Disappointing report and belated investigation on net neutrality

first_img Follow the news on France FranceEurope – Central Asia FranceEurope – Central Asia May 10, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 2, 2021 Find out more June 4, 2021 Find out more to go furthercenter_img News Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Reporters Without Borders notes the European Commission’s decision to investigate the impact on net neutrality of the practices of Internet Service Providers, especially those offering mobile phone access, but thinks that the decision has been taken too late and that the basis on which the investigation is being initiated is wrong.The press freedom organization calls on the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), which is in charge of the investigation, to conduct it in an impartial manner and to be fully transparent in the way the results are published. Reporters Without Borders nonetheless doubts that it will be objective after Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner responsible for the Digital Agenda, made a show of consideration to ISPs in her speech on 19 April when she said: “It is important to keep video calls running smoothly even if that means an email is delayed by a few seconds.”Reporters Without Borders is also disappointed by the report on net neutrality that Kroes issued on behalf of the commission on 19 April. It proposes no concrete action to guarantee net neutrality and even refuses to define it. So far, no measures are envisaged as regards telecom operators that violate net neutrality.“On the basis of the evidence and the implementation of the telecom framework provisions,” the report says, “the commission will decide, as a matter of priority, on the issue of additional guidance on net neutrality.” The investigation’s results are expected at the end of 2011. The organization fears that these will just be used as a pretext for delaying the adoption of a position in support of net neutrality at the European level.“The reaffirmation of an ethical position does not depend on the presence of evidence of bad practices,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Must we deduce from Neelie Kroes’ position that, in the absence of evidence, no decision will be taken? The European Commission’s vagueness on the subject is inacceptable.”Referring to the possibility of changing from one mobile phone operator to another, Kroes also says in her report: “In a competitive environment, this acts as a stimulus to operators to adapt their pricing and abstain from restrictions on applications that prove popular with users.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Consumers are often limited in their choice of operator.ISPs are aware of this and take advantage of it. As the NGO La Quadrature du Net puts it: “Mobile phone operators agree on engaging in the very same discrimination in their so-called Mobile Internet offers.”Two French parliamentarians – Laure de la Raudière of the ruling Union for a Popular Movement and Corinne Erhel of the opposition Socialist Party – issued a report on 13 April that clearly spells out the principle of net neutrality and the ways to guarantee it. Widely hailed by Internet activists, the report proposes strict legislation for net neutrality violations.Reporters Without Borders urges the European Commission to immediately adopt the measures that are needed to guarantee net neutrality in the European Union, without awaiting the ill-conceived investigation’s finding. It also urges the French government to quickly take a position on the subject, and to adopt effective measures in line with the excellent work of these two parliamentarians. News RSF_en April 27, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Disappointing report and belated investigation on net neutralitylast_img read more

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An Eye on Real Estate Closings

