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  1. Sometime in the next couple of weeks from now, in October.
  2. Well, there are 3 finalist cities that want the 2017 World Games, after Cali, Colombia, 2013. They are: a ) Budapest, Hungary; b ) Cape Town, South Africa; and, c ) Wroclaw, Poland. Link: World Games Official Site: 2017 World Games Candidate Cities
  3. Looks like the US$2.4 billion in grants for high-speed rail, from the US government, is now in the air. I do not know which story to believe here. According to this New York One web site, it seems that Florida has lost the money and it could go to New York instead. Anyway, the deadline for applying for this money is April 4th. However, the Florida governor stated that he wanted to delay his final decision on the matter until July. Link: New York One: State Eligible For Billions In High-Speed Rail Funds
  4. Well, it may still happen. It seems that Gov. Rick Scott spoke too soon and is willing to postpone his final decision on the matter until July. Link: Orlando Sentinel: Scott delays SunRail decision until July
  5. Meanwhile, the BBC has a video link that Japan unveiled a new bullet train at Tokyo called the Hayabusa. Link: BBC Video Link: Japan's new bullet train debuts
  6. More arrests here, according to the BBC. Link: BBC: Indian Commonwealth Games bosses are arrested Quote: "India's top investigating agency has arrested two senior Commonwealth Games officials suspected of corruption."
  7. Oh, boy. There was a sudden firing of Liu Zhijun, the head of the Chinese Railways Ministry, according to the New York Times. In the article itself, it talks about potential problems with the quality of the rails and the quality of the concrete bases used for China's high speed train network. So far, there is not a single accident reported yet, but this issue has many in the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) nervous. Link: New York Times: China Rail Chief’s Firing Hints at Trouble
  8. Let's just hope that he doesn't make Toronto unattractive for future events to come. Besides, with 2010 about to close soon, Toronto has virtually no time to waste on building and/or renovating the venues necessary for a successful Pan American Games.
  9. Well, FIFA really went out of its way to invite new nations to host the World Cup. Russia and Qatar hasn't hosted one yet, never mind that Qatar has never gone to the finals before in its history. And, yet, it gets to be in the World Cup in 2022 by virtue of being the host nation. It would be interesting, if the Oceania region, like New Zealand, would put forward a bid for the World Cup in the future. As for North America and the Caribbean, it would be a big whoopup for the USA, if Cuba puts a bid forward for a World Cup. As for the Caribbean nations, I know there will be joint bids for it in the future. What would be very intriguing, if Haiti and the Dominican Republic have a joint bid together, despite that these nations don't like each other passionately. Also, if Jamaica does an independent bid for the World Cup, too. Of course, Canada is now the only G8 nation not to host a World Cup in European football (soccer) ever, in either the men's or women's tournament. As for other G8 nations, they got to host either one or both tournaments in their histories. Italy: 1934 and 1990 World Cup (men) France: 1938 and 1998 World Cup (men) England (UK): 1966 World Cup (men) Germany: 1974 and 2006 World Cup (men) and 2011 Women's World Cup United States: 1994 World Cup (men) and 1999 and 2003 Women's World Cup Japan: 2002 World Cup (men) [jointly hosted with South Korea] Russia: 2018 World Cup (men) Must be really sad for Canada to be in this category of not hosting the world's biggest single-sporting event yet.
  10. Well, according to the CBC, another legacy of the 2010 Commonwealth Games has surfaced: thievery. Link: CBC: Thieves ransack Commonwealth Games venues Examples of graffiti against the Commonwealth Games
  11. Well, now that a new mayor has been elected in Toronto, how will the preparations for the 2015 Pan American Games be affected by Ford's election to the office?
  12. Boatloads of Tamils coming to Canada, by some conservatives in Canada who don't want them coming at all. Never mind that a fringe group of them say that Tamils are Arabs because of the invention of "suicide bombers" to the world by the Tamil Tigers.
  13. A 30-year plan for high speed trains in the Northeast Corridor of the USA between Boston and Washington, D.C.? NY1: Amtrak Unveils Plan For Eastern High-Speed Rail Meanwhile, when the USA is planning high-speed rail like that, China is forging ahead with more high-speed rail and trains to other parts of the country. Its goal is to be the country with the fastest trains and the most extensive network in the world.
  14. Whatever the circumstances behind the current situation of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the damage is already done. According to Wikipedia, New Delhi wanted this upcoming experience to be a stepping stone to bid for the 2020 Olympic Games. Judging the way things are right now, the IOC would not give this city candidate status for an Olympic Games. Therefore, its section is in the "cancelled bid" sub-topic of the Wikipedia entry now. Besides, I think the biggest threat that really occurred for New Delhi's 2010 CWG was, and still is, the Naxalite movement. They want to overthrow all Indian political, social and economical structures and replace it with Maoism (apparently they like the Cultural Revolution best). These "brainwashed souls" are all situated at all natural resources locations of India, which it needs in order to grow and have infrastructure like those in the West.
  15. Now, the American magazine called Foreign Policy (the same publication that has the Tea Party wanting to invade Canada) has an article about the Commonwealth Games preparation, too, and it practically ridicules India because of it. Foreign Policy: Debacle in New Delhi (2 pages long)
  16. Makes one wonder how the Hamilton 2010 bid would have looked like, if it won instead of Delhi.
  17. So goes the biggest crisis the Commonwealth Games is going through right now, since the boycotted 1986 version.
  18. Well, Toronto does have the 2015 Pan American Games to prepare. If they play their cards right, it could repeat what Rio de Janeiro did, in winning the bid for the 2016 Olympic Games. It hosted the 2007 Pan American Games and it will use most or all the venues used for those Games to host the Olympic Games. 2020 may be a bit much to consider, but 2024 is a possibility.
  19. It seems to me, regarding the 2018 Commonwealth Games, is almost a "guarantee" to be in Australia. Sri Lanka? That country scares me.
  20. Well, this news just came out hot from the presses. According to the Calgary Herald, the Chinese team loses the bronze medal in women's team gymnastics. The Americans get the bronze medal instead. Link: Calgary Herald: China stripped of Sydney gymnastics bronze medal
  21. I don't know. I can see NYC getting the Olympic Games one day, but the city's current finances are left to be desired. Never mind that it is in the middle of building a new subway line, extending another one and creating a LIRR extension to Grand Central Terminal at this time. That would put the MTA, the entity responsible for mass transit in New York City, into massive debt.
  22. Now that the party is officially over, it has been a blast for the Vancouver and Whistler areas in February and March. I would rank it one of the best overall. It will be interesting, if Canada will get another chance to host a Winter Olympics again in my lifetime.
  23. Reading from the local newspaper for my area of the world, the rural areas of Alberta are gathering strength to oppose the idea of having a high-speed rail link between Calgary and Edmonton. But, it seems that they are in the minority against the need to remove cars from the main north-south highway in the province. Never mind, believe it or not in the region of the oilsands (which is touted as an environment nightmare in the world), the environment is one of many reasons for building one in the first place. It is funny that not one is considered for the Golden Horseshoe area of Canada, where the biggest majority of Canadians live in the country. They could benefit from it big time. It is also funny, as I have mentioned before, that Bombardier is responsible for South Africa to have one, in time for the World Cup.
  24. Unfortunately, I had only caught a small glimpse of the opening ceremony here. Only the Vancouver area got to see it and practically no where else in Canada on TV. I know because I have satellite TV service by Bell. Anyway, I will watch it tomorrow, when CTV Vancouver will re-broadcast it again.
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