Useful Olympic links for July 11th through July 12th

Here are the Olympic-related links we’ve been looking at over the last week from July 11th through July 12th:

Useful Olympic links for July 6th through July 9th

Here are the Olympic-related links we’ve been looking at over the last week from July 6th through July 9th:

  • Fernandes blazes trail with Olympic torch in London– The AirAsia Group CEO said he was overwhelmed by the support of the locals who came in droves to watch him carry the torch along Hartford Road near Huntingdon.“Fantastic experience running. Proud to represent Malaysia. Despite the rain, the English came out in full force. A real experience,” he said in an e-mail statement to The Star.

    The torch run became a reality after Fernandes, who is Caterham F1 team principal, was invited by the racing team’s official partner GE, to take part.

  • Welcome To The Security Games | Games Monitor – Most military and all private security personnel will work inside the ‘ticketed areas’ of the event venues, according to promises made by the London Olympic organisers. Whether this turns out to be true in practice is one of the issues that the community civil rights group Newham Monitoring Project (NMP), with whom I have been an activist with for twenty years, will keep a close watch upon. However, in the streets surrounding the Olympic Park in Stratford and the ExCel Centre in Canning Town, it is the massive policing operation and its impact on local people that is of our greatest concern.
  • Red Mittens & Red Ink: The story of how the 2010 Olympics came and went
  • Olympic bargains galore as London’s theatres and hotels slash rates
  • Guelph Olympic Torch Relay videos still off-limits to the public – In response to an appeal of that decision, the Guelph Police Services Board informed the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario that the criminal matter linked to the video evidence was “no longer ongoing” but that release of the material would still adversely impact when and how the police service could use video surveillance as an evidence gathering technique.

Useful Olympic links for July 3rd through July 6th

Here are the Olympic-related links we’ve been looking at over the last week from July 3rd through July 6th:

  • London 2012: even Beijing didn’t put an army on the gates
  • Olympic Torch storm: locals shunned in favour of corporate nominees (From Bournemouth Echo) – • Four Olympic staff members – a venue health and safety officer from Epping and three people who work for the Olympic Broadcasting Service.

    • A Basingstoke councillor, who is also a senior manager at Lloyds Banking Group.

    • A Belgian, nominated for having an eco-home and driving an eco-friendly car.

    • A Vodafone account manager, who says on an online profile that he was nominated to carry the Olympic Torch because of his strong sales performance.

    • A man from Ballymena in Newport, who has no nomination story but does appear to have a profile on a website called British Sex Dating.

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    • A Met Police constable.

  • Police told cinema worker dressed as Batman to stop | Stratford Observer – The Stratford Picturehouse staff member dressed as the caped crusader, who like the hero wishes to remain anonymous, was stopped by Community Support Officers (PCSOs) working in the town on Sunday, when the Olympic Torch came to town, because they were concerned he might be part of a protest group. Read more: Police told cinema worker dressed as Batman to stop | Stratford Observer
  • Chelsea School of Sport | University of Brighton – Chelsea School of Sport has an excellent national and international reputation for teaching, research and consultancy in sport-related studies. Courses are taught by leading researchers in their fields as well as coaches and sport scientists who work with top athletes.
  • IASE – Home – Purposes of IASE (extract of the status): ¨ Promote the economics of sport ¨ Encourage academic exchanges among researchers ¨ Offer to members all the necessary means to improve their knowledge and skills in the economics of sport ¨ Supply expert analyses in the field of the economics of sport

Useful Olympic links for June 28th through June 29th

Here are the Olympic-related links we’ve been looking at over the last week from June 28th through June 29th:

  • Why does the north remain so unimpressed by the Olympics? | UK news | – Analysing the results of the ComRes polling, it is clear that northern England is simply not engaging with the Olympics. Asked to what extent they were excited about the games, people in the north east mustered 42% of Yes-es, the north west 44% and Yorkshire and the Humber merely 36%. This compared with the 56% who disagreed in the north east, 53% in the north west and 60% in Yorkshire and the Humber. To make things worse, despite coming under budget, across all three northern regions over 60% of respondents felt that the games weren't delivering value for the taxpayer's money. Less than 20% thought that the Olympics would spur them on to engage in sporting activity themselves.
  • Protecting the Olympic Torch | Anglia – ITV News – The TST travels with the Olympic flame, from the moment it is handed over to LOCOG in Athens until it arrives at the Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony. The same team will then travel with the Paralympic flame.

