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2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. Whose wealth? Whose commons?

Construction Workers.  ©Mehar JyrwaConstruction Workers. ©Mehar Jyrwa
The 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) will be held in New Delhi, India, from 3-14 October 2010. The declared mission of the Games is to, “..deliver the 'Best Commonwealth Games Ever;” build state-of-the-art sporting and city infrastructure....create a suitable environment and opportunities for the involvement of the citizens in the Games; to showcase the culture and heritage of India; to project Delhi as a global destination; to project India as an economic power; and to leave behind a lasting legacy.”

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Hey, where's the thank-you note?

The following, © Bob Mackin, is re-posted from

The British Columbia government finally told taxpayers who used the tickets they bought for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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Vancouver 2010 expenses report


City of Vancouver releases Olympic expenses

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 by David Eby

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Missed the Goal for Workers: The Reality of Soccer Ball Stitchers in Pakistan, India, China and Thailand

An International Labor Rights Forum report, June 7, 2010

This report presents the key findings of the International Labor Rights Forum’s research in the four largest soccer balls producing countries: Pakistan, India, China and Thailand. This report also highlights the need to rethink the strategies being utilized by companies to encourage suppliers to adhere to strong labor standards.

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Power-hungry Olympic wind park a triumph of spin over substance

by Paul Charman

A scheme for a £300,000 array of pimped-up wind turbines, claimed to add 'architectural interest' to the Olympic Park, will require more power to run than it generates according to the results of an independent trial. And that's without the fancy lighting.

Each wind turbine appears to consume around 250 watts at average wind speeds in the area, sufficient to power a couple of computers, and with a carbon footprint of around 150g/hour of CO2.

The floodlit array of seven 7-metre high vertical turbines, to be mounted on top of 25m lighting poles, are to be be decorated with arrays of coloured LEDs to grab the attention of visitors.

In an admission of their practical uselessness the Olympic Delivery Authority have admitted their function is mainly decorative. A spokesman said of the design by LDA Design - Hargreaves Associates “The turbines ... will be a prominent symbol to spectators of the sustainability principles behind the games.” This is an oxymoron if ever there was one, as there are few enterprises inherently less sustainable than the modern Olympics. Even Shaun McCarthy, Chair of pseudo-watchdog Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, has said "Having an Olympics is an inherently unsustainable thing to do".

Details of the proposal were documented in an Environmental Impact Assessment 'Screening Opinion Request' submitted to the Olympic Delivery Authority's Planning Decisions Team. This is a preliminary planning application submitted by the ODA to itself to determine whether a full Impact Assessment is required under the EIA Regulations

Pimp that turbine!

Illustrations show the suggested model to be Quiet Revolution QR5, one of the models tested - and rejected as impractical - at the Elephant and Castle redevelopment scheme in South London.

As reported previously in the press, the EIA Screening report by consultants Atkins warns that the turbines are unlikely to turn at night (so at least won't create any noise nuisance). But the existence of an independent study demonstrating them to be completely useless as a power source in the conditions prevailing in the Olympic Park has been ignored.

Wind surveys commissioned by the ODA show the average wind speed in the Olympic Park area to be 4.8 meters per second, but the turbine manufacturers advise their installation only in areas with more than 5m/s. The Elephant and Castle study showed that the QR5 test installation was a net consumer of power with wind speeds less than 6.5m/s.


Olympic wind turbine plans scrapped

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has scrapped plans for a wind turbine on the Olympic Park site.

The turbine had been proposed for Eton Manor in the north of the site as part of the ODA’s target to deliver 20% of the Olympic Park’s legacy energy requirements from renewable sources from 2014 onwards when the site is fully operational.

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Olympic Park Design Wind Turbine Feasibility Report

The East Marsh site, to be used as a temporary coach park during Games, also contains two feasible locations for a further turbine (only one turbine is possible due to limitations on turbine proximity with respect to other turbines), subject to flood risk assessment. Figure 2 shows a constraints diagram for this area produced by Ecotricity. BH/EDAW have identified two specific locations within this area which are suitable for wind turbines

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A Bangladeshi view of the Olympics

.: © Martin Slavin.: © Martin Slavin

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Olympic Sports, Spirits and Stories - Hilary Powell

"With every large scale master-planning exercise comes a grand narrative of
regeneration, with every Olympics comes the weight of the ‘Olympic Story’ and with
every map or plan comes a legend. As 2012 approaches and the increasingly


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