Public works ministry offers private firms Rp21.7t worth of road, bridge projects

first_imgWhile the government is still committed to develop infrastructure as one of the priority sectors and has allocated Rp 413.8 trillion for infrastructure development in the recently passed 2021 state budget, that is down from Rp 423.3 trillion in the 2020 state budget.Read also: Govt, House pass Indonesia’s 2021 state budget: What you need to knowIn addition to the toll road project in Bali, the public works ministry also proposed a PPP investment scheme for the replacement and or duplication of 38 Callender-Hamilton bridges across Java with a combined length of 3,000 meters.The bridges’ renewal will adopt an availability payment investment scheme with a concession period of 12 years. Construction on the bridges will begin next year, and they are to be fully operational by 2023.Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) chairman Bahlil Lahadalia in a statement congratulated the PUPR Ministry for the market sounding and expressed hope that the projects could help Indonesia’s economic recovery.“The BKPM congratulates the ministry for moving fast in proposing infrastructure projects despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which will help propel our economic growth and create new jobs,” he said. Topics : The Public Works and Housing (PUPR) Ministry is proposing a set of infrastructure projects worth Rp 21.7 trillion (US$1.46 billion) for private investors through a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme during a market sounding event on Wednesday.The proposed infrastructure projects include the Gilimanuk-Mengwi toll road project in the tourism hub of Bali, worth Rp 19.35 trillion, and bridge replacement and or duplication across Java Island with a total investment of Rp 2.35 trillion. Most of the bridges are of the Callender-Hamilton truss type.“Through the PPP scheme, the government can offer [investors] various facilities, including viability gap funding, feasibility support and the state infrastructure guarantee […] to expedite Indonesia’s infrastructure development,” PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said in a statement on Wednesday.center_img The Gilimanuk-Mengwi toll road stretches 95.5 kilometers in the northern and western part of the island and is constructed to boost tourism in the northern region. The toll road, part of the trans-Java-Bali development, will connect the high traffic route from Gilimanuk Port to the island capital of Denpasar and its surrounding cities, known as the Sarbagita Metropolitan region.The return on investment for the Gilimanuk-Mengwi toll road, on a 45-year concession, will be determined through a user-based payment scheme. Such scheme means that the return is based on the usage and demand for the service provided. Construction is slated to begin in 2021 and the toll road is to be fully operational by 2024.The Finance Ministry has previously encouraged infrastructure financing to be sourced from alternative funding schemes, including PPP, as the state and regional budget would be geared toward accelerating the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemicThe National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) has estimated that the country will need $429.7 billion in infrastructure investment, equal to 6.1 percent of its annual GDP, between 2020 and 2024. However, the government might only be able to finance 30 percent of the projects using the state budget.last_img read more

Driver Warrick Taylor smoked weed before causing fatal five-car crash

first_imgNZ Herald 25 November 2016Family First Comment: Whenever somebody tries to argue that dope never killed anyone, just refer them to this example (which is one of many)!#saynopetodopeAn Oamaru man who caused a five-car smash that left five injured and one dead was a learner driver and had smoked cannabis before getting behind the wheel.Warrick Delaney Taylor (23) was before the Dunedin District Court this morning where he pleaded guilty to five counts of careless driving causing injury and one of careless driving causing death after the incident on June 3 this year.Stuart Ernest Windle (64), of Kaikoura, died at the scene of the crash north of Dunedin while he was heading south to take part in the Hurricane Rodders Mid Winter Run in the city.The court heard today how Taylor had smoked two bongs of cannabis before driving a friend to an appointment in Dunedin.Prosecutor Sergeant Adrian Cheyne said Taylor was on a learner licence while behind the wheel of his mate’s unwarranted, unregistered Toyota.As well as the cannabis, the defendant also stopped at Maheno to share a joint and a pre-mixed alcoholic drink with his friend, the court heard.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11755267last_img read more

