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Sam El Barouki serves as Director of Client Relations for Polaris Energy.

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Sam El Barouki Discusses Common Football Penalties

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It is estimated that almost two-thirds of Americans watch professional football games on television, including 73 percent of men and 55 percent of women. Even though the sport is popular, many people may not know all the technicalities of the game, such as the penalties.

Sam El Barouki, currently a student pursuing his doctorate of business administration, is also an avid football fan who roots for the Philadelphia Eagles. Here Sam El Barouki shares his insight into a few of the more common football penalties.

Personal foul – A personal foul is called when one player hits an opposing player in a way that could cause serious injury. This includes helmet-to-helmet or helmet-to-head contact, hitting a player at the knees, or hitting a player when he is already out of the field of play.

Intentional grounding – This penalty is called when the quarterback throws the ball to the ground in order to avoid being tackled, and when it is apparent that there is no eligible receiver in the vicinity. The quarterback can, however, intentionally throw the ball to the sidelines or through the end zone out of bounds without incurring a penalty.

Encroachment – Encroachment occurs when a defensive player crosses the line of scrimmage and fails to return to his side before the ball is snapped by the offense. Encroachment usually incurs a five-yard penalty, which the offense can accept or decline.


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February 5, 2014 at 11:57 pm

Solar Energy Could Find New Niche in Remote Locations, By Sam Barouki

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Solar power continues to grow in both popular and economic acceptance. Industry watchers believe this alternative energy source also will gain a foothold in geographically distant locations in the coming years.

According to a recent opinion piece featured at, military installations represent a good future market for solar power. This is because U.S. bases in combat zones often are located in remote regions, which presents a number of logistical and transportation challenges. As solar power becomes increasingly mobile and easier to install, military bases may be able to reduce their reliance on fossil fuel, saving money and lives as a result. Mobile solar power systems already have seen success in tests in Afghanistan.

Remote villages throughout the world represent another huge market for solar energy in the coming decades. Despite the tremendous infrastructure advances made in China, India, and other developing nations, more than 2.3 billion people around the world still have limited or no access to electricity. Recently, mobile solar power systems were used in remote areas of Nigeria. This enabled residents to enjoy the benefits of electricity and clean water for the first time.

About Sam Barouki

A skilled business manager, Sam Barouki most recently served as Director of Client Relations for Polaris Energy, an alternative energy firm based in Milan, Italy.

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April 26, 2013 at 1:16 am

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UKSIF: Promoting Sustainability in the Financial Sector

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Sam Barouki is an international business professional with a substantial history in banking and financial advisement. He is currently completing doctorate-level graduate work in the field of business administration. Previously, he served as Director of Client Relations at Polaris Energy. While at Polaris, Sam Barouki was active with the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association, or UKSIF, a membership network that promotes responsible investment and financial management in the United Kingdom and throughout the world.

Following the model established by the first social investment forum in the United States, the initial British retail ethical fund was launched in 1984. Seven years later, UKSIF had its official debut in London. Today, UKSIF is a leading force in the effort to make the UK financial sector a world leader in the advancement of green development and healthy investment practices.

The organization supports its mission by fighting for policy reform and giving its individual members the information and tools necessary to support effective business operations that are both responsible and sustainable. Its vision of a transparent and ethical financial services industry is shared by geographically focused investment partnership organizations throughout Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, and Australasia.

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April 16, 2013 at 7:02 am