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With just over a fortnight until the Games begin, former officers said
they had been asked to boost the numbers at the Olympic Park in east
London over fears of a shortfall.
Security company G4S has a £300 million contract to protect the
Olympics but concerns were reported by the Times over the training and
accreditation of its recruits.
Martin Johnson, a former detective constable with the Metropolitan
Police, said: "They wanted me to go up to the Olympic Park this week and
get a uniform.
"They must have a shortfall [in guards], there was no mention of
"They are assuming that ex-police officers are all right, but anything
could have happened in the 18 months since I retired."
BERLIN, July 10 (Reuters) - Chinese companies are in talks to join the
Olympic top sponsor programme as the International Olympic Committee
seeks to extend its reach in Asia, but also keep a limit on the number
of prime sponsors, its marketing chief told Reuters on Tuesday.
The IOC relies heavily on its TOP programme of 11 sponsors who
contribute an estimated $100 million each for every two-Games package of
one winter and one summer Games.
"We have kept a space open hoping a Chinese company will join," the
IOC's marketing chief Gerhard Heiberg told Reuters in an interview. "I
hope very much that we will be able to attract a Chinese company.
"We are in contact with several, we want to get a Chinese company," said
Heiberg who said he was also talking to South Korean and Japanese
The IOC currently has 11 top sponsors generating almost $1.0 billion
over a four-year-period ending with the London Olympics. It has set a
limit of 12 sponsors.
Thousands of Londoners endured a gruelling commute on Tuesday as a
result of an exercise to test the capital's Olympic rail capacity, which
raised fresh fears about the transport network's ability to cope during
With the Olympics just over a fortnight away, Network Rail and
Southeastern trains rehearsed their station management plans to see how
five key stations – London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East,
Charing Cross and Victoria – will cope with the increased passenger
London Bridge was most affected by the exercise, with a queuing system
put in place and entry to the station confined to the forecourt on
Railway Approach/London Bridge Street. Commuters complained of increased
queues, missed connections due to longer walks between Underground and
Network Rail services and of contractors guiding passengers sending them
the wrong way. Many said they were also angry they had not been warned
about the exercise– a claim denied by the rail operators.
Trevor Preston, 50, a civil engineer, said: "It's ridiculous. I've been
sent back and forth. It's going to be chaos during the Olympics. There
are so many people speaking on PA systems, it's complete confusion."
Debbie Thraves, 50, travelling from Orpington to Waterloo East with her
72-year-old disabled mother, Maureen Harris, to visit a friend in
hospital, said: "Nobody seems to know what's going on. It's a lot of
walking for disabled people, it's disgusting."
Weary staff facing the wrath of angry passengers predicted things would
only get worse during the Olympics.
It's billed as the greatest show on earth. But the closer you get to the London
stadium that will be the centre of the Olympic Games in just over a fortnight's
time, the more it's starting to look like a militarised occupation zone. East
London has become lockdown London. The Olympics are the focus of Britain's
largest security mobilisation since the second world war.
Soldiers are already on the streets. Around 13,500 are being deployed, more than
currently in Afghanistan, along with tens of thousands of police and private
security guards. Drones will patrol the skies over the Olympic park, barricaded
behind an 11-mile electrified fence and guarded with sonic weapons and 55 teams
of attack dogs.
About time too
Petition against Olympics tax dodging!
The Environmental Transport Association (ETA) has looked into the regulations on
the "Games lanes" – the 30 miles of road in central London exclusively reserved
for use during the event by the "Games family" of athletes, officials and
sponsors – and found that 95% will be off-limits to cyclists.
The limit works on the basis that it is safer for cyclists to stay beside the
pavement, making the Games lanes, which will be positioned in the centre of the
road, a no-go area. The situation is made even more troubling by the fact that
bus lanes, which the ETA says offer "a refuge from London's busiest traffic",
will be removed from roads with Games lanes.
