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The Gills / Cong Sinh Architects

first_img Year:  Photographs photographs:  Hiroyuki OkiPhotographs:  Hiroyuki OkiSave this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiRecommended ProductsDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesText description provided by the architects. When I was a child, I had been living in my grandparent’s house. That is a small house in a lush garden of fruit trees. In that house, my bed room was looking out the garden; every morning, I was awakened by the gently sunbeams exposed through foliages; some night, you could hear sound of the rain fallen on leaves.Save this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiLater, when I arrived to Ho Chi Minh City for business, my first feeling about this place is a stuffy, cramped, smoky life, not as secure as my hometown, and also the living places are lacked of sunlight and wind.Save this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiTherefore, when building a house for myself, my desire is having a place to sleep which reminisce about my childhood, send me to a sound sleep like olden times. Site area of the house is 60sqm, located in a resettlement area with the general architecture cluttered and spontaneous. The house’s utilities at once have office below and living space of a couple and children above.Save this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiVietnam have tropical climate, the dry season have high temperature with the prolonged swelter. So that, the most important criteria of this house is the sensible uses of sunlight and wind. The light come to the house should not be directly; by that way, in the hot sunny day it will have high intensity, harshly affect human health. In rainy season, rain will not be blow into the house too hard. And one more thing is solving security issue while opening the window for ventilation at night.Save this picture!DetailThe solution I set is building a wall designed ventilation slots with 13cm width for sealing and dividing space according to each home member demands. In addition, the vertical aluminum trellis for ventilation and brought the indirect light to spaces in both directions.Save this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiThe light is gather from two sides of the house, mostly go through the vines, the water, the walls with many pore slots and aluminum trellis systems into the house;  the light also comes from the top down from the skylight in the middle of the house, this light is filtered by the plaster plates horizontal below the glass roof.Save this picture!Second Floor PlanBased on the sun’s path, the panels systems are arranged for the direct light crossover a little into the house in rainy season (It is cool at that time). Light come to the house totally indirect with appropriate intensity, gently spread to every space as far as each corners of the rooms. Wind come to the house from both sides front and behind, go through the walls with slots to every space in the house. Hot air will out from above, two ventilation panels systems just below the glass roof at the skylight. We can feel the everywhere in the house. Area:  261 m² Area:  261 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project The Gills / Cong Sinh Architects 2014 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/610038/the-gills-cong-sinh-architects Clipboard Vietnam “COPY” 2014 Architects: Cong Sinh Architects Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/610038/the-gills-cong-sinh-architects Clipboardcenter_img CopyAbout this officeCong Sinh ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDistrict 7HousingResidentialHousesVietnamPublished on March 19, 2015Cite: “The Gills / Cong Sinh Architects” 18 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” Projects ArchDaily CopyHouses•District 7, Vietnam Save this picture!© Hiroyuki Oki+ 32 Share Save this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiSection of the skylight has the opener steps of floors from top to down for equally the sunlight to spaces below. The front facade also has the section with the opener steps of floors from top to down in order to avoid the rain and prevent a part of the direct sunlight into the house. Sunlight or rain can cross down caring trees below.Save this picture!SectionLiving in this house, I feel like living in my old lush garden, welcome the cool breezes from the South facade of the house. (In Vietnam, South is the good wind direction.) I hope this house will inspires the neighbors, in which many people like her, who had lived in the house with the gargen and now live in a small house in this area.Save this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiProject gallerySee allShow lessLuo Fu Shan Shui Museum / ADARC AssociatesSelected ProjectsPavilion in a Garden / CollectiveProjectSelected Projects Share The Gills / Cong Sinh ArchitectsSave this projectSaveThe Gills / Cong Sinh Architects Houses Year: last_img read more

