Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay agree on 2030 World Cup bid

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “At all times we found (Messi) willing to help us spread the word about the possibility that the three countries organize the World Cup,” Argentina’s Sport Secretary Carlos Mac Allister said. “It’s very important for us to feel that we have the support of players and that it is completely unattached from any political connotation.”Messi and Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez have already publicly backed the plan. During a recent Argentina-Spain friendly, Messi was expected to wear a bracelet that read “2030 together,” but he was sidelined due to an injury. The bracelet was worn instead by Javier Mascherano.So far, the co-organizers have not said how much the tournament would cost if they were to win the bid.“Today, we can’t say what the final costs will be to each of our countries, but it cannot be measured only in the building of infrastructure,” Uruguay Sports Secretary Fernando Caceres said.“There’s an intangible measure, which is how much a country earns in coexistence, in integration, identity, and the construction of citizenship by hosting an event of this magnitude.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Roma seeks a ‘miracle’ against Barcelona armada in Champions League Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Leganes at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay have agreed on 12 cities where they want to host the centenary World Cup in 2030.The Argentine Football Association said on Monday the plan would grant eight cities to Argentina and two each for Paraguay and Uruguay. The names of the cities were not disclosed.ADVERTISEMENT Bidding is not due to open for another four years but leaders of all three national bodies say they want to make a joint bid.The South American nations are expected to face tough competition for the hosting rights of a tournament that will likely feature 48 teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownUruguay staged the first World Cup in 1930 and has long been expected to seek hosting rights with Argentina. Paraguay later joined the initiative.Argentine soccer officials said they met with national captain Lionel Messi during a recent trip to Spain. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Nimba Senator Clarifies Road Project Dilemma

first_imgAs doubts brew over the fate of a stretch of road from Ganta to Yekepa, Nimba County Senator Thomas S. Grupee has clarified that there is still hope for its pavement.Senator Grupee, in an interview with the Daily Observer on December 17 in Sanniquellie during the second graduation convocation of the Nimba County Community College (NCCC), said he is disappointed about the delay of the pavement of the road.However, he told the Daily Observer that things have been worked out and there’s hope that the project will recommence very soon.According to the Senator, ArcelorMittal Liberia (AML) had a “gentleman’s agreement” with the Government and people of Liberia that does not form part of the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA).He said delays in construction of the road came when AML said it could no longer invest the US$43 million promised for the road’s pavement because of the drop in the price of iron ore.Senator Grupee said the cost of abandoning the road as a result of AML’s decision would be more than continuing the project, “and therefore, we have to take money from our Highway Fund to continue the project. The work was interrupted during the rainy season, but now the project is on course.”He disclosed that the Liberian government has invested US$13 million in the road project to continue until the economic condition affecting ArcelorMittal Liberia can improve to enable the company to resume its promise.The government’s investment, he said, has reawakened the construction company, Campagine Sahelienne D’Enterprises (CSE), to continue the project.He meanwhile noted that the price of iron ore that once went down to US$30 per ton has climbed up to US$80, which he said is a “good sign” that by next year the steel giant will be able to make good on its promise.As to whether the government would demand for reimbursement from AML, he answered in the negative and said the government has already made the commitment to continue the project whether AML comes in or not.He stressed that the company’s initial commitment cannot be used against it but noted that the Liberian government anticipates a gesture in good faith from the company for the pavement of the road.The MDA between the Liberian government and ArcelorMittal Liberia indicates that the steel company will provide a financial report on the quantity of iron ore produced and sold every calendar quarter, and a report on all operations and activities at the end of each financial year.It will also construct, maintain and operate health facilities in the concession area with modern equipment and with internationally accepted procedures. According to the agreement, AML is also to provide US$75 million over the 25 years of the agreement to support socioeconomic development in the country.It is also to provide an annual social contribution of US$3 million to be managed and disbursed for the benefit of communities in the counties of Nimba, Bong and Grand Bassa by a committee formed by the company and the government.Within this amount, US$1.5 million is allotted to Nimba County every year for its social development.The construction of the highway came as a gesture from ArcelorMittal Liberia to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, which is not part of any legal agreement binding on the company.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more