"The decision to ban bicycles from almost every Games lane is as baffling as it
dangerous – on a busy London road with slow moving or stationary vehicles a
cyclist riding on the outside of traffic for reasons of safety faces a £130
fine," said Yannick Read, a spokesman for the ETA. "It's unacceptable that the
chauffeured journeys of competitors will be at the expense of London's cyclists
in this way."
Dow Chemical is one of many worldwide partners of the Olympics but its selection has been highly controversial due to links between Dow and the Bhopal gas tragedy that killed tens of thousands of Indians in 1984.
The London Assembly, an elected body that investigates issues of importance in the Capital, has criticised the International Olympic Committee and Locog for entering into the partnership and called on them to rethink their relationship with Dow Chemical.
A motion agreed at a meeting of the full London Assembly ruled that the decision to have Dow Chemical as a worldwide partner has "caused damage to the reputation of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games"
The motion states: "This Assembly feels the IOC and national organising committees should consider the environmental, social, ethical and human rights records of companies when awarding high-profile partnership and sponsorship deals."
The military is to provide up to 3,500 extra troops for security duty at the Olympics amid fears that private firm G4S will not be able to supply enough personnel, a Whitehall source has said.
The move, just a fortnight before the Games, is potentially a major embarrassment for organisers Locog.
The overall 23,700-strong security force for the Games will include a mix of military, private security guards and at least 3,000 unpaid London 2012 volunteers who will be used at the start of the security process.
A G4S spokeswoman said: "This has been an unprecedented and very complex security recruitment, training and deployment exercise which has been carried out to a tight timescale. We have encountered some issues in relation to workforce supply and scheduling over the last couple of weeks, but are resolving these every day and remain committed to providing a security workforce for the start of the London 2012 Games."
Apparently, McDonald's are so terrified of off-brand chips that they will only let you buy them as part of a British Heritage Ye Olde Fishe and Chippes package. Heaven forfend you should try to ask for just the chips. I dare say they'll get one of the Eastern European hammer-throwers to hurl you bodily from the venue.
Sadly, the Sponsorship Gods have indeed gone crazy. According to The Guardian, the Olympics' official restaurant sponsor signed a deal with the International Olympic Committee giving it "sole rights to sell chips or french fries."
In fact, LOCOG had to get permission from McDonald's to sell fish and chips — a traditional British combo.
MPs have been given free corporate tickets to the most sought-after event at the Olympics – the men's 100m final.
Four members of the culture media and sport select committee have accepted the prized seats from BT, one of London 2012's leading sponsors.
Ministers have been banned from freebie trips to the Games.
But the culture committee chairman, John Whittingdale, gave BT permission to offer the hottest tickets in town – worth £420 each – to his members because they have been scrutinising the Games for five years.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2172279/London-Olympics-2012-Fury-MPs-gifted-free-tickets-sponsor-biggest-night-Games.html#ixzz20N9DiqoR
SAO PAULO, Brazil — This business hub, South America's largest city, is usually bustling from dawn until dusk. But on a recent Wednesday morning, Sao Paulo ground to a halt.
Subway and train workers, disgruntled about poor wages and benefits, had gone on strike, leaving more than 4.8 million commuters without a ride. Buses still made the rounds, but these are packed on normal days. They didn't help much, with rush-hour traffic in the maze-like city at a standstill. A usual hour-and-a-half journey across town took three hours.
But Sao Paulo isn't the problem. Brazil's population and economic growth have pushed it to the brink. Whether by road, rail or air, the country is unprepared to handle rising transport demand. Now, the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games approaching, host country Brazil's transportation revamps are more pressing than ever.
The People's Potatoes Front plan to give away free chips outside the Olympic Park. They are looking for volunteers to help out please let me know if you are interested.
The legacy corporation is moving towards a decision about the Olympic
Park's proposed future business district, but a lot could still change
Regeneration expert Jackie Sadek:
Just what is going on with the Olympics Media Centre? Reports yesterday
seemed to indicate that iCity was to be proposed as preferred bidder
over and above the rival bid from the UK Fashion Hub at next Tuesday's
London Legacy Development Corporation board meeting. I find this
incredible beyond belief...
