Airlines are hearing grumbles

first_imgAviation officials are considering forcing carriers to shrink their flight schedules or to pay more to fly during peak travel periods, although the traveling public could end up with higher fares as a result. “Ideally, you want a solution that maximizes value for the flying public, not a blunt tool” like a mandate to cut a certain percentage of flights or price jumps that are then passed onto consumers, airline consultant Robert Mann of Port Washington, N.Y., said. On Wednesday the Transportation Department said 25.2 percent of domestic flights arrived late between January and August – easily the industry’s worst performance since comparable data began being collected in 1995. In August, the nation’s 20 largest carriers reported an on-time arrival rate of 71.7 percent, down from 75.8 percent a year ago. Meanwhile, customer complaints nearly doubled to 1,634 in August compared with 864 a year earlier. The industry’s on-time rate was 69.8 percent in July and 68.1 percent in June. The airline industry and the Federal Aviation Administration blame the delays on outdated air- traffic-control technology, bad weather and increasing passenger traffic. Commercial airlines’ use of smaller planes and an increase in general aviation by business travelers also increased air and runway congestion, analysts said. The industry has blamed everyone except themselves for the delays but cannot ignore the recent flurry of government and flier attention, Mann said. The “meteoric rise” of private aircraft used by business travelers should also be a concern, Mann said, because it shows that increased productivity is more important than the extra money spent to avoid the “basic unreliability” and lengthy security procedures associated with commercial aviation. There were 159 flights kept on the tarmac for more than three hours before taking off in August. Of those, three were delayed on the ground for more than five hours: an ExpressJet flight from Portland, Maine, to Newark, N.J.; an American Airlines flight from Chicago to New York’s LaGuardia Airport; and a United Airlines flight from Dulles Airport near Washington to Sacramento. “Endless hours sitting in an airplane on a runway with no communication between a pilot and the airport is just not right,” Bush said last week after meeting with Transportation Secretary Mary Peters and acting FAA chief Bobby Sturgell. Peters asked airlines to form a plan to improve scheduling at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, one of the nation’s busiest. Without an industry solution, the department is prepared to issue a scheduling reduction order, she said. The government could also force a so-called congestion pricing model upon the industry, Peters said, but airline executives last week told Congress that raising flying costs during peak periods simply would result in higher fares. The airlines and the FAA are pressing for a new, satellite-based air-traffic-control system that will cost about $15 billion and take nearly 20 years to complete. Airline traffic is projected to double by 2025. The air-traffic controllers union says delays will worsen unless the government hires more members and pays them better. The FAA and the union have been locked in a contract dispute since the agency declared an impasse last year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DELAYS: Passengers and the government are agitated with an on-time rate of about 71 percent in big U.S. cities in August. By Dan Caterinicchia THE ASSOCIATED PRESS With one in four domestic flights arriving late this year, the airline industry is hearing from passengers and the government that patience is wearing thin. last_img read more


first_imgTHERE are reports of flooded roads across Co Donegal this evening after a day heavy rain.Gardai are asking motorists to take extreme care on the roads this evening as darkness falls.So far we are getting reports of flooding in Donegal Town, Letterkenny, Ballybofey, Buncrana, Carndonagh, Gaoth Dobhair and Pettigo. Standing water on many rural roads is also catching out motorists, says AA RoadWatch.“Roads around Letterkenny are particularly bad,” said an AA spokesman. ROADS FLOODED AS DELUGE HITS DONEGAL was last modified: November 13th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalflooded roadslast_img read more

