Monday, March 27, 2006

Stubbs attacks foreign influence

Everton defender Alan Stubbs has urged the Football Association to take disciplinary action against players who encourage referees to book opponents.

Stubbs was furious after Luis Garcia urged referee Phil Dowd to book David Weir in their 3-1 defeat at Liverpool.

He said: "It's crept into our game lately but it's a foreign thing.

"Garcia only did it once, but their foreign players speak good English. It's not as if they don't understand what they're doing."

Everton had seven players booked in a game which also contained two dismissals for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and Stubbs' team-mate Andy van der Meyde.

He added: "The foreign players have brought a lot of good things to the Premiership but a lot of the other side as well.

"It's up to the authorities to see it for what it is and do something about it.

"All we can do to stop it out on the pitch is say to them, 'What are you doing, rolling around trying to get others booked?'

"Ask any British player, and it's the last thing they want to see - players running up to the ref, shouting and waving for cards to be shown.

"There's just no place for it. It's hard enough staying on the pitch at times without people going round trying to get you sent off for trivial things. It's not a 'man' thing."

Stubbs said: "If Kevin Kilbane had rolled around on the floor after Gerrard fouled him, there would have been even more action taken. Kevin just got straight up. He's an honest player."

Shooting Dogs gets world premiere

Rwandan genocide film Shooting Dogs will have its world premiere at a football stadium in the capital Kigali on Monday in front of 5,000 guests.

The audience will include survivors and families of the victims of the 1994 massacres and President Paul Kagame.

The film features hundreds of Rwandans, including some genocide survivors.

It centres on events at a school complex in Kigali in 1994 when the militia attacked people hiding inside after the UN pulled out of the site.

Directed by Michael Caton-Jones, it stars John Hurt as a priest and Hugh Dancy as a teacher who have to decide whether to leave the Rwandans to their fate and save themselves or stand with them and face the consequences.

UK release

"I am delighted that Shooting Dogs will be shown in Kigali," said the Rwandan minister of culture, youth and sports, Joseph Habineza.

"The film-making was a most rewarding experience for the thousands of Rwandans who participated."

"The story that is told in the film is an important contribution to this country's recent history and I believe can help in the process of reconciliation that we have been building in Rwanda for more than a decade," he added.

The UK premiere will take place on Thursday in London, ahead of its nationwide release on Friday.

Microsoft warns on browser bugs

Microsoft has urged users to be wary as three newly discovered bugs leave people open to attack while using the net.

All three bugs affect the software firm's Internet Explorer browser.

Security firms said the vulnerabilities were already being targeted by malicious hackers keen to catch out unsuspecting users.

Microsoft said it would produce patches for the vulnerabilities in its next security update due on 11 April.

Attack vector

The first of the problems discovered in Internet Explorer will simply make the browser program crash if it is used to visit a specially crafted webpage.

The other two vulnerabilities are potentially more serious because they can be used to take control of a victim's computer.

Already, said security firms, specially written websites and hijacked servers were being used to host the malicious code that uses the loopholes to invade vulnerable machines.

In security bulletins about the trio of bugs, Microsoft played down the threat and said: "The attacks are limited in scope for now".

Microsoft usually issues security updates on the second Tuesday of every month and its security team is working towards this date, 11 April, to produce patches for the bugs. However, it said the patches would be released earlier if the threat grew significantly.

Those using the patched versions of IE bundled with Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 are vulnerable to these bugs. People trying out the Beta 2 version of Internet Explorer 7 are safe.

To avoid falling victim, Microsoft urged users to avoid websites they did not trust and to refrain from opening attachments on e-mail messages from unknown senders.