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MLB umpire Tumpane rescues woman on bridge

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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At times she wanted to go the other way. I was like, ‘not on my watch, please.’ We were just hanging on.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’And saving a life.Tumpane secured one of her arms. A bystander walked up and grabbed the other while another — Mike Weinman, an employee for the Rays — clutched her legs and pinned them to the railing while Tumpane mouthed to someone in the crowd to call emergency line 911. Major league umpire John Tumpane consoles a woman he had seen hop over a railing along the Roberto Clemente Bridge over the Allegheny River, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (Steph Chambers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)PITTSBURGH—John Tumpane can’t explain why he approached the woman as she hopped over the railing of the Roberto Clemente Bridge on Wednesday afternoon.The woman told Tumpane she just wanted to get a better view of the Allegheny River below. The look on her face and the tone of her voice suggested otherwise to Tumpane, a major league baseball umpire in town to work the series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Tampa Bay Rays.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Clippers coach Rivers on Chris Paul trade: ‘I hate the way it ended’ New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon “I just happened to be there,” he said. “I think I’ve been a caring person in my life. I saw somebody in need, and it looked like a situation to obviously insert myself and help out.”The aftermath was a bit surreal. After the woman was taken away, Tumpane called his wife, his arms still shaking.“Not too many times you call your wife and say you helped save somebody’s life,” he said. “A really special moment.”One that stayed with him even as he prepared to call balls and strikes behind home plate Wednesday night. During breaks in the action his eyes would drift to the bridge just a few hundred feet behind the center field wall at PNC Park.“It’s also hard when you stand back behind home plate and look and you see the bridge in the distance, In between innings and whatnot, just thinking of how things could have maybe been,” he said. “Glad it was this way.”Tumpane has no experience in crisis management or suicide prevention. He’s spent 16 years living the nomadic life of an umpire. Asked what was going through his head while he tried to coax the woman back to safety, Tumpane just shrugged his shoulders. How do you explain the unexplainable?“I happened to be in the right spot at the right time,” he said. “Tried to be as comforting as I could and talk her through it. Thankfully that was the outcome.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What followed were chaotic moments of panic, fear and ultimately, grace.“I couldn’t tell you how long we were waiting for everyone else to get in place,” Tumpane said. ‘Obviously another power comes into be when you’re hanging on and you know what the alternative is of you letting go and not having other people to help you.”Tumpane, Weinman and the third volunteer clung to the unidentified woman until emergency responders arrived. A police boat raced up the river to the iconic yellow bridge named for the Pirates Hall of Famer who died on Dec. 31, 1972, when a plane making humanitarian deliveries to earthquake victims in Nicaragua crashed. Now, 45 years later a crowd thrust together by fate brought a complete stranger back from the brink. Together.“Once they were able to secure her, we were able to talk her back to help us out and we got her back on this side,” Tumpane said. “After that I went up to her, she said, ‘You’ll just forget me after this’ and I said, ‘No, I’ll never forget you.’ This was an unbelievable day and I’m glad to say she can have another day with us …”Tumpane, who grew up in the Chicago suburbs, got into umpiring as a teenager, made his major-league debut in 2012 and received his full-time MLB commission in 2016, stressed he’s no hero.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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23 nabbed in vehicle theft probe

