Council Approves Structural Work for YWCA Building

first_img STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. As part of Monday’s consent calendar, the Pasadena City Council voted to award a contract to Axiom Group, an engineering contractor based in Los Angeles, for the installation of structural shoring of the city-owned YWCA building at 78 N. Marengo Ave.The building has continued to decay since the city acquired it in 2012.“… This valuable resource has been in disrepair for far too long, and its condition continues to deteriorate,” wrote Sue Mossman, executive director of Pasadena Heritage. “This work is urgently needed, and will serve to prevent more dire consequences for the building.”Axiom Group was one of two contractors who submitted bids for the structural shoring project after it was advertised in April and a notice inviting bids was published in trade publications and on the city’s website.Construction work is expected to begin in July, with work completion expected within three months.A rehabilitation and conditions study performed by Architectural Resources Group in 2011 and updated in 2018 revealed a number of structural issues in the building, and recommended engineering work to preserve the historic architectural elements of the structure.The city’s Department of Public Works said the scope of work for the proposed contract includes furnishing and installing structural shoring to remain in place at various locations within the building where it requires stabilization.As recommended, the amount of the contract will be up to $250,000, including the base amount of $218,000 and a contingency of $32,000 to provide for any necessary change orders.The city recently listed the YWCA as surplus property, and is examining previous bids to redevelop the property. The surplus declaration could lead to more interest in the property.The YWCA building was designed by master architect Julia Morgan and constructed in 1922. In 1980, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributor to the Pasadena Civic Center historic district, and in 1998 was designated a Historic Treasure by the city.In 1996, the YWCA sold the building to a private developer, which vacated the structure the following year. After 15 years of neglect that caused damage and deterioration to the YWCA’s historic fabric, Pasadena initiated the process to acquire the building in 2010 through eminent domain. Community News Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News center_img 17 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Government Council Approves Structural Work for YWCA Building By STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | 1:28 pm Community News Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyZac Efron Is Dating A New Hottie?HerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribelast_img read more

27 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Northern Ireland

first_img Pinterest Facebook 27 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Northern Ireland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Pinterest Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Another 27 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the North today.There have been no new deaths.The total number of positive cases in Northern Ireland is 6,391. Facebook By News Highland – August 16, 2020 Homepage BannerNewscenter_img WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Harps come back to win in Waterford RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleTommy Hughes sets world record at Danny McDaid 15k raceNext articleInishowen Football League Results 16/08/2020 News Highland Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Card fraud losses hit $16 billion worldwide

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Nilson Report, a leading publication that covers the credit card industry, reported Wednesday that worldwide fraud losses on credit cards, debit cards and prepaid cards hit $16.31 billion in 2014 on a total card sales volume of $28.844 trillion.This translates to a rate of 5.65 cents in fraud losses per every $100 in volume, the publication reported. In addition, fraud grew by 19% last year, while overall volume only grew by 15%. continue reading »last_img read more

Gov. DeSantis: ‘No need to really be fearful’ of spike in coronavirus cases

first_imgDuring a news conference at UF Health The Villages Hospital, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis tried to calm down the fears many Floridians are having due to the spike in coronavirus cases.“As you see cases, people should just put it into context about what’s going on. There’s no need to really be fearful about it,” DeSantis said.According to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health on Monday, there are 206,447 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. Over the weekend, cases increased by 11,458 and 10,059 on Saturday and Sunday.Despite that, the governor remained firm on Monday that the spike in COVID-19 cases is due to an increase in testing.According to DeSantis, Florida has averaged 60,000 to 65,000 test results over the last week, and to date, Florida has tested around 2.2 million people, which is about 10% of the state’s population.last_img read more

Former Mater Dei Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault of Student

first_imgMIDDLETOWN — A township resident and former teacher at Mater Dei Prep Catholic high school pleaded guilty in Superior Court to charges he sexually assaulted a former student.According to Monmouth County Prosecutor Peter Warshaw Jr., William Miltner, 29, entered a plea of sexual assault as part of a negotiated agreement between the defendant and prosecutor’s office over Miltner’s sexual relationship with a student while he was a teacher at the school.Miltner had been a teacher, dean of students and soccer coach at Mater Dei, a co-ed high school, located in the New Monmouth section of the township. He was arrested last April at his Acker Road home, after school officials received an anonymous e-mail revealing that Miltner had been having a sexual relationship with a then-16-year-old female student at the school, the prosecutor’s office said at the time.School officials, authorities said, immediately contacted township police and the prosecutor’s office. Their investigation revealed that Miltner had been involved in the inappropriate relationship between March and September 2009.School officials fired Miltner when he was arrested.Last July 13, a Monmouth County grand jury handed down an indictment charging Miltner with two counts of second degree sexual assault, one count of second degree endangering the welfare of a child under the age of 18, and one count of fourth degree criminal sexual contact.In return for his guilty plea, county prosecutors agreed to recommend that Miltner receive five years in state prison. Miltner would also be required to register as a sexual offender under the state’s Megan’s Law, submit to parole supervision for life and permanently forfeit his state teaching license, according to the prosecutor’s office.Miltner is scheduled to appear in court in Freehold again on April 20 for sentencing, authorities said.Miltner’s lawyer, Vincent Falcetano Jr., when reached on Thursday afternoon, declined to comment.last_img read more

