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Will public services cope in 2012?

A third of customer services managers surveyed by the Institute of Customer Services say they expect London's public services to fail during the 2012 Games. I am not sure if they have taken into account the possibility that the Games will not attract the expected number of tourists and that many small businesses may take a holiday to avoid the Olympic fallout, thereby reducing the numbers moving around London.

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Delhi Commonwealth Games village 'unfit for athletes'

Scotland's Commonwealth Games team have said accommodation allocated to them in the Games village in Delhi was "unsafe and unfit for human habitation." Team Scotland were reallocated finished accommodation after complaining to the Games organising committee - but even the new apartments required "serious cleaning and maintenance" to bring them up to Games ready standards.

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Not only but also in Nigeria

We're now all quite familiar with the fact that Mega Events invariably go way over budget. insideworldfootball has the latest, revealing FIFA under-17 World Cup cost more than double the budget

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Time bomb in an athlete's mouth!

Ouch! Elite athletes get toothache like the rest of us. In fact they may have worse teeth than most. Dentist Tony Clough says: ‘A major, or key, problem is dehydration and rehydration. Athletes use sugary, acidic drinks for rapid rehydration and this obviously impacts on their oral health so we are offering fluoride mouthwash advice, too. I learned from Vancouver that you’ve got to look inside an athlete’s mouth and ask the question, is there anything in here that’s a time bomb?

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World Cup delivers binge benefits

I take it back. There really are benefits from Mega Sports Events. "The World Cup has certainly been a benefit to Britain's beer sector and we can now hope that the market is starting to turn a corner," said the British Beer and Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds.

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Unpaid McJobs Available in the Olympics

Olympics McJobs: photo: fakelvis  on Flickrphoto: fakelvis on Flickr

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Bringing Bhopal to Bow?

Dow Chemicals are to be announced as the IOC's new Global Partner?

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ODA air quality non-compliance could raise budget with £300m EU fine

In a long running story already reported on Games Monitor the green credentials of the 2012 Olympics have come under further strain as the Olympic Delivery Authority continues to refuse to fit polluting non road mobile machinery (NRMM) with exhaust after treatment. While the rest of the UK has complied with European air quality standards London has failed to do so.

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