Colombian-U.S cooperation leads to guilty pleas by three international drug traffickers case

first_imgBy Dialogo October 08, 2014 Three Colombian drug traffickers who conspired to use speedboats to traffic cocaine into the United States pleaded guilty October 3, marking the culmination of cooperative efforts by officials from both countries to bring them to justice. Ángel Javier Varón Castro, 43; Luis Delio Herrera Astudillo, 45; and Eusebio David Webster Archbold, 33, entered their pleas in federal court in Washington, D.C. Their charges included one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine on board a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. Those charges came after a 17-month investigation in which Colombian police cooperated with U.S. anti-drug agents to break up their drug trafficking group. Ultimately, they were able to record conversations, using phone taps, in which the defendants spoke about using two 12-meter go-fast boats to transport cocaine. The U.S. Coast Guard interdicted the vessels in international waters in February and April 2010, respectively, according to the U.S. Justice Department, leading to the arrests of the three traffickers. “These defendants and their drug trafficking partners used seagoing vessels to inject vast quantities of cocaine into international commerce,” said U.S. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell. “But while drug traffickers may believe they can operate on the high seas with impunity, [the] convictions prove otherwise. Working with our international partners, we will bring to justice those who would flood our ports and, ultimately, our communities with dangerous narcotics.” “[The] guilty pleas highlight our successful and vigorous partnership with Colombian law enforcement as we work to halt the flow of drugs heading north from the coast of Colombia.” Those pleas took place before U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell, who scheduled sentencing for January 9, 2015. “The arrests and guilty pleas of these three international drug smugglers are the direct result of the resolute partnership between the DEA and our Colombian law enforcement partners,” DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart said in a prepared statement. “This is another example of the fine work that DEA, prosecutors, and our partners around the globe accomplish every day.” The guilty pleas mark yet another success of the U.S.-Colombia partnership in the counter-narcotics fight. In May, Colombian and U.S. military units worked together to seize 2.3 metric tons of cocaine from a semi-submersible vessel and arrest its three-man crew about 43 miles off the South American country’s Pacific Coast. The seized drugs were worth an estimated $71 million (USD), according to police. The operation marked the first time since 1993 that Colombian security forces seized a semi-submersible vessel transporting drugs while the crew was on board. The fiberglass vessel, which was about 13 meters long and two meters wide, had been traveling from Sanquianga, a national park in the department of Nariño, on the Pacific Coast near the border with Ecuador. This is how you work, side-by-side, they are an example. Sea traffic control is very well controlled, I think the only way they have left would be to come in by land to Panamanian territory and continue their route through Central America, which makes their shipping costs higher, because they would have to bribe lots of authorities before reaching the border with the U.S.A. Little by little they’re being corralled and the shipping costs become unprofitable, if the Central American authorities are able to bring technology to their police corps with staff that don’t [fall for bribes] this would be achieved with a well-paid police career and lots of technical training, and work security. Colombia could give them great help in teaching and techniques to fight the drug trafficking organizations.last_img read more

Razer Book 13 With 11th Gen Intel Core Processors, Up to 4K Display Launched

first_img– Advertisement – Razer Book 13 has been announced as the company’s latest thin and light productivity laptop. It does not follow the gaming laptop aesthetic that Razer is known for, however, the build quality and keyboard have been carried down to the Razer Book 13. There are multiple models for the laptop and all of them are powered by Intel’s 11th generation Core processors. They are available in a single colour option but you can get the Razer Book 13 with or without the touch screen.Razer Book 13 priceThe Razer Book 13 is priced at $1,199 (roughly Rs. 89,000) for the Core i5 + 8GB + 256GB model, $1,599 (roughly Rs. 1.18 lakh) for the Core i7 + 16GB + 256GB model, and $1,999 (roughly Rs. 1.48 lakh) for the Core i7 + 16GB + 512GB model. They are offered in a single Mercury colour option and are currently up for pre-orders in the US. As of now, it is unclear if and when the Razer Book 13 will make its way to the Indian market.Razer Book 13 specifications- Advertisement – The Razer Book 13 runs Windows 10 Home and all three models come with 13-inch displays. The laptop can be equipped with up to a 4K touch display with 178-degree viewing angles and 60Hz refresh rate. Under the hood, the laptop is powered by up to an 11th generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor with Intel Iris Xe graphics. You get up to 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage with the Razer Book 13.The keyboard supports per-key RGB lighting powered by Razer Chroma and also supports anti-ghosting. The Razer Book 13 comes with a 55Wh battery and a 65W power adapter. For connectivity, it comes with Intel Wireless AX 201, Bluetooth 5.1, a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, a Thunderbolt 4 port, an HDMI 2.0 port, a microSD card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.The audio is handled by two speakers with THX Spatial Audio and there is also a four mic array. In terms of dimensions, the Razer Book 13 measures 198.5×295.6×15.15mm and weighs between 1.34kg to 1.40kg, depending on the configuration.- Advertisement –center_img Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

