Could Tokyo Olympics 2021 be in doubt? Survey shows disgruntlement in Japanese companies

first_img 3 weeks ago Hoge in four-way tie for Wyndham lead after two rounds 3 weeks ago UK’s Princess Anne to mark 70th birthday in low-key fashion SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 21st August, 2020 18:37 IST Last Updated: 21st August, 2020 18:37 IST Could Tokyo Olympics 2021 Be In Doubt? Survey Shows Disgruntlement In Japanese Companies Tokyo Olympics 2021 could be in trouble after a survey conducted by Tokyo Shoko Research showed half of the Japanese companies want it cancelled/postponed again COMMENT WE RECOMMEND 3 weeks ago Events around the UK mark 75th anniversary of VJ Day LIVE TVcenter_img WATCH US LIVE 2 weeks ago National Sports Award’s dignity has to be maintained: Sushil Kumar 2 weeks ago Narsingh Yadav returns to national wrestling as Olympics hopeful after 4-year doping ban Written By Sporting activities worldwide came to a standstill in March due to COVID-19 pandemic with players been forced to put themselves under self-isolation. One major sporting event that received a major setback was the Tokyo Olympics which was earlier scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9 this year.Also Read: Tokyo Olympics 2021 To Cost IOC Additional $800 Million: Thomas BachWhile the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to postpone the Olympics until next year, a recent survey suggests that half of the Japanese companies want the Tokyo Olympics 2021 to be cancelled or postponed again. Back in March, a report emerged claiming that Japan is officially spending close to $12.6 billion to organise the Olympic Games, but a national audit put the figure at more than twice that figure. Also Read: Usain Bolt Net Worth, Records, Personal Life And THAT 9.58 Second FeatTokyo Olympics 2021: A number of Japanese companies want Olympics postponed Japanese news agency kyodo on Thursday reported that in the online survey done by Tokyo Shoko Research, which covered 12,857 companies, 27.8% want the Tokyo Olympics 2021 to be cancelled while 25.8% said the Olympic Games should be postponed again. The report further states that Xinhua has claimed that a combined 53.6% of the responding firms are against holding the Olympic Games from July 23 to August 8, 2021.Also Read: Thom Brennaman Suspended From NFL Broadcasting Team After Using An anti-gay Slur On Air The report further states that the survey, which was conducted between July 28 and August 11, shows that 46.2% want the Olympic Games to go ahead in some way while 22.5 % are in favour of holding the Tokyo Olympics 2021 as planned. Another 18.4% want Tokyo Olympics 2021 to be held but with fewer spectators, while 5.3% want the Olympic Games to be held without any spectators.Also Read: Conor McGregor To Return To UFC? Irish Star Drops Hint On Diaz Rematch Anniversary PostPV Sindhu and Sushil Kumar eye glory at Tokyo Olympics 2021 Back in 2016, when the Olympics were held in Rio, Brazil, Indian badminton star PV Sindhu made the country proud by winning a silver medal in the singles event. Sindhu was all set to fight for a gold medal at this year’s Tokyo Olympics 2021. However, with COVID-19 forcing the Olympic Games to be postponed, PV Sindhu welcomed the move, saying that nothing is more important than human life.On the other hand, Sushil Kumar could be playing in his final Olympic Games and the wrestler will look to sign off in style. The 37-year-old was struggling to make the cut for Tokyo Olympics 2021, however, the postponement of the event due to COVID-19 has only given him another chance to have a shot at winning a medal. Image credits: Olympics/Instagram FOLLOW US Suraj Alva last_img read more

