Mentally-rejuvenated Nick Kyrgios to cut back on 2019 schedule

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On returning home he told his local Canberra Times newspaper he was “starting to see some psychologists and trying to get on top of my mental health”, admitting he had “probably left it a little too long”.He makes his tennis comeback at the Brisbane International this week as defending champion and said he was feeling much better but would tighten-up his schedule after a grueling 2018.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 Chriss“Being home solved a lot of my problems. It was more mental than anything,” he said.“I was away from home for five-and-a-half months. I don’t ever want to do that again. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts after being defeated by Bradley Klahn of the US during their men’s single round of 64 match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament on October 8, 2018. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP)Temperamental Australian Nick Kyrgios says he will cut back on his schedule in 2019, blaming long stints away from home for mental health issues that led him to see psychologists.The fiery 23-year-old had another roller-coaster tennis season this year where he was criticized for his on-court antics, before an elbow injury forced him to call an early halt to the year in October.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title INQUIRER SPORTS TOP 7 Stories of the year: Team Lakay’s dominance in ONE “Battling injuries, going to tournaments and not even playing was tough, but again, they’re not really big problems,” he added.“I’ll have a lighter schedule and when I play, enjoy playing and just compete.”His start to the new season hasn’t gone entirely to plan after he was bitten by a spider and admitted to hospital on Christmas Day.But after antibiotics and rest he said he was ready to go again.“I didn’t take it (bite) seriously. I just felt an irritation on my foot the day before Christmas,” he said. “There’s worse things in the world but I think I’ll be okay.”Kyrgios has been dealt a tough start to his Brisbane defense after being drawn to face American Ryan Harrison in the first round in a rematch of the 2018 final.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “If I was to win the US Open or something, I won’t play again for the rest of the year,” he added.The supremely talented but combustible Kyrgios has become infamous for petulant behavior, outbursts and meltdowns on court.At the US Open in August an umpire gave him a controversial pep talk during his second-round game for his perceived lack of effort.And he was criticized for his lackluster performance in exiting the Shanghai Masters in the first round in October.Kyrgios said that “being away from home was the toughest bit”.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Is A “Step-down Protest” Unconstitutional?

first_imgSince members of the “Council of Patriots” announced December 30 as a day of a nationwide protest to call on President George Weah to ‘step down’ from power, many people, mainly those of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and other loyalists, have condemned the planned protest and described it as “Unconstitutional.”In recent days, Justice Minister Musa F. Dean added to the public condemnation by stating that the “Step down” campaign is not only unconstitutional but also ‘treasonable.’ Treason is a crime of trying to overthrow your country’s government or of helping your country’s enemies during war (Merriam Webster Dictionary).Also adding to the voices condemning the planned protest is the political leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Alexander Cummings. In a radio broadcast, Mr. Cummings said he would rather support a protest that seeks to compel the government to address the economic crises in the country but not a “Step down” campaign which he says is unconstitutional.Our concern for this issue as a newspaper is not about taking sides with either party, but setting the basis for the argument whether or not the Liberian Constitution frowns on citizens calling on an elected President to step down if they find it necessary.Article 1 of the Liberian Constitution states: “All power is inherent in the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefit and they have the right to alter and reform the same when their safety and happiness so require. In order to ensure democratic government which responds to the wishes of the governed, the people shall have the right at such period, and in such manner as provided for under this Constitution, to cause their public servants to leave office and to fill vacancies by regular elections and appointments.”We are not constitutional lawyers or the Supreme Court to interpret the Constitution; nevertheless, the English Language written in the above article is clear and comprehensible to all and sundry that the people shall have the right “At such period” and in “Such manner” to cause their public servants to leave office and to fill vacancies by regular elections and appointments.” Furthermore, it did not differentiate the presidency from the rest of elected public servants.In terms of the treason, as noted in a letter from the Justice Ministry to the Council of Patriots (CoP), it is yet to be established how this right can be equated to overthrowing the President or helping the enemies of the country to undermine its sovereignty when the right to ask public officials to leave offices is not restricted but encompasses all elected and appointed officials.Additionally, Article 63 (b) also puts it this way. “Whenever the office of the President shall become vacant by reason of death, resignation, impeachment, or the President shall be declared incapable of carrying out the duties and functions of his office, the Vice-President shall succeed to the office of the President to complete the unexpired term. In such a case, this does not constitute a term.”The argument now is, who declares the President incapable and what constitutes incapability? The English Dictionary defines Incapability as the quality of not being capable physically or intellectually or legally to perform a task.For assembling to protest, Article 17 of the Constitution states that “All persons, at all times, in an orderly and peaceable manner, shall have the right to assemble and consult upon the common good, to instruct their representatives, to petition the Government or other functionaries for the redress of grievances and to associate fully with others or refuse to associate in political parties, trade unions and other organizations.”Protest, according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, means something said or done that shows disagreement with or disapproval of something; an event at which people gather together to show strong disapproval about something.Taking into account constitutional provisions and key definitions associated with the issue on hand, a protest calling on the President to step down can be argued to logical conclusions.There are two suggested approaches the Daily Observer can recommend to mitigate the situation. Firstly, it will be in the interest of the government not to flaunt its power but to seek dialogue with the aggrieved citizens to abandon the protest as suggested earlier by Nimba County District #7 Representative Roger Domah.Lastly, the Justice Ministry should ensure to provide security to protect the protesters and not to refuse their request for security protection. This will help not only in the protection of the peace, but will build confidence of the public in the security of the country.Like the June 7 Protest that locked the city down the whole day, the organizers have continuously said that the protest will be peaceful. Therefore, let the government through the Justice Ministry provide security protection instead of creating a condition that will escalate the problem.This is even more urgent now that an obscure group which calls itself the Independent Council of Patriots (INCOP) led by former representative and Deputy Minister Rufus Neufville, has threatened to organize a counter protest to coincide with the December 30 protest planned by the Council of Patriots(COP).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bandits rob Kuru Kururu businessman

