first_imgIn this April 8, 2018 photo, the Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium, where ski jump competitions of the Winter Olympics in 1972 took place, is seen in Sapporo, northern Japan. The Japanese city of Sapporo seems to be having second thoughts about bidding for the 2026 Winter Olympics and could focus instead on the 2030 Games. (AP Photo/Ken Moritsugu)TOKYO — The Japanese city of Sapporo seems to be having second thoughts about bidding for the 2026 Winter Olympics and could focus instead on the 2030 Games.Sapporo held the 1972 Winter Olympics and is one of seven cities showing interest in 2026. The International Olympic Committee will decide in October which bids are serious with the winner picked in September of 2019.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “We have to think that now is the time to go back with the Winter Games to a traditional winter sports country,” Bach said recently in Stockholm.Sapporo could also run into stiff competition if it bids for 2030. Lillehammer, Norway, venue for the 1994 Winter Olympics, and 2002 host Salt Lake City have suggested they are interested.Lillehammer is often cited as the best-ever Winter Olympics.Stockholm may be the early favorite. It held the 1912 Olympics, but has never played host to the Winter Olympics.Stockholm officials have said the bid will not face a public referendum, with has killed many bids and could down several this time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ The IOC has tried to reshape its bidding process after six European cities pulled out of possible or official bids for the 2022 Winter Olympics. It was left with proposals from two authoritarian states with Beijing, China, winning narrowly over Almaty, Kazakhstan.Cities interested in the Olympics have balked at soaring costs, a lack of public support expressed in rejected referendums, and expensive venues left to become “white elephants.”Sapporo was praised for the ’72 Olympics, but probably has the odds stacked against it for 2026.Three consecutive Olympics are being staged in Asia — the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, and the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.IOC President Thomas Bach has said the games should return to a classic winter destination — probably in North America or Europe — after forays into non-traditional areas like Pyeongchang and Sochi, Russia, in 2014.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 Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma City forward Collison retiring after 15 seasons Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Akihiro Okumura, a spokesman for the city’s bid promotion department, tells The Associated Press that public opinion polls seem to indicate a preference for 2030.“Sapporo has not made an official decision yet,” he told AP in an email. He said the city and the Japanese Olympic Committee were still mulling all possibilities.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHe said recent opinion polls conducted by local media and the Sapporo chamber of commerce indicated “it might be better for Sapporo to bid for 2030 instead of 2026. This is actually one of the factors we need to consider for the decision.”The other interested cities are: Stockholm, Sweden; Calgary, Canada; Sion, Switzerland; Milan-Turin, Italy; Erzurum, Turkey; Graz, Austria. MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flameslast_img read more

