Tokyo Olympic venues make progress with 2 years to go

first_imgJournalists take photos of New National Stadium under construction during a media tour to the venue of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO — The Japan Sports Council gave a progress report on the new National Stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, saying the project is 40 percent complete with two years to go before the opening ceremony.Located in central Tokyo, the Olympic Stadium will be the centerpiece of the 2020 Games. The JSC, the government-funded stadium operator, says the 68,000-seat stadium is on schedule to be finished in November 2019. It will host the opening ceremony on July 24, 2020 as well as athletics and the closing ceremony.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “The most challenging part from now is installing the roof,” said the JSC’s Tadashi Mochizuki. “Of the whole 15 months of the work period for the roof, we still have nine more months to go. We are installing the roof, divided as four parts. We have to install the parts without an inch of mistake.”For the roof, Kuma chose a wooden lattice design which echoed traditional styles seen in Japanese shrines and pagodas.It is intended to blend in with surrounding parkland and will be structured to minimize costs for heating and cooling.Tokyo organizers said this week that all the newly-constructed venues for the games are 20 to 40 percent complete.Here is an update on some of the other Olympic venues:ADVERTISEMENT — The Olympic Village will have 21 flat-type buildings and provide 18,000 beds for the Olympics and 8,000 for the Paralympics. Organizers say its 40 percent completed and will be finished in December 2019. After the Olympics, two 50-story buildings will be developed and sold to the public as residential units.— The Olympic Aquatics Center will host swimming, diving and artistic swimming. Located in the Tokyo Bay Zone, the newly-constructed four-story facility will have a seating capacity of 15,000. The facility is scheduled to be finished by February 2020.— The Sea Forest Waterway will host canoe sprint and rowing events. Also located in the Tokyo Bay Zone area, the venue will be able to accommodate 24,000 spectators. A water gate and pumping facility will be set up at both ends of the 200 x 2,000-meter waterway to prevent waves and tide level from affecting the competition. It is expected to be completed in late 2019.— The Musashino Forest Sports Plaza, which will host badminton and fencing, is the only completed venue and has already hosted several sports events.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jones Cup: Ateneo halts slide, beats Japan Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team The construction was more than a year behind schedule when it started in December 2016, as an earlier stadium plan was scrapped because of spiraling costs and unpopular design.The Japanese government approved the new 150 billion yen ($1.5 billion) stadium which is a joint venture among Taisei Corporation, Azusa Sekkei Co. and the office of Kengo Kuma, the architect who designed the replacement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The JSC says the construction site has about 2,000 workers on an average day but that will be increased to 3,000.JSC officials say the biggest hurdle to overcome now is construction of the stadium roof, which will cover spectator seating and is considered to be the most difficult aspect of the construction. View commentslast_img read more

Malaysian badminton star Lee has nose cancer

first_imgMOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “(Lee) is currently in Taiwan seeking treatment and I am pleased to inform you that he is responding well to his treatment and is currently resting and recuperating amongst family and close friends. “BAM is in constant contact with (Lee) and we will offer any support we can to our legend.”Missing the World Championships in July and August was a particular blow for the former world number one as the tournament’s top honor is one of the major awards missing from his trophy cabinet.Badminton is hugely popular in Malaysia and one of the few sports where the country’s athletes perform well at the highest levels. Lee’s unsuccessful attempts to capture Malaysia’s first ever Olympic gold medal at three consecutive editions of the Games were followed avidly back home, as was his long-running rivalry with Chinese superstar Lin Dan.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum US Open champion Osaka reaches Pan Pacific Open final Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title But the illness will nevertheless be a devastating blow for the 35-year-old, coming after he clawed his way back up the rankings following a doping ban to play some of the best badminton of his life.Speculation had been swirling about his health since he stopped turning up for training in July, and the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) announced that he was pulling out of the World Championships and Asian Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSubsequent reports said the three-time Olympic silver medalist had traveled to Taiwan for treatment but officials remained tight-lipped about what he was suffering from.In a statement Saturday, BAM president Norza Zakaria said “that the player has been diagnosed with early-stage nose cancer. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia hits a return against Kento Momota of Japan during their men singles semi-final match at the Indonesia Open badminton tournament in Jakarta on July 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / BAY ISMOYOMalaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei has early-stage nose cancer and is being treated in Taiwan, sports officials said Saturday, after weeks of speculation about his health.The country’s most successful Olympian ever, who enjoys superstar status in his homeland, was responding well to treatment, they said. ADVERTISEMENT His last shot at Olympic gold at Rio 2016 ended in failure when the Malaysian lost out to China’s Chen Long in a nail-biting final.Lee, currently ranked number four in the world, had said Rio would be his last Olympics.Lee had fought his way back to the top of the rankings after returning from a doping ban in 2015. He tested positive for a forbidden anti-inflammatory drug at the 2014 world championships and many feared it would end his career, but he bounced back strongly.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