first_imgStarbird said the thieves targeted only certain truck brands with a high resale value and almost always took vehicles parked on quiet suburban streets or in residential driveways, working exclusively under the cover of night to reduce their chances of being caught. The vehicles of choice were the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Avalanche, Yukon Denali and the 3/4-ton GMC Sierra and Silverado. Small groups of thieves would case neighborhoods looking for a truck to steal and, once they found one, would copy down the vehicle identification number, or VIN, and pass it along to their inside man, who police allege is Chris Michael Laney of Torrance. Laney, 41, worked at an undisclosed auto dealership and, according to Starbird, used his position to obtain key codes from the VIN. The key codes would then be forwarded to a locksmith, said to be Lorenzo Alexis Vides, 45, of Los Angeles, who created keys the thieves could use to get into the trucks and start them. Laney and Vides were arrested Tuesday and were being held on $2.5 million bail. After stealing a truck, thieves would park it for a few days in a “safe” area to see if a tracking device had been installed. If not, they would move it to a shop, where cosmetic changes would be made and a counterfeit VIN installed. Then the truck would be ready for sale to an unsuspecting customer. Authorities estimate the more than 200 stolen trucks are worth about $8 million. A few have been recovered, but most have not. “Unknown buyers are riding around right now in stolen trucks,” said Sheriff Lee Baca at the TRAP press conference held at sheriff’s headquarters in Monterey Park. Baca urged anyone who recently bought one of the targeted brands through a private sale to “strongly scrutinize” their purchases if they seem “too good to be true.” Starbird said most of the trucks sold for about half their listed worth and usually carried salvage titles. The group stole trucks from all over L.A. County. Investigators said they linked the ring to thefts in Altadena, Pasadena, Monrovia, West Covina, Whittier and Montebello, among other cities. The TRAP team served 25 search warrants Tuesday at homes and shops in Pasadena, North Hollywood, Gardena, Los Angeles and Fontana. In all, authorities filed 40 felony counts against the 23 people arrested. The charges include conspiracy, operating a “chop shop,” altering VINs and grand theft auto. In addition, investigators are looking at four auto dealerships thought to be linked to the thefts. Authorities would not disclose their names or locations. Detective Robert Manning of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said about 90 percent of the people arrested Tuesday are foreign nationals. Four of the men had been picked up earlier on auto theft charges and deported to Central America. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4458160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The raids are the culmination of a nine-month investigation into the inner workings of the ring, which operated as far south as Huntington Beach and as far north as Bakersfield. “We broke up the Southern California portion of the group,” said Starbird, who headed up the investigation. “Is there someone higher up in the food chain? Yes. And they may not even be in this country.” The investigation started last November with the theft of a Cadillac Escalade from Orange County. Long Beach police tracked the vehicle to their city, where they found three men trying to switch the vehicle identification number. Police contacted Starbird and the Taskforce for Regional Autotheft Prevention, or TRAP, to follow up. What the task force found, Starbird said, was a sophisticated auto theft operation organized around five cells, each working with some degree of independence. MONTEREY PARK – Law enforcement officials said Wednesday they have broken up an international auto theft ring believed responsible for stealing more than 200 luxury SUVs and high-end pickups. A task force of 150 investigators from Los Angeles and Orange counties launched a series of raids Tuesday and took 23 people into custody, with nine men identified as “prime suspects” in the case. Three other men, brothers who had been living in Pasadena, escaped the sweep and are being sought. Long Beach police Detective Joe Starbird said he suspects the Pasadena brothers – Alex Sabillon Hernandez, Jovel Sabillon Hernandez and Hector Sabillon Hernandez – may have returned to their native Honduras. last_img read more

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How the New Goo.gl Compares to Other URL Shorteners

first_imgAdditional features Goo.gl offers include browser and OS level breakdown of link clickers and an auto-generated QR code for every link shortened. Google’s service does not offer a public API yet, but the company says it will in the future. Bit.ly offers a reporting API, and perhaps most importantly it offers publishers their own branding. Borthwick says there are now 4,000 white-label deals in place with Bit.ly. This site publishes through the URL RWW.to, for example, which looks better than publishing through a Google URL.Many startups have built URL shorteners in recent years. The most interesting have been focused on analyzing the content on shortened links and offering the resulting data programmatically. That’s what’s most interesting to developers, at least. For users, the people who put the data into the system, a trusted brand and now a small number of letters are the only things that matter. People put up with frequently unresponsive TinyURL.com for years. Use of that service will likely plummet now that there is a Google option, and other small services must be feeling threatened as well.Imagine Goo.gl data integrated with Google Analytics. That would be a powerful combination.One independent study by Web-monitoring company WatchMouse this spring confirmed Goo.gl’s claims that it is the fastest and most robust URL shortener on the market.Imagine Goo.gl data integrated with Google Analytics. That would be a powerful combination. Goo.gl is already integrated in the publishing flow from Google’s RSS and advertising platform FeedBurner to Twitter. In theory that could prove uniquely compelling as well. Google’s URL shortener Goo.gl has launched its open service and companion website to the public this afternoon. The service looks a whole lot like upstart innovator Bit.ly.“I guess Oscar Wilde was right, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery,” Bit.ly’s John Borthwick told us in response. “They took all the basic features and copied from bit.ly.” That is true for the user interface, but in the larger context of both companies’ offerings, there are significant differences. Tags:#Analysis#Features#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Transforming Healthcare with Patient Generated Data