Big grant for African filmmakers

first_imgThe Boda Boda Thieves is a neo-realistfeature film that will portray Kampalain its truest form. South African producer James Tayler, farright, on location in Kampala, Uganda.(Images: Yes! That’s Us)MEDIA CONTACTS • James TaylerProducer, The Boda Boda Thieves+27 82 469 0706Shamin ChibbaTwo filmmakers from the African continent have been commended by major film bodies for their bold adaptation of an Academy Award-winning film into a true African epic.The Boda Boda Thieves, a film by South African producer James Tayler and Ugandan director Donald Mugisha, has recently been selected as one of five films – out of 113 submissions – to receive a grant from the World Cinema Fund at the prestigious Berlinale Festival in Germany.The film garnered US$78 330 (R632 000) – the biggest portion of the five – and has also secured funding from the South African National Film and Video Foundation, an organisation that promotes local filmmaking through development and production funding.It’s an adaptation of Italian director Vittorio De Sica’s original 1948 classic The Bicycle Thieves, which won the New York Film Critics Circle award the following year for Best Foreign Film, and an honorary Oscar in 1950. The Italian version was based on Luigi Bartolini’s novel of the same name.Set in Uganda, The Boda Boda Thieves follows a rural family trying to make a living by running a motorbike taxi – or boda boda – service in a Kampala shanty town.When thieves snatch the boda boda, and source of income, the family hunts for it through the bustling streets of the Ugandan capital, giving the audience an insider’s view of urban Africa as they go along.The film is multilingual and contains Luganda, Swahili and Kampala street slang.According to Tayler, the movie deviates considerably from the 1948 version but aims to stay true to the spirit of the original. “If we try for a remake we will fail, we know this,” he said. “But we are freely inspired by the film.”Like De Sica’s film, the modern African rendition will stick to its neo-realism roots and will also explore themes about the generation gap, power and survival.Neo-realism films flourished in post-war Italy between 1944 and 1952. Most stories were set amongst the poor and working class, filmed on location with non-professional actors. The films reflected the changes in the Italian psyche caused by economic and moral upheavals after the Second World War.Showing Africa to itselfAfter watching De Sica’s The Bicycle Thieves, Mugisha and Tayler were struck by the similarities between post-war Italy and contemporary Africa.They studied more films by De Sica and other neo-realists, and were convinced that the digital revolution in filmmaking made it possible, and necessary, to craft realist films that will show Africa to itself.Setting the story in Africa seemed to be the natural thing to do for the two filmmakers, as they believed the urban areas on the continent are experiencing the same upheavals and restructuring as post-war Italy.Tayler said Africa is currently re-inventing itself after the colonial era, the various wars of independence and the rise of true democracy.He added that Africa’s demographics are changing as rural communities flock to the cities. “The fastest rate of urbanisation in the world is taking place in sub-Saharan Africa. Young people from the countryside are seeking jobs in the city.”Tayler said that they plan to release the film in four-wall screenings in the ghetto video halls and other venues, as well as at an international world cinema festival. A four-wall screening is one which can take place in any space with four walls, seating, and appropriate sound and projection – in other words, a church or community hall, a library, or even an actual movie theatre.Applying ubuntu to filmmakingTayler works with the Yes! That’s Us filmmaking collective that applies the principles of ubuntu to filmmaking. The collective runs on the same principles as the Danish Dogme 95 pioneered by Lars Von Trier.Tayler said the collective “aims to steer African cinema towards autonomy and a sense of self that is rooted in who we actually are”.He added that Yes! That’s Us is a pan-African statement that has a philosophy and encourages collaboration. “We credit our films directed by Yes! That’s Us in deference to the role played by the collective in realising them,” he said.The collective has already produced and released two films; Divizionz and Yogera.Tayler is optimistic that the new creative energy and talent that abounds in the South African film industry will help develop local cinema.For the industry to grow, he believes that local filmmakers have to open up to the rest of Africa and forge new partnerships. “We are missing enormous opportunities in the rest of Africa. We hope to position ourselves out front,” he said.He also said that South African cinema will grow like any other film industry, by stumbling a few times before becoming successful. “We need to make a lot of bad films before the really great ones will emerge.”The story comes firstYes! That’s Us is currently pioneering a filmmaking technique called the GueREAListic approach – the name is taken from the guerrilla freedom fighters that liberated Africa. Film units are divided into small groups of people performing a number of tasks without a centralised command chain.The collective does not punt a director’s agenda and instead insists that the story comes first.“Everyone contributing to the finished film has ‘directed’ the film in one way or another. All that matters is the story and its connection to the audience,” said Tayler.The mandate also asks filmmakers to put Africa first, urges them to own their equipment, advises to not feed Western preconceptions of the continent, and encourages collaboration with other artists from other platforms such as music, dance and even fashion in order to make better films and broaden the audience.last_img read more

