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Corrupt French Olympic Committee President

French Olympic Committee president Henri Derandour was convicted on corruption charges on Thursday and given a suspended three-month prison sentence.

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HOK to design main stadium

HOK Sport,was picked Friday to design the main stadium.

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Tackling worklessness

The government has said it hopes to use the effects of the London 2012 Olympic Games to eliminate child poverty and unemployment in the capital.

Gordon Brown met with London mayor Ken Livingstone today at an 11 Downing Street reception to underline the achievements the London Child Poverty Commission had made so far. Almost two-fifths of children in the capital live in poverty, a higher proportion than anywhere else in Britain, and the government wants to reduce this number by half by 2010, before completely eradicating child poverty by the end of the next decade.


'Green' Olympics plan to bulldoze 100 year old Manor Garden Allotments

Manor Gardens AllotmentsManor Gardens AllotmentsManor Gardens, bequeathed to be allotments 'in perpetuity' by their original owner the 'Right Hon' Major Villiers, sit in the North central section of the Olympic Park. The LDA plan to remove them to make a footpath to the stadia, destroying in the process a century of devoted cultivation and a close-knit community rooted in this irreplaceable site.

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A Lot to Lose

Bleak future prospectsBleak future prospects at Manor Gardens

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The 'real' costs of regeneration

A new budget is being negotiated for the 2012 Olympics to include extensive regeneration work in east London. The original funding package is expected to be substantially increased, possibly by £2bn, to take account of work needed to prepare the site for 40,000 new homes after the games, David Higgins, chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority, said yesterday.

He told the Commons culture, media and sport select committee, that the creation of the new homes and 60,000 jobs in the Lower Lea Valley had not been planned at the time of the bid. "It seems crazy to complete the games and then in 2013 fit out the entire site," he said. The ODA wanted to use the games as a catalyst for the regeneration of some of London's most deprived boroughs.

A new budget will be submitted to the DCMS, which will in turn have to agree it with the Treasury. The existing funding package is £2.375bn to build the Olympic village and venues, plus an additional £1.044bn set aside for infrastructure work.

Higgins said: "We do not want to take a lot of short cuts and do a lot of superficial regeneration of the valley. The responsible thing to do is to look at what all government departments intend to spend in the Thames Gateway in the next five years. We need to co-ordinate the expenditure." It is thought that could push the Olympic project's total price tag up by between £1.5 to £2bn.

He would not be drawn on the likely additional costs of security for the games. He said London 2012 would take responsibility for in-venue security, but the police and Home Office were responsible for the broader budget outside.

From: London Games set for £2bn budget increase for new homes, Andrew Culf, October 25 10 06, The Guardian

More at: Joined-up costing

See also: Costs rising

Tessa's version

The cabinet was given an upbeat assessment of London's preparations for the 2012 Olympics yesterday by Tessa Jowell, the culture secretary, who said it was substantially ahead of other host cities at this stage of the process.

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Meanwhile; back in the real world

Parents all over British Columbia are shouting for joy. Care to know why? Well, the province is contemplating closing our schools for two weeks during the 2010 Olympics so that students will have time to feast on the Olympic spirit by becoming real participants in this life-changing event.

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A level playing field

THERE is a pernicious myth surrounding the Olympic Games. We have convinced ourselves that it is a gleaming symbol of meritocracy, a place where sportsmen and women achieve through talent rather than privilege.

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Ramadan Clash

Muslim groups from across the world are criticising the organisers of the 2012 Olympics in London after it was revealed that the games will take place over Ramadan. The most holy month in the Muslim calander, which will take place from the 21 July to 20 August in 2012, involves fasting during daylight hours and will affect an estimated 3,000 athletes.


Legacy Trust gets 'Culture' contract

Northern development agency Yorkshire Forward is linking up with the City of London to ensure the 2012 Olympics brings benefits throughout the UK. The consortium, which also includes Business in the Community, has been chosen to run a new £40m trust.


Thameslink rail project approved

The delayed Thameslink 2000 rail upgrade project has taken a major step forward with the government today agreeing to grant planning permission and legal powers to Network Rail to rebuild and expand the route.


Not waving but drowning

On the face of it, this should be a golden era for Britain's public swimming pools. The government is constantly urging us to do more exercise. And ministers have pledged to improve sporting facilities in the run up to the London Olympics in 2012. But despite that, hundreds of local pools are increasingly shabby and some are threatened with closure.

