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Jan 24, 2011

Sky duo taken off air after lineswoman comments

LONDON (Reuters) – Two high-profile Sky Sports presenters have been taken off air temporarily after making “unacceptable” comments about a lineswoman in a Premier League game, the television channel said on Monday.

Host Richard Keys and pundit Andy Gray have apologised, but their comments have been branded as outdated by a woman’s sports foundation.

Jan 24, 2011

Fighters escort diverted jet to Stansted

LONDON (Reuters) – Military jets were launched to escort a diverted Heathrow-bound Etihad flight on Monday after an incident involving a passenger, the Ministry of Defence said.

The flight from Abu Dhabi had been approaching Heathrow when it was diverted to nearby Stansted Airport at about mid-day.

Jan 24, 2011

Making plans before the axe falls

LONDON (Reuters) – Christine Goldsmith is working out how to cut back so she can keep sending her six-year-old son Aston to weekly private Mandarin lessons. They cost more than 700 pounds a year, and though she would like to send her other child, Misty, 3, she can’t afford to. “I am adamant, it’s the one thing I am keen on, for my children to have an additional skill,” she says.

Aston is still learning the basics, and is sometimes reluctant to go, but Goldsmith believes it will not only help with a possible future career, but also ground him in things “other than football and boys’ things. I insist he goes. All the other stuff he gets away with, but this is one thing I say ‘no, you’re doing it, like it or not.’”

Jan 20, 2011

Crystal Palace willing to work with Spurs on stadium

LONDON (Reuters) – London soccer club Crystal Palace said on Thursday they could work with Tottenham Hotspur on a new home if the Premier League club move into the Olympic stadium after 2012, but there had been no substantial talks.

Steve Parish, co-chairman of Championship (second division) Palace, unveiled plans to build a new 50 million pound stadium on the site of their original home in Crystal Palace park, now the National Sports Centre.

Jan 19, 2011

Olympic Park risks becoming oasis for wealthy – assembly

LONDON (Reuters) – London lawmakers warned on Wednesday that the Olympic Park was in danger of becoming an oasis for the wealthy, beyond the reach of local people, after the 2012 Games without further public investment.

London, in its original bid to host the Games, promised to regenerate one of the city’s poorest and most disadvantaged areas, but this was at risk because of a lack of public funds, London Assembly members said.

Jan 19, 2011

London’s Olympic Park risks becoming oasis for wealthy

LONDON (Reuters) – London lawmakers warned on Wednesday that the Olympic Park was in danger of becoming an oasis for the wealthy, beyond the reach of local people, after the 2012 Games without further public investment.

London, in its original bid to host the Games, promised to regenerate one of the city’s poorest and most disadvantaged areas, but this was at risk because of a lack of public funds, London Assembly members said.

Jan 18, 2011

2012 beach volleyball venue given go-ahead

LONDON (Reuters) – Horse Guards Parade has been given planning permission to host the 2012 Olympic beach volleyball events, London Games organisers said Tuesday.

The parade ground is surrounded by government buildings in Westminster including the Foreign Office and the Downing Street residence of the Prime Minister.

Jan 18, 2011

Olympics-2012 beach volleyball venue given go-ahead

LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Horse Guards Parade, in London’s
political heartland, has been given planning permission to host
the 2012 Olympic beach volleyball events, London Games
organisers said on Tuesday.

The parade ground is surrounded by government buildings in
Westminster including the Foreign Office and the Downing Street
residence of the Prime Minister.

Jan 18, 2011

2012 track must be kept, says European athletics chief

LONDON (Reuters) – An athletics track must be kept at the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 London Games to honor a bid pledge, European athletics president Hansjorg Wirz said on Tuesday.

Wirz also said a multi-purpose stadium in London could work, pointing to the success of the Stade de France in Paris, which has hosted international athletics, football and rugby events.

Jan 18, 2011

Olympics-2012 track must be kept, says European athletics chief

LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – An athletics track must be kept
at the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 London Games to honour a
bid pledge, European athletics president Hansjorg Wirz said on
Tuesday.

Wirz also said a multi-purpose stadium in London could work,
pointing to the success of the Stade de France in Paris, which
has hosted international athletics, football and rugby events.

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      ""Avril is a Reuters politics and general news reporter in London, specialising in the 2012 Olympics, religion and the regions. Before that, Avril wrote for www.reuters.co.uk. She has worked at the Daily Telegraph, CNN and Financial Times Business.""
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