To recap, two buildings for the media have been constructed in the
Olympic Park: the smaller main press centre, which looks out on to the
River Lea navigation canal, and the larger international broadcast
centre which stands behind it. The former is already filling up with
sports journalists, who can enjoy a fine view of Gainsborough School,
Wick Village and Leabank Square across the water and now, under their
noses, of a couple of probably very bored squaddies in a tent.
Finding a post-Games use for the two buildings has proven every bit as
tricky as expected. They stand in the section of the park that lies
within Hackney, whose political leaders have invested great legacy hopes
in their eventually housing thriving businesses, providing cutting edge
creative industry jobs. But after lengthy negotiations, the BBC declined
to shift its EastEnders operation there. In Hackney Town Hall, teeth
still gnash at the memory.
Lord Coe, the chairman of the London 2012 Olympic organising committee
(Locog), said on Friday that he could not rule out asking for the
current deployment of 17,000 to be increased.
Asked if more troops will be required when the Games begin in two weeks,
Lord Coe replied: "We are working on it at the moment."
Ministers were this week forced to assign an extra 3,500 soldiers,
sailors, airmen and marines to security duties at Olympic sites after
G4S, the private security firm being paid £284million for guard work,
failed to provide enough staff.
At the organisers' behest, the Government told the courts they may
wish to take particular account of anyone using two or more words from
what it calls List A: `Games'; `Two Thousand and
Twelve'; `2012'; and `twenty twelve'.
And the judges must also come down hard on anyone, even a charity, who
takes a word from List A and joins it with one or more words from what
is List B: `Gold'; `Silver'; `Bronze';
`London'; `medals'; `sponsors'; and
`summer'. Common nouns are now private property.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games does
not stop there. To cover all eventualities, it warns everyone in Britain
against creating an `unlawful association' with the Games, which
can be done without even mentioning the forbidden words!
Even the London skyline, believe it or not, is out of bounds if it is
combined with, for example, an image of a runner carrying a torch.
The group of hauliers, garages and delivery services in Hackney Wick,
that employ 650 people in total, claim road restrictions which started
this week and last right through til September will damage trade and put
jobs at risk.
They were asking for compensation for lack of earnings during the
Olympic and Paralympic Games from the Olympic Delivery Authority.
But Graham Phelps who runs Phelps Transport and led the campaign
admitted to LBC's Olympics correspondent John Cushing they just couldn't
afford to carry on saying "the potential cost that we could be left to
pay in legal fees, not ours but theirs, would have far outweighed what
we can afford."
The haulage owner admits businesses around the Wallis Road industrial
estate, who've been told to prepare for 35,000 spectators every day
walking to the Olympic Park through their narrow streets, will now just
tighten their belts and hope to be in business in the Autumn.
from the comments on here looks like they're rapidly heading for rebellion in the ranks
|Exercise to test the capital's Olympic rail capacity coincides with the temporary closure of King's Cross St Pancras|
Thousands of Londoners endured a gruelling commute on Tuesday as a result of an exercise to test the capital's Olympic rail capacity, which raised fresh fears about the transport network's ability to cope during the Games.
With the Olympics just over a fortnight away, Network Rail and Southeastern trains rehearsed their station management plans to see how five key stations – London Bridge, Cannon Street, Waterloo East, Charing Cross and Victoria – will cope with the increased passenger numbers.
Further disruption was caused on Tuesday morning after King's Cross St Pancras and Euston underground stations were closed during rush hour to prevent overcrowding after a Northern Line train broke down.More at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/jul/10/olympic-test-run-london-transport
A Silent Picture in London
Bhopal protest art installation
Amnesty International presents BHOPAL - A SILENT PICTURE, a multimedia public art installation. The work is set in a 40-foot container and being timed as the biggest sporting event opens this summer in London.
Bhopal remains the worldâ€™s biggest industrial
disaster. The leakage of 42 tons of deadly MIC gas by the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal (India) on the night of 2nd December 1984 exposed 528,125 people, immediately killing 2,259. More than 25,000 have since died from the after effects. The images in this forty-foot multimedia installation have been shot at the now sealed Union Carbide Plant that continues to poison the soil, air and water of its surroundings.
