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think open source is a meritocracy? it is, but only if no one knows you're a wom


the study finds a bias against open-source code written by women. image: istock of course, it would be ridiculous to suggest that women coders should hide their gender to achieve greater acceptance. yet a study looking at gender bias in open-source software projects on github has found that code written by women is accepted more often than that written by men, but only if the contributor can't be identified as a woman. from women in tech to patents: nine areas where middle east is winning, and losing two big studies show where the middle east and north african regions are making progress with tech, and where they're still falling short.the findings, which are discussed in a new paper released this week, highlight flaws in the notion that open-source software is a meritocracy that rewards t






no. 1 angelique kerber upset in french open first round by ekatarina makarova


she is the first top seed in women's open era history to lose a french open first-round match.        






see the diverse finalists for 'sports illustrated' swimsuit's open casting


the magazine held it's first ever open call for women outside the modeling industry.        






venus williams out; french open to have 1st-time slam champ


paris — there will be a first-time grand slam champion at the french open. and there's a week left in the tournament to figure out which of the 12 women still around that will be.venus williams was the last of the past major title winners in the draw, and she lost in the fourth round to 30th-seeded timea bacsinszky 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 at court philippe chatrier on sunday. that happened less than an hour after defending champion garbine muguruza was beaten 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 by 13th-seeded kristina mladenovic at court suzanne lenglen.the only other two women with a grand slam trophy on their resumes who made it to the fourth round — svetlana kuznetsova and samantha stosur — lost earlier sunday to women without one.kuznetsova, who won the 2009 french open and 2004 u.s. open, was ousted by two-time majo






think open source is a meritocracy? it is, but only if no one knows you're a wom


the study finds a bias against open-source code written by women. image: istock of course, it would be ridiculous to suggest that women coders should hide their gender to achieve greater acceptance. yet a study looking at gender bias in open-source software projects on github has found that code written by women is accepted more often than that written by men, but only if the contributor can't be identified as a woman. the findings, which are discussed in a new paper released this week, highlight flaws in the notion that open-source software is a meritocracy that rewards those who work hardest and perform the best. the study focused on differences in the acceptance rates of pull requests written by women and men. pull requests, or suggested changes to code in a repository, are first review






venus williams, defending champion garbine muguruza lose at the french open


there will be a first-time grand slam champion at the french open. and there's a week left in the tournament to figure out which of the 12 women still around that will be. venus williams was the last of the past major title winners in the draw, and she lost in the fourth round to 30th-seeded timea bacsinszky 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 at court philippe chatrier on sunday. that happened less than an hour after defending champion garbine muguruza was beaten 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 by 13th-seeded kristina mladenovic at court suzanne lenglen. the only other two women with a grand slam trophy on their resumes who made it to the fourth round — svetlana kuznetsova and samantha stosur — lost earlier sunday to women without one. kuznetsova, who won the 2009 french open and 2004 u.s. open, was ousted by two-time major fin






it's official: hazeltine to play host to women's pga championship in 2019


here they go again.still basking in the autumn glow of the picturesque 2016 ryder cup, the folks at hazeltine national golf club hooked up with the pga of america and officially announced at a press conference friday that they’re jumping right back into the business of hosting major championships with the 2019 kpmg women’s pga championship (june 20-23).“we wanted to bring this championship to the greatest courses in the country,” said pga of america ceo pete bevacqua during a press conference to announce the chaska course’s next major. “hazeltine national takes this just to another level of specialness. hazeltine was built to host majors and its members, along with the people of minnesota, embrace golf. we’re excited about this championship and a relationship with hazeltine that will conti






muirfield to admit women, putting itself back in british open rotation


muirfield has voted to admit female members for the first time in its 273-year history, paving the way for the scottish golf club to again host the british open.the honourable company of edinburgh golfers, which owns muirfield and is the world's oldest golf club, held a second postal ballot after members voted last may to retain the male-only policy. that led to muirfield being taken off the list of 10 courses that can host the british open.the results of the second vote were announced tuesday, with 80.2% voting to allow women to become members. a two-thirds majority was required for change. there was a 92.7% turnout, meaning 621 votes were counted.the r&a, which organizes the british open, said muirfield was back in the rotation to stage the world's oldest major.“this is a significant dec






