World Cup: ref hands Italy victory against Australia

, posted: 27-Jun-2006 08:03

If you didn't already think the World Cup is a badly refereed farce, the Italy-Australia game will have made up your mind for you. As predicted, the Azzurri resorted to method acting instead of playing football and were rewarded by a match-deciding p (read the entire post)...

World Cup: Four red and sixteen yellow cards in Portugal-Netherlands game

, posted: 26-Jun-2006 13:16

I didn't see the Portugal - Netherlands game but wish I had now. The BBC says:

There was more action in the referee's notebook than on the pitch.

Russian ref Valentin Ivanov "continued to throw cards arou (read the entire post)...

World Cup: Sweden and Mexico knocked out

, posted: 25-Jun-2006 12:23

Sweden is going home after being pulverised by Germany in the World Cup. The 2-0 result doesn't reflect how much Germany were in command of the game; it could easily have ended up with one or two more goals for the German side, especially after Swede (read the entire post)...

Sorry New Zealand, but football is the biggest sport

, posted: 23-Jun-2006 19:22

Australia is through to the second round in the World Cup after a draw against a hard-charging Croatia.

The Croats' rough game was more like dirty rugby tackles than football, but the Aussies not only weathered it but managed to keep the (read the entire post)...

An Auckland kind of day

, posted: 12-Jun-2006 12:37

Auckland in the rain and gale, near K Road/Pitt Street somewhere. No power, traffic lights out, banked up traffic for miles with drivers doing u-turns in dangerous places and going on the wrong side of the road, phones not working, intern (read the entire post)...

Fire up the generators, Auckland is without power again

, posted: 12-Jun-2006 09:24

It's deja vu all over again for Aucklanders this morning, as the CBD is without power. The Otahuhu power station is out of action for the time being, as an earth wire snapped and fell across a 110kV feeder line there. Power line company Vector doesn' (read the entire post)...

Nazanin's death sentence stayed; faces retrial

, posted: 3-Jun-2006 15:13

Maybe the Iranian authorities took note of the Save Nazanin campaign, maybe not, but amazingly enough sanity has prevailed: Nazanin's death sentence has been stayed by Ayatollah Shahroudi, Iran's Head of Judiciary.

Nazanin has not (read the entire post)...

Suspect web scheme complains of fraud

, posted: 2-Jan-2003 21:12

(Originally published in the NZ Herald Tuesday October 22, 2002)

Cashevolution, a scheme offering "financial freedom" via the internet, was hit last week by large-scale credit card fraud.

As reported in the Herald a week ago, Au (read the entire post)...

Siren songs of easy cash tempt unwary

, posted: 1-Jan-2003 21:05

(originally published in the New Zealand Herald Tuesday October 15, 2002)

An online "report of third party due diligence" posted by associate Mark Joyner outlines the scheme's benefits and tries to show that it is legal.

The (read the entire post)...


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