Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?
October 25, 2014, 06:38:49 pm
HomePredMockPollEVCalcAFEWIKIHelpLogin Register
News: Atlas Hardware Upgrade complete October 13, 2013.

  Show Posts
Pages: 1 [2] 3 4 5 6 7 ... 718
26  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Malaysian Airlines 777 shot down over Ukraine, 295 people on board. on: July 18, 2014, 09:55:12 am
Just heard on the radio that organisers of the candlelight vigil for the AIDS conference are quintupling their attendance expectations based on public enquiries to 100,000+. I'm likely to go myself tbh, and I'd like to say it had nothing to do with the plane but it probably made the difference between 'aware but it'll be cold and miserable' to 'probably attending' :p
27  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Malaysian Airlines 777 shot down over Ukraine, 295 people on board. on: July 17, 2014, 11:14:48 pm
Understandably, mass panic at an airport would be horrific and isn't necessary when everyone can access the news in their hands anyway, with the context an article provides.
28  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Malaysian Airlines 777 shot down over Ukraine, 295 people on board. on: July 17, 2014, 09:15:15 pm
Also MH is offering all flights free until July 25th. They seem done for.

Source? I'm going to Langkawi.
29  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Malaysian Airlines 777 shot down over Ukraine, 295 people on board. on: July 17, 2014, 09:11:48 pm
Why such a strong preference for Iraq over Iran?
30  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Malaysian Airlines 777 shot down over Ukraine, 295 people on board. on: July 17, 2014, 08:20:04 pm
Reports suggesting certainly many, and possibly up to and beyond 100, of the passengers were en route to Melbourne. Again, certainly many and possibly up to and beyond 100, were delegates for the World AIDS conference starting this weekend, including very senior researchers and advocates Sad

Edit: The Australian says 108 delegates.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/delegates-to-melbourne-aids-summit-on-doomed-flight-mh17/story-e6frg6nf-1226993197572
31  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy Birthday, Angela Merkel. on: July 17, 2014, 06:15:38 pm
Awkward...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsTVdrGK1Ws
32  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Malaysian Airlines 777 shot down over Ukraine, 295 people on board. on: July 17, 2014, 04:57:01 pm
It's a somewhat unusual fight for Australians to take, tbh. The vast majority would either go through the UAE or Singapore; the flight via KL is on the most expensive side and most who choose to pay premium prices fly Qantas, Emirates, or Singapore.

That said, the corridor as a whole would be very Australian-heavy, so this may indeed by a low load of Australians relative to other flights.

Just looked it up, KLM (which was codesharing with Malaysian) is the second most expensive on the route right now for flights in a few weeks, not sure if that is a usual circumstance or not. Qatar and Qantas both less than a third of the price
33  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Malaysian Airlines 777 shot down over Ukraine, 295 people on board. on: July 17, 2014, 04:38:30 pm
Genuinely shocked to see so many Aussies aboard. And absolutely zero Americans - unless they make up the bulk of the unconfirmed?
34  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Hong Kong vs. Singapore: Where would you rather visit? on: July 17, 2014, 01:19:57 pm
I have family in Singapore, so there :p
35  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Malaysian Airlines 777 crashes in Ukraine on: July 17, 2014, 10:40:14 am
Cue the conspiracy theories in 3...2...
36  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 17, 2014, 09:01:28 am
Australia's fallen to 76... goodo, we're worse than Cape Verde, Oman, Israel, Libya, Uzbekistan, and Jordan...?

Losing games against quality opposition (Chile, Spain, and the Netherlands) shouldn't push you below fricking Cape Verde tyvm.
37  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Nobody Wants To Host The 2022 Olympics on: July 15, 2014, 11:30:30 pm
Pretty much still not a problem, other than the Arts Centre.
38  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Nobody Wants To Host The 2022 Olympics on: July 15, 2014, 07:48:36 am
I agree that the seating is inadequate for certain events, but it is adequate for a short-notice hosting.

If it was with the full seven years build up, you'd do it quite significantly differently, of course. MSAC would only be used for the aquatics, for example.

All venues are accessible, this is Australia Tongue
39  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: The FIFA World Cup tipping competition on: July 14, 2014, 11:14:33 am
Bye Lewis, I'll remember you when the wind lows just right...

