Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
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Sunday, July 1, 2007

A young woman was killed Friday night after an accident occurred on a gyrating ride at the Playland amusement park in Rye, New York in the United States. The woman, Gabriela Garin, was a worker at the amusement park, and had worked there for the past seven years.

The accident occurred near the end of Garin’s shift; as she was loading riders onto the ride. The ride’s new operator, unaware of Garin’s presence, started the ride while Garin was still on it. The new operator then noticed Garin, and shut the ride down in 20 seconds, but Garin had already been ejected from the ride and killed, according to a park spokesperson.

The ride is an attraction that spins people around in two-seat cars, inside a darkened tent to flashing lights and music.

This incident is not the first in the ride’s history. In 2004, a seven-year-old from Connecticut managed to free herself from the ride’s restraining bars, and climb onto the front edge of her seat. She fell soon after the ride started. A safety precaution was put in place after this incident, however, the spokesperson acknowledged that it was not followed when Garin was killed.

The company which owns the ride shut it down, along with two other rides it owns at the park.

This is the fourth fatality in the park’s history. The park features more than 50 rides, a pool, and a beach. It attracts more than 1 million visitors annually.

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
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Sunday, April 19, 2009

At least twelve children have been injured after a swing ride at the Puyallup, Washington Spring Fair toppled over.

The ride is called a ‘LollySwing’, which is located in Kiddyland, where the riders sit in swings while the machine spins them around. It is owned by Funtastic Traveling Shows which has been a ride provider for the fair for over 50 years. The accident happened at around 6:30 p.m. (PDT).

Injuries are being described as mostly cuts and bruises, but one child was reported to have been in a neck brace and was taken to a local hospital. Five other children were also hospitalized.

According to one witness, “it just all of a sudden topped over.” The cause is under investigation. The ride has been at the fair for the past five years. Among the seven largest operators of fair rides in Washington, from 2001 to 2007 there were only seven reports of injuries related to mechanical failures.

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
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Benefits of Hiring Tower Cranes


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Every construction site is surrounded by a wide array of equipments. If a tall structure is being built at the construction site then you would definitely need Tower cranes. Such cranes are generally fixed to the foundation but at times they can also be attached to the side of a structure for easy maneuverability. Any sort of crane is utilized in lifting heavy weights but with Tower cranes you get the extra advantage of lifting weights to or from extremely high places. For all your construction purposes you definitely need a crane, which you can either buy or hire.

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Construction sites and industrial sites definitely need Tower cranes but since they are hugely expensive the other best option is to hire them. Big companies may even buy cranes as it would tremendously help them in their business but for small companies it is simply impossible to buy cranes. Hiring Tower cranes eases your work and transporting such cranes from one location to another will not be too expensive. Such cranes are locally available for hire at several places and small companies can avail the hiring benefits of such cranes at very affordable prices. Sometimes even big companies opt for hiring cranes as they are much more convenient and easy to get when their work sites are located at considerable distances.

Renting companies of Tower cranes are professionals who take full responsibility for transferring or shipping and assembling of the cranes. Later, when the job is done, the shipping company will also dismantle the cranes and take it away with them. Hire charges include this assembling and dismantling charges but you don’t have to worry about paying anything more.

The working mechanism of the Tower cranes includes a central mast, attached to which is the slewing unit of the machine that acts as the motor of the unit. The slewing unit of the machine helps in movement of the arm part of the crane and lifts up objects by moving a full 360 degrees and lifting objects from one place and putting in down at another. The operation of cranes is quite easy but the movement of cranes is tedious and requires a lot of time. The mammoth weight of the cranes makes it next to impossible to shift cranes from one place to another; this is another reason why big companies prefer to hire Tower cranes rather than to buy them.

Another advantage of hiring Tower cranes is that it offers versatility to the business. Often at construction sites different types of cranes are required and because crane hire companies carry a wide variety of cranes it is always advisable to contact them for you are the specific type of crane that you need for your job. It saves costs of buying different types of cranes and it also means that you do not need to keep trained personnel for operating all these different types of cranes.

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Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sixteen were wounded, one seriously when a Palestinian rammed a backhoe loader into a bus followed by attacks on several other vehicles Tuesday afternoon in Jerusalem before he was shot dead by the security forces. This is the second such incident in Jerusalem in three weeks. A spokesman for the Israeli police said that a civilian shot the vehicle’s driver but the bulldozer was still running. A police patrol continued shooting until the driver died.

