Impossible to play under US Open’s COVID-19 protocols, Djokovic says

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title World number one Novak Djokovic has said participating in the US Open would be an impossible task due to the “extreme” COVID-19 protocols in place for the tournament at Flushing Meadows.The US Open, scheduled to begin on August 31, will be the first Grand Slam to be played after the COVID-19 pandemic suspended the season in March. The French Open was postponed to September, while the Wimbledon championships was cancelled.The suspension of the tennis season was last extended until the end of July but Djokovic, a three-times champion in New York, is not sure the tournament will go ahead.“I had a telephone conversation with the leaders of world tennis. There were talks about the continuation of the season, mostly about the US Open due in late August, but it’s not known whether it will be held,” Djokovic said.“The rules that they told us that we would have to respect to be there, to play at all, they are extreme. We would not have access to Manhattan, we would have to sleep in hotels at the airport, to be tested twice or three times per week.“Also, we could bring one person to the club which is really impossible. I mean, you need your coach, then a fitness trainer, then a physiotherapist.” Djokovic suggested economic factors were behind the push to play the tournament.“They want the tournament to go ahead at any cost for economic reasons, which I understand,” he said. “But the question is, how many players are willing to accept those terms.”World number two Rafa Nadal had also said he would not travel to the US in the present circumstances.Nadal has also questioned whether tennis can restart with the pandemic still gripping large parts of the world and unless every player is able to compete.“For me (it) is very difficult to separate the status that the world is living from my real perspective on the world of tennis,” Nadal said this week. “We need to be responsible, we need to be sure that the situation is safe enough, and then of course try to come back to our tour when the things are clear.”The US leads the world in total cases, numbering over 1.9 million, while it has also recorded more than 109,000 deaths due to the novel coronavirus.Reuters/NAN.Tags: COVID-19French OpenNovak DjokovicRafa NadalUS OpenWimbledon Openlast_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgClubs with coaches in place at their training complexes were Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Denver, Dallas and Atlanta.NFL teams have been performing all their offseason duties virtually since their facilities were closed by Commissioner Roger Goodell in late March due to the coronavirus pandemic.The league is taking a slow approach to reopening those team buildings, with the latest step allowing coaching staffs to return. Only players currently rehabilitating injuries are allowed at the complexes.TOKYO OLYMPICS-DEADLINEFormer Olympic minister says March is deadline for Tokyo NFL-PATRIOTS SOCIAL JUSTICE PLEDGEPatriots pledge $1 million to social justice causesBOSTON (AP) — The Patriots say team owner Robert Kraft’s family is pledging $1 million to local grassroots organizations to promote social justice causes.A statement and video released on the team’s website Friday says the money will be distributed over the next 10 months in $100,000 monthly donations. The recipients will be chosen in collaboration with Patriots players.The groups selected will be those “fighting for equity, working to end systemic racism and creating meaningful change in our community.” Associated Press June 5, 2020 The players, their families, coach Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell marched from their stadium to the steps of the local sheriff’s department.The Jaguars started their march at 9:04 a.m. local time Friday to signify the local 904 area code.The protest comes two days after owner Shad Khan spoke against racism in a letter on the team website.Wide receiver Chris Conley wore a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt. He said: “Today we say no more. Today we see a nation that can’t await change, a city that won’t sit still or be quiet.”AMERICA PROTESTS-NFL PLAYERS VIDEO Tea Katai made the posts on her Instagram story earlier this week, and the Galaxy angrily condemned them as “racist and violent” on Wednesday. The posts included a photo with a caption written in Serbian urging police to “kill” protesters, another referring to protesters as “disgusting cattle,” and a third sharing a racist meme.Aleksandar Katai disavowed his wife’s posts late Wednesday night, saying the “views are not ones that I share and are not tolerated in my family.”VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLMore than half of NFL coaching staffs not at team facilitiesUNDATED (AP) — More than half of the 32 NFL teams will not have their coaching staffs back at their facilities Friday even though the league has approved such returns where local governments allow them. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL JAGUARS PROTEST MARCH‘Today we say no more’: Jaguars march to sheriff’s officeJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are taking a stand against inequality and police brutality. Update on the latest in sports: TOKYO (AP) — Next spring has been set as a possible deadline by a local lawmaker for deciding if the postponed Tokyo Olympics can go ahead.That’s the judgment of former Japanese Olympic minister Toshikai Endo. Japanese television NHK quoted him at a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.The Tokyo Olympics are to open on July 23, 2021. They were postponed this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.Endo is the latest powerful politician to speak out this week about the games, bracing the Japanese public for possible changes and costs.Tokyo Governor Yurkio Koike said Thursday the games were likely to be downsized and undergo many changes. The video says “change always begins with listening.” The recipients