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Delicate process begins to remove Olympic lights

Before the floodlights are removed temporary cables are placed across the stadium to keep the towers stable. The lights are then taken down in pairs. Each pair of lighting towers is lifted and lowered to the ground using cranes with a 600 tonne lifting capacity.

Work to construct the new 45,000sq metres roof begins in the spring. It will be completed by spring 2015 when final preparations for the Rugby World Cup will take place including installing concessions, toilets, turnstiles and hospitality areas.

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First floodlights are removed from Olympic Stadium

The first floodlights have been removed from London's Olympic Stadium as part of work to transform the site into a multi-use venue and the permanent home of West Ham United Football Club.

Crane prepares to lift the first of the lights way Credit: LLDC
Each pair of lighting towers is lifted and lowered to the ground using crawler cranes with 600 tonnes lifting capacity Credit: LLDC
The 14 floodlight towers weigh 34 tonnes and contain an average of 35 lamps Credit: LLDC
A team of around twenty abseilers erect all the temporary cables and remove the floodlights Credit: LLDC

Lord Coe elected to European Olympic Committee

Lord Coe has been elected to the Executive Committee of the European Olympic Committees Credit: Reuters

British Olympic Association Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe has been elected to the Executive Committee of the European Olympic Committees.

Lord Coe, who played a central role in delivering a successful London 2012 as chairman of LOCOG, will hold the post for an initial term of four years.

He said he was "deeply honoured" to have been chosen for the role.

Olympic village still empty

It was part of the Olympic legacy to provide new affordable housing for east London. But no-one has moved into the flats that housed the London 2012 athletes, because of delays. So families have been left with nowhere to live and no explanation. Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris reports.

Triathlon Homes has issued a statement saying it eagerly awaits the handover of homes from the ODA which it expects any day now. And the first residents could move in within a couple of days.

Capital's Olympic legacy continues

The Government has announced that a four year goal of raising £11 billion pounds in economic benefit as part of the Olympic legacy has been met in just twelve months.

New foreign investment and firms winning contracts since last summer's events, has meant business is booming in the capital.

The total also includes £130 million of contracts won by UK companies for next year's soccer World Cup in Brazil, and the next Olympic Games, in Rio in 2016.

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Olympic boxer's pro debut at the O2 Arena

Boxer Anthony Joshua was one of London's true stars of the Olympics. The Watford-born heavyweight started the Games a novice on the international scene- and finished as a gold medallist.

Now he's going professional, and this weekend he'll make his debut at the O2 Arena. He told Rags Martel that he hopes his Olympic journey has prepared him for this next step in his career. This report contains flashing images.

Velodrome to host 2016 championships

London Velodrome in Stratford
London Velodrome in Stratford Credit: LOCOG

The Olympic velodrome in Stratford has been selected to host the 2016 Track Cycling World Championships. The decision to return to the venue where Britain won nine Olympic medals was confirmed yesterday evening.

The five-day competition is the final qualifying stage for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

What happened to prices for the rest of the world?

Key findings from the Hotels.com report (covering period from Jan-June 2013):

  • Global hotel prices rose by 2%, approaching levels not seen since before the financial crisis hit in 2006.
  • Growth in Europe, the Pacific and the Middle East was sluggish, registering a rise of 1%, which lagged behind the global average.
  • Rises seen in Latin America, North America and the Caribbean exceeded the global average.
  • Prices in Asia fell by 2% due to depreciating in value of the Yen/Rupee and a fall in inbound visitors to China.
  • Prices in Rio de Janeiro fell by 1%, but remains third most expensive destination in the report.
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