The bulldozer driver who was, according to witnesses, wearing a large white skullcap common to religious Muslims, first hit the No. 13 bus on its side and then chased it while raising the shovel of his front-end loader, the driver managed to make a right turn and get away from the bulldozer which then went on to zig zag across the street and hit further cars until it came to a stop following the driver being gunned down.

Today’s bulldozer attack is a reminder of what Israelis have courageously lived with on a daily basis for far too long.

Speaking in Amman, United States presidential candidate Barack Obama said: “Today’s bulldozer attack is a reminder of what Israelis have courageously lived with on a daily basis for far too long. I strongly condemn this attack and will always support Israel in confronting terrorism and pursuing lasting peace and security.”

After the attack, which follows a similar attack on July 2, and the indictment of six Israeli-Arabs from Jerusalem accused of belonging to a terrorist cell, Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski, said: “We should reconsider the employment of these people.”

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
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December 25, 2004

Officials in Mumbai, India, demolished over 6,000 shanties today in a push to eradicate the capital city’s slums. In total, 39,000 shanties have been flattened, displacing over 200,000 people, in the city’s biggest-ever demolition drive, which began in early December.

When complete, over 2 million people are expected to be displaced. After wiping out the least desirable shanties, next in line for demolition are the illegal ‘well-off’ shanties and neighborhoods, according to the legal and bureaucratic motions that have been executed toward cleaning up Mumbai’s appearance by lowering the dominance of shanties, which make up 62 percent of Mumbai’s housing.

“As far as eye can see, there are mounds of wood, tin and tarpaulin, the remains of 6,200 illegal homes, flattened by a heavy excavator running on tank-like tracks and giant motorised claws,” the Indian Express reported about today’s destruction. [1]

Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said that citizens would see a change within six months. “Every chief minister likes to be remembered, and I’m no exception,” said Deshmukh, who despite having an empty exchequer, also announced that Rs 31,000 crore will be spent on new roads, sea links and rail lines. [2]

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
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Ireland Vacations: Best Bed and Breakfasts

If you are visiting Ireland, it is wise to stay at bed and breakfast places rather than expensive hotels. The warm hospitality, delicious meals and comfortable environment that you will receive in a bed and breakfast is unlikely to be attained anywhere else. The entire country of Ireland is maize of bed and breakfast establishments. Between Dublin and mayo, Kilkenny and Sligo, and Gallway to Louth, there are several such places. They are known for their unmatched quality and service. Nowadays, many internet websites are there to help you find the right place. Once you put in the dates, cities to visit and number of people visiting, you are instantly informed of all your available options. Bed and breakfast inns provide you with the convenience and the comfort but, at an affordable price.

Ireland vacations: Sight-seeing in Ireland

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If you have been planning a vacation in Dublin for a long time now, you will be ecstatic to learn that the city is filled with amazing places that will not let you get bored even for a second of your trip. The best opening to your vacation in Dublin would undoubtedly be The Walking Tour as the two hour walk with the best history students will take you from Trinity College to the Christ Church Cathedral. The Musical Pub Crawl is another tour you must take where famous musicians will themselves introduce you to their instruments and talk about their music with you. The Dublin Castle, situated on the River Poddle, is seven hundred years old and hence you should definitely pay it a visit. The Grafton Street in Dublin is another place where you absolutely should visit as it is the busiest pedestrian shopping arena and will give you a true flavor of what Dublin is all about.

Four Star Vacations in Ireland

Ireland is a small island with the one of the oldest history and culture s of the world, and has tons of exciting events along with amazing countryside views in bountiful lodgings for visitors across the country. One of the most beautiful countries in the world, Ireland earned the title of Emerald Island for the enchanting and thriving natural splendor it possesses. An Ireland vacation is ideal for anyone wanting a break from their hectic lives and want peace, comfort and scenic beauty around them. You can easily have a four star vacation in this country no matter what budget you have at any time of the year. There are many 4 star hotels with excellent amenities of a spa, golf courses, and lovely restaurants to match a four star vacation. The Kelly s Resort Hotel in County Wexford, Hilton Mount Wolsey in Tullow County, Slieve Russell Hotel in County Cavan, Osprey Hotel & Spas in County Kildare, Ashbourne Marriott Hotel in Dublin, Hotel Morgan in Dublin, and Hotel Morrison in Dublin, all have a place in the list of 4 star hotels. Four star vacations in Ireland are offered in the form of packages by hotels and traveling agencies, and can be accessed via the internet.