Syracuse capitalizes on early advantage against Colorado, snapping 4-game losing skid

first_img Published on February 15, 2019 at 8:10 pm Contact Arabdho: [email protected] | @aromajumder Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img On a television screen beside an about 6-foot tall inflatable Otto the Orange, the score read 1-0 in favor of Syracuse. Both sets of players lined up on court No. 3 before the match, waiting to be announced.Before the match started, SU was already up because Colorado senior Annabelle Andrinopoulos was sidelined with an injury. The Buffaloes only carried six players on their roster, so they forfeited a singles match. Only two doubles matches would be played, and CU forfeited the third.“I told them before we went and played that sometimes I’ve seen situations where teams have won matches with four players,” SU head coach Younes Limam said. “That’s all you need. You need four points in a dual match, and you can be down two players and just battle and find a way.”No. 19 Syracuse (5-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) took advantage of the early lead, snapping its four-game losing streak against Colorado (4-4) with a 6-1 win on Friday afternoon at Drumlins Country Club. The Orange started four of their last five dual matches down the first point, the exception being against Pepperdine last weekend when the contest began with singles. SU had also lost five straight doubles points coming into Friday. Guzal Yusupova and Dina Hegab turned that around.The pair rattled off four-straight games to start their match before Colorado answered. After a Hegab error at deuce made it 4-1, Yusupova slammed the ball back into the net before sitting on the bench for the changeover. Sofya Golubovskaya said Thursday that SU’s doubles struggles stemmed from an inability to close out sets, and Yusupova and Hegab lost after leading 5-2 against Boston College on Feb. 3. The Orange’s second pair broke the trend against Colorado, finishing the set 6-2 and taking the doubles point for Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think that will give us a huge boost of confidence going into our next doubles point,” Miranda Ramirez said. “Just knowing not only that we won the point, but we also won it at home, which gives us an even stronger boost of confidence.”Yusupova and Golubovskaya sat out for singles. Limam didn’t give a reason as to why. Sonya Treshcheva was out with an ankle injury, and Masha Tritou and Libi Mesh filled in. Tritou had played doubles with Golubovskaya last weekend at the ITA Women’s National Indoor Championship, and Mesh had played at sixth singles. Both cruised through their first sets in singles on Friday.Mesh continued the momentum into the second and was the first player to finish, winning 6-0, 6-2. Mesh’s opponent switched to an unorthodox underhand serve during the match, but it played to Mesh’s advantage. She stepped up on her returns, attacking the weaker serve.“I was just adjusting throughout the match, seeing what works for me, what doesn’t, and finding a way to get the W,” Mesh said.Tritou slowed after winning the first set 6-2. She lost the second 6-3 and fell behind 3-0 to start the third. The senior couldn’t come back on court No. 1 and eventually lost the third set 6-3. It was CU’s lone point of the afternoon.At first and second singles, the Orange bounced back to take the match. The Orange’s top singles player, Gabriela Knutson, played Colorado’s Sara Nayar, who typically plays second singles. Nayar was the early aggressor, taking the first set in a tiebreak, 7-3 and jumping to a 4-2 lead in the second frame. It was a wake-up call for Knutson, Limam said. Nayar was putting balls deep in the court, not giving Knutson any opportunities. SU’s star player needed to reset and stick to her game plan.“After that (first set), she was herself out there and she played to win instead of lose,” Limam said, “and that was the biggest thing for her was to play on her terms and commit to her shots.”Knutson fought back, winning the match in three sets 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-2. Her doubles partner, Ramirez, grabbed the first set 6-4 before falling behind 5-2 in the second. Ramirez said her mindset at that point was, “it doesn’t matter, I can still take this set,” and she played with more fire because of the pressure. She broke her opponent back before going down three match points on her own serve at 4-5. Ramirez defended the first two, earning cheers of “So good, so good,” from the sidelines and making it deuce. Then she won a second serve point to hold and even the score at five games a piece.The SU junior completed the comeback with a 7-5 second set win, which clinched the win for the Orange.Hegab was the last to finish on Friday afternoon. All the players shifted to court four to watch her play on court five as her match went to a third set. A super tiebreaker was used, which is a tiebreak that goes to 10 points. Hegab grabbed a couple of mini-breaks before fleshing out her lead at 9-5. She couldn’t capitalize on her first match point, taking the set 10-6 and earning Syracuse’s sixth point.It was Syracuse’s first win since Jan. 27 and comes before a matchup with Harvard on Sunday at 11 a.m. to close the weekend. It was a “reassurance” to SU before a three-game ACC road trip over the next two weekends.“It’s a really good thing for us and to just get rid of the losing streak,” Ramirez said. “We hate that.”last_img read more