They portray an eerie emptiness that has multiple resonances about death and disappearance at the hands of faceless machinery. However, unlike any other mass murder, the perpetrators of this crime continue to walk free. The victims â€“ largely poor people, continue to be denied adequate health care or fair compensation. Worse, they are forced behind a veil of indifference and enforced silence. This installation also hints at this state of affairs with a shroud bearing names and file numbers of some of the victimsâ€™
that envelops them in anonymity.
Hundreds of uniformed Olympics officers will begin touring the country today enforcing sponsors' multimillion-pound marketing deals, in a highly organised mission that contrasts with the scramble to find enough staff to secure Olympic sites.
Almost 300 enforcement officers will be seen across the country checking firms to ensure they are not staging "ambush marketing" or illegally associating themselves with the Games at the expense of official sponsors such as Adidas, McDonald's, Coca-Cola and BP. The clampdown goes on while 3,500 soldiers on leave are brought in to bail out the security firm G4S which admitted it could not supply the numbers of security staff it had promised.
Yesterday, the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, refused to rule out that even more soldiers may be called upon to help with security, but dismissed the issue as merely a "hitch". However, as well as the regular Army, the Olympic "brand army" will start its work with a vengeance today.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "David Talbot - 38 Degrees" <action@...
Date: 16 Jul 2012 16:46
Subject: McDonald's: One down
To: "Richard Willmsen" <rwillmsen@...
It’s working! Moments after launching the petition calling on companies like McDonald’s to give up their Olympic tax breaks, their rattled PR team were on the phone.  Minutes later they publicly confirmed they wouldn’t be taking up the tax dodge. 
If you didn’t sign the petition because you weren’t sure it would work, now you know it can. It’s an exciting start. But there are lots of other sponsors who still haven’t budged. Let’s turn up the pressure by keeping the petition growing. Every name helps.
Can you sign the petition now and tell the other sponsors to pay their fair share?
Next in our sights is Coca-Cola. They’ll be supersizing their profits at the Olympics, expecting to sell 23 million drinks.  Together let’s make sure that they’re paying their fair share in tax. Their close relationship with McDonald’s will make dodging the issue even harder for them now.
The petition’s already got nearly 100,000 names. If you can help push it past that target we’ll organise a high profile hand-in to Coke’s London headquarters and a simultaneous people-powered flood of messages to them via Facebook and Twitter. Together, we’ll make a splash they can’t ignore!
38 Degrees members have been campaigning against tax dodging because things get cut when businesses don’t pay their fair share. The Olympics is a powerful global symbol. Taking on this particular tax dodge won’t fix the whole problem but it’ll send a strong message that we expect these massive multinationals to do the right thing.
If we can get to 100,000 signatures, we’ll organise a hand-in at Coke’s London headquarters this Friday. Click below to add your name now: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/olympic-tax-dodging
Thanks for being involved,
David T, Robin, Belinda and the 38 Degrees team
PS: The secretive nature of these companies’ tax arrangements makes it difficult to figure out exactly how much this Olympic tax dodge is worth. Let’s use people power to shine a light on what they’re up to. Can you call on Coca-Cola to front up? Sign the petition here: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/olympic-tax-dodging
 Ethical Consumer: The Great Olympic Tax Swindle http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/commentanalysis/corporatewatch/thegreatolympictaxswindle.aspx
 McDonald’s: Olympic Tax Exemption Clarification http://www.mcdonalds.co.uk/ukhome/Aboutus/Newsroom/news_pages/Olympic_Tax_Exemption.html
 Coca-Cola: What does Coca-Cola’s sponsorship bring to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games?
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This is to brief people on what is happening with the alternative torch
relay on 21st. Will have some more info on Wednesday but if anyone is
available on Saturday afternoon we hope they can come along.
There will be a second run on Friday 27th which will go from Clissold
Park through Stoke Newington, Dalston, Mare Street, London Fields,
Victoria Park, Homerton, Chatsworth Road to Leyton Marsh.
