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    I've realized two peculiar things today. The first is that even though I work in a bar and consider myself a very heavy drinker I absolutely cannot taste anything that has Jägermeister in it because it makes me dry heave almost immediately, and the second thing is that my fro still holds up in rainfall.
     
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    Ramanujan surprises again

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    A box of manuscripts and three notebooks. That's all that's left of the work of Srinivasa Ramanujan, an Indian mathematician who lived his remarkable but short life around the beginning of the twentieth century. Yet, that small stash of mathematical legacy still yields surprises. Two mathematicians of Emory University, Ken Ono and Sarah Trebat-Leder, have recently made a fascinating discovery within its yellowed pages. It shows that Ramanujan was further ahead of his time than anyone had expected, and provides a beautiful link between several milestones in the history of mathematics. And it all goes back to the innocuous-looking number 1729.
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    I have the opposite problem with Jägermeister; it tastes too good and is dangerous for me. Also, I need a good fro, as it rained today and my hair instantly turned into a vintage Ivan Lendl haircut.
     
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    Bloody Sunday investigators arrest 66-year-old former soldier

    Mark Tran, Owen Bowcott and Henry McDonald
    Tuesday 10 November 2015 07.48 EST Last modified on Tuesday 10 November 2015 12.02 EST

    Detectives from Legacy Investigation Branch investigating the events of Bloody Sunday have arrested a 66 yo man in Co Antrim this morning.

    Thirteen civil rights demonstrators were killed by members of the Parachute Regiment on the streets of Derry in January 1972. Another victim of the shootings died months later.

    The officer leading the investigation, DCI Ian Harrison, said the arrest marked a new phase in the overall inquiry that would continue for some time.

    The soldier arrested is understood to be a former member of the Parachute Regiment, who was known during the government-commissioned inquiry undertaken by Lord Saville simply as Lance Corporal J.

    He is being questioned specifically about the killings of 15 year old William Nash, Michael McDaid, 20, and John Young, 17, in the 1972 massacre. The retired soldier is also suspected of the attempted killing of William’s father Alexander.

    The investigation was launched in 2012 after the Saville inquiry found none of the victims posed a threat to soldiers when they were shot. After the publication of Saville’s report in 2010, David Cameron apologised for the army’s actions, branding them “unjustified and unjustifiable”.

    In September, the PSNI announced that its legacy branch officers intended to interview seven former soldiers about their involvement on the day. The suspect detained on Tuesday has been taken to a station in Belfast for questioning.

    The retired soldier was formally arrested in Antrim police station. It is not clear whether he is from Northern Ireland or had previously been invited from England for questioning.

    In June, the BBC reported that the PSNI had contacted more than 100 soldiers as part of the investigation. The contacts followed renewed criticism of the police inquiry by some families of Bloody Sunday victims.

    Harrison said at the time his team had completed its civilian witness inquiries and made contact with more than 100 soldiers to “determine if they are willing to engage with us”. He stressed that the soldiers were witnesses, not suspects, and were therefore not obliged to speak to the team.

    Some Bloody Sunday families have criticised the police investigation. In a letter to Harrison this year, the families said they were losing faith in the investigation because they had “heard nothing from the PSNI since a meeting in January and were entirely unaware of what progress had been made”.

    The Ministry of Defence said it would be inappropriate to comment on a continuing criminal investigation. It said: “We are aware an ex-soldier has been arrested by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in connection with its investigation into the events of Bloody Sunday. It would be inappropriate to comment further on an ongoing criminal investigation at this stage.”

    In 2013, the MoD offered the families of those shot dead about £50,000 each in compensation.

    Peter Madden, the solicitor who represented most of the families at the Bloody Sunday inquiry, said: “This is a major step forward in the investigation into the murders. The question is going to be whether his identity will be disclosed to the public.

    “In the Saville inquiry, the names of the shooters were not identified. They were known by different letters. Judging from their voices during the inquiry, most of them were English.

    “We have had several meetings with the PSNI investigation team. There seemed to be sufficient grounds for arresting people before now.”

    None of the families has accepted the £50,000 compensation offered by the MoD. Civil compensation claims are currently going through the Northern Ireland courts.

    John Kelly of the Museum of Free Derry, whose 17-year-old brother Michael was killed on Bloody Sunday, said: “No soldiers have ever been arrested before now. We have been looking forward to this for nearly 44 years.

    “It’s the beginning of the final part of the process. I don’t know whether this is someone who has been living in Northern Ireland or England. This is about getting justice for our loved ones, the innocent people who were murdered.

