8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Yousef told us Windows Azure is an operating system in the cloud. At the bottom level you have support services and storage, and above that you have the programming environment. This supports writing all sorts of applications in the cloud. The idea is to leverage the investment in the cloud. Announced last October, it is currently free, but they will have an SLA soon. Planned expansion commercially and more offerings in terms of new programming languages and more versatility in working with the stack and other components is coming.EC2 has a US and European segment currently; no new information about other regions. Google App Engine uses Python currently, but they will announce a new language soon. Werner said Amazon Web Services was initially designed and built for internal projects and was later opened up for other people to use. Werner said that Amazon still uses AWS for its primary services.ScalabilityGoogle had similar services internally, but built the App Engine to coalesce all of the Google cloud offerings in one package that is easy to use. App Engine uses BigTable and most of the other Google resources that are available. Mentioned: Jaiku was recently ported to App Engine.It used to be, you had to build to handle spikes like being “Digged” but now, planning for scalability is different. Now you may have huge, sustained traffic at any time. App Engine does not support ‘joins’ with this in mind — the platform is optimized to facilitate scalability.Windows Azure was to handle the long tail of projects built on Windows technologies, without all the infrastructure costs of adding and managing servers and other hardware as they grow.SecurityWerner does not have any announcements regarding this, but he did mention that it is important. On the level of Amazon services being provided, they consider it important that the right tools are offered to help customers manage security. They also offer a vertical space in the cloud for secure data such as HIPAA compliant medical data, etc.Kevin with Google recognizes that security is also important. He said Google does conform to various security certifications. However, he wanted to touch on how Google approaches data security in the cloud. They take security very seriously.Yousef said that security questions are asked very frequently by enterprise customers. He said there is an idea of ‘public lots’ versus ‘private lots’ in the cloud to meet security considerations. He couldn’t go into more detail but was willing to talk offline on it.Future ChallengesWerner said future challenges included increased use of automation, such as automated management of applications, and also taking a closer look at how the apps scale, and only paying for the resources that their apps need to scale.Kevin said it is an interesting challenge to think about moving to the cloud. He said as a programmer, there are a lot of new concepts to know about, like latency and consistency that will have to be thought about as they apply to cloud apps. He is hopeful that, as more knowledge about these challenges is revealed, we’ll have more of a consensus about those challenges and how to overcome them.Azure invested in automation. You get an API and SDK, but automation is also built-in. In a way, they are between EC2 and App Engine at the moment.Vendor Lock-InWerner doesn’t have anything proprietary; they constructed their services to be tools instead of a framework to minimize having to write proprietary code that only runs on one cloud service. He is always asking customers what exactly they want in terms of standardization, but a lot of that is, admittedly, in the future.App Engine is very concerned about lock-in. They think that as Google cloud apps succeed, it’s better for Google and better for the world. He said they want to be as portable as possible and adopt standards as much as possible. However, he gave the example that if you are not using SQL for a database, you move into an area that may not have any ‘standards.’PortabilityYousef said the question has many layers. Azure wants to run any stack that can be run anywhere else. Currently, .net is supported, but they definitely want to support LAMP and other ‘legacy’ stacks for easy portability from other cloud services. He also mentioned that support for secure cloud data is important. Finally, he says that data portability (import/export) is very important and something they support. He said though, that developers have to have an eye toward writing ‘portable code’ to facilitate moving to another service if necessary.Green ComputingWerner said that efficiency and green computing go hand in hand. Since they are priced very competitively, they are very focused on efficiency. This also helps their offerings be as green as can be. There are seven metrics for efficiency that cloud providers should share to allow customers to make the right choice.Google is built around using the absolute minimal resources it needs.. apps do not use resources if there aren’t any requests for the application. Azure said they are actively looking at revamping the way their servers in the cloud are utilized to improve efficiency, but they don’t have any official announcements at the current time.Hybrid PlatformsWerner said it’s still early to determine the roadmap here; there’s potential for a lot of combinations of different hosting options leveraging the cloud, but they can’t really say what will be directly supported in the future.Yousef spoke in a general way about how enterprise customers move from their traditional models to the cloud, and he says that it is going to be a space to watch in the next year. He said for these customers, ease of migration to the cloud is going to be of primary importance.Wrap-UpIs cloud computing focused on high-performance computing?Werner: Many big customers are also HPC customers. He said the cloud is good for that. Kevin: Actively looking in to it, but app engine isn’t for HPC. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… IntroWerner Vogels opened, covering EC2 and Cloud Computing. He mentioned article “Amazon’s Risky Bet” and now a few years later, EC2 is a huge business with many new businesses and startups running on the platform.Kevin Gibbs opened with information on Google App Engine; he said it’s different in that it focuses entirely on web applications. App Engine scales transparently as the application grows. He said it is perfectly horizontally scalable, so there’s no worry about running into a wall. The big difference with the App Engine is that you get a local set of development tools, which give you an exact representation of what you would get online. Pushing your changes is as easy as hitting ‘publish.’ Tags:#web phil glockner On the panel were Kevin Gibbs (Tech Lead & Mgr Google App Engine, Google App Engine), Yousef Khalidi (Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft), Werner Vogels (CTO, Amazon.com).
