Looks like FIFA may be breaking their own Code of Ethics….

BBC Poppy photoSo, FIFA have decided to fine British soccer teams for wearing or displaying poppies earlier this year. Well it seems they’ve gone against their own Code of Ethics.

As a disinterested soccer bystander I thought I’d take a look at their website, fifa.com.

What struck me most was the anonymity of it all, you can only contact them in writing or by filling in a form. None of the 103 employees has a public email address.

Looking a little deeper though, I did find The FIFA Code of Ethics, and section 23 has the  following:

23 Non-discrimination

Persons bound by this Code may not offend the dignity or integrity of a country, private person or group of people through contemptuous, discriminatory or denigratory words or actions on account of race, skin colour, ethnic, national or social origin, gender, language, religion, political opinion or any other opinion, wealth, birth or any other status, sexual orientation or any other reason.

Well, that seems pretty cut and dried to me. FIFA have offended the dignity of Britain and me by their actions, and have contravened their own code.

I suggest the government and, for that matter, the British Legion should take FIFA for every pound they can get.

While they’re at it, they may want to look at the blatant advertising on all shirts and throughout the stadia. I only mention that as this morning’s FIFA statement says “In the stadium and on the pitch, there is only room for sport, nothing else.

Irish Newspapers Will Now Be Ignored

The following article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com.

This newsletter often points to interesting articles available elsewhere on the web. I usually give a 2- or 3-sentence introduction, followed by a link to the article of interest. According to a coalition of Irish newspapers, if I provide a link to an Irish newspaper, I am a pirate.

The National Newspapers of Ireland has adopted a new policy. Any website which links to one of the 15 NNI member newspapers will have to pay a minimum of 300 Euros ($395 US dollars), with the license fee going up if you post more links. See http://goo.gl/K3Oj3 for the details.

Note that this is not a fee to post an excerpt or some punitive measure for the copying of an entire article. No, the NNI wants to charge for links alone. It doesn’t apply just to newsletters or web sites, the NNI wants to charge the same fee to ANYONE who even posts a single link in a Twitter message or any other message in any public place on the Internet. That includes Facebook, all blogs, all web pages, and perhaps anyplace else online!

This is one of the most stupid ideas I have read in recent times. The National Newspapers of Ireland obviously has no idea how the web works and also has no concept of the amount of valuable publicity that links to their members’ newspapers can provide.

Online news site Slashdot suggests this is an elaborate way to commit suicide.

Whatever the reasons, I will abide by this rule. I will no longer refer to any Irish newspaper web site until the National Newspapers of Ireland wakes up and rescinds this foolishness.

Investigating this madness a little further, I discovered an Irish Solicitor who agrees with Dick.

Tax Soft Drinks?

A quick search for the prices charged for soft drinks came up with the following at http://www.ciao.co.uk/sr/q-coca+cola:

Coca-Cola – between £ 7.98 & £ 24.11
Coca-Cola (Diet) – between £ 8.73 & £ 24.11

These prices are for 24x330ml cans but they show such a wide variation that it is obvious the market isn’t price sensitive.

Consumption estimates vary but it’s fairly safe to assume 2-3 million cans are sold in the UK each day and that’s just Coca-Cola!

Assuming CC have about 20% of the UK carbonated drink market we are actually looking at a total market of 10-15 million cans per day!

Add  a tax of 10p per can and suddenly we have £1-1.5 million pounds per day!

Every little helps!…… Anyone like to have a think about chewing gum?