South African league bans handshake over Covid-19

first_img As indicated by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Department of Health and the World Health Organisation, the virus is droplet spread – so it is spread via droplets when coughing. South Africa’s Minister of health Dr Zweli Mkhize Some precautionary measures include, but are not limited to:Shaking of hands should be suspended to reduce spread risk. When coughing, cough within the elbow or a tissue (dispose of the tissue in the correct manner).Wash hands frequently with soap and water or utilise waterless hand washes often especially after contact with individuals. Read Also Coronavirus: Newcastle ban players from shaking hands When handling public space materials (trolleys at airports and public spaces etc), it is advisable to, if possible, use disinfectant wipes on these items also to reduce risk. Limit direct contact with individuals by handshaking, hugging as much as one can. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldIt Looks Like An Ordinary Doughnut, But It Glows In The Dark!Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has taken the necessary precaution following South Africa’s first positive case of Covid-19 coronavirus by suspending the “shaking of hands” before matches. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed on Thursday that South Africa has recorded its first positive test case for the virus. Mkhize released a statement on Thursday confirming that the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NCID) confirmed a positive test. Meanwhile, the PSL released a statement on Friday urging clubs to take the necessary precautionary measures. As the League, it is pertinent that we advise our Clubs’ management, players, technical staff, match officials, match commissioners, sponsors, PSL staff and other stakeholders the importance of the recent COVID-19 outbreak. This advice is to be wary of controllable risks factors. With several teams in the Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship, including playing within the continent, we feel it is necessary for us to caution as a League.center_img Loading… last_img read more

Strickler scores IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour honors at Hancock County