Sad

Also well done Cris.
40  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Nobody Wants To Host The 2022 Olympics on: July 14, 2014, 11:06:26 am
There's very little we'd have to do, though, to meet the IOC's requirements within a year for acceptable. Two plus years for perfect games. Here's a rough plan for a short-notice games, with an eye to avoiding significant construction work:

Core Precinct

MCG: Athletics, Ceremonies. Main stadium of the 1956 Olympics and 2006 Commonwealth Games. 100,000 capacity, no upgrades required other than laying the track. 3-6 months

Melbourne Park: Tennis (final at Margeret Court Arena (3rd show court Australian Open, 6,000 capacity),  Track Cycling (MPV/Hisense Arena, held track world championships a couple of years ago, 2nd show court for the Australian Open, 10,500 capacity), Gymnastics (Rod Laver Arena, did the job during 2006 Commonwealth games, main show court for the Australian Open, 15,000 capacity). Obviously the cycling track and Gymnastics floors need to be added, but no other work required. 3-6 months.

The Glasshouse/Westpac Centre: Water Polo (was the 1956 Olympic Pool with 7,000 capacity, then the pool was covered over and it's used as the HQ of the Victorian Institute of Sport and for an AFL club. Not sure what the current status is, but a pool could be re-added easily enough, and the stands can hold 7,000.) Moderate work required, 6-12 months.

Melbourne Rectangular Stadium/AAMI Park: Organisational HQ,  Holding area, Medical Centre for main precinct, Auxiliary Media Centre. Capacity 33,000, no work required.

Punt Road Oval: Athletics warm-up area, currently used by an AFL team. Have to lay a track, 3-6 months.

Albert Park Precinct (moderately walkable from MCG, but not exceptionally so. Good transport links though)

Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre: Swimming, Synchronised Swimming (Outdoor Pool built for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, also used for the World Championships a couple of years later, Capacity 3,000 expandable to about 4,500). No work required, about 12 months for the expansion); Diving (Indoor Pool, also used as swimming warm-up pool, capacity 1,800, no work required); Volleyball (Show court, 1,800 capacity, no work required; along with one of the sports halls, limited spectator capacity (for four active courts, taking away space for cameras etc,, about 100 per court); media centre (three other sports halls, could fit about... 3-4000 journalists, 0-3 months). Also has medical facilities.

The Pits Building: Communications centre (short walk from MSAC, and used annually for the F1 grand prix. 3-6 months

Lakeside Stadium: This isn't a perfect fit, but could be used for outdoor shooting, capacity 14,000. 3-6 months work.

Temporary stands, used for the Grand Prix, can fit tens of thousands. Using about half of them around the lake for Triathlon, open air swimming, and Beach Volleyball. Triathlon course basically Albert Park Lake to St. Kilda beach to Albert Park beach to Albert Park Lake) 0-3 months for all but the Beach Volleyball, which could require either a new building (18-24 months) or a temporary venue that shared the stands used for other events (6-12 months)

Port Phillip: Just a short walk from the lake is the top of Port Phillip, which could (as it did in 1956) easily accomodate the sailing.

City Precinct (very easily accessible from Albert Park and Core precincts)

Docklands Stadium: Rugby Sevens, Football final, auxiliary medical centre, . Capacity 56,000, no work required.

The Icehouse: Currently the National Ice Centre, melt the ice and use it for Handball, Capacity 1,000, 6 months required.

Melbourne Exhibition Centre: Boxing, Taekwondo, and Judo. Capacity in the thousands, hosted Badminton and Weightlifting at the 2006 Commonwealth games. 3-6 months required.

Melbourne Convention Centre: IOC HQ, no work required.

Federation Square/Birrarung: Olympic plazas, link the Core precinct to the CBD. 3-6 months required.

Botanic Gardens/King's Domain: Secondary gathering site, Indoor shooting (Sidney Myer Music Bowl, with temporary stuff added, capacity 2,000)

Arts Centre: Weightlifting and Fencing, capacity across various halls about 5,000, little work required. Not an ideal venue but would do the job well enough. 3-6 months.

Festival Hall: OK, so this place is oldddd, but it is useable for, say, Table Tennis with a capacity of about a thousand. Alternatively give it quite a bit of work and the site is big enough for it being a 3,000 capacity. 3-18 months required.

Werribee Precinct About a 30 minute drive from the other precincts.

National Equestrian Centre: Equestrian Events. 0-12 months.

Werribee Park: Archery. Would need to build temporary stands, 3-6 months; Golf at the Werribee Park Golf Club (not the best course, but better to keep precinctss to a minimum).

Werribee South: Somewhere around here, build the rowing/canoe/kayak course. Maybe the BMX track too At the moment it's largely market gardens but there is plenty of useable land. 2+ years. In the emergency scenario, could need to outsource these to Sydney (vom), especially the whitewater events. Rowing could be held at Albert Park Lake I think, not sure if it's long enough but it wouldn't be far off, although it'd be a very windy/open course.