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No need to worry about what you ll eat when in Ireland as Dublin has some of the best restaurants in the world. Don t worry about having to eat bland potatoes every day since there are many different kinds of cuisine available in Ireland. For the quality of food you will be served you will be paying just a small amount of money, making eating out in Ireland a very affordable option. You will get excellent service wherever you go since the Irish tradition dictates that every customer get service with a smile. You can easily find good and budget friendly restaurants near you by just going online. So enjoy your time in Ireland and make sure you try different kinds of cuisines as well as the local fare to truly experience the country.

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Friday, July 21st, 2017
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Saturday, July 9, 2005

Police are in the process of evacuating Birmingham City Centre and part of the Ladywood residential district after having received intelligence regarding a possible threat. An estimated 20,000 people are being moved. Nightlife sites are being closed and people are being told to go home. The evacuation was begun at about 8.15 p.m. (1915 UTC) after the police issued a “Public Warning”. Cars are being prohibited from entry inside the Inner Ring Road, and New Street railway station, the hub of the British passenger railway system has been closed.

A police spokeswoman said that the investigation was ‘proportional’ to the threat, but refused to comment on details of the threat. “West Midlands police are now closing down the Broad Street entertainment zone and asking people to leave Birmingham town centre and go home,” said the spokesman.

BBC Radio Five Live and Sky News have unconfirmed reports of controlled explosions in the city’s Chinatown district.

A BBC News 24 correspondent reports that the Police have prevented motorists from returning to their cars and hundreds of city revellers are filing their way on foot along Bristol Road to converge on the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

In a press conference, West Midlands Police Assistant Chief Constable Stuart Hyde said that the intelligence they received is not believed to be connected to Thursday’s terrorist bombings in London.

Earlier in the evening a controlled explosion on “a suspect package” had been carried out on a bus in Corporation Street, but they “no longer believe it was suspicious device”.

It appears that this was a hoax, unconfirmed reports on Australian Teleivision have reported. The evacuation order was lifted at about 6 a.m.

Broad Street is the City’s best-known entertainment area and is home to hundreds of bars and clubs.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Peng Chang-kuei, a Chinese-born chef credited with creating the internationally popular dish General Tso’s chicken, was yesterday announced to have died by his son.

Chuck Peng told The Associated Press his father died of pneumonia in Taipei, Taiwan on Wednesday. The chef fled China to Taiwan in 1949 and invented the dish shortly thereafter. In the 1970s Peng opened a New York restaurant, which he claimed was a regular haunt of Henry Kissinger. Peng credited Kissinger with the dish’s popularity.

Peng conceived the famed dish, which is unknown in China, as unfried. Garlic and soy sauce provided flavour, as did chillies. Today the chicken is served across the US as fried chicken in a sweet, sticky sauce. The chillies remain, with broccoli also appearing. Peng named it after Zuo Zongtang from his native Hunan Province; Zongtang assisted in suppressing the 19th-century Taiping Rebellion.

Peng said the meal was invented for a US admiral visiting Taiwan. Over three days, Peng was contracted to produce several banquets, with not one repeated dish. After exhausting traditional chicken dishes Peng said he created what became General Tso’s chicken as an experiment.

In later years he ran Peng’s, a chain of Taiwanese restaurants. General Tso’s chicken also remained popular across the US. His son claimed he remained working in the kitchen until a few months before his death, at 97. In a documentary two years ago, shown photos of General Tso’s chicken served in the US in modern times, he remarked “This is all crazy nonsense.”

Running away from his farming family in Changsha, Peng trained under Cao Jingchen. He fled communist rule that followed the 1930s Japanese invasion. He fathered seven children, six of whom remain alive, from three marriages. Chuck Peng described his father as “very good to other people, [but] very hard on his family.” Peng Jr. spoke of a “very demanding” man who “thought other people’s cooking was no good.”

Two years ago the Taipei City Government awarded Peng an Outstanding Citizen award. Peng, then 95 and unstable, collected the award in person and delivered a speech in Mandarin Chinese.

Friday, July 14th, 2017
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Submitted by: Richard Mills

Question: 1

Which of the following preferred issues is likely to fluctuate most in value?

