Osaka Wins But Takes Tough Road At French Open (Video)

first_imgPARIS — Naomi Osaka is grinding her way through the French Open the hard way.To cling onto her quest for a third consecutive Grand Slam title, the top-ranked Osaka has twice had to rally from first-set woes.The latest opponent was former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, beaten 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the second round Thursday in a match with superb shot-making.The U.S Open and Australian Open champion from Japan, who surprisingly lost a set 6-0 in the first round, again started poorly.Azarenka, now ranked No. 43 and without a major title since winning the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, raced to a 4-0 lead on Court Suzanne Lenglen and kept Osaka under constant pressure.Osaka considered herself unfortunate to be drawn against Azarenka and the powerful, accurate tennis produced by the 29-year-old Belarusian playing in her 12th French Open showed why.Broken by a backhand volley at the net from Azarenka in the fifth game of the second set, Osaka seemed to be in deep trouble. But, as she did in beating first-round opponent Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Osaka again proved her resilience.The eighth game of the second set was pivotal. After saving two break points, Azarenka doubled-faulted. Osaka leveled at 4-4 and the momentum started to shift. It was the seventh break point Azarenka had faced in the set, and the first she had failed to save.But Azarenka still saved three set points before Osaka finally leveled the match with a backhand cross-court winner.The third set was packed with drama, too, with Osaka finally taming Azarenka with her third match point, when her combative opponent hit long.Osaka will next play Katerina Siniakova, ranked No. 42, in the third round.By: John Leicester, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

James Cromwell Arrested During Cat Abuse Protest

first_imgAcademy Award nominee and longtime PETA activist James Cromwell was arrested Thursday morning after interrupting a University of Wisconsin (UW) Board of Regents meeting to demand an end to cruel and deadly brain experiments on scores of cats at UW-Madison.Shouting “Shame on UW for mutilating and killing cats!” and holding graphic blown-up photos showing how UW drilled into, deafened, and decapitated a cat named Double Trouble, Cromwell and PETA supporters were surrounded by university police and taken out of the building. Video of the event will be available shortly.“The University of Wisconsin may think that grant money matters more than animals’ suffering, but the public who unwittingly funds this cruelty demands an end to these hideous experiments,” says Cromwell. “My friends at PETA and I will continue to call on UW-Madison to stop cutting into and killing cats in this useless experiment.”Thursday’s protest follows a January 22 letter sent by PETA to the UW Board of Regents describing the abuse of nine other cats in the same laboratory where Double Trouble was experimented on and killed, as documented by UW’s own records. PETA asked the regents for an immediate end to the cruel experiments but received no response.Double Trouble and other cats developed bacterial infections from the traumatic head and eye wounds inflicted on them, were starved for days at a time, and had their heads mutilated and stainless-steel posts screwed to their skulls. They were deafened and forced to work for small bits of food. Double Trouble was killed and decapitated. Some of the other cats may still be alive in a UW laboratory.More than $3 million in federal funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been wasted on this ongoing project, even though leading clinicians in the field have never cited the published study as contributing to improving human hearing. More than 200,000 people have used PETA’s website to ask the NIH to cut funding for these experiments.For more information, please visit PETA.org/DoubleTrouble.Source:PETAlast_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Unveils 50th Dodgers Dreamfield Commit Additional 10 Million

