Japan cops brush up their English for 2020 Olympics

first_imgTOKYO — As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics approach, the Metropolitan Police Department is working hard to polish the foreign language skills of its officers.ADVERTISEMENT SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownShigetaka Kai, deputy chief of the station, is the lecturer. “It’s important to use gestures and speak earnestly. I hope that the officers will respond warmly [to foreign visitors] so that they’ll like Japan,” said Kai, 55, who was once assigned to the Tokyo bureau of Interpol.English classes for police officers were also held 54 years ago for the 1964 Tokyo Games. Footage exists of officers learning English conversation — there were few then with good command of English, so officers started with basic conversations. 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The government has set a goal of increasing the number to 40 million in 2020, the year the Olympics take place. As the figures are rising, the number of foreign visitors involved in accidents or crimes is expected to exceed the 1964 level.At the MPD Police Academy — rookies spend about six to 10 months there — about 10 minutes of practical conversation, such as asking people to show their passports, is broadcast in English, Chinese and Korean for 10 minutes before bedtime.The aim of the program is to help police officers, who are expected to engage in on-the-spot duties during the 2020 Games, to acquire basic conversation skills. For officers who provide interpretation, the MPD has instructed them to study at language schools to further polish their skills, such as pronunciation.ADVERTISEMENT The MPD’s aim is to ensure quicker responses when foreign tourists are in trouble — such as losing their belongings or being involved in accidents or crimes. It also plans to install translation software that can handle 30 languages in officers’ smartphones next spring, as part of efforts to welcome foreign visitors for the Tokyo Games.“Down the street. Turn to the left, at the next intersection,” an officer said during a lesson at the Itabashi Police Station. An English class is held once a week at the station for officers who have finished their work, teaching such material as how to give visitors directions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil English guidance has already been introduced in the MPD’s efforts to maintain order in crowded public areas. In February 2017, the police selected riot squad members fluent in English to form an English-speaking version of “DJ Cops,” a nickname for police officers who use friendly, witty announcements to manage crowds during big events. The selected members use their English skills to manage the crowds at such events as the Tokyo Marathon and fireworks displays. Their fluent English and guidance has drawn positive feedback.The MPD has distributed 5,000 special smartphones mainly to officers who work at police boxes. The MPD plans to install automatic translation software that can produce audio in 10 languages including English and Chinese next spring. The software can also make text translations in 20 languages such as Arabic and Hindi.Road signs with English words are now being installed at about 1.7 million locations nationwide, replacing old signs. In Tokyo, signs that explain how to use the push-button traffic lights for pedestrians have been installed in multiple languages. The MPD has also produced, and is distributing, brochures explaining Japan’s road signals and traffic rules.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles02:08‘Andas wall’ prevents blocking of Black Nazarene image02:14Carpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Potential top pick CJ Perez draws inspiration from first born ahead of PBA Draft

first_imgThe likes of Robert Bolick, Bobby Ray Parks Jr., Paul Desiderio, Abu Tratter, Bong Quinto, and J-Jay Alejandro are also in the Draft but it’s Perez whose name is being tabbed as the best of all the 47 applicants.And Perez knows he can’t let the pressure of being a potential top pick weigh him down.“Everybody’s saying that I’m the no.1 pick but I’m not even expecting it,” said the 6-foot-1 Perez. “There are still a lot of things that will happen and I’m just excited for the Draft and the Combine.”“The pressure is a given, when I get to the PBA I might be in the top three and the expectation is the one thing that gives pressure. And when you’re on top your play should also be there. There’s a lot of pressure but I just have to prepare for it.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 2 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan PLAY LIST 00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan00:50Trending Articles01:06SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon02:14Carpio 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 Even though the pressure kept mounting, Perez got a big dash of inspiration when his baby girl Ciana Tanisha was born on Monday.“My baby girl has given me a lot of motivation because I have my own family now,” said Perez in Filipino during the PBA Draft Combine Wednesday at Gatorade Hoops Center. “She’s in my heart and mind, and I know that I’ll always push myself and do everything I can for my family.”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“This isn’t just for me, this is also for them.”Perez, who’s been likened to the manic Calvin Abueva since his early collegiate days with San Sebastian, is in a draft class that isn’t shallow by any means. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Golden State G League team in Santa Cruz is key developer Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MANILA, Philippines—The prospect of being selected no.1 has put a load on CJ Perez’ shoulders as early as the middle part of the NCAA Season 91 men’s basketball tournament.Perez, who was in his last year with Lyceum during the competition, was seen as the heavy favorite of his class having led the Pirates to back-to-back finals appearances.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Gbarnga Residents Complain about Garbage Heaps