A. cumulative preferred

B. callable preferred

C. convertible preferred

D. broker preferred

Answer: C


Convertible preferred. Because of the conversion feature, convertibles are more closely linked to the price of the common stock. In addition, since the dividend rate on convertible preferred is usually lower than other preferred issues, the convertibles are more sensitive to interest rate fluctuations.

Question: 2

Which of the following rights does an ADR holder not have?

A. preemptive rights

B. the right to vote for your mother-in-law as a board membe

C. the right to transfer ownership

D. the right to see financial statements

Answer: A


preemptive rights. Holders of ADRs do not have preemptive rights, although they have most other rights of shareholders, including the right to vote for board members-even a mother-in-law

Question: 3

A corporation makes a rights offering to raise $10 million of new capital by issuing one million shares of common stock. If it already has six million shares outstanding at the time of the offering.

How many rights will the corporation distribute to its shareholders?

A. one million

B. six million

C. ten million

D. sixteen million

Answer: B


six million. One right for each outstanding share is distributed.

Question: 4

A corporation makes a rights offering to raise $10 million of new capital by issuing one million shares of common stock. If it already has six million shares outstanding at the time of the offering.

What is the subscription price per share?

A. $4

B. $6

C. $7

D. $10

Answer: D


$10. There are one million shares divided into the $10 million of new capital.

Question: 5

A corporation makes a rights offering to raise $10 million of new capital by issuing one million shares of common stock. If it already has six million shares outstanding at the time of the offering.

What subscription ratio is the corporation establishing for each new share?

A. 6 rights per share

B. 10 rights per share

C. 6 million rights per share

D. 10 million rights per share

Answer: A


6 rights per share. Each share receives a right and there are six million shares receiving rights to one million new shares. So six rights are required for one share.

Question: 6

Bubba owns stock with cumulative voting rights. There are five vacancies on a board and he owns 100 shares of stock. Bubba is entitled to cast the following votes:

A. a total of 100 votes

B. a total of 100 votes pe

C. a total of 500 votes

D. you are not allowed to vote

Answer: C


500 votes. Under cumulative voting, the number of directors is multiplied by the number of shares owned. The votes may be cast all for a single director or divided in any manner among the directors.

Question: 7

The definition of debentures is:

A. a loan secured by real estate

B. collateralized securities

C. a worthless security

D. securities backed by the general credit of the issuers but no specific collateral

Answer: D


securities backed by the general credit of the issuers but no specific collateral. And in the case of some issuers, that may be fairly worthless.

Question: 8

Convertible bonds have all of the following features except:

A. an ability to protect a short position on the stock into which they are convertible

B. permissibility for use as collateral

C. a normally higher yield than non-convertible bonds of the same issue

D. fluctuations influenced by changes in the price of the underlying common stock

Answer: C


a normally higher yield than non-convertible bonds of the same issuer. Remember that the question says except for this feature. Convertible bonds normally do NOT have a higher yield than non-convertible bonds of the same issuer. Convertibles usually have a lower yield than non -convertible sisters.

Question: 9

Although a corporation has no earnings in a particular year, it is obligated to pay interest on all its outstanding debt except the following:

A. convertible subordinated debentures

B. collateral trust bonds

C. adjustment bonds

D. equipment trust certificates

Answer: C


adjustment bonds. These bonds are also known as income bonds. Interest is paid only if there is income.

Question: 10

Interest rates rise from 5.10% to 5.30%. For a prospective buyer of five $1,000 bonds, what is the increase in interest payments as a result of the rise?

A. $20

B. $100

C. $2

D. $10

Answer: D


$10. Interest rates increased by 20 basis points. One basis point is 10 cents. So 20 basis points is $2. Butsince there are five bonds, that $2 x 5 = $10.

Question: 11

Common stocks for which of the following industries are most likely to decline in value when interest rates rise?

A. automobile manufacturers

B. airlines

C. stock brokers

D. public utility companies

Answer: D


public utility companies. Interest rates most affect the companies with the greatest amount of debt. Public utility companies are highly leveraged. Hence, they most likely incur the largest effect of rising interest rates.

Question: 12

Convertible preferred stock has all of the following characteristics except:

A. a lower dividend rate than non-convertible preferred

B. a dilution of earnings if converted into common stock

C. a requirement for shareholders to always accept the call price when called

D. required dividend payments to shareholders before any dividends are paid to holders of common stock

Answer: C


a requirement for shareholders to always accept the call price when called. All of the other statements are true except this one. Convertible preferred shareholders have a n opportunity to convert to common stock. There is no forced call price.

