In order to finance security at its airports and other border posts, both maritime and on land, Honduras will collect a new tax from travelers who enter and leave the Central American country, with proceeds of approximately 270 million dollars over ten years in the case of the air terminals alone. The Interior and Population Secretariat signed a 10-year contract with the U.S. firm Securiport to set up an advanced biometric registry of travelers, from whom it will collect 17 dollars upon entry and another 17 dollars upon departure from the nation. Honduran Interior Minister Áfrico Madrid justified the new fee as an additional measure to guarantee national security. “It’s a matter of preventing the entry of individuals involved in organized crime, terrorists, drug traffickers, kidnappers, hitmen, arms traffickers, and money launderers who use our country as a center of operations due to the lack of scientific mechanisms of immigration control,” he argued. The contract, approved on December 14, will go into effect once it is published in the official daily La Gaceta, and the charge will be applied 120 days after that publication. By Dialogo January 18, 2012
VINTON, Iowa (July 11) – Following in the tire tracks of the high-paying Hogan Memorial, three XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour events are scheduled over the course of just five nights during the Hawkeye State Modified Speedweek. Touring IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds race for $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start on Monday, July 14 at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson and Tuesday, July 15 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa. Top prize is $2,000 at the Thursday, July 17 Harris Clash at Knoxville Raceway. That event pays a minimum of $250 to start. IMCA Modifieds race for as much as $4,000 to win when Hawkeye State Speedweek starts Sunday, July 13 with the Hogan Memorial special at Benton County Speedway.Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. at Vinton, where IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks complete the program.Lee County opens the pit gates at 5 p.m. and waves the first green flag at 7:30 p.m. Monday. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are on the program at Donnellson as well. Southern Iowa opens the back gate at 5 p.m. and starts racing at 7:30 p.m. for a Tuesday show that also includes IMCA Late Models, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Another $1,000 to win Speedweek race for the Modifieds is Wednesday, July 16 during the Mahaska County Fair at Oskaloosa. And at Knoxville, pit gates open at 3 p.m. and racing starts at approximately 7 p.m. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods race for $1,000 to win that evening.July 13-17 Speedweek features are all qualifying events for this year’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. The Harris Clash is the final qualifier for the 2014 All-Star ballot.Fifty-nine drivers from five states have seen XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour action thus far in 2014.XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz., and Mike Van Genderen, Newton, both 74; 3. Jacob Murray, Hartford, 64; 4. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood, 62; 5. Levi Nielsen, Mason City, 60; 6. J.J. Wise, Garner, 59; 7. Jeremy Mills, Garner, 55; 8. Mike Jergens, Plover, and Tyler Heetland, Bancroft, both 54; 10. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, and Jeff Joldersma, McClelland, both 53; 12. Kyle Brown, Kellogg, 52; 13. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill., 49; 14. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup, and Richie Gustin, Gilman, both 45; 16. Clayton Christensen, Spencer, 44; 17. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown, 40; 18. Mark Elliott, Webster City, and Eric Dailey, Armstrong, both 38; 20. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, and Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, both 37.
A new report cites that Premier League football clubs Arsenal F.C., Crystal Palace F.C., and Swansea City A.F.C. are all in talks with Riot Games regarding franchise spots in 2019’s renovated EU LCS.It was revealed in March that the EU LCS would follow in the footsteps of the NA LCS in introducing franchising with buy-ins coming in at anywhere from 8,000,000 euros (£6,997,307.20) for teams already in the league and 10,500,000 euros (£9,183,965.70) for those who are looking to get involved.The same report has speculated that Schalke 04 Esports may be well out of the EU LCS when 2019 comes around due to the sheer expense of being involved once franchising is implemented. Interestingly, the report states – but doesn’t identify – other teams will voluntarily drop out from the competition also. This, of course, would make way for companies with those funds that perhaps had been waiting for the right moment to enter esports; we’re referring to the aforementioned football clubs.It’s worth noting that all three of the teams – Arsenal, Crystal Palace, and Swansea City – already have pre-existing ties to esports in one way or another. Arsenal shareholder Stan Kroenke co-owns the Overwatch League franchise Los Angeles Gladiators, Swansea City co-owner Steve Kaplan is a minority owner of Immortals, and Crystal Palace’s owners Joshua Harris and David Blitzer acquired Team Dignitas in 2016.Esports Insider says: It doesn’t surprise us at all – if the reports are true – that football clubs are looking to get involved with the EU LCS, especially with the amount of American sports clubs that entered the NA LCS when franchising was implemented over there. We’re interested to see if other traditional sports clubs outside of football are interested in acquiring a spot, too.