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Norwich striker Teemu Pukki: Exciting to have Finland close to Eurosby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City striker Teemu Pukki is delighted Finland’s Euros qualifying hopes remain alive.Finland took a big step towards the European Championship on Tuesday night, beating Armenia 3-0 – thanks in part to two goals from Pukki.Next Finland will be at home against Liechtenstein.”We wanted to show that what we delivered in Bosnia was not our true level. I don’t think anyone was particularly stressed or panicked. The whole team was ready,” said Pukki.”We have two incredibly big matches ahead of us. There is nothing better than playing for such big things as a European Championship for Finland. It is exciting.”
New Delhi: Realty major DLF plans to raise an estimated Rs 3,000 crore through the sale of equity shares to qualified institutional investors. Aiming to become a debt-free company, DLF had last year announced plans to issue up to 17.3 crore shares through qualified institutional placement (QIP) to raise funds and pre-pay loans. “We are looking to complete QIP by June this year,” DLF group CFO Ashok Tyagi said in an interview. The QIP proceeds and further infusion of Rs 2,500 crore from promoters against issue of warrants would help company in significantly reducing debt that stood at around Rs 7,200 crore as on December 31, 2018, he said. Moreover, the company is ready to move housing inventories worth Rs 12,500 crore which are being targeted to be sold in the next 3-5 years. “We are currently selling Rs 600 crore worth properties every quarter. These sales proceeds will also be utilised towards reducing debt,” Tyagi said. DLF promoters K P Singh and family have already infused Rs 9,000 crore in the company and would pump in Rs 2,250 crore more.
New York City: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president, adding his name to an already long list of candidates itching for a chance to take on Donald Trump. The mayor announced his run with a video released by his campaign. “There’s plenty of money in this world. There’s plenty of money in this country. It’s just in the wrong hands,” de Blasio says at the beginning of the video. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportHe concludes: “I’m running for president because it’s time we put working people first.” In announcing his candidacy, de Blasio seeks to claim a role on the national stage that has eluded him as mayor of the biggest U.S. city. When he took office in 2014, de Blasio seemed briefly poised to become a leading voice for an emerging left wing of the Democratic Party. But liberal enthusiasm faded over his first term, partly because of political missteps at home and the emergence of bigger names elsewhere. He could face obstacles trying to distinguish himself in a crowded field. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsDe Blasio, 58, has drawn small audiences so far in visits to early primary states including Iowa, South Carolina, Nevada and New Hampshire, where an audience of six showed up for a mental health discussion. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found 76% of New York City voters say they believe he shouldn’t run. De Blasio’s hometown press has, so far, delighted in disparaging his presidential hopes. “De Blasio for President? ‘Nah,'” read one recent New York Times headline summing up the city’s reaction to his possible candidacy. “Who hasn’t told Bill de Blasio that he shouldn’t run for president?” asked New York Magazine. De Blasio, though, has remained undaunted by the obstacles and said he believes he has a message that can resonate with the American public. Political observers said that even if de Blasio’s candidacy doesn’t catch fire, he’ll be able to promote his policies and potentially angle for a job in a future Democratic administration. He is barred by term limits from running for mayor again. “If he ran a strong and credible campaign, it could enhance his stature for gaining a major appointment or becoming a significant player, particularly if a Democrat is elected president,” said Michael Malbin, a professor of political science at the University at Albany.