first_imgA Kuru Kururu, Soesdyke/Linden Highway business was on Thursday afternoon robbed of 4,000 in cash, ,000 worth of phone cards, and four mobile phones after three unmasked and armed men barged into the entity.Police reports indicate that the bandits entered the R&T Variety Store and demanded cash and other valuables as they held the owners at gunpoint.However, during the ordeal, the elderly woman managed to escape the bandit’s clutches and ran next door to a neighbour’s home where she raised an alarm and sought refuge.However, her elderly husband was severely beaten. The bandits dragged the man to the house where the men continued the assault him while demanding valuables. After some time, the men ransacked the house and found the money.Before leaving, the men snatched the phone cards and escaped in a waiting silver grey Toyota Premio.The matter was reported to the Police and an investigation was launched.last_img read more

West Ham duo back fit but will NOT feature against Arsenal

first_img1 West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says Saturday’s London derby against Arsenal will come too early for James Collins and Sam Byram to return.The duo have been recovering from respective knocks in recent weeks and returned to light training this week.Bilic now has a full squad to pick from for the visit of the Gunners, but insists the two defenders won’t be risked.“James Collins and Sam Byram didn’t train with us for a few weeks but both of them will train with us on Friday,” said the Croatian.“Of course it’s going to be too early for them to be in the squad for Saturday but they are coming back before the end of the season.” James Collins last_img

‘ CAN YOU AFFORD TO LOSE ANYTHING THIS CHRISTMAS?’ – BY SGT PAUL WALLACE

first_imgGARDAI have today issued some timely advice in order to beat crime this Christmas.Gda Sgt Paul Wallace says criminals are looking to cash in on your property over the festive period.Here’s what he has to say: BY SGT PAUL WALLACEYou can afford to lose nothing!➢ Keep a sharp eye on strange vehicles in the vicinity of your farm & elderly neighbours.➢ Restrict access onto your property; maintain your boundary fences, hedges and walls. ➢ Install a monitored intruder alarm to your home and buildings that are vulnerable.➢ Lighting – Illuminate areas which are overlooked from your home.➢ Shopping – Ask a neighbour to look over your property when you are out shopping, (you can also return the favour).➢ Be careful to lock your shopping/gifts in the boot of your car – remember the elves (oops) the thieves are about.Mark / Record your Property ➢ Photograph machinery & equipment.➢ Keep a record of the serial numbers markings on equipment.➢ Use your unique code and registered number for example Garda/PSNI/IFA Scheme in the Northern Garda Region.➢ Use overt and covert marking i.e. Obvious and Hidden marking. Elderly:➢ Check on older persons over the Christmas & New Year Holiday Periods.➢ Remember older people love to receive a visit, or telephone call it can be that simple.➢ Older people in isolated, rural mountainous areas are especially vulnerable at this time of year.‘ CAN YOU AFFORD TO LOSE ANYTHING THIS CHRISTMAS?’ – BY SGT PAUL WALLACE was last modified: December 19th, 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:’ CAN YOU AFFORD TO LOSE ANYTHING THIS CHRISTMAS?’ – BY SGT PAUL WALLACElast_img read more

