The Faceless Men And Women Of The US Open

(And the slights aren’t limited to photos: At least one American’s photo was accompanied by an Italian flag for one of her doubles matches.)By the first Friday of the Open, the tournament had added photos for many players, including del Potro, Thiem and Almagro. It took a little longer for many women, including Konjuh and Sevastova, who finally got their photos added by that Sunday.Not all the players minded their missing photos. Sevastova, after upsetting Johanna Konta to reach the quarterfinals, said in response to my question at her postmatch news conference that she’d noticed her photo was finally added. “Now I have a photo,” she said. “Now I saw my photo.” Having no photo was better than if the U.S. Open had just used her “WTA picture with short hair,” she said. “I didn’t like it, actually, so it was OK without [a] picture.”The U.S. Open provides an unusual opportunity to check out what the faceless men and women of sport have in common because the tournament lists hundreds of players, all gathered on one website. On the first Friday of the tournament, I did an exhaustive survey of all 579 players on the page — the number shifts during the tournament as draws are finalized for events that start later in the tournament, such as juniors. More than one third of the players — 211 — were missing photos. That includes 44 players who were in the men’s or women’s singles draws, the most prominent events at the Open. In addition to Konjuh and Sevastova, that list included Naomi Osaka, who’d just lost a third-round thriller in Arthur Ashe Stadium to Madison Keys; Laura Siegemund, who was playing seven-time major champ Venus Williams in Ashe the next day; 2015 French Open quarterfinalist Alison Van Uytvanck; Laura Robson, who made the fourth round at the 2012 U.S. Open; and Americans Christian Harrison and Danielle Collins.It’s no coincidence that more women than men were missing: According to Widmaier, there was a lag in adding women’s photos even after the problem was identified. (He wasn’t sure why.)So what factors decided who got a photo by the fifth day of the tournament and who didn’t? I checked a wide range of factors,1By grabbing data off each player’s U.S. Open page and running a regression between whether the player had a photo on the night of the tournament’s first Friday and the player’s other characteristics. and the determinants of whether a player had a profile pic weren’t surprising: Americans, players active on tour and veterans were mostly likely to have a photo. Being from the U.S. increased a player’s chances of having a picture on the site by 30 percentage points. With every singles match a competitor played this year, his or her chances went up by 2 percentage points. A year of age added 3 percentage points.2The percentages assume a linear relationship, which wouldn’t apply at extremes. (We don’t think someone who has played 60 singles matches this year has a greater than 100 percent chance of having a photo.) The exact percentages depend on which variables we include. I also tested, for instance, peak singles ranking, career matches and matches won, but those all are closely linked to both singles matches played this year and to age. So perhaps the most surprisingly snubbed people were the American women’s doubles pair of Ashley Weinhold, 27, and Caitlin Whoriskey, 28. Their faces remained missing on the second Thursday of the tournament. (Then again, neither has ever been ranked in the top 100 in singles or doubles.)Konjuh, who is 18, said she understood why she didn’t have a photo. “Like probably most of the other players that are young or coming didn’t have pictures,” she said in her news conference.Widmaier promised a more completist approach to player photography at the 2017 Open: “It will be improved upon next year.” Anastasija Sevastova and Ana Konjuh defied expectations and their low rankings — both outside the top 40 — to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals. They have something else in common: For the first week of the tournament, where their photos were supposed to appear on the U.S. Open website and app, there instead appeared black rectangles with the flags of their countries and the words “NO BIO PHOTO.”“I saw on the live score, yeah, on the U.S. Open app, yeah, it says, like, ‘bio’ or something,” Konjuh said when I asked about her absent photo at her news conference after she upset Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round.Every sport has these faceless men and women, the ones who aren’t supposed to make the team or get off the bench, who are so new they haven’t been photographed, who may get rushed in front of a digital camera so media staff can get a snap worth posting.Tennis majors face a special challenge in filling those blank rectangles: Up to 128 players enter each of the men’s and women’s qualifying draws, and more than 100 others enter each of the men’s and women’s singles draws. There can be more than 100 players competing only in doubles, and an additional 100 or more might enter only the juniors or juniors qualifying draws. As of the two-week event’s middle Sunday, there were 698 players on the U.S. Open player page.But some of the snubbed U.S. Open players are hardly nobodies. Early in the tournament, 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, No. 10 Dominic Thiem and former No. 9 Nicolas Almagro were among those missing photos. Asked about them on the first Thursday of the tournament, Chris Widmaier, spokesman for the U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the U.S. Open, said, “It’s a disappointment.” I asked if it’s a priority to get photos for the players — all of whom have been professionally photographed at dozens if not hundreds of matches worldwide, and who have pictures that appear on the ATP and WTA websites and on their U.S. Open credentials. “It is now,” Widmaier said. read more

