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  • Commonwealth Games: Fifty athletes in Australia 'illegally'

    05/21/2018 9:29:36 AM PDT · by bgill · 9 replies
    bbc ^ | May 21, 2018 | bbc
    Around 50 competitors have remained in Australia illegally after going missing during this year's Commonwealth Games, a government official has said. Nearly 200 others hold bridging visas and are applying for refugee status. Australia has warned it will deport those who stay in the country illegally, after dozens of competitors - including many from Africa - disappeared from the competition. The numbers are a dramatic increase on other international sporting events... Australian media had speculated that anywhere between 20 and 100 athletes had absconded during the Golden Coast Games, which ended on 15 April. They included eight members of Cameroon's...
  • Commonwealth Games 2010: A memorable start (India overcomes initial hurdles with vibrant opening)

    10/04/2010 2:29:09 PM PDT · by WebFocus · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/04/2010 | Colin Hazelden
    So, it's under way and, using a memorable turn of phrase from a colleague, India soared over the first Commonwealth Games hurdle by producing a vibrant and polished opening ceremony with a mass singing of Jai Ho at the end it would be hard to ever forget. It's certainly an event Nottingham's badminton star Nathan Robertson will remember - being a flag bearer for your country at a major games is quite something. He'll be looking to shine, but will have to wait his turn. My job out here will often be to get to the sports which are getting...
  • 'Beggars Swept Off Delhi Streets For Games'

    09/29/2010 10:39:17 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 6 replies
    Sky News ^ | Sept 30th 2010 | Ashish Joshi
    Human Rights campaigners have accused the Indian government of sweeping slum dwellers and beggars off Delhi's streets in an effort to "beautify" the city. The eyes of the world are on Delhi as it gears up to host the Commonwealth Games and activists fear poor people are being forced to leave because they send out the wrong image. Shanty towns across the city have been razed to the ground. Some are deemed too close to venues while others have been demolished to make way for car parks and road improvement schemes. Shivani Chaudry from the Housing And Land Rights Network...
  • Trained monkeys hired to protect athletes, visitors at Commonwealth Games

    09/28/2010 3:09:05 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 10 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times ^ | Sept. 28, 2010 | Chuck Schilken
    Organizers of this year's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi have had their share of problems, not the least of which are wild animals said to be infesting the stadiums and housing areas. Athletes and other visitors may take comfort in the fact that organizers have hired a well-trained team to keep the area safe ... although they may be slightly alarmed to learn that they are being protected by a team of monkeys. According to the UK's Daily Telegraph, a team of trained langur monkeys has been brought in to scare off wild animals, including wild dogs, snakes and other...
  • Boxer's bed collapses at India games village (oops, another embarrassment)

    09/26/2010 4:35:41 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    -excerpt- Concerns emerged last week after a pedestrian bridge leading to the main stadium collapsed, team officials reported the athletes' village was "unsafe and unfit for human habitation," and two tourists were shot and wounded outside one of New Delhi's top attractions.
  • Commonwealth Games in doubt after bridge collapse (Paging Bill Clinton.. got a spare bridge?)

    09/21/2010 12:07:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/21/10 | C. Rajshekhar Rao - ap
    NEW DELHI – A footbridge being built near the main stadium for the Commonwealth Games collapsed Tuesday, injuring 23 construction workers and putting the event in further jeopardy less than two weeks before the opening ceremony. The accident was the latest setback to New Delhi's troubled preparations for the games, which bring together more than 7,000 athletes and officials from the 71 countries and territories in the commonwealth every four years.
  • Commonwealth Games 2010 in chaos as 23 injured in stadium footbridge collapse

    09/21/2010 10:07:00 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 18 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 09/21/2010 | Rahul Bedi in New Delhi
    The ill-fated Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, just 12 days away, has suffered another major setback after a footbridge near the event's main stadium collapsed, injuring at least 23 labourers, five of them seriously. Senior police official H S Dhaliwal said the steel arch supporting the 164-foot long foot-bridge collapsed outside the Nehru Stadium which is to host the opening and closing ceremonies and athletic events of India’s fortnight-long showpiece event beginning on Oct 3. The bridge, linking the car and bus parking lot to the stadium but now a mass of mangled steel, was to have transported thousands of...
  • Making a Success of Sports Events Will Contribute to Defeat of Terrorism