Summertime Condensation Near the Peak of a Cathedral Ceiling

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members In this article, I’m going to discuss a building science mystery: namely, summertime condensation near the peak of cathedral ceilings. I will propose a mechanism to explain these problems, in spite of the fact that my proposed explanation is somewhat unsatisfying.I’m hoping that this article will prompt GBA readers to share more examples of the phenomenon — and perhaps to share more data and a better explanation for what’s going on.As an introduction to this topic, let’s hear from six GBA readers.Candi wrote, “Why is there condensation on my cathedral ceiling? It’s warm outside (80 degrees) and 75 degrees on the inside thermometer. The roof is in full sun all day, so it’s hot up there. There is nothing except insulation between the ceiling and roof and the condensation only forms along the beam at the peak of the roof inside. … It doesn’t happen when it’s under 70 degrees or raining. It just started when the weather got warm. We haven’t had much rain in the last three weeks, but had a lot in March and April and there wasn’t ever water [then]. The water also forms on the underside of the beams — not the actual roof side of the beams but the side facing down to the floor. The [forced air] registers are all in the floor. They run through the crawl space under the living room and between the basement ceiling and kitchen floor.”Marty wrote, “I have cathedral ceilings on my second floor with closed-cell spray foam insulation on the bottom of my roof. There is only about a 1 to 2 inch gap between my ceiling and my hot roof. I had the roof done 4 years ago and it is completely covered with Ice & Water… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

In The Spotlight – Zoe Dacey-Aiken

first_imgIn the tenth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Mixed Open player, Zoe Dacey-Aiken, speaks about what it means to her to play at the 2011 World Cup and her favourite sporting moment. Name: Zoe Dacey-AikenNickname: ZadaAge: 27Affiliate: Northern Districts Perth/Alliance Occupation: Executive Assistant at PricewaterhouseCoopersPosition: LinkDebut for Australia: Wollongong – 2009 Trans Tasman SeriesCareer highlights so far: 2010 Trans Tasman in New ZealandHow you got involved in Touch Football: My Dad when I was a baby.Favourite player: I have too many to name them all.What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It means everything to me, it has always been a goal of mine most my life. Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: My Dad and Bernie Morrison.Favourite sporting moment: Playing for the first time for my country with such an amazing bunch of people and coach. What do you know about Scotland: The national costume is the tartan kilt.Any superstitions: NoFunniest Australian teammate: Tashy (assistant coach Tony El Takchi).Favourite quote: No pain no gain.Any travel plans for after World Cup: Yes to London then the Greek Islands.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup.  With only 44 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 read more

Hussen says he wants Canada to accept more refugees as economic immigrants

first_imgOTTAWA — Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says he would like to increase the number of refugees Canada accepts and is pushing for higher refugee numbers every year.Speaking to participants in a conference marking World Refugee Day today, Hussen said one way to dramatically increase refugee levels is to open up economic immigration streams to refugees — programs they are usually not considered for.One refugee has already arrived in Canada this way, thanks to a pilot program launched last year that aims to match skilled refugees in Kenya and the Middle East with economic streams like the provincial nominee program.Hussen says he would like to “massively” ramp up this pilot as a way to bring more refugees to Canada through existing immigration programs.He and other migration experts say they are concerned about a global rise in rhetoric targeting refugees.They believe a key way to address this is to stop stereotyping refugees as a drain on resources and instead recognize them as skilled individuals who can help grow Canada’s economy by helping fill worker shortages across the country.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Margaret Atwood Defends Small Farm Community

first_imgA project to change Midhurst, a farming village of 3,500 people, into a suburban city of 30,000 is underway in Ontario, Canada due to a loophole in the provincial government’s development legislation – the loophole was created specifically and solely for Midhurst.Outraged citizens have started a petition on, and author Margaret Atwood has joined the cause.At risk, the villagers claim, are 2,000 acres of prime farmland that they do not want to see paved over with cement.“If you’ve got prime farmland, why don’t you use it as prime farmland?” says Atwood. “It took 13,000 years to build that soil. Once that soil is gone, it’s gone.”The petition also claims at risk are the Minesing wetlands through which up to 10.6 million litres of effluent (about the volume of seven Olympic swimming pools) would flow from the developer’s sewage treatment plant every day according to the plan.“That’s going to flow down a small creek into one of the most significant wetlands on the face of the planet,” says Atwood. “The citizens need to know who is making the decisions that are going to wreck their lives or improve their lives. We always hope for improvement but this is a life wrecking event right here going on.”With a new majority government in Ontario, whose premier promised Midhurst during her campaigning that she would look into things, Atwood says, “It’s within [the premier’s] power to review the process, find out what did go on in that back room under the table, and set it right. It’s no longer the era of ‘We can do things under the table in small places and nobody will notice.’”You can read about and join the petition to the Ontario government to stop the development plan here.Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

