherlands and Australia” StumbleUpon Facebook focuses on developing its ‘niche sports’ capacity October 30, 2019
Ninety-nine years ago the birth of the Copa America, the sport’s oldest continental competition, brought about a rapid change to the game of football.Held almost annually in the early years, the tournament fostered a dramatic rise in the standards of South American sides – made evident when Uruguay arrived unheralded at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris and walked off with the gold medal. They enchanted observers with the beauty of their play and led to a question being asked: how can we find out which really is the best team around, given that professionals cannot enter the Olympics?The answer, of course, was the creation of the World Cup – first staged, and won, by Uruguay, just 14 years after they had claimed the inaugural Copa.Since then, the Copa has been through a number of phases, at times playing host to the best football in the world, at others neglected. It was brought back in 1987, and taken round all of South America’s10 footballing nations, but it found itself overshadowed by another significant development in South American football – the introduction, in 1996, of the marathon format of World Cup qualification, where all 10 nations play each other home and away, a change which has done wonders for the standard of the less traditional nations.For a few years the Copa seemed superfluous, and between 1997 and 2004 four versions were played, all with plenty of understrength teams. Since then, though, the Copa has found its place in the calendar.The 2015 edition begins today. [See also: Group A preview and Group B preview] –BrazilNumber of Copa America titles: 8Last Copa title: 2007Coach: DungaFinish in the most recent Copa: Quarterfinals Player to watch: Neymar literally broke his back trying to carry the Selecao at the World Cup in Brazil. Will the Champions League’s top-scorer finally get some help in Chile?Greatest player: Pele — Simply known as ‘The King,’ the three-time World Cup winner is considered the sport’s greatest player ever.Greatest achievement: The 1970 World Cup. Regarded as one of the greatest teams the game has ever seen, Brazil, led by Pele, swept through the 1970 World Cup in Mexico with a swashbuckling panache that would become the standard by which all other teams would be measured.– ColombiaNumber of Copa America titles: 1 Last Copa title: 2001Coach: Jose PekermanFinish in the most recent Copa: Quarterfinals Player to watch: James Rodriguez became a global star in Brazil. What will the outrageously talented No. 10 do for an encore in Chile?Greatest player: Carlos Valderrama — The hair sparked curiosity, but his skill demanded attention. El Pibe was the unquestioned star of Colombia’s golden generation and captained his country in three World Cups.Greatest achievement: The Copa America title in 2001 and the fifth-place finish in World Cup 2014. Colombia captured its first Copa America crown on home soil in 2001. Their run to the 2014 World Cup quarterfinals was their best finish in the competition.– PeruNumber of Copa America titles: 2Last Copa title: 1975Coach: Ricardo GarecaFinish in the most recent Copa: SemifinalsPlayer to watch: Paolo Guerrero is fresh off a big-money move to Brazil’s Flamengo, and the former Bayern Munich striker will be counted on to find the net in Chile — if he can shake off an ankle injury picked up in training. Greatest player: Teofilo Cubillas — The best player of Peru’s golden generation of the 1970s, Cubillas is perhaps best known for his audacious, outside-of-the-boot, free-kick goal against Scotland in the 1978 World Cup.Greatest achievement: The 1975 Copa America. A Cubillas-led Peru raised the second of its South American titles in 1975, needing penalties to beat Brazil in the Copa America final.–VenezuelaNumber of Copa America titles: 0Last Copa title: NeverCoach: Noel SanvicenteFinish in the most recent Copa: SemifinalsPlayer to watch: Jose Salomon Rondon, 25, looked at home leading the front line for Zenit St. Petersburg in the UEFA Champions League this season. The Copa America is a stage that won’t overawe the young gun.Greatest player: Juan Arango — Venezuela, for years a CONMEBOL doormat, has seen its fortunes change completely since 2000, and Arango — La Vinotinto’s captain and caps and goals leader — has been at the forefront of their evolution.Greatest moment: The 2011 Copa America semifinals appearance. Venezuela’s march to the Copa America semis in 2011 improved upon the country’s quarterfinals appearance — its first — in the 2007 edition.[See also: Group A preview and Group B preview]–
Stat that mattersWhen Prescott rates 100 or higher in passing efficiency, the Cowboys are 26-1 over the past three-plus seasons. If he has a clean game like the first three games against a defense he should pick apart, the Saints have little shot to win.Cowboys vs. Saints predictionThe Cowboys have too much firepower to finish drives with touchdowns, and then have Ezekiel Elliott play closer in the running game. The Saints won’t be able to stretch the field on the Cowboys, and the visitors will win comfortably on a relatively short road trip.Cowboys 27, Saints 20 Here’s everything to know about betting on Cowboys vs. Saints, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for “Sunday Night Football” in Week 4.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds at Sportsbook ReviewBetting odds for ‘’Sunday Night Football’Spread: Cowboys by 2.5Point total: 48Odds: Cowboys -105, Saints -105The Cowboys have been slight road favorites since they covered for the third consecutive game against the Dolphins. The Saints closed the gap with a big upset win at the Seahawks. Cowboys vs. Saints all-time seriesThe Cowboys lead the series 17-12, but the Saints have rallied by winning three of the past five and nine of the past 12. That includes two overtime victories in ’12 and ’15.Three trends to know— 54 percent of bettors are going with the Cowboys to take care of their number and 53 percent have them on the moneyline.