Question: 13

Bubba buys a 5% bond that matures in 15 years with a 5.10 basis. How much did he pay for the bond?

A. 5.00

B. 98.96

C. 100.00

D. 105.10

Answer: B


98.96. A calculator is not required for this. Even Bubba knows the bond is obviously trading at a slight discount by yielding 5.10% instead of the coupon rate of 5%. If the yield was the same as the coupon rate, the price is 100.00.

Question: 14

Bonds are most often quoted as a percentage of:

A. face value

B. book value

C. market value

D. whatever value the broker says

Answer: A


face value. The price is 100.00 if the yield is the same as the coupon rate. A price of less than 100.00 means the yield is higher than the coupon rate. A price of more than 100.00 means the yield is lower than the coupon rate. The prices are a percentage of 100.00. However, treasury bonds and municipal bonds are not quoted in this way.

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Thursday, July 13th, 2017
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Friday, March 3, 2006

The possibility of large-scale protests in the face of the 3,000 journalists covering the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, has event organisers and the Government worried.

The group “Black GST” – which represents Indigenous Genocide, Sovereignty and Treaty – are planning demonstrations at prominent Games events unless the Government agrees to a range of demands including an end to Aboriginal genocide, Aboriginal Sovereignty and the signing of a treaty.

The Black GST say they hope the focus of the world’s media will draw attention to the plight of indigenous Australians during the Games. Organisers say supporters are converging from across Australia and from overseas. Organisers say up to 20,000 people may take part in talks, rallies, colourful protests and many cultural festivities designed to pressure the Federal Government on Indigeneous rights issues. They want the Government to provide a temporary campsite for the supporters, saying “organised chaos was better than disorganised chaos.”

The 2006 Stolenwealth Games convergence, described by organisers as the “cultural festival of the 2006 Commonwealth Games,” was virtually opened on March 2nd with the launch of the official “Stolenwealth Games” website. Scoop Independent News and Perth Indymedia reported that the launch was held at Federation Square in Melbourne. The site contents were projected via wireless laptop by the Stolenwealth Games General Manager, and a tour of the website was given on the big screen. He said “overwhelming amusement was the response from the audience.” The group say permanent access points to the website are being set up at public internet facilities across Victoria during the coming weeks.

“Interest in the Stolenwealth Games is building all over the world and this fresh, exciting and contemporary site will draw in people from Stolenwealth Nations around the globe to find out about the latest news and events,” said a Stolenwealth Games spokesperson. “We have been getting many requests from around the world wanting to know about the Stolenwealth Games. We have provided many ways that individuals and organisations can support the campaign by spreading the word.”

The Victorian Traditional Owner Land Justice Group (VTOLJG) which represents the first nation groups of Victoria, has announced its support to boycott the 2006 Commonwealth Games until the Government “recognises Traditional Owner rights.” The group asserts that culture has been misappropriated in preparation for the Games.

Organisers of the campaign say they welcome the formal support from the Traditional Owners. “While some seek to divide and discredit Indigenous Australia, this support is further evidence that the Aboriginal people are united in opposition to the ongoing criminal genocide that is being perpetrated against the Aboriginal people” said Black GST supporter and Aboriginal Elder, Robbie Thorpe.

“We now have endorsement from the VTOLJG and the Aboriginal Tent Embassy for the aims and objectives of the Campaign and we are looking forward to hosting all indigenous and non-indigenous supporters from across Australia in March,” he said. The Black GST group have said “the convergence will be held as a peaceful, family-focussed demonstration against genocide, and for the restoration of sovereignty and the negotiations towards a Treaty.”

But the campaign has received flak in mainstream media, such as Melbourne’s Herald Sun, who wrote: “the proposal to allow BlackGST to set up an Aboriginal tent embassy at a site well away from the Commonwealth Games will be interpreted by some as the State Government caving in to a radical protest group. A major concern for the Government… is to protect the event from disruption… no chances should be taken…”

The Black GST has been planning the convergence for months, calling for Aboriginal people and their supporters to converge on Melbourne. The Melbourne-based Indigenous rights group have called on thousands of people concerned about the plight of indigenous Australians to converge on Melbourne during the Games, which they have dubbed “the Stolenwealth Games”. But the choice of Kings Domain has made conflict almost inevitable, as the area is one of the areas gazetted by the State Government as a “Games management zone”.

