Morning Briefing, 19th January

Dia Duit,

The Govt is to publish the Children’s Rights Amendment today (Breakingnews). Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said he will only go ahead with the referendum if he gets all-party consensus on the wording.

The 5 axle ban comes into effect in Dublin (RTÉ) AA Roadwatch says the introduction of a ban on five-axle trucks travelling through Dublin city centre has had an impact on M50 traffic this morning.

The US Senate is try and find new avenues of limiting Bush’s power in Iraq (France 24) Leading Democrats touted a proposal that would revoke the October 2002 authorization that allowed Bush to invade Iraq.

Germany is the latest country to cancel footbal games over hooliganism (BBC)

Germany has also jailed a Holocaust denier (Al Jazeera)

A prominent far-right acvtivist has been sentenced to five years in prison for Holocaust denial by a German court.

Ernst Zuendel was extradited from Canada and on Thursday was handed the maximum possible sentence under German law for the crime in the southwestern town of Mannheim.

The court said it had counted 14 instances on Zuendel’s Internet homepage where he denied the historical facts of the Holocaust and incited anti-Semitism

The 67-year-old has previously published works entitled The Hitler We Loved and Why and Did six million really die?

Thats it for now, have a good day!!

Morning Briefing, 14th December

Morning all,

Political Parties will outline their stratigies to combat homelessness tonight in TCD according to BreakingNews.ie

Brazil is bidding to host the World Cup in 2014 according to France 24

Turkey is upset with EU sanctions on negiating talks according to the International Herald Tribunal

Mary Harness was a contest in Podge and Rodge’s Ballydung Idol last night on RTÉ 2. Thank god she only last 43 seconds!!!!

CNN reports that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran, said “trend for the existence of the Zionist regime is downwards” and the ‘Zionist regime will soon be wiped out’

Thats it for this morning have a good day!

Kick Homophobia Out of Football

From gay.com

Anti-gay footie fans face police bust
Stewart Who?

8 December, 2006

In response to requests by the gay rights group OutRage!, the Met Police are putting in place an action plan to prevent the planned homophobic abuse of Ashley Cole this Sunday at the Chelsea match at Stamford Bridge.

It is one of their biggest operations against footie fans who fuel a culture of homophobic chants and abuse. It’s the last taboo in football and the inspiration behind GAY.com’s Kick Homophobia Out of Football campaign.

Cole previously played for Arsenal and many Gunners fans are angered by his defection to rival team Chelsea FC.

“Arsenal has, so far, failed to take any action to stop the fan’s planned homophobic attacks on Cole,” said Peter Tatchell.

In a letter to Arsenal managing director, Keith Edelman, Tatchell highlighed the issues at stake:

“Jibes and ridicule by fans are acceptable, but not when they involve racism or homophobia. Bigotry has no place in football,” Mr Tatchell added.

“Earlier this year, Cole was the subject of gay rumours, which included allegations involving the use of a mobile phone. Cole denied the allegations and won a legal case in court.

“Nevertheless, Arsenal fans continue to abuse him about his sexuality, chanting ‘Ashley Cole is a rent boy’ and other homophobic insults.

“The fans’ website, Arsenal World, encourages club supporters to take blow-up mobile phones to the Chelsea v Arsenal match this Sunday, in order to taunt Cole over the gay rumours.

“They are also urging fans to download and print-out fake £20 notes, which replace the image of HM The Queen with an image of a tiara-wearing Ashley Cole in drag.

“Many years ago racist football fans took blow-up bananas to matches to abuse black players. They also brandished ‘sambo’ images.

“To taunt Cole, this Sunday many Arsenal fans plan to brandish blow-up phones and fake £20 notes depicting ‘Queen Ashley.’

“Racist and homophobic abuse are both equally sickening and unacceptable.

“There is nothing wrong with a bit of banter by football fans. Much of it is clever, imaginative and very funny. Having moved to a rival club, Ashley Cole has to expect ridicule from Arsenal fans. But taunts involving racism or homophobia are a taunt too far. Racist mockery is wrong, and so is anti-gay mockery.

“OutRage! has written to the Football Association, and to Chelsea and Arsenal football clubs. We are calling on them to condemn homophobic taunts against Cole and to penalise the perpetrators.

“Gay players, or those imagined to be gay, have a right to expect firm action against homophobia, in the same way that football clubs now take firm action against racism.

“The ugliness of homophobia is incompatible with the beautiful game,” said Mr Tatchell.

The police have agreed to all of the demands made by Outrage. Police and Chelsea stewards will be searching all Arsenal fans as they enter the stadium and confiscating homophobic materials.

They will be leafleting and postering the stadium with anti-homophobic messages, including on the big screen.

CCTV cameras will be trained on Arsenal fans to gather evidence for later prosecutions and / or match bans. For this purpose, additional police evidence gathering teams will be deployed at the match.

Chelsea and Arsenal FC’s plan to make a public statement deploring homophobia, in advance of the match.

I cant find these statements at the moment so ill post them up when I find them!

Petition To Geoff Thompson, Chair of the Football Association and Rt Hon Richard Caborn MP, Minister of State (Sport).

In light of the recent homophobic comments made by both professional football players and supporters on and off the pitch we the undersigned, call upon you to acknowledge the problem of homophobia in football and ask that you to work together to implement a zero tolerance towards all homophobic comments whether on the pitch or the terraces. This should include ensuring that football clubs enforce bans on homophobic actions in their ground regulations and provide proper policing and stewarding to remove offenders from the ground.

To sign the petition click here

‘Gay Friendly’ Football club

Tottenham Hotspur have become the English Premierships first “gay friendly” football club, by launching a campaign against homophobic fans.
Officals at White Heart Lane want to drive out sickening chants aimed at opposing players over their sexuality.
Club spokesman Peter Secchi said “We are fully aware of the spate of homophobic songs and chants that have been creeping into the game lately.
It is something that should be driven out of the sport.
“We will print a warning in our match programme to remind fans that kind of abuse will not be tolerated
Its something we have spoken to the Premier League about and we hope this lead is followed by other clubs”.
Homosexuality is still a major taboo in football but Spurs hope to change that .
Tottenham will make it even easier for fans to stop homophobic hooligans .The club will publish a number to text ,with the seat and whereabouts of thugs who make anti gay taunts.

original here