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 »

Not so Free to Roam the Skies

November 5th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

Earlier this year, we reported on the popularity and related restrictions imposed on the ‘selfie stick’; the hand-held gadget used to take photographs from a distance of up to two metres away from the subject. In the same category of remotely-controlled digital devices that allow photo-capturing ‘at a distance’, is the drone.

The availability of drones to recreational users has seemingly been met with enthusiasm by the public all over Australia, the US and in other countries with access to advanced technology.   However, increasing concerns over the safe use of drones by amateurs are reflected in increasing scrutiny by authorities, and banning by public venues.… Continue reading »

Safety at Carnivals

November 5th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

Three girls enjoying rides at a theme park in Liverpool, NSW last weekend were flung from their carriage as its door  opened mid-air, and fell four metres to the ground. As reported by the ABC, emergency services were called and the teens were taken to hospital, where they were treated for injuries that included a fractured pelvis, and rib and arm wounds.

The incident is not isolated, with others involving rides at theme parks having been reported over the past several years across Australia.  This highlights the importance of strict safety management systems for carnivals, and the need for close monitoring and oversight by operators, venues and regulators.… Continue reading »

Hayne’s Successful Switch

October 5th, 2015 by admin | Posted in News

While current news of the new San Francisco 49er Jarryd Hayne may be focussed on an on-field fumble and the team’s recent thrashings, the bravery and success of his move from Australian rugby league to American football has deservedly brought more attention than the dropped catch.

As ABC reported, Hayne’s career in the NRL playing for the Parramatta Eels was full of highlights, including the 2009 Dally M Medal and the 2014 NRL Player of the Year alongside Johnathan Thurston.

Perhaps because of his successive triumphs in the code, the 26-year-old sportsman sought a challenge. As Courier Mail reported, in an open letter to Eels members in September, Hayne delivered news of his decision to pursue a career in America’s National Football League.… Continue reading »