    “I hope it will not take long to see these people in court being charged for what they did on Bloody Sunday – killing children. There should have been arrests when Saville produced his report. We believe that everyone who fired that day should have been prosecuted.

    “My brother Michael was 17 when he died. I’m looking forward to seeing the soldier [who killed him] being arrested. I hope we will see these people in court soon for murder and attemped murder.”

    Linda Nash, one of William Nash’s sisters, said: “I am sceptical at this stage. I am aware of the political situation here so I will await to see if a soldier is charged. I’ve had way too many disappointments in the past to feel anything.”

    The PSNI has said that 34 military and 310 civilian witness statements have been recorded so far in its investigation into Bloody Sunday.
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    Anyone who followed track and field during the Cold War would have felt an eerie sense of déjà vu as Dick Pound set out the collusion between the Russian state and its coaches and athletes on Monday. The drugs have changed. The deceit is less brazen. But from top to toe the infection and deception remain.

    This was the overwhelming thrust of Monday’s independent commission report into allegations of Russian doping. The results, as Pound admitted, were “worse than we thought”. That was a striking admission. The 73-year-old has been at the vanguard of the fight against doping since before the collapse of the Berlin Wall and is not easily shocked. As part of the Canadian delegation to the Seoul Olympics he looked Ben Johnson in the eye and asked him was he clean. When it was proved Johnson had lied to him and the world, the effect was like caustic soda stripping away Pound’s naivety.

    The independent commission did not flinch in setting out its recommendations. There was little waffle or fence-sitting, which was a refreshing change after the dithering of the International Association of Athletics Federations over the Russia question in recent weeks. Among the highlights: Russia should be banned from international athletics competition and claims that London 2012 had been “sabotaged” because the IAAF had allowed 10 athletes with “unexplained and highly suspicious” abnormal blood profiles to compete. The report also urged the IAAF to ban for life five middle-distance runners – including Mariya Savinova, who won 800m gold at London 2012 and Ekaterina Poistogova, who took bronze from the same event – and five senior coaches.

    This was serious stuff. But the independent commission’s detailed explanation of the nexus of collusion and corruption among Russia’s athletes and its government was even more compelling. It was, agreed Pound, state-supported doping. “I don’t see how you could call it anything else,” he admitted. “Our conclusion was this couldn’t happen without the knowledge or consent of state authorities.”

    Athletes were expected to cheat and there were consequences for those that did not. As one coach, Oleg Popov, admitted, they “have no choice but to dope otherwise the athlete is ‘out’, meaning removed from the team”. Systems were in put in place to subvert usual international norms. So, when Russian athletes failed drugs tests, they did not necessarily get caught or punished.

    The interference came from the top. The Russian sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, even issued direct orders to “manipulate particular samples” and there was “direct intimidation and interference by the Russian state with the Moscow laboratory operations”. Not only were its offices bugged but its director, Grigory Rodchenkov, was required to meet a security officer from the FSB weekly to update him on the “mood of Wada”.

    But Rodchenkov was not an innocent party. As the independent commission revealed he was an integral part of the conspiracy to extort money from athletes in order to cover up positive results. Staggeringly he was also involved in “the intentional and malicious destruction” of 1,417 samples to deny evidence for the inquiry. A shadow laboratory that covered up positive doping results by destroying samples was also set up by the Russian state.

    Pound’s report is necessarily incomplete: one chapter will not be published until police finish their investigations into Lamine Diack, the former IAAF president, and Gabriel Dollé, who was once the most senior anti-doping official in track and field, whom they suspect of corruption. But it does confirm that “there existed a conspiracy to conduct and conceal corrupt behaviour by particular highly placed members and officials of the IAAF and the ARAF [the Russian Athletics Federation]”.

    It is worth noting that there were two interlinking strands of corruption. The first involved Russian state support in the doping programmes of its athletes which, said Pound, had probably been going on uninterrupted since the 1960s. Then, more recently, there were those senior IAAF officials – including Diack, who is accused by French police of accepting more than €1m in exchange for covering up positive tests – who connived to take financial advantage of a system that was already corrupt by extorting money from Russian athletes.

    After wading through the report it is not surprising that Pound recommends that Russia should be banned from international competition. The sheer scale of their behaviour is breathtaking. Yes, other athletes and other countries will have doped – and are doping – but it would be a major surprise if it was as co-ordinated as this.