first_imgNo books, chairs or desks: Students in class at the Piata Public School, Bong County, learn under the school’s only teacher and administrator, Mr. Wallee Brown.“The government, in 2018, deleted the names of three teachers from the payroll, because it said the teachers were not qualified, so I am the only one teaching all the subjects,” Mr. Brown, the school’s principal said.A Daily Observer survey conducted recently in Sanoyea District in Bong County has established that most of the public schools are “neglected with students being left to their own devices. It appears as though nobody, not even county authorities, are concerned about the dismal state of affairs of public education in the county.For example, the Piata Public School has only one instructor, Wallee Brown, 61, who is reportedly assigned as the principal and registrar, as well as a classroom teacher providing instruction from the nursery thru the sixth grade classes.“The situation has forced me to inform other pupils that are from 3rd to 6th grades are not to come to school until otherwise announced, but many of them are still forcing themselves to come, because they do not want to sit at home,” Mr. Brown said.Brown, a 1979 graduate of the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI), informed the Daily Observer that the school has enrolled 125 students, but it is currently catering to only 25 due to the “no money syndrome to encourage the students and also the teaching staff,” he said.He said he started from 1980 as a classroom teacher assigned at the school until recently, when he became the principal proper, following the dismissal of the previous principal who, education authorities claimed, was not qualified to teach.“The government, in 2018, deleted the names of three teachers from the payroll, because it said the teachers were not qualified, so I am the only one teaching all the subjects,” Mr. Brown said.The government built the Sanoyea Public School in 1973 to cater to the educational needs of school-going children. The school originally had four assigned teachers.When asked how he manages to coordinate activities of the various classes simultaneously, Mr. Brown said he sometimes requests one of the students to write the notes on the chalk-board, while he is in another class teaching or sometimes he gives the students a class assignment.He added, “sometimes I don’t visit other classes until school is over for that day.”“Looking at my age, the next academic year, I will close down the school, because I alone cannot teach from the nursery to 6th grade,” Mr. Brown said.Brown said the structure now risks total collapse judging from its dilapidated condition, noting, if the building is not renovated before the next school year, many parents may not send their children there.Piata is surrounded by six satellite villages; “a reason that gave rise to the construction of the school to provide education to the children, who are unable to walk hours to Sanoyea Town for school,” Mr. Brown said. According to him, the distance between Piata Town and Sanoyea town is about three hours’ walk.He said he has on several occasions informed the District Education Officer (DEO) Silas Juakollie about the situation at the school, “but the DEO has in return asked me to exercise patience as the Ministry of Education (MoE), and the government partners are doing everything possible to begin the employment of additional teachers.“Our public schools accommodate majority of the poor and, if we well manage the schools, many of the ‘poor people’ will have access to a reasonable level of education that would lead to an increase in the literacy rate,” Mr. Brown concluded.It can be recalled that former President Sirleaf once described the Liberian education system as a “mess” preferring instead to outsource public education to private business interests rather than training more teachers and outfitting public schools with instructional materials including the provision of laboratory and library facilities.The Bridge Project and the sex scandal ridden More Than Me project were at the time touted by Education Minister, George Werner, as successful examples of what outsourcing of public education could achieve. The results of both projects today remain at best questionable as they have failed to deliver the promised dividends.According to UNESCO public spending on education in 2017 accounted for a mere 7.0 percent of the national budget as opposed to the recommended global average of 20 per cent. This represents a rise of 5 percent from a dismal 2 per cent in 2012. This compares unfavorably to the Ivory Coast that spent 18.62 percent of its budget on public education in 2017 or to Guinea which spent 15.769 percent of its budget on public education while Liberia’s other neighbor Sierra Leone spent 19.915 percent of its budget on public education in 2017.From all indications the situation may even regress further given the current economic downslide, while hopes for an upturn in the crisis may not prove tenable, at least in the short term, according to observers.Meanwhile the Finance Ministry has announced a delay in the submission of the national budget. According to Ministry of Finance sources, this delay is because adjustments have to be made which may even require a cut in salaries of civil servants. Budgetary allocations to line ministries are expected to also be reduced. At this stage, it however remains unclear whether or to what extent the proposed cuts will affect the already low allocation to public education.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img…after DPP withdraws manslaughter chargeThe proprietor of Tourist Villa Hotel, who was initially charged with manslaughter for the shooting death of his neighbour, Jason DeFlorimonte, saw the charge being upgraded on Monday to murder.Remanded: Erwin BacchusErwin Bacchus, of Fifth Avenue, Subryanville, was initially charged with manslaughter when he made his first court appearance last month and was released on $1.5 million bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.However, during Monday’s hearing, the manslaughter charge was withdrawn and upgraded to the capital offence of murder.According to presiding Magistrate Judy Latchman, who read the new charge to Bacchus, the withdrawal was based on the recommendations of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) after an investigation into the incident was completed.Bacchus’s Attorney, Nigel Hughes argued that the decision made by the DPP was nothing but an “abuse of power”.In his arguments, Hughes argued that it was the now deceased man who armed himself with a knife and a rolling pin and attacked a handyman who ran for cover inside the accused’s residence.The Attorney said it was at that time that the defendant, who is licensed to carry a firearm, fired two warning shots.Hughes further noted that the now deceased man told his client that he did not care and continued pursuing the handyman.During the ordeal, it is alleged that DeFlorimonte attempted to stab Bacchus with the knife when he (Bacchus) shot him several times about his body.Magistrate Latchman remanded Bacchus to prison.The matter will continue today for a report on the post-mortem examination.Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers informed the court that he was ready for a date for commencement of a Preliminary Inquiry (PI) N in which some 20 witnesses would be called to the witness box. The Magistrate set October 3, 2018 for commencement of the PI.Only recently Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore recused herself from hearing the PI stating that one of the parties involved in the matter approached her concerning the case.Even though she did not disclose whether it was a relative of the victim or the accused that approached her, she noted that she “doesn’t want anyone to tell her how to do her job”.last_img read more