muirfield golf club to admit women, putting itself back in british open rotation


muirfield has voted to admit female members for the first time in its 273-year history, paving the way for the scottish golf club to again host the british open.the honourable company of edinburgh golfers, which owns muirfield and is the world's oldest golf club, held a second postal ballot after members voted last may to retain the male-only policy. that led to muirfield being taken off the list of 10 courses that can host the british open.the results of the second vote were announced tuesday, with 80.2% voting to allow women to become members. a two-thirds majority was required for change. there was a 92.7% turnout, meaning 621 votes were counted.the r&a, which organizes the british open, said muirfield was back in the rotation to stage the world's oldest major.“this is a significant dec






muirfield to admit women, back in british open rotation


gullane, scotland — muirfield has voted to admit female members for the first time in its 273-year history, paving the way for the scottish golf club to again host the british open.the honourable company of edinburgh golfers, which owns muirfield and is the world's oldest golf club, held a second postal ballot after members voted last may to retain the male-only policy. that led to muirfield being taken off the list of 10 courses that can host the british open.the results of the second vote were announced tuesday, with 80.2 percent voting to allow women to become members. a two-thirds majority was required for change. there was a 92.7 percent turnout, meaning 621 votes were counted.the r&a, which organizes the british open, said muirfield was back in the rotation to stage the world's oldes






without serena williams, french open women's draw is wide open


angelique kerber and other top players say they're happy for williams.        






uw women earn no. 3 seed in ncaa women’s tournament; will open play in seattle


the road to another final four has been set for the husky women, who earned a no. 3 seed in the 2017 women's tournament on monday.the huskies were given a no. 3 seed monday in the ncaa women’s tournament and they will begin their attempt to get back to the final four when they host no. 14 seed montana state on saturday.also playing saturday in seattle are no. 6 seed oklahoma and no. 11 seed gonzaga. the winners of the two games will play monday in seattle with a berth in the sweet 16 at stake.uw was a no. 7 seed last season when it made a magical run to the final four, before losing to syracuse.






sports on tv and radio


on the air sundayauto racing                   timetvradiomonster cup: dayton 500 qualifying 2 p.m. ch 9basketballcollege men: g. washington at duquesne 11 a.m. nbcsncollege women: iowa at purdue 11 a.m. btncollege women: north carolina at louisville 11 a.m. espnucollege men: maryland at wisconsin noon ch. 4college women: temple at s. florida noon espn2college women: miami at duke noon fsncollege men: depaul at butler 12:30 p.m. fs1college men: ala.-birm. at w. kentucky 1 p.m. cbssncollege women: michigan st. at michigan 1 p.m. btncollege women: wake forest at n.c. state 1 p.m. espnucollege women: dayton at fordham 1 p.m. nbcsncollege women: south carolina at missouri 2 p.m. espncollege women: virginia at virginia tech 2 p.m. fsncollege men: georgetown at creighton 2:30 p.m. fs1college men






for stauber, imagination should run wild on u.s. women's hockey team


it would be overstating things to say that robb stauber plans to reinvent the game of hockey. still, one day after being named head coach of the u.s. women's olympic team, the former gophers goalie made it clear he is not interested in the status quo.stauber outlined his vision for the women's national program tuesday, at the halfway point of a florida selection camp that will determine the 2017-18 roster. he is bringing an open mind to a sport steeped in tradition, he said, and he wants players who are bold enough to do the same. given the depth of talent among the 42 prospects seeking spots on the national team, the duluth native is looking for women who can add creativity and imagination to the mix — which could be the key to winning olympic gold next february in pyeongchang, south kore






four new grants open up for female documentary photographers


why it matters to you female photographers have new funding opportunities for supporting documentary projects.female photojournalists will soon have additional grant opportunities, thanks to women photograph, the pulitzer center, and camera bag designer ona.the inaugural women photograph grants will award one $5,000 grant and three $2,500 grants for new or in-progress documentary projects. women photograph is an online resource dedicated both to creating a database of female documentary and editorial photographers and to providing those same members with resources. the website was launched by photographer daniella zalcman.more: flickr celebrates international women’s day from a female lensthe grants are open to female, female-identifying, and nonbinary photographers worldwide for documenta






muirfield golf club overturns men-only policy


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption women were only welcome at the course and clubhouse as guests and visitors muirfield golf club has voted to admit women as members for the first time in its history.members at the privately-owned club voted 80.2% in favour of updating their membership policy.it followed a decision by golf's ruling body, the r&a, to remove muirfield as a host venue for the open championship after it failed to change in 2016.r&a chief executive martin slumbers said the club would now be reinstated as an open venue."muirfield has a long and important history of hosting the open and with today's announcement that will continue," he said."it is extremely important for us in staging one of the world's great sporting events that women can become members at all our host clu