Active Interest Media Cuts Staff by 10 Percent

first_imgBackpacker and Yoga Journal publisher Active Interest Media has laid off 23 employees, representing about 10 percent of its workforce. The cuts, according to a spokesperson, were made across “most divisions” and were “non-revenue producing” positions.“We have experienced a slowdown in print advertising revenue in the fourth quarter and we expect it to continue into 2009,” chairman and CEO Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “While AIM is strong and profitable, we must keep costs and revenues in line in order to stay strong.  We truly regret having to take these actions, as those who are leaving were real contributors to our success.” Through the first nine months, Backpacker’s ad pages grew 5.4 percent compared to the same period last year, according to Publisher’s Information Bureau figures. Estimated ad revenue was up 10.1 percent to $20.1 million.Other AIM titles, including Yoga Journal and Vegetarian Times, are not tracked by PIB.last_img read more

Rivian will offer its R1T and R1S with an electrochromic glass roof

first_img Comments 1:16 Auto Tech Electric Cars Trucks SUVs 2020 McLaren 720S Spider review: Treat yo self Hi Steven! We will offer multiple roof styles including electrochromic glass (which turns from opaque to transparent on demand), a fixed glass panel, a two-piece removable composite roof and a standard fixed roof.— Rivian (@Rivian) August 13, 2019 Rivian R1S concept puts electricity into an SUV The Rivian R1T might be the electric pickup truck of tomorrow Tags Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshowcenter_img 2019 McLaren 600LT: Balanced and bonkers 2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride 2 Jeep Enlarge ImageThe R1T and R1S models that Rivian showed at the LA Auto Show featured glass roofs, but an electrochromic version would be even cooler. Rivian Electrochromic glass — glass that can change its level of tint based on the amount of electric current running through it — has been around for a while, but it hasn’t gotten too much play in the automotive space, beyond Mercedes-Benz using it for the “Magic Sky Control” roof on some of its vehicles, and McLaren offering it as an option in the McLaren 720S.Well, now another car company is jumping on electrochromic glass for its vehicles and that company is Rivian, according to the company’s announcement via Twitter on Tuesday. In addition to the electrochromic option, Rivian plans to offer a standard roof, a fixed glass roof and a two-piece removable composite roof — we’d expect this to work like the removable roof panels on the Jeep Wrangler. Share your voice Rivian said that it plans to offer these options on both its R1T truck and R1S SUV models, though there’s no telling how much they’d cost or which version would be standard equipment. The vehicles that Rivian has been displaying to the public were both equipped with the fixed glass roof option, which we liked.While we’re still not totally sure when we’ll see a production version of either Rivian model, we’re betting that it’ll be sooner rather than later, thanks to massive investments from the likes of Ford and Amazon.Rivian didn’t immediately respond to Roadshow’s request for comment. 22 Photoslast_img read more