NBA trade rumors: ‘There’s no way’ Anthony Davis is being dealt to Lakers

first_imgNow, is that to say the Pelicans don’t trade Davis to another team and then that team deals him to Los Angeles? No. That’s perfectly possible. But there have been no such reports of that being a possibility.Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, told ESPN he would not sign an extension with the team and prefers to be traded. Related News He is not a free agent until 2020.New Orleans could still trade Davis, and the Celtics are among the teams hoping to get the center in a deal.Just about every other team will be interested in acquiring the six-time All-Star, but for now the conversation is centered around L.A. and Boston. LeBron James vows return to playoffs after disappointing season If LeBron James is going to get help with the Lakers, it won’t come from the Pelicans.According to The Undefeated’s Marc Spears (via Pro Basketball Talk), there is “no way” the Pelicans will trade Davis to the Lakers.last_img read more

Half-time: Seattle Sounders 2 Chelsea 4

first_imgEden Hazard and Marko Marin scored on their debuts for Chelsea, whose pre-season trip to the United States got off to an action-packed start.Belgian winger Hazard scored one of three goals in the opening 13 minutes in Seattle, where Romelu Lukaku netted twice.The Blues took an early lead when striker Lukaku finished well after being set up by Josh McEachran.Hazard then tricked his way down the left and scored with the help of a deflection, before a mistake by McEachran enabled the Sounders to pull one back.The young midfielder’s wayward pass went straight to Fredy Montero, who fired past goalkeeper Hilario.And Montero struck again on 33 minutes when he collected Mauro Rosales’ ball forward and slotted home.But Chelsea hit back through Marin, who cut inside after receiving McEachran’s pass and saw his deflected shot deceive keeper Bryan Meredith.Marin then turned provider, playing in Lukaku who rounded Meredith and steered the ball into an unguarded net.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fortuna High head football coach Mike Benbow nominated for national award

first_imgAs much as Mike Benbow enjoys celebrating victories on the football field, he takes pleasure out of watching his players succeed in life just that much more. He wants to build good players into even better people and have them cherish the chance to play in front of the Fortuna community.Turns out, it’s being noticed by plenty of folks.It was announced Tuesday that Benbow has been included in the top 50 nominees for U.S. Cellular’s Most Valuable Coach program, with voting officially underway …last_img

