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Year to go to Tokyo Games, with costs, ticket demand rising

first_img1 forecast shows US topping medal table at Tokyo Olympics MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Exact costs — what are and are not Olympic expenses — are difficult to sort out. But Tokyo is spending about $20 billion to get ready, 70% of which is taxpayer money.IOC President Thomas Bach has repeatedly called Tokyo’s preparations “the best” in history. But there have been glitches and links to corruption.A group of anti-Olympic activists, many from outside Japan, has held small protests and other events in the last few days under the Japanese title “Hangorin no Kai’ — roughly No Olympics. They question Olympic spending and have raised local housing and environmental issues.Tsunekazu Takeda, the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee , was forced to resign this year when he was implicated in a vote-buying scheme to land the games. He has denied wrongdoing, but acknowledged he signed off on about $2 million that French investigators allege went to buy votes of some IOC members.The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics are implicated the same kind of vote-buying bribery.Tokyo organizers were also forced to redesign their logo when the original draft faced charges of plagiarism, and an international labor union has alleged work-safety violations at Olympic venues, largely regarding migrant labor.A futuristic design for the new stadium by the-late British architect Zaha Hadid was scrapped when costs soared to $2 billion. Japanese architect Kengo Kuma was chosen instead with a design focused on wood lattice and greenery that will be finished by the end of the year.Baade says the games have reached an “inflection point,” with cities realizing short-term benefits are scant and long-term payoffs unclear.“There are fewer cities and nations wiling to compete in this international auction of the games,” he said. “And, in absence of this, the IOC,” is not going to be able to wring the kind of concessions from potential host cities that they did before.” Tokyo’s 1964 Olympics showcased bullet trains, futuristic designs and a new expressway, underlining Japan’s recovery following World War II. Those games were the first seen worldwide by early satellites, sending the Olympics into a new era.Japan’s capital has less to prove this time when the games open July 24, 2020. Many of the venues are completed, Tokyo has abundant infrastructure and Japan is a byword for know-how. There are, however, other matters: Expected heat (though this summer has been wet and mild), traffic and subway congestion, costs, earthquake preparedness and ticket scarcity.AdChoices广告FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsTicket demand by Japan residents alone is reported to be at least 10 times the supply. Abroad, prices are sure to soar on secondary ticket markets.Organizers have shattered records for local sponsorship revenue, which has passed $3 billion — about three times more than any previous Olympics. The main driver has been Japan’s giant advertising and marketing company Dentsu Inc., the exclusive marketing agency for Tokyo. “The fact that the talk is so much about not being able to get tickets,” Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said a few days ago, “is a symbol, a representation of the enthusiasm and expectations that a lot of people have toward the games.”Tokyo doesn’t need the Olympics to build infrastructure. It has some of the world’s best. Pressed to justify spending billions on the games, Koike described the Olympics and Paralympics as an “accelerator” to get more things done, even if evidence overwhelmingly shows that working on Olympic deadlines drives up costs.Sports economist Robert Baade, who teaches at Lake Forest College outside Chicago and has researched the Olympics, says the games are “about marketing and branding. The most important part from a commercial standpoint is the opening and closing ceremony. Sport is the subtext.”Tokyo is building eight venues. The other 35 are defined as “temporary” or older buildings being reused, which organizers say has saved billions. But even existing venues need renovation. The centerpiece is the $1.25 billion National Stadium, which will open at the end of the year, and the Olympic Village for more than 10,000 athletes on the edge of Tokyo Bay.Tokyo will showcase four new sports — karate, skateboarding, sports climbing, surfing. A fifth — baseball and softball — is returning after being dropped following the 2008 Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Benefits of township living Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Former Japanese Olympic gymnast Kotono Tanaka performs as a “1-Year to Go” banner hangs outside the Ariake Gymnastics Center, Monday, July 22, 2019, in Tokyo. Despite scandals, rising costs and doubts about the economic payoff, the Tokyo Olympics will be a must-see event — if you can find a ticket or a hotel room — when they open in a year. Tokyo was supposed to be a “safe pair of hands” after Rio de Janeiro’s corruption and near-meltdown three years ago. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)TOKYO — The countdown for the Tokyo Olympics has hit 365 days.To mark the year-to-go mark, the gold, silver and bronze Olympic medals are to be unveiled Wednesday as part of daylong ceremonies around the Japanese capital.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Divisionlast_img read more