    02/20/2010 10:20:10 PM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 263+ views
    SOUTH ASIA ANALYSIS GROUP - Paper No. 3674 ^ | February 19, 2010 | by B. Raman
    SNIPPET: "Three prestigious global sports events are scheduled to take place in India between now and the end of the year---the World Cup Hockey, the IPL Cricket League and the Commonwealth Games. 2. These events will atract the attention of not only the sports enthusiasts of the world, but also of the terrorists with a global or an anti-Indian agenda who will look upon the events as an opportunity to publicise their cause and to demonstrate their capability to take the intelligence and security agencies by surprise. Even if they are not able to carry out any terrorist strike on...
  • Just magic – Games end with a flourish

    03/26/2006 3:12:21 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 11 replies · 501+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 27 March 2006 | Shaun Phillips
    A THOUSAND Dame Ednas danced on the MCG as Melbourne marked the end of the Commonwealth Games with a celebration of all that makes her great. The gigantic party brought together the city's biggest names and most famous landmarks. Alex Jesaulenko's 1970 Grand Final screamer, modern-day football stars led by James Hird, singer Paul Kelly, Flinders St station, the Melbourne Cup, Luna Park, Federation Square – even the CityLink cheese stick and zipper – were offered up for praise inside the MCG. An 11-minute burst of Bollywood glamour, courtesy of Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games organisers, provided an exotic and well-received...
  • Beer ban at Games boxing

    03/21/2006 7:26:53 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 3 replies · 219+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | March 22 2006
    FULL-strength beer has been banned from the Commonwealth Games boxing venue in a bid to curb rowdy spectators. Games organisers described the move as "proactive" while Victoria Police chief Christine Nixon said she did not have figures at hand on how many people had been ejected for drunken behaviour. But both confirmed the heavy beer had been scrapped in favour of light ale. "We had concerns about the venue and about the people who are visiting and coming along to the events and, so, we had discussions with management of the venue around the heavy beer," Mrs Nixon said. She...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 3.17.06

    03/17/2006 5:03:16 PM PST · by snugs · 389 replies · 4,071+ views ^ | 17th March 2006 | Snugs
    Yesterday evening the President addressed the National Republican Congressional Committee in Washington. Yesterday evening First Lady Laura Bush delivers remarks at the Ayenda Afghan Children Initiative Benefit Dinner at the Afghanistan embassy in Washington. Today the President met with Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern at the White House later on the President and the First Lady departed for Camp David where they are spending the weekend. The Vice President spoke at a Rally for the Troops at Charleston Air Force Base Click here for the transcript The Vice President also spoke at a luncheon for congressional candidate Ralph Norman in...
  • Condoleezza Rice to present medals

    03/16/2006 3:41:01 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 5 replies · 265+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 17 March 2006 | Michael Warner
    THE world's most powerful woman, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, will present a gold medal at tonight's swimming finals. Games chairman Ron Walker has asked Dr Rice to present the medals for the women's 50m breaststroke final, one of five finals on the night. America's chief diplomat arrives in Melbourne late today after two days of talks in Sydney with counterpart Alexander Downer and Prime Minister John Howard. A police motorcade will escort her from the airport to the Sports and Aquatic Centre, where she will enjoy front row seats.
  • A fun-bloody-time was had by all

    03/15/2006 2:55:13 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 7 replies · 306+ views
    The Australian ^ | 16 March 2006 | Matt Price
    EVEN the hyper-bloody-sensitive Brits can't complain about a shindig where 80,000 people, led by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, belt out Happy Birthday to the Queen, who doesn't even turn 80 until next month. If the raucous tribute to Her Majesty wasn't the high point of last night's opening ceremony - and it went close - it was at least one of the more comprehensible. Since the arty-farty part of the extravaganza purportedly revolved around the dreams of a 12-year-old skater boy, Sean Whitford, aka Mickey Webster, we can count ourselves lucky not to have been treated to dancing Xboxes, exploding...
  • The Queen arrives in Melbourne