Resident stops man’s carjacking attempts

first_imgVALENCIA – A man who tried to steal three vehicles by force from a shopping center parking lot was apprehended by a quick-thinking resident on the way to his daughter’s school. The man, believed to be in his mid-20s, was taken to a hospital for facial injuries and observation of erratic behavior. Ronald Escott, a private investigator who also works as an electrical contractor, was leaving his home about 3:30 p.m. when he saw the man beating on the driver’s-side window of a van parked near Hollywood Video on Bouquet Canyon Road near Newhall Ranch Road. “I was coming out of my house (across Bouquet Canyon Road) to pick up my daughter and this gentleman was punching the window of this van trying to steal it,” Escott said. “The driver was smart and he gunned it and got out of there. Speaker said that no one in the store recognized the man. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I left my truck and grabbed my gun and chased him. I called 911 and told them what was going on. When I drew down on him, he put his hands up and I was able to apprehend him. I wasn’t gonna let him go, he looked kind of wild.” Sheriff’s Deputy John Liebe said the suspect, who was not identified, attempted to carjack three different victims in the shopping center lot. One victim was beaten by the suspect, who suffered injuries himself to his face and was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for observation. “He appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance,” Liebe said. Theresa Speaker, an employee at Hollywood Video, said patrons of the store saw the suspect outside banging on the window of a vehicle belonging to a customer who had just left the store. “Then a van pulled up and he started beating on that car,” Speaker said. “When he drove away, he chased a guy on a bike.” last_img read more

PRRS resistance discovered in hogs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus was first detected in the U.S. in 1987. Pigs that contract the disease have extreme difficulty reproducing, don’t gain weight and have a high mortality rate. To date, no vaccine has been effective, and the disease costs North American farmers more than $660 million annually. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Missouri, Kansas State University, and Genus plc have bred pigs that are not harmed by the disease.“Once inside the pigs, PRRS needs some help to spread; it gets that help from a protein called CD163,” said Randall Prather, distinguished professor of animal sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. “We were able to breed a litter of pigs that do not produce this protein, and as a result, the virus doesn’t spread. When we exposed the pigs to PRRS, they did not get sick and continued to gain weight normally.”For years, scientists have been trying to determine how the virus infected pigs and how to stop it. Previously, researchers believed that the virus entered pigs by being inhaled into the lungs, where it attached to a protein known as sialoadhesin on the surface of white blood cells in the lungs. However, two years ago Prather’s group showed that elimination of sialoadhesin had no effect on susceptibility to PRRS. A second protein, called CD163, was thought to “uncoat” the virus and allow it to infect the pigs. In their current study, Prather’s team worked to stop the pigs from producing CD163.“We edited the gene that makes the CD163 protein so the pigs could no longer produce it,” said Kristin Whitworth, co-author on the study and a research scientist in MU’s Division of Animal Sciences. “We then infected these pigs and control pigs; the pigs without CD163 never got sick. This discovery could have enormous implications for pig producers and the food industry throughout the world.”While the pigs that didn’t produce CD163 didn’t get sick, scientists also observed no other changes in their development compared to pigs that produce the protein.The early-stage results of this research are promising. The University of Missouri has signed an exclusive global licensing deal for potential future commercialization of virus resistant pigs with the Genus, plc. If the development stage is successful, the commercial partner will seek any necessary approvals and registration from governments before a wider market release.“The demonstration of genetic resistance to the PRRS virus by gene editing is a potential game changer for the pork industry,” said Jonathan Lightner, Chief Scientific Officer and Head of R&D of Genus plc. “There are several critical challenges ahead as we develop and commercialize this technology; however, the promise is clear, and Genus is committed to developing its potential. Genus is dedicated to the responsible exploration of new innovations that benefit the well-being of animals, farmers, and ultimately consumers.”“At the end of our study, we had been able to make pigs that are resistant to an incurable, untreatable disease,” said Kevin Wells, co-author of the study and assistant professor of animal sciences at MU. “This discovery could save the swine industry hundreds of millions of dollars every year. It also could have an impact on how we address other substantial diseases in other species.”In addition to Whitworth and Wells, Prather’s research team included collaborators at Genus plc, and Kansas State University. The study, “Gene-edited pigs are protected from porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus,” is being published in Nature Biotechnology this month.Genus plc, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and University of Missouri’s Food for the 21st Century Program provided funds for the research.last_img read more

