New start date for virus-delayed Olympic torch relay

first_imgThe postponement of the Games has caused major logistical problems and extra expense for organizers.As a result, organizers have been forced to identify a raft of cost-cutting measures, that will include smaller vehicle convoys for the torch relay and a simpler launch event.The postponed Games are scheduled to open in Tokyo on July 23, 2021. The relay will now start on March 25, 2021, beginning in the Fukushima region hit by nuclear disaster after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.The relay, which will see the flame travel to all 47 prefectures of Japan, is being organized under the slogan “Hope Lights Our Way” and was intended to highlight reconstruction in areas devastated by the 2011 disaster.”In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will additionally symbolize the light at the end of the dark tunnel; a beacon of hope for the world in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Games, themselves a symbol of the resilience, the unity and the solidarity of humankind,” organizers said in a statement.The route and the schedule for the relay will remain the same “in principle,” though the statement noted that the route and celebration venues “may be reviewed in light of the COVID-19 situation.” The Tokyo 2020 torch relay, which was put on hold when the Olympics were delayed over the coronavirus, will start next March from Japan’s Fukushima region, organizers said Monday.The Olympic flame had already arrived in Japan from Greece and the relay was days from beginning earlier this year when organizers and Olympic officials took the historic decision to postpone the Games by 12 months.The flame is currently on display in Tokyo.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Visitors must understand and respect Dominican laws

first_img Tweet Share Chairman of the Discover Dominica Authority and Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority Benoit Bardouille, has indicated that visitors who arrive on island must understand and respect the laws of the country.Benoit Bardouille.Bardouille’s comments come in light of two passengers who were arrested aboard the Celebrity X Cruises on Wednesday on a charge of indecent exposure.Two United States citizens; Dennis Mayer and John Hart who were allegedly on a “gay cruise” were reported to local authorities after they had been seen involved in sexual activity while on the balcony of the ship.The men pleaded guilty to the charge, “humbly apologized” for their actions and were each fined EC$2400.00 on Thursday.Bardouille explained that while tourism officials cannot always know the sexual preferences of visitors before they arrive on the island as they do not make a “declaration” they must abide by the laws of Dominica.“When visitors come to our country they must understand that there are laws that protect the country. We welcome visitors to Dominica and we would like people to come and enjoy what we have but at the same time we need to be respected in terms of what our national laws are”.He explained that visitors are free to their own sexual preferences however, “to conduct yourself in a way in the public domain that brings you into disrepute then that is a serious issue”. According to Bardouille the incident which occurred earlier this week must be “clearly spelt out”.“Be it in Dominica or be it anywhere in the world even in countries that accept that type of behavior, that activity cannot take place in the public domain and once it is in the public domain then they definitely are challenging the laws of Dominica.”He noted that the matter was “appropriately” dealt with when they were reported and fined by the court. This he says “speaks volumes” and will send a clear message to visitors that when they arrive here they “must ensure” that their behaviors are “consistent” with the laws of Dominica.Dominica Vibes News 22 Views   one comment Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Visitors must understand and respect Dominican laws by: – March 23, 2012 Sharing is caring!last_img read more