    It is made up of around 70 staff and officers, including 35 ‘runners’ – a number of whom are from the Anglia region. Other members include motorcyclists, senior officers to make command and tactical decisions, communication officers to relay messages to the torch security team and operational planners.

    Looking after the torch security is no mean feat, and members of the TST have been through 18 months of gruelling training to prepare for this unusual role.

  • ORG Zine | The Olympics Organising Committee Run Rings Around Transparency – This lack of transparency was highlighted recently when it emerged that Lia Hervey, Sky Sports News’ Olympics producer, had attempted to seek further information about the breakdown of Olympic tickets to the public by sport and session. Of course, as Locog is not obliged to provide this information due to its status as a private company, it has refused to provide this information, despite concerns that savings from the public sector package appear to be trickling over to Locog. However, whilst it is a private company, Locog has been in receipt of public funding to the tune of £183m.
  • Olympic expenditure – a Freedom of Information request to Powys Council – WhatDoTheyKnow
  • How many vehicles does it take to escort one Olympic flame on 300 yard dash? 47! | Mail Online – So how many vehicles does it take to marshal a single Olympic flame for a 300-yard dash? Answer: 47. I counted them all in, and I counted them all out.

    There are 16 ‘core vehicles’ assigned to accompany the torch for its epic journey – which last night saw the unlikely figure of US rap star, the Black Eyed Peas singer and a judge on BBC talent show The Voice, carrying it through Taunton.

    But everywhere the procession goes, a small army of support and ancilliary vehicles is also called into service. In Cornwall on Saturday, for example, the convoy was escorted by police motorcyclists bearing the emblems of five separate constabularies. In south Devon, an ambulance, local dignitaries, firearms officers and police ‘safety officers’ on BMW mountain bikes joined the parade.

Olympics citizen reporting hub to launch in June with day of free workshops

A hub that hopes to build a “sustainable group of citizen journalists” will be offering free workshops at its launch on June 29th. Tickets here.

#media2012, in partnership with 3D Native, is launching its West Midlands hub with an unconference day at The Public (West Bromwich) from 10am.

The day will be filled with workshops including:

  • How to set up a free website
  • How to set up a paid site
  • WordPress blogging
  • Video production & editing
  • Recording audio
  • Live blogging
  • Publishing from mobile (video, text, pictures & audio)
  • Any other suggested sessions from attendees

Visitors will be encouraged to trade skills and ideas, helping to build connections between different communities, encouraging engagement with locals and media producers to generate a unique perspective on coverage of the Olympics and beyond.

On the 30th June attendees will be invited back to West Bromwich to put into the practice the skills learnt the previous day, helping to create a solid group of community journalists who are passionate about their local area and want to give it a voice.

Workshops will be delivered by media workers from across the UK, including Adam Perry from Newsnet’s Media Trust who are backed by organisations such as BBC, Sky, Google, The Guardian, MTV and many more; Jon Coster from Citizens Eye, a successful citizen journalism group based in Leicester; as well as Franzi Bahrle, Jennifer Jones, Joe Hagen, Luke Holloway, Luke Seager, Ollie Clark and Steve Hands.

You can find free tickets here.

Link: Olympic Land Wars and Judicial Reviews (Greenwich Park and Leyton Marsh)

Games Monitor have reported today that NOGOE will be seeking seeking legal advice on and preparing to seek judicial review of Greenwich Council’s planning board decision of 26 January 2012. This follows on from the Don’t Be Harsh, Save the Marsh campaign against the construction of temporary Basketball training centre on Leyton Marsh.

More information on Greenwich Parkcapacity overload.

More information on Leyton Marsh – Documents relating to licence deeds and construction tender.