Tokyo Paralympics: Wheelchair-friendly rooms tough to find

first_imgXavier Gonzalez, left, CEO of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and Toshiro Muto, right, CEO of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) attend IPC and Tokyo 2020 joint press conference in Tokyo, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO — The 2020 Tokyo Paralympics promise to be the best. They’re being promoted just like the Olympics, planning is ahead of recent games in Rio de Janeiro and London, and the athletes village will offer easy access for anyone with disabilities.But International Paralympic Committee officials said Friday there’s one big worry: there are too few hotel rooms for wheelchair users.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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But hundreds of others may not be. This includes sponsors, some national Paralympic officials, guests and the media.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 ChrissBritain’s Channel 4, for instance, covers the Paralympics extensively, and dozens of its staff members have impairments and many use wheelchairs. So do many reporters who specialize in the Paralympics.“There will be a high demand for accessible hotel rooms, which are just not there at the moment,” Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of the British Paralympic Association, said in an email to The Associated Press. LATEST STORIES IPC officials say they need 400-500 hotel rooms that are “accessible” to wheelchair users. Tokyo is famous for small apartments, tiny hotel rooms, and tight spaces.The Tokyo organizing committee says the city has about 700 “accessible rooms,” though reports suggest the number could be a low as 30. Many rooms may be accessible to wheelchairs, but not the bathrooms because of narrow doors and tight quarters.Over and above all of this are fans in wheelchairs who may not find rooms.To complicate matters, the room shortage is beyond the control of the local organizing committee, which basically runs the games. It’s squarely in the hands of the local Tokyo city government, and the national government.They both suddenly seem to be moving.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “On the one hand, Japan is physically more accessible than Britain,” he wrote in an email to the AP. “Yet in Japan, one seems to rarely see disabled people. There seems to be a disconnection between the law — that requires disabled people to have access — and the presence of disabled people in Japanese society.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Our games have a purpose also to change the minds of people,” Gonzalez said.The Japanese government said this week that, under rules set to be in force on Sept. 1, 2019, hotels with more than 50 rooms must set aside at least 1 percent for wheelchair users.And on Friday, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said the city would amend ordinances to establish “barrier-free” rules for hotels, and require new and refurbished hotels to be “barrier-free.”In addition, the national and Tokyo government are offering subsidies for hotels to make modifications.“Progress is taking place,” Gonzalez said. “But the reality of the games is that we bring large populations of people with disabilities — and in particular in this case, wheelchair users.”Of the 4,400 Paralympic athletes, 1,800 use wheelchairs.There are also cultural obstacles.A room the Japanese term “accessible” would not meet the standard in say, Britain. And so-called “accessible” rooms tend to cost more in Japan.“There is no expectation (in Japan) of independent living for wheelchair users — rather the expectation that anyone with mobility issues will have full-time care support,” Hollingsworth said. “This means that hotel rooms that are described as accessible are designed in a way that is not accessible for an independent person — the bathroom, especially.”He also said there was a “big reluctance among private hotel owners to make even the smallest changes.” He said the attitude was short sighted in a country with an aging population. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Of the 160 Paralympic teams, dozens will arrive early to prepare for competition. When the games start, athletes will stay in the new athletes village alongside Tokyo Bay. But beforehand, they’re on their own.“It is unlikely we will have a sufficient number of fully accessible rooms for pre-games training camps,” Gonzalez said.Hollingsworth said the British team hoped to train in Yokohama and Kawasaki, cities located southwest of Tokyo.“They have world-class sporting facilities,” Hollingsworth wrote. “We are really struggling with the lack of hotel and appropriate accessible rooms.”Gonzalez lauded Tokyo on other fronts. Its public transportation system is among the best in the world, and many stations have elevators and assistants to help on the platforms.Hollingsworth termed Tokyo’s subway system “fantastic.”“Getting around as a wheelchair user in Tokyo — as colleagues of mine have done — is very well catered for and should be commended,” he said.Michael Peckitt, a Briton who teaches at Osaka University, writes frequently about disabilities. He has a form of cerebral palsy that affects his left side, making it difficult for him to climb stairs without a walking stick. He does not use a wheelchair.He said public transportation access was generally better in Japan than Britain. But he singled out Shibuya station in central Tokyo as a difficult place for people with disabilities. This will be a very busy station during the Olympics and Paralympics.He also noted a cultural difference. He said people with disabilities seemed almost invisible in Japan. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Wimbledon to introduce final-set tiebreakers in 2019 View commentslast_img read more