COMMENT: Possible expansion at Red Mountain serves as a ‘Grey area’ for development

first_imgI’m confident that everyone reading this has heard at least one of the many rumours surrounding the proposed ‘new’ chairlift going up Grey Mountain.  With an official announcement from Howard Katkov postponed until further notice, the rumour mill seems to have found another gear.  Everyone I’ve talked to has heard something different, and it is easy to understand the reasons why.  The Grey Mountain expansion represents a cautious next step in the development of Red Mountain Resort.Management at Red Mountain Resort is proposing the expansion under an “If you build it, they will come” philosophy, hoping to attract more skier visits from out of area.  Many locals don’t need a lift to get to the top of Grey, and those same locals would chuckle or scoff at those taking the ten dollar cat rides this past season.  However, the idea behind the lift is to make more of the terrain accessible to those who would normally not be able to. Tourists on a short term holiday (among others) fit this description.  These out-of-area visits are crucial to the maintenance and development of the resort, and consequently the town of Rossland as well.  More visits to the ski hill equal more visits to the town, with money being spent on the slopes as well as in local establishments.  Without the out of town visitors and seasonal population, both ski hill and ski town suffer. This is the paradox that spurs arguments both for and against development at Red.  We need people visiting the area and experiencing what makes Red Mountain Resort and Rossland so unique, but not so many or in such a way that we lose that uniqueness.  It is a tough needle to thread. How is the resort supposed to attract more people and create an economically viable and sustainable product, while maintaining that “hidden gem” feeling that so many of us have fallen in love with?  I don’t believe to be a black and white matter.The word ‘development’ strikes fear into the hearts of many locals, as visions of skied-out lines, long lift waits, and slope-side real estate appear before them.  I share those same fears myself, though I don’t believe they will come to fruition. Neither is the fear of development at the hill taking away business from local establishments in the cards at this time.  Businesses providing amenities to a population that stays at the resort require some sort of population that stays at the resort.  With real estate as it is, we won’t see a boom up at the hill any time soon.  Visitors will still be spending their money in Rossland. As for skied out lines, it would take a massive influx of people in order to put a dent in the wealth of untouched snow we are privileged to.  A lift up Grey will serve to spread whatever influx of people may occur around the mountain, just don’t make Grey you’re ‘secret’ powder stash.  If the lift goes in, depending on where the base is, the lift lines will also be spread around.The possible Grey Mountain expansion may attract more visitors to the area.  However, I don’t feel that it will bring massive (or even noticeable) changes to the day to day operations.  The resort and town will still maintain their classic persona, and they both will hopefully enjoy a much-needed financial boost.  If the lift gets put in this summer, we’re not going to go to sleep and wake up in a Whistler-like environment.  On the other hand, if the hill doesn’t attract more visitors, it runs the risk of losing its financial stability, in which case the future is much more grim.This topic has the potential to polarize attitudes for and against development at Red Mountain Resort, which have existed for decades, and will continue to exist for decades to come.  It also has the potential to be a ‘grey area’ between the two, providing benefits for everyone.last_img read more

Live playoff updates: Warriors come back and win Game 2

first_imgJoin us Thursday at 6 p.m. for live scoring, news and analysis as the Warriors look to protect home court again in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle.Strength in Numbers was more than an old slogan for the Warriors in Game 1 as they used some strong bench contributions to help fuel a 116-94 Game 1 victory on Tuesday night. Kevon Looney, Quinn Cook, Shaun … Click here if you’re unable to view the video or gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