first_imgEditor’s Note: This feature originally appeared in the January issue of DS News. Georgia has traditionally been hawkish with regard to ensuring that real estate closings are conducted by Georgia licensed attorneys. This was made clear by the Supreme Court of Georgia’s 2014 adoption of the Formal Advisory Opinion No. 13-1 (FAO), which attacked “witness-only” closings. These “witness-only” closings occur when an attorney is mailed loan documents, advised not to review or provide legal advice regarding the documents, and then instructed to oversee the execution of the documents and mail them back to the lender.The Supreme Court of Georgia found that “when a closing lawyer purports to act merely as a witness” they are in violation of Georgia’s ethical rules governing attorneys. This FAO also suggests that only Georgia attorneys can prepare deeds for other people. Perhaps this is because for almost 90 years it has been the law in Georgia that only Georgia attorneys can provide an opinion as to the status of the title to real property. (See O.C.G.A. § 15-19-53.)Shortly after this FAO was published, Georgia’s legislature proposed a revision of Georgia’s code to provide “regulation of the practice of law, so as to authorize certain activities involving real estate transaction [and] to provide for a civil action for damages” stemming therefrom. [See 2015 Georgia Laws Act 76 (H.B. 153).] The most relevant portion of this law was codified as O.C.G.A. § 15-19-60. It provides that any consumer damaged by a violation of Georgia’s laws regarding the unauthorized practice of law can seek damages caused by the violation. There are several important parts of this code that require the attention of anyone authorizing or conducting mail-away closings.First, if the consumer is damaged as a result of the unlicensed practice of law, it can “recover damages, treble damages, reasonable attorney’s fees, and expenses of litigation.” Second, it provides that this right can be enforced by “a trustee of a consumer debtor in a bankruptcy case …” Through a series of cases, Georgia’s Chapter 7 Trustees have made clear that if a security deed is not executed as required by Georgia law, it can be set aside by the Trustee and sold for the benefit of the bankruptcy estate. This, in turn, would cause the debtor to lose its home. In other words, it would damage the debtor.Notably, the average home loan in Georgia has a balance of $169,990. In a September 2018 article entitled “Bankruptcy Watchdogs Push Congress for a Raise,” the Wall Street Journal explained that the “low pay [for Chapter 7 Trustees] and drop in [bankruptcy] filings have driven trustees to be more aggressive in an attempt to boost their compensation.” Thus, there is a large incentive for a Chapter 7 Trustee to pursue these types of claims. Let’s assume, hypothetically, that a lender completes a home loan transaction through a mail-away process that involves a Georgia attorney who is only acting as a witness as to the execution and the security deed is not properly executed, as required by Georgia law. The borrower then files a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.The Chapter 7 Trustee could file an adversary proceeding to set aside the security deed, making the lenders claim unsecured and reducing the payout received on the loan. If this is not bad enough, the Chapter 7 Trustee could then bring an action under O.C.G.A. § 15-1960 against the lender, seeking damages, treble damages, and attorneys’ fees and costs. The one saving grace here is that there is, at most, a four-year window from origination during which this claim can be brought. [Williams v. Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, 2017 WL 1807601, *5, No. 4:16-CV-0005-HLM-WEJ (N.D. Ga. Jan., 6, 2017)]. In any event, a lender conducting mail-away or witness-only closings in Georgia may want to explore their potential liability under this code section, or possibly risk substantial losses. Kelsey Grodzicki is the Managing Attorney of the Litigation and Trial Practice and Default Departments of Campbell & Brannon, LLC, where he oversees the litigation, foreclosure, bankruptcy, eviction, and title curative departments. His primary practice areas include real estate, business, and contract litigation, mortgage servicing and foreclosure litigation, bankruptcy litigation, landlord-tenant litigation, and non-judicial foreclosures. He represents clients in a wide variety of complex civil litigation and bankruptcy matters involving contract disputes, real estate and quiet title actions, and lien priority actions. 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Mastic Beach Hit-and-run Driver Sought

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are looking for a hit-and-run driver that critically injured a 37-year-old pedestrian in the victim’s hometown of Mastic Beach on Tuesday morning.Officers responded to a 911 call of a pedestrian lying in a wooded area on the side of Mastic Beach Road near the corner of Longfellow Drive, where they found Michael Walstrum had been struck by a vehicle at 9:40 a.m., police said.Walstrum was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he was listed in critical condition.Investigators believe the vehicle is a metallic blue with front-end damage and front passenger side body damage that fled southbound on Mastic Beach Road.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about the crash to contact them at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

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11 tactics top leaders use to inspire innovation