$30B could have gone into restructuring sugar industry

first_imgDear Editor,The greatest enigma Guyanese have experienced is the way forward for the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) – to close the estates, to diversify, to make all viable and then sell some, and to downsize and to ‘upsize’. Even the sugar workers who were dismissed are being fed with euphemistic epithets to give them some mental reprieve.We were told in February this year that $10-15 billion is needed to open the closed estates and then sell them to fetch a ‘good’ price and then a week later we were told that $30 billion is needed ‘to provide much capital injection, support infrastructure maintenance, and upgrades at Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt’.There are so many variations, combinations and permutations that Guyanese are perplexed and in a quandary as to what actually is the fate of GuySuCo and those who depends on it. The $15 billion loan was supposed to be finalised in March this year but that did not come to pass. However, what is more mysterious is the fact that although the $30 billion loan did materialise, it is just apparently sitting in the bank accumulating interest which will cost us US$40 million. It was supposed to be utilised for capital injection and infrastructure maintenance and other upgrades. This apparently did not happen, since the starting of the second crop was postponed because of impassable dams. The Special Purpose Unit (SPU) had the entire out-of-crop period to fix the dams but they did not and it is evident that any amount of rainfall will surely affect the achievement of this crop’s target. This is what happened in the first crop this year. If the SPU is so short-sighted as to not fix the dams, it makes us wonder how they are going to make GuySuCo viable.In fact, during the out of crop period, I saw a backbreaking exercise at one of the estates where tractor and bell loader operators have to break concrete columns to fill holes at the back-dam. It just goes to show the ingenuity the estate managers must employ to get the crop started whilst the SPU is sitting on the $30 billion loan oblivious of the struggles faced by management.However, apart from the harsh economic realities which the dismissed sugar workers have to grapple with, the depressed state of the communities affected and the overall economic decline, the embarrassingly short-sighted and dumb decision to close the Skeldon Estate is now affecting the profit-making Skeldon Energy Company Incorporated (SECI) which despite millions being spent to get it in operation, there is not enough biomass to generate power. When the Estate was in operation, the source was the bagasse from sugarcane production but with the closure of the Estate and the downsizing of sugar production, this cannot be realised. In addition, though a meeting was held earlier this year to source wood, cone husk and rice straw to be substitutes, this is yet to be realised. The former President of the Central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce, Mohamed Raffik had bluntly said ‘it is not possible’ and it seems that his prophecy is being fulfilled. Therefore, we can expect to have frequent blackouts since the back-up from the Skeldon Energy Company Incorporated (SECI) to the Guyana Power and Light grid will be unavailable.The coalition Government, when in Opposition had lambasted the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government for the subsidising of GuySuCo to keep it afloat, to inject much needed capital and to support infrastructure maintenance. During the period of 2011 to 2015, the PPP injected $26 billion dollars with all the estates in operation with no job loss.On the other hand the coalition Government in less than three years injected more than $32 billion, and managed to close three estates, dismiss 7000 workers and could only manage to produce just over 100,000 tonnes of sugar. Now another $30 billion is needed to make the estates viable. It makes me wonder if this coalition Government will ever make GuySuCo viable or the $30 billion loan is just another victim of the gross mismanagement and squandermania we have witnessed during the past three years!I am in total agreement with the Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo that the $30 billion could have gone into restructuring the industry, while keeping all of the estates open and GuySuCo’s workforce employed and engaged.Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region Sixlast_img read more

Two people arrested after high speed chase

first_imgOn September 3, shortly after 7 p.m., members of the RCMP’s Peace Region Traffic Services started a pursuit of a black pick-up truck.  The truck was traveling in excess of 160 km/h on Highway 97 north of Dawson Creek.As the suspect vehicle entered Dawson Creek city limits, detachment members initiated a series of road blocks to prevent the pursuit from entering busy streets.The 19 year-old male driver abandoned the truck in the parking lot of the Ramada Inn and fled on foot with is 16 year-old female passenger.- Advertisement -Both were arrested with help from eye witnesses in the area.  The driver will have a bail hearing before a Justice of the Peace on September 4.  He is charged with a variety of offences which include dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, flight from police, assault with a weapon and possession.The RCMP would like to thank those who assisted in locating the suspects.  If members of the public have any more information about this event, they can contact North Peace Traffic Services at 250-787-8100.Advertisementlast_img read more

