VINTON, Iowa (June 7) – Troy Cordes returned to familiar territory Sunday night at Benton County Speedway.The Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified veteran earned his first win of the season on the quarter-mile to bring his career wins total to 103. Forty-seven of those victories have come in weekly racing in Vinton, which leads all drivers in the division at the speedway.Zach Less took the lead from Jerry Dedrick following a lap four restart and then pulled to a straightaway lead while Cordes was mired in traffic.Cordes was able to work his way into third by the time the caution flag waved again with four laps to go.When racing resumed, Cordes raced the top groove to the lead to drive to the win ahead of Less and point leader Kyle Brown.With the win, Cordes has now earned at least one Modified victory in each of the last 14 seasons in Vinton – the longest such streak in division history at the speedway.Another all-time leader in wins on the quarter-mile, Damon Murty earned his 72nd Vinton win in the 18-lap IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main.Murty also ran the top groove to steal the lead after just one lap. He survived a pair of stoppages to take the win ahead of Nathan Wood and Justin Stander.Murty has now won at least four Stock Car features in Vinton in each of the last 11 seasons.IMCA Hobby Stock point leader Nathan Ballard drove to his fourth win of the season in that 15-lap feature.Ballard passed race-long leader Bill Bonnett on the final circuit to take the victory ahead of Bonnett and Justin Wacha.Tony Olson raced to his second straight local win in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.After using multiple grooves to race into third from a fifth row start, Olson swept to the outside of Kyle Bentley to take the lead for good on the fifth of 16 laps.Olson took the checkers ahead of Curt Hilmer and Austin Kaplan.
LONGDALE, Okla. (May 4) – Mike Petersilie raced to the biggest win of his career at Longdale Speedway’s IMCA Night on Wednesday.As a bonus, his daughters Lexus, Hailey and Kassy stayed up late to watch the event on IMCA.TV and won a Tweet Your Seat contest T-shirt.Petersilie drew the pole for the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified main event and had to regain the front spot from Kevin Sustaire late in a contest that ran caution-free all 20 laps.The $1,000 checkers, the top win money-wise of Petersilie’s 17 seasons on the track, put him on the ballot for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Sustaire, Clay Sellard, 11th starting Cole Traugott and Ken Schrader rounded out the top five. William Gould started behind Petersilie and ended in sixth while Kenny Wallace was seventh.“It was a neat accomplishment on a dry slick track,” Petersilie said. “It feels good to be able to win a race like this. While it’s easier to do from the pole, you still have to stay in front of that caliber of field.”The win was the second this season for Petersilie, also first to the checkers on April 22 at Salina, and came in a new 1st Class Classis by Xtreme Motor Sports ride.“It was our second win in nine starts in that car and we’ve got some more top fives,” he noted. “The season has been pretty good for us.”Kale Westover’s IMCA SportMod victory was worth $500 and came in from of ninth starting Kip Hughes, 17th starting Jeff Autry, Michael Shenberger and 12th starting Darren Hacker.IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature winner Dale Richardson earned $400 for his efforts. Mark Smith, 11th starting Landon Maddox. Logan Macy and Hesston Shaw were next across the stripe.Both Westover and Richardson won from outside row two starting spots.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Mike Petersilie; 2. Kevin Sustaire; 3. Clay Sellard; 4. Cole Traugott; 5. Ken Schrader; 6. William Gould; 7. Kenny Wallace; 8. Jon Herring Jr.; 9. Hunter McDonald; 10. Tanner Black; 11. Kent Bright; 12. Randy Wilson; 13. Danny Womack; 14. Jason Hilliard; 15. Danton Odell; 16. Scott Edwards; 17. Thomas Hall; 18. Edward Bayouth; 19. Jessie Hoskins; 20. Troy Gemmill.SportMods – 1. Kale Westover; 2. Kip Hughes; 3. Jeff Autry; 4. Michael Shenberger; 5. Darren Hacker; 6. Jeffrey Kaup; 7. Slade Roach; 8. Kaleb Roach; 9. Daylon Bergeron; 10. Courtney McCartney; 11. Jessie Hoskins; 12. Jimmie Wright; 13. Jay Arnold; 14. Cullen Hill; 15. Jeff McIntosh; 16. Claude Roach; 17. Kenny Wallace; 18. Bryan Root; 19. Michael Buzan; 20. Peyton McIntosh; 21. Brandon Kenny; 22. Mike Roach.Stock Cars – 1. Dale Richardson; 2. Mark Smith; 3. Landon Maddox; 4. Logan Macy; 5. Hesston Shaw; 6. Travis Baird; 7. Lance Waddell; 8. Ryan Bohnstedt; 9. Gregory Gutt; 10. Paul Taylor; 11. Kenny Sorrels.
