Tokyo ‘best-prepared’ host city for Olympics – IOC chief

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil According to the latest version of the budget, organisers project the total cost of the Games at 1.35 trillion yen, or around $12 billion.Organisers are expected to release an updated version of the budget next month.Bach said he expected an “excellent Olympic Games from the organisational point of view, from the engagement point of view and from the atmosphere point of view.”ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tyler Zeller looking forward to USA Basketball debut But he added: “I do not remember any host city which was so far in its preparations two years before the Olympic Games than Tokyo.”Japan has mostly lived up to its reputation for efficiency, with construction projects generally on schedule.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 ChrissHowever, there have been concerns over the summer heat in Tokyo affecting endurance events such as the marathon and race walking.There has also been some wrangling over the cost of the Games — split between the 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo city government and the central government — with disagreements over what counts as Olympics-linked expenditure. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FIEL – In this Aug. 24, 201, file photo, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, second from right, and Tsunekazu Takeda, president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, walk past the logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics during the Olympic flag arrival ceremony at Haneda international airport in Tokyo. The price tag keeps soaring for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics despite local organizers and the International Olympic Committee saying that spending is being cut. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)IOC chief Thomas Bach said Wednesday that Tokyo was the best-prepared host Olympic city he could remember, with just more than 600 days to go until the 2020 Opening Ceremony.Speaking to representatives from 206 Olympic Committees from around the world, Bach noted he had some “unfortunate” experiences with the preparations of some Olympic Games.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES 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 awardlast_img read more

Waste site riles up residents

first_img“Most people even don’t know their permit is up for renewal,” she said. “I’m asking that the council deny approval of the permit.” The state Department of Toxic Substances Control has scheduled an informational meeting for 5 p.m. March 8, to be followed by a public hearing on the permit at 6:30 p.m. Both will be held at El Rancho High School, 6501 Passons Blvd. Officials also will take written comments. Robert Kou, an operations enforcement supervisor with the Department of Toxic Substances Control, which has overseen the site for the past 10 years, said officials from his agency inspected the site in 1998 and again in 2000 and found no violations. “We have not seen any complaints or claims within the last nine years,” he said. “We do have another inspection scheduled this year.” Gas Co. spokesman Peter Hidalgo said residents and businesses have no reason to be concerned. “We continue to be ultra-sensitive to residents and neighbors,” he said. “We have a track record as a responsible corporate citizen.” The Gas Co. uses the facility to store and ship materials such as small tools, pipes, paint and gas meters that are used at other Gas Co. facilities throughout Southern California, Hidalgo said. He said the materials kept there are “low-level hazards.” “We’re not dealing with jet fuels or anything like that,” Hidalgo added. “We have had very positive and very transparent operations in Pico Rivera. There’s nothing for us to hide and that’s how it has been for decades.” Still, Salazar is worried about what might go wrong. And she has received the support of Community for Truth in Politics, or C-TIP, a local activist group. “We’re going to do anything we can to make the issue an issue of common knowledge,” said Raul Murga, C-TIP’s executive director. “Our group was created to raise awareness of all issues concerning residents, voters, students and seniors. And any issues that affect residents, we will support.” Sandy Friedman, spokeswoman for the Department of Toxic Substances Control, said her agency regularly conducts public comment periods on pending permits and also holds public hearings as a matter of policy. “The comment period allows the public to say, `This will disturb me in this way.’ Our goal is to find out anything that they are concerned about,” she said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – For Henrietta Salazar, a hazardous-waste storage facility next to railroad tracks in her Pico Rivera neighborhood is a potentially deadly combination. “You’re storing gallons of this stuff, and if we ever had a derailment, none of us would make it out of here,” she said. Salazar and a local residents’ activist group are trying to drum up public attention now that the storage facility at 1801 Rosemead Blvd., which is owned and maintained by the Southern California Gas Co., is facing a permit renewal process. Specifically, she and others are trying to spread the word about an upcoming public hearing on the permit. last_img