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GECOM must strengthen laws to stop electoral fraud

first_imgDear Editor,Electoral fraud is the illegal interference with the process of an election. It can occur at any stage of the electoral cycle, sometimes even in the pre-electoral stages, where some Governments interfere with the planning process of the elections.In a narrow election, a small amount of fraud may be enough to change the election results. Even if the outcome is not affected, the revelation of fraud can have a damaging effect if not punished, as it can reduce voters’ confidence in democracy.At a recent press conference, the General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party, Bharrat Jagdeo, emphasised the importance of strengthening electoral laws to prevent electoral fraud from political parties and GECOM. The deterrence of such practices can be achieved through consistent and effective prosecution. Elections can help despots shore up their grip on power.Holding flawed polls can enable embattled Governments to secure access to valuable economic resources, like foreign aid, oil deals etc. While the APNU/AFC Coalition Government appear to be in their death throes, they would use the ballot box to re-establish their political dominance. That is when the facade of democracy is going to be turned into a tool of oppression to satisfy this Government.As Guyanese, we cannot allow the Government and GECOM to undermine the ideals of democracy and turn elections into empty rituals wherein the Government always win, as was evident before 1992, the PNC era of rigged elections in Guyana.As the electorate, we must insist that the APNU/AFC Government, the Opposition, and GECOM move immediately to ensure that electoral laws are being strengthened and implemented, so that persons in the electoral cycles must be held accountable for any electoral fraud in Guyana.The fiasco of Lowenfield’s disappearance recently, the Returning Officers’ disappearance, fake statements of poll etc, must never recur.Sincerely,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

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GGDMA makes request for review of taxes

first_imgBudget 2018Ahead of Budget 2018, the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) has made a request to have Government review the current tax system for miners with the hope that this could be somehow restructured to lessen the financial burden on all miners, whether small or large.This is not something new as the GGDMA has, over the past year, been lobbying the Government on numerous tax issues, including the tributor’s tax, tax rate and outcomes. However, they were never able to get anywhere with this request, but hopefully this could change.At the GGDMA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Friday, it was revealed that submissions were made to Finance Minister Winston Jordan on September 20, 2017. This was followed by a meeting with the Minister and team on Thursday, September 28, 2017.Subsequently, a letter of justification, along with an analysis, was sent to the Minister on October 10, 2017 as to why the gold and diamond mining sector should be treated differently than the other sectors when it comes to taxes. While discussions are ongoing, the GGDMA hopes to have a favourable response.On February 1, 2017, tributors or persons engaged in the gold or diamond mining industry who are rewarded for their labour under the tribute system, which includes persons engaged in the site operation became subject to a 20 per cent withholding tax, instead of 10 per cent which was previously deducted.The 20 per cent withholding tax, in addition to the additional filing of income tax at the end of the year, the mandate to keep daily records of all transactions or face sanctions for failing to do so and other outlined changes did not sit well with the members of the mining industry, hence the submission.Meanwhile, members of the GGDMA were also told that the Association was able to negotiate a better package for all miners, whether they be small, medium, or large. This happened after lengthy negotiations with the Guyana Gold Board (GCB) on a new fee structure.A processing fee of $1300 per ounce from one ounce and up to and including 100 ounces will be charged, while a processing fee of $1400 per ounce for every ounce starting from 101 ounces up to 200 ounces.Therefore, a downward sliding scale of $1300 per ounce from 201 ounces to 300 ounces; and then $1200 per ounce for all additional ounces between 301 ounces and 500 ounces will be charged.There will also be a ceiling or maximum of $400,000 for all sales up to 1000 ounces and for sales greater than 1000 ounces, the processing fee will be $400 per ounce, for every ounce above 1000 ounces.Gold Board processing feeFollowing the announcement by the GGB made on Friday, June 23, 2017, that all miners/dealers selling gold to the GGB will be charged a processing fee of $4000 per ounce of gold, this was immediately rejected by the GGDMA in a number of media statements, since miners/dealers were only paying a processing fee of $1000 per ounce of gold. This $3000 proposed increase by the GGB was strongly opposed at all levels by the GGDMA.It was revealed at the AGM that the Association met with Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and the GGB on this matter to represent the miners’ interest. This meeting was held on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at the Natural Resources Ministry. Coming out of this meeting, the Minister had proposed a processing fee of $3000. The GGDMA again felt that this was too much for the miners to bear and rejected that amount.However, the GGDMA would have received a letter from the Natural Resources Minister that the new processing fee was $2500 and would take effect on September 1, 2017. This new fee, however, did not go down well with the GGDMA and miners as a whole, since the GGDMA Secretariat would have received many complaints and grievances on this matter.At a meeting on September 7, 2017 with the Minister in the presence of the Chairman of the GGB, members were reminded that the GGDMA again lobbied hard to the Government, sharing the plight of miners and the burdensome effect the increase was having on them. The Minister and the Chairman of the Gold Board after hearing the arguments did give a commitment to review the processing fee.last_img read more

