28 Tamuz 5772
NOTE: Since we found out that the Opening Ceremony begins at 9 pm, you do realize that it means the Olympics don't start on Erev Tisha b'Av after all, but on Tisha b'Av itself!
Cab drivers create gridlock in Games Lane protest
Blaring their horns, the cabbies took their case to Parliament Square, creating gridlock in the heart of the capital. with the jam swiftly spreading to Millbank and Whitehall.
London’s iconic black cabs are being excluded from the 30 miles of games lanes, which have been reserved for Olympic competitors, officials and sponsors.
Dubbed “Zil lanes” by critics, they come into force on Wednesday next week. Drivers who transgress face a £130 fine.
The restrictions will ban drivers from the lanes, making journey times across the capital longer and dearer for passengers.
Many cab drivers have said they will leave London during the Games rather than put up with the frustration of navigating the capital’s traffic.
Now police are being hauled off the beat for Olympics duty
Police have been dragged off the beat to work on the Olympics after dozens of G4S security guards failed to turn up for work, it emerged yesterday.
Just four of the 58 staff expected to report for duty at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, showed up, one of whom later disappeared.
In Salford, Greater Manchester, only 17 of the 56 G4S staff due at another Olympic team hotel could be bothered to present themselves for work.
Home Secretary Theresa May admitted yesterday that she has no idea how many G4S staff will turn up for work – raising the prospect that thousands more soldiers may have to be deployed, on top of the 3,500 who have already been called up.
‘The precise balance of the numbers that they will be providing will become clear over the next few days,’ she told MPs.
The political pressure was also growing last night as a series of leaked documents revealed that some officials have known of the problem for at least three months.
...‘It’s chaos, absolute chaos. You shouldn’t lose your local police officer because of the Olympics.’ (Source: Mail Online)
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