Lessons learned from the farm help CCA serve others

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIt is not that books, research and coursework are unimportant for agriculture — they certainly are. The best agronomists, though, are able to combine those book smarts with real lessons learned from hands in the dirt on a working farm.With nearly 40 years of crop advising service in the Hancock County area, agronomist Don Boehm combines knowledge gained while managing his own farm to best serve the customers he works with as the crop protection manager at Legacy Farmers Cooperative.Boehm, from Findlay, was recently named the 2019 CCA of the Year by the Ohio Certified Crop Adviser Program at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference.“The thing that has been the most rewarding to me is that God has blessed us with the opportunity to farm, so I get to use a lot of these same things I talk about on my own operation. I have learned a lot on my farm to help educate others. It has been a great experience,” Boehm said. “Legacy Farmers Cooperative has been one of the key partners for the 4Rs. We just do a lot of things to be sure we are good stewards. We pride ourselves that with what we do, the ground we work with is better tomorrow than it is today.”He is currently responsible for weed management recommendations, scouting and implementation strategies for the 4R principles at Legacy, which was among the first facilities certified in the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program. Throughout his career he has been involved with sales, management and direct work with farmers in his role as a CCA, allowing him to implement new technology and practices for farmer customers and on his own farm. Boehm also heads up the Ohio AgriBusiness Association’s agronomy subcommittee and serves on the industry education planning committee.“Don leads the agronomy employees at Legacy to get their CCAs and follow good recommendations and practices,” said David Wurm, who nominated Boehm for the award. “He practices what he preaches — implementing nitrogen and phosphorus efficiency practices on his own farm.”Boehm has seen an incredible move toward conservation in his career.“When I started in 1979 there wasn’t much no-till at all. It was all moldboard plowing when I started. Then it went to chiseling and minimum-till. But it was pretty quickly that we went from full tillage to minimum-till to no-till in the early 80s,” Boehm said. “When they first were doing no-till they were using old planters that were reconfigured to make it work for no-till. Then John Deere was kind of a leader with the no-till drill and guys could actually get a good stand and it made it easier to no-till. The equipment helped bring no-till along. The advent of Roundup Ready beans also helped and the use of proper burndown helped too. These things helped springboard into less tillage. A third component of that is farmers wanting to get bigger. Farming 400 acres just didn’t work anymore to make a living and no-till allowed farmers to grow their operations and still get planted in a timely manner. Everything goes hand in hand. One thing wouldn’t have worked without the other.”The use of more cover crops has taken conservation another step on Boehm’s farm and on the farms of Legacy members.“Since we don’t have a lot of wheat here any more, most of our cover crops follow corn or soybeans and there is not a big planting window. That limits us to a lot of cereal rye. If we were in southern Ohio we’d have that extra week or 10 days of growing that would help. I think cover crops make the soil more mellow,” Boehm said. “Where we have cereal rye after corn stalks the following spring, as we go to no-till our beans in there the ground is just mellower. We don’t kill the rye before we plant so our rye might get 3, 4 or 6 feet tall before we plant. That creates a nice mat to help hold moisture and we see multiple benefits. We like to have that trash on top to decompose and build organic matter. It also helps with weed control. A decent stand will help control marestail and other weeds. You still have to manage cover crops though. Sometimes the key is being willing and able to manage them.”As with other farming practices, Boehm experimented with cover crops on his own farm to help him make better recommendations for others.