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Jane Eliza Madden Born 21, Nov 1859 Killed by being run over by an omnibus 19 Nov, 1871
All little Children that survey The emblem'd Wheel that crush'd me down, Be cautious as you careless play, For shafts of death fly thick around. Still rapid drives the car of time Whose wheels some day shall crush us all. The cold low bed which here is mine, Shall somewhere be of great and small, —Death is certain; the Hour unseen.
Cat gasses family
A family in the Italian town of Pinerolo is recovering from gas poisoning after their cat got caught in the home's heating system chimney and caused carbon monoxide to spread around the living room. Firefighters found the family cat roasted to death, stuck in the chimney (The Age (Melbourne), December 2001).
Court case examines liability of administrators in “dangerous” sports
A Sydney court case concerning a football player paralysed in 1982 is examining aspects of the duty of care of administrators in sports. In 1982 the Sydney amateur rugby union player was hooker in the front row of a scrum, which collapsed leaving him paralysed. He is suing the NSW Rugby Union and his former club for unspecified millions of dollars, alleging that they knew the rules of the game exposed front row player forwards to unnecessary risk. The rules for scrums subsequently changed to protect front row players from neck and spinal injury. The plaintiff's lawyer has argued that if the laws had been in place at the time he would not have been injured. In a previous, similar case, two players injured in 1986 and 1987 had sued the International Rugby Board but had lost the case on the grounds that the board was too remote from the administration of the game in NSW and therefore had no duty of care to the players. The argument was made that danger is often part of the attraction for players, that the decision to participate was made freely, and that with autonomy came responsibility. The judge in the case has indicated that the issues raised in the case could be applied across all dangerous sports (The Australian (Sydney), February 2002).
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