muirfield to admit women, back in british open rotation


gullane, scotland (ap) — muirfield has voted to admit female members for the first time in its 273-year history, paving the way for the scottish golf club to again host the british open.the honourable company of edinburgh golfers, which owns muirfield and is the world’s oldest golf club, held a second postal ballot after members voted last may to retain the male-only policy. that led to muirfield being taken off the list of 10 courses that can host the british open.the results of the second vote were announced tuesday, with 80.2 percent voting to allow women to become members. a two-thirds majority was required for change. there was a 92.7 percent turnout, meaning 621 votes were counted.the r&a, which organizes the british open, said muirfield was back in the rotation to stage the world’s






celebrities sign open letter advocating for gender equality


wednesday (mar. 8), marked international women’s day, and all around the globe, women, men, and children showed their love and appreciation for the strong sheroes who contributed to all aspects of work and life in general. in honor of the glorious day, social platforms global citizen and chime for change penned an open letter advocating for gender equality, which garnered signatures from a-list celebrities including beyonce, john legend, and madonna.read: 25 modern anthems that champion women“we have reached a critical moment in history. recent legislation and rhetoric have put decades of progress for girls and women at risk,” the letter reads. “all over the world, women are on the front lines fighting for our future. yet millions of girls and women are still denied basic equal rights.” th






overregulation is forcing women to have late-term abortions


in my experience as an ob-gyn, when women decide to end a pregnancy, they want to obtain an abortion quickly. one good reason is the simple fact that early abortion is associated with a lower risk of medical complications compared to later abortion. in many settings, however, women face barriers accessing early care, ranging from mandatory waiting periods to difficulty putting the money together to pay for the procedure.texas is an unfortunate illustration of how restrictions on access can force women to obtain abortion later in pregnancy. in 2013, the legislature there passed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation. more than half of the state’s clinics closed, forcing women living outside of the biggest cities to travel farther to access care and increasing the wait times






the latest: unseeded ostapenko into french open final


paris — the latest from the french open (all times local):___5:40 p.m.unseeded latvian jelena ostapenko defeated timea bacsinszky 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3 to reach the french open final.ostapenko, who celebrated her 20th birthday on thursday, is the first unseeded women's finalist at the french open since mima jausovec lost to seven-time french open champion chris evert in 1983.ostapenko converted her second match point with a forehand attack, her 50th winner of the match.___4:53 p.m.jelena ostapenko hit a double-fault on set point as timea bacsinszky leveled at 1-set apiece in the french open semifinals.bacsinszky won the last four games to wrap up the second set 6-3.ostapenko won the first set 7-6 (4).___4:15 p.m.taking all the risks, jelena ostapenko has won the opening set against timea bacsi






women are leading the way in hiv research


there is a saying in south africa: wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo. you strike the women, you strike the rock. on international women’s day, we want to celebrate the strong women who have always been at the heart of fighting the hiv/aids epidemic. for more than 35 years, women have modeled strength and resilience as researchers, nurses…






elena vesnina outlasts svetlana kuznetsova to win women's title at bnp paribas o


elena vesnina, who lost in the first round of qualifying last year at the bnp paribas open, completed a dramatic turnaround on sunday when won the women’s championship in a marathon match against fellow russian svetlana kuznetsova.vesnina prevailed, 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-4, in 3 hours 1 minute at stadium 1 in a match that featured 16 service breaks. vesnina, seeded no. 14 here, had trailed no. 8-seeded kuznetsova, 1-4, in the second set before she won four straight games. she also trailed, 2-4, in the third set before she again reeled off four straight games.vesnina won $1,175,505. kuznetsova will get $573,680. vesnina’s world ranking of 15 will rise to 13 when they are released this week. the two women have practiced together in the past and are close in age: vesnina is 30 and kuznetsova is 31.