first_imgBRITT, Iowa (June 30) – Hancock County Speedway saluted veterans with a pre-Independence Day special event and the fans in the full grandstands saluted Kyle Strickler when the Xtreme Mo­tor Sports IMCA Modified feature was complete.Strickler led the last 23 of 30 laps in Tuesday’s IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour main event. The win paid $3,300 plus a $500 bonus for leading the race at halfway.Kyle Brown ran in front the first seven circuits and finished a distant second, but still moved into the top spot in the series point standings.Arizona traveler Ricky Thornton Jr. qualified from his “B” feature and ended third in the main event. Ronn Lauritzen and Jimmy Gustin completed the top five.Forty-nine drivers, the most for a Dirt Tour event this season, from six states vied at Britt.Brown drew the outside pole start and set the fast pace before Strickler slipped by on the higher line and was scored first when the eighth lap was scored.The only caution of the contest came on lap 13 as Strickler was getting into traffic.He pulled away on the ensuing restart, getting four lapped cars and most of a straightaway ahead of Brown before the checkers flew.Already on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, Strickler is the fourth different winner in as many series events so far this season.The victory was Strickler’s Dirt Tour career second; he’d also won at Britt in 2013.Jeremy Mills and Mike Jergens started on the back row and made the most progress toward the front, Mills 14 places to 11th and Jergens 13 positions to 13th. Defending series champion Mike Van Genderen brought the point lead to town and finished 15th.Back-to-back shows are next on the Hawkeye Dirt Tour schedule, July 15 at Southern Iowa Speed­way in Oskaloosa and July 16 at Knoxville Raceway.The Knoxville show is the Harris Clash and also the final qualifying event for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Other winners at Britt’s Salute To Veterans special were Randy Brands in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Nick Meyer in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Andrew Borchardt in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Jacob Kofoot in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Meyer’s share of the purse included a $500 perfect attendance bonus.Hawkeye Dirt Tour results – 1. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 2. Kyle Brown, State Center; 3. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 4. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 5. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown; 6. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 7. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City; 8. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 9. Jeff Larson, Lake­field, Minn.; 10. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 11. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 12. Brandon Beckendorf, Dan­ube, Minn.; 13. Mike Jergens, Plover; 14. Andrew Schroeder, Keswick; 15. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 16. Keith Schmitz, Hanlontown; 17. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 18. Ryan Maitland, Wa­terloo; 19. Josh Ruby, Lakota; 20. Austin Wolf, Algona; 21. Aaron Benson, Clear Lake; 22. Alex Hanson, Northwood; 23. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 24. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 25. David Brown, Kellogg; 26. Justin Sackett, Pierson.1st heat (top two) – 1. Shryock; 2. Jimmy Gustin; 3. Hanson; 4. Ward; 5. David Brown; 6. Ben­son; 7. Wolf; 8. Todd Stinehart, Waseca, Minn.; 9. Van Genderen; 10. Jay Marks, Bakersfield, Calif.2nd heat – 1. Shute; 2. Schroeder; 3. Sackett; 4. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 5. Kevin Stoa, Clear Lake; 6. Dotson; 7. Hoeft; 8. Jeff Ignaszewski, Wells, Minn.; 9. Nate Zimmerman, Janesville, Minn.; 10. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.3rd heat – 1. Richie Gustin; 2. Lauritzen; 3. Jeff Larson; 4. Stacey Mills, Webb; 5. Corey Dripps, Waterloo; 6. Colt Mather, Webster; 7. Tad Reutzel, Burt; 8. Rob Hughes, Humboldt; 9. Derek Green, Granada, Minn.; 10. Jim Mathieson, Sioux City.4th heat – 1. Ruby; 2. Schmitz; 3. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 4. Mark Noble, Blooming Prairie, Minn.; 5. Maitland; 6. Adam Larson, Ankeny; 7. Dustin Smith, Lake City; 8. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha; 9. Roberts; 10. Jeremy Mills.5th heat – 1. Kyle Brown; 2. Strickler; 3. Thornton; 4. Clayton Christensen, Spencer; 5. Becken­dorf; 6. Clint Hatlestad, Glencoe, Minn.; 7. Ben Kraus, Garner; 8. Troy Swearingen, Thompson; 9. Jergens.1st “B” feature (top four) – 1. Hoeft; 2. Benson; 3. Hanson; 4. Roberts; 5. Dripps; 6. Elliott; 7. Adam Larson; 8. Christensen; 9. Van Genderen; 10. Waterman; 11. Stone; 12. Hughes; 13. Kraus.2nd “B” feature – 1. Thornton; 2. Sackett; 3. David Brown; 4. Dotson; 5. Ruter; 6. Jergens; 7. Reut­zel; 8. Hatlestad; 9. Maitland; 10. Mathieson; 11. Zimmerman; 12. Stacey Mills; 13. Stinehart.3rd “B” feature – 1. Jeff Larson; 2. Ward; 3. Beckendorf; 4. Wolf; 5. Smith; 6. Noble; 7. Marks; 8. Green; 9. Swearingen; 10. Stoa; 11. Ignaszewski; 12. Mather.last_img read more

Mrs. Norma Lynn (Branham) Sebree

first_imgMrs. Norma Lynn (Branham) Sebree, age 60, of Madison, Indiana, entered this life on June 4, 1959 in Jefferson County, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of the late James “Junior” and Mary Louise (Jenkins) Branham. She was raised in Madison, Indiana where she attended high school. Norma was united in marriage on November 26, 2004 in Warsaw, Kentucky, to Carol Sebree. Norma was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed fishing, camping, singing karaoke and spending time with her family. Norma was an avid UK basketball fan and also enjoyed watching the Cincinnati Reds. Norma passed away at 12:55 a.m., Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in M5adison, Indiana.Norma will be missed by her loving husband, Carol Sebree of Madison, IN; her children, Savana Lynn Brierly of Madison, IN, Elvis Aaron Kent of Madison, IN, Delmar “Jeremy” Kent of Madison, IN, Julie Ann Sebree of Vevay, IN and Elvis Sebree of Rockport, IN; her grandchildren, Dalton, Trenton, Maddie, Owen, Katie, Kelsey, Darrian, Hayden, Drake and McKenzie; her great-granddaughter, Arriana; her sister, Tammi Blair of Deputy, IN and her several nieces and nephews and other relatives.She was preceded in death by her parents, James “Junior” and Mary Louise (Jenkins) Branham; her sister, Lisa Ann Scully and her brother, Mark Branham.Private Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Private Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 13, 2020, by Steve Sebree, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, IndianaMemorial contributions may be made to the Keeping Pace Cancer Fund c/o CFSCI. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