Quebec smalltown mayors upset over plans by Desjardins to close ATMs

first_imgMONTREAL – Some small-town mayors in Quebec are warning that a decision by the Desjardins credit-union movement to shut down automated teller machines in several communities will have a devastating impact.Denis Legare, the mayor of Notre-Dame-de-la Salette, says there will be no cash available in the western Quebec municipality when the town’s ATM is removed in mid-August.“Cutting the cash flow and asking our merchants to drive 24 kilometres (return) every night to do their nightly deposits (in another town), is going to kill the municipality,” Legare said in an interview Tuesday.He said the local credit union, which is located in the town hall, was opened in 1943 and is the only place where residents can do any banking.“Most of the business out in the small towns in the country is cash business,” he said. “When you go to a farmer to buy vegetables, you have to pay cash.”Legare added the town would like to stay with Desjardins, but that he’s already approached two banks about installing an ATM.‘”Once a small town loses its caisse populaire (credit union) and its church, there’s nothing there,” he said. “You might as well close the door behind you and leave.”Legare said a petition is circulating calling for a meeting to discuss the decision to yank the ATM and added a movement has begun throughout the province to try to get Desjardins to change its mind.At least half a dozen communities in the province are facing the prospect of losing their ATM.Louis-Georges Simard, the mayor of Riviere-Ouelle, a town in the Lower St. Lawrence region, says the banking machine in his town will be pulled out next Monday.He said that will have a big impact on many seniors in the community.“There are older people who are used to functioning with cash, but are not used to making electronic payments and that will take time,” Simard noted.He said while he understands technological change, Desjardins is moving too fast and he’s asking for a three-month moratorium.“I have no problem with the fact that, in five or 10 years, there won’t be any banking machines,” he said. “But I think Desjardins is pushing too hard on the accelerator.”Simard said people in his town are furious.‘I was with a group at a meeting in the municipality earlier today (Tuesday) and they had a lot to say against Desjardins — but I can’t repeat the words I heard,” he added.A Desjardins spokesman points out that any decisions to remove banking machines — or service counters — have been discussed in advance with members of the local credit union.“Directors with the local credit union, where decisions are made, follow a normal process,” Marc Villeneuve, a regional vice-president, said in an interview Tuesday.Villeneuve noted that Desjardins is seeing a reduction in the use of automated teller machines, as people turn to online banking.“Today, it’s less than seven per cent of our transactions that are made at banking machines,” he said.Villeneuve admitted it’s possible people may have to travel 10 to 12 kilometres between ATMs, “but we put machines where our members use them.”“If there are no grocery stores, no service stations, no pharmacy or post office. . .when there’s nothing open in a village, it’s difficult to explain why the ATMs should be kept operating,” he added.The company still has 2,000 ATMs in Quebec and Ontario, but says there are no plans to close those in Ontario.last_img read more

Contract killer involved in multiple murders arrested

first_imgNew Delhi: When Vijay Farmana went to meet his girlfriend in a mall in Lucknow, the other occupants of the Mall had no idea that he is a contract killer and wanted in 11 murders including 3 triple murders in Haryana until the Delhi Police team surrounded him armed with pistols.What followed was a filmy style confrontation between the cops and the criminal. He was finally overpowered with a loaded pistol that he pointed towards the Police team. “He is wanted in 11 murders including 3 triple murders and various cases of robberies and carjackings of luxury vehicles such as Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Innova and Creta which happened in last many years from Vasant Kunj, Saket, IGI Airport, NH 8 Gurgaon and so on. He is carrying a cash reward of Rs. 50,000 and 10,000 separately from Haryana and Rs 50,000 from Delhi on his arrest,” said Additional CP Crime Branch Rajiv Ranjan. According to police records, in March 2016, Vijay Farmana along with his associates Sumit Chitania, Deepak, Anil, and Amit had kidnapped three boys Rahul, Deepak, and Ashish from MIT Rohtak and murdered them and thrown their dead bodies in Gang Nahar. A case was registered in Sonipat Sadar, Haryana. In 2016 Vijay Farmana along with his associates Ramesh Pehalwan, Kaptain Amit Lamba, Naresh Bandri, Shila Kancha, Danney, and Hansraj committed triple murder in which they killed Rajesh, Gulab, and Naresh. A case in this regard was registered in Karnal. In Feb 2017, Vijay Farmana along with his associates Sumit Chitania, Sharad Pandey, Shila Panchi, Ajeet Fuaji, Sunil, Mohit, and Ramkaran committed triple murder in Gohana, Haryana, and thrown the dead bodies in Gang Nahar. Later, a case was registered in Gohana City, Haryana. “Vijay Farmana was also infamous for several car theft cases where the drivers were abducted on gunpoint and later thrown midway on roads,” said a Police officer.last_img read more

