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After stunning withdrawal, tennis leaders pledge to address Naomi Osaka's concerns

The pledge came from the same tennis administrators who threatened disqualification or suspension for Osaka on Sunday if she continued to skip news conferences.

The leaders of the four Grand Slam tournaments reacted Tuesday to tennis star Naomi Osaka’s stunning withdrawal from the French Open by promising to address players’ concerns about mental health.

The pledge came in a statement signed by the same four tennis administrators who threatened the possibility of disqualification or suspension for Osaka on Sunday if she continued to skip news conferences.

The four-time major champion and No. 2-ranked player was fined $ 15,000 when she didn’t speak to reporters after her first-round victory at Roland Garros on Sunday. The next day, Osaka pulled out of the tournament entirely, saying she experiences “huge waves of anxiety” before meeting with the media and revealing she has “suffered long bouts of depression.”

Osaka, a 23-year-old who was born in Japan and moved with her family to the U.S. at age 3, said she would “take some time away from the court now, but when the time is right I really want to work with the Tour to discuss ways we can make things better for the players, press and fans.”

Tennis players are required to attend news conferences if requested to do so; Grand Slam rules allow for fines up to $ 20,000 if they don’t show up.

“On behalf of the Grand Slams, we wish to offer Naomi Osaka our support and assistance in any way possible as she takes time away from the court. She is an exceptional athlete and we look forward to her return as soon as she deems appropriate,” Tuesday’s statement from those in charge of the French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Australian Open said. “Mental health is a very challenging issue, which deserves our utmost attention. It is both complex and personal, as what affects one individual does not necessarily affect another. We commend Naomi for sharing in her own words the pressures and anxieties she is feeling and we empathize with the unique pressures tennis players may face.”

French tennis federation President Gilles Moretton, All England Club Chairman Ian Hewitt, U.S. Tennis Association President Mike McNulty and Tennis Australia President Jayne Hrdlicka pledged to work with players, the tours and media “to improve the player experience at our tournaments” while making sure the athletes all are on a “fair playing field, regardless of ranking or status.”

In a separate statement issued Tuesday to the AP via email, International Tennis Federation official Heather Bowler the sport will “review what needs to evolve” after Osaka “shone a light on mental health issues.”

“It’s in all our interests to ensure that we continue to provide a respectful and qualitative environment that enables all stakeholders to do their job to their best ability, without impacting their health, and for the good of the sport,” Bowler wrote.

Various tennis players, including Serena Williams, offered support for Osaka and praised her for being forthcoming in her statement on social media Monday.

“It’s hard. Nobody really knows what anyone is going through, no matter how much they choose to show on the outside. I had no idea about her. But I respect her openness,” 20-year-old American pro Ann Li said after winning her first-round match Tuesday at Roland Garros. “Our generation is becoming more open and open, which can be a good thing and also a bad thing sometimes. I hope she’s doing OK.”

Gael Monfils, a 34-year-old from France who also won Tuesday in Paris, said he could relate to Osaka’s concerns to an extent.

“It’s a very tough situation for her. I feel for her, because I have been struggling quite a lot as well,” Monfils said. “What she’s dealing is even tough for me to even judge, because I think she has massive pressure from many things. I think she’s quite young. She’s handling it quite well. Sometime we want maybe too much from her … so sometime, for sure, she is going to do some mistake.”

And then Monfils offered a sentiment surely shared by many around tennis, from tournament and tour officials to athletes to the sport’s fans.

“We need Naomi. We need her definitely to be 100%,” Monfils said. “We need her back on the court, back (at) the press conference — and back happy.”

AP Sports Writer Sam Petrequin in Paris contributed to this report.

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TV Licence warning as Britons attacked by scam – the email address you should look out for

TV licence payments are important for those who wish to watch live television, regardless of the channel, but unfortunately scammers are using this knowledge to their advantage. A new scam has been conducted via email which pressures Britons into entering their bank details after telling customers their payment has been rejected. The email read: “We’re sorry to let you know that your TV Licence could not be automatically renewed. Something’s gone wrong with your payments.
As such, Britons will need to stay on their guard to make sure they are protected in the future. 

A number of individuals shared close brushes with the scam online, in an effort to keep others safe.

Several pointed out that this particular scam derives from a distinct email address which should help Britons to spot it before they fall victim. 

One wrote: “Another scam email. This time from [email protected] pretending to be TV Licensing. 

“Why do I only get these emails when my TV Licence is due for renewal?”

A second said: “Watch out folk, TV Licence scam doing the rounds. From some crowd called cablecolorweb pretending to be TV Licence.”

Individuals may also wish to report the matter to Action Fraud, the national cybercrime reporting service.

This helps the organisation gain a greater understanding of the scams currently circulating, and how best to tackle them.

