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Zurich's Baur au Lac Hotel

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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Zurich's Baur au Lac hotel was the scene of heightened security and media interest today.

With just two days to go before FIFA executives vote on who will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron flew in to try and add some political muscle to the England 2018 World Cup bid.

FIFA Vice-President and CONCACAF President, Jack Warner, arrives at Zurich's Baur au Lac hotel prior to a meeting with British Prime Minister, David Cameron ahead of Thursday's FIFA vote on who will host the 2018 World Cup.

British Prime Minister, David Cameron leaving Zurich's Baur au Lac hotel after his meeting with Jack Warner.

Warner, who controls at least two of the three votes from CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) is considered crucial to England's chances of getting the necessary votes to pass the first round.

With a cappuccino in the Baur au Lac lobby costing eight francs fifty - more than twice the price of a better tasting cup elsewhere in Zurich - rooms where much of the frenzied lobbying and deal making takes place do not come cheap.

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Devecser Clean-Up Continues

Sunday, November 14, 2010

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Train at Devecser crossing

Five weeks after the toxic mud catastrophe engulfed Kolontar and Devecser, a resemblence of life is returning to normal: some people are returning to their homes and the train line between Devescer and Ajka is open again; although the red earth is still a disturbing sight and vehicles leaving the area need to be sprayed down.

Hungarian soldiers cleaning up in Devecser

Although the Torna creek continues to flow red and the Marcal river is still showing some signs of distress, disaster was avoided downstream of the Marcal river; in the Rivers Raba and Danube.

The river runs red - Torna Creek

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