“By farming and using these practices myself I can speak fromDon Boehm of Findlay was named the 2019 CCA of the Year.experience and I’ll tell them if I like something or if I don’t,” he said. “We have seen, every year, the fields we had cereal rye on always yielded better soybeans. We tried it for 3 or 4 years before we started putting cereal rye on everything.”Because he works within the watershed of the Western Lake Erie Basin, nutrient management has taken on an especially important role in every aspect of Boehm’s career in the last decade.“When I started, guys would pull one soil sample out of a 40-acre field so they would know if they needed lime. Then over time we started pulling multiple samples from the field and that was better, but there was still no consistency. When we went to grid soil sampling or sampling by soil type that took us to the next level. It allows us to put the nutrients at the right spot. When I first started, guys would put 300 or 400 pounds per acre of fertilizer broadcast per acre. Now it may only average 150 pounds across the field, though there are still spots that may get 300 pounds and there are spots that don’t get any. The amount of fertilizer maybe hasn’t been cut in half, but we are probably using a third less fertilizer because of managing it better,” Boehm said. “If you don’t need any, you don’t put it on. In this day and age farmers don’t put fertilizer on just because. It is too expensive. I don’t think the general public understands that.”As more research has gone in to the minutia of nutrient management, Boehm has continued to evolve and improve on his farm, and he helps his customers do the same.“Now the science is telling us phosphorus has to be incorporated and we have two sides pulling different ways because I think no-till is also the right thing to do. How can you no-till and apply phosphates properly to where everyone wins in a best management practice? That is why we went to a strip-till unit. That is a way to maintain most of the benefits of no-till because we are just disturbing a 6-inch strip and we are able to put the nutrients below the surface. To me, that is the right way to do it. Is it the only way? Probably not, but for our own operation we bought a strip-till unit last fall. For the first time we have strip-tilled our nutrients below ground. We are trying to do the things we know are beneficial.”Boehm has also been able to learn and stay on top of the latest technology and practices through his work with the Legacy research farm.“We try to stay current and we are always looking ahead to what might work tomorrow. Whether you are a farmer or a retailer you always need to be looking ahead. Work with trusted advisors. Find someone who is knowledgeable and that you feel good working with. You have to have your ear to the ground. Standing still means you’re going backwards. There are a lot of outside sources. Be willing to read and learn and try and go from there,” he said. “That is what I have tried to do. I have been blessed with a great wife, kids, grand kids and a great job. Farming is a special occupation. There is nothing for me that beats working in agriculture.”As CCA of the Year, Boehm received a plaque and a $1,500 cash award, courtesy of the Ohio Association of Independent Crop Consultants, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Nutrien. Sponsored by the Ohio CCA Program, the CCA of the Year state award recognizes an individual who is highly motivated, delivers exceptional customer service for farmer clients in nutrient management, soil and water management, integrated pest management, and crop production, and has contributed substantially to the exchange of ideas and the transfer of agronomic knowledge within the agricultural industry in Ohio. Other recent honorees include: John Fritz, The Andersons, Inc.; Timothy Berning, Precision Agri Services, Inc.; Matthew VanTillburg, VanTillburg Farms; and Chuck Gates, Seed Consultants Inc.“Don represents the very best of Ohio CCAs,” said Logan Haake, chairman of the Ohio CCA board. “We are proud to add his name to the list of CCAs of the Year, as one of our longest serving Ohio CCAs.”To view the full list of past award recipients, visit oaba.net/cca_award. For more information about the Ohio CCA Program, visit oaba.net/cca.last_img read more