Emails purporting to be from the TV Licensing company, but which are actually scams, are unfortunately common.

However, this does not mean individuals cannot take steps to protect themselves from falling victim.

The TV Licensing company will always include the name of the individual they are writing to, as well as part of a postcode in any emails it sends.

Therefore, emails which do not include this information, or simply begin with the phrase ‘Dear Customer’ are often sure fire signs of scams.

The official TV Licensing company will never ask for the following details:

  • Mother’s maiden name
  • Date of birth (unless a person is over 74 and applying for a free TV Licence)
  • Card details UNTIL a person has signed in using their licence number, surname and postcode

Scam emails will often use persuasive or pressured techniques, and this is also a matter the company has told Britons to look out for.

It will never contact individuals about a refund or a cheaper licence, unless Britons have reached out first. 

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Tottenham have three transfer priorities for Daniel Levy to address despite Sheff Utd win

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is likely to be active in the summer transfer window, with a number of additions needed to help the club move forward from Jose Mourinho’s departure. The search for the club’s next permanent manager is still very much in its early stages, but the eventual new boss will undoubtedly be looking to benefit from a competitive squad at his disposal.
Spurs have shown a variety of weaknesses in recent months after initially making a promising start to their Premier League campaign.

Sunday evening’s performance against Sheffield United was enough to get the job done against the division’s worst side, but it was clear to see where improvements will be needed ahead of next season despite the hosts strolling to a 4-0 victory and earning a clean sheet.

Dele Alli was handed a rare appearance by interim boss Mason, with the former MK Dons man making his first Premier League start since the win over Fulham at the beginning of last month.

The 25-year-old failed to live up to expectations under Mourinho’s guidance, with Sunday’s match representing a golden opportunity to issue a stark reminder of his capabilities, but he struggled to take the occasion by the scruff of the neck.

Alli fired at visiting goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale as half-time approached with a strike under pressure from the edge of the box, but this was as close as he got to exerting a significant influence on the result.

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The attacking midfield position is arguably the most important on the pitch for a club with genuine ambitions of domestic and European silverware, and the fact is that Alli simply does not fit the bill anymore and needs to be replaced ahead of next season.

Whoever the new Spurs boss turns out to be, they should aim to bring in a formidable operator to provide a higher standard of competition for the likes of Giovani Lo Celso and Erik Lamela in the No 10 role.

A top-class creative talisman will be a requirement in order to meet Levy’s objective of implementing a positive, attack-minded style of play.

Meanwhile, a new striker is also likely to be on the agenda, with Harry Kane’s future at Spurs far from certain.

The England skipper is under contract until the summer of 2024, but he is reportedly a target for both Manchester clubs ahead of the upcoming transfer window.

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He has firmly established himself as Tottenham’s best player in recent years and showed his qualities once again on Sunday evening, characteristically dropping deep to get on the ball early and create space for his team-mates.

Although Levy will be eager to keep hold of Kane at all costs, it remains to be seen whether he will decide to get rid of the 28-year-old if he kicks up a fuss in the coming months.

It will be hugely difficult to replace his match-winning influence at the top of the pitch, but it is a dilemma that Levy and the new Spurs manager could potentially be facing in a matter of months.

A first-choice centre-back should be another major area of concern this summer despite Tottenham’s clean sheet against Sheffield United on Sunday.

The visitors did test Hugo Lloris on a few occasions, but Mason’s back four stood firm for the most part, successfully mitigating the attacking threat posed by their lowly opponents.

However, a good performance against the Premier League’s basement boys does not excuse a season plagued by defensive errors, especially when the damage to their top-four ambitions has already been done.

A player like Brighton and Hove Albion’s Ben White would improve Tottenham’s options at the back with his excellent awareness, composed distribution and outright defensive ability.

Spurs are not expected to appoint their new boss until at least the end of the season, with a number of managers still in the frame to succeed Mourinho in north London.

However, a busy transfer window will be needed regardless of the successful candidate, in order to stand the best chance of improving on this season’s shortcomings.

Leading a fruitful summer recruitment drive will be Levy’s top priority after appointing the club’s next manager, with future dealings harbouring the potential to make or break his dreams of progress after the conclusion of the Mourinho era.

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Ted Cruz changes course and votes to support bill to address hate crimes against Asian Americans

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Russia’s 2021 St. Petersburg Economic Forum to address new economic reality world faces after Covid-19

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The issues of the Russian and global economy, as well as social and technological agendas, will be discussed at this year’s St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), which will take place on June 2–5.

According to the forum’s official website, the key topic will be “A collective reckoning of the new global economic reality.” More than a hundred events are planned to be held within the forum’s business program.

Business sessions will be broadcast on the forum’s platforms, so that participants from countries where travelling is limited due to the Covid-19 pandemic can have access to the discussions.