does new eu court ruling target muslim women? |


human rights campaigners say a new ruling by the european union's top court unfairly targets muslim women.the european court of justice upheld the right for private companies to ban any religious attire at work.the ruling involves two different cases of muslim women fired for refusing to remove their hijabs or headscarves at work.but for many muslim women, the hijab is not a symbol but a required part of their faith.and many rights groups say forcing people to choose between their faith and work is in itself a violation of their rights.what does the eu's top court decision mean for religious minorities?presenter: dareen abughaidaguests:maryam hmadoun - policy officer for equality and inclusion at the open society justice initiativeeva brems - professor of human rights law at the university






the latest: french open women's quarterfinals get started


paris — the latest on the french open (all times local):___2:20 p.m.play has started in the french open women's quarterfinals.no. 13 kristina mladenovic of france is playing no. 30 timea bacsinszky of switzerland at court philippe chatrier, while no. 11 caroline wozniacki of denmark faces unseeded 19-year-old jelena ostapenko of latvia at court suzanne lenglen.it is windy on both courts and dust from the clay is getting in players' eyes.but the rain that pelted roland garros earlier tuesday has gone away — at least for the moment. the forecast calls for showers to return.___1 p.m.it has been rainy and windy before the scheduled start of the french open quarterfinals. and the forecast calls for similar weather later.first up on each of the tournament's two main courts on tuesday's schedule






usga wants focus on women’s open golf, not trump’s course


bedminster, n.j. (ap) — the usga insists its focus is going to be on golf and not politics when it conducts the u.s. women’s open at a golf course owned by president donald trump in less than two months.some fans and politicians criticized golf’s governing body for not moving the marquee women’s tournament from trump national after lewd comments by trump about women from 2005 surfaced during the presidential campaign.usga executive director and chief executive mike davis skirted questions about the issue on wednesday, saying the golf association will not cross into politics even though some fans consider the tournament being staged at the course political.“when we came here, this was all about coming to a great golf course and playing the greatest championship in women’s golf,” davis said.






paris mayor pans black feminist event over white exclusion


paris — the mayor of paris has strongly criticized and is threatening to cancel an upcoming festival for black feminists where four-fifths of the event space will be open exclusively to black women.rights groups have branded the event a step backward on race issues.in a series of angry tweets on sunday, mayor anne hidalgo said she would call on authorities to prohibit the three-day cultural festival scheduled for july. hidalgo said she might call for the prosecution of its organizers on grounds of discrimination."i firmly condemn the organization of this event in paris (that's) 'forbidden to white people,'" hidalgo wrote.telephone calls to mwasi, the group sponsoring the festival, were not immediately returned monday.the group describes itself on its website as "an afro-feminist collective






usga wants focus on women's open golf, not trump's course


bedminster, n.j. — the usga insists its focus is going to be on golf and not politics when it conducts the u.s. women's open at a golf course owned by president donald trump in less than two months.some fans and politicians criticized golf's governing body for not moving the marquee women's tournament from trump national after lewd comments by trump about women from 2005 surfaced during the presidential campaign.usga executive director and chief executive mike davis skirted questions about the issue on wednesday, saying the golf association will not cross into politics even though some fans consider the tournament being staged at the course political."when we came here, this was all about coming to a great golf course and playing the greatest championship in women's golf," davis said. "the






usga wants focus on women's open golf, not trump's course


bedminster, n.j. — the usga insists its focus is going to be on golf and not politics when it conducts the u.s. women's open at a golf course owned by president donald trump in less than two months.some fans and politicians criticized golf's governing body for not moving the marquee women's tournament from trump national after lewd comments by trump about women from 2005 surfaced during the presidential campaign.usga executive director and chief executive mike davis skirted questions about the issue on wednesday, saying the golf association will not cross into politics even though some fans consider the tournament being staged at the course political."when we came here, this was all about coming to a great golf course and playing the greatest championship in women's golf," davis said. "the






campuses like queens college discriminate against pro-life women


public schools in chapel hill, north carolina have canceled class this coming wednesday expecting so many employees to be participating in a “women’s strike” that lists publicly sponsored abortion and contraception as one of its primary motivations.the strike was presaged by a “women’s march” in january organized under a set of “unity principles,” chief being “open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion.” in other words, while these events are portrayed as an inclusive demonstration under the auspices of “women’s rights,” nothing could be further from the truth.pro-life women, including activists from secular pro-life organizations, were barred and shamed out of participating in the march, and their concerns written out of the strike motivations. these women’s organizers do not seek to






washington crews sweep 8 races in husky open


huskies win all eight races they enter — five by the men and three by the women.washington men’s and women’s rowing teams won all eight of their races at the husky open on saturday on the montlake cut.the uw men won all five of their races, while the women won three. “we have a lot of internal competition going for seats for the rest of the year,” uw men’s coach michael calla­han said. “i was really impressed with kimmons wilson’s boat (winner of the men’s third varsity eight race).”in the men’s varsity eight, washington’s all-freshman boat, coxed by marley avritt, rolled out to an early lead and crossed the line in first with a time of 6:08.101. in the second race of the day, washington’s third varsity eight led throughout for a win over club crews from western washington and washington s