Daylen Vavrek wins Rhyason Contracting & Tidy Trucking Cash Spiel

first_imgIn the final of the SunLife Competitive Division Vavrek squared off against Tom Sallows of Grande Prairie and Vavrek won the game in six ends by a score of 7-2. Vavrek says the weekend was great for the team despite losing a game and having issues reading the ice at the start of the tournament.“The whole weekend went pretty well. We had a shakey game in the A qualifier. The ice got the best of us in some games but as a team we pulled through really well and I’m really proud of the guys,” he says. “We were up against a really good team in Tom Sallows. The third is the former skip of the team I’m skipping now so there’s a bit of a rivalry there. We played them in Grande Prairie and they beat us so it was good to come back and beat them.Vavrek pointed to the team making more shots this time against Sallows’ group as well as having an edge in reading the ice as the main reasons behind the win this time around.- Advertisement -The winners of the EnCana Challenge Division was Jodi Busche’s team as they defeated Doug Small.last_img read more

Schoolboy loses life after motorcycle crashes

first_img– pillion rider flees sceneA 16-year-old student of Bina Hill Secondary School, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) is now dead after he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding along the Annai main access road on Wednesday.Dead is Danillo Allicock of Surama Village, North Rupununi, Region Nine. After the accident, the pillion rider, whose identity remains unknown, fled the scene with the motorcycle leaving Allicock’s body on the roadway.Reports are that around 12:45h on the day in question, Allicock was riding along the roadway at a fast pace while another vehicle was travelling in the opposite direction.Owing to the narrowness of the roadway, the now dead teenager attempted to take evasive action by pulling to the right side of the road to avoid a collision, but the clay, loam and gravel surface caused him to lost control of the motorcycle and run off the road into thick vegetation.As a result, he and the pillion rider fell to the ground and sustained injuries. Preliminary Police reports stated that Allicock received severe injuries to his head while his pillion rider sped away from the scene.The injured youth was discovered by a passer-by who immediately contacted the Annai Police Station to notify ranks of the incident. An ambulance was dispatched to the location and Allicock was transported to the Lethem Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.Allicock’s body was taken to the hospital’s mortuary for storage and a post-mortem.Meanwhile, the Police are hunting for the pillion rider and the motorcycle that was involved in the accident. At present, the identity of Allicock’s pillion rider and the licence plate number of the motorcycle remain unknown to law enforcement.Allicock is the third motorcyclist to lose his life on the roadways in Guyana in the month of December.last_img read more

Messi ‘sees things others don’t’ says Barcelona coach

first_img“With Messi, you can expect absolutely anything,” Valverde said. “He sees things that others don’t see on the pitch.“Sometimes we get too used to seeing it, he does things like he did today and we want him to pull a rabbit of the hat every time.“He’s a genius and we’re lucky to be able to see him play every day.”Messi has been left out of Argentina’s squad for the first post-World Cup friendlies following reports that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner asked to be excused from the four games.He was unable to prevent a shambolic Argentina side from being knocked out of the World Cup in the last 16 stage in a 4-3 defeat to eventual winners France.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi’s first goal of the Liga season came from a cheeky free-kick © AFP / LLUIS GENEBARCELONA, Spain, Aug 19 – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has heaped praise on Lionel Messi’s start to the Liga season after the Argentine bounced back from a disappointing World Cup with two goals against Alaves.Messi sent an audacious second-half free-kick under the jumping wall and into the net for the opener, and Barca’s 6,000th La Liga goal, at the Camp Nou on Saturday before slotting in his second in injury-time after Philippe Coutinho had also scored in the 3-0 win.last_img read more