Traditional intercountry business dialogues will be held as part of the economic forum with representatives of the business communities of Italy, Germany, France, US, India, Africa, Finland, Japan, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as the EAEU-ASEAN business dialogue.

The business program will include sessions on economic recovery and international cooperation, including discussions on Eurasian integration, transformation of global trade, effectiveness of business during the pandemic, the global energy market, recovery of the food market, and the sustainability of national healthcare systems.

“Last year brought to the fore the need to join efforts to address national and global challenges. The new economic reality means the economy of cooperation and partnership aimed at maintaining the goals of sustainable development. After a long break, SPIEF will become one of the first international business events held offline and, undoubtedly, a platform for building a dialogue that will help implement new partnership projects,” said Andrey Belousov, first deputy prime minister and chairman of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Organizing Committee.
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Russia’s national development goals are also among the topics to be discussed at the forum. Sessions will cover the transition from the anti-crisis agenda to strengthening the long-term potential of the country’s economy, the investment climate in Russian regions, shaping of the Russian research and technology space, development of the financial market, creation of circular economy, and the functioning of strategically important industries.

“This year the SPIEF program will be particularly eventful and relevant. The new economic reality is the agenda that includes all key issues of social and state development. Global challenges that we have faced during the pandemic establish new rules. There is a long period of recovery ahead of us; our actions and the effectiveness of planning and management will determine how quickly we can overcome the negative consequences of the pandemic and move to sustainable economic growth,” said the Russian president’s adviser and executive secretary of the SPIEF Organizing Committee, Anton Kobyakov.

“SPIEF will again bring together representatives of the Russian and international business community, government authorities and public organizations to search for opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation and partnership,” he added.

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Lawyers of Chet Hanks' ex to address lawsuit against him in Fort Bend Co.

RICHMOND, Texas (KTRK) — The lawyers of a woman who claimed Tom Hanks’ son put her through a pattern of abuse, including one incident at a Sugar Land home, are slated to address a lawsuit they filed against him on her behalf.Last month, ABC13 reported a protective order was filed in Fort Bend County against Chet Hanks, one of the sons of the Academy Award actor.

The woman suing the 30-year-old Hanks was in a dating relationship with him since 2019. The two shared homes in Sugar Land and in California.Editor’s note: Eyewitness News is not revealing the woman’s identity.

The woman’s lawyers, Kevin Murray and D’Angelo Lowe, claim Hanks assaulted their client while they’ve been in a relationship. They pointed at examples of the alleged abuse, including an incident last October when she visited Hanks in New Orleans while he filmed a TV series.

The protective order also points at an incident in Sugar Land back in January that led her to contact authorities and file charges against him.

In response, Hanks, through his attorney Marty D. Singer, stated the claims are false, deciding to file a lawsuit in return against her.

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“Chet Hanks has repeatedly been seen abusing our client and needs to be held accountable for his actions, regardless of his family and their name recognition,” her attorneys said in a joint statement.

A brief news conference is scheduled at about 3 p.m. to take place Tuesday in front of the Fort Bend County Justice Center in Richmond.

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AstraZeneca announcement time: MHRA to address blood clot fears TODAY- what time?

UK medicines regulator MRHA will today give an update on its investigation into whether the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is directly causing rare brain blood clots. The live briefing is being hosted by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.
Regulators in both the UK and Europe are today due to give updates on their investigations into whether the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is linked to rare brain blood clots.

Some European countries have restricted vaccine use in younger people following reports of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST).

CVST are a specific type of clot which prevents blood from draining from the brain, as well as low platelet counts – cells that help blood clot.

On Tuesday, it was announced that the trial of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in children has been paused while UK regulator MHRA investigates the CVST reports.

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There have also been reports of CVST cases in Germany and cases of blood clot clusters in Norway, the Netherlands and Denmark but experts say these incidents are rare.

Today Professor Adam Finn, from the University of Bristol and a member of the JCVI, said it was vital to keep the vaccine programme going as society opens up, in order to help stave off rising infection rates.

Some European countries have restricted the AstraZeneca vaccine use in younger people following reports of low platelet counts and cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), a specific type of clot which prevents blood from draining from the brain.

Asked if different vaccines could end up being used for certain groups as more vaccine types come on stream, Prof Finn told BBC Breakfast: “That’s certainly possible.

“We are seeing another vaccine coming in (Moderna), and further vaccines are approaching licensure, and I know that the UK has made contracts for quite a wide range of different vaccines.

“As time goes forward, we will have much more flexibility about who can be offered what.

“On the other hand, we do need to keep the programme going if the plan to open things up and allow things to get back to normal is to proceed without another wave of the pandemic coming through.

“So it’s quite a tricky balancing act here, getting the balance right, getting vaccines coming through… getting the risk-benefit right for people coming forward.”

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