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2006 Commonwealth Games
The 2006 Commonwealth Games, officially the XVIII Commonwealth Games, were held in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Australia
between 15 and 26 March 2006. It was the largest sporting event to be staged in Melbourne, eclipsing the 1956 Summer Olympics
1956 Summer Olympics
in terms of the number of teams competing, athletes competing, and events being held. The site for the opening and closing ceremonies was the Melbourne Cricket Ground which was also used during Melbourne's 1956 Olympic Games. The mascot for the games was Karak, a red-tailed black cockatoo (a threatened species).[3] For the first time in the history of the Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Games
the Queen's Baton visited every single Commonwealth nation and territory taking part in the Games, a journey of 180,000 km (112,500 miles)
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Threatened Species
Threatened species
Threatened species
are any species (including animals, plants, fungi, etc.) which are vulnerable to endangerment in the near future. Species that are threatened are sometimes characterised by the population dynamics measure of critical depensation, a mathematical measure of biomass related to population growth rate
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1956 Summer Olympics
The 1956 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVI Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was held in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in November–December 1956, apart from the equestrian events, which were held five months earlier in Stockholm, Sweden. The 1956 Games were the first to be staged in the Southern Hemisphere
Southern Hemisphere
and Oceania, as well as the first to be held outside Europe and North America. Melbourne
Melbourne
is the southernmost city to host the games. Equestrian events could not be held in Australia due to quarantine regulations
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Mascot
A mascot is any person, animal, or object thought to bring luck, or anything used to represent a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team, society, military unit, or brand name. Mascots are also used as fictional, representative spokespeople for consumer products, such as the rabbit used in advertising and marketing for the General Mills
General Mills
brand of breakfast cereal, Trix.Hubbard eagle, Hubbard Ohio 5'10" - 6'5"The mascot for the 2007 Special
Special
Olympics, held in Shanghai, China. Displayed in Pudong just in front of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum.In the world of sports, mascots are also used for merchandising. Team mascots are often confused with team nicknames.[1] While the two can be interchangeable, they are not always the same
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Malaysia
Coordinates: 2°30′N 112°30′E / 2.500°N 112.500°E / 2.500; 112.500MalaysiaFlagCoat of armsMotto: "Bersekutu Bertambah Mutu"[1] "Unity Is Strength"Anthem: Negaraku My CountryCapital Kuala Lumpur 3°8′N 101°41′E / 3.133°N 101.683°E / 3.133; 101.683 Putrajaya
Putrajaya
(administrative) 2°56′35″N 101°41′58″E / 2.9430952°N 101.699373°E / 2.9430952; 101.699373Largest city Kuala Lumpur 3°8′N 101°41′E / 3.133°N 101.683°E / 3.133; 101.683Official languages Malay[2]Of
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Wellington
Wellington
Wellington
(/ˈwɛlɪŋtən/; Māori: Te Whanganui-a-Tara [te ˈfanganʉi a tara]) is the capital city and second most populous urban area of New Zealand, with 412,500 residents.[3] It is located at the south-western tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait
Cook Strait
and the Rimutaka Range
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National Party Of Australia
The National Party of Australia
Australia
(also known as The Nationals or simply, The Nats) is an Australian political party. Traditionally representing graziers, farmers, and rural voters generally, it began as the Australian Country Party in 1920 at a federal level
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Peter Ryan (politician)
Peter Julian Ryan (born 30 October 1950) is a former Australian politician who was leader of The Nationals in Victoria. He represented the electoral district of Gippsland South from 1992 to 2015, and from 2010 to 2014 was the Deputy Premier of Victoria as well as the Minister for Rural and Regional Development. In addition, Ryan was the Minister for Police from 2010 to 2013.Contents1 Early years1.1 Leadership ascension2 Opposition years2.1 2006 election 2.2 Coalition3 Deputy Premier of Victoria 4 Personal life 5 External links 6 ReferencesEarly years[edit] Ryan was born and raised in Lockington, Northern Victoria. He was educated in Shepparton where he graduated from high school in 1968. He went on to study Law at RMIT. Ryan moved to Sale during 1974 to work for a local law firm Warren, Graham and Murphy. He became partner in 1976 and managing partner in 1989
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Daylight Saving Time
Daylight saving time
Daylight saving time
(abbreviated DST), sometimes referred to as daylight savings time in US, Canadian and Australian speech,[1][2] and known as British Summer Time
British Summer Time
