Drones – the miss misses and updated rules

August 4th, 2016 by admin | Posted in News

The emergence of drones, to date called ‘unmanned aerial vehicles’ or UVA’s has seen the Civil Aviation Authority update their regulations to best reflect the changing use of these small but potentially dangerous aircraft.

Further to our news story earlier this year, there have been several dramatic near misses between drones and commercial aircraft.  In Adelaide the pilot of a skydiving plane reported a drone around 100 feet below her, at approximately 1,100 feet, more than 700 feet above the 400 feet ceiling imposed on the small aircraft.

In the UK, a British Airways passenger jet reported a drone struck the aircrafts window on approach to Heathrow Airport, where numerous other near misses have also been reported by a raft of pilots.  The United States Federal Aviation Authority has reported more than 600 near misses during the 5 month period to May 2016, but to date there have been no reported collisions.… Continue reading »

When inflatable arches attack!

August 4th, 2016 by admin | Posted in News

The 2016 Tour de France saw an additional obstacle to the 3,529 kilometres when an inflatable arch, sporting the races main sponsor, deflated during the final section of the seventh stage of the iconic event.

In its 103rd outing the race saw all 198 rides commence the stage, but it was rider Adam Yates that was hit and thrown from his bike when the arch collapsed.  Englishman Yates needed stitches in his chin and sustained a shoulder injury after the arch suddenly collapsed directly on top of him.

With the rest of the pack not far behind, the procedure employed by race organisers saw the arch manually held up over the heads of race staff, the riders dismounted and carried their bikes under their arch, before getting back on their bikes and continuing on the stage.  Yates fought from under the arch, recovered to complete the course and was given a revised time, which saw him take second position in the overall race and the white jersey, for the Tour’s fastest young rider.… Continue reading »

Pokémon Go – how safe is this reality?

August 4th, 2016 by admin | Posted in News

With more than 75 million downloads, the number one selling app in the Apple store, has bought with it a unique set of risks. Pokémon Go is the international craze that has increased stock prices and seen random locations become meeting places for hundreds of trainers (this is what you are called when you play Pokémon and you must ‘catch them all’).

Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game where players capture “pocket monsters” using a GPS map and their smartphone camera, giving the illusion they’re snagging these creatures in the real world.  Players are walking, driving or riding to search for the ultimate monsters, watching their screen to confirm their location, potentially stepping into traffic, driving into objects or wandering into dangerous locations, all in the pursuit of their next catch.… Continue reading »

How Much Does it Cost to Change the Outcome of the Game?

June 16th, 2016 by admin | Posted in News

The globalisation of sport has seen sports betting become a near AUS$500 billion dollar a year industry.  With the help of the internet and smart phones, sports betting is now  at our fingertips anywhere, and at anytime.

With the increase in money flowing into sports betting, comes the increased risk of match fixing and illegal betting. This is however not a new phenomenon. in 1919 the Chicago White Sox baseball team admitted to throwing the  World Series for cash (and in the case of one player, he traded for free pizza), and in the 1960’s an NFL Most Valuable Player from the Green Bay Packers was caught betting on his own matches – sometimes against himself.… Continue reading »

Love Lost in the Parade

June 16th, 2016 by admin | Posted in News

In Germany last month, the Duisbury District Court rejected prosecution charges against authorities and event organisers of the 2010 Love Parade – where 13 women and 8 men lost their lives; crushed to death when a panicked stampede broke out in the tunnel entrance to the 2010 event.

The event was established in 1989 originally in Berlin, as a free-access music festival, with floats, DJ’s and dancers attracting a crowd of around 1.4 million people.   In what has become an important case study in major event planning of crowds internationally, at the incident involved crowds becoming caught up in the tunnel entrance to the event, with certain decisions by authorities being questions as to have exacerbated the circumstances around the crush.… Continue reading »

Australian Coastline Hammered by East Coast Low

June 16th, 2016 by admin | Posted in News

With four lives lost, hundreds of people evacuated, thousands of properties damaged, and parts of vulnerable coastline changed for ever; the east coast of Australia has been hammered by a severe weather event.

Earlier this month an east coast low pummelled the Australian coastline from Queensland to Tasmania with several hundred millimetres of rain and winds in excess of 100km/h in some parts. In what may still may become one of Australia’s most expensive natural disasters, this superstorm stretched emergency services and disrupted public transport and outdoor events across four states.

Collaroy on Sydney’s northern beaches lost more than thirty metres of sand and left beachside homes teetering on the edge of the sea.… Continue reading »

Music Festival Fatalities

December 7th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

This time last year, we wrote about the concerning number of festival-goers who had been found in possession of drugs at a music festival in New South Wales.  We also reported on the proposed response to reports of increased drug use amongst the Australian festival industry, with event organisers working closely with police to enforce strict security and detection measures.

This week history has repeated itself as we are saddened by the news of yet another death of a young person at the Stereosonic music festival in Adelaide, reportedly from a drug overdose. As the ABC reported, the death is among five others that have occurred in 2015 at Australian festivals from illicit drug use.… Continue reading »

Fan Ban

December 7th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

Major sporting codes often tread a fine line between protecting their brand through stringent crowd management measures, and maintaining the passion that makes each sport unique. This has most recently been highlighted in Australia by Football Federation Australia’s (FFA) recent response to alleged unruly crowd behaviour by Western Sydney Wanderers fans.

As reported by Fairfax, FFA have been banning individual supporters from attending A-league games, on account of anti-social behaviour. As ABC reported, Wanderers supporter Julian Cumbo was 16 years old when he received a banning notice via email, and then post, notifying him that he was banned from attending games for five years as a result of his involvement in a brawl at a match; this, despite the fact that he had not received a police conviction from the incident.… Continue reading »

Responding to Paris’ Targeted Assaults

December 7th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

The shocking terrorist attacks in Paris that took place last month may have a lasting impact on the global venue industry, with places of public entertainment being impacted by the tragic events.

The coordinated ISIS attacks at concert venue the Bataclan and sporting stadium Stade de France killed 129 people, as BBC News reported, and left widespread terror throughout Paris. In addition to the general heightened fear of further terrorism within the city, with entertainers postponing scheduled Paris tours throughout the remainder of the month, the shorter-term effects included the cancellation of two high-profile sporting matches in London and Germany respectively. As reported by NBC News, these cancellations reportedly occurred because of knowledge that other specific attacks were planned at other locations.… Continue reading »

The Unexpected Risks of Social Media

November 5th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

The power of social media platforms to capture public attention is something that politicians, celebrities and everyday people have been utilising, as has been well documented over the past several years. However, the potential reputational and legal risks associated with content that ‘goes viral’ on such platforms has increased exponentially in recent times.

As the Malaysian Insider reported, photos of naked men that were taken in Sabah’s Kinabalu Park have circulated through Facebook and landed in the hands – or under the eyes – of Malaysian authorities. Sabah Parks’ Minister for Tourism, Culture and Environment has said that tourists to the islands will be required to acknowledge and abide by local regulations, by way of declaration forms.  These would act as an accountability measure to ensure that tourists are made aware of local customs, where the tourism industry has failed to do so, and discount any offending tourists’ claims that they ‘did not know’ that nudity is forbidden.… Continue reading »