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FIA Safety Delegate inspects Safari routes

first_img“Work continues and her proposed changes to make the circuit more competitive and safe will be implemented in readiness for the 2019 Safari Rally between July 5 and 7 this year,” Phineas Kimathi, the CEO of the WRC Safari Rally Project confirmed to her.The circuit, according to its designer Anthony Gatei who is also the Service Park Manager, will have parallel routes for drivers to race side by side. An inter-change and pavilion will be added, and tight corners banked with soil for safety purposes.Mouton, third in 1983 Marlboro Safari Rally, and chairperson of Women in Motorsport Commission of the FIA, was in Naivasha area on Tuesday.Michelle Mouton takes a break to catch up with locals at the Equator in Nakuru as she continued to inspected the proposed 2019 WRC Candidate Event Safari Rally.She was driven through the proposed Kedong section in a private land by Kimathi, the 1999 WRC Safari Rally F2 champion.She said the route was perfect but could be improved to make it tougher for drivers with safety in mind. The section is a mixture of straights, sweeping corners and valleys on the foot of the scenic Mount Longonot, a truly African savannah setting.Later she inspected the Soysambu section and on Wednesday ventured into Nakuru and Baringo counties accompanied by FIA liaison Surinder Thatthi, route designers Nazir Yakub and Anwar Sidi who noted all her concerns and proposals. Safety Officer Norris Ongalo and Gatei were also part of the team. She also inspected proposed spectator sections.She said her desire and that of the world is to see the Safari Rally as a true test of man and machine. Although a WRC Safari will be shortened to around 500km spread over three days, it must remain hard work for the current crop of sprinters who are so evenly matched that in some events they are separated by milli seconds.Michelle Mouton takes a break to catch up with locals at the Equator in Nakuru as she continued to inspected the proposed 2019 WRC Candidate Event Safari Rally.Mouton was on Monday hosted to a dinner by the Cabinet Secretary for Sports and Heritage Amina Mohamed.She said she was happy to be in Kenya, a country she holds very dearly.“Sure, Africa deserved a round of the World Rally Championship and wished Kenyan organizers good luck in their endeavor, however, FIA conditions must be met,” she noted.Mohamed said the government has and will continue to support the Safari Rally project as the event is very dear to the Kenyan people.She added that either by fate or destiny she has come to the sports ministry at a time of the Safari revival and is happy to be part of this grand project.Mouton will be back again in Kenya before the Safari and will drive the safety car in the entire route before the start of each section to ascertain safety of all concerned.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares00002019 Safari Rally will be a WRC Candidate Event.NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 11 – The FIA Safety Delegate Michelle Mouton, continues to evaluate the proposed routes of the 2019 World Rally Championship (WRC) Candidate event Safari Rally in various parts of the country.Mouton arrived in Kenya on Friday last week and drove through the Super Special Stage at Kasarani Stadium on Monday, describing the 4.5km circuit as good with “possibilities of hosting a World Rally Championship event.”last_img read more