The press release which has been circulated is available
Run is planned to start from steps in front of Westfield at 2pm. We will
confirm this. Route is up Leytonstone High Road and then loop back past
missile tower block to Wanstead Flats.
Roads will be closed in various locations for the other torch relay
(which we will be avoiding) so driving will be very difficult and some
buses will not run for some of the time. The best way to get around will
be by tube or bike - buses will be available away from the other torch
route and should get people who don't have bikes to Wanstead Flats.
There are two tube stations on the route, Stratford and Leytonstone on
What we need
1. Runners - don't worry we have a team of runners who will do the whole
route together. Just if anyone else wants to have a go please let David
2. Leafleteers and supporters - We need people to hand out demo leaflets
and to cheer on the runners and create a sense of occasion! Best places
to do this are in Stratford and Leytonstone tube areas. They are the
easiest to reach and are the most populated shopping areas. People can
spread out a bit from the tube station areas.
3. Cyclists - having people to accompany the runners will be handy both
in terms of support and also to help with filming or if needed to jump
off and leaflet or cheer along certain sections away from the two tube
4. Party at the end. If people are able to make it to Wanstead Flats to
join in with Save Wanstead Flats members that would also be good. Bikes
and buses are the easiest way to get there. Buses 308 and 58 go right
next to Wanstead Flats where we will be ending the run. Both buses will
be affected by road closures around Leyton in the afternoon but
hopefully will be running further east.
Haringey Independent Cinema films this Thursday.
Behalf Of Marlene Barrett
Sent: 16 July 2012 20:50
To: Haringey Ind Cinema - list
Subject: [hic] Olympic antidote
this Thursday - London Takes Gold and Black Power Salute
As Olympic hype goes into complete overdrive, come
along to the Haringey Independent Cinema film night this Thursday to enjoy a
good dose of antidote to the propaganda, and good food, drink and discussion
too. No corporate sponsors, no military or Group 4 security, and you are
welcome to bring your own bottle of water.
As previously advertised, our main film for
the night is Black Power Salute, which takes us back
to the 1968
Mexico City Olympics and the Black Power protest made by athletes Tommie Smith
and John Carlos. The film shows how their courageous gesture reverberated
around the world and what happened to them as a result.
But we’re also bringing it back to
London: our short film to kick off the evening is London Takes Gold, a new film which plots local opposition to the construction of Olympic buildings on
public parkland and also examines controversy over Olympic sponsors. While on
location shooting footage at Leyton Marsh, filmmaker Mike Wells was arrested
and spent the following 8 days in prison. The authorities were unwilling to
grant bail as they claimed he would make mischief in relation the Olympic
Project if released. Under his bail conditions, which he believes have been
used as a political instrument, he is banned from the proximity of Olympic
We look forward to seeing you there.
Haringey Independent Cinema
We’re sorry that we’ve been unable to get hold of subtitled
versions of these films.
Thursday 19 July
West Green Learning Centre
Green Road, N15 (next to Downhills Park).
For directions see www.haringey.org.uk/hic
£4 / £3
Break – food and drink (donations welcome)
Black Power Salute
Join us after the films in K K McCools across the road
CBS Outdoor, the outdoor advertising partner for the Games, revealed today (16 July) that it has sold out all billboards bus advertising, digital installations and posters at sites within 500 meters of Olympic venues in recent weeks, with more than half of the advertisements coming
In January, Locog agreed to open the Olympic outdoor auction companies from categories such as charities, film, tourism boards and theatre that are not in direct competition with sponsors.
A spokesman for CBS Outdoor says that there would be a "greater" outdoor presence of brands not associated with the Games at Olympic sites this summer, despite the likes of Coca-Cola, EDF Energy and Lloyds launching major campaigns at l"vicinity" areas such as Hyde Park, Westminster and Stratford tube stations respectively.
Adverts on moving vehicles such as buses and taxis do not come under Locog's branding regulations to protect sponsors, meaning that non-sponsors can effectively appear near Olympic sites.
More at: Sebastian Joseph , Marketing Week