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While most people are focusing on World Cup football and its pampered celebrity players, the stuff of legends was being played out on a Wimbledon tennis court by two virtual unknowns.

The longest tennis match in history provides us with a compelling lesson on commitment to the cause no matter what the odds.

According to the Busted Racquet blog:

Epic doesn’t even begin to cover it.

After 10 hours, 163 games and almost 1,000 points, American John Isner and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut were locked at 59-59 in the fifth set of their historic first-round match at Wimbledon when play was suspended for the second straight day due to darkness.

Something we will have to pay close attention to: an Australian firm, Lynas Corporation, is building an ‘Advanced Materials Plant’ in Gebeng, Kuantan to process rare earth concentrate.

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Malaysians now are familiar with rare earth and the problem of radioactive waste after what happened in Papan. Lynas, however, argues that its radioactive levels will be safe (see response below).

The firm appears to have engaged public relations firm Fox Communications to handle the Malaysian public.

Lynas had a concentrate plant in China but the firm moved that back to Australia, where it owns large rare earth deposits. If the raw materials are in Mt Weld, why would it choose Kuantan as the site for its ‘advanced’ processing plant?

Let’s look at the reasons given by Lynas for choosing Kuantan:

More details are required on the Penang state government’s sale of 8.1ha of land near one of the most polluted rivers in the country, the 8km-long Sungai Juru.

The land was sold to Juru Auto-City, which will now have to rehabilitate the river.

Under the arrangement with the state government (reported in the Sunday Star on 13 June), Juru Auto-City would revive the river and its banks for activities such as fishing, boating and the breeding of prawns and crabs.

Are they going to throw some mud balls in and hope for the best? See here and here too.

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After you view this film, you may never want to order a hamburger – and more – again. This is the world of agrobusiness dominated by multinational corporations.

This film comes in 10 parts, but after watching just three or four parts, you’ll get the picture.

Thanks to MalaysianinNewYork for the heads up.