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Jul 18, 2012

Only Britons obsessed with weather

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s tourism chief said recent wet weather would not deter visitors from other countries and would not dampen its hopes of benefiting from the London Olympics.

The public body VisitBritain wants to use the Games to showcase the country, enticing an extra 4.6 million visitors between 2011 and 2015.

Jul 18, 2012

Only Britons obsessed with weather-UK tourism chief

LONDON, July 18 (Reuters) – Britain’s tourism chief said
recent wet weather would not deter visitors from other countries
and would not dampen its hopes of benefiting from the London
Olympics.

The public body VisitBritain wants to use the Games to
showcase the country, enticing an extra 4.6 million visitors
between 2011 and 2015.

Jul 13, 2012

G4S says unable to fulfill Olympics security contract

LONDON (Reuters) – Private security firm G4S said on Friday it would be unable to completely fulfill its contract to supply guards for this month’s London Olympics and would incur a loss of up to 50 million pounds ($77.73 million).

The company has been at the centre of a political firestorm after the government admitted on Thursday that extra troops would need to be put on standby dye to G4S’s problems processing applicants in time for the Games that start in two weeks’ time.

Jul 9, 2012
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Church of England delays vote on allowing women bishops until November

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(The Minster in the northern English city of York, where the Church of England General Synod is taking place. Picture taken on December 13, 2011.REUTERS/Nigel Roddis)

The Church of England delayed a vote on allowing women bishops on Monday after reformers rejected a last-minute concession to conservatives keen to keep the posts reserved for men only.

Jul 9, 2012

Church of England delays women bishops vote

YORK, England (Reuters) – The Church of England delayed a vote on allowing women bishops on Monday after reformers rejected a last-minute concession to conservatives keen to keep the posts reserved for men only.

The Church’s General Synod voted to send back to their current bishops for further consideration an amendment allowing dissenting parishes to choose their male bishop as their leader if a woman is named to head their diocese.

Jul 8, 2012

Church of England seen delaying women bishop vote

YORK, England (Reuters) – The Church of England looks set to delay its final vote on the consecration of women as bishops following a campaign to scupper it by supporters angry at a last-minute concession to traditionalists.

Positions have become so entrenched at the church’s General Synod, or parliament, in York, northern England, that an adjournment seems the most likely outcome during Monday’s debate, resulting in the amendment being sent back to the House of Bishops to think again.

Jul 6, 2012

Bus strike unlikely during Games: chief

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s transport chief believes a bus strike is unlikely during this month’s Olympics despite an unresolved dispute over bonuses for drivers, Peter Hendy said on Friday.

Hendy, commissioner at London’s public transport authority Transport for London (TfL), also said it was not his intention to catch motorists out with the 109-mile Olympic Route Network (ORN) and its more restrictive 30 miles of Games Lanes.

Jul 6, 2012

Bus strike unlikely during Olympics Games – chief

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s transport chief believes a bus strike is unlikely during this month’s Olympics despite an unresolved dispute over bonuses for drivers, Peter Hendy said on Friday.

Hendy, commissioner at London’s public transport authority Transport for London (TfL), also said it was not his intention to catch motorists out with the 109-mile Olympic Route Network (ORN) and its more restrictive 30 miles of Games Lanes.

Jul 6, 2012

Olympics-Bus strike unlikely during Games – chief

LONDON, July 6 (Reuters) – London’s transport chief believes
a bus strike is unlikely during this month’s Olympics despite an
unresolved dispute over bonuses for drivers, Peter Hendy said on
Friday.

Hendy, commissioner at London’s public transport authority
Transport for London (TfL), also said it was not his intention
to catch motorists out with the 109-mile Olympic Route Network
(ORN) and its more restrictive 30 miles of Games Lanes.

Jul 3, 2012
via FaithWorld

Church of England vote to allow women bishops could be derailed

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(Members of the Church of England General Synod attend the opening at Church House in London February 6, 2012 . REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly )

A vote to allow women bishops in the Church of England looks set to be derailed by its own supporters, who say a last-minute concession to conservative opponents is a step too far.

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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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