(BST) in the UK and just summer time in some countries, is the practice of advancing clocks during summer months so that evening daylight lasts longer, while sacrificing normal sunrise times. Typically, regions that use daylight saving time adjust clocks forward one hour close to the start of spring and adjust them backward in the autumn to standard time.[3] George Hudson proposed the idea of daylight saving in 1895.[4] The German Empire
German Empire
and Austria-Hungary
Austria-Hungary
organized the first nationwide implementation, starting on April 30, 1916
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Plan (aid Organisation)
Plan International
Plan International
is an independent development and humanitarian organisation which works in 71 countries across the world, in Africa, the Americas, and Asia
Asia
to advance children’s rights and equality for girls.[1] Plan International
Plan International
is one of the world's largest organisations working for children's rights and gender equality. In 2016, Plan International reached 17.1 million girls and 15.5 million boys through its programming. The organisation strives for a just world that promotes children’s rights and equality for girls
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Ballarat
Ballarat
Ballarat
/ˈbæləˌræt/[3] is a city located on the Yarrowee River in the Central Highlands of Victoria, Australia. The city has a population of 101,588.[1] In terms of population Ballarat
Ballarat
is the third largest inland city in Australia.[4] Just months after Victoria was granted separation from the state of New South Wales, the Victorian gold rush
Victorian gold rush
transformed Ballarat
Ballarat
from a small sheep station to a major settlement
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WIN Minerdome
The Ballarat Minerdome (also known as MARS Minerdome under a naming rights agreement with Mars Chocolate Australia[1]) is a sports stadium located in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. It hosts the South East Australian Basketball League teams Ballarat Miners and Ballarat Rush, and can hold up to 2,000 spectators.[2] On 29 October 2006, the Minerdome hosted its only National Basketball League game when four-time Olympian and former US National Basketball Association player Shane Heal led the Melbourne-based South Dragons to a 96–86 win over the Cairns Taipans in front of a capacity crowd of 2,000 fans.[3] References[edit]^ "The MARS® MINERDOME Welcomes You". Ballarat Basketball Association. 2014-04-03
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Prince Edward, Earl Of Wessex
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, KG, GCVO, CD, ADC(P) (Edward Antony Richard Louis; born 10 March 1964)[1] is the youngest of four children and the third son of Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II
and Prince Philip, Duke
Duke
of Edinburgh
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Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
(Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born 21 April 1926)[a] is Queen of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and the other Commonwealth realms. Elizabeth was born in London as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI
George VI
and Queen Elizabeth, and she was educated privately at home. Her father acceded to the throne on the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII
King Edward VIII
in 1936, from which time she was the heir presumptive. She began to undertake public duties during the Second World War, serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service
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Games Opening Ceremony
An opening ceremony, grand opening, or ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the official opening of a newly-constructed location or the start of an event.[1] Opening ceremonies at large events such as the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, and the Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup
might have an opening ceremony that involves thousands of participants and is watched worldwide.Grand opening of a swimming pool, 1941In the case of physical establishments, its grand opening might be preceded by a "soft opening" or "soft launch" in which the establishment begins to operate with little promotion, to allow testing of operations, procedures, and facilities. See also[edit]Wikimedia Commons has media related to Opening ceremonies.Golden Spike Groundbreaking Olympic Games
Olympic Games
ceremony Ship christening Topping outReferences[edit]^ Streetwise Meeting and Event Planning. Grand Openings: Chapter 8. Adams Media. pp
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Sportsperson
An athlete (American and British English) or sportsman or sportswoman (British English) is a person who is good at a sport and competes in one or more sports that involve physical strength, speed or endurance. The term's applies to those who participate in other activities, such as horse riding or driving, is somewhat controversial. Athletes may be professionals or amateurs.[1] Most professional athletes have particularly well-developed physiques obtained by extensive physical training and strict exercise accompanied by a strict dietary regimen.Contents1 Overview 2 Titles2.1 "All-around athlete" 2.2 "World's Greatest Athlete"3 See also 4 ReferencesOverview[edit]Athletes taking part in a race on a snowy park in the U.S.The word "athlete" is a romanization of the Greek: άθλητὴς, athlētēs, one who participates in a contest; from ἄθλος, áthlos, or ἄθλον, áthlon, a contest or feat
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