Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic, Paralympic venues in trouble

first_img 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 The metropolitan government now faces little margin for error in managing the situation, as long delays in facility construction are unacceptable due to the period of preparation required for the Games.The Japan News/Asia News NetworkA senior metropolitan government official expressed concern, referring to a scandal that emerged on Oct. 16 in which KYB Corp., a major oil damper maker in Minato Ward, Tokyo, and its subsidiary falsified test data for seismic isolation and vibration control dampers.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 Chriss“With the tight construction schedule, it’s a totally unexpected situation for us,” the official said. “We must immediately take measures to deal with the problem.”A total of 32 dampers that may not meet government standards have already been installed at the Olympic Aquatics Center in Koto Ward, Tokyo, which will host swimming events for the Games. The dampers may need to be replaced if future inspections confirm test data for the devices was fabricated. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Resumption of construction stalledMeanwhile, Ariake Tennis Park in Koto Ward, Tokyo, which will host tennis and wheelchair tennis events, has been affected by the collapse of a contractor overseeing its renovation.M-Tec Co., a Saitama-based construction company, undertook a roughly ¥1.6 billion joint venture project to convert the park into Olympic and Paralympic venues, including the construction of 17 outdoor tennis courts and installation of lighting. It began work on the project in October last year.According to the metropolitan government and others, however, M-Tec filed for bankruptcy protection from creditors under the Civil Rehabilitation Law with the Tokyo District Court on Oct. 1. However, it then went through bankruptcy proceedings as it was unable to find supporting companies. The renovation work has been suspended since Oct. 1.The renovation was initially scheduled to be completed in late July next year. The Japan Open Tennis Championships, an international competition, and the All Japan Tennis Championships are scheduled to be held at the venue in autumn of next year, with the latter billed as a test event for the 2020 Games.“It will become an international problem if those events are affected,” said a Japan Tennis Association official who met with the metropolitan government on Friday. “I asked [the metropolitan government] to absolutely avoid delays [in the renovation work].”The metropolitan government plans to select a new contractor through rebidding and other means, seeking to resume the project as quickly as possible.According to a metropolitan government official, however, work cannot be restarted due to an asset protection order from the Tokyo District Court that bans the removal of construction and other materials from the site.“We want to resume construction as soon as possible, but we’re jammed because there’s no timeline for when the order will be lifted,” a metropolitan government official said. Lee, Cansino lead UST over UE Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Japan News/Asia News NetworkTOKYO — The construction of facilities for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has run into trouble following the emergence of unexpected difficulties this month.The Tokyo metropolitan government is in a bind over how to address the problems, which include the collapse of a contractor renovating a tennis facility and revelations that seismic isolation and vibration control devices for a swimming pool facility may not meet government standards.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img The metropolitan government is urging KYB to conduct safety inspections on the dampers as soon as possible, but the inspection schedule and how to implement the checks have yet to be decided.The metropolitan government plans to conduct its own safety inspections with a third-party organization present.“Even if the maker responsible for the data falsification told us [the dampers] are safe, we can’t trust them,” a senior metropolitan government official said. “We cannot waste even a single day.”Completion of the Olympic Aquatics Center was previously expected to be postponed from an initial date of December 2019 to February 2020 to clean up soil found to be contaminated during construction.Among the metropolitan government’s newly constructed facilities, the Olympic Aquatics Center is set to be the last to be completed. As a result, the metropolitan government and a contractor are discussing how to replace the dampers in question without affecting the completion date.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