Share March 27, 2007Box ScorePENSACOLA, Fla. – West Florida (26-10) completed the first day double header sweep over Arkansas Tech (16-20-1) with a 5-0 victory in Tuesday’s seven-inning night cap at Pelican Park on the UWF campus. The Argonauts out scored the Wonder Boys 15-1 in the double header.West Florida jumped on the scored board early with a two-run first inning. Peter Antoske (Olmsted, Ohio/ St. Edward HS) lead off the inning with a single to right field. After Kyle DeBos (Panama City, Fla./ Gulf Coast CC) was hit by a pitch to place runners on first and second, Bo Williams (Ocala, Fla./ Pensacola Junior College) singled through the right side of the infield scoring Antoske from second. DeBos would score the second Argonauts run of the inning on a wild pitch.The Argonauts extended their lead to 4-0 with a two-run fourth inning. Kyle Andrews (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./ Fort Walton Beach HS) opened the inning with an infield single when he hustle out a softly hit chopper to short stop. Andrews would score from first when Logan Hundley (Gulf Breeze, Fla./ Jefferson Davis CC) double down the right field line. Hundley would score on a successful suicide squeeze bunt by DeBos.West Florida padded their lead with one run in the bottom of the sixth inning. With a runner on second Hundley hit an RBI double to left center making the score 5-0.Gulf South Conference Player of the Week Lee Huggins (Bay Minette, Ala./ Faulkner State CC) extended his hitting streak to 10-straight games with a single up the middle of the infield to lead off the fifth inning.For the second-straight game a West Florida pitcher threw a complete game. Nick Presley (Milton, Fla./ Pensacola Junior College) got the win tossing seven innings of shut out ball surrendering only three hits. He had three walks and three strike outs in the game.West Florida and Arkansas Tech will complete their three game series with a nine inning affair tomorrow night beginning at 6 p.m. Fans can follow the action with “Live Stats” at goargos.comPrint Friendly Version Argonauts Leave Wonder Boys Amazed
Munich: German striker Timo Werner marked his RB Leipzig swansong with two well-taken goals to guide his side to a 2-1 victory at Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Leipzig full back Nordi Mukiele and midfielder Emil Forsberg spurned glorious opportunities before Werner, who will depart for Chelsea at the end of the season, put his side in front in the 28th minute. The 24-year-old latched on to a defence-splitting pass from Amadou Haidara before rounding Augsburg goalkeeper Tomas Koubek for his 27th league goal of the season. Augsburg, who had a red card for Philipp Max overturned by VAR in the second half, hit back through Ruben Vargas, whose long-range effort proved too powerful for Yvon Mvogo to keep out. Werner added a second eight minutes from time, latching on to Angelino’s cross-field pass and firing into the bottom corner. The result means Leipzig end the season in third place with 66 points, one shy of their record Bundesliga tally achieved in 2016-17, while Augsburg finish in 15th with 36 points, five clear of the relegation zone.Gladbach book last Champions League spot with winBorussia Moenchengladbach capped a successful season with a spot in next season’s Champions League group stage on Saturday by beating Hertha Berlin 2-1 on the final day of Bundesliga action for 2019/20 to finish in fourth place.Jonas Hofmann tapped in after good work from Breel Embolo as Gladbach controlled the game throughout. By the 65th minute they had 17 shots compared to Hertha’s one.The roles were reversed in the 78th minute, with Embolo scoring at the far post after Hofmann had shaken off two markers to cut back into the box.Gladbach, who had leapfrogged Bayer Leverkusen into fourth place