Platinum Partners, a New York hedge-fund firm facing a probe into alleged bribery, is under investigation into whether it has been paying exiting investors with money from incoming ones. Two sets of federal prosecutors as well as securities regulators are now delving into Platinum’s operations, calling into question the firm’s fundraising inside a close-knit world of observant Jewish businesspeople in New York, Florida and Israel. The $1.25 billion hedge-fund firm recorded some of the most impressive numbers in the industry, with double-digit average annual returns for more than a decade, but it is now liquidating. Beginning around 2012, with some investors wanting their money back, Platinum began borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars, some of it at double-digit interest rates. Our account of the firm’s affairs is based on audits and other documents and interviews with more than a dozen current and former investors and employees.
The banned-substances list grows longer for elite athletes, but one performance-enhancing substance remains curiously legal: caffeine. Long used by triathletes and marathoners as a pick-me-up, caffeine is showing benefits even in short-burst and team sports such as jujitsu, sprint swimming and rugby. Recent research suggests that even small doses of caffeine, equivalent to what’s in a “tall” Starbucks coffee, can improve athletic performance, conferring a 1% to 2% benefit. That won’t turn a couch potato into a world-record holder, but it is significant when competitive margins are seconds or fractions of a second. The number of caffeine-infused sports products, from gum to freeze-dried coffee, has grown. Meanwhile, in other health news, a new study is believed to show that one particular type of mental exercise, speed training, may succeed at doing what nothing else has before: putting off dementia.
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Responding to yesterday’s question on Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s resignation as DNC chairwoman,Cole Aston of Missouri wrote: “She’s just a scapegoat. The corruption runs deep in the Democratic Party. Supporters, especially Mr. Sanders’s, should be absolutely livid with the DNC right now, yet they will decide to rally around Mrs. Clinton and pretend that she had no idea about any of this.” Patrick J. Vuchetich of Kansas commented: “I cursed WikiLeaks years ago, but now I see it as necessary. The action of the DNC executives is appalling. Whether Republican or Democrat, the level of hubris of politicians overflows our capitols. The silent majority needs to take back our governments. The time is ripe for a third party.” And Gordon E. Finley of Florida shared: “As a donor to Mr. Sanders’s campaign, I want my money back. Mrs. Clinton stole--but did not win--the primaries. Let thousands of lawsuits bloom!”
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