Every summer Olympics, athletes carry the Olympic torch from Athens, Greece, to the host city, where the torch ignites the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony. Now, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have unveiled the design of the new torch, and it’s a lovely ode to Japanese tradition, technology, and sustainability. Tokujin Yoshioka, is composed of aluminum construction waste recovered from temporary housing built after the devastating 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. It was made using aluminum extrusion technology, which is also used to manufacture Japanese bullet trains. The torch’s form is equally thoughtful. It takes the shape of a cherry blossom, perhaps the most famous flower in Japan. Elegant metal petals sweep up from the torch’s mast to culminate in a flower, out of which the flames will erupt. “The design began after I drew cherry blossom emblems with children in [a] recovering area,” Yoshioka tells Fast Company via email. “The … [Read more...] about Tokyo has the best Olympics design in decades
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It’s what you don’t see, smell or hear that separates Elderwood at Lancaster from poorly run nursing homes. There are no pungent odors from incontinence that often are a telltale sign in low-rated nursing homes. The air smells clean. The floors shine. There is no undercurrent of tension. At short-staffed nursing homes, conversations between staff and residents sometimes begin with yells for help and a harried response. At Elderwood, nurses and aides talk and laugh with residents, offering assistance to push a wheelchair or answer a question. And there are few complaints. At some poorly rated local nursing homes, residents complain about the staff forgetting to feed them or leaving them in their own waste for hours. At Elderwood, residents say the staff takes good care of them. Elderwood at Lancaster has the best federal ratings among the 47 nursing homes in Erie and Niagara counties and is one of the top-rated in New York State. The home has received … [Read more...] about How Lancaster’s Elderwood nursing home became one of the best in N.Y.
Ravell Call, Deseret News FILE - Simon Ammann of Switzerland makes his final jump at the Mens Individual K120 jump at Olympic Park during the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Related Links Reno-Tahoe pulls out of competition for Winter Olympics, leaving Salt Lake and Denver 2002 Olympic legacy remains ‘palpable’ in Utah, USOC chief says ‘We know how to do this’: Here’s who would pick up the tab for Salt Lake City’s next Winter Games bid SALT LAKE CITY — The longtime head of Ski Utah is convinced that Salt Lake City is going to be picked over Denver to bid for a future Winter Games by the U.S. Olympic Committee on Friday. "It's a no-brainer. We've got this great spot and we're ready to go," Nathan Rafferty, the ski industry organization's president and CEO, said during a newsmaker breakfast at the University of Utah's Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Rafferty said he's "very confident" Salt Lake City would prevail … [Read more...] about Salt Lake City a ‘no-brainer’ choice to bid for another Olympics, Ski Utah leader says
Seven Filipino athletes marched in the opening ceremony of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games on Sunday at the Obelisco de Buenos Aires in Argentina, all of them ready for the big stage featuring the world's best junior athletes. Golfer Yuka Saso is the flag-bearer of the contingent and will spearhead the country's bid to bring home a medal, just as archer Gab Moreno did in the 2014 edition of the YOG – a competition meant for athletes 18-years-old or younger. "It certainly won’t be easy considering the high level of competition. But one thing is for sure, our athletes will show up with their best performance to get a medal," said chef-de-mission Jonne Go. The Philippines' campaign officially starts on Sunday in Buenos Aires (Monday in Manila), when Jann Mari Nayre competes in table tennis against a still undetermined foe. Kiteboarder Christian Tio will then compete for six straight days in a bid for a podium performance. Archer Nicole Marie Tagle and fencer Lawrence Everett Tan, … [Read more...] about Pinoy athletes ready to compete in Youth Olympics
By Amlan Chakraborty JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia president Joko Widodo declared the 18th Asian Games open in a glittering ceremony on Saturday, launching what promises to be a frenetic fortnight of breathless sporting action featuring the best of the continent's athletes. Some 13,000 athletes will compete in 40 sports and 67 disciplines, including new additions such as bridge, jet skiing and roller skating in the biggest multi-sport extravaganza outside the Olympics. "I hereby declare the 18th Asian Games 2018 open," Widodo said in front of a 50,000-plus crowd at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium. Esports debuts as an official demonstration sport in Indonesia, which volunteered to host the Games after Vietnam pulled out in 2014 because of financial concerns. North and South Korea marched together at the opening ceremony and will field joint teams in several events. Kuwait will participate under their own flag a couple of days after the International Olympic Committee lifted their … [Read more...] about Indonesia president Widodo opens 18th Asian Games