last week, finished on 65 points, two ahead of Leverkusen. Vedad Ibisevic cut the deficit for Hertha in second-half stoppage time.The top four teams qualify automatically for the Champions League group stage.Kramaric hits four as Hoffenheim stun DortmundAndrej Kramaric became the first Hoffenheim player to score four goals in a Bundesliga game, overwhelming Borussia Dortmund with a one-sided 4-0 away victory on Saturday.The Croatian striker, his club’s top scorer this season, took his campaign tally to 13 as Europa League-bound Hoffenheim moved above VfL Wolfsburg to finish in fifth place on 52 points.Dortmund were already confirmed as runners-up to Bayern Munich, but after this embarrassing home defeat finished 13 points adrift of the champions.Six-goal Werder Bremen avoid automatic relegationWerder Bremen extended their 39-year stay in the Bundesliga for at least another 10 days on Saturday, when they thumped Cologne 6-1 to avoid automatic relegation.The four-times Bundesliga champions completed the first half of what could become a great escape as they climbed out of the drop zone and leapfrogged Fortuna Duesseldorf to finish 16th in the 18-team table. They now face a two-leg playoff against the team that finishes third in the second division — either VfB Stuttgart, Heidenheim or Hamburg SV — on July 2 and 6. Fortuna lost 3-0 at Union and were relegated. Agencies Also Watch: Get Set Global: Assamese in UK coping with the Pandemic
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The deciding ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Dubai International stadium ended in a damp squib as a rare instance of rain resulted in the game to be declared a no result and forced both teams to share the trophy on Sunday. This was the first-time ever that rain had washed out an ODI match in the UAE.Read More |Pakistan suffer heavy ‘penalty’ in loss to India in Women’s World T20The rain also meant that Pakistan’s search for a series win against New Zealand continued, having last won against them in 2011. Opting to bat, the hosts started aggressively thanks to Fakhar Zaman. The 64-run opening stand with Mohammad Hafeez, who was promoted to open after Imam-ul-Haq suffered an injury and was ruled out for this match, gave Pakistan a solid platform and the team did not lose momentum despite Zaman falling for 65.Read More | Mithali Raj fifty helps India crush Pakistan in Women’s World T20Babar Azam, who has been in fine form in the Twenty20 Internationals, continued his great run and was assisted well by Haris Sohail. The duo shared a 108-run partnership, with Sohail being the main aggressor. The left-hander brought up his fifty by pulling Ish Sodhi to the deep midwicket fence for a six while Azam reached his landmark with a single off Trent Boult.The partnership was broken when Sohail (60) pulled Lockie Ferguson to deep backward square leg where Goerge Worker tumbled forward to take the catch. The wicket of Sohail boosted New Zealand, in particular Ferguson and he proceeded to slice through the middle order to finish with 5/45. Azam was unlucky to miss out on a century as Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals to finish on 279/8.Read More | Women’s World T20: Mithali Raj guides India to 7-wicket win over PakIn response, Colin Munro’s poor form continued when he was cleaned up by Shaheen Afridi for 0. George Worker and Henry Nicholls steadied the ship before the rain came in the seventh over of the chase, with New Zealand on 35/1. It rained for close to two and a half hours, forcing match officials to call the game off.Lockie Ferguson was named the Man of the Match while Shaheen Afridi was the Man of the series for his nine wickets in the three ODIs. The action now shifts to the Test matches with the first game to be played in Abu Dhabi on November 16.
