Saturday, April 13
Divisions Among Finance Ministers Flare Over Seizing Russian Assets
Economy

Divisions Among Finance Ministers Flare Over Seizing Russian Assets

Related media - Associated media “While we should act together and in a considered way, I believe there is a strong international law, economic, and moral case for moving forward,” Ms. Yellen said. But Mr. LeMaire, who spoke just a few hours ahead of a private meeting with Ms. Yellen, pushed back on that assertion. “We don’t have the legal basis to seize the Russian assets and we should never act if we don’t obey by the international law and by the rule of law,” Mr. Le Maire said, according to a recording of his remarks. Western officials have been considering several options for how they can use the approximately $300 billion Russian central bank assets, most of which is held in the European Union, to provide economic and military support for Ukraine. That includes the European Comm...
Inquiry Into Ouster of OpenAI’s Chief Executive Nears End
Economy

Inquiry Into Ouster of OpenAI’s Chief Executive Nears End

Linked media - Associated media WilmerHale, a prominent U.S. law firm, is close to wrapping up a detailed review of OpenAI’s chief executive, Sam Altman, and his ouster from the artificial intelligence start-up late last year, two people with knowledge of the proceedings said. The investigation, when complete, could give insight into what went on behind the scenes with Mr. Altman and OpenAI’s former board of directors, which fired him on Nov. 17 before reinstating him five days later. OpenAI, which is valued at more than $80 billion, has led a frenzy over A.I. and could help determine the direction of the transformative technology. Mr. Altman, 38, has told people in recent weeks that the investigation was nearing a close, the two people with knowledge of the matter said. The results ...
A’s Will Finally Turn Out the Lights on Pro Sports in Oakland
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A’s Will Finally Turn Out the Lights on Pro Sports in Oakland

Related media - Linked media Still, the Athletics continued to be competitive, reinventing themselves by shrewdly using data to assess undervalued skills, a process that became known as “Moneyball,” after the best-selling book. The A’s have not reached the World Series since 1990, but they’ve been in the playoffs 11 times since 2000 — more than the Mets and the San Francisco Giants, and just as often as the Boston Red Sox. Attendance had lingered in the lower third, though drum-pounding fans in right field causing a nightly ruckus added a degree of atmosphere. But when the team began its latest tear down, trading away its best players for prospects rather than paying their accelerating salaries, fans finally had enough of John Fisher, the owner, who before last season had raised tick...
Donna Summer’s Estate Sues Ye for Sampling ‘I Feel Love’
Economy

Donna Summer’s Estate Sues Ye for Sampling ‘I Feel Love’

Related media - Related media When Ye and Ty Dolla Sign asked last month for permission to sample Donna Summer’s 1977 song “I Feel Love,” the disco singer’s estate firmly told them no. Yet when their joint LP, “Vultures 1,” was released weeks ago, a song with strong similarities to Summer’s famous tune was there on the track list. A copyright infringement lawsuit detailing that timeline was filed against Ye, the rapper once known as Kanye West, and Ty Dolla Sign on Tuesday by Summer’s husband and executor, Bruce Sudano. Summer, known as the “Queen of Disco,” had three consecutive double albums reach No. 1 in the late 1970s and died of cancer in 2012. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Los Angeles, said that Summer’s estate “wanted no association with West’s controversial history....
The tiny Brazilian club that fooled North Korea – ‘They would have been angry if we had won’
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The tiny Brazilian club that fooled North Korea – ‘They would have been angry if we had won’

Related media - Linked media Everyone seems to have a slightly different estimate of how many people were outside the stadium on that strange November afternoon, but the consensus is that it was a lot. As the bus crept through the crowd, the Brazilian footballers on board stared out of the windows. Locals — tens of thousands of them, on some accounts — flooded the streets. Most greeted the bus with diffident waves. A few ran alongside, hoping to catch a glimpse of someone they would not have recognised anyway. An hour later, those same footballers walked through a long underground tunnel, up a flight of stairs and out onto the pitch. They lined up in front of the dugout and sang Brazil’s national anthem. The match that began moments thereafter took place in 2009, but you would never ...
U.S. Proposes New Rules to Ease Flying for Travelers in Wheelchairs
Economy

