Photo by Washington Post/Getty Images.Michele Roberts made history as the first women leader of a professional sports union when she was tabbed to take over the beleaguered NBA Players Association this summer. That done, in a few months she’s shown more vision and nerve than any of her predecessors.Refreshingly, her office is in Harlem, a departure from the Midtown Manhattan location of the past and an indication that she is rooted in her culture. Roberts has strong ideas about the league, the owners, the season. . . you name it. To ESPN The Magazine, the woman considered one of the best trial lawyers in the country said:*On the NBA rookie wage scale: “I can’t understand why the [players’ association] would be interested in suppressing salaries at the top if we know that as salaries at the top have grown, so have salaries at the bottom. If that’s the case, I contend that there is no reason in the world why the union should embrace salary caps or any effort to place a barrier on the amount of money that marquee players can make.”* On players splitting revenue with the owners, which has been in place since 1982: “Why don’t we have the owners play half the games? There would be no money if not for the players. Let’s call it what it is. There. Would. Be. No. Money,” she added, pausing for emphasis. “Thirty more owners can come in, and nothing will change. These guys [the players] go? The game will change. So let’s stop pretending.”* On the length of the season: “Every time a player gets hurt, I think, my God, they really are pushing their bodies. And back-to-backs, those are the ones I really find disturbing. . . So the answer, of course, is that everybody wants a shorter season. The tension is, Will that mean less money? And that’s something we need to talk about and think about. . . I don’t think it would hurt the game to shorten the season.”* On an age minimum to play in the NBA: “It doesn’t make sense to me that you’re suddenly eligible and ready to make money when you’re 20, but not when you’re 19, not when you’re 18. I suspect that the association will agree that this is not going to be one that they will agree to easily. There is no other profession that says that you’re old enough to die but not old enough to work.”If nothing else, Roberts is bold and smart—and willing to take on the establishment. Gotta love her.
Photo: Prothom aloBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leaders and activists started observing a six-hour mass hunger strike in the city on Thursday, protesting the conviction of its chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.The protest programme began around 10:00am at Mohanagar Natya Mancha in the capital and it will continue till 4:00pm.As part of its countrywide programme, several hundred leaders and activists joined the programme amid tight vigilance by the police.BNP senior leaders, including its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, was scheduled to address the programme.The leaders of other political parties, pro-BNP intellectuals and professionals are likely to express their solidarity with the programme.Similar programmes are being observed in other districts and metropolitan cities.On Wednesday, the party formed human chains in the capital and elsewhere in the country while staged demonstrations on Tuesday.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Monday announced a three-day countrywide programme, including formation of human chains, protesting the conviction of Khaleda Zia in the graft case.On Monday, a Dhaka court sentenced BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and three others to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment each in the much-talked-about graft case.
A shallow 3.5-magnitude earthquake which hit North Korea near the country’s nuclear test site on Saturday was not the result of a fresh nuclear test, China’s seismic service said, after initially reporting a “suspected explosion”.The China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) said in a statement late Saturday that study of infrasonic data determined “the incident is not a nuclear explosion, but had the nature of a natural earthquake”.The Chinese Academy of Sciences also released a report saying the earthquake was likely a “lagged collapse earthquake”, echoing international experts’ hypotheses that the earthquake was a delayed repercussion of a previous detonation.The North’s last nuclear test, on September 3, was the country’s most powerful, triggering a much stronger 6.3-magnitude quake that was felt across the border in China.Monitoring groups estimate the nuclear test had a yield of 250 kilotons, which is 16 times the size of the US bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.The test prompted global condemnation, leading the United Nations Security Council to unanimously adopt new sanctions that include restrictions on oil shipments.The strength of the quake on Saturday was much lower than the tremors registered during any of North Korea’s previous nuclear tests, including its first detonation in 2006, which triggered a 4.1-magnitude quake.It came at the end of a week that saw a blistering war of words between between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, with Trump using his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly to warn that Washington would “totally destroy” the North if America or its allies were threatened.North Korea, which says it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself against the threat of a US invasion, responded on Friday with a rare personal rebuke from Kim, who called Trump “mentally deranged” and threatened the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history”.Washington announced tougher restrictions Friday aimed at curbing North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programme, building on tough new UN sanctions aimed at choking Pyongyang of cash.Russia and China have both appealed for an end to the escalating rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang.
A man was killed while 25 others injured in a clash between two groups of ruling Awami League over establishing supremacy in Sajan village of Lakhai upazila on Tuesday.The victim was identified as Iqbal Hossain, 40, of Sharifpur village in Kishoreganj district.Local people said a dispute took place between two groups of supporters of AL general secretary of Lakhai unit Anayet Ullah and another local AL leader Maharaj Mia over establishing supremacy in the area.At one stage, the two groups swooped on each other with local arms that continued for around one and half an hours injuring dozens.Later, the police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control, said officer-in-charge of Lakhai police station Md Emran Hossain.Among the injured, Iqbal succumbed to his injuring after being taken to the Sadar Hospital, he said.The police detained 15 people from the spot and additional police forces have been deployed in the village to fend off any unwanted situation, the OC added.
election commissionThe election commission (EC) on Thursday instructed the authorities concerned to collect licensed firearms within 24 December, ahead of the 11th national election, reports UNB.EC joint secretary Farhad Ahmed Khan sent a letter with the instruction to the public safety department of the home ministry in this regard.”All the legal firearms need to be collected before 30 December. Only those involved in maintaining security of the government and other important establishments will remain out of the purview of the order. All the firearms must be deposited to the police stations concerned,” the letter reads.The copies of the letter have been sent to the departments concerned including the cabinet division.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /50:48 X On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Houston cycling advocates are taking another look at the city’s bike plan. Bike Houston just released a report card, which comes a year after Houston City Council adopted the plan. John Long, Bike Houston’s executive director, lays out his organization’s thoughts on the plan.Also this hour: 25 years ago this week, the siege on a religious compound near Waco went wrong, leaving more than 80 people dead. We hear from the people who were there, as part of our collaboration with the Houston Chronicle remembering the lessons of the Waco tragedy.Then, the Texas Association of Museums is holding its annual conference this week in Houston. We find out what will be discussed and learn what major issues museums are facing these days – especially the many in Houston’s lauded Museum District.Plus, we learn how an engineer designed cost-effective wheelchairs to be distributed by his nonprofit, Free Wheelchair Mission. And Brantley Hargrove talks about his new book The Man who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live VideoWe also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share