first_img 185SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Matt Monge Matt Monge is a speaker, consultant, blogger, mental health advocate, and the founder of The Mojo Company. His mission? Simple. He’s on a crusade to make the world a better … Web: www.themojocompany.com Details Innovation has this certain mystique around it, doesn’t it? As we think and talk through what it will take for credit unions to be successful in an increasingly competitive future, we know in some abstract way that we need to be innovative to some degree to continue to compete and survive; but as far as how we can actually become more innovative, beyond simply proclaiming at a team meeting – We shall henceforth…innovate! – we’re a bit unsure.It seems to me that like most things, innovation, when conceptualized from an organizational perspective, can almost be thought of as a mindset or way of being that has to be cultivated. The organization has to be designed to be innovative in the same way it has to be designed to be anything else you’d like it to be. That’s why culture remains so incredibly important. Your credit union will only be as innovative as its culture is designed to be.So what might that look like? While this will vary from place to place, here are some tactics top leaders will use to inspire a more innovative culture within their credit unions. Top leaders inspire innovation by giving people time to exercise creative effort toward solving organizational problems.People can’t be innovative if their days are jam-packed with other tasks from start to finish. Innovation takes time. But don’t skip over the last four words above – toward solving organizational problems. Involve your people in solving organizational issues. Engage them in the effort. Top leaders inspire innovation by giving people time to think, read, and/or learn.Similar to the above, if you want folks to innovate, they’re going to need time to research, think, and learn new things. Top leaders inspire innovation by challenging people to be creative.You challenge them with sales goals because you want them to sell stuff. You challenge them with wellness goals because you want them to be well. So if you want them to be creative, you should…? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Top leaders inspire innovation by making it safe to try things.Now it’s important to notice I didn’t say to say it was safe for them to try things. It’s important to actually make it safe to try things. They need to feel the safety. Top leaders inspire innovation by rethinking meetings.This may seem an odd thing to mention, but think about it this way. Most meetings are almost universally acknowledged as a colossal waste of time. Some meetings are necessary and important, sure. But others? Not so much.There are a number of reasons they end up taking place, and perhaps that’s a post for another day. But think about all the time and brainpower wasted in meetings that could be put to use thinking of ways to make things better. Top leaders inspire innovation by encouraging the oddballs.Every organization’s got ‘em. You might even be one of ‘em. My theory is that they might just be your secret weapons. They clearly think differently than most people, but isn’t that exactly what you’re looking for? So why not encourage the oddballs? Top leaders inspire innovation by thinking about the workspace.I’ve jokingly said before that cubicles are tiny, cubed prisons where ideas go to die. And by jokingly, I mean I’m being completely serious. It’s not that you can’t use cubicles, but you’ve got to figure out ways to get the team out of them sometimes. Or have really low walls. Or something. Have meetings other places. Go outside, for the love of pancakes and pogo sticks.Does the workspace encourage creativity? I had an acquaintance who used to work at Pixar and his job was to – get this – create the spaces within which the creative folks would create their stuff. He didn’t create the films, but he worked on creating the spaces that would be conducive to helping the creatives be creative.Same principle here. Does the work environment encourage people to think differently? What do they feel like? Just looking at them, what sorts of actions or behaviors or attitudes do you think they encourage? What symbolism do they bring? Are they sterile? Bright? Uniform? Individualized? Formal? Relaxed? Closed in? Open? Buzzing fluorescent lights? Natural light? Colorful? Colorless?It all matters. It all combines to create a certain atmosphere. That atmosphere can be one that either encourages or stifles innovation. Top leaders inspire innovation by thinking about how they’re encouraging curiosity.Unless you’re employing cats, there’s no need to shy away from encouraging your team to be more curious. You see, curiosity is what leads to learning and innovation. We’re first curious about something, and then we learn about something or figure out if something can be done differently or better. So how are you encouraging curiosity?(For those of you still puzzling over that first sentence, just remember what curiosity does to cats…) Top leaders inspire innovation by making sure people have easy access to knowledge.I know, I know. This one seems weird too, but again, hang with me for a second. What people know about a given topic or subject is what gives their minds a conceptual framework within which it can work. In other words, it provides the backdrop and tools it needs to then think differently about something. Some level of knowledge about a thing is a prerequisite to innovation in that area.For example, if someone asked me to think innovatively about oh, say, theoretical physics, I’d be in deep trouble unless I was able to phone my close, personal friend, Dr. Sheldon Lee Cooper, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D., Sc.D. And that’s because I have zero knowledge of theoretical physics.So do employees have access to information? How easy is it from them to learn and grow? How easily can they share knowledge across the organization? Those things affect an organization’s ability to innovate. Top leaders inspire innovation by hiring for innovation.This is all part of designing your organization and cultivating a culture to have innovation as one of its inherent qualities; but are you constructing your talent acquisition strategy with an eye toward finding and hiring innovative people? Very few interviews I’ve seen or heard of do anything substantive relating to uncovering if candidates have any inclination toward innovation or creativity.Can it be done? Absolutely it can. I’ve been part of teams that have done it, and we work with clients to do it. There are plenty of things you can ask and do throughout the recruitment process to uncover candidates’ inclinations towards creativity and/or innovation. It’s just a matter of building that stuff into the process and applying it consistently. Top leaders inspire innovation by proactively encouraging it.This is absolutely huge, of course.If leaders are OK with people flexing their innovative muscles every once in a while when they have free time, innovation will likely flourish at your organization.Right?No! It won’t, because that’s still way too passive if you truly want innovation to be something that’s ingrained into your credit union’s culture and organizational way of life. It’s not enough to be OK with something. Leaders have to be…well…leading. They should be pushing it, asking about it, facilitating it, coaching toward it, demonstrating it themselves, and so on.So what’s the bottom line? Like anything else your organization wants to see happen regularly, innovation is something that must be intentionally built into your organization’s culture or else it has no chance of being a sustainable part of your organization’s identity.last_img read more