Lady Tamaraws stop Lady Eagles for 2-0 start in PVL

first_imgE.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  It wasn’t the best of starts for FEU and head coach George Pascua had to remind his team they just have to relax and play at their own pace after dropping the first set.“I told them that we have to dictate the tempo and not play at the same pace as Ateneo,” said Pascua in Filpino. “They were quite aggressive in the first set and unfortunately they were quite off.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPascua added the absence of Ateneo captain Bea De Leon also helped as “her veteran presence can change the game for the Lady Eagles.”It wasn’t just De Leon who didn’t play for the Lady Eagles as Maddie Madayag, though in uniform, didn’t play due to an ankle sprain. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Ikeh, Ravena star as Ateneo drubs Adamson Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University remained spotless in Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference after shrugging off Ateneo in four sets, 17-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-14, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Tamaraws improved to 2-0 to stay atop Group A while the Lady Eagles slipped to 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Kim Gequillana also hurt her left knee in the third set prompting Ateneo head coach Tai Bundit to have her brought to the locker room.Bernadeth Pons finished with 16 points to lead FEU while Toni Rose Basas and Jeanette Villareal added 15 and 13 points, respectively.Jhoana Maraguinot led the Lady Eagles with 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Asian Games: An assessment of favourites in each sport

first_imgSouth Korean forward scoring against China in the women’s basket ball eventThe Asian Games have grown considerably in scope since they came into existence in New Delhi 31 years ago. On that occasion there were less than 500 athletes from six countries competing for 56 gold medals. At the eighth Asian,South Korean forward scoring against China in the women’s basket ball eventThe Asian Games have grown considerably in scope since they came into existence in New Delhi 31 years ago. On that occasion there were less than 500 athletes from six countries competing for 56 gold medals. At the eighth Asian Games at Bangkok in 1978, there were 3,843 contestants from 25 countries. In 1982, there will be about 5,500 competitors from 33 countries vying for the 184 gold medals at stake. According to reports from overseas, a majority of the countries have trained at length, and the result is likely to show in the demolition of a large number of Asian Games records. An assessment of the favourites in each sport:Archery: In the last Asiad, when this sport was introduced for the first time, Japan took six of the 12 medals – gold, silver and bronze – in four events. China, the two Koreas and Indonesia were the other winners. The contest will again be restricted primarily to these countries, though among women, the South Koreans, who recently bettered one world record in an international meet in Japan, may have an edge.Athletics: In this most important of sports – with its total of 120 medals – Japan and China will be in the forefront, with India in third place. In the 1978 Asiad, India collected 18 medals to China’s 34 and Japan’s 35.China’s strength lies in its women athletes, and added to this is the fact that the Chinese have gained enormous international exposure over the past four years. The Chinese may well overtake the Japanese this time.Badminton: With India’s Prakash Padukone and Malaysia’s Misbun Sidek out of the way, the men’s events are bound to see a clash between Indonesia and China for the top place. In the women’s, these two countries will also have to contend with Japan.advertisementBasketball: In this fast 40-minute game in which virtually every second counts, the Chinese are firm favourites in the men’s event. They were placed third in 1974 and first in 1978. Moreover, they have won the Asian title four years running. In the women’s, South Korea may win though the Chinese will certainly give them a difficult time. Japan and North Korea are the other major contenders.Boxing: Four years ago, Thailand and South Korea were tops in this sport, which has a total of 36 medals this time in 12 weight categories. On current form, these two countries should emerge on top again, going by the results of the 10th Asian Boxing Championships in Seoul earlier this year. The other countries certain to pick up some medals are Pakistan, North Korea, Japan, Indonesia and India.Cycling: For 21 medals at stake, Japan with 12 contestants in the fray is fairly certain to get the top spot. But they face tough competition from China and South Korea, particularly the latter, which won four places in the last Games. Iran and India will offer a limited challenge.Football: In the last Asiad, the two Koreas, with their strained relations, were dramatically pitched against each other in the final which turned out to be a goalless draw. The two were declared joint winners. This year, these countries will have to contend, among others, with China, Iran, Iraq and Kuwait.Gymnastics: This promises to be an exciting event, since Asian standards have soared over the past few years. China is the best bet though Japanese performance is of a high order as well. North Korea is contender number three with South Korea right behind.Hockey (men): Traditional rivals Pakistan and India will be major opponents this time too, with Malaysia capable of providing more than one moment of tension. Current performance and the past record in the Asian Games – a gold, five out of six times – places Pakistan in undoubtedly the most promising position.Shooting: For this sport with its total of 66 medals, a very close quadrangular contest is certain between China, Japan and the two Koreas. In the last Asiad, China bagged maximum of 18 places, but the other three countries were close behind. Thailand, too, will pick up some medals.Swimming: Perhaps no major sport – in terms of medals – is dominated so completely by one country as swimming is by Japan. In the Games at Bangkok last time. Japan had the incredible tally of more than 50 medals in this sport alone – and 25 of these were gold. Japan is sure to emerge as number one with China in second place and possibly Indonesia emerging third.Table Tennis: Just as swimming is primarily Japan’s domain, table tennis is China’s, where they won all seven gold medals in the last Games. They are sure to emerge as the number one Asian nation in a sport in which this continent has dominated the world. And if they repeat their clean sweep, it should not come as a surprise.advertisementLawn Tennis: Shorn of its tennis – professionals the Amritraj brothers and Shashi Menon – India. Asia’s leader in tennis, is at a severe disadvantage. Countries in the race in men’s events are China, Japan, South Korea and, to a certain extent, Indonesia, the last Games’ gold winners in the team event. In the women’s section too, the same countries are favourites though there are likely to be some upsets.Volleyball: In action will be teams which have reached the top in worldwide competition. In the men’s the tussle will be among 1978 gold winners South Korea, Japan, which finished second and had won the Olympic gold 10 years ago and China, which finished, third last time and has done well in international championships. The same three countries are in the race among women, though China are favourites by virtue of their top place in the Third World Cup Women’s Volleyball Championships last year.Weight-lifting: In an event in which the competitors will range in weight from less than 52 kg to over 110 kg, there will be 30 medals. Basic competition will be confined to weight lifters from Japan, China and North Korea, though South Korea and some Middle-East nations should record a few victories.Wrestling: In the 10 weight categories in free style wrestling, Japan will try to maintain its top place which it got last time. Also in the race will be Mongolia which bagged half a dozen medals last time, and South Korea. Pakistan and India should also emerge among the top five.Yachting: It is doubtful if any clear leader will emerge in this sport, to be held in Bombay, which has competitions in four classes – Fire Ball, Enterprise, OK Dinghy and Windglider. India, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Pakistan and Sri Lanka should be among the medals.Five new sports have been introduced this time, and there being no record of steady competition, it is difficult to get a clear picture of favourites. In equestrian events, however, Japan, South Korea and Iraq should be in the vanguard, with India hoping to pick up a medal or two. Golf will have contestants from Japan, the Philippines and South Korea in the lead.In handball, Kuwait is possibly the best bet, with lapan, South Korea and China as possible competitors. In women’s hockey, India are clearly ahead, and Japan and South Korea will be trying to be in the top three. In rowing at Jaipur. Japan, China and North Korea are the major hopefuls.With the rich harvest of medals (156) available in the track and field events, the main focus of the Games will inevitably centre around the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. However, the athletic challenge starts only on November 25.The timings for the athletic events are from 10 a.m. to 11.45 a.m. and between 1.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. Since the other 20 events being held in New Delhi are in different stadia and the timings clash, below is a day-to-day guide of what will be the most interesting event to watch.advertisementNovember 20: The official start of the track and field schedule, featuring mainly preliminary events. Visually, the most promising events on this day will be the start of the gymnastics competition at the Indraprastha Indoor Stadium with the men’s team competitions. Running a close second will be the swimming heats at the Talkatora swimming pool for both men and women. Other interesting events will be the start of the equestrian, basketball, football and hockey events. Weight-lifting has one final a day starting from the 52 kg class on November 20 and ending with the over 110 kg class on November 29.November 21: Swimming finals will obviously draw the largest crowds on this day with the finals of the 200 m free-style, 400 m individual medley and the 200 m breast-stroke for both men and women. There will also be a gold rush at the archery competitions at the Delhi University Grounds with four gold medals.November 22: Four more golds to be won in the archery competitions and the start of the shooting competition. All eyes will, however, be focussed on the pool where interesting heats will be in progress.November 23: Cycling picks up speed with two finals, some medals to be won at the shooting range, the semi-finals of the tennis event and once again, excitement at the pool with the finals of the 400 m free-style, 200 m back-stroke and 200 m butterfly for both men and women.November 24: A comparatively quiet day with the interest centred around two semi-finals in the cycling events and the swimming heats.November 25: Swimming again dominates the day with eight finals, including the 4 x 100 m free-style relay (amen and women). There are two final events in the cycling