Dear President Obama,I know you’re a busy man. Leading our nation is no small task. With midterm elections, two wars and a struggling economy on your plate, you could be forgiven for not grabbing a copy of the Daily Trojan today.But here’s guessing you’re the type of guy who picks up a newspaper and flips to the sports page first.Your dedication to Chicago’s sports teams is admirable. Your skills on the basketball court are downright impressive for a man who spends most of his day in meetings and giving speeches. Your bracket picks for the NCAA basketball tournament each spring make national headlines.So while you’re on campus, I thought I’d share a few of our sporting concerns with you.First, about these sanctions: We understand that USC broke the rules. The idea, however, that USC during the mid 2000s was one rogue program operating outside of NCAA rules couldn’t be further from the truth.Sports Illustrated’s revealing interview with college football agent Josh Luchs confirmed to many what they had already believed. USC’s violations aren’t the exception — they’re the rule.Luchs told Sports Illustrated that he paid more than 30 college football players, many of them from UCLA, from 1990-1996. The list of schools implicated by Luchs features some of the nation’s top football programs: Tennessee, Ohio State, USC, Michigan State, Arizona, Washington State, Colorado, Illinois — even Portland State.Since the NCAA handed down USC’s scholarship reductions and two-year bowl ban in June, investigations have been opened into potential violations at North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama and Georgia.North Carolina’s alleged violations involve at least 13 players. To me at least, that appears to be more of a lack of institutional control than what USC was punished for, which involved only Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo.Will the NCAA really punish all of these schools as harshly as they did USC?It seems unlikely that every program whose players accepted money from agents in the last 20 years will be investigated and sanctioned. Even those violations that occurred within the last five years (the NCAA’s statute of limitations) are too numerous to be completely documented and punished.Wouldn’t the NCAA’s time be better served formulating a solution to the problem of agents paying players than investigating every program in the country?So, Mr. President, in the interest of fairness, I humbly submit a request.In light of recent news about how many programs are affected by these types of violations, USC’s punishment seems a bit harsh.Luckily, the Constitution of the United States allows for you to help restore justice.Perhaps a presidential pardon is in order for USC football?Secondly, let’s discuss the Bowl Championship Series. Although we’re not too concerned about strength of schedule formulas and Harris Poll votes this season (see the sanctions mentioned above), it’s been a problem for USC in the past.A loss or two against inferior opponents kept the Trojans from playing for the national title in three straight seasons.In 2006, it was Oregon State and UCLA. In 2007, Stanford and Oregon played spoiler to the Trojans’ national title dreams. Oregon State then pulled the upset again in 2008.You said it yourself before Florida and Oklahoma played in the BCS National Championship Game in January of 2009: “If I’m Utah, or if I’m USC, or if I’m Texas, I may still have some quibbles. That’s why we need a playoff.”The concerns that a playoff would diminish the excitement of the regular season are valid. Watching top-ranked Alabama and Ohio State lose in recent weeks made for top-notch drama.The chance to see the country’s eight best teams square off in a three-week, single elimination tournament, however, would make for must-see TV.The change would surely benefit a USC program that seems to perform the best when the stage is the biggest.You might be thinking that these requests are pretty selfish of us. It’s true: With the sanctions lifted and a playoff system in place, the Trojans’ chances of winning another national title in the years ahead — and paying you an honorary visit in the White House — would be much improved.Thanks for visiting our home. In a few years and with a little help from you, our football team could be making a return trip to yours.“Sellin’ the Sizzle” runs every other Friday. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Jonathan at email@example.com.