The Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Lima, Peru, Wednesday elected Paris as host city of the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad 2024 and Los Angeles as the host city of the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad 2028.â€œCongratulations to Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028! This historic double allocation is a â€˜win-win-winâ€™ situation for the city of Paris, the city of Los Angeles and the IOC,â€ said the IOC President, Thomas Bach. â€œIt is hard to imagine something better. Ensuring the stability of the Olympic Games for the athletes of the world for the next 11 years is something extraordinary,â€ Bach commented.â€œThese are two great cities from two great countries with a great Olympic history. Both cities are very enthusiastic about the Games and are promoting the Olympic spirit in a fantastic way,â€ Bach added.While celebrating the decision, Paris and Los Angeles both expressed their excitement in bringing home the Olympic Games.The idea of a Tripartite Agreement came to light after a working group of IOC Vice-Presidents studied the possibility of a double allocation of the Olympic Games 2024 and 2028. The working group was set up in March 2017.With the blessing of the 130th IOC Session that met in Lausanne in July, the IOC, Los Angeles, Paris and their National Olympic Committees have been working together in order to reach the agreement that was ratified by the IOC Session today.Los Angeles and Paris have put together very inspiring projects. Both have embraced Olympic Agenda 2020, particularly in the way they are planning to use a record-breaking number of existing and temporary facilities.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
DES MOINES — A bill pending in the Iowa House would set up a state grant program to cover the moving expenses for Puerto Ricans who’ve landed jobs in Iowa — outside of the largest Iowa cites.Republican Representative Joe Mitchell of Wayland is the bill’s sponsor to “help employers bring folks from Puerto Rico up to fill these workforce voids.”He says with the hurricanes and earthquakes rocking their communities, many Puerto Ricans are looking to move to the mainland.“Right now for a family of four, it’s about $5000 to fly them up here, to move their belongings up here, to get them in good, quality, affordable housing,” Mitchell says.His bill sets up a “Grow Iowa’s Talent Pool Fund” to award grants for businesses that reimburse employees for moving expenses. The grants would be limited to companies located in a city or township that has fewer than 50,000 people.The Census Bureau estimated that in 2017, about 7500 people who were originally from Puerto Rico had moved to Iowa.“Obviously the biggest marketer of this program is going to be Puerto Ricans themselves who’ve already come up here and encourage family members to come up,” Mitchell says.Puerto Rico became a U.S. territory in 1898 and people born in Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens. Hurricane Maria struck the island in 2017. Earthquakes struck in January. Thousands remain without power.