The International Herald Tribune looks at the man behind the largest ever bank fraud, which came to light yesterday and cost SocGen around $7.2 billion. A former colleague speaks about rogue trader Jerome Kerviel, a 31-year-old children’s judo teacher with an interest in sailing: “He was an introvert, who was generally pretty ill at ease."
“Wall Street looked set for gains in an extended global stock bounce on Friday, soaking up the afterglow of a U.S. government tax stimulus package that has soothed recession fears,” Reuters reported in the first hour of trading.
On Wednesday, investigators at The New York Times reported that as few as five pieces of tuna from certain Manhattan sushi restaurants, if eaten in one week, might be enough to produce risky mercury levels. Time magazine consulted a doctor on the issue, who maintained that the dangers of not eating fish, including tuna, “outweigh the small possible dangers from mercury."
A girl in Australia has spontaneously changed blood group, allowing her body to accept a transplanted liver. Doctors describe it as a "one-in-six-billion" miracle, which may one day help researchers learn how to replicate the transformation.
The Atlantic depicts Bobby Fischer as a man with a “limited world view” who, at the height of his career, couldn’t follow the conversation at a dinner party, who collected Ds at high school, and who once said, “I object to being called a chess genius, because I consider myself to be an all-around genius who just happens to play chess."
New Yorker reviewer Anthony Lane sees through the contemporary veneer of monster movie “Cloverfield”. He writes, “Under the modern flummery, behind the faux amateurism and the handheld shudder, ‘Cloverfield’ is a vastly old-fashioned piece of work, creaking with hilarious contrivance. I was thrilled, for instance, to hear someone actually speak the line ‘It’s alive!’"