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 17, 2016 at 10:59 pm Syracuse (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) takes on No. 17 Florida State (7-3, 4-3) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Orange faces Dalvin Cook, who is regarded as one of the best running backs in the country. Check out how our beat writers think the matchup will unfold.Tomer Langer (4-3)GutterballFlorida State 35, Syracuse 17A month ago, this seemed like an interesting game that Syracuse, although still an underdog, would have a chance in. Florida State was coming off an incredibly unconvincing 17-6 win to Wake Forest (after a one-point victory against Miami and a stretch where it lost two of its four games), and Syracuse was coming off its best regular season win in program history with a team flying high. That all came crashing down to earth with Eric Dungey’s injury against Clemson. With him unlikely to play, it’ll be hard for SU to compete in this game that pushes them almost completely out of bowl contention.Chris Libonati (8-2)Dalvin Cook-edFlorida State 34, Syracuse 13The last time I predicted the No. 17 team in the country to beat Syracuse, the Orange upset Virginia Tech. What do I know? I do think this is a bit different, though. Zaire Franklin called Dalvin Cook the best running back in the country and I agree. Deondre Francois has been solid. I just don’t think the SU defense will suppress the Florida State offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJon Mettus (8-2)Early FeastFlorida State 43, Syracuse 13The No. 17 team in the country is coming to the Carrier Dome, but don’t expect fans to stream onto the field after the game like when SU topped Virginia Tech earlier this year. Syracuse is undersized, undermanned and overmatched. Dino Babers said he “hope(s)” SU can win. And that’s all it’ll be: a hope. Cook and company are just too good for a Zack Mahoney-led squad to knock off. Comments
Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Allen, who lost his job as the Angels closer shortly before going on the injured list with a back problem, said he was encouraged on Sunday because he got some swings and misses with his fastball and “locked up a guy with a breaking ball.”“Those things tell me my stuff is tightening up,” he said, “but we definitely have a ways to go.”ALSOShohei Ohtani got his first day off after playing five straight games since being activated from the disabled list. Ausmus said he’s not sure how often he’ll need to give Ohtani days off, but they will probably be against left-handed pitchers. The Angels are facing three righties this week in Minnesota. …Andrelton Simmons has grounded into a major league leading 12 double plays, including two more on Sunday. Ausmus said he had no explanation for that surprising stat. “I feel like that pace should slow down quite a bit,” he said. “The one thing I’ll say about double plays is you are normally hitting the ball hard on the ground, so he’s probably hitting the ball pretty hard. It’s just going at someone.” …Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone BALTIMORE — Not long after David Fletcher made a diving catch to save two or three runs in the eighth inning on Sunday, Brad Ausmus declared that Fletcher has reached a new level in his transition to the outfield.“I’m very comfortable with Fletch in left field,” the Angels manager said. “I no longer think of him as an infielder playing the outfield.”Fletcher had never played any outfield until he went out to right for a few innings late in games last year. This spring the Angels worked him out in left a little, but as recently as the first week of the season, Ausmus said he didn’t think Fletcher was ready for more than an occasional appearance in the outfield.That all changed about a week later, when Mike Trout’s groin injury pushed Ausmus to use Fletcher in the outfield for six straight games. Tommy La Stella reached base on catcher’s interference when his bat clipped the glove of catcher Pedro Severino in the second inning. It is the major-league leading fourth time that La Stella has gotten on base that way this season. …The Angels officially released Peter Bourjos, who had been designated for assignment earlier in the week and then placed on release waivers. …Zack Cozart had a single and a walk. Cozart has reached base at least once in all five of the games he’s played since coming off the injured list.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Tyler Skaggs, 3-3, 4.70) at Twins (RHP José Berrios, 6-1, 2.53), 4:40 p.m., Fox Sports West Now, Ausmus said he has no more reluctance to use Fletcher in left when that’s the Angels best offensive lineup, most likely against a left-handed pitcher.“There’s nothing he can’t do,” Ausmus said. “Fletch always seems to amaze not only me, but his teammates. He’s got very good baseball instincts. You could probably drop him anywhere on the field and he’d be fine.”ALLEN’S PROGRESSCody Allen has appeared in three games since coming off the injured list on Tuesday, allowing two runs in the first and none in either of the next two.Ironically, Allen said his best stuff was in that first game, when he gave up a two-run homer. He didn’t seem thrilled with his performances in either of the other two, although he’s optimistic about the progress.“I am looking forward to getting back out there the next time,” Allen said after pitching a scoreless inning on Sunday. “I feel like every time I get out there I am taking something away from it to adjust the next time.”