‘Shocked’ Nigeria FA want to help baned coach Siasia clear his name

first_imgAfter his arrest, Perumal collaborated with investigators.FIFA’s Ethics Committee found Siasia “guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.”Siasia, a striker, played 51 times for Nigeria and had two short spells as national coach.Acting NFF president Seyi Akinwunmi said in a statement that the FIFA report had been give to the body’s lawyers “to study and provide legal advice to the federation,” he said, adding that Siasia “gave his all for Nigeria.”“The NFF was shocked to learn of the investigation and subsequent decision by the FIFA Ethics Committee (Adjudicatory Chamber) placing a life ban on Mr. Samson Siasia,” said the statement.“Siasia is a football legend but most importantly he is a Nigerian”, he said.“We respect the FIFA processes”, said Akinwunmi but added, “the least we as a Federation can do is empathise with him at this time make ourselves available to him and hope that in some way he is able to clear his name.”0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nigerian FA say they will fight to clear Samson Siasia, who coached their team at the 2016 Olympics © AFP/File / NELSON ALMEIDAABUJA, Nigeria, Aug 19 – The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said on Monday that they were “shocked” by a life ban on former national coach Samson Siasia by FIFA for bribery, vowing to overturn it.On Friday, the governing body of world football banned Siasia, 52, from football, following a long-running investigation into convicted match-fixer, Wilson Raj Perumal.last_img read more

Kenya to face Eritrea in CECAFA semi-finals

first_img0Shares0000Ethiopia vs Somalia in the final Group A match at the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala, Uganda on December 15, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 15- Harambee Stars will take on Eritrea in the semi final of the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup after the Red Sea boys picked up a 0-0 draw with Somalia in their final Group A match on Sunday to finish second.Heading into to the tie, the Eritreans just needed to avoid defeat and progress while the Ocean Stars of Somalia needed a win at all costs. It was Eritrea who would meet their end of the bargain after 90 minutes to progress to their first semi final since 1994.The Somalis will have only themselves to blame after dominating the chances, but nothing to count for all the statistics.In the 13th minute, Omar Abdulahi Ibrahim did well to skip away from his markers on the left but his shot from a tight angle rolled across the face of goal. Two minutes later, Hasan Abdinur Gesey had an opportunity but his shot from the edge of the box off an Ali Aden Muse cut back went over.Eritrea keeper Kibrom Solumun made a brilliant save in the 25th minute to tip over a point blank header from skipper Ahmed Said after he rose up brilliantly to connect to an Abdelaziz Safimayo corner from the right.On the other end, Somali keeper Said Aweys made two good saves.Eritrea’s Mubarek Kelifa takes on Somalia’s Yonis Abdirizak during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup Group A clash at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala, Uganda, on December 15, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluFirst he went down brilliantly to block a shot from Eyob Girmay before making a brilliant one handed save a minute later to deny Ali Suleman Ibrahim’s vicious shot from inside the area.Both teams looked to tire off in the second half as they failed to cope with the mid afternoon Kampala sun. The closest anyone came to goal was via a Girmay shot from inside the box that rattled the upright.Meanwhile, Uganda Cranes finished the group phase with an unbeaten record after thrashing Djibouti 4-1. Muzamiru Mutyaba’s penalty kicked off things for the hosts before Joakim Ojera, Ben Ochen and Bright Anukani scored in the rampage.Haroun Mohammed scored Djibouti’s consolation.The Shoremen of the Red Sea had a good first half where they pressed Uganda well, but had their misfortunes in getting their act together in the final third of attack.Uganda’s Karim Watambala vies for the ball with Djibouti’s Haroun Mohammed during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup Group A clash at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala, Uganda, on December 15, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThey were punched down early when Mutyaba converted from the penalty spot after Mohamed Bourhan handled Paul Mbowa’s cross from the left. Keeper Innocent Mbonihaukoe was unfortunate as he initially saved the penalty, but it took a spin and rolled back across the line.Burundi’s best chance of the half was in the 41st minute when Hassan Moussa took on an audacious attempt on an acrobatic kick with a loose ball inside the box forcing Cranes keeper Joel Mutakubwa to a brilliant one handed save.Uganda’s Viane Sekajugo piles pressure on Djibouti’s Warsama Hassan during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup Group A clash at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala, Uganda, on December 15, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the second half, Uganda took control of the game with Ojera sweeping a low ball under the keeper from the right just five minutes after the restart. Djibouti pulled one back when Mohamed scrambled the ball across the line, but they didn’t go the full length of the comeback.Ochen made it 3-1 after tapping home at the backpost after the Djibouti keeper failed to properly punch away a cross from substitute Allan Okello.Anukani then made it 4-1 with his second goal of the tournament, another strong shot into the roof of the net from Ochen’s cross, barely two minutes after coming on for Patrick Kasozi.0Shares0000(Visited 59 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Valley singer wows on ‘Idol’