— The Saints are 9-4 against the spread and 9-4 straight up against the Cowboys since 1996.— 61 percent like the game to go over the point total. The teams, however, played 13-10 game last season with a healthy Drew Brees, with the Cowboys winning.MORE: Free parlay pick for Cowboys vs. SaintsThree things to watchDak, Amari and who else?The Saints’ secondary has one good cornerback in Marshon Lattimore, but Eli Apple and P.J. Williams have terrible in coverage. Lattimore figures to match up often with top Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper, but that can open things up for speedy deep threat Devin Smith (filling in for injured Michael Gallup) and veteran slot receiver Randall Cobb.Alvin, Michael and who else?Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas are still doing their leading the Saints’ offense thing with Bridgewater in for Drew Brees. But the Cowboys’ bend-but-don’t break defense has linebackers and cornerbacks who can limit the damage. They need someone to step up to help, either wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. with a deep shot or two or tight end Jared Cook getting open often on intermediate routes for Bridgewater.Garrett vs. PaytonCowboys coach Jason Garrett and Saints coach Sean Payton know each other well from their previous Cowboys ties. Garrett got the better of Payton last year, but Payton, despite a shorthanded team, got the better of the Seahawks’ Pete Carroll last week. Look for Payton to get creative and aggressive at home to try to throw off the Cowboys’ best-laid game plans. The Cowboys (3-0) will try to finish the first quarter of the season with a perfect record when they travel to play the Saints (3-1) on “Sunday Night Football” in Week 4 (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC). Dallas beat New Orleans at home last season to help it surge to a NFC East title during the second half of 2018.The Cowboys’ passing offense has been unstoppable early with Dak Prescott, while the Saints continue with troubles against downfield passing games. The Saints will need more from backup QB Teddy Bridgewater dueling Prescott after making big plays on defense and special teams to win in Week 4.
For an athlete, getting traded always presents a number of challenges. You have to pack up and relocate to a new city, usually on short notice and sometimes on the other side of the country. Like everything else, though, it’s a process that has been made even harder by the coronavirus pandemic.Jack Campbell was traded from the Los Angeles Kings to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 5, a few weeks before the deadline. Barely a month later, he was on his way back to L.A. after the NHL season was put on hold indefinitely. Despite a whirlwind first few weeks in Toronto, he’s loved being a part of his new team so far. With the NHL reportedly edging closer to announcing a return date, the 28-year-old is growing increasingly eager to lace up the skates and pile on the pads once again. “I can’t stop smiling at the thought of, when it’s the right time for everybody to come back, how exciting it’ll be to get in the net and stop some pucks,” he said.One thing is for sure: No matter how much longer it is before hockey returns, Jack Campbell will keep the same positivity that he always has. “I’ll always be grateful for L.A. and the opportunities they gave me to establish myself in the league,” he told reporters in a conference call Thursday, “but I mean, getting traded to Toronto, it’s the hockey mecca of the world. What a fantastic organization, top to bottom; the fans, the management and, number one, my teammates. I just really enjoyed getting to know everybody.””I think I packed a pair of gym shorts and one pair of pants for the road trip so had to do a little shopping but I’m just so excited to be here.” 😂Jack Campbell spoke to the media about how excited he is to be apart of the @MapleLeafs. pic.twitter.com/xCLnS4PUy9— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 6, 2020The sudden stop in the season has made things harder, of course, but he’s looking forward to being back with his new teammates as soon as possible.”[It’s a] little disappointing, we had some momentum going and I was starting to really get to know the boys and gel, but obviously there are bigger things going on right now,” he said. “I’m confident that when it resumes we’ll just keep putting our best foot forward. I’m just really enjoying my time as a Leaf.” He even acknowledged feeling a little bit of FOMO (fear of missing out) when he saw fellow Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen throwing alley-oops to Auston Matthews on Instagram. Andersen is staying with Matthews during the quarantine after being unable to return home to Denmark.”I love those guys,” he said. “They’re awesome. We’ve been texting once a week or so, just staying in the loop, and it looks like they’re having a good time. Those two guys are pretty similar, they love spending time outside playing sports.”MORE: Andersen hoping to stay sharp in quarantine with Auston MatthewsCampbell, who went 3-2-1 in six starts for the Leafs, has been in quarantine at his L.A. apartment since the season was paused about six weeks ago. The netminder is known for his positive attitude — and it should be no surprise that he’s still trying to get better even without being able to get on the ice. “I just think for me it gave me a chance to work on some weaknesses I have in my game,” he said. “Obviously, it’s a pretty scary time for the world and the health of everybody is number one, but with that being said, it does give somebody like myself a chance to work on stuff. For me, it was my flexibility. I took the time over the last six weeks to really hammer home a bunch of stretching and I feel like, hopefully, I’ll come back an even better goalie.”
