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January 2017 / 66 posts found

Bernie Ecclestone: ‘Formula One used to be like skiing’

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(CNN)Watching skiing’s superstars hurtle down Kitzbuhel’s feared slope at speeds of 95mph made Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone long for the old days in his sport. Ecclestone, who was replaced as F1 chief executive Monday after Liberty Media’s $8 billion takeover, believes his sport should be more like skiing. The most dangerous race in alpine skiing? Verstappen and Ecclestone were skiing in the annual Kitz Charity Trophy, a foundation set up to support farming families in the Austrian state of Tyrol. “I haven’t done it for five years but started again this year. It’s always good fun,” the 19-year-old […]

How James Harrison survives the brutality of the NFL at 38

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Theres only one non-kicking NFL player older than the Steelers linebacker and thats Tom Brady. But is he a genetic freak or a canny trainer? Playing in the NFL is not the recipe for a long and healthy career. Depending on who you talk to, the average footballing lifespan is from 3.5 to six years. Make it to 10 and it is time to break out the confetti and 21-gun salutes. Anything past that deserves serious accolades. At the age of 38, Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison sticks out like footballs sore thumb, a 6ft, 275lb anomaly who just happens to […]

Graham Taylor remembered, the mini Mike Tyson and Hail Marys | Classic YouTube

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This weeks roundup also features Sutton United, Pointless, Neymars acting and a double animal cameo in Mexico 1) Elton John paying tribute via satellite link-up: Im very emotional as I speak you know how much I think of you To me you are the best, and the best person. Warmth, humour and decency are themes in the footage from Taylors career including in this 5 Live interview from 1996 reflecting on the England experience; Taylor, Bobby Robson and Terry Venables in their chat with Des OConnor in 1994, which began in self-effacing style: Theres something wrong here Im being clapped […]

Elephant sanctuary treads new ground in Phuket

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(CNN)“They put the hook repeatedly into the most delicate part of her head, in order to control her,” says Louise Rogerson. Rogerson, co-founder of the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, is describing the treatment endured by Gaew Ta, a blind elephant also known as Darling, before she was rescued. “I didn’t know about the cruelty” Rogerson remembers a nine-year-old girl who visited the sanctuary shortly after it opened in November last year. “After her tour, this little girl came to me and said ‘I think animals are cleverer than people, because what people are doing to the world right now, animals wouldn’t […]

John Arnold Made a Fortune at Enron. Now Hes Declared War on Bad Science

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Brian Nosek had pretty much given up on finding a funder. For two years he had sent out grant proposals for his software project. And for two years they had been rejected again and againwhich was, by 2011, discouraging but not all that surprising to the 38-year-old scientist. An associate professor at the University of Virginia, Nosek had made a name for himself in a hot subfield of social psychology, studying peoples unconscious biases. But thats not what this project was about. At least, not exactly. Like a number of up-and-coming researchers in his generation, Nosek was troubled by mounting […]

The up-and-coming leaders of the Trump resistance in Washington

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A slate of fierce new Democrats are poised to face off against both Donald Trump and Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress When Donald Trump assumes the presidency on Friday, Democrats will find themselves in their worst political position in decades. Not only are Democrats out of power in Washington, an entire generation of political leaders like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Harry Reid have now left the stage. In Congress, Democrats are steeling themselves for four years of contentious battles over healthcare, the environment, immigration reform and income inequality as conservatives attempt to reverse many of the policy […]

Madam president: are female leaders better for women?

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Hillary Clinton would have done more for women than Trump, but less than Bernie Sanders. What is womens politics, anyway and who does it best? This piece started with the assumption that in 2017 we would have a feminised global stage: thered be Theresa May in Downing Street, Marine Le Pen in a hollowed-out volcano. I wanted to know: what would such a spectrum of women in power, with their various viewpoints, tell us about womens politics? Is there such a thing? Is it a good thing? And how do you square a feminist desire for female leaders with the […]

Why Is The Norovirus Such A Huge Problem For The NHS?

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Norovirus, also known as winter vomiting disease, is on the rise again according to a report in the BMJ. A familiar set of warnings about ward closures and avoiding visits to patients in hospital was also issued, but why does this one virus cause the NHS such difficulty? While norovirus does occur year-round, there is a winter peak in cases that clashes with the winter rush on the NHS. The symptoms of norovirus diarrhoea and vomiting typically last a day or two. While you may spend those days wishing you were dead, the chances of long-term harm from the infection […]

An Obama Staffers Parting Note To Progressives

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For eight years I had the indescribable honor of serving in President Obamas White House, most recently as Special Assistant to the President & Director of Rapid Response. I played a lot of different roles, but going back through the 2008 transition and even back to the DNC during that campaign, Ive served as a nexus between the White House and progressive advocates, bloggers, journalists, and pundits I thought it might be worth sharing some of my perspective publicly with any progressive that cares to read it. Looking forward, as bleak a moment as this is in many ways, Im […]

James Mattis confirmed as secretary of defense

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Donald Trumps first cabinet member cleared for office, but the creation of an incoming administration remains a long way behind schedule The Senate confirmed the appointment of retired general James Mattis as secretary of defense on Friday, making him the first member of Donald Trumps cabinet cleared to take office. The Senate vote was passed by 98-1 after Trump signed a waiver making Mattis exempt from a law that blocks senior officers from taking the defense secretary job within seven years of retirement. Mattis has been out of uniform for three years. The single vote against his confirmation was from […]