first_imgResidents of the City of Gbarnga have complained of an imminent health hazard that may result from the accumulation of heaps of garbage throughout the city.The residents, speaking with the Daily Observer last Wednesday, said their homes are invaded by swarms of mosquitoes from the huge piles of garbage in some parts of the city exposing them to all kinds of diseases.  They complain that many residents have fallen ill with malaria resulting from mosquito bites.It was established by this reporter that several parts of the city, including People Street, Kokoyah Road, Lofa Road, the Iron Gate and Lelekpayea communities were engulfed by huge piles of garbage.The residents also complain that the Gbarnga City Corporation (GCC) is not doing much to rid the city of garbage in order to give Gbarnga a decent image.“The GCC should be doing everything in its power to give a facelift to Gbarnga, which is the centrally located city in the country,” the residents declared.They said the city was over grown with grass and bushes, providing hideouts for hardened criminals who terrorize and rob peaceful citizens of their belongings, most especially at night.The citizens also accused the GCC of collecting city fees from businesses and garage owners while the city authority does nothing to keep the city clean and tidy.When contacted by mobile phone on Wednesday,  Gbarnga City Mayor Madam Esther Coaline Warbey acknowledged the heaps of garbage in the city but attributed the problem to the lack of funding and logistics.Madam Warbey informed this newspaper that in 2007, the Development Education Network-Liberia (DEN-L) a local not-for-profit organization based in Gbarnga, supplied the City Corporation with one hundred trash drums to contain the garbage.  But she alleged that all the drums were stolen by criminal minded individuals.In the past, she said, the management of cities around the country was included in the national budget but at present the Gbarnga City Corporation is not receiving any funding from central administration for the maintenance of the city and salaries for its employees.In 2013, the leadership of Bong County procured a dump truck valued at US$ 25,000.00 for the GCC to augment the corporation’s efforts to keep up with the disposal of garbage in the city. “Long ago the Gbarnga City Corporation had its own dump trucks to collect garbage from the city.  But right now, the corporation is operating with one small dump truck that was procured by the county leadership to help collect and dispose of garbage in the city.  But this one truck can’t keep a big city like Gbarnga sanitized” the Lord Mayor lamented.The unsanitary state of Gbarnga City is chiefly due to the refusal of people who own large properties, including abandoned lands and buildings, to keep their properties clean and tidy.Madam Warbey indicated that because of the unwillingness of people to clean their deeded properties, the GCC is finding it extremely difficult to keep the city disinfected.Madam Warbey used the occasion to appeal to the Government of Liberia and the National Legislature to place the leeward city corporations in the national budget for the up keep of interior cities.On the question of amassing city fees from businesses and garages, Madam Warbey said the funds collected are for the up keep of the city and some volunteers who are helping to dispose of the garbage in wheelbarrows to the designated dump sites.“How much are these people paying as they make all these comments on the situation?   Some are paying as low as L$ 50.00 per month. How much is that money?” Mrs. Warbey asked.With the huge acreage of abandoned property in the city, “EcoBank” the major commercial bank and other entities are looking for areas in Gbarnga to establish their facilities.  Echobank is said to be seeking property in the city in order to alleviate the difficulties customers are facing at the bank’s branch at Cuttington University, which was established primarily to help the students deposit their school fees and for faculty to withdraw their salaries.Other commercial banking institutions in Liberia are also in search of parcels of land for their own establishments in the county seat, but to no avail because people in the county are not willing to offer their land for development purposes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Afridi withdraws from CPL to rehabilitate knee

first_imgShahid Afridi has pulled out of the Caribbean Premier League 2018 in order to tend to a knee problem that first occurred during the Pakistan Super League, for which he will continue to undergo rehabilitation. Afridi made the announcement through a tweet, expressing his disappointment at missing out on the “biggest party in sport”.After sustaining the injury while playing for Karachi Kings during the PSL, Afridi turned out for Edmonton Royals in the Global T20 Canada league, besides captaining ICC World XI against West Indies in a T20 at Lord’s in July. Afridi’s only previous stint in the CPL was with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in 2015, during the tournament’s third season.The latest edition of CPL 2018 will commence on August 8, with the Trinbago Knight Riders taking on St Lucia Stars at Port of Spain. Jamaica Tallawahs, led by Andre Russell, will play their first match on August 10, against Knight Riders in the same venue.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP Crime Reduction efforts result in arrests