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Noam Chomsky Day Celebrates The Great American Intellectual & Activist

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A big day is coming up—and it’s giving people cause for celebration.On Dec. 7, Noam Chomsky turns 88, but the birthday of America’s great public intellectual actually got his mainstream acclaim last year in Matt Ross’ poignant indie film Captain Fantastic, a quirky comedic drama about a left-wing family living off the grid in the woods of the Pacific Northwest who traditionally celebrate “Noam Chomsky Day” instead of Christmas.What is Noam Chomsky Day?On this unique holiday, the presents aren’t the latest video games and expensive perfumes, but hunting knives and crossbows. There’s also cake, candles and quotations from “Uncle Noam,” the famed M.I.T. professor of linguistics and libertarian socialist culture critic.As played by Viggo Mortensen, Ben Cash, the patriarch of this little tribe, is opposed to organized religion, soulless American consumerism and corporate commercialism that has demeaned contemporary life. He’s raising his six kids, who range in age from about 6 to 18, while their mom, his wife, is hospitalized with a debilitating disorder. In her absence, he maintains a rigorous program of physical and intellectual training, raising his brood to be philosopher kings. They know how to hunt, scale a cliff and interpret the Bill of Rights.“Look, what we created here may be unique in all of human existence,” Cash tells his children solemnly. “We’ve created paradise.”But there’s the rub. They’ve been living in isolation, so when word comes that their mother has died, things get very complicated. In this engrossing film, the children are an amazing ensemble cast but the adults are stars in their own right, too. Ben’s father in law (Frank Langella) is an upper-class conservative living in a gated community who blames Ben’s communal lifestyle for his daughter’s suicide and forbids them from attending the funeral, sparking rebellion.“We want to see mom!” cries one of the youngest of the Cash clan. “Grandpa can’t oppress us!”And so they set off for the sunny Southwest. They find out quickly they have a lot to learn. At a restaurant, one kid looks at the menu and asks, “What’s cola?” “Poison water,” replies his father with scorn.Later, the eldest child cries out in despair to his dad, “Unless it comes out of a book, I don’t know anything!”But what they do know is quite profound and what we learn from watching it is priceless.Fans of this sleeper hit appreciate that Captain Fantastic is more than a simple road trip. Ross, who went to Julliard and New York University, is perhaps best known as the duplicitous high-tech exec Gavin Belson in HBO’s comedy satire Silicon Valley. In his feature-length directorial debut he tries to walk the line of the great cultural divide that has split the country, culminating in the election of Donald Trump—Chomsky himself a proponent of the “lesser evil voting” strategy of supporting Hillary Clinton. But he doesn’t devolve into stereotypes, although some critics may differ. He’s exploring family values in 21st century America with a refreshing candor that is all too rare.In real life, Ross admits that he does indeed celebrate Noam Chomsky Day in his home in Berkeley, Calif., when he and his kids gather around for sweets and cake, blow out a candle and read a passage or two from Chomsky’s canon that ranges from works on language and mind to American foreign policy and the neoliberal security-surveillance state.Chomsky’s bestseller, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988), co-authored with Edward S. Herman, epitomizes his principled examination of contemporary social issues with a hard-hitting analysis that confronts conventional wisdom without fear or favor.The renowned political theorist, philosopher, activist, scholar and prolific author, who’s published more than 100 works, is regarded as one of the most critically engaging minds alive today. Perhaps then, the Cash children’s incredulity that their grandfather doesn’t honor their family tradition by commemorating Noam Chomsky Day— “I don’t even know who that is!” he tells them—is Ross’ not-so veiled symbolism representing the American public at large, and an urgent plea for us to recognize Chomsky’s insights and embrace them.As a linguist, Chomsky is regarded as revolutionizing the scientific study of language. As an activist, he remains one of the most outspoken critics of U.S. foreign policy and global imperialism—a dissent that has its origins in the country’s involvement during the Vietnam War. A celebrated champion of left-wing politics, Chomsky is also considered one of the most cited authors in all of history.As his inclusion in the International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest (2009) states:“Chomsky continues to be an unapologetic critic of both American foreign policy and its ambitions for geopolitical hegemony and the neoliberal turn of global capitalism, which he identifies in terms of class warfare waged from above against the needs and interests of the great majority.”During movie production, Chomsky reportedly told Ross’s team just “please quote me correctly.”That they did. No other American movie in mainstream release has ever referred to Chomsky with as much respect and humor. He may never become a household name—especially in the precincts Trump carried—but celebrating Noam Chomsky Day is a good way to honor his spirit.—With Christopher TwarowskiFeatured photo: Noam Chomsky Day is celebrated in Matt Ross’ indie film Captain Fantastic with cake, candles and quotations from the great American intellectual, social critic, philosopher and M.I.T. professor of linguistics’s many works. (Photo: Noam Chomsky official Facebook profile)last_img read more