first_imgWith significant growth projections, wearables have become more than a passing trend and are truly changing the way people and organizations think about managing health. I hear from many companies and customers who want to understand how the wearables market is impacting patient care as well as some of the changes taking place with providers, insurers, and employers. In the next several blogs, I’ll share some of their questions and my responses. The first question is:Please give an overview of the wearable technology industry as it relates to healthcare, and what is the projected growth?In healthcare there are two main vectors of activity, starting with the health and fitness-oriented consumer devices such as the Fitbit, Fuel Band, and some of the emerging smart watches. These devices measure steps, sleep activity or general activity to try to encourage a healthy lifestyle.The second vector includes devices found in clinical settings. For example, a company called Sotera Wireless has a vital signs monitoring device that is worn by the patient in the hospital. The key value proposition is that you have continuous monitoring rather than having a nurse come in periodically to take the patient’s vitals. Plus, the patient is not tethered to the wall or the bed so they can move and walk around more freely.Another example that was not necessarily designed for clinicians is Google Glass, which has received a fair amount of press. It has been approved for use in some hospitals, and there are a number of use cases emerging. One is around streamlining clinician workflow support, so the clinician doesn’t have to interact with other screens in other areas of the patient room or the operating room.In this first wave of wearable device adoption in the healthcare industry, we see a lot of repurposing of devices that were originally designed for other uses. Over time, we’ll see more sophisticated devices targeted at the industry. Some wearable devices will likely be regulated, for example, those for real-time glucose monitoring. But the payoff will be that purpose-built devices can better meet the complex needs of the healthcare industry, whether it’s, for example, remote monitoring of patients or encouraging health plan members to adopt a healthier lifestyle.According to IDC, vendors will ship over 45 million wearable units in 2015; an increase of over 133 percent from 2014 worldwide shipments. They predict 45 percent annual growth for shipment volumes over the next several years, meaning roughly 126 million devices in 2019. If you look more broadly at the Internet of Things (IoT), in which wearables are a category, IDC is predicting a 36 billion dollar market for healthcare by 2018, so there are very aggressive growth projections.In healthcare, the key driver of growth is moving from periodic monitoring, traditionally associated with the occasional visit to a doctor, to daily or even continuous monitoring of the patient’s specific conditions and general wellness. Wearables won’t replace the doctor visit, but they can establish baselines to measure against, and the streaming patient-generated data they sense and collect will improve the accuracy of predictive models to give insight into how a patient is really doing in near-real time. We are seeing just the tip of the iceberg today as companies target the healthcare vertical and build more sensing capabilities into devices.What questions about wearables do you have? What do you think?In my next blog, I’ll look at some of the ways that wearables are impacting providers, payers and employers as well as patients.last_img read more

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Sachin’s Rajya Sabha nomination is Congress’s dirtiest play: Bal Thackeray

first_imgCommenting on the nomination of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray on Sunday said it was the “dirtiest play” of Congress.”It is Congress’s dirtiest play…the real Dirty Picture is this”, Thackeray said talking to reporters after he was conferred with a lifetime achievement award by Raipur-based magazine ‘Cartoon Watch’ at a function in Mumbai.Asked how would he draw Sachin’s cartoon, Thackeray, who ran a cartoon magazine before founding Shiv Sena, said that in some cases “a mere photograph is enough” and there is no need to draw a cartoon.Saturday, in the editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana, Thackeray had said that Congress must have an ulterior motive in nominating Sachin to the upper house of the Parliament.”Crores of Sachin’s fans would have liked to call him ‘Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar’. Alas, he would now only be Sachin Tendulkar, MP”, the editorial said. The Sena chief, however, added that he was proud of Tendulkar.”I feel proud of Sachin. Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Hema Malini, (too), went to the Rajya Sabha. But before going there, one should know whether he has a scope there”, he said.On his stand on the upcoming Presidential election, Thackeray said: “I have not thought about it. Don’t you find one suitable person for the post of President? After every five years this whole thing starts.”Asked if he endorsed Union Agriculture Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s recent statement that the next President must be a person without political leanings, Thackeray only reacted, “Don’t tell me about Pawar…he is an unreliable man.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Ulstein to Design SunStones Expedition Ship

first_imgNorwegian ship designer Ulstein Design & Solutions AS confirmed it has been awarded a contract by China Merchant Group (CMG), which will build an expedition cruise vessel for Miami-based expedition vessels provider SunStone. As informed, the contract includes the design and equipment package for one and options for additional nine vessels.The Ulstein CX103 expedition cruise ship will be 104.3 meters long and 18.4 meters wide and will be able to accommodate 255 persons.The ship, to be constructed at China Merchants Heavy Industry yard, is planned for delivery in 2019, according to Ulstein.Ulstein said the hull will be built in accordance with polar class PC6 and that it would comply with the notation Safe Return to Port and Virtual Anchorage.“This is a strategically very important contract for us and we are very pleased that we were chosen for this project. The team effort and cooperation between the ship owner, interior designer, yard, broker, sub-suppliers and our employees has been very good. We look forward to making this project become a reality,” Eva Kristensen, Managing Director of Ulstein Design & Solutions AS, commented.last_img read more