But perhaps my favorite stat in all of this: Curry’s assists per 100 possessions has plummeted (11.6 last year, 8.5 so far this year, his lowest since 7.8 his rookie year). It’s probably fair to infer that Curry is taking more shots that he used to set up for teammates.As well he should! Curry should only be setting up others’ shots if he is unable to take or get a better shot himself, which is not that often.Curry’s bad shots are better than others’ good shotsI like to joke that Curry should just take “all the shots” — which is an exaggeration (I think). But there’s strong evidence that the Warriors could be asking Curry to take even more of them.Let’s get very basic for a second: Some shots are better than others. Sometimes a defense breaks down and leaves a player an open look, and sometimes the clock runs down and a player has to heave up a prayer despite being tightly defended. A good offensive scheme is one that generates a lot of good shots. But of course this is relative to who takes them: An open three is useless if it’s taken by a poor shooter like Shaq, while a pretty well-guarded three can be valuable if it’s taken by a good shooter like Curry.If the Warriors were to assign Curry even more shots, they would have to come from somewhere. If Curry can steal shots that are as good as or better than those his teammates would have taken, that’s pure gravy. But if we assume that the Warriors are already distributing their shots wisely, giving Curry more shots likely comes with a trade-off: To give Curry more shots would mean taking “better” shots away from his teammates. Moreover, Curry’s new shots are likely to be worse, on average, than the ones he is taking already (if they were better, he would probably already be taking them).So if our hypothesis — that Curry should be taking more shots — is true, it would suggest that sometimes the Warriors should pass up a good shot for Curry to take a bad shot. So how good is Curry at bad shots?Very, very good.One way to measure his skill at bad shots is to look at how he shoots when he’s well-defended. In the shot data, the simplest proxy for this is the distance of the nearest defender. For example, NBA players on the whole made 35 percent of all 3-point attempts last season, but they made 44 percent with the closest defender at least 12 feet away.Here’s Curry’s 3-point shooting over the past two seasons, broken down by distance to closest defender: Among players with more than 200 shots, Curry was only the fourth-most-efficient shooter on a shot-by-shot basis (behind Kyle Korver, DeAndre Jordan and Kevin Durant).5Last season, Durant also edged Curry in value added per game, but he played in only 27 games. Yet Curry has more than 1,600 shots in that span, while none of the other three players has even half that. He has 371 total points added from shooting efficiency alone, with Korver in second place with 247. Note that this doesn’t include additional value from free throws earned — which would probably make Curry’s advantage even greater (Curry has 416 made free throws in the period, compared to Kyle Korver’s 118).This year, Curry is making his 2014-15 MVP season seem practically pedestrian. Curry is playing better in a number of ways — among other things, he is on pace to set career highs in stealing and rebounding, and he has his best defensive rating to date. He is also hitting a career high in shot attempts per 100 possessions (29.0 this year vs. 25.1 last year) and 3-point attempts per 100 possessions (15.5 this year vs. 12.1 last year). Most importantly, even though he’s taking all these extra shots, his shooting efficiency has gone up! As a reminder, here’s Kirk Goldsberry’s shot chart for Curry this season (as of last week): Curry demolishes the trend by taking an absurd number of shots efficiently. Here’s Curry’s true shooting percentage over the past four years compared with that of the other Warriors: Despite this, I’ve been a tiny bit skeptical of the notion that the 3-point shot is inherently superior. I’m not anti-three the way Byron Scott is, but I’ve suggested that the midrange game — which has historically been a strong indicator of success in the NBA — might still be important once defenses adjust to the new offensive math and a new equilibrium is reached.But Curry kills all that. Curry isn’t a product of the math; he’s so good that he has his own math. Indeed, the math is so far in Curry’s favor that the Warriors — and even basketball in general — may not fully understand what they have yet.While arguing with that Warriors fan, I may have said some things I shouldn’t have. Like that Curry has an outside shot at breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s season record of 50 points per game. Even as MVP, Curry scored only 24 points per game last year, so obviously I was exaggerating for effect … right?Through November, Curry is scoring nearly 32 points per game this season (despite having the luxury of sitting out several fourth quarters as the Warriors roll). As ESPN’s Director of Analytics Ben Alamar wrote, Curry “seems to have figured out that he truly cannot take too many 3-point shots.”And that’s the heart of the matter. The deeper you dive into the data, the more you realize that Curry isn’t just a deadly efficient shooter, but he’s also virtually immune to burden. As he has been asked to produce more and more, he hasn’t gotten any less efficient. (Economists would say Curry has nearly constant1Possibly even accelerating. returns to scale.) The question is: How much additional shooting volume could Curry handle while still remaining the Warriors’ best option?I could rattle off a couple of stats and make a guess, but as my sanity depends on this, I didn’t want to take it casually. So