Southern looks to sweep Alabama A&M

first_img February 23, 2020 FAB FRESHMEN: Alabama A&M has relied heavily on its freshmen this year. Cameron Alford, Garrett Hicks, Cameron Tucker, EJ Williams and TJ Parham have combined to account for 69 percent of the team’s scoring this season and 71 percent of all Bulldogs points over the last five games.SHIVERS CAN SHOOT: Ahsante Shivers has connected on 34.2 percent of the 79 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 14 over the last five games. He’s also converted 76.4 percent of his free throws this season.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Jaguars have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Bulldogs. Alabama A&M has an assist on 34 of 64 field goals (53.1 percent) across its previous three games while Southern has assists on 47 of 85 field goals (55.3 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Alabama A&M has committed a turnover on just 17.3 percent of its possessions this season, which is the best percentage among all SWAC teams. The Bulldogs have turned the ball over only 12 times per game this season.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 Associated Press ___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img Southern looks to sweep Alabama A&M Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSouthern (12-15, 9-5) vs. Alabama A&M (7-17, 4-9)Elmore Gymnasium, Normal, Alabama; Monday, 8:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Alabama A&M seeks revenge on Southern after dropping the first matchup in Baton Rouge. The teams last met on Jan. 27, when the Jaguars outshot Alabama A&M from the field 46.3 percent to 40.9 percent and had nine fewer turnovers en route to a 21-point victory.last_img read more

The Latest: FIFA ratifies virus relief for soccer bodies

first_img___Three riders competing at the Vuelta a Burgos cycling race in Spain have been dropped from the event after being in contact with someone with the coronavirus.UAE Team Emirates says Colombian riders Sebastian Molano, Cristian Munoz and Camilo Ardila will not start the second stage.The team says they were in contact with a person who turned out to be positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. They have been isolated and sent home in accordance with protocols by the team and international cycling body UCI.The team says the three riders returned two negative tests three days before the race. ___The first two stops on the 2021 World Sevens Series rugby circuit have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.World Rugby says the joint events in Dubai from Nov. 26-28 and in Cape Town from Dec. 4-6 have been cut because of the “ongoing and dynamic global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.”The 2020 series was curtailed and New Zealand declared champions of the men’s and women’s titles after sports around the world were shuttered in March.Planning for the remaining qualifiers for the postponed Tokyo Olympics is ongoing. Twenty-one of the 24 places in the Olympic tournaments have been confirmed. The Latest: FIFA ratifies virus relief for soccer bodies All of the 211 FIFA member associations will receive a $1 million grant “to protect and restart football” and can access interest-free loans of up to $5 million.Each member association will also receive an additional $500,000 grant for women’s soccer during the plan’s third phase.The massive spending plan aims to help men’s and women’s professional soccer as well as youth and grassroots soccer through a system of grants and loans.Each of the six soccer confederations will also receive a grant of $2 million.FIFA expects to make the funds available by January 2021. Associated Press center_img July 29, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___FIFA has ratified a coronavirus relief plan that will make $1.5 billion available to soccer communities and national associations around the world. A dozen teams are set to play in each of the men’s and women’s tournaments in the first half of next year for the remaining spots in Tokyo.The last five stops in the 2020 series were canceled in June.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

In Photos: LA Pride and #ResistMarch

first_img Photo by Adrian Hernandez “This was my first Pride event, and I was astonished at the heart and support I saw on display. One marcher described it perfectly: “You’re always humbled seeing friends and co-workers you’ve known for years at something like this. It makes you feel like you’re all part of the same fight. That feeling means more than anything.”                                – Adrian Hernandez, Photographer Photo by Adrian Hernandez Daily Trojan photographer Adrian Hernandez captured the scene at the LA Pride #ResistMarch on June 11 in Hollywood. Instead of using the event to celebrate strides of the past, the organizers asked that this year, participants “march to ensure our collective futures.” The march drew tens of thousands of people. Photo by Adrian Hernandez Photo by Adrian Hernandezlast_img read more