will be invited to speak with the team’s executive staff and senior management across the Kraft Group’s businessesMLS-GALAXY-KATAI’S WIFEGalaxy drop Aleksandar Katai after wife’s social media postsLOS ANGELES (AP) — Aleksandar Katai has been released by the LA Galaxy after a series of alarming social media posts by his wife, Tea.The Galaxy announced their decision to “mutually part ways” with their new Serbian winger Friday in a one-sentence news release. NCAA hits Oklahoma St with postseason ban in corruption caseUNDATED (AP) — An NCAA infractions committee panel has ruled former Oklahoma State assistant men’s basketball coach Lamont Evans violated ethical-conduct rules by accepting up to $22,000 in bribes from financial advisers.The NCAA also announced penalties that include a one-year postseason ban for the team for next season. The ruling includes three years of probation, a $10,000 fine and a reduction in basketball scholarships for the program.Oklahoma State issued plans to appeal, saying it was “stunned by the severity of the penalties and strongly disagrees with them.”INDYCAR-WINDSCREEN Pete Rademacher, 1956 Olympic boxing champion, dies at 91CLEVELAND (AP) — Olympic boxing champion Pete Rademacher has died.A family member says he died at a veterans home in Sandusky, Ohio.Rademacher won a gold medal at the 1956 Melbourne Games and fought Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight title in his first professional bout. Rademacher is the only boxer to fight for a championship in his first pro bout.He knocked Patterson down in the second round before being counted out in the sixth.   — The Italian soccer federation says teams will be allowed up to five substitutions in matches. Italian competitions will adopt the temporary law change when they resume next week. There can still be only three pauses to send on substitutes. If matches go into extra time and teams haven’t used all five of their substitutes they can make a fourth interruption at the end of regular time or between the two halves of extra time.Serie A is set to resume on June 20 with the Italian Cup being completed in the previous week.— Chelsea has been declared Women’s Super League champion after the season was stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic. The English Football Association’s board decided to determine the final standings on a points-per-game basis. Manchester City was a point ahead of Chelsea but had played an extra game when the season was suspended in March.— The Asian qualifying tournament for the World Cup is set to resume in October after the coronavirus pandemic forced games in March and June to be postponed. The Asian Football Confederation says it agreed with FIFA to schedule two dates in October and two in November to complete the current groups. Twelve teams will advance to a further group stage next year.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OKLAHOMA STATE SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKLiverpool could win Premier League title at home after allLONDON (AP) — Liverpool could win the Premier League title at home after all. Police originally indicated they wanted Liverpool’s second game after the restart against Crystal Palace to be staged at a neutral venue because of concerns that supporters could congregate outside Anfield. But the league now says the game on June 24 is scheduled to be at Liverpool’s home stadium. Liverpool leads Manchester City by two points and is two wins from ending its 30-year title drought.In other sports developments related to the coronavirus outbreak:— The University of Maryland will begin allowing its football players to begin voluntary, individual workouts under the supervision of the sports medial staff on June 15. Football players will be permitted to return to campus on June 8 for medical screenings. The athletes will be tested for symptoms of COVID-19 on a daily basis. Maryland is scheduled to open the season on Sept. 5 at home against Towson. IndyCar drivers uncertain how aeroscreen will work at TexasINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Some IndyCar drivers are nervous heading into Saturday’s season-opening race at Texas. They will be racing on one of the series’ trickiest tracks, in stifling heat and with the new windscreen for the first time.The protective device was supposed to make its debut on a road course in March. But when the pandemic shut down the sports world, series officials revised the schedule.Now, the introductory race will take place on a high-speed, high-banked Texas oval, where it has not been tested.BOXING-OBIT-RADEMACHER NEW YORK (AP) — Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is among more than a dozen NFL stars who united to send a passionate video message to the league about racial inequality.The 70-second video was released on social media platforms Thursday night, and includes Saquon Barkley, Michael Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr., Deshaun Watson, Ezekiel Elliott, Jamal Adams, Stephon Gilmore and DeAndre Hopkins, among others.The video closes with the players demanding the NFL state that it condemns “racism and the systemic oppression of black people,” and that the league “admit wrong in silencing” players from peacefully protesting. The players also want the league to state: “We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter.”The players then name several of the black men and women who have recently been killed, including Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Eric Garner.In a statement, the NFL said: “This is a time of self-reflection for all – the NFL is no exception. We stand with the black community because black lives matter.” After noting league efforts to address social injustice, and pledging $20 million to such causes, the NFL added: “We know that we can and need to do more.” Rademacher had dementia for years and his brain will be donated for medical research.Pete Rademacher was 91 years old.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Wisconsin’s offense explodes for 82 points