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – On September 5, at approximately 8:00 p.m., while conducting patrols, the Grande Prairie Crime Reduction Unit located a vehicle with a stolen licence plate.According to RCMP, The CRU unit conducted a traffic stop and as a result of an investigation the driver and one passenger were arrested.During the stop, police seized a small amount of methamphetamine, a loaded restricted firearm with a tampered serial number, $300.00 in counterfeit currency, two cans of bear spray, a machete, two throwing knives and an imitation firearm.- Advertisement -Charged was 38-year-old Patrick Edens of Red Deer with traffic Safety Act offences as well as a total of 11 Criminal Code offences. Edens appeared in court on September 9.Also charged was a female youth with possession of a controlled substance. The female youth appeared in September 16.last_img read more

GARDA ADVICE TO DONEGAL FANS TRAVELLING TO BREFFNI PARK FOR MATCH

first_imgDetails of traffic plan as supplied by An Garda Siochana.Traffic approaching Cavan from the Ballinagh direction N55 will be facilitated with parking on the Ballinagh Road.Traffic approaching Cavan from the Dublin direction N3 / M3 will be facilitated with parking on the Dublin Road. Traffic approaching Cavan from the Cootehill direction R188 are asked not to use the Cavan bypass but to continue into Cavan Town where there will be parking available in car parks and street parking.Traffic approaching Cavan from the Belturbet and Butlersbridge are asked to use the N3 where they will be directed onto the R188 and R212. Traffic will should then continue into Cavan Town where there will be parking available in car parks and street parking.Gardai will be on duty to assist people attending the event and people are asked to obey the instructions of Gardai and to follow the signage provided.  GARDA ADVICE TO DONEGAL FANS TRAVELLING TO BREFFNI PARK FOR MATCH was last modified: June 23rd, 2013 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:GARDA ADVICE TO DONEGAL FANS TRAVELLING TO BREFFNI PARK FOR MATCHlast_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL – FROM THE DONEGAL DAILY ‘UP FOR THE MATCH’

first_imgA huge crowd has descended on The Mount Errigal Hotel for the Donegal Daily ‘Up for the Match’ in anticipation of Sunday’s All-Ireland Final with Kerry.Charlie Collins is the MC for the night, and the special guests are GAA legends Kevin Cassidy, Oisin McConville, Mickey Harte and Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh.Pictures courtesy of Brian McDaid. PICTURE SPECIAL – FROM THE DONEGAL DAILY ‘UP FOR THE MATCH’ was last modified: September 17th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FeaturesnewsSportlast_img read more

JUDGE SAYS HE IS CONCERNED AT GIVING OUT LAPTOPS

first_imgA judge has clamped down on handing out money in compensation cases for laptop computers for children because of cyber-bullying.Circuit Court Judge John O’Hagan previously recommended small sums of money be given to children awarded settlements in infant ruling cases.Children receiving money in compensation cases cannot receive money form the courts until they are 18 years old. But Judge O’Hagan told Letterkenny Circuit Court he is now reluctant to give out money for laptops unless parents agree.He said he was aware of how sites such as Facebook can be used as “ammunition” by some.He made his comments as the mother of a 13 year old girl said she did not want money for a laptop computer for her child.The child was awarded €18,000 in an injuries settlement and Judge O’Hagan ordered €300 be given to the girl for clothes.“If the parents agree, fine. If the parents are not, I’m reluctant,” he said.He also made a settlement of €500 to be given as part of a larger settle for a 16 year old boy for an electric guitar.JUDGE SAYS HE IS CONCERNED AT GIVING OUT LAPTOPS was last modified: January 31st, 2013 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:compensationJUdge John O’Haganlaptopslast_img read more