Three Out Of Four Media People Covering The US Open Are Men

Professional women’s tennis players make as much as the men do at all four Grand Slams. And the most successful American players are women: Serena Williams has 22 career major titles while her sister, Venus, has seven; no American man in this year’s U.S. Open draw has reached a major semifinal. At this year’s Open, like last year’s, by far the biggest story to watch is Serena Williams’s. Last year she was looking to tie the Open-era record for major titles and win all four in the same year; this year she’s looking to break the record.And yet the people who are telling the story of this tournament to the world are mostly men. Among the nearly 1,500 people who received media accreditation for the tournament, including broadcast staff, and who indicated whether they prefer to be referred to as “Mr.” or “Ms.,” 73 percent chose “Mr.,” according to Chris Widmaier, spokesman for the U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the tournament. And a count I did in the media work spaces and stadium seats on Thursday afternoon showed that about 78 percent of the people present were men. Freelance tennis writer Ana Mitric, who contributes to the Serbian media outlet B92 and has written about sexism in tennis, provided a second pair of eyes, reviewing video of nine player press conferences on Saturday and counting men and women among the media in attendance. At women players’ press conferences, 67 percent of media were men; the figure was 82 percent at men’s. 1Widmaier said he couldn’t say how many people didn’t indicate which honorific they prefer; media members aren’t obligated to choose one. His count includes people accredited as media, photographers and broadcast staff — but not people accredited as part of broadcasters who hold rights to the tournament, which includes ESPN, owner of FiveThirtyEight. I counted 231 people in the photographers’ pit, the photo facility, the two media work rooms, the media dining room, media-center patio and the main media seats during Venus Williams’s second-round match. The estimate is imprecise: I didn’t ask people for their gender identity, nor whether they were members of the media. I also may have counted some people who weren’t part of the tournament’s media coverage. I counted people who I knew worked in the tournament’s media operations but not other tournament staff.“Our goal is to make tennis look like America,” Widmaier said — including by gender and race. He put the onus on media to achieve that: “I hope media organizations are following recruitment protocols to ensure their people look like America.” It’s a point well taken. I’m a white man and the only reporter in Flushing for FiveThirtyEight; producer Jorge Estrada, a Latino man, is also accredited for FiveThirtyEight. 20131,10239226 Source: USTA 20161,01037227% 20141,14241827 20151,18345728 201299332525 Number of U.S. Open credentialed members of the media YEARMR.MS.SHARE MS. Women make up a larger share of the tennis media at the U.S. Open than they do of people covering some other sports — a 2014 report found that just 13 percent of sports staffers for U.S. newspapers and websites in the U.S. are women. And women fill an even smaller share of executive positions with major international sports bodies. Carole Bouchard, a French freelance writer who has covered 20 majors on site, said the gender gap has narrowed in her 12 years covering tennis, but that it “would be ridiculous to say that there aren’t consequences.”The ways in which having far more men than women in tennis media threatens the coherence of coverage are all around. Take, for instance, the continued attention paid to debates about equal prize money, or the casual discussion of women players’ looks. How the sport is covered by the people who tell its story affects how much of the total interest and revenue paid to tennis goes to women’s tennis, and when men so outnumber women in the telling of the sport’s story, it can put a thumb on the scale in the consuming.Women I spoke with who cover mixed-gender tennis tournaments said the share of men among the media at other tournaments they’ve covered is at least as big as at the U.S. Open — roughly 80 to 85 percent, they estimated.2My own observation of media rooms at Wimbledon and the French Open in recent years suggests that if anything the gender gap was bigger in those, though I never counted. “I am used to it,” said Bouchard.“This is a topic I hadn’t thought about much before you asked, and now I can’t help but look around and notice this,” said Bobby Chintapalli, a freelance writer who covers primarily women’s tennis for USA Today and other publications, over email. “Which is why when it comes to topics like this, I think awareness is key; it’s often a first step to improving a situation naturally.”Lindsay Gibbs, sports reporter at ThinkProgress and contributing tennis editor at Excelle Sports who has written about sexism in tennis, wrote in an email, “Sports culture is not the most welcoming for women, and that bleeds into the media, which has always been seen as a ‘boys’ club.’ It’s a global issue.”The gender gap also might make some men think the press room is an appropriate venue for sexism or harassment. “There can be a very ‘boys’ club’ vibe,” Mitric said, “including banter & other behavior that verges on, if not crosses over into, the inappropriate.”Bouchard also said media members who are parents might be put off by the travel demanded by covering a global sport — and because of cultural expectations of mothers, that might dissuade more moms than dads.“Another gendered split I’ve noticed — and one that is just as important — is that more men are in positions of power, whether that’s in terms of seniority or status,” said Mitric.Mitric doesn’t believe in quotas but echoes Widmaier’s call for outlets to step up recruitment of women, as well as the mentoring and promoting of them. She also said it’s up to men covering the sport to learn its history, which includes the rise of the WTA, the long fight for equal prize money and sexism in advertising and coverage of the sport; while she sees a rise in women’s voices around the sport, including on Twitter, she worries some men now see gender issues as covered and don’t bother with them themselves. “I think tennis media often fall short in connecting the sport to the larger world around it — and not only when it comes to gender,” Mitric said by email.ESPN, which owns FiveThirtyEight and which broadcasts the tournament in the U.S., has five women and nine men on air during the Open, according to ESPN spokesman Dave Nagle, plus a woman, Prim Siripipat, appearing in videos reporting on the tournament for Nagle added that two match producers, managing producer, senior highlights producer, the lead producer on features and the production coordinator are women, as are many associate producers, graphic coordinators, social media producers and production assistants. (Of the 35 people accredited through — writers, editors and others not involved with the TV side, and not counting Estrada, Siripipat or me — 16 are women.) “ESPN has a long history of being a leader in providing opportunities to women both in front of or behind the camera,” Nagle said. (Widmaier declined to provide the number of journalists accredited from specific news organizations, but said that ESPN is the biggest “by far,” with The New York Times a distant second.)The frequent flaring of debate about whether women should continue to earn as much prize money as men might be less frequent with more women in the press room, Bouchard said. “Not a lot of men journalists have a huge love for women’s tennis,” she said.There are some notable exceptions, including several American men who write frequently about the WTA, the overseer of the women’s game worldwide. Also, women covering tennis often write about the men’s game. But even where there isn’t a firewall around gender, the old lines are often assumed to be in place. For instance, Bouchard says she’s had several conversations in which editors express interest in her contributing to their publications, but ask, “Oh, but also you are covering men’s tennis?” To which she replies, “I haven’t told you I am covering women’s tennis.”Men covering tennis may also discuss women athletes’ bodies differently, for instance talking about their looks. “I’m not sure women journalists would go at it the way men would,” Bouchard said. “Maybe I’m wrong.” To know, there would need to be more women tennis writers, she said.The media gender gap may help contribute to the growing gap in revenue between the men’s tour and the WTA. (For instance, broadcasters influence scheduling of tournaments, including which matches are featured on show courts, which skews male at some mixed-gender tournaments, notably Wimbledon.)“Men are still the ones making broadcasting decisions, writing the stories and controlling the narratives,” Gibbs said. “That leads to less coverage of women, which then leads to less people knowing about women’s tennis, which then directly impacts interest. Then, they cite less interest for the reason they don’t broadcast it more or write about it more. It’s a self-defeating cycle.”It’s a tough cycle to break, and far from the only one tennis is staring down. The vast majority of U.S. Open journalists are white, too. Trying to divine a person’s race at a glance is obviously fraught — as is divining their gender, it should be said — but it’s clear that the media rooms at the U.S. Open are a long way from looking like America. “You could count the number of black people here,” Bouchard said while looking around the workroom where we talked. She added, “The more diversity the better.” read more