U.S. Proposes New Rules to Ease Flying for Travelers in Wheelchairs

Associated media - Connected media The Biden administration announced on Thursday that it was proposing new regulations for how airlines must treat passengers in wheelchairs, an effort aimed at improving air travel for people with disabilities. Under the proposed rule, damaging or delaying the return of a wheelchair would be an automatic violation of an existing federal law that bars airlines from discriminating against people with disabilities. The Transportation Department said that change would make it easier for the agency to penalize airlines for mishandling wheelchairs. The proposed regulations would also require more robust training for workers who physically assist disabled passengers or handle their wheelchairs. “There are millions of Americans with disabilities who do not t...
A Former Hockey Enforcer Searches for Answers on C.T.E. Before It’s Too Late
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A Former Hockey Enforcer Searches for Answers on C.T.E. Before It’s Too Late

Linked media - Associated media Memory, Now and Five Years Ago Chris Nilan is a quintessential Bostonian of a certain time and demographic, the kind they make movies about: A tough, working-class hockey player of Irish descent, hundreds, if not thousands, of local kids yearned to be just like him. He was born on Feb. 9, 1958, at the Faulkner Hospital in West Roxbury, Mass., the son of Henry and Leslie Nilan, a hard-working, blue collar couple who raised their four children in a strict household. Chris still found his way into scraps as a kid, and soon discovered he was a capable and fearless fighter. Often, he said, it was in defense of others. Later, he mixed it up with groups of kids and young adults on the streets and in the bars of Boston. He met Karen Stanley at Northeastern Uni...
Protect your reputation: expert online reputation management solutions
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Protect your reputation: expert online reputation management solutions

In the current era of globalization and rapid communication, where knowledge spreads effortlessly and choices are swiftly determined, your digital reputation has emerged as the utmost valuable possession for achieving personal and career triumph.An adverse remark on the web, dissemination of false information on a blog, or mishandling of your online profiles can inflict severe harm on your reputation and trustworthiness, detrimentally influencing not only your personal life, but also your vocational pursuits.Envision the following situation: an individual with a flawless performance history invests abundant time and energy into establishing a robust standing within their field. Suddenly, they awaken to an overwhelming deluge of adverse feedback across various social platforms, all stemming...
Biden Calls Chinese Electric Vehicles a Security Threat
Economy

Biden Calls Chinese Electric Vehicles a Security Threat

Related media - Linked media The Treasury Department has already proposed rules meant to limit China’s ability to supply materials for cars and trucks that qualify for a $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit included in Mr. Biden’s signature climate bill. The Commerce Department investigation announced on Thursday grew from a series of conversations that administration officials had with automakers last fall, after the settlement of a United Automobile Workers strike during which Mr. Biden stood with the union and joined a picket line. The carmakers told administration officials about the restrictions they faced selling in China, including on software. Biden aides began to grow concerned about what might happen if the United States did not impose similar restrictions on Chinese software...
On Klay Thompson as a sixth man, boost from a living (Larry) legend and uncertain Warriors future
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On Klay Thompson as a sixth man, boost from a living (Larry) legend and uncertain Warriors future

Connected media - Related media SAN FRANCISCO — The motivational message, courtesy of the great Larry Bird, came at the perfect time. Klay Thompson was just a few days removed from the unwelcome start of his sixth-man life in Utah, where the 34-year-old Warriors legend had been asked to come off the bench after the previous 12 years as a starter. Even with Thompson’s spectacular debut in this new reserve role, a 35-point showing on Feb. 15 that helped lift Golden State over the Jazz heading into the All-Star break, this was the kind of career-changing decision that would take much more time to truly accept. The emotions were still raw. This was already a sensitive situation too, what with Thompson and the Warriors having been unable to come to terms on an extension in recent months a...