    The consequences of a complete ban would go beyond Russian athletes not being allowed into the Olympics. All their track and field athletes would be stopped from competing in every international race and event. The IAAF world junior championships and IAAF World Race Walking Cup are due to take place in Russia next year. If Russia is considered noncompliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency code, and its main testing laboratory is also banned, how can it possibly stage these events?[/CODE]
    The decision to ban Russia is likely to be taken later this month when the IAAF’s council meet in Monaco.. An extraordinary motion, suspending the country until it is ruled to have a clean bill of health, is expected to sail through. Realistically, how long would it take for that suspension to be lifted? Especially given that the report calls for “all necessary steps to be taken to remove and prevent any actions by state agencies [including the security agency, the FSB] that may affect the independence of the anti-doping programme in Russia”. With Vladimir Putin around how likely is that to happen?

    And there seems little willingness in Russia to clean up its act. As recently as this summer the report states there was still “widespread doping” taking place at the Olympic training centre in Saransk with “active use of blood-transfusion equipment” with Russian coaches feeling it was safe enough for six out of 10 race-walkers who tested positive to continue doping as part of their training programme.

    Pound urges Wada to develop a whistle-blower assistance and protection programme to encourage more people to come forward. Certainly those Russians who did speak to the German TV documentary makers at ARD were incredibly brave. The Guardian also understands that when Dollé, the IAAF’s former head of anti-doping, announced to his staff that Habib Cissé, a legal adviser to Diack, was taking over responsibility for the management of the athlete biological passport in November 2011 many were outraged. But they had no outlet to voice suspicions. Now, maybe, they will.

    The report also recommends the IAAF should appoint a chief compliance officer for anti-doping matters as an independent ombudsman whom athletes can ask for advice and assistance.

    Here it could go further. Why should we trust a particular sport or country to administer a doping programme or police its own athletes ever again? Pound calls for greater funding for Wada. Some, like Jessica Ennis-Hill’s coach, Toni Minichiello, believe all testing and sentencing should go through an independent doping agency.

    Yet while Pound’s report is focused on the problems in Russian track and field, there is a warning for other sports and countries. As he puts it: “The public view will move towards believing all sport is corrupt. If you can’t believe results, then there is a serious credibility problem. I hope all sports will look at their governance and their anti-doping systems because their existence may be at risk.”

    It is advice that they would be wise to heed.
    http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/nov/09/russia-athletics-rotten-system-doping-deceit
     
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    Roger Federer was voted a fan favorite for the 13th year in a row.

    Federer has been selected by his peers as winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for the 11th time.

    Djokovic, who won three Grand Slam titles this year, will receive the ATP World Tour No. 1 award for the second straight year and fourth time overall. He has been ranked No. 1 since July 7, 2014.

    Mike and Bob Bryan receive the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for their off-court work with their charitable foundation. They are among four pairs still in contention for the No. 1 doubles award.
     
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    Natalia Vodianova is confident that she is much faster than Sentinel, even if she had Sureshs strapped to her back.
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    Trying to cut down my excessive drinking. After the events of this day, it's not going well. Oh well, it's either this or roundhouse kicking both the chefs I'm working with in the face.

    A double Jack and Coke still costs about half as much here compared to when I visited London.
     
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    No, this was much worse than any since Hurricane Charly struck a big chunk of Florida on 08/13/04.:(
     
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    Certainly hoped it was just another Friday the 13th but it wasn't to be in Paris.:mad:
     
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    He's had so many cows, which do you think is his favourite?:D
     
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    I dreamed I was at a bar and Lucie, who was smoking a cigarette, was the bartender. She told me that she quit tennis, then served me a gigantic glass of beer, which she said was free.

    Karolína Plíšková grabbed my arm and said it was time for my tattoos. I told her that I didn't want any tattoos and to go away. She pulled me off my bar stool and I could see a big Czech, biker-looking guy. I struggled to get away and woke up.
     
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    This is quite eerie...today I took a nap before work and had a dream where I dropped off a few pretty ladies at a usually reliable restaurant and then proceeded to a motorcycle shop and purchased a Harley. I then drove by the restaurant and the ladies were still waiting for their food. I went inside and complained to the owner and got immediate results. Food was served, drinks were consumed and the beauties all wanted a ride home but I could only take one on my new ride. Decisions, decisions...then I woke up.
     
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    You should have purchased a high-powered Harley golf cart. That way you could have given some WTA players a ride.

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    Djokovic close to peRFection as he reaches final. sureshs must be wiping overflowing tears after another WTF Rafaelito sendoff!
     
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