China's government, which invests up to a third of its $1.68 trillion in currency reserves in [US] Treasuries, is "not smart'' to invest in U.S. debt and should seek higher returns, a former legislator said [June 13 2008]. "I don't think it's a smart move to invest in U.S. bonds,'' said Cheng Siwei, former vice chairman of the National People's Congress, China's legislature, at a Beijing conference.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Fri, 04/07/2008 - 10:34.
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Recent reports in the Press (see attachment) reveal that businesses evicted to make way for the Olympics are still having to battle with the LDA over compensation. Looking back in time to reports published by the media can provide an interesting insight into the attitudes of the Olympic team (and how the media approached the project) and the difference between the rhetoric and the reality of the programme. One such report was contained in the Property Week Newsletter of 05.12.03 (see attachment) which included some particularly chilling assertions for the residents at Clays Lane.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Thu, 12/06/2008 - 23:43.
Several weeks ago I came across the event featured below and thought it might be interesting to drop in. However, when I sent in my on-line application for a ticket I received a message saying I would have to wait to find out if my application had been accepted. The site run by the London Festival of Architecture also said there was no point in replying to the message as they were not organising the event and I should contact the event organisers directly. But the site failed to say who the organisers were!
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Fri, 06/06/2008 - 00:06.
How British Waterways are destroying the annual natural spectacle of Bream spawning in the Old River Lea
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Sun, 25/05/2008 - 20:33.
How the 2012 Olympics is selling East London short, and a 10 point plan for a more positive local legacy
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Mon, 21/04/2008 - 15:20.
American landscape architects are promising east Londoners a park that will be "equivalent to Hyde Park" and "will give the area an equal weight to the west" (Olympics will leave east London an open space to rival Hyde Park, March 17). However, there are fundamental questions about the way the park and its surrounding developments are being planned that your article fails to address.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Wed, 02/04/2008 - 21:36.
With a brash young lawyer-lawmaker named Dick Lamm leading the way, residents said they didn't want the 1976 Winter Olympics. And they said it in a big way. The landmark vote on Nov. 7, 1972, wasn't even close -- 514,228 to 350,964. A 59.4 percent majority said they weren't willing to spend tax dollars to have the Games in their state.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Sun, 20/01/2008 - 16:29.
Chicago's 2016 bid committee hopes the 80 pages of information it sent last week to the International Olympic Committee will help distinguish the quality of the city's Summer Olympic bid from those of its six rivals. After all, the IOC will pick finalist cities in June largely on the basis of that information.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Tue, 15/01/2008 - 23:06.
Although the Commonwealth Games are just under three years away, India's capital is being reshaped as the city prepares for the biggest sporting event in its history. The Delhi government has begun putting up posters saying the capital will be transformed into a "world-class city" by the 2010 deadline.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Tue, 08/01/2008 - 13:39.
The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority to be used as Trojan Horse for Home Counties tax hike for more Olympics funds
NEW council tax rises may be needed to fund the 2012 Olympics and its aftermath, it has emerged. A leaked report and parliamentary answers suggest that not only will households in London be affected, but also taxpayers in the surrounding counties, including Essex and Hertfordshire.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Tue, 08/01/2008 - 08:28.