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Shanghai stocks extend losses on killer virus fear

first_imgMainland Chinese stocks fell more than two percent at the start of trade Tuesday, extending the previous day’s massive losses as the number of deaths from the coronavirus rose to more than 400 and those infected broke 20,000.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index fell 2.23 percent, or 61.34 points, to 2,685.27 and the Shenzhen Composite Index, which tracks stocks on China’s second exchange, dropped 3.48 percent, or 56.04 points, to 1,552.96.In Hong Kong, the benchmark Hang Seng Index added 0.51 percent, or 134.68 points to 26,491.66.Topics :last_img read more

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Pablo Mari rates own display against Mane and Salah after Arsenal transfer

first_imgMari faced Liverpool in the Club World Cup (Picture: Getty)Pablo Mari expects to adapt quickly to Premier League football after faring well against Liverpool in the Club World Cup.The centre-back joined the Gunners from Flamengo, becoming Mikel Arteta’s first signing as manager of Arsenal.Flamengo were beaten by Liverpool in the Club World Cup final earlier this season and Mari rated his own performance against the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.He told the Arsenal website: ‘It was a great experience. It was really exciting to play against a big club and I think I performed really well.ADVERTISEMENT‘At the end of the day, they’re just people like everyone else.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Obviously they’re in great form at the moment and they’re among the best players in the world, but we also have a fantastic team with top players. Coral BarryWednesday 29 Jan 2020 1:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Comment Advertisement Mari joins Arsenal on loan from Flamengo (Picture: Getty)‘This is football and that’s the way you have to look at it.‘You have to compete against every side, whether it’s Liverpool or any other club in the world.‘I have a lot of faith in this great club, Arsenal, and I know we’re going to do very well.’Arsenal have signed Mari on a six-month loan deal, but the expectation is the former Manchester City player will join on a permanent transfer if he performs well at the Emirates.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityDespite being a City player, Mari never played for Pep Guardiola’s side and the Spaniard believes he is joining one of the best sides in the world.‘It’s a massive opportunity for me to come to England, which is the best league in the world right now,’ he said.‘Being able to play in this league and having the opportunity to play for Arsenal is incredible, so I’m really looking forward to wearing the shirt as soon as possible.‘I want to help my team to win matches and give my fans something to celebrate.’MORE: Arsenal confirm signing of Pablo Mari from FlamengoMORE: Mikel Arteta speaks out on Arsenal’s transfer plans after Pablo Mari delay Pablo Mari confident of Arsenal success after facing Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane Advertisementlast_img read more

