MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Los Angeles County is home to 10 million people, and that population could increase by more than 500,000 by 2028, state demographers project. The cutting-edge technology in the new NFL stadium, now scheduled to open in 2020, will probably look like the forgotten Blackberry by 2028.Many athletes in their prime today will be in the bleachers in a decade. And how can officials accurately estimate ticket prices and the revenue they will generate?Events that happened 11 years ago can seem part of a faded, distant past. Facebook was a mere two years old. Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was executed. Taylor Swift released her first album, and “Game of Thrones” was years into the future.Consider the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The nearly century-old iconic structure — which would be used in an Olympics for a third time after the 1932 and 1984 Games — was constructed long before modern building codes. It was also severely damaged in a 1994 earthquake. The coliseum is currently undergoing an extensive makeover, but experts have warned it could still be vulnerable to shaking.Estimates vary widely on what the federal government would need to spend on security for the two-week event, by some accounts $1 billion or more. It’s only a guess what the price tag will be in 2028, or the level of threat at that time.Higher construction costs are likely, too. One example of the work that needs to be done: the Coliseum, a football stadium, would need to be converted into a venue for Olympic track events, then back again.Over the years Olympics have been notorious for cost overruns, and studies have questioned if host cities benefit economically. Russia has struggled with costs from the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which have been called the most expensive Olympics of all time.But Andrew Zimbalist, an economist at Smith College in Massachusetts, said LA was better positioned for a longer wait than other recent Olympic cities because its plan calls for no new major construction“They will be able to run an operating surplus,” he predicted.In the shorter term, the private committee behind the LA bid must retool its initial 2024 plans for four years in the future, including renegotiating contracts for housing athletes and temporary venues, which were all hooked to 2024. Los Angeles Olympic Committee leader Casey Wasserman, from left, and City Council President Herb look on as L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a press conference to make an announcement for the city to host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2028, at Stubhub Center in Carson, outside of Los Angeles, Calif., Monday, July 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)LOS ANGELES — By 2028, a new stadium being built for the Rams and the Chargers will have been beaten up by nearly a decade of NFL games. The seemingly intractable problems of Southern California — traffic and homelessness — might get better or grow worse.So much can change in 11 years.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Los Angeles’ decision to lock in an Olympic Games to far-off 2028 was praised by city leaders as a deal that offers hundreds of millions of dollars in future benefits. But the longest wait time for any Olympics in the U.S. also comes with the risks of the unknown.“It’s a big chunk of time,” noted Jules Boykoff, a Pacific University professor who has written widely on the Olympics. “You just don’t know what’s going to come. The world presents surprises.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’History teaches that the economy swings up and down, sometimes with disastrous results. Political scientists foresee an era of continuing upheaval and unrest. Geologists say an inevitable big earthquake in quake-prone Southern California could damage venues envisioned as part of the Games.Mayor Eric Garcetti shrugged off a question about the uncertainty. “Los Angeles is resilient,” said the youthful-looking mayor, who will be granddad age, chasing 60, by the time of the Games.“If the entire earth falls apart, probably the Olympics aren’t happening in Los Angeles. But short of that, we are going to have a great Games here in LA,” the mayor told reporters.In embracing the 2028 date that is expected to be finalized later this year, city Olympic organizers ceded the 2024 Games to Paris, which both cities had craved.But Garcetti and other supporters argued that the four-year delay was advantageous, giving the car-choked city more time to build rail lines. Additionally, the delay comes with financial sweeteners that, among other things, will pump millions of dollars into youth sports.But time rushes on, and major changes are bound to happen.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Barcelona has ‘doubts’ about Neymar’s future amid PSG rumors Another hurdle: With the change in date, LA apparently needs to renegotiate and extend financial guarantees approved by the city and state to cover potential shortfalls connected with the 2024 bid. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September that puts California taxpayers on the hook for up to $250 million if Los Angeles were awarded the 2024 Games and they ran over budget, and the city has promised the same.Chicago-based sports-finance consultant Marc Ganis said the overall outcome was favorable for LA, given that Paris was in line for the 2024 Games. Additionally, financial sweeteners will help cover costs over the longer wait time.Still, facilities age, technology advances and costs rise.“There is always going to be financial risk,” Ganis said, “when you are targeting 11 years into the future.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return
Two elderly women were injured after their home went up in flames in the wee hours of this morning at D’Urban Street, Georgetown. The incident is being investigated as arson.The pensioner, Ingrid Barry resides in the upper flat of the building while a female security guard occupies the lower flat.More details in Thursday February 15th edition of Guyana Times.
Watford have completed the signing of Fitz Hall on a one-year deal.The injury-plagued defender was available on a Bosman free transfer, having been released by QPR when his contract recently expired.Leicester and Sheffield Wednesday had shown some interest in him, but he was keen to stay in the south.Hall, 31, made only 67 league starts for Rangers, who signed him from Wigan in January 2008.See also: Defender Hall close to Watford move (17 July) Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Easy to use, limits water usage Cutting down infection risk “The dispenser releases enough water to enable hygienic hand-washing with soap,” Ngorima explains. “To get the water, place your hands under the device and lift the plunger. When you lower your hands, the device seals itself. Hand-washing with soap could cut these figures by half. However, water scarcity meant that many rural and peri-urban people in South Africa faced sanitation and hygiene challenges,” Ngorima said. While many people try using a bucket of water and a towel for hand-washing outside a toilet, the water evaporates from open buckets, and the continuous use of the same water leads to contamination. More than 110 000 of the CSIR’s hand-washing dispensers have already reached communities across South Africa. “This is mostly as part of municipalities’ sanitation drives and through non-governmental organisations in the water and sanitation sector,” Ngorima said. According to the CSIR’s Ester Ngorima, diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections caused the death of millions of children under the age of five in the developing world. Diarrhoea was estimated to kill around two to three million children annually. “The device limits water wastage, with around 30 hand washes per two litres of water. It has a soap dish and typically hangs upside down on a bracket fastened to a wall.” “Experts say one gram of faeces can contain 10 million viruses, one million bacteria, one thousand parasites and one hundred worm eggs,” says Ngorima. “This increases the risk of serious infection and contamination if one does not wash one’s hands properly with soap after using the toilet.” Commercialisation, sanitation drive The two Pretoria-based licencees, who cover all nine provinces in the country, are Zibako Trading Enterprises and Magnolia Ridge Properties. 20 October 2010 Unsupervised children and domestic animals tend to drink this water, which is also exposed to dust. The CSIR patented the device in 2006, and has set up a commercialisation agreement with two small black empowerment companies to sell the device in bulk directly to clients such as municipalities, contractors and non-governmental organisations. South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed an innovative, affordable hand-washing device to enable poor communities to combat life-threatening water-borne diseases with minimal water usage. The device is easy enough to use – you need an empty two-litre bottle filled with clean water; the hand-washing dispenser is then be screwed onto the opening of the bottle. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material