After Ebola, we can start getting angry about the buses again

first_imgMy alarm used to go off at 4.50am every morning. I would get up, hurriedly wash and dress and with barely enough time left to prepare breakfast, race out on to the tarmac.No matter how early I left, there were usually already 50 people waiting by the roadside, looking out in the direction of the oncoming traffic, their breath steaming in the morning air. Schoolkids as young as four or five, older children in secondary school and university students, men and women on their way to work, and women on their way to trade their wares in the market. I had to walk about 30 minutes from my home, but others would have journeyed for an hour.Two transport buses would arrive. Shoving and pushing one another, we’d crowd on board. Soon the seats were full; some people stood, others sat in the laps of anyone willing to accommodate them.The buses headed to central Monrovia, Liberia’s capital city. The journey should have taken no more than 15 minutes, but the two-lane road is littered with potholes and so narrow that cars nearly scrape against each other. Heavy traffic sends opportunistic drivers completely off the road and creates a third lane in the dirt path beside it. Most days we sat in traffic for 40 minutes, our clothes smelling of exhaust fumes by the time we arrived.That was all before the Ebola epidemic. The spread of the disease would eventually lead to the closure of schools and businesses and further destabilise Liberia’s small and vulnerable economy. The epidemic would prove what we know but the world was yet to see: that even more fragile than the economy was Liberia’s health sector. We had virtually no ambulances; clinics and hospitals were poorly stocked; nurses and doctors lacked training and experience. Add to that the fact that Liberians knew almost nothing about the disease – at its height, we all thought we would die, and in a matter of months.Ebola put an end to the scramble for the bus. As the disease was spread through human contact we refused to shake hands, share public toilets or touch objects belonging to other people. When walking in a crowd was unavoidable, as it was in the marketplaces, you felt as though death were following you around like a shadow. And you trembled. So instead the early risers got to sleep in and our roads, normally crowded with people awaiting transport, were eerily quiet.Today Ebola has been all but eradicated. The six new cases reported in July have resulted in no deaths and so my attention slowly turns again to my bugbear: our woeful transportation system. I can think again of the hard days the market people have to face as they travel to and from the interior, carrying food and other basic commodities.As schools reopen, the fatigue of students and workers will return as they jostle to get on to buses to get to school and work on time. I will again start to gather with my friends to bemoan government priorities. Top of our list will be the news that the Republic of China has donated 12 sedans and four buses, valued at over $1m, to our government. A welcome gift, except the vehicles are “to be used for protocol purposes”. It’s the way Liberia’s elite cater only to their own needs that frustrates us most. As one stranded market woman said in Kreyol, our vernacular English: “They bluffin round with their big, big cars, but people can’t get one rotting bus to go home sef.”Saah Millimono is a freelance fiction writer and the author of the award-winning novel, Boy, Interrupted. This article was originally published in The Guardian online: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/07/ebola-buses-epidemic-commuteShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Why 49ers Richard Sherman sees this as a gratifying season

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The only member of the 49ers’ season-opening secondary that isn’t on injured reserve is also the one who had the biggest injury concern: cornerback Richard Sherman.He didn’t make the Pro Bowl this week. He isn’t going to the playoffs. He doesn’t have an interception (so far) for the first time in his eight-year career. But Sherman’s transition from the Seattle Seahawks to the 49ers has been a success, both in terms of the veteran leadership he’s brought to a young defense and the …last_img

Send your Budget 2017 tips to Gordhan

first_imgAs Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan prepares to table the country’s annual Budget in Parliament tomorrow, 22 February, ordinary citizens have been asked to share their ideas on how South Africa’s finances should be managed.Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan speaks to members of the press during the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Cape Town on 26 October 2016. (Photo: South African government, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr)Brand South Africa reporterFinance Minister Pravin Gordhan will deliver his seventh budget speech on Wednesday, 22 February at 14:00.The numbers he delivers will impact every citizen, so ordinary South Africans have been asked to share their ideas and tips on the Treasury website.The minister is looking for the people’s views on a range of topics:How to achieve inclusive economic growth in South Africa,How can South Africa make better use of its resources,How different sectors of society can work as one to achieve the country’s economic goals, and;How to achieve free tertiary education.The speech will be broadcast live on DSTV Channel 408, and streamed on Parliament’s YouTube channel.Here’s an overview of last year’s budget:Last year’s Budget Highlights, #Budget2017 preparations underway pic.twitter.com/cqOeTxUinI— #BUDGET2017 (@TreasuryRSA) February 20, 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Milk, vegetables supply further hit in Rajasthan as farmers’ agitation continues

