Linz: American teenager Coco Gauff won her first WTA title by beating Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to capture the Upper Austria Ladies on Sunday. The 15-year-old Gauff, who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon and third round at the US Open, bounced back after losing a one-sided second set to win comfortably.Gauff had earlier called Linz “my little lucky place” and its charm held for the teenager through the final despite a late wobble. After racing out to a 5-0 lead in the deciding set, Gauff dropped two late games to Ostapenko before closing out the match. Even as Gauff showed great character throughout the match, the final was played more or less on Ostapenko’s racquet. It was the Latvian’s inability to stand tall in big moments and barrage of unforced errors that helped the 15-year-old take the title.The match came to a dramatic conclusion when Ostapenko was serving and Coco challenge the line call on match point. The hawk eye showed the ball out and Coco’s face lit up with joy. While it was all smiles for the American, Ostapenko was seen burying her head in the towel after the loss.🏆 @CocoGauff is your @WTALinz champion! 🏆The 15-year-old defeats Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to claim her first WTA title! pic.twitter.com/i8ArqH6RnG— WTA (@WTA) October 13, 2019 Coco, who was already guaranteed to make her Top 100 debut after the first couple of wins this week, is expected to rise inside the Top 75 in the WTA rankings on Monday.15-year-old Gauff became the youngest WTA singles title winner since Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic won at Vancouver and Tashkent by the age of 15 years and 5 months in 2004.Gauff also became just the second player in the last two seasons to claim a debut WTA singles title as a lucky loser, matching the feat of fellow teenager Olga Danilovic, who was a lucky loser when she hoisted the trophy at the Moscow River Cup last season. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Coco GauffJelena OstapenkoLinz Opentennis First Published: October 13, 2019, 7:40 PM IST
IN this Jan. 22, 2018 file photo, Operating Officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg attends a meeting with France’s President Emmanuel Macron, during the “Choose France” summit, at the Chateau de Versailles, outside Paris. Sandberg says Facebook should have conducted an audit after learning that a political consultancy’s improperly accessed user data nearly three years ago. The company’s chief operating officer told NBC’s Today show, Friday, April 6, that Facebook is now undertaking that audit. Sandberg said that at the time, Facebook received legal assurances that Cambridge Analytica had deleted the improperly obtained information.(AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool, File) Facebook’s No. 2 executive says the company should have conducted an audit after learning that a political consultancy improperly accessed user data nearly three years ago. Firefox maker Mozilla to stop Facebook advertising because of data scandal Explore further Citation: Facebook says it should have audited Cambridge Analytica (2018, April 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-facebook-cambridge-analytica.html © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg told NBC’s “Today” show that at the time, Facebook received legal assurances that Cambridge Analytica had deleted the improperly obtained information.”What we didn’t do is the next step of an audit and we’re trying to that now,” she said.The audit of Cambridge Analytica is on hold, in deference to a U.K. investigation. But Facebook has been conducting a broader review of its own practices and how other third-party apps use data.In addition, Facebook announced on Friday that it will require advertisers who want to run not just political ads, but also or so called “issue ads” —which may not endorse specific candidates or parties but discuss political topics— to be verified.Facebook is trying to strengthen its system ahead of this year’s U.S. midterm elections as well as upcoming elections around the world. Facebook has already required political ads to verify who is paying for them and where the advertiser is located. The issue ads requirement is new.Facebook will also require the administrators of pages with a “large number” of followers to also be verified. The company did not say what this number would be. The move is intended to clamp down on fake pages and accounts that were used to disrupt the 2016 presidential elections in the U.S.Facebook says page administrators and advertisers will be verified by being asked to provide a government-issued ID. To verify addresses, it will mail a postcard with a unique code that the recipient can then enter into Facebook. This is similar to how Airbnb and other services verify addresses.The company is facing a global backlash over the improper data-sharing scandal. Hearings over the issue are scheduled in the U.S., and the European Union is considering what actions to take against the company.Sandberg also told NBC that if users were able to opt out of being shown ads, “at the highest level, that would be a paid product.” This does not mean the company is planning to let users do this. Zuckerberg has made similar statements in the past, but has added that Facebook remains committed to offering a free service paid for by advertising.Facebook users can opt out of seeing targeted ads, but can’t shut off ads altogether. Neither can they opt entirely out of Facebook’s data collection.Sandberg gave several interviews this week as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify before Congress next week, where the issue of elections meddling is almost certain to come up.Facebook is also facing an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission in what’s become its worst privacy crisis in its 14-year history.It started with revelations that Cambridge Analytica, a data-mining firm, improperly accessed the private information of tens of millions of users to try to influence elections around the world. Over the past three weeks the scandal continued to spiral. For one, Facebook executives took nearly five days to respond to the Cambridge Analytica reports.Then, some users who logged in to Facebook through Android devices discovered that Facebook had been collecting information about phone calls they made and text messages they sent. Facebook also acknowledged this week that nearly all of its 2.2 billion users may have had their public data scraped by “malicious actors” it did not name. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Citation: Curious to know what it’s like to be in the line of fire? (2018, April 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-curious-line.html University of South Australia researchers and the SA Country Fire Service (CFS) have joined forces to give residents a searing experience of a bushfire – all from the safety of a virtual reality headset. Provided by University of South Australia This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Credit: University of South Australia The new technology allows people to ‘live through’ a computer-generated scenario of a major bushfire in the Adelaide Hills, replicating fire conditions and strong, changeable winds fanning the flames, putting users under pressure to put their bushfire emergency plans into action. The virtual reality headset, developed by UniSA PhD student Safa Molan in conjunction with CFS officials, simulates typical conditions in a bushfire, where residents must decide whether to leave their homes early or stay and defend. Safa’s supervisor, Associate Professor Delene Weber, says the virtual reality experience allows people to experience some of the emotional pressures of a fire, and the reality that conditions can change quickly. “The scenario is realistic but safe and underlines the importance of being prepared in the event of a major fire,” she says. The technology is timely, given the findings of a recent study which showed that SA residents living in fire prone areas need to shift their focus from a survival plan to creating and managing a ‘fire-smart’ landscape, as urban growth in Adelaide’s fringes continues unchecked. The joint UniSA and University of Adelaide-led study explored the community’s perceptions of vegetation management in peri-urban areas. The study exposed the conflicts between fire control measures and biodiversity, revealing that modern planning processes have failed to address the complexity of environmental factors on the peri-urban fringe. Assoc Prof Weber, from UniSA’s Natural and Built Environments Research Centre, says almost 1000 people living in fire prone areas were surveyed and hundreds more interviewed in focus groups. “Some key themes emerged,” she says, “including the reality that it is becoming increasingly difficult to insulate people and assets from bushfire risk in South Australia. “A balanced approach to risk mitigation and biodiversity protection is possible but there are clear differences between men and women in their ecological values, fire-risk assessment, preparation and response.” Current bushfire planning needs to acknowledge not only physical preparedness but also emotional preparation, Assoc Prof Weber says. A report of the three-year study, which was funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), includes the following findings and recommendations:63 per cent of respondents believe that climate change and bushfire risk are linked, yet value biodiversity over burn offs and large vegetation clearance;More focus needs to be put on fire-smart communities who manage their landscapes rather than just putting a survival plan into action;Despite advances in individual landholder preparedness for bushfires, overall the community in peri-urban areas is unprepared;Fire management agencies need to have a strong voice in the early stages of new developments. Two-pronged approach prepares for bushfire threat