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Football Nick Bosa freshman defensive linemen have productive 2016 season

OSU freshman defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) pays tribute to his brother, former OSU defensive lineman Joey Bosa, by doing the ‘Bosa shrug’ after his first career sack during the Buckeyes’ season opener on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For the first-year defensive linemen who have received the most playing time other than Nick Bosa — redshirt freshman Dre’Mont Jones, redshirt freshman Davon Hamilton and freshman Robert Landers — 2016 has been a great season. Coming into the year, Nick, brother of former OSU All-American and current San Diego Charger Joey Bosa, was expected to make an impact — unlike his fellow freshman counterparts on the defensive front.After Bosa suffered a torn ACL during his senior year of high school, and starting defensive tackle and redshirt junior Tracy Sprinkle went down with an achilles rupture in the first game of the season, it became apparent OSU needed some big-time minutes from their young players. Although Bosa had a successful rehab period, he still needed time to develop after missing much of the offseason’s drills.According to the Florida native, 2016 has been about growth more than healing, although the time away ensured he was ready to go late in the season.“I’ve grown tremendously this whole year,” Bosa said. “From the first day going full speed in camp to now I think … I’ve actually learned how to play football. Let’s just say that. High school was a lot of brute strength and athleticism. And now, I think I have a pretty good skill set. It’s just been fun to progress all year and learn new things every week. The knee is fine.”Before Bosa started picking up steam as a defender, the interior of the OSU defensive line was a bit of a question mark. That was, until, the trio of Jones, Hamilton and Landers emerged as quality defensive linemen.Jones leads the group with 46 total tackles, while Hamilton and Landers have combined for 25. Of Landers’ 16 tackles, eight are for a loss. Success in his first real playing time with a team in national-championship contention is still a little surreal for Jones.“It set in for my family, not for me yet,” he said. “I’m still in a trance still trying to figure this all out. I’m excited. I’m just ready to go.”OSU is a program that expects contributions from first-year players the moment they step onto campus, like many other top football universities in the nation. Although the expectation might seem lofty, it has helped lots of players develop into NFL-ready talent as soon as they leave Columbus. While it’s a bit like a dream for Jones, Bosa had different things in mind when he committed to the Buckeyes.“I obviously have high expectations of myself,” he said. “I’m not going to come in and not expect to play. The fact that I’ve contributed to a national championship run is surreal.”While the players have been hard at work all week preparing for the task ahead in Clemson, most players agreed the extra practice is a chance to fine tune their skills. Although Jones agreed the bowl practices are helpful, he said they have more of an impact for next season.“Bowl practice, period, is really like a mini camp for us ‘cause it’s a chance for the young guys to showcase their talents and show them we can still play,” Jones said. “This kind of just showcases us for next year’s season.”Recently, Nick Bosa watched his brother throw up an O-H-I-O after getting a sack against Cleveland in the Chargers’ loss last Saturday. Although he has yet to break out any patented moves like Joey’s shrug, Nick said he might give it a try.“We’ll see,” he said. “I’ll probably just be screaming my head off. Too much adrenaline.”Bosa and company will be squaring off against Clemson on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium. read more

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Cursed Superstition could be cause for Jackets downfall