first_imgOn Saturday, September 22, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) and Executive Director Nichol Whiteman, together with Dodger All-Stars Yasiel Puig and Clayton Kershaw, joined Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten, Dodger Manager Dave Roberts, Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and other officials along with scores of young baseball and softball players to unveil the 50th Dodgers Dreamfield at Algin Sutton Recreation Center in South Los Angeles.50th Dodgers Dreamfield at Algin Sutton Recreation Center in South Los AngelesCredit/Copyright: Jon SooHoo / Los Angeles Dodgers FoundationThe completion of this Dreamfield marked the final step in LADF’s commitment to create 50 fields in 15 years. Since 2003, over $10 million has been invested in these fields, which have impacted the lives of over 300,000 youth in and around Los Angeles. The foundation revealed that it is extending its initial commitment of 50 fields with an additional $10 million to build 75 fields by the 75th anniversary of the Dodgers’ move to Los Angeles.The construction of this $300,000 project is partially funded by generous donations from the City of Los Angeles, Yasiel Puig’s Wildhorse Foundation, the Tyler Development Corporation, Clayton & Ellen Kershaw, the LA84 Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, and the Bruce P. Rubenstein Family.Additional special guests and speakers at the unveiling ceremony included State Senator Holly J. Mitchell, LA City Council President Herb Wesson, Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, Manny Mota, and Steve Yeager (Dodger Alumni), Alanna Rizzo (Los Angeles Dodgers Broadcaster), Aleta Williams (Daughter of Algin Sutton), Vicki Israel (Assistant General Manager, LA Department of Recreation and Parks), Tyler Udall (Tyler Development Corporation), Renata Simril (President and CEO, LA84 Foundation), Marsha Bonner (Director of Community Grantmaking, Annenberg Foundation), John Bendheim (Leon Lowenstein Foundation), Joe Baca, Jr. (Rialto City Councilmember), youth softball and baseball players representing the community of Algin Sutton, Dodgers RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), the Natasha Watley Foundation, Girls Play LA, Yasiel Puig’s 66ers baseball team, Manchester Elementary School, Brotherhood Crusades, Alliance Judy I Burton Technology Academy High School, and the Boys & Girls Club. Dodgers players and officials gathered for a ceremonial “lighting of the scoreboard,” which was followed by a public community festival that included fun-filled activations including a Farmer John Dodger Dog Truck, LADWP Water Truck, LA Teams Sports Zone, Dodger Alumni autographs, Dodger Guy Character, Dodger giveaways and tunes from DJ Severe, the Dodger DJ.“We are proud of the meaningful impact Dodgers Dreamfields have had on local communities. As we unveil our 50th, we are thrilled to extend and renew our promise to provide access and opportunity to youth throughout Los Angeles who need it most,” Mark Walter, Dodger Owner and Chairman, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.“It makes perfect sense that the 50th Dreamfield would open right here at a recreation center named after the late Algin Sutton, who dedicated his career to connecting young people with opportunities to play,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “In Los Angeles, we are committed to making sure that every child has access to sports and recreation no matter what her zip code, and I’m so proud to call the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation our partner in increasing opportunities to play!”“Congratulations to the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation for completing their 50th Dodgers Dreamfield”, said Mike Shull, General Manager, Department of Recreation and Parks. “We are proud of our partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers and their commitment to invest in our City’s park system, which has created lasting disparities in access to quality open space and recreation programs for youth and families of our communities.”During the unveiling ceremony, the foundation debuted its Dodgers Dreamfields Impact Report, outlining the tremendous influence that these fields have had on youth in Los Angeles’ most underserved communities including Central Los Angeles, Inglewood, South Los Angeles, Harbor City, San Fernando Valley, East Los Angeles, and La Puente. These fields provide kids with a positive and vibrant environment to participate in baseball and softball opportunities in their neighborhoods. In partnership with corporations, foundations, local municipalities, and individuals, Dodgers Dreamfields contribute to both community development and youth development by providing youth the opportunity and space to learn and play the game of baseball and softball, while building character and instilling important life lessons. Program resources and elements include backstop upgrades, dugout upgrades, irrigation improvements, surface re-grading, new home plate, pitching rubbers, and bases, outfield fencing and windscreens, turf renovation, sod installation, and new signage and scoreboard.“We are so proud to have reached our goal of building 50 Dreamfields, but know that there is still much more work to be done,” said Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Executive Director Nichol Whiteman. “These fields have given our local youth a sense of pride and ownership every time they step onto the mound or slide across home base. The value of these Dreamfields cannot be overstated, and we are excited to have the chance to share everything that baseball and softball have to offer with even more communities over the next several years!”The LA84 Foundation is the longest-standing sponsor of Dodger Dreamfields, having provided funding for 43 of the 50 fields, beginning in 2003. “Today is an historic day for the kids of the Los Angeles area – 50 Dreamfields is a remarkable achievement,” said Renata Simril, President and CEO of the LA84 Foundation. Simril added: “In a world where there is too much ‘photo-op philanthropy,’ the Dodgers Foundation produces real and sustaining positive community impact.”“I am proud to partner with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation for their 50th Dreamfield,” said Yasiel Puig. “I hope this field will ignite the children’s love of baseball and I hope the sport will bring as much joy to their lives as it has to mine. Giving back to the Los Angeles community with a gift that will impact future generations is truly an honor.”“Ellen and I are so honored to be a part of LADF’s 50th Dodgers Dreamfield,” added Clayton Kershaw. “We have been partnering with them since they built the Universally Accessible Field in Baldwin Hills and are proud to partner with the foundation as they continue to impact thousands of kids throughout LA.”A high need for youth baseball/softball recreation space, racial and ethnic diversity, high “park need” metric, number of youth living in the surrounding community, and current baseball/softball interest are all factors that will help the foundation determine the locations of these next fields. By maintaining current partners and establishing new ones, LADF will continue to positively impact communities throughout the Los Angeles area.last_img read more