first_imgIllegal aircraft in North RupununiDocuments found in the Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft that was found in the Upper Takutu region last month may have links to Guyana’s South American neighbours Brazil and Colombia.This was revealed by acting Top Cop David Ramnarine, who told reporters on Monday morning that the identification documents found aboard the illegal aircraft belonged to nationals from the two South American countries.“The two passports that were found relate to two persons because their IDs wereActing Top CopDavid Ramnarinealso found there and they corresponded with what was in the passport… One Brazilian and one Colombian national,” he disclosed.However, the acting Top Cop was unable to say who the individuals were that brought the illegal aircraft into Guyana.“I know some collaboration is being done with the Civil Aviation Authority and another agency, but I don’t have the benefit of those details at this point in time… I know a few persons were in custody, and I think one or two brought to CID [Criminal Investigation Department] headquarters and interviewed, questioned and so on, but I will await the outcome of the report,” the acting Police Commissioner said.Three weeks ago, Police ranks in F Division (Interior Locations) went to an area in North Rupununi, where they discovered a 5400 foot x 45 foot airstrip. As they wereThe illegal aircraft that was found last month in Region Nineleaving the site, an aircraft landed and upon seeing the Police approaching, the occupants escaped into the nearby bushes.In addition to the identification documents, several pieces of communication equipment, including cellular phones; flashlights; a quantity of dried rations and medical supplies were found aboard the aircraft.A search of the area unearthed three abandoned camps, in which canned food and other items, were found along with containers of suspected aviation fuel.An inter-agency probe has since been launched, and it was discovered that the aircraft, which initially had a Colombian registration number, was actually registered to Brazil’s third largest bank, Banco Bradesco.However, an official from the Bank said that they do not own any planes, but it is registered to them since the owner may have acquired a loan to purchase it. A mining company named Riwa SA Incorporated Investments and Participants operated the aircraft.Records show that the aircraft was owned by 11 companies in the past 27 years.Ramnarine said investigators were expected to wrap up the probe within the coming days.“At this point in time, our investigators are wrapping up that report. They’ve spent some time, a better part of a week and a half, in that area; a number of persons were interviewed, a number of leads were pursued.“At this point in time, based on the advice given to me by the Crime Chief just yesterday (Sunday), in a matter of a few days’ time, we’re wrapping up that report and we will send to the relevant authorities, including the legal advisor if necessary,” he stated.The discovery of the plane has raised concerns within Government, and during a recent visit to the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Base Camp Kanuku, located at the border town of Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), Commander-in-Chief, Brigadier (rtd) David Granger told army officers to be vigilant at the country’s borders. He also called on various stakeholders in the Region to work together to protect the borders against intruders.last_img read more

first_imgThe system maintains higher wages and better benefits for veteran workers, while new employees have a lower pay scale and take longer to qualify for health care coverage. The union wants to eliminate the two-tier system, raise wages and improve the benefits package. Its leaders note that Gelson’s and Stater Bros. recently eliminated the two-tier system. Ralphs worker Chris Zazueta, 42, said employees haven’t gotten a raise in five years and are facing rising health care costs. “We know what their profits are and we know they can afford a decent contract,” said Zazueta, who works in Sherman Oaks. “Why not cut down the bonuses for company executives?” kerry.cavanaugh (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hoping to increase pressure on three major supermarket chains, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor voted Monday to boycott the stores and aid grocery workers if they decide to strike. Approved by representatives of 300 local unions, the strike sanction means organized labor will help organize picket lines, demonstrations and food drives for United Food and Commercial Workers locked out of Vons, Albertsons and Ralphs stores. “No longer will we tolerate companies, who in their race to make more profits, are destroying what once made this city great: a strong middle class,” said Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of County Fed. “In the event that grocery workers choose to call a strike at Vons, Albertsons or Ralphs, those workers will have the full support of the Los Angeles labor movement.” A spokeswoman for the supermarkets said it’s common for a union to seek a strike sanction after its members authorize a strike, as Albertsons workers did in March. “This action will have no impact on our continued commitment to the negotiation process and to achieving a peaceful contract settlement,” Adena Tessler said. An extension of the contract between the stores and the union expired at 11:59 p.m. Monday, and the agreement is automatically being renewed on a day-to-day basis. Either side can cancel the contract with 72 hours’ notice. While a strike is uncertain – the two sides are expected back at the negotiating table next Monday – there is lingering concern that there could be a repeat of the 139-day strike three years ago. That job action cost the chains an estimated $2 billion and resulted in a two-tier contract that is the main point of contention in the current negotiations. last_img read more