This is the sad tale of how I single-handedly ruined the Columbus Blue Jackets’ season.Superstition is rampant in the world of sports. Since the dawn of competition, men have invented games and then subsequently subjected themselves to unusual rituals and practices in an attempt to metaphysically improve their performances.The ancient Phoenicians would look to the skies and implore the divine beings in the sun to bless their game of stones. The Greeks who invented the Olympics would lather one another in oil in the exact same way each time they competed in the javelin throw or discus. Gladiators in imperial Rome would salute the Emperor in the hope that his favor would help them to survive the day.And lest you think that superstitious beliefs are limited to ignorant heathens of days long since past, some aspects of our culture remain steeped in irrational superstitions. Why else do people continue to cross the street rather than walk under a ladder, knock on wood or act all wonky on Friday the 13th?Many of today’s most famous athletes have their own quirky, idiosyncratic tendencies.Former Red Sox and Yankees slugger, Wade Boggs, refused to eat anything other than chicken on game days. Pitcher Mark “The Bird” Fidrych used to converse with the baseball in his hand as he prepared to face hitters. NBA superstar Michael Jordan used to wear the powder-blue gym shorts of his alma mater, the University of North Carolina, under his Chicago Bulls uniform for every game.Legend also has it that retired Seattle Supersonic star Shawn Kemp would father an illegitimate child before every road game in hopes of a triple double.These superstitious beliefs aren’t limited to random individuals, either. Nearly every sport worthy of the name has its own set of rituals.Most baseball fans are aware of the fact that it is an absolute no-no to talk to a pitcher who is in the middle of a possible no-hitter. This is the same sport whose athletes refuse to touch the baselines when running on and off the field and attempt to take home the most unattractive girl in the bar when their batting averages dip below the Mendoza line. This is a practice known as “slump busting.”Golfers must start their rounds with an odd number of clubs. Bowlers carry more lucky charms than the leprechaun of breakfast cereal fame. And of course, everyone knows that a fisherman is destined for a bad day if he passes a barefoot woman on the way to the lake.For hockey players, it’s all about the logo.Like the sacred sign that hangs in the hallway outside the locker room of Jesus’ favorite football team, Notre Dame, the logo in NHL dressing rooms is sacrosanct. This was a fact pointed out to me by the Lantern writer who was covering the Columbus Blue Jackets at the time.Because he was unable to cover that night’s game, I drew the job. After covering the basics that I would need to get into Nationwide Arena, he looked at me solemnly and asked whether or not I knew about the logo’s lore. When I responded in the negative, he proceeded to explain the ultimate taboo that is treading on a hockey team’s logo.I made a small mental note but didn’t give it much thought. The hockey game passed by in a flash that night. I was nervous as hell as I waited in the hallway outside the dressing room. Columbus was coming off its first-ever playoff appearance and had compiled a 5-1 record in the early goings of the season. There was joy in the air and the Jackets were the toast of the town.That was all to change.After finishing up a particularly rousing interview with fourth-line left-winger Derek Dorsett, I turned and headed toward captain Rick Nash’s locker. In my haste, I oafishly walked across the Blue Jackets logo woven into the dressing room carpet. I was quickly intercepted by an angry locker room attendant.“Stay off the logo, please,” he said tersely.His prim demeanor lulled me into a false sense of security as I thought I had avoided an embarrassing situation.I caught a hint of movement in my peripheral vision somewhere to my left. I turned to find its source. I was quickly horrified at the realization that it was the movement of a suddenly angry Raffi Torres advancing toward me, his lip curled into a snarl. The fact that he, like most hockey players, does not possess a full mouth of teeth only added to his frightening visage.Eyes cast downward, muttering an apology, I quickly fled to the farthest corner of the dressing room. Heart pounding, I came to the realization that my first sports writing assignment in the locker room of a major sports team had nearly ended in my pummeling at the hands of one of the local players. My budding career was over before it began, for surely no journalist could overcome the public humiliation that would accompany a very public beatdown.At the very least, I would have been resigned to an eternity of covering the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.The rest is history. The Jackets went on an extended losing streak, fired their head coach and have posted a 26-30-11 record on the season. I’ve often wondered if there was something I could have done to reverse the jinx, like don goalie gear and let them fire shots at me.For now, I’m resigned to the fact that I’m the guy who ruined a franchise’s season. Me and Steve Bartman. read more

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Rafa Benitez Aleksandar Mitrovic has no point to prove

first_imgNewcastle Manager Rafa Benitez says Aleksandar Mitrovic should not feel the need to prove himself when he returns to Newcastle with Fulham on Saturday.The forward spent two seasons at Newcastle before joining Fulham on loan in January and finalizing the deal in the summer.Answering questions on whether the forward will be looking to make a statement, Benitez told Skysports:“No I don’t think so.”“I think he is doing well. He is playing well, scoring goals for them. He is working very hard, so I think he will be happy at the moment.”“Obviously he will like to score as many goals as he can but I don’t think he has to prove anything because he is doing well.”Thibaut Courtois, Real MadridReport: Courtois’s agent arrested in money laundering case George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois agent has been arrested as part of a money-laundering investigation.The ugly word corruption is again staining the world of football. In…Mitrovic has scored seven goals from 17 appearances this season for Fulham, who sit bottom of the league with only two wins and nine points from 17 games.“He is a good player, we knew that before, and I wish him all the best after this game,” said Benitez.“I think he will give everything on the pitch because that is his style of play, and hopefully we can keep him quiet.”“My main priority is to be sure the team is in a good position in the table. I am not talking about every single player.”“You have to concentrate on what you have. I am happy with our strikers, they are doing well, but especially I am happy with our position in the table at the moment.”last_img read more