Its Official Taylor is Speaker of the House

first_img The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, TCI, December 29, 2016 – Applause rings out, rapping on the Governing side table as Hon Dwayne Taylor is now officially the Speaker of the House of Assembly after the election of the Speaker which was led by former Chief Minister and Third All Island Member, Hon Derek Taylor.Hon Dwayne S. Taylor who once served as a Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, was a key part of the victory for the PDM at the polls on December 15, 2016 as the Party’s Campaign Manager; Hon Dwayne Taylor opened with Acts 17:28 which says in part, ‘ For in Him we live and move and our being…’Fourth All Island elected Member, was the sole nominee and went unopposed as the ‘ayes have it’ to see, political newcomer, Hon Karen Malcolm accept the role and take the oath of allegiance as the Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.  Loud applause rang out for the founder of the TCI Heart Foundation.Members are currently taking the oath of allegiance, beginning with the new Premier and new Deputy Premier; Hon Sharlene Robinson and Hon Sean Astwood respectively Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

ACC sacks its one official suspends another

first_imgLogo of Anti Corruption Commission. File photoThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday sacked one of its officials and suspended another on charges of showing negligence in duty, misconduct and misuse of power.”The Commission sacked assistant director SM Shamim Iqbal and suspended another assistant director Beer Kanta Roy on Monday for their negligence in duty, misbehavior and misuse of power,” ACC spokesperson and deputy director (public relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee told BSS.Misusing his power, Shamim Iqbal did not submit a charge-sheet in a graft case even in a year while working in Khulna zila office. Iqbal was sacked after the allegation was proved against him. He will not get any benefit of retirement due to the sack order, said an official release.Beer Kanta Roy was suspended on Monday  for his negligence in an investigation into a loan scam .ACC director general (admin) Munir Chowdhury said the national anti-graft agency has taken action against the ACC officials so that ACC staff could dare to engage them in such misdeeds. “If necessary, tougher action will be taken in the days to come,” he added.last_img read more