France will fall below Japan for the first time in rankings history if they lose to Italy in Marseilles on Friday.Those are just two of the possible permutations in the World Rugby Rankings this weekend as the Six Nations and the Americas Rugby Championship continue.Round three of the Six Nations kicks off on Friday with France’s encounter with Italy in Marseilles, followed by Saturday’s double bill featuring Ireland versus Wales and Scotland against England.In the penultimate round of the Americas Rugby Championship, defending champions and 2018 leaders USA will be looking to keep their 100 per cent record intact with victory against Brazil in São Jose dos Campos on Saturday. The same day Chile take on Uruguay in Santiago and Argentina XV play Canada in Jujuy, although the latter does not count towards the rankings.
The recent violence by Nimba County youth against Arcelor Mittal was a reprehensible act that deserves the condemnation of not the President and the Nimba Legislative Caucus, but all Liberians.The whole matter should be thoroughly investigated, and the perpetrators brought to justice. The government has to set an example this time and make it unmistakably clear that violence in the settlement of disagreements will not be tolerated and will be punished.Surely, not only Nimba youth, but all Nimbaians and most Liberians, are not happy with Arcelor Mittal’s handling of its concession agreement.The company has been accused of not faithfully executing the full agreement. Several months ago when Nimba youth occupied the railway in Nimba, preventing the shipment of ore, this newspaper, the Daily Observer, called the attention of the nation to what aroused the youth’s anger. We mentioned the accusation that not much is happening at the center of Arcelor’s operations, Yekepa, where there is hardly any evidence of development taking place there, but only the rush to get the iron ore out. Even the first-class hospital which LAMCO operated is still in disrepair, several years after Arcelor took over the operations. There were also complaints of joblessness, even though we acknowledge that many of the youth lack the technical skills the company requires. There is also the issue of the Ganta-Yekepa road that the company agreed to pave. But several Dry Seasons have passed and we see no action there.So there is a lot to complain about against Arcelor Mittal. In our editorial, we warned the company, as we have done with most concessionaires, including China Union in Bong Mines and Golden Veroleum in Sinoe County, that it is one thing to sign a concession agreement with government, and another to WORK WITH THE PEOPLE ON THE GROUND. These LOCAL PEOPLE, not the bureaucrats in Monrovia who signed the agreement, are the first to feel the impact of the agreement. The company must, therefore, work with the local people for the sake of peace and progress. One concessionaire which has finally learned this critical lesson is Golden Veroleum. In the beginning and for some time, there were constant and intense quarrels between the company and the Sinoe people. But the company finally came to realize that in any work environment, peaceful coexistence is crucial, otherwise the work will be impeded. Today Golden Veroleum and Sinonians people are working harmoniously together and things are smoothly progressing on the oil palm plantation.China Union, too, seems to have learned this lesson. They have considerably eased the tension between themselves and the local people in the Fauma Chiefdom by making serious progress on the Kakata-Bong Mine-Haindii highway, and despite other remaining issues, the people are reasonably pleased. We cannot, unfortunately, say the same thing about Arcelor Mittal. Is it Indian stubbornness, mean-spiritedness, or what? Why is this company so impervious to people’s legitimate complaints? Why can‘t this multibillion-dollar enterprise take care of the minimal concerns of the people whose resources they have come here to exploit. Did this company really do no research to find the truth of what happened in Yekepa in the 1960s through the 1980s—how the Nimba and the Liberian people got very little out of LAMCO, which departed with billions of dollars from our iron ore, leaving Nimbaians— Liberians—impoverished?Surely, the public saw Arcelor Mittal’s impressive and colorful spread in yesterday’s newspaper; but nothing of the Ganta-Yekepa road, nor did the photo of the hospital repair tell much.Yet the Liberian government is especially good and kind to Arcelor Mittal. Recently the government, in return for US$75 millilon, gave it mining rights also to Mount Tokadi in Nimba.Arcelor Mittal must, therefore, understand that the Liberian government is serious about doing business with her. By the same token, the company must realize that it HAS TO WORK WITH THE LOCAL PEOPLE, and engender peaceful coexistence in their area of operations—and with all Liberians.Let us be unmistakably clear, however, that as much as we criticize the Indians in Yekepa, we also unreservedly and emphatically condemn the violence perpetrated by the Nimba youth and urge the Liberian government to set an example this time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)