B – Brilliantly, you stood the test of time and so your life is worth emulating I – Impartially you fought gallantly like sainted Dolokelen Gboveh, Barsee Kparngbai and your father David Kuyon putting people’s interest firstS – Surprisingly, as a grass rooter, you found way in the politics and was speaker of the LegislatureM – Memory of yours will forever remain unforgottenA – Agriculturist, you were and did cling to it until your demise at 75R – Resourcefully, in relentless efforts you made strides settling conflicts during the Liberian civil crisisC – Come what may, you have set the paceK – Kinsmen of yours will forever remember your legacyN. – New transformation, new generation on we goK – Kindly, forgive those who might have hindered your earthly progressU – “United we stand to fight for our common good”, you always saidY – You, the people of Liberia, mostly the youths, please keep the torch of peace burningO – Onward lift your banner high, Bismarck, forward march like a Christian soldierN – Negligence was never your lifestyle but rather patriotismShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
What is the National Identification Registry (NIR)? This is one of the questions that take minds back to the days of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, when many structures and systems were put in place to optimize the country’s resources, especially its human resource of 4.5 million people.Whether those structures and systems truly met their reasons for which they were established or not, is left with the public and the government’s partners to narrate.One of the new agencies created at the time was the National Identification Registry (NIR).On August 1, 2011, then President Sirleaf signed into law the National Identification Registry Act, which repealed People’s Redemption Council (PRC) Decree #65, establishing the National Identification Card System.In May, 2012, President Sirleaf established the NIR Board of Registrars.A National Work Plan for the Registry was on Thursday, October 22, 2015, approved for a nine months at the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Monrovia. This, according to the then Acting Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf, climaxed a number of key steps that has made the Registry a government fully functional entity.Varney Sirleaf later became Minister proper, under the leadership of former President Sirleaf and President George Weah allowed him to continue in his role as Internal Affairs Minister.Former President Sirleaf, having signed into law the National Registry Act on August 1, 2011, appointed J. Tiah Nagbe, former MIA Deputy Minister for Research and Development Planning as executive director, and head of the management team of the NIR.“He is supported by Zeze R. Reed, Deputy Executive Director for Technical Services, and Mrs. Haja Kumba Liberty, Deputy Executive Director for Administration. This team will enjoy the full support of our board and me, as chairman, as long as they serve with diligence, dedication, and dignity,” President Sirleaf said at a ceremony installing into office the new team at the NIR.The National Identification Registry is in existence primarily to design, establish, maintain and administer the country’s National Biometric Identification system (NBIS). This body is to be a modern computerized database containing information for all citizens and residents.On October 30, 2017, the NIR began the registration of citizens, with first applicants being government officials, among whom were ministers, lawmakers and former President Sirleaf. They received their biometric ID cards valid for a year each and, as of that time, the process has been going on without a hitch.Due to the poor turnout of people to sign up for their NIR Biometric ID cards, the agency designed strategies, among which has been a vibrant publicity mechanism.Since then, a number of newspapers, including the Daily Observer, and a host of radio stations have been, and continue to provide coverage to programs and activities of the NIR. Today, April 11, the NIR begins a weekly column in the Daily Observer highlighting the tremendous potential benefits of the digital, social and economic transformation inherent in the NIR’s raison d’etre.It may be recalled that on April 1, 2019, the NIR launched the registration of foreign residents for biometric ID Cards.About the cost for the NIR ID Cards, Liberian citizens are charged US$5 or its equivalent in Liberian dollar, while citizens of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member countries are paying US$10 or its equivalent in Liberian dollar.Foreign nationals, who are not of ECOWAS origin are required to pay US$20 each for the NIR ID cards.Meanwhile, the NIR is closely working in collaboration with the Liberia Immigration (LIS) on the issues of citizenship identification and all other requirements necessary for non-Liberian citizens to live in the country and carry out activities requiring development programs.LIS Acting Commissioner General, Moses K. Yebleh, recently said at a press conference in Monrovia that for a peaceful coexistence, all aliens and foreigners should cooperate with his office, which is responsible to communicate to the NIR all details pertaining their stay in the country.“We are not to discriminate in our work for anyone, but it is good for the people out there to know that the country’s immigration laws are respected, because this is a global requirement of anyone, who resides in a different country other than the one in which he/she is from as a citizen,” Yebleh said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – NIR Executive Director J. Nagbe Tiah: “We will set up a new biometric civil registry and issue the first one million ID cards, including 50,000 ECOWAS standard cards.”