first_imgPrices of vegetables soared amid disruptions in supplies while procurement of milk was also hit in parts of Rajasthan as farmers’ agitation entered the fourth day on Monday.“Jaipur Dairy alone has suffered a loss of nearly ₹1 crore as ‘anti-social elements’ spilled nearly 60,000 litres of milk on roads. Twelve tankers were vandalised. Jaipur Dairy has lodged 8-9 FIRs for damaging and manhandling employees,” Jaipur Dairy chairman Om Prakash Punia told PTI. He said that problems are being witnessed in Sikar, Chomu, Kaladera and parts of Jaipur. Vegetable prices have shot up by 25-30% in Jaipur due to ongoing farmers’ agitation. The prices of vegetables have increased by 25-30% in the last three days because of restricted supply due to the farmers’ agitation, a vegetable vendor at Muhana vegetable market said. Vegetables are supplied in Muhana mandi, Lal Kothi mandi and to other retail markets in the city from areas like Sanganer and Chomu (Jaipur) but farmers are not supplying to the mandis (large wholesale markets), he added. Meanwhile, farmers’ body holding agitation in the State has blamed “anti-social elements” for spilling milk on roads and disrupting milk procurement.Protests have been peaceful and successful. Anti-social elements are behind disrupting milk procurement and spilling it on roads. We have set up milk points for consumers outside city limits for urban population, a core committee member of the Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh said. The 10-day Gaon Bandh (rural shutdown) farmer protest was called ahead of the first anniversary of the death of several farmers in police firing in Mandsaur of Madhya Pradesh, which sections of farmers supported in Rajasthan as well. The protest started on Friday demanding loan waiver, higher prices for their produce and immediate implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report on farming.last_img read more

Computer Lab at Women’s Centre Upgraded

first_imgThe Universal Service Fund (formerly Universal Access Fund) has upgraded the computer laboratory at the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation’s Trafalgar Road headquarters in St. Andrew at a cost of $3.5 million. The lab, which was officially handed over on Monday (January 14) during a brief ceremony, has been outfitted with 20 computers, a server, printer, uninterruptible power supply (UPS), wiring, and other infrastructure. Managing Director of the Fund, Hugh Cross, said the project was “money well spent” and urged the women and girls at the centre to use the resources wisely. He suggested that they seek to further their education by registering for online programmes. Executive Director of the Women’s Centre, Beryl Weir, expressed gratitude for the renovation, which she said, will greatly benefit girls who are preparing for their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations. “We have been challenged over the years, because the computers have not been up to standard,” she said, noting that this factor had often impeded the girls in completing their School-Based Assessment (SBA). She informed that for those who are not computer literate, the intention is to ensure that they complete a basic computer course and be issued with a certificate by the time they leave the facility. The Women’s Centre addresses the problems of interrupted education and the accompanying social issues associated with teenage pregnancy. It focuses on education, training and developmental counselling, thereby improving levels of employment and productivity among the young women, and delaying unwanted pregnancies. Some of the services offered by the centre are: ‘walk-in’ counselling service for women and men; counselling for fathers and parents of teen mothers; skill training for both males and females in the age group 17 to 25; confidential counselling service for children of any age, and group peer counselling sessions at the Kingston Counselling Clinic; and day care facilities for babies of teens and working mothers.last_img read more