10TH WOMEN AFCON: Oshoala on Rampage as Falcons Crush Mali 6-0

first_imgGallant Falconets bow out of U-20 World CupBy Duro IkhazuagbeNigeria’s Super Falcons opened their Women Africa Cup of Nations defence yesterday on a ruthless note, hammering their Malian counterparts 6-0.2014 African Woman Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player of the last edition of the championship in Namibia, Asisat Oshoala was the star of the Super Falcons. She scored four of the six goals to put Nigeria in perfect control of Group B of the 10th edition of the women AFCON.USA-based Francisca Ordega started the rout with a smart finish from Ugo Njoku’s run down the Malian defence in the 22nd minute. Before that, Oshoala’s darting run and pass in the 15th minute was fluffed by Uchechi Sunday, who wasted a number of opportunities on the day.Four minutes after Ordega’s goal, midfielder Halimatu Ayinde came close after a good move but her chip rocked the upright with the Malian goalie beaten. Five minutes before recess, Oshoala read brilliantly a through pass and beat the goalie before slotting into an empty net for her first and Nigeria’s second.A minute into the second half, Sunday again missed with only the goalie to beat from Faith Ikidi pass, but she made it three from the penalty spot a minute later after Osarenoma Igbinovia was brought down in the box.Thereafter, it became an ‘Oshoala Show’. The introduction of a clever Chioma Wogu for fumbling Sunday worked well for her. In the 62nd minute, Oshoala latched onto a header by Wogu to outrun a defender and the goalkeeper before smashing into the roof of the net, and six minutes later, benefitted from another Wogu pass to meander past two defenders and slot past the goalkeeper.Her fourth, and Nigeria’s sixth, came from another brilliant pass, from captain Rita Chikwelu, with 12 minutes left.The Falcons will certainly meet stronger opposition from Ghana’s Black Queens, whom they play in their next match on Wednesday. However, it was not a good day for Nigeria’s ladies campaigning in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Papua New Guinea as the Falconets crashed out of the competition despite defeating Spain 2-1.Falconets flexed their muscles and fought hard before a capacity crowd at the Papua New Guinea Stadium to earn the victory. The match was played under heavy wind conditions that did not help either of the teams as they struggled in the circumstances.The joy of victory was short-lived for the Falconets as Japan’s routing of Canada in the other Group B match meant Japan and Spain advanced and Nigeria would go home. The Nigerian delegation will return home on Wednesday, November 23.Despite the end of the road for the Under-20 ladies, Head Coach of the team, Peter Dedevbo, yesterday evening showered encomiums on the Falconets for winning two out of three matches they played.For Dedevbo, his girls deserve all the accolades because they proved themselves worthy ambassadors of Africa’s most populous nation.The 2014 World Cup silver medal-winning Coach noted that the girls gave their best in flying Nigeria and Africa’s flag but it was unfortunate that they were so cruelly eliminated, despite finishing with the same six points as the two other teams (Japan and Spain) that advanced to the last eight.“Sincerely speaking, you all are stars and I am proud of you. Despite the circumstances, you were not disgraced. We had lofty dreams of making it to the final or even going one better than we took our country in Canada four years ago, but it was not to be. Collectively and individually, we worked towards achieving that goal, but our best could not take us that far,” Dedevbo said.Stand-in captain and scorer of the winning goal, Chiwendu Ihezuo, wept profusely after Nigeria’s early exit.Ihezuo, who won the FIFA Live Your Goals Player of the Match award in the win over Spain, couldn’t control her emotions as she broke down at the post match press conference.The BIIK Zazygurt of Kazakhstan player, with two goals from three games, lamented her inability to actualise her dreams of contesting for the tournament’s golden boot. She was instrumental to Falconets’ presence in Papua New Guinea, scoring seven goals out of the 13 Nigeria recorded during the qualifying series.“I had high hopes for this tournament. I even set a target of six goals for myself, but my dreams have been blown away like dust in the winds. I admit that our predicament today was as a result of the six goals we conceded against Japan. I kept hoping for a turn-around that would see us progress in the competition.“I pushed extra hard. The consolation for my much –desired Golden Boot is this award and I am grateful to God for it,” Ihezuo sobbed. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