Local Digest, April 12

first_imgPrep softball — Eureka 15 Fortuna 5, Eureka 15 Fortuna 12The Eureka High softball team pumped out a total of 30 runs as it downed Fortuna in both games of Friday’s doubleheader, 15-5 and 15-12. Alexa Morehouse was the winning pitcher for Eureka in game one and in game two, Salina Socha-Wright got the start, and win. Eureka totaled 38 hits on the day, 21 in game one and 17 in game two.In the losses, Fortuna’s Paige Johnson recorded a total of five hits and six RBIs.Eureka improves to 10-2 …last_img

Adopted school aims high

first_imgAlexander Forbes has adopted MemezeloSecondary School to help develop it. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthefacilitated Alexander Forbes’ investment. Alexander Forbes CEO Edward Kieswettersigning a memorandum of understanding.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Donray MalabieGroup Transformation ManagerAlexander Forbes+27 11 269 1329 or +27 82 389 9404Bongani NkosiMemezelo Secondary School in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, is the latest public school in South Africa to enter into a beneficial partnership with an established private sector group.Leading financial services group Alexander Forbes has adopted the school in a bid to help it improve the quality of its education output. The cooperation was formally launched on 3 August at Memezelo.Alexander Forbes will share expertise – ranging from financial management to leadership skills – with Memezelo, with the aim of advancing administration and teaching at the school. The ultimate goal is an improvement in matric results.Monetary investments into Memezelo will come at a later stage, said Alexander Forbes CEO Edward Kieswetter. For now the focus is on stabilising human capacity.Initial investments will go towards fixing the school’s hall and several classrooms, as well building a computer laboratory and a library. “We’ll start looking at building those over the next few months,” said KieswetterAlexander Forbes conducted a security risk audit at the school, and found that security needs to be bolstered. This, too, will be taken care of.Kieswetter has set up a mentoring relationship with Memezelo principal Prince Maluleke, which involves the transfer of management and leadership skills. The principal was invited to Alexander Forbes’ leadership conference held in Cape Town in January 2011, where, he said, he learnt a lot.Management teams from both sides will also meet for training programmes, while teachers have received education in personal finance management. “A financially healthy teacher is a productive teacher,” said Maluleke.HIV/Aids training sessions for teachers have started, and will be conducted over 12 months.The partnership is a direct result of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s involvement in Memezelo’s affairs. He adopted the school in January 2010 to help it improve.“I am confident that this commitment will go a long way towards improving the quality of education in this school,” said Motlanthe, speaking at the launch. “Through this partnership we will turn Memezelo into one of the highest performing schools.”Formerly one of Gauteng’s more troublesome schools, Memezelo is turning the tide on poor matric performance, lack of order and mismanagement. The school scored an 83.3% matric pass rate in 2010.Kieswetter said Alexander Forbes plans to sustain the relationship with Memezelo over many years to come. “It’s a journey that will unfold.”Bursaries for top performersAlexander Forbes will award bursaries to Memezelo matriculants who pass with flying colours.This announcement encouraged the school’s 2011 Grade 12 pupils to study hard and score high marks.Matric pupil Babuyile Ncube fancies her chances of obtaining the coveted bursary. An orphan dependent on her grandmother, she’s fully aware that the bursary could be a life-changing opportunity.“It’s up to me to take this opportunity. I have to work hard,” said Ncube.The teenager, who wants to enrol for a biotechnology degree, is confident of her examination prospects. “I have many chances in making it. I need the bursary.”Another Grade 12 pupil, Constance Madonsela, said the bursary offer was motivational.Principal Maluleke encouraged his pupils to work hard. “Go get those As, they will take all of you to university,” he told the pupils.Alexander Forbes will focus on training programmes and “making bursaries available to committed pupils who perform well”, said Motlanthe.A call to adopt schoolsThe government is confident that more businesses will heed its call to invest in public schools, scores of which are still disadvantaged.Motlanthe and basic education minister Angie Motshekga met 150 local business leaders in November 2010 to discuss Business-Adopt-a-School initiatives. Businesses did make pledges to support such schemes, according to Motlanthe.Alexander Forbes’ initiative is “one of the first of many that I hope will continue to follow from the private sector,” said Motlanthe.“We encourage others from the business sector to heed this example as part of their corporate social investment programmes.”While the government was “acutely aware” that it’s responsible for the achievement of quality primary education, it also needs help from businesses, added the deputy president.“The government cannot do without businesses,” said Gauteng Legislature member Molebatsi Bopape.Bopape added that the education department has done well in transforming the school into an environment conducive to learning.last_img read more