first_imgThe talents of redshirt junior Michala Johnson are well known not just by the Wisconsin women’s basketball team, but across the Big Ten.Michala Johnson came into Sunday’s game against Ohio State as the team’s leading scorer, averaging 16.1 points per game and ranked second on the team in rebounds, hauling in 7.4 per game. Sunday, however, she had a running mate in the frontcourt in junior forward Jacki Gulczynski.Both Gulczynski and Michala Johnson were dominant, causing Ohio State headaches all day as they paced the Badgers in both scoring and rebounding in their 82-71 win over the Buckeyes.For Gulczynski, her scoring effort started early on for UW as she had 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting (2-3 three-point) in just the first half. Gulczynski scored on a layup at the 13 minute mark and would go on to score 12 of the next 16 points for the Badgers to give them a 28-17 lead.Gulczynski credits her teammates for the ability to get her the ball, which allowed her to keep shooting lights out in the first half. She finished the game with 21 points, a game-high and tied for career-high 15 rebounds, and four blocks.“Our teammates are great at noticing who has the hot hand,” Gulczynski said. “Often it’s Michala [Johnson], Taylor [Wurtz]. Sometimes it’s going to be me or Morgan [Paige]. It’s just team recognition of who has the hot hand. We just know who to get the ball to.”In a much more common occurrence, Michala Johnson wrecked havoc for the opposing team down low, especially in the second half.Getting her second foul with 11 minutes, 20 seconds left in the first half, which forced her to the bench, she only managed five points and two rebounds in the first 20 minutes of play. However, things changed in the second half as she went off for 16 points and grabbed another five rebounds.Much like Gulczynski’s run in the first half, Michala Johnson had a run of her own. Starting with an offensive rebound and put back with 15:23 remaining in the second half, Michala Johnson would proceed to score 12 of the next 16 points for the Badgers and push their lead to 67-45. She ended the night with 21 points (9-for-15 FG) and seven rebounds, despite the early foul trouble.“My main thing coming into the second half was don’t get the third foul, don’t get in foul trouble” Michala Johnson said. “Like I said before, my points and scoring will come, so my main focus is rebounding, boxing out, just not trying to get that third foul.”With Michala Johnson’s foul trouble in the first half, her sister, freshman Malayna Johnson, stepped up, logging eight minutes of play and scoring five points. Four of her points came from the foul-line, much to the approval of Badger head coach Bobbie Kelsey.“They were,” Kelsey said about the importance of Malayna’s minutes. “Malayna doesn’t have a whole bunch of experience, but she did get to the free-throw line. She’s tall, so she was at least able to stand and put her hands up. But some of it is she’s not a great scorer, so you lose some [scoring] when [Michala Johnson] goes out.”Kelsey was pleased with the frontcourt play overall for UW Sunday. Gulczynski and Michala Johnson scored over half of Wisconsin’s points with 42 and accounted for 22 of the 49 rebounds. Kelsey recognized how successful the team can be when both Gulczynski and Michala Johnson are playing at such a high level. It can really open things up for Wisconsin, as evidenced Sunday. Redshirt senior Taylor Wurtz reaped the benefits of the Badgers’ inside play, scoring all 17 of her points in the second half.“[Gulczynski] is a little bit of a mismatch,” Kelsey said. “So when they put a big on her, we’re just going to throw it back out. They put a little one on her, we’re just going to post up, and that gives [Johnson] a break. She doesn’t have to try and do it all by herself in there.”For Michala Johnson and Gulczynski, Sunday’s game was a continuation of the success they have found over the past few games. In her last two games, Michala Johnson has scored 26 and 21 points respectively, and with Sunday’s performance, she now has reached the 20-point mark nine times this season. Gulczynski remains dominant on the boards, and with her 15 rebound day Sunday, she now has 10-plus rebounds in five games this season.It hasn’t happened in every game this season, but if the Badgers can have outputs from Michala Johnson and Gulczynski like they did Sunday, they can play like one of the best teams in the Big Ten. But for now, Kelsey and the rest of the Badgers, are just happy the frontcourt’s effort helped end their four game losing streak.last_img read more

