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Olympic Games security

It appears as if G4S has screwed up.

Olympic Games security: May to make urgent statement

Home Secretary Theresa May is to make an urgent statement in the Commons on Olympics security, after it emerged an extra 3,500 troops were needed.

The defence secretary had been due to submit a written statement but Labour tabled an urgent question to the House.

The troops are in addition to 13,500 already agreed, amid fears contractor G4S may not have enough trained staff.

G4S said it had “encountered some delays” in processing applicants through the final stages of training.

Keith Vaz, the Labour chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, tabled an urgent question to the government on Olympics security after earlier saying he would write to the home secretary for an explanation.

He said he was “deeply concerned” that G4S were unable to deliver their contract and that “the Home Office have left contingency plans to the last moment”.

Mr Vaz said he had also asked G4S’s chief executive and chairman to appear before the committee next week.

Source: BBC News Read more

Opinion:

If G4S has screwed up, the solution is simple…

Stop pussy-footing around.

Don’t pay the bastards!

Save England £300m and use the army.

 

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UK Doctors blast McDonald’s Olympic Sponsorship

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In this photo taken Monday, April 30, 2012, a woman eats her meal inside a McDonald's fast food restaurant in London. British doctors have slammed the sponsorship of the London Olympics by companies like McDonalds, saying it sends the wrong message amid the country's ballooning obesity crisis. Big Macs, fries and milkshakes will be part of McDonald's exclusive "meal brand" of the Olympics and the fast-food giant will soon be opening its largest franchise in the world, a two-storey cathedral-like restaurant that seats 1,500 customers, at London's Olympic Park.

LONDON — McDonald’s is a sponsor for the London Olympics – and a British doctors’ group says that’s sending the wrong message in a country with ballooning obesity.

Big Macs, fries and milkshakes will be part of McDonald’s exclusively branded menu at the Olympics and the fast-food giant will soon be opening its largest franchise in the world, a two-story cathedral-like restaurant that seats 1,500 customers, at London’s Olympic Park. McDonald’s will be the only restauranteur allowed to sell brand-name food at the games and there will also be a separate McDonald’s within the athletes’ village – in addition to three others at the Olympic Park.

Alongside McDonald’s, Coca-Cola has the exclusive right to sell non-alcoholic drinks at Olympic venues. Heineken has been named the games’ official beer.

“It’s very sad that an event that celebrates the very best of athletic achievements should be sponsored by companies contributing to the obesity problem and unhealthy habits,” said Terence Stephenson, a spokesman for the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges. The group is calling upon the British government to restrict advertising by McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and Heineken during the Olympic Games…

“These brands are using the Olympics to be associated with medals and svelte, fit athletes,” he said. “They don’t want us to think of fat, unhealthy people when we think of their products.”

Source: The News Tribune Read more

Opinion:

If governments can’t afford to foot the bill for events such as the Olympic Games, then don’t have them.

The Olympic Games are for sport, NOT corporate sponsorship.

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