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PRRD conducting design study for two regional parks

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Peace River Regional District is going to be conducting a design study into two regional parks after gathering feedback from residents over the summer.The PRRD is conducting the study for both the Blackfoot and Montney Centennial Regional Parks to understand what’s working well, where improvements are needed, and what additions could make the parks better.Blackfoot Regional Park is about 75 km east of Fort St. John and 51 km north of Dawson Creek on the south side of the Peace River. Montney Centennial Regional Park is about 35 km northwest of Fort St. John on the northeast side of Charlie Lake.- Advertisement -The Regional District will be setting up a Regional Parks Study booth at the World U17 Hockey Challenge from November 5th – 11th at both the Encana Events Centre and the North Peace Arena. For those not attending any games, there will also be a series of public meetings taking place November 14th — 16th.The PRRD said that it will select and refine preferred concept plans along with recommendations to guide future operation, development, and management of these two parks for the rest of this year, and want everyone in the community to share their feedback.For more information, visit the PRRD’s Regional Park Design Study website.Advertisementlast_img read more

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No contest pleas in shooting

first_imgLANCASTER – Two reputed gang members accused in the shooting of a man outside a downtown house entered pleas to lesser charges and were sent to prison after the victim changed his account, officials said. Kyle Stowers, 20, and Davione Johnson, 19, both of Lancaster, pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon in exchange for prosecutors agreeing to dismiss charges that they attempted to murder victim David Mason Sr. “My client would have faced 44 years to life if convicted at trial. That’s a huge amount of time to do if you don’t win,” said Johnson’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Fred Gagliardini. Stowers was sentenced last week to 11 years and eight months in prison; Johnson was sentenced to eight years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAt the time of the Dec. 30, 2004 shooting, Stowers was on probation for a notorious November 2003 beating on Cedar Avenue in which gang members beat a man who honked his horn at them while picking up his children from Lancaster Christian School. The gang members, who had been standing in the school driveway, kicked the man’s car, then knocked him down and kicked him when he got out, officials said. After the shooting, which occurred outside another Cedar Avenue address, Mason told authorities that he was shot when he intervened in a late-night argument between his two sons and the defendants, according to prosecutors. Johnson pulled out a gun and handed it to Stowers, who shot the father in the chest and the back, prosecutors had said. Before the trial’s opening statements, the prosecutor informed defense attorneys that the victim had changed his story, and said he punched Johnson in the face and knocked him to the ground before he was shot. “The reason that the offer came down the way it did was the alleged victim came and made a different statement as to what transpired than what he originally testified to at the preliminary hearing,” Gagliardini said. Mason, in his second account, said he observed from a distance of about a “house-length away” an argument between Johnson and one of Mason’s sons, Gagliardini said. “Johnson took out a weapon and handed it to Stowers so Johnson could engage in a fistfight with the son. As Mason saw the weapon come out, he started charging the location,” Gagliardini said. “When he got to the location where they were standing, he hit Johnson in the left side of the face, dropping him to ground,” he said. “As he was doing that, he felt the bullets entering him from behind.” Deputy District Attorney Dan Akemon didn’t respond to requests for comment. Stowers’ attorney didn’t return phone calls. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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

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The Warm Up podcast with Max Rushden – Sunday, January 29

first_imgListen to Max Rushden and Barry Glendenning tackle the important – and utterly trivial – sporting matters of the day.Guests include actor Ralph Ineson, while Southampton striker Charlie Austin was next up on the Footballers Are Nice feature.Listen above or, to get the Warm Up with Max Rushden podcast every week, click here and download from the iTunes store for free.last_img