Top Tips for Puzzle Caches

first_imgBy Dani Navarre SharePrint RelatedHow to solve Mystery Caches (also known as Puzzle Caches)March 21, 2018In “Learn”Don’t Miss Out on Pi Day! Top Tips for Mystery CachesMarch 4, 2015In “Geocaching Info”3 tips for finding Mystery CachesApril 10, 2018In “News” About to sing an “Ode to the Golgafrinchan Phone Workers”…GC32A0H  Can you spot the mystery within this post?Share with your Friends:More Do puzzle caches leave you scratching your head?Does the thought of having to decode encrypted messages make you break out in hives? If no, then you might be a geocaching Puzzler in disguise. If yes, then take a deep breath and find your happy place because we have just the tips to sooth your puzzle anxiety.Puzzle caches, Mystery caches, or Unknown caches are a type of geocache for those who enjoy an extra challenge.They require geocachers to solve complicated puzzles in order to decode the correct cache coordinates or crack secret clues to unlock a cache’s stash. If you haven’t encountered this kind of cache before the prospect may seem daunting, but have no fear! Puzzle caches are fun way to spice up any geocaching adventure while flexing your beefy brain muscles.These folks are just a puzzle away from ‘Within Reach”…GC4B84CSo don your trenchcoat and channel your inner Sherlock.(‘Cause who wouldn’t want to be Benedict Cumberbatch?). Here are Geocaching HQ’s top tips for puzzle caches:Practice Makes Perfect. Start easy by tackling puzzle caches that have a one or two star difficulty rating. The more puzzle caches you conquer over time the more tricks of trade you’ll pick up and the easier it’ll become.Check what type of puzzle needs to be solved. There are different kinds of puzzle caches that call for different strategies, so before you head out check to see what the requirements entail. Some caches are in-the-field, meaning you have to use visual clues from the surrounding location to decipher the coordinates or unlock the cache. Other caches can be solved before you even step out the door! These ask you to solve a particular puzzle off of the geocache’s webpage or lookup information on the internet.Gather the Mystery Gang. Two heads are better than one! Bring your geocaching pals along, not only is geocaching more fun when you have your buddies but they can help you brainstorm through those extra tricky questions.Check for invisible ink. Sometimes cache owners will hide clues on a geocache’s webpage in white font. Highlight the page to reveal the secrets that were right in front of your nose the whole time. Bonus points if you caught this one! You’re a Puzzler already!The source code isn’t just a movie. Cache owners may add comments with hints in the cache’s html source code. To find this open the source code on your browser’s menu selection and search for comments.It’s all in the name. A hint to the cache’s location may be located in the cache’s or cache owner’s name or give you an idea of where the cache may be or what it may look like.When in doubt use Google. Search engines may not have the answer to everything, but they have the answer for a lot of things. So if you’re truly stuck, look to the internet to give you a helping hand. Some cache pages may even include answer checkers to see if you guessed the correct coordinates.Whether you want to step up your geocaching game or are trying to earn your Puzzler’s badge for 7 Souvenirs of August, puzzle caches are an excellent way to mix your geocaching routine. If you’re looking for a little cache-speration check out “Ode to the Golgafrinchan Phone Workers” (GC32A0H), an unique cache inspired by The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy that requires you to listen carefully and dial in the right code. Close by is the geocache “Within Reach” (GC4B84C) which asks you to use visual clues to open a cache that also moonlights as a piece of functional art!Do you love a good mystery? Tell us about your puzzling geocaching experiences or share your favorite puzzle tips! Be careful not to reveal any cache spoilers.last_img read more

Re-entry only on merit in Madhya Pradesh Congress

first_imgCongress general secretary Deepak Babaria said on Monday that leaders who had left the party for their “vested interests” would not be taken back in the organisation in Madhya Pradesh, where polls are due by the year-end.“Ghar wapsi” campaign Ahead of the Assembly polls, the Congress has started a “ghar wapsi” (homecoming) campaign to bring back leaders who left the party for different reasons.Mr. Babaria, in-charge of the party affairs in Madhya Pradesh, however made it clear that not all those who left will be allowed to come back.Vested interests“We are in talks with different leaders who are willing to come back into the party fold. But most of the party workers are of the view that those who left due to their vested interests should not be taken back. I support this view,” he said.The AICC general secretary said, “Those who deceived the party would not be taken back. The decision about other leaders would be taken on merit.”After 2003, when the BJP came to power in Madhya Pradesh, some prominent Congress leaders had left the party, including Choudhary Rakesh Singh Chaturvedi, Bhagirath Prasad and Rao Uday Pratap Singh.Election strategyReplying to a question on election strategy, Mr. Babaria said the party would focus on the Assembly seats where it has not been very strong in the past.Potential candidates at such seats would be sounded out about poll preparations much before the elections, he added.last_img read more

Los Angeles gets Olympics with an 11-year wait—and risks

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ 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 LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Barcelona has ‘doubts’ about Neymar’s future amid PSG rumors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHistory 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. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 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.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more