Archive | March 10, 2009

ICC Stumped over ICL row

March 10, 2009

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Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/7902848.stm; http://www.smh.com.au/news/sport/cricket/pakistan-court-suspends-ban-on-rebel-icl-players/2009/02/03/1233423175195.html ; http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009/feb/12/indian-cricket-league-twenty20-cancelled

 

Looks like the row between the Indian Cricket League (ICL) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to rumble on. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has failed to broker a deal between the two sides and it is now down to the ICC Board meeting in April in Dubai to reach a solution.

 

The row stems over recognition of Twenty20 competitions and in particular the BCCI’s refusal to allow the ICL to have “unofficial cricket status” as it is a rival tournament to the Indian Premier League. (The ICL was created by Subhash Chandra (founder of satellite channel – Zee TV) after his bids for Indian cricket rights were constantly rejected). The BCCI has even gone so far as to issue a life ban to any Indian player competing in the ICL.

 

While the Pakistan Cricket Board, has taken a similar stance and banned 19 Pakistani players from playing in the domestic Pakistan league after they agreed to play in the ICL, the provincial Sindh high court has now overturned the ban. The court’s ruling does not apply to International team selection however.

 

The ICL was due to start this month, however the global economic crisis has forced the tournament to be postponed, possibly until November.

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Pancake fatality!

March 10, 2009

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Source: http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Pancake-Eating-Contest-Winner-Dies-After-Gorging-On-43-Banana-Pancakes/Article/200903215238171?lpos=World_News_First_Home_Article_Teaser_Region_8&lid=ARTICLE_15238171_Pancake_Eating_Contest%3A_Winner_Dies_After_Gorging_On_43_Banana_Pancakes

 

Not sure this exactly classes as sports law, but it is a contest…..

 

A Russian “athlete” (Boris Isayev, 48) has died moments after winning the Chernyakhovsk pancake contest. Witnesses described Boris as the “most active participant in the contest” and said that he managed to consume a total of 43 banana and stuffed cream desserts. However, when he went up onto the stage to collect his prize, he started foaming at the mouth, before later collapsing. While the exact cause of his death remains unclear, doctors believe he choked on a piece of one of the pancakes that had lodged in his throat. An autopsy has now been announced in order to rule out other medical causes.

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Sectarian chants at Rangers FC

March 10, 2009

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Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/r/rangers/7894854.stm

 

Rangers have been reported to the Scottish Premier League (SPL) following sectarian chanting heard at the 0-0 draw with Celtic on 15th February. Apparently some sections of the crowd were heard to chant the infamous ‘Famine Song’ (which referred to the famine that killed 1m people in the 1840s and led to a mass migration away from Ireland).

 

These actions have been condemned by chairmen of both clubs, and fans warned of arrests if they sung the chant. The SPL however are keen to point out that the police made a number of arrests that day for sectarian-motivated offences from supporters of both clubs. (In November 2008, a Rangers fan (Williams Walls) was given two years probation for a breach of the peace (singing the Famine song) and a football banning order)

 

The SPL has yet to announce if they will take any further action, although it is looking unlikely.

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Cyber-squatting on the increase

March 10, 2009

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Sources:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7929360.stm

To get a full copy of the report: http://www.markmonitor.com/cta/bji-review2008/?Lead_Source_Mktg=web

 

A report by MarkMonitor has identified that cyber-squatting (where someone registers a domain name belonging to someone else) has risen by 18% in 2008 to 1,722,133 incidents and it is now one of the most popular methods used by fraudsters. Perhaps worryingly, the report also adds that 80% of these sites that were in existence last year have not been removed.

 

Guess we’d better hope that Warner Brothers have no plans for Tweetie Pie to take a law degree, otherwise we’ll have to change the blog’s name!

 

(A funny example which illustrates how companies can use this technique of misspelling website names can be seen below by ComparetheMarket.com)

 

 

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Hunt supporter killed by gyrocopter

March 10, 2009

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*** UPDATE: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/21/20090312/tuk-gyrocopter-death-was-filmed-6323e80.html 

 

Bryan Griffiths, 54 from Bedworth has been remanded into custody charged with murder, following the incident on Monday. He is due to appear before Warwick Crown Court on 23rd March. A 2nd person also arrested at the same time on suspicion of murder has been bailed pending further enquiries.

 

The North Warwickshire Court also heard today that an eyewitness recorded video footage of the incident itself and a short period before it. It was also confirmed that Mr Morse sustained the fatal head injuries following a collision with the rear-mounted propellor of the gyrocopter and that Mr Griffiths belonged to an anti-hunt animal rights campaign.

 

 

Sources:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/7933706.stm; http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article5877904.ece ; http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1160724/Two-hunt-saboteurs-arrested-murder-landing-spy-copter-huntsman.html

 

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a hunt supporter (Trevor Morse) died at Long Marston airfield, near Stratford-upon-Avon at 3pm Monday afternoon, after being hit by a gyrocopter. It is believed that Mr Morse and a friend had gone to the airfield to discover who had been piloting the gyrocopter, but was hit by the vehicle as it was taxiing on the runway.

 

Both Warwickshire Hunt master (Sam Butler) and Master of the Foxhounds Association (Alastair Jackson) had apparently reported the gyrocopter to the Civil Aviation Authority and police, 10 days ago, alleging that it had been swooping in an aggressive manner over the hunt, upsetting the animals. Police have not however confirmed whether the same gyrocopter was involved in the incident, or the identities of the pilot(s).

 

The Times reports that “an animal rights group, Protect Our Wild Animals, has been monitoring the Warwickshire and the Heythrop hunts from a gyrocopter over the past three weeks. Penny Little, spokeswoman for Protect Our Wild Animals, was unavailable for comment last night. The group’s website says that it “advocates the observance of hunts by use of video and stills cameras to record the cruelty and vandalism of hunting””

Detective Chief Inspector Adrian McGee from Warwickshire police also confirmed the collision but gave no details. “It is far too early to tell what has occurred,” he said. “We will be conducting a thorough investigation to establish what happened.”

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honest mum, the tear gas was already on the slide!

March 10, 2009

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Source: (BBC News) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/7933706.stm

 Two boys (aged 9 & 12yrs) have been exposed to chemicals after gaining access to a cordoned off area of Victoria Park, Portsmouth, where the council were building a new playground. After playing on the slide, the boy’s eyes started streaming. It is thought that Police in Calais had fired tear gas into the slide when it was being transported from the continent, in an attempt to remove illegal immigrants suspected to be hiding there. Neither the boys, nor the paramedics that treated them, are expected to suffer any long-term symptoms.

 

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Southampton Strikers arrested

March 10, 2009

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Source: (BBC News) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/7929977.stm 

 

Two Southampton strikers (Bradley Wright-Phillips and David McGoldrick) have been arrested by police on suspicion of affray and common assault, after a fan was allegedly assaulted between at 2am on Saturday February 7th in Southampton city centre. Both players have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

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Playstation palm

March 10, 2009

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Source: (BBC News) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7907489.stm ; http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7262770.stm

Read the full journal report here: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/122212049/HTMLSTART

 

Researchers in Geneva, Switzerland have now identified a new skin disorder dubbed (Playstation palmar hidradenitis) and reported in the British Journal of Dermatology. The disorder consists of red, sore lumps on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet and is thought to be caused by excessive sweating and tight and continuous grasping of the console’s hand-grips / repeated pushing of the buttons. Researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine have previously identified some Wii players are at risk from acute tendonitis.

 

Now you mention it, I think my hands are starting to sweat a bit! Maybe it’s going to be safer not to update this blog!!!!

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