competition and much interest will be generated in the hockey semi-finals for women. Table tennis fans have their big day with most of the finals in the individual events on this, the last day of the table tennis competition. Equestrian buffs can see the finals of the show jumping event.Athletics: The first day of the track and field events with six finals and 18 medals up for grabs. In the pole vault (11.30 a.m.) shot put (11.45 a.m.) 20 km walk (2.30 p.m.) and the 10,000 m for men (2.45 p.m.) and the discus throw for women (1.00 p.m.). The star event will be the 4 x 100 m relay for women (3.30). Japanese women have won the event five times in the previous eight Asiads with India, the Philippines and Thailand taking the gold once each, the last-named being the record-holders having won the event in 46:20 sec in the 1978 Bangkok Games.November 26: Also a comparatively uneventful day with two finals in the cycling events and the women’s hockey finals. However, football should have reached an interesting stage and the swimming heats will be well attended as usual.Athletics: Another 18 medals to be won in the finals of the javelin (1.30 p.m.), 3,000 m steeplechase (3.15 p.m.), 110 m hurdles (2.10 p.m.), 800 m (1.30 p.m.), and the 4 X 100 m relay for men (2.30 p.m.) and the 800 m for women (1.45 p.m.). The 800 m for men and women is certain to be the highlight of the day with India having excellent medal chances in both.November 27: Three finals in swimming including the 4 x 200 m free-style relay for men and women which once again pushes the swimming pool to the top of the day’s card, though the badminton semi-finals in the team events at the Indraprastha Indoor Stadium come a close second. Boxing fans can look forward to the start of the elimination bouts with an interesting morning at the Harbaksh Stadium with the gold medal for the tent-pegging event.Athletics: Another six finals on this day with the long jump (1.00 p.m.) and 400 m for men (2.00 p.m.) and the 400 m hurdles (1.30 p.m.) shot put (1.45 p.m.) 3,000 m (3.00 p.m.), and 100 m for women (2.45 p.m.). The glamour event will be the 100 m for women (2.45 p.m.) an event that has featured such outstanding athletes as Chi Cheng of Taiwan and Esther Rot of Israel, joint holders of the record. Both, however, are no longer in active competition and the field is wide open with the near-certainty of a new Asian Games record.November 28: The Ambedkar Stadium will be in the limelight wilt the start of the wrestling bouts. Other items of interest are the start and finish of the 185 km cycling road race, the handball semi-finals and the quarter-finals of the tennis events. Athletics: The star turn on the athletics field will be the 100 m for men (2.30 p.m.) and the title of the fastest man in Asia. Three other finals in the hammer throw (11.30 a.m.) and 400 m hurdles for men (1.30 p.m.) and the women’s long jump (1.00 p.m.).November 29: Being a rest day for the athletics events, the real action will be at the swimming pool with six finals, including the 100 m free-style (men and women) and the springboard diving finals. Tennis and hockey (men) at the semi-final stage.Athletics: Rest day for the track and field events.November 30: A good day to stay on at the main athletics stadium, though there will be plenty of action at the tennis stadium with the doubles finals and men’s singles semi-finals; the finals of the handball at the Delhi University Grounds and the semi-finals of the football tournament. A good day at Pragati Maidan where the boxing semi-finals in the lighter weight categories will be on.Athletics: A chance to see the star of the Nehru Stadium in action in the triple jump finals (1,00 p.m.). Zou Zhenxian of China, who has broken the Asian record thrice, will be going for a new record and he is one of the few world-class athletes who will be in action. Other finals are the javelin throw for women (1.00 p.m.) and the 100 m hurdles (2.00 p.m.) and 400 m for women (3.15 p.m.).December 1: If the hockey matches go according to predictions, it should be the clash of the giants at the National Stadium between traditional rivals India and Pakistan in the men’s finals at 3 p.m., always a nail-biting and emotion-charged event. Tennis finals will clash with the hockey finals but the most sweat will be expended at the wrestling with the finals in the lower weight categories and the boxing finals in the heavier weight categories.Athletics: Two exciting finals in the 200 m for men (2.15 p.m.) and women (2.00 p.m.) with once again the likelihood of a new Asian record. Also, finals in the 50 km walk (11.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.) and high jump for men (1.00 p.m.). The man to watch will be the Chinese high jumper Zhu Jianhua, the Asian record holder (2.30 p.m.).December 2: Being the last day of the athletics events, the gold rush will be at the main stadium with 24 medals to be decided. Five more golds are reserved for the wrestling finals in the heavier weight categories which start at 1.30 p.m., while the badminton semi-finals should separate the men from the boys.Athletics: By far the most exciting day for athletics with no less than eight finals, all star events. The men’s 4 x 400 m relay (3.30 p.m.) leads the field followed closely by the marathon (1.30 p.m. to 3.40 p.m.), discus (1.15 p.m.), 1,500m (2.00 p.m.) and 5,000 m for men (3.00 p.m.) while the women will battle it out in the high jump (1.00 p.m.) 4 x 400 m relay (2.20 p.m.) and the 1,500 m (2.45 p.m.) with Indian women expected to do well in the last two.December 3: No less than 12 gold medals going in the boxing finals means that much of the focus will be on the ring (4 p.m. onwards) but aficionados can also catch the football