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FIFA bars Benfica’s Luisao from Champions League matches

first_imgFIFA says it has extended Benfica defender Luisao’s two-month ban to apply worldwide, preventing him from playing in the Champions League away to Celtic on Wednesday.Luisao will also miss matches against Barcelona and Spartak Moscow, Benfica’s other group opponents, after he pushed over a referee during a pre-season friendly in Germany.The Portuguese football federation imposed the two-month ban last Friday, excluding Luisao from all domestic matches.The FIFA ban also excludes the Brazil international from friendlies next month when the 2014 World Cup host plays Iraq in Malmo, Sweden, and Japan in Wroclaw, Poland.Luisao was sanctioned after appearing to collide with the referee, knocking him to the ground, as he ran up to dispute a decision in an Aug. 11 game at Fortuna Duesseldorf.last_img read more

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Bryant Gumbel marks 15th year on ‘Real Sports’

first_imgThe monthly newsmagazine marks 15 years on the air this week, standing even more alone as a home for strong television journalism than it did in 1995. Gumbel, its host, suggests the deals that media companies make to televise sporting events—for example, CBS and ESPN for the Masters—keep competitors largely out of that business.A phrase he can’t stand is “broadcast partner.”“If you strike an agreement with somebody and you’re in bed with them for profit, you have every right to try and protect and promote that which brings you the most profit,” he said. “But to do that and try to continue to offer it under the guise of objective journalism is when you run aground.“Look, it’s the way of the world and with the price tag these things are now, it’s about the only way these things get done,” he said. “But that’s small comfort for the people who really want to hear the unvarnished truth and to see things with an objective eye. If you’ve got a major contract with the NBA or Major League Baseball, the NFL or whatever, you’re not going to jeopardize that contract.”He heard, for example, that NFL officials weren’t happy with “Real Sports” reporting on concussions and other health problems in football. Unlike the broadcast networks, HBO doesn’t have to worry about whether that will affect ratings or if the NFL will retaliate with a lousier slate of games the next season.To a certain extent, “Real Sports” is a misnomer.Its stories must have a connection to sports, but they often really aren’t about sports. Gumbel is proud of his Emmy Award-winning story on Marcus Dixon, a college-bound athlete jailed on an abuse charge when he had consensual sex with a young woman, which resulted in his release. A recent feature about a blind skier was less about skiing than about how he responded to an operation to restore some sight.Correspondent Bernard Goldberg reported on young boys being enslaved to be camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates.The show’s report on dog fighting in the wake of quarterback Michael Vick’s conviction illustrated not only the brutality of the practice but the reasons it was popular in some cultures, said A.J. Daulerio, editor-in-chief of the sports website Deadspin.“It’s probably the only thing we have in sports journalism right now that is the equivalent of ‘60 Minutes,’” Daulerio said.Last month, Gumbel reported on the lives of two transsexual sportswriters following the suicide of Los Angeles Times sportswriter Mike Penner, who had changed his name to Christine and began living as a woman. He had returned to calling himself Mike shortly before his death.Gumbel said it was the most emotionally involved he has ever gotten in a story. “I was very empathetic toward them,” he said. “I can think of no more difficult hand to be dealt with in life.”The longtime “Today” show host, who considers himself semiretired except for the monthly “Real Sports,” ends each show with a commentary. January’s closing words ripped Mark McGwire about his “phony non-apology” for using steroids.The show isn’t all serious. Gumbel saluted good people in sports in February. And the mix of moods each month resembles “60 Minutes.” There are profiles—one recent one on Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo—and humorous pieces such as Goldberg’s backstage look at the Westminster dog show.One place where Gumbel said he has seen the show’s influence is “60 Minutes” itself, which he noticed is featuring more sports stories. CBS producers have acknowledged doing more sports stories, but many are shown for the fall when the network uses them to hold onto large audiences from football games that lead into the newsmagazine.“We’ve tried to do things that are important and hope that people pay attention to,” Gumbel said, “and if they arrive late to the party, that’s fine, too.”“Real Sports” almost didn’t get the chance to reach its 15-year milestone. When Gumbel worked at NBC, its executives were fine with him moonlighting at HBO. But when he shifted to CBS, leaders wanted him to stop when his contract ended. Instead, Gumbel agreed to eliminate some perks in his contract in return for keeping the show alive.Gumbel, 61, has also suffered his own health scare. He had surgery last fall to remove a malignant tumor from his chest, along with part of his lung.“I’m OK,” he said. “I’m OK. Life continues to be a challenge, but I’m all right. I look forward to getting well.”He recently signed a new four-year contract with HBO, and said that might be it.“When it’s over, I think we’ll be in our 20th year and I’ll be 65,” he said. “That all kind of has a nice ring to it. On the other hand, I never say never.” REACHES MILESTONE—In this Oct. 22, 2007 file photo, Bryant Gumble arrives for the Whitney Gala at the Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York City. by David BauderNEW YORK (AP)—Events such as the Masters golf tournament remind Bryant Gumbel why he does “Real Sports” on HBO.last_img read more