SBC bolsters content marketing team with Martyn Elliott appointment

first_img SBC (Sports Betting Community), the leading specialist sports betting events and media business, has moved to further strengthen its growing team with the appointment of Martyn Elliott to the newly-created role of Content Marketing Manager.Elliott brings with him more than 15 years of experience in the content industry, including writing for sports and news websites, managing editorial teams, and designing and implementing B2B content marketing strategies for international companies.Among the projects he will be working on for SBC is the new fortnightly Betting on Sports webinar series, which will see well-known experts provide in-depth insights into some of the new opportunities and key issues facing the industry.  The webinars will also act as a preview of the 13 tracks at the industry-leading Betting on Sports 2019 event in London, when 3,500 delegates will be treated to a 300-speaker line-up that includes illustrious industry experts like Jason Robins (DraftKings), Paris Smith (Pinnacle) and Sergey Portnov (Parimatch). Opening the webinar series on July 10 is Rare Breed – Betting on Politics, a discussion on how to price markets in what, after a series of poll-defying results over recent years, has become a highly unpredictable sector.The panel for the session comprises Sarbjit Bakhshi (Head of Politics, Smarkets), Matt Shaddick (Head of Ladbrokes Politics) and Steve Donoughue (Owner/CEO of GamblingConsultant.co.uk).Dennis Algreen, SBC’s Marketing Director, said: “We’re delighted to have Martyn on board to drive our marketing with additional creative, customer-focused content. The new Betting on Sports webinar series is a great example of  how we are developing our content offering, and there are plenty more new ideas to come.”Elliott added: “It’s an exciting time to be joining SBC, which is renowned for the quality of the content delivered at its events and through its media channels. The company has ambitious plans to further leverage its content offerings and I’m looking forward to being involved in some innovative projects to support them.” To register for the Rare Breed – Betting on Politics webinar (3:00pm GMT 10 July), click HERE. GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

Photo Gallery: Memorial Day, 2018

first_imgPhotos by Jay Cook and Patrick Olivero |On Memorial Day, May 28, patriotism was on display in the towns of Rumson, Fair Haven and Middletown. Americans paid their respects to those who died in service to their country and held festive  parades.Some of these photos were published in the May 31-June 7, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img

Hawks surprise Rebels in Game one of Murdoch Final

first_imgDarren Medeiros scored the other goal for Castlegar.Beaver Valley out shot the Rebels 25-19 making a winner out of Perehudoff.Netminder Jarrod Schamerhorn, injured in Game five of the Murdoch semi final against Nelson, was back on the bench as the back-up goalie for Beaver Valley.Edwards, leading the KIJHL in playoffs scoring with 15 points, has 12 points in his last four games.The series shifts to Fruitvale for Games three and four Thursday and Friday.Knights need extra time to take lead on EaglesIn Armstrong, Marty Saharchuk scored in overtime to lift the North Okanagan Knights to a 6-5 win over Sicamous Eagles in Game one of the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference Semi Final.The Knights lead the series 1-0 with Game two set for Tuesday in Armstrong. Ryan Edwards continued his hot scoring streak, scoring a power play goal midway through the third period to spark the Beaver Valley Nitehawks to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Rebels Monday night in Castlegar.The Hawks, winners of four straight, lead the best-of-seven Murdoch Final 1-0.Game two is Tuesday in the Sunflower City.Castlegar, entering the game the hottest team in the KIJHL with 10 wins in 11 games, opened the scoring on Beaver Valley netminder Zach Perehudoff less than two minutes into the game when Diego Bartlett combined with Brenden Heinrich and Bryan Lubin.The goal, however, never fazed the Hawks which outshot the Rebels 10-7 in the period and tied the game on a marker from Michael Bell.Beaver Vallley rookie Riley Brandt scored his first playoff marker with seconds remaining in the middle frame before Edwards notched the winner in the third giving the Hawks a 3-1 lead.last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons World Travel Holdings Named 1 Of 50 Most Engaged