Hasina says wanted a strong opposition

first_imgArmed Forces Division congratulates prime minister Sheikh Hasina for her landslide victory in the 11th parliamentary election at her official Ganabhaban residence on Wednesday. Photo: PIDMentioning that her party wanted a strong opposition through the 11th general elections, Awami League president prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the possibility of such an opposition diminishes when a party indulges in nomination trade.”For democracy, a strong opposition is needed. That’s why we wanted that there would be a good opposition, but the possibility to become such an opposition lessens when a party indulges in nomination trade,” she said.The prime minister said this while delivering her speech when a cross-section of people, including Bankers Association of Bangladesh (BAB) and FBCCI, greeted her at her official residence Ganobhaban by presenting bouquets to her for her party’s landslide victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections.She said it was very much regrettable that the attitude of the opposition was peculiar. “The way they gave their nominations was not for participating in the election. They just did business in the name of giving nominations,” she said.Sheikh Hasina mentioned that a person came to the Bangladesh mission in Dubai to submit his nomination paper when the mission officials informed him that he had to submit it to the respective returning officer or through online which made him angry.”The person told the mission officials that he gave so much money in London that they told him he could be able to submit his nomination paper even from Dubai. This is just an incident. There’re more incidents like this,” she said.About the BNP’s nominations to more than one person in most of the seats, the prime minister posed a question, “For what did they give more than nomination in one seat? What type of election will they do who can do this type of incident?”She also said she saw people’s desires for casting their votes in favour of Boat, the electoral symbol of Awami League, in the 11th general election like 1970 and 1973.Talking about the plans of her government in the next five years, Hasina said the people of the country will get homes, education, food, nutrition and treatment. “Their lives will be beautiful and developed, this is my expectations for the coming days,” she said.Expressing her deep gratitude towards the people of the country for keeping their trust and belief in her, the AL chief sought cooperation from all so that she could honour the trust and belief.last_img read more

Police close major Staffordshire road due to incident

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major Staffordshire road is closed this evening due to a ‘police incident’. Watling Street in the Wilnecote area of Tamworth is shut in both directions between the junction with Tamworth Road (the A4091) and Dosthill Road (the A51). Police first said they were dealing with the incident at around 11.50pm tonight (Friday December 21). A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: “Watling Street in Tamworth in Staffordshire is currently closed in both directions between the junctions of A4091 Tamworth Road and the A51 Dosthill Road whilst officers deal with an incident.” The accident is understood to be a serious road accident. Read MoreRoad closed due to accident as police warn motorists to take care due to standing water Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more

Telecom Italia TIM expects the number of subscri

first_imgTelecom Italia (TIM) expects the number of subscribers to its TIMVision on-demand service to triple by 2020, up from 1.3 million on its fixed network at the end of 2017.Amos GenishTIM set the objective as part of its 2020 strategic plan, approved this week by the company’s board.TIM said that convergence and growing demand for content will help it increase its fixed broadband base from 1.8 million to over five million. TIM is also targeting an increase in LTE mobile penetration from 76% to over 95% of its mobile customers base.TIM also foresees a doubling of its fixed-mobile convergent customer base.“These targets will leverage entertainment content made available by important partnership agreements with national and international players, as well as original productions and co-productions,” the company said.Separately, TIM’s board approved a plan to separate the company’s fixed-access network, with a new company taking responsibility for fixed-access services for all operators, including TIM. The board gave CEO Amos Genish the power to notify regulator AGCOM of the change.Arnaud de PuyfontaineThe separation of the fixed network is being undertaken to assuage concerns about Vivendi’s controlling influence on TIM. The Italian government had earlier invoked its ‘golden power’ to intervene in cases where foreign ownership is seen to pose a risk to strategic national assets.TIM’s statement on its 2020 plan made no reference to the aborted plan to create a joint-venture with Canal+ to acquire and commission content to be distributed over TIM’s network, which was seen as a key building block of Vivendi’s attempt to strike a compromise with Mediaset, with which it is engaged in a legal battle over its decision not to honour a 2016 agreement to take over the broadcaster’s pay TV arm.In an interview with Italy’s Il Messagero, Vivendi and TIM president Arnaud de Puyfontaine said that a compromise between the pair would still be useful.De Puyfontaine also told Il Messagero that TIM was continuing to have a constructive dialogue with officials over the separation of the fixed network.last_img read more