Harris County To Get New Voting Machines By May 2021

first_img 00:00 /00:43 X Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaHarris County Clerk Diane Trautman, speaking at the International Association of Government Officials Conference Trade Show Sharecenter_img Harris County is set to replace its antiquated voting machines, which are based on 20-year-old technology. But the work won’t be done in time for the 2020 presidential election.The new voting infrastructure will cost $74 million, with the funding coming out of the 2020 budget. Speaking at a trade show on Tuesday, County Clerk Diane Trautman said it will take until March just to narrow down the selection of voting machines to the top two vendors. She expects to pick the supplier by July of next year.“Actually just to make 5,000 machines will take months,” Trautman said. “So to get them back, put them in the field, teach the election workers and the voters how to use them, you are looking at, our estimate is the May 2021 election before they can be used.”Trautman called for replacing the county’s voting machines as part of her election campaign in 2018.In the meantime, Trautman said her office is taking other steps to try to make voting easier and more convenient. This fall will mark the second time Harris County will use countywide voting centers. The centers allow voters to cast their ballots at any polling location on Election Day, rather than just the one in their assigned precinct. The Houston Endowment awarded the county $250,000 for a voter outreach and education campaign about the centers.“Additionally, we are adding up to six new early voting locations for the November election, including my alma mater, the University of Houston,” Trautman said. That will bring the total number of early voting locations in the county to 52.Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaA prospective voter tries out an Election Systems & Software voting machine at the International Association of Government Officials Conference Trade Show. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more

Real estate developer arrested for duping elderly

first_imgKolkata: Police arrested a real estate developer following an interrogation at Bidhannagar North police station in connection with a case where an allegation of cheating an elderly person has cropped up.Police said one Suchitra Bakshi had lodged a complaint against real estate developer Biswadeep Chakraborty. She lodged the complaint alleging that she was cheated by Chakraborty, who had engaged into an agreement with her to develop a multi-storeyed residential building on her plot in Salt Lake. She claimed that she was supposed to get Rs 70 lakh from the developer and also a floor of the building along with a parking space as per the agreement. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsShe claimed that the real estate developer had given them a total of Rs 14 lakh in phases and they had even shifted to a rented house. Rent of three months were also given by the developer in advance. But the situation turned worse when the rent was no more paid and the landlord didn’t allow the complainant to stay anymore at the rented house. The complainant had repeatedly attempted to seek attention of the real estate developer. But it was of no help, she alleged. Finally, she shifted to another rented house at Lake Town and lodged a complaint with the police. Police initiated a probe in this connection and initially detained him for interrogation. He failed to give any clarification to many questions of the investigating officers for which he was arrested.last_img read more

