Archive for the ‘World Issues’ Category

South Africa considers vuvuzela ban:

From BBC:

World Cup 2010: South Africa ponders vuvuzela ban

South Africa’s World Cup organising chief Danny Jordaan may ban vuvuzelas from inside stadiums after complaints from broadcasters and supporters.

The constant sound of the high-pitched horn-like instrument has so far drowned out much of the atmosphere-generating singing usually associated with games.

And Jordaan, when asked if he would get rid of them, told BBC Sport: “If there are grounds to do so, yes.

“We did say that if any land on the pitch in anger we will take action.”

France captain Patrice Evra has already blamed the noise generated by the vuvuzelas, which has been likened to the drone of thousands of bees, for his side’s poor showing in their opening group game against Uruguay, which finished goalless.

He said: “We can’t sleep at night because of the vuvuzelas. People start playing them from 6am.

“We can’t hear one another out on the pitch because of them.”

Jordaan conceded that while the noise was irritating for some people, they were doing all they could to minimise the impact.

“We’ve tried to get some order,” he continued. “We have asked for no vuvuzelas during national anthems or stadium announcements. It’s difficult but we’re trying to manage the best we can.

“We’ve had some broadcasters and individuals [complaining] and it’s something we are evaluating on an on-going basis.”

Jordaan admitted he was not a huge fan of them himself. “I would prefer singing,” he said.

“It’s always been a great generator of a wonderful atmosphere in stadiums and I would try to encourage them to sing.

“In the days of the struggle (against apartheid) we were singing, all through our history it’s our ability to sing that inspired and drove the emotions.”

Online Petitions (because they will clearly make all the difference in the World):

http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/Banthevuvuzela

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/…ela-noise.html

http://www.banvuvuzela.com/

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=125549918734

Vuvuzela

vuvuzela, sometimes called a “lepatata” (its Setswana name) or a stadium horn, is a blowing horn, approximately one metre in length, commonly blown by fans at football matches in South Africa. They require some lip and lung strength to blow and emit a loud monotone like a foghorn or an elephant. A similar instrument (known as corneta in Brazil and Latin American countries) is used by football (soccer) fans in South America.

Vuvuzelas have been controversial. They have been associated with permanent noise-induced hearing loss, a possible safety risk when spectators can’t hear evacuation announcements, potentially spreading colds and flu germs on a greater scale than coughing or shouting. Commentators have described the sound as “annoying” and compared it with “a stampede of noisy elephants”, “a deafening swarm of locusts,” “a goat on the way to slaughter”and “a giant hive full of very angry bees.”

– Wikipedia.

I’m all for tradition. I have great respect for South Africa, and every other country along with their traditions. But anyone who is anyone is watching the World Cup. And these people are getting headaches watching the games. It’s extremely painful to know that you have to watch the greatest sports tournament in the World while hearing a constant sound that is similar to that of having a bee’s nest inside of your head. It’s constant. They all have one. It doesn’t end. It’s absolutely incongruous.

If FIFA can’t legitametly ban these horns, then they can at least side step it and ban it for health concerns. Not only can vuvuzelas cause hearing damage, they also cause bad bruising of the lips. If that’s not bad enough, vuvuzelas are commonly shared with everyone. They are passed around like a hot potato. They also spread diseases through the air from the spit that comes out of the horn. I think the Dutch had the right idea when they banned these horns from their practices.

You be the judge.

From FOX News:

Reports: Iranian Soccer Stars Forced to ‘Retire’ Over Wristband Protest

 Iranian authorities have told four players on the nation’s soccer team to turn in their cleats after they wore green wristbands in a show of solidarity with the country’s opposition leader, the Guardian reported, citing opposition newspapers in Iran.They unfurled a banner that read “Go to Hell Dictator,” and chanted “Compatriots, we will be with you to the end with the same heart.”

The players — including team captain Mehdi Mahdavikia and soccer star Ali Karimi — wore the wristbands in a June 17 match against South Korea in Seoul. Opposition newspapers reported that they were forced into retirement, along with Hosein Ka’abi, 24 and Vahid Hashemian, 32.

Mahdavikia is one of Iran’s biggest sports heroes for a goal he scored to eliminate the United States during the first round of the World Cup in 1998.

More players on Iran’s national soccer team wore green wristbands during the match, but removed them during half-time.

The move to wear the wristbands came as protesters in Iran accuse the government of rigging the June 12 election in favor of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. They have been wearing green — the color of opposition leader Mir Houssein Mousavi’s campaign — in a show of support for the opposition candidate.

Fans from Iran also showed their support for the demonstrations at home by staging a protest outside the stadium.

 

During the match, protesters waved the banner, held up green paper signs reading “Where is my vote?” and waved Iran’s national flags emblazoned with the plea “Free Iran.”

 

This news is just the tip of the iceberg of the injustice that’s going on in Iran. I posted this because my blog is primarily about sports, but I can assure you, that football is the last thing on the mind of these players anyway.

I just signed up on twitter to see the latest comments coming from there about Iran.. Here is what I found:

baha54: RT: in Baharestan we saw militia with axe choping ppl like meat – blood everywhere – like butcher – Allah Akbar – #Iranelection #gr88 less than 10 seconds ago from web

parishkl: RT – Please DO NOT RT NAMES OF IRANIAN TWITTERS #IranElection ENSURE ALL SEE THIS!! They are risking their lives!! less than 20 seconds ago from web

eralv: RT @judyrey: #iran take battery out of your phone, they will be able to track you if U use phone. Be careful. #Iranelection less than 20 seconds ago from TwitterFon

shannapatel: RT PK:they were waiting for us – they all have guns and riot uniforms – it was like a mouse trap – ppl being shot like animals #Iranelection less than 20 seconds ago from web

NorwAnon: Iran’s military, Iran’s decent police and security, HELP YOUR PPL, don’t let them die at the hands of Ahmadinejad. #IranElection #gr8826 less than 20 seconds ago from web

FriendofPkiwi: RT: all shops was closed – nowhere to go – they follow ppls with helicopters – smoke and fire is everywhere #Iranelection less than 20 seconds ago from web

midpath: RT @whiotv Iran: New protests underway. Witness tell CNN that security forces are firing weapons and beating protestors. #iranelection less than 20 seconds ago from Nambu

 

I just want to ask anyone who’s reading this to keep all of Iran in your payers. I want to end off with a quote I loved from twitter:

“During September 11th, the whole World was American. And now, we are all Iranian.”

 

 

Unfortunately each set of fans has idiots. Those idiots showed their true colors last night in the streets of LA after the Lakers won their 15th NBA Championship.

Vandalism, fireworks, bonfires, objects thrown and police cars set on fire are some of the acts that were committed last night outside of the Staples Center. In addition to that, innocent people driving on their streets were victims of almost having their cars tipped over; while other local businesses were victims of severe vandalism, damage and theft.

Dozens injured (including six police officers) and about 25 people arrested.

Shameful.