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — World Travel Holdings announces being named as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in North America. This annual award recognizes top employers that display leadership and innovation in engaging their workplaces.“There are an unprecedented five generations in the workplace. Coupled with the fight for top talent at an all-time high, it’s more important than ever for organizations to put a greater focus on engaging their employees to drive positive business performance and culture. The companies we honor as the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces® have proven their forward-thinking directly leads to a more positive employee experience,” said Jeff Cates, CEO and president at Achievers. “Through the development of a people-first culture, the organizations listed epitomize an innovative, engaged and accomplished workforce, and we’re honored to add them to our growing roster of past winners.”With more than 80 percent of its employees working virtually, developing creative engagement programs is a key contributor to World Travel Holdings’ continued success. An involved Executive Team that leads by example coupled with new personal and professional development opportunities launched regularly, excites and motivates employees to come to work each day.“This year we re-invigorated our mission of ‘Deliver a Remarkable Experience’ by using its acronym D.A.R.E. in a challenge to employees to take our mission statement to new heights working toward our strategic direction,” said Loren Kennedy, senior vice president of human resources. “We found that components of D.A.R.E. can be found in nearly all eight elements of employee engagement which is why we named our Achievers entry ‘Dare to Achieve.’”A panel of 10 esteemed judges comprised of employee engagement academics, industry analysts, thought leaders, journalists and influencers evaluated the applicants. Winners were selected based on Achievers’ Eight Elements of Employee Engagement™: Leadership; Communication; Culture; Rewards and Recognition; Professional and Personal Growth; Accountability and Performance; Vision and Values and Corporate Social Responsibility.World Travel Holdings will be honored alongside other recipients of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces Award at an awards gala on September 9, 2019, at the Chicago Public Library – Harold Washington Library Center before the opening of this year’s Achievers Customer Experience (ACE) Conference.About AchieversAchievers Employee Success Platform delivers proven tools for organizations of all sizes to align on values and strategic goals by empowering every employee as an owner of organizational culture and engagement. Built on behavioral science and real-world results from over a decade of engagement leadership, hundreds of global customers rely on Achievers’ dynamic employee recognition, coaching, and continuous listening tools for their people to feel valued and heard, to drive desired behaviors and ignite a positive corporate culture. Achievers provides organizations and managers with engagement intelligence to inform their actions and decisions every day. To learn more about the Achievers platform, visit us at http://www.achievers.com. Achievers is a subsidiary of Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc.About World Travel HoldingsWorld Travel Holdings is the nation’s largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company with a portfolio of more than 35 diverse brands. In addition to owning some of the largest brands distributing cruises, villas, resort vacations, car rentals, resort day passes and luxury travel services, World Travel Holdings has a vast portfolio of licensed private-label partnerships comprised of top leisure travel providers, including almost every U.S. airline, leading hotel brands and prominent corporations. The company also operates a top-rated travel agency franchise and the country’s original host agency, and is consistently recognized as an industry leader in work-at-home employment. Its global presence includes operating multiple cruise and vacation brands in the United Kingdom. World Travel Holdings has offices in Wilmington, Mass.; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Virginia Beach, Va.; New York, NY; and Chorley, England. For more information, visit WorldTravelHoldings.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Heilind Electronics via PR Newswire.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email [email protected] this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s World Travel Holdings Selected As 1 Of 50 Most Engaged Workplaces In North AmericaIn “Business”Wilmington’s World Travel Holdings Awarded For Innovative Employee Engagement ProgramsIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s World Travel Holdings Named One Of The 50 Most Engaged Workplaces In North AmericaIn “Business”last_img read more