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sherman Oaks’ very own “American Idol” contestant Katharine McPhee bowled over the show’s resident meanie Simon Cowell this week, causing him to exclaim, “Tonight, Katharine, you became a star.” McPhee’s blockbuster version of the standard “Come Rain or Come Shine” solidified her standing among voters, and it was fellow contestant Kevin Covais, a 16-year-old from Levittown, N.Y., who was booted from the popular singing contest Wednesday. Cowell said McPhee, 21, appeared “seasoned,” adding “I loved it.” Along with high notes, “Idol’s” fifth season hit another peak this week when the Fox show scored its biggest audience yet Tuesday for a performance episode. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 A gigantic 33.2 million viewers tuned in to watch the remaining 11 finalists sing the music of the ’50s for a shot at a record contract during Tuesday’s two-hour broadcast, Nielsen Media Research reported. Viewers’ votes were announced Wednesday. Fred Shuster, (818) 713-3676 and fred.shuster@dailynews.comlast_img read more

GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NOTES

first_imgFour Masters G.A.A. ClubThe €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 32 were Derek Mc Ginty, Clarcarricknagun and Peadar Mc Ginty, Drumcliffe. The numbers drawn were 2, 9, 14 & 22 with the jackpot now standing at €9,000.The Bord na nOg Presentation function for underage football, hurling and camogie takes place this Sunday evening February 26th from 5.00 – 7.00 pm in Dom’s Pier 1. Everybody welcome. Coaching for the Under 12 Girls commences next Monday evening February 27th from 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm on the All-Weather Training Pitch at Tir Conaill Park. Coaching is open to all girls born 2000 or 2001. Please contact team manager Matthew Shovlin (086) 8223255 if you require any further information.The monthly meeting of the Senior Board will take place next Monday night February 27th at 8.30 pm in the Abbey Hotel.Any person interested in attending an Umpires Course in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey next Wednesday evening February 29th at 7.30 pm should contact Club Secretary, Eamonn Gorrell (087) 6740053 as soon as possible.  Club members, managers, coaches or administrators interested in either a First Aid/Defib Course or Defib Refresher Course should book their place with Deborah Lacey (087) 2199730 as soon as possible. Adult membership @ €50.00 is now due and can be paid to Registrar, Michael Martin (087) 6198905. GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