finals at 7 p.m. in the main stadium or the badminton finals in the morning session.The wheel has come full circle. New Delhi, which hosted the first-ever Asian Games way back in 1951, now once again has that distinction after a gap of 31 years.The circumstances, and the environment, however, are vastly different. In the 1951 Asiad, there were a total of 12 countries (Afghanistan, Burma, Ceylon – now Sri Lanka – The Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Iran, Japan, Nepal and India) participating in just six events.The entire Games, including the opening and closing ceremonies, lasted a mere seven days and were held in one stadium with 489 competitors and an estimated 35,000 spectators. The IX Asiad will have 5,500 competitors from 33 Asian countries competing in 22 events in a total of 17 separate stadia spread over 16 days. The capacity of just one stadium, the main athletics stadium, is 75,000 It is, however, not just sporting horizons that have expanded. In 1951, New Delhi was a sleepy little town of less than a million people, mostly government employees enjoying the first taste of freedom from British rule. Today, it is a sprawling metropolis of 6.2 million people and one of the most important capitals on the international political map. Because of its belated start, Asiad ’82 has been a frenetic race against time.Though New Delhi was allotted the Games in 1976, at the end of the Montreal Olympics, political upheavals in the country meant that the actual work on the massive project only started in earnest towards the end of 1980. Since then, the city has resembled a giant excavating site as the rush to beat the deadline has accelerated into high gear.It has, by any standards, been a stupendous effort. In just under two years, Indian engineers, architects and workers have constructed five brand-new state-of-the-art stadia comparable to the best anywhere in the world, undertaken a major renovation of 12 existing stadia, erected a virtual township which will serve-as the Asian Games village for the athletes, apart from the parallel work on building new flyovers to cater to traffic during the Games. The total estimated cost of the project, including flyovers, new hotels, etc, is in the region of Rs 800 crore (US $842 million).Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium: The centre-piece of Asiad ’82 will be the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, named after India’s first prime minister and the inspiring force behind the Asian Games movement.The giant, two-tier stadium situated in the heart of the city will be the venue for Asiad’s glamour events: the opening and closing ceremonies, the athletics events and the semifinals and finals of the football competition. More popularly referred to as the Main Stadium, it has a capacity of 75,000 and covers a total area of 100 acres. The eight-lane athletic track has a synthetic surface girding the central oval where the football matches will take place.The lower tier, meant for officials, invitees and players, will seat 18,000 while the remaining 57,000 will be accommodated in the uppper tiers. Eight concrete ramps provide access to the stadium from the parking area. The stadium has been designed in accordance with international specifications with an eye on the 1992 Olympics which India is making a bid for.Two giant score-boards of the Matrix type connected to a central computer will flash continuous results of events, including those taking place at other stadia. The larger score-board, situated above the north stand, will also have the capability of flashing black and white pictures.Four steel towers containing a total of 1,000 two-kw floodlights illuminate the stadium for events taking place at night. A unique feature of the lighting towers is that they have been specially constructed at an angle because of aviation restriction from the nearby Safdarjung Airport. All the electronic timing equipment for the events has been supplied by Seiko of Japan.Other facilities at the Main Stadium include the sophisticated press centre, a mini hospital, international telephone lines, catering units and computerised archival information on previous Asian and Olympic Games.Indraprastha stadium: The Indraprastha Stadium or the Indoor Stadium is destined to be the piece de resistance of the Games. A futuristic design which looks like something out of Star Wars, the stadium was built in record time and is the third largest of its kind in the world.Situated in the middle of a 110-acre plot alongside the Yamuna river, the Indoor Stadium is the venue for badminton, gymnastics and volleyball.The stadium has a sound -proof, collapsible partition which enables two events to be held simultaneously. It is centrally air-conditioned and has a capacity of 25,000. The administration block alongside the stadium will have facilities like a conference hall, banks, post office and special counters for changing foreign exchange.The cycle velodrome: Designed according to international standards, the velodrome is also a newly-constructed structure which is situated adjacent to the Indoor Stadium. It has a permanent track 7.2 metres wide and 333.33 metres long and can seat 2,000 with additional seating for the press and officials.National stadium: The site of the 1951 Asian Games, the National Stadium, in the central part of the city, has been renovated and expanded to accommodate 25,000 spectators. The stadium will be the venue for the men’s hockey events and has been newly laid with synthetic astroturf.Tughlakabad shooting range: Easily the most picturesque of the Asiad venues, the newly-built shooting range is one of the most modern in the world. Located amid rolling dunes and forests in the south