LSU football already faced an uphill battle against Alabama on Nov. 3, when both teams return from bye. After Saturday’s game, the Tigers will also be without star linebacker Devin White to start the game.White, one of the top players on a really dangerous LSU defense, was hit was an abysmal targeting call during the Tigers’ win over Mississippi State last weekend.As a result, he was ejected from the game, and will not miss the first half against Alabama.Targeting calls are often controversial, but you can usually see where the decision was made. On this one, however, it looks pretty clear that White did not lead with his helmet in a dangerous manner in hitting Nick Fitzgerald.#LSU LB Devin White will miss the 1st half of the #Alabama game for this targeting penalty: ? pic.twitter.com/TDqZQlmFsU— ESPN NOLA ? 100.3 FM (@ESPNRadioNOLA) October 21, 2018The SEC has already decided to uphold the suspension. That hasn’t stopped LSU fans from doing whatever they can think of to try and exert pressure on the league.A group of LSU football fans have already raised thousands of dollars to put up a “Free Devin White” billboard near the SEC’s offices in Birmingham, Ala.The cost of the billboard was far exceeded, so the rest of the donations are going to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.BOOM!All credit goes to Smalls on @TigerDroppings. Thanks to his efforts, the #FreeDevinWhite campaign raised over $6200, as of 3pm. Excess funds will go to the LSU Vet School Equine department. That donation currently sits at close to $2,500. pic.twitter.com/EsN9YMjxrl— Bradford (@LSUbradford) October 23, 2018Since the SEC has already come down with a decision, it doesn’t sound like there’s much hope for this to be reversed, but you can’t really blame Tiger fans for trying, given the absurdity of the call and the magnitude of the game against Alabama.The Tigers and Crimson Tide are set to kick-off at 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 3 in Baton Rouge. Alabama will be a heavy favorite in that one, with or without White on the field in the first half. It would be nice to see both teams with their full compliment of playmakers, though.
The retention of the Tasmanian Freight and Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Schemes is a sensible decision that has been well received by ASA.But there are still concerns about any recommendation to deregulate access to coastal shipping services as this will result in the loss of strategic skills in the Australian maritime workforce.“Retaining the Equalisation Schemes recognises that Bass Strait is part of the national highway and is an appropriate fiscal policy. However, deregulating the coast and allowing foreign vessels unfettered access to carry Australian local cargo will undoubtedly result in the complete demise of Australian shipping companies and with them the skilled Australian seafarer. It would be ironic if Australia – the largest island nation – was left without professional maritime staff,” Teresa Lloyd Executive Director at the ASA said.“Australian seafarers will disappear under the regime recommended in the Productivity Report”“All our trading partners have entrenched coastal trading regulations and are not undertaking any debate on it. Australia, does not need to be the trailblazer in this area, instead we need to continue to invest in a strong Australian presence in coastal trade,” added Ms Lloyd.“This report is not about introducing competition, competition already exists. What this report is calling for is the substitution of professional Australian services with cheap foreign providers. Such a move would have significant consequences that reverberate well beyond the direct impact of shutting Australian shipping businesses down.”Australian seafarers will disappear under the regime recommended in the Productivity Report as the low paid foreign workers take those jobs.The Australian domestic shipping task has always been regulated and has always been met by a mix of local and foreign vessels. It is not in the long term national interest to open the coast.Press Release, July 3, 2014; Image: AMSA zoom The Australian Shipowners Association (ASA) has urged the Abbott Government to be careful in its consideration of the Productivity Commission Report into Tasmanian shipping and freight.