first_imgIt would also help reduce the amount of bottles, cans and other debris left by those who drink in public, Weldon said. City officials said along with the ordinance the department also helps the city’s homeless population get into programs and off the streets. “The first thing we do is try and help those who may be homeless by getting them into local programs but there are always those who do not want to be helped,” Schuster said. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! City Manager James Mussenden said the ordinance is needed to improve the quality of life for residents. “This a policy that will clean up the city and make it a safer place for residents,” Mussenden said. Schuster said the city prohibits consuming alcohol in public, but said it has been hard for Richard Luna, the department’s transient liaison, to enforce. “He would have to actually see them taking a drink in order to enforce that ordinance and that was hard to do,” Schuster said. “This one will give us another angle to go after someone who is just possessing an open container.” El Monte police Chief Ken Weldon said the ordinance is important because public drinking is sometimes a contributing factor in the increase of dangerous behavior and criminal activity. EL MONTE – The city plans to crack down on the homeless drinking alcohol in public. On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously voted to introduce the ordinance which prohibits people from possessing or consuming open alcoholic beverages on public property and in public places. A violation would be a misdemeanor. El Monte police Capt. Steve Schuster said the ordinance is needed because the department regularly receives complaints about transients drinking in public parks, flood-control channels and around businesses near Valley Boulevard. The public drinking ordinance is scheduled to be heard again on May 1. last_img read more

first_imgAccording to organizer Delbert Benterud, about 150 people came to the Montney Hall on Tuesday night to discuss the proposed wind farm for the region at a public meeting.Benterud said that at least 86 surveys were given out, and he ran out of sheets because he was not anticipating so many people.As reported earlier, the project proponent is UK-based Renewable Energy Systems. They have received approval from the Agricultural Land Commission — but not the PRRD.- Advertisement -Benterud said a representative with RES, Patrick Henn, came to the meeting and heard concerns from residents.Now, he is hoping the PRRD will consider community concerns he and other residents have, and discuss this project in upcoming meetings.The big concerns he has were that this project would decrease property values, that they were too tall (exceeding 500 ft in height), and that the project would benefit the UK-based company more than it would.Advertisement The PRRD could not be reached to make a comment.last_img read more

first_imgTo view the FB Event; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Tonight, Friday, August 9th, 2019 is the opening night of A Celebration of Images Captured by Local Artists at the Peace Gallery North.From 7 pm to 9 pm, the public is welcome to the opening reception for ‘Captured’ with live entertainment by Landis Dell playing jazz guitar and catering by the Cultured Cafe. Come meet the Photographers and their works of art.Exhibits include work by;Tammy BoveeSharon GauntVictor IreneDon HoffmanSandra MilnerSteve MilnerAnn MusgroveDiane Watson- Advertisement -Eight photographers are featuring their work, with a wide variety of images, there is something for everyone. There will be captures of landscapes and portraits with approximately 60 exhibits to be seen shares Bev Berg, Manager of the Peace Gallery North.The exhibit will be up in the gallery until the end of August.Photographers will have take away items for sale as the exhibit must remain until the end of the show. This will give you an opportunity to see the artists repertoire of art.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgJuventus have expressed their interest in Arsenal and Chelsea target Adrien Rabiot but admit it could be difficult to prise him away from Paris Saint-Germain.talkSPORT told you on Monday that Juve were planning to step up their interest in the young Frenchman and the Serie A champions’ sporting director Beppe Marotta says he is keen on the 19-year-old.“[Rabiot] is an intriguing prospect that we have monitored multiple times. Unfortunately he’s owned by Paris Saint-Germain, I don’t know what else to say,” he is quoted as saying on Arsenal and Chelsea have trailed the classy midfielder, who has less than a year left on his contract at PSG.Meanwhile reports in Italy have indicated that AC Milan have had a formal bid for £7m-rated Rabiot rejected by the French capital club. 1 Juventus have expressed their interest in Arsenal and Chelsea target Adrien Rabiot but admit it could be difficult to prise him away from Paris Saint-Germain last_img read more

first_img New Southampton signing Ryan Bertrand 1 Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand has completed a permanent move to Southampton, the south coast club have confirmed.The 25-year-old left-back has been a hit since arriving at St Mary’s on loan in the summer, making 27 appearances in all competitions for Ronald Koeman’s side.And the Saints announced a surprise deal for the youngster late on deadline day, Bertrand penning a four-and-a-half-year contract for a reported fee of £10million.It marks the full-back’s first permanent move away from Stamford Bridge, having enjoyed seven loan spells since making his breakthrough with the London club.Bertrand was awarded a Champions League winners medal having started in the Blues’ final victory over Bayern Munich in 2012 and made 38 appearances for the side during the following campaign, but found playing time limited following the return on Jose Mourinho as manager.last_img read more