Bill Delaying New Ozone Standards Moves Forward In Congress

first_img Share Ken Lund via FlickrThe Houston skyline on a hazy day in 2015.A bill passed by the U.S. House could have implications for Houston’s air quality struggles, giving polluters more flexibility to meet ozone goals.Pollution in the city’s nowhere near as bad as it was decades ago, but Houston has still regularly failed to meet federal air quality standards.With a bill delaying new, Obama-era ozone standards now headed to the Senate, some worry the air problem will be ignored.  “It is an excuse on the part of industry to not use the billions of dollars it has to actually implement mitigations to reduce its emissions,” says Bakeyah Nelson, Executive Director of Air Alliance Houston. Environment Texas, another green group, has pointed to an uptick in high-ozone days in the past couple years.The groups want petrochemical plants to act now, but Anna Burhop, with the industry group American Chemistry Council, says ozone standards have been changing too fast.“From a business perspective, you don’t want to go ahead and jump into reformulating all of your products, or putting really expensive controls on your plants, when you don’t know whether that’s necessary or not,” she says.It’s not clear how this bill, if it becomes law, would affect an ongoing lawsuit against the EPA’s own effort to delay the new ozone limits. X Listen 00:00 /01:10 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Teenagers less reckless when elderly around

first_imgHowever, a new study suggests that being in a group that includes just one slightly older adult might decrease the teenagers’ propensity to engage in risky behaviour. “Decision making in groups of adolescents and young adults is more prudent when a somewhat older adult is present,” explained Laurence Steinberg, psychological scientist at Temple University in Pennsylvania, US.The study was designed to shed light on the group performance in the context of army combat teams where many soldiers in the front lines are in their late teenage or early 20s. However, the researchers also maintained that the findings are relevant across various settings, including restaurants and retail stores, which employ a relatively high proportion of adolescents.The study, published in Psychological Science, provides guidance to organisations that should decide on the age mix of their work teams, the researchers revealed. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Some of the participants, all 18-20-year-old men, were randomly assigned to complete the experiment alone, while others completed the task in a group of three same-aged peers or two same-aged peers and one slightly older male. The participants then completed a computer-based driving game, in which one group member was tasked with driving a car along a track as quickly as possible while the others watched.At each intersection in the game, the “driver” had to decide whether to stop for a yellow light, which would incur a time penalty, or to continue driving. If the driver ran through the light, he risked hitting another vehicle, which would incur an even greater time penalty. The drivers were offered a monetary incentive for completing the course quickly, and the observers received bonuses based on the driver’s performance. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe researchers measured drivers’ risk taking as the proportion of intersections at which they did not brake for the yellow light. They also measured participants’ preference for relatively small immediate rewards versus larger delayed rewards.The results revealed that drivers who were observed by peers took significantly more risks and showed a stronger preference for immediate rewards than those who completed the task in a group that included a slightly older graduate student.last_img read more

TMC MP Santanu Sen claims getting death threats

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Santanu Sen Monday claimed that he has been receiving death threats from unknown persons for the past several days. Sen, however, did not specify the reason for the threats. He said that the number of calls threatening to put an end to his life has escalated in the past few weeks which prompted him to lodge a police complaint. It may be recalled that the party’s Krishnaganj MLA Satyajit Biswas was shot from point blank range by unidentified assailants in full public view on February 9 inside a Saraswati puja marquee at Phoolbari village in Nadia district. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose “I have been receiving life threats from unknown numbers for the last one-and-a-half month. Initially, I had ignored those threats since I am a politician,” Sen told PTI. However, in the last few weeks, the number of such calls have increased sharply, he said. “My family members and well-wishers suggested me to intimate the police. So I had lodged a complaint at the local police station,” Sen said. Sen is a key organisational leader of the TMC in North Kolkata and its suburbs. The TMC leadership has recently sought reports from the party’s district presidents regarding the security status of MLAs and important leaders in the respective districts. Apart from enhancing security of MLAs, the district leaders are also keen on providing additional security to key people in the organization’s set up ahead of the elections.last_img read more