Delhi area, it has a capacity of 5,000 spectators and is equipped with the latest facilities for marksmen.Other stadia which have been renovated and expanded to conform to Asiad standards are the Shivaji Stadium near Connaught Place, the city centre, venue for the women’s hockey events (capacity: 10,000) the Harbaksh Stadium, where the equestrian events will take place (capacity: 5,000); Pragati Maidan for boxing and table tennis (capacity: 4,000); the Delhi Golf Club (capacity: 5,000); the Delhi University Grounds where the archery and handball events will take place and the Talkatora Indoor Stadium, near the swimming complex, where the basketball events will be held.Swimming stadium: Located to the rear of the presidential estate, or Rashtrapati Bhavan, the swimming complex has perhaps been the most problem-prone of the stadia built for Asiad. Originally intended to be a covered area, structural problems finally led to the roof being abandoned.It has now been built as an open-air complex though the pool will be temperature-controlled to conform to specifications. The pool itself meets all Olympic requirements and has a spectator capacity of 6,000.Tennis complex: Situated in the Hauz Khas area of south Delhi, the tennis complex was one of the first to be completed and handed over to the Asiad organisers. Two new central courts have been built to add to the nine existing ones. Spectator capacity is 1,400 and is equipped with modern scoring equipment and facilities for players.Model town stadium: Perhaps the furthest away from the centre of the city of all the stadia, the Model Town Stadium is where the preliminary football matches will be held.The stadium has a seating capacity of 11,000 and was built in the early ’70s. Some football matches will also be held at the Ambedkar Stadium which is the venue for the wrestling events.Ticket prices: Though a majority of the tickets for the various Asiad events have been sold out in advance, daily tickets, based on availability, will be sold at prices ranging from Rs 3 to Rs 50 except for the opening and closing ceremonies which will cost between Rs 10 and Rs 100. No season tickets are being sold. The tickets available will be sold at booths in the individual stadium. However, there are bound to be scalpers at the more popular centres who will be selling tickets at black market rates.The village: Located in south Delhi in the Siri Fort area, the village will be an exclusive self-contained township which will accommodate around 5,000 athletes and officials. The Asiad Centre, at the village complex, will also be the venue for the weight-lifting events. Spread over an area of 1,32,000 sq m, it has fully furnished houses of 11 different categories providing a total of 2,479 bedrooms.Facilities include the reception centre where all athletes will register; shopping arcades, banks, post offices, restaurants, a discotheque, a 25,000-capacity auditorium where daily entertainment has been organised (see box), a medical centre, bars and extensive practice areas for the participants. Since Delhi is not conveniently located for the yachting and rowing events, these will be held in Bombay, on the west coast, and Jaipur, in the state of Rajasthan respectively.Demonstration SportsSepak Takraw: Every Asiad invariably fiatures one or two demonstration games which are not part of the official Asiad schedule. Ironically enough, the two demonstration games scheduled for the IX Asiad are the same that were featured during the 1951 Asiad in New Delhi – sepak takraw and kabaddi.Sepak takraw is the Malaysian national game, though it has now become popular in a number of Asian countries, particularly in South-east Asia. Sepak means ‘kick’ and takraw is Malaysian for ‘ball’, so the name is selfexplanatory. The ball is made of plaited rattan and is hollow and weighs only around 5 ounces. it is 4.5 inches in diameter.The game is usually played on a badminton court and each side fields three players. It is very much like badminton except that the dividing net is lower and the players are not permitted to use their hands or arms to get the ball over the net. Most players use their feet or head the ball. The scoring is similar to badminton. However, the position of each player is clearly demarcated on the court with two semi-circles on either side of the centre line and a centre circle eight feet from the base line occupied by the server.Kabaddi: Basically an outdoor game of Indian origin,’ kabaddi is inexpensive and requires no equipment, hence its popularity in the villages and smaller towns. It is played widely in India and Pakistan and also in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal and Malaysia, where it is known by different names.The game is played on a smail demarcated plot with a central dividing line. Each team has 12 players. Seven are allowed on court during the game and five are reserves. Each team lines up on both sides of the dividing lines and one team sends in a “raider” into the opposing court. The key to the game is stamina and lung power since the “raider” is required to touch as many players as he can while repeating “kabaddikabaddi” aloud in one breath. If he touches an opposing player and recrosses the line to his own side, the opponent he has touched has to leave the court and sit in the waiting area. If, however, he is grabbed by the opposing team and prevented from crossing back before he runs out of breath, the opposing team can bring one of their side-lined players back into the game.Each side takes alternate turns at sending in their raiders. The game lasts 20 minutes in each half and the side that scores the maximum number of “kills” is declared the winner.Cultural EventsConsidering India’s vast