I’ve examined the issue from a number of angles, including a foray into the NBA’s latest tracking data.2Starting with the 2013-14 season, the NBA has been tracking the location of every player and the ball at every moment of virtually every game, substantially opening up avenues of investigation. Most of the shot data I’ve used was provided for this article by our friends at Nylon Calculus.There’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that the results really don’t give us a clear indication of how much burden Curry may be able to handle. The good news is the data doesn’t show even the tiniest hint that Curry is anywhere near his limits yet.So how good is Curry’s shooting?Although Curry does a lot of things well, his main skill is chucking the ball into the basket, so let’s start with that. To look at Curry’s shooting, I used NBA shot-tracking data from the start of the 2014-15 season through Saturday’s games3For various technical reasons, the tracking data is not always as complete as standard stats. For example, I’ve been told that the entire Nov. 12 Warriors vs. Timberwolves game — in which Curry made 8 of 13 3-pointers — is currently missing from the shot logs. (courtesy of Nylon Calculus). The data set contains not only shot distance, but also the distance of the nearest defender and the time left on the shot clock (usually). From this, I created a quick regression to find an expected value of each shot taken,4Code for those interested: glm(made ~ SHOT_CLOCK + SHOT_DIST + CLOSE_DEF_DIST,family=binomial,data=filter(shots,!is.na(SHOT_CLOCK))) which I then compared to the results. This plot shows how much value each player has added since the start of last season versus how many shots he took (with the size of each bubble corresponding to the number of shots taken per game): Before this year’s NBA season started, I had a conversation with a Golden State Warriors fan. He was excited about his team and was keen to explain its success: It was perfectly balanced, with perfect chemistry, role players, coaching and management. That Stephen Curry is pretty amazing also helped.His point that the Warriors are some kind of Zen basketball masterpiece is hardly controversial. Yet a few minutes into our conversation I found myself arguing strenuously that this diehard Curry fan didn’t really understand how great — and how important — Curry is.Other than Daryl Morey, Curry is perhaps the figurehead in the NBA’s Three-Point Revolution™. It’s easy to get swept up in the narrative that 3-point shooting has been long-undervalued and that smart sharpshooters are finally taking over the NBA. Teams that shot the most and the best from beyond the arc last year dominated like never before. The correlation between a team’s rate of attempting threes and its winning percentage was the highest it has ever been (.47). In the playoffs, the top 3-point-shooting teams made up the entirety of the conference finals: Leave aside the sharp drop on the right of the chart for a moment: Curry has hit 45 percent with a defender between 2 and 4 feet away, 44 percent with a defender between 4 and 6 feet away, and 47 percent with the closest defender more than 6 feet away. Yes, that’s right, Curry shoots threes about as well with a defender 2 to 4 feet away (classified as “tight” by NBA.com) as an average NBA shooter does with the nearest defender 12 feet away.Sure, Curry has shot poorly when “smothered” with defenders less than 2 feet from him. This is perhaps unsurprising considering that Curry is only 6-foot-3, and this includes blocks by definition. But note that these types of shots are pretty rare: They accounted for only 25 shots in the data, about 3 percent of his 3-point attempts. In any case, Curry seems to be all right at getting himself good looks:So aside from the rare smothering, Curry seems fairly immune to defense.6Other great shooters such as Korver and Durant are still strong across the board but show more traditional declines. He hits about 42 percent of the hardest quartile(ish) of his shots (specifically, the 28 percent with the closest defender less than 4 feet away),7Roughly, he hits about 42 percent of his bottom third, 44 percent of his middle third and 46 percent of his top third. or about 126 points per 100 attempts. In other words, if Golden State could replace its entire offense with just the bottom quartile of Stephen Curry’s 3-point attempts — without him ever being fouled and with them never collecting an offensive rebound — they would have the best offense in NBA history by a wide margin.But it gets crazier.Another proxy for a shot being pressured is how much time is left on the shot clock. As the clock winds down, the expected value of a possession drops as well, since players may be compromising shot quality to get a shot off. With Curry, not so much: So say Curry was instructed to take significantly more pull-up 3-point attempts than the large number he already takes. Even assuming that these shots were a little bit worse than the ones the Warriors would be able to get otherwise (highly questionable), getting efficient shots off early in a possession has other ancillary benefits. For one, it allows the Warriors to pack more possessions into a game, which is good because they are gaining ground on their opponents for every possession exchanged (unless they play a better opponent, which these days they don’t). But second, being able to play a very fast-paced offense when necessary (such as Curry taking quick threes early in the clock) allows them to extend the game as much as possible when they’re behind, just as being able to play a slow-paced offense (such as holding the ball unless you have a clear shot and then letting Curry shoot under pressure) is