Season Kicks Off with a ‘Rip Snorter’

March 24th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

Super Rugby’s Queensland Reds and ex-AFL player, 28-year-old Karmichael Hunt has pleaded guilty to four counts of cocaine possession, and fined $30, 000 by the Australian Rugby Union and Queensland Rugby Union. As ABC News reported, Hunt attributes his cocaine use to “misguided post-season celebrations”, and while he has been suspended for six matches and will no longer be vice-captain, his contract with the Reds remains in place.

Hunt was contracted to another code during the time of the incident, and the same Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission (QCCC) investigation that charged him has also served notices to a significant number of footballers across the state.… Continue reading »

Workplace Health and Safety in Medical Profession Shunned

March 24th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

An Australian female surgeon has spoken out against the systems in place to protect the health, safety and careers of female surgeons at Australian hospitals, as The Sydney Morning Herald reported. At her book launch held at Parliament House early this month, vascular surgeon Doctor Gabrielle McMullin claimed that the medical industry has failed to address sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the workplace.

As Doctor McMullin told ABC reporters, her experiences – and hearing reports of others’ – have led her to believe that women entering the medical field should be prepared for a culture of “rampant sexism”. She claims that supervising bodies, which would include the Australian Medical Association in each Australian state, and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), have proven to be ineffective in dealing with complaints of workplace sexism and harassment.… Continue reading »

Trampoline Travesty

March 24th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

An investigation into the safety of a trampoline park in Dalkeith, Scotland has been launched by the local council following reports of over one hundred incidents occurring over a three-week period in January this year. As BBC News reported, Midlothian council was alerted to the injuries occurring at the recently opened Ryze Ultimate Trampoline Park, and while it continues to investigate allegations against the venue, the Park has been temporarily closed.

In defence of the statistics that BBC presented to Ryze Edinburgh citing 102 injuries since the Park’s opening, the Chief Executive noted that against the total of 25, 662 trampoline users that had visited the Park in the three-week period, the incident rate was only 0.39%.… Continue reading »

National Security Crack-down

February 18th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

In the wake of a series of frightening terrorism acts across Australia, Denmark and Paris in recent months, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced a pending policy change in national security and bail conditions to keep Australia safe.

As The Guardian reported, Mr Abbott’s response to the NSW and Federal government’s investigation of the tragic siege at the Lindt café in Martin Place is set to be delivered to the Australian public in coming weeks. His response will follow findings that the perpetrator of the siege, Man Horon Monis, had been granted political asylum in Australia from Iran in 2001, and at the time of the siege, was on bail from a charge of accessory to murder of his former wife.… Continue reading »

Violent Cricket Fans ‘Stump’ Security

February 18th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

The number of cricket spectators attending the Adelaide Oval to watch the World Cup match between India and Pakistan last Sunday night did not match up to the sold out 48,000 tickets sold in advance.

Only 41,587 turned up for the match, as a result of a lengthy delay of a direct Air India flight from New Delhi to Sydney that was to be transporting hundreds of spectators to the match. As Times of India reported, fans eagerly awaiting their journey to watch the match became violent after being informed of the delay that would cause them to miss their connection to Adelaide to see the game.  The hostile behaviour of spectators was so severe that Air India staff were advised to find alternative routes to access aircrafts at Delhi International Airport to avoid the aggressive mob.… Continue reading »

Safety Concerns for Apple’s Suppliers

February 18th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

As the popularity of Apple products continues to soar world-wide, safety concerns grow for the vast labour force behind the manufacturing of the product that has become essential to modern life; the iPhone.

Last year, concerns were raised over worker conditions at Apple factories in China, following an investigation by China Labor Watch. As reported by The New York Times, the workers’ rights group accused the company of not enforcing compliance with occupational health and safety regulations at Apple supplier factories across China. Locked fire exits, absence of safety training, significant overtime, and flammable substances found on the floors of factories were some of the hazards identified through China Labor Watch’s inquiry.… Continue reading »

Pedestrian Injury Calls for Compensation Review

January 20th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

Shared paths in the city of Sydney have become a norm for cyclists and pedestrians, with the number of bicycle users in Sydney increasing significantly year after year, as reported in the Bicycle NSW Sydney Cycling Survey. However, as The Sydney Morning Herald reported, a recent collision between a pedestrian and a cyclist on Sydney’s roads has brought safety and compensation issues relating to bicycle use again under the spotlight.

On an evening in December last year, Emily Greenwood was reportedly struck by a cyclist who did not obey a stop sign at a crossing in Marrickville; she suffered injuries to the tune of $15, 000 in medical treatment costs.… Continue reading »

Jest and Jokes Offend at Golden Globes

January 20th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

The annual Golden Globe Awards have come and gone and were a success with guests celebrating the collective achievements of the international film industry. Organised by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), award presenters ranged from this year’s nominees to past Golden Globe winners, while Tina Fey and Amy Poehler provided the opening and closing entertainment.

As The Independent UK reported, the recent alleged North Korean hack into Sony Pictures’ film, The Interview, was made light of, with Amy Poehler introducing the night as a celebration of ”all the movies that North Korea was ok with”. Actress Margaret Cho played the part of “the newest HFPA member” as a representative of the North Korean regime, donning military wear and adopting a strong Asian accent to deliver a series of jokes as an Army General.… Continue reading »

Darting Dilemma

January 20th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

Passion for the game traditionally played in pubs across the world brought together professional darts competitors and fans at the two-day 2015 Darts Invitational Challenge held at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium in early January. However, as The Age reported, a violent situation erupted on the final night of the Challenge, as drunken revellers took to throwing chairs, upturning tables and body slamming.

The incident was reportedly sparked when members of the 4, 500 strong spectator crowd began forming a “chair pyramid” in the centre of the arena, surrounding the temporary stage where the two final darts professionals played off the final round.… Continue reading »

A Risky Decision Costa Lot

December 11th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

As ABC News reported, Captain Francesco Schettino of the wrecked Costa Concordia ship has defended himself in court this month against charges of abandoning ship and manslaughter, painting a confusing picture of why the disastrous shipwreck occurred in 2012.

In response to questions relating to why he had allowed the massive vessel carrying 4,229 people to detour from the set route, towards rocks that were to cause it to capsize, Schettino’s account in a Tuscan courtroom early this month reportedly laid blame to “everyone but himself”.

Accused of wanting to impress a female passenger Schettino had dined with on the night of the incident, he responded that he had wanted to give all passengers a better view than the set route offered, but it was the helmsman who had steered the Concordia in the ultimately disastrous direction.… Continue reading »