After Ruling On Texas Sanctuary Cities Law Opponents Say Theyre Down But

first_imgJulian Aguilar/The Texas TribuneOn the last day of the 85th legislative session, protesters opposed to Senate Bill 4 — the “sanctuary cities” law — fill up the rotunda of the state Capitol in Austin on May 29, 2017. After opponents of Texas’ immigration-enforcement law were delivered what they said was a “punch to the gut” by a federal appellate court, they stressed Wednesday that they weren’t completely out of the fight.A panel of three 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges ruled Tuesday that most of Senate Bill 4 can remain in effect while the case plays out. That came after it was partially blocked by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio last summer.Attorneys and immigrants’ rights groups who fought against SB 4 said their next move isn’t clear but that they’re considering seeking a hearing before the entire 5th Circuit.“There are a lot of parties [involved], so we are coordinating on this,” Efrén Olivares, the racial and economic justice director for the Texas Civil Rights Project, told reporters during a conference call. “But procedurally, the next step would be to request an en banc hearing.” There is also the possibility of asking the U.S. Supreme Court, he said. Share The plaintiffs’ attorneys admitted Wednesday that they were not surprised at the ruling due to the 5th Circuit’s conservative leanings, so it’s unclear how much faith they will have in pleading their case before the entire court. But, they said, there remains the option to show that in its implementation, SB 4 leads to several constitutional violations.The legislation prohibits law enforcement supervisors from preventing their local law enforcement officers from questioning the immigration status of people they detain or arrest. It also punishes local government department heads and elected officials who don’t cooperate with federal immigration “detainers” — requests by agents to turn over immigrants subject to possible deportation — in the form of jail time and penalties that exceed $25,000, and it prohibits local entities from pursuing “a pattern or practice that ‘materially limits’ the enforcement of immigration laws” or prohibits “assisting or cooperating” with federal immigration officers as reasonable or necessary.Olivares said that while the next step in the appeals process is being considered, the lawyers and their supporters will also prepare for the case to head back to San Antonio. Tuesday’s ruling was only on the temporary injunction of SB 4; now, the district court is set to consider the law itself.In a statement released after Tuesday’s ruling, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said the decision shows the law doesn’t run afoul of the U.S. Constitution. “I’m pleased the 5th Circuit recognized that Senate Bill 4 is lawful, constitutional and protects the safety of law enforcement officers and all Texans,” he said. “Enforcing immigration law prevents the release of individuals from custody who have been charged with serious crimes.”One of the most controversial components of SB 4, what opponents call the “papers please” provision, was never halted and has been law since September. In his August ruling, Garcia allowed that part of the law to go into effect but said officers cannot prolong a stop for longer than necessary and can’t make an arrest solely based on immigration status. Olivares said he’s already heard this hasn’t always been the case and said that’s one of the challenges to the law that could be presented to the district judge.“Police officers are prolonging the stops on purpose just to allow for Border Patrol or [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] agents, and that is unconstitutional,” he said. “We know that is happening around the state and particularly in border areas, so we are keeping track of that.”Another option is for local governments to adopt or continue policies where being charged for an alleged misdemeanor doesn’t trigger automatic arrest, said Bob Libal, the executive director of Grassroots Leadership, an Austin-based immigrant rights and private-prison watchdog group.“Local officials need to act swiftly to stop the arrest-to-deportation pipeline that will be accelerated by SB 4,” Libal said. “They can start by enacting policies that end discretionary arrests while ensuring that scarce public resources are not wasted on unnecessary immigration enforcement actions that terrorize the immigrant community.”last_img read more

Via Rail contacting customers over spam emails after security glitch no financial

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Posted by TORONTO — Via Rail is contacting customers who may be getting spam messages linked to the email account they have used when corresponding with the company.Via says it began investigating following a report from a customer on Aug. 11 that he had been receiving spam emails.The railway says its investigation determined that a subcontractor of one of its suppliers, which conducts surveys on Via’s behalf, inadvertently made some customer lists available on the internet while performing a series of tests in July.It says the lists contained general information, such as customers’ names, postal codes, email addresses and travel details for the period of Jan. 2, 2017 to March 19, 2017.Via says it does not keep any financial information in its databases, so no such data was disclosed.These lists have been removed from the server and Via says it has suspended its business relationship with the supplier and has advised the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat of the incident.“We are sending you this letter to apologize for any inconvenience that this incident may have caused you and to reassure you that appropriate corrective action was taken without delay,” Via said Monday in an email to customers.“We would also like to suggest that you remain vigilant and refrain from giving out your personal or financial information when you receive advertisements or unsolicited email that refer to your recent communications with Via Rail or your Via Preference account.”center_img Via Rail contacting customers over spam emails after security glitch; no financial info disclosed The Canadian Press Tags: VIA Raillast_img read more