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I am leaving because I am bored

first_imgI have never read a suicide note that I would want to have written.’ -Edwin Shneidman, Suicide ExpertMorbid. So morbid. I have heard that word almost every day of my life since 2011 and I will pretty much have to hear it for the rest of my life if things go exactly the way they are right now.  No. I didn’t try killing myself. I had decided to work on suicide notes for my doctoral thesis. Battling through a course on autobiographies in Delhi University I recall guffawing at a certain author’s tale and whispering to a classmate – ‘He could have made all of this up!’ ‘No! He couldn’t have!’ came the response. ‘Why not?’ – ‘It is an autobiography. Why would someone lie?’ ‘If there is scope to lie, people lie,’ I shot back. ‘You have serious issues…’ she had said and the conversation ended because we were asked to stop talking. This was a M.Phil class mind you. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Autobiographies, I believe, are the best place to lie. You can make a whole world up and those (unfortunates) who read the work believe every word because this genre of writing comes with a herculean truth claim. Would you believe it if someone said that Gandhi lied in his My Experiments with Truth? No true-blood Indian would. He is after all our shield, barrier and excuse when we condemn. I know one person did not lie – that was Primo Levi. And that is perhaps why his Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSurvival in Auschwitz and If This is a Man reads more like suicide notes than an autobiographies or biographies or even stories. The bridge that would plague me for days to come was forged then. Suicide notes are private documents. A stranger should not read a suicide’s last words, it is just not fair. Marc Etkind says in his book …Or Not to Be, ‘This book of suicide notes is pornography. In reading these, the most intimate documents, you are a sadistic voyeur, transforming someone else’s pain into your own pleasure.’ Almost as a conjecture comes Hannah Arendt’s words – ‘Nothing and nobody exists in this world whose very being does not presuppose a ‘spectator’. In other words, nothing that is, insofar as it appears singular; everything that is- is meant to be perceived by somebody.’Etkind writes, ‘It was no coincidence that the rise in suicide notes correspond with the rise of newspapers in the eighteenth century. Suicide notes only became common when there was an outlet for them to be read,’ and goes on to say that every note he has in his book has been ‘previously published’. Etkind believes that suicide notes are written when people are at their psychological worst. He calls the content bizarre, rambling, angry and sad documents but then there are only so many ways to express pain. Pain, suffering, eternal melancholia seems to be the backbone of Literature. Perhaps, across the world there are only a few books that thrive on happiness and sunshine wholly. This written document that also comes with a truth claim (why would anyone lie moments before their death?) seems to bear a burden very similar to autobiographies. Are they literature? If yes – what genre? I may have an answer in a years’ time or I may not. But till then I can safely immerse myself in the morbid pleasure of reading about death and reading a lot of suicide notes. ‘…I feel certain I am going mad again. I feel we can’t go through another of those terrible times. And I shan’t recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can’t concentrate…’ wrote Virginia Woolf. ‘…I must be one of those narcissists who only appreciate things when they’re alone. I’m too sensitive. I need to be slightly numb in order to regain the enthusiasm I had as a child…it’s better to burn out than to fade away,’ – and Kurt Cobain burned.Compared to Sylvia Plath’s words from Lady Lazarus – ‘ Dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well. I do it so it feels  like hell. I do it so it feels real…’ her suicide note was unimaginative and blunt – ‘Please call Dr. Horder’.  The poetry-insanity mobius strip did the author of The Bell Jar in ages before she actually killed herself. ‘But suicides have a special language. Like carpenters they want to know which tools. They never ask why build,’ wrote Anne Sexton in Wanting to Die.  This special language  is what fascinates me and thus my obsession with this pornography. Given, all suicide notes are not weighty enough to merit deep analysis or even a re-read. But then final words should be chosen with care, they are the last of what remains of  you. That little shot at eternity, ironically.  A suicide chooses to end life that he/she found unbearable but then they decide to leave behind something imperishable. Words. But then if someone had the clarity of thought to pen a decent note, would they necessarily kill themselves? The debate rages. ‘Dear world: I am leaving because I am bored. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool,’ wrote actor George Sanders.  I am still searching for that one note I wish to write if I ever do decide to kill myself.last_img read more

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