FIFA say the Luzhniki Stadium that will host the 2018 WCup final is ‘ahead of schedule’

first_imgRussia is avoiding Brazil’s mistakes.That was the message as FIFA inspectors completed their tour of the areas Russia is building for the 2018 World Cup – no delays here.While Brazil’s World Cup passed off largely smoothly, its build-up was dominated by the rushed finish to stadium construction and, even during the tournament itself, some stadiums were still unfinished and forced to deploy temporary seating and facilities.In Russia, things are different, said Chris Unger, FIFA’s top official overseeing Russian preparations, on Monday as he visited Moscow’s vast Luzhniki Stadium, which will host the final in 2018.”As we heard today, they seem to be ahead of schedule (at Luzhniki) which is good for everybody, because the sooner they finish, the sooner we can begin testing,” he said.Earlier on his five-day tour of the stadiums, Unger had said St. Petersburg’s new 69,000-seat arena, set to host a 2018 semifinal, was back on track to open in mid-2016 and host Confederations Cup games a year later. The arena, planned as a new home for Zenit St. Petersburg years before Russia won the right to host the World Cup, is almost six years behind its original opening date which looked likely to slip back to 2017, when it will hold Confederation Cup games.Meanwhile, a dispute over whether to keep the roof on Sochi’s Fisht Olympic Stadium has been resolved, easing the preparations there. Unger said the inspectors were told the roof would now be removed to create a more orthodox World Cup stadium. Those reassurances will be music to the ears of Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who pledged before parliament in April that Russia’s 11 host cities would avoid the “Brazilian scenario” – shorthand for delays, confusion and infrastructure chaos.While Unger focused Monday on Russia’s sporting future, around him were markers of the past – on the other side of the stadium’s grounds stood Spartak Moscow fans bearing large funeral bouquets, there to mark the 32nd anniversary of Russia’s worst sporting disaster. At least 66 Spartak fans were crushed to death at a 1982 UEFA Cup games, although some unofficial estimates have put the death toll as high as 340.For the FIFA delegation’s visit to Luzhniki, which hosted the 1980 Olympics, journalists were instructed to gather by a large, snow-covered statue of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, after whom the stadium was originally named.Unger also defended FIFA’s decision to send inspectors to three completed stadiums but not to seven areas which have barely started construction. Those stadiums, all in Russian provincial cities, will receive “virtual inspections” which Unger insisted would still be rigorous.”It’s not something that we walk away saying: ‘Oh, we’ve seen the plans, now we’re satisfied,'” he said. “It’s a process. We come back, we see what progress has been made, see if the plans are accurate, we validate.” Russian Sports Minister Mutko has raised concerns about two of the unvisited arenas, in Kaliningrad in the west the southern city of Volgograd, saying that costs may rise because of engineering challenges on their sites.Unger refused to touch on any topics with a political connection, repeatedly refusing to comment on Russia’s problems with racism at football matches.However, the head of the organizing committee was more vocal, insisting that Russia will try to “root out” problems among football fans for the 2018 World Cup as the country struggles with hooliganism and racism.Racism is “a problem that Russia doesn’t need” and the 2018 host nation is opposed to “certain people” who “use football matches for self-expression, not to watch football,” Alexei Sorokin told local media.Russian football has been tarnished by a string of racist incidents this season. On Tuesday, reigning champion CSKA Moscow will host Manchester City for a Champions League game in an empty stadium following numerous cases of racist behaviour by fans. Last month, Dynamo Moscow defender Christopher Samba was banned for two games by the Russian Football Union for raising his middle finger to fans in retaliation for monkey chants that were aimed at him.last_img read more