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Even though the Olympic torch route for Beijing 2008 has not been finalized yet, it is assumed that the Olympic torch will be taken to the summit of Mt. Everest as part of the overall plan. There will be tests to see if this can be achieved:

Link: BBC: Olympic Flame To Ascend Everest

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The cola Logo looks nice... I know that sponsorship is necessary but i dont like it... Another thing is that the BOCOG has to upgrade the server of their website immediately.. every time i try to visit the site i get :unsure: and then :angry: ... and then klick away..

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Sponsorship is a necessary evil. I don't like the fact that the Olympic spirit has been sold out to the highest bidder in terms of sponsorship, but the Olympics would not survive without it, so like I said it's a necessary evil.

Also, if these corporate sponsors have so much money why can't they, as well as the UN, and the various national Olympic committees help pay the bill for the Games, so that it can ease some of the pressure on the taxpayers, the ones who pay for the event but can't afford to attend.

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But one thing about Olympic sponsorships _ and what arguably makes them so unique _ is that the Olympics are still the one event that doesn't allow sponsorship signage within venues _ the IOC still requires "clean" arenas free of advertising. If that policy can be maintained, I don't care who or how many companies sign up to get the privelege of putting the five rings on their products. As long as corporate logos stay outside the Olympic arenas, I'm happy.

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Also, if these corporate sponsors have so much money why can't they, as well as the UN, and the various national Olympic committees help pay the bill for the Games, so that it can ease some of the pressure on the taxpayers, the ones who pay for the event but can't afford to attend.

Because the IOC, in all its foolhardy vanity, REQUIRES that the national gov'ts of the host cities financially back-up the staging of the Games, whether or not they come out solvent or not. (The US refuses to play this game -- Stu, your cue -- yet fills their coffers sufficiently after each of the last 3 Games held in the US.)

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What is irony to you guys? Well, despite some news sources that keep saying that China has some of the most polluted areas in the world and how BOCOG is trying to portray a "green Olympics" for the Beijing 2008 Games via its environmental programs, China's state energy company (Sinopec Group) is now having its name on a brick as a donor. As in, the Donors' Wall at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. On top of that, how in the world does one brick worth $1 MILLION?

Link: IOC: Another Brick In The Donors' Wall

First, I would like to see which kind of companies that have their names on the 64-brick wall so far, besides the Sinopec Group. And, seeing how you guys have responded to sponsorships to the Olympic Movement, I guess "money talks" big time nowadays.

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Nice news:

It is official announced that regisseur and choreograph Dimitris Papaioannou (creator and regisseur of the Athens 2004 Opening and Closing Ceremonies) will be the director of a 6.000.000$ production which will promote the Olympic Games of Beijing 2008 around the globe. He and his team will arrive in Beijing in March for the preparation of the play. The premier show wil be staged in October in Athens.

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The updated report of Beijing 2008 was delivered to the IOC Executive Board meeting by BOCOG president, Liu Qi. Since this year will later mark the "one year to go" mark, it will be the critical time for Beijing to test their venues.

Link: IOC-> IOC Executive Board: Update On Upcoming Games

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The updated report of Beijing 2008 was delivered to the IOC Executive Board meeting by BOCOG president, Liu Qi. Since this year will later mark the "one year to go" mark, it will be the critical time for Beijing to test their venues.

Link: IOC-> IOC Executive Board: Update On Upcoming Games

thanks for the article! the days are certinly counting down very fast

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Looks like the chinese goverment is finally putting an eye on the pollution of the city.

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/PEK26505.htm

FEATURE-End of era as Beijing polluter leaves town

09 Feb 2007 13:59:37 GMT

Source: Reuters

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By Lucy Hornby

BEIJING, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Beijing's worst polluter, the Shougang Iron and Steel Group, is packing up and leaving Beijing to help clear the air for the Olympic Games in 2008.

The city has pledged to clean up its polluted air and restore its once-legendary blue skies in time for the games, China's coming-out party to the world. It is spending billions to clear plants like Shougang's from the capital.

But the departure of Beijing's greatest industrial icon is also the end of an era, and the human toll may rival the financial cost.

Only about 10,000 of Shougang's 82,500 workers will be employed at new plants. Many of the others face early retirement, and most haven't been told where they will be placed.

China's state-owned heavy industries provided housing and clinics for workers, schools for their children, and pensions for retirees. Most even had a company newspaper.

Now, the cradle-to-grave system known as the iron rice bowl is being dismantled.

"At first it was hard to accept, but now people have gotten used to the idea," said Yue Wenhui, plant manager at a furnace that will shut later this year. He does not yet know if he will have work at one the new facilities.

"It's up to the leaders to decide how we are arranged. Of course, I am pretty eager to be sent to Caofeidian because it will give me a chance to work with the newest stuff."

Shougang is building a new, state of the art plant at Caofeidian on the nearby coast, and has already begun operations at another campus in neighbouring Hebei Province.

White collar workers will mostly stay in Beijing, while blue collar workers will shuttle out to work for several days at a time at the new plants.

Their families will stay in Beijing, where schools and jobs are better and where retirees can chat in the sun with coworkers they've known for a lifetime.

CLEANING UP

Shougang is China's sixth-largest steelmaker, and its vast campus to the west of China's capital belch thick smoke and a evil smell.

China's cities are cloaked in pollution so heavy it whites out the sky and dims the sun. Its rivers have long stretches of dead water, and millions of Chinese suffer from lung diseases, birth defects and other effects of a poisonous environment.

Planners are toying with the idea of shutting all factories near Beijing for two months before and during the Olympics, to ensure the city shines. Shougang will have shuttered most, but not all, of its Beijing facilities by 2008.

Shougang has already closed some of its worst-polluting plants -- including the hulking blast furnace No. 5, which was built in 1959 at the height of China's Great Leap Forward, when Chairman Mao mobilized his country to industrialize as fast as possible. It roared continuously until mid 2005 .

"Yearn for Blast Furnace No. 5, Wave to the Future," says a sign commemorating its final day of operation.

In moving to new locations, Shougang will also upgrade its plants to be more energy efficient, use less water and emit less pollution. At the same time, it will produce more higher grade steel and less of the cheap construction steel that has glutted China's market.

Shougang will spend 60 billion yuan on the Caofeidian portion of its move alone. It will get a tax holiday during the transfer.

It will develop its old campus into a massive real estate project. The steel mill's small lake and nearby mountains will make the site well sought-after, said Tang Danping of Shougang's environmental department.

"I believe that in a short while, this place will become one of Beijing's top leisure and recreation spots," Tang said. He laughed uncomfortably and shook his head when asked if he has ever eaten the fish in the lake.

Mechanic Song Baoshen said he didn't know where he could get a job if Shougang doesn't keep him on. But he brightened at the hope of moving to the new plant at Caofeidian.

"I hear it's by the ocean. The air will be fresh there."

By the way, what happened to that Friendlies animated series that they were talking about one year? For what i readed, i think that it will be released this year, but they didn't say no word about it.

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may i ask what was the australian delegation sizes at seoul, barcelona and atlanta? Have they been steadily rising since the AIS was set up following the 76 olympics? or has this rise come about mainly because of the sydney olympics?

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