first_imgSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean lawmakers say a North Korean diplomat who served as the country’s acting ambassador to Kuwait has defected to the South. The lawmakers say they were told by the National Intelligence Service that the diplomat arrived in South Korea in September 2019 with his wife and at least one child. That would make him one of the most senior North Koreans to defect in recent years. North Korea, which touts itself as a socialist paradise, is extremely sensitive about defections, especially among its elite, and has sometimes insisted that they are South Korean or American plots to undermine its government.last_img read more

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The rescheduled Davis Cup tie between India and Pakistan will be tentatively held on November 29 or 30 in Islamabad subject to another security review, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) said on Friday. The tie was earlier scheduled to be held in Islamabad on September 14-15 but was postponed to November after an in-depth security review by the International Tennis Federation last month.The AITA said in a press release on Friday that a security review on November 4 will decide whether the tie can be held in Islamabad or be shifted to a neutral venue.”The India vs Pakistan Davis Cup tie will take place at Islamabad either on 29 and 30th November or 30th November/1st December,” the AITA said.”However, the security situation will be reviewed on 4th November whether the tie can be held in Islamabad or to be shifted to a neutral venue.”The ITF’s Davis Cup committee had on August 22 decided to postpone the tie from the earlier scheduled dates of September 14 and 15 following persistent pleas by India to either shift the tie to a neutral venue or postpone it given the currently high diplomatic tension between the two countries.”Following an in-depth security review of the current situation in Pakistan by independent expert security advisors, the Davis Cup Committee has taken the decision to postpone the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie between Pakistan and India in Islamabad, due to be played on 14-15 September,” the ITF had then said.”The Committee concluded that this is an exceptional circumstance while the first priority of the ITF is the safety and security of athletes, officials and spectators. The tie has been rescheduled for November, with the exact dates to be confirmed by the Committee no later than 9 September.”The ITF had said that it “will continue to monitor the situation in Pakistan and the Davis Cup Committee will re-convene to re-examine the security situation in advance of the tie.”The tie has become a matter of speculation ever since Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with India citing the revocation of the special status enjoyed by the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.India had named a full-strength team for the tie. But after Jammu and Kashmir was turned into a union territory, Pakistan asked the Indian ambassador to leave their country, halted a goodwill train service and tried to kick up an international row by continuously issuing aggressive statements against India. (With PTI inputs) last_img read more

first_imgIt wasn’t surprising to Tommy Nobis’ family when a study on his brain revealed he had the most severe form of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).After Nobis, a former Atlanta linebacker known to fans as “Mr. Falcon,” died in 2017, his brain was studied by a Boston-based group which specifically deals with head trauma with football players. Super Bowl 53: Sean McVay promises ​WR Brandin Cooks is staying put The family said they were “troubled” by Nobis’ behavior as he aged. He displayed the classic — and extreme — signs of head trauma. Erratic moods, paranoia and angry outbursts were something Nobis and his family dealt with.Jackoniski said when the report came back Nobis’ CTE was among the most damaged brains the group had ever studied, she felt sad since the family didn’t know how to deal with his behavior when he was alive.“That’s what we realized when we got the results back: His kids didn’t know who he was, we really didn’t know who my dad was,” Jackoniski said. “I lived a life of anger toward my dad. My brothers, too. My mom was angry a lot. When we found out this is what he had, it was just very sad.”Nobis was a first-round pick for the Falcons in the 1966 draft. He played for Atlanta for 11 seasons and was known for his aggressiveness on the field, despite never reaching a playoff game with the team.Those hard tackles and hits over the course of time likely caused him to develop CTE, according to the study.Jackoniski said his issues became more apparent nine years ago, when the family was at the funeral of her maternal grandmother. A small disagreement escalated, with Nobis acting like a “caged animal.”“He was very forceful with all the boys, including my husband,” Jackoniski said. “My mom got in the middle. It was just awful. At that moment we thought there is something horribly wrong because he’s taken this into the public, to people he admired and those who admired him. It was like a caged animal had been let out. He had this incredible hate in his eyes.”“That created this two-year fissure in our family,” she said. “My mom didn’t get to see any of her grandchildren. We didn’t have holidays with them. My mom was alienated.” Other incidents throughout the years included bouts of paranoia, where Nobis thought he was being followed or watched. He also picked and escalated arguments with strangers and had been asked multiple times to leave establishments. According to Jackoniski, it’s painful to reveal the dark side her father had, but said it’s necessary for people to understand how damaging the disease can be to family and friends, as well as the player.“It’s hard to release a story about my dad who everybody thought was this charming guy — and he was a charming guy,” she said. “But then to see the extreme opposite, the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. (Getting that out) is what has to happen for people to understand what this (CTE) is about.“I know there are other players out there who will be facing the same thing.” When the report came back in late 2018, the findings were Nobis had Stage 4 CTE — the most severe form of the disease.“No surprise to any of us when we got the results back,” his daughter, Devon Jackoniski, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Related Newslast_img read more

first_imgTo this day, it’s still one of the funniest, most wonky, most entertaining segments in WWE history.The entire WCW/ECW Invasion angle was less than well-received by wrestling fans then and now, but we at least have to thank WWE for this seven minutes of pure and utter ridiculousness. “Price check on jackass!” The early 2000s was a pretty weird time for wrestling.With WWE (then WWF) buying out WCW — their biggest competition after an all-out war in the ’90s — things got a bit bloated and weird. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, then heel, was received again as a face, though he had joined the Alliance and wrestled for them in the elimination match at Survivor Series 2001. Yeah. All a bit weird. Really, it was just a mess. Anyway, Austin found himself back in WWF employment following the demise of WCW at Survivor Series 2001, for some reason. He was just as quickly backed by kayfabe WWF co-owner and was pitted against WCW outcast and now Vince McMahon guy, Booker T.MORE: Story lines that changed because of crazy circumstancesAfter a night of Austin chasing Booker T in, out and around the arena, the five-time WCW champion sought sanctuary in a supermarket.The rest, as they say, is history.last_img read more