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Waste in bargeloads

London's Olympics and CrossRail development projects could offer a unique opportunity to develop the city's canal network sufficient to transport millions of tonnes of waste each year.


Cross Rail users of Woolwich

THE decision not to build a Crossrail station at Woolwich will hinder the regeneration of the whole of the region, say borough leaders.

Greenwich council leader, Chris Roberts and Greenwich MP Nick Raynsford both slammed Cross London Rail Links' negative response to the Crossrail Select Committee's recommendation to build a station at Woolwich in a statement released on October 11. Mr Roberts said: "We are shocked and disappointed at this announcement which will come as a tremendous blow to the people of Woolwich and south east London.

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Dalston to Croydon rail contract to Balfour Beatty

A consortium comprising engineering companies Balfour Beatty and Carillion was today awarded a £363m contract to build a key new rail line. The contract, awarded by Transport for London (TfL), is for the extension of the East London Line south to Crystal Palace and West Croydon and north to Dalston Junction.


Sustrans Goal 2012

GOAL 2012 is Sustrans’ vision of a sustainable transport infrastructure for the London Olympic Games, and now British Cycling has pledged its support for the idea. Greenways for the Olympics and London, or GOAL 2012, is Sustrans' vision of how the Olympics and London can capitalise on the opportunity presented by 2012 to create a sustainable transport infrastructure that would benefit both visitors to the Games and Londoners.

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Beijing Pensioners protest

Olympic organisers in China will be judged on more than their buildings in the run up to the Olympics.

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Loss of Common Land, historic landscape

Information in this section is taken from a statement by Katy Andrews, Vice-chair of the New Lammas Lands Defence Committee, made in February 2005, unless stated.

The Hackney, Walthamstow and Leyton Marshes are former Lammas Lands. This means meadows upon which parishioners had the common right to graze cattle from Lammas Day (the Celtic Midsummer Day, August 1) following the hay harvest, until Lady Day (old New Year's Day, March 25). These rights date back to before the Norman Conquest, and possibly pre date the Roman era.


Clearance of local sport, settlements and firms

Forced removal - population displacements

East London faces the break up of the largest concentration of amateur football pitches in Europe (home to the Hackney and Leyton Sunday League), relocation of a local cycle track, running and walking routes. There will be displacement of other uses, including three Travellers' settlements, artists' studios, and Clays Lane Peabody Estate (formerly Clays Lane Housing Co-operative, now managed by Community Based Housing Association [CBHA]). Over 400 University of East London students, also based at Clays Lane, were evicted by the University in advance of the bid decision in July, many in the throes of their exams. The impact of relocation on firms in the Lower Lea Valley is considered in Section 2.2 below.


Consultation and removal processes

There has been a pronounced attempt to institutionalise consent via borough-level consultation procedures, and an unevenness in application. As outsiders, at each point in the process we were invited to consider possible benefits only, not harm, and bribed with free use of local sporting facilities as the bid neared its deadline. Environmentalists complain of a lack of more formal consultation and a lack of notice for consultation meetings which, at times, forced an absence of group discussion or even presence.


£5000 VIP road lane fines

IT has been confirmed that Olympic VIPs will be provided with designated lanes on some of the capital's busiest roads.

Lanes on major routes could be closed 24 hours a day during the Games to transport VIPs and emergency vehicles to and from the venues in east London.


Volunteer to build an IT multinational

Atos Origin has extended its IT services agreement with the International Olympic Committee through to 2012.


Accenture win 'back office systems' contract

The London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games has selected Accenture to run its 'back office' systems, following a competitive tender process.


Cash crisis looms

The £550 million funding for the London Olympics will initially come from London council tax payers, £1.5 billion from the National Lottery, followed by a further £75 million from council tax, and £250 million from the London Development Authority (LDA). The International Olympic Committee (IOC) insists that host cities underwrite all liabilities. £15 million was spent on the London bid alone (Blowe, 2004; 2005).


Clays Lane planning deception

Having spoken to a planning decisions officer for the ODA I now find not only is the relocation strategy not agreed but it is not even required as it was submitted under the original planning permissions which lapsed in January 2006 when new proposals were put forward. This was at exactly the same time as JPAT was consulting on the relocation strategy! So we were responding to a strategy which was already dead. No-one told us this and in fact we have been told over the past few months that the strategy was in force even though it was not approved. Now it appears it didn't even exist and was not even required.

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