Clippers unveil renderings for their proposed Inglewood arena

first_img Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates At a public practice prior to the start of last season, Ballmer promised those in attendance they’d fall in love with the 2018-19 Clippers – and he was right, judging from the frequency that fans would express their appreciations for Coach Doc Rivers’ group of dogged overachievers.In an interview at that same practice, Ballmer talked about the arena he was promising to build in Inglewood and the multi-pronged motivation behind it.“There’s a lot of reasons,” Ballmer said that evening. “From a basketball perspective, it will help us be more competitive. We’ll play on better nights. We can design the arena to be a little bit more favorable for basketball energy. It’s a good financial opportunity also.”Ballmer – who stepped down as Microsoft’s CEO in 2014 shortly before he bought the Clippers for $2 billion following the league’s ouster of Donald Sterling – plans to privately finance the project.The Inglewood Basketball & Entertainment Complex would house all of the Clippers’ operations, from corporate headquarters to the team’s training facility, according to renderings released Thursday evening. This April, Superior Court Judge Mary H. Strobel ruled in favor of the Uplift Inglewood Coalition, allowing the group’s lawsuit against the project to proceed. The city insists that FAA rules prevent the land from being used for residential purposes, but the activist group alleges that the arena plans violate the California Surplus Land Act, which requires cities to give priority to affordable housing development when selling public land.And this May, District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s Public Integrity Unit concluded that an Inglewood meeting agenda item description, which included only vague information about the project violated the Ralph M. Brown Act. But, in a letter to the city, Lacey wrote that “because the complaint was received after the time limits to remedy the violation, no action will be taken at this time.”Butts, who was seated near the front at Wednesday’s introductory news conference for Leonard and George, has maintained that the Clippers’ arena – like the NFL stadium – will be good for his city.“This proposed Clippers’ basketball arena, corporate headquarters and practice facility, and the open space that will go with it is going to add to the mix of economic enhancements and cultural enhancements to the city of Inglewood,” Butts said in an interview last year.He said the project – which he estimated will result in millions of dollars of otherwise nonexistent property taxes for both the city and the state – would generate in the neighborhood of 3,000-4,000 construction jobs, with a 35 percent local hire goal.“These projects, as long as you negotiate so that local people and businesses benefit, they end up being an economic bonanza in improving the quality of life … it’s exciting, it’s what you’re supposed to be all about when you’re governing.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousA rendering of the plaza entry of the Clippers’ proposed 18,500-seat arena in Inglewood. (Image courtesy of the L.A. Clippers)An aerial view rendering of the Clippers’ proposed 18,500-seat arena in Inglewood. The oval design has a unique exterior of diamond-shaped metal panels inspired by the concept of a basketball swishing through a net. (Image courtesy of the L.A. Clippers) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsA rendering looking south at the Clippers’ proposed 18,500-seat arena in Inglewood. (Image courtesy of the L.A. Clippers)A rendering of the proposed 18,500-seat arena for the Clippers in Inglewood.(Image courtesy of the L.A. Clippers)A rendering of the plaza entry of the Clippers’ proposed 18,500-seat arena in Inglewood. (Image courtesy of the L.A. Clippers)NextShow Caption1 of 4A rendering of the plaza entry of the Clippers’ proposed 18,500-seat arena in Inglewood. (Image courtesy of the L.A. Clippers)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Clippers on Thursday unveiled the first look at their proposed Inglewood arena, an 18,500-seat, $1 billion-dollar project to be paid for by owner Steve Ballmer that the team is confident will begin construction on time in 2021 and open three years later, when their Staples Center lease is up.At a “Playbook” fan event staged at the Wiltern on Thursday evening, Ballmer spoke of the mutual benefits of the plan, adding another shot of joy to an already gleeful week for Clippers devotees.“We’ve been at this for a number of years,” Ballmer said to a group of Inglewood supporters before the event was beginning Thursday, a day after his team introduced its new superstar tandem of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.“We had the pleasure of meeting the mayor (James T. Butts) a couple years ago. I think we really appreciated the opportunity and value of putting our arena in Inglewood. We saw a community and a leader who really wanted, in all the best ways, to do business. In a way that was good for the Inglewood community, but would still allow for us as an enterprise to come in and do business and also be a good community citizen. That’s very, very important to us.”center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory The team currently practices in Playa Vista, has its business office in downtown Los Angeles and plays its games in Staples Center, the venue it has shared with the rival Lakers and NHL’s Kings since it opened in fall of 1999.Renderings indicate the finished site – which is being developed by Wilson Meany – will include parks and educational facilities, restaurants and businesses and an indoor court available to the community. Outside, a giant LED screen would create a viewing area similar to what Toronto has created with its “Jurassic Park” outside Scotiabank Arena.The 900,000-square-foot arena has an exterior that will include solar panels and is designed to symbolize the diamond shapes in a basketball net.Fans will enter the basketball arena’s main concourse with the Clippers’ court 30 feet below ground level. The design calls for upper and lower bowls with the exception of an undivided section of seats behind one of the baskets, where Ballmer wants stands that go from the bottom to the top without any suites or tiers to simulate a college basketball home court-like advantage and feel.One of the facility’s most striking features, intended to highlight the temperate climate of Southern California, is the integration of indoor/outdoor “sky gardens.” These landscaped areas for food and beverage will be accessible from every concourse level.In 2017, the Clippers and Inglewood officially entered into a three-year exclusive negotiating agreement to build an arena, a practice facility and team headquarters on a mostly vacant 22-acre plot located at the southeast corner of Century Boulevard and Prairie Avenue.The Clippers aim to join a wave of development transforming Inglewood into a destination for sports and entertainment, coming on the heels of the $4 billion NFL stadium that will house the Rams and Chargers beginning in 2020. The proposed complex would sit across the street from the football stadium.The Clippers’ project is set to benefit from Assembly Bill 987, put forward last year by assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-Los Angeles). After some modifications, the bill passed in a landslide late last August, guaranteeing the streamlining of the California Environmental Quality Act review process for the proposed arena.The environmental review of the land has yet to be completed, but Ballmer expressed confidence that construction will begin by the middle of 2021, as scheduled, in order to open doors on the arena by 2024.“We have a long way to go and we’re getting direction from the mayor on what makes sense in terms of community investment in Inglewood,” Ballmer said Thursday. “We’re excited to have a chance to do an EIR; we know there’s things to sort through – traffic and other issues. Rest assured, they’re all very important to us. But we are beyond, beyond excited about the idea of building this arena in Inglewood.”Still, the arena proposal has been met with resistance from some residents and others, including Madison Square Garden Co., the New York-based sports and entertainment giant that owns both the nearby Forum and the New York Knicks.Last year, MSG sued Inglewood and Mayor Butts, alleging he tricked the company into giving up land so that could be used as part of the arena project, which will also host concerts in competition with the Forum.Butts denies that accusation and Murphy’s Bowl LLC, the Clippers-controlled company behind the arena project, counter-sued MSG a few months later.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters last_img read more