West Ham 3-1 Man United: More pain for Pogba and Mourinho as Hammers win

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card BEST OF The drama at Old Trafford is rapidly turning into a crisis as United equalled their worst start to a Premier League season with just 10 points from their opening seven matches.Their record matches that of United four years ago under David Moyes, who did not see out the season.It was a desperate end to a miserable week which saw United knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Derby and Mourinho’s relationship with record signing Paul Pogba become even more fractured. 6 Paul Pogba was benched with 20 minutes remaining silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho couldn’t halt the slide with his tactical alterations. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Latest Football News huge blow It did not work. West Ham, buoyed by a fortnight which had seen them take four points from Everton and Chelsea before putting eight past Macclesfield in the cup, were ahead after five minutes.Pablo Zabaleta was slipped in behind Luke Shaw down United’s left and his low cross was met at the near post with a deft backheel from Anderson.West Ham’s front three of Arnautovic, Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko had United’s rearguard constantly on the back foot throughout the first half. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Manchester United’s troubled season reached a new low after a 3-1 defeat at West Ham.Felipe Anderson’s early strike, a Victor Lindelof own-goal and Marko Arnautovic’s finish left United manager Jose Mourinho increasingly feeling the heat. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 6 ADVICE 6 6 MONEY Moments after Pogba had left the field United halved the deficit, this time Rashford with the clever flick at the near post.But gaps at the back remained and when Mark Noble played an inch perfect ball between United’s two remaining centre-halves, Arnautovic burst through to seal a deserved win and pile on the misery for Mourinho.center_img no dice Despite taking the vice-captaincy off Pogba Mourinho started the Frenchman at the London Stadium, although he was taken off after a pedestrian 69-minute display.Alexis Sanchez was a notable absentee from the squad, while Mourinho stationed midfielder Scott McTominay as a centre-half in a back three. 6 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Marcus Rashford scored a well taken goal but it was just a consolation. 6 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The malaise continued, though, with Young firing a corner straight at Mark Noble, who was able to start a counter-attck which ended with Arnautovic firing over the crossbar.With the away fans demanding their side ‘attack, attack, attack’ Mourinho replaced Lindelof with England striker Marcus Rashford.Young responded with a sharp run down the right and crossed for Marouane Fellaini, but his downward header was superbly clawed out by Lukasz Fabianski. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move West Ham United stars Andriy Yarmolenko and Mark Noble celebrate REVEALED It was all smiles for the Hammers West Ham looked united at the London Stadium REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ However, whenever Romelu Lukaku is on the pitch West Ham have to be wary.The Belgian striker had previously scored 11 goals in 11 games against the Hammers and was inches away from a dozen when he headed Ashley Young’s cross against the post.But if United looked occasionally dangerous in attack they were constantly unconvincing at the back, and they fell two behind just before half-time.Nemanja Matic stood off Yarmolenko as he tried to make space to shoot and when the Ukrainian did pull the trigger his effort ballooned off Lindelof and flew into the top corner.Mourinho stuck to his guns at half-time, sticking with the same personnel and formation. REVEALED RANKED last_img read more

PEOPLE WARNED ABOUT RELEASING LANTERNS ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgThe Irish Aviation Authority has warned Donegal people about the dangers of releasing Chinese-style lanterns into the sky tonight to mark the beginning of the New Year.Spokesman for the IAA Paddy Kennedy said the lanterns have become hugely popular in recent years.However Mr Kennedy says the lanterns pose a very real danger on two fronts – to aircraft and to the emergency services including the coastguard. “We certainly don’t want to be seen as party poopers but the release of these lanterns cause two very real dangers.“The first is that they can be ingested into the engines of aircraft and some contain metal parts. This could pose a very real danger for aircraft.“Also it has been the case on previous occasions that these lights can be mistaken for distress signals and lead to false alarms for emergency crews,” he said.Thousands of the lanterns will be released by people tonight. And with Donegal having its own airport at Carrickfin and being situated close to Derry Airport, there is a fear that lanterns could cause havoc.The lanterns, which are brought up into the air by the heat from small candles inside, can reach heights of up to 1,000 feet and travel for miles.However Mr Kennedy warned that unless people have sought permission to release the lanterns from the IAA, it is actual illegal to do so.“It is too late now for people to seek our permission to release these lanterns so we would ask them not to.“By law people should be contacting us and we will review each application. “We will look at each proposed release and determine if it is too close to an airport to cause a danger.“We would not consider any more than 50 lanterns in one release but in theory even the release of one lantern should be notified to ourselves.“We don’t want to spoil people’s New Year celebrations but we also want to ensure that the dangers posed by these lanterns is not realised,” he said.PEOPLE WARNED ABOUT RELEASING LANTERNS ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: December 30th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Irish Airport AuthoritylanternsNew Year’s DayWarninglast_img read more