Under the Commonwealth Games Arrangements Act, any area gazetted as a management zone is subject to a range of specific laws – including bans on protesting, creating a disturbance and other activities. The protest bans will be in effect at different times and places, and offenders can be arrested. A spokeswoman for the Black GST, which advocates peaceful protest, said the site had been chosen because it was close to where the Queen will stay on March 15. “We figured that she is only in Melbourne for 27 hours or something like that so we thought we would make it easy for her to come next door and see us,” she said. “We are a very open, welcoming group, so she will be welcome to come and join us.”

Kings Domain is the burial site for 38 indigenous forefathers of Victoria. Black GST elder, Targan, said trade union groups have offered to install infrastructure at the site. The group initially worked with the State Government to find a suitable camp site, but the relationship broke down when the Government failed to meet a deadline imposed by the protesters. “While we are disappointed the ministers were not able to meet deadline on our request, we thank them for their constructive approach towards negotiations and the open-door policy exercised,” said Targan.

A spokesman for Games Minister Justin Madden said the Government was still investigating other sites. Victoria Police Games security commander Brendan Bannan said he was not convinced the Black GST represented the views of most indigenous people. “We are dealing with the Aboriginal community and they don’t seem to support it at all … the wider Aboriginal community don’t support disruption to the Games at all,” he said.

The Government was told that Black GST supporters would camp in Fitzroy Gardens and other city parks should it fail to nominate a site. A spokesman for Aboriginal Affairs Minister Gavan Jennings said the Government was taking the issue seriously, but had not been able to finalise a campsite before the deadline.

Under special Games laws, people protesting or causing a disturbance in “Games management zones” can be arrested and fined. While prominent public spaces such as Federation Square, Birrarung Marr, Albert Park and the Alexandra Gardens fall under the legislation, such tough anti-protest laws cannot be enforced in the nearby Fitzroy Gardens.

Games chairman Ron Walker has urged the group to choose another date for its protest march through the city, which is currently planned to coincide with the opening ceremony on March 15. The group believes that an opportunity to gain attention for indigenous issues was lost at the Sydney Olympics and has vowed to make a highly visible presence at the Games.

The Black GST said the Australian Aboriginal Tent Embassy’s sacred flame, burning over many years at the Canberra site will be carried to Melbourne before the Games, and its arrival would mark the opening of the protest camp from where a march will proceed to the MCG before the Opening Ceremony.

Black GST claims supporters from all over Australia, including three busloads from the West Australian Land Council, will gather in Melbourne during the Games for peaceful protests.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Gavin Jennings had offered Victoria Park to the protesters. Victoria Park, former home of Collingwood Football Club, where one of the strongest statements of Aboriginal pride, when St Kilda star Nicky Winmar in 1993 raised his jumper and pointed to his bare chest after racial taunts from the Collingwood crowd.

Black GST, which has labelled the Games the Stolenwealth Games, said the State Government had failed to find a suitable venue. Black GST may encourage protesters to camp in prominent parks such as Fitzroy Gardens and Treasury Gardens. Graffiti supporting the action has also appeared in central Melbourne.

Melbourne City councillor Fraser Brindley has offered his home to the Black GST organisers. “I offered my home up to people who are organising visitors to come to the Games,” he said. Cr Brindley will be overseas when the Commonwealth Games are held and has offered the free accommodation at his flat at Parkville. He said he agreed with the protesters’ view that treaties needed to be signed with indigenous Australians. “I’m offering it up to the indigenous people who are coming to remind Her Majesty that her Empire took this land from them,” said Cr Brindlley. Nationals leader Peter Ryan said: “This extremist group has no part in the Australian community.” Melbourne councillor Peter Clarke said the actions were embarrassing and that he would try to discourage him. “It’s not in the spirit of the Games,” he said.

Aboriginal elder, Targan, said the possibility of securing Victoria Park was delightfully ironic. “There’s a lot of irony going on,” Targan, 53, a PhD student at Melbourne University, said. “GST stands for Genocide, Sovereignty and Treaty. We want the genocide of our people to stop; we want some sovereignty over traditional land, certainly how it is used, and we want a treaty with the government,” Targan said.