Canada, Scotland teams delay their departure for ‘troubled’ CWG

first_imgWith barely a week to go before the Commonwealth Games would begin in the national capital, Scotland and Canada have decided to delay the departures of their teams to New Delhi because of the unfinished athletes’ Games Village.Labourers work outside Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, the main venue for the Commonwealth Games, in New Delhi on Wednesday, September 22, 2010.Meanwhile, an official with the New Zealand swimming team said international swimming federations could quickly stage an alternative meet if the Games were cancelled.Commonwealth Games Federation President Mike Fennell headed to New Delhi, seeking emergency talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the situation, the Games’ Chief Executive, Mike Hooper, said on Wednesday. Hooper had castigated Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi earlier this year for the haphazard planning and execution of Games projects.The idea of holding the Commonwealth Games in India initially sounded good as this would have helped the country broaden stage for international competitions and encouraged economic development.But frantic last-minute preparations are verging on chaos, international sports officials are furious, and the Games have become an international embarrassment that could threaten plans for major sporting events in other developing nations.The Games organisers have faced a slew of troubles recently, including heavy rains, a citywide outbreak of dengue fever, fears over security after the shooting of two tourists near Jama Masjid, and the collapse of a pedestrian bridge at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, injuring at least 26 construction workers, five critically. Part of a false ceiling at the weightlifting venue also collapsed on Wednesday.advertisementThe Games Village was still unfinished on Wednesday, the eve of its scheduled opening. The home for more than 7,000 athletes and officials from 71 countries and territories has been called “unfit for human habitation”.Andrew Foster, head of Commonwealth Games England, said on Wednesday “the next 24 to 48 hours is the critical time” to determine if the standards of the athletes’ village can be raised.So far, four athletes – including three world champions – have said they won’t attend because of health or safety concerns.Indian government officials insisted they would prove the critics wrong.Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna, in New York for the U.N. General Assembly, told the BBC that the Games will be “one of the most successful that the Commonwealth has undertaken”. He blamed “the prolonged monsoon” for the problems.New Delhi, chosen over the Canadian city of Hamilton, Ontario, as host, has had seven years to prepare, though little was done until 2008. Armies of workers – often rural villagers making just a few dollars a day – have been deployed across the city in recent weeks to get it ready.Indian officials have long dismissed international worries over the slow preparations, even though they were more than a year behind schedule. At one point, the sports minister joked the Games were like a stereotypical big chaotic Indian wedding – and after lots of last-minute efforts everything would turn out fine.But in recent weeks, as the many problems became more apparent, the media have turned increasingly critical, questioning why the government hadn’t done more to reign in mismanagement.Experts say that taking the event to India carried inherent risks.The trend in recent years among major international sports bodies, such as the International Olympic Committee, is for what organisers call “universality” – spreading major competitions around the world as much as possible, including to developing nations where such events have rarely been held.Last year, the IOC awarded the 2016 Summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro, taking the games to South America for the first time. Africa is now the only continent that hasn’t had an Olympics. But South Africa’s triumphant hosting of this year’s World Cup despite widespread concerns has made it a strong contender for the 2020 Olympics.”It’s part of a desire to keep expanding the range of countries that can host these events,” senior Canadian IOC member Dick Pound told The Associated Press. “You know when you do that the risks are much higher. You just hope the sense of national importance for the host country will allow it to focus on what resources are required and get it done. That said, the risks remain.”So what happened in India?There’s no simple answer. Certainly some blame lies with the central government, which only recently began keeping a close watch on preparations. The Indian media is also rife with allegations of widespread corruption.And some is pure bad luck: New Delhi has had its heaviest monsoons in decades this year.advertisement”There’s an awful lot of talent in India,” Pound said. “There’s no inherent reason why they could not make a national effort to pull it together better than they have – or seem to have.”He also noted the Commonwealth, unlike the IOC, is at heart a political grouping, so there is pressure to hold some games away from the traditional hosts of Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.”You can’t have the same old four or five white countries doing these games all the time,” he said.The IOC and FIFA both have committees which carry out regular and rigorous inspections of preparations for the Olympics and World Cup, something that helps avoid the type of chaos engulfing the games in India.The IOC had to put heavy pressure on Athens ahead of the 2004 Athens Olympics after chronic construction delays and political wrangling put those games at risk.”We saw what happened in Athens,” Pound said. “There’s a limit to what you can do if you don’t have the national will or there’s a domestic conflict between different groups or political parties.”Pound said Kingston, Jamaica, proved when it hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1966 that developing countries can pull it off with the necessary zeal.The message to India and others, he said, is: “If we’re going to do this and occupy a share of the world’s stage, we’ve got to do it properly. If we’re not committed to it, we shouldn’t do it.”India’s troubles have severely dented its hopes of bidding for the 2020 or 2024 Olympics.”I’m sure it’s put that back by at least a decade,” Pound said.The economic impact of staging major global sports events can weigh heavily on host cities and countries.The Indian government initially pegged the cost of the Commonwealth Games at less than $100 million in 2003, but the figure has skyrocketed, with estimates ranging from $3 billion to more than $10 billion.Unlike the Olympics or World Cup, the Commonwealth Games do not attract major international sponsors or TV rights fees.Although China was able to use the Beijing Olympics to highlight how far it has come after decades of isolation, India is falling behind in that quest.”When you look at China’s very monolithic, dictatorial approach, they have a machine where they can make things happen in a very deterministic manner, whereas India is a colorful and chaotic democracy and sometimes things don’t quite go as planned,” said Gunjan Bagla, founder of Amritt, Inc., a California consulting firm that helps Western companies do business in Asia.But the games remain deeply important to India’s national pride, making it highly unlikely the government will call them off.”We’re absolutely prepared,” Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar, who is in charge of monitoring the readiness for Singh, told CNN-IBN television Wednesday.last_img read more

Watch: Chris Carson the Tank Engine

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Our photo/video guy Chris Knox put together this awesome video of Chris Carson set to the lyrics of a Biggie Smalls/Thomas the Tank Engine mashup. I of course had no idea what in the world the song was, but I have to say it’s pretty awesome.We tried our best to edit out all the expletives, and I think we got them all, but you might want to keep the volume down just in case.Also, if you missed it, you should read Kyle Cox on Carson’s renaissance.last_img read more