valuable for shortening the game when they’re ahead.In other words, building your offensive strategy around “Curry as options 1, 2, and 3” has win-maximizing benefits beyond Curry’s shooting efficiency.No, seriously, Curry is getting betterEvery article about every great young athlete ever seems to end with “And he’s just getting better and better” — even though this often isn’t true. So let me end this one with, “No, seriously, he really is getting better and better.”And, other than the fact that Curry is so good right now that he can’t possibly get better, there’s no evidence of him slowing down. To illustrate, here’s every NBA season during Curry’s seven-year career: This already has a big impact on the Warriors’ bottom line. But the huge gap between him and the rest of the club — his “perfectly balanced” supporting cast — again makes it likely that a subpar shot for him may be well above average for his team.The Curry stratagemOne way to get Curry more shots is to have players pass up shots so that Curry can take them. But another angle is for the offense to set up and have Curry take certain shots as quickly as possible. A shot like the pull-up 3-point jumper, say.The pull-up three is not normally a great shot in the NBA. The league on the whole converts about 28 percent on average (corresponding to 84 points per 100 possessions) — well below the 35 percent that players convert on all 3-pointers. But since the start of last season, Curry has converted 42 percent of his. Here’s a plot of every player with at least 100 pull-up 3-point attempts in the same period: Curry has taken on additional shot-making responsibilities throughout his career, yet his true shooting percentage has been getting better and BETTER.As I mentioned earlier, for most players, this is a trade-off: The larger the burden placed on them, the less efficient they are. I’ve added a trend line through all of the players other than Curry9Including him actually makes the trend slope upward. to show how it’s normally flat. This is because better players tend to get more shots, which counteracts the fact that a given player taking more shots tends to be less efficient. I’ve also colored in LeBron James and Durant, so you can see that the standard relationship basically holds even for MVPs. But Curry has set career highs in both attempts and efficiency — in the same year — four times, including each of the past three seasons. That is, Curry comes only in shades of good, better and best (in that order). Curry is truly the Dennis Rodman of shooting!Indeed, when considering Curry’s potential, I think Rodman is perhaps an even more important precedent than Chamberlain or Michael Jordan. Rodman came into the league as a reasonably well-rounded player but had an incredible talent for rebounding. As years went by, his teams leaned on this skill more and more. He took on fewer and fewer offensive responsibilities, and he started gathering larger and larger shares of his team’s rebounds. In the 1993-94 season, he gathered nearly 29.7 percent of all available rebounds — at the time, the highest by any other player was Moses Malone, with 23.4 percent in 1976-77. Despite being one of the most one-dimensional players ever, this made Rodman one of the most valuable players in NBA history.10He also may have helped set up the era of rebounding specialists, but we’ll save that discussion for another day.While exceeding 50 points per game sounds crazy — it would require Curry to take on the order of half of his team’s shots — as evidenced by Rodman, fully exploiting a game-breaking skill can lead to unthinkable results.Do I really think that the Warriors will adopt an all-Curry-all-the-time strategy and knock Wilt out of the record books?I don’t know. But Curry himself is a microcosm of the revolution that we’ve already seen. Just as the math suggests that good midrange jump shots should often be exchanged for worse 3-pointers if possible, so the math suggests that good non-Curry shots should be exchanged for worse Curry shots. I’m confident in saying that we aren’t there yet. And if that revolution happens as well, look out.CORRECTION (Dec. 3, 11:30 a.m.): An earlier version of a chart in this story incorrectly gave the source of the data on shooting percentage by time remaining on the shot clock; it was Nylon Calculus, not Basketball-Reference.com.CORRECTION (Dec. 3, 12:02 p.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated the rate of Curry’s 3-point attempts this year and last year. They were per 100 possessions, not per possession. Curry takes a huge portion of his shots early in the shot clock (more than 50 percent) and is deadly on these. His worst time frame is with around 12 to 16 seconds left — where he has still made 42 percent. Then, he somehow shoots better and better as the clock runs down! In addition to being another example of how the traditional ideas of “good” and “bad” shots don’t really apply to Curry, this also has the very practical implication that Curry’s teammates should be willing to pass up reasonably good shots even if it means Curry will have less time to set up his own.Curry vs. the WarriorsOf course, the Warriors aren’t an average team. So perhaps it’s impractical to think that their great shooters should be passing up good looks. For this, let’s first look at how well and how often the entire Warriors squad shoots. I’ve plotted each Warrior’s true shooting percentage8Shooting percentage adjusted for value of made 3-pointers and additional free throws. against his field-goal attempts per 36 minutes this season.We normally expect a flat to negative relationship between these two variables: Players with a small burden are more selective and tend to be “sharpshooters” taking wide-open threes and such, while high-volume shooters have to do the dirty work of taking shots that aren’t open and aren’t easy but are better than nothing. Incidentally, this is one reason why some great players with heavy shooting burdens may appear less valuable than they are: If they’re forced to take all the bad shots, they could be doing better on those than average but still have low efficiency.With Curry, we have no such problem:
