Biennale Cut

March 4th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

A public event in Melbourne that was scheduled as part of this year’s art exhibition, ‘Biennale of Sydney,’ was cancelled following concerns over a possible protest threat at the venue against the organisation’s ties to Transfield Holdings.  Transfield is a supplier of operations and construction services to the Australian detention centres at Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and in Nauru. As reported by Fairfax, upon receiving information that a demonstration involving “mass action” was set to occur on the night of the event, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art decided to postpone the event due to public safety concerns.

While Transfield has been a founding partner of the event since 1973, it has come under closer media attention with news of its recent securing of a 20-month contract to provide services at the immigration detention centres.… Continue reading »

Chlorine Spill Sends People Packing

March 4th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

Prominent Sydney hotel the Park Hyatt at The Rocks, was evacuated late last month after chlorine and acid were accidentally combined near a guest swimming pool, causing potentially toxic fumes to travel throughout the building via its air conditioning system.

As reported by Fairfax, one guest and six staff members were taken to hospital and treated for exposure to toxic fumes.  The building was then ventilated and declared safe within two hours of the spill. It is clear that the hotel’s emergency response was swift and proactive, with an evacuation activated after fumes were detected despite air quality being “not detrimental to health”, according to a Fire and Rescue spokesman.… Continue reading »

Tree Tragedy

March 4th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

The death of an eight-year-old school girl resulting from a fallen tree limb at her school in Sydney’s Northwest has reignited debate over the suitability of large trees in public spaces, and the need for systemised procedures for assessing and monitoring higher-risk species of trees.

Last month Bridget Wright had been in the playground of Pitt Town Public School at lunchtime when a seven-metre Eucalypt tree branch unexpectedly fell on top of her, a teacher and two other school children. As the Daily Telegraph reported, the four victims were rushed to Westmead Hospital, where Bridget sadly passed away within hours. The others were treated for other injuries including broken ribs, a fractured pelvis and a broken wrist.… Continue reading »

Golden Globes Glitch

February 6th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

The recent 71st annual Golden Globes Awards in Los Angeles was again highly anticipated with much effort spent on outfits and grooming for the big night. However, a water pipe malfunction ensured it “rained on the parade” of the red carpet.

According to the Daily Mail, just two hours before the show was due to begin, the venue’s sprinkler system went into disarray as a large light was positioned near a heat sensor, causing a water pipe to burst and pour thousands of gallons of odorous water onto the red carpet. Thankfully, there were no dangerous technical complications arising from water flooding which was fortunate given it was in an area where lights and power outlets were stationed.… Continue reading »

NYE A Non-Event at Wet N’Wild

February 5th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

The cancellation of what was to be an inaugural New Year’s Eve event at Sydney’s Wet n’Wild theme park sparked outrage amongst the nine thousand customers, who were informed through social media just six hours before the event was to begin.

As The Daily Telegraph reported, the theme park’s managing director cited transport logistical difficulties as the cause for the cancellation, having little confidence that promoters One Cube Entertainment could provide adequate transportation to and from the venue. One thing that the promoters certainly did not provide was an adequate explanation or admission of guilt, with no apology issued to ticket-holders or instructions for the refunding process explained on their website until seven days after the cancellation.… Continue reading »

The Show Must Go On

February 5th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

The tragic death of prominent American hypnotherapist and entertainer Dr Scott Lewis forced the Opera House to cancel one of the best-selling shows he had been headlining. The Illusionists 2.0 opened on January 9 at Sydney’s iconic venue, featuring a menagerie of magicians scheduled to perform several shows throughout each day until January 16.

As Fairfax reported, alarm bells were raised on the morning of January 11 when Dr Lewis did not show up amongst his six colleagues for the morning shuttle bus ride to the venue. A subsequent police investigation later revealed that he had fallen to his death from the balcony of a Pyrmont apartment in which he was staying, and while police have not pointed to suspicious circumstances, his death came as a tragic shock to the thousands who had been awaiting his award-winning performances.… Continue reading »

Bin the Ban

December 5th, 2013 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

The Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to take place in Brisbane this weekend, inside a fenced ring called ‘the Octagon’ that has been of particular interest to MMA professionals and industry bodies in recent times. While the box-like structure gives the impression of ‘cage-fighting’, it provides a safety precaution in preventing boxers from being thrown out of the ropes. The use of the Octagon was banned in Victoria in 2007 by the Brumby government, and following the findings of Western Australia Combat Sports Commission earlier this year, it was also banned in Victoria.

Queensland’s decision to maintain use of the structure for Mixed Martial Arts competitions was, according to the Fairfax, the deciding factor in Brisbane being chosen to host the next Ultimate Fighting Championship.… Continue reading »

Boozing in Bali

December 5th, 2013 by reliancerisk | Posted in Uncategorized

November spelled the end of matriculation exams for high school leavers across Australia, and with it, the cultural rite of passage that marks the most significant youth event in the national calendar; ‘Schoolies’.

The majority of ‘Schoolies’ typically venture to the Gold Coast or a select number of other Queensland destinations to celebrate their transition into the real world, where state, local Government authorities, and a volunteer organisations do a wonderful job in ensuring the safety of our youth. While others celebrate within their home state, other overseas destinations are becoming more popular.  Bali for example has been gaining popularity amongst high school graduates in recent years, with its affordability and close proximity to Australia having strong appeal.… Continue reading »

Cycling Calamities

December 5th, 2013 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

Cycling as an active, free and environmentally-friendly mode of travel, has been touted as the revolutionary way to avoid traffic congestion, improve public health and one of the ways to reduce pollution and improve the environment. Initiatives such as the nation-wide ‘Ride 2 Work Day’ aim to increase the number of people riding to work every day, and have seen huge success not only with high entrant numbers, but with the growing support towards cycling that these events help generate. Councils across Australia are supporting this growth by dedicating bike paths in city areas and offering free cycling courses for new riders.… Continue reading »

Deadly and Dangerous Diving

December 5th, 2013 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

The niche sport of free-diving is an unusual but increasingly popular pursuit that attracts competitors world-wide to try their luck at gaining recognition for plunging to the depths of the ocean on a single breath. Free-diving as a competitive sport is internationally governed by AIDA, a French non-government body, and as many as twenty competitive events per month take place world-wide. AIDA indicates on their website that unlike scuba diving, free-diving does not involve the use of breathing apparatus or air cylinders. Fins are optional as divers “exploit their bodies’ diving adaptations” to reach depths of over 200 metres. Training involves learning to feel comfortable with holding one’s breath for extended periods of time underwater, and learning propulsion from minimum effort through oxygen conservation.… Continue reading »