BFA Independence Cup winners receive prizes

first_imgGuyana Football Federation (GFF) President Wayne Forde recently presented cheques to the amount of $225,000 to first, second and third-placed winners of the recently-concluded GFF–Bartica Football Association (BFA) Independence Cup Football Tournament.GFF President Wayne Forde handing over the winning cheque to Mil Ballers United’s Shaquille HopkinsIn a tournament that was conducted from May 13 to June 27, Mil Ballers United were crowned champions while Lazio FC came in second in the final, which was played at the Bartica Secondary School Ground. Rivers View FC placed third.The presentation was made to Shaquille Hopkins of Mil Ballers FC, Sherwin Da Silva of Lazio FC and Mark Ambrose on behalf of Rivers View FC during a visit to Bartica on the weekend of June 30. The winning team pocketed $100,000, the second-place team received $75,000 and $50,000 was given to the third-placed team.In brief remarks to the recipients, Forde stated that he was pleased with the efforts made by the BFA to rebuild football in Bartica: “I am very happy with the efforts being made by Bartica to reignite the passion for the game and equally encouraged by the support of the fans. This is one simple step in rebuilding Bartica’s reputation for producing excellent national footballers.”The tournament was sponsored by the GFF, organised by the BFA and saw eight teams competing in two groups under a round-robin knockout format. Group A consisted of Beacons, Mil Ballers, Wolves United and Strikers while Group B was made up of Lazio, Potaro Strikers, Rising Stars, and Rivers View.last_img read more

Red Wings shoot down tired Ducks

first_img“We’ve got to be happy we got a point, but at the same time, I don’t think we played nearly as good as we have to,” Bertuzzi said. Bryzgalov made 40 saves, playing for injured goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere. “We only played 10 to 15 minutes of the kind of hockey we need to play to win, but our goalie gave us a chance,” Carlyle said. After the Ducks eliminated the Red Wings in six games and beat the Ottawa Senators in five for the franchise’s first Stanley Cup, the Ducks signed two players away from Detroit in July with two-year deals: Bertuzzi and sharp-shooting defenseman Mathieu Schneider. Bertuzzi showed Detroit, which only wanted to give him a one-year contract, that he still can produce after being limited by a back injury last season. The 6-foot-3, 231-pound forward scored from the slot and assisted on Ryan Getzlaf’s goal. “He’s going to be a huge factor, being healthy and playing a physical game,” teammate Corey Perry said. The Ducks will have to wait a couple of weeks for Schneider to contribute because he’s out with an ankle injury. Giguere is day to day after having hernia surgery. “He’s starting to take shots now, but we really don’t have a timetable,” Carlyle said. Both goaltenders started strong in the shootout, turning away the first two shots they faced. Hudler, who is being asked to play a larger role, scored on Detroit’s third attempt in the shootout. “It’s always a little bit of pressure,” he said. “I’m glad it went in.” Hasek then sealed the victory by stopping Perry. The Ducks were without some of their key players because of injuries, but also are missing defenseman Scott Niedermayer and forward Teemu Selanne. Both are deciding whether they want to play or retire.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We seemed to be very taxed in a lot of ways from the standpoint of moving our feet,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said of a 3-2 shootout loss Wednesday to Detroit in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference finals. Detroit’s Jiri Hudler, a 23-year-old forward, scored the only shootout goal. Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek, who stopped just 15 shots in regulation, was sharp enough to turn away each of the Ducks’ three attempts in the shootout to seal the win in Detroit’s opener. Todd Bertuzzi scored and set up a go-ahead goal late in the second period for the Ducks against his former team, but the Red Wings tied it at 2-2 early in the third. Tomas Holmstrom’s goal came off a cross-crease assist from Henrik Zetterberg, who had scored midway through the first period. Detroit had an extra skater midway through the third period, was on the power play for the final 30seconds of regulation and early in overtime, but couldn’t get a shot past Ilya Bryzgalov. NHL: Flight taking its toll as sluggish Anaheim falls via shootout, 3-2. By The Associated Press DETROIT – The defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks seemed to be hurting physically and perhaps mentally from a travel-heavy start to their season. The Ducks opened the season in England, where they split two games with the Kings, and will play at Columbus and Pittsburgh later this week before facing Boston on Oct. 10 in their home opener. last_img read more

DDTV: Win a house in St Eunan’s GAA club’s ‘super draw’!