There is plenty of land around here for the Athlete's village too, if one was to be built. Although if you had time to build and Athlete's village you'd do it over the Jolimont rail yards between the MCG and Federation Square. It's actually the only area that would require significant work in the bid other than the rowing/canoe/kayak venue.

Parkville Precinct Although walkable from the city and MCG, not particularly so.

Princes Park: Football preliminaries, capacity 30,000 plus.

State Netball and Hockey Centre: Basketball (except final, courts capacity 3,000), Hockey (fields, capacity 1,000). No work required. Could add another couple of courts though.

Melbourne University: Weightlifting, Wrestling (yeah, this is a stretch, but doable).

-------------

Mountain Biking in the Dandenongs, Badminton squeezing in somewhere or other - maybe the Convention Centre or somewhere in Geelong Tongue

41  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Nobody Wants To Host The 2022 Olympics on: July 14, 2014, 12:44:34 am
No frickin way.

If cities aren't prepared to host the summer Olympics, Melbourne can and will. The only venue that would need to be built is rowing/canoe/kayak, along with the Athlete's village.
42  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 14, 2014, 12:18:41 am
Uggghhhhh I managed to seep through my alarm and woke up at 3pm...missing a doctor's appointment. Thanks FIFA Sad
43  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 13, 2014, 03:53:24 pm
Well, neither side is looking very much like World Cup champions... but this game is significantly better than the 2010 final.
44  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 13, 2014, 03:36:52 pm
About time Higuain was benched
45  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 13, 2014, 03:25:11 pm
Because the umpiring is incompetent. Both sides have suffered from it a bit but that was possibly the most ridiculous so far.
46  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 13, 2014, 03:17:40 pm
Higuain diving aside... what the F was that, ref? Christ almighty that was a stinker of a decision.
47  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 13, 2014, 02:02:16 pm
I can't believe I forgot to pull people up on Italy being the only nation with 4 stars before, but anyway...



Anyway, kickoff! It's 5am here, and I have a cup of team and a warm blanket. Hoping for a good match Smiley
48  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 13, 2014, 08:26:03 am
Most Argentians I actually met were very welcoming, including yourself Edu. More about the incidental friendliness, like at a shop or whatever. In Chile, if my Spanish was off, I'd get a friendly laugh; in Uruguay, I'd get an attempt to help... in Argentina I was usually seen as a nuisance Tongue

There were exceptions to the rule, of course, but that was the general difference, and was particularly the case in Buenos Aires, where I suppose tourists are less of an oddity. That said, Corrientes is hardly a touristic city and was full of scowls, Gualeguaychu even less so, and even less friendly... I do love Argentina, and I can't wait to return, but if it came to living in South America I'd head for Chile or Uruguay, and I'm still vaguely disappointed they're not in the final Wink

49  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 12, 2014, 02:45:26 am
...that's because the Germans play in the much better Bundesliga.

Anyhoo, cheering on the Netherlands tonight (I need more Brazilian tears) and Argentina in the final. I have a complex view of Argentina and Argentineans, but ultimately I have spent about half a year there all up and it'd be wrong to support anyone else.

When I was in Argentina during the 2006 world cup, I was in a bus terminal in Cordoba (I think, maybe Rosario) along with a couple of hundred Argentineans. The Australia v Japan game was on the TV and absolutely nobody was paying attention besides me. We were down 1-0 around about the 80th minute, and scored, and I went kinda sorta nuts and got a few very odd looks. The we went up 2-1, I went mad again and a few people were laughing and saying "vamo' Australia!", but then we got the third... and the whole place erupted.

Argentines tend to be a relatively unfriendly people (sorry Edu), especially in comparison to the Uruguayans, but that was a great memory. Another top one was being in Cordoba when Argentina won against Cote d'Ivoire in the group stage, and there was essentially a riot.

I'm sure the game means a lot to Germany, and I tend to think anything that boosts nationalism in Argentina is a very bad thing - moreso than in most countries - but ultimately if a few hundred Argentines waiting for busses can embrace the socceroos thanks to some random 18 year old Aussie, it's the least I can do to cheer on the Albiceleste Smiley
50  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Australia General Discussion on: July 11, 2014, 05:59:29 pm
Every few years I get reminded that this exists:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAOSo8XetNo
Pages: 1 [2] 3 4 5 6 7 ... 718


Login with username, password and session length

Logout

Powered by SMF 1.1.20 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines