In jail, Karnan lives off fish curry and law

first_imgIt is now more than two months since former Calcutta High Court judge C.S. Karnan was arrested and lodged in Kolkata’s Presidency Jail. The controversial former judge, who reportedly threatened police officers with legal action when they came to arrest him in Coimbatore in June, appears to have mellowed with time. Justice Karnan was awarded a six-month prison sentence by the Supreme Court for contempt of court in May 2017.Overcoming the initial despondency of his first few days in jail, Justice Karnan is now mostly in a jovial mood, sources said. “He is treated with respect by the jail officials and inmates alike, and is on cordial terms with them,” Justice Karnan’s lawyer Mathews J. Nedumpara told The Hindu. Time passes rather more leisurely in jail, unlike the days he spent at his Kolkata residence mostly occupied with the contempt motion initiated against him by the Supreme Court, and in briefing the press on it. With ample time on his hands, he has “gone back to his days as a law student.” Lawyer’s robe“Now Justice Karnan spends his days mostly reading judgements and books on law, in his preparation to work as a lawyer after his release,” said Mr. Nedumpara.Justice Karnan has also developed a taste for Bengali food in jail, especially rice and fish curry, which has made matters easier for him since they are common to both south Indian and Bengali food.last_img read more

Chinese Fans Miffed at NBA But Not Enough to Skip a Game

first_imgShenzhen: Thousands of Chinese basketball fans cheered on the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets at an NBA exhibition game in the city of Shenzhen on Saturday night – but some warned the organization to stay out of politics.Daryl Morey, general manager of another team, the Houston Rockets, voiced support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong in a tweet last week, prompting Chinese sponsors and partners to cut ties with the NBA. China is estimated to be worth more than $4 billion for the NBA, so the stakes are high.Outside the arena on Saturday, some protesters waved Chinese flags and others held admonitory red signs. “Morey must apologize to China,” read one. Another said: “Violations of national sovereignty will not be tolerated”.China has accused the West of stirring up anti-Beijing sentiment in Hong Kong, where large and at times violent anti-government protesters have gained momentum over the past four months.State media characterized Morey’s tweet – which read “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” – as meddling in China’s affairs. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver defended it on Tuesday, further angering Beijing.A 20-year-old Chinese university student at Saturday’s game, who would only give his English name, Andy, was unfazed by the controversy and blamed foreign media for stirring things up.”Sport is a pure thing and I’m not going to stop going because Morey spoke about things he doesn’t understand,” he said.”If the NBA became harmful to China’s interests, we would reject it. But this wouldn’t be such a big deal if you foreign media would shut up about it.”The protests in the former British colony began in opposition to a bill allowing extradition to mainland China but have since evolved into broader calls for democracy.Hong Kong returned to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula guaranteeing it wide-ranging autonomy.One man with a sign in Chinese saying “NBA get out of China” had it ripped up by police.”Take care of your safety and belongings, please don’t display any banners or signs inside,” organizers broadcast as people entered.As game time approached, Phoebe, a 22-year-old chemistry student in a Lakers jersey, said she would not have come if she didn’t already have a ticket. “The U.S. needs to understand it can’t meddle in other country’s politics. If the NBA does this again I’d rather it would leave the country.”Jin, a 26-year-old property manager who came across the border from Hong Kong with a friend to attend the game, felt a bit nervous. Asked if he had considered not coming because of the controversy, he paused as police strolled by.”Well, it’s the Lakers and the Nets, they’ve got strong lineups this year, so…” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Brooklyn NetsChinahong kongHouston Rockets First Published: October 13, 2019, 12:08 PM ISTlast_img read more

Sourav Ganguly picks his favourite Virat Kohli knock: 133* vs Sri Lanka at Hobart

first_imgSuperstar batsman Virat Kohli is a master of run-chases and every other team in the world is aware of this fact by now. Limited-overs cricket is where Kohli puts on an exhibition of his talent and skill with the bat every time he is at the crease chasing a target. (Why is Virat Kohli such a formidable chaser of targets?)Out of the 25 one-day hundreds that Kohli has made so far, 15 have come while chasing, out of which he has struck 13 tons in a winning cause for India. Kohli averages 86.15 while chasing in ODIs and has the highest score of 183, which he scored against Pakistan in the Asia Cup at Dhaka in 2012.But it’s still not considered to be his best knock. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who himself was a genius in the 50-over format, also doesn’t rate Kohli’s 183 as his best. According to Ganguly, the unbeaten 133 that Kohli made against Sri Lanka in 2013 is his most favourite Kohli innings till date. (Run-machine Virat Kohli is the best in ODI format, by far)”He’s got so many hundreds and most have come in match-winning situations. It’s tough for me to pick one. When you get 25 ODI hundreds it is very difficult to remember all of them but I think the one in Hobart against Sri Lanka was a special innings,” Ganguly told India Today. (Kohli a much better chaser than Dhoni, Bevan. The numbers prove it)”I saw that innings in 2013 when he was still a young batsman, it was masterful. The way he hit Lasith Malinga and the way he treated Malinga since then, he looked a completely different bowler when Virat was at the crease.advertisement”He’s such a special one-day player and the amount of runs he has scored overseas in tough conditions is unreal. As I said when you get 25 tons it’s very difficult to count them in 1 and 10 in order but for me what stands out is that all those hundreds have made India win cricket matches so that’s why they are special,” the ‘Prince of Kolkata’ added. (Also Read:Kohli, Dhoni, Rahane proudly wear their mothers’ name on jerseys)India were facing a do-or-die situation against Sri Lanka in the 11th match of the Commonwealth Bank triangular series in Australia. Put in to bat by Dhoni, the Lankans posted a mammoth 320/4 in 50 overs thanks to Tillakaratne Dilshan’s unbeaten 160 and a quickfire 87-ball 105 from Kumar Sangakkara. India had to chase down the daunting target in 40 overs to stay alive in the series.KOHLI MASTERCLASS STUNS SLThat’s when Kohli walked in at No.4 position and played one of the greatest knocks in ODI history. Kohli made an absolute mockery of the target and smashed an unbeaten 133 in just 86 balls with the help of 16 boundaries and two massive sixes against a formidable Sri Lankan bowling attack lead by Lasith Malinga.Kohli first added 115 runs for the third wicket with Gautam Gambhir (63) and then combined with Suresh Raina (40*), who had the best seat in the house, to add another 120 runs as India won the match in just 36.4 overs with 7 wickets in hand and stayed in the race for a place in the final.Sadly though, Sri Lanka beat Australia in the next match by a huge margin and edged India out for a place in the finals along with the hosts. The series was won by Australia with two wins out of three in the finals but it was Kohli’s innings which was the highlight of the series that year.The way he played against Malinga during that knock was something which nobody had ever seen before. Malinga is known for his death-bowling skills with the yorker and slower deliveries being his main weapons along with a slinging action. But Kohli completely destroyed Malinga’s reputation and smashed 44 runs from the 15 deliveries that he had faced from Sri Lanka’s best bowler. This also included an over where Kohli scored 24 runs (2, 6, 4, 4, 4, 4) against Malinga.Former Australian cricketers who were in the commentary box and the fans present at the Bellerive Oval had not witnessed something like that before. It was probably the most extraordinary run-chase witnessed on the Australian soil.last_img read more

Wimbledon: Djokovic vs Nadal semi-final thriller suspended after 3rd set

first_imgNovak Djokovic clawed his way to a two sets to one lead over great rival Rafael Nadal under the Centre Court roof before their scintillating Wimbledon semi-final was paused with the contest balanced on a knife-edge on Friday.With the clock slipping past 11pm the official curfew time for action at the All England Club to end for the day Djokovic survived three set points in a gripping tiebreak before outlasting Nadal in a 17-stroke rally to edge ahead in the match.Battle will resume at 1200GMT on Saturday with the Serbian three-time champion 6-4 3-6 7-6(9) ahead and needing one more set to book a Sunday showdown with South African Kevin Anderson.The eighth seed earlier won the longest-ever Wimbledon semi-final in a test of endurance with American John Isner that finished 26-24 in the fifth set after six hours and 36 minutes.South Africa’s Kevin Anderson wins longest Wimbledon semifinal in historyFollowing a three-year wait for Djokovic and Nadal to continue their Grand Slam rivalry and then an afternoon caged in the locker room while the Anderson and Isner marathon unfolded, they were finally let loose at gone 8pm with the roof closed.With David Attenborough, the doyen of countless BBC nature documentaries, a guest in the Royal Box, the two players tore into each other from the start like hungry lions.Nearly three punishing hours later they both left Centre Court with their title hopes still intact.The exhausted Anderson can only hope that another two sets of equal ferocity are required on Saturday. Then he might stand half a chance of a first Grand Slam title on Sunday.advertisementPROLIFIC RIVALRYDjokovic and Nadal had met 51 times before Saturdays semi-final the most prolific rivalry in mens tennis.But they had not shared a Grand Slam stage since Djokovic inflicted a bitter defeat on Nadal at Roland Garros in 2015.The 31-year-old Serb, who leads their head-to-head series 26-25 but trails 12-17 in Grand Slam titles, has been in the doldrums for a year but in the past fortnight has rekindled the inner fire that once enabled him to barge Roger Federer and Nadal aside at the top of mens tennis.There was no easing into Saturday’s 15th Grand Slam meeting between the pair. It was full tilt from the first point.When the opening three games lasted 16 minutes it was clear the three-hour window to finish the match was insufficient.Striking the ball clean and true, Djokovic pressurised Nadal and broke in the seventh game when the Spaniard netted a forehand. Djokovic sealed a sensational first set in 47 minutes.Second seed Nadal saved a break point at the start of the second set and celebrated holding serve with a trademark upper-cut fist pump.With Djokovic hitting the lines with relentless regularity, Nadal saved two more break points at 1-1 then seized the initiative to punish Djokovic for his first lapse.The 12th-seeded Serb broke back immediately with a dipping forehand but Nadal replied with another break which proved decisive as he levelled the match.If anything the quality went up another notch under the lights in a third set that went with serve to the tiebreak.Djokovic led 5-3 but Nadal won a 23-stroke exchange with a dropshot to lead 6-5. Djokovic saved that set point but Nadal earned another with a whipped forehand winner.Again Djokovic resisted, and again at 8-7 down. Nadal saved one set point himself but Djokovic earned one more and forced an error after another long rally to grab the overnight lead.last_img read more

Mein Schiff 1 to Enter Dry Dock in April

first_imgzoom Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven has been awarded a contract for dry docking work on the 76,998 GRT Mein Schiff 1. The contract was signed yesterday at the international trade fair Cruise Shipping Miami by TUI Cruises CEO Richard J. Vogel and Lloyd Werft chairmen Rüdiger Pallentin and Carsten J. Haake.When Mein Schiff 1 discharges her passengers on April 24th at the Columbus Cruise Centre in Bremerhaven some Lloyd Werft workers will already be on board and will have carried out preliminary work in preparation for the ship’s docking.Along with the usual standard jobs necessary for class renewal at Lloyds Register of Shipping, the ship will also undergo inspection of all sea-cocks, shafts and rudders and, above all, the overhaul of both stabilisers and five bow and stern thrusters.The entire ship will also be painted and tank steel repairs carried out. Lloyd Werft however expects the biggest and most challenging job will be the extensive work on the “feel good” cruise ship’s air conditioning system. Two on-board cold water chillers, the work including changes to the footings and work on the piping system.Rüdiger Pallentin said “We are well acquainted with Mein Schiff 1 from the time she was extensively converted here five years ago and we could not be better equipped to handle her now“.“We have great faith in the ability of Lloyd Werft to return the ship to her scheduled time-table in just eight days“, said Richard J. Vogel, TUI Cruises CEO. “Guests will go on board “Mein Schiff 1″ again at the Columbuskaje on May 3rd”, he added.Lloyd Werft has just eight days to complete the technically demanding project in the big Kaiserdock. March 13, 2014last_img read more

Melbourne’s New RoRo Terminal Opens for Business

first_imgzoom The first phase of Australia’s largest RoRo and automotive terminal at Webb Dock West in Melbourne was officially launched on April 10, the Melbourne International RoRo and Automotive Terminal (MIRRAT) confirmed.MIRRAT was awarded the rights to design, construct and operate the new terminal, as part of the country’s AUD 1.6 billion (USD 1.2 billion) Port Capacity Project, in July 2014 by the Port of Melbourne Corporation.Under the first phase of the project, a new 185,000 square metres facility north of the current Webb Dock West car terminal was constructed, while the second phase will see the incorporation of the current automotive terminal at the south end of Webb Dock West from January 1, 2018, taking the total size of the facility to 355,000 square metres.Once finished, the facility will have a capacity to handle up to a million units per annum and, with a total berth length of 920 metres, it will capable of accommodating three vessels at the same time, MIRRAT said.The facility will also include a 8000 square metres fully enclosed and weather proof cargo storage area, a maintenance area and truck parking facilities.The project is expected to increase the number of vehicles handled by the port of Melbourne from the 2013 level of 370,000 vehicles to some 600,000 cars in 2025, and eventually to one million vehicles in 2040, the company said.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Attempt to break into Democratic Party voter data thwarted

first_imgCHICAGO – An attempt to break into the Democratic National Committee’s massive voter database has been thwarted, a party official said Wednesday, two years after Russian operatives sent the party into disarray by hacking into its computers and facilitating the release of tens of thousands of emails amid the presidential election.A web security firm using artificial intelligence uncovered the attempt. The DNC was notified Tuesday, it said. Hackers had created a fake login page to gather usernames and passwords in an effort to gain access to the Democratic Party’s voter file, a party official said. The file contains information on tens of millions of voters. The attempt was quickly thwarted by suspending the attacker’s account, and no information was compromised, the official said. The FBI was notified.The official wasn’t authorized to speak about sensitive security information and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.Government and tech officials say it’s too early to know who was behind the attempt. The FBI declined to comment to the AP.The attempt comes as Democrats gather for their summer meeting. The party’s cybersecurity has been an issue since the 2016 presidential election, when Russian hackers compromised DNC servers and publicly revealed internal communications that exploited divisions between Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns as the two candidates vied for the Democratic presidential nomination. Hackers also accessed the email accounts of Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, and systematically released the contents throughout the fall campaign.It also comes a day after Microsoft announced it had uncovered similarly fraudulent websites created by Kremlin agents that spoofed two conservative outfits that are foes of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, presumably to trick unwitting visitors into surrendering credentials.Bob Lord, the DNC’s chief security officer, said the attempt showed how serious the cyberthreat is and why it’s critical that state and federal officials work together on security.“This attempt is further proof that there are constant threats as we head into midterm elections and we must remain vigilant in order to prevent future attacks,” Lord said in a statement.He said President Donald Trump isn’t doing enough to protect American democracy. Previously, Trump mocked the DNC’s cybersecurity and cast doubt on U.S. intelligence officials’ findings that Russia was involved.At a previously scheduled election security briefing Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the quick response to the attempted DNC hack showed that the system was working “and that different entities understand who to reach out to,” she said.“Any attack on a political party or a campaign is important for us all to take seriously,” she said, emphasizing the government was doing all it could to help protect election systems ahead of the midterm elections. At stake is control of Congress, which could potentially switch from Republican to Democrat.Amid the news, a Senate committee abruptly postponed a Wednesday vote on legislation to help states prevent against election hacking, frustrating Democrats and at least one Republican on the panel.The vote was put off by the Senate Rules and Administration Committee after a bipartisan group of lawmakers spent months negotiating the legislation. The bill would aim to protect state election infrastructure by requiring that all states use backup paper ballots and conduct audits after elections, among other measures. It would also require DHS to immediately notify states if the federal government is aware that a state election system has been breached.A Senate Republican aide said the vote was postponed because secretaries of state had complained about certain provisions, including the type of audits the bill would require. The aide said additional Republican support would be necessary to move the legislation out of committee. The aide was not authorized to speak about the committee’s reasoning and spoke on condition of anonymity.Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, one of the bill’s sponsors, said after the vote’s postponement: “Congressional inaction is unacceptable.”The bill “will help states take necessary steps to further prepare our election infrastructure for the possibility of interference from not just Russia, but other possible adversaries like Iran or North Korea or a hacktivist group,” Lankford said.The DNC committee attempt wasn’t mentioned at a Senate hearing on election security Wednesday, according to senators who were present.States have been scrambling to secure their election systems since it was revealed that Russian hackers targeted election systems in at least 21 states in 2016, though the number is likely greater. There has been no indication any vote tallies were changed. Nielsen said at the briefing that states should have auditing systems in part as a safeguard so the public knows the vote tallies can be trusted.In Tuesday’s incident, a scanning tool deployed by the San Francisco security company Lookout detected a masquerading website designed to harvest the passwords of users of the login page of NGP VAN, a technology provider used by the Democrats and other liberal-leaning political organizations, said Mike Murray, the company’s vice-president of security intelligence. He said he contacted the DNC.The tool, which leverages artificial intelligence, has been in development for a year and wasn’t tasked to scan any sites in particular but instead to identify phishing sites based on typical attributes, Murray said.“This is the beauty of AI: It finds things that humans don’t know to look for,” he said.He said the tool notified Lookout before the impostor page had even been populated with content. “As soon as we realized how fast it was developing, I decided to reach out to contacts that I know at the DNC.” Murray also contacted the website hosting company, Digital Ocean.Ross Rustici, senior director for intelligence services at Cybereason in Boston, said a voter database is a juicy target for anyone trying to exacerbate political divisions in the U.S. or gain insight on political opponents.“The data housed in these types of databases would be incredibly useful both for domestic opposition research as well as for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes,” he said.___Long reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Mary Clare Jalonick in Washington, Frank Bajak in Boston and Mike Balsamo in Los Angeles contributed to this report.last_img read more

Swiss museum laments Facebook ban of images of naked statues

GENEVA — A Geneva art museum says Facebook has banned using images of a nearly-naked Venus statue and a nude, kneeling man that it had hoped to post on the social media platform to promote an upcoming exhibit.The Museum of Art and History used Twitter to say it had wanted to promote the 3-1/2 month run of “Caesar and the Rhone” that opens Friday using the two images, but Facebook “prevented us from it, because of their nudity.”The museum put the images on Twitter on Friday with the French word for “censored” over their private parts, adding: “Maybe it’s time that this platform changes its policy for museums and cultural institutions?”Facebook didn’t immediately respond to an email from the Associated Press seeking comment.The Associated Press read more

Emmywinning Hamilton director arrives home

It may involve basic math, but it’s part of an award-wining equation. The animated kid’s show “Peg + Cat” won three daytime Emmy awards yesterday, including outstanding preschool children’s animated program, and Hamilton director Cory Bobiak is fresh off the plane from accepting the award in Los Angeles.“It was pretty surreal, like a giant expensive wedding. It was about 1,260 people in the audience,” said Bobiak.The show teaches preschool children math in a creative way. It was up against some tough competition like Disney, but Bobiak credits “Peg + Cat’s” creative touches for winning the Emmys.He says he draws inspiration from his two young kids who are pretty impressed with their dad’s award.“I think it’s really cool. I don’t know why, but to see him the next morning after he won the Emmy. I was really surprised for my mom to tell me that,” said his daughter, Frankie.“Peg + Cat” isn’t even through its first season, but with the newly-acquired hardware, Bobiak says the show has its fingers crossed that it will be making a second.The reason Bobiak didn’t have the Emmy award at home is because the show’s creator took home the statue, however Bobiak will also get one. It’s currently being engraved and will be sent to him.If you want to catch the award-winning “Peg + Cat,” it can be found on Treehouse. read more

Annan names new aides on Africa conference management

Legwaila Joseph Legwaila, before serving as Special Representative for the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), was Botswana’s Ambassador to the UN.The 69-year old diplomat worked previously for the Botswana presidency. Between 1989 and 1990, he was the UN’s Deputy Special Representative in Namibia.Among many other postings, he worked as Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) for South Africa, and Special Envoy of the Chairman of the Frontline States to Lesotho. He also served as his country’s High Commissioner to Guyana in 1981, High Commissioner to Jamaica in 1982 and Ambassador to Cuba in 1983.Yohannes Mengesha of Ethiopia, the new Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management, is leaving his current post as Director in the Office of the Deputy Secretary-General.Mr. Mengesha, who joined the UN in 1976 as a project officer for the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Eastern Caribbean Office, has served the Organization in various capacities including Regional Manager for the WFP Eastern and Southern Africa Bureau; Senior Adviser in the Department of Humanitarian Affairs; and Director of the Iraq Programme in the same department. read more

PODCAST Get Ready Goodman event announced on Good Morning Goodman

1:07 – Congratulations to BioLinc Blueprint winners BISEP and Campus Brainiac1:55 – Registration open for Get Ready Goodman4:11 – Department of Residences hiring a Business Peer Mentor4:45 – Good luck to students competing at DECA International Career Development Conference5:26 – Instagram Takeover – Rudy Ambrosio5:45 – BUAC hiring IT/Design Director Good Morning Goodman continues this week with co-hosts Susan LeBlanc and Najlaa Rauf announcing that Goodman students in their final year of study are invited to Get Ready Goodman which will take place on April 21. This inaugural event includes a full day of programming with career development modules and information students need to know as they get ready to leave university and begin their careers. Registration is open on CareerZone.LeBlanc and Rauf wish luck to the Goodman students who are getting ready to travel to Washington, D.C. to compete internationally at DECA’s International Career Development Conference from April 16-19 and congratulate Brock graduate Daniel Bordenave (Bkin ’11, MSc ’15) and Brock students Harrison Olajos and Madi Fuller on winning awards at BioLinc’s Blueprint competition for their innovative business ideas.The Brock University Accounting Conference is currently hiring an IT Design Director for next year’s team. This position involves assisting with the website and photography and is a great way to get involved in this annual competition which brings together accounting students from all over Canada.Other volunteer positions for the upcoming year include a business peer mentor in the Department of Residence’s Living Learning Communities program.This the last podcast episode of Good Morning Goodman for the academic year. The series will return in September 2016.This is the latest in the Good Morning Goodman series which updates the Goodman School of Business community weekly on important news and events. read more

Theres A Difference Between Broke And Bankrupt For ExNFL Players

Torre’s segment begins at 42:00. Embed Code It’s worth mentioning, for the uninitiated, that NBER working papers have not yet been peer reviewed.3Full disclosure: In college, my introductory economics professor was Martin Feldstein, president emeritus of, yes, the National Bureau of Economic Research (and a man who, in his capacity as former chief economic adviser to President Ronald Reagan, inspired the creation of another, very different course). As the preamble to FiveThirtyEight’s In the Papers series perpetually explains, the papers’ “conclusions are preliminary (and occasionally flat-out wrong).” But as crude as the methodology of this particular study may be, it does seem to be a useful analysis of a defined subset of NFL draftees. Had the paper existed back when I reported that 2009 SI article on how and why athletes lose their money, I would’ve added it — caveats included — to the depressingly brief roll call of academic research in this field.And that’s why one of the paper’s other prominent findings, as announced in a note from the authors, was so jarring to read. “The result of our comprehensive research on bankruptcy risk among NFL players,” they wrote, “is quite different from a widely-cited Sports Illustrated article, which reported that 78 percent of former NFL players are bankrupt or under ‘financial stress’ within two years of retirement (Torre, 2009). After 2 years of retirement, only about 1.9 percent of players in our sample have filed for bankruptcy.”One blog used that first sentence as the basis of a headline. In terms of economist trash talk, this was basically the authors flexing.But their summary of the 78 percent statistic was incomplete. Here is what my SI story said: “Reports from a host of sources (athletes, players’ associations, agents and financial advisers) indicate that: By the time they have been retired for two years, 78 percent of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce.”I called up the California Institute of Technology’s Kyle Carlson, one of the authors of the working paper, and mentioned this discrepancy. I pointed out that excluding the details about joblessness and divorce helped mask the difficulty of measuring a personal, complex issue. Financial health cannot be comprehensively captured by whether a person filed for bankruptcy or not. That their results are “quite different” from, well, an entirely different study should be surprising to approximately zero people.Bankruptcy, by definition, is an elective legal proceeding wherein a person publicly admits an inability to pay outstanding debts. It is also a sufficient but absolutely not necessary condition for defining financial stress; for various reasons, bankruptcy and financial stress can even be mutually exclusive. In my reporting, I have met athlete after athlete who knew to avoid the headline-generating shame of a bankruptcy filing. Even if their finances remained a shambles. Even if they were, by any reasonable standard, broke.Consider former NBA guard Allen Iverson, or ex-NFL receiver Raghib “Rocket” Ismail — whose case, by no coincidence, leads off that SI story — both of whom never filed for bankruptcy despite squandering their pro fortunes.“Bankruptcy is only one measure of a person’s status,” Carlson admitted to me. “It’s what we could get data on. There are many other ways in which a person could be in financial trouble. You might think of our number as maybe a lower bound for the number of guys who are actually in trouble.”And yet what Carlson called a “narrow” academic paper was promising a definitive analysis of a larger, albeit related, problem. Due to the academic marketplace — “Publish or perish” is an idiom for a reason — working papers tend to be hungry and ambitious. The goal is to make it into a journal and contribute knowledge to the world. But it can be tough to find the kind of dramatic angle that makes for an eye-catching study.Measuring financial health just through bankruptcy would be the equivalent of, say, assessing the mental health of a population by just tracking suicide rates, ignoring any other indicators of psychological stress. Pain isn’t exclusively about disaster.You often hear data people say that sample size matters. It’s not just size, though; it’s also the quality of the sample itself. Yes, the authors tell us about 2,016 players who were drafted by NFL teams between 1996 and 2003. But thanks to the relative inaccessibility of data on undrafted players, they also left out every player who didn’t begin his career by shaking hands with an NFL executive on a televised stage. In 2013, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, 638 undrafted players were on active rosters for at least one game — a staggering 31.4 percent of the entire NFL. And that does not even include the drafted or undrafted players who never make it to an active roster, toiling instead on the practice squad or injured reserve.My 78 percent number from 2009 is limited in its own ways, admittedly. I did not conduct the study myself, and, as I told Carlson, I wish I had access to all its component parts. But the statistic was vetted by multiple NFL and NFL Players Association sources who asked not to be quoted or only be quoted anonymously. Several of them shared with me that the stat had been presented at confidential meetings they attended. It was the last, best estimate anyone in this industry had seen; in the six years since SI published the article, neither the PR-obsessed NFL nor the Players Association has disputed the number’s validity in public.What the NFL did instead was eventually market its own study, published months after my SI article in 2009, with findings that were more pessimistic than the NBER working paper’s but more optimistic than the ones in my article. The league supplied University of Michigan researchers with an even more rarified sample of players: pension-eligible retirees, meaning those who had played a minimum of three years. The average career length among those interviewed was 7.3 seasons, far longer than the NFL average.4The NFL says the average length of a player’s career is six years, but that only counts players who make it onto a club’s opening-day roster in their rookie year. Several non-league sources estimate that the average for all players is closer to three or four years. “We had no way to include players with shorter careers,” one of the Michigan authors, David Weir, wrote to me in 2012, “and I would certainly agree that they would be an interesting group to know more about.” That same year, I received an email from an NFL PR person with the following results for me to chew on: “45% (age 50+) and 48% (age 30-49) of retired players said that they have at some point ‘experienced significant losses in business or financial investments.’”None of this was a direct comparison to the number cited in my article, not even close. But said PR person nevertheless included his own note, colored in bright red font: “a far cry from 78 percent.”The NFL has already convinced thousands of men to devote themselves to the pursuit of a lifestyle that is unsustainable at best and fictional at worst. Some of the enablers of this dream include, but are not limited to: the league’s financial literacy programs, which have historically failed to instill basic principles; the NFL Players Association’s certification program for financial advisers, which supposedly vetted a number of moneymen who reportedly allowed players to lose more than $300 million in recent years; and the players themselves, who are pressured to exaggerate the opulence of their existence.Even academics are susceptible. “I don’t think there’s really a problem with either of our numbers,” Carlson told me. “They’re really measuring different things.”That last sentence isn’t a great headline, no. But it’s 100 percent true. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Listen: Pablo Torre Discusses His Piece On Our Sports Podcast Seven years ago, I started reporting a piece for Sports Illustrated on the financial health of NFL players — a whole lot of them went broke soon after leaving the league. Ever since then, I’ve been seeking reliable statistics to help define the scope of a complicated problem. Just how many athletes emerge financially imperiled once their pro salaries dry up?And so my brain’s wonkiest pleasure centers lit up recently when an economist friend emailed me a PDF that bills itself as a new, “comprehensive” study of that very issue. What I wasn’t expecting was for the study — in the course of selling itself to the public — to train its sights on me.Presenting the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Working Paper No. 21085, “Bankruptcy Rates Among NFL Players with Short-Lived Income Spikes.” The researchers who put it together used Pro-Football-Reference.com to compile a list of 2,016 players who were drafted by NFL teams between 1996 and 2003. They then gave that list to a third-party service,1Since the working paper itself did not explain how the researchers managed to unearth addresses for 2,016 men whose homes and employers were scattered across the country, I asked one of the authors, Kyle Carlson of the California Institute of Technology, how they managed it. He is the one who provided me with this information. asking it to search for recorded addresses that matched those names, and had another service scan for bankruptcy filings that fit both the names and the addresses.The study’s big finding: Of the 471 draftees2This total was also provided to me by Carlson. who had been retired for at least 12 years, 74, or 15.7 percent, had filed for bankruptcy by year 12. By Pablo S. Torre read more

BiH champion RK Borac Banja Luka on verge of bankruptcy

Seems that champion of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Banja Luka won’t survive this summer. Despite fantastic handball days in second largest city in BiH during Junior World Championship 2013 two weeks ago, the most succesful team in the handball history of this country – ex Champions Cup winner from 70″s is in serious financial problem. Debt is about 900.000 EUR and the whole Management Board resigned. Club Assembly didn’t made any conclusion at the two previous meetings and the team, who has to prepare for the VELUX EHF Champions League qualification, didn’t even start to practice for the upcoming season.What will happen with one of the oldest and most traditional handbal teams in Europe, it is still uknown, but current situation tells – nothing good… Banja LukaBiH handballRK Borac Banja Luka ← Previous Story Kasim Kamenica takes charge of RK Lovcen Cetinje Next Story → Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic ready to get back in TOP handball: “Waiting for serious offer” read more

Authorities unsure if theyll ever be able to question Boston suspect

first_imgUpdated 18:30AS THE LONE surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing lay hospitalized under heavy guard, Boston City Mayor Tom Menino has said that authorities do not know if they will ever be able to question Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as he remains in a serious condition in hospital.A legal issue may also hamper questioning, with the American Civil Liberties Union and a federal public defender raising concerns about investigators’ plans to question 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev without reading him his Miranda rights.What Tsarnaev will say and when are unclear. He remains in a serious condition today and apparently in no shape for interrogation after being pulled bloodied and wounded from a tarp-covered boat in a Watertown backyard. The capture came at the end of a tense Friday that began with his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, dying in a gunbattle with police.Miranda rightsUS officials said an elite interrogation team would question the Massachusetts college student without reading him his Miranda rights, something that is allowed on a limited basis when the public may be in immediate danger, such as when bombs are planted and ready to go off.ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero said the legal exception applies only when there is a continued threat to public safety and is “not an open-ended exception” to the Miranda rule, which guarantees the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney.The federal public defender’s office in Massachusetts said it has agreed to represent Tsarnaev once he is charged. Miriam Conrad, public defender for Massachusetts, said he should have a lawyer appointed as soon as possible because there are “serious issues regarding possible interrogation.”There was no immediate word on when Tsarnaev might be charged and what those charges would be. The twin bombings killed three people and wounded more than 180.No death penaltyThe most serious charge available to federal prosecutors would be the use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill people, which carries a possible death sentence. Massachusetts does not have the death penalty.President Barack Obama said there are many unanswered questions about the bombing, including whether the Tsarnaev brothers — ethnic Chechens from southern Russia who had been in the US for about a decade and lived in the Boston area — had help from others. The president urged people not to rush judgement about their motivations.Governor Deval Patrick said Saturday that Tsarnaev was probably unable to communicate. Tsarnaev was at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, where 11 victims of the bombing were still being treated.‘A million questions’“I, and I think all of the law enforcement officials, are hoping for a host of reasons the suspect survives,” the governor said after a ceremony at Fenway Park to honor the victims and survivors of the attack. “We have a million questions, and those questions need to be answered.”The all-day manhunt Friday brought the Boston area to a near standstill and put people on edge across the metropolitan area.The break came around nightfall when a homeowner in Watertown saw blood on his boat, pulled back the tarp and saw a bloody Tsarnaev hiding inside, police said. After an exchange of gunfire, he was seized and taken away in an ambulance.This image from last Friday shows a police vehicle probing the boat where 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was hiding in Watertown. (AP Photo/Massachusetts State Police)Raucous celebrations erupted in and around Boston, with chants of “USA! USA!” Residents flooded the streets in relief four days after the two pressure-cooker bombs packed with nails and other shrapnel went off.Michael Spellman said he bought tickets to Saturday’s Red Sox game at Fenway Park to help send a message to the bombers.‘We’re not going to live in fear.’“They’re not going to stop us from doing things we love to do,” he said, sitting a few rows behind home plate. “We’re not going to live in fear.”During the long night of violence leading up to the capture, the Tsarnaev brothers killed an MIT police officer, severely wounded another lawman and took part in a furious shootout and car chase in which they hurled explosives at police from a large homemade arsenal, authorities said.Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau said one of the explosives was the same type used during the Boston Marathon attack, and authorities later recovered a pressure cooker lid that had embedded in a car down the street. He said the suspects also tossed two grenades before Tamerlan ran out of ammunition and police tackled him.But while handcuffing him, officers had to dive out of the way as Dzhokhar drove the carjacked Mercedes at them, Deveau said. The SUV dragged Tamerlan’s body down the block, he said. Police initially tracked the escaped suspect by a blood trail he left behind a house after abandoning the Mercedes.ChechnyaChechnya, where the Tsarnaev family has roots, has been the scene of two wars between Russian forces and separatists since 1994. That spawned an Islamic insurgency that has carried out deadly bombings in Russia and the region, although not in the West.Investigators have not offered a motive for the Boston attack. But in interviews with officials and those who knew the Tsarnaev brothers, a picture has emerged of the older one as someone embittered toward the US, increasingly vehement in his Muslim faith and influential over his younger brother.The Russian FSB intelligence service told the FBI in 2011 about information that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a follower of radical Islam, two law enforcement officials said Saturday.According to an FBI news release, a foreign government said that Tamerlan Tsarnaev appeared to be strong believer and that he had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the US for travel to the Russian region to join unspecified underground groups.The FBI did not name the foreign government, but the two officials said it was Russia. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the matter publicly.InterviewThe FBI said that in response, it interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev and relatives and did not find any domestic or foreign terrorism activity. The bureau said it looked into such things as his telephone and online activity, his travels and his associations with others.An uncle of the Tsarnaev brothers said he had a falling-out with Tamerlan over the man’s increased commitment to Islam.Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Maryland, said Tamerlan told him in a 2009 phone conversation that he had chosen “God’s business” over work or school. Tsarni said he then contacted a family friend who told him Tsarnaev had been influenced by a recent convert to Islam.Tsarni said his relationship with his nephew basically ended after that call.As for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, “he’s been absolutely wasted by his older brother. I mean, he used him. He used him for whatever he’s done,” Tsarni said.Albrecht Ammon, a downstairs-apartment neighbor of Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Cambridge, said in an interview that the older brother had strong political views about the US. Ammon quoted Tsarnaev as saying that the US uses the Bible as “an excuse for invading other countries.”Tamerlan Tsarnaev studied accounting as a part-time student at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston for three semesters from 2006 to 2008, the school said. He was married with a young daughter. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.As of Saturday, more than 50 victims of the bombing remained hospitalized, three in critical condition.Read: North Caucasus rebels deny link to Boston attack >last_img read more

La journée mondiale de lasthme cest demain

first_imgLa journée mondiale de l’asthme, c’est demainFrance – L’Association asthmes et allergies organise, à l’occasion de la journée mondiale de l’asthme qui se déroule demain mardi 4 mai, une campagne de communication. Son but : faire connaître les Écoles de l’asthme, des lieux où les asthmatiques peuvent apprendre à gérer leur maladie chronique.La campagne nationale de communication s’articulant autour du thème “Écoles de l’asthme : quand on y va, on va mieux” sera lancée dès demain. Des manifestations se dérouleront dans de nombreuses villes de France : portes ouvertes dans les Écoles de l’asthme et dans les services hospitaliers, animations sportives, conférences-débats ou encore concours de création ouvert à tous les malades… Peu de patients asthmatiques connaissent l’existence des centres d’éducation thérapeutique alors qu’il y en a plus d’une centaine en France. Ceux-ci permettent l’apprentissage et l’application de stratégies simples afin de maîtriser et de gérer sa maladie. Des séances individuelles ou collectives sont proposées aux malades et pour les plus jeunes, des Écoles de l’asthme ont été spécialement conçues. Un numéro vert a été mis en place pour contacter “Asthme et allergies infos service”. Il s’agit du 0800.19.20.21. En France, plus de 4 millions de personnes souffrent d’asthme et 60% d’entre elles maîtrisent insuffisamment leur maladie selon l’étude Irdes de janvier 2009.Le 3 mai 2010 à 11:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

HAWKS’ YUSUPHA BOBB COMPLETES ITALY MOVE By

first_imgBy Sulayman Bah Local Gambian club Hawks’ midfielder Yusupha Bobb has turned professional after having inked a deal in Italy.The Gambia U-20 play-maker joins Serie A club Chievo Verona where he reunites with countryman Ali Sowe who is expected to play this year in the first team after he was on loan to three second division clubs.19-year-old Bobb moved to the Italian side, dubbed Flying Donkeys, after impressing club scouts, while on an outing for Gambia’s U-19 in the Umbria tournament reportedly last year.Yusupha can comfortably play with either foot.Gaffer Sang Ndong was inaccessible for comment but a club source told Foroyaa Sport: “He is going there as a future star. The club has been particular about signing him. He’s a talent they expect will blossom soon.”While Bobb’s acquisition increases the number of Gambians in the club, with three already in there, the Scorpion young international becomes the first player in seven years from Hawks FC to sign a contract abroad after Omar Koroma.Yusupha will start the forthcoming campaign on loan at the Italian second division club AS Cittadella.]]>last_img read more

Real Madrid drop their first points in San Mames

first_imgFirst points dropped by Real Madrid without Ronaldo, they were close to losing at San Mames against Athletic but Isco scored the equalizer for a point.This Saturday was the first day in which Real Madrid suffered the first moment in which they know they are less better without Cristiano Ronaldo, who would’ve scored in San Mames against Athletic without question today. After so much hype directed at the key players like Gareth Bale or Karim Benzema, they weren’t able to deliver a good performance in a very complicated stadium where they almost lost the match if it wasn’t for Isco’s equalizer during the second half. Although the Welsh winger did provide the assist for the Spaniard during the second half, he wasn’t able to produce more moments of brilliance as he was doing at the start of the season and he crashed hard against a very compact Athletic defense. But the biggest player of this match as it usually is in these types of scenarios was the crowd in San Mames, they proved that they are amongst the toughest in all of European football and they became a real problem for the Real Madrid players in every single ball they touched. There is no doubt that the spirit of the old Cathedral lives on in the new one, they are the ones who made the biggest difference against Real Madrid.Unai Simón, un futuro muy presente. #MovistarPartidazo pic.twitter.com/kxHqiiVlJk— La Casa del Fútbol en Movistar+ (@casadelfutbol) September 15, 2018But on the local side, the Basque team had an ace under their sleeve and we finally realized why they let Kepa go that easily. Young goalkeeper Unai Simon was Athletic’s unsung hero during the match by piling up the saves against all of Real Madrid’s forwards who got frustrated against this kid’s brilliant interventions, the match could’ve easily ended with Los Blancos’ victory by more than four goals if it hadn’t been for Unai. Past the half hour of the game, Susaeta combined with De Marcos and he sent a pass to the heart of the box where both Muniain and Williams were waiting to bury the ball in. Iñaki failed his strike at first but Iker was able to score the goal and make San Mames explode with cheers because they were already ahead in the scoreline. Real Madrid kept trying to penetrate Athletic’s defense during the rest of the match but they had a really hard time getting past Unai Simon, they were finally able to get an equalizer during the second half after Gareth Bale found Isco’s header that the young Athletic Club goalkeeper wasn’t able to reach in time. But Simon’s performance wasn’t stained by this goal, he was truly the man of the match against Real Madrid.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.⚖ Points shared at San Mamés. #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/lraMI4aSaQ— Real Madrid C.F. ???? (@realmadriden) September 15, 2018It’s hard to understand why Julen Lopetegui still hasn’t put his trust on some of the new arrivals like Mariano, the new Real Madrid number ‘7’ is the type of player who can solve complicated situations like the one they had today at San Mames. This draw marks the first points that Los Blancos drop during the season and watching the development of the full match, it’s clear by now that the squad will struggle without a player like Cristiano Ronaldo who was there exactly for days like this Saturday. The next month will be really difficult for Real Madrid as they now have to start the Champions League next week against AS Roma, and then one week later they will have another dangerous trip to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium where they will face Sevilla FC in one of the most exciting fixtures of September. Julen Lopetegui needs to start trusting his new field players a little bit more, otherwise, he will keep dropping points like he did today and that can be very harmful to a club like Real Madrid this early in the season.What did you think about the match, who was your favorite player from either squad at San Mames? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Kovac Lionel Messi is the best player in the world

first_imgBayern Munich boss Niko Kovac believes that Lionel Messi remains the world’s best player, despite being omitted from the recent UEFA and FIFA awardsThe Argentine superstar was at his brilliant best on Tuesday night by netting a hat-trick as Barcelona secured a comfortable 4-0 win over Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League.Messi was recently left out of the three-man shortlist for both FIFA’s The Best award and the UEFA Player of the Year.But Kovac still believes that the 31-year-old sets the bar for everyone else.“For me, Lionel Messi is the best,” he told Goal.“It used to be that way, and it will continue to be so in the future.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.The Croatian also rates fellow five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo highly.“Ronaldo is also a world-class player. His style impresses me. This is not innate, but trained. You have a lot of players with natural talent, but you have to develop your own talent,” said Kovac.“That’s what Ronaldo did in a fantastic way. Mohamed Salah and Luka Modric were also great last year.“The further back you play, the less you get into the limelight. But individual class ultimately decides the games.”Kovac will take charge of his first Champions League game for Bayern later this evening against Benfica.last_img read more

9000 reward offered for information on Midway District homicide suspect

first_img March 16, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities announced a $9,000 reward Friday for information leading to the arrest of a man suspected of gunning down a romantic rival last month outside a Point Loma Heights workout center.Ernesto Castellanos Martinez, 41, allegedly killed 27-year-old Alexander Mazin of San Diego in a parking lot behind 24 Hour Fitness, 3675 Midway Drive, shortly before 11 a.m. Feb. 25, according to police.Police soon identified Martinez as the suspected assailant and determined that he might have fled to an apartment in the 3000 block of Upas Street in North Park.About an hour after the shooting, officers surrounded the residence and tried in vain to contact Martinez. Following a roughly six-hour standoff, a SWAT team forced entry to the apartment, discovering that the suspect was not there.The victim’s parents told reporters their son had been going out a woman that Martinez previously had dated, and that the suspect had assaulted her several weeks prior to Mazin’s slaying.Family and friends of the victim have added $8,000 to a $1,000 reward in the case previously posted by San Diego County Crime Stoppers. Anyone who might be able to help investigators track down the suspect was asked to call the nonprofit agency at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter $9,000 reward offered for information on Midway District homicide suspect KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 16, 2018last_img read more

Spanfeller Media to Launch Active Lifestyle Site

first_imgThe site features a consumer-generated section, where users share comments, views and other pertinent information. All of these tactics will be integrated into eKADIA’s content strategy, and will be run by an editorial staff of similar scale. Monetization strategies will also parallel its sister site, with advertising, e-commerce, events and lead generation contributing to revenue. “Like The Daily Meal, we’re not planning on being aggressive on the advertising sales front,” Spanfeller tells FOLIO:. “There’s arguably five main areas of the web: news, business finance, gossip, spectator sports and technology; you can argue for health as well. After that, it gets sparse very quickly,” says Spanfeller. “Our goal is to fill [as many] niche verticals as we can get into.” “There’s a lot more focus on casual physical activity. Part of this is a new way of life for folks growing up, but part of that is people who have a few years on them and are looking to stay young,” says Spanfeller. “Participation in marathons, the 3K, triathlons and bike rides are growing enormously. There’s nothing in the digital space that covers the full pantheon of that process or those activities.”Plans for eKADIA promotion include search optimization, syndication and the social ecosystem. Spanfeller is also relying on “word of mouth and loyalty” to help eKADIA gain its target of two million monthly users by the end of 2012. Spanfeller Media Group, owner of The Daily Meal, will launch its second vertical content site in the new year. Currently under the working title eKADIA, the active lifestyle site will be led by editorial director John Rasmus. The publishing vet is a former editor of Outside magazine; a founding editor of Men’s Journal; and the founding editor-in-chief of National Geographic Adventure.Spanfeller Media founder Jim Spanfeller hopes to replicate the success of its first vertical content channel with eKADIA. The Daily Meal launched in January 2011, and now attracts two million unique visitors a month.eKADIA’s business model will mirror that of its sister site. The Daily Meal has a full-time editorial staff of 20, with an additional 600 special contributors (from celebrity chefs to Ph.Ds in nutrition). Content partners include Nation Restaurant news; links to stories off-site are also featured on the site. Spanfeller expands on the syndication model, “We do more reprinting that linking out. It’s not because of a pre-set formula; it’s what’s the best way for the end user.”last_img read more