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Gossip: Spurs want £25m winger and Arsenal talking to possible Wenger successor

first_img1 A round-up of the best transfer rumours Here are the rumours that have caught our eye on Sunday morning…Tottenham are ready to offer Crystal Palace £25m for Wilfried Zaha. (The Sun)Arsenal will fight Man United for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann and are prepared to spend £86m on him. (Mail on Sunday)Should they lose Griezmann, Atletico are ready to move for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and are prepared to pay the Chilean forward £220,000-a-week. (Sun on Sunday)Man United are ready to let Wayne Rooney leave for China in the January transfer window. (Sunday Mirror)Arsenal are in advanced talks with Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri about succeeding Arsene Wenger as the club’s manager. (Sunday Express)Liverpool are set to sell Daniel Sturridge in the summer, with manager Jurgen Klopp believed to have lost patience with the striker’s injury problems. (Sunday Mirror)Liverpool want to sign Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes and could make a £22.5m bid with an extra £4m in bonuses. (Sun on Sunday)West Ham have rejected another bid from Marseille from Dimitri Payet, with the Hammers believed to be holding out for £30m. (Sun on Sunday)Leicester will again try and sign Gaston Ramirez from Boro, having already had an offer of £12m for the 26-year-old forward rejected. (Mail on Sunday)The Premier League champions have rejected a £38m bid from Tianjin Quanjian for 28-year-old striker Islam Slimani. (Sky Sports)More from talkSPORT.comCHRIS MARTIN SIGNS NEW DERBY CONTRACT DESPITE BEING ON LOAN AT FULHAMANTONIO CONTE COY ON IVANOVIC AND BEGOVIC FUTURESALL THE PREMIER LEAGUE DONE DEALS SO FAR IN THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOWlast_img read more

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Two motorists injured by out-of-control bus

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system PALMDALE – Two motorists were injured when an Antelope Valley Transit Authority bus driven by a rookie driver went out of control at an intersection, jumped a median and slammed into cars stopped for the traffic signal. Empty except for its driver, the AVTA bus did not straighten out after turning left from eastbound Rancho Vista Boulevard onto northbound 10th Street West, deputies said. Instead the bus kept going in an almost 180-degree turn, plowing through stopped vehicles on the other side of the street until it hit a tree and landscaping adjoining the Antelope Valley Mall, deputies said. Motorist Alicia Smith, 21, of Lancaster, whose 2003 Volkswagen Beetle was stopped among other vehicles when it was hit by the bus, was described as in critical condition when firefighters freed her from the wreckage. But after she was flown by helicopter to Providence Holy Cross Hospital Medical Center, officials said her injuries were not life-threatening.last_img read more

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NEW DEAL! Tottenham starlet Kyle Walker-Peters pens new contract until 2020

first_img Tottenham starlet Kyle Walker-Peters We are delighted to announce that @KyleLPeters has signed a new contract with the Club until 2020. ✍️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/q3J2Qy3f6A— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 23, 2017 Kyle Walker-Peters has signed a new contract with Tottenham which will keep him at the club until 2020, the Premier League side have announced. The 20-year-old has been rewarded with a third new contract in 18 months after his bright first-team breakthrough.Walker-Peters made his senior Spurs debut against Newcastle on the opening day of the season and was named man of the match in the 2-0 win at St James’ Park.“I’m buzzing to sign a new contract with Spurs, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds,” said the youngster.“To make my debut and get three points, get man of the match. I am delighted of course and it just shows that I need to kick on now and it makes me want more of that.“I joined the club as an under-11, so it does make it a lot sweeter being here for so long, growing up in the Tottenham area and supporting the club.”The full-back has been capped by England at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 levels and was part of the team which lifted the Under-20 World Cup in June.Walker-Peters joined Tottenham’s academy in 2013 and was a regular in the club’s Premier League 2 and Youth League sides last season.center_img 1last_img read more

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