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Caster Semenya’s lawyers claim IAAF breached confidentiality rules

“A row between Caster Semenya and athletics’ governing body erupted on Monday as her lawyers claimed confidentiality rules had been breached for her behind-closed-doors fight to compete internationally without medical intervention” writes Oliver Brown for telegraph.co.uk. On the first day of the hearing, Semenya’s legal team sent out a press release accusing the IAAF of breaching confidentiality regulations by releasing the names of five expert witnesses they will bring to the Cas to testify on their behalf.Semenya, who appeared at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) in Switzerland on Monday,…

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This app interprets movies into American Sign Language in real time

“The movies are getting a little more inclusive thanks to a mobile app that syncs them up with sign language interpretation” reports fastcompany.com. This news, along with two new apps from Google, shows how technology is stepping in to help people with hearing loss navigate the world more easily.Actiview’s iOS app isn’t limited to helping people with hearing loss or deafness.Actiview is a startup that hopes to make going to the movies as easy as opening up an app for people living with hearing impairment. Source: fastcompany.com

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Election Security Experts Testify Before Committee

“Several election security experts testified before the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday as the 2020 presidential field continues to widen” writes Joshua Barajas for pbs.org. Watch it in the player above. “Election security should not be a partisan issue, but Congress has done far too little to prevent foreign election meddling after Russia interfered in the 2016 election,” committee Chairman Rep.Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said in a statement announcing the hearing, saying that the time to act is now. “The 2020 election season has already begun.The American public deserve to…

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The panel’s longtime chair had repeatedly attacked scientists and pushed climate misinformation. Those days are over.

“But the scientific community has stressed that the world is rapidly running out of time to stave off potentially irreversible global warming” writes unknown author for huffpost.com. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the 14th-longest-serving member of the U.S. House, who led the committee for the last six years.The San Antonio native left behind a long history of harassing federal climate scientists, dismissing the threat of climate change and stacking hearings with industry lobbyists and like-minded skeptics.But for anyone who has followed the committee over the last several years, Wednesday was ― aside…

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Cannabis stocks climb ahead of congressional hearing on banking

“Cannabis shares were mostly higher Wednesday, ahead of a Congressional hearing on the obstacles facing cannabis companies when it comes to opening and maintaining bank accounts” writes Ciara Linnane for marketwatch.com. See also: How marijuana companies can profit without selling pot. Tax, license and fee revenue from cannabis exceeded $266.5 million in 2018, up from more than $247 million in 2017. Source: marketwatch.com

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Is Amazon Still Coming to New York City?

“Jan. 30: At another City Council hearing, an Amazon executive says something that sounds like a veiled threat to pull out of the deal” reports nytimes.com. The headline is “Queens Ransom.” Nov. 15: The Post follows up with a story headlined “Why Amazon tech bros will ruin the NYC dating scene.” Dec. 12: Amazon executives testify at a City Council hearing and get berated by lawmakers. Source: nytimes.com

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The Fix: ‘Mr. Chairman, I see that your 5 minutes is up’: Whitaker’s very shaky start

“After just two rounds of questions, Whitaker was off to a very shaky start, looking uncertain and taking a couple highly questionable and awkward stands against how the hearing is being conducted” writes February At Am for washingtonpost.com. As the hearing progressed, Whitaker repeatedly tangled with the Democrats on the committee on process issues. Source: washingtonpost.com

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Acting Attorney General Whitaker squares off with Democrats at fiery hearing

“Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker insisted on Friday that he has not “interfered in any way” in the special counsel’s Russia investigation as he faced a contentious and partisan congressional hearing in his waning days on the job” writes Eric Tucker for sun-sentinel.com. The stalemate ended Thursday evening after the committee chairman, Nadler, said the committee would not issue a subpoena if Whitaker appeared voluntarily.Collins, of Georgia, called it a “dog and pony” show and criticized Democrats for disclosing derogatory information about Whitaker’s business dealings hours before the hearing. Source: sun-sentinel.com

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T-Mobile steps up lobbying over Sprint merger, promises not to raise rates

“Yesterday, Politico reported that former Democratic FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn was brought on by T-Mobile to advise the merger deal” writes Feb Est for theverge.com. Legere said the combined company will offer “the same or better” rates as either wireless carrier currently does today.T-Mobile CEO John Legere, in a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai yesterday, promised not to increase consumer plan prices for three years if the company’s proposed merger with Sprint is approved.The merger is a $26 billion deal that would shrink the nation’s major wireless competition from…

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