    03/14/2006 7:52:12 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 13 replies · 340+ views ^ | 15 March 2006
    THE Queen has arrived in Melbourne ahead of tonight's opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games. Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the royal couple touched down at Melbourne Airport at 12.30pm (AEDT). The chartered British Airways 777 taxied to a secure area of the tarmac where about 150 people were waiting to greet the couple. The crowd – a mix of Games volunteers, airport staff, and families – cheered as the Queen, wearing a lime-coloured dress and hat, left the plane. The Queen shook hands and greeted several members of the crowd before leaving in a black limousine. Commonwealth Games...
  • Let the Games begin

    03/14/2006 4:30:51 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 2 replies · 174+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 15 March 2006
    TONIGHT Australia's greatest and most historic arena will be the setting for reaffirmation of Melbourne's fame as the nation's sporting capital. At the MCG the flags of 71 Commonwealth countries will flutter colourfully as about 4500 athletes march into the hallowed ground. Local and overseas VIPs will watch from the stands as the Queen opens what is the 18th in the series of unique sporting contests, which began in Canada in 1930. They were the Empire Games then because the contest was between the colonies, dominions and territories of an Empire on which the sun never set. Times change and...
  • Police move to lock down Melbourne

    03/07/2006 9:06:02 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 2 replies · 345+ views ^ | 8 March 2006 | Jamie Duncan
    POLICE are locking down parts of Melbourne as part of Commonwealth Games security preparations, with a week still to go before the opening ceremony. Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon said security for the Games was now in full swing, with venues locked down following security sweeps in preparation for the opening next Wednesday. Police will evaluate security at the MCG later this week when they begin using airport-style screening to check spectators entering two dress rehearsals for the Games opening ceremony. In the largest security operation ever seen in Australia, more than 2500 military personnel will join Victoria's 13,000...
  • Athletes warned on Aussie women

    03/07/2006 5:47:44 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 26 replies · 1,217+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 8 March 2006
    KEEP away from Australian women, Ugandan athletes heading for the Commonwealth Games have been told. The warning, from Ugandan sports chief Denis Mugabo, follows the laying of rape charges against a Ugandan athlete at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Prosecutors later dropped the charges against Ugandan swimmer Joe Atuhaire, 22, who had been accused of having sexual intercourse without consent with a 17-year-old Sydney girl during the Games. "Keep away from the Australian women or else you will end up in prisons like the Ugandan swimmer during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games," Mr Mugabo, director of the Ugandan ministry of...
  • Illness forces Thorpe out of Games

    03/06/2006 9:24:42 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 155+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 7 March 2006
    IAN Thorpe has pulled out of the Melbourne Commonwealth Games because of illness. The five-time Olympic gold medallist has been suffering from a mystery illness after coming down with a severe bout of bronchitis last month. Speaking today in Sydney - his voice rasping - Thorpe said he had suffered from bronchitis which had run him down and led to sinus problems and flu symptoms. Precisely what is wrong with him remains a mystery, however. "All I know is that I have taken more pills than ever before in my life in an attempt to get over this," a weak-looking...
  • Aussie Microsoft calendar mess (Time Zone glitch during Commonwealth Games to mangle appointments)

    01/25/2006 11:18:19 PM PST · by Stoat · 3 replies · 3,574+ views
    Office Watch ^ | January 25, 2006
     AUSSIE MICROSOFT CALENDAR MESS The Commonwealth Games are coming to Melbourne in March this year and normally that would not matter to us except that it's going to cause a major upheaval for users of Microsoft Office, Exchange and Windows.  It'll mostly affect our Aussie friends but also anyone who deals with the Great Southern Land. The problem is also a sharp indictment of Microsoft's spotty support for changing time zones.  Changes in daylight savings arrangements do happen so paying customers of Windows and Office are entitled to expect more elegant technologies to deal with this real world situation.  ...