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IPL 2016: Anurag Thakur wants 10-year jail term for match-fixers

first_imgIn a desperate effort to curb malpractices in sports, the BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur has introduced three private member bills, including asignificant ‘National Sports Ethics Commission’ bill which recommends 10 years of jail term for sportspersons indulging in match-fixing.The BCCI has been mired by fixing scandal that rocked the 2013 Indian Premier League, witnessing the arrest of three tainted cricketers, including former India pacer Santhakumaran Sreesanth along with Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan. (Full IPL coverage) “It is only fair to bring in accountability to be fair to sports lovers. As such there is no law which is there to curb match-fixing. It is absolutely mandatory to have a law that can combat the menace,” Thakur said, when asked as to what made him introduce the bill in Lok Sabha.According to the bill that has been placed in the Lower House, it’s objective is to establish a national sports ethics body to ensure ethical practices in sports as well as strive towards elimination of doping practices, match fixing and fair play, fraud of age, gender and sexual harassment of women in sports. (Also read: SC asks BCCI to enforce Lodha panel’s age-limit, tenure cap recommendations) The bill further states: “This comes as an aftermath of the recent corruption and match fixing charges that were thrown up in Indian Cricket and other sports by multiple players.”The concerned players are currently charged under inappropriate sections of Dishonesty and Cheating under Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as Prevention of Corruption Act in the courts but the sportspersons often get easily free because these laws don’t apply for sports.”advertisementThe private member bill by Thakur, if passed, will not only impose a life ban but also 10 years of jail time as well as fine of five times the bribe amount in cases of match fixing.For cases of fraud of age or gender, a jail time of six months as well as a fine of Rs 1 lakh will be viable. Not just sportspersons but coaches, members of sports federations who assist in such criminal activities would be punished with similar provisions.Hence, the private member bill seeks to set up a ‘National Sports Ethics Commission’ consisting of judges as well as eminent sports personalities.The commission would conduct trials of such cases, frame rules and bye-laws of practices along with help of sports associations.The other private member bill is seeking amendment of constitution where he has sought Sports to be taken from the State list to Concurrent list to encourage co-ordinated and more focused approach.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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