By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Sun., May 5, 2019 Yeesh. I hope you all can get through this before the 3:30 p.m. game time because there’s some good stuff in here and I wouldn’t want you to miss any of it. So enjoy and try to enjoy the game. Maybe it’ll be fun. And there’s gonna be another one on Tuesday, regardless. - Q: Good day Doug and happy birthday month. Being a year or two older than you, I'm going to use your cue and go for a birthday season leading up to my next special day. Article Continued Below Since you will have lots of basketball questions, and since in your earlier life you covered lots of track action, I will throw another current issue at you for your comments. As you know, Castor Semenya has just lost her case allowing her to run without some sort of treatment to artificially lower her natural testosterone levels. I think this was the wrong decision for several reasons. Firstly, I cannot understand the … [Read more...] about Semenya to Millar to the Raptors; all in the weekend mail
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By Jeré Longman The New York Times Wed., May 1, 2019 The highest court in international sports issued a landmark but nuanced ruling Wednesday that will force female track athletes with elevated levels of testosterone to take suppressants to compete in certain races against other women. The ruling is a defeat for Caster Semenya, a two-time Olympic champion at 800 meters from South Africa, who had appealed the regulations and has fought to compete in women’s events despite her naturally elevated levels of the muscle-building hormone testosterone. The court addressed a complicated, highly charged question involving fair play, gender identity, biology and human rights that the world of track and field has been grappling with for a decade: Since competition is divided into male and female categories, what is the most equitable way to decide who should be eligible to compete in women’s events? The decision by the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport … [Read more...] about Court bars women with high testosterone from some track races
By Anthony Morgan Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 “One of us goes in, and we all go through it …” — Drake, “Headlines” Incarceration is seldom a solo affair. It’s true that the individual person subjected to carceral control bears the brunt of the physical, emotional, psychological, social and financial costs of being forced to surrender their freedom to the state. However, this painful price isn’t paid by the incarcerated person alone: their friends, family members and others who care about them suffer their own sizeable share of loss, sadness, fear and frustration precipitated by their loved one’s incarceration. My family, that is my mom, my sister, Toni, and I, know this reality viscerally well. I have a younger brother, Theo (not his real name), who is currently serving a multi-year sentence in one of Ontario’s federal correctional institutions. This latest stint follows more than a decade of … [Read more...] about My brother’s in jail. Why does talking to him require hundreds of dollars a month and 1990s technology?
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?
A few years ago, an entrepreneur named Wade Eyerly dreamed up an airline that would allow California commuters to fly over heavy traffic. After putting down US$1 million (S$1.36 million) in non-refundable deposits on a fleet of air planes for his start-up, SurfAir, he was struggling to raise enough money to follow through on the purchase.Eyerly had been warned that the airline industry was cutthroat and his background prepared him to be especially wary of his adversaries – he was a former spy who had deployed to Iraq as part of the Department of Defence. But his back was against the wall. In an act of desperation, he cold-called a board member at a rival company, JetSuite.We all have rivals in our work lives. They’re our closest competitors; the individuals or groups we’re highly motivated to defeat. Although we often see them as enemies, our rivals can be our greatest allies.You can see this at the extreme in sports. A 2018 study of NCAA basketball teams found that … [Read more...] about Redefining ‘friendly competition: Your top rival can be your biggest ally