github: open source is dominated by men who just can't communicate


the github survey highlights what developers see as the main problems encountered in open source. image: github/opensourcesurvey.org a large github survey of open-source projects has found open-source software development is almost completely dominated by men, and that most programmers neglect to write documentation.while people from all walks of life use open-source software every day, github's survey of 5,500 randomly selected developers with projects on its code repository are overwhelmingly men. the random selection, via an online survey hosted on github.com in march, returned a population of 95 percent men, three percent women, and one percent "non-binary". "the gender imbalance in open source remains profound," github notes. currently poor documentation practices aren't helping addre






hamas cancels public holiday on international women's day


gaza city, gaza strip — hamas authorities in the gaza strip have canceled plans to give students a day off on wednesday for international women's day.the internationally backed palestinian authority in the west bank has declared women's day a public holiday.but the islamic militant hamas, which has controlled gaza for the past decade, said sunday it would not obey the order. it says wednesday will be a normal work day and schools will be open, though the first hour of classes will include discussions about women's role in the palestinian national struggle.hamas gave no reason for its decision.under the group's rule, gazan society has grown increasingly conservative, with hamas imposing a dress code on female lawyers, principals harassing students who don't wear headscarves and occasionally






muirfield golf club overturns men-only policy


image copyrightallsport/gettyimage caption muirfield captain henry fairweather said he looked forward to welcoming female members muirfield golf club has voted to admit women as members for the first time in its history.members at the privately-owned club voted 80.2% in favour of updating their membership policy.it followed a decision by golf's ruling body, the r&a, to remove muirfield as a host venue for the open championship after it failed to change in 2016.r&a chief executive martin slumbers said the club would now be reinstated as an open venue."it is extremely important for us in staging one of the world's great sporting events that women can become members at all our host clubs."muirfield is a truly outstanding open venue and we very much look forward to taking the championship ther






muirfield golf club overturns men-only policy


image copyrightallsport/gettyimage caption muirfield captain henry fairweather said he looked forward to welcoming female members muirfield golf club has voted to admit women as members for the first time in its history.members at the privately-owned club voted 80.2% in favour of updating their membership policy.it followed a decision by golf's ruling body, the r&a, to remove muirfield as a host venue for the open championship after it failed to change in 2016.r&a chief executive martin slumbers said the club would now be reinstated as an open venue."it is extremely important for us in staging one of the world's great sporting events that women can become members at all our host clubs."muirfield is a truly outstanding open venue and we very much look forward to taking the championship ther






washington crews sweep 8 races in husky open


huskies win all eight races they enter — five by the men and three by the women.washington men’s and women’s rowing teams won all eight of their races at the husky open on saturday on the montlake cut.the uw men won all five of their races while the women won three. “we have a lot of internal competition going for seats for the rest of the year,” uw men’s head coach michael callahan said. “i was really impressed with kimmons wilson’s boat [winner of the men’s third varsity eight race].in the men’s varsity 8, washington’s all-freshman boat, coxed by marley avritt, rolled out to an early lead and crossed the line in first with a time of 6:08.101. in the second race of the day, washington’s third varsity eight led throughout for a win over club crews from western washington and washington sta






serena williams withdraws from bnp paribas open because of knee injury


of all the stops on the women’s tennis tour, of all the international destinations that german-born angelique kerber visits each year, the bnp paribas open at the indian wells tennis garden is one of her favorite events.“i love this tournament because i really like the location. i like that it’s... (helene elliott)






canada census 2016: toronto growth well above the already high national average


ottawa — new census data shows the population of the metropolitan area of toronto outpaced the national growth rate over the last five years.statistics canada released the first batch of numbers from the 2016 census on wednesday and the population of what the government agency refers to as the census metropolitan area of toronto increased by 6.2 per cent since the last census in 2011.the area’s growth rate was above the national growth rate of 5.0 per cent, while the population of ontario increased by 4.6 per cent.census metropolitan areas do not conform to established municipal boundaries. statistics canada defines them as a metropolitan area with a population of at least 100,000, where the urban core of that area has at least 50,000 people. commuting patterns and other factors are used i