Richard Strauss, a former wrestling team physician and an assistant professor of medicine, is being investigated by Ohio State on allegations of sexual misconduct. Credit: Lantern file photoA former Ohio State varsity athlete said he was sexually assaulted twice by Richard Strauss during physical examinations in the fall of 1994 and 1995, and believes he’s not the only one. The athlete, who wished to remain anonymous, said in the spring of 1997 he was approached by his coach to testify in a hearing against Strauss. He said he didn’t because he was embarrassed, but said he knew of at least three people — including an athlete from the ‘70s — who attended a hearing. At some point after the hearing was supposed to occur, Strauss left the university, the athlete said. “I thought for sure he was fired,” the athlete said, adding: “Pretty much all the student-athletes knew this guy was a creep.” Ohio State announced Thursday it was investigating allegations of sexual misconduct by Strauss, who served as an assistant professor of medicine and the physician for the wrestling team from the mid-1970s until the late 1990s. Strauss died in 2005. “The university is deeply concerned to learn of these allegations involving Dr. Richard Strauss,” the university said in response to the athlete’s allegations. “After the first allegation was brought to our attention, we launched a comprehensive independent investigation, which is underway. We will share this new information with the external investigators.”The Lantern confirmed that the athlete was competing on a university team during the time of Strauss’ tenure. The Lantern reached out to the university for comment on the alleged hearing, but it was unable verify at this time whether it took place and told investigators about the athlete’s recollection of the hearing. The former athlete who spoke to The Lantern said Strauss also was a team doctor for the fencing and baseball teams. Strauss would conduct physicals for the teams, which is when the athlete believes most of Strauss’ predatory behavior took place.At this time, records on what teams Strauss interacted have not been located. The first time he was examined by Strauss was in the fall of 1994. “I’m sitting, and he straddled my thigh, mounted my thigh. Rubbed on my thigh. I was just frozen,” the athlete said. Strauss then asked the athlete to get naked so Strauss could check for a sports hernia. The athlete said Strauss proceeded to “inspect my penis in detail” for a significant amount of time. Strauss gave the athlete a physical again the next year. It lasted about 20 minutes, 15 minutes of which involved Strauss closely inspecting his genitalia. It was concerning at the time, the athlete said, but the next year is when Strauss’ behavior really raised alarms. That’s because another doctor gave the athlete a physical. It was dramatically different. It lasted five minutes.The athlete recalls thinking at the time, “No hernia test, didn’t get naked. Is that it?”“Then I was like, ‘Holy moly,’” the athlete said. “I was always afraid. [Strauss] was the leading doctor on steroid use in the world, and I was always like, he could always say that medically there’s some reason that he needs to spend 15 minutes on my penis,” the athlete said. “He could have said that, and he’s dead now, but that’s what always scared me. But now I’m like, that’s crazy. Especially when that other doctor came in in five minutes and checked me out.” Exactly how long Strauss worked at Ohio State is not yet known. The university said the “best available information is that he served in this role between the mid-1970s and the late 1990s.” The exact number of physicals Strauss conducted over his more than 20 years at Ohio State is unknown. Strauss’ behavior in the men’s locker room was particularly unusual and disturbing, the athlete said. He said Strauss was known for walking around the room naked, and that he also would read the newspaper naked nearby the drinking fountain. He would “linger and stare at your crotch,” the athlete said. The athlete said because of how well-known Strauss’ sexual misconduct was among players, he think it’s likely other people knew or suspected Strauss was sexually assaulting athletes. “Someone had to make that decision [to let Strauss continue conducting physicals],” the athlete said. “Let’s say he’s a great doctor, fine. He doesn’t have to do the physicals, because it’s like someone was pretty much feeding us to him. I didn’t have a choice to say, ‘I want somebody else to do my physical because I didn’t feel like I had any power in that position.’”He added: “So if someone even guessed he was doing something, and if the other physical with the other doctor took five or 10 minutes, and I was in there with him for like a half an hour, to me it was like, call 911, I’m having appendicitis or something. It’s not just a routine physical if he’s taking that long with everybody. I’m kind of like now, somebody should have not been putting us in that position. Because you are powerless — well, you’re never powerless — but you have the impression that you are powerless.” When the news of Ohio State’s investigation broke Thursday, the athlete said he was “just so glad” the truth about Strauss was beginning to surface. “I was kind of relieved when this happened because, you know, I’m not crazy,” said the athlete, who also said he considered coming forward about his experiences last month. Mike DiSabato, a former Ohio State wrestler in the late 1980s and early ‘90s, told The Dispatch Thursday that he had told university officials in the past about Strauss’ misconduct. DiSabato said Strauss sexually assaulted him, too. In January, when Larry Nassar went on trial for his rampant sexual abuse within USA Gymnastics and Michigan State, the athlete said it felt “eerily familiar.” More than 200 women have said they were abused by Nassar, who was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison.“Look, I love Ohio State, I don’t want anything to go wrong with Ohio State,” the athlete said, “but in the same sense, it made me mad with what happened at Michigan State and Penn State, for Ohio State to kind of be like — it can happen anywhere.”Editor’s note: If you have experienced sexual violence and reside in the Columbus, Ohio, area, advocates from the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO) can assist you in reporting, explain the investigation process and accompany you to any meeting. SARNCO’s confidential, 24/7 support hotline is 614-267-7020.If you live outside central Ohio, you can contact the RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline, a confidential, 24/7 resource, at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). You also can visit the website to chat live with a representative. Advocates will help you find a resource in your community.
Lennar Urban can stay in the competition to become the master developer for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station in northern California despite an independent investigator’s recent finding that the firm improperly lobbied the former mayor, the Concord City Council decided Tuesday.The city hired the investigator after Catellus Development Corp., the other company vying for the contract, questioned whether Lennar had lobbied council members in violation of the negotiating agreement governing the competition. Catellus demanded the city pursue the matter after it learned the city staff’s recommendation favoring the developer was removed from its final report to the council.The investigator concluded that Lennar improperly lobbied former Concord Mayor Tim Grayson through $16,800 in contributions made to his campaign for the California State Assembly by donors linked to the developer. Grayson previously returned $16,800 in campaign contributions from donors he has denied knowing were linked to Lennar. After the investigation was completed, Grayson, who now is a council member, recused himself from participating in the selection of a master developer for the weapons station, reported the Contra Costa Times.The council was scheduled to pick a finalist in the competition last fall before the city suspended the selection process to review Catellus’ allegations.On Tuesday, two council members and Mayor Laura Hoffmeister voted to allow Lennar to remain in the competition, saying they wanted to consider the proposals on their merits and that it was in the city’s interest to have multiple bidders, reported the Patch.The council also voted to release the original staff report that included the recommendation for Catellus. The council is expected to meet in April to discuss the two candidates. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya deposed before BCCI Ombudsman DK Jain for making sexist comments on a TV chat show. Also, KL Rahul will be doing the same ahead of the game between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. “Hardik met Ombudsman at the Mumbai Indians team hotel while Rahul will depose tomorrow,” a BCCI official told PTI. DK Jain, who was appointed Ombudsman by the Supreme Court, had issued notices to Pandya and Rahul last week to appear for a deposition for their controversial comments on popular tv chat show ‘Koffee with Karan’.Jain will submit a detailed report to CoA Karan Johar (M) with Hardik Pandya (L) and KL Rahul (R)Karan Johar InstagramBoth Pandya and Rahul were suspended by the Committee of Administrators (COA) for their sexist comments which was then lifted by an inquiry by the Ombudsman. After the deposition, Jain will submit a detailed report the Committee of Administrators headed by Vinod Rai. This has been a long-drawn out episode and both the players received severe backlash for their flimsy comments on the show. Although the rendered an unconditional apology, they were called back from the tour of Australia and an enquiry was also set up.After making his comeback this IPL, Hardik has looked more focused and conceded that the last seven months have been very tough for him and that he now wants to focus on his game and win the World Cup for India. Pandya and Rahul in England.Gareth Copley/Getty Images”It feels pretty good to help the team to win and contribute. It’s been seven months that I’ve hardly played games. They weren’t easy and I didn’t know what to do. I’ve just batted and batted. I want to improve my game every day. It’s a fantastic feeling batting like that and making your team win,” Hardik said after his man of the match performance against the Chennai Super Kings.Indian coach Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli too believed that this jolt helped the all-rounder be more focused on his game which came at the right time for the player.”Pandya and Rahul needed the wrap on their knuckles. They would have learnt a lot from what happened, which is good,” Shastri told ‘Mirror Now’.”You are bound to make mistakes and you are bound to be punished at times but that’s not the end of the world. Such experiences just help players to come back stronger, harder and wiser,” he said.