Updates One lane remains closed on A500 due to diesel spillage

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes One lane remains closed on the A500 – after a diesel spillage shut the carriageway in one direction for more than eight hours. Traffic data company Inrix reports the lane is closed on the northbound carriageway of the D-Road (Queensway) at the junction with the A52 City Road/Whieldon Road, near Stoke and Fenton. A lorry suffered a tyre blowout which damaged the fuel tank, leading to diesel spilling across the road. Inrix reports the lane closure will be in place into the evening as the road needs to be resurfaced after the spillage is cleared. The accident was first reported at around 4.30am today (Thursday, May 9) – with Inrix confirming the northbound carriageway was completely shut at around 5.40am. At around 1.45pm Highways England confirmed lane two had reopened. A spokesman said: “Lane two is now running passed the scene , A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Lane one remains closed due to the road surface needing resurfacing which will be completed tonight.” Traffic England are currently reporting that they expect the incident to clear between 6pm and 6.15pm. A diversion was in place via and the entry and exit slip roads. We’ll bring you live updates as we get them on the feed below. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowcenter_img Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –  Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –  For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.18:05Accident on D-RoadA500 D Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at A34 Stone Road (Hanford Interchange). On the roundabout. 16:29Take care in the wet weather!Travelling home soon? Still some heavy #Showers knocking around southern areas, and further #Rain to come across central and northern parts. Expect standing water and spray on the roads pic.twitter.com/fn1XVVQbUI— Met Office (@metoffice) May 9, 201916:18Inrix reporting the closure will remain into the eveningA spokesman said: Lane closure will remain in place as resurfacing works will take place tonight. Diversion – via exit and entry slips.”13:44Latest: One lane reopensHighways England said:Lane 2 is now running passed the scene , A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Lane 1 remains closed due to the road surface needing resurfacing which will be completed tonight. “13:12Road could be closed until 6pm, according to latest estimatesTraffic England are currently reporting that they expect the incident to clear between 6pm and 6.15pm.12:54Latest photos from the scene (Image: Highways England)11:42A Highways England spokesman said:Closure is still in place as the carriageway is being cleaned from a diesel spill from the traffic collision, A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Diversion via crossing over Whieldon Road & City road to re-join A500 Northbound. “11:05Traffic England now saying 3.30pmTraffic England are now saying it could be 3.30pm before traffic returns to normal.10:38Carriageway remains closedMain carriageway closed and queueing traffic due to emergency repairs on A500 D Road Northbound at A52 City Road (City Road Interchange). Congestion to Congestion to after the junction with the A34 (Hanford Interchange).Emerency repairs dus to a A lorry suffered a tyre blowout which damaged its fuel tank causing the fuel spill. The road should re-open during the middle of the morning. Diversion – via exit and entry slips.09:47Latest update according to InrixMain carriageway closed and queueing traffic due to accident, lorry involved and fuel spillage on A500 D Road Northbound at A52 City Road (City Road Interchange). Congestion to Congestion to M6 J15 (Stoke-On-Trent), Also affecting the A50 which is queueing back to Fenton.A lorry suffered a tyre blowout which damaged its fuel tank causing the fuel spill. The road will need resurfacing after the spillage has been cleared, before it can re-open during the middle of the morning. Diversion – via exit and entry slips. 09:24Closure continuesThe A500 remains closed.09:04Delays in Meir due to A500 closureQueueing traffic on A520 Sandon Road in both directions at Uttoxeter Road.Not helped by the A500 accident. 08:58Disruption now expected until 1pmTraffic England are now reported disruption is expected until 1pm08:41Latest from InrixMain carriageway closed and queueing traffic due to accident, lorry involved and fuel spillage on A500 D Road Northbound at A52 City Road (City Road Interchange). Congestion to Congestion to M6 J15 (Stoke-On-Trent), Also affecting the A50 which is queueing back to Meir. Travel time is,from the A500, 20 minutes and, from the A50, 35 minutes.A lorry suffered a tyre blowout which damaged its fuel tank causing the fuel spill. The road will need resurfacing after the spillage has been cleared, before it can re-open during the middle of the morning. Diversion – via exit and entry slips. 08:27Knock on effect on A34Queueing traffic on A34 Stone Road in both directions at A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).Not helped by the accident on the A500.08:17Closure remains in placeThe northbound carriageway remains closed.07:45Delays also affecting A50 Delays due to this accident are affecting the A50 – which is queueing back to Longton. 07:43Disruption could continue into the afternoonTraffic England are now reporting they are expecting disruption to continue until after 12pm.07:35Congestion now reported back to Hanford interchangeCongestion is now reported back to the A34 Hanford Interchange, Inrix reports07:32Latest photo from the sceneThe A500 remains closed, with traffic being diverted (Image: Highways England)07:28Closure remains in placeA Highways England spokesman said:Closure remains in place for repairs to take place A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Diversion via crossing over Whieldon Road & City Road to rejoin A500 Northbound. This is from an earlier Collision .”07:05Queues back to HanchurchInrix, the traffic data company, are now reporting queues back to Hanchurch.07:04Latest from Highways EnglandA Highways England spokesman said:Closure remains in place A500 Northbound within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Diversion via crossing over Whieldon Road & City Road to rejoin A500 Northbound. This is from an earlier collision .”06:56Delays set to continue for several hoursTraffic England are currently reporting that they expect the incident to clear between 10.30am and 10.45am.06:33What we know so far:Here’s what we know so far:The A500 northbound is closed near the City Road interchangeA lorry blew its tyre at around 4.30am, leading to its fuel tank becoming damaged and diesel spilling across the carriagewayTraffic is being diverted via the slip roads and delays are buildingTraffic England are currently expecting the incident to fully clear by between 8.45am and 9am.06:17Traffic being diverted off the A500 northboundTraffic being diverted off the A500 this morning (Image: Reader)06:16Photo from the queuesTraffic queueing on the A500 this morning (Image: Reader)06:11No word on injuries at this stageIt is unclear if anyone has been injured at this stage.06:04Traffic now reported to be queueingWe’re now getting reports of traffic queueing in the area.05:53Highways England commentA Highways England spokesman said: The A500 Northbound is currently closed within the A52/A5007 Whieldon Road Junction. Diversion via crossing over Whieldon Road & City Road to rejoin A500 Northbound. This is due to a collision.” Driver named following fatal collisionlast_img read more