first_imgSt Eunan’s GAA club are offering the chance to win a €155,000 house for just €100!The three-bedroom semi-detached home is in the Rann Mór Meadow development.St Eunan’s GAA club hope to raise enough in the draw to help construct a new all-weather 4G floodlit pitch at the club’s O’Donnell Park home. The draw takes place on Easter Sunday, April 16, and tickets costing €100 are available from club members. DDTV: Win a house in St Eunan’s GAA club’s ‘super draw’! was last modified: February 7th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyRann Mor MeadowSt Eunanslast_img read more


first_imgSUBLIME PUTTING STROKE PROPELS O’REILLY TO VICTORY.An unbelievable putting display from Edward O’Reilly resulted in him going home with the Brian Gilfedder sponsored Christmas Hamper. The juvenile section of the club is very thankful to Brian Gilfedder for his generous sponsorship. Our juveniles enjoyed a great morning on Saturday last with Club President Derek Curtis presenting the prizes. Nobody went home empty handed. Patrick Page finished Runner-up on a break of tie from 3 others. It was all very tight with little between 1st and last. Competitions continue every Saturday at 9 subject to weather conditions.5th Dec Open Stableford 1st Joe Terry 39pts.2nd Paul Barrett 38pts.BotGross Donal Boyle 37pts.3rd Charles Roarty Jnr 38pts. 1st 9 Stephen Melly 21pts.2nd 9 Charlie McLaughlin 22pts.Css 37pts.Fri 7th Dec. 14 Hole OpenNiel McGinley Sat 8th Dec 4BBB1st Joe Coyle/Darragh McMenamin 40pts.bot2nd Don Sheridan/Kevin James 40pts.3rd Cornie McMullan/Jimmy Keenan Css n/aSun 9th Dec Gents Club Stableford1st Daniel McColgan 42pts.2nd James Connors 39pts.Gross Cathal McMonagle 29pts3rd Joe Terry 37pts.Css 37pts.GOLF NEWS: DUNFANAGHY CLUB NOTES was last modified: December 11th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DUNFANAGHY GOLF CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

Transfer news: Watford linked with move for Inter Milan defender

first_img How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Most Popular Premier League Stories Ranocchia has already had a taste of Premier League football having played 16 times for Hull during a loan move in the 2016/17 season. TOP WORK huge blow latest 1 tense And now TMW has suggested that Inter have not initiated contact with Rannochia’s representatives about extending his stay at the club.That could come as a transfer boost for Watford, who have been linked with a move for the Italian in recent months.And they could attempt to land a cut-price deal when the January transfer window opens or wait until the summer when they could snap him up for nothing. Andrea Ranocchia celebrates scoring for Inter Milan at the end of last season. revealed SORRY Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City predicted center_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury whoops Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update gameday cracker Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Watford could move for ex-Hull City centre-back Andrea Ranocchia after it emerged Inter Milan are yet to offer him a new deal.The 30-year-old is out of contract at the San Siro at the end of the season, when he will be able to walk away as a free agent. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 changes last_img read more

Foster system may lose funds without reform

first_imgWithout financing reforms, states could lose more than $600 million to help abused children, officials testified Monday at a legislative hearing on California’s foster-care system. Rob Geen, director of the Child Welfare Research Program at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., testified that California’s $4.7 billion child protective system receives a disproportionate amount of federal funds compared to other states. As a result, Geen said the budget reconciliation bill before Congress would cut more than $600 million over five years and proposed Medicaid changes may limit the use of these funds for foster children. “Without reform, it appears that states will lose access to federal funds for child welfare services,” Geen testified. “California should be an active participant in federal child welfare financing reform discussions (next year).” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Geen spoke at the first hearing of the California Select Committee on Foster Care held at the state Junipero Building in downtown Los Angeles. The committee is chaired by Assemblywoman Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, who said she plans to make reforming of the state’s dysfunctional foster care system the focus of her tenure in office. The committee plans to look at changing how the system is funded to free up more of the money to help keep families together. The committee also plans to look at ways to better support relatives who care for abused children in the system, better address the needs of teens who age out of the system and improve court oversight. In February 2004, David Sanders, director of Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services, asked the federal government for permission to use $300 million of its $1.3 billion budget on services to help keep families together. But negotiations between the state and federal government have bogged down. The request followed DCFS admissions in a series of Daily News stories in 2003 that half of the children in the system had been unnecessarily taken from their families and placed in more dangerous environments because of financial incentives in state and federal laws. Sanders testified the DCFS has since sent thousands of children safely home, but those improvements are in jeopardy without the flexibility to use funds on services to help families be successful in safely raising their children. “We have 30 percent fewer children in foster care than in 2002, children spend, on average, 30 percent shorter time in foster care and we have experienced a 30 percent reduction in abuse of children in (foster care),” Sanders said. “However, given the current funding streams and fiscal climate, we will have difficulty continuing these gains.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more