Lulu Group, a Middle East retail chain of hypermarkets, announced Sunday it would invest Rs. 5,000 crore in India. By 2020, the group plans to open shopping malls across the country.The company has already decided to build mega shopping complexes in Chennai, Thiruvananthpuram, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. In addition, it plans to infuse Rs. 2,700 crore towards opening additional 12 hypermarkets in Saudi Arabia. The group at present has 14 hypermarkets in the Arab state, Press Trust of India reported.”We are planning to invest Rs 5,000 crore in India over the next four years. The business environment in India has improved significantly. A lot of restrictions are moved to facilitate investment. The best thing the new government has done to treat all NRI investment as domestic investment,” Indian businessman Yusuff Ali MA, managing director of Lulu Group, was quoted as saying by the agency.Ali also said the government’s decision to consider NRI investment as domestic investment would go a long way in helping India get investment from its NRI community. The company’s annual turnover is approximately $5.5 billion.”We have got India’s biggest shopping mall in Cochin. Now we have decided to set up one shopping mall in Thiruvananthapuram, one in Bengaluru, one in Chennai and one in Hyderabad. I am a shopping mall man,” Ali was quoted as saying by PTI.The group has 124 shopping malls globally with operations in 30 countries, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Yemen, among other countries, and employs 35,000 people.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]
At least 14 people were killed and 49 others injured in road crashes in Habiganj, Sirajganj, Khagrachhari, Dhaka, Gopalganj, Panchagarh and Rajshahi districts on Wednesday.In Habiganj, three people, including a woman and her son, were killed and eight others injured when a microbus hit a CNG-run auto-rickshaw on Dhaka-Sylhet highway at Sadarghat Bazar in Nabiganj upazila. The deceased were Sujia Begum, 40, wife of Abdul Ali, their son Omar Ali, 10, of Islampur village, and Tazmul Ali, 30, the auto-rickshaw driver and son of Towhid Miah.The microbus crashed into the auto-rickshaw around 4:00pm, leaving Omar killed on the spot and 10 people injured, said Bhimol Chandra Bhoumik, officer-in-charge of Sherpur highway police station.Two of the injured died at hospital, he said.In Sirajganj, three people were killed when a bus hit a motorbike on Bogra-Nagarbari highway in Talgachhi Bazar area of Shahjadpur upazila.The Dhaka-bound bus of ‘Pabna Express’ hit the motorbike carrying three people around 11:30am, leaving two riders dead on the spot and the other injured, said OC of Hatikumrul highway police Abdur Quader Jilani.The injured were taken to Potajia Upazila Health Complex where physicians declared the injured dead.Vehicular movement on the busy road remained suspended for one hour following the accident.In Khagrachhari, a Chittagong-bound bus overturned after hitting a roadside tree in Kalapani area of Guimara upazila, killing three people and injuring 15 others.Witnesses said the bus turned turtle around 8:30am after hitting the tree as its driver lost control over the steering.In Dhaka, two people were killed and two others injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Bathuli area in Dhamrai upazila.Rezaul Haque Dipu, officer-in-charge of Dhamrai police station, said an ambulance, carrying a patient and his relatives, crashed into a roadside tree around 11:30am as the driver lost control over the steering, leaving two dead on the spot and two injured.In Gopalganj, a day-labourer was killed and 20 others were injured as a pickup fell into a roadside ditch on Gopalganj-Tekerhat road in Bhennabari Bazar area of Sadar upazila.In Panchagarh, Makinuddin, 60, of Bamanpara village was killed when a motorbike hit his bicycle on Panchagarh-Banglabandha highway in Tentulia upazila.In Rajshahi, a garment worker was killed and four others were injured when a bus hit an auto-rickshaw at Bhadra in the city around 2:00pm.