IB Applauds ‘MoneyGram Essay’ Contest Winner

first_img(From left) Sister Mary Laurene Brown displays the symbolic IB Liberia prize check with winner Welleh Cooper and an official of IB Liberia. -Presents US$1,000.00 young scholarThe International Bank Liberia Limited (IB) has congratulated the winner of MoneyGram Liberia’s Inaugural Essay Competition, student Welleh Cooper of the Spiritan Academy for emerging first place.Ms. Cooper, who is a 12th grader at the elite school run by one of the country’s most respected educators, Sister Mary Laurene Brown, applied to the MoneyGram essay competition through IB, and came first place out of 59 entries from Montserrado County.In recognition of her selection, Money Gram International has awarded the 12th grader with a prize of US$1,000 in school materials and US$500 in personal school support.In her essay, the inspiring writer and scholar mentioned that her school (Spiritan Academy) is supporting a reading room project in Gbarpolu County. In support of this reading room project and in recognition of her selection, IB has donated an additional US$1,000 worth of school materials to the Spiritan Academy.The presentation was made Wednesday on the Spiritan School campus during devotion with the administration, staff and students, appreciating IB for the gesture.“We want to congratulate winner Cooper and all the participants in the essay competition,” the bank said in a statement. “We therefore remain committed to supporting Liberia’s educational system in ways that will help enhance not only quality education but build and support a future Liberia and a well-rounded citizenry.”Sister Mary Laurene, the founder and principal of the school, lauded IB for the initiative, noting that it is good way to motivate students in the country.The veteran educator, who is also the president of the Stella Maris Polytechnic, indicated that she will continue to ensure that kids get the best of education at the school.Meanwhile, IB has granted student Cooper a full year scholarship — for this academic year 2018-2019 as she is already in terminal class.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more