and varied cultural heritage, it is hardly surprising that the athleticsevents on displav at Asiad ’82 will be rivalled by the cultural smorgasbord laid out for the benefit of visitors and participants. The cultural feast, in fact, kicked off before the actual Games to coincide with the Indian International Trade Fair 1982 which opened on November.Around 10,000 delegates from over 20 Asian countries will present ballets, folk-dances, films, fashion shows and music concerts among other offerings at Pragati Maidan which will extend till the end of the Games. Admission to a majority of the shows will be free and the timings (4.30 p.m. to 10 p.m.) are staggered so that visitors can take in a variety of programmes.The table below gives the cultural events schedule.Cultural shows-foreign delegationsHamsadhwani……………………….November 19 to 30Indian musical eveningsHamasdhwani……………………….November 1 to December 4Indian filmsShakuntalam……………………….November 1 to December 4Music concerts by eminent Indian artistesShakuntalam……………………….November 1 to December 4Dance and music performances by Indian artistesFaluknuma…………………………November 1 to December 4Fashion shows-textiles, Jewellery, leather and sportswearShringar………………………….November 1 to December4Folk artistes- puppet shows, dances, magic showsSaranga & Kadambari………………..November 1 to December 4Ghazals, karate and jazzYouth Corner………………………November 1 to December 4Regional programmesPragati Rangmanch………………….November 1 to 19Cultural shows by childrenPragati rangmanch………………….November 20 to December 4The programmes at Pragati Maidan will, however, be only one star in the cultural constellation planned for the Games. Hardly a stone’s throw away from there is the illustrious National School of Drama (NSD), the country’s premier theatre institution. The NSD will stage a festival of plays from November 18 December 5 at the theatre complex situated near the NSD campus.Three plays have been selected for the festival and they differ widely in both theme and period. Tughlaq is perhaps the best-known of the three. Directed by E. Alkazi, a former director of NSD, it is story of an ill-facted fourteenth century emperoor. Majabhoj is a satire on contemporary politics.Jasma Odan is a adaption of a folk play from Gujarat state which combines history with myth. Both Tughlaq and Jasma Odan were enacted at the Festival of India in London. the plays will be held each evening at 6.30.Jasma Odan-HindiShri Ram Centre………………………November 18 to 20Mahabhoj-HindiMeghdoot Open Air Theratre………………………November 22 to 27Tughlaq-UrduKmani Auditorium………………………November 29 to December 3 Jasma Odan-HindiKmani Auditorium………………………December 4 and 5In addition, private theatre groups based in Delhi will be staging popular Indian plays during the Games. Dates and venues for these will be announced in the entertainment columns of daily newspapers. Among the plays proposed to be staged is Habib Tanvir’s legendary Charan Das Chor and Mitti ki Gaddi and Vinod Verma’s Butt.Meanwhile, the centrally-located National Museum is setting up an exhibition called “Sports Through The Ages” which dates back to 5000 B.C. and will coincide with the datis of the Games.Exhibits will include ancient equivalents of modernday chess played with maize, dice and quaint stones; sculptures depicting shooting and chariot races and some extremely rare paintitlgs of archery and wrestling (600 B.C. to 200 B. c.) and an exquisite collection of medieval weapons and ammunition (10 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.).But by far the most exhaustive cultural panorama is the one being orchestrated by the government-owned India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC). ITDC’S programmes are aimed at presenting India’s many-faceted cultural face through folk and classical dances and multi-media projections.ITDC Repertory-“India Through Dance and Music”Uday Shankor Theatre ………………….October 11 to March 1983(Ashok Hotel)Yamini Krishnamurthy-Bharat NatayamKamani Auditorium …………………………………… November 22Uma Sharma-KarhakKamani Auditorium …………………………………… November 23International Centre for Kathakali-KathakaliKamani Auditorium……………………………………..November 24Triveni Kala Sangam-MnipuriKamani Auditorium……………………………………..November 25Raja and Radha Reddy-KuchipudiKamani Auditorium……………………………………..November 26Sanyukta Panigrahi-OdissiKamani Auditorium……………………………………..November 27ITDC Repertory-“Discover Folk India”Kanishka Hotel…………………………………..November 20 to December 4Ananda Shnkar-“Discover India”Ashok Hotel…………………………………..November 22ITDC- Brides and Apparels of IndiaAshok Hotel…………………………………..December 4It is, however, the real stars of Asiad ’82, the athletes, who will have the benefit of the most varied cultural entertainment during the Games. The cultural shows will take place in the newly-built ,auditorium inside the Games Village complex which has a 2.500 seating capacity. The Games Village is exclusively for the athletes and is not open to the public.last_img read more

14 days agoBologna director Christoph Winterling rejects ‘€200M Liverpool offer’

first_imgBologna director Christoph Winterling rejects ‘€200M Liverpool offer’by Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBologna’s commercial and marketing director Christoph Winterling has turned down an approach from Bologna.Corriere dello Sport says Winterling has snubbed the opportunity to take up a similar role at Liverpool.The German was offered a ‘€200m budget’ if he moved to Anfield.However, Winterling snubbed the approach.The